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1CountyLineMay2015 MAY 2015 The New Forsyth County Courthouse Ribbon Cutting Ceremony March 12 2015 2 3CountyLineMay2015 Were honored to serve you Its an honor to be recognized as the nations leading hospital for maternity and newborn care. Look a little closer and youll discover that Northside performs more surgeries and diagnoses and treats more breast and gynecologic cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. While people choose Northside for our expertise they also know us for our exceptional compassionate care. Visit us online at 4 COVER STORY 16 THE NEW FORSYTH COUNTY COURTHOUSE DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 20 Day Trippin Hardman Farm 22 Paparazzi 16 5CountyLineMay2015 24 FEATURES 8 Whats New at Autrey Mill 12 A DECA Tradition 24 A Purposeful Life 28 Feeding Families Building Community COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 First Lady Sandra Deal Reads to Big Creek Elementary Kindergartners 14 Northside Hospital Offers Free Stroke Screenings 15 Young Forsyth Orators Recognized by Optimists BUSINESS FOCUS 26 Aim for the Future LLC 30 William Reed Academy 12 28 8 6 S ince the 1990s the population in Forsyth County has grown at an incredibly rapid pace causing the need for more space in facilities such as the courthouse. By the early 2000s government officials were focusing on how to raise funds to build a new courthouse. On Monday March 16th the new Forsyth County Courthouse opened for its first official day of business. Be sure to read about this phenomenal new build- ing that will serve Forsyth County well into the next century A special thank you to Judge Jeffrey Bagley County Manager Doug Derrer Commissioner Pete Amos and Director of Commu- nications Jodi Gardner for providing me with information for this cover story and for being so generous with their time. If you havent been to Autrey Mill Nature Preserve recently youve missed out on many improvements and many new ani- mals. Be sure to read about whats new at Autrey Mill and plan to stop by for a visit. DECA at Lambert High School measures their success based on what their members give back to the community. Over the last three years these students have raised and donated over 20000 to organizations serving the Lambert community Be sure to read about this incredible accomplishment by Lamberts DECA chapter. If youre looking for an interesting place to go for the day consider visiting Hardman Farm. A tour of the home and grounds will give you a peek into the past of North Georgia history and youll also enjoy the scenery on the way Its a great place for Day Trippin. Rebecca Johnson has had a career in education for over thirty years. Find out what motivates her her next career move and what she finds most rewarding about the purposeful life she has in education. In 2010 when Suellen Daniels heard about families in Forsyth County that were going to bed hungry she made the decision to do something about it. In 2011 she started Meals by Grace a non-profit organization that provides meals and food to families in need. Read more about Meals by Grace and how it is growing to serve more families in need. The business focus this issue is on William Reed Academy and Aim for the Future LLC. Many readers know Denise Eccleston of Aim for the Future LLC from her award-winning work as a counselor in For- syth County schools. Be sure to read about how Denise is now focusing on using her vast experience to guide students through the college planning process. William Reed Academy is a unique alterna- tive for an excellent college preparatory education. Call to schedule a tour and learn more about the innovative schedule small class sizes and top-notch teachers. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineMay2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Kathleen Kraynick Cindy Lombardo Photography Wade Chandler Courtesy of BPI Photography Courtesy of Hardman Farm Will Harrison CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover The New Forsyth County Courthouse Ribbon Cutting Ceremony March 12 2015 CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25498 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. CountyLine 3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222 Suwanee GA 30024 678-787-3551 For all your skin care needs 3370 Paddocks Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Off 141 Close to BP Gas Station 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd. Duluth GA 30096 Between Peachtree Industrial Buford Highway 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd. Suite 1106 Buford GA 30519 Across from the Kroger Shopping Center Gabrielle M. Sabini MD Charles J. Douchy MD Matthew J. Reschly MD A. Damian Dhar MD Stephanie S. Gardner MD Anjana M. Patel PA-C Sara A. 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Wade Chandler joined Autrey Mill as executive director in 2014 bringing with him over three years of experi- ence at the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls in North Georgia. In addition Mary Alston became the new education director. She previously worked as a conservation educator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks at their State Museum of Natural Science in Jackson Mississippi. If you havent met Wade and Mary stop by introduce yourself and welcome them to the Johns Creek community. Joining the two new staff members and resident ducks Simon and Theodore AMNP recently adopted two rabbits Penny and Lenny. All four critters love to be fed by young visitors. Pebbles an African Spurred Tortoise recently moved to an upgraded home in the Visitors Center funded by a generous grant from Geor- gia Power and an outside exhibit area built by Eagle Scout Jacob Korshak. Elsewhere in the Visitors Center the North American Native Fishes Association and Keep North Fulton Beau- tiful created a tank stocked with fish native to local creeks and streams. The MacConnell family adopted several exhibits in the Visitors Center and improved the habitats for our toads frogs and snakes by install- ing misting devices and plants to make the animals feel more at home. We also have three adorable corn snakes Niblet Kernel and Pop short for Popcorn that live in the Visitors Center along with Mitch our rat snake. Not only is there an improved Visitors Center but a new half mile hiking trail has been built courtesy of several BSA Eagle Scouts connecting the River Trail with the Warsaw Church. The trails wind through 46 acres and the most recent trail adds a slightly more strenuous section. For those looking for quiet enjoyment come sit in the new Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden created as a memorial to local resident Michelle Shutzer. Michelle passed away after a long battle with cancer and her family and friends donated funds for the garden to honor Michelles love for butterflies. As a response to a global crisis for pollinators including bees and but- terflies the donation enabled Autrey Mill to create a garden with host plants for eggs and caterpillars and nectar plants for adult butterflies. Autrey Mill hopes to inspire visitors to create butterfly gardens at their homes. Several corporations have made donations to help expand the garden. The Interface Foundation gave 1000 to Autrey Mill Middle School for students to purchase additional plants and educational materi- als to study butterflies life cycles. And The UPS Foun- dation generously donated 5000 to assist with pro- grams and projects during 2015. Leadership Johns Creeks Team Xtreme selected Autrey Mill to be the recipient of a project to build ten new kiosks strategically placed throughout the property to PHOTOGRAPHY BY WADE CHANDLER WHATS NEW AT AUTREY MILL 9CountyLineMay2015 make sure visitors will take advantage of every aspect of this beautiful Preserve. The project is called Guiding Autrey Mill and is targeted to be complete by the summer. Speaking of summer many families look to Autrey Mill for fun and educational camps for their children. A wide variety of camps from Time Travelers to Zoology to Woodland Fairies and Wetlands Discovery help make sure summer is anything but boring Camps are geared to children from 4 to 14 and with 46 acres there is plenty of space to learn something new every day. Education Director Mary Alston has been busy developing new programs and creating great opportunities for children to learn about nature and history in a fun-filled environment. In addition AMNP offers outstanding programs for home school preschool and after-school students. With topics ranging from Ants to Na- tive Americans and Archeology to Deer Biology there is something for everyone Thanks to a grant from the City of Johns Creek Autrey Mill launched a concert series this year called Autrey Mill Unplugged. Local artists are featured on the last Saturday of the month with a reception hosted in the historic Summerour House before the concert. A short walk takes guests to the historic Warsaw Church where they are treated to an intimate setting with acoustic music storytellers and much more. 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First Lady Deal was greeted by the administrative team and the PTA president upon her ar- rival. Mrs. Black then escorted the First Lady to the original Big Creek building where she introduced Mrs. Deal to the kindergarten students and teachers. The students were treated to Mrs. Deal reading T.J.s Discovery by the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School. Throughout the reading Mrs. Deal brought the story to life by ask- ing students to make facial expressions like the main character act out parts of the story and create sound effects. The First Lady asked students to predict what the story would be about give definitions of words and connect the story to their experiences. The kindergartners eagerly shared their knowledge as it related to T.J.s Discovery. The First Lady was accompanied by a park ranger and together they used the story to teach students about camping. Finally Big Creek stu- dents got a very special treat when they were introduced to Knots the park rangers snake. First Lady Sandra Deal Reads to Big Creek Elementary Kindergartners Photos courtesy of BPI Photography Call to schedule an appointment 770-676-7208 11180 State Bridge Rd. Suite 207 Johns Creek 30022 Visit our website State-of-the-art hearing instruments and assis- tive listening devices Complimentary onsite maintenance and repairs Compassionate patient- focused care Comprehensive audio- metric balance and vestibular testing Tinnitus treatment and wax removal Robin S. Andrews Aud FAA Doctor of Audiology Dr. Andrews is a board-certified doctor of audiology with over 20 years of experience. His own hearing loss helps him empathize with anyone suffering from hearing problems. He works closely with each patients primary-care physician to ensure that their hearing health information is a part of their medical file through a consistent timely reporting system. Dr.Andrews services include 11CountyLineMay2015 2015ChildrensHealthcareofAtlantaInc.Allrightsreserved. Other facilities might treat children but theyre not Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. From broken bones to cancer were the only healthcare system in Atlanta 100 dedicated to treating kids. To learn more or to nd the location near you visit choa.orglocations. IF YOU DONT SEE HOPE WILL ITS NOT CHILDRENS HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA. 12 To insiders Forsyth County has been coined the DECA Mecca. With three high schoolsWest South and Lambertall consistently ranking in the top five chapters globally it is hard to dispute this claim. DECA originally stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America and is now simply DECA an Association of Marketing Students. At Lambert High School LHS it is not only an association of marketing students but a student group committed to giving back to the com- munity. During the typical school year most DECA marketing students are studying and practicing for three business and marketing competitions region state and inter- national. With many subjects such as finance market- ing math fashion marketing sports marketing and advertising campaigns it is the fierce competition that molds these students for future careers in the business and finance world. The Lambert DECA organization however prefers to take a different path to real world experience and the definition of success. In 2013 DECA advisor Amanda Mathis along with her chapter officers decided that instead of membership numbers competition slots or state trophies Lam- berts measure of success would rest on the event la- beled Community Service. Every year the Lambert chapter picks a local charity to raise money for and run an advertising awareness campaign. Sometimes these charities are organizations that have a personal connection or a deeper relationship to the chapter. In 2013 the Lambert DECA chapter decided to run an ad campaign and raise money for Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta CHOA. As a nonprofit Childrens relies on the support of community donations. Carrie Kaufmann a current DECA officer said We are personally aware of many Lambert High School students who have been or are continuous patients of Childrens. We were drawn to support this organization because it has had such a dynamic impact on the lives of some of our clos- est friends classmates teachers and DECA chapter members. The goal was to raise a minimum of 6000 for CHOA. This was a fairly lofty goal for only a short time pe- riod said Amanda. The students were planning fun- draisers and events in addition to their busy school and extra-curricular activities. Its a lot of work. The students came through and the end result was over 6000 raised for CHOA. Not only did Lambert DECA raise a significant amount of money but they also won by Brian DeRose photography by Will Harrison A DECA TRADITION DECA members raise money for charities with the Prom Fashion Show. 13CountyLineMay2015 the Largest Chapter Contribution award at that years State Career Development Conference. After winning this award Lambert DECA decided to redirect our ob- jectives to philanthropy and community service states Asher Thompson current state president of Georgia DECA. According to Asher the chapter officers decide in August which charities they will choose to support. The decision often comes from a close personal con- nection with someone in the organization or what we think will have the greatest impact on the community. In 2014 the organization targeted the American Can- cer Society ACS. Dorothy Tam a LHS DECA officer and lead presenter on the project shared that they picked the ACS because of close personal experiences with cancer. We knew of a staff member who lost a close family member due to cancer. We also know a classmate that has been battling cancer. We wanted to help and this seemed like the best way not just because of the money raised but by raising awareness as well. Through events like the football game tailgate party and Miss LHS Pageant in the fall and the Prom Fashion Show in the spring the organization has been able to raise money and awareness at the same time. Accord- ing to Amanda Its not just about the money that they raise it is the philanthropic experience these students are getting that make it so valuable. This year motivated by the past years of success and not to be outdone the team of Emma Noble Geneva Rumer and Katherine Clarke picked the Juvenile Dia- betes Research Foundation JDRF as their charity of choice. Emma explains Fourteen students at Lambert have been diagnosed and are currently living with Ju- venile Diabetes. We chose to donate to JDRF because we would be able to see the effect of our donation with- in our community. It created a more personal impact at fundraising events we hosted. The State DECA organization has recognized the Long- horns chapter as leaders in community service. Lam- bert has placed first in the state in the money they raised for Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta the Ameri- can Cancer Society and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Longhorns have collected well over 20000 for these charities over the past three years and hope to leave a legacy of philanthropy for future classes. Amanda concludes We want the academic and local community to look at us and recognize us as a philanthropic organization. Thats our tradition. The Arbor Company has nearly 30 years of dedication and experience delivering the highest quality care to their residents. We have four care levels from minimal to full as- sistance and Bridges and Evergreen memory care programs. 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In conjunc- tion with National Stroke Awareness Month in May Northside Hospitals Stroke Center is offering free screenings to determine risk for stroke heart disease and diabetes. Screenings will be offered in Canton Cumming and Sandy Springs. The comprehensive screenings will be administered by health care professionals and will include a risk assess- ment blood pressure reading total cholesterol HDL ratio of TCHDL glucose a limited number of carotid ultrasounds and a one-on-one consultation with a healthcare professional. The free screenings will take place Northside Hospital Offers Free Stroke Screenings Free parking is available at all three locations. Appointments are required. Call 404-845-5555 and press 0. Register early as spaces will fill quickly. Saturday May 2 9 a.m.-noon Northside Hospital Cherokee County Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Pkwy Canton GA 30114 Saturday May 16 9 a.m.-noon Northside Hospital-Forsyth Education Center 3rd Floor 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive Cumming GA 30041 Saturday May 30 9 a.m.-noon Northside Hospital 980 Doctors Centre Ground Floor Auditorium 980 Johnson Ferry Rd Atlanta GA 30342 15CountyLineMay2015 Four young oratorsthe top two boys and the top two girls have been selected to represent Forsyth County in the 2015 Optimist International Oratorical Contest. They are the finalists in the county-wide competition that began with almost 4900 students. The finalists are Ananya Uday South Forsyth Middle School Riya Manchanda Piney Grove Middle Grant McMahon Pinecrest Middle and Raymond Qin Vickery Creek Middle. They each won 500 awards. This local event is sponsored by the Sawnee-Cumming and Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Clubs. The competition is open to sixth through 12th-grade students from all Forsyth middle and high schools. Speeches covered a variety of subjects. For this years finals the students spoke on How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future. Established in 1928 the Oratorical Contest is the longest running Optimist program. According to Jan Norman oratorical chair of the Sawnee-Cumming club The Forsyth County competition is the largest in the world thanks to the dedicated efforts of our teachers administrators and club members. We are proud to claim several past state winners from Forsyth County including last year when South Forsyth Highs Sarah Kale won the state competition. If they win at the zone competition these students will advance to the area and state competitions. Winners at the state level receive 2500 college scholarships. 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The first in Georgia and one of few programs in the world to perform robot-assisted endovascular procedures Northside Vascular Surgery offers state-of-the-art procedures to treat the entire scope of vascular diseases from the simplest to the most complex. 770 292-3490 From the Simplest to the Most Complex Vascular Care. 980 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 1040 Atlanta GA 30342 145 Riverstone Terrace Suite 101 Canton GA 30114 1505 Northside Boulevard Suite 2400 Cumming GA 30041 939 Bob Arnold Boulevard Suite D Lithia Springs GA 30122 C A S T LE CONNOLLY TOP DOCTORS Dr. Siddharth Patel Dr. Joseph Ricotta Dr. Edward Kang Dr. Catalin Harbuzariu Joseph Ricotta 2011-2014 16 The New Forsyth Co 17CountyLineMay2015 by Judy Le Jeune ounty Courthouse S ince the early 1990s the population in Forsyth County has more than quadrupled from 45000 to 200000. This rapid growth caused many of the existing facilities such as the courthouse to require more space to continue to adequately provide services. With the phenom- enal growth the population of Forsyth County has experienced the courthouse had outgrown the space needed to efficiently serve the community said Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bagley. On March 12th a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on the steps of the new courthouse and the first official day of business in the new building com- menced at 830am on Monday March 16th. The opening of the new Forsyth County Courthouse was the beginning of a new era and the joyous culmi- nation of many years of tireless efforts by so many who contributed to this building from conception to completion. Considering continued growth of the population the new courthouse was planned and built to serve Forsyth County for at least the next 100 years. It is the sixth courthouse to serve the County since it was chartered. Until 1832 the 247 square mile area now known as Forsyth County was a division of Cherokee County. On December 3rd of that year Forsyth was char- tered and officially became a separate county. Soon after a log cabin was built to serve as the court- house. A frame building replaced the log cabin and in 1854 the first brick courthouse was built. In 1905 a larger brick building was built but this 18 courthouse burned to the ground in 1973. After the fire the voters passed a referendum to build a new courthouse that was completed in 1978. This building also housed the Countys administrative offices until the current Forsyth County Administration Building was built in 1996. When the administrative offices moved to their new building the courthouse building was renovated and an additional court room was added. Soon after in 1998 Forsyth County separated from Cherokee and became the sole county of the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit. This split of the two county circuit was attributed to the efforts of the late Chief Judge of the Superior Court Richard Stan Gault. By the early 2000s it was obvious that the popula- tion had outgrown the courthouse and jail facilities and government officials began looking at options to raise funds for new buildings. After three failed attempts to pass a bond issue Special Purpose Lo- cal Option Sales Tax SPLOST VII was put on the November 8 2011 ballot. It passed with 51.91 voting in favor of the 100 million budget to be raised for the building of the new courthouse and a new jail with funds collected from the SPLOST one cent sales tax. With the voters approval of SPLOST VII we were able to construct the new courthouse and jail which are critical components of Forsyth Countys judicial and public safety in- frastructure said Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners R.J. Pete Amos. A sincere thank you is extended to the residents of Forsyth County for recognizing the need for these new facilities and for approving them to be funded by the SPLOST penny sales tax. To keep construction costs lower and move forward with the projects prior to SPLOST VII revenues being received the county borrowed future SPLOST VII funds in advance of their collection. All the funds borrowed for the court- house and jail building projects are scheduled to be paid off within four years from the start of SPLOST VII collections. The Board of Commissioners assembled a SPLOST VII JailCourthouse Project Team to over- see the project. The formation was approved at the January 24 2012 work session. The team members were Commissioners Todd Levent and R. J. Pete Amos Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bagley Sheriff Duane Piper Finance DirectorCFO David Gruen Public Facilities Director David Thornton Director of Procurement Donna Kukarola County Manager Doug Derrer and City of Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt. The Project Team was tasked with reviewing the preliminary planning and programming documents the budget and scheduling and evaluating construction delivery methods. They periodically made recommendations for the best options to the Board of Commissioners. There was a lot of planning that went into making this project a reality said County Manager Doug Derrer who served as chairman of the Project Team. From purchasing the property to keeping the building located on the town square to analyzing the cost structure there was continual planning throughout. Chairman Amos recognized Doug Derrers relentless commitment to the new courthouse building by saying Though it may have appeared as though the progress of the project was flawless this is because of the tremendous effort put into it by Doug Derrer. He spent the last two years dedicated to keeping everything running smoothly on schedule and below the allocated budget. On July 8 2013 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new courthouse and jail. At the recommendation of the Project Team CGL A Hunt Company was selected to provide pro- gram management services. Wakefield Beasley Associates HOK and Pond and Company were selected to provide architecturalengineering services and TurnerWinter Joint Venture A sincere thank you is extended to the residents of Forsyth County for recog- nizing the need for these new facilities and for approving them to be funded by the SPLOST penny sales tax. Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners R.J. Pete Amos 19CountyLineMay2015 was selected to provide construction management. The Town Green concept was selected as the conceptual design and features the courthouse located adjacent to green space that serves as the entry for the building and a gathering place for the community. The new courthouse is approximately 158000 square feet and has five floors and a base- ment. It houses Superior Court State Court the offices of the District Attorney Solicitor- General and Clerk of Courts Court Administration Grand Jury Jury Assembly Pre-Trial Services Accountability Courts and Indigent Defense. To allow for future expansion approxi- mately 30000 square feet of space was left unfinished. In January 2015 the Bell-Forsyth Judi- cial Circuitand the Forsyth County Bar Association put a call out to the commu- nity to collect items that are contained in a time capsule sealed in a cornerstone of the new courthouse. The time cap- sule contains historic and present day artifacts. There are items photographs and documents that illustrate the people places and events that shaped life in For- syth County from its inception through todaythe courthouse building plans an iPod programmed with the Top 40 hits and the eulogy of Chief Judge Richard Stan Gaultare a few that were in- cluded. The time capsule is a statement of hope for those who are yet to come said Judge Bagley. It is befitting of a building that is constructed to last over 100 years to contain a time capsule with items of posterity for the ages and to provide future generations with a peek into what was significant to the population of Forsyth County when the building opened in 2015. Support from Forsyth County residents businesses and organizations added amenities and services that enhanced the structure and significantly impacted the buildings successful com- pletion. The Rotary Clubs of Forsyth CountySouth Forsyth Lanier-Forsyth North Forsyth 400 Rotary Club of Forsyth County and the Rotary Club of Johns Creekdonated five granite benches placed at the courthouse entrance. The Development Authority made a contribu- tion to help fund a Lady Justice statue that will be situated in front of the courthouse. The Art Dcor Work Group comprised of community volunteers raised donations for art work hung on the walls of the courthouse and also contributed their time and expertise to select- ing fabrics and colors for the dcor. The Historical Society of Forsyth County secured for the courthouse the nine Foundations of American Law and Government documents including the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. The previous courthouse that served the community for 37 years will be renovated to house the Sheriffs Office headquarters and Probate Court. The ribbon cutting ceremony was a joyous occasion and signaled the culmination of many years of planning and the efforts made by many people from government officials to the citizens of Forsyth County. The new jail will open this summer. The first session of court was held in the new Forsyth County Courthouse on Monday March 16th. Ironically while Judge Bagley was looking through documents for information he discovered that the first court session in the building completed in 1978 had also been held on March 16th. Coincidence Maybe not he said. Judge Jeffrey Bagley County Manager Doug Derrer Chairman Pete Amos 20 I n early March Georgias newest state historic site Hardman Farm opened for tours. About an hour and 15 minute drive from the CountyLine community a visit to the gazebo-topped Indian mound on the prop- erty and a guided tour of the main house and dairy barn make Hardman Farm a great destination for a day trip. The main house is a beautiful example of Italianate ar- chitecture and has many of the homes original furniture and lighting fixtures. There were three owners of the property before it was donated to the Georgia Department of Natural Resourc- es in 1999. The first owner Captain James H. Nichols bought 2600 acres of land in the Nacoochee Valley in 1869. This land had been used by Native Americans as their home and a trade route. Evidence of their oc- cupation is an earthen mound that still remains on the property across the street from the house. The mound was used by the Cherokee as a site for their ceremonial rites. During the 1870s Captain Nichols built a home on the property to live in with his wife and daughter and named it West End because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee Valley. He also built Crescent Hill Presbyte- rian Church now known as Crescent Hill Baptist Church completing construction in 1872. In 1893 Captain Nich- ols traded his property with Calvin W. Hunnicutt of At- lanta. Hunnicutt used the home as a summer residence. Ten years later he sold the property to Dr. Lamartine Hardman who renamed it Elizabeth on the Chatta- hoochee. Hardman was elected and served two terms as governor from 1927 to 1931. The Hardman family also used the home as a summer residence. It remained in the Hardman family for generations until they donated the property to the Georgia Department of Natural Re- sources in 1999. Since then the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been restoring the property and several buildings. Hardman Farm is open for guided tours Thursdays through Sundays at 10am 1230pm and 3pm. Reserva- tions can be made by calling 706-878-1077. Admission is 12 for adults 10 for seniors 62 and older and 7 for children. Group tours are available by advance res- ervation. Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Hwys. 17 and 75. The entrance is on Hwy. 75 just north of the intersection. For more information visit www.GaState- Parks.orghardmanfarm or call 706-878 1077. Hardman FarmHardman Farm DayTrippin by Judy Le Jeune Photography courtesy of Hardman Farm The earthen mound used by the Cherokee still remains on the property. 21CountyLineMay2015 Johns Creek Office 6300 Hospital Parkway Suite 300 Johns Creek GA 30097 770 623-8965 Gwinnett Office 698 Duluth Highway Suite 201 Lawrenceville GA 30046 770 822-0788 THE CANCER ANSWER IN YOUR HOMETOWN Dr. Jorge Leguizamo Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah Dr. Karthi Subbannan Georgia Cancer Specialists is a national leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The Cancer Answer is patient-focused care anchored by prevention early detection advanced treatment clinical research and compassionate caregivers. TM YOUVE WORKED HARD FOR WHAT YOU HAVE. You should decide what happens to your assets now AND when youre gone. We invite you to attend our Estate Planning Workshop The 7 Threats to Your Estate Plan SPACE IS LIMITED Call 770.822.2723 to reserve your spot 11340 Lakeeld Dr. Ste. 200 Johns Creek GA 30097 No Cost or Obligation to Attend. May 14th and 28th from 600-800pm 22 Paparazzi KELVIN PETERSON EARLINE STURGES LIANA JENKINS-DAVIS MASHIEN LAI ANNA POHL TRACI WOOD WAYNE BAUGHMAN PATTI ELY HUNTER CLUTHE KARI YUHAS CRAIG JOSEPH RICHARD EVANS ZACHARY LISA ALLISON KRAMER AL SHUGART 23CountyLineMay2015 Board Certied Pediatric Dentist One Doctor Practice Children of All Ages Treated Parents Welcome in Treatment Areas In-Network with Most Insurances Low Radiation Digital X-rays Sedation Special Needs Dentistry 678-822-9818 10475 medlock bridge road suite 501 johns creek 24 R ebecca Johnson loves to go to work every day. She has had a fulfilling career with over thirty years in education. For the past four years Rebecca has served as principal of Shiloh Point Elementary School in Forsyth County. On June 1 she will move into a newly created position as Di- rector of Instruction in the Forsyth County Schools Teaching and Learning Department. Her life has been intertwined with learning teaching and lead- ing in education since she was a girl who turned her backyard playhouse into a school. Under Rebeccas leadership Shiloh Point Elemen- tary goes beyond analyzing the testing data and focuses on the whole child. I am changed daily by the good work of those around me. The teachers at Shiloh Point continue to pursue best practices with the focus always on rounding out each child. The staff is talented and makes instruction highly effec- tive for the health emotional and academic well- being of each child. We always strive to expand the character of children and foster their mindsets to develop leadership skills and characteristics for suc- cess Rebecca said. The school has implemented initiatives to reinforce good health practices for stu- dents and their families and has received state and national recognition for these programs. Parents and children set goals to walk 100 miles by the end of the school year with Shiloh Point Elementary of- fering walking clubs before and after school to en- courage reaching those goals. Rebecca was born into a family of citrus farmers in Hillsborough County Florida. Her mother still re- mains in the family business. Her father and grand- father were educators and when her father was hired by Auburn University he moved his family to the small college town in Alabama. Both of Rebec- cas parents were employed by Auburn University and Rebecca attended Auburn City public schools where literature and history were her favorite sub- jects. She recalls that growing up in Auburn was an idyllic childhood with a loving family and lots of happiness. We had the advantage of cultural sporting and academic events. I rode my bike all over town played in the woods and built forts at- tended Sunday morning church and Friday night football games. I still connect with elementary and high school friends. Those small town connections stayed with all of us and I return often. I am still a big Auburn sports fan Rebecca said. by Cindy Lombardo A Purposeful Life 25CountyLineMay2015 After high school Rebecca attended Auburn Uni- versity and majored in Elementary Education with a minor in American History and completed post- graduate work in Curriculum Development and In- struction. She also received her Leadership Cer- tificate from University of Georgia. After college Rebecca moved to Melbourne Florida where she spent 22 years and raised her two sons while teach- ing in both public and private schools. Her great joy has been in the classroom where she has taught students from kindergarten through ninth grade. She feels that her biggest accomplishment is mak- ing a difference in the lives of students. I am most proud of being a teacher and feel that is what I was called to be. Teaching is purposeful. I have published articles and presented at conferences but working with students has provided the greatest sense of accomplishment. I have always sensed the power of teaching Rebecca said. Rebecca credits many wonderful mentors who shaped her career path. While working in Florida she learned from mentor Catherine Ford a mav- erick educator among whose accomplishments was opening a private high school. After her sons left for college Rebecca moved to Georgia. She has worked in Forsyth County schools since 2004 as a teacher assistant principal and principal. I consider Forsyth County to be my Camelot. Joey Pirkle gave me an opportunity at Mashburn Elementary School. He led by empowering others and I learned the im- portance of developing relationships and building trust Rebecca said. Dr. Ellen Cohan a mentor for Forsyth County Schools taught me the importance of integrity and depth of character. She showed me the impact of our work on students and taking the ethic of teaching to heart. Her long career has only increased her passion for education. I absolutely love what I do and cant wait to get to school in the morning. Working in education has brought me a great amount of joy. I consider myself fortunate to be an adult who loves to go to work every day Rebecca said. She is also passionate about her personal life. Rebecca loves her two dogs reading and getting her feet in the sand at the beach. She is proud of the men her sons have grown to be and often visits them in Florida. I am a people person and always have a plan for a social outing. I consider myself a homebody traveler because I travel to destinations where I spend time with family and friends she said. 1 2 3 Bedroom Apartment Home Rentals 4345 Alta Drive Suwanee GA 30024 Phone 1-844-836-6681 www.facebook.comParkatJohnsCreek EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY 26 A cross the country there is a growing trend in education employing private college admis- sions consultants. Sometimes referred to as educational consultants these individuals work with students on an individual basis to prepare them for and guide them through the college admissions and financial aid process. This trend should not be too surprising considering the following sobering statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics Less than 40 of entering students graduate college within 4 years The average student loan debt is 24700 The student to counselor ratio is 4821 2501 is the recommended maximum In light of all of this Aim for the Future LLC began operations in Forsyth County in June 2014. The owner of the company Denise Eccleston says that the com- panys mission is to match clients with colleges in which they will thrive academically and socially while pursuing their long range career goals. Denise who holds a BA in Education from Stetson University and a MS in School Counseling from Uni- versity of Wisconsin-Whitewater previously worked in Forsyth County Schools as a school counselor for a variety of age levels. After a decade of distinguished service during which she was awarded Forsyth Coun- ty Counselor of the Year on two occasions she felt the call to strike out on her own. In my five years at Lambert High School I had the chance to work with hundreds of wonderful students who had very supportive parents. But year after year the college admissions process was a challenge for a significant number of them. While I always tried to be as accessible as possible I felt like I could pro- vide greater value if I could focus more time specifi- cally on admissions planning. While many of Denises clients are in grades 11 or 12 she encourages students and families to start plan- ning for success as early as possible. To support this Denise offers a popular extended service to students in grades 9 and 10. For these students Denise is able to offer guidance in helping them develop a portfolio that will be compelling to college admissions boards. Throughout their high school careers these clients also leverage Denises experience when considering course selection summer opportunities and extra- curricular andor service activities. Denise who is a member of Higher Education Con- sultants Associate HECA adheres to a consistent framework when working with her clients. This con- sists of guiding students through self-discovery un- derstanding the admissions environment developing a well-suited list of colleges and preparing and ex- ecuting the application plan for each college. To ac- complish this she employs a variety of proven tools and techniques such as third-party personality sur- veys career interest inventories customized college search engines and an online application planning platform. Recognizing that each familys situation is unique Denise offers a wide variety of custom solu- tions within that framework. For more information or to setup a complimentary initial consultation visit or call 770-203-0300. 27CountyLineMay2015Northside Total Joint Specialists is a full-service practice that specifically focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of hip and knee conditions. Led by Dr. Jon Minter an expert in the surgical management of hip and highly complex arthritis disease which includes the management of failed joint replacement surgery Northside Total Joint Specialists offers the most innovative compassionate and highest quality care possible. 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Preschool through High School.Over 50 camps to choose from View our online brochure and register today at 28 I n 2010 Suellen Daniels and her husband Steve were listening to a speaker who shared that in Forsyth County one of the wealthiest communities in the nation thousands of children and their families go to bed hungry each night. Forsyth County Schools reports that as of 2013 there are nearly 8000 school children identified as economically disadvantaged. Suellen took that fig- ure added to it parents and siblings younger than school-age in each household and recognized that as many as 30000 residents in Forsyth County face food insecurity which is defined as a lack of access to adequate sufficient food. Suellen turned to her husband and said Not on my watch. Were going to feed these kids. From that moment Suellen says that she knew what she was going to do. Meals by Grace was born. Established in early 2011 as a ministry of Grace Chapel Church of Christ in Cumming Meals by Grace started small. Suellen worked with Forsyth County Schools social workers to identify families with school-age children who were in need of food. Noting that many of the families lacked transporta- tion to travel to local food pantries Suellen decided that Meals by Grace would bring food to them. At present about 200 volunteers meet every Sunday afternoon and divide into five teams preparing the meal in the kitchen prepping and making fruit salad packing pantry goods distributing bread and des- sert and washing dishes. Meals are prepared each week by volunteers from all over the Forsyth County community including church groups Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops student clubs and organizations high school athletic teams as well as families and individuals. Volunteers of all ages participate every week but the first Sunday of each month is called Kids in the Kitchen. On this day children under the age of 13 work in the kitchen with a chef to prepare meals for recipient families providing an opportu- nity for them to learn the importance of caring for others in their community. Once meal preparation is complete volunteers deliver food to families across Forsyth County. Along with each hot meal delivery Meals by Grace provides a bag of grocery items for each family to help them prepare an additional four to five meals for the week. Because many of the children served by Meals by Grace receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school the grocery bags in- clude items for breakfast and lunch for weekends and school breaks. Meals by Grace also operates a volunteer-staffed food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays where families can go to pick up gro- cery items. Much of the food for meal preparation by Kathleen Kraynick Building Community Feeding Families 29CountyLineMay2015 and grocery bags comes from local organizations including schools churches and scout troops as well as a number of local businesses and restau- rants. Meals by Grace also partners with the Geor- gia Mountain Food Bank and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to purchase grocery items. For the past few years Meals by Grace volunteers have utilized the kitchen at Grace Chapel Church of Christ preparing meals for approximately 36 fami- lies a number limited by space available for cook- ing. Suellen approached school social workers and asked how many more families could be helped if volunteers were able to prepare more meals and she was shocked when they responded with an ad- ditional 120 families. In April the Meals by Grace volunteer teams began meeting at Midway United Methodist Church where kitchen space will allow them to incrementally increase the number of meals prepared and delivered each week. Meals by Grace was established as an independent non-profit organization in 2014 and operates with a small staff. Along with Suellen who serves as executive director there is a program director a part-time chef and a part-time volunteer coordina- tor. The key to being able to do all that we do is our wonderful volunteers. Theyll do anything said Suellen. As the reach of Meals by Grace continues to grow Suellens vision has grown as well. She is working to create a community enrichment center which would include spaces for volunteer efforts as well as edu- cational opportunities for members of the commu- nity. Her plans include a large commercial kitchen that would provide space for meal preparation and could be used for cooking classes to teach families how to make nutritious meals at home. A green- house would provide fresh produce for meals as well as a venue for training gardeners. She hopes to establish a childcare center which would not only allow more parents to seek employment but would also provide employment opportunities itself. This isnt just about food shared Suellen. This is all about community. For more information or to volunteer with Meals by Grace please visit Summer Camp 2015 2830 Old Atlanta Rd 770-205-6277 6285 Post Road 770-777-9131 We have partnered with Launch Math Science Centers to offer STEM camps. Two Beautiful Campuses in Cumming NEW STEM Camps for ages 4 - 12 Jr. STEM Explorers Rockin Robotics Coding Gaming with Scratch And more 10 Themed One-Week Camps for Ages 3 - 12 Uthan Vivek MD FACS FRCSUK Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Varicose Veins P.A.D. Aneurysm Carotid Disease Diabetic FootLeg Ulcer Leg Pain 1-800-VEIN-DOC 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek 407 East Maple Ste 101 Cumming 770.771.5260 Providing Optimum Vascular Treatment 30 W illiam Reed Academy is a fully accredited private school grades 6-12 in Johns Creek that provides parents and students another choice for a college preparatory education. William Reed Academy has a unique and specialized approach to teaching students in a small class setting while pre- paring them for the college of their choice. William Reed Academy offers students a concentrated school week of Monday through Thursday 800 a.m. to 1230 p.m. with an optional Flex Period component that ends daily at 200 p.m. This schedule maximizes academic instructional time by offering core academic classes in a shorter school day blended with online electives. The concentrated school week offers small classes in all core subjects math science social studies and lan- guage arts and various online electives such as Sports and Entertainment Marketing Forensic Science Digi- tal Photography five different world languages and 20 advanced placement courses. Class size at William Reed Academy is currently 10 students or less with a maximum of 16 students en- abling teachers to cover more material in each lesson and to provide more specialized instruction between student and teacher. William Reed Academys teach- ers are top-notch certified educators who have years of experience teaching in the areas best high schools Northview Milton Johns Creek Centennial. The stu- dent-friendly schedule also allows students to spend more time with family and on other interests like sports and fine arts while still receiving an accredited college preparatory education. Opening William Reed Academy was a natural pro- gression for Hunter Reed Cluthe a 20 year veteran teacher administrator and business owner Johns Creek Test Prep Tutoring. Mr. Cluthe states The idea behind William Reed Academy is to give stu- dents a personalized educational experience that truly prepares students to be independent thinkers to rec- ognize their strengths and to develop confidence both personally and academically. As a veteran teacher I have observed how exhausted students are at the end of their school day only to go home and with two to four hours of homework. The amount of wasted time for many students during a typical school day is alarm- ing. At William Reed Academy the goal is for our stu- dents without sacrificing quality to have a much more relevant and successful school day and to be completely finished with their academic day homework included before other students are getting off the bus. We feel this can easily be accomplished by offering longer aca- demic periods 65 minutes with much smaller classes which gives our students more academic instructional time than most traditional five-day schedules. Students at William Reed academy have teacher ac- cessibility a voice in the classroom and a very high level of accountability. Further William Reed Acad- emys philosophy supports the notion that students with balance in their lives tend to be happier and more productive academically. Since opening parents have consistently commented that their child is smiling more and looking forward to going to schoolsomething many parents have not heard from their child since elementary school. 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