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Free Press 7-26-12

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Frazer Center seeks to take historicalstone bridge into its second century
ome of the statelystructures in the DruidHills area that a centuryago were homes of some of Atlanta’s most affluent fami-lies now house non-profit or-ganizations. The Frazer Cen-ter—“an inclusive commu-nity where people at levels of ability and disability gather,learn and flourish together,”according to its website—isone such organization.Among the fixtures thatremain from the days whenthe mansion on Ponce deLeon was the estate of 
Ca-tor Woolford
, co-founder of Equifax, is a nearly100-year-old stone bridgelocated along the main drive-way of the center near theentrance for the Cator Wool-ford Gardens.The bridge, built in the1920s when there was verylittle automobile traffic, has been called “a marvel of en-gineering from that era.”“It has borne the weightof vehicles for which it wasnot designed and has enduredthat burden well for most of its life due to its solid con-struction. Recently, however,load tests revealed that ve-hicles weighing in excess of four tons threaten the integ-rity of the bridge and thus itssafety,” states a news releasefrom the center.A retrofit is proposedto increase the bridge’sload-bearing capacity whilemaintaining its historicalcharacter. “It was a purpose-ful decision by the [Frazer Center] board to seek a solu-tion that was in keeping withthe historical character of theDruid Hills neighborhood,”said
, exec-utive director of The Frazer Center.The Frazer Center Boardis hoping to finance the project through a recentlyawarded $100,000 challengegrant to help address criti-cal infrastructure issues onthe [Frazer Center] grounds.It is, however a challengegrant. The anonymous donor,described as life-long friendof the center, pledged the giftwith the hope that membersof the surrounding neigh- borhoods, including LakeClaire, Druid Hills and Can-dler Park, would be inspiredto help the center raise theadditional $50,000 needed tocomplete the project.“We have already re-ceived almost $8,000 in giftsand pledges toward this ef-fort,” Haythorn said. “Wehave every expectation thatwe will meet our goal beforethe summer ends.” He notedthat the center has hired de-signers and engineers for the project.“The preliminary draw-ings and project design willleave the exterior of the bridge looking almost ex-actly as it has for the pastcentury, but the structurewill be reinforced in a waythat will provide safe accessto the center for generationsto come,” he added. Final plans for the bridge designwill be posted on the center’swebsite when they are com- plete.This solution will allowthe center to redirect mostof the large vehicles thatcurrently access the cen-ter through the residentialstreets of Lake Claire to theentrance on South Ponce deLeon Avenue.“We know this is a sub-stantial goal,”
Eric Schro-eder
, Lake Claire residentand newly elected Frazer Center board chairman, saidof the financial target “butwe see this as more than justthe repair of a bridge. It isabout improving the qualityof life throughout the neigh- borhood.”The Frazer Center’s 39-acre campus, which includesthe Frazer Forest and theCator Woolford Gardens, isopen and accessible to the public daily. People fromthe surrounding communityoften spend time on the cen-ter’s grounds as though itwere a public park—walkingand biking on the varioustrails, picnicking in the gar-dens, and holding neighbor-hood meetings, according toofficials at the center.“We are so fortunateto live near a place that benefits our neighborhoodthrough wise stewardship of its campus and its 39-acreold-growth forest and publicgardens,” said
Dan White
,longtime resident of LakeClaire. “I call it the ‘lungs of Lake Claire.’”Visit www.thefrazercent-er.org for more informationabout how to donate to thechallenge.
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
f the three candidates running for DeKalb County chief executive of-
Jerome Edmondson
was aloneonstage during a July 12 question-and-answer forum.CEO candidate
Gregory Adams
, who isthe pastor of True Church of God in Christ inAustell, was at the forum for a while but hadto leave early to preach at his church.Incumbent CEO
Burrell Ellis
had a prior engagement. He
was participating in a specialtown hall meeting sponsored by several fra-ternities and sororities.Responding to a question from
Bill Crane
,forum moderator and columnist for 
about uniting north and southDeKalb residents, Edmondson said the divide between the two parts of the county is “not a perception; it’s real.”
Forum features county candidates
Jerome Edmondson, one of three candidates for DeKalb County CEO, was the only CEO candidate who participatedin a question-and-answer session during a July 12 forum. Edmonson brought a manipulated photo of current CEOBurrell Ellis in a soapbox car, as he criticized a project touted by Ellis. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Candidates on Page 17A
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 27, 2012
South River attractscurious canoers
Once you know, there’sonly one place to go.
Perhaps you’ve been running all over town to save a little bit here anda little bit there. When all the time, you could save just as much at Publix,and enjoy the shopping experience, too. So relax—we’ve got you covered.Go to publix.com/save right now to make plans to save this week.
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
Twenty-ve people donned life jackets and boarded
11 canoes and two kayaks for a six-mile, four-hour tripon the South River July 21.Winding through south DeKalb from the Panola
Shoals trailhead near Snapnger Road to Panola Moun
-tain State Park, the trip was sponsored by the SouthRiver Watershed Alliance (SRWA) and Arabia MountainHeritage Area Alliance.“We want to explore the beauty of the nature andwonders of the ecosystem,” said
Maceo Rogers
of De-catur, before the trip.During the river trip species of birds were identi-
ed, including Canada geese, mallards, herons, turkeyvultures, red-shouldered hawks, belted Kingshers,
Carolina chickadees and white-eyed vireo.“I’m not sure how many people who live in southDeKalb are familiar with the river and know what it of-fers,” Rogers said.Rogers, who has been in DeKalb since 1986, said the
trip was his rst time experiencing the river.
Part of SRWA’s “Beyond the Bridge” project, theriver trips “will allow greater awareness of what’s herethe more the word gets out,” Rogers said.Participants in the trip, which was the second of three planned outings, included representatives from the
See South River on Page 9A
River enthusiasts and curious rst-time canoers took a trip down south DeKalb’s South River as part of aproject by the South River Watershed Alliance to increase awareness of the waterway. Photos by Andrew
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 27, 2012
Going, going, gone
 by Gale Horton Gaygale@dekalbchamp.comOne came seeking merchandise for anonline business. Another was in searchof an anniversary gift. And several otherswere hoping to walk away with true bargains.These were just some of the attendees atthe July 18 auction at Friends of DisabledAdults & Children’s (FODAC) warehousefacility on Lewis Road in Stone Mountain.FODAC operates a thrift store at the locationand needed to auction items to make room for other donations.The charity “provides $9 million each year in equipment and services to the community atlittle or no cost to the recipients,” according toits brochure.The auction included new items still in boxes—many in bulk—and gently as well asmuch-used items, including televisions, charm bracelets, a rocking chair, mirrors, a woodentrunk, plastic water bottles, hand-paintedornaments and wine glasses. No one was more joyous at outbidding thecompetition than Stone Mountain resident
Carolyn Stokes,
who shouted and gave a
victorious st pump after securing a three
coveted pieces. Stokes, who is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary with husband
 in November, is redoing their bedroom. Shesaid she found a bedroom set at a furniturestore but the dresser was $600. Stokes saidthe vintage wood dresser she purchased atFODAC would be stained and its knobschanged and would go along perfectly withthe other pieces she planned to buy from thefurniture store. In all, Stokes paid $270 for awooden bench, bookshelf and dresser at theauction.Asked how he felt about his wife’s winning bids, Mike Stokes shrugged and said, “I’m justthe moving man.”
Pat Ethridge
of Conyers, a FODACvolunteer, was thrilled that she got a child’s bed resembling a racing car for $45 for her 3-year-old grandson.
Winston Campbell
of Decatur picked up aWurlitzer organ for $25 for his grandchildren.Several people used their cellphones prior to the start of the auction to consult with othersabout potential purchases.“OK, well I am not going to bid on it,” saidone woman while on her cellphone. “If youare not sure, I don’t want to have somethingyou don’t want.”A Lawrenceville resident named
,who wouldn’t give his last name, meticulouslychecked stacks of boxes and told someoneover the phone about the contents.“These are adorable,” he said.Dave, who ended up the winning bidder for several lots of goods, said he was seekingitems to sell online and that he came tothe event because FODAC has “qualitymerchandise.”
Scott Schwartz
, a member of FODAC’s
 Acion bings in ollas, clas spac
See Auction on Page 9A
Auctioneer Amy Martin gets the action going while potential bidders and auctioneer and FODAC board
member Scott Schwartz, second from left, look on. Photos by Gale Horton GayA winning bid of $30 secured this bench for Carolyn Stokes.Bidders ashed cards to indicate their bids.

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