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!

Paint & Paper Recyle Day

Recycle Paint & Paper on November 13

South Forsyth Middle School Teachers, Parents & Students Volunteer

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA —  South Forsyth Middle School teachers, parents and students will be volunteering their time and efforts at a community paint and paper recycling event on Sunday, November 13, at Harry’s Farmers Market in Roswell from 3pm to 6pm, in celebration of America Recycles Day.  Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, a Forsyth County non-profit organization, is organizing the event, which doubles as a fundraiser for the organization’s environmental education programs for children.

It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get real world experience with environmentally friendly activities,” said Kristen Deuschle, a sixth grade science teacher at SFMS.

Paints collected at the event will be recycled for repurposing by Williams Paint Recycling.  The fee for paint recycling is $15 for up to 10 cans per customer (minimum charge $15).  For each additional can, the fee is $2 per can.  Household products only accepted.  NO commercial customers.  Latex and oil-based paint must be in their original containers and sealed.  Containers without lids or leaking, aerosol cans, solvents and hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Paper will also be safely and securely shredded on-site at this event by ShredGreen.  The fee for paper recycling is $4 per box.

Reaping Nature’s recycling event this spring yielded 1,950 gallons of paint and one ton of paper.  Paint cannot be disposed of curbside or at the landfill in its liquid form.  Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Winners of Reaping Nature’s America Recycles Day contest, Healthy Choices = Healthy You & Planet, will also be announced at the event.  Many 6th graders at SFMS have entered the contest.

To learn more about the recycling event and contest, visit or contact Reaping Nature’s Executive Director, Denise Carleton at 770-490-1083.

Holiday Giving Tree

United Way of Forsyth County – Holiday Giving Tree for Kids

The Forsyth County Family YMCA, in partnership with United Way of Forsyth County is currently seeking sponsors and/or monetary donations for the annual Holiday Giving Tree for Kids (HGTFK). In its third year, the program provides clothing and basic toy items for children in need during the holidays. HGTFK Coordinator, Jerry Dupree, fully expects this year to exceed the almost 2,500 children served through the program in 2010.

Individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and others can sign up to sponsor one or more children. A wish list with sizes and requested items will be provided to the sponsor.

For those who are interested in sponsoring a child but are unable to shop, you can make a donation to The Forsyth County Family YMCA attn: HGTFK and send it to Forsyth County Family YMCA, 6050 Y Street, Cumming, GA 30040. Volunteer opportunities are also available from Thanksgiving up to the weekend before Christmas at “Santa’s Workshop”.

For more information or to sign up to be a sponsor, please call the Forsyth County Family YMCA at 678.341.6337.

Please consider making a commitment of support during the holidays; be a donor, be a sponsor, be a volunteer. Make a positive impact on the lives of many children during this holiday season.

More About United Way of Forsyth County:
United Way of Forsyth County works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and basic needs. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. It takes everyone working together. Because underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all connected, interdependent, united.  And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable, when people have good health.  We all LIVE UNITED.

More About the YMCA:
The YMCA cause is to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Anchored for 152 years in hundreds of neighborhoods around Atlanta, the YMCA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver to every individual the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.


Advance Voting for November 8 Special Elections

Advance Voting for the November 8, 2011 Special Election will begin Monday, October 31, and will continue through Friday, November 4.

Forsyth County registered voters may take advantage of Advance Voting at five locations throughout the county.

The following locations will be open during Advance Voting:

Downtown Cumming
Forsyth County Administration Building
110 E. Main Street
October 31 – November 4
Voting Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Downtown Cumming
Cumming City Hall
100 Main Street
October 31 – November 4
Voting Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

North Forsyth Area
Hampton Park Library
5345 Settingdown Road
October 31 – November 4
Voting Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

West Forsyth Area
Midway Park Community Building
5100 Post Road
October 31 – November 4
Voting Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

South Forsyth Area
Sharon Springs Park Community Building
1950 Sharon Road
October 31 – November 4
Voting Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For all in-person voting, voters should remember to bring one of the six acceptable forms of photo identification. For details and to view your Sample Ballot, visit the Elections Page of the Forsyth County Web site at

Remember, there is no Absentee, Early or Advance Voting on Monday, November 7. If you are unable to take advantage of Early or Advance Voting you will need to go to your designated polling location on Tuesday, November 8. Polls will be open on November 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Several precincts have changed. Please verify your Election Day precinct prior to voting by checking the Forsyth County Web site at

Act Together Ministries helping Forsyth County Family

From left, Act Together volunteers Dan McWhorter and Matt Cooper build a sidewalk for J.P. Medelovitz, a terminally ill child confined to a wheelchair. Not pictured: Brandon Cromer.

Act Together Ministries volunteers build sidewalk for Suwanee (Forsyth County) child in wheelchair

Three volunteers with North Fulton-based Act Together Ministries built a sidewalk 12 J.P. Mendelovitz, a terminally ill child confined to a wheelchair, near his home. J.P.’s mother Sonia Lear used to carry J.P. to their house since his wheelchair could not be pushed through the unpaved area. Dan McWhorter (Norcross), Matt Cooper (Sugar Hill), and Brandon Cromer (Duluth) spent all day Saturday, October 17, constructing the sidewalk.

Act Together is seeking Christmas sponsors for J.P. and hundreds of other children in need in the North Atlanta area. Sponsors will provide between four and six gifts to a child; partial sponsorships are also available. To sign up, go to or email Heather Clark at

Act Together is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in distress, strengthening families, and inspiring the next generation to serve.

Liberty Middle Band Wants Your Vote!

Liberty Middle School in Cumming has entered the Glee Give A Note Competition and they need everyone’s help in winning!!

They have a chance to win $50,000.00 for the music program!  Fifty THOUSAND!

Public voting is open until November 7th and you can vote every day, once a day.

So, why not start today & help the Liberty Middle School Band!  Click here to vote.

Book Signings by Local 17-Year Old Author

By: Amberle Cianne

Amberle Cianne, a 17-year-old published author from Cumming is a popular guest for Halloween events and book signings because of the subject and title of her first book – Nightmare in Niceville.  The suspense/thriller takes place in a quiet Florida town where Lily Strykes, her mother, and  younger sister have created a comfortable, pleasant life … until their dark past catches up with them.

At the age of 14, Amberle discovered that she wanted to be a writer because it allows her to express herself and create something real and tangible from her imagination.  Her first book, Nightmare in Niceville, started off as a playful school activity until Amberle’s imagination took over and story took on a life of its own.

Now that the book has been published by BQB Publishing and is available through, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and can be ordered by book stores around the country … and Halloween is around the corner … Amberle is being besieged with requests for appearances and book signings.

She will be appearing at the following events between now and Halloween:

Vickery Creek Elementary Fall Fesitval in Cumming on October 28th from 5:00 – 7:00pm

Barnes & Noble Local Children’s Author Event at The Avenue in Cumming on October 29th from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Stars & Strikes Haunted House in Cumming on October 29th from 7:30 – 10:30pm

Menchie’s Fall Festival at the Marketplace in Cumming on October 30th from 2:00 – 6:00pm.

More about Amberle:

Amberle is a senior at Forsyth Central High School with ambitions to become a full-time writer.

Diverse in her writing abilities, Amberle is currently working with BQB Publishing to release her first children’s book.

Learn more at

Early Voting for November 8 Special Elections

Early Voting for November 8 Special Election Starts Monday

Early Voting for the November 8 Special Election will begin Monday, October 17, and will run through Friday, October 28. Forsyth County registered voters may cast their ballot during Early Voting at the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming.

Early Voting will be open to all Forsyth County registered voters from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note there is no Absentee, Early or Advance Voting the Monday prior to any election. To receive additional election information, visit or call 770.781.2118.