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First in Georgia for breast cancer. It’s true. WellStar is the first breast center in Georgia to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. What does that mean to you? Outstanding, state-of-the-art treatment. Here, every woman has access to a Nurse Navigator – a go-to team member who manages coordination among your doctors and helps you understand your treatment options. Treatment is provided by an experienced team of surgeons, oncologists, and radiologists, as appropriate, who have access to the latest cancer-fighting technologies. WellStar Kennestone Hospital, for instance, offers APBI (short for accelerated partial breast irradiation), one of the newest cancer-fighting options. In fact, WellStar treats more women using APBI than any health system in the nation. If someone you love has breast cancer, please tell her to call us. No one fights harder for women’s health than WellStar. For more information on the WellStar Cancer Network, call 770-956-STAR or visit

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April 2013

Volume 18, Issue 12

24 Featured Articles 24 Readers’ Choice Awards

The readers have spoken.

79 In Every Issue Around Towne. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Community News. . . . . 10 & 12 Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Event Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . 22

50 & 51 On the Cover Acworth Art Fest


Teachers of the Year

Cherokee County’s finest educators

TLBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . 84


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

Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . 30


Summer Camps

Activities and enrichment for kids.

Brian Stockton

Meet downtown Woodstock’s new Economic Development Director.

Faces and Places First Friday celebration.

Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . 89 School Information . . . . . . . . 90 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Community Numbers . . . . . . 92 Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . 94 Real Deals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Contributing Writers

Patty Ponder is the Market Director for TowneLaker. She can be reached at (770) 615-3322 or


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Peter Allen................................................41

Mayor Donnie Henriques.........................79

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

Dr. Jan Henriques......................................42

Mark Billson..............................................62

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

Dr. Ross Brakeville.....................................46

Robyn Hohensee......................................32

Rick Coughlin............................................48

Sheila & Kurt Johnson...............................21

Michael Caldwell......................................17

Kara Kiefer................................................27

Darlene DeMesa.......................................28

Dr. Mike Litrel...........................................26

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

Dee Locklin...............................................36

G. Lora Grooms.........................................78

Bill Ratliff..................................................67

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

Lynne Saunders........................................20

Dr. Amy Hardin.........................................47

Dr. Doug Thrasher.....................................68

Kristina Havens.........................................76

Jodi Tiberio...............................................72

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

Tim Timmons............................................34

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AROUND TOWNE by Kara Kiefer

People Places and Pleasures that make Towne Lake

The , The The

Most of us have had a teacher or teachers who have left a lasting impression. I had several throughout my schooling, but the one I will always remember was my fourth grade teacher Mr. Rogell. At that time, it was unusual to have a male teacher. He was young and handsome, and I don’t think there was a girl in his class that didn’t have a crush on him. I’m sure I learned a thing or two from him, but to Kara is the Editor of this day, I still remember his “Tom Townelaker magazine. Selleck” mustache! I felt sorry for She lives in Towne Lake Mr. Skar, the fifth grade teacher with her husband Mike and their two sons many of us got, because there Brandon and Garrett. was no way he could ever live up Feel free to send your to our Mr. Rogell, and we always comments or questions compared, sometimes out loud, to editor@townelaker. the two teachers. com. Teachers provide so much for our children including classroom and life lessons. They give a lot of themselves, and in the end, they want to make a difference in their students’ lives. This month, we are honoring our local Teachers of the Year on page 54 as a “thank you” for all they do.

What’s New? Donna Ripley recently joined The Tomlinson Team and Prudential Georgia Realty. Donna is a Towne Lake resident and brings years of experience with her. To reach Donna, call (404) 372-1049 or email her at The Chevron gas station at Hobgood Park is under the new ownership of Danny Dutta. The station has been renovated and now offers food service, including fried chicken. “I have brought in professional management, and we are highly focused on customer service,” said Danny. Chevron is located at 5195 Towne Lake Parkway. Call (678) 858-7432. Magnolia Thomas House recently made some design improvements to its restaurant. It had closed its doors temporarily but re-opened late last month. For more information, visit or call (678) 4455789.

What’s Coming? A Cherokee County based brewery is one step closer to opening in Woodstock. Reformation Brewery recently signed 4

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a lease for a building on Arnold Mill Way. Spencer Nix, CEO of Reformation Brewery, stated that it will probably be at least summer before any production occurs. The Cherokee County Aquatic Center is accepting registration for upcoming classes. Three month and annual passes also can be purchased. Registration for classes and pass purchase can be done online at or by visiting the Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street. The Center is expected to open this spring.

What’s Closed? We are sad to report that Summits Wayside Tavern closed its Towne Lake location. The tavern opened on Eagle Drive in 2008. A message on its website stated, “We have had five years of fun and friendship with all of our loyal patrons in Towne Lake. It has been our pleasure to serve you and your families. It has been a privilege to be a part of your lives. The Towne Lake community has been one that we’ve genuinely felt fortunate to be a part of. We will miss all of you and hope to see your friendly faces at one of our other locations.” Other locations include Cumming and Snellville.

CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to Amber Bishop (left). She was the first to spot the phrase “Once Upon a Tree” on page 66 of the March issue. Amber won gift certificates at Canyon Burger Company! Congratulations to Lyla Dennis (right). She was the first to find our hidden picture on page 65. Lyla won gift certificates at Canyon Burger Company and Chick-fil-A!

April Finds: If you know the answer to the contest question or find the hidden picture, be the first to e-mail editor@townelaker. com. Please provide your name, contact phone number or email address. Contest rules: A winner is eligible once every 12 months.

Find the hidden picture: Be the first to find the phrase: “Stop by and pick up a Family Pack”

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Community Board

Townelaker Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc.

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

Colin Morris — Colin is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to three children whom she describes as “two ninja sons and one dogloving daughter.” She and her husband have lived in Woodstock for the past 13 years, and she grew up in Marietta.

Market Director Patty Ponder, (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer, (770) 615-3309 Art Director Michelle McCulloch, (770) 615-3307 Digital Marketing Director James Ball, (770) 615-3310 TowneLaker, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Towne Lake and surrounding area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,250 free copies. Approximately 14,700 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,550 are placed in racks around the community. It also has 2,000+ digital viewers of the magazine online each month. TowneLaker welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of the previous month.

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

Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. TowneLaker is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2013.

Dr. Scott R. Harden — Scott is a family dentist at Fountain View Family & Cosmetic Dentistry serving Woodstock and Cherokee County for 25 years. During this time, he has lived in the Towne Lake area with his wife, Kathy, and two children.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Cobb EMC Accepting Scholarship Applications Cobb EMC is now accepting applications for the 2013 Washington Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to Washington D.C. June 13–20. Three high school juniors will be selected to meet their elected representatives and learn about U.S. history, government and careers in public service. To apply, high school juniors who live or attend schools within Cobb EMC’s service area must submit a completed application by Thursday, March 7. Once received, the co-op will send study materials covering the cooperative, energy conservation and electric safety for a first-round quiz, which will be held Tuesday, March 12. The top-scoring finalist from each school will interview on March 21 with the Cobb EMC Women’s Task Force, a group of 90 volunteer members who raise money for student scholarships. In addition to the trip, winners will also receive scholarships of $1,500, $1,000 or $500 and eligibility to interview for the company’s summer internship. For more information, visit

Guns and Hoses Run Helps CASA In this year’s Guns and Hoses charity 5K run, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (Guns) had the most runners, but the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services (Hoses) had the best runners. The run is sponsored by the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency, and all profits benefited CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Both Guns and Hoses solicited registrations from runners to raise money, and runners were asked which side they wanted to run for, Guns or Hoses. More than 500 runners participated, and a check for $2,680 was presented to CASA. Sam Harp, age 16, was the overall winner. The overall female winner was Sydney Runyan, 11 years old.

Cub Scouts Share Love and Chocolate Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 999 of Bascomb Elementary delivered valentines, chocolates and cheer to the residents of Savannah Grand senior living in Woodstock. Fifth grader Mark Kopeski said, “It’s a good feeling to remember people. It just is.” The scouts were fortunate enough to spend time speaking with many of the residents.

Left: Sam Harp, Fire Chief Tim Prather and Sydney Runyan.

Etowah to Host Pink Baseball Game

Front row (left): Evan Stewart, Corbin Jones and Steven Naliwajka. Back row: Mark Kopeski and Sam Kopeski. 10

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The first annual Etowah Pink baseball game will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 5:55 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The Eagles will be playing against Roswell High School. The event is to support women’s health, and concession stand sales that evening will be donated to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. There will be a special gift for all women and girls who attend.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Receives Valuable Donation The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch recently received 22 used Dell computers from electric utility Cobb EMC. The Ranch, located in Waleska, provides a home for boys in foster care. Since opening its doors, the nonprofit has grown exponentially, but the technology has remained the same. Recognizing Goshen Valley’s need for updated technology, Cobb EMC Senior Vice President Technology Systems Robert Arnett contacted the Ranch about donating the computers. “After understanding the objectives of Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, I can’t express how good it feels to be involved and make these kinds of contributions to the program,” said Arnett. The donated computers were installed to replace older tech equipment in various homework labs and to provide staff members with functioning computers at the office. About Goshen Valley Goshen Valley Boys Ranch is a faith-based, long-term residence for boys and young men ages 9–21 in foster care. The ranch provides a family residential setting while supporting boys through adoption efforts, family reunification and other transitional stages. Home to 34 boys, Goshen offers a foundation for young men to shape their futures. Find out more about the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and its mission at


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Etowah Seeking Judges for Senior Projects Etowah High School is seeking volunteers to participate as judges for its annual Senior Project Boards to be held on April 30 and May 1. There will be three sessions per day: Session 1 is from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Session 2 is from 4 – 6:30 p.m.; and Session 3 is from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. All training will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Heather Barton at or Susan Miller at

Popular Columnist and Wife Launch New Book TowneLaker columnist Dr. Mike Litrel and his wife, Ann, will launch his second book and their first collaborative work. The book, Family – A Mismatch Made in Heaven: Surviving True Love, Children, and Other Blessings In Disguise, is a “he said/she said” book on family and marriage. Ann, a local artist, did the illustrations. The book launch will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at FoxTale Book Shoppe in downtown Woodstock.


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Happy Birthday!

Ella Bristow Age 4 on March 24

Lukas Nordin Age 5 on April 18 Happy Birthday! We love our sweet, silly boy more and more every year! Love, Mama, Pappa and baby Wyatt

Avery Madigan Age 4 on March 26 Happy Birthday Avery Sage We love you! Mommy, Daddy and Lucy


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Katelyn Brown Age 1 on Feb 19 Daughter of Jessica and Jason Brown Granddaughter of James Raynor and Nancy and Michael Brown We love you Katelyn Bug!

Norah Kuykendall Age 1 on March 30 Happy first birthday! We couldn’t love you more! Mommy, Daddy and Mallory

Carolina Duque (left)Age 8 on March 19 and Felipe Duque (right)Age 11 on April 3. Happy Birthday! Love, Sarita, Matthew, Uncle Mario and Beatriz.

Cam Mullins Age 16 on April 9 We love you!

Kady Clark age 5 on April 15 Grayson Clark age 7 on March 2 Happy Birthday ! Love Dad, Mom and Coco

Clayton Gerletti Age 3 on April 12 Happy Birthday! I never knew what I was missing until you came into the world! Love your mommy, Karen

Matthew Duque Age 8 on March 19 Happy Birthday sweet little boy! Love, Mom, Dad and Sara

Claud Lindsey Celebrated March 10 We love you! Your grandkids

Happy Birthday!

Kenneth Anthony Beckford Age 3 on April 10 Son of Tiffani and Kenneth Beckford Grandson of Yolanda Storr and Daniel Evan and Kenneth and Deborah Beckford Happy Birthday!

Logan Kasper Age 5 on April 3 To our handsome boy Love, Mom, Dad, Maddi and Grandma!

Gabrielle Lewis Age 9 on April 17 We love you! Daddy, Mommy and Noa

Trina and Blake Bonner celebrated their sixth anniversary on March 16


Ryland Sean Davis Born Feb 19, 2013 7 lbs, 12 oz 21-1/2 inches Son of Brittany (Giddens) Davis and Ricky Davis Grandson of Lauren Giddens and Sandy Davis We love you Ryland!




Celebrations Wyatt Nathanael Nordin Born November 26, 2012 in Kansas 5 lbs, 1 oz, 16 3/4 inches Welcomed to our family through the miracle of adoption on December 31, 2012. Son of Penny and Lars Nordin Brother of Lukas Grandson of Lilian and Dale Nordin and Dot Parker Great Grandson of Louise Parker

Brandy and John Paul Maricle will celebrate their first anniversary on April 28.

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Beatriz and Jorge M Duque celebrated their 16th anniversary on March 13



Celebrations Alison Thalmann and Nathan (Kit) Furderer became engaged on November 24, 2012. They will be married in 2014 in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Introducing Legislative Tracker by State Representative Michael Caldwell

Every legislative session, there are approximately 1,000 bills and resolutions voted upon in the General Assembly. Already in 2013, there have been more than 400 votes in the General Assembly. With the amount of activity at the Capitol, how is a constituent supposed to keep him or herself well informed? Thankfully, Georgia has made large strides towards making vital information open to its citizens. Michael Caldwell is the For example, anyone can visit State Representative for District 20, which, where voting covers Towne Lake and records are made available to Woodstock. He can the public, as well as financial be reached at (678) disclosures and other information 523-8570 or email that is useful in keeping your him at Michael@ legislative body accountable to the people. During session, live streams from both the House and Senate floors are broadcast live for public viewing so constituents do not have to actually visit the Gold Dome. As Georgians, we understand that a government that is accountable begins with an informed constituency. When people have access to the right information, they can make the right decisions. While the information made available by the state does a great job of providing a macro-level view of our government, it doesn’t always provide the information we’re looking for. For instance, we know “how” a legislator votes, but miss the “why.” With bills often ranging in length from 10-20 pages long, it’s not practical for a constituent to read through every piece of legislation. This is a problem I’ve attempted to make some headway on this session with the introduction of a new tool on my website called Legislative Tracker (http://www. caldwellforhouse.

“Legislative Tracker is a service I am providing to District 20 that provides a description of every vote I make at the Capitol, along with a reason why I voted a certain way.” com/legislative-tracker/). Legislative Tracker is a service I am providing to District 20 that provides a description of every vote I make at the Capitol, along with a reason why I voted a certain way. This is a tool that complements the high-level view provided by the state with the “why” that seemed to be missing. Now, Legislative Tracker doesn’t fill in all the missing pieces, and it certainly won’t stop me from meeting with any constituent that wants to discuss legislation or my actions at the Capitol. However, Legislative Tracker makes a huge amount of information available to a large number of constituents at the touch of a button. Since first launching the tool, thousands of people have spent a combined 100 hours on Legislative Tracker - it’s certainly not the next Google, but it turns out that this is information constituents are clearly interested in. In an age where the Internet grants us instant access to almost any kind of information we want, we should be doing everything we can to make data relating to government available to the public. When critical information is not made available by other sources, I believe the responsibility falls to elected officials to leverage our current technology to make that information readily available to voters. There are certainly steps that can be taken to keep people more informed on legislative matters, and this is an issue I’ll continue to personally focus on. Outside of the news and the web, anyone is always welcome to attend my weekly coffee house meeting, where we can discuss topics that are important to the district. See https:// VoteCaldwell/events for event details. townelaker | April 2013



Retirement Seen Through Your Eyes After you leave work, what will your life look like? by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

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

How do you picture your future? If you are like many baby boomers, your view of retirement is likely pragmatic compared to that of your parents. That doesn’t mean you have to have a “plain vanilla” tomorrow. Even if your retirement savings are not as great as you would prefer, you still have great potential to design the life you want. With that in mind, here are some things to think about.

What do you absolutely need to accomplish? If you could only get four or five things done in retirement, what would they be? Answering this question might lead you to compile a “short list” of life goals, and while they may have nothing to do with money, the financial decisions you make may be integral to achieving them. (This may be the most exciting aspect of retirement planning.) What would revitalize you? Some people retire with no particular goals at all, and others retire burnt out. After weeks or months of respite, ambition inevitably returns. They start to think about what pursuits or adventures they could embark on to make these years special. Others have known for decades what dreams they will follow ... and yet, when the time to follow them arrives, those dreams may unfold differently than anticipated and may even be supplanted by new ones. In retirement, time is really your most valuable asset. With more free time and opportunity for reflection, you might find your old dreams giving way to new ones. You may find yourself called to volunteer as never before, or motivated to work again but in a new context. Who should you share your time with? Here is another profound choice you get to make in retirement. The quick answer to this question for many retirees would be “family”. Today, we have nuclear families, blended families, extended families; some people think of their friends or their employees as family. You may define it as you wish and allocate more or less of your time to your family as you wish (some people do want less family time when they retire). Regardless of how you define “family” or whether or not you want more “family time” in retirement, you probably don’t want to spend your time around “dream stealers”. They do exist. 18

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If you have a grand dream in mind for retirement, you may meet people who try to thwart it and urge you not to pursue it. (Hopefully, they are not in close proximity to you.) Reducing their psychological impact on your retirement may increase your happiness. How much will you spend? We can’t control all retirement expenses, but we can control some of them. The thought of downsizing may have crossed your mind. While only about 10% of people older than 60 sell homes and move following retirement, it can potentially bring you a substantial lump sum or lead to smaller mortgage payments. You could also lose one or more cars (and the insurance that goes with them) and live in a neighborhood with extensive, efficient public transit. Ditching land lines and premium cable TV (or maybe all cable TV) can bring more savings. Garage sales and donations can have financial benefits as well as helping you get rid of clutter, with either cash or a federal tax deduction that may be as great as 30-50 percent of your adjusted gross income provided you carefully itemize and donate the goods to a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Could you leave a legacy? Many of us would like to give our kids or grandkids a good start in life, or help charities or schools – but given the economic realities of retiring today, there is no shame in putting your priorities first. Consider a baby boomer couple with, for example, $285,000 in retirement savings. If that couple follows the 4% rule, the old maxim that you should withdraw about 4% of your retirement savings per year, subsequently adjusted for inflation – then you are talking about $11,400 withdrawn to start. When you combine that $11,400 with Social Security and assorted investment income, that couple isn’t exactly rich. Sustaining and enhancing income becomes the priority, and legacy planning may have to take a backseat. In Merrill Lynch’s 2012 Affluent Insights Survey, just 26% of households polled (all with investable assets of $250,000 or more) felt assured that they could leave their children an inheritance; not too surprising given what the economy and the stock market have been through these past several years. How are you planning for retirement? This is the most important question of all. If you feel you need to prepare more for the future or reexamine your existing plan in light of changes in your life, then confer with a financial professional experienced in retirement planning. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

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Multiple Interviews by Lynne Saunders

Every job-seeker fears the interview process, and rightfully so. This is show time, and one of the most critical moments in gaining new employment. Going under the microscope is seldom pleasant, yet it is the one part of the hiring process that is imperative so you can shine! Simple advice: dress well, be knowledgeable about the hiring company, know its needs, accentuate how your qualifications Lynne is the author of meet the needs, and simply be the newest job seeker’s book 21st Century Keys yourself. to Employment and The advice given so far is Founder/Executive nothing different than what I have Director of Papa’s been teaching for years. However, Pantry and The I am beginning to see a new trend MastersTrainingCenter. com. Employment in the interview and hiring process. Strategies Core Concepts Multiple interviews are often classes and Advanced expected when applying for jobs Coaching sessions offered that require a significant amount bi-weekly. Call 770-591of skills or expertise. More and 4730 for the schedule. For more information, more, employers are bringing visit in candidates for second, third, fourth, and even fifth interviews. Secondary interviews for entrylevel positions are not uncommon. Employers are taking more time in making decisions. Should you be offered multiple interviews, do not get overly confident about getting the job. Keep in mind that there are always others being invited too. Continue to research the company and division, using information you gain in earlier meetings to enhance and build your knowledge. Be careful with your emotions and do not appear overly confident with each additional interview. Continue to seek new job posting for which to apply so your momentum does not stop. It is devastating to learn that someone else was selected if you are not the candidate of choice. If you receive disappointing news but have continued to keep other irons in the fire, it will be easier to keep on going without falling into bouts of depression and negativity. Stay in touch with the people you have been in contact with at the hiring company. Hand-write thank you notes after each interview. As the company makes news (in a good way), congratulate them! Send the email link, or cut out the newspaper or magazine article and send through the mail. These steps will help you become memorable. It may not bring immediate employment, but if this is truly a company of interest, wouldn’t it be wonderful for them to offer a better position for which you are well suited? Keep going! 20

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Why Aren’t There as Many Homes for Sale? by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

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

We have been sounding the alarm for almost a year that we are in a seller’s market and the graphic to the right couldn’t do a better job of explaining why. Home ownership has never been as affordable as it is right now, and that has resulted in declining home inventory in all categories. The monthly payment on a median priced home is now only 12.9 percent of the median family income. This is down from 36.3 percent in the early eighties. The combination of historically low mortgage rates and lower home prices relative to family income has brought many first-time homebuyers into the market

as well as homeowners wanting to trade up while they can still afford their dream home. Additionally, the decline in home prices and stable rental continued on page 82

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april EVENT CALENDAR April 18

Woodstock Wolverine Golf Classic Time: Registration 8 a.m.; shotgun start 9 a.m. Location: BridgeMill Athletic Club, Canton Information: The cost is $135 per person or $500 per foursome. Price includes golf, cart, lunch and the chance to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Woodstock Wolverine Touchdown Club. To register, visit www.WoodstockFootball. net. Call Brian Atkinson at (678) 542-9304 or Jay Purpura at (770) 652-5526 for additional information.

April 18–20

Heritage Presbyterian Women Garage Sale Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church, 5323 Bells Ferry Road Information: All proceeds will benefit women’s mission projects.

April 24

Natural Hormone Replacement Seminar Time: 7 p.m. Location: Towne Lake Family Pharmacy, 2045 Towne Lake Parkway Information: Free by RSVP required. Call (770) 635-7697.

April 25

Wedding and Graduation Taster Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Location: 6687 Bells Ferry Road Information: Presented by Event Wise. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner samples, desserts and complimentary wine and champagne. Space is limited. RSVP to Carol Dull at (678) 234-5975.

April 26

Towne Lake Hills Community Garage Sale Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Information: A flyer including a map, sale locations and lists of sale items will be available in bins which will be at the entrance to each participating Towne Lake Hills subdivision on the days of the sale.

JSL “Give a Child a Mulligan” Golf Tournament Time: Check in 11:30 a.m.; shotgun start at 1 p.m. Location: The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms Information: The cost will be $125 per player or $400 per foursome. Players will receive a BBQ dinner, a keepsake item, a round of golf and the chance to win raffle prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 501(c)(3) charitable organization Never Alone. Register online at fundraisers/golf-tournament-2. Contact jslwoodstock@yahoo. com or (770) 592-3535 for additional information.

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Woodstock Marching Band Golf Tournament Time: 1 p.m. shotgun start Location: Towne Lake Hills Golf Club Information: $100 per person. Includes range balls, 18 holes of golf, dinner and a chance to win door prizes. All proceeds will go to the Woodstock Wolverine Marching Band. To register, visit For more information, email or call (678) 662-2452.


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Next Step Ministries Charity Golf Challenge Time: Registration 11 a.m.; Tee off 1 p.m. Location: The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms Information: All proceeds will benefit Next Step Ministries’ programs for people with special needs. The format will be Best Ball Scramble with food and door prizes. To register, visit www. For further information, call Stephen George at (770) 592-1227.

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Readers’ Choice Awards Readers’ Cho wards Readers’ Choice Awards Readers Congratulations to all the winners in our 2013 TowneLaker Readers’ Choice Survey! All of our winning businesses will receive a framed certificate listing the winner and category. In addition, each winner will receive a window cling that can be displayed on a storefront window or door. Both of these items can be picked up at our office, located at 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189. We are open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Our phone number is (770) 516-7105. If you prefer to have your certificate and cling mailed to you (minus the frame), please contact Denise Griffin at Any winner wishing to purchase a Thank You ad may contact Patty Ponder at or (770) 615-3322.

Retailers Restaurants All-Around Restaurant (tie) Tuscany Italian Restaurant La Parilla Asian Izumi Asian Bistro Bakery Publix, Rose Creek Barbecue Place JD’s Bar B Que Breakfast Place J. Christopher’s Coffee Shop Starbucks Dessert Place Menchies Frozen Yogurt Fast Food Chick-fil-A Fine Dining Tuscany Italian Restaurant

Italian Tuscany Italian Restaurant Kid-Friendly Chick-fil-A Lunch Place Panera Bread Mexican La Parilla New Restaurant Panera Bread Pizzeria Mellow Mushroom Seafood Marietta Fish Market Sports Bar Taco Mac

Boutique Dress Up Boutique

Jeweler Diamonds R Forever

Children’s Clothing Store Kohl’s

Liquor Store Bullock’s Wine & Spirits Warehouse

Drug Store CVS Pharmacy Florist Brenda’s House of Flowers Furniture Store Woodstock Furniture Outlet Garden Center Pike Family Nurseries Gift/Home Décor Store Hobby Lobby Grocery Store Publix - Rose Creek Hardware Store Morgan’s Ace Hardware Home Improvement Store Home Depot

Music Store Ken Stanton Music Pet Supply Store PetsMart Shoe Store DSW Shoe Warehouse Specialty Foods The Butchers Block Sporting Goods Dick’s Sporting Goods Tire Store Kauffman Tires Toy Store Learning Express

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Electrician J.R. Electrical

Medical Doctor Dr. Richard Manrique

Car Wash Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail

Financial Institution/Bank Wells Fargo Bank

Nail Salon Big Apple Nail & Spa

Hair Salon Salon Gloss

Ophthalmologist Thomas Eye Group

Home Improvement/ Repair Home Depot

Optometrist Dr. Steve Keith, Towne Lake Eye Associates

Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner Noble Services Caterer Chick-fil-A Chiropractor Ribley Family Chiropractic CPA Ratliff & Associates

Home Improvement/ Flooring Home Depot Home Improvement/ Roofing Findlay Roofing

Day Care/Preschool Hillside UMC Preschool

Home Improvement/ Handyman Handy Handyman

Day Spa Beverly’s Day Spa Dentist Baird & Baird Family Dentistry Dry Cleaner Esquire Cleaners

Home Improvement/ HVAC R&D Mechanical Services

Orthodontist Dr. Michael D. Williams Painter Three Brothers Pediatric Dentist Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock

Insurance Agent Steve Cannon – State Farm

Pediatrician Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Lawn Care Service Tru Green

Pest Control Arrow Exterminators

Pet Boarding Animal Hospital of Towne Lake Pet Groomer PetSmart Photographer Derek Shane Fotos Physical Therapist Rebound Physical Therapy Plumber Frank Duckworth Tutoring Debbie McGonigle Veterinarian Animal Hospital of Towne Lake

Recreation & Entertainment Dance Studio Woodstock Dance & Music

Gymnastics Center World of Kids Athletic Campus

Fitness/Health Club LA Fitness

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Learning From Women by Mike Litrel, MD

Last month, my wife and I put the finishing touches on a “he-said, she-said” book about marriage and family. Ann and I tell stories back and forth, confessing the numerous times we haven’t seen eye to eye. But recalling our adventures raising a family has also gently reminded me of the many life lessons a man —and an OB-GYN—can only learn from women. When I entered medical school, Dr. Litrel and his wife Obstetrics and Gynecology was Ann, co-authoring their “he said/she said” book the specialty at the bottom of on marriage and family. my list. And that list included For details and release proctology. date, register at www. My impression of gynecology was based wholly on a former girlfriend’s reaction to her first GYN exam. When I asked how it went, she just shook her head and grimaced. I thought I could even see a few tears in her eyes. I knew then that GYN was one field I would avoid like a minefield. God has a sense of humor. Years later, I found myself as a third year medical student entering the hospital for the first time to take care of patients. I was assigned to Labor and Delivery, under the supervision of a firm-minded intern with intense eyes, in her first year of training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This young doctor, in that first night, taught me how to place IV lines, how to check for labor, and — just after three in the morning — how to deliver a baby. I was not prepared for the screaming that echoed through the halls of Labor and Delivery. It’s one thing to study the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth in the quiet of a library. It’s quite another to witness the cries of a woman in agony as she pushes a human being out of her body. I watched the baby’s head enlarge the opening with each contraction. The young mother-to-be cried and writhed on the delivery table. Blood and body fluids gushed out each time she pushed. I felt sick to my stomach. I didn’t recall those little details being mentioned in my textbooks. The baby’s head finally emerged, and the intern guided my hands to correctly maneuver the baby as she was thrust from the dark warmth of her mother’s body. Clutching the tiny newborn to my chest, I watched the intern cut the cord, and I was suddenly overwhelmed by sublime emotion. There at my first delivery, before I could even put down the baby, I understood that I would dedicate my career to the care of women: I had discovered my purpose in life. No one was more surprised than I was. 26

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“By our nature, we men approach marriage and life differently. Women think first about the needs of others. We men tend to think about ourselves first. It’s sort of pathetic, really.” As an OB-GYN, I’ve cared for thousands of women over the past 20 years. I’ve been married to one woman for 25. As a physician, I’m graced daily with the stories of women – sometimes those of single moms soldiering through long work days, coming home to care for children alone at night, long after the fathers are gone. Sometimes the stories are from older women, struggling to be good mothers and daughters and wives, when they are tired and have nothing left to give. As a husband, I’ve watched my wife perform the thankless tasks that mark the seasons of motherhood – the years of changing diapers, the anxious nights awake caring for a sick child, the endless rides and school projects, and the final letting go as they grow up. Physicians receive an embarrassing quantity of gratitude and respect from their patients. Many have expressed the thought that since I so well understand the difficulties of womanhood, I must be one amazing husband. I wish I could say, “guilty as charged.” Unfortunately for Ann, I am still a guy. By our nature, we men approach marriage and life differently. Women think first about the needs of others. We men tend to think about ourselves first. It’s sort of pathetic, really. In the big picture, the purpose of our lives is to grow spiritually – to focus less on ourselves and more on daily acts of love. Women are hardwired to love in this capacity; they have a spiritual head start. We men have more growing up to do. This is why marriage is so important to a man’s spiritual journey. Through faithfulness to a wife and family, we share in the labors of marriage and raising children. Ideally, spouses learn from each other — if we’re paying attention. I have been blessed with many male mentors in my medical career. But it is perhaps women who have been my most important teachers – not just in my profession, but more importantly, on the path toward becoming a spiritual grown-up. The title of Ann’s and my book is “Family – A Mismatch Made In Heaven.” The point is this: marriage and family life were conceived in heaven, but are lived here on earth. As we journey together, it is only if we understand that our path begins and ends with God, that we can see the roadmap through our struggles – And in the end, find our way back home.

The Stump by Kara Kiefer

To say my son and I think differently is an understatement. He has always been a “highspirited” child with a mind of his own. To his credit, he’s a tenacious problem solver and is reluctant to give up…. especially when he’s saving money to buy something. His first major purchase was a truck, and now that he has the truck, his primary goal is accessorizing it. He has a laundry Kara Kiefer is the Editor list of things he wants to do to it of TowneLaker. She lives in Towne Lake with her and buy for it. He works two jobs husband Mike and sons in order to accomplish his goal, but Brandon and Garrett. apparently, he felt he needed to do more. That’s when he called me at work one day asking if I knew where he could buy a stump. This was his idea: He would get a stump and carve a logo or design into it and sell this piece of art on Ebay. Remember, we don’t think anything alike. He’s more entrepreneurial in spirit than I am, so he’s thinking this is a great way to make some extra money. I’m thinking, “Who in the world would buy a stump off Ebay?” I can’t even imagine buying one of those carved bears I often see for sale in mountain towns, much less a stump. And my second thought is how does he plan on shipping a stump? I keep my thoughts to myself and tell him that our neighbor has a stump he said we could have. And so the project begins. A few hours later, I return home and my son is in the garage

with his stump and a hacksaw. He’s feverishly working at cutting all the bark off the stump and creating a canvas for his carving. He even has sketched out his design and knows exactly how he wants it to look. Granted, a hacksaw was not the best tool for the job, and eventually, he grew weary and decided to take a “break.” The “break” turned into two hours, then days and now months. The half “shaved” stump remains in the garage, awaiting its transformation. We suggested this stump be part of his upcoming Senior Project. He wasn’t too impressed with that suggestion. Anyone want a stump?

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Make My Dinner: Spring Niçoise Salad by Darlene DeMesa

Spring is here! I thought it would never come. The cold is gone and it’s time to make spring salads and dust off the grill. If you’ve ever had a Niçoise salad, you will love this variation of the original, which usually contains tuna. This salad is great for spring and Easter brunch. It’s easy to make and your guests will definitely be impressed by the beautiful presentation.

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1 pound of raw shrimp, peeled and tail on 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons of seafood seasoning 1 pound French green beans (fresh) 3 hard-boiled eggs 2 avocados 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 - 1 pound baby potatoes 1 head of chopped romaine

lettuce 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese salt and pepper

Dressing 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 - 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper

1. Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium heat. 2. Combine the shrimp, olive oil and seafood seasoning in a bowl and mix. 3. Cook shrimp on grill until nicely seared. 4. Cook green beans in boiling water for approximately five minutes, or until just tender. Set aside to cool. 5. Cut hardboiled eggs into quarters and set aside. 6. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and set aside. 7. Cut avocado into diced chunks and set aside. 8. Boil potatoes until tender and cut in half. Set aside. 9. Place the chopped romaine on a large platter and arrange the other ingredients over the lettuce. 28

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10. For the dressing, whisk the Dijon mustard, vinegar and honey in a bowl and slowly add the olive oil while whisking. Adjust amounts as needed and season with salt and pepper. 11. Sprinkle salad with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and serve salad dressing on the side. 12. Enjoy!

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Everyday Angels would like to thank our readers for lifting up last month’s feature family – the Austins. As you may recall, Tim Austin lost his life in a bicycle accident. While faith and time is necessary when dealing with a sudden, tragic loss of a loved one, our community’s love and support has offered great comfort and encouragement. The Austins are grateful. Few things warm the heart more than witnessing young teens rally together to help someone in need. Everyday Angels received a call regarding a young student who is being raised by her disabled grandmother. This girl had outgrown her clothes and was in desperate need of basic necessities. After hearing this young girl’s background and all that she has endured in her short life, a group of high school girls from Hillside UMC were eager and excited to help. With the young lady’s sizes in hand, the girls went shopping that next weekend. They collectively shopped on a budget while chipping in with their own funds to ensure this student had a few outfits, shoes, undergarments, toiletries and make-up. It was difficult to tell who was more excited – the givers or receiver! Needless to say, the young girl was thrilled for her new clothes that finally fit, and was touched by the love from the girls. Understanding the importance of compassion and having a heart for others is more of what this world needs. We must teach our young children, through example, that it is better to give than to receive. Thank you, girls! You know who you are, and God does too. After all, it isn’t about photos, recognition or acknowledgement - it is about the blessing that now resides in your hearts, under His proud gaze. Keep up the good work! This past month, with the help of our readers’ support, Everyday Angels helped a single mom with two girls keep their power on, purchased food for a family of four who was eating Ramen noodles for each meal, and purchased clothing for someone in need. While we feature one main story most months, there are many other needs met behind the scenes, thanks to your continued support.

TOWNE LAKE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The April 1 application deadline for the Towne Lake Business Association’s (TLBA) 11th Annual TLBA Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship Awards has just passed. Two $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors, one each at Etowah and Woodstock High Schools. If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application by emailing Gloria Snyder at The 13th Annual TLBA Golf Tournament, benefitting the TLBA Entrepreneurial Scholarships, will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. Please contact Jon LaMonte at to sign up. The topic of our March Workshop was “Buying vs. Selling for Business Owners.” We want to thank Ed Wood for the presentation.

Lunch ‘N’ Learn Workshop

Tuesday, April 16, 12:30 — 2 p.m. Cutting through the Social Media Clutter to Find What Works for Your Business presented by Elaine Reed of Elaine Interactive. All Workshops are held at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills. Please RSVP to all events to We welcome our newest member, Janice Sloan of Right at Home — In Home Care. As always, thank you for supporting our community by “Keeping Towne Lake Dollars in Cherokee.” Visit us at

We Will Be Celebrating Moms in our May Issue! At TowneLaker, we feel that each and every mom is her family’s “Mother of the Year.” For this reason, we would like to honor as many of our moms as possible for our May issue with a special pictorial celebrating all mothers! We are looking for photos of our Towne Lake area moms with their children. The photos can be from babyhood through present day. If you don’t have children, we also would love to share your photos of you and your mom, even from the 70s! Here are the guidelines: 1. Please ensure all submitted photographs have identifications listed for each person in the photo. 2. Please submit the photos via email to 3. The deadline for submissions is April 10. townelaker | April 2013



Musings from Towne: Urgent Care by Robyn Hohensee

It started as a tickle in my throat, a slight cough and a vague fatigue. A week later I was knocked out with a full on nasty and stubborn head cold that was determined to take up permanent residence. It felt as if the bacteria were joined in a Conga Line dancing, cheering and laughing through my ears, nose and sinuses. While they were having a party, I was suffering with pain, tiredness and a bad case of the blues. I am not one to go to Robyn Hohensee has the doctors unless I am near death, resided in Towne Lake with her husband Todd so I thought I could ride this out for 17 years. She is without medical intervention. By currently working on a Saturday, my husband Todd looked children’s book and an worried. He bluntly said, adult fiction novel. “Go to the Doctor. You look Feel free to contact her at terrible.” “Why thank you, darling. That helped lift my spirits. I would go except it is Saturday. The doctor is off.” “Then go to the clinic in the drug store.” “Oh no. I don’t want to. Are they any good?” “They took good care of me when I had that sinus thing last year. Remember?” “Yeah I do. Okay I’ll go.” I drove to one on Towne Lake Parkway, and upon my arrival, signed in at the computer and then took a seat. There were four people waiting, and they looked very unhappy. I could


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“I was finally escorted cheerfully in to be seen by a nurse practitioner whom was enthusiastic and thorough.“ almost see a black cloud hover over each one of their heads. Trying to be nonchalant, I scooted my chair away from them and took out my hand sanitizer and rubbed away vigorously, hoping to kill any germs they may spread. Trying to make small talk I said, “Busy day in here I see.” All four sick people just looked at me like I was an idiot. Maybe I offended them by my obvious attempt to not catch any of their germs or to spread mine. Or maybe they were too sick to care one way or the other. I was finally escorted cheerfully in to be seen by a nurse practitioner whom was enthusiastic and thorough. She took my temperature. Normal. My blood pressure. Sky high. “Are you a bit nervous?” she cheerfully asked. “I am not especially relaxed. My blood pressure must be really high. I don’t normally have high blood pressure.” “I am sure it is nothing to worry about.” “Good. I don’t need anymore issues.” The nurse was behind and had a full waiting room, but she took her time and made sure I understood everything she told me about my condition, which was an ear infection and strep throat. I was impressed with the care I got and would recommend this type of clinic to anyone. I knew when I left that I would be on the mend quickly.

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Spring Is In the Hair! by Tim Timmons

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

Twice a year, as the new fashion seasons begin, each of us has the perfect excuse to freshen our personal sense of style. But while we all tend to focus on discovering, considering and sampling the latest clothing and accessories, it’s our hair that will be making a statement every day. For the fans of keeping up with hair trends, spring 2013 is a dream. Rather than a season of unachievable looks, this spring’s hair trends are totally within reach. The tidy knot, the low pony, the messy braid, and the Sicilian headscarf are a few trends you need to know and will want to wear this spring. Try one or wear them all! Read on to find out how to DIY and what products will help you to get the look just right.

Get Knotty Rather than a whimsical ballerina bun, this style is more severe and knotted, less round. The finish is high-shine and tied very tightly, ultimately resembling a Spanish flamenco dancer’s ‘do. Tools: Smoothing cream, a high-shine finishing spray and a skinny hair elastic. Apply smoothing cream to damp hair, and part down the


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center of your crown using a fine-toothed comb. Secure hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck with a skinny elastic. Twist the ponytail into a tight coil while wrapping it around the elastic. Hold in place with a bobby pin and finish with a spritz of high-shine spray. The Low Pony This pony is slightly different than your average low pony because the hair is gathered into a wide and flat panel, rather than skinny and round as in most ponies. Separate hair into two sections, top and bottom, and tie the bottom section into two small ponytails. Let the top section fall flat overtop, and wrap all three sections of hair with a hair bungee. Finish with a firmhold hairspray. Braid-y Bunch This season there will be braids of all kinds, from braided updo’s to skinny plaits wrapped around ponytails. An easy one to try at home is a distressed braid. I recommend washing your hair and letting it air-dry before beginning. Then, spritz hair from root to tip with a salt spray or light texturizer. Gather hair into the middle of your crown and simply braid the length. Secure the ends with a skinny elastic. Voila! The Sicilian Headscarf Hair accessories are going to be a prominent feature this spring, but the silk headscarf will be one of the most popular. Start off by applying a controlling mousse to damp hair and blow-dry it straight back, omitting the presence of a part. After placing a silk scarf (go for something colorful!) two inches from continued on page 81

Shefa Wellness Center

One Stop Shop for Health and Wellness

2000 Village Professional Dr. Ste. 200 Canton, Georgia 30114

(678) 245-6244 •

Back row (left to right): Kim Warren, Karishma Rajani, Jill Hansbury, Dr. Randle Beecham, Joel Beecham, Helen Medlin and Sami Imam. Front row: Philip Brunk, Cheree Thomas and Margaret Roland.


hefa Wellness Center is sprawled across the 12,000-square-foot second floor of Village Medical Building, a threestory medical facility at the corner of Sixes and Ridge roads. Depending on which of the 24 exam rooms you enter, you could find a doctor examining a sick patient, a technician performing a facial laser treatment, a nurse practitioner discussing bio-identical hormone treatment with a menopausal woman, or a Botox or Venus Freeze skin tightening procedure. The variety of services offered makes the Shefa Wellness Center a unique, onestop shop. “The wellness center is unusual because we’re combining a lot of different things into one location,” said practice manager Sami Imam. “Instead of being just an urgent care, we have the wellness focus which provides massage, Botox, fillers, Venus Freeze and laser treatments by licensed professionals under medical supervision.” Leading the three nurse practitioners and 18-member staff is Dr. Randle Beecham, a long-time Cherokee County resident who has more than 25 years experience in family practice, emergency room and urgent care treatment.   The Atlanta native attended Asbury

College, Baylor University and The University of Texas at Dallas, graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology. He earned his medical degree from North Texas State University Health Science Center at Ft. Worth. “I look forward to coming to work each day,” said Dr. Beecham. “I never worked with a better group of people. I couldn’t be happier.” He is also benefitting from one of Shefa’s services – weight loss. The doctor has lost 15 pounds using the Nutrimed supplements and meal replacement products.  Patients who enter the weight loss program are strictly monitored through blood work and urinalysis. Medical supervision is a unifying factor for all Shefa services. “Everything here is medically supervised by a doctor or nurse practitioner. While other locations offer cosmetic procedures, you might not get the quality or safety somewhere else,” said Jill Hansbury, project manager of the practice and Venus Freeze technician. The mission statement of the practice is to offer every patient the most innovative and affordable tools, techniques and services for a healthy lifestyle. Advertisement

The latest addition to the office is a Palimar Icon Laser, a brand new state of the art equipment that offers hair removal, skin rejuvenation for hyper pigmentation, removal of acne scarring, broken capillaries, and spider veins. It’s the number one FDA-recommended treatment for stretch marks   Venus Freeze and laser consultant Philip Brunk said that Venus Freeze is the most popular skin-tightening treatment in the U.S. because it’s pain-free, affordable and offers natural-looking results with no downtime. “We focus on noninvasive techniques that make people look naturally younger,” he said. The procedure, whose name alludes to freezing time, shrinks fat and breaks down collagen, which naturally allows your body to produce more collagen, which will grow back thicker and shorter resulting in tighter and more youthful skin. Patients quickly see results not long into their treatment, which ranges from a series of six for face and neck, and 10 for larger areas of the body. The Shefa center has a strong commitment to the Sixes/Canton community that includes donating half of the cost of school physicals back to the schools. “Our goal since the beginning has been Left to right: Amy Dunn, Katie Traylor and Genine Burgard.

to hire from the local community and get supplies from local businesses when possible,” said Imam. “Eighty percent of staff members live in this area, and we support the local pharmacy. We are all about serving this community.” Visit Shefa online or call to make an appointment for your health and wellness needs. townelaker | April 2013



Home is Where the Mini Fridge is by Dee Locklin

Picture this. I am perched uncomfortably on a foldout sofa in the basement, my husband snoring loudly at my side. The two dogs are sprawled around our legs, taking up way too much bed space. A mini fridge serves as an end table on my husband’s side of the bed. My side is cluttered with Christmas decorations, a basket full of dirty clothes and a toaster oven. From the main floor above us, Dee Locklin is retired an orchestra of electric tools, from Georgia State University. She lives hammers and sanders rattle in Towne Lake with the walls. I hear the voices and husband Lewis and son footsteps of busy workers. Men Taylor in a cluttered I’ve never met are now privy home filled with to every detail of my home life. love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at They’ve seen the cobwebs and the or dust bunnies. They know where follow her on Twitter and I keep my lingerie. They see me Facebook. without makeup in my ragged jammies and sporting scary bed head as they arrive early each morning. Dear neighbors, March was home improvement month at the Locklins. With the help and expertise of a general contractor, we installed hardwoods throughout our two upper


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floors and completely remodeled our very outdated kitchen. By the time this article goes to print, I will be puttering around on my walnut-stained oak floors and basking in the recessed lights that cast the perfect shine on my to-die-for granite countertops and maple cabinets. And at least ten times a day, I will run my hand along the cool, smooth sides of my natural stone sink. In the meantime, I’m living large in the basement with the mini fridge and toaster oven. Last week my new BFFs, the work crew, patiently moved all our furniture and way too many boxes of family clutter to the garage and basement. So here we sit, far below the construction, but surrounded by an overabundance of possessions from the upper floors and the entire kitchen. It’s like camping, but much more claustrophobic. Don’t ask why we decided to have all the work done simultaneously. It seemed a good idea at the time. And in the end, the results will make it all worthwhile. Besides, I enjoy having morphed into quite the construction and remodeling junkie. Go ahead—ask me anything you want to know about true counter depth refrigerators, bearing walls, or cabinet glazing. The local home improvement stores will probably call any day now, offering me a great job. My general contractor and kitchen designer have been marvelous. They patiently explain each step on this journey, and they don’t mind the hundreds of questions I lob daily. They give attention to details I never knew mattered. Thankfully so because right now I can’t even find my shoes. That’s okay, though. Just keep my mini fridge stocked with some tasty Pinot Grigio and the rest will take care of itself.

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Green with Envy by Shelley Herod

Shelley lives in Towne Lake and owns her own interior design company. She can be reached at (770) 235-5640.

I always suggest bringing the outdoors in when decorating. This year the outdoors has become even more abundant in home interiors. Move over sizzling “Tangerine Tango” of 2012, Pantone has named “Emerald” the spring color of 2013. Pantone goes through a very detailed process to determine the winning color. The film industry, art collections, travel locations and pop culture are just a few influences to determining their decision. Technology and how the textures will affect the impact of a color also play a key-deciding factor. Pantone is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the worldwide

color authority. “Green is the abundant hue in nature; the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” says Leatice


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Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.” Emerald could be called the neutral of the outdoors. Pairing this luscious shade with crisp white or against dark shades of

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Sauternes by David Heckelmoser

Sauternes is a French sweet wine from the Sauterne appellation in Bordeaux. Sauternes is made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis Cinerea or Noble Rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavored wine. More about this below! The above grapes are the only grapes permitted in Sauternes. Semillon David Heckelmoser is is the dominant grape as it is a Towne Lake resident and professional thin skinned and is susceptible to member of the Society the Noble Rot. Sauvignon Blanc of Wine Educators, supplies the refreshing acidity and Certified Specialist of fruity aromas while Muscadelle Wine CSW, Atlanta adds that exotic, grapey aroma. Chapter Sommelier Les Marmition. The Sauterne appellation is located 25 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. The different temperatures from the Garonne River and its tributary, the Ciron, meet to produce a mist that descends upon the vineyards. These waterways provide the ideal microclimate in Sauterne for encouraging the growth of Botrytis Cinerea. This fungus generally forms on grapes in the fall when cool, humid mornings are followed up by warm, dry afternoons, and the grapes are allowed extended time on the vine to over ripen. Botrytis changes the grape’s composition by decreasing acidity levels and increasing the grape’s sugar levels, resulting in shriveled, concentrated, raisin-like clusters.

The production of this wine is very labor intensive as the grapes have to be handpicked by individual bunches of grapes that have been noticeably raisined or shriveled by the Noble Rot. An interesting note: a typical grape vine produces about a bottle of wine, while an average Botrytis-infected vine will only yield a single glass of wine. Sauternes are some of the longest-lived wines, with premium examples from exceptional vintages (properly kept) having the potential to age well even beyond 100 years. Sauternes typically starts out with a golden yellow color that becomes progressively darker as it ages. Sauterne wines have had a long standing reputation. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was an avid connoisseur of Chateau D’Yquem. Sauternes are typically sold in half bottles, 375ml. Serve the wine chilled to around 50–55 degrees. Sauternes pair with a variety of foods such as Foie Gras, which is a classic match, as well as Roquefort cheese. If those are not for you, try this with almond, apple and pear deserts. Sauternes are characterized by the balance of sweetness with the zest of acidity. Some common flavor notes include apricots, honey and peaches but with a unique orange marmalade aroma, which is a typical characteristic of Noble Rot. You may be asking yourself WHY would you want to try a bottle of wine in which the grapes used to produce it were covered by this Noble Rot fungus? The wines are just outstanding! Here are two Sauternes that I would recommend: Chateau Doisy-Vedrines and Chateau Guiraud. They are under $30 depending on the vintage, compared to a bottle of Chateau D’Yquem, which will cost you $250 plus depending on the vintage. Until next time, cheers! To visit my website, scan this code

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Risky Reds by Chicka Elloy

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

Sitting at a red light in traffic the other day, I thought about the amount of times I have been caught red handed in my own world doing my own thing. If only all cars had tinted windows, we would not be subjected to the crazy awkwardness that usually occurs at most lights. Here are a few of the characters we have all seen doing things we wish we had not caught them doing. Karaoke Champion: They always seem to be on their own stage (seated) while singing (or thereabouts) the chorus of their favorite song. When they realize they are being watched, the embarrassment is like someone had just entered the bathroom as they were getting out of the

shower – they reach for a towel to cover up! The Picker: Oh no, this is the child in the backseat that seems to have discovered his sinus cavity with his index finger. After he claims his prize, he looks at it with discernment and then… well, what’s the difference between boogers and broccoli? Kids don’t eat broccoli. Steering Wheel Slapper: The best part about this performance is when it climaxes; the air-drumsticks are thrown in the air to the lucky person next to them much to the delight of the drummer. Makeup artist: This lovely gal is running late. Hair check, contacts, lipstick, mascara are being applied at any moment with quick checks to make sure they do not rear end anyone. The madness only stops if they spot the person in the car behind them, looking at them, looking in the mirror. Phone bandit: Although we are all glad they waited until the lights to text, it does not change the fact that responding to a text is not a matter of life or death – well maybe it will be if you keep it up! The night-clubber: When they pull up next to you, it feels like a dinosaur has just started dancing — shaking windows, deep bass, and cool cat at the wheel. The only time the music comes down is when a commercial comes on the radio. Sleep continued on page 81


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The Art of Delegating by Peter Allen

Peter Allen has a degree in Business Management and holds several certificates from coaching institutes for life, business relationships and retirement. He can be reached at (770) 977-2232. peteaca@

As I coach business owners and managers, one of their major challenges they deal with is how to delegate successfully. Why is it a challenge? The most common answer is, “It is easier to do it myself.” There is a fear that it won’t get done properly. The failure is usually due to lack of clear communication about what is required and inability to choose a capable person. If you master the art of delegating, your business and life will become much more enjoyable and productive. Here are the top ten tips that will help you in developing the art of delegating.

1. List everything that you could delegate in your business or job. With each item, put the name of the person to whom you would like to delegate. 2. Before delegating any task, set the expectations and ensure that the person understands. • The outcome that you expect and ensure his or her understanding of the task • Task should be completed in a specified time frame. If it’s a long period of time, have a checkpoint. • What resources will he or she need to do it successfully?

• He or she should be accountable for the success of the task. 3. When you delegate a task, start with something small and always get a commitment. 4. Delegate enough authority so he or she is able to accomplish the results. 5. Put necessary information in writing and give him or her a copy. 6. Don’t micro-manage Leave the person alone to do the work, but be available for questions. 7. Agree on checkpoints to keep track of the progress if needed. Give support and direction, but don’t fall into the trap of doing the work. 8. Review and evaluate results at the agreed upon time, and give positive feedback. 9. Expect results, but not perfection. There are many ways to get results, so don’t insist that everyone does it “your way.” He or she may see a quicker or more effective way of tackling the task! You may be very surprised. 10. Give a lot of praise for a job well done or brainstorm how it could have been done better. If you have given clear instructions at the beginning, you should have a successful outcome. When needed, provide appropriate training. Congratulate yourself because you are on your way to mastering the art of delegating. Delegating takes a bit of continued on page 82


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Extended Wear Hearing Aids By Dr. Jan Henriques

As an Audiologist for more than 28 years, I certainly have seen a lot of changes in hearing aids. Early in my career, I absolutely dreaded hearing aid patients; no one liked their hearing aids back then. Only those with severe hearing losses were coming in to be fit with hearing aids. That didn’t mean that people with mild to moderate losses weren’t asking us for help. There was just nothing in terms of technology that was a big help. Dr. Henriques is a Board Fast forward to present day Certified Audiologist and leads a team 2013. Hearing aids have come of professionals at a long way to say the least! Progressive Audiology Nowadays, helping others to Center, Inc. She can be communicate by fitting them with reached at (770) 592hearing aids with present day 4744. technology is very rewarding! A lot of people actually like their hearing aids! Today’s hearing aids can be very comfortable to wear both in sound and physically, and they are very discreet. We can successfully fit those who are deaf in one ear and those with high frequency hearing loss; even the mildest of losses are able to be helped. One of the most exciting new hearing aids out there is the first extended wear hearing aid called Lyric. I have always been proud of being at the forefront of the latest offerings of cutting edge technology. I first fit the Lyric a few years ago and must say that most fittings were a disappointment. Quite frankly, they just didn’t fit a lot of ears! About 5 months ago, the next


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“Today’s hearing aids can be very comfortable to wear both in sound and physically, and they are very discreet.” generation of Lyric was available and my patient’s experiences have greatly changed! The Lyric fits more people and does so comfortably and effectively. We place the hearing aid in the canal 4mm from the eardrum. This allows for a very natural sound quality. It is worn 24/7, which means yes, you can even shower with them! After approximately two to three months, the audiologist replaces the device. While the Lyric is not for everyone, it has certainly found a place with many people who otherwise would never have considered wearing a hearing aid. Some due to cosmetics and others due to activity levels that made traditional hearing aids difficult to use. Still others with manual dexterity issues are enjoying not having to change batteries or push buttons to control the sound of their hearing aids! Lyric is not for everyone but better hearing is attainable for so many more. With all of the choices out there, why not discover better hearing for yourself now? Hearing aids can be expensive, but it is about improving one’s quality of life. Our hearing is the sense that connects us to others. If one cannot afford even the most economical solutions, there are organizations that can help. We work with all of our patients in finding the best solutions for their lifestyle as well as budgets. Call your audiologist for an appointment and take your step towards better hearing today!

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Are You Receiving an “A” for Your Dental Health? by Dr. Scott R. Harden

Every parent wants their child to bring home an A from school. Achieving an A requires hard work, consistency and dedication. We encourage our children to adopt these principles throughout their years at school. If any one of these principles is missing, then the grade can quickly reduce to a B, a C or worse. The same principles are important for good oral health. Consistency and dedication to Dr. Scott Harden is a good oral hygiene every day with dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry proper brushing and flossing is and has served the important to eliminate bacteria Towne Lake area for from your teeth and gums. In more than 21 years. comparison to seeing the teacher, He is a Dental Advisor regular visits to the dentist every for two nationally renowned dental six months for a dental check-up research companies. create a successful formula for You can reach him at your oral health. (770) 926-0000 or visit So, what grade would you receive for your dental care? A: keeping regular six-month check ups, brushing and flossing three times per day, no pending treatment. B: last check up about one year ago, brushing and flossing two times per day, no pending treatment. C: last check up one to two years ago, brushing every day, flossing several times per week, aware of pending treatment required. F: check up more than two years ago, brushing every day, no flossing, no idea if teeth need treatment because it’s been too long since you’ve been to the dentist. Here are some interesting facts about dental care. Approximately 60 percent of Americans visit the dentist every year. The average person visits their dentist every three to four years. The average person does not floss even once per week. The average person has greater than a 75 percent chance for having gum disease based upon national statistics. The anatomy of your tooth facilitates tooth decay. Everyone’s natural teeth have grooves, which create spaces for bacteria to collect and form a cavity. Some grooves are like small elevator shafts that direct food and bacteria straight down into the center of your teeth. Without preventive dental care (i.e. sealants, fluoride), these teeth will develop cavities, despite the best homecare possible. Therefore, your teeth require routine checkups to assess for tooth decay. Tooth fractures are another common tooth problem that lead to cavities. Fractures occur 44

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“Approximately 60 percent of Americans visit the dentist every year. The average person visits their dentist every three to four years. The average person does not floss even once per week. The average person has greater than a 75 percent chance for having gum disease based upon national statistics.” from normal chewing, grinding your teeth at night, large fillings that thin the walls of your teeth or thermal changes over many years. Tooth fractures are typically 50 microns in diameter, as compared to bacteria that are only one micron in diameter. Fractures allow bacteria to penetrate into the center of the tooth beneath the enamel and result in significant decay. Another type of decay occurs from drinking soft drinks, sport drinks and sweets in any form. Sugar provides a food source to oral bacteria, which promotes the bacteria to produce an acid byproduct. The acid erodes your tooth enamel by causing demineralization, which is the removal of minerals from your enamel. Demineralized teeth appear white at first, commonly seen between teeth where plaque collects from not flossing and also on front teeth of young orthodontic patients due to improper brushing around brackets. If the bacteria stay on the teeth long enough, the demineralization advances deeper to produce light brown decay, and spreads even farther into the tooth to produce dark brown or black decay. Light brown decay spreads the fastest and can destroy a tooth quite rapidly, resulting in root canals or extraction. My best advice to patients is to visit your dentist regularly to discover problems involving your teeth and gums while they are small. Waiting until a toothache occurs or missing regular dental check-ups means enhancing the risk of substantial dental problems that are costly and avoidable. For dental anxiety patients, regular visits are crucial to avoid dealing with large dental problems that evoke more anxiety. Follow the same advice you would give your children in school and realize that you can set a good example for even yourself. Regular dental visits every six months, regular brushing and flossing and completing needed dental treatment are essential principles to receive an A for your dental care.

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Are You at Risk? by Dr. Ross Brakeville, PT, DPT, STC, TPI-L3

Dr. Brakeville is a Physical Therapist specializing in Sports Medicine. He is owner of Woodstock Physical Therapy & Performance Institute and Georgia Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine near BridgeMill. For more information or to contact him call: (770) 516-9191.


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Most of us recognize both the significance and value of a physical. The rest still believe in the Mayan calendar. Traditionally, a physical includes tests to determine risk for disease, and these risks change depending on such factors as age and medical history. What is not included, in a meaningful way, is an orthopaedic element. However, next to the flu, orthopaedic conditions, such as low back pain, are the most common reasons people visit their doctor. Social Security statistics also reveal disability from musculoskeletal disorders is rising. So why is an orthopaedic component not part of a physical exam? First is our limited exposure to tests and measures that provide accurate data on

true risk factors. It has only been eight to ten years of compiling data on orthopaedic tests. There simply has not been enough time to analyze results. Although promising, we need more information and time. Second is due to training. Learning the skill set necessary to assess musculoskeletal function is a lengthy process. From musculoskeletal anatomy and function to proper performance of testing, orthopaedic examination is technically demanding. Therefore, one must seek expertise outside a traditional physical to access qualified medical professionals. Next, most orthopaedic conditions are not disease based and therefore typically will not kill you‌another reason primary care physicians are not giddy about testing. In general, physicians train to recognize and treat disease, as disease is what leads to more complications than Dennis Rodman in North Korea. Simply stated, orthopaedic tests are not a priority. From kids playing sports to adults participating in ‌.well, you name it, injuries happen! Unfortunately, we are finding some people may be at a higher risk. Current research measuring motion, stability and quality of movement is showing promising results as a means to identify risk factors. For example, a simple toe touch can be very telling. Inability to touch toes provides continued on page 82

Young Love by Dr. Amy Hardin

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

It seems like 1978 was just yesterday…finally, the boy who threw snowballs at me daily on the way home from school had asked me to “go with him!” I was on top of the world! A real boyfriend! Imagine my surprise and despair the next day when he told me he had changed his mind and wanted to break up with me. On that day, it was the end of the world for my 13-year-old self. With kids dating at younger and younger ages, long-term relationships are really not part of their vocabulary, so chances are your son or daughter has already gone through or will at some point go through a break up. What is a parent to do? The number one action parents need to take when the inevitable happens is to listen. Teens have

not had the opportunity or the maturity to learn that it’s not the end of the world and that the pit of despair they are feeling is not bottomless. With listening and gentle advice, you can help your child express their feelings and identify what they are feeling. Anger, sadness and humiliation are difficult emotions even for grown ups to deal with. Crying and mourning is going to happen, and it needs to happen. Finding a constructive outlet for these emotions is also a helpful tactic - getting together with friends that may have been not seen as much during the relationship, getting back into sports or the arts, or starting with an old or new hobby can be easy distractions. Remind them that being active helps release endorphins that helps them find the rainbow amongst the storm clouds. Be careful about bringing up bad traits of the ex. It may backfire: sometimes “loser” boyfriends come slinking back into their lives. Also, if you’re not around to be the good listener, sometimes friends are the ones listening and providing stupid advice. (“If you have sex with him, he’ll take you back.” “Drinking will help you forget her.”) Now let’s talk about relationships where sitting back and listening should not apply. Any relationship that you even have an inkling of being abusive, either physically or emotionally, continued on page 81

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Mosquito Prevention by rick coughlin

With the warm weather approaching, it is time to start thinking about mosquito prevention. Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism — more than one million people die from mosquitoborne diseases every year and another 700 million become sick due to bites. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites Rick Coughlin is the that dogs and horses are very owner of The Mosquito Authority. Email him at susceptible to. These include dog heartworm, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. In Georgia, mosquito-borne viruses are most active in late spring through early fall. Here are some things you can do to help prevent mosquitoes in your yard.


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Eliminate standing water Living in Georgia, you understand how humid the summers can be. If you want to reduce the risk of West Nile and other diseases, it is important to reduce mosquito breeding grounds on your property. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so when you reduce standing water such as puddles, flower pots holding water, full buckets and etc., you will reduce the potential breeding of mosquitoes. Landscape with mosquitoes in mind If you decide to add water features to your yard, be sure that the water circulates enough to stop mosquitoes from breeding. If the water is stagnant, you may need to add chemicals to control mosquito larva. If you notice standing water collecting on your property, consider grading or adjusting the way water flows across your yard. Care for your pets properly Make sure you are changing the water in their bowl every day. It only takes a little bit of water to breed thousands of mosquitoes.

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teachers of the year Since our children spend so many of their days and hours in school, it’s important to know those hours are filled by quality and caring educators. We are lucky to be in a school system that abounds with just that! Every year, each school nominates its own Teacher of the Year — quite an honor since the nominating is done by his/her peers! We are proud to feature and honor our local Teachers of the Year!

Donna Dochney — E.T. Booth Middle Donna has been a teacher for 26 years, 8 of those at E.T. Booth. She teaches Special Education. Donna finds inspiration in her students and fellow teachers. “I am inspired by students who never give up, despite any obstacles they may face, and by their joy when they succeed. I am also inspired by my fellow teachers who continually choose to do what is best for their students even though it may mean taking on extra work and responsibilities. Finally, I am inspired by new teachers who bring so much enthusiasm and freshness to our profession. They make me challenge myself to keep up

Melissa Paurowski — Etowah High Melissa has been a teacher for nine years, all at Etowah. She teaches math. “I am inspired by my students, my colleagues and the subject I teach.”

Virginia Richards — Chapman Intermediate Virginia has been teaching for 15 years, 7 at Chapman. Currently, she is a sixth grade REP (Remedial Education Program) for math and reading. She also is the head swim coach for Etowah High. Virginia is inspired by students who have struggled but eventually find success. “Working with at-risk students is rewarding because you can see so much progress with them. I also enjoy being involved in extra-curricular activities at school. I think it gives students a well-rounded education and helps them be more engaged at school.”

Jennifer Forsyth — Woodstock High Jennifer has been teaching Honors Biology, AP Biology and Scientific Research at Woodstock for seven years. She has been a teacher for a total of 17 years. “It inspires me to see the successes of my students, either in class or as they move on in their lives. I like knowing that I may have had a small part in providing them with the assistance and support they needed to be successful.”


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Joyce McQuinn — Woodstock Elementary Joyce has been teaching for a total of 23 years, 15 of those at Woodstock. She has spent 17 years of her career teaching preschool and head start; currently, she teaches kindergarten. Joyce was influenced by her grandfather to become a teacher. “One hundred years ago, he was a teacher in a two room schoolhouse in Indiana, and later became a principal. He used to hold me on his knee and tell me stories of his experiences teaching. He taught me to read and opened up the world of knowledge and excitement that books bring. I wanted to share this wonder of learning. Now, my inspiration comes from the kindergarten children I teach. The eagerness, wonder and innate curiosity that young children bring to school inspires me to learn more about this art of teaching. I also hope in some small way to inspire the children I teach to love to learn, to be open to new ideas, and to become life-long learners.”

Lorin Cook — Woodstock Middle Lorin teaches eighth grade science, reading and language arts. She has been teaching for a total of 21 years, 17 at Woodstock Middle School (WMS). Lorin sees her job as a privilege. “I desire to see students thrive in every aspect of life, not just academically. Knowing that what I do makes a difference is one of the things that inspire me to keep going despite the growing hardships in the education arena. The staff and administration of WMS are an amazing bunch of people to work with; their dedication and willingness to do what is necessary for students to be successful is also an inspiration. I feel extremely blessed to be where I am and doing what I’m doing.”

Jillian Nichols — Oak Grove Elementary Fine Arts Academy Jillian has been a teacher for eight years, and this is her first year at Oak Grove. She is a second grade homeroom teacher. Jillian is inspired by her students daily. “As an elementary school teacher, I treasure having the opportunity to learn and grow every day with children from a variety of backgrounds. Therefore, it is my desire to inspire children because, as Norton Juster once explained, ‘Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. And it’s much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.’”

Nathan Whitehurst — Carmel Elementary Nathan teaches music at Carmel, and he has been a teacher for five years, all five at Carmel. Nathan is inspired when he sees students get involved in the creative process. “The excitement one feels in creating is what has drawn me into music. I love to see the faces of students as they call upon all their faculties of creativity and knowledge to create a work that they can call their own. It is exciting to hear as students describe and tell why they make certain compositional choices and then to hear how those choices play out. Creativity of students inspires me the most.”

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Etowah FFA Students Visit Capitol Etowah High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) students MiKayla Black and Logan Gantt and advisor Ashley Rivers recently visited the State Capitol as part of Georgia FFA Day at the Capitol. The day’s activities began with a legislative breakfast that was hosted by State FFA President Dolly Melton and featured a keynote address from Governor Nathan Deal. Twenty-two FFA chapters attended the event, including nearly 200 FFA members and advisors, FFA Alumni members and Young Farmer members.

Students Win Regional Science Fair Awards Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) presented five Cherokee County students with awards at the Regional Science Fair. Jacob Rigsby, a seventh grade student at Woodstock Middle, Georgia Ambrose, a sixth grade student at Indian Knoll Elementary, James McCoy, an eighth grade student at E.T. Booth Middle, Taylor Head, a Woodstock High senior and Hunter Williams, a Woodstock High junior were recognized for their excellent water quality related projects. The students received a certificate, gift card and environmental education promotional items.

MiKayla Black (left) and Logan Gantt had the opportunity to meet State leaders at the event, including State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge.

Woodstock Counselor Named Counselor of Year Woodstock Elementary School Counselor Crista Sycks was named Counselor of the Year for the Woodstock Innovation Zone. The Cherokee County School District initiated a Counselor of the Year recognition program in 2010-11. Honorees are selected for inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to be productive, for earning the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues and for demonstrating leadership, advocacy and collaboration in their work.

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From left: Taylor Head, Lori Forrester, CCWSA Environmental Affairs Specialist and Hunter Williams. James McCoy

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School & Sports

Goddard Raises Funds for Ronald McDonald House

Chapman Students Use Technology to Study Novels

The Towne Lake location of the Goddard School, along with all Goddards nationwide, participated in fundraising efforts to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Towne Lake school held a birthday picnic fundraiser and raised $646, with the School matching the funds for a total of $1,292.

Chapman Intermediate School’s advanced reading classes are using technology to study novels. Media Specialist Stephanie Gauthia and sixth-grade reading teacher MaryAnn Webb have designed a unit of study to take advantage of the Cherokee County School District’s new Bring Your Own Learning Device initiative. Using their own learning devices or school computers, students are taking part in online discussions of the four assigned novels. “The teachers are just as excited about this as the students,” Principal Susan McCarthy said.

From left: Jackson Keith, Sophie Morris and Rebecca Bennett use their own learning devices during reading class.

Boston Holds Charity Book Drive

Carmel Named School of Character Finalist Carmel Elementary is one of 28 schools nationwide to be named as a National School of Character finalist. Carmel is one of the largest elementary schools in Georgia with 1,223 K-5 students. It has initiated Character Education into the curriculum since its opening in 2000. In 2005, the school received the Learn and Serve Grant due to the staff believing students should be taught to be compassionate. All students complete class and school-wide projects as part of the Character Education curriculum. The winners, who will receive the title of National School of Character, will be announced in May.


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Boston Elementary School’s Media Center recently sponsored a “Books for Love” used book drive to benefit several local nonprofit organizations, including the Cherokee Family Violence Center. The drive collected 1,133 books, From left: Mallory and Maggie Maynard which filled 16 boxes. Participating students were entered to win a promotional display for the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” book. The winners were Maggie and Mallory Maynard of Laura Mikes’ first-grade class.

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Local Scout Exceeds Cookie Sale Goal

Ruth Rosenburg, nine years old and a member of Troop 2353, sold 765 boxes of Girl Scout cookies during this year’s drive. According to her mom, Roz, The troop had a goal of 125 boxes, but Ruth greatly exceeded the goal by going door to door and ringing a lot of doorbells. Ruth is the daughter of Roz and Robert Rosenburg.

Towne Lake Tennis News Match Point Tournament — benefiting C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully) will be held May 17-18. The tournament will be held at the Eagle Watch tennis center. Event highlights will include a silent auction, gift bags and tournament prizes. For more information, please visit or email Junior Team Tennis — Deadline for registration will be April 5. Teams consist of singles, doubles and mixed doubles for ages 10U, 12U, 16U and 18U. For more information, visit MATCH Challenge Ladder — This challenge ladder is for ages 8 – 18 and within a 15 mile area of the Towne Lake area. The mission of MATCH is to provide local junior players of varying playing abilities to access matches for their level of play in a friendly atmosphere. For more information, email or visit www.

Basketball Champions The Cherokee County Recreation Basketball League, 9th-10th grade team won its division and were crowned Tournament Champions for 2012-2013. Congratulations!

Front row (left): Garrison Simon, Rossen Parks, Austin Edwards and Brady Huffman. Back row: Coach Chris Maszerowski, Conner Thom, Ben Gillam, Cole Kirkpatrick, Miles Dutton and Coach Robbie Edwards. 60

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What Kind of Tennis Player Are You? by Mark Billson

I always love walking around the tennis courts and watching the various levels of tennis going on. I watch the players that hit everything softly, often driving their opponents batty. Then I see the large hitters that play one great game and then one ordinary game. Occasionally I see a player that has the ability to change the speeds and hit hard only when necessary. These players tend to Mark Billson is Director win more than they lose. of Tennis at Towne Lake While watching a higher level Hills Tennis Club. He is match, I have heard lower level USPTR certified with players saying that they feel like more than 20 years teaching experience. He they could beat the higher level works with players of all players. This is often because ages and levels. Mark a player playing line five on an can be contacted at A-level team might not be better than a player playing line one on a C-level team. In ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association) the levels do not clearly define the level of a player as much as it emphasizes the level of the team. In order to determine what level an ALTA team is placed at, ALTA uses a computer to assess the top five players on the team and assigns a level. If you look at that rule, then it becomes the level of the next five players that determines who wins the match. Here are some ideas that can help you determine what level of player you are. When you start the match, do you know what type of skill set you have? If you don’t know this, then ask somebody that you respect to give you his or her opinion. Some people don’t like to receive criticism of their game. If you know


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your strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to mentally design your personal set of skills and bring them each week to your match. Everybody’s skill set has things that he or she does well and things he or she doesn’t. A good tennis player knows how to win with his or her strengths and survive with his or her weaknesses. For example, if you don’t have a down the line backhand, then don’t use it. If you want to add it to your skill set, go out and get some instruction and practice it until it becomes part of your game. If you want to be a good tennis player, then you need to answer the questions below as honestly as possible. Knowing the answers to these questions will allow you to determine how good your playbook is. • Do you have the ability to serve a good percentage of first serves in? • Is your second serve effective? • Can you direct the return of serve crosscourt? • Do you have an effective defensive first volley? • How good are you at finishing points? • Do you understand what shots you should play at each score in the game? • How mentally tough are you? • Do you fold under pressure? • Do you understand the correct movement on the court? • Are you an encouraging partner? There are many more questions, but these are some of the important ones. Look at each question and answer it honestly. I f you feel some of these areas need improvement, set out to find a good tennis pro to work through these things with you. You will be glad you did. I always tell the people that I teach that they need to learn something new each ALTA season if they want to improve their performance on the court. Good luck for the spring ALTA season.

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summer camps Sports Towne Lake Hills Tennis Junior Development Days/Time: Monday – Thursday through summer break 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ages: 11-15 Cost: $80/week Academy Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursdays, 5 – 7 p.m. Cost: $25/session QuickStart Ages

5-6 and 7-10 years

For more information on all these camps, email tlhtennis@ or call (770) 516 6325. Woodstock Soccer Camp Date: June 3 – 5 Ages/Times/Cost: 4-5, 4 – 5:15 p.m., $45 6-14, 4-6:30 p.m., $90 Location: Riverside Athletic Complex, 610 Druw Cameron Drive Information: All players must wear proper soccer attire. The camp is designed for all players of all levels. Contact Sammy Long at

Nuno Soccer Experience (residential camp) Dates: June 8 – 11 Ages: 9-13 Cost: $510 (commuter $450) Elite Camp $545 (commuter $495) Dates: June 14 – 17 Ages: 13 – 17 Cost: $510 (commuter $450) Elite Camp $545 (commuter $495) Dates: June 27 – 30 Ages: 9-15 Cost: $510 (commuter $450) Elite Camp $545 (commuter $495) Contact: Eagle Watch Summer Tennis Clinics Dates: May 28-31 June 17-21 Ages/Times 6 & Under 8:30-9:15 a.m. 8 & Under 9:30-10:30 a.m. 10 & Under 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: 6 Under $45/clinic 8 and 10 Under $60/clinic Information: Contact Amanda Hall at amanda@ Intermediate-Advanced Dates: June 3-6 June 24-27 Ages/Time: 12-18 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cost: $200 per camp or $75 per day Information: The focus will be stroke development, footwork, shot recognition, match play, etc. Spots are limited. Contact Amanda Hall at Southern Closed 10s & 12s Camp Date: June 10 – 13 Ages: 8-12 and must participate in Georgia State Qualifier May 31- June 4 Time: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cost: $200 Information: The focus will be directional controls, stroke progressions, movement and match play. Spots are limited. Contact Jason Fleeman at


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JTT State Champs Camp Date: July 22-25 Ages: 10-18. Participants must be participating in JTT State Champs July 26-28 in Macon Time: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cost: $200 or $75/day Information: The focus will be singles, doubles, shot percentages, patterns, match play, etc. Spots are limited. Contact Jason Fleeman at



Intermediate Robotics Dates: June 10-14 and July 15-19 Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages: 10-13 Cost: $165

Elm Street Teen Improv Camp Dates: June 10-14 Time: 4 – 7 p.m. Ages: 13-18 Location: Elm Street Cultural Art Village, 8534 Main Street Cost: $125 Information: Students will learn the basics on how to become an improv actor. Call (678) 494-4251 or register online at www. Elm Street Drama Camps Dates: June 10-14, 17-21, 24 – 28, July 8 –12, 15-19, 2 2-26 and 29-August 2 Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: Junior 5-7, Senior 8-14 Location: Elm Street Cultural Art Village, 8534 Main Street Cost: $200 Information: Each camp will write, produce and perform and original play. Call (678) 494-4251 or register online at www. Creative KidSpace Art Camp at Elm Street Dates: June 17 – 21 June 24 – 28 Times: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5 and older Location: Elm Street Cultural Art Village, 8534 Main Street Cost: $95 per session plus $25 material fee Information: Instructed by professional artists Aubree Metlick and Shawn McLeod. Students will complete projects in clay, paint, pastels and print making. For questions or to register, email or .

Cherokee Christian Camps 3075 Trickum Road Introduction to Robotics Dates: June 3-7 and July 17-21 Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages: 9-12 Cost: $165

SAT Workshop Date: July 8 –12 Times: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. Cost: $175 Information: For all camps, contact Drew Lawes at drew. or call (678) 694-7691. Bits, Bytes and Bots Dates: Weekly, June 3 – July 29 Times: Half day 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Full day 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ages: 6 and older Locations: Various throughout Cherokee and Cobb counties Cost: Half day $125 Full day $325 Information: Creative technology camp including LEGO robotics, stop-motion animated movie making, computer animation and more. Register at or call (770) 826-0449

Day Bascomb United Methodist Church Dates: June 17 – 21 & 24-28 Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 3-6 Location: 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road Cost: $100 per week if paid by May 22. $125 per week after May 22 Information: visit or call (770) 926-0397.

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Words Are Powerful —Young Voices From the Community “Past or Present? Where would you go if you had the chance to travel through time?

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If I had the power to time travel, I simply wouldn’t. Why does someone need to glance into the future to see the outcomes of their choices? Why do we need to go back into the past to fix our mistakes? We don’t. It is our mistakes that make us as strong as we are today, and the surprises of the future that give us that moment of pure happiness. We don’t need time travel to make our lives perfect. We all have bad moments, but it is what we choose to make out of them that determines what our days and lives will become. We all have those moments we would want to change, but those tough times made us strong. Sometimes we have to cry a river, build a bridge and get over it.

Time travel is a crazy thing. You can help something or someone. It can also hurt someone or something. Some people would change an embarrassing moment and some would change a bad moment. Some people, such as me, would change an event involving war and sadness. I would go back to a month before the Holocaust and warn all the Jews. I would do that because I am Jewish and it is sad to learn about how 7-8 million Jews died during the Holocaust. I would take pictures and magazines from our time to prove it, too. I would help them find shelters and hideaways so not as many are killed. If Hitler tried to get the Jews he would not be able to find them and he would have to give up. That is where I would go if I could time travel!

If I had the ability to travel through time I would go to the past. If you go back you can almost relive an event you had joy doing. You could even go back to when you were a young child, and see the things you may not remember now. You may have someone you would enjoy to see who possibly passed away. I would love to go back in time and experience all the things that have happened in my life. Going into the past instead of the future would still let your life go by with surprises. I still like having the wonders of what will happen in my future, and I want it to still be a surprise. Going to the past you could see many things you don’t remember, and actually see what happens in the stories or pictures you hear or see. If I had the chance to go to my past, or go to the future, I would go back to the past.

If I could travel in time I would go to the future. I would go to the future so I can see things I would love to know. I can see if I am doing well in school and how my grades are. I can see where I live or if I still live with my parents. I could see where I am working or if I even get a job, and so many more things! I can also see new things people come up with. Like if flying cars ever are created (I doubt it). I can be introduced to any new helpful inventions. I can also see if the world ever actually just ended. I can see whatever I want and then be prepared for it. My point is, if I go to the future all my questions will be answered and will put much less stress on me. Whereas if I went back in time, I will have to relive all bad memories like when my dad fell off a ladder and broke his ankle or when my grandma was put in a hospital. Nobody would ever want to relive memories like those.


Marriage Moments by Bill Ratliff

Trust is a huge issue in marriage. Without trust there is no intimacy. The erosion of trust in our culture has taken such a toll on people that distrust abounds. Many times, a spouse will distrust his or her mate even when he or she has been told the truth and has done nothing to break trust. Because so many people have broken trust with their marriage partners, a trustworthy mate seems the exception rather than Bill Ratliff is the Senior the rule. Pastor at Towne Lake Community Church. I know of a man who enjoyed He can be reached at (678) a long and blessed marriage 445-8766. with his precious wife. On one occasion, he took a trip to the Daytona 500. The trip lasted for three days. When he arrived home, his wife asked him a simple question: “Who won the race?” He answered, “I don’t know.” This answer upset her, and you can imagine why. Since he

could not tell her who won the race, she suspected that maybe he had not really gone to Daytona. At the time of the trip, it was the 1950s, and no one could really tell who won a race without a photograph being taken and developed. He spent the next several days explaining this to her. Her trust in him was restored, and they lived happily ever after. In the second half of the fifth verse of Psalm 22, the Bible reads, ”they trusted you and were not disappointed.” Hopefully this claim can be made not only toward our God but toward each one of us and our marriage partners. Date Your Mate: Take your mate to Hawaii. If you can’t afford that, take your mate on an Alaskan cruise. If that isn’t affordable, there is always New York City. If you can’t afford that, take your mate to a Disney World Resort. If you can’t afford that, take your mate to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. If that is not affordable, take your mate to Chops in downtown Atlanta. If you can’t do that, take your mate to Pappadeaux in Marietta. If you can’t do that, visit Menchie’s for yogurt. If that isn’t affordable, eat what’s in the refrigerator and watch television at home. Just do something together and be happy!

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The Waiting Room by Dr. Doug Thrasher

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I was sitting in the St. Joseph’s Hospital Intensive Care waiting room with a woman whose husband had just had open heart surgery. Understandably, all the family members there were anxious. We visited and prayed together, and it was then that I saw the sign. It read, “Lord, please be with those in Intensive Care and with those here in the waiting room who care intensely.” The longer I live, the more waiting rooms I have found myself in. Not just the waiting rooms of hospitals, but all sorts of waiting rooms. They could be anywhere, really. The waiting room is that place all of us experience. It is waiting on test results, waiting on news regarding a job application or a job evaluation, waiting

“Our lives are filled with waiting rooms as we wait for things, good or bad, to unfold.” on college acceptance, waiting on the big game. You get the picture. Our lives are filled with waiting rooms as we wait for things, good or bad, to unfold. Let me tell you what helps when you’re in a waiting room. Prayer helps. Other people praying with and for you helps. Sharing the burden with friends helps. Hugs help. Knowing that God loves you and is for you helps. The care of the church helps. Praising God helps. Maybe you know someone in a waiting room right now, someone you care intensely for. If you do, be the Body of Christ and pray for him or her, reach out to him or her, love him or her. Forget about wondering if you’re imposing. He or she will experience the love of Christ through you. And every little bit helps. I know. I’ve been in those waiting rooms. And I’m praying for you.

DOWNTOWN WOODSTOCK There are many exciting things happening downtown that you will find on the following pages. The featured business for April is Latimer Hall Arts & Craft Show

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Upcoming Shows: Sat. April 6 Sat. April 27 Sat. May 18 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. As residents of Towne Lake, we’ve seen the tremendous changes that have transformed our sleepy downtown into a vibrant and eclectic destination. The popularity of downtown Woodstock has attracted some of the most unique eateries and retail in the area. Case in point, the Latimer Hall Arts and Craft Show. Like no other craft show you’ve experienced, it’s run monthly, not seasonally or only at the holidays. Additionally, an average event will showcase 50+ unique crafters, vendors and artisans, many of whom are local. Vendors vary from show to show, so there is always something new to discover. The first time you visit, you will be amazed. Whether you are shopping with a purpose in mind or just browsing, the quality of the merchandise and affordable pricing will make leaving empty-handed almost impossible. And be sure to bring the kids where they will enjoy their own craft activity table. For the home, shoppers will find items for both outdoor and indoor decorating. A sampling of merchandise includes whimsical metal art pieces for the yard and/ or porch, personalized name and address plaques and pottery. For indoor decor, shoppers will find fabric art, glass-blown items, candles in a variety of sizes and fragrances, silk and fresh flower arrangements and more. If you’re shopping for personal accessories, you will not be disappointed. There is jewelry, and a lot of it! Every artisan jeweler offers unique and different items. Whether you are looking for a pair of delicate earrings or a large, colorful chunky necklace, chances are you will find that special piece, maybe two. The prices make it easy to indulge. Other accessories that can be found include silk scarves, hair bows and more. The Latimer Hall Arts and Craft Show is the perfect place to find a truly unique and inspired gift. For the writer in your life, there are beautiful inlay pens — no two are alike. Exquisitely painted and personalized stemware can be found, as well as the popular novelty Redneck Wine Glasses. For the bird watcher, be sure to check out the hand-built birdhouses in a variety of sizes and structure. There are also items for children, including dolls, doll clothing, children’s fanciful hair accessories and slippers. To say there is something for every taste and style is not an overstatement. The Latimer Hall Arts and Craft Show is a great addition to an already lively downtown area. Make a day of it with shopping and lunch and then more shopping! The next scheduled shows will be held on April 6, April 27 and May 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Latimer Hall is located at 103 Towne Lake Parkway.


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Ribbon Cuttings Photos by Kyle Bennett

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Closer to Completion The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is an innovative Cherokee County cultural project. The finished Village will include an accurate restoration of the centuryold historic Reeves home in downtown Woodstock and its surrounding property. The home and property, situated on four plus acres, will be converted into a major visual arts, cultural and recreational destination. Planned projects include demonstration gardens, woodland walking trail, outdoor culinary gardens, instruction center, sculpture garden and open spaces for cultural events and festivals. The restored home will house exhibition space and artists’ studios and an historic visitors’ center that tells the story of Woodstock’s past. A new state-of-the-art theater, The Elm

Street Theater, will also be included. The space will be used for Elm Street productions, rehearsal space and theater workshops and classes. The Center will host a “Founders Circle” kick off party, May 16 from 5-7 p.m. The invitation-only reception will include county and city officials, business leaders and representatives from Cherokee County medical organizations. Citizen volunteers, community leaders, local businesses and corporate sponsors are needed to help bring the Elm Street Cultural Arts vision to fruition. For more information, visit For information on how to join the Founders Circle, please contact Ann Litrel at (678) 640-8217 or Sally Beanland at (469) 951-1951. townelaker | April 2013


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Last Minute Makeover by Jodi Tiberio

I have women tell us they would like to receive a makeover all the time. But Jodi Tiberio owns when it comes right down to Branch Boutique for women in Towne Lake it, most people are afraid to and THREADS boutique make a real change. I recently for men and women in asked my staff if they had Downtown Woodstock. any friends that would make Contact Jodi at info@ a good candidate. Sarah Jan Evans, our assistant manager at THREADS, told me she had a friend who would be perfect. Christen King is in her mid 20s and resides in Woodstock. She interns at a hospital and is always spending time making the lives of others better. Christen was willing to take some time for herself and commit to a change, making her a perfect candidate. Sarah selected some potential looks for her friend, but Erica Nix, our store manager was going to be the one to assist her. Christen came in ready for her fitting with total trust and an open mind. Given that she is only 4’10”, she has struggled to find clothing that fits, flatters her figure and makes her feel great. Erica had her try on the three dresses Sarah had selected. They settled on one with a high-low hemline to give her legs some length. The pretty floral print is trendy right now, giving her an updated look. They also picked out some pale blue jeggings (blue is her favorite color) and paired them with a long black lace tank to elongate her figure. I was able to stop by to show Christen several ways to tie one of our gorgeous new spring scarves to complete the look. Christen left with her two new outfits and coordinating accessories that complement her personality and enhance her natural beauty. Next came a visit with Tim Timmons at Salon Gloss. “Once I spent time with Christen, her playful personality came out and I really wanted her hair to match her personality,” said Tim. After consulting with Christen, Tim decided to transform her brown hair to a fiery copper red to enhance her beautiful blue eyes. He then cut Christen’s hair into graduating layers and finished it off with a full bang. The result was fun and flirty, pairing well with Christen’s personality. When Christen’s transformation was complete, we all were so excited! It was fun having our whole team involved to make a wonderful experience for this young woman. You could see her oozing with self-confidence and she could not stop smiling. With her beautiful and trendy new clothes and her amazing new hairstyle, Christen is ready to show off her new look! 72

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CALENDAR of events April 5

Friday Night Live 80’s Night Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Join the fun and dress up in your favorite 80s attire and join in the costume contest. Big hair welcome!

April 5

iThink Improv Troupe Time: 9 p.m., following Friday Night Live Location: City Center, 8534 Main Street Information: All seats are $5. Visit or call (678) 494-4251.


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April 6

Latimer Hall Arts and Craft Show Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: 103 Towne Lake Parkway Information: and see page 72.

April 19-21 & 26-28

Sleeping Beauty Times: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: All tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and online. $12 at the door. Visit or call (678) 494-4251.

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Why Does a Community Need Visual Arts? by kristina havens

My husband and I have moved several times throughout our relationship. From the everKristina Laurendi Havens is the owner of changing weather in Western Studio 81, Portrait and New York, to the vast open Fine Art, which shares spaces in Fort Worth, then on to a beautiful studio the sandy soil of Poquoson, and space in downtown finally to the community we now Woodstock with Ann Litrel Art. Kristina call home in Woodstock. offers painting classes Moving around with frequency for all levels and holds can be tough. Luckily there’s an open weekly Figure always been one aspect of every Drawing studio. For location that has made me feel more information, please contact her at like I was home – the artistic community. As soon as I started to visit the local galleries, attend open drawing groups, or join the local art guilds and societies, I felt like I was home. I could speak the language of art wherever I went. Art can bring a community together in so many ways. For example, I host a weekly figure drawing group at my studio on Main Street in Woodstock every Wednesday night. Artists of all backgrounds and experience come together to share a little time each week and to chat about technique, materials, inspiration, and etc. Many of these artists may have never crossed paths if it wasn’t for the opportunity to come together and create. Art has no age limit or set skill requirements. One of my youngest students was only four, and showed remarkable natural talent. She could draw almost anything you showed her. My oldest student was 80 when she finally took her very first life drawing class. Her smile and enthusiasm lit up the room. All her life she had thought about art but never had the time to pursue her interest. Our community is very lucky to have the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village actively pursuing a stronger visual and performing arts element in downtown Woodstock. In addition to the already active theater, classes in the visual arts are taking place at the City Center. At a recent gathering of several local artists and instructors, ideas for future public art works, children’s classes and activities, and workshops and lectures were shared. As the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village’s dream of a visual arts center is realized, many of the activities will take place all around Main Street. I recently read an article that emphasized how 76

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the economic development field has changed in recent years. The focus is no longer in location, location, location – it is more about human capital, as they put it. When a community shows strength of values, skills, and knowledge, and as the population is coming together to actively participate in various events, the community is seen as more desirable for growth. Visual and performing arts are a way that all of us can become a bigger part of our growing community – as a performer, a creator, or an avid audience. In an effort to keep the community informed of all of the opportunities to participate in the visual arts in downtown Woodstock, a new Facebook community page has been set up – the name is Elm Street Visual Artists and it will be a hub for all of the classes, workshops, children’s activities, lectures, and events that pertain to the visual arts.

New Economic Development Director Named In February, Brian Stockton was named as the Woodstock Economic Development Director by the city of Woodstock. Brian replaces former Director Billy Peppers. Brian, who was already employed by the city, started his new role in early March. He recently answered a few questions from AroundAbout Local Media. Q: Tell us what you did for the city of Woodstock before accepting your current position. A: Since 2006, I have been the city planner for Woodstock. In this role I worked with stakeholders to develop planning policy, zoning and development codes and design guidelines. My background in school dealt mostly with urban design, and I focused on promoting the principals of good design using the built environment for the people that use the spaces that were being developed. I also enjoyed working with business owners and potential business owners in identifying appropriate spaces and locations for their concepts, as well as developers seeking land to develop for residential or commercial developments. Q: What do you feel you can bring to Economic Development Director position? A: I think that my former job and this job are similar in nature. The background on projects, people and goals of the elected officials, businesses and residents of the city that I have give me an advanced starting point in hitting the ground running. I would like to see the city continue to support local businesses through efficient processes and flexibility to help get people the things that they need, while advancing the goals of the city. Q: What are your goals for the downtown area? A: I would like to see the development of the City Center site begin, which includes the city’s amphitheater project, the renovation of the building at the Chambers at City Center and some other exciting private development ideas. Increased pedestrian access and parking opportunities would have to also be at the top of the list.

Q: What is your education background? A: I am a graduate from Harrison High School in west Cobb. I have a BBA in Finance from Kennesaw State and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech with an Urban Design specialization. Q: What’s your biggest accomplishment since working for Woodstock? “I directed the master plan of the mountain bike trails at Rope Mill. Last year, 18,000 people used the trails. While the Rope Mill and Blankets Creek trails are separate, one day we hope to connect them at some point. The other is the Woodstock West by Walton project. We were able to establish a real partnership and help them understand what we were looking for, and the result is a successful project with enough room left for future development as west Woodstock continues to grow.” Q: To what do you attribute the success of downtown Woodstock? “My background comes from the planning world, and the thing we’ve done that other places haven’t done is to plan the residential aspect of downtown that brings people in. The city then becomes their community center, so they take care of it and make it their own place to live and work.” Brian has been married for 10 years this coming July, and he and his wife have one son, Ryan. He not only works in downtown Woodstock, but he and his family live there, and they love the lifestyle. He is heavily involved in the Greenprints Alliance, and they enjoy mountain biking and spending time at the park with their dog. townelaker | April 2013


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Experience Elm Street – Wonder and Life Skills by G. Lora Grooms

There’s nothing like seeing children come through our doors to see their first live play or to take their first drama class or camp. The anticipation, the wonder and the curiosity are so obvious on their faces that the words could almost be written there. Maybe that’s why we produce a good number of fairy tales and children’s stories at Elm Street. Using your imagination G. Lora Grooms is the is such an important part of Director for the Elm Street Cultural Arts growing up. When those little Village. She has been ones arrive in full costume as teaching, writing, their favorite princess or Peter directing and performing Pan or Captain Hook, you can in the Atlanta area tell they are ready to let their since 1990. You can reach her at director@ imaginations run free. And then when the show is over, they can have their picture taken with the actors. Another thing we like to do with many of the plays is to allow for interaction and participation by the audience. Sometimes it’s a character acknowledging their presence or asking a question. Some of the answers we get are as entertaining as the production; kids do say the darndest things. Sometimes we even bring an audience member up on stage to help solve a problem in the plot. Perhaps most important of all, we like to take these fairy tale characters and stories and make it into something that’s not only magical, but useful or educational. With “Snow White and the Magic Mirror,” we were able to remind the children never to talk to strangers. With our brand new musical production of “Sleeping Beauty,” our princess is not just pretty, but very talented and smart with a university diploma and a talent for art. Same for her prince. And the audience helps the fairies get rid of the wicked fairy, too. Many of our young patrons will join us for our classes and camps after seeing a show. They want the chance to get up there and sing and dance and act. As part of that, they will also help create characters, plot lines, song lyrics, costume designs and much more. It’s way too much fun. But it turns out there’s more to it than just fun. A recent poll of Fortune 500 companies show that the Baseline Skills CEOs seek from employees are communication, writing, troubleshooting and creative problem solving, all of which are skills we teach in our drama camps and classes—skills that are great continued on page 81 78

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Summer Concert Series By Mayor Donnie Henriques

I always get excited this time of year because it means that we have finished the planning and booking for the Woodstock Summer Concert Series. This will be the 16th year of the series and it will again be sponsored by Northside Hospital – Cherokee. Each year, we try to book acts from different genres of music that appeal to different age groups. In other words, we hope to have at least one concert that Donnie Henriques is the everyone will enjoy. This year is mayor of Woodstock. You may contact him by no different. calling (770) 592-6001 The series begins on May 11 or e-mail dhenriques@ with Little Texas, a rockin’ country band that will open the series with its high energy performance. June 8 brings Yacht Rock Revue and Friday Night Fever to the Park at City Center for a tribute to the finest light rock of the ‘70’s and disco. July 13 brings the lead singer of Collective Soul to the park when Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project

perform. August 10 will see the 1980’s funk group The Dazz Band make its debut to the series. Finally, we are proud to host southern rock legend’s The Marshall Tucker Band to close out the series for 2013 on September 14. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public and are held at the Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock. Sponsorships are still available for the concert series. You may obtain additional information for both sponsorships and the series itself at www.


Woodstock held its first Friday Night Live event with a theme of Mardi Gras. Photos provided by Kyle Bennett.

Mardi Gras Queen Rhonda Pezzelo and King Dominique Amin

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Young Love

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should be ended. You as parents may be the ones who have to end it. Also, relationships where drugs or alcohol are part of the scenario are never healthy. Young teens and even older ones usually cannot figure this out themselves and need guidance from their parents. Finally, sadness that doesn’t seem to go away in a timely fashion should be watched closely. Sadly, breakups are one of the major precipitators of suicidal gestures in teens. If you are concerned about depression in your teen, call your doctor immediately. This is not something to wonder about. Maintaining a positive and encouraging attitude (“you will be happy again and it may be sooner than you expect”), acknowledging their pain and sadness and even introducing some humor (I know you’ve all got some crazy break up stories) will help your kids make their way through the big break up — and then there comes the next “most amazing person ever,” and we start all over again!.

Walker: The person that is in la-la land day-dreaming at the lights thinking about magical jellybeans down lollypop lane. As the light turns green, his awareness is as useful as a catcher in a tee-ball match. Go-Go Gadget Arm: The parent that is trying to get the toy in the back seat for the screaming child but comes back up for air red faced and only managed to grab some cold french fries and goldfish from last month’s Happy Meal. Daddy dancer: This father is ‘rocking out’ with his daughters to The Wiggles or the best of Nursery Rhymes CD. He sees people watching, just smiles and keeps going. I blame guitar solos for almost all of life’s speeding tickets. Slow down especially in the neighborhoods. The only thing that should be pulled over for speeding this next month is summer’s approach. When a dad is in, everyone wins.

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Maintain outdoor toys If you have outdoor play sets that collect water, consider drilling small holes in the bottom to allow water to drain. Make sure you are dumping out toys that may collect water after it rains. Keep child-size pools empty when not being used. Consider hiring a mosquito service If you have tried all the above steps and still are bothered by mosquitoes, consider hiring a mosquito service. These professionals can eliminate mosquitoes from your yard and keep them away. If you have any questions about mosquito control in your yard, please feel free to email me at

blacks or charcoals will be sure to make a dramatic and rich statement. After all, we do think of money when we think of green. Hopefully, this is a sign that our economy is on the rise. “Green is the color of growth, renewal and prosperity; no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.” Personally, I have a difficult time grasping the idea of painting a room in this vibrant Emerald jewel tone, but it can be used as an accent in any room throughout the house. It is both a plush and chic color. A hint of this lively hue can be displayed throughout the house. Use it in your china or stemware in the kitchen and dining room; in the bathroom, accent with it in your towels and bath rugs; throw pillows are always an excellent way to introduce an accent color in the bedroom and scattered on the sofa in living spaces. If you do want to be brave and use it as an actual paint color, maybe in a powder room or on an accent wall would be a good starting point.

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your forehead and tying at the nape of your neck, twist your hair into a knot at the base of your crown. Use your fingers to fan the hair on top your crown and create some body. That’s it! So while you remembered to change your clock this spring, don’t forget to spring your hair forward and try one of this season’s most stylish looks.

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not only for stage, but for life, school and work. Fine Arts classes and camps provide the same skill training as performing arts, and we’re so pleased our Visual Arts programs are growing at Elm Street with something for every age and interest—teen drawing, adult oils, youth fine arts, digital photography and more. So please come visit and see what all the excitement is about. We look forward to seeing you! townelaker | April 2013


Why Aren’t There as Many Homes for Sale?

Are You at Risk?

rates has brought investors into the real estate market like never before. Wall Street analysts estimate that hedge funds, private partnerships and foreign investors have bought between $7 billion and $9 billion worth of single-family homes in the last five years for the purpose of converting them into rental properties. At today’s home prices, an investor can earn a 20 percent cash flow return on their rental investment and then sell later for a long term capital gain when the market recovers. There has never been a more affordable time to buy, and with such strong demand for homes, this might be the right time to sell and buy something you will be happy with for the long term while rates are at historic lows.

information not only about flexibility in such areas as hamstrings and trunk, but also stability in the core and low back. Although touching your toes may seem a benign movement, it is a fundamental movement and can offer facts valuable to musculoskeletal health. If you are unable to stand, knees straight, or bend over and touch your toes, try putting one foot on a stool and touching the opposite toe. Compare this to the other side. If it’s different, there may be an issue with a hip or with pelvic symmetry. If not, try sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front. Again, if the distance to your toes is different from when you’re standing, there may be an issue such as instability in the core. The discrepancy is due to body weight and gravity that have to be controlled when standing compared to seated where gravity is not as big an influence. Obviously, an orthopaedic section or a separate orthopaedic exam evaluating potential risk factors could have tremendous benefits as part of a yearly physical. The toe touch maneuver is just one item used as a screen. In a follow up article, I will go over the squat and push-up tests. Until then, keep in touch… with your toes.

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patience, overcoming the fear, letting go of control, trusting and stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s well worth it because the rewards are many for you and your business. It allows you to focus on more strategic items and gives you the opportunity to develop the abilities of the members of your team. Much success to you in becoming a master delegator!

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TOWNE LAKE AREA Community of Faith Baptist


Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 592-7007 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Bob Goodner

Chabad Jewish Center 14255 Wade Green Rd NW, Ste 120 Kennesaw, GA 30144, (678) 460-7702 Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat monthly at 11 a.m. Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat monthly at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan, JewishCenter

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

Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, Kennesaw, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. praise music, 7 p.m. Eucharist Rector: Doris Graf Smith Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, (770) 479-1778 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Rector: Kurt Wheeler Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 395-5003 Saturday Service: 5:30 p.m. Priest: Stephen Hunter Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m. Christian Education: 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist Service: 6:30 p.m. Rector: James B. Stutler


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Congregation Ner Tamid A Reform Jewish Temple (770) 345-8687, Marci, call for information Serving the Northwest Suburbs Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, (770) 973-3533

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

Lutheran Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive (770) 924-7286, Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Thursday Youth Activities: 6:30 p.m. Pastors: Paul Baumgartner & Justin Ask Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 928-2812 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Stephen Constien

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

Presbyterian Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA) Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s South Annex, 7545 Main Street; Bldg. 200, Woodstock Pastor: Ted Lester Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church Meets in Kings Academy Church Building 471 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 833-3797 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.,

Sunday School: 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Matthew Holst Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Sid Gunter Sixes Presbyterian Church Meeting at our Fellowship Hall at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, (770) 485-1975 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Lucas Pina Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-0074 Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Cynthia Parr

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

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

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

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson

Liberty Hill Church at the Mill 141 Railroad Street, (678) 493-8920 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Jamey Prickett

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92 (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Larry Tomczak

Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Bill Coady

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road (770) 924-7532

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Joe McKechnie

Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, Suite 250 (behind NAPA) (678) 494-2193 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Marc Lawson

Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 516-0371 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Clalude T. Herbert

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Prayer Time: Friday, 7:14 p.m. Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Carl A. Moore, Sr. Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 592-2956 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Ted Wooldridge Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steve Pettit BridgePointe Church 233 Arnold Mill Road Suite 400, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Service: 10:30 am Wednesdays Student Ministry 6-12th grade: 6:30pm Pastor: Mat Garcia Catalyst Church 9872 Main Street, Woodstock , (770) 516-7070 Sunday Contemporary Worship Service: 11 am Men’s Bible Study: Friday Mornings 6 am Pastor: Dr. Kevin Ellington Celebration Church 340 Towne Lake Parkway(678) 461-9626 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Auxiliary Meeting: 10:20 a.m. Bishop Phil Karski Woodstock Ward Sacrament Meeting: 11 a.m. Bishop Jonathan Ensign Church of the Messiah (Non-denominational) 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton (770) 479-5280 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Fred L. Goodwin Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford Empowerment Tabernacle Church 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock (770) 928-7478 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Pastor: A.D. Hinton

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, Woodstock, on Hwy 92 — ½ mile east of Hwy 5 (678) 384-4919 Sunday Service Times: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Ross Wiseman Northern Hills Church of Christ 4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ronny West Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry H. Baker Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0040 Holy Communion: Sunday 10 a.m. Christian Education (all ages): Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Gene Prince Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Family Style Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Messianic Jewish Fellowship (Tikvah l’Chaim): Saturday 10 a.m. The Walk — Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery: Friday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor: William S. Ratliff Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Small Groups: 6 p.m. Wednesday Meal: 6 p.m.; Worship: 6:40 p.m.; Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lynn Eynon Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Aprenda Ingles Gratis (Free ESL): Lunes 7 — 9 p.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategui, (770) 926-8271 Pastor: Matt Amos

Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White

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

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

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TOWNE LAKE AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations American Business Women’s Association, Cherokee Eagles Charter Chapter Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jacqueline Miller Van Hook, (678) 493-3618 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Financial Women International Contact: Mitzi Saxon, (770) 479-3400 Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday from 12 noon Location: 7745 Main Street, Woodstock Contact: Laury Beesley, (678) 642-3110 Empowered Women Through Synergy Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 8.30 a.m. Location: J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: Shahida Baig 678-445-3900 Facebook: Empowered Women Through Synergy No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meeting: Every Monday morning at 7:30 am Location: IHOP 8979 Hwy 92 North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Location: J. Christophers, 315 Chambers Street Contact: (770) 592-5990 The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Edeline Dryden (678) 789-6158 Together We Rise Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280 Towne Lake Business Association Meeting: Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 615-3350 Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meeting: Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377 Women of Woodstock Meeting: First & Third Wednesday. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact:


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Woodstock Community Business Association Meeting: Second Monday at 12 noon Location: Tuscany, 250 Cinema Way Contact:

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House help for victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 24-hr, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 Chance Afrika Contact: Eric Mwangi, Exec. Dir.,, (770) 256 2280, Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP Location: 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Contact: Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) Contact: (770) 928-5115 CCHS Thrift Store located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 592-8072, accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for CCHS. Companion Animal Connection Contact: (678) 493-9847 Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact: Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia Contact: (770) 345-1024 Website: Hope Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. Contact: (770) 924-0864,

Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. Contact: (770) 218-1997 iCOR helping orphans, seeks volunteers. Contact: Lily Colgate, (404) 992-8155 MUST Ministries Contact: Kendall Jones, (770) 479-5397

Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices. Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. Contact: (770) 721-7808

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50+ Meeting: Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Rich, (770) 926-1944 American Legion Post 316 Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Contact: Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366 Junior Service League of Woodstock Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. Location: Collective Co-Cop, 105 E. Main Street, Ste. 126 in Downtown Woodstock Contact: 24 hour info line: (770) 592-3535 Pilot Club of Cherokee County Contact: Lynda Goodwin, (770) 393-1766, Lynda Rotary Club of Towne Lake Meeting: Every Thursday at 12 noon (lunch) Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Ivan Garcia (770) 926-0105 Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: IHOP on Highway 92 Contact: Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, Canton Contact: Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Eagle Watch Golf Club Contact: Matt Halloran, (404) 307-8001, Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: 216 Rope Mill Road Contact: (404) 690-4452

Woodstock Lions Club Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: New Victoria Baptist Church Contact: (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meeting: Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd. Contact: Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Folks Contact: Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Woodstock Senior Center Contact: Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democrat Party Meeting: Second Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Holly Springs Train Depot Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: First Saturday at 9 a.m. Breakfast served Location: Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Road Contact: (678) 809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Contact: Conrad Quagliaroli (770)592-6545 Republican Women of Cherokee County Meeting: Call for times & location Location: 9910 Hwy 92 (Headquarters) Contact: (404) 747-3353, (678) 520-2236

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

Cherokee County Saddle Club

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

Cherokee Co. Social Adventures Group

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055

Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) roller hockey Website:

Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. Contact: Marie Blackwell, (770) 378-0759,

Contact: (770) 704-6244

Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701 Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Website: Crossfit WOD Club Meeting: Daily for the “Work Out of the Day” Contact: Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Tech Contact: Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197 Neighbors & Newcomers of Towne Lake Contact: Ellen Kayton, (678) 494-6005 Wildlife Action, Inc. is a conservation organization. Location: Wildlife Action, 2075 Kellogg Creek Contact: WLA Office, (770) 924-7464

Support Organizations Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Atria, 1000 Professional Way Contact: Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119 Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Community Service Center, BridgeMill Fire Station, Canton Contact: Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: First Thursday of each month Time: 10 a.m. — 12 noon Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center Contact: (404) 843-1880

Cherokee County Arts Center Location: 94 North Street, Canton

Canadian Women’s Club Contact: Lesley Frappier,

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Georgia Canines for Independence Contact: (404) 824-4637 Grandparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. (nursery available) Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta Contact: Jeannie, (770) 919-9275 Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. & Third Wed. 7p.m. Location: Bascomb United Methodist Church Contacts: Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191 MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30188-30189 momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meeting: Second & Fourth Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Location: Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy Contact: (770) 924-4777 Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. Contact: (770) 956-0711. Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899 Towne Lake Area Moms Group

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ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS United States Government President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

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

100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340, Atlanta, GA 30339 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339

Rep. Tom Price (R) District 6

85-C Mill St., Suite 300 Roswell, GA 30075

Rep. Rob Woodall (R) District 7

75 Langley Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30046

State Government Governor Nathan Deal (R)

203 State Capitol, 206 Washington St. Atlanta, GA 30334

District Attorney Shannon Wallace Clerk of Courts Patty Baker Cherokee County Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30114

Commissioners: L.R. “Buzz” Ahrens (R) Chairman

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 (202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005

(404) 652-7003

Ray Gunnin (R) District 2

Brian Poole (R) District 3

Jason Nelms (R) District 4

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Roger Garrison (R)

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21

(404) 463-1378

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

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

Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20

(678) 523-8570

Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21

(678) 576-2644

Rep. Calvin Hill (R) District 22

(404) 463-7778

State Court: Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr.

Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

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Kelly Marlow (R), District 1 (678) 493-4100 fax: (678) 493-4228

(678) 493-6400 fax: (678) 493-6420 (770) 924-4099 (770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236 (770) 721-6298 x4369

Michael Geist (R), District 3

(678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480

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

(678) 493-6160

(770) 893-2970

Janet Read (R), District 4 (Chair)

(404) 462-4950 (770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R), District 5 Rob Usher (R), District 6

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

Kim Cochran (R), District 7 (Vice-Chair) City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques


(770) 592-6017

Towne Lake Residential and Commercial Owners’ Association

Juvenile Court:


221 West Main St., Canton, GA 30114

Probate Court:

Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker

Cherokee County School Board Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

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

Judge Keith Wood (R)

2780 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114 Woodstock Annex 155 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock, GA 30188

(770) 735-8055

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

Patsy Jordan (R), District 2

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

(404) 656-0034

Sen. Jack Murphy (R) District 27

(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6001

Harry Johnston (R) District 1

Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) District 14


498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115

(770) 479-1488 (678) 493-6511

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

(Covenant enforcement issues — all Towne Lake common areas) Douglas Properties (770) 926-3086 117 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188

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

Oak Grove Elementary School 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth (770) 974-6682 Principal: Les Conley

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

Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 926-1662 Administrator: Bob Hahn

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

Woodstock High School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, (770) 592-3500 Principal: Dr. Paul Weir Woodstock Middle School 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith

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

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

Cherokee County School District 2012-2013 Calendar at a Glance

April 8 - 12 Spring Break May 22 Last day of School Cafeteria account information: Aspen: School District Website:

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Towne Lake Area Homes Sold in FEBRuary


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classifieds For sale

Home Services


Diamond Wedding Set. Gemcorp appraised — one brilliant cut 0.71 carat round diamond with fourteen baguettes set in 18 karat yellow gold. Appraisal in hand $2,800.00. 770-656-0286.

Guitar Lessons in Towne Lake 10 years teaching experience — all ages and styles. Call Christian, (810) 599-2371, www.woodstockguitarlessons. com.

Garage sale

The Dynamic Clean Team. You will have 2 cleaning specialists take care of your specific needs. Let us make your life a little easier. We specialize in maintenance and deep cleaning 15 years experience, references available. Call TODAY Melissa Jones, (404) 414-7743.

Towne Lake Hills Community Garage Sale, Friday April 19, 9 am-3 pm and Saturday April 20, 9 am-3 pm. Flyers with map, locations and lists of items will be in bins located at the entrance to each participating TLH subdivision on the sale dates.

Golden Rule Cleaning “We clean your home or office as we would like ours cleaned.” The Golden Rule...Luke 6:31. Weekly, biweekly, monthly, occasional, move-in, move-out. References availble. 404-452-9850.

Home Services Another Lawn Sprinkler Co. Specializes in lawn sprinkler service & repair. Also experts in outdoor accent lighting. Call Keith (770) 975-0108. Cleanup, hauling, lawn maintenance, re-sod, leaf removal, mulching, planting, aeration, tree removal, pressure washing and more. Call 470226-8135.

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Under Pressure Power Washing, LLC. “Driveways, Decks, Sidewalks — Insured — Free estimates 678-672-9375 or 678-777-6570. uppwashing@ Woodstock Appliance Repair Company. We repair all major brands and models. Kitchen and laundry! FREE estimates, service call, travel charges -WITH REPAIR. $10 off any repair! Visit us at: Call us: 770-875-9934.



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pet sitting

Penny Clean “One Woman Show” moving and deep cleaning available on weekends. Over 25 years experience, reasonable rates. Licensed, bonded and insured. Free estimates. (678) 4943602.


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DJ Service , Any Occasion “Starting at $150.00 15 years experience. 770-485-0441.

JoAnn’s Pet Sitting. Loving and reliable in-home pet care. Bonded and Insured. Since 2004. 770617-0221.

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

(770) 345-0400

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

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

License Plates/Tags, Property Tax Woodstock Office Voter Registration

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



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

Driver’s Licenses (Tues — Sat)

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

Fire Department (District 1, Station 20)

(770) 926-7155

Georgia State Patrol

(770) 205-5400

Health Department

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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


Rose Creek R.T. Jones Woodstock

Non-Emergency 911


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


Animal Control (678) 493-6200 CatSnip (low cost spay & neuter) Cherokee County Animal Shelter — Adoptions (770) 345-7270 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Emergency Veterinary Clinic (770) 924-3720 Funds4Furry Friends (770) 842-8893 Lost Pets Go to click on lost and found pet button to report missing pet Pet Buddies Food Pantry www. SPARE (Sterilizing Pets And Reducing Euthanasia) (770) 928-5120 Second Chance Dog Rescue

Post Office (Woodstock)

(800) 275-8777

Recycling Center

(770) 516-4195

Sheriff’s Department

(678) 493-4100 Georgia Sex Offender Registry



Parks and Recreation:

(770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (770) 720-5100 (770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (404) 250-KIDS (770) 428-2666 (770) 591-1491 (770) 479-3090 (770) 926-5859

(770) 479-3117

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

Urgent Care Facility

Wellstar Urgent Care

Woodstock, City of:

(678) 494-2500

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

ParkView, Paces and certain annexed commercial parcels) . City Hall (770) 592-6000 Fire Department (770) 926-2302 Police Information (770) 592-6030

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Advertisers Directory ATTorneys/Legal Services Burns & Speights, PC (770) 956-1400,


Debranski & Associates, LLC (770) 926-1957, ext 306 Merino & Associates (770) 874-4600


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New Victoria Baptist Church (770) 926-8448, 6659 Bells Ferry Road


Aspen Falls Auto Spa 6390 Bells Ferry Road (770) 591-3630


Chevron at Hobgood Park 5195 Towne Lake Parkway


Christian Brothers Automotive (770) 926-4500 1930 Eagle Drive, Woodstock


Banking/Financial Services Back Cover

Citadel Professional Services, LLC Inside Front (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Suite 440, Kennesaw Francis, Kigsley & Associates, PC Julie Kingsley, CPA, (770) 310-9726


Ray Curtis, CPA (770) 633-0058, (770) 384-8701


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


Noble Services (770) 363-0303


The Midas Touch Pressure Washing (404) 625-0117


Chiropractors Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 516-9900


Dr. Kristie Pszczola (770) 517-5610,


Optimum Health (770) 516-7477 2360 Towne Lake Parkway


Cherokee Computer Guys (678) 749-7200 TrustWorkz (770) 615-3275,

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Fountain View Dentistry 45 (770) 926-0000, 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (770) 926-9260 1816 Eagle Drive Suite 200-C


S. Bruce O’Neal, DDS (770) 924-8848


Spillane Orthodontics 32 (770) 928-4747 335 Parkway 575, Suite 200, Woodstock Thad Baird & Tyler Baird, DMD 63 (770) 517-0444, Towne Lake Family Dentist Inside Back Cover (770) 591-7929, 120 N. Medical Pkwy, Building 200, Suite 100 Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 40 (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250, Woodstock 80

Azure Salon & Spa (770) 345-8280


Gossip Salon (770) 924-4005,


Hair Quarters (770) 516-9094 1105 Parkside Lane, Suite 1000, Rm 26


Jyl Craven Hair Design (770) 345-9411,


Perfect Touch Nail & Spa (678) 445-0011 2045 Towne Lake Parkway


Salon & Spa Venéssa (770) 591-2079,


Salon Gloss (678) 483-8900,


The Sanctuary on Main (770) 365-5106


The Sundance Massage Center (678) 591-5066


Home Improvement/Repair & Service A-1 Concrete Leveling (770) 591-6500,


Bryan Plumbing Services (770) 826-5277


Coleman Home Services (770) 294-9667


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


Exact Comfort Air Cond. & Heating, Inc. (770) 912-0552,


Bascomb UMC Preeschool (770) 926-0397


Georgia Floors 34 (770) 516-3227 1105 Parkside Lane Suite 1338, Woodstock


Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428


Bits, Bytes & Bots (770) 826-0449


Handy Handyman, The (404) 316-1490


Park View Montessori School (770) 926-0044

Education / Instruction / Coaching

The Goddard School (770) 516-0880




Williams Orthodontics (770) 592-5554


Health & Beauty



Best Possible Mortgage (404) 456-2317

Empowerment Tabernacle Church (770) 928-7478 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy

Towne Lake Driving School (678) 494-2200


Mr. Junk 678-MR-Junk1


Mosquito Authority (678) 294-7597,


Nelson Exteriors (678) 283-8171


Pike’s Professional Painting (770) 516-0045


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


Precision Painting (678) 234-9668


Roswell Woodstock Plumbing (770) 663-0600


Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance Evergreen Grounds (770) 262-2190


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


North Georgia Retaining Walls, Landscaping & Concrete (678) 402-5072


South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital (770) 924-6746


Physicians and Medical Services Cherokee Internal Medicine (678) 238-0301


Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists 63 (770) 720-7733, Georgia Urology, Dr. Shaya Taghechian (678) 494-9201,


Innovative Health & Wellness (770) 926-4646


Marietta Plastic Surgery 21 (678) 494-2380 149 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 104, Woodstock

Northside Hospital – Cherokee 11 (770) 720-5100, 201 Hospital Road, Canton Northside Cherokee Cardiology (770) 924-5095 100 Stone Forest Drive, Suite 130



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

Back Cover

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


Skyline Properties Group 33 (678) 978-1858,

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

Inside Front

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251


Escalade Indoor Rock Climbing Gym (770) 794-1575, 3694 Kennesaw S. Industrial Dr, Kennesaw


Etowah Eagles


Hillside UMC Golf Tournament


The Max (678) 324-6245

Inside Front

Overstreet Lawn Care (770) 861-7272


Northside Hospital-Sleep Disorder Center (770) 345-2568

RPM Landscape & Pavers (770) 597-5175


Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (770) 928-0016


BeesKnees Co-op Shop (770) 591-4000




Butchers Block (770) 517-2225


Turf Solutions Lawn Care (770) 608-9100, (770) 680-9544

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



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


TruGreen Lawn Service (770) 974-6267

Plastic Surgery Center of the South (770) 421-1242


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


FREIGHT Kitchen and Tap (770) 924-0144, 251 E. Main Street

Psychologist John R. Lutz, PhD (770) 592-9065,


Papa P’s (770) 592-3100

Miscellaneous Acworth Art Fest

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Hunter’s Family Fun Day


Latimer Hall Arts & Craft Show 103 Towne Lake Parkway


Papa’s Pantry


Towne Lake Business Assoc.


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


Animal Hospital of Towne Lake (770) 591-9500


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


Towne Lake Family Pharmacy (770) 635-7697


Village Podiatry (770) 928-9263 1198 Buckhead Crossing, Suite D.


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Small Cakes — A Cupcakery 2035 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 110 (678) 324-1910


Tuscany (678) 453-0888 250 Cinema Way


Retailers Branch Boutique (770) 517-1505 DISMERO 470 Chambers Street, Woodstock (678) 398-4008 Gifted Ferret, The

Photographers Kim Bates Photography


Restaurants/Food & Drink

Shefa Wellness & Urgent Care Centers 35 (678) 245-6244 2000 Village Professional Dr. Suite 200, Canton

Wellstar (770) 956-STAR, Woodstock Physical Therapy (770) 516-9191

Woodstock Wolverines


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Medical & Dental

Animals & Pets Animal Atlanta


Automotive Aspen Falls Auto Spa


Christian Brothers Automotive


Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation


Family Chiropractic & Wellness


Marietta Plastic Surgery


Optimum Health


Pearle Vision


Plastic Surgery Center of the South


Towne Lake Family Dentistry

Cleaning & Home Services Carpet Dry Tech


Mr. Junk


Towne Lake Family Pharmacy


Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock


Miscellaneous Towne Lake Driving School

Health & Beauty 9

Perfect Touch Nail and Spa


Sundance Massage Center


Home & Garden


Exact Comfort Air Cond. & Heating


Evergreen Grounds


Georgia Floors


Hammock’s Heating & Air


Landscape Matters


Nelson Exteriors


Overstreet Lawn Care


Roswell Woodstock Plumbing


The Plumbing Doctor


TruGreen Lawn Service


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Restaurants/Food & Retail

Bowen’s Tiger Rock Inside Front Innovative Health & Wellness

Inside Back

Bees Knees Co-op Shop


Butchers Block


Papa P’s


Small Cakes


The Gifted Ferret




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