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Always Tired? You’re Not Alone 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep disorders. A good night’s sleep can fuel your day with energy, keeping you refreshed, alert, and less-stressed. However, for more than 70 million Americans, sleep does not come easy. Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center is here to help. With more than 30 years of experience, our specialists will help you find personalized solutions. To learn more about the benefits of sleep, please contact the center nearest you. Relaxing & Comfortable Settings in 3 Convenient Locations.

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November 2014

Volume 2, Issue 1

15 A Veteran’s Story

Community salutes local World War II vet.

18 Guerilla Gardening


City reaps benefits of landscape architect’s work.

26 Everyday Angels

Grandparents take on parenting roles.

32 Homecoming

Readers share their favorite homecoming pictures.

37 Lend a Helping Hand

Volunteer opportunities bountiful this time of year.

40 Thankfulness Treasures

Chantel Adams has ideas for seasonal gifts.

47 Don’t Feed the Animals

Protect your pets during the holidays.



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Delia Halverson


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Dining Guide


Dr. Scott Harden


Northside Hospital


Everyday Angels


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Premier Group


School News


Beth Hermes


Lisa Randall


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HONORING VETERANS Detection at an early, curable stage can save lives! Donors to the WellStar Foundation are sponsoring responsible screening and care for veterans at risk for lung cancer. Veterans who meet criteria for being at risk for lung cancer, due to smoking or exposure to certain chemicals, will be offered a low-dose lung CT scan at a reduced rate of $11 (regularly $199*). In addition, veterans will receive a FREE Pulmonary Risk Assessment to test for COPD as well as possible sleep disorders, compliments of WellStar Medical Group, Pulmonary Medicine. Screening spaces are limited. To register or for more information, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

This screening is made possible thanks to support from the WellStar Pulmonary Network, WellStar Cancer Network and generous donors to WellStar Foundation.

To help with a donation, please visit wellstar.org/kellfund. * Offer only valid for baseline screening exam. Prices are available for a limited time. Screenings are self-pay only and not covered by insurance. To qualify for a screening, certain criteria must be met via our screeners at 770-956-STAR (7827).

WellStar Acworth Health Park Saturday, Nov. 22 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4550 Cobb Parkway | Suite 109 Acworth, GA 30101 WellStar East Cobb Health Park Wednesday, Nov. 19 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 3739 Roswell Road | Suite 100 Marietta, GA 30062 WellStar Douglas Imaging Center Friday, Nov. 14 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 6002 Professional Parkway | Suite 120 Douglasville, GA 30134 WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center Friday, Nov. 21 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 55 Whitcher Street | Suite 150 Marietta, GA 30060 WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at Towne Lake Friday, Nov. 7 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. South Cherokee Medical Center 120 Stone Bridge Parkway | Suite 300 Woodstock, GA 30189 WellStar Paulding Imaging Center Saturday, Nov. 15 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 148 Bill Carruth Parkway Suite LL20 | Hiram, GA 30141 AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



AROUND WOODSTOCK The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Woodstock What’s New On Oct. 7 the newest branch of Community & Southern Bank opened in downtown Woodstock inside of Copper Coin Coffee located at 400 Chambers St. The grand opening celebration included a ribbon cutting along with appetizers, drinks and prizes.

Candi Hannigan is the executive editor of Around Woodstock. She has lived in Cherokee County for 25 years. Send your comments or questions to Candi@ AroundAboutMagazines.com

Village Market & Cafe located in downtown Woodstock at 490 Chambers St. is officially open. The deli, bakery and gourmet market is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. (678) 831-2707. www.villagemarketwoodstock. com.

Nutn’ But Fun, a kids’ play center that offers birthday parties and walk-ins, has opened at 9533 Main Street, Woodstock. The center offers a bounce house, arcade, laser tag and video gaming with large screen televisions. www.nutinbutfun.com. Dr. Roz Coleman (right) recently opened Envision Therapy located at 177 Mirramont Lake Drive, Woodstock. She specializes in diagnosing and treating vision problems related to learning disabilities, brain injuries, strokes, etc. Dr. Coleman works with patients of all ages to create a vision development therapy and rehabilitation plan to help with the visual skills needed for school, work and sports. (678) 540-6680. www.envisiontherapycenter.com. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch has opened a Goshen Community Care house in Canton, expanding the nonprofit residential program that serves youth in the state foster care system. The Community Care house is headquarters for the Georgia New Beginnings Program, which opens the Goshen program to girls ages 18-21. www.goshenvalley.org. GG’s Fine Food, which has a store in Roswell, has expanded services for the holidays to include a line of heat-and-eat dishes


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that can be ordered ahead and picked up at GG’s Woodstock location at 501 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 130. GG’s features a taste of New Orleans with specialties like creole corn chowder, seafood gumbo, crawfish pie, red beans and rice, and bread pudding. www.ggsfinefood.com.

What’s Moved N Motion Physical Therapy is relocating to 9766 Hwy. 92, Suite 100, Woodstock 30188, from the previous location on Woodstock Parkway.

What’s Coming Renovations begin this month on the former Pennybag Emporium location, the new home for Barrel and Barley Craft Beer Market which plans to open the doors in the first of December. The address is 8600 Main St. For updates, visit www.barrelandbarley.com. Ridgewalk Chiropractic and Massage recently purchased Northside Spinal Center located in Canton. “This expansion will increase the ability for our doctors to serve the community and strive to increase their reach for physical and mental health and wellness” says Dr. Darren Surma. Doctors will be at both clinics to serve the needs of clients for chiropractic care and massage therapy. Ridgewalk Chiropractic and Massage is located at 1000 Woodstock Pkwy, No. 160 in Woodstock. (678) 388-7788. http://ridgewalkchiro.com We have quite a bit of news to share from The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. The Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in center court, with performances by the Cherokee High School band, a chorale group from Hillside United Methodist and the Atlanta Ballet Centre Youth Ensemble. A menorah lighting will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 with an ice carving of a menorah and a performance by the Atlanta Jewish Male Choir. Black Friday shopping fans can prepare to hit the outlets between 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and 10 p.m. Nov 28 for Black Friday shopping. New to the Outlet Shoppes is Chaps, which will open next to Isaac Mizrahi in time for Black Friday, and a Johnny Rockets will open in the food court sometime in December. Marlow’s Tavern will open sometime next year at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Construction has begun but a specific opening date wasn’t available at press time.

Ribbon Cuttings Elite Nail Spa has moved to Suite 1326 at 1105 Parkside Lane, Woodstock, doubling the space of their previous location.

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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.

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Kris McKeeth is very active in the Woodstock community and Cherokee County schools. She has more than 20 years experience in real estate; her firm, The Premier Group Keller Williams Realty, is on Main Street in Woodstock. Kris has an extensive background with Keller Williams Realty, serving as operating partner for multiple offices to include Keller Williams Realty Partners, Keller Williams Realty North West, and Keller Williams Realty Atlanta West. Kris, husband Ted and their four children attend Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Darleen Prem is a photography artist specializing in natural light portrait photography, and she enjoys working dog, pet and family photography. Darleen learned her craft from her late father, who served as a NAVY photographer. Darleen’s studio is in downtown Woodstock, where she spends much of her time photographing local events for the city of Woodstock, and serves as the official “unofficial” photographer for both the Woodstock fire and police departments. She volunteers for many local community charities and is the proud mom of an Army Military Police Officer serving overseas. Ross Wiseman 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. ross@momentumchurch.tv. 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 non-profit organizations. beth@eirismarketing.com

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

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS A Peek at the New Chattahoochee Tech Chattahoochee Technical College officials say that March 2015 is the date for completion of renovations to the 35,000-square-foot center that includes two buildings at 8371 Main St. in downtown Woodstock. Improvements will give the campus an urban loft, modern feel. “The campus will have a total new look that I think is going to wow the community,” said Chattahoochee Tech President Ron Newcomb. “At the end of Main Street is an anchor the city can be very proud of.” The $5.2 million renovation to the 1930s building includes a new roof, repaired windows, plumbing, HVAC and restroom upgrades. Several nice surprises have surfaced during renovation: workers uncovered hardwood floors under three layers of carpet; bead-board ceilings, and large windows framed by the original molding.

Expansion for Cherokee CASA CASA for Children in Canton recently completed phase one of its building campaign, raising $350,000 to purchase office space. Phase two will include raising an additional $300,000 for renovations. CASA for Children is now under the new umbrella The Children’s Haven, Inc., which will offer other services in the new facility, in addition to CASA advocacy for foster children.

Turkey Swim at Aquatic Center During November the folks at the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency’s Aquatic Center are sponsoring a contest to see who can swim the farthest. The count will start on Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 30, and participants will need to have their laps certified by a lifeguard at each visit. The winner will win an adult annual pass. The aquatic center is at 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. See www. crpa.net for more details.

Local Artist in Beltline Exhibit A wind chime sculpture by Woodstock resident and artist David Holcomb is part of an art exhibit along Atlanta’s Beltline, what developers describe as a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. Holcomb built the 16-foot by 16-foot structure in his front yard, and had to disassemble and reconstruct it after he delivered it onsite. According to www.beltline.org, the Art on the Atlanta Beltline is an effort to encourage residents and visitors to explore new segments of the trail lined with unique temporary art installations. The types of art on exhibit range from murals to freestanding displays of all sizes. “I would love to get interest generated for doing something similar along the Greenprints trail in Woodstock,” said Holcomb, a 25-year Cherokee county resident. “I’m an avid mountain biker and love bike racing and art. I like creating odd sculptures and I’m excited to be included in the Beltline exhibit.” 8

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Holcomb’s windchime is on display at the intersection of the Beeline and Evelyn Street.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Cub Scout Pack 2010 on Clean-Up Duty Scouts in Pack 2010 spent a recent morning cleaning up trash from the north shore of Little River Marina on both sides of Bells Ferry Road, part of the Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up. “The event was a great success,” said Chandler Coe, assistant cubmaster. “We learned as scouts not to look at other’s irresponsibility with trash as ‘not my trash’ but instead always seeing trash as ‘my opportunity to serve.’” Cub Scout Pack 2010 joined American Heritage Girl Troop 2012

in the service project. Armed with garbage bags and gloves, the kids removed bottles, cans, and more from the lake’s shore. They discovered all types of trash and perhaps even lost treasures, including microwaves, a pacifier, tires, boat anchors, abandoned DVDs, and plastic tricycles. Pack 2010, one of Georgia’s largest with close to 100 cub scouts, holds monthly meetings at different venues in the community. www.cubpack2010.com

Members of Cub Scout Pack 2010 and American Heritage Girls Troop 2012 worked together in the clean-up project.

Celebrating the Pirates’ Bounty Donations totaling $400,000 will be given to various charities thanks to a successful 2014 Pirates of Lanier Poker run at Lake Lanier this summer. The Lanier Partners of North Georgia, sponsors of the fundraiser, hosted a celebration in Buckhead last week, where sponsors, volunteers and beneficiary charities were invited. Details on the yearly event are available at www.piratesoflanier.com.

If You Need an Excuse to Dine Out ... The folks at Main Street Woodstock have announced that Nov. 2-9 is Downtown Restaurant Week, where local eateries will be offering a special fixed price menu at $10, $15, $20 and $25, and food stores will be offering discounts. For more details, check www.downtownwoodstock.org/restaurant-week.

Michael and Tucker Mottern show off the items they collected.

Just in Time for Shopping The Woodstock Trolley is up and running 6-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and noon-10 p.m. Saturdays. The route is approximately 30 minutes and stops at locations that include the city’s parking lots, points east to Reformation Brewery and north to The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Dates and times are subject to change - check www.downtownwoodstock.org or the downtown Woodstock Facebook page. See page 54 for an updated downtown Woodstock parking map that includes the trolley routes. The trolley is sponsored by the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority.

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Firehouse Subs’ Woodstock crew members show off the donated cameras, along with general manager Dan Johnson, franchise owner Trey Norman, Sgt. George Williams and Chief David Soumas. 10

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently donated equipment valued at $18,300 to Woodstock Fire & Rescue. The presentation of four thermal imaging cameras was made at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Highway 92 in Woodstock. The cameras will detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to reach victims quicker and put out deadly fires.

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

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Happy Birthday!

Jonathan Rudick Jr. Age 2 on Nov. 2 Happy birthday to our sweet JJ! You make us so happy! Love, Mommy and Daddy

Davis Ranson Happy 12th birthday! We love you and are proud of your accomplishments. Love Mom, Dad and Brooke

Maddison Miller Age 1 on Nov. 28 Mommy and Daddy love you so much!

Mason Santana 1 on November 27 Happy 1st Birthday! Love: Papi, Mommy, Kylee, Hayden and Jayse

Holland Pinkerton Age 5 on Nov. 23rd We love you!

Madison Dodd Age 9 on Nov. 21 You light up this world! Love, Mommy, Daddy and Madeline!

Christopher Yancy Celebrating his 11th birthday on Nov. 27

Finn Church Age 1 on Oct. 11. Happy Birthday to our little man. We love you so much!! Love Mommy, Daddy, Lily and Kate.

Raynah Neal Age 8 on Nov. 30 We love you! Mom, Dad, Hayden and Marlee

Evan Alexander Riddle Age 3 on Nov. 10 Happy Birthday,Evan! Your family loves you very much! Love, Mommy and Big Bubba Austin!

Celebrations! Engagement




Congratulations to Gail Brandt and Andy Copeland on their engagement! Lots of love from the Childers family

Ryan and Jenni Revalski Married Sept. 19, 2014 A beautiful beach wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Jason and Jenn Himstedt Celebrating two years on Nov. 17 The past two years with you have been amazing! Here’s to many more! I love you!

Wes and Emily Dill This first year of marriage has been an incredible and exciting journey. You are and always will be my everything. I love you baby, Cheers to many, many more!

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If you’re like most homeowners these days, you’ve given plenty of thought to maximizing the sale price of your home. After all, it will be one of the biggest financial transactions of your life. You’ve watched hours of HGTV, amped up the curb appeal, deployed the best staging tips Pinterest has to offer, and hired a real estate agent you trust to help you get the best price possible. But have you thought about how selling your home will affect your taxes? In order to maximize the financial benefit of selling your home, you need to go one step further than a good sale price - you also need to minimize your tax exposure. Your home sale will be much more satisfying if you don’t have to turn around and pay an arm and a leg in capital gains taxes! With the home sale tax exclusion, homeowners can take advantage of a major tax break. To qualify, you must have lived in the home for two or more years of the five years immediately prior to selling it. Singles can make a profit of up to $250,000 and married couples a profit of $500,000 without having to pay capital gains taxes. Even if you don’t qualify for the full exclusion, you may be able to receive a partial exclusion. The IRS takes other factors into account, so if you have lost your job, experienced a health crisis, or dealt with other unforeseen financial issues, you could be eligible for other exclusions. In addition to the home sale tax exclusion, there are other deductions which can minimize your tax exposure when selling your home. Home improvements - Most homeowners know how much their initial home purchase was, but what about the thousands of dollars put into the home over the years for remodeling, additions, and various other home improvement projects? If you have receipts for your new roof, kitchen remodel, the addition you built, etc., you can reduce your cost basis in the eyes of the IRS, and in turn, your taxes. Special tax assessments - In addition to home improvements, you can reduce your cost basis by deducting special tax assessments like energy credits; depreciation; loss due to theft, fire, or casualty; adoption credits for home improvement; neighborhood improvements, like the addition of sidewalks or streets; and right-of-way proceeds. Selling expenses - Expenses incurred from selling your home are also deductible. These can include the cost of title insurance, survey fees, legal fees, transfer taxes, and closing costs.

“Singles can make a profit of up to $250,000 and married couples a profit of $500,000 without having to pay capital gains taxes.”

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Experience Elm Street

If you talk about something long enough .... BY G. LORA GROOMS

....sometimes it finally happens. Or, in my case, you finally write it. As a young ballerina in the late 1960s, I danced with the Mercury Ballet Company in Rochester, N.Y. One of the many ballets we performed was “Peter and the Wolf” with music and narrated story by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. I played the Duck, a challenging role requiring G. Lora Grooms is the one to dance in what was director for the Elm Street essentially a sitting position. I Cultural Arts Village. am not making this up. To this She has been teaching, day I love the music, made up writing, directing and of short sequences featuring performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can sections of the orchestra reach her at director@ playing melodies representing elmstreetarts.org each character as they underscore the story. A couple, ahem, decades, later, I came up with the notion to write a funny one-act version of “Little Red Riding Hood” to pair up with “Peter and the Wolf.” The character of the Wolf would be the same actor/dancer in both stories, as if he was responsible for the villainy depicted in each. But, a funny villain. Somehow actually writing this piece kept being put off in favor of other projects, other ideas and scripts. Then came the time to devise the 2014-15 season, and we wished to present as much new, fresh material as possible. I had my opportunity at last. With some brainstorming during a brief visit from my grandsons Eden and Jude, this general concept of mine began to take shape. We talked about other stories with wolves, such as “The Three Little Pigs.” What if the pigs lived near Granny’s house? What if they kept interrupting the Wolf’s attempts to get Granny and Little Red? Trust me, it gets pretty crazy. Nothing like bouncing around ideas with an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old who are excellent readers and thinkers! The result is the impending, long-awaited (at least for me) premiere of “Little Red and Peter & the Wolf” this month, directed and choreographed by the incredible Taryn Chidebelu-Eze with a talented young cast. We’ve been asked to perform three daytime school shows, but there are also four public performances at 2 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 on the City Center Stage. So, yes, if you talk about something long enough, sometimes you finally can make it happen. 14

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Each morning you can see Chet Reeve walk down his driveway and pick up the paper. Then he turns back to the house and salutes the flag hanging by the garage before going inside to prepare his breakfast. Chet is a World War II veteran who is loved in our Brookshire neighborhood for who he is today. However, I recently read his journal, which is in the Library of Congress, and learned just how he’s contributed to our nation. Delia has written more Now I have even more love and than 25 books, leads workshops and has trained respect for him. teams in the Congo and Chester Harvey Reeve was born Mozambique. She and her Dec. 29, 1919, and joined the U.S. husband have lived in eight Army Air Corps (before it became states, but now reside in the Air Force) on Jan. 21, 1941. Woodstock, and have a daughter, son, daughter-inAccording to his journal, he endured law and four grandchildren the crowded trip across the ocean living in Cherokee County. to Bombay (now known as Mumbai) with 15,000 men. Then he joined 1,000 of the men traveling by a narrow gage open train, then an old flat bottom boat, and then marching into the jungles of the poorest part of India. There they found rice paddies, woods, and lots of bamboo. He spent years moving from place to place in the jungle, working to keep the U.S. airplanes flying in the face of Japanese attacks. Chet wrote of the screams of hundreds of baboons acting as alarm clocks at dawn and lasting all day. They encountered tree leopards, snakes, tigers, and panthers. They also endured tree leeches that got into their ears and noses, and spiders as big as soup bowls. Chet and several others formed a hunting party and brought in boars and deer, enjoying fresh meat after many months of C-rations. Their last assignment was in Burma (now Myanmar), in the jungles at the base of the Himalayas. Although it was lovely to look up to the snow-covered mountains, Chet and his fellow soldiers were very close to the front, keeping those planes in good running condition. When our television shows us scenes of soldiers on the front lines, we often forget about those behind the scenes who sometimes live in an old plane fuselage and must use limited materials and their own ingenuity to keep the war going. After completing his service, Chet used the G.I. Bill to take a course on airplane engines at Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y. Then he worked at Grumman in Riverhead, N.Y. When the space program was in full swing, he worked on the lunar landing pads for Apollo 11. Some of his work is still on the moon. During the war Chet’s unit received some books, and one of them had the name and address of a woman in it. After 4½ years of service he returned to the States, and looked up the young woman. She became his wife, and they had three children, seven

World War II veteran Chet Reeve was asked to place a wreath at the Woodstock Veterans’ Memorial.

grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Chet and Phyllis moved into our community in 2002. They had been married for 66 years when Phyllis died last spring, not only saddening the family, but also our neighborhood. Chet has carved out a place in Woodstock. Every Memorial Day since 2006 he has placed a wreath on the veteran monument in the City Park, and last July Fourth he was honored to be grand marshal of the parade. On Sept. 17 of this year Chet was selected to go on The Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., which allows World War II and Korean War veterans to see the new memorial. Chet’s trip was paid for by a group of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans called the Black Widows. It was a momentous experience that will live with him forever. Chet’s place in our community is prominent. Two of his favorite pastimes have been fishing and gardening. We neighbors particularly benefited from his gardening. Until a couple of years ago, we answered our doors to a smiling face and a bag of vegetables all summer. Chet certainly knew how to make the vegetables grow! After some medical problems, Chet now has companions who spend several hours with him each day. His two companions are from a program called Seniors Helping Seniors (www. seniorshelpingseniors.com/). They not only help him with meals and light housework, but take him to the grocery store and the senior center to play pool. Now we often see Chet walking up and down our street, using a crutch and cane. And we still see him salute the flag after he picks up his paper in the morning. Chet is an honored part of our community, and we’re proud to call him our friend! AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



There’s More to November than Turkeys and Football BY JENNA HILL

While November is well known for Thanksgiving and football, downtown Woodstock has a little more to offer. The month will kick off with Friday Night Live: Hollywood Nights on Nov. 7. Dress up as your favorite movie star or don your best red carpet glamour outfit and head downtown, where there will be live music on the streets and in a few restaurants. You might even see a few “famous” Jenna Hill is a Tourism faces. Stop by the Woodstock Information Assistant Visitors Center and have your at the Woodstock picture taken by the paparazzi and Visitors Center. jehill@woodstockga.gov enter our Famous Faces costume contest. The streets will be filled with people and the stores will be open late with some great sales and specials. Another wonderful November event is the sixth annual Woodstock Art and Wine Festival, set to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9 in the Park at City Center. This event

The Downtown Buzz is held at the Chambers at City Center (8534 Main Street) on the last Friday of the month and begins at 8 AM unless otherwise noted. For more information on the Downtown Buzz program or to suggest a topic for consideration, please contact Mitzi at (770) 592-6056. Business Membership Information: $80 investment per year (2 reps) + $30 investment per year for each addn’l rep Subscription to email newsletter Main Street Woodstock decal Downtown Buzz meting (monthly) Member appreciation event Access to workshops Directory listing on website Ribbon cutting or groundbreaking Hobnob - a social event (quarterly)


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Individual and non-profit memberships also available

is a free, family-friendly outdoor festival that features a juried art and crafts show, wine tastings, live entertainment, a handson interactive activity area for kids and plenty of great food. The festival showcases more than 50 talented artists from the Southeast, representing a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more. Patrons can purchase a wine tasting wristband to learn about and enjoy unlimited samples of more than 40 types of wines. To learn more, visit www.woodstockartandwinefestival.com. If football is your favorite thing about November, enjoy the game on big screen televisions in many of our restaurants. Bring friends and try tailgating in the Keeping Room at Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Road. Reformation offers brewery tours and beer tastings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Many restaurants offer catering if you feel like staying in to watch the game. Speaking of catering, remember that some of the restaurants in downtown Woodstock offer their own versions of Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you’re planning for a crowd or just an intimate dinner for two, there are plenty of options for dining in or take-out. To learn more about events and specials, visit www.facebook. com/mainstreetwoodstock.

Nov. 7

Friday Night Live-Hollywood Night: 6 -9 p.m. Merchants will stay open late and live music will be featured on the sidewalks around downtown. For every $10 you spend at a downtown business during Friday Night Live you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Downtown Dollars gift certificate. Bring your receipts to the Woodstock Visitors Center to enter the drawing.

Nov. 8-9

Woodstock Art and Wine Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Park at City Center. Free family-friendly festival. www. woodstockartandwinefestival.com.

Nov. 11

Veterans Day Celebration: 7 p.m. candlelight ceremony in The Park at City Center to honor America’s veterans. Dirty, torn, and retired flags can be dropped off for proper disposal at collection boxes located in the parking lot of the Woodstock Senior Center and next to the memorial at the park.

Nov. 12

Community spaghetti dinner open to guests between 5 and 7 p.m. at Woodstock United Methodist Church in Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Parkway. The first of a series of meals open to the community. No charge, donations welcome. RSVP by Nov. 10 by calling (770) 516-0371.


Jazz ensemble fall concert at 7:30 p.m. at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Rob Opitz. The musicians will focus on the history and evolution of the jazz ensemble and pay tribute to the great songs in jazz. All seats $12.50. (770) 720-9167. www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.

Nov. 7

The fourth annual Senior Expo 2014, sponsored by the Cherokee County Senior Services, is 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. Featuring guest speakers, demonstrations and vendors that will provide seniors citizens and their families with products, services and activities that enhance life. Including representatives from Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, plus a chance to get flu shots and screenings and a plant sale by Master Gardeners. For details, call (770) 345-6730 or (770) 345-7515. www.cherokeega.com/senior-services.

Nov. 8

Craft fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock. Booth spaces available for $30 each. For more info, contact Linda, (770) 974-4676. Cardiovascular screening 9 a.m.-noon at Northside/Holly Springs Imaging, 684 Sixes Road, Suite 100, by Northside’s heart and vascular institute. Free screening determines risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Call (404) 845-5555 and press 0 to make an appointment. Little River Elementary Fall Festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 3170 Trickum Road, Woodstock. Students can purchase $20 armbands for non PTA members or $15 armbands for prepaid PTA members. Includes petting zoo, hay ride, hair paint, carnival games, face painting, unlimited use of inflatables, rock climbing wall and more! Adults and children age 2 and younger are free. Basket drawing and cake walk tickets are $1 each. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones available for purchase. Proceeds from sales will help Little River soccer and basketball programs. Tickets and armbands can be purchased online at www.lrepta.org. For more info, email amylrepta@comcast.net. Luncheon and fashion show fundraiser for Goshen Valley Boys Ranch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell. Featuring fashions by Barami from Phipps Plaza. Tickets $50, or $450 for a table of 10. Details at www.goshenvalley.org.

Nov. 8-9

18th annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Junior Service League of Woodstock, will feature seven professionally decorated homes in the Woodstock area, all accessible by the city’s trolley. Tickets available at House and Garden Boutique, Fun Finds & Designs, Ivy Manor Interiors, Christine’s Creations, BP gas station in Towne Lake, Linden, and Creative Interiors & Craftworks. www.jslwoodstock.org. Holiday Open House at House and Garden Boutique, 103 Bowles Drive, Woodstock. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Seasonal specials, giveaways and refreshments. (678) 494-5800. www.houseandgardenboutique.com.

Nov. 11

Percussion concert by Reinhardt University’s percussion ensemble begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Under the direction

of Olivia Kieffer, the ensemble will present its fourth full-length concert that includes a world premiere by composer Karl Henning. Free, no tickets required. www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.

Nov. 13

Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds concerts at Reinhardt University under the direction of David Gregory, featuring a 55-member wind ensemble and 90-member symphonic ensemble. All seats $12.50. (770) 720-9167. www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.

Nov. 14

Jingle Bell Shop 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. Presented by the Bank of North Georgia and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the shop will offer gifts and handcrafted items and photos with Santa. Children’s craft area. Free admission. www.cherokeechamber.com. Project SEARCH par 4 golf tournament at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. Scramble format, shotgun start at 9 a.m. Registration is $125 or $400 for a foursome. Project SEARCH teaches skills to prepare young adults with disabilities for employment. (770) 330-0291. www.projectsearchcherokee.com

Nov. 15

Holiday Mart 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 2126 Sixes Road. The fourth annual event will feature photos with Santa, kids’ craft area, music, raffles and Atlanta food trucks. holidaymart@live.com.

Nov. 27

12th annual Gobble Jog benefitting MUST Ministries at the historic Marietta Square. 10K, 5K, 1K and Tot Trot. Prequalifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Register at www.gobblejog.org.

Nov. 29

Artisan Arts and Crafts, a sister show to Latimer Hall, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. www.mainstreetcraftshow.com.

Dec. 5-7, 12-14

“The Unexpected Guest” by Agatha Christie will be performed by members of the Cherokee Theatre Company at the Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St. Tickets are $12 and $15. www.cantontheatre.com.

Dec. 6-7, 12-13

Bethlehem Walk at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta. Open to the community 7-9 p.m. nightly. Reservations accepted for preschool groups 9:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 12. Since 1992 the church has presented the interactive event, which allows visitors to walk through the streets of Bethlehem, haggle with shopkeepers, sign the census and “pay taxes” to Caesar Augustus’ tax collector. Sample fine dried fruits, enjoy hot apple cider and taste samples of fresh made bread. The journey ends at the manger with a representation of the birth of Jesus. The event is free, donations are accepted. https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwalkatmvumc.

Dec. 14

“A Christmas Carol” performances at 3 and 6 p.m. at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center. Perfect for families, with free activities that include a take-home craft, free milk and cookies with Santa, and free photos with Santa. Ticket prices $15 for adults, $12.50 for ages 55 and older, $7.50 children ages 12 and younger. (770) 720-9167. www.reinhardt.edu/fpac. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



Guerilla Gardening

Landscape architect creates gardens and events to seed a spontaneous arts community BY ANN LITREL

Painting by Ann Litrel, annlitrel.com

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. Ann@annlitrel.com

Melissa Casteel is a landscape architect and principal of Mondo Land Planning+Design. In 2012 she partnered with community advocate Pat Tanner to co-found GROW, a volunteer organization for enhancing the downtown area and promoting community arts and activity. Melissa serves on the board of Main Street, and is the site designer and donor for Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

Melissa Casteel speaks in measured tones, her voice often serious. At first she seems an unlikely advocate for arts and spontaneity. We sit at the Crossings in downtown Woodstock, where the morning sun illuminates her dark hair against the bright flowers, fruits of GROW volunteer labor, all around us. Ann: What is landscape architecture? How does it relate to GROW? Melissa: One definition of landscape architecture could be “designing the human experience.” It means people interact in a public space based on how it’s designed. People usually aren’t aware of that. A small example might be the color of these chairs [the bright periwinkle chairs outside PURE]. People don’t think much about the color. But it sends out a subliminal message. If these were plain wood, the space would feel more ordinary. A bright color says, this is urban, this has energy. GROW stands for “Green Reaps Opportunity for Woodstock.” The original impulse was to improve the downtown area. We do most of the plantings, and we coordinate the watering and adoption of the planters by the businesses. A different GROW project made Woodstock one of the first two cities in Georgia to participate in International PARK(ing) Day. It’s a movement to take a piece of land the size of a parking space and transform it for one day into a public park. The first year we created a public garden, but the second year we did a live re-enactment of the painting “Sunday Afternoon in the Park” by Seurat. That got a lot of attention. Groups in other places have made parking spaces into free health clinics, built art installations, done free bike repair shops, even hosted a wedding. The vision of PARK(ing) Day is to challenge people’s ideas about public spaces and inspire them to participate in the civic processes that shape it. Ann: What do you envision for GROW in Woodstock’s future? Melissa: My big wish list is urban art - murals and sculptures. Chattanooga has done a great job of that. The 18

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Beltline in Atlanta is another model. They have art and events that create a sense of community. I’d like to experiment with guerilla gardening. You go into a public space at night, transform it with plants, art, whatever. People react in the morning by using the space in a totally different way. An example of a guerilla project might be to tape out a huge hopscotch grid on a street during the night. Ann: What GROW projects have received the most notice? Melissa: The Christmas balls! These were huge, multi-colored balls we put up in the trees downtown. They had a Dr. Seuss feel, and the trees came to life. The public response was overwhelming. People driving through were so excited, they would stop to tell us these were the most beautiful decorations they had ever seen. Ann: What do you want people to know about GROW? Melissa: We’re not just a gardening group! We’re open to all ages, men and women. You can bring kids. There are social activities. The common interests of the group are garden enthusiasts and public art. I moved to Woodstock because we wanted to live in a small community where our daughter could walk to school, where I could make a difference. In her quiet way, Melissa is shaping this town with a unique vision. For more on Melissa’s story and the accompanying portrait, visit www.annlitrel.com. You can e-mail the artist at ann@annlitrel.com

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Misfortune Opens the Door to a Change in Style BY JODI TIBERIO

Jodi Tiberio owns Branches Boutique for women in Towne Lake as well as a second Branches location and Brooklynn’s boutique in Downtown Woodstock. Contact Jodi at info@ shopthreads.net.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of change for Madonna Mezzanotte, a school counselor at Little River Elementary. Several months ago her house was hit by lightning, which destroyed 85 percent of her home. She lost everything: her clothes, her shoes, even her makeup. While insurance is currently covering a portion of the damage, and construction is about to begin, there are many stressful situations that arise every day. Several of Madonna’s friends nominated her for our makeover, and after thinking about it Madonna said she realized she was “in a rut and needed a change.” She explained that she needed to understand how to dress and style herself for her age and she wanted an objective opinion on clothes, hair and makeup. She stated that her whole life and house were changing and she needed to change, too. After committing to the makeover, Madonna visited the downtown location of Brooklynn’s where she met with manager Mari. She and Mari spent several hours combing through the store. Madonna tried on many different outfits with Mari’s objective eye assisting her with the creation of a whole new style. With Mari’s encouragement, Madonna settled on a pair of leggings and boots, paired with a figure flattering, classic gray wool dress with detailing. After picking out an outfit, she 20

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headed to Salon Gloss for hair and makeup. Salon owner Tim Timmons talked with Madonna about her current styling habits, lifestyle and comfort level. He determined that Madonna would look best with a style that frames her face with bangs and a length that falls just below her shoulders. Her hair color was too dark for her skin tone and features, so Tim decided to lighten her color to a warm brown base with scattered highlights, creating a more youthful look. Makeup artist Will Clemons worked with Madonna to teach her which colors and techniques would best work for her lifestyle, age and skin tone. Madonna says that she is very happy with her hair and makeup and that everybody loves it. It’s such a transformation for her that she said no one recognizes her. While the changes going on in her life are not all her choosing, it is wonderful to see someone with such a positive attitude who chooses to look past her circumstances and find joy in the moment. We enjoyed being a part of Madonna’s transformation and we wish her all the best.

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Urban Renewal

Consignment Store Offers a Boutique Experience As soon as you enter Urban Renewal you know it isn’t the typical consignment store. Shoppers are greeted with a spacious and calming décor, complete with scented candles. Inviting accessory displays are scattered throughout the store that include jewelry, scarves, reading glasses and purses. Owners Patty Jones (pictured above, right) and Birgit Vinson (left) have taken great care to focus on the details in the design of their store, creating a boutique atmosphere. They want everyone who walks through the doors to have an enjoyable and stress-free shopping experience. The consignment shop has been open five months and the community’s response has exceeded the owners’ expectations. “We picked this location in Woodstock because it matched the

demographics we were looking for: a classy and contemporary area near great neighborhoods with easy access to I-575, I-75 and Highway 92, in the center of a lot of shopping districts and near the outlets,” said Birgit. “People have been telling us how happy they are to have a nice consignment store so close by.” Patty says that their thoroughness and attention to details are also reflected in the items they accept. Some of the brands you’ll find on the round clothing racks are Ann Taylor, Chico’s, Talbots, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Free People, among others. Each item must arrive on hangers and be clean, cute and current; fall and winter items are now in demand, including tops, pants, dresses, coats, shoes, boots, belts and handbags. Aside from the focus on name brands, Birgit and Patty bring a history of retail

fashion expertise to the business. Patty has been in the consignment business for more than 10 years; she was a partner in an award winning shop in Daphne, Alabama, and currently co-owns Urban Renewal in Marietta. Birgit has a background in retail management and has always enjoyed working in the fashion industry, for both the retail and social aspects. Owners Patty and Birgit encourage customers to follow Urban Renewal on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with news about sales and special events. They suggest if you see something you like in the store, go ahead and buy it because there’s a good chance it might not be there when you come back. And check back regularly to see what other new items have arrived. You never know what you might find on a visit to Urban Renewal.

Urban Renewal 1085 Buckhead Crossing, Woodstock 30189 678-398-7691 Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday www.urcwoodstock.com. Facebook: Urban Renewal Woodstock


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DOWNTOWN WOODSTOCK DINING GUIDE RESTAURANT Canyons 335 Chambers St. 678-494-8868 canyonsburgercompany.com















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

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Fire Stone 120 Chambers St. 770-926-6778 firestonerestaurants.com

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






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J Christopher’s 315 Chambers St. 770-592-5990 jchristophers.com



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



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


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Pure Taqueria 405 Chambers St. 770-952-7873 puretaqueria.com/woodstock


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Freight Kitchen & Tap 251 E Main St. 770-924-0144 freightkitchen.com Hot Dog Heaven 8588 Main St. 770-591-5605 Ice Martini & Sushi Bar 380 Chambers St. 770-672-6334 icemartinibar.com

Reel Seafood 8670 Main St. 770-627-3006 Tea Leaves & Thyme 8990 Main St. 770-516-2609 tealeavesandthyme.com Vingenzo’s 105 E Main St. 770-924-9133 vingenzos.com

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Casual and Upscale Dine-In Restaurants


A Celebration of Woodstock’s Art Community The recent Glow: A Gallery on the Green inaugural event was an outdoor celebration that attracted city officials, art patrons and Cherokee County residents who wanted to take part in a noteworthy project. Guests were able to review and bid on the 35 works of art donated by artist Kristina Laurendi Havens. Twenty original paintings from the Woodstock Vignettes were sold at the auction, with proceeds going to the Reeves House Restoration Project. The historic Reeves House, built in 1891, is part of the Elm

Street Cultural Arts Village property and will be restored and transformed into a permanent art gallery for the Woodstock community. The second level of the house will be transformed into artist studios. Local teacher and improv actor Joe Lemmo was the event’s emcee and live music was provided by Taryn and the Wednesday Trio. For more information on the project or current Elm Street Cultural Arts Village productions, visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251

Vocalist Taryn Newborne Chidebelu-Eze and Joe Lemmo on the Resurgens Orthopaedics Community Stage on the Elm Street Green. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Carter)

Susan and Phil Fauver unveil their first-pick vignette with artist Kristina Havens (right) looking on.

From left, Mark and Patty Ponder with Jan and Mayor Don Henriques.

Renee Gable, David and Stephanie Boyington

Christopher and Morgan Brazelton

Artist Kristina Laurendi Havens.

Ben Reeves of the original Reeves family with his wife Amy. 24

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Photos courtesy of Susan Bryg, WhiteFlowerPhotography.com

Volunteers Stephanie Maxim (left) and Katie Swartz assist with Glow necklaces to raffle participants.

Downtown Woodstock

Photos by Darleen Prem


Miss Cherokee Rose pageant

Elizabeth Buckalew, Miss Cherokee Rose 2015, is being crowned by Patricia Ford, 2014 Miss Cherokee Rose. Elizabeth is a junior at UGA majoring in finance with a minor in French. With this win, she received several thousand dollars in scholarships and she is now qualified to compete in the Miss Georgia pageant next June.

A gathering of winners includes, from left: Abby Hayman, Teen Miss Cherokee Fair; Reagan Hawthorne, Young Miss Cherokee Fair; Lauren Debranski, 2015 Miss Cherokee Rose’s Outstanding Teen; Elizabeth Buckalew, 2015 Miss Cherokee Rose, and Maxine Allen, Junior Miss Cherokee Fair. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



EVERYDAY “I am blessed. I can bless.” — Ann Voscamp, “A Thousand Gifts”

Everyday Angels is a 501 c (3) nonprofit serving Cherokee County since 2000. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.everydayangels. info to donate via Paypal or send your donations to: Everyday Angels, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA, 30189. One hundred percent of your funds will go to the family you specify. Also, if you know of a special need within your community that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to aaeverydayangels@ gmail.com for consideration and qualification.

“You are changing the world when you are changing one person’s world.” —Ann Voscamp, “A Thousand Gifts”

“You were made to make more than a living. You were made to make a difference.” — Ann Voscamp, “A Thousand Gifts”


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Eucharisto - to give thanks. Gratitude puts everything in a fresh perspective; it enables us to see the many blessings all around us. And the more ways we find to give thanks, the more things we find to be grateful for. Let’s begin November with a simple, deliberate intention to be thankful for all things, while sharing our blessings with others, because we can! For November, Everyday Angels would like to share a story that has become very familiar. We were recently introduced to a sweet elderly couple who are now raising their grandchildren. We asked them to share their story, anonymously, with our readers.

My husband and I are 66 and 68 years old. We have two grown children and five grandchildren. We live comfortably—not lavishly—and are content and grateful. We have lived through many economic phases and have learned the importance of living conservatively. Today, my husband is retired and has early signs of COPD; yes, he smoked like most people our age back in the day. He and I have always put our family first and have said we would always be there for them. Unfortunately, my daughter made a few too many misguided mistakes and her two kids—our precious grandchildren—were removed from her care. We never questioned whether or not we should take them, but how? Our fixed income was just enough for a comfortable conservative lifestyle and retirement. The past two years we have managed okay but today we find ourselves barely making ends meet. Our savings has dwindled to nothing and we struggle to provide the necessities for all of us. The added stress is unfair, but life is unfair so we don’t dwell upon that. We are hoping that my daughter will get her act together and become a fit mother again, but until she does, we continue to tirelessly (and we are tired) provide security and love to two innocent children who deserve that and more. Friends worry about us, which is why they shared our story with your organization. My husband’s health isn’t improving and medical costs are growing, as are all of our bills. We are concerned about the upcoming holidays and the new season approaching. We are doing our best but a little help could ease the stress. Until you are in this situation, you don’t understand how much the small things matter. Thank you for anything you are able to assist us with.

Everyday Angels will provide Christmas for their grandchildren as well as grocery cards for the upcoming months. We have served several seniors this past year who suddenly find themselves now raising their grandchildren—some temporarily and some permanently. We could not make a difference without the support of our readers, especially during the holiday months.

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x O a l e R , h s e r f Re d e r i p s n I e B and pple Park a e n i P at

Photos by Joel Taylor

n the surface, a visit to Pineapple Park on Chambers Street in downtown Woodstock is a walk through a home-design wonderland filled with sofas and chandeliers, dining tables, chairs, lamps, desks and other accessories, as well as decorative vignettes of floral arrangements, table settings and centerpieces. But owner Pacita Wilson says there is so much more to the store than what meets the eye. It’s sort of a home away from home for visitors as well as new and long-time clients. “We have a very personable store. We love to meet people, introduce ourselves, talk to them and know them by name. The clients we do business with become like our second family and we love that,” said Pacita. “We have a lady who comes in every single week for her Pineapple Park fix. There’s such a sense of peace within our store. She might buy something two times a year, but she comes in once a week.” And as families do, Pacita is planning a Christmas open house – but you don’t have to wait until December. On Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pineapple Park will be decked out – floor to ceiling, wall to wall – in Christmas finery, and all the decorations you see will be available for purchase. It takes several days – very long days – to decorate for open house. The store will close at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 to prepare for the Saturday event, a labor of love and a gift to the community. Pacita and husband Ken opened Pineapple Park in downtown Woodstock in 2010 after moving from Florida, where she operated a furniture showroom and several warehouses. She has been in the design business for 20 years, a tenure that allows her to offer merchandise from vendors that can’t be found in other local stores. “The spice of our business is finding unique trade vendors that protect us,” said Pacita. “We travel all over, not just locally but outside of our area and the country to buy unique things to bring back into Pineapple Park.” The shop is warm and inviting, decorated mostly in neutral shades. The lighting is soft with soothing music playing in the background. And usually Pacita will have an intoxicating seasonal scent wafting throughout the store that leaves customers feeling relaxed and stress-free. There’s no need to rush – Pineapple Park offers full-service design help that makes the store a one-stop shopping experience.


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Interior and exterior decorating services are available, ranging from outdoor furniture and landscaping to floor-to-ceiling design inside the home. “We cover it all, from A to Z, in the world of interior décor,” said Pacita. “We do the consulting and handle the installation of everything from window treatments to flooring, chandeliers and wallpaper.” Pineapple Park is more than a showcase for home design; everything inside the store is for sale. “Our store can bring instant gratification because if it’s on the floor and there’s not a sold tag on it, you can purchase it and we can have it delivered to you right away.” One of Pacita’s favorite services is called Remix, a sort-of extreme makeover. “We come in first thing in the morning, remix your space and call you 30 minutes before we finish so you can come and see what we’ve done,” she said. There’s a flat fee for this service, which can involve using your own possessions without additional purchases or bringing in a few new items for something different. Pacita’s passion and design expertise attracted Julie Capel to Pineapple Park – that and the beautiful storefront display that first caught her attention. After moving to the area from Ohio, Julie spent three months interviewing decorators – with no success – to help her with her Milton home. “Within moments of speaking with Pacita, I realized that she was exactly what I was looking for: energetic, knowledgeable, exciting and, last but not least, passionate. I love everything she has brought to my home.” Julie appreciates how Pacita has introduced new items to her home while incorporating the special pieces that she wanted to keep. “She has proceeded in the most timely manner to paint, wallpaper, furnish, drape and accessorize my entire main floor and master bedroom. I am a busy mom of three with a household of six humans, three dogs and an undisclosed number of cats. All of her subs have been extremely respectful and easy to work with. I couldn’t be happier.”

Pineapple Park 240 Chambers St. Woodstock 30188 (678) 494-8494 Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday


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A snapshot from last year’s open house. Mark your calendars for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8 to see this year’s seasonal trends. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



Kids and Adults Celebrate Special Day at Dupree Park BY LISA RANDALL

Dupree Park

513 Neese Road • Woodstock, GA 30188 | www.woodstockga.gov

One-third Mile Paved Fitness Path:

The one-third mile paved fitness path, located on the northern section of the park surrounding the open greenspace, offers a family- and pet-friendly location to walk and bicycle near parking and a restroom facility

Photo by Lisa Randall

Photo by Lisa Randall

Rated as Easy, the three main loops are beginner friendly with a wide, smooth trail tread. The grades are very low, and the trails are meant to be fun at slower speeds. Also features a short bike skills trail that provides technical features designed to teach balance, control and bike handling. These are excellent trails for kids and for novice off-road riders, as well as those getting back on the bike after a long hiatus. The three main loops are named Lions, Tigers and Bears. The skills area is named Oh My!

Park Amenities ● Large playground ● Two covered pavilions that are available for use on a first-come, first served basis. ● Two restroom buildings ● One-third mile paved walking path ● Family mountain bike trails ● Four tennis courts ● Two basketball courts ● Quarter-mile walking trail ● Pond / fishing ● Picnic areas

Family Mountain Bike Trails:

Jayden Randall enjoying the downhill on Tigers Trail, Dupree Park.

Above: Kids start the slow race. Left: Skylar Wilkes of Canton participates in the bike limbo. Right: Official ribbon cutting at Dupree Park Family Mountain Bike Trails.


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OutSpokin’ Bicycles was at the event and provided demo bikes and mechanical support, while Woodstock officials grilled hot dogs and burgers for the kids and adults to enjoy after the morning’s festivities. Dupree Park’s new trails feature three loops that total approximately one mile. The grades are very mellow and while the trails are dirt, they are relatively smooth to make it easy for kids and their parents to ride comfortably. The short, gradual climbs on the trails are followed by flowing, twisty downhills that kids seem to really enjoy. The stackedloop nature of the trails also keeps the ride back to the trailhead relatively short, so that kids and parents are not in danger of getting out too far. All trails at Dupree Park can be ridden on a hybrid style bike, so don’t let not having a “real” mountain bike keep you from exploring these trails. The trails also aren’t just for kids. Adults looking to try mountain biking can also ease into the sport using the trails at Dupree Park to build skills and confidence.

Photo by Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall is a mom, small business owner and athlete from Canton. She is owner of Mountain Goat Adventures, LLC, which organizes local trail running and mountain bike events.

On Oct. 4, the Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department, Greenprints Alliance and SORBA Woodstock hosted Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, an annual event when parents are encouraged to get their kids out on bikes. This event features a day filled with kid-centered bicycle activities, including kids’ group rides, skills clinics and bicycle games such as the bike limbo and slow race. This year the event was held at the new Dupree Park Family Mountain Bike Trails and served as the official ribbon cutting for this new family-friendly trail system.

Woodstock: Where Everybody Knows Your Name BY BETH HERMES

My husband Craig and I moved to Woodstock in 1991, and we recently realized that we’ve called this area home longer than any other place we’ve lived in our lifetimes. It thrills us to have a variety of restaurants (the kind that don’t have a drive-thru), interesting places to shop and activities to enjoy, none of which existed when we bought our first house. Beth Hermes is a graduate When we first arrived, the lower of Auburn University’s lawn of the Park at City Center School of Journalism, and a didn’t exist as it does today. An professional writer for more old hospital building that looked than 26 years. Her work like a spaceship occupied the has appeared in magazines, newspapers and online space for decades, and was publications. She also has replaced by a more modern City created award-winning Hall. The fountain and gazebo marketing campaigns for were installed in the mid-’90s, corporations and nonand the city building was later profit organizations. beth@eirismarketing.com removed to make way for the lawn where concerts are now held. Craig and I have been here so long that it’s rare to go anywhere without running into someone we know, so we build “visit time” into every outing. It’s a safe bet to get a four-top table at a restaurant, even when it’s just the two of us. We wave to (and sometimes stop to chat with) friends each time we walk on the Greenprints Trail; there’s no such thing as a quick run to the farmer’s market on Saturday morning; and there have been times when people we know have strolled over to our car to chat when we stop for a red light (we have a convertible, which makes such visits easy!). I spend a lot of time in the bookstore, and the ladies there introduced me – using only first names – to a man whose child was interested in taking writing classes. As we continued our conversation, we realized we had gone to high school together! (Apparently a lot of us Milton folks moved one county west after graduation.) Woodstock ties extend past the city limits, too. When Craig and I were on vacation in Destin a few years ago, some folks whom I know through volunteer work were staying at the same complex we were. Now when we travel, Craig challenges me to guess how many people we will see from Woodstock. As more amenities become available, chance meetings become more frequent. Maybe that’s why the Cheers theme song is part of my mental music shuffle. (Cue the piano.) AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



RIVER RIDGE Homecoming

Homecoming King & Queen Greer Blackmon and Mia Conklin.

Lexi Fairchild and Noah Brague, Juniors at RRHS.

River Ridge band marches in the parade.

Freshmen Zachary Lafser, Nick Molina and Joseph Faletra.

Maddie Curry (left) and Tobi Davidson.

Juniors Britney Casto, Sydney Boozer, Lexi Fairchild, Paige Morrison, Kelly Law, Sarah Johnston and Leonor Nickel.

Third-grade junior knights enjoy being part of the parade.

Christina Rodriguez and Trevor Head.

Senior Molly Herring with her parents Karen and Darryl Herrin (River Ridge principal). Will Gee adds wood to the bonfire.


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Coach Doug Caines with his sixth grade team riding in the parade.

WOODSTOCK Homecoming

Freshmen Weston Kilgore and Ashley Bloom.

Varsity cheerleaders prepare their float for the parade.

Scott Waters and Emily Shelton.

Christian Staton, Jacob Borland, Zach Went, Cole Keenum, Nathan Peace, Ben Vickrey and Ethan Schenck.

Will Garrett and Sarah Jones get in the spirit of the Star Wars theme.

Freshmen Anthony Van De Ryt and Natalie Grompone.

Peyton Ellington and Ryleigh Harris.

Tiffany George, Isabella Vahle, Stella Atsma and Kasey Lawton.

Peyton Joiner, Ryleigh Harris, Nicole Frazier, Kelly Maloney and Jordie St. Pierre.

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SEQUOYAH Homecoming

Homecoming King & Queen Wheeler Crowe and Morgan Free.

Sophomore representative Ashlyn Lummus and father Will.

Varsity cheerleaders in parade.

Cheerleaders in the Mardi gras spirit.

8th Grade Cheerleaders in the parade.

Youth football players and cheerleaders.

Juniors Mitchell Peters, Lexi Fairchild, Levi Biddy, Emily Scales, Sarah Johnston and Matt Cox. Student section at the homecoming game.


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A Little Learning BY MIKE LITREL, MD

During the years of my medical training, I sometimes flipped to a poem quoted in the front of one of my textbooks. A line from Alexander Pope, it was a warning to the overconfident:

Dr. Mike Litrel has authored hundreds of articles and two books on the faithhealth connection. He is a board certified OB/GYN and specialist in pelvic reconstructive surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Roswell and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel can be reached at www. cherokeewomenshealth.com

“A little learning is a dang’rous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.” Toward the end of my eighth year of training, I began to feel I had finally turned a corner, and I allowed myself to fall into the deep sleep of the selfsatisfied. At last, I knew exactly what I was doing. A phone call later that month

proved how wrong I was. The caller was Ife Sofola. Ife (pronounced Ee-fay) was a classmate from medical school. A tall, muscular Nigerian, Ife was not only a brilliant student, but a man of compassion and charisma. His easy smile, booming laugh, and lilting Nigerian accent endeared him to friends and patients. At the time, he was a flight surgeon at the renowned Bethesda Naval Hospital, where our presidents receive their medical care.

Ife had called to let me know that his mother had died. But it wasn’t the tragedy of her death he wanted to share with me. He wanted to talk about the miracle. Months earlier, Ife’s family had learned that his mother was dying from liver failure. Brought to the Bethesda Naval Hospital, she fell into a coma. She was put under orders, “Do Not Resuscitate.” These words are the final acknowledgement that modern medicine has failed. Death is coming. But Ife and his siblings were not ready to let go. Already they were bitter from the loss of their father, who had died earlier that year. The looming loss of their mother was more than could be borne. Ife’s sister launched a desperate search. A friend of a friend of a friend was reputed to be a “healer” – someone who could save life where others had failed. Ife’s sister flew the healer to America from Nigeria, keeping it secret from her family until the healer arrived at Bethesda. A student of medical science, Ife especially among the family was agitated and unbelieving. But agreeing that there was nothing to be lost, he and his siblings permitted the healer’s presence. The healer directed them to hold hands around the dying woman’s bed. They prayed in silence for five minutes. Then the healer announced, “It is done.” And with that, he took a taxi to the airport. Twenty minutes later, Ife’s mother awoke. She smiled and greeted her family, and got up to take a shower. Ife said there were no words to describe the utter bafflement of the physicians. And Ife himself, exuberant and believing, had run and leaped joyfully down the hallways in his white coat, proclaiming in his deep voice for all to hear, “A miracle has occurred! Here, at Bethesda! A MIRACLE!” Within a few weeks of this incident, Ife’s mother had again continued on page 60

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Michael Caldwell is the state representative for District 20, which covers Towne Lake and Woodstock. He can be reached at (678) 523-8570 or email him at Michael@ CaldwellForHouse.com.

Government is not always the answer. If you have been reading my column for any length of time, you have likely noticed that this is a theme I repeat rather often. I am a firm believer that the private sector can deliver better results in a more effective and efficient manner than government in most circumstances. For my Thanksgiving column, I thought I would highlight a few wonderful organizations right here in Cherokee County that are doing so in an area we too often consider a responsibility of the government: caring for those in need.

achieved a $1,000 emergency fund. Papa’s Pantry currently supports two locations in Woodstock and Canton. MUST Ministries Marietta MUST Ministries was started in 1971 by Rev. Wayne Williams and exists to “connect people who have a desire to help with those who need help the most.” Though MUST is based in our neighboring county to the south, it has a tremendous Cherokee presence with a location in Canton. In fact, 46 percent of the total Cherokee County citizens in poverty were served through MUST’s Canton location last year. Services in Cherokee include grocery distribution, daily breads and sweets, job training, computer labs, workshops, summer lunches, Thanksgiving boxes, Toy Shop, supportive housing, rapid rehousing and clothing distribution. MUST Cherokee served 31,000 in need last year, including 19,000 children.

The consistent theme that one should notice as they look at the phenomenal work being done by these selfless servants in Cherokee County? They are striving to do more than meet Never Alone Ministries temporary needs. They are working to make a lasting change Woodstock in lives; to provide families with the education, means and Never Alone is a ministry/ confidence to truly change their futures and stand on their charity right here in our backyard own two feet. Sometimes government services get this part of that was started by Lamar Green in 2006. Their self-stated the equation right. All too often they don’t. purpose is to “attend to a legitimate request of need while It’s because of this significant difference and the adding these encouraging words: ‘You are Never Alone when tremendous work these groups (and many others) are doing in things are not so good.’” Never Alone supports an outreach Cherokee County and Georgia that we must each do our part center that is styled much like a grocery store, allowing families to support them. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all those in need to choose what they would like, and they strive to who give of themselves to better the lives of others. I would provide enough food and personal hygiene products to support also ask that you join me in praying over those who take part each family for a month. At the close of Q3 2014, the center in these organizations and the thousands that they serve each had provided food, personal hygiene products, baby diapers and and every day. clothing to 352 families (1,962 individuals) this calendar year. If you wish to support any of these groups financially, you can do so by Papa’s Pantry Woodstock visiting their websites: Papa’s Pantry is another homegrown www.neveralone.org. ministry/charity founded by Lynne www.papaspantry.org. Saunders in 1998. Papa’s Pantry www.mustministries.org/ styles itself as a “whole-istic program Please feel free to reach out designed to work with families at to me on my cell phone at their immediate point of need.” In (678) 523-8570 or email me at addition to a food assistance program, Michael@caldwellforhouse.com. If it focuses on “stability training.” This you have any other questions or comes in the form of classes and concerns, contact me or come meet coaching to help make a lasting change me at one of my Weekly Coffees with in a family’s life to ensure they regain District 20 nearly every Saturday at the ability to support themselves. Copper Coin Coffee in downtown They say that those participating in Woodstock. employment training can expect to Thank you again for allowing me the find work within a “few weeks,” and honor of representing your family in that those involved in budgeting Georgia’s General Assembly! training graduate when they’ve Lamar Green is founder of Never Alone. 36

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Helping Hands

Because many of our friends and neighbors struggle financially every day, there are many charities that work hard to help people in need. Here’s a list of local nonprofits that have additional needs for the holidays. To learn about many other ways to help throughout the year, visit www.volunteercherokee.org. Cherokee County Senior Services | www.cherokeega.com The Volunteer Aging Council and the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency are working together on the annual Adopt-A-Senior 2014 program. Volunteers are asked to “adopt” a senior who is currently receiving services through Cherokee County Senior Services and provide him or her with a robe, gown or pajamas, grocery store gift card and a book of stamps. Sizes and gender information will be assigned when volunteers register. Deadline to receive gift packages is Dec. 12. To participate, call Frankie Sanders at (770) 924-7768 or email fsanders@cherokeega.com. Cherokee Family Violence Center | www.cfvc.org The center has a transitional housing complex with 72 apartments and emergency shelter that accommodates 12 women and children. The Thanksgiving wish list includes: turkey or ham, fresh or boxed potatoes, gravy mix, corn or other canned vegetables, yams, marshmallows, pumpkin pie mix, instant coffee, hot chocolate mix, fresh fruit and rolls. For delivery details, call (770) 479-4641 or email wendy@cfvc.org. Cherokee Thanksgiving | www.cantonfirstumc.org Volunteers will prepare approximately 2,000 meals, with about 1,800 to be delivered in Cherokee and the rest served at Canton First United Methodist Church, 920 Lower Scott Mill Road. Volunteers also smoke 130 turkeys. This is the event’s 10th year, and each event involved about 125 volunteers of all ages from across the county. The dressing is made from scratch, and fresh-baked spice cake is the dessert. Breadbeckers donates 2,000 fresh whole-wheat rolls from their bakery. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals - email ctdrivers2014@ gmail.com to sign up. Volunteers for other roles should email ctvolunteers2014@gmail.com. To order dinners, call (770) 877-2601.

Forever Fed | www.foreverfed.org

The mobile food ministry needs non-perishable food donations for the Food4U/Cans 4 Kids food boxes that are distributed to children at-risk of food insecurity in Cherokee County. Each box contains seven meals and seven snacks for one child. For details, call (678) 883-3314 or email susan@foreverfed.org.

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch | www.goshenvalley.org

Thanksgiving and Christmas are times when Goshen Valley Boys Ranch can use extra help feeding the young men who live on the Waleska ranch. “Frozen casseroles are a huge blessing for our house parents who are having to prepare three meals a day when the boys are out of school,” said Zach. Individuals or small groups are encouraged to donate frozen meals, deliver them in person and take a tour of Goshen Valley. Another holiday need is hooded sweatshirts and warm jackets in sizes from youth XL to adult XXL. Gift cards help fill last-minute Christmas wish lists. Desserts also are needed for the boys’ Christmas party. For more info, email Zach at zblend@goshenvalley.org or call (770) 796-4618.

Harvesting Hope Ministries | www.harvestinghopeministries.org A Christmas toy drive and meeting with Santa and Mrs. Claus is

planned for 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 29 at the Cherokee County Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200. Bring a toy and get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Tim and Pam Cavender). The toys will be put in Christmas baskets that will be delivered to families of transplant and cancer patients through Ronald McDonald House Charities of Atlanta. For a list of requested toys, visit www.harvestinghopeministries.org. Also sponsored by www.thegoodneighborproject.net, www.timandpamcavender.com, www.crpa.net and www.armhc.org.

MUST Ministries - Cherokee | www.mustministries.org

Thanksgiving baskets will be given to more than 1,000 families this year. The agency is looking for donations of cans of corn, green beans, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, boxes or packets of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread mix and stuffings; cans or packets of gravy mix, and frozen pies and turkeys. Non-perishable items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov 3-14 at MUST’s Canton location at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway. Frozen turkeys and pies can be delivered 8-9 a.m. Nov. 24-26. It helps to let MUST know what items you’ll be bringing, so please call Karen StrongSmith at (770) 721-2925 or email kstrong-smith@mustministries.org. Additional volunteers also are needed through the holiday. Call Melissa Hall at (770) 721-2927 or email her at mhall@mustministries.org if you’d like to help.

Never Alone | www.neveralone.org

The Woodstock nonprofit, which helps area residents in need by distributing food, clothing and home repair, is collecting turkeys and nonperishable food items to fill Thanksgiving boxes. For details, call (770) 363-5272.

Operation Christmas Child | www.samaritanspurse.org

Representatives will be collecting donations of filled shoeboxes Nov. 17-24 at Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, collects boxes filled with toys and hygiene items and ships around the world to children in need. Collection times are: noon-2 p.m. Nov. 1721, with an additional time 5-8 p.m. Nov. 19; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22, noon-3 p.m. Nov. 23 and 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 24.

Papa’s Pantry | www.papaspantry.org

Donations of turkeys, hams and produce are needed, as well as nonperishable food items. A list of seasonal needs is kept up-to-date on the website. Papa’s Pantry is a food and stability training organization for Cherokee residents. For details, call (770) 591-4730.

Secret Santa | www.cherokeesanta.com

The Secret Santa program of the Department of Family and Children’s Services for Cherokee County offers a way for individuals, businesses or larger groups such as Sunday school classes or scout troops to help the more than 350 children in foster care this year. Sponsors can donate as much or as little as they can. All size donations are appreciated. For more details, call the Secret Santa phone line at (678) 427-9393 or email cherokeesanta@yahoo.com. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



A Father’s Desires for His Children

Destinations: State Parks Offer Something for Everyone



I think about my children and what I want for them as they grow older. I know I will be around to remind them of these things, but putting what I want for them on paper and sharing that with you is my way of saying I want this for you, too. So here is what I want: I want you to realize most of your unhappiness will come from the expectations YOU place on yourself and Sean Kaufman lives in others. I want you to find Woodstock with his wife, yourself in the service of two sons and daughter. others but never forget to He specializes in intrinsic serve yourself as well. I want coaching/motivation, you to understand love is not owns a behavioral-based consulting business and is an a feeling, it is a choice you internationally recognized make when you stay with the trainer. He can be contacted person you love and question at sean@seankaufman.com. why you even love him or her in the first place. I want you to take care of your body— exercise, eat well—because your body is the instrument you need to make memories that will move your soul. I want you to listen, as there is so much you will miss if you don’t. I want you pray every day with gratitude (about everything) because happiness begins with thankfulness. I want you to realize anger and resentment kill your soul. I want you to learn to forgive. I want you to realize you are not the only one driving, walking or living, so be courteous to those with whom you share the world. I want you to know you live in the greatest country in the world by experiencing the many other places of the world. I want you to cry because it means you are alive. I want you to be humble because pride will bring you down. I want you to fight more for what is right instead of focusing on being right. I want you to be a life-long learner, open to change and the lessons coming your way. I want you to make a stand when you feel you need to. I want you to know you, so when the world doesn’t, you don’t give a damn. I want you to feel loved, appreciated and accepted for who you are. I want you to find similarities with others rather than always looking for the differences. I want you to be constructive rather than destructive when giving feedback. I want you to live happy, by looking at and changing the expectations you place on yourself, others and the world around you. I want you to live, learn and love, but most of all I want you to be happy and healthy when doing so! 38

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Lynne Watts is an author, speaker, coach, mom and counselor for Cherokee County schools. Follow her at http://acalledwoman.com/, http://lynnewatts.com and http://wyatthewonderdog.com.

Enjoy the last days of crisp fall weather while spending time outdoors at one of many of Georgia’s state parks. Families can enjoy everything from hiking and biking to golfing packages. Since the distance to the parks listed below ranges from one to two and a half hours away, it’s an easy drive for a delightful day trip. Eight of the parks offer golf packages with two-day, twonight accommodations. Visit the Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor Creek State Park for an especially challenging course. Or book a package at the Lakes Course at Laura S. Walker State Park, where you can stay overnight in cottages with scenic views of the

peninsula. State parks also offer biking enthusiasts both recreational and vigorous biking terrain. Panola Mountain, Red Top Mountain, Hart, Smithgall Woods and Victoria Bryant state parks all offer unique recreational biking opportunities through picturesque woods. Want more of a challenge? Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi, Richard B. Russell, Mistletoe, Fort Yargo and Hard Labor Creek will test your ability with steep grades, bridges and fast berms. Hiking is a wonderful outdoor activity that requires no special equipment and appeals to all ages and ability levels. You can find paved trails suitable for wheelchairs and strollers at Mistletoe State Park, while hikers looking for challenging terrain can visit Black Rock Mountain State Park to experience its backcountry trails. Hike to breathtaking waterfalls at Fort Mountain State Park and Vogel State Park or climb the stairs to the top of the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast at Amicalola Falls State Park. If you are feeling really adventurous, reserve a room and hike to the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola, where you can spend the night and hike back out in the morning. Or for a special treat, sign up for the full moon hike across the suspension bridge at Tallulah Falls State Park. Georgia state parks truly offer something for everyone. For more details, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events.

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Fall is a time to gather a harvest and to gather friends and family. Southern hospitality lives in Georgia yearround, but November’s bounty makes sharing a natural part of entertaining. A thoughtful guest arrives with something special for the host or hostess. This month, I share some of my personal favorites with you.







1. These beautiful flameless candles are made by the Habersham Candle Company in Cornelia, Ga. They release the fragrance of a candle without the danger of an open flame. Perfect for homes with kids and pets, dormitories, nursing homes and hospitals. (Where were these when I was in college?) Fragrance lasts up to a year. Prices range from $11.50-$24 at The Gifted Ferret, 1910 Eagle Drive, Woodstock.

2. Tuesday Morning is one of my favorite places to go for nearly every kind of gift. I always keep Herbes de Provence in my pantry, but you could keep this beautiful jar on a countertop. It makes everything delicious - vegetables, roast chicken, or even mixed with olive oil and used as a dip for bread. This little jar even comes with its own wooden spoon! Additional spice blends available. $9.99 at Tuesday Morning, 1430 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. 3. Another local artist showcases Georgia pride with canvas art. Modernly Vintage Designs features different colors and patterns, but the one thing they all have in common is pure Southern charm. This original painting sells for $25. Discover more at www. etsy.com/shop/ModernlyVintageGifts. 4. The owner of Three Sisters in Hickory Flat wasted no time showing me this line of exotic hand soaps and lotions from Neroli. They smell delicious and feel indulgent but don’t cost a fortune. They’re a perfect combination of loveliness and whimsy. Prices range from $9.50-$23.50 at Three Sisters Gifts, 6205 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 106, Canton.

5. The heartfelt sentiment in this little sign - simple lettering on weathered wood - stopped me in my tracks and made me smile. I think I’ll bring it to my mom’s house on Thanksgiving day because there’s no place I’d rather be than “together.” How about you? $22 at Three Sisters Gifts. 6. Creative people thrive here in Cherokee County, so if you’d rather do some shopping from your computer, you can shop local at www.etsy.com. I found this listing for a rustic photo frame by Woodstock artist Southern Poise. It sells for $45. Check out her Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/SouthernPoise for more unique designs.


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Rob’s Rescues This cute cat is named Rambles. He is a tabby. He is quiet and peaceful and friendly. He might be playful and he likes attention. He is quite tall but only six months old.

I’m Rob Macmillan and I’m on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. Every month I’m going to tell you about two pets that need homes and give some useful information! These animals are at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter at 1015 Univeter Road, Canton.

The dog is named Matthew. He is six years old. His face is pretty interesting. He walks well on a leash. He is very gentle and calm. He got picked up by the police so he’s probably a stray.

Rob’s Rescues and Child’s Play Preschool did a food drive for the shelter. Here I am with Ms. Misty Clark and her class and the food they collected.

I am doing a food drive for Pet Buddies Food Pantry with BridgeMill Animal Hospital. Pet Buddies helps people who need help to feed their pets to keep them out of the shelter. Please drop pet food off before the middle of November at BridgeMill Animal Hospital, 9560 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. There is a bin inside.

Cornbread and Gossip: Good for All That Ails You BY CLAIRE FROST

I feel lucky that my grandmother has never lived farther than 20 minutes from me. It is because of this that I am still able to stop by her house on the way home from work, just to see what she’s up to, get the skinny on what is happening on “her stories,” hear about family news, listen to neighborhood gossip, vent about my stressors and get tips for my sewing projects. Claire is the editor of House We always have a lot to cover, of Frost, a blog that juggles so to keep ourselves replenished family, fashion, food, and for the chatter, we need furnishing with a little sparkle. sustenance. Where do we turn for She lives in Woodstock with her husband, Sean, and their two that? Well, there’s almost always dogs. housefrost.com. freshly baked cornbread waiting for me. When I was kid, she would say “it’s good for all that ails you.” She was right. Still is. I firmly believe that there is no problem that can’t be fixed by cornbread. (Carbs solve all of life’s hardest problems, don’t they?) There are plenty of cornbread recipes out there, of course. I would

encourage everyone to try as many as possible until you find the cornbread that fits you just right. (Yes, like Goldilocks.) I’ve had jalapeño cornbread, for example, that is wonderful served with chili on a cold fall day. I’ve had cornbread with corn kernels “floating in it,” as my Dad would say. (He’s not a fan of that.) There’s dense cornbread, fluffy cornbread, whole wheat cornbread. All of it delicious. My favorite style of cornbread is Mimi’s basic cornbread, fresh out of the oven, crumbled into an ice cold glass of milk. Cornbread and milk. Nothing says down-home comfort like cornbread and milk.

Mimi and Claire’s Cornbread & Milk Ingredients: 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 beaten egg 1 ½ cups buttermilk

Combine all ingredients and bake at 425 degrees for 29 minutes—not 28, not 30—in an iron cornbread skillet that’s used only for cornbread. Once it’s cooled down enough to crumble it with your hands without wincing, loosely crumble into a glass and pour ice-cold milk over it. Devour with spoon. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014



Cold, Flu and Obsessive Hand Washing 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. mattnealwriter@yahoo.com


Between myself, my wife and our two kids, one of us has a thing about washing hands. When we come home, wash hands. Before we eat, wash hands. After handling money, wash hands. I’ll admit, I get sick one or two times every year. So do my kids. My wife, on the other hand, rarely even has a cold. Can you guess which of us is the obsessive handwasher? She even uses those little bottles of hand sanitizers when we go to a restaurant. We learned firsthand how important it is to keep germs away. A few years ago my daughter was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she stayed for three weeks. She had the flu, strep, sinus infection, double pneumonia and—drum roll—bacterial meningitis. Yes,

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all those fun diseases at the same time. After an experience like that, it’s hard not to take seriously how dangerous germs can be. They took her out of ICU only because she was the only child not on a respirator. Many of those kids on respirators had the flu. Yes, it’s that serious. Back when my kids were 4 or 5 and had started going to school for the first time, I started getting sick several times every year. I went to the doctor. Surely I had some rare syndrome. The doctor asked me a simple question: “Do you have kids who recently started school?” “Yes,” I told her. Bingo. Those little germ carriers were going to school, playing with other little germ carriers, sticking their fingers in their mouths, passing germy little toys back and forth, and generally doing all the germy little things kids do. Then they came home to dear old dad and gave me big, germy hugs and kisses. A week later I would try to explain to my boss that, once again, I had a cold and wanted to stay home. I could hear his thoughts over the phone: “What a weenie.” Now, every year we get the flu vaccine, and we boost our immune system by taking extra vitamins. But one of the simplest, most effective ways to fight unwanted germs is to wash your hands. On our recent vacation, both my kids and I got sick. But my wife, the hand-washing queen, did not.

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School & Sports

Local Cub Scouts Give Back to Their School Members of Cub Scout Pack 4900 recently held a work day at their school, Woodstock Elementary, where they added woodchips to the playground and cleaned school grounds. “We value the partnership and appreciate their service to the school,” Principal Kim Montalbano said.

Participating Scouts included first grade Tigers Diego Breaux, Nicholas Steiner and Wyatt Williamson; second grade Wolf Riley Drake; third grade Bears Ashton Frame and Stephen Welch; fourth grade Webelos 1 Keegan Williamson; fifth grade Webelos 2 Dylan Hoffacker and William Pannell.

Woodstock Elementary Recognized for Third Year For the third consecutive year, Woodstock Elementary School has been named a Georgia Reward School—Highest Performing School. This designation, from the Georgia Department of Education, recognizes Woodstock Elementary School for being among the top 5 percent of Title I schools in Georgia with the highest performance on statewide assessments for the past three years.

A Title I school has a high percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Woodstock Elementary was also honored as a 2013 Georgia Family Friendly Partnership School Award winner, one of only four in the state, based on factors including its student and parent engagement, staff friendliness and community partnerships.

Johnston Elementary PTA Highlights Family Fun and Physical Fitness Johnston Elementary School students and staff and all of their families recently enjoyed an evening of recreation, fellowship and fun at the PTA and PE Night event.

Super Swimmer!

Racing in their potato sacks are Rosa Velazquez and her sons, Daniel Salazar and Chris Salazar.

Parent Jason Styron is chased by students, (from left), Josh Cardin, Elsa Lake, Haze Cheek, Austin Styron and Matthew Lipscey in a game of flag football. 44

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Lauren Case of the Chattahoochee Gold swim team has been chosen for the USA Junior National swim team. Lauren is 16 years old and a junior at Woodstock High School. She’s been a swimmer for Chattahoochee Gold for nine years. Lauren is a USA Swimming Junior National (18 and younger) top three finisher and competed in the 2012 Olympic trials. She’s the first Chattahoochee Gold swimmer chosen for the Junior National team.

Lauren Case

Tournament of Champions Hosted by River Ridge The third annual Tournament of Champions Marching Band Competition will be held on Nov. 1 at the River Ridge High School stadium, located at 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. The tournament is an all-day event and will showcase 15 high school marching bands from around Georgia and Tennessee. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Concessions and spirit wear will also be available. Bands will compete in areas of musical and visual performance as well as overall effect. The Marching Knights will conclude the performances with an exhibition of their 2014 show, entitled The Lady in the Woods, under the field direction of drum majors Greer Blackmon and Nikki Perez. Following the performances,

the competing bands will be presented with awards from within their classifications, as well as gold and silver division awards. The highest scoring band of the evening, regardless of classification, will receive the highest award, the Tournament Cup. The River Ridge Marching Knights are under the direction of Daniel Gray and Assistant Director Ben Rice. Rick Subel is the color guard instructor, and Cory Robinson is the percussion instructor. Additional instructors include Rebekah Chaderdon, J.C. Snell, Dave Lawson, Austin Crawford and Ryan McGraw. The River Ridge Marching Knights represented Georgia in the May 2014 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., and will travel to England in December 2015 to participate in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade.

River Ridge Marching Knights

Seniors Named Semi-Finalists in Scholarship Program

Cherokee Students Continue to Earn Top SAT Scores

River Ridge and Sequoyah High seniors have been named National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Felicia N. Williams of River Ridge High School and Langston H. Leake of Sequoyah High School are among the 1,600 scholastically talented young men and women who now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 800 scholarships worth about $2.5 million that will be awarded next spring.

The Cherokee County School District continues to rank in the top five school districts in Georgia for average SAT scores, based on data recently released by the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board. The school district’s Class of 2014 earned an average total score of 1563, which is the fifth highest score out of 180 school systems in Georgia. Graduates from the Class of 2014 beat the national average by 66 points and the state average by 118 points on the curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam, which is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students. All Cherokee County high schools scored above the national and state average on the test, which measures critical reading, mathematics and writing abilities that are related to successful academic performance in college.

Felicia N. Williams

Langston H. Leake

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School & Sports

Parents Be Aware of New Dangerous Drug BY MARK KISSEL

“It’s just wax!” The latest drug challenge for parents, school administrators and law enforcement officers is a potent new drug often called “wax,” and it has found its way into Georgia high schools. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s fact sheet, the drug is made from oils in marijuana plants (THC) and is far more potent than dried marijuana leaves. Chief of Police Mark Wax also is known as BHO Kissel has served the Cherokee County School (short for butane hash oil), and District since 1999 and states with legalized marijuana has more than 35 years can easily sell the product. of law enforcement The substance looks like lip experience. balm and is frequently kept in small tins or similar containers, making it easy to hide “in plain sight.” According to officers familiar with the substance, a drop or two of the oil can be several times stronger than marijuana that is smoked, and a recent article published by the progressive news website www.AlterNet.org compared the difference between wax and a marijuana joint to the difference between 100-proof and 50-proof vodka. During a recent drug investigation, police found approximately 80 grams (3 ounces) of wax at a Georgia residence, and more recently, officers in the metro Atlanta area have received complaints from parents whose children were approached at school by others trying to sell it under the pretense that it was easy to hide. Schools in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) are considered drug-free zones, and the 2014-15 CCSD Discipline Code prohibits a student from possessing, using, offering for sale, or transferring any drug while on school property, on school buses, at bus stops or while attending school functions. As a parent, please take the time to talk with your child about the potential health risks associated with wax and other drugs and remind them of the potential school discipline and legal consequences if they are found in possession of these substances.

The substance looks like lip balm and is frequently kept in small tins or similar containers, making it easy to hide “in plain sight.”


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Health & Wellness

Stuff Your Turkey, Not Your Dog BY LORRE LAMARCA

Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year where we want to sneak our dog just a little taste here and there of all the goodies that we enjoy. How could you resist those big eyes staring up at you while you are stuffing the big bird? Did you know that the holiday season is the busiest time for emergency veterinary clinics? Foods you would not even think could harm your dog could possibly Lorre LaMarca is the cause a serious illness and even owner of the Bark take the dog’s life. Here are some Station, 240 Arnold examples. Mill Road. 1. Turkey bones. Bones of all www.bark-station.com. (770) 517-9907 sizes can splinter easily once bitten. They can choke or harm the digestive tract while passing through. 2. Raw or undercooked turkey and cake or pie dough. These items could be contaminated with salmonella or other bacteria. Cake and pie dough actually can expand in your pet’s stomach, causing bloating and painful abdominal issues.

3. Turkey skin, gravy and ham. The danger to dogs lies in the extreme amounts of fat and salt that are difficult to digest. A dog who consumes high levels of fat can develop pancreatitis, an inflammatory problem in the pancreas that can require overnight care at the vet’s office and lead to other major complications. 4. Nutmeg and sage spices. Pumpkin and sweet potato recipes that contain nutmeg are toxic to dogs, leading to seizures and other disorders. Make sure you read all food labels or ask the cook if any of the items were made with nutmeg or sage before giving to your pet. The oils in sage also have been known to cause severe stomach upset. 5. Baker’s chocolate, cookie and cake batter, macadamia nuts, walnuts, onions, garlic and alcohol. All are all toxic to digestive tract and other systems. If you have guests in your home, make sure everyone— including small children— understands NOT TO FEED THE DOG! Remember that pups can be sneaky. The minute someone drops food on the ground, they will grab it. It is best to keep your pup in a secure area during meal time, dessert time and cleanup to avoid any emergencies that can ruin your Turkey Day.

One in eight Americans struggles with hunger daily. Our Woodstock based non-profit: Never Alone reaches out daily to local families who are in need of food. Recently we hosted a special 15,000 pound free food distribution. Our goal is to provide families enough food to last an entire month. Never Alone now has a goal to provide 300 local families in need of a Thanksgiving turkey along with a complete holiday meal box. With each $1 you donate, Never Alone can provide $9.21 in groceries for local families who are in need. Please consider making a secure online tax deductible donation to Never Alone by visiting their website at: www.Never Alone.Org or you can mail a check payable to: Never Alone P.O. Box 1904 Woodstock, GA 30188 Donation receipts will be mailed to you for your tax records. Donations to Never Alone are tax deductible as we’re a 501c (3) non profit. AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014


Health & Wellness

It’s Not Your Grandpa’s Hearing Aid BY JAN HENRIQUES

Dr. Henriques is a board certified audiologist and lead provider at North Georgia Audiology in Woodstock. She has been practicing since 1985, after earning a doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from LSU Medical Center.


Hearing aids have come a long way, from ear trumpets to microprocessors that are virtually invisible. Some people are still stuck with the notion that hearing aids are big and bulky, “like my granddad used to wear!” When I started practicing more than 30 years ago, body-style hearing aids were worn by deaf children and severe to profoundly hearing impaired adults. A cord connected the hearing aid to a bulky box worn in a pocket or strapped on a harness to be worn across the chest. Those of us who remember that bulky device have a preconceived notion about hearing aids. I’ve had patients tell me, “I don’t want one that goes over my ear like _____ used to wear. I’m not that old!” I can safely say that these are obsolete! Even today’s miraculous cochlear

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implant technology fits all behind the ear. Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes and sizes, most of which are discreetly worn. The tiniest devices are available now and can be wirelessly connected to your phone or TV. Some are even as small as the tip of your little finger. You will be amazed at how helpful and transformative better hearing can now be. • Wireless devices, known as assistive listening devices (ALDs) or hearing assistance technology (HAT), connect to a variety of situations such as media, live performances, church services, telephone and television. Not all devices require the user to wear hearing aids and can work independently like wireless headphones for television or personal FM systems for theaters. • There’s a resurgence in a system called looping, where hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise. • The Lyric is a hearing aid that’s virtually undetectable because it’s placed in the ear canal and can be worn while showering or exercising. It is replaced every three to four months. • Modern hearing devices offer extended wear, are invisible to others and have no batteries to change. Extended-wear continued on page 60


Give your health a boost by giving up smoking once and for all. COURTESY OF THE NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM

It’s true. An occasional piece of cake or glass of wine isn’t going to kill you. But a once-in-a-while cigarette does more harm than you may realize. Smoking is the primary cause of preventable death in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, no cigarette is without risk. Smoking even as few as five days out of the month can lead to more shortness of breath and coughing. Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day can increase the risk of dying from heart disease and all causes, like cancer. The bottom line is – if you don’t smoke, don’t start. And if you do, quit. There are no ifs, ands or “butts” about it. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. You begin to experience the health benefits of quitting almost immediately, within minutes of your last cigarette. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of your life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. It’s not always easy. If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. The benefits of not smoking will make your efforts worthwhile. So you’ve decided to quit once and for all. Now it’s time to make a quit plan. Try these strategies to help ensure your success: ● Set a quit date for within the next month. You’ll have time to prepare, but not change your mind. This year’s Great American Smokeout is a good quit date – November 20. ● Tell family, friends and colleagues about your plans to gain support. ● Anticipate challenges. Keep a journal to figure out smoking triggers. Learn how to avoid them and withdrawal feelings. ● Plan ahead to deal with cravings with replacements such as peppermints, carrot sticks or toothpicks. ● Throw away all of your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays from your home, car and workplace. ● Talk to your doctor to get help quitting. Ask about medicines that can control your nicotine cravings or withdrawal symptoms. ● Start taking other steps to improve your health and wellbeing, such as getting adequate sleep, drinking plenty of fluids and exercising. ● Avoid situations where you will feel tempted to smoke. For example, get up from the table immediately after meals and dine at restaurants that prohibit smoking. Make smoking inconvenient. Need more help? Just ask. You’re not alone in trying to quit – or struggling to quit. Join a support group or telephone counseling program. The Northside Hospital Smoking Cessation Program offers a continued on page 60 AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014


Health & Wellness

Crowns Can Resolve a Variety of Dental Problems BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

Many questions may come to mind if your dentist tells you that you need a crown on one of your teeth. It may help to better understand crowns and their benefits. A crown, also called a cap, structurally restores a tooth after a root canal, a large fracture or multiple fractures, extensive decay or history of a large filling. A crown can also aesthetically correct the Dr. Scott Harden is a poor appearance of a front tooth dentist at Fountain that has turned dark and can’t be View Family Dentistry bleached. and has served the Woodstock area for If a crown has been recommended more than 21 years. You and the patient agrees to the can reach Dr. Harden at procedure, the dentist prepares (770) 926-0000 or visit the tooth and makes a mold or FountainViewSmiles.com. impression of it. The dentist sends this impression to a dental lab and a technician fabricates the crown, which involves more than 100 steps. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. Crowns that are visible in the smile zone are always made to match the natural color of the patient’s teeth and are beautifully artistic. Crowns on very back teeth, which are out of the smile zone, can sometimes be made of metal to provide additional strength, especially if a patient has a grinding habit. Placing a permanent crown typically takes two office visits. During the first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth, and shape the biting surface and sides of the tooth to allow space for the


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new crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is made for the lab and a temporary crown is placed over the tooth and worn for the next few weeks while the crown is made. During the second visit, the permanent crown is fitted to the patient’s bite and cemented onto the tooth. Crowns cannot be removed like dentures, and they typically last for 10 to 15 years. The crown is just one of several ways to treat decayed and fractured teeth. Fillings can correct small to moderate tooth decay and fractures, but there is a limit on how much a tooth can be repaired with a filling before a crown is needed. When fillings occupy more than 50 to 60 percent of the tooth, the remaining tooth structure around the filling is thin and typically fractures, requiring a crown. The crown covers the entire tooth, including the large filling and fracture, and diverts biting forces, which protects the tooth from additional trauma. Another factor that often requires crowns is grinding of the teeth, also called bruxism. A patient who grinds his or her teeth at night can generate significant bite forces, exceeding 300 pounds per square inch, and cause teeth to wear and break. Even a normal tooth can break with grinding. In rare cases, when a person grinds his or her teeth with very intense force and frequency, the teeth will wear through the enamel layer and down into the soft yellow dentin underneath the enamel, requiring a crown to restore the teeth back to a normal level and protect the exposed dentin and the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. Another factor that can be controlled by the patient is the consumption of soft drinks, which can cause extensive erosion of enamel. The destruction can be so serious, fillings cannot correct the problem and crowns are needed to protect the tooth from oral bacteria. These patients must stop drinking soft drinks immediately.

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Photos from the Tashlich service at Rope Mill Park.

Congregation Ner Tamid holds Tashlich Service at Rope Mill Members of Congregation Ner Tamid held a Tashlich service at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock recently, where they tossed their sins into the water. Congregants drove to the park at the conclusion of Rosh Hashana services at their first permanent location, 1349 Old Hwy 41, Suite 220, Marietta, in the Kennesaw Mountain Business Park. The event was organized by Joel Landsberg, a Woodstock resident and congregation board member. Of the 60 families at Ner Tamid, five are from Cherokee County. For more information, call (678) 264-8575 or visit www.mynertamid.org. Casting Crowns in Concert Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist of Woodstock, doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $18. For details visit www.fbcw.org.


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Crowns4Christ a New Venture Since being crowned the 2014 Ms. Wheelchair USA, Cherokee county resident Yvette Pegues has been involved in the formation of Crowns4Christ, a venture that organizers hope will be a movement on par with the popular Women of Faith. The event will feature Yvette and four Yvette Pegues, Ms. former Ms. Wheelchair USA titleholders. Wheelchair USA “What sets us apart from other faith-based conferences is that we’re sharing scripture and testimony from our wheelchairs wearing our crowns for Christ. It’s a family event that we want to take into as many cities as will sponsor and host our platform,” said Pegues. For more info, emai Yvette@MswheelchairUSA.org and follow Ms. Wheelchair USA on Facebook for updates on the tour. Camp Gideon offers leadership event Youth and young adults will gather at Camp Gideon, on Lake Allatoona, for Fall Connection beginning 7 p.m. Nov. 14, for a 24-hour session that connects the leadership community through discipleship, fellowship and worship. Whether or not you’ve been a part of this event in the past, participants can enjoy meeting likeminded leaders and hearing how to impact the community through Camp Gideon’s IMPACT program. Participants must be at age 12 or sixth-grade graduate by June 2015. Cost is $24. For more details, call (770) 974-7744. www.campgideon.com.

WOODSTOCK AREA HOMES SOLD IN SEPTEMBER List Price Address Subdivision Beds Full Baths Yr Built 595,000 301 Rocky Creek Overlook Estates of Fernwood Creek 5 5 2011 434,900 501 Gardiner CT Three Branches 6 5 2007 425,000 4540 Waters RD 9.6 acres 3 3 1980 399,900 221 McAffee ST Woodstock Downtown 3 2 2012 395,000 104 Garden ST Garden Street 3 3 2013 389,900 804 Ashley LN Bradshaw Estates 6 5 2005 325,000 135 Susobell PL The Woodlands Enclave 4 2 2004 310,900 136 Cornerstone PL Cornerstone Park 3 2 2014 297,668 536 Lost Creek DR Stoney Creek 4 3 2014 280,000 529 Papillion TRCE The Woodlands Glens 4 2 2005 275,000 408 Beeton CT Woodlands 4 4 2004 269,900 420 Gael WAY Woodlands 4 2 2005 265,000 163 Bradshaw Park DR Bradshaw Park 5 4 2004 259,900 6040 VAUGHN RD NONE 3 3 2000 239,000 302 Montgomery WAY Cornerstone Estates 4 2 2013 204,000 542 Watercress DR Woodlands 3 2 2005 189,900 5862 Taylor Creek DR Taylor Creek 5 3 1990 189,900 207 Weatherstone DR Weatherstone 3 2 1999 189,000 110 Village TRCE Village At Weatherstone 4 2 2003 189,000 517 Quinn DR Whitfield at Ridgewalk 4 2 2004 185,000 605 Dahoma TRL Park At Kingsgate 3 2 2000 182,500 514 Mullein TRCE Woodlands 3 2 2003 175,000 206 Weatherstone XING Weatherstone 3 2 1998 169,900 330 Westover DR FARMINGTON 3 2 1986 169,900 138 Farmington DR Farmington 4 2 1980 169,900 604 River Place CT River Oaks 3 2 1984 165,000 148 Bramble Oak DR Bramble Oak 3 2 1979 164,900 203 Carrington WAY Carrington Farm 3 2 1999 164,900 402 Towne Valley DR North Towne 5 3 1997 160,000 2307 River Station TER River Oaks 3 2 1987 157,500 321 WEST LN EAST CHEROKEE VILLAGE 3 2 1985 156,900 804 Riverstone LN River Oaks 3 2 1985 149,900 303 Westover DR Farmington 3 2 1979 147,500 120 River Oaks DR River Oaks 3 2 1985 138,500 207 Colony Springs DR Colony Springs 3 2 1986 135,000 2120 E Cherokee DR Indian Wells 2 2 1976 135,000 306 Apple Valley CT Applewood 3 2 1982 130,000 231 Colemans Bluff DR Colemans Bluff 4 2 1986 129,900 112 Woodglen DR WOODGLEN 3 2 1971 104,900 1202 Morgan RD The Springs 3 2 1990 FMLS SF Detached residences data provided by The Premier Group, Keller Williams Realty Partners, Wo Detached residences provided by The Premier Group, Keller Williams Realty Partners, Data believedFMLS to beSFaccurate, but notdata warranted. Woodstock, GA. Data believed to be accurate, but not warranted.

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City Manager Jeffrey S. Moon (770) 592-6001, jmoon@woodstockga.gov Rhonda Smith, exec. assistant (770) 592-6001, rsmith@woodstockga.gov

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Council appointed committees: Downtown Development Authority and Convention & Visitors Bureau; Ethics Board; Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

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Downtown Development Authority Convention & Visitors Bureau Brian Stockton, Director (770) 592-6056, bstockton@woodstockga.gov Woodstock Visitors Center/Dean’s Store Kyle Bennett, Tourism Manager, (770) 924-0406 kbennett@woodstockga.gov

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Mayor Donnie Henriques (770) 592-6001, dhenriques@woodstockga.gov

Mitzi Saxon, Administrative Coordinator, (770) 592-6056 or x-2250 msaxon@woodstockga.gov

Community Development Jessica Guinn, direct (770) 592-6050 ext. 1600, jguinn@woodstockga.gov

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Finance Robert Porche, CFO (770) 592-6003, rporche@woodstockga.gov

George Williams, community outreach, Fire Marshal’s office (770) 5926000 ext 1845, gwilliams@woodstockga.gov. Woodstock Police Department (770) 592-6030 Woodstock Post Office (770) 591-0364

Parks and Recreation Preston Pooser, (770) 517-6788, ppooser@woodstockga.gov

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SCHOOL INFORMATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Arnold Mill Elementary 710 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 592-3510 Principal: Kerry Martin www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/arnoldmill-es Carmel Elementary 2275 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock (770) 926-1237 Principal: Keith Bryant www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/carmel-es Johnston Elementary 2031 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock (770) 928-2910 Principal: Kathleen Chandler www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/johnston-es Little River Elementary 3170 Trickum Road, Woodstock (770) 926-7566 Principal: Christian Kirby www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/littleriver-es Mountain Road Elementary 615 Mountain Road, Woodstock (770) 664-9708 Principal: Jennifer Landry www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ mountainroad-es Woodstock Elementary 230 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 926-6969 Principal: Kim Montalbano www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/woodstock-es


Mill Creek Middle 442 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 924-5489 Principal: Elaine Daniel www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/millcreek-ms Woodstock Middle 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/woodstock-ms


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


Ace 3921 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs (770) 345-2005

Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/aceacademy Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 926-1662 Administrator: Dr. Curt Ashley www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/polaris River Ridge High 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 591-8450 Principal: Mr. Darrell Herring www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/riverridge-hs Sequoyah High 4485 Hickory Road, Canton (770) 345-1474 Principal: Elliot Berman www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/sequoyah-hs Woodstock High 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, (770) 592-3500 Principal: Dr. Paul Weir www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/woodstock-hs

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock (678) 494-5464 www.cherokeechristian.org Middle & High School Principal: Richard Goff Elementary School: Robert Lester Compass Prep Academy Director: Laura George www.compassprep.org info@compassprep.org (404) 643-9424 Cornerstone Preparatory Academy 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth (770) 529-7077 Administrator: Jeanne Borders www.cornerstoneprep.org Furtah Preparatory School 5496 Highway 92, Acworth (678) 574-6488, www.furtahprep.org Headmaster: Fred Furtah Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091 www.harvestbaptist.org Holdheide Education K-2 5234 Old Highway 5, Woodstock Principal: Tammy Dorsten

(770) 516-2292 www.MyGiftedKids.org Lyndon Academy 485 Toonigh Rd., Woodstock (770) 926-0166 Headmaster: Linda Murdock www.lyndonacademy.org North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw (770) 975-0252 Headmaster: Todd Clingman www.ncchristian.org Northside Christian Academy 303 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 180 Woodstock, GA 30102 (770) 334-0648 Principal Jill Trout http://nca4hope.com Omega Academy (770) 792-7431 www.omegalearningcenter.com Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw (770) 926-7729 Administrator: John D. Ward www.shilohhills.com St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street, Marietta (770) 428-3328 Principal: Patricia Allen www.stjosephschool.org

HOMESCHOOL Homeschool Community Classical Conversations Woodstock Director: Cari Lingerfelt carinwoody@bellsouth.net

Cherokee County School District Calendar at a Glance No School Nov. 24-28 No School Dec. 22-Jan. 2 No School Cafeteria account information: www.mypaymentsplus.com Nov. 4

Aspen: https://sis.cherokee.k12. ga.us/aspen/home.do School District Website: www.cherokee.k12.ga.us

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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 Empowered Women Through Synergy Meets third Thursday at 8.30 a.m. at J Christopher’s in downtown Woodstock Shahida Baig (678) 445-3900 Main Street Woodstock Meets Last Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at 8534 Main Street at City Center www.mainstreetwoodstock.org No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meets Every Monday morning at 7:30 am at IHOP 8979 Hwy 92. www.meetup.com/No-Fee-ReferralNetwork-Woodstock 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 www.thejoyofconnecting.com Cherokee Toastmasters Club meets noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Bank of North Georgia, 200 Parkway 575, Woodstock. Contact: Richard Stacy at (843) 697-5189, richbstacy@gmail.com. www.cherokeetoastmasters.com. 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, www.tlba.org

24-hr, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 www.ahimsahouse.org

local families in need. Email aaeverydayangels@ gmail.com

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

Funds 4 Furry Friends helps those in need with food, spay/neuter and medical attention for their pets. Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893, www.funds4furryfriends.com

Anna Crawford Children’s Center a child abuse and prevention program for children and adults. (678) 504-6388, www.cherokeechildadvocates.org

Georgia Animal Project offers high quality, lowcost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. (770) 704-PAWS (7297) www.theanimalproject.org

Bethany Place transitional home for single women, unwed mothers. (770) 479-9462 www.bethanyplacehome.org CASA for Children promotes the health & happiness of children impacted by abuse through programs that increase their safety and improve their educational, social and emotional functioning. Volunteers and partners welcomed! Contact: Deidre Hollands (770) 345-3274. www.casacherokee.org

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch offers care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. (770) 796-4618, www.goshenvalley.org

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.

Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia (770) 345-1879, www.habitat-ncg.org

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP at 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 www.cherokeechildadvocates.org Cherokee County Animal League Contact: Steve Monahan at CherokeeAnimal League@gmail.org or (770) 712-4077 Cherokee County Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. (770) 479-1703, Spanish (770) 720-7050 www.cfvc.org

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 or (404) 816-3377, www.powercore.net

Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) (770) 928-5115, admin@cchumanesociety.org www.cchumanesociety.org

Women of Woodstock meets First & Third Wednesday at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills, info@womenofwoodstock.com www.womenofwoodstock.com

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

Woodstock Business Networking Group meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Atlanta Bread Company, 180 Woodstock Square Ave., Woodstock. Lee West (770) 591-7101 Woodstock Community Business Association Meets Second Monday at 12 noon at Tuscany Italian Restaurant, 250 Cinema Way WCBusinessAssoc@aol.com

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Ahimsa House helps victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety.


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Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly back-to-school bash. www.giveakidachance.org

Green Pets America Rescue animal rescue group (770) 712-4077, SteveMonahan777@gmail.com www.GPACharities.US

Harvesting Hope Ministries gives surgery care packs to children facing liver and kidney failure. Contact: dawn@harvestinghopeministries.org. www.harvestinghopeministries.org. 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 www.hhyr.org Hearing Loss Association of America meets 2-4 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month at the William Long Senior Center in Woodstock. 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, www.hqmg.org HOPE Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. (770) 924-0864, info@TheHopeCtr.com www.hopectr.com HOPE Center — Baby & More Thrift Store (770) 517-4450 www.babyandmorethriftstore.com

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 www.cherokeega.com

Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. (770) 218-1997, www.hospiceadvantage.com

Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care for pets whose owners have limited financial means. (678) 640-3512, www.communityveterinarycare.com

MUST Ministries offers groceries, hot meals, emergency shelter, supportive housing, clothing, employment services, summer lunch and more from five locations in eight counties, including the Canton office at 111 Brown Industrial Pkwy.

Everyday Angels offers financial assistance for

Iron Hearts is a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with special needs. (678) 493-5775, www.ironhearts.org

Never Alone Outreach provides food and clothing assistance to Cherokee Co. families in need. Apply for assistance at: NeverAlone.Org

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at noon at Folks, 180 Parkway 575, Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158

Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday Respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. (770) 592-1227, www.nextstepministries.net

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

Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730, www.papaspantry.org


Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices, 2449 Towne Lake Pkwy. (678) 310-9858 www.petbuddiesfoodpantry.org Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appt. for free child safety seat inspections. (770) 721-7808, www.cherokeesafekids.org Volunteer Aging Council, a non-profit that helps to raise funds for our seniors of Cherokee County. www.vac-cherokeega.org

Cherokee County Democrat Party meets Second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Holly Springs Train Depot, www.cherokeedems.com Cherokee County Libertarians meet 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday at the Cherokee Co. Board of Realtors Training Center, 1600 River Park Blvd., Suite 104, Woodstock. http://cherokeelp.org. Cherokee County Republican Party Meets Second Saturday at 9 a.m. at Winchesters Woodfire Grill, Canton, (678) 809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots meet at 4 p.m.


the third Sunday at Latimer Hall in Woodstock.

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

Republican Women of Cherokee County (678) 520-2236, www.rwccga.com

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 County Service League (770) 704-5991, http://serviceleague.net Cherokee County Historical Society (770) 345-3288, www.rockbarn.org Junior Service League of Woodstock (770) 592-3535, http://jslwoodstock.org/ 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 noon at Eagle Watch Golf Club, Charlice Byrd, (404) 557-2218 www.townelakeoptimists.com 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 Good Shepherd Lutheran 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. lodge.info@woodstocklodge246.org

Conrad Quagliaroli (770) 592-6545


William G. Long Senior Center 223 Arnold Mill Road , (678) 445-6518

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, (770) 926-0119 Breast Cancer Support Group Meets First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. — noon at Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center (404) 843-1880 Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program. www.celebraterecovery.com Canton-Cherokee TRIAD/S.A.L.T. (Seniors & Law Enforcement Together) Meets Second Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at G.Cecil Pruitt YMCA in Canton (Hall of Fame Room) Dale Walz (404) 375-8193 Cherokee County Lupus Support Group Meets Second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at New Light Church Hall, Pam Bennett, (404) 975-7580

Allatoona Gold Panners. Periodic events and outings to pan the creeks in the Dahlonega Gold Belt along the Lake. Contact Rob Kelly, rrkelly@ bellsouth.net.

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meets first Monday at 7 p.m. mailbox@chooseofwoodstockga.org

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meets Second Saturday at 10 a.m. at Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, www.artsalliancega.org

Diabetes Support Group Meets Third Tuesday at 9:30 & 11 a.m. at Emeritus Assisted Living, 756 Neese Rd., Woodstock, Linda Watson, (770) 793-7818.

Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. at Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., first floor conference room Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221 www.addlaughter.com Cherokee Community Chorale (678) 439-8625, www.cherokeechorale.org Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244, www.CherokeeArts.org Cherokee County Master Gardeners (770) 479-0418, www.caes.uga.edu/extension/ cherokee/mastergardeners/ Cherokee Photography Club www.cherokeepc.org Christian Authors Guild Meets 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, www.christianauthorsguild.org Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meets Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech, Larry Lodisio (770) 516-5197

Georgia Canines for Independence www.gcidogs.org, (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 call Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meets First Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Third Wednesday 7 p.m. at Bascomb UMC Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191 MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30188-30189 https://sites.google.com/site/ momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: momscluboftownelake@gmail.com 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.

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Cherokee 101 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 591-7304 http://cherokee.netadvent.org/


1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, (770) 973-3533 www.kolemeth.net


Congregation Beth Hallel, 950 Pine Grove Rd., Roswell (770) 641-3000, www.bethhallel.org


Emerson 4010 Canton Rd., Marietta, (770) 578-1533 www.emersonuu.org


Awakening 180 Pkwy. 575, Suite 140, Woodstock, (770) 924-4150 www.awakeningwoodstock.com

Allen Temple AME 232 N. Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 926-6348 www.allentempleame.org

Tikvah l’Chaim 4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (678) 936-4125 www.tlchaim.com

St. Paul 390 Crisler St., Canton, (770) 479-9691 www.stpaulame-canton.org


Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Rd., Acworth, (770) 917-4964 www.branchesofchrist.com

Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock, (770) 924-7286 www.gslutheran.org

BridgePointe 233 Arnold Mill Rd. Ste. 400, Woodstock, (770) 517-2977 www.bridgepointechurch.org

Cherokee Baptist 7770 Hickory Flat Hwy., Woodstock, (770) 720-3399 www.cherokeebaptistchurch.org

Timothy Lutheran (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 928-2812 www.TLCWoodstock.ctsmemberconnect.net

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Rd., Canton, (770) 924-7532 www.christianpraisecenter.com

Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Rd., Woodstock, (770) 592-7007


Church at North Gate 9876 Main St., Ste. 250, Woodstock, (678) 494-2193 www.ngca.org


Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Rd., Woodstock, (770) 710-1068 www.crossroadspbc.org

St. Elizabeth 2263 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock, (770) 485-0504, www.stelizabethga.org


Faith Community 659 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 516-1996 www.faithcommunitychurch.org

Cherokee Christ Covenant (PCA) Cherokee County’s South Annex Rec Center, 7545 Main Street, Bldg. 200, Woodstock www.cc-pca.org

First Baptist of Woodstock 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-4428 www.fbcw.org

Heritage 5323 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock, (770) 926-3558 www.heritagepres.com

Hillcrest Baptist 6069 Woodstock Rd., Acworth, (770) 917-9100 www.hbcacworth.org

Woodstock 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-0074 www.woodstockpcusa.com

New Victoria Baptist 6659 Bells Ferry Rd., (770) 926-8448 www.newvicbaptist.org South Cherokee Baptist 7504 Hwy. 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-0422 www.cherokeebaptistchurch.org


Bells Ferry 6718 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock, (770) 592-2956 www.bellsferry.com


Christ the Redeemer Charismatic 6488 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton, (404) 395-5003 www.ctrcec.com Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Rd., Marietta, (770) 928-7916 www.annunciationepiscopal.org Saint Clement’s 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton, (770) 345-6722 www.stclementscanton.org


Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw (678) 460-7702, www.jewishWoodstock.com Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation, (678) 264-8575 www.mynertamid.org Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta, (770) 973-0137 www.etzchaim.net Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St., Roswell, (770) 641-8630 www.kehillatchaim.org Temple Kol Emeth


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St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 516-0009 www.saintmichaelcc.org Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Rd. NE., Marietta, (770) 977-1442 www.transfiguration.com


Cornerstone Community 503 Hickory Ridge Tr., Ste. 160, Woodstock (678) 439-5108, www.ccchurchonline.org Dayspring 6835 Victory Dr., Acworth, (770) 516-5733 www.dayspring-online.com Empowerment Tabernacle 507 Industrial Dr., Woodstock, (770) 928-7478 www.EmpowermentTabernacle.com Faith Family 5744 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth, (770) 926-4560 His Hands 550 Molly Ln., Woodstock, (770) 405-2500 www.hishandschurch.com Momentum 110 Londonderry Ct., Ste. 130, Woodstock (678) 384-4919, www.MomentumChurch.tv Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship 6409 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock, (770) 928-2795 www.prayerandpraise.org

Bascomb 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Rd., Woodstock, (770) 926-9755 Resurrection Anglican www.bascombchurch.org 231 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 591-0040 www.rezwoodstock.org CITY ON A HILL

7745 Main St., Woodstock, (678) 445-3480 www.coahumc.org

Hickory Flat 4056 East Cherokee Drive, Canton (770) 345.5969 www.hickoryflat.org Hillside 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock (770) 924-4777 www.hillsideumc.org Liberty Hill 141 Railroad St., Canton (678) 493-8920 www.libertyhillumc.org Little River 12455 Hwy. 92, Woodstock (770) 926-2495 www.littleriverumc.info Mt. Gilead 889 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 591- 0837 www.ngumc.org Sixes 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton, (770) 345-7644 www.sixesumc.org Woodstock 109 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock, (770) 516-0371

Sovereign Grace 471 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (678) 494-2100 www.sgcatlanta.org Towne Lake Community 132 North Medical Pkwy., Woodstock, (678) 445-8766 www.tlcchurch.com Watermarke 2126 Sixes Rd., Canton, (678) 880-9092 www.watermarkechurch.com Woodstock Christian 7700 Hwy. 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-8238 www.woodstockchristian.org Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 926-8838 www.woodstockchurchofchrist.org Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 924-4499 www.wcnga.com Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock

(770) 926-8990 www.wcchurch.org


President Barack Obama (D)

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

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)

(202) 224-3521 GA: (770) 763-9090

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)

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

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 www.whitehouse.gov 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340, Atlanta, GA 30339 http://chambliss.senate.gov 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 http://isakson.senate.gov Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R) District 11 100 North Street Suite 150, Canton, GA 30114 http://gingrey.house.gov

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

203 State Capitol, 206 Washington St. Atlanta, GA 30334 www.gov.georgia.gov

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21 brandon.beach@senate.ga.gov Sen. Jack Murphy (R) District 27


(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 345-2931

(404) 652-7003 (404) 463-1378 (770) 887-1960 fax: (770) 205-0602

Rep. Sam Moore (R) District 22

(404) 656-0220 (404) 656-0254

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

State Court (678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480

(678) 493-6431 (678) 493-6431

Probate Court Judge Keith Wood (R)

bpoole@cherokeega.com jnelms@cherokeega.com

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

(770) 735-8055

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Roger Garrison (R)

(678) 493-4100 fax: (678) 493-4228

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115 rdgarrison@cherokeega.com

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

(678) 493-6400 fax: (678) 493-6420

2780 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114 slittle@cherokeega.com

Cherokee County School Board


Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236 (678) 493-8088

kyla.cromer@cherokee.k12.ga.us Patsy Jordan (R) District 2

(770) 893-2970


Michael Geist (R) District 3

(404) 462-4950


Janet Read (R) Chair

(770) 516-1444


Magistrate Court Chief Judge James E. Drane III (R) Judge Gregory Douds

Brian Poole (R) District 3

Kyla Cromer (R) District 1

Superior Court

Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

Ray Gunnin (R) District 2

221 West Main St., Canton, GA 30114 drp@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Cherokee County Courts Chief Judge David Cannon Jr. Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea


Jason Nelms (R) District 4

(678) 576-2644



Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21

Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R) District 23

L.R. “Buzz” Ahrens (R) Chairman


Harry Johnston (R) District 1

(678) 523-8570


www.cherokeega.com (678) 493-6001


Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20


Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30114

Rick Steiner (R) District 4

(770) 721-4398, x4370


Rob Usher (R) District 5 (678) 493-6160

Juvenile Court Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker

District Attorney Shannon Wallace

(678) 493-6250 (678) 493-6280 (770) 479-1488

Clerk of Courts Patty Baker

(678) 493-6511

(770) 928-0341


Robert Wofford (R) District 6 (Vice-Chair) robert.wofford@cherokee.k12.ga.us

(770) 345-6256

City Government City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques

www.woodstockga.gov (770) 592-6001

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It’s Not Your Grandpa’s Hearing Aid

A Little Learning

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succumbed to her disease and died. But not before she had left the hospital and spent precious days with her children, saying good-bye. Her explanation was both simple and profound. “I came back,” she said to her children, “so you would have faith.” Ife’s story left me dumbstruck. I considered what it meant. The power of modern medicine is an illusion. A surgeon’s sense of mastery, the gratitude of the patients and their families – they form a thin veneer over what is really happening, something that is forever beyond our reach. It is in the realm of the Unknowable, of God - the Source of Life. The other day a patient said she was confident in her upcoming surgery, “because I have faith in you.” A decade ago I would have enjoyed that kind of comment. The trust and respect of patients is a blessing. But the truth is that we are all participants - patients and physicians alike - holding hands in a circle of healing, and praying for a miracle. And we are blessed with this miracle of healing everyday that we live. Ife ended his call in a tone not of grief, but of awe. “Michael,” his voice trembled, “how many hours did we spend in the lecture hall? How many books have we read? How many operations have we performed? We think we are doctors so we must know something about life and death? I tell you this, Michael -” He paused for a moment and then laughed. “We know nothing. Nothing.” ©Copyright 2014

devices can be worn around the clock and are placed by your hearing professional and changed about every two to three months when the battery goes out. So forget what you may have thought about hearing aids up to now. Even the younger patients have fun picking out cool colors and love being able to connect their phones and iPod to the hearing aids.

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comprehensive program to help meet your individual needs. For many smokers, the structure and support of a group program are helpful in quitting tobacco use. To find out about additional stop-smoking programs in your area, contact the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or American Heart Association. For more information, contact 404-780-7653 or smokingcessation@northside.com.


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CHEROKEE COUNTY CONTACTS Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

(770) 345-0400

Cherokee County Government

www.cherokeega.com Building Permits, Business Licenses (770) 721-7810 Commissioners (678) 493-6001 Engineering Office (Traffic Signals) (678) 493-6077 Environmental Health (770) 479-0444 Extension Office (770) 479-0418 Jury Phone (770) 479-9011 Justice Center (Courts, Judges, etc.) (770) 479-1953 Planning & Land Use (678) 493-6101 Senior Services (770) 345-2675 Sheriff’s Office www.cherokeega-sheriff.org (678) 493-4100 Voter Registration (770) 479-0407


Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency www.crpa.net. (770) 924-7768 (Includes Aquatic Center, Barnett Park, Blankets Creek, Cherokee Mills, Field’s Landing Park, Kenny Askew Park) Cherokee Tennis Association, www.cherokeetennis.org (678) 909-0252 Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Assoc., http://cherokeelacrosse.uslaxteams.com South Cherokee Recreation Association (SCRA)

(770) 928-5917

Cherokee Youth Football Association, www.cyfa.org

(770) 710-2835

North Atlanta Soccer Association: www.nasa-ga.org

(770) 926-4175

SCRA Baseball www.scrabaseball.com Wildlife Action, Inc. www.wildlifeactiongeorgia.com

(770) 924-7464

Pets Animal Control

(678) 493-6200

License Plates/Tags, Property Tax – Canton office (678) 493-6400 Woodstock office (770) 924-4099 Renewals online https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags/ Tax Assessors/Evaluation (678) 493-6120

Cherokee County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoptions


(770) 928-5115

Children and Family

Emergency Veterinary Clinic

(770) 924-3720

Funds 4Furry Friends

(770) 842-8893

Anna Crawford Children’s Center (770) 345-8100 Bethesda Community Clinic (678) 880-9654 Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club (770) 720-7712 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. www.ccfapa.com (770) 560-2624 Cherokee Family Violence Center (770) 479-1804 Cherokee FOCUS (770) 345-5483 Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) www.casacherokee.org (770) 345-3274 Division of Family & Children Services (770) 720-3610 Goshen Valley Boys Ranch www.goshenvalley.org (770) 796-4618 Hope Center www.hopectr.com (770) 924-0864 MUST Ministries - Cherokee www.mustministries.org (770) 479-5397 Never Alone www.neveralone.org (770) 363-5272 Next Step Ministries www.nextstepministries.net (770) 592-1227 North Georgia Angel House www.angelhousega.com (770) 479-9555 North Georgia Pregnancy Center www.ngapregnancy.org (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry www.papaspantry.org (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 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 (770) 427-3390

Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) roller hockey www.cherokeehockey.org Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, 201 E Bells Ferry Road www.ymca.net Cherokee Senior Softball Association www.cssasoftball.com Cherokee County Soccer Assoc. www.csaimpact.com (770) 704-0187 62

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(770) 345-7270

Cherokee County Humane Society

Lost Pets:


(click on lost and found pet button to report missing pet) Pet Buddies Food Pantry


Community Veterinary Care www.communityveterinarycare.com

(678) 640-3512

Utilities Atlanta Gas Light Co. www.aglc.com

(770) 907-4231

Canton Water www.canton-georgia.com

(770) 704-1500

Cherokee Water & Sewerage Auth. www.ccwsa.com

(770) 479-1813

Cobb EMC www.cobbemc.com

(770) 429-2100

Georgia Power www.georgiapower.com

(888) 660-5890

Woodstock Water www.woodstockga.gov

(770) 926-8852

Recycling Center

(770) 516-4195

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care Bethesda Community Clinic www.bethesdacommunityclinic.org

(678) 880-9654

Cherokee County Health Department www.nghd.org/CherokeeHealth

(770) 345-7371

Urgent Care Facilities American Family Care, 6440 Bells Ferry Rd. Woodstock, (770) 200-1220 Northside Cherokee Urgent Care, off exit 11 at I-575

(678) 426-5450

Physician’s Express Care at Towne Lake 900 Towne Lake Pkwy. #104 Woodstock

(770) 693-5880

SHEFA Urgent Care 2000 Village Professional Dr. #110, Canton

(678) 661-3166

Wellstar Urgent Care 120 Stonebridge Pkwy. Woodstock (off exit 8)

(678) 494-2500


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Frankfurt Foreign Automotive 13 (678) 505-8907, FrankFurtAutomotive.com 9817 Main Street, Woodstock BEAUTY, MASSAGE & SPA Bambu Salon and Spa 150 Prominence Point Pkwy., Suite 700, Canton 30114, (770) 345-0027


Salon Gloss (678) 483-8900, www.SalonGloss.biz 220 Chamber Street, Woodstock


BUSINESS Downtown Buzz


Woodstock Community Business Assoc.


CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Junior Service League Tour of Homes


Never Alone P.O. Box 1904, Woodstock, GA 30188



CHIROPRACTIC Colby Family Chiropractic (770) 592-1915 10917 Hwy. 92, Suite 160, Woodstock www.colbychiropracticlifestyle.com


DENTAL (Cosmetic, Family, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Pediatric) Fountain View Dentistry (770) 926-0000 www.fountainviewsmiles.com 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A Dr. Jeff Kincaid Orthodontics Woodstock: (770) 516-5773 355 Parkway 575, Ste. 200 Roswell: (770) 518-5180 540 W. Crossville Rd., Ste. 205 www.KincaidSmiles.com

Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage, Tara Daigle, Realtor (404) 925-6351, tara@keatingbrs.com


EM Universal Construction, LLC Reese, (678) 773-2804


Grout Doctor, The (678) 383-1311, www.GroutDoctor.com


Image Maids (770) 627-4670, www.imagemaids.com


Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251, www.elmstreetarts.org

Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813 www.landscapemattersinc.com


Woodstock Art& Wine Festival

Mr. Junk (678) MR-Junk1, www.mrjunk1.com


Rejoice Maids (678) 905-3476, www.rejoicemaids.com


The Premier Group, Keller Williams (678) 494-0102 Back cover 8604 Main St., Woodstock www.TPGsells.com RECREATION/ENTERTAINMENT

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Woodstock High School Football


Reliable Heating & Air Inside back (770) 594-9969, ReliableAir.com Animal Atlanta (770) 591-0007, www.AnimalAtlanta.com 6449 Bells Ferry Rd.


Bark Station 240 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 517-9907, www.bark-station.com


Cherokee County Animal Shelter (770) 345-7270, cherokeega-animals.org 1015 Univeter Road, Canton





RESTAURANTS/FOOD aCacao Affair 825 Jamerson Rd., Ste., 527, Marietta www.acacaoaffair.com, 678.903.4534


Blue Sky Barbecue 9 295 Molly Lane, Ste. 100, Woodstock (770) 485-0503, www.BlueSkyBarbecue.com RETAILERS/SHOPPING Branches Boutique 5 (770) 517-1505 2295 Towne Lake Pkwy. #140, Woodstock 370 Chambers St., Wodstock (678) 540-5483 KSU Community Art Sale


Max Video Games & More 49 (770) 924-9300 6424 Bells Ferry Rd., Ste. 124, Woodstock www.facebook.com/maxvideogames



Northside Cherokee Sleep Disorders Center 1 (404) 851-8135, www.northside.com/sleep

Pineapple Park Cover, 28,29 240 Chambers St. (678) 494-8494 www.pineapplepark.com

Northside Hospital – Cherokee (770) 720-5100, www.northside.com 201 Hospital Road, Canton

Rudi Fine Jewelry 42 (678) 445-2626, rudifinejewelry@yahoo.com 6790 Hwy. 92, Acworth


Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (770) 926-9260 www.PediatricWoodstockDentist.com 1816 Eagle Drive Suite 200-C


Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 43 (678) 224-5722 www.ChildrensDentistWoodstock.com 250 Parkbrooke Place, Ste. 250, Woodstock AROUND WOODSTOCK | November 2014


North Georgia Audiology 1 and Hearing Aid Center 203 Woodpark Place, Ste. B-100, Woodstock (770) 560-4775 www.NorthGeorgiaHearing.com

Spillane Orthodontics (770) 928-4747 www.SpillaneOrtho.com 335 Parkway 575, Suite 200, Woodstock


Raw Vintage Photography & Cinematography 39 8855 Main St., Woodstock, (404) 822-1402 www.daretobephoto.zenfolio.com

Atlas Garage Door Company (770) 592-6217


CHURCHES Woodstock First Baptist Church

Williams Orthodontics 13 (770) 592-5554 145 Towne Lake Pkwy, Suite 201, Woodstock (770) 345-4155 205 Waleska Road, Suite 1A, Canton www.DrWilliamsOrthodontics.com

Wellstar Cancer Network (770) 956-STAR (7827) www.wellstar.org



Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 52 2000 Professional Way, Bldg. 200, Woodstock (770) 517-0250, www.woodstockpeds.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS J King Images (404) 384-2794, (404) 200-0881 www.JKingImages.com


Kim Bates Photography www.KimBatesPhotoArt.com


Moops 105 E. Main St., #116, Woodstock (770) 592-2609

Spirited 8670 Main St., Ste. 2, Woodstock (678) 214-5304, www.spritlala.com



The Gifted Ferret 49 1910 Eagle Dr., Ste. 400, Woodstock (770) 693-5889, wwwthegiftedferret.com Urban Renewal Consignment Shop (678) 398-7691 www.urcwoodstock.com 1085 Buckhead Crossing, Suite 120


Wild Birds Unlimited 50 (770) 928-3014, www.woodstock.wbu.com 1025 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock

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