Infant Swim Resource now in Cumming

Infant and Young Child Survival Swimming Program Now in Cumming

CUMMING, GEORGIA – December 12, 2011 – Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for babies and toddlers from six months to six years old, today announced that it is now offering its Self-Rescue™ program in Cumming, beginning on January 9, 2012.

Sometimes, everything we do is not enough to keep a child from drowning. Even with alarms, door locks, pool fences and supervision, children can escape from protective care and find themselves in trouble,” says Ashlee Forscher, Certified Infant Swimming Resource Instructor. “At ISR, we arm children with the skills to survive if they were to accidentally end up in the water alone.

ISR integrates swimming skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children, teaching them to save their own lives, while building the confidence that can lead to a lifetime of fun in and around the water.  For 45 years, ISR has successfully provided over 7 million safe lessons to infants and young children.

The ISR lesson experience is a comprehensive six-week program where each lesson is customized for the child as they are safely guided through the learning process.

Lessons for a 6-12 month old focus on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives.

Lessons for children 1-6 years old focus on teaching the swim-float-swim survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.


Cumming Aquatic Center, 201 Aquatic Circle, Cumming

ISR lesson times: 10:00 a.m. until noon; evening lessons available upon request

Connect with ISR:

Certified ISR Instructor: Ashlee Forscher

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About Infant Swimming Resource

Founded in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), with its Self-Rescue™ program, is nationally recognized as the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. With a primary focus on safety and effectiveness, and as the world’s leading behavioral science based instruction program, ISR is the only choice for parents who are dedicated to their child’s safety, education and developmental needs.  ISR’s worldwide network of highly qualified, certified Instructors has successfully delivered over 7 million safe lessons to infants and young children, which have resulted in our record of nearly 800 documented cases of children utilizing ISR’s survival techniques to save their own lives. For more information on ISR, water and swim safety or to find an instructor in your area, please visit

Mentor Me – 10 Year Anniversary

In honor of National Mentoring Month, our “Magic Moments” 10 Year Anniversary Breakfast is a fundraiser event to kick off our 10th year serving Forsyth County.  We will share our successes since being established in 2002 by the (2002) class of Leadership Forsyth, and demonstrate the positive impact Mentor Me North Georgia has in the lives of children during this time.

Event Date:                 January 10, 2012
Event Time:                 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Event Location:          Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech
Ticket Price:                $15.00

Sponsorship opportunities are available, inquire with Mentor Me North Georgia for more details.

More details to be released soon.

More Information:

Mentor Me North Georgia

210 Dahlonega St., Suite 203
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  678-341-8028

Pinecrest Academy Open House Event

Open House Event:

Pinecrest Academy, a private Catholic school, in Cumming, GA, serving grades PreK3 through 12th, is hosting an all-school Open House on Sunday, January 8, 2012, from 1-3 p.m.  Open House will close with a Mass at 3pm in the school’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.  All are welcome to stay for Mass.

Guests are invited to come see the 68-acre campus in action and to get a glimpse of the Pinecrest experience by speaking with faculty, current students and their parents.  Visitors will have the opportunity to tour Lower, Middle and High School buildings, Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, three athletic fields, and Upper and Lower School Gymnasiums. Several of the school’s religious (priests, brothers, consecrated women) will be on-hand as well.

Founded in 1993, Pinecrest Academy is in its nineteenth year of providing authentic Catholic education.

More Information:

Please visit or call (770) 888-4477.
955 Peachtree Parkway · Cumming, Georgia 30041

North GA Swim Team

The NGA Swim Team, led by Coach Mike Morrell, traveled to Chamblee, GA this past weekend to participate in their third swim meet of the season.

Our swimmer of the weekend was Mia, 8 who placed first among 29 swimmers in the 100 free and second place in the 25 yard back, breast and fly.  The NGA swimmers were all wide-eyed when they learned that they were swimming in the same pool that both Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff competed in as rising swimmers.  We believe that we have a few ‘Michael Phelps’ and ‘Katie Hoffs’ on the NGA team that will be rising as well.

Mia - Age 8

North Georgia Aquatics is a USA competitive swim team that practices at the brand new and beautiful Cumming Aquatic Center, located on Pilgrim Mill (exit 15) in Cumming, GA.  We are a small team, consisting of great kids all wanting to have fun and work hard to become great swimmers.  Our goal is to focus on building the techniques of new and rising swimmers in the North Georgia area.  We will teach the proper methods of the four strokes as well as starts and turns.  The swimmers train 2-5 days per week and we offer a flexible schedule to accommodate a family’s other obligations.  We welcome all new swimmers that can comfortably swim one length of the pool in any stroke to join us for a day to meet the other swimmers and see if they may enjoy becoming a part of our team.

Courtesy of NGA Swim

For more information:

Please visit or Email Chrissie

Three Days, Three Counties

Non-Profit Educates & Edutains for America Recycles Day 2011

Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation visited three counties over three days as part of America Recycles Day, which was recognized on Tuesday, November 15.  The Forsyth County non-profit’s first stop was at their paint and paper recycling event at Harry’s Farmers Market in Roswell on Sunday, November 13.  With help from students, teachers and parent volunteers from South Forsyth Middle School, this event collected over 1,000 gallons of paint and several hundred pounds of paper.

Courtesy of Reaping Nature

This year we have collected 2,994 gallons of paint at our events for repurposing by Williams Upcycling.  Paint cannot be sent to our landfills in liquid form,” said Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature’s Executive Director.  “Paper is 39% of our municipal waste stream239 million worth of paper products to the landfill each year.  Thanks to companies like Shred Green and Williams Upcycling, we are working in partnership to divert these materials from landfills and recycle them.”

At the Harry’s event, Reaping Nature also announced winners of its America Recycles Day contest for kids, aLHealthy Choices = Healthy You & Planet.  The winners were:

Ages 8 and under:

First place – Liana Newsum

Second place – Max Deuschle (Mashburn ES)

Third place – Carolyn Forrester

Ages 9 to 12:

First place – Emily Rettig (SFMS)

Second place – Julia Stewart (SFMS)

Third place (tie) – Danielle Mae Espinoza (Midway ES) & Simone Brown (SFMS)

Winning entries can be viewed on Reaping Nature’s website.

Courtesy of Reaping Nature

Reaping Nature holds two community recycling events and contests for kids each year.  The events are scheduled around Earth Day in April and America Recycles Day in November.  Their next recycling event will be held in Forsyth County sometime in April at a location to be announced in February 2012.  The events act as fundraisers for the non-profit and help to educate the public, divert materials from landfills, and get kids involved in service learning.  Electronics recycling will be provided by Premier Surplus at the spring event.

On Monday, Reaping Nature visited 80 preschoolers at Goddard Schools in Cherokee County.  The program was made possible courtesy of Servicemaster by Color of Life and Reaping Nature’s Sustainable Educator sponsors, Sanitation Solutions and Olde Atlanta Recycling.  The program was a hit with the little ones, ages three to five, who sang-a-long at the end of the program to Reaping Nature’s original tune, Another Recycling Rap. Preschoolers also learned that the number one reason to recycle is jobs.

Most children say that recycling is good for the planet, which it is,” said Carleton.  “However, if Georgians recycled just 2.5 million tons of recyclable materials ending up in our landfills, 7,000 jobs could be created.

Reaping Nature made its final visit to 632 kindergarten, first grade and second grade students at Cumming Elementary in Forsyth County on Tuesday, November 15 (America Recycles Day), “edutaining” students with their I “Likel” to Recycle program.

Environmental education is a powerful learning and self-motivation tool that spans age and socio-economic status,” said Carleton.  “Recycling is the easiest, most impactful thing that we all can do.”

To learn more about Reaping Nature and their programs, visit them online at

National BBQ Cup in Cumming GA

The National BBQ Cup is this Weekend

The National BBQ Cup to be the Largest KCBS Contest Ever in Georgia

Cumming, GA, November 16, 2011 – The National BBQ Cup will be held this weekend, Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming, GA.

This is the largest Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) contest ever in Georgia. More than 90 professional BBQ teams and 30 amateur teams are participating, many of them reigning champions from other KCBS contests. Tuffy Stone, Cool Smoke and Bub-ba-Q, a local favorite in Woodstock, GA, were featured on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters. Bub-ba-Q recently won the Ultimate BBQ Showdown on CBS. Others include three of the top five KCBS teams from across the country. Two to watch are Quau, the Jack Daniels Champion, and Lotta Bull BBQ, Grand Champion at multiple contests in recent years.

The community is invited to attend. Gates will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, November 18 and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 12 are free. Parking is $3.

Highlights of the event include:

· Georgia Backyard Entertainment Provided by 94.9 The Bull

· People’s Choice Contest for guests to taste and judge their favorite barbeque beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

· Kids’ Zone full of fun activities for children of all ages

· Food and Craft Vendors

· The National BBQ Cup Awards Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. Saturday

“The City of Cumming Fairgrounds is a world-class facility for a barbeque cook-off. We are excited to bring this event to our community and showcase it to the Barbeque Circuit,” said Randall Bowman, Chairman of The National BBQ Cup. “We anticipate a very successful event and look forward to supporting our local charities as a result.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit local Cumming and Forsyth County charities including Bald Ridge Lodge, Jesse’s House and Forsyth County Community Connection. For additional information on The National BBQ Cup, contact Randall Bowman or visit

Christmas in Cumming GA

Six years in the making and still growing. The Christmas in Cumming Light Show will once again thrill thousands and help Forsyth County Family Haven in the process.

With 6 houses this year and about a quarter million lights dancing to 20 delightful Christmas songs, this years show promises to be stunning. Drive through and experience the show from inside. Houses light up and dance with the music while you listen on your car radios.  Help Forsyth County Family Haven while you visit with your donations of cash or shelter supplies. The shelter is in need of the following items, and greatly appreciates the community’s assistance:

Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Cleaning Supplies
Trash Bags
All Size Diapers
Twin Sheet Sets
Copy Paper
Baby Wipes
Laundry Detergent
Swiffer Wet Jet Refills
Pasta Dinners

The light and music show kicks off Thanksgiving night at 5:30 p.m. and runs every night through New Year’s day.  The show runs until 9:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and until 10:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Visitors are asked to tune their radios in their cars to 88.1 FM to enjoy the music and spectacular lightshow.  The display is located on Bryn Ridge Court in the Haley Farms subdivision in northwest Forsyth County (Cumming, GA  30028.)

Additional information is available at or on facebook at

After School Environmental Enrichment for Students

Students of Cornerstone School's Eco-Eagles

Cornerstone School’s Eco-Eagles

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA —  Cornerstone School’s Eco-Eagles, an after school environmental enrichment program for 4th through 6th grade students, is back up and running for its second school year.  Students learn about nature and the environment through games, reuse crafts, hikes on the school’s trails and presentations from local businesses and organizations.

Randy Payne, Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Tyson Foods, has presented to this group in the past, sharing how Tyson treats wastewater from their plant.  Students learn about anaerobic and aerobic water treatment phases, and how this process cleans the water so that it can be released into the environment through non-consumptive uses.

These presentations allow children to make that real life connection to learning,” said Denise Carleton, who coordinates the group through her non-profit, Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation.

Nikki Belmonte of the Atlanta Audubon Society presented to students at their November meeting.   Students gained an appreciation for different species of birds, including the red-headed woodpecker.  This species numbers are declining due to loss of habit because they prefer to make their homes in dead standing trees.  There are approximately 350 resident and migratory birds in Georgia.

Reaping Nature is able to provide the Eco-Eagles program free of charge to the school and students through sponsorships from Olde Atlanta Recycling and Sanitation Solutions, two Forsyth County owned and operated businesses.

We hope to grow the work that we do in schools and the community through similar sponsorships,” said Carleton.  “Environmental education teaches children that love of place and is an incredible vehicle to provide self-motivation, while reinforcing standards taught in classrooms.”

To learn more about Reaping Nature’s programs, visit them online at

Pinecrest Academy Informational Coffee & Open House

Invitation from Pinecrest Academy:

We cordially invite you to Pinecrest Academy’s Lower School Informational Coffee on Monday, November 14, 9-11am., and our Middle/High School Open House on Tuesday, November 15, 9-11am, with a presentation beginning at 9 a.m.

These opportunities allow you to see our school in action, meet our faculty, and speak to our parents and students.

If you have questions, please call the Pinecrest Academy Admissions Office at 770-888-4477, x245.

Guests who are unable to attend the Informational Coffee or Open House are invited to call 770-888-4477 for a tour, or join us for the all-school Open House on Sunday, January 8, 2012, 1-3 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!

Grand Opening Event at Top Tier Automotive

Top Tier Automotive is pleased to announce their Grand Opening, to be held on Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Top Tier is located at 5825 Bethelview Road (Hwy. 141) in Cumming (approximately 1 mile west of Exit 13 off GA 400).  As part of the grand opening celebration, a Car Clinic will be held, where owners can take a sneak peek under their cars.

Our mechanics will be available to answer any questions car owners have,” explains Michael Spooner, co-owner of Top Tier Automotive.  Along with Greg Benton, co-owner, and the staff of Master Technicians, Top Tier is ready to take care of BMW, Mercedes – Benz,  Volkswagen and Audi repair needs.

Experience, excellence in service, reliability and attention to every detail are paramount at Top Tier Automotive.  Contact them at 678-629-9547 or at  Top Tier Automotive is also offering car storage at their secure facility.

Stop by to learn more about your car, the Top Tier services and staff and a bit of food and prizes!