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Features 30 Full House Chris and Chuck Keith grow their family

In Every Issue

through adoptions.

Around Walton.......................... 6 Celebrations............................ 12

42 Joy of Giving Lisa Malice’s money-wise lesson on

36 & 37 On the Cover

Mimosa Salon Spa: Left to right, Owner Ghina Dandan and Miss Georgia United States 2012 Elizabeth Nix. Photo by Dan Carmody, Studio 7.

Community Calendar............... 29

family philanthropy

Everyday Angels...................... 34

44 Cheerleaders Keeping Raider fans motivated!

Houses of Worship.................. 60

48 WHS Homecoming Parade School spirit was evident at this year’s

School Information.................. 64

Clubs & Organizations.............. 62

Community Numbers.............. 66 Humane Society...................... 69

Homecoming. A digital version of the magazine, along with information on how to contact us, submit a story or photo, or advertise is available at www.aroundaboutwalton.com.

Elected Officials....................... 70

56 Actors Blake & Cade Jones Local brothers find work as actors.

Classifieds............................... 71 Advertiser Directory................ 72

Contributing Writers

Joan Steigerwald is the Market Manager for Around Walton. She can be reached at (770) 615-3311 or joan@ aroundaboutlocalmedia.com 2

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Judson Adamson.............................19

Sen. Judson Hill...............................14

Claudia Aguirre................................46

Kara Kiefer.......................................33

Peter Allen......................................20

Lynne Lysaght...................... 30, 50, 56

Barbara Ballard...............................41

Lisa Malice......................................42

Mary-Kathryn Boler.........................24

Zett Quinn.......................................22

Nora Borne......................................38

Dr. Chris Rechter .............................39

Thomas Button................................52

Doug Rohan.....................................16

Dr. Cristi Cheek................................40

Porter Scogin...................................26

Ben Clark.........................................18

Margot Swann.................................32

Dr. Justin Fierro ...............................39

Scott Sweeney.................................51

Jennifer Jarosick..............................28

Bryant Wright..................................58

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Around Walton

Our Community Board

Your Community, Your Magazine in East Cobb

Publisher

Doug Rohan is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC. Doug can be reached at doug@rohanlawpc.com.

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Kara Kiefer kara@aroundaboutmagazines.com, (770) 615-3309

Title Editor

Dr. Cristi Cheek is a dentist and owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C. Dr. Cheek can be reached at dr.cheek@cheekdental.com.

Lynne Lysaght lynne@aroundaboutmagazines.com, (770) 615-3306

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Joan Steigerwald joan@aroundaboutlocalmedia.com, (770) 615-3311

Caroline Whaley is the past President of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and serves on the boards of five nonprofit organizations. Caroline can be reached at caroline.whaley@ gmail.com. Judy McNeill — Judy is the Principal at Walton High School. Judy can be reached at (770) 5783225, x229.

Digital Marketing Director

James Ball james@aroundaboutmagazines.com, (770) 615-3310 Around Walton is a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Walton area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free by mail to approximately 14,900 homes and businesses and 1,600 in racks throughout the Walton community.

Judson Adamson — Judson is a 24-year veteran of the Atlanta Real Estate Industry. Judson can be reached at (770) 240-2001.

Around Walton welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 20th of the preceding month.

Dawn Reed — Dawn Reed is a Certified Senior Advisor and the owner of Aloha To Senior Solutions Consulting. Dawn can be reached at dawn@alohatoseniors.com.

The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Walton is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher.

Mary Stephens — Mary currently serves as Media Director for Right From The Heart Ministries. Mary can be reached at (678) 388-1862. Zett Quinn — Zett is the owner and founder of Quality Craftsmen. Zett can be reached at (404) 4837446.

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AROUND WALTON by Lynne Lysaght

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Walton

This fall has been glorious with cool mornings and evenings and plenty of warmth in between! The weather has allowed us to enjoy Sunday Fundays in East Cobb Park, the many 5K races that raised funds for worthy causes, fall festivals, apple picking and pumpkin selecting. But now, the heat is on, and our skin, lips and noses are drying out (or running with colds). At this time Lynne is the Editor of year, we have the opportunity to be of Around Walton thankful for all that we are blessed with magazine. She in our community, our country and our lives in the Walton community with her earth. I am thankful for so many things, husband Martin and but particularly this year I am thankful their three sons Kyle, that the election is over and our elected Logan and Camden. officials can turn their attention back to helping the country recover from the hardships that so many of us face these days. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoying your family traditions or maybe starting some new ones.

What’s New?

The Bar Method Studio opened in Merchant’s Walk at 1289 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 440. The bar method integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body. The studio is running a new client special — 30 days of unlimited classes for $100. For more information and to review the schedule and reserve online, visit atlantaeastcobb.barmethod.com or contact by email at melscuba@ bellsouth.net. Petco opened in the Woodlawn Shopping Center at 1100 Johnson Ferry Road. The store carries pet food and pet products, including indoor containment solutions, dog beds, cat furniture, fish tanks, auto travel accessories, small animal homes and safety products. This location offers full service grooming and dog training. For more information, call (770) 321-3449 or visit petco.com. Lizard Thicket is a women’s clothing and accessory store that opened in Merchant’s Walk at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 520. The store’s mission is to provide the latest fashionforward styles at great prices. The store carries limited quantities with new merchandise arriving daily to help keep its customers’ wardrobes unique. For more information, visitshoplizardthicket.com.

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Relax and Wax, an authentic Brazilian wax and skin care salon, opened in the Merchants Exchange Shopping Center at 4400 Roswell Road, Suite 150. The salon offers services to both men and women, including waxing, skin care, permanent makeup and LPG Endermologie, the science of cellular stimulation. For more information, call (770) 575-4253 or visit relaxandwaxatlanta.com. The Queen’s Pantry opened in Merchant’s Walk at 4235 Merchant’s Walk Drive in the shops to the right of Whole Foods. The store’s goal is to provide the best British and Commonwealth foods and gifts. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 — 3 p.m. Owner Samantha Garmon said, “Come by if you fancy a cup of tea!” For more information, call (678) 483-0900 or visit thequeenspantry.com.

What’s Moved?

Erik Klein, DDS has moved his East Cobb office from the Providence Square Shopping Center to a nearby new location at 4200 Providence Road, close to the Advanced Auto Parts store. Dr. Klein’s practice includes preventative, general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. For more information, visit myeastcobbdentist.com or call (770) 579-6400.

What’s Celebrating?

Bookmiser, a new and used bookstore, is celebrating 14 years in business. Annell and Jim Gerson, founders and owners of Bookmiser, opened their first store in 1998. Today, they have two locations, serving Roswell at 4651 Sandy Plains Road and East Cobb at 3822 Roswell Road. For more information, visit bookmiser.net.

What’s Coming?

Zett Quinn of Quality Craftsmen will host a television show titled “The Home Helpers with Zett Quinn” that will feature top-quality Atlanta contractors and local suppliers. Each weekly episode will feature six to eight Atlanta-area projects across a variety of topics, from kitchen and bath remodels to plumbing, siding, flooring and windows. Saturday, November 17 from 8 - 9 a.m. on Peachtree TV. Visit thehomehelpers.tv for more information.

What’s Closed?

Chepe’s Mexican Grill Restaurant located in the Woodlawn Square Shopping Center at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road has closed. Chepe’s has another location nearby at 3052 Shallowford Road, Suite 104, (770) 971-1171. TCBY located in the East Cobb Crossing Shopping Center at 4305 Roswell Road closed.

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What’s Happening in Walton... Rohan Law, PC Sponsors Team for Make-a-Wish® 5K

Communities in Schools Looking for Volunteers to Read

At the recent Cobb County 5K that was held to benefit Make-a-Wish® Georgia, Doug Rohan and Rohan Law, PC sponsored a team of 52 runners for the race. All money raised will be used to help grant the wishes of local children with life threatening medical conditions. Several Make-aWish® children were on hand for the race and helped hand Slade Casey accepts his award from Make-a-Wish® out awards at child, Michael the end. The Rohan Law team had a number of runners that placed in the top three of their age group including Amanda Myers, Ryan Daniels, top Rohan finisher Brian Harris, Slade Casey while pushing a double stroller, Danny Downing, Megan Reeder, and Tatiana Fernandez. Slade Casey received his award from seven-year-old Michael, who suffers from Spina Bifida and whose wish is to go on a Disney Cruise to meet Jack Sparrow. For more information about Make-a-Wish® Georgia, visit Georgia.wish.org.

Communities In Schools Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC), a local non-profit located off of the Historic Marietta Square, facilitates the Georgia Literacy Connection Tutorial Program, which allows community volunteers the chance to read weekly with students. CISMCC also partners with local bookstores and donors to get more high quality children’s books into the hands of young readers. Communities In Schools serves Brumby Elementary School in East Cobb and is looking for volunteers for the literacy program. Cason Wilson, Intern with CISMCC, said, “How incredible would it be to foster a love of reading for the first time in a student? Especially a student who has not yet begun the journey from literacy struggles to the lifelong rewards of great books!” If you would like more information regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact Meghan Wilson at the CISMCC office at mwilson@cismcc.org or (678) 503-0901.

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Local Resident Edits Financial Planner’s Book Local resident Michelle Hutchinson of Wordhelper.com recently had the opportunity to be the editor of Dear Kate: Reflections On Risk and Rewards After The Storm written by Brad Fortier. New Orleans resident and Certified Financial Planner™, Brad would prefer not to think about returning to a home destroyed by flood waters and witnessing the death of a dear friend in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But those events changed his perspective on investing, parenting, and so many other important issues in life and drove him to write Dear Kate: Reflections On Risk and Rewards After The Storm. Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr. Harry Markowitz called Dear Kate “inspirational” and said, “Between its covers, you will find wisdom about life in general and financial planning in particular.” The book is available from Joy of Living Publishing.

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What’s Happening in Walton... Cobb Chamber Names New Senior Vice President of Membership Division The Cobb Chamber of Commerce recently announced East Cobb resident Sharon Mason as its Senior Vice President of the Membership Division. Sharon was promoted from Vice President of Membership after fulfilling several roles within the membership division since joining the Chamber’s staff in 2007. Sharon also is active in several volunteer roles within the community, including currently serving as the president of the Friends for East Cobb Park as well as a 2012 silent auction co-chair of the American Cancer Society Swordsman’s Ball. In addition, she was in the 2012 Leadership Cobb class and on the planning team for the 2012 Summer of Blue Skies Music Festival which will benefit Blue Skies Ministries. She and her husband Mike have been married for almost 10 years and live in East Cobb with their four-year-old daughter Addilyn (Addy) Mason. They are active members at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and volunteer together as preschool teachers.

Outdoor Burning Restrictions Open burning is allowed October 1 – April 30 of each year in Cobb County. During this time, residents may burn limited yard debris including leaves, pine straw, and small limbs. Some restrictions for burning yard debris include: • Burning must be attended by an adult who is watching the fire at all times. Never leave a fire unattended. • A water hose long enough to reach the fire must be on hand and ready to use if needed. • Yard debris fires must be at least 50 feet from all structures, including fences, limbs no more than 6 inches in diameter, and piles not larger than 6 feet by 6 feet and must be at least 25 feet from the roadway. • Fire must be fully extinguished at least one hour before sunset. • Burning for the purpose of land clearing using an air curtain destructor also is allowed by permit during this time. During the burning period, fire officials may prohibit burning when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make burning hazardous. For more information regarding permits, penalties, and fines, visit cobbcounty.org/fire.

New Senior Wellness Center The state-of-the-art Senior Wellness Center has been in the planning for more than seven years and boasts some of the best amenities for seniors in the region. Features include a weight room with free weights, cardio equipment, treadmills, a rowing machine, and more. A fitness studio with a sprung-wood floor will be the location for Pilates, yoga, tai chi, stretching, chair and other exercise classes. In the art studio, seniors will be able to paint with acrylics, oils, and watercolors and work with clay. The modern classrooms are an excellent place for health-related classes and seminars presented by heath care professionals. Computers in the lobby are the perfect place to check email and Skype with the grandchildren. The Center also features a dinner theater with a stage and dance area to encourage the formation of dance and acting troupes. The teaching kitchen provides a unique opportunity for seniors to learn to make healthier meals, cook for one, or even learn to navigate the kitchen for the first time. While visiting the Center, seniors will be able to enjoy a continental breakfast, snack, or a delicious, healthy lunch with friends in the restaurant-style café. The café is run by Senior Connections, a non-profit organization committed to helping older adults maintain their level of independence. Additionally, a patio offers diners the opportunity to take advantage of Georgia’s beautiful sunny days. The Center is located at 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta. For more information, call (770) 528-5355 or visit cobbseniors.org. 10

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Local Chiropractor Hosts Doctors Conference Berner Family Chiropractic recently hosted its Bi-Annual Structural Correction Conference for doctors and students from around the world. Doctors who have practiced in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Korea, Japan, Mexico, and Costa Rica attended to learn about the new methods of Structural Corrective work that Dr. Berner currently uses in his practice. Berner Family Chiropractic uses this higher level of technology, specifically video x-ray and flat panel DR digital x-ray. While most traditional chiropractic approaches involve manual palpation and/or standard x-ray, the conference curriculum focused on how to use real-time video x-ray to evaluate and correct structural conditions that can lead to secondary issues such as lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder tightness, and migraines. Plans are underway for the May 2013 conference. For more information, visit www.bernerchiro.com.

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Happy Birthday!

Shanley Jordan Age 10 on October 20 Happy Birthday! Love, Skylar and Mommy

Katie Outz Celebrating November 3 Happy Birthday!

Kris Kollias Age 13 on November 3 Happy Birthday! Love, Mama, Dad and Tommy

Makenzie Dixon Age 13 on November 8 We love you! Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy, Daddy and Riley

Sarah Wilson Celebrating November 9 Happy Birthday!!!

Kaleb Hotnog Age 7 on November 11 Happy B-day, Kaleb! I thank God for sending me a son like you. Love, Mommy

Brian Cuthrell Celebrating on November 11 Happy Birthday! With love from Jeanne, Alexander, Karli, Olivia and Reecie

Andrew Gothard Holman Age 5 on November 19 Son of Patrick and Grania and brother of SethPatrick, Trinity, Ireland, John-Hall and Patricia

Jack Clayton Age 13 on November 19 Happy Birthday, Jack-Jack! You are finally a teenager! We love you so MUCH! Mom, Dad, Jordan, Jason, Peyton, Eli, Tip and Baby Girl

Francis Condon Age 19 on November 22 Happy Birthday Francis! Love, Mom, Dad, Kelsey, Candace and Evan

Frank Condon Age 53 on November 22 Happy Birthday! Love, Therese, Kelsey, Francis, Candace, and Evan

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Candace Condon “Sweet 16” on December 3 Happy Birthday Candace! Love, Mom, Dad, Kelsey, Francis, and Evan

Evan Condon Age 13 on December 16 Happy Birthday “E”! Love, Mom, Dad, Kelsey, Francis, and Candace

Olivia Garrett (right) Age 12 on November 20 Elise Garrett (left) Age 5 on November 21 Happy Birthday to our beautiful girls! Love, Mom and Dad

Anniversary

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Linda and Ed Balch Celebrating 40 years on November 12 Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Jeannette and Steve Horton Celebrating 32 years on November 17 Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Frank and Therese Condon Celebrating 23 years on December 2 Happy Anniversary!

Birth Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free! E-mail photo and caption to: lynne@aroundaboutmagazines.com. December deadline is November 20. Georgianna Ruth Jarosick Born September 27 Daughter of Martin and Jennifer Jarosick Sister of Elizabeth, Trey, and Susan

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Please continue to send in your stories and photos, the content of this magazine is 100 percent reader-driven and advertiser supported. We welcome your feedback and suggestions! We are the only magazine in the area to be directly mailed to everyone in the Walton school district (14,900 homes and businesses, a distribution map is provided on page 67). Additionally 1,600 magazines are placed in racks at strategic locations around East Cobb, see page 71 for rack locations. Editorial: lynne@aroundaboutmagazines.com Advertising: joan@aroundaboutlocalmedia.com

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Why Georgia? by State Senator Judson Hill

Sen. Judson Hill serves as Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. He represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. He may be reached by phone at (404) 6560150 or by email at judson.hill@senate. ga.gov.

The question, “So, where are you from?” inevitably comes up in conversations every time I travel out of state. When I respond with “Georgia,” nine times out of ten my newfound friend will respond with a laundry list of businesses tied to our great state. Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, UPS, and Home Depot are among the most prominent to call Georgia home, and these Fortune 500 companies certainly bring with them a wealth of investment and opportunity. However, our state is also home to hundreds of thousands of midsize and small businesses that keep local communities well and thriving. The start of the 2013 legislative session is just two months away and many important issues will be up for discussion. Bills concerning transportation, hospital provider fees, and the budget are likely to take center stage, but we must also continue to champion legislation that provides strong incentives for business growth.

Georgia is consistently ranked high as a top state for business expansion and relocation. Our state has seen a remarkable upward trend in economic growth since 2009. In particular, the number of jobs and investments generated by international companies operating in Georgia is very encouraging in a down global economy. The Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development recently reported that 403 company expansions or relocations during FY 2012 created 28,776 jobs and produced $5.97 billion in investments. These numbers not only provide a positive indicator of economic recovery, but they are a testament to the stability and attractiveness of Georgia’s business climate. These statistics are good news, but we can’t take a break now. We need to continue the push to bring new industries and opportunities to our state. We also need to keep existing businesses IN business. Our state has already taken proactive steps to drive innovation, reduce business costs, and cultivate an environment that is right for economic success. The Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, a program created by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, has spent a great deal of time gathering information from statewide business leaders and government officials about how to leverage our assets and solidify our reputation as a top state

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for business. The work performed by this Initiative has allowed our state to create a long-term strategy to ensure the success of all businesses in Georgia, from Fortune 500 companies to small storefronts. Why are companies with deep-seeded roots in other states so eager to move operations to Georgia, and what factors keep homegrown businesses in our state? • Tax incentives. Georgia offers a low corporate tax rate of six percent coupled with a single-factor tax rate. Many manufacturing operations are now benefiting from the tax reform package passed earlier this year by the General Assembly, and businesses can also earn tax credits on equipment expenses, inventory, movie production, and overall infrastructure. • A skilled workforce. Employers have reported that it is not hard to find applicants for open jobs, but it is difficult to find applicants with the skills and knowledge needed for the position. Georgia has made work force training programs a priority and has created a deep pool of skilled workers at the ready for expanding businesses. Georgia is home to nearly 90 accredited colleges, universities, and technical schools which graduate a combined total of 50,000 students annually. Two of these institutions, Southern Polytechnic State University and Kennesaw State University, are right here near District 32. • Quick access to international transportation hubs. In May, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opened a new terminal for international flights. This created the ability to expand current flight options to 75 countries and 150 U.S. cities. Georgia is also home to two deep-water ports, allowing our state to continue to lead the southeast as a gateway for international trade. But it’s not just big businesses that need pro-business legislation. Small businesses are the lifeblood of communities; they not only contribute to the overall health of the local economy, but are active participants in our communities. It is important that we ensure that their chances for success are as great or greater as those of more robust counterparts. The bills in each legislative session change from year to year; however, our focus on pro-business legislation remains constant. Georgia’s economic recovery can only continue if our state remains a competitive location for industry operations while simultaneously providing incentives for Georgians who own small businesses. The environment is right for economic growth. Now more than ever, the legislature, local communities, and key stakeholders must renew our efforts to ensure that local and statewide businesses continue to thrive.

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The Case AGAINST Purchasing Mandatory Minimum Insurance Coverage by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

Doug Rohan lives in the Walton community with his wife, Julia, and three daughters. He is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC where he specializes in Criminal Defense and Workers’ Compensation claims. He also is a member of the Around Walton Community Board. You can email Doug at doug@ rohanlawpc.com.

A recent case brought to light the hazards of underinsuring your vehicles. The State of Georgia presently requires mandatory minimum coverage of 25/50/25. This simply means that you have $25,000 in coverage for bodily injury to one individual, with coverage up to $50,000 for multiple parties. The last number refers to property damage coverage, in the above example, that would be $25,000. As you may or may not be aware, the rapidly escalating cost of medical treatment means that $25,000 will likely cover only an initial visit to the emergency room, especially if there is a series of diagnostic studies to determine whether there were any head injuries or soft tissue injuries. X-rays are cheap, but CT scans and MRIs are very expensive.

The phone call I received was regarding an accident involving a car and a bicycle, where the cyclist broke his neck. Within the first 60 days, the medical bills had already exceeded $100,000. Fortunately, the family who is being accused of being “at fault” had 100/300/100 coverage. But the reality in this case is that they are still exposed to the real possibility of not being able to resolve the claim for their policy limits, thereby risking their personal fortune and wealth. I am fortunate to be in my prime working years, and will have several decades of law practice ahead of me. For people who are counting down the months to retirement, being held liable in a lawsuit for significant damages to another individual could place your retirement plans at risk. This holds true for older experienced drivers nearing retirement age as well as parents of new teen drivers, who are at a statistically significant increased risk of getting into an accident. Fortunately, the vast majority of accidents do not involve any injury. But in those cases where there is a significant injury, mandatory minimums are simply not adequate. This is especially true of the affluent East Cobb residents. The primary protection that someone has against being sued personally is having negative net worth. Laws protect your home and your business against collection for your personal liabilities, but your liquid assets are always at risk. So is your second home, vacation property, and potentially the equity you have established in your first home.

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Laws protect your home and your business against collection for your personal liabilities, but your liquid assets are always at risk. So is your second home, vacation property, and potentially the equity you have established in your first home. So after all these dire warnings, what should the average Around Walton reader do? There are four different ways to protect yourself, and you should schedule a meeting to go over your particular situation with your agent to see which combination of protection is right for you. Here are the four things you should address: Policy Limits: My personal feeling is that it is irresponsible to carry less than 100/300/100 coverage. In fact, you may find that 100/300/100 may be the minimum you are advised to carry if you implement my other suggestions. Do not let your budget dictate lower coverage because, in the end, your finances could be wiped out. Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage: One of the other issues you can address is uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. According to recent studies, one in six Georgia drivers is uninsured. This means if the uninsured driver is at fault, you are likely to see $0 from that party. If they had money, they would have bought insurance. If they can’t afford minimal coverage, they darn sure can’t afford your medical bills. By purchasing uninsured and underinsured coverage, you are hedging your bets against a serious injury where the other party simply can’t cover your expenses. I would be willing to bet, even though there are no statistics for it, if one in six are uninsured, three in six only carry the mandatory minimums. If that is true, and I have no reason to rely on that other than the general state of the economy, then only two out of six people who are driving would carry sufficient insurance to cover you in a serious accident. Get the maximum UM coverage your budget allows. Stackable Policies: Once you obtain the UM coverage, make sure that the policy is “stackable.” In some cases, the insurance company tries to save money by designating your UM coverage as offset by the at fault party’s coverage. To give

you an example, let’s say you pay five years of premiums for UM coverage with limits of $50,000. You are in an accident that results in $100,000 in medical expenses. The “at fault” driver had $50,000 in coverage. If your UM coverage is offset, then you will get $0 UM coverage, because your $50,000 was offset by the at fault driver’s $50,000. That leaves you in a position where you will have unpaid medical bills and have to negotiate a reduction. However, a stackable policy will add the $50,000 from your policy on top of the “at fault” driver’s policy to provide you with $100,000 in coverage. Umbrella Policy: If you have significant assets, or you have significant earning power over your career, you should strongly consider obtaining an umbrella policy. In my career, with my earning potential, someone would be more than happy to garnish my wages for the next 20 years to pay his or her medical bills. The same goes for doctors, high dollar real estate

professionals, or other East Cobb residents who anticipate earning significant wealth. As soon as the injured party finds out I am a business owner and lawyer living in East Cobb, I will have a bull’s-eye on my 401k and checking accounts. Therefore, I have a $2 million umbrella policy that covers my auto and home policy for any catastrophic damages that I might incur on a neighbor or fellow motorist. Umbrella policies are dirt cheap and provide a significant hedge against any major accidents. While it is highly unlikely that I will ever need such coverage, the fact that I have the policy in place helps me sleep at night. I have represented several clients whose damages exceed $1 million. Those types of accidents do happen, rare though they may be. So schedule an insurance tune up with your agent and discuss what would best suit your needs.

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Don’t Overlook Financial Risks in Retirement Provided by Ben L. Clark, CFP®, AAMS®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Ben Clark, CFP® and his wife June live in the Walton community. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Ben is a seasoned financial advisor and his Edward Jones office is located at 1050 East Piedmont Road, Ste 122. You may contact him at (770) 977-4229.

When you retire, you may have accomplished some important financial goals, such as sending your children to college and paying off your mortgage. However, you can’t relax just yet, because your retirement could easily last two or three decades, which means you’ll need at least two or three decades’ worth of income — which, in turn, means you’ll need the proper savings and investment strategies in place. And, just as importantly, you’ll also need to be aware of the types of risk that could threaten these strategies.

Let’s consider some of these risks: • Longevity — None of us can say for sure how long we’ll live. But it’s still important to have an estimate, based on your health and family history. So if you think you may live for 25 years in retirement, you’ll want to withdraw enough from your investments each year to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle — but not so much that you deplete your funds before the 25 years have passed.

• Inflation — We’ve experienced pretty mild inflation over the past few years. But over time, even a low rate of inflation can seriously erode your purchasing power. To illustrate: If your current monthly costs are $3,000, with only a three percent annual inflation rate, that would be about $4,000 in ten years. And in 25 years at that same rate, your monthly costs will have more than doubled, to about $6,200. To help protect yourself against inflation risk, it’s important to have at least some investments that offer growth potential, rather than only owning fixed-income vehicles, such as certificates of deposit (CDs). You’ll also want to consider sources of rising income potential, such as dividendpaying stocks. (Keep in mind, though, that stocks can reduce or discontinue dividends at any time and are subject to market fluctuation and loss of principal.) • Market Fluctuations — When you retire and begin taking withdrawals from your investment portfolio — that is, when you begin selling off investments 18

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If your current monthly costs are $3,000, with only a three percent annual inflation rate, that would be about $4,000 in ten years. And in 25 years at that same rate, your monthly costs will have more than doubled, to about $6,200.

— you’d obviously like prices to be high. After all, the classic piece of investment advice is “buy low, sell high.” But it’s impossible to try to time the market this way, as it will always fluctuate. That’s why you may want to consider sources of income whose value is not dependent on what’s happening in the financial markets. Your financial advisor may be able to recommend investments that can provide you with this type of income stream. • Low interest rates — Many retirees depend on fixed-rate investments for a good portion of their retirement income — so it’s a real challenge when interest rates are low. Consequently, when you retire, you’ll certainly need to be aware of the interest-rate environment and the income you can expect from these investments. Longer-term fixed-rate vehicles may be tempting, as they typically offer higher rates than shorter-term ones, but these longer term investments may have more price fluctuation and inflation risk than shorter-term investments. Consequently, you’ll still likely need balance between short, intermediate, and long-term investments to provide for a portion of your income in retirement. Retirement can be a rewarding time in your life. And you can help make your retirement years even more enjoyable by understanding the relevant investment risks and taking steps to address them.

Optimism In The Housing Market by Judson Adamson

Judson Adamson is the President/CEO of Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage serving the Walton community. He also is a member of the Around Walton Community Board. He can be reached at (770) 240-2001.

Across the country, optimism about the housing market, homeownership and the country’s economy in general is surging. Many parts of Metro Atlanta have experienced a dramatic change in 2012. Real estate markets are driven by supply and demand, plus certain outside factors like short sales, foreclosures, available financing and mortgage rates. Inventory is considerably lower compared to previous periods, and demand is increasing. The pace of foreclosures and short sales has slowed relative to last year and mortgage rates remain at alltime lows.

To the consumer, real estate is very personal and locally driven. Your opinion of whether the market is good or bad depends on whether you are buying, selling, or sitting tight and in what area of town. Bankrate’s Interest.com subsidiary ranked Atlanta’s housing market as the second most affordable in the country and, according to an

S&P/Case-Shiller home prices report, Atlanta home prices were below their January 2000 levels in July 2012. However, housing prices vary greatly depending on the location within the metro area. Many analysts believe that the housing market has gone through a dramatic over-correction during the past five years and some believe it could soon become another housing boom. Rising housing prices should drive housing sales for years to come, and hopefully any boom that occurs will be for real and not artificially inflated as in the past. According to the Census Bureau, new housing starts reached their highest level in more than four years in September and are now 82 percent above their April 2009 lows. Homebuilder stocks are up 162 percent in the last 12 months. A housing rebound can have a ripple effect that could help get the entire economy growing at a much stronger pace. Due to the burgeoning federal debt, the popular mortgage interest deduction (MID) will probably not survive in its present form. However, any proposed changes will likely spark a fierce debate over the fundamentals of the housing market and the continued on page 68 Around WALTON | November 2012

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Retirement -When Your Routine Disappears, Will You? by Peter Allen When you decide to retire, will you retire completely or work part time? Whatever you chose, your routine will, for the most part, disappear.

Peter Allen lives in East Cobb and has a degree in Business Management and holds several certificates from coaching institutes for life, business relationships and retirement. He can be reached at (770) 9772232.

Once the thrill of leaving the company or business and sailing off into the sunset of retirement is gone, some people may face an identity crisis. It usually takes between 6 and 13 months for the dissatisfaction and or depression to set in. Why? The VIP status may evaporate. The many roles you played come to a halt. Your re-entry back into your family’s and friends’ lives can be challenging. And the desire to spend every day doing your hobbies, golf or tennis or whatever, may not be satisfying.

This chapter of your life can be the best part of your life, so how do you make the adjustments so that this can be true? Making a plan with some understanding of the transition you will be faced with is a good start. Here is an assessment that identifies and measures some of the success factors that can put you on the road to the best time of your life. These are some examples of the areas to be considered.

Making a plan with some understanding of the transition you will be faced with is a good start. as it will be practiced in the 21st century will bear very little resemblance to the old retirement generally practiced before the turn of the third millennium. New definitions have emerged. 3. Health Perception - Your subjective assessment of the current condition of your overall wellness. Thinking in terms of “retiring from” rather than “retiring to” can be a setup for poor health. 4. Financial Security - Have you planned sufficiently? Finances alone do not give life meaning, yet there is no underestimating the value of finances in every phase of life, especially the retirement phase.

1. Work reorientation - The degree to which you have emotionally distanced yourself from taking your personal identity from work.

5. Family/Relationships Issues - The degree to which you derive satisfaction, intimacy, connectedness, love and a sense of well-being from your primary relationships and/or family life defines your ability to connect.

2. Attitude Toward Retirement - This is your perception of what your next life stage will look like. The new retirement

This stage of life calls for new attitudes, new roles, new responsibilities, new goals and achievements.

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12 Days of Christmas: Projects to Enhance Your Home for Holiday Guests by Zett Quinn

Zett Quinn is the founder of Quality Craftsmen, offering more than 20 years of experience in the construction and renovation business. To learn more, visit www.qualitycraftsmen.com or contact him at (404) 483-7446.

As you create your holiday gift lists for the people you care about, don’t forget to include the one constant in your daily life — your house. The winter holidays will be here before you know it, so it’s time to prepare your home for guests.

10. Install new tile floors in the kitchen, sunroom and bathrooms. 11. Transform your kitchen with new granite countertops and a stylish backsplash. 12. Add ambiance with under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen.

Several weekend projects will give your house a “face lift” for entertaining. You can tackle some of these on your own. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint in the foyer, living room and dining areas, upgrade handles on kitchen cabinets and drawers or adorn windows with new drapes.

If you’re too busy with holiday shopping to take on a home renovation project, consider hiring a contractor who’s licensed, insured and offers a warranty.

If you want to take it a step further, tour your house with a fresh set of eyes. Envision each room from a visitor’s perspective. Is the wall color fading? Are the wood floors scratched? Is the tile design outdated? Are you putting your best foot forward? In the spirit of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” here are 12 home improvement projects you still have time to complete: 1. Install a new front door, welcoming guests and serving as a backdrop for holiday decorations. 2. Refinish hardwood floors in the foyer to create a great first impression. 3. Reface cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. 4. Add crown moulding in the den and living room and use moulding to dress up doors, windows, ceilings and mantles. 5. Transform a room with new flooring – wood, tile or carpeting will make a huge difference. 6. Provide guests with a comfortable bathroom with new faucets, a tile floor and an efficient toilet. 7. Enhance the family room and kitchen with recessed lighting. 8. Add sparkle to the foyer or dining room with a new chandelier. 9. Upgrade your powder room – a room all guests will see– by adding a shiny faucet, new flooring, fancy mirror and granite counters.

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There’s still time to give your home a face-lift before the holidays, and you’ll continue to enjoy it into the new year.

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‘Tis the Season to Rejuvenate Your Business by Mary-Kathryn Boler

Mary-Kathryn Boler is the owner of Catapult Strategic Consulting, LLC (www. CatapultStrategies. com), located in the Walton area. Her proven approach to creating business strategies and action plans has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses faster and more profitably than they thought possible.

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When I need to clear my head or switch focus from one client project to another, I often look out the window and let my mind wander for a few minutes. The other day I was doing just that when the evidence of autumn’s progression took me by surprise. Boldly colored trees of gold and maroon and beds of dried leaves underneath reminded me of the annual cycle of foliage fading, only to re-emerge stronger and more beautiful months later. Businesses can benefit from a similar experience. So many owners have been holding their collective breaths for the last several years, just trying to ride out the recession and stay afloat. Perhaps now that the recession appears to be over and the election is done, it is time to recalibrate to this “new economy.”

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Much about the way we conduct business has changed in the last few years. Consider the following: • According to Forrester Research, U.S. online retail sales are projected to reach $226 billion this year, up from $175 billion in 2007. This 29 percent increase occurred while total retail sales in the U.S. grew only nine percent during this same period. • Facebook now has 640 million users, up from just 50 million in 2007. • According to Ekaterina Walter at Social Media, 86 percent of teens and young adults aged 13 to 24 own laptops, and 96 percent of undergraduates own cell phones. • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were approximately five million businesses in the U.S. in 2010. The U.S. lost 272,498 businesses with employees between 2007 and 2010.

Regardless of what goods or services you sell, your industry, competitive landscape and marketing opportunities have changed dramatically in the last five years. As 2012 unwinds, take time to consider your successes and challenges and how continued on page 68

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The Benefits of Independent Senior Living by Porter Scogin

Porter Scogin is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Parc at Piedmont – East Cobb, an independent and assisted living senior community (parcatpiedmont. com). She is also a long-time resident of East Cobb. Porter can be reached at (770) 5658828 or pscogin@ parccommunities. com.

As we age, we undergo physical changes that are easy to spot, but more often than not, the subtle changes to our mindset and how we perceive our world go unnoticed. Many seniors find that at a time when the world is speeding up and becoming more complex, they begin to struggle to keep up with the pace of life to which they were previously accustomed. This transition is a natural part of the aging process, but one that, if not recognized, can have a profound impact on our older parents’ quality of life and longevity.

Many seniors find comfort in a lifestyle transition that enables them to reduce stress and improve the quality of their lives. Independent senior community living can provide a number of health benefits to enrich the quality of life for senior residents and their families. Whether it is anxiety caused from continuing to maintain their home and yard or from the fear of living alone and not having someone to respond to a fall or medical emergency, stress can have a profound impact on a senior parent’s well being. Beyond that, families of aging seniors often develop concerns about their diet and nutrition. It’s not uncommon for seniors to feel that it is a hassle to cook a decent meal for only one person. Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of physical and psychological problems in aging adults. These issues and concerns are diminished for those adults living in an independent senior community. The opportunities for increased socialization, intellectual stimulation, and physical activity will prove to be beneficial to the health and happiness of a senior loved one. Numerous studies have conclusively shown

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improved vitality and longevity for seniors who live in a fun, socially stimulating environment such as an independent senior living community. The health benefits, both physical and psychological, of independent senior congregate living are compelling. Invariably, seniors who have made the decision to downsize, simplify, and re-engage find themselves living better and living longer.

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The Facts of Lice by Jennifer Jarosick

Before staying home with her children, Jennifer was a kindergarten teacher and a kindergarten/ first grade reading teacher. She also served as co-president and board member of a local MOMS Club chapter. Jennifer and her husband Martin have four children. If you have any comments, feel free to contact Jennifer at jenniferjarosick@ gmail.com.

It was the dreaded letter from school. Lice had been found on a student in my child’s classroom, ugh! Panic! I decided it was time to get the help of a professional. I called Heather and Tommy Lambert, owners of Head Hunters Lice Removal Specialists, and after a good head check of my children and a thorough education, lice no longer scare me. The Lamberts provided several suggestions on how to stop or prevent an outbreak at school and at home.

At school, the best form of defense is communication and education. Teachers should talk to the students about how lice are spread. Lice cannot jump or fly, but they crawl very quickly. It takes just three seconds for lice to move from one head to another. An informational note should be sent home as soon as lice is detected in the classroom. The school can help stop an outbreak with a “no nit policy.” If the child has a nit, they should be sent home and their class checked. Siblings should also be checked. Students should be rechecked by the school nurse when they return to school. Heather suggested that the PTA organize a group of parents with experience in dealing with lice to help the school nurse check for nits when there is an outbreak. In the classroom, teachers can focus on keeping all hats, jackets and other clothing accessories in book bags or in plastic bags. Since

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lice do not burrow, teachers don’t need to worry about desks or chairs. However, if there is a couch in the classroom, teachers may want to run a lint brush or have it vacuumed at the end of each day. At home, the Lamberts suggested that parents focus 99 percent of their attention on their child’s head. Lice cannot live off the scalp for more than 24 hours and since they do not burrow, they won’t be found in the house. Parents can do weekly wet head checks with a good lice comb. If needed, also use the comb to remove lice and nits. Just go through the untangled hair layer by layer with the comb and wipe off anything that’s found. Afterwards, make sure you continue to do head checks. There are sprays and conditioners with certain scents that can be used daily around the back of the neck, ears, scalp and shoulders to provide a deterrent to lice. Linens should be washed in a normal wash cycle and dried. Pillows, comforters and stuffed animals can be put in the dryer for thirty minutes; the heat will take care of any lice that might be there. All hair accessories and brushes should be put into a Ziplock bag and into the freezer for three hours. These are necessary steps to take. Heather said you won’t find lice in the home, so you don’t need to worry about carpets or couches, but if it makes the parent feel better, they can vacuum the floors and sofas or throw a cover over the sofas for two days. If the parent has problems getting rid of the lice or they are unsure what to do, they can always contact a professional lice service. After talking with Heather, I felt so much more informed about checking for and preventing lice in the midst of my child’s little classroom epidemic. Having lice is not something that should attach a stigma to someone, and if it’s treated properly it should be nothing more than a brief inconvenience.

EVENT CALENDAR: November 12

Creating New Holiday Memories Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Inc., Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Information: Sandra Karem of Crossroads Hospice will share an uplifting, interactive, game show style approach to focus on strategies to grow through the grief of losing a spouse or elder loved one. Whether your grief is new or experienced, this program is for you. RSVP to (678) 439-1177.

November 13, 15

Stop Smoking Presentation Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Location: 6748 Putnam Ford Drive, Woodstock Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC will host free presentations of “Discover the Easiest, Most Effective Way to Quit Smoking without Cravings, Irritability or Weight Gain.” The presentation requires advanced registration because seating is limited. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to GeorgiaHypnotherapy@live. com or by calling (678) 938-7274. For more information, visit www.GAhypnotherapy.com.

November 15 – 18

“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” Times: November 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.; November 17 & 18, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Location: The Art Place-Mountain View, 3300 Sandy Plains Road Information: The Curtain Call Youth Players will present the classic tale of Robin Hood as you’ve never seen it before in “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” The show is a comedy for the entire family. Tickets will be $9 (plus a nominal fee) at www.ccyp.org or $10 at the door.

November 16 – 17

“Legally Blonde the Musical” Time: 8 p.m. Location: Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs Information: Act3 Productions will present “Legally Blonde the Musical” starring East Cobb resident Maggie Taylor. The cast of 30 includes 10 high school students from 9 different area high schools in this fun frolic through sorority life and law school with everyone’s favorite coed Elle Wood. The Playhouse is in the Sandy Springs Plaza behind Trader Joe’s. Tickets will be $15 for students and $23 for adults and can be purchased at www.act3productions.org or by calling (770) 241-1905.

November/December

November 19-21 & December 26-28

Dynamite Days Off Camp Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road Information: During school holiday breaks, the YMCA provides healthy and fun activities for children ages 5 – 12. Qualified counselors will lead activities that include swimming, crafts, sports, group games, and making friends! Pack a lunch, two snacks, swim suit and towel. Cost for members will be $35/day, prospective members $55/day. Free extended care will be available from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit ymcaatlanta.org or call (770) 977-5991.

November 30 & December 1

Apple Annie Arts & Craft Show Times: November 30 – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; December 1 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road Information: The Women’s Guild of the Catholic Church of St. Ann is holding the 32nd Annual Apple Annie Show where more than 100 of the best Southeast artisans and crafters will attend. Win valuable items donated by show participants. Apple Annie’s Kitchen will be serving delicious homemade food. Admission will be $3 and children under 12 will be free. Strollers will not be permitted. Shuttle service will be available. For more information, visit st-ann.org.

November 30

St. Andrew UMC’s Candy Cane Lane Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m. Location: 3455 Canton Road Information: St. Andrew United Methodist Church is inviting area families to visit Candy Cane Lane for an early taste of Christmas. Candy Cane Lane will feature fun Christmas crafts and activities for children, pictures with Santa, and a silent auction of holiday items. A baked pasta and meatball dinner provided by Tuscany Italian Restaurant will be available for $7 for adults and $3 for children. Prepaid dinner reservations are required and must be received by November 27. Desserts and drinks will be provided by the St. Andrew UMC Mission Team. For reservation forms, visit thepumpkinchurch.org.

December 5

Holiday Lights at East Cobb Park Time: 5 p.m. Location: 3322 Roswell Road Information: This special evening will feature a children’s choir, brass quartet, live music, special guest appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph, award-wining bell ringers and the lighting of a live 40-foot East Cobb Park tree. Come join in the holiday spirit by giving back to the community. The proceeds from this event will go towards refurbishing and enhancing the park. For more information, visit eastcobbpark.com.

December 8

Christmas Market & Secret Santa Shop Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road Information: St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas Market and Secret Santa Shop. A continental breakfast, a professional Santa and photographer and the Secret Santa Shop for children ages 3 to 10 will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. A St. Catherine Elf will be paired with each child and will guide him or her through Santa’s Shop as he or she selects presents for his or her family from a wide selection of affordable gifts. The Market will feature more than 25 vendors offering crafts, food, clothing, jewelry and more and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit St. Catherine’s Youth Group. For more information, visit stcatherines.org/Christmasmarket/.

December 9

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” Times: 4:30 & 7 p.m. Location: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Information: A cast of 400 singers, instrumentalists, dancers, and storytellers will present “Twas the Night Before Christmas, Carols for Christmas” where the music and drama focuses on what individual’s lives are like the night before Christmas and how light and joy is brought to those who believe. Guest soloists will include baritone Robert McMichael and American Idol finalist Laura Wright. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit mtbethel. org/carols.

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Adoptions Lead to a Full House by Lynne Lysaght Adoption had always been in East Cobb resident Christine (Chris) Keith’s mind. She and her husband Chuck had married when they were very young and had two healthy, happy daughters, Meghan and Madison, who are grown and on their own. At church one Sunday, the pastor with twelve adopted children of his own spoke to his congregation about adoption. On a Sunday, several weeks later, Chuck broached the subject of adoption and Chris admitted that she had been thinking about it for a long time. The advantage of being married and having your children when you are young is that you are still young enough when your children are grown to do all the things you want to, such as travel. But the Keiths were not satisfied with their freedom and felt bored in their large, empty home. They wanted to have more children. After a lot of thought and prayer, talking with friends and each other, Chris and Chuck attended an informational meeting about adoption. Still, there was a little voice saying, “Your kids are grown, are you crazy?” They kept talking and praying, and eventually, the Keiths felt called to adopt and began the journey.

Above: The Keiths at Easter. Front row (l to r): Lena hugging Mark. Back row: Chuck, Buzae, Tess, Andrew and Chris.

Initially, decisions have to be made about whether to adopt domestically or internationally, if you want to adopt an infant or older child, or if you want to foster to adopt. And of course, you have to be approved as adoptive parents through interviews together and separately with a social worker. At the time, the Keiths chose to adopt internationally because they thought the need was greater. Chuck was drawn to Ethiopia. They wanted to adopt older children and possibly a sibling group. They looked at different adoption agencies and decided to use Bethany Christian Services for many reasons, including the convenience and accessibility of the local branch here. Because Bethany did not have a program in Ethiopia at the time, the Keiths began to look to adopt from Haiti. Chris said that there have been many “God moments” along their journey. One of these occurred when the social worker told them the Haitian government would begin enforcing a law that did not allow people with two children by birth to adopt, making the Keiths ineligible. But then the social worker asked if they would be interested in a new program Bethany had in Ethiopia. They responded with a, “Yes, they would.” The amount of paperwork that must be completed for adoption 30

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Right: The Keith children on a hike while visiting family in Colorado. Front row (l to r): Lena and Mark. Back row: Andrew, Buzae and Tess.

Above: The maternal grandmother, Carole Howard reads a story to the attentive Keith children.

is overwhelming, and Chris said she thinks there is a good reason for that. “It makes you slow down, and the questions asked make you question yourself. ‘Am I qualified? Am I doing this for the right reasons? Am I ready for this lifelong commitment?’ etc.” Once the dossier was completed, which took approximately 14 months and was sent to Ethiopia , the Keiths received a referral for adoption, which they accepted.

The children were two sisters, Tesfanesh and Bizunesh, aged five and four, and another pile of paperwork to get immigration documents in order for the children began. Chris and Chuck began the long wait for the process to be completed so they could go to Ethiopia and bring home their two adopted daughters, who now use the names Tess and Buzae.

immediately. Often, first meetings are much more tentative as it is a scary time for the children, and the Keiths were told how unusual it was to receive such a welcome. The Keiths stayed as long as they could in Ethiopia, trying to soak up as much culture, history, and information about the country to be able to share with the girls.

When Chris and Chuck went to the compound to meet the girls, Tess jumped into their arms and kissed them, and Buzae bounded down the steps to greet them. The girls had been looking at a picture of Chris and Chuck and knew them

Everything was so new to Tess and Buzae, from the escalator at the airport to the plane ride home. At first, the girls spoke rapidly to each other in their native language. The Keiths saw how much the girls relied on each other during this transitional time and how connected they were. Chris remembered comforting the girls with her tone of voice and manner as they did not understand English yet during difficult moments. These moments are to be expected with such a life changing event. The girls entered kindergarten and first grade soon after moving to East Cobb and picked up the English language quickly. They were actually older than the Ethiopian records stated with Tess most likely seven and Buzae five, and they were ready for school.

Below: Chuck and Chris with their newly adopted daughters in Ethiopia. Left to right: Chuck, Tess, Chris and Buzae.

It has been three years since the adoptions, and the experience was so rewarding that Chris began to think of the possibility of adopting more children. This time, the Keiths decided to adopt in Georgia, and again, were looking for a sibling group. Trying to place a sibling group so that the children can stay together is not always possible, and it makes them a special needs adoption. The Keiths wanted to open their home to another sibling group so they would be together, especially after seeing the special bond between Tess and Buzae. In the U.S., it is often necessary to foster to adopt older children because the legal steps to end parental rights haven’t been finalized. Six months ago, Chuck, Chris, Madison, Meghan, Tess, and Buzae welcomed three new family members, Andrew (12), Lena (7) and Mark (6). The biggest concern for Chris and Chuck was how Tess and Buzae would be affected. The children have blended together well and play together using their great imaginations. The Keiths must deal with trust and attachment issues with the new children whose adoption was recently finalized as they did with Tess and Buzae to a different degree. Bethany provides extensive post adoption services to help with such issues for both the parents and children. Chuck said one thing he has learned is to ask for help and spoke highly of the resources provided by Bethany.

Above: The entire Keith family on the day that the second set of adoptions were finalized. Front row (l to r): Mark (6) and Lena (7). Middle row: Andrew (12), Buzae (8), Tess (10), Chris, Meghan (24) and Madison (26). Back row: Judge Schuster and Chuck Keith.

Chris and Chuck feel the rewards of raising adopted children may be even greater than their birth children because they had to work harder at parenting and they had obstacles to overcome. Chris said that she was very intuitive raising Meghan and Madison, but the challenges she has faced with her adopted children have lead to an incredibly rewarding experience as a parent. The Keiths advice to others who are thinking of adopting is to take time to be sure of your motives and commitment. If it is right for you, the rewards can be enormous. Around WALTON | November 2012

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Ask Margot by Margot Swann Dear Margot,

Margot Swann is the Founder and CEO of Visions Anew Institute. She established this nonprofit to provide resources, education, and support for people going through divorce. Send your divorce questions to margot@ visionsanew.org, call (770) 953-2882 or visit www.visions.org.

My wife told me just two weeks ago that she wants a divorce. I had no idea she was unhappy – we’ve been married 27 years, but she says she has made up her mind. I’m so down that I can’t even concentrate at my job. Am I depressed? What does that mean? What’s going on with me? Down & Downer Dear Down, I can see why you are concerned. Being clear-headed to face the decisions and paperwork pertaining to your divorce is important, so you are wise to seek help. Let’s ask Dr. Caroline Dott, a depression specialist, what she thinks.

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create an environmental risk for major depression. Depression is an indicator that the brain is low on the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine. Because this chemical imbalance negatively affects the immune system, it can lead to depression. That means that a timely diagnosis and treatment are critical. Additional risk factors for depression include a family and personal history of depression, inadequate emotional support, and heavy alcohol or nicotine use. Fortunately, depression is the most treatable of all mental challenges. Depression exists on a continuum of mild to major. The multiple losses that are involved with divorce can be depression triggers. Symptoms of mild depression are sadness and discouragement. Minor depression, or dysthymia, often includes increasingly poor self-care. If the personal neglect deteriorates into major depression, there are impacts on health and daily functioning. Symptoms of major depression are: 1. A persistent sad, empty mood (longer than two weeks) 2. Decreased pleasure in activities (friends, eating, sex) 3. Decreased energy and increased fatigue continued on page 68

Grandma Scam by Kara Kiefer My mom is a very logical and levelheaded woman except when it comes to her grandchildren. She would do anything for them, including wiring one of them $3,000 so he could get out of jail.

Kara Kiefer is the Executive Editor for Around About Local Media. She lives in southwest Cherokee with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett.

A few months ago, my husband and I were on our way home from a day in the mountains when my mom called my cell phone. She wanted to know the whereabouts of my youngest son. I told her he was home playing X-box. She proceeded to tell me a sordid story of drugs, jail, and a grandson reaching out to his grandma.

She received a phone call, and on the other end was someone who said, “Grandma? It’s me, and I need you.” The voice eerily sounded like my son, so she continued the conversation. The person on the phone told her he was in trouble, and he didn’t want to call his parents. He was detained at the Canadian border, and drugs were found in his car. The person went on to say that while he tested negative for drugs, he was in jail for drug possession, and he needed $3,000 wired to him so he could post bail. I admit, at this point in our conversation, I started laughing hysterically — my mom, not so much. When my mom questioned as to why he was at the Canadian border, he said, “Haven’t you ever made a mistake, Grandma?” This person was so convincing that my mom took down directions on wiring the money so she could get her precious grandson out of jail. My dad walked in the room at this time, and he got on the phone. Through a series of questions to the other person, my dad knew this was a scam and hung up. My mom was left shaking. She was dumbfounded how this person almost convinced her to wire $3,000 and couldn’t figure out how he found her. The answer lies in Facebook. Apparently, these thieves will scour Facebook and find profiles of elderly subscribers, garnering personal information. They are trained to have believable answers to most of the questions posed from the unsuspecting grandparents. As proof that my son was indeed in the basement, I had him take a picture of himself, and I sent it to her. Google “Grandma Scam,” and you will get a lot of useful information; share this information with your children’s grandparents. And if Grandma and Grandpa are on Facebook, make sure they have secured their pages with high privacy settings. Around WALTON | November 2012

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Everyday

My son has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), which is 100 percent preventable. Nearly six years ago, I unknowingly stepped into the world of special needs the day my son was born. His birth mother granted me an amazing gift when she asked me to be with her as she delivered him. She instructed the staff that I was to be the first to hold him, which was another unspeakable gift. Adoption is the merging of two mother’s hearts that are forever reflected in the brand new life that is born.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit www. townelaker.com/ everydayangels to donate via Paypal or send your donations to: Everyday Angels, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA, 30189. One hundred percent of your funds will go to the family you specify. Also, if you know of a special need within your community that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to aaeverydayangels@ gmail.com for consideration and qualification.

I did not suspect that any permanent damage lay hidden beneath the exquisite beauty of my newborn son, Jonathan. Yet the alcohol that was consumed while he lay nestled in his mother’s womb created lasting damage in his brain and nervous system. Our son has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), which is 100 percent preventable. I think about this often when I watch my sweet boy struggle. It makes me incredibly sad to know children like Jonathan will face life-long challenges through no fault of their own. FAS is manifested in numerous ways. Jonathan has language delays, neurological deficits and learning differences. He has ADHD and struggles with impulse control. Transitions are not easy for Jonathan, and he experiences frequent meltdowns. Developmentally, Jonathan would always lag behind his peers. There would be many behavioral and emotional challenges, the doctors said. There is no cure. But there are interventions. Despite these challenges, Jonathan is a loving, sweet and tender little boy. He dreams of becoming a firefighter and loves to climb trees and ride his bike. He is a playful and a protective big brother to his three younger siblings.

our family is raising funds to provide Jonathan with a service dog. A service dog will be trained to snuggle with Jonathan when he is anxious, to lay a paw on his shoulder when he needs help calming down, and to watch out for him when he plays outside. This dog will be trained to respond to Jonathan’s unique temperament and needs in order to help him interact more successfully with his environment at home and in the community. More specifically, the dog will be able to nuzzle Jonathan when he is overwhelmed, and help redirect meltdowns while Jonathan continues to mature in his ability to self-regulate. The dog will help Jonathan navigate with less impulsiveness. The dog will decrease overall anxiety and increase Jonathan’s self-esteem. Our family is excited about this opportunity for Jonathan and is working hard to raise funds in order to make it happen.

After tireless testing and recommendations, today

Rebekah

We share Jonathan’s story to educate others about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and to raise awareness of how service dogs can enrich the lives of children whose disabilities might not be obvious at first glance. You can follow our journey at www.steadfastliving.org.

Currently, this family and friends have successfully raised less than half of what is needed for Jonathan’s service dog. They have just enough to place their order and must now wait four to six months for the fully trained dog to be ready to care for Jonathan. The dog will cost $4,000. Everyday Angels is happy to share Jonathan’s story with our community in hopes of helping raise funds and awareness. If you’d like to make a donation, please see the box on the left. 28 34

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Queen (or King) for the Day what I want because she listens to what I ask for.” Elizabeth Nix, Miss Georgia United States 2012, featured on the cover, when asked what she likes about the salon, stated, “It is more like a family, with everyone working together and always an open ear to listen.” To learn more about each stylist, visit MimosaSalonSpa. com.

The holiday season is here and all those special party invitations are filling the calendar. Make sure a visit to Mimosa Salon Spa is at the top of your to-do list, so that you can look and feel your best during this hectic season. At Mimosa Salon Spa, located conveniently to the Walton community in historic Roswell, you will receive the “royal treatment” with services available from head to toe to enhance your natural beauty and treatments to revitalize and relax you. Walton residents, Ghina and Ghassan Dandan, bought the salon two years ago, changing the name and expanding to add two spa treatment rooms. Ghina’s goal is to have every client, man or woman leave Mimosa feeling as good as he or she looks. She and her staff work hard to make the time spent at the Mimosa Salon Spa so wonderful that the client feels as if he or she was King or Queen for the Day. The facility is spacious with the busy hair salon and nail care on one side and the peaceful, quiet spa at the other end of the building in a separated area. The building was built in the 1850s and the exposed stone wall inside adds natural beauty to the salon.

The Salon offers cut, styling, color, treatments and hair extension services. Color services include single process, color correction and highlights. Hair treatment services include perms, smoothing systems and hair/scalp treatments. The products that the salon carries are thoroughly researched by Ghina who chooses unique products that will be good for her clients’ health as well as enhancing their beauty and allowing them to replicate salon results at home. She chose Privé developed by Beverly Hills celebrity stylist Lauren Dufourg for hair care products to sell in the Mimosa Shoppe. She carries the product line of Mediceuticals for thinning hair and scalp conditions including the only FDA approved product for regrowth of hair loss brought on by medication such as chemotherapy.

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Ghina has hired an experienced, talented team of top hair stylists. There are three stylist levels, Designer, Master and Director, to uniquely meet each client’s needs. As a new client, your stylist will take the time to ask questions to get to know you and your lifestyle, what you do and do not like about your current hairstyle and then evaluate your hair so that the stylist can provide you with exactly what you are looking for including the most up-to-date styles. The stylists pride themselves in truly listening to the client. Darrell B., a client of Maria’s stated, “I have never had a bad haircut; it is always consistent with

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Ghina has worked in the beauty industry for more than ten years and found that her passion is skin care. She studied the Aesthetics Program at the Aveda Institute and received her Aesthetician license. At Mimosa, both facial and body treatments are available as well as make-up application. For the face, both anti-aging and skin wellness facials are offered. The Mimosa Express Face Lift Facial uses advanced micro-current technology to target facial muscles of the eyes, forehead, cheek and mouth for an immediate improvement that lasts for two days, perfect

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Some of Mimosa’s Royal Treatment Providers (left to right): Master Stylist and Assistant Manager Adrianna, Esthetician Ashley, Owner and Esthetician Ghina, Nail Technician Marie and Makeup Artist Sarah.

for special occasions. The skin wellness facials use the finest botanical extracts and essences to deeply cleanse and transform the skin, and Mimosa offers a Resurfacing Fruit Acid Treatment as well. There are also facials for men specifically designed for thicker skin. Ghina and Ashley, another Esthetician help clients improve their skin from the inside out, with helpful diet and exercise suggestions as well as home remedies (ask about the green tea) for the best looking skin possible. The Mimosa Salon Spa also offers full body treatments including abrasion-free exfoliation, slimming wrap and an anti-fatigue leg treatment.

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There is a makeup artist on the staff offering Bridal makeup, lessons and special occasion applications. Ghina selected the Glo Mineral makeup line; mineral makeup is best for the skin because it does not clog pores or carry bacteria. The makeup area in the salon uses natural light for the perfect results.

Massage:

Ofelia, a Walton High School graduate, is the staff massage therapist who graduated from the Neuromuscular Therapy program at Rising Spirit Institute. She recently was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives in Resolution #751 for her "commitment to providing healing services to Georgians." The spa offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre Natal and Hot Stone Massage as well as Reflexology, which focuses on the hands and feet. The use of aromatherapy and special dark chocolates with wild flower essence are used to complete the mood lifting, relaxation of massage, body and facial treatments. The chocolate, Wei of Chocolate and the essence of wild flowers used for aromatherapy, Lotus Wei are available for purchase so that you can achieve your desired mood anytime. According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, eating dark chocolate daily has been shown to lower blood

pressure. The lowered level was maintained as long as the dark chocolate continued to be eaten daily, and dark chocolate offers other health benefits as well as being good for the skin.

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The spa offers several levels of manicures and pedicures using OPI nail polish products. The client can add gel polish, French manicure, American manicure, paraffin wax or reflexology to any manicure or pedicure at an additional cost. Mimosa Salon Spa and staff give back to the community through sponsorship of The Drake House, a local charity, whose mission is to provide short term crisis housing, assessment, support, and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children. The salon also supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fight against breast cancer by carrying products that when purchased, donate funds to the foundation including the women’s line of Mediceuticals, OPI nail polish and hair extensions. Mimosa also likes to give back to its clients and will have Client Appreciation during December. Each day a different employee will bring food from his/her native area (Wisconsin, Lebanon, Poland, Spain and more) to share with clients from breakfast to dinner. Ghina aims to learn something and achieve something every day and when a client says, “You just made my day,” it is just what she and her staff were aiming for. Pick up the phone or go online and schedule a visit to Mimosa where the staff believes “Staying beautiful shouldn’t be a lot of work” and will pamper you from head to toe. Also keep in mind that a visit to Mimosa would make an awesome gift so pick up a gift card or a special holiday gift pack for that special someone.

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Holiday Dress Code: Practical and Stylish by Nora Borne

As the holidays approach, let’s get to that nagging question that we face every year at this time. What to wear? The huge array of events and parties can be daunting. We want to look and feel our best and, most importantly, be appropriate for each occasion.

Nora Borne is a personal stylist and has had a passion for fashion her entire life. She lives in the Walton Community with her husband, Darrell, and daughters, Emma and Sarah. She will help you create a look of your own that celebrates your personality and inner beauty. She can be contacted at (678) 4275359 or at noraborne@ bellsouth.net.

When building a wardrobe for the holidays, don’t assume glitter, sparkle, red, or green. Think understated elegance with stylish black, navy, metallic, or soft neutral tones. Keep in mind that a holiday sweater is at the top of the “what not to wear list.” You can do far better and be more practical in your purchases.

Five key pieces that you may already own will carry you through the season and beyond. Remember, a chic classic addition to your wardrobe that you will wear over and over throughout the year is always a terrific value. Consider “cost per wear”, and you will find that these purchases make much more financial sense than a one-time sequined dress or sweater that you cannot wear again. The first piece that every woman should consider owning is a fabulous black dress, often referred to as the “little black dress” or LBD. The LBD is not only timeless and chic, but an incredibly smart investment, combining everything we want from a clothing item: simplicity, style, and versatility. Easily dress it up with heels and jewelry or down with flats and boots. Fit and silhouette are the secrets to sensational. The next essential piece: dressy dark wash jeans. In today’s casual society, high-quality dark denim jeans take you to many events in style. Like the LBD, fit and silhouette are imperative. Not sure? Straight leg or trouser style are always winners. Combined with a silk blouse or a chic jacket, your dark wash jeans elevate you to party perfect in an instant.

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Now anchor your entire wardrobe with a beautifully tailored jacket in a classic color such as black or navy, and turn an everyday look into a special holiday outfit. Button it up over a gown or cocktail dress, or pair it with those dressy denim pants for a more casual but elegant look. Once again, fit is fundamental. A silk blouse is another enduring piece to have at hand. Cream is an ideal color choice. Pair it with your dressy jeans and heels for a festive look, or layer it under a jacket for that important meeting. Keep the style simple and let the luxurious fabric speak for itself. As a final note, accessories such as jewelry, scarves, wraps, bags, and shoes make the difference when putting together a holiday outfit. This is the fun part— the one area where you can add some sparkle or sequins. Stylish accessories at all price points make a statement and show your unique style and personality. Get the basics down, add a dose of glamour, and you’ll always be impeccably dressed for the holidays and beyond. Voilà!

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Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries by Dr. Chris Rechter and Dr. Justin Fierro

Dr. Christopher Rechter and Dr. Justin Fierro are owners of HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 122. They may be reached at (770) 509-3400 or at info@ healthquestchiro.com. Visit their site at www. healthquestchiro.com.

No matter how strong, toned or trained an athlete is, sports injuries are bound to happen. Chiropractic care for sports injuries helps relieve pain and restores mobility and function; chiropractors also equip athletes to avoid future injuries by giving instruction on proper form and helpful exercises and stretches that prepare their bodies for intense activity. Whether you are a competitive athlete or a weekend sports enthusiast, chiropractic care after a sports injury can help you heal faster and get back in the game sooner. Why do sports injuries happen? Sports injuries are common occurrences on the track, field or court. Although our bodies are adaptive and flexible, sports are hard

on our joints, muscles and bones. Not warming up muscles properly before engaging in strenuous exercise is a top reason why sports injuries happen. It is vital to take time to warm up, and then deeply and carefully stretch the muscles you will use so that they are prepared for you to call on them suddenly to perform. Repetitive stresses of sports cause damaging wear and tear on the body. Imbalances between left and right sides of the body, which chiropractic care can help minimize, can lead to injury during a sports activity. Dehydration and nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to injury. Why is chiropractic care a good idea after a sports injury? Chiropractic care for injury is a safe, natural, non-invasive treatment that has proven success in relieving pain and restoring optimal function to the body. Your chiropractor will take a thorough history and

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Chiropractors are trained to identify muscle weakness, joint problems and spinal issues that may have attributed to your injury. evaluate the injury through proper examination and possibly x-rays to evaluate mobility, muscle damage, nerve function and skeletal concerns. A customized treatment plan will be made. Rest, ice and elevation are often recommended, and follow-up spinal adjustments may be necessary to help you heal quickly and effectively. Chiropractic adjustments help realign the spine and normalize mechanics, which is often needed after a fall or game field collision. You can rely on your chiropractor to treat not just the pain but the underlying causes behind it. That is just one reason why the chiropractic approach is so unique! The best part of chiropractic care for your sports injury is that your chiropractor will not only treat the injury, but help you prevent it from happening again. Chiropractors are trained to identify muscle weakness, joint problems and spinal issues that may have attributed to your injury. By assigning exercises that target weak areas of the body, you will strengthen your body and gain a new level of fitness that will put you at a peak performance level. When a sports injury puts you on the sidelines, go see the chiropractor to effectively relieve your pain and help you heal quickly and properly. With chiropractic care, athletes can often avoid pain pills and their side effects, as well as minimize the chances of needing surgery. You owe it to yourself to try chiropractic care the next time you experience a sports injury. Around WALTON | November 2012

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Are You Thankful for Fillings, Root Canals, and Crowns? by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D., is the owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C., Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Walton community. Dr. Cheek is also a member of the Around Walton Community Board. You may contact her at (770) 993-3775 or visit www.cheekdental.com.

I wonder what oral health was like 1,000 years ago. The toothbrush was not even invented until 1500, so prior to that, were gums red and puffy and everyone’s breath atrocious? Since processed foods were not around back then, the decay rate was probably not as bad as it could have been. Over many centuries, dentistry has evolved into a practice more of restoring teeth instead of just eliminating pain. At this time of year, when we reflect on the things we are thankful for, are you thankful for the fillings, root canals, and crowns that have kept you from experiencing additional pain and tooth loss?

damaged by decay or fracture with a porcelain crown. It is easy to take your smile for granted when you have access to good dental care and were raised by parents who encouraged you to have good oral hygiene. There are those among us who are not so fortunate and live with daily dental pain and embarrassment. Right or wrong, we often make assumptions about people from the way they look. Teeth are an important part of one’s appearance, and what a boon healthy teeth are for chewing, speaking, and self-confidence. If you are fortunate enough to have your teeth and are able to afford dental care, be grateful! Keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist every six months for regular check-ups. And consider yourself blessed if you deal with only the occasional cavity, crown, bridge, or root canal. This means you still have teeth to treat!

During the 1800s, the process of removing decay and filling the teeth with amalgamated metals was developed—a process that is still used today. Also, we have known for only the past 200 years how to remove the diseased nerve of a tooth (root canal therapy) in order to preserve a tooth. Prior to these advances in dentistry, if your tooth hurt, it was likely pulled if the “treatment” of applying oil of cloves, tincture of iodine, or arsenic did not soothe it. And just over 100 years ago, we discovered how to cover a tooth badly George Washington’s dentures

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Over many centuries, dentistry has evolved into a practice more of restoring teeth instead of just eliminating pain.

WellStar Community Hospice and Palliative Care Raises Awareness by Barbara Ballard, VP, WellStar Health System November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, highlighting the valuable resources available to those facing a serious illness.

curative treatments a patient may want to pursue. More than 1.5 million people with a life-limiting illness get help from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers every single year.

Coping with a life-limiting illness is not easy. In fact, it might be the hardest work anyone will ever do. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of care needs, figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of a family can be overwhelming.

It’s about quality of life. With the help of hospice and palliative care, patients and families can focus on what’s most importantliving as fully as possible in spite of illness. There is an inaccurate perception among the American public that hospice means you have given up. There is a growing body of research showing that hospice and palliative care may prolong the lives of some people who receive care.

Hospice and palliative care providers take the time to talk with patients and loved ones to help them understand their illness and what care options might be available. They make patient wishes a priority and make sure patients get the care they want and deserve. Hospice care provides expert pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and families when a cure is not possible. All the necessary medicines and equipment needed to keep a patient comfortable can be brought right to the home, which is where most people would like to be if possible. Palliative care brings these same skilled services earlier in the course of an illness and can be provided along with other

One of the most challenging issues facing hospices is the misconception that hospice services are limited to six months of service. Physicians treating patients with chronic diseases such as CHF and COPD are often reluctant to refer patients because they do not have a crystal ball that tells them exactly when their patients will pass away. • The Medicare Hospice Benefit requires that a terminally-ill patient have a prognosis of six months or less: there is not a six-month limit to hospice care services. continued on page 68

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Share the Joy of Giving Year-Round with Family Philanthropy by Lisa Malice, Ph.D.

Lisa Malice earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Georgia Tech. She served as a PTA leader at the local and state levels for ten years. She lives in the Indian Hills subdivision with her husband and two children. Contact her at lisa@ moneywisekids.org.

When I was a kid, it was a holiday ritual in our household to make a Christmas list. For me, that meant spending a lot of time with my nose in the Sears catalog and a pencil in my hand jotting down every toy I wanted to find under the tree. My list was pretty long in those days because, like most children, the holidays seemed to be more about getting, not giving. As I matured and realized that I got more joy out of giving, my list got shorter and shorter. The holidays are a perfect time to start teaching your kids the importance of generosity — giving time, money, kindness and talents to others in need. This money-wise lesson helps kids to value and respect others, appreciate what they have, and manage their time and money wisely. Here are some ideas to get started:

Model Charitable Giving. Let your kids witness you volunteering and helping others. Ask their opinions when deciding on items to donate to charities. Talk about why it is important to be caring, compassionate and giving. Discuss the needs and feelings of the people impacted by your assistance in order to develop your kids’ sense of empathy. Share personal stories of giving, emphasizing the good feelings you felt while helping others.

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Make Charity a Family Affair. What better gift to each other than creating shared memories working together on a family charitable project! There are a number of websites with search engines to help you and your children find volunteer opportunities that match your interests, time, and energy in your community (see box). Your local place of worship is also a good source. Family Charity Fund. Discuss charities, including the mission of each, how donated money is used, and how many people might be helped with your donations. This discussion helps kids learn to make wise charitable choices. Consider different charities each month so you can reach as many people as possible and learn about different issues. Encourage your kids to donate a percentage of their earnings to the Family Fund or a charity of their own choosing.

The holidays are a perfect time to start teaching your kids the importance of generosity — giving time, money, kindness and talents to others in need.

Meaningful Donations. Help your kids understand how donated money turns into goods and services by encouraging them to do it themselves. Instead of donating money to a local soup kitchen or Toys for Tots drive, have your kids clip coupons and scan store sales ads for ways to spend their money to help stock the shelves. Have the kids deliver their donations themselves. Caring Entrepreneurs. ids love to earn money, even if cash goes to charity. Help your kids build business sense and charitable values by encouraging them to organize fundraisers for a charity or special cause. They can hold one-time events like a children’s art sale or a car wash, or run regular businesses like a recycling service or flower planting service. The money can be directly donated to the kids’ favorite charity or used to buy materials to make more meaningful donations. If your young entrepreneurs are interested in making profits, talk to your kids about sponsoring a charity with a portion of the profits. It is a good business practice because customers tend to support businesses that care about the community.

ONLINE RESOURCES GenerationOn.org This is a great site for kids, parents, and teachers with information, ideas, and tips for engaging kids in volunteer work. Check out the links for starting a Kids Care Club in your neighborhood or school. GreatGivers.org Check out the “Youth Philanthropy” link under “For Donors” for great resources for teaching kids about giving, including lesson plans and interest surveys. YouthServiceAmerica.org Explore the “Campaigns” and “Resources” links for lots of great ideas for kids working together to make the world a better place for all. HandsOnAtlanta.org Click on the “Advanced Search Link,” under “Find an Opportunity” to narrow your search to fit your interests. VolunteerSolutions.org Click on “More Search Options” under the “Volunteer Opportunities” box to narrow your search to fit your interests. CharityNavigator.org Don’t donate a cent to a charity without finding out how well they manage their money. Don’t miss “Top 10 Tips for Savvy Donors” under the “Tips & Resources” section at the bottom of the home page.

Praise Kindness and Generosity. Tell your kids how proud you are after you witness them demonstrating kindness and caring. A hug and a word of praise is all that is needed when they help carry in the groceries, walk a disabled neighbor’s dog, or invite a lonely child to play on the playground. Let your kids hear you brag about their good deeds to other adult family members. There is no better time than now, before the holiday season starts, for you to use some of these strategies and resources to help your kids learn to give. Then make sure you keep the spirit of the holidays glowing in your hearts throughout the year by making charitable work and giving a regular family priority. And then maybe, you’ll be amazed at how much shorter your children’s own holiday wish lists are next year.

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Cheerleading Photos courtesy of Nancy Scott Photography

Walton Junior Raider 7th Grade Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Jordan Bain, Bailey Post, Grace Yobs, Hunter Tinker, Libby Jordan and Molly Fishman. Middle row: Mary Frances Gurr, Olivia Oppenheim and Mary Louise Bain. Back row: Katie Hunter, Ashton Thompson, Caroline Kohler and Amelia Lindsay. Not pictured: Brooke Bartow, Reet Ganguly and Madison McDaniel.

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Raider Varsity Football and Competition Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Sara Mumford, Michelle Azar, Sydney Edison and Madison Millsaps. Middle row: Tatiana Taylor, Kendall Meissner, Kristin Lax, Morgan Fite, Veronica McCann and Lindie Davidson. Back row: Rachel Friday, Lindsey Mashburn, Emily Justice, Katie Chiang, Quinn Marshall and Cara Seckman. Not pictured: Coach Roberta Manheim

Raider Freshmen Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Britney Foster, Quinn Cunningham, Machaela Galiano, and Kathryn Harper. Middle row: Taylor Rhoads, Annalise Brown, Natalie Murphey, Meghan Moore and Annie Taffe. Back row: Olivia Baggett, Sara Llewellyn, Mary Davis, Bryce Scherer and Catherine Morea. Not pictured: Coach Angie MacDonald

Raider Junior Varsity Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Emily Morris, Mary Grace Williams, Lauren Wetzel and Anna Grady Wilson. Back row: Tori Linehan, Peyton Carroll, Julia Kostakos, Kate Daniel and Janay Wilson. Not pictured: Ashley Byrd and Coach Kimin Filardi.

Walton Junior Raider 8th Grade Cheerleaders. Front row: (left to right): Maddison Deering, Caroline Kramlich, Kelly Kramlich and Tori Smith. Middle row: Katie Greenway, Emily Surry, Allison Thompson, Isabella Farkas and Katie Singer. Back row: Kaitlin Bassett, Brionne Horne, Rebekah Myrick, Caroline Gibson, Alyssa Sheppard and Jessie McGuire.

Raider Varsity Basketball Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Amanda DePoi, Taylor Jones, Ryan Allcorn, Emily Brown, Hillary Goldman and Laura Shepherd. Back row: Alli Boardman, Alysa Land, Abbey Grace Blackstock, Sydney Carter, Cassidy McKee, Emily Glass and Ariel Davenport. Not pictured: Coach Christy Page

Walton Junior Raider 6th Grade Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Leah Schultz, Natalie Orsborn, Maddy Stacy, Victoria Marsha and Isabelle White. Middle row: Taylor Aiken, Madi Burke, Taylor Newby, Kandra Lopes, Annabella Lahtinen, Linsey Wetzel and Lauren Fite. Back row: Rachel Sommer, Sabrina Hoffner, Cierra Brown, MacKenzie Reaves, Mary Grace Bryon, Lauren Lawson, Avery Arnold, Emma Loftin and Merry Owens. Not pictured: Erin Tapley, Cassidy Karrh, Bailey Mire and Noelia Salazar. Around WALTON | November 2012

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Picking a College Major: the Sooner the Better Provided by Claudia Aguirre with C2 Education, East Cobb What will you major in? This is the dreaded question all students face from the moment they send in their first college applications during high school. It is not surprising that by far the most popular major picked by college freshman is “undecided.” While there is nothing wrong with a student beginning their college experience as one of the Claudia Aguirre has been legions of undecided undergraduates, an education specialist and director at C2 they should make every effort to come Education in East Cobb to a decision sooner rather than later. for the past four years. After all, this is one of the most crucial You may contact her regarding ideas for future decisions of his or her life. Nearly all articles at eastcobb@ college graduates will have a much c2educate.com. higher lifetime earning than those without a college degree. It is also known that people who study certain fields (like engineering) will have more than double the lifetime earnings than those of people in other fields (like education). So why is it so important for students to pick a major early in their college careers?

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Nearly all college graduates will have a much higher lifetime earning than those without a college degree. • Studies have shown that students who choose a major early on increase their odds of graduating on time and graduating in general. Students who select a major early may be able to add a second major, a minor, or a certification in another field, thereby making themselves far more marketable upon graduation. • Many majors have complex graduation requirements. For these fields, students who wait too long to declare a major are likely to take longer to graduate. The earlier a student picks a major, the more successful they will be in college. Keep in mind that even if a student changes majors later, they will at least have started setting their goals by knowing what they do and do not want to do with their lives.

Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. Supports Class Size Reduction The current state-wide trend of increased class size in public schools is probably the area of most concern to teachers and parents alike. Student teacher ratio does have a direct impact on education. As a result, the Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. turned its focus to reducing class size at Walton High School (WHS) this year. For an example of the change in class size at WHS in the last 5 years, look at the social studies department. This fall semester, 2012, every class has at least 28 students, including honors and Advanced Placement (AP). In 2007, every social studies class had less than 24 students. Honors and AP classes had less than 20 students. This shows in just 5 years: a 14 percent increase in class size in all social studies classes and a 28 percent increase in class size in honors and AP social studies classes. Stephanie Santoro, Chairman of the Math department, said, “We are currently running four extended day sections, funded through the county and the Foundation, and one zero period class. Those five sections are enough to add another teacher in our department. The current class sizes have grown by six

to seven students per section over the last several years, even with the extended sections. AP math classes used to have about 21-22 students per section and are now up to 28-30 per section. Regular math classes have grown from an average of about 25-26 students to a current average of 30 plus students. The largest math class right now has approximately 34 students in it. We are well aware that the current situation is not ideal, but it has certainly been made better by the efforts of the Walton Facilities Foundation.” Scott Sweeney, Post 6 Board representative said, “We know the CCSD (Cobb County School District) anticipates a $40 million budget shortfall next year. Unless Georgia restores the austerity cuts, the CCSD will not have adequate funding to reduce classroom sizes. It is critically important that our legislators hear that full Quality Based Education funding must be delivered to school districts.” Thus far, the Foundation has raised $56,635, enabling the school to add 9 sections to reduce class size in social studies, math and other academic areas. The Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. will kick-off the 2012-2013 annual campaign continued on page 68 Around WALTON | November 2012

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WHS Homec Every year, the Walton High School Raiders host a Homecoming Parade as a prelude to the football game. While this year’s parade started with a brief rain storm, the crowd enjoyed participants including the WHS Raider Marching Band, Raider football players and cheerleaders, class floats, Principal Judy McNeill, Homecoming Court members, National Art Honor Society and many other groups. The crowd was rewarded with many treats being tossed by parade participants. Studio 7 provided the pictures of members of the Homecoming Court in beautiful dresses. The Raider Varsity Football team went on to victory in a game against Cherokee High School, 21-7.

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Director Abigail Moon and Founder Lane Friel

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Some Connective Tutoring Staff Members Ready to Make a Connection with Your Student. Front row (left to right): Abigail Moon, Lane Friel, and Jessica Mayer Back Row: Jennifer Knotts, Pete Cavicchi, and Joe Roesner.

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WHS Symphony Orchestra Demonstrates Excellence by Scott Sweeney

Scott Sweeney is Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Education and represents Post 6. Scott may be contacted at ssweeney. boardmember@ cobbk12.org or (678) 646-2470. For more information, visit www.cobbk12.org

I recently had the distinct pleasure of attending the 2012 Walton High School Orchestra’s premier symphony performance. Approximately 400 people, including family, friends, Dickerson Middle School’s music program students, and Sunrise Senior Center residents filled the auditorium. The music was simply amazing and the students’ musical talents are absolutely incredible. Led by Directors Dr. Perry Holbrook and Mike Back and Assistant Directors Sara Grimes and Jeff Pollock, the Walton High School Symphony Orchestra is recognized as one of the best nationwide. Hearing them, you would quickly realize how they’ve earned this well-deserved distinction.

The Cobb County School District is also recognized nationally as having one of the best music programs anywhere in the country. The district’s band and orchestra programs are led by Gary Markham, an internationally acclaimed symphony conductor. Gary served as guest conductor for a segment of the evening’s symphony concert. The sounds of the complex arrangement were nothing short of amazing. Gary shared with the audience that Walton has been invited to attend the Midwest Clinic. Held annually in Chicago for more

The Cobb County School District is also recognized nationally as having one of the best music programs anywhere in the country.

than 60 years, this is an invitation-only event featuring incredible music talent. He went on to share that only 1/10th of one percent of all high schools have ever participated in the Midwest Clinic. This year will mark Walton’s fourth appearance — truly remarkable. The participation levels in the music programs at Dickerson and Dodgen Middle schools are incredible. Special thanks to the students and families for sharing your time and talents with this community. With their continuing support combined with the school district’s music program leadership, I’m confident that the music programs within the Walton community will continue to prosper. Please take an opportunity to listen to and support these remarkable students as they continue to outperform and demonstrate excellence.

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2012 Top Tech Toys for the Holidays by Thomas Button The holiday season is around the corner and you know what that means for children: toys! Looking for suggestions on what to buy? The following is a list of seven technological toys that are sure to make your kids appreciate you.

Thomas Button is a sophomore at Walton High School (WHS) and a member of the WHS robotics team, Team WALT. Visit waltonrobotics.org for more information or to contact Team WALT.

• The LeapFrog Map is both educational and fun. Recommended for children ages one to ten, this map offers many different games that can teach your kids geography. It also talks and can teach your children how to say “hello” in many languages. It is the perfect toy to help children have fun and learn during the holidays.

• The Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Power Tower track set is a great track to success for children over four years old. It includes a spiral corkscrew elevator, a moving saw, and of course, a car-chomping monster. The set comes with cars and track so that your kid can race to victory.

• The Crayola Digital Light Designer will feed your child’s artistic passion. This 360 degree dome lets kids draw pictures with light using a stylus with a choice of line thickness and eight different colors. It even holds up to 50 drawings for playback and contains preprogrammed scenes and games. It is recommended for children ages six and older. • Flying remote-controlled helicopters just got easier. With the Regal Elite Force Flyer, recommended for kids ages eight and up, your child will be able to fly remote-controlled helicopters with a special glove that transmits wrist movements to

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With the Regal Elite Force Flyer, recommended for kids ages eight and up, your child will be able to fly remote-controlled helicopters with a special glove that transmits wrist movements to movements on the helicopter. movements on the helicopter. It is great for aspiring pilots and kids of all ages who like remote controlled toys. • Laser Tag Blast. What more can I say? This revolutionized game of laser tag enables children to play laser tag with iPhones that attach to guns. When attached, the iPhone acts as a HUD (Heads-Up-Display) in which players can see lasers that are being fired, and find teammates and opponents. It is recommend for ages seven and up. • Transformer Prime Remote-Controlled Robots take transformers to a new level. All you have to do is press one button and they will change from vehicle to robot or viceversa. On top of this, kids can drive them around as regular remote controlled cars. They are recommended for ages four and up. • The Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter is recommended for kids ten and up. With two cameras, live streaming video, four rotors, Wi-Fi, and ultrasound, this beast of a helicopter is a perfect way to make your child worship you forever. It can be controlled via an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

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School/Sports News G.O.S.H. Handprint Unveiling Ceremony On a clear fall morning, community members gathered in Marietta Square for the 24th annual “Give Our Schools A Hand” (G.O.S.H.) handprint unveiling ceremony, celebrating Teachers of the Year for Cobb County and Marietta City Schools. Sponsored by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, G.O.S.H., first held in 1988, is a month-long celebration of educators. District Teachers of the Year have their handprints permanently displayed along the “Teacher Walk of Fame” as a tribute to their impact on students. Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year Dr. Richard Kaht, who is a science teacher at Dickerson Middle School (DMS), and Marietta City Teacher of the Year David DuBose were honored before a large crowd of students, fellow staff members, officials

from both school districts, business leaders and community supporters. The serene atmosphere of the Marietta Square was livened by the rhythmic performance of the DMS percussion ensemble performing “Garbage” using trash cans and buckets to make music. The Marietta High School Pep Band also performed for the crowd. Dr. Kaht and Mr. DuBose capped off the event by unveiling their handprints for the audience and media in attendance. The G.O.S.H. celebration continued throughout October, culminating in the Teacher of the Year Pep Rally at Roswell Street Baptist Church. The pep rally honored Teachers of the Year from every school in Cobb and Marietta.

Dr. Brink’s and Dr. Kaht’s handprints on the “Teacher Walk of Fame”

Above: DMS Percussion Ensemble performing at the G.O.S.H ceremony. Right: CCSD Teacher of the Year Dr. Richard Kaht with DMS Percussion Ensemble before unveiling his handprints added as the 24th set to join the “Teacher Walk of Fame” in Marietta Square.

Lisa and Dr. Richard Kaht with Dr. Carole Brink, Principal of DMS. Dr. Brink was the CCSD Teacher of the Year in 1997 when she was a teacher at Hightower Trail Middle School.

Mt. Bethel Elementary Student Named National Tri-Mathlon Finalist Mathnasium, a mathematics tutoring service with a location in East Cobb recently held its second annual National Tri-Mathlon math competition for 3rd through 6th graders. The students competed in three categories - The Counting Game, Magic Squares, and Mental Math. There was also a tie-breaker that showed mathematical prowess. Deandra Kosen, a student 54

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of Mt. Bethel Elementary School, scored a perfect score in the national contest in all three categories at the competition held at the Mathnasium of East Cobb. She was selected as a National Tri-Mathlon Finalist for fourth grade! Congratulations to Deandra and the other top place scorers and contestants!

School/Sports News WHS Principal’s Leadership Committee Collects for Prosthetic Lab The Walton High School (WHS) Principal’s Leadership Committee is a group of sophomores, juniors and seniors who work with the Walton Facilities Foundation and Principal Judy McNeill to represent the student body. They are currently collecting donations to help Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta create a new prosthetic fabrication lab. The experts in the Limb Deficiency Program make custom artificial limbs to restore the function and appearance of a child’s limb. The limbs are made with the highest quality standards and state-of-the-arttechnology. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please mail checks made out to Children’s Miracle Network to Walton Facilities Foundation, Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Rd., Marietta, GA 30062.

Athletes Visit Timber Ridge Elementary All Star Book Fair In keeping with the All Star theme of the Scholastic Book Fair held at Timber Ridge Elementary, the school was visited by Former two-time NFL Super Bowl Champ Anthony Smith and Former WNBA player Rushia Brown. The former professional athletes signed autographs, posed for pictures and raffled off signed footballs and basketballs. Even Clifford the Big Red Dog came to meet the All Star Athletes.

MBCA’s National Junior Honor Society Elects Officers The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize outstanding middle school students. The NJHS honors students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) has 31 seventh and eighth graders in its chapter. Members of Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s NJHS recently selected officers for the 2012-2013 school year. For more information regarding Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, please contact (770) 971-0245.

NJHS officers. Left to right are: Aline O’Neill, President (8th grade); Jacqueline Lewis, Vice President (8th grade); Haley Gamis, Secretary (7th Grade); and Julia Ann Claeys, Chaplain (8th grade).

Former NFL Super Bowl Champ Anthony Smith, Principal Dr. Tracie Doe, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Former WNBA player Rushia Brown, and CoChairs of the Book Fair, Jennifer Dengler and Cecile Dellabernarda.

Super Bowl Champ Anthony Smith shows his Super Bowl Ring while posing with Jack Dengler.

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Blake and Cade: The Acting Jones Brothers by Lynne Lysaght Studios, run by former actor Ken Feinberg (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in Atlanta. Blake auditioned and was selected to participate in the class. After working with the students, Mr. Feinberg planned a special trip to Los Angeles, allowing the students to participate in workshops with professionals from the industry, including casting directors, actors, producers and others, to learn about the business end of acting. The students learned how to prepare for auditions, were told what to do and not do in front of casting directors, received advice on head shots and the industry professionals shared their personal experiences.

Local residents Blake and Cade Jones are television and film actors as well as typical all-American boys who love baseball and playing video games with friends. Blake is 14 and attends Dickerson Middle School, and Cade is 10 and a student at Mt. Bethel Elementary. Blake and Cade’s career started when an employee of their parents, Ty and Julie, suggested the couple get their boys into modeling or acting. He was in the entertainment business in addition to working for Ty as a personal trainer at Fit for Life. He thought the boys would be naturals in front of the camera — both are good looking with striking blue eyes and dark hair. Blake started going for modeling jobs at around age 6. Cade was along for the ride, but spent most of his time hiding behind Julie’s leg. Blake auditioned and performed in several plays with Blake Cooper Productions at Mt. Bethel Elementary and found that he enjoyed being on stage. He also portrayed Duke Solinus in Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors, a play staged for the school by the students of the Advanced Learning Program. When Ty saw this performance, he recognized 56

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how well Blake was able to convey his emotions on stage. Ty said, “You didn’t have to understand the words being spoken to understand how Blake’s character was feeling.” Through a classmate at Mt. Bethel, the Jones family learned of Film Academy Class, an acting class offered by Creative

The students then performed in a Showcase in front of agents, managers, casting directors and producers. Blake performed scenes from the movies Big and A Bridge to Terabithia. Blake was the only student who received interest from an agent and manager. He signed with the Park Noack Agency and professional head shots were made at the agency’s Pasadena office. The family flew home, but three weeks later on the advice of Blake’s agent, Julie, the boys and the dog made the move to L.A. to be available during television series pilot season when casting directors are looking for new talent. Julie homeschooled the boys so their schedule would allow for the flexibility to audition. Blake auditioned for many roles and booked six jobs. Many times, Cade had been asked if he was interested

in acting, and the answer was always, “No” - until the move to L.A. After watching Blake, Cade said, “If it’s this simple, I want to do it.” Since then, Cade has been an extra in several of the movies that Blake has had roles in, including Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Congratulations!, and Small World. When preparing for auditions, Julie will read the scripts to be sure that there isn’t inappropriate material, and they use the Internet Movie Database website (imdb.com) to research directors and producers’ previous movies. Julie said that, due to the large increase in film and television work available in the Southeast and due to the industry now accepting taped auditions, they no longer need to live in L.A. to get roles. Blake and Cade auditioned for different roles in Parental Guidance and both made it to the final round, but one thing they have learned in this business is that depending on who else is cast and how you look with the already cast actor, the color of your hair or height may actually be the thing that determines who gets the role rather than your acting talent. Cade won the role of Ivan and Blake was not chosen for a role. Cade will be making his major motion picture film debut in the movie Parental Guidance that will premiere this holiday season. The movie stars Billy Crystal, Bette Middler and Marisa Tomei and is about two grandparents coming to help out with their daughter’s children. Cade plays the role of Ivan, a young baseball player, and he worked directly with Billy Crystal in the movie. He only has eight lines, but a scene that he plays with Billy will definitely be a memorable moment.

Blake at the premiere of The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Director Peter Hedges.

Blake admitted that he was happy for his brother when Cade got the role, but also a little jealous. The jealousy quickly disappeared as he got to be on set with Cade during filming as it took place in Atlanta over summer break. Cade had his own trailer and both boys loved meeting all the other actors, making new friends and everything about being on the set. Another actor, Bailee Madison, immediately made Cade feel comfortable. She called Cade and herself “Abercrombie Buddies” because of the shirts she and Cade were wearing the first day on set. You might know Bailee from Disney’s Wizard of Waverly Place or the movie A Bridge to Terabithia. Cade said to Ty about acting, “Dad, it’s fun and the crazy thing is they pay me for it.” One of the most memorable experiences while making Parental Guidance was the Table Read, where every actor who has speaking parts is in the room and participating while they read through the entire script. Cade and Blake both play travel baseball with Ty as their coach, and their favorite player is Atlanta Braves player Chipper Jones. When Cade was asked what number he wanted on his baseball uniform in the movie, he chose number 10, like Chipper. The premiere will be in Los Angeles on December 15 at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, and Julie and the boys will be there. Julie said that there was a great deal of laughter at the Table Read, and after watching the trailer, I can’t wait to see it (rated PG) with my boys and point out one of the acting Jones brothers that I know personally!

Billy Crystal, Cade and Director Andy Fickman on the set of Parental Guidance.

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Neighbor Or Enemy? by Bryant Wright But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28

Bryant Wright is the Senior Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and the founder and chairman of Right from the Heart Ministries. He currently serves as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He can be reached at (770) 9736561 ext. 2962.

Jesus defined the word “enemy” as “anyone who is not for us.” In light of that definition, we all have folks we work with and cross paths with and sometimes even live with, who are not for us. They can make life miserable; yet incredibly, Jesus Christ said, “You have heard it said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies.” To love our friends is easy, but to love our enemies is unique.

At the end of the Civil War, many Northerners were demanding that the South be punished for the devastation the war had caused the United States. In the midst of this issue,

But I say to you, Love your enemies.” To love our friends is easy, but to love our enemies is unique. a group visited President Lincoln in the White House, feeling he was being too soft on the South. One man became so incensed that he pounded on Mr. Lincoln’s desk and he said, “Mr. President, I believe in destroying my enemies!” President Lincoln sat and reflected a moment, and then he slowly stood and said, “Do we not destroy our enemies when we make them our friends?” This is what Jesus meant, and that type of love can literally change the world. Will you? Can you? If you will, then through Jesus, you can! Copyrighted material. Used by permission of Right From The Heart Ministries, Marietta, GA

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WALTON AREA Houses of Worship Anglican The Church of Our Redeemer 2625 Canton Road (770) 421-1928 Rector: Fr. James Danford www.ourredeemeracc.org

Apostolic Northside Apostolic Church 2115 Northfield Court, (770) 975-3001

Baha’i Faith Baha’i Faith of Marietta 2601 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-0070

Baptist

Mt. Arbor Baptist Church 2235 Morgan Road, NE, (770) 971-9339

Christian and Missionary Alliance

New Life Baptist Church 4010 Canton Road, (770) 592-6880 Pastor: Roger Brink www.thenewlife.org

Marietta Alliance Church 1787 E. Piedmont Road, (770) 973-2189 Pastor: David Hayes www.macweb.org

New Providence Baptist Church 3740 Providence Road, (770) 971-3519 Pastor: Charles Whittaker www.newprovidencebc.com

Christian Science

Northside Primitive Baptist Church 5265 Roswell Road, (678)481-2793 Pastor: Jason Solomon www.northsidepbc.org

Church of Christ

Bible Baptist Church 2025 Eula Drive, NE, (770) 592-2660 Pastor: D.L. Cooper

Piedmont Baptist Church 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, (770) 422-2566 www.piedmontchurch.tv

Chattahoochee Baptist Church 375 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-2058 Pastor: Rick Shoup www.chattahoocheebaptistchurch.org

Sandy Plains Baptist Church

Cornerstone Baptist Church 1506 Sawyer Road, (770) 422-3579 Pastor: Carl George

Sewell Mill Baptist Church 2550 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 971-3746 Pastor: David Watson www.sewellmill.org

Crossview Baptist Church 1100 Piedmont Road, (770) 973-0063 Pastor: John E. Johnson www.crossviewbaptist.org East Cobb Baptist Church 1940 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-2233 Pastor: David York Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2323 Pastor: Dr. David H. Chauncey www.ebcfamily.org Eastwood Baptist Church 1150 Allgood Road, (770) 973-9011 Pastor: Mike Hatton www.eastwoodbaptist.org Elizabeth Baptist Church 315 Kurtz Road, (770) 427-3325 Pastor: Steve Echols Galilee Baptist Church 2050 Bentley Lake Road, (770) 422-6487 Holt Road Baptist Church 675 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-3052 www.holtroadbaptist.org Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 973-6561 Pastor: Bryant Wright www.johnsonferry.org Liberty Hill Baptist Church 1053 Liberty Hill Road, NE, (770) 422-1406 Pastor: Amos Williams

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2825 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-8525 Pastor: Dr. Alvin Southerland www.sandyplains.org

Shady Grove Baptist Church 1654 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 428-0216 Shallowford Free Will Baptist 1686 Shallowford Road, (770) 926-1163 Pastor: Len Blanchard www.shallowfordchurch.com

Catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church 3401 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-0038 Pastor: Darragh Griffith www.holyfamilycc.org St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road, (770) 552-6400 Pastor: Tom Rielly www.st-ann.org Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, (770) 977-1442 Pastor: Monsignor Patrick Bishop www.transfiguration.com

Christian

Atlanta Chinese Christian Church Northwest 1837 Bill Murdock Road, (770) 971-1837 Pastor: Rev. Christopher Pu Chestnut Ridge Christian Church 2663 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-8888 Pastor: Byron Wells Walking By Faith Christian 1821 Kinridge Road, (678) 560-1144

Christian Science Churches & Reading Rooms 2641 Old Sewell Road, (770) 565-7271

Church of Christ-Piedmont Road 1630 Piedmont Road, (770) 971-9933 Minister: Neil Richey www.pr-coc.com East Cobb Church of Christ 5240 Roswell Road, (770) 587-5888 Pastor: Ray Hawkins www.eastcobbcoc.org Emmanuel Tabernacle Christ Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A32, (770) 422-3268 Pastor: Dwight Graves North River Church of Christ 320 Austin Avenue, (770) 792-8133 www.nrcoc.com

Church of God Church of God of Prophecy 3393 Canton Road, (770) 427-5923 First Church of God 592 Shannon Drive, (770) 461-1925 Mount Paran North 1700 Allgood Road, (770) 578-9081 www.mtparan.com Town Center Church of God 1040 Blackwell Road, (770) 424-4004

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3195 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 509-9074 Pastor: Bishop Ho Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — Paper Mill Ward, 95 Holt Road, (770) 578-8734

Community Churches Cobb Community Church at Highlands 4649 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 992-3330 Pastor: Alan Daniels www.cobbcc.com Shallowford Falls Community Church 3662 Shallowford Road, (770) 565-7468 Pastor: David White www.shallowfordfalls.com

Vineyard Community Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A25, (770) 565-1505 Pastor: Tommy Papevies

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2922 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4600 Pastor: Ronald Grunke www.holytrinitymarietta.org

Restoration Life Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-1481 Pastor: Ken Kessler www.lifeschoolinternational.org

Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-7473 Rector: The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain www.peterandpaul.org

Lutheran Church of Incarnation 1200 Indian Hills Parkway, (770) 971-2738 Pastor: Rev. Jerry Reynolds www.lcilutheran.org

Orthodox

Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 Rev. Paul McCabe www.annunciationepiscopal.org

Lutheran Church of Resurrection 4814 Paper Mill Road, (770) 953-3193 www.lcrmarietta.org

Episcopal

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 571 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-2839 Rev. Jim Nixon www.stcatherines.org

Greek Orthodox

Methodist East Cobb United Methodist 2325 Roswell Road, (770) 971-3643 Pastor: Brian Germano www.eastcobbumc.org

St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 485-0504 Priest Frederick Watson www.stelizabethga.org

Presbyterian Christ Presbyterian Church 495 Terrell Mill Road, (770) 956-7572 Pastor: Legree Finch www.christpreschurch.org

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 3431 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 924-8080 Rev. Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou www.HolyTransfiguration.info

Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2880 www.mtbethel.org

East Cobb Presbyterian 4616 Roswell Road, (770) 973-4114 Pastor: Richard Holmes www.ecpca.org

Jehovah’s Witness

Mountain View United Methodist 2300 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-0050 Pastor: Bill Burch www.mvumc.org

Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3125 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 977-2976 Pastor: Dr. Tim McConnell www.epres.org

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-1465 Pastor: Dr. Joe Peabody www.mtzionumc.org

Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian 3605 Sandy Plains Road #240-161, (404) 786-9815 Pastor: John Fesko www.genevaopc.org

Powers Ferry United Methodist Church 245 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5271 Pastor: Jane Nugent www.powerumc.com

Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4673 Pastor: Martin Hawley www.hopepca.org

Sacred Tapestry UMC 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 605-5083 www.sacredtapestry.com

John Knox Presbyterian Church 505 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5050 Pastor: Fritz Bogar www.johnknoxpcmarietta.org

Jehovah’s Witness 2065 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 427-1881 Pastor: Hope Torkornoo www.watchtower.org

Jewish Chabad of East Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 565-4412 Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, (770) 973-0137 Rabbis Shalom Lewis and Paul Kerbel www.etzchaim.net Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, (770) 973-9205 Rabbi: Stephen Lebow www.kolemeth.net

Korean Bethany Korean Presbyterian Multi-cultural (Korean, Brazilian and American) 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 643-1459 Pastor: Byeongho Choi www.bethanykorean.org Korean Covenant Presbyterian 2100 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 565-4777 Pastor: Paul Sim www.sungyahk.org Korean United Methodist Church 945 Old Canton Road, (770) 321-0020

Lutheran Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 2240 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-7919 Pastor: John Guse www.bslc.us Faith Lutheran Church 2111 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-8877 Pastor: Carl Schneidert www.faithLCMS.org

St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road, (770) 926-4961 St. Paul United Methodist Church 244 Kurtz Road, (770) 422-1089 Pastor: Dana Overton-Garrett Wesley Chapel United Methodist 4495 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 993-4919 Pastor: Jimmy Hood www.wesleychapelumc.com

Non-Denominational Marietta Vineyard Church 1492 Roswell Road, (770) 977-9496 Pastor: Jeremy Graves www.mariettavineyard.org North Atlanta Church 2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303

Overcomers World Church 2300 Shallowford Road, (770) 924-0607 Pastors: Allison and Isaac Crawford overcomerswc.org

Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 998-9321 Pastor: Carrie Scott www.rtmchurch.org

Unitarian Universalist Emerson Unitarian Universalist 2799 Holly Springs Road, NE, (770) 578-1533 Pastor: Rev. Jeff Jones

United Church of Christ Pilgrimage Church UCC 3755 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-0007 Pastor: Kimberleigh Buchanan www.pilgrimageucc.org

Unity Unity North Atlanta Church 4255 Sandy Plains Road, (678) 819-9100 Acting Spiritual Leader: Rev. Richard Burdick www.unitynorth.org Around WALTON | November 2012

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WALTON AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations APICS, The Association for Operations Management Meeting: 3rd Tuesday for 5:30 p.m. networking; 6:15 - 8 p.m. dinner & speaker Location: Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd, Atlanta Contact: www.atlantaapics.org or programs@ apicsatlanta.org East Cobb Business Association Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216 www.eastcobbba.com East Cobb Open Networking A referral network for professionals Meeting: Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Location: Capozzi’s NY Deli, 4285 Roswell Road Contact: Tim Langley, (770) 289-9711 East Cobb PowerCore Team Meeting: Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: IHOP, 3130 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (404) 816-3377 Northeast Cobb Business Association Meeting: Third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road Contact: crba@cantonroadba.org or (678) 229-2893 www.northeastcobbba.org

Cobb County WWII Veterans Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 1 p.m. Location: Windy Hill Senior Center East Cobb AARP Meeting: 1st Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Road East Cobb Civic Association, Inc. Meeting: Last Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: See website for location. Contact: Jill Flamm, President www.eastcobb.net East Cobb Civitans Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12 noon Location: Old Towne Athletic Club, Marietta Contact: Mary Karras, (770) 422-6485 East Cobb Community Friends for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Suzanne Strickland, (770) 992-2882 East Cobb Lions Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216

Y Business Network Y membership not required. Meeting: Every other Friday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. Location: Northeast Cobb Y, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Rosemary Macmillan, (678) 569-9622

East Cobb Optimist Clubs Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Shillings on the Square 19 N. Park Square NE, Marietta Contact: Jim David, (404) 683-0196

Charitable Organizations

Kiwanis Club of East Cobb Meetings: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Paradise South of the Border 3605 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Johnny Johnson, (770) 977-2026 www.eastcobbkiwanis.org

Aloha To Aging, Inc. Support Programs for Seniors and their families. Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 439-1177 Animals Deserve Better, Inc. Animal rescue and adoptions Contact: Kimberly Brenowitz, (770) 402-0297 kimberlyadb@aol.com Boys and Girls Clubs Contact: (770) 427-0418 Foundation for Hospital Art Contact: Scott Feight (678) 324-1695 www.hospitalart.org Meals on Wheels Contact: Shelia Perkins, (770) 528-5381 MUST Ministries Contact: (770) 426-7667 SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. Contact: Elizabeth Underwood (770) 801-3465

Civic Organizations American Legion Post 29 Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wednesday and Saturday at 11 a.m.. Location: 921 Gresham Ave. NE. Contact: (770) 427-5900 Cobb American Association of University Women Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact: www.aauwcobb.org

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Kiwanis Club of Marietta — Golden K Meetings: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Joe Van Horn, Sr., (770) 428-3419 gajosbarb@comcast.net League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb Meeting : 2nd Monday Location: Various Contact: mariettacobb@lwvga.org or Elizabeth at (770) 592-0625 President’s Club Toastmasters Meeting: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Services Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road Contact: Judi Rogers, missiontur@aol.com Rotary Club of East Cobb Meeting: Wednesdays at 7 — 8 a.m. Location: Indian Hills Country Club Contact: (770) 971-2605 www.eastcobbrotary.com VFW Post 2681 Location: 140 Powers Ferry Road Contact: (770) 977-2088 www.vfwwebcom.org/ga/post2681

Political Organizations Cobb County Democratic Party Committee Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 9 a.m. Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway Contact: (770) 420-7133 ccdc@cobbdemocrat.com Cobb Democratic Women Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: Beverly McMurry, (770) 426-6916 btmcmurray@comcaStreet.net Cobb Young Democrats Meeting: Wednesdays at 12 noon Contact: webmaster@ydcobb.org www.ydcobb.org Cobb County Libertarian Party Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber Marietta City Hall Contact: Ted Skirvin, (770) 795-1331 www.cobblp.org Cobb County Republican Party Meeting: 1st Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Location: Williamson Bros. BBQ, Marietta Contact: Billy Dendy, (770) 272-0458 dendyjoe@gmail.com, www.cobbgop.org Cobb County Republican Women Meeting: 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta Conference Center 500 Powder Springs Street Contact: (770) 785-2522, www.ccrwc.org East Cobb Democratic Alliance Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Delkwood Grill, 2769 Delk Rd. Contact: Tom Barksdale (770) 592-9424

Recreation and Hobbies American Needlepoint Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mountainview Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road Contact: Penny Boswinkle, (770) 394-0065 Bridge Club Meeting: Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m., Mon. – Sat. 7:30 p.m. Location: 1089 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 973-7717 Cobb Alley Cats People who help stray cats Contact: Sue Verner, (770) 436-6758 Cobb County Special Olympics Contact: (770) 819-3223 www.prca.cobbcoga.org Cobb County Stamp Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Sundays at 1:30 p.m. If new to club, call contact below. Location: Atlanta Ballet Studio, 2000 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: C. Rejent, (770) 330-0790 crejent@stampsclubs.com www.stampclubs.com/cobb Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dan Batchelor, (770) 992-2362

Sope Creek Garden Club Meeting: 1st Wednesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Karin Guzy, (770) 955-1303

Support Groups Al-Anon Meeting: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 www.johnsonferry.org/counseling Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177 Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 6 p.m. Facilitated by Dawn Reed of Aloha to Aging Location: Arbor Terrace at East Cobb, 886 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Shelly Ealey, (770) 977-4420 Autism Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Room F002 Contact: (770) 971-2880 Blended Families Support Group Meeting: 3rd Sunday at 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-2880 Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 sandy@thepumpkinchurch.org Cancer Support Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 www.johnsonferry.org/counseling Career Quest Ministry Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 552-6400 x 6104 Codependents Anonymous Meeting: Monday and Thursdays at 7:30pm Location: Unity North Church, 4225 Sandy Plains Road (Administration Bldg upstairs) Contact: Janet D. 770-578-6368 Website: northgeorgiacoda.org Compassionate Friends Support group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Contact: Chapter Phone Line (404) 539-4287 or email erica_beltz@yahoo.com Website: www.tcfmarietta.org Dad 2 Dad For stay-at-home dads Contact: Richard Collins, (770) 579-5445 Diabetes Support Group Contact: Wellstar, (770) 793-7828 East Cobb CHADD For parents with children who have ADHD. Contact: east-cobb@chadd.net Website: www.chadd.net/300

Families Anonymous (FA) Support group for families who have loved ones struggling with addiction. Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Youth Center, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd. Contact: jawadta@yahoo.com Family Caregiver Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Facilitator: Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241 Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, (678) 395-5825 or (678) 620-3685 Website: www.accessandequity.org Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church Blackwell Road Contact: Jeannie DeCarlo, (770) 919-9275

Website: www.nextcenturyyouth.org Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Pkwy. Contact: (678) 404-0034, www.NOWaMOM.org. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905, Roswell Rd Contact: Betsy, (404) 226-4931, www.oa.org Parents of Prodigals Children with self-destructive lifestyle. Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 www.johnsonferry.org/counseling Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Bldg. A Contact: Robin Cleveland, (678) 819-3915 rcleveland@visitingangels.com

Grief Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: Aloha To Aging, Inc. , Mt. Bethel Comm. Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: (678) 439-1177.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177

JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent, and Significant Others) Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesday Location: Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy., in the library Contact: (770) 928-2523, teshuva12@aol.com

PASA (Parents of All Stages and Ages) Meeting: Fridays at 10 a.m.Free child care available Location: East Cobb UMC Lower Level Activities Building, 2325 Roswell Road Contact: Lisa Hunt (770) 984-0699

Job Seekers Meeting: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road Contact: (770) 977-2976 Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) for parents of East Side Elementary students Meeting: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Contact: Rachel Bloom, (770) 973-4705, familybloom@gmail.com Moms In Touch — Walton High School Meeting: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, room 332 Contact: Cynthia Eller (770) 578-6301 eller2905@aol.com Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact: www.mmeastcobb.homestead.com National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin (770) 928-2762, Terri (678) 497-5657 Website: www.nami.org Newcomers of Cobb County Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: (770) 234-5068 newcomersofcobbcounty@yahoo.com Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278

Road to Recovery Divorce Support Group Meeting: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House Contact: (770) 971-2880 Sexual Assault Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: YMCA of NW GA, 48 Henderson St, Contact: Marie Mertilus, (770) 423-3589 Single Adult Ministry Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-3447, www.mtbethel.org Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561, www.jfbc.org Treasures in Heaven (miscarriage/infant death) Meeting: 4th Monday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 www.johnsonferry.org/counseling VOICE Today Survivors of child sexual abuse Meeting: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Room 334 Contact: Tom Scales, (678) 578-4888 Website: www.voicetoday.org Widowed Helping Others Meeting: Twice each month Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Contact: Marguerite Williamson, (770) 977-8438 Women’s Divorce Support Group Meeting: 1st Thursday & 3rd Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: Facilitated by Visions Anew, (770) 953-2882 Website: www.visionsanew.org Around WALTON | November 2012

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SCHOOL INFORMATION Elementary Schools East Side Elementary School 3850 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-7200 Principal: Elizabeth Mavity Mount Bethel Elementary School 1210 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-7248 Principal: Joan Johnson Murdock Elementary School 2320 Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 509-5071 Principal: Cynthia Hanauer Sope Creek Elementary School 3320 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 916-7085 Principal: Martha Whalen Timber Ridge Elementary School 5000 Timber Ridge Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 642-5621 Principal: Dr. Tracie Doe

Middle Schools Dickerson Middle School 855 Woodlawn Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-2710 Principal: Dr. Carole Brink Dodgen Middle School 1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-2726 Principal: Robin Lattizori

High School Walton High School 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-3225 Principal: Judy McNeill

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Private Schools East Cobb Christian School At East Cobb Presbyterian Church 4616 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 565-0881, www.eccs.org Grades: K — 8 Principal: Teresa Staley Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-2332, www.eastsidechristianschool.com Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Judy Cripps Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 973-8921, www.FaithLCMS.org Grades: Pre-K – 8 Principal: Jack Hibbs Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-0245, www.mtbethelchristian.org Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Jim Callis Lower School Principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School Principal: Jack Grimm Omega Private Academy 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 529-1717,www.Omegaprivateacademy.com Grades K – 12, Certified Teachers, SACS Accredited/GSNS Approved Director: Kathy Keeton Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 953-1340, www.shreiner.com Grades: Toddler – 8 Director: Sarah Walker

2012-2013 School Calendar at-a-Glance November 19 – 23 Thanksgiving Holiday December 21 Student Holiday/Furlough Day December 24 – January 4 Winter Holiday January 7 Student Holiday January 21 Martin Luther King Holiday February 15 Student Holiday/Furlough Day February 18 Presidents’ Day Holiday April 8 – 12 Spring Holiday May 23 Last Day of School

Woodacres School 1772 Johnson Ferry Road , Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 971-1880, www.woodacresschool.org Grades: Pre-K – 8 Head of School: Judy T. Thigpen

www.cobbk12.org https://pinnacle.cobbk12.org/Pinnacle www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/picasso www12.mealpayplus.com

RECENT CONSUMER PRODUCT RECALLS Around Walton wants to help keep you and your family safe. The following items have been recalled by their manufacturers in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

1. Front Load Washers

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The GE Profile washing machine’s basket can separate during use and break the washer’s top panel.

2. Wood Highchairs

The high chair’s seat can detach from the base. Graco has received reports of bumps, bruises, scratches and a concussion from falls.

3. Haier 42-inch LED-TVs

The support neck on the TV stand can break. If this happens the TV can fall. More than 180 cracks, breaks reported.

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4. Infant Swings

A child’s body can pass through the opening on the Happy Swing II between the tray and seat or the grab bar and the seat and become trapped, if the child is not buckled in.

5. Step Stools

Sold exclusively at The Home Depot. The top step/standing platform can break. The step stools were sold from April 2012 through August 2012.

6. Eddie Bauer Rocking Wood Bassinets

3.

The bottom locking mechanism can fail to lock, allowing infants to roll into the side of the bassinet. Two infants were reported to have breathing difficulties when this happened.

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For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit www.cpsc.gov or call 1-800-638-2772. Around WALTON | November 2012

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION Emergency — 911 • Around Walton (770) 615-3311 Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Driver’s License Health Department Post Office Recycling Center

Cobb County Government:

Business License CCT Bus Service Commissioners Engineering Office Traffic Signals Extension Office Jury Phone — State Court Jury Phone — Superior Court Keep Cobb Beautiful Planning and Zoning Senior Services Tax Assessors/Evaluation Taxes: License Plates/Tags Property Tax Voter Registration

(770) 980-2000 (678) 413-8400 (678) 784-2180 (800) 275-8777 www.usps.com (770) 528-2500

(770) 528-8410 (770) 528-8465 (770) 528-1000 (770) 528-1616 (770) 528-1600 (770) 528-4070 (770) 528-2626 (770) 528-1804 (770) 528-1135 www.cobbcounty.org/kcb (770) 528-2004 (770) 528-5355 (770) 528-3100 (770) 528-8247 (770) 528-8600 (770) 528-2581

Children/Family:

Aloha to Aging, Inc. Family Caregiver Support

(678) 439-1177 ww.alohatoaging.org Child and Adolescent Services (770) 514-2300 Child Support Enforcement (770) 528-2410 Department of Family and Children’s Services (770) 528-5000 Meals on Wheels (770) 528-5381 Mothers Making a Change (770) 499-2422 Next Steps (Child/Adolescent) (770) 514-2300 MUST Ministries (770) 427-9862 YMCA of Northwest GA, Rape Crisis Center (770) 427-3390

Clubs/Groups:

AARP Kiwanis Club Lions Club Rotary Club

Public Service:

Fire Departments: 2905 Library Lane 4431 Trickum Road 3892 Oak Lane Georgia State Patrol Non-Emergency 911 Sheriff’s Department

Hospitals:

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(678) 290-9895 (770) 912-9632 (404) 218-6216 (770) 422-7551

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

Cobb Judicial Victim Assistance Domestic Violence Unit Drug Tip Poison Control Center Public Outreach/Programs

(770) 528-3047 (770) 499-4665 (770) 590-5520 (404) 589-4400 (770) 499-4719

Libraries:

East Cobb Library East Marietta Library Gritter’s Library Mountain View Regional Library

(770) 509-2730 (770) 509-2711 (770) 528-2524 (770) 509-2725

Parks and Recreation: Aquatic Centers: Mountain View Sewell Park East Cobb Park Fullers Park Harrison Park Harrison Tennis Center Main Office Mount Bethel Park Sweat Mountain Park YMCA

(770) 509-4927 (770) 509-2741 (770) 591-3160 (770) 509-2737 (770) 591-3150 (770) 591-3151 (770) 528-8800 (770) 509-2748 (770) 591-3160 (770) 977-5991

Pets:

Animal Control Animal Shelter and Pet Adoptions Cobb County Animal Control Cobb County Humane Society Emergency Veterinary Clinic Good Mews Animal Foundation

(770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 428-5678 (770) 424-9157 (770) 499-CATS

Schools: Board of Education

(770) 426-3300 www.cobbk12.org

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

(770) 205-5400 (770) 499-3900 (770) 499-4600 www.cobbsheriff.org

(770) 751-2500 (404) 851-8000 (770) 793-5000

AT&T Broadband/Comcast

AT&T Residential Phone Service Atlanta Gas Light Co. Cobb County Water System Cobb EMC Georgia Power Water Emergency

(404) 266-2278 www.comcast.com (888) 757-6500 www.att.com (770) 907-4231 www.aglc.com (770) 423-1000 water.cobbcountyga.gov (770) 429-2100 www.cobbemc.com (888) 660-5890 www.georgiapower.com (770) 419-6201

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you can be most successful in our new norm. Ask yourself the following: 1. Are your customers the same as they were in 2007? 2. Have you updated your products and services, or are your offerings the same as they were a decade ago? 3. What value does your customer place on your goods or services? 4. Have prices in the market shifted? Are you priced competitively? 5. Is your business model the same? Does it still make sense today? 6. Do you have a clearly defined niche? Is it still profitable, or is that market shrinking? 7. What is different about the way customers find you? 8. Has the purchase decision process changed or the purchase time frame lengthened? 9. Do your marketing materials say fresh and hip, or tired and old? 10. What role does or could social media play in reaching and influencing your customers?

I do my best work when I ponder an idea for a few days. I hope you have a chance this month to stare out the window or take a walk and consider how to make your business competitive and successful in this new economic norm.

Ask Margot

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Sleep problems (too little or too much) Eating problems (too little or too much) Weepiness and/or irritability Feelings of worthlessness Suicidal thoughts.

Research indicates the best treatment for depression combines prescribed anti-depressants with therapy. Dear Down, consider attending Visions Anew Institute’s Divorce 101 for Men, on November 10, and some of our short Hot Shots Seminars. No one ever expects to divorce. If it is unavoidable, do it with good information, with integrity and with a team of experts. You don’t have to go through a divorce alone.

Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. Supports Class Size Reduction continued from page 47

in early November. While the money needed to impact class reduction to the fullest equates to $500 per child, there is no donation too small! Please support our children and our teachers with your donation. Class size does directly impact the education of YOUR child.

Optimism In The Housing Market continued from page 19

value of home ownership. The National Association of Realtors, which has consistently defended the MID in its current form, claims that any changes to the MID could depreciate home prices by up to 15 percent. The probable outcome will be that the MID survives, but is scaled back. It is currently capped at mortgages worth up to $1 million for both principal and second homes and home equity debt up to $100,000.

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WellStar Community Hospice and Palliative Care Raises Awareness continued from page 41

• Hospice eligibility requirements should not be confused with length of service. • A patient in the final phase of life may receive hospice care for as long as necessary when a physician is able to certify that the patient continues to meet hospice eligibility requirements. • Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, two 90-day periods of care (a total of six months) are followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods. For additional information on hospice and palliative care, please contact WellStar Community Hospice and Palliative Care at (770)732-6710.

Lucy

We need a home!

ADOPTION INFORMATION: Please call first to see if we have what you are looking for. We have many resources to help you find what you are looking for if we do not have it. (770) 428-9882 We screen potential adopters to make sure our pets will be a good match for your family and vice versa. New adoptive dog owners will also need a home check before they can take their new dog home.

Pebbles

DOGS: We only house small breed dogs. Our adoption fee is $200 for dogs. All of our dogs or puppies will be altered before they can be adopted. They will have as many vaccines as we can give them for the time they have spent here. If the dog is over six months old it will have been heart worm tested negative and be on preventative. All of our pets are micro chipped and will have flea preventative on them.

Serena

Blanche

Progresso

CATS: Our adoption fee for cats is $125. All of our cats and kittens (10 weeks and up) will be altered before they are adopted. If you would like a kitten younger than 10 weeks old, we can refer you to other resources. Our cats or kittens will have as many vaccines as we can give them for the time they have spent here. They are all tested negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and will have been micro chipped.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP: Please visit our wish list on Amazon at www.humanecobb.com. It is a fast and convenient way to support the pets at our shelter. Items chosen can be shipped directly to our shelter. Use the, “this is a gift� section to let us know your name and address so we may acknowledge your kind gift(s).

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Reference

ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS United States Government: President Barack Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: www.whitehouse.gov e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) (202) 224-3521 Senate Russell Courtyard-2 fax: (202) 224-0103 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: www.saxby.org e-mail: saxby_chambliss@chambliss.senate.gov Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Website: http://isakson.senate.gov

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 3730 Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30062 Website: http://tom.house.gov e-mail: tom@tomprice.com

GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), District 11 219 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 Website: www.gingrey.house.gov e-mail: gingrey.ga@mail.house.gov

(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 429-1776 fax: (770) 795-9551

fax: (770) 661-0768

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) 203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332 www.gov.ga.gov.com

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21 chip@SenatorChipRogers.com

(404) 463-1378

Senator Judson Hill (R), District 32 judson.hill@senate.ga.gov

(770) 565-0024

Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), District 41 sharon.cooper@house.ga.gov

(770) 956-8357

Rep. Don L. Parsons (R), District 42 repdon@gmail.com

(770) 977-4426

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45 matt.dollar@house.ga.gov

(404) 656-0254

County Government:

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

(770) 528-2290 fax: (770) 528-2214

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

(770) 528-8500 fax: (770) 528-8578

District Attorney, Patrick H. Head cobbda@cobbcounty.org

(770) 528-3080 fax: (770) 528-3030

Cobb County Coroner Brian Frist 150 North Marietta Pkwy Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County Board of Commissioners 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA 30090 www.cobbcountyga.gov

(770) 528-3300 fax: (770) 528-2606

(770) 528-3300

Helen Goreham, District 1 hgoreham@cobbcounty.org

(770) 528-3313

(770) 528-3316

Bob Ott, District 2 bob.ott@cobbcounty.org

JoAnn Birrell, District 3 joann.birrell@cobbcounty.org

(770)528-3317

Woody Thompson, District 4 woody.thompson@cobbcounty.org

(770) 528-3312

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Neil Warren 185 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060 www.cobbsheriff.org

(770) 499-4600

Cobb County School System www.cobb.k12.ga.us Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 426-3453 michael.hinojosa@cobbk12.org fax: (678) 594-8559 Board of Education Kathleen Angelucci, Post 4 kangelucci.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

(770) 528-1800

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

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(770) 528-2200

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman tlee@cobbcounty.org

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(770) 528-2220

David Banks, Post 5 dbanks.boardmember@cobbk12.org Scott Sweeney, Post 6 ssweeney.boardmember@cobbk12.org

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin stumlin@mariettaga.gov

(770) 794-5501

classifieds Carpet Cleaning

HOME SERVICES

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FIX-IT-FAST: carpentry, drywall repair, kitchen/baths, painting/caulking, tile/ laminate installation. Call Dean 770-294-0138.

Tutoring/Test Prep Tutoring All Subjects K-12, Test/Quiz Preparation, Homework Assistance. “Math Immersion,” sessions in November. Learn and reinforce math with fun activities. Call or email for details, info@eagatlanta.com, 678-770-2761.

HELP WANTED Buy Avon online at www.youravon.com/nlipson. Recruiting in East Cobb now — start your own Avon business for just $10. Nicole Lipson, 770-6179459.

SAT and SSAT Diagnostic Tests – scheduled for November 17 and December 15. SAT, SSAT Prep and independent school placement assistance is available. 678-770-2761, info@eagatlanta.com. Register early! Other services available: Tutoring, Study/Organizational Skills, Homework Help, College Counseling and Educational Consultation and Advocacy for students with academic or behavioral difficulties.

Call Michelle at 770-615-3307 or email aroundaboutadvertising@gmail.com to place a classified ad.

Where to Find the Magazine Around Walton is mailed free directly to homes and businesses in the Walton community. If you do not receive a copy and would like to pick one up, you can find us at any of these fine establishments: Johnson Ferry Road: Houlihan’s Restaurant J Christopher’s Restaurant Wells Fargo Bank Caribou Coffee Nail Eagle Publix Wellstar Physician’s Group North Atlanta Women’s Specialists Platinum Auto Spa Arbor Terrace EH Sellars Dr. Cristi Cheek, DMD Jazzercise Kids R Kids

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Roswell Road: Panera Bread at the Avenue Dance Stop LGE Community Credit Union Marietta Eye Clinic Rick’s Farmer’s Market Frankie’s Italian Restaurant HealthSource Chiropractic Atlanta Community Realty Parc at Piedmont Robinson Road: Fullers Recreation Park Lower Roswell Road: Johnny’s Pizza Legends Elite Aloha to Aging

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Help Support Local Business Owners and this Magazine Tell Them You Saw Their Ad in Around Walton!

Advertisers Directory attorneys/legal services Rohan Law, P.C. (404) 923-7570, www.rohanlawpc.com

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Banking/Financial Services Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark 15 (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta

chiropractic HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, PC 35 (770) 509-3400, www.HealthQuestChiro.com 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite 122, Marietta

Cleaning Services Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991

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Image Maids (770) 627-4670

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Chattahoochee Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry (770) 977-8644

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Moxie Burger (770) 627-3201, www.moxieburger.net

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Quality Craftsmen 5, 25 (404) 483-7446, www.quality-craftsmen.com

Shari’s Berries 1-877-893-5423, www.berries.com/all

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Studio AFN — Arthur Nerbas, Architect (404) 966-9977, www.studioafn.com

Simply FRESH Market & Carry out Cafe (770) 952-9010

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Sugar Benders Bakery (678) 665-2211 255 Village Parkway, Ste. 240A, Marietta www.sugarbenderscakes.com

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Insurance Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900

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Ron Sprouse - State Farm (770) 956-1688

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Pets East Cobb Veterinary Clinic (770) 973-2286, www.eastcobbvet.com Hot Dogs and Cool Cats (770) 858-1000

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Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-5678, www.humanecobb.com

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Clix Portrait Studio 11 (770) 977-7800, www.clixnorthatlanta.com 1229 Johnson Ferry Rd., Suite 100B, Marietta

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Studio 7 (770) 685-7391, www.studio7hub.com

Education/ Instruction

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Physicians & Medical Services

Connective Tutoring 27, 50 (470) 377-4809, www.ConnectiveTutoring.com 255 Village Pkwy, Ste 520

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute www.northside.com

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Eye Level Inside Back Cover (770) 578-6317 1401 Johnson Ferry Road, Ste. 140, Marietta 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Ste. 141, Marietta www.eyeleveleastcobb.com

Pearle Vision 1401 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 509-8480

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Plastic Surgery Center of the South (770) 421-1242 www.plasticsurgerycenterofthesouth.net

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Resurgens Orthopaedics (770) 423-2172, www.resurgens.com

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Health & Beauty Best Choice Changes 11 (678) 687-1239, www.BestChoiceChanges.com Fit for Life 21 (770) 321-4550, www.FitForLifeAtlanta.com Get In Shape for Women 24 (770) 605-8788, www.getinshapeforwomen.com 3822 Roswell Road, Ste. 114, Marietta Hanan Day Spa (770) 565-3333, www.hanandayspa.com

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WellStar Cancer Network (770) 956-STAR, www.wellstar.org

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Real estate Atlanta Communities Real Estate 21 (770) 240-2000, www.atlantacommunities.net

REstaurants/Food/Beverages Big Liquor Wines (404) 551-3074

Chocolate Wishes & Candy Kisses 25 (770) 594-2496 www.chocolatewishesandcandykisses.com

Home & gARDEN

Fuji Hana 21 (678) 560-8071, www.fujihanaeastcobb.com

Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813

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Bethany Christian Services Back Cover (770) 455-7111, www.bethany.org/atlanta Bookmiser (770) 509-5611

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DISMERO 19 470 Chambers Street, Woodstock www.DISMERO.com Lovin’ Knit (770) 612-KNIT

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Musician’s Friend 1-888-447-2078

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My Computer Works 1- 877-371-6442

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IFN Modern 1-866-541-4866 www.ifn-modern.com

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ProFlowers 59 1-866-932-8214, proflowers.com/colorful Quick Lube (770) 973-1643

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The Gifted Ferret (770) 693-5889

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Senior Services Aloha to Senior Solutions 11 (678) 777-7241, www.alohatoseniors.com Parc at Piedmont — East Cobb 999 Hood Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 565-8828

Hong Kong Star Chinese Cuisine II 9 (770) 509-2129, www.hongkongstarmenu.com 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste 110, Marietta

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Sterling Estates 28 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, (678) 946-4454, www.sterling-estates.com

Inside Front

Mimosa Salon Spa Cover, 36, 37 (770) 640-9899, www.MimosaSalonSpa.com 590 Mimosa Blvd., Suite 50, Roswell

Findlay Roofing Inside Front (770) 516-5806, www.findlayroofing.com

The Queen’s Pantry 33 (678) 483-0900, www.thequeenspantry.com

Retail /Miscellaneous services

Photographers

Dentists Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C. (770) 993-3775, www.cheekdental.com

Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000

To Advertise Call Joan 770-615-3311 For Rates & Info Today!


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