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From the PublisherWe are so fortunate to have the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and HeritageCenter (AMNPHC) right here in our community. Situated onover 46-acres, the AMNPHC offers the opportunity to both enjoy and learnabout nature and to visit our local history. On the property, there is aHeritage Village comprised of local buildings—some dating back to the1800s—that were either built or moved to the property from nearby locationsas well as an expansive forest preserve. The AMNPHC has so much tooffer, including summer camps, tours of the Heritage Village, and specialprograms and events such as the upcoming Heritage Day on September15 th . It was a pleasure to work on this cover story with Executive DirectorBen Team. Thanks, Ben, for your help and hospitality.This summer, the Johns Creek Fire Department launched its Citizens FireAcademy, an eight session program that provides residents, and thosewho work in Johns Creek, with the opportunity to learn about and experiencewhat firefighters do on a daily basis. The sessions covered topicsfrom learning CPR to experiencing a fire ground training. I’m sure that youwill enjoy reading more about the Citizens Fire Academy.There is more good news from the Johns Creek Fire Department (JCFD). Firefighter BobScott, who is also an avid sailor, had incredible victories this summer and is preparing formore. You’re sure to be impressed with Bob’s accomplishments on the water.Though he didn’t know it at the time, getting a guitar as a Christmas gift changed RhettShull’s life and his future career choice. Read about Rhett’s path as a musician and his rapid,recent rise to doing what feels right and succeeding at it.Poet Sandy Hokanson is inspired to write by a visual picture or, sometimes, just a word. Thisyear, she is using her experience as a poet, and her passion for poetry, to serve as presidentof the Georgia Poetry Society. Get to know Sandy, and find out what she is doing for novicethrough experienced Georgia poets.Parents of high school students will appreciate reading Certified Financial Planner Scott Kessler’sinformation on how to become an informed buyer when planning your strategy to payfor your child’s college education. Children need special care, and Children’s Healthcare ofAtlanta has two convenient locations to provide that care. Be sure to read about the manyspecialized services that are available at the Avenue Forsyth and North Point locations ofChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta.There is also a History Made Easy, three pages of “Back to School” Paparazzi, and muchmore to read in this issue.Enjoy the reading, enjoy the photos, and enjoy this issue of CountyLine!Respectfully,Judy Le Jeune6PublisherCountyLine | September 2012 |

Students put on protectiveclothing and equipment forthe fire ground training.Citizens Fire Academyby Judy Le Jeune“The Johns Creek Citizens FireAcademy is a great opportunityto learn what fi refi ghters do ona daily basis,” said Johns CreekFire Chief Jeff Hogan.When asked what they want to be when they grow up, many children will answer,“A firefighter!” Saving lives, homes and businesses from life and property-threateningdisasters is a heroic profession that has earned firefighters therespect and admiration they deserve. For Johns Creek residents and those who work inJohns Creek, the Johns Creek Fire Department (JCFD) launched a new program this summerthat gives every “boy and girl,” who dreamed of growing up to be a firefighter, theopportunity to learn about what firefighters do and some of the many skills they perform.“The Johns Creek Citizens Fire Academy is a great opportunity to learn what firefightersdo on a daily basis,” said Johns Creek Fire Chief Jeff Hogan. “The course provides an indepthlook at fire operations, how it’s organized as well as aspects of fire prevention andfire investigation techniques. And, the students are having fun while they learn.” On June4 th , 19 students attended the first of eight meetings of the Johns Creek Fire Department’sCitizens Fire Academy (CFA).To attend the inaugural session of the CFA, applicants were required to be at least 18 yearsof age, live or work in Johns Creek, and complete an application and screening process.Those selected to participate paid $25 and made a commitment to attend all the sessions,which took place at the Community Room of Fire Station 62 on RogersCircle or at JCFD Headquarters in Station 61 on Medlock BridgeParkway. The classes were held one night a week from 7-10pm oron a Saturday from 9am-4pm.At the first session, conducted by Fire Chief Jeff Hogan and DeputyFire Chief Pat Wilson, there was an overview of the Academy’s upcomingsessions and the history and organization of the JCFD. Atthe second session, the students learned about the 911 system andwhat is involved in answering and responding to emergency calls.At the third session, conducted by JCFD’s Chief Chris Coons, the students learned aboutthe fundamentals of fire science and the impacts caused by fire. They became familiar withfire apparatus and equipment, and they learned about emergency and rescue procedures,including taking part in a vehicle extradition scenario and a hands-on experience with varioustypes of rescue equipment. The fourth session was an opportunity for the students to8CountyLine | September 2012 |

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Wind Powered Successtext and photography by Tammy Harden GallowayUpon first meeting Bob Scott, a native of thelittle town of Transfer, Pennsylvania, one instantlyknows that he loves sailing. His enthusiasmfor the sport is impossible to deny. And ithas led to numerous wins, including his most recentvictories in the 2012 Catalina 22 National Championshipand the 2012 Spinnaker Fleet Championship,both at the national regatta earlier this year in California.Crewing with Bob on his boat, Halligan, wasDoug Thome of Flowery Branch as tactician, andGlynn Warner of Jacksonville, Florida. This victorymakes Bob the first person to ever win both the Silverand Gold Nationals.Formerly an enlisted man in the Air Force, Bob’s firstexposure to sailing happened indirectly. In 1994, asa certified dive instructor, he was asked to act as adive guide for a group of Delta pilots on a cruise,which took place on a sailboat. That was his firstexposure to sailing, and soon he was volunteeringto crew.In 1999, Bob was driving from Hampton, Georgiato Jacksonville, Florida every Saturday to crew for afriend. That year they ranked 10 th in the country, andhis friend encouraged him to join the Lake LanierSailing Club. Bob reflects on that moment as a pivotalpoint, “He told me that if I was ever going to getany better, I needed to live on the water so I couldsail more often.” So Bob and his wife moved to LakeLanier and joined the sailing club.The Lake Lanier Sailing Club was founded in 1959near Flowery Branch just after the lake was filled.Currently, it has about 300 members and boasts sixNational Champions and holds seven of the last 10National Championships. It is a competitive groupwho love to sail against each other in their club fleetraces. Of the healthy competition, Bob remarks,“That is how we get better. We race each other, andafterward we sit around and talk about what we didand why. That’s what makes us better, sharing experienceswith great racers. This group of sailors aregreat and they are happy to share with you 90% ofwhat they know. They keep that last 10% to themselves,so they can still beat you.”Bob’s first success as a sailor came in 2004 when hegot first place in the Silver Fleet National Regatta. Ofthe sport, Bob comments, “What I like about sailingis that it isn’t just all physical or all mental. It’s both.You have to have both, equally, if you are going tobe any good.”Standing on the banks of Lake Lanier, Bob surveysthe lake and points out the gentle ripples on the surface.“When sailing, you go to where the wind is.You have to read the water. Near the shore today itis smooth water, but you can tell where the wind isblowing by the water’s surface. When you see moresurface ripples making a darker area, that’s a puffer,and you try to hit the puffers.”12CountyLine | September 2012 |

When he isn’t on the water, Bob is a Johns Creek firefighter at Station61. He became a firefighter in 1989 and served in Fayette andHenry counties before joining the Johns Creek Fire Departmentwhen it was established in 2008. Bob is also a member of the JCFD’sSwift Water Rescue Team that rescues those who are in trouble onthe Chattahoochee River. “The department is just great, and theyare all so supportive of my racing.” This includes fellow firefightersswapping shifts to enable Bob to travel and race.Last year, Bob won first place in the World Police & Fire Games inNew York City, which are a biennial athletic event for active andretired law enforcement and fire service personnel from around theworld. In that race, the competitors use Lasers which are the samevessels that are used in the Olympics. Of using a Laser, Bob comments,“It is a very physical type of sailing. You use a lot of your abs, core and hip flexors.And you get wet. Really wet because you fall in a lot.” The Lake Lanier Sailing Club usesLasers for the winter races, and Bob has returned to training with his Laser in anticipation ofthe upcoming club events. He also hopes to compete in the World Police & Fire Games nextyear in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Of course, there are expenses that come with competing.Last year, Bob was fortunate to have the sponsorship of two local businesses, World FinancialGroup, headquartered in Johns Creek and Gill North America, headquartered in Buford.Next on the horizon for Bob is the Champion of Champions Race at the Pewaukee YachtClub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in late September. In order to participate, competitors have tosubmit applications that include a list of their sailing accomplishments. No doubt that Bob’sresume will be at the top of the pile.Encounter Medical Associates(Formerly Piety Pediatrics)P e d i a t r i c s & A d o l e s c e n t M e d i c a l C a r eEarly Hours• Regular Hours •Afterhours Urgent CareS e r v i c e s General Pediatric & Adolescent Care Concierge Services Lactation Counseling Behavioral Counseling & Management Opioid Dependence Management: (up to age 30) Overweight Management and more …....Opening This September!Early HrsM – F: 7:30 – 8:30 AMUrgent Care HrsM – F: 5 – 8 PMRegular HrsM – F: 8:30AM – 5PMWeekend HrsSat. 10AM – 6PMSun: 12 – 6PM3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Suite 501Cumming, GA 30041-6052678-736-6000NowAcceptingAppointmentsDr. Joan IfarindeMD, MBA, FAAPVisit us @ www.EncounterMedicalAssociates.comA Collaborative Wellness-based Encounter Just for You !13 CountyLine | September 2012

Beyond Getting the Grade—Paying for CollegeAs a Certified Financial Planner and parent of a collegefreshman and high school sophomore, ScottKessler truly understands the concerns that familiesface when it comes to paying for a college education.“Throughout my children’s educational progression,I realized the need to provide families with financialguidance during the college process within our community.There is a real satisfaction in helping parentsprovide their students with a quality education,without devastating their own resources.”The entire college funding and financial aid procedurehave become much more complicatedsince the days that parents went to school.“There are two vastly different prices for acollege education—one for the informed buyerand one for the uninformed buyer,” Kesslerexplains. With terms like FAFSA (FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid) and EFC(Expected Family Contribution) learning theprocess is a daunting endeavor. Families ofhigh school students need to become educated onthese complicated financial matters in order to takeadvantage of potential grants, scholarships, andloans based on their need. Just like effective taxplanning, the earlier you implement college fundingstrategies the more beneficial it is.Parents can take their first step of the financial aidjourney by logging on to Scott’s website,, which offers an introductoryvideo and free financial report. There is also amonthly online newsletter that offers both parentsand students information on college funding, planning,and admissions.Believe it or not, their dream of a great educationcan coexist with yours of a comfortable retirement.For more information and resources for collegefunding, contact Scott Kessler by phone at678.456.4227 or email at KesslerCertified Financial PlannerJohns Creek Charter CommissionPresents Recommendations to CouncilAn independent review of the City of Johns Creek’sfounding charter (House Bill 1321) was conducted,with citizen input, over the last six months by the JohnsCreek Charter Commission. On July 23 rd , the Commissiondiscussed its findings with the Johns Creek City Council,having presented their recommendations to the statelegislature for their approval in the next legislative session,beginning January 2013. Any changes to the City’scharter are at the sole discretion of the state legislature.A number of recommendations were made, including thefollowing:Geographical Representation by City CouncilThree large districts would be created, with two CityCouncil members, elected at-large, representing eachdistrict. Though responsible to the community as a whole,Council members would have an added responsibility toknow their particular district’s issues.Photo Courtesy of the City of Johns CreekThe Johns Creek Charter Commission, left to right:David Kornbluh, Susan Grissom, Robert Horne, Cleve Gaddis,Emmett Shaffer, John Buckett, David Meskell and Bob Frame.(Absent: Tim Jennette)Millage/FinanceA specific ballot measure authorizing debt for specificprojects for a defined time frame would be allowed, witha majority of the measure’s voters able to approve raisingthe current 4.731 millage cap and bond for these projects,i.e., roads. Once the project(s) are completed, andthe bond paid off, the assessment would go away. Theballot measure could not be used for anything other thanthe defined project(s), and would include a transparentstatement, fully disclosing the total tax impact on residents.Structural ChangesDuties and responsibilities defined and clarified for Mayor,City Council, and City manager, reflecting a corporatemodel with a balance of power between the Mayor andCouncil (governing board of directors) and the City Manager(professional chief executive officer).14CountyLine | September 2012 |

NATURE PRESERVE AND HERITAExecutive Director Ben Team16CountyLine | September 2012 |

GE CENTERIn the end we will conserveonly what we love. We willlove only what we understand.We will understandonly what we are taught.— Baba Dioumby Judy Le JeuneThe word “synergy” is defined as: the jointaction of agents so that their combinedeffect is greater than the sum of their individualeffects. This definition clearly appliesto the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and HeritageCenter (AMNPHC). Situated on 46-acres off OldAlabama Road in Johns Creek, the combinationof preserved local history and the natural settingof the property provide visitors with a peekinto the past, a platform to compare and contrastthe lifestyle of those who lived before usto present day living, and a preserved forest towalk through and enjoy. It’s impossible to visithere without trying to imagine what life was likeon these grounds centuries ago.The Creek Indians were the first inhabitants ofthe land that is now the Autrey Mill Nature Preserveand Heritage Center. By the mid-1700sthey were pushed south of the ChattahoocheeRiver by the Cherokee Indians, making the landthe southern end of Cherokee territory. In the1830s, the Cherokees were forced to leave andrelocate to Oklahoma, during what is known asthe “Trail of Tears.” The land was then given outto Georgia residents in a land lottery in 1832.The first deed on the land was granted in 186017 CountyLine | September 2012

to L.P. Howell, who bought 40 acres for $175. Thedeed went from one member of the Howell familyto another until it was sold to the Autrey family in1877. They built a five-story high mill on the propertythat was used to grind wheat and corn. Thoughthe property was purchased in 1907 by Mr. Copeland,the mill continued to operate until the 1920s,when it was abandoned. Taking over the deed in the1960s, the deBray family were the last private ownersof the property. In 1988, a community grassrootseffort saved the property from development,and the deed was transferred to the City of Atlantaand Fulton County. The Autrey Mill Nature PreserveAssociation, Inc. was formed as a non-profitorganization to “protect, operate, and improve theproperty.” In 2007, the deed was transferred to theCity of Johns Creek with the Association continuingto maintain its initial role. Today, the history of theproperty and of Johns Creek is preserved at AM-NPHC within the Heritage Village. On the site, areeight buildings that reflect a variety of what life waslike for those who lived in Johns Creek in the past,and they provide visitors with a glimpse into theirlocal history.The Green Country StoreHERITAGE VILLAGEFour buildings in the Heritage Village—The Visitors’Center, deBray Chapel, the Farm Museum and theProgram Barn—were originally built where they arenow located. The building that serves as the Visitors’Center was originally built in the 1860s as a tenanthouse for the Summerour plantation. In addition toserving as a greeting center and the location of staffoffices, this building houses a display of animals,native and exotic amphibians, and reptiles. TheFarm Museum was built to serve as a garage by thedeBrays. Future plans are to renovate and expandthe building to display local artifacts. The ProgramBarn, built in the 1940s, is used as a classroom andfor summer camp activities. The Summerour House,Warsaw Church, Green Country Store, and TenantFarmhouse were saved from demolition and movedto the Heritage Village from nearby locations. TheSummerour House was built in the late 1800s at theintersection of Old Alabama and Spruill Road. It wasmoved to its current location in 1992 and is utilizedas a museum, a classroom, and is rented out forwedding receptions, special events, and meetings.The Warsaw Church was built on a hill on MedlockThe Old Warsaw ChurchBridge, just south of State Bridge, in the mid-1850s.It was moved to AMNPHC in 2004, and is primarilyused today for weddings. The G.W. Green Storeopened in 1920 at the intersection of Old Alabamaand Buice Road, serving the rural farming communitythrough the 1950s. It was moved to AMNPHCin 2004. Original merchandise and other artifactsremain in the store, preserving life as it was in theearly to mid-1900s. The Tenant Farmhouse, built inthe 1800s for families of tenant farmers to live in,was moved to AMNPHC in 1990. It contains furnishingsdepicting life in the house in the early 1900s.The Heritage Village buildings are open for specialevents and group guided tours.HERITAGE DAYHeritage Day will be celebrated this year on Saturday,September 15 th from 11am to 3pm. Theday will feature educational stations, history talks,18CountyLine | September 2012 |

artists in the industry. To their amazement, the videos that they submitted toTopBlip won them the opportunity to play at “South by Southwest,” a hugemusic festival in Austin, Texas. “This was not only the first time that I traveledto perform, but it was by far the largest audience I’ve ever performed for,” saidRhett. In the audience watching their performance were top executives fromTopBlip. The group’s videos were automatically entered into the “Stadium ofFire” competition as one of over 3,000 groups competing for the opportunityto play at this annual event held in Brigham Young University’s LaVell EdwardsStadium. Carl Dylan continued to make it through the rounds of the competitionand, in June, they were one of the final eight groups that continued on inthe next round of the competition at Scera Shell Stadium in Orem, Utah. Theeight groups each played a 10-minute set, opening for Grammy-nominatedsinger Dave Barnes. The results were announced and Carl Dylan was one ofthe top two groups moving on to the final round of the competition. The twofinal groups performed for an audience of over 50,000 at “Stadium of Fire”on July 4 th , with headliners the Beach Boys and Scotty McCreery. “Thoughwe didn’t win that night, I really feel that we won by being one of two groupsthat competed for these top two spots with over 3,000 other groups,” proudlystated Rhett.Rhett and Carl in theElite 8 competition.Playing with Carl Dylan has been a dream come true for Rhett. He hopes tostart playing on tour soon. “My goal has been to be on stage with a guitar inmy hands,” said Rhett. “This is the first thing that ever really felt right to me.It’s hard work, but it’s awesome!” Coming such a long way in such a shorttime, Rhett Shull is on the fast-track with his career as a successful guitarist.21 CountyLine | September 2012

How the Atlanta& Charlotte Air LineChanged Everything…By W. Cliff RobertsThe Southeastern Railroad Museum in Duluth has an impressive displayof steam locomotives that once traveled the Atlanta & CharlotteAir Line.In 1869, the town fathers of Atlanta were reportingthat their city of 29,169 people was growingat an astonishing rate of 2,000 people perannum. Atlanta was the transportation center of theSouth, serviced by four different railroads. The Western& Atlantic Railroad, with service to Chattanooga,was the busiest line. Second in importance was theGeorgia Railroad, which ran to Augusta and then onto Savannah. Finally, there was the Macon & WesternRailroad and the Atlanta & West Point Railroad. WhatAtlanta needed in 1870 was a fifth line that would runto the Carolina upcountry, and on to Charlotte, NorthCarolina.The idea of a fifth railroad had been around since1856 when the Georgia Air Line Railroad had been incorporated.In railroad parlance, an “air line” was onedesigned to be relatively flat and straight. It would bemore expensive to build, but the trains could maintainhigher speeds because there were fewer twistsand turns. The Civil War prevented the Georgia AirLine from ever starting to lay tracks. In 1870, theAtlanta and Charlotte Air Line was formed and constructionbegun. Since it was being built on the PiedmontPlateau, close to the Appalachian Mountains,promoters hailed it as the shortest route from the“Deep South to the North.” Within a year, 51 milesof track had been laid going northeast from Atlanta.The new railroad was really a holding company forthe larger Richmond and Danville Railroad, which wasexpanding rapidly across the South. Algernon Buford,a Virginian, was president of the R & D and the visionarybehind the company. In the next twenty yearshe would merge various regional lines until the R &D had 2,000 miles of track in seven states. Unfortunately,Buford’s railroad was never very profitableand it fell into receivership in 1894. New York financierJ.P. Morgan reorganized the company into theSouthern Railway Company. Today, we know it as theNorfolk Southern Corporation.In 1873, the railroad between Atlanta and Charlottewas completed. For the people living anywhere nearthe new line, this was an economic game-changer.Established communities such as Gainesville saw animmediate and dramatic impact as the town quicklybecame a trading center for northeast Georgia. In1872, the Jefferson & Southern Railroad was charteredto connect Gainesville with Athens and Augusta.Smaller lines were also built northward into theGeorgia mountains so that lumber could be broughtdown to Gainesville.Entire new towns were created as a result of the Atlanta& Charlotte Air Line. By 1873, the towns of Buford,Doraville, Duluth, Norcross, and Suwanee had beenincorporated, each with a modest new train depot.When a depot building was constructed at Howell’sCross Roads in 1871, the grandson and namesakeof a local pioneer was given the honor of deliveringan address and naming the new town. Evan Howellwas amused by a newspaper story of a railroad, then22CountyLine | September 2012 |

under construction in Minnesota, that seemed to be a waste of taxpayer’smoney, as it was to end at a remote village that nobody had ever heardof. It was Howell’s desire that his new Georgia town also be known asDuluth. Another village chose the name Buford, after railroad presidentAlgernon Buford, in a bid to be selected as the place where trains wouldstop so that passengers could buy lunch. The gambit worked and Bufordsoon became known as a “City of Factories.” The Bona Allen family basedtheir leather tannery operations in Buford in 1873 and grew to be a nationallyfamous producer of saddles, bridles, harnesses and horse collars.The railroad also created the town of Norcross. With a new post office, it became a resorttown and center of commerce. Local farmers, some using ferries to cross the ChattahoocheeRiver, came to Norcross to purchase supplies and sell their cotton bales. At the cornerof Jones and Thrasher Streets, a 29-room hotel, the Brunswick, was built. In 1878, a fourcoach commuter train, known as the Airline Belle, began daily service to Atlanta. Both theBaptists and Methodists relocated their local churches to Norcross. Farmers in DeKalb andGwinnett Counties soon began running dairy operations as they realized that they could usethe railroad to deliver their milk to Atlanta each day.1873 map of the Atlanta& Charlotte Air Line (Univ.of Alabama)Today, Norfolk Southern considers their single-track between Atlanta and Charlotte to beone of their “main” lines, with two trains an hour passing up and down the rails. The AmtrakCrescent passenger train also runs this line with a daily stop in Gainesville.23 CountyLine | September 2012

Children need specialized careChildren’s bodies are different from adults—not just in size and weight,but also in the ways they react to medicine and how they experiencepain. That is why they need to be treated by doctors trained in pediatricmedicine—experts in the growth and developmental stages of young bodies.Did you knowthat Children’s?✔ Treats more kids with brokenbones and more teen athletesthan anyone in Georgia.✔ Has the only Urgent CareCenters in Georgia with accessto a comprehensivefracture program with pediatricorthopaedic oversight.✔ Uses up to 50 percent lowerradiation than most hospitalsfor X-rays and computedtomography (CT) scans.✔ Treats more children needingemergency care than almostanyone in the country, meaningits doctors are familiarwith most types of emergencysituations.✔ Has one of the largest pediatricinpatient rehab facilitiesin the country.Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the largest healthcare provider for childrenin Georgia and one of the largest in the country. It has access to morethan 1,700 pediatric doctors who treat children and teens from all 159 countiesin Georgia at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations.For life-threatening injuries or serious illnesses, Children’s has three emergencydepartments, which are the busiest in the naton and treat an averageof 550 kids a day. It is also home to the only two pediatric trauma centers inGeorgia—meaning the doctors there provide the highest level of emergencycare possible.For minor illnesses or injuries, your child can go to one of the Children’sfive Urgent Care Centers, especially when your child’s pediatrician’s office isclosed. Two of these Urgent Care Centers, Children’s at North Point and Children’sat Forsyth, are conveniently located for residents of Forsyth Countyand the northeast half of Johns Creek.Specialty care in your neighborhoodUnlike retail clinics, the Children’s Urgent Care Centers at Forsyth and NorthPoint have pediatricians on staff at all times to treat children and teens. Thestaff at these centers can treat:• Allergic reactions• Asthma attacks• Bites and stings• Cold and fl u• Coughs• Earaches and ear infections• Fevers (kids older than 2 months)• Minor cuts and burns• Minor head injuries• Pink eye• Simple fractures, sprains or strains• Sore throat• Stomachaches, vomiting & diarrheaThe Urgent Care Centers are open nights, weekends and holidays to getyour child home and better faster. Each uniquely equipped center has a fasttrack program to shorten wait and treatment times for children with lessserious illnesses or injuries.Also, to help with a quicker diagnosis, your child can get X-rays and lab servicesduring the same visit to an Urgent Care Center. Unlike adult facilities,24CountyLine | September 2012 |

Children’s at North PointChildren’sHealthcareof Atlanta has:Children’s uses special radiation guidelines based on each child’s size, diagnosisand past history. We reduced the amount of radiation in X-rays andcomputed tomography (CT) scans by up to 50 percent thanks to the use ofspecial technology. This is important because children are more sensitive toradiation and should receive lower doses unique to their body sizes—somethingnot all hospitals have the expertise and equipment to do well.In addition to urgent care and radiology, several other specialty services areoffered at these centers.At Forsyth, Children’s offers:• Care for fractures, limb deficiencies, and hip, hand and upper extremityproblems• Sports-related nutrition, physicals, testing and treatment• Rehab services related to audiology, occupational therapy, physicaltherapy and speech-language pathology• Scoliosis screening• Treatment for ear, nose, throat, head and neck problemsTHREE HOSPITALSEgleston1405 Clifton Road NEAtlanta, GA Spalding35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SEAtlanta, GA Rite1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE,Atlanta, GA North Point, Children’s offers:• Comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with acuteand chronic kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and fluid and electrolyteimbalances.At both locations, Children’s offers:• Help for adrenal disorders, calcium, bone and growth disorders, diabetes,and disorders of puberty and sexual development• Treatment for both complex and common gastrointestinal (GI) conditions,such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), swallowing disorders,reflux and ulcerative colitis, and liver and nutritional disordersChildren’s at Forsyth17 NEIGHBORHOODLOCATIONSThis includes two that are convenientlylocated for residentsof Forsyth County and the northeasthalf of Johns Creek.Children’s at Forsyth(at The Avenue Forsyth)410 Peachtree Parkway, Ste 300Cumming, GA’s at North Point3795 Mansell RoadAlpharetta, GA CountyLine | September 2012

Stone Wallsor a Word for Inspirationby Tammy Harden GallowayTo say Johns Creek resident, Sandy Hokanson,has a way with words would be puttingit mildly. As a member of the Johns CreekPoetry Group and as president of the Georgia PoetrySociety, words are her medium. Sandy’s roleas president of the Georgia Poetry Society beganthis January, and she hit the ground running. Tounderstand what she has in mind for the society, ithelps to know a little about her.A creative individual, who also enjoys quiltingand decorating, Sandy started writing poetry as ateenager in Denver, Colorado, where she was bornand raised. After graduating from Rockmont Collegein Lakewood, Colorado, she and her husbandmoved for his career, which led them to sevenstates and England. When asked about how herstyle of poetry has changed from when she started,she chuckles, “Modern poetry doesn’t usuallyrhyme. Poetry is constantly changing. When I firststarted writing poetry, I didn’t know a lot aboutthe different styles. I had taken various writingcourses, but nothing on poetry.”As a mom facing an empty nest after her twodaughters went to college, Sandy found herselflooking for a way to occupy her time. With a friendacting as her mentor, Sandy submitted some ofher poems to an invitation-only workshop. Thejury accepted her into the workshop, and it wasthis experience that helped her to take her poetryto the next level. The workshop was taught by acollege professor, and everyone in the course wasvery serious about poetry. It was difficult becauseattendees had to critique the poems of the otherparticipants and had their work critiqued in return.Sandy reflects on the experience, “You learn a lotfrom other people!”From the window of their 1836 Massachusettsfarmhouse, Sandy watched the New England winterscome and go for twenty years. She wrote aboutthe snow and family events, which are compiled inher first book, Snow on Stone: Poems from One-Thirty-Five River Road, published in 2010. Whenasked about the subject, Sandy laughs, “I don’teven like snow.” But she adds, “It is the visual pictureof it that inspires me. I love the stone wallsand, when the snow fell on them, they were justmagnificent.” Other things that serve as inspirationfor Sandy include a “snap shot of a moment”or sometimes it is just “a single word.”Now that she has lived in Georgia for the past nineyears, Sandy is working to finish a book focusedon Georgia that is titled South of the Ordinary and26CountyLine | September 2012 |

is hoping that it will be published early next year.She recently completed a collection of poems thatare a memoir and has submitted this work into apoetry contest. Sandy has also had poems publishedin “CountyLine Poets” in 2011 and 2012.It is the experience of the poetry workshop whichdirects many of the goals Sandy wants to achieveas president of the Georgia Poetry Society. Thegroup meets quarterly and offers an experiencesimilar to the first workshop that Sandy attendedwith members critiquing each other’s poems. Sandy’smotto for her presidency is, “value the past,live in the present, and plan for the future.”Another important element of The Georgia PoetrySociety is its two areas of youth poetry. One is apoetry contest, and the other is an effort to bringpoetry into the schools by having poets volunteerin the classroom. Their services vary to fit theneeds of the class. “We usually give an assignmentto write poems and then have the studentsread what they have written,” said Sandy. “Eachtime I am in the classroom, I have run into severalyoung poets that stand out as very good writers.They are budding poets for sure, whose poems arewonderful.” Last year nearly 2,000 students werevisited by ten poets through this program.Under Sandy’s direction, there will be a joint meetingof the Georgia Poetry Society and the AlabamaState Poetry Society next April. The meeting willhave Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheweyas their guest speaker. Ms. Trethewey is a professorat Emory University and was recently selectedas the 2012 United States Poet Laureate.With this multifaceted approach of programs, Sandyhas been busy. But she admits that she hasalso found it inspiring, leading her to write severalnew poems in the past few months. Of the GeorgiaPoetry Society, Sandy states that it is for allpoets—from beginners to published poets. Thereis something for everyone at the Georgia PoetrySociety. “It is just good to be around other writers,”said Sandy. “They keep you writing.”For more information onthe Georgia Poetry Society, visit their website For more informationon the Johns Creek Poetry Group, contact RobertL. Lynn at all your skin care needs• Diagnosis & Treatment of Skin Cancer• Treatment of Skin, Hair Loss, Nail Diseases, Acne,Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.• Vbeam Vascular Laser for Rosacea andTreatment of Leg and Facial Veins• Laser Hair Removal (All Skin Types)• Sclerotherapy for Fine Leg Veins• Botox, Dysport, Latisse, Restylane, Radiesse,Juvederm & Chemical Peels• Now Offering Airbrush Spray Tan •Gabrielle M. Sabini, MD • Charles J. Douchy, MDMatthew J. Reschly, MD • A. Damian Dhar, MDAnjana M. Patel, PA-C • Sara A. Barr, PA-C • Tracy Friedman, PA-CMelinda MacKenzie, PA-C • Stacey Olivier, PA-CAll Board Certified6610 McGinnis Ferry Rd.Suite 200Johns Creek, GA 30097(Behind Panera Bread& Community Bank)3850 Pleasant Hill Rd.Duluth, GA 30096(Between Peachtree Industrial& Buford Highway)3331 Hamilton Mill Rd.Suite 1106Buford, GA 30519(Across from theKroger Shopping Center)North AtlantaDermatologyAdult & Pediatric Dermatologywww.northatlantaderm.com770.814.822227 CountyLine | September 2012




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Emory Johns Creek HospitalpresentsLadies’ Night Outan evening of healthy indulgenceJoin us for free screenings, casual consultswith physicians over dessert and coffee,and a chance to win door prizes!Thursday, October 18, 20126:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Physicians’ Plaza7 p.m. - Breast Cancer awareness andprevention panel discussionRegistration is encouraged, but not required.678-474-8200This event is presented in partnership with the Junior Leagueof Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties.32www.emoryjohnscreek.comCountyLine | September 2012 |

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