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Northside Cherokee Cardiology is a full-service cardiology practice offering complete heart and blood vessel care. Dr. Sanjay Lall and Dr. Gregory Petro are board certified in cardiovascular disease and cardiology and have more than 20 years of experience. Northside Cherokee Cardiology offers:

Sanjay Lall, M.D.

• Expertise. In partnership with Northside Hospital, patients have access to comprehensive cardiology services. • Timely access. We’ll schedule same-day appointments whenever possible. • Efficient Followup. We are committed to clear and timely communication about your progress. Two convenient locations. Call us today for an appointment (770) 924-5095. 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 400 Woodstock, GA 30189

210 Oakside Lane, Suite 210-B Canton, GA 30114

(Near I-575, on Towne Lake Parkway)

(Exit 20, off Riverstone Parkway)

Gregory Petro, M.D.

Did you eat today? They didn’t… … until they came to MUST These little girls could be children from any street... your street. The recession has caused more families to struggle for food, housing, clothing, job training and healthcare. That’s why MUST Ministries is more important than ever. We’ve served 33,892 of your neighbors in the past 12 months, and almost half of those were children. About 81,700 meals annually are served in the MUST Loaves and Fishes Kitchen and a ton of food a day is distributed in three MUST Food Pantries.

“…I was hungry and you gave me food…” Matt. 25:35

Food · Housing · Jobs · Clothing Canton 770.479.5397 · Marietta 770.427.9862 Smyrna 770.436.9514 · Donation Center 678.581.8090 Donate online today at Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Watch our YouTube channel. AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014


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34 & 35 On the Cover Hartman-Imbriale Attorneys. Photo by Kim Bates.


Tournament of Roses

In Every Issue

Nominate a couple who has been married a long, long time.

Around Woodstock . . . . . . . . 4

Readers’ Choice Survey Time to vote for your favorite local businesses.

Meet JoEllen Wilson

Ann Litrel introduces us to a leader at Reinhardt University.

Community News. . . . . . . . . . 8 Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . 17 School Information . . . . . . . 54 Community Information . . . 55


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



Woodstock Band

Hard work and dedication paid off.

Cheyenne Heard

Funds raised in memory of student Cheyenne Heard.


Restaurant Guide

Easy reference guide for eateries in downtown Woodstock.

Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . 58 Elected Officials . . . . . . . . . . 62 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Advertisers Directory. . . . . . 64

Contributing Writers Kyle Bennett.......................................... 46

Dee Locklin............................................ 24

G. Lora Grooms..................................... 49

Paul McLendon...................................... 18

Dr. Scott Harden.................................... 32

Matt Neal.............................................. 25

Kelly Campbell....................................... 36 Beth Hermes......................................... 23 Patsy Jordan.......................................... 42 Charlice Byrd is the Market Manager for Around Woodstock. For advertising she can be reached at (770) 615-3308 or



Kara Kiefer............................................. 21

Northside Hopital.................................. 31 Julian Reid............................................. 18 Doug Rohan........................................... 16

Ann Litrel.............................................. 30

Lynne Saunders..................................... 25

Lorre Lamarca........................................ 26

Jodi Tiberio............................................ 50

Suzanne Litrel........................................ 22

Ross Wiseman....................................... 44

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People Places and Pleasures that make Woodstock

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What’s New?

Kara is the Editor of Around Woodstock magazine. She lives in Woodstock with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett. Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@AroundWoodstock

A new boutique, Le Coffret Rouge, opened at 9550 Main St. The store carries a wide variety of clothing items and items for the home. For more information, call (678) 4017046. Camasini’s Italian Sicilian Grille opened at 9425 Hwy. 92. It’s open Mondays through Thursdays 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.–11 p.m. For more information, call (770) 672-6996. North Fulton Primary Care II opened at 14205 Hwy. 92, Suite 105. For more information, call (678) 2937854.

What’s Coming?

Peace Love and Pizza will be opening a fourth location at Wylie Bridge Road and Highway 92. According to its Facebook page, the eatery is expected to open the first of the year. For more

information, visit Petland will be opening at 12815 Hwy. 92. The pet store will be occupying the former Hollywood Video store. Branch Boutique will be opening a second store in downtown Woodstock. The store will be located at 370 Chambers Street and is scheduled to open in early February.

What’s Moving? Rebound Physical Therapy will be moving to a new location, 980 Woodstock Pkwy., by the end of this month or early February. For more information, please call (678) 445-9799.

What’s Number One? Atlanta Magazine recently named FoxTale Book Shoppe as the Best Book Shop in its annual “Best of Atlanta” issue. Congratulations!

What’s Being Recycled? Bring your Christmas tree to be recycled at the Bring One for the Chipper program. Trees will be recycled from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Jan. 4 at Olde Rope Mill Park off Rope Mill Road. For more information, call (404) 679-1580 or email kshostak@

AroundAbout Local Media Growing in Cherokee County AroundAbout Local Media serves the residents of Cherokee County with its monthly, hyper-focused community magazines. Today, the company is proud to have three company-owned titles under its umbrella, the TowneLaker, Sixes Living and Around Woodstock, with more titles planned for the future. TowneLaker — The flagship of the company, the TowneLaker, has been publishing since 1996. The magazine was the first of its kind in the area and united a growing population within the newly developed master planned community. In addition to providing relevant, interesting and relatable editorial content to the residents of Towne Lake, the publication has been an effective vehicle for advertising for the many small businesses in the area. The TowneLaker currently prints 16,000 copies, with 14,700 direct mailed to residents. Sixes Living — While the first issue hit the mailboxes in June 2000, Sixes Living was re- launched in March 2013 with a new editor and a fresh focus on uniting residents along the Sixes Road corridor, from BridgeMill and south Canton to Holly Springs and Hickory Flat. Sixes Living is a wealth of information for residents and a solid advertising tool for the emerging business districts in downtown Canton and Holly Springs. Monthly, Sixes Living publishes 16,250 copies, 15,000 of which are direct mailed to area residents. Around Woodstock — After originally launching in 2004, Around Woodstock was re- introduced to the Woodstock community in November 2013. Serving a large portion of the 30188 zip code, Around Woodstock publishes 16,000 copies, direct-mailing 14,700 to residents, including those in Bradshaw Farms, The Woodlands and downtown Woodstock. Just like its sister publications, Around Woodstock’s goal is to deliver relevant and interesting content to its readers while helping small business grow and prosper. 4


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COMMUNITY BOARD The Around Woodstock 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. Beth Hermes — Beth is a graduate of Auburn University’s School of Journalism, and a professional writer for more than 26 years. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and online publications. She also has created award-winning marketing campaigns for corporations and non-profit organizations.

Suzanne Litrel — Suzanne Litrel is a Young Adult historical fiction author and doctoral student in GSU’s graduate history program. Suzanne resides with her family in downtown Woodstock, which she is very happy to call home.

Ross Wiseman — Ross is a father of four, the husband of one, and a pastor and friend to many. He has served as the founding and current pastor of Momentum Church since 2005. The joys and struggles of over 21 years of ministry and 19 years of marriage have given Ross a broad perspective of the human condition. With humor and subtle depth, Ross loves to challenge, inspire and instruct people in what it takes for better living, loving, and laughter.

“Around Woodstock” is a reader driven publication, and we invite our readers to actively engage with us. We welcome and encourage your submissions for our community news, school and sports sections and celebration page, which include birthdays and birth, wedding and anniversary announcements.

If it’s important to you, it’s important to us! Please send all submissions to Our deadline is the 5th of the month, prior to the month of publication. 6


Woodstock AROUND

Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Executive Editor Kara Kiefer (770) 615-3309 Art Director Michelle McCulloch (770) 615-3307 Market Manager Charlice Byrd, (770) 615-3308

AroundWoodstock, 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 Woodstock and surrounding area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,000 free copies. Approximately 14,700 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,300 are placed in racks around the community. See page 61 for a distribution map. Around Woodstock also has many digital viewers of the magazine online each month. Around Woodstock welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 5th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Woodstock 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 2014. Around Woodstock 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: Charlice Byrd, (770) 615-3308 Website: Powered by Trustworkz, Inc. Publisher’s Website Volume 1, Issue 3

For 17 years, we have brought relevant, uplifting and reader-driven content to the residents of Towne Lake, Canton and Woodstock. We look forward to serving you, our readers and advertisers every month. Thank you for your continued support and participation in making this truly your community magazine.

Candi Hannigan Title Editor Sixes Living

Kara Kiefer Executive Editor TowneLaker & Around Woodstock

Patty Ponder Market Director TowneLaker & Sixes Living

Charlice Byrd Market Manager Around Woodstock

Michelle McCulloch Art Director

Denise Griffin Controller

Karen & Jon Flaig Owner/Publisher AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014



YOUR LOCAL NEWS Cobb EMC Hosts Literacy Week Cobb EMC hosted its fourth annual Literacy Week. The event brought six children’s book authors and students from across Cobb EMC’s service district. Locally, Johnston and Oak Grove elementary schools were able to participate. “We originally designed this event to encourage students’ love of reading and creative writing,” said Mark Justice, associate vice president of education and community relations. “Cobb EMC is committed to education, and Literacy Week inspires imaginations and promotes life-long reading habits in a really fun, interactive way.” Guest authors included New York Times bestselling author Brian Lies and local authors Gail Karwoski, Jenny L. Cote, Diane Shore, Robyn Hood Black and Rebecca Varicak. Guest author Rebecca Varicak reads to students at Johnston Elementary

Local High School Student Donates Locks Leah Miller, a junior at Woodstock High School, donated her cut hair to the organization Children With Hair Loss. It took Leah 18 months to grow her hair to the length it was before she cut it. Leah is the daughter of Kimberly and Stephen Miller.



New Animal Organization Launches in Cherokee County A new non-profit animal organization, Cherokee County Animal Alliance (CCAL), recently launched. The alliance includes pet owners, retailers, service providers, food pantries, veterinary offices and rescue groups working together to care for and celebrate Cherokee’s pets. Upcoming 2014 community projects include the Law Enforcement K-9 Memorial, Woodstock Police Department Community Art Sculpture and the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. The CCAL is a membership organization open to all businesses and residents in Cherokee County. Member benefits include community pet celebrations, monthly lunch and learn networking meetings, community pet care education and more. For more information or to become a member, visit


We are looking for the couple married the longest in Woodstock for our

Tournament of


Winners will be featured in the February issue of Around Woodstock. If you or someone you know is a contender in the Tournament of Roses Contest, send us your nomination, including the names of the couple and their wedding date, including year. Please include your name, address and phone number, as well as a phone number for the couple you are nominating. Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to, faxed to (770) 5164809 or mailed to Around Woodstock 2449 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock, GA 30189. The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 6. AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014



YOUR LOCAL NEWS MOMS Club速 Raises Funds for Toys For Tots The MOMS Club速 of Woodstock-Towne Lake raised $687 for Toys for Tots by hosting a Show and Tell event at Latimer Hall. Members of the club participated along with other area vendors by displaying and selling products and homemade items. The club also raffled baskets with items donated by area businesses.

Left to right: David Berry, Daniel Berry and Lolly Bivens

S.A.L.T. Seeking Volunteers Cherokee Triad S.A.L.T. (Senior and Law Enforcement Together) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The organization currently is seeking volunteers and taxdeductible donations. Triad S.A.L.T. seeks to alleviate fear of victimization, build confidence, enhance the delivery of law enforcement services and improve the overall quality of life to our senior population. It also works to educate individuals and businesses providing services to seniors. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the YMCA in Canton, 151 Waleska St. For more information, email or visit www. 10


Revolutionary Veterinary Stem Cell Procedure Performed Locally An unprecedented in-clinic stem cell procedure was performed locally at Animal Hospital of Towne Lake. The procedure combats osteoarthritis and improves the quality of life for canines, felines and equine patients. The minimally invasive procedure harvests adult stem cells from animals that are seeking pain relief. Dr. Weaver and Animal Hospital of Towne Lake are one of 450 nationwide veterinarians to implement this new procedure. The recent patient was a seven-year-old Walker Hound who had been suffering from painful arthritis. This new technology was an alternative to expensive and invasive surgery for him. For more information, visit

WHERE CAN YOU FIND A NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL -CHEROKEE DOCTOR? AT A PTA MEETING. The physicians and staff of Northside Hospital-Cherokee are some of the most talented and professional individuals the world of medicine has to offer. They are also your neighbors. Most of our team lives right here in Cherokee County. Northside HospitalCherokee is devoted to supporting local community organizations, venues and schools. It’s because we live here, too.

Cherokee’s community hospital.

Happy Birthday!

Wiley Goins Age 10 on January 9 Happy Birthday Bug!!! We love you, Mommy, Cody, Chase, Sadie and Pearl

Kimberlee Smith celebrating on January 15. Brett Moreland celebrating on January 19. Happy Birthday to the number one Godmother, wife and friend! And Happy Birthday to the number one Godson, husband and father. We love you guys more than you’ll ever know! Love, your Georgia family!

Reagan Rycyk Age 3 on January 1 Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Love, Mommy and Daddy

Luke Walden Age 3 on January 10 Happy Birthday Luke! We love you! Daddy and Mommy

Austin Riddle Age 4 on December 15 Happy Birthday sweet boy! We are blessed to have you in our lives! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Allison, Kristina, Evan and your grandparents

Layla Marie Nixon Age 20 on November 23 On this birthday we are wishing you success for you whatever you do, victory for you wherever you go and happiness for you always!

Keegan Ferguson Age 6 on January 3 Happy Birthday Bit! We Love You! Daddy, Mommy, Kinsey, Kaden and Kameron

Chase Clemmons Age 9 on January 9 Love, Daddy, Mommy and Daniel

Celebrations Engagement

Birth Caitlin Richards and Gabriel Howe are engaged to be married. The couple will be married in Nashville, TN on February 22, 2014. Ms. Richards is a graduate of Etowah High School.

Jack Shaffer born on November 18, 2013. 8 lbs., 12 oz., 21.5 inches Welcome sweet baby boy. We love you! Mom, dad and big brothers Adrian and William.

Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free!

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Readers’ Choice Awards It’s time to let your voice be heard! Vote for your favorite local businesses today It’s that time of the year again! Time to vote for your favorite businesses in the North Cobb/South Cherokee areas! Please refer to the Question and Answer section below. Q: How do I vote for my favorite businesses? A: Go to Click on the “Readers’ Choice 2014” button. You will be directed to the online ballot. Q: How many times can I vote? A: You may vote four times from the same IP address, which allows additional members of your household to cast their votes. Must vote for a minimum of 20 businesses per ballot. Q: Why are some businesses listed? What if the business I want to vote for is not listed? A: When a reader enters the name of a business as his or her selection, this selection will be added to the ballot. These selections will populate the ballot and is done strictly for the convenience of the voters and does not indicate endorsement or preference by the Around Woodstock. Q: Do I have to vote online? A: If you don’t wish to vote online or don’t have access to the Internet, we will have paper ballots available at our office, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway. One ballot per person will be issued. Q: Are any photocopies of the ballots permitted? A: No photocopies of blank or completed paper ballots will be accepted. Q: How long do I have to vote? A: Voting will end on February 5, 5 p.m.

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Asian Restaurant

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Hair Salon

Gift/Home Décor Store

Barbecue Place

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Hardware Store

Coffee Shop

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Home Improvement Store

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Ethnic Restaurant

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Liquor Store

Fast Food Restaurant

Lawn Care

Music Store

Fine Dining Restaurant

Medical Doctor

Pet Supply Store

Italian Restaurant

Nail Salon

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Mexican Restaurant


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Seafood Restaurant

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Sports Bar

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Dance Studio


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Auto Repair


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Car Wash


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Holiday Season Primer: What to do if you are pulled over for DUI BY DOUGLAS B. ROHAN, ESQ. ROHAN LAW, PC

Please do not consider this a “how to” article to avoid a DUI. Let me start off by saying that I wish everyone would hire a cab to get home or be responsible and designate a driver before the festivities begin. I wish there were no drunk drivers. I have a family and many friends in the area, and I would be devastated if any of them were injured or killed by a drunk driver. If you Doug Rohan is a bihave been drinking or plan lingual attorney and to drink, call a cab. That will owner of Rohan Law, be the best $80 you spend PC specializing in auto because my initial retainer is accidents, workplace injuries and criminal substantially higher. defense. You can Unfortunately, we live in email him at doug@ a world where people make mistakes in judgment all the time. A DUI is the most complicated case to prosecute and therefore defend. There are really several cases wrapped up inside the DUI, and each of these has to be resolved in favor of the state in order to obtain a conviction. If any aspect of the arrest, investigation or trial is flawed, then the defendant must be acquitted. This includes the original reason for the stop by the officer, the roadside field sobriety evaluation, the science behind the breathalyzer test or blood analysis and the presentation of facts to the jury. Today we will focus primarily on the decisions you make after the blue lights come on in your rearview mirror. Always be polite and respectful. Answer the officer with a “yes” or “no” response and remember, you always have the right to remain silent. In my experience reviewing videotapes of the arrest, being AWARE of your right to remain silent can be hindered by your CAPACITY to remain silent. Drunk people seem to like to talk and never know when it’s time to just be quiet. More than one DUI case has turned (for the worse) on what the defendant said on video. The number one question I get at dinner parties is, “should I blow” when offered the breathalyzer. Of course the answer is: depends on what the result will be when you do blow. Keep in mind that any refusal to provide a breath sample can result in a hard one-year suspension of your driver’s license. Under the implied consent laws of the State of Georgia, if you carry a license and drive on the roads of the state, you are affirmatively implying that you will provide your breath sample if requested during a lawful arrest. Refusing to do so results in the state withdrawing your privilege to drive. So you need to think long and hard about the possible consequences. 16


“Do not refuse to submit to the breath test expecting that you can do a blood test instead.” I generally suggest that if this is your first DUI and you have had only two or three drinks, then it is a safer bet to go ahead and blow. I know some attorneys have a different view, but most of my clients’ first concern is the ability to drive. A firsttime DUI defendant is allowed to request an affidavit of first conviction, which generally will result in a provisional license to get to and from work and school for the first 120 days after conviction. Thereafter, you can reinstate your license after paying a fee and showing proof of completion of a Risk Reduction class (no online courses are allowed). The answer to the above question changes if you have had more than three drinks. In that case, it’s better to not blow, thereby denying the state a crucial piece of evidence for conviction. The answer also changes if it is your second DUI. You will receive no benefits of any doubt in your case, and a jury will be asking if it can give you a life sentence before you kill someone. Obviously, this can’t happen because a second DUI is a misdemeanor charge, and the maximum sentence is 12 months in custody. But the conviction rate for a second DUI is dramatically higher. Now to address a common misconception: if you want to request a blood test, you must submit to the breath test first. When you are arrested for DUI, the officer will read a script from his or her age-appropriate “implied consent” card, which includes language that allows you to request a blood test to confirm the alcohol concentration. This is a right you have under the law, but (a) it is at your expense, and (b) the right exists only AFTER you have submitted to the test requested by the officer, which is almost always the breathalyzer. Do not refuse to submit to the breath test expecting that you can do a blood test instead.


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

Angela is a local resident, wife and mom. She has two children, a son in seventh grade and a daughter in fourth. In July 2013, Angela began experiencing nausea, abdominal pain, and fever. When her problems recurred several weeks later, doctors suspected diverticulitis, a common digestive disease, but inflammation in her colon made it difficult to test and diagnose. Antibiotics temporarily relieved her symptoms. By the end of October, after returning from an out-of-town job assignment, Angela drove herself from the airport directly to the hospital. Her abdominal pain was unbearable. She has not returned home since. Angela celebrated her 40th birthday in

November while in the hospital. As this article is being written, she remains in the hospital, recovering from surgery after a partial colonoscopy revealed Stage III colon cancer. When she is strong enough, Angela will begin aggressive chemotherapy treatments in hopes of ridding the remaining cancer in her small intestine and surrounding lymph nodes. Angela and her husband have lived here since 2010; they were drawn to our community by its great schools and reputation as a great place to raise their children. Angela was raised by her grandmother and has always worked hard and never asked for assistance. She has always been a giving person. There is no extended family to assist them or rely upon. “It is just us – the four of us,” Angela said. She works full time as a free-lance photographer, often traveling out of town to photograph for large hotel chains. Her husband has been working part-time for Cobb County and has cared for the kids during the times she had to travel for her job. He is now trying to secure a full-time position. Without Angela’s income and mounting medical bills, they have many additional fears. It is most important to Angela that her children remain in their schools with as little disruption as possible. There are many unknowns ahead, but what concerns her most is her family’s well-being and happiness. Everyday Angels would like to help relieve Angela’s fears. We have covered their rent for January and gift cards for groceries over the holidays. In order to assist them further, we must ask for community support. If you would like to contribute, please see the box to the left.




What if … You Upgraded to YOU 2.0? BY JULIAN REID

A new year brings a clean slate, new optimism, and resolutions. Hopefully, your resolutions are upgrades. Perhaps you’ve upgraded your life with a new fiancé! Maybe you’re committed to a healthier lifestyle. How about your vocational life? Have you considered upgrading to ... YOU 2.0? If not, the beginning of a new year is a GREAT time to do it! Consider this approach: Everything you’ve done in your Julian Reid has a chemical career to this point has brought engineering degree from you to your current version of Georgia Tech, a U.S. Chamber certification in You 1.0. Now, start from a broad Organization Management strategic view, and ask yourself this and several professional question: coaching and sales “If we looked at your life a year certifications. Contact him from today, what has to have at (770) 521-0698 or jreid@ happened during that period, both personally and professionally, for you to be happy with your progress?” This question is not intended to be rhetorical, and the “we”

is not a typo. Take some time with your spouse, a friend, or a personal coach to answer this question at the big picture level. Challenge yourself to upgrade, and put a little pressure on yourself. Why? Remember how quickly VHS tape rental became obsolete? Blockbuster stores disappeared seemingly overnight. If YOU don’t want to risk similar obsolescence in your career, then perhaps an upgrade to YOU 2.0 is more of a necessity than you think. Next, look at your D.O.S.; your Dangers, Opportunities and Strengths, as they pertain to your upgrade. Itemizing Dangers should focus on the risks of doing nothing. Read the signs around you. Is your company ripe for a merger or downsizing? Are your expenses going up while your income is stagnant? Is your current job, boss, industry or employer causing you unhealthy stress? Your biggest discovery in considering these issues may be that the risk of standing pat is bigger than the risk of assertive change. Proactive goal-setting trumps reactive damage control. Next, do the same exercise by identifying your Opportunities. Start by NOT seeing the obstacles to your vision of what you want your lifestyle to be. Finally, list your Strengths, but let someone else, who knows your talent and skill set, edit and prioritize that list. The YOU 2.0 upgrade process concludes with writing D.O.S.driven goals. YOU take control, and discover that you like it. Happy New Year!

The Times They Are A-Changin’ BY PAUL MCLENDON

Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’. —Bob Dylan, 1964 Paul McLendon is a licensed Health and Life Agent with Insphere Insurance. He is a Health Care Reform Specialist, providing assistance to small business and individuals, and a Federal Marketplace Broker Certification for SHOP program and individuals. (404) 422-0363 or 18

Even Bob knew that the Affordable Care Act rollout would be a challenging time for the country. In this article, I’ll expand on the fact that most people are seeing a price increase on their individual plans and why group policies are affected as well. Individuals with pre-existing


conditions have always had the greatest challenge in finding health insurance unless they worked for a company that offered group insurance. Premiums would still be affected by the individual’s condition, but in a more limited way because the pool of their co-workers would absorb the extra cost, which is akin to how the government desires the current system to work. Starting In January, everyone can and is required to buy health insurance. The theory goes that if you make everyone—the young and the old, the healthy and the sick—jump into the pool, then the costs can be equalized by sharing those increases. SPLOST is a similarly packaged and sold concept; pennies from you and me supposedly mean very little, but add pennies from everyone, and we get millions. Then we have the money to paint crooked new lines on our newly paved streets, but I digress. In the case of health insurance, millions of new people nationwide will bring unknown conditions into the individual market so there is a need for far more than pennies from each person to pay those claims. Hence tax increases and the extravagant increases in premiums for everyone. Increasing taxes and borrowing from Medicaid are helping the government subsidize the middle and lower classes who are buying for the continued on page 60

All About Family Dentistry

Large Enough to Handle Your Needs. Small Enough to Care 12186 Hwy. 92, Suite 109, Woodstock, GA 30188 • (678) 238-0204 • Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. When choosing a dentist for your family, there are certain criteria that must be met. For many, convenient location and hours are a must. For others, the dentist needs to have the capacity to treat all members of the family, from the very young to the elderly. And for others still, the office must be large enough to handle a wide variety of dental issues, yet small enough to make each patient feel truly cared for and appreciated. If the above criteria ring true with you, it’s time to meet All About Family Dentistry. Dr. Sara Farahani was always interested in the healthcare field. During her undergraduate internship, she discovered she was good with her hands. This combined with her love for people led Dr. Farahani to the field of dentistry. Ever since, she has been developing strong and lasting bonds with her patients. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia’s dental program in 1999 and was 12th in her class. She opened her first practice in Sandy Springs, and in 2005, she opened All About Family Dentistry. She chose her current location due to its proximity to I-575 and the Hwy. 92 corridor. All About Family Dentistry is a single physician practice. Patients will only see Dr. Farahani, as well as the same dental assistant. Being small in size allows Dr. Farahani to truly get to know her patients and develop strong, caring relationships with

Dr. Farahani with patient Nathan Decker.

Dr. Farahani with patient Joseph Decker.

each of them. But small in size does not mean small in patient services. Whether you need a routine cleaning, a cavity filled or something more extensive such as a bridge or extraction, Dr. Farahani can perform a variety of services with the utmost concern for patient comfort and trust. Cosmetic procedures such as veneers and teeth whitening are available. She uses digital x-rays, which means less radiation to the patient. “Laughing gas” is offered to help relax nervous patients, and appointments are scheduled in such a way that each patient gets plenty of time and attention from Dr. Farahani; emergencies are usually accommodated the same day. The practice also uses a lab that makes same day repairs for partials and dentures, an added convenience for patients. She sees patients as young as 2 or 3 during visits that are educational for the patient and parents and end with a fun trip to the Treasure Chest. With two children of her own, Dr. Farahani knows the importance of having a gentle touch and building trust in her youngest patients. Families appreciate the fact that every member can be seen and treated in one office. Special touches in the office including scenting the office with potpourri, colorful garden scenes on the ceilings and follow-up calls after procedures exhibit her care to a patient’s emotional as well as physical well-being. Office manager Sharon Veal said, “Dr. Farahani has a true and deep care for patients. She enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level.” “My favorite part of practicing dentistry is seeing a patient that comes to me in pain and leaves pain-free,” said Dr. Farahani. All About Family Dentistry accepts most major dental insurance plans as well as all major credit cards. Flexible financing is available in-house or through a third party, Care Credit. The new year is the perfect time to try a new dentist, one that satisfies ALL your criteria. Call today for an appointment! AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014




Square Dancing Lessons Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m. Location: 216 Rope Mill Road Information: Beginner square dancing lessons provided by the Cherokee Squares Square Dance Club. Each lesson will be $6 per person. Call (404) 408-3180.

Jan. 8–April 12

Unearthing the Past: Archaeology in Cherokee County Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: 100 North St., Suite 140, Canton Information: This exhibit will explore the last 80 years of archaeological investigations in Cherokee County, highlight some of the more than 1,000 archaeological sites in the area and feature rarely seen artifacts found in Cherokee County. Admission is free.

Jan. 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Time: 9–11 a.m. Location: Northside-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Information: Free event with buffet breakfast. RSVP by Jan. 3 to

Jan. 21

Junior Service League New Member Mixer Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 105 East Main Street, Suite 126 Information: Free appetizers, cash bar and a raffle drawing for free year membership for potential members. www.

Feb. 15

Guns & Hoses 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Time: 7:30 a.m. fun run, 8 a.m. 5K Location: Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road Fees: $25 for 5K pre-registration, $30 after Jan. 31 to race day. $10 for fun run pre-registration, $15 after Jan. 31 to race day. Information: Registration is open for the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency’s eighth annual event to raise money for charities. The charity selected by the Cherokee County Fire Department is the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office chose the Cherokee Sheriff’s Foundation. At registration, participants can pick the team they want to represent and a portion of the fee will go to the charity. To register, visit For more details, contact Kate Borden at (404) 445-6931 or 20


Sequoyah Regional Library System Events Rose Creek Library 4476 Towne Lake Pkwy Woodstock Library 7735 Main St. Rose Creek Story Times Family—10:30 a.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 Woodstock Story Times Lapsit—10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 Family—10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs often feature stories, music, rhymes and a free craft activity. Toddler Lapsit story times are designed for children, ages 1 to 3 only, with participating adults. These programs often feature books, songs and activities that encourage early literacy.

Ongoing events

Reading Dogs — Children ages 6 and older can read to dogs to help build reading confidence. Register requested by calling the library. Woodstock: 4-5 p.m. Jan. 8, 15 and 22 Knitting Instruction — Taught by a retired teacher who loves to share her knowledge of knitting: Rose Creek: 1-2 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 Woodstock LEGO Club — Work alone or with a team to create a LEGO structure from each month’s theme. All ages invited; 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult Woodstock: 3 p.m. Jan. 19


End of an Era BY KARA KIEFER

My son’s football career started because he wanted to get out of class. When he was in the sixth grade, he brought home a piece of paper announcing a football meeting for those interested in playing spring football. The meeting would be held during seventh period. After listening to the coaches, he decided he wanted to play football. That first spring was tough. Kara Kiefer is the editor The only football he had played of Around Woodstock. was a few pick-up games in the She lives in Woodstock neighborhood. He was playing with her husband Mike alongside boys who had played and sons Brandon and since early elementary school, and Garrett. there was a steep learning curve for him. But his coach assured my husband and me that my son would catch on and be OK. He was right. Over the next three years, he spent hours on the practice field in the late fall heat while we sat in the weeds swatting at insects and perspiring. We spent many Saturday mornings, afternoons and evenings in football stadiums, home and away, watching him play in games and Jamborees. Every year, he gained strength and knowledge in the game, and we looked forward to the day he would be playing under the Friday night lights of high school. The first time he dressed out and ran through the Woodstock High School Woodshed on a Friday night as a freshman gave me chills. This was what we had all waited for—the energy and excitement of playing under the lights. The ensuing years saw two knee injuries, two concussions, a few sprained ankles and plenty of bruises. But all of that only made him work and play harder. Four years passed. Four years of cold steel benches and some less than favorable visitors’ stands. Four years of volunteering and becoming part of a family. Four years of starting the season sweating profusely in the stands and ending the season wrapped in jackets and comforters. Four seasons of hard fought victories and painful losses. Before we knew it, it was Senior Night, and for us, it would also be the last high school football game our son would play. That night, we proudly walked our son down the 50-yard line—this mom just trying to hold it together. Many photos were taken that night in an attempt to preserve this brief moment in time. After the final second ticked down, and the game was over, I sat there one last time—for just a moment—as my son’s team shook hands with the opponent. This was the end. Shortly thereafter, we all joined the players on the field and not one senior’s eye was dry.

“Before we knew it, it was Senior Night, and for us, it would also be the last high school football game our son would play.” Football was one of the greatest experiences in my son’s young life, and the lessons he learned will remain with him forever. He has “brothers” that will always be with him in spirit and in heart, no matter where they end up in their futures. I will always be thankful to have shared that journey with him.

Photo by Debra Frieden AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014



Journeys: Running with Mom BY SUZANNE LITREL

The first time I ran with my mother was very nearly my last. I was 13 years old and not sure I wanted to leave my mom in the dust. But I was bored from our long summer vacation, having spent much of it lying around and reading. About five mornings a week, sometimes with Dad, Mom would hit the road and return red-faced and panting; the whole procedure seemed pretty gruesome, but I Suzanne Litrel is a Young was curious. Adult historical fiction author To her credit, Mom and doctoral student in GSU’s graduate history program. barely arched a brow when From 1998 - 2012, she served I announced I’d keep her as an award-winning IB/AP company. She suggested for World History and Economics us to run at a local park, which teacher on Long Island, New was fine with me – an extra York. Suzanne resides with her family in downtown dimension to the adventure! Woodstock, which she is very Another bonus was that happy to call home. slitrel@ my sisters would be left at . home; it’d just be Mom and me. We started off slowly – embarrassingly so, I thought, but Mom held back and chatted. I wanted to speed up, and ignored her warnings about pacing. I knew the way – the park had a one-mile running loop. I sped up, with Mom behind me. Heart pounding out of my chest, I completed the loop and collapsed. Mom was right behind me, and she slowed, but jogged in place. “Nice job,” she said. “Why don’t you walk a bit and shake out your legs?” The next time I ran with Mom was the summer after my first



year in college, when I was running 15 miles a week to keep school stress at bay. Mom and Dad suggested I run an 8k with them, but the distance seemed too much. “So run slow,” Mom suggested. I agreed, and when the starting gun went off, I held back. But by mile three, I’d caught up with Mom. She was stunned – and thrilled. “Go,” she urged with a great smile. “You got it!” I didn’t want to leave her, but she was firm. “You’re doing great! Now – go on!” That marked the beginning of our running days together; each college break I’d return home and we’d spend miles running through town and local parks. We’d talk about everything under the sun; somehow, time on the road brought us closer. We only had four short years of such companionship before she contracted breast cancer and passed on at age 49. But I’ve been running ever since. Last week, my 13-year-old daughter told me she wanted to start running to get strong for volleyball season. I struggled to stay cool and keep the extreme joy out of my voice; we headed over to Hobgood Park. Julia was a bit apprehensive about keeping up; I had just completed a marathon. “Just stick with me for one loop,” I told her. “Let’s take it from there.” I held us back and regaled her with stories as we ticked off the loops – one, two, three. Now Julia was starting to feel it a bit. “But Mom, I want to do one more! Tell me another story!” And so I did, but with a quarter of a mile to go, Julia stopped me: “I want to sprint. Is that ok?” I gave her a huge smile, and thought back on my mom: “You’re doing great! Now – go on!” And off Julia went. There was no way I’d catch her, and I was glad of it.

Undoing the “Nots” BY BETH HERMES

Beth Hermes is a graduate of Auburn University’s School of Journalism, and a professional writer for more than 26 years. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and online publications. She also has created award-winning marketing campaigns for corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Happy New Year! Well... maybe. If you are one of the 40 percent of Americans who starts the New Year with a list of New Year’s resolutions, then perhaps the advent of 2014 brought more a feeling of dread than elation. Research shows that only about eight percent of the people who make resolutions achieve their goals. As if the goal itself wasn’t daunting enough, those statistics can make simply writing the list an overwhelming task! Since the mid-2000s, I have been one of the 60 percent who has chosen to celebrate the New Year without the demanding (and often impossible) expectations. Why? Because setting goals such as “weigh what I did when I was in college,” or “triple my savings account by March 31,” are about as ridiculous as going

from couch potato today to climbing Mount Everest tomorrow. Why is it that we set unreasonable expectations or design experiences we would not enjoy? I decided to “undo the nots” and increase the odds of having a positive, joy-filled year instead. Rather than “New Year’s Resolutions,” I call this my “A-List” (“Annual List”). Call yours whatever you like, as long as it motivates you rather than scares you. Here are a few of the items from my “A-List.” Read One (New) Book Every Month. When I worked at a newspaper, one of my early newspaper mentors told me, “If you want to write well, you have to read a lot.” I love to read. So my first goal is to read at least one NEW book each month. If I have time, I also re-read classics or personal favorites. Challenge Myself. A friend and I ran the Peachtree together for the first time a few years ago. We were both in our mid-40s, and decided to prove that we could do it. In 2013, another friend and I trained together and ran the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. Keep A Gratitude Journal. Enjoying a fresh-brewed cup of coffee on a quiet morning at home. Receiving a glowing testimonial. Finding a forgotten dollar in a coat pocket. Gratitude often comes in small packages. One of my trainers at Envision has a motto: “Finish like you start.” It isn’t about being first or winning an award; it’s about doing what you set out to do without tying any nots to the goals.




Uncle Cliff’s Robe BY DEE LOCKLIN

I never met my husband’s Uncle Cliff, but I feel I know him quite well because I’ve lived with his bathrobe for 25 years. Indeed, my husband brought various possessions to our new home when we married, but none have endured as long and been as utilitarian as this quirky garment. Uncle Cliff was a gifted artist and journalist. His beautiful paintings hang in our home, and we display them with pride. I’m not quite Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State sure when he died, but I assume University. She lives in it was in the late 60s or early Woodstock with husband 70s based on the distinguishing Lewis and son Taylor in a characteristics of his beloved robe. cluttered home filled Uncle Cliff’s robe is the with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at particular rust color that was popular back in the day. Imagine Greg Brady mixed with Georgia red clay and you will see the hue. Now close your eyes and recall the polyester fabric known as velour. Yes, that’s the robe.



My husband was given the robe by Uncle Cliff’s widow, Aunt Mitzi, mostly because Lewis was the tallest in the family and resembled Uncle Cliff in many ways. And so, when Lewis and I married, I was introduced to this inherited treasure and accepted it as something akin to a man dowry. Over the years, I bought Lewis numerous designer robes in an attempt to update his wardrobe, but to no avail. He treasured his polyester housecoat and swore that nothing else wrapped him as closely and comfortably as the raggedy, threadbare garment acquired from a talented relative from his family’s rich history. Legacy prevails, because when our son left for college he quietly stole the robe in a sort of rite-of-passage gesture. I did not object. After all, the thing was really ratty by then. I then bought my husband a lovely and expensive robe, but he never wore it, and he remained somewhat sullen until I asked our son to return the garment and exchange it for the newer designer wrap. I think everyone is happy now, though I cringe when Lewis greets the UPS delivery man while encased in Uncle Cliff’s mod robe that is covered in our dog’s hair and complemented by polar bear-themed pajamas and fiery red bedroom slippers. Rest in peace, Uncle Cliff. Your artistic legacy outweighs your fashion choices and those of your nephew.


Christmas trees and lights are put away and household furniture has found its way back to normal placements. For the job seeker, starting the new year with unemployment as “normal” is a scary thing—and it should be. Finding a job that meets financial and emotional needs takes time, stamina and strategy. I am thrilled that I recently had a full Job-Seeking class at The Master’s Training Center. Lynne is the director of Participants’ goals are to come out Papa’s Pantry and the MastersTrainingCenter. of the gate Jan. 1 running! Today, com, and she is an they are learning how employers author. She can be make decisions and how to better reached at (770) 591their résumés and interviewing 4730 or visit www. skills. I am so excited with each one of them to achieve their dreams! Their enthusiasm is contagious. So is momentum. It’s almost like that image of a tiny snowball rolling faster and

faster downhill, becoming bigger and bigger. If you are looking for a needed job, this “infectious enthusiastic momentum” is required to get noticed! Think of January and the employment market as you would August and the beginning of the school year…. EVERYONE is there that first week. They have new clothes, a new backpack, and a renewed excitement to rejoin their “cultural world.” Everyone in this comparison simply means your competition for the jobs in which you are applying. Now that the holidays are behind them, job seekers are hitting the pavement in droves with a renewed energy. Kids are back in school. Vacationing spouses have gone back to work. Empty, quiet homes suddenly inspire the need, the urgency, for action. “Cultural World” relates to aligning with others who are like minded, educated, etc. Job seekers desire to be employed with others who share similar values and goals. Being excluded from these groups can cause feelings of insecurity and even depression. The financial struggles simply magnify the obvious implications. It is time to work smarter, not harder. Smarter for the job seeker means to write résumés and apply for jobs in such a way as to guarantee getting noticed by hiring managers. The key is to, on paper, cater to the needs of the hiring company as the job continued on page 60

Resolution of the Middle Aged Man BY MATT NEAL

Matt Neal is a freelance writer who has lived in Woodstock with his wife since 1999. He has a daughter who turns shoeboxes into dollhouses, a son who fights those stealthy ninjas, and a wife, Diane, who provides patience, compassion and a kick in the pants when needed.

My New Year’s resolution is to stop exercising and start gaining weight. Since I always break my resolutions, this seems like a good plan. Like many other men my age, I have a difficult time trying to look like I’m still 25. In fact, my health goal is no longer to look young. It’s simply to not die. I know, I aim high. But over the past 10 years, my priorities for exercising have shifted. They went from trying to look good, to trying to keep up with my kids, to trying not to keel over from a heart attack pushing myself out of my La-Z-Boy. When I visit the gym—I say visit, like a relative I only see every Thanksgiving—the staff brings out an extra supply of towels just for me. I go through

a few of them wiping down each machine when I’m done with it. I often wonder if my gym has a “no-sweating” policy. No one does it but me. The regulars smirk and say, “Are you actually sweating?” When they’re done, they aren’t even out of breath. I was out of breath tying my sneakers. But here’s the kicker: When I finished my exercise routine, I still looked the same! I asked my doctor, and he said it will take weeks or months(!) before I see results. I asked if I could stop then. He said I have to do this for the rest of my life until I die, and if I stop I instantly revert back to a fat old man. It makes me long for the day when this exercise thing paid off and I’m 25 again. Turning back the clock is what half the New Year’s resolutions are all about. We want what we used to have. I want my youth and vitality. And slimness. And hair. But we can only do so much, and health is something tangible we can change. So join me, men. Put down that chicken wing and put on those stretchy shorts that make us look so good to the ladies. Pull those white socks all the way up, and let’s get active again. I’ll do it for my family’s sake. Think about the people in your own life, and do it for them. AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014


Good Dog Food-Pay Now or Pay Later BY LORRE LAMARCA

Lorre LaMarca is the owner of the Bark Station, 240 Arnold Mill Road. (770) 517-9907

As the owner of two 18-year-old rescue dogs and a natural pet food store, I can honestly say the number one choice you will make during your dog ownership is the food you decide to feed him or her. Thousands of my clients that own older healthy dogs all have one thing in common, a great nutritional diet. Just like us humans, good genetics can take us only so far, but good nutrition to supplement those genetics will take us all the way to our full healthy potential. You don’t have to be a pet nutritionist or a vet to understand a dog food label. Here are some basics on what to look for:

• The first ingredient should always be a high quality animal protein and specific about what protein it is (chicken, lamb, bison etc). Some ingredients are listed as meals, which are very nutritious as well. AVOID anything that says “animal protein” or



“meat meal” and does not list the specific animal source. • Fresh unprocessed fruits and veggies. In their natural form, they keep their wholesome nutrients and benefits and are sources of vitamins and antioxidants. • Grain free or no grain free. If you are choosing to go with grains, please make sure they are wholesome grains such as rice, oats, barley, etc. AVOID any cheap filler grain by products such as corn meal, wheat, gluten meal, brewers rice, etc. • Added vitamins and essentials. Foods with digestive enzymes, essential fatty acids (omega’s found in fish oils) glucosamine and chondroitin are just a few examples of getting more from your dog’s food in combination with the wholesome basic ingredients. • AVOID foods with meat or poultry byproducts, added sweeteners, artificial preservatives and various food colors. If you don’t know what the ingredient is, research it, as mystery ingredients often are misrepresented as vitamins or minerals. • AVOID reading the influencing advertising on the front of the bag. Read the label only! Dog food bag advertisers know most people do not read the labels and will do what it takes to grab your attention while you are shelf surfing. Visit (an unbiased dog food website) to research any dog food label.

River Ridge Knights VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Date Location Jan. 3 CHEROKEE Jan. 4 AT Woodstock Jan. 6 AT Creekview Jan. 7 AT Pickens Jan. 10 GILMER Jan. 14 AT Cedartown Jan. 17 CASS Jan. 18 WALTON Jan. 24 PICKENS Jan. 28 AT Gilmer Jan. 31 CEDARTOWN

Girls Guys 6:00 7:30 3:30 5:00 6:00 7:30 6:00 7:30 7:00 8:30 6:00 7:30 6:00 7:30 6:00 7:30 7:00 8:30 6:00 7:30 6:00 7:30

Woodstock Wolverines Varsity Basketball Schedule Date Jan 4 Jan 7 Jan 10 Jan 11 Jan 14 Jan 17 Jan 21 Jan 24 Jan 28 Jan 31 Feb 4 Feb 7 Feb 11-15 Feb 18

Opponent River Ridge @ Lassister Roswell @ Alpharetta Etowah @Milton Wheeler Cherokee Walton Lassiter (SN) @ Roswell @ Etowah Region Tournament First Round of State

Girls 3:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm

Boys 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm




Cherokee Photography Club

Amazing Lights

Darcy Pino — Christmas Delight

Kim Bates — Bright Lights of Nashville

Dean Kelley — Desire

David Ruff — Interlude 28 AROUND WOODSTOCK

Eillene Kirk — Ghost Train | January 2014

Kim Bates — Energy Center

Bob Kelley — Jetson Holiday

Karen Beedle — Night Lights

Peter Pino — Light the Way

Linda Lester — Walking Through the Light

Club info: The Cherokee Photography Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month, and for those participating in the monthly contest, that meeting is held on the second Monday of the month. Both meetings are from 7-9 p.m. and held at the Cherokee County Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. For more information, please contact Kim Bates at (770) 6177595 or email him at

Rudy Coopman — Lights in the Fountain AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014



Digging Up Sweet Potatoes BY ANN LITREL

JoEllen Wilson is vice president for advancement at Cherokee County’s Reinhardt University, where for the past 20 years she has served in positions of increasing responsibility, eventually becoming the school’s first female vice president. Beginning in 1997, Wilson became special assistant to the president, serving as the “familiar face” for many alumni and donors in a critical time of transition, as a succession of four men rotated through the office, culminating with J. Thomas Isherwood arriving in 2002. Currently, she oversees donor relations, marketing and fundraising for the university. This story is part of a series featuring local leaders and visionaries, some behind the scenes, who have had an impact on the community. Wilson is pictured here on the stage of the Falany Performing Arts Center. For more on this story and the accompanying art, visit “I told the president, ‘If I have to plan one more Homecoming, I will DIE.’ ” I suspect it’s an unusual statement for JoEllen Wilson. A half an hour into our interview, I have already mentally designated her as one of those rare people with inexhaustible reserves of energy and goodwill toward their fellow man. Wilson is referring to her first job at Reinhardt, a part-time position in Alumni Relations. “I’m a people person, so that job was perfect for me. My sons had started high school, and I was ready to get back into the workforce. “Fundraising and alumni relations aren’t about what people think; it’s not about asking people for money. It’s about the relationships. My job in Alumni Relations eventually became full time, and I loved it! But after five years, there was a point when I felt like I just couldn’t plan another Alumni Weekend or Homecoming. I was burned out. At this point, she confesses about her threat to “die” if she has to plan one more Homecoming. “I knew that might be the end of me working there.” “But fortunately, he had another job for me.” 30


“Dr. Falany had just found out he would need to retire, for health reasons. To prepare for this change, he brought me on as special assistant to the president. I would be helping to transition him out of the office, and the next president transition in. I would make introductions and maintain relationships with donors, alumni and staff. As it happened, two more presidents came through before Dr. Isherwood arrived in 2002. It was an amazing opportunity and growing time for me. I learned something new from every one of those men, almost every day.” I asked Wilson how she first made the connection with Reinhardt. “Since I was a girl!’ she exclaimed. “My grandmother was a house mother and a nurse on campus. I used to visit Big Mama here, and I always thought I would come here so I could become a teacher. While I was earning my two-year degree, I met my husband John here, and we married. We had twin sons, and THEY both came here, and met THEIR wives here. That happens at a lot of schools. But there’s a saying we have at Reinhardt about our students and their spouses: We’re like a shoe factory—we put people out in pairs.” What part of your story do you think people relate to most? The smile disappeared for a rare moment as she paused thoughtfully. “I think it’s when people hear I finished my college degree and my master’s while working here. People will tell me they were encouraged when they hear that, and they think, ‘Maybe I can do that, too.’ “This is a people-oriented place, and even though we’ve grown, we haven’t lost that. I’m so pleased that even after adding a football team, we still have a culture of caring and respect. Those young men have been trained by our excellent coach to be ambassadors for the university. We’re a people place. “I’ll tell you something funny. Dr. Falany and I once visited a longtime supporter who was extremely wealthy—she probably could afford whatever she wanted, anything. But what she really wanted was sweet potatoes from Dr. Falany’s garden. So whenever we went to visit her, we first had to drive over to Dr. Falany’s garden and dig up those sweet potatoes, so she could have some! “I think that the personal attention at Reinhardt can’t be contained in 600 acres. It goes out into the community.” The same could be said for JoEllen Wilson. Ann Litrel

Reinhardt Fundraiser and Vice President JoEllen Wilson Cultivates the Surprising Touches That Win Hearts for this University

Health & Wellness

Benefits of Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Surgery BY GRANT WOLFE, M.D. NORTHSIDE CHEROKEE SURGICAL ASSOCIATES

Dr. Grant Wolfe is a skilled and award-winning physician with extensive experience in the most minimally invasive and laparoscopic procedures. He practices at Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates in Woodstock. For more information, visit www.

New advances in surgical technology allow surgeons to offer patients procedures that are less invasive. Laparoscopic procedures such as mini-laparoscopy, singleincision surgery and robotic surgery cause less trauma to the patient and help him or her get back to normal activities faster than ever before. Laparoscopy involves making a small incision in the abdomen, through which the surgeon inserts a small camera, called a laparoscope. The laparoscope allows the surgeon to view the abdomen, in full color, high-definition imagery and with all of the same functionality as open surgery, but with less trauma to the patient. If a problem is spotted, other surgical instruments can be inserted through other small incisions to treat the condition. Laparoscopy has been used

“Laparoscopy involves making a small incision in the abdomen, through which the surgeon inserts a small camera, called a laparoscope.” across a wide range of specialties, addressing problems such as reproductive and pelvic disease, prostate cancer, bladder problems, obesity, GI disorders, hernias and much more. Versus traditional open surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery have: • Smaller incisions and reduced scarring. • Less pain and less of a need for pain medication. • Quicker recovery times. Patients who undergo laparoscopic surgery are usually able to go home the same day, so they can return to their normal daily activities sooner. • Reduced risk of acquiring infections. • Generally lower blood loss, which reduces the chance of needing a blood transfusion.



Health & Wellness

What Are the Effects of Missing Back Teeth? BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

Many people have had one or more of their adult back teeth extracted and have lived with spaces where these teeth are missing. Extractions occur when a tooth cannot be restored or at a time in a person’s life when they cannot afford it. Missing teeth creates a physical dental disability that changes how your teeth function. Because of these changes, it’s important to Dr. Scott Harden is a understand why it’s important to dentist at Fountain replace missing teeth. View Family Dentistry Upper and lower teeth work and has served the together to chew. If you lose Woodstock area for more than 21 years. an upper molar, this creates a He is a dental advisor physical disability because the for two national lower molar opposite of that dental research tooth no longer will have any companies. You can reach Dr. Harden at function. For every tooth that is (770) 926-0000 or visit extracted, you lose the function of two teeth. Missing even one tooth is a problem because numerous problems develop. We have 16 back teeth and 12 front teeth. Our jaw muscles are designed to generate approximately 250 psi (pounds per square inch) of bite force. Our jaw muscles and teeth work together to provide the necessary bite force and tooth surface area to support that bite force. This allows us to properly chew. If we lose back teeth, the bite force is now redistributed to fewer teeth. Losing just two back molars (a functional loss of four molars) equates to 25 percent less back teeth chewing capacity. This puts a heavy stress on the remaining teeth. The 32


“Losing just two back molars (a functional loss of four molars) equates to 25 percent less back teeth chewing capacity. This puts a heavy stress on the remaining teeth.” result is abnormal wear on the remaining teeth and also fractured teeth, especially those with large fillings in them. Improperly positioned teeth that have shifted following an extraction can lead to stress and pain in the jaw joint area, often referred to as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders). The jaw joint works in conjunction with jaw muscles and the teeth when chewing. Upper and lower teeth normally hit flat and smoothly slide front to back and side to side. When teeth shift into poor positions following an extraction, this causes premature contacts that disrupt smooth function and stress the jaw joint and jaw muscles, which can trigger pain and restrict a person from normal chewing. Treatment options to replace missing teeth include a bridge, an implant or partial denture. A bridge is a permanent, natural-looking prosthesis that is cemented over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth space. The false tooth is part of the prosthesis and sits on top of the gums in the missing tooth area, and looks and feels very natural. An implant is a metal fixture inserted into the bone in the region of the missing tooth. A crown is then placed on top of the implant. A partial denture is a removable appliance with plastic teeth that replace the missing teeth. Restoring a missing tooth maintains the natural order to the position and function of your teeth. It is still possible to restore teeth once they have shifted significantly, but it requires more effort.




Real Property. The combination of law practices at Hartman-Imbriale may seem odd: real estate and personal injury. At a glance, the two specialties may not seem like they have a lot in common, but once you get to know the two attorneys at the helm, Andrew (Andy) Hartman and James (Jim) Imbriale, you will see similarities in philosophy, client care and results. Fourteen years ago, Andy and Jim met at a real estate closing and became fast friends. In addition to sharing the same profession, they discovered they had a lot in common and shared a lot of the same values. Their business philosophies were also congruous, which led to the decision to go into practice together. “The type of law we each practice is a direct reflection of our personalities,” said Andy. “My specialty allows me to create long-term relationships with clients, and I enjoy the problem solving aspect of real estate law. Jim likes to take on a fight against big insurance companies and corporations. What is similar is our dedication to providing excellent customer service to our clients while achieving the best possible results.”

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Left: Christina Adams, Andrew Hartman and Ralph Walker.

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Three real estate attorneys, Andrew Hartman, Ralph Walker and Christina Adams, and a team of paralegals handle nearly 100 closings each month from several office locations, with the “mothership” being located on Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock. “Our goal is keep our clients informed every step of the way and make the process as seamless as possible,” said Andy. In addition to commercial and residential real estate closings, the team provides legal counseling and advice for a multitude of complex real estate matters such as foreclosures, title examinations and clearing of defects and more. And in part due to the team’s years of experience and proficiency, Hartman-Imbriale is part of the Department of HUD’s Buyer Select Program, allowing the law practice to be closing attorneys for HUD properties. “Whatever the situation or problem is, we will always offer candid advice. We offer creative solutions for real estate agents, lenders, buyers and sellers,” said Andy. The real estate team also handles estate planning including wills, trusts and power of attorney. “We guide our clients through the complexity of estate planning while providing a high level of service,” said Andy. Andy and his team realize that while they can be extremely proficient and knowledgeable in the area of real estate law, if the customer service isn’t there, chances are repeat business won’t be there either. “Customer service is our number one priority. We are accessible and very responsive to our clients and promptly return all phone calls and emails. We provide big-firm expertise with small-firm sensibilities,” said Andy. As part of its commitment to customer service, Andy noted that while Hartman-Imbriale has two offices Woodstock and Jasper, he and his fellow attorneys are flexible and if the client can’t come to them, they will go to the client.

Real Justice. Personal Injury

The personal injury team of Jim Imbriale, Jeff Yashinsky and Michael Gumprecht fight for the victims of car accidents, premises accidents and wrongful deaths. “For us, it’s about seeking justice and making companies and corporations who have been negligent or unfair accountable,” said Jim. Jeff continued, “We like to try cases. If settling isn’t an option, we have no problem going to trial to get everything we believe our client deserves. I equate it to a ‘David vs. Goliath’ mentality.” A perfect example of this mentality can be seen in a case where Jim and Jeff were part of a legal team in a slip and fall case that involved a national hotel chain. The plaintiff, who was a guest at the hotel, slipped and fell on a puddle of water that had resulted from a leaking air conditioning unit. He hit his head on the concrete, which later resulted in headaches and vision and hearing problems. The client accumulated $45,000 in medical bills, and initially the hotel refused any responsibility at all for the injury and denied it three years. Three years later, after much legal maneuvering and many depositions, on the day of trial, the hotel offered  $250,000, which was promptly rejected by the plaintiff and his attorneys. In the end, through the meticulous gathering of evidence, witness and expert testimonies, the jury was convinced the hotel had been negligent and awarded the plaintiff $1.78 million in damages. This was a big case and time consuming, but no matter how big or small the case is, clients can expect the same tenacity and top-notch legal representation from a team of legal professionals. “We have six members of our team, and all six of those members work on each case,” said Jim. “We take cases that others turn down for various reasons, and initial expenses are fronted by us, not the client. No matter how big or small the suit amount is, we fight for the client every step of the way.” And like the real estate part of the practice, providing superior customer service is paramount to the personal injury team as well. “We provide free consultations and explain the whole process from start to finish. All phone calls and emails are promptly returned, and we take our time with each and every case. Over the course of time, we hear repeatedly from juries that they could see how we believed in our client and how passionate we were to get justice for them,” said Jeff. Jim and Andy are both residents of Cherokee County. Jim resides in Towne Lake and Andy in BridgeMill, and both believe in giving back to their community. The firm supports a variety of charities including Habitat for Humanity, Papa’s Pantry, MUST Ministries and many others.

Left: Jim Imbriale, Michael Gumprecht and Jeff Yashinsky.

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Woodstock Marching Band Enjo BY KELLY CAMPBELL

The Woodstock High School (WHS) marching band’s 2013 season began last May. First, it was the announcement of the 2013 show—a celebration of 50 years of everyone’s favorite spy, 007 James Bond. It was also the time to meet the newest class of “rookies” who encompassed nearly a third of this year’s band. The drum line and color guard were formed. Before band members knew it, practices began—once a week for all of June and two weeks in July, with many 12-hour days! Many wonderful opportunities arose for the students before the school year even started. The drum line was invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Shoppes of Atlanta. This was quite the honor as it was the only high school asked to perform. However, the biggest surprise came while the band was performing part of its new show for parents and friends at the end of band camp. The musicians were interrupted with a very special announcement: the band had been invited to perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland! The first competition of the 2013 season was at River Ridge High School. For it to have been so early in the season, and with so many rookies, the band performed wonderfully, earning one of the ONLY standing ovations of the day. The band earned straight superiors in ALL categories. The WHS band was the silver division (A/AA/AAA) champion and earned the second highest score out of the entire day, second by only three points to a band more than twice its size. The band then competed at the Golden River Marching Festival at Haralson County High School. Out of 23 bands in the silver division, the marching Wolverines were the grand champion band. The band received straight superiors again in all categories. Out of seven bands in the gold division (AAAA/ Open Class), the band scored higher than four other bands. The remaining three bands were the top three, and the Wolverines were just barely behind the third OVERALL band out of all 30. That marked it’s the Wolverines’ second grand champion trophy of the year! The competition season concluded in Chattanooga, Tenn., with the USBANDS Southeastern Championships. The band scored its highest score to date with a 92.975. Despite football season ending, the marching band students continue to perform. Nearly a quarter of the marchers play in the pep band for all home varsity and JV basketball games. WHS was also proud to be an integral part of the Christmas Jubilee Parade in downtown Woodstock. Many of the students have been auditioning for programs such as District Honor Band, the Governor’s Honor Program, Drum Corps International and UGA’s January High School Band Festival, all while being part of the concert season at WHS and holding down full class schedules. The WHS band program also takes great pride in providing a live orchestral pit for the annual school musical. At Woodstock High School, optimum music education is available to our area students because of our amazing Woodstock/Towne Lake community and its support. 36


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Readers Are Leaders Expanding to Year Round Five years ago, Woodstock Elementary School (WES) first grade teacher Debby Pinion and academic coach Bonny Keheley contacted Woodstock High School (WHS) about starting a weekly reading program involving WHS students called Readers Are Leaders. They reached out to football head coach Brent Budde and the cheerleading coach at the time, who in turn approached the junior and senior players and cheerleaders about volunteering. Every football season, these volunteers would rise extra early to be at WES by 7 a.m. to read. The volunteers as well as the students all enjoyed the experience. “The best part of each visit was seeing their faces as we would come by them to read,” said senior Blake Jacobs. “Reading to the students was the highlight of my week. I loved seeing their reactions, and I think it was the highlight of their week too,” said senior Garrett Kiefer. Keheley said, “The purpose of this program is to show our students through these positive role models that there are a lot of opportunities waiting for them after WES.” The program has been so successful that it will expand to year-round, which will include members of the WHS lacrosse, basketball and volleyball teams. An appreciation breakfast was held for all volunteers at the end of the football season, courtesy of Chick-fil-A.

River Ridge Selected for Leadership Academy River Ridge High School was selected to pilot the Chickfil-A leadership academy. Twenty high schools from the metro Atlanta area were chosen and River Ridge is the only Cherokee County school. The academy involves 30 students per school in a seven-month curriculum, with an opportunity for the entire student body to get involved. An impact project will take place in the spring. Through social media, Chick-fil-A became aware of the leadership program counselor Jeff Bennett was developing at River Ridge. The group works with the elementary and middle schools in the area, along with other charitable organizations, such as MUST Ministries. Program members also plan events for the community, such as the October Trunk or Treat and sporting events. Bennett also schedules monthly guest speakers to challenge and inspire students.

Mill Creek Recognizes Students of the Month Little River Celebrates Red Ribbon

Mill Creek Middle School Students of the Month for October. Front row (left to right): Derrick Novak, Michelle Calderon, Makayla Powell, Hannah Locklear, Mason Sass and Lunden Mandigo. Middle row: Laura Flores, Ana Ramirez, Alena Shull, Jacob Landers, Steven Casey and Brandon Johnson. Back row: Cayla Concepcion, Ariel Barrientos, Nia Mubanga, Paige Cairns and Joseph Faletra. 38


Principal Christian Kirby with June Guin.

Little River Elementary School recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week with special activities to encourage children to make healthy choices and live drug-free. One of the special days included “Sock it to Smoking,” where students were encouraged to wear their craziest socks.

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Cherokee Christian Collects Food for Papa’s Pantry Cherokee Christian High School collected food for Papa’s Pantry. Many students participated and a vanload of food was sent! Left to right: Sebastian Mielko, Ray Brown, Olya Stang, Anna Powell, Julie Morrow, Matt Lowers and Parker Harris.

Johnston Recognizes Students of the Month Johnston Elementary School recently recognized its Students of the Month for October with an appearance on the school’s WJES live morning news show. These students also received a certificate, school store coupon, ice cream coupon and a school spirit pencil.

Principal Kathleen Chandler, right, and Assistant Principal Carolyn Daugherty congratulate students. Front row (left to right): Miranda Hernandez, Maximiliano Cortez, Abby Groves, Alexis Hawker, Adda Higgins, Gracie Ramsey, Jalyn Stacy, Brian Vasquez; second row: Kendra Pickens, Aubrienne Wludyga, Katie Bacon, Andrew Hand, Sabastian Collender, Harini Sreekanth, Jackson Harvill and Lucia Warren. Back row: Melissa Jiminez, Audrey Wartes, Maria Meza-Lopez, Natasha Boatwright, Sydney Taylor and Melanie Comacho.

Mountain Road Students Hold Winter Wear Drive

Arnold Mill Honors Students of the Month

Students at Mountain Road Elementary School recently held a winter wear drive for Changed 2 Ministries, which helps needy families in Cherokee County. Students donated many coats, mittens, hats and gloves. Student council members (left to right): Secretary Nick Pirinelli, President Abby Morrison, Vice President Hannah Cordell and Treasurer Benjamin Bedsole.

Arnold Mill Elementary School recently honored its November Students of the Month. The students were chosen by their teachers due to their positive attitudes, hard work and citizenship. They all received free ice cream passes and will lead the Pledge of Allegiance on the morning news during the month of December. Principal Kerry P. Martin congratulates Students of the Month. Front row (left to right): Carter Northington, Gavin Kew and Hector Roland. Back row: Grace Hamrick, Lily Kleiss and Marissa Langley.

Woodstock Student Achieves Perfect Score Woodstock High School senior Rachel Steppe has earned a perfect score on the ACT college-entrance exam, achieved by only one Cherokee County School District student last school year. A perfect score on the ACT is a 36; and only about 700 of the 1.6 million high school seniors who take the ACT annually earn a perfect score, according to the testing company. The ACT exam, along with the SAT, is one of the most commonly recognized measures of achievement for high school students. Rachel was named a 2013 Governor’s Honors Program finalist for French and was named a 2013 Superintendent’s Key Scholar for scoring at the 90th percentile or above on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014


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Sequoyah Lady Chiefs Earn State Runner Up

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The Sequoyah High School Lady Chiefs recently were named the 2013 State Runner Ups in the AAAAA Volleyball State Championships by the Georgia State High School Association. The team and its coaches will be recognized by the Superintendent and School Board at an upcoming School Board Meeting. Team members are: Emily Ryan, Jensyn Wells, Kayla Morris, McCall Allen, Kali Jones, Lane Lauletta, Kate Mann, Lauren Hartman, Kelsey Goran, Kelley Hartman, Logan Page, Kyli Schmitt and Ashlyn Brandon. Kali Jones and Logan Page were named to the All-State Team, and Kelley Hartman was named All State Honorable Mention. Coaches are Head Coach John Edwards and Assistant Coaches Lori Little, Morgan Little, Stephen Pate and Hillary Turner.

Cherokee Charter Students Enjoy New Running Club Cherokee Charter Academy’s (CCA) newest club is off-andrunning, thanks to River Ridge High School senior Lauren Rusch. Starting the CCA Running Club is Lauren’s senior project. Besides running, Lauren has club members play games that build bonds between teammates. Lauren hopes the club will evolve into a cross country team next school year when CCA (K-9) adds a 10th grade.

Left to right: Katherine Dick and Melody Schneider.

Sixth Grade Travel Girls Basketball League Forming North Georgia Thunder is holding AAU/YBOA girls basketball tryouts on January 12 and 19. The tryouts are for girls in the sixth grade and will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on both days at Northside Baptist Church, 11125 Houze Road in Roswell. For more information, email, call (770) 592-8063 or visit 40



2013 WOODSTOCK WOLVERINES Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous 2014 We thank you for your continued support and look forward to an exciting and action packed 2014 Season! AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014


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One Community, One Cause, One Girl A Tribute to Cheyenne Heard BY PATSY JORDAN

She was best known for her smile and her motto, “Smile. God Loves You.” Those are words that Creekview High School friends long to hear again from senior Cheyenne Heard. Cheyenne’s life was cut short due to a car accident. The beautiful teenager left a legacy of love for her Lord and Savior, her family, community and friends. She was actively involved in student government, Patsy Jordan serves as Friends Club, Spirit Club and District 2 School Board the Georgia High School Rodeo, Representative. She where she and her horse, Jasmine, is a Cherokee High competed in barrel racing and School graduate, retired pole bending. Cheyenne was a educator of Cherokee County School District, member of Hightower Baptist and life-long resident Church and had a special love for of Cherokee County in her community. Many families Ball Ground, GA. patsy. were touched by the loss of jordan@cherokee.k12. this ONE girl, but the love and devotion of ONE small community brought people together to pay it forward to benefit many families. Amber Cloy, family friend and photographer, put her talents in motion and came up with the idea of the Cheyenne Heard Photo Shoot Benefit. The photo shoot involved a reserved 15-minute session, at $20 per session, and online delivery of 5 – 10 fully edited images with printing rights. Over the course of the event, 108 families and 146 photo sessions were done, and 100 percent of the proceeds went to benefit Cheyenne’s family. Community members participated and worked without hesitation to give back to Cheyenne’s family who had humbled themselves and worked hard as farmers to give to others through the years. The event received overwhelming support and what started out as a one- day event ended up being three days. Amber along with Karen Carl, principal at Free Home Elementary School were the defining forces behind the successful event. The photo shoot was hosted at Free Home Elementary School and Ms. Carl opened the school for restroom use only and stayed on site for the duration of all three events. The photo shoot was a huge success. Not only did the



“Cheyenne’s life was cut short due to a car accident. The beautiful teenager left a legacy of love for her Lord and Savior, her family, community and friends. She was actively involved in student government, Friends Club, Spirit Club and the Georgia High School Rodeo, where she and her horse, Jasmine, competed in barrel racing and pole bending.” participants create a memory of Cheyenne, but also created family keepsakes from a professional photo shoot. Even though Cheyenne’s family is devastated by this tragedy and continues to covet your prayers, family members have been lifted by the outpouring of love and support from a rural hometown in northern Cherokee County known as Free Home. This gracious community came together as ONE, all for ONE cause, and all because of ONE girl, Cheyenne Heard.





“Ten, nine,” the crowd cheers as yet another year comes to an end. “Eight, seven,” some celebrate what will forever be left in the past. “Six, five,” while others celebrate with anticipation the possibilities that lie in the new year. “Four, three,” as midnight approaches, I draw my wife Amie in close and squeeze her tight. Finally, a hearty “two, one” bellows as kisses are shared between Ross Wiseman is a father couples and cheers are offered of four, the husband of one, between friends. and a pastor and friend to many. He has served as Welcome to 2014! Every year the founding and current at this time, like most, I make pastor of Momentum my annual resolutions to stop Church since 2005. this or quit that. Well, this year The joys and struggles of I have decided to be resolutely over 21 years of ministry and 19 years of marriage successful in my resolutions. I have given Ross a broad am committing to EAT MORE, perspective of the human DRINK MORE and WORK MORE! condition. With humor and Now those are some resolutions subtle depth, Ross loves I can keep. to challenge, inspire and instruct people in what Often, resolutions center on it takes for better living, what we are going to stop doing loving, and laughter. as a new year commences. Stop eating junk food. Quit drinking in excess. Refuse some of the overtime that gets thrown our way. STOP, QUIT, END — for being such simple monosyllabic words they sure are difficult to maintain. It’s almost like the more I try to live out these resolutions, the harder it is to find success in them. Whatever your take is on the Bible and the Christian faith, please don’t miss the essence of this principle seen in Scripture. Galatians 5:16 says, “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” In other words, don’t focus on what you struggle to stop. Focus on what you have the ability to start. Spiritually, this verse is saying focus on what God desires and 44


“Practically, the principle found in this scripture encourages us to place our focus on what we are starting, rather than a list of items we find difficult to quit.” everything else will begin to fall into place. Practically, the principle found in this scripture encourages us to place our focus on what we are starting, rather than a list of items we find difficult to quit. We need to make resolutions regarding the, THIS and THATS in our lives. If I do THIS, I won’t do THAT. If I’m busy with THIS, I won’t have time for THAT. If my attention is given to THIS, then THAT will lose its draw on me. Don’t worry about the THATS in your life. I want to ask you to think about some things you want to start this year rather than stop. Don’t make a wish list. Often, that’s all resolutions are, just empty wishes. Forget about the wishes this year and make a THIS LIST. For me, it’s eating more. Instead of only two or three meals a day, I will be eating multiple small meals full of healthy choices. I am a Coke Zero-holic, so I have also added “drink more water” to my THIS LIST. Keeping myself hydrated with mass quantities of water has reduced greatly my desire for Coke. Finally, I am going to work more this year than ever. Work more on my marriage, work more on building memories with my family and work more on my health. Adding these things to my THIS LIST will bring a change to all my THATS in life. I am refusing this year to make resolutions to quit, stop and end. Go make your THIS LIST now. Here’s to your new year and to all your new beginnings!





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Downtown Woodstock - Fitness Destination BY KYLE BENNETT

With the start of a new year, it’s time for new year’s resolutions. Every year, one of the most common resolutions is to get in shape and lose weight. If that is your resolution, then you will find that many businesses in downtown Woodstock can help with this goal. One of the most popular ways to get fit is by practicing yoga. If you are interested Kyle Bennett is the in getting started in yoga or director of tourism you’ve done it for awhile for the Woodstock and you’re looking for a local Downtown Development studio, then you are in luck Authority. He can be because there are two great reached at kbennett@ yoga studios ready to help you get in shape. Ember Hot Yoga offers a variety of hot and nonhot styles of yoga, mat pilates, workshops and events open to members and non-members. As Ember’s name suggests, it is best known for hot yoga classes.

Ember’s Hot Sequence class is an invigorating sequence of postures that works the entire body and is appropriate for all levels of experience. The class is held in a heated room with a temperature of 106 degrees and humidity of 40 percent. Ember Hot Yoga is located at 330 Chambers Street. The other studio is Sanctuary on Main, located at the corner of Main Street and Fowler Street. Sanctuary brings together yoga as stretch therapy and therapeutic massage. Sanctuary on Main is located at 8744 Main Street, Suite 302. For those interested in trying out CrossFit, check out Owl CrossFit at Emerge Fitness. It offers small group classes led by a trainer who will motivate you along with the others to perform at your best. Each class is designed to challenge you physically and mentally. Owl CrossFit at Emerge Fitness is located at 8690 Main Street. Gin Miller Fitness is another great destination in downtown Woodstock that can help you with your fitness goals in the new year. Gin Miller Fitness offers small group personal training that is individualized to meet your unique fitness needs. You may participate in regularly scheduled, preprogrammed 6-week sessions, book customized sessions for a group of your own, or reserve private personal training sessions with a trainer of your choice. Gin Miller Fitness is located at 8650 Main Street. continued on pg 60

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January Morning Buzz will be on Jan. 31

Local Artist Kristina Laurendi Havens has spent more than 18 months creating a series of paintings depicting everyday scenes around Main Street in Woodstock. The paintings consist of more than 30 pieces in total. The paintings will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to help fund the next phase of development for the theater and arts center in downtown Woodstock. To participate in the auction, follow Kristina on Facebook ( or email her to join her mailing list at 81artist@

Welcome New Members ICE Martini & Sushi Bar

Kristina Laurendi Havens

On the last Friday January -October, Main Street members and community guests visit The Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, at 8 A.M. for a networking breakfast meeting. Local sponsors provide insights into their business and organization, and community programs and projects are briefed. Members and guests enjoy light breakfast fare and community networking before and after the meeting. They are currently conducting our annual membership drive. Please check out for more information.



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Downtown Woodstock Dining Guide RESTAURANT






Canyons 335 Chambers St. 678-494-8868








Century House Tavern 125 E Main St. 770-693-4552

Modern American





Full bar

8 persons +

Fire Stone 120 Chambers St. 770-926-6778

Wood-fired Pizza & Grill





Full bar


Freight Kitchen & Tap 251 E Main St. 770-924-0144


Sat./Sun. Brunch




Full bar


Hot Dog Heaven 8588 Main St. 770-591-5605










Fri./Sat. only



Full bar


Ipps Pastaria & Bar 8496 Main St. 770-517-7305






Full bar


J Christophers 315 Chambers St. 770-592-5990



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J Miller’s Smokehouse 150 Towne Lake Pkwy. 770-592-8295



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Magnolia Thomas 108 Arnold Mill Rd. 678-445-5789


Sunday Brunch






Pure Taqueria 441 Chambers St. 770-952-7873


Sat./Sun. Brunch




Full bar

6 persons +

Tea Leaves & Thyme 8990 Main St. 770-516-2609

English Tea room












Full bar


Ice Martini & Sushi Bar 380 Chambers St. 770-672-6334

Vingenzo’s 105 E Main St. 770-924-9133


$ = most entrees under $10 • $$ = most entrees $10 - $15 • $$$ = most entrees $15 - $20 • $$$$ = most entrees over $20 AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014


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January CALENDAR OF EVENTS Jan. 3 iThink Improv Troupe

Time: 9 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: All seats $5. (678) 494-4251

Jan. 17 and 18, 24-26 “Tom Sawyer”

Jan. 7 Karen White, “Return to Tradd Street” book launch Time: Location: Information:

6:30 p.m. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St. Free. Book purchase optional.

Jan. 8, 15 and 22 Chef Mary’s Classic Baguette and Soup Class

Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: All seats $10 if purchased online in advance, or $12 at the door. (678) 494-4251 Time: 7–9 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 105 E. Main St. Information: $30 per class. Learn to make minestrone, French onion and shrimp bisque. More classes coming! Visit



Jan. 28 Wendy Webb, “The Vanishing” book signing Time: Location: Information:

6:30 p.m. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St. Free. Book purchase optional.

Experience Elm Street

A Senior Project Tradition Continues BY G. LORA GROOMS

The next few months, Cherokee County high school seniors will be presenting their senior projects. If you’re not familiar with the program, students must present a special project that takes at least 15 hours to complete. Usually a student selects a category that is of personal interest to him or her - anything from learning cake decorating to planning and implementing a major fundraiser for charity. G. Lora Grooms is the We’ve had several students under director for the Elm Street our wing over the past few years. Cultural Arts Village. Last year, we had two students She has been teaching, direct and produce “The Lion, the writing, directing and Witch and the Wardrobe,” which performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can was extremely successful. A portion reach her at director@ of the ticket sales was donated back to Families of Cherokee United in Service to assist with their Youth Works programming - an added bonus of our director’s Senior Projects that began with “A Little Princess” in 2012. This year, we are mentoring a handful of seniors on such projects as playwriting and screenwriting. And, as has become our tradition, the January mainstage production is being directed by a senior as a project. We’ve known student director Laura Crawford for a long time, since before we moved from the Towne Lake Arts Center location to downtown Woodstock. She has performed in several shows over the years and has served as the Elm Street Teen Actors Guild officer, organizing various events. She has experience being on stage and being in charge, but has never directed a show before. However, so far she is finding it to be an enjoyable challenge. And here’s an Interesting bit of trivia. In the same week she was running auditions for “Tom Sawyer,” sitting at the director’s table analyzing the talent pool in front of her, she was also auditioning for the spring musical at Woodstock High School and being analyzed by other directors. She is especially looking forward to working with professional actor Kurt Sutton, who will portray Mark Twain in “Tom Sawyer.” (He plays Twain all over the country and it’s always a thrill to have him on our stage.) It’s a wonderful opportunity for both to learn from each other and for our audiences to enjoy a great story while supporting a senior project.

“This year, we are mentoring a handful of seniors on such projects as playwriting and screenwriting.”



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Jodi Tiberio owns Branch Boutique for women in Towne Lake and Brooklynn’s boutique for men and women in Downtown Woodstock. Contact Jodi at


Over the past 12 months, we have been fortunate to provide makeovers for several deserving women in our area. We are so proud

of them that we wanted to feature them one more time before we begin our 2014 makeovers! And speaking of makeovers, if you are interested in participating in one of our makeovers and being featured in this magazine, please contact me at

July: Monica Roberson

August: Tammy Dorsten

January: Elizabeth Crook

February: Angie Robinson

March: Joanne Hutchings

April: Christen King

September: Nichelle Stewart

October: Chay Gantt

May: Stephanie May

June: Phyllis Miller

November: Julie Gable

December: Samantha Spennato


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SCHOOL INFORMATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Arnold Mill Elementary 710 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 592-3510 Principal: Kerry Martin Carmel Elementary 2275 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock (770) 926-1237 Principal: Keith Bryant Johnson Elementary 2031 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock (770) 928-2910 Principal: Kathleen Chandler Little River Elementary 3170 Trickum Road, Woodstock (770) 926-7566 Principal: Christian Kirby Mountain Road Elementary 615 Mountain Road, Woodstock (770) 664-9708 Principal: Jennifer Landry mountainroad-es Woodstock Elementary 230 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 926-6969 Principal: Kim Montalbano


(770) 345-2005 Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 926-1662 Administrator: Dr. Curt Ashley River Ridge High 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 591-8450 Principal: Mr. Darrell Herring riverridge-hs Sequoyah High 4485 Hickory Road, Canton (770) 345-1474 Principal: Elliot Berman Woodstock High 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, (770) 592-3500 Principal: Dr. Paul Weir

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock (678) 494-5464, High School Principal: Rod Kirby Middle School Principal: Hal Scripka Elementary School: Robert Lester

Mill Creek Middle 442 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 924-5489 Principal: Elaine Daniel

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth (770) 529-7077 Administrator: Jeanne Borders

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

Furtah Preparatory School 5496 Highway 92, Acworth (678) 574-6488, Headmaster: Fred Furtah


Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton (678) 385-7322 Principal: Dr. Scott O’Prey


Ace 3921 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs 54


Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091 Holdheide Education K-2 5234 Old Highway 5, Woodstock Principal: Tammy Dorsten (770) 516-2292

Lyndon Academy 485 Toonigh Rd., Woodstock (770) 926-0166 Headmaster: Linda Murdock North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw (770) 975-0252 Headmaster: Todd Clingman Omega Academy (770) 792-7431 Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw (770) 926-7729 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street, Marietta (770) 428-3328 Principal: Patricia Allen

HOME SCHOOL Homeschool Community Classical Conversations Woodstock Director: Cari Lingerfelt Compass Prep Academy Director: Laura George (404) 643-9424

Cherokee Co. School District 2013-2014 Calendar at a Glance January 6 School Resumes January 20 No School February 17-21 Winter Break March 31-April 4 Spring Break Cafeteria account information: Aspen: https://sis.cherokee.k12. School District Website:

COMMUNITY INFORMATION Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County Government Building Permits, Business Licenses Commissioners Engineering Office (Traffic Signals) Environmental Health Extension Office Jury Phone Justice Center (Courts, Judges, etc.) Planning & Land Use Senior Services Voter Registration

(770) 345-0400 (770) 721-7810 (678) 493-6001 (678) 493-6077 (770) 479-0444 (770) 479-0418 (770) 479-9011 (770) 479-1953 (678) 493-6101 (770) 345-2675 (770) 479-0407


License Plates/Tags, Property Tax – Canton office (678) 493-6400 Woodstock office (770) 924-4099 Renewals online Tax Assessors/Evaluation (678) 493-6120

Children and Family

Anna Crawford Children’s Center (770) 345-8100 Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club (770) 720-7712 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Family Violence Center (770) 479-1804 Cherokee FOCUS (770) 345-5483 Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) (770) 345-3274 Division of Family & Children Services (770) 720-3610 Goshen Valley Boys Ranch (770) 796-4618 Hope Center (770) 924-0864 MUST Ministries - Cherokee (770) 479-5397 Never Alone (770) 363-5272 Next Step Ministries (770) 592-1227 North Georgia Angel House (770) 479-9555 North Georgia Pregnancy Center (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry (770) 591-4730


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

Battered Women Hotline Drug Tip Line (Cherokee Co. Sheriff) Poison Control Center Poison Control Center (outside metro Atlanta) Probate Court Information Line Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center

Parks and Recreation

(770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (770) 720-5100 (770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (404) 250-KIDS(5437) (770) 427-3390

Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) roller hockey Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, 201 E Bells Ferry Road Cherokee Senior Softball Association Cherokee County Soccer Assoc. (770) 704-0187

Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (770) 924-7768 (Includes Aquatic Center, Barnett Park, Blankets Creek, Cherokee Mills, Field’s Landing Park, Kenny Askew Park) Cherokee Tennis Association, (678) 909-0252 Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Assoc., South Cherokee Recreation Association (SCRA) (770) 928-5917 Cherokee Youth Football Association, (770) 710-2835 North Atlanta Soccer Association: (770) 926-4175 SCRA Baseball Wildlife Action, Inc. (770) 924-7464


Animal Control (678) 493-6200 Animal Shelter & Pet Adoptions (770) 345-7270 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Emergency Veterinary Clinic (770) 924-3720 Funds 4Furry Friends (770) 842-8893 Lost Pets: (click on lost and found pet button to report missing pet) Pet Buddies Food Pantry Community Veterinary Care (678) 640-3512

Post Office locations Canton Holly Springs Lebanon Woodstock

(770) 720-8164 (770) 345-6318 (770) 591-9467 (770) 591-0364

Police Departments

Canton Holly Springs Woodstock Sheriff’s Office


Atlanta Gas Light Co. Canton Water Cherokee Water & Sewerage Auth. Cobb EMC Georgia Power Woodstock Water Recycling Center

(770) 720-4883 (770) 345-5537 (770) 592-6030 (678) 493-4100

(770) 907-4231 (770) 704-1500 (770) 479-1813 (770) 429-2100 (888) 660-5890 (770) 926-8852 (770) 516-4195

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care

Bethesda Community Clinic Cherokee County Health Department

Urgent Care Facilities

Northside Cherokee Urgent Care, off exit 11 at I-575

(678) 880-9654 (770) 345-7371 (678) 426-5450

SHEFA Urgent Care 2000 Village Professional Dr. #110 (678) 661-3166 Canton 30114 Wellstar Urgent Care off exit 8, 120 Stonebridge Pkwy. Woodstock, 30189

(678) 494-2500




WOODSTOCK AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee Area Business Connection Meets Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Toastmasters Meets Every Wednesday from 12 noon at 7745 Main Street, Woodstock Laury Beesley, (678) 642-3110

Woodstock Community Business Association Meets Second Monday at 12 noon at Tuscany Italian Restaurant, 250 Cinema Way

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Ahimsa House helps victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. 24-hr, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038

Empowered Women Through Synergy Meets 3rd Thursday at 8.30 a.m. at J Christopher’s in downtown Woodstock Shahida Baig (678) 445-3900

Angel House Girls Home is a residential facility for girls 12-18 to learn self-sufficiency. (770) 479-9555

Main Street Woodstock Meets Last Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at 8534 Main Street at City Center

Anna Crawford Children’s Center a child abuse and prevention program for children and adults. (770) 345-8100

No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meets Every Monday morning at 7:30 am at IHOP 8979 Hwy 92

Bethany Place transitional home for single women, unwed mothers. (770) 479-9462

North Georgia Referral Network Meets Every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. at J. Christophers, 315 Chambers Street (770) 592-5990 The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meets Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Edeline Dryden (678) 789-6158 Together We Rise Meets Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280 Towne Lake Business Association Meets Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills (770) 615-3350 Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meets Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377

CASA for Children, Inc. needs volunteers to help advocate for children in the court system. CCHS Thrift Store located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 592-8072. Accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for Cherokee County Humane Society. Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP at 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 Cherokee County Animal League Contact: Steve Monahan at or (770) 712-4077 Cherokee County Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. (770) 479-1703, Spanish (770) 720-7050 Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) (770) 928-5115,

Women of Woodstock Meets First & Third Wednesday. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills

Cherokee FOCUS works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiative. Sonia Carruthers (770) 345-5483

Woodstock Business Networking Group Meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Atlanta Bread Company, 180 Woodstock Square Ave., Woodstock Lee West (770) 591-7101

Cherokee County Senior Services offers educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens looking for socialization. Located at 1001 Univeter Rd., Canton (770) 345-2675


AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014 Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care for pets whose owners have limited financial means. (678) 640-3512 Georgia Animal Project offers high quality, lowcost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. (770) 704-PAWS (7297) Funds 4 Furry Friends helps those in need with food, spay/neuter and medical attention for their pets. Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893 Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly back-to-school bash. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch offers care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. (770) 796-4618 Green Pets America Rescue animal rescue group (770) 712-4077, www.GPACharities.US Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia (770) 345-1879, Healing Hands Youth Ranch offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses for hope and healing. Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 HopeQuest Ministry Group helps people who struggle intensely with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse, substance abuse and/or sexual brokenness. (678) 391-5950, HOPE Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. (770) 924-0864, HOPE Center — Baby & More Thrift Store (770) 517-4450 Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. (770) 218-1997, Iron Hearts is a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with special needs. (678) 493-5775, MUST Ministries Kendall Jones, (770) 479-5397 Never Alone is an outreach to homeless. (770) 363-5272,

Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday Respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. (770) 592-1227 Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway (678) 310-9858 Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. (770) 721-7808


Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meets Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd. Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Folks, 180 Parkway 575 Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158


Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meets First Thursday at 7 p.m. at Atria, 1000 Professional Way Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119

Cherokee County Democrat Party Meets Second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Holly Springs Train Depot

American Legion Post 316 Meets Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366

Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Conrad Quagliaroli (770) 592-6545

Junior Service League of Woodstock (770) 592-3535 Rotary Club of Woodstock Meets Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at IHOP on Highway 92 Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, glfloyd@southernco. com South Cherokee Optimist Club Meets Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Eagle Watch Golf Club Charlice Byrd, (404) 557-2218 Woodstock Jaycees Meets First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. at 216 Rope Mill Road (404) 690-4452 Woodstock Lions Club Meets Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at New Victoria Baptist Church (770) 906-2958


Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meets First Wednesday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131

Cherokee County Republican Party Meets Second Saturday at 9 a.m. at Winchesters Woodfire Grill, Canton (678) 809-1411

Cherokee County Historical Society (770) 345-3288

Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meets Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197

Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meets Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Woodstock Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663

AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50+ Meets Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Rich, (770) 926-1944

Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991

Crossfit WOD Club Meets Daily for the “Work Out of the Day”

Republican Women of Cherokee County (678) 520-2236

RECREATION & HOBBIES Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meets Second Saturday at 10 a.m. at Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. at Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., 1st floor conf. room Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221 Cherokee Community Chorale (678) 439-8625 Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244 Cherokee County Master Gardeners (770) 479-0418 mastergardeners/ Cherokee Photography Club Christian Authors Guild Meets 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 30189

Breast Cancer Support Group Meets First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. — 12 noon at Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center (404) 843-1880 Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program. Cherokee County Lupus Support Group Meets 2nd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at New Light Church Hall, Pam Bennett, (404) 975-7580 C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meets first Monday at 7 p.m. Georgia Canines for Independence, (404) 824-4637 Grand parents Raising GRANDchildren Meets Second & Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (nursery available) Jeannie, (770) 919-9275 Jewish Havurah Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meets First Tuesday at 10 a.m. & Third Wed. 7 p.m. at Bascomb United Methodist Church Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191 MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30188-30189 momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meets Second & Fourth Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy (770) 924-4777 Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. (770) 956-0711. Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meets Second & Fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Hillside UMC, Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899 AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014



WOODSTOCK AREA COMMUNITY OF FAITH BAPTIST Cherokee Baptist 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, (770) 720-3399 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Senior Pastor: Kevin Edmonds 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 Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock (770) 710-1068, Pastor: Elder Larry White Faith Community 659 Arnold Mill Road (770) 516-1996 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Teaching Pastor: Shane Koehler First Baptist of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Johnny Hunt Hillcrest Baptist 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Mike Maxwell New Victoria Baptist 6659 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-8448, Services: 11 a.m. Pastor John Harris Stonecrest Baptist 485 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-8820 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, (770) 928-7916 Rector: Rev. Paul McCabe Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:15 & 10:30 a.m. Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton 30114 (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

JEWISH Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw (678) 460-7702, Offers Canton and Woodstock study groups 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 Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation (678) 264-8575, Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 30068 (770) 973-0137, Rabbi Shalom Lewis Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green Street Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 641-8630 Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 30062 (770) 973-3533, Rabbi Steven Lebow


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

Tikvah l’Chaim 4206 N. Arnold Mill, Woodstock 30188 (678) 936-4125, Service: 10 a.m. Saturdays Rabbi Gary Maxted



Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, Kennesaw, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 9 a.m. (family service) & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wed.: 6:30 p.m. praise music, 7 p.m. Eucharist Rector: Doris Graf Smith

Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-7286, Services: 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Paul Baumgartner

Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 6488 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton, (404) 395-5003 Saturday Service: 5:30 p.m. Priest: Stephen Hunter



Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 30188 (770) 928-2812 Service: 8:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Constien

ORTHODOX St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 30188 (770) 485-0504, Service: 10 a.m. Fr. Frederick Watson

PRESBYTERIAN Cherokee Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA) Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s South Annex, 7545 Main Street; Bldg. 200, Woodstock, Pastor: Ted Lester Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church Meets in Kings Academy Church Building 471 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 833-3797 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m., 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 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 Traditional Worship Service: 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Don Esa

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 516-0009, Saturday: 5:30 p.m., Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m., 12:45 & 5:30 p.m., Spanish Mass: 2:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Larry Niese 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

UNITED METHODIST 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. Harden Hopper

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

Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Steve Pettit

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Traditional Services: 8:25 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:25 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m Pastor: Dr. Doug Thrasher

BridgePointe Church 233 Arnold Mill Road Suite 400, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Service: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Mat Garcia

Liberty Hill Church at the Mill 141 Railroad Street, (678) 493-8920 Sunday Service: 11 a.m., Nursery available Pastor: Jamey Prickett Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Bill Coady Mt Gilead UMC Woodstock 889 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591- 0837 Pastor: Rev Ken McGehee Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Joe McKechnie Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 516-0371 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Claude T. Herbert

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Emerson U U Congregation 2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta 30062 (770) 578-1533, Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. August – May Rev. Jeff Jones

OTHER CHURCHES Allen Temple, AME Church 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Prayer Time: Friday, 7:14 p.m. Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Carl A. Moore, Sr. Awakening Church 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140 next to Folks Restaurant, (770) 924-4150 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Lead Pastor: Jeff Whitmire Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 592-2956 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Ted Wooldridge

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Larry Tomczak Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532 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 Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Auxiliary Meeting: 10:20 a.m. Bishop Phil Karski Woodstock Ward Sacrament Meeting: 11 a.m. Bishop Jonathan Ensign Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford Empowerment Tabernacle Church 507 Industrial Drive, (770) 928-7478 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Pastor: A.D. Hinton Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas 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 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. Gene Prince Sovereign Grace 471 Arnold Mill Road, (678) 494-2100 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. The Walk - Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor: William S. Ratliff Watermarke Church Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton, (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.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: Matt Amos

His Hands Church 550 Molly Lane, (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m.

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: Lewis Stark

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 3431 Trickum Rd., Marietta, (770) 924-8080 Sunday Orthros: 8:30a.m., Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. Rev. Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, PhD

Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Greg Michael AROUND WOODSTOCK | January 2014


The Times They Are A-Changin’ continued from page 18

first time, and the premium increases are helping the health insurance company mitigate their losses. Group policies are feeling the strain because the companies that provide individual policies also provide group policies and cost increases anywhere means premium increases everywhere. What can we do? Choose a policy and start swimmin’, for the times they are a-changin’.

And, We’re Off! continued from page 25

posting describes. This may mean eliminating certain details that do not relate to the needs of the new, potential company. “Connecting the dots” or “dumbing it down” may not seem like nice, politically correct phrases, as we speak of how to craft the résumé; however, the concept these phrases allude to is to just keep it simple. For example, if the job requirement is to know Microsoft Word and Excel, then the résumé should clearly state “Microsoft Word and Excel.” This new year, begin with such a momentum that you cannot be stopped in your endeavors. Keep making progress!

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Downtown Woodstock also has many stores where you can find the gear and attire you will need to help you get fit in 2014. Outspokin’ Bicycles, located at 8594 Main St., is a great shopping destination for anyone interested in cycling, from beginners to seasoned pros. If you are interested in running, visit Natural Strides, located at 8636 Main Street. Natural Strides has a wide selection of running shoes that will help ensure you get the right pair of running shoes for you or your family members. RAK Outfitters, located at 450 Chambers Street, has the best brands in outdoor clothing and gear to help you be properly prepared and outfitted for any outdoor outings you have planned. With the help of these businesses in downtown Woodstock, anyone who made the resolution for better fitness in 2014 will have a much better chance to reaching his or her goals.



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Around Woodstock January 2014  
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