Hello, Readers.


I’m trying to hold onto summer, but all this talk of back-to-school is fading my freckles. I have one daughter starting college (Albion College, Michigan) and one son who is a sophomore in high school. I’m excited for them, but the school supplies are getting more expensive!

Putting this issue together, I learned so much about the host of schools in our neighborhoods. Please DO note that I take every opportunity to feature our local public schools but for this story, most school offices were closed when we were gathering information. 

Still, I know you’ll enjoy reading about the many fun first day traditions for students and families and the various fundraising projects planned for the coming school year. Please feel free to continue the dialogue about supporting our students on our Facebook page by posting your school’s events and fundraisers. And, feel free to use our pages as your bulletin board (that’s what Around Town is for!) to tell your neighbors about how they can help support your worthwhile efforts. Use our calendar to promote your school, church and group’s community events. Email me or go to our website to submit your information. Educate us!

Now, go pack that lunch and sharpen those pencils.


In my endeavor to hold tight to that summer feeling, I picked up a few things for my year-around beach bag.

• Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil smells like summer –  spray it on after a swim and let it work its magic. Available at VanMichael Salon, 39 West Paces Ferry Rd NW.

This cool flask holds your skipper’s favorite spike.

Sun Bum Suncream SPF 50 and lip balm. The suncream consistency is easy to use, yet protective. The balm doesn’t get goopy in warm temps.

• The YETI Hopper™ 20 carries 12 cans or a few bottles of wine, a dip and some veggies.

All available at Mountain High Outfitters, 1248 B West Paces Ferry Road.