Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Home Grown Pesticide Free Produce For Sale!


From a garden that once provided produce to the only grocery store in Alpharetta not too long ago, the time has gome again!

Stable Days Farm on Bethany Road now has home grown pesticide free vegetables for sale. From tomatoes to cucumbers to sunflowers, fresh choices are a plenty!

So stop on in at Stable Days Farm, grab some goods, and chat a while or give us a call at 770 653 0552!

Milton team rescues trapped horse.

Milton and Forsyth County fire crews managed to free a trapped horse from a muddy creek bed June 11. The horse was unharmed.

Forsyth, Milton free horse from ditch. Jonathan Copsey; The Milton Herald

June 17, 2014 FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Milton's horse rescue team was called out Wednesday, June 11 to help a stuck horse in Forsyth County.

The four-member crew was called to an area near Stablegate Court in Forsyth County after a report of a horse stuck in a muddy ditch.

A 28-year-old horse had fallen into a creek bed and, due to heavy rains, had become trapped in the mud. This only became worse when a tree branch fell on the animal. Milton Fire Battalion Chief Bill Bourn said the horse may have been stuck overnight.

"He had possibly lain there all night trying to get up and was physically exhausted," Bourn said. "And it was so muddy, he couldn't get his legs under him to stand up."

Firefighters from Milton and Forsyth County placed a harness around the animal and dragged him out of the mud 15 feet to the street, where he could get his footing.

"He was able to stand up on his own after that," Bourn said.

All told, it took about 30 minutes of work.

While many fire departments are trained in large animal rescue, Milton is one of the few departments in the region with equipment capable of helping horses and other large animals out of tight spaces.

Called "Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue," or TLAER, the prevalence of horses in Milton convinced the fire department to invest in horse rescue equipment.

Bourn said the TLAER crew could go months without a call and then get two in two days, but rain is a common factor.

"It presents more of a possibility for a horse to get in a predicament," he said.

Milton has a mutual aid agreement with surrounding cities to respond if they wish to such incidents.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Council honors Memorial Day Essay winner, finalist.

At its June 16 meeting, Milton’s City Council honored the winner and finalists of the 2014 Memorial Day Essay Contest.

Ashleigh Hays, center, a sixth grader at Hopewell Middle School, was the winner. Libby Povlot, a sixth grader at Hopewell Middle School, was also honored as a finalist. As part of her win, Hays read her essay, which you may see here, at the meeting.

Milton’s summer series involves movies, food trucks.

Courtesy Nicole Dow; Neighbor Newspapers

Friendship Community Park in Milton will be the site of an entertaining evening of activity Saturday as the city kicks off its Family, Fun, Flicks and Food Trucks summer series.

Now in its third year for an outdoor movie series, the city has enhanced the events with the addition of popular Atlanta food trucks.

“We’ll have two to three [food trucks] at each movie,” said Angela Thompson, Milton’s special events and projects manager.

The types of food trucks have yet to be announced, she said, adding that the crowd’s response to the first event will help determine what food trucks will be at future movie nights.

“We’re also going to have Olde Blind Dog’s food truck out there, which is amazing,” Thompson said. “I know a lot of our Milton residents will be really excited about that.”

The number of movies shown will be increased from two last year to three this year.

“Again this year they are throw-back movies,” Thompson said. “We decided to go with movies that were really well known from the ‘80s. There’s nothing much better than ‘Back to the Future,’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘The Princess Bride.’ Those are pretty good classics.”

The film Saturday will be “Back to the Future.” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will be screened July 12 and “The Princess Bride” will be shown Aug. 2. Each night, the event will kick off at 7 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk — about 9 p.m.

Thompson said attendees are encouraged to bring games, balls or Frisbees to entertain themselves before the movie begins.

“The venue’s beautiful,” she said. “The park was almost built to hold an event like this.”

Thompson estimated about 400 to 500 attendees will come out for each movie.

“The movies have been really well received every year,” she said. “We realized after our first year that when it gets dark and the movies start around 9 o’clock, it really makes more sense to turn the movies to a more mature crowd because it is rather late for children to be out when the movie’s not ending until 11 o’clock.”

While the movies are rated either PG or PG-13, Thompson encourages parents to learn about the subject matter and content of each movie before deciding whether to bring their young children to the events.

Summer is busy in the City of Milton.

Friday, May 30, 2014

I can’t believe its June already. The kids are out of school, vacations have started, the temperatures topping out in the 90s.

It seems like just a few weeks ago we were getting ready for Spring Break! Where does the time go? I guess it flies, though, when you’re as busy as we are in Milton this summer.

I mean, just look at this newsletter.

First off, we’ve got some of the most exciting news I think I’ll ever get to share as Mayor of City of Milton – we’re moving forward with our City Hall complex in Crabapple. Council recently secured $10 million in revenue bonds to help pay for City Hall, plus the Bell Memorial Park Expansion and the Court, Fire and Police Complex on Ga. 9. Soon we’ll have plans to share, meetings for residents to gather input – the whole nine yards. Until then, just keep an eye out and we’ll make sure to let you know everything we’ve got coming up with this exciting development.

Next we’ve got photos from our Memorial Day Ceremony. This year’s was our biggest yet, and it was the first one we’ve had at Freedom Park. What an experience. Take a look at the pictures if you weren’t able to make it out there.

Then we’ve got an exciting new blog from our conservation consultant, Milton resident Laurel Florio. She’ll write twice-monthly articles explaining important terms and concepts in the preservation of Milton as part of her “Destination Conservation” blog. I hope you enjoy it.

After that we’ve got our always popular Bulky Trash Day, then articles highlighting the hard work of our dedicated firefighters and our summer movie and food trucks series. This year we’re showing Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Princess Bride in June, July and August – complete with gourmet food trucks.

It should be the perfect summer event for the whole family in our beautiful and safe Friendship Park.

We follow that great news up with another Better Together business connection event – this time at Robeks Juice – tons of summer camp information, and lots of great community features. Just make sure you read all the way to the bottom to learn about our continuing roadwork and the grants MGG recently gave to local schools.

Like I said, it’s a busy summer here in Milton. I can’t wait to see you out in the community.

That’s it for this month. As always, I’ll close by saying your City Hall is always open to your concerns, questions and comments. Be sure to take some time this month to stop by and tell us what you think.


Mayor Joe Lockwood

Milton secures funding for City Hall, project to open 2017.

Courtesy City of Milton

Milton's City Council in late May approved the issuance of a $10 million revenue bond in order to fund City Hall in historic downtown Crabapple.

The bond means Milton taxpayers will not have to levy additional taxes or fees to build the municipal complex, set to open in April 2017, said Mayor Joe Lockwood. Plus, city funds will no longer be used to lease property taxpayers do not own - an important step to ensuring the most value for resident dollars.

"We're excited to not only be giving the residents of the City of Milton a beautiful, welcoming and functional City Hall complex - we're doing it without adding to their tax bills," said Lockwood. "With smart budgeting and judicious use of our yearly fund balance, we'll be able to bring these projects to fruition without the additional burden of more revenue from property taxes."

The City Hall complex, which will be located between Crabapple Road and the existing Braeburn development (click here to see a site rendering), is slated to include offices, council chambers, meeting areas for residents and a town green for expansion of special events in Crabapple.

Milton paid $900,000 for a little over two acres to be used in the project from the city's land acquisition budget after a unanimous City Council vote in February. Staff continues to negotiate on a small portion of land - about a third of an acre - expected to enhance the final project.

As plans for the project - crafted in house by City Architect Robert Buscemi to maximize savings to taxpayers -- become available, residents will be able to view them and chart the project's progress via the city's Web site and several anticipated public meetings.

The bond will also pay for the 2014-2015 expansion of Bell Memorial Park (for more information, click here) and the construction of a Court, Fire and Police Services complex on Ga. 9 expected to open in 2019.

For more information on the City Hall project, contact the City of Milton Community Development Department at 678-242-2500 or

Introducing Destination Conservation.

Courtesy City of Milton

Did you know Laurel Florio, a Milton resident and environmental law expert, has joined the City of Milton to help guide the city's land use plans?

Florio brings to the city decades of experience as consultant, legal counsel, land specialist and educator for a host of environmental protection organizations. Among that wealth of experience was six years as an attorney and land specialist for Memphis, Tenn.'s Ducks Unlimited, Inc. the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Every two weeks, Florio writes a blog for the City of Milton in which she discusses important terms and concepts for land owners who wish to conserve their property.

To read the blog, click here.

Florio joins the city's growing list of conservation efforts, including: International City and County Manager Association (ICMA) consultancy on innovative strategies for green space protection from the Leadership ICMA program; a six-month moratorium on rezoning applications across multiple residential districts in the city; and smart growth strategies like form-based coding, transfer of development rights and community-based master planning.

To contact Florio, e-mail or call 770-559-4025.

Flicks & Foodtrucks coming to Friendship Park.

What's better on a summer evening than a movie under the stars complete with dinner from a gourmet foodtruck? Nothing!

That's why the City of Milton is proud to present the "Family, Fun, Flicks & Foodtrucks" summer event series all summer long at Friendship Community Park in Crabapple (click here for directions).

All three films are free to the public, and gourmet foodtrucks will be on hand to complete the evening. Just come by, kick back and have a great time!

The events start at 7 p.m., and the films will be shown at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).

June 14: Back to the Future (click here for more information) July 12: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (click here for more information) August 2: The Princess Bride (click here for more information) For more information on this, or any of the City of Milton's other special events, contact Angela Thompson, special events and projects manager, at 678-242-2530 or

Learn the benefits of nutrition at Robeks June 20,

Courtesy City of Milton

Feeling sluggish? Weighed down? Maybe better nutrition - like healthy real fruit smoothies, freshly squeezed vegetable juices or wheatgrass -- is just what the doctor ordered.

If this sounds exciting, make sure you're at Milton's Robeks Juice Friday, June 20 when Better Together, the city's citizen volunteer committee, holds the second in its series of business connection events.

This free event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Robeks Juice's Milton location, 5250 Windward Parkway, Suite 113 (click here for directions). The entire community is invited, said Wayne Boston, community builder for the City of Milton.

"Our first event was an overwhelming success," he said. "We're looking forward to meeting residents interested in a healthy and active lifestyle."

At this second business connection event, Robeks Juice's experts will give residents the inside scoop on healthy nutrition and the benefits of eating well. Samples will be available for tasting.

Additionally, the first 20 attendees will receive a $10 gift card. There will be drawings every hour for a free smoothie each day for a month, and the first 50 people who attend will receive a mug or similar Robeks Juice gift.

Businesses in Milton are encouraged to contact Boston at 678-242-2512 or if they would be willing to host an event in order to introduce their particular product or service to our residents. Better Together will then work with the business to plan an event that will be educational, productive and enjoyable to all.

Better Together is a volunteer organization of Milton residents looking for unique and fun ways to connect with neighbors. If you would like more information on Better Together or any of its activities, please visit the group's Facebook page or contact Boston at 678-242-2512 or

Milton awards two environmental grants.

Pictured at Birmingham Falls Elementary School are, from left, Chris Lagerbloom, city manager of the City of Milton, Tresa Cheatham, assistant principal of Birmingham Falls, Jack Lindon, chairman of Milton Grows Green, Windy Bottoms, principal of Birmingham Falls, and Beth Brock, a fifth grade teacher at Birmingham Falls.

Courtesy City of Milton

As part of the Milton's Evergreen School program, the city recently awarded Birmingham Falls Elementary School and Cambridge High School each $500 grants to further their work in environmental education.

Birmingham Falls is using their grant funds to purchase supplies for a new Adopt a Stream initiative for fifth grade. Teachers and parent volunteers will be trained in biological and chemical water testing by a water department representative from Fulton County.

Educators will be able to assist the students in monitoring the water quality of a stream on the school's campus on an ongoing basis. This project ties in with the Fulton County STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and gives students an experiential learning environment to learn scientific methodology for testing water quality and recording data on a State of GA EPA website.

Additionally, some of the funds will be used for the installation of rain barrels in the school's courtyard area.

Cambridge High School was the other Milton school that received the environmental education grant.

To encourage the school to try and reduce the tremendous amount of paper, plastic and cardboard used, a grant was given to Cambridge to expand their classroom recycling program and to fund an organic garden.

For more information on Evergreen Schools, a no-cost program available to all public and private K-12 schools, please contact Cindy Eade, sustainability coordinator for the City of Milton at

Burn ban now in effect.

Milton Fire Marshal Matthew Marietta would like to remind the community the state's "burn ban" goes into effect Wednesday, May 1.

The ban, which is enacted because of dry conditions and environmental health regulations, is issued by the state Environmental Protection Division and covers Milton, the rest of Fulton County and a number of other surrounding counties. It lasts until Sept. 30.

The following types of open burning are banned:

Burning of leaves, tree limbs, or other yard wastes Burning of vegetative waste from land clearing Burning over of forest land by the owners of the land Please note: Outdoor fireplaces and other types of fire pits are allowed if constructed and located properly. If in doubt, contact the Prevention Bureau at 678-242-2541 or

Summer camp registration now open.

Crabapple Fest now taking vendor applications.

Crabapple Fest, Milton's long-running and popular art and antique festival, is now accepting vendor applications for the Oct. 4 event.

If you are interested in taking part in this time-honored tradition, click here to visit the newly constructed vendor portal built by festival partner Crabapple Community Association (CCA).

Organizers welcome 19th century American Country furniture, primitive antiques, shabby chic items and unique pieces of art in all mediums - oils, photography, jewelry, textiles, pottery and quilts. Spaces are limited, so apply early.

Once again the festival features kids and entertainment activities across Crabapple and Broadwell roads thanks to a partnership between CCA and the City of Milton.

Crabapple Fest will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique vendors, local juried artists and merchants from all over the Southeast will be on hand, in addition to loads of children's rides, games, a full day of entertainment and great local food.

Last year's event had more than 15,000 attendees, and was the biggest festival in Milton's modern history.

Vendor fees are tax deductible as the Crabapple Community Association is a chartered, non-profit organization. Proceeds benefit local community programs, scholarships and non-profit charities.

NWF donates trees to Milton.

More than 200 Milton residents, plus a Boy and Girl scout troop, were able to take home and plant seedlings in celebration of Earth Day thanks to the generous donation by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

How to Plant your Seedling Tree

1) Dig a round hole at least one foot in diameter. Make a small mound of soil in the bottom of hole. 2) Take the seedling from bag and spread the roots out in all directions, using the mound as a root support. Pull loose soil back over roots, filling the hole halfway. 3) Lightly tamp soil down or fill with water. Backfill the rest of the hole and tamp soil again or re-water. 4) Do not compact the soil by tamping wet soil. Soil compaction eliminates oxygen, which roots need to survive! 5) Be sure the seedling root collar (where it was planted in the nursery) is at the finished soil level. Watering is the best method to settle the soil, eliminate air pockets and provide moisture to the root system.

Care for your new trees

1) Water daily for first two months and then weekly for next 6 months 2) Add a tree protector (can be made from recycled soda bottle-2 liters) by cutting off the top and taping bottles (4 together) and placing over tree. Protect from deer or other animals for eating tree. Keep on tree for at least 2 years. 3) Mulch around tree to help keep soil wet. Do not mound soil as it can kill the tree roots. 4) Weed around tree or remove grass frequently.

Milton must continue achieving points each year to maintain its status of a NWF Community Wildlife Habitat, so we need your help. If you have not certified your home or business as a NWF Habitat, we encourage you to do so by going to the Web site:

Watering tips for drier months.

As we move into the hotter and sometimes drier summer months, here are some good tips from the UGA Extension Service (courtesy Milton Grows Green) for watering your lawn and plants that could help conserve water and keep your plants healthy.

Water deeply and less often: This practice helps develop a deeper supporting root system. Clay soils can be watered less frequently than sandy soils due to their ability to hold moisture.

Water no more than one inch per week per zone for turf and even less for established ornamentals: This practice is also designed to develop a deeper supporting root system.

Watering between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. is ideal: The plant material is naturally wet during this 12-hour time frame and extending this time of dampness makes the plant material more susceptible to diseases. Reduce plant disease by watering in evening or early morning. Get an irrigation checkup: Irrigation equipment is constantly improving to conserve water while meeting the landscapes needs. Watch for plant leaf curl: when leaves curl this is a good indication the plant is need of water.

Follow the UGA Extension Service on Twitter for up-to-the-minute sustainable landscape tips at

Milton PTSA announces scholarship winners.

Courtesy City of Milton

The Milton PTSA is pleased to announce its 2014 MHS PTSA Scholarship winners.

Congratulations to the following students:

Academic Winners of $1,000 MacKenzie Curtis Anna Mahr

General Scholarships of $500

Community Service: Annika Jonker Language Arts: Morgan Laketa Math: Kristin Fucito Media/Arts: Andrew Savas Musical Pursuits: Annika Jonker Performing Arts: MacKenzie Curtis Science: Kaley Desher Sports/Athletic: Dawson Kipniss

Roadwork continues in Milton.

Roadwork projects continue throughout the city in January.


Please note: All dates on roadwork projects are estimates and are based on weather conditions. Any road closures will be sporadic and announced well in advance.

Ga. 140 at New Providence Road

In July, CMES, Inc. began intersection improvements at Ga. 140 (Arnold Mill Road) and New Providence Road. Plans include redirecting the intersection approach, adding turn lanes and installing a traffic light.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) awarded the construction contract to CMES, Inc. in the amount of $1,161,626.92. The job is expected to last one year.

Ga. 372 at Providence Road/New Providence Road

In August, Bartow Paving Company, Inc. began intersection improvements at Ga. 372 (Birmingham Highway) and Providence and New Providence Roads. Plans include redirecting the intersection approach and installing a roundabout.

GDOT awarded the construction contract to Bartow Paving Company, Inc. in the amount of $2,576,297.45. The job is expected to last 18 months.

Hopewell Road at Francis and Cogburn roads In August, Baldwin Paving Company, Inc. also began intersection improvements at Hopewell Road at Cogburn and Francis roads. Plans include installing a roundabout.

The City of Milton awarded the construction contract to Baldwin Paving Company, Inc. in the amount of $786,606. The job is expected to last one year.

For more information on these projects, visit or contact Angie Kapijimpanga, citizen responder for the City of Milton, at 678-242-2562 or

Monthly new business report.

This list is compiled from business license records kept by the city's Finance Department. If a new business receives a license within the month proceeding the newsletter, it will be listed.

The appearance of a business on this page is not intended, nor should it be construed, as the City of Milton's or Milton City Council's endorsement, sanction, promotion or advertisement of any particular business. Identification of businesses on this list is for informational purposes only. Citizens interested in retaining or conducting business with any of the companies or agencies listed in this item should conduct their own review and investigation of that business.

Pretty Neat Interiors: 3580 Archgate Court The Spray Nurse: 13077 Region Trace Baustudio Salon: 12872 Highway 9 JMC Properties: 14792 Hopewell Road Ask: 2347 Milton Place Drive My Kinda Shirt, LLC: 19106 Deer Point Court Stag Home Improvement and Repair: 719 Glenover Drive I Like Dreaming, LLC: 12220 Birmingham Highway XYZ Home & Pool, Inc.: 115 Arabian Ave Sims Real Estate Holding, LLC: 12220 Birmingham Highway Sequoia Golf Manor, LLC: 15951 Manor Club Drive Orion Wellness, Inc.: 12540 Broadwell Road Paula Dunson Dressage, LLC: 14825 Taylor Road Georgia Life Settlements, LLC: 2550 Bethany Church Road Enercom Global, LLC: 12600 Deerfield Parkway GRZ Partners, LLC: 840 Foxhollow Run Ian Ordway: 14741 Birmingham highway Guardian Angels of Greater Atlanta, LLC: 15350 Laurel Grove Drive For a continually updated list of current businesses in Milton via the city's Web site, click here.