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Food for Thought Project Reminder

We first shared about this new organization that we are super excited about, Food for Thought, back in June.  I know many of you signed up to receive your “orange bag” (including me).  Actually, it was really awesome to watch how excited many of you were – signing up right away, sharing with your friends, and starting your shopping trips!

The first pick up, since we signed up, is just a week & a half away – Saturday, August 13th.  Simply set your orange bag (filled with all your non-perishable items) out on your front porch on the day of pick up.  Volunteers with Food for Thought will pick your bag up & replace it wit

Cumming Resident Awarded 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award

Cumming Resident Awarded 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award
Cumming resident, one of only 25 winners nationwide, honored with award

CUMMING, Ga.  (Aug. 3, 2011) – Chick-fil-A® Founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy selects Cumming resident McKenzie Reeves from more than 1,500 candidates to receive the 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award which is given to only 25 restaurant team members each year.

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Food for Thought Project Reminder

We first shared about this new organization that we are super excited about, Food for Thought, back in June.  I know many of you signed up to receive your “orange bag” (including me).  Actually, it was really awesome to watch how excited many of you were – signing up right away, sharing with your friends, and starting your shopping trips!

The first pick up, since we signed up, is just a week & a half away – Saturday, August 13th.  Simply set your orange bag (filled with all your non-perishable items) out on your front porch on the day of pick up.  Volunteers with Food for Thought will pick your bag up & replace it wit

Atlanta Pastry Chef Alex Hwang named Best in Nation

Atlanta Pastry Chef Alex Hwang named Best in Nation

Cumming, GA --  It was brought to our attention that Alex Hwang of Cumming has just been named the 2011 Pastry Chef of the year.  Hwang is the assistant pastry chef at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta.

Alex Hwang was given the national award and $5000 following a national competition in Dallas, TX last week.

“It feels awesome to be the Pastry Chef of the Year,” said Hwang. “I will always remember this as one of the greatest achievements of my life.”

The ACF Pastry Chef of the Year award was established in 2004, and recognizes a pastry chef who displays a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field and has helped educate others by sharing skills and knowledge. Four finalists from each ACF region competed at the national convention after first being nominated by colleagues and then winning their respective regional competition.

Newly Released Book Shows How Sports Can Improve Any Company's Bottom Line

Newly Released Book Shows How Sports Can Improve Any Company's Bottom Line

 From football, basketball, and hockey to bowling, fishing, and golf – sports of any kind have valuable lessons that can carry over into a person’s business life for positive results. Author Jeffrey Plucker, in his book The Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel uses facts, statistics, strategies, quotes, and information from the world of sports, and translates them into effective approaches any business can implement for improving their sales and bottom line.

In his book, Plucker offers advice like: “Play Your Position. Someone has to block, someone has to run, someone has to pass. You don’t want your quarterback playing middle linebacker. You don’t want your sales person editing contracts. Make sure you have all your employees doing what they are experts at and not other people’s jobs.” And… “Reel them in. Closing is like fishing. Once you have a client hooked, you still don’t have them in the boat.

Successful Book Signing at Barnes & Noble for Local 10-Year-Old Author

Successful Book Signing at Barnes & Noble for Local 10-Year-Old Author

Fans of ten-year-old Cumming author, Sarah Voskamp, had a chance to meet the young author at Barnes & Noble at The Avenue on Tuesday, July 26th. Along with signing copies of her book, the author talked with hopeful young writers, giving them insight into what it takes to write and publish a book. "Never give up on your own ideas and dreams," she advised.

Even the Chick-Fil-A Cow took time from her busy schedule to support Sarah, and sit down for a brief chat.

Local 10-year-old author to make appearance at Barnes & Noble

Local 10-year-old author to make appearance at Barnes & Noble

During the school year, young author Sarah Voskamp who believes that “You don’t have to be big to do big things,” is a sought-after speaker in elementary schools throughout North Georgia and Ontario, Canada. Since her book, Filly Girls, was first published in December of 2010, Voskamp’s popularity among seven to twelve year olds has steadily grown. Now Voskamp will be making an appearance and signing and selling her book at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at The Avenue in Cumming on Tuesday, July 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The book is about three horseback-riding best friends who learn what it takes to go after their dreams and then live with the outcome, even though it might not be what they expected. According to Publisher Terri Leidich, of Boutique of Quality Books Publishing Company, “Sarah’s main character, Ellie Kerhage, is a precocious, rather spoiled twelve-year-old girl who is used to getting her way.