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April 2014

Volume 1, Issue 6

4 Honoring Moms

Celebrate your mom by sending in a photo for our annual tribute.


22 Meet Marguerite Cline

Meet one of the early county leaders.

38 Summer Camp Guide

Find the perfect camp for your child this summer.

41 Key Scholarship Winners

CCSD recognizes high achieving juniors.

44 Old Enon Cemetery Read about Woodstock’s historic cemetery.



53 The Art of Conversation Contributing Writers Patsy Jordan 16 Local artist’s work spurs conversations. Don Akridge Tessa Basford Patti Brady Michael Caldwell Jenna Clover Claire Frost Kelsey Goran G. Lora Grooms Dr. Scott Harden Kristina Laurendi Havens Beth Hermes James Imbriale

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Kara Kiefer


Ann Litrel


Suzanne Litrel


Dee Locklin


Paul McLendon


Matt Neal


Becky Scott


Julian Reid


Jodi Tiberio


Ross Wiseman


Around Woodstock 4 Community News 8 Birthdays 12 Calendar 19 Everyday Angels 25 School Information 54 Community Information 55 Clubs 56 Church Listings 58 Elected Officials 62 Classifieds 63 Advertisers Directory 64

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

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

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People Places and Pleasures that make Woodstock

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What’s Coming? Reel Seafood is expected to open this month. Initially, Reel Seafood will be open for dinner only with lunch service being added in the future. Reel Seafood is located at 8670 Main St. Call (770) 627-3006 or become a fan on Facebook at Kara is the Editor of Around Woodstock magazine. She lives in Woodstock with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett. Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@AroundWoodstock

Cherokee County School District is holding registration for kindergarten and first grade students entering the school system for the first time. Each elementary school will hold its own registration from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 25. For complete information, visit

What’s New? BeesKnees, Gifts, Café & Market is open Tuesday through Saturday for casual lunches and breakfast. Breakfast is served from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. BeesKnees is located at 6687 Bells Ferry Road. For more information, visit

Patty Ponder, market director for TowneLaker and Sixes Living magazines, has been named president of AroundAbout Local Media. While Patty will continue her market director duties, she will also be responsible for market planning and operational decisions.

What’s Open? Gameday Fresh Grill opened at 2990 Eagle Drive, in the space formerly occupied by Summits. Menu items include American and Tex-Mex fare. Current hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit or become a fan on Facebook at

What’s Moving? Cherokee Computer Guys is consolidating locations to 10511 Bells Ferry Road in Canton. The shop will serve Canton, BridgeMill, Sixes area, Towne Lake and Woodstock. For more information, please call (678) 889-5900.

What’s Closed? We are sad to report on the closing of LKT Sports in downtown Woodstock.

We Will Be Celebrating Moms in our May Issue!


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

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

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

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3. The deadline for submissions is April 5.

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

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

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

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Art Director Michelle McCulloch (770) 615-3307 Market Manager Cara Keener (770) 615-3324 AroundWoodstock, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in Woodstock and surrounding area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,000 free copies. Approximately 14,700 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,300 are placed in racks around the community. See page 61 for a distribution map. Around Woodstock also has many digital viewers of the magazine online each month. Around Woodstock welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 5th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Woodstock is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2014.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS MOMS Club Visits Firestation MOMS Club of Woodstock-Towne Lake visited the fire station on Arnold Mill Road. The children learned fire safety and the important role firefighters play in our community.

Host a French Student Twenty-five French students ages 14-18 from professional French families will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 8 to 28, and retired French teacher Linda Farmer is looking for host families who will show their student warmth and hospitality. These French teens from Paris to Provence want to experience American life firsthand and to be totally immersed in the English language. Linda, along with a French chaperone, will oversee the program. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Atlanta-area families to add an international dimension to their lives,” said Linda. LEC (Loisirs Culturels à l’étranger), the Paris-based sponsor, provides these students with comprehensive medical insurance and gives host families compensation for room and board. All come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home and each has had three to six years of English, depending on age. An excursion bus will take the French teens on sightseeing trips once a week while they are here. No French language skills are needed! For more information, contact Linda at or (770) 973-2452 or visit

Service League Presents Check to Ferst Foundation The Service League of Cherokee County awarded Woodstock Elementary School first-grade teacher Debby Pinion a $2,800 grant for The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, for which she volunteers. The grant will fund the delivery of one book a month for a year to 100 students. For more information, see the website

St. Michael Breaks Ground for New Expanded Church St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church conducted a mass and groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of a new church and the renovation of the existing church into a new parish hall. “We have been blessed with tremendous growth in our parish and we are Left to right: Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory and Father Larry Niese. looking forward to our new church 8


building to accommodate our increasing number of families and the expanding ministries offered,” stated Father Larry Niese. The parish has continued to grow through the years and St. Michael the Archangel Church now serves approximately 2,500 registered families.




YOUR LOCAL NEWS Local Soccer Player to Raise Funds for Cancer When Elias Delvasto was 15, he was diagnosed with cancer. During his sophomore year, he endured three rounds of chemotherapy, which he described “as the worst mental and physical pain I had ever felt.” An avid soccer player and fan, every time he would watch the sport on TV, he prayed he would be strong enough to return to the field. Now a senior at Woodstock High School, Elias is winning the battle with cancer and currently plays on the school’s varsity soccer team. While attending a soccer camp, he learned about Red Card Cancer, a fundraiser that donates funds to the Sidney Kimmel

Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. This non-profit center is devoted to cancer research, and Red Card works to raise awareness through youth and professional soccer programs. Elias has organized several Red Card Cancer fundraisers, which will take place during several soccer matches: April 8 vs. River Ridge, April 15 vs. Etowah and April 18 vs. Rome. All matches will be played at Woodstock High School. To help Elias and his fundraising, look for the collection bucket with “Red Card Cancer” logo on it at those matches or visit www.

CASA Seeking Volunteers CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is looking for volunteers. The program connects qualified, compassionate adults to advocate for children in the foster care system, one

child at a time. Daytime and evening classes will begin April 7. For more information, call (770) 345-3274, email amy@ or visit

Breast Cancer Awareness Group Presents Grants BY BECKY SCOTT

patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. Kim Graff, a It’s The Journey, Inc. recently awarded grants totaling Woodstock resident, Breasta Fiesta team member and breast $600,000 to 22 breast cancer programs across Georgia. It’s cancer survivor, said, “We chose CSCA because its program The Journey, producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast serves the communities our team members hail from, and Cancer, provides annual grants for Georgia programs that focus because it supports an area of treatment that typically gets lost on breast cancer awareness, education, early detection and support services. The funds for these grants were raised during in the chaos of breast cancer diagnosis.” the 2013 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, which boasts For full descriptions of all 2014 It’s The Journey grant recipients, 800 yearly walkers and visit itsthejourney. hundreds of volunteers. org/2014grantees. The In addition to their 2014 Atlanta 2-Day Walk $21,000 grant, Cancer for Breast Cancer, which takes place the weekend of Support Community October 11 – 12, coupled Atlanta (CSCA) received with other fundraising a special honor from efforts by the organization, Breasta Fiesta, the enables It’s The Journey to Atlanta 2-Day Walk’s support worthy programs largest team with 50 across Georgia. Since walkers and over $50,000 2003, It’s The Journey in fundraising. Cancer has raised $10 million in Support Community was support of Georgia breast chosen by Breasta Fiesta cancer programs. To to receive a special grant register for the 2-Day Walk, of $2,500 to support its Left to right: Laurel Sybilrud, Christy Andrews, Kate Daniels, Kim Graff and Kimberly Goff. visit wellness program for 10


NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL-CHEROKEE IS WORKING TO KEEP CHEROKEE GREAT. BECAUSE, IT’S OUR HOME,TOO. Northside Hospital-Cherokee has served the residents of this county for many years. And our commitment to bring you the very best possible care goes well beyond our walls.

BEING NEIGHBORS Most of the people who work at Northside Hospital-Cherokee live in Cherokee. They’re not just your doctors or nurses, they’re your neighbors.



We’ve invested more than $100 million to bring the best the medical world has to offer right here to Cherokee.

Our employees and physicians have volunteered more than 10,000 hours to Cherokee County schools and organizations.

CONTRIBUTING We contribute to Cherokee County schools and support local venues and community activity centers.

Cherokee’s community hospital. AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014



Happy Birthday!

Mike Kiefer Celebrating on April 2 Happy 50th! We love you!

Megan Morrison Age 2 on March 27 Happy Birthday, sweet girl! Love You, Dad, Mom, Kayla, Jacob, Luke and Connor

Cousins Kayden Cobb (left) Age 6 on March 20 Andrew Pudysz, Jr. Age 3 on March 4 Happy Birthday, boys! We love you! Pudysz and Cobb households

Sofia Nuñez age 5 on April 28 Benjamin Nuñez age 3 on April 14 Happy Birthday Sofi and Benji! We love you and thank God for you! Love, Mom and Dad

Sierra Warholak Age 5 on April 28 Happy birthday to our sweet little girl! We love you! Mommy, Daddy, Haley, Jordan and Kelsey

Leonardo La Fera Age 2 on April 24 Happy birthday lil man! Love, Dada and Mama

Kristopher Barker Age 34 on April 18 Happy Birthday Daddy! Thank you for always working so hard for us. Enjoy your day; you deserve it! We love you! Skylar, Landon, MacKenzie and Mommy

Tyler Gowan Happy Birthday, Tyler! Hard to believe you are 16! Time flies … We love you and are so proud of you. Love, Mommy, Daddy-o and Cam

Kendall Martin Age 13 on April 28 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom and Dad

Carissa Long Age 16 on April 9 Happy Birthday Carissa! You’re amazing! Love, your favorite people

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What if Your Small Business Started with “Why?” BY JULIAN REID

I can hit a five-iron from the Starbucks coffee shop at Canton Marketplace to the Starbucks inside the Canton Target. Neither Starbucks appears to be in jeopardy of going out of business. No self-respecting Dave Ramsey fan would pay over four bucks for a cup of coffee, and yet masses of people (including me) do it on a regular basis. Why? Here’s a hint: it’s not about the coffee. McDonald’s crushes its competition Julian Reid has a chemical in market share, even though there engineering degree from are countless restaurants that sell Georgia Tech, a U.S. Chamber certification in what many consider to be much Organization Management better burgers. McDonald’s sells and several professional more toys than anyone in the world. coaching and sales A lot of people don’t know that. certifications. Contact him However, even a common Londoner at (770) 521-0698 or www. knows that kids beg for a Happy Meal to brighten their day. Six Flags sells rides. You can have a good time there for about $39. However, for the “privilege” of paying about $48 more, you can have a “magical” day at one of their competitor’s parks. People have no problem paying the extra money for the magical experience. Why?

Here’s a hint: Disney doesn’t sell rides. I recently spent a day with Amit Kleinberger, CEO of Menchie’s. If you’ve never heard of Amit or Menchie’s, try Google, or just wait awhile. Menchie’s is at the entry ramp from infancy to dramatic expansion, and its speed of growth has nothing to do with the product or how the business is run. Like today’s really great companies, Menchie’s starts with the question “Why?” Using concepts from Start with Why by Simon Sinek and Good to Great by Jim Collins, Menchie’s is starting a revolution with a simple vision statement that every guest, team member, and franchise owner can understand. Its mission statement is even simpler: “We make you smile.” You may have noticed that I still haven’t mentioned what Menchie’s sells. The truth is that the “what” is just a vehicle for the “why” of its business. When you learn the details behind defined company values including community, family, and fun/happiness, then you can easily see why the company is in business. The concept: “Every Menchie’s is a place for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories.” My point? Your small business should run the same way: start with the “why.” If your small business starts with “why,” then perhaps you can stop competing on price, stop comparing yourself to competitors, and stop making your business a commodity. Instead, begin to focus on your “why.” Your customers will buy “why” you do what you do before they buy the “what.”

The Power of Seven BY PAUL MCLENDON

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


Seven is a powerful number. There were seven wonders of the ancient world, and there are seven days in a week. In the Bible, seven represents completion or perfection, and oddly enough, my mother’s favorite musical is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But there is another important use for the number seven, and it’s in the area of planning your life insurance. To determine how much life insurance you should protect your family with, simply take your household income and multiply it by seven. Of course, your specific life insurance needs will vary depending on the number of and ages of your children, how much education money you’d like to provide to each child, your current mortgage and other household living expenses such as debt

servicing, insurance and transportation. While there is no hard-and-fast rule as to whether your coverage should be carried in whole life or term life insurance, many people find that having the bulk of their protection in term life insurance is more financially feasible. Term life insurance has changed dramatically in the last few years, especially in the area of affordability. (Mortality tables are showing our life expectancies increasing annually, so prices are going down as a result.) It can offer many advantages to the first-time buyer of life insurance or to someone who would like to enhance his or her existing protection. Most products have “riders,” or special considerations that allow you to alter your policy in the future. With a rider you could increase your face amount or receive a return of premium that will give you back the cash or premium you’ve invested into the policy when it expires. Another one of my favorite riders is the convertible option. It allows you to upgrade some or all of your term insurance amount to whole life at a later time. So, whether you are a first-time buyer or a long-time owner of life insurance, try using the rule of seven to check your protection. Also, please consult a life insurance specialist to make sure you have the right product, riders and amounts to meet your family’s evolving needs.

A Short History of Georgia’s General Assembly BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL CALDWELL

Our nation is still relatively new. Much of my family on my father’s side still lives in England, and I’ve often heard them joke that, “the difference between England and America is that in England a hundred miles is a long way, and in America a hundred years is a long time.” Because of the youth of our nation and states, I believe that too often we take the rich history of Georgia and our Michael Caldwell is the General Assembly for granted. state representative for District 20, which The General Assembly covers Towne Lake and of Georgia has operated Woodstock. He can continuously since 1777, be reached at (678) when the Colony of Georgia 523-8570 or email declared its independence from him at Michael@ Great Britain. This makes our state legislature significantly older than the U.S. Congress, which was not created in its current form until 1789. The legislature has met in cities all over Georgia as our capital shifted between Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and finally settled in Atlanta in 1868 shortly following the Civil War. Following Gen. Sherman’s burning of Atlanta and the ensuing reconstruction, the city of Atlanta donated the former site of Atlanta City Hall to the State of Georgia to build a new capitol building. The state legislature appropriated $1 million in 1883 to construct a capitol made of granite and marble. The building was adorned with a dome covered in gold mined in Dahlonega, which has made it a recognized symbol throughout the region. Atop the gold dome stands “Miss Freedom.” She is 26 feet tall and weighs 1,600 pounds, and holds a torch in her right hand and a sword in her left. Her origin and how she came to be the capitol statue remain a mystery. The General Assembly of Georgia is our state’s legislature. This body is bicameral (a legislature with two houses) and comprises a House of Representatives and a Senate. Both chambers are elected by popular vote every two years. Terms are not staggered, which means that the entirety of both bodies is able to be expunged and replaced every term. The House of Representatives, commonly referred to as the “People’s House,” is made up of 180 members. Each member represents roughly 54,000 Georgians and is required to have lived in the district he/she represents for at least one year prior to election. Members of the House must also be at least 21 years old and have lived in Georgia for at least two years. The House elects its own leadership in the form of a speaker, speaker pro tempore and a clerk. The clerk is the

“The General Assembly of Georgia has operated continuously since 1777, when the Colony of Georgia declared its independence from Great Britain. This makes our state legislature significantly older than the U.S. Congress, which was not created in its current form until 1789.” only officer who is not also an elected representative. Each party has its own caucus leadership as well. The speaker serves as the presiding officer of the chamber, and in his or her absence, the speaker pro tempore fills this role. The Senate is the upper chamber of the legislature and is made up of 56 members. State senators represent nearly 175,000 Georgians. Their residency requirements match the members of the House, and a senator must be at least 25 years old to serve. The state Senate is presided over by the lieutenant governor, who is referred to as the “president of the Senate.” The Senate also elects a president pro tempore from among its members and a secretary to serve similarly to the House’s clerk. The House and Senate have individual chambers in the state Capitol where the members meet. These chambers have been decorated and painted to resemble the original decorations from when the building was initially constructed. The desks in each chamber that are reserved for the members are from the original state Capitol in Milledgeville. . Each year, the General Assembly of Georgia is constitutionally limited to 40 legislative days. These days are not held consecutively and are spread out between the second Monday of January and late March. During this time, the only constitutional requirement of the General Assembly is to pass a balanced budget for the state’s next fiscal year. Every meeting of the General Assembly is open to the public, and our state Capitol is open to the public as well. If you have never had the opportunity to see and tour our state Capitol, my office would be glad to host you. Please feel free to reach out to me on my cell phone at (678) 523-8570 or email me at If you have any other questions or concerns, contact me or come meet me at one of my Weekly Coffees with District 20 nearly every Saturday at Copper Coin Coffee in downtown Woodstock. Thank you again for allowing me the honor of representing your family in Georgia’s General Assembly! AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014



Hanging on Through the Turbulence Patience and diversification matter in all manner of stock market climates. DON AKRIDGE, MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP® U.S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN – EMORY UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS

Stocks rise, fall ... and rise again. Volatility certainly came back to Wall Street during the first several weeks of 2014 in the form of a 7.2 percent descent for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and a 5.9 percent retreat for the NASDAQ. The declines gave investors pause: was a correction underway? Would bulls be held back for 2014? Don Akridge is President As it turned out, no. On of Citadel CPA, Financial Feb. 27, the S&P 500 settled Planning & Investment at a new all-time peak of Services founded in 1,854.30, with dovish remarks 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain from Federal Reserve chair Road between I-575 Janet Yellen providing lift. On & I-75 in Kennesaw. the same market day, the DJIA Phone 770-952-6707. closed at 16,272.71 and the NASDAQ at 4,318.93. Ups and downs are givens when you invest in equities. Still, the skid stocks took in 2008-09 has made everyone from millennials to members of the Greatest Generation anxious about any string of down days for the big indices. If the benchmarks lose a couple of percentage points in a week, or more in a month, headlines and news alerts emerge and encourage collective fears of a stock bubble. Be patient; be prepared. We don’t really know what will happen tomorrow, and therefore we don’t really know what will happen on Wall Street tomorrow (though we can make educated guesses in both respects). Because of that, it is wise to diversify your portfolio across different asset classes and rebalance it from time to time. Would you rather have a portfolio that might perform at least decently in varied stock market climates, or a mix of investments that only makes sense in a bull run? We recognize that diversification is wise, especially for the long run. Yet, when things go really well or really poorly on the Street, impatience and anxiety readily lure us away from the age-old wisdom. The S&P 500 rose 29.6 percent in 2013, 31.9 percent with dividends included. Rationally, investors realize that such phenomenal stock gains won’t happen every year. Even so, the temptation to go full-bore into U.S. stocks and stock funds was pretty strong at the end of 2013 ... comparable to the call to invest in gold or bear-market funds back in 2008-09. 16


“We recognize that diversification is wise, especially for the long run. Yet, when things go really well or really poorly on the Street, impatience and anxiety readily lure us away from the age-old wisdom.” If an investor relied on impulse rather than diversification across these past few years, he or she might be poorer and/ or awfully frustrated today. Gold is in a bear market now, and according to Morningstar, the average bear market fund has lost 33 percent annually since 2008. Stocks are firmly in a bull market now, but an investor hypothetically going “all in” on domestic stocks at the end of 2013 (i.e., buying high) would have faced a market decline early in 2014 and might have impatiently sold their shares. Strategies like dynamic asset allocation attempt to leverage better-performing sectors of the market while shifting portfolio assets away from underperforming sectors. Such tactical moves may lead to improved portfolio performance. Of course, the strategy also seeks to foster intelligent diversification across asset classes. Dynamic asset allocation is a strategy best left to professionals, even teams of them. Most retail investors would be hard pressed to attempt it, even at a basic level. This is why the buy-and-hold approach (buy low, sit back, ride it out, sell high years later) is so often suggested to those saving for retirement and other long-term objectives. Hang on when turbulence affects the markets. Staying in the market can prove the right move even when the news seems cataclysmic – look at how stocks have rebounded, and hit new highs, since the precipitous fall the S&P took in the recession. Sticking with principles of diversification can prove wise in both challenging and record-setting markets.

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Injured in an Auto or Work Accident? Beware of Your Facebook Page BY JAMES IMBRIALE OF HARTMAN – IMBRIALE LLP

Insurance company claims adjusters are checking your Facebook and other social media pages looking for reasons to deny your claim. What you post or say can and will be attempted to be used against you. This is James Imbriale, Jeff Yashinsky particularly true if you and Michael Gumprecht are are a plaintiff in an auto personal injury attorneys at injury case or worker’s Hartman–Imbriale LLP. They have specialized in plaintiff’s compensation claim. If injury law for more than 20 you have an injury claim years and work and live in open, you should not be Woodstock. (678) 445-7423. broadcasting details of your accident, injuries or medical treatment online. Checking social media sites has become one of the first things an insurance company adjuster will do when you file a claim. In recent years, it has become an industry standard for claims adjusters to search through publicly available content of claimants, seeking out any information that may build a case for the insurance company to deny a claim or lower a payout. Insurers search your Facebook pages for clues of your habits. Are you posting videos of your car racing, peeling out, drifting, etc.? This is an indication to them that you are a reckless driver. Posting photos of yourself at a bar or party? This could suggest that you are not really all that hurt or suggest a habit of drinking and driving. While a lot of this content doesn’t necessarily provide definitive proof of an activity or your injury level, the material will be attempted to be used in court in the event of a legal dispute about your injuries. The insurance company will attempt to cast you in as poor a light as possible if it helps the insurer lower the settlement to you. Although many of these photos may be truly harmless or can be explained more accurately by your testimony, it is better to just avoid these scenarios altogether by filtering your Facebook and other social media pages. A good plaintiff attorney can provide damage control, but once the cat is out of the bag, the damage is probably already done. This is similar to insurance investigators capturing video of you working out at the gym or swimming at the pool when you have a pending claim

“While ethical codes prevent attorneys and their investigators from secretive “friending” of targets in order to access content protected by privacy settings, these ethical codes do not extend to investigators not hired by attorneys or by insurance companies themselves.” for worker’s compensation benefits since you have claimed that you can no longer work or perform the same duties. Now, insurance investigators don’t have to go to all the trouble of trying to find you and capture you on video when you are providing the video yourself on your social media page! Investigating social media content that is not protected with privacy settings is not considered an ethical breach. While ethical codes prevent attorneys and their investigators from secretive “friending” of targets in order to access content protected by privacy settings, these ethical codes do not extend to investigators not hired by attorneys or by insurance companies themselves. As long as attorneys representing insurance companies do not instruct non-attorney investigators to try to access private content by initiating contact with the target on false premises, then any content obtained may be used in legal proceedings. Now, this does not mean that such content will be deemed “admissible” by the judge as evidence against you in your court case, but you can bet that the insurance company will try its best to introduce such seemingly damaging content into the case. Because of employers’ increased scrutiny of social networks, people have started managing their public profiles more carefully. Now that insurance claims adjusters are making it standard to search the web for reasons to deny claims, you have more reason to be more discreet with the content you share.




Young Entrepreneur Overcomes Obstacles to Open Business

A strong support system of family and friends surrounds the young entrepreneur.


or anyone serious about good health and working out, supplements are usually part of the equation. Vitamins, protein powders, joint enhancers and other products can help you get the results you want. While finding supplements is not difficult, the challenge is knowing what to take. Entrepreneur Ruben Rodriquez saw the need for a nutrition store where personal guidance is offered, and opened FLEX Nutrition in January. FLEX carries a wide variety of top name nutritional products including protein powders, supplements, vitamins, cleanses, protein snacks and more for all ages of humans and pets. Shoppers at FLEX can benefit from Ruben’s education, extensive product knowledge and true passion for his business. Ruben is only 23 years old. Once you know Ruben’s story, you’ll appreciate the wisdom and foresight of this young entrepreneur. Ruben is originally from Miami, the son of two ministers. Miami presented many negative temptations for Ruben, and he found himself getting into trouble…a lot. In an effort to help their son, his parents moved the family to Georgia, where life was simpler. Ruben attended Cherokee High School, and, at his parents’ request, he became involved in sports. Even though he was busy with sports, he still managed to find time to get into trouble with alcohol and drugs. He was 18 and still in high school when he moved out on his own, working two jobs to support himself while finishing school. His pattern of bad behavior continued until his younger brother visited him. “When I told my 18


younger brother Gabriel not to drink or do drugs, I was called out by him because I was telling him not to do something I had been doing for years. I wanted him to do better.” So Ruben changed his path. After graduating from high school in 2009, he enrolled at Chattahoochee Technical College to study nutrition. Despite working three jobs to make ends meet, he had to leave college in 2011 for financial reasons. He started working in two nutritional stores, where he learned about the business and earned a Nutrition Certificate while working for one of these employers and a desire to open his own store. One of his guiding principles is to provide the best possible customer service. Ruben is a hands-on owner and is in the store most of the time. The same brother who had challenged Ruben and is now an Airman in the Air Force Reserve and the only other employee. “I wanted to create a welcoming, completely comfortable environment for all my clients, which is reflected in the layout and décor,” said Ruben. “Customers are not bombarded with product when they enter the store. I have created a small sitting area so if customers are shopping with children, the children can watch TV while they shop. The store is brightly colored and well lit, with products clearly labeled on the shelves.” Ruben takes time to get to know his clients and their goals so he can help them find the best possible product. Ruben wanted to appeal to men and women, so he did a Facebook survey on the name FLEX. “Men saw flex in the terms of muscles, and women saw the word as flexible nutrition. Since the store offers products to build muscle and products for a variety of nutritional needs, the name works.” Ruben offers customers 10 percent off the listed prices and 15 percent off for military members. No one leaves empty handed. He enjoys giving his customers freebies, whether it’s a shaker, a protein powder sample or a T-shirt. FLEX Nutrition is a true reflection of Ruben’s passion for health and helping others on their quest to healthier living. Visit From left, friends Flavio Valiente and Lance FLEX Nutrition to see for Brooks with Ruben and Gabriel Rodriquez. yourself.

FLEX Nutrition 6234 Old Hwy. 5, Ste. D6 (East Cherokee Publix shopping center) (678) 540-6152 Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. noon – 5 p.m.


Aquatic Center Easter Egg Hunt Time: 2–5 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs Information: Egg hunts for all ages. Older children will dive for their eggs! Both hunts will be followed by a festival. $12 per child. Parents are free.

April 12

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Easter Eggstravaganza Time: 1–3 p.m. Location: 201 Hospital Road, Canton Information: Admission is free. Photos with the Easter Bunny are $5 and souvenir T-shirts cost $10. All proceeds benefit the hospital’s special care nursery. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of diapers (large size diapers and Pull-Ups) and/or wipes for MUST Ministries in Cherokee. Call (770) 720-5132.

April 12

Serenade Heights Motorcycle Benefit Ride Time: 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. ride Location: Start at First Baptist Church of Woodstock and end at Woodstock Jasper Church Information: $35 for one rider, $40 for two. Proceeds to benefit Serenade Heights, Inc., a transitional housing ministry for single-mother families in the community. Register at www. or call (678) 494-2811.

April 18-20

Great American Clean up Time: Starting at 9 a.m. Information: Residents are encouraged to hold yard sales during this weekend. Your sale can be added to publicized listing for free. Call by April 10, (770) 517-6788.

April 19

Greenstock Times: Recycling event, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Main St./Arnold Mill Rd) Earth Day Festival, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (City Park) Information: For a complete list of recyclables, visit www. The festival will include family-friendly activities.

April 23

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Time: 6–8 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Outpatient Rehab Services, 211 Hospital Road, Canton Information: Health care professionals will screen adult men for symptoms of prostate cancer and offer prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and digital rectal exams at no charge. Appointments are required. Call (404) 845-5555 and press “0.” Register early, as spaces will fill quickly.

April 25

JSL Give a Kid a Mulligan Golf Tournament Time: 11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start Location: The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms, 3030 Bradshaw Club Drive Information: Sponsored by the Junior Service League (JSL) of Woodstock. Proceeds benefit Everyday Angels, Inc. To participate, visit

April 26

Malaria Bites 5K Time: 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. race start Location: Start at Etowah High School, end at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Information: $25 before April 16. $30 after. Proceeds benefit ELCA Malaria Campaign. Register at Visit www. for more info.

May 1

MOMS Club Open House Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Location: Eagle Watch playground Information: For stay-at-home moms of children birth to preschool in the 30188 or 30189 ZIP codes. Email

May 3

Little Miss RRHS Pageant Time: 9 a.m.–noon Location: River Ridge High School (RRHS), 400 Arnold Mill Road Information: Natural beauty pageant for girls up to age 14. The pageant is a fundraiser for the high school. Registration is $40 by April 26 and $50 after. Call Carly at (770) 289-3174 or Jennifer at (770) 316-6829 or email or



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Wearing a Hard Hat BY ANN LITREL

“I spent a lot of time at construction sites wearing a hard hat.’” Marguerite Cline is referring to the challenges of leading the county’s public school system during her two terms as superintendent. One of the first things I noticed about Marguerite is that she doesn’t rush to blurt out responses. She is warm, but she has the composure of one who is used to the public spotlight. You started your professional life as an elementary school teacher. How did you make the leap to superintendent? “After 20 years of teaching, I moved to administration, and then to assistant superintendent. I found I enjoyed it very much. I like people. I enjoyed participating in the planning, helping to select the curriculum. Then the superintendent unexpectedly decided to step down. “I realized, ‘This is the only time I’ll be able to run for that job without campaigning against my boss.’” “Before I decided to run, I placed calls to 20 men who were leaders in the county. I said, ‘I am not asking for your vote— yet. My question to you is, do you believe I have a chance of being elected superintendent?’ Eighteen said ‘yes.’ One of the other two said, ‘yes,’ but that he didn’t want to see people writing bad things about me in the paper.” She smiled. “And the other told me, ‘no.’ He said, ‘No woman can be expected to oversee that many employees or manage that much money.’” “I decided to run. Three weeks before the election, that one ‘no’ called me back. He said, ‘I was wrong. You’re going to win by a landslide—and I want to help you do it.’” She chuckled. “He sent me a $50 campaign contribution.” How did you know to reach out and make those calls? ”The people around you are usually going to tell you, ’yes,’ 22


and you can get this feeling that the whole world is, without realizing it’s the same 15 people every day. I needed a perspective from outside my group. “ “I won 74 percent of the vote.” What were the challenges of the job? “The major challenge was space. The student population in the county was always larger than the available classroom space—even though the entire time I was in office, we had a new school under construction … every one or two years. I spent many hours in architect meetings looking at blueprints. I spent a lot of time at construction sites in a hard hat.” “Sex ed was another challenge. We had to let parents know it was going to be more than, ‘Chickens lay eggs and they hatch.’ We decided to implement the program with an RN. Rita Anderson went with me to every community, inviting parents and staff to see the teaching materials we planned to use. Rita was a very flexible person. If parents had objections, she would say, ‘This has to be taught. How can we do this?’” “At the churches, Rita and I had a rule: We would not use the word ‘sex’ or ‘intercourse’ until someone in the congregation said it first. After that, it was fine for us to say it. Marguerite mentions the controversial splitting of the middle schools from the elementary schools as another difficult challenge, a move that divided the county’s popular elementary school basketball teams. [Read more online at] But when I asked her the accomplishment she’s most proud of, she surprised me. “I became a widow when my three children were very young,” she began. She stayed in Waleska, continued teaching and employed a housekeeper. “I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s family and the church. And If God had said to me, ’You’re going to be a young widow,’ I couldn’t have chosen a better grandmother for my children than Grandma Cline. “My children and their accomplishments are the thing I’m most proud of. And we are all Christians. That’s a real joy, too.” Marguerite Cline has a wall full of awards, and a lifetime of perspective.

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Marguerite Cline was superintendent of Cherokee County Schools from 1984 to 1992, an explosive period of growth when the county’s population leaped from 62,000 to 101,000. In 1992, Cline was named Georgia School Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia Association of School Superintendents. Cline has also worked as a motivational speaker, columnist, TV producer and host and has served on multiple boards of directors and won numerous awards. She was the first chairwoman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, and the first woman mayor of Waleska, serving seven successive terms. This story is part of a series featuring local leaders and visionaries, some behind the scenes, who have had an impact on the community. For Marguerite’s full story and the accompanying art, visit

Ann Litrel

Former Cherokee Schools Superintendent Marguerite Cline Steered the County Through the First Years of Explosive Growth


Walking Just for Fun BY MATT NEAL

A few years back, a British couple moved in next door. We wanted to go to dinner and a movie, and you will never guess what these crazy people suggested. They said we could walk down to the restaurant and theater. I mean, seriously? It’s almost a mile away! And our cars are sitting right here. Who walks? But being from the U.K., they had all these wild notions about Matt Neal is a freelance writer who has lived walking that were foreign to in Woodstock with his me. What we Americans really wife since 1999. He has need is more advancement in a daughter who turns technology. We need to combine shoeboxes into dollhouses, a our recliner with our car. I’m son who fights those stealthy ninjas, and a wife, Diane, already in my La-Z-Boy with the who provides patience, footrest extended, all I need compassion and a kick in the is to push the throttle forward pants when needed. and this puppy should roll right out the door and down to the Chinese buffet. Last week, a friend told me that she walked to a restaurant. Her family was out for the weekend and she had the evening to herself, so she walked to Panera’s. It was relaxing, and it allowed for better digestion. But all I could think was, “I could have saved an hour by driving!” Then a few weeks ago, I was forced to get off my lazy rear end and walk four miles to rescue my daughter from a

snowbound school bus. When I walked down the street that day, high-stepping the 3-inch snow bank in my snow boots (yes, I own snow boots), I was not looking forward to it. But eventually I noticed something. I saw people I knew, I spoke with strangers and I began to enjoy myself. Getting out and walking, especially if other people are walking as well, was actually quite enjoyable. That’s the difference in being goal-oriented vs. journeyoriented. When I hike in the woods, the journey and the goal are one and the same. What my British neighbors tried to teach me was that walking to dinner wasn’t the same as going to dinner. The walk is part of the enjoyment of the evening. Now that the sunny days have returned, I’m energized with enthusiasm. Men like me are waking up from hibernation, crawling out of our man-caves and blinking at the sun. Time to buy new walking shoes.




Jack’s Adventure BY DEE LOCKLIN

We adopted Jack the Wonder Dog in 1999 as a present for our son’s sixth birthday. After visiting 20 dogs at the Saturday adoption event, our son Taylor pointed to the 2-year-old terrier mutt nervously trembling in the corner of his cage and exclaimed, “I want Jack!” I would have made a different choice. After all, a note on his cage stated that he would not do well around children. But Jack’s Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State foster mom felt confident that University. She lives in living with a 6-year-old would be Woodstock with husband fine. Jack would most likely find a Lewis and son Taylor in a corner and ignore Taylor’s antics. cluttered home filled After hiking his leg a few times with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at in the den, Jack settled into the Locklin home with ease. Our son had chosen wisely, and his little mutt quickly proved himself to be a loyal, low maintenance pet. As for his behavior around

children? Pure devotion. Several boys Taylor’s age lived along our street. Each Saturday, the boys gathered early and spent their day scampering from one house to the next. The gang felt at home in each house, and the moms always had PB&Js and other treats available as the boys swarmed in and out of neighboring houses throughout the day. And when the moms wanted a break from the frenzy, the boys were given the boot and told to play outside. Swordfights, frogs and other fascinating things awaited them at the shallow creek running behind our houses. Jack worshipped the boys. As they ran up and down the street, he would gaze out the window and wag his tail. When they came to our house, he followed their every step as the gang scurried upstairs to Taylor’s room and then downstairs for video games in the basement. Way too often, Jack escaped out the front door to find the boys. He ran as fast as a greyhound, his stumpy legs propelling him along the street and through the yards as he followed the scent of his wandering pals. No one could catch him, and he ignored our calls for him to return home. Indeed, Jack was a sneaky mutt. I walked or drove along the street, and the two streets branching off ours, in search of the

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Smooth Transition: Winter to Spring BY CLAIRE FROST

I can’t be the only one who loves the nice spring weather that has been peeking in between these frigid cold days. If you’re anything like me, you are ready for the warmer weather to swoop in and take over, but I’ll settle for the smooth transition. Like the changing seasons, your wardrobe should never go from an overcoat and gloves to shorts and sandals within a day. Here are my tips for Claire is a fashion, food, a gradual change to your style for and home decor blogger spring. living in Woodstock with her husband Sean and Before you put all of your pants their two dogs. For more away in preparation for spring, try information, please visit the stop, drop and roll method. (No, not that one.) Stop: think, “What if there’s another cold spell?” Drop: put away the winter pants, but keep lighter pants available. Roll: try rolling your jeans and pairing them with some fun heeled sandals. I love the look of slouchy lightweight sweaters with boyfriend jeans and fun heels. 24


Add a POC (pop of color) into an otherwise dreary outfit. This could be anything from a neon scarf to an Easter-inspired pastel clutch. (Don’t forget about Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year this year.) From a small pop, such as a vibrant pair of sunglasses, to a bigger statement, like an oversized tote bag, don’t underestimate the impact color can have. Bold colors are surprisingly versatile as well! Basically, any bright color pairs brilliantly with neutrals such as tan, camel, beige and nude. Those neutrals happen to be perfect for this time of year. It’s not all black and white after all. Time to put away all the black, charcoal and shades of gray and get on the tan train. This is another great way to keep the spring hues subdued, but still brighten up your look. I always hold on to a few jackets and boots into spring because harder pieces, like cropped leather jackets and brown booties, happen to look absolutely perfect when paired with floral maxi skirts or sheer dresses. A little hard and a little soft go a long way and take you right into summer! If you stick to these styling tips, your wardrobe is sure to work for you year round. (And it doesn’t hurt that you won’t have to do a complete closet overhaul every season change!) Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get a pedicure. These tootsies haven’t seen the light of day in months.


Identifying people in need in our community

Every parent fears the unidentified call after midnight. You may be able to ignore it once, but the If you would like to make second attempt takes the a donation, please visit life out of you. “Is this Mrs. Holt?” From that everydayangels to donate via moment, empty-nesters Paypal or send your donations Ben and Lynn Holt began a to: Everyday Angels, 2449 new journey. Towne Lake Parkway, Erin Holt, the youngest Woodstock GA, 30189. One of the couple’s three hundred percent of your daughters, graduated funds will go to the family you from Walton High School, specify. Also, if you know of where she earned a soccer a special need within your scholarship to Armstrong community that you would Atlantic University (AAU) like to share, please send an in Savannah, GA. Erin, e-mail to aaeverydayangels@ a standout athlete, for consideration graduated from AAU in and qualification. May 2013 and remained in Savannah, working as a leasing agent. “Erin was never a child you had to worry about. She loves her family and always wants to please and never disappoint. Remaining close to her family while four hours away was always her priority,” said her mom. However, on Halloween night, Erin’s decision go out with friends in Statesboro resulted in life changing consequences. While out with friends, the vehicle she was standing beside began moving before she was securely inside. Erin fell down, and the vehicle ran over her head, causing severe damage to her brain. The driver has pending DUI charges against him. Erin was treated in Savannah for three weeks prior to transferring to Shepherd Spinal Center, while still in a coma. Her family has not left her side since that night. On Feb. 15, she

“No mom, no parent, no one wants to get that phone call at 2:57 in the morning,” Lynn Holt said.

was released from Shepherd and is now waiting to be evaluated for Shepherd’s daily outpatient Pathways program. Her daily physical, occupational and speech therapy is vital for her. Today, Erin is able to stand but she can’t walk unassisted. She is just now beginning to speak when prompted and struggles to move. Since the accident, Erin’s parents have relocated to Canton into a home conducive to their new living challenges and closer to extended family. Erin’s father, Ben, is a contractor and has not been able to accept steady jobs since caring for Erin daily. Her mom’s income is not enough to cover the bills. The future is uncertain for Erin and her family as Erin requires 24/7 care. She probably will never be 100 percent, but they remain hopeful. Once accepted into the Pathways program, Erin will have to go to the Shepherd Center five days a week, five hours a day, for therapy. This will require time, assistance and money. “Erin is tough and she’s always found a way to get it done,” said her dad. “I know there is a purpose behind this tragedy for our daughter. I envision Erin sharing her testimony and inspiring others someday. She is just that kind of girl,” said Lynn. Everyday Angels would like to assist this sweet family and Erin in her recovery efforts. Their current income cannot cover all that is necessary for Erin’s future care and recovery. It is in times like these when it truly takes a village. We invite you to help us provide them with encouragement, hope and prayers for what lies ahead. AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014




In four months, I will experience a huge change in my life. My last child will be going away to college. Of course, it was hard when his older brother left for college. Our family dynamic was now different, and we had to adjust to having only one child in the home. But still having one child at home made it sting a little less when the oldest left. I’m not sure I’m fully prepared for the sting of both Kara Kiefer is the editor being gone. of Around Woodstock. When my oldest left for school, She lives in Woodstock our younger son had just started with her husband Mike high school and he was essentially and sons Brandon and an only child for the next four Garrett. years. He got all of our attention, and we became very entwined in his life from sports to friends. The hole that will be left behind with both our boys’ absence will be immense. But in this loss lies opportunity—the opportunity to find

me again. For 22 years, I have been a chef, housekeeper, counselor, nurse, teacher, event planner and a safe, soft place for them to fall. And while I will gladly hold onto some of those roles as long as they allow it, I need to shift from such a heavy concentration of “them” to a heavier concentration of “me.” Having an empty nest means I now have newly found blocks of time. Instead of ensuring dinner is on the table every night by a certain time to satisfy a ravenous teenager, I can attend a cooking class, venture to a book signing or go to the gym (OK, the gym may be a little too ambitious.) During the fall, I no longer need to dedicate my Friday nights to football. Sure, I’ll miss seeing my son play, but now my husband and I can leave town, and we can make that decision that afternoon! I can take up a new hobby like knitting, write that book I’ve been contemplating or check off items from my “must read” list. The point is I’m going to try and fill my time positively. I’ll still have my moments of tears, like all empty nesters do, but if you see me at that cooking class or at the gym at 5 p.m., know that I am at least trying.

Journeys: Sweet Sacrifice BY SUZANNE LITREL

Suzanne Litrel is a Young Adult historical fiction author and doctoral student in GSU’s graduate history program. From 1998 - 2012, she served as an award-winning IB/AP World History and Economics teacher on Long Island, New York. Suzanne resides with her family in downtown Woodstock, which she is very happy to call home. slitrel@ .



“Hmm,” I leaned toward Chris. “Maybe I’ll actually give something up for Lent this year.” Six years ago, I was ready to make a commitment. He looked at me, a glimmer of apprehension in his eyes. “What?” I knew what he was thinking: he was in for a long 40 days and nights. “It has to be a challenge. It has to be hard,” I whispered, still moved by our pastor’s pre-Lenten sermon. Chris shifted uncomfortably in the pew and didn’t respond. “Red wine,” I decided, but scarcely had the words escaped me when he shook his head. “No, no, nooo,” he said. “You’ll be no fun.” All right, I thought, I shouldn’t have to make my family suffer for my sacrifice.

It should be mine, and mine alone. “Fine. I’ll give up refined sugar.” Chris sat back, visibly relieved. It was easy to give away my sweet stash at school. The candy from my desk was devoured by my teaching colleagues within the hour. A few wrappers were left on our conference table, the remains of a mid-morning feeding frenzy. But the lunch lady still tempted me with warm cookies when I went down to the cafeteria for a sandwich. “Just out of the oven—three for a dollar!” I swear the macadamia white chocolate cookies glowed from behind the counter, but I turned away, and vowed to make my own food from now on. The temptation was just too great. That first week was really rough. I drank a ton of black coffee, tugged my hair and fidgeted. A lot. Much to my kids’ dismay, I started singing louder than ever to pop songs as I drove them around. “I used to ruuule the world,” I howled, mangling Coldplay. They winced and covered their ears. I started chewing more gum than usual. “You look like a chipmunk,” said my friend Jeanne-Marie. Hers was the next desk over in the social studies office, and I was driving her crazy with my restlessness. “How many pieces?” she asked, pointing at my bulging cheeks.

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Giving Back One Mile at a Time BY KELSEY GORAN

There are many ways to give back to the men and women who fight for our country and our freedom. Sequoyah High School senior Jonathan Tomayo chose to host a 5K run/walk, with all proceeds being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, which is an organization that provides help for wounded

Kelsey Goran is a senior at Sequoyah High School. For her senior project, she is highlighting several classmates’ senior projects.

soldiers and their families. “I chose this event because I believe that we, as a community, need to do our best to give back to the brave men and women who fight for our country,” Jonathan said. Jonathan was inspired by Sgt. Wright of the U.S. Marine Corps, who began helping him halfway through his project. “Sgt. Wright brought up the idea of hosting the event for the Wounded Warrior Project in order to attract more people,” he said. Jonathan considered the Georgia Spartan Race for inspiration for his project. This race is an annual 5K in which runners go through military-based obstacles while participating. “People like this race because of its difficulty and because they can get muddy and have fun,” he said.

Jonathan said one of the most difficult steps of organizing this project was finding sponsors. “I didn’t know how to approach a business and ask for its sponsorship. Luckily, Sgt. Brown, Sgt. Wright and Brit Vincent with Allstate helped me write a sponsorship proposal and taught me how to be Jonathan Tomayo more business friendly.” Jonathan’s event took place on March 15 at Boling Park in Canton. There was a $20 fee to run, and food was provided by Chick-Fil-A, ice cream provided by Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and smoothies provided by Smoothie King. This event was very personal to Jonathan because he hopes to join the Marine Corps one day and fight for our country. “It is something I’ve always wanted to do. This project helped me develop communication skills, time management, leadership, business skills and money management. It has further motivated me to join our armed forces.” Jonathan plans to attend either the University of Georgia or Kennesaw State University and go through the ROTC program while earning a business degree in hopes of becoming a commissioned officer.

Positivity Doesn’t Look Like The Brochure BY BETH HERMES

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

The word “mentor” conjures a certain image—perhaps a middleaged professional, a business owner, maybe someone who smiles a lot and has positive words to share. As with anything else, mentors don’t always look like the brochure. This month’s Positivity in Motion is written in memory of my uncle, Albert Wilson, who passed away the morning I had set aside to write my column. Uncle Ab was married for 49 years to his high school sweetheart, was an MP in the U.S. Army, made his living as a carpenter and craftsman, and served for years as a Little League coach. He also supported his sons’ athletic endeavors from the stands at football and lacrosse games and wrestling tournaments. In addition to his own three boys, Uncle Ab heard the confessions of

countless youth, offering advice when necessary, but treating each individual with his time and respect. While some of his words of wisdom may have sounded harsh at the time, Uncle Ab said what each person needed to hear in order to help become the best he or she could be. Many of these young people grew up to become firefighters, police officers, business owners and teachers: leaders in their community. Upon hearing of Uncle Ab’s passing, they came forward to honor him and express their gratitude for his influence in their lives. Uncle Ab was no-nonsense, often gruff. He had a nickname for everyone— including some that were not so flattering. He hunted, raised chickens, nurtured some of the best backyard gardens anywhere, coaxed sweet Blue Crabs out of Long Island Sound and had a stockpile of firewood that would last through any ice age. He was a man of few words, but those he shared hit their mark. We don’t need to be society’s definition of “perfect,” but we need to be the best we can be, to love, to share, to help, and to inspire others through our words and actions. From my Uncle Ab I learned that an effective mentor may be one who wears a ball cap and a mischievous gleam in his eye, who calls everyone by a nickname and whose words leave an indelible impression. AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014


Health & Wellness

Restoring the Gleam In Your Smile BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

Sparkling white teeth can enhance your smile and contribute to a positive selfimage, a fact that has made teeth whitening as popular in today’s society as hair coloring. The first step should be a dental exam, to check for tooth decay or gum disease that need treating before starting the whitening process. Other factors that may affect Dr. Scott Harden is a how well the whiteners work dentist at Fountain include medications, excessive View Family Dentistry fluoride, trauma, metal dental and has served the restorations genetics, illnesses Woodstock area for more than 21 years. and aging. While more He is a dental advisor advanced whitening procedures for two national may help in some cases, there dental research may be circumstances where companies. You can reach Dr. Harden at whitening won’t correct the (770) 926-0000 or visit discoloration. Whitening works best to remove discoloration caused by coffee, tea, tobacco and certain foods. Options vary from the professional in-office or takehome systems to over-the-counter products. Professional in-office whitening gel is the most predictable and preferred method. Although somewhat more expensive, patients find the procedure convenient and highly effective. It takes between one to two hours using a powerful 10 to 35 percent carbamide peroxide formula. A professional at-home system involves getting impressions of your teeth to create custom trays, which the patient fills with the whitening solution. Most patients prefer to wear them while they sleep, but you can choose the time that’s most convenient for you. You can reuse take-home whitening trays as needed to give your smile quick boost. This system is less expensive than the in-office procedure but requires more time and discipline. Over-the-counter whitening systems are much cheaper and easy to use. The strips are worn for 30 minutes a day over the course of two weeks. They have much less concentrated bleaching products to minimize complications from cavities and gum disease and are therefore not as effective as professional systems. If tooth sensitivity or gum irritation occur, use the whitening product less frequently and reduce the amount of time spent whitening. Prescription fluoride can be used to treat occasional tooth sensitivity. Orajel can be used to treat continued on page 60 28


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

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



Main Street Business Spotlight:

The Premier Group (TPG), Keller Williams Realty Partners, Woodstock GA school systems, and From its days as a with jobs and parents sleepy suburb of Atlanta, in the area, the firm is Woodstock has grown intimately familiar with all into one of the metro aspects of the community area’s best places to from children’s activities buy a home. Top-rated to senior living and schools, new medical everything in between. facilities, excellent Kris McKeeth, The shopping and great Premier Group’s Lead restaurants have resulted Agent is very proud of her in one of the strongest team. “Whether you are real estate markets a buyer, seller, investor around. Fortunately, or developer, we have right in the heart of it all assembled an expert in Downtown Woodstock team of professionals – at 8604 Main Street – is Left: Kris McKeeth and her real estate team at The Premier Group to deliver your dream. the office of The Premier We market and sell all types of residential real estate, and, Group (TPG), the top sales group at Keller Williams Realty in 2014, our New Construction Group is representing some Partners. of the newest and finest townhomes and single-family home The Premier Group has been helping clients buy and sell neighborhoods in the area. The Premier Group is determined real estate in Woodstock and Cherokee County for nearly a decade as a team and has, collectively, more than 50 years to make Woodstock’s hot real estate market even hotter.” Call us at (678) 494-0102 or visit of experience in residential real estate. With children in the






1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs • (678) 880-4760 • In February 2012, Cherokee County broke ground on one of its most ambitious projects, the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. The $20 million project was funded by a SPLOST initiative and the Parks Bond and opened to an awaiting community in May 2013. The facility includes a 48,000-square-foot indoor pool area and an 18,000-square-foot outdoor leisure pool that includes the pool deck. The indoor area includes a 50-meter competition pool and a 25-yard recreational pool. Visitors not only enjoy the variety of swimming options, but conveniences such as indoor and outdoor locker rooms and concession stands.

Indoor Facility

The indoor facility is open year-round for swim lessons, public lanes for lap swimming, birthday parties and other activities. The swim lessons are taught in the American Red Cross standards and offered for ages 6 months through adult, from beginning to competitive levels. Because of the facility’s size and the fact that it’s open all year, there are a lot of options for lesson times and days. Private as well as semiprivate lessons are available, all at competitive rates. Other indoor programs include water aerobics and water safety training for lifeguards and water safety instructors. Birthday parties are offered year-round at the aquatic center, which could be an unusual and fun party for someone with a winter birthday! Various packages are available, starting at $80 for up to 20 guests. Parents can customize their experience by adding on the use of a party room, food, drink and party supplies. The “WIBIT,” an inflatable play structure, also can be added for maximum fun. The aquatic center also offers special events including Discount Days, WIBIT Sundays, Family Fun Nights and DiveIn Movies. These family-friendly movies are played on an inflatable screen, and patrons are provided with a clear inner tube or they can bring their own clear tube or noodle, all for the cost of a regular daily admission. The next one will be April 26 at 6 p.m. The indoor pools also provide practice space for five of the six Cherokee County high schools and home meet space for all six. Other USS teams, such as the Chattahoochee Gold, the Stingrays and the Marlins use the facility for their yearround practices. However, no matter how many teams are practicing in the pool, there are always public lanes open for lap swimming. And speaking of teams, the aquatic center has its own summer swim team, the Pelicans. Joining a swim team is a popular option for many of our county students. However, those who do not have a neighborhood pool or have a pool but no team had limited options…until the formation of the Pelicans. The Pelicans proved to be a popular option for these situations, with 85 kids competing in the inaugural season!



“The Oasis”

The indoor area is spacious and functional. But The Oasis, the outdoor seasonal pool, is really the crown jewel of the aquatic center. For the youngest visitors, there is an aquatic playground with sprays, toys and a small slide. Older visitors can enjoy two 25-foot tall slides, water guns and a not-so lazy river. A “beach” area with zero-depth entry is perfect for toddlers or older adults to enter the pool easier or just sit in and enjoy. When it’s time to take a break from swimming, there are two pavilions, picnic tables with umbrellas, chaise lounges, Adirondack-style chairs and a concession stand with great variety of meal and snack options. Just like the indoor facility, The Oasis can host birthday parties, again with a variety of party packages available. The Oasis can also be rented after hours for private corporate events or parties. The aquatic center is excited to offer The Oasis Pass for the outdoor pool season. The pass is good for admission to the outdoor pool from May 17 through September 19. The pass is the perfect option for families who want to take advantage of

multiple visits to The Oasis. Owning a pass means paying one price for as many visits as you like and staying for as long or as little as you want each time. Other advantages include the ability to rent a pavilion table by the day, by the week or for the entire season. There is also a “pass holder only” entrance line, and pass holders get priority entrance when the facility is nearing capacity. Purchase your Oasis Pass between now and May 15 to receive a discount. Daily rates are extremely reasonable; a family of four (children ages 2-13) can spend the day for less than $22. If you spend the day and then decide the Oasis Pass is for you, your daily rate will be applied to the price of your pass. A complete pricing structure and hours of operation are found online at Summer will be here before you know it! Whether it’s for a day, a birthday party or a summer of fun, be sure to take advantage of a premier and one-of-a-kind aquatic facility right in our own backyard.

Eggs-traordinary Extravaganza

Join the Cherokee County Aquatic Center for its first Easter egg hunt! The hunt will be held on Saturday, April 12 with two age groups and times: Ages 1-3, outside egg hunt from 2 to 2:15 p.m. Ages 4-10, underwater egg hunt from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Ages 4-6 will hunt for eggs in shallow water, while older children will dive for eggs in deeper water. Both egg hunts will be followed by a festival; activities will include inflatables, face painting, egg decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Register before April 1 and receive special pricing of $10 per child. Starting April 1, the cost is $12 per child. Parents are FREE. AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014


Cherokee Photography Club Digital Projection:

“Still Life”

Peter Kilpo — “Coffee Time”

Karen Beedle — “Man of Steel”

Allen Quandee — “Frozen”

Dean Kelley — “La Aroma De Cuba”

Color Prints:

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


Peter Kilpo — “Time: 18 till 5”

Edward Myers — “Camelia Tea”


Allen Quandee — “I Found the Light”

Vicki Sellers — “Lotus Blossom Rebirth”

Lauren Harris — “Balancing Act”

Rudy Coopman — “Roosters” AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014


School & Sports

Arnold Mill Recognizes Students of the Month Arnold Mill Elementary School recently recognized its Students of the Month for January and February. Students were selected based on their model behavior and academic efforts.

Principal Kerry P. Martin congratulates January’s students. Front row (left to right): Christina Woodard, Vanessa Gonzalez, Parker Gross and Marlo White. Back row: Briana Lynch and Alex King.

Principal Kerry P. Martin congratulates February’s students. Front row (left to right): Stephen Farmer, Jack Lewis, Preston Cort and Brady Fowler. Back row: Mark Loyola and Hayden Juras.

River Ridge CYB Teams Win Championship The 9th/10th grade girls’ Cherokee Youth Basketball (CYB) and 11th/12th grade boys teams both placed first in the recent championship. Congratulations!

River Ridge Girls: Front row (left to right): Olivia Stasevich, Sydney Boozer and Hannah Moree. Back row: Coach Lisa Stasevich, Morgan Moree, Kristan Tetley, Bailey Dingley, Anna Ricker and Coach Santana Roberts.

River Ridge Boys: Left to right: Mason Duncan, Yecson “LJ” Jimenez, Jake Moody, Austin Beversdorf, Coach Santana Roberts, Nicholas “Gabe” Salazar, Adam Stasevich and Coach Lisa Stasevich. 36


Sequoyah Theatre Director Inducted Gerald Parker, theatre director at Sequoyah High School, has been inducted into the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame. To be eligible for nomination for the award, the honoree must have dedicated himself or herself to the cause of theatre education and have more than 20 years of service as a member of the Educational Theatre Association. Mr. Parker earned his undergraduate degree Gerald Parker, left, and from Shorter College, a master’s degree in Georgia Thespian President education from the University of Alabama and an Paul Hampton.

Mill Creek Student Headed to State Bee Mill Creek Middle School sixthgrader Sathvika Narasimhan, the Cherokee County School District’s spelling bee winner, is headed to the state competition. She placed second at the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) District 2 Spelling Bee to qualify for the state competition, which occurred last month, but the results were not available as of press time.

education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. He began his teaching career at Sequoyah High School in 1990 and was named assistant director and Co-Thespian Troupe sponsor in 1991. After the 2006 retirement of the school’s Theatre Director, Mr. Parker was chosen to be the head of the Theatre Department. He was appointed the Fine Arts Department chair in 2010, and his peers named him the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Woodstock High Assists Elementary with Science Day Woodstock High School recently partnered with Sixes Elementary School to present a Science Day event at Sixes. The purpose was to promote science education in the Woodstock Innovation Zone. The event enlisted 130 Woodstock High School physics students as volunteers to create hands-on activities for the event and lead students in the experiments.


4TH ANNUAL TASTE & SOUND OF WOODSTOCK Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 11am-3 pm The Park at City Center in Downtown Woodstock

Woodstock High School senior Tahir Savisir leads secondgraders in an investigation of wind as a force.



Tasting Booths featuring Woodstock’s finest restaurants Cooking Demos · Live Music · Shopping · Kid’s Zone · Door Prizes TASTING TICKET PACKAGES




For more information, find us on facebook at: Taste & Sound of Woodstock or email:

The Park at City Center | Downtown Woodstock | 101 Arnold Mill Road | Woodstock GA 30188 AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014




Before you know it, summer break will be here! Whether you need a fun, safe place for your children daily or just an occasional camp to break up the sounds of, “I’m bored!” we’ve compiled a list of area camps.

Day Camps

Towne Lake Community Church Day Camp Location: 132 N. Medical Parkway Dates: Weekly June 9-27 & July 7-25 Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ages: 4-9 Information: Email or call (678) 4458766, ext. 203

KidZone High Adventure Summer Day Camp Location: Escalade Rock Climbing Gym, 3694 Kennesaw South Industrial Drive, Kennesaw Times & Dates: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (free early drop-off at 8 a.m., late pick-up until 5:30 p.m.) weekly during the summer. Ages: 6-12 Hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., daily (early drop off 8–9 a.m.; late pickup 4–5:30 p.m.) Information: Weekly camps. Call (770) 794-1575 or visit YMCA Day Camp Location: Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, 201 E. Bells Ferry Road Dates: June 2–Aug. 1 (weekly) Ages: 5-15 Hours: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Information: Call (770) 345-9622 or visit Scholarships available. K.A.O.S Camp (for special needs children) Location: Cherokee County Recreation Agency, 7545 Main St, Bldg 200 Dates: Weekly, June 2 – Aug. 1 Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 6-22 Information: (404) 445-6934 or



Sports Camps Georgia All-Star Gymnastics Day Camp Location: 105 Arnold Mill Park Dates: June 2 – Aug. 1 (weekly) Ages: 3-12 Time: 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Information: Half day and daily rates, weekly rates and unlimited (all summer) rates. Call (770) 516-2654, email info@ or visit Dance Imagination Fairytale Ballet Camps Location: 119 Mill Street Dates: June 17–20, June 24-27, July 15-18 and July 22-25 Ages: 2 and older Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Information: $40/day or $140/week. Registration begins March 24. Call (678) 445-2731 or visit www.danceimagination.

Gold Swimming’s “Camp Splash” (Swim and Multi-Activity Camp) Location: 103 Arnold Mill Road Dates: June 2–July 11 (weekly) Ages: 5–12 Time: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Information: $250/week. $20 registration fee for nonGold members. Call Beth Murphy at (770) 591-1998 or email Junior Tennis Camps Location: Cherokee Tennis Center, 155 Brooke Blvd. Dates: Weekly (Mon. – Thurs.), June 9 – July 24 Ages: Tiny tots, 8 and under; day camp 8 and older Cost: Tiny tots $50; day camp $160 (multi-child discounts available) Information: (770) 592-4582, or CRPA Harmony Lacrosse Camp Location: Riverside Athletic Complex, 610 Druw Cameron Dr. Dates: June 2 – 5 Ages: 7 – 18 Times: 9 a.m. – noon or 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $175 (half day), $250 (full day) Information: Contact Jay Worley at jworley@cherokeega. com or (770) 924-7768. Etowah Volleyball Summer Camp Location: Etowah High School gym, 6565 Putnam Ford Road Dates: June 9 - June 12

Ages: Rising 4th - 9th Time: 9 a.m. - noon Information: $115. Email etowaheaglesvolleyball@yahoo. com or visit

Academic Camps Cherokee County Safety Town Location: Bascomb Elementary School, 1335 Wyngate Pkwy. Dates: June 9-13 June 16-20 June 23-27 Ages: Children entering kindergarten in the fall Time: 8 a.m.–noon Information: $75, includes materials, snacks and T-shirt. For more information, Bits, Bytes & Bots—Technology 4 Kids Location: Various throughout Cherokee and Cobb counties Dates: June 2–July 28 (weekly) Ages: 6 and older Times: Half day, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Full day 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Information: $200 for half day; $300 for full day. Register at or call (770) 826-0449. Club Scientific Summer Camps Location: Cherokee Charter Academy, 2126 Sixes Rd. Dates: Weeks of June 23, July 7 & July 14 Ages: 4-14 Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Starting at $245 per week continued on page 40



School & Sports

SUMMER CAMPS cont’d Information: Options include 28 themes. Pre and postcamp hours available. Register at or call (678) 880-6460. . Core Camps Plus Location: Cherokee Christian School, 3075 Trickum Road Dates: Weekly, June 2 – July 25 Ages: Elementary through high school Information: Half day camps will include math, science, robotics, Improv, SAT/ACT and more. Visit or call (678) 694-7691. Premier Children’s Therapy Camps Location: 1000 Holcomb Woods Pkwy, Ste 422, Roswell Information: Camps include Food Scientist, Social Thinkers, Handwriting Helper and Fine Motor Camp. Visit www. for additional information.

Theater and Arts Camps Theatre of the Sports and Stars Summer Camp Location: Allen Temple Christian Academy, 232 Arnold Mill Road Dates: June 2–July 25 (weekly) Ages: 5-12 Hours: 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Information: Cost is $120/week (lunch included). Curtain Call Youth Players Location: 2800 Canton Rd. Suite 600, Marietta Dates/Times: Weekly camps for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the summer. Information: Themes range from musical to improv camps. Etowah Choir Camp Location: Etowah High School, 6565 Putnam Ford Road Dates/Time: June 2 – 5, 1 – 5 p.m. Ages: Rising 4th – 6th grade Information: Elm Street Drama Camps Location: 8534 Main St. Dates: June 2–Aug. 1 (weekly) Ages: Junior, 5–7 Senior, 8–14 Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Information: Register at Call (678) 494-4251 40



Celebrate Easter weekend at First Baptist Church Woodstock


April 19 3pm & 5pm


April 20 9Am & 11Am

special musical guest Newsong in all services

new worship experience for children! saturday april 19 at 5pm & sunday april 20 at 9am & 11am for all kids kindergarten to 3rd grade

11905 Highway 92 Woodstock, GA 30188 770.926.4428 /woodstockhub @fbcwoodstock

District Key Scholars Recognized The Cherokee County School District annually recognizes outstanding high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars, and 121 students earned his honor for the 2013-14 School Year. Each of these outstanding students has scored at the 90th percentile or above on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The Key Scholar Program is a district wide academic recognition plan that begins in elementary schools with students qualifying for the nationally recognized Duke University Talent Identification Program (or TIP). Over the last nine years, more than 1,400 Cherokee

County School District students in Grades 4 or 5 qualified for the Duke TIP program by achieving exceptional scores on either the Cognitive Abilities Test or the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Each student receiving this recognition received a Certificate of Achievement at his/her school’s year-end awards ceremony; and the Cherokee County School District has received special recognition from Duke University for having the largest number of students identified in the State of Georgia. Our local students who were on hand at the ceremony are pictured below. Congratulations!

River Ridge High School Philip Aalfs Shannon Bell Caleb Caldwell Hsin Yi Chen Mia Conklin Courtney Couey James Daniel Brandon Dollar Rishab Kaup Brandon Perez

Abigail Skinner Christopher Taylor Alan Tomusiak Joel Varn Sri-Krishna Velivela Brandt Webster Zachary Wilken Felicia Williams Rachel Woods River Ridge High School Key Scholars

Woodstock High School Madeeha Ahmad Jordan Atkins Jordan Barham Jacob Beckham Leon Castillo Sally Hannoush Alarii Levreault-Lopez Samuel McCulloch Alexandra Melehan Brooklynn Milone Adrea Mueller

Brian Murphy Georgia Olejnik Parth Patel Caroline Peck William Penniman Hallie Poindexter William Ragsdale Bradley Reardon Megan Rosinko Collin Taylor Emily Zillweger Woodstock High School Key Scholars

Sequoyah High School Stephen Anderson Robert Carter Hannah Coltrain Chandler Dean Cassidy Downs James Ergle Samuel Fullerton Elisabeth Joy Kiedrich Kromp Langston Leake Joseph Luxemburger

David Miller Elise Mogelgaard Ansley Petherick Brittany Robertson Camden Rogers Payne Skersick Kaitlyn Stout Sarah Thompson Eric Van Aken Lydia Wood Sequoyah High School Key Scholars AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014


School & Sports

Read Across America 2014 BY PATSY JORDAN

Read Across America Day is a yearly event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. His birthday is celebrated due to his passion and the work he did to promote reading. He used lots of rhyming words, which are an important springboard for early literacy. Cherokee County School Patsy Jordan serves as District celebrated Read District 2 School Board Across America Day on Representative. She Feb. 28 and March 3. I is a Cherokee High was honored with the School graduate, retired invitation to read at educator of Cherokee County School District, seven Cherokee County and life-long resident schools. I had a great time of Cherokee County in reading to kindergartners Ball Ground, GA. patsy. through sixth-graders. The jordan@cherokee.k12. students were attentive and well mannered, and the teachers were welcoming. Sixes Elementary School staff members took Read Across America Day to a whole new level, as they took advantage of a great book written by a former Cherokee County School District student. The book is titled What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo. The author is Etowah graduate Ryan Murphy and his wife, Grace Milsaps. On Read Across America Day, staff members dressed as the book characters. The masks were designed by bookkeeper Deena Smith. Staff members wore the character masks along with costumes to proudly honor Ryan and Grace’s creative talents. The book was decided on as an inspiration for book character day because Ryan and Grace had previously visited kindergarten, first and second grade classes at Sixes Elementary, so all the students were familiar with the book. During the visit, Ryan and Grace presented an adorable game show that taught facts about animals, where children earned real bananas instead of points. Teachers reported that it was the best author visit ever. Ryan’s mother, Penny Murphy, is a longtime Cherokee County teacher and currently teaches second grade at Bascomb Elementary School. The staff at Sixes Elementary captured the attention of adults and children alike, while creating a world of fantastic, colorful fun for Read Across America Day. To view a short video of What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo, visit 42


Patsy reading to students at Woodstock Elementary School

Sixes Elementary staff dressed up for book character day



As Easter approaches, my thoughts go to the days that surrounded the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. One of my favorite characters in this story of struggle and triumph is Peter. Obviously, the triumph of Jesus over death, Hell and the grave is central to the story, but in the periphery of the narrative, we see another story of death and triumph. Jesus is taken away and Ross Wiseman is a father throughout the night, the of four, the husband of one, and a pastor and friend to disciples scatter. Even Peter, once many. He has served as boisterously loyal, finds himself in the founding and current the darkness of night. He is full of pastor of Momentum questions and distancing himself Church since 2005. from his rabbi, Jesus. The joys and struggles of over 21 years of ministry Let’s take a moment and look and 19 years of marriage in on Peter as he wrestles with have given Ross a broad his thoughts and expresses his perspective of the human denials: condition. With humor and Peter screams into the night, subtle depth, Ross loves to challenge, inspire and “Surely he was going to make all instruct people in what things new.” He slumps to the it takes for better living, ground and pulling his head up loving, and laughter. from his hands he looks up and sighs, “You were going to make all things new.” As morning approaches, listen to Peter’s pain as he expresses his heart and is interrupted by yet another accuser and offers a third and final denial.

The death of Peter’s expectations crushed him. Jesus was to triumph over all and now he was being taken away to be hung on a cross. We have the benefit of knowing the outcome of the story, but for Peter, this was the darkest moment of his life. What he didn’t realize was that it would get worse before it got better. Yes, his master would be hung on a cross to die a gruesome death as sacrifice for mankind’s sin. Jesus would be laid in a cold dark tomb, and with each passing day, the hopes of a changing world would die within Peter’s heart. But then, hope lives! Three days, later Jesus would arise and truly make all things new. The hearts of men could be made new. The hopes for the future were made new. Peter was made new as he embraced his loving Savior who was now alive. For 40 days, the resurrected Christ spent time with his disciples, and then He ascended. Ten days later, Peter—being filled with the Holy Spirit—would stand before the crowds and declare that Jesus is Lord. This man, who just 53 days prior had denied Jesus three times, now with boldness proclaims that Jesus is the Son of God. Three thousand people come to salvation that day as Jesus triumphed in the hearts of men. For me, there is no greater triumph that day than what happened in the heart of Peter. Let this part of the Easter story remind you that nothing you could ever say or do is capable of putting to death what Jesus desires to bring to life in you. Don’t miss going to your church of choice this Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and His ability to triumph in you and make all things new.

“Dry and desolate, I find myself, all last night I lost myself. Lost in vanquished hope. Unresolved dreams of things that would be made new, and right, but messianic visions escape my sight, the hope of making all things new; Jesus Messiah, were you God or like me just another oppressed Jew?” asked Peter. “Excuse me are you talking to me…no I don’t know this Jesus of Galilee,” said another accuser. “What’s the crowing I hear deafening my ears the only thing louder that rings in my head is my fear. My fear that nothing will ever be the same. My fear that maybe I’m to blame. This is insane! I saw him with my own eyes as he cried Lazarus come forth and a dead man walked out of his grave, but now for himself is he powerless to save? How can I expect him to rescue me? Dead men are powerless to set men free,” said Peter. AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014



Old Enon Cemetery in Early Spring BY PATTI BRADY

In this series about local history, travel to the early days of Woodstock. Some people insist an old cemetery never loses its sadness. I disagree. Enon Cemetery in early spring shimmers with beauty and reassurance. It’s likely you’ve driven by this place of antiquity many times but never pulled in. At the entrance, Main Street and the railroad track define the lower boundary. On the hill, alabaster-white grave markers shine down on the Cherokee Patti Brady is author Recreation and Parks Agency center of the “The Heart of a and health complex across the street. Child” and “The Power Our cemetery history comes from of Her Smile” from an interesting and scholarly work, the Woodstock Novels “Set Apart, The Baptist Church at series. Learn more about our town through her Woodstock, 1837 -1987,” by Juanita blog – pattibradynovels. Hughes. Email After northwest Georgia was Patti at plbradygeorgia@ opened for settlement, stouthearted people pioneered our locale. They met rugged challenges daily. Uniting in faith, 12 men and women established Enon Baptist Church in 1837. That same year, Andrew Jackson ended his term as president and 18-year-old Victoria became queen of England. The little church group assembled on donated land, the upper section of the larger site. Their initial meetinghouses were probably basic and crude. In the churchyard, the first graves appeared. Three persons with birthdates that go back to the late 1700s are buried at Enon. Time has eroded many markers. The earliest, discernable burial date (1845) is for a 14-year-old boy. How did young George Hughes die? My wild imagination leads me to dreadful possibilities such as cowpox, scarlet fever or even a terrible wound caused by the sharp horn of an ox that had pulled the Hughes wagon many miles to their new home. Despite hard losses, church membership increased, and in 1871, the people constructed a sturdy, white clapboard building. In 1879, the railroad advanced through Woodstock. The congregation moved its church building to downtown, eventually becoming



First Baptist Woodstock. Back up the road, the burial ground expanded in 1881 and 1882, thanks to land gifts from Jacob Haney, a Methodist man. Hymns no longer floated above the graves, but those memorials retained an aura of anticipation. The broader Woodstock community made use of the cemetery, too. In early times, an African-American section was defined. In the modern-day parcel, denominations and peoples are intermingled. Enon contains tales of optimism and perseverance. Dr. W.H. Dean, born in 1824, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta. He arrived in Cherokee County, where he served as a Woodstock area doctor and, sometimes, as Enon’s pastor. A non-commissioned surgeon in the Civil War, he returned and gave thanks that his home remained intact. Amanda Edwards, known for her grit, rests at Enon. She lost her young husband to disease and almost lost her little son who fell down a well, but her life did a turnaround. She married a well-respected man from Woodstock, John Edwards. John had lost his right arm in the battle for Atlanta but learned to write with his left hand to gain employment. He is beside Amanda at Enon. Dave Bozeman, a turn-of-the-century Woodstock storekeeper, moved his beloved family of a wife and four daughters into the circa 1910 house, currently painted apple green, on Rope Mill Road. The daughters grew up and became dedicated teachers. Three remained in their close-knit home rather than marry. Now interred at Enon, the entire Bozeman family sleeps until a heavenly reunion. In early spring after the gloom of night, the sunrays wash Enon hill with light and warmth. The air smells clean. Pine needles on loblollies glisten. Although cars travel Main Street and the nearby manufacturing plant wakes, quiet reigns. That is, until robins and thrashers light on monuments and let loose with songs of resurrection promise. Wild violets with tiny purple blooms verify winter is over. Moss has spread, making playful green rugs in the shaded section. Balls of mistletoe sit in a few trees like celebratory ornaments. Airy cedars point to the sky. If you visit, don’t miss the young sassafras tree with early, mittenshaped leaves emerging. Not far from a headstone, this dwarf hardwood seems determined to rise to glory. As I like to say, a town can never have too much hope, and Woodstock surely has what it needs.


Spotlight Local Artist Kristina Laurendi Havens has spent more than 18 months creating a series of paintings depicting everyday scenes around Main Street in Woodstock. The paintings consist of more than 30 pieces in total. The paintings will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to help fund the next phase of development for the theater and arts center in downtown Woodstock. To participate in the auction, follow Kristina on Facebook (facebook. com/Krystyna81) or email her to join her mailing list at 81artist@



Downtown Woodstock

Weddings in Woodstock BY JENNA CLOVER

April is the start of wedding season. The fragrant smell of freshly bloomed flowers is starting to float through the air, and the weather is now mild and breezy. What better time to get married? This month was my first choice to have my wedding; in fact, by the time you are reading this, I will practically be a newlywed! April 5 is my big day, and I couldn’t be more excited! If you are newly engaged and Jenna Clover is a Tourism ready to start the daunting yet Information Assistant incredibly exciting task of planning at the Woodstock Visitors Center. your special day, downtown Woodstock is the place you should start. Here you will find what you need from the beginning to the end of your planning process. A great way to start your planning is to book a venue. If a small and intimate ceremony is what you want, the park at city center in downtown Woodstock is your perfect location. You

could have the ceremony under the gorgeous gazebo. Another great wedding venue is Magnolia Hall. This location has an elegant banquet room, gazebo and pavilion perfect for rehearsal dinners and large wedding receptions. Conveniently, the Magnolia Thomas restaurant offers full-service catering and is situated near both locations. After you have decided on your venue, it’s time to get into the details! What type of flowers do you want? Brenda’s House of Flowers is a great place to get your centerpieces and bouquets. Do you want to substitute cupcakes for a traditional wedding cake? Cupcakelicious has a scrumptious menu from which to choose. Do you know what style of wedding bands you want? Holly Springs Jewelers has an exquisite collection of great bridal jewels. Are you going to have a large or a small bridal party? Downtown Woodstock has great locations for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts. Along with the wedding planning, there will be many festivities leading up to the wedding day. Downtown Woodstock is the perfect spot to have a bridal shower or bachelor party. Tea Leaves and Thyme is a popular spot for a charming bridal shower. You can have tea and scones with your girls and enjoy each other’s company before the big day. continued on page 60

Inside the City of Woodstock BY TESSA BASFORD

After many years of writing entertaining and informative articles, Mayor Donnie Henriques has come down with a condition many of us are familiar with — writer’s block. As a result, he has passed the keyboard to me, temporarily, while he recovers. It is my goal to use this opportunity over the next several months to talk about who pays taxes in Woodstock, why those taxes are paid, and where those dollars go. In addition, there are Tessa Basford is a member of the other funds that come into our city, Woodstock City Council, and we will take a look at where Ward 6. She can be they come from and how they contacted at tbasford@ are spent. As a bonus, I hope to introduce you to some of the men and women who make all of the good things happen in Woodstock. Before we take a look at taxation and services over the 46


next few months, I thought a brief introduction about structure might be helpful. The city of Woodstock covers approximately nine square miles and has an estimated population of 27,000 people. The city is divided into six wards with similar population numbers, each having an elected city council member. The city is governed by a council-manager form of government, where the city council is responsible for establishing policy, approving a budget and setting the millage rate. The mayor provides leadership to the council and represents the council both internally with city employees and with the citizens. He is the leader, voice and face of our city. In Woodstock, the city council appoints the city manager who serves full time as the executive manager of the city. As I break down topics into articles short enough to stay interesting, while still including what I hope you will find to be valuable information, I have a request for you. What would you like me to write about specific to taxes, services and the city of Woodstock? It is easiest to reach me by e-mailing, and I will do my best to address your topics. Thank you in advance for your suggestions. I am looking forward to our next few months together!


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






Canyons 335 Chambers St. 678-494-8868








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

Modern American





Full bar

8 persons +

Fire Stone 120 Chambers St. 770-926-6778

Wood-fired Pizza & Grill





Full bar


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


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Full bar


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










Fri./Sat. only



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Full bar


J Christophers 315 Chambers St. 770-592-5990



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



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


Sunday Brunch






Pure Taqueria 441 Chambers St. 770-952-7873


Sat./Sun. Brunch




Full bar

6 persons +

English Tea room












Full bar


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


Reel Seafood-Coming Soon Tea Leaves & Thyme 8990 Main St. 770-516-2609 Vingenzo’s 105 E Main St. 770-924-9133 48

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Friday Night Live — 80s Night Time: 6-9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Dress in your best 80s attire. Costume contest winner gets $100 in Downtown Dollars. For every $10 you spend at a downtown business during Friday Night Live, receive an entry into a drawing for $100 in Downtown Dollars. Bring receipts to Woodstock Visitors center to enter drawing.

April 5

Douglas Cameron Big Band Time: 7 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: Variety of songs ranging from big band, jazz to blues. $20. (678) 494-4251.

April 12

Latimer Hall Arts & Craft Show Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: 103 Towne Lake Pkwy Information: Arts and craft show featuring a variety of vendors.

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April 26

Taste of Woodstock Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: The Park at City Center, downtown Woodstock Information: Sponsored by the Woodstock High School Wolverine Marching Band. Tasting booths, cooking demos, live music, door prizes and more. All proceeds benefit the band program. Purchase tickets at the gate or by visiting

May 1 - 3

Meet Clay Botanical Sculptor Jimy Nichols Time: Thurs. 6-8 p.m., reception Fri. 2 p.m., demonstration Sat. 11 a.m., demonstration Location: Ivy Manor, 8838 Main St. Information: Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served on Thursday along with live demonstrations on Fri. and Sat. by Jimy.

May 3 – Oct. 28

Woodstock Farmer’s Market Day/Time/Location: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Market St. between Mill and Maple St. (parallel to Main St.) Tuesdays 4:30 – 8 p.m., Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta Information: (770) 924-0406

Mini Meatloaf Throwdown Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 103 E. Main St. Information: Hands-on class with Chef Alan. $30. RSVP by calling (678) 401-2609.

April 17

English High Tea with Author Sharon Kiser Time: 4 p.m. Location: Ivy Manor, 8838 Main St. Information: High English Tea will be followed by a meet-and-greet with Sharon Kiser, author of “That End of Lilac Lane.” Hats and gloves or jeans and boots are encouraged attire. Call (770) 592-1444.

April 18-20 & 25-27

“Godspell” Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Sundays Location: City Center, 8534 Main St. Information: $12 adults, $11 seniors/students, $10 children (3-12) if purchased online. $15, $13, $12 at the door.

April 19

Fish Fry Class Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars, 103 E. Main St. Information: Cost TBD. RSVP by calling (678) 401-2609.

The April Downtown Buzz meeting will be held on Friday April 25 at 8 a.m. at the Chambers at City Center. The program will be City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Relay for Life/American Cancer Farmers Insurance Farmers Insurance Farmers Insurance

Robert Sarague Deanna Madison Tiara Hardin Courtney Sandlin

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Revamping Workout Clothing Wardrobe BY JODI TIBERIO

The response to our monthly makeover article has been really overwhelming. We have been Jodi Tiberio owns Branches Boutique for flooded with women who would women in Towne Lake like to participate, and it is exciting and brooklynn’s boutique to see the results every month. for men and women in Thanks to everyone who tells us Downtown Woodstock. how much they love the article! Contact Jodi at info@ Our latest participant is a mother of two who spends her time volunteering at school and working out in the gym. For the most part, Jesse Champion’s wardrobe consists of workout clothing and sweatpants. In the past, she has come to Branches for a special occasion outfit, but recently she said she is ready to revamp her everyday style to fit her bubbly personality. Our manager at Branches Boutique, Mari helped Jesse with her wardrobe selection. Mari knows how to listen to our customer’s needs and ask the right questions to understand what will make a woman feel confident in her clothing. Mari had Jesse try on my favorite pair of distressed jeans, the Suki fit from Silver. These jeans have a slightly higher rise and are relaxed in the hip and thigh. They have a tight fitting designer look, but are super soft and comfortable. They fit nicely, and the distressed look and light wash make for a great casual spring jean. With new spring fashions starting to roll in, Mari had no problem helping Jesse find several tops that looked great with the jeans. Jesse told Mari that she is not the best at adding accessories to her outfits so they spent extra time accessorizing and discussing why some pieces worked, and some didn’t. Next, Mari showed Jesse the new linen pants that had just arrived. These have a fold-over waist and are a popular staple for spring and summer. They chose our favorite handkerchief crochet top in black to go with the white linen pants and added a colorful necklace that Jesse picked out. These tops are figureflattering, fun, and reasonably priced at $29.99. They are available in five colors, as are the linen pants. Crochet style tops are very trendy for spring and summer. With several new outfits and feeling ready to branch out of her workout wear, Jesse headed over to Salon Gloss for her appointment with Will. After consulting with Jesse, Will decided to keep her length but add much shorter interior layering. By removing the weight in the interior of her hair, Jessie’s hair will be bouncier, fuller looking and easy to style at home. Using a highlighting and lowlighting technique, Jessie’s color was taken to a multi-tonal blonde that worked to complement her skin tone. Will also provided Jessie with the proper foundation and makeup colors and techniques that complemented her new hair color and cut. Wow! She really left the ponytail at the gym! Jesse was thrilled beyond words. Please send me an email if you are ready to refresh your style! 50




Downtown Woodstock

Experience Elm Street

Summertime is Fun and Learning Time BY G. LORA GROOMS

“Is she really going to write about summer already? It’s only April!” Yes, she most certainly is going to do that very thing. Why? Because now is the time to start planning a summer for your family that is fun, relaxing and productive. Many parents already know that certain popular camps and activities book up very quickly. The time G. Lora Grooms is the to make a move is now, and director for the Elm Street parents are on the Internet Cultural Arts Village. registering for new experiences She has been teaching, for their children. writing, directing and Many of our young patrons performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can will want to sign up for our reach her at director@ classes and camps after seeing a show at Elm Street. (I decided to become a ballerina after watching my first performance of “The Nutcracker Suite” when I was only five and look where it led me!) The children want the chance to get up there and sing and dance and act, too, because it looks like fun. And it is! That’s why they call it a “play.” In our summer camps, campers not only get to perform, but they will also help create characters, plot lines, song lyrics, costume designs and much more. But fun can also be educational. Many companies seek employees with more than just a degree or experience but seek skills such as communication, writing, trouble-shooting and creative problem solving. All skills learned in our drama camps and classes are great not only for the stage but for life, school and work. This summer, we have a fun, new studio production program for teens. We are currently taking registrations to be part of the musical “Hairspray, Jr.” - a three-week studio workshop that will culminate in two public performances at the end of June. No previous experience is required, just energy and an interest in singing, dancing and acting. We are currently rehearsing a studio production of “Annie Kids” featuring a large cast of 6-12 year olds with performances to be held at 2 and 7 p.m. on May 3. For those who don’t seek the spotlight, we also have great visual arts programs and opportunities to volunteer to build sets, costumes, props and much more. Have some summer fun and have your child learn something new while creating memories and experiences that can shape a lifetime. As always, we look forward to seeing you! 52




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There is a sight that is lovely for me to behold: two people Kristina Laurendi Havens is the enter my studio and begin to owner of Studio 81, portrait and look around at the art on the Fine Art, which shares a beautiful walls. They glance left and studio space in downtown Woodstock with Ann Litrel Art. Kristina offers right, looking for something painting classes for all levels and to catch their eyes. Then I see holds an open weekly Figure them make their way over to Drawing studio. For more one of the paintings on the information, please contact her wall. Perhaps they are already at pointing something out to one another—commenting on a figure or a building in the painting. Then the spark of recognition, the realization of, “I’ve been there!” “I know that person!” “We just ate there last week!” and they excitedly share their experiences with each other. Sometimes they pull me into the conversation and ask about when and where the reference photo was taken, how much they love the light or the color or the way the painting has captured exactly what it feels like Tea time at Tea Leaves and Thyme to be sitting in that very spot. They tell me their own stories, sometimes going back to what the business used to be or the people who they have met there in the past. For me, this is a gift—to engage the viewer in conversation through my art. The series of paintings that I have been working on over the last two years captures everyday scenes from around Main Street in Woodstock. I am enamored with the buildings, the light, the food (oh my goodness, the FOOD!) the live music and the people who are enjoying Main Street in a thousand different ways. These paintings have been slowly encroaching on an entire wall in my shared studio space (sorry Ann!). There are currently 35 paintings in the series, capturing scenes from the shoe store to the cigar bar, the city park to teatime. As an artist, I have enjoyed the challenge of capturing beautiful light, a subtle gesture and just the right color. But I have found that the most rewarding aspect of the series has been—so far—the conversations Outside the Blug Frog that are inspired by the work. When people don’t just look, but linger, in front of a painting, that is a compliment to the artist. But when they become engaged, not only from viewer to art, but with each other, that is something beyond a compliment. That is a gift. I am a deep lover of conversation: meaningful questions, thoughtful answers and genuine interest in one another. I adore two-hour dinners where no one touches their cell phones. I live for leisurely chats around a fire pit. The art of conversation can, at times, seem like a lost art. It is very gratifying to me to see that my art can still inspire a great conversation. As I finalize this first batch of paintings in my Woodstock series, they will be on display at various locations throughout downtown Woodstock. In early September (date TBD), each painting will be auctioned off as part of a benefit for the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. If you are interested in the times and locations of the exhibitions and would like more information on the upcoming live auction event, please contact Kristina at You can also follow Elm Street Cultural Arts Village on Facebook for updates as well, at Memorial Day remembrance elmstreetarts AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014



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


Mill Creek Middle 442 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 924-5489 Principal: Elaine Daniel Woodstock Middle 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith


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


Ace 3921 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs (770) 345-2005 54


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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock (678) 494-5464, High School Principal: Rod Kirby Middle School Principal: Hal Scripka Elementary School: Robert Lester Cornerstone Preparatory Academy 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth (770) 529-7077 Administrator: Jeanne Borders Furtah Preparatory School 5496 Highway 92, Acworth (678) 574-6488, Headmaster: Fred Furtah Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091 Holdheide Education K-2 5234 Old Highway 5, Woodstock Principal: Tammy Dorsten (770) 516-2292 Lyndon Academy 485 Toonigh Rd., Woodstock

(770) 926-0166 Headmaster: Linda Murdock North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw (770) 975-0252 Headmaster: Todd Clingman Northside Christian Academy 303 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 180 Woodstock, GA 30102 (770) 334-0648 Principal Jill Trout Omega Academy (770) 792-7431 Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw (770) 926-7729 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street, Marietta (770) 428-3328 Principal: Patricia Allen

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

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

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

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


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

Children and Family

Anna Crawford Children’s Center (770) 345-8100 Bethesda Community Clinic (678) 880-9654 Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club (770) 720-7712 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Family Violence Center (770) 479-1804 Cherokee FOCUS (770) 345-5483 Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) (770) 345-3274 Division of Family & Children Services (770) 720-3610 Goshen Valley Boys Ranch (770) 796-4618 Hope Center (770) 924-0864 MUST Ministries - Cherokee (770) 479-5397 Never Alone (770) 363-5272 Next Step Ministries (770) 592-1227 North Georgia Angel House (770) 479-9555 North Georgia Pregnancy Center (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry (770) 591-4730


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

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

Parks and Recreation

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

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

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

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


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

Post Office locations Canton Holly Springs Lebanon Woodstock

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

Police Departments

Canton Holly Springs Woodstock Sheriff’s Office


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

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

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

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care

Bethesda Community Clinic Cherokee County Health Department

Urgent Care Facilities

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

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

(678) 426-5450

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

(678) 494-2500




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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

events for people with special needs. (770) 592-1227 Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway (678) 310-9858 Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. (770) 721-7808

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50+ Meets Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Rich, (770) 926-1944 American Legion Post 316 Meets Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366 Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991 Cherokee County Historical Society (770) 345-3288 Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Folks, 180 Parkway 575 Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158


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

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meets First Thursday at 7 p.m. at Atria, 1000 Professional Way Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119


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

Cherokee County Democrat Party Meets Second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Holly Springs Train Depot Cherokee County Republican Party Meets Second Saturday at 9 a.m. at Winchesters Woodfire Grill, Canton, (678) 809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Conrad Quagliaroli (770) 592-6545 Republican Women of Cherokee County (678) 520-2236,

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meets Second Saturday at 10 a.m. at Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane,

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

Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. at Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., 1st floor conf. room Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221

Diabetes Support Group Meets 3rd Tuesday at 9:30 & 11 a.m. at Emeritus Assisted Living, 756 Neese Rd., Woodstock Linda Watson, (770) 793-7818.

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meets Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at IHOP on Highway 92 Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878

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

Woodstock Jaycees Meets First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. at 216 Rope Mill Road (404) 690-4452 Woodstock Lions Club Meets Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at New Victoria Baptist Church (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meets Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd.

Canton-Cherokee TRIAD/S.A.L.T. (Seniors & Law Enforcement Together) Meets Second Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at G.Cecil Pruitt YMCA in Canton (Hall of Fame Room) Dale Walz (404) 375-8193


Cherokee Community Chorale (678) 439-8625,

Towne Lake Optimist Club Meets Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Eagle Watch Golf Club Charlice Byrd, (404) 557-2218

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program.

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

Junior Service League of Woodstock (770) 592-3535,

South Cherokee Optimist Club Meets Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills (770) 926-3522

Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meets First Wednesday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131

Cherokee County Master Gardeners (770) 479-0418, cherokee/mastergardeners/ Cherokee Photography Club Christian Authors Guild Meets 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 30189 Crossfit WOD Club Meets Daily for the “Work Out of the Day” Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meets Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197 William G. Long Senior Center 223 Arnold Mill Road , (678) 445-6518

Georgia Canines for Independence, (404) 824-4637 Grand parents Raising GRANDchildren Meets Second & Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (nursery available) , Jeannie, (770) 919-9275 Jewish Havurah Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meets First Tuesday at 10 a.m. & Third Wed. 7 p.m. at Bascomb United Methodist Church Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191 MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30188-30189 momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meets Second & Fourth Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy (770) 924-4777 Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. (770) 956-0711. Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meets Second & Fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Hillside UMC, Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899 AROUND WOODSTOCK | April 2014



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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Journeys: Sweet Sacrifice

Jack’s Adventure

I spit the stuff out so I could talk. “Four.” But thirty-odd days into the Lenten season, a strange calm descended on me. I slept better than ever; my daily energy evened out. I was running strong, adding extra miles to my workouts. So I gave it up—for good. In the end, this Lenten sacrifice turned out to be a great gift: my health. In the six years since I have given up cane sugar, I haven’t had so much as a sniffle. And while some folks think it’s boring to skip dessert, Chris still thinks I’m fun.

Wonder Dog. Neighbors often joined the search. But every time, Jack would return when he was ready or on the heels of the boys after he found them. Last month, Jack the Wonder Dog turned 17. We do not know his actual birthdate, but we celebrate it on March 16, which is Taylor’s birthday. About 10 percent of his hearing and sight remain. His stumpy legs are stiff with arthritis, and he most likely has congestive heart disease. He mostly sleeps during the day, but faithfully follows our other dog to the food bowl and the yard. He relies on her cues a great deal. Jack no longer tries to sneak out the front door and has not left our house yard in years. Taylor is off at college, and the boys no longer enliven our home with their antics. I miss them. I miss their noise and their laughter and their messes. I miss making sandwiches. Jack misses them too. I know that because of Jack’s adventure last month, which is most likely his last big adventure. A handyman accidentally left the yard gate open, and we soon realized that Jack was missing. I panicked, knowing his potential for quickly becoming disoriented and his lack of physical strength to return home safely. Once again, I found myself wandering the streets in search of the stubborn, faithful mutt who has been a loving member of the Locklin family for 15 years. Once again, neighbors joined in our frantic search. Once again, Jack the Wonder Dog—now quite senile—was in search of his boys. My husband found Jack standing in the side yard two houses down from us. Our runaway was motionless and disoriented, and he welcomed the loving arms of my husband, who scooped Jack up and carried him home to his soft bed. He was exhausted and quickly fell asleep. No doubt he dreamed of creeks and frogs and scraps of PB&Js offered to him by his young pals so many Saturdays ago.

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Restoring the Gleam In Your Smile continued from page 28

occasional gum sensitivity. A decade ago, when teeth whitening procedures was less utilized, people’s teeth were naturally more yellow, and it was an accepted color standard. Today, many people are whitening their teeth and the accepted color standard is now whiter. Whitening is safe and results lasts up to five years, making it a great value. People enjoy their smiles more than ever and feel more confident.

Weddings in Woodstock continued from page 46

Leaning Ladder would also be a great place to go with your bridesmaids and enjoy a cooking class. You and the ladies can also enjoy a day of shopping at our fabulous boutiques and end the day with dinner from a variety of top-notch restaurants. As for the groom and his groomsmen, there is something for them too! Barrel and Barley Craft Beer market would be a great start. Stop by and try out its selection of 20 counter-pressure filled growler options and more than 250 bottled beer to mix and match. Follow that with a trip to Maxwell’s Cigar Bar and celebrate in a relaxed environment with good tunes, big screen TVs, and of course, amazing cigars. End your bachelor party festivities with dinner at one of the many great restaurants. If the big day is finally here for you, no stress! We have a variety of salons and spas to take care of you and your bridal party. Beverly’s Day Spa and Salon Spa Venessa are great onestop-shops for all of your day-of beauty needs, like soothing spa treatments or makeup applications. There are also several great hair salons from which to choose, where you can get a beautiful and timeless wedding hairstyle. If you need to give your nails a touch up, Main Street Nail Studio is a wonderful choice. If April is the start, or finish, to your wedding planning, rest assured that downtown Woodstock has you covered! For more information on how to make the most of your downtown Woodstock wedding, check our weddings in Woodstock Pinterest board at! 60


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