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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 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 is 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).

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-forprofit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.

We believe in life well-lived.

Two Locations Quality Pediatric Care, Close to Home Northside Cherokee Pediatrics provides compassionate, comprehensive medical care for patients from birth to 18 years of age. Dr. Jamie Rollins, Dr. Shalini Shah, and Dr. Nancy Doelling, offer the quality one-on-one care you demand to keep your child happy and healthy including, short wait times, same-day appointments and personalized care at a location convenient for your busy lifestyle.

Northside Cherokee Pediatrics Offers: • Exceptional Care: Board-certified physicians. Attentive & complete care for children birth - 18. • Timely Access: Same-day appointments available. Shorter wait times. • Efficient Follow-up: Timely feedback and reports. Next day test results available.

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Call for an appointment (678) 388-5485

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32 & 33 On the Cover

Governors MedSpa & Concierge Medicine

photo by J. King Images, hair & make-up by Crystal Nix

March 2018




In Every Issue



22 Big Time Football, Locally

4 Around Canton

34 Don Akridge

8 Community News

31 Dr. Christopher Alvey

12 Birthdays & Celebrations

43 Cherokee Office of

18 Downtown Canton Calendar

With successful seasons under their belts, KSU and RU coaches and players prepare for an exciting 2018-19 year.

24 Self-Guided Tour of Historic Canton

25 Downtown Canton Dining Guide

28 Everyday Angels

The city’s rich heritage will come alive for participants of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 Expedition.

26 On the Hunt for Eggs

Hunting for the ubiquitous symbol of spring is a fun way to celebrate the season. Plan your family’s outing with our list of local egg hunts.

30 Rob’s Rescues

Economic Development

56 Tina Farmer 16 Bill Grant

44 Community Calendar

35 Dr. James Haley

46 Library Events

38 Delia Halverson

54 School News

37 Dr. Thomas Jordan

58 Church Listings 62 Directory of Advertisers

36 Dr. Sarah Licht 42 Ann Litrel 22 Dave Loudin 39 Michael Martin


57 Jillian Melko

Katherine Amick, Market Manager 678-279-5502 @AroundCantonMagazine


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50 Christopher Purvis 27 Robert Tidwell @AroundCantonMag


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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Canton/ Holly Springs/ Sixes

Letter from the President After spending almost 30 years in the corporate environment with a few small technical companies, the defense industry and telecommunications, I have had the opportunity to spend the last eight years in a job that serves the community. While I am extremely grateful for the first 30 years, I am extremely gratified in my current position. I’m often asked what I do and what I like about my job. Consider this “a day in the life” of Aroundabout magazines’ president and market manager. Often, I start by attending a meeting where I get to see esteemed members of our community: business owners, residents who want to get involved, and others who want more information. I get to meet the people who make decisions about a trail we need in our community, a dog park for our canine friends or plans for an amphitheater. Next, I might meet a client for advertising. While we talk business, we also form a relationship that leads us to share our life stories. Many times I meet family members and pets, and I see pictures of children and especially grandchildren, along with photos of special events or prized possessions like rare sports cars (one of my personal Buster of Hill and Hill Financial favorites). I hear heartfelt looking dapper in his tie! stories about family members a client has lost and about a business they are opening to support a cause. I have a client whose dog wears a tie and we talk about where the dog goes for his play dates. Of course, we talk business and how our magazines can help their businesses grow, but I find that so many times people just want someone to talk to. Community is a place where we all have commonality and if you spend enough time with someone you will find that connection. How could I not like that? I am thankful to have connected with our owners, Jon and Karen Flaig, and to have been given the opportunity to be part of a team that has such a giving heart. I want to say thank you to our readers for being loyal, to our advertisers to making it possible to be in our communities for more than 21 years, and to our remarkable staff that is always dedicated to giving you what you ask for each and every month.

What’s New Phillips Trading Co. is a home decor shop that’s opened in Hickory Flat at 6764 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 104, Canton. Featuring furniture and various decorative items. 678-880-7019. Check them out on Facebook.

What’s Coming At press time, national arts, crafts and home décor retailer

Hobby Lobby was scheduled to open in early April as the

anchor tenant of The Canton Exchange shopping center, off exit 19 at I-575. Between 35 and 50 employees will staff the 55,000-square-foot store, which will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays.

Fazoli’s, a quick service Italian restaurant, is rumored to be coming to the Canton Exchange later this year. No details were available at press time.

A Literary Dedication Reinhardt University recently dedicated a Little Free Library in Brown Park. The library is dedicated to the memory of Harriett Lindsey, a long-time professor at Reinhardt. Reinhardt’s Price School of Education and Kappa Delta Pi raised the money, purchased the library, chose the location and got the permit from the city. A Little Free Library is a take-a-book, return-a-book free exchange set up in a public place for all residents to enjoy. Photos by Jeff Reed. Hannah Hale, Reinhardt student and Kappa Delta Pi member who spearheaded the project, passes out books.

Feeling grateful, from the heart

Patty Ponder 4

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A crowd gathered to dedicate the new Little Free Library at Brown Park.

From the Simplest to the Most Complex Vascular Care. Northside Vascular Surgery is a full-service vascular surgery and endovascular therapy practice that specifically focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the veins and arteries.

Northside Vascular Surgery offers state-of-the-art care in providing the full-spectrum of vascular and endovascular services for:

Our compassionate, board-certified physicians, Dr. Catalin Harbuzariu, Dr. Siddharth Patel, and Dr. Edward Kang bring years of experience working at some of the leading institutions in the field, and offer minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art procedures to treat the entire scope of vascular diseases, from the simplest to the most complex. We offer three convenient locations to serve the communities throughout Greater Atlanta and North Georgia.

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The Around Canton Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders who assist us as contributors to the magazine and advisors who offer valuable feedback.

Pat Gold moved to Canton 33 years ago when she married

Dr. Homer (Nugget) Gold. After 18 years with Delta Airlines and another 12 working for the Cherokee County School District, Pat began volunteering. She was recently named the public outreach manager for the city of Canton, and continues to volunteer on numerous boards and committees. Pat and her husband have four children and four grandchildren. Pharmacist Dale Coker owns Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy in Holly Springs and lives in Woodstock with wife Susan. The University of Georgia graduate is vice president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. His community involvement has included Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity, youth league coaching and church leadership. Dale’s latest achievement is co-inventing the patented Topi-CLICK, a topical metered dosing device.

Cindy Crews is a longtime Cherokee County educator.

She joined the Sixes community as assistant principal of Sixes Elementary School in 2011 and is now principal. Cindy and her husband, Andy, have lived in Woodstock for more than 20 years, and they have two young adult daughters. Her motto: Children are the future of the human race; teach them well.

Dr. Joe McKechnie senior pastor of Sixes United Methodist Church for the past six years, grew up in Cobb County. After earning a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Georgia, Joe spent six years as a television sportscaster. He has a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from Southern Methodist University. Joe and wife Catherine have two children, David and Grace Ann. Sonia Carruthers is the executive director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS and the Cherokee Youth Works program, based in Holly Springs. The Cherokee County native grew up in Canton and lives in Woodstock with her son and daughter. She is very active in the community and currently serves with local and regional organizations to strengthen families and children. Chantel Adams is the founder and CEO of Purposeful Play of Georgia, an organization that celebrates kindness and equips young leaders. She has a biology degree from the University of Evansville, serves on the executive board of Highland Rivers Health, and volunteers with the Cherokee County Juvenile Court. Chantel and her husband, Gavin, live in Canton and have four children. Dr. Oliver “Ollie” Evans is the chiropractor at Holly Springs Chiropractic and Massage. The Cherokee county native attended Holly Springs and Sixes elementary schools and Woodstock Middle and High schools. His secondary education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and health science from Kennesaw State University and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University. Dr. Ollie serves as the team doctor for the KSU ice hockey team, is a USA hockey referee, and very involved in the CrossFit community. Dr. Ollie also serves on the Friends of Holly Springs Police Foundation and several other charity boards. 6

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Publisher Aroundabout Local Media, Inc. ALM President Patty Ponder 770-615-3322 Market Manager Katherine Amick 678-279-5502 Executive Editor Candi Hannigan 770-615-3309 Managing Editor Jackie Loudin 770-615-3318 Art Director Michelle McCulloch 770-615-3307 Page Designer Laura Latchford Controller Denise Griffin 770-615-3315 Market Support Associate Christie Deese 770-615-3324 Copy Editors Bill King, Eliza Somers

Around Canton, a publication of Aroundabout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly magazine created to build a sense of community and pride in the Canton, Holly Springs and Sixes areas by sharing positive stories and timely information. A total of 25,000 free copies are distributed monthly; approximately 23,900 are mailed to homes and businesses, with an additional 1,100 placed in racks around the community. Many readers catch the latest edition online each month. See page 64 for a distribution map. Around Canton welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of each month. Yearly subscriptions are available for $24. Send a check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher and the publisher makes no claims about the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Canton 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 2018. Around Canton 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 620, PMB 380 Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: Katherine Amick or 678-279-5502

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Balance, at The Exchange

The 2017 dancers were, back row from left: Mark Smith and Jennifer Cogdill; Justin Page and Karrie Mattice; Liz Spell and Ray Santiago; Lydia Carlile and Todd Hayes. Front row from left: Sherri Juliani and Dawn Parker; Katie Wise and Terry Herron; Brittany Duncan and Leah Bleisath (Not pictured: Jen Davo and Natalie Berry; Delane Bailey and Sandy Raines). Photo by Alison Hendrix.

The March 8 topic is balance, with Kristy Dickerson as guest speaker at The Exchange — Woodstock. Elizabeth Pherson will join her for a discussion about the effective ways to achieve balance, success and happiness. Come ready to be inspired to start living a more organized, balanced and meaningful life! The Exchange — Woodstock, a group for women, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Venue 92, 12015 Highway 92, Woodstock. Suggested donation is $10. RSVP at

Lace Up Those Dancing Shoes The Service League of Cherokee County has announced the lineup of celebrity dancers for the eighth annual Dancing for the Children competition. The popular black-tieoptional fundraiser will be held April 14 at the Northside Cherokee Conference Center in Canton. This year’s dancers include: Calvin W. Moss, Woodstock police chief; Kelli McLaren, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Candler Howell, retired chief of finance for Cherokee County School District (CCSD); Lantz Cleveland, CCSD facilities technician; and Sgt. Marianne Kelley, public information officer for Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Dancers commit to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars. They will be partnered with and trained by local professional dance instructors. Money raised from sponsorships and dancer sponsors, and donations received at the event, are used by the service league to meet the daily needs of underprivileged children in Cherokee County, including medical, dental and vision care, clothing and scholarships. In addition to the dance competition, guests will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and casino fun.

Caring for the Caregivers Nelson Elder Care Law, Northside Hospital and Camellia Place are hosting a special event, Taking Care of You, at 12:30 p.m. March 15 at Camellia Place of Woodstock, 294 Rope Mill Road. The event is designed to be a time to support, educate, empower and recognize individuals who take care of and assist others in life. Cindy Nelson, elder law attorney, will discuss the necessary legal documents that every caregiver should know about, as well as benefits available to assist with the cost of care. Jennifer Stanley, community relations specialist from Northside Hospital, will explain how to find the support needed, as well as additional resources available within the community. There’s no charge for the event. Lunch is provided. RSVP by calling 770-296-1513. 8

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It’s Time to SPRING Forward! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. March 11. It’s best to set your clocks forward an hour before bedtime on Saturday. This is also the time to replace batteries in home smoke detectors, flashlights and weather radios. It is suggested that light maintenance be performed on other home safety equipment.

Welcoming New Patients! A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Mian is a board-certified physician in family medicine who is proud to serve the families of Canton and North Georgia with the highest standard of care. Dr. Mian works alongside our experienced nurse practitioner, Leslie Jackson NP-C, serving each patient with the time, attention and personalized care you and your family deserve. We offer early office hours for your busy schedule, same-day appointments for sick visits and a convenient, new location in the BridgeMill Communuty.

Haroon Mian, M.D.

Services: • Care for patients aged 2 and older • Chronic disease management and acute illness care • Physical exams for school and sports participation • Immunizations for children and adults

NEW Location! 10515 Bells Ferry Road, Suite 200 Canton, GA 30114 Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call 770-395-1130 to schedule an appointment

Leslie Jackson, NP-C

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS A Win for the Hoses Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services won the 2018 Guns and Hoses Run held recently at Hobgood Park. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services had the most runners to sign up for the event. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office solicited registrations from runners to raise money for their charities. The event was Firemen run the race in full gear. open to the public and runners were asked to pick the team they wanted to run for, Guns or Hoses, and part of their registration fee was donated to an area charity. The fire department donated their winnings to the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. The ranch, located in Salacoa, provides hope and a family-model home for boys who do not have either. According to Lindsey Collett, a representative with the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency, 503 runners signed up for the fire department, while 281 signed up with the sheriff’s office. Goshen Valley will receive a $6,036 check.

Choices for Boating Safety Course U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 will offer a one-day boating safety class, called About Boating Safety. Topics include: • Know Your Boat • Before You Get Underway • Navigating the Waterways • Operating Your Vessel Safely • Legal Requirements • Boating Emergencies Individuals who successfully complete the program and exam meet the Georgia boating certification requirements, and are awarded certificates and wallet cards. Boaters born after Jan. 1, 1998, must complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety class to legally operate a boat or personal watercraft in Georgia.

Walk With a Purpose: Be a Peep It’s training time for Molly Maher and her team, Trudy’s Peep’s, who are preparing for the Georgia 2-day Walk for Breast Cancer (formerly known as the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer). Teammates will raise money for breast cancer health and breast cancer programs that focus on screening diagnostics, genetic counseling, testing, support services and more. Molly, a BridgeMill resident, and Trudy, who lives in Towne Lake Hills East, participate to spread the news about the walk. Anyone interested in being part of the team is invited to meet at 7:30 a.m. March 24 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 3368 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. “I’m hoping to find walkers to join my team, so we can train together around Woodstock, Heritage Park and the Reinhardt University area,” said Molly, who was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 6, 1998, and underwent surgery and treatment. The first nonfamily member that Molly told about her diagnosis was close friend and 2-day volunteer Trudy Gray. They became exercise buddies after Molly’s treatment; Trudy introduced Molly to the walk. Molly and Trudy walked 30 miles in two days for the first time in 2009. This year will be Molly’s fifth time to raise $1,000 and walk 20 miles on Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday to support breast cancer research and to celebrate with survivors and their families. If you’d like more details, contact Molly at

Class dates (Only one day needed to complete the course). • April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8 Classes are located at Roberts School Community and Education Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. Program materials cost $20. Family discounts available. Gift certificates also are available. Email Greg Fonzeno at flotilla22pe@gmailcom.

Library System Earns Grant The Sequoyah Regional Library System has been awarded a $21,047 grant for the Language Development from Birth to Age Four project, designed to increase verbal interactions between parents or caregivers and their children. The library system will use this grant to provide parents, caregivers and children access to language development tools and wearable word counters. 10

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Trudy, left, and Molly are ready to train.

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John Gregory

Happy birthday! Celebrating on March 5. Your family loves you dearly.

Happy 68th birthday to my precious wife


on March 19. I love you!

Patty Gregory

Celebrated on Feb. 9 Happy belated birthday! Your family loves you!

Camden Hinkelmann

Age 14 on March 31 Happiest birthday wishes, baby girl! We love you bunches!

Happy birthday Juliana King! Age 9 on March 15 We love you!

Happy birthday Reece! Age 10 on March 6 We love you. Mom, Pa and Granny

Celebrating March birthdays at The Lodge at BridgeMill Senior Community

From left: Dr. Jonathan Swift, George Buchanan, Bill Wright, Bill Baxter, Lucky Leprechaun, Rita Sedlock, Juanita Law, Martha Davis, Shirley Chatham, Juanita Poitier and Phyllis Day. Camera shy celebrants are Christine Beard, Pauline Durkee, Polly Kullmann, Karen Walker, Jodie West and Rose Eimicke.

Emily Michelle Fletcher

Happy 14th birthday! We love you!

Flo Chase

Age 101 on March 17 Happy birthday! We are blessed to be able to celebrate 101 years of your life. We love you, Jayne (granddaughter) and Patty (daughter).


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Patricia Saye

Age 70 on Feb. 8 Happy belated birthday! Your Carmike Cinema family loves you dearly. You have blessed many over the past 20 years.

Happy 11th birthday, Parker Your silly dances and sweet smile bring much joy! We love you! Mom, Dad, Nathaniel and Annabelle

Karen Fennell

Celebrating on March 19.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE FREE! E-mail to: April deadline is March 10. Please specify Around Canton.

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Brunch It’s the New Black!


hat started as a midday meal for late-night partiers has become a popular way to celebrate special occasions, connect with family and friends, or merely a way to enjoy a slow start to the day. Brunch originated in England in the late 19th century and became widespread in the United States in the 1930s. Today, families and restaurants serve brunch for the social and culinary aspects of dining. To help you plan a meal that is easy and delicious, we’ve gathered sweet and savory brunch recipes from our staff and community board members.

Bon Appétit!

• Three Cheese Quiche

ALM Executive Editor, Candi Hannigan “Courtesy of my church friend Linda Wilson. I have fond memories of enjoying this treat with friends who met for a weekly small group when our children were young. Moms would gather and enjoy fellowship, and eat, of course.”


• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese • 1 medium onion, chopped (about ½ cup) • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour • 4 eggs • 1 cup milk • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon dry mustard • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced


Mix cheeses, onion and flour. Spread in a greased pie plate, 10-inch by 1 ½-inch or 9-inch by 2-inch quiche dish. Beat eggs slightly, beat in milk, salt, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cheese mix. Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes, arrange tomato slices around the edges of the pie, overlapping slightly. 14

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• Monkey Bread

ALM Market Support Associate, Christie Deese

“All my favorite recipes come from dear friends and this one is no exception. Thanks to Susan Miller for a fun and comforting food that everyone loves! Her mom, Pat served this to her and her siblings growing up in Roswell. And now we make this for our kids!”


• 2 cans Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits • ¼-½ cup of sugar • 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon


• ½ stick butter • ½ cup brown sugar


Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray. Cut biscuits into quarters. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a gallon plastic bag and add 5 pieces of biscuit at a time. Shake to coat. Transfer biscuit pieces to bundt pan. Continue until all the biscuit pieces are coated with sugar. Save the leftover sugar for topping. For the topping, melt butter and mix with brown sugar. Spoon over biscuit pieces in pan. Sprinkle any leftover sugar from gallon bag to the pan as well. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Best served hot but you may make ahead and serve at room temperature.

• Breakfast Casserole

ALM Copy Editor, Eliza Somers

"My favorite brunch item is the breakfast casserole, which you can make the night before. I first heard it called the Christmas Breakfast Casserole, and the recipe varies depending on what you have in the fridge or whatever you fancy. I'm gluten free and use gluten-free bread and it is just as wonderful. I've also heard of people using hash browns instead of the bread."

Ingredients • • • • • • •

1 pound sausage or bacon 1 onion 1 package fresh mushrooms 1 green pepper 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 6 eggs, beaten 2 cups milk or milk alternative (coconut or almond milk) • 6-8 slices of bread • Salt and pepper to taste


Brown sausage or bacon and place on a plate with a paper towel to absorb the grease. Sauté onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Grease 13- by 9-inch pan. Tear apart bread and line the pan with the bread. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl, add meat and veggies, then pour over bread. Cover with foil and chill overnight in fridge. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook, covered 40-60 minutes. Uncover and reduce temperature to 325 degrees and cook another 30 minutes or until set.

• Baked Cheese Grits

ALM Managing Editor, Jackie Loudin

"No self-respecting Southerner can host a brunch without serving grits!"

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

6 cups chicken broth ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups regular grits 16 ounces cubed cheddar cheese ½ cup milk 4 beaten eggs 1 stick butter 8 ounces grated sharp white cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 4-quart casserole dish. Bring the broth, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in the grits and whisk until completely combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the grits are thick, about 8 minutes. Add the cubed cheddar cheese and milk, and stir. Gradually stir in the eggs and butter, stirring until all are combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the white cheddar cheese and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until set.

• Smoke a Fatty

ALM Controller, Denise Griffin

Ingredients • • • • • • •

1 pound sausage 1 ½ pounds thick sliced bacon ¼ cup diced onions ¼ cup diced green peppers 1 pound sliced cheddar cheese ½ package refrigerated uncooked hash browns salt and pepper


• Don’t Forget the Beverages!

One of the things that sets brunch apart from your typical breakfast or lunch, is that it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in an adult beverage. In fact, it’s practically required. Make it super simple and set up a mimosa or Bloody Mary bar and let your guests do the rest.

• Breakfast Burritos ALM Art Director, Michelle McCulloch

"This is a family favorite camping recipe!"

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

1 roll of spicy sausage, browned ¼ cup chopped onion ¼ cup red bell peppers 2 tablespoons oil 1 bag Ore Ida frozen home fries 12 eggs beaten 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 package of large flour tortillas Shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions and salsa for toppings.


Add oil to large frying pan, sauté onions and peppers. Add browned sausage and frozen potatoes. When potatoes are brown, add beaten eggs and stir constantly. Once eggs are cooked, sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese, let that melt. Warm tortillas in microwave for 30 seconds and let everyone add toppings to taste.

Weave bacon slices (this will be the base for rolling your fatty). Roll out sausage inside a gallon baggie, when rolled to the size of your weaved bacon, cut baggie off, then lay sausage over weaved bacon slices. Layer shredded cheese. Mix together the hash browns, onions, peppers, salt and pepper. Layer mixture over the shredded cheese. Roll up on the diagonal (start with a corner and end with a corner) and secure the ends with toothpicks. Smoke at 250 degrees for 2 hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 165. Enjoy!

• Mmmm Hash Brown Potatoes

ALM Executive Editor, Candi Hannigan


• 2 pound bag frozen hash browns, shredded or diced • ½ cup chopped onion • 1 can cream of chicken soup • 16 ounces sour cream • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese • ½ cup butter, melted • 1 teaspoon salt • Cornflakes • 2 tablespoons butter


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The Luck of the Cantonians! BY BILL GRANT

As spring and St. Paddy’s Day approach, I am reminded of how lucky I am to live, work and play in Canton. I know that I often sound like a cockeyed optimist, but I truly believe our community is one of the most special places in Georgia, if not the entire Southeast. While many of our neighbors in metro Atlanta have lost most of their original character to Atlanta sprawl, Canton intentionally has managed to pursue the right combination of small town charm and heritage, with modern convenience. In fact, our mayor and City Council have worked diligently to create a vision to guide new growth and economic development in a manner that protects, preserves and rehabilitates Canton’s historic character, while incorporating current features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors. Of course, this is an ongoing challenge, as we strive for quality over quantity, but the results are becoming more apparent every day. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has selected Canton as the site for their next expedition later this month, and we will host a large group of visitors who will admire our accomplishments. Many of us will beam with pride as we showcase our city to this impressive and influential group. Read more about it on page 24. When it comes to quality development and revitalization, however, it takes more than luck and strategic planning by our city leaders. Our future course, just as our past success, depends on active engagement and collective pride throughout our community — including residents, businesses and other organizations. Although growth is inevitable, recent projects have demonstrated we can develop in new ways while preserving and promoting our historic assets and small town character. Of course, progress implies different things to people, and that is only human nature. For some, it creates fear of change and the unknowns that follow. For others, it is exciting and welcomed with open arms. For me, it is a matter of balance and inertia. We can’t sit still and allow the world to change around us, but we can move forward with respect for the past and strategic intention for the future. continued on page 60

Bill Grant is a Canton city councilman and mayor pro tem. He is also president and chief creative officer of Grant Design Collaborative in downtown Canton.


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Cheddar and Rosemary Irish Soda Bread Ingredients • 2 cups all purpose flour • ½ teaspoon baking soda (fresh) • ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar • 1 cup buttermilk • 1 large egg

Directions Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and lightly flour a nonstick baking tray. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, pepper, rosemary and cheese in a large bowl. Beat the egg, add to the buttermilk and mix to incorporate. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour, and lightly mix until a sticky ball forms. Dump the dough onto a flour dusted work surface and roughly knead into a ball shape. Use extra flour for dusting if too sticky. Place the dough ball onto prepared baking tray. Use a serrated knife to cut an X on top of the soda bread. Top the bread with more salt and pepper, and bake for about 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Downtown Canton March 7-14

Cherokee County School District Art Show A will be open 11

a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon5 p.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton. A reception will be held 6-8 p.m. March 8. Free admission. 770-704-6244.

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March 21

The theme for A Novel Idea is memoir/nonfiction. Gatherings are held 7-9 p.m. at East Main Café (inside Audio Intersection) at 210 E. Main St., Canton. Best-selling authors Lisa Russell, Lynn Garson, Mark Beaver, William Rawlings, Pellom McDaniels and Patricia Holt will read short excerpts from their books. Door prizes. Free and open to the public. Bring your own beverages.

“Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry will be presented by the Cherokee Theatre Company at the historic Canton Theatre. Performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $18. 770-591-0282.

March 21-28

March 10

March 23-25

The Cherokee Music Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. at the Cherokee Arts Center, 94 Main St., Canton. Following the meeting, a program titled “Motivational Piano Teaching/ Teaching for the Real World” will be presented by Geoffrey Haydon of Georgia State University. Anyone interested in learning more about the association is welcome to attend. 18

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April 6-7

Art and Wine Walk in

downtown Canton. Participants can enjoy a stroll through town, viewing artwork available for purchase, as well as wine tastings. Tickets are $25. 770-704-1548.

Cherokee County School District Art Show B will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton. A reception will be held 6-8 p.m. March 22. Free admission. 770-704-6244.

The King’s Academy presents “Annie,” 7 p.m. March 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24 and 3 p.m. March 25 at the Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton. One of the most successful musicals in recent years, this production is the heartwarming tale of Annie’s adventures, and her escape from the orphanage and the wicked Miss Hannigan to a new life with Daddy Warbucks. 770-704-6244.

April 13, June 8

Broadway Bound Productions presents “Stitches” by Steve Holbert, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays April 13-15, 20-22 at the Historic Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St. “MANopause” will run June 8-10, 15-17. For more details, visit www.

Developments on the Horizon Mayor Gene Hobgood referred to a few upcoming projects in his recent State of the City address. City Manager Billy Peppers gave us a few more details on two projects that were mentioned.

Canton Cultural Arts Center


What is the Canton Cultural Arts Center? “The city of Canton plans to renovate the historic Jones Building as a multipurpose space that will include visitor information areas, public restrooms that will service the building as well as downtown events, local exhibits, gallery space, some locally branded merchandise, community meeting rooms and classroom spaces, and a larger event space on the top floor. The plan is for the building to be available for groups, including local arts classes, hobby groups, community meetings, possibly adult learning classes, community workshops, tradeshows and special events. Our hope is to have the center open by end of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019.”


What is the projected cost? “The project is being funded by SPLOST revenues. While the interior demolition and exterior renovation phase of the project (currently underway) are budgeted for $3.05 million, we will learn more in the coming weeks on the total cost as we begin programming and build out costs under Phase 2.”


What is the goal for the center? “The Jones Building is the largest historic commercial retail building in Cherokee County. In its prime, it served as a regional department store and a gathering place for the community. The city of Canton believes that the planning going into this building will once again make it a gathering spot for the community. Whether it is seniors gathering weekly for classes or a home for new events, such as home and garden shows or bridal expos. All the while, the building will include permanent and rotating exhibits from Canton’s past, and from local artists.”

Riverwalk Project


Describe the Riverwalk Project. “Canton is fortunate to have a beautiful river that flows throughout the city. While the Etowah River has been the lifeblood of the city, providing for local industry, supplying the area’s water supply and allowing recreation, development has often turned its back on the river. The city will be using the next several years to bring the Etowah back into the forefront. While trails and parks are already creating a ‘string of pearls’ along the riverway, Canton will invest SPLOST and impact fee funds to provide greater accessibility to the river for restaurants and visitors. The Riverwalk Project will begin through the hiring of a qualified and experienced firm to design areas of recreation along the banks. The city will be working to enact river protection plans and to clean up the river and its banks.”


Do you have a projected opening or completion date? “This will be a long-term project for the city. Canton is currently working with engineers to take the existing trail system eastward along the river. The firm hired to design the Riverwalk area will be tasked to take the system westward from Heritage Park.”


What is the projected cost for the project and where will the funds come from? “There are no cost projections at this time, as it is still in the planning and design phase. The project would be funded through SPLOST and impact fees, with possible portions coming from stormwater utility funds or water and sewer funds, depending on any utility work in the project areas.”


How will this project enhance life in Canton? “Recreation remains a top priority for residents in our city. We believe that a Riverwalk project will not only set the city apart, but also serve as a critical link between recreational amenities throughout Canton.”

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Better Plan and Manage Growth

“Growth in our county is inevitable. We are close to Atlanta and offer mountains, lakes and an abundance of land. Our schools rank among the best in the state, with easy access to higher education options at Kennesaw State University, Reinhardt University and Chattahoochee Technical College. Interstate 575 cut a path to the mountains through the heart of our county, opening it to tremendous growth. It’s essential that we manage the growth we’ve already experienced by improving infrastructure and strained resources, and make adequate plans for the future.”

Respect Taxpayer Dollars

“Our citizens work hard for the money they pay in taxes. I will begin by examining how our tax dollars are being spent, and determine what changes need to be made. I will hire a forensic accountant to account for every penny. To respect your money, I will prioritize spending and I’ll be completely transparent while doing so. “My first priority will be to ensure your safety by fully funding the public service agencies that watch over us, making sure they have the resources and tools needed to get their jobs done efficiently.


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“The next step is to make sure our infrastructure is cutting-edge, not just up to date. Cherokee County is miserably behind on the development of roads to match our growth. We need to utilize our resources while protecting them. As a small-business owner, I know that protecting while using our resources is not contrary — it’s complementary.”

Increase Quality of Life “As your commision chairman, your quality of life will be my top priority. I understand that a 4.8-mile trip from Towne Lake to Woodstock should not take more than 15 minutes. My goal will be to address infrastructure problems and give commuters more time with family and fewer hours sitting in traffic. I also plan to review accessibility of parks and trails in Cherokee. We need more locations where families can gather and teams can play. I am committed to catching Cherokee County up to our neighboring counties.”

Decrease Time in Traffic

“I will devote significant research and investment into technology that creates a comprehensive system to handle and manage our traffic flow. The pro-growth/ anti-growth factions in the past have left us stuck in a traffic quagmire. While Sponsored Content

growth came, transportation dollars didn’t follow. It’s essential that the two go hand in hand.”

Get Us Moving — Improve Roads, Intersections and Connectivity

“One of my first acts as chairman will be to initiate a countywide mobility plan that connects sidewalks and trails, provides connector roads, synchronizes stoplights, and creates a plan to eliminate bottlenecks and create large corridors so you can move easily from one point to another. I will BRIDGE those connections.”

Expand Our Infrastructure

“Cherokee County is an incredibly desirable place to live, and for businesses to open and expand. While we have the beginnings of an infrastructure to support new businesses, it has not kept up with the demand. I will pave the way for wider roads to accommodate our growing population, and state funding to pay for it. I’ll BRIDGE that gap with the state and federal governments, and any other municipalities or county entities, to implement a holistic approach to our infrastructure. We will better plan for, and manage, our growth to provide a Cherokee County in 2040 that our kids and grandkids will want to call home.”


Deep Roots. Rock Solid Principles. Successful Businessman.

tanley Townsend is a lifelong Cherokee County resident and businessman with a clear-cut passion that’s fueling his bid to be the next Cherokee County Commission chairman. “The impact of the next chairman will be generational. The next 20 years of our future is on the line. We can keep putting our head in the sand and hoping for the growth to stop, or we can start planning for it, preparing for it, managing it. ... I am an executive. I understand logistics. We need executive leadership,” Townsend said. Stanley Townsend The county has changed considerably since for Cherokee County the 59-year-old was a student at R.M. Moore Commission Chairman Elementary and Cherokee High. Townsend, 404-626-3200 who married his high school sweetheart, Dottie Darby, in 1978, owns Townsend Pipeline Construction Co. He is uniquely qualified to address the county’s infrastructure challenges because of his experience installing sewers, storm drains, water lines and pump stations. “We have participated in developing some of Cherokee County’s infrastructure for some of the most important developments in our county. I have been fortunate enough to work with and alongside some of top engineers and contractors in the nation,” Townsend said. “During the past 35 years, relationships have been built and continue to this day. This is a trait that I feel I can use to lead Cherokee County to a better future and to improve the infrastructures and roads in our county.” Townsend embraces planned growth and spells out his priorities below.

A Playground for Everyone PHOTOS BY DARLEEN PREM

Canton recently held a ribbon cutting in honor of the new inclusive playground equipment at Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway. The ADA playground features wheelchair accessible structures designed for children of all abilities to be able to play together, and more. • Ramps for easy wheelchair access throughout the structure. • A unitary rubber surface (Pour In Place) with wheelchair access leading to two ADA swings. • Two generation swings allow parents to swing with their kids on the same swing. • Two ADA swings designed for children with limited mobility and include a safety harness • Revolution inclusive spinner allows sideloading for wheelchair access and is designed for up to 10 children. • Rock N Ship is designed for all accessibility. • Shades to help beat the summer heat. • Inclusive play panels include sign language and braille panels. The public playground is open daily, from dawn to dusk. For more information and a map of all Canton parks, visit

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Eagles and Owls Soar Local college football teams look to build on last year’s success. BY DAVE LOUDIN

The state of Georgia has a long tradition of being home to some excellent college football teams. We are fortunate to have two universities in our area that are building championship-level football programs. The Reinhardt University Eagles are looking to build on a phenomenally successful 2017 campaign. Led by first-year head coach James Miller, the Eagles finished their season with a record of 13-1. They capped off an undefeated regular season, easily winning the Mid-South Conference with three straight playoff wins at Ken White Field in Waleska, including a thrilling, 37-34 doubleovertime win over Southern Oregon University. Unfortunately, Reinhardt came up short at the NAIA National Championship game in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a 24-13 loss at the hands of the University of Saint Francis, to finish the season ranked second in the nation.

Miller, a former college football player at Virginia Tech, has been with Reinhardt since 2014. He also has served as the program's recruiting coordinator, in addition to being the assistant coach in charge of the offensive line. He has used that experience to develop a dominating running game. This year, the Eagles averaged 350.5 rushing yards per game to lead the NAIA Division, while averaging 46.2 points per contest. Paving the way for the rushing attack were two first-team AP All-American offensive linemen, Xavier Carter and Trey Coney. In addition, Carter won the Rimington Trophy, given each year to the nation’s most outstanding offensive center. On the defense, the team was led by second team All-American defensive end Tevin McCoy. He was named the conference defensive player of the year. At the conclusion of the Eagles’ record-breaking season, Miller signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Reinhardt through

2020. With recruiting season and preparations for spring practice in full swing, he laid out his expectations for the coming year: “The offseason has been very busy for our staff,” Miller said. “Playing in the championship game, we got a late start getting on the road recruiting and in front of kids across this great state, but we have worked extremely hard to see as many kids since Dec. 16. We have a lot of really good kids committed, and must continue to work hard. Our guys on campus have been training their butts off every day since they got back on campus Jan. 9. We will start drills in February and spring ball March 15. “We must continue to work hard and keep our nose down to achieve our goals. Our expectations for next year are to pay the price for success. All we can focus on is the process, not the outcome, and we will work hard to achieve that.” For up-to-the-minute Eagles sports news, follow Reinhardt Athletics on Facebook (@ ReinhardtAthletics), Twitter (@RU_ Eagles) and Instagram (@ru_eagles).

Xavier Carter #62 was the NAIA’s most outstanding center in 2017. 22

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Reinhardt's defensive line was led by conference defensive player of the year, number 10 Tevin McCoy.

Just a short drive down the road from Reinhardt, the Kennesaw State University Owls completed a record-breaking season in Big South Conference football. The Owls are coming off a program-record 12-2 overall campaign, which included a string of 12 straight victories. The team was the first KSU squad to advance to the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) quarterfinals in just its third year of existence, defeating three ranked opponents along the way.

The season came to an end at the hands of sixth-ranked Sam Houston State in a 34-27 loss in Huntsville, Texas. The 12 wins tied a Big South Conference single-season record, and the school’s appearance in the FCS Playoffs quarterfinals marked the farthest a KSU team has advanced in the NCAA postseason since moving to the Division I level in 2005-06. In only his third season, Coach Brian Bohannon guided Kennesaw State to a Big South Conference championship and a No. 8 final ranking in the STATS FCS Poll. In addition, he was named the 2017 AFCA FCS coach of the year by the American Football Coaches’ Association. Bohannon has built a program that produced the nation’s No. 1 ranked rushing offense, totaling 4,623 yards, or 330.2 yards per game, in 2017. They became the first team in Big South Conference history with 4,000 yards on the ground in a season. On the defensive side of the ball, the Owls finished the

season ranked first in turnover margin, second in interceptions and seventh in scoring defense in the FCS. Kennesaw State redshirt freshman linebacker Bryson Armstrong and junior placekicker Justin Thompson headlined the 2017 AFCA FCS Coaches' All-America First Team selections for the Owls. Armstrong, a Marietta native, has garnered numerous postseason awards, including the prestigious Jerry Rice Award as the national freshman of the year, in addition to the AFCA Coaches' First Team ballot. Thompson was the fourth Owl to be named to an All-America Team this postseason. The junior place kicker garnered Big South special teams player of the year and league all-conference honors. Although its historic season came to a disappointing conclusion, KSU plans to remain a force at the national level as it continues to build the program in the coming season. Keep up with Kennesaw State Athletics on Twitter (@KSUOwlNation) and Facebook (@KennesawStateFootball). AROUND CANTON | March 2018


The Johnston home, above and right.

Join the Expedition! The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting a daylong, self-guided expedition to help participants discover the historic homes and sites of Canton. According to the Georgia Trust’s website, the 2018 expedition will allow members to “experience the rich history of this former mill town and explore a variety of beautifully restored homes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, located in the town’s National Register Historic District. Explore downtown buildings along the bustling Main Street and intriguing historic sites, including Canton Grammar School, a former Georgia Trust Places in Peril site.” Expeditions that explore a Georgia town located off the beaten path are designed to reflect the town’s unique history and development by including a variety of historic sites, from vernacular homesteads to historic industrial sites to grand homes, as well as historic landscapes and natural features, according to the website. Expeditions educate participants about Georgia’s small town heritage while celebrating ongoing preservation and revitalization efforts. Guests provide their own transportation, and can pick up maps and programs at the packet pick-up at Canton City Hall, 151 Elizabeth St.

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The Georgia Trust 2018 Expedition

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24 expeditions

Tour Sites

1. Mike and Jamie Morgan’s Home 2. Jones-Johnston Home 3. City Hall 4. Historic Courthouse 5. Cherokee County Arts Center 6. Lovelady-Homiller House in Ball Ground 7. & 8. Historic School Board Buildings Building A & B 9. Jones & Cloud Insurance 10. Historic Jones Mercantile Building 11. Magruder Home Closing reception: Rock Barn 658 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114

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Egg Hunts March 9

• Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

Check in 6:30 p.m., hunt is 7-8:30 p.m. for ages 1-12. $10 per child. Craft and snack stations, along with a visit from the Easter Bunny. At Cherokee Veterans Park, 7345 Cumming Highway, Canton. 770-924-7728. glow-in-the-dark-egg-hunt.

March 24

• Northside Hospital Easter Eggstravaganza

Is moving to Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. The event includes activities and fun for all ages, such as a petting zoo, moonwalks, carnival games, face painters, arts and crafts, snacks, music and more. Activities, snacks and selfies with the Easter Bunny are free. Souvenir T-shirts are $10 each. Guests also are encouraged to bring donations of diapers, wipes and baby food for MUST Ministries in Cherokee. No glass bottles or jars. Collection bins will be available at the event. Egg hunt times are: 1:30 p.m. for children, age 0-3 years old, and for those who have special needs and require assistance; 1:45 p.m. for ages 4-6; 2 p.m. for ages 7-9 and 2:15 p.m. ages 10 years and older. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, it will be rescheduled to March 25. In case of inclement weather on March 25, the event will be canceled. https://give.

• Sutallee Baptist Church

At 2 p.m. at 895 Knox Bridge Highway. 770-479-0101. For children up to fifth grade.

• City of Holly Springs’ 17th annual Hunt

At Barrett Park, 120 Park Lane. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 11 a.m., but guests can arrive early for the petting zoo, face painting, spin art and to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Each family will receive one complimentary printed picture. More than 15,000 eggs will be hidden for children infant to 12 years old. Every child will receive a special prize. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be rescheduled to March 31 at 11 a.m. For more information visit


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March 31

• City on a Hill

7745 Main St., Woodstock. Free community event. Three opportunities to bring the kids for an egg hunt: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Children will be divided by age during each hunt. There will be hotdogs, cotton candy, a petting zoo, bounce house and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. For more info, call 678-445-3480 or email

• Eggs-traordinary Extravaganza

At the Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Wellstar Way, Canton. There will be an egg hunt for ages 1-3 on the outdoor grounds of the Aquatic Center (participants must provide their own baskets), a shallow water egg hunt for ages 4-6 and an underwater egg dive for ages 6-10. (The pool depth is 3 ½ feet to 5 feet.) Baskets are provided for all water egg hunts but must be returned after the hunt along with the eggs. There will be inflatables, face painting, crafts, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Times and registration are listed on the website: eggs-traordinary-extravaganza. For more info, contact Jordan Kenney at

• Bascomb United Methodist Church

At 11 a.m. The church is at 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock. For more details, contact Tammy Smith at or visit

• New Victoria Baptist Church

11 a.m-12:30 p.m. at 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. For toddlers through fifth-graders. Activities include a cake walk, inflatables and face painting. 770-926-8448.

• Little River United Methodist Church

At 10 a.m. Children will be divided into three age groups, 3 and younger, 4-7 and 8-12, to hunt for more than 3,000 eggs. Refreshments available. 12455 Highway 92, Woodstock.

Statutes of Limitation Two years means two years, except when it doesn’t. BY ROBERT TIDWELL

It’s date night. The one night of the week when you and your spouse get to spend an evening together without worrying about the kids. You look forward to these evenings when you get to talk about adult things and you get to eat your food while it is still hot. The baby sitter arrives, and you are on your way. As you head down Sixes Road, already enjoying a grown-up conversation, a car runs a stop sign and hits you from the side. You are hurt. Fortunately, you are back to your old self in less than a year. The at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster wants to talk to you about your legal claims for your medical expenses and your pain and suffering. You think to yourself, “This wreck was clearly the other person’s fault. Surely, I can handle this claim on my own.” You start by trying to obtain your medical records. Who knew it could be this difficult to get your own records and bills? The HR department at work takes forever to produce a lost wages statement. Who has time for all of this? Then it happens. You receive a letter from the insurance company informing you that you no longer have a claim against the person who caused the wreck because the statute of limitation has expired. One of the most difficult conversations we have is when folks seek help too late. Many people are not aware of what a statute of limitation is or how it affects their legal rights. Generally speaking, Georgia’s statute of limitation requires that all claims for personal injury must be brought within two years of the date of the wrongful act. Bringing a claim does not mean notifying the at-fault driver’s insurance company that you were hurt. It means a lawsuit must be filed and served on the at-fault party within this two-year period. Failing to do so results in forfeiting all legal claims you have against the at-fault driver. This statute is unforgiving. Filing your lawsuit just one day after the twoyear statute expires will result in your claim being dismissed. Like all good statutes, though, there is an exception to the general rule. If the at-fault driver was issued a citation related to causing the wreck, the two-year period does not begin until after the citation has been resolved. In other words, if the wreck was on Feb. 1, 2016, but the at-fault driver pled guilty to running the stop sign on March 15, 2016, you actually have until March 15, 2018, to file and serve your lawsuit.

Robert Tidwell is a personal injury trial lawyer at The Tidwell Firm, LLC in Woodstock, where he lives with his bride Lori, and their two daughters. AROUND CANTON | March 2018



March officially was dedicated Tawni, and on April 10, 2017, was as National Colorectal Cancer blessed again with the birth of Awareness Month in 2000. our baby girl, Tennille, who was Since then, it has grown to be a born prematurely at 3 pounds, rallying point for the colon cancer 9 ounces. God answered our community, where thousands prayers during that time and today of patients, survivors, caregivers Tennille is almost a year old and and advocates throughout the weighs 20 pounds. country join to spread awareness “Looking back, there were no of colorectal cancer. major physical signs or symptoms Woodstock resident Christopher that caused me concern. I felt like Banks, 40, shares his personal small changes were a result of my journey to inform readers of the weight loss, so I discounted them. national increase in young-onset I never considered something like colon cancer and the importance cancer at only age 40,” he said. of early detection. Chris currently is undergoing Nov. 25, 2017, began as a normal aggressive chemotherapy to Saturday. “My wife, Tawni, a local arrest the growing cancer cells veterinarian, was working while I in his liver. He has worked in the had baby duties. That morning, as banking industry for 15 years, I got out of bed, the room began and is thankful for insurance and Christopher and Tawni Banks with daughter Tennille. spinning and I became light-headed short- and long-term disability, and dizzy. I didn’t feel well most of but his salary will be significantly the day. I knew something was wrong and decided to go to the reduced. Tawni continues to work as much as she can while emergency room when my wife returned from her shift. caring for Chris, Tennille and the fur babies in the community. “While at Northside Cherokee, my blood work revealed a very Everyday Angels asks for your prayers for Chris and his family low red blood count, resulting in four blood transfusions over as we raise funds to assist with his daily expenses during his a 48-hour period and more testing to determine its underlying treatments. cause. A CT scan revealed a mass in my colon and surgery was Chris hopes that his story will remind others to be prudent quickly scheduled. with your health care. “Know your family history and do not “Doctors initially expected to remove a large portion of my discount changes in your body, regardless of age. I realize that colon along with the tumor but fortunately they ended up God is sovereign and is in control, but I pray for a miracle with removing only 10 percent of my colon, which was a big relief, as this new battle that I face today. He hasn’t gotten me this far we hoped we had caught it at an early stage. However, a liver to leave me now.” biopsy revealed that the cancer had already spread to my liver and a stage four diagnosis was given,” Chris said. Everyday Angels is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Cherokee County since “I have been through my fair share of trials in a short period 2000. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit of time, and could not have made it without my strong faith in to donate via Paypal or send your donations God and the love and support of our family and friends. to: Everyday Angels, PMB 380, 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 620, Woodstock GA, 30189. One hundred percent of your funds will go “In 2016, after spending my entire life struggling with to the family you specify. Also, if you know of a special need within obesity and depression, I opted to have a much-needed your community that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to weight loss surgery. I finally began feeling healthier and for consideration and qualification. happy. In 2015, I met and married the woman of my dreams, 28

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Some things you just can’t put off. Getting screened for colon cancer is one of them. Don’t procrastinate. Schedule your colonoscopy today.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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Rob’s Rescues This dog’s name is CB. He is 8 years old, and loves people and soft toys. He even will bring the toys back to you if you throw them for him. He would be a very good dog to have, as he listens when you call his name and will lie on your lap. He is free to adopt at Cherokee County Animal Shelter, because he is a senior dog and also will need some teeth taken out. He is very calm. This cat is Miles. He is a sweet cat, and he is 2 years old. He will love you, and he loves playing with a laser pointer. I have never seen a cat play with a laser pointer like this one.

I got an email from Haley Williams, who is the director of the Street Dog Dash, and wanted to have an interview so I could let everyone know about this 5K run and why she is organizing it.

Above, Rob and CB. Left, Miles at Cherokee County Animal Shelter.

What made you want to organize a 5K run? I am working to raise funds and awareness for two organizations that are on the ground in Asia, fighting against the dog meat trade: Soi Dog Foundation ( and the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (https:// Thirty million dogs are killed for human consumption through the horrific dog meat trade each year across Asia. The dogs are beaten and tortured before they are killed. Something has to be done to stop this, so I have organized the Street Dog Dash to try and bring awareness and help where I can. What are the details for the run? The first Street Dog Dash 5K will be held at Etowah River Park ( at 8 a.m. April 14 (race packet pick-up at 7 a.m.). This is a dog-friendly event, so feel free to bring your (leashed and vaccinated) best friend. After the race, there will be fun events, including a DJ, face-painting, snacks and adoption events by local rescues. A collection bin will be out for contributions to Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Register online. You also can mail in an entry form. Is there anything more you want people to know? I want to try and educate people about what is happening to dogs in Asia. A sickening reality of the trade is that many of these dogs are stolen pets. In South Korea, dogs are specifically bred for the dog meat trade.

Rob and Haley Williams, organizer of the Street Dog Dash 5k Race logo

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People need to know that, if they see a need, they should do something about it, and I thought, why not me? Individuals can make a difference in the world around them if they act.

I’m Rob Macmillan and I’m on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. These animals are at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter at 1015 Univeter Road, Canton. Contact me at

Addressing Your Dog’s Limp BY DR. CHRISTOPHER ALVEY

If your dog starts limping suddenly, it could be a tear in the cranial cruciate ligament, the primary ligament that stabilizes the knee. It also is known as an ACL tear. It causes pain, instability and, eventually, arthritis. The causes of this syndrome usually are a genetic predisposition, and/or an injury that bends the knee backward, such as stepping in a hole with forward momentum. Owners often report that their dog was fine, then started limping. An ACL tear is most common in middle-aged large and giant breed dogs, but can occur in any dog or cat. A veterinarian can diagnose this by feeling for instability of the knee. If the femur (thigh) bone moves independently of the tibia bone (shin), then there is a failure of this ligament. X-rays are used to evaluate the bones, look for fractures, tumors or other abnormalities. To treat this problem, typically surgery is required. If not, the meniscus (the cartilage pad in between the bones) will be ground up by the instability, leading to further pain and arthritis. Eventually, the joint becomes stiffer as the body

tries to stabilize it. Anyone who has had knee problems can relate. The sooner surgery is done, the better. Surgery usually is performed in one of two ways: extracapsular, which is trying to stabilize the joint by replacing the function of what the ligament did, or biomechanical, which is changing the angle of the tibia. The first method is usually used on smaller dogs, and the latter on larger dogs. Both are dependent upon the skill of the surgeon. Also, the aftercare is extremely important. Both procedures require 8-10 weeks of recovery, with limited exercise and rehabilitation. Most dogs return to normal or near normal function following surgery. One thing to remember is that the leg will never be 100 percent. Weather fronts and overexertion through exercise may remind your pet of the injury. Dr. Alvey began BridgeMill Animal Hospital in 2004. The Western Kentucky University graduate received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University, and lives in Cherokee County with his wife, two children, four dogs and two cats.

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Doctors who CARE for YOU. Drs. Heath and Ashley Trowell are on a mission to share the benefits of personalized healthcare and medical spa services. To accomplish these goals, the founders of Governors MedSpa and Concierge Medicine are hosting free events, offering complimentary consultations and diving deep into the details with each prospective patient to show how personalized concierge medicine can save patients time and money. The Trowells established the Acworth practice in 2017 to provide innovative and personal medical care, and the latest in medical spa services. They opened and operated a successful family medical practice in 2009, but sold the practice after several years to a large healthcare system. The doctors soon realized that they prefer to work more closely with their patients, and offer more ways to access care and services than many traditional medical practices and insurance plans provide. Governors MedSpa and Concierge Medicine is a unique blend of the physicians’ desires to maintain internal and external physical fitness and appearance. By offering concierge medicine and medspa services, they are able to help heal patients inside and out.


It isn’t always easy to access healthcare when you factor in our busy schedules, out-of-control costs and bureaucracy associated with many major health insurance plans. The concierge medicine plans give members quick access to the latest in quality medical care for the entire family, with plans and packages for every budget. The doctors offer easy-to-schedule office visits and information about the latest medical and aesthetic procedures and services. One of the most popular features is telemedicine,

giving patients fast and protected access to healthcare from almost anywhere via telephone and Skype. “We give our patients an opportunity to take back control of their lives and health care at a fraction of the cost,” Dr. Heath Trowell said. “Because we don’t take insurance, our hands aren’t tied by the organizational and insurance guidelines. Our guidelines are how we want to treat our patients and take care of them in the best way possible.” The practice provides comprehensive annual physicals for plan members with coordinated lab work and specialized tests and services as needed. Many people live complicated and busy lives that often affect their diet, exercise, sleep habits and even medical care, the doctors say. For that reason, they approach patients’ health from a living perspective, rather than an illness perspective. Drs. Trowell assess patients’ current medications and how lifestyle affects their wellness. Governors MedSpa and Concierge Medicine offers a variety of concierge plans with many levels of benefits and services. For example, members of the Governors Comprehensive plan receive: • Immediate access to medical services and same day office visits by traditional office visit, telemedicine using Facetime, or text 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • Annual physical and women’s health checkups. • Annual fasting labs and flu shots. • Many minor office procedures, such as mole removal and joint injections, are provided at no charge.

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• 20 percent off all aesthetic services for the year. “We are the answer to the all-too-often complaints I hear from people dissatisfied with their medical care,” Dr. Heath said. “We provide that good old-fashioned relationship with our patients, the way medicine should be. “Going to the doctor can be stressful enough and so many patients avoid going because they are afraid of what it’s going to cost them with copays, deductibles and fees alone. We are upfront and transparent with our fees. With us, there is no guessing what your bill is going to be; you always know what you’re getting.”


Addressing external wellness and beauty is an exciting field with advancements constantly on the horizon. Dr. Ashley is pleased to announce the newest treatments available at Governor’s MedSpa. • The Pear: Skin analysis device evaluates pores, wrinkles, vascular health, UV damage, pigment, sebum, skin tone and eyelash length. The device also helps providers customize a treatment plan to improve the health and youthfulness of your skin. • Medical-grade facials/chemical peels: Be red carpet ready … any day of the week! • Micro-needling: Assists in increasing collagen production to help with skin elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. Accelerated results available with topical growth factors. • Photo-facials: Eliminates red and brown pigment as well as superficial blood vessels. • Laser Hair Removal: Safe and painless for all skin types, thanks to the newest laser technology. The doctors have administered injectables successfully for nearly nine years. With the latest treatments and standard practices, they offer highly personalized, manageable treatment regimens and services for each patient. Liquid facelifts can give you a youthful and refreshed appearance, NO SCALPELS NEEDED! Many of the aesthetic procedures are very affordable, and most can be done over lunchtime, Dr. Ashley said. “People can

literally come in and get a procedure done and go back to work.” Other services and products include: • Injectables - Botulinum and Dermal Fillers • Skin Tightening • Body Contouring • Fat Reduction • Vaginal Rejuvenation Complimentary consultations are available to determine the correct medical plan and aesthetic treatments. Call 678-888-5181 to make an appointment.

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What kind of role can a financial professional play for an investor? The answer: a very important one. While the value of such a relationship is hard to quantify, the intangible benefits may be significant and long lasting. A good professional provides important guidance and insight through the years. A good financial professional can help an investor interpret today’s financial climate, determine objectives and assess progress toward those goals. Alone, an investor may be challenged to do any of this effectively. Moreover, an uncounseled investor may make self-defeating decisions. Some investors never turn to a financial professional. They concede that there might be some value in maintaining such a relationship, but they ultimately decide to go it alone. That may be a mistake. No investor is infallible. Investors can feel that way during a great market year, when every decision seems to work out well. In long bull markets, investors risk becoming overconfident. The big-picture narrative of Wall Street can be forgotten, along with the reality that the market has occasional bad years. This is when irrational exuberance creeps in. A sudden market shock may lead an investor into other irrational behaviors. Perhaps stocks sink rapidly, and an investor realizes (too late) that a portfolio is overly weighted with equities. Or, perhaps, an investor panics during a correction, selling low only to buy high after the market rebounds. Often, investors grow impatient and try to time the market. Poor market timing may explain this divergence: According to investment research firm DALBAR, the S&P 500 returned an average of 8.91 percent annually across the 20 years ending on Dec. 31, 2015, while the average equity


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investor’s portfolio returned just 4.67 percent per year.1 The other risk is that of financial nearsightedness. When an investor flies solo, chasing yield and “making money” too often become the top pursuits. The thinking is short term. A good financial professional helps a committed investor and retirement saver stay on track. He or she helps the investor set a course for the long term, based on a defined investment policy and target asset allocations with an eye on major financial goals. The client’s best interest is paramount. As the investor-professional relationship unfolds, the investor begins to notice the intangible ways the professional provides value. Insight and knowledge inform investment selection and portfolio construction. The professional explains the subtleties of investment classes and how potential risk often relates to potential reward. Perhaps most importantly, the professional helps the client get past the “noise” and “buzz” of the financial markets to see what is really important to his or her financial life. This is the value a financial professional brings to the table. You cannot quantify it in dollar terms, but you can certainly appreciate it over time. Securities offered through registered representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Inc., a broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc., a registered investment adviser. Cambridge is not affiliated with and does not endorse the opinions or services of Peter Montoya Inc. or MarketingPro Inc. continued on page 60

Don Akridge is president of Citadel Professional Services, LLC, an independent firm, founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. 770-952-6707.

Consider Natural Bioidentical Hormones BY JAMES HALEY, MD, FACOG, FPMRS

As women approach midlife and start to experience menopause, they experience bouts of depression, wild temperature swings and brain fog. As they consider hormone therapy, they realize the choices can be confusing. There are two types of hormone therapy: traditional or synthetic, which uses FDA-approved medications, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), a natural approach using compounds individually mixed at special pharmacies. Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources such as soy or yams, and are designed to replicate the same chemical structure as the hormones produced naturally by our bodies. Based on an individual’s hormone levels, a compounding pharmacy can individually tailor a bioidentical hormone regimen specifically designed for the patient by the physician. A custom BHRT typically costs $40-$45 per month. A significant body of literature suggests bioidentical hormone therapy is safer and more effective than synthetic hormone replacement. Since bioidentical hormones are derived naturally, your body metabolizes them properly. The second major advantage of bioidentical hormones is they can be specifically formulated to meet individual hormonal needs – unlike synthetic hormones, which often use a one-size-fitsall approach to symptom relief. Some of the day-to-day benefits of BHRT include: • Stops hot flashes, diminishes night sweats. • Increases energy. • Helps control anxiety and irritability, lifts mood or depression symptoms.

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Tips for Healthy Listening BY DR. SARAH LICHT

Noise induced hearing loss can occur from exposure to a one-time burst of extremely loud noise or repeated exposure to loud noise over time. You can conserve hearing by wearing hearing protection around loud sounds and limiting noise exposure. Audio players have been the subject of hearing loss research since the popularity of iPods and MP3 players has increased in recent years. While loud environmental sounds may not be easily escapable, personal listening habits are optional. There are steps consumers can take to diminish the risk audio players have on hearing loss. Volume, time listening and earphone style can all be optimized to find the best combination for hearing conservation. For example, to preserve your hearing, doctors recommend headphones, which sit on your head like earmuffs, rather than earbuds, which fit inside your ear. The main reason is earbuds naturally add about 9 decibels of volume because they are closer to the ear canal. In addition, earbuds do not block out as much background noise, so most of us will increase the volume to unsafe levels. There are many cheap earbuds on the market, which may be great in a pinch, but these poorly made products will distort sound or produce uneven levels of sound, which leads to increasing the volume to harmful levels.


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Listening tips:

• If you hear ringing, roaring or buzzing after wearing earbuds or headphones, you could be damaging your ears. Make sure to turn down the volume. • If you go to a concert or club, sit in the middle of the room and make sure to wear hearing protection. The effects of loud noise exposure are cumulative and can damage your ears over time. • The chance of over exposure to loud sounds can be reduced by wearing headphones instead of earbuds. • Custom ear protection is important for people such as musicians and hunters. • If you hear your friend’s music while sitting next to them, ask them to turn it down. • Make sure to visit a hearing care professional to get a hearing health evaluation. Everyone over the age of 40 should have a baseline hearing test, even if you do not feel you have a problem. It is beneficial to have something to compare with five, 10 or 20 years down the road.

Sarah Licht, Au.D. is a Doctor of Audiology and provider at North Georgia Audiology in Woodstock. She has been practicing since 2016.

The Importance of Heart Health BY DR. THOMAS JORDAN

There is a range of factors that can raise your risk of developing heart disease and having a heart attack or stroke. The more factors you have, the greater your risk. Although you can’t do anything about your age, gender, race and family history, there are factors you can modify, treat or control by making lifestyle changes or taking medication. • Quit smoking. A smoker’s risk of developing heart disease is two to four times greater than that of nonsmokers. • Lower your blood cholesterol. As blood cholesterol rises, so does the risk of heart disease. When other factors (such as high blood pressure and tobacco smoke) are present, the risk is even higher. • Lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder than normal and makes your arteries more prone to injury. • Get active. Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity helps prevent heart and blood vessel disease. The more vigorous the activity, the greater your benefits. • Lose excess weight. Excess weight increases the heart's workload. People with excess body fat, especially around the waist, are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke, even if they have no other factors.

• Manage your diabetes. Diabetes seriously increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even when glucose (blood sugar) levels are under control. • Reduce stress. Too much stress over time, and unhealthy responses to it, may create health problems in some people. Find healthy ways to manage stress, exercise and eat right. • Limit alcohol. Alcohol raises blood pressure, can cause heart failure and lead to stroke. It also adds calories, contributing to obesity and making it harder to lose weight. If you don't drink, don't start. If you do, limit yourself to one drink a day. You are at a higher risk if your father or brother developed heart disease or a stroke before they were 55; or, if you have a mother or sister who developed heart disease or a stroke before they were 65. You can protect yourself by taking care of your heart.

Dr. Thomas Jordan is a board certified physician in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. He practices at Northside Heart’s Cumming, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Woodstock offices.

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Senior Sense:


Most adults have been in a hospital at one time or another. Many have needed to enter the hospital through the emergency room. But, I doubt that too many have spent the night in an emergency room. In January, I went through the ER three times within two weeks. The first time (after a two-hour wait in the lobby among patients with yellow masks), I learned I had congestive heart failure. They drained the fluid from my lungs, and sent me home with instructions to double the dosage of one medicine. Three days later, I was back, and spent five days in the hospital getting my heart squared up. Four days later, my blood pressure plummeted, so back I went. This time, for a four-hour wait in the ER lobby. My new medication had to be adjusted. However, because it is winter, and the height of the flu season, there was “no room in the inn.” I spent the night in the ER. I’d suggest that you avoid such a night if you can. They treated me well, but it was noisy and the “bed” was too short and narrow and not very comfortable. Any of you who know me, help me remember to tell my heart not to act up during flu season again. I’m looking forward to seeing yellow daffodils instead of yellow flu masks. I already have daffodils peeking through the ground, and I hope they will bloom before this article is printed!


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I lived for 13 years of my adult life in the Dakotas. Now, that’s a place that has some nice people, but not so nice weather. The worst blizzard was the last day of April and the first day of May. We had 6-foot drifts, and they had to blast the snow to open the road to our little town of 92 people. One year, we had frost in the middle of June and August, but, in between, the temperature rose to more than 100 degrees! After those years, I’m happy to be in Georgia, where the seasons are more reasonable. It’s not too early to look for the signs of spring. Look at the dogwoods. The buds on the ends of the limbs will become blooms. Ferns soon will be uncurling their fronds and showing their true green color. Pansies turn their faces to the sun, and my primrose survived the winter! Birds are returning, some nesting in the porches of our houses, and all of them singing to one another. Watch the earth come out of its shell, and people greet each other in their yards. The time of yellow flu masks will end, and the daffodils will bloom — thanks to spring in Georgia!

Delia writes books and leads workshops internationally. She and her husband settled in Woodstock after living in eight states. Their children and grandchildren live nearby.


Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter) is the first day of April. The focus of this day is the celebration of Jesus Christ being raised from the dead, back to life - and the hope that it brings to all mankind. However, many people choose not to believe this. Worse yet, many churches and the people who occupy those churches misappropriate the name and meaning of Christian. People will say, “Jesus was a great man” or “Jesus was a great teacher” or “Jesus was a prophet who did great things.” Then they will follow up with, “But, I don’t believe he was God.” What leads people to draw these conclusions? Ultimately, we have to ask ourselves what was the purpose of Jesus Christ’s life, resurrection and teachings? What did Jesus himself say about these things? Did Jesus lie? Did Jesus lie when he said that his purpose for coming into the world was to testify to the truth (John 18:37)? Did Jesus lie when he said that Satan has made us his slaves Ultimately, (John 8:34), because Satan is we have to stronger than us (John 12:31), but Jesus is stronger than Satan (John ask ourselves 14:30)? what was Did Jesus lie when he said that as Satan’s slaves, we are all the purpose sinners and that all sin leads to of Jesus eternal death (John 8:21-24)? Did Jesus lie when he said he Christ’s life, came to save us - not to condemn resurrection us (John 3:17)? Did Jesus lie when he said the and teachings? only way to know God is to be born again (John 3:3)? Did Jesus lie when he said the only way to be born again is to believe that he is God (John 3:16, John 6:29, John 10:7, John 14:6)? Did Jesus lie when he said that he created us not for religion but for relationship (John 14:18-21)? Did Jesus lie when he said that a relationship with him is the most important relationship we can have (John 17:17-19)? Did Jesus lie when he said that he willingly laid down his life for us so that he could take both his life and the lives of those who have believed in him up again (John 10:17-18, John 10:26-30)? Did Jesus lie when he said that for those who put their trust in him He will bring them into Heaven with him (John 14:1-3)? This March I would encourage you to read the Gospel of John in the Bible and be amazed as to why it was given to us. The answer - John 20:30-31. He is risen!

Michael Martin is the director of biblical counseling for Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4096 East Cherokee Drive, Canton.

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Natural Wonders It’s lunchtime. Colorful plates of Thai food dot the table between me and Charles Seabrook, the longtime science and nature writer for The Atlanta JournalConstitution. Charles and I have just met, but we share the common interests of writing about and painting the natural world, and there is no shortage of things to talk about. He launches into a story: “I just visited a friend whose daughter came back from biology research in Costa Rica. The daughter was enthusiastically telling us all about Costa Rica’s native hummingbirds. There were 54 species, and she knew all their names, how to identify them … “And then, as we were talking, she looked outside the window beside us and noticed a bird outside on a tree. ‘What kind of bird is that!?’ she asked. She was very interested, having just gotten back from her project.” Charles smiles. “Well, it was a tufted titmouse! One of the most common birds in all of Georgia. And then she asked, ‘So what kind of tree is that?’” He laughs. “Here she’d just spent two months memorizing dozens of birds in another country, and she didn’t know one of the most common birds in her home state of Georgia, perched on one of the most common trees — a dogwood.” Charles says this not with the bite of a critic, but more with the smile of a philosopher, ruefully noting the state of the world. Seabrook’s nature column is a longtime favorite of mine, and of thousands of Atlanta readers. I had sought this meeting, however, because of one specific column he authored 10 years ago. It’s a “bucket list” still floating around on the internet: “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia to See Before You Die.” The descriptions light the imagination — with nicknames like “Georgia’s Amazon” for the Altamaha River, and “Little Grand Canyon” for Providence Canyon. I decided to paint every spot. “So, what are you trying to do again?” Charles asks, as our lunch conversation winds to a close. “You know how all of us are glued to our phones 24/7?” I say. “No one really sees the nature right in front of their noses – outside the window. “We have this idea that ‘nature’ is the rainforests, or the oceans rising, but it’s not the ‘nature’ right in our own backyards. I want to paint what’s around us – so people actually see it!” As we leave the restaurant, Charles shakes my hand encouragingly and promises to help. “Keep it up! It’s a worthwhile effort!” 42

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I do worry that art and writing are too quiet to get people’s attention. As I type this, outside the window a pair of Carolina wrens hunt for food I’ve left for them in the leaves, under a white oak tree. To me, it looks like just another “Natural Wonder” – right in my own backyard. Resources: Check out Charles Seabrook’s list, “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia to See Before You Die.” http://annlitrel. com/35-natural-wonders-in-georgia-to-see-before-you-die/

Ann is an artist who lives in Towne Lake with her husband Dr. Michael Litrel and their two sons. Ann can be reached at


Last year was another record-breaking year for the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED). The COED 2017 Year in Review was presented to more than 200 attendees of the Cherokee State of the County address; the following highlights are worth noting. The Cherokee 75 Corridor - the stretch of land from Exit 277 off I-75 along Highway 92 to Woodstock Road - continues to attract new and expanding companies. Jaipur Living opened its headquarters facility in Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, and Papa John’s Pizza opened their regional hub in Majestic Realty’s Cherokee Commerce Center. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal cut the ribbon for the new state-of-art YANMAR EVO//CENTER, and CORE5 broke ground on a new 312,500 square-foot speculative building. Woodstock Furniture Outlet started construction on its new headquarters facility. Last but not least, the adidas SPEEDFACTORY opened and received the Georgia Deal of the Year award. Existing Cherokee companies also have made their mark. Universal Alloy Corporation opened a new facility in Ball Ground, and Chart Industries relocated its headquarters, expanding the campus in the Airport Commerce Center. Inalfa Roof Systems continues to grow, and is now the largest manufacturer in Cherokee. NorRal, Inc. in Holly Springs received the Elite Supplier award from Lockheed Martin. Northside Hospital Cherokee opened a new $286 million hospital and has announced expansion plans. Entrepreneurship continues to be an area of focus. The Fresh Start Cherokee program was launched with great success, and The Circuit – Cherokee’s first coworking space – opened its doors. COED’s film program has continued to grow, with five major motion pictures released this year and the Netflix

original series “Ozark” debuted and signed for second season. The Cherokee Workforce Collaborative took off with leadership from top management of three existing industries. These groups are connecting education and industry while growing awareness for local career opportunities. COED also hosted the community’s largest career expo in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Labor. The 2018 Cherokee Career Expo is scheduled for March 14, at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. COED launched the new Cherokee By Choice brand platform, highlighting companies such as adidas and YANMAR that are choosing to locate in our county. “We were in search of a brand platform that embraced Cherokee as a metro Atlanta community while illustrating the unique features and assets that set the community apart,” COED Chairman Marshall Day said. “After repeated success from new and expanding businesses and impressive population growth, Cherokee By Choice was launched, showcasing all of the reasons Cherokee has been the choice and will continue to be.” COED also unveiled its new office in the historic Woodstock Elementary School building at Chattahoochee Technical College, along with the Cherokee in Photos Gallery. The economic development team is looking forward to 2018 being another record-breaking year.

The Cherokee Office of Economic Development is the leading organization for business and film recruitment and industry retention & expansion. For more information, visit

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Around & About March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins March 25: Palm Sunday March 31-April7: Passover March 30: Good Friday April 1: Easter

MARCH Run/Walk Alone 5K 10 Never begins at 6:30 p.m. at Etowah

River Park and is presented by Family Tradition Restaurant to benefit Never Alone Food Pantry and Clothing Outreach Center. Cost: $25 for all ages, $35 after March 10. Register at or

Cherokee Career 14 The Expo will be held 2-6 p.m.

at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. Representatives will be on site beginning at 1 p.m. to provide résumé review assistance. 770- 345-0600.


Cherokee County Farm Bureau AG Expo will take place 4-7 p.m.

at Hickory Flat Fellowship Church, 5301 Hickory Flat Highway (Hwy. 140), Canton. Co-sponsored with Cherokee County Extension, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Woodstock. Featuring more than 30 booths showing different agriculture in the county. Also, activities for children, animals, agriculture classes and refreshments. Free, open to the public. If you would like to have a booth or attend, call Shirley Pahl at Cherokee County Farm Bureau, 770-4791481, Ext. 0.

of Faith launch party 17 Branches is a drop-in planned for 6:30-8:30

p.m. at Blank Stage Acting Studio, Highway 92 in Woodstock. Guests can learn more about the new faith-based nonprofit created to hold community events with a focus on families, faith, fellowship and leadership. For details, contact Brandon Roberts at 678-232-7488 or brandon@ 44

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Stroll is a new 17 Shamrock fundraiser in downtown Jasper

for Reinhardt University students. The .5K road race will start at Jasper’s Board of Education building and end at the intersection of South Main and Spring streets. Prizes given for the most creative costume, most creative dog costume, oldest and youngest participants. Registration is $25, no charge for children age 12 and younger. Post-race party will include face and rock painting, a bounce house, prizes, live music and food. www.Reinhardt. edu/stroll.

Ready-Set-Grow Garden Summit

is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the senior services center at 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. Presented by the UGA Master Extension volunteers of Cherokee County. Participants will be introduced to a variety of topics: good horticultural practices; herbs; edible landscaping; raised bed gardens; pollinators. Demonstrations will give participants a better understanding of soils, amendments, compost and fertilizers. To register, call 770-721-7803 or email

The Assault on Garland Mountain Trail Run will be held in Waleska. The

4- and 13.1-mile trail run benefits the Friends of Garland Mountain Trails. Great 4-mile beginner course as well as a new half-marathon course on rolling terrain with great views of the surrounding mountains. Post race snacks, music, and medals to the top three in each age group. Free race for ages 10 and under. http://

Chorale’s “Thanks 18 Cherokee for the Music” Concert

Series presents: “For Now and the Future” at 3 p.m. at Canton First United Methodist, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. Featuring the music of Dan Forrest, with conductor Scott Martin and guest choir from Creekview High School. Tickets available at the door.

& Walk 9 a.m.-noon 24 Wag at Pawtriots Park, located

in Patriots Park, 1485 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth. A 1-mile wag and walk, breakfast items for sale and doggy treat bags. $5 per dog, pre-registration required. 770-924-7768. The topic is Pruning Demystified for the gardener’s seminar presented by the UGA Master Gardener Extension volunteers, set for 10 a.m. at the Hickory Flat Library, 2740 E. Cherokee Drive in Canton. Unsure of what and when plants need pruning: spring, summer or fall? Come get those questions answered and see techniques and tools demonstrated. To register, call 770-721-7803 or email

APRIL of Blankets Creek 13 Battle Trail Run (5- and 10-mile run) and Dirty 15/30 Mile Mountain Bike Race (15- and 30-mile tracks).

Benefiting SORBA Woodstock on the Blankets Creek Trail System. Rolling terrain along Lake Allatoona at a family friendly venue. Post-race snacks, music and medals to the top three in each age group. Free race for ages 10 and under.

& Sound of Woodstock 22 Taste is from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at

the Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater, featuring dozens of Woodstock-area restaurants, live music, kids zone and a mini-food truck park and beer garden. The event benefits the Woodstock High School band program. Admission is free. Tickets are 50 cents each, with packages starting at $5.

Night Hike, 7:30-9 p.m. at the 27 Riverside Athletic Complex, 610

Druw Cameron Drive, Woodstock. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Refreshments, $5 per person. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency.



24 Baptist Church Woodstock, Women’s retreat at First

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Guest speaker is Jen Wilkin, a writer and teacher of women’s Bible studies. She has a background in women’s ministry, and has organized and led studies for women in home, church and parachurch contexts. To register, visit worthy-womens-conference.

Trace Trail 24 Sutallee Challenge Trail Run

4.5- and 10.5-mile trail run benefiting Boy Scout Troop 241 on the Boling Park Etowah Trail System. Rolling terrain along the Etowah River at a family friendly venue. Post-race snacks, music and medals to the top three in each age group. Free for kids 10 and under. http://mountaingoatadventures. com/sutallee.

Falany Performing Arts Center 770-720-9167 •

March 11

Olate Dogs at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. with owners

Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, the winners of season seven of “America’s Got Talent.” A high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act filled with dog friendly and amazing pet tricks.

March 23

Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m. The only Chinese acrobatic company touring yearround in the United States, representing a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago.

April 8

Reinhardt University Choirs at 3 p.m. The Chamber Singers and the University Choir are under the direction of Dr. Martha Shaw.

April 17

Reinhardt University Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Whether it is music from the 1920s or the 2010s, the ensemble performs music in an authentic way, from Basie to Baylock, from Ellington to Ernie Watts, from Miller to Mingus. Featuring a full-sized big band.

April 19

Reinhardt University Winds at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kirk, with

approximately 50 members.

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@ the Library HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive • 770-345-7565


Lap-Sit Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Storytime, designed for ages 1-3, gives children a chance to learn about the storytime experience and encourages early literacy by including books, songs, rhymes and physical activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Storytime is designed for

families with children of all ages; followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

March 12

Family Bingo Night at 6 p.m. Join the fun and win prizes.

Refreshments are provided. For all ages; children age 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

March 14

Music and Moves at 10:30 a.m. A dance party to remember! Children age 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


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Sequoyah Regional Library System 116 Brown Industrial Parkway • Canton, GA 30114 770-479-3090 •

March 17

DIY Easter-Spring Wreaths at 6 p.m. Lynne Mock demonstrates how to make a beautiful Easter-Spring wreath. Bring your own ribbon (minimum 6-inches to 12-inches wide; three to four rolls; wire ribbon recommended).

March 20

Manga Club at 5 p.m. Teens are encouraged to read and discuss different manga series and related topics. This program will encourage reading and group discussion in a fun and innovative way. Refreshments are provided.

Reading Dogs at 4:30 p.m. Children 6 and older can read to a non-

judgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if the reader stumbles or makes a mistake. Children are asked to select their reading material before their scheduled session. Parents can register their child (two weeks in advance) for a 10-15 minute reading session.

March 21

The Game is Afoot! Party at 6:30 p.m. Have you been playing our month-long, multiplayer, interactive game? “The Game is Afoot!” ends March 21 with a party for all players. Come dressed as a character from “Sherlock” and participate in the costume contest. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be provided. For detectives of all ages; children 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

March 21

Mom-Dad & Me Yoga at 10:30 a.m. Explore and enjoy fun yoga stretches for parents and children. Registration is required.

March 24

Finding Your Kin: An Introduction to Genealogy at 2 p.m. Meet Bob Volz, genealogist and director and program coordinator for the Genealogical Computer Society of Georgia. Whether you’re already into your family search or are looking for a place to begin, we recommend you join us. Registration is required and opens March 10.

March 29

Peepshi at 4 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can participate in a peep/ sushi (“Peepshi”) cook-off contest. Materials are provided.

R.T. JONES 116 Brown Industrial Parkway • 770-479-3090


Tech Tuesday. Have a question about how to use something technical, like checking your email from your phone? Sign up for a help session to answer your questions. If you have a question about your device, please bring it with you. Please know your password before attending. Registration is required. Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Family storytimes are designed for families with children of all ages. Storytime is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Lap-Sit Storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Storytime,

designed for ages 1-3, gives children a chance to learn about the storytime experience and encourages early literacy by including books, songs, rhymes and physical activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Family storytimes are designed for families with children of all ages. Storytime is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

March 24

Lego Club at 3 p.m. A different theme each month. Children may work alone or in teams to build Lego masterpieces, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. Lego and Duplo are provided. Children 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

March 19

Reading Dogs at 4:30 p.m. Children age 6 and older can read to a non-judgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if the reader stumbles or makes a mistake. Children are asked to select their reading material before their scheduled session. Parents can register their child (two weeks in advance) for a 10-15 minute reading session.

March 11

Inklings Writers Critique Group at 3 p.m. Love to write, but

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Galts Ferry day use area #2.

Check Out the Changes at Allatoona Lake BY CHRISTOPHER PURVIS

Spring is quickly approaching which means it’s time to gear up for the recreation season on Allatoona Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages seven campgrounds and 14 day-use areas that offer a variety of great outdoor experiences. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with what is new at the lake!


Campsites are now 100 percent reservable at every campground managed by the Corps at Allatoona. The campground booking window is now one day, therefore, reservations can be made up to one day before you want to go camping. Walk-in sites still will be available at all campgrounds if not already reserved. Campsite pricing stays the same and is based on the location and campsite amenities. Prices differ for waterfront and interior campsites with either 30 amp and 50 amp electrical and water hookups. Call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation, or visit which links to various recreational sites around the nation. Another big change for the 2018 recreation season will be that Clark Creek North Campground and Clark Creek South Campground

and Ramp will be leased to Bartow County effective immediately. For questions concerning the management of these campgrounds, please contact the Bartow County Parks and Recreation Department at 770-387-5149.

Day Use Areas

In December, the Corps and Etowah Disc Golf officially opened the new Etowah Disc Golf Course at Riverside Park. Several years in the making, the course offers moderate to challenging disc holes, great exercise and the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Foothills and the Etowah River. The course is already being ranked as one of the top courses in North Georgia.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells and issues most of the federal America the Beautiful Passes from the Allatoona Lake Operations Project Management Office. Visitors who hold one of these passes receive free admittance in our Corps-managed day use areas and ramps. America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass holders will also receive 50 percent off camping. All other passes will continue to be charged full price for camping. The “Every Kid in a Park” pass program is a federal initiative started two years ago to get children to our national parks. All current fourth-graders can receive a free annual pass that covers entrance fees for the entire family at all federal lands and waters for a full year. In the last year, Allatoona staff has issued more than 1,000 of these cards. If you are a parent or a teacher with current fourth-graders, contact our offices to receive this pass. continued on page 60

Christopher Purvis is the lead ranger at Lake Allatoona over Partnerships, Volunteers and Project Security. He has been a ranger on Allatoona Lake since 2005.


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Consignment Sale Guide

This is the month for catching a few bargains for your little ones. Here’s a list of sales in Cherokee and neighboring counties that should help as you map your plan of action.

March 8-10

March 10

March 16-17

Times: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Location: 1 Mission Point, Canton

All 4 Kids Cobb County

March 9-10

Due West Treasure Chest

Times: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta

Mt. Bethel UMC

Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

Born Again Blessings

Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: Riverstone Church, 2005 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw

Tots to Tweens

Canton First Baptist Kids Sale


March 15-17

Cumming First UMC

Times: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Location: 770 Canton Highway, Cumming

Green With Envy

Times: Preview Thursday night, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Location: TBD in Alpharetta or Cumming

Times: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Cumberland Community Church, 3110 Sports Ave., Smyrna

Roswell UMC

Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell

March 15-18

March 22-24

Times: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Johns Creek UMC, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek

Times: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Mount Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta

Angel’s Attic

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

Meeting March 30 - Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

All 4 Kids East Cobb/Marietta

You have so much ... they have so little

For more information on the Downtown Buzz program or to suggest a topic for consideration, please contact Mitzi at 770-592-6056 Business, individual and non-profit memberships are available

Donations needed now

Financial donations New socks and Underwear · Blankets Canned meat 1407 Cobb Parkway N. Marietta, GA 30061

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We’re one month closer to summer break and the risk of hearing, “I’m bored” from the kids. Check out our extensive camp guide to keep peace in your family!

2018 Brainy Bytes Technology Camps STEM adventures await, whether you are looking to conquer robot, drone and minecraft challenges or wanting to create games, movies, 3D objects, websites and more. Weekly half-day and full-day camps for ages 5 and up start June 4. Locations throughout Cherokee and Cobb 770-8260449. Camp Gideon A Christian camp located on Lake Allatoona that offers day and overnight camping programs for children and youth to engage them socially, spiritually and physically through a variety of outdoor activities. IMPACT Camp (co-ed, ages 12+) June 9-15, Discovery Day Camps (co-ed, ages 5-11) June 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 and D24 Overnight Camp (co-ed, ages 7-13) July 2-6, July 9-13. Visit for more information, pricing and online registration. Camp Invention For children entering K-6th grades at Lyndon Academy, 485 Toonigh Road, Woodstock. June 11-15, July 9-13. Participants enjoy hands-on fun by designing and building prototypes, problem solving, exploring STEM concepts and learning teamwork. In partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 800-968-4332. Camp Juliette Low An overnight camp for girls ages 7-17 that offers outdoor programs to foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork and leadership. Traditional camping, platform tents, outdoor adventure, fun and friendship await. One- and two-week sessions available June 3-July 28. Located on Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, Ga. For more info call 770-428-1062, email info@ or visit 52

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Guide Camp Splash The Woodstock Aquatic Center and Gold Swim school will host weekly Summer Camp Splash June 4 through July 20 for ages 5-12 with a of maximum 16 campers per week. Campers need to bring a packed lunch daily; snacks and water provided. Camp is $265 per week, $250 for multiple weeks, 10 percent off for siblings. To register, call 770-591-1998, email, or online at Cherokee Tennis Center Tiny Tots Camp for ages 8 and younger Monday-Thursday 8:15-9 a.m. Cost is $50 per session. Includes tennis games, review of tennis fundamentals with the emphasis on fun. The USTA 10-and-under format uses smaller nets, softer/lower bouncing balls, and short courts. Day camp is for ages 8 and older, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $160 per session and consists of tennis drills, point play, game play and more. Each session will end with prizes and a pizza party. Multiple-child discounts are offered. Camp dates are June 11-14, 1821,15-28. July 9-12, 16-19, 23-26. Register online at or call 770-592-4582. Cherokee County YMCA Day Camps Summer camping experience available at the Woodstock and Canton locations. Full-day camp for ages 5-15, and halfday camp for ages 4-5. Traditional and specialty programs offered. Cost of traditional full-day camp is $170 per child per week. For more info, call 678-880-3502, email robertbe@ or visit

Dance Imagination Fairytale Dance Camp is four hours of games, craft activities, snack, play time, tumble, lunch and dance. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in June and July. Call 678-445-2731 or check for updates. Dance For His Glory Camps will be held June 11-15 and July 9-13, and are available for ages 3-18. More information and registration available online at

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Camps are taught by trained counselors, who introduce children ages 5-14 to the exciting world of the theater. Campers explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their unique creative voices. Call 678-494-4251 for more information.

Future Owl Youth Camp Future football players can experience the excitement of Kennesaw State University football during a one-day camp for rising third- through eighthgraders, set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The $60 fee includes lunch and T-shirt.

Georgia All-Star Gymnastics Day Camp Children will participate in gymnastics, arts and crafts, outdoor and indoor games, sprinkler time, watch movies, and have quiet time to read, rest or play alone. Sessions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekly May 29-July 27. Half-day and full-day rates available. Early drop-off (7-9 a.m.) and late pick-up (5-6 p.m.) available for additional $7. Located at 105 Arnold Mill Park, Woodstock. 770-516-2654 Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding A unique day camp experience for special needs children and young adults that includes horseback riding, crafts and experiencing how to give a horse proper care. For details, contact Kelly Rickard at or 770-656-5764. Hide and Seek Day Camp The Christian, outdoor adventure camp is in the Hickory Flat area of Canton, serving campers who’ve finished kindergarten through age 11. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, $140 per week. Early drop off is 7:30 a.m.($10/week) and late pickup is 6 p.m. ($20/week). 770-720-0005. Paper.Scissors.Cake. Camps for ages 2-12 are broken down into three camp days and times. Toddler and preschool camps have weekly themes, while school-age children will explore painting, drawing, collage, mixed media and printmaking. No two camp sessions are alike. Located at 6687 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. For more details, visit, call 404-867-1630 or email paperscissorscake@ Safety Town A summer camp with a pint-sized town where safety messages are taught by Cherokee County safety professionals to children entering kindergarten in the fall. Topics covered include water, poison and fire safety, stranger awareness, school bus, pedestrian and traffic safety, and more. Volunteers help run three oneweek sessions at Bascomb Elementary School 9 a.m.-noon, June 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22. Cost is $80 per child per week and includes crafts, snacks and a T-shirt. For more information and registration forms, visit http://safekidscherokeecounty. org/. Contact director Ashley Arp or 770-894-2151 for questions.

Cherokee Recreation and Parks Registration begins 9 a.m. April 16 770-924-7768

K.A.O.S. Camp Designed for individuals ages 6-22 with disabilities, sponsored by the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Association, will be held at Woodstock Elementary School May 29-July 27. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Jen Fischer, Adventures Express Camp Weekly camps May 29-July 27 at the rec center for kindergarten-age 8 and Hickory Flat Elementary for kindergarten-age 12. 6:30-9 a.m. drop-off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. camp activities, 4-6:30 p.m. pick-up. $130 weekly, $30 deposit per week due at registration. Fishing Camp The basics of fishing, strategies and tactics, and other skills will be taught to campers ages 9-14, June 4-8 and June 18-22. Campers will travel to new destinations each day. A cookout and fish fry will wrap up the week. Cost is $150 for each week. Contact Adam Fussell, Summit Lacrosse At Riverside Athletic Complex, ages 8-18, 9 a.m.-noon May 29-June 1. $160. Contact Adam Fussell, Waterlogged At the Recreation Center pavilion for ages 9-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11-15 and July 9-13. Water field trip daily. $250. Contact Frankie Sanders, Adventure Teen Camp At Recreation Center pavilion for ages 13-15 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-20. Outdoor adventures including zip-lining, ropes challenge courses, canoeing/kayaking and more. Contact Jen Fischer, Teen Camp At Recreation Center pavilion for ages 13-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-29. Fun trips to White Water, rafting, Six Flags, white water rafting and more. $250. Contact Jen Fischer, Cherokee High School fast-pitch At Twin Creeks Softball Complex for ages 7-14, 9 a.m.-noon June 25-28. Glove, bat, cleats and athletic clothing needed. $130. Contact Kate Borden, Champions Fast-Pitch Softball Camp at Twin Creeks for ages 7-14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23-26. Glove, bat, cleats and athletic clothing needed. $125. Contact Kate Borden, Xplosive Speed & Agility For ages 6-15, 6-8:30 p.m. June 25-28. Participants will refine their techniques, increase speed, strength and agility for any sport. $95. Contact Neely Motijunas, Gymnastics At Recreation Center gym for ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 2-3 and 5-6. $75 for two days, $140 for four. No camp July 4. Learn fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling. Contact Jen Fischer, Challenge Island STEM-Wars Camp for ages 6-11, 9 a.m.-noon June 11-15. Movie-inspired challenges, including building your own spaceship, droids and rockets. Includes all materials. $170. Contact Frankie Sanders, Magic Camp At Recreation Center stage for ages 5-12, 9 a.m.-noon June 4-8, and ages 13 and older 1-4 p.m. June 4-8. Discover the art of magic including card and coin tricks, making objects appear and disappear, levitation and read a spectator’s mind. Parent show on Friday. Contact Frankie Sanders, AROUND CANTON | March 2018



Meet Creekview’s New Head Football Coach The school board voted unanimously to hire Adam Carter as the new head football coach at Creekview High School. He also will teach physical education and health classes. Carter comes to Creekview from Valdosta High School where he served as the football team’s defensive coordinator and helped lead them to the 6A Georgia State Championship title in 2016. He also served as head track coach, bringing home a 6A Region 1 championship win. His prior roles include defensive coordinator for the football programs at Marietta High School, Bradwell Institute in Hinesville and Camden County High School, where he also led the track team to a regional win. He also has coached football at Reinhardt University and South Carolina State University. “Building a program of excellence, both on and off the field, will be the commitment of my team, my staff and myself,” Carter said, who will be moving to Cherokee County with his wife, Molly. “We will use the game of football as an avenue to support the growth and development of quality, high-character young men who excel in the classroom, the field and in life.” Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from the University of West Georgia and his master’s degree in health and kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Georgia Southern University. He is studying to earn his specialist degree in health and physical education from Jacksonville State University. Creekview Athletic Director Dr. Kevin Higgins said he’s eager to begin working with Coach Carter. “I think Adam is the right fit for our community and our players. The Creekview family is excited to Adam Carter welcome Coach Carter as a Creekview Grizzly.”

Preschoolers, from left, Chaise Gilchert, Paris Washington and Martha Reyes take the taste test.

You Got to Eat Your Spinach, Baby! Ralph Bunche Center preschoolers had the opportunity to learn about healthy eating habits through a spinach taste-test. Children had the opportunity to try fresh spinach four ways: plain, with two salad dressings and with fresh lemon juice. The special lesson was provided by HealthMPowers. The event also provided professional development for the preschool center’s teachers, through modeling ways to integrate nutrition curriculum into classroom activities.

Headed to Nationals The Sequoyah High School Speech and Debate Team qualified to represent Speech and Debate Northern Georgia District in their event areas at the 2018 National Speech and Debate tournament in June in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Seniors Rebekah Carnes and Maddie Doerr won first place for Duo Interpretation in a qualifying event and will compete in this category. Carnes also won first place for Humorous Interpretation. Sophomore Noah Campbell won first place in Big Questions Debate and will compete in this category at nationals.

Briana Delvasto, left, answers questions from students, from left, Isobel Plower, Pfifer Blackman, Maddie Blanchard, Juliette Thomas and Carly Major.

Local Alumna Shares Experiences

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Noah Campbell

Woodstock High School alumna Briana Delvasto recently served as a guest speaker for her alma mater’s Career Café series. Delvasto, who now attends Emory University, where she serves as a student ambassador, talked with students about the college experience as part of the lunchtime speaker series sponsored by Woodstock’s media center. Topics addressed during the sessions included: dorm life, paying for college, scheduling classes, maximizing down time as a student and Greek life.

Kindergarten Registration Made Easier The Cherokee County School District is launching a new online system for kindergarten registration beginning March 12. Instead of filling out registration paperwork by hand at the school office, parents can login from home to the Registration Gateway via the school district’s website at www. Through a 15-20 minute user-friendly process, parents enter their identification information, such as emergency contact names and numbers, which will increase accuracy and eliminate redundancy. Required enrollment documents (birth certificate, proof of residency, etc.) can be scanned and uploaded to the system from home. After entering all information into the secure system, parents will be asked to schedule an appointment to bring the legally required enrollment documents to the school. During that appointment, records will be verified by the front office (and scanned and uploaded if you were unable to do this from home), and your child will participate in a brief assessment with a teacher to gauge his or her kindergarten readiness. The Registration Gateway will be open March 12-31 for parents of children who will begin kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year (child must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2013), and children who are starting school for the first time but are ready to enter the first grade (must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2012). Additional online systems will go live later this spring for registering Pre-K students and students new to Cherokee County schools in any grade. First-day forms for all students will be replaced with an online process this summer for the start of the new school year. “Parents have been pleading with us for years to spare them from paper forms, so we’re very excited to have the technology capabilities to roll out these new online systems,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.

Spelling Skills to the Test Woodstock Middle School seventh-grader Lydia Lord correctly spelled “endocrinologist” and then “incorrigible” to win the 2018 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee. Thirty-one students put their spelling skills to the test in the Georgia Association of Educators and Cherokee County Association of Educators’ annual competition, which went a record 47 rounds over three hours before a winner was decided.

Champion Lydia Lord reacts to winning after almost 50 rounds of words.

Drama Student Wins State Award Sequoyah High School senior Victoria “Tori” Turk was awarded the Georgia Thespians’ 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement Award at the Georgia State Thespian Conference held in Columbus, Ga. Only two students in the state receive the award annually, which includes a plaque and a $200 scholarship. Turk was nominated for the honor by Gerald Parker, Sequoyah High School’s drama teacher and Thespian Troupe sponsor. Turk is the president of the school’s drama club, Sequoyah Thespians Troupe Tori Turk with Sequoyah High School drama teacher Gerald Parker. No. 4739. She has been involved in every production at Sequoyah during her four years of high school, as well as community theater around the state. This year, she led the effort to create Sequoyah’s improv group.

A Wacky Way to Help Others Knox Elementary School’s Make A Change Club recently sponsored a Wonderful Wacky Wednesday dressup day to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students sported wacky hair and clothes, raising more than $300 for St. Jude. The school’s staff raised another $750, for a total of $1,050.

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Seamless Summer

Meals Continue for Many During Summer Break BY TINA FARMER

The Cherokee County School District’s (CCSD) School Nutrition Program feeds our students during the summer through a program called the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The Seamless Summer Option allows the school district to continue the same meal service procedures used during the regular school year. The federally funded program is approved through the Georgia Department of Education. For several consecutive summers, the CCSD has provided a reliable source of nutrition to the community during the long summer break from school. Meals are served at no charge to children age 18 and younger. We served 33,000 lunches and 20,000 breakfasts through the program last year, which averages about 1,000 lunches and 600 breakfasts each day. Menus during the summer months, just as those during the traditional school year, reflect our desire to provide the most nutritious, flavorful and desirable foods. We take great School nutrition worker Donna Cascello sets out lunches at Hidden Falls community in southwest pride in the fact that customer Cherokee County. preference and acceptability is always at the forefront of our minds during the menu development process. various locations. Specific dates, times and locations will Summer menu items include a variety of fresh fruits and be announced on the CCSD website and social media vegetables, whole-grain entrees and low-fat milk options. accounts this spring. The school nutrition staff consistently communicates the If your organization will be hosting a summer program importance of balanced eating and emphasizes healthful and you would like to partner with CCSD school nutrition choices to students who participate in the summer to offer meals at no charge, please contact the school program. nutrition office at 770-721-8419 for more information. Feeding sites are established each year at the schools operating summer educational programming and in Tina Farmer, director of school nutrition for the Cherokee places such as local YMCA campuses, sports camps and County schools, has held leadership roles in the public local community churches where students are often and private food and beverage industry and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the hosted for summer camps. The program will operate June University of North Carolina - Charlotte. 4-July 20, with breakfast and/or lunch meals offered at 56

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Elm Street

Tackling Women’s History Herstory Month BY JILLIAN MELKO

When deciding this year’s performance season, Women’s History Month (aptly nicknamed “herstory” month) was a prevalent topic of discussion. There were many directions we could have taken our season in March, but we kept coming back to a women-centric topic and found the pull of stories about women too powerful to resist. In 1987, Congress decreed March as Women’s History Month to recognize the strength, courage, contribution and essential existence of the powerful force of women. Too often the achievements of women are unsung and overlooked. Our first March production of “Decision Height” written by Meredith Dayna Levy, runs March 2-11 and highlights just that. This moving, gravity-defying Georgia premiere explores friendship, fortitude and a way to trust one’s own strength through the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII. The accounts of this play are based on true stories where these women pioneered their way into history. To honor our veterans and military personnel, we will offer a $10 military discount at the door with ID and a military meet-and-greet on March 4. We would also love to invite anyone who has personal WASP accounts to share their story with our community. We then jump into an up-and-developing project, our New Works Festival, where once again women take charge of the stage. March 17-18 we will present a staged reading of two new works by local award-winning female playwrights. These include “Sincerely, Generation Z,” a collection of short plays and monologues by four playwrights exploring young-adult perspectives on the future and its unknowns, and last year’s festival winning one-act, “Check Mate,” by Laura King. Talk-backs will follow each reading, during which the playwrights will have the opportunity to receive public feedback. Finally, we end March with one of the most beloved classic stories of all time, Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” This staged concert of “Little Women the Broadway Musical” will be filled with professional metro-Atlanta talent, featuring a live full-orchestra. Proceeds will go toward funding our RepTour program, which brings free live theater and theatrical education to schools in Cherokee and Cobb County where they otherwise wouldn’t have access. Jo weaves together her story and that of her sisters Meg, Beth and Amy in this enduring classic about their experiences growing up in Civil War America. Join us for this herstory-making month, as we explore the highs and lows, discoveries and accomplishments women have been achieving since the dawn of time. What are you waiting for? It’s time to make herstory your story. Nicole Adkins contributed to this article.


MAR 2 - 11 FRI/SAT AT 7:30PM SUN AT 2:00PM Presenting Partner:

Call or visit us on the web to learn about our

SUMMER CAMPS Registration Opens March 1st

Jillian Melko is the community engagement coordinator at Elm Street. She holds a BFA in musical theater and is a professional actress in metro Atlanta.


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


Rising Hills Church 615 Mountain Road, Woodstock River Church 2335 Sixes Road, Canton 770-485-1975

Allen Temple AME 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-6348

Shallowford Free Will Baptist Church 1686 Shallowford Road, Marietta 770-926-1163

St. Paul 390 Crisler St., Canton 770-479-9691

South Cherokee 7504 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-0422

Carmel 2001 Bascomb Carmel Road

Sutallee 895 Knox Bridge Highway, White 770-479-0101

Cherokee 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock 770-720-3399



Cornerstone Community 4206 North Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock 678-439-5108 Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-592-7007 Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock 770-710-1068 Faith Community Office: 110 Village Trail, Suite 110, Woodstock Sunday Services: 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock 770-516-1996 First Baptist of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-4428 First Baptist Canton One Mission Point 770-479-5538 First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-5349 Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth Heritage Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton 770-479-9415 Hillcrest 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth 770-917-9100


New Victoria 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-8448,

Toonigh 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon Bells Ferry 6718 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-592-2956 Canton Church 110 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 678-285-3288 New Life Church 154 Lakeside Drive, Canton 770-345-2660 Sunnyside 2510 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock 770-693-1018 Toonigh 4775 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton 770-926-3096


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


Chabad Jewish Center 1480 Shiloh Road, NW, Kennesaw 770-400-9255

Hopewell 78 Ridge Road, Canton 770-345-5723

Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation 1349 Old 41 Highway NW, Suite 220, Marietta 678-264-8575

Mt. Zion 4096 East Cherokee Drive, Canton 770-479-3324

Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 770-973-0137

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Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell 770-642-0434 Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St., Roswell 770-641-8630 Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 770-973-3533

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


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


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


Cherokee 1498 Johnson Brady Road, Canton 770-704-9564, Covenant South Annex Rec Center 7545 Main St., Bldg. 200, Woodstock Faith 3655 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton Grace Church 1160 Butterworth Road, Canton 678-493-9869, Heritage 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth 770-926-3558 , Trinity 1136 Trinity Church Road Woodstock 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-0074,

ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of LaSalette 12941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton 770-479-8923

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-516-0009 Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road NE., Marietta 770-977-1442


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


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


Action Church 271 Marietta Road, Canton 770-345-3030 Antioch Christian Church 3595 Sugar Pike Road Canton, GA 30115 770-475-9628 Antioch Church 9876 Main St., Suite 250, Woodstock 678-494-2193

Awakening 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140, Woodstock 770-924-4150 Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth 770-917-4964 BridgePointe 233 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, Woodstock 770-517-2977 Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, Canton 770-924-7532 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-529-9572 Church of the Messiah 4115 Charles Cox Drive, Canton 770-479-5280 Dayspring 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth 770-516-5733 Dwelling Place Church 110 Londonderry Court #130, Woodstock Empowerment Tabernacle 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock 770-928-7478 The Factory 9872 Main St., Woodstock, 770-517-7265 Faith Family 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth 770-926-4560 Fivestones Church 155 P Rickman Industrial Drive, Canton 770-720-2227 Fresh Springs Worship Center 1910 Eagle Drive, Suite 100, Woodstock 678-557-9841 Fuente de Vida (Fountain of Life) 205 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-880-3135 God’s Rolling Thunder Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock His Hands 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock 770-405-2500 Hope Church 6576 Commerce Parkway, Woodstock Iglesia Mana Para Siempre, Inc. Bilingual church Spanish & English 452 Milton Drive, Canton 678-880-8750

Life Church 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive, Suite 108, Canton 770-847-0170 Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth Ministry House 347 Holly St., Canton 678-459-2347 Momentum 659 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-384-4919 New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Road, Canton 770-479-6412 North Atlanta Church 6233 Old Alabama Road, Acworth 770-975-3001 Oak Leaf 151 East Marietta St., Canton 678-653-4652 Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-928-2795 Resurrection Anglican 231 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591-0040 Revolution 125 Union Hill Trail, Canton 770-345-2737 Sojourn Woodstock 8534 Main Street, Woodstock 770-769-7495 Sovereign Grace 471 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-494-2100 Thrive Chapel 11303 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-835-5795 Towne Lake Community 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock 678-445-8766 Victory 4625 Highway 92, Acworth 770-794-7366 Woodstock City Church 150 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock 678-880-9092 Woodstock Christian 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-8238 Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8838 Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-366-7515 Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8990 AROUND CANTON | March 2018


The Luck of the Cantonians!

Having a Financial Professional Matters

When I think of recent collaborations with fellow city leaders, staff, residents, community volunteers and others, I take great comfort in knowing we all have Canton’s best interest at heart. With good intention and transparency as our collective motive, optimism will continue to be Canton’s bread and butter. Speaking of bread and butter, I have been experimenting in the kitchen. Cooking is a passion, but I usually focus on savory dishes. I don’t mind baking, and have even been known to whip up some amazing pies and cakes. However, nothing intimidates me more than bread making. This does not apply to my Southern staples — to-die-for biscuits and cornbread, of course! I’m talking about real homemade bread that requires patience and divine intervention. However, I am about to share a little secret just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – Irish Soda Bread. I have tried several versions of this quick, no rise bread, and it does OK in a pinch. Recently, I found an interesting variation that incorporated buttermilk, so I thought there must be something to this approach. In addition, most recipes for soda bread tend to be on the flat and bland side, so I added lots of cheddar cheese and some fresh rosemary. With the soda, cream of tartar, buttermilk and egg, this version rose to an impressive height and the flavor was incredible. I served it with an Irish beef stew, but it will go well with anything. It slices well for sandwiches, and the leftovers make great croutons, savory bread pudding or other creative uses. It is really simple and quick, eliminating the fear of bread making. As the Irish say, may you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

This material was prepared by MarketingPro Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note: Investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

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Library Events continued from page 47

March 15

The Canton Morning Readers at 10 a.m. Join this new group, which meets in the Georgia Room. This month’s selection is “Prayers for the Stolen” by Jennifer Clement.

March 18

D.I.G. (Drop-In Genealogy) at 2 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon

in the computer lab with the Drop-In Genealogy group researching various topics. is available for use within the library, as well as other research tools.

March 19

The Canton Eclectic Readers at 6 p.m. This month, our book

Changes at Allatoona Lake continued from page 50

Work on the Lake?

The Corps still has a number of Park Host Volunteer and Park Attendant Contractor positions available for qualified couples this summer. Among the paid positions are Sweetwater Day Use, Sweetwater Campground and Victoria Day Use Area. Volunteer positions are still available at Riverside and Old Highway 41 No.1 Day Use Areas. Applicants must be a two person team at least 21 years of age and furnish their own factory built recreation vehicle. For more details, contact the ranger in charge of the Campground or Day Use Area Programs. For questions concerning Allatoona Lake or the recreation program, call Allatoona Lake Operations Project Management Office at 678-721-6700, visit us on the web at CivilWorks/Recreation/AllatoonaLake.aspx or on Facebook @USACEAllatoonaLake. 60

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club for unconventional readers will be reading “Prayers for the Stolen” by Jennifer Clement. Meet in the Georgia Room.

March 20

Special Snow White Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Come dressed in your favorite Disney costume and meet Snow White. She’ll be reading, singin, and interacting with the children (come prepared for photo ops.). We’ve also prepared a special Disney-themed craft. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

March 21

Intro to 3D Printing at 6 p.m. Learn the basics and maybe even start your own print job on the in-house 3D printer. For all ages; children age 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

March 25

Inklings Writers Critique Group Meet and Eat at 3 p.m. Join the second biannual meet and eat, where writers can mix and mingle with other local writers. Bring a finger food and your business cards (to hand out, not to eat!). Featuring a guest speaker.

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March 2018

ACCOUNTING/FINANCIAL SERVICES Citadel Professional Services, LLC 770-952-6707 Jeffrey L. Jackson, CPA 678-919-1250


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BridgeMill Animal Hospital 770-479-2200


Cherokee County Animal Shelter



Tidwell Strimban 678-999-8500



AUTOMOTIVE BridgeMill Auto Care Canton location: 770-720-0765 East Cobb location: 770-641-9906


Cherokee Auto Spa 770-704-0499


M& T Pro-Formance 678-880-6448


BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Downtown Buzz 770-592-6056 connect/#buzz




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CREDIT UNION Credit Union of Georgia 678-486-1111 LGE Community Credit Union


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(Cosmetic, Family, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Pediatric) Canton Dental Town 770-622-1515


Dentistry at Hickory Flat 770-213-8166


Gentle Dental Care and Georgia Dental Implant Center Inside back 770-926-2784 Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 27 770-926-9260 19

HEALTH & FITNESS Anytime Fitness Hickory Flat:770-345-4387 Holly Springs: 770-720-1831 Sixes Road: 770-720-2057 Riverstone: 678-880-1776



Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation 770-720-1727 or 770-827-0346


ClearView Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing 39 770-926-1960 L. Bean Interiors 770-824-8386


Mr. Junk 678-675-8651


Outdoor Living 706-301-5698


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EDUCATION/INSTRUCTION Goddard School, The (Prominence Point)


Bryan Plumbing Services 770-826-5277


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

HAIR SALON, SPA & BEAUTY Vintage Jacks 770-224-6370

CLEANING SERVICES Dynamic Clean Team 404-414-7743


Nelson Elder Care Law, LLC 678-250-9355

Towne Lake Family Chiropractic 770-592-1877



Atlanta Gastroenterology Assoc. Woodstock: 770-926-5459 Canton: 678-593-1295


Cherokee Internal Medicine 678-238-0301


Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists 47 770-720-7733 Governors MedSpa & Concierge Medicine Cover, 32, 33 678-888-5181 North Georgia Audiology & Hearing Aid Center 13 770-726-8948 Northside Cherokee Pediatrics 678-388-5485


Northside Vascular Surgery 770-292-3490


Perimeter North Family Medicine 770-395-1130


Plastic Surgery Center of the South 25 770-421-1242 WellStar Health System 770-956-7827

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Butcher to Butcher 5k City of Holly Springs Egg Hunt 770-924-7768

PHOTOGRAPHY J. King Images 404-384-2794, 404-200-0881


Darleen Prem Photography 770-354-0675


POLITICAL Stanley Townsend for County Commission Chair 20 404-626-3200 REAL ESTATE Magnolia Cottages by the Sea



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Dancing for the Children 770-704-5991


Elm St. Cultural Arts Village 678-494-4251


Historic Downtown Canton Art & Wine Walk


SENIOR LIVING Lodge at BridgeMill, The 770-479-4639

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