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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent "technician" that offers "quick" solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won't cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Milton for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin
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As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you're looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Milton are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It's just the way we do business!
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Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn't defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Milton is so important - to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home's locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

Re-Keying Services

Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

New Lock Installation

New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it's time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we're done, we'll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

High-Security Lock Installation

High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you're interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

Access Control System Installation

Access Control System Installation

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses' assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Milton install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it's too late - your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it's always better to be proactive about your businesses' security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

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Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Milton:

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Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

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Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses' locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it's always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

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Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

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Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses' roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

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Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses' locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

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Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

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ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock's grade:

  • Strength Cycles - How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational - This refers to a door's ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security - The effectiveness of the lock's security
  • Material - What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish - Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today's day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you're worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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Scratch closes in Milton after 12 years in business

MILTON, Ga. — All mother-daughter team Kelley and Samantha Hughes wanted when they opened Scratch Fresh in Milton more than a decade ago was for their customers to feel comfortable and at home.So, on May 1, when they saw their little breakfast and lunch restaurant fill up one last time with loyal customers, Samantha said she was reminded they had accomplished their goal and more.“We just wanted everybody to feel that they could come in and not have to worry about whatever was outside of those doors,” Samantha ...

MILTON, Ga. — All mother-daughter team Kelley and Samantha Hughes wanted when they opened Scratch Fresh in Milton more than a decade ago was for their customers to feel comfortable and at home.

So, on May 1, when they saw their little breakfast and lunch restaurant fill up one last time with loyal customers, Samantha said she was reminded they had accomplished their goal and more.

“We just wanted everybody to feel that they could come in and not have to worry about whatever was outside of those doors,” Samantha said. “And that’s kind of what we stuck with. We started making lots and lots of friends. As our customer base grew, they became more than just customers. They became our very close friends, and we’re still very close to them to this day.”

Samantha said they made the tough decision to close Scratch after struggling for several months to keep up with rising food costs and staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another factor, Samantha said, was her father, Toby’s, declining health.

“It was time for us to, unfortunately, close it, so we could be with him,” Samantha said in a phone interview on May 4.

Kelley and Samantha bought Scratch in January 2011. Samantha said her parents moved to the area in the late 1980s and both she and her sister grew up in a house just off Mayfield Road in Alpharetta. Her dad, a master plumber, already had a large customer base from years of working in the community when they decided to go into the restaurant business.

“Alpharetta started getting bigger and bigger, and we gained a bigger following and more friends,” Samantha said. “So, we just grew organically. It wasn’t something that we had planned on. It being that we didn’t realize, honestly, how big of a community impact we and Scratch had until this final week. The community really came out and showed us a lot of support.”

Scratch’s customers, including City of Milton and City of Alpharetta first responders, showed up in droves May 1 to bid the Hughes farewell.

One customer, Tom George, had been going to Scratch for more than 11 years. Samantha said he and his wife are like family.

“The Milton/Alpharetta community lost an iconic presence,” George stated in a letter to the Herald. “It is an awful shame. … I started out as ‘Grumpy Tom’ but grew out of it. My wife Kim and I can legitimately count the entire Hughes family and their staff, notably Leah Gatti and Jazmine Shah, as close personal friends. Heck, Leah even made the trek to D.C. to attend our wedding! They are all way more than simply people that served us food.”

George stated he enjoyed Scratch because of its “country feel,” complete with a sign above the registers with the words, “I love you more than biscuits and gravy.” He recalls that when it opened, Scratch started out as a burgers, biscuits and shakes place in the Windward Way shopping strip across from Walmart and soon evolved into a full menu breakfast and lunch, made-to-order restaurant.

His personal favorite, George stated, was Kelley’s pot roast sandwich.

“In the early years, Scratch had this endearing way of delivering your food,” George stated. “When the order was ready, they would shout your name out to the restaurant and deliver it to the raised hand. As I said, everybody knew your name, literally.”

George stated customers could barely get through the doors on the Saturday and Sunday before the restaurant closed.

“It is clear they knew they were losing something special,” George stated. “I know that to be true. ... The following 11 years has seen tumultuous personal change. … And now, I have lost my favorite haunt. I feel that pain with a great sense of personal loss. … Taped on the front door is an open letter from Kelley and Sam. It thanks us for ‘12 years of love and support from our community and customers.’ Right back at you ladies. Right back at you.”

Samantha said she was flabbergasted to see just how much people cared about them and their business.

“It’s easy to get stuck in the day in and day out of things, and sometimes you forget why you started,” Samantha said. “But Kelley and I were quickly reminded this past week of why we’ve done what we’ve done and that’s strictly because of the friendships that we have made.”

Moving forward, Samantha said they’re letting God take the wheel and lead them where they need to go. While they have no plans at the moment, Samantha said she and Kelley hope to take a couple of vacations with their families, as they have taken about three in the past 12 years.

“Right now, we’re just focusing on our family and what comes next is in God’s hands,” Samantha said.

‘We like to grow NFL backs here:’ Georgia football poised to get even more out of its running backs in 2022

Georgia’s rushing attack was good in 2021. When it needed to pick up yards, whether it be late in games against Clemson or Alabama, it proved capable of doing so. But great would not be a word used to describe Georgia’s ability to run the ball last season.If things work out the way they might in 2022, there’s a real chance Georgia may once again have a great rushing attack on the offensive side of the ball.Talent in the running back room was not the issue last year, as we saw James Cook and Zamir White both ge...

Georgia’s rushing attack was good in 2021. When it needed to pick up yards, whether it be late in games against Clemson or Alabama, it proved capable of doing so. But great would not be a word used to describe Georgia’s ability to run the ball last season.

If things work out the way they might in 2022, there’s a real chance Georgia may once again have a great rushing attack on the offensive side of the ball.

Talent in the running back room was not the issue last year, as we saw James Cook and Zamir White both get drafted in last month’s NFL draft.

Yet with Kendall Milton and Kenny McIntosh returning, there might not be the same level of drop-off at the position compared to say that of linebacker, where Georgia also had multiple players drafted.

Consider the recent praise McIntosh received from Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, who tabbed the versatile senior as a breakout candidate.

McIntosh has already shown he can be an effective pass-catcher while adding in the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. While he may not have the straight-line speed that Cook possessed, Georgia has already shown it can get McIntosh the ball in a variety of ways.

Both McIntosh and Milton had impressive receptions in Georgia’s spring game, as both had 30-yard receptions on the afternoon.

“I thought Kenny caught a nice play on a wheel route, so did Kendall. In college football you become a weapon by how you receive the ball out of the backfield,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after the spring game. “They want to grow with that. They want to be able to showcase their talents catching the ball out of the backfield. That’s what the NFL asks about.”

That Milton looked so fluid catching the ball out of the backfield — he scored on a 32-yard reception that also showcased his impressive balance and physicality — should be another welcome sign for Georgia.

The junior running back is the more physical of the two running backs, due in part to his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame. He’ll be expected to earn the hard yards that White did a season ago.

For Milton, the biggest key to success for the upcoming season will be staying on the field. He’s suffered an MCL injury in each of the past two seasons, preventing him from helping the team in the month of November. Both injuries likely have more to do with poor luck than anything else, but Milton will still need to prove this year that he can stay on the field for every game.

The final piece of the puzzle as to why Georgia may have more productive seasons from its running backs comes from the guys blocking for them. Georgia’s offensive line last season, much like its running game, was good yet not great. The Bulldogs averaged 5.26 yards per carry last season, an improvement over the 2019 and 2020 seasons but still less than that of the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.

Injuries played a part in how the offensive line performed last season. Jamaree Salyer, Tate Ratledge and Warren Ericson all missed time last season due to injury, while Sedrick Van Pran spent much of the second half of the season playing with an injured wrist.

Those injuries may have ended up benefiting this team. It gave players such as Broderick Jones and Xavier Truss a chance to get more first-team reps than they normally would’ve. Now Jones is the obvious starting left tackle for Georgia.

The Bulldogs do still have to figure out the offensive guard position as Ericson, Ratledge, Truss and Devin Willock are all competing to start. But Georgia and new offensive line coach Stacey Searles potentially have four players who could start at either of the two positions. That’s a rare luxury in the modern age of college football.

In the last five NFL drafts, Georgia has had five running backs taken. Running backs Dell McGee clearly knows what he is doing. And with some small tweaks — be it an improved offensive line, better injury luck for Milton or a higher usage rate for McIntosh — Georgia seems poised to once again maximize the talents of its running backs.

“We like to grow NFL backs here, so to do that you’ve got to use them in the passing game,” Smart said.

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Taste Of Alpharetta To Shut Down Streets On Thursday

The Taste of Alpharetta returns on Thursday, and with it multiple streets will be closed in Downtown Alpharetta.ALPHARETTA, GA — Motorists who travel through Downtown Alpharetta are being warned to plan on taking different routes on Thursday, May 12 as Ga. 9 and other roads will be closed due to one of the community's largest festivals, the Taste of Alpharetta. With some road closures beginning as early as 7:30 a.m., the City of Alpharetta is advising anyone who is not attending the event or who does not live or work in or nea...

The Taste of Alpharetta returns on Thursday, and with it multiple streets will be closed in Downtown Alpharetta.

ALPHARETTA, GA — Motorists who travel through Downtown Alpharetta are being warned to plan on taking different routes on Thursday, May 12 as Ga. 9 and other roads will be closed due to one of the community's largest festivals, the Taste of Alpharetta. With some road closures beginning as early as 7:30 a.m., the City of Alpharetta is advising anyone who is not attending the event or who does not live or work in or near Downtown Alpharetta to avoid the area.

The Taste of Alpharetta is one of the largest events of its type in the southeast and has routinely drawn crowds of 40,000 to 50,000 for the single-day event. Because the event took a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are expecting an even larger crowd this year and have expanded the event footprint to encompass most of Downtown Alpharetta.

"The crowds for the Taste of Alpharetta have continued to grow, so we had planned to expand the area we dedicate the event," said Morgan Rodgers, director of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Services for the City of Alpharetta. "That was before everyone spent the last two years cooped-up, and what we have seen with our first few events this year is that attendance has been higher. Folks are hungry to get outside to enjoy the community, spend time with friends and neighbors, and have fun at events, again."

To better accommodate the expected crowd, Rodgers and his team have spread out the event to encompass most of Downtown Alpharetta, which means spanning Ga. 9 which bisects the area.

"Because of where key parking areas are located, we were already seeing a lot of pedestrians crossing State Route 9 during the Taste of Alpharetta," Rodgers said. "That was creating a lot of safety concerns and was pretty much making vehicular traffic grind to a halt, so plans were already being made to close State Route 9 during the event. With the road closed, it just made sense to spread the event out a bit."

In all, nine roads will be closed for the event.

The following roads will have complete closures from 5 a.m. on May 12 until 5 a.m. on May 13

Motorists are encouraged to use Westside Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road as their primary north/south alternative travel route and to connect with east/west roadways such as Old Milton Parkway, Windward Parkway, and Academy Street.

This year's festival features more than 60 local restaurants sampling a variety of delicious appetizers, entrées and desserts. In addition, guests can enjoy live music on three stages, the Dave and Buster's Beer & Wine Garden and the Sun Tech Pools family "Fun Zone" with children's activities.

The festival access is free and guests can purchase food tickets at Taste of Alpharetta – 10 tickets for $5 or 45 tickets for $20.

For more information about the Taste of Alpharetta, visit online.

USA Lacrosse High School Girls' Players of the Week

The USA Lacrosse Players of the Week recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school girls’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage.MK Lescault, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.)MK Lescault had a very good week for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. It’s the latest in what has been a spectacular career. The Johns Hopkins commit had nine goals in a 17-11 win over S...

The USA Lacrosse Players of the Week recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school girls’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage.

MK Lescault, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.)

MK Lescault had a very good week for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. It’s the latest in what has been a spectacular career. The Johns Hopkins commit had nine goals in a 17-11 win over Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) and followed that with a four-goal performance in a 14-3 victory over Shenendehowa (N.Y.).

That increases Lescault’s season total to 92 goals and 27 assists and 237 goals and 119 assists in a career that didn’t include a freshman season canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Also notable: Ella Blesi, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.); Mary Gotsch, New Rochelle (N.Y.); Chloe Humphrey, Darien (Conn.); Emma Muchnick, Suffern (N.Y.); Eva Pronti, Victor (N.Y.); Delaney Radin, Long Beach (N.Y.)

— Dylan Butler

Natalie Shurtleff, St. Paul’s (Md.)

The junior midfielder scored five goals in the first half as St. Paul’s took a 12-3 lead into halftime of their 15-7 win over Glenelg Country (Md.) in the IAAM A Conference championship May 13. That performance stood in stark contrast to their first meeting with Glenelg – their only loss of the season – in which Shurtleff didn’t make it through the first half after being disqualified with a pair of yellow cards. The Clemson commit also had six goals in the Gators’ 13-9 semifinal win over McDonogh (Md.) to set up the rematch with Glenelg for the crown. It’s the second straight IAAM A Conference title for the Gators.

Also notable: Mackenzie Clark, Methacton (Pa.); Jamie Collender, Mercy (Md.); Alexis Hobson, Wissahickon (Pa.); Emma Kennedy, Glenelg High (Md.); Teagan Kocaj, Oak Knoll (N.J.); Paris Masaracchia, Bishop Shanahan (Pa.); Madeleine Rudolph, Good Counsel (Md.); Ella Webb, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.)

— Justin Feil

Anna Mellinger, Milton (Ga.)

Anna Mellinger stepped up in the biggest games of the season. The freshman scored a team-leading four goals in the state championship game against Creekview (Ga.) to lead Milton to its fifth straight state title. Mellinger also assisted the game winner in the championship. Mellinger also had two goals and an assist in the state semifinal victory against Walton (Ga.).

Also notable: Lexi Mullahy, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.); Maeve Simonds, Milton (Ga.)

— Justin Boggs

Grace Curry, New Trier (Ill.)

The Trevians senior helped lift her team to victory against a game University School of Milwaukee squad with four goals and an assist. Not that four goals is rare for Curry. She notched the same total against one of Michigan's top teams, Rockford, and had a goal and three assists against Evanston (Ill.).

Also notable: Abby Cole, New Albany (Ohio); Maeve Dwyer, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Maggie Farragher, Evanston (Ill.); Allie Hartnett, Jackson (Ohio); Molly Janssen, University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.); Adrienne Leone, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Ellie McClelland, New Albany (Ohio); Grace Tuttle, University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.)

— Jonah Rosenblum

Elena Torres, Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)

The senior closed out her high school career in dominant fashion, tallying five goals and one assist to power Foothill to a second straight CIF Southern Section championship. The Knight beat Santa Margarita (Calif.) 18-9 in the final Friday and Torres also added two groundballs and one caused turnover to contribute on the defensive end. She finished the season with 71 goals over 22 games and is headed to Villanova in the fall.

Also notable: Chelsea Cho, Mercer Island (Wash.); Luca DeMaio, La Jolla (Calif.); Courtney Havel, Lake Oswego (Ore.); Cami Johnson, Fairview (Colo.); Tess Osburn, Valor Christian (Colo.)

— Laurel Pfahler

Milton City Council Mulls Roundabout Programs, Lighting, Landscaping

Milton's City Council recently discussed roundabouts, including a possible "adopt-a-roundabout" program, lighting and landscaping.MILTON, GA — Milton's City Council offered direction Monday night on two items related to roundabouts: one for landscaping and lighting at Freemanville and Birmingham roads, the other potentially launching an "adopt-a-roundabout" program.The roundabout items were the final two in the Work Session. The first related to a proposal to create an "adopt-a-roundabout" ...

Milton's City Council recently discussed roundabouts, including a possible "adopt-a-roundabout" program, lighting and landscaping.

MILTON, GA — Milton's City Council offered direction Monday night on two items related to roundabouts: one for landscaping and lighting at Freemanville and Birmingham roads, the other potentially launching an "adopt-a-roundabout" program.

The roundabout items were the final two in the Work Session. The first related to a proposal to create an "adopt-a-roundabout" program in the same spirit of the "adopt-a-roundabout" program in which volunteers from civic organizations, school groups, families and businesses clean up debris along Milton roadways.

An objective in Milton's Strategic Plan calls for exploring the creation of an "adopt-a-roundabout" program "for citizens to further beautify roundabouts around the city." Monday's presentation was an opportunity to delve into key parameters for such a program, pose pertinent questions, and get the city council's feedback.

Public Works Director Sara Leaders said that her department would oversee such a program, just as it handles the planning, installation, and maintenance of roundabout plantings and potentially art already. Milton currently has seven roundabouts on local roads and three on state routes, with three more roundabouts in the works.

Leaders recommended that, if this program is adopted, there should be certain special requirements for "adopting" a center island for safety reasons as well as requiring the city to sign off on the removal of any existing plantings or items and, similarly, the addition of anything new.

There was also discussion as to whether members of the public could participate or if only professionals, namely landscapers, should participate.

Council members and city staff had an exchange of ideas that ended with general support for such a program, even with the acknowledgement that many details still need to be ironed out.

Right after that concluded, City Engineering Project Manager Rob Del-Ross laid out a proposal for the landscaping and lighting around a roundabout at Freemanville and Birmingham roads.

This plan called for minimal lighting requirements, as specified by the Georgia Department of Transportation, to meet safety needs and in line with most of Milton's other roundabouts. Del-Ross also laid out a landscaping plan including a mound in the center, native plantings, and an oak tree in the middle.

The Council seemed open to the lighting plan. Members Jan Jacobus and Paul Moore expressed a preference for artwork in the middle of the island rather than the oak tree, with Moore saying that equestrian-themed art could be especially fitting given the horse farms in the immediate vicinity.

The city council is next scheduled to convene at a Meeting on April 25.

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