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December 2016 Volume 4, Issue 2

14    If You Missed It

Scenes from the grand opening of Woodstock’s amphitheater.

18    The Way They Were Simpler times bring back     fond Christmas memories.

22    Holiday Happenings

Events range from live nativity    to Santa sightings, parades.



26    Helping Hands

Donate time, food or cash to offer seasonal assistance.

30    A Win for SORBA

Last trail run of the season    raises funds for upkeep.

34 Honoring Our Vets

Candlelight ceremony offers thanks to service personnel.

38    Zombie Aftermath

The October invasion left behind    resources to help local families.

46    Reel to Real

Release dates, actor interviews            for locally filmed movies.

60    Homecoming Highlights

Woodstock High students celebrate festivities on and off the field.

34 Contributing Writers

In Every Issue

Kyle Bennett   


Dan Jape      


Around Woodstock  


Bill Bingham   


Sean Kaufman     





Rob Macmillan   


Siobhan Brumbelow Michael Caldwell    Brett Campbell  

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Matt Neal      


Dr. Christa Nelms  


Sonia Carruthers   


Gary Parkes       

Josh Davis


Premier Group      

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Dr. Samina Fakhr     54

Lisa Randall       


Dr. Scott Harden   


Tim Timmons  


James Imbriale   


Torie Winkler      


Community News   


Downtown Parking Map  17 Everyday Angels   


Woodstock Dining Guide 50 Faith    School News 

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Library Events      

Community Calendar    61 Recent Home Sales   


Advertiser’s Directory


Contact us and view the magazine online at

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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Woodstock

From the Editor By this point in the holiday season, I’ve been forced to make a major transition in my home. My oven is no longer a storage unit. I had to take out all the roasting pans and casserole dishes that fit so nicely inside and actually put food in them so my family could enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey, side dishes and desserts. GASP! I’d almost forgotten what it’s intended for in the first place. It has come in handy since we’ve downsized and I needed extra storage space in the kitchen. And all the while I thought the gleam in my husband’s eyes was anticipation of our children coming home. I’m sure that is part of it, but he also knows a full house means I’m going to make sure the kids don’t miss a meal. Not sure why I don’t feel as committed when it’s just the two of us. Apologies to my mother-in-law, who gets the magazine in the mailbox. Mom, this might not be the article to cut out and mail to Aunt Mary. I don’t want my failure in the kitchen to become common knowledge among the aunts, uncles and cousins. That isn’t news than an Italian family would take very well! I hope each of you is looking forward to a full house and fun holiday season with family and friends. If you’re stumped for something to do, turn to pages 2225 and start making plans. Cherokee County is filled with parades and festivals, musicals and Santa visits. While you’re enjoying time with relatives, I’d like to recommend that you take the time to record the memories they share by taking notes or using a tape recorder or video camera. We know how precious those memories are, so we asked residents of several senior citizen communities to tell us about their favorite Christmas gifts. We hope you’ll enjoy reminiscing with them on pages 18-19. Maybe their answers will be good conversation starters with your parents or grandparents. What better gift to give future generations than a recording of relatives they may never meet. The staff at AroundAbout Local Media considers it an honor and a blessing to experience life in our community with you. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Candi Hannigan is the executive editor of Around Woodstock. She has lived in Cherokee County since 1987. Send your comments or questions to


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What’s New Terri Spencer has joined AroundAbout Local Media as a marketing and administrative support associate. Terri has lived in Towne Lake since 1990 with her husband Gaylord and children Jacob and Sophia, graduates of Etowah High School. Terri is a graduate of Ball State University, where she earned bachelor of science degrees in psychology and criminology. Welcome to our team, Terri! If you haven’t yet seen it, you may want to pick up a copy of Around Canton next time you visit our northern neighbors. We’re excited about the name change from Sixes Living magazine, a move we made after hearing requests from businesses and readers in the area. The new name better reflects our coverage area, which has expanded as well, and links to our other AroundAbout titles (Around Woodstock and Around Acworth). We’ve gotten a great response to the change - we hope you like it as well.

What’s Open Go Salad, at 9550 Main St. in Woodstock, offers “healthy food fast” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Diners can create gourmet salads from a menu of choices, or choose an existing creation. Go Salad also offers seven signature sandwiches, four kinds of chicken salad, and a variety of soup. 678-401-5674. RetroVidjos, at 10010 Highway 92, Suite #110 in Woodstock, buys, sells and trades video games, from Atari to the latest on the market. RetroVidjos also accepts preorders for new games, and sells anime products and manga comic books and graphic novels. 678-388-0382. Check them out on Facebook at RetroVidjos.

What’s Coming Krispy Kreme has plans to open in the summer of 2017 adjacent to Ruby Tuesday on Highway 92 in Woodstock. No Longer Bound, a nonprofit regeneration center in Cumming for men with drug and alcohol addiction, plans to open a thrift store on Eagle Drive. This will be the group’s second thrift store; the first is in Cumming. Proceeds benefit the organization. The Blank Stage Acting Studio, is planning to open in January 2017 at 11517 Highway 92, Suite 112, Woodstock. The studio will offer professional training in the film and television industry to junior and adult actors, in addition to help building a demo reel, taking headshots, making connections and creating projects. 470-377-6773. www. A partnership between Chattahoochee Technical College, and Cherokee and Woodstock’s Office of Economic Development has developed Fresh Start Cherokee’s The Circuit. The on-campus venue will foster entrepreneurship and business development by providing businesses and startups a place to network, host meetings or tap into training resources. Tenants are offered training resources for preparing business plans, marketing strategies, increasing cash flow and centralized office resources. For details, call Jonathan Chambers at 770-345-0600.





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COMMUNITY BOARD The Around Woodstock Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders from different walks of life. Our board assists us in many ways that include serving as contributing writers, judging our annual Trailblazer award and providing valuable feedback. Donnie Henriques has been mayor of Woodstock since 2006, after having served as city council member beginning with the creation of Ward 6 in 1999. Donnie and his wife, Dr. Jan Henriques, have three children and three grandchildren. He works for Northside Hospital-Cherokee in the community relations department. Kris McKeeth is team leader and visionary for The Premier Group Keller Williams Realty on Main Street in Woodstock, and has more than 25 years experience in real estate. She’s active in many community efforts that include her position on the Business Board of downtown Woodstock and as president of Etowah Foundation. Photographer Darleen Prem specializes in natural light portrait photography and enjoys dog, pet and family photography. She spends much of her time photographing local events for the city of Woodstock and is the official “unofficial” photographer for Woodstock’s fire and police departments. Darleen’s son serves overseas as an Army Military Police Officer. Ross Wiseman started Momentum Church in 2005 and still serves as head pastor. He draws from his experiences in more than 21 years of ministry and 19 years of marriage to challenge, inspire and instruct people in what it takes for better living, loving and laughter. Renee Gable, a sales and marketing executive for Window Expert Tinting, volunteers for many committees that work to improve downtown Woodstock. She is an avid cyclist who aligned herself with Greenprints Alliance because of her desire to help create safe and natural trail riding experiences. Suzanne Litrel is a young adult historical fiction author and doctoral student in GSU’s graduate history program. Suzanne resides with her family in downtown Woodstock, which she is very happy to call home.

Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. ALM President Patty Ponder 770-615-3322 Executive Editor Candi Hannigan 770-615-3309 Controller Denise Griffin 770-615-3315 Managing Editor Jackie Loudin 770-615-3318 Art Director Michelle McCulloch 770-615-3307 Page Designer Laura Latchford Marketing Support Associate Terri Spencer Around Woodstock, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in Woodstock and surrounding area by providing residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,900 free copies. Approximately 15,500 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,400 are placed in racks around the community. See page 72 for a distribution map. Around Woodstock also has many digital viewers of the magazine online each month. Around Woodstock welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 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. Around Woodstock is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2016 Around Woodstock PMB 380, 1025 Rose Creek Dr., Ste. 620, Woodstock, GA 30189 Website:

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Happy 33rd birthday, Michelle Daughter of Joe and Kathy Borden Love Mom, Dad, Nick, Xavier and Novalee

Brooklyn Borrego

Age 8 on Dec. 12 Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Phoenix, Griffin and Lucy

Brooke von Seeger

Age 17 on Dec. 21                                                                                            Happy Birthday Brookieloo!                                         Love, Mom, Dad, Max, Devin and T-George

Max von Seeger

Age 14 on Dec. 9 Happy birthday Moo Moo - got eem! Love, Mom, Dad, Brooke, Devin and Tango

Tim O’Hara and Blake Barrows

will be married in early 2018. Blake is the daughter of John Barrows and the late Mary Barrows of Woodstock. Tim is the son of Jean and Matthew O’Hara of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

Happy birthday Patty!!!

We love you! David, Tanner, Katie, Devon, Cooper, and all your sneaky Gal Pals

Happy birthday, Emilee

Age 10 on Dec. 30 We are so proud of you sweet girl! Love you BIG! Mom, Daddy and Landon

ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE FREE! Happy first birthday, sweet Jellybean! Love, Momma and Daddy


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YOUR LOCAL NEWS WellStar to Start Health Park Construction

Representing CRPA, from left: Andrea Johnson, Camille Thomas, Shawn Schumacher, Adam Fussell, Jay Worley, Cara Gordon, Bryan Reynolds, Kim Whatley, Amy Turcotte, Lindsey Collett, Neely Motiejunas and Michael Brantley.

Agency Wins District, State Awards Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) was recognized by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) recently for outstanding programs.  On the district level, the agency was named the Class A Agency of the Year for the GRPA 5th District for all operational phases including athletics, aquatics, programming, parks maintenance and capital improvements. CRPA is among the largest departments in a district that includes all county and city recreation agencies north and west of Fulton County. The Senior Adventure Camp also was recognized for Innovative Program.   On the state level, CRPA won four awards: Outstanding Online Media Agency Website (; Outstanding Athletic or Aquatic Program for SPLASH SPLASH; Outstanding Special Event for Paws in the Pool, and GRPA Volunteer of Year – Amy Turcotte.

Woodstock a Host City for Bike Race Woodstock will partner with the Southern Highlands Stage Race to host a professional criterium (frequently described as NASCAR on bicycles) for men and women on March 3, 2017, featuring vendors, live music, kids bicycle races, a fat tire criterium and more. The next day, amateurs will join the pros for a time trial and circuit race on March 4, and a March 5 road race in Ball Ground with more than 7,000 feet of climbing. The three-day event is attracting attention from top race teams and has been added to the calendar of the U.S. Junior National Team as a team selection race. The 2017 Tour of the Southern Highlands is looking for volunteers for several positions as well as local residents who would are interested in hosting visiting athletes, coaches and support staff during race week. For more information, contact Betty Hodges at 512-844-6383. For details on the Tour of the Southern Highlands, visit,

Authors Dedicate Book to Special Girl The death of 11-year-old Juliette Lyng inspired Woodstock authors, and husband and wife team Darryl and Mary Rose Green, to dedicate their third book, “The Rules,” to her memory. Juliette was a friend of their daughter Tori; a portion of the book sales will be given to the Seattle Children’s Hospital to support the research of Dr. Paul Carpenter, who treated Juliette.  The book, written for the kindergarten through second grade range, takes a humorous look at the rules children are exposed to, almost from the moment they are born. For more information, visit 10

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WellStar Health System has announced plans to begin construction on the WellStar Cherokee Health Park in late summer 2017, with an anticipated completion date in 2018. The nearly $80 million facility will be built in two phases on a 60-acre site at Sixes Road in Holly Springs, just off I-575. With 85,000 square feet of space, Phase 1 will include physician offices, medical imaging, urgent care, a sleep center, cardiac diagnostics, lab outreach and physical therapy. Phase 1 represents a $39.6 million investment in Cherokee County.

Woodstock Resident Recognized as Junior Sailor of the Year Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Devon Smith has been named the Naval Station Newport Junior Sailor of the Year. Smith, who enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 7, 2012, helps manage a chapel that serves 5,000 personnel in the Newport area. He also participates in the color guard team. Naval Station Newport Commanding Officer Capt. Dennis R.D. Boyer recognized Petty Officer 2nd Class Devon Smith with a Gold star in lieu of his second Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a plaque for Junior Sailor of the Year 2016 during a ceremony last month at the Chapel of Petty Officer Smith Hope.

Northside Recognized for Heart Attack Care Northside Hospital-Cherokee has earned Disease Specific Certification for Acute Myocardial Infarction care from The Joint Commission. Acute myocardial infarction is the medical term for a heart attack. About 750,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack each year, according to the American Heart Association. “Patients in Cherokee, who have a heart attack and call 911, are transported to the emergency department at Northside Hospital-Cherokee and receive life-saving care in our cardiac catheterization laboratory, all in less than 65 minutes,” said Beverly Hunt, chief nursing officer. Northside Hospital-Cherokee is the second-fastest hospital, out of 19,  in metro Atlanta. The average length of time among all hospitals is 76 minutes. 

WE SUPPORT LOCAL SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS AND VENUES. BECAUSE CHEROKEE IS OUR HOME,TOO. Northside Hospital-Cherokee offers more than the latest medical treatments. Since becoming part of Cherokee County in 1997, we’ve been a devoted member of the community. We contribute to Partners in Education in Cherokee County schools and our physicians and staff have donated more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work to local organizations. In all, we’ve invested millions in local community centers, academic institutions and charity organizations in Cherokee County. We will continue to invest and support Cherokee. Because it’s our home.

Cherokee’s community hospital.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS A New Library at the Trailhead BY MELISSA TATE

Alaina Brown and family enjoyed the Little Free Library (LFL) while camping at Red Top Mountain State Park, but realized LFLs were not located near their hometown. After volunteering with Greenprints Alliance and mentioning it to members, she was connected with Preston Pooser of the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency. He liked the idea of installing an LFL beginning with the Noonday Creek Trail in downtown Woodstock. Alaina felt good about the support but needed help to bring the project to life. She reached out to members of the Woodstock Mommies & Minions Mommy’s Group for help. This is when I came on board. I immediately loved the idea and quickly responded that I would like to help. I worked for the Cobb County School District for more than 12 years. I resigned just a couple months ago to stay home with my kids. I work with them and try to teach them how to be involved members of the community and give back. By getting involved with the Little Free Library project, I knew this was a great opportunity for my kids to engage with one of our favorite things — reading — as well as give back to the community. I’m also excited about assisting in the maintenance and upkeep of the library, and take pride in knowing my kids were part of creating something special for their community. On the day of installation, they were very excited and couldn’t Tony Tate, left, gets help setting up the library. wait to pick out some of

Ethan and Elliott Tate help stock the shelves.

their own books to put inside for other kids to read. I contacted my father-inlaw, Tony Tate, to help with construction. He is craftsman and can make all sorts of ideas come to life. After doing Melissa Tate and daughter Elliott make it a family project. some research, he came up with the windmill idea, along with the bench for people to sit and enjoy reading. A little more than a year ago Tony was stung by a bee, and although he had an EpiPen, was unable to reach it in time. He passed out and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Throughout the following year, he had multiple tests and saw multiple doctors. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but the doctor has recommended that he stay engaged in activities to help keep his mind sharp and help with his recovery. I hoped the Little Free Library could be one of those projects for him. Preston has been great to work with and has even expressed some interest in continuing to work with us on another LFL project at other parks in Woodstock. The ultimate goal is to promote literacy and community in our wonderful city of Woodstock.

Main Street Program Supports Shop with a Hero Join downtown Woodstock businesses and community members by supporting Main Street Gives, a drive to make it possible for more than 100 children to take part in this year’s Dec. 9 Shop with a Hero. This annual event helps Woodstock families by providing gifts to children in need during the holiday season. Donations collected by Main Street Gives will go to the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation, which hosts Shop with a Hero with the help of the Woodstock Police and Fire departments. While a  $75 donation will enable one child to shop with a hero, any amount is appreciated. Checks can be made payable to the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, and mailed to or dropped off at The Premier Group office at 8604 Main St., Woodstock, GA 30188. On the memo line, write Main Street Gives/Shop with a Hero. Call Beth Choppa, director of community relations for the Premier Group, at 678-494-0102.

A New Way to Report Concerns The City of Woodstock has changed the way residents can notify city officials about concerns they have. Citizens can go to and choose the Report a Concern button, which utilizes the CivicPlus Request Tracker software. From a smartphone, type in This tool eliminates the need for phone calls or visits to city hall to express concerns over non-urgent matters. 12

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Cherokee Chamber is Recertified The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, along with 22 other chambers, recently was recognized as a Georgia Certified Chamber during a conference held by the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE).  The Georgia Certified Chamber program was created in 2011 when the GACCE board of directors wanted a way to recognize chambers that have focused internally on their operations to assess their strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to create efficient, effective organizations positioned to deliver great value. Chambers must meet standards in organization, service intent and capacity, professional administration, financial management, communications and advocacy to achieve the designation.  

Downtown Woodstock Offers Convenient Shopping BY KYLE BENNETT

Holiday shopping is in full swing and downtown Woodstock offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. In our historic setting, you will find more than 30 unique shops offering a wide range of items that make perfect gifts. If you are not sure what to buy, Downtown Dollars is the answer. This one-size-fits-all gift certificate is accepted at 40 businesses in the downtown shopping district. Downtown Dollars can be purchased Monday through Saturday at the Woodstock Visitors Center, located at 8588 Main St. The visitors center also has a great selection of locally themed gift items like Woodstock shirts, ornaments, magnets, art prints and more. Also while downtown, take advantage of the Woodstock Trolley to get around. The free trolley stops at various parking

locations downtown in addition to Reformation Brewery and The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, to name a few destinations. The trolley is a program of the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority. For more information and the schedule, go to For a full listing of downtown stores and restaurants, as well as upcoming events, visit

Kyle Bennett is the director of tourism for the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority. He can be reached at

The Downtown Buzz is held at the Chambers at City Center (8534 Main Street) on the last Friday of the month and begins at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Fri. Dec. 9 Christmas Concert at Woodstock Elementary School For more information on the Downtown Buzz program or to suggest a topic for consideration, please contact Mitzi at 770-592-6056 Business, individual and non-profit memberships are available

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A Celebration in Woodstock Nov. 12, 2016 She said YES! Nicole Heartage and Lee Moody.


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Opening night at the new Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater



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Communicating Through Art BY SIOBHAN BRUMBELOW

What is it about art that is so alluring, yet controversial? So basic, yet complex? So expensive, yet ignored? The term “art” can be defined in many ways: painting, music, dance, theater, literature — the list goes on. The dictionary defines “art” as something that is created with imagination and skill that expresses important ideas and feelings. In his essay “What is Art?” Leo Tolstoy states, “Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” So, why art? Why do I work in such a field that some people say is dying? Why do I do what I do? It’s a form of expression. It is part of my identity. I enjoy creating productions with others. And I especially love to share art with the community. I have always communicated through my creativity and imagination. I am a dreamer at heart and my aspirations are better expressed through my artistic endeavors. Never did I think that I could pursue a career in the performing arts. And I am extremely lucky to be part of an organization that is blossoming in downtown Woodstock. Recently, I’ve been encouraged to evaluate my life’s intention. Do I really enjoy what I do for a living? During the past 15 years, I’ve received tens of thousands of praises, thank yous, and hugs from children to adults. I’ve been criticized and misunderstood, only to research more and become stronger in my artistic worth. I’ve worked alongside those who admire my works and hundreds of those that I learn something new from every day. It’s the moments when someone connects with my art, my life, and they share a part of their lives with me, that make me want to reach everyone and help them make their own connection with art. Will I ever stop? Yes, when I don’t think I have any more to give.

I have always communicated through my creativity and imagination.


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Siobhan Brumbelow is on staff at Elm Street. She currently holds a BA in Theatre from Brenau University and toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre.


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We love spending this time of year with family and friends, and we love sharing special holiday features with our readers. This year we invite you to walk down memory lane with some local senior citizens as they remember their favorite Christmas gifts. Our Helping Hands guide offers a way for members of the community to help those who have a difficult time putting presents under the tree or a holiday meal on the table. There’s no shortage of activities for families to enjoy, and each season we make it our goal to provide an extensive list so you’ll know what our county has to offer.  We hope you enjoy the holidays and will spend some time creating new traditions and memories that will last for years to come. From our families to yours − Happy Holidays! Special thanks to artist Brenda Tustian, who let us reproduce her masterpiece, “Christmas Love,” a painting that uses Cherokee County’s own hall of fame Santa, Tim Cavender, and his wife Pam as the models. Proceeds from the sale of the painting benefit the American Heart Association. For info, contact Brenda at 770-843-6981.

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Christmas Memories Let’s take a trip down memory lane with some precious residents of senior living facilities in Woodstock. Because it’s so important to listen and preserve these memories, we’d like to challenge you to make your own photo collage this Christmas. Ask your aunts and uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents to share their favorite holiday memories; this could be the start of your own special family tradition.

John N.

Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake My mother ordered me a mechanical train from Sears-Roebuck and they sold out of it and they sent me the expensive electrical one instead. I was about 8 years old.

Betty Myers, 94

Insignia of Towne Lake My sister, Mimi, and I received a Christmas pony when I was 14. Our racehorse (which was too old to race) had a little colt. We rode it to town to pick up groceries and other supplies. We had so much fun!

Irene Fletcher, 86 Insignia of Towne Lake

My most memorable Christmas was when I was 55 years old. My husband bought me a sweeper, which was something I needed but I was upset when I received it. He made up for it though – he bought me a string of pearls and the earrings to match. He was a sweetie pie!

Mae Long, 90

Insignia of Towne Lake

About 83 years ago, when I was 7, I received a Dionne quintuplet doll for Christmas. Everyone knew about the five babies, and talked about them a lot. No one else knew that I had one of the dolls. I was so proud of that doll! My best friend, Inez, played with me and my doll. That was a magic Christmas, when everything seemed simple and magical.   18

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Marci S.

Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake

I remember I was 14 years old and got a new wristwatch.

Ann Morgan, 70

Insignia of Towne Lake One of my favorite memories is my two young sons dressed in pajamas, sitting and looking up at the Christmas tree for a few minutes before bedtime. They did this every night. My favorite Christmas gift was from my sons, Britten and Ben O’Dell when they were in college. They started my set of Spode Christmas china.  I was told, “No one should want something for 20 years and not have it.” I really appreciated them doing that.  

Joan McArthur

Ann’s sons Britten and Ben at a young age.

Insignia of Towne Lake My favorite Christmas gift was not that long ago … when I was 75. I received a family locket, which was a gift from children and grandchildren.

Joyce K.

Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake My first watch; I was about 7 years old. It worked really well. I was so excited to see it.

Nancy R.

Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake I always loved getting a new doll!

Eleanor B.

Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake Maybe a book or a color book, but with six siblings it was tough for my parents.

Helen C.

Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake I received a doll that opened and closed her eyes, I named her Shirley, after Shirley Temple.

Lucille Loudin

Insignia of Towne Lake

Lucille at dinner with her three children: on her left, Douglas, David and Anne.

My husband, Leonard, surprised us with a family trip to Palma de Mallorca off the coast of Spain for Christmas and New Year’s. We were living in Holland at the time, and it had been raining for over a month.The sunshine in Palma de Mallorca was wonderful. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Our son David had his 3rd birthday there. They brought us a rum cake, which had rum poured over it. After eating it, he was out for the evening! AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016


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Holiday Happenings Dec. 1-18

Santa’s Mailbox will be open for those special wish lists and letters Dec. 1-17 in the gazebo at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, so children in the community can drop off their letters to Santa. They can expect a personalized letter from Santa before Christmas!

Through Dec. 4

Return to Bethlehem is an outdoor event planned for 7-9 p.m. nightly at New Victoria Baptist Church (across from Hobgood Park) at 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Free. More than 500 volunteers and 10 churches work together to re-create the city of Bethlehem on the night that Christ was born. For more information, call 770-926-8448 or visit

Dec. 2

For King & Country featuring Lauren Daigle - Christmas Tour will be at First Baptist Church Woodstock 7-10 p.m. The church is at 11905 Highway 92. March for Toys parade for Toys for Tots will begin at 7 p.m. in Ball Ground. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign; collection boxes will be available at city park and along the parade route on Main Street. The fourth annual event will feature the dance teams from Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, the Creekview High School Marching Band, Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth Marching Band, beauty queens, floats, tractors, antique cars and more. Cosplayers from as far as Knoxville will appear as superheroes, princesses and Star Wars characters. After the parade, the cosplayers will gather at City Park so children can have their photos taken with their favorite fictional character. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their official arrival to the town and will pose for free photos.

Dec. 2, 15

Kennesaw State University School of Music Holiday Concert begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Bailey performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way NW, Kennesaw. At 8 p.m. Dec. 15, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform music from “The Nutcracker” and offer a festive sing-along in Morgan Concert Hall at the Bailey Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way NW, Kennesaw.

Dec. 2-3

Holly Springs tree lighting and Christmas parade. The city’s tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the train depot; enjoy hot cider and cookies after. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday; the route goes down Holly Springs Parkway and ends at the train depot, where snacks and photos with Santa will be available.

Dec. 3

Through Dec. 22

A holiday show featuring Cherokee Arts Center members will include a reception 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 2. All artwork for sale will cost less than $100. The center is at 94 North St.

Dec. 2

Christmas in Downtown Woodstock is the theme for December’s Friday Night Live, 6-9 p.m. Perfect chance to Christmas shop and have some fun at the same time. Santa will be there. 770-924-0406. 22

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The 20th annual Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights in downtown Woodstock has a new route this year. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road, travels down Main Street to Sam’s Club on Highway 92. Santa will be available for visits in The Park at City Center after the parade. Also including children’s activities, float awards, free s’mores and the presentation of Woodstock’s Citizens of the Year. Presentation of “A Christmas Carol” is free for visitors at 2 p.m. at Elm Street Theater, 8534 Main St. UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will present a 10 a.m. seminar on making a holiday wreath using natural materials. Location is the Senior Service Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. Participants will need to bring some supplies. Class limit of 25 participants; register by calling 770-721-7803 or email

Dec. 3

The 29th annual Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. in downtown Canton. Sponsored by the Canton Optimist Club. Christmas Craft Fair, sponsored by Timothy Lutheran Church youth, will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring local arts, crafts and more. The church is at 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Vendor applications accepted.

Dec. 3-4, 9-10

Bethlehem Walk 2016 at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta. No charge.

Dec. 4

Christmas Cantata - Bascomb United Methodist Choir will be joined by an orchestra to present “Candles and Carols” 7 p.m. The church is at 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock.

Dec. 9-11

The Atlanta Christmas Musical will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92. This year’s musical is set in 1870 when the president announces the first national Christmas holiday; the focus is centered around three families whose lives are intertwined through faith, love and hope.

Dec. 10

Breakfast with Santa at Bascomb United Methodist Church will be held 9-11 a.m. The church is at 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock.

Dec. 17

Canton Music Shoppe Christmas Recital at 6:30 p.m. at the Canton Historic Theatre. Tickets $7. The theatre is at 171 East Main St.

Dec. 8-23

Holiday Lights of Hope is a large scale walk-through light display and holiday activity open nightly at 6 p.m. for kids of all ages at Hobgood Park, at the corner of Towne Lake Parkway and Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock. This community event benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, which serves families in Cherokee County. With almost 2 million lights and animated light displays, Santa’s Village including pictures with Santa, vendor and activity areas, concessions and more.

Dec. 9

Shop with a Hero helps children whose families are facing financial difficulties by taking them Christmas shopping. Kids have lots of fun shopping with men and women in uniform, beginning at 7 p.m. at Walmart on Highway 92 and Trickum Road.

Dec. 9-10 Photo by Darleen Prem.

Canton’s annual Art & Wine Walk is 6-10 p.m. Tickets available through Main Street events at

Dec. 18

Showing of the movie “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen from 1954 in hidef Blu-ray with popcorn and drinks, chocolate bars and chips. 3 p.m. at the Canton Historic Theatre, 171 East Main St. Tickets $5.

Dec. 24

Eve on the Green candlelight service with Christmas carols, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate, is set for 5:30-6 p.m. at the Elm Street Event Green, 111 Elm Street. Sponsored by Sojourn Church.

Dec. 26-Jan. 15

Christmas Tree Chip & Dip at Olde Rope Mill Park starts the day after Christmas. Trees (no flocked or decorated) are run through the chipper to create mulch, which is available for free during park hours (8 a.m.-dusk). Sponsored by the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign and the City of Woodstock Stormwater Department. Free tree seedlings will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 7. AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016


Holiday Happenings Public Menorah Lightings Dec. 29

Abbie, left, and Delilah Parkes at the 2015 lighting of the ice menorah at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta.

Ice menorah lighting at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will begin at 4:15 p.m. with an ice carving, followed by the lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. The event features hot latkes, menorahs, dreidels, Chanukah gelt and family events. Music by the Atlanta Jewish Men’s Choir. Sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center and The Outlet Shoppes, 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock.

Dec. 30

Congregation Ner Tamid will hold its second annual Menorah Lighting on the Marietta Square beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Glover Park stage. The celebration will also include holiday music, fun children’s games and hot chocolate. Ner Tamid also will have a children’s Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Rabbi Prass will tell a story, there will be potato latkas and flashing menorahs. Kid sitter will be provided and an adult service will take place at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to events@ mynertamid,org. 678-264-8575.


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Christmas @ the Library Rose Creek

4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock • 770-591-1491

Dec. 1

Polar Express Read Aloud, 6 p.m. Bring your blanket and wear your best pajamas to experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic holiday tale come to life. Your ticket to an evening of festive fun, photo ops, and refreshments. Space is limited and registration is required. Call to reserve your spot. All ages welcome.

Dec. 8

Enjoy a Holiday Celebration 5:30-6:30 p.m. The air is getting colder, the holidays are near. It’s time for a celebration with those we hold so dear, our patrons! Enjoy our holiday festivities this season with the children’s choir from Bascomb Elementary. There will be crafts, face painting, and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your camera; all ages welcome.

Dec. 13

Build a snowman craft without having to go outside. Begins at 10:30 a.m. Socks, stuffing, and decorations provided for participants, ages 16 and older. Call to register.


7735 Main St., Woodstock • 770-926-5859

Dec. 1

Enjoy a Holiday Open House 6-8 p.m. that will include Santa, the Woodstock Elementary School chorus, crafts and refreshments.

Dec. 7

Pinterest Family Edition 4-5 p.m. to make holiday themed bookmarks. For all ages.

Dec. 8

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party for teens 6-7:45 p.m. Wear your tackiest holiday sweater or T-shirt and enter the contest, design an ugly sweater cookie and make a holiday craft. For grades 6-12.

Dec. 9

STEM Holiday Lights program at 4:30 p.m., studying circuits using Christmas lights. For ages 9-12.

Dec. 15

Polar Express Read Aloud, 6 p.m. Bring your blanket and wear your best pajamas to experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic holiday tale come to life. Call to reserve your spot.

Hickory Flat

2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton • 770-345-7565

Dec. 5

Holiday Extravaganza: A Night with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6-7:30 p.m., for a fun-filled evening including a tree lighting, crafts, face stamping and entertainment by the Avery Elementary Chorus. Bring your camera and take pictures of visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Refreshments will be served.

Dec. 14

Polar Express Read Aloud, 6 p.m. Bring your blanket and wear your best pajamas to experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic holiday tale come to life. Call to reserve your spot.

Dec. 20

Free Holiday Movie 1-3 p.m. Get in the Christmas spirit with a Muppet holiday classic. All ages welcome. Refreshments will be served. Rated G.

R.T. Jones

116 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton • 770-479-3090

Dec. 2

DIY Friday: Holiday Roundup 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for crafty holiday decorating ideas and a few take-away projects. All supplies provided.

Dec. 5

Teens can create Fandom Ornaments 6-7:30 p.m. All supplies provided. For sixth-12th graders. Call the library for details.

Dec. 6

Free Family Holiday Movie at 4 p.m. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is coming and watching a film about an elf looking for his father. Rated PG.

Dec. 7

Celebrate the Season and enjoy the Festival of Trees during the 6-7:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Holiday Open House. Crafts, refreshments, a tree lighting, songs performed by the Hasty Elementary Chorus, and a visit from Santa. All ages are welcome.

Dec. 12

Polar Express Read Aloud, 6:30 p.m. Bring your blanket and wear your best pajamas to experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic holiday tale come to life. Your ticket to an evening of festive fun, photo ops, and refreshments. Space is limited and registration is required. Call to reserve your spot. All ages welcome. AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016


Helping Hands Because many of our friends and neighbors struggle financially every day, there are many charities that work hard to help people in need. Here’s a list of local nonprofits that have additional needs for the holidays. To learn about many other ways to help throughout the year, visit

Cherokee County Senior Services

Feed My Lambs

Registration for Adopt a Senior started Nov. 7. The following items are needed to fill gift bags: wallets for men, purses for women, $25 grocery gift cards and a book of stamps. Other items also accepted, but nothing perishable. Drop off donations at the senior center at 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-704-2320

The nonprofit, which offers free Christian preschools, including a location in Canton, holds Happy Birthday Jesus parties each year for the young students. The Canton party, which is expected to draw 300 children, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Canton YMCA. Volunteers can help with setup beginning at 5 p.m. Individuals or groups can sponsor a child: $10 gets a Happy Birthday Jesus shirt, $25 gets the child a shirt, gift bag, balloon, cake and drink. For more details, call Maggie Bridges at 770-795-9349.

Hugs for Seniors

The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency is collecting items for Canton Nursing Center residents until Dec. 9 for the first Hugs in a Blanket campaign. Individuals can bring a warm blanket and a pair of unisex, one-sizefits-all socks to the rec center at 7545 Main St., building 200 in Woodstock. For more information, call 770-924-7768 or email

Cherokee Family Violence Center

Items are needed year-round for the emergency shelter. A few special toys have been added to the list: lapadoodle lap desks for children and Crayola Color Wonders. The center has a transitional housing complex with 72 apartments and emergency shelter that accommodates 12 women and children. Officials are asking for donations of household items like pots and pans, plates, cups, mugs, silverware, Tupperware, etc. For delivery details, call 770-479-4641 or email

Cherokee FOCUS

The agency, which works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiatives, has a wish list that focuses on education. Donors can give a gift to cover the cost of GED testing, college entrance fees, interview clothing, transportation, childcare, etc. 770-345-5483

The Children’s Haven

The Children’s Haven promotes the health and happiness of children in Cherokee who are Canton. affected by abuse. The groupworks to ensure their safety, advocate on their behalf and respond to meet their needs. Holiday needs have been met, but officials are asking for four or five basic iPads or notebooks so volunteers can remotely log into the data systems while on home visits or in court. Also, a microwave is needed for the visitation kitchen. Items can be dropped off at 1083 Marietta Highway in. 770-345-3274 26

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Forever Fed

Forever Fed is distributing 560 Christmas food boxes to families in need, a project that requires 14,000 pounds of donated nonperishable foods. Groups, businesses and individuals can donate peanut butter, jelly, canned beans, canned soups, 1-pound bags of rice, 1-pound packages of pasta, small bottles of vegetable oil, breakfast-style snacks and hygiene items. To donate, contact or phone 678-883-3314.

Goshen Valley Foundation

The holidays can be difficult times for the foster youth, who are served by Goshen Valley. The youth can use a little extra support from their community, and area residents can help by providing meals for the youth and house parents. “Frozen casseroles are a huge blessing for our house parents who are having to prepare three meals a day when the boys are out of school,” says Zach Blend, executive director of Goshen Valley. Individuals or small groups are encouraged to donate frozen meals. You can even deliver them in person and take a tour of Goshen Valley. Gift cards from Walmart, Target and Amazon can also help to fill many Christmas wish lists. Another need is artificial Christmas trees for the homes. These can be small, tabletop trees to full-size trees. For more information, email Carley Jacobs at or call 770-345-9535.

Hope Center

The pregnancy diagnosis and support center can use donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-8 for the Christmas toy closet. Donations accepted through Dec. 5 at Seeds Thrift Store, 295 Molly Lane, Woodstock. 770-517-4450

MUST Ministries - Cherokee

The nonprofit provides a Christmas Toy Shop where clients can shop for their families. MUST can use donations of unwrapped new toys, as well as blankets, underwear, socks, scarves and gloves. A pair of new socks can be stuffed with hygiene items, small toys, nail polish, playing cards, etc. Volunteers are needed to set up and man the toy shop, beginning Dec. 6. For more information or to schedule a dropoff date and time email: MUST’s Canton office for donation drop is 111 Brown Industrial Parkway.

Never Alone

The Woodstock nonprofit, which helps area residents in need by distributing food and clothing, is providing Christmas hams and meal boxes. Cost to sponsor a family is $25. Donations are tax deductible. Make a tax-deductible donation online or mail a check, payable to Never Alone, to P.O. Box 1904, Woodstock, GA 30188.

North Ga. Pregnancy and Family Resource Center

The Jasper agency serves North Cherokee, Pickens and surrounding counties. FREE and confidential services, include pregnancy tests, first semester ultrasounds, parenting classes and much more. The nonprofit, which serves pregnant moms and families with children up to 5 years old, needs diapers, wipes, baby clothes size 0-3T, pack-n-plays, baby shower items and financial contributions. 706-253-6303.

Papa’s Pantry

The pantry is accepting donations for holiday meals, including turkeys, hams, produce and nonperishable food items. A list of seasonal needs is kept up-to-date on the website. Papa’s Pantry is a food and stability training organization for Cherokee residents. For details, call 770-591-4730.

Secret Santa

The Secret Santa program of the Department of Family and Children’s Services for Cherokee County offers a way for individuals, businesses or larger groups such as Sunday school classes or Scout troops to help the more than 350 children in foster care this year. Sponsors can donate as much or as little as they can. All size donations are appreciated. For more details, call Secret Santa at 470-235-0753 or email

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Hottest Holiday Picks for Your Favorite Book Lovers BY GARY PARKES

The holiday season is one of the most popular for book purchasing – whether purchased for oneself or gifts for others. Here are some of the most popular books this holiday season, including something for most readers.


“Lilac Girls,” a

debut novel by Georgia author Martha Hall Kelly, is a historical fiction novel based on real people, taking place during WWII. The story is told from three different perspectives and focuses on the all-female concentration camp Ravensbrück. “Lilac Girls” shares the story of “The Rabbits,” their life inside Ravensbrück and after the War, which adds an unusual distinction to the novel.


“Faithful,” by the

prolific Alice Hoffman, is a contemporary story of a young woman trying to find her way, redemption, a purpose and more in the modern world. Lyrically written with serendipity infused, this is ultimately a book of hope.


“Commonwealth,” by Ann Patchett, is hard to describe. An innocuous christening party, a quiet encounter changes and binds two families for better or worse forever. The story follows parents and children through decades as they pay the price for a single moment. You will find yourself crying and cheering for them all.


“South of the Etowah: The View from the Wrong Side of the River,”

by Georgia Author of the Year Raymond Atkins, tells stories like no one else can. “South of Etowah” is a collection of short stories with a little satire, a touch of irreverence and everyday life experiences most go through. Laugh-out-loud funny. The Nativity Story with Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian, a few Baby Jesus’ and an assortment of characters cannot be beat. 28

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“Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders,” is a

go-to for gift-givers looking for something for someone who has everything. Readers become armchair explorers with more than 700 of the most unusual places featured.


“The Time Traveler’s Handbook: 18 Experiences from the Eruption of Vesuvius to Woodstock,” is also

a perfect book for someone who has everything or loves exploring, history and adventure.


Harry Potter

continues to be hot in 2016 with two original screenplays published by JK Rowling, coloring books and Harry Potter and the “Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition” (Harry Potter, Book 2).


“A Child of Books,” by Oliver

Jeffers and Sam Winston has just enough words and incredible illustrations to allow children to take a new journey each time they read the story. Their imagination is their only limit.

Gary Parkes, a Woodstock resident, is a local writer and social media professional, working with small businesses including FoxTale Book Shoppe, Leaning Ladder and Tea Leaves & Thyme.

The Right Decorations Can Help Sell Your Home PROVIDED BY THE PREMIER GROUP

Can you believe it? It’s the time of year for holiday parties, packed calendars, strained budgets and spending time with family and loved ones. It’s also the time when house hunting slows, but the few brave househunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house. Stylish trimmings and a welcoming environment will make them want to ring in the new year in your home. “Holidays can be personal on a lot of levels, but you want to make sure your décor is neutral,” says Amy Powers, owner of Accent Home Staging and Interiors of Atlanta. “You want to romance your buyer, not invite them to your Christmas party.” Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit: • Declutter, clean and stage. Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged. If your living room is piled high with clutter and tchotchkes, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding. • Create a warm and cozy vibe. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year.

However, a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home. • Complement your existing palette. Before you pull out all of the holiday décor boxes, make sure your collection matches your current décor. • Accentuate the positive. Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings. • Go light on lights. Remember, one man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky.” Use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture and landscaping. • Mind the tree. A tall Christmas tree can help show off your twostory great room, but make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. Keep your ornaments on the neutral side.

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SORBA Woodstock Race Season Finale

A Win for Local Trails BY LISA RANDALL

Top: Martin Maldinado of Canton on the Avalanche Trail. Right: Dan, Logan and Ella Kaufman of Atlanta on the duathlon podium in the three-person division.

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A record number of mountain bikers and runners hit the trails on Oct. 22 for the 2016 Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon and Trail Run. The soldout event was the final SORBA Woodstock/Mountain Goat Adventures event of 2016 and raised $3,500 for local trail construction and maintenance, the bulk of which came from a large donation from the event’s title sponsor, Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Participants could choose to run a 3.3-mile trail run course or an offroad duathlon which consisted of 3.3 miles of trail running and 11 miles of mountain biking. During 2016, race events at Rope Mill Park and Blankets Creek have raised a combined total of $14,000 for SORBA Woodstock, which will be used to maintain and build new trails at the two parks. SORBA Woodstock is a volunteer organization that maintains nearly 30 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails in the Canton and Woodstock area. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit for upcoming trail work days. No experience is required and working on the trails is a great way to give back to the community.  

Juan Velasquez of Woodstock on the Mill Trails.

Marika King of Canton on the duathlon podium in intermediate solo women.

A Closer Look at Fires - Both Good and Bad BY JOSH DAVIS

With the increase in wildfires across Georgia and surrounding states over the last few months, we wanted to share some information to educate everyone on the benefits and dangers that come along with wildfires. To be clear, there are good fires and bad fires. A good fire can be classified as a natural way to allow proper regrowth of the ecosystem while being at a low intensity. A bad fire can be classified as an uncontrolled wildfire that may prove dangerous to surrounding homes or businesses. While both fires have their pros and cons, we must remain observant as they both can change due to factors that are beyond our control.   There is a type of fire called a prescribed fire, which is controlled burning conducted by certified, experienced and trained fire managers who apply prescribed burning on public and private lands throughout Georgia. A prescribed fire is a safe method to apply a natural process to ensure ecosystem health and to reduce wildfire risk. Professionals assess forest conditions, determine the type of fire needed, and write a “prescription” for the application of fire. The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) permits prescribed burns depending upon weather conditions and applicable safety measures.

Many native plants and animals are fire adapted and prefer ecosystems where fire is a recurring event. A prime example of the benefits from a prescribed burn is the Longleaf Pine Restoration Site. In partnership with state agencies and local non-profits, the USACE Allatoona Lake staff manages a 350-acre Longleaf Pine stand on the According to the GFC, north shore of the lake. To here are a few reasons Prescribed fires are tended to by certified, experienced and trained managers. maintain the ecosystem’s for a prescribed burn: balance, the stand and the • Reduce hazardous fuels. microcosm require fire. The system prefers fire on frequent cycles of 3 to 5 years between burns. • Prepare sites for seeding and planting. With the high density of homes and development near • Improve wildlife habitat. the lake, smoke management is a primary concern during • Manage competing vegetation. a prescribed burn. Careful planning is taken by prescribed fire managers to minimize any potential smoke impacts on • Control insects and disease. public health and safety. • Improve forage for grazing. For more information, visit and • Enhance appearance. • Improve access.

At Allatoona Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) implements prescribed fire to manage the land around the lake. Fire is commonly applied to manage timber stands and to control unwanted vegetation in campgrounds.

Josh Davis is a Natural Resource Specialist with USACE, Allatoona Lake, and a B.S. graduate of NC State in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

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Rob’s Rescues I went to Rochester, Minn., to interview Roo Yori. He is an American Ninja Warrior and was a world champion with his rescue dog Wallace in Frisbee dog competitions. How were you feeling when you were on “American Ninja Warrior?” Very excited and nervous. Excited for the opportunity; I had wanted to do it for a long time. Nervous because you only get one shot. The better I do the better the chance that my message of advocating for shelter dogs can be put out there. How many dogs do you have, and what are their names and breeds? We have three very old dogs: Angus is black lab mix, Mindy-Lou is a toy Aussie mix and Scooby is a rat terrier mix. Johnny is a 2-year-old pit bull.  He is a court case dog, which means that when his owner was arrested, he went to a shelter and was held as evidence in a dog-fighting case. It used to happen in these circumstances that these dogs would be routinely euthanized but Safe Humane Chicago changed that and these days these dogs are mostly able to be adopted. 

World champions Roo and Wallace show off their Frisbee skills.

There are a lot of kittens at the shelter. Sixteen are ready to get adopted. All of them would make a great cat to have. This dog’s name is Puppy. He is 6 months old and is a hound Alaskan Malamute mixed breed. He is an owner surrender. Puppy has lots of energy and would be a perfect dog for someone. He likes toys.

Above, Puppy waits for his new forever home. Right: Rob with one of the many kittens available for adoption.

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What made you think that Wallace would make a good Frisbee dog? It was my wife Clara’s idea. She suggested I give Wallace a try since he liked playing fetch at the shelter. He took to it immediately and was a natural.

Clara Yori, Rob, Roo Yori with Scooby, Mindy-Lou and Angus

Besides a pit bull, what is your best dog breed? A medium-sized mutt. When did you create the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation? In 2014 after Wallace passed. I wanted to do something to have his memory continue. He had a large Facebook following and I wanted to continue the work we did with pit bulls and shelter dog advocacy. What does the foundation do? It raises money for donations to other dog advocacy organizations and programs. Safe Humane Chicago is one. The Pit Bulletin Legal News created the annual Wallace Award for an individual who is a voice for pit bulls. The foundation gives $1,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. The foundation also focuses on education. I talk to schools and encourage awareness of shelter needs.  Social media is also utilized to educate on the needs of shelter dogs. How can I help you? Do what you are doing. Encourage people to adopt dogs and cats in your area. Do you have a tattoo of Wallace? No. Not yet. Do your dogs right now compete in tournaments? No. Scooby used to; he is retired now. Johnny is not a competitive Frisbee dog, we just have fun in the backyard. What makes a good Frisbee dog? Dogs that like to play fetch. If a dog likes to play with toys you can sometimes teach them. Some dogs are just natural fetchers.  What was your favorite and least favorite obstacle on “American Ninja Warrior?” Salmon ladder is my favorite and the rolling log is definitely my least favorite. Why do you do “American Ninja Warrior?” I enjoy the physical challenge. I have always loved obstacle courses and to see what’s possible. It is also a great platform to spread a message that I am passionate about: shelter dogs.

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Veterans Honoring Our

Nov. 11, 2016 Downtown Woodstock

Craig McNabb, left, Matthew and TJ Henson and Bob Eckholm.



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Preserving the Republic One Ballot at a Time BY STATE REP. MICHAEL CALDWELL

As I write this article, we are but a few days away from electing a new president of the United States. As you read this article, nearly a month has passed since the new president was chosen. I’m sure there’s a clever time travel joke to be made here, but I’ll just leave that alone as a reminder of the delay between authoring an article like this and its publishing date. This election has proven one of the most contentious, unpredictable and divisive cycles in modern American history. I use the qualifier “modern” because as much as we like to pretend that divisive partisan politics is a new invention in our country, the elections between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas are just a few examples that prove otherwise. When election time rolls around every four years, we remember just how opinionated our nation of patriots can be. That’s the problem though: election time doesn’t roll around only every four years. If you watched public participation you might be fooled into thinking so, but we elect leaders in our government every year. I recently spent more than 45 minutes waiting in line at Rose Creek library to vote for president (and a remaining dozen candidates for other offices, including myself). For the first 20 minutes in line on an early voting day, I was filled with the typical American-exceptionalism-style hope that I try to convey in these articles each month. Thoughts like, “I’m so

proud to live in a country that provides weeks of early voting opportunities but still has enough interested voters to force a line,” were my overwhelming sentiment. Then it struck me: How many other lines like this have I stood in over the past four years? The answer is zero. Since the 2012 presidential election, Cherokee County voters have had the opportunity to report to the ballot box for 16 elections (give or take one or two depending on which districts and precincts you live in). In 16 other opportunities, I have not found myself waiting in a line to cast my ballot. As a citizenry, we care dramatically about who fills the Oval Office. Our voting records show we care significantly less about who fills our city halls, the state Capitol or even our congressional offices. You may remember an article I wrote some time ago titled “We Get the Government We Deserve.” I devoted a portion of it to lamenting the turnout in the last Woodstock city election. Out of 13,479 registered voters, 329 showed up to vote. Consider that number for a moment: 329 out of 13,479. That’s 2.4 percent continued on page 61 Michael Caldwell is the state representative for District 20, which includes Towne Lake and Woodstock. He can be reached at 678-523-8570 or email him at Michael.



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The people behind Woodstock’s Favorite Boutiques In the last four years, Jodi Tiberio has opened six boutiques and built a staff of 60 employees, many of whom are single moms and recent college graduates. This year she opened an office and warehouse. However, her proudest accomplishment as an entrepreneur is running a company of dedicated employees. “I couldn’t do this without my team; they’re beside me every step of the way.,” Jodi said, explaining that the encouragement of her staff inspires her. “I’m doing this because they want to do it. I’m excited to come to work every day because I have the best people to work with.”

The company has four concepts with a variety of apparel and accessories to fit any woman or girl. While customer service is the focus of the company, it’s not necessarily Jodi’s primary focus. Jodi is more interested in creating a positive business culture that’s unique in the retail industry. “Our employees are dedicated and care about creating a company where people are valued. I’m proud of what we have developed, with the help of faithful employees and a supportive community,” she said.

Honey Belle

Paige Rinker

The newest addition to Tiberio Retail located at 102 Fowler St. offers trendy boutique style fashions for women who need plus sizes. There’s a strong emphasis on customer service at Honey Belle, where manager Paige Rinker works tirelessly to make shoppers feel special. “One of the best things about Honey Belle is the manager, Paige Rinker,” Jodi said. “She’s funny, sensitive, caring and she loves to help people. She loves being there and you can tell it. People are drawn to her.” Jodi describes the environment at Honey Belle as very social; the fitting rooms are spacious but have a cozy feel, with a sofa and plenty of room to shop with friends. Inspiration for the store came from watching shoppers leave Brooklynn’s or Branches with only a piece of jewelry or scarf, because they couldn’t find clothes in their sizes. Paige Rinker —Manager, Honey Belle “What I LOVE about my job: my management team, co-workers and owners are extremely knowledgeable and caring. They go out of their way to help you be the best you can be.”


Shoppers can find a popular mix of preppy, boho and country styles in two locations: the newly expanded downtown Woodstock boutique at 490 Chambers St., and the store at Town Center Mall. Customers are enjoying the extra space in Woodstock, where each customer is greeted when she walks in. Jodi describes Brooklynn’s customers as very loyal, and she regularly offers special deals or giveaways to show her appreciation. “People have no idea how grateful I am for their loyalty,” Jodi said. Brooklynn’s is opening a new store in Panama City Beach in the popular Pier Park Shopping Center this month. Another location is planned for next August and they are in discussions for two new stores in 2018. Angie Mitchell — Manager, Brooklynn’s “What makes Brooklynn’s a great company to work for is our culture. We are a company made of women who care about our employees’ professional and personal success. We are given the freedom to be creative and make choices to help our business grow. Working at Brooklynn’s is like being part of a family.” 36

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While the clothing in Brooklynn’s is brighter and more trendy, Branches offers boutique styles in more neutral shades. Between the two locations — 370 Chambers St. in downtown Woodstock and the Kroger Shopping Center in Towne Lake — women can find timeless styles. Manager Rochelle Mang goes above and beyond for the company by caring for customers and helping them create their own sense of style. “She’s a rockstar in my mind. She always looks beautiful,” Jodi said. “Rochelle has given me everything she has. I can’t even say how thankful I am for her.” The atmosphere at Branches, as well as the other stores, is nopressure. It’s important that a customer buy only the things she loves. If there’s any doubt, company policy allows for returns within seven days or exchanges within 30. Tiberio and her team are also opening a Branches Boutique in Kennesaw next door to the new Whole Foods. The store is set to open in the spring. Rochelle Mang — Manager, Branches in downtown Woodstock “I love helping the lady that comes into our store who says she hasn’t shopped for herself in years and she walks out of the store with a smile and clothes that make her feel good about herself.”

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The boutique is for girls newborn to age 14, stocked with everything from sweet southern classic styles to trendy clothes for tweens that follow the Brooklynn’s style. Madisonn Ave. is located at 500 Chambers St. next door to Brooklynn’s. Jodi enjoys planning fun activities, such as the free sugar scrub sundae on Sundays. “We give away balloons all the time. We have a lot of fun at Madisonn Avenue,” Jodi said. Janalyn Denard— Manager, Madisonn Ave. “My favorite part of my job is the support and encouragement I receive on a daily basis. It is a wonderful feeling getting to come to a job I love every day and work alongside people who love it as much as I do.”

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Zombie Invasion Left a Path of Hope for Families BY SONIA CARRUTHERS

Zombies, humans and other assorted creatures came out in droves to participate in the 2016 Georgia Zombie Fest and Food Truck Fair in historic downtown Canton on a warm October Saturday. In its fourth year, this familyfriendly experience continues to grow in popularity with new visitors from around the state and the faithful who haven’t missed a year. This year, 8,000 people attended the fundraiser that is developed and coordinated by Cherokee FOCUS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has served youth, youth adults and their families for 15 years. The proceeds —$14,000 this year go directly to help Cherokee County residents. A member of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, the work of Cherokee FOCUS began by bringing community members together to focus efforts on important community issues that could not be accomplished by one agency or organization alone. Current programs and initiatives include Cherokee Youth Works, Drug Free Cherokee, Cherokee Youth Connection, Hotel to Home and Cherokee FOCUS currently has 120 active young people between the ages of 16 and 24 in its Cherokee Youth Works (CYW) program. Participants of CYW have either dropped out of the traditional school setting or have graduated high school and are not in college and have not obtained the skills to get a job that would provide a livable wage. The staff, tutors and volunteers of CYW work on an individual level to develop a plan and set goals that will give each young man or young woman the best chance at becoming a strong, educated, employed, stable adult that gives back to their community. In order to meet these goals, FOCUS offers GED classes, college prep, life skills, work readiness classes and work experience opportunities, all at no cost to the student.  


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In its fourth year, this family-friendly experience continues to grow in popularity with new visitors from around the state ... Drug Free Cherokee (DFC) is an initiative of Cherokee FOCUS that you might be familiar with through billboards, football stadium commercials or radio ads by their youth partner initiative the Cherokee Youth Council. The goal of the DFC coalition is to prevent our youth from falling prey to drugs and alcohol at an early age and educate both youth and adults on the physical and legal dangers of underage drinking and drug use. From tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and prescription pills, to the heroin epidemic, DFC partners are focused on protecting our youth from early onset of use, to the harmful outcomes that drug use can bring. For more information on the many ways that Cherokee FOCUS is helping our community visit, and to volunteer email or call 770-345-5483.

Sonia Carruthers is the executive director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS.




The streets of downtown Woodstock were filled with all sorts of superheroes and super-cute kids collecting candy and wowing the crowds. The annual event is a favorite among young families looking for a safe place for their children to trick-or-treat. Youngsters enjoyed moonwalks, music, magic acts and games in addition to a costume contest. Keep an eye on the city’s website,, under the special events tab to make sure you don’t miss next year’s event.

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Coloring Outside the Box BY TIM TIMMONS

People often ask me, “What is the difference between box color at the grocery store and professional color at a salon?” There are several major differences that can produce possibly unreliable and undesirable results. Knowing the differences will help you make an educated decision when it comes to choosing between box and professional color. Many things contribute to the end result of your hair color: application, color formula, hair condition and previous color services are a few. Box color is somewhat of a one-sizefits-all solution. The box includes a specific solution and a specific developer that does not take into account what your hair condition is in or what has been done to it in the past. It provides the same solution for the client with virgin (never before colored) blonde hair and the client with resistant gray hair. The coloring process is a personal thing and hair color needs to be able to adapt. The canvas you start with will affect the outcome. To illustrate the color selection process, I have created two formulas.

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created for application is personalized so you get the results you want. For example, if someone, has dark brown hair and desires to be a bright Reese Witherspoon blonde, she will not see these results by grabbing a box of blonde coloring from the grocery store. Most likely, she would end up with light brown hair and very brassy undertones. When it comes to hair color, like most things, you get what you pay for. If you run into undesired results or end up with damaged hair, it’s time to seek a professional. The time and money spent on corrective color can be quite a sacrifice. It does not surprise us when a correction takes three to four hours. With damage, a more long-term treatment plan is needed. So, when you contemplate color options, it is imperative to decide how important it is to have healthy and beautiful hair. You may end up wanting to ditch the box all together and head straight to the salon. Stylists are trained in color, chemistry and processing of color. A personalized solution takes into account the hair’s texture, density, porosity, color and length. Even your skin tone and eye color are important in determining what is best for your hair.

Tim Timmons is the owner of Salon Gloss Woodstock. Tim’s industry experience includes positions as trainer/educator, celebrity stylist and beauty consultant for the Grammys and MTV video music awards.

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Monitor Facebook if Involved in Insurance Claim BY JAMES IMBRIALE

Insurance company claims adjusters are checking your Facebook and other social media pages for reasons to deny your claim. What you post or say can and will be attempted to be used against you. This is particularly true if you are a plaintiff in an auto injury case or worker’s compensation claim. If you have an injury claim open, you should not be broadcasting details of your accident, injuries or medical treatment. Checking social media sites has become one of the first things an insurance company adjuster will do when you file a claim. In recent years, it has become an industry standard for claims adjustors to search publicly available content of claimants seeking any information that may build a case for them to deny a claim or lower a payout. Insurers search your Facebook pages for clues of your habits. Are you posting videos of your car racing, peeling out, drifting, etc.? This is an indication to them that you are a reckless driver. Posting photos of yourself at a bar or party? This could suggest that you are not really all that hurt or suggest a habit of drinking and driving. While a lot of this content doesn’t necessarily provide definitive proof of an activity or your injury level, the material will very well be attempted to be used in court in the event of a legal dispute about your injuries. The insurance company will attempt to cast you in as poor a light as possible if it helps them lower a settlement. Although many of these photos may be truly harmless or can be explained more accurately by your testimony, it is better to just avoid these scenarios altogether by filtering your Facebook pages. A good plaintiff attorney can provide damage control, but once the cat is out of the bag, the damage is probably already done. A picture is worth a thousand words to imaginative jurors and un-ringing the bell is impossible. This is similar to insurance investigators capturing video of you working out at the gym or swimming at the pool when you have a

pending claim for worker’s compensation benefits since you have claimed that you can no longer work or perform the same duties. Insurance investigators no longer have to go to the trouble of trying to find you and capturing you on video when you are providing the video on Facebook. Investigating social media content that is not protected with privacy settings is not considered an ethical breach. While ethical codes prevent attorneys and their investigators from secretive friending of targets in order to access content protected by privacy settings, these ethical codes do not extend to investigators not hired by attorneys or by insurance companies themselves. As long as attorneys representing insurance companies do not instruct non-attorney investigators to try to access private content by initiating contact with the target on false premises, then any content obtained may be used in legal proceedings. Now, this does not mean that such content will be deemed “admissible” by the judge as evidence against you in your court case, but you can sure bet that the insurance company will try their best to introduce such seemingly damaging content into the case. So, beware of your Facebook content and save yourself unnecessary worry. Because of employers’ increased scrutiny of social networks, people have started managing their public profiles more carefully. Now that insurance claims adjustors are making it standard to scour the web for reasons to deny claims, you have more reason to be more discreet with the content you share. James Imbriale and Jeff Yashinsky, personal injury attorneys at Hartman – Imbriale LLP, have strictly practiced personal injury law for the past 24 years and work and live in Towne Lake. 678-445-7423.

Keeping Christmas Simple Is the Best Gift BY MATT NEAL

Congratulations! If you are reading this then you have survived Thanksgiving dinner with relatives and Black Friday. While we’re on the subject, I’ll share a Christmas shopping memory from my youth. I was a teenager, standing in the checkout line with my father a few days before Christmas. We got into a conversation with the man in front of us. I remember his clothes were a bit shabby. We were poor growing up, so I understood poor. But this man looked like he was spending his last dollar on his kids’ presents. He told us how hard Christmas is, and it’s a shame people feel obligated to spend so much. Then he said something I will always remember. “Sometimes I just want to run away.” A grown man with kids was considering leaving his family because he couldn’t buy them presents. Somewhere through the ages, we seem to have lost sight of what this holiday is all about. We often put far too much pressure on ourselves to make every Christmas the be-all, end-all of magical holidays, like Chevy Chase’s character in the movie “Christmas Vacation.” It’s like a marathon of spending, cleaning, decorating, entertaining and wrapping. But for many people, it’s more like an endless parade of things you cannot have, presents you cannot afford for your kids, and the pressure to 42

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spend more than you earn. I can tell you from experience, growing up poor was hardest at Christmas. The fact that I didn’t get much didn’t bother me nearly as much as it bothered my parents. They felt the pressure in ways I couldn’t imagine until I was older. Our world is full of far too many good, happy things that won’t fit under a tree and can’t be purchased with a credit card. Kids already know this. Enjoying simple things comes naturally to them. As I write this, my son is sitting in a big box he found and turned into a fort in the middle of our living room. My daughter is cutting paper snowflakes and decorating our mantel. I know that Christmas morning will be a flurry of presents, wrapping paper and discarded bows. But Christmas doesn’t start with the first present and end with the last one. There is so much more to the holidays — so much more to life — that we should be teaching our kids.

Matt Neal is a freelance writer who has lived in Woodstock with his wife since 1999. He can be reached at


Wedding Destination Downtown Woodstock

Something magical took place in downtown Woodstock on Oct. 15 − the first wedding at Elm Street Cultural Arts Center’s Event Green. Jessica Laudermill and Jamie Williams chose the location for their special day because of their close ties to Woodstock. Both of them grew up in the area and consider it home. The bride’s mother, Tara Daigle, was closely involved in the planning of the event and made sure that downtown Woodstock vendors were used for the wedding; everything from food trucks, pies and cakes, beer, flowers, and table and chair rentals came from local businesses. Jessica shared with us about her special day and had some advice for future brides thinking about using the Event Green for their weddings. Why did you pick the Event Green as the location for the ceremony? A couple of reasons. Jamie and I have grown up around Woodstock. My 13th birthday was in the old train station (now Freight Kitchen and Tap) and I was a manager at PURE Taqueria for six years. I started there when it opened and worked my way up to general manager. We loved the location and the historic feeling of the town. It was a perfect fit for us. What was your favorite part of having the ceremony and reception there? My favorite part was how well it fit our bohemian theme. We shut down the street to have food trucks, had huge lights hanging from the trees that lined the street. We were able to hang our dream catchers and put up our teepee. Because of how open the location is, we were able to do everything we wanted and had envisioned for that day. Especially having all local vendors.

What would you have done differently? NOTHING! It was everything that we wanted and more. My mother Tara Daigle planned the entire event and did all decorations. It was very DIY. What do future brides need to be aware of regarding this venue? This venue would be best for laid-back brides that want to enjoy their wedding day. They have to be okay with the fact that if it rains, there is no backup plan (maybe more tents). We had 200 people in attendance, so this venue could work well for large or small weddings. The stage was perfect for the band. What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding on the Event Green? If you are looking for a relaxed environment with a beautiful backdrop, the Event Green is a perfect location. Relax and have a good time, it’s your day.

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Marinated Salmon

with Red Pepper Coulis



Ingredients: • 3 medium zucchini

• 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

• 2 medium yellow squash

• 2 tablespoons lemon olive oil

• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 2 teaspoons cayenne olive oil • 5 tablespoons minced shallot - divided 1 and 4

• 3 – 4 tablespoons aged dark balsamic vinegar

• 6 garlic cloves, minced, divided 2 and 4

• 5 cups coarsely chopped red bell pepper

• 8 salmon filets

• 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno

• 1 cup flour

• 1 cup no sodium chicken stock

• 2 tablespoons butter olive oil • Fresh basil • Fresh thyme • 2 tablespoons Milanese Gremolata olive oil

• Fresh chives, minced

Salmon: Combine lime juice, 1 tablespoon minced shallots, 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons lemon olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk ingredients and add skinless salmon filets. Toss to make sure the fish is covered with the marinade. Marinate for no more than 5 minutes. Remove the fish from the marinade and dredge in flour. Heat 2 tablespoons butter olive oil in a nonstick skillet. When hot, add the salmon and sauté for 4 – 5 minutes on each side. Test for doneness by seeing if fish flakes easily. Remove from skillet to a plate and keep warm. Squash: Slice squash lengthwise into ¼ inch strips. Slice the resulting “ribbons” into narrow “noodles” but make sure the parts with the seeds are cut out and discarded. Add 2 tablespoons Milanese Gremolata olive oil to a skillet and heat. When heated, add squash noodles and sauté until wilted, making sure they do not brown. Remove from heat and add 2-3 teaspoons chopped fresh basil and 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme (can use any fine herbs, oregano, parsley … depending on your taste). Season with salt and pepper and keep warm. Red Pepper Coulis: Heat cayenne olive oil and extra virgin olive oil in a skillet. When hot, add the chopped red pepper, 4 tablespoons minced shallot, minced Jalapeno pepper and remaining 4 garlic cloves. Sauté 4 minutes, then cover, reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes until tender. Remove cover, add chicken stock and simmer on medium high until liquid is almost evaporated. Let cool and place ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture into a strainer over a bowl and stir to remove solids. Discard the solids in the strainer. Add aged dark balsamic vinegar to the strained mixture. Season with salt to taste. Create a ring of red pepper coulis on a round dinner plate. Place a mound of squash noodles in the center of the coulis and then place a few salmon pieces on top of the squash. Garnish with minced chives and serve immediately. Serves 8

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Mickey Needs A New Watch BY BILL BINGHAM

As a father, consumer and self-proclaimed tech geek, I’m always fascinated by the different ways companies use technology to encourage and increase the ease of commerce. So much so that at times I’m so preoccupied with the way they got me to spend money that I almost don’t notice that I am, in fact, buying something I would otherwise laugh at the notion of acquiring. The ability to use Apple Pay for example is so enticing that my son looks for the logo at every checkout. Once found, he conveniently locates something that he can’t possibly live without. Like father, like son I suppose. I really didn’t catch on until we were out with Mama at a women’s clothing store and I caught him searching frantically for something without lace. There are, however, exceptions to the “OK, you got me; take my money” transaction. Recently the family and I went to Disney World. I should have been prepared for the constant and persistent money grab. I half expected Goofy to break out a Square adapter for easy payments after taking a picture. It is truly amazing that little Steamboat Willie aka Mickey Mouse has come so far, but why am I spending $20 per kid for a wristband that is sadly behind the times. The idea is that it holds the tickets to the park, no wait ride upgrades, credits to buy food on property, etc. BOR-ING. What is the one thing that every adult wants in the Magic Kingdom? The ability to know where their kids are! Radio-frequency identification chips in the wristbands and cheap sensors throughout the park would let you look at an app to see exactly where your child is in relation to you and the next adventure of choice. I don’t want to see every kid. Just mine. Which is totally possible now … and five years ago. Nudging the band with a ping so the child knows it’s time to return to a predetermined designated location would be great, too. Do this and I’ll gladly shell out another $20! Sadly though, this is not yet the case at The Happiest Place on Earth. Pretty disappointing tech from the company that now owns a Death Star! Just sayin’.

Bill, who lives in downtown Woodstock, owns several tech companies and often writes about parenting with technology.

Stress is a funny thing. It creates a shadow like the “boogie man” chasing you. When you finally get a moment of silence, it catches up to you and seems to make you begin to run even more, never giving you a chance to breathe. That’s what it was like building up to my last business trip. Eagle Watch had just lost Dick McSween — whom both my wife and I had grown to respect and cherish — to retirement. Saddened by this and a weekend full of running here and there for three children who play for Cherokee Impact Soccer, the opportunities to breathe were minimal. I know it is hard for my wife to see me struggle. I get so consumed with where I am going and what I have to do that I literally lack the ability to see she is struggling. To make things worse, I put more weight on the family’s foundation by increasing my expectations of her instead of slowing down to appreciate her. On the way to the airport we were both stressed and sad, regretful we had not stopped for a moment to appreciate each other. We were consumed by the stress of the moment, focusing on what we didn’t have and what we would be missing. She was hurting and I knew it, which of course hurt me. When we arrived at the departures terminal, I jumped out of our convertible, picked a love song, blasted it, grabbed my wife, and we danced right there — holding each other tight and crying together. I couldn’t have her for the next seven days, but we could have each other in that moment, and we did. We even made others cry with us! This holiday season the boogie man will be out and our stress levels will be high. We tend to attack our loved ones and take them for granted. When it becomes overwhelming, when you feel you cannot breathe, and when you feel like you just need a break, pick a nice relaxing song, grab the one you love, look him or her in the eyes, and take that chance to give up the moment and get lost together. It may not end the stress, but it will reduce it while shining light on the shadow following you around. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and blessings to all!

We were consumed by the stress of the moment, focusing on what we didn’t have and what we would be missing.

Sean Kaufman, an expert in behaviour change, specializes in life coaching and workforce motivation and owns The Texting Coach and Behavior-Based Improvement Solutions. AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016


Reel News

With numerous film projects landing in Cherokee County, we want to make sure we keep you informed on the recent releases and introduce you to some of the actors and actresses who have local ties. Special thanks to Laureen Muller at RCM Talent & Management for help in arranging the interviews, and providing material for future stories.

Acting Bug Bit Early for Woodstock Resident BY TORIE WINKLER

Georgia has become a popular destination for film and TV projects ranging from blockbuster Marvel superhero films to “The Walking Dead.” This has been great news for Southeast actors such as Woodstock resident Jim Dougherty, who has a career spanning 10 years and was recently cast in “Ozark,” a Netflix original series being filmed in Canton. “I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was 7 years old,” Dougherty said. “I loved playing cops and robbers. When I was 7 years old I had this idea that I wanted to be other people, like the people I was seeing on TV.” But Dougherty is no ordinary actor. He is also one of the founding members of the Chicago Stunt Team. “I trained in martial arts at the Degerberg Academy, so stunt work was the next logical step for me.” Dougherty trained under stuntman John Hicks Pierce and they began the Chicago Stunt Team around the late 1980s. “Since then, my stunt work has helped me book many jobs, both as an actor and as a stunt coordinator.” During his career, Dougherty has acted on both screen and stage across the country. But the experience that shaped his acting aspirations was an eighth grade original play. “We were rehearsing a few days before and everyone was joking around except me. My teacher said ‘Jim is the only one up there who continued on page 61

COMING SOON to a Theater Near You The following movies were filmed in Cherokee County and metro Atlanta.

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“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” filmed at the Georgia National Cemetery. Released in November. “Office Christmas Party” with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. December release. “The Passengers” with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. December release. “The Founder” with Michael Keaton filmed in Canton. Limited release Dec. 16. Full release will be Jan. 20. AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016

Woodstock resident Jim Dougherty.

Actress Deena Dill.

From Athlete to Actress BY TORIE WINKLER

Actress Deena Dill, who spends time in her Woodstock home when she’s not traveling, took an unusual track to the movie industry. The student-athlete was “discovered” while she was focusing on athletics at a Tennessee university. “I got my first opportunity to act, if you can call it that, through athletics,” said Dill, who ran Division I track and was a cheerleader at Vanderbilt University. She was contacted by a producer in Nashville who saw her in an athletic department media guide. “They asked if I would play the love interest in a country music video. It sounded like a hoot and I decided to do it.” She then went on to model for several companies, but couldn’t get acting off her mind. “I really felt like I had to give it a try or I would always regret it.” That passion for acting has led to recurring guest roles on hit shows across many networks such as ABC, Nickelodeon and the CW. Fans of “iCarly” and “Suburgatory” would recognize her.  Dill doesn’t pick favorites though, and enjoys working on everything from family comedies to sci-fi shows to intensely dramatic independent films. When it comes to experiences, however, she says that children’s shows have brought her the most joy. “Some of the most rewarding experiences of my life have come from meeting amazing kids and getting to try to help them through difficult times.” Dill is also involved behind the camera. She has produced, written and created her own shows both in the U.S. and abroad. She is an executive producer of the hit CW show “Oh Sit!,” which was named the best international game show of 2013. And although she says producing is more stressful, “it’s nice sometimes to be one of the folks more involved in calling the shots.” Next up for Dill is promotion for her newest film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” a drama directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee. The film follows a war hero and his squadron, juxtaposing the realities of the Iraq war with the halftime show that honors them when they return to America. For a more comedic viewing experience you can catch Dill in the HBO comedy “Vice Principals” in early 2017. Follow Dill on Twitter and Instagram @DeenaDill.

Torie Winkler is a Woodstock native and a public relations coordinator for RCM Talent and Management. She can be reached at

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Dec. 29 marks the fifth anniversary of Tyler Rolison’s “Alive Day,” a holiday he created to commemorate the day of his tragic car accident and his second chance at life. In 2011, Tyler was a 17-year-old junior at Etowah High School returning home to Woodstock after spending Christmas break with his grandmother. While driving on Interstate 85, a car encroached into Tyler’s lane, causing him to lose control flipping his car five times. Tyler was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. His spinal cord injuries left him a quadriplegic. The raw and desperate emotions were overwhelming for his mother Pam. “It was so much bigger than me,” she said, “I didn’t even know where to begin. I desperately prayed and would figure the rest out later.” Pam, a single mom, had spent her life putting Tyler before herself. After the accident, Pam lost her job and had no place to live once Tyler was released from the Shepherd Center.       Everyday Angels featured Tyler and Pam in January 2012; they witnessed a miraculous response. The community rallied, donated and raised funds to help Pam and Tyler return to solid ground. Pam’s father, who was trying to sell his home in Marietta, took it off the market so they would have a place to live. A complete stranger donated and installed a handicap shower in the garage while a local family whose son was born with disabilities purchased Christmas gifts and a new Guldmann lift system. “These donations were huge for my mom and I. I still use them every day and cannot thank them enough for all they did for us,” Tyler said.      The past five years have been far from easy. Tyler has overcome countless setbacks and life-threatening infections. He graduated high school with his senior class, enrolled in community college, and volunteers at the Shepherd Center to mentor those in similar situations. Pam is a nurse technician at the Shepherd Center. When she is not caring for Tyler, she is helping

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Tyler with high school friend Taylor Snow of the Braves’ Tomahawk team.

other spinal patients. “She puts their minds at ease because she can share our story and experiences with patients and parents. I am so proud of my mom. She has managed to positively change her path and passion,” Tyler said. Tyler recently had tendon and nerve transfer surgery and celebrates small progress. “I can now turn a doorknob, pinch, eat with a fork, paint my name and even throw a baseball. I believe my accident has changed me for the better. Before the accident, I was a selfish kid that was on the verge of making poor decisions that could have taken me down a very bad road. I believe the accident saved me. My body may not be whole, but my heart is full and my spirit and faith are stronger than ever. I have chosen to embrace who I am and my goal is to live independently – for myself and for my mom,” Tyler said. Tyler’s favorite sports team is the Atlanta Braves. “I go to their games even when they aren’t winning. I cried during the last game at Turner Field. We have made some special memories there – especially during the past five years when I had little to look forward to. My hope is to be able to afford a few handicapped games at the new stadium and continue to support my team.” Tyler’s next big adventure is to be able to drive independently. “I have taken driving classes and am saving for a newer truck so that it can be converted for me. I was given a second chance and it is my goal to get a degree in secondary education and minor in history and make a positive difference in this world.“ Everyday Angels is so proud of this amazing young man and his daily accomplishments. Tyler’s journey is a blessing to all who follow him. We wish you all a Christmas season filled with great love and joy and always remember the power of selfless giving and a compassionate community!   Everyday Angels is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Cherokee County since 2000. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit to donate via Paypal or send your donations to: Everyday Angels, PMB 380, 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 620, Woodstock GA, 30189. One hundred percent of your funds will go to the family you specify. Also, if you know of a special need within your community that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to for consideration and qualification.

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Health & Wellness

Grinding Your Teeth Away BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

Humans typically grind their teeth during sleep as a subconscious and involuntary habit. Grinding teeth, also called bruxism, occurs at all ages and it is estimated that 30 million to 40 million children and adults are affected. Bruxism is better defined as excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. It is not related to normal functions such as eating or talking. Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time; occasional teeth grinding is not usually harmful. It is the regular habit of grinding your teeth that causes damage and other oral health issues. Teeth grinding is often associated with stress and anxiety, but it is more likely caused by an abnormal bite, missing teeth or crooked teeth. Tooth abnormalities trigger the brain into trying to correct the problem by invoking the action of grinding. It can also be activated by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Grinding of teeth often occurs during sleep, so the person isn’t aware they are doing it. Awareness may happen indirectly based upon a dull, constant headache or sore jaw muscles or sore teeth. Teeth may fracture or become loose. A frequent grinder with strong intensity can wear the enamel off their teeth over time, exposing dentin, which can make teeth sensitive to hot and cold.

The best evidence of someone consistently grinding is when their loved one hears them and reports the problem to them. If grinding does enough damage over time, a person may require root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, partial dentures or even complete dentures. The simplest and quickest way to prevent damage from grinding is to be fitted by your dentist with a mouth guard. The most sophisticated appliances have a comfortable soft inner lining with a hard outer shell. Other techniques to reduce bruxism include alleviating stress through exercise and the use of prescription muscle relaxers. Avoid alcohol and decrease caffeine intake. Don’t routinely chew gum or other objects; which stimulate the jaw muscles used in grinding.

Dr. Scott Harden, a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry, has served Woodstock for more than 25 years. 770-926-0000.

Consider Furnace Upgrade for Energy Savings BY DAN JAPE

The rising cost of gas has many people in the market for a more efficient furnace before winter weather arrives. While most homeowners think they can save the most energy dollars on their cooling bills, a furnace upgrade gives the best and the quickest return on investment. There are two furnace efficiency categories (80 and 90 percent AFUE) and three basic types of gas furnaces (single stage, twostage and variable speed two-stage). AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency with the higher the number denoting the most efficiency. An 80 percent AFUE efficient furnace, the most popular type in Atlanta, uses 80 cents of a dollar’s worth of gas to heat your home and sends 20 cents of waste up the chimney. This furnace has no standing pilot light and uses a metal exhaust pipe to vent the unburned gas and carbon monoxide fumes. It has a blower/fan called the draft inducer that injects air into the burner chamber to help the combustion process. This type of furnace will normally save 25 percent to 40 percent of the gas consumed by an old standing pilot type. A 90 percent AFUE furnace is so efficient that it no longer uses a metal flue pipe to take the waste products away. It is vented out the sidewall of your home using PVC piping and it takes fresh air for the combustion process from the outside instead of depleting the air in your home. This type is called a condensing furnace and like the 80 percent version, it also has no pilot and it has a draft inducer fan for a good clean burn. It has two heat exchangers to help the furnace use all but a very small amount of the gas burned to heat your home. The most efficient furnaces today are 52

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96.7 percent AFUE and only waste 3.3 cents on the dollar of gas consumed. The 90 percent AFUE furnace is so efficient that water is condensed from the flue products and has to be disposed of in a sanitary drain or a freeze proof French drain. Within these two furnace categories, the three types are very similar in what they have to offer. Most are accustomed to the single stage furnace which, regardless of the outside temperature, puts out the same amount of heat constantly. A furnace has to be large enough to warm your home on the coldest day of the year, but the winters in the Southeast can fluctuate from extreme cold to moderate, so it would be logical that this type of furnace will heat the home very quickly on anything but the coldest day of the year. This quick heating only heats the air in your home, not the articles, walls, floors and people. The two-stage furnace solves this problem by having two stages or levels of heat that the furnace can produce; low and high. The low heat setting will allow the furnace to run longer at a lower heat output, which will allow a more evenly heated home and much more comfortable occupants. The variable speed two-stage furnace has two stages of heat, but combines the efficient operation of a D/C powered variable speed furnace blower to give you just the right amount of heat needed to achieve continued on page 61

Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. He can be reached at 770-594-9969.

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A Silent Killer BY SAMINA FAKHR, M.D.

It’s normal for people to get symptoms and diagnose themselves with something far worse than what they actually have. But what people rarely worry about is something that kills Americans every day: hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Physicians can help patients protect themselves against this asymptomatic condition, which can lead to multiple health problems. Protecting yourself starts with a phone call to schedule your annual physical. Blood pressure is measured as the systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over less than 80. The top number is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is contracting at the time of a heartbeat. The bottom number is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is relaxed between heartbeats. We need to keep high blood pressure under control because it can lead to major health issues, such as: • Heart failure, causing shortness of breath and leg swelling • Stroke and brain hemorrhage, leading to long-term side effects that affect speech and activities of daily living • Ischemic heart disease such as heart attacks • Chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease • Blood vessel damage in the eyes, leading to loss of vision

We are able to recognize hypertension when we see patients for an annual physical and do a simple blood pressure measurement. When a patient has high blood pressure, first we’ll confirm if it is persistent. We also look for other possible causes of high blood pressure such as oral contraceptives, decongestants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (for example, Advil or Aleve) or even sleep apnea. Once high blood pressure is confirmed, a variety of medicines help manage it. We also encourage patients to quit smoking if they smoke, walk 30 minutes a day and lose weight. Losing just 10 pounds can make a significant difference in reducing blood pressure. One of my patients had bariatric surgery and combined with lifestyle changes, he was able to completely come off of his medication for high blood pressure. Hypertension affects nearly a third of our population and it’s believed that one in five people don’t even know they have it. It affects everyone no matter your gender or ethnicity. African Americans have slighter higher instances. But it’s manageable for all of us. You can take a step toward living a better life with something as easy as an annual physical. One call could save your life. That makes it hard to argue with picking up the phone, right?

Samina Fakrh, M.D. is a family medicine practitioner at WellStar Towne Lake Medical Center, 145 N. Medical Parkway, Woodstock. 770-592-3000.    

Making Holiday Table Talk Easier BY DR. CHRISTA NELMS

As families gather to share holiday meals, it may become more apparent when a loved one struggles to hear the table conversation. Mark Ross, Ph.D. once stated that “when someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem.” Communication involves both the listener and the communication partner. It is important to use effective strategies on both ends of the conversation to best facilitate communication. For the listener, it is important to be an active participant. Avoid using words like “huh” because they are vague and, when repeated frequently, can be frustrating for both parties involved. Instead, consider using clarification phrases such as “I heard you say” and repeat the parts of the conversation that you did understand. It is important to be clear and specific in your request for clarification. For example, instead of saying “what?” you can say “could you please slow down, I cannot understand you when speak that quickly.” Be sure to look at the person speaking to you. This can be a huge help, especially if there is excessive background noise. Controlling your environment by turning off the TV or stepping into an area that is a little quieter is a great idea.

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For the communication partner, speak at a natural pace without raising your voice. Yelling at someone does not necessarily make the message clearer and can actually lead to distortion. Speaking slowly can help a person with hearing loss process what is being said more effectively. Be sure to get the listener’s attention first so he or she can use visual cues to help supplement the message. It is also important that you are facing the listener when speaking. Whether we realize it or not, everyone relies on lip reading and facial cues for accurate communication. Out of habit, we may cover our mouths when we speak; be sure to keep hands and objects away from hiding those important visual cues. Hearing devices are aids and are not perfect, but can certainly help you hear loved ones more clearly. Realistic expectations must be established. For example, it is not realistic to hear everyone at a 12-person table. It is, however, realistic to hear a few people next to you. Perhaps most importantly, remember to be easy on yourself! The holidays are meant to be enjoyable and a time to create positive, lasting memories. Try some of these strategies the next time you and your friends or family members are gathered and enjoy your time together.

Christa Nelms, Au.D. is a Doctor of Audiology and provider at North Georgia Audiology in Woodstock. She has been practicing since 2000.



The Christmas season is upon us! The stores have “decked the halls” with ribbons, bows, ornaments and greenery. Main Street in Woodstock is aglow with holiday street lights that illuminate local shops. Families gather for their annual Christmas photos, proving that the kids really are growing up and dad is a little grayer. We look forward to multiple Christmas parties and the relief we’ll experience as we finally get rid of our 10-year-old fruitcake, thanks to a white elephant gift exchange. Then there’s the music. Atlanta provides many outstanding Christmas concerts. Local churches have live Christmas trees and annual cantatas with full symphonies. We look for our favorite singers and bands to produce Christmas albums. The generation gap goes away when our kids watch the same Christmas programs we watched when we were their age. The yuletide season moves us to reach out to those who are less fortunate. We serve Christmas dinner at shelters, sing Christmas carols at nursing homes and provide gifts to children who would otherwise wake up to an empty tree. At Christmas time, it seems people are nicer, kinder, more generous. It’s a season of joy and laughter, thoughtfulness and goodwill. The holiday spirit allows us to forget our deepest troubles, if only for a moment. We remember better days. Why does this particular holiday have such a warming effect on us? There are many explanations. Let me provide just one. The joy and hope of Christmas finds its roots in a small town in Palestine called Bethlehem. There, 2,000 years ago, God became man and came to earth. He entered our world as a baby, born with little fanfare, to a young Jewish couple of humble means. Heaven-sent angels declared his purpose to a few shepherds standing in a field that special night: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Jesus entered our world to heal us of our greatest disease — sin. Our sin left us estranged from God and made us enemies with each other. As a man, Jesus gave the world the greatest gift — genuine life, free from guilt. Jesus provided the pathway for us to be restored to our creator and in turn to love others. Hope and joy were born anew when that little Jewish baby drew his first breath.   The celebrations, gift giving, music, food, love and laughter are all expressions of the joy that can be ours because of Jesus. Merry Christmas!

‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’

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School & Sports

From Chicken Farmer to Teacher of the Year Brian Carnes, a science teacher at Sequoyah High School, has been named Cherokee County School District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. “I was very surprised and excited just to be named Sequoyah High School’s Teacher of the Year … it’s such an excellent school. I know all of the great teachers we have in Cherokee County, so this is just kind of overwhelming to me,” the Cherokee County native said after being surprised with the honor by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower. Carnes attended Buffington Elementary School and graduated from Cherokee High School where he was active in Future Farmers Carnes, center, is congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. of America. With degrees in agriculture (bachelor’s from University Brian V. Hightower, left, and Sequoyah Principal Elliott Berman. of Georgia) and quality systems technology (master’s from Southern Polytechnic State University), he began a successful career in the poultry industry. Twelve years ago he made a career change and moved into the classroom so he could use his desire to teach children to love science. The poultry industry leaderturned-science-teacher earned the nickname of “Chicken Farmer.” Carnes is known for the care he shows students in the classroom as their teacher and outside the classroom in roles such as Student Government Association sponsor. He also delivers when it comes to making challenging materials comprehensible and guiding students to success on demanding AP exams. “He honestly does care about his students and their grades and wants to develop a relationship with them,” junior Zach Davis said. “In my opinion, he really is the most deserving teacher.” Carnes and his wife, Pam, president and CEO of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, have two daughters, Sarah, a Sequoyah High School and University of Georgia graduate now studying for a master’s at Georgia Tech, and Rebekah, a junior at Sequoyah High School. In addition to his many roles at school, Carnes also coached his daughters’ softball teams and volunteers with his church, Canton First United Methodist. When asked to reflect on his successes, he humbly joked, “Not bad for an old chicken farmer.” The school district teacher of the year is selected by a panel of community leaders who evaluate applications from each school’s teacher of the year. The school winners are selected by their peers. Carnes will serve as Cherokee County’s nominee for Georgia teacher of the year; the winner will be named in the spring.

New Organization Promotes Tech Career Paths River Ridge High School has formed a SkillsUSA chapter to offer students more opportunities to develop career and technical skills. Teacher Judi Haggerty is serving as sponsor for the club, which provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education. SkillsUSA’s mission is to “empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. At the heart of this mission are SkillsUSA’s core values: integrity, responsibility, citizenship, service and respect.” SkillsUSA Georgia is focused on serving high school students involved in architecture, construction, communication, cosmetology, public safety and transportation career pathways. Front row, from left: Kayla Stevens, Tim Powell, Devin Simpson and SkillsUSA representative Courtney Brooks; back row: Jack Chase, Carson Podell, Chandi Mutasa, Mark Ahloblin, Ben Adams, Steven Casey, Dalton May and McKenna Childress. 56

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Schools Celebrate Veterans Day As part of its Veterans Day celebration, Woodstock High School recognized staff members who are veterans, including teacher U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. (Ret.) Keith Myrick and Assistant Principal, U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves First Lt. Judy Bonnell.

Veterans receive a welcome of honor from River Ridge High School Junior ROTC cadets at the school’s Veterans Day ceremony.

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Scholarships Offered for Agricultural Studies

Named to Top 100 List Chattahoochee Technical College recently was identified by Community College Week as one of the nation’s top certificateproducing institutions. Using data collected from the U.S. Department of Education, Community College Week’s Top 100 report ranked the state’s largest technical college as 49th in the nation in all disciplines represented among certificates taking one year or less to complete. In fiscal year 2016, the college awarded 1,478 one-year technical certificates of credit in areas such as healthcare science, business and technical studies as well as the technical specialist program. Bolstered by articulation agreements with Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities, Chattahoochee Technical College’s Technical Specialist Program offers students the opportunity to study 36 hours of general education courses that transfer to four-year institutions, as well as several introductory occupational courses.

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is offering up to $60,500 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree related to agriculture, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences or a related field. Locally, the Cherokee County Farm Bureau will award $75 to each high school senior who fills out an application for one of the available scholarships, and will award a $1,000 college scholarship to two Cherokee County high school seniors who plan to pursue an agriculture related degree. Available scholarships include:       • Scholarship for Agriculture - for high school students who plan to enter a college that is part of the University System of Georgia, Berry College or Emmanuel College during the 2017-18 academic year to pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field. The GFB Foundation will award five scholarships of $3,000 and seven scholarships of $1,500. • Technical College Scholarship for Agriculture - for high school students who plan to enroll in a Georgia accredited technical college who will be majoring in an area of agriculture or agriculturally related field of study. Ten scholarships of $1,000. • Rising College Junior/Senior Scholarship for Agriculture - for college students who have at least two semesters of college work remaining to receive an undergraduate degree from a unit of The University System of Georgia, Berry College or Emmanuel College and are majoring in agriculture and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agriculture field. Ten scholarships of $2,000.     • UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship - for students currently enrolled in the University of Georgia Veterinary Medicine program specializing in large animal/food animal practice. Two scholarships of $2,500. The deadline for applications is Feb. 3, 2017. Applications and scholarship eligibility requirements may be obtained from Cherokee County Farm Bureau office or downloaded at the GFB Foundation for Agriculture website at The scholarship recipients will be announced in the spring, and the scholarships will be distributed in the summer.

Students Serving Students: One Cup at a Time River Ridge High School recently celebrated the grand opening of The Knight Stand, a student-run coffee shop located in the school’s cafeteria. The shop is operated by special education students, with support from teachers and administrators. Front row, from left: Travis Cudabac, Allie Petersen, Principal Darrell Herring, Nicole Haustman and Caroline McCullough; Back row: teacher Allison Yeomans, Matthew Helton, Assistant Principal Tami Smith and paraprofessionals Jen White and Karri Flaherty. 58

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g n i m o c e m o H Woodstock High

Homecoming king is Kobe Overton, queen is Imani Lusega.


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Out & About 4

Crossfit Etowah is hosting a competition 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, fiveday journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. The competition will be a family event featuring interactive, fun activities for spectators of all ages. Registration is $195 for a team of three people, any gender combination, and includes an event shirt. The competition will include two divisions, RX and Scaled. For more information and to register, visit http://bit. ly/2g1O3v8. www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation. org

The Exchange meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Venue 92, 12015 Highway 92, Woodstock. December’s meeting theme is: My Favorite Things Party. The Exchange is a monthly gathering of women in Woodstock and Canton who meet to explore a topic, engage it in their lives and are empowered to live on purpose and with intention. Also on Facebook, The Woodstock Exchange.


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Inklings, Writer’s Critique Group 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Individuals interested in starting a new group to support their writings are invited to attend. Meetings are the second Saturday of the month.

Dec. 12

Feeder Frenzy Craft for toddlers at 11 a.m. Make a birdfeeder to keep our feathered friends full during the chilly December days. This program will be outside on the back patio and the children will be making birdfeeders out of sunbutter, honey, birdseed, pinecones, and/ or toilet paper rolls.

Dec. 16

American Girl Club at 4:30 p.m. Feel free to bring a doll. For ages 7-12.

Dec. 18

LEGO Club meets 3-4:30 p.m. Lego Club has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. All ages are invited; ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Bascomb Mission Thrift Store is holding an open house 3-5 p.m. at 9550 Main St., Woodstock. The store offers a food pantry and quality household goods and clothing at a low price. Regular business hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Book Discussion Group at noon. Enjoy coffee, conversation and a book discussion with new friends. Everyone is welcome, new members encouraged. Call for more information, including this month’s title.

Preserving the Republic One Ballot at a Time

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of those with a voice who chose to use it. Though we won’t know the actual numbers for several more days, this presidential cycle is expected to shatter both early voter turnout records and total voter turnout records. In 2012, more than 70 percent of Georgia’s voters cast a ballot and more than 85 percent of registered voters nationwide made the effort. When we see a change from 2.4 percent turnout for a city council to more than 70 percent for president of the United States, we’re missing a very serious lesson in self government. Please take this article as both a congratulations and a challenge. We’ve proven yet again in 2016 that our people care a great deal about the future of our nation. We must continue to show that at every level of government. Don’t forget: 2017 will bring city elections. 2018 will bring us a new governor and many new state constitutional officers, a new legislature, and county and local officials. This cycle will end soon. We’ll all deserve a break and some much needed rest. Then the work of preserving our Republic begins again. If you ever have any questions for me, please feel free to reach out to me on my cell phone at 678-523-8570 or email me at You can also meet me at one of my Weekly Coffees with District 20 nearly every Saturday at Copper Coin Coffee in downtown Woodstock. Thank you again for allowing me the honor of representing our families in Georgia’s General Assembly!

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is actually doing any acting!’ That was when I first felt like I had something special and could get recognized for it.” Recently Dougherty has brought his talents to the classroom as an instructor at the Southeast Actors Academy in Kennesaw. “I enjoy helping my students learn what works for them and what helps them succeed. There are so many different approaches to our craft and there is no technique that works for everyone. You can really only share your experience. I think everyone who has achieved some level of success should be sharing that knowledge with others. Everyone has that little 7-year-old kid inside.” What’s next for the actor? In addition to “Ozark,” Dougherty has filmed roles for the Netflix mega-hit “House of Cards” and the John Cho-led drama “Columbus,” both of which will be released in 2017. You can currently see Dougherty in “Reparation” and the National Geographic film “Killing Reagan” as Judge William Higgins. AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016


Cherokee Photography Club

Congratulations to all the participants in the “Animal Portraits” competition!

If you placed in either the color or monochromatic print category, please send a digital file of your image to:


1st Cassandra Bickel “Strike a Pose”

2nd Russ Miller “Alligator”

3rd Rick Sapp “Feathered Friend”

HM Jay Minor “Birds of a Feather”

Color Prints:

1st Rick Sapp “Post Position” 62 AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016

2nd Eillene Kirk “Jessie Mae”

HM Kim Bates “Blu”

3rd Cassandra Bickel “Day in the Life of a Cat”

HM Vickie Sellers “Majestic Black-faced Suffolk Sheep”

Digital Projection:

1st Vicki Sellers “Pretty Bird”

2nd Brenda Rehrig “Beach Happiness”

The Cherokee Photography Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month, and for those participating in the monthly contest, that meeting is held on the second Monday of the month. Both meetings are from 7-9 p.m. and held at the Cherokee County Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. For more information, please contact Kim Bates at 770-617-7595 or email him at kbphotoart@ 3rd Eillene Kirk “Lobo”

HM Jay Minor “Ready for my Closeup” AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016



WOODSTOCK AREA HOMES SOLD IN OCTOBER                                                                

                                                               

                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                               

 


AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016

AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016


WOODSTOCK AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Ahimsa House helps victims of domestic violence 24-hours a day who need help getting their pets to safety. 404-452-6248 Angel House Girls Home is a residential facility to help girls ages 12-18 learn self-sufficiency. 770-479-9555 Anna Crawford Children’s Center is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and protecting and serving children and families through prevention and intervention services. 678-504-6388 Collins Dixon Foundation: Bend Your Knees, Inc. raises awareness and helps children with pediatric brain tumors. Contact: Bob Dixon, 678-922-1560. Bethany Place is a transitional home for single women, unwed mothers. 770-479-9462 CASA for Children promotes the health and happiness of children impacted by abuse through programs that increase their safety and improve their educational, social and emotional functioning. 770-345-3274 CCHS Thrift Store accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for Cherokee County Humane Society. 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth. 770592-8072 Cherokee Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. 770-479-1703, Spanish 770-720-7050 or 800-334-2836 option 2. Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges professional, college, high school, junior high and youth level coaches and athletes to use athletics to impact the world for Christ. Bill Queen 404-441-3508 www. Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) 770-928-5115 or Cherokee FOCUS works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiatives. Sonia Carruthers 770-345-5483 Cherokee County Senior Services offers educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens. 770-345-5312 or 770-345-5320 Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care for pets whose owners have limited financial means. 678-640-3512 Companion Animal Connection 678-493-9847 Everyday Angels offers financial assistance for local families in need.

Georgia Animal Project, based in Ball Ground, offers high quality, low cost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. 770-704-PAWS (7297) Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly backto-school bash, giving children in need filled backpacks to free haircuts. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch offers a home, care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. 770-796-4618 Green Shelters America animal rescue group. 770-712-4077 or Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia 770-587-9697 Healing Hands Youth Ranch offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses for hope and healing. Jennifer Simonis 770-633-4451 HopeQuest Ministry Group helps people who struggle intensely with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse, substance abuse and/or sexual brokenness. 678391-5950 HOPE Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. 770-924-0864 or HOPE Center — Seeds Thrift Store offers men, women & children’s clothing, furniture & other homegoods. 770-517-4450 Life Connection Ministries helps empower and provide humanitarian relief in the form of wells and greenhouses to impoverished communities. Mission trips offered. Florine Russell 678-234-1798. Matthew E. Russell Foundation works to establish literacy and libraries in rural areas worldwide. Florine Russell 678-234-1798. MUST Ministries offers groceries, hot meals, emergency shelter, supportive housing, clothing, employment services, summer lunch and more from five locations in eight counties, including the Canton office at 111 Brown Industrial Pkwy. National Alliance for Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization in America working to build better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Never Alone Outreach provides food and clothing assistance to Cherokee families in need. Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. 770-592-1227

Feed My Lambs, Inc. provides free Christian preschools in the U.S. and around the world. 770-795-9348

North Georgia Pregnancy Center offers help and care to young girls and women with an unplanned pregnancy or who need counseling. 706-253-6303

Forever Fed is a mobile food ministry that addresses physical hunger and hopelessness in North Georgia by providing meals and sharing the gospel.

Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry, which also includes the Masters Training Center to help individuals and families in crisis get back on their feet. Lynne Saunders 770-591-4730

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

Pet Buddies Food Pantry helps families in need by providing pet food, supplies, spaying and neutering, and education through community outreach programs. 678-310-9858


AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016

Safe Kids Cherokee County provides free child safety seat inspections by appointment. 770-721-7808 SERV International operates the House of Hope orphanage in Africa, sponsors a clean water program in Dominican Republic and meal distributions worldwide. Also offers mission trips. 770-516-1108 The Blue Ribbon Foundation fosters a national dialog toward finding the cause, cure and prevention of ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. Tom Prior 478-397-5542 Volunteer Aging Council is a nonprofit that helps raise funds for the seniors of Cherokee County. A list of current needs is available. 770-310-3474

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AA Meetings Canton Meets: 9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday at Canton First United Methodist, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. Woodstock Meets: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Hillside United Methodist, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway. Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen Canton Meets: 8 pm Thursday at St Clements Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Road. Woodstock Meets: Tuesday Al-anon and Alateen 8 pm Thursday Al-anon at Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy. Reba 770-516-3502 American Heart Association - Cherokee Division 678-385-2013 American Red Cross metro chapter 770-428-2695 Caregivers Alzheimers Support Group Meets: 6:30 p.m. first Tuesday of Every Other Month at Benton House of Woodstock, 3385 Trickum Rd. 678-494-4500 Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program for all types of habits, hurts and hangups. Meets: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Woodstock Church of the Nazarene. 770-366-7515 Meets: 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Sixes United Methodist. 770-345-7644 Meets: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Ministry House 678-459-2347 Meets: 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton. 678-764-8660 Cherokee County Support Group provides support for people with autoimmune conditions. Meets: 6:30 - 8 pm second Thursday at New Light Baptist Church, 1716 New Light Rd, Holly Springs. Stacie Collett 404-402-0571, and Christy Stephenson 770-337-0294 christystephenson@ Cherokee County Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Cherokee Christian Ministerial Association for pastors and ministry leaders of all Christian denominations. Meets: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. last Wednesday at Dayspring Church, 6835 Victory Drive, Woodstock.

Diabetes Support Group Meets: 9:30 and 11 a.m. third Tuesday at Emeritus Assisted Living, 756 Neese Road, Woodstock. Linda Watson 770-793-7818 Georgia Canines for Independence. 404-824-4637 Grace Valley Ministries connects pastors by offering small group meetings, free counseling and a place to retreat. 727-251-7690, Grandparents Raising GRANDchildren Meets: 7:15 p.m. second Tuesdays Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (nursery available). Jeannie 770-919-9275 Hearing Loss Association of America NW Metro Atlanta Chapter for people with hearing loss looking for support and resources, holds free and informative quarterly meetings at the Senior Center on Arnold Mill Road. La Leche League of South Cherokee Meets: 10 a.m. first Tuesday and 7 p.m. third Tuesday at Bascomb United Methodist Church. Marguerite 678-315-7686 or Megan 770-517-0191 MOMS Club of Woodstock-TowneLake momscluboftownelakewoodstock MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meets: 9:30 a.m. second and fourth Mondays at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy. 770-924-4777 Unlimited Possibilities, support group for stroke and brain injury survivors. Meets: 7 p.m. first Tuesday of each month at Kennestone Outpatient Rehab Center. Kelly 678-677-2589

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee Business Network Meets: 7:45 a.m. every Wednesday at Chick-fil-A, 9728 Highway 92, Woodstock. Marci Zied 770-345-8687 Cherokee Toastmasters Club Meets: Noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Bank of North Georgia, 200 Parkway 575, Woodstock The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meets: Various times and locations Edeline Dryden 678-789-6158 Main Street Woodstock Meets: 8 a.m. last Friday of every month at 8534 Main St. at City Center Southeast Cherokee Business Networking Meets: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Frosty Frog Creamery, 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., #112, Canton Towne Lake Business Association Meets: 12:30 p.m. third Tuesday at The Grille at Towne Lake Hills. 770-615-3350

Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meets: 7-8:30 a.m. every Friday at Freight Kitchen & Tap, 251 E. Main St., Woodstock. Wendy 404-8163377 Women of Woodstock Meets: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Wednesday at The Grille at Towne Lake Hills

Woodstock PowerCore Team Meets: 7 a.m. on Thursdays at The Grille at Towne Lake Hills; Marc Replogle 770-952-5000 ext. 20.

VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Post 316 Meets: 7 p.m. third Thursdays at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road. Irma Martin 678-662-2366 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meets: 7 p.m. second Tuesday at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road. Andrew Yrabedra 404-663-4663

CIVIC, COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS AARP Woodstock Chapter For anyone age 50 and older. Meets: 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays at Tuscany. Rich 770-926-1944 Canton-Cherokee TRIAD/S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Meets: 8:30 a.m. first Tuesday at G.Cecil Pruitt YMCA in Canton (Hall of Fame Room). Cherokee County Historical Society 770-345-3288 Citizen Oversight and Education 678-520-2236, Jewish Havurah (Friends) A group of Jewish people who meet for Jewish holidays, special Jewish events and Shabbat dinners. Marcie Zied 770-345-8687 Junior Service League of Woodstock 770-592-3535

Cherokee County Republican Women affiliated with The Georgia Federation of Republican Women Meets: Monthly in Woodstock/Canton. 770-592-7811 or Grassroots Conservatives of Cherokee

Meets: 7- 9 a.m. Fridays at the Chick-fil-a on 951 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock by the Outlet Mall. Bill Dewrell 770-294-0922

Republican Women of Cherokee County 678-520-2236,

RECREATION & HOBBIES Allatoona Gold Panners Periodic events and outings to pan the creeks in the Dahlonega Gold Belt along the Lake. Rob Kelly Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meets: 10 a.m. on the second Saturday at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road. Cherokee Community Chorale A community of singers from all walks of life including housewives, teachers, retired professionals, office managers and professional musicians who love the art of choral singing. 678-439-8625 Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North St., Canton. 770-704-6244,

Pilot Club of Cherokee County Meet: 6: 30 p.m. second Mondays at IHOP on Hwy 20 Lynda Goodwin, 770-393-1766 or

Cherokee County Master Gardeners 770-721-7803

Rotary Club of Cherokee County Meets: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at IHOP on Highway 92 770-480-4179

Cherokee County Saddle Club Hosts monthly meetings and group rides.

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at IHOP on Highway 92 678-428-6514

Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) Roller hockey.

Rotary Club of Towne Lake Meets: Noon Thursdays at The Grille at Towne Lake Hills at 1003 Towne Lake Hills E., Woodstock

Cherokee Music Teachers Association Linda Lokey 770-720-1701

Service League of Cherokee County 770-704-5991 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meets: 7:30 a.m. every Friday at The Grille at Towne Lake Hills. 770-926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meets: 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Eagle Watch Golf Club 404-557-2218 Woodstock Jaycees Meets: 7 p.m. first Tuesday and third Thursday at 216 Rope Mill Road. 770-926-8336 Woodstock Lions Club Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 770-906-2958

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee County Democratic Party Meets: 7 p.m. second Thursday at Holly Springs Train Depot, 164 Hickory Road, Holly Springs 770-345-3489 Cherokee County Libertarians Meets: 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday at the Cherokee County Board of Realtors Training Center, 1600 River Park Blvd., Suite 104, Woodstock. Cherokee County Republican Party Meets: 9 a.m. third Saturday at JUMP Kitchen and Saloon, 1085 Buckhead Xing, Woodstock. 678-882-0915,

Cherokee Photography Club

Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187 Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Christian Authors Guild Meets: 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Kingdom Riders A forming chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association in Canton. Meets: 8 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Family Tradition restaurant in Hickory Flat. All makes of motorcycles welcome. Les Marmitons For men interested in culinary arts. Wildlife Action, Inc. A conservation organization on Allatoona Lake at 2075 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth. 770-924-7464 Cherokee Senior Softball Association Sons of the American Revolution - Cherokee Meets: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Rock Barn, 638 Marietta Highway, Canton. William G. Long Senior Center Offers activities for seniors at 223 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. 678-445-6518 AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016



Cherokee 101 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591-7304 Canton 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton 678-880-0106


Allen Temple AME 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-6348 St. Paul 390 Crisler St., Canton 770-479-9691


Carmel 2001 Bascomb Carmel Road Cherokee 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock 770-720-3399 Cornerstone Community 4206 North Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock 678-439-5108 Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-592-7007 Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock 770-710-1068 Faith Community Office: 110 Village Trail, Suite 110, Woodstock Sunday Services: 230 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-516-1996 First Baptist of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-4428 First Baptist Canton One Mission Point 770-479-5538 First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-5349 Heritage Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton 770-479-9415 Hillcrest 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth 770-917-9100


Hopewell 78 Ridge Road, Canton 770-345-5723 AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016

Mt. Zion 4096 East Cherokee Drive, Canton 770-479-3324 New Victoria 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-8448 River Church 2335 Sixes Road, Canton 770-485-1975 Shallowford Free Will Baptist Church 1686 Shallowford Road, Marietta 770-926-1163 South Cherokee 7504 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-0422 Sutallee 895 Knox Bridge Highway, White 770-479-0101 Toonigh 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon


Bells Ferry 6718 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-592-2956 New Life Church 154 Lakeside Drive, Canton 770-345-2660 Sunnyside 2510 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock 770-693-1018 Toonigh 4775 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton 770-926-3096


Christ the Redeemer Charismatic 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton 404-395-5003 Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta 770-928-7916 Saint Clement’s 2795 Ridge Road, Canton 770-345-6722


Chabad Jewish Center 1480 Shiloh Road, NW, Kennesaw 770-400-9255 Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation 1349 Old 41 Highway NW, Suite 220, Marietta 678-264-8575

Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 770-973-0137 Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St., Roswell 770-641-8630 Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 770-973-3533

MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATIONS Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Road, Roswell 770-641-3000


Celebration of Grace 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton 770-503-5050 Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock 770-924-7286 Timothy 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-928-2812


St. Elizabeth 2263 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock 770-485-0504


Cherokee 1498 Johnson Brady Road, Canton 770-704-9564 Covenant South Annex Rec Center 7545 Main St., Bldg. 200, Woodstock Faith 3655 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton Grace Church 1160 Butterworth Road, Canton 678-493-9869 Heritage 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth 770-926-3558 Woodstock 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-0074


Our Lady of LaSalette 12941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton 770-479-8923 St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-516-0009

Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road NE., Marietta 770-977-1442


Bascomb 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-926-9755 Canton First 930 Lower Scott Mill Road 770-479-2502 CITY ON A HILL 7745 Main St., Woodstock 678-445-3480 Fields Chapel 1331 Fields Chapel Road, Canton 770-479-6030 Hickory Flat 4056 East Cherokee Drive, Canton 770-345.5969 Hillside 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-924-4777 Holly Springs 2464 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-2883 Liberty Hill 141 Railroad St., Canton 678-493-8920 Little River 12455 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-2495 Mt. Gilead 889 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591- 0837 Sixes 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton 770-345-7644 Woodstock 109 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-516-0371


Emerson 4010 Canton Road, Marietta 770-578-1533 Unity North Atlanta 4255 Sandy Plains Rd. Marietta, GA 30066 678-819-9100


Action Church 271 Marietta Road, Canton 770-345-3030 Antioch Church 9876 Main St., Suite 250, Woodstock 678-494-2193 Awakening 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140, Woodstock 770-924-4150 Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth 770-917-4964 BridgePointe 233 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, Woodstock 770-517-2977 Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, Canton 770-924-7532 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-529-9572 Church of the Messiah 4115 Charles Cox Drive, Canton 770-479-5280 Dayspring 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth 770-516-5733 Dwelling Place Church 110 Londonderry Court #130, Woodstock Empowerment Tabernacle 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock 770-928-7478 The Factory 9872 Main St., Woodstock, 770-517-7265 Faith Family 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth 770-926-4560 Fivestones Church 155 P Rickman Industrial Drive, Canton 770-720-2227 Fresh Springs Worship Center 1910 Eagle Drive, Suite 100, Woodstock 678-557-9841 Fuente de Vida (Fountain of Life) 205 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-880-3135 God’s Rolling Thunder Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock His Hands 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock 770-405-2500 Life Church 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive, Suite 108, Canton 770-847-0170 Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth Ministry House 347 Holly St., Canton 678-459-2347 Momentum 659 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-384-4919 New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Road, Canton 770-479-6412 North Atlanta Church 6233 Old Alabama Road, Acworth 770-975-3001 Oak Leaf 151 East Marietta St., Canton 678-653-4652 Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-928-2795 Resurrection Anglican 231 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591-0040 Revolution 125 Union Hill Trail, Canton 770-345-2737 Sojourn Woodstock 231 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-769-7495 Sovereign Grace 471 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-494-2100 Thrive Chapel 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-835-5795 Tower Church ​11303 Highway 92​, ​Woodstock ​678-230-3590 ​ Towne Lake Community 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock 678-445-8766 Victory 4625 Highway 92, Acworth 770-794-7366 Woodstock City Church 150 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock 678-880-9092 Woodstock Christian 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-8238 Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8838 Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-366-7515 Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8990 AROUND WOODSTOCK | December 2016




ATTORNEYS/LEGAL SERVICES Hartman Imbriale Attorneys 678-445-7423


Limbocker Law 678-401-6836


Tidwell Firm, The 678-999-8500


BEAUTY, MASSAGE & SPA Main Street Nail Studio 770-928-2662

Canton Dental Town 770-622-1515


Poole Funeral Home & Cremation Services 678-932-2097




Fountain View Family Dentistry 770-926-0000 33


CREDIT UNION LGE Community Credit Union

AUTOMOTIVE Woodstock Quality Paint & Body 770-926-3898

Downtown Buzz 770-592-6056 downtown-buzz




Gentle Dental Care/Georgia Dental Implant Center Inside back 770-926-2784


Landscape Matters 770-403-5813


Mr. Junk 678-MR-Junk1(675-8651) Reliable Heating & Air 770-594-9969



PETS Cherokee County Animal Shelter


Massage Envy 770-974-0880


Kragor Orthodontics 770-485-8827

Massages by Megan 678-787-8833


Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 33 770-926-9260

Cherokee Internal Medicine 678-238-0301

Salon Gloss Spa & Protégé 770-693-6968


Williams Orthodontics Woodstock: 770-592-5554 Canton: 770-345-4155

Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists 770-720-7733


Salon Spa Venéssa 770-591-2079


North Georgia Audiology and Hearing Aid Center 770-726-8948


Woodstock Hair Salon & Spa 770-675-8977



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Grout Doctor, The 678-383-1311



EDUCATION/TUTORING Grant Academy, The 770-926-7827


Northside Hospital-Cherokee



Wellstar Cardiac Network 770-956-STAR (7827)


REAL ESTATE & RELATED SERVICES Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage 9 Tara Daigle, Realtor 404-925-6351 Broadus Realty Group Donna Broadus, 404-583-8856


Carter & Associates 404-429-0231, 770-240-2005


Era Sunrise Realty John Hall, Realtor 678-361-7014

Premier Group, The — Keller Williams 678-494-0102

RECREATION/ENTERTAINMENT Eagle Watch Golf Club/Bentwater 404-960-9225


Elm St. Cultural Arts Village 678-494-4251



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Volcano Steak & Sushi Inside Front 678-498-7888 Yumsa Market 770-757-6835




Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill 770-926-6778

Jessa’s Tea Parlor 404-554-7966


Blue Frog Imports 770-592-0122 Tiberio Retail Group


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Since 1996, we have brought relevant, uplifting and reader-driven content to the residents of Towne Lake, Canton, Acworth and Woodstock. We look forward to serving you, our readers and advertisers, every month. Thank you for your continued support and participation in making this truly your community magazine.

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