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March 2014

Volume 1, Issue 5

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Salon Gloss. Photo by Jessica Duplantis of Angel Eyes Photography

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

Honoring Moms

Submit a photo for our annual tribute to Mom.

In Every Issue


Community News. . . . . . . . . . 8

32 & 33 On the Cover



And the Winners Are

Your favorite local businesses revealed.

Snow Jam 2014 Pictures and Kudos!

Around Woodstock . . . . . . . . 4

Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . 25 School Information . . . . . . . 54


Meet Our Historian Juanita Hughes.

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


Scouting in Woodstock

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

Boy and Girl Scouts having fun.

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


Summer Camps

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

Guide on various summer camps.

Advertisers Directory. . . . . . 64

Contributing Writers

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



Kyle Bennett.......................................... 48

Ann Litrel.............................................. 22

Michael Caldwell................................... 15

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

Claire Frost............................................ 24

Paul McLendon...................................... 14

G. Lora Grooms..................................... 51

Matt Neal.............................................. 23

Dr. Scott Harden.................................... 28

Northside Hospital................................ 28

Beth Hermes......................................... 21

Julian Reid............................................. 14

Michelle Hinson.................................... 30

Jodi Tiberio............................................ 52

Patsy Jordan.......................................... 44

Tim Timmons........................................ 27

Kara Kiefer............................................. 26

Ross Wiseman....................................... 46

Lorre LaMarca....................................... 21

Casey Zack............................................. 31

WellStar and Mayo Clinic. Working together. Working for you. Achieving our vision of world-class healthcare is even closer now that we are a proud new member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an innovative collaboration which brings the expertise of Mayo to our patients. As the first and only member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in metro Atlanta, our depth of specialty care will be enhanced with new resources and tools while keeping patient care right here at home. Innovation. World-class care. WellStar. For more information, please visit For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

The vision of WellStar Health System is to deliver world-class healthcare through our hospitals, physicians and services. Our not-for-profit health system includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Health Parks; Urgent Care Centers; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and WellStar Foundation.

We believe in life well-lived. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014




People Places and Pleasures that make Woodstock

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What’s New? Locals Bar and Grill opened at 6380 Bells Ferry Road, in the former location of Just a Bar. In addition to dining options, the family-owned restaurant offers live music and night life. For more information, visit or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook. com/localsbar. Kara is the Editor of Around Woodstock magazine. She lives in Woodstock with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett. Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@AroundWoodstock

M. Illusion Jewelry and Repair shop opened at 6426 Bells Ferry Road, in the same shopping center as Jersey’s Sports Bar & Grille. For more information, call (678) 909-3897.

American Family Care Urgent Care/Family Care is scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 13. The clinic is located at 6440 Bells Ferry Road. The hours will be 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. Sundays through Saturdays, and no appointments will be needed. Visit www.americanfamilycare. com. FLEX Nutrition opened at 6234 Old Hwy. 5. The shop offers vitamins, cleanses, protein powders, pre-workouts, post-workouts, fat burners and more. It also offers a military discount. Call (678) 540-6152 and find the store on Facebook.

What’s Coming? Reel Seafood, located at 8670 Main St., is hoping to open by mid-March. Owners Karen and David Silverman are Woodstock residents and bring years of restaurant experience to this new eatery. The restaurant is a family-friendly, casual, fine dining seafood restaurant. Initially, the restaurant will be open for dinner only, eventually opening for lunch. For more information, call (770) 627-3006. Marco’s Pizza, located at 2068 Eagle Drive, is scheduled to open this month. The pizzeria will offer delivery, carry out and dine-in services. To view the menu, visit

Who’s New? Cara Keener has joined the staff of AroundAbout Local Media as Our March will market manager. CaraIssue has worked in sales for more than 15ayears, have and owned My Town Cherokee for five years. Cara, husband Rob and daughter Olivia live in Towne Lake, and her extended family members live nearby—her parents are in the Woodstock area, brother George Williams works for Woodstock fire department and sister Stacy Troxell is a server at Papa P’s. “I am very excited about this new opportunity and being able to work with such a great team and family of magazines,” said Cara.

We Will Be Celebrating Moms in our May Issue!


At Around Woodstock, we feel that each and every mom is her family’s “Mother of the Year.” For this reason, we would like to honor as many of our moms as possible for our May issue with a special pictorial celebrating all mothers!

of you and your mom, even from the 70s!

We are looking for photos of Woodstock area moms with their children. The photos can be from babyhood through present day. If you don’t have children, we also would love to share your photos

2. Please submit the photos and text via email to


Here are the guidelines: 1. Please ensure all submitted photographs have identifications listed for each person in the photo.

3. The deadline for submissions is April 5.



COMMUNITY BOARD The Around Woodstock Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders, from different walks of life. Our Board assists us in many ways including contributing to our magazine, judging our annual Trailblazer award and providing valuable feedback. Beth Hermes — Beth is a graduate of Auburn University’s School of Journalism, and a professional writer for more than 26 years. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and online publications. She also has created award-winning marketing campaigns for corporations and non-profit organizations.

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

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

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

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


Woodstock AROUND

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

AroundWoodstock, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in Woodstock and surrounding area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,000 free copies. Approximately 14,700 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,300 are placed in racks around the community. See page 61 for a distribution map. Around Woodstock also has many digital viewers of the magazine online each month. Around Woodstock welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 5th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Woodstock is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2014. Around Woodstock 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: Charlice Byrd, (770) 615-3308 Website: Powered by Trustworkz, Inc. Publisher’s Website Volume 1, Issue 5

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

Kara Kiefer Executive Editor TowneLaker & Around Woodstock

Candi Hannigan Title Editor Sixes Living

Patty Ponder Market Director TowneLaker & Sixes Living

Charlice Byrd Market Manager Around Woodstock

Cara Keener Market Manager

Michelle McCulloch Art Director

Denise Griffin Controller

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



YOUR LOCAL NEWS Teen Leadership Cherokee Selected

Front row (left to right): Yeseul Heo, Sequoyah; Dixie Rich, Creekview; Donovan Giardina, Sequoyah; Luke Berryhill, River Ridge; Julia Morrow, Cherokee Christian School. Second row: Caitlin Franchini, Sequoyah; Samantha Rolka, Creekview; Cherokee Rabjohn, River Ridge; Lucy Groves, Cherokee; Paula Ruiz, Woodstock; Emily Stuchlik, Etowah; Breeara Murphy, Woodstock. Back Row: Miles Ruff, Cherokee; Joshua Minter, Etowah; Molly Perkins, River Ridge; Nick Duclos, Sequoyah; James Lindsay, Sequoyah; Coleman Pecht, Sequoyah; Katie Carlsen, River Ridge; Amber Richards, Sequoyah.

Pet Hotel Hosts Life Skills Class The Life Skills class at E.T. Booth Middle School recently visited the Pet Hotel in Towne Lake. The class observed the daily tasks of running a boarding/grooming kennel facility.

Special Olympics Benefit From Local Golf Tournament The Cherokee County Special Olympics recently received a check for $14,500 from the Fourth Annual BridgeMill Men’s Golf Association 8 Inch Cup for a Cause Golf Tournament. The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 8


The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of the Teen Leadership Cherokee Class of 2014. Of the 109 Cherokee County high school sophomores that applied for the program, 20 students were chosen. Applicants were asked to submit a formal application and participated in two rounds of interviews with local business leaders. The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow.

Adult Volunteers Needed at Therapeutic Riding Center Horse Talk, a Therapeutic Riding Center for special needs children, needs adult volunteers to groom and saddle the horses, lead horses or walk next to children on the horses to guard their safety. Shifts of varying lengths are available Mondays through Fridays between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Training is provided. Exceptionally rewarding experience and wonderful exercise! The facility is located at Green Acres Equestrian Center, 345 Bluebird Acres Road in Woodstock. For more information, visit www., email greenacresonline@ or call (770) 517-5154.




YOUR LOCAL NEWS Bascomb UMC to Host Ongoing Bible Study for Men Bascomb United Methodist Church recently held an inspiring weekend seminar called “Success That Matters.” The seminar was a kick-off for an ongoing Bible study for men. The study is designed to show that true “success” is not how much money one makes but how successful one is in his relationship with his family and God. The study is open to all men in the community. Groups will be formed based on interest and dates/times will be at the groups’ discretion. For more information, contact Rev. Larry Woodall at (770) 363-5464 or larrywoodall2@hotmail. com, or Jim Ledoux at

MOMS Club Donates to Scottish-Rite Patients Members of the MOMS Club of Woodstock-Towne Lake filled more than 20 bags with stuffed animals, toys, books, DVDs, games and clothing. The donations were presented to patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

Explorers Participate in Winterfest Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services’ Explorer Post 469 participated in the 40th annual Winterfest Competition and brought home five trophies. Post 469 had 16 youth compete against 70 other teams. For the first time, the local explorers post hosted “The Last Resort Drill,” which simulated a down firefighter that the explorers had to rescue while conquering obstacles on their way to and from the victim. This was a timed event, and the Cherokee County explorers scored third place with a time of 1 minute and 30 seconds. Also, during the event, the fire explorers scored second place in the “Advanced Emergency Medical” drill, and third place in “Vehicle Extrication,” “The EMS Team Challenge” and the “Table Top Display.” “I am very proud of our explorer post,” said Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather. “The accomplishments of this past weekend were outstanding and demonstrate their dedication to the fire service.”



Totes 2 Tots Suitcase Drive Huge Success More than 3,700 backpacks, suitcases and other bags were donated, including 25 from Boston Elementary. The bags were donated to Georgia’s Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children’s Services, which will distribute them to foster children in need. The Totes 2 Tots Suitcase Drive was organized by Georgia Cancer Specialists and Northside Hospital. Approximately 7,500 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Since Totes 2 Tots was first launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected approximately 37,000 bags. For more information about Totes 2 Tots, visit www.facebook. com/Totes2Tots.

WE’RE CHEROKEE’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WITH AN EMPHASIS ON “COMMUNITY. ” 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 in and support Cherokee. Because it’s our home, too.

Cherokee’s community hospital. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



Happy Birthday!

Alexandria Tetstone Age 11 on March 27 Happy Birthday! We love you so very much! Mommy, Grandma, Harrison and Cooper

Jordan Miramonti Age 23 on March 22 Madison Miramonti Age 17 on March 13 Happy birthday to our oldest and youngest. We are so proud to be your family! Love, Mom, Dad and Austin

Kate Kenney Age 12 on March 8 Happy Birthday! We love you! Love Dad, Mom and Orvis

Skylar O’Leary Age 8 on March 16 Happy Birthday Skylar bug! It’s YOUR day, so have a blast! We love you, Mommy, Kris, Landon and MacKenzie.

Catalina Scoggins Age 3 on March 2 Happy birthday sweet baby girl! We love you! Mommy, Daddy and big sis Angel.

Landon Barker Age 4 March 15 Happy birthday sweet boy! You are growing up so fast! We love you so much! Mommy, Daddy, Skylar and MacKenzie.

Kristin Brunelle Age 35 on March 31 Happy Birthday! We love and appreciate you! Love, Jay and Madison.




Sydney Leigh Weiss was born on January 24, 2014 5 lbs 8 oz, 17 1/2 “ Proud parents, Sarah and Stephen Weiss

Lonnie and Lee Ayers will celebrate their 74th anniversary on March 24

Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free! E-mail to: April deadline is March 5.



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Never Alone reaches out daily, to Cherokee County families who are in need of food, diapers, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and clothing. Our outreach center located at: 291 Rope Mill Road is open Monday- Saturday 10 am until 5 pm. To our knowledge we’re the only full time food and clothing outreach center located within Woodstock. With your help we assisted over 2,000 Cherokee County citizens in 2013. How can you help? We operate on private financial donations received from people with kind hearts just like yours. We are currently in great need of financial donations. Can you please help to meet our financial need so we can continue reaching out to families daily within our community? Two Donate securely online using any major card ways to give: by visiting our website: NeverAlone.Org

Or you can write a check payable to: Never Alone and mail to: P O Box 1904 Woodstock, GA 30188. Donation receipts will be mailed to you for your tax records. Donations to Never Alone are tax deductible as we’re a 501 (c) 3 non profit. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



What if … I’m not really THAT Southern after all? BY JULIAN REID

Julian Reid has a chemical engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a U.S. Chamber certification in Organization Management and several professional coaching and sales certifications. Contact him at (770) 521-0698 or www.

I was born in south Alabama. Yet, I now wonder if my late Daddy wouldn’t jokingly declare me a misguided Yankee. Why? I’m missing a few lifestyle traits that are common to most Southern men. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I love grits, college football, Southern hospitality, chivalry and reading my Bible daily. I reckon all that would qualify me as Southern as gravy-on-abiscuit, by Daddy’s definition. However, Daddy might face-palm over other Southern Boy character virtues that I simply didn’t inherit. Here are 10 ways that I’m just NOT a Southern man.

10. NASCAR – It isn’t that I don’t marvel at a bunch of fast cars making left turns for four hours. I don’t. I’m just stunned that EVERYBODY ELSE in the South seems able to watch it for more than six seconds without the services of a certified counselor. Watching NASCAR drives me insane. Pun intended.

9. Okra – I don’t care how you cook it. If I ever swallow poison, just give me okra. I’ll throw up that poison in a heartbeat. 8. Hunting – bores me to tears. Fell out of a deer stand, twice. Fell asleep. Not that I missed anything. I’ve seen more deer on Bells Ferry Road than I ever saw while hunting. 7. Fishing – In the Gulf? I get seasick every time. In Grandaddy’s pond? I’d rather hit old golf balls into it than clean the two bream it takes to make a meal. 6. There is no number six. Okay, so that’s not a Southern joke. It’s an English/Monty Python joke. 5. Grammar – Southern liberties with proper English grammar never cut it with Daddy, so he wouldn’t groan about this one. Daddy was deceased before I said, “ain’t” the first time. I still don’t end questions with a preposition. 4. Attire – Dressing like Larry the Cable Guy wasn’t tolerated in my youth. However, Daddy was fine with sports teams’ caps. Except Auburn, of course. 3. Pick-up truck – Perfectly Southern, but I never owned one. Then again, I’ve never needed one. 2. Chewing tobacco – Uh, no. 1. Country music – I’d rather listen to 10 people draw their fingernails across a chalkboard. Miserable lyrics (“I was drunk the day my Mama got outa prison…”), set to twang instruments, must surely be one of the deeper circles of Dante’s Inferno. That’s enough confession. Pass the cornbread, please.


Paul McLendon is a licensed Health and Life Agent with Insphere Insurance. He is a Health Care Reform Specialist, providing assistance to small business and individuals, and a Federal Marketplace Broker Certification for SHOP program and individuals. (404) 422-0363 or 14

“Mind the Gap” was a warning played throughout London subway stations beginning in the late ’60s. The Gap was the small space between the platform and the car that could trip up an inattentive passenger while stepping on or off. Even though we don’t use the subway much in our great state, we can still derive value from the phrase in another arena—medical insurance. Health insurance doesn’t indemnify the holder to any and all costs, so whether you use a group health policy or an individual policy, there will always be “gaps” in the coverage. Charges in addition to the premium, such as copays, deductibles, ER visits and prescriptions represent “gap” money that the insured is responsible for. Unless we identify and protect our family and income from the “gaps,”


we may expose ourselves to ever-increasing costs even if we have major medical coverage in place. One of the largest exposures for any family is an extended illness or injury that keeps one or both earners out of work for any period of time. According to recent statistics, medical bills contribute to a majority of bankruptcies, and more than 70 percent of those cases had health insurance. While the medical bills from an accident or a hospitalization can be expensive, especially with high deductible plans, bills can oftentimes be negotiated and even paid over time without interest. More likely suspects for financial ruin are illnesses such as cancer, strokes, heart attacks or accidents that require long hospital stays and even longer recovery periods. These contribute to high medical bills, but also to an overall decrease in the household income from lost time at work. Medical bills pile up alongside the mortgage, the cars, college tuition and other debts, causing a financial situation that many can’t recover from—not to mention the fact that your family is still dealing with a sick member of the household who needs time to heal. For these reasons it is always a good idea to review your total protection plan annually and make sure you have not only insured your family’s health, but also your personal earning ability. Use a trusted source to research and help develop a cost-effective strategy that will allow your family to mind the gap

What can Your State Representative do for you? BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL CALDWELL

One thing that I’ve learned in my experience campaigning and representing Georgia’s 20th district in our House of Representatives is that our community is extremely well informed about the political realm—at a congressional level. When it comes to state-level governing and politics, it becomes much more difficult for Georgians to keep up with what is going on each day. Michael Caldwell is the During my door-to-door state representative for District 20, which campaign (I knocked on 3,800 covers Towne Lake and doors—twice—over the summer Woodstock. He can of 2012), I remember standing on be reached at (678) a doorstep asking a constituent 523-8570 or email for his or her vote. In return, I him at Michael@ was asked, “How do you plan to change Washington?” The best answer that I could think to give was that I would set a good example. Then I explained that he or she would be sending me to Atlanta, not to Washington, to serve in our state General Assembly. Although most of us know who our state representatives and state senators are and have a basic understanding of the functions of the General Assembly of Georgia, I thought it might be helpful to give a brief overview of some of the services that I can provide for you as a state representative (aside from voting prudently and wisely on your family’s behalf on the measures presented to the House of Representatives, of course). Having an issue with a state agency or department? Nearly every department in the executive branch has a liaison or a contact dedicated to the legislature. The liaison exists to help us navigate the bureaucracy on behalf of our constituents when they are having issues. If you ever find yourself with the feeling that state government is not responding quickly or adequately enough, please feel free to reach out to my office, and we will be happy to help any way we can. Has a loved one accomplished something truly special? The House of Representatives honors outstanding Georgians through special resolutions. If you would like to request a special resolution to congratulate someone for his or her accomplishment, contact my office. Due to a high demand, not all special resolution requests are fulfilled, but my office will respond to every request. Would your child (8 years or older) like to serve as a page during the session? Paging is a great opportunity for students to experience the House of Representatives during a legislative session. They

“If you ever find yourself with the feeling that state government is not responding quickly or adequately enough, please feel free to reach out to my office, and we will be happy to help any way we can.” will be employed (paid $10 and lunch for a legislative day’s work) to deliver notes, make copies, introduce constituents and perform other duties to keep the House moving smoothly. Each representative is limited to 10 pages per year. Does your student wish to attend the Georgia Military College? This is one of my favorite responsibilities as a state representative. In order to attend the Georgia Military College, the student must be nominated by a state legislator. If you or your student are interested in attending, please contact me and we will set up a time to meet. What else can I do for you? Our office can do much more for you as well. If you’d like a flag (American or Georgian) flown over the State Capitol, we can make that happen. We also issue letters of recognition for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I participate in speaking engagements and appreciate all requests for participation in events as well. If you ever wonder if I can serve you in a certain way, just reach out. My most important goal is to keep you informed Above and beyond all of the constituent services I can offer you as a state representative, I hope to make the 20th District’s legislative office the most accessible, transparent campaign that Georgia has ever seen. Through an online Legislative Tracker, I post every single vote that I have ever cast in the House of Representatives. These posts include a summary of the vote, how I voted and the details of the outcome. My Campaign Finance Tracker makes details on every penny that we spend campaigning available to you every day (dramatically above and beyond legal requirements for disclosure). Finally, my Weekly Coffees with District 20 are held nearly every Saturday at 9 a.m. at Copper Coin Coffee in downtown Woodstock. I call these my “Anti-Town Hall Meetings.” It’s an opportunity for you to come sit with me and a few others to discuss issues in a roundtable setting. I’ve learned more during these meetings over the last four years than any other resource at my disposal. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you in our General Assembly. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014


Readers’ Choice Awards Rea Readers’ Choice Awards Readers’ Feature

Congratulations to all the winners in our 2014 Around Woodstock Readers’ Choice Survey! All of our winning businesses will receive a framed certificate listing the winner and category. In addition, each winner will receive a window cling that can be displayed on a storefront window or door. Both of these items can be picked up at our office, located at 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189. We are open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our phone number is (770) 516-7105. If you prefer to have your certificate and cling mailed to you (minus the frame), please contact Denise Griffin at Any winner wishing to purchase a Thank You ad may contact Charlice Byrd at or (770) 615-3308.


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All-Around Restaurant Vingenzo’s Pasta & Pizzeria

Fine Dining Vingenzo’s Pasta & Pizzeria

Boutique Dress Up Boutique

Jeweler Art Jewelers

Asian Restaurant Izumi Asian Bistro

Italian Restaurant Vingenzo’s Pasta & Pizzeria

Children’s Clothing Store Kohl’s

Bakery Small Cakes

Kid-Friendly Chick-fil-A

Drug Store CVS Pharmacy

Liquor Store Bullock’s Wine & Spirits Warehouse

Barbecue Place JD’s Bar B Que

Lunch Place Canyons Burger Company

Florist Brenda’s House of Flowers

Breakfast Place J. Christopher’s

Mexican Restaurant La Parrilla

Furniture Store Woodstock Furniture Outlet

Coffee Shop Copper Coin

New Restaurant Cheeseburger Bobby’s

Garden Center Pike Family Nurseries

Dessert Place Cupcakelicious

Pizzeria Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill

Gift/Home Décor Store Pineapple Park

Ethnic Restaurant Izumi Asian Bistro Fast Food Chick-fil-A

Seafood Goin’ Coastal Sports Bar Taco Mac

Grocery Store Publix - East Cherokee Hardware Store Morgan’s Ace Hardware Home Improvement Store Lowe’s

Music Store Ken Stanton Music Pet Supply Store PetsMart Shoe Store DSW Shoe Warehouse Specialty Foods The Butchers Block Sporting Goods Dick’s Sporting Goods Tire Store Discount Tire (Trickum & Hwy. 92) Toy Store Learning Express

Readers’ Choice Awards Readers’ Ch Readers’ Choice Awards Reade 16


aders’ Choice Awards Readers’ Choice Choice Awards Readers’ Choice Awa Services Auto Repair Christian Brothers

Dry Cleaner Esquire Cleaners

Medical Doctor Dr. Richard Manrique

Pet Boarding Bark Station

Car Wash Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail

Electrician Hewatt Electrical Contractors

Nail Salon Main Street Nails

Pet Groomer Bark Station

Financial Institution/Bank Wells Fargo Bank

Ophthalmologist Dr. Vincent Magliocco

Photographer Kim Bates

Hair Salon Salon Gloss

Optometrist Dr. Steve Keith, Towne Lake Eye Associates

Physical Therapist Pinnacle Orthopedics

Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner Zerorez Cleaning Services Molly Maids

Home Improvement/ HVAC Reliable Heating & Air

Caterer Tea Leaves and Thyme Chiropractor Ribley Family Chiropractic CPA Summit Financial Solutions Day Care/Preschool Hillside UMC Preschool Day Spa Salon & Spa Venéssa Dentist Baird & Baird Family Dentistry

Home Improvement/ Flooring Home Depot Home Improvement/ Roofing Findlay Roofing Home Improvement/ Handyman Honey-Do Insurance Agent Steve Cannon – State Farm Lawn Care Service Tru Green

Orthodontist Dr. Michael D. Williams

Plumber Superior Plumbing

Painter Castle Painting

Tutoring Huntington Learning Center (East Cherokee)

Pediatric Dentist Children’s Dentistry of Woodstock

Realtor (tie) Becky Babcock Ursula Dahle

Pediatrician P.A.M.P.A.

Veterinarian Animal Hospital of Towne Lake

Pest Control Bug-Off

Recreation & Entertainment Dance Studio Dance & Music Academy

Gymnastics Center Georgia Allstars Gymnastics

Fitness/Health Club LA Fitness

hoice Awards Readers’ Choice Awards ers’ Choice Awards Readers’ Choice Aw AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



Snow Jam 2014

Things To Be Grateful For

In spite of sitting for hours, needing to use a rest room and unable to move more than a few inches for hours in an automobileI am in good enough physical shape, to be able to walk the 8 or 9 remaining miles home I thought of those in wheel chairs Automobiles sliding every direction didn’t hit me I did not get frost bite, although I was a little numb. Once home, the house was warm, there was food, a man and a dog that love me. I thought of those who had no one. I was able to turn on water, and take a hot shower. I thought of those whose pipes had busted. I was able to crawl into a nice warm bed. I thought of those sleeping under a bridge. I woke up to a beautiful, winter landscape. I thought of those who can’t see. I was given a day off work, with pay. I thought of the unemployed I love the snow. The inconvenience was challenging to say the least. It’s not like we are gridlocked for days, weeks or months. I am going out to make a snow angel. Anyone want to join me? — Anita Sheffield

Shout Outs! Johnny’s Pizza — Fed 12-15 school kids who were stranded on a bus in the Johnny’s parking lot!

Rick and Denise Miller — Denise fielded phone calls and texts to relay to her husband, Rick, who had a four-wheel drive vehicle. Rick picked up stranded motorists and delivered food and supplies. 18


Jeff, Lori, Nic and Madi Johnson — Jeff and daughter Madi used his four-wheel drive truck to help stranded motorists on Towne Lake Parkway. Jeff estimated he towed 60-70 cars that night! Lori and son Nic stood at the top of Eagle Watch and handed out hand warmers to those who were walking home along the parkway.

Kroger — A manager at Kroger in Towne Lake allowed stranded neighbors to come into the store, which had closed. He opened the salad/food bar and allowed them to spend the night in a safely locked store.

Thank you to all the neighbors, the teachers, the school administrators, the bus drivers and the local businesses that helped out in a true time of need! AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014




Timothy Lutheran Preschool Registration Location: 556 Arnold Mill Road Time: 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Information: For children ages 18 months through 5 years School is held from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Call Barbara Bowler at (770) 924-7995.

March 5

Ash Wednesday Service Location: Woodstock United Methodist Church, 109 Towne Lake Pkwy. Time: Noon Information: (770) 516-0371

March 7, 9–11

March 19

Quit Smoking Presentation Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, 6478 Putnam Ford Drive Time: 7–8:30 p.m. Information: Free seminar “The Most Effective Way to Quit Smoking Without Chemical, Cravings or Withdrawal.” Register by email at or call (678) 9387274.

March 20

An Evening of Magic Location: Woodstock High School auditorium Time: 7 p.m. Information: Featuring Arthur Atsma with Atsmagic. All tickets are $5 and proceeds will benefit the music program at the school. Email for more information.

March 21-22

Library Book Sale Location: Woodstock Public Library, 7735 Main St. Times: Noon– 5:30 p.m. Friday 2–5:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday Noon–7:30 p.m. Tuesday Information: Adult and children’s books, videos, CD, DVDs, cassettes and books on tape will all be on sale. The proceeds will benefit the library’s purchase of children’s books.

Lil’ Blessings Consignment Sale Location: Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2928 N. Main St., Kennesaw Times: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. – noon Saturday Information: (770) 427-3109 or

March 22 and 29

March 10

Cherokee Christian Schools Open House Location: 3075 Trickum Road Time: 7 p.m. Information: Prospective families can meet staff and faculty and get more information about the schools. Contact Kim Howell at or (678) 494-5464.

March 16

Cherokee Chorale “Romantic Masterworks” Location: Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Road, Canton Time: 3 p.m. Information: Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets available from any chorale member, the Cherokee County Arts Council, Chamberhouse, Three Sisters, FoxTale Book Shoppe, Jasper Drug Store and Ball Ground Pharmacy. Call (678) 4398625 or visit 20


Free Wine Tasting Location: The Gifted Ferret, 1910 Eagle Drive Time: 6–8 p.m. Information: Help decide what wines will be added to inventory. Reservations recommended. Visit

March 22

Coffee and Quill Mini Conference Location: Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road Time: 9 a.m.–noon Information: Guest authors/teachers include Haywood Smith and Amy Hanley. Free event hosted by Christian Authors Guild. Call (770) 735-3020 or visit


Of Ice and Opportunity, in Retrospect BY BETH HERMES

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

Today is likely a sun-filled springtime afternoon, but as I write, there is snow outside my window, and half of Atlanta’s vehicles are abandoned on the roadways after “Snowmageddon 2014” (officially known as “Leon”). I’m lucky to work from the comfort of my home, but spent the day alternating between watching marathon news coverage, checking Facebook and monitoring the progress of my husband’s commute. (Let me say that I am a huge fan of our 14-year-old minivan!) Fear, panic and frustration have strange effects on people. For some, the desire to help keeps the panic at bay, while others prefer to shout, “SOMEBODY should have done something!” Hindsight is 20/20. If we had all the facts up front, we might have made

different decisions. But life would be a little less interesting that way. If we had truly understood how quickly the snowstorm would reach us, parents might have kept their kids home from school, employees might have telecommuted rather than risk driving on slick roads, and we’d have shopped for space heaters, milk and bread long before Tuesday afternoon. What we can do in retrospect is to recognize the good in our fellow humans—those individuals to whom we may never have spoken previously (and whom we may never see again)—who extended a helping hand. Daily squabbles and differences of opinion were set aside, if only for a moment. Kudos to the folks who helped find shelter for those who were stranded with no way to reach home. Applause for those who had vehicles and muscles and knowledge to help motorists out of ditches and up hills, or to retrieve schoolchildren whose buses couldn’t traverse dangerous roadways. And high-fives to business owners who kept open their doors and provided food, restroom facilities, phone chargers and a warm place to sleep. We may never be able to directly thank everyone who lent a hand, but we can keep the spirit of gratitude alive, and pay it forward whenever possible—if only to smile, hold the door for a stranger or allow a car to merge onto the highway in front of us. We can be kind to “SOMEBODY” every day, not just when it snows.

Pet Adoption is “Furr-Ever” BY LORRE LAMARCA

Working in animal rescue, I meet with many potential people eager to adopt their new pet. Their emotions are high, and the moment just seems right. Sometimes, their hearts take over their minds when it comes to the reality of pet ownership. Many people do not understand these days why they have to “qualify” to rescue a homeless animal from a rescue organization. Did you know that Lorre LaMarca is the adopting out a pet to an unprepared owner of the Bark Station, owner is one of the main reasons 240 Arnold Mill Road. pets end up back in the shelters (770) 517-9907 confused and heartbroken? While we totally want to encourage more people to adopt, we rescuers want to make sure the adoption is “furrever.” Here are some important things to think about before you adopt your next pet. Potential size and activity level matching: When it comes to matching pets with potential owners, size matters! For example, if you want to adopt a large, powerful, high-energy dog, you

must be an active individual dedicated to training, handling and giving that dog adequate exercise daily as part of your lifestyle. Large dogs end up back in the shelters regularly because they are “too much” for their owners to handle. That Great Dane mix puppy at 30 pounds sure is cute, but what about when he gets to be 150 pounds? Long-term living and family change situations: Always consider you will own your pet for at least 15 years. Will you be able to move somewhere your pet will always be allowed to come with you? New home or apartment? New marriage? Future children? Expenses: Are you prepared to see your pet through emergency care, diseases, yearly check-ups? It is important to know you will be able to afford them through sickness and in health. Children: If parents are not 100 percent invested in the love and care of the pet, there should never be an adoption primarily to satisfy the children and teach them responsibility. Pets should be the responsibility of everyone in the family and a part of the family. Travel/job: Do you work long days at the office? Are you a frequent traveler? Make sure you already know your options for the best care while you are away and you can afford that care. Keeping a pet in a crate all day is not the best life for a pet. These are just a few of the reasons pets end up back in shelters. Please think responsibly before adopting your next pet. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



Street Names and History Books BY ANN LITREL

Juanita Hughes is an author of multiple books, columnist with the Cherokee Tribune, and retired branch manager of the Woodstock Library, where she worked for 20 years. Named Woodstock’s official historian in 2006, her ongoing influence pervades the town, including the collections of the Woodstock Visitors Center, a dozen new street names, and in collaborations such as Elm Street’s recent theater production, “Mizz Edna Drives on Main.” This story is part of a series featuring local leaders and visionaries, some behind the scenes, who have had an impact on the community. For Juanita’s full story and the accompanying art, visit “Can we make the interview Thursday?” she said when I called. “I strongly resemble Albert Einstein until after my Wednesday appointments at the hairdresser.” Juanita Hughes defies the stereotypes of humorless, grayhaired librarians. She dives into our interview with a question connected to the biggest mystery of her past. “Are you going to ask me things I know the answer to?” I answer, “Yes.” “Well, let me tell you a story,” she said. “Years ago, I did an interview on a local Canton TV station with Marguerite Cline. I wasn’t too nervous about it because I knew nobody in Woodstock would be able to watch it. Marguerite promised she wouldn’t ask anything I didn’t know. “So her first question was, ‘Tell me about your mother and father.’ Well, my father left our family when I was 2. Back then, when people asked about my father, my pat answer was, ‘We didn’t have no daddy, ‘cause we was too poor.’ But this didn’t seem like the right thing to say for TV, so I stammered and stuttered on my very first interview question. Marguerite was embarrassed. She apologized afterward for asking me a question she thought anybody would be able to answer.” Juanita related she’s made three trips to her father’s 22


birthplace in Pennsylvania looking for more information about him, a journey she’s shared with readers in her weekly column. “There were so many things we hadn’t known. He had another wife and a family. When I was little, he had sent me a few penny postcards with a few stories and drawings. That’s all I had from him growing up. It makes me wonder what will happen to this generation. They only have electronic notes. Those get erased—and then there’s nothing.” I’m surprised to find out Woodstock’s historian wasn’t born here. “I was born in Denver and grew up in Dalton, my mother’s hometown. Homer [her husband] and I moved 13 times before we settled down here in 1965 for his job. When we came, Woodstock had a population of 750. You could walk to the grocery store, to the library with your children. It was just a perfect little town.” “The library was in a storefront, where LKT Sports is now. When I started working there, we were only open 15 hours a week, and people stayed mad with us all the time. Everybody in Woodstock came from somewhere else where the libraries were perfect,” Juanita commented dryly. “That was in the 1980s, when my different interests kind of came together – the history, the library and also the writing.” She mentioned her first newspaper column, and authoring the history of First Baptist Church Woodstock, “Set Apart”, which she described as an almost overwhelming task. “You know, I never had a formal education. I learned to write by reading. “I began collecting history files at home when I was working on Set Apart. Later, they went to the Visitors Center. The city named me ‘Woodstock’s Official Historian,’ ” she laughed, “because they got tired of not knowing answers to people’s questions. They just sent them to me. When the new development downtown was going on, I started thinking about those generic street names they use like ‘Oak’ or “Magnolia.’ So I just e-mailed the developer Pam Sessions and said, ‘can we have some input into what you name the streets?’ She came and met with me right away—for two hours. I showed her my list of Woodstock people and why they were important. ‘Evelyn Chambers was the first and only female Mayor. Bailey was the first black councilman….’” I nodded as she spoke, but she looked at me and uttered with the certainty of one who has seen much of life: “The longer you live, the more interested you will be.” Whether it’s the history of her father or her adopted hometown, Juanita tells the stories—and keeps asking the questions. Ann Litrel

Woodstock’s Official Historian Searches the Past For Her Father While She Unearths the Family Tree For an Entire Community

There’s No Crazy Like Middle Aged Crazy BY MATT NEAL

Just face it, ladies. Men are crazy. The things we do often astound the more rational minds of our female companions. But I’m here to tell you that we are not necessarily insane. Usually, there is a reasonable explanation for the things we do. To understand that, come with me on a trek into the mind of the middle aged man. When I was young, my head was filled with dreams of tropical Matt Neal is a freelance writer who has lived islands. I had a cast net, a crab in Woodstock with his trap and scuba gear. My plan was wife since 1999. He has to find a secluded beach and live a daughter who turns there in a tent. Period. Oh, and shoeboxes into dollhouses, a in my spare time, I would dive for son who fights those stealthy ninjas, and a wife, Diane, sunken treasure. I actually spent who provides patience, a semester at Armstrong State compassion and a kick in the College solely because it was near pants when needed. the beach. It’s a wonder I ever got my degree. After college, I didn’t really want a job. I only wanted to move to the beach. I spent a summer restoring an old cabin cruiser that would take me to exotic places all around the world. But instead, I let society steer me into a responsible career. Twenty odd years later, and I still never sailed around the world, never lived at that beach, never found sunken treasure—never even looked for it! I never used my cast net; my crab trap rusted away to nothing, and my scuba gear sits in a box in my garage and is

more likely to fit my 8–year-old son than me. The dreams of my youth are shelved away, forever. It’s hard to look in the mirror and realize that what was once so vitally important to me is now something that’s further away than it ever was, and life is a one-way track. I recently got in touch with a few old college buddies, and what I discovered surprised me. A few of them, after turning 40, started new families with younger wives, and some started new careers. One friend of mine is dating a young woman exactly half his age. A few others did things I don’t even feel comfortable sharing. Only a precious few are still with their high school or college sweethearts. I may dislike some of the choices a few of my friends made, but I envy their boldness to make them. I thought about this, and I’ve finally figured it out. I finally realized why being 40-something is so hard for men. It’s because we are still young enough to pull it off, and that realization makes us do crazy things. There’s a feeling of quiet desperation that everything we ever wanted to do has to be done soon, before it’s too late. Old age hovers over us like a grim reaper, reminding us that our youth is evaporating. We will soon be too old to start a band, or sail off to Tahiti or live on that beach with our crab trap and cast net. We desperately want to prove to the world that not only did we once do those things, but that we still can. But then reality sets in. The problem for me is that cast net is heavier than it was 25 years ago. I think someone added more weights or something. Plus, when I scuba dive now, I suck air like a vacuum cleaner. Okay, so maybe I can’t relive my youth, or live the youth I never had. But there is nothing wrong with getting the most out of the life I have now. Like most men I know, I’m not about continued on page 60




Digital Confessions BY DEE LOCKLIN

It’s a good thing my beloved husband is retired because he is completely unemployable. And that is because Lewis Locklin is computer illiterate. Bless his heart. I don’t like having to “out” him, but my true love has had every opportunity to become a digital citizen. I bought him a laptop and he has an iPhone, the last iPhone 3 on the planet. He has all sorts of spare time to learn, Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State and I’m willing to tutor the boy. University. She lives in But he simply doesn’t have the Woodstock with husband interest in digital technologies. Lewis and son Taylor in a My sweetie is quite content in cluttered home filled his little analog world, in which with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at mastering the up/down volume and channel buttons on the TV’s remote control met his needs just fine. Oh, he knows a few more tricks. He uses his phone to take

frequent photos of our pets and the neighbors’ flowers. He can turn on his computer, find the Internet and pull up pages about Auburn football and PGA golf statistics. But I don’t think he manages multiple windows and tabs online, he does not text and he does not know that the world includes cool stuff like apps and Excel spreadsheets. For the most part, my honey lamb doesn’t need to be a digital citizen. I’m the home office manager who pays the bills, compares insurance and natural gas rates, makes our appointments and does all the other home management stuff. I take care of our taxes and keep categorized lists of vendors and medical providers. And I handle all this electronically. I don’t mind doing these things because the activities keep my brain from becoming neuron sludge now that I’m a semisedentary retiree. At least twice monthly, I have a nightmare from which I awake, panicked and screaming. In my recurring nightmare, something happens, and I lose my laptop, my iPhone and all my jump and backup drives. And with these items go my encrypted files, all of which keep the Locklin household up and running. The nightmare varies and sometimes I’m being whisked into the emergency room by two very handsome EMT guys, and I’m

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Cleaning Out Your Closet BY CLAIRE FROST

March is the month when people start giving themselves some slack in the resolution category. After “being so good” for a few months, people cut themselves a break, and their progress ends. (You know what they say about good intentions, right?) It’s natural. For this reason, I set myself pretty reasonable goals for every New Year, and I am very lax with myself about their timelines. Claire is a fashion, food, One of my resolutions this year and home decor blogger was to be more organized, both living in Woodstock with her husband Sean and personally and professionally. their two dogs. For more Luckily (or unluckily, depending on information, please visit how you look at it), I was trapped in my home for a few days in January (like we all were) due to some - ahem - inclement weather. This unexpected time at home gave me plenty of time to take stock of my closet. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when cleaning out your closet. First - “If I was shopping and saw this in a store today, would I buy it?” If the answer is “no,” out it goes. Set it aside in a “I’m not keeping this” pile. (We’ll whittle this pile 24


down later.) If the answer to this question is “yes,” then it gets to stay. Closet space is valuable, people. You want to make room for the stuff you actually like. The next thing you’ll want to assess is whether or not you have worn articles of clothing in the last six months to a year. If you have worn the item in question within the last six months and you still like it, then that item is a definite keeper. If you haven’t worn the item in the past year but you still like it, what is the reason you haven’t worn it? Doesn’t fit? Then put it in the toss pile. Stop holding onto those skinny jeans because you are hoping you will finally get back down to your high school weight. Get rid of them and when you finally do lose the weight (and you will, because you definitely stick to your resolutions), buy another pair. Before you call it quits on your closet, take all of the items on hangers and hang them backwards, meaning the open part of the hanger hook faces outward. Once you wear an item, place the hanger back the normal way, open-part-in. This will make the job that much easier the next time you clean out your closet. You’ll clearly be able to see everything you have not worn for the last year and will be able to get organized so much faster! You’re welcome. Now, to tackle that toss pile. Before you just drop everything in a donation bin, I urge you to separate everything fitting this

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Don’t we all love it when the underdog comes out on top? Don’t we rejoice with those who have overcome a troubled and tragic past to carve their way to a better future? Centavia is a local student who has had more than her fair share of turmoil in her 17 years of life. Centavia was born in Michigan to a mother who loved and adored her. However, love cannot always protect children from the consequences of bad decisions. “There was so much going on, so much moving around, If you would like to make fighting and changes, I think my mind blocked a lot of it out. a donation, please visit When I do talk about it, I try to laugh now,” admitted Centavia. Centavia and her mother moved from Michigan to everydayangels to donate via Birmingham, AL, and lived with friends and family, in project Paypal or send your donations homes, cars, and homeless shelters. While they lived in a to: Everyday Angels, 2449 car, she recalls, her mom would take her and her little sister Towne Lake Parkway, to restrooms in stores to get cleaned up. Her world then Woodstock GA, 30189. One consisted of fighting, police encounters, drive-by shootings, hundred percent of your aggressive mean girls, an abusive step-father and drug users. funds will go to the family you She vividly recalls her feelings of anger, hatred and sadness as specify. Also, if you know of a result of all that she had witnessed as well as the way others a special need within your treated her. Her family life started improving when she was community that you would 12. Centavia finally felt secure and happy, and her mom was like to share, please send an expecting a baby. However, after her little brother was born, e-mail to aaeverydayangels@ Centavia’s mother became ill, fell into a coma and passed away. for consideration Her world was once again in turmoil. and qualification. Five years ago, Centavia, along with her sister and brother, came to Woodstock to live with their grandmother. She has made new friends, attends church, and joined the marching band at school. “The adjustments have been difficult for everyone, including Grandma, but moving here has been the best thing that could happen to me, and I know my mom would be proud,” she said. Centavia is thankful for the love and support from her new school friends and the band community. She was voted onto her school’s homecoming court, and while at first she thought it was joke, she cannot help but smile at the memory of it all and how special it made her feel. Centavia graduates in May and plans to attend college to earn a degree in criminal justice and psychology. She hopes to work as a police dispatcher while in school to assist with the costs. “I want to help people. I am surrounded by people that help me every day, and I know the right thing for me to do is return the favor.” Today, Centavia has concerns for her grandmother and her family. “My grandmother is a nursing aid and works six days a week. Our car has been broken for months, and she cannot afford to repair it. She has to pay others to help with transportation, which depletes what little there is left for food and utilities for our family. Grandma has sacrificed so much to give us a better life, and we really appreciate her,” said Centavia. Everyday Angels is proud of Centavia and all that she has overcome, and thankful to her grandmother. We would like to encourage and support her family by helping with car repair and groceries, and welcome the support of Left to right: Tori Lawton, aunt Towannder , Centavia, grandma Phyllis and sister Isis our compassionate community. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



When Men Get Sick BY KARA KIEFER

Getting sick is terrible. At least once a year, both my husband and I get an awful cold, and like many men and women, we each handle sickness very differently. I know when I’m getting sick. I feel run down and my nose starts running. At the first sign, I start taking a preventative Kara Kiefer is the editor supplement. If I get a of Around Woodstock. full-fledged cold, I am She lives in Woodstock armed with decongestant, with her husband Mike antihistamines and cough and sons Brandon and syrup. I know what to take Garrett. and when. I know I need extra rest and lots of fluids. Give or take a week, I’m back to normal. Not so much with my husband. While he isn’t a stereotypical “Man Baby,” he is Mr. Denial. Mr. Denial either doesn’t recognize the signs of getting sick or he simply ignores them. The pattern repeats itself, yearly. First, Mr. Denial gets a tickle in his throat. I know what’s coming, but to him, he just needs a glass of water. Secondly, Mr. Denial’s nose will start running like a sieve. “Are you getting sick?” I will ask. “No. Why do you ask?” replies Mr. Denial. There’s a train about to hit him head on, but only one of us can see it. After a day or two, there’s no denying that Mr. Denial is indeed sick with a terrible cold. He now accepts his fate, but that doesn’t mean he accepts it easily. Mr. Denial has no idea what over-the-counter medicines to take to alleviate his symptoms, so oftentimes he won’t take anything. One would think the constant sniffling, blowing of the nose and coughing would make one want to seek relief. If he does seek relief, he often chooses the exact opposite medicine he needs to relieve his misery. When he’s congested and stuffed up, he will take an antihistamine, and if his nose is running constantly, he will take a decongestant. This year, we had a breakthrough! When his usual cold symptoms started appearing, I asked him if he was getting sick. Instead of answering in the typical fashion, I got a “maybe” out of him. I had him start pumping a at-the-first-sign-of-a-cold supplement into his body and this year, he actually took the correct over-the-counter medications to relieve his symptoms. Hang in there, wives of Man Babies. If Mr. Denial can have a breakthrough, there’s hope for them all! 26


What Makes A Haircut “A Cut Above The Rest?” BY TIM TIMMONS

What’s the difference between a great haircut a horrifying one? Other than the obvious, there are several variances. A great haircut should take about an hour of your time, certainly no less than 45 minutes. The reason for this is a proper consultation and an emphasis on accuracy. In order to achieve a precise cut, certain systems and techniques need to be in place; for example, clean sectioning, positioning, Tim Timmons is the owner stylist stance and good hand and of Salon Gloss. Tim has been a hairstylist for 13 arm control. A master stylist years and has extensive works systematically around the industry experience. client, adjusting and controlling Tim can be reached at hair placement and natural fall, (678) 483-8900. checking and cross checking on wet and dry hair. The blow-dry follows, which generally can take 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the style, density and length of hair. Blow-drying can be a difficult skill

to master. When the hair is dry, an experienced professional should examine exactly how it falls, how movement and hair growth patterns affect the desired shape and flow. Often times, a portion of the cutting is done when the hair has been dry and styled. The best time to add texture to the cut, personalize the shape, and blend and soften is during the final moments on dry, styled hair. Dry hair allows for the stylist to view the hair’s natural fall and customize for a more precise shape. An example of this can be seen with the A-line bob hairstyle. This classic style is the hardest cut to do well, as it should show blunt lines and blended graduated layers through the interior of the haircut. Talent can come from natural ability, but much of it is also taught. Having spent many years as a national trainer in the beauty industry, it has been my experience that only a small percentage of stylists maintain and continue their education. Education is the key to growth and development. Good stylists should make a priority of keeping up with industry standards and improving techniques and skill. Experience is another key factor. When a client makes an investment with a more seasoned hairstylist, he or she is paying for numerous years of education and experience. continued on page 60



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An Unpleasant Journey That Can Be Avoided

How Daily Habits Impact Your Sleep



It was another day in Atlanta with that rare threat of winter snow that typically doesn’t materialize. Yet on January 28, snow started to fall and quickly accumulate, creating a challenge for Atlanta motorists. Atlanta’s rapid transformation into a surreal winter wonderland resulted in a gridlock of bumperto-bumper traffic, adding a new complexity to the trek that soon Dr. Scott Harden is a unfolded into an unexpected dentist at Fountain journey. View Family Dentistry I sat in my car observing and has served the hundreds of motorists trying Woodstock area for more than 21 years. to make it home. While it may He is a dental advisor seem an extreme comparison for two national to some, I found myself dental research wishing that people felt as companies. You can reach Dr. Harden at strongly about having regular (770) 926-0000 or visit dental check-ups each year as they did about reaching their destinations on that snowy Tuesday. The episode of extreme weather revealed the determination that people possess when they have a clear goal in mind. It was quite amazing to observe. I was left with the question: What would make people develop as clear a goal in seeking dental care as they in reaching home during this snowstorm? A 2008 and 2009 Gallup-Healthway’s poll revealed onethird of all Americans and about 50 percent of Americans in nine states did not visit a dentist in the previous year. It was interesting to think that, among the motorists in front of me that day, at least three out of every 10 people did not go to the dentist regularly. While most people value dentistry, it is often not a priority in their lives. Many lack the self-discipline and motivation to make their dental appointments. It dawned on me that dentists and their staff members make a tremendous difference with the motivation people need to achieve their dental goals. A dentist who cares and educates you about your dental needs in a positive manner will motivate you to maintain routine dental care. The dentist can help the patient overcome fear and anxiety, along with a friendly staff and an inviting and comfortable office. Organization within the dental office provides reminders about cleanings and exams, scheduling and financing - all which create a team approach that will add motivation for patient routine care. Good habits start best at a young age but can be developed at any age. continued on page 60



A good night’s sleep is important to your health for many reasons. Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. It decreases attentiveness and reaction time and may cause you to lose focus at work. It also has been linked to a rise in motor vehicle accidents, involving drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Here are some simple solutions to help you catch more Zzzzz’s. • Limit technology. How often do you bring your laptop to bed? Do you watch television before going to sleep? Studies show that chronic light from TVs, cell phones and other electronic devices decreases your brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep onset. Avoid any source of bright light in the evenings and make your bedroom a technology-free zone. Your sleep quality will improve. • Travel smart. Jet lag results from an imbalance in your body’s natural 24-hour cycle. To fight it, select a flight that lands in early evening, then stay up until your usual bedtime, local time. • Limit caffeine. You may be preventing sleep at night by consuming caffeine during the day. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends limiting your caffeine consumption to 300-400 milligrams per day (about three to four 8-ounce cups of coffee), and avoiding it in the late afternoon and evening. • Watch your weight. Being overweight can impact your sleep by affecting your breathing and your ability to get comfortable. Exercising to lose the extra pounds will increase your metabolism and make you tired. Working out in the morning is good and late afternoon even better (six hours before bedtime). If you work out at night, try to finish at least three hours before your planned bedtime. • Relax. Unmanaged stress impacts your ability to sleep. To help overcome stress, try various bedtime rituals – listen to relaxing music, focus on deep breathing to slow your heart rate and reduce muscle tension, and keep a journal to write down thoughts that keep you up at night.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends limiting your caffeine consumption to 300-400 milligrams per day (about three to four 8-ounce cups of coffee), and avoiding it in the late afternoon and evening.”

If sleep problems persist for a few weeks, it is important to talk to a health care provider, as you may have a sleep disorder. To watch videos and learn more about how to get a better night’s sleep, visit



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Attention Men: The Next Menopause Joke May Be on You BY MICHELLE HINSON

Michelle Hinson is director of marketing and communications for Nue Medical Consulting, a Lawrenceville-based healthcare practice management firm. Clients include Shefa Wellness Centers, which specialize in weight loss, anti-aging products and techniques, and message therapy for men and women.

Popular menopause joke: Since women go through menopause, do men go through womenopause? Nope. They go through andropause. Contrary to popular belief, menopause is not solely the bane of women. Male menopause, called andropause, is a documented medical condition that can affect men as young as 35. It is also referred to as testosterone deficiency or late-onset hypogonadism. Testosterone, the male hormone required for proper male functioning, peaks in the late teens and begins to decline when a man enters his 30s. Symptoms of andropause include mood swings, weight gain, hair loss,

sexual dysfunction, fatigue, lessened ability to deal with stress, loss of energy, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, and type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicate 4-5 million men in the United States currently suffer from andropause. Comprehensive tests of male hormone levels are essential to detecting imbalances. Testosterone levels can be checked by a primary care physician or at wellness clinics. Testosterone restoration is one recommended option for treating andropause. An increase in testosterone levels can lead to improved physical and mental wellness, often resulting in weight loss, muscle gain, improved bone density and heart health, and generally a better outlook on life. Treatments include traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Unlike synthetic hormones present in HRT, bio-identical hormones are made to duplicate your body’s hormones. In other words, BHRT infuses hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones the body naturally makes. Hormones can be delivered to recipients in a number of ways including orally through tablets or capsules and through the skin continued on page 60

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Never Too Old to Workout BY CASEY ZACK

Contrary to what you may believe, exercising can be considered the all-time fountain of youth! For most people, as we get older we start to lose the ability to perform tasks on our own, but does it really have to do with our age? Maybe so, but more likely it is because we have become less active. After all, the human body was made for moving! Casey Zack is a local of Out of all age groups, senior Woodstock and fitness citizens are probably the least fanatic and loves nothing physically active. Being active more than living a healthy lifestyle. She is a recent can improve anyone’s life, and graduate of Valdosta State as we tend to age, we forget University. Reach Casey at about how important it is to stay healthy. But just because you get older, does it mean we should let our fitness and exercise regimen get old, too? Not according to Joe Johnston of Woodstock.

At 84 years old, Johnston still works out on a regular basis at his local gym. When it comes to working out, Johnston says it is important to find a gym that not only has free weights and cardio machines, but a good staff on hand that can help with any questions you may have about gym equipment. Since 1999, Johnston has kept up his exercise routine, coming in three times a week to maintain muscle strength, and taking exercise classes such as Body Pump and Body Vive. Johnston says he started a workout routine again to maintain his health and improve energy levels. “I like the way working out makes me feel, and I feel great!” If you think it’s too late to exercise, think again. Though you may have a hard time starting an exercise routine, once you start you will begin to notice the benefits. However, a workout routine does not have to be hours long or super intense, even beginning with a few simple stretches or a brisk walk could help improve your physical activity, especially for senior citizens. Joining a gym can also be a little nerve racking, but the key is to find a gym that can provide fitness solutions for everyone, no matter your age. It’s one thing to get older, but as Johnston proves, you are never too old to work out. “If I can do it, so can everyone else!”




Salon of Distinction Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Walk-ins and appointments accepted

220 Chambers Street in Downtown Woodstock • 678-483-8900

started a family. More often than not, the makeovers give the recipient the self confidence that has been lacking in their lives, and for some, the experience has been life changing.” Tim also contributes a monthly column in Around Woodstock, the TowneLaker and Sixes Living, designed to help readers with hair issues and questions. The elevated level of customer service at Salon Gloss—combined with its community involvement—is just part of the reason that the community has embraced the salon. And starting this month, clientele will have even more to love about Salon Gloss. Tim is growing the business, not only in square footage but also in client experience. “Our expansion is strictly out of the desire to expand on our clients’ experience with added technology, modern conveniences, additional services and commitment to the wellness of the mind, body and spirit,” said Tim. The space will still appeal to clients of all ages. Younger clientele will find it cool and contemporary while more mature guests will be drawn to its sophisticated, chic atmosphere. “We have designed our space, including the expansion, to be welcoming and comfortable for every client, both male and female, regardless of age,” explained Tim.


Before Salon Gloss opened in downtown Woodstock in 2012, owner Tim Timmons saw the need for a sophisticated, metropolitan salon, in the heart of Woodstock’s vibrant downtown district. In the two years since opening, Salon Gloss has been honored with the distinction of being voted the Best Hair Salon in the Around Woodstock Readers’ Choice, 2014 and TowneLaker Readers’ Choice, 2013 and 2014 and has quickly become one of the most recognized salons in Woodstock, and with good reason. Due to the talent, skill and creativity of the staff, the number of clients has quadrupled since opening, 32


many as a result of referrals. “My goal when opening Salon Gloss two years ago was to provide a higher level of customer experience in a technically advanced, innovative facility that was completely comfortable and welcoming,” said Tim. Each month, the salon partners with Brooklynns and Branches Boutique to provide a complimentary makeover to a deserving local resident, highlighted in each issue of Around Woodstock, the TowneLaker and Sixes Living. “These makeovers have truly been an amazing experience,” shared Tim. “We work with women, oftentime moms, who are looking to make a change or perhaps to recapture who they were before they

Salon Gloss is an exclusive carrier of PHYTO, an all-botanical hair care line that contains no sulfates or parabens. PHYTO has chosen Salon Gloss to become the world’s first and only PHYTO Concept Salon. Each guest can expect the following experience: HAIR AND SCALP ANALYSIS CENTER — Tim is excited to continue offering the only PHYTO Scope in the area, which, literally, gets to the root of clients’ hair problems. Now, the PHYTO Scope has its own consultation center. “Healthy hair begins at the scalp. The PHYTO Scope allows us to view a hair strand and scalp at 250 times magnification. The results allow the stylist and client to see the needs of the hair and scalp and then to prescribe the best possible products for that individual’s needs,” said Tim. The scope also aids in prescribing preventative maintenance for those with




temporary or long-term thinning of the hair due to health, medicinal, nutritional or hormonal issues. SUBTIL COLOR BAR — Salon Gloss is an exclusive carrier of PHYTO’s botanicalbased hair color line, Subtil (pronounced sub-teel). Salon Gloss will be home to PHYTO’s first ever Subtil Color Bar. The concept is an interactive experience that allows clients the opportunity to help create their own signature hair color or highlights. “Clients can participate in how their color is mixed and experience the real science that goes into their individual formulations. Every color consultation and application is applied at The Color Bar, in a bright contemporary setting,” said Tim. After the color has been applied, clients will appreciate the salon’s revolutionary color processors. Now, rather than taking 35 minutes to one hour for color to process, the new processors take five to 15 minutes. That’s a huge timesaver for today’s busy clients! LUXURIOUS SHAMPOO/TREATMENT ROOM — As a major part of its expansion, Salon Gloss now has a separate shampoo and treatment room. Clients will enjoy total relaxation and a luxurious experience among the meditative sounds, soft lighting and aromatherapy- scented room. The wellappointed treatment chairs fully recline, allowing the guest to view visual therapy

via built-in LED screens while enjoying heat and therapeutic massage options. During colder months, clients can indulge in heated blankets or in the summer, a cooling face mask. Attention to these types of details enhances each client’s experience, and he or she leaves Salon Gloss looking and feeling great! CLIENT WORK AND CHILD ENTERTAINMENT AREAS — As much as the staff at Salon Gloss would like clients to come in, forget the day for an hour or so and enjoy the pampering, they also realize that sometimes that’s not always possible. This is why Tim created a special client work area for multitaskers. Clients have access to a work table, well-appointed leather chairs and 60-inch interactive Smart TV with wi-fi. Children also have a special area in the front of the salon where they can watch 3D movies and enjoy a free soda or juice or rent a hand-held game system. AFFILIATION WITH SHEFA WELLNESS CENTER — As part of Salon Gloss’ commitment to health and wellness, it has formed a new partnership with Shefa Wellness Center in Canton. Shefa Wellness Center is a premier source for the latest in personal image enhancement and anti-aging services for men and women specializing in facial rejuvenation and non-invasive body contouring. Shefa Wellness Center also offers message therapy, hormone

replacement and a comprehensive weight loss program in a professional and elegant setting. Every client at Salon Gloss will receive a complimentary 30-minute massage at Shefa Wellness Center’s Canton location. EXPANDED BEVERAGE MENU — After being welcomed and greeted, clients are always offered a complimentary beverage menu. There are 12 flavors of coffee, 10 choices of Teavana teas, soda, juice and adult beverages. Clients also have the option of perusing the selfservice Beverage Bar for refills. The highly trained staff at Salon Gloss has a broad spectrum of experience and specialties from color and extensions to chemical services such as straightening or perms. Every year, the stylists attend intensive trainings in Paris, New York City and Orlando, as well as local and in-salon classes by industry leaders. “Education is key to keeping our stylists’ technical abilities at the forefront of what is current in our industry and keeping our clients current on the latest trends,” said Tim. Other salon services include skin care consultations at The Lierac Skincare Center, facials, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions and makeup application with an on-staff esthetician. If you’re new to the area or looking to make a change, visit Salon Gloss today, where every visit is a first-rate experience. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014


Cherokee Photography Club


Carole Dubuc-Ohlemueller “Countryside” Eillene Kirk “Bale and Barn”

Jim Kirk “Wait’n in the Chutes”

Peter Kilpo “Valley Farm Barn”

Color Print: Club info: The Cherokee Photography Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month, and for those participating in the monthly contest, that meeting is held on the second Monday of the month. Both meetings are from 7-9 p.m. and held at the Cherokee County Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. For more information, please contact Kim Bates at (770) 617-7595 or email him at Martin Longstaff “Mustard Farm” 34


Naomi Shively “Dahmen Barn”

David Ferguson “Pullman Yard Train Barn”

Allen Quandee “A Dying Icon”

Eillene Kirk “Mini Maids”

Monochromatic Print:

Eillene Kirk “Shabby Shelter” Naomi Shively “Invisible Light Barn”

Allen Quandee “Southern Comfort”

Edward Myers “Lone Star Barn” AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



SCOUTING 2014 Boy Scouts

Tiger Cub Donnelly Stover at the 2013 Christmas party.

Cub Scout Pack 125 hiked on the Etowah Trail.

Pack 625 Overall 2014 Pinewood Derby Winners (left to right) Daniel Lamboley, Christopher Sweeney and Jack Lewis.

Wolf Cub Mason Boyd from Pack 125 gets a pool lesson from a friend at the annual Christmas party at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

Woodstock Pack 625, Den 3 Pack graduation. Front row (left to right): Daniel Lamboley, Christopher Sweeney, Dallas Webb and Anthony DelGais. Middle row: Thomas Merritt, Eddie Harmon, Aidan Bailey, Luca Ruocco and Gavyn Whitney. Back row: Assistant leader Thomas Merritt, Den leader Mike DelGais and Assistant leader Jeff Sweeney.



Webelo Cub Gavin Liepold, Wolf Cub Brady Paire and Tiger Cub Blake Armstrong with Pack 125 put together 3D wood puzzles with Christmas party attendees at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

Left to right: Christopher Sweeney, Thomas Merritt, Dallas Web and Anthony DelGais hiking in the Rocky Mountains at Pack 625 Summer Campout.

Left to right: Tiger Cubs Drew Gintert and Logan McConnell at the 2013 Christmas party.

Blake Armstrong with Cub Scout Pack 125 paints Christmas ornaments with a new friend at the Cherokee Counter Senior Center.

Scouting provides amazing opportunities for boys and girls, from kindergarten through adult hood. Children who participate in scouting learn about serving their community, gain leadership experience, learn to work as a team as well as how to accomplish individual goals and gain friendships

that can last a lifetime. Children can join scouts at any age, and there are many boy and girl scout troops throughout the Woodstock area. To find one near you or get more information, visit or (Cherokee/Pickens district) for boys and for girls.

Girl Scouts

Troop 2012 during its Pinewood Derby. Left to right: First place, Hallie Cameron, second place, Brooke Anderson and third place, Holly Sass.

Troop 2012 camping at Bert Adam’s Scout Farm.

Troop 7017 of the Riverwood Service Unit camping at Pine Acres Girl Scout camp on Lake Allatoona.

Troop 2776 donated Girl Scout Cookies to the Cherokee County Fire Dept/Emergency Services (Hickory Flat) at the end of last cookie season.

Front row (left to right): Paige Priest and Jessie Barrett. Middle row: Troop 2776 building fires. Taylor Doyle, Maddy Richard, Maggie Cawston, Bridget McGuiness and Sydney Cummings. Back row: Kendahl Mathis, Riley James, Audrey Mongesku, Megan Wasson, Reagan Dees and Gina Coleman.

Girl Scout Junior Troop 7011 participating in Scout Weekend at Snow Mountain. Front row (left to right): Lorelei Sanders, Caitlin Connor, Caylin Payne, Abby Goodwin and Megan Lee. Back row: Kristen Brunelle, Jasmine Jenkins, Madison Brunelle, Lori Goodwin, Jessa Richardson and Sheridan Branch.

Girl Scout troop 12113 at the Woodstock Christmas parade. Left to right: Kayah Cousar, Kelcie Graboski, Elizabeth Niedjaco, Autumn Restaino and Riley Perkins.

Troop 2977 walking in the Susan G. Komen race. Left to right: Kendall Sullivan, Emily Pesch, Alex Hartwig, Clair Higgins, Catherine Hartwig and Molly Perkins.



School & Sports

CCSD Students Recognized During Signing Day Fifty-six Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized in a ceremony for signing commitment letters to compete at the college level. Listed below are our local students: River Ridge Jessica Baker, Softball — Armstrong Atlantic State University Elijah Brague, Baseball — LaGrange College John Cable, Baseball — Darton State College Jessica Mlaska, Basketball — Georgia Southern University Chanel Mosley, Soccer — Shorter University Steven Spears, Football — Davidson University Sequoyah Katie Collis, Softball — Auburn University at Montgomery Devin McCleskey, Baseball — LaGrange College Brantley Flanagan, Baseball — Shorter University Evan Ezell, Baseball — Maryville College Jacob Cagle, Baseball — Reinhardt University Tristan Roberts, Baseball — Georgia Highlands College Emily Ryan, Basketball — Wofford College Zachary Moore, Cross Country — Lincoln Memorial CJ Collins, Football — Kennesaw State University



Peter Rohan, Football — Kennesaw State University AJ Brown, Football — Kennesaw State University Woodstock Jacklyn Chiesa, Lacrosse — Wingate University Carolyn Edwards, Softball — Georgia Perimeter College Savannah Wood, Tennis — Samford University

SCHOOL NEWS Mountain Road ES Recognizes Kids with Character As part of Mountain Road Elementary School’s Positive Behavior Intervention System, students earn “Cougar Coupons” when school staff see them displaying positive character. Students receiving numerous coupons are honored during each grading period with Kids with Character T-shirts and certificates.

Front row (left to right): Derrick Gilbert, Lucca Nardelli and Peyton Grummer. Middle row: Izabella Andujar, Reya Kiser, Emma Hatch, Jessica Gonzalez and Julia Poje. Back row: School Counselor Brenda Hall, Assistant Principal Paula Merritt, Ryan Kent, Matt Savely, David Hughes and Principal Jennifer Landry.

Local Schools Win at Regional Bowl Five Cherokee County School District teams won at the Regional 2014 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, which qualifies them for divisional competition. Around Woodstock local schools include Woodstock High School, Mill Creek Middle School and Arnold Mill Elementary School. Members of the Woodstock team: Naudia Baisden; Brooke Burris; Casey Heidt; captains Baily Paschal and Matt Shear; and coaches Heather Bolt and

Woodstock Senior Wins Scholarship to Attend Conference Woodstock High School senior Ahmad Bratton has won a scholarship to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., presented by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or in medical research fields. Ahmad was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Georgia based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. Ahmad was a member of Woodstock’s varsity basketball team and an assistant coach for a second grade basketball team at Sixes Elementary School.

Carrie Sprouse. Mill Creek team: Morgan Bishop; Katrina Brown; Callie Goins; Ragan Martin; Alicia Mazzurra; Sathvika Narasimhan; Marlies Smith; Michelle Stevens; Cole Whitney; and coaches Linda Chapman and Lori Evans. Arnold Mill team: Chloe Bedora; Jackson Bramblett; Sarah Brown; A.J. Drotleff; Dylan Herrick; Rebecca Latty; Matthew Paulson; Clay Schmidt and coaches Jane Morris and Jacquie Zaski.

River Ridge Receives Full Scholarship River Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Major John Bowling has been selected to receive a full, fouryear ROTC college scholarship. More than 11,000 students applied, and John, a senior, is one of the 1,250 students selected to receive the scholarship, which is valued at about $200,000. Students were selected based on their résumé; an application requiring outstanding academic achievement (a grade point average of 3.0 or higher), SAT/ACT scores (minimum of 26 on the ACT or 1,180 on the SAT, not including writing tests) and extra-curricular activity; a physical fitness assessment; an interview; and commitment to military service. AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014


School & Sports

Johnston Celebrates Perfect Attendance Johnston Elementary School students with perfect attendance are eligible for a giveaway every semester sponsored by Clyde Holmes, a registered representative of INVEST Financial Corp. Mr. Holmes, a Companies That Care business partner with the school, donates and presents two bicycles every semester to students with perfect attendance. Richard Tu and Elizabeth Cortez are the proud recipients for the first semester.

Clyde Holmes and Assistant Principal Carolyn Daugherty congratulate Elizabeth Cortez and Richard Tu.

Cherokee Charter Sends Students to National Spelling Bee

Arnold Mill Students Head to State Competition

Two Cherokee Charter Academy students recently advanced to the Charter Schools USA’s National Spelling Bee. Andrew Tweet, fifth grade and Alex Dagraca, sixth grade, competed against other charter school students from Georgia and North Carolina.

Two Arnold Mill Elementary School students, Sarah Sweet (left) and Riley Herrick, placed second at the Northwest Regional Social Studies Fair. The two will now compete in the state competition, which will be held in May.

River Ridge Senior Named Buddy of the Year River Ridge High School senior Harpal Sagoo has been named the Georgia Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year. The TOPSoccer program ( programs/top-soccer.aspx) is designed to reach and meet the needs of children ages 4-19 with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program “caters to player development rather than competition” and moves special needs children off the sidelines and onto the field. 40






Before you know it, summer break will be here! Whether you need a fun, safe place for your children daily or just an occasional camp to break up the sounds of, “I’m bored!” we’ve compiled a list of area camps. If your camp is not listed and you want to be included in our April guide, please email your information to editor@ by March 5.

KidZone High Adventure Summer Day Camp Location: Escalade Rock Climbing Gym, 3694 Kennesaw South Industrial Drive, Kennesaw Times & Dates: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (free early drop-off at 8 a.m., late pick-up until 5:30 p.m.) weekly during the summer. Ages: 6-12 Hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., daily (early drop off 8–9 a.m.; late pickup 4–5:30 p.m.) Information: Weekly camps. Call (770) 794-1575 or visit Theatre of the Sports and Stars Summer Camp Location: Allen Temple Christian Academy, 232 Arnold Mill Road Dates: June 2–July 25 (weekly) Ages: 5-12 Hours: 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Information: Cost is $120/week (lunch included). For more information go to YMCA Day Camp Location: Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, 201 E. Bells Ferry Road Dates: June 2–Aug. 1 (weekly) Ages: 5-15 Information: Call (770) 345-9622 or visit www. Scholarships available. Curtain Call Youth Players Camps Location: 2800 Canton Road, Suite 600, Marietta




Call (404) 692-2297, email Summercamp@ or visit

Curtain Call Youth Players’ camps will have different productions based on age groups. Scheduled camps and productions are: Shannonigan’s Playhouse Date/Production: June 9-13 (half day), Peter Pan Ages: Kindergarten–second grade Information: Cost $110 Elementary Playhouse Dates/Production: July 7-11, Dragon Trouble July 14-18, The Gingerbread Girl July 21-25, Operation: Save the Environment Ages: Grades 3–5 Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Information: $215/week Middle School Playhouse Dates/Production: June 2-6, Whose Line is it Curtain Call June 16-20, The Gift of Gab June 23-27, Macbeth July 14-25, Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice...Sssspoof! (two-week musical theater)* 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta Ages: Grades 6–8 Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Information: $215/week. The July 14-25 camp will take place at The Art Place—Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.

High School Playhouse Date/Production: June 30-July 3, Whose Line is it Curtain Call? Ages: Grades 9–12 Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Informaton: $55/day or $200 for four days Cherokee County Safety Town Location: Bascomb Elementary School, 1335 Wyngate Pkwy. Dates: June 9-13 June 16-20 June 23-27 Ages: Children entering kindergarten in the fall Time: 8 a.m.–noon Information: $75, includes materials, snacks and T-shirt. For more information, Elm Street Drama Camps Location: 8534 Main St. Dates: June 2–Aug. 1 (weekly) Ages: Junior, 5–7 Senior, 8–14 Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Information: Register at Call (678) 494-4251 Georgia All-Star Gymnastics Day Camp Location: 105 Arnold Mill Park Dates: June 2 – Aug. 1 (weekly) Ages: 3-12 Time: 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Information: Half day and daily rates, weekly rates and unlimited (all summer) rates. Call (770) 516-2654, email info@ or visit Bits, Bytes & Bots—Technology 4 Kids Location: Various throughout Cherokee and Cobb counties

Dates: June 2–July 28 (weekly) Ages: 6 and older Times: Half day, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Full day 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Information: $200 for half day; $300 for full day. Register at or call (770) 826-0449. Dance Imagination Fairytale Ballet Camps Location: 119 Mill Street Dates: June 17–20, June 24-27, July 15-18 and July 22-25 Ages: 2 and older Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Information: $40/day or $140/week. Registration begins March 24. Call (678) 445-2731 or visit www.danceimagination. com. Gold Swimming’s “Camp Splash” (Swim and Multi-Activity Camp) Location: 103 Arnold Mill Road Dates: June 2–July 11 (weekly) Ages: 5–12 Time: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Information: $250/week. $20 registration fee for nonGold members. Call Beth Murphy at (770) 591-1998 or email Club Scientific Summer Camps Times & Dates: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weeks of June 23, July 7 and July 14 Ages: 4-14 Location: Cherokee Charter Academy, 2126 Sixes Rd. Cost: Starting at $245 per week Information: Options include 28 themes. Pre and postcamp hours available. Register at or call (678) 880-6460. .



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Piedmont Regional Technology Fair BY PATSY JORDAN

The fifth annual Piedmont Technology Fair was held at River Ridge High School. The fair began five years ago when proud students from Teasley Middle School asked to show their computer knowledge and skills. River Ridge teacher, Mrs. Judi Haggerty, took the students’ dream and made it a reality. In 2009, Mrs. Haggerty searched and found the Georgia Educational Patsy Jordan serves as Technology Fair and contacted District 2 School Board the state director, Tom Lamb Representative. She and set up a meeting. Mr. Lamb is a Cherokee High explained to Mrs. Haggerty that School graduate, retired the students could compete only if educator of Cherokee County School District, they were part of a region. There and life-long resident was no region, so Mrs. Haggerty of Cherokee County in pioneered the first region in Ball Ground, GA. patsy. Cherokee County. jordan@cherokee.k12. Only three schools competed the first year—two from Cherokee County and one from Cobb County—with a total of 30 students. Out of the 30 students, five to seven went to state, and a state winner was selected from the group. Since the first year, the competition has grown. This year, more than 180 projects and approximately 200 students were involved. Students ranged from elementary through high school levels and represented Cherokee County School District, Georgia Cyber Academy, Cherokee Charter School and Cobb County. Fifty-two projects are headed to the state competition, which will be held in Macon on March 8. All students who competed deserve a big round of applause for exhibiting superior innovation and teamwork. Mrs. Haggerty, teachers and administrators collaborate to organize the Piedmont Technology Fair. This year’s fair was entertaining as students showcased their unique technology projects. Students also demonstrated some of the ways teachers are using technology to enrich classroom learning. The use of computers and technology in the classroom has opened up a whole new method of teaching and learning. I have been honored to have the opportunity to be a judge at the Piedmont Technology Fair for the past two years. It is amazing to see first-hand the individual innovative ideas and teamwork that contribute to the unique projects. Mrs. Haggerty and team are to be commended for the positive impact of bringing students together to become more engaged in technology and for fostering a positive impact on student achievement and career possibilities. Congratulations to all of the fair competitors and to Mrs. Haggerty, the architecture, engineering and graphic design teacher at River Ridge High School. 44


The 2010 team. Front row: Katie Basford; Back row (left to right): Meghan Shackelford, Ava Shields and Christine Robertson

Left to right: Thomas Drake, Evan Duffield, Satpal Sagoo, Kelsey Turner and Mrs. Judi Haggerty

What do you get when you adopt a cat or kitten from Cherokee County Animal Shelter? Distemper combo vaccine $18 per booster

Rabies Vaccine $18

Ear Mite exam & treatment $45

Feline Leukemia Test $48

Microchip $35

Physical Exam $40

Spay/neuter $200 Initial Flea/Tick Treatment $20

Adopted in 2010

Deworming $30

Lifetime of love & companionship: PRICELESS

Our adoption fee includes all of this a value of over $450 for only $100

Cherokee County Animal Shelter 1015 Univeter Rd in Canton

Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

To see all of our adoptable pets visit us at our website or AROUND WOODSTOCK | March 2014



A Little Time With God in Mind BY ROSS WISEMAN

My greatest job as a pastor is to lead people into a growing relationship with God. A relationship where He is teaching them more than I could ever teach, comforting more than I could ever comfort and challenging more than I could ever challenge. How is this possible? By encouraging people to take time daily to read God’s Word and experience His presence. Ross Wiseman is a father You see, God is waiting to be of four, the husband of one, and a pastor and friend to the best pastor, leader, motivator many. He has served as and friend you have ever had, the founding and current but He does this through you pastor of Momentum interacting with Him by reading Church since 2005. the Bible. God, through His The joys and struggles of over 21 years of ministry Word, shapes how we think and and 19 years of marriage transforms how we live. Often, have given Ross a broad we know this to be true, but perspective of the human wonder, how can one read the condition. With humor and Bible in such a way as to receive subtle depth, Ross loves to challenge, inspire and direction from the Lord? instruct people in what First, never approach the Bible it takes for better living, for mere information. Approach loving, and laughter. it with a desire to receive transformation. Below I will give you a model that can guide your devotional time with God. As you read God’s Word expect great things from the Lord. I am confident that He will shape your life through His truths and His presence. There are many guides online that will give you a one- or two-year plan to read through the Bible. As you read the dailyrecommended portion of scripture, please do so with a journal in hand. Let the journal become your story of interaction, insight and direction from the one who created you for His plans and purposes. Journaling is an excellent way to record and process what God has impressed upon your heart. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the “nuggets” that you will receive. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and very important lessons. Keeping a “Life Journal” starts by writing the below categories down in a notebook, computer, tablet or phone. Remember to leave enough space in between to record your thoughts and the thoughts God places in your mind. S: Scripture O: Observation A: Application P: Prayer 46


“Journaling is an excellent way to record and process what God has impressed upon your heart.” Always seek to find the answer to this question: “How will I be different today because of what I have just read? S: Scripture Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your recommended reading list. Take your time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal. O: Observation What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal. A: Application Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today. Here are some great questions to ask during this part of your scripture reading: • How does this truth affect my relationship with God? • How does this truth affect my relationship with others? • How does this truth affect me? • How does this truth affect my response to the enemy Satan or to sin? P: Prayer This can be as simple as asking God to help you live out this scripture, or to receive greater insight on what He may be revealing to you through the scripture. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out. Then don’t forget throughout the day as you think about what you have read to ask yourself, “How will I be different today because of what I have just read?” I am praying for you to experience the riches of God’s truth and His presence, and that you will be blessed by God’s Word. Read it, hear it, embrace it, live it, and know as you carve out time with God in mind, He will carve out your destiny and unfold His plans for your life one day at a time. With you on the Journey!



Local Artist Kristina Laurendi Havens has spent more than 18 months creating a series of paintings depicting everyday scenes around Main Street in Woodstock. The paintings consist of more than 30 pieces in total. The paintings will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to help fund the next phase of development for the theater and arts center in downtown Woodstock. To participate in the auction, follow Kristina on Facebook (facebook. com/Krystyna81) or email her to join her mailing list at



Downtown Woodstock

Friday Night Live Returns BY KYLE BENNETT

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

Main Street Woodstock is excited to announce the 2014 schedule for the Friday Night Live Series, presented by the Bank of North Georgia. This is the sixth year Friday Night Live series which has proved to be a wildly popular event. Each year, the series brings people to downtown Woodstock for a night of fun in the heart of the city the first Friday of every month. Friday Night Live, which runs from 6 – 9 p.m., offers the chance to enjoy the many restaurants and stores in the area. Each month features a different theme, with participating merchants hosting activities that include live bands. Organizers of the series have planned unique contests like 80s Night and Hippie costume contests, and a Hollywood celebrity look-a-

like contest. At each Friday Night Live, participants have a chance to win a $100 Downtown Woodstock Gift Certificate, which can be used at any downtown merchant.. Participants earn one entry in the drawing for every $10 spent at a downtown business during the event. To enter, bring your receipt (s) to the Woodstock Visitor’s Center.



Friday Night Live

March 7: Mardi Gras On Main April 4: ’80s Night – Bring out those Members Only jackets for ’80s Night! From disco to pap, bangs to gig hair, come and relive the magic of the ’80s. May 2: Dos de Mayo – Bring out that sombrero and enjoy the area’s only Dos de Mayo Party. It’s South of the Border in South Cherokee! June 6: Dog Days of Summer – Find relief from the Dog Days of summer. July 11: Americafest Salute to the Troops – Join the fun as we celebrate America and salute the troops. Aug. 1: Summer of Love – Hippiefest- No pond bathing here, but we can promise a summer-lovin’ time. Break out the tie-dyes and headbands for a little early autumn fun as the history of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival is celebrated! Peace, love, and rock & roll. Sept. 5 The Great Downtown Tailgate – Put on your team colors and strike up the band for a little early autumn fun! Oct. 3: Oktoberfest – Grab a brew with your crew and have a blast too! Nov. 7: Hollywood Night – Celebrate all things Hollywood. Dec. 5: Christmas on Main – The perfect chance for Christmas shopping and having fun at the same time. Santa has already RSVP’d! For more information visit or call the Woodstock Visitors Center at (770)924-0406

Downtown Woodstock Dining Guide Casual and Upscale Dine-In Restaurants RESTAURANT






Canyons 335 Chambers St. 678-494-8868








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

Modern American





Full bar

8 persons +

Fire Stone 120 Chambers St. 770-926-6778

Wood-fired Pizza & Grill





Full bar


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


Sat./Sun. Brunch




Full bar


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










Fri./Sat. only



Full bar







Full bar


J Christophers 315 Chambers St. 770-592-5990



$ - $$





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



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


Sunday Brunch






Pure Taqueria 441 Chambers St. 770-952-7873


Sat./Sun. Brunch




Full bar

6 persons +

English Tea room












Full bar


Ice Martini & Sushi Bar 380 Chambers St. 770-672-6334 Ipps Pastaria & Bar 8496 Main St. 770-517-7305


Reel Seafood-Coming Soon Tea Leaves & Thyme 8990 Main St. 770-516-2609 Vingenzo’s 105 E Main St. 770-924-9133

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


Downtown Woodstock


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March 12

Friday Nite Live — Mardi Gras Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Information: Grab your beads and head to downtown Woodstock for the annual Mardi Gras parade and festivities. Witness the coronation of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, dine at one of the many area restaurants and enjoy extended hours at many of the retailers.

iThink Improv Troupe Time: 9 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: All seats $7 (cash only at door) or $5 if ordered in advance online. or (678) 494-4251.

March 10

Book Signing — Kim Harrison, “The Undead Pool” Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St. Information: Book purchase optional

Hands-On Cooking Class, Greek Chicken Roulades Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 105 E. Main St. Information: Taught by Chef Alan. $35. Limited seating. RSVP required by calling (678) 401-2609. www.leaningladderoliveoil. com.

Book Signing — Erika Robuck, “Fallen Beauty” Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St. Information: Book purchase optional

March 13

Book Signing — Stephan Pastis, “Timmy Failure and Pearls Before Swine” Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St. Information: Book purchase optional

March 22

Hands-On Cooking Class, Asian Spring Rolls Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 105 E. Main St. Information: Taught by Chef Alan. $25. Limited seating. RSVP required by calling (678) 401-2609. www.leaningladderoliveoil. com.

March 14-16 & 21-23 The March Downtown Buzz meeting will be held on Friday March 28 at 8 a.m. at the Chambers at City Center and will feature guest speakers – Chief Moss and Chief Soumas with the Public Safety Program. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS SPARC Lucas Hilt Cupcakelicious Anthony “Tony” Tortorici U Fine Consignment Nolette Marcellus

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“Treasure Island or Who’s Got the Map?” Times: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: A comic re-telling of the Robert Louis Stevenson adventure pitting young Jim Hawkins and his friends against Long John Silver and some wacky pirates. Great fun for the entire family! All seats $10 if ordered in advance online or $12 at the door. or (678) 494-4251.

March 26

Hands-On Cooking Class, Marinated Salmon Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 105 E. Main St. Information: Taught by Chef Alan. $45. Limited seating. RSVP required by calling (678) 401-2609. www.leaningladderoliveoil. com.

Experience Elm Street

One Great Idea for Thousands to Enjoy BY G. LORA GROOMS

If you have students in Cherokee County schools, they may come home one day soon talking about a special assembly. The iThink Free School Tour is happening again in March and April across the county, sponsored by the CarMax Foundation and Georgia Power Foundation. It all started a few years ago when I finally had Siobhan Brumbelow on board as a fulltime staff member. Though I had G. Lora Grooms is the lots of volunteer help, I really director for the Elm Street needed someone in the trenches Cultural Arts Village. with me on a daily basis. I had all She has been teaching, kinds of programming ideas and writing, directing and not enough time to implement performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can them. I don’t think she had reach her at director@ been at her desk for more than a couple of hours before I sprung one of those ideas on her: a free program of some kind to tour the local schools. I didn’t know how it would be funded at that time, but that wasn’t the point. We needed to do it. Siobhan is superbly creative, and I knew she’d come up with something spectacular. Within a couple of days, she presented the concept of an improv troupe going into the schools with stories to act out, improv games and a third component to encourage writing and literacy. She wanted the students to write their own stories to be handed to the troupe in a folder upon arrival at the school. After performing a piece selected by the teacher in charge - such as “The Cat in the Hat” or “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” - the troupe would select a few of the student writings to act out in a similar fashion. On the spot. No rehearsal. The writer would get to stand with the troupe while his or her story is performed live. You can imagine what a thrilling moment that could be for a young writer. As if that wasn’t enough, Siobhan and the troupe started creating mini-movies of some of the particularly well-crafted stories that were in the folder but hadn’t been picked at random for the live show. There is a link to the mini-movies on our website, www.elmstreetarts. org, to demonstrate how it works. This wonderful program has impacted thousands of students over the years, thanks to the ingenuity and talent of Elm Street’s Siobhan Brumbelow and the iThink Improv Troupe she created.



14, 15, 16, 21,22,23 Fri @ 7:30pm Sat/Sun @ 2pm

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Downtown Woodstock

Amy’s Transformation BY JODI TIBERIO

Jodi Tiberio owns Branches Boutique for women in Towne Lake and brooklynn’s boutique for men and women in Downtown Woodstock. Contact Jodi at info@

Amy Walker is a teacher at Bascomb Elementary School. She has seen several of her co-workers receive makeovers through our program and has been ramping up her style on her own. She has listened to the advice in my columns, shops at smaller stores, which offer more personalized service, and she asks for help. We have gotten to know her and what

will look good on her. Amy is thin but has not been wearing skinny jeans because she did not feel they look good her. Like everyone else, she just needed to find the right pair for her. Many women who wear a smaller size in tops than they do in pants feel this way. Balancing the look with a scarf or chunky piece of jewelry helps to add shape and weight up top. We chose a pair of coral skinny jeans from Scarlet Boulevard. I love their colored denim because the price is low (under $35), and the fit is great! We put together several tops to go with the jeans so she would have a lot of choices. Our favorite outfit, however, was the black and white pattern dress from Hourglass Lilly. Their fabrics are so soft and beautiful. The shapes of their clothing are classic and look great on many women. Paired with leggings, this outfit works for school or date night with her husband. The maxi dresses for spring are amazing! With a lot of new clothing options, Amy left for her salon appointment. After Amy was outfitted, she went to Salon Gloss to complete her transformation. After a consultation with owner Tim Timmons, it was agreed that Amy would keep the length of her hair, yet drastically change her color. Amy mentioned that several of her family members had red hair, and she was ready for a major color change. Tim took Amy’s very dark hair to a vibrant copper-red shade accented by copper highlights. The result of the color change instantly took years off her appearance. Next, it was time for her haircut. Amy’s current hairstyle consisted of mismatched layers that she would wear in a ponytail. The objective was to maintain her current length but redesign her layers to add a more flattering shape and softness. Tim finished off her haircut by adding a softer side-swept fringe that fell right into her layering. The transformation was completed with a makeup consultation and application with Will, aimed at helping Amy to know which colors worked best for her new look as well as quick application techniques that will help her to repeat her look at home. These makeovers just keep getting better every month. Amy looks so amazing! I know it is a big change for her to see herself with a new hair color and make-up. She works so hard and does such a great job for her family and her students. I am very proud of her for doing this for herself. 52



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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Ace 3921 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs 54


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

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

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

Cherokee Co. School District 2013-2014 Calendar at a Glance March 31-April 4 Spring Break May 26 No School May 29 Last Day of School Cafeteria account information: Aspen: https://sis.cherokee.k12. School District Website:

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

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


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

Children and Family

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


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

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

Parks and Recreation

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


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

Post Office locations Canton Holly Springs Lebanon Woodstock

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

Police Departments

Canton Holly Springs Woodstock Sheriff’s Office

Utilities (770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (770) 720-5100

(770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (770) 427-3390

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

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

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

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

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care

Bethesda Community Clinic Cherokee County Health Department

Urgent Care Facilities

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

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

(678) 426-5450

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

(678) 494-2500




WOODSTOCK AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee Area Business Connection Meets Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Toastmasters Meets Every Wednesday from 12 noon at 7745 Main Street, Woodstock Laury Beesley, (678) 642-3110 Empowered Women Through Synergy Meets 3rd Thursday at 8.30 a.m. at J Christopher’s in downtown Woodstock Shahida Baig (678) 445-3900 Main Street Woodstock Meets Last Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at 8534 Main Street at City Center No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meets Every Monday morning at 7:30 am at IHOP 8979 Hwy 92 North Georgia Referral Network Meets Every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. at J. Christophers, 315 Chambers Street (770) 592-5990 The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meets Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Edeline Dryden (678) 789-6158 Together We Rise Meets Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280 Towne Lake Business Association Meets Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills (770) 615-3350 Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meets Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377 Women of Woodstock Meets First & Third Wednesday. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Woodstock Business Networking Group Meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Atlanta Bread Company, 180 Woodstock Square Ave., Woodstock Lee West (770) 591-7101



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

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


Everyday Angels offers financial assistance for local families in need. Email aaeverydayangels@

Ahimsa House helps victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. 24-hr, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 Angel House Girls Home is a residential facility for girls 12-18 to learn self-sufficiency. (770) 479-9555, Anna Crawford Children’s Center a child abuse and prevention program for children and adults. (770) 345-8100

Funds 4 Furry Friends helps those in need with food, spay/neuter and medical attention for their pets. Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893, Georgia Animal Project offers high quality, lowcost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. (770) 704-PAWS (7297) Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly back-to-school bash.

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

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

CASA for Children, Inc. needs volunteers to help advocate for children in the court system.

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

CCHS Thrift Store located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 592-8072. Accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for Cherokee County Humane Society.

Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia (770) 345-1879,

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP at 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 Cherokee County Animal League Contact: Steve Monahan at or (770) 712-4077 Cherokee County Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. (770) 479-1703, Spanish (770) 720-7050 Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) (770) 928-5115, Cherokee FOCUS works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiative. Sonia Carruthers (770) 345-5483 Cherokee County Senior Services offers educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens looking for socialization. Located at 1001 Univeter Rd., Canton (770) 345-2675

Healing Hands Youth Ranch offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses for hope and healing. Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 HopeQuest Ministry Group helps people who struggle intensely with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse, substance abuse and/or sexual brokenness. (678) 391-5950, HOPE Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. (770) 924-0864, HOPE Center — Baby & More Thrift Store (770) 517-4450 Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. (770) 218-1997, Iron Hearts is a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with special needs. (678) 493-5775, MUST Ministries Kendall Jones, (770) 479-5397 Never Alone is an outreach to homeless. (770) 363-5272, Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday Respite, camps and special

Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd.

Chattahoochee Tech Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197

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

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Folks, 180 Parkway 575 Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158


Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway (678) 310-9858

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

events for people with special needs. (770) 592-1227

Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. (770) 721-7808

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50+ Meets Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Rich, (770) 926-1944 American Legion Post 316 Meets Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366 Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991 Cherokee County Historical Society (770) 345-3288 Junior Service League of Woodstock (770) 592-3535 Rotary Club of Woodstock Meets Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at IHOP on Highway 92 Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, glfloyd@southernco. com South Cherokee Optimist Club Meets Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Eagle Watch Golf Club Charlice Byrd, (404) 557-2218 Woodstock Jaycees Meets First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. at 216 Rope Mill Road (404) 690-4452 Woodstock Lions Club Meets Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at New Victoria Baptist Church (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meets Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee County Democrat Party Meets Second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Holly Springs Train Depot Cherokee County Republican Party Meets Second Saturday at 9 a.m. at Winchesters Woodfire Grill, Canton (678) 809-1411

Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meets First Wednesday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meets First Thursday at 7 p.m. at Atria, 1000 Professional Way Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119 Breast Cancer Support Group Meets First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. — 12 noon at Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center (404) 843-1880 Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program.

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

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

Republican Women of Cherokee County (678) 520-2236

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meets first Monday at 7 p.m.


Diabetes Support Group Meets, the 3rd Tuesday at Emeritus Assisted Living, 756 Neese Rd., Woodstock Linda Watson, (770) 793-7818.

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meets Second Saturday at 10 a.m. at Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. at Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., 1st floor conf. room Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221

Georgia Canines for Independence, (404) 824-4637 Grand parents Raising GRANDchildren Meets Second & Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (nursery available) Jeannie, (770) 919-9275

Cherokee Community Chorale (678) 439-8625,

Jewish Havurah Marcia, (770) 345-8687

Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244

La Leche League of South Cherokee Meets First Tuesday at 10 a.m. & Third Wed. 7 p.m. at Bascomb United Methodist Church Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191

Cherokee County Master Gardeners (770) 479-0418 mastergardeners/ Cherokee Photography Club Christian Authors Guild Meets 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 30189 Crossfit WOD Club Meets Daily for the “Work Out of the Day” Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meets Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at

MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30188-30189 momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meets Second & Fourth Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy (770) 924-4777 Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. (770) 956-0711. Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meets Second & Fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Hillside UMC, Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899




WOODSTOCK AREA COMMUNITY OF FAITH BAPTIST Cherokee Baptist 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, (770) 720-3399 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Senior Pastor: Kevin Edmonds Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 592-7007 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Bob Goodner Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock (770) 710-1068, Pastor: Elder Larry White Faith Community 659 Arnold Mill Road (770) 516-1996 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Teaching Pastor: Shane Koehler First Baptist of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Johnny Hunt Hillcrest Baptist 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Mike Maxwell New Victoria Baptist 6659 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-8448, Services: 11 a.m. Pastor John Harris Stonecrest Baptist 485 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-8820 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, (770) 928-7916 Rector: Rev. Paul McCabe Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:15 & 10:30 a.m. Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton 30114 (770) 345-6722, Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m. Christian Education: 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist Service: 6:30 p.m. Rector: James B. Stutler

JEWISH Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw (678) 460-7702, Offers Canton and Woodstock study groups Introductory service : 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Zalman Charytan Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation (678) 264-8575, Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 30068 (770) 973-0137, Rabbi Shalom Lewis Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green Street Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 641-8630 Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 30062 (770) 973-3533, Rabbi Steven Lebow


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

PRESBYTERIAN Cherokee Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA) Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s South Annex, 7545 Main Street; Bldg. 200, Woodstock, Pastor: Ted Lester Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church Meets at Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Sid Gunter Sixes Presbyterian Church Meeting at our Fellowship Hall at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, (770) 485-1975 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Lucas Pina Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-0074 Traditional Worship Service: 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Don Esa

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 516-0009, Saturday: 5:30 p.m., Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m., 12:45 & 5:30 p.m., Spanish Mass: 2:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Larry Niese Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Rd. NE., Marietta (770) 977-1442, Saturday Vigil Mass: 5 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8 & 10 a.m. & 12 noon Sunday Spanish Mass: 2 p.m. Pastor: Monsignor Patrick Bishop

UNITED METHODIST Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 926-9755 Contemporary Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Harden Hopper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Larry Tomczak Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532 Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, Suite 250 (behind NAPA), (678) 494-2193, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Marc Lawson Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m., Aux. Meeting: 10:20 a.m. Bishop Phil Karski Woodstock Ward Sacrament Meeting: 1 p.m. Auxiliary meeting: 2:15 p.m. Bishop Paul Hailstone Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford Empowerment Tabernacle Church 507 Industrial Drive, (770) 928-7478 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Pastor: A.D. Hinton Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, Woodstock, on Hwy 92 — ½ mile east of Hwy 5 (678) 384-4919, Sunday Service Times: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Ross Wiseman Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry H. Baker Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0040 Holy Communion: Sunday 10 a.m. Christian Education (all ages): Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Gene Prince Sovereign Grace 471 Arnold Mill Road, (678) 494-2100 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. The Walk - Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor: William S. Ratliff Watermarke Church Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton, (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Lynn Eynon Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Aprenda Ingles Gratis (Free ESL): Lunes 7 -9 p.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategui, (770) 926-8271 Pastor: Matt Amos

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

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lewis Stark

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

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


Attention Men: The Next Menopause Joke May Be on You continued from page 30

Digital Confessions continued from page 24

(transdermal) with the use of injections, patches and gels. The two treatments, HRT and BHRT, also work for women. Be sure to use FDA-approved hormones in whatever therapy you choose. It is important to work closely with your physician or clinician to decide the best therapy for you. If your symptoms are bothersome, discuss your options with a physician or other specialist in menopausal health. Bottom line: male menopause, like female menopause, is no laughing matter. Except for this classic joke with a modern twist: What’s worse than one man going through menopause? Two men going through menopause.

shouting out the folder names and passwords Lewis will need to pay the power bill and access the family calendar so he doesn’t miss his next doctor appointment. Then, realizing in horror that he is not a digital citizen, I go into cardiac arrest. But here’s the thing. Lewis can sit in a restaurant and hold a real conversation without once picking up his phone to check tweets and emails. He is not held captive by the electronic manufacturers as they release new versions of the many tech toys on the market. His handwriting is still exquisite because he actually uses pen and paper, and he gives me real greeting cards, not virtual ones. When he awakens each morning, he brings me coffee in bed instead of checking Facebook messages. My Lewis isn’t a digital citizen. But he is still my prize, analog warts and all.

Cleaning Out Your Closet

There’s No Crazy Like Middle Aged Crazy

criteria: purchased within last two years, considerably still in style, and in good condition. Anything fitting these standards could make you some money, friends! Take it to a consignment shop. That’s the first step in the whittling that I mentioned earlier. The second step: take all items in good condition, barring any under garments, to be donated. Finally, any undies or items beyond repair can be thrown out. There you have it: a perfectly organized closet! You will find that with less clutter you’re able to better see what you have to choose from and that makes it feel like you have even more clothes than when you started. Amazing! Not to mention, now there is plenty of room to add more…

to leave my wife for a younger woman. What we want is to explore those old dreams with the ones we love. I understand my wife, and I know she wants what most women want— stability. She wants me to stay at my current job until I retire. But what we both want isn’t necessarily taking us in different directions. We just have to find ways that satisfy both of us. The important thing is not to ridicule the dreams that were once so vitally important to us. Most men may live unassuming, quiet lives, but our hopes and aspirations can be immense and all consuming.

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What Makes A Haircut “A Cut Above The Rest?” continued from page 27

Get involved with the process. Don’t be shy about asking questions. “What type of haircut best suits me?” “Do you think my hair can look like this picture of Jennifer Lawrence?” “How long will this haircut take me to style in the morning?” If your stylist says, “No, I’m sorry, but there’s no way I can make you look like Jennifer Lawrence,” you should listen, because chances are, you won’t. Just ask anyone who’s ever had a bad haircut. It can often take months — even years — to correct. I encourage anyone looking for a perfect haircut to research online and read reviews of your local salons to see how others have liked their experience. If all else fails, walk up to the person who has the cut that you have been looking for and ask where she got it cut. Not only will you find the stylist that you’ve been looking for, but you will have made a total stranger feel great!



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An Unpleasant Journey That Can Be Avoided continued from page 28

The unexpected journey that people in Atlanta experienced during our January snowstorm was based upon unforeseen circumstances. People can avoid an unexpected journey in dentistry by devoting only a couple of hours a year for dental checkups, which will avoid serious tooth and gum problems that could otherwise develop. Be proactive about going to the dentist regularly.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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