To The Editor:

The Game On! Capital Campaign would like to thank our Dunwoody High School families, our feeder school families, our alumni and our wonderful community for donating the funds needed to “light up the field.”

We especially want to thank the Dunwoody Crier for helping us spread the word by including several “letters to the editor” and a front page article about  our Community Pep Rally and Ribbon Cutting.  Our donations started to rise significantly after Carol Gaultney’s “letter to the editor” was printed.  We were overjoyed while watching our donation  dollars consistently rise over the  next several weeks of continual support from the Dunwoody Crier!  I have to say,  printed news is still alive in Dunwoody, Ga.

Together everyone made a difference by raising more than $80,000 in less than 30 days. As I think back on the Game On Capital Campaign journey over the last four years, I realize we have achieved not only capital improvements, but we have also seen our wonderful community pull together for a common cause. We are very blessed to live in such a vibrant community that invests in our youth.

We are not done yet!  As soon as we know the installation date for the lights, we will let you know.  We are still working diligently to raise funds to light up the softball field, add concessions, bathrooms, and complementing everything with bleachers for the home side.

For more information about the Game On! Capital Campaign please visit our website:

Thank you again Dunwoody for stepping up for our youth.  We are proud to be a part of the Dunwoody community.

Wildcat Pride and Game On!

Melissa Humphries

Capital Campaign Chair

To the Editor:

Has anyone had their Labor Day holiday cookout interrupted by a neighbor’s landscaping company initiating a cacophonous cantata of dueling blowers, mowers and chain saws? Many of us usually just tolerate the bad manners and avoid confronting our neighbors about their choice of using Sundays and holidays to have their lawns maintained.

Well there is something you can do, and do it confidentially. Many are unaware of the Dunwoody Code of Ordinances, which contains a Chapter that governs Prohibited Noises (Chapter 18, Article II, Section 18).

This ordinance prohibits professional landscapers or construction companies from operating machinery and causing loud or annoying noise levels during Sundays and major holidays. Also there are rules governing weekday hours as well.

These ordinances are enforced by the police department, therefore, the correct procedure to follow is to dial 9-1-1 and report the location and you can remain anonymous. The police will visit the address, talk to the homeowner and contractors, and file a report. The police can either give a warning or levy a fine to both the homeowner and the contractor.

I would also suggest that all homeowners should advise their landscapers of this ordinance so that the company will not be subject to possible license checks and scrutiny of their employee’s immigration status via the e-Verify system.

Michael Dendinger

To the Editor:

We had a great summer at the Dunwoody Nature Center! The dust has (literally) settled from the first phase of construction projects which enhance our park, all programming and the visitor experience.

The Nature Center’s new main entrance and driveway were completed in partnership with DeKalb County Schools and will be shared with the new Austin Elementary School. We now have 60 spaces dedicated for Nature Center visitors, more than three times the spaces previously available.

On August 29, the Nature Center celebrated the official grand opening of the North Woods Pavilion, an 1,800 s.f. facility tucked away in the northeast corner of the. Funded in part by the City of Dunwoody, the North Woods Pavilion is the product of a strong public/private partnership between the Nature Center and the city. It is available for the community to rent for special events

Despite the temporary mess and some creative scheduling of summer programs and events, construction at the Nature Center did not hinder its ability to provide a jam-packed season of quality learning and cultural experiences for the Dunwoody community.

• For the sixth consecutive year, the Nature Center’s summer camps were at maximum capacity, drawing 1,073 attendees both at the park and in partnership with the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area at Island Ford.

• A record 4,500+ people attended the annual Butterfly Festival at the park to witness the butterflies and to participate in games, crafts and educational discovery stations.

• Thousands of attendees enjoyed the Nature Center’s Summer Concert Series (brought to you by the City of Dunwoody) and the lineup of six bands that kept the Meadow jamming all summer long.

• The Nature Center is partnering for a second year with Found Stages to present a six-month “Wine & Reading Series” of new plays by nationally known playwrights who call Atlanta home. The series has drawn hundreds of attendees to date. There are two remaining readings in the series being held in the North Woods Pavilion, which will run on the first Sunday of October and November.

• The Nature Center’s Free First Saturdays program, presented by Northside Hospital, runs year-round and presents a family-friendly, engaging program based on a special theme on the first Saturday of the month.

The Nature Center is honored to be a valued resource and amenity for the Dunwoody community and treasured as a place for learning, inspiration, solitude and relaxation. Come see us in the park to enjoy the recent improvements, and we hope that you’ll attend one of the many events being offered this fall! For more information, visit

Catherine Lautenbacher

Board President