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1CountyLineJune2016 JUNE 2016 Dr. Andrew Poor Forsyth County Schools Teacher of the Year JUNE 2016 CountyLine June 2016 2 3CountyLineJune2016 Where the Extraordinary Happens Every Day THERES ONE THING WORSE THAN KNOWING YOU HAVE LUNG CANCER. NOT KNOWING. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death because often there are no symptoms until it has spread. The good news is a lung cancer screening can help detect it early when there are more treatment options. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers a low dose CT screening if youre 55 80 years old and a current or previous smoker. Its quick and easy and could save your life. For information call 404-531-4444 or visit northside.comlung CountyLine June 2016 4 COVER STORY 16 THE MUSIC MAN DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 14 Paparazzi 20 2-Day Trippin Macon BUSINESS FOCUS 22 Northside Vascular Surgery Is your leg pain too painful 16 5CountyLineJune2016 FEATURES 8 Serving Through Ministry 12 Lifelong Athlete 26 City Adopts Community Driven Vision for Recreation and Parks New plan provides Citys direction to recreation and parks system through 2026 COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Johns Creek Mayor Bodker Outlines New Mission Vision at State of the City Address 23 Johns Creek Civitans and Mount Pisgah Special Needs Ministry Host Dream Big Dance 24 Johns Creek Small Business Resource Center 25 Pinecrest Junior Girls IgniteTeam Offers Donated Prom Dresses 28 Getting More Out of the Shrinking Summer 30 Together We Can Change the World One Step at a Time 26 12 8 CountyLine June 2016 6 From the Publisher E ach year one teacher from the thousands of elemen- tary middle and high school teachers in Forsyth County Schools is selected as the Teacher of the Year. This year Dr. Andrew Poor Band Director at South Forsyth Middle School SFMS is that teacher. Andy is also an accomplished musician and composer. Since he came to SFMS in 2013 the students participating in the band program has more than doubled When you read about Andys education his experience in music and his passion for teaching you will understand why Dr. Andrew Poor was selected as the Forsyth County Schools 2016 Teacher of the Year Four years ago Dr. Tim Park joined the staff at Emory Johns Creek Hospital EJCH as the Director of Spiritual Health. Since then he has provided comfort to many patients their family members and those who work at the hospital. Be sure to read about Tim and youll understand why his spiritual guidance has been so helpful to so many at EJCH. At 80-years-old Bob Whitlow remains active in athletics as the shot put and discus throwing coach at Northview High School. You will surely be inspired by reading the many different endeavors that Bob has participated in as a lifelong athlete. It was wonderful to meet you Bob Keep up the coaching A few days in Macon is the perfect get-a-way to see many fabulous sites experience history eat great food and relax. Be sure to read this issues 2-Day Trippin to find out what there is to see and do in Macon and start planning your visit there After partnering with several firms to research and draft the plans and six months of extensive community outreach for input from the citizens the City of Johns Creek Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan was pre- sented to and approved by the City Council. Be sure to read about this plan that is providing the direction of parks and recreation for Johns Creeks residents to enjoy now and for generations to come. The business focus this issue is on Northside Vascular Surgery. Be sure to read the valuable information they are providing about identifying and treating peripheral vascular disease. In the May issue in the editorial on Dr. Whitney Cook of North Atlanta Womens Care it has Mercer as the school that she attended for her undergraduate education which is incorrect. Dr. Cook attended Emory University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. Also in the editorial Quality Stroke Care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital Dr. Carrie Edwards name was spelled incorrectly in the caption under the photo. On behalf of CountyLine I apologize to Dr. Cook and Dr. Edwards for these errors. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher 7CountyLineJune2016 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Edie Damann Kathleen Kraynick Cindy Lombardo Dr. Siddharth Patel Lisa Saghini Bobby Scott Photography courtesy of the City of Johns Creek courtesy of the Macon-Bibb County Convention Visitors Bureau courtesy of Perimeter School On the Cover Dr. Andrew Poor Forsyth County Schools Teacher of the Year CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25009 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. 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Following his personal call- ing to be a compassionate presence to people Tim went on to college earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies a Masters degree in Divinity and a Doctorate in Education. As an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA he served in Presby- terian ministries in California Maryland and Geor- gia. He then trained in the Clinical Pastoral Educa- tion CPE program at Emory University Hospital to be a chaplain for the Emory Hospital network. I am drawn to helping people who are hurting. A big part of CPE is self-discovery which is the niche that interests me. I had five years of training on staff as a fellow at Emory University Hospital and Emory Midtown and then became a trainer and full-time staff member. As a fellow directly involved with pa- tient care I learned how to train spiritual leaders and chaplains. The theological training process was a lengthy vigorous and life-changing experience for me Tim said. Tim has lived in Johns Creek for ten years with his wife an Emory University Hospital doctor and fac- ulty member and their three children. He loves all music from classical to rock and collects old re- cords. I play guitar and have always been inter- ested in the amplifier. It fascinates me to create my own sound. My hobby is making amplifier speak- ers. It requires a lot of focus and I find it releases stress Tim said. His quiet pleasant demeanor be- lies the stress he faces at work. He deals daily with people facing crises including those who are dying have lost loved ones or suffer with life-threatening disease. Tim is part of the Spiritual Health team within the Emory Healthcare network. There are five directors 30-40 full-time staff and 50-60 trainees. Four years by Cindy Lombardo Serving Through 9CountyLineJune2016 ago he moved his job to EJCH. There was no pro- fessional chaplain at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and I was excited about growing the department Tim said. On a typical day he visits with patients as well as staff members. I am here for all people of any faith and provide end-of-life guidance and crisis management for patients and their families. Healthcare providers also have a challenging en- vironment where they are constantly in demand. They are compassionate people and get affected by patients stories. I help staff members manage stress individually or in formal sessions Tim said. Much of his work is done informally in three to five minute contacts throughout the day. Tea with Tim has become a nickname for these quick meetings during which he provides comfort and encourage- ment while sharing a cup of herbal tea and inspira- tional thoughts. He also networks with community leaders and support groups to help them learn from each other. Tim is excited that EJCH will soon have a sanctuary. On March 7 religious leaders and com- munity members attended a blessing of the sanctu- ary that will be completed in August. The sanctuary will be a designated place to find solace said Tim. It was the result of working with staff fundraising support from Emory University Hospital and team- work within EJCHs administration. CEO Marilyn Margolis saw high value in building a sanctuary and was an enthusiastic supporter. Local churches are partnering to serve the sanctuary which will provide a safe and welcoming space for patients visitors and staff to meditate pray and regain strength. Teaching pastoral trainees is another significant part of Tims work. There are two CPE internship pro- grams an intensive three-month summer program and a yearlong residency training. Interns train for hospital hospice chaplain or any variety of pas- toral work. Anyone with a desire to be a spiritual leader can intern to develop professional skills for understanding different perspectives and conflict resolution Tim said. I have trained people from all backgrounds and faiths that have come from across the United States as well as Korea. Through self- discovery and spiritual development we learn from each other. When we come together we learn from our differences and often find commonalities such as interest in serving and passion to bring commu- nities together. DEmentia whole family impacts your Theres no getting around it dementia is hard on everyone involved. But it is possible to lessen the load. Were here to help with a progressive approach to assisted living for memory loss that redefines the traditional idea of memory care bringing peace of mind to everyone in your family. 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As Johns Creek prepares to mark its 10th anniversary as an incorporated city in 2016 Bodker also recognized the top- ranked school system highly acclaimed medical facilities large diverse international population and highly touted public safety as the foundation of Johns Creeks reputation as a widely sought after community. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker an- nounced the Citys new mission and vi- sion during his 10th annual State of the City address on Fri- day April 22. Our new mission is quite simple. To be an ex- ceptional city said Bodker. The goal was to have a sim- ple yet aspirational mission statement by which all things could be judged. He also highlighted the new vision which reads to pro- vide for an exceptional residential community with ease of movement throughout an alive town center and a vibrant business community. The new mission and vision were the result of a two-day City Council work retreat in March. 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CountyLine June 2016 12 R obert Edward Whitlow was born on February 15 1936 in Shelbyville Indiana and recently celebrated his 80th birthday. As a lifelong ath- leteplaying on high school and college football and track teams on the Marine Corp football and track teams playing with the Chicago Bears Washington Redskins Detroit Lions Atlanta Falcons and Cleve- land Browns driving a stock car with the United States Auto Club and NASCARthe assumption is that Bob has retired. But as with most assump- tions this is not correct. Bob is working for the sec- ond year as the shot put and discus throwing coach at Northview High School. Bob is knowledgeable ofmany sports especially how to train athletes to be the best they can be in throwing the discus and shot put said Northviews Head Track Field Coach Donnetta Pearson. I am lucky to have himas a coach What I like the most about him is that he is a no nonsense kind of guy who believes in getting the job done and doing it right. For Bob coaching at 80 years old is just a continuation of the many athletic accomplishments he has had during his life. As a child Bob practiced basketball in his backyard and started competing in tournaments when he was in 3rd grade. If you live in Indiana and you dont play basketball youre nobody explained Bob. As a high school freshman he joined the football and track field teams. Both required more bulk than he had at 160 pounds so he began lifting weights and gaining weight. The next year his family moved to Bloomington and Bob played football ran hur- dles and threw the shot put at a much larger school. He went to one year of college at Compton Junior College in California because they had excellent athletic programs. While there he played football threw the shot put and started throwing the dis- cus. The next year Bob transferred to the University of Arizona where he continued with football shot put and discus. At the end of his junior year Bob signed on with the Marine Corp for two years. He played guard on their football team that won Na- tional Championships both years that Bob was on the team. When he was out of the Marine Corp Bob began his professional football career. In 1958 Bob was recruited by the Chicago Bears where he played guard and center in three exhi- bition games before being sold to the Washington Redskins for 2500. Playing mostly as center Bob was with the Redskins for a year and a half before he moved to the Detroit Lions who he played with by Judy Le Jeune LIFELONG ATHLETE 13CountyLineJune2016 for the next four and a half years. Bob was put on a list of available players and was picked up to play center with the Atlanta Falcons for a year. His next move was as back-up center for the Cleveland Browns. In 1969 medical complications caused Bob to have to retire from his career in professional football. Bobs next move was to purchase a stock car that he raced without a sponsor for the next four years. Without a sponsor I knew that Id be finished racing when I to- taled the car said Bob. That happened when Bobs car ran through a wall. He broke many bones but recovered and his career as a stock car driver was behind him. For the past 25 years Bob has been coaching and works at summer basketball camps. I get a lot of personal satisfaction from seeing the kids improve he said. Bob has been an avid country music lover since he was a child and goes to as many concerts as he can. He raised three sons and a daughter moving to Atlanta to be close to his sons. Bob lives in Cumming with one of his sons his sons wife and their three children. The other two sons live close by. Bobs daughter lives in California. Northview track field team students and parents are happy that Bob continues to coach. Parent Dana Light whose two sons are coached by Bob says Working with Coach Whitlow has been an absolute pleasure. I learn something new and surprising about him every time we interact. He has been a wonderful role model for athletics coaching and living a long and active life. We are blessed to have his expertise and quick wit on the throwing field. Danas son senior Ethan Light adds Coach Whitlow has helped me develop my talent for throwing discus. Without his coaching I would never have succeeded. For Bob coaching at 80 years old is just a continuation of the many athletic accomplishments he has had during his life. Todays College Admissions Process is Complex Time Consuming and Competitive We offer College Admissions Planning Services for grades 8-12 Free Initial Consultation Call 770-203-0300 Denise Eccleston Owner 2-time Forsyth County Counselor of the Year HECA Member Aim for the Future will help guide you throughout the college admissions process. 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The announcement is typically made at the annual Forsyth County Schools Celebration of Excellence but Andy who was accompanying SFMS band members on a trip to Walt Disney World on the day of the awards luncheon got the word about his selection a bit unconventionally. SFMSs Principal Sandy Tinsley was also on the trip and told Andy hed won record- ing his reaction and acceptance speech which was shared later that day at the awards event. Following his selection Andy has been somewhat overwhelmed by the fan- fare. Its a great honor he said. There are so many great teachers in this county and I just do what I do. According to his peers administrators and the Teacher of the Year committee he does what he does very well. Andy was chosen as SFMS Teacher of the Year by a vote of his fellow teach- ers last fall and then completed an application that included questions about his background achievements and teaching philosophy. After his selection as a semi-finalist for Forsyth County Teacher of the Year he was interviewed by a committee that included administrators retired teachers and business partners. Andy was named one of three finalists all of whom were observed and evaluated in their classroom by the committee. With the recognition Andy received a number of gifts including a check from the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club gift cards from a number of local retailers and restaurants tickets to the Cumming Country Fair Festival by Kathleen Kraynick MusicThe Man CountyLine June 2016 18 and signed memorabilia from the City of Cumming and a one-year lease on a Chevrolet Malibu. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden said after the announcement We congratulate Dr. Poor for this well-deserved recognition. He is an outstanding educator having increased his band participa- tion and also the opportunities for his students at the local and state level. Andy grew up as one of four children in a family that moved often. His father was an Air Force officer his mother a preschool teacher. His parents influence shaped who he is as a teacher. From my dad I learned the importance of leadership and service. The caring and empathetic part of being a teacher comes from my mom he said. Looking back Andy said that the frequent moves were good preparation for life as a teacher. In education were always dealing with change. From an early age I learned that change is inevitable and that I might as well embrace it. I also learned not to be afraid to move if I felt I needed to. At the age of nine Andy began playing the trumpet and discovered he was very good at it. Though his family enjoys music there were no other professional musicians in his family though there were several teachers. Early inspiration came from a trumpet teacher who helped Andy to see that he could have a career playing and teaching music. Being a musician helped ease Andys transitions as his family relocated over the years as it always gave him a group with whom to affiliate in each new place. As his musical skills advanced Andy was drawn to the precision of drum and bugle corps. He began marching with drum and bugle corps in 1981 and continued for six years. He went on to judge Drum Corps International competitions for 18 years and today teaches two groups Spirit of Atlanta and the Cavaliers based in Illinois. I was drawn to the excellence to how they de- velop and perfect a show. Together with the sense of being part of a team my work with drum and bugle corps really shaped how I think and teach Andy shared. Andy received his Bachelor of Music Education from University of Florida and went on to earn a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and a Doctor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After earning his Bachelors degree Andy began teaching at a Florida middle school and also taught private lessons. At the same time he was a professional musician at Walt Disney World working several days a week in the parks playing in parades and other ceremonies. Ive stood on top of Cinderellas Castle he said with a smile. Andy also did orchestral work in Cincinnati. As he mentors young teachers Andy tells them The more versatile you are the more fun youll have teaching. It can get boring if youre doing the same thing all the time. Clearly Andy has no time to be bored. In his 24-year teaching career he served as the Assis- tant Director of Bands and Chair of the Fine Arts department at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville Georgia and as part-time music education instructor at the Columbus State Uni- versity Schwob School of Music. He has been a curriculum consultant to Cobb County and Bibb County school districts and to Polk County Schools in Florida. He is past chair of the Georgia Music Educators Association GMEA Band Adjudication Committee and is currently All-State Band Organizer for Symphonic Bands and co-organizer for the District 9 Middle School Large Group Performance Evaluation. Andy is also a representative to the National Council for Music Composition. He joined the staff of South Forsyth Middle School in 2013. Sandy hired me to create a great band program and committed to doing all she could to help Andy said. This is an excellence- 19CountyLineJune2016 focused community and we focus on excellence in everything we do in the band program. Under his leadership the band grew from 167 students to more than 380 in two years. Andy says the programs success is a reflection of the entire communitysupport from the schools administration parent support and student engagement. Of his work Sandy says Dr. Poor is a consummate professional who works relentlessly to ensure that all students are performing at their greatest potential. He inspires students to push themselves to new limits of performance by mak- ing the learning relevant and fun. Noting that his approach can be rather business-like Andy says thats what has helped to keep the students focused on achieving excellence. They need to know that as teachers we care about them but they also need to know we have high expectations and that those arent negotiable he explained. In 2014 and 2015 the SFMS Symphonic Band earned Straight Supe- rior ratings in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation and the Concert Band earned Straight Su- perior ratings in 2015. A number of students participate in the Solo Ensemble Festival and several students are selected each year for District Honor Bands and All-State Bands. In 2014 the SFMS band was awarded the Middle School Exemplary Performance Award by the GMEA. The band was one of two selected from a five-state area to perform at the Southeastern United States Middle School Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University in December 2014. The Symphonic Band participated in the 2015 Walt Disney World Festival Disney program earning a Superior Rating Gold Award and Best in Class Award. In March the band traveled again to Disney partici- pating in a workshop where they learned how music is recorded for films. Andy and his wife Marilyn whom he met while in drum corps live in Suwanee and have two children. Kayla plays the French horn and attends the University of Florida where she is majoring in music education. Their son Addison is a trumpet player in Symphonic Band at SFMS and plays baseball at Sharon Springs Park where Andy serves as a coach. He is an avid non-fiction reader and par- ticularly enjoys autobiographies military history and books on leadership and brain research. Composing is also a great musical outlet for me and its a great mental escape Andy shared. He has more than 100 compositions and arrangements to his name written for marching and concert bands as well as chamber groups. His commissioned works have been performed across the United States and Europe as well as in China and Singapore. To write a piece of music and have it performed all over the world and to get letters from people telling you how it moved themthats very rewarding Andy said. His daughter recently performed a piece that he wrote for her and the SFMS Band performed his composition Heart and Home at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival last December. Heart and Home is dedicated to Andys fa- ther William B. Poor who is a proud native of Kentucky and it pays homage to the folk songs his father heard growing up. Summing up how he views his work Andy said Teaching and working with different groups doesnt feel like work because I really like what Im doing. Its not work if you love it. Sandy hired me to cre- ate a great band pro- gram and committed to doing all she could to helpAndy said.This is an excellence-focused community and we fo- cus on excellence in everything we do in the band program. Sandy hired me to cre- ate a great band pro- gram and committed to doing all she could to helpAndy said.This is an excellence-focused community and we fo- cus on excellence in CountyLine June 2016 20 2-DayTrippin D id you know that the place Where Soul Lives can be found a short distance away One need only travel about 100 miles south of Johns Creek to reach the heart of Georgia and the city of Macon. Its the home of legendary musicians like Otis Redding Little Richard and the Allman Brothers Band all of whom cer- tainly contributed to the moniker but read on and youll discover that Macons heritage plays more than one key. It begins over 17000 years ago when Native Ameri- cans first settled on the land that has now become the city. Although many occupants left their historical marks throughout the state of Georgia the most prominent evidence of Mississippian culture in Macon can be found at the Ocmulgee National Monument. This site consists of over 700 protected acres and includes a group of mounds built by its inhabitants between A.D. 800 and 1100 after which it was abandoned for mysterious and yet to be discovered reasons. The flat-topped earthen mounds council chambers and temple mounds can be reached via a half-mile walk or the park road. Another option is to access the park by way of the Oc- mulgee Heritage Trail - an 11-mile walking and biking path that follows the river and connects sites like the Ocmulgee National Monument to historic neighborhoods and city parks. The trail is available from dawn until dusk and leashed pets are welcome. The National Monument is part of the Otis Loop named in memory of the King of Soul. Beginning a hike there yields the added bonus of seeing him Sittin on the Dock of the Bay. Bring lunch and enjoy it in the Camellia Gardens. Formerly the pri- vate estate of Dr. William G. Lee a founder of the Camel- lia Society in the 1930s it is now city-owned and offered as a public park. Another interesting stop along the trail is Riverside Cemetery. Still an active cemetery it has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places for more than 30 years due to its architectural and histori- cal significance and is the final resting place of many famous people including Civil War veterans and civic educational and religious leaders. After all of that walking dinner probably sounds amazing and thankfully youre in the right place. Youll find no shortage of recommendations for good restaurants but what gives Macon its unique flavor is its food with soul. Each soul food restaurant has a story to tell so pull up a chair sit down at the table and listen to the tune of this particular heritage with your gut. End the night on a high note at The Grand Opera House. Designed in 1883 by theatrical architect W.R. Gunn who notably proposed a money back guarantee if his con- struction failed to provide the proper line of sight and acoustics. Apparently he fulfilled his promise and re- tained his money because The Grand continues to thrive and entertain today. It was featured in Architectural Di- gest among 14 of the finest theaters in the country citing visual splendor colorful history and the largest stage in the southeast. Part of that colorful history surrounds ma- gician Harry Houdini who performed there many times. Although the theater has undergone changes throughout by Lisa Saghini MACON Ocmulgee National Monument photographycourtesyoftheMacon-BibbCountyConventionVisitorsBureau 21CountyLineJune2016 the years the trap doors claimed to have been installed for him remain as part of the heritage of this historic place. No trip to Macon would be complete without spending time at the largest museum in the southeast dedicated to African American art culture and history so plan on spending your second day there. The Tubman museum was named for American icon Harriet Tubman who es- caped slavery through her own grit and determination and spent the rest of her life helping hundreds of others do the same. In 1981 Father Richard Keil undertook the mission of educating visitors about the heritage of our cultural treasures by establishing the museum in a run- down warehouse in downtown Macon. In recent years overflowing with an abundance of art and audience The Tubman expanded to a 49000 square foot facility. A visit there reveals artists of every medium introduces inventors and entrepreneurs and assists in better un- derstanding the African American experience. Sidney Lanier a Macon native son once said Music is love in search of a word. Although he was fond of his home town he had no way of knowing how prophetically his own words would intersect with music in the place where soul lives. Riverside Cemetery Grand Opera HouseSittin on the Dock of the Bay Family Medicine Perimeter North Wes A. Bailey MD CAQSM Board Certified in Family Medicine Sports Medicine Dr. Wes Bailey is a board-certified physician in family medicine and sports medicine and provides compassionate patient-centered care to patients of all ages. Dr. Bailey specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of general medical conditions and offers additional expertise in athletic injuries musculoskeletal ailments nutrition and wellness. Offering a convenient location for the Johns Creek and Suwanee communities Dr. Bailey proudly serves with the highest-quality care possible. Welcoming New Patients 3890 Johns Creek Parkway Suite 230 Suwanee GA 30024 Call 770 395-1130 for an appointment We offer a full range of services including Care for adult and pediatric patients Chronic disease management Comprehensive physicals for school and sports Acute illness care Care for athletes Sports injury management Weight management counseling Joint tendon injections CountyLine June 2016 22 Theres pain you can walk off but some leg pain you just cant ignore. Pain experienced in the legs while youre out for a walk could be a symptom of a common circulato- ry condition often hard to diagnose. When plaque builds up in any of the blood vessels outside of the heart arteries veins or lymphatic vessels the re- sult is peripheral vascular disease PVD. This condition is also referred to as peripheral artery disease. PVD can slowly and steadily restrict circula- tion and is dangerous when left untreated. Plaque buildup in a leg artery is the main cause of PVD. Whether its partial or complete this buildup of cholesterol calcium and fibrous tissues block flow to parts of the body other than the heart such as the legs and arms. How to identify peripheral vascular disease Identifying PVD early is a challenge because near- ly half of those diagnosed do not experience any symptoms. The most common warning sign is lower leg pain when walking climbing stairs or exercis- ing. Another warning sign is experiencing heavi- ness tightness weakness or cramping in the legs when walking. Dr. Siddharth Patel left and Dr. Catalin Harbuzariu right of Northside Vascular Surgery. By Dr. Siddharth Patel Is your leg pain too painful How can you find relief PVD is common and can have a significant adverse effect on someones quality of life. Some relief of symptoms is possible with exercise pharmacother- apy surgical therapy and smoking cessation. Life- style-related factors such as diet smoking and obe- sity often play a major role in causing this disease. With early detection and proper treatment its pos- sible to maintain a good quality of life and long-term health. If you are over 50 and have lower leg pain when walking climbing stairs or exercising dont ignore it. Make an appointment with a specialist to determine what the pain is telling you. Dr. Siddharth Patel is a general and vascular sur- geon who works alongside general and vascular sur- geon Dr. Catalin Harbuzariu at Northside Vascular Surgery. Northside Vascular Surgery is a full-service vascu- lar surgery and endovascular therapy practice that specifically focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the veins and arteries. Northside Vascular Surgery offers an office-based full spec- trum vascular laboratory that provides ultrasound duplex and Doppler flow studies for arteries and veins. Treatment of vascular disease may include angiography angioplasty andor stenting or surgi- cal procedures to any and all of the blood vessels in the body. Benefits to patients include prompt access to diagnostic testing as well as consultation with a vascular specialist who performs both open surgery and minimally invasive endovascular procedures. Northside Vascular Surgery has three convenient locations including one in Cumming at 1505 North- side Boulevard Suite 2400. Call 770-292-3490 to make an appointment or visit for more information. 23CountyLineJune2016 More than 160 people from ages 17 to 70 recently enjoyed a memorable evening with dinner and dancing at the Dream Big Dance a prom-type event for individuals with special needs.The dance hosted by the Johns Creek Civitan Club and Mount Pisgah Special Needs Ministry had more than 70 volunteers on hand to make the evening memorable for attendees. The Johns Creek Civitans are very appreciative of the Johns Creek Foundations generous donation to help make the Dream Big Prom an unforgettable experience for the special needs community said Glenn Rudh president of the Johns Creek Civitan Club. Everyone was treated to a magical evening from the moment they entered Mount Pisgah through an arch of red and silver balloons to dinner and dancing. It was a night to remember for all the guests and vol- unteers. The Mount Pisgah Special Needs Ministry held a formal wear drive receiving more than 175 donations of jackets and dresses for attend- ees to wear. Johns Creek Civitans and Mount Pisgah Special Needs Ministry Host Dream Big Dance 29 2016 The Joint Corp. Johns Creek Town Center 3630 Peachtree Pkwy Ste 310 Cumming Town Center 2305 Market Place Blvd Alpharetta North - Grassland 5665 Atlanta Hwy Hwy 9 770 292-9292 Monday - Friday 1000am - 700pm Saturday 1000am - 400pm Sunday Noon - 500pm Except Alpharetta The Primary Care Center for Your Entire Family Infant Adolescent Adult Geriatric DOT Physicals Other In-House Services Accepting All Patients New Old With Extended Hours Monday - Friday 8AM 6PM We Accept Most Health Plans A Collaborative Wellness-based Encounter Just for You eMedical Associates 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd Suite 501 Cumming Located across from The Collection at the southeast intersection of Peachtree Pkwy and Ronald Reagan Blvd Visit us at a.k.a. Encounter Medical Associates Primary Care Clinic To Make An Appointment Call 678-736-6000 CountyLine June 2016 24 S tarting up a new business from the inception of the idea to opening day to daily opera- tions can be a very daunting and difficult time for entrepreneurs. No matter how expe- rienced the owner is or what type of business they are opening there are always things that can and usually do go wrong. During a time that should be exciting for someone planning to open a new business the confusion of choosing a location what permits are needed and proper signage are just a few things that can turn the excitement into stress and add on unnecessary costs. Fortunately for entrepreneurs in Johns Creek the Small Business Resource Center SBRC is available to help guide them through the entire process alleviate some of the potential pitfalls and provide continued support when the business is up and running. The SBRC is available to help start a new business and to help existing small business owners with guidance during a renova- tion opening another location or other questions they may have regarding business operations in Johns Creek. In 2013 Johns Creek Advantage JCA was established to be the single point of contact for busi- nesses considering locating or expanding in Johns Creek. Supporting the formation and growth of small businesses was one of the top three strategies of JCAs Initiative. The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce JCCC had been providing assistance to small business owners since its inception in 2006. The two organizations formed a partnership and launched the Small Business Resource Center. Located at the JCCC the services provided by the SBRC are all at no charge and do not require that the small business owner be a member of the Chamber. Robin Buckley is the manager of the SBRC at the Chamber office. CEO Courtney Bernardi and Economic Development Manager Bethany Lavigno Hountz are with Johns Creek Advantage. When starting up a new business one of the most valuable resources is the Start-up Checklist that is available on both the JCA and the Chamber web sites. Beginning with Step 1 Create a Company Name there is detailed information for each step through Step 30 Hire Employees. In between each step provides details such as choosing the type of entity from Sole Proprietorship to S Corpo- ration creating a logo how to calculate your labor rates and building your initial marketing materials. Downloading the Start-up Checklist reading through it and following the recommended steps can save time money and alleviate potential problems. Ensuring that our small businesses are successful thriving and have voice is one of our priorities because they are a cornerstone of the Johns Creek community said Bethany. Whatever the small business need the SBRC is available to help. For assistance with a small business in Johns Creek contact the Small Business Resource Cen- ter at 678-999-8668. For additional information and to download the Start-up Checklist visit and click on Small Business Resource Center or www.johnscreekad- and click on Entrepreneurs and Small Business. Robin Buckley Manager Small Business Resource Center 25CountyLineJune2016 One of the goals of Pinecrest Academy is to devel- op a heart of service in each and every student. One of the vehicles designed to achieve this goal is the Ignite initiative a program of Christian service designed specifically for Pinecrest high school stu- dents. This year the junior girls Ignite team launched a local chapter of Beccas Closet a national organiza- tion that provides formal dresses to those who may not be able to afford them. To collect dresses for the Pinecrest Beccas Closet chapter the junior girls Ignite team hosted Donuts for Dresses at the school. Students who brought in dresses to donate were given a donut in exchange. The girls also reached out to South Forsyth High School students for donations and hosted collections at St. Brendan Catholic Church receiving generous responses. Young ladies in the local area seeking prom dresses were invited to visit the Pinecrest campus to select a dress from about 150 dresses that were gener- ously donated by members of Pinecrest and the lo- cal community. The Beccas Closet Ignite team also held a prom shopping event at the City of Refuge in Atlanta an organization dedicated to aiding residents who live in the area and providing them with tools to succeed. I am very proud of these young ladies and all they accomplished in a short amount of time commented Ms. Allison Berry Ignite Team Advisor. I watched them learn how to develop a communications plan motivate their classmates and their parish commu- nities to donate dresses work with another high school and coordinate a large event entirely based on donations. Pinecrest Junior Girls Ignite Team Offers Donated Dresses Now Enrolling for Come and tour our Award- Winning School 955 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming Georgia 770 888 4477 FALL 2016 To schedule an appointment call 404-300-9931 9810-B Medlock Bridge Rd. 104 Johns Creek 30097 1st Choice Sports Rehab Center Sports Chiropractic Physical Therapy Massage Dr. Lauren Cortjens is a highly specialized sports chiropractor who has pursued years of post-graduate training. As an athlete herself she understands the mindset and emotions involved while training and preparing for competition. Her practice is devoted to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and she is certified in Active Release Techniques ART and Fascial Distortion Model for the treatment of soft tissue related conditions. Dr.Cortjenscanhelpyouwithrepetitivestressandotherinjuriescausedby CrossFit Cycling Golf Running Soccer Swimming Lauren Cortjens DC CCSP CF-L1 CFE CountyLine June 2016 26 A constant murmur fills the room. People of all ages and backgrounds sit at large tables scat- tered around the brightly lit meeting hall. Some people are placing cut outs of playgrounds and sports fields on a huge colored map others are jotting notes describing their perfect parks on mini white boards. Each of these groups are working together to create a vision an idea an outline that would soon become the Recreation and Strategic Parks Plan. In April 2015 the City partnered with Mack Cain De- sign Studios and Travis Pruitt and Associates out of Norcross to assist the City in researching and draft- ing the plan. The six-month planning process included extensive community outreach interviews surveys community meetings and social media interactions. In total more than 1500 individuals participated in the planning process. Based on the extensive research experience and community input the newly adopted plan serves as a guide for recreation and parks decision-making. The plan aims to achieve a balance between the need to provide parks facilities and programs with the costs of securing the required land development of specific recreational facilities and more programs and recre- ational opportunities. This was an exceptionally important part of the pro- cess because rather than just applying the National Recreation and Parks Association standards to deter- mine the number of park facilities sports fields ten- nis courts restrooms etc. the City was determined to take a more holistic view of recreation amenities in and around the community and was able to do this by working directly with the residents of Johns Creek. In short this plan would not have been possible with- out the help and enthusiastic participation of the resi- dents. This invaluable feedback enabled the City to create a plan that reflects the wants and needs of the Johns Creek community. The insightful input from the community helped to illu- minate specific recreation and park needs and desires as well as different options for funding the various pro- posed projects. From the study the City learned that the Johns Creek community is especially interested in the acquisition of additional park land expansion of recreational facili- ties addition of multi-purpose turf athletic fields de- velopment of an indoor recreation center expansion of facilities and programs for seniors addition of a cricket field connectivity between parks and activity centers a broader range of programs to serve all age groups planning for a city-wide recreational greenwaytrail system and improved facility maintenance. The City of Johns Creek currently has four developed parks Newtown Park Shakerag Park Autrey Mill Na- ture Preserve and Ocee Park. The City also has several by EdieDamann City Adopts Community Driven Vision for Recreation and Parks New plan provides Citys direction to recreation and parks system through 2026 photographycourtesyoftheCityofJohnsCreek 27CountyLineJune2016 pocket park properties Bells-Boles Park State Bridge Park and Morton Road Park. Since the Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan was first presented to Mayor and Council the Council began addressing the needs listed in the plan with two game-changing purchases. The first is 133 acres of prime parkland at Cauley Creek. The second is more than twenty acres of property for a linear park located off SR141 in Technology Park. Looking forward the City will begin the process of implementing the Recreation and Strategic Parks Plan. The process will take many years but the community will be an integral part of the process and will be asked to be involved every step of the way. The Recreation and Parks Plan was developed not just for current residents but for their childrens children future families millennials and seniors who will call Johns Creek home in the years and decades to come. So this summer the City and its Recreation and Parks Division encourage you to take a stroll join a class catch an outdoor concert learn a little more about the history of the area and just take some time to enjoy one of our most important assets our parks. Newtown Park Ocee Park Reproductive Surgical Specialists is a full-service practice that specializes in the diagnosis management and treatment of female reproductive abnormalities in patients ages 8 and up. Our board-certified physician Dr. Carla Roberts brings over two decades of experience as a reproductive specialist gynecologist and endocrinologist and offers both surgical and non-surgical services in a soothing and elegant environment. We oer a full spectrum of GYN services Adult and pediatric gynecology Comprehensive well woman exam Call Today 770-292-2670 1800 Northside Forsyth Dr Suite 380 Cumming GA 30041 Kind Compassionate Skilled Care Including additional expertise in Reconstructive surgery of uterus tubes ovaries cervix vagina and labia Endometriosispelvic pain Fibroid surgery Other comprehensive womens services CountyLine June 2016 28 Whatever happened to the so-called three months of summer It seems that the days to enjoy our summer as families are sadly being reduced. Increas- ingly for kids schools out only means schools in moving from one organized pursuit to another in the form of camps or clinics or adult-led activities. At some point our children must be set free. So what does this freedom look like Well hopefully not emancipation from all responsibility or mind en- richment. Our kids themselves need to be given ample time to think of a plan and set the pace. Free Reign - Lets give our kids a place to roam and explore. As a child my neighborhood was a kingdom to explore on my bicycle. There were boundaries but inside of that I had free reign. Little did my friends and I know that when we hopped on and rode off to see our world we were continuing our education. Research has found a childs free play and decision making stimulate his brain and increase his ability to learn. Free Ride - The stories are numerous that express a parents shock when they hear after an expensive Dis- ney trip or Caribbean cruise their childs favorite part was the water hose fight at the rest stop or climbing trees outside the resort park. Really You could have done that free at home Yes that is the point. If they were allowed to. Free from Fear - Fifty-seven years ago I was offered a ride home from my neighborhood store from an un- known man. My immediate No thank you was a matter of training but it did not result in a parent dic- tum to not walk three blocks to the store again. Crime statistics do not support increased danger of kidnap- ping. In fact it may be parental guilt that drives lack of child exploration more than fear guilt that my child must participate in some organized activity in order for him to get ahead. Research says otherwise. Free from Guilt - What is truly remarkable is that now parents can deprive their kids of what our cul- ture shouts they need and feel good about it What are some of those things O Limit your childs screens and replace them with books. Reading the printed page improves retention creativity and critical thinking. O Replace expensive travel with local parks wild woods and exploration. Such activity increases ex- ecutive function and observation. O Say no to needless toys that imagine for your kids Sticks and rocks leaves and plants can produce forts castles vehicles boats and houses that in- crease design skills far better O By insisting that they go outside and play you au- tomatically have begun raising their intelligence. All in all in doing these things this summer you are allowing your children to be children as God created them to be. Research is confirming it all. Will we have the courage and will to listen and do it by Perimeter School Headmaster Bobby Scott Getting MoreGetting More Out of the Shrinking Summer photocourtesyofPerimeterSchool 29CountyLineJune2016 TM The Community Magazine for Johns Creek South Forsyth 678-787-3551 To inquire about advertising in CountyLine This issue of CountyLine was mailbox delivered to over 25000 homes and businesses in Johns Creek and South Forsyth.With editorials about people who live work or own a business in these communities CountyLine is read and kept by those who receive it.The mailbox delivery interesting and informative editorial and high quality printing all assure that those who get CountyLine keep CountyLinegiving the magazine an incredibly extended shelf-life.Your ad will be seen over-and-over. Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 4040 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 200 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I CountyLine June 2016 30 Kayla Hurd is a 6th -grader at Taylor Road Middle School. She considers herself to be a kidpreneur because she started and runs her own business. Kaylas journey as a kidpreneur be- gan in 2014 when her mom Rhonda was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the end of 2015 when her mom had completed treat- ment Kayla decided that she wanted to help other families who had gone through the same journey. Kayla had just learned to sew and she started making bags and put them up for sale on Facebook. When she had sold ten bags Kayla decided to start her own company making and selling the bags. She named the company Simply Kakes and created a web site. She then decided that she wanted to give some of the profits that she made from Simply Kakes to a charity that helped families dealing with breast cancer. Kayla contacted The Karen Wellington Foundation which sends women and their families on fun events such as special va- cations spa days and concerts. Kayla donates 10 of the profits from Simply Kakes to the Karen Wellington Foundation. In addi- tion to this donation Kayla is looking at other organizations to which she can contribute an additional percentage of her profits. I really want to teach kids to learn that giving back is a great thing to do and that giving back can change the world said Kayla. Together we can change the world at one step at a time TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD ONE STEP AT A TIME New Johns Creek Location 770-717-0033 4035 Johns Creek Pkwy Suite A Suwanee GA 30024 Physician is available 24 hours a day Open on Saturday Board Certied Physician Tayaba Fatema MD FAAP Newborn Exams Same Day Sick Visits School Sports Physicals Immunizations Book appointments on our web site 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 Where Great Smiles Begin 31CountyLineJune2016 CountyLine June 2016 32