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  • July 23, 2014 | northfulton.com | 73,500 circulation Revue & News, Johns Creek Herald, Milton Herald & Forsyth Herald combined | 50 | Volume 9, No. 30

    By JONATHAN COPSEYjonathan@northfulton.com

    NORTH FULTON, Ga. As part of its continuing efforts to bring increased public trans-portation through North Ful-ton, the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) held more public meetings to gather input on what should [or not] be done north of the Chattahoochee River.

    MARTA is focusing on the Ga. 400 corridor because of the significant change in the corridor over the last decade. A dramatic increase in jobs, population and density has spurred the transit authority to pay a little more attention north of the river. The study area is just short of 12 miles long from North Springs sta-tion in Sandy Springs, along Ga. 400 to Windward Parkway in Alpharetta.

    Several stations are pro-posed along the route, in-cluding Northridge, Holcomb Bridge Road and North Point Mall.

    We heard people wanted more opportunities for input on the alternatives consid-ered, said Janide Sidifall, a MARTA planning representa-tive.

    MARTA has been soliciting public input and conducting studies for several years now on its expansion. Beyond a basic desire, the system has sought to learn just what kind of transportation the residents want bus, light rail or heavy rail.

    There are trade-offs. Light rail is the most expen-

    sive because MARTA would have to build new storage buildings for the cars.

    Heavy rail would be some-where in the middle, in terms of cost because it would be a continuation of what they already have.

    Bus rapid transit is by far the cheaper option and easier to implement. Buses would almost certainly be needed to supplement light or heavy rail if and when it comes.

    Heavy rail is what MAR-TA uses up until the North Springs station. It is what people often think about when talking about trains.

    Public comment until August

    How much will new public transportation cost and how long will it take to build?

    Time

    Bus Rapid Transit $473 million and... 5-8 years

    Light rail $1.8 billion and... 7-12 years

    Heavy rail $1.6 billion and take and... 8-15 years

    MARTA wants inputon rail to Windward

    See MARTA, Page 5

    Public comment is accepted until Aug. 8. Those wishing to give their input or suggestions can visit www.itsmarta.com/north-line-400-corr.aspx, email at connect400@itsmarta.com or call 404-848-4494.

    KRISTINA BAK/STAFF

    Beth Millwood puts on her horse Maxs bridle before the match.

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga Like any big invest-ment, horses cost a lot to maintain. For many

    owners, those costs can be higher than they anticipated. That is where the Georgia Equine Rescue League (GERL) comes in.

    Chukkar Farm and Polo Club hosted its sixth annual exhibition polo match on July

    Polo match to save horses Raises funds for GERL

    See POLO, Page 7

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    Roswell death investigation stallsBy JONATHAN COPSEYjonathan@northfulton.com

    ROSWELL, Ga. The investigation into the death of a Decatur woman whose body was found near the Chattahoochee River is stalling, say police.

    The body of Merkeesha Taylor, 20, of Decatur was found near the banks of the river on the federal Vickery Creek Park May 11. Initially in the jurisdiction of the FBI, they handed the case over to Roswell Police to investigate.

    According to the Fulton County Coro-ners Office, Taylor died of a methamphetamine overdose and her body was moved to the location where she was found.

    Zachary Frommer, spokesman for the Ro-swell Police Department, said the investigation has gone cold.

    The leads have been chased and there is nothing more to go on right now, he said. Part of the problem, he said, was the

    lack of cooperation from Taylors boy-friend.

    We still would like to talk with the boyfriend, Frommer said. He wont come talk with us.

    The boyfriend is not a suspect, From-mer said, and police cannot simply force him to come in. Indeed, despite her body being moved after her death, Taylors death has not been ruled a homicide.

    If it were clearly a homicide, it would be a different story, he said. Someone knows something about this. Its very suspicious. But for now, the investigation is at a dead end.

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    Men steal mail from businessesALPHARETTA, Ga. Two men were arrested July 12 after al-legedly taking mail from seven downtown Alpharetta busi-nesses.

    Police received a 911 call from a resident who claimed to see a man walking up Main Street at 9 p.m. This man was looking into mailboxes of the businesses on the street. The caller followed the man as

    the suspect got into a car and drove south on Ga. 9 to the CVS at Old Milton Parkway.

    Police caught up with the vehicle and found two men inside, one of whom, Kenneth Othellar Owens, 57, of Not-tingham Drive, Alpharetta, matched the description of the suspect. He denied taking mail and said his friend whose name he did not know had given him a ride.

    When he was told a witness saw him take the mail, Owens allegedly admitted to the thefts.

    Officers allegedly saw pieces of mail addressed to the businesses lying inside the vehicle. Owens was arrested for theft and loitering. The driver Arzarius Deonta King, 33, of Atlanta was arrested for giving a false name to police and being party to a crime. In all, seven businesses had their mail taken.

    16-year-old gets embarrassing arrestJOHNS CREEK, Ga. A 16-year-old girl was charged with shoplifting July 7 at a Jones Bridge Road Rite Aid pharmacy after she allegedly tried to steal two vibrator devices.

    According to employees, the girl had taken two Trojan brand devices from the shelf and went to the restroom. There, she took the items out of their packaging and tried to flush the packaging down the

    toilet, hiding the articles in her purse.

    The girl told police she in-tended to give the devices to a friend and her boyfriend.

    The girls mother was brought to the scene.

    Trio arrested for smoking in parkMILTON, Ga. Three people were arrested July 10 for possession of marijuana after allegedly smoking it in North Park.

    A witness told police they saw three people smoking pot in the parking lot of North Park about 11 p.m. Police found the suspects vehicle as it was leav-ing the park and pulled it over. All three occupants told police there was nothing illegal in the car, even though police noted they smelled pot coming from the car.

    When police attempted to search the vehicle, the driver, Victor M. Diaz, 24, of Law-renceville allegedly told police if they found nothing, the officers were going to have a serious problem.

    Police found plastic baggies containing suspected pot in the cars center console as well as a cup containing more of the substance. There were also three marijuana cigarettes.

    All three occupants Diaz, Sara Elizabeth Palacios, 21, of Lawrenceville, and Fran-cis Medina Rodriguez, 26, of Norcross, were arrested for

    possession of marijuana.

    Who has been sleeping in my house?MILTON, Ga. A Hamiota Ridge family returned home from vacation to find that someone appeared to be stay-ing in their home.

    The family told police they left for vacation June 27 and left a neighbor in charge of watching their home. Three days later, the neighbor was checking on the house when she reportedly heard the show-er running. She called police and, when they arrived, they found water in the bathtub and the remains of scrambled eggs cooked in the kitchen.

    When the family returned from vacation June 30, they found the childrens savings taken $1,500 in total along with another $50 in cash.

    Also, it appeared someone was making themselves com-fortable in the home someone consumed a case of beer and a bottle of tequila, along with bottles of water, a bag of chips and tea. They left behind a sweater, two black socks, gum and cigarette butts. Jewelry in the home was left alone.

    Tires slashed, window bashedJOHNS CREEK, Ga. Someone has a grudge against a Cas-

    POLICE BLOTTERAll crime reports published by Appen Media Group are compiled from public records. Neither the law enforcement agencies nor Appen Media Group implies any guilt by publishing these names. None of the persons listed has been convicted of the alleged crimes.

    CORRECTIONLocal resident misidentified in blotter

    In the crime section of April 23, 2014, Alpharetta Police misidentified Jer-maine Griffin, 21, of Roswell as a suspect in a traffic stop which led to the arrest of another person.

    Police now say Mr. Grif-fin was not involved in any way in the police report of April 4. Police are still investigating how Mr. Grif-fins information came to be used. Appen Media Group regrets the error. See BLOTTER, Page 21

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    Surrey Point, Alpharetta, was arrested June 21 on Lakeview Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to yield entering roadway.

    Billy Dean Arnold, 48, of Longwood Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested July 1 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI.

    Ryan Odell, 29, of Helen was arrested June 30 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, open container, failure to maintain lane and possession of a controlled substance.

    David Scott Postier, 51, of Grey Abbey Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested June 16 on Upper Hembree Road in Alpharetta for DUI and driv-ing on the wrong side of the roadway.

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    Lake Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested June 19 on South Main Street in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding and no license on person.

    David Lee Abrahamson, 53, of Oxford Mill Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested July 3 on Buice Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

    Julie Jenkins Wright, 48, of Autry Ridge Point, Johns Creek, was arrested July 3 on Buice Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

    Andy Phommata, 34, of Atlanta was arrested July 4 on Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

    Thomas Christopher Stolz, 38, of Hembree Forest Circle, Roswell, was arrested July 4 on Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

    Michael Ransford Odom, 27, of Duluth was arrested July 4 on Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

    Marjorie Rose Ryan-Santos, 33, of Grants Pass, Oregon, was arrested July 3 on Mayfield Road in Milton for DUI, child endangerment and failure to maintain lane.

    Andrew Falconer, 24, of Norcross was arrested July 4

    on Birmingham Highway in Milton for DUI and failure to maintain lane.

    Drug arrests Julio R. Carrasquillo, 41, of

    Royal Creek Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested July 2 on Mansell Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana.

    Patrick Martin Livergood, 25, of Marietta was arrested July 2 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for possession of a schedule I controlled sub-stance and brake light viola-tion.

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  • 4 | July 23, 2014 | Milton Herald | northfulton.com NEWS

    GUADALAJARA, MEXICO A wanted fugitive was located in Mexico after a four-year joint investigation by Forsyth County Sheriffs deputies and the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Taskforce.

    Kenneth Dustin Grant was wanted for failure to appear on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and sexual exploitation of children.

    The case began in Novem-ber 2008, when Grant had a friends teenage daughter babysit his young children.

    It is believed that Grant drugged and assaulted the

    teenage girl, while pho-tographing the incident. During the in-vestigation of this incident, photographs of a similar assault on the teenage girls older sister and photographs of other young girls were discov-ered.

    Grant was indicted in Octo-ber 2009 and posted a $75,000 bond in January 2010. In September 2010, Grant failed to show up for a court hearing. Grants ankle bracelet was lo-

    cated in Lake Lanier with signs that it had been tampered with. Grant had been featured on Americas Most Wanted several times.

    The task force obtained information that Grant was living in Guadalajara, Mexico, under a false identity.

    Members of the task force, including a Forsyth County Sheriffs deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service, began working with members of the Guadalajara office of the U.S. Marshals Service as well as Mexican immigration officials, also located in Guadalajara.

    Working together, those agencies then continued the

    investigation in Guadalajara where Grant was apprehended.

    Grant was transported to Los Angeles International Air-port where custody was turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. Grant is being held in Los Angeles until his extradition to Forsyth County.

    The interagency coopera-tion between the Unites States Marshals Service and the Forsyth County Sheriffs Of-fice made it possible to cap-ture Mr. Grant, said Sheriff Duane Piper. I also appreciate Americas Most Wanteds inter-est in this case. Their airing of this case was instrumental in the investigation.

    Forsyth County fugitive caught in Mexico

    GRANT

    By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com

    MILTON, Ga. Fulton County and the city of Milton will have a new place for seniors to gather the Hopewell House, at the corner of Hopewell Road and Birmingham Road, had its groundbreaking July 16 to turn the historic home into a senior center and event center.

    The 2.5-acre site, which contains the nearly 4,000-square-foot, two-story home, dates back to at least the mid-1800s, according to lo-cal historians. The city bought the property in 2011.

    This is very exciting, said Mayor Joe Lockwood. We are fortunate to be able to preserve what we think is one of the oldest properties in Milton. We are putting it to a great use.

    Until the senior center is complete, Senior Services North Fulton (SSNF) has been

    operating out of the Communi-ty of Christ Church, on Francis Road.

    Today is a great day for North Fulton seniors and Milton, said Carrie Bellware, executive director of SSNF. A

    permanent senior center in Milton is a reality.

    SSNF is a county program helping seniors by providing them transportation, activi-ties, learning and socializing. They also help provide Meals

    on Wheels, food delivered for home-bound seniors. There are 19 senior centers in the county, which provides more programming for seniors than

    Hopewell House to become senior centerGroundbreaking for historic site

    JONATHAN COPSEY/STAFF

    City and county officials held the official groundbreaking of the Hopewell House July 16 as it will be turned into a senior center.

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    MARTA seeks to expand transit service from North Springs north along Ga. 400 to Windward Parkway.

    Light rail is similar but carries fewer passengers. However, as us-age fluctuates, it is easier to add or subtract cars from the train than it would be with heavy rail.

    Bus rapid transit is a heavy bus system similar to trains but they run on streets.

    We want people to understand what the trade-offs are so they can make an educated decision, Sidifall said. Its not just a mat-ter of putting a rail line down the corridor. Its making it complement the area of operation. That rail has to be supported.

    That means new bus routes and bus stops east-west.

    For some residents, expanding MARTA is a no-brainer.

    If we are an international city, we need a better means of tran-sit, said Salpi Adrouny, of Johns Creek.

    She was placing sticky notes on maps giving suggestions on what she wants and where.

    No rail on the west side of Ga. 400 was a popular note with attendees of the July 10 meeting. Adrouny said she uses MARTA at least once a month to travel to the airport.

    I cant think of a more relaxed way to get to the airport, she said.

    According to MARTA officials, she is not alone. A Kennesaw State University study called 1,000 residents and employees in the

    area. It found that the vast major-ity of people want some form of increased public transportation.

    Eighty percent of residents asked for some form of transporta-tion, with 40 percent asking for heavy rail. Employees were more supportive of rail. In the survey, 68 percent of employees said they wanted heavy rail.

    Its going to be part of the future, said Al Nash, executive director of Progress Partners North Fulton Atlanta, the economic devel-opment arm of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. We have to look at some form of transit to remain competitive. We are a big importer of labor here [in North Fulton].

    We need the infrastructure to get people to live and do business here.

    Some residents were not so convinced.

    Tom Miller, who lives in the Windward neighborhood, said he and all of North Fulton have been paying the MARTA penny tax for years now, yet there are only four bus routes north of the river.

    It hasnt changed [in years], he said. Milton and Johns Creek

    have nothing.Alpharetta City Councilman

    Jim Gilvin was cautiously optimis-tic about MARTAs plans.

    Im not sure why there is such a heavy push for something that is not affordable or practical, he said, referring to proposed rail improvements.

    Gilvin said he was more in favor of the bus system, but he criti-cized MARTA putting four stations in Alpharetta, yet overlooking the upcoming Avalon and Gwinnett Tech College developments on Old Milton Parkway.

    Thats the No. 1 place, he said. It makes no sense to do it and not have it there.

    Brandon Beach, president of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, also pointed to the penny sales tax for MARTA.

    We have been paying that for years and have no service. Its time to get our investment back. There are more than 900 technology com-panies alone in this corridor, said Beach. Those young workers have grown up where they take transit or ride bikes. They often dont own automobiles. We need those op-tions available.

    If we are an international city, we need a better means of transit. SALPI ADROUNY, Johns Creek Resident

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    From left areRyan Sedgwick, Michael Mirabella, Jr.,Michael Mirabella, Sr. andScott Sedgwick.

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. Sedgwick Art Gallery in downtown Al-pharetta was buzzing Satur-day night, July 12, as guests enjoyed the opening reception for local photographers, father and son duo, Michael and Michael Mirabella.

    Guests viewed new work from the pair that focuses on both the natural world and architecture.

    Pieces from the show will be available through July 25.

    Sedgwick Art Gallerys next event is Aug. 23 and will feature a live auction and pieces by Chinese refugee and calligraphist Liao Da Yuan.

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    CUMMING, Ga. The Dally family held a flag retire-ment ceremony at their home July 4. Flag Day is observed June 14, but the Dallys wanted to honor U.S. flags for Independence Day. Thirteen children carried out traditional retirement procedures for several American flags.

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    Local kids hold flag retirement for July 4

    From left are Madeleine Dally, 10, Karsyn Theobald, 10, Merrick Theobald, 10, Taylor Theobald, 12, Elise Owens, 9, Jack Tomlinson, 9, Jocelyn Dally, 5, Ben Tomlinson, 13, Jessica Slaton, 8, Brett Dally, 7, Jacob Slaton, 12, Anna Tomlinson, 13, and Monica Rodriguez, 13

  • northfulton.com | Milton Herald | July 23, 2014 | 7Submit your news & photos to news@northfulton.com COMMUNITY

    13. Proceeds went to support GERL.

    GERL is a statewide program that works with the Department of Agriculture to rescue and rehabilitate horses. This includes programs that castrate, feed and train horses.

    During the event, speakers explained the sport of polo to guests between chukkars, or periods of play, in the match.

    A silent auction, flea mar-ket and food sales helped to raise money.

    Patty Livingston, GERL president, said that many own-ers cannot afford their horses.

    We have seen people trailer their horse out to the coun-try, open somebody elses gate and put a horse in there, said Livingston.

    Events like this allow GERL to keep up with the growing number of abused or aban-doned horses in Georgia.

    The stallion to gelding program helps to pay for the

    castration, or gelding, of a stallion for owners that have a financial need. Gelding a stallion will help to prevent unwanted births.

    You cannot even give away a stallion today, said Livings-ton.

    The feed a horse program lets the public donate $150 monthly or the $900 total cost to rehabilitate a horse.

    GERL had a goal of $2,000 for the event and they were able to raise just over their goal.

    Everything helps, said Livingston.

    Several events are held through the year to help GERL. For more, visit www.gerlltd.org.

    Chukkar Farm and Polo Club is at 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta.

    KRISTINA BAK/STAFF

    Riders and horses rest in the shade between chukkars, or periods of play, during Polo match to support GERL.

    Continued from Page 1

    Polo:

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    Cara Tadsen gives King a sip of water between periods of play.

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    ROSWELL, Ga. Amid the shouting, screaming, crying and general confusion, 400 mill workers mostly women and children were taken by force from Roswell and trans-ported to Indiana and Ohio to be charged with treason. Many were never heard from again.

    This all happened at the height of the Civil War, in 1864, and for the sesquicen-tennial thats 150 years Roswell recreated the scene on the town square July 12 and 13.

    By order of Gen. Sher-man, you are hereby charged with treason, said Union Maj. Michael Hitt as he read the order from Sherman to the mill workers.

    Men dressed in Union blue (derogatively called blueber-ries by the Confederate wom-en) fixed bayonets and forcibly rounded up women and hauled them off to meet their fate.

    At the time, Atlanta was a

    major railway and supply hub for the state and the Confeder-acy. The capital was in Milled-geville. As many Gone with the Wind readers will remem-ber, Atlanta burned.

    Roswell was a major manu-facturing town for the Confed-eracy, producing cotton and cloth in its mills. At the cotton mill, they made shirts and wagon covers. Both mills were prime targets for the Union armies burning their way through Georgia in Shermans infamous March to the Sea.

    Along with the arrest, Union troops were camped out on the grounds of Barrington

    Hall just as they did dur-ing Roswells occupation 150 years ago. The re-enactors showed visitors a glimpse at the soldiering life in the 1860s, with everything from cooking to weaving and showing off the daily utensils of a soldier.

    After the arrest of the mill workers, the town square was turned over to an interpretive dance of the event, courtesy of Glo Atlanta and the Roswell Arts Renaissance.

    Acclaimed choreographer Lauri Stallings and a dozen dancers led their audience on a migration from the square to the covered bridge.

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    CITY OF MILTONNOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

    The City of Milton has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 4.17 percent.

    All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the City of Milton Council Chambers, 13000 Deerfi eld Pkwy, Milton, Georgia, 30004, on the following dates and times:

    July 7, 2014 at 6:00 PMJuly 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    August 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 4.731 mills, an increase of 0.189 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 4.542 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $375,000 is approximately $28.35 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $400,000 is approximately $30.24.

    CITY OF MILTONNOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

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    Your total property tax rate, or millage rate, will remain the same as the previous seven years at 4.731. The City is estimating a slight increase in property values that may result in additional property tax revenue. Actual changes in property values will not be available until the City receives the offi cial property digest from the Fulton County Tax Commissioner.

    Learning the Montessori wayBy JONATHAN COPSEYjonathan@northfulton.com

    MILTON, Ga. There are many ways to teach children. One that is growing in popularity is the Montessori school.

    One such school is Red Apple Montessori, on Bethany Bend in Milton. Biju Eappen, the owner, said the creators of Google and Amazon went to Montessori schools when they were little. Montessori schools often cater to very young chil-dren.

    Its a different way, but the in the long run, it helps a lot, Eappen said. Its not like traditional schools. Teachers dont tell the kids what to do. The kids learn what they want. There is a lot of freedom in it.

    Older students can teach younger students their les-sons. This helps the younger students learn from their peers and it also helps solidify the lesson in the older students.

    To me, its the only way to educate the first six years in life, Eappen said. Some parents put their children in daycare, but why? Why shouldnt they learn something while they are there?

    Red Apple is a small school it has about 50 students. It has grown every year since it opened in 2008 and has had to expand its site twice, show-ing how popular Montessori schools are becoming.

    Red Apple is run by Leigh Gregory, the director and a 20-year veteran of Montessori schools. The students learn via hands-on lessons, moving from concrete to abstract learning as the student gets older, she said.

    Every child starts with a lesson that interests he or she, and we build on that, Gregory said.

    Montessori lessons create a love of learning, she said. As the child grows, that love of learning and discovery will stay with the child.

    Parents dont have to push as much, she said. The students already want to push

    themselves.In a traditional learning en-

    vironment, the class is geared toward the middle students those neither excelling nor fall-ing behind so that the major-ity of students learn the same, but the advanced students are pulled back while those falling behind never catch up.

    By mixing ages and abili-ties, Gregory said students are able to work at their own pace, and there is no limit to how much they can learn or how much they can achieve.

    They are not bored and always have something more for them to do. There is no one telling them they cannot do anything, she said.

    In choosing a Montessori school, Gregory said it was important for parents to know as much as they can about the school. That includes learn-

    ing what associations have accredited the school to be Montessori official. She said many schools often simply take the name Montessori without going through a certification process.

    There are two certifica-tion agencies the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

    Anyone interested in Mon-tessori should investigate and shop around, Gregory said.

    For more about Red Apple Montessori, visit them online at www.redapplemontessori.com.

    For information on the American Montessori Society (AMS), go to http://amshq.org. For more on the Associa-tion Montessori Internationale (AMI) visit https://www.montessori-ami.org.

    Whats a Montessori school?Although a range of practices exists under the name Montessori, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:

    Mixed-age classrooms, with classrooms for children ages 2 or 3 to 6years old by far the most common;

    Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options;

    Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours;A constructivist or discovery model, where students learn

    concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction;

    Specialized educational materials developed by Maria Montessori and her collaborators;

    Freedom of movement within the classroom;A trained Montessori teacher.

    Source: Wikipedia.org

    Students at Red Apple Montessori in Milton group together for a picture.

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. Picante Grill is a quiet little Tex-Mex cantina up Ga. 9 just a stones throw north of McFarland Road, but it is well worth the stop.

    The food is authentic, drinks are a generous pour and the hospitality is pure Chi-cago-style. Yep, I said Chicago. John Bartkowski is a Chicago native (no relation to a former Falcon of that name) who loved it there until the Manufactur-ing Belt turned into the Rust Belt. That sent him and his family south for greener pas-tures and better opportunities.

    He had family who owned Mexican restaurants in Atlanta and began working for them, learning what he liked best about hospitality and food.

    I always wanted a place of my own a place where I could do it my way, Bartkowski said. So we had this opportu-nity and we took it. Ive put my heart and soul into this place.

    Bartkowski, wife Isabel, sons Wes and Jonathan and niece Brenda Rivera are the core of what makes Picante special. They just naturally like people, and people seem to like them.

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    restaurant rating service, gives Picante Grill a 90 percent rating. They note it is family-friendly with outdoor seating as well as gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.

    Asked what he likes best, Bartkowski said it is his cus-tomers.

    I like keeping them happy. I like talking to them, he said. Were from Chicago, so were going to be friendly. I think folks find a lot of personality here to go with the food.

    Our hostess is Veronica, but everybody calls her Beebe. She comes off as brassy, but she has a way of winning over folks, he said. If shes not here, people ask, Wheres Beebe?

    But what folks like best is the food. Their Chunky Gua-camole is really special. Carne asada with grilld onions is rec-ommended as are the Baja fish tacos or the camorones al mojo

    de ajo (garlic shrimp) on a bed of rice, beans and guac salad.

    We also do an au-thentic chile relleno us-ing pablano pepper with Mexican cheese inside and our special sauce on top, Bartkowski said.

    He has a penchant for fresh ingredients, whether it is the to-matoes for his special picante sauce or fresh limes and lemons for his signature margaritas.

    If you want a taste before trying something, all you have to do is ask, he said Same with our wines. Taste it and we think you will like it.

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    The Bartkowskis Wes, John and Jonathan make up the team at Picante Grill. Food and service are their specialties, along with a concoction they call the Blue Sunset made with blue curaca.

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    EVENTS GNFCC hosts labor commissioner at luncheonALPHARETTA, Ga. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Com-merce will host its monthly Lunch Connection featuring Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler as its guest speaker.

    Butler plans to speak on how he is reshaping the way the state views the operations of a labor department and its relationship to economic development and the private sector.

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    Business Expo returns Aug. 22ALPHARETTA, Ga. The Alpharetta Business As-sociation (ABA) will hold its 2014 Business Expo from noon to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

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    NEW HIRES Rountree Groupwelcomes Leigh Taylor ALPHARETTA, Ga. Rountree Group Integrated Communications has hired Leigh Taylor as its new assistant account executive. Taylor has a strong background in public relations, including prior agency experience, communications for a law firm and an internship at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

    In her new role, Taylor will help promote national and local cli-ent initiatives through media relations, writing and strategy development. She earned her bachelors degree in mass media arts with minors in film stud-ies and Spanish from the University of Georgia.

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    EXECUTIVE BOARD WCAA announces Williams new president

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. The Window Coverings Association of America announced July 1 that Michele Williams was elected president of the organization.

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    EDUCATIONUNG selects new Health Sciences and Professions dean

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. The Universi-ty of North Georgia (UNG) selected Teresa Conner-Kerr as the inaugu-ral dean for the universitys College of Health Sciences and Professions, effective Aug. 1.

    Conner-Kerr was recently pro-fessor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

    I believe UNG has a strong foundation to be-come an innovation hub for this region and state, Conner-Kerr said. The universitys broad platform, focused leadership and the regions growth rate provide an optimal mix to capitalize on the many

    opportunities in north Georgia, which is part of why I was so drawn to this institution.

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    ATLANTA Atlanta Fine Homes Sothebys International Realty founders Jenny Pruitt, chief executive officer, and David Boehmig, president, announced that the firm will represent the Manor Golf and Country Club as an exclusive New Homes Community.

    The Manor Golf and Coun-try Clubs 1-plus-acre home sites have been released for purchase, priced from the high $100,000s, with new home construction beginning at $1 million.Two of the firms leading agents, Julie Allan and Jennifer Genovese, will spearhead the Manor Golf and Country Club sales and mar-keting. In addition to custom homes, a number of existing new and re-sale residences are also available.

    Anne Schwall and Bill Rawlings, vice president and managing broker of the North Atlanta office, described Manor Golf and Country Club as un-paralleled in its design, from exquisitely appointed homes, superb landscaping, winding roads, golf course and club-house to home site positioning and unparalleled amenities. For more information, visit www.themanorhomes.com.

    Atlanta Fine Homes to market Manor Country Club

    From left are Jenny Pruitt, founder and chief executive officer of Atlanta Fine Homes Sothebys International Realty, and Bill Rawlings, vice president and managing broker of the North Atlanta office at Manor Golf and Country Club.

    Atlanta Fine Homes Sothebys International Real-tys marketing team member Julie Allan, center, tries a put on a putting green at the Manor Golf and Country Club as Anne Schwall, left, vice president of the New Homes Group, encourages her and Jennifer Genovese, right, holds the pin.

    From left, Clark Porche of Tuscany Homes, Tom Eldridge of Panama Properties, Anne Schwall, vice president of the New Homes Group of Atlanta Fine Homes Sothebys International Realty, Ken Meyer of Panama Properties and Marty Anker of Arthur Rutenberg Homes visit the neighborhoods of Manor Golf and Country Club.

    The 4 touch points for sales successAre you trying to convince potential

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    Sales success requires multiple touch points, not only to make the sale, but also to get repeat business.

    The first touch point is the initial contact you make with a potential customer.

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    DICKJONESFounder & PresidentJones Simply Sales

    At various times throughout the year, we have looked at the year-over-year numbers for single-family home sales in Forsyth County.

    The importance of comparing the numbers to the previous year rather than the previous month is so we can see seasonally what housing is doing in our area.

    We know that it wouldnt prove surprising to know that there are fewer home sales in December than there are in July.

    Now that we are halfway through the year, we can take a more encom-passing look at the housing market.

    With that in mind, we have the following chart showing single-family sales, comparing the first six months of this year to last year.

    The numbers do correlate with what we have seen on a monthly basis, which is that the number of home sales have declined from last year, and a 25 percent drop is pretty hefty.

    Asking prices have risen, which has resulted in higher average sales prices and higher median sales prices.

    Finally, days on market are shorter. The question most people what

    to know is what will we see moving forward?

    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Ja-

    net Yellen is warning that sales have leveled off, due to higher interest rates and believes this recent leveling off of the housing market is likely to be more protracted than they had expected.

    That is nationally.Locally, I do believe for the rest of

    this year we will continue to see sales remain lower than last year.

    Sales prices will not increase at the same rate as before, but will remain above last years numbers.

    There are no shortage of buyers, just a shortage of buyers willing to pull the trigger. With the further threat of rising interest rates, those buyers may become motivated to find something sooner rather than later.

    Cash buyersyoure in the drivers seat.

    ROBERTSTRADERLocal RealtorKeller Williams Realty

    Forsyth County mid-year housing report

    Mid-Year 2014 1399 $324,791 $320,484 $312,217 $285,000 96.1% 72Change -25% 7% 8% 8% 11% 1% -15%Mid-Year 2013 1754 $302,247 $296,289 $287,566 $255,000 95.1% 83

    Total Average original Average Average Median Avg. Sale Price Avg. Total Transactions List Price List Price Sales price Sales Price Orig. List Price Days on Market

    Forsyth County Mid-Year Sales Comparison

  • 14 | July 23, 2014 | Milton Herald | northfulton.com Submit your event online at northfulton.comCALENDAR

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    7TH ANNUAL CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER SUMMER SPLASHMake a big splash at the coolest event this summer, the Seventh Annual Summer Splash! Float in a kayak, canoe or raft and beat the heat in your six-mile journey of discovery down the Chattahoochee River. The Summer Splash is hosted by Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 26, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cochran Shoals unit, Powers Island entrance. 5450 Interstate North Parkway, Sandy Springs. Please call 678-538-1200.

    GROVEWAY ANNUAL COMMUNITY DAY Fun for the entire family. A day of hot fish, car show, health screenings, games for the kids and adults. Kids activities are free. Vendors will be available. The event supports the Groveway Community Group, the oldest nonprofit civic organization in Roswell. Bring school supplies to be donated. To participate in the car show, registration is $30 day of event. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Waller Park, 250 Oak St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-993-4243.

    CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN JULYJoin the fun for an exciting day of crafters, vendors and artists under one roof to celebrate Christmas in July. Shop early and get holiday gifts for friends and family. The event is free to attend and is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat. July 26. JVC Event Center. 1580 E. Park Place Blvd. Suite B, Stone Mountain. Please visit ChristmasJuly2014.eventbrite.com.

    THEATERCUMMING PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS OKLAHOMACome spend an evening at the Cumming Playhouse to see the play Oklahoma. The show is set in the Indian territory at the turn of the century when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and

    water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One between a cowboy called Curley and a hired hand named Judd, both in love with Laurey. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Thurs. July 24 - Sat. July 26 and 3 p.m. on Sun. July 27. Please call 770-781-9178 or visit playhousecumming.com.

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAMShakespeares most popular comedy deals with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage. The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves, and a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production of Pyramus and Thisby for the wedding of the Duke of Athens. Directed by Margarita Moldovan, Becca Martell, Vicki Daly and Marty Wallis. All seats $18, and visit our website for season ticket options. July 25 - 26. Showtimes vary. Performing Arts North at the Dancing Goat Theatre. 10700 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. Please call 770-772-0762 or visit https://performingartsnorth.org.

    RACES & BENEFITSTHE DRAKE HOUSE CUT-A-THONThe Drake House is having a Cut-A-Thon to help raise money for their program. Haircuts are $15 and there

    will be live music, along with food and beverages. A raffle for $1 will give you the chance to win gift certificates. All proceeds from the raffles and services will be donated to The Drake House. Starts at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. Dea Salon + Boutique. 900 Mansell Rd. Ste 14, Roswell. Please call 770-587-4712 or visit the drakehouse.org.

    HEROES IN RECOVERY 6KWalk or run in this years Heroes in Recovery 6K. The charity beneficiary for this years event is MARRs Right Side Up (RSU), which offers long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment for women with dependent children under 13 years old. The 6k is on the Riverwalk Trail, following along the Chattahoochee River. The race starts and finishes at Riverside Park. Starts at 7:30 a.m. on Thurs. July 24Sat. July 26. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. Please visit heroesinrecovery.com.

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    FAMILY FUN NIGHTCome out with friends and family for the 2nd annual movie night. The movie will be Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. with free face painting, bounce houses and popcorn. Friday, July 25. Johns Creek Dental Town. 4330 Johns Creek Pkwy, Suwannee. Please call 770-622-1515.

    PADDLE WITH A RANGERBring your own canoe or kayak and join Ranger Jerry Hightower for a float on the Chattahoochee River. Paddle a 3 mile section of the Chattahoochee River. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cochran Shoals unit, Powers Island entrance. 5450 Interstate North Parkway, Sandy Springs. Please call 678-538-1200 to make your reservation.

    JAZZ ON THE LAWN SUMMER SERIES Callanwoldes Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlantas finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth and blues. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta. Please call 404-872-5338 or visit callanwolde.org.

    OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTAn evening of splendor with enchanting and thought provoking spoken word performances from some of Atlantas flourishing poets. Performers sign up 6:30 - 7 p.m. Friday, July 25. The Open Mind Center. 1575 Old Alabama Rd., #213, Roswell. Please call 678-243-5074 or visit theopenmindcenter.com

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  • Going Green Milton Herald | July 23, 2014Making a difference in your local community

    School gets hands-on with gardeningThe future of the sustain-

    able revolution isnt really up to us. At worst, we can get in the way and try to slow down the momentum. At best, we can help put the next genera-tion in a position to thrive.

    This process is taking place in schools throughout North Fulton.

    Amana Academy a relatively new charter school, which occupies a former grocery store is one of the schools taking their own mea-sures to improve the viability of the farm-to-school movement.

    Amana doesnt have the resources of a private school, nor do they have the power of associating with public school funding.

    Though they still have to follow the guidelines set out by city and state governments, Amana is often squeezed into a place where they have to get creative in order make strides toward their goal of provid-ing fresh, local food for their students a goal established in the early planning stages of the school itself.

    Theres just a lot of red tape that you have to go through, said Ehab Jaleel, executive director at Amana Academy. They dont make it easy. From a pricing perspec-tive, theres limits as to how much we can charge for cer-tain things, and as a charter school, were not a big bulk

    buyer, so were kind of be-ing squeezed into a place that makes it difficult to do what we want to do.

    This difficulty became a source of frustration for insti-tutional advancement special-ist and leader of the Gardening Club Niki Fox. One day, she wanted to improve the front-age of the school with useful plants.

    Niki came up to me and said, Weve got a bunch of bushes in the front yard, can we just get rid of them all? Jaleel said. Because I want to use that as a starting point for the garden.

    Shortly after, she did ex-actly that as a part of Amanas farm-to-school expedition program. In this program, students visit local farms, discuss where their food comes from and study the entire food process.

    This year, the process had even deeper meaning for the students.

    This year, they were actu-ally able to plant it, grow it, harvest it, make salads and eat

    them, and really see that pro-cess from seed to table, said Fox. It was really powerful for them to see what they did and watch it grow, to understand how much work goes into that. To actually get to eat the fruits of their labor was really rewarding.

    They also hope to open the eyes of a few parents, too. The garden is right in front of the building, immediately in front of the drop-off and pick-up zone.

    Jaleel, a former marketing executive at Coke, likened it to certain types of marketing that break through norms and capture peoples attention for the sheer fact that isnt not supposed to be there.

    When [parents] see it, thats when they become en-gaged, said Jaleel. When I see it on television, I see it at Wills Park, but here, its interrupt-ing you. Its right there. You have to force people to see it in unexpected areas.

    That is certainly what Amana is doing all, ironi-cally, from an old grocery store. When you consider that sustainable wave coming over us, they arent likely to be the last to flip the script on todays social norms.

    James Carr is working on a book about the local, sustain-able movement called The Jig Is Up. For more information, visit thejigisup89.com.

    JAMESCARRThe Jig Is Upjames@northfulton.com

    Students at Amana Academy, a charter school in Alpharetta, plant a community garden.

    During my research, I spent time with several farmers, chefs and entrepre-neurs to find out how the movement is progressing on the ground. Heres my conversation with Amana Academys Ehab Jaleel, executive director, and Niki Fox of Amanas Gardening Club. We discussed the local movement and its impor-tance to a healthier lifestyle.

    How important is it for children to learn about where their food comes from and the farm-to-table movement?

    NIKI FOX: I think its critical. Every year, our students do an expedition where they integrate all the different subject matter English, math, reading, language arts, social stud-ies into this culminating project and the second semester, they do a farm-to-table expedition. They spend time visiting local farms, talking about where their food comes from and study-ing the process of how food gets to table. So its really critical. Because if all you see is lettuce in the store and you dont see where it comes from, then you dont get anything out of it.

    What was the reaction by the students and par-ents to seeing the garden in front of the building?

    EHAB JALEEL: At first, its like well, whats that going to look like? Because theres a whole aesthetic thing that comes into play. So I was very intrigued to see how parents would react to this. And I was so pleas-antly surprised because people loved it. I think what got them was seeing the growth.

    FOX: Everyone was like, when can we make a salad? When do we get to pick it?

    JALEEL: One of our biggest fears was are kids going to destroy the beds as theyre walking by and so forth? And they were very respectful. I think it was that they could see other kids planted the food and it was in an organized way. So they were very respect-ful. I was expecting kids to pull stuff out, dig around or throw trash in there, but there was none of it.

    What are the biggest

    challenges Amana Acad-emy faces in the farm-to-table movement?

    FOX: I would love to see us serving locally grown produce and meats to our students in the cafeteria, and we are bound by the same rules as public schools as far as USDA standards and the school nutrition program, and so finding approved vendors who can provide local produce can sometimes be challenging within the budget that were working with. So I think to really deliver on what were teaching them here, its real-ly important to work toward that. I think its great what Fulton County is doing in the public schools with their program that happens peri-odically, and I would love to see that grow. I would love to see local farmers being supported by the school nutrition program, so it benefits the farmers as well to develop that relationship where farmers are providing a service to the kids in the community. So our biggest challenge is finding a way to do that as a charter school, while fitting into the laws we have to follow.

    JALEEL: This is our second year participating in the free and reduced lunch program, and there are ways for us to think a little bit outside the box.

    What are items you would love to grow if climate, soil and weather werent factors?

    FOX: I wish I had the list the kids put together right before we started planting this year! Lets see; apples, because kids love apples. Bananas, pomegranates, because theyre super fun and I would like to be able to grow tomatoes year-round. And enough greens to make salads.

    JALEEL: Tomatoes. Mangos thats my favorite fruit. Sweet potatoes once I was exposed to sweet potato fries, I never went back. Avocados. And the last one is a fruit youre probably not familiar with, Jenerik. It grows in Lebanon and Syria. Its a plum that stays green and its hard. So what you eat is hard, its sour and you put salt on it. Thats my second favorite fruit.

    Q&A with farm-to-school pioneers

  • 20 | July 23, 2014 | Milton Herald | northfulton.com Submit your news & photos to news@northfulton.comSPORTS

    MILTON, Ga. The Hopewell Youth Association (HYA)is offer-ing recreational baseball for kids from 4 to 15 years of age.

    Bell Memorial Park will be closed this year, as it will un-dergo a complete renovation in early August.

    Specific field and park scheduling will depend on numbers of teams in each age group, but in general, HYA will play in the following locations: Fowler Park in Forsyth County Tee ball for 4 to 8 years old and coach-pitch ages.

    Hopewell Middle School and Fowler Park 9-10 years old.Wills Park, Alpharetta 11-12 years old and 13-15 years

    old. Information on renovation plans for Bell Memorial Park, scheduled to reopen fall 2015, is available on the HYA website and the city of Milton website.

    Fall 2014 assessments will be on Saturday, Aug. 2, with teams being formed and practices starting mid-August, and games beginning after Labor Day.

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    Mount Pisgah names Matt Petersen as new basketball coachJOHNS CREEK, Ga. Mount Pisgah Christian School announced it has hired Matt Petersen as head varsity boys basketball coach.

    Petersen not only distinguished himself as a coach for 14 years at Whitefield Academy, but also as an outstanding educator and leader, said MPCS Head of School John Marshall.

    I amimpressed with Matts tireless dedi-cation to mentoring and serving young people through teaching, coachingand Christian lead-ership, saidMarshall. In addition to his many teaching and coaching achievements, Matt has made a significant difference in the lives of many students through hisservice with the Young Lifeorganization.We look forward tothe gifts and talents he brings to the Mount Pisgah community.

    Petersen was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Whitefield from 2004-2013. During that time, the Wolfpack won GHSA Class A championships in 2009 and 2012. As the JV coach, Petersen posted a 153-17 over-all record. He was also the head girls varsity basketball coach from 2001-2003 and led the squad to the state playoffs each year.

    MPCS Athletic Director Blake Davenport pointed out why Petersen is a great fit for the growing Patriot program.

    Matt Petersen comes from a great basket-ball program at Whitefield a program that has developed into a powerhouse by focusing on the same College Prep, Life Ready foundation we strive to achieve here at Pisgah. Matts experi-ence in athletics is broad, but what he brings to Pisgahs entire community is a package that will be a blessing to us all for many years to come.

    Petersen held several academic positions at Whitefield including middle school English/

    language arts instructor. He started the upper and middle school Latin program, served as interim middle school princi-pal and oversaw middle school discipline. During his time at Whitefield, Petersen also start-ed the schools golf program and coached in the football and baseball programs.

    Petersen graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelors de-gree in English. He was a four-year member of the Panthers basketball team, and helped lead the team to the 1991 NCAA tournament. He was a three-time All-Academic selection.

    Petersen and his wife Allison have two chil-dren, Cooper (3) and Chance (7 months).

    My wife, my children and I are very excited to join the Pisgah family, Petersen said. God has gifted me with the passion for coaching basketball, which allows me the opportunity to invest in the families and the lives of young men.

    Coaching basketball at Mount Pisgah also provides the unique platform to positively im-pact the surrounding community for the King-dom of Christ. I look forward to the challenge of building a successful basketball program that will reflect the mission, vision and core values of Mount Pisgah.

    Mount Pisgah Christian Schools mission is to provide an outstanding college-preparatory education grounded in Christian faith and values. The school serves children ages 6 weeks through 12th grade. To schedule a personal tour, please call 678-336-3443 or visit the school website experiencepisgah.org.

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. The 8U Alpharetta Attack won the Andees Army Invitational, June 13-14. The fastpitch softball tournament benefits Andees Army Foundation, which helps children and youths with brain injuries.The Attack team, seated from left, are Sadie Furr, Jacky Woodruff, Alison Oneacre, Amari Givers, Avery Adkin, Anna Pearmann, Mae Elliott and Kerrigan Davenport. Standing are Brenna Schriver, Hollis Tate, Anna Farrar, Nora Megenity and Miss Emacio. Head coach is Brian Schriver, and assistant coaches are Kris Elliott, Terry Elliott and Brian Megenity.

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    ROSWELL, Ga. The Nation-al Soccer Coaches Associa-tion of America named Trip Hughes as the 2014 Georgia Private Girls State Coach of the Year.

    Hughes, who has spent the last 17 years coaching soccer, guided four Fellowship Christian School teams to the Georgia High School Associa-tion Single A Final Four dur-ing his five-year stint as the schools varsity girls soccer coach.

    The Lady Paladins finished 2014 ranked No. 2 among Single A schools in the GHSA state girls soccer rankings for the third straight year.

    God has shown more grace upon my career than

    I could ever have imagined, Hughes said. This award is an honor for me to re-ceive on the heels of one of my best seasons ever, and was made even more special being awarded to me by my former high school coach. Hughes and other honorees will be recognized Aug. 2 at the NSCAA High School Awards Brunch at the Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

    Hughes retired following the 2014 season.

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    MILTON, Ga. Registration is now open for the city of Miltons NFL Play 60 flag foot-ball and cheerleading sum-mer/fall league presented by former pro running back and Milton resident Tim Lester.

    The third- and fourth-grade league, which begins July 23 and lasts until Nov. 22, will be held at Birming-ham Falls Elementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    To sign your child up for this fun, fast-paced instruc-tional league, visit www.timlester.org. You may also sign up any time by visiting the city of Miltons Online Activity Guide. Every partici-

    pant of NFL flag football will enjoy playing in an organized, team environment with the safety benefits of participating in a non-contact sport. Head coaches and trained officials will be present at all games and practices to enforce safe play.

    Milton cheerleading (ages 5-13) is for those who enjoy being part of a team, want to build their self-confidence, activity level and, most impor-tantly, want to have fun and foster lifelong friendships.

    For more information on this or any Milton Parks and Recreation program, contact Recreation Coordinator Tom Gilliam at 678-242-2519 or tom.gilliam@cityofmiltonga.us.

    Jonathan Copsey

    Registration now open for flag football, cheerleadingLeague kicks off in mid-July

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    20 YEARS

    John Gary Barnett, 72, of Marietta, passed away July 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

    Joseph Murphy Eudy, 88, of Cumming, passed away July 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

    Ronald E ugene Hastings, 64, of Cumming, passed away July 13, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

    Jessie Lorine Henderson, 67, of Forsyth County, passed away July 12, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

    Tina S. Johnson, 60, of Cumming, passed away July 13, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

    Phyllis Brooks Midkiff, 57, of Cumming, passed away July 12, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

    Kevin Miller, of Roswell, passed away July 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

    Barbara Helen Touard Mills, 81, of Cumming, passed away July 9, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

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    any other Georgia county, said Sarah Hilton with the Fulton County Office of Aging. Last year, the group helped 1,600 seniors, a 22 percent increase over the prior year, Bellware said.

    The need is tremendous, Bellware said. The demo-graphics are startling. The population is aging more and more.

    And as they age, she said, they are choosing North Fulton to reside.

    This area has been under-served, said Fulton County

    Commissioner Liz Hausmann, referring to Milton. The senior population is growing and we are just getting started.

    The Hopewell Center will provide art classes, exercise and group activities.

    The cost for running the new senior center is $295,000,

    with the money coming from the county annually. Newnan-based Headley Construction will handle all renovations to the home and site at a cost of $632,000.

    The renovations are to be completed by the end of the year.

    Hopewell House will become a senior center, providing art classes, exercise and social opportunities for Miltons seniors.

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    House:

    Newport Bay Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested July 5 on McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek for possession of mari-juana.

    Alfred Nobel Williams, 26, of Hiram was arrested July 1 on Highway 9 in Milton for possession of marijuana and tag light requirement.

    Nicholas Robert Hull, 18, of Wennington Trace, Milton, was arrested July 2 on Deerfield Point in Milton for possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related items.

    Jacob Michael Walburn, 18, of Krobot Way, Alpharetta, was arrested June 30 on Hopewell Plantation Drive in Milton for possession of marijuana.

    Austin Steven Jackson, 18, of Billings Pointe, Alpharetta, was arrested June 30 on Hopewell Plantation Drive in Milton for possession of mari-juana.

    Continued from Page 3

    Arrests:

    wyck Trace resident.On July 9, the victim called

    police to report sometime over-night, someone had slashed three of her cars tires and had thrown a brick through her rear window. Nothing was taken from the car.

    She told police she did not know who would do such a thing.

    However, this was not the first time this has happened. Last month, all four of her tires were slashed.

    Catalytic converters taken from carsJOHNS CREEK, Ga. Two

    vehicles had their catalytic converters stolen July 12 while parked at a local hospital.

    The victims, both employ-ees of the hospital, said that between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., someone cut the catalytic con-verters from their vehicles that were parked in the employee parking lot.

    Nothing was reported stolen from the vehicles.

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    By JONATHAN COPSEYjonathan@northfulton.com

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. The woman accused of killing a Google executive pleaded not guilty to manslaughter earlier this month.

    Alix Tichelman, 26, now of Folsom, California, and for-merly of Johns Creek, pleaded not guilty to felony manslaugh-ter July 16 in a Santa Cruz court hearing for the November 2013 death of Google executive Forrest Hayes.

    She faces 15 years in prison if convicted. She also faces felony charges for pos-session, administration and transportation of drugs as well as misdemeanors of destroying evidence, engaging in prostitu-tion and agreeing to prostitu-tion, California media reports.

    Tichelman and Hayes, 51, met through an online dat-ing site and met up on Hayes yacht Nov. 22, 2013. According to Santa Cruz police, security

    footage on the boat shows the pair used heroin. Hayes began con-vulsing and died. Then Tichelman allegedly gathered her belongings and left the boat without con-tacting police.

    She returned to Georgia. Police were able to lure her back to California July 4, 2014, after posing as a pro-spective customer on the dat-ing website.

    Tichelman was the former girlfriend of Milton resident Dean Riopelle, 53, the owner of the Masquerade concert venue in Atlanta, but better known to Hopewell Road residents for his large animal preserve specializing in primates mon-keys.

    He and some neighbors came to loggerheads in 2012

    when he approached the city to expand his collection of ani-mals and open a preserve.

    Riopelle died suddenly in September 2013. Tichelman was the one who called 911 claiming Riopelle had over-dosed on drugs. Initially, no foul play was suspected, but the similarities in the mens deaths were not overlooked by investigators. Milton has since reopened its investigation. Both Milton and Santa Cruz police are looking for links in both cases.

    Tichelman and Riopelle had a tumultuous relationship. Tichelman allegedly made sev-eral threats against Riopelles teenage daughter, according to a former nanny.

    Two weeks before his death, Riopelle called police after Tichelman bit him. She was arrested for assault. Riopelles friends say he had kicked

    Tichelman out of his home several times over her drug use.

    Tichelman connected to deathof Miltons Dean Riopelle

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