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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Crossroads at Crabapple this Saturday.

100-plus antique dealers and juried artists on hand

MILTON, GA., Sept. 30, 2010 - The Crossroads at Crabapple Antiques and Art Festival, featuring more than 100 antique dealers and juried artists from six states, will again enliven quiet Crabapple this Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


A tradition since 1969, this one-day-only, rain-or-shine, outdoor festival features thousands of antiques and unique pieces of art in all mediums. Parking and admission are free.

For directions to the festival (held at 750 Mayfield Road, Milton, GA 30004) go to
www.crossroadsatcrabapplefestival.com or www.cityofmiltonga.us or call 770-448-3860. You may also click here.

"We get quite a crowd, so shoppers please come early for the best buys," said festival organizer Sally Rich-Kolb. "We have thousands of antiques, from 19th century American Country, to primitives, to shabby chic, to old and new pottery and quilts."


Artists will be on hand selling jewelry, birdhouses, watercolor and oil paintings, photography and hand-blown ornaments, said Rich-Kolb.

"There is just too much to list, so you must come and see for yourself," she said.
Included in the festival are roaming musicians, food, a trolley to free parking areas and children's activities provided by the Goddard School from 2 to 4 p.m. A number of non-profit organizations also take part, including the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. Please note: The City of Milton is a presenting sponsor of this event. It is not a city-run special event.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Studio One to One Announces Body Balance Challenge with a $700 Prize.


Studio One to One announced the launch of the Body Balance Challenge, an 8-week nutrition and exercise challenge exclusively for Milton residents. Only 15 people will be accepted into the challenge. Once qualified, participants only need to pay $5 to put the first two weeks of the Body Balance Challenge to the test. Participants who accept the 8-week challenge can expect a physical and emotional transformation, and have a chance of $700 "best transformation" prize.

Elaina Smith, owner, says "If your body is out of balance, then your life is out of balance. I've seen it happen myself. When I take care of my body, everything else falls into place. And I've seen it happen with more clients than you'd ever imagine."

Body Balance Challenge will provide a highly structured, highly personalized 8-week nutrition and exercise program -- no more guesswork about how to get the weight loss, fat loss and fitness results you want in the shortest time possible.

The challenge is accepting entries through October 15th. Visit
http://bbc.viprespond.com for complete details and registration form. -- Elaina Smith
Studio One to One
www.MiltonTraining.com(678)367-3619Visit Our Blog: www.studio-onetoone.com/wordpress
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"Road To Safety" Program Extended.


Deadline for the first annual "Road To Safety" Program has been extended to October 29th. All those interested in participating should reach out to their respective high schools of Milton or Alpharetta.

Milton Fire raises $48,715 for MDA.

Milton Fire Department second in state for fundraising

MILTON, GA., Sept. 29, 2010 - The Milton Fire Department raised $48,715.17 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) over a month's worth of "Fill the Boot" drives, it was revealed today.

Milton's firefighters were second only to the Warner Robbins Fire Department, which raises money throughout the year, said Angela Brown, Fundraiser Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. With the total, Milton topped more than 70 departments throughout the state.

Even in a battered economy, Milton's citizens gave more than in the previous drive, beating last year's $48,000 total. In just four years, the City of Milton Fire Department has raised more than $161,000 for MDA, which uses the money to aid local children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases by providing wheelchairs, leg braces, clinic visits, support groups and a chance for children to attend Camp Walk-N-Roll.

"Milton firefighters are truly heroes for MDA," said Brown.
"The dedication and heart they have while collecting on the streets during some of the hottest days of the summer is extraordinary. MDA is so thankful to have their support."

Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar said each of the three shifts in Milton's fire service competed against each other to raise the most money. The victors, A shift, received this year's trophy for the most money collected in one day after raising $12,600, he said.

"I am very proud of our firefighters for joining their peers across the nation in the annual MDA 'Fill the Boot' drive," said Edgar.
"It was certainly a selfless act by Milton firefighters, who endured extreme temperatures."

But they couldn't have done it without the passing motorists who gave what they could.

"This year's success is also due to the generosity of our citizens and visitors of the City of Milton," he said. "Thank you to all."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Last Cruise In Of The Year!


Love the classics? Well, cruise on over to Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub
to check out the rides . . . or bring your own to show.
All years, types and classes (including bikes) are welcome.

The Car Show & Cruise-In features People’s Choice trophies, door prizes and complimentary coffee on the patio – full service inside at 10 AM.

NO ADMISSION CHARGE!

Directions: From 400 take Exit 10/Old Milton Pkwy. Travel WEST on Old Milton Pkwy. (approx. 4 miles). Turn RIGHT on Broadwell Rd. Turn LEFT on Crabapple Rd. Olde Blind Dog is on the RIGHT.

Unsaved Project


In Historic Crabapple
12650 Crabapple Rd.
Milton, GA

678-624-1090
www.oldeblinddog.com

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Walmart Wednesday.

'No wonder the Hamburglar always gets caught! You are being so obvious!'

Courtesy www.peopleofwalmart.com

Welcome To Bethany Road!


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"Welcome to Bethany Road; the Southeastern gateway to beautiful Milton, Georgia!

This open road neighborhood is home to 44 families; from newborns to seniors in their 90's!

'We love Bethany Road', a Milton Council Member recently shared, 'with all the programs we have put in place to protect open road residents and their properties, it is no wonder that this open road neighborhood has flourished!'

With speeds in the 70mph range, annual vehicular fatalities, constant road-side trash and noise pollution to boot; it is the perfect place to live that 'rural' lifestyle!

Ready to be the next gated community, Bethany Road has something for everyone!"

Incident took place at approximately 9pm on Monday evening; September 27, 2010. The offender did not stop. Many thanks to Milton Police Officer Wong for answering the call.

September 28th Council Meeting Canceled

Sept. 28 Special Called City Council meeting notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Note: In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information for Milton citizens, the Communications Department will now send pre- and post-City Council meeting updates informing the public about events at City Hall and their outcomes. Following is the agenda for the September 28 Special Called City Council meeting.

The sole purpose of this meeting is an executive session to discuss potential land acquisition.

City Council meetings normally take place at City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway Suite 107 Milton, GA 30004 the first and third Mondays of the month, barring a holiday or special-called meeting. Work sessions are held the second Monday of the month.

For a full list of all city sponsored meetings, click here to see the calendar.

Persons needing special accommodations in order to participate in any city meeting should call 678-242-2500.

CITY OF MILTON, GEORGIA

Joe Lockwood, Mayor

CITY COUNCIL
Karen Thurman Julie Zahner Bailey Bill Lusk Burt Hewitt Joe Longoria Alan Tart

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Special Called Meeting Agenda 5:00 PM

1) CALL TO ORDER 2) ROLL CALL

3) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Led by the Mayor)

4) APPROVAL OF MEETING AGENDA (Add or remove items from the agenda)
(Agenda Item No. 10-1257)

5) PUBLIC COMMENT 6) EXECUTIVE SESSION
(Agenda Item No. 10-1258)

The purpose of the Executive Session is to discuss potential land acquisition

7) ADJOURNMENT (Agenda Item No. 10-1259)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Public Safety Fund to hold charity softball tourney.

Games part of Milton Roundup Oct. 23

MILTON, GA., Sept. 23, 2010 - Organizers today announced the non-profit Milton Public Safety Fund (MPSF) will hold a charity softball tournament Oct. 23 during the Milton Roundup at Birmingham United Methodist Church.

All funds from the tournament, which teams may enter for a registration fee of $250, will benefit the City of Milton Police and Fire departments. Teams are guaranteed two games, said Milton police officer Brian Kiel, who is organizing the event.

"Everyone is invited to take part in the tournament - co-ed, corporate, public safety, government, recreation or neighborhood teams," said Kiel. "We're hoping for a good mix of all."

Kiel said space is limited, so teams will be first-come, first-served. He said players will use a .47 core softball and play on a youth-sized field. As such, there will be a "no home run" rule. The tournament structure will be determined by the number of teams in the event. In addition, teams will be required to bring two balls to cut down on cost.

To sign up for the MPSF charity softball tournament, click here.

You may also sign up by visiting the City of Milton's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us, and clicking "Find a Form or Permit." The online application is under "Online Forms" and is titled "MPSF charity softball tournament application." The registration deadline is Oct. 15.

Please make all checks payable to the Milton Public Safety Fund. The organization's mailing address is 980 Birmingham Road, Suite 501-200 Milton, GA 30004.


For more information, contact Kiel at brian.kiel@cityofmiltonga.us.

ABOUT THE MILTON PUBLIC SAFETY FUND

Founded in 2007 by local civic and business leaders, the Milton Public Safety Fund (MPSF) is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation providing support to the Milton Police and Fire departments. MPSF is composed of eight non-appointed, volunteer members and a five-member Milton Police and Fire Advisory Board.


Through partnerships with local corporate and individual donors, the MPSF's mission is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Milton Police and Fire Departments for the betterment of the city's residents and business community. MPSF relies on a variety of community resources to help raise funds to purchase equipment for and provide training to our Police and Fire Departments, including fundraising activities and private and corporate donations.

To make a donation or for additional information on partnership opportunities benefiting the Milton Public Safety Fund, please contact us at mpsf@cityofmiltonga.us.

Studio One to One Launches Metamorphosis Women’s Wellness Retreat.


Studio One to One, a personal training studio located in Milton, GA, announces the launch of its Metamorphosis wellness retreat. The retreat will take place in scenic Big Canoe, and will focus on transforming nutrition and fitness habits to help women achieve their weight loss goals.

Studio One to One, Milton’s premier personal training studio, will present its first “Metamorphosis” women’s wellness retreat in Big Canoe. This all-inclusive program includes structured fitness activities and nutritional guidance designed to help guests learn how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits necessary for achieving and maintaining their ideal weight. The weekend-long program will feature the exercise and nutrition experts of Studio One to One providing interactive fitness, health, and wellness programs in a retreat-like atmosphere.

Metamorphosis will be an escape from ordinary, everyday workout routines and will feature a well-rounded approach to wellness. The itinerary is designed for all levels of fitness ability and includes resistance training led by NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Jennifer Caso, guided hikes, yoga, light meditation, personal fitness and body composition assessments, as well as Studio One to One’s Food-FIT4U interactive nutrition counseling.

Nutrition programs will take place right in the kitchen and focus on "putting your best body forward" by establishing healthy eating habits for life. The programs will be led by Kira Mesi, Certified Lifestyle Weight Management Coach and self described "foodie" who loves to cook. She will introduce her fun and entertaining ways to keep you on the right track in the kitchen and loving that new number on the scale. This sensible approach will not only keep you satisfied at mealtime, but help you lose weight and reach your health and fitness goals at the same time.

Guests will enjoy accommodations in a luxurious cabin nestled against the scenic backdrop of Big Canoe, healthy gourmet meals, cooking and nutrition instruction, personalized fitness assessment and meal plan, and a wide variety of fitness programming.

Elaina Smith, owner of Studio One to One, states "the focus for our Metamorphosis retreat is to empower women to be healthy, fit, empowered, and confident. Our goal is to provide a nurturing, supportive environment in which women can be educated abut their health and bond with other women. All too often, women spend most of their time in the caretaker role while neglecting their own needs and health. My desire is that this retreat be a renewing experience for them, a time for taking care of themselves, and an ‘aha’ moment to know it's okay to prioritize their own health and wellbeing."

The Metamorphosis retreat will take place October 22-24th and costs $297 per person. For additional details and registration, please visit retreat.viprespond.com.

Elaina Smith
Studio One to One
www.MiltonTraining.com(678)367-3619Visit Our Blog: www.studio-onetoone.com/wordpress


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time To Laugh.


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"Road To Safety"


Milton High School and Alpharetta High School are participating in the first Annual Road to Safety Video Competition Program sponsored by Protect Milton, Access Milton, the Milton and Alpharetta Police Departments, the Fulton County Board of Education, and other local area businesses.

Kids (of driving age) from both schools will submit a 2 minute video which must contain a message addressing the dangers teens face as new drivers on the roads specific to their towns.

Winner will receive bragging rights for their school, a full day's driving course at the Richard Petty Defensive Driving School at Road Atlanta and other various prizes from local businesses in our communities.

Winning school will receive a $500 Enviromental Grant from Protect Milton or items for their school, in addition to a gift certificate from Staples for office or school supplies.

The winner will be honored and the winning video will be viewed at both City Halls by Mayor Lockwood and Mayor Letchas, in addition to being highlighted on Access Milton in the top news slot for one entire week. The winning video will be showcased at all participating High Schools. Deadline to submit video is October 8th, and winner announced on October 12th.

For more information on this contest please contact your school. Registration forms are available at both schools and you can either mail the video on DVD to Access Milton, or drop it off at the front desk of your school by the deadline! Rules for this competition are on the registration and release forms at the schools.

Good Luck to both schools! Have Fun! And Safe Driving!

Council & Staff Respond To Inquiry - Part 3.

All:

Wednesday morning, we heard from City Manager Chris Lagerbloom via email.

Below you will find Mr. Lagerbloom's response to our questions regarding the change to the ethics committee.

While opinions on council and staff responses will be varied, respect should be given due to the willingness to reach out to the Milton constituency and answer questions that impact their city. After all, communication tends to spawn understanding.

We would like to thank City Manager Lagerbloom for the quick attention given to Accessmilton.com readers after the initial email was sent.

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com

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City Manager Lagerbloom's Response

Tim,

Good afternoon. Please see my responses to the three questions you asked. I understand you are likely to post these on your blog site. As I know your site is full of anonymous posts, I want to also ask you to publish my email address (
chris.lagerbloom@cityofmiltonga.us) and my phone number (678) 242-2488 so that citizens who otherwise may want to remain anonymous have a mechanism by which they can follow up directly with the City.

Chris

1. Why did council do away with the board?

This question is specifically directed to the Council, so I will let them speak for themselves, but as your City Manager, this is my take.

It is difficult to identify a collective reason for why each individual council member voted the way that they did. However, I believe the general sentiment is that a modified Board makeup (consisting of lawyers from outside of Milton) would save both time and money, and would remove any possible appearance of bias or impartiality. After several public discussions and further direction from the Council during the Council Work Sessions on April 19, 2010, July 12, 2010 and August 9, 2010, the Council crafted an ordinance they could support and ultimately voted to approve it on September 8, 2010 in first presentation and September 20, 2010 for final adoption. As noted, the ordinance was discussed publically five times before adoption.

2. In consideration of the city budget, how can our government justify hiring attorneys for ethics tasks?

The attorney’s will be paid only a per diem (set fee per meeting or hearing) and not an hourly rate. They will be paid in a manner that is consistent with what many other board and authorities pay their members. In addition, it is believed that the result will be a net cost savings to the City, as the City Attorney’s role in ethics cases should diminish considerably as the need for interaction by the Board with the City Attorney should be noticeably reduced. Since the attorney panel will already be familiar with civil procedure and the fundamentals of due process, this result should be a streamlined, more cost effective hearing experience.

Tim, it is a matter of public record exactly how much the most recent ethics complaint cost the City of Milton. As of July 31, 2010, the legal costs alone in processing the complaint, facilitating the hearing and defending the appeal total $17,285.40 – and that number will continue to climb. To date, I don’t have final numbers as there remains an appeal pending.

3. Was there a problem with the citizen ethics board and / or it's members? If so, what?

There was no problem, and in fact the Council thanked the membership of the former Ethic’s Board for its efforts and service to the City of Milton.

Council Responds To Inquiry - Part 2.

All:

Wednesday morning, we heard from Council Member Burt Hewitt via email.

Below you will find Mr. Hewitt's response to our questions regarding the change to the ethics committee.

While opinions on council responses will be varied, respect should be given due to the willingness to reach out to the Milton constituency and answer questions that impact their city. After all, communication tends to spawn understanding.

We would like to thank Council Member Hewitt for the quick attention given to Accessmilton.com readers after the initial email was sent.

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
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Council Member Hewitt's Response

1. I am of the opinion that the Citizen Ethics Board was never going to be able to do it's job without a cloud of doubt being cast over their findings. I had the utmost confidence in my appointees (and the others) on the Board could be fair and impartial. Even with that confidence, the members had a chance to be placed in tough situations. Situations where you know both of the parties involved, where they could be deciding a case against the very person who appointed you or other situations that just don't sit well. Having an independent, outside, third party board will help ease those concerns. Hopefully this board will not be called upon to act, but if it does, we have tried to erase politics out of the equation.

2. While our previous board was talented and made up of people from various professional backgrounds, they did not practice law (with an exception one or two). Having a board made up of legal professionals, who "do this every day" will make these procedures flow more quickly. This new group shouldn't have to be counseled by our City Attorney nor require as much staff time. I liken it to a home improvement project that you try to tackle yourself, but in the end could have saved money by hiring a professional.

3. As far as I am concerned, I had no problems with the persons I appointed to serve on the Board. They were
professional, bright and willing to serve. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Thanks Karl and Carol.

City of Milton offers fitness camps.


Kolleen Riddick, founder and creator of Milton-based CorePhysique, leads a group of students through her specialized fitness camp at Bell Memorial Park. Milton residents may now take the camp for a deeply discounted price of only $90 for a dozen 45-minute sessions.

The City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department has teamed with Milton-based CorePhysique to offer affordable fitness camps to residents looking for a healthier lifestyle.

The camps, offered in three separate sessions three times a week, will take place at Milton’s Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, starting Oct. 18. They will be taught by Milton resident and mother of three Kolleen Riddick, a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

For Milton residents, the four week camps (12 full sessions) will be offered at a special rate of $90. For non-residents the cost rises to $120. The price includes an informational booklet and personal fitness journal, nutrition coaching and enrollment in one of three camps:

Early Riser: 5:45 a.m.

Just Right: 7 a.m.
Late Riser: 9:15 a.m.

To sign up for a fitness camp session, click here or call 770-752-3159.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Walmart Wednesday.

" Hey Ratpunzel, you look like Master Splinter. Someone get a weed wacker and take care of that mess please."

Arizona

Courtesy Peopleofwalmart.com

Brides making plans.


Courtesy Bob Pepalis / Appen Newspapers

September 20, 2010

MILTON—Local brides-to-be, their mothers—and even some fiancés—filled the Atlanta National Golf Club's events space as the Bridal Showcase was presented by the Wedding Alliance of North Georgia.

Lauren Witthohn of Milton came to the Bridal Showcase with her mother. She said they were tying up some loose ends for her wedding next summer.

Decatur's Antoinetee Franklin plans her wedding next summer as well, and thought it was a very good event to help plan.

"It's been a lot of fun," said Meghan Urquhart of Vidalia, who is moving to Milton.

The dozens of local vendors were happy to see the brides-to-be as well, and many reported the event was a success.

"The Bridal Showcase is a great way to reach brides with your product, especially when marketing is so expensive. I got to speak to 20 possible customers," said Clark Savage of Clayton CameraCraft of Alpharetta.

Hilton Garden Inn's Juanita Johnson said the best part of the Bridal Showcase was making contact with so many local brides who were in early stages of planning. That gave exhibitors an opportunity to sell them on using local vendors.
Attendees could secure hotel accommodations, find wedding event facilities, receive expert floral and decor advice, taste cakes and catering specialties, see unique bridal gift selections, interview multiple vendors and discover options for their ceremonies.

The event was free for participants.

Crooked Creek may get private road.


Courtesy Jonathan Copsey / Appen Newspapers

September 20, 2010

MILTON – Before last year's election, there was a lot of talk about the desire of many Crooked Creek subdivision residents to make their road a private drive. That would allow them the option of gating it from those who would use the residential street as a short-cut between Ga. 9 and Francis Road.

As a public road, however, state law only allows abandonment of roads not in use. Given the level of traffic cutting through the subdivision, that was certainly not the case.

Now, Crooked Creek may get its way after all. The change comes after the state Legislature changed the procedure for abandonment of public roads to include roads that "do not serve the public interest."

"The law has been changed and changed in a significant way," said city attorney Ken Jarrard at a recent council work session.

Milton also requires there be 100 percent approval from affected residents. Now the City Council is thinking of easing the "100 percent" rule to something more obtainable.

With the change in state law, a city can abandon roads – and thereby privatize them – as it sees fit and with whatever percentage of affected residents' approval it likes. However, Jarrard pointed out that the percentage cannot be decided on the fly. It would have to be a city-wide standard. For instance, if the council decides 70 percent resident approval is fine, all road abandonment issues in the city will be resolved with 70 percent. That is if the city first agrees abandonment of a road is in the public interest.

The 640 homeowners of Crooked Creek have had the problem of Creek Club Drive, the main road through the subdivision, used as a shortcut for years. The residents pushed for abandonment so they could install gates at the entrances, stopping the traffic.

"Safety is the number one concern, but there's also the security benefit," said Councilmember Joe Longoria, who lives in the subdivision and campaigned heavily to privatize the road. "I know [crime] would go down if it were gated."

Should the roads in Crooked Creek become privatized and gated, Longoria argues that not only would the crime be reduced, the city would no longer be responsible for the upkeep of the 6.5 miles of roadway within the neighborhood.

"That's found resources we could focus in other areas of the city," he said.

Milton mulls gas station ban.

Courtesy Jonathan Copsey / Appen Newspapers

September 20, 2010

MILTON – At last week's city council work session, elected officials discussed whether new restrictions were warranted in dealing with new developments featuring service stations and convenience stores.

The proposal provided by city staff suggested requiring a 100-foot setback from the property line of any residence and any service station or convenience store. The current ordinance says it must be 75 feet from any residential building.

The issue came to a head in May, when a gas station and convenience store was suggested for a property at the intersection of Bethany Bend and Highway 9. Local residents were concerned about the proximity of the station and its gas pumps to nearby homes. The application came shortly after a deadly gas station explosion in Kentucky. The proposal was denied.

Mayor Joe Lockwood seemed concerned about the proposed new rules, which staff readily admitted would block any future businesses of the type on properties where they are currently zoned.

"If we were to pass this, we're really allowing possibly one convenience store in the city limits of Milton," said Lockwood. "I don't think it's right that we're sitting here ... eliminating a whole industry city-wide." He sees the issue as a "moot point" since, as currently zoned, there are only a few properties in the city big enough to house such a business.

City Manager Chris Lagerbloom noted that there are several properties within the city that could, in the future, hold these businesses. However, they would have to be rezoned, which would require they come before the council for permission.

Should the proposal pass, no convenience stores or service stations would be allowed in the city except for a handful of potential properties on Highway 9 in the south of the city. Several of the properties are owned by the Deerfield development on Windward, but the Deerfield covenants forbid any further development features on these stores.

Council & Staff Respond To Inquiry.

All:

On Tuesday evening, we heard from Council Member Longoria via email as well as City Manager Lagerbloom by phone.

Below you will find Mr. Longoria's response to our questions regarding the change to the ethics committee. Mr. Lagerbloom will have a response to us by mid day Wednesday.

While opinions on both responses will be varied, respect should be given due to the willingness to reach out to the Milton constituency and answer questions that impact their city. After all, communication tends to spawn understanding.

We would like to thank both of these gentlemen for the quick attention given to Accessmilton.com readers after the initial email was sent.

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
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FROM COUNCIL MEMBER JOE LONGORIA

Dear Tim,

As always, I welcome the questions raised by you regarding decisions and actions taken by the City Council. As a council member, I can speak to my role in these decisions. However, please understand that these comments are mine, and mine alone. I do not speak for the rest of the council.

The questions that you asked are important. However, I would like to point out that the specific subject related to these questions – the City’s code of Ethics and management of the Board of Ethics – has been discussed at length for the past 60 days. This issue was discussed by the city council at 2 work sessions, and was discussed again in detail at the September 8th board meeting. I know that you follow the council and the matters discussed by the council very closely. The topics of your questions were discussed, as well as many others, multiple times at each of these meetings.

All of this notwithstanding, here are my answers to your questions:

1. Why did council do away with the board?

a. The city council chose to redefine the makeup of the board, and provide additional clarification on the process of both filing complaints, and the ongoing handling of these complaints.
b. Continual improvement is an important part of any process. The steps taken by the council are just that, improvements to an existing process.


2. In consideration of the city budget, how can our government justify hiring attorneys for ethics tasks?

a. As we have recently witnessed, the processing and management of any ethics charge costs the city money. In the case of the most recent ethics charges, this cost was over $17,000. (And there may still be additional costs.) A good deal of this was related to legal fees.
b. Of course, there is no cost incurred unless an ethics charge is filed and processed by the city. This was and still is the case.
c. By using attorneys familiar with evidence, due process, and other laws germane to an ethics complaint, these complaints should be processed with greater speed and in less time than previous complaints.
d. The panel of attorneys will be paid a per diem amount, not an hourly amount. This amount has not been defined, but will commensurate with similar boards of this nature, examples of which will be researched by our City Clerk, and approved by the City Council.
e. With our previous system, the role of the city attorney was to provide support and guidance to the ethics board during the process. The change to a board comprised of knowledgeable attorneys will essentially eliminate involvement by the city attorney.
f. Based on the above factors, I believe that this new method will save the city money.


3. Was there a problem with the citizen ethics board and / or it's members? If so, what?

a. Every member of the previous Board of Ethics did an outstanding job. Each of the most recent members of the Ethics Board has my thanks for a job well done.
b. The council’s decision had nothing to do with the previous members of this board. I spoke with Ethics board chairperson Clint Johnson and my appointee, Gerry Stevens, prior to the vote to change the existing process. Both of these members agreed that this was a good step, an improvement that was welcome by both members.


I would also add that the City of Milton is not unlike other cities in Georgia who seek to provide a simple and transparent mechanism for dealing with ethics complaints. You posted an article written by Patrick Fox of the AJC that did an excellent job of discussing alternatives to the Citizen’s Panel. I believe that the changes enacted today by the City Council are good ones; changes that will serve the city if required.

Of course my hope is that the Ethics Board is something that the city will not need in the foreseeable future.

Thanks again for your questions. If you or any of the readers of AccessMilton.com would like to discuss this matter with me, I can be reached at the contact numbers below.

Thanks,

Joe Longoria
Council Member
District 5
City of Milton
770-634-0080 (M)
770-360-9940 (H)
678-891-4796 (W)

Post-Sept. 20 council meeting wrap-up.

ZONING AGENDA

1. ZM10-02 - A request by JSB Triangle, Inc., located on Morris Road and Bethany Bend, Hidden Forest Subdivision to modify 2002Z-105 and 2003ZM-067/2003VC- 0247 to modify Condition 2.a. (2003ZM-067) by deleting the November 18, 2003 site Plan currently referenced and substituting and placing in lieu thereof the site plan filed on June 30, 2010. To modify Condition 3.e. (2002Z-105) by reducing the minimum 50-foot perimeter principal building setback to 35 feet where the subject site adjoins property zoned AG-1 (Agricultural). (Agenda Item No. 10-1196) (Deferred on August 2, 2010)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)
Approved 7-0 with modifications

2. RZ10-04 - Approval to Amend the City of Milton Zoning Ordinance to Create a Required Distance for Convenience Stores and Service Stations from Residential Uses/Zoning Districts within the Northwest Fulton Overlay and State Route 9 Overlay Districts (Chapter 64 Division 5 and Chapter 64 Division 6). (Agenda Item No. 10-1212) (Administratively Deferred on August 16, 2010)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010)
(Work Session on September 13, 2010)
(Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)
Denied 6-1 with the condition the item will be discussed at the Nov. 8 City Council work session.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Approval of An Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Milton, to Establish the Code of Ethics for the City of Milton; to Further and Incorporate the Policies and Laws of the State of Georgia Relating to Ethical Standards; to Create the Board of Ethics and Provide for Board Membership, Duties, and Responsibilities; to Provide for the Disposition of Ethics Complaints; to Ensure Compliance with Ethical Standards; to Repeal Conflicting Provisions; to Provide for Severability; to Provide for an Effective Date; and for Other Purposes. (Agenda Item No. 10-1221)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)
Approved 7-0 with the following modifications: Attorneys can have no prior relationship with the City of Milton; Board will be made up of between nine and 15 attorneys.
2. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Adopt Amendments to the Fiscal 2010 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia Amending the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Amending the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations, and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available. (Agenda Item No. 10-1230)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)
Approved 7-0

Monday, September 20, 2010

Questions Regarding The Disbanding Of The Citizen's Ethics Board.

All:

The following was sent to the Milton City Council in addition to City Manager Chris Lagerbloom. As soon as we receive answers, they will be posted on Accessmilton.com.

From: tmenloe@aol.com

To: joe.lockwood@cityofmiltonga.us; joe.longoria@cityofmiltonga.us; alan.tart@cityofmiltonga.us; burt.hewitt@cityofmiltonga.us; bill.lusk@cityofmiltonga.us; julie.zahnerbailey@cityofmiltonga.us; karen.thurman@cityofmiltonga.us; chris.lagerbloom@cityofmiltonga.us

Sent: Mon, Sep 20, 2010 10:19 pm

Subject: Questions regarding Ethics board decision-respond before week's end please

All:

Regarding council's recent decision to dissolve the Milton Ethics Citizen's Board, we would like to ask a few questions. Answers will be posted on Accessmilton.com for citizens. Thank you in advance for your response:

1. Why did council do away with the board?

2. In consideration of the city budget, how can our government justify hiring attorneys for ethics tasks?

3. Was there a problem with the citizen ethics board and / or it's members? If so, what?

Any additional information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated to the taxpayers of Milton, Georgia.

Thank you for serving the city.

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
770 653 0552

Milton moves away from citizen ethics board.


By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Milton voted Monday to reconstitute its ethics board, replacing city residents with a pool of metro Atlanta attorneys.

The move follows the political drama surrounding an ethics investigation of former Councilwoman Tina D'Aversa, who lost her re-election bid last November. City officials, including Mayor Joe Lockwood, said at the time the investigation was riddled with politics and spurred the need for change.

The mayor and each of Milton's six City Council members selected the citizen's panel. It has handled five ethics complaints in its four years of existence. Only the complaint against D'Aversa deserved a full hearing. The other four were dismissed for lack of merit.

The new ordinance provides for the city to create a pool of from 9-15 non-resident attorneys who would serve on a three-member ethics panel as needed. The three attorneys would be paid a fee, approved by the city council, for each day spent on the tribunal.

How municipalities handle ethics cases runs the gamut, said Amy Henderson, spokeswoman for the Georgia Municipal Association. Cities struggle to remove the politics from these cases when they appoint ethics panels, she said.

Marietta, for example, has a three-member ethics board, one appointed by the mayor, another by the city council. The third is an attorney agreed to by both the mayor and council.

For two years, Snellville has wrangled over revisions to its ethics ordinance. They remain unresolved.

Macon, with a mayor and 15 council members, saw how politics could influence its first ethics ordinance passed in 2008. So the city council voted to channel ethics complaints to the municipal judge.

"I don't remember whether a citizens panel was debated," said Macon spokesman Andrew Blascovich. "I know one of the bigger issues was how politicized an ethics ordinance could become, especially when you get to election season."

Johns Creek, Milton's North Fulton neighbor which also incorporated in 2007, maintains a list of five non-local attorneys who would individually serve as an ethics hearing officer. In its four years as a city, no ethics charges have been filed.

Milton begins fall paving Sept. 27.

Portions of Hickory Flat, Thompson and Morris roads to be affected.

MILTON, GA., Sept. 20, 2010 - Milton will begin its fall paving schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 27, said Carter Lucas, Milton's director of Public Works.

Lucas said three roads will be affected: Hickory Flat Road from the Fulton County line to Birmingham Highway (Ga. 372); Thompson Road from Hopewell Road to Tabbystone Place; and Morris Road from Webb to McGinnis Ferry roads.
Click here for a map of the areas affected.

"Paving operations are expected to last approximately two weeks on each section depending on weather," said Lucas. "The project will begin on Hickory Flat, move to Thompson and finish on Morris."

The roads will remain open during the paving, but will be reduced to one travel lane. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible during the construction period, he said.
"But if you must drive through the construction zone, use extreme caution and please drive slowly," said Lucas.


These portions of Morris, Thompson and Hickory Flat roads are ranked No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the city's pavement management plan approved last year by City Council. The $1.121 million contract for the projects is to be carried out by Blount Construction Company.

Forsyth County Neighborhood Watch Information

The Sheriff’s Office has recently responded to several incidents where cars have been entered into and items stolen. We have seen many of these in the parking lots for the Greenway at Bethelview Road and at McFarland Parkway and some of our local parks where youth teams are playing and practicing. This has also happened in areas around us such as Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Suwannee.
In most of these instances, there was no “forced entry” into the vehicles, as they were left unlocked. However in several instances the windows were broken in, as items such as laptop computers and purses were left in the open on the front seat or console. You can avoid being a victim by locking your car doors and putting valuables in the trunk outside of view when out using the Parks and Greenway. Valuable items left out in the open are an invitation to criminals to force entry if necessary to get the items they can see.

These types of thefts, even if windows are broken in to gain entry, happen very fast and are very difficult to stop. The easiest way to prevent these incidents is by putting valuables in the trunk outside of view.

Be very observant of any suspicious activitity, such as people that are watching cars and people more than ballgames. Please call 911 immediately
If you do see suspicious activity and let us come check it out. For any other issues you can call the non emergency number into the 911 center at 770-781-3087. As always, Liason’s please call me with any issues or concerns at 678-513-5982


Respectfully,

Sgt Allan Frampton
Crime Prevention Unit
ajframpton@forsythco.com

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

Milton Ethics Board dissolved. City to hire attorneys to hear ethics complaints.

Details to follow.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The 9/11 Trucker.


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Friday, September 17, 2010

SWIFFER YOU!

71-Year-Old Beats Armed Intruder With Swiffer.

Courtesy
www.wyff4.com

-- A Spartanburg County man got rid of more than dirt Wednesday night as he was cleaning his home.

To view the video, click here=>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lke-l-HLSwQ

Deputies said 71-year-old Phillip Graham, of Tucker Road, was cleaning his kitchen just after 9 p.m. when a man dressed in black wearing a ski mask barged in the back door.

Graham said, "I had been in and out of the house several times, taking the garbage out to the barrel and putting some more in the can right by the back door. I stepped back in the house, didn't bother to lock the door because I wasn't sure whether I was through going in and out. By that time, this guy opened the door, stepped foot in my house."

The man, who was wearing a ski mask, appeared to have a pistol in his hand, Graham said.

Graham was armed too, but only with a Dustbuster in one hand and a Swiffer in the other.

"He told me to get down and I grabbed the Swiffer, started jabbing him with it and it broke off, so I still kept on jabbing,” Graham said. "I told him, 'You get out of my house, you sorry son of a bitch, I'll kill you.' I kept jabbing him and he backed out and ran to the back of the house and then across behind the house."
The gunman ran out the back door and across the back yard toward Staley Drive, deputies said.

No one was hurt, and nothing was taken from the home, deputies said.
Graham said his wife was in the shower during the whole altercation, and didn't know what was going on until she came out of the bathroom and found him on the phone to 911.

He said he thinks their house was chosen because the carport light was on.
Graham said he hopes his Swiffer defense made an impression.

Graham said, "Hopefully that will discourage some of these young bucks that people are not going to stand for them coming in your house uninvited -- let them know that not all of us are going to stand for them to bully us around."

Graham said next time, he won’t rely on his Swiffer. He said he plans to have his gun handy.

Bethany Green Neighborhood Yard Sale.

Located off of Bethany Bend and Bethany Church Road (540 Laurel Oaks Lane, Milton 30004) just across from North Park.

Friday and Saturday September 17th and 18th (8:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Furniture, toys, clothing, home décor, lots of interesting treasures, come early!!!!

On National Note...


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Wellesley, Massachusetts Public School Students: Taken to Mosque - Learn to Pray to Allah.

Property tax bills to be mailed Sept. 20.

Residents have 60 days to pay bill

MILTON, GA., Sept. 17, 2010 - The City of Milton will mail property tax bills Sept. 20, said Milton Finance Director Stacey Inglis. After receipt, residents have 60 days to pay the bill without incurring penalties.


"Recently, we've had a number of citizens ask when they will receive their city property tax bills, because they have already gotten their Fulton County tax bill," she said. "We wanted to make sure everyone knows they have not missed anything."

Inglis said Milton has recently switched its financial accounting software, which pushed back the billing cycle slightly. The switch has also disabled the city's online tax bill payment system.
"I do not have a timeline for when it will resume," said Inglis. "But I assure every citizen in Milton we are working very hard to get it back up and running as soon as possible."
In the meantime, residents still have three options available for paying their bill:
By phone: Call 678-242-2500 and ask for the Revenue Office.


By mail: 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107G, Milton, GA 30004. Please make check(s) payable to City of Milton. Mail both the tax stub and your check or money order.
In person: Finance Office: 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107G, Milton, GA 30004. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Acceptable forms of payment are check, money order, cashier's check, credit card (Visa/MasterCard/American Express and Discover) and cash (exact change only).
For more information, e-mail Revenue Administrator Honor Motes at
honor.motes@cityofmiltonga.us or call 678-242-2500.

The Power Of The Horse.


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Memory.


All:

While the citizens of Milton and visitors of Accessmilton.com do differ on issues every now and then, it is important to put such things aside during certain times; such as a loss of a loved one.

This past week, both the Moore and Wallace families lost loved ones.

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Thank you,

Tim Enloe

Accessmilton.com

Sept. 20 City Council meeting notice.

Monday, September 20, 2010 Regular Council Meeting Agenda 6:00 PM

INVOCATION - Mr. Roy Foster, Alpharetta First United Methodist Church.

CALL TO ORDER 1) ROLL CALL

2) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Led by the Mayor)
3) APPROVAL OF MEETING AGENDA (Add or remove items from the agenda)
(Agenda Item No. 10-1235)

4) PUBLIC COMMENT 5) CONSENT AGENDA 1. Approval of the August 23rd Special Called Meeting Minutes. (Agenda Item No. 10-1236) (Sudie Gordon, Interim City Clerk)

2. Approval of the September 8th, 2010 Regular Council Meeting Minutes. (Agenda Item No. 10-1237) (Sudie Gordon, Interim City Clerk)

3. Approval of Financial Statements for Period Ending August, 2010. (Agenda Item No. 10-1238) (Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)
4. Approval of an Agreement Between City of Milton and Bank of North Georgia to Initiate Debit and Credit Entries through the Automated Clearing House Network. (Agenda Item No. 10-1239) (Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

5. Approval of a Parks and Recreation Event License Agreement Between the City of Milton and Kolleen Riddick of CorePhysique to Offer Fitness Camp Classes at Bell Memorial Park. (Agenda Item No. 10-1240) (Cyndee Bonacci, Parks and Recreation Director)

6. Approval of a Revised Fee Schedule for the City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department. (Agenda Item No. 10-1241) (Cyndee Bonacci, Parks and Recreation Director)

7. Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Milton and Forsyth County for McGinnis Ferry Roadway Project. (Agenda Item No. 10-1242) (Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)

8. Approval of a Task Order with Street Smarts, Inc. for the Design of Intersection Improvements for Arnold Mill Road at New Providence Road in the Amount of $149,995.25. (Agenda Item No. 10-1243) (Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)

9. Approval of a Task Order with Street Smarts, Inc. for the Design of Intersection Improvements for Birmingham Highway at Providence Road in the Amount of $154,949.57. (Agenda Item No. 10-1244) (Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)

10. Approval of a Roundabout Support and Lighting Agreement with GDOT for the Intersection Improvement at Birmingham Highway and Providence Road. (Agenda Item No. 10-1245) (Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)

6) REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS (None)

7) FIRST PRESENTATION (None)

8) PUBLIC HEARINGS 1. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Adopt Amendments to the Fiscal 2010 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia Amending the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Amending the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations, and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available. (Agenda Item No. 10-1230) (First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

9) ZONING AGENDA
1. ZM10-02 - A request by JSB Triangle, Inc., located on Morris Road and Bethany Bend, Hidden Forest Subdivision to modify 2002Z-105 and 2003ZM-067/2003VC- 0247 to modify Condition 2.a. (2003ZM-067) by deleting the November 18, 2003 site Plan currently referenced and substituting and placing in lieu thereof the site plan filed on June 30, 2010. To modify Condition 3.e. (2002Z-105) by reducing the minimum 50-foot perimeter principal building setback to 35 feet where the subject site adjoins property zoned AG-1 (Agricultural). (Agenda Item No. 10-1196) (Deferred on August 2, 2010)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)
2. RZ10-04 - Approval to Amend the City of Milton Zoning Ordinance to Create a Required Distance for Convenience Stores and Service Stations from Residential Uses/Zoning Districts within the Northwest Fulton Overlay and State Route 9 Overlay Districts (Chapter 64 Division 5 and Chapter 64 Division 6). (Agenda Item No. 10-1212) (Administratively Deferred on August 16, 2010)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010)
(Work Session on September 13, 2010)
(Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)

10) UNFINISHED BUSINESS 3. Approval of An Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Milton, to Establish the Code of Ethics for the City of Milton; to Further and Incorporate the Policies and Laws of the State of Georgia Relating to Ethical Standards; to Create the Board of Ethics and Provide for Board Membership, Duties, and Responsibilities; to Provide for the Disposition of Ethics Complaints; to Ensure Compliance with Ethical Standards; to Repeal Conflicting Provisions; to Provide for Severability; to Provide for an Effective Date; and for Other Purposes. (Agenda Item No. 10-1221)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)
4. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Adopt Amendments to the Fiscal 2010 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia Amending the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Amending the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations, and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available. (Agenda Item No. 10-1230)
(First Presentation on September 8, 2010) (Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

11) NEW BUSINESS (None)
12) MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

13) STAFF REPORTS

14) EXECUTIVE SESSION (If needed)

15) ADJOURNMENT (Agenda Item No. 10-1246)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Know Your Milton; The Venomous Saddleback Caterpiller!


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All:

Fall is always a welcome sight as the year goes by. The nice temperatures along with the beautiful leaves and weather makes this season a popular one.

Unfortunately, another being likes the cool breeze as well: The Saddleback Caterpiller!

The saddleback caterpillar, Sibine stimulea, is the larva of a species of moth native to eastern North America. The species belongs to the family of slug caterpillars, Limacodidae. It is also known as the "packsaddle".

The caterpillars are primarily green with brown at either end, and a prominent, white-ringed brown dot in the center which resembles a saddle, hence the name. They feed on a large variety of plants, and the adults are dark brown, stout-bodied moths. In Florida, they are known to feed on ornamental palms such as the Adonidia merrilli (Christmas palm).

These caterpillars have a pair of fleshy "horns" at either end, and these, like much of the body, bear urticating hairs that secrete an irritating venom. Stings can be very painful. They can cause swelling, nausea, and leave a rash that can last for days. Individuals with sensitive skin are cautioned against coming into contact with them as the reaction can be more severe than the typical reaction.

In Milton, saddlebacks lay claim to any number of hardwoods; from maples to oaks. Bottom line is to be aware for both yourself and your loved ones. These caterpillers will sting worse than a hornet and multiple times!

Help Gizmo the Kitty Get Home!

GIZMO

Lost Tabby Cat! Goes by the name of Gizmo.

He was last seen on Providence Park Dr and Providence Rd on September 1st. This fine fellow weighs 13 lbs and is 10yrs old. He has brown with black stripes with an orange nose.

Gizmo has a bent left ear tip and missing 2 canine teeth (top and bottom on left side)

If you see Gizmo, please contact his parents at 770-544-9198 / Jcook30@comcast.net. Ask for Jason!

Thank you!

Milton Business Alliance Meeting This Thursday.

Hello Everyone, Just a reminder of our meeting thursday the 16th at Katy's carwash, 6pm. Katy's is located on Hwy 9 just north of Windward Pkwy, across the street from Walmart. Don't forget Brenda is offering a free carwash to all MBA members who come early. So show up and get your car cleaned. The new restaurant and member of the MBA, Scratch, will be catering. Brenda of Katy's carwash will be furnishing beer and wine and Tony Worley of It's My Party will be loaning us tables and chairs. The Chief of Police and some of Milton's finest will be there for you to meet. Our next meeting will be October 21st at Milton's Cocktails and Cuisines. Jan Jones, our State Rep will be there to give us an update of all that is going on with the state and county.

See you there, Lauren Holmes

Crossroads at Crabapple Festival to take place Oct. 2.

100-plus antique dealers and juried artists on hand.

MILTON, GA., Sept. 15, 2010 - It's that time of year again to stroll through beautiful, historic Crabapple on a cool fall day, taking in the wares of more than 100 antique dealers and juried artists from six states.

We're talking of course about the Crossroads at Crabapple Antiques and Art Festival, held Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Crabapple. A tradition since 1969, this one-day-only, rain or shine outdoor festival features thousands of antiques, accessories and unique pieces of art in all mediums.

Portions of sales benefit the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and many other non-profit organizations. Parking and admission are free.

For directions to the festival, click here.

"We get quite a crowd, so shoppers need to come early for the best buys," said festival organizer Sally Rich-Kolb. "We have thousands of antiques and accessories, from 19th century American Country to vintage/chic, pottery and old and new quilts. Plus, as always, we have the perfect find for someone searching out that unique piece of art or jewelry. There is just too much to list so you must come and see for yourself!"

Included in the festival are roaming musicians, a varied menu of food items, trolley rides and children's activities provided by the Goddard School from 2 to 4 p.m.

Children at the Goddard School must have one guardian with them at all times, said Rich-Kolb. While there the youngsters will be entertained by Captain Planet, music, magicians and a moon bounce.

Organizers recommend bringing cash or a checkbook, as about half the artists and dealers can not accommodate credit cards.

Please note: The City of Milton is a presenting sponsor of this event. It is not a city-run special event. For more information, go to www.crossroadsatcrabapplefestival.com or call 770-448-3860.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Runners, sponsors can apply for Milton Mayor's Run.


Courtesy Appen Newspapers

September 13, 2010 MILTON - Applications and sponsorship packets for the 2nd Annual Milton Mayor's Run, to be held 8 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Kohl's on Ga. 9, are now available at the City of Milton's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us.

This year's Milton Mayor's Run will begin and end at the Kohl's in the Deerfield Place shopping center at the corner of Ga. 9 and Deerfield Parkway, said Cyndee Bonacci, Milton's Director of Parks and Recreation. It includes a 5K race and 1K fun run.

Cost for participation is $20 if received before Oct. 11 and $25 after. That fee includes a quality, moisture-wicking T-shirt with the logo displayed below and plenty of food and fluids after the race.

Sponsorship levels include packages from $250 to $5,000 for title sponsors.

All funds raised by this event will directly benefit the Milton Parks and Recreation Department and its efforts to provide citizens with access to greenspaces, parks, trails, facilities and recreation programs and activities.

The 5K race will circle Deerfield Parkway, meaning it will be flat and fast.

Awards will go to the 5K Male and Female Open and Masters and to the top three finishers in the various age groups.

"The race will be a Peachtree qualifier, and the flat course means runners could post a very good time," said Bonacci. "We know there are a good number of avid runners in North Fulton, and we hope they will join us for this great community event."

For more information, contact Bonacci at 678-242-2489 or cyndee.bonacci@cityofmiltonga.us.You may also contact race organizer Pacesetters P.R. with questions by e-mailing pacesetr@bellsouth.net.

Studio One to One Offers In Home Personal Training Service.


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Have you tried in-home trainers before but felt they couldn’t offer you the “whole package” in terms of covering nutrition in addition to exercise? Well then this is the opportunity for you! All of our in-home programs will include an initial physio-graph (body composition analysis), meal plan, online food journal subscription, and ongoing physio-graphs in the studio every four weeks.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Time To Laugh.


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Painted horseshoes donated to Milton.

Students at Hopewell Middle School decorated horseshoes to be used throughout the city. Horseshoe decorating has become a yearly event for the students.

By Jonathan Copsey; Appen Newspapers

MILTON – Slowly but surely, the young city of Milton is gearing up programs and events that can properly be called "traditions." There's the Round Up, Mayor's Walk, numerous events at Crabapple. And now horseshoes.

The Eco Explorers club at Hopewell Middle School has, for the past two years, refurbished old horse shoes and decorated them to be given to the city as community decorations. Last year's crop of shoes still hang beside many of the office doors of city staff members.

"It was such a big deal, Ms. [Debra] Lajewski and I decided to do this on an annual basis," said Eco Explorers teacher Tina D'Aversa. Both D'Aversa and Lajewski help run the club.

According to D'Aversa, the club first got to thinking about the project by wanting to do something visible for the community.

"So many of our students are on horse farms or ride horses," D'Aversa explained. "We know about the fondness for our horses and the mustangs, the school mascot, so we thought 'let's use horseshoes.'"

"The goal is to be able to go around to the fire stations and make sure that they all have some that they can hang on their doors."

In true local folklore, if a hanging horse shoe is turned up, it catches luck; if it is turned down, it spreads the luck around.

With the idea in mind, the students collected used horse shoes from throughout Milton, cleaned them of the rust and dirt, then decorated them.

This year, 150 students took part during the final week of the last school year and set upon horseshoes donated by City Manager Chis Lagerbloom.

The latest batch of decorated horseshoes were presented to the city at a recent council meeting.

"The word of what we do has spread among the students," said D'Aversa. "I think we'll have more and more students want to decorate now."

Send Us Your Pet Pics!


All:

We are launching a new section on Accessmilton.com. This new arena will be very similar to the "Amber Alert" for lost or abducted children with some furry differences of course.

In Milton, it is not uncommon for residents to see "lost pet" signs on both street and stop signs.

With this free service, you will have a recent picture of your pet kept on file here with all owner information that you chose to make available to the public.

Hopefully, you will never need to use this information, but at least it is here on Accessmilton.com if you have to use it!

Email all pet photos and important information to; tmenloe@aol.com / subject line: "Pet Alert information."


Le Grande Fall Specials.


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Milton Lacrosse Needs Your Support.

If you have kids in school or if you have lived here in Milton for a while then you know how popular Lacrosse has become. It’s a great sport for both our boys and girls. The Boys Lacrosse team is in the middle of a fundraiser selling bails of pine straw. It’s that time of year when we spruce up our landscaping - you can do that AND help our Milton Youth at the same time.

Please print out the
Order Form and email kat1008@gmail.com to place your order and help a worthwhile, local cause.

Many thanks to Bob Stader of The North Group for bringing this to our attention.

Community Health Fair In Duluth!

Many thanks to Barbi Wood and our neighors to the East for inviting our citizens to this get together!

Everyone is invited to attend a Free Community Health Fair at Parkway Baptist Church, 5975 State Bridge Road, Duluth, GA 30097. There will be Free Wellness Screenings including Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar screening, Cholesterol screening, Vision and Hearing tests. Health education and cancer screening information from the American Cancer Society and a private meeting with a health care professional will be available. There will be free reading glasses if needed as well as fun activities for everyone – young and old! There will be moonwalks, cotton candy and snow cones and face painting.

Join us at Parkway Baptist Church on Saturday, October 2nd between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm.

Go to www.parkway-baptist.org for additional information.