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AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2013


November 2013


Richard McLeod

Meet the man who helped mold the Woodstock we know today.


Woodstock High School Homecoming

34 & 35 On the Cover Pineapple Park owner Pacita Wilson welcomes you to her unique store.


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


Ann Litrel


In Every Issue Around Woodstock . . . . . . . . . 4 Community News. . . . . . . . . . .8 Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Making memories.

Friday Night Lights

Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . 20 School Information . . . . . . . . 54

River Ridge, Woodstock and Sequoyah High school varsity football pictorial.

Downtown Woodstock

Community Information. . . . 55 Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Find out what’s happening downtown.

Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . 58


Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

DaVinci Storytellers

Local artist wins trip of a lifetime.

Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . 62

Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . 64

Contributing Writers

Charlice Byrd is the Market Manager for Around Woodstock. For advertising she can be reached at (770) 615-3308 or


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Brandon Beach.........................................14 Jenna Clover.............................................46 G. Lora Grooms.........................................49 Candi Hannigan........................................26 Dr. Scott Harden.......................................32 Kristina Havens.........................................48 Beth Hermes.............................................24 Shelley Herod...........................................24 Travis Jones, DPM.....................................31 Patsy Jordan.............................................36 Kara Kiefer................................................22 Lorre Lamarca...........................................23

Ann Litrel..................................................30 Suzanne Litrel...........................................21 Dee Locklin...............................................27 Claire Mabry.............................................23 Paul McLendon.........................................18 Matt Neal..................................................25 Julian Reid................................................18 Doug Rohan..............................................16 Jodi Tiberio...............................................50 Tim Timmons............................................25 Ross Wiseman..........................................17

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AROUND WOODSTOCK The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Woodstock BY KARA KIEFER

Welcome to the re-launch of Around Woodstock magazine! This magazine was originally launched in 2004, and we are pleased to bring it back to the residents of Woodstock. Around Woodstock is part of the AroundAbout Local Media family, which also publishes the TowneLaker and Sixes Living. We have been part of the Cherokee County community since 1996 with a dual mission of bringing relevant, timely and Kara is the Editor of positive content to the communities Around Woodstock while helping small businesses grow magazine. She lives and prosper. in Woodstock with her I am proud and grateful to serve husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and as the editor of this publication. In Garrett. Feel free to 2002, I interviewed for the position send your comments or of assistant editor of the TowneLaker questions to magazine. I recall telling the editor@AroundWoodstock interviewer that it had been a dream of mine to work at the TowneLaker. She smirked, probably thinking I was just trying to get into her good graces. But it was true. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Communication and to be able to work at a job that was within my community, utilized my education and fed my passion to write was more than I could have ever dreamed! I got that job, and eventually became the editor of the TowneLaker. And now, I also get the privilege of serving the Woodstock community in the same capacity. We have several ways you can engage with us and be a part of our Around Woodstock family. We welcome and encourage your submissions and invite you to become a fan on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter ( Thank you for allowing us to come into your home every month! We are so happy to be here! Please feel free to email me at I look forward to hearing from you.

What’s New? be YOU…on purpose, a boutique offering clothing, accessories and home décor, opened at 390 Chambers St. Read more about this unique store on page 52. Fashion Cupcake opened at 8670 Main St., at the corner of Main and Elm streets in downtown Woodstock. This clothing boutique was started by a former NFL cheerleader. To keep up with the store’s latest inventory and sales, visit www.facebook.


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com/FashionCupcake, call (770) 891-8180 or visit www. Your Diner opened at 295 Molly Lane, adjacent to Lowe’s. The restaurant is open Monday–Sunday, 6 a.m –8 p.m. For more information, call (770) 755-5918 or follow Your Diner on Facebook and Twitter. Creative Interiors & Consignments opened at 1428 Towne Lake Pkwy., adjacent to Tuesday Morning. The store offers highend consigned, new and custom made furniture, home décor, art and more. The store is open Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (678) 402-8386 or find it on Facebook. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches opened at 121 Lauren Lane, in the former location of Caribou Coffee off Hwy. 92. For more information, call (678) 445-1500 or visit www.jimmyjohns. com. Neurosport Physical Therapy opened a clinic inside the Rapid Sports facility, 105 Smoke Hill Lane. In addition to physical therapy, Neurosport offers sports medicine, active release techniques, dry needling, chiropractic and more. Call (678) 4949869. Camp Bow Wow, a dog day care and boarding facility opened at 12916 Hwy. 92, east of Trickum Rd. For more information, visit or call (770) 675-3445.

What’s Coming? The Gifted Stork, a personalized stork and baby sign company, will be open for business starting Nov. 1. Each sign is gifted to the parents and/or grandparents as a keepsake. For more information, visit

Sequoyah & River Ridge High School:

We Want Your Homecoming Photos! Please send your photos to Kara by the deadline, November 5 to be featured in next month’s magazine. Please identify people in photo from left to right.

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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 is a Young Adult historical fiction author and doctoral student in GSU’s graduate history program. From 1998 - 2012, she served as an award-winning IB/AP World History and Economics teacher on Long Island, New York. 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

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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 15,200 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 800 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 2013. 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 1

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

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Plaque Awarded to Cherokee Parks and Rec Members of the Cherokee Triad SALT (Senior and Law Enforcement Together) counsel presented a plaque to the Cherokee Parks and Recreation Agency in appreciation for its help in hosting the 2013 Senior Extravaganza. More than 600 seniors and 77 vendors and agencies attended the event, and over $3,500 was raised for the SALT programs.

Left to right: Jim Hubbard, Lt. Jay Baker, Bryan Reynolds and Sgt. George Williams

Funds Sought for K9 Memorial The Green Pets America Rescue organization is raising money to build a memorial in Woodstock for K9 dogs that die in the line of duty. The death of Spartacus, a Woodstock K9 who died from heat stroke after being left in a police cruiser, has sparked this movement. To make a donation to the nonprofit or to get more information, contact Steve Monahan at (770) 712-4077 or www. 8

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Firefighters Finish Memorial Climb Four Cherokee county firefighters participated in the third annual Terry Farrell 9/11 Memorial Climb. Participants had to climb 110 flights of stairs in honor of the 343 fallen firefighters who died on 9/11. According to Cherokee County firefighter Sgt. Alec Adams, each climber carried the photograph and name of one of the firefighters who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in memory of Terry Farrell, a decorated member of the New York Fire Department and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department. The fund is used to assist firefighters and their families with educational, medical and equipment needs. Since its inception, more than $18,000 in financial aid has been donated to Georgia firefighters and more than $100,000 has been donated for surplus equipment to Georgia fire departments. Cherokee County firefighters who participated in the climb included Sgt. Alec Adams, firefighter Frank Madonna, Lt. Ric Mitchell and Lt. Gerald Richmond. Children of the firefighters who also participated include Bauer Adams, Maverick Madonna, Joseph Richmond and Mallory Richmond.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS MOMS® Club Collects Donations for HOPE Center MOMS Club® of Towne Lake/Woodstock kicked off its annual fall service project by “passing the bag” for The HOPE Center. Sixteen empty bags were passed between 75 MOMS Club® members, who filled with donations of diapers, wipes, formula, and other baby supplies. With the help of all the moms, the club ended up with a garage filled with donations.

Pictured left to right: Hailey Machielsen, Lolly Bivens and Morgan Hector.

RUN FOR ERIN: Fourteen Years of Raising Funds for Research The 14th annual Run for Erin was held at Woodstock High School with 180 participants. The event is held in honor of Woodstock resident Erin Peters who is afflicted with MPS III (San Filippo Syndrome). A raffle raised more than $1,000 with items that included $100 Visa gift cards compliments of Findlay Roofing and Pizza 3.14, a gift basket from the Animal Hospital of West Woodstock, Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses from Towne Lake Eye Associates as well as many other gift cards to local restaurants, businesses and services. All in all, $10,000 was

Overall winner, Destin Porche


raised from this year’s event for research. The overall winner of the 5K was Etowah High School senior Destin Porche with a time of 19:15. The overall female winner was Jessica Ruiz with 23.31; overall masters male was Roger Wilson with 21:50, and the overall masters female was Rosa King with 25:55. A special thanks to the following sponsors: CVS, Williams Orthodontics, Starbucks, Robert Gresham Agency (Nationwide Insurance), Publix, Ursula & Associates and O’Charley’s.

Clockwise from top right: Susan Tellini, Left to right: Erin’s sister, Kelly and Margaret Blair, Erin Peters and Karen cousin Dan Murphy Lyner. All three ladies help the family take care of Erin at home, in the community and at Next Step Ministries.

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Announcer Virginia Richards

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL-CHEROKEE IS WORKING TO KEEP CHEROKEE GREAT. BECAUSE, IT’S OUR HOME,TOO. Northside Hospital-Cherokee has served the residents of this county for many years. And our commitment to bring you the very best possible care goes well beyond our walls.

BEING NEIGHBORS Most of the people who work at Northside Hospital-Cherokee live in Cherokee. They’re not just your doctors or nurses, they’re your neighbors.



We’ve invested more than $100 million to bring the best the medical world has to offer right here to Cherokee.

Our employees and physicians have volunteered more than 10,000 hours to Cherokee County schools and organizations.

CONTRIBUTING We contribute to Cherokee County schools and support local venues and community activity centers.

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Happy Birthday!

Simmie Bray Age 20 on November 27 Love Mom, Dad, and your sisters Sierra, Savannah and Sydney.

Emily Pasillas Age 18 on November 11 Lots of love, Madi Williams

Farrah Elizabeth Nixon Age 2 on November 11 Happy Birthday Farrah! You are truly loved! Always and forever, Mommy, Daddy and sisters Nikki and Krissy.

Raynah Neal Age 7 on November 30 Happy Birthday RayRay! We love you! Mom, Dad, Hayden and Marlee

Madison Nicole Nixon Age 15 on November 6 Happy Birthday! We Love you! Daddy, Jenn and Farrah

Krisheena Louise Storm Nixon Age 16 on October 5 Happy Birthday! We love you! Daddy, Jenn and Farrah

Madison Curtis Age 2 on October 24 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom and Dad

Evan Alexander Riddle Age 2 on November 10 Happy Birthday sweet boy! We Love You, Mommy, Daddy, Brandy, Austin, Nana, Grandpa, Granny and Grumpy

Shirley and Russell Vaudrey will celebrate their 70th anniversary on November 5



Celebrations Linda and Jay Rogers will celebrate their 25th anniversary on November 26

Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free!

E-mail to: December deadline is November 5. 12

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Legislative Proposal Could Reduce Health Care Costs for Taxpayers, Businesses and Individuals BY BRANDON BEACH

Your child falls and cuts his head playing soccer. Instead of just getting stitches in the emergency room, the doctor orders a host of tests despite no signs of head trauma. This is called defensive medicine. The Gallup organization says that one in four health care dollars spent can be attributed to unnecessary tests, procedures and medications doctors routinely order to keep Brandon Beach is the from being sued. In Georgia, it State Senator for District is estimated this costs about $14 21. He is also President billion annually–enough to drive of the Greater North up the cost of health insurance, coFulton Chamber of pays and premiums. Commerce. brandon. But under my proposal before the Georgia Senate, doctors would never have to fear lawsuits and the practice of defensive medicine would go away. Under Senate Bill 141, Georgia would replace its broken medical malpractice system with an administrative, no-blame model that resembles workers’ comp. Under the proposed Patients’ Compensation System (PCS), a patient harmed by a physician would be able to file a case for review by a panel of health care experts. If the panel found “avoidable harm” had occurred, the case would be forwarded to a compensation board for compensation. The patient would receive compensation no less than under the current, adversarial court system. The benefits are enormous as doctors and hospitals would no longer be hauled into court and physicians would stop ordering unnecessary tests and procedures. The PCS would accommodate more patients who are injured, including those with lower-value injuries who cannot find an attorney to represent them. In the new system, a physician who has made an error would not have his or her personal wealth in jeopardy. But unlike our current system, there would be no trial, no protracted legal process and harmed patients would get their compensation in a matter of months instead of years. The PCS would be funded by the current malpractice premiums doctors pay and would not require a tax increase. Many of those who have been harmed rarely get their day in court. A recent study published by an Emory University scholar found lawyers reject 90 percent of the cases when a patient has been harmed by a doctor, and the majority of lawyers only take cases with potential awards of $500,000 or more. But when it comes to health care, cost is the name of the 14

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“The benefits are enormous as doctors and hospitals would no longer be hauled into court and physicians would stop ordering unnecessary tests and procedures.” game today. Delta Airlines says the new health care law will cost its company $100 million. UPS has decided to drop health care coverage for employees’ spouses. And IBM said recently it would no longer offer retirees health insurance coverage. The PCS could save Georgia $8 billion over the next decade with savings to both the private sector and the public sector. The cost savings to Georgia taxpayers who have to pay for Medicaid patients would be $3.1 billion of that savings– meaning Georgia would have more money for education, roads or even a tax cut. If we are going to make this economy prosper and encourage job creation, we must get health care costs under control. Washington certainly won’t do it, but we can do it right here in Georgia by replacing our state’s broken malpractice system with one that eliminates defensive medicine, cuts health care costs and gives patients greater access to justice.

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Yes, kids can really go to jail for having fishing equipment in their cars at school… Two recent Cobb County cases bring to the forefront the debate about weapons in school. It’s important to understand what a weapon is and how we can convict someone of a crime without the requisite intent to commit that crime. To answer these questions, I need to start by analyzing OCGA 16-11Doug Rohan is a bi127.1, which is the statute that lingual attorney and criminalizes the possession of a owner of Rohan Law, PC specializing in auto weapon or explosive in or near a accidents, workplace school, school function or school injuries and criminal bus. defense. You can Let’s leave explosives alone email him at doug@ for now; I don’t expect there to be a lot of confusion around that item. What I would like to address is the definition of “weapon,” the penalties for possessing one and some thoughts on when you may or may not run into trouble if you do have one with you. The last piece of the puzzle is intent vs. zero tolerance. Section Two of this statute defines a “weapon” as any pistol, revolver or object designed to propel a missile of any kind. It also includes a knife having a blade of two or more inches, a straight edge razor, spring stick, brass knuckles (made of any substance, not just brass), blackjack, bat, club or any “bludgeontype weapon” (think nun-chucks). Also prohibited are tasers or stun guns. It is important to also obtain and review a copy of the individual school’s policies, as the statute sets the state guidelines only. The school is empowered with the ability to make more stringent internal policies which exceed the state statutes. The prohibition against weapons extends to the school grounds, the school bus and any school function - such as prom or a football game which might take place off campus. A playoff football game at the Georgia Dome could be included in this description. Of course there are some exceptions, including police officials who are carrying out their duties or sports equipment (such as bats) during practice or a game. But just because you are on the baseball team doesn’t mean you can roam the hallways wielding a bat. Another exception is an individual who is licensed to carry a weapon with a concealed carry permit under OCGA 43-38-10. This allows a licensed carrier to keep his or her weapon inside a vehicle parked on school property or a car that is in transit through a designated school zone, so long as the licensed carrier is not also a student at the school. 16

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“The prohibition against weapons extends to the school grounds, the school bus and any school function - such as prom or a football game which might take place off campus.” Interestingly enough, the state will not allow you to argue that school was not in session or that the school bus was not being used by students at the time of the infraction. Consider the school to be a sanctuary, where there is a reasonable expectation that at least one student will always be found on campus during most hours of the day or over the weekend. Be sure to look through those backpacks that you took on your summer camping trip to make sure there isn’t a knife buried in the bottom of the bag. Or if you recently purchased a vehicle for your new senior, make sure you tear the car apart and check every nook and cranny. I have represented students on both such cases. In the cases from recent headlines, a student was at school while his fishing tackle box was still in his car. Presumably, a filet knife was the objectionable weapon found in his vehicle. The second news story involved a young man that kept a pocketknife in his car in case he was in a traffic accident and needed to cut himself free of his seatbelt. The penalties for violating this statute will vary widely depending on the jurisdiction, the type of weapon and the intent of the person carrying the weapon. It is important to note that intent is not an element of the crime. This is what is called an “absolute bar” and can also be referred to as “strict liability.” Intent, unlike most crimes, is not required to be present. The simple act is criminal. Punishments can range from detention and probation, to jail time and expulsion from school.

Winner, Winner, Loser BY ROSS WISEMAN

“Hey Daddy, win me a hat!” I was thrilled with the level of confidence my 11-year-old son had in good old dad tricking the age-guessing lady at Six Flags. “Sorry, buddy, we got a small problem.” Earlier in the day, while walking around with my 14-year-old daughter, we had already tricked this same lady, and tricked her good. “Sir, you look to me to be about 32.” Oh, yeah, I still got it. I win! “No, Ross Wiseman is a father ma’am. I’m 40 and a half years of four, the husband of one, old.” Who uses half years past and a pastor and friend to many. He has served as one’s 21st birthday? the founding and current I do, especially after the pastor of Momentum amazing defeat of the guessing Church since 2005.ross@ lady. I had to rub it in a little and bask in the win. My son couldn’t have cared less that I had already won a hat with my devilishly young looks; he was eyeballing a Batman hat and knew Daddy had what it took to bring that piece of fair fodder home.

“Come on, Dad! Get ’em to guess your weight?” Ummm…. uh, yeah, not so sure I want to do that. “Daddy, I know you will trick her.” Well, I can’t let the little guy down, can I? “Ma’am, let’s guess my weight this time.” She looked me up and down, side to side and asked me if I ever played football. I’m thinking, “Is that a compliment or have I walked into midlife looking like one of those guys who ‘used to play’ football?” My six-pack has turned into a pony keg. You know the jokes. I said, “No, ma’am,” and to my surprise, she guessed 50 pounds lighter than I actually weigh. Either she is a horrible guesser or, dang it, I still got it….I win again! She goes to hand my boy his hat as she asks me to prove it. “Prove it?” I climb up onto the scale and begin to realize that a small group has gathered. I’m thinking, “I’m a winner. Boom. I got two hats in one day. Boom. Take that, Six Flag’s guessing lady.” Now I have to get on the scale to prove to all these strangers that I am most definitely overweight. I got a hat, but I’m still fat. In that moment while proving I’m a winner, I felt like the biggest loser. Oh I know I’m a good dad, maybe even a great dad, but there are things I’m letting get in the way of being the best dad I can be. Had the lady not asked me to prove it, I would have walked away feeling like a double winner. Many of us in our 40s have things we need to change to be our best for years to come. Oh, believe me, I was thrilled to be

Helping Hands A lot of our friends and neighbors struggle financially every day. Fortunately, there are many charitable organizations in and around our area equipped to help those in need. And while these charities always need the community’s assistance, that need increases during the holiday season because more residents are seeking help. For November, we have compiled a list of local charitable organizations and their specific needs. We will do the same for our December issue. If your organization would like to be included in December, please email your request to by Nov. 5. Papa’s Pantry—Papa’s Pantry’s mission is to help families in need gain, or regain, financial stability. Giving opportunities for children in these struggling families are available through the program “Papa Noel.” The food ministry needs funds to purchase meat, milk and produce, especially now through Christmas. Donated turkeys and hams are accepted; please call for details. An updated list of needed non-perishable items and household items is available on the website, www.papaspantry. org. Donations can be mailed to Papa’s Pantry, 6551 Commerce

Pkwy., Ste. 200, Woodstock, GA 30189 or made safely online on its website. Never Alone—Never Alone provides clothing and food for those in need. This Thanksgiving, the organization has a goal of providing 100 families in need with a turkey and food box. Fifty dollars per family is needed in order to provide a Thanksgiving meal and food that will sustain the family for one week; in order to receive discounted pricing on the food items, donations need to be collected by Nov. 11. Donations can be made online at (enter “Lamar Green” in the search box and click on Lamar Green’s Fundraising Page) or mail your donation to Never Alone, P.O. Box 1904, Woodstock, GA 30188. Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)—DFCS is holding a Secret Santa program and is in need of gift sponsors for more than 200 children in foster care. It also is accepting monetary donations to the year-round Secret Santa Fund. To help with either program, call (678) 4279393 or visit

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What if ... Myths Keep You From Career Success? BY JULIAN REID

Our current economy has created a business environment in which job satisfaction and job security are oxymorons. Many Americans are now taking control of their own careers, while others are falling victim to myths. Their thinking is based on FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but some who would be wildly successful aren’t even taking a look. Here are a couple of Julian Reid has a chemical myths that drive FEAR of business engineering degree from ownership. Georgia Tech, a U.S. Chamber certification in Myth 1: “I have to be an Organization Management expert in order to open and and several professional run a business.” Nope. In his coaching and sales modern classic business book certifications. Contact him “The E-Myth Revisited,” Michael at (770) 521-0698 or jreid@ Gerber reminds us that new small businesses often suffer because the owner is 70 percent technician, 20 percent manager and 10 percent entrepreneur. The fact is that a new small business needs

an owner who is 33 percent technician, 33 percent manager and 33 percent entrepreneur. Franchise businesses open every day with new owners who are migrating from extraordinarily diverse careers. Lack of expertise in the new industry does not matter. What matters are transferable skills. Just think: Warren Buffett owns many successful businesses. Do you really think he is an expert in all of them? You do not have to be an expert to start and run your own business. To be a successful business owner, you need to work more ON your business, not IN it. Myth 2: “I must convert a deep passion into a business in order to be successful.” This is more a cliché than a principle. There’s nothing wrong with loving your business - it just isn’t a requirement. I know a successful restaurant owner who doesn’t eat there because he doesn’t like the loud music. I also know an owner of a porta potty company. Do you think he’s passionate about porta potties? No. His passions are time with family, volunteer work and playing golf. His business serves a marketplace need. He runs it well, and he makes a lot of money. In other words, he sees his business for what it is: A vehicle to help him achieve his lifestyle and financial goals. These are just two myths that keep people from pursuing business ownership. What if you address the FEARS that prevent you from pursuing your desired lifestyle and financial goals?

Making Sense of the ACA: Health Care Reform BY PAUL MCLENDON

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

There are few topics that raise the country’s collective blood pressure today more than the health care reform debate. In this article, I will focus on the law and its effects on businesses, particularly those with less than 50 FTEs (Full Time Employees). Although many companies with less than 50 FTEs already offer ESI (Employer Sponsored Insurance), they are not mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to do so. However, health reforms are going to offer cost saving options for the small business and its employees in 2014. Let’s look at two of them. 1. The Exchange, now known as the Marketplace, will give smaller companies the ability to offer more choices without incurring higher costs. Group rates have inched

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upwards throughout this year and may continue to climb into 2014. However, individual plans bought on the Marketplace can be subsidized by the government if the employee qualifies for assistance based on family size and income, both to be determined at the time of purchase. Keep in mind, small employers aren’t mandated to cover any portion of its employee’s health care costs outside of the traditional ESI arrangement, but if your company chooses a group health plan, it will still be responsible for a 50 percent minimum shared premium for the employee’s coverage. 2. SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program). This separate marketplace will offer plans to small employers, those with less than 25 FTEs in most cases. On the SHOP, a business owner can elect to pay at least 50 percent of his or her employee’s (not the spouse or children’s) insurance premiums, and in return, receive a tax credit from the government of up to 50 percent. Some carriers have chosen not to offer plans on the federal marketplaces and are developing their own small business marketplaces to compete with SHOP. This will provide yet another choice for small businesses that would like to continue to offer health coverage but feel that the cost is becoming prohibitive. With all of these changes on the horizon, it is important to stay informed so that you can determine what is best for you, your family and your business.


Woodstock Elementary Fall Festival Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Location: 230 Rope Mill Road Information: Wristbands $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the door. Event will include inflatables, food, cakewalk, basket raffle and an artist’s market.

Nov. 2

Coat and Can Drive Time: 10 a.m.-noon Location: Eagle Watch Park Information: Benefitting Forever Fed.

Nov. 9

Bascomb UMC Craft Fair Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Bascomb UMC, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road Information: There will be more than 45 vendors.

Nov. 9

Free Cardiovascular Screening Time: 9 a.m.-noon Location: Northside-Cherokee Towne Lake, 900 Towne Lake Parkway Information: Registration required by calling (404) 845-5555, press “0”

Nov. 9-10

Holiday Tour of Homes Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., candlelight tour 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets: $20 Information: The Junior Service League of Woodstock presents a tour of Canton and Woodstock homes professionally decorated for the holidays. Benefits various Cherokee charities. (770) 592-3535. Purchase tickets in advance at Follow at JSLofWoodstock.

Nov. 18

CASA/DFCS Informational Meeting Time: 6 p.m. Location: 105 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Information: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) will host this informational meeting for those interested in foster care in Cherokee County. For questions, call Amy Blanton at (770) 345-3274.

Nov. 20

Hypnosis to Stop Smoking Fundraiser Times: Four sessions: 10-11:30 a.m.; noon-1:30 p.m.; 3-4:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC, 6478 Putnam Ford Dr., Suite 125 Information: For a $10 donation to the American Cancer Society, participants can learn to how to stop smoking without cravings, irritability or weight gain. Pre-registration is required by calling (678) 938-7274.

Nov. 28

11th Annual Gobble Jog Times: 1K Fun Run 8:45 a.m., 5K Run timed 9 a.m., 5K Run/Walk (untimed) 9:30 a.m. Tot trot 10:30 a.m. Location: Historic Marietta Square Information: Benefitting Must Ministries, for more information call their hotline: (678) 218-4521 or

Happy Thanksgiving! from the staff of AroundAbout Local Media!

Nov. 15

Jingle Bell Shop Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton. Information: No charge to attend the one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza, which will feature vendors with gift and craft items on display. (770) 345-0400. jingleBellShop.htm

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EVERYDAY “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” -Mother Teresa One of the great things about Thanksgiving is how it inspires us to reflect on gratitude, family, and the holiday’s true meaning. Thanksgiving is more than a parade, a gridiron battle or pumpkin pie. It is meant to be a time for intentional gratitude for our daily blessings. While the attitude of thanksgiving is typically heightened this one month, let’s make it our intention to always be thankful, humble, and grateful for life’s many blessings while deliberately sharing our blessings with others. Everyday Angels would like to share a few notes of Thanksgiving recently received.

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As you set out for Ithaka, hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.

Suzanne Litrel is a Young Adult historical fiction author and doctoral student in GSU’s graduate history program. From 1998 - 2012, she served as an award-winning IB/AP World History and Economics teacher on Long Island, New York. Suzanne resides with her family in downtown Woodstock, which she is very happy to call home. slitrel@ .

So begins the C.P. Cavafy poem, “Ithaka,” penned in 1911. A Greek philosopherpoet, Cavafy described adventures to be had on the way to Ithaka, a marvelous, exciting destination. He also wrote of confronting the fearsome and unknown: -don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high

My journey to Woodstock— my Ithaka—began 15 years ago, when my brother and sister-in-law moved here with their young children. The lushness of northwestern Georgia struck me first; even the quality of early morning light was more honeyed than any place I’d ever visited. “How can we get here?” I asked my husband Chris. We both had careers on Long Island—I as a teacher, he as an attorney. Handling paperwork to practice here wasn’t the problem; the issue, in part, was hurling ourselves into a different world. With each visit south, and with each milestone in my first child’s schooling, I’d bring up my quest: “He’s about to enter high school. Now’s a good time.” We saw Downtown Woodstock unfurl before us and began to spend more time on Main Street at Ann Litrel Art, my sister-in-law’s studio; Vingenzo’s Pasta & Pizzeria; and FoxTale Book Shoppe. Finally, the time was right—or so it seemed. Chris now had a position in Woodstock, but our son was locked into the International Baccalaureate Diploma program the last two years of high school. So for two years, my husband commuted between New York and Georgia while I kept us on course at home. Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for. Those two years were a long, hard stretch for us. My parentsin-law had long retired and migrated to Woodstock. Then my

“Mrs. Litrel, this is the last period of our last day of our last year at Bay Shore High School. And this is YOUR last period of your last day of your last year here, too!” father died suddenly in May 2010, we were fully unmoored, without any family to anchor us to the Northeast. When Chris was away, I’d unwind in front of the computer screen, scanning real estate for hours. This was a particular joy; with each click of the mouse, I was transported into far more gracious views than we could ever set sight on in New York. On June 23, 2012, the day after my son graduated from high school, we began the long drive south to Woodstock—an adventure in and of itself. Without question, the roughest part of the journey was cutting through Manhattan traffic at the start of rush hour. Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. Without her you would not have set out. As we neared Woodstock, my relief gave way to a profound gratitude for all that we had experienced in New York. When we crossed over into Georgia, I reflected on my last day of school. One of my students had called out: “Mrs. Litrel, this is the last period of our last day of our last year at Bay Shore High School. And this is YOUR last period of your last day of your last year here, too!” He choked up, as did I, and the kids surrounded me in a giant group hug. With just a few minutes until the final bell, students and colleagues poured into my room and counted down the final seconds of the school year. “Five, four, three, two, one!” The last bell went off and madness erupted: one student plunked herself down on the floor, tears streaming: “I never want to leave here, ever.” I knelt down with her: “You won’t.” And we don’t; we carry what we need to our next destination. These days, I am setting course from downtown Woodstock. As a writer, that can mean a trip to Copper Coin Coffee when I need a change of view, or to FoxTale Book Shoppe for writing classes and great reads. Further out, I meet up with the Atlanta Marathon Club for our long runs as we train for fall marathons; once a week, I head into Atlanta for graduate classes in history. I’m meeting all manner of folk—each with their own story— along the way. In “Ithaka,” Cavafy is really telling us that it’s the journey, not the destination. He was right. We made it to Woodstock, but the next set of great adventures has just begun.

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House Purging BY KARA KIEFER

Over the course of our married life, my husband and I have moved twice—once from Denver to Las Vegas and again from Las Vegas to Woodstock. Both were company moves, which meant we had the luxury of being packed and moved by a moving company. Moving companies are instructed, unless otherwise told, to pack EVERYTHING. This includes trash from trash cans, as we later Kara Kiefer is the editor found out when we unpacked in of Around Woodstock. Woodstock. She lives in Woodstock The advantage of having a with her husband Mike company pack you is obvious— and sons Brandon and much less work and stress for the Garrett. homeowner. The disadvantage is because you’re not packing yourself, the need to purge the house of unneeded belongings isn’t really a priority. Nineteen years later, we are acutely aware of this disadvantage. We’ve often joked that we need to rent a dumpster for the day to rid our house of everything we no longer need. Scary thing is, we’d probably fill it. Every now and then (not often enough), my husband and I will have a day where we don’t have anything going on, and the weather is miserable, so we will decide to tackle a room or two and purge. We grab a box of trash bags and go through closets and cabinets, deciding what to keep, donate or throw away.


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The latest purge involved the hall coat closet. Over the years, this closet has amassed large amounts of hoodies, coats, foul weather gear and blankets. We could barely keep the door closed. Typical of projects like this, I got distracted when I was trying to find a new space for the blankets we use while watching TV in the winter. The logical place to house them was in the armoire where the TV was housed. But when I opened the armoire, a whole new project stared me down—this was the place where all the kids’ VHS tapes had gone to die. I knew they were there, but over the years, I just couldn’t throw any of them away, even though it had been YEARS since any of them had been touched. What’s the rule? If it hasn’t been used or worn in six months, toss it? So I sat down and began the process of sorting through these tapes, and with the sorting came a flood of memories. There was the “Barney” tape that we made my oldest son when he was two. It contained episode after episode of “Barney,” and I can remember him like it was yesterday, sitting on the couch with his blankey, watching it over and over. Then I found “Here Comes the Truck” and “Here Comes the Firetruck.” Both my boys watched those videos incessantly. And of course, we had almost every Disney movie released on video from 1993 to 2000, including “The Lion King,” “Pinocchio, “Aladdin” and lots more. Every movie had a memory attached, and I remembered the age of each child when the movie came out and which one was a favorite of whom. It was hard to put these tapes into a garbage bag, but I also realized that the memories associated with this period in time weren’t going to disappear just because the tapes did. And in the end, I donated all the videos to charity. Except “Barney.”

Wedding Guest Etiquette: The “I Do’s” and Don’ts of Attending a Wedding BY CLAIRE MABRY

Most people go through a year when social calendars joyously fill with a multitude of weddings. (I’ve been in “that year” for about two years now.) Through practice (i.e. volunteering to help friends through the painstaking process of addressing their wedding invitations), some of us have mastered the illusive art of invitation etiquette. Still others have a hard time channeling their Claire is an independent inner Emily Post. Grab your pencils blogger, living with and paper, because I’m taking you her husband and their to school on how to be the perfect two dogs. For more information, go to wedding guest. abigbearandhishunny. You got a save the date. Now what? If there’s a wedding website, it will be included on the save the date. Gather any pertinent details from the site and mark your calendar so when the invitation arrives you already have an idea as to your attendance. (That is the save the date’s only purpose.)

Once the formal invitation comes, focus on how it’s addressed. If there is an inner envelope, that is the important part. If there isn’t one (some people don’t include one), look at what it says on the mailing envelope. If you are married with kids and your invitation says, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Family,” that directly translates to “kids are welcome.” If the words “and family” are absent, assume this is a child-free zone. If you still have questions, refer back to the wedding website. Look for any mention of “adults only” or “no kids.” Typically, if there is an inner envelope and it doesn’t list “and guest” that means you are asked to come solo. However, if there is no inner envelope, and the RSVP accounts for “total number of guests,” then it’s likely you are able to bring someone. This is because, traditionally, “and guest” does not get written on the mailing envelope. Still lost? Use this rule of thumb: If you’re not very close to the happy couple, a solo RSVP is better than having to ask the bride or groom what their intentions were. It can get awkward. “That’s great and all,” you say, “but what is that big ‘M’ staring me in the face on this RSVP card?” Folks, it’s not for writing “May the force be with you,” or “Much happiness.” It’s for your continued on page 60

Why Does My Dog Constantly Jump On Us? BY LORRE LAMARCA

Running a busy doggy resort, this question comes up very often from my clients: “How can I get my dog to stop jumping on everyone?” We first must explore the root of this unconsciously taught behavior. “Taught behavior?” you say. “I never taught my dog to jump.” In most cases, dogs as puppies were rewarded (even if it was just once) for jumping on you. For example, when most people see a cute Lorre LaMarca is the little puppy, they squat down to owner of the Bark Station, touch the puppy, and the puppy 240 Arnold Mill Road. automatically jumps on their knees. (770) 517-9907 This raises the puppy’s level of excitement. At that very moment, the puppy has identified jumping as a form of reward and affection. He quickly was taught to anticipate this greeting ritual! But puppies grow up and now one year later, he is 80 pounds and the jumping has become a big problem. Some pet owners will hide the dog in the bedroom when company knocks on the

front door for fear he is going to knock someone over. Some owners will push the dog away, and he jumps right back, even more powerful. This pushing has now become a game to your dog, and he thinks you are playing with him because he identifies jumping with love and affection. There are several approaches to the “no jump rule” pet owners can do from home. First, make sure your dog understands basic commands such as sit and stay with duration and distractions. Reinforcing these basic commands should lead your dog to stop jumping as soon as he hears the command. If you missed teaching your dog the basics, it would be a good idea to enroll in a basic training class or start figuring it out immediately. If your dog does not have the basics down, try the ignore approach. If you know your dog is about to start jumping on you, cross your arms and spread your legs out on the ground for balance and ignore the behavior until he calms down. Once your dog calms down, reward him with the greeting and affection he was looking for. All members inside and outside your household must help reinforce this behavior. Keep in mind your dog is jumping on you because he is so happy to see you. His intention is good, so please find a method of training that suits his personality in a positive way. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2013



Positivity In Motion 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.

Last spring, my friend, Jennifer, started a book club that focused on positive messages. After all, she said, you only live once. Our first club read was “The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin. Based on the premise that we spend much of our lives doing the things we’re supposed to do, Rubin undertook a yearlong mission to research, experiment and actively seek out happiness. If I were to describe myself, I might include attributes like focused, determined, motivated, even satisfied with my life. And yes, even happy—most of the time. But determining what makes me feel that way was a challenge. Can you feel happy if you think about whether you feel happy? Seeking something that is both intangible and highly subjective is more than a little daunting. What is

happiness? Would we even know it if we had it? We certainly know it when we don’t. It’s probably easiest to define happiness by its absence: when someone in my family is sick (especially if there is clean-up involved), when the weather doesn’t cooperate with outdoor plans, when the Auburn Tigers have an “off” weekend (or entire season). Excessive exposure to negativity makes me unhappy, too. It’s easier to tune out gossip, complaining or downright whining than it is to allow the actions of other people to make me unhappy. Maybe focusing on what’s good invokes happiness? My husband rented a movie recently featuring two actors whose work I usually enjoy. This particular movie, however, definitely did not leave me feeling happy. The next day, he read a review by someone who had rented the same movie, and was surprised to find a dollar bill in the Redbox case attached to a note that read: “Sorry you rented this. Here’s your money back.” That made me smile—and feel a little happier about the movie. After all, I wouldn’t have heard the story had we not rented it in the first place. Maybe happiness comes less from getting the things we think we want and more from being grateful for the things that catch us by surprise and make us smile. Smiling more is a lofty goal, but I’ll try it. After all, you only live once.

‘Tis the Season BY SHELLEY HEROD

It is my favorite time of year as my team and I add finishing touches to our Christmas Junior Service League Tour of Homes house. I have been so blessed to participate in this event for the past 10 years. As a designer, I can display my God-given talent and help raise money for Cherokee County charities. In 1997, the Woodstock Junior Service League introduced this event and since its inauguration, Shelley lives in Woodstock the league has raised over and owns her own interior $330,000 to improve the lives design company. She can be of Cherokee County families. reached at (770) 235-5640. The Tour typically showcases four to five local homes that are professionally decorated by local interior designers. Attendees will observe an array of holiday decorating ideas to inspire them for this coming season. As one of the featured designers, I work closely with the homeowners. When I first observe their home, I search for an inspiration or theme and get to know their personality. Once I have a theme, I can carry it throughout the house to create a cohesive and comfortable environment. My work is a 24

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combination of the owner’s holiday decor and an introduction of the newest ideas in holiday design. This allows their personality and holiday traditions to be incorporated while giving old ornaments a fresh, new, chic look. What I enjoy most about designing for the holidays is the unexpected. Holiday decor is a wonderful time to be creative and have fun. Year-round decorating is a little more traditional and expected. Ornaments hanging from the bathroom ceiling, garland draped over the curtain rod, or a wreath hung over a mirror or window are just a few examples of the unexpected. A touch of holiday is in every room is always a must. Every year, I research for the newest trends for the seasons. It is not necessary to purchase all new holiday decorations every year; it is all about how you introduce a few new pieces to what you already own. I always find it interesting how designers in the tour use traditional items in a new way. Just by moving your decor to a different room from year to year will give it a fresh new look. If you have old ornaments that typically hang on your tree, try hanging them in a window or on garland, replacing the hooks with ribbons. Those old ornaments will have new life and become a conversation piece. This year, the Holiday Tour of Homes will be held on November 9 and 10. I am pleased to be working with developer Tony Perry this year in his new model home in The Villages at Towne Lake. This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and for a fantastic cause. I hope to see you there.

What is Your Hair Saying About Your Health? BY TIM TIMMONS

Tim Timmons is the owner of Salon Gloss. Tim has been a hairstylist for 13 years and has extensive industry experience. Tim can be reached at (678) 483-8900.

There is no denying that our hair is one of our most powerful accessories. It is an important part of our social appearance, affecting the way we view ourselves and the way others view us. However, more important is the fact that hair is actually a barometer indicating good or bad health. Disorders of the body like anemia, thyroid issues, hormonal imbalance and problems related to general health can be diagnosed by doing a hair test. Therefore, problems with our hair should be taken seriously because they are reflective of problems within. Our hair reacts swiftly to changes in our body. It is nourished directly by the blood stream and any change in blood

content due to medication, hormones or lack of nutrients can result in hair and scalp-related problems. Hair loss can be a signal of distress within the body. Once the signal is recognized and the reason behind it determined and treated, the hair goes back to its normal pattern of shedding which is so subtle that we may not even realize it is happening. Hair problems shouldn’t be ignored. If you notice abnormal hair fall, or growth, or excessive dryness of your hair and scalp and dandruff that refuses to clear, you need to contact a trichologist (someone who specializes in hair and scalp issues) or a dermatologist as soon as possible. Your condition may be more than just a bad hair day! Research conducted by the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic indicates that the following disorders can produce hair loss: - Cancer - Cardiac problems - Thyroid problems - Parathyroid problems - Addison’s disorder - Cushing’s Syndrome continued on page 60

Holiday Decorating 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.

I can tell when Halloween is near because Christmas stuff appears in the stores. I can tell Thanksgiving is close because Christmas stuff is marked down. And we know when it’s Christmas because bathing suits are in stock. My kids tend to get excited a little early. They were begging me to take out our Halloween decorations back in September. That first cool nip in the air meant it was time to put dead guys on our front lawn and spider webs on our bushes – which is ironic because I spent the entire summer trying to clean out the spider webs and dead guys. The instant Halloween is over and I’ve scraped the last of my jack-o-lantern off the road, the next phase begins.

“Daddy, can we please just get our stockings from the attic?” If I relent, it only leads to requests for the rest of it. But you have to be ready. The weekend after Thanksgiving, you’ve got to have everything in place so you can flip that switch and your tribute to Chevy Chase and the movie “Christmas Vacation” comes to life in all its brilliance. But there’s always the guy down the street who turns on his Christmas lights the week before Thanksgiving. I’m never sure if he’s trying to get the jump on me, or if his kids just begged louder than mine. No, that can’t be it. No kids beg louder than mine. I suppose I’m a bad role model when it comes to restraint in decorating, both outside and inside. I tend to go a little overboard at times. All it took was one look at those little villages with light-up houses, and soon this author was scouring Craigslist and eBay to build my own massive village. Soon my monstrosity was complete and sitting in our living room, to my wife’s dismay. Her puzzled look was priceless as she stared at it nestled snuggly between her well-polished piano and designer curtains. But my kids love it, and they grow up fast so I enjoy it all that I can. There will come a time, probably too soon, when those decorations sit alone in the attic, and no little voice begs for me to take them down. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2013


Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Bambu Salon & Spa 150 Prominence Point Pkwy., Ste. 700 (just off exit 14 on I-575) Canton, GA 30114

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Bambu Salon & Spa Offers Luxury at Affordable Prices Bambu Salon & Spa in Canton, which opened in 2011, makes an extra effort to make the clientele feel relaxed and pampered. And owner Christine Chung wants her customers to be comfortable and relaxed about her salon’s prices as well. Chung believes that a luxurious salon experience should not have to come with luxury prices. “I opened Bambu Salon because I saw a void for a really good salon that offers service at an affordable price,” said Chung. “It’s set up so people can come in, put up their feet, drink Aveda tea and not be stressed out at the counter when they pay for our services.” Everything about the salon was created to put guests at ease, from the comfortable décor to the check-out experience. Custom-made walnut-stained shelves in the entrance display a range of Aveda products that include hair, skin and body care (including a men’s line), organic teas and scented candles. Chung continued the natural wood tones and soft hues through the rest of the salon to establish a cozy “respite for men and women to escape from their busy lives.” The relaxed feel offers a comfort level that also appeals to men. “There’s nothing intimidating here. I want every person to be comfortable at Bambu Salon.” Chung’s sense of design may be rooted in her fashion background. She earned a fashion merchandising degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York but left the fashion industry when she joined Aveda 21 years ago. Aveda manufactures skin care, cosmetics, perfumes and hair care products, and trains students in cosmetology. She eventually became an Aveda certified color educator. Bambu is an Aveda concept salon, which means that Chung and her five employees use and sell Aveda products. Chung points out that one of the most innovative Aveda products available at the salon is the Invati line, the first natural system created to remedy hair loss for men and women. “We do everything the Aveda way,” Chung said. “Our color is up to 99 percent naturally derived, which makes it a great 26

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solution for people sensitive to chemicals and dyes. It’s the most damage-free color line that’s on the market.” The luxury experience begins when guests are treated to refreshments and a scalp massage with every hair service. A complimentary hand massage and makeup touch-up are offered with chemical services. In addition to a full range of haircut, coloring and chemical choices, Bambu Salon also offers facial waxing and nail services. Many guests receiving chemical services opt to get a manicure or pedicure while waiting for their color to process. Another popular feature is a rewards program that gives $40 in referral rewards ($20 for the client and $20 for the new guest) and a $20 birthday gift. Pure Privilege points can be earned by purchasing the Aveda products, and the points can be redeemed for gifts that include candles, aromatherapy and jewelry or dollars to use toward salon services. Chung enjoys pampering her guests and, in some cases, watching them grow up. One client, whose hair she cut as a toddler, just enrolled in college. The bottom line for this salon owner is offering a luxurious experience that’s easy to afford, for both long-time and brand-new clients.


Just Your Typical Woodstock Woman BY DEE LOCKLIN

We’ve never met, but I promise you know me. Oh yes, you would definitely recognize me if we met on the street. I’m the distracted one in the parking lot, fumbling through my pockets looking for the car keys. I’m simultaneously tapping the top of my head in search of my eyeglasses, which are typically perched up there like a tiara. Most likely, I’m mumbling to myself as well, or on the cell phone fussing at my defenseless Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State husband. University. She lives in Clearly I am no Stepford Wife, Woodstock with husband though I always thought it would Lewis and son Taylor in a be a hoot to glide through the cluttered home filled grocery store in a floral dress with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at with high heels and a killer string of pearls. Oh, to look like that and be known for baking savory soufflés envied by neighbors near and far! Alas, I can usually be found sauntering into Kroger with no makeup and my hair pulled back with a purple rubber band— the ones that bind the asparagus and broccoli bunches in the produce section. My T-shirt is frequently adorned with the morning’s coffee stains, but if I catch someone looking at the stains, I invariably exclaim, “Look what just happened as I was getting out of the car!” I haven’t always been this horrendous. In my previous career, I wore designer clothes and pantyhose and pretty much paid my hair stylist’s mortgage via multiple, top-of-the-line services

each month. I kept a color-coded Day Timer and multi-tasked like a human she-computer. I planned and organized and kept meticulous To Do lists relating to work, home and parenting responsibilities. My weekly grocery lists were structured according to the aisles in which products were shelved. Yes, I was that good. Eventually, however, my walk along the career path began to feel more like a never-ending tumble inside a hamster’s wheel, and I yearned for more family time. Thus, I decided to retire. I welcomed the chance to live without career drama or Spanx shapewear or a Blackberry. But little did any of us know what would soon follow. My friends, John Lennon’s adage is so true: Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. My dear husband was diagnosed with late-stage cancer just a few months following my retirement. Now for those of you with cancer or caring for a loved one with cancer, you know all too well that the journey is characterized by uncertainty. There are no sure answers. There is no predictability. My days are now spent caregiving without makeup, embracing chaos and loving life with my husband one day at a time. And it is a happy life, a life undeterred by the specter of inoperable tumors or ambiguous survival statistics. But here’s the thing. My guess is that I’m just a typical Woodstock Woman. Because, let’s face it, we are all dealing with something, right? Some of our journeys are more complex than others, but we all have our coffee stains and fugitive car keys. What makes us fortunate is that we live in the wonderful community of Woodstock, where citizens generally love their neighbors and overlook an eccentricity or two. I can walk down Main Street, broccoli rubber band in place, and always find a warm smile or friendly greeting.

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Cherokee Photography Club


Sun Reflected in Oil—David Ferguson

Raindrops on Iris—Eillene Kirk

Pond — Rudy Coopman 28

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Jump— Bob Kelley

When Worlds Collide — Eddie Myers

Paint Drop — Alan Quandee

For October, the Cherokee Photography Club’s contest was “Liquid” Winners were selected from digital projection, color and monochromatic print entries. 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.

Liquid Gold—Karen Beedle

Fireball — Kim Bates

My Cup Runneth Over —Eillene Kirk

Starrs Mill— David Ferguson

Pool — Rudy Coopman

Liquid Lines— Karen Beedle

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The Art of Building Cities BY ANN LITREL

Ann is an artist and writer whose nationally published work includes decorative art, paintings for private and corporate collections, and writing and illustration for a range of publications. Ann lives with her husband and co-author Dr. Mike Litrel and their two sons in Woodstock.

“I sometimes had to picture the Mayor and Council in their underwear.”

The eyebrow-raising statement comes from Richard McLeod as he compares the position of community development director to his first career in his 20s, when he was, surprisingly, a professional dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. He said some elements from his career as a performer carried over into his job with the city in unexpected ways. He grins and explains: “When you’re in community development, sometimes you’re going to do things that are unpopular. I was working with private developers to help get their projects done, so part of my job was being able to stand in front of a room full of people who were angry at me and not be afraid to keep communicating. Back when I was a dancer, one of the things we were told was to picture the audience in their underwear, so we’d be less nervous. “Well, when I came to Woodstock, that just meant sometimes I had to picture Mayor Henriques or Bill Dewrell in their underwear when situations got tense.” I asked McLeod to name the job description for director of community development. He gestures toward the modern skyline of downtown Woodstock behind him. White triangles of canvas shade the second-story patio at Pure Tacqueria. Private balconies hang from the brown brick face of the five-story building. Shops line the street level, which has wide, treeshaded sidewalks. “I didn’t build anything; I didn’t engineer; I didn’t make any laws. My job was just to make sure all the right people stayed in the room. The developer had a spectacular vision, but it didn’t go with what was being done in Cherokee County at the time. Everybody else was building subdivisions with cul-de-sacs and multi-car garages. This project needed a champion, and I guess I was that champion. 30

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“The developer wanted one thing, the elected officials wanted another, and public works wanted something else. It was my job to bring the artistic and regulatory sides together in a way that would allow a great creative project to happen. Part of my job description would have to include the word ‘artist.’ The dominant side to it has to be creative. So it’s recognizing the difference between a really good development and one that’s not so good. “Technically, some of what we did here went against the code. And it went against ‘industry standards.’ For example, we made the streets more narrow to slow down the cars. We took little things like the street drains, and used a type that didn’t give the appearance of being able to swallow small children. Some of what makes me different is that I am willing to dig into the kinds of items that are normally handled on the public works side. “A great city is made of a million tiny details—where does the sun come from during certain times of the day? What is the color of the streetlights shining into the retail shops? I’ve been known to visit Savannah and walk around with a tape measure, measuring alleys and garages and houses and buildings. I’m always trying to figure out, what is the DNA that makes a city so distinctive?” I asked McLeod if there are other connections between his career as a dancer and what he does now. He nodded. “When I was a dancer, we traveled all over Europe, where the cities are hundreds, even thousands, of years old. Their cities are old and beautiful, and they still work. Over here, we’re lucky if our houses outlast our roofs. I would come back to Atlanta even then and think, Why can’t we build cities like that? Building good cities is a lost art.” It’s an art that Richard McLeod is apparently dedicated to reviving.

Ann Litrel

Artist and Dancer Richard McLeod Brings a Creative Touch To Community Development Richard McLeod is the former director of community development for the City of Woodstock. When McLeod began working for the city, Woodstock was a sleepy town with two or three blocks of aging retail stores along a state highway. During his tenure from 2002 to 2012, McLeod helped usher in the 26-acre development now known as Woodstock Downtown, a compact development of commercial retail space and restaurants crowned by four stories of condo units over retail shops and backstopped with multiple “pocket parks” and tall urban-style homes. Richard recently became director of community development for the City of Alpharetta, after serving ten years in that position at the City of Woodstock. This story is the first in a series featuring local leaders and visionaries, some behind the scenes, who have had an impact on the community. For more on this story and the accompanying art, visit

Health & Wellness


Your feet and ankles are made up of several bones and ligaments. Ligaments are strong, flexible tissues that connect the bones to one another, providing stability to many joints. A sprain occurs when the foot lands awkwardly, causing some ligaments to pull, stretch and tear. When the injury occurs to the middle part of the foot, it is called a foot sprain. Ankle and foot sprains are among the most common Dr. Travis Jones is a types of injuries, especially among podiatrist at Northside athletes. Still, simply tripping or Cherokee Orthopedics stumbling on uneven ground is and Sports Medicine. enough for anyone, athlete or not, His specializes in the to endure a sprain. foot and ankle. Call (770) 517-6636 or go Pain, swelling, bruising and northsidecherokeeortho. difficulty walking on the affected com for more information. foot or ankle are some of the most common symptoms of a sprained or fractured foot or ankle. If you suspect you have sprained your foot or ankle, remember the RICE method:

Rest. Stay off the injured foot or ankle. Ice. Apply ice around to the affected area as soon as possible and reapply it for 15–20 minutes every three or four hours for the first 48 hours after injury. Compression. Snuggly wrap an elastic bandage (such as an Ace® wrap) around the affected foot or ankle. Elevation. Keep your foot or ankle elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling. Oral medications, such as ibuprofen, may also be used to help reduce inflammation. Temporary bracing may be important to help reduce inflammation and help hold ligaments in place to heal properly. A brief course of physical therapy has also been shown to help in recovery. More serious injuries such as fractures of the foot and ankle can often be mistaken as a common sprain. If your condition does not improve or if you begin to experience increased pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking, it’s important to seek out care with a physician. In order to help prevent injuries, it’s important to warm up properly before physical activity and undergo a proper stretching routine. Wear shoes that fit well and are activity-specific. Exercises focusing on muscle strength, flexibility, and balance are also important components to preventing common injuries of the foot and ankle.

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Health & Wellness

Amazing Breakthroughs in Dental Diagnosis and Treatment BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

Many people still worry about going to the dentist. They ignore toothaches and avoid making appointments. They suffer from anxiety that causes them to lose sleep the night before an appointment, as they contemplate pain from shots and drilling. Unfortunately, these are very real concerns associated with dentistry. To quantitatively measure Dr. Scott Harden is a the success rate of painless dentist at Fountain dental care in my office, we View Family Dentistry conducted a poll of our patients and has served the that received injections and Woodstock area for more than 21 years. treatment, including large He is a dental advisor fillings, crowns, extractions and for two national root canals. Of the 47 patients dental research we questioned, 95 percent said companies. You can reach Dr. Harden at they felt no pain, three percent (770) 926-0000 or visit said they experienced slight discomfort, and two percent experienced slight but tolerable pain ranging from 3 to 5 on a scale of 1-10. These patients also said that, based on their current experience, they wouldn’t be concerned about future treatments. Given those positive results, why would people still worry about a visit to the dentist? Unfortunately, many still embrace old stereotypes and haven’t been introduced to modern procedures and materials that have revolutionized dentistry. As I reminisce about techniques used when I started in dentistry 25 years ago, I realize the differences are astounding. Patients were given metal fillings and crowns with unattractive metal margins near the gum level. Dentists did not wear gloves and patients sat up during a procedure to spit into a spittoon. Computers were being introduced for basic front office accounting procedures, and not used at all for direct patient care. It’s important for potential patients to move past the old stereotypes and realize advancements have been made to make the dental experience more pleasant and dental work more appealing. Viewing dentistry today with antiquated methods is as inappropriate as viewing today’s automobiles with no air conditioning, no power steering and no power brakes. The current experience is esthetic, artistic, painless and personalized. Technology has improved hygiene, diagnosis and treatment. Technology has also greatly enhanced communication, allowing the patient to better understand and appreciate their dental care. 32

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“Some of the advances in hygiene include electric brushes, improved manual brushes, flossing handles, water-irrigation devices, and medicated toothpastes and rinses for gum disease.” Some of the advances in hygiene include electric brushes, improved manual brushes, flossing handles, water-irrigation devices, and medicated toothpastes and rinses for gum disease. Diagnosis is simpler with intra-oral cameras that close-up take photos of teeth to demonstrate to patients existence of decay and other dental-related problems. This allows the patient to be involved in the actual diagnostic process. The DIAGNOdent laser introduces digital technology in diagnosing decay and provides very accurate measurement as never seen before in dentistry. Digital x-rays have reduced radiation significantly and allow better quality with instant verification of the image needed. Microscopes have now been incorporated into the field of dentistry, which allow the dentist to assess decay further with extreme detail. Innovative treatment options include using ultrasonic energy to remove plaque and tartar without scraping the teeth, a more comfortable experience for the patient. Dentists can treat gum disease by placing antibiotics in specific areas. Computer anesthesia delivers pain-free numbing of gums and teeth, easing fear of pain in patients. White fillings now utilize nano-technology, for the first time ever, with very small particle sizes that make them much more impermeable to bacteria. Crowns no longer have a dark line at the gums, thanks to 3-D color matching and new porcelain technology. Ultrasonic technology along with other state-of-the-art devices are used during root canal procedures to eliminate bacteria, infection and improve the seal required for optimal success. Dentures are now fabricated from materials that are more comfortable to the skin and have teeth that have greatly reduced wear and look very natural. Implants are a fantastic method to replace missing teeth, using a technique that looks and feels as close to natural teeth as possible. Invisalign offers a new way to straighten teeth without metal brackets and metal wires, which is especially desirable for adults. Dentistry today offers painless dental care, resulting in healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile. Make your next dental appointment with confidence, knowing that new techniques and technology have changed the patient experience.

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Pineapple Park

Hospitality Headquarters While exploring downtown Woodstock, you can feel the energy of the vibrant and revitalized main street. From unique clothing boutiques, restaurants, hair salons and retailers, there are many reasons for residents to visit and linger time and time again. And on Chambers Street, there is one retailer that has been part of the downtown scene since 2010. The store has brought beauty and a casual elegance to homes in Woodstock and beyond. If you have yet to be introduced, it’s time to meet Pineapple Park. Visitors to Pineapple Park will find the store unlike most furniture shops. The shop is warm and inviting and decorated in primarily neutral shades. The lighting is soft with soothing music in the background. And usually, Pacita will have an intoxicating seasonal scent throughout the store that leaves customers feeling relaxed and stress-free. That’s the whole idea, according to Pacita. “We want our customers to take their time because there are unique treasures to be found in every nook and corner of the store,” she said. Customers are welcome to browse by themselves or utilize one of the many on-staff design experts for advice. “We always tell our customers to bring in a photo or photos of rooms they are looking to change up. From there, we will work with that customer and our inventory to find a unique look that works for them and their budget,” said Pacita. If you need a little more help, Pineapple Park offers full design services. A popular option for many customers is a “remix.” “A lot of times, a customer knows he or she wants a change, but just doesn’t know how to make it happen. That’s where our expertise comes in. We will work within the customer’s budget to transform a room. A lot of times, we will mix what the client currently has along with a few new items to completely change a room. This is a very popular and affordable way to turn what is old into something new and fresh,” said Pacita.

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A perfect balance between rustic design and elegant sophistication Pineapple Park has a loyal fan base of customers, male and female. “We appeal to men and women because our designs are simple and clean. Men and women can picture our furniture and accessories in their homes.” One of those customers is Skip Noll, who purchased a new home and discovered his old furniture and décor was simply too dated for his new home. “I used Pineapple Park to decorate my entire home; the store had everything I needed — definitely a one-stop-shop. The quality of the furniture is excellent- solid wood, not pressed board. The entire staff was extremely helpful, and Pacita put looks together for my home that I would never imagine working together.” Skip put his full trust in Pacita and her staff by allowing them to design five rooms while he was at work one day. “I came home, and everything was done! It was the best thing I could have ever done. Everything flowed, and I loved everything they did. It’s been six months, and I haven’t changed a thing.” Amy Molley is a frequent shopper at Pineapple Park and used Pacita’s design service to do a re-mix of her family room. “I find the home décor items to be a perfect balance between rustic design and elegant sophistication. Every time I visit Pineapple Park, I am immediately greeted, and I have always found Pacita and the staff to be very friendly, personable and helpful.” The holidays are right around the corner, and Pineapple Park will be “dressed” for the holidays! “We will have 30,000 unique Christmas items in the store, from fully decorated trees to ornaments and accessories,” said Pacita. And to get you in the holiday spirit, Pineapple Park will be holding an open house from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 9. Visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind items to decorate their homes, gain inspiration or simply enjoy the sights and smells of the season. Pineapple Park adds new inventory every day and affords the residents of Woodstock a one-stop-shop for home décor, including furniture, accessories and design services. Be sure to follow the store on Facebook for Pacita’s latest finds and decorating looks!

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School & Sports

District Update BY PATSY JORDAN

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is off to a great start due to the dedication of all staff members. Enrollment has exceeded our initial projection of 39,350 students by 200. Approximately 2,300 classroom teachers are back to work. CCSD students continue to meet its goals for excellence; for example, the Class of 2013 was recently recognized as having the highest ACT scores in the District’s Patsy Jordan serves as history. District 2 School Board In recent months, teachers, Representative. She students, principals and schools is a Cherokee High were recognized for excellence. School graduate, retired Woodstock Elementary educator of Cherokee County School District, welcomed Dr. John Barge, State and life-long resident Superintendent of Schools, as he of Cherokee County in presented the Georgia Department Ball Ground, GA. patsy. of Education’s 2013 Familyjordan@cherokee.k12. Friendly Partnership School Award. Only four schools were selected statewide. Free Home Elementary School, led by Principal Karen Carl, won the 2013 School Bell Award in recognition of its “Cultivating a Positive Learning Environment” initiative. The initiative began on the first day of pre-planning last school year. Clayton Elementary School students are enjoying a beautiful new playground thanks to Amicalola Electric, the school’s PTA, and other partnerships that made it possible. Steven Keith, an Ace Academy teacher, was recently recognized as a hero at the CCSD School Board meeting. Mr. Keith saved the lives of two hikers who were struck by lightning in Montana. Mr. 36

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“CCSD is moving forward! Students are now back to a 180 day school year with teachers having only three furlough days this year.” Keith was recently named Teacher of the Year by his peers. The ribbon cutting ceremony of the new E.T. Booth Middle School was held on September 3, during which Nick Slacanin shared the history of E.T. Booth Middle School and Abigale Montgomery reflected on past memories. CCSD is moving forward! Students are now back to a 180 day school year with teachers having only three furlough days this year. My ultimate goal is to stay focused on teaching and learning and to applaud the accomplishments of CCSD. Our students are our future, and the decisions we make affect their welfare and successes. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Cherokee County School Board to experience and enjoy the recognitions and accomplishments of students, staff and administration. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve the CCSD.

Woodstock High School


Photo by Skip Daugherty

Queen Maria Franco and King Luke Chamberlin

Left to right: Hannah Jenkins, Hannah Frantz, Centavia Hooker, Kennedy Reeg, Amanda Fritsch, Maria Franco, Amanda Buckles, Annie Jiang, Maddy Stone. Claudia Harrison, Alexis Onuschak and Nicole Agner.

Leigha Woodard and Nathan Peace

Nic Franco and Kasey Lawton

Left to right: Mia Vahle, Valentina Quiroga and Stella Atsma

Emma Dixon and Bryce Bergman

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Woodstock High School Varsity Football


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River Ridge Knights Football

Photos by Kathi Lafser


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Sequoyah Chiefs Football Photos by Jodi Zorzi

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SCHOOL NEWS Woodstock Gem Class Welcomes Show Host

District Posts Highest SAT Scores in Metro Atlanta

Woodstock High School’s new jewelry and metal craft class, led by teacher Anne Berman, recently welcomed Kurt Schneider, show host for the Gem Shopping Network, as the guest speaker. Through the fine arts class, students can earn the first industry certification for high school students in this field. The Diamond Council of America is partnering with the school to offer the program. Terry Chandler, president of the Diamond Council of America, also has visited the class.

The Cherokee County School District has posted the highest SAT district average score in metro Atlanta for the Class of 2013, based on data released by the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board. The school district tied with Fulton County for the top metro ranking with a score of 1,567, which is the second-highest score in the State of Georgia. Cherokee County School District Class of 2013 graduates beat the national average by 69 points and the state average by 115 points on the curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam, which is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students. Local high schools’ averages are: Woodstock, 1,556; Sequoyah, 1,562, River Ridge, 1,502, Etowah 1595, Cherokee 1590 and Creekview 1585.

Students, from left to right, Tyler Cannida, Fernanda Colan, Hannah Ellis and Ashley Casado in the jewelry class at Woodstock High School learn about variances and features in different gemstones.

Woodstock Elementary Participates in Park (ing) Day Woodstock Elementary School participated in the City of Woodstock’s Park (ing) Day. Parking spots were temporarily replaced with themed displays, and Woodstock Elementary created a farm theme based on the book “Otis” by Loren Long.

Cherokee Charter Announces STRIVE Awards Cherokee Charter Academy rewards students monthly through its character education program, STRIVE (Students Taking Responsibility for Important Values of Excellence). The first round of students recently was recognized for the 201314 year: kindergarten—Sammie Jones, William Eubanks, Mark Wachira, Skylee Poirrier, Hayden Walker and Hudson Allen; first grade—Austin Love, Lilith Affolder, Leia Lankford, Alyssa Mullholand, Anna Knight and Elaina Hoffecker; second grade—Skylar Wuerth, Amelia Cory, Avery Hamlin, Ava Stuart and Abigail Humphries; third grade—Parker Czyz, Aidan Gerdis, Chloe Sexton, Watson Kerth and Emme Ganster; fourth grade—Susanna Rogers, Ashlin Yoder, Jesse Jerls, Nick Daniel and Cormick Legendre; fifth grade—Vevey Libert, Alexa Cruz, Kaitlyn Gower, Maya Miller and Zach Fletcher; sixth grade— Samantha Allen Bristol; seventh grade—Ashlee Scales; eighth grade—Tristen Wescott; and ninth grade—Gideon Ganster.

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Sequoyah Debate Team Wins Tournament

Mountain Road Inducts New Beta Club Members

Sequoyah High School’s nationally recognized speech and debate team kicked off the 2013-14 debate season by beating 21 other high schools to win the Griffin High School Speech and Debate Tournament. The team, coached by Matt Bartula, won two divisions in Policy Debate. Rachael Haas and Caitlin O’Kelley qualified for state in the Varsity Policy Debate division. Gabby Filkins and Alex Vyneman won first place in the Novice division, and Ashlee Starnes won first place in the Junior Varsity Policy Debate division. In Public Forum Debate, Sam Fullerton and Mitchell Thompson won first place in the Novice division; Sam Fullerton won second-place speaker; Josh Nieves won first-place speaker and Matt Minardi won fourth-place speaker. In Lincoln Debate, Aiden Lawson was 4-0 in her debates, while Chris Harkins and Carnell Tate finished 3-1 in their debates. In Speech, Yeseul Heo won second place in Original Oratory, and Lillian Brown won sixth place in Impromptu Speaking. Saigim Garcia also won third-place speaker in the Novice Policy Debate division.

Mountain Road Elementary School inducted new members into its chapter of National Jr. Beta Club in a recent ceremony. Members—pictured with Principal Jennifer Landry, Assistant Principal Paula Merritt and teachers Misty Johnson and Stacie Pullum—welcomed the following new student members: Shayma Abdullahi, Michael Agler, Emily Anderson, Caroline Bagwell, Benjamin Bedsole, Cassidy Boyd, Ryan Burns, Joseph Canale, Logan Carras, Julia Colonna, Madison Ehmig, Bradley Gordon, Enzo Ippolito, Ibrima Jobe, Ethan Keeney, Arianna Kent, Elizabeth Letizia, Dalton Luedke, Ashlyn Martin, Gabrielle Orrico, Tristan Peevy, Katherine Pittard, Deja Rakestraw, Hannah Sanchez, Jacob Schenck, Hannah Staten, Hannah Steele, Haily Ussery, Emma VanDine, Adam Voigt, Kyle Wakefield, Ayden Watson and Niki Peters. Not pictured: Mayori Hipps.

Left to right: David Miller, Alex Vyneman, Gabby Filkins, Yeseul Heo, Rachel Haas, Saigim Garcia, Tate Cook, Coach Matt Bartula and Ashlee Starnes.

Johnston Celebrates Grandparents at Breakfast

Arnold Mill Rewards Positive Behavior Arnold Mill Elementary School celebrates quarterly with an incentive program designed to reinforce positive behavior. Students earn “buckaroos” by displaying positive behavior and trade them in for rewards such as extra recess, additional computer time and lunch with the principal.

Johnston Elementary School recently honored grandparents at a special breakfast held in honor of Grandparents Day.

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Extra recess was enjoyed by, from left to right, Ryan Elrod, Shepherd Brown, Ben Derman, Bella Tison, Nicholas Gordon (back), Ayden Hunsberger and Mairin Crossman.

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My Main Street Dream BY JENNA CLOVER

I have always dreamed of buying an old fixer-upper home on Main Street and restoring it to its former glory. It brings me such joy to see someone taking something old and making it new again. It’s special to be able to appreciate the history of a building because it has been renovated with meticulous attention to detail that captures its historical charm. It is so inspiring to me when I see a downtown area filled with hip new stores inside storefronts Jenna Clover is a Tourism that date back to the early 20th Information Assistant at the Woodstock century. I always thought to myself, Visitors Center. “How could I make a living working to create a vibrant downtown area while still preserving its important history?” I didn’t realize it was a career option until a few years ago. I have lived in Woodstock all my life until about seven years ago when my family moved to Canton. I spent four years of that time at Georgia Southern University, where I received a bachelor’s degree in recreation with an emphasis in tourism and community leisure services. I learned so much about what it takes to make an

area welcoming to visitors as well as locals, and the importance of keeping the roots of an area strong. While in college, I heard about careers that involved promoting a downtown area. I discovered my dream job, which is preserving the history of a city, and I discovered that working with a main street and downtown development program was right up my alley. When my job hunt began after graduating from college, I was beyond ready to come home. I had been away for four years and I was homesick. When an opportunity arose to work as the Tourism Information Assistant for the city of Woodstock, I jumped at the chance. After just a few months on the job, I have learned so much. I have always wanted to have an opportunity to grow and develop my career in such a great area. I feel lucky to have met so many helpful people who I consider my mentors. Downtown Woodstock has grown from a town with vacant storefronts to a fun, hip and thriving area that I am proud to call my hometown. It is a perfect example of what can happen if you have a team of people who want their downtown area to be a desirable place to shop, dine, play and work. The end result is a main street that retains its historical identity but is modern and fun. I plan on working in Woodstock for years to come, enjoying what it has to offer with my family and helping with its success, continued progress and development. And I still plan on buying that old fixer-upper home on Main Street!

On the last Friday every month, 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.

No Meeting in November Welcome New Members: American Family Insurance

Sherry Bryington

Founders Insurance

David Potts

Cherokee Hockey In Line League

Matt Hackett & Phil Eberly

Judy Davila


Dentistry of Olde Towne

Chris Ravtenstrauch

Cherokee County

Jerry Cooper

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Find out What’s happening Downtown by downloading the Visit Woodstock App


Nov. 9 – 10

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

House and Garden Boutique Open House Time: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Location: 103 Bowles Dr. Information:

Nov. 2 – 3

Veteran’s Day Celebration Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Park at City Center Information: Honoring America’s veterans. Dirty, torn and retired flags unfit to fly can be dropped off year round for proper disposal. There will be collection boxes for the flags located in the parking lot of the Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Rd. and next to the memorial in the Park at City Center.

Woodstock Art and Wine Festival Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wine tasting 12:30 – 5 p.m. Location: The Park at City Center Information: Free admission. $25 for wine-tasting wristband.

Nov. 4

Book signing with Mary Kay Andrews, author of “Christmas Bliss.” Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street Information:

Nov. 9

Cherokee’s Got Talent Time: Doors open at 5 p.m., show begins at 6 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: Tickets $10. Event benefits Elm Street Cultural Village, Cherokee Association of REALTORS® and Habitat for Humanity. (770) 591-0004.

Nov. 11

Nov. 15 - 24 “Little Women” Times: Location: Information: $12 at the door.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 & 22 2 p.m. Nov. 16 – 17, 23-24 City Center, 8534 Main St. Tickets $10 if purchased online in advance. (678) 494-4251.

Nov. 26

Book Signing with Joshilyn Jackson, author of “Someone Else’s Love Story.” Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St. Information:

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Downtown Woodstock


It was one of those phone calls evening creating authentic Italian pizza in a wood burning stove, that I never thought I would get: hiking to the top of a mountain to visit one of the exclusive “You’ve won!” She said to me vineyards that produces wine for the winery’s Brunello di on the other end of the line. I Montalcino, tours of the DaVinci wine cellars and tasting the Kristina Laurendi was walking to my car at the young vintages. We visited more than 10 cities and a dozen Havens is the owner of time and dropped the two bags I restaurants, each meal introducing us to authentic Italian Studio 81, portrait and was carrying. I won—I WON!!! I cuisine paired with the perfect glass of Chianti, Brunello, Pinot Fine Art, which shares a beautiful studio was a 2013 DaVinci Storyteller. I Grigio, Prosecco or Vin Santo, and perhaps even a little Grappa space in downtown would be traveling to the Tuscany at the end. We even learned how to cut and inspect the Woodstock with Ann region of Italy to discover the grapes—although Karista, the culinary artist, spent more time Litrel Art. Kristina story behind the DaVinci brand tasting the grapes than collecting them! offers painting classes of wine. What truly made the trip so memorable was the storytellers. for all levels and holds an open weekly Figure The DaVinci Storyteller You can have the perfect hotel, the best food and the most Drawing studio. For Experience is in its third year. expensive bottle of wine, but unless you enjoy the company more information, The company wanted to share seated next to you, it all doesn’t matter. I can honestly say my please contact her at its story of how much love, care favorite part of the Storyteller Experience was sharing it with and integrity go into its product. Karista, Leela and Jim. These three talented artists were funny, The vintners started with this intelligent, interesting, well traveled, ambitious, independent idea: How would you teach one and generous in spirit. We talked and laughed for five full days. person everything there is to know Sipping good wine and enjoying good food in a setting like the about DaVinci wine? The answer was to take that person to the pastoral vineyards of the Tuscan landscape—with this group of Tuscany region’s city of Vinci, show him or her the vineyards, people—will certainly be one of the highlights of my life. introduce him or her to the growers, The next step for all of the DaVinci taste the wine right from the barrels, Storytellers is to share what we have pair it with incredible food, and discovered about the wine. My goal experience the wine in every possible is to produce several portraits of aspect of its life. the people who are behind the key The company set out to find a aspects of the brand: the growers handful of artists in different genres who treat acres of vines with the who possessed three major qualities: same care you would apply to a a strong set of skills in their field, an small backyard garden, the staff ability to communicate through their of the winery that transforms the work and an audience with which grapes into wine with a mix of they can share this information. My science and well-honed instinct, the application showed samples of my DaVinci ambassador, Giacomo Alari, Left to right: The 2013 DaVinci Storytellers at the top of the paintings, samples of my writing from Leonardo daVinci Museum in Vinci Kristina Laurendi Havens, who personified the welcoming and my blog, and demonstrated that I had a Jim O’Donnell, Leela Cyd and Karista Bennett. generous spirit of the brand. These large following on Facebook, my blog, portraits—along with the recipes, Twitter and Instagram. photos and writings of the other The four Storytellers—Fine Arts storytellers—will be revealed by (myself), Culinary Arts (Karista DaVinci Wines November 15 on Benett), Photography (Leela Cyd) its Facebook page (www.facebook. and Language Arts (Jim O’Donnell)— com/DaVinciWine) traveled to Italy at a perfect time of Come by Studio 81 in November year: the harvest. During the last to get a sneak peek of the portrait week of September, we stayed at the series. The Studio, located with Ann former hunting lodge of the Medici Litrel Art above Outspokin’ Bicycles, family, or known as the Casale di is at 8594 Main St. in Woodstock. Valle in Vinci. Surrounded by ripe We will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. vineyards of the Cantina de Leonardo Nov. 1 during Friday Nite Live. da Vinci, the view was 360 degrees Learn more about the DaVinci of spectacular. I must have taken 300 Storyteller Experience on Kristina’s pictures of the landscape! blog at Kristina making authentic Italian pizza in an outdoor oven. Our adventures included an al fresco Photo by Leela Cyd. 48

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Experience Elm Street An Ode to the Joy of Live Music BY G. LORA GROOMS

We live in a time when a person can carry around in his or her pocket an entire musical selection from a symphony orchestra or a favorite rock band. Everywhere we look, there are headphones in ears listening to all types of recorded music. This is convenient, of course. But it makes it easy to forget what live music or music that doesn’t have amplification sounds like. At Elm Street, we’ve been fortunate to have a live pianist G. Lora Grooms is the accompany the singers in our director for the Elm Street musicals. It’s a tough job sitting Cultural Arts Village. behind that piano, keeping everyone She has been teaching, together or making adjustments in writing, directing and tempos to accommodate a soloist. performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can This can be especially hard when a reach her at director@ soloist, who is having a dramatic moment as a performer, does something a bit different than in rehearsal. During rehearsals, the pianist has to listen while playing, and then stop everything when she hears even one person in the group sing an incorrect note. I don’t know how she hears that while playing the piano, but she does! At her direction, the singers must go over and over difficult phrases until they have them mastered. Even after the show has opened, she will keep listening and correcting, if need be, during cast warm-ups. Before she gets to the rehearsals, she spends time on her own practicing every song. She plays through the entire show on her own every day there is a performance. That’s dedication to getting it right. That’s a true professional musician at work. Amy Noel Welch has been the music director for Elm Street since 2007, before we moved to downtown Woodstock in February 2011. She started as an ensemble member on stage in one of our musicals when we were still using recorded tracks. She is a regular substitute music teacher for the Cherokee County schools. Besides playing piano, she is accomplished on the trumpet and can also teach other brass instruments. Amy creates new songs for our classes and camps, often in just a few hours or overnight, using lyrics written by students continued on page 60

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Julie Gable shops in my stores frequently, but she is always shopping for her girls and not Jodi Tiberio owns herself. Like many moms, she Branch Boutique for puts her children first, but that women in Towne Lake does not mean she should put and THREADS boutique herself last. As we were talking, for men and women in Downtown Woodstock. we decided she should be the Contact Jodi at info@ recipient of our next makeover. Julie and her husband own C&T Auto Service in Woodstock. She is the only woman who works at their two locations Julie felt that wearing cargo capris and a T-shirt made her fit in with the mechanics, who wear coveralls. We discussed the possibility of a different approach - dressing to project herself as a successful business owner, wife, mother and role model. To accomplish this, we decided that some really nice new jeans would upgrade her look significantly while maintaining a casual feel. We just got in the new black Miss Me skinny jeans and they looked great on her. The tie-dye top, available in solids and patterns, has a bell sleeve and can be worn off the shoulder for a night out or on the shoulder during the day. This style is flattering on many people because of the shape and the sleeve detail. We added a simple infinity scarf to top off the look. We have many customers who tell us they have never worn a scarf or do not know how to wear one. Scarves are still popular this year, and they come in many new styles and ways to wear them. If you need help, or aren’t sure how to wear them, ask us or watch a YouTube video. In addition to her free outfit, Julie purchased several other tops and another pair of jeans which will really refresh her wardrobe and give her a lot of options. She was now ready to visit with Tim Timmons at Salon Gloss for the second half of her makeover. During a consultation, we agreed that Julie’s hair took attention away from her other features, and we decided to shorten her hair. Tim and Julie agreed to cut her hair to the base of her neck, adding layers to complement her facial shape. Julie’s natural hair color is brown, and she was looking for something that did not require as much commitment as her current blonde shade. Tim chose to color her hair to its natural shade of brown but added warmth to the tone to work in synergy with her skin. The transformation was complete with a makeup consultation aimed at helping Julie with knowing what colors work best for her new hair color and skin tone. She was also shown quick application techniques to duplicate her look at home and enhance her features. As you can see from the huge smile on her face in the photo, Julie was thrilled with her transformation. I know her husband and kids are going to be proud to show her off! 50

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Downtown Woodstock 390 Chambers St. Woodstock (770) 708-BYOP (2967) follow us on FaceBook and Instagram

Open Mon. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun. 1 - 6 p.m.

Be YOU…on purpose. This is not only the name of one of downtown Woodstock’s newest retailers, it’s also a life philosophy for owner DeLana Rutherford. DeLana loves fashion, and her boutique reflects her eclectic style and sensibilities. But to understand the store and its merchandise, you need to understand her story. DeLana was born in southern Louisiana and was raised there and in Tennessee. A pastor’s daughter, she also felt the calling; she and her husband, Myles, lead the congregation at Worship with Wonders (www., a multicultural church in Kennesaw. Some of you may be familiar with DeLana as one of the stars of the 2013 TLC reality show, “The Sisterhood,” which chronicled the lives of several preachers’ wives. Be YOU…on purpose is not just a store, it’s an extension of a movement DeLana created. With two children of her own, Brooklyn (15) and Lyncoln (12) she has a special place in her heart and empathy for teens and their daily struggles. Four years ago, DeLana created t-shirts emblazoned with the words, “be YOU…on purpose.” The shirts were an immediate hit with her congregation and continues to be a top seller in her store. The store offers clothing, accessories and home décor in styles that can be best described as shabby chic, vintage and antique. Each piece is selected to reflect her attitude and values and to inspire her customers. You see it in the uplifting and positive messages that adorn her burlap pillows, the messages on the bracelets and in the subjects and themes of the books she carries. Be YOU…on purpose is a gift giver’s paradise, even if the gift is for you! And if that “gift” is something you need to try on, you will definitely appreciate the ultra-spacious dressing room, which also includes a beautifully adorned box 52

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DeLana with daughter Brooklyn.

where customers can leave prayer requests. As you browse the store, one thing is sure to capture your attention: the be YOU wall. “This is a wall of photos and success stories,” explained DeLana. “All the people on the wall have struggled and overcome, and its purpose is to inspire.” “I want this store to serve as a blessing. I often have customers come in, hear the relaxing music in the background and often say how peaceful the store feels. My message through my store is for customers to simply be themselves and to celebrate who they are. Don’t focus on what you don’t have; focus on what you do have.” For DeLana, opening a store in downtown Woodstock is a dream come true, but it also allows her to further her message and her mission. “When someone leaves this store, I hope they feel inspired to simply be themselves. Celebrate those who celebrate you!” Find be YOU…on purpose on Facebook and Instagram for the latest merchandise arrivals and specials.

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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


Mill Creek Middle 442 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 924-5489 Principal: Elaine Daniel Woodstock Middle 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith


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


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

2013-2014 Calendar at a Glance November 5 No School-Furlough day November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break December 23 - January 3 Holiday Break January 20 No School February 17-21 Winter 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

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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 Women of Woodstock Meets First & Third Wednesday. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Woodstock Business Networking Group Meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Atlanta Bread Company, 180 Woodstock Square Ave., Woodstock Lee West (770) 591-7101


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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 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, Cherokee FOCUS works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiative. Sonia Carruthers (770) 345-5483 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 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 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 Midday Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Folks, 180 Parkway 575 Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meets Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Woodstock Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663

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

arts. Meets Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program.

Republican Women of Cherokee County (678) 520-2236

Cherokee County Lupus Support Group Meets 2nd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at New Light Church Hall Pam Bennett, (404) 975-7580

Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991 Cherokee County Historical Society (770) 345-3288 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 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.

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 Crossfit WOD Club Meets Daily for the “Work Out of the Day” Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary

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 United Methodist Church Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899 AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2013



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. & 6 p.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


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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 Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Cynthia Parr

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


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 His Hands Church 550 Molly Lane, (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m. 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 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. (678) 494-2100 Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Family Style 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 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 Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Greg Michael

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Wedding Guest Etiquette: The “I Do’s” and Don’ts of Attending a Wedding continued from page 23

prefix (Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms., etc…) followed by your name. Do not send back an RSVP card without writing your name. (Yes, this happens.) The bride and groom want an accurate headcount, which is required for the bar and caterer, but also because they might be doing a seating chart. If you know your guest’s names, you should include it on your RSVP. It’s equally rude to say you’re bringing someone in hopes that you’ll be in a relationship by the time the wedding comes. Your imaginary boyfriend costs the bride and groom money whether he comes or not, so don’t do that. Now that you’ve sent in your invitation in a timely manner with the correct number of guests, let’s look at attire. Use the invitation as your guide. Brides are told throughout the wedding process that everything must be cohesive, so if the invite is very formal, but doesn’t specify “black tie,” you can assume the wedding is black tie optional. If the invitation is casual and rustic, then you are probably safe with cocktail attire. Once again, for further questions, check the website. Once all the details are ironed out, not unlike your dress pants, you can finally kick back and party with the bride and groom. Bring your scissors, people, because it’s time to cut a rug! Eat, drink and be married!

Experience Elm Street continued from page 49

and class instructors. She teaches private voice and piano in the music studio at Elm Street most every day then stays for auditions and rehearsals. This fall, she is especially busy with three musicals for November and December: “Little Women,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” Juggling those rehearsals and performances will be a challenge, especially when you consider we’ll be having auditions for yet another musical – “Into The Woods” - before the year is out! So if you happen to be at one of our musicals during the season, be sure to notice Amy, over in the corner at the piano, playing her very own ode to the joy of live music.

What is Your Hair Saying? continued from page 25

- Anemia - Polycystic ovarian disorder - Autoimmune problems - Ringworm - Infected tonsils or tooth problems - Kidney failure - Thrush - Fungal infection Hair is one of your body’s indicators of good health or lack of it, and more often than not, hair problems are the first sign that something is going wrong. However, hair loss does not necessarily indicate that there is a medical issue. Hair loss can be a result of something as simple as medication intake, stress, poor diet, hormonal imbalance, environmental toxins or pregnancy. Therefore, to find out the state of your hair’s health, it is important to get a hair analysis done. It will help determine the state of your hair shaft, roots and other internal conditions and provide you with an individual prescriptive plan putting you and your hair back on the path to recovery.



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