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 VOLUME 44, ISSUE 3                                      Serving the Smoke Rise Community Since 1968
                                                                                                                     SIGNAL                                                  June, 2011

                                                                   Happy Father’s Day
                                           from the Staff of the Smoke Signal!

‘Father’ Means a World for Many                                                                                                       North Atlanta Rotary Names
by Barbara Bruschi
     Whether a world away or in the next room, fathers
                                                                        Look inside for…                                                 Susan and Bob Hope
play a most important role in our famlies. From birth
                                                                                                                                      DeKalb Citizens of the Year
throughout life, a father takes pride in his children and
provides them with love and brings invaluable moments of                                                …page 5
sharing important events and memories that linger forever.
Grandfathers are cherished as well and especially in today’s
world where they often play a large part in raising children.
                                                                                     Give an Hour
Single fathers deserve a lot of credit for fulfilling the                                               …page 7
responsibilities of both parents on a daily basis.
     Father’s Day was initiated in 1910 by Mrs. John Bruce
Dodd whose mother died in childbirth. As she matured,
                                                                                Arm Chair Traveler
she realized that her father, a veteran, had sacrificed his life
                                                                                                        …page 9
to raise five children. His courage, endless nurturing, and
devotion surely deserved some universal recognition.
     In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a
Presidential Proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday in
                                                                        Stone Mountain
June as Father’s Day.                                                    Arts Economic
     While we honor fathers everywhere I would like to
extent a special gratitude to those fathers that are serving          Development Project
in the military. Having lost my father as the result of war,
I know how much you miss your father and envision what
                                                                      Snags Another Award                                               The North Atlanta Rotary Club recently named Susan
                                                                                                                                   and Bob Hope DeKalb Citizens of the Year. The Hopes,
life would have been to have him there to comfort and                    The Georgia Assembly of Community Arts                    who reside in Smoke Rise, were recognized for more than
love. Luckily, he left a diary for me which gives me a glance      Agencies has awarded its annual START award to The              20 years of continued service and generosity they’ve shown
into his world. He was a man of integrity, humor, and wis-         DeKalb Council for the Arts, Inc. Founded in 1972 by            the communities of DeKalb and beyond. Longtime friend
dom and in his humble humanity he envisioned the world             Smoke Rise resident Jack Sartain, the Arts Council was          Mary Frances Richardson presented the award.
                                          Continued on page 9      recognized at the Annual Meeting of the GACA for its                 “I’ve known Bob and Susan for many years, but I can
                                                                   work in conceiving of and helping bring to fruition the         say without bias that these two people have impacted our
                                                                   arts incubator project SMart, Inc., in downtown Stone
Good Guy Award – Citizen of the Year                               Mountain. This award follows the recent equally presti-
                                                                                                                                   community in the most wonderful way,” Richardson said.
      Janis Martinez has received the Good Guy Award from                                                                          “Their efforts have been tireless, and they’ve impacted hun-
                                                                   gious award to the City of Stone Mountain by the
the Smoke Rise Community Association for her contribu-                                                                             dreds of lives from all walks of life. I can’t think of any two
                                                                   Atlanta Regional Commission for “innovation in eco-
tions to the community. She                                                                                                        people more deserving of this year’s award than Bob and
                                                                   nomic development”.
has spearheaded the life saving                                                                                                    Susan Hope, and it’s my honor and privilege to express the
                                                                         Jack Sartain, founder of the council, was presented
initiative of blood drives with-                                                                                                   thanks and gratitude felt by all the members of North
                                                                   GACAA's annual stART award at a luncheon in Athens,
in our community giving us                                                                                                         Atlanta Rotary Club.”
                                                                   Ga., during the GACAA annual conference on May 2.
the opportunity to save three                                            In a letter from GACAA’s Nelah Gabler, she stated              Susan and Bob Hope have been married for 39 years.
lives with one pint of blood.                                      "We are proud to give your group, DeKalb Council for            They have two children, Betsy and Clair, and three grand-
So far we have saved 180 lives                                     the Arts, Inc., this award for your achievement in com-         children – Henry, Clair and Lucy.
and we will continue to build                                      munity arts programming and the innovative StART to                  Susan discovered her passion for philanthropy early –
on our quest to give people life.                                  changing your community through the arts."                      at only 26, she served as chair of the Georgia Special
      Jan is President-CEO of                                            In a presentation to the Stone Mountain City              Olympics. Since then, she has served in a number of board
Ashford Management Group,                                          Council on May 3 on another economic development                positions for organizations including Honduras Outreach,
Inc., an Atlanta-based national executive search firm. As          matter, Sartain said that the award was a recognition of        Inc., an Atlanta-based foundation that assists people in rural
President, Ms. Martinez oversees all operations within the         the fact that the arts and economic development cannot          areas in Central America; and the DeKalb Rape Crisis
company and conducts executive searches for key clients.           be separated. Our team of city officials, city manager,         Center. She was Sustainer chairperson of the Junior League
      Jan has been in the retail executive search field since      ARTStation, our artists, Mainstreet, county and state           of DeKalb and Missions chair for two years at St. Timothy
1976. She has been nominated for the Atlanta Chamber               partners are working together to bring the village to life      United Methodist Church. She served on the auction com-
of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year. Jan serves          and create the economic dynamo of a healthy mix of              mittee for three years for Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast.
as Chair of The American Red Cross Southern Blood                  shops, restaurants, art studios, a performing center and             Susan has also volunteered and organized charity silent
Services Board. She is also a founding member of the phil-         professional services that will attract people to the village   auctions for a number of Atlanta organizations including
anthropic arm of The American Red Cross’ Tiffany Circle            to support the local economy.”                                  the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation,
and a member of the Board for Metro Atlanta Chapter of                   The arts incubator microenterprise project in the         Honduras Outreach, DeKalb Rape Crisis, the Women’s
The American Red Cross. She also serves as a National              Village consists of 5 artists with 2 more studios opening       Basketball Coaches Association and Marist School.
Disaster Action Team member. Janis is Past President of            later this year. Center Town Gallery and North Town                  Susan frequently travels to assist after disasters. She
National Association of Women Business Owners and was              Gallery are open with a third gallery, South Town, ready        made eight trips to Mississippi to help with clean up after
                                                                   to open. A fourth is planned. On the drawing board is a         Hurricane Katrina. She also organized a food and cleaning
a finalist in 2008 Woman of the Year. She is a member of
                                                                   music/entertainment arts microenterprise which will cre-        supplies drive and delivered the goods immediately after the
the National Retail Merchants Association and an active
                                                                   ate 4 more microenterprise jobs, bringing the total num-        storm. She has made four trips to Appalachia with the
member of various community service groups and is a dis-
                                                                   ber of arts entrepreneurs in the new village program to         Appalachian Service project and led a mission trip to Haiti
aster volunteer. Janis was the recipient of Citizen of the
                                                                   10. All participants are required to take several business      following the earthquake last year.
Year for The Smoke Rise Community Association for 2011.
                                                                   skills seminars as part of the overall program. One of the           Susan currently works as a volunteer for the
      Before founding Ashford Management Group in
                                                                   former empty stores will soom house an artists coopera-         International Rescue Committee (IRC), serves on the board
1986, Ms. Martinez worked for ten years with an Atlanta            tive gallery for several artists.                               of the Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM),
executive recruiting firm. In addition to residing in the                For further information about the arts incubator          and volunteers for the food pantry. She is also currently
U.S., she has also lived in Canada and the United Kingdom          microenterprise program in the Village, contact Erin
where she worked in a variety of corporate settings.               Bailey at ARTStation -770-469-1105.                                                                      Continued on page 7
church                                                                                                                                                                                  June, 2011

                         Smoke Signal
                                                                                                    If It’s Jazz
                                                                                                                                           Smoke Rise Baptist Church
                                                                                                                                                   Robert F. Browning, D. Min., Pastor
                         P.O. Box 763,Tucker, GA 30084
                         P.O. Box 763, Tucker, GA 30085
                                                                                                    You Want,
                                                                                                                                                     Ernie Forrester, Associate Pastor
                                                                                                                                              Tim Adcox, Minister of Missions & Recreation
                         A non-profit service organization devoted to furthering
                                                                                              It’s Jazz You’ll Get!
                         neighborhood cooperation with the aid of good neighborhood
                                                                                                                                         Kathy Dobbins, Minister of Adult Education & Outreach
                                                                                                                                                     Danny Vancil, Minister of Music
                                                                                                    At long last, Music for
Editorial Committee: . . .Marty Bryan . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-9418                       Missions concert series at                 Linda Cummings, Coordinator of Congregational/Seniors
                                                                                                                                            Kellie Denton, Minister to Families with Children
                                    Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . .678-406-0555                                                             Amanda Coe Burton, Director of Nursery Ministries
                                                                                              Lawrenceville Road United
                                    Jan Mahoney . . . . . . . . . . .770-621-0155                                                                 Paula Reeves, Weekday School Director
                                                                                              Methodist Church have been

Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . .770-934-4644
                                                                                              able to book the fabulous young                            Telephone 770-469-5856
Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . .Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675
                                                                                              virtuoso musician Andrew
Classified Ads . . . . . . . .Allan Bly . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-564-9633                                                         9:00 a.m.      Sunday Worship (Chapel)
                                                                                              Fazackerley for June 26 at 7 p.m.

Features: . . . . . . . . . . . .Allan Bly . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-564-9633                                                      9:45 a.m.      Sunday School
                                                                                                    Andrew Fazackerley is a
                                                                                                                                        11:00 a.m.     Worship
                                    Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . .770-934-4644
                                                                                              keyboardist, pianist, composer,
                                                                                                                                        6:00 p.m.      Adult Bible Studies
                                                                                              organist, arranger, producer, and
                                    Karen Gregory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                                                                                                        5:15 p.m.      Wednesday Dinner
                                                                                              bandleader. He loves to entertain
                                    Reneé Hopf . . . . . . . . . . . .770-921-5540
                                                                                                                                        6:00 p.m.      Mission & Choir Activities for
                                                                                              his audiences with all styles of
                                    Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675           music in the same concert– from                          Children & Youth
Flyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Luton . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6711                                                       6:30 p.m.      Pastor’s Devotion
                                                                                                                                   1st Tuesdays:
                                                                                              Bach on the pipe organ to con-
Hodge Podge . . . . . . . . .Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . .678-406-0555                       temporary music on the synthe-
                                                                                                                                        6:00 p.m.      Prime Time—Fellowship Hall
Pet Lost & Found . . . . .Kay McKenzie . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6784                        sizer. He is a marvel to hear.
Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan McKeen . . . . . . . . .404-861-1238                         He has released several of
                                                                                                                                      Eastminster Presbyterian Church
                                    Kim Delaney . . . . . . . . .404-386-3700
                                                                                              his own recordings, including a
                                                                                                                                                      Pastor: Rev. J.Caleb Clarke III
                                    Kim Fong                                                                                                    Director of Youth Ministries: Mark Sauls
                                                                                              solo piano album of jazz stan-

News You Can Use . . . .AvivA Hoffmann,                                                                                  Director of Music Ministries: Ed Weaver
                                                                                              dards and original compositions
                                                                                                                                                  Director of Preschool: Frankie Singer
Staff Writers . . . . . . . . .Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . .678-406-0555
                                                                                              entitled “Our Love Is Here To
                                                                                                                                            Director of After School Program: Celeste Sears
                                    Joyce Ray . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-491-9015                                                        Director of Christian Education: Mardee Rightmyer
                                                                                              Stay.” His latest CD, “The

                                    Frank Luton . . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6711                                                                       Telephone 770-469-4881
                                                                                              Ballad Of Norman Forest,” fea-
Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Taylor and Gillen Heisler
                                                                                              tures about 30 of Atlanta’s finest
                                                                                              musicians. It includes more orig-
Views and/or opinions expressed in articles, stories or letters published                     inal jazz compositions by                9:30 a.m.      Sunday School
in this newspaper are not necessarily those of the Smoke Signal or its                                                                 10:30 a.m.     Fellowship
staff. The information contained in it is believed to be accurate, but not
                                                                                              Andrew, several standards, and a
                                                                                                                                       11:00 a.m.     Worship
warranted in any way. It is the policy of the Smoke Signal to publish                                                              Wednesdays:
                                                                                              special arrangement of George
signed letters to the Editor. We will not publish unsigned letters, but will                                                           5:45 p.m.      Fellowship Dinner
                                                                                              Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue.’
withhold the writer's name upon request. All content may be edited.                                 Works by local and national        6:30 p.m.      Adult and Children’s Program
                                                                                                                                       7:30 p.m.      Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Smoke Signal is not responsible for photographs submitted to the paper.
                                                                                              artists produced by Andrew at
There is at least a one-month delay in the return of photographs.                             Norman Forest Recording
                                                                                              Studio, also feature Andrew as           Mount Carmel Christian Church
                                                                                                                                                   Associate Minister: Art Stansberry
                                                                                                                                               Interim Preaching Minister: Wye Huxford
                                                                                              keyboardist and/or recording

                                                                                                                                                     Children’s Director: Vicki Tyler
                                                                                              engineer on a growing number
                                                                                                                                              Telephone 770-279-8437, Fax 770-381-5429
                 June Calendar of Events                                                      of albums. Without a doubt,
                                                                                              Andrew is one of the most                       
       1 Smoke Signal staff meeting at home of Jan Mahoney
                                                                                                                                       8:00 a.m.      Breakfast Fellowship
                                                                                              sought after and busiest musi-
                                                                                                                                       9:30 a.m.      Bible School – Children and Adults
                                                                                              cians in the city of Atlanta.
       6 Mountain Shadow Garden Club, 7:30 p.m.
         at Eastminster Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                    Music for Missions is a 12         10:30 a.m.     Morning Worship Service
                                                                                                                                   Wednesday Night Dinners and Electives
                                                                                              year project of United Methodist
                                                                                              Men and will present Andrew in          5:30 p.m      Fellowship Dinner
                                                                                                                                      6:30 p.m.     Adult and Children’s Studies/Activities
     11 TCA “Give an Hour” at Grace Health Center
                                                                                                                                      6:30 p.m.     Choir Practice
        2165 Idlewood Dr, 9:30-10:30                                                          the 189th concert. Although
                                                                                              the concerts are free, generous
     11 Tucker Cruise In - Main Street                                                        donations from our audiences
                                                                                              total more than $110,000 for                     First Moravian Church
                                                                                                                                                       Pastors: Joe & Kelly Moore
                                                                                                                                                    Bill Hitz, Congregational Acolyte
     14 Flag Day                                                                              charities and missions. For fur-
                                                                                                                                                         Telephone 770-491-7250
                                                                                              ther information, contact the
     19 Happy Father’s Day                                                                    church at 770-939-3717. The                       
                                                                                                                                       9:30 a.m.      Youth Choir Rehearsal
                                                                                              church is at 3142 Lawrenceville

                                                                                                                                       10:00 a.m.     Sunday School–Adults & Children
     21 1st day of summer                                                                     Highway in Tucker, 6/10ths of a
                                                                                                                                       11:00 a.m.     Worship
                                                                                              mile outside 285.
                                                                                                                                       12:00 p.m.     Fellowship Time
               THE SMOKE SIGNAL                                                                                                        7:30 p.m.      Adult Study Group
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                               JUNE 13
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                                                                                              Vacation Bible School
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               TO THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS
                                                                                              recipes for living out God’s
                                                                                              word. Kids will celebrate Biblical
                Extra copies may be picked up at box at
                        5365 Smoke Rise Drive
                                                                                              festivals that reveal ingredients
                                                                                              for being a follower of God

                 Deadline for classified ads is
                                                                                              through music, recreation,

                          JUNE 10
                                                                                              crafts, stories and much more.
                                                                                                    Children and volunteers
                                Please drop off at
5832 Howell Highlands Place (right side of driveway)
                                                                                              register online at www.smok-

                                                                                                Sign up now! Space is limited.

             Cost: $150 by check to Smoke Signal
                                                                                                     Sunday, June 12
       Deadline to Receive: 6:00 p.m. on 19th of month
                                                                                                        through                                             Pet Lost and Found
                Size: 8 1/2 x 11 flat, not folded                                                  Wednesday, June 15                                    Remember that we now have someone
                Quantity Needed: 2,400 copies                                                     from 3:00 - 6:00 PM                                  to contact if you have lost or found a pet.
                    Reservation Required:
    Contact Barbara Luton, 770-491-6711 by 15th of month.
                                                                                              Kids 4 years – 5th grade this                              Call Kay McKenzie at 770-491-6784
                                                                                              year (must be 4 by 9/1/2011).                                         with information.

June, 2011                                                                                                                                        graduates
     Bashr Coles is part of Tucker
High School’s Class of 2011.
Bashr has been an outstanding
contributor to Tucker High and
the Tucker community. Bashr let-
tered in football for two years
earning All-State honors of
Georgia, as well as being named
the Region 6-AAAA Offensive
Player of the Year. Bashr partici-
pated in the Tucker Teacher Cadet
Program, providing weekly visits
to elementary schools to assist
teachers with students.
     Bashr will be attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham         TYLER COMER                         GILLEN HEISLER                   GREGORY D. BROWN, JR.
on a full football scholarship, with plans to major in Engineering.         Tyler Comer, daughter of              Gillen Robert Heisler, son            Gregory Dawayne Brown,
Bashr is the son of Charmaine Jones and resides with his guardians,    Robin and Al Comer of                of Pam and Keel Heisler of the        Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. Gregory
Jonathan and Vanessa Vaughters of Spencer’s Mountain.                  Mountain Creek, graduated            Summit, graduated with honors         Brown of Oxbow Rd, has main-
                                                                       from Tucker High School on           from the DeKalb School of the         tained a 3.0 or better GPA
                                                                       May 21 with Honors and               Arts (DSA). He will attend            throughout high school and has
                                                                       Distinction. Tyler plans to attend   Georgia Institute of Technology       received and achieved several
                                                                       Hampton University in the fall       majoring in International Affairs     academic and athletic awards
                                                                       on an academic scholarship.          and Modern Languages.                 and accomplishments. He grad-
                                                                       While at Tucker High she was               He participated in the          uated from Tucker High School
                                                                       active in many organizations         DeKalb         County      Judicial   with honors and a College
                                                                       including the Beta Club,             System’s Teen Court for two           Preparatory Diploma. He will
                                                                       National Honor Society, Habitat      years, first as a student judicial    attend       Savannah      State
                                                                       for Humanity, Teacher Cadet,         member and as an intern. Teen         University on an Academic and
                                                                       Junior Captain of JV Basketball      Court gives students a                Football Athletic Scholarship.
                                                                       Cheerleading Squad, Senior           first–hand look at the legal sys-     His major course of study will be
                                                                       Captain of the Varsity Football      tem by taking part in actual tri-     Criminal Justice and Forensics.
                                                                       Cheerleading Squad and the           als of non-violent minor misde-
                                                                       Yearbook Staff.       Tyler was      meanor offenders.            Gillen
                                                                       Tucker’s 2010 Homecoming             founded the first-ever Mock
                                                                       Queen. She graduated in the top      Trial Team at DSA and at their
                                                                       10% of her class and was voted a
                                                                                                            first-ever outing, his group won
                                                                       senior superlative. Tyler was
                                                                                                            third place at a statewide compe-
                                                                       awarded the Georgia Certificate
                                                                                                            tition. As lead attorney for the
                                                                       of Merit for being in the top 5%
                                                                                                            defense, Gillen was cited as the
                                                                       of her class academically during
                                                                                                            outstanding lawyer for the 2011
                                                                       her junior year. Tyler traveled
                                                                       abroad on an academic tour to
                                                                       England, Wales, Scotland and               As a participant and then
                                                                       Ireland where she was given the      intern with Youth Leadership
                                                                       opportunity to visit such historic   DeKalb during his junior and
                                                                       landmarks as Stonehenge, wit-        senior year, Gillen became inter-
                                                                       nessing the changing of the          ested in the interaction of govern-      JAMES VAUGHTERS
                                                                       guards at Buckingham Palace          ment and politics. He then was             James Vaughters graduated
                                                                       and visiting Shakespeare’s birth-    awarded the first-ever internship     from Tucker High School on
                                                                       place. She was accepted as a         opportunity extended to a high        May 21 with a 4.0 GPA.
                                                                                                            school student at the District             James is member of the
    Wishing all of our                                                 2009 Teen Volunteer at DeKalb
                                                                                                            Attorney’s office. As the sole        National Honor Society has been
                                                                       Medical Hospital, a Special
       Smoke Rise
                         A+ Learning
                                                                       Olympics volunteer, and a page       YLD representative, Gillen was        on the Principal’s, President’s and

                       minus the PAIN!
                                                                                                            chosen to address the closing cer-    AP Honor Roll every year. He
        students                                                       for the Georgia House of
                                                                                                            emonies at Leadership DeKalb.         was a Presidential Scholar,
                                                                       Representatives and State Senate.
       a fun, safe,                                                                                               Gillen’s world widened dra-     Georgia Merit Scholar and
      and relaxing        4934 Lavista Road
                         4934 Lavista Road                                                                  matically after his sophomore         received a President's Education
                         Phone (770) 939-7060
                        Phone (770) 939-7060                                                                year when Corentin Guilloteau,        Award and a Georgia Certificate
     Summer Break!     Ginger Baxter, Director
                       Ginger Baxter, Director                                                              a French exchange student, came       of Merit. He’s also a member of
                                                                                                            to Smoke Rise to spend the sum-       the Beta Club.
                                                                                                            mer. This was the beginning of             James lettered in football
                                                                                                            his fascination with internation-     and track & field, earning Under
                                                                                                            al relations that formed the basis    Armour, US Army and Team
                                                                                                            for his college major. Gillen         USA All-American honors. He
          A&M Lawncare                                                                                      subsequently spent the next
                                                                                                            summer travelling France . He
                                                                                                                                                  was the Georgia Defensive Player
                                                                                                                                                  of the Year, and a Butkus Award
   LAWN MAINTENANCE                    Mike, owner/operator                                                 also travelled to Ireland and         finalist for the Top Linebacker in
                                                                                                            spent a week at the Georgia Tech      the nation. He was a Watkins
       Have worked in                    40 average yard                                                    German Program in Weimar,             Award finalist for the top African
                                                                                                            Germany.        In addition, he       American Scholar/Athlete in the
    Smoke Rise for 26 years.             ~ Free estimates ~
                                                                        NORMAN R. HAYES, II                 counts Costa Rica, Quebec, and        nation and one of the Atlanta
                                                                             Norman and Nikki Hayes         Spain as influential regions he       Journal-Constitution’s top eleven
                                                                       of Mountain West Court are           has visited that have molded his      football players in Georgia.
           770-469-0545                                                proud to announce the gradua-
                                                                       tion of their son, Norman
                                                                                                                  Gillen       was cited as
                                                                                                                                                  James was the #2 ranked football
                                                                                                                                                  player in the nation at his posi-
                                                                       Robert Hayes, II from Tucker         “Outstanding Actor” for 3 years,      tion by ESPN and the #44
                                                                       High School on Saturday, May         won the AP Language &                 ranked football player overall.
                                                                       21. With a 4.0+ GPA, Norman          Composition Award, served in               James is also active in Young
                                                                       is a member of the THS Honors        various capacities in student gov-    Life, Habitat for Humanity. He
                                                                       Class, completed Tucker’s rigor-     ernment including Executive           tutored for four years at Smoke
                                                                       ous International Baccalaureate      Parliamentarian, Vice President       Rise Elementary, and volunteered
                                                                       Program curriculum, and is a         of the Beta Club, Governor’s          for Olympic Days at Evansdale
                                                                       candidate for the International      Honors finalist, Superintendent’s     Elementary        and      Midvale
                                                                       Baccalaureate diploma. Norman        Scholar, Presidential Scholar,        Elementary. James also participat-
                                                                       is also a 3-year Letterman of the    Posse Foundation finalist,            ed in the Tucker Teacher Cadet
                                                                       Tucker High School Football          National Honor Society, and           Program, providing weekly visits
                                                                       Program where he quarter-            Honor Graduate (3.8 cum and           to elementary schools to assist
                                                                       backed the Varsity team the past     above).                               teachers with students.
                                                                       two seasons. This past season,             As an actor, Gillen has been         James will be attending
                                                                       Norman helped lead his team to                                             Stanford University in Palo Alto,
                                                                                                            in numerous plays, films, and
                                                                       a Region 6AAAA championship                                                CA, on a full football scholar-
                                                                                                            music videos including “Staring
                                                                       and the GHSA State AAAA                                                    ship, majoring in Architectural
                                                                                                            Down” for the group Collective
                                                                       Semi-Finals. Norman will attend
                                                                                                            Soul and in the feature film          Engineering. James is the son of
                                                                       Harvard University in the fall.
                                                                                                            “Paper Boys.”                         Jonathan and Vanessa Vaughters.
sports                                                                                                                                                            June, 2011

                                                                  This year’s airshow sponsor, Jim Ellis
                                                               Automotive Group Atlanta, has gone
                                                               over-the-top to provide you with what
                                                               will truly be a world-class airshow! In
                                                               addition to the great entries listed here,
                                                               families will enjoy a generous display of
                                                               restored antique planes, WWII war-
                                                               riors including the A-26, Spirit of
                                                               North Carolina, Commemorative Air
                                                               Force airplanes including the P-51, P-
                                                               47, TBM Avenger, and the British Sea
                                                               Fury. Aircraft currently in the military
                                                               inventory include the A-10, F/A-18,
                                                               C-130, and H-53.
                                                                    Visitors may tour booths and
                                                               exhibits in the Epps Hangar, and pur-
                                                               chase food and soft drinks from
                                                               Briarlake Baptist Church. Food will
                                                               also be available in the on-site restau-
                                                               rant, The Downwind, located in the
                                                               Administration Building. There will
                                                               also be plenty of children’s activities
                                                               available throughout the day.
                                                                    Admission to the Good Neighbor
                                                               Day is FREE; parking is $5 per vehicle.
                                                                                                            Racquet Rally Day at SRCC
                                                                                                                 Smoke Rise Country Club hosted it's 5th annual "Racquet
                                                                                                            Rally Day" for the Tucker High School special needs students. It
   Smoke Rise Girls Play on                                                                                 was a beautiful day on the courts as Smoke Rise Tennis Pro's
                                                                                                            Mark and Juan, who were joined by two of their friends, gave the
    Winning Tennis Team                                                                                     students stroke lessons and pointers. A pre-lesson warm up was
     Ryan Vaughters, Meagan McKeen and Victoria                                                             provided by Patrice Peters of Inclusif Fitness to get their hearts
Ashby (L to R) played Girls 12U Tennis (C3) at                                                              pumping and their feet moving! Each student was presented
Southland Country Club during the Spring ALTA                                                               with a Rally Day t-shirt provided by Smoke Rise Bottle Shop and
2011 season. Their team won the division and went                                                           a "goody" bag from community donors to make their day
on to win City Finals on May 14. Congratulations,                                                           complete. Thanks to several of the Smoke Rise Ladies Tennis
Girls!                                                                                                      teams, a delicious lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs finished off
                                                                                                            the morning. A fun time was had by all! Thanks, Smoke Rise!

Summit Pool Is Open … Still Time to Jump In!
Top ten reasons to join the Summit Pool & Tennis club for 2011:
1. Saline filtration system – no harsh chlorine to burn kids’ eyes
2. Extra hours - swim daily, 6 AM till 8 PM (10 PM Fri & Sat)
3. Friday & Saturday “Night Lights” - swim under the stars till 10 PM
4. New electronic card entry system
5. Covered pavilion with restrooms, picnic tables, lounge chairs
6. Diving board, fenced play area near pool
7. Certified life guards on duty noon to closing every day
8. Lots of activities and social events- Memorial Day Bar-B-Q, Dessert Nights, July 4th Pizza Day,
    Ice Cream Nights, Dive-in Movie, Labor Day Picnic .. and more
9. Year-round tennis on two lighted courts; ALTA teams
10. Plenty of off-road parking
Located on Silver Hill Road near SmokeRise Elementary.
Contact Kara at 678-478-5362 or for membership info.

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June, 2011                                                                                                                                                  just for fun
                                                                          Stone Mountain Park Debuts New Lasershow SpectacularTM
                                                                                         in Mountainvision This Summer
                                                                             Mountain Comes to Life with Revolutionary, Multi-Dimensional Projection
                                                                               Stone Mountain Park premiered an all-new Lasershow SpectacularTM, using an unprecedented digital,
                                                                          multi-dimensional projection called Mountainvision on Memorial Day Weekend.
                                                                               The new Lasershow SpectacularTM in Mountainvision, brings state-of-the-art, multi-dimensional magic
                                                                          to one of the world's biggest outdoor screens - Stone Mountain. Mountainvision will be the first time this
                                                                          immersive, unparalleled technology is used in Atlanta and in the Southeast. The production is four to five
                                                                          times the size of an IMAX screen and is taller than the Statue of Liberty.
                  ART Station Receives Award                                   “This new technology will bring the mountain to life,” said Gerald Rakestraw, vice president and gen-
                           ART Station received the "Rock of the
                                                                          eral manager, Stone Mountain Park. “At times, it will even appear as if the mountain is crumbling right
                    Community Award" Thursday, May 12th. This
                                                                          before your eyes. It truly is something you have to see to believe.”
                    award is presented to businesses in the Village who
                    have exhibited long-standing commitment to the             Stone Mountain Park has been home to the Lasershow SpectacularTM for more than 25 years. Seen by
                    community.                                            more than 25 million people since 1983, the multi-million-dollar spectacle is the world’s longest running
                       Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, ART     lasershow.
                    Station has been a major player in the Village of          “We are using all the tools in our arsenal: digital projection, lasers, special effects and pyrotechnics in
                    Stone Mountain offering quality arts programming      one of the most spectacular settings and with an 825 foot granite backdrop,” said Rakestraw. “There is no
                    services to over 50,000 patrons annually. Current     other place on earth to see a show like this.”
programs include: elementary & middle school summer arts camps; a              The Lasershow is free with $10 vehicle entrance to the Park. The best way to view the new Lasershow
season of 14 gallery exhibitions, a professional theatre company pro-     is with reserved VIP Terrace Seating. The Park also offers a variety of value-priced options for families to
ducing 7 productions annually; a folk art storytelling festival with an   enjoy the park attractions and the Lasershow such as the Gold Family Value Pass which includes four All
annual attendance of 15,000; a performance company for youth; a           Attraction Adventure Passes, four meal tickets and four reserved Lasershow seats for $149 plus tax.
performance company for teens; and classes in the visual, performing           Stone Mountain Park has again partnered this season with Full Spectrum, LLC to produce and operate
and literary arts for adults and children. ART Station’s management       the show, which in addition to introducing Mountainvision, will continue to feature original themed
of the Stone Mountain Artists Micro-enterprise program is in its 1st
                                                                          vignettes choreographed to inspiring music culminating with a dazzling fireworks display.
year. The mission of the arts incubator program is to plan for, build,
                                                                               Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta
develop, foster and to nurture a creative economy in the City of Stone
                                                                          Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See Before You Die,” Stone
Mountain and in 2011 has been recognized as the most creative eco-
nomic development program in Metro Atlanta by the Atlanta Regional        Mountain Park is located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit
Commission.                                                               39B, Highway 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit No.8 on Hwy 78. More information regarding Stone
     Main Street Stone Mountain, Inc. has started a program to recog-     Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation is available at 770-498-5690 or by visiting
nize long standing businesses...So far, Wells Cargo Cafe, The Village
Corner Restaurant and ART Station have received awards, with many
more to come as we are fortunate to have some tenacious, dedicated
and successful businesses in the Village!
     ART Station has been nominated for four ABBY Awards by the

                                                                                                           Saturday, June 11
Arts and Business Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in
the following categories:
* Outstanding Arts Organization 1996
* Outstanding Contributions to Education in 1995 and 2000

                                                                                                                                                                   June 17
  (Awarded 2000)                                                                  The Tucker Cruise-in is an old fashioned town meet and

                                                                                                                                                             Decatur Beach Party
* ART Station's Artistic Director for Outstanding Arts Professional          greet of the car community on Main Street in Tucker Georgia.
Other ART Station accomplishments:                                           Each Cruise-in takes place the second Saturday of every month

                                                                                                                                                              5 p.m.–midnight
* ART Station was one of the first recipients of the Metropolitan            from April to September. The events run from
  Atlanta Arts Fund Grant                                                    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
* The only three-time recipient of a Metropolitan Atlanta Arts                    We have vehicles ranging from antiques to street rods,
  Foundation Grant                                                           motorcycles to imports. For a $5 registration fee, we have a                         Decatur brings in 60 tons of
* Participant in the Cultural Olympiad of both the Lillehamer &              place for you to show off what you’ve got! Spectators are free.                 sand and turns the square into a
  Atlanta Games                                                                   For more information about the Tucker Cruise-Ins, please                   beach for this annual event.
* Two-time participant in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival - Charleston, SC      call 770-527-1521.                                                              Dancing on the Plaza to the
* Awarded a Comcast Community Development Grant                                                                                                              beach music on the MARTA
* Received a Community Service Award by the Gannett Foundation                                                                                               Plaza. Activities include chil-
  and 11Alive                                                                                                                                                dren's boardwalk games, wading
* ART Station’s ArtTime Program was rated “Best Art Instruction for
  Kids” by Atlanta Magazine                                                       Eckhart's                                                                  pools in the sand, & more in the
                                                                                                                                                             new expanded children’s area.
* Voted “Best Place to Make Your Own Art” by
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                                                                                                                                                                               June, 2011
                                                                                                                     Important Safety Tips for Homeowners
                           Alerts & Watches                                                                               With all the violent weather in our area lately, we all need to be
                                            by Jan Mahoney                                                           aware of our surroundings and follow a few safety tips that might just
                                                                                                                     save your life or home. During high winds, many times the power
FYI: It is the policy of the Smoke Signal that all reports of crime published in this column are based on informa-   lines are knocked down. You can see them and avoid them complete-
tion received directly from residents who are the victims of the crime, or who have witnessed suspicious activity,   ly. Of course this means no power in your home, but it’s not always
and never to include names and addresses.
                                                                                                                     because of a visible line down. High winds can disconnect, fray or
IMPORTANT INFORMATION                                                                                                dangerously bend lines going into your house, sometimes even causing
Remember these three important guidelines from our Tucker precinct:                                                  the damage within the outer walls. You don’t see it, but it’s there. Why
• Call 911 when the crime or a suspicious person sighting is in progress and say that the incident is “in            is this a huge problem? Well, when the power suddenly comes on to
  progress”. CALL NOW - not later.                                                                                   a large number of homes, it can be a surge that can actually cause
• Be very suspicious - call 911 for ALL suspicious behavior.                                                         sparks in those compromised wires, often resulting in fire. This hap-
• NEVER open doors to strangers.                                                                                     pened to quite a few people in Alabama after the devastating tornado
    You are the eyes and the ears of the Police Department. Call them and let them handle the situation -
                                                                                                                     damage. Imagine escaping the worst of it, only to lose your home to
do not ever attempt to handle a situation yourself.
                                                                                                                     fire when the power suddenly comes on to your home.
The following reports were received from the CrimeMapping and SpotCrime websites:                                      What can you do? Even if there aren’t apparent damages, remember
5/6/2011      ENTERING AN AUTO/THEFT - 4900 BLOCK CHEDWORTH DRIVE                                                    that it is always wise to turn off your major power “hogs” when the
5/11/2011     CRIMINAL TRESPASS - 4600 BLOCK HUGH HOWELL ROAD                                                        power goes out. Simply put the A/C on “off ”. This is especially
5/13/2011     ENTERING AUTOMOBILE/THEFT - 5300 BLOCK GAULEY RIVER DRIVE                                              important when we get those flickering starts and stops. Were you
5/14/2011     BURGLARY – 5200 BLOCK ROSSER RD                                                                        using your hair dryer, iron or toaster oven? Turn them off. You’ll still
                                                                                                                     have plenty of indications around your home when lights come on,
    You can subscribe to SpotCrime at and CrimeMapping at http://www.crimemap-                     but when all appliances, furnace, blow dryers, etc. come on at once,                                                                                you can blow the circuit breaker at best, damage your computer, burn
                                                                                                                     a hole in your bathroom counter from that forgotten curling iron, or
Vacation Checklist
                                                                                                                     cause a fire.
Help ensure home security while you're away.
                                                                                                                          Plan ahead by knowing where your circuit breaker box is as well
     Who's watching your house while you're away? Did you remember to lock that patio door? And who                  as your main water cut off. In an emergency, the absolute best thing
was in charge of getting the newspaper and mail delivery stopped? Don't let nagging doubts about the secu-           you can do is simply throw the main breaker and turn off the water
rity of your home ruin your vacation. Print out this checklist to make sure your security strategies will stay       coming into your home. If you have to vacate, you really don’t want
in force even when you're away.                                                                                      to come home to discover that water has been running from broken
• Don't discuss your travel plans in public places. A stranger could overhear you, follow you home to see            pipes upstairs.
  where you live, and then return when you're on vacation.                                                                For everyday situations, it is also good to follow this “cut it off tip”
• Stop your mail, newspapers, and other deliveries. Better yet, have a neighbor pick them up daily, or               when you notice that your A/C isn’t working very well. Don’t lower
  arrange to have a family friend who's a college student stay in your home.                                         the thermostat to force’ll overheat the compressor and may
• Arrange to have your lawn mowed while you're away. Ask a neighbor to set out your trash on collection              very well ruin the unit. If it doesn’t work, turn it off and call the
  day and then retrieve empty cans and recycling bins the same day.                                                  repairman. If you’ve been running it at max cool for a day or so, it will
• Leave a phone number where you can be reached with the neighbor who's watching your house (and your                be too hot for him to work on anyway! Would you drive your car cross
  monitoring service if you have an alarm).                                                                          country with the OIL light on? Of course not, so don’t run your unit
• Don't change the outgoing message on your answering machine. Never use a message that says you're out
                                                                                                                     when it’s not working.
  of town or provides another number where you can be reached. Instead, call in periodically to retrieve
                                                                                                                          Here’s hoping we don’t have any more of that devastating weath-
  your messages. Before you leave, disable or turn down the ringers on your phones so unanswered rings
  won't be heard from outside.                                                                                       er and that everyone will enjoy a wonderful, safe summer!
• A few days before you leave, set and activate the timers for your lights and a radio or TV to be sure they're
  working properly.
• Arrange to have a neighbor park in your driveway while you're away. Or if you're leaving your car at
  home, park it in the driveway instead of the garage, and ask your neighbor to move it from time to time.
  Unplug your automatic garage-door opener before you leave.
• In the summer, set your air conditioner to a higher temperature, but don't turn it off altogether. A silent
  compressor on a blistering day is a sure sign that a house is unoccupied.
• Leave blinds and shades in their normal positions. Burglars are attracted to homes with windows that
  remain covered day and night.
• If you're flying, use luggage tags that conceal your street address (or use your business address on luggage                 As Artists, we have the Expertise,
  tags). Someone standing behind you at the airport could note your address and decide to check out your                        the Creativity and the Desire,
  house while you're away.
• Before you lock the front door, take one last tour of the house to make sure all windows are locked and                          but you have the Canvas.
  that the alarm system is correctly armed.                                                                                          Let us book a session
Source: Better Homes & Gardens                                                                                                        to Paint You New.
    If you are a victim of a crime, please call Jan Mahoney at 770-621-0155 or email details to smoke-sig- so we can let the neighborhood know what’s going on by publishing it in the Smoke Signal.

* Remember if you don’t inform the police, the police don’t know what’s happening in your neighborhood.*

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June, 2011
Citizens of the Year…continued from page 1                                                         SRCA Has Successful Annual Meeting by Gene Wise
                                                                                                        Smoke Rise Community Association met, with an overflow crowd, at the Smoke Rise Golf Clubon
tutoring a young Burmese girl at the International Community                                       April 26. Sue Tolson and Charlene Hayward are not returning to the Board of Directors and it had been
School.                                                                                            decided to increase the size, so four new names were submitted. Two attendees volunteered to serve but no
      In 2010 she received the Louise Martin Klauke award for commu-                               more than two can be added at one time, according to the by-laws, so residents Chris Moseley and Ryan
nity service from the Junior League of DeKalb.                                                     Dease could not be added right now. There is plenty of work for them to do without Board membership.
      Bob is also active in community programs and in conjunction                                       The new board consists of carryovers Allan Diamonte and Pam Heisler, co-presidents; Patti Kisling,
with Honduras Outreach, organizes a group that travels to Honduras                                 Treasurer.; Mike Huerkamp, Sec.; Lisa Khemani, webpage, David Scott, phone directory and Dr. Pam
every spring to work on schools and medical clinics. The group, called                             Speaks, membership. The four new members are Melanie Johnson, Jody Lucy, Tom Lutz and Mike
the Wilderness Team, started a foundation (H.A.V.E.) that helps fund                               McCurdy.
the schools in Honduras. He has led trips there over the past 12 years.                                 Lisa has done some great work in revamping the website and putting the Smoke Signal on it for recent
      As a father of two daughters and grandfather of two granddaugh-                              editions and ready to go back and pick up others as it gets going. She has a problem to overcome with own-
ters, Bob is a longtime supporter of women’s issues and is a trustee of                            ership of the site and getting cooperation from previous webmasters to set it up.
the Women’s Sports Foundation. He has served as vice president on                                       New phone directories have been printed for the first time since 2006 and a few were available for atten-
the executive committee and is a recipient of the Foundation’s                                     dees but the bulk will have to be distributed shortly to paid up members, as they are completed. It appears
President’s Award.                                                                                 they will not be given or sold to non-members.
      Bob is also on the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention
                                                                                                        Janis Martinez was given the Citizen of the Year award. We will be losing Jan and Lincoln as they sell
and Visitors Bureau, the Atlanta Sports Council and the Cystic
                                                                                                   their home here and move out of state.
Fibrosis Foundation of Georgia. He served as chairman of CFF and
                                                                                                        All are urged to pay 2011 dues of $35 if you have not done so. Paid up members will be kept informed
was named director of the year for three years. He is a member of the
                                                                                                   by email and the website all during the year.
Rotary Club of Atlanta and was selected as winner of its Fred Hoyt
Hospitality Award last year. He is the incoming vice president of the
club and a district director for Rotary.                                                           TCA “Give An Hour” at Grace Health Center on June 11
      He serves on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center and is                                  Tucker Civic Association will host a “Give An Hour” community service project at Grace Health
an election observer representing the Carter Center in support of free                             Center, 2165 Idlewood Road, on Saturday, June 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Volunteers will plant flowers in front
and fair elections in the country of Nepal.                                                        of the building, pull weeds and plant flowers
      He sings, along with daughter Clair, in the choir at First UMC of                            at the gazebo, and play games with the senior
Decatur, where he serves on the Administrative Board. Bob is the co-                               residents. For more information, contact
founder and president of Hope-Beckham, Inc., an Atlanta-based pub-                                 Wanda Cail, TCA’s District 2 Representative
lic relations agency.                                                                              at
                                                                                                       In May, TCA’s “Give An Hour” project
                                                                                                   focused on Fitzgerald Field, one of the oldest
                                                                                                   privately-owned youth athletic facilities in the
    DAVID S. WALKER                                                                                country, located near the intersection of
                                                                                                   Lawrenceville Highway and Jimmy Carter
    See website at                                                             Boulevard, on Saturday, May 14. Volunteers
    Legal blog:
                                                                                                   spruced up the facility in advance of the
    Providing legal counsel in DeKalb and Gwinnett                                                 spring football game for Tucker High School.
    Counties and Metro Atlanta since 1976 in cases involving:                                          In April, the “Give An Hour” project honored the “Great American Clean Up” with three projects in
                                                                                                   downtown Tucker greenspaces. About 40 volunteers pulled weeds and mulched a nature walking trail at
     • Serious Injury & Wrongful Death Cases
                                                                                                   Tucker Recreation Center on Lavista Road, while about 20 workers pulled privet and other invasive species
       • Divorce, Custody, Support & Adoption
         • Estate Planning & Probate                                                               out of the Tucker Nature Preserve, across Lawrenceville Highway from the Cofer Crossing shopping center,
           • Wills and Estate Planning Voted                                                       and a half-dozen volunteers pulled invasive weeds and spread dirt and mulch at the greenspace triangle at
             • Business Law            "Best Law Firm"                                             the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Lavista Road.
                                       in Gwinnett 2004
               • Corporations                                                                          Fruit, snacks, and drinks for the event were donated by Kroger, Wal-Mart and Starbucks Coffee. Bo
                                       by Gwinnett Magazine
                 • Litigation                                                                      Phillips donated roadside safety cones.
             Certified mediator for civil cases and domestic issues
                        (divorce, support, custody etc.)                                           TCA donates grill to Fire Station 5
          6340 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 200 • Duluth GA 30097                                          TCA held a “Give An Hour” project at Fire Station 5 on Lawrenceville Hwy. in March. Volunteers
        2330 Scenic Highway, Suites 208-209 • Snellville GA 30078                                  cleaned up the grounds and planted flowers. TCA also presented new outdoor chairs and tables, purchased
               Phone 770-972-3803 • Fax 770-921-7418                                               with money given by local citizens during a “Give 5 for 5” fund-raising campaign. Enough money was
        email:,                                      donated to purchase a new gas grill for the firefighters. On May 13, TCA President and Smoke Rise Resident
                                                                                                   Tom Lawrence and Past President Paul Ellingson presented a new Brinkmann Grill to a group including
                   Licensed in Georgia and District of Columbia
                         University of Georgia Law Degree                                          Battalion Chief Morrison, Captain Yarbrough, Firefighter Teutsch and Firefighter Thompson. The gift was
                        ~Smoke Rise Community Resident~                                            made possible with support from Home Depot at Lawrenceville Hwy. and Jimmy Carter Blvd. and from the
                                                                                                   Brinkmann Corporation.

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     Did you know that we welcomed over 450 people from 31 states and 13 countries to the Stone
Mountain Village Visitor Center last month? You can be one of of those welcome and friendly faces! We are                                                         770-621-0393
looking for volunteers to work one 3 hour shift per month.When you do, you'll be entered into a drawing                                                        We accept American Express,
for a local business gift certificate. If "Hospitality" is your motto, please become part of our team.                                                              Visa & Mastercard
     For more information, please contact Visitor Center Manager Kim Cumbie at 770-469-3399 or
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ºLilburn Farmer's Market
    Hungry? Looking for the best place to buy farm-fresh food? The Lilburn Farmers' Market features pro-
duce, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and many more yummy food products. Stop by the Greenway Trail
Parking Lot (right across Main Street from City Hall) every Friday from 4 to 8 PM during June, July and

Lilburn Comunity Garage Sale
Saturday, June 4 • 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Our Community Garage Sales are popular both with people trying to get rid of their stuff and people
looking for deals on new stuff. With nearly 50 parking spaces of items to browse, you're sure to find some-
thing you like. Plus, admission is free.                                                                                       20% DISCOUNT FOR SMOKE RISE RESIDENTS
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Civil War Sequicentennial Summer Lecture Series
    The Summer Lecture Series will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium from 7–9 PM the second
Thursday of each month (May-August). The program will start at 7:30, each presenter will present a 45-                                                           Complete Line of Hardware
minute program with 15 minutes allotted for Q&A. Guests for the lectures will be given free admittance to                                                             Special Order
the museum before and after the presentation.                                                                                                                      & Hard to Find Items

June 9
Timothy Crimmins, Georgia State University                                                                                                    HANDY
Shades of Gray: Stone Mountain & The Changing Landscape of Atlanta’s Memorials                                                            ACE HARDWARE
Memorialization of the Confederate dead and of Confederate military and civilian leaders began in Atlanta soon
after the cessation of hostilities. The immediate task was to provide a decent burial ground with simple, imper-     4365 Cowan Road
manent markers. The longer-term task was to chisel in stone and cast in bronze monuments, large and small, to        TUCKER, GA 30084                                 Phone 770-939-6842
what became known as the Lost Cause. The landscape of Confederate memorialization in Atlanta might not be
apparent to the casual observer, but it stretches along Memorial Drive from the Capitol, past Oakland Cemetery,
to Stone Mountain. Using photographs and other historic documents, Tim Crimmins will explore this landscape
from the simple head stones in Oakland Cemetery to the three acre carving on Stone Mountain.
July 14
Barry Brown & Rich Elwell, GA Civil War Commission
Crossroads of Conflict: Touring Civil War sites in Georgia
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Receive a crash course in local                                                                                                                 Dr. Lisa K.White
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lectures by local historians, plus                                                                                                              Dr. Melissa L. Harmon
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June, 2011
Smoke Rise Residents Lend a Helping
Hand to Alabama Tornado Victims                                              Read. Then Go!
                                                                             by Karen Steinger
by Barbara Bruschi

      Imagine as you look                                                         Sometimes being an armchair traveler is just the impetus you need to actually take that more alluring
toward the sky a black funnel                                                journey. There are some great travel writers that really hit the mark and the two described below fit the bill.
cloud is seen on the horizon                                                      Paul Theroux’s travel diaries are a thrill to read as he immerses himself in fascinating locales. The aro-
                                                                             mas, tastes and experiences he incurs and endures awaken your senses, but in many instances you are glad
and minutes later there is a
                                                                             yours are only imagined from the written page. Among his best, Riding the Iron Rooster, is a fascinating
roar in the air, darkness sur-
                                                                             account of traveling in Southeast Asia, where he describes the smell of mutton permeating the gloomy air,
rounds you and suddenly the
                                                                             and hard candy the only sweet relief available (Mongolia).
awesome power of nature
                                                                                  The Old Patagonian Express traces a route from Boston to the tip of South America and you wonder
descends upon the South
                                                                             how Theroux emerges unscathed. The Happy Isles of Oceania is a vivid narrative of the South Pacific and the
and leaves behind a trail of                                                 Yam Festival in the Trobriands is, well, read it for yourself.
deadly destruction and tears.                                                     Dark Star Safari has been critiqued by some as a portrait of Theroux’s contempt for the Africa he once
On April 27, 2011 the third                                                  knew, but I did not find this to be the case. It is thoroughly entertaining and captivating. I find him a won-
deadliest Tornado Outbreak                                                   derful writer who delivers the one-star down-and-dirty grassroots adventure, instead of the five-star sanitized
in U.S. History occurred. These deadly storms raked across 7 States          journey of many traveler’s dreams.
and left 236 dead in Alabama alone.                                               Another more irreverent writer who is a joy to read is J. Maarten Troost. The Sex Lives of Cannibals:
      Pleasant Grove, Alabama, a superb of Birmingham was damaged            Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific serves up a riotous glimpse into the life in Tawaw, Kiribati. With graduate
beyond anybody's wildest dreams. “People in Alabama surveyed flat-           degrees and working in temp positions, Troost wanted nothing more than to write. When his girlfriend was
tened, debris-strewn neighborhoods and told of pulling bodies from           appointed to a post in Kiribati, he took off into parts totally unknown. Imagine what looks from afar like
rubble after the storms passed Wednesday (27th of April), afternoon          an idyllic paradise is, upon closer inspection, a waste dump. Was he in for a surprise.
and evening.”                                                                     Getting Stoned With the Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu is a continuation of his
      Tornadoes happen in a flash, it is unbelievable how utterly            travels to “paradise”. Now working in a Brooks Brother nine-to-five world, the travel bug bites him again
destructive they are. Those that survived are left with nothing and have     and it’s off to Fiji. When a coup erupts in Fiji, they escape to Vanuatu. What follows are nights drowning
the daunting task to rebuild their lives.                                    in Kava, days of searching for cannibals and trying to avoid moray eels, sea snakes and sharks.
      The town of Pleasant Grove was first homesteaded in September,              He next takes on China - Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to
1836 and was incorporated as a city in January, 1937.                        Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation (or How to Become Comfortable Eating Live Squid). That about
      Stephanie and Jason Collins live in Smoke Rise with their two          sums it up. If you have ever been to China, this book will bring back memories and create some. If China
children.Stephanie was born and raised in Tucker, Ga. but her mother         is on your list, hopefully you will still have the courage to visit!
and her family were from Pleasant Grove. Jason’s grandparents and
Stephanie's grandparents were best friends and that’s how the couple         Father’s Day…continued from page 1
has known each other since they were little. Stephanie loved to visit her
grandparents, friends and family . Today their hearts are heavy when         as a better place. Today a father can make a video recording his life for his children as a wonderful gift that
they see the town of their child-hood destroyed. Stephanie’s grandpar-       will truly be cherished.
ents built a home for themselves with their own hands, stone by stone             The US has Armed Forces serving all over the world, preserving freedom and fighting evil.
and it was diminished to rubble.                                                  These brave fathers are sacrificing their lives so their children may have a better future and they deserve
      When interviewed by CBS reporter Steve Kiggins, they empha-            our respect and gratitude for their unconditional commitment. Many fathers dream of home on this spe-
                                                       sized the need to     cial day. They work in 115 degree heat and at night when it cools to 95, they can communicate via Skype
                                                       donate every day      with their families. Communications are better now, sending text messages through the days help, yet those
                                                       items from tooth      on a second or third deployment find the separation from their families increasingly more difficult. Seeing
                                                       paste to diapers      pictures is not the same as holding your child in your arms and hearing that sweet voice say: Daddy, I love
                                                       and     monetary      you. We can remember our overseas fathers by sending packages, letters, flowers, videos, phone cards and
                                                       donations to help     simple home made poems bring joy.
                                                       buy the needed        will give you instructions how to celebrate Dads Serving Overseas.
                                                       items for day to           We also remember the victims of the recent earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, and floods who lost many
                                                       day operations.       beloved fathers. For those families there will be challenges and heartaches that will linger for many years.
                                                         When neighbors           We think of our injured service men, spending this day in foreign hospitals and dreaming of home, and
                                                       heard of the plight   we wish them a speedy recovery.
                                                       of the Alabamians          Enjoy the time you have with the fathers in your lives, honoring them for the friendship and support
they were ready to step into actions and brought clothing, checks,           they share every day.
water etc. to their home.
   Jason has been to Alabama several times to deliver these goods. This
is when our community is at its best, to help those in distress.               NEWS YOU CAN USE
    Their company, Affordable Roofing, is located in Tucker and you
can deposit items and checks to help out. Address: 2323 Main Street,           by AvivA Hoffmann
Tucker 30084.Telf: 770-939-9552.
      We sincerely hope that those unfortunate Tornado victims will            DeKalb’s Recycling Program Just Makes “Green” Sense
find the strength and courage to start anew. All of us can have a little
part in helping along the way. Communities in Alabama are sharing                    If you are not yet on the recycling train – there is still time to get your ticket! Sign up for this won-
supplies among themselves.                                                      derful, convenient service that is making a very “green” impact in our county. We must team up across
Misfortune can befall us at any time and being a friend in need gives           the county (and Country) to increase recycling. If we delay this responsibility now – our landfill
a feeling of worthiness. After all we are a community which depends             (Seminole Road) will reach its capacity much sooner, and that means we will have to find another way
upon each other.                                                                to dispose of our waste.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that lost loved             All of the recycling material, collected in DeKalb, county ends up at a recycling plant – so it can
ones and those that are left with nothing but dreams for a new life.            be sorted, processed and eventually reused. There are three Sanitation Transfer Stations that serve
                                                                                DeKalb County. The largest is the Central Transfer Station in Decatur. These facilities serve as a con-
                                                                                venient location where all the items, collected from the various sanitation routes, get sorted and then
                                                                                loaded onto a tractor trailer for the journey to our landfill – or even better – to a recycling plant. The
                                                                                transfer stations help save our county time, money and resources.
  PLUMBING FIXTURES                                                                  DeKalb County has been in the “green” business longer than most people realize. It actually start-
                                                                                ed collecting twice-a-week garbage and once-a-week bulky items back in 1937. And, it has continued
                                                                                to add services ever since. (i.e. Newspaper recycling in 1974, scrap metal collection in 1975, white goods
          R.W. DOWNS PLUMBING, INC.                                             and appliances in 1976, aluminum cans in 1990, and yard debris in 1991.)
           Repairs — Remodeling — New Installations                                  In 1993, the county developed the pickup compost areas. A few more innovative highlights include
                   Commercial — Residential                                     the collection of co-mingled recyclables – or curbside recycling - which began in 2005 (and has already
                                                                                diverted more than 44,000 tons of material away from our landfill). In 2006, the county’s Green Energy
 BOBBY DOWNS                                                                    Plant officially went online to make electricity – from landfill gas!
 PRESIDENT                                          (404) 299-3100                   There are some exceptions, but DeKalb’s recycling program accepts more recyclables than most
                                                                                other programs. Think about these figures from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection:

                                                                                While it takes a banana roughly three to four weeks to degrade, an aluminum can takes between 200

                                                                                and 500 years. A plastic jug can take a million years, and it is believed that Styrofoam and glass do not

                                                                                degrade – ever.
                                            AIR CONDITIONING                         If we all do our part, WE CAN ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS. So, make sure you are signed up
                                               GA. REG. #300339                 for the county’s recycling program. If your single-family residence currently receives garbage pickup in
                                                                                DeKalb County, YOU are eligible to join the county’s curbside recycling program. More than 31,000
                      STEPHEN A. RENNER                                         DeKalb households have signed up so far, and the cost is minimal. You pay $15.00 for a blue bin (for
  • PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS TO PRESERVE                               paper items), and an additional $15.00 for a box of 100 blue bags (for comingled items).
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                                                                                                                                                                          June, 2011
From the Desk of Sen. Steve Henson                                            Award Winning Programs
Sen. Steve Henson currently serves as the Democratic Whip.                         The Public Issues Community Service Program (CSP) of the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club
He represents the 41st Senate District which includes portions of             was recognized at the State Convention of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs as the best in the state.
DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.                                                 In addition to the Silver Award for Best Overall, the Public Issues CSP was recognized by the Georgia
                                                                              Automobile Dealers Association with a First Place Cash Award. Under the leadership of Co-Chairmen,
      Another busy session of the Georgia General Assembly has come           Marty Bryan and Barbara Luton, the Public Issues CSP provides assistance to the Women’s Resource Center
to a close. As lawmakers, we passed several bills that are certain to         for Domestic Violence Prevention and works with Safe Kids to teach parents the correct use of child car seats
make Georgia a safer and better place to live and work. As always, a          . Throughout the year, the Public Issues team coordinates gifts to the Battered Women’s Shelter, VA Patients
few bills passed that gave me pause, but in any case, I pledge to con-        at the local VA Hospital and military personnel serving overseas.
tinue working for the best interest of my constituents.                            The Tallulah Falls Committee again brought home the General Achievement Gavel for the Clubs’ sup-
      Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed a bill into law that will require      port of the Tallulah Falls School, which is owned by the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs. One of the
parents to keep their children in car safety seats for an additional two      fun activities provided for TFS students by the Stone Mountain Club is an annual hot dog supper and Tour
years. It requires parents to continue using car safety seats until a child   of Southern Ghosts.
reaches 8 years old or a height of 4-feet, 9-inches. Similar laws have             The Awards Program at the State Convention recognizes Clubs by membership size, and the GFWC
been proven to prevent injuries and fatalities in other states.               Stone Mountain Woman’s Club is in the 51 and over membership group. The Art Community Service
      We also passed a bill to allow local communities to sell alcoholic      Program and the International Outreach Community Service Program won First Place Awards in the 51 and
beverages on Sunday, should a majority of people in those communi-            over category. Home Life, co chair Terry Ingwersen also won a First Place Cash Award for the support of
ties approve via a vote. Several years ago, we allowed communities to         Dream House for Medically Fragile Children.
sell alcohol in bars and restaurants on Sundays, assuming they voted               These and other awards won by the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club at the State Convention
for such a measure. That means, for about the past 15 years, the law in       held in Callaway Gardens this spring highlight some of the local community, state, national and interna-
many Georgia communities essentially said: “If you want to drink on           tional programs supported by the Club throughout the year. Gail Rushing serves as President of the GFWC
Sunday, you’re going to have to drive to do it.” It is common sense to        Stone Mountain Woman’s Club and Shari Carter, a member of the Stone Mountain Club, is President of
allow communities to decide this matter for themselves.                       the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs.
      Not too long ago, lawmakers in Arizona passed stiff immigration
reform. Almost immediately, their efforts were locked down by a fed-
eral judge’s injunction. On the very day the Georgia Senate passed sim-
ilar legislation here, a federal appeals court upheld that Arizona injunc-
tion. Lawyers are poised to fight this new Georgia law and I predict a
                                                                                                                       Stone Mountain Rotary Club
similar injunction quickly. Likewise, Georgia’s new immigration law
might open us up to boycotts. We do have serious concerns about ille-                                                       The Stone Mountain Rotary Club’s annual salute to the World
gal immigration in Georgia. It seemed to me, however, that the pru-                                                     War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans who live at Park Springs
dent option would have been to wait and see how the Arizona law                                                         Retirement Community was held on May 31st. Over 150 Stone
played in the courts and how the kinks in the verification system can                                                   Mountain Rotarians, veterans and guests attended the occasion.
                                                                              This year we were fortunate to have Dante Stephensen as the speaker. While better known as the Dante of
be addressed before passing our own version of the law. In the not-too-
                                                                              Dante’s Down the Hatch restaurant in Buckhead, Dante commissioned the very first Navy SEAL team and
distant future, we will know what parts of the Arizona law will be
                                                                              became its first Operations and Training officer.
upheld by the courts and which parts will not.
                                                                                   One of the highlights of the Rotary year is the annual District Conference; this year it was at Callaway
      The General Assembly also made some needed changes to the
                                                                              Gardens. A large number of Stone Mountain Rotarians and their families attended, as outgoing District
Hope Scholarship. Increases in tuition and enrollment were putting
                                                                              Governor, Casey Farmer turned over the gavel to incoming District Governor, Margie Kersey,both Stone
the Hope Scholarship in financial danger. Previously, any student that        Mountain Rotarians. A large number of awards
kept a 3.0 grade point average received full tuition reimbursement at         were garnered by the Stone Mountain Rotary
state colleges, as well as fees and books. Under the new plan, based on       Club at the conference including the prestigious
current numbers, students with a 3.0 grade point average will have            Albert Thompson Best Financial Support to the
about 90 percent of their tuition paid. That could change to a lower          Rotary Foundation award.
percentage of if tuition continues to rise. Also under the new plan, stu-          The Stone Mountain Rotary Club, one of the
dents with a 3.7 grade point average and a 1,200 SAT score will receive       over 33,000 Rotary clubs that make up Rotary
full tuition payments. I supported an alternative plan, but I hope that       International, meets each and every Tuesday at
with changes made to how bonuses are paid and priorities set to               noon at the Smoke Rise Country Club.
increase the amount of lottery funds going to the Hope Fund that we           If you are interested in learning more about Rotary
may be able to restore the system in the future.                              and specifically the Stone Mountain Rotary Club,
      In another bill, the Garden Club of Georgia opposed a plan to           please contact either Frank Luton at (770) 491-
allow billboard companies to clear cut trees from around their roadside       6711 or Jenny Hall Busch at (678) 406-0555.
ads. I supported the Garden Club on this measure. I think the bill,
which will soon be law, went a bit too far. We need to balance business
needs with beautification projects and environmental protections.
      In closing, I want to address a bipartisan effort where lawmakers             Vacation
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unimaginable nightmare of forced prostitution and sex trafficking.
Child exploitation and prostitution has become a catastrophe of                    For all ages
unthinkable proportions in the state of Georgia. Each month, 7,200                 This summer's Vacation
men pay for sex acts with minors. This session, we passed a new law to          Reading Program, One
enforce harsher punishments on adults who force minors into such                World, Many Stories, is kick-
horrific acts. Under the old law, trafficking an adult for prostitution         ing off at the TuckerLibrary.
was punishable by a minimum of one year behind bars. Our new law                We will have Imaginators
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                                                                                                                                                 garden clubs
Mountain Shadow Garden Club
      At the Mountain Shadow Garden Club's May meeting, Sara
                                                                              Smoke Rise Morning Glories Garden Club
Henderson presented a program on "Shade Garden Design" using                        The Smoke Rise Morning Glories Garden Club gathered for their May 10, 2011 meeting at the
photographs of her garden as illustrations. Her presentation, as usual,       home of Nancy Hudgins.
was outstanding and provided practical information and guidelines for               Our speaker was Dawn Hines, a DeKalb
listeners to turn a shady, sun deprived yard into a beautiful garden.         County Master Gardener and director of the Tucker
      The first step in designing a shade garden is to recognize and          Butterfly Garden project. Mrs. Hines spoke about
accept the fact that gardening in the shade will be different from gar-       the process of designing and installing an educa-
dening in the sun. Sunlight is important to all plants, particularly for      tional garden at the Tucker Recreation Center on
flowering plants, since the production of flowers requires energy.            LaVista Road. Volunteers there have replaced grass
Excessive exposure to hot afternoon sunlight, however, can be harm-           with a colorful display that serves both to beautify
ful. Since the amount of sunlight that is beneficial varies significantly     the street view and support one of Georgia’s most
between species, the design of a shade garden should always consider          valuable resources, our native butterflies. Long
the expected sun pattern in the garden. Sara suggested we identify the        admired for their brilliant color in the garden, but-
sun pattern in mid June and prepare a sketch of the garden area with          terflies are also one of Georgia’s important pollina-
the sun, partial shade and shade areas carefully noted. Areas receiving       tors, ensuring that another generation of flowers L to R: Nancy Brandau, Nancy Hudgins, Joy
at least 5 1/2 hours/day of sun are considered "sun" areas. Areas receiv-     and herbs will grow from this year’s crop.               Streater and Carol Wagnon.
ing less than an hour/day of sun are shade areas and the remainder is               The Tucker garden serves as a nursery, snack
partial shade. Since many beautiful plants grow best in partial shade,        bar and refueling station for butterflies in all the different stages of their brief, bright lives. At every
consider judicious pruning to thin the tree cover in shade areas to           point of butterfly development, these insects need plants in order to flourish. Eggs are hidden safely
change them to partial shade.                                                 on trees and leaves, caterpillars munch through many times their weight in greenery, cocoons nestle in
      The next step to take is to decide what type of garden you desire:
                                                                              the shelter of garden plants and mature butterflies drink their fill at flowers.
formal, relaxed/casual or woodland and select plants for the different
                                                                                    With the loss of native plants that support butterflies in the wild, our gardens can make a contri-
areas, keeping in mind that, unlike on TV, you don't install a garden;
                                                                              bution to keeping these hard working insects abundantly supplied. Planting herbs such as parsley and
you build one over time. Sara believes the ideal time to start the
                                                                              fennel give caterpillars the energy they need to transform themselves into their final life form; restrict-
process is in winter since every garden needs evergreens to provide
                                                                              ing pesticides in the garden gives butterflies the safe landing they need to continue their life work.
structure and color, particularly in winter, when many trees and shrubs
                                                                                    At the conclusion of the meeting, the Morning Glories enjoyed a picnic luncheon served in indi-
are bare. Camellias, both japonica and sasanquas, Daphne odora and
                                                                              vidual baskets–perfect for carrying out to the Hudgins’ veranda for a better view of the backyard.
Hellebores also provide beautiful blooms during the fall and winter
months. Other evergreens, such as conifers, hollies, ferns, the cast-iron
plant and variegated varieties contribute color and texture with their
needles and leaves. Plants for the spring include flowering bulbs,
                                                                                                             Smoke Rise Garden Club
woodland groundcovers, astilbe, native and crested iris, flowering                                             Our May meeting was held at the home of Paula Adeoba with Denise
quince, dogwood and Eastern redbud. The queen of the summer gar-                                           Finley and Peggy Clegg as co-hostesses. Our speaker was Don Chestnut,
den in our area is the Big Leaf Hydrangea, which cannot survive in a                                       National Creative Director of The McCarthy Group. He formerly was with
sun garden. Numerous varieties are available, many of which bloom on                                       Carithers Florists as a wedding coordinator. The program was Formal
both old and new wood. Hostas are a great foliage plant for a summer                                       Linear Floral Design Techniques. He demonstrated low basing design using
garden and Clematis vines can be trained to grow up through                                                vegetative materials, which has more of a European design flavor, including
hydrangeas and native azaleas. Since plants have different soil, mois-                                     pave’ and diagonal design. A lot of the material used was from his yard such
ture and light requirements, they should be planted in spots where                                         as fatsia, hosta leaves, nandina and acuba, ornamental grasses, adding calla
these needs are best satisfied. After planting is complete, Sara suggest-                                  lily or tulips to create very stylized arrangements. He then gave three of his
ed adding a few garden ornaments and a bench or two where you can                                          creations to our members.
sit and enjoy your creation.                                                                                  On the first Saturday in May we held our annual plant sale at Smoke Rise
      Chad Grosklags, President of Atlas Termite and Pest Control and                                      Baptist Church, another successful sale completed! We use those funds to
VP of U Spray Inc./ will present a program on                                                  buy plants, pinestraw, etc., for the Smoke Rise subdivision corners on Hugh
“Integrated Pest Management” at our June meeting. Chad holds                                               Howell. This year we got a load of tree chips and spread them at the Deer
degrees in chemistry and marketing and frequently serves as an expert                                      Ridge west corner to keep down the weeds. Give a big thank you to Tom
for articles about pest control in the NY Times and Atlanta Journal-        Lutz, Jens Christensen and Roy Farley for lending their muscles and pitchforks to get that job done!
Constitution. Visitors are cordially invited to join us at 7:30 PM            We are off for the summer months now, but will have our family summer gathering in August at the home
Monday, June 6th, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 Hugh             of Debbie and Buster Haralson. If you would like to meet your neighbors and join us then, please contact
Howell Rd. Free Call 770-934-4726 for directions.                           Sue Chandler @ 770-938-2218.

                                                                            Mountain Mums Garden Club
                                                                                 The Mums have been out and about in the community since their April meeting. They were first sight-
                                                                            ed on April 26th gathering in the Smoke Rise Baptist Parking lot for a field trip to Vince Dooley's garden
                                est. 1978                                   in Athens. Stay tuned to the Smoke Signal for next month's article about Vince’s FABULOUS gardens!
         20% OFF ONE CUSTOM FRAME                                                The Mums were next sighted on May 2nd at the Stone Mountain Assisted Living facility. Nine club
             With this coupon • $50 maximum discount                        members helped residents decorate wicker wreaths with artificial flowers and ribbon. It was wonderful to see
                                                                            the creativity and individuality of each 'masterpiece' as they worked. Next, the Mums were seen at the
        2319 Main Street, Tucker        Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.           Memorial triangle on Hugh Howell and 78 Highway planting summer annuals and tidying up. The newly
        770-491-3305                    Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.            planted white petunias look beautiful! And, I know the whole community is enjoying their brief glimpse
                                           of the wall garden as they make their way to and from work!
                                                                                                                                                         That brings us to our May 11th
                                                                                                                                                      meeting. Debra Adams hosted the
                                                                                                                                                      club in her home along with Lisa
                                                                                                                                                      Armisted, Helen Homrich, Ann
                                                                                                                                                      Purr and Sally Young. The busi-
                                                                                                                                                      ness meeting concluded with
                                                                                                                                                      induction of officers for the 2011-
                                                                                                                                                      2012 year. Debra Adams then
                                                                                                                                                      showed the club how to paint and
                                                                                                                                                      decorate garden stones.
                                                                                                                                                          The Mountain Mums garden
                                                                                                                                                      club year runs from August to
                                                                                                                                                      May. Over the summer we tend
                                                                                                                                                      our own gardens and occasionally
                                                                                                                                                      meet for field trips. During the
                                                                                                                                                      year we meet on the second
                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday of every month at
                                                                                                                                                      10:00 AM in various members’
                                                                               • State Licensed                     • Skilled Nursing                 homes. Contact Lisa Jackson for
                                                                                                                                                      the most up-to-date membership
                                                                               • Personal Home Care & Home Visits • IV Therapy
                                                                                                                                                      information: 770-717-8828. If
                                                                               • 24 Hour On-Call                    • Bonded & Insured                you do not have time to join our
                                                                               • Hourly or Live-In                  • Most Insurance/Medicaid         garden club, look for our monthly
                                                                               • Certified Nursing Assistants         Accepted                        article in the Smoke Signal. The
                                                                                                                                                      articles will keep you posted on
                                                                                                                                                      the club's activities. Next year we
                                                                                                                                                      hope to have a facebook page!
                                                                                                                                                      Our club is a member of the
                                                                                                                                                      Garden Clubs of Georgia,
                                                                                                                                                      Redbud District, the National
                                                                                                                                                      Garden Clubs, and DeKalb
                                                                                                                                                      Federation of Garden Clubs.
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                                                                                                                                                 HODGE PODGE
                                                                                                                                                 by Jenny Hall Busch

   Classified Ads
  SWIM LESSIONS for 1/2 or 1                     POTTERY CLASSES–All levels.                     BERRETTA PAINTING #1 in
                                                                                                                                                 I can totally embrace June, with its cute graduates, darling brides and the

  hour in our SR heated pool.                    Open 7 days a week. Classes &                   Smoke Rise customer satisfaction.
                                                                                                                                                 full-scale onslaught of grills fired up all through the neighborhood. Ah, the

  Licensed lifeguard and experi-                 workshops available. Zen and Now                Int/ext. painting, pressure wash-
                                                                                                                                                 smell of burned meat, blackened vegetables and an occasional whiff of
  enced competition swimmer.                     Clay     Studio.       678-534-5436.            ing, and repairs. Licensed/insured.
                                                                                                                                                 lighter fluid soaked hand mitts. Catalogues pour into the house, full of new
  Madison Peters – 404-285-9687                             Warranty. 770-923-0537.
                                                                                                                                                 gadgets and outdoor patio junk that I don’t want. Even worse, one of those
  SMOKE RISE HOUSECLEAN-                         THE HOME TEAM Interior/                         AFFORDABLE LAWN CARE                            fru-fru catalogues now sells meat, and I have to tell you...there’s no way on
  ER has 2 - 4 openings for full or              exterior repairs, painting, any size            Mowing, edging, pruning, trim-                  this planet that I’m going to spend $80.00 on four flat iron steaks. These
  partial days. Call 678- 978-6113.              job! Excellent workmanship,                     ming, etc. Reasonable, depend-
                                                                                                 able, insured. Call Mark at 770-
                                                                                                                                                 steaks are from designer cows driven from meadow to meadow in Rolls Royce
  For Smoke Rise reference call 770              dependable. Free estimates. Call
  939-8676                                       Michael Paige. 770-431-8554,                    235-1231
                                                                                                                                                 vans. This same catalogue offers pork belly (bacon?) for $90.00 and pork

  WINDOW CLEANING –                              770-595-2482.                                   METRO AREA FIREMAN
                                                                                                                                                 collar. What is pork collar? I’ll stick with flat iron that I find on sale at the
  Year-round detailed window                     STEINER CONSTRUCTION, INC.                      CLEANS GUTTERS, pressure
                                                                                                                                                 grocery store. Get ready for Dad to rediscover fire again! Bring on the hearty
  cleaning by hand. Fully licensed,              Licensed and insured. Window,                   washes homes, driveways, decks                  food! Hooray for bathing suits with skirts and tummy panels! Summer!
  owner operated company. Visit                  water heater, roof replacement and              & walkways. 5 years experience.                 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––                    roof repair. Call Bill Steiner at               Call Phillip 404-328-6595 for                                        Flat Iron Steak with Dry Rub
  Call 678-516-7939                              770-316-7897                                    appointment.
  SMOKE RISE LANDSCAPES                          PETS, PAPERS & POSIES: I’ll                     Experienced, industrious EURO-
                                                                                                                                                       Mix the following and store, covered, in the cupboard for months.

  15 years experience, lawn mainte-              care for them while you’re away.                PEAN HOUSE CLEANERS
                                                                                                                                                 Be careful when you add these ingredients - read your labels. I have

  nance, pinestraw, mulch, sodding,              Smoke Rise resident 30+ years.                  available for daily, weekly, month-
                                                                                                                                                 huge containers that all look similar, and I once mistook the cayenne
  seeding, fertilization, core aeration.         Karen Bouchard, 770-491-6608.                   ly service. References available                pepper for the paprika. 1/4 cup of cayenne was mind boggling. (Brown
  Ryan Rhodes 404-556-2634                       BABYSITTING SERVICE –                           upon request. Call Elvisa; home                 sugar Splenda works good; use half the amount called for.)
  HANDYMAN INC. has over 225                     Loves kids, affordable price.                   770-923-7581, cell 404-245-9881.
                                                                                                 WAGNON LANDSCAPE GROUP
                                                                                                                                                     1 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup salt, 1/4 cup paprika, 1 Tablespoon chili
  clients in the SR community.                   Contact Caitlin Faust at 678-894-
                                                                                                 Residential, commercial, design &
                                                                                                                                                 powder, 1 Tablespoon pepper, 1 Tablespoon lemon pepper, 1 teaspoon
  Providing all your “homework”                  6203. Smoke Rise resident. 14
                                                                                                 installation. Year-round mainte-
                                                                                                                                                 ground cumin, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard,
  needs. Logan Carlisle, owner and               years old.
                                                 COMPUTER AND NETWORK                            nance, light tree work/cleanups.
  Handyman@ 770-235-3684.
                                                                                                                                                 dash of garlic powder, and a dash of cinnamon. Mix well with back of
                                                                                                 Licensed/insured SR resident with
  LOCKSMITH               SERVICES               SALES & SERVICES – Trusted
                                                                                                                                                 spoon to get rid of lumps.
                                                                                                 SR references. 770-381-3697
  Deadbolts installed, re-key, repair,           Company working with localcom-
                                                                                                                                                       Use sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut away the silver tendon on
                                                                                                 KENNEDY HOME SOLUTIONS
  reinforced strike plates & motion              munity since 1995. References
                                                                                                                                                 the underside of the meat. You can’t get it all, but cutting some of it
                                                                                                 Drywall, bathroom/kitchen fixture
  lights installed, door threshold &             available.              770-979-1800
                                                                                                 installations, painting, wallpaper,
                                                                                                                                                 away will help keep the meat from contracting on the grill and curling
  weatherstrip replacement. SR         
                                                                                                 wood       and     trim    finishes,
                                                                                                                                                 into a meat bowling ball. Use about 1-2 Tablespoons rub on each side
  res/SR ref, Rick 770-617-0466.                 ELECTRICAL TELECOMMU-
                                                                                                 carpet/tile/hardwood floor instal-
                                                                                                                                                 of the steak, depending on how spicy you like it. Grill 6-7 minutes or
  PIANO TUNING 39-yr. experi-                    NICATIONS – No job too small                    lation. DANIEL 423-443-6350
                                                                                                                                                 so on each side for fairly rare. Let sit about 5 minutes before cutting if
  enced professional; piano repairs              for your home/ office, 25+ years                GREENER PASTURES LAWN
  also. Smoke Rise resident. Contact             experience. SR resident with SR
                                                                                                                                                 you can stand to wait. If you can’t find flat iron, which cuts beautiful-
                                                                                                 MAINTENANCE – General
  Steve Duncan at 770-414-4766 or                references. Call 770-633-2421
                                                                                                                                                 ly, use flank steak or even skirt steak. Cut them on the diagonal to serve.
                                                                                                 lawn care, fertilization, pinestraw                                       N. K. CONSTRUCTION                         coverage, etc. Established 1985,
  SWIM LESSIONS - Experienced                            IMPROVEMENTS                            licensed and insured. Call 404-
                                                                                                                                                                   Easy Diced Potatoes with Onions
  PE/swim teacher. Children-adults.               Stucco, brick, tile, driveways, room           697-7426
                                                                                                                                                      Serve the steak with baked potatoes and tons of fixings, or make
  My pool or yours. Beginners to                    additions, decks, walls, fences,             ARCHITECT/CONTRACTOR
                                                                                                                                                 hash browns from the refrigerated packages available. One favorite at
  competitive. Group/private/semi.                      painting, 30 years exp.                  New construction, additions, and
  Skills, safety, endurance, fun!                      Nick 678-791-9546 (cell)
                                                                                                                                                 our house is the diced potatoes with onions. Cook them according to
                                                                                                 remodeling. Free estimates. Call
  770-923-7406                       770-934-4148 (home)
                                                                                                                                                 the package directions, getting them all crispy. Sprinkle the top with
                                                                                                 Grant 404-401-2538                              about 1 cup grated sharp cheddar, pop in the oven and broil a minute
  The purpose of the Smoke Signal classifieds is to advertise goods and services to the community.
                                                                                                                                                 or two to get the cheese melty. Garnish with whatever your guy loves,
                                                                                                                                                 from cooked crumbled bacon, jalapeno slices, sliced onions, even heat-
                                                                                                                                                 ed chili from a can. Just about anything goes here, so be creative.
The Phantom Phorks Review                                                                                                                             You might want a salad or something green, and summer is the
                                                                                                                                                 time to really enjoy shrimp as a first course or even as a girly-type lunch.
                            “The Rock House”                                                                                                     The amount of ingredients really determines how you’ll use it, and the
                                                                                                                                                 dressing will actually serve as a dip or sandwich spread for po’ boys or
      The Rock House, formerly known as Sycamore Grill, has reopened on Mimosa                                                                   Rubens.
Drive in Stone Mountain Village. Stephanie Falk, one of the original owners, is                                                                  –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
back at the helm.                                                                                                                                                        Shrimp Romalade Salad
      The building is a quaint landmark in Stone Mountain Village. Upon request
                                                                                                                                                 Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise
we were given a copy of the history of the facility, the oldest building in Stone
                                                                                                                                                           2 Tablespoons EACH of spicy mustard and catsup
Mountain Village (circa 1836) which has played a distinct role and has had many
                                                                                                                                                           3 minced green onions, white and pale green parts only
uses in it’s past. We noticed that the décor has undergone a facelift. The featured art work highlighted exam-
                                                                                                                                                           1/2 cup finely minced celery
ples of the next generation of improvements to Stone MountainVillage.
                                                                                                                                                           1 minced clove garlic
      The two story house boasts double balconies where you can dine during warmer weather and, if you are
                                                                                                                                                           1 teaspoon EACH of horseradish, paprika and hot sauce
in luck, the train might come by to add to the home town experience. There is ample parking in the library
parking lot across the street.                                                                                                                        Mix and let flavors blend for 30 minutes, covered, in the fridge.
      Three of us met for lunch and were warmly welcomed and seated inside the dining room, elegant with                                         Serve as dressing for a salad of boiled shrimp (4-6 per person for side
white tablecloths. Our server was Marisa. She was outstanding in her knowledge about the restaurant and its                                      dish), sliced avocado, celery, carrots, sliced mushrooms and baby
history, and enthusiastic about answering our questions.                                                                                         spinach. Add any veggie you love too, like beets, cucumbers, peppers,
      The lunch menu is divided into appetizers, greens, sandwiches, small plates, entrees and side dishes. For                                  etc. One pound of cooked shrimp will serve 4 as a nice luncheon main
an appetizer we chose the Sweet Potato Wedges served with a Danish Blue cheese dipping sauce – at a cost of                                      course.
                                   $7 it was plenty to share with a table of four.                                                               –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
        The Rock House                    The meal took about twenty minutes to arrive but we knew we were                                                           Coconut Cake with Fresh Fruit
       5329 Mimosa Drive              not eating fast food and it was worth the wait.                                                            1 box white cake mix (or use coconut cake mix if you can find it)
         Stone Mountain                  For our entrees, we selected from the appetizers, greens and small plates.                              1 1/2 cups whole milk
           770-559-1164               The Shrimp and Grits from the appetizer menu would easily serve as an                                      1/2 cup sugar        entrée. ($12). Sauteed in The Rock House’s own BBQ blend, the shrimp                                       1/2 cup shredded coconut
                Open                  had that just perfect heat and was served with creamy white cheddar                                        1 medium container cool whip
    Sunday and Monday 11-5            cheese grits. This was our number one choice from all our selections.                                      1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
     Saturday – Saturday 11-9            From the Greens Menu we selected the Blackberry Chicken Salad and                                       2-4 cups sliced strawberries, diced pineapple, sliced sweet grapes or
                                      the Spinach Salad. The blackberry chicken salad consists of mixed salad                                    cherries, blueberries, kiwi or any combination, sweetened to taste
        Small plates/entrees          greens topped with a scoop of blackberry chicken salad, caramelized
              $10-$22                 pecans and a blackberry dressing ($9). The Spinach Salad is tossed in a hot                                     Make cake in 9x13” pan according to package directions. Cool
                                   honey bacon dressing and served with diced tomatoes, boiled egg and asiago                                    about 25 minutes. While it cools, mix the milk, sugar and 1/2 cup
croutons. This generous salad could easily be an entrée with the option of added chicken breast.                                                 coconut in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring. Remove from heat and
      From the small plate menu we selected Anson Mills Cornmeal Encrusted Catfish served with jalapeno                                          let cool about 2-3 minutes. Poke holes in warm cake with wooden
tartar sauce, corn fritters, coleslaw and fries.($14). Although the portion was generous with two nice pieces                                    skewer and slowly soak cake with the milk mixture until it’s almost all
of perfectly crusted catfish, we felt that the fritters and coleslaw were underwhelming side items and the dish                                  absorbed. You can use a pastry brush or just keep spooning it over.
lacked excitement.                                                                                                                               Cool completely and ice with whipped topping: sprinkle with the addi-
      We could not leave without trying the Angel Food Pound Cake – served warm with whipping cream,                                             tional coconut. Refrigerate. To serve, cut in squares and top each serv-
powdered sugar and a blackberry sauce. Plenty to share and a nice ending to our meal.                                                            ing with about 1/2 cup mixed fresh fruit. Pretty - and especially won-
      You’ll want to add The Rock House to your list of favorite restaurants and will be proud to take your                                      derful when it’s served icy cold. You can also just let the cake cool and
family and out of town guests to enjoy a good meal and soak up the atmosphere and history of the house.                                          frost with your favorite cream cheese icing. Cover with coconut to
Who knows? You might even encounter one of the resident “ghosts” that are rumored to inhabit the prem-                                           serve. It’s an amazingly moist cake, and the plain cream cheese iced ver-
ises. We spent about $20 each, including beverages, tax, and tip, however a good meal could be enjoyed for                                       sion will freeze, covered, for a long time.
about $12 without dessert and appetizers.
      The Rock House serves lunch every day except Tuesday and is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.                                    Here’s to a wonderful June, great celebrations, great neighbors, and a great
This review is the opinion of the contributing restaurant reviewers and does not reflect the opinion or endorsement of the Smoke Signal Staff.   summer!

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