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1CountyLineNovember2015 NOVEMBER 2015 CHANGE 4 GEORGIAJunior Executive Board Members Brooke Adee Darby Walser Dugan Walker Remington Youngblood Maggie Walker Lian Leduc Ashley Adee Zach Calzada photographed at the Cumming Veterans War Memorial CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 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 assistance and Bridges and Evergreen memory care programs. Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is available for occupancy Reserve your apartment today and enjoy savings as one of our Charter Club members Call or stop by to talk with Beth Richardson Executive Director about the many advantages of living at Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek. Beth Richardson Our Daily Assisted Living Services Include Scheduled Transportation Medication Management Licensed Nurses on Staff Savory Delicious Meals and Snacks Wellness and Enrichment Programs Housekeeping Services 770-999-9577 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee 30024 off Peachtree Pkwy just 1.2 miles north of McGinnis Ferry Rd. Schedule your personal tour today. Models available 3CountyLineNovember2015 Northside Hospital is the Preferred Healthcare Partner of the Atlanta Falcons. And their fans. CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 CHANGE 4 GEORGIA Changing the Lives of Veterans and More DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 22 Paparazzi FEATURES 8 Treating Our Troops 12 Passing on the Passion 24 Johns Creek Joins Waze 16 5CountyLineNovember2015 COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Veterans Day November 11 2015 Not Just another Holiday at Perimeter Christian School 14 Halloween Candy Buyback on November 1st Pediatric Dentistry of Johns Creek Takes a Stand Against Sweets 23 Forsyth County Adopts a New Logo and Tag Line 26 Local Veterans Recognized at American Heroes Portraits of Service Exhibit 30 Medlock Bridge Elementary School Hosts First Mustang Olympics BUSINESS FOCUS 20 Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek 28 Emory Johns Creek Hospitals Bariatric Surgery Center Earns Reaccreditation as Comprehensive Center 12 24 8 CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 B oth Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are in November so its a time to be thankful for all of our blessings for our veterans and for the men and women currently serving in our armed forces. I am especially proud to have Change 4 Georgia C4G on the cover of this issue. Change 4 Georgia is a non-profit organization that provides support for veterans those currently serving overseas their families and others in our com- munity. What is very special about this organization is that it was started four years ago by then 10-year-old Remington Young- blood. Now a freshman at Lambert High School Remington ini- tiated bringing C4G to Lambert as an official club. I first met Remington and his mother Rebecca in 2011 when he had just started Change 4 Georgia. I am so proud of all the contributions that he and the members of Change 4 Georgia have made and continue to make to help veterans and so many others in our community. Be sure to read more about Change 4 Georgia Since Linda Jones started her chapter of Treat the Troops Southern Style in 2012 hundreds of volun- teers have packed and shipped over 300000 cookies and other items to our troops serving overseas. Be sure to read more about what Lindawith a lot of help from volunteers local schools and busi- nessesis doing to thank our service men and women and bring them a taste of home River Trail Middle School RTMS teacher Scott Fowler wanted to make a change from his nearly 20 year career in the restaurant business. Motivated by his passion for literature and art Scott chose to go into teaching. Youll enjoy reading about Scotts success as an English teacher and as the coach for RTMSs academic bowl team. In addition to its excellent traffic tracking system the City of Johns Creek has partnered with Waze a smart phone app to provide even more traffic information to commuters. Be sure to read about the benefits that this information sharing between the City and Waze has to help drivers on the roads in Johns Creek. The business focus this issue is on Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek and Emory Johns Creek Hospitals bar- iatric surgery center. The holiday season can be an especially stressful time for those with Alzheimers or dementia and their caregivers. Be sure to read the very valuable information that Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is providing to help caregivers reduce stress and sadness over the holidays. Emory Johns Creek Hospitals bariatric surgery center has received its second accreditation from MBSAQIP which acknowledges the centers commitment to providing quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients. Be sure to read more about this accreditation the many options offered for obesity and other information about the bariatric surgery center. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineNovember2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Kathleen Kraynick CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover Change 4 Georgia Junior Executive Board Members Brooke Adee Darby Walser Dugan Walker Remington Youngblood Maggie Walker Lian Leduc Ashley Adee Zach Calzada CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25837 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 1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd Suite 300 Cumming GA 30041 Across from Costco 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 North Atlanta Dermatology Adult Pediatric Dermatology Diagnosis Treatment of Skin Cancer Vbeam Vascular Laser for Rosacea and Treatment of Leg Facial Veins Laser Hair Removal All Skin Types Sclerotherapy for Fine Leg Veins Botox Dysport Bellafill Restylane Restylane Lyft Juvederm Radiesse Sculptra Latisse and Chemical Peels Gabrielle M. Sabini MD Charles J. Douchy MD Matthew J. Reschly MD A. Damian Dhar MD Stephanie S. Gardner MD Weston T. Waxweiler MD Anjana M. Patel PA-C Sara A. Barr PA-C Stacey Olivier PA-C Karly Kincaid PA-C Nikki Orciuch-PA-C Julia Ro PA-C All Board Certified 770.814.8222 We are happy to announce our new satellite office opening in mid-November in Cumming across from the new Costco Now Offering CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net8 by Kathleen Kraynick I t started with a letter. In 1990 then President George Bush read a letter from a soldier who asked his mom to send him lots of cookies. In Hilton Head South Carolina Jeanette Cram heard the president read the letter decided that she would send cookies too and Treat the Troops was born. The mission of Treat the Troops is to let deployed Ameri- can military persons know that people at home are remembering them. For the past 25 years Jeanette and supporters nicknamed Crumbs have remem- bered those serving by baking and shipping nearly 4.5 million cookies to U.S. troops stationed around the world. Ten years ago Linda Jones read a newspaper article about a local Forsyth County Treat the Troops chapter looking for volunteers to bake and help pack cookies and thought Thats so simple I can do that. Linda volunteered for several years and then made the transition to leading her own Treat the Troops chap- ter in August 2012. That month the Treat the Troops Southern Style TTT-SS chapter shipped 32 boxes containing just over 2700 cookies. Three years later the group has mailed 2725 boxes with more than 315000 cookies Treat the Troops Southern Style meets five times a year to pack boxes at VFW Post 9143 in Cumming. We used to move around to different locations ex- plained Linda but Commander Hughes of the VFW welcomed us and its a great place to hold our pack- ing events because we have veterans helping our de- ployed military. Anyone can volunteer to help pack boxes and no sign-up is needed. We never turn any- one away Linda said. The group which usually num- bers around 100 volunteers packs 200-300 boxes in about 90 minutes. The boxes are then loaded into volunteers cars and taken to the post office the next day for shipping. I cannot say enough about our vol- unteers Linda exclaimed. They are the reason we can do all of this. In addition to cookies the boxes are packed with a number of other goodies including candy travel-size toiletries toothbrushes wash cloths hand-warm- ers flavored drink mixes instant coffee wipes beef jerky granola bars and other individual snack and food items. TTT-SS also supports 60 K-9 teams and sends several boxes a year packed with homemade and store-bought dog treats to military dogs serving in Kabul Afghanistan. Treat the Troops takes donations of homemade cook- ies of all types. Cookies should be stacked six per TreatingOur Troops 9CountyLineNovember2015 plastic bag and closed with a twist-tie press-and-seal bags can open during shipment. In warm months bakers are asked to substitute MMs for chocolate chips and cookies containing nuts should be labeled as such. Cookies can be baked ahead of time and frozen until the next packing day. Support for Treat the Troops is widespread through- out Forsyth and Fulton Counties. Each year the Pin- ey Grove Middle School Grizzly Great Day of Giving partners with TTT-SS to bake and pack thousands of cookies. Some local businesses collect cookies and other items hold packing days at their facility and donate toward mailing costs from fundraisers held within the company. Financial support comes from a number of local businesses and individuals and Linda notes that every penny donated to Treat the Troops goes toward filling and shipping the boxes so there are no overhead or operating costs. As important as the cookies that fill each box are the cards and letters that accompany each one. Adult and youth volunteers as well as students from a number of local schools write notes of appreciation and en- couragement. And the service men and women often send letters and email messages back to Linda. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Steven Holmans unit received several boxes of treats during their deployment. Steven who has recently returned home to Cum- ming wrote an email to Linda saying Thank you for the packages. The guys are on their way up to dig in. Thank you so much for your support during this deployment. We are very grateful for those in the community that still show their support and send over the little things that we enjoy. Another recipi- ent sent an email and shared I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. With all the items you sentI was able to make a lot of people happy. You all have brightened our days and given us a small piece of home. If it werent for the citizens of the United States behind us we couldnt do our jobs. Linda ex- plains that these messages are a gift for her and the other volunteers. We dont do this to be thanked but when you get a letter or postcard it totally makes your day For more information on Treat the Troops Southern Style contact Linda Jones at The Primary Care Center for Your Entire Family Infant Adolescent Adult Geriatric Accepting All Patients New Old With Extended Hours Monday - Friday 8AM 7PM 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 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 CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 Respect honor and sacrifice are highly valued at Perimeter School. Each year we set aside an entire day of school to con- centrate our energies on celebrating veter- ans. Why shouldnt we The freedoms we take for granted were paid by some soldier unseen and unknown yet we are the ben- eficiaries. Veterans Day is a chance for our students to reflect and remember what the American soldier has done for them and the world. The best gift you can ever give a Vet- eran is the gift of thanksand there is no better way to thank a Veteran than to bring him or her to Perimeter Schools Veterans Day Program. Perimeter School in Johns Creek is celebrating their 21st anniversary of honoring Vet- erans on Wednesday November 11th . Please join them The Key Note Speaker is Sgt. Roger Helle USMC. Program starts at 945 A.M. Doors open at 915 A.M. For additional information please visit httpwww.perimeterschool.orgnews-and-events Veterans Day November 11 2015 Not Just another Holiday at Perimeter Christian School With Parents and Teachers after hearts and not just minds a school day can be your best day Investigating Perimeter School dates Friday November 6th Friday January 22nd Friday February 5th 630 PM Register at www.perimeterschool.orgadmissions Or contact Lori Azemar at 678.405.2307 11CountyLineNovember2015 Our pediatricians are standing by this Thanksgiving Christmas and New Years Day. And with our online scheduling you can get in line before you leave home. Learn more at choa.orgurgentcare. CHILDRENS AT FORSYTH 410 PEACHTREE PARKWAY CUMMING CHILDRENS AT NORTH POINT 3795 MANSELL ROAD ALPHARETTA HOLIDAY HOURS 9 AM TO 7 PM 2015 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Inc. All rights reserved. If you think your childs illness or injury is life-threatening call 911. We accept walk-in patients during business hours. Hours may be affected by unanticipated circumstances. Visit choa.orgurgentcare for real-time updates. We treat fractures. Even on holiday breaks. CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 by Brian DeRose A fter nearly two decades in the restaurant business the long hours and stress had be- come too much for Scott Fowler. He kept tell- ing himself There must be more to my calling than this. Scott started working part-time at a restau- rant when he was in high school and though he had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Vincent College in his hometown of Latrobe Penn- sylvania he had continued to work in restaurants. The industry was hard Scott said. There were many long hours and late nights. As I got older the job just wasnt fulfilling enough. It was then that I looked to my passion which was literature and art. Scott takes pride in the fact that he has trav- eled to most of the great art museums around the world and seen famous works of art first-hand. With his passion for art and literature so strong Scott wanted to share what he knew with others. So after 18 years of working in restaurants he went back to college and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. At the same time that he changed careers Scott de- cided to change his hometown as well and moved to the Atlanta area. Scotts career in the classroom began teaching Eng- lish and Language Arts at Haynes Bridge Middle School. He not only knew that he had made the right career change for himself but his passion for English and his ability to pass that passion on to his students led Scott to be selected as the schools 2012 Teacher of the Year. In 2013 he took a position at River Trail Middle School RTMS teaching English and Language Arts. During his first year there he was asked to volunteer at a local quiz bowl and was pleasantly surprised by the level of knowledge the students demonstrated during the competitions. I couldnt believe what these kids knew at such young ages said Scott. I immediately wanted to be a part of it. The next school year Scott was given the opportunity to coach the team that competes in academic bowls which includes all grades at the school sixth through eighth. Since RTMS had in- creasingly become one of the top ranking middle schools in the country in these competitions there was a lot of pressure on Scott to lead the students to continued success. Over the past few years the River Trail team has climbed the national ranks. Three years ago the team was 25th in the nation followed by a 5th place ranking and in 2015 they ranked 3rd in the coun- try. The kids compete in a series of tournaments on the Passion Passing 13CountyLineNovember2015 throughout the year and respond to a variety of very difficult questions at each tournament Scott said. The members of the RTMS academic bowl team are very committed practicing before and after school to accomplish their goals. And it is paying off. They placed third at the 2015 National History Bee and Bowl and in addition to this outstanding accom- plishment for the team Scott was selected as the 2015 National Middle School Coach of the Year. The History Bee and Bowl was founded by David Madden who holds the distinction of having the third longest winning streak on Jeopardy. After his 19-day appearance on the show David started vol- unteering as a question reader at quiz bowl tourna- ments. In 2010 he founded the History Bee and Bowl a national competition for students in elemen- tary middle and high school. According to Scott at most academic bowls the questions come from a wide variety of subjects. But the History Bee and Bowl questions are more focused on history geography and art. Scott ex- plains further Because my passion is art and lit- erature I am able to bring this passion to the aca- demic bowl team which helps them with the art and history questions. The students are aware that the art questions are a passion for their coach and they pay very close attention to the details that he provides them on this subject. The River Trail team consists of 35 students. Just making the team is a competition with approxi- mately 150 students trying out each year. Parents see the value of their child being on the academic bowl team said Scott. It is very popular among the students especially since our success keeps in- creasing each year. Many of the students from last years third place team have moved on to high school so this is a rebuilding year for the team. But as Scott says We are a young team this year but sometimes the younger students step up and outperform the older ones. There is no doubt that Scott Fowler will con- tinue to pass his passion on to the team and lead them to more academic bowl success 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. CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 Earn cash for your candy and support the troops Pediatric Dentistry of Johns Creek is redefining the phrase put your money where your mouth is. After Halloween trick-or-treaters can bring in their excess candy to Dr. James Hicks office and receive 1.00 per pound. Dr. Hicks and his staff have joined the movement to reduce gingivi- tis and decay by giving away cash or prizes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. Once collected the can- dy will then be shipped to Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys California where it will be sent in care packages to deployed troops. On Sunday November 1st from 1 to 5pm candy will be collected at the Pediatric Dentistry of Johns Creek office located at 10475 Medlock Bridge Road Suite 501. Every child will receive 1.00 for each pound of unopened candy they bring in. Dr. Hicks has been working hard to raise public awareness of the buybacks efforts as well as the benefits of healthy eating and great dental hygiene. Please visit or call 678- 822-9818 for more information of this buyback sponsored by Pediatric Dentistry of Johns Creek. HALLOWEEN CANDY BUYBACK ON NOVEMBER 1ST Pediatric Dentistry of Johns Creek Takes a Stand Against Sweets Board Certified 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 Mods mod batteries E-Cig Kits E-Juice eGo Batteries Coils 15CountyLineNovember2015EVERYTHING OF BEAUTY IN LIFE BECOMES MORE BEAUTIFUL IN LIGHT. Since 1870 Schonbek chandeliers have brought timeless sophistication to interiors. With their unsurpassed quality and beauty each piece is a cherished heirloom for generations to come. RENAISSANCE and other illuminating designs available for viewing at Schonbek is a member of the Swarovski Group. 2015SwarovskiLightingLtd. 5900 State Bridge Rd. Johns Creek 30097 770-476-4028 CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 CHANGE 4 GEORG Changing the Lives of Veterans and by Kathleen Kraynick Remington Youngblood at the Cumming Veterans War Memorial. 17CountyLineNovember2015 S ince its founding in 2011 Change 4 Georgia C4G has made an impressive and positive impact on the lives of veterans U.S. service men and women stationed abroad and their families here at home. C4Gs work is even more im- pressive considering that it was established by Remington Young- blood a fifth-grade student at the time and today is run largely by a group of teenagers. When he moved to Forsyth County 10-year-old Remington began to seek out community service opportunities calling more than a dozen agencies. He was repeatedly turned away because he was too young so he decided to start his own organization. Reming- tons grandfather and great-grandfather had both served in the military and with U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan for nearly his entire life Remington saw supporting active-duty military and veterans as an important cause. He entered and won a Veterans Day essay contest while a student at Johns Creek Elementary School and with his 25 prize he opened a bank account for Change 4 Georgia. Next Remington decorated boxes and put them at his subdivisions club house and at local schools and busi- nesses to collect items that service men and women might want or need. He called them wish list itemscandy drink mixes ra- men noodles cookies and personal care productsall items that can fit in a backpack and are difficult for service men and women stationed abroad to get. From there Remington recruited a few friends to help out with service projects and the organization has grown in its numbers and in its reach ever since. Change 4 Georgia supports military personnel veterans and their families through a number of initiatives. They hold drives each year and one drive Operation Oatmeal that was launched when the group got word that instant oatmeal was a favorite among military personnel collected more than 3000 boxes of oatmeal. Through the Make It Tasty Drive they gathered hundreds of GIA More CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 pounds of condiments to make the military MREs Meals Ready to Eat more enjoyable. Through Operation HI Hope and Inspiration students write and mail cards and letters throughout the year to men and women serving overseas. Other projects are focused on assisting military families and those of veterans. The Dy- namite Diaper Duty Drive brought in thousands of packages of disposable diapers and the Friendly Food Drive yields food for veterans families in need. The group also collects school supplies for children of veterans toys during the holidays and clothing bedding and household appliances. Earlier this year a Forsyth County veterans family lost their belongings in a house fire. Change 4 Georgia volunteers responded by replacing the gifts their three boys had received last Christmas. Its a great feeling being able to help somebody else shared Remington. One of the groups latest efforts is the establishment of scholarships for student veter- ans. Throughout the year C4G volunteers organize fundraisers such as movie nights pool parties car washes and bake sales and they have collected over 9000 for schol- arships designated for veterans enrolled in college. In July Remington and several other members of the Change 4 Georgia team traveled to the University of Georgia where they met with Dr. William McDonald Dean of Students and retired U.S. Air Force Lieu- tenant Colonel Ted Barco Director of the Student Veterans Resource Center. They pre- sented the university with a check for 3000 which will fund six 500 scholarships. Remington said Dean McDonald was excited to see students serving others and he sat with us for a question and answer session. We also had the opportunity to tour the Student Veterans Resource Center. It was just an all-around great day. As the number of volunteers that make up Change 4 Georgia grows so does the scope of what the organization can do. Remington likens their growth to the Coca-Cola Compa- ny. Like Coca-Cola has its flagship soft drink Change 4 Georgia keeps serving military personnel and veterans as its primary focus he explained. But weve now expanded to add other flavors and Change 4 Georgia volunteers serve in an ever-increasing number of ways. The organizations book drive is a project that started in March 2014 in honor of Georgia First Lady Sandra Deals Read Across Georgia initiative. To date the group has collected more than 100000 books that are donated to military veterans and their families as well as libraries and Title I schools across the state. The group has branched out to serve in a number of other ways. The Sunshine 4 Seniors project director is Junior Executive Board Member Lian Leduc a Lambert freshman. Lian coordinates an activity such as baking cookies or pizzas arranging flowers or making a craft and C4G members visit with the residents of a local senior living community and do the activity with them. Lian said Serving gives me such a tender and warm feeling inside. It has opened my eyes to the real world and what can be done to help improve it. Being a member of C4G gives me a sense of delight knowing that Im helping someone and contributing to the community with a group of others that feel the same way. Change 4 Georgia volunteers participate in Keep Forsyth County Beautiful roadside cleanup efforts and have adopted a mile in front of the Cumming Army National Guard and students recently helped the Marcus E. Sharon B. Gunter Foundation unload sort pack and load food for needy families in Forsyth County. More than 100 local and national businesses support Change 4 Georgia through financial contributions and dona- tions of goods. 19CountyLineNovember2015 Membership in Change 4 Georgia offers so many leadership and volunteer opportuni- ties said Rebecca Youngblood Remingtons mother and one of the organizations ex- ecutive board members. We want to help kids get out into the community to serve and to inspire others to do the same. Joining Change 4 Georgia keeps students in the know about upcoming service and fundraising events but Rebecca points out that everyone understands busy schedules and students can participate in as much or as little as they choose theres no minimum service hour requirement. Change 4 Georgia programs are led by a junior executive board made up of 11 high school students. Each junior execu- tive board member is responsible for serving as a project director for one of Change 4 Georgias programs. Most service projects have 12- 15 students participating though large fundraising events such as pool parties and movie nights often draw a much larger crowd. The students also partici- pate in a number of cultural outings including tours of the Governors Mansion and the Georgia State Capitol building. C4G members have the opportunity to par- ticipate in special events like the Kids Business Expo. Working mostly behind the scenes a five-member executive board of adult volunteers including two veterans provides guidance and support for the teen leaders and members. Remington and Change 4 Georgia have been recog- nized dozens of times for their work including several awards from the Kiwanis club the Veterans of Foreign Wars the Army National Guard and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Remington received the 2013 Kohls Kids Care award the 2014 Presidents Volunteer Service Award the 2014 Hasbro Communi- ty Action Hero Award and a Daily Point of Light Award signed by President George H.W. Bush. Change 4 Georgia and its leaders have been celebrated by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and other local governments the Georgia State Senate the Georgia House of Representatives and Governor Nathan Deal. Remington is now a freshman at Lambert High School and before the school year be- gan he approached Principal Dr. Gary Davison about establishing Change 4 Georgia as an official club at the school. Gary was happy to bring the nearly 100-member organiza- tion on-board and shared I am so thrilled to be able to support the work of Change 4 Georgia at Lambert. The organization does such great work to support our troops and military personnel. We will most certainly share in their motto You serve you served we serve. Additionally Remington is such a dynamic young man and one who will make a huge mark here at Lambert on behalf of veterans. I am so proud of his accomplish- ments and the outreach of Change 4 Georgia. Remington explained that his goal is to grow the organization beyond Forsyth County and beyond the state of Georgia. This model can be replicated anywhere he said. I would love to see Change 4 organiza- tions in other states. Locally two students are starting Change 4 Georgia chapters at their schools which will give more students the opportunity to serve the community. Remington says The future for Change 4 Georgia is very bright. There are so many opportunities to help others and have a lot of fun doing it photobyRebeccaYoungblood Change 4 Georgia members presented a 3000 check to fund scholarships for veteran students at the University of Georgia. T he season of celebration is fast approaching and for many of us the holidays are filled with parties visiting with family and happily celebrating together. However for many people the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year as the song would have us believe. Many older people experience feelings of sadness associated with loss or isolation. Some have increasing mobility or health problems or increased challenges managing their life and finances. They will often hide their feelings and not reach out for help. If you are caring for someone with Alzheimers or dementia the stress of the season can be especially overwhelming. These responsibilities layered with holiday traditions can take a toll. There are many resources you can access as you navigate through this time but some simple rules should help you. Adjust your expectations by having a frank conversation with your family and friends to make sure everyone understands your caregiving situation and has realistic expectations about what you can do. Be good to yourself. Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage and let others contribute. Involve the person with dementia by building upon past mem- ories and traditions that are focused on activities that are meaningful. Your family member may find comfort in singing old holiday songs or looking through photo albums. As the persons abilities allow invite them to help you prepare food wrap packages or decorate. Maintain a normal routine to help keep the holidays from becoming disruptive or confusing. And remember plan time for breaks and rests Reduce your post-holiday stress by arranging for respite care so you can enjoy some time with your family and friends. As you are adjusting to how things will be this holiday season its important to hold onto the joyful past memories in the wake of holiday stress. Focusing on the positive rather than be- coming overwhelmed by the negative will not only help you cope and celebrate but will also encourage your loved one to enjoy such a special time and to be at peace. If you are providing care for someone with dementia or Alzheimers we invite you to attend a presentation by Nancy Kriseman Geriatric Care Manager and author of The Mindful Caregiver. Nancys topic will be Helping Caregivers Recognize that Self-Care Matters. This workshop style presentation will educate caregivers on strategies to minimize stress and maximize caregiver wellness. This event is sponsored by Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek an Assisted Living Memory Care community. It is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve your spot please call 770-999-9577. Caregiver Tips throughout the Holiday Season CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 21CountyLineNovember2015 Youve Worked Hard for What You Have. You should decide what happens to your assets now AND when youre gone. Join us for our upcoming workshop 3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Assets 11555 Medlock Bridge Rd. Ste. 100 Johns Creek GA November 12th from 3 to 5pm December 10th from 6 to 8pm Space is limited so call now for your reservation 770.822.2723 There is no cost or obligation to attend. Welcome Dr. Kenneth J. Kress Northside Total Joint Specialists is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Kenneth J. Kress to our practice. A board-certified physician in orthopedic surgery with over three decades of experience Dr. Kress offers innovative knee and hip reconstructive surgery for adult patients to return you to a high functional level. Dr. Kress uses state-of-the-art MAKOplasty robotic procedures to provide more advanced and precise treatment options to return you to your active lifestyle. Services oered Evaluation of the painful hip and knee Hip and knee arthritis surgery Robotic surgery of the hip and knee Primary and revision hip and knee replacement Arthroscopy Surgical management of tendon tears of the hip 3400-C Old Milton Pkwy Suite 290 Alpharetta GA 30005 Kenneth J. Kress MD Orthopedic Surgeon Call 770 667-4343 CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 Paparazzi LISA OLSON DENISE WAGNER STEPHANIE DONALDSON JOANIE JONES CORRINE LINDO KISHA MAHONE ROSE GIBBS REGINA LEE PATRICK BALTIMORE HONEY FLANAGAN MANISHA CHURIWAL SUSAN GRISSOM MARILYN MARGOLIS DR. DEBORAH STEVE WOODWARD JOHN BEMONT STEPHEN VORBECK PEGGY TITUS-HALL ANGEL WALKER 23CountyLineNovember2015 At their August 20th meeting the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted a new county logo and tag line that highlights the countys outstand- ing natural resources and quality of life. We are proud to adopt a logo and tag line that showcase the things for which Forsyth County is well known our great nat- ural resources like our parks and Lake Lanier and being a family-friendly community that offers great quality of life and unparalleled opportunities said Commission Chairman R.J. Pete Amos. Forsyth County is a great place to call home and I think the new logo and tag line really capture and represent that. The new logo and tag line are the product of a branding initiative undertaken in an effort to refresh and update the countys logo and materials. The process included community input from an online survey conducted in 2014. It was very important that at the beginning of this process we started by hearing from our resi- dents and county employees to get their insight said County Manager Doug Derrer. The survey results were reviewed by a volunteer work group comprised of com- munity members and county government employees and a local creative services firm designed the logo. The transition to the new logo will occur over time. You will begin to see the new logo immediately on places such as the countys website and Facebook page said Director of Communications Jodi Gardner. FORSYTH COUNTY ADOPTS A NEW LOGO AND TAG LINE Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 3400A Old Milton Pkwy Ste 300 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I Your Community. Your Future. CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 I n the first partnership of its kind in Georgia Johns Creek is joining with Waze the worlds largest crowd-sourced traffic-navigation phone app to give motorists timely notice of road construction and incident data as they drive through the City. Johns Creek has a very sophisticated traffic tracking system and this partner- ship with Waze allows us both to help commuters avoid traffic delays and get through the City more easily said Mayor Mike Bodker. We are proud to be the first in Georgia to embrace this new technology to better serve our citizens. Johns Creek is also the eighth city in the United States to partner with Waze. Other cities include Boston Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Nick ODay Johns Creek Geographic Information System Manager said under the arrangement Waze and the City will share streams of information multiply- ing the effectiveness of each others operations. We will share information with Waze such as road closings accidents and major events that affect traffic ODay said. In return they will help us better understand traffic patterns and help reduce congestion in our City. This partnership is clearly a win-win for both Waze and the City but even more so for the public. Waze is a Google-based smart phone app that monitors traffic in real time. Waze has millions of users worldwide called Wazers who use the app to help them find the quickest routes. Under Wazes Connected Citizens Program cities and citizens collaborate to provide Waze users with warnings of traffic jams and road hazards on their route. Waze takes that constantly updated information and information and photography provided by the City of Johns Creek JOHNS CREEK JOINS WAZE Nick ODay Geographic Information System Manager Johns Creek has a very sophisticated traffic tracking system and this partnership with Waze allows us both to help commut- ers avoid traffic delays and get through the City more easily said Mayor Mike Bodker. 25CountyLineNovember2015 makes recommendations for the fastest route to a destination. Warnings and recommended routing are possible because Waze taps into the GPS of subscrib- ing motorists smart phones. To paint the picture of the traffic situation at any given point at any given time Waze collects and shares the combined GPS data from its subscribers. Plus Wazers can provide live reports about traffic congestion accidents and obstacles. The City will enhance Waze reports by add- ing its own updates which contain location duration and effect of planned maintenance on roads as well as incidents that might impact traffic. With the addition of City data Wazers will be even safer on the roads and more knowledgeable about construction marathons floods or anything else that can cause delays. And for communities real-time information from drivers is essential no one knows more about whats happening in a city than the peo- ple who live there. Waze is only as strong as the information it receives from its users said Paige Fitzgerald Connected Citi- zens Program Manager at Waze. Its a free mobile platform that already enables and empowers drivers and we want to bring entire cities that same level of connectivity. The immense data that Johns Creek can contribute to the Waze app makes them a key partner moving forward. The partnership offers several advantages to the City Johns Creek already collects and posts road construction road closures and special events on its Road Information Map. Even- tually the City will overlay Waze maps over the Road Information Map allowing the City to share WazerCity information to City map users. The City can utilize Wazes push notification system to send out warnings and traffic alerts. Waze traffic data will expand the Citys ability to monitor traffic in areas currently unmoni- tored a feat that would cost the City millions of dollars to replicate with traditional sensors. Waze-generated traffic data also will help transportation planners better understand traffic patterns which will allow them to make more-effective road improvements. With Waze as our partner we can reach a much larger portion of our motorists without expending any City resources ODay said. CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 On August 4 Belmont Village Johns Creek unveiled its American Heroes Portraits of Service exhibit a permanent gallery that displays the service histories of 12 resident veterans alongside their iconic portraits captured by nationally-recognized photographer Thom- as Sanders. The veterans honored through this exhibit represent different branches ranks and service periods. Each service experience is now shared and preserved through the American Heroes exhibit. The public unveiling ceremony and reception for the ex- hibit at Belmont Village Johns Creek commenced with the presentation of the colors by the Forsyth County Fire Department Honor Guard followed by speeches from photographer Thomas Sanders and Representative Mike Dudgeon. Each veteran was individually recognized and received an 8x10 of their exhibit portrait and a signed copy of Sanders award-winning book The Last Good War The Faces and Voices of WWII. The American Heroes exhibit is a permanent display and can be viewed by appointment. Please call Belmont Vil- lage Johns Creek at 770-813-9505 to schedule a visit. LocalVeteransRecognizedatAmericanHeroesPortraitsofServiceExhibit Thomas Sanders resident veteran Edward Mervich and Representative Mike Dudgeon American Heroes portrait of resident veteran Howard Fox American Heroes portrait of resident veteran John Jack Weatherford Navigating your Social Security retirement benefit options can be overwhelming. Please join us to learn about how to sort through hundreds of options to help ensure the choices you make are right for you. 27789AD R2-15 A FINANCIAL EVENT Appleton Wisconsin Minneapolis Minnesota 800-847-4836 SOCIAL SECURITY STRATEGIZE TO MAXIMIZE No products will be sold at this event. 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So we give it to them with convenience and peace of mind from the name they trust. 10305 Medlock Bridge Road Johns Creek GA 30097 770.622.3081 www.harrynorman.comatlantanorth Joy Jones Senior Vice President Managing Broker CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 E mory Johns Creek Hospitals bariatric surgery center has been reaccred- ited by the American College of Surgeons ACS Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program MBSAQIP as a comprehensive bariatric center. This is the second accreditation received by the MBSAQIP with prior accreditation since 2007. A MBSAQIP accreditation acknowledges a centers commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients. It also signals the efforts made to provide mul- tidisciplinary high-quality and patient-centered care. Bariatric centers must apply for reaccreditation every three years. Emory Johns Creek Hospitals bariatric team is made up of experts in the field of weight loss surgery. The nursing staff has received specialized educational training based on rigid criteria established by MBSAQIP therefore they un- derstand how to address the special medical and emotional care needs of the bariatric patient. Emory Johns Creek Hospital has performed more than 4700 successful laparoscopic procedures since it opened in 2007 with complica- tion rates well below the national average. In 2014 alone the centers four physicians performed more than 475 weight loss procedures which included a combination of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass sleeve gastrectomy and laparo- scopic adjustable gastric banding. This reaccreditation shows our teams commitment and dedication to our pa- tients and their families from deciding the most appropriate weight-loss plan for our patients -- whether surgical or non-surgical to exercise instruction and nutrition counseling to support groups and continuous education afterwards says Christopher Hart MD medical director. Our multidisciplinary compre- hensive program offers many options for those who suffer from obesity. Emory Johns Creek Hospitals dedicated bariatric inpatient floor offers special- ized medical equipment including lifts custom beds and special furniture to meet the needs of the patients on the unit. The hospital also provides comfort- able bathrobes and suitable gowns for patients. Providing the absolute highest quality care at every step is the primary concern and focus of the program. This special attention doesnt end with your hospital stay. The Centers af- Emory Johns Creek Hospitals Bariatric Surgery Center Earns Reaccreditation as Comprehensive Center 29CountyLineNovember2015 tercare plan is among the nations best. Aftercare activities include exercise instruction and guidance support groups ongoing nutrition counseling continuing education topics and periodic guest speakers. In the U.S more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity and an estimated 93 million people are obese according to the Ameri- can College of Surgeons. Illnesses associated with obesity range from diabetes and heart disease to cer- tain types of cancers. Bariatric sur- gical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity improve mortal- ity and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as car- diomyopathy and diabetes. 678-474-8222 emoryhealthcare.orgemorybariatrics Emory Johns Creek Hospitals bariatric team has performed more than 4700 suc- cessful laparoscopic procedures since it opened in 2007 with complication rates well below the national average. Christopher J. Hart MD FACS William H. Johnson MD FACS Ahad M. Khan MD FACS Michael Williams MD FACS Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a 110-bed hospital featuring some of the most advanced medical technologies available. Serving the city of Johns Creek and the surrounding communities Emory Johns Creek Hospital offers a full range of services including Emergency Services staffed with board-certified emergency physicians surgery cardiology oncology advanced imaging capabilities and intensive care. CountyLine November 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 The World Olympics is coming in 2016 but for the stu- dents at Medlock Bridge Elementary School MBES in Johns Creek it happened in September 2015. For the first time the Parent Teacher Organization PTO at MBES hosted the Mustang Olympics to raise money for the school. The Mustang Olympics named for the schools Mustang mascot was the largest fundraiser for the year and was a fun healthy way to raise money. One hundred percent of the profits raised go directly to help support the amazing programs events and capital improvements at MBES. This money will provide funding for academic support and enrichment field trips capital improvements school and family events classroom im- provements technology teachers supplies and much more Mustang Olympics Chairperson Ellen Newell said Runa- palooza our previous fundraiser was a very successful event for Medlock Bridge for many years. But we felt it was time to try something new and exciting for the stu- dents and their families. To incentivize the students prizes were awarded at vari- ous donation levels. In addition students who reached a certain level were able to participate in the Reward Party. And the top collector in each grade received a grand prize. Perhaps the most coveted prize was the top individual collector in each grade got to pie Coach Matt Rogers with a whipped cream pie The first Mustang Olympics was very successful and raised approximately 40000 for the school. It was a gold medal finish for the students at Medlock Bridge Medlock Bridge Elementary School Hosts First Mustang Olympics At Pinecrest I dont have to hide my faith. Jackson Steinert 6th Grade Call 770-888-4477 to schedule a tour today 955 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming GA To inquire about advertising in CountyLine email or call 678-787-3551. 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