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August 2011



Volume 17, Issue 4

Featured Articles


Around Towne. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Mayor’s Update

On the Cover

Park View Montessori, where staff members view the students and their families as part of an extended family.

Community News. . . . . . . . . . .8

The heart of city government downtown has begun.


Summer Bird Feeding

Cherokee Co. Chamber. . . . . 27

A great time to enjoy the birds, and other wildlife in your yard.

TLBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30


Children in Hot Cars

Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . 37

Risks of hyperthermia in children left unattended in cars during summer.

50 & 51

In Every Issue


Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Event Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Recent Product Recalls . . . . . 34 School Information . . . . . . . . 76 Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Service Dog Delivers Hope and Love

Community Numbers . . . . . . 88

Caroline McCullough receives special friend.

Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90


Football Season Preview

Community Coupons. . . . . . . 93

A look at the schedule of local high school football.

Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . 94

Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . 89 Real Deals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Contributing Writers

Patty Ponder is the Market Director for AroundAbout — TowneLaker. She can be reached at (770) 615-3322 or 2

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Don Akridge..............................................14 Dr. Christopher Anderson.........................70 Captain Chad Arp......................................58 Dr. Randy Beck..........................................62 Mark Billson..............................................77 Carol Brazier, RD, CDE...............................54 Rick Coughlin............................................52 Dr. Scott R. Harden...................................56 David Hecklemoser...................................42 Mayor Donnie Henriques.........................18 Shelley Herod...........................................40 Robyn Hohensee......................................49 Sheila & Kurt Johnson...............................19 Kara Kiefer................................................46

Dr. Jared J. Lasseigner...............................60 Joe Lemmo...............................................74 Scott Lemmon..........................................44 Dr. Mike Litrel...........................................32 Dee Locklin...............................................75 Marietta Plastic Surgery...........................53 Colin Morris..............................................36 Bill Ratliff..................................................78 State Sen. Chip Rogers..............................20 Doug Rohan..............................................26 Lynne Saunders........................................22 Doug Thrasher..........................................79 Laura Wischner.........................................48

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AROUND TOWNE by Kara Kiefer

Kara is the Editor of AroundAbout — Townelaker magazine. She lives in Towne Lake with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett.Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@townelaker. com.

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Towne Lake

A year ago, our presence on Facebook was in its infancy. By August 1, 2010, we had a few more than 200 fans. One year later, we are proud to have reached more than 1,000 fans! We are proud to have accumulated such a great and engaging fan base! We’ve held special events just for our fans including a free hot dog event, a barbeque lunch at Bar B Cutie and most recently, free frozen yogurt at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. If you notice a common theme, you’re right, we like to eat! If you’re not a fan, consider this your personal invitation. Visit www. and click “like.” We’ve got a lot of fun things planned for our fans!

Stellaris Ministries, Inc. is giving a new educational opportunity to students in a non-traditional learning center, Stellaris Academy. The Academy will offer classes in personal fitness, health, drawing, filmmaking, sciences and several social studies electives. Stellaris has applied for accreditation with the Georgia Accrediting Commission, which would allow classes to count as transfer credits and toward the HOPE scholarship. Classes are for middle and high school students. For more information, please call Tracie Heidt, Executive Director at (770) 241-5852 or Jacquelyn Yelton at (678) 493-6827.

What’s Coming?

The Canton Tax/Tag office recently added Saturday hours. The hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday. The Woodstock Tax/ Tag office hours will remain 8 A.M. to 5 P.M Monday –Friday. The Tax Commissioner’s Canton office is located at 2780 Marietta Highway in Canton.

Downtown Woodstock continues to expand with new and exciting restaurants! Freight Kitchen and Tap is scheduled to debut in August. The restaurant will occupy the former location of Right Wing Tavern. The menu is described as being “an American blend of reinterpreted pub classics, small plates and featured entrees.” The restaurant will serve a variety of craft beers and artisan whiskies. Freight Kitchen and Tap is located at 251 E. Main Street. Wink Woodstock is slated to open in August. The establishment will serve gourmet tapas and desserts, and offer an extensive list of wines and specialty cocktails. Find Wink Woodstock on facebook at or visit www.winkwoodstock. com. Wink is located at 380 Chambers Street in downtown Woodstock across from Pure Taqueria.

Hot Dog Heaven has an ongoing food challenge in hopes of getting on the Food Network show, Man vs. Food. Anyone who can eat the one-pound Barney Burger and fries in less than eight minutes will receive a free T-shirt and recognition on the wall of the restaurant. Hot Dog Heaven is located at 8558 Main Street.

La Terra Bella and local resident Thomas LeBron announce the debut of its website, The eco-boutique and online retailer has earth friendly fashion lines made by people paid fair wage for their labor. Thomas, who is a managing member, said the company is seeking local vendors in line with the company’s core values. For more information, please email Thomas@ What’s Closed? As mentioned above, we are sad to report the closing of The Right Wing Tavern in downtown Woodstock.

What’s New? Ipp’s Pasteria recently opened in downtown Woodstock. The restaurant is a new concept and spin off from Ippolito’s. The restaurant is located at 8496 Main Street in the former location of the 1904 House.

Share your Special Memories of your Grandparents

Branch Boutique recently opened in the Kroger shopping center, next to Your Turn Kids Resale & Boutique. Branch carries top jean lines including Miss Me, Joe’s Jeans, 7 For All Mankind and more. The store also carries shoes, boots and accessories. The store is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m. Call (770) 517-1505 or “like” them on facebook.

Readers, we are looking to showcase your grandparents in a special section in our September issue in honor of Grandparent’s Day. Send us a picture of your grandparents, preferably with you in it, and a few sentences recalling one of your favorite memories of your grandparent, and we’ll publish it!

Towne Lake Family Pharmacy recently opened in the Towne Lake Promenade shopping center, next to Smoothie King. The family owned pharmacy offers free home/office delivery and carries natural supplements. For more information, please call (770) 6357697.

Please send your photo and memory to editor@townelaker. com or mail it to AroundAbout —TowneLaker, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for photo return. Deadline is August 10.


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Community Board The AroundAbout-TowneLaker Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders, from different walks of life. Our Board assists us in many ways including contributing to our magazine, judging our annual Trailblazer award and providing valuable feedback. Our Board consists of five members: Dr. Doug Thrasher, Debi Radcliff, Colin Morris, Bill Ratliff and State Senator Chip Rogers.

Dr. Doug Thrasher — Doug is the Senior Pastor at Hillside United Methodist Church. He has lived in the Towne Lake and served at Hillside area for five years. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Eagle Watch, and they have two married children and three precious grandchildren. Doug can be reached at dthrasher@

Debi Radcliff — Debi and her family have lived in Towne Lake since 1996. Debi served as a member of the Cherokee County Board of Education, Post 6. Debi was a full-time stay at home mom for 26 years and was an active parent volunteer, and she also has a background in office administration. Debi can be reached at

Colin Morris — Colin is a freelance writer and stay-athome mom to three children whom she describes as “two ninja sons and one dog-loving daughter.” She and her husband have lived in Woodstock for the past 12 years, and she grew up in Marietta. Colin is monthly contributor to AroundAbout-TowneLaker, with her column “Moms and Kids.”

Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Market Director Patty Ponder, (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer, (770) 615-3309 Art Director Michelle McCulloch, (770) 615-3307 Graphic Artist Leslie Proctor, (770) 615-3304 Digital Marketing Director James Ball, (770) 615-3310 Trust Agent Kevin Ekmark, (770) 615-3302 Video Correspondent Brandon Schultze AroundAbout — TowneLaker, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Towne Lake area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free to approximately 12,500 homes by mail to all Towne Lakers. An additional 2,900 are placed in racks around the community. AroundAbout — TowneLaker welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below.

Bill Ratliff — Bill currently serves as the lead Pastor for Towne Lake Community Church. He has a Masters of Divinity degree and has served in Kentucky, Florida, Maryland and Georgia over the past 25 years. Bill and his wife Donna have two children, Christine and Scott and three grandchildren.

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. AroundAbout — TowneLaker 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. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2011. AroundAbout — TowneLaker 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189

Chip Rogers — Chip presently serves as our Senate Majority Leader. He has lived in metro Atlanta for 40 years, Cherokee County for 10 years, with his wife and four children. His mother, father and brother also live in Cherokee County.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Hillside to Host Great Day of Service On Saturday, October 22, Hillside United Methodist Church will coordinate the Great Day of Service. The one-day celebration will involve numerous groups of 10 people reaching out to locals in need. Past projects have included yard work, painting, cleaning, pressure washing, light trim, framing, or concrete work, retaining walls, etc. The projects typically last four hours followed by a cookout. It is great fellowship and an opportunity to bless others together. If you are interested in joining a team or if someone you know comes to mind who is unable to help themselves and needs work, love and encouragement, please email

Love of Sunglasses Creates Hot Shades Adrienne O’Prey has a lot of interests. She loves being with her friends, dancing, attending community events, working and vacations. Adrienne, 22, has intellectual and physical disabilities, and has loved wearing sunglasses since the first grade. It was this interest that led her to start a company that sells fashion and sport sunglasses as well as readersHot Shades. With the help of her parents, Adrienne started

the company in 2009 as a way to create a job and income to support herself. While she receives Social Security benefits, the income is not enough to sustain life outside of Adrienne’s parents’ home, and she Photo courtesy of Robin Nelson, photographer. has a strong desire to live independently, like her older sister, Lauren. Adrienne sells her glasses at local events as well as several local retailers, including A New Creation Salon, Woodstock Market, Savannah Hills Chiropractic, Serenity Med Spa, Book Browser and Sequels. For more information and additional retail locations, follow Hot Shades on Facebook,

LGE Sponsors Nunsense at Elm Street The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy the musical Nunsense this month thanks to the generosity of LGE Community Credit Union. LGE presented a sponsorship check in the amount of $2,500 to Erin Mather Wilson, an Elm Street volunteer and performer. “Shows like Nunsense are more expensive to produce, “ said Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms. “We have been keeping our ticket prices very low as part of our dedication to providing professional quality entertainment at a community theater price. However, that also means we require additional, outside funding to bring Broadway musicals to our patrons. We are so grateful to LGE for making it possible for us to better serve the community.”

Left to right: LGE Woodstock branch employee Amber Parisio. Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms, LGE Regional Sales Executive Vicki Aghajanian, LGE Woodstock branch employees, Ashley Rowe, Katie Wise and Kenny Perkins. continued on page 10 8

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Nothing Says Thank You Like Ice Cream Next Step Ministries recently held an Ice Cream Social to thank its volunteers. Next Step Ministries is a non-profit organization serving those with special needs. Programs offered include therapeutic day care, Saturday respite, camps, and drop-in services. For more information, visit www.nextstepministries. net or call (770) 592-1227.

Marietta Plastic Surgery Welcomes New Doctor Marietta Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. John D. Symbas to its practices in Marietta and Woodstock. An Atlanta native and Lovett School graduate, Dr. Symbas received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He continued at Emory, completing three years of general surgery residency as well as an accelerated plastic surgery residency limited to a few chosen candidates, all under the instruction of some of the world’s most respected instructors in plastic surgery. Dr. Symbas also recently completed a fellowship in oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery, at the prestigious Paces Plastic Surgery Center, dealing with all areas of cosmetic surgery with specific emphasis on conditions involving the eyelids and structures around the eyes. For more information, visit www. or call (770) 425-0118.

Grief Ministry to Start Series

Front row (left to right): Elisabeth Andrews, Jamie Durio, Katherine Baker, Macy Tarleton, Olivia Dickman and Matt McCoy. Back row: Kristen Quigley, James Staton and April Amburn.

USA Junior Miss Spends Summer Volunteering This year’s USA’s Junior Miss Georgia, Mikaela Rose Langley had a busy summer. She rode in the annual City of Woodstock Fourth of July parade. She visited the seniors at the Terrace Assisted Living Center and spent time with the children at the Genesis Shelter in Atlanta. Mikaela is an AIM student, a member of the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) and the National Junior Beta Honor Society. Mikaela has the disease VonWillibrands, which prevents her from doing things a lot of other kids can do, and her platform is helping children with disabilities. Mikaela is the daughter of Susan and Michael Langley. 10

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Growing Seasons, a ministry for children 5-13 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend, will begin a 13-week series starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 at First Baptist Church Woodstock. “Together with GriefShare® for adults and teens at the same time, provides a safe place for children to understand their feelings, express emotions appropriately and develop coping skills as they deal with the loss of a loved one,” explained Kyla Nelson, the ministry’s director. “Death of a loved one will invoke intense emotions – denial, anger, guilt, depression and sadness among them. There is no way around grief. You must go through it. Effective grief is not done alone, and it should never be kept private,” she added. There is $16 registration fee that includes a workbook. Contact Kyla Nelson at (404)408-4697 for more information.

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Happy Birthday!


Age 4 on July 27 Son of Kristine and Steven

Age 11 on August 27 Love Mommy, Daddy, Tori, Bart, Hermies and Guinneas

Adam Chumley

Age 17 on August 19 Happy Birthday to our Chumley boys Love Mom, Dad and sister Ashley

Billy Truesdale

Savannah and Reagan Little

Happy 5th birthday to our precious angel Love, Mommy & Daddy

Celebrated 7 years on June 17 Son of Shannon and Clay Truesdale Brother of Jesse and Cameron

Wesley Woods, Jr.

Jezzariah Ca’price Woods

Age 70 on Aug 27


Age 1 on August 20 Son of Brittany Thompson & Wesley Woods, Sr. Brother of Jezzariah


Alexandra “Allie” Green

Age 4 on August 30 Daughter of Brittany Thompson & Wesley Woods, Sr. Sister of Wesley, Jr.

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Savannah 9 on July 23 Reagan 7 on July 16 Happy Birthday girls! Love, Mom

Judy Diederich Tom Diederich

Age 70 on Aug 7 We love you Busia and Dzia Dzia!

Thor Chumley

Age 20 on August 12 Happy Birthday to our Chumley boys Love Mom, Dad and sister Ashley

Tim Jackson

Mya Dzyuba

Age 2, going on 10 Love Mom, Dad and Noah

Nicole Sanossian

Celebrating on August 20 Happy 40th Birthday! Love Debbie, Sam, Tom, Ken and Susie

Age 8 on August 28 Happy Birthday! Love Mom and Dad

Austin Fisher

Nathan “Nate” Sota

Age 9 on August 5 Happy Birthday! Love you, Mommy & Bry

Age 11 on Aug 9 Happy Birthday Big Guy! We love you! Mom, Dad, Jordan and Brennan

Happy Anniversary Broderick “B” Herring

Age 9 on August 13 Love Mom, Dad and Benjamin

Margarita Carmona

Age 14 on August 6 Daughter of Nashala & Antonio Carmona Sister of Katrina

Tom and Judy Diederich

Married 49 years Aug 18 We love you Busia and Dzia Dzia!

Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free! E-mail to: September deadline is August 10. London Dusza

Age 6 on August 25 Daughter of Janna and Bryan Dusza Sister of Luke

Haylie Franz

Age 6 on August 18 Love, Grandma and Grandpa

Contest Corner

It’s time to submit your summer vacation photos holding your copy of AroundAbout — TowneLaker that you took with you! Two contest winners will be determined by the contestant who travelled the farthest in the U.S. and in the world Email to editor@ Mail in or drop off at 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189

Deadline is August 10.

Please identify where you are, city, state or country and people in photo from left to right.

Congratulations to Jon Ellaback (right) for being the first to find our hidden picture on page 38 of the July issue. Congratulations also to Denice Kaser (far right) for being the first to spot the phrase “A Paris Flea Market” on page 35. Jon won a gift certificate to Jerseys Sports Bar & Grille and Denice to Menchie’s.

August’s Finds: Be the first to find the phrase:

“Service above self”

Find the hidden picture:

If you know the answer to the contest question or find the hidden picture, be the first to call (770) 615-3325 or e-mail Please provide your name, contact phone number or email address. Contest rules: A player is eligible to win once every 12 months. AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011



Reasons For Optimism

Stocks are fizzling... but things could change this summer. by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone (770) 952-6707.


When was the last time the Dow took a six-week tumble? On June 10, the Dow dipped below 12,000 and posted its sixth straight weekly decline. You have to go back to October 2002 to find a Dow losing streak that long. If you’re hearing bearish groans in the distance, you’re not alone: the bears are making their voices heard as the Dow is down almost seven percent from where it was at the end of April. June certainly has been tough on Wall Street, with the bulk of economic indicators flashing a slowdown. However, there is reason to think the third and fourth quarters of 2011 may be better for stocks — in fact, that’s

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what many analysts believe. Q2 earnings projections are quite good. Investment research firm FactSet finds that despite the losing streak, aggregate Q2 S&P 500 earnings estimates are basically unchanged from late May. The collective forecast projects a 14.6 percent growth in earnings for the quarter and a 10.4 percent jump in revenues. (That double-digit revenue growth

Mortgage interest rates are at levels unseen since the early 1960s.

would be the best since Q1 2010.) As earnings are truly the mother’s milk of stocks, the market could heat up this summer if these collective predictions come true. Stocks are still cheap. On June 3, the S&P 500’s Price Earnings ratio was 16.4 compared to 18.3 a year earlier. Most stocks look like a fair value right now. The economy is still growing. The Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book and the twin PMI indices from the Institute for Supply Management both signal this. In fact, the ISM service sector index showed the growth of that sector accelerating in May. Home buying could be poised to pick up. Sustained high unemployment isn’t going away this year, but some silver linings are emerging that bode well for the housing market. Moody’s Analytics says that the ratio of home prices to income is now 20.9 percent below the average ratio from 1985-2010. Mortgage interest rates are at levels unseen since the early 1960s. There are also indications that prices may be approaching a bottom in metro areas not rampant with short sales and foreclosures. Real estate analytics company CoreLogic found that home prices were down 7.5 percent year-over-year in April, but only down 0.5 percent when distressed sales were factored out. Hang in there. The bull market is maturing; QE2 is ending. We haven’t yet seen a correction, just a pullback. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors. AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011



Dear Editor, Over the recent “Independence Day” weekend, I took time to view a couple patriotic films on TV. One impressive film in particular, demonstrated how challenging it was for our Founding Fathers to select the proper and comprehensive wording for the Constitution of these United States, signed in 1776. (However, the Constitution was not ratified until June 21st of 1788.) It survived the many controversial discussions between colleagues, friends and family members. Hence, we trust and live by the same document today. Our document of hope and prosperity, reaffirms the strength, direction and the future of our nation. Many of the discussions referenced in the film are similar discussions we are facing across our nation today; national security, freedom, liberty, a nation of laws, our country’s future. That is what leads me to write this letter. I am an American, a citizen of this country and a taxpayer. Raised to be a compassionate person and care for those in need, I assess the depressive state of our union today, and I feel great compassion for the millions of unemployed. I feel compassion for our states that are struggling with the bulging budget crisis; in addition, I feel empathy for those who wish to cross the threshold of our borders and seek a better life, but only by the legal process of our laws. Our great country lingers in deep anxiety due to overspending and lack of taxpayer dollars, mostly due to the lack of jobs and intensified foreclosures. No job, no property, no tax dollars to operate the county, state or country. It’s that simple! Many of our compassionate services have been spent on illegal immigrants for many years: healthcare, education, housing and jobs. Our emergency rooms are overcrowded with illegal immigrants who rely on our healthcare system. Their children attend our schools and our taxpayer dollars cover that cost. Worst of all, they enter our country illegally and obtain American jobs. Illegals protest against the U.S. taxpayers on “our” Capitol 16

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steps. They feel they have the “right” to remain in our country because they were brought across the borders by their illegal immigrant parents. Thousands have been here for 18-20 years, but have never applied for legal citizenship. In our country, there should be no “rights” for people who are illegal or terrorists. It is wrong and against the federal law to be in our country without documentation unless on brief vacation. The only problem: our federal government will not enforce our laws! Our borders are not fully protected! Many of our airports are protected with barbed wire along the perimeters but our southern border has a tall fence under the watchful eye of the border patrol, which illegals can crawl over. No barbed wire. In many cases, our leaders are more concerned about their next election than enforcing the laws of our country. Wake up folks; many of our leaders will not need to seek re-election if the illegal Immigration issue is not improved greatly! i Like the leaders in our history, many hard working GA legislators and community activists challenged the Federal Immigration Law and rightfully so. The non-compliance is costing our state millions of dollars. After many adverse discussions over the correct wording and penalties, GA HB 87 was passed and signed into GA law. However, it was later slashed and lost some of its intensity. It has been stated: the industries across GA are having problems hiring employees since HB 87 was signed. Perhaps they have been hiring the wrong employees from the get-go! Un-documented workers / illegals, should not be for hire in GA. (There are millions of citizens who need to feed their families, keep their homes and pay their bills.) For any GA company to hire an illegal / undocumented worker is just wrong! GA taxpayers have not lost the battle against illegal immigration, but rather we have gained more motivation to challenge the law even further. More GA citizens should speak out and protest against Illegal Immigration on our own Capitol steps. Don’t sit there and wait for your neighbors to do it for you. Lori Pesta, Woodstock, GA






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History In The Making by Mayor Donnie Henriques By the time you read this, The Chambers at City Center will have hosted at least three city council meetings. While that may sound like old news to you, I bring it up from the historical significance point that it is.

Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Woodstock. You may contact him by calling 770-592-6001 or e-mail dhenriques@

More than three years ago, this city council made the painful decision to abandon the not-so-old City Hall, move to what is now called The Annex, and tear down the building. Reminder: This building was “sick” with mold, mildew and other airborne pathogens.

At the time, the council made a commitment to bring a “city government center” back to downtown as soon as possible. This council has kept its word. Every one of the members should be commended.


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While the original plans have all changed because of opportunities presented, the beginning of the heart of city government being downtown has begun. Those of you who attended the open house on July 11, and witnessed the dedication of The Chambers to former Mayor Evelyn Chambers, saw local history in the making. Not only was the city’s only female mayor honored, but a new chapter in Woodstock’s rich history was written. A 100-year-old building, one of historical significance, was preserved and refurbished to its former glory. In addition, solar power is being used to run the majority of the electrical systems in the building. And finally, I’ll go out on a limb and tell you this location will be the site of not just council meetings, but community gatherings for years, decades and perhaps even a century or more to come.

Retirement Funds for Real Estate Investment by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

Kurt and Sheila have bought, renovated, rented and sold 130+ homes for their own investment since 2000. 50+ of these transactions were through the use of IRA custodian accounts. More information about IRA investing can be found at www. or (404) 954-2486.

That’s right! You can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity right now using your IRA, Roth IRA or SEP-IRA. With the possibility of the economy experiencing a double-dip recession, you may want to diversify your portfolio to include an investment in real estate. The cash flow rate of return on single family rental homes can be more than 20 percent at today’s prices, and when the property sells, the net profit remains in your tax deferred retirement account.

You can find a good IRA custodian by searching “real estate IRA” or “self directed IRA” or call us for the custodians with whom we do business. Most IRA custodians will typically allow you to purchase raw land, residential properties, or commercial buildings for your portfolio. We prefer single family residential properties because of their relative ease to rent for immediate return on investment. Unfortunately, Internal Revenue Service regulations will not permit you to use the property purchased as your primary residence or as a vacation home. The underlying premise for any IRA fund purchased real estate investment is that you can’t have any personal benefit or use of the property. To do so may cost you plenty in penalties and taxes and call into question your other dealings with that IRA account. Your IRA custodian — not you personally — must actually purchase the property. The title will be in the name of your IRA custodian with you as the beneficiary. All repairs, property taxes and rents must only be paid out of and to the IRA custodian. Investing in real estate has big risks and the potential for big returns. Please consult with a CPA, your attorney and a Realtor experienced with these types of transactions before investing. AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011



Ugly Politics — Nothing New by State Senator Chip Rogers The world of politics is often described as “ugly.” Political rivals employ “opposition research” teams to dig up, or make up, stories about their opponents. Today’s campaigns are almost exclusively negative, with each party feverishly working to see how quickly they can destroy the opposition.

Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You can call him at (404) 463-1378 or fax him at (404) 657-9887. You also can e-mail Chip at Chip@ Chip also serves on the AroundAbout — TowneLaker Community Board.

One would think such behavior is particular to our times and the state of our political climate is actually getting worse. History tells us differently. Let’s examine a couple of Georgia’s signers to the Declaration of Independence — George Walton and Button Gwinnett. Surely these men, being two of only three Georgians chosen to sign our single most important founding document, would be above reproach. George Walton’s service to Georgia is


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almost unmatched in state history. During a 20-year stretch from 1776 to 1795, Walton was a member of the Continental Congress, the Provincial Congress of Georgia, the Georgia Council of Safety, and Colonel of the first Georgia Militia, Governor of Georgia, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, a Superior Court Judge, and a U.S. Senator. Button Gwinnett’s career, while not as impressive as Walton’s, was also considerable, given that he died at the young age of 42. Gwinnett served as Commander of Georgia’s Continental Battalion, was elected to the Continental Congress, was the Speaker of the Georgia Legislature and was President of the Georgia Council of Safety. These two men were leaders of their day, trusted with founding a state and a nation; yet they hated one another with a passion. George Walton was an early political ally of General Lachlan McIntosh, the famous military leader who once commanded the entire western department of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Walton and McIntosh constantly fought Gwinnett for political control of Georgia. continued on page 21

Upon returning home from signing the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnett attempted to become Commander of the Georgia Militia, the highest ranking military position in the state. Much to his dismay, General McIntosh was named Commander by the Council of Safety (the original executive branch of Georgia Government). Gwinnett was soon elected to the General Assembly and publicly declared his intention to destroy McIntosh and remove him as Commander.

veracity of the forged letter Walton had sent to Congress, refused to apologize. Gwinnett then challenged him to a duel. McIntosh and Gwinnett met for a duel on May 16, 1777, in a field just outside Savannah. Separated by only 12 paces, the men fired upon one another. Each man was struck. McIntosh survived. Gwinnett died three days later at the age of 42.

In 1777, Gwinnett became President of the Council of Safety. From this position, he ordered McIntosh to invade Florida. The plan didn’t work, and McIntosh’s brother almost died in the battle. McIntosh and Gwinnett publicly blamed one another for the colossal military failure.

For his part in this incident, George Walton was censured by Congress. In 1783, McIntosh became convinced of Walton’s participation in the forged letter to Congress. The Georgia legislature then censured Walton and urged the Attorney General to prosecute him. Amazingly, the censure came just one day after the Assembly had appointed Walton the Chief Justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court.

During this time, George Walton performed dirty work on behalf of his ally McIntosh in an effort to take down Gwinnett. His actions were such that he was officially dismissed from his office on a number of occasions and criminally indicted more than once.

The chain of events led to General McIntosh and George Walton becoming bitter enemies. So much that Captain William McIntosh, the Generals’ son, horse-whipped Walton. Captain McIntosh was court-martialed, while Walton served out his time as Chief Justice.

The seminal event occurred when Walton forged a letter to Congress designed to intensify the battle between Gwinnett and McIntosh. The letter, allegedly from Gwinnett, called on the President of Congress to remove McIntosh from his position. Walton’s plan worked.

Despite their suspect behavior against one another, George Walton and Button Gwinnett are remembered fondly in Georgia History. Each has a county named after him, and George Walton has two schools named in his honor - Walton High in Cobb County and George Walton Academy. Gwinnett holds the distinction of having one of the most sought-after signatures in the world. According to historical collectors, it is said that a Button Gwinnett autograph is worth more than any in history behind only Julius Caesar and William Shakespeare.

General McIntosh took to the floor of the General Assembly and called Gwinnett a “scoundrel and lying rascal.” Gwinnett responded by demanding an apology. McIntosh, believing in the

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August Job Seeking Tip: “A Winning Resume” (Part 1)

the hiring company’s screener and decision maker. You can use the job posting as the template for what you use in the resume you create and submit.

by Lynne Saunders

Until 2008, resume training instruction led job seekers to create a biographical document that captured just about every job they may have held since high school. There were five standard categories: Contact information in the header, Objective, Work History, Education, and References available Upon Request. Although these categories may appear on today’s resume, there is much more flexibility to add other areas of significance to create interest and attention.

Lynne is the founder and executive director of Papa’s Pantry and The MastersTrainingCenter. com. Employment Strategies classes and coaching are offered weekly. For more information, you can contact Lynne Saunders at lynneatthepantry@


We find ourselves in year three of this country’s financial slowdown with unemployment holding steady over nine percent. Times are tough and many people have simply given up! There are jobs out there; unfortunately there are nearly 1,000 people applying for each “Mainstream American” position that offers a living wage. Don’t get discouraged! The secret to finding a great job is to do things DIFFERENTLY from what everyone else is doing. The goal is to stand out to

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Contact information always appears at the top of the page and should always be clear and concise. Your name should be the largest text on the page. Before you settle on the structure of your name, be sure to Google it. Yes, it sounds weird, but absolutely Google your name. There may be times that someone you share a name with has lived a life quite opposite of yours and may have some nefarious activities that would ruin your reputation. You may need to add a middle name or initial to throw the name search into neutral. continued on page 85


“New” Bogey’s

Bogey’s Neighborhood Bar and Grille has been the quintessential gathering spot for Towne Lakers for more than 14 years. Truly a neighborhood tavern, Bogey’s is a safe, comfortable hangout for families, sports fans, sports teams and now, music lovers. It had been a couple weeks since I had been to Bogey’s, so when I returned one Friday night to hear one of my favorite local bands, I was pleasantly surprised to find a new large stage area and dance floor, improving the band experience 100 percent! Every Friday night, patrons can enjoy local favorites such as 700 South, Offbeat Hooligans, Ratl and Pretty Twisted, with ample room to sit and listen, or if the moment strikes you, get up and dance. And now, every Saturday night, patrons can enjoy DJ entertainment and dancing. During the weeknights, Bogey’s offers Towne Lake’s Best Trivia on Tuesdays, Karaoke and entertainment by Jimmy Mo on Wednesdays and Bar Bingo on Thursdays. On Saturday afternoons, from 3 – 8 p.m., Bogey’s has a “Yappy Hour.”

Bring your dog and let him enjoy treats, water and dog friends while you enjoy a cold one and watch the latest sporting event on one of their patio televisions. I also discovered that Bogey’s has added more than 14 new menu items, including appetizers, hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. For the really brave, there’s the “Death Valley Habanero” burger that requires you to sign a waiver! Deciding against “Death,” I went for the new tilapia fish tacos, which come one of three ways: crispy, grilled or Cajun. Fresh pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream and crispy slaw complement the fresh fish taco. Loved it! And I also loved the fried green beans, which is one of the newly added sides.

Bogey’s Neighborhood Grill

1085 Buckhead Crossing, Woodstock , GA 30189 (770) 926-7755 Hours: Sun. - Wed., 11:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. Thu. - Sat., 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.

With the addition of the new band/dance stage, fun weeknight events, tantalizing new menu items and Yappy Hour, Bogey’s continues in the tradition of being the consummate neighborhood hang out. Stop by and see all that’s new! ADVERTISEMENT

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August 5 - 6 Moochies Boutique Children’s Consignment Sale

August 13 Papa’s Pantry Birthday Party/ Fundraiser

August 21 Benefit Concert for Camp-Haiti Mission Irrigation Project

Times: Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church Holly Springs, 2632 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton Information: http:/moochiesboutiquesale.

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Eagle Watch main park Information: Live music, crafts, food, games and fun.

Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Location: Towne Lake Community Church, 132 North Medical Parkway Information: Benefits Irrigation Without Borders. The concert will feature Christian rock and worship music, bands and guest speakers. Visit www.

Elm Street Players “Flippin Through the Rolodex”

August 16 & 18 Safely Lose Weight Without Drugs, Cravings or Unwanted Side Effects

August 26 – 27 Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale

Times: 2:30 and 8 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: Tickets $11. Recommended for ages 16 and older. (678) 494-4251.

August 6 Drum Corps Show

Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Woodstock High School, 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Information: Tickets will be $8 and available at the gate; children under five will be free. Concessions will be available. Show will feature groups from Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. 24

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Times: August 16, 7 – 8 p.m. August 18, 4 – 5 p.m. Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, 6478 Putnam Ford Drive Information: Seminar is free but requires advance registration by calling (678) 9387274 or email GeorgiaHypnotherapy@

August 19 – 27 Elm Street Players “Nunsense”

Times: Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta Information: Call (678) 453-6993, email or visit www.

Due West Children’s/Teen Consignment Sale Times: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Matinee August 20 & 27, 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: Tickets $11 adults, $10 seniors and $9 students. (678) 494-4251,

Times: Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta Information: Call (678) 318-1908 or email treasurechest.duewest@yahoo. com.

Feature Born Again Blessings Children’s Consignment Sale

Times: Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta Information: www.bornagainblessings. com.

Lil’ Blessings Consignment Sale

Times: Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 North Main Street, Kennesaw Information: Children’s clothing, accessories, toys, strollers, furniture, baby items, and more! Visit www.kfbc. org.

August 27 - 28 TASB Cut-A-Thon for Autism

September 5 Run for the Rescues

Time: 5 p.m. – 5 p.m. (24 hours) Location: Unique Hair Salon, 6508 Commerce Parkway Information: The Association of Stylists & Barbers (TASB) is raising funds and awareness for autism. Clients will receive a 50 percent discount on hair cutting services. Visit www.

Time: 8 a.m. Location: Hopewell Baptist Church, 75 Ridge Road, Canton Information: Benefits Green Pets America ( To register, visit www.zone5events. com.

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2011 Legislative Update by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq., ROHAN LAW, PC Typically July 1 brings many things: the first full month of summer, pool parties, fireworks, and in Georgia, new laws take effect. We do not have nearly enough space to cover all new legislation in this article, but I hope to bring a few tidbits to your attention that could affect you and your family. Doug Rohan lives with his wife, Julia, and daughters Vivian and Claudia. He is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC where he specializes in Criminal Defense and Workers’ Compensation claims. You can email Doug at doug@

SB 10 - Allows local governments to hold a referendum asking voters to approve the sale of packaged alcohol on Sundays. This will be based on local voting results as permitted by City Councils. Kennesaw has already passed a measure allowing for a vote in the fall. Roswell will debate the measure on July 11.

SB 36 - Creates a prescription database to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists and police to detect “pill mills” that over-prescribe pain killers and those people who abuse them. Georgia has become one of the top five states in the country for dispensing narcotics, and several of the stores that fill the prescriptions have come under scrutiny. In affluent East Cobb, prescription pain medication abuse is one of the more serious issues facing teens. The hope is that as the pills get harder to obtain, the instances of abuse will drop dramatically. SB 39 - Channels substance abuse and mental health cases to special courts with judges trained in ways to compel treatment


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rather than focused on expensive punishment like incarceration. Judge Forsling in Fulton Superior Court was one of the pioneers of establishing an alternate system of punishment for repeat drug and alcohol offenders. The treatment/punishment hybrid has proven highly effective and the state is expanding the system. SB 81 - Requires mental and physical exams of people applying to become pharmacists. In light of the increased pressure in this field, with litigation over errors, robberies, and increasingly complex choices, this is probably not a bad thing. This law will only apply to new applicants. SB 88 - Raises to age to 7 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches as the cutoff oint for children to no longer be required to be restrained in a car seat. See my recent article on my Facebook page at Rohan Law, PC for additional information on this piece of legislation. HB 40 - Chief’s Law, named for a dog killed by poisoning, ensures antifreeze sold in the state tastes bitter. This also is designed to protect children for the same reason. The hope being that there will be no accidental poisoning and the Lynn Turner’s of the world can’t poison their spouses slowly over time. This is similar to the concept of adding the smell of sulfur to natural gas to detect when there is a leak. HB 87 - Imposes fines on employers who don’t verify the citizenship of workers. While a federal judge has issued a temporary injunction on this legislation, the injunction only continued on page 85

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P.O. Box 4998 3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 770-345-0400

Brenwood Academy

June 10, 2011 8991 East Cherokee Dr Canton, GA 30115 (770) 704-4925 Private Schools, Child Care

Resurgens Orthopaedics

June 21, 2011 15 Reinhardt College Pkwy Suite 102 Canton, GA 30114-5259 (678) 505-4455 Physicians / Orthopaedic Surgeons

Tarascos Mexican Restaurant June 28, 2011 111 Mountain Vista Blvd Suite 110 Canton, GA 30115-1302 (770) 720-1120 Restaurant - Belnick, Inc. June 30, 2011 4350 Ball Ground Hwy Canton, GA 30114-7362 (770) 721-8200 Dist. Office Furniture


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TLBA Spotlight

Holistic Health Solutions, Inc. Holistic Health Solutions, Inc. is an integrative health care facility dedicated to helping you live a healthier and happier life. Owner Jennifer Johnston believes that “good health is waiting to happen.” The company strives to help you discover the self-healing capabilities that are naturally found in each of us. “Harmony between the mind, body, and emotions is the secret to long-lasting health and contentment,” said Jennifer. Identification of where an individual’s health journey takes a turn towards irritating symptoms and illness is necessary for genuine healing. The body uses symptoms such as pain, insomnia, digestive issues and even depression as signals to help initiate the healing process. If these signals are seen and understood, they can directly point the way to restore long-lasting health. One very effective approach to health is prevention. As part of the healing process, each person learns how his/her thoughts, feelings, and lifestyle choices can impact wellness. It is important to identify the common everyday habits that directly impact your overall health. It is commonly reported that time spent at their office is both enjoyable and rejuvenating. Whether you take a class or have a consultation, it is important to us that you have a warm and enriching experience. For more information, visit


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Pregnancy is Tough on Husbands by Mike Litrel, M.D.

Dr. Mike Litrel practices with his fellow OB/GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock with his wife Ann and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. Connect with Dr. Litrel at

The other day, I saw a pregnant patient whose ultrasound showed a healthy baby the size of a peanut, tiny heart beating rapidly. My patient’s young husband stood nearby with a happy grin on his face, clutching the photos of his unborn child The expectant mother was smiling too, but she obviously didn’t feel well. I asked her what was wrong. “I’m nauseous,” she answered. “And no matter what I do, I — belch all day long.”

“Oh my gosh, Doctor, does she ever!” her husband chimed in, his smile fading. “You’ve got to help her!” “She’s pretty miserable, I imagine.” I observed. “It’s not just that,” he explained. “She belches during mealtime. Breakfast, lunch, dinner…it’s making me sick!” Eyebrows knitted, he placed a hand on his stomach as the memory of unpleasant mealtime sounds brought a green hue to his complexion. His wife nodded her head sympathetically. “Yeah, he’s really having a tough time,” she said seriously. Once again, I was reminded why I like taking care of women more than I do men. I have seen women sometimes embody selflessness akin to Divine Love. It’s rewarding to give them the medical care they so often postpone while taking care of others.


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But I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit some empathy with the young husband, too. My marriage was wonderful before Ann became pregnant. All that female generosity, focused like a laser beam right on me: meals, laundry, a clean house, even someone willing to listen to all my boring conversation and pretend to be interested.

I had become accustomed to being surrounded with beauty and the sounds of music in our home. Not to sounds of retching. All that changed when Ann got pregnant. Ann suffered profound nausea — off and on all day, every day. This was confusing. Something called “morning sickness” should end by noontime, no? I was a recent med school graduate in my first year of OB/GYN residency, knee-deep studying the physiology of pregnancy. The 20th edition of Williams Obstetrics clearly stated that “this so called morning sickness of pregnancy usually commences during the early part of the day but passes in a few hours…” Obviously Ann wasn’t reading the same textbooks I was. I informed Ann that although no one knows what causes the nausea or what purpose it serves, it’s a sign of a healthy pregnancy. Hunched over clutching the toilet bowl, she didn’t seem appropriately reassured. As a young husband with a pretty, talented wife, I had become accustomed to being surrounded with beauty and the sounds

of music in our home. Not to sounds of retching. I remember this was a tough time in our married life. Nevertheless, I tried my very best to encourage Ann, and despite my youth, made sure I was extra solicitous and loving in my communications with her… “Sweetheart, what’s for dinner? “Sweetheart, do I have any clean underwear? “Sweetheart, does this tie match this shirt?” In retrospect, I can see that my early approach to husbandly love had a few limitations. But I was genuinely befuddled. What happened to the rosy, happy glow of motherhood I had been expecting… you know, the one that graces all those pregnancy magazine covers? I was pretty sure that the fairy tale of marriage didn’t include the beautiful princess running to the bathroom, hand covering her mouth just as the prince was sitting down to enjoy his supper. Ann threw up one last time the day before her cesarean section. She was at work and made sure not to bother anyone. The next morning I stood beside her in the operating room as one of my obstetrics professors removed our son from her uterus. Tyler’s cries soon filled the operating room. The surgical team focused all efforts on stopping Ann’s bleeding. As a young surgeon, I knew the blood pouring from her body was par for the course. But there was still a lot of it. I looked at my beautiful wife as the surgeons were closing her abdomen. Ann smiled at me weakly. It had been a tough nine months. I suppose it had been rough on her, too. Understanding how much mothers and wives sacrifice, compared to what we husbands offer, is one of the stepping stones toward manhood. A boy thinks first of himself and expects others to give to him again and again. There are plenty of smiling boys with grey hair who remain self-centered and are certainly unhappy. A man appreciates what he has been given, understands what God wants — and dedicates himself to giving to those around him. It’s an uphill walk, but it’s the path we climb to happiness and fulfillment. Copyright © 2011

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RECENT CONSUMER PRODUCT RECALLS AroundAbout — TowneLaker 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).

Baseball and Softball Gloves

Children’s Sleepwear

Mizuno USA Inc., of Norcross, GA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 131,000 Mizuno Supreme Series and Ballpark Pro baseball and softball gloves. Some gloves were found to contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems, or in individuals who have impaired immune systems.

Silk Scarve and Dresses

Chanel Inc. of New York, is voluntarily recalling approximately 120 silk scarves and 34 silk dresses, skirts and blouses. The garments fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Sage Creek Organics, of Tarzana, CA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 600 units of Sage Creek Organics children’s sleepwear garments. The garments fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear posing a risk of burn injury to children. The garments are being recalled because they do not meet the tight-fitting sizing requirements.

Votive Candle Holders

Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, VA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 117,000 glass votive candle holders. The glass votive candle holders can shatter while in use, posing a fire and laceration hazard to consumers.

Wooden Animal Drums Toasters

Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, VA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 300,000 Hamilton Beach® classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster which may ignite the contents, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.

Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters

Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, MI, is voluntarily recalling approximately 13,000 Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters (6,700 were originally recalled in November 2010). The oscillating mechanism in the heaters can short out, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Cost Plus Inc. of Oakland, CA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,000 wooden animal drums. The paint used on the drum is in excess of the maximum allowable level of 90 ppm, a violation of the federal lead paint standard.

Swing Sets

Adventure Playsets, of Pittsburg, KS, is voluntarily recalling approximately 240,000 Adventure Playsets wooden swing sets (a number of these products were recalled in November 2009 for a similar hazard, which listed 275,000 playsets in the U.S. and 6,800 in Canada). The wood in the posts of the fort sections on the swing sets can weaken due to rotting, posing a fall hazard.

For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit or call 1-800-638-2772. 34

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Moms and Kids by Colin Morris

Have you been on It has become a verb, you know. As in: “Last night we Skyped my grandparents.” Skyping sounds like a capital offense for anyone out of touch with technology! Colin Morris with her children (left to right) However, I think that Patrick, Micaela and Gabriel. whoever came up with the concept of free video chatting from my computer deserves an award. Here are a couple of ways my family has enjoyed the benefits of webcam conversations. My sister lives in Hawaii. Her husband is a Marine, and they have been stationed there for the last six years. My kids are close in age to her kids, and we love to visit through Skype. When we recently bought a new laptop, my kids were able to carry it around our house and show their cousins in Hawaii new posters in their rooms. We have even Skyped with my brotherin-law when he was in Pakistan. Most of the kids’ grandparents live in town, but I know plenty of moms that use Skype to help their kids keep in touch with out-of-town grandparents. Even if your computer is older and doesn’t have a built-in camera, webcams are inexpensive and easy to install. The other cool way we have used webcams lately is at the beach. We took a family vacation to Daytona Beach this summer. The hotel where we stayed had a “beach cam.” Before we left Woodstock, we were able to see the beach outside our hotel. We sent our family a link to the beach cam, and then when we got there, we called them and were able to wave “hello.” The top of the lighthouse in Hilton Head has a live camera feed where you can wave to friends and family on your vacation, too. In fact, you would be astounded by how many interesting webcams are online. The ones I enjoy the most allow me to show my kids new or educational things. We can sneak a peek at Po—the newest Panda at Zoo Atlanta. The Panda Cam on runs five days a week. NASA has a live webcam in their Jet Propulsion Laboratory where they are building the next Mars Rover ( You can check out the Northern Lights from a live feed from Yellowknife, Canada ( You can watch puppies being trained to be guide dogs ( Webcams give us eyes all over the world. Whether we use them to stay connected to friends and family or to visit new places, my kids live in a reality my generation had only imagined. 36

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Sound judgment cannot be based on what we see, hear, or think. Since God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours, He is not bound by our perceptions, opinions, or prejudices. Dear Everyday Angels: I have spent most of my life making questionable decisions and living with the consequences. It has taken me a very long time to straighten my life out and I am not there yet. So how could I question why my children are following that same path when I have established a haphazardous norm for them? Like me and my mother, my daughter became pregnant before finishing high school. Today, I am forty years old with 4 grandchildren. I reside in a mobile home with my mother, my daughter and her kids. We are surrounded by families with similar stories. I grew up my entire life where this is the norm. I feel as though I have come a long way despite my circumstances. I have had a hard life and a hard heart. I always felt like I was judged by others and it was easier not to care than to change the life I was comfortable with. Imagine my surprise when the school counselor called to tell me that your organization had rallied together and are providing us with diapers, groceries and clothing for my grandkids. I thought, “These are the people who sit back and judge me – not help me.”

I cannot tell you how much hope your small deed provided our family. We were excited to receive nice clothing for the kids and they were excited to wear them to school the next day. We enjoyed filling our cabinets with good food. It opened my eyes and softened my heart. People are not always kinds to us because of our circumstances and our life choices. I admit it, I judged you too. It is easier to judge than to help yourself and others. Thank you all for your kindness and thank the counselor for caring enough to send you to us. You opened our eyes and hearts and we are grateful. This family was referred to Everyday Angels this past year. Whenever a clothing or food need arises, our community steps up and bombards them with gently used clothing, toiletries and food. Thank you for sharing your blessings with others – without judgment. For August, Everyday Angels will be assisting a single parent of two children who has not worked in months. She is dealing with health issues. Everyday Angels has a new web page that will allow you to donate online through Paypal. Please visit or send your donations to our new address: 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 for consideration and qualification.

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Impressions Start at the Front Door by Shelley Herod

Shelley lives in Towne Lake and owns her own interior design company. She can be reached at (770) 2355640.

This month, I want to assist you in expressing your personality at your front door. The front porch is the first space people see when they are visiting your home. Just as we are judged based on the first impression we give to others, our curb appeal displays our homes’ first impressions.

However, before the decorating can begin, a little maintenance must happen to get the space into shape. To keep your home largely maintenance-free, it’s key to take steps to eliminate large disasters down the road. These are some simple tips: Update your doorknob, hinges, and door knocker. All of them should have the same finish and style. Replace them if they are worn and tarnished. l Replace the door bell if it is looking a little shopworn. They are low voltage and very easy to replace, and they do need replaced periodically. l Clean your outdoor light fixtures at least twice a year, because these will fade over a few years. Many times they need to be replaced not only because your decorating style has changed but because the fixtures themselves are worn out. l Replace or purchase a new door mat. They are available in all sizes, shapes and colors. They can be used as decorative accents and are functional at the same time. Much like a seasonal wreath, they can be exchanged to fit the occasion. l


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Just like any room in your home, there are three main elements to consider when decorating outdoors: color, focal point, and purpose. Color is extremely important to any decorating project. Color creates drama, expresses personality and determines the mood. You do not have to be a color genius to select an accent color. Look through magazines, browse through stores, or gaze through paint strips until you find a color that interests you. Try a test strip on your door and back up like a guest approaching your home. Have you achieved the immediate curb appeal that you want for your house? Bold? Trendy? Subtle? The focal point can be anything you would like it to be, but it has to be the most obvious piece on the porch. The simplest continued on page 82

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Interesting Off-Beat White Wines by David Hecklemoser

David Heckelmoser is a Towne Lake resident and professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Atlanta Chapter Sommelier Les Marmition.


This summer, think beyond the usual Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as your regular white wines. The summer is a great time to enjoy and explore other white wines that are crisp and refreshing. These off-beat white wines are food friendly and are readily available in your local wine store. They are a good value too, so you don’t have to break the bank to explore some great alternatives. You will find these wines, listed below, priced between $8 and $20. These are some of my favorite offbeat whites- light, crisp and fruity!

Chenin Blanc

Some of the best Chenin Blancs come from France’s Loire Valley. The wine

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has a floral aroma with distinctive minerality. The aromas are also of ripe apple, pear and lemons with notes of honey. Chenin Blanc is not only produced in France but in South Africa, California and the Pacific Northwest. Chenin Blanc pairs well with tomato salads, chilled pastas and grilled shrimp.

Torrontes (Tar-rahn-TEZ)

Torrontes is produced in Argentina and is the country’s favorite white wine. It’s a medium body white that is not complex, but has floral aromas like the Chenin Blanc. The wine has aromas of peaches, apricot or orange peel. It is dry and crisp, like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Try the wine with pork, salads, soft creamy cheeses and peach salsa. My favorite would be a lightly grilled pork chop served with peach salsa. continued on page 82

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Summer Birdfeeding Basics by Scott Lemmon Summertime is a great time to feed birds. You may see different birds at your feeders during summer than you do during winter. And many, such as finches and warblers, may sport their vibrant spring and summer plumage, spreading color throughout your yard. For much of North America, August is when you’ll see the most activity from hummingbirds and other nectar-eating birds. Hummingbirds are frequent feeder visitors because they eat nearly half their weight in nectar every day! Just be sure to change your nectar (one part white table sugar to four parts water) at least twice a week in these hot temperatures. As summer continues, it’s a great time not only to enjoy the birds, but also the other wildlife you are attracting to your yard. Nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting on the porch or deck after a tiring day and listening to the sounds of nature – the beautiful bird songs, the crickets chirping, the bees buzzing, a chorus of frogs and the hum of our precious jewels of summer. The sights of nature are equally enchanting and also help clear the mind of a hectic day of activity. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of spending a little of your evening with nature, consider taking a few minutes each morning to delight in the antics of the wild birds at your feeder. It’s a great way to start the day! Over time, you will begin to learn the daily routines of our feathered friends. You might find that blue jays visit your peanut feeder at the same time each morning. Playful chickadees drop by your birdbath to bathe and preen most evenings. Hummingbirds arrive at your feeder both morning and evening with a distinctive hum to let you know they are there. Woodpeckers will search for food for their young each day and eventually bring their fledglings to your suet feeder. Feeding birds in the summer is a great way to watch the

family lives of birds, but you should take some precautions with your seed. On occasion, insect eggs are laid in the seeds before harvest in the fall. This is normal in all grain products, since we want to minimize pesticides sprayed on the crops. To avoid the occasional hatching of moth eggs, birdseed should be kept in as cool a place as possible outside of the house, such as your garage or porch. Metal containers are best to keep little critters out of it. Also, do not buy larger

quantities than you can use up in several weeks. Your backyard habitat can provide you great pleasure during the summer. Grab a glass of lemonade, relax and enjoy the birds in your own backyard. Scott Lemmon can be reached at (770) 928-3014 or e-mail him at 44

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Boys of Summer by Kara Kiefer As the mother of a 19 and 16 year old, I have weathered many summers with the boys out of school. I’ve come to expect a dirtier house, more laundry, more food consumption and an almost constant rotation of friends who spend the night. It’s all good. This summer has been different, however. I have one son who is in college and between living Kara Kiefer is the Editor arrangements. He lived in a dorm and of AroundAbout — will be living in an apartment in the fall. TowneLaker. She lives Currently, he is living out of a suitcase in Towne Lake with her in our home. He has a bedroom, husband Mike and sons complete with an empty dresser and Brandon and Garrett. closet, yet he has chosen to deposit all his belongings in the adjacent living area. What used to be a fairly tidy space has been replaced by the aforementioned suitcase and boxes of “stuff.” I get not emptying the boxes, but the suitcase? He’s been living back home since early May, so it’s not like he’s only around for a week before he moves into his new apartment.


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And speaking of the new apartment, the basement is filled with the stuff we have purchased for it: a full size mattress and box spring, a sofa and coffee table, a kitchen table and a TV stand. Our entire two lower levels look like the staging areas for a garage sale. The other son, while he’s always possessed a healthy appetite, now has one of two 16-year-old boys. He also is creating the laundry of two 16-year-old boys. Every morning after football workouts, he comes home and fixes himself a minimum of three eggs. If he brings a friend home with him, that’s six eggs, half a pound of bacon, half a loaf of bread and near a gallon of orange juice. We can’t keep up! And typical of the age, he “forgets” to tell me when he’s used the last of something. In one morning alone, I discovered we were out of eggs, out of milk, out of fabric softener, and I was out of patience. And now it’s August, back to school time. I will reclaim my house and my grocery budget….until next summer.

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One Knobby Gray Bunny by Lauri Wischner

Lauri Wischner is a Towne Lake resident who left her sales career behind to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. Contact her at

The first five years of my daughter’s life have been marked by the slow transformation of her beloved Bunny. Once bright white and soft as dandelion fuzz, he now sits flimsy and knobby gray with a permanent side head cock from all the love he received as his caretaker grew. This August, my daughter is off to Kindergarten and will leave her Bunny behind each morning in his place of honor atop her freshly made bed. She is thrilled beyond belief and my heart is truly happy for her, but I’m feeling a little melancholy (and teary) and want to make the transition as smooth as possible for both of us.

One tradition I hope to keep is eating breakfast together. Since our leisurely Pre-K get-ready routine will now be squished into a frantic forty-five minutes, I wasn’t sure if Cheerios and conversation was even conceivable, so I polled some veteran mommy friends who’ve earned medals on the school-morning-routine battlefield. They gently reassured


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me that with proper planning, it is possible. I sighed in relief. Here’s how they do it.

Since our leisurely Pre-K getready routine will now be squished into a frantic fortyfive minutes, I wasn’t sure if Cheerios and conversation was even conceivable... Each night, they sign daily calendars and check homework while the kids finish school projects and take showers. Clothes are laid out and backpacks, shoes and coats are placed by the door. Some even set the breakfast table, including placing cereal in bowls and covering them with plastic wrap. “No TV in the morning” is a rule in one household, since my friend feels her kids would need to be pried off of in order to leave on time for the bus. Others permanently place hair bows, continued on page 82

Musings from Towne

The P.E.O. Sisterhood: Women Helping Women by Robyn Hohensee

Robyn Hohensee is a fiction writer and poet who is a member of the Georgia writers Association. She has lived in Eagle Watch for the past 16 years with her husband Todd and two sons. You can contact her at

I became a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 2007, by the gentle nudging of my mother. My mom is a P.E.O., as were my great grandmother and grandmother. Since P.E.O. is such a part of my family history, I felt that I should consider becoming a member to keep the tradition going. Towne Lake has an active Chapter and after attending a few meetings, I was invited to become a member.

Founded in 1869 by seven students of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization that promotes and supports women in obtaining their educational goals through five scholarships and projects. Woodstock Chapter BI, whose membership is made up of many Towne Lake residents, has awarded numerous

scholarships to local women since it was formed in 2000. The five main projects that P.E.O. promotes are as listed below: l



P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund: Provides financial assistance to women who are two years away from completing their education. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship: Provides scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. or Canada. P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education: Scholarship provided for women in the U.S. and Canada whose education has been interrupted and need to return to school to support themselves and their families.

P.E.O. Scholar Award: For women pursuing a doctoral level degree or who are engaged in post-doctoral research. l

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Park View Montessori Choosing the perfect preschool can be a daunting experience for parents. If you ask around, you will receive countless opinions about what is “best.” But what’s best for your neighbors and their child may not be best for yours. Ultimately, the only opinion that matters is yours and your child’s. For more than 22 years, generations of parents have chosen Park View Montessori for their child’s preschool experience, and for very good reasons: excellent education foundation, extremely stable staff and a warm and welcoming family atmosphere.

Montessori Education According to Park View owner Kathy Faircloth, “Montessori is a teaching method and philosophy that emphasizes individual instruction in a selfpaced environment. However, individualized programs do not equate to unstructured, free-forall classes. The goal of Montessori is to instill a love of learning and exploring of interests in a supportive, flexible and varied environment.” Park View accepts children six weeks old through Kindergarten. Montessori classrooms serve ages 3 – 5 with lottery-funded Pre-K. The infant programs use the basic Montessori principles with developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the major milestones of the first year. Park View teachers work with infants to strengthen weaker areas while encouraging the stronger ones. Montessori teaching begins at the age of one, with Montessori-certified teachers in classes for toddlers through Kindergarten. A typical classroom will include three-, four- and five-yearolds learning, being challenged and developing their individual passions. There are 44 lotteryfunded Pre-K spaces available each year, and students who are part of this class receive the same Montessori education as those not in the program. The only difference? The price. Kathy said that children at Park View stay with the same teacher for two or three years as they progress through the lessons. “The teacher really gets to know the students, what motivates that student and how to keep that student stimulated,” she said. When students leave Park View, they transition easily into the public school system. “By the time they reach elementary school, our students have developed a love of learning and a strong self 50

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Welcome to the Family

esteem, key predictors in future success. The Montessori program develops a good self image and the confidence to face new challenges.”

Stable Staff One of the things Kathy is most proud of is the longevity of the staff. Several staff members have been there for 17 years or more. The low turnover results in a highly stable environment, earning trust from parents and children. Seeing the same faces day after day, year after year, is very reassuring to families, especially with young children who are impressionable and often resistant to change. Staff stability can make the difference in whether or not your child can hit the ground running or has to spend time readjusting with each new school year.

Park View staff members view the students and their families as part of an extended family. Students learn about different cultures and are taught a respect for differences in cultures and religions. Students also are provided with grace and courtesy lessons, which make for a harmonious learning environment. Park View enjoys an active Parents Association, which involves parents in service projects and fundraising. “Parental involvement is very important to us; we need it and encourage it,” said Kathy. Park View has a come-visitanytime policy for parents, which can be comforting to those children with separation anxiety. Park View welcomes prospective families to visit, take a tour and have all questions answered. Generations of families have trusted their children’s first educational experience to Park View. Stop by to see why!

Park View has a unique distinction of being a multigenerational school. “Several of our students have returned to teach while others have sent their own children,” said Kathy. Former students also have gone on to experience amazing successes from being appointed to the Air Force Academy, attending well-respected universities such as Stanford, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, to traveling the globe. And they all have one thing in common — they all got their start at Park View.

Park View Montessori School Ages 6 Weeks – 6 Years Kindergarten State Licensed, Certified Teachers 2 & 3 Day Classes | 1/2 Day Classes Open 12 Months Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (770) 926-0044 6689 Bells Ferry Road AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011


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The Asian Tiger Mosquito by Rick Coughlin The Asian Tiger Mosquito is probably the most common mosquito found in your yard. It is a good idea to know its characteristics so you can know how defend yourself from it.

Scientific Name:

Aedes albopictus


It is a black mosquito with white markings on the body and legs.


Bites mostly during the day and at dusk. Very aggressive.

Breeding Sites:

Rick Coughlin is the owner of The Mosquito Authority. If you have any mosquito related questions, e-mail Rick@ themosquitoauthority. com.

Any container that holds water for seven days or more. It can be something as small as a bottle cap or as large as a swimming pool. They can lay eggs in anything that holds water, including tires, cans and bottles in your recycling bin, flowerpots, gutters, corrugated pipe, etc.

Hiding Places:

Ivy, bushes, trees, and flower beds are their favorite places, but they can hide anywhere that is cool and shady.

Disease Risk: West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, St. Louis encephalitis, Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are not good flyers and typically will not fly far from their breeding place. However, when searching for a meal, they may fly from house to house in your neighborhood.

Protect Yourself: Eliminate mosquito breeding sites. Empty

all standing water in your yard and check drain pipes to see if they are correctly positioned so they do not retain water. Wear light colored and loose fitting clothes, and use insect repellant if needed.

Protect Your Yard:

Many barrier sprays that contain Bifenthrin will protect your yard from mosquitoes for 21 days at a time. Permethrine is also very effective in getting a quick knock down of mosquitoes. These can be applied to your shrubs, trees, decks, flowers and any plants where mosquitoes are resting.


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Can Looking Younger Improve Your Earning Power? by Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Keith Hanna, Keith West and Michael McNeel It’s an age-old phenomenon — attractive people are often more successful. So it is no surprise that more youthful-looking people may go further in their careers, get better job offers, or close more deals. In Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Keith Hanna, Keith fact, a University West and Michael McNeel are all board of California study certified plastic surgeons with Marietta confirmed that Plastic Surgery, with offices in Marietta attractive people and Woodstock. As members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, they earned 12 percent are skilled in the latest techniques and more than their more procedures in the field of plastic surgery. average-looking For a private consultation, contact www. counterparts. The leaders studied three different groups and the results uncovered that attractive people were seen as more helpful and cooperative, garnering more support from coworkers. They were also consistently judged and treated more positively. It’s easy to see why all of us would want to maintain a more youthful appearance in the workforce. Traditionally, men have mentioned career reasons for choosing procedures like Botox or even more permanent solutions like eye lifts, neck lifts and liposuction. On the other hand, women have traditionally been motivated by a desire to look attractive again on a more general level. But times are changing. Women are now seeking

cosmetic procedures for career advancement reasons on a much more frequent basis.

... more youthful-looking people may go further in their careers, get better job offers... Of course there are many ways to achieve a youthful image. Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest impact. Updating your wardrobe and hairstyle are probably the easiest ways to quickly appear more youthful. Staying fit and trim and even whitening your teeth also go a long way. Facials and other less invasive skin treatments (like fillers, peels, laser and micro-dermabrasion) can help smooth away fine lines. continued on page 82

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Developing Healthy Eating Habits For Your Child by Carol Brazier, RD, CDE, Northside Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program

With busy schedules, fast food convenience and picky eaters, figuring out how to get your child to eat healthy foods can be a big challenge. Developing healthy eating habits early helps kids maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are older.

Know “why?”

Encourage questions and be sure to have an answer. For example, “Milk makes your bones strong” or “Peanut butter has protein, which is good for your muscles.”

Go grocery shopping together. Get your kids involved in shopping decisions. Teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, how to choose fruit and vegetables, and how to read food labels. Get kids involved in the kitchen.

Whether it is washing fruits and vegetables, cracking eggs or mixing ingredients, kids are more likely to try foods that they “made.” Older children can assist in planning the menu for a particular night.

Add-in healthy food. Find ways to add healthy foods into foods your child already likes. For example, use turkey meatballs


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in pasta sauce. Carrots, apples, oranges and zucchini can be grated and used in casseroles, pancakes, muffins and bread.

Sit down for a family meal.

Though this may not be possible every night, try to set aside time for family meals on a regular basis. At the dinner table, you can lead by example by filling your plate with healthy foods in moderate portions. Encourage your kids to eat slowly to better detect hunger and fullness.

Limit junk food. Limiting the junk food in your house and

keeping your pantry stocked with healthy snacks will guide your child in developing a taste for nutritious snacks. Try creating a dried-fruit mixture with ingredients such as apricots, apples, cherries, figs and dates.

Be smart about eating out. When eating at a restaurant,

teach your child to search the menu for words such as grilled, fresh, lean, roasted, or steamed. Though it is important to limit fries, burgers and pizza, it won’t do any harm to occasionally eat these foods.

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Don’t Live For the Moment When It Comes to Your Dental Health by Dr. Scott R. Harden Children don’t plan for next year; they seldom plan for tomorrow. My son is now 16 years old and there are still many planning issues that we routinely face, especially related to school. Study Agendas offer the opportunity to plan for today, tomorrow, the week, the month, the semester and the year. The Agenda helps my son remember when assignments and Dr. Scott Harden is a tests are due, how to plan for them dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry in advance, and how to achieve goals more consistently. The Agenda should and has served the prevent my son the frustration of Towne Lake area for more than 21 ever forgetting to turn in assignments years. He is a Dental or of being surprised by a scheduled Advisor for two quiz or test. Proper planning should nationally renowned allow him to coordinate all the dental research extracurricular activities at school, companies. You can his baseball schedule, and his reach him at (770) academic requirements so they blend 926-0000 or visit together smoothly. Despite a wellFountainViewSmiles. defined system, homework still gets com. overlooked, quizzes are forgotten and conflicts occur. Why? Teenagers and adults alike lack discipline. Add into the equation cell phones, texting, e-mail, Facebook, and the Internet, and you have enough distractions to ruin any good system. At the high school level, long-range planning such as SAT preparation or selecting the best college are added to the demands of school and daily life, which challenge students’ planning skills.

still think they should only go to the dentist once a year, although this is incorrect. Even worse, many people who identify a problem with one or more of their teeth tend to ignore it because they are living for the moment. They do not call to make a dental appointment. A common thought for many people goes like this: “My tooth broke, but it doesn’t hurt, so I can postpone getting it fixed until another day.” This is a great example of living for the moment. The absence of pain never indicates the lack of a problem. Many dental problems, including cavities, gum disease and broken teeth typically do not hurt but lead to

...many people who identify a problem with one or more of their teeth tend to ignore it because they are living for the moment.

more severe problems in the future if treatment is delayed. People who ignore or delay routine dental exams and getting their dental problems diagnosed and treated will often lose teeth as a result.

As adults, we know that in comparison to our children, our lives are much more complicated. We have the added demands of paying bills, maintaining the house, paying taxes, cleaning laundry, providing meals and transportation, and ultimately monitoring everything related to our children. It’s overwhelming. Then there are those elective issues to consider that we can easily neglect because we are overburdened with life’s necessities. We should schedule for personal time, exercise, religion, and our health. Making time to get annual physicals, eye exams and dental exams must ideally fit into our yearly schedule. If we default into the tendency to live for the moment and not plan our regular doctor visits, then we are no better than our children that we reprimand for less important issues. It’s all about proper planning and maintaining balance in our lives.

Just the other day, a man named Brian came into the office with a serious dental problem. He had fractured his tooth in half, all the way through the roots and down into the bone. His symptoms included pain, infection, pus, fever and facial swelling. The infection was so severe that it affected his overall health and made him feel sick. This condition developed because Brian delayed getting a crown on his tooth, despite the fact that he was told a year ago that the tooth had a small fracture. His tooth had broken even more six months ago and, because he had no pain then, he delayed going to the dentist again and getting the care he already knew was needed. He ignored an early warning sign and was indeed living for the moment.

The American Dental Association has recommended two dental visits per year for the last several decades. How many of you reading this article have been consistent at maintaining two visits a year to the dentist? Many people

The lesson that Brian learned was to keep routine dental visits twice a year to avoid complex dental problems that can otherwise be avoided. When you have a dental need, get it treated and don’t procrastinate.


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A Surgical Solution for Heartburn Without Incisions What may have seemed like science fiction, surgery without an incision, is now a reality that is making lives better for patients suffering from chronic acid reflux also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Dr. Michael Shotwell of Northside Hospital — Cherokee is the first in the area to offer the TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) procedure for the treatment of GERD. “The TIF procedure with the EsophyX device can significantly improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Shotwell “Many patients take reflux medications such, as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), which suppress acid production to help relieve their heartburn symptoms and are still unable to eat the foods they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. In addition, recent studies have shown that long term use of PPIs can lead to inadequate absorption of minerals, such as calcium, leading to bone fractures. Studies have also shown that PPIs can interact with other prescription medications reducing their efficacy. Clinical studies show that at two years after the TIF procedure nearly 80 percent of patients are off of their daily reflux medications and can eat and drink foods and beverages they avoided for many years. Reflux no longer impacts their life like it previously did.”

In a healthy patient, there is a natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that forms a physical barrier preventing stomach fluids from backwashing, or “refluxing,” up into the esophagus. “In a patient with chronic GERD, this valve has become dysfunctional,” explained Dr. Shotwell.” The TIF procedure reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux. It is based on the same wellproven principles of conventional more invasive laparoscopic GERD surgery. TIF’s advantage is that it is “surgery from within” performed transorally (through the mouth). Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, no visible scar and most patients can get back to their normal activities within a few days.” With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, the TIF procedure with the EsophyX device offers an excellent alternative. “We are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same benefits as more invasive procedures with only minimal risk,” expressed Dr. Shotwell. Please contact us at (770) 704-6101 if you or someone you know suffers with chronic GERD and would like more information about how TIF can get you back to living without the pills and without heartburn. ADVERTISEMENT AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011


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What Do You Know About Scoliosis? by Dr. Jared J. Lasseigne Scoliosis is a potentially serious medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved incorrectly from side to side. The name comes from the Greek word skoliōsis, which means “crooked.” Scoliosis is a complex three-dimensional deformity. On an X-ray of the spine viewed from the backside, an individual with scoliosis may have a spine that appears to be shaped more like an “S” or a “C” than a normal spine, which is For more information, shaped like a straight line. Scoliosis is contact Dr. Jared at typically caused by either a vertebral Discover Chiropractic abnormality found present at birth or in Towne Lake (770) by a neuromuscular imbalance from 516-9900. habitual causes. These imbalances can be caused by having bad posture, carrying bags or backpacks improperly, or physical trauma. If detected early, the chances for stabilization and reduction of the curves are very good. This condition affects approximately 10 million people in the United States. Listed below are “red flags” to look out for in order to help determine if you or someone you love has scoliosis. If you notice any of these signs, you should schedule an exam with a doctor. l l l l l



Head is not centered directly above the pelvis Leaning of entire body to one side Changes in look or texture of skin overlying the spine (dimples, hairy patches, color changes) Shoulders are different heights — one shoulder blade is more prominent than the other Appearance of a raised, prominent hip Rib cages are at different heights Uneven waist

In some cases, scoliosis can lead to diminished lung capacity, which can cause increased pressure on the heart. This may result in a restriction of one’s daily routines and physical activities. To confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis, a person should be examined and have proper weight bearing X-rays taken in order to determine the severity of a spinal curvature. If there is a misalignment, the brain will provide the body with incorrect recruitment of muscles throughout the back, directly causing scoliosis. If detected at a young age, realignment with precise spinal manipulation can provide long-lasing relief from this condition. However, if the scoliosis has not been corrected prior to skeletal maturity, only a portion of the scoliosis can be expected to reverse. Typically, a 50 percent improvement in scoliotic curves can be achieved in those cases. Chiropractic care focuses on correcting scoliosis, providing symptom relief and help with other complications associated with scoliosis. 60

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Service Dog Delivers Help, Hope and by Kara Kiefer

We first met Laura McCullough and her two daughters, Carmen and Caroline, in 2007 when Laura received the honor as AroundAbout — TowneLaker Mother of the Year. Laura adopted Carmen when she was 14 months old and later adopted Caroline when she was seven months old. When Caroline was two, she had a seizure on Christmas Day, and it was determined that she had a brain tumor. To date, Caroline has endured more than 14 surgeries for seizure control and for removal of part of the tumor, as well as two years of chemo. Unfortunately, according to Laura, part of the tumor can never be removed. As a result of the tumor, Caroline has limited mobility, requiring some use of a wheel chair. During one of Caroline’s hospital stays, Caroline received visits to lift her spirits from some very special dogs with Canine

Assistants. The epilepsy clinic at the hospital encouraged Laura to apply to the organization for Caroline to receive a service dog. But, as Laura would soon find out, it was easier said than done. “The number of people who need a service dog is tremendous! The application is long and many people have to write letters of recommendation in order for you to be considered. We had a home visit from Canine Assistants, and then a sponsor had to be found,” recalled Laura. Laura equated the process to adopting a child. Laura pointed out that Canine Assistants do not require the recipients to pay for anything in regards to the dog; all food and vet care is provided by the organization for the life of the dog. Finally, after five long years of waiting, Caroline was notified that she would be a recipient of a service dog. What’s interesting to note is that it’s the dog that picks the owner, not the other way around. Caroline completed a personality profile and several dogs were introduced to Caroline as a result of the profile. For Caroline and Stony, it was love at first sight. Caroline, Stoney and Laura all had to attend an extensive training camp, complete with quizzes and a final exam. Once Caroline has Stoney, he will be able to provide Caroline with added independence as he will open doors for her and pick up objects if she drops them. He will be able to sense when Caroline is about to have a seizure and guide her to a seat if she is standing at the time. He also will bring a special bandana to Laura or Caroline’s teacher when he senses an oncoming seizure or that Caroline is in need of help. AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011


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Don’t Let The Dog Days Of Summer Be Deadly by Dr. Randy Beck The dog days of summer are officially here and boy, are they hot! We all feel it, and you can bet that your dogs feel it. It is very common for us to see a few heat stroke patients this time of year. Here are a few things you need to know about the heat and your dog. Dogs are different from people in the way they cool themselves. We can sweat and Dr. Randy Beck is sweat and sweat. Dogs can sweat in very the owner of South small amounts through their paws, but Cherokee Veterinary they mainly cool themselves by panting. Hospital located at Some dogs have very short noses and 513 Sharp Street in cannot even do that very well in the air Woodstock. conditioning, much less out in the hot and humid summer air. Dogs have fur that does not sweat and therefore does not let evaporation and heat exchange take place. Signs of overheating with dogs include bright red gums, which can then turn to brick red and even bluish looking, indicating a lack of oxygen. Many dogs will pant excessively and can become wobbly


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on their feet and lose the ability to stand up. This can progress to seizures, vomiting and explosive diarrhea. These signs can come on very quickly and should not be ignored. You should get your dog to a veterinarian very quickly, but there are a few things you can do in the meantime to help the situation. The first thing to do is try to remove your dog from the hot air and inside to some place cool. If you cannot do this, then at least get your pet to a shady area. You should try to use cool – but not cold – water to help bring the temperature down slowly. It is extremely important to not use ice cold water. Your first instinct is to do this, but the ice cold water will cause the blood vessels at the skin level to constrict, which decreases blood flow and acts as a blanket for the internal organs, not allowing the body’s core temperature to drop. If possible, try to find a fan or air conditioner to help evaporate some of the water off the coat and help with cooling. Even after a dog has recovered from heat stroke, there is still the possibility of kidney or liver failure, clotting disorders and brain damage. Many of these can be prevented if caught early enough, but I have seen some pretty benign looking cases turn into a real battle for life. Again, the key is to catch this early, react early and get to your veterinarian early. We all want to play with our dogs and get them out to exercise, but please be careful during this extremely hot weather and protect your baby from heat stroke. Have a great summer!

Together We Will Save More Lives Cherokee County Animal Shelter One of 50 in ASPCA $100K Challenge Thanks to more than 3000 local animal lovers who voted for the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, the local animal care facility won a spot in this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing for grants from ASPCA totaling $300,000, including a top prize of $100,000. THe 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters and their communities aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. Taking place from August 1 to October 31, 2011, Cherokee County Animal Shelter will compete to find homes for more cats and dogs than they did during the same period in 2010. Competing against 49 other shelters, their goal is to save at least 300 more animals. The employees and volunteers of Cherokee County Animal Shelter are working hard to care for and promote the animals at the shelter. They are asking the community to open up their hearts and homes and join in their efforts because Together We Will Save More Lives! CCAS will host the following themes/events during the contest period Aug. 1 - Oct. 31, 2011: Dog Days of Summer Week Kitty Meow Luau Week Dr. Doolittle Days Lady & the Tramp Week Superstars Week Zumba Seniors Week & a Zumbathon Dog’s Just Wanna Have Fun Week Help US Help THEM Week It’s Raining Cats & Dogs Week Cats in Hats Week and a Halloween Week full of fun!

For more information visit us online at: under “departments” and “animal shelter”

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Tellus Museum 1-75, Exit 293, Cartersville Everyone needs a change of scenery every now and then! Each month, we will bring you unusual places to visit, including museums, family friendly activities and dining. This month, we are featuring Tellus Museum in Cartersville. Tellus is a 120,000 square foot museum, featuring four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard and until November, At The Controls, A temporary exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Children will love the many and colorful displays throughout the museum as well as having the opportunity to pan for gems and go fossil digging. At night, the Observatory gives visitors a view of the night sky with its 20-foot telescope. Visitors also can see a seismograph which is used to detect earthquakes all over the world. Tellus is approximately 45 minutes from the Walton community and is open Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket prices and additional exhibit information can be found on the website (


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Health & Wellness

Recipe Corner Around About’s Favorite Summer Salad


2-3 bone-in chicken breasts (grilled or boiled) 4 green onions, sliced 1 can Chow Mein noodles 1 pint grape tomatoes, split in half 2 T poppy seeds ½ C chopped cashews Lettuce of your choice (Romaine and Arugula work really well!)

Dressing: ½ C canola oil 4 T white wine vinegar 4 T sugar 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper

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Once chicken has been cooked and cooled, shred into bite-sized pieces. Mix lettuce greens, shredded chicken, green onion, cashews, Chow Mein noodles and tomatoes in a bowl. To make dressing, mix vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in bowl and slowly whisk in Canola oil. Serve dressing on the side as salad keeps for leftovers the next day.

Do you have a favorite munchie or tailgating recipe in honor of football season you would like to share? Please email editor@ with your recipe and a photo, and it could be included in our September issue!

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Are You Ready For Some Football? Woodstock Wolverines

Etowah Eagles

August 26

Away VS Berkmar

August 26

September 2

Away VS Kell

September 2

Away VS Harrison

September 9

Home VS West Forsyth

September 9

Home VS Kell

September 16

Home VS North Forsyth

September 16

Away VS Newnan

September 23

Home VS Walton

September 23

Away VS Cherokee

September 30

Away VS Cherokee

September 30

Home VS Wheeler

October 7

Away VS Wheeler

October 14

Bye Week

October 14

Home VS Marietta

October 7

Away VS Marietta

October 21

Home VS Woodstock

October 21

Away VS Etowah

Bye Week

October 28

Home VS Lassiter

October 28

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SCHOOL NEWS Chabad Hebrew School Enrolling for Fall The Chabad Hebrew School (CHS), located in the Town Center area, is now enrolling for the 2011-12 year, which will start in mid-August. At CHS, families of all affiliations and backgrounds are welcome. The school offers a warm and lively Jewish atmosphere where children can attain a unique and exciting awareness of their Jewish identity, including learning about the holidays, customs, the Hebrew language, and much more. For more information please visit or contact us at or call (678) 460-7702.

Cherokee Charter Set to Open in Fall The Cherokee Charter Academy is one of 11 charter schools to receive funding from the State. These schools were originally approved by the Georgia Charter Commission, which later was found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Subsequent approval was provided by the Department of Education (DOE), but funding by the DOE fell short of what was needed. The State will provide $2.9 million dollars, providing the brick and mortar for the school. The school anticipates opening by August 15. For more information, please visit

Send Us Your Back to School Photos! When you take your kids to the school bus on August 1, we know you will have your camera, so please remember to share your first day memories with AroundAbout — TowneLaker. Email to Mail in or drop off at 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 Please identify people in photo from left to right. Deadline is August 10.

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Woodstock Grad to Play Division One Ice Hockey Recent Woodstock High School and ice hockey stand out Drake Bordnick recently signed to play with the University of Michigan, Dearborn, an ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) division one school. Drake played goaltender for the Wolverines and was part of the State Championship team in 2010. Drake’s high school coach, Danny Evans said, “As a goalie, Drake is not afraid of a challenge. He will always go the extra mile to make sure he is as prepared as he can be before going into a game. I feel very fortunate to have been able to know and coach him.” Congratulations!

Lou is a 7th grade student at E.T. Booth Middle School and the son of Birgit and Bob Velasco.

Twin Creeks Express Wins State Championship The Twin Creeks Express girls softball team capped off an incredible season by winning the 8U Coach Pitch Georgia ASA State Championship hosted in Forsyth County. The team is composed of all-star girls from the Cherokee Youth Softball league played out of Twin Creeks Softball Complex in Woodstock. Congratulations!

Towne Lake Player Pitches Cooperstown Tournament Lou Velasco recently pitched two complete games in week four of the Cooperstown 12U baseball tournament, held in Cooperstown, New York. The Towne Lake resident pitches, plays first base and outfield for the Roswell Hornets 12U travel baseball team. Lou pitched a 15-0 shutout in 4 innings against the DBA Crushers from California, and he pitched for an 11 to 3 win against the Rawlings Heat from Missouri. Combined, Lou pitched 2 complete games with 12 strikeouts, 2 walks, 7 hits, and 2 earned runs. For offense, Velasco hit .591 for the 8 game tournament hitting 10 singles, 2 home runs, 1 double, and 10 RBIs. The Roswell Hornets won 5 of 8 games and made it to the top 32 teams of the 104-team tournament. 72

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Front row (left to right): Lizzie Williams, Sarah Squillace, Hailey Schultz, Carley Taylor, Darla Berry, Abbie Granson and Emma Brown. Middle row: Annie Ormsby, Madie Cox, Maddie McCroskey, Emma Worley, Sydney Osada, Samantha Phipps and Maggie Messerly. Back row: Coaches Rich Squillace, Kelly Granson, Jay Worley, Tim Phipps, Jimmy Messerly and Mike Brown.

Children’s Sports Ministry at Sixes United Methodist Church The Sixes United Methodist Church (UMC) sports ministry will start practices the week of August 29 with 3-on-3 Soccer (ages 4 - 1st grade), Flag Football (2nd grade -- 5th grade), and Cheerleading (ages 4 - 5th grade). Each sport will include 10 practices and 8 games with an awards banquet closing out the season. Games will be held on Saturdays, beginning September 10. More details and registration forms are available at www. Please contact Brad Bunn at (770) 345-7644 for more information. Sixes UMC is located at 8385 Bells Ferry Road, in Canton.

Twin Creeks Thunder Wins Invitational The Twin Creeks Thunder 10U softball team recently took home the West Cobb Invitational Championship Trophy. Two weeks later, the team played in the GRPA Mite & Midget State Tournament. They played competitively, six games over three days and rose from the losers bracket to take home the State Runner-Up title for 2011! Congratulations!

Front row (left to right): Anna Beth Cadenhead, Becca Bray, Nikki Rogers, Mia DeAngelis, Emily Sansone and Bethany Norman. Middle row: Ellie Johnson, Maggie Zeigler, Katie Reed, Amanda Cox, Anna Burnett, Sarah Barker and Ashlee Floyd. Back row: Coaches Doug Barker, William Norman and Bob Sansone.

Share your Special Memories of your Grandparents The month of September honors all grandparents with Grandparent’s Day, which falls on September 11. We know there are a lot of wonderful grandparents out there, some who live close, some who live far away and some who are no longer with us. Readers, we are looking to showcase your grandparents in a special section in our September issue. Send us a picture of your grandparents, preferably with you in it, and a few sentences recalling one of your favorite memories of your grandparent, and we’ll publish it! Please send your photo and memory to editor@ or mail it to AroundAbout —TowneLaker, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for photo return. Deadline is August 10.

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You Can Make A Difference

Send Us Your Back to School Photos!

When you take your kids to the school bus on August 1, we know you will have your camera, so please remember to share your first day memories with AroundAbout — TowneLaker. Email them to Mail in or drop off at 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 Please identify people in photo from left to right. Deadline is August 10.

by Joe Lemmo My name is Joseph Lemmo and I believe words are powerful. That belief comes in handy, considering I am a 7th grade English teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School. Perhaps you have read some of my students’ work over the past two years – perhaps you haven’t. If you have, I hope you have enjoyed their inner thoughts and feelings about different topics that matter to them. If you haven’t, well, be on the lookout next month and the months to follow.

Joseph Lemmo is a 7th grade English teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School. Follow his blog at yourwordsmakea difference.blogspot. com to learn more about his thoughts on teaching, or you can email him at joseph. lemmo@cherokee.k12. to share ways you have witnessed people making a difference in the world.

What will you find in their writing? I’m glad you asked. They will be presented with topics that will prompt them to write from their perspectives in order to persuade, entertain, and even challenge you. Their writing will be completely done in class, and will therefore be unbiased and original. I believe their words are powerful, and I look forward to the moments you will have, sitting wherever you sit when you read this wonderful little publication, reading their thoughts. I have an extremely rewarding job as a teacher, and I hope to let you experience a bit of the joy I experience when reading their work by giving you the opportunity to – for lack of a better description – read their work! The life of a teacher is void of monthly bonuses, business outings, negotiated raises, and other perks found in the business world. But one of the things that I would never trade is the daily interaction I have with those young, brilliant minds. They share their thoughts with me through their writing, and I get to do the same through teaching. Perhaps the most exciting thing to me is the idea that I may forever impact them with my very own words. To me, that’s worth more than you could imagine. Unfortunately, as I write this, I can already hear the voices of the many teachers who will read this and say, “Please… tell them how you really feel!” I don’t blame them; maybe my feelings will be different later on in my career. But if I feel this way now, even after eleven years of teaching, I feel confident those feelings are here to stay. By now you should have noticed the title of this article, You Can Make a Difference. This is the theme I will have this school year in my classroom, and this is what the content of my students’ articles will revolve around. I am responsible for covering the curriculum set in place for English/Language Arts, but even more than that, I hope to teach my students how to be inspired, continued on page 84


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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Mother Ignored by Dee Locklin Since January, I have dreaded the departure of my only son as he leaves for college this month. My husband has endured all manner of whining as I lamented the loss of our precious baby and anticipated the fearful empty nest. I changed my mind about all that. Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State University. She lives with husband Lewis and son Taylor in a cluttered home filled with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

A calendar hangs in my kitchen, on which I now eagerly mark off the days remaining until our precious baby departs. His dorm room supplies stand ready in the living room, each item carefully selected and lovingly packed by me.

And tucked away in the nearby hall closet are floral fabric swatches and lavender paint samples carefully selected by me as part of my plan to gut my son’s room about 15 minutes after he leaves for school. The color scheme is perfect for my new study. So what happened? When did his departure become a good thing? I believe the stars align by divine intervention in the summer weeks preceding 18 year old boys’ departure for school. This is done in order to help clinging moms let go. And the stars align so well that moms not only let go — they daily fight an overwhelming urge to boot the kid out the front door.

Here’s what happens in these summer weeks. The boys lose all ability to follow instructions. Indeed, they are unable to follow through on anything. They suffer selective hearing. They develop delusions of grandeur. Their judgment becomes severely impaired.

I believe the stars align by divine intervention in the summer weeks preceding 18 year old boys’ departure for school. I really should do a case study on this. Random field notes would include the following: In a three-week period, my son lost his driver’s license and his father’s new Maui Jim sunglasses. When he went to renew his driver’s license, he left his birth certificate on the kitchen counter — one minute after I reminded him to take the required document with him to Canton. As of this writing, he owes the university numerous forms before he can move into his dorm. He ignored the school’s instructions to submit his vehicle information online prior to orientation, so he currently has no parking pass for move-in day. continued on page 84

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SCHOOL INFORMATION Public Schools Bascomb Elementary School 1335 Wyngate Parkway Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-1091 Principal: Ruth Flowers bascomb-es Carmel Elementary School 2275 Bascomb-Carmel Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1237 Principal: Keith Bryant carmel-es Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Susan McCarthy chapman-es E. T. Booth Middle School 6550 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-5707 Principal: Dawn Weinbaum etbooth-ms Etowah High School 6565 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189, (770) 926-4411 Principal: Keith Ball etowah-hs

Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA. 30189, (770) 926-1662 Administrator: Bob Hahn

Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road Acworth, GA 30102 Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091

Woodstock High School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3500 Principal: William Sebring woodstock-hs

Lyndon Academy 485 Toonigh Rd. Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 926-0166 Headmaster: Linda Murdock

Woodstock Middle School 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189, (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith

Private Schools Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School 3075 Trickum Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (678) 494-5464, High School Principal: Rod Kirby Middle School Principal: Hal Scripka Elementary School: Robert Lester Furtah Preparatory School 5496 Highway 92 Acworth, GA 30102 (678) 574-6488, Headmaster: Fred Furtah

Kleven Boston Elementary School 105 Othello Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: Les Conley Oak Grove Elementary School 6118 Woodstock Road Acworth, GA 30102 (770) 974-6682 Principal: Dr. Jennifer Scrivner 76

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North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 975-0252 Headmaster: Todd Clingman Omega Academy (770) 792-7431 Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 926-7729 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 428-3328 Principal: Patricia Allen

Cherokee County School District 2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance

September 5 September 19 - 23

School Holiday Fall Break

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How To Prepare For Summer Tennis by Mark Billson

Mark Billson is Director of Tennis at Towne Lake Hills Tennis Club. He is USPTR certified with more than 20 years teaching experience. He works with players of all ages and levels. Mark can be contacted at tlhtennis@comcast. net.

A few months back, I travelled to the Blackburn tennis center to watch one of the Towne Lake Hills teams participate in the City finals. It was one of the first real warm days of the season. At one point, one player went on and after only about five games proceeded to faint on the court. She was carried to the side of the court where she ate something and was given Gatorade to drink. She continued to play the match and felt very tired afterward. She was extremely brave to continue, though the episode caused a great deal of panic among her teammates.

The question is “Why did this happen?” People will say that since they are only recreational players, they don’t need to worry about what they eat and drink. Here is what I say to that: proper nutrition and hydration are not just issues of improving performance but of realizing that dehydration can be very dangerous, especially as we get older. When asked after the match what she had eaten and how she prepared for the match, the player said that she had not eaten and had not taken in enough fluids. Here are some must-do things that will help you prevent dehydration. l

Always ensure that you drink water the night before. If you are dehydrated before the match starts, it is already too late.

Try and find a system that can keep you cooler when you are playing. There are many different gadgets that can be used. Find one and use it. l


Try to not spend too much time in the air conditioning just before you play. Your body needs to get accustomed to the heat. Drink water while you are doing this.



Take the allowed breaks between games; they can be used as recovery times. Drink immediately after your match. The drink should contain some form of electrolytes. Drink until your urine is a clear color.

I am not a doctor, but I have seen all the symptoms of heat exhaustion while teaching. The main signs include a whitening of the face and a sick feeling in the stomach. These are the two primary symptoms that I look for. Players that fail to drink enough fluids and come out to play don’t last very long in this heat. If you drink when you are thirsty, it is too late. If you go out well prepared both mentally and physically for a match against an opponent who is not prepared, you can have a big advantage. Accept the conditions, prepare well, hydrate properly and execute your plan.

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Marriage Moments by Bill Ratliff Sometimes I wonder how good marriages last. With the erosion of commitment in our culture, is it any wonder that divorce is so commonplace? Today many couples seem to hold on to divorce as a part of their marriage strategy, even prior to their wedding. I believe this lack of loyalty permeates our entire society. Consider the fact that 50 years ago, most people were employed with one company all of their lives. Most people today who work outside the government change jobs multiple times during their working years. There was a time when employees were faithful to and appreciative of the companies that employed them. Now retail stores are most concerned about employee theft. How different that is from times past when employees cared about and invested in their company’s financial wherewithal and future. Needless to say, that kind of loyalty is a rarity anymore.

Bill Ratliff is the Senior Pastor at Towne Lake Community Church. He is also a member of the Around About — TowneLaker’s Community Board. He can be reached at (678) 445-8766.


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Every realm of life has been affected by this lack of loyalty, especially marriage. Why? Because marriage is built on trust, and loyalty is the pipeline of love. Without the foundation of

Today many couples seem to hold on to divorce as a part of their marriage strategy... commitment, trust and loyalty, love cannot stand. What can you do to strengthen the commitment, trust and loyalty with your spouse? These are built one decision at a time. So how do good marriages last? They last because couples decide on the kind of love God describes in 1 Corinthians 13. Date Your Mate: (For Seafood Lovers Only) Take your mate to Joe’s Crab Shack. Order one of the big buckets of assorted seafood to share. Or, as I politely told my wife, “Get your own bucket.” The best part about this date is that it gives you lots of time to talk without deprivation. In other words, cracking claws and digging out the meat takes time. Feed your mate some of the big chunks of meat you salvage. This date should help you and your spouse come out of your shells. Enjoy!

Blessing Your Children by Dr. Doug Thrasher

Dr. Doug Thrasher is the Senior Pastor at Hillside United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the AroundAbout — TowneLaker’s Community Board. You may contact him at dthrasher@hillsideumc. org.

Some years ago I came across a book by Gary Smalley and John Trent that I have come to love and appreciate. The book is titled “The Blessing.” I highly recommend for you to read it. It takes the idea of the Old Testament blessing, such as Abraham blessing Isaac, or Jacob blessing his children, and translates that into modern language, pointing out how all of us need to receive blessing. With a new school year starting, I find myself thinking about all the children going off to school and wondering how many of them feel blessed. Here are some small acts that you might consider doing in order to bless the children.

1. Make a snack for them when they get home from school and sit and listen to them tell you about their day. (My favorite was when Mom made popcorn. I could smell it walking up the driveway.)

2. Attend the open houses at school and get to know the teacher. 3. Read a book with your child before they go to bed. 4. Eat a meal together every day and make sure to hold hands and say a prayer of thanks before you eat. 5. Take your children to worship and encourage them by reading the Bible together. 6. Keep your promises to your children. 7. Celebrate birthdays in special ways. 8. Ask your children, “What would it take for this to be a great year for you?” and then try to make it happen. 9. Pray for your children and let them know you are praying for them. 10. Tell your children you love them and are proud of them every day. There are many more ways to bless your children, but the key is to be intentional and do it every day. I promise you, the result will be children who are a blessing to you and to the world. AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011





Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 592-7007 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Bob Goodner

Chabad Jewish Center 1635 Old Hwy 41 NW, Suite 112-265, Kennesaw (770) 771-9952, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan

First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Johnny M. Hunt Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Wednesday Services: Youth 6:30 p.m., Adults 7 p.m. Pastor: Paul Vance

Tikvah l’ Chaim “Hope for Life Ministries” Messianic Jewish Fellowship 4206 North Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (678) 936-4125 Saturday Hebrew Literacy & Bible Study: 10 a.m. Saturday Shabbat Service: 11 a.m. Rabbi Gary Maxted (partnering with TLC Church, Woodstock, GA)

Sixes Presbyterian Church Meeting at our Fellowship Hall at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, (770) 485-1975 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Lucas Pina Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-0074 Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jake Marshall

Roman Catholic


St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 490 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 516-0009 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. & 12:45 & 5:30 p.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 2:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Niese

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Services: 10:50 a.m Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Awana/Youth: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Pastor: Monty Guice

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton (770) 503-5050 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery available Sunday School: 9 a.m., Faith Formation: 9 a.m. Pastor: Virginia Krekling

Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Rd. NE., Marietta, (770) 977-1442 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8 & 10 a.m. & 12 noon Sunday Spanish Mass: 2 p.m. Pastor: Monsignor Patrick Bishop

South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92, (770) 926-0422 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steven Lambert

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive (770) 924-7286, Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Thursday Youth Activities: 6:30 p.m. Pastors: Paul Baumgartner & Justin Ask

United Methodist

Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 928-2812 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Stephen Constien

CITY ON A HILL United Methodist Church 7745 Main Street, (678) 445-3480 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Chris Bryant

Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, Kennesaw, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. praise music, 7 p.m. Eucharist Rector: Doris Graf Smith Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, (770) 479-1778 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Rector: Kurt Wheeler Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 395-5003 Saturday Service: 5:30 p.m. Priest: Stephen Hunter Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, (770) 928-7916 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Rector: Rev. Paul McCabe Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m. Christian Education: 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist Service: 6:30 p.m. Rector: James B. Stutler 80

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Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church Service at the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel, 8855 Main Street, Woodstock (770) 485-0504 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. Priest Frederick Watson


Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 926-9755 Contemporary Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Millie Kim

First United Methodist Church of Woodstock 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 926-6440 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Over 50s meet 1st Saturday each month at 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Claude Herbert Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Traditional Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m Pastor: Dr. Doug Thrasher

Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1160 Butterworth Road, Canton, (770) 704-9594 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. Pastor: Alan Lutz

Liberty Hill Church at the Mill 141 Railroad Street (678) 493-8920 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Jamey Prickett

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Sid Gunter

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jim Buckman

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Prayer Time: Friday, 7:14 — 8:14 p.m. Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Carl A. Moore, Sr. Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 592-2956 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Ted Wooldridge Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steve Pettit BridgePointe Church Meeting at Woodstock Middle/High School (770) 517-2977 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mat Garcia

Church of the Messiah (Non-denominational) 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton (770) 479-5280 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Fred L. Goodwin Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight Covenant Christian Center 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Blvd, Canton (770) 345-0307 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Apostle Kito J. Johnson Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Woodstock (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford

Celebration Church 340 Towne Lake Parkway, (678) 461-9626 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.

Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson

Freedom Church Meeting at North Cobb High School 3400 Old Highway 41 NW, Kennesaw (770) 529-6006 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92 (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Larry Tomczak

Jubilee Church (Newfrontiers) Meets at Kell High School 4770 Lee Waters Road, Marietta (678) 471-1930 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth (Cherokee Corners) (404) 663-1828 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas

Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, Suite 250 (behind NAPA) (678) 494-2193 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Marc Lawson Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, 2205 Bascomb Carmel Road Sunday School & Auxiliary Meetings: 12:30 p.m. Sacrament Meeting: 2:15 p.m. Bishop Phil Karski Canton Ward, 3459 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton Sunday School & Auxiliary Meetings: 10:20 a.m. Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Bishop Scott Harman

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court Suite 130, Woodstock, on Hwy 92 — ½ mile east of Hwy 5 (678) 384-4919 Sunday Service Times: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Ross Wiseman Northern Hills Church of Christ 4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ronny West

The Pointe Church Hasty Elementary, 205 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, (404) 557-9640 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Brian Jones Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry H. Baker Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road (770) 591-0040 Holy Communion: Sunday 10 a.m. Christian Education (all ages): Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Greg Goebel Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Family Style Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Messianic Jewish Fellowship (Tikvah l’Chaim): Saturday 10 a.m. The Walk — Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery: Friday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor William S. Ratliff Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Terrence Padgett Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92 (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Small Groups: 6 p.m. Wednesday Meal: 6 p.m.; Worship: 6:40 p.m.; Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lynn Eynon Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Aprenda Ingles Gratis (Free ESL): Lunes 7 — 9 p.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategui, (770) 926-8271 Pastor: Bryan Collins Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road (770) 924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Greg Brown Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Greg Michael AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011


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focal point would be the front door itself; a dramatic wreath that complements the door would add to the focal point. A wreath can be changed out seasonally to create a new mood. If space allows, a wrought iron table and chair set, a decorative bench or a rocker could steal the center stage. An oversize floral container, a piece of outdoor art or a wall sculpture are other awesome decorating features. Stand back and use your creativity to determine what best works for your space. Think outside the box. The focal point should be a conversation starter.

toothbrushes and toothpaste near the kitchen for easy access. Letting the kids go upstairs after breakfast, they say, leads to kiddie distraction, which is swiftly followed by parental frustration and motherly yelling.

The final decision that you will need to determine is the purpose of how you are going to use the front porch. Is it simply to welcome guests? Will you be sitting on it to watch the kids play in the yard? Will you be entertaining a few friends in the evening? Knowing how you are going to use this space will help you determine what additional items you will need to complete it. Using some of the ideas above as focal points can help accommodate these needs.

Armed with this advice, Bunny and I will plan to dine with my little one each morning and eagerly await her return each afternoon so we can be dazzled by tales of Kindergarten adventures. Our little girl is growing up and though I can’t speak rabbit, I bet we’re thinking the same thoughts; we pray she will stay close to us and hug us tightly every night even as her little world expands.

The curb appeal and the front porch is the first space a guest sees when visiting your home. Use it to create that lasting first impression.

For lunches, the overwhelming consensus from my friends is to plan ahead and decide Sunday which days the kids will buy and which days they’ll bring their lunch. Some pack all lunches for the week on Sunday so each morning, all that’s needed is a sandwich.

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Pinot Blanc Improve Your Earning Power continued from page 53

But given the recent resurgence of plastic surgical procedures last year (all procedures up five percent, and facelifts are up nine percent, according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), it appears that more and more people are opting for these more long-term solutions to help battle the passage of time. And with the competitive nature of the workforce, men and women are more open to all options that may help them advance. Facial procedures, like neck and face lifts, eyelid surgery to correct droopy lids, Botox to soften frown lines, or dermal fillers to correct the common “marionette” lines around the mouth, are all cosmetic procedures that can make a perceptible difference in facial appearance. Often these procedures can change one’s appearance from that of looking perpetually angry to appearing more cheerful and positive. And it’s also not uncommon for patients to opt for procedures at a younger age, before it’s traditionally needed, and then plan for periodic updates over the years as maintenance. For people who are looking for a career boost, being wellgroomed and achieving an improved appearance may help them feel more self-confident and present a more polished and capable image, one that may just put more money in their pockets. 82

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This is a medium to full body white from Alsace, France. The grape is also used to make a sparkling wine called Cremant d’Alsace. Pinot Blanc offers fruity aromas, often of apple, citrus fruit, and floral characteristics. The wine can sometimes have a spicy and smoky quality. It is sometimes thought of as a pale Chardonnay. It’s a refreshing wine with good acidity. The wine will pair with foods like poultry, seafood and pork. My favorite pairing is with an onion tart.


This is a white grape that is grown in northwest Spain. The grape is known for its distinctive aroma of peach and apricot. Albranio is bright, zesty and crisp. When it doesn’t taste like fresh grapefruit, it tastes like fresh pineapple, always with an underlying minerality like the sea. Albranio has a grapefruit zing, similar to Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are made to be consumed young and go well with appetizers, Cajun food, poultry, shellfish and grilled fish. Give these white wines a try this summer, and until next time, cheers!

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P.E.O. Star Scholarship: provides a $2,500 award to a high school student who wishes to obtain a post-secondary education.


Aside from the scholarships P.E.O. awards, it also owns Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. It was founded in 1884 by Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard. Virginia was a P.E.O. and believed that women deserved to have the same educational opportunities as men and so, in 1927 she gave Cottey College to the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Cottey is a two-year liberal arts college and continues to provide an excellent education to women in 40 states and 14 different countries. It is rewarding to be a part of an organization that helps to support women to be the best they can be. Doing this helps society at large because women are the heart and soul of the home and the common sense and strength out in the world. It is important that we strive to be our best and to help other women do the same. P.E.O. is an organization that recognizes this and I am proud to be a part of it. P.E.O. meetings are held each month at a different member’s home in Towne Lake and Woodstock. Membership is by invitation and must be voted upon by each Chapter. A faith in God is a requirement as our principles and beliefs are faith based. Please visit for more information on P.E.O. or contact me at

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how to follow their dreams, how their voices have power, how their words make a difference, and how respect and discipline will allow them to go far in life. Perhaps the main thing I want them to learn in the end is that they have value! Will this be a challenge? Yes! Will this be impossible? No! Will there be a way for you to help? Absolutely! It’s actually quite easy. All you have to do is take every opportunity to encourage the teens and preteens in your life. Whether they’re your children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, students, and etc., find out what they are passionate about, and help them explore those passions. They have so much potential, and so many talents to help them reach that potential. They aren’t only going to make a difference some day in the future when they are older and wiser, they are going to make a difference right now! Any challenge they give you through their writing…take it! Listen to their voices, and find ways to share their thoughts with those around you. Finally, I challenge you to recognize how you can make a 84

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difference through the power of your words. Take time this school year to write down what you love about your kids, husband, wife, sisters, brothers, mother, father, nieces, nephews, and etc., and then make sure to share those thoughts with them! Even if your mother or father is deceased, you could still share your thoughts with your children. I bet they’d love to hear about grandma and grandpa. I guarantee you will make a difference in the people’s lives around you. You may not see it right away, but then you’ll get to experience what I experience every year of teaching. Thanks for reading! Now go out, get some stationery, envelopes, postage, and start writing! Be sure to let my students know what you think of their writing after you read it. Feel free to email me your thoughts, and I will pass them along! Have a great school year!

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My son and I engaged in mop wars all summer. He ignored my repeated instructions to mop his bathroom floor, claiming he’s almost out of the house and my adding this task to his chore list simply made no sense. And he insisted he would not be responsible for mopping the bathroom floor in his college suite, so mastering the art of mopping was unnecessary. Don’t get me started. Tales from my son’s summer of backward evolution could fill this month’s issue. I realize I should have held him more accountable. Taken his car keys or withheld food and water. But there comes a point where you’re just too darned tired. I chose to let natural consequences take over. Once at college, he will quickly learn to take care of his business or suffer the costs. Mama won’t be there to remind him. And if he doesn’t catch on quickly? Well, he’ll have to figure it out. Because I am not giving up my lavender study. Hell hath no fury like a mother ignored. I recently attended the parent orientation at my son’s college. In one session, the barely 30 year-old director of residence life shared with us the university’s strategies for helping freshmen adjust to college life and succeed as students. He finished his remarks with the following comment: “Don’t worry Moms and Dads; we will now take over and care for your sons and daughters. We know what to do.” I looked up from my iPhone, on which I had been browsing for vacation sites around the globe that banned teenagers. Out of my mouth came the words, “Ha! Take my son. PLEASE. And good luck.”

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applies to sections 7 and 8. These were the sections dealing with the police’s authority to stop and check the status of individuals after committing a crime and created new criminal charge and penalties for transporting or harboring illegal aliens. The remaining provisions regarding E-verify go into effect as previously scheduled. HB 99 - Takes fingerprints of everyone applying for a nurse’s license. HB 101 - Revises laws dealing with safety equipment on bicycles and traffic rules for them. The new laws require a motor vehicle to yield for bicycles traveling in a bike lane and defines the “minimum safe distance” as three feet.

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Know that background checks happen behind the scenes before an interview invitation happens. Employers are quick to avoid potential problems. There is controversy within the job search expert field as to whether you should include your address in the contact information. Omitting this will make it look like there is something to hide. Unfortunately, people have lost homes and any semblance of normalcy, which creates an unstable environment. Employers, although empathetic, are on the lookout for drama and avoid bringing in an overly needy person into the workplace.

HB 277 - Legalizes hunting for deer with bait on private property. The state will maintain broad discretion to regulate the baiting practices. As always, it remains unclear as to what exactly this means in terms of future approval or regulations of private property rights.

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The last line or two of the header include your telephone number and e-mail address, both of which can make or break any chance of being contacted. Pay attention to the voicemail message you have. Do not take short cuts by allowing your name or phone number to simply be recited by a robotic voice. The caller should never be asked to listen to your music while the phone system contacts you. The best e-mail address to have is simply your first and last name. Abandon old hobby identities. The worst offenders I have seen were “BestBeerBelcher” and “SexyKitten”@whatever. Don’t be that person! Knowing what employers look for, and what they avoid will keep you on track in the potential employment line. Next month, we will continue to discuss what goes into a winning resume. For more information, you can contact Lynne Saunders at Lynne is the founder and executive director of Papa’s Pantry and The Employment Strategies classes and coaching are offered weekly. Call (770) 591-4730 for the schedule and more information.

If you’re a small business, did you know you could be spotlighted on the AroundAbout — TowneLaker website… for free? This is a great opportunity to introduce your business to the community. The only thing we ask of the business is to provide a give away. Readers become eligible for the give away when they leave a comment at the end of the story. If you’re interested, email to check for availability or visit, click on “Community” and “Business Spotlight.”

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TOWNE LAKE AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations ABWA-Women Empowered Through Synergy Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Location: J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: American Business Women’s Association, Cherokee Eagles Charter Chapter Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jacqueline Miller Van Hook, (678) 493-3618 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Financial Women International Contact: Mitzi Saxon, (770) 479-3400 Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday from 12 noon Location: Keller Williams Realty, 220 Heritage Pkwy Contact: Steve Monahan, (770) 712-4077 Website: No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meeting: Every Thursday morning at 7:30am Location: Corner Bistro off Towne Lake Pkwy Contact: Stephanie Natarus, (770) 928-2700 Website: Referral-Network-Woodstock/ North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Location: Zest and Zing, 6687 Bells Ferry Road Contact: Dr. Steve Green, (770) 427-2799 Together We Rise Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280 Towne Lake Business Association Meeting: August 16, 12:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 615-3350 Website: Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meeting: Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377 Website: Woodstock Business Networking Group Meeting: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m. Location: Atlanta Bread Company on Highway 92 Contact: Lee West, (770) 591-7101 Woodstock Community Business Association Meeting: Second Monday at 12 noon Location: Latimer Hall Contact: Women of Woodstock Meeting: First & third Wednesday. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Stephanie Natarus, (770) 928-2700 Website:

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House help for victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 24-hour, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 Website: Chance Afrika Contact: Eric Mwangi, Exec. Dir., ericm@chanceafrika. org, (770) 256 2280, 86

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Cherokee County Animal Shelter Auxiliary Contact: (770) 704-PAWS or Website: Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) Contact: (770) 928-5115, Website: CCHS Thrift Store located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 592-8072, accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for CCHS. Cherokee County Special Olympics Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Location: CrossRoads Middle/High School Contact: Colleen Konwick, (770) 517-7101 Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton, (770) 345-8100 Contact: Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 Companion Animal Connection Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website: Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact: Candice Knight, (770) 795-9349 Website: Genesis Adoptions Contact: Lindsay Kirk, (770) 517-0043, Website: Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia. Contact: (770) 345-1879 Website: Hope Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. Contact: (770) 924-0864, Website: Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. Contact: Shari Koch, (770) 218-1997 Website: iCOR helping orphans, seeks volunteers. Contact: Lily Colgate, (404) 992-8155 Website: Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at AroundAbout — TowneLaker offices. Website: MUST Ministries Contact: Kim Loesing, (770) 479-5397 Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Website: Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. Contact: Chad Arp, (678) 493-4343 Website:

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50 and older. Meeting: Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Rich, (770) 926-1944

Hickory Flat Optimist Club Meeting: First & third Tuesdays 12 noon Location: Family Tradition, Highway 140 Contact: Alan Flint, (770) 720- 9056 Junior Service League of Woodstock 24 hour information line: (770) 592-3535 Kiwanis Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (678) 494-4841 Website: Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: IHOP on Highway 92 Contact: Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, glfloyd@ Rotary Club of Towne Lake Meeting: Every Thursday at 12 noon (lunch) Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Ivan Garcia (770) 926-0105 Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, Canton Contact: Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335 Sons of the American Legion Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church Contact: Charles Tucker, (678) 643-0794 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Terry Morrison, (770) 715-3375 Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: First Tuesday & third Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: 216 Rope Mill Road Contact: (770) 926-8336 Woodstock Lions Club Meeting: Second & fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: New Victoria Baptist Church Contact: (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meeting: Second & fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd. Contact: (770) 993-3145 or (770) 926-0627 Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Folks Contact: Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Woodstock Senior Center Contact: Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663

Political Organizations

American Legion & Auxiliary Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church Contact: Charles Tucker, (678) 643-0794

Cherokee County Democrat Party Meeting: Third Monday at 7 p.m. Location: The Holly Springs Train Depot Contact: Judy Hamilton, (770) 380-7071, Website:

Beta Sigma, Kappa Chi Chapter Meeting: Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact: Maria Kuhn, or April Bolle, (678) 327-7233

Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: First Saturday at 9 a.m. Breakfast served Location: Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Rd. Contact: (678) 809-1411

Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Meeting: Second Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Pkwy. Contact: Conrad Quagliaroli (770)592-6545 Website:

Wildlife Action, Inc. is a conservation organization. Meeting: Third Sunday at 1 p.m. Location: Wildlife Action, 2075 Kellogg Creek Contact: WLA Office, (800) 753-2264

Republican Women of Cherokee County Meeting: Second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Call for location or check website announcement. Contact: RWCC Headquarters, (678) 520-2236 Website:

Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Atria, 1000 Professional Way Contact: Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119

Recreation & Hobbies Airstream Caravan Club Website: Contact: Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044 Allatoona Gold Panners Location: Creeks around Lake Allatoona Contact: Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044 Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meeting: Second Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Location: Woodstock Art Center 205 Arnold Mill Rd. Contacts: Madeline Hall, (678) 754-8482 Blue Skies Laughter Club Meeting: Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. Location: Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices 100 Stoneforest Dr., 1st floor conf. room Contact: Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221 Website: Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting First Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: BridgeMill Community Center Contact: Jim Millsap, PIO, (770) 928-8590 Website: Cherokee County Arts Center Meeting Fourth Friday at 10 a.m. Location: 94 North Street, Canton Contact: (770) 704-6244 Website: Cherokee County Saddle Club Meeting Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Family Tradition, Hickory Flat Contact: Tamma Trump, (770) 655-0819 Website: Cherokee Fencing Club Meeting: Beginners, Wednesdays at 5 p.m.; Club, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Location: Recreation Center, Main Street Contact: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Website: Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Contact: Dan Baldwin, 770-846-4843 Website: Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Melanie Williams, (770) 345-2983 Website: Crossfit WOD Club Meeting: Daily for the “Work Out of the Day” Contact: Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Tech Contact: Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197 Neighbors & Newcomers of Towne Lake Meeting: Third Tuesday Contact: Carolyn White, (770) 926-6756 Singles of Towne Lake 35+ holds monthly mixers. Contacts: Lisa, (770) 597-3430

Support Organizations

Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Community Service Center, BridgeMill Fire Station, Canton Contact: Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551 Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: First Thursday of each month Time: 10 a.m. — 12 noon Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center Contact: (404) 843-1880 Canadian Women’s Club Contact: Lesley Frappier, CASA for Children Inc. provides child advocacy to abused and neglected children through trained community volunteers. Contact: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Website: Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group A support group for families with children on the autism spectrum. Contact: Heidi at or Renee at Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. Contact: Marie Blackwell, (770) 378-0759, Website: C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Depression and Bipolar Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Contact: (770) 560-7112, Website: www.Myspace.Com/healthymoods Emotions Anonymous Meeting: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Contacts: Cindy, (770) 928-6554; Sherry, (770) 926-1889 Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Second & fourth Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: Woodstock Family Restaurant Contact: Randall Hill, (770) 516-5887

Hearing Loss Resource Group Contacts: Cathy, (678) 483-9135 JDRF Cherokee Pickens Family Support Group for families of children with Juvenile (type 1) diabetes. Meeting: Second Saturday Location: River Green Subdivision Facilities Contact: Tom, (770) 345-4864, Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: Bascomb United Methodist Church Contacts: Marguerite, (770) 926-2791 Megan, (770) 517-0191 Miracle Mothers is for women trying to conceive or adopt. Contact: Melissa, (770) 516-1078 Website: MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30189 Contacts: MOMS Club Woodstock — 30188 Contacts: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meeting: Second & Fourth Tues. a.m. or Wed. p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: (770) 926-4428, Mothers & More Meeting: First & third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Kroger at Towne Lake Contact: Michelle Wise, (770) 720-8834 Website: National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group Meeting: Second & fourth Tuesdays, 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Jill, (404) 394-1229 or Patrick, (678) 654-2091 Website: National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 7 p.m. (call for directions) Contact: Scott Bell, (404) 218-6626 Website: Play dates, mom’s night out, and online support Meeting: Weekly Contact: Stephanie Peterson, (678) 653-1418 Website: Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: H.O.W. Place, behind fire station on Bells Ferry Road at Old Bascomb Court Contact: Lois, (770) 592-6421 Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. Contact: (770) 956-0711.

Georgia Canines for Independence Meeting: First Monday at 6:30 p.m. Location: 6683 Bells Ferry Road, Suite H Contact: Ramona Nichols, (404) 735-3647

S.N.A.P. offers resources for children with special needs. Meeting: Second Monday from 10 — 11:30 a.m. Location: 100 Hickory Circle, Holly Springs Contact: (770) 720-4068

Grandparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m. (nursery available) Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta Contact: Jeannie, (770) 919-9275

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Second & fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899 AroundAbout — TowneLaker | August 2011



COMMUNITY INFORMATION Emergency — 911 • AroundAbout — TowneLaker • (770) 516-7105 Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce (770) 345-0400 Cherokee County Government:

Animal Shelter (770) 345-7270 Business Licenses (770) 721-7810 Clean & Beautiful Commission (770) 517-7650 Commissioners (678) 493-6000 Courthouse (770) 479-1953 Engineering Office (Traffic Signals) (678) 493-6077 Extension Office (770) 479-0418 Jury Phone (770) 479-9011 Justice Center (Courts, Judges, etc.) (770) 479-1953 Planning & Zoning (678) 493-6101 Senior Services (770) 345-5312 Tax Assessors/Evaluation (678) 493-6120


License Plates/Tags, Property Tax Woodstock Office Voter Registration

(678) 493-6400 (770) 924-4099 (770) 479-0407


Anna Crawford Children’s Center (770) 345-8100 Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club (770) 720-7712 Cherokee Family Violence Center (770) 479-1804 Cherokee Focus (770) 345-5483 Child Support Enforcement (770) 720-3581 Department of Family & Children Services (770) 720-3610 The Hope Center (770) 924-0864 MUST Cherokee Ministries (770) 479-5397 Papa’s Pantry (770) 591-4730

Driver’s Licenses (Tues — Sat) (678) 413-8400 Fire Department (District 1, Station 20)

(770) 926-7155

Georgia State Patrol (770) 205-5400 Health Department (770) 345-7371 Hospitals:

Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

(770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (770) 720-5100

Battered Women Hotline (770) 479-1703 Drug Tip Line (Cherokee Co. Sheriff) (770) 345-7920 Poison Control Center — Atlanta (404) 616-9000 Outside Metro Atlanta (800) 222-1222 Probate Court Information Line (770) 704-2610 Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) (404) 250-KIDS Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center (770) 428-2666

Libraries: Rose Creek (770) 591-1491 R.T. Jones (770) 479-3090 Woodstock (770) 926-5859 Non-Emergency 911 (770) 479-3117 88

BridgeMill Athletic Club (770) 345-5500 Cherokee County Outdoor YMCA (770) 591-5820 Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (770) 924-7768 Cherokee Soccer Association (770) 704-0187 Eagle Watch Golf Club (770) 591-1000 Hobgood Park (770) 924-7865 North Atlanta Soccer Assoc. (770) 926-4175 SCRA Park (770) 926-5672 Towne Lake Hills Golf Club (770) 592-9969 Wildlife Action, Inc. (800) 753-2264


Animal Control (678) 493-6200 CatSnip (low cost spay & neuter) Cherokee County Animal Shelter — Adoptions (770) 345-7270 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Emergency Veterinary Clinic (770) 924-3720 Lost Pet Hotline (770) 615-3333 Pet Buddies Food Pantry SPARE (Sterilizing Pets And Reducing Euthanasia) (770) 928-5120 Second Chance Dog Rescue

Post Office (Woodstock) (800) 275-8777

Recycling Center (770) 516-4195 Schools: see for complete listing Board of Education (770) 479-1871 Sheriff’s Department (678) 493-4200 Georgia Sex Offender Registry Utilities:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

Parks and Recreation:

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Atlanta Gas Light Co. (770) 907-4231 AT&T (404) 780-2355 Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority (770) 479-1813 Comcast (770) 926-0334 Cobb EMC (770) 429-2100 Georgia Power (888) 660-5890

Urgent Care Facility

Wellstar Urgent Care (678) 494-2500

Woodstock, City of:

(in Towne Lake, only applies to Avonlea, Deer Run,

ParkView, Paces and certain annexed commercial parcels) . City Hall (770) 592-6000 Fire Department (770) 926-2302 Police Information (770) 592-6025


President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: e-mail:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

P.O. Box 425 Roswell, GA 30077 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

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

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson


Harry Johnston (R), Post 1 (202) 224-3521 fax: (202) 224-0103


Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2


Karen Bosch (R), Post 3 (202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768


Jason Nelms (R) Post 4

e-mail: (202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

Cherokee County School System

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7

P.O. Box 769, 110 Academy St., Canton, GA 30114 Website: e-mail:

State Government:

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Roger Garrison (R)


Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(404) 652-7003 fax: (404) 652-7123

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115 Website: e-mail:

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21

(404) 463-1378 fax: (404) 657-9887

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

State Capitol, Room 111 Atlanta, GA 30334 Website: e-mail:

Senator Jack Murphy (R), District 27


Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20


Rep. Sean Jerguson (R), District 22


(678) 493-6001

(770) 887-1960 fax: (770) 205-0602 (404) 656-0126 fax: (404) 463-2793 (404) 656-0287

Cherokee County Courts:

100 North St., Canton, GA 30114 e-mail: Woodstock Annex 8681 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30189

(770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236

(678) 493-4200 fax: (678) 493-4228

(678) 493-6400 fax: (678) 493-6420 (770) 924-4099 fax: (770) 924-9567

Board of Education: Robert Wofford (R), Post 1

(770) 704-4398, x4374

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2

(770) 704-4398, x4372


Superior Court: Chief Judge Frank C. Mills, III Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea

(678) 493-6270 (678) 493-6260 (678) 493-6240

State Court: Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan

(678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490


Magistrate Court: Judge James E. Drane III (R)

(678) 493-6431


Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)

(678) 493-6160


Juvenile Court: Judge John B. Sumner

(678) 493-6250

Kim Cochran (R), Post 7 (Vice-Chair) e-mail:

Clerk of Courts: Patty Baker

(678) 493-6511

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques


Michael Geist (R), Post 3

(770) 928-3315

Janet Read (R), Post 4

(770) 516-1444


Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 (Chair)

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

90 North Street, Suite 310Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners 90 North Street, Suite 310 Canton, GA 30114 Website:

Rob Usher (R), Post 6

e-mail: (404) 362-1600

(770) 592-7864

(770) 592-6017

Towne Lake Residential and Commercial Owners’ Association (Covenant enforcement issues — all Towne Lake common areas)

(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6013

Douglas Properties

117 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188

(770) 926-3086

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classifieds Pet sitting/Services, cont’d.


Home Services

Quality Loving Childcare in my Wyngate home. Full-time, part-time and drop-in available. Reasonable rates. (678) 230-1149.

Penny Clean "One Woman Show." Residential, commercial, moving and deep cleans. Reasonable rates, 25 years experience. Licensed, bonded and insured. Free estimates. (678) 494-3602.

FOR RENT Basement Apartment. One bedroom, private entrance, utilities included, near lake. $450. (770) 516-2563.

Free to Good Home

(these ADS ARE FREE)

Need a Companion? Neutered male Jack Russell Terrier. Approx. 4 years old, obedience trained, good with other dogs. No experience with kids, so needs to go to a home without young children. Current on all vaccines. Moving, so need to find him a loving home. (404) 625-0471.


Greg The Painter. Foyers, bathrooms, decks, exteriors. No crews to make a mess of your home. I do it all, start to finish, references. (678) 531-7500.

Garage Door Distributor. Sales, installation. Prices start at $189. Horizon Steel Structures, (770) 874-4703. Bells Ferry Rd.

Pet sitting/Services Pet Au’ Purr Professional Pet Sitting Services. Since 1998. Bonded and insured. Member of Pet Sitters International. Owner operated and Towne Lake resident. For more information, please visit (770) 3104814. =^..^=




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Loving in-home pet care. Bonded and insured. (770) 617-0221. Visit www.JoAnnsPetSitting. com.

Custom Home Decor Sewing. Window treatments, pillows, bedding, etc. Call Caron, (404) 372-1706,

E.P. Pressure Wash. Reasonable rates, free estimates, insured. (770) 380-2325.



Real estate House Trade/Swap. Move to the mountains of Big Canoe without the headache of listing your house! Big Canoe family is seeking to relocate to the Towne Lake, Woodstock, East Cobb, Roswell or Alpharetta area. We have an elegant craftsman-style home built by one of Big Canoe’s premier builders. 4 BR/4.5 BA, master on main, two fireplaces, lovely cabinetry, many updates and attention to detail. Valued at $400,000. Will consider a trade for an equivalent home/value. Only serious inquiries please. Contact (706) 268-1533.

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Health & Beauty

Animals & Pets Animal Atlanta


Automotive Aspen Falls Auto Spa Christian Brothers Automotive My Mechanic Joe Towne Lake’s Car Wash & Detail

35 26 49 41

Cleaning & Home Services Carpet Dry Tech Georgia Hardwood Mom’s Helping Hand Mr. Junk

45 37 43 77

Azure Salon & Spa Big Apple Endless Fitness Center Lamour Nails Salon 317 Skin Essentials by Marilyn The Sundance Massage Center Towne Lake Nails

Lawn & Landscaping Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation


Landscape Matters


Medical & Dental Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation


Dr. Jerry Smith Orthodontics


Park Pediatric Dentistry


Heating & Air Hammock’s Heating & Air

35 22 43 48 47 29 33 39

Miscellaneous 59

Polyglot English & Chinese School Woodstock Furniture Ouitlet

Home Improvements

39 45

Restaurants & Eateries

Casey’s Painting


Garage Floor Coating of Atlanta



JDH Electrical


Izumi Asian Bistro

Liberty Roofing


Monti’s Food Express

The Plumbing Doctor TLC Renovations

46 68

Tuscany 71


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Wow Cafe & Wingery

45 3 47 7

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Affordable Coupon Advertising that gets customers in your door! AroundAbout TowneLaker Advertisers who can benefit from coupons:

• Auto services

• Carpet cleaning

• Restaurants

• Hair salons


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• Clothing store

• Nail salons

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Total Distribution: 15,400 Over 12,500 direct mailed to homes and businesses in the Towne Lake area.

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Attorneys/Legal Services Merino & Associates, LLC (770) 874-4600

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Replogle Firm, P.C., The (770) 952-5000


Robertson Law (678) 313-0122


Automotive Aspen Falls Auto Spa 6390 Bells Ferry Road (404) 626-9926


Christian Brothers Automotive (770) 926-4500


My Mechanic Joe (770) 591-6640


Towne Lake’s Car Wash & Detail (770) 592-8102


Banking/Financial Services Citadel Professional Services, LLC Inside Front (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Suite 440, Kennesaw First Cherokee State Bank


Chiropractors Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 516-9900


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


Moms’ Helping Hand (770) 345-7134


Bridgepointe Church


Hillside United Methodist Church (770) 924-4777


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Cherokee Computer Guys (678) 749-7200


Dentists/Orthodontists Dr. Jerry Smith, Orthodontist (678) 905-0300


Fountain View Dentistry (770) 926-0000 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A


Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (770) 926-9260


S. Bruce O’Neal, DDS (770) 924-8848


Thad Baird & Tyler Baird, DMD (770) 517-0444 4595 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock


Williams Orthodontics (770) 592-5554


Bon Vivant Salon (770) 516-9100

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Lamour Nails (770) 517-4757


Salon 317 (678) 887-1393, (678) 710-5020


Salon & Spa Venessa (770) 591-2079


Skin Essentials by Marilyn (770) 928-1314


Sundance Massage Center, The (678) 591-5066


Towne Lake Nails (678) 445-3051


Home Improvement/Repair & Service


Advanced Stucco Repair Inc. (770) 592-1597


Atlanta Architectural Cabinets (770) 405-0094 Bryan Plumbing Services (770) 826-5277


Casey’s Painting


Access Education Towne Lake Driving School (678) 494-2200


Bascomb United Methodist Preschool (770) 926-0397


Educational Therapy Services (770) 579-1743


Dr. Fixit, Ph.D.


Goddard School, The (770) 516-0880


Garage Floor Coating of Atlanta (678) 294-8266


Music Together (678) 613-2048


Georgia Hardwood (770) 374-5555


Gilbert Designs (770) 272-4088


Park View Montessori School (770) 926-0044



Big Apple Nail Salon (770) 516-9996


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Polyglot English & Chinese School (678) 310-3303


Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428


Azure Salon & Spa (770) 345-8280


Handy Handyman, The (404) 316-1490


Health & Beauty

JDH Electric (770) 607-6900


Liberty Roofing (678) 797-5325


Mr. Junk


Nelson Painting & Home Improvements (678) 283-8171


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


Precision Painting (678) 234-9668


Roswell Woodstock Plumbing (770) 663-0600


Samford Construction Southern Roofing Solutions (770) 899-0003

32 9

Tile Masters (404) 368-3067


TLC Renovations (678) 524-6676


Wood Floors Are Us (678) 977-1327 Zachos Construction, Inc. (770) 365-7276

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insurance ECS Insurance Group (770) 9262288


Mountain Lakes Insurance (770) 926-9444


Piedmont Financial Group /Scott Brandt (770) 551-3432


Cherokee Internal Medicine (678) 238-0301 John Lutz, PhD



Marietta Plastic Surgery (678) 494-2380


Meridian Surgical (770) 704-6101 3755 Sixes Road, Canton


Northside Hospital – Cherokee (770) 720-5100 201 Hospital Road, Canton


Northside Hospital Sleep Disorder Centers (770) 345-2568


Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (770) 928-0016

Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation (770) 827-0346, (770) 720-1727


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Mosquito Authority, The (678) 294-7597


pest control

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

Animal Atlanta (770) 591-0007


Animal Hospital at Towne Lake (770) 591-9500


Cherokee County Animal Shelter (770) 345-7270 1015 Univeter Road, Canton


South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital (770) 924-6746



Recreation and Fitness Endless Fitness Center (678) 402-6755


Etowah Eagles Basketball


Etowah Eagles Football


Steps Dance Center (770) 516-1363


Woodstock Wolverines


Restaurants/Food Services Bar-B-Cutie



Bogey’s Neighborhood Bar & Grille (770) 926-7755


Pearle Vision (770) 592-7100 9801 Highway 92, Woodstock


Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills (770) 926-6097


Plastic Surgery Center of the South (770) 421-1242


Izumi Asian Bistro (678) 238-1899


Monti’s Food Express (678) 809-4333


Progressive Audiology Center Inc. (770) 592-4744, (706) 253-7244 Rebound Physical Therapy (678) 445-9799


Tuscany (678) 453-0888

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St. Jude Internal Medicine (678) 324-7406 Towne Lake Eye Associates (770) 926-2858


TwoSome Place (770) 924-4124


Towne Lake Family Pharmacy (770) 635-7697

Lawn Maintenance/Landscaping

Prudential Georgia Realty (770) 365-6193, (678) 494-2953

Physicians and Medical Services


Village Podiatry Centers (770) 928-9263


Wellstar Medical Group (770) 592-3000


Woodstock Medical Weight Loss (678) 501-5008

Inside Front

Woodstock Physical Therapy (770) 516-9191


Real estate & related services Keller Williams, Kurt & Sheila Johnson (404) 954-2486 Lake Nantahala (828) 321-3101

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Reflection - Lake Nantahala Inside Back

WOW Cafe & Wingery (770) 926-9225



Retailers & Miscellaneous Services Econo Rides (678) 218-7170


Georgia Patio (770) 751-5800


Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251


Kim Bates Photography (770) 617-7595


Overstock Atlanta (770) 926-3332 9872 Main Street, Woodstock


Papa’s Pantry (770) 591-4730


Picture Perfect Custom Framing


Rotary Club of Woodstock


Towne Lake Business Association


Woodstock Furniture Outlet


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