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Featured Articles

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Downtown Woodstock Merchants Painting by Kristina Laurendi Havens.

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

Holiday Helping Hands Information on local charitable organizations in need of your help.

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Towne Lake Diner

Frankfurt Döner & Fine Meats

Community News. . . . . 10 & 12 Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Event Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . 28 TLBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

58 Homecoming

Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Etowah High School celebrated Homecoming.

Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

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WHS vs EHS

School Information . . . . . . . . 89

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Annual “towne” rivalry football game.

Suzanne Litrel

Author and teacher of world history.

Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . 88

Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Community Numbers . . . . . . 92 Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . 94 Real Deals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Contributing Writers

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Peter Allen................................................36

Robyn Hohensee......................................37

Don Akridge..............................................18

Sheila & Kurt Johnson...............................17

Mark Billson..............................................60

Kara Kiefer....................................... 25 & 27

Darlene DeMesa.......................................34

Dee Locklin...............................................32

Chicka Elloy...............................................40

Cindy Morrow...........................................42

Dr. Gerald Feuer . .....................................43

Billy Peppers.............................................70

G. Lora Grooms.........................................76

Bill Ratliff..................................................66

Dr. Scott R. Harden...................................44

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

Dr. Amy Hardin.........................................46

Lynne Saunders........................................26

David Hecklemoser...................................39

Dr. Doug Thrasher.....................................64

Mayor Donnie Henriques.........................72

Jodi Tiberio...............................................77

Shelley Herod...........................................38

Tim Timmons............................................41


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AROUND TOWNE

People Places and Pleasures that make Towne Lake

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by Kara Kiefer

What’s New? CrossFit Emerge is open at 8690 Main Street. The business offers small group fitness classes. Pricing options includes drop in, monthly and unlimited. For more information, call (678) 373-7057 or visit http://crossfitemerge.rxgymsoftware.com. Kara is the Editor of Townelaker magazine. She lives in Towne Lake with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett. Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@townelaker. com.

Maximum Nutrition has closed its doors, but owner Rhianna Bailey can be found at Bowen’s Tiger Rock Academy, located at 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 540. For more information on Rhianna’s nutrition consulting and fitness analysis, please call (678) 324-6245 or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/60daystochange.

BridgePointe Church recently acquired a permanent location in the Arnold Mill Business Park, 233 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400. For more information on the church, please call (770) 517-2977. Tennis Plus opened at 2370 Towne Lake Parkway, behind Mellow Mushroom. The store offers stringing services and sells name brand merchandise and is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (404) 610-6892.

What’s Coming? Smallcakes, A Cupcakery, will be opening at 2035 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 110 (next to Starbucks). The bakery will have 15 flavors of cupcakes daily, plus brownies, whoopie pies and milkshakes. “Like” the bakery on Facebook, and you could win free cupcakes for a year. See www.facebook.com/ smallcakescupcakerywoodstock for complete information. Smallcakes is hoping to be open mid to late January.

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The Downtown Development Authority approved the lease of a trolley that belongs to Cherokee County. The trolley will be used in the downtown Woodstock area through December. The trolley also could be used to transport customers to and from the outlet mall, scheduled to open late summer 2013. The trolley originally was used by the City of Canton and later transferred to the County. The final step in the approval lies with the Cherokee County Commission, which met after our press date.

Who’s Celebrating? The Center For Yoga recently celebrated its 14th year of service in Woodstock. Owner Othene Munson said, “Thank you to all who have supported our growth and progress. It’s been my pleasure to serve your yoga needs!” For more information on The Center For Yoga, please call (770) 517-5212 or visit www. thecenterforyoga.com.

Who’s Saying Goodbye? Billy Peppers, the Director of Economic Development Services for the City of Woodstock, accepted a new position with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, effective this month. Billy has worked for the City of Woodstock since 2005, and the downtown we see and enjoy today can be attributed in part to the leadership Billy provided. Billy was particularly helpful to the TowneLaker during our development of the Downtown Woodstock section of the magazine. We wish him well, and we will miss his infectious enthusiasm.

Trick or Treat? Glenn and Jerry Coshatt took advantage of early voting… on Halloween! According to Glenn, the other voters enjoyed the costumed duo, even though Jerry had to remove his mask to vote.


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Community Board The TowneLaker Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders, from different walks of life. Our Board assists us in many ways including contributing to our magazine, judging our annual Trailblazer award and providing valuable feedback. Our Board consists of five members: Dr. Doug Thrasher, Colin Morris, State Senator Chip Rogers, Gay Grooms and Dr. Scott Harden. Dr. Doug Thrasher — Doug is the Senior Pastor at Hillside United Methodist Church. He has lived in the Towne Lake area and served at Hillside for five years. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Eagle Watch, and they have two married children and four precious grandchildren. Doug can be reached at dthrasher@ hillsideumc.org.

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

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

G. Lora (Gay) Grooms — Gay has been teaching, writing, directing, and performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. She opened the Towne Lake Arts Center — now the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village — in 2002. She credits her four now grown children for teaching her almost everything she knows about working with creative young minds. Gay can be reached at director@elmstreetarts.org

Townelaker Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Market Director Patty Ponder patty@townelaker.com, (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer editor@townelaker.com, (770) 615-3309 Art Director Michelle McCulloch art@townelaker.com, (770) 615-3307 Digital Marketing Director James Ball james@trustworkz.com, (770) 615-3310 TowneLaker, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Towne Lake and surrounding area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free to approximately 19,000 homes by mail. An additional 2,000 are placed in racks around the community. We also have 2,000+ digital viewers of the magazine online each month. TowneLaker welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. TowneLaker is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2012. TowneLaker 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189

Dr. Scott R. Harden — Scott is a family dentist at Fountain View Family & Cosmetic Dentistry serving Woodstock and Cherokee County for 24 years. During this time, he has lived in the Towne Lake area with his wife, Kathy, and two children. Congratulations to Scott & Kathy on their recent 25th “silver” wedding anniversary.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Local Girl Crowned Miss Cherokee Rose Kristy Miller, a 22 year-old Industrial Systems Engineer major at Georgia Tech, was crowned Miss Cherokee Rose 2013 and will compete for the title of Miss Georgia in Columbus next June. She serves as the captain of the Georgia Tech dance team and holds the distinction of being their head twirler, a position called the “Golden Girl.” For her talent presentation in the Miss Cherokee Rose competition, Kristy performed a dance/ twirl to “Fuego.” She also was named the talent winner in the competition. Also crowned were Kelly Donoghue, 16, Miss Cherokee Rose’s Outstanding Teen, and Sydney Lee, 15, Miss Cherokee Fair’s Outstanding Teen. Both will compete in Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen competition.

Left to right: Sydney Lee, Kristy Miller and Kelly Donoghue.

River Area Gets Needed Clean-Up The Little River Clean-Up, sponsored by Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority, City of Woodstock and City of Holly Springs, was a success, attracting 40 volunteers to Olde Rope Mill Park. The volunteers cleaned up three miles along Little River, collecting 23 bags of trash plus some larger items, such as tires, carpet, buckets and a mower blade. Along with the cleanup, volunteers tested the water quality of Little River by looking at the physical, chemical, habitat, and biological condition using the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream methods. Two locations on Little River and one tributary that flows through the park were tested. Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) was at the clean-up, conducting a “Drug Take Back Day” and speaking to the participants about the importance of removing old/unused medications from their households.

Left to right: Bruce Rivas and Miriah Shine from Woodstock High School tested the chemical and biological condition of Little River using a WWMC kit.

letter to the editor After recently moving to Woodstock, I had three bald tires on my van which required immediate attention! Several tire stores were not able to create a reasonable payment plan while advising me of the dangerous tire situation. I then went to Discount Tire Co. in Woodstock, where Brad and Jon also informed me of my “dangerous tires.” Then they made a payment plan which was certainly divinely inspired. I bought three brand new tires — no hassle, no hardship! They stood behind their statement: “We want our customers safe on the road.” Brad, Jon and all the staff were professional, courteous and accommodating. I am a mother, a teacher and a writer; Discount Tire Co. receives my highest recommendation! I have enjoyed the city of Woodstock even more because Discount Tire Co. is a business with “heart!” Sandy C. Bell 10

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In an emergency, experience matters Emergencies happen. And when they do, rest assured that you’ll get the best care close to home. Northside’s board-certified emergency medicine physicians and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified nurses are just right up the road. We hope we don’t have to see you, but if we do, you’ll be in the best possible hands. Visit us online at www.northside.com.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Bowen’s Raises Money for Cancer Bowen’s Tiger Rock Martial Arts Academy raised $450 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure by selling pink belts that the students were allowed to wear through October and November. The Academy sold a total of 48 belts, had a silent auction, and sold cupcakes to raise the money.

Candy Buy Back Benefits Soldiers Cherokee Children’s Dentistry held a Candy Buy Back the day after Halloween. Children were invited to bring up to five pounds of candy and received $1 for every pound. The candy was then packaged and sent overseas to the troops through Operation Gratitude. Dr. Anthea “Drew” Mazzawi said, “The Candy Buy Back is so important because it helps educates our children and teaches them to not consume so much sugar. We hope that the men and women overseas are brushing twice a day and flossing, so we like to send the candy to them since it’s a little piece of home!”

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Cobb EMC Celebrates Veterans Cobb EMC celebrated U.S. troops at the cooperative’s 17th annual Veterans Breakfast. The event honored the co-op’s 63 employees and 29 retirees who have served in the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. Veterans enjoyed breakfast, received a small gift from the cooperative and visited with Cobb EMC directors Bryan Boyd, Ed Crowell, David McClellan and Tripper Sharp.

Cherokee County residents and veterans honored. (Left to right: Christopher Norris (Air Force), Hoyle Dempsey (Army), Danny Driggans (Air Force), John Priest (Army), Bill Rouse (Air Force) and Robert Beasley (Marines).

Seniors Helping Seniors Opens Location Seniors Helping Seniors, a non-medical, in-home senior care service, recently celebrated the opening of a franchise in Cherokee County. The franchise is owned by Mary and Grant Dubois. For more information on what the company offers seniors, please visit http://seniorshelpingseniors.com.


Local Scouts Achieve Cycling Badge Boy Scouts from Troop 641 recently completed the Cycling merit badge. The boys, along with several leaders including Gordon Tyrolt, rode their bikes all summer on several trips including Blanket Creek Bike Trail, Stone Mountain and the Silver Comet Trail. The boys rode more than 150 miles to earn this merit badge. They just completed all of their requirements while on a 55 mile ride, crossing the Alabama line. F or more information on this troop which meets at Bascomb Carmel UMC, contact Doug Pedersen at (404) 433-3383.

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Community Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free! E-mail to: editor@townelaker.com. January deadline is December 5

Happy Birthday!

Erin Krall Age 21 on December 12 Happy Birthday! Mom, Dad, Ryan and Josh

Hailei Maszerowski Age 2 on December 6 Happy Birthday Hailei! We love you so much! Love Mommy, Daddy, Christopher and Emma

Jacob Kish Age 12 on December 14 Happy Birthday kiddo Love Mom, Dad and Jonah

Rich Jacobson Celebrating on December 15 Thank you dada for loving me so much. I love you and so does Mommy. Happy Birthday!

Emanuel Marktanne Age 3 on December 31

Marcus Marktanner Age 46 on December 25

Marielle Marktanner Age 17 on December 15

Logan Belleza Age 9 on December 22 We love you!

Cooper Surgala age 8 on December 13 Happy Birthday Cooper!!!! We love you SO much! Mommy, Daddy, Sammy and Emme

Cooper Kerr Age 5 on December 17 Happy Birthday big man! Love Mom, Dad, and Carter.

Elizabeth Hugenberg Age 13 on December 11 Daughter of Missy and Adam Hugenberg Sister of Rachel

Ethan (left) and Andrew Harris Age 6 on December 5 Happy Birthday to our sweet duo! We love you! Mommy and Daddy

Christian Berrio Age 7 on November 23 Love Daddy, Mommy, Joscie, TJ and Lili

Lauren Talele Age 13 on December 5 We love you! Mom, Dad and Scamp

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Bear Bowman (left) Age 14 on December 11 Colt Bowman Age 9 on November 26 Sons of Misty and Rob Bowman Brothers of Wade Bowman We Love you


Birth Lauren New and Austin Arnett were married on October 12, 2012 Austin is the son of Deborah Arnett, brother of Travis Arnett and grandson of Judy and Bob Spoonemore. Austin and Lauren are both graduates of Etowah High School.

Mark and Christy Berrio will celebrate their anniversary on December 5

Anniversary

Sandra and Foy Pierce will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on December 27

Farrah Elizabeth Nixon Age 1 on November 11 Happy First Birthday! Mommy and Daddy love you, xoxoxoxo

Wedding

Sierra Bray Age 15 on December 20 Daughter of Latresse and Sammie Bray Sister of Simmie, Savannah and Sydney

Kathleen and Kelly Furr will celebrate their 18th Anniversay on December 17

Sergeant David Miller Monsees and Caitlyn Anne Merkling were married on September 21, 2012 in Pine Mountain, Georgia. David is the son of Dana and Edwin Monsees, and Caitlyn is the daughter of Charmaine and James Merkling.

CONTEST CORNER Contest Corner

Anniversary

Wedding

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Raynah Nea Age 6 on November 30 We love you so much Ray!! Mom, Dad, Hayden, Marlee

Savannah Nicole Ingram Born: October 17, 2012 at 4:05 p,m, 7 lbs., 7 oz. 20 3/4 inches Daughter of Missy and Brandon Ingram

Congratulations to Cierra and Michael Cordak! Cierra was the first to spot the phrase “Shop on the Wild Side” on page 54, and Michael was the first to find our hidden picture on page 56 of the November issue. Both won $10 Downtown Dollars.

December Finds: If you know the answer to the contest question or find the hidden picture, be the first to call (770) 615-3325 or e-mail editor@ townelaker.com. Please provide your name, contact phone number or email address.

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

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

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

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

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Laws protect your home and your business against collection for your personal liabilities, but your liquid assets are always at risk. So is your second home, vacation property, and potentially the equity you have established in your first home. yourself, and you should schedule a meeting to go over your particular situation with your agent to see which combination of protection is right for you. Here are the four things you should address: Policy Limits: My personal feeling is that it is irresponsible to carry less than 100/300/100 coverage. In fact, you may find that 100/300/100 may be the minimum you are advised to carry if you implement my other suggestions. Do not let your budget dictate lower coverage because, in the end, your finances could be wiped out. Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage: One of the other issues you can address is uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. According to recent studies, one in six Georgia drivers is uninsured. This means if the uninsured driver is at fault, you are likely to see $0 from that party. If they had money, they would have bought insurance. If they can’t afford minimal coverage, they darn sure can’t afford your medical bills. By purchasing uninsured and underinsured coverage, you are hedging your bets against a serious injury where the other party simply can’t cover your expenses. I would be willing to bet, even though there are no statistics for it, if one in six are uninsured, three in six only carry the mandatory minimums. If that is true, and I have no reason to rely on that other than the general state of the economy, then only two out of six people who are driving would carry sufficient insurance to cover you in a serious accident. Get the maximum UM coverage your budget allows. Stackable Policies: Once you obtain the UM coverage, make sure that the policy is “stackable.” In some cases, the insurance company tries to save money by designating your UM coverage as offset by the at fault party’s coverage. To give you an example, let’s say you pay five years of premiums for continued on page 82


Eliminate The Competition in a Seller’s Market? by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

Kurt and Sheila live in Towne Lake and are top producing, Keller Williams Agents. They are Short Sale Experts and CDPE certified. www.KurtandSheila.com

We have been sounding the alarm for months about the lack of inventory of homes for sale in Metro Atlanta and especially in Cherokee County. The supply of homes has become so diminished; we have been helping our buying clients through a process that allows them to purchase properties in need of repair. This can eliminate buying competition because most buyers are intimidated by the cost of repairs and the difficulty to get traditional lending for these types of homes.

An FHA 203(k) streamlined renovation loan is an excellent loan for homes in need of repairs because it allows the buyer of the home to include up to $35,000 for repairs in their loan amount. Here are the facts about FHA 203(k) loans: • Once the sale is completed, the repairs must be completed by a lender-approved, licensed contractor. When all the

repairs/improvements are completed satisfactorily, these contractors are paid by the lender from the buyer’s loan proceeds. • These loans are offered by most traditional lenders and have competitive rates. • These loans require only a 3.5 percent down payment but are only available to owner occupant borrowers. • These loans permit borrowers to include lender required repairs as well as optional improvements like granite countertops, stainless appliances, and minor bathroom and kitchen remodels. This loan type is excellent too if you have a property to sell in need of repairs. When marketing a home in need of repairs, we recommend that estimates for these repairs be readily available to buyers viewing the property. Ideally, it is best to provide quotes prepared by a lender-approved contractor in conjunction with the contact information for a preferred FHA 203(k) lender. Taking this added step before marketing the home will reduce the buyer’s anxiety about the “unknown” costs of repairs and will ensure that the transaction goes smoothly for all involved.

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BIG SPENDERS vs. BIG SAVERS Who would you rather emulate? by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus You stand at your window and look across the street. Nice house, you think. Nice landscaping. Nice sports car. Nice driveway. New bikes for the kids. Wow, your neighbors are really well off. If only you had that kind of money.

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

That plain home down the street with the older model sedan parked out front pales in comparison. A couple in their seventies lives there, and the front yard hasn’t been spruced up in a decade. Who knows; maybe they struggle just to get by.

If you could somehow look into the financial lives of those two households, you might be surprised. The couple with all the toys might not be as wealthy as the neighborhood perceives, while the vanilla exterior on that humble rancher might hide a multimillionaire next door. Remember that affluence does not equal net worth. When you look across the street at the house of that well-to-do family, you are not necessarily gazing at a portrait of wealth. You are seeing a portrait of their spending habits. What are they spending their money on? Perhaps, quite literally, a façade; their house may be the best house in the neighborhood, but what of kind of mortgage payment are they grappling with? Are they making payments on that sports car? That vehicle is a depreciating asset (unless they keep it garaged for a few decades). The flat-screen, the pool, the home audio system… - they have put their dollars into things that their neighbors can see. They may be engaging in all-too-common financial behavior: thinking of wealth in terms of material items, spending money on toys instead of their lives. Real wealth may not be advertised. Perhaps the older couple down the street isn’t interested in the hottest new luxuries. Decades ago, they put extra money toward their mortgage; even with housing values currently depressed, their residence is still worth much more than they paid for it. Most importantly, it is paid off. Maybe they are good savers, always have been. When they were the age of the flashy couple up the street, they directed

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money into things that their neighbors couldn’t see – their investments, their retirement accounts, their bank accounts. Years ago, they could have lived ostentatiously like that highearning couple up the street – but instead of living on margin, they chose to live within their means. They saw some of their friends “rent” a luxury lifestyle for a few years, only to lose homes and cars they couldn’t really afford. Sometimes the economy or fate had a hand in it, but too often their friends simply made poor decisions. It could be that it was just more important for them to think about the future rather than the moment. Parenting reinforced that philosophy. Their good financial habits kept their family away from a bunch of bad debts, and helped them build wealth slowly. Indirectly, it also helped their kids, who grew up in a household with less financial stress and with an appreciation and understanding of key financial principles. Now, they are applying those principles to build wealth in their own lives. Roughly every fortieth American is a millionaire. There are nearly eight million people with a net worth of $1 million or more in the U.S., and their financial characteristics may differ slightly from what you expect. Fidelity’s 2012 Millionaire Outlook survey (which polled 1,000 households with $1 million or more in investable assets) notes that 86 percent of millionaires are self-made. Not so amazing, perhaps, but here is a striking detail. Among the self-made millionaires, the top sources of assets were investments and/or capital appreciation, compensation and employee stock options or profit sharing. Millionaires born into wealth were the most likely to cite entrepreneurship and real estate investing as key factors behind their fortunes. According to the survey, the average U.S. millionaire is 61 years

Among the self-made millionaires, the top sources of assets were investments and/or capital appreciation, compensation and employee stock options or profit sharing. old with $3.05 million in investable assets. Fidelity also found that with regard to the financial future, more than (30 percent) of these millionaires were focused on preserving wealth, rather than growing it (20 percent). What will you spend your money on, tomorrow or today? As Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko noted in their classic study The Millionaire Next Door, the typical millionaire lives on 7 percent of his or her wealth. That was in 1997; the percentage could be lower today. Call it frugal, call it boring, but such financial conservation may help promote lifetime wealth. Today, with so many enticements to spend your money as soon as you earn it, this mindset may have a lot of financial merit.

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Helping Hands In the spirit of the holidays and giving, many of our local charities find themselves in need of our generosity. This generosity can come in the form of donations, volunteer time or funds to help them in their mission to help others. Below are a few organizations who have reached out in the hope of receiving our readers’ assistance. Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Secret Santa — DFCS needs gift sponsors for approximately 200 children who are in the foster care system. To become a sponsor, please call (678) 427-9393 for complete information. To make a cash donation, please make the check out to Cherokee County DFCS and write “Secret Santa” on the For line. Checks can be mailed to DFCS, P.O. Box 826, Canton, GA 30169. Additional information can be found at www.cherokeesanta. com and find the organization on Facebook. Cherokee Focus Gift Connection —Cherokee Youth Works, a program of Cherokee Focus, is sponsoring the Gift Connection program. Gift Connection allows the community to donate funds for testing fees, college entrance fees, interview clothing, transportation, shelter, food, daycare and many other supports that our youth need to be successful. If you are interested in donating to Gift Connection please visit www.cherokeefocus. org. Gift Connection runs throughout the year to support our youth. Foster Care Support Foundation — Funds from the private sector assist the Foundation in providing clothing, toys and infant care equipment, allowing foster families to focus on the children in their care. The Foundation also accepts gently used items. Last year, monetary donations helped the Foundation provide for more than 3,000 children. Monetary donations can be sent to Foster Care Support Foundation, 3334 Trails End Road NE, Roswell, GA 30075. For more information, please email Rachel@fostercares.org. Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit — The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit’s Christmas Joy Program assists those in need to receive food, toys and basic necessities. To make a donation, please make checks payable to Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit and mail to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office c/o Reserve Unit, 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115. For more information, please contact Sergeant John Forkin at (678) 3336345. 20

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Papa’s Pantry —Papa’s Pantry is seeking assistance to “adopt” families for Christmas. In addition, holiday items needed include Christmas trees and lights, ornaments, gifts and food. Food donations always are needed as well and can be dropped off at the Pantry, 6551 Commerce Parkway or the TowneLaker office, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway. For more information, call (770) 591-4730 or visit www.papaspantry.org. Toys for Tots — Unwrapped and new toys for children in need can be dropped off at two locations in the Towne Lake area: Renasant Bank, 4475 Towne Lake Parkway and Walgreens, 940 Towne Lake Parkway. For more information on the program or to make a monetary donation, please visit www.toysfortots.org. Angel Tree, Jyl Craven Hair Design — Sponsor a child’s Christmas by selecting an ornament from the Angel Tree within the Studio. Sponsors who return their gifts by December 5 will have their names placed in a drawing for $100 worth of hair services. Jyl Craven Hair Design is located at 7970 Knox Bridge Highway in Canton. For more information, please call (770) 3459411.

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Roses

We are looking for the couple married the longest in Towne Lake for our 2013

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If you know someone or if you’ve been married a long, long time, you could be the winner of the annual Tournament of Roses Contest!

Winners will be featured in the February issue of TowneLaker. If you or someone you know is a contender in the Tournament of Roses Contest, send us your nomination, including the names of the couple and their wedding date, including year. Please include your name,

address and phone number, as well as a phone number for the couple you are nominating.

Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to editor@ townelaker.com, faxed to (770) 516-4809 or mailed to TowneLaker 2449 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock, GA 30189. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, January 10.

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Tour of Homes Raises Funds for Local Charities Left: Erdeman Home Below: Birdsong Home

Right: Spennato Home

Since 1997, the Junior Service League of Woodstock has organized and conducted a holiday tour of homes in Woodstock and Canton neighborhoods. This year’s tour saw more than 650 visitors attend from across the area.

Left: Woodstock Knoll Model Home

Tour goers were able to visit four distinctive homes this year, including a 12,000 square foot home in The Reserve of BridgeMill. Woodstock designers put their unique signature style on each home, and visitors were able to get numerous holiday decorating ideas to make their own homes more festive for the holiday season. The Birdsong Home, located in Eagle Watch and decorated by Linden, was inspired by all things natural and organic. The theme was perfect for the traditional home, reflecting natural elements that united the indoor and outdoor spaces. The Spennato Home, located in Towne Lake Hills East and decorated by Fun Finds and Designs-Home Decor Consignments, was designed to complement the home’s already lovely Tuscan style. The Erdeman Home, located in BridgeMill and decorated by Designing Women, LLC, was by far one of the largest homes that has ever been on the tour.

displayed throughout the home.

And for the first time ever, the League featured a model home instead of a private residence as part of the tour. Ashton Woods of the Woodstock Knoll Community showcased their Cambridge model, which was also decorated by Linden. Ashton Woods also donated all of the blind auction items that were

The Holiday Tour of Homes is the primary fundraiser for the Junior Service League, and generous support from our sponsors and tour goers each year allows the League to invest in the lives of needy citizens in Cherokee County. This year, the event raised $15,000, with all proceeds benefitting local Cherokee County charities, including CASA for Children, Inc., Timothy’s Cupboard, Georgia Canines for Independence, and Bethesda Community Clinic. Photographs courtesy of dePICtions Photography by Jodi Carlton.

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EVENT CALENDAR: December/January Through December Moonshine Exhibit Times: Wednesdays – Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Cherokee County History Museum and Visitor’s Center, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton Information: The free exhibit will feature photographs, documents, firsthand accounts, and artifacts from the Society’s collection. Included in the exhibit are copper stills, photographs of distillery raids by law enforcement officials, ATF Daily reports from local agent, Warren Cagle, and videos including an oral history with Cagle, and of a liquor still in operation.

Through December 14 Letters to Santa Location: Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, 7545 Main Street, Building 200 Information The cost is $2 per letter. Drop off letters at Agency and Santa will respond! Please ensure handwriting is legible and child’s full name and address is included.

December 8 Angel Dog Rescue Holiday Benefit Time: 7-10 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills, 1003 Towne Lake Hills East Information: Heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction. Proceeds to benefit Angel Dog Rescue, a 501c(3) non-profit. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call Shelly Nelson at (770) 891-5311.

December 8 Big Chicken Chorus Performance Times: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Location: Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theater, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta Information: Tickets can be purchased online at www. bigchickenchorus.org or call (770) 438-9752.

December 8 & 9 Cherokee Chorale Concert Times: December 8, 5 p.m. December 9, 3 p.m. Location: Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton Information: Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and available at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Chorale member, the Arts Center and Chamberhouse in Canton, Three Sisters Gifts in Hickory Flat, Jasper Drug in Jasper and FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. Call (678) 4398625 or visit www.CherokeeChorale.org. 24

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December 14 Health, Beauty and Wellness Party Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Location: The Center for Yoga, 1105 Parkside Lane Information: Everyone is welcome. There will be door prizes and healthy snacks. Sponsored by Family Chiropractic & Wellness, The Center for Yoga and Salon Suites. RSVP by calling (770) 517-5610.

December 15 Christmas Market Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Momentum Church, 110 Londonderry Court Information: Multiple vendors. Email s_borgogna@yahoo.com

January 26 Etowah High School Lacrosse Garage Sale Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Etowah High School Information: Donations accepted. Please email Robyn Rubin at rrubin4@gmail.com.


Feature

Frankfurt Döner & Fine Meats

6845 Highway 92 Woodstock, GA 30189 (678) 401-4994 • www.fdoner.com by Kara Kiefer Sometimes, the most unusual and amazing dining joints are found in unlikely places, and when you’re lucky enough to find one of these gems, you feel compelled to share your newly found treasure. I was on Highway 92, near Bells Ferry Road, and it happened to be near lunchtime. Not wanting to eat fast food, I saw the sign for Frankfurt Döner, and feeling adventurous, I decided to give it a try — at the very least, find out exactly what this unusually named restaurant offered. From the name, I surmised the type of food would be German. Having parents of German descent, I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to authentic German cuisine, and I love it. What I found when I entered was German-born owner and Towne Lake resident Karsten Werner behind the counter, and so began my adventure into an entirely new culinary experience. Karsten recommended that I try the Döner, which is what the restaurant is known for. It’s a sandwich made from slow oven roasted meat and finished on a vertical spit, topped with veggies and special sauces, and served in Persian-style bread similar to pita. It sounded good to me. The Döner comes with either lamb/ beef or chicken; I went with the lamb/

beef, and what I found was an addicting combination of warm and tender meat, cool and creamy cucumber sauce (similar to Greek Tzatiki sauce), crunch from the onions and marinated red cabbage and a slight heat from the red pepper sauce (mild version available). The flavor combination was like nothing I’ve ever tried, and I was instantly hooked. On the side, I had the German potato salad, which I have loved since my childhood. It was nicely seasoned, and had the perfect vinaigrette bite and the right amount of salty bacon pieces. Another winner!

Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Menu Prices: Döner (beef/lamb & chicken): $4.99 - $5.99 Döner Wrap: $3.49 - $5.99 Brats: $5.49 Döner Pizza: $4.99

In addition to its signature sandwich, Frankfurt Döner also serves a variety of fresh and homemade brats from Karsten’s brother’s butcher shop in Ball Ground, and the brats are available for bulk purchase as well. Other menu options include the Döner wrap and the Döner pizza. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, delicious and buttery Baklava is yours for the asking. Frankfurt Döner also has a food truck, which is proudly located at Kennesaw State University, Mondays – Thursdays from 11a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Frankfurt Döner is great food served fast, uniquely delicious and priced right! Try it out the next time you’re in the mood for something out of the ordinary. See page 17 for a special offer!

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Toot your “Tude!” by Lynne Saunders

Lynne is the author of the newest job seeker’s book 21st Century Keys to Employment and Founder/Executive Director of Papa’s Pantry and The MastersTrainingCenter. com. Employment Strategies Core Concepts classes and Advanced Coaching sessions offered bi-weekly. Call 770-5914730 for the schedule. For more information, visit Papaspantry.org.

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Toot, Toot, Beep, Beep, Honk, Honk… annoying sounds are found in everyday traffic confrontations. Just noise, right?

You must also exude an attitude of excellence and professionalism, rather than one of simply winging it or taking whatever comes. This is an easy illustration of opposites to study.

Well, certain toots and honks can save lives, literally, forcing us to pay attention in order to prevent a disaster. Consider your job interview as an equally critical environment. Without significant noise and attention, the interviewer may not realize the benefit you may bring to his or her company. Without “noise,” the interviewer may not see that by hiring you, a business disaster can be prevented. Plainly stated, brag on yourself! The job of the resume is to get the interview. The job of the interview is to get the job! You must bring about, and discuss, your abilities and accomplishments to ensure the interviewer that you have enough merit to be considered as a real candidate.

In the workshop setting, I draw a big cross on the white board. On one side I write “Professional Attitudes.” On the other, I write “Amateurish Attitudes.” Then, I lead class participants in describing attributes they have admired in leaders and/ or colleagues. Those characteristics are noted and minutely defined on the Professional side. The list grows with examples such as even tempered, good listener, positive attitude, problem solver, good appearance, organized, knowledge of product or service, etc.

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Next, we look to define opposite behaviors for the amateurish side, such as hot tempered, self-centered, negative, problem creator (or amplifier), sloppy, poor daily hygiene, unorganized, careless in achieving proficiency, etc. You get the picture. I encourage you to do your own written attitude study to discover and embody a true sense of what professionalism looks and feels like. If you detect anything less continued on page 81


Gel-Tastic or a Waste of Money? by Kara Kiefer I have hiked, camped (in a tent!), and actually enjoy seeing those big garden spiders and their webs. But truth be told, I’m a girly girl, and I enjoy what comes with that title.

Kara Kiefer is the Editor of TowneLaker. She lives in Towne Lake with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett.

One of the aspects about being a girly girl is getting your nails done. While pedicures are a regular occurrence during the summer, I normally only treat myself to a manicure once or twice a year. Why so infrequently? Because they don’t last.

I could get artificial nails, but they are costly and damage your real nails. I could get weekly manicures like I used to when my husband and I were DINKS (Double Income No Kids), but college tuition, car payments, and insuring teenagers who drive all take a dent out of my “nail budget,” which leaves me with one option: doing my own nails. I’m quite adept at doing my own manicure, but it’s the maintenance that kills me. If I’m lucky, I can make it two days

So I gave it a try, and I gave this manicure a work out! before my manicure starts to chip. After all, I’m typing, cooking, washing my hands, cleaning my house, etc… all of which are antagonists to keeping a pristine manicure. Daily, I have to do “damage repair” on my manicure, and by the fourth day, I’m over it and usually end up removing the polish all together and going with maintenance free color of “clear.” Because I didn’t get regular salon manicures, I was not aware of the newest manicure option, Gel Manicures. The polish used is specially formulated not to chip and claims to stay chip-less for up to two weeks. To me, this seemed like the perfect solution— the lasting appeal of artificial nails but not harmful to my real nails. So I gave it a try, and I gave this manicure a work out! I did everything I would normally do without a manicure, fully expecting at least a minor chip. After one week, the manicure was still intact — no sign of wear. By the second week, my nails had grown, which left the base continued on page 81 TowneLaker | December 2012

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Everyday

Be an EXAMPLE of giving.

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

Last December, a local third grade class “adopted” a little boy who would not have received anything for Christmas otherwise. The class was told of this child’s situation – he was four years old and lived with his mother and older brother. He had lost his father in a car accident, and Christmas time would be difficult in many ways. Each student was encouraged to do chores around the house to earn money to purchase gifts on this boy’s Christmas list. Each week, the students eagerly brought in their hard-earned money, proudly sharing with the class what they did to earn it. It wasn’t long until enough was raised for the big shopping day. During the class holiday party, the gifts were wrapped and delivered through the school counselor to the boy’s family. After the holidays, the class received a Thank You letter from the little boy, which was proudly displayed in the classroom the remainder of the year. Five months later, at the end of the school year, the students were asked to share what they felt was one of the most important things about being in third grade. Aside from their undying love for their teacher, it was a warm surprise to hear how many of the students said it was helping this child have a memorable Christmas. Many people do wonderful things for the less fortunate during Christmas. Never underestimate the effects of your efforts. You could be lighting a spark for a lifetime of selfless giving in others. Be an example to your children and allow Christ-like compassion to flow through you to others less fortunate, and experience the season’s true meaning. Everyday Angels will be assisting a family of four who has just secured a home but is sleeping on the floor. The mother was married for 20 years before the alcoholic dad left the family. She had left her job of 15 years to move to Cherokee County, and her oldest son is now supporting the family while obtaining his GED. Some people in Cherokee County really do sleep on the floor, and most of them do not ask for help unless it is an absolute emergency. Yes, there are those who abuse the system, but this is not one of those families. Their goal is to get straightened out, have everyone working and be able to support themselves. We have been busy collecting clothing and beds this past month. We are grateful for what we have been able to supply so far, but more is needed - especially grocery gift cards and assistance with utility bills. See the box to the left to see how you can help. Last month, we featured Jonathan, a young boy who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Jonathon needs a service dog to help him with his impulsiveness and anxiety. Everyday Angels would like to thank those who contributed in support of Jonathan and his service dog. We cannot wait to share pictures of him when his new best friend arrives. Without your support, it would not be possible!

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TLBA Spotlight Accounting Connections, LLC Diane Offutt, Managing Partner Enrolled Agent, MAcc, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor ™ Do you want to minimize your taxes? Is your small business making or losing money? Many business owners use their bank balance to measure profits. This is a mistake! A business should have a good bookkeeping system that will allow it to see where the money is coming from, along with where it is going! This information allows for better tax planning, which can allow one to take advantage of the tax code and minimize taxes. Understanding the business owner’s frustration when there is an accounting or tax issue, the owner would like to have a full time accountant; however, most cannot afford the expense on a full-time basis. Diane solves that problem by offering services that make a company feel they have an in-house accountant. She utilizes technology that allows her to offer her clients much needed services while keeping costs down. With 40 years in the accounting industry, Diane offers a wealth of experience. As a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she offers training and support on QuickBooks Products. As an Enrolled Agent, she can represent you before all levels of IRS. Diane is well-versed in the tax code and uses it efficiently. Tax services include both individual and business returns. Diane and her husband have resided in Woodstock since 1999. She is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, National Association of Enrolled Agents, Cobb Chamber, Marietta Business Association and the TLBA. She can be reached at: DianeOffutt@AccountingConnections.ORG or (770) 516-5987 or visit www.AccountingConnections.ORG

TOWNE LAKE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION As another year comes to a close, the Towne Lake Business Association (TLBA) would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! We are grateful for all the support we receive from everyone in the Towne Lake area community. Join us on Monday, December 10, for the TLBA’s annual Holiday Gala See information to the left. The topic of our November Lunch ‘N’ Learn Workshop was “Tax Planning for Your Business.” We want to thank our speaker, John Drawdy of Drawdy CPA Services, for leading the workshop. Please join us at our next Lunch ‘N’ Workshop.

Lunch ‘N’ Learn Workshop

Tuesday, January 15, 12:30 — 2 p.m. Please visit www.tlba.org for more information. All Workshops are held at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills. Please RSVP to all events at (770) 615-3350. We welcome our newest members, ECS Insurance Group and Frank Niemeir. Thank you for supporting our community by “Keeping Towne Lake Dollars in Cherokee.” Visit us at tlba.org. 30

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Dining Out, Woodstock Style by Dee Locklin Last year, my husband and I began dining out on Tuesday evenings with friends. Our Woodstock Supper Club ranges from four to twelve people, depending on schedules and inclinations.

Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State University. She lives in Towne Lake with husband Lewis and son Taylor in a cluttered home filled with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at dlocklin89@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

As we fumbled with chopsticks at Izumi’s last week, I smiled at the sight of everyone chattering at once, laughing at banter, and enjoying an array of Asian dishes. We looked like characters from a Woody Allen movie — chic couples huddled around a trendy Manhattan restaurant table, gossiping and moving forward the plots of their upscale lives. I felt downright cosmopolitan. But there are a few differences between our Tuesday evenings and Woody’s on-film gatherings.

Location. Manhattanites like to flock to Mario Batali’s newest restaurants. The Woodstock Supper Club only frequents local

establishments offering discount coupons. Not $5 off coupons either — I mean buy one entrée and get the second one FREE. Although we have been enticed by $1 beer night and cheap appetizers. Dialogue. Woody’s witty characters discuss Broadway productions and new techniques in art restoration. My group recently debated the criteria for the “Yard of the Month” award, astonished that my house was again passed over because of brown dog pee patches in the front yard. This month we will likely gripe about the lack of really good appetizers at our neighbors’ holiday parties.

We looked like characters from a Woody Allen movie — chic couples huddled around a trendy Manhattan restaurant table... Cuisine. I ate at Batali’s Babbo Ristorante a couple of years ago. Who knew that one of NYC’s choicest menus would be dominated by root vegetables, organ meat and livestock extremities? Lamb’s tongue, pig’s feet and the euphemistically named “Testa” were big hits. My group is wild for 25 cent chicken wings and French fried potatoes; Woodstock’s very own version of offal and root vegetables. Panache. After arriving at Babbo, my friend and I stood at the bar while awaiting our table. Typical for a crowded NYC restaurant, there were four times as many building occupants than the fire code should allow. I lifted my right arm to take a sip of a delightful Vespa Rossa, and forgetting to hold my elbow close, my arm bumped against the man standing next to me. My $24 glass of wine spilled down my white blouse. The wait staff treated me like a leper for the rest of my visit, but I ignored them. After all, my American Express card was every bit as good as the man’s at the bar who, by the way, didn’t even have the manners to apologize for getting in the way of my elbow. Clearly his mamma didn’t teach her boy right. The Woodstock Supper Club is sophisticated enough for me. We may wear jeans, but by-golly, the guys take off their baseball caps before sitting. We are courteous to our servers and verify the validity of all coupons before ordering. We tip really well. And we laugh a whole lot. Look for us in a local restaurant on Tuesdays at 6:15. And feel free to pull up a chair if you have some good gossip.

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Make My Dininer by Darlene DeMesa

Darlene is a personal chef and owner of a local cooking service. For more information, email her at chefdarlene@ makemydinners.com.

Autumn is a wonderful time of year. There’s that chill in the air and a great harvest of wonderful fruits and vegetables. I love preparing recipes that are easy and healthy. One of my favorite sides is the sweet potato. Most recipes call for cinnamon, butter and nuts, but this recipe is a different variation on the stuffed sweet potato. It takes the sweet potato to a different level. My clients love this dish because it can be made ahead and frozen for an easy to heat up side. There are two different versions I have added here, but you can experiment with your favorite toppings.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

2 sweet potatoes ½ cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed ½ cup chopped cooked spinach ¼ cup sour cream ¼ cup cream cheese, softened salt and pepper ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese chopped scallions (optional) or substitute black beans for the garbanzo beans and corn for the spinach, then add some chipotle seasoning for a Mexican style stuffed sweet potato. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cook sweet potatoes until tender, about 25-30 minutes. 3. Let cool, then cut in half and scoop out the inside of potato and place in a bowl. 4. Add the beans, spinach, sour cream, cream cheese and seasoning and mix until combined. 5. Stuff the potatoes with the mixture, top with cheese and set on a baking sheet. (can be frozen at this point) 6. Place them back in the oven and heat until cheese is melted and potatoes are warm. I hope you try this wonderful side dish. It’s a great recipe and will become a favorite. 34

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Celebration Time by Peter Allen

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

It’s time to celebrate! No, not the election and not just the holidays. It is time to celebrate your successes. Most of us never take the time to celebrate our successes, challenges that we have overcome, and all of the wonderful things that please us in our work lives and personal lives. We may think it’s just not that important. We’ve got so much to do, family to care for, tasks to complete, fires to put out, customers/clients to please, cash to manage, sales to increase, and etc... We all know that this is what a responsible business person does if he or she wishes to get ahead.

As the year comes to a close, we should all use the opportunity that this time of year provides to practice celebrating and to be grateful for all that we have, all that we give, and all that we receive. We should learn to make this celebrating a part of our life process and learn to do it often. The more we do this, the more wonderful things we attract to ourselves in the form of health, happiness, and prosperity As business people, we have vision, creativity, passion, drive, and skills that we are constantly improving. This is how we achieve the monetary rewards and the satisfaction that comes from our self expression in our work. We chose this work, hopefully, because we love it. If you are no longer passionate about your work, it is time to step back and take a good look and evaluate where you are. There are many things you can

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When you recall and celebrate all of the wonderful things that happen in your day, you create energy that attracts more of what you want in your life. do to get the zest back. Taking time to celebrate and being grateful is one of them. That’s one of the things we work with in coaching our clients. When you recall and celebrate all of the wonderful things that happen in your day, you create energy that attracts more of what you want in your life. Just by acknowledging your appreciation for it is a form of celebration. I have a client who looks for at least three things at the end of each day that he can be thankful for and appreciate. Some days finding three things can be difficult. It causes you to look deeper. It could be as simple as getting inspired by a conversation you had or as obvious as the fact that your business just reached its first million in sales. The energy that you create with this habit is a very powerful asset for you in your business life and personal life. Try it out for thirty days. May you be filled with zest, vitality, and more reasons to celebrate!


Musings from Towne: Christmas Lights by Robyn Hohensee I love this time of year, especially because of the Christmas lights. The day after Thanksgiving, I climb up into our attic and drag down the boxes of Christmas lights so I can begin the yearly decorating process.

Robyn Hohensee has resided in Towne Lake with her husband Todd for 17 years. She is currently working on a children’s book and an adult fiction novel. Feel free to contact her at Robyn561@yahoo. com.

My husband is willing to help, but I am fussy about how they should be placed, so I insist on putting them up by myself. He does not protest, but sighs and reminds me to “place the cords where no one can trip and break their necks and sue us for a million dollars.” “Yes dear,” I reply, and get to work.

The first order of business is to get them untangled. It is always a struggle; I think to myself, why do I insist on doing this every year? Once I get them untangled, I plug them in the see if they actually work. As always, one strand doesn’t, and so I toss it in the garbage and use it as an excuse to go out and purchase new lights. Oh how I adore going through the Christmas aisle at

Oh how I adore going through the Christmas aisle at Walmart! There are so many lights and so many possibilities! Walmart! There are so many lights and so many possibilities! When my selection is made, I trudge back home and begin to create my strategy for placing them as creatively and artistically as I can. Once they are up, I stand back and admire my genius. I want to show off my design to my husband, and I holler for him to come have a look. “Perfect!” he exclaims. Quickly his admiration ceases when he trips on the cord I placed on the porch to light up the front door. “Oops,” I say. Feeling silly, I say in defense, “Well, I tried to put it out of the way.” He snaps back, “Tell that to the person who will sue us for a million dollars when they trip and break their neck.” He has a point. With that, I plan another strategy. Maybe I need to make another trip to Walmart. Oh, how I love this time of year.

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Festive Table Magic by Shelley Herod Christmas is a cheerful and enchanting time of year in which you—with a bag full of enthusiasm and an ounce of shimmer—can create magic. There are six rules of thumb to remember when creating your holiday tablescapes.

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

Proportion: It is always important to stay in proportion to your space. The use of different heights and shapes will make it interesting. Dimension: A combination of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and rounded curves will be sure to catch your guests’ attention.

Repeat: Repetition is the key to attracting attention. Follow the same color scheme as you have used in other holiday design spaces (tree, garland, wreaths, etc). Make a statement by repeating the use of specific items within your tablescape and other locations. Texture: Use an array of textures in your displays to make it more interesting and fascinating. For instance, combine matte and shiny, soft and rigid, smooth and coarse. Odd Numbers: When creating any visual display, it is always more pleasing to use an odd number of objects. Using different heights to display objects makes it more interesting as well. Balance: Symmetry provides not only balance but formality to your tablescape. If one end of the display is tall, the opposite end should be tall. If they are uneven, your proportion and visual balance will not harmonize.

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Wine and Food Pairings for the Holidays by David Heckelmoser

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

As we enter into the festive time of year, we are enjoying time with friends and family. With these gatherings we probably are eating sweets, cheeses and other wonderful foods. So what wines do you pair with these? Let’s start with chocolate - who doesn’t love chocolate?

eggs dishes, lobster, oysters, shellfish, popcorn, smoked salmon pair well with bubbly. Another good choice in sparkling wine is Cava. Cava is a type of white or pink sparkling wine produced in Spain. Moscato d’Asti or Prosecco are other sparkling wine choices. Both are off dry to sweet, low in alcohol, and often enjoyed with dessert. Try poached pears with Moscato d’Asti, and Prosecco is delicious with Marcona almonds.

Dark chocolate is the most intense, richly-flavored chocolate and is composed of 70 to 100 percent cacao. Because of the intensity of flavors, bittersweet and dark chocolates need to be paired with stronger red wines. Look to Merlots, Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as ports and fortified wines.

We can’t forget those wonderful cheese plates.

Milk chocolate has a higher percentage of sugar and smaller percentage of cacao, usually less than ten percent. Milk chocolate is the sweetest of all chocolates. Because milk chocolate is not bitter, red wines with soft tannins like a Pinot Noir and sweeter Sherries, like cream sherry or Pedro Ximenez, are always a delicious combination. Sweeter chocolate needs sweeter wine, or the wine may taste tart. A Hungarian Tokaji or a Tawny Port can also work well with milk chocolate. Port and Madeira have red cherry, dark raisin and fig flavors, so try these with coffee and caramel based deserts. Madeira (Bual and Malmsey) is great with nuts, toffee and butterscotch. Try the Bual Madeira with pumpkin pie. Ice Wines are great to pair with desserts like cheesecakes, berry cobblers, lemon tart, peach desserts and shortbread cookies. The bottom line is, the wine should always be sweeter than the dessert, otherwise the wine can taste dull and acidic. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without Champagne or sparkling wine. Both are incredibly versatile with food. In general, appetizers, asparagus, butter and butter sauce, caviar, eggs and

Soft Cheeses – Brie, Camembert, Neufchâtel and Provolone are creamy and lower in fat than hard cheeses. White wines, such as German or Austrian Riesling with a little bit of sweetness, semi-sweet champagne, or sparkling wines pair well. Hard Cheeses – Gruyere, Longhorn, Gouda, and most cheddars go well with red wines. The tannins in red wines soften the fat and protein of hard cheeses. Select wines such as Bordeaux, Amorne, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Barolo. Goat cheese has a tangy and chalklike texture. Crisp, young white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Sancerre pair well. Happy Holiday! Cheers!

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The Immaculate Reflection by Chicka Elloy Have you had these moments before?

Chicka Elloy lives in Woodstock with his wife and two sweet caramel daughters. He writes for USA Today Education and was voted #1 Daddy Blogger by Parents.com - Contact him through www. thefrequentflyerfather. com.

As a child • Dad starts to dance to music in Publix or worst still, sing as well – Gangnam Style! • Mom wears a night gown and slippers to drop you off at the bus stop • Mom uses her saliva to wipe the dried Nutella off your cheek As a parent • “Look mom, that lady is having a baby!” The lady hears this but is not pregnant. • At a single friend’s place, your child deposits some bodily fluid next to your host • As you look up on the playground, it is your child using the cuss word while hitting another child

Like you, I have seen many children and parents struggle with embarrassment in public. These “immaculate reflections”

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are derived via an association to someone else, instigating an unwanted attention on our private flaws, personal matters or misfortunes. I believe this type of embarrassment is a raw, emotional reaction that is learned from our own parents. Where else were we taught the basics of social etiquette? (Hopefully not watching Jersey Shore) Caring about what others think is not wrong, but when that self-consciousness hijacks your senses from responding in a circumstance, it can be cataclysmic to your internal drivers. Worrying about our “reputation” in a restaurant while surrounded by strangers is common for parents. Strangers may be saying to themselves, “Yep, I remember when my son did that,” or, “I’m glad I’m not going through that anymore with my daughter.” But when we assume other people’s perceptions of our parenting as negative and use it as a driving force to respond, we let their perceptions control our parenting. This teaches our kids that one should react, choose, decide, and move based on what others might think. Isn’t it fascinating what we parents do to ourselves emotionally in order to protect ourselves socially? I am not saying, “Don’t care about what others think,” because that is reckless, and yes, the child’s continued on page 81


Hair Color Without Hazard by Tim Timmons

Tim Timmons is the owner of Salon Gloss, Downtown Woodstock’s premier salon. Tim has been a hairstylist for 13 years and has extensive industry experience. Tim has had the unique distinction of working with several celebrities including, Pamela Anderson, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton and Hillary Duff during awards ceremonies including The SAG Awards, Grammy Awards and The MTV Video Music Awards. Tim can be reached at (678) 483-8900.

A few years ago, the introduction of a zero ammonia permanent color line was going to revolutionize hair color as we knew it. Innovation isn’t something that hits the hair color market very often, so when this ground-breaking new color range debuted, it created excitement and buzz around our salon and around our industry. It was after using this product for a few years that I took a look and found the ingredients to be hair-raisingly scary. Included in the list of common colorant ingredients were several harmful or toxic ingredients. However, most surprisingly was the presence of ammonia hydroxide, clearly listed on the post-color shampoo that is recommended after the color service. I found this company’s claims about their non-

ammonia hair color to be dangerous to pregnant women, those recovering or suffering from cancer or to those who allergic to ammonia. These women may seek out this type of hair color because of their false perceptions that the entire line is free of ammonia as the advertising indicates. More and more companies are now removing ammonia and a few other toxic ingredients from their hair color. This is commendable, as ammonia is an extremely harsh chemical with a high PH and doesn’t need to be in hair color. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these companies have merely removed ammonia from the color and replaced it with an ingredient called ethanolamine. All they have achieved is the removal of ammonia from their colors – they haven’t managed to decrease the pH that ethanolamine colors cause. Recently, safer alternatives containing ingredients such as soy, wheat, aloe, grapefruit and natural pigments extracted from a range of plants, including Indian and Brazilian wood, madder, broom, and calliopsis have become increasingly popular. As the natural colorant category continues to grow and an increasing number of natural or non-ammonia hair colors are coming onto continued on page 83

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What Child is This? by Cindy Morrow I met Claudia earlier this year on a job interview. She had just returned from what might have been her 1,250th or so birth, but I don’t think she keeps an accurate tally. After 35 years as a homebirth midwife, it is probably more.

Cindy writes freelance from Woodstock where she has lived since 1990. She welcomes ideas for her column and can be reached at cindy.morrow@gmail. com. Her website is www.cindymorrow.net.

The position I was applying for was full-time (if I could get it), on-call 24/7 (once attending births) unpaid labor. I was seeking a sought-after position of Midwife Apprentice. “You know, 90 percent of my apprentices don’t stay around,” noted Claudia. One had to wonder why, but I didn’t ask. I am more stubborn than 90 percent of most.

“The first few weeks, your job is just to sit and observe,” she said. That ended up being the hardest part: the sitting for two, often 12-14 hour days of prenatal exams. Home-birth midwifery almost died out in the 1950s. Traditionally, women from local communities were with women when they gave birth at home. The midwives passed the skills, knowledge, and privilege to other women through apprenticeship. Once birth became a lucrative business, the ‘Granny Midwife’ almost became history. Claudia Conn came to Georgia specifically to attend the Nurse Midwife program at Emory in 1982. It was not long before she realized it was not a good fit. “Birth with a low-risk mother and a trained attendant does not need to be in a hospital.” Claudia (and thousands of women, myself included) knows. She birthed three daughters at home. Soon after I started, Claudia told me, “You will only attend a birth after the mother invites you.” Eventually, one did. “We will re-evaluate if you are a good fit for our practice, and vice versa, after you have attended ten births,” said Claudia. The next birth I attend will be number eleven. No pink slip yet. Part of what I love about this work is watching women’s minds become passengers on their hearts; when they let go of trying to understand what is happening, what they should be doing, what to expect...they soar. For instance, in response to one birthing Momma saying, “I don’t think I can do this...I don’t understand how...” Claudia said, “Well, good thing your brain’s not having this baby!” How true. continued on page 83 42

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Robotic Surgery as a New Innovation for Gynecological Cancers by Gerald Feuer, M.D. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has come a long way since it began more than 20 years ago with laparoscopic surgery. In laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon makes several small incisions, instead of one large one, for the instruments and camera needed to perform the procedure. Patients benefit from smaller scars, less pain, a faster discharge from the hospital and an overall quicker recovery. Dr. Feuer is a boardcertified GYN oncologist at Northside Hospital. Dr. Feuer practices at Atlanta Gynecologic Oncology in Atlanta and Canton. He can be reached at (404) 459-1900.

However, there are limitations to laparoscopy. Because they require highly technical work, only about 10-15 percent of gynecological cancers have been treated with MIS, instead of the preferred open technique. Robotic surgery is the next generation of laparoscopy. It evolved more than ten years ago, but was only introduced to gynecological oncology within the last five years. With robotic surgery, the surgeon still uses small incisions and similar instruments, but the instruments are connected to robotic arms, which the surgeon manipulates to mimic his movements. Robotic surgery also gives the surgeon a magnified, 3D view of the surgical field and allows him to have the flexibility and

dexterity identical to what he would have in an open surgery. More than 25 percent of American women will have a hysterectomy (uterus removal) during their lifetime to relieve problems of the uterus and ovaries, including fibroids, endometriosis, heavy non-menstrual bleeding, uterine prolapse and cancer. Uterine cancer was the first gynecological cancer treated robotically and is usually treated with a hysterectomy. Now, more than 70 percent of uterine cancers are treated with robotic hysterectomy vs. traditional laparoscopy. Cervical cancer can also be treated using robotic surgery. For patients with ovarian masses and some ovarian cancers, new robotic techniques are currently being pioneered in Atlanta and may be an option in many situations. Despite its name, robotic technology does not make decisions or operate on its own. The surgery is 100 percent controlled by the surgeon. That’s why it’s important to seek an experienced robotic surgeon and hospital surgical team for your surgery. Experience, teamwork and expertise, with state-of-the-art technology, work together to achieve the critical level of success needed to optimize use of robotic technology.

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How Does Root Canal Therapy Help Your Tooth? by Dr. Scott R. Harden

Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and has served the Towne Lake area for more than 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. You can reach him at (770) 926-0000 or visit FountainViewSmiles. com.

Root Canal. This term evokes more anxiety than practically any other spoken word and further is the punch line for countless jokes in our society. At present, when root canals are both painless and successful, I must ask the question, why do people still possess a negative emotional response at the sheer mention of this procedure? What happened in the history of dentistry to conjure up a completely negative connotation toward root canals that transcends time?

Is the conjecture over root canals being so bad based upon folklore or actual fact? The reputation of “root canals” has been bad for over two centuries. A review of the literature reveals that fundamentals of root canal instruments, techniques and materials were predominately invented in the 1700s and 1800s. This is a staggering fact to learn, doing dentistry in the year 2012, and could negatively impact the reputation of root canals in modern times. Moreover, root canals were initially performed in the mid-1700s, and dental anesthesia was not invented until about 1910. This means for more than 160 years, people received root canals without anesthesia. This certainly would generate fear and hostility towards root canals that could transcend centuries. X-rays are a vital part of root canals and are required to provide the dentist with necessary information about the technical stages of the procedure. Root canals are performed inside the tooth roots, in the blind, preventing any accuracy without x-rays. X-rays were invented around 1900 and this means root canals were performed for over 150 years without the needed technology of X-rays. Failure was imminent for these early root canals and likely created bad tooth aches, facial swelling, and furthered the bad reputation of root canals. In 1909, a paper was published stating that root canals caused the release of bacteria into the bloodstream and created systemic disease (i.e. sepsis), which greatly impeded the practice and advancement of root canal treatment for 30 to 40 years and would easily carry forward to modern day. The history of root canals was bleak and fraught with learning by trial and error. This could make anyone cringe about root canals and unfortunately often still does today. The term “root canal” is a layman’s term. The proper term is root canal therapy. God created teeth with root canals in the middle of tooth roots and dentists perform root canal therapy inside the root canals. Many molars have as many as three or

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four root canals inside the tooth. The dentist performs three or four actual root canal therapies for this one tooth although it is termed a molar root canal procedure and implies only one root canal procedure. Root canal therapy is an important procedure in dentistry that involves removal of the nerve tissue inside the tooth’s roots (i.e. root canals). The tooth nerve becomes infected most often by bacteria in a deep cavity or by trauma. Unfortunately, tooth nerves are very simple, allowing teeth to be extracted with little consequence, and as a result, teeth don’t heal very well either when experiencing trauma. Tooth nerves die very easily because teeth are poor healers, and root canals provide a means of eliminating the infected nerves while saving the tooth. The value of root canal therapy is that you can keep your tooth versus having it extracted. Despite being a very difficult and meticulous procedure, another value is the success rate for root canals approaches 100 percent— bragging rights not seen in any branch of medicine. To perform root canal therapy, the tooth is anesthetized, a conservative access hole is drilled into the tooth, creating a passageway into the nerve chamber, the root canals are located, and the infected nerve is cleaned out of the tooth using rotary files (twisted wire) to eliminate bacteria. The canal is flushed with a strong antimicrobial medication and dried, permitting placement of a rubber filling material into the root canals called “gutta-percha,” which was discovered and implemented in 1847. So, root canal therapy is a rubber filling placed into the root canals of the tooth. State of the art equipment for root canal therapy utilizes ultrasonic technology to determine the length of the root canal up inside the tooth. Rotary instruments are very efficient and thorough at removing the nerve and shaping the canal to look like a funnel. The gutta-percha rubber filling material is now warmed when placing it inside the root canal to allow optimal adaptation to the walls of the roots. This prevents bacterial leakage later. In summary, don’t be afraid of root canal therapy any longer. Despite centuries of bad experiences that have transcended time, modern day root canal therapy, which incorporates stateof-the-art technology, avails us to high quality results, very limited failure rate, and no pain. Root canal therapy provides a great value and treatment option to people with a badly infected tooth. This allows them a painless option to keep that tooth for the rest of their lives and helps to avoid a painful surgical extraction that requires additional expenses to replace the missing tooth later. Root canals aren’t so bad after all.


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Happy Holidays?? by Dr. Amy Hardin The holiday season is here, and guess what! A lot of people enter the holiday season with a feeling of dread or obligation, so here’s an article for those of us who don’t always have the “Norman Rockwell” holiday visits with their relatives.

Amy Hardin is a pediatrician in Towne Lake at Northside Pediatrics. Check out Northside Pediatrics’ new website at www. northsidepediatrics. com and follow them on Facebook at Northside Pediatrics!

Unfortunately, this can set us up for judgment, pressure, and failure. Family traditions also don’t seem to come with much flexibility, especially if you have a large extended family.

Prepare for conflict because there’s a good chance that at some point, it may happen. Mix a large group of adults and kids who only see each other once or twice a year in a small space, and add a dash of sibling rivalry or jealousy, and human nature takes over. Family dynamics often don’t change despite age and time. Your brother-in-law will still tell crude jokes like he did in college. Your aunt will try to give you helpful “advice” on your weight. A good sense of humor

in these situations helps. Also, realize that trying to control or change them (especially over a holiday weekend) is just not going to happen, so this is not the time to try. Dividing time amongst different family members is also a time for stress. Blended families make it even more so. Most families alternate holidays between families. Another option is to have two Christmas celebrations, which your kids will love. If travel is not your thing, and you don’t mind large crowds and lots of mess and work in your own home, invite both sides of the family to your house. Families with kids with special needs should receive special consideration. If you are visiting relatives, give your family members a heads up on what to expect with your child, and things you or your child may need for your visit before you show up to a giant, noisy house at Grandma’s. Bring a care package of your child’s favorite comfort items. Have a quiet place to escape to if things aren’t going well. Try not to overbook visits, and most importantly, try to keep to your child’s regular schedule (this is true for all kids, especially young ones). Take one late night dinner out plus a toddler who is used to eating at 6 p.m., and chances are no one will have a nice time. continued on page 81

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Downtown Woodstock is the perfect holiday destination for shopping! This month’s cover features nine unique businesses that all know how to do the holidays right! To keep the pounds at bay or to get an early start on any fitness resolutions, Gin Miller Fitness and Out Spokin’ Bicycles has you covered. For the perfect holiday look, be sure to check out THREADS for a new outfit and Swirl by Design for a truly unique jewelry accessory. Complete the look with a visit to Salon Gloss and Main Street Nail Studio. For the home and entertaining, you can’t beat the unique home décor items at Pineapple Park, and no holiday table would be complete without a beautiful arrangement from Brenda’s House of Flowers. Finally, start or end your downtown experience by visiting Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill for a bite and some holiday spirit.

This month’s cover was painted by Kristina Laurendi Havens from an inspirational photograph by Jennifer Carter. Kristina created this cover as part of her “Woodstock” series, pictured here. Be sure to visit Kristina at her studio, located at Studio 81 Portrait and Fine Art by Kristina Laurendi Havens and Ann Litrel Art, 8594 Main Street, above Out Spokin’ Bicycles. The studio will be open to the public on December 7 for Friday Night Live, and over the weekend for the North Georgia Art Ramble — December 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. TowneLaker | December 2012

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Brenda’s House of Flowers Brenda’s House of Flowers is ready to turn your home into a warm and festive holiday wonderland. The store’s new showroom on Chambers Street is stocked with countless ideas for creating inviting cheerful homes, certain to make this holiday special! Choose from bountiful wreaths, garlands, and table and mantle centerpieces or meet with experienced designers to customize a one-of-a-kind floral arrangement and dazzle every guest stopping by. Stroll through the fresh cut flower cooler or hand pick from our dazzling silks. Brenda’s is ready to help you release the artist inside you! Do you need to liven up old decorations? Bring them in, and Brenda’s will add new life, color and fragrance. Brenda’s offers complete set up and removal of decorations for the holiday; call today as designers are ready to take decorating your home or office off your to-do list this holiday season! At Brenda’s, the staff pairs the highest quality products with more than 30 years design experience to help you make this a season to remember.

200 Chambers Street • (770) 926-3306 • www.bhoflowers.com

Swirl By Design Although the cooler temperatures are beginning to settle upon us, the “Aloha Spirit” permeates the atmosphere within one of the newest additions to the downtown Woodstock community, Swirl By Design — Custom Maui Jewelry & Island Boutique. Offering a distinct flair of originality, each piece is handcrafted onsite. The exclusive designer collections include spectacular semi-precious stones and the glitter and shine of Swarovski elements. From the unique designs the shop creates, to the exclusive pieces created from your vision in the store...this is what sets Swirl By Design apart from mainstream manufacturers and will distinguish you as a privileged owner of a personal treasure. Swirl also offers a wide variety of tropical imports for exotic and original gift ideas for the holiday season...bringing a touch of the islands home, Mahalo.

390 Chambers Street • (770) 627-5371 or (770) 310-4241 • www.SwirlByDesign.com

Main Street Nail Studio Main Street Nail Studio is an American owned and operated salon with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Clients can enjoy a serene atmosphere while they have a cup of herbal tea or a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The Studio is a drill-free and odor-free environment and specializes in gel nails. With your health in mind, the staff performs pedicures with a disposable liner in the foot bath. The Studio offers spa manicures that include paraffin wax, pedicures, traditional gel nails, gel polish manicures, eyelash extensions, waxing and facials. East of Main, an upscale boutique, is housed within the studio. The boutique is owned and operated by Angie Stodghill and stylists Lauren Reardon and Morgan Malcom. Main Street Nail Studio offers gift certificates which are elegantly wrapped and ready for your holiday gift giving. Book now for your holiday indulgences. Make an appointment today with Main Street Nail Studio, where its motto is “Relax! Life is beautiful.”

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Threads THREADS is the latest clothing store to hit downtown Woodstock. Owner Jodi Tiberio, who also owns Branch Boutique, describes THREADS as a trendy store for him and her, where you will find the newest styles in clothing and shoes with accessories to complete the look. The huge denim selection includes Miss Me, Silver Jeans, Lucky Brand and many more making THREADS the best place to shop for jeans. THREADS also has cool gifts and free gift wrapping that will make holiday shopping easy. What customers seem to appreciate most is the excellent customer service and surprisingly affordable prices. Check out the $10 rack! THREADS sells great $10 tops in many styles and colors. Pair them with a scarf or fun necklace! At THREADS, there is something for everyone on your holiday list. “Like” THREADS on Facebook to see all their sales and specials or check out its website at www.shopthreads.net.

500 Chambers Street • (770) 485-0744 • www.ShopThreads.net

Out Spokin’ Bicycles Out Spokin’ Bicycles has been providing Cherokee County residents with superior bicycle sales and service for almost 10 years. The shop is located in the Olde Town Woodstock Historic business corridor. When you come into the store, you will enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The staff has more than 100 years of riding experience amongst them, and the products the store carries is a result of what the staff has ridden and tested. This hands-on experience allows the staff to speak honestly and with knowledge about the needs of their customers. The store’s inventory covers all disciplines of riding from children’s bikes, comfort, hybrids, crossover, fitness, road and mountain bikes. In addition to the shop, the employees are all very active with trail advocacy and community events in the Cherokee County area. Bicycling is a lifestyle that the entire staff cherishes and wants the community to experience. Cherokee County has some of the best mountain biking trails in the country including the proposed 60-mile multi-use trail being coordinated through the Woodstock non-profit organization Greenprints Alliance. Stop by today! The staff will be happy to answer all your biking questions!

8594 Main Street • (678) 483-0200 • www.OutSpokinBikes.com

Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill in downtown Woodstock! As a family owned establishment, Fire Stone is proud to provide the Woodstock area with an upscale, but casual, earthy environment that is as warm and inviting as the items on its menu. From its varied selection of small plates and salads to its wood fired pizzas, seafood, steaks, pasta as well as vegetarian and gluten free options, the staff takes great pride in continuing to meet the expectations of the Towne Lake area and beyond! Fire Stone is proud to say that it has been voted Best New Restaurant and Best All-Around Restaurant in the 2012 TowneLaker Reader’s Choice readers’ poll and Best Patio by Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch. We look forward to hosting you this holiday season!

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Gin Miller Fitness Are you ready to get into the best shape of your life? Gin Miller Fitness Studios offers dynamic workouts that are guaranteed to burn fat and build long, lean muscle to totally transform your body. Gin Miller, fitness expert and creator of step aerobics, has designed an innovative cardio and strength training program utilizing the new T-3 Life Tree in a small group setting. Come join a six- week group personal training program, drop-in on a per-class basis or book a private personal training session. Morning, evening and weekend sessions are available from beginner exercisers to advanced athletes. If you’re looking for a fun, non-competitive activity for your tweens and teens (ages 8 – 15), we also offer youth programs. Special holiday pricing for December and gift certificates are available.

8650 Main Street • (770) 846-9373 • www.GinMillerFitness.com

Salon Gloss Salon Gloss plans to take your salon experience to the next level. The Salon promises the experience and ambiance of an upscale, sophisticated in-town salon in the heart of downtown Woodstock. Salon Gloss offers a full range of hair services, skin care and makeup delivered in a chic yet fresh, contemporary setting. New clients can expect an extensive consultation, and return clients can have confidence their stylist will know them, their preferences and listen carefully to what they want out of that day’s experience. And to top it all off, each client will receive the salon’s signature shampoo, relaxing head massage and complimentary makeup touch up. Clients can expect only the best in service when they visit Salon Gloss. Salon Gloss is the perfect addition to the Downtown Woodstock area with its hip and unique eateries, bars and retail shops.

220 Chambers Street • (678) 483-8900 • www.SalonGloss.biz

Pineapple Park Christmas magic is in the air at Pineapple Park! When you walk into the store, the flickering candlelight, the scent of white fir and frankincense will get you in the Christmas mood. Clients are invited to come in and enjoy all the new Christmas decorations and festive ideas designed to spark creativity in your Christmas decorating! Pineapple Park is able to update and accessorize clients’ existing home décor items including dough bowls, baskets, centerpieces and wreaths. Clients also can bring in a photo for helpful suggestions on how to complete a particular room, mantel or wreath. In a hurry? Call ahead services are available! Tell the staff what you are seeking, and it will all be handled for you from purchase to gift wrapping, ready to be picked up when you are! In addition to décor for your home, Pineapple Park also carries unique gifts for teachers, secret Santa, ornament exchange and many more. Pineapple Park offers unique decorating items throughout the year, and ask the staff about how you can save money at local downtown eateries by shopping at Pineapple Park.

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

1. Front Load Washers

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

2. Wood Highchairs

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

3. Haier 42-inch LED-TVs

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

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4. Infant Swings

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

5. Step Stools

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

6. Eddie Bauer Rocking Wood Bassinets

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

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

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Words Are Powerful —Young Voices From the Community What are the Best Gifts?

Austin Gammill

Have you ever thought about giving someone something? If you did, you probably thought of some specific type of gift. If I could give anything to anyone it would be hope. Without hope, your life is difficult. Even the hungry, poor, and needy can have a spark of hope. Hope could be from things such as food and clothes. It is not a general item. It is whatever someone would need to get back on his or her feet. Why would you supply someone with something that will only help the day pass? I would give someone something to turn their life around. I would give it to anyone who needs it. I would help supply people with hope because I know what it’s like to be without it. If you don’t have the smallest spark of hope in your life, you may want to just give up. I’ve had someone pick me back up off my feet, so now I want to offer the same thing to someone else’s life.

The best gift I’ve ever given to someone went to my mom. My older sister organized it, but all four kids were involved. We all wrote 11 reasons each on Popsicle sticks, mentioning why we love our mom, and put them in a jar for her. Even though it didn’t cost any money, she loved it! My mom was so happy, just because we took a few minutes out of our day to think about her, and let her know why we love her. I felt good because I gave someone joy! One thing is for sure; my mom will cherish those Popsicle sticks for the rest of her life.

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If there was anything I could give a person, it would be hope and love. I would give this gift to everyone in the world who has lost hope or who have no one to love him or her. I would give it to those in orphanages or people who have lost their homes. I’d give it to people who don’t have a family or to soldiers and other people who aren’t able to be with their families. If it were possible, I’d give hope by ending all the wars in the world in order to create world peace. I’d get rid of all existing sicknesses. Lastly, I’d start helping people get their lives together and guide them in the right direction. In order to give the gift of love, I’d adopt orphans so that they could have the family they’ve always wanted. I’d cook and spend the holidays with people who never had a family or who couldn’t afford to travel to see their family. Yep, that’s what I’d do if I could give anything to anyone.

It has been said many times and in many ways, but I’ll say it again. Gifts are more about the thought than the cost. I just realized that last year. I made Christmas cards for my family. They were just glue and index cards, but my family still loved it for the thought. Last Christmas, my grandfather heard I was collecting postcards so he asked me if I’d like some of his. He showed me two that he sent to his dad and brother while he was in the Navy. His brother died at a young age, so I know how special that was to him. I decided to frame them the next week. I sent him a picture of them framed and he was filled with joy! I believe one of the best gifts you can give is a story. Just listening to an old veteran’s story is not only interesting, but it can also make that veteran’s day knowing you are interested in what he or she is saying. Also, storytelling can make someone laugh and maybe pick them up from having a bad day. Clearly you can see that gifts don’t have to cost anything at all. Keep that in mind during the holidays this year!

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school news Etowah Student Attending Miss Teen Georgia

Lauren Debranski, a student at Etowah High School, has been chosen to represent Woodstock in the Miss Teen Georgia USA 2013 Pageant. Lauren is the daughter of Andrea and Ron Debranski. Congratulations!

Boston Art Club Learns About Famous Artists

The Fourth Grade Art Club at Boston Elementary School investigated and emulated famous artists. After learning from fine arts teacher Dr. Susan McQuade that Michelangelo Buonarroti spent four years on Left to right: Rachel Pickert, Marli Essig, his back painting the ceiling of the Sistine and Adelaide Kahn. Chapel during the Italian Renaissance, the students decided to see what it was like for him to work that way. They taped paper to the underside of tables in the art room and laid on their backs to sketch and paint scenes.

Woodstock Elementary Holds Food Drive

Woodstock Elementary School recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week by collecting Counselor Brent Harrison and firstcanned food for a local graders Eric Michel, Nicholas Price, food pantry. Students Dominic Ulloa, and Emily Jones. wore camouflage to symbolize the fight against drugs that Red Ribbon Week promotes. 56

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Etowah Student Scores Perfect ACT Score

Etowah High School senior Duncan Morgan earned a perfect Left to right: Duncan Morgan, dressed for score of 36 on the Senior Toga Day, with Etowah Principal ACT college-entrance Keith Ball. exam, and is the only Cherokee County School District student to achieve this rare and remarkable feat. Only approximately 700 of the 1.6 million high school seniors who take the ACT annually earn a perfect score, according to the testing company. The ACT exam, along with the SAT, is one of the most commonly recognized measures of achievement for high school students. Congratulations!

Woodstock Middle Thanks Bus Drivers

Left to right: Students Callie Parks and Haley O’Toole hand out bottled water.

Woodstock Middle School recently celebrated Bus Appreciation Day. Teacher and students greeted bus drivers outside the school to say thanks and give them gifts of appreciation.

Carmel Student Makes Lap Blankets for Elderly

Emmalee Nichols, a second grade student at Carmel Elementary School, made ten lap Emmalee with her mom Michele. blankets for residents at the Canton Nursing Center. Emmalee was participating in her teacher Mrs. Noojin’s challenge to do a community service project.


Georgia Farm Bureau Announces Scholarship

William Grizzle, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president, recently announced that the Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to ten high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, or a related field. The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship. Applicants must plan to enter a unit of the University System of Georgia or Berry College during the 2013–2014 academic year to pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences, or a related agricultural field. All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 22, 2013. Please contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office at (770) 479-1481 ext.0 for more information. Applications also can be downloaded at http://www.gfb.org by selecting GFB Programs and then selecting Ag in the Classroom. The scholarship recipients will be announced in May 2013.

Chapman Students Raise Funds for Charity

Chapman Intermediate School students raised more than $2,000 for Pennies for Patients through a Student Council initiative. As a reward for raising so much money, students were allowed to dress up at school for Halloween, and each team chose one boy and one girl winner for “Best Costume.” The winners received a special certificate and an ice cream pass. The winners were Zia Zeppenfield, Seth Hansknecht, Alex Fiscarelli, Morgan Hudson, Cal Stros, Dean O’Brien, Zoie Ledoux, A.J. Anderson, Caitlyn Deal, Kimberly Pallas, Dalton Lehman, Cara Atkins, Bennett Aycoth, Alex McConnell, and Sebastian Piatt.

Cherokee Christian Reaches Out to Help

CCServes, a volunteerbased effort among families at Cherokee John Blend, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Christian Schools (CCS), founder, with some of the team recently helped out members of CCServes. at the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska. The group also has assisted at the Joy House in Jasper by helping to prepare its newly constructed boys’ home and school for occupancy. The mission of CCServes is to build a community within the families of the school by serving other families and ministries in the local community. CCS parents and teachers serve alongside students to more effectively demonstrate what it truly means to serve others.

WHS Football Team Gives Time to Elementary Students

Members of the Woodstock High School football team visited Woodstock Elementary School every Thursday morning throughout the team’s season to read to the students. The program is part of a larger program to give back to the community.

Front row (Left to right): Daniel Peters, Zach Blanton, Duncan Morris, and Austin Biggers. Back row: Alex Motsinger, Nick Cable, David Schrek, Max Keeton, Chris Mowery, Christian Barnes, Blake Jacobs, and Trey Alexander. Not pictured: Garrett Kiefer and Andrew Lenhart.

Woodstock High Hosts Open Mic Lunch

Woodstock High School (WHS) vocational skills students recently participated in the WHS Learning Commons’ first Open Mic Lunch, which was designed to encourage creative expression. Students read their own poetry, performed original songs, and sang popular and classic hits.

Left to right: Seniors Sierra Reginelli and Faith Ewing sing Justin Bieber’s “Born to Be Somebody.”

WHS librarians Pati Olton and Wendy Cope said they have been planning the Open Mic Lunch program since September.

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Etowah Homecoming Etowah High School celebrated Homecoming the week of October 19. The festivities included various theme dress up days and a parade. The Eagles football team played the Cherokee Warriors defeating the Warriors 26-9. The Homecoming Court was announced at half time with Samantha Bennett crowed Homecoming Queen and Griffin Sinclair crowned as King. The week culminated with a dance on Saturday. Griffin Sinclair and Samantha Bennett.

Senior Homecoming Court. Front row (left to right): Emily Musgrove and August Wolfe. Back row: Torrie Garner, Shannon Stevenson, Madison O’Brien, Jada Culver, Samantha Bennett and Taylor Snow.

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Left to right: Tyler Tracy, Jason Hammaker, Jill Fulenwider, Jake Forbes, Samantha Bennett, Emma Auger, Carlie Gilbert and Anna Claire Smith.

Shannon Stevenson and Pierce Blanchard.

Left to right: Connor Herod, Lexi Mele, Erin Hammond and Cam Crumpton.


Left to right: Hannah Keith, Ira Vogt, Allison Guebert, Madison Miracle and Sarah Thompson.

Left to right: Connor Herod, Jack Melligan, Daniel Ponder, Jesse Tuggle, Cam Crumpton and Casey Snow.

Ben Peters and Torrie Garner.

Daniel Ponder and Savannah Arnold.

Shaina Futch and Michael Swanson.

Left to right: Samantha Forbes, Anna Sleeman, Madeline Gilmer and Nicole Booth.

Homecoming Queen, Samantha Bennett.

Senior Court members. Left to right: Eric Brasher, Shannon Stevenson, Torrie Garner and Ben Peters.

Left to right: Bless Darrah, Caroline Waters and Madison Cawood.

Front row (left to right): Jada Culver, Samantha Bennett, Madison O’Brien, Torrie Garner, Shannon Reed Blanchard and Stevenson, August Wolfe, Emily Musgrove andTaylor Snow. Back row: Matt Melligan, Manny Hannah Rampley. Elsar, Ben Peters, Lucas Read, Eric Brasher, HunterHayes, Eddie Orzechowski and Griffin Sinclair.

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Schools & Sports

How to Handle the Pressure by Mark Billson

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

It always amazes me when I watch players of all levels warm up. I notice what great strokes they have only to see these strokes disappear when the game starts. This happens a lot in junior tennis. Two players start the warm up hitting hard to each other, and you think you are in for a good match, only to see them slow everything down and play less aggressively as the match starts. Why do people do that?

The way players handle pressure is what sort out the good players from the average players at all levels. It does not always come down to skills. It comes down to the ability to hit the shots under pressure. The pressure comes from various places. Some of it comes from the score, some from expectations and others from your partner — it could even come from the people watching you play. The people that I teach all talk about wishing that they could

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produce their practice shots in a match. It is normal for somebody to lose around 20 – 30 percent of skills between a practice and a match. If you lose more than that, you have allowed pressure to rule your game. Remember that if you lose, say, 30 percent from a practice to a match, then you had better be pretty good at a particular shot in practice if you hope to be successful in a match. If you are having less than 50 percent success rate in one particular shot in practice, it is not going to stand up to pressure. Having said all this, it is not doom and gloom. What is important is that you make sure that you choose to execute shots that you have practiced for a long time and that have served you well in the past. Although it is important to sometimes take a chance to keep your opponents honest, these shots should be used sparingly. We all have shots that through experience, we know will probably work. You should default to those shots under pressure as often as possible. I know my game well. I know what breaks down and I know what shots I would like to be playing under pressure. This is important for everybody to know. Have you ever lost to a continued on page 83


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Home Towne Rivalry Each year, one of the most highly anticipated high school football games in the Towne Lake area is the one that pits Woodstock and Etowah against one another. This year’s grudge match took place at the Wolverine Den, and coincided with Woodstock’s “Pink Out,” a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The spirited game was a hard-fought battle, and in the end, the Woodstock Wolverines defeated the Etowah Eagles 14-7.

Photos by Skip Daugherty www.skipdaughertyphotography.com

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What Will You Call Him? by Dr. Doug Thrasher

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

One of the privileges of becoming a parent is that you get to name your child. I remember when Debbie and I were expecting our first child, how we looked at names and read books with names and had to come up with both a boy name and a girl name because we didn’t know whether we would have a boy or a girl until our baby was actually born. (I know, the dark ages.) And when our child was born, we named her Brianne. Later, we had a son, and we named him Jordan.

We are entering a season when we celebrate the birth of a baby. But, unlike my children, this baby was not given a name by his parents. He was named by God. An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).

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Jesus has been given many names since his birth. He has been called Emmanuel, which means “God with us;” he has been called King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Light of the World, Bread of Life, Son of God and the Good Shepherd. All of these names describe who Jesus is and how he relates to the world. It is a good thing that we know these names, but it’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is for each of us to answer the question, “What will you call Him?” What name will you give Jesus? Because what you name Jesus determines who He is to you. There are two names that I personally give Jesus. First, I call Him “Savior.” I know Jesus as my Savior. I have asked Him to forgive me of my sin and to come into my heart. And Jesus has, because that is His promise to anyone who will believe in Him. Do you call Him Savior in your life? I also call Jesus “Lord.” Jesus is the Lord of my life. I have surrendered my life to Him and follow Him with all that I am and all that I do. Do you call Jesus “Lord?” I pray that this Christmas season will be a truly blessed one for you as you worship the Savior of the world and that you will know him as your personal Savior. And I pray that you will also know that the Lord of Heaven and Earth is also your personal Lord. What you call Him makes all the difference.


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Marriage Moments by Bill Ratliff I need a new pocket knife for Christmas this year. You may wonder what that has to do with marriage. Losing my pocket knife reminds me of how much I count on my wife for certain things in life.

Bill Ratliff is the Senior Pastor at Towne Lake Community Church. He can be reached at (678) 445-8766.

I recently headed to the airport to fly to my class reunion in Winchester, Virginia. I left one day, and my wife was to join me the following day. I was packed, ready and anxious to go. I had planned to check my bag, but at the last minute at the airport I decided to carry my bag on with me. That was my big mistake.

As I went through security, my bag and I were pulled out of the line. To my surprise, the attendant found a pocket knife as well as an array of lotions and other unauthorized items in my shaving kit. I was a little worried, as I had been through this once before when I accidentally had a fishing knife in my bag. Security almost arrested me for that. I explained to the attendant that this was the bag I take on Mission trips, and I usually check it for that reason. I did not realize the knife was still in the there. He asked where I went on missions, and we got into a conversation about Haiti. He confiscated the knife and

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some shampoo but decided I was safe and waved me through with the rest of my supplies. At this point, I was late for my flight and was lucky they let me on at the last minute. I was still dealing with the stress of the morning by the time I reached my destination. I thought about the fact that had my wife been with me none of this would have ever happened. She would have reminded me about my bag and had me check it since she was with me during the former episode where security got involved. It made me think about how we count on our spouses to take care of little things that we don’t appreciate until we have to do them ourselves. It reminds me of the saying in Proverbs 31: 26-27: “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household.” By the time she got to Virginia, I made a point to tell her how much I appreciate her and recognize the little things she does for me. If I do receive a pocket knife for Christmas, I know it won’t be going to the airport with me on any more trips. My wife will make sure of that. Date your Mate: Experience some of the Christmas spirit together. Watch a classic Christmas movie together or, better yet, go to the theatre. The Elm Street Theatre right here in Woodstock has a wonderful rendition of A Christmas Carol.


There are many exciting things happening downtown that you will find on the following pages. We are including a downtown calendar, an arts column, more photos from events and happenings and information from Billy Peppers and the mayor. The featured business for December is The Sanctuary on Main, helping you achieve mind, body and spiritual health through yoga and massage techniques.

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The Sanctuary on Main For Whole Body Health

Thai, Amber uses compression and stretching to increase flexibility and fluidity in the body. “Thai is perfect for tight ligaments and muscles and creates length in muscles where there’s currently restriction. Thai increases mobility, decreases pain and promotes healing,” said Amber. Diane agreed. “Thai has helped my husband tremendously with his mobility. Between yoga and Thai massage, my flexibility has increased tremendously, and it feels great to

Achieving total body, mind and spirit health requires several Amber and son Michael elements. For the body, it’s vital to have a healthy diet and engage in regular exercise. For our mind and spirit, it’s important to be able to relax and let go of the stress in our everyday lives; otherwise, our physical bodies can become negatively affected. Yoga is a form of exercise that not only strengthens the body but relaxes the mind, allowing one to re-focus and re-energize. Massage has gone from something that was considered a luxury or something you and your spouse do on a romantic getaway to being part of many people’s healthy routine as there are many health benefits that are achieved from regular massage. The Sanctuary on Main, owned by Amber Klippel, offers yoga and a variety of massage therapies, providing a healthy, healing and relaxing respite from everyday life. Amber has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years, and is a Certified Yoga instructor. She works with clients on their individual goals and also teaches them what to do at home. “I absolutely love what I do and I really love when I can fix a client’s problem. My business is heavily based on referrals because it’s my goal to make my clients need me less and less,” she commented. “Yoga can allow you to do what you love to do, pain free. Athletes and anyone that does repetitive motions everyday, such as typing, especially benefit from doing yoga.” Diane Tidwell became a client of Amber’s when she was experiencing hip pain. “I started taking yoga, and almost immediately, my hip pain dissipated.”

be pain free!” Amber noted that many clients will choose to split their sessions between table massage and Thai for a total body fix. Amber has a loyal base of clients, and it’s because she can give them a higher quality of life. “Our bodies are designed to heal themselves,” Amber explained. “Yoga and massage help in that process.” Amber works around her clients’ schedules and even comes to you! It’s time to complete the puzzle to complete body health. Call her today!

Massage is another part of the puzzle in achieving whole body health. “We are learning more and more about the medical benefits of massage therapy. “For many, regular massage has become part of their healthy routine and a necessity,” Amber said. Amber offers a variety of therapies including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports and Thai. Thai massage is not commonly offered and is one of the services that make’s The Sanctuary on Main unique. With Advertisement 68

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The Sancutary on Main 8744 Main Street, Suite 302, Woodstock GA 30189 www.TheSanctuaryOnMain.com (770) 365-5106 • amberceleste72@yahoo.com Amber Celeste Klippel LMT, NMT Georgia License #MT007422


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Q & A with Billy Peppers

Retail and Downtown Woodstock

Billy Peppers is the Director of Economic Development Services, City of Woodstock and an Economic Development Financial Professional. He can be reached at bpeppers@ woodstockga.gov or (770) 592-6056.

Q: With the economy seemingly to be in a recovery, how have you seen this affect downtown Woodstock? A: It has been interesting to watch downtown Woodstock over the last several years. The community definitely felt the impact of the economic downturn, having seen multiple projects stall, developers leave, banks fail and businesses close. At the same time, our rebound has been much faster than other communities around us. We consistently lead other downtowns in the state in new home sales, job creation and new business openings. Our job growth numbers are not as high this year (we’ve seen 322 jobs created since 2010 downtown), but we have less vacant space downtown to fill each year.

Q: The new outlet mall is scheduled to open in August, 2013. What do you feel will be the impact on the current downtown retailers? A: In a recent market study by national retail expert Robert Gibbs, he found that downtown Woodstock will be able to support an additional 35,000-square feet of retail to meet commercial demand that will come from the outlet project. In short, outlet shoppers will come downtown when there is a traditional downtown within close proximity. The project should have a positive impact on downtown, as the majority of consumers going to the outlet will have to go past downtown to get there (either by interstate or Main Street). Our retailers are specialty shops that are grounded in unique products rather than volume, as one would see with an outlet. As for the restaurant side, the downtown eateries are already competing with (and doing quiet well) national chains.

opportunities for southern cuisine, outdoor sporting gear, the arts and a multitude of events to help fill gaps in tournament downtimes. We expect those families will take advantage of the outlets to do back-to-school clothes shopping. For many of these families, tournaments become their vacations and who doesn’t want a memento from a vacation? On top of shopping options, grab some sweets at Cupcakelicious or Yoguri, buy a book at FoxTale, or take back some original art from Blue Frog or Woodstock Art Glass. Summer concerts, parades, plays, and the electric atmosphere of Friday nights are always a reason to come downtown. Q: What are some of the more notable untapped entrepreneur opportunities that you feel could be fulfilled in the area? A: Downtown could benefit from a shoe store … a market that has not been tapped into in quite a long time. Additionally, there are few options for men’s clothing downtown and for children’s apparel. A candy shop, wine shop and beer growlers are all items not currently serviced downtown. A recent market analysis also shows that downtown Woodstock could support up to 80 hotel rooms. A bed and breakfast would also be a good fit for downtown. Q: What do you feel is the next phase of growth in the downtown Woodstock area? A: Downtown is likely to see growth along the new system of streets being built on the west side of Main Street. Along Towne Lake Parkway between downtown and the interstate, there are raw lands available for development and opportunities for infill development. With the realignment of Towne Lake Parkway and Arnold Mill Road to include on-street parking and sidewalks, this east-west corridor should improve from the standpoint of traffic flow and is ripe for investment.

Downtown offers opportunities for southern cuisine, outdoor sporting gear, the arts and a multitude of events to help fill gaps in tournament downtimes.

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Q: With the growing popularity of the concert series, do you see the City of Woodstock ever allowing alcohol at these events? A: The city’s concert series is a family-oriented event that is not gated. There are no plans allowing alcohol to be sold or allowed to be brought in at these events. It’s the City’s desire to keep these concerts family friendly. Several private events, such as Wing & Rock Fest in June and Art & Wine Festival in November are provided permits for alcohol sales at the park. These are privately funded events and require state alcohol licensing, local permits, and are required to provide security and insurance.


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Coming Highlights by Mayor Donnie Henriques It’s been a while since I talked about upcoming projects the City has on the drawing board or in the works. Here is a brief recap. Exit 9 on I-575 (Rope Mill Exchange) — This interchange has been more than 36 years in the making, with only about 18 months of actual construction. This vital traffic venue will relieve the pressure off Towne Lake exit (exit 8). The exchange Donnie Henriques will divert approximately 35,000 cars is the mayor of Woodstock. You may per day that would normally take exit 8 contact him by calling to access roads through northeastern (770) 592-6001 or Cherokee County. In addition, this exit e-mail dhenriques@ will become an economic engine for woodstockga.gov. Woodstock and all of Cherokee County, with the addition of the premium outlet mall being built and scheduled for opening in the summer of 2013. More than 1,200 jobs will be created, in addition to more than $1 million in property taxes that will be generated by the development. It’s hard to estimate the sales taxes, but let’s just say it will be worth millions to the area.

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Towne Lake/Arnold Mill and Main St. Intersection Improvement —Again, another “long time in the making” improvement, this will provide more pedestrian-friendly access, as well as a left turn lane off Towne Lake Parkway, to Main Street. While this project is slated to start later in 2013, it should be completed in 2014 (my fingers are crossed). Downtown Amphitheater — The only thing holding this project up is money —only a “minor” thing. But, we should get started on this project in January 2014, with the build possibly spanning two concert seasons. This will be a major attraction for the region, bringing in sales tax dollars as well as hotel/ motel tax dollars. Not to mention the delight it will bring to our own residents. Woodstock Park — Last but not least, this passive park on Dupree Road, next to I-575, shouldn’t take long to complete once started. It will consist of a three-part dog park, one for large breeds, one for small and another for mixed play. There will be several passive acres for picnicking and other non-team sport activities. This project is slated for start and completion in 2013.


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R esident P rofile

Suzanne Litrel

Chris, Julia, Alec and Suzanne

The Jackie Tempo book series

All around us are interesting people with interesting stories. Suzanne Litrel is one of those people. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because she is married to the brother of Towne Lake resident and TowneLaker contributor, Dr. Mike Litrel. Suzanne, her husband Chris, and daughter Julia, recently relocated to downtown Woodstock. Suzanne is a mom, an author, a teacher, and a world traveler.

attended and graduated from law school. After graduating early with her Masters, Suzanne moved to New York. She and Chris married in 1991.

Growing Up Suzanne — From the age of two, Suzanne lived overseas due to her father’s corporate job. She lived in Rome, Singapore, and San Paulo, Brazil. It wasn’t until she was a junior in high school that she came state-side to Ann Arbor, MI. She attended the University of Michigan, receiving a degree in Economics. It was here that she met her future husband, Chris, who also earned an Economics degree as well as a degree in Chinese Studies. After graduating from college, they bought one-way tickets to Taiwan and backpacked through that country and China for a year. Chris and Suzanne returned to the states a year later; she attended graduate school at the University of Michigan and Chris took a job in New York and 74

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Careers —While in Taiwan, Suzanne had taught English to support herself; she thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so she went back to school after moving to New York to become a certified teacher for secondary school social studies. For 14 years, Suzanne taught regular and Honors Economics and regular, AP, and IB (International Baccalaureate) level World History at Bay Shore High School on Long Island. Suzanne describes herself as a “World History Junkie,” serving as an AP World History Exam Reader as well as Table Leader. She also has been hired to write multiple choice questions for the AP World History College Board. It’s Suzanne’s job as a teacher that actually propelled her towards the additional career as author. “After my first year teaching AP World History, one of students asked if he could use one of my ‘crazy stories’ on the AP World Exam. The


Suzanne leading a writer’s workshop at Woodstock Middle School

kids always loved my stories about life overseas, which got me thinking about writing a time-travel series of books,” she recalled. Suzanne began writing the “Jackie Tempo” book series. Jackie is a 15-year old who is searching across time and space for her parents, and she finds herself in unusual predicaments and locales. “The underlying purpose of the books is to entertain and inform young adults on world history, to develop an understanding and appreciation for global culture, and to enrich global history and AP World History Curriculum.” Currently, her books are being used in select schools in Long Island, Texas, and homeschooling communities in Georgia. Suzanne moved to Woodstock this past summer after her son Alec graduated from high school. She recently put on a Writer’s Workshop for the eighth grade Advanced Literature students at Woodstock Middle School. She also has worked with local sixth graders in Cherokee County where she spoke to them about the process of becoming a writer.

Family — Chris, an attorney, is the Executive Director and General Counsel of Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists P.C. (Dr. Mike Litrel’s practice). He has a second degree black belt in Hakkoryu jujutsu and according to Suzanne “is a terrific cook!” Son Alec is attending the University of Michigan on partial scholarship and also has a second degree black belt in Hakkoryu jujutsu. Alec has aspirations of becoming an orthodontist, and while he enjoys U of M, he would love to live in Georgia when he graduates. Daughter Julia, age 12, is an avid reader and writer and wrote her first “book” at the age of six. She recently earned her junior first degree Black Belt. She is a busy young lady having just auditioned for the Georgia AllState Middle School Orchestra and taking dance lessons. A Secret About Dr. Litrel — We couldn’t let the interview end without asking Suzanne to reveal one secret about Dr. Litrel that most people didn’t know. Not wanting to get in too much trouble, she revealed that Mike has practiced martial arts for 20 years and has a Black Belt in Taekwondo. TowneLaker | December 2012

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Experience Elm Street — A Family Christmas Tradition by G. Lora Grooms December is a time for traditions, and one local tradition will be back again this year.

G. Lora Grooms is the Director for the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. She has been teaching, writing, directing and performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can reach her at director@ elmstreetarts.org

For more than a decade, we have produced a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with original music and traditional carols. A large cast of dedicated performers, ranging in ages from adults to children as young as eight, bring this beautiful story of redemption to life on our stage. Yes, there are many movie and TV versions out there, but if you’ve never seen Scrooge change his ways in person, you’re missing some of that magic!

Woodstock resident and baritone Scott Estep will once again portray Ebenezer Scrooge. I had been holding onto lyrics and music for a final solo for Scrooge since 2009. It was just right for Scott’s voice, so we put it into the show last year with tremendous results. Scrooge’s final revelation and commitment to be a better man are even more powerful when set to music. The younger family members will enjoy this year’s children’s show, “The Lazy Elves,” with a real Santa in the cast! His elves have decided they would rather play than make toys, and Santa has to figure out a way to get them back into the workshop. Those who want to come up to see Santa after the performance and tell him their Christmas wishes will be allowed to do so. And, as a “thank you” to the community and the City of Woodstock for their support this year, the first performance on Saturday December 1 at 2 p.m. will be free to the public. Then, our Santa will appear in the Jubilee Parade at 5:30 p.m. that evening, so be sure to stay in Woodstock after the show!

A live staged version of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” also will be performed in December. This memorable story of George Bailey reminds us all that what we do matters to others, that we all affect the lives of those around us, and that we are needed and wanted. Have dinner at one of Woodstock’s great restaurants then come see the show! And if you can’t decide which show to see, remember that if you come see one show, you will receive a coupon in your program to come back to see another Christmas show for half price! Merry Christmas from your friends at Elm Street! 76

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Restyle Yourself by Jodi Tiberio Alanna O’Neill was my very first customer when I opened Branch Boutique, so I was thrilled that she wanted to be a part of our make-over project. When we began to discuss the process and why she wanted to participate, Alanna told me these days, she throws on whatever’s clean, puts her hair up, and runs out the door. As a working mother with four children, the last thing she thinks about is how she looks, and when she does, her budget and body just don’t seem to cooperate. She was excited to have the chance to get a makeover — to do something for herself and hopefully have a newly invented look. Jodi Tiberio owns Branch Boutique for women in Towne Lake and THREADS boutique for men and women in Downtown Woodstock. Contact Jodi at info@shopthreads.net.

I had a lot of ideas for her new look. I know she is a busy mom, often found on the sidelines of the football field or chasing her little ones in the park. I really wanted to get her in a great pair of jeans that could be casual or dressy. Silver Jeans offer many fits, and they come in both short and long lengths. Many women of shorter stature are reluctant to have pants hemmed because of the feeling the garment loses its shape if too much fabric has to be removed. The Suki fit from Silver has a midrise waist so it elongates Alanna’s legs. It also is relaxed through the hip and thigh, giving her a perfect fit. The denim also is really soft and comfortable.

layer of color and texture to the outfit. All in all, Alanna tried on a lot of great outfits that we thought might be “the one” before we settled on her final look. This casual chic look will work for her wherever she goes. It is comfortable, pretty, creative, and fun, just like Alanna! The outfit suits her personality perfectly while fitting her lifestyle. I was happy that I was able to find many things that looked great on Alanna, especially because of her concern over finding cute items in her size. When shopping in any boutique, it is always a good idea to ask the staff for suggestions. After all, they are familiar with the merchandise and can help you find things you may not notice. After her outfit was settled on, I took Alanna to Salon Gloss where she met with Nicolie to complete the make-over. Alanna’s hair was curly in the back and straight in the front with color that was a bit dated and brassy. To compliment Alanna’s skin tone and bone structure, Nicolie chose a deep chestnut base color with caramel-colored highlights. She also got six inches of hair cut off, giving her a fresher and bolder look that would be easy to style, straight or curly. Alanna looks amazing! I know her husband Kyle and their kids will love her new look. If you are interested in getting a restyle, please send me an email at info@ shopthreads.net.

The very first pair of jeans I pulled out for her were perfect. We then tried on several Alanna before different tops and a few dresses, too. We settled on an eggplant chiffon top with smocking detail on top. This type of stitching makes the top very flowy, especially the sleeves. I paired the top with a colorful sleeveless cardigan from Angie, which made the outfit come together. The cardigan will look great with many different tops; Alanna will be able to get a lot of use from it. To complete the look, I added a chunky necklace with a hint of purple in it. The silver chain added another

The Suki fit from Silver

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CALENDAR of events December 1

December 14, 15, 21 & 23

Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Parade will start in old Walmart parking lot at Highway 92 and Main Street and travel north, through downtown Woodstock. After the parade, enjoy and evening of family fun with the arrival of Santa, roasting s’mores and more. Visit www.whatsupwoodstock.com.

It’s a Wonderful Life Times: December 14, 15 & 21, 7:30 p.m. December 23, 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: Adults $12, Seniors $11 and children under 12 $10 if purchased in advance online or $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and $12 for children at the door. Visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251.

December 1

December 9

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer/The Grinch Time: 8 p.m. (following the Christmas Parade and tree lighting) Location: City Park Information: This event is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or chairs. Vendors will be on hand for food purchase or bring your own.

Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Contact Gary at gary@JewishWoodstock.com or visit www.JewishWoodstock.com.

December 11

Friday Night Live — Christmas on Main Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: There will be a $100 Downtown Gift Certificate Giveaway. Call (770) 924-0406.

Buddy Valastro “Cake Boss” Book Signing Time: 12 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 East Main Street, Suite 138 Information: Buddy Valastro will be signing his book Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss – Family Favorites as Only Buddy Can Serve Up. Visit www.foxtalebookshoppe.com.

December 7

December 13

December 7

iThink Improv Troupe Time: 9 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: All seats $5. Visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251.

December 8, 15 & 22

The Lazy Elves Time: 2 p.m. Special performance at 2 p.m. on December 1, before Jubilee Parade Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: All seats $10 in advance online or $12 at the door. Visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251.

December 8, 9, 16, 22 & 24

A Christmas Carol Times: December 8 & 22, 7:30 p.m. December 9, 16 & 24, 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: Adults $12, Seniors $11 and children under 12 $10 if purchased in advance online or $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and $12 for children at the door. Visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251. 78

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Parent’s Night out for Christmas Shopping Time: 5 – 9 p.m. Location: Magnolia Thomas House, 108 Arnold Mill Road Information: For ages 5 –12. There will be movies, games and food. The cost will be $5 per child or $7.50 for two children. Must make a reservation by calling (770) 517-6788. No at-door drop offs will be accepted.

December 15

Santa Visit Time: 12 – 1 p.m. Location: Dean’s Store, 8588 Main Street Information: Parents are encouraged to bring cameras and take pictures of their children with Santa.


Faces and Places Visitor Center

Friday Night Live

Gold panning

Woodstock Art & Wine Festival

Demonstration by Woodstock Art and Glass Music filled the streets for Main Street Art & Wine

Kid Fest

Attendees enjoyed a free pig roast Good crowd for annual Halloween event

Festival attendees enjoyed an abundance of art vendors

Winner of costume contest

Jack-o-Lantern Hippity Hop

Photos by Kyle Bennett and Patty Ponder

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Next Buzz Meeting 7:45 am at Woodstock Elementary School Friday, December 7 New Members: Euel & Janet Brown NW Action Health Coaching – Bob & Joy Povenz Roswell Urgent Care – Katie Nietman Law Office of Kenneth P. Crosson

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Gel-Tastic or a Waste of Money?

Festive Table Magic

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of my nail exposed and unpolished. Had it not been for that, I could have gone another week. There was not a chip or nick to be found in my nails.

A tablescape does not have to be complicated; many times, less is more. Keeping it simple but dramatic will magically make any table come to life. An arrangement of natural branches, boughs of greenery, and pinecones bound by a holiday ribbon and flanked by two tradition candles creates a simple but festive display.

A gel manicure is more expensive than a regular manicure, and if you do it regularly, it’s probably more than acrylic or gel nails, which require an upfront charge and minimal maintenance every few weeks. However, if you have good nails and don’t want to damage them with acrylics or gel, this is an excellent solution. Of the two or three salons I regularly patronize, they all offer the service, and they are all the same price. So, the answer to the question is definitely “Gel-Tastic!”

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Finally, if last year’s trip home for Christmas was a disaster or if traveling is breaking your family budget, it’s ok to say, “No.” Try to make this decision in advance because it will allow you to break the news more easily to relatives and to remain firm. Also, setting limits on times when you are available lets you see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you know you get to leave in two hours from your crazy cousin’s house, it makes the visit more tolerable. Time over the holidays with extended family can be wonderful and trying and everywhere in between. Hopefully this month’s column puts your vacation more on the wonderful side. Happy Holidays! P.S. Get your flu vaccine now as family members certainly won’t be happy with you if you’re the one who makes everyone sick over Christmas!

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behavior can be barbaric and it requires discipline. But when we contain our social pride and we spend more time focusing on helping our child, we are nurturing a deep message. Instead of asking, “What does my child need to do because others might think…” and in turn choosing to ask, “What does my child need from me?” we move from reacting to responding in all situations. This teaches our kids that we can choose to control our responses to circumstances and that we can do what is right to fix them. A reputation may be immaculate, but it will never hug you back.

Holiday bling always makes an attractive table. The use of silver and gold accents with cut glass to help reflect the light creates a holiday shimmer. Lots of candles will add a festive and sparkling ambience. The rustic inspiration continues to grow even in holiday décor. Use inexpensive burlap as your table cover or cut it into placement size rectangles and fray the edges. Tie a jute bow around several Mason jars and add a votive candle to create a more rustic candlestick appearance. To establish dimensions, use several slices of tree limbs to elevate your candle jars. Include nature through springs of evergreens, magnolia leaves, or rosemary cone-shaped topiaries to your display. If bling is too flashy and pinecones are too rustic, simply go with the red and green Christmas theme. Use a large bowl in the center of the table filled with Christmas balls and beads, holiday pillar candles, and Christmas chinaware setting the table. For the unexpected, purchase small stockings at the dollar store and personalize them; tie them to the backs of chairs with some holiday ribbon. Traditional, simple, and fun! Christmas is full of cheer and reminiscing old memories and making new ones. Create some holiday magic and enjoy the time with family and friends.

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than what you hope for in our own attitude, acknowledge that as a weakness and determine ways to overcome them. Attitudes come from within. Employers are looking for great “‘tudes” as much as they are looking for great skills and qualifications. People can learn new skills. It is more difficult to learn or adopt new internal attitudes. Have you ever heard, “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude?” Ponder on this and happy job hunting!

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Hair Color Without Hazard

What Child is This?

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the market, it is important to become acquainted with some of the possible ingredients in these color lines.

At this time of year, when many of us celebrate the birth of Jesus, many babies will enter the world in much the same way He did. And in our area, because of a midwife, and maybe an apprentice.

The following ingredients are a few that you should be aware of. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with them and don’t be afraid to ask questions to your salon professional. Ammonia not only negatively affects the cuticle of the hair, it also damages the amino acid or protein called tyrosine, which is found inside the hair shaft. With continued use of ammonia, the hair strand begins to resemble string cheese. Ethanolamine is the “silent substitute” of ammonia. Toluene 2,5 Diamine is a dangerous ingredient that has been restricted for use in cosmetics in the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments. It has been linked to certain kinds of cancers and reproductive disorders. Mon ethanolamine/MEA is easily absorbed into the skin and is a hormone-disrupting chemical that has been linked to cancercausing agents. Resorcinol is a synthetic dye used as hair colorant. This is one of the most dangerous and highly toxic ingredients being used. It is widely used and has been linked to potential chronic health conditions. Understanding the effects of these chemicals will empower you in your search for a hair color without the hazard.

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player that you felt did nothing with the ball and beat you with one or two shots that they did over and over again? This is a clever tennis player who knows that they can’t out hit you or beat you with pace, but they know what they have and they use it consistently. These players are hard to beat. These are the players you want to copy, not the ones that play one big glorious shot that has the ‘wow’ factor, only to see them miss the next three attempts. I encourage all of you who love tennis and love to win to find your reliable shots and use them. Once you have worked that out, find your weaknesses and practice them so they don’t lose you the match. If you do this you will win more than you lose. Good luck with this.

And now, you’ve met Claudia.

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UM coverage with limits of $50,000. You are in an accident that results in $100,000 in medical expenses. The “at fault” driver had $50,000 in coverage. If your UM coverage is offset, then you will get $0 UM coverage, because your $50,000 was offset by the at fault driver’s $50,000. That leaves you in a position where you will have unpaid medical bills and have to negotiate a reduction. However, a stackable policy will add the $50,000 from your policy on top of the “at fault” driver’s policy to provide you with $100,000 in coverage. Umbrella Policy: If you have significant assets, or you have significant earning power over your career, you should strongly consider obtaining an umbrella policy. In my career, with my earning potential, someone would be more than happy to garnish my wages for the next 20 years to pay his or her medical bills. The same goes for doctors, high dollar real estate professionals, or other East Cobb residents who anticipate earning significant wealth. As soon as the injured party finds out I am a business owner and lawyer living in East Cobb, I will have a bull’s-eye on my 401k and checking accounts. Therefore, I have a $2 million umbrella policy that covers my auto and home policy for any catastrophic damages that I might incur on a neighbor or fellow motorist. Umbrella policies are dirt cheap and provide a significant hedge against any major accidents. While it is highly unlikely that I will ever need such coverage, the fact that I have the policy in place helps me sleep at night. I have represented several clients whose damages exceed $1 million. Those types of accidents do happen, rare though they may be. So schedule an insurance tune up with your agent and discuss what would best suit your needs.

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TOWNE LAKE AREA RELIGIOUS SERVICES Baptist Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 592-7007 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Bob Goodner Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock, (770) 710-1068 Pastor: Elder Larry White www.crossroadspbc.org First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Johnny M. Hunt www.fbcw.org Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Alive Groups & Worship Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service: 6 p.m. Wednesday Services: Youth 6:30 p.m., Adults 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Maxwell New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Services: 11 a.m Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Awana/Youth: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Pastor: John Harris www.newvicbaptist.org South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92, (770) 926-0422 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steven Lambert

Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, Kennesaw, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. praise music, 7 p.m. Eucharist Rector: Doris Graf Smith Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, (770) 479-1778 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Rector: Kurt Wheeler Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 395-5003 Saturday Service: 5:30 p.m. Priest: Stephen Hunter Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, (770) 928-7916 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Rector: Rev. Paul McCabe www.annunciationepiscopal.org Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m. 84

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Christian Education: 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist Service: 6:30 p.m. Rector: James B. Stutler

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 14255 Wade Green Rd NW, Ste 120 Kennesaw, GA 30144, (678) 460-7702 Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan www.JewishWoodstock.com, www.Facebook.com/ JewishCenter Congregation Ner Tamid A Reform Jewish Temple (770) 345-8687, Marci, call for information Serving the Northwest Suburbs

Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA) Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s South Annex, 7545 Main Street; Bldg. 200, Woodstock Pastor: Ted Lester www.cc-pca.org Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Sid Gunter www.heritagepres.com Sixes Presbyterian Church Meeting at our Fellowship Hall at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, (770) 485-1975 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Lucas Pina www.sixeschurch.org

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

Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-0074 Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Cynthia Parr

Lutheran

Roman Catholic

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

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

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

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

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

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 E. Cherokee Drive, Woodstock, (770) 485-0504 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. Priest Frederick Watson www.stelizabethga.org

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

United Methodist Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 926-9755 Contemporary Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Millie Kim www.bascombumc.org CITY ON A HILL United Methodist Church 7745 Main Street, (678) 445-3480 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Chris Bryant www.coahumc.org First United Methodist Church of Woodstock 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 926-6440 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Over 50s meet 1st Saturday each month at 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Claude Herbert


Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Traditional Services: 8:25 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:25 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m Pastor: Dr. Doug Thrasher www.hillsideumc.org Liberty Hill Church at the Mill 141 Railroad Street, (678) 493-8920 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Jamey Prickett www.libertyhillumc.org Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Bill Coady www.littleriverumc.info Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jim Buckman www.sixesumc.org Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 516-0371 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Clalude T. Herbert

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Prayer Time: Friday, 7:14 p.m. Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Carl A. Moore, Sr. www.allentempleame.org Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 592-2956 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Ted Wooldridge www.bellsferry.com Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steve Pettit www.branchesofchrist.com BridgePointe Church 233 Arnold Mill Road Suite 400, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Service: 10:30 am Wednesdays Student Ministry 6-12th grade: 6:30pm Pastor: Mat Garcia www.bridgepointechurch.org Celebration Church 340 Towne Lake Parkway, (678) 461-9626 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Larry Tomczak www.ctkatlanta.com Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532 www.christianpraisecenter.com Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, Suite 250 (behind NAPA) (678) 494-2193 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Marc Lawson www.ngca.org Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Auxiliary Meeting: 10:20 a.m. Bishop Phil Karski Woodstock Ward Sacrament Meeting: 11 a.m. Bishop Jonathan Ensign Canton Ward, 3459 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton Sunday School & Auxiliary Meetings: 10:20 a.m. Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Bishop Scott Harman Church of the Messiah (Non-denominational) 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton, (770) 479-5280 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Fred L. Goodwin Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, dlkight@comcast.net Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight www.ccchurchonline.org Covenant Christian Center 330 Adam Jenkins Mem. Blvd, Canton, (770) 345-0307 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Apostle Kito J. Johnson www.CityOfCovenant.org Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford www.dayspring-online.com Empowerment Tabernacle Church 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock, (770) 928-7478 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Pastor: A.D. Hinton www.EmpowermentTabernacle.com Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White His Hands Church 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock, (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m. www.hishandschurch.com Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, Woodstock, on Hwy 92 — ½ mile east of Hwy 5, (678) 384-4919 Sunday Service Times: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Pastor: Ross Wiseman www.MomentumChurch.tv Northern Hills Church of Christ 4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ronny West www.northernhillsfamily.org Pointe Church, The Hasty Elementary, 205 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, (404) 557-9640 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Brian Jones www.myfriendschurch.com Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry H. Baker www.prayerandpraise.org Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0040 Holy Communion: Sunday 10 a.m. Christian Education (all ages): Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Gene Prince www.rezwoodstock.org Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Family Style Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Messianic Jewish Fellowship (Tikvah l’Chaim): Saturday 10 a.m. The Walk — Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery: Friday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor: William S. Ratliff www.tlcchurch.com Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Terrence Padgett www.unitycc.com Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Small Groups: 6 p.m. Wednesday Meal: 6 p.m.; Worship: 6:40 p.m.; Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lynn Eynon www.woodstockchristian.org Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Aprenda Ingles Gratis (Free ESL): Lunes 7 — 9 p.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategui, (770) 926-8271 Pastor: Matt Amos www.woodstockchurchofchrist.org Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lewis Stark www.wcnga.com Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Greg Michael TowneLaker | December 2012

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TOWNE LAKE AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations ABWA-Women Empowered Through Synergy Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Location: J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: abwasynergy@hotmail.com American Business Women’s Association, Cherokee Eagles Charter Chapter Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jacqueline Miller Van Hook, (678) 493-3618 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Financial Women International Contact: Mitzi Saxon, (770) 479-3400 Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday from 12 noon Location: Keller Williams Realty, 220 Heritage Pkwy Contact: Steve Monahan, (770) 712-4077 Website: www.CherokeeToastmasters.com No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meeting: Every Thursday morning at 7:30am Location: Corner Bistro off Towne Lake Pkwy Contact: Stephanie Natarus, (770) 928-2700 stephanie@livinginsured.com Website: http://www.meetup.com/No-Fee Referral-Network-Woodstock North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Location: Zest and Zing, 6687 Bells Ferry Road Contact: Dr. Steve Green, (770) 427-2799 The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Edeline Dryden (678) 789-6158 Website: www.thejoyofconnecting.com Together We Rise Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280 Towne Lake Business Association Meeting: Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 615-3350 Website: www.tlba.org Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meeting: Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377 Website: www.powercore.net Women of Woodstock Meeting: First & Third Wednesday. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Barbara Bonatucci, bonatucci@gmail.com Website: www.womenofwoodstock.com Woodstock Business Networking Group Meeting: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m. Location: Atlanta Bread Company on Highway 92 Contact: Lee West, (770) 591-7101 Woodstock Community Business Association Meeting: Second Monday at 12 noon Location: Latimer Hall Contact: info@woodstockcba.com

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House help for victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 24-hour, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 Website: www.ahimsahouse.org 86

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Chance Afrika Contact: Eric Mwangi, Exec. Dir., ericm@chanceafrika. org, (770) 256 2280, www.chanceafrika.org

Location: William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Contact: Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP Location: 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Contact: Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 www.cherokeechildadvocates.org

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

Cherokee County Animal Shelter Auxiliary Contact: (770) 704-PAWS or ccasa4paws@yahoo.com Website: www.ccasauxiliary.org Cherokee County Aspergers Syndrome Support Group Website: www.CCAspies.org Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) Contact: (770) 928-5115, admin@cchumanesociety.org Website: www.cchumanesociety.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 CCHS. Cherokee County Special Olympics Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Location: CrossRoads Middle/High School Contact: Colleen Konwick, (770) 517-7101 Companion Animal Connection Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website: www.cacadopt.petfinder.com Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact: Candice Knight, (770) 795-9349 Website: www.feedmylambs.net Genesis Adoptions Contact: Lindsay Kirk, (770) 517-0043, Website: www.genesis-adoptions.org Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia. Contact: (770) 345-1879 Website: www.habitatncg.org Hope Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. Contact: (770) 924-0864, info@TheHopeCtr.com Website: www.hopectr.com Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. Contact: Shari Koch, (770) 218-1997 Website: www.hospiceadvantage.com iCOR helping orphans, seeks volunteers. Contact: Lily Colgate, (404) 992-8155 Website: www.iCORorphans.com MUST Ministries Contact: Kim Loesing, (770) 479-5397 Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Website: www.papaspantry.org Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices. Website: www.petbuddiesfoodpantry.org Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. Contact: Chad Arp, (678) 493-4343 Website: www.cherokeesafekids.org

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50 and older. Meeting: Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Rich, (770) 926-1944 American Legion Post 316 Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Junior Service League of Woodstock Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. Location: Collective Co-Cop, 105 E. Main Street, Ste. 126 in Downtown Woodstock Contact: 24 hour information line: (770) 592-3535 Kiwanis Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (678) 494-4841 Website: www.kiwanisofwoodstock.org Pilot Club of Cherokee County Contact: Lynda Goodwin, (770) 393-1766, Lynda @edgoodwinassociates.com Rotary Club of Towne Lake Meeting: Every Thursday at 12 noon (lunch) Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Ivan Garcia (770) 926-0105 Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: IHOP on Highway 92 Contact: Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, glfloyd@ southernco.com Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, Canton Contact: Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335 Sons of the American Legion Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church Contact: Charles Tucker, (678) 643-0794 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Terry Morrison, (770) 715-3375 Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: 216 Rope Mill Road Contact: (770) 926-8336 Woodstock Lions Club Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: New Victoria Baptist Church Contact: (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meeting: Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd. Contact: (770) 993-3145 or (770) 926-0627 Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Folks Contact: Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Woodstock Senior Center Contact: Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663


Political Organizations Cherokee County Democrat Party Meeting: Second Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Holly Springs Train Depot Website: www.cherokeedems.com Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: First Saturday at 9 a.m. Breakfast served Location: Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Rd. Contact: (678) 809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Meeting: Second Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Pkwy. Contact: Conrad Quagliaroli (770)592-6545 Website: cherokeeteapartypatriots.org Republican Women of Cherokee County Meeting: Call for times & location Headqters: 9910 Hwy 92 Contact: (404) 747-3353, (678) 520-2236 Website: www.rwccga.com

Recreation & Hobbies Airstream Caravan Club Website: http://home.windstream.net/topofga/ Contact: Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044 Allatoona Gold Panners Location: Creeks around Lake Allatoona Contact: Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044 rrkelly@bellsouth.net Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Woodstock Contacts: Madeline Hall, (678) 754-8482 www.artsalliance.org Blue Skies Laughter Club Meeting: Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. Location: Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices 100 Stoneforest Dr., 1st floor conf. room Contact: Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221 Website: www.addlaughter.com

Contact: www.crossfitgarage.com Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Tech Contact: Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197 Neighbors & Newcomers of Towne Lake Meeting: Third Tuesday Contact: Carolyn White, (770) 926-6756 Singles of Towne Lake 35+ holds monthly mixers. Contacts: Lisa, (770) 597-3430 LisaR789@bellsouth.net Wildlife Action, Inc. is a conservation organization. Meeting: Third Sunday at 1 p.m. Location: Wildlife Action, 2075 Kellogg Creek Contact: WLA Office, (770) 924-7464

Support Organizations Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Atria, 1000 Professional Way Contact: Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119 Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Community Service Center, BridgeMill Fire Station, Canton Contact: Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551 Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: First Thursday of each month Time: 10 a.m. — 12 noon Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center Contact: (404) 843-1880 Canadian Women’s Club Contact: Lesley Frappier, cwcatlanta@yahoo.com

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting First Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: BridgeMill Community Center Contact: Jim Millsap, PIO, (770) 928-8590 Website: www.cherokee-ares.org/ccars

CASA for Children Inc. provides child advocacy to abused and neglected children through trained community volunteers. Contact: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Website: www.casaforchildren.org

Cherokee County Arts Center Meeting Fourth Friday at 10 a.m. Location: 94 North Street, Canton Contact: (770) 704-6244 Website: www.CherokeeArts.org

Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group Contact: Heidi at hcf67@comcast.net or Renee at mrjperrelli@yahoo.com Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055

Location: 6683 Bells Ferry Road, Suite H Contact: Ramona Nichols, (404) 735-3647 Grandparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. (nursery available) Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta Contact: Jeannie, (770) 919-9275 Hearing Loss Resource Group Contacts: Cathy, (678) 483-9135 WoodstockSHHH-info@phydeaux.org JDRF Cherokee Pickens Family Support Group for families of children with Juvenile (type 1) diabetes. Meeting: Second Saturday Location: River Green Subdivision Facilities Contact: Tom, (770) 345-4864, Tom@brushwithart.com Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: First Tues. at 10 a.m. & Third Wed. 7p.m. Location: Bascomb United Methodist Church Contacts: Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191 MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30189 Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: momscluboftownelake@gmail.com MOMS Club — 30188 Contact: Paige Robertson, (404) 399-4915 MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meeting: Second & Fourth Tues. a.m. or Wed. p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: (770) 926-4428, www.fbcw.org Mothers & More Meeting: First & Third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Kroger at Towne Lake Contact: Michelle Wise, (770) 720-8834 Website: www.woodstockmm.com National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: (770) 565-4335 Website: www.nami.org NWAtlantaMommies.com Play dates, mom’s night out, and online support, meets weekly Contact: Stephanie Peterson, (678) 653-1418 admin@nwatlantamommies.com Website: http://www.nwatlantamommies.com

Cherokee County Saddle Club Meeting Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Family Tradition, Hickory Flat Contact: Tamma Trump, (770) 655-0819 Website: www.cherokeesaddleclub.com

Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. Contact: Marie Blackwell, (770) 378-0759, mblackwell@fosteroradopt.org Website: www.fosteroradopt.org

Cherokee Co. Social Adventures Group Website: www.TCCSAG.org

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: mailbox@chooseofwoodstockga.org

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: H.O.W. Place, behind fire station on Bells Ferry Road at Old Bascomb Court Contact: Lois, (770) 592-6421

Depression and Bipolar Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Contact: (770) 560-7112, healthymoods@aol.com Website: www.Myspace.Com/healthymoods

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

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: Woodstock Family Restaurant Contact: Randall Hill, (770) 516-5887

Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. Contact: (770) 956-0711.

Funds 4 Furry Friends supplies food, medical care and spay/neuter for pets in need Contact: Gina @ 770-842-8893 or gjeter1@ comcast.net

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899

Georgia Canines for Independence Meeting: First Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Towne Lake Area Moms Group Website: www.TowneLakeArea.com

Cherokee Fencing Club Meeting: Beginners, Wed. at 5 p.m.; Club, Wed. at 6 p.m. Location: Recreation Center, Main Street Contact: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Website: www.cherokeefencingclub.com Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) roller hockey Website: www.cherokeehockey.org Contact: Matt, (770) 851-1558 Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701 Website: www.cherokeemta.org Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Contact: Dan Baldwin, 770-846-4843 Website: www.cherokeelacrosse.com Crossfit WOD Club Meeting: Daily for the “Work Out of the Day”

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ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS United States Government:

President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: www.whitehouse.gov e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Website: http://isakson.senate.gov

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

P.O. Box 425 Roswell, GA 30077 Website: http://tom.house.gov e-mail: use contact form on website

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

(202) 224-3521 fax: (202) 224-0103

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768 (202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

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

Senator Jack Murphy (R), District 27

(770) 887-1960 fax: (770) 205-0602

Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20

(404) 656-0126 fax: (404) 463-2793

e-mail: charlice.byrd@house.ga.gov

Rep. Sean Jerguson (R), District 22

e-mail: sean.jerguson@house.ga.gov

(404) 656-0287

State Court: Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan Allen Dee Morris Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James E. Drane III (R)

Judge Gregory Douds

(678) 493-6270 (678) 493-6260 (678) 493-6240 (678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480

(678) 493-6160

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker

(678) 493-6250 (678) 493-6280

Clerk of Courts: Patty Baker

(678) 493-6511

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

(770) 735-8055

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e-mail: kbosch@cherokeega.com

Jason Nelms (R) Post 4

e-mail: jnelms@cherokeega.com

Cherokee County School System

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

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115 Website: www.cherokeega-sheriff.org e-mail: rdgarrison@cherokeega.com

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

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

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

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

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

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

(770) 479-1871 (770) 704-4398, x4374

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2

(770) 704-4398, x4372

e-mail: mike.chapman@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Michael Geist (R), Post 3

(770) 928-3315

Janet Read (R), Post 4

(770) 516-1444

e-mail: janet.read@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 (Chair)

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

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)

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Karen Bosch (R), Post 3

e-mail: michael.geist@cherokee.k12.ga.us

90 North Street, Suite 310 Canton, GA 30114

e-mail: jhubbard@cherokeega.com

e-mail: robert.wofford@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Cherokee County Courts:

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

(678) 493-6001

Harry Johnston (R), Post 1

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

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

e-mail: jack.murphy@senate.ga.gov

e-mail: lbahrens@cherokeega.com

P.O. Box 769, 110 Academy St., Canton, GA 30114 Website: www.cherokee.k12.ga.us e-mail: drp@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21

e-mail: chip@SenatorChipRogers.com

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson

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

Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2

Website: www.woodall.house.gov

State Capitol, Room 111 Atlanta, GA 30334 Website: www.gov.state.ga.us

90 North Street, Suite 310 Canton, GA 30114 Website: www.cherokeega.com

e-mail: hjohnston@cherokeega.com

Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7

State Government:

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

e-mail: rick.steiner@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Rob Usher (R), Post 6

e-mail: rob.usher@cherokee.k12.ga.us

(770) 704-4398, x4370 (770) 592-7864

Kim Cochran (R), Post 7 (Vice-Chair) e-mail: kimgcochran@gmail.com City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques

e-mail: dhenriques@progressiveaudiology.com

(770) 592-6017

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

Douglas Properties

117 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188

(770) 926-3086


SCHOOL INFORMATION Public Schools Ace Academy 3921 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs (770) 345-2005 Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ aceacademy Bascomb Elementary School 1335 Wyngate Parkway, Woodstock (770) 592-1091 Principal: Ruth Flowers www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ bascomb-es Carmel Elementary School 2275 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock (770) 926-1237 Principal: Keith Bryant www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ carmel-es Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock (770) 926-6424 Principal: Susan McCarthy www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ chapman-es Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton (678) 385-7322 Principal: Vanessa Suarez cherokeecharter.org E. T. Booth Middle School 6550 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock (770) 926-5707 Principal: Dawn Weinbaum www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ etbooth-ms Etowah High School 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock (770) 926-4411 Principal: Keith Ball www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/ etowah-hs Kleven Boston Elementary School 105 Othello Drive, Woodstock (770) 924-6260 Principal: Ms. Joey Moss www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/boston-es

Oak Grove Elementary School 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth (770) 974-6682 Principal: Les Conley www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/oakgrove-es

Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091 www.harvestbaptist.org

Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 926-1662 Administrator: Bob Hahn www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/polaris

Holdheide Education K-2 5234 Old Highway 5, Woodstock Principal: Tammy Dorsten (770) 516-2292 www.MyGiftedKids.org

Woodstock High School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, (770) 592-3500 Principal: William Sebring www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/woodstock-hs Woodstock Middle School 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/woodstock-ms

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

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 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

Cherokee County School District 2012-2013 Calendar at a Glance

December 21 - January 4 February 18 - 22 April 8 - 12

No School Winter Break Spring Break

Cafeteria account information: www.mealpayplus.com Aspen: https://sis.cherokee.k12.ga.us/aspen/home.do School District Website: www.cherokee.k12.ga.us

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Upscale Ladies Consignment Boutique accepting new consigners. Boutique atmosphere, consignment prices. Sequels Boutique of Towne Lake. 770-516-1625 www.sequelstownelake.com.

Another Lawn Sprinkler Co. Specializes in lawn sprinkler service & repair. Also experts in outdoor accent lighting. www.keithwiseman.com. Call Keith 770-975-0108.

Unique Hair Salon has stations available for leasing. Make your move a positive change, bring your clients into a warm and professional atmosphere. Call Kathy @ 770-592-3562

Catering

Building Material Surplus of Woodstock. Selling discount building materials: Windows, Doors, Trim, Composite Decking, Roofing & more. 678445-3230.

Repair Services

Holiday Parties: Dinner, Lunch, Appetizers or Candymaking. From small parties to parties of 40. Call Kim or text (561) 843-7088.

Cleaning Services The Dynamic Clean Team. Let us do the work while you pamper yourself! 15 years experience, Towne Lake residents. Call Melissa & Donna@ 404-414-7743 or 678-598-8215.

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Woodstock Appliance Repair Company. We repair all major brands and models. Kitchen and laundry! FREE estimates, service call, travel charges -WITH REPAIR. $10 off any repair! Visit us at: www.tomarcollc.com. Call us: 770-875-9934.

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION Emergency — 911 • TowneLaker • (770) 516-7105 Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

(770) 345-0400

Parks and Recreation:

Animal Shelter Business Licenses Clean & Beautiful Commission Commissioners Courthouse Engineering Office (Traffic Signals) Extension Office Jury Phone Justice Center (Courts, Judges, etc.) Planning & Zoning Senior Services Tax Assessors/Evaluation

(770) 345-7270 (770) 721-7810 (770) 517-7650 (678) 493-6000 (770) 479-1953 (678) 493-6077 (770) 479-0418 (770) 479-9011 (770) 479-1953 (678) 493-6101 (770) 345-5312 (678) 493-6120

License Plates/Tags, Property Tax Woodstock Office Voter Registration

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

Cherokee County Government:

Taxes:

Children/Family:

Anna Crawford Children’s Center Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club Cherokee Family Violence Center Cherokee Focus Child Support Enforcement Department of Family & Children Services The Hope Center MUST Cherokee Ministries Papa’s Pantry

Driver’s Licenses (Tues — Sat)

(770) 345-8100 (770) 720-7712 (770) 479-1804 (770) 345-5483 (770) 720-3581 (770) 720-3610 (770) 924-0864 (770) 479-5397 (770) 591-4730 (678) 413-8400

Fire Department (District 1, Station 20)

(770) 926-7155

Georgia State Patrol

(770) 205-5400

Health Department

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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

Libraries:

Rose Creek R.T. Jones Woodstock

Non-Emergency 911

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

Pets:

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

Post Office (Woodstock) www.usps.com

(800) 275-8777

Recycling Center

(770) 516-4195

Schools: see www.townelaker.com for complete listing Board of Education (770) 479-1871 www.cherokee.k12.ga.us Sheriff’s Department (678) 493-4200 www.cherokeega-sheriff.org Georgia Sex Offender Registry www.cherokeega-sheriff.org/offender/offender.htm Utilities:

Hospitals:

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(770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (770) 720-5100 (770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (404) 250-KIDS (770) 428-2666

www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org (770) 591-1491 (770) 479-3090 (770) 926-5859

(770) 479-3117

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

Urgent Care Facility

Wellstar Urgent Care

Woodstock, City of:

(678) 494-2500

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

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


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Advertisers Directory ATTorneys/Legal Services Debranski & Associates, LLC (770) 926-1957, ext 306 Merino & Associates (770) 874-4600

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

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Banking/Financial Services Best Possible Mortgage (404) 456-2317

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Citadel Professional Services, LLC Inside Front (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Suite 440, Kennesaw Horizon Planning Group, Inc. (770) 627-4157

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

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Image Maids (770) 627-4670

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Noble Services (770) 363-0303 www.nobleservicesga.com

32

Chiropractors Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 516-9900 www.discoverrehab.com

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Dr. Kristie Pszczola (770) 517-5610 www.DrKristie.net

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Cherokee Computer Guys (678) 749-7200 www.ccrguys.com

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Dentists/Orthodontists Alan S. Horlick, DDS (770) 591-8446 6572 Highway 92 Ste. 120, Acworth

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Salon & Spa Venessa (770) 591-2079

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Salon Gloss (678) 483-8900, www.SalonGloss.biz

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Fountain View Dentistry 45 (770) 926-0000, www.fountainviewsmiles.com 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A

The Sundance Massage Center (678) 591-5066

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Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (770) 926-9260

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The Wild Orchid Salon (770) 924-4010

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S. Bruce O’Neal, DDS (770) 924-8848

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Thad Baird & Tyler Baird, DMD (770) 517-0444

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Towne Lake Family Dentist Inside Back Cover (770) 591-7929 120 N. Medical Pkwy, Building 200, Suite 100 Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250

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Williams Orthodontics (770) 592-5554

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Home Improvement/Painting Nelson Painting & Home Improvements (678) 283-8171

34

Pike’s Professional Painting (770) 516-0045

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Precision Painting (678) 234-9668

Education / Instruction / Coaching Bits, Bytes & Bots (770) 826-0449

48

Music Together (678) 613-2048

61

Park View Montessori School (770) 926-0044

33

Towne Lake Driving School (678) 494-2200

23

Bryan Plumbing Services (770) 826-5277

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Capstone Design Solutions, Inc. (770) 778-8329 www.CapstoneDesignSolutions.com

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Designing Women, Shelley Herod (770) 235-5640

35

Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. (770) 974-2390

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Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428

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Handy Handyman, The (404) 316-1490

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Azure Salon & Spa (770) 345-8280

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Honey Do Help (404) 938-9880

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Mr. Junk 1-877-675-8651

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First Baptist Church of Woodstock (770) 926-4428

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Big Apple Nail & Spa (770) 516-9996, Woodstock (678) 880-0029, BridgeMill

35

Hillside United Methodist Church (770) 924-4777

64

Gossip Salon (770) 924-4005

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Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000

His Hands Church 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock

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Lamour Nails (770) 517-4757

55

Roswell Woodstock Plumbing (770) 663-0600

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Home Improvement/Repair & Service

Empowerment Tabernacle Church (770) 928-7478

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The Sanctuary on Main (770) 365-5106

Health & Beauty

Churches

Main Street Nail Studio (770) 928-2662

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TruGreen Insulation Service (770) 974-6267

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Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance North Georgia Retaining Walls, Landscaping & Concrete 23 (678) 402-5072 www.northgaretainingwalls.com Overstreet Lawn Care (770) 861-7272

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Miscellaneous Cherokee Bridal Expo (770) 924-3235

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Papa’s Pantry

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Towne Lake Business Assoc.

30

Woodstock Recycling (678) 494-0325

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Woodstock Storage (770) 517-4133, 3155 Parkbrooke Circle

17

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies Animal Atlanta (770) 591-0007

34

Cat Clinic of Woodstock (770) 780-2800

19

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

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South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital (770) 924-6746

29

Cherokee Internal Medicine (678) 238-0301

47

Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, PC (770) 720-7733, cherokeewomenshealth.com

21

Georgia Urology, Dr. Carl Capelouto (678) 494-9201, www.gaurology.com

13

John Lutz, PhD (770) 592-906

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Northside Hospital – Cherokee 11 (770) 720-5100, 201 Hospital Road, Canton www.northside.com Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (770) 928-0016

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

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Progressive Audiology Center Inc. (770) 592-4744, (706) 253-7244

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Thomas Eye Group (770) 928-4544, www.thomaseye.com

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Out Spokin’ Bicycles 51 (678) 483-0200, www.OutSpokinBikes.com The Max (678) 324-6245

5

Woodstock Wolverines

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Restaurants/Food & Drink BeesKnees Co-op Shop (770) 591-4000

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Towne Lake Family Pharmacy (770) 635-7697

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Butchers Block (770) 517-2225

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Wellstar (770) 956-STAR

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

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Weiss ENT (770) 971-1533

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Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill 51 (770) 926-6778, FirestoneRestaurants.com

Woodstock Physical Therapy (770) 516-9191

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Photographers Skip Daugherty Photography (770) 329-5807 www.skipdaughertyphotography.com

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Sykline Properties Group 29 (678) 978-1858, www.skylinepropetiesga.com Woodstock Downtown Condos (770) 592-4669 360 Chambers Street, Woodstock

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Recreation and Fitness Bowen’s Tiger Rock Academy (770) 516-4883

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Retailers Branch Boutique (770) 517-1505

Real estate & related services Keller Williams, Kurt & Sheila Johnson (404) 954-2486, (770) 874-6200 www.kurtandsheila.com

Frankfurt Döner & Fine Meats (678) 401-4991, 6845 Hwy 92, Woodstock Papa P’s (770) 592-3100

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

Physicians and Medical Services

Innovative Health & Wellness (770) 926-4646 www.innovativehealthandwellness.net

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

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Brenda’s House of Flowers (770) 926-3306, www.bhoflowers.com

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DISMERO 470 Chambers Street, Woodstock (678) 398-4008, www.dismero.com

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FoxTale Book Shoppe (770) 516-9989

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Gifted Ferret, The www.TheGiftedFerret.com

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Pineapple Park (678) 494-8494

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Swirl By Design (770) 627-5371 or (770) 310-4241

50

Threads (770) 485-0744 www.shopthreads.net

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Woodstock Hippie Shop (770) 517-2620

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Center for Yoga (770) 517-5212

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Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251

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Etowah Eagles Football

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Seniors

Etowah Tip-Off Club

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Hearthside 7 (770) 852-2225, www.HearthSideTowneLake.com

Gin Miller Fitness 52 (770) 846-9373, www.GinMillerFitness.com Kirby Webb Certified Senior Fitness Trainer (770) 924-2535

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Right at Home, In Home Care & Assistance (678) 403-1636 www.rahwoodstock.com

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Medical & Dental

Animals & Pets Animal Atlanta

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Automotive

Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

40

Dr. Kristie

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Innovative Health & Wellness

Aspen Falls Auto Spa

46

Cleaning & Home Services Carpet Dry Tech

29

Image Maids

48

Mr. Junk 43

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Pearle Vision

60

Plastic Surgery Center of the South

37

Progressive Audiology

55

Towne Lake Family Dentistry

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Towne Lake Family Pharmacy

7

Wellstar

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Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock

18

Education/ Instruction Towne Lake Driving School

23

Health & Beauty Azure Salon and Spa

48

Big Apple Nail & Spa

35

Bowen’s Tiger Rock Academy and The Max

5

Lamour Nails

55

Salon Spa Venessa

80

The Sundance Massage Center

33

The Wild Orchid Salon

65

Home Improvements / Repair

96

Hammock’s Heating & Air

27

Nelson Painting and Home Improvement

34

Roswell Woodstock Plumbing

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The Plumbing Doctor

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Restaurants/Food & Retail Butchers Block

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Frankfurt Döner & Fine Meats

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FoxTale Book Shoppe

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Papa P’s

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