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May 2013

Volume 19, Issue 1



Featured Articles

In Every Issue


Around Towne. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Mother’s Day Pictorial Wishing all moms a special day.

Community News. . . . . 10 & 12 Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Farmer’s Markets

Find Cherokee County’s fresh produce.

Event Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . 28 TLBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

50 & 51 On the Cover Marietta Plastic Surgery.

Photo by Dan Carmody, Studio 7 Photography.



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

Aquatic Center Preview the facility.

Woodstock History Our fascinating past.


Faces and Places

Friday Night Live and TrailFest.

Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . 89 School Information . . . . . . . . 90 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Community Numbers . . . . . . 92 Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . 94 Real Deals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Contributing Writers Peter Allen................................................41

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

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

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

Kim Anker.................................................47

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

Kyle Bennett.............................................74

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

Bonnie Clark.............................................26 Rick Coughlin............................................48 Michael Caldwell......................................16 Sonia Carruthers.......................................55 Jyl Craven..................................................34 Patty Ponder is the Market Director for TowneLaker. She can be reached at (770) 615-3322 or 2

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Kara Kiefer................................................27 Dee Locklin...............................................36 Claire Mabry.............................................42 Bill Ratliff..................................................67

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

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

Jason Fleeman..........................................62

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

G. Lora Grooms.........................................76

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

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

Dr. Van Tran..............................................46

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AROUND TOWNE by Kara Kiefer

People Places and Pleasures that make Towne Lake

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What’s New? Victoria Corpora recently opened her own personal stlying business, Vi-Va Fashion Co. She provides personal styling, shopping and wardrobe consultation for women and men. Visit her website at www., email her at or call her at (678) 713-6337. Kara is the Editor of Townelaker magazine. She lives in Towne Lake with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett. Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@townelaker. com.

The Cherokee County Aquatic Center is currently accepting registration for swim lessons at the new facility off I-75 and Sixes Road. Classes for ages six months to adulthood will be offered; the first session begins May 6. For more information, visit http://

Tuscany Italian Restaurant recently introduced a new tapas menu, available in the bar/lounge area. The new menu is featured with a new specialty cocktail menu. Tuscany is located at 250 Cinema Way. The Century House Tavern recently announced that former Bacchanalia Executive Chef Daniel Porubiansky is now partner and new Executive Chef. Daniel said, “We love it here, and since downtown Woodstock has brought life to the area in a way we never could have imagined, I only see this destination getting bigger, and I’m excited to jump in and be a part of it.”

The Leaning Ladder will be opening in May at 105 E. Main Street, Suite 126, in downtown Woodstock. The store will carry premium olive oils and vinegars from around the world. Customers can learn about the health benefits as well as pairing options for the products. The Leaning Ladder also will carry pastas, rubs and unique accessories.

What’s Coming? Cheeseburger Bobby’s continues building in the former location of Wolf Camera, 2295 Towne Lake Parkway. According to Cheeseburger Bobby’s representative, the eatery is expected to be open the early part of August.

What’s Closed? We are sad to report the closing of Woodstock Art & Glass, formerly located at 8670 Main Street in downtown Woodstock.

CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to Janet Zust (right). She was the first to find our hidden picture on page 28. Janet won a gift certificate to Hot Dog Heaven. Congratulations to Doug Cranford. He was the first to spot the phrase “Pick up a family pack” on page 52 of the April issue. Doug won gift certificates at Canyon Burger Company!

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


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Find the hidden picture: Be the first to find the phrase: “Dog Bites”

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Community Board

Townelaker Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc.

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

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

Market Director Patty Ponder, (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer, (770) 615-3309 Art Director Michelle McCulloch, (770) 615-3307 Digital Marketing Director James Ball, (770) 615-3310 TowneLaker, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Towne Lake and surrounding area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,250 free copies. Approximately 14,800 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,450 are placed in racks around the community. It also has 2,000+ digital viewers of the magazine online each month. TowneLaker welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of the previous month.

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

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

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

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Host a French Student Twenty-five teens from professional French families (ages 14–18) will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 9–29, 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 be totally immersed in the English language. Ms. Farmer, along with a French chaperon, 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 students 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 per week while they are here. No French language skills are needed! For more information, contact Linda at (770) 973-2452 or email her at and visit

Relay for Life Set for Sequoyah High School This year’s Cherokee County Relay for Life will be held May 10 at Sequoyah High School. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Relay offers residents the opportunity to come together to fight cancer. Last year, 71 Cherokee teams with more than 1,200 participants raised more than $274,000 and recognized 275 survivors. The goals for 2013 Relay is to raise over $283,000 and to honor more survivors. For more information on the Relay For Life of Cherokee County, call (770) 4291624 or visit

Local Girl Scouts Recognized at Award Ceremony Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta hosted the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Ceremony. One hundred thirteen Gold Award awardees from the Atlanta area were recognized at the event, including three from Cherokee County—Madison Griffin, Chloe Heidt and Christina Herd. The Girl Scout Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” These outstanding girls are recognized for a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, whether local or global and creates lasting change. The project is more than a good service project; it encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills.

Left: Madison Griffin, Chloe Heidt and Christina Herd 10

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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. townelaker | May 2013




Cherokee CASA Volunteer Receives State Recognition Millie Bush, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer with CASA for Children in Cherokee County, was chosen as the 2012 Karen N. Sibley CASA Volunteer of the Year in Georgia. Sibley was the founder of Georgia CASA. Millie Bush has been a dedicated CASA volunteer with CASA for Children for 10 years and has been a strong, persistent advocate on 29 CASA cases. She has served 47 children during her tenure, 28 of which were returned home to strengthened and healthy families and 10 of which were adopted. The Honorable M. Anthony Baker stated it well when he said, “It is a great thing for the judges in Cherokee County to have Millie Bush as one of our CASA volunteers. Mrs. Bush has spent thousands of hours advocating for children in foster care. Without fail, she has always shown great professionalism, determination and compassion for the children she serves.” The CASA program is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. Through individualized attention, CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, bringing urgency to a child’s needs both in and out of a courtroom. To contact CASA for Children , visit or call (770) 345-3274. For more information about CASA in Georgia, visit or call (404) 874-2888.

Left: Georgia CASA Executive Director, Duaine Hathaway; Volunteer of the Year, Millie Bush; and CASA for Children Executive Director, Deidre Hollands.


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TLC Holding Preschool Registration Towne Lake Community Church (TLC) currently is accepting registration for its preschool classes, which will begin in the fall. Classes include two year old through PreK from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. with an option for two year olds to attend from 9 a.m. – noon. TLC is located at a132 North Medical Parkway. For more information, please email or call (678) 445-8766, ext 203.

Fundraiser to Aid Etowah Teacher’s Son Etowah High School is holding a fundraiser “Spring into Action for Easton” from 5–8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 on the school’s campus. The event will include activities for children, a silent auction, live music, food and more. The fundraiser is in honor of Easton Elrod, the young son of Etowah teacher Brianna Elrod. Easton was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) aka Brittle Bone Disease. When Easton was born, both his femurs, one humerus, all of his ribs, the back of his skull and one of his toes were all fractured. At one month of age, Easton and his parents flew to Omaha, Nebraska to the Center of Excellence for OI at the children’s hospital where he received the first infusion of a medication designed to help increase his bone density and decrease his bone pain. He will need to receive these infusions approximately every eight weeks until he is two years old. The infusions will gradually decrease as he grows older and eventually stop once he has stopped growing. Easton also will have rods inserted into his long bones and possibly his spine when he gets older, and the family will travel once a year to Omaha to have him evaluated and create a plan for physical, occupational and water therapy. Easton will never be cured, but the hope is that he will be able to live as normal of a life as possible via treatments. The fundraiser is not only a way for the community to financially help the Elrod family but to raise awareness for OI. For more information on Easton, follow Brianna on Caring Bridge ( mystory). For more information on the fundraiser, please contact Amanda Ruiz at


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Happy Birthday!

Shelley Herod Celebrating on May 12 Wife of Kirk Mother of Austin, Dylan and Connor

Ava McCrink Age 7 on April 7 Happy Birthday Ava! We love you so much! Mommy, Daddy and Anniston

Luis Sanchez Age 16 on April 11 Happy Birthday! We love you and we are so proud of you! Mom and Papi


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Joshua LaHaye Age 1 on April 26 Happy 1st Birthday Joshua Love, Mommy, Daddy and Zachary.

Tiffany Buck (left) Age 21 on May 27 Cassie Buck (right) Age 18 on May 20 Happy Birthday to my beautiful girls! Love Mom and Jonathan

Ali Nicholson Age 14 on May 15 Love you, honey Aunt Laura

Jaclyn Moore Age 3 We love you to the moon and back! Mommy, Daddy and Bok the Cat

Maddi Kasper Age 9 on May 3 Our beautiful daughter! We love you SO much Mom, Dad, Logan and Grandma!

Rodney Beauchamp Master Sgt. USMC Turns 80 in May




Jackson Tyler Campbell Born Dec. 29, 2012 Proud parents are Lindsie and Will

Maggie Raynor and Michael Weeman were married April 6, 2013 at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Atlanta. Maggie is a 2002 graduate of Etowah High School and a 2006 graduate of Georgia Tech with an architectural degree. Michael attended the University of Georgia, majoring in law. Maggie is the daughter of the late Anita Raynor and James Raynor. Michael is the son of Steve Weeman and stepson of Robyn Weeman and son of Marcie Davey.

Lisa and Dennis Yee will celebrate their 13th anniversary on May 5



Cohen Bradford Johnson Born February 10, 2013 6 lbs., 13oz. Proud parents are Taylor and Adam

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2013 Legislative Session Wrap-Up by State Representative Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell is the state representative for District 20, which covers Towne Lake and Woodstock. He can be reached at (678) 523-8570 or email him at Michael@

March 29 marked “Sine Die,” which is the traditional Latin name for “The Last Day,” in the 2013 legislative session. After 40 legislative days, Georgia’s General Assembly had debated topics ranging from the expansion of gun rights to ethics and from the budget to home brewing. This was my first legislative session representing Georgia’s 20th district in our House of Representatives. Throughout our three-month session, I have learned much about the legislative process and have built lasting relationships that I believe will allow me to be an even more effective legislator for our district. It is my distinct hope that each of you believes that I have represented you well and served

in my role with honor. If you would ever like to better understand some of the backstory to any piece of legislation or action at the Capitol, feel free to join me for our Weekly Coffee with District 20 at Copper Coin Coffee in downtown Woodstock. We hold these nearly every week at 9 a.m. on Saturdays to discuss what’s happening in our state government, local politics and anything else that could help make Georgia a better place. I’d like to give you a summary of some of the most impactful pieces of legislation that made it through both the House and Senate by Sine Die. HB 106 - The 2014 State Budget The only requirement on the state legislature in Georgia’s Constitution is to pass the next year’s budget. Unlike the federal government, Georgia requires that the legislature pass a balanced budget each year. This year’s budget includes $19.9 billion in state funds and totals at $37.1 billion. At 53.4 percent of state spending, K-12 education stands as the largest budgetary priority for the 2014 fiscal year.

HB 142 & HB 143 These twin ethics bills limit lobbyist expenditures on elected officials to $75, restore rule-making authority to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, forbid purchasing of tickets and recreational activities for legislators and more. These measures also require that legislators disclose their campaign fundraising for the period between end of year and start of the legislative session. Despite concerns in earlier versions, these measures will not require


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“This was my first legislative session representing Georgia’s 20th district in our House of Representatives. Throughout our three-month session, I have learned much about the legislative process and have built lasting relationships that I believe will allow me to be an even more effective legislator for our district.” unpaid citizens to register as lobbyists and do not conflict with the constitution in any way. These are enforceable, real steps toward meaningful ethics reform in Georgia. HB 361 & SB 179 These bills reaffirm and strengthen Georgia’s stance as a “right to work” state. HB 361 guarantees the right to a secret ballot in union elections. SB 179 ensures that state agencies, local governments and etc. cannot require private businesses contracting with the government entity to utilize union labor in a contract. HB 242 Governor Deal reappointed the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform in 2012 to study the state’s juvenile justice system and propose ways of improving it. HB 242 was the culmination of the council’s work and enacts comprehensive juvenile justice reform in Georgia. HB 244 This bill provided a framework for a single, statewide system for teacher evaluations. It lists several evaluation measures but leaves the weight to be associated with each measure in calculating the final score to be determined by the State Board of Education. By providing a statewide standard, evaluations will be uniform and more easily compared. Teacher privacy is also protected in the measure, as individual teacher’s names will not be associated with the evaluations when they are made available to the public. There are many other initiatives that both passed and failed this session. Please feel free to ask me about these or anything else you would like to better understand by calling me at (678) 523-8570 or emailing me at Michael@caldwellforhouse. com. Thank you again for the honor of serving you in our General Assembly.

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The Right Beneficiary Who should inherit your IRA or 401(k)? See that they do. by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

Here’s a simple financial question: who is the beneficiary of your IRA? How about your 401(k), life insurance policy, or annuity? You may be able to answer such a question quickly and easily, or you may be saying, “You know … I’m not totally sure.” Whatever your answer, it is smart to periodically review your beneficiary designations. Your choices may need to change with the times. When did you open your first IRA? When did you buy your life insurance policy? Was it back in the 80s? Are you still living in the same home and working at the same job as you did back then? Have your priorities changed a bit – perhaps more than a bit? While your beneficiary choices may seem obvious and rock-solid when you initially make them, time has a way of altering things. In a stretch of five or 10 years, some major changes can occur in your life – and they may warrant changes in your beneficiary decisions. In fact, you might want to review them annually. Here’s why: companies frequently change custodians when it comes to retirement plans and insurance policies. When a new custodian comes on board, a beneficiary designation can get lost in the paper shuffle. (It has happened.) If you don’t have a designated beneficiary on your 401(k), the assets may go to the “default” beneficiary when you pass away, which might throw a wrench into your estate planning. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone 770-952-6707.

How your choices affect your loved ones. The beneficiary of your IRA, annuity, 401(k) or life insurance policy may be your spouse, your child, maybe another loved one or maybe even an institution. Naming a beneficiary helps to keep these assets out of probate when you pass away. Beneficiary designations commonly take priority over bequests made in a will or living trust. For example, if you long ago named a son or daughter who is now estranged from you as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, he or she is in line to receive the death benefit when you die, regardless of what your will states. Beneficiary designations allow life insurance proceeds to transfer automatically to heirs; these assets do not have go through probate. You may have even chosen the “smartest financial mind” in 18

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“In a stretch of five or 10 years, some major changes can occur in your life – and they may warrant changes in your beneficiary decisions.” your family as your beneficiary, thinking that he or she has the knowledge to carry out your financial wishes in the event of your death. But what if this person passes away before you do? What if you change your mind about the way you want your assets distributed, and are unable to communicate your intentions in time? And what if he or she inherits tax problems as a result of receiving your assets? (See below.) How your choices affect your estate. Virtually any inheritance carries a tax consequence. (Of course, through careful estate planning, you can try to defer or even eliminate that consequence.) If you are simply naming your spouse as your beneficiary, the tax consequences are less thorny. Assets you inherit from your spouse aren’t subject to estate tax, as long as you are a U.S. citizen. When the beneficiary isn’t your spouse, things get a little more complicated for your estate, and for your beneficiary’s estate. If you name, for example, your son or your sister as the beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, the amount of those assets will be included in the value of your taxable estate. (This might mean a higher estate tax bill for your heirs.) And the problem will persist: when your non-spouse beneficiary inherits those retirement plan assets, those assets become part of his or her taxable estate, and his or her heirs might face higher estate taxes. Your non-spouse heir might also have to take required income distributions from that retirement plan someday, and pay the required taxes on that income. If you designate a charity or other 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as a beneficiary, the assets involved can pass to the charity without being taxed, and your estate can qualify for a charitable deduction. Are your beneficiary designations up to date? Don’t assume. Don’t guess. Make sure your assets are set to transfer to the people or institutions you prefer. Let’s check up and make sure your beneficiary choices make sense for the future. Just give me a call or send me an e-mail – I’m happy to help you. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

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You are Running Out of Time! by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

If you had thoughts of trading up to your dream home, you are probably too late to get it at the bottom of the market - but there are still a few compelling reasons to move forward with your plans.

Kurt and Sheila live in Towne Lake and are top producing, Keller Williams Agents. They are short sale experts and CDPE certified.


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The remainder of the ride up in value will be much more rewarding in a home that took a larger fall coming down. Here’s something to think about. A home in Cherokee sold at the end of March for $299,900. This home sold for $530,000 in 2007. It was over 5,200 square feet and beautiful, but it was bank-owned. When home prices fully recover, is it

even possible for your home to appreciate $230,000 or more? Could you stomach selling your home for $40,000 less than it was worth at the end of 2007 if you could replace it with a home that could appreciate $230,000 or more? More wealth will be created when the housing market fully recovers than in any other time in our history. Today’s low interest rates are putting more expensive homes within your reach. Consider a homeowner with a $200,000 mortgage at 6 percent interest on a home that is now worth $180,000. This same homeowner can buy a $275,000 home for about the same payment (P&I) at today’s rates of 3.25 percent. A $275,000 home in this market is quite an upgrade for the homeowner that spent $200,000 before 2007. Also, how nice would it be to lock in a historically low interest rate on a home that would meet or exceed your present and future needs? Your home is likely more show-ready and able to attract a higher percentage of market value, while the home you continued on page 82

Health Care and the Job Applicant by Lynne Saunders

No one knows just how the health care situation will resolve, but one thing is sure… employers are making “knee-jerk” decisions. Employers are making cuts to employee schedules and are reducing head count to legally avoid government regulations and penalties. Some feel as if the companies are doing their workers an injustice while others understand that many companies will bankrupt and close because of Lynne is the Director of increased financial burdens. Papa’s Pantry and the MastersTrainingCenter. No matter what your political com, and she is an view, this is HOT! As a job-seeker, author. She can be you should pay attention. It used reached at (770) 591to be that employers could not 4730 or visit www. ask health questions during an interview. As of today, they still can’t, but this “rule” may change, and change soon. I ran into a friend the other day who works with a large health care insurance company. She talked openly about the tragic reduction of covered services. Simple diagnostic tests once covered are no more, requiring patients to pay up front. People are opting out because they can’t afford to pay for tests on top of increased premiums. What does this have to do with looking for a job? Everything! Companies providing health care coverage are now able to require employees to report many of their personal health numbers and statistics—weight, cholesterol and sugar just to name a few. Their “goal” is to “help” employees better manage health issues by “encouraging” weight loss diets, offering lifestyle adjustment classes, etc. to reduce employee health care costs. Employees have no choice but to report what is asked to keep their jobs and coverage. This is already happening. Job seekers are now under a much larger microscope. No longer is a hiring decision based entirely on one’s qualifications and experiences; it is also based on one’s perceived health. Do you have a few pounds to shed? Can your energy level use a dose of adrenalin? A fit job applicant just may find that they have an edge over higher qualified applicants who may have obvious issues such as obesity. Take this opportunity to take your health under control. Eat well and get outside and enjoy being active this month before it gets too hot. Begin a new, healthier lifestyle and it will help you get the edge to secure the job you desire! Keep going!

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MAY EVENT CALENDAR Ongoing through August

May 11

Ongoing through June

May 17–19

St. Michael the Archangel Preschool Registration Location: 490 Arnold Mill Road Information: For ages two to five. Visit or call (678) 213-1517. Sixes UMC Summer Mother’s Morning Out Registration Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July Ages: 18 months – 5 years Location: 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton Information: Email Jacquelyn Yelton at jacquelynann@gmail. com or call the church office at (770) 345-7644.

Single Mom’s Gas Give Away Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: City on a Hill UMC, 7745 Main Street Information: Visit or call (678) 445-3480. Tennis Tournament Benefitting C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Location: Eagle Watch Tennis Center Information: Benefitting C.H.O.I.C.E.S (Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully). For more information or to register, please visit or email

May 4

Kentucky Derby Day Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Rock Barn, Canton Information: Event will feature gourmet food, bourbon tasting, silent auction, competitive hat parade and contest. All proceeds will benefit educational programs at the Cherokee County History Museum. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at or by calling (770) 345-3288.

May 18–19

Canton Festival of Arts Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Downtown Canton Information: Artist market, serenity gardens, beer and wine garden, children’s experience, free parking and concessions. For schedules and more information, visit, email or call (770) 704-6244.

May 11

Gutter for Goshen Bowling Fundraiser Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Registration 1:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee Lanes, 1149 Marietta Highway, Canton Information: Benefitting United Way and Goshen Valley Boys’ Ranch. Cost will be $25 with door prizes and raffle drawings. Email or call (404) 437-5975.


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May 18

Free Document Shred Day Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Summit Financial Solutions, 1816 Eagle Drive, 100-A Information: No limit to amount of paper you can have shredded. Call (770) 928-8100.

May 18

Safe Kids Day Time: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Location: Target, 2022 Cumming Highway, Canton (Canton Marketplace) Information: Child passenger seat checks, games, inflatables and more.

May 22

June 1 –2

Cherokee Chorale Concert- “Night at the Copacabana” Times: June 1 & 3, 7:30 p.m. June 2, 3 p.m. Location: Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, Waleska Information: Call (678) 439-8625 or visit

Free Stroke Screening Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Information: Sponsored and conducted by Northside HospitalCherokee. The comprehensive screenings will include a risk assessment, blood pressure reading, total cholesterol (HDL, ratio of TC/HDL), glucose, a limited number of carotid ultrasounds and a one-on-one consultation with a healthcare professional. The screenings are free, but registration is required. Call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment.

SUMMER CAMPS June 3 – July 29 (Weekly)

Bits, Bytes and Bots Times: Half day 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full day 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Various locations in Cherokee and Cobb counties Cost: Half day $215 Full day $325 Information: Register online at or call (770) 826-0449

June 3, 10 and 17 (weekly)

Safety Town Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon Ages: Entering Kindergarten in fall 2013 Location: Bascomb Elementary School,1335 Wyngate Pkwy Cost: $75 Information: Visit

June 17-July 12 (weekly)

Timothy Lutheran Preschool Camp Shine Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages: Toilet trained, 3-10 Cost: $115 per session Information: Contact Barbara Bowler at (770) 924-7995 or email

June 17 – July 26

Camp Imagine Time: Varies with Camps Ages: 5-17 depending upon camp Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton Information: Visit, email info@ or call (770) 704-6244 for complete listings and information.

June 10–28, July 8 – 26 (weekly)

Towne Lake Community Church Day Camps Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ages: 4-9 Cost: $85/week with one time registration fee of $20 Information: Different themes each week. Email camp@ or call (678) 445-8766 X203.

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celebrating happy mother’s day!

Olivia Kirkland and her mom Tina

Sue Alexander with her mom Rose Turanin. “She is a wonderful, loving mother. The best I could ever ask for!” — Sue

Jean Wheeler with grandson Garrett Kiefer. “To a wonderful mom and grandma!” — Kara

Nora Elliott with sons (left to right) Zach, Cameron and Taylor.

Left to right: Cooper, mom Kristine and Parker

Robin Foster with sons (left to right) Jonathan, Luke and Ryan


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Melanie Moore with her daughter Jaclyn

Brooke LaHaye with sons Zachary and Joshua

Ruth Sitton (left) and Josephine Shannon. “Glenn and I were blessed to have both of our mothers celebrate Easter with us this year. Josephine, Glenn’s mom visited from Florida and hopefully will soon become a Georgia resident! She and my mother, Ruth Sitton, enjoyed sunny days visiting on the porch.” — Candi Hannigan

JoAnna Cheshire and son Warner

Shannen Yauger and daughter Samantha

Michelle McCulloch with her mom Bonnie Kuppinger. “Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Birthday Mom I Love You! — Michelle

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Canton Women Dedicated to Sharing Positive Birth Stories By Bonnie Clark

If you had told me years ago that I would one day give birth in my bedroom on purpose, I would have thought you were crazy. After one bad hospital experience and one good one (with a doula), I was fascinated with birth and the birth process. (A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.) The Bonnie is married to birth of my second child was Keenan Clark, owner of Clark Salon in Canton. redemptive to me, because I felt She is a full-time wife and like I was robbed of a beautiful mother of three and a experience with my first - mainly part-time runner, blogger because of my lack of knowledge. and Crossfitter. I was hungry for information on positive birth experiences and was especially intrigued by birth stories from women who described their experiences as wonderful, transformative and fear-free. Why is it that women are so quick to share their horrific birth stories with other women (especially pregnant women)? My dear friend Maureen organized our first Birth Forum in 2011. She and I have been blessed to share experiences as we were pregnant at the same time and have children the same ages. She has had three beautiful, natural births and is quick to share encouragement to new and expectant mothers. Since the first forum, it has been incredible to hear the stories of empowering birth, ecstatic birth, natural birth, VBAC, natural breech and even a natural twin birth. These stories were so refreshing when compared to the stories you usually hear or see depicted on television. Even more encouraging were the mothers who, after listening to the negative stories, felt like something was missing from their previous births. Many left that forum determined to learn and have a better birth the next time. We named our group A Better Birth and we meet semiannually to share positive experiences and encouragement. One expectant young woman who attended our first forum went on to have a beautiful birth and even became a doula. So what is a “better birth?” A better birth looks different for every woman. A better birth is an empowered birth where the mother is informed, educated, supported and in control of the decision making. A better birth is one that doesn’t happen to her but happens because of her. When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, I knew that a better birth for me was a home birth. I know that home birth isn’t for everyone, but it was the right decision for our family, and I will forever treasure the memory. I truly believe that birth is transformative for a woman. I feel like I was re-born 26

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“A better birth is an empowered birth where the mother is informed, educated, supported and in control of the decision making.” with the birth of each of my children. Through each experience, I have learned so much. I’ve learned that while childbirth may not be pain-free, it can be fear-free. I’ve learned that God created an amazing body and a powerful mind. Childbirth has made me more confident in myself as a woman, wife and mother. It is my prayer that every woman can experience birth the way she wants to, so she can carry the memories in her heart as a gift. The next Better Birth open forum will be held May 14. Call Bonnie at (404) 610-9490 for time and location and to RSVP.

Bonnie with Andre, 4, Selah, 3, and Amera, 1

Are You Man Enough? by Kara Kiefer

My oldest son recently turned 21, and in honor of this momentous occasion, we took a trip to New Orleans where we met my parents and my sister and her husband. We enjoyed a long weekend of sightseeing, amazing food and memorable moments. We did a swamp tour, a city tour and walked miles around the French Quarter. But it was the trip to the pepper store that provided the best entertainment of the weekend. Kara Kiefer is the editor The store contained hundreds of of the TowneLaker. She lives in Towne Lake pepper sauces and products, many with her husband Mike of which were available for tasting. and sons Brandon and The heat of the sauces ranged on a Garrett. scale of 1–10, 10 being on the hot end. There was a sauce, 10 +++ that required the taster to sign a waiver. Of course, my oldest son jumped all over this, and, in his big brother fashion, convinced my younger son to try it. Before my son took his sample, an employee of the store explained the likely scenario, once my son ate the sauce. Within 30 seconds, he would begin to feel the intense heat in the back of his mouth, and the heat would travel down his body to his stomach. Only when the burning reached his stomach, would he be offered the cooling effect of cream cheese. My son confirmed that he was ready to man up for this challenge, and he put the smallest amount of 10+++ sauce on a tortilla chip and ate it. It wasn’t exactly 30 seconds before the burning began, it was more like 10. When my son swallowed the sauce, his face

became beet red and his eyes began to tear. This was just the show the employees were hoping for, and quite a crowd gathered around my son…to watch him suffer. My son is a good sport and laughed along with the crowd, in between cringing in pain and wiping his eyes due to the large amount of water flowing from them. As his face turned more red and more water filled his eyes, he was asked to wear the “crown” of victory along with pepper sunglasses and get his picture taken. He managed to smile his way through the photo, but it was clear that he needed relief. He was given his cream cheese fix which, according to him, didn’t really help. After 15 minutes, the entire ordeal was over, and my son was back to normal. As we were leaving the store, we saw a girl take the challenge. She was definitely “man enough” because she didn’t cringe or shed one single tear. The other men who were in our group, however, weren’t man enough. They all passed.


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If you would like to make a donation, please visit www. everydayangels to donate via Paypal or send your donations to: Everyday Angels, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA, 30189. One hundred percent of your funds will go to the family you specify. Also, if you know of a special need within your community that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to aaeverydayangels@ for consideration and qualification.

“In March, 2011, my husband of 10 years announced that he had taken another job in another state, and he would be leaving me here with our three kids and had filed for divorce. I received the paperwork the next day. Naturally, I took this very hard. I had poured my entire life into our three kids, trying to be both mom and dad while my husband was on the road. Yes, he provided for us materially, but had emotionally checked out long before I had even realized it. For the next two years, I refused to accept my new reality. I remained bitter and angry each day and fought him at every angle. I am embarrassed to say that I actually tried turning our kids against him since I felt that was the way to hurt him most. I was determined to make him regret his selfish decision for the rest of his life. I spent two long years of my life in this unhealthy physical and emotional state. Finally, I found a decent job and moved our family into a smaller home that I could afford. It was a very big step for me. During those long years, my mom, Joan, was always there for me. She is the only family I have in the area, and she spent each day lovingly helping me through my ugly divorce. She somehow showed me unconditional love when I wasn’t always worthy. She was quick to disagree with

ways that I was handling things and saw things from a different perspective – one that I didn’t always agree with. These tough times made my mom and I closer and helped me realize how much I need and appreciate her. This past December, my mom suffered a severe stroke, leaving her in a wheelchair. Of course, I would be here for her now. I have temporarily moved her in with our family and am once again adapting to new circumstances. I can not quit my job because I need the insurance, but I was able to reduce my hours, which allows me to care and provide for my mom and my children. I know that God does not give us more than we can handle, and I cannot imagine what treasures he is storing up for me one day. I am truly tired, but I am not broken. My mom taught me that. I have already learned more these past years than most people do in a lifetime. I am determined to survive, but I need some relief. If your organization could spare some gas or grocery cards, it would allow me to pay my utilities and get caught up. I would be extremely grateful. I share my story because I know of others that are forced into similar situations – whether they are single parents or are caring for their own parents. It is becoming quite common these days. Don’t allow your circumstances or the selfish acts of others take away your joy and consume your spirit with bitterness. Life is too precious. Embrace the journey – even if it’s a bumpy ride.”—Jen

Everyday Angels will assist this family with their gas and grocery expenses and will help with one of their utility bills. We try to keep gift cards on hand when circumstances arise. Next time you are in the grocery line, grab a card or two and drop them in the mail to Everyday Angels for qualified family relief. 28

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TOWNE LAKE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each will be presented to the two winners of the 11th Annual TLBA (Towne Lake Business Association) Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship Awards during Etowah and Woodstock High Schools’ Honors Programs. Please read next month’s column in the TowneLaker for more information about each of our winners. Our 12th Annual TLBA Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. The proceeds from this annual tournament fund our annual Entrepreneurial Scholarships mentioned above. To sign up to play, sponsor or volunteer, please contact Jon LaMonte (Tournament Chairperson) at The topic of our April Workshop was “Cutting through the Social Media Clutter to Find What Works for Your Business.” We want to thank Elaine Reed of Elaine Interactive for the presentation.

Lunch ‘N’ Learn Workshop

Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 — 2 p.m. Please check our website at for further information on the topic and speaker. All Workshops are held at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills. Please RSVP to all events to We welcome anyone interested in finding out more about the TLBA to join us at our next Lunch ‘N’ Learn Workshop. As always, thank you for supporting our community by “Keeping Towne Lake Dollars in Cherokee.” Visit us at


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TLBA SPOTLIGHT Woodstock Chiropractic How would you like to live an active, healthy, quality of life for 80, 90, 100 years and beyond? At Woodstock Chiropractic, that is part of our mission in the community. We achieve this by helping you have a healthy spine and nervous system through safe, specific, and scientific chiropractic care. Through a properly functioning nervous system, which controls every function of your body, you will be inspired to adjust your lifestyle and achieve optimum health and peak performance. If you or a loved one are in the Mark Ghali middle of a health crisis, or you want to live a healthier lifestyle, chiropractic can make a difference! As a new and thriving practice in the Woodstock community, we would like the opportunity to earn your families trust and business. We are conveniently located across the street from Hobgood Park on Bells Ferry Road and welcome patients of all ages and walks of life. Call for your appointment today! We are located at 1501 Regency Way, (770) 693-7618.

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Musings from Towne: Soap and Water by Robyn Hohensee

Recently, an acquaintance of mine gave me a handful of anti-aging, skin care cleansing product samples. She was selling cosmetics with a well known company and wanted me to try out these samples in hopes that I would become one of her loyal and delighted customers. That was not to be. I threw those samples in the trash the first chance I got. You see, I rebel against the notion that by using over-priced skin care Robyn Hohensee has products, I could take years off of resided in Towne Lake with her husband Todd my face. I laugh out loud at the for 17 years. She is thought! You see, I have used currently working on a soap and water to clean my face children’s book and an all of my life. Sometimes I get a adult fiction novel. compliment on how nice my skin is Feel free to contact her at and am asked what I use to keep it looking so fresh. I simply answer, “Soap and water.” The person looks at me with a confused expression and incredulously asks, “Really?! Just soap and water?” I reply with a smile,“That’s it.” And wonder why it is such a big deal. I have entered the half century mark in my life and am made aware everyday how youth oriented our society is. Once you hit my age, you are no longer considered “hip.” Commercials and magazine ads implore you to fight the shameful signs of aging or you will not be noticed and considered attractive. I


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“I am not ashamed of getting older and think it is sad that we live in a country that devalues the natural aging process and the elderly in general.“ am not ashamed of getting older and think it is sad that we live in a country that devalues the natural aging process and the elderly in general. A certain amount of vanity is a healthy thing; however, I do thumb my nose up at the idea that I have to look ten to twenty years younger than I am in order to be considered attractive. Hogwash I say! I have earned every grey hair and laugh line on my face. I wear them proudly because it shows the world that I have lived a passionate, full and adventurous life and that I am a survivor. For every person who feels the way I do about these types of products, there will be just as many who swear by them. As for me, I will save my money and continue to wash my face with soap and water. And just for the record, I use a bar of Ivory soap.

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Spring Is in Swing by Jyl Craven

Spring is in full swing, which means you’ll soon begin spending much more time outside soaking up Vitamin D! What you may not be aware of is the damage that extended sun exposure can do to your hair. Although outdoor activities mean a bronzed body, too much sun can also bring about dry, sensitized, and lifeless hair. Why not provide your locks with the right protection? Just Jyl Craven is the owner as your skin needs moisture of Jyl Craven Hair Design. She is L`Oreal and SPF, your hair needs Professionnel Certified products to maintain its vitality Colorist and Sassoon and beauty. Available at your Certified Cutter and a local professional salon are Member of Intercoiffure amazing hair care lines designed America / Canada. Jyl can be reached at specifically for sun exposure. (770) 345-9411 or From moisturizing leave-in treatments to UV defense masks, you’re sure to be provided the best resistance against this season’s harsh sun. Another damaging element in this fun-filled time of year is chlorine and salt water contact. As the neighborhood pools begin to warm and family vacations commence, protecting your mane often gets ignored. But just ask your blonde friends, as they know all too well how repeated trips to the swimming pool can affect your color. Luckily, by implementing solar care into


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“Why not provide your locks with the right protection? Just as your skin needs moisture and SPF, your hair needs products to maintain its vitality and beauty.” your hair routine, you can prevent that extra trip to the salon. When purchasing hair care to protect against the harsh warmseason elements, consider looking for products that contain: • Ceramides and Pro-vitamin B5: Great for reinforcing the cuticle and improving water retention to make the hair fiber more supple. • Glycerin: Excellent for improving the hydrating properties that ensure smooth touch. • Photo-Defense Filters: These filters absorb UV rays during sun exposure and prevent deterioration of the hair fiber. Also, do not underestimate the power of a keratin smoothing treatment! These restorative systems work from the inside out to considerably reduce frizz and ease daily styling. Typically, your blow dry time will be cut in half by using a smoothing treatment. In fact, many people find they enjoy their look air dried, which is a perfect option for those of us spending our summer on Lake Allatoona. So why not treat yourself to a stress-free ‘do? Make this upcoming summer your most beautiful one yet by protecting your best feature and keeping your color flawless.

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An Elegant Life by Dee Locklin

You can usually spot a traditional Southern gal by a quick tour of her dining room. Shining brightly behind hutch doors and within felt lined drawers you will find lovely silver, china and crystal stemware. I’m not saying that my non-Southern friends lack these niceties, but a Girl Raised in The South pretty much selects her table patterns sometime before puberty. I, for one, decided on my bone china before owning a Dee Locklin is retired single pot to boil an egg. from Georgia State My engagement period had University. She lives in Towne Lake with little to do with my betrothed. husband Lewis and It was all about registering both son Taylor in a formal and everyday dishes, cluttered home filled glasses and silverware. Forget with love and lots stuff like sheets, towels and food of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at processors coveted by most of today’s brides. In my day, it was essential to return from the honeymoon to elegant place settings for 12, preferably nestled in well-lighted china cabinets to best display the newlywed’s treasures. Lewis and I lived in a mobile home in rural Alabama following our nuptials. Know that opportunities to pull out the sterling and crystal were rather limited in those first years. Then we became parents, and paper plates graced our table most


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evenings. Yes, we entertained a fair amount, but our soirees were casual and characterized by convenience. And as a career warrior, I was too tired on Christmas Eves and Easter Days to haul out the good stuff and deal with all the hand washing. So our treasured patterns continued to gather dust. It’s been many years since I’ve thought about my bridal dreams of entertaining with formal elegance. My husband and I enjoyed decades of fun hosting backyard barbeques, tapasthemed happy hours and pasta dinners served on plain white plates. Indeed, over the years our guests evolved into lifelong friends who never once complained about our hospitality. But our recent home renovations found me carefully wrapping and boxing a semi-truckload full of china and crystal in an effort to clear rooms for the installation of hardwood floors. It was then that I began to ponder the fate of my treasures— my culinary equivalent of a young girl’s hope chest. Let’s face it; as parents of one child, our future does not include large family gatherings with a gaggle of grandchildren seated around the card table next to the grown-ups eating off Limoges china for Sunday dinner. Our 20-year-old son says he has absolutely zero interest in any of our possessions. And knowing him, this position will not change. He’s a nontraditional kind of guy. I imagine his future wife will register at a local tattoo parlor or request gifts of money for a honeymoon to Antarctica to save penguins and oceanic bacteria. We will love her, of course, despite differing generational priorities. But I find myself still caring for my elegant treasures—my possessions that require an abundance of square footage at a time when my husband and I strive to downsize. I find myself unable to part with my beloved china, crystal and silver patterns continued on page 82

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Summer Weddings by Shelley Herod

Marriage is no doubt a match made in heaven. Bright, sunshiny days are symbolic to starting a new life; therefore, May through August is the popular time of year for weddings. The summer season has so many advantages when selecting a venue, styling your wedding and deciding your design. A summer wedding has such a variety of backdrops. There are so many indoor and outdoor venues and spaces available. A Shelley lives in Towne scenic beach, botanical garden or Lake and owns her own interior design company. beautifully manicured lawns are She can be reached at romantic ideal settings for this (770) 235-5640. desired season. If rustic is what you seek, a barn or winery might be ideal. Not forgetting wedding halls, ballrooms or country clubs are always an elegant option. Many still prefer a traditional church wedding. Once the venue is selected, it will begin to determine the


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look or style for the rest of the special day. Imagine lanterns filled with sand, seashells, sea glass and candles on a beach with waves crashing in the background. Or a garden wedding adorned with lush greenery and flowering plants, possibly vintage birdcages filled with seasonal flowers adorning the tabletops. Today’s trend is more of a rustic look. This tends to be a more casual inspired style, but the possibilities are endless. If an outdoor evening wedding is what you seek, string lights hung overhead, lit lanterns and a variety of candle accents are always a romantic way to create an enchanted look. Draping is no longer only used indoors. A sheer fabric draped through the trees outdoors or amongst the beams in a barn create a fairytale appearance and brings romance and elegance to any venue. Decorations on the reception guest tables, estate table, buffet table and cake table always make a big statement. Many venues provide basic black or white table linen. Depending on your venue choice, table overlays (accent tablecloths) always add that extra touch. Overlays come in a variety of colors and textures. Example: if your wedding is black, white, and hot pink, a white tablecloth with a black overlay topped with hot pink continued on page 82

The Two B’s: Barolo and Barbaresco by David Heckelmoser

Have you heard of Barolo or Barbaresco, the two B’s? Both of these wines are from the Piedmont region located in northwest Italy. Piedmont literally means “foot of the mountains” as the area is surrounded by the Alps. These are two legendary wines that come from the same grape called Nebbiolo, but they have some distinct differences. They are produced no farther than 10 miles apart. How could these David Heckelmoser is wines from the same grape be so a Towne Lake resident and professional different? member of the Society Let’s review; Barolo is a big, of Wine Educators, tannic, bold wine. The classic Certified Specialist of Barolo style is the famous “tar and Wine CSW, Atlanta roses” aroma with a bright ruby Chapter Sommelier Les Marmition. color, firm tannins, high acidity and high alcohol. Before the wine is released, the wine must be aged for a minimum of 36 months; 18 months of that aging must be in the barrel and the remainder in the bottle. A Barolo “resivera” must be aged for a minimum of 60 months. A classic Barolo usually needs about 10 year’s total of aging before the tannins have become softer and the wine is more pleasurable to drink. Today the modern winemakers and trends in the worldwide market favor a fruiter, less tannic wine that could be consumed when young. This has caused a rub with the traditionalists, and hence the “Barolo Wars” were created. The Barbaresco region receives a slight maritime influence,

which allows Nebbiolo to ripen here a little earlier than it does in the Barolo zone. Generally less tannic, Barbaresco tend to be more elegant and approachable in their youth. Just like Barolo they also have regulations on when the wine can be released for sale; a minimum of two years aging and at least one year in oak and four years minimum for “riserva” wines. The suggested aging for these wines is at least five years after vintage before they should be consumed. Barbaresco has bouquets of roses or violets with flavor notes of cherry, fennel and licorice. The most pronounced difference between the two wines is that the tannins of Barbaresco tend to soften quicker, which can make the wines more approachable to drink at an earlier age but won’t allow it to age for as long as a traditionally made Barolo. The smaller vineyard areas mean that annual production of Barbaresco is around 35% the production of Barolo, and therefore the wines are not as widely available on the market. Food and wine pairings: both wines will accommodate beef, either braised or grilled. Hard or flavored cheeses will also work. Work some white truffles or truffle oil into your recipe for a time-honored classic pairing. To visit my website, Until next time, cheers! scan this code

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Yellow Polka Dot! by Chicka Elloy

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


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It is getting warmer and I am already fretting the conversations from our six year old around “why can’t I wear a bikini to the pool?” Society’s standards of modesty have changed so much over my lifetime. Culture no longer guides us on how we “should” dress or behave; marketing now supposes what is cool, accepted and expected, and thus we need to dress this way. The dictionary tells us that to be modest is to avoid impropriety or indecency, to be reserved in purity matters, and to be unpretentious in appearance. It is basically stating that a modest person does not call attention to themselves by the way they dress, behave or speak. All I want for our dads out there is to know why they lean one way or the other.

Oh, the opposite of modest is flashy, arrogant or excessive. In order to teach our daughters to value modesty in a world where it is seen as prudish, we need to be less concerned in dressing “cool” and more concerned about what message that dress is sending to the world around us by educating ourselves on culture’s messages. Simple, right? It’s easy for dad to say, “I’m the parent and you will do what I decide,” but while that approach may bring about outward conformity to the standard, it will not help your daughters to begin to value modesty in their own minds and hearts. Instead, we can help them to understand why modesty is such an important character belief for the family. As a parent, that begins with you: Model modest forms of behaviors. What are you wearing, watching or wailing about on TV, and what does that NFL commercial give them permission to do? Minimizing the impact of consumer brand name mentality begins when we decide to teach them that every brand name has a used by date on it. We need to counteract our culture’s influence by placing value on character and positive behaviors above fashion and appearance. After all, the way a girl dresses will also impact continued on page 82

Intention by Peter Allen

Intention is a very powerful tool that can be used in many ways to achieve great results in business and in life. We live in challenging times. Our financial security is not as secure as it once was. Local and global government policies that affect our way of life are rapidly changing. Our economy is turbulent. We all have questions about the future, now more than ever. Each business, career Peter Allen has a and life has its own unique set degree in Business Management and holds of challenges that need to be several certificates from solved so we can enjoy a life coaching institutes of good health, prosperity and for life, business happiness. Today’s new and relationships and exciting technologies along with retirement. He can be reached at (770) a sea of information to draw from 977-2232. peteaca@ can help us with these challenges. But we all face the problem of what to attend to now and what resources to use to create a more fulfilling life and business. It can be overwhelming. That is where using the tool of intention can be a big asset in getting started to create the results you want and more. Here is how intention can work for you in your business and personal life. • Set a clear intention of what you want as an outcome. • Commit it to writing. • Each day, strive to put emotion and feeling behind your intention.

“The more you learn how to apply intention, the more powerful your results will be...” Now you have employed the endless energy of the universe to work for you. You will be led to the right people, information, thoughts and actions to fulfill your intention. It sounds really simple. It is, but it takes commitment. The hard part is developing the habit of doing it each day. The more you learn how to apply intention, the more powerful your results will be, which equals a more enjoyable life and business. Start out with little steps. At the start of each day, set your intention for that day. How do you want your day to flow? How do you want to look, feel and nourish yourself? What outcomes would you like to have from the interactions that you know you will face that day? It could be with family, friends, associates, clients or vendors. It might be something that happens as you go through your day. For example, if you find yourself in a phone conversation and you realize that it is going to be challenging, you could put the person on hold for a moment and make an intention on how you would like the call to go. Then get back to the call and let your intention guide you. You can set intentions throughout the day and at night before you go to bed. When you are aware and consciously utilizing intentions each day, you will be surprised at how much better your life and your business will flow. You should make intention setting a habit, so do it for 30 days. I look forward to hearing some of your successes. You may respond to me by email or phone. This is living your life and conducting your business with purpose rather than by default.

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En Vogue, Outside By Claire Mabry

As the weather warms, people flock to restaurant patios to eat, drink and generally be merry. However, there’s something to be said for staying home too. With little effort, your patio could be a haven worth visiting. Backyard barbeques are a huge perk of living in the south, but there’s no reason we can’t do it in style! The hottest trend in outdoor living is making the space as comfortable as the inside (i.e. Claire is an independent we’re turning away from the blogger, living with her fiancé and their bulky patio sets of decades two dogs. For more passed). Here are some tips on information, go to upgrading your patio without abigbearandhishunny. breaking the bank. Add some warmth. A fire pit makes a hot focal point and conveys the same coziness outside as it does in. You can find one at any hardware store for a reasonable price. Now, ditch that hulking patio table! With the fire pit only taking up half the space, your outsides are sure to shine. Don’t toss those patio chairs yet. Just spruce them up with outdoor pillows. Nothing makes the rustic feel of a fire ignite like pops of color. Outdoor pillows are a great way to modernize the patio, and you can easily craft them yourself. (Don’t freak out. It’s easy.) If you have dingy throw pillows lying around, you can breathe new life into them by covering them in an outdoor-friendly fabric. Now


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you’re stylish and crafty. Since the regretful passing of that patio table has left us without a place to set our margaritas, we’re in the market for end tables. The solution? TV trays. Slap a coat of paint on them, and they’re good to go! Stick with paint colors that compliment your pillows. Option two: pick up a few heaps of firewood, and tie them together with a thick, pretty rope. Then, top it with a fabulous serving tray. “Tray” chic! Now for the finishing touches: get rid of that dated exterior light. Did you know that mason jars fit most sockets? Try an antique mason jar. (What southern gal doesn’t love a mason jar?) Add a few potted plants here and there, and it’s complete! The opposing modern and rustic styles compliment each other just like the juxtaposition of bringing the inside out. (Oh! It all comes full circle.) Go ahead and make the effort so you can spend the rest of the summer sweet tea in hand, relaxing in your outdoor oasis.

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Health & Wellness

Pesky Saliva is a Blessing in Disguise by Dr. Scott R. Harden

There is no doubt that working inside people’s mouths every day is not a profession many people would consider. Why would anyone want to be a dentist? There is nothing attractive about decayed teeth, gum disease, unruly tongues, gag reflexes, patients with dental anxiety and most importantly, the endless river of saliva. As a dentist, I work diligently to remove decay from a tooth Dr. Scott Harden is a and place a band around it dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry to contain the white filling. I and has served the place cotton rolls everywhere Towne Lake area for possible to isolate the tooth, and more than 21 years. I place adhesives on the tooth He is a Dental Advisor to chemically retain the filling, for two nationally renowned dental but many times as I reach for the research companies. filling material, a “river” of saliva You can reach him at will begin. I will request “suction” (770) 926-0000 or visit to the dental assistant, and the war on saliva begins again. It is a never-ending battle that plagues dental professionals every day. The most challenging patients are teenagers and pregnant females, which seem to sometimes produce gallons per minute. Thinking about saliva and the dentist reminds me of Bill Cosby’s skit about going to the dentist and his famous line, “Hey… I have saliba hangin’ from my bottom lipa.” After explaining how he wiggled his head, tried to blow the saliva off his lower lip and leaned back to snap the saliva in half—unsuccessfully, leaving a long line of saliva that stretched from his lower lip to the old dental spittoons of yesteryear—Bill Cosby’s fans laughed hysterically. Even Bill Cosby understood the challenge of saliva in dentistry. Saliva has numerous functions and proves to be extremely beneficial to our bodies. Functions of saliva: 1. It is the first stage of digestion. 2. Saliva helps to prevent bacterial build-up of plaque on the teeth by neutralizing pH and washing away food particles. 3. Saliva contains antibacterial agents. 4. Iodide is found in saliva and possibly provides antioxidant and anti-tumor activity, as well as prevents oral and salivary gland diseases. 5. The lubricating function of saliva allows food to pass more easily from the mouth into the esophagus.


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“Saliva production is one of those daily occurrences we are accustomed to and which provides us normal chewing and swallowing.” Saliva, although an ominous foe of dental procedures, has earned its respect in the dental profession. Dentists, hygienists and dental assistants alike have all learned to cope with saliva. Our weapon of choice is the saliva ejector to suck up unwanted saliva, which challenges the dry environment we strive to maintain. Another tool for safeguarding against saliva is the rubber dam, a sheet of latex strategically placed around a tooth, acting as a barrier. Saliva production is one of those daily occurrences we are accustomed to and which provides us normal chewing and swallowing. The average person swallows 600 times per day. Imagine if you did not produce saliva, which is the case for many people who suffer from a condition known as “dry mouth.” Dry mouth can occur from smoking products, medications, infections, diseases, trauma and surgery. More than 1,000 medications cause dry mouth, including antihistamines, pain relievers, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and medicines that treat chemotherapy side affects, hypertension, obesity, acne, mental disorders, asthma and epilepsy. Dry mouth can also be attributed to certain diseases, infections or medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, the mumps or a stroke. This article was inspired by Ann, one of my original patients from more than 20 years ago, who moved away to Maine for many years and recently returned to my office for dental care. She has dry mouth due to a condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, an immune disease, which attacks the exocrine glands that produce saliva. Her dry mouth resulted in advanced tooth decay over the years and required numerous tooth extractions and many implants to replace her missing teeth. Dentures were not a good treatment solution for Ann, because her skin was very sensitive to dentures without the lubrication normally produced by saliva. Dry mouth is a serious dilemma in dentistry and requires careful considerations and planning by the dentist to offer rinses to replace saliva and coordinate treatment and homecare to maximize patient’s oral health. Otherwise, for the majority of our patients, we tolerate that river of saliva because in reality it isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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Health & Wellness

Allergies and Chiropractic By Dr. Van Tran

What does having an allergy mean? An allergy refers to an exaggerated reaction by your immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. It is exaggerated because these foreign substances are usually seen by the body as harmless and no response occurs in non-allergic people. Allergic people’s bodies recognize the foreign substance and one part of the immune system is turned Dr. Van Tran is a board on. Allergy-producing substances certified chiropractor with Discover Chiropractic. He are called allergens. Examples can be reached at (770) of allergens include pollens, 516-9900. dust mite, molds, dander and foods. When an allergen comes in contact with the body, it causes the immune system to develop an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to it. Allergies can develop at any age, even possibly in the womb. They commonly


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“Allergic people’s bodies recognize the foreign substance and one part of the immune system is turned on.” occur in children but may give rise to symptoms for first time in adulthood. Can You Achieve Allergy Relief through Chiropractic Care? Most people never think about it, but chiropractic care can help provide allergy relief. It can help with keeping the body at peak performance. Chiropractic also releases stress on a patient’s nervous system, allowing the immune system to operate more effectively, which is beneficial to everyone, especially those suffering from allergies. The chiropractic approach is to remove subluxations, a term for a misaligned spinal vertebra pinching a nerve. Subluxations place stress on the nervous system. Your body will work more effectively to neutralize the allergy-causing chemicals in your environment if it is free from nervous system stress. No matter what disease or condition you may have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. A healthy spine can improve your life.

Stave off a Stroke By Kim Anker, RN, BSN Director of Neuroscience at Northside Hospital

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans and the number one cause of disability in adults. That’s the bad news. The good news is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The following tips can help prevent a stroke and keep you happy and healthy for years to come. Know Your Risk Anyone at any age can have a stroke, but certain factors, like being 55 or older and having a family history, can put you at a greater risk. Luckily, there are many preventable risk factors that you can manage to dramatically reduce your chance of having a stroke. The following tips can help prevent a stroke and keep you happy and healthy for years to come.

“Yes, you know smoking is bad, but puffing away can increase your chance of stroke by nearly four-fold.” • Control high blood pressure. Hypertension is the most potent risk factor for stroke. It may run in the family, but you can manage your blood pressure by cutting down salt, increasing potassium intake by eating more fruits and veggies and exercising. Your doctor may also prescribe some medicines to help lower your blood pressure. • Quit Smoking. Yes, you know smoking is bad, but puffing away can increase your chance of stroke by nearly fourfold. The nicotine in cigarettes raises blood pressure while the carbon monoxide from smoking reduces the amount of oxygen your blood can carry to the brain. Cigarette smoke also makes your blood thicker and more likely to clot. All of these increase your risk for stroke and provide even more incentives to kick the butt(s) for good. • Managing Diabetes and High Cholesterol. You may think this disorder only affects the body’s ability to process sugar, but it also can cause destructive changes in the blood vessels throughout the body, including the brain. Treating diabetes can delay the onset of complications that increase the risk of stroke. • Shed the extra pounds. Having a waistline measurement equal to or above the acceptable cutoff measurement (40 inches for men, 35 inches for women) increases the risk of having a stroke three-fold. Even a 5% loss of body weight can greatly reduce your chance of stroke. Free Stroke Screenings For more information about your stroke risk, upcoming stroke screenings and support groups, go to strokecenter.

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Health & Wellness

Mosquito Repellent DEET Less Effective by rick coughlin

A recent study published by “PLoS One” suggests that mosquitoes are able to ignore the scent of DEET three hours after being exposed to it. DEET has been the most common protector against mosquito bites that can transmit deadly diseases, such as West Nile Virus, Malaria and Dengue Fever. Products that contain DEET come in many different forms, including liquids, sprays and lotions. It has been Rick Coughlin is the used by the public since 1957. owner of The Mosquito Authority. Email him at In this latest study, Dr. Logan and his colleagues from the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine discovered a non-genetic response in mosquitoes that occurred due to short term changes. They studied the changes in response to DEET in common mosquitoes. They discovered that a slight exposure


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was enough to make some mosquitoes less sensitive to the repellant. Three hours following exposure, the mosquitoes were seeking out attractants that have been previously exposed to DEET. Dr. Logan, medical entomologist and chief scientific officer for the Arthropod Control Product Test Center, said, “ We think that mosquitoes are habituating to the repellant similar to the phenomenon seen with the human sense of smell. This doesn’t mean that we should stop using repellants. However, we are keeping an eye on how mosquitoes can overcome DEET and ways we can combat this.” This is extremely important to keep in mind while trying to protect your family and pets from mosquitoes. According to the CDC, there were two cases of west Nile virus in Cherokee County last year. If you do use DEET, please apply it as often as the product label recommends. Another great way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is to have a barrier spray applied by a professional. A barrier spay contains a mild pesticide that is less toxic then DEET that will keep mosquitoes out of the protected area for three weeks at a time. If you have any questions about mosquito control in your yard, please feel free to email me at

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Feeling Great on the Inside…. Looking Great on the Outside call, to the consultation, procedures and follow-up, all of our staff works together to provide the best service and results for each patient.”

More Surgeons Equals More Expertise and Flexibility

As we grow older, we learn the right things to do for our bodies, inside and out. We exercise; we try to eat right; we use sunscreen. Then, why, when we look in the mirror, doesn’t the reflection of that person reflect the person we feel we are on the inside? The mirror reflects the passing of time, maybe more than we want! Our skin loses elasticity, which results in sagging and wrinkles. Our bodies don’t bounce back as quickly after childbirth leaving us self-conscious or our weight loss efforts don’t seem to work on a few very stubborn areas, which leads to a lot of frustration. Most people want to age gracefully, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a little extra help to enhance your natural beauty to help you feel as good on the outside as you do on the inside. Woodstock and the Towne Lake area are fortunate to have top-notch, board-certified plastic surgeons in our backyard — Marietta Plastic Surgery. Marietta Plastic Surgery (MPS) has two locations, Marietta and Woodstock. The practice initially started in Marietta, bringing high quality plastic surgical care to the suburbs. Noticing the great growth and expansion in Woodstock and beyond, MPS chose the Towne Lake area to develop its second location, giving residents access to experienced aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons without traveling great distances. MPS includes five expertly trained, board-certified plastic surgeons who take the time to get to know each individual and work closely with the patient to offer the best solution to achieve the desired results. Doctors West, McNeel, Fabian, Hanna and Symbas together have more than 60 years of experience practicing in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Hanna stated, “At MPS, we are always striving to give our patients the best experience from the beginning to the end; from the first phone


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A multi-physician practice offers several advantages for patients. The doctors at MPS are a close knit group who work well together with mutual respect for the rigorous training completed by each. They share the same philosophy for the care and safety of their patients. Immediately at hand, each doctor has four other brilliant minds to collaborate with on cases and also has the ability of calling on the others’ experience and expertise to help provide the best options for patients. Together, the doctors reach a consensus on the best practices for the patients they treat. Additionally, when one doctor attends a seminar or training session, he’s able to share that knowledge with his colleagues. Another advantage to a multi-physician practice is the amount of coverage and flexibility available to patients with respect to office hours, scheduling procedures and having doctors on call when needed. A surgeon is also always available at the two office locations, ensuring that patients will be able to discuss any questions or concerns directly with a physician—not a nurse or medical assistant. And a doctor is always available on call, unlike a single surgeon practice where the doctor must rely on outside coverage when he is not available.

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MPS offers full plastic surgery services as well as many noninvasive procedures, all under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeons. One of the most popular procedures for women today in their late 30s and 40s is a “Mommy Makeover.” This typically includes breast and abdominal surgery, allowing women to return to their “pre-baby” bodies. Facial procedures

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. John Symbas, Dr. Keith Hanna, Dr. Keith West, Dr. Thaddeus Fabian, Dr. Michael McNeel, and the staff at Marietta Plastic Surgery.

also are a popular option for many women in their 40s and older. There are many invasive and non-invasive procedures that can help women maintain a youthful appearance without making it apparent she has had work done. New technologies that MPS is offering patients include the Vectra, Touch MD and Patient Pads. The Vectra is a threedimensional photographic imaging system that allows patients to see what the results of a procedure may look like, which can be both informative and exhilarating for patients. Touch MD is an electronic copy of a patient’s consultation that can be reviewed at home and shared with a family member. The file can include the Vectra images, any drawings made by the doctor and documents used in the consultation. The Patient Pad is an interactive electronic device available in the waiting room and exam rooms to allow patients to learn about products and procedures that they may be considering. One of the newest procedures at MPS is the Harvard developed science of Cool Sculpting®, which is non-invasive fat removal. The procedure freezes fat cells and requires no surgery, sedation, medication or downtime. A patient can watch television, talk on the phone or simply sleep while having the procedure. Another distinct difference about MPS is that only physicians administer injectables, such as BOTOX®, to patients, allowing the doctor to assess if it is the best option for

the patient. Dr. McNeel noted an advantage to these products: “Injectables provide a bridge for patients to delay the need for facial surgery longer.”

Don’t Be Fooled by a Pretty Price

It’s not difficult to find a “deal” on certain plastic surgery procedures including injectables, fillers and liposuction, but it’s important to do your homework. Dr. Fabian strongly urges against using price as a determining factor in choosing a procedure and where to have the procedure done. A boardcertified plastic surgeon has many years of specialized training in all types of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Liposuction is considered surgery and should only be performed by a skilled and board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited hospitalgrade facility. Many MPS patients are surprised to find that its prices and fees are extremely competitive, and the practice offers flexible financing options, allowing patients to budget for procedures. Any type of surgery requires careful consideration, and any decision to alter your appearance should not be taken lightly. MPS offers impeccable credentials, expertise and talent to make your transformation a complete success. If you’re ready to make a change, call MPS today for a consultation. Photos by Dan Carmody/ Studio 7

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Farmer’s Markets May marks the month that many local Farmer’s Markets begin their season. Below is a list of local and somewhat local markets.

Downtown Woodstock

Reinhardt University

Marietta Square

Cherokee Fresh Market

Dates: Saturdays, May 25- October 26 Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Parking lot at corner of Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway

Dates: Open Year Round Times: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon Sundays, noon – 3 p.m. Location: 62 Church Street, Marietta


Dates: Saturdays, May 11-October Time: 8 a.m. – noon Location: Cannon Park, downtown Canton

Sixes Road

Dates: Open year round Times: Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m. Location: On the lawn of River Church, 2335 Sixes Road


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Dates: Thursdays, May 2 – October 24 Time: 4:15 – 7:30 p.m. Location: Reinhardt University parking lot, corner of Highway 108 and Highway 140, Waleska

Dates: Saturdays, May 25 – Labor Day Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Cagle Family Farm, 362 Stringer Road, Canton

Mt. Gilead UMC

Dates: Saturdays, May 4 – October 26 Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: 889 Arnold Mill Road

Many will run throughout the summer and into the fall, offering fresh, seasonal produce.

Startling Facts About Teens and Drinking By Sonia Carruthers

Sonia Carruthers is the executive director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS and the Cherokee Youth Works program based in Holly Springs. She can be reached at cherokeefocus@

Spring is upon us, and if you are the parent of a teenager, you know spring means prom season, spring break and high school graduation. It is a busy time of year for high school teens with spring sports, homework, testing, college applications and social life. We all remember how exciting it was to be a teenager with the end of the school year in sight. It seems like just yesterday they were starting school, but it is very important to remember that, while they are growing up fast, they’re not yet 21. Underage drinking has lost a lot of the stigma that it had. There are so many other drugs that are perceived to be more dangerous. But here are the facts you should know about youth and alcohol.

Why worry about a teen just being a teen and having a glass of alcohol? • Alcohol kills more kids and young people ages 18-25 than all other drugs combined. What about the younger ages? • Youth ages nine - 20 use alcohol more than any other substance, including tobacco or marijuana.

I’ll make sure they’re safe at prom because they will be in a limo or a party bus.” Maybe you’re just having all the youth over to your house. Yes, they may not be driving, but what else could happen if they are drinking? • In 2009, underage consumption of alcohol caused a national average of 28,161 teen pregnancies, 949,400 nonfatal violent crimes (rape, robbery, and assault) and 1,844 homicides. Maybe you don’t have teens and don’t see how this may affect you. Alcohol is the third leading cause of death in Georgia and in 2010, underage drinking cost Georgia $1.4 billion. Our youth don’t get access to alcohol from shady drug dealers that stand on the corner of some dark street. Underage youth get alcohol from family members, the family of friends or other adults in their lives who are over 21. And while alcohol is legal and accepted in the world of adults, it can lead to serious issues for an underage child. Our youth can be damaged mentally, physically and emotionally. Older youth who have already progressed through the stages of marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, heroin or meth will tell you that it all started with that first drink at a young age. A recent survey done in Cherokee County shows drinking in our community begins at age 13. Teenagers may get away with drinking at parties or while hanging out with their friends, but what are the long-term effects? Teenagers who are 17 years old also need to be aware that if they are arrested for underage drinking, they are considered adults and will go to adult jail rather than the juvenile system. Talk to your youth about the dangers of underage drinking. Set strong ground rules and enforce them. To get more facts and information on underage drinking, visit

When do teens start drinking? • Nationally, on average per day, 2,842 young people ages of 12 - 14 begin to use alcohol, which means at least one million youth under the age of 15 start using alcohol per year. • Only seven percent of college students said that they first started drinking in college. The rest had already begun drinking before graduating high school. And did you know that here in the state of Georgia: • An average of 2,375 people die from alcohol-related injuries or illness each year. You may say, “It’s okay, I’ve talked to my child about drinking and driving, and

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School & Sports

Etowah Academic Team Crowned State Champions

Woodstock High Student Raises Funds for Clinic

For the first time in Etowah High School’s history, the Academic Team was crowned 5-AAAAAAA State Champions. The Georgia Academic Team Association’s Varsity State Tournament was held at Ola High School in McDonough with the most competitive Academic Teams from across the state vying for the title. Etowah had a 9-0 record for the day, defeating every top-ranking school in Georgia. The team will now compete at the National level this month. The team is coached by Honors English teacher, Christina Hammonds.

Nicole Hicks (right), a senior at Woodstock High School, has volunteered three days a week at Bethesda Community Clinic this year, and has organized a fund-raiser to raise money for the clinic.

Etowah High School Academic Team. Left: Sydney Carlson, Craig Wineman, Lucas Read, Duncan Morgan, Dylan Morgan and Lindsey Dolhan.

Etowah Grad Accepted to National Society of Collegiate Scholars Tyler Bryant, a freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been accepted to membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first and second year students. Membership is by invitation only and is based on grade point average and class standing. Tyler is a 2012 graduate of Etowah High School and the son of Tammy and Les Byrant. 56

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Park View Hosts International Night Park View Montessori School celebrated its 10th International Night. The event is a celebration of different cultures and regions of the world as each classroom chooses a continent and/or country to represent. During the month of March, the children learned about the culture and peoples of their country, made crafts and decorations, and tried foods from that country. For International Night, families and friends of the students were invited to “Tour the World” and observe the students’ creativity and try various foods from each region. This event showcases “Global Education” and teaches young children to respect and honor other cultures.

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School & Sports

Boston Places in Science Olympiad A team from Boston Elementary School brought home a third place finish in the Cherokee County Elementary School Science Olympiad. This was the first time the school placed in the Olympiad. The team, which consists of third and fourth graders, placed above many fifth and sixth graders in the competition. Congratulations!

Cherokee Charter Students Compete in Tech Fair Six students from the Cherokee Charter Academy competed in the Georgia Educational Technology Fair in Macon. Jaxson Johnson, Braxton Willis, Grace Pfohl, Ariana Griggs, Benjamin Adams and Diego Gordinho had earlier won first place honors at a regional technology fair. In Macon, the students competed against first place winners from throughout the state. Benjamin and Diego (pictured) won First Place in the state competition in the Hardware category.

Left: Jazon Coleman and Chelsea Baker placed first in Bridge Building event.

Local Students Selected for Governor’s Honors Program Twenty Cherokee County School District students have been selected as finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. The prestigious residential summer program is open to select gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors from across the state. Nearly 3,000 students from across the state were interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, and from those nominees, 690 finalists were chosen to participate in the 2013 program. Since the Georgia Department of Education program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend. Students will arrive on the campus of Valdosta State University on June 23. For four weeks, students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts and performances. Local students, their school and their area of study are listed below: Drucilla Alfieri Etowah Theatre Design Andrea Evely Etowah Visual Arts Halle Hammond Etowah Communicative Arts David Morrison Etowah Mathematics Heather Pendlington Etowah Visual Arts Jonathan Van Linden Etowah Communicative Arts Tanner Biggers Woodstock Latin Madison Jones Woodstock Agriscience Environ. Science Alexandra Melehan Woodstock Biology Jourdan Ramirez-Phar Woodstock Biology Rachel Steppe Woodstock Mathematics Rachel Zinney Woodstock French 58

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Left: Benjamin Adams and Diego Gordinho

Carmel Thanks Safety Patrol Carmel Elementary School’s Safety Patrollers have done a fantastic job this year keeping the school safe and orderly according to school counselor and faculty sponsor, Jason Himstedt. He added, “These students are conscientious and responsible. They are leaders on campus and set a positive example for others, keeping all students safe.” Each morning, the students help monitor assigned stations in the hallways around the school. In the afternoons, they help during bus loading. Safety patrol members also provide students with directions or other assistance they might need. Himstedt said, “We want to recognize them and thank them for all their hard work!”

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School & Sports

Etowah Wins Third Weightlifting Championship

Cherokee Charter Academy Basketball Qualify for Tournament

Etowah High School’s weightlifting team won its third consecutive Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s 6A State Weightlifting Championship. The team had ten members place in the top five of their weight class including three winners and four runner ups. State Champions: Michael Hunt (under 140lb division), Brandon Fortgang (141-150lb division), and Stanlee Logue (161-170lb division). Runners-up: Austin Franzen (151-160lb division), Raishod Devezin (161-170lb division), Michael McCauley (171-180lb division) and Jakob Hassan (226-245lb division). Additional honors: Nick Searcy, third place; Preston White, fourth place and Dalton Trogstad, fifth place. Other members of the team are: James Arnold, Pierce Blanchard, Bryce Coroi, Brandon Engle, Keith Gordon, Haven Hill, Malley Hill, Forrest Kelly, Brad Morgan, Scott Morgan and Chandler Steele. The team is coached by the strength and conditioning Coordinator Brett Vavra and Head Football Coach Dave Svehla.

Seven of the Cherokee Charter Academy basketball teams qualified for the Cherokee Youth Basketball League’s invitational tournament. Five of those teams made it to the semi-finals and two qualified for the finals, and the fourth grade boys team won its tournament. “When you have three teams win their regular season divisions and five teams perform well in the playoffs, then it illustrates an improvement in the quality of our program. We’re excited about the efforts from all our teams,” said Jon Rogers, volunteer Basketball Director for Cherokee Charter Academy.

Senior Project Nets Funds for Cancer Foundation

Etowah Golf Wins Kell Invitational

Etowah High School senior Michael Strickland chose to do a fundraising volleyball tournament for his senior project. Proceeds from the tournament would go to the Susan G. Komen, The Cure foundation. The tournament consisted of fellow high school students who formed their own teams and raised money. All Tournament Players Park hosted the event, and Creative Awards created the trophy. The teams raised $1,000 for the cause.

The Etowah High School Golf Team recently played in the Kell Invitational, held at Eagle Watch Golf Club. A five-man team beat 15 other teams to win the invitational with a score of 300. Leading the scoring and capturing low medalist was Nick Budd with a two under par 70. Following Nick was Adam Cross with a 76, Jake Forbes and Jake Haggerty with 77s, and Jason Hammaker with an 84.

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Match Play – A Life Lesson by Jason Fleeman

I did not start truly competing in tennis until I was 14. I played on some junior teams, but my sport of choice was soccer. I would dribble, shoot, etc. for hours by myself. When I started pursuing tennis, hitting against the garage or serving were the only things I could practice by myself. The only way to truly test my skills was during match play. Before the 1990s, no one could afford cell phones. I had to use Jason Fleeman is Director the phone in the kitchen in hopes of Junior Tennis at Eagle Watch. He is a of finding someone to play a 20-year USPTR certified match with. Nowadays kids have Tennis Professional and their own cell phones, Facebook, recipient of the 2008 twitter, Instagram and other social & 2012 USTA Georgia outlets. It boggles the mind that Tennis Pro of the Year award. Jason’s email is they cannot find someone to play jasonfleeman@gmail. matches with. com. Recently, a new M.A.T.C.H. (Metro Atlanta Tennis Challenge Hub) ladder started in the metroTowne Lake area. A couple of parents with a true passion for tennis and getting children on the courts started what is now the third most active ladder on the Global Tennis Network. As a coach, it is an easy program to support because players are rewarded for participation and sportsmanship rather than winning. Approximately 50 juniors


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“As a coach, it is an easy program to support because players are rewarded for participation and sportsmanship rather than winning.” played just over 225 matches during the month of March. Even if someone only played one match, he or she received a prize. Prizes ranged from string and grip to iTunes gift cards and Donnay racquets. A 10-year old girl with 7 wins and 11 losses won the racquet. In my time as a tennis pro, I have never seen such a successful ladder that focuses so much on participation and not winning. A few adults have been reluctant to get their children involved in M.A.T.C.H. It seems they do not want to put their kids in a position of losing. Dr Tim Elmore recently stated in an article, “Children do not have to love you every minute. They will get over the disappointment of failure…. So let them fail, let them fall, and let them fight for what they really value. If we treat our kids as fragile, they will surely grow up to be fragile adults. We must prepare them for the world that awaits them…” The greatest of champions have always learned more from their losses than their wins. M.A.T.C.H is very special because it awards a child regardless of wins or losses, but how he or she played the game! More information about M.A.T.C.H can be found at or by emailing

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School & Sports

The length of the 50-meter competition pool has 10 lanes. For races across the width of the pool, there are 20 lanes. The pool will be equipped with portable lifts for access by handicapped persons.

Aquatic Center Close to Completion for May Opening Workers are putting the finishing touches on Cherokee County’s newest recreational facility, the Aquatic Center, just off Sixes Road near I-575. With a ribbon cutting on May 9 and grand opening set for May 11, officials are eager to open the center to families, swim teams and others looking to improve their health through water aerobics or therapy sessions. Even before the center officially opens, residents can purchase memberships and sign up for classes, rent space for birthday parties and register for the new swim team. Visit for all the options. Here’s what you can anticipate. The 7,900-square-foot outdoor pool is surrounded by a 10,000-square-foot deck for chairs and two pavilions that can be rented for parties. The area also includes a lazy river, two water slides and a play structure with water cannons, dump buckets and water sprays.

Cherokee County Aquatic Center 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs, GA 30142

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Ribbon cutting: 10 a.m. May 9 Grand Opening: May 11

The indoor recreational pool, which will be kept at 86 degrees, has a wheelchair ramp and wheelchair lift. Aquatic wheelchairs will be available.

Guests will have outdoor access to the concessions area, and restrooms for men, women and families. Just inside the main entrance, which is one level above the pool, guests enter a glass-walled viewing area that overlooks the competition pool. The concessions area is just a few feet away. The 48,000-square-foot indoor space includes a 50-meter competition pool in a room with an arched ceiling that’s flooded with natural light. One side of the pool is flanked by bleachers that seat 700, two party rooms/classrooms as well as locker rooms for men, women and families. At the end is a 25-foot recreational pool for water aerobics, aqua therapy and swim lessons. The county purchased 37 acres for the aquatic center, but only 12 were disturbed for construction. A good portion of the land backs up to Corp of Engineer property and will remain undeveloped. A soft opening will take place when construction is complete. Operating hours for the indoor pools will be opening at 6 a.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, and closing at 8 p.m. in summer, 9 p.m. during school year. The outdoor pool hours will be 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The water slides, one covered and one uncovered, sit next to a zero-depth entry pool that’s perfect for the smallest children just getting accustomed to the water.

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Words Are Powerful —Young Voices From the Community Who is your Role Model?

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I have many role models in life. Some are famous and some are my family members or friends. My biggest role model is my sister, Hannah. She is a big part of my life. Hannah is a very inspiring young lady. Hannah is my role model because she always follows her dreams and never gives up. My sister shows a lot of discipline on and off the tennis courts to work towards her goal. She is also a very godly woman. Anyone who knows her would say that Jesus lives in her heart and actions. Hannah is always respectful and helpful to others. She always thinks of others before herself. Over all she is just an amazing beautiful person! I hope one day I can be just like her.

Role models are a great thing to have. I think if we didn’t have them, then we wouldn’t push ourselves to the best of our abilities. There are so many different types of role models, some which can lead you into a good direction and some that will lead you into a bad direction. My role model is a good part of my life, and she pushes me no matter what. My role model is one of the best people in my life. Her name is Alyssa. She is one of the coaches at my volleyball club. Every time I go to her clinics, she pushes me to be the best volleyball player that I can be. I love getting help from her. Alyssa is an amazing volleyball player and coach. She has really changed my life, a lot. If Alyssa wasn’t in my life, and being such a great role model, I don’t know what I would do. Having role models can really change a person’s life, in a good or a bad way. Alyssa helped me in a very, very good way.

My role model is not someone who is publicly famous, but she is famous to me. She has always been there for me, and she still is. My role model is my grandmother. She is almost the funniest person to be around, but if she needs to, she can crack the whip. I love her for many different reasons. She always teaches me to do the right thing even if it wasn’t always what I wanted to do. Her personality and kindness is what you want to always be around. I want to be like her because whenever somebody sees her they just start smiling. There is so much I love about her. She always tells me to be respectful and to use my manners. Without her, I think I sometimes might look like a fool. That is my role model and why I love and appreciate her.

My role model is my Grandpa. He has had a very rough life, yet he still turned out to be a very successful man. When he was a child, his parents sent him to military school. The generals there were very mean to him. When he was older, the leaders of the school kicked him out. He was in shock, but he realized it was time to leave. This is when he was drafted to the war in Vietnam as a bomber. After his term, he went to Julliard. This definitely helped him become a magnificent musician, and he is currently a professor in Middle Georgia College’s aviation program. He is trying to start a business in the Cherokee County area. My Grandpa is a great man. He makes hilarious jokes and tells funny stories to my siblings and me. He respects all races, both sides of politics and people from other countries. His time in the military helped him gain discipline. He is one of my role models and I wish I could stay with him forever.


Marriage Moments by Bill Ratliff

After my wife and I were married, we decided to join a church. There was a humble older couple in their 70s who invited us to their Sunday school class. LaRue and Hazel Strieby held a class for young married couples in their home. It was near the church, and the class was held at the same time as the other classes. Being in their home gave it a personal touch. They were probably the most Bill Ratliff is the Senior “geeky” couple I could think of; Pastor at Towne Lake Community Church. however, they were in love with He can be reached at (678) each other and with the Lord 445-8766 or bratliff@ and had a passion for mentoring young married couples. They loved us and each of the other couples who attended that class. We all felt welcomed and cared about. They taught us many things about loving each other and loving God. When we left for

seminary, they gave us a special book and special blessings and encouragement for the ministry we were preparing for. The Striebys were a married couple who were called by God to influence others through mentoring couples in their marriage. Although they didn’t have wealth, power and prestige, they did have gifts God had given them. They used their marriage to minister to others in a special way and were greatly blessed. As a young couple, we were recipients of their gifts. They shared their love, compassion, commitment to God and to each other with us. Romans 12:6 states, “We have different gifts according to the grace given to us.” Consider what gifts God has given you and your mate. Find a way to use those gifts to influence the lives of others and make a difference in their lives. It will enrich your marriage as you work together for a greater good. Date your Mate: Take your mate to the lake to go “birding.” Find a place to sit and leisurely observe the birds that live in the lake habitat. My wife and I did that recently and enjoyed watching a myriad of birds including Canadian geese, mallard ducks, osprey, blue heron and others. Enjoy the beauty of God’s creatures.

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Lessons I Learned From my Mom by Dr. Doug Thrasher

This month, we celebrate Mother’s Day, and I decided that one of the ways I could honor my Mom, who is 92 (when you’ve reached that age, you don’t mind people knowing), is by noting lessons I have learned from her over the years. This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the key ones that come to mind. • Stay positive. Mom has always looked on the bright side of Dr. Doug Thrasher is the things. She taught me to Senior Pastor at Hillside look for the positives in every United Methodist Church. situation. He is also a member of the TowneLaker’s Community • Take the stumbling blocks of life Board. You may contact and make them stepping stones. him at dthrasher@ Overcoming obstacles was and is a big part of her life. I have tried to emulate this in every challenge I have faced in life and in ministry. • People do what they want to do. I learned from her that people do not always do what they should do, but if they really want to do something, they’ll usually figure out a way. • Make your bed. It was a practice in our house growing up that every child had to make their bed in the morning. Only now are scientists proving that people who make their beds are more productive in life. • Say your prayers. I remember seeing Mom saying her prayers and reading her Bible every day. She didn’t force that on us,


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but seeing how it benefited her has inspired me to do the same. • You’re never too old to learn. When Mom was in her 70s, a new Bible study was introduced at her church that extended over 34 weeks and required 30–45 minutes of reading every day and 2 and a half hours of class a week. The study was called “DISCIPLE.” She was one of the first in her church to participate in it and completed all four years of the study. Amazing!!! • Caring for others is important. Mom never did this in flashy ways nor did she seek to draw attention to herself, but always was in the background helping others in their need. Her example taught how important this was to all of us children. • Be frugal. Mom grew up in the Depression and learned to live very inexpensively. I learned early on the importance of living below your means and saving. I also learned it is important to be generous in giving. • Family is important and everyone contributes. There were five children in our family, and everyone had a job to do in order for the household to run. I learned that it is important for the family to spend time together, working and playing. • Love your husband/ wife. My parents loved each other deeply. We saw that in many ways. Both she and Dad impressed upon me the importance of a lifelong love and the work necessary. I work at it as well. • Have faith in God. Probably the most important thing. This has been a constant in Mom’s life. She’s not able to go to church every week now because of her health, but she gets there when she can, and even when she doesn’t, she still spends time in worship. I hope every one has a Happy Mother’s Day. May God bless and be with you.

DOWNTOWN WOODSTOCK There are many exciting things happening downtown that you will find on the following pages. The featured business for May is Brenda’s House of Flowers

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House of Flowers

Spring is Here!

Brenda’s House of Flowers is always stocked with unique, colorful gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Beauty abounds at Brenda’s the entire month of May. There’s always excitement when the freshest flowers arrive. The store is stocked with seasonal cut flowers such as tulips, hydrangea, Gerber daisies, irises, peonies, dahlias and many more. If it’s not here, it’s not fresh. Customers can pick each stem, fill their own vase or select from Brenda’s hand-blown glass art. Adding spring fragrances and colors to your home only takes an instant. Remember, Mothers Day is May 12. Floral bouquets are presented by the area’s top designers. Visit for cut flower arrangements mom will just love. As an added bonus, customers will receive 10 percent off at a number of local restaurants by simply showing their Brenda’s receipt. Another way to delight mom is with a Brenda’s gift card. Brenda’s will pamper her as she selects a floral decoration for her favorite spot. For lasting color, customers can select from Brenda’s handmade silk and dried flower arrangements exploding with the yellows, blues, and pinks, purples and oranges of spring. Brenda’s has new homes for hummingbirds, wrens, blue jays, magpies, robins and cardinals. Spring is the best time of year for homeowners to add a birdhouse or feeder to their landscape. Let spring ignite your inner gardener. Come see the latest varieties of herbs, hanging baskets, orchids, tropical flowers, exotic houseplants and garden decorations. For those attending any special events this spring such as weddings and proms, don’t show up empty handed! Brenda’s has been helping Woodstock celebrate special occasions for more than 40 years. Stop by the new store, and the staff will make your special day even brighter Be sure to ask about Brenda’s “Always Remembered” bouquets. Brenda’s will add abundant color to the gravesites of your loved ones, and installation is always free! Springtime, prom, weddings, festivals or “just because”, count on Brenda’s!

Brenda’s House of Flowers 200 Chambers Street, Woodstock GA (770) 926-3306 70

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May CALENDAR of events May 17 –18, 24-25

May 3

Friday Nite Live — Tres de Mayo Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Join the only “Tres de Mayo” celebration in the area. Sombrero optional.

May 4

Coconut Grove Players Time: 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: Family-friendly variety show featuring juggler Adam Boehmer, magician Dennis Aloia and ventriloquist Peter Hefty. Tickets will be $10 in advance online or $12 at door. Visit www.elmstreetarts. org or call (678) 494-4251.

May 11

Summer Concert Series — Little Texas (country) Time: 7:30 p.m. Location Park at City Center Information: Free. Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the many vendors onsite. Alcohol not permitted. Visit www.woodstockconcertseries. com.

Whose Line Is It, Woodstock? Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street Information: iThink Improv Troupe will perform. Tickets will be $10 in advance online or $12 at door. Visit or call (678) 494-4251.

May 18

Latimer Hall Arts and Crafts Show Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Parkway Information:

May 25 – October 26

Main Street Woodstock Farmer’s Market Time: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location: Woodstock City Center parking lot, corner of Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway Information: For more about the Market or to become a vendor, email Kyle Bennett at

May 28

Mystery Restaurant Crawl Time: 7 – 9:45 p.m. Location: Walking tour, downtown Woodstock Information: Visit four local restaurants, kept a secret until the event, for $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit woodstockga.

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Last Minute Makeover by Jodi Tiberio

I love doing teacher makeovers. So when Stephanie May let us know she wanted to be the Jodi Tiberio owns next recipient of our makeover, Branch Boutique for I was excited. She is a friend women in Towne Lake of one our previous make-over and THREADS boutique for men and women in recipients, Angie. Stephanie Downtown Woodstock. saw how the transformation was Contact Jodi at info@ such a success for Angie and was excited to make a change for herself. Stephanie is a new mom who recently lost all her baby weight and more! That is certainly an accomplishment! Comfort is key when dealing with a baby, but that doesn’t mean one has to give up style. When I met with Stephanie, she was wearing a hoodie and old jeans. This “uniform” seems somewhat typical for our makeover recipients’ casual weekend wear. Being a teacher, Stephanie has wardrobe requirements to work within, so I really wanted to find an outfit that would perform double duty for school and weekends. I picked out a pair of white Miss Me boot-cut jeans. This is the foundation for a great spring wardrobe. The perfect pair of white jeans goes with everything and looks crisp and fresh while brightening up the overall look. These jeans can be dressed up with a trendy chiffon or lace top, or they can be casual and paired with a t-shirt. We selected a muted coral knit tee from Enti, one of my favorite brands for fun simple tops. We added a pretty scarf containing all the best spring colors and a really cute pair of wedges to complete the look. The outfit looks great, giving Stephanie the style she wanted with the comfort she needs. In addition to the outfit we chose, Stephanie purchased a few other new tops so she could mix and match. Now that she was set with her outfit, I sent her to Tim Timmons at Salon Gloss to complete the makeover. Tim noted that Stephanie has very fine hair that she was growing out. “Although her hair is naturally mousy brown, she has been a blond since she was in high school. After an extensive consultation, we decided that Stephanie would 72

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go, “back to her roots. I chose to apply a chestnut brown all over her hair to bring warmth back to Stephanie’s complexion. Listening to Stephanie’s desire to grow her hair out, I only reshaped Stephanie’s hair and showed her how to wear it in a fuller wavy style that worked best for her fine hair.” “Wow!” was all I could say when I saw Stephanie after hair and make-up. She looked like the put-together young mom she wanted to be. It is not easy to take a chance and change your look, but it paid off for Stephanie, and she looks amazing! Tim and I appreciate her confidence and trust in us. Here’s hoping she ditches the hoodie!

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Discovering Woodstock History by KYLE BENNETT

For many new and longtime residents of Woodstock, the history of the area remains a mystery. However, thanks to the organization, Preservation Woodstock, the history of our city is available for those who are interested. Preservation Woodstock is an organization that evolved from the Woodstock Central Commission, which was established to help celebrate Woodstock’s centennial in 1997. Kyle Bennett is the The name of the group eventually director of tourism for the Woodstock changed to Preservation Downtown Development Woodstock and it now focuses Authority. He can be on preserving the heritage of reached at kbennett@ Woodstock for future generations to enjoy. For those interested in becoming involved in the organization, plan to attend their next meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store. Everyone is welcome to attend! The following fiery episode is just one example of Woodstock’s fascinating past. In 1837, Enon Church was organized, and the congregation met near the intersection of today’s Main Street and Ridgewalk Parkway. In 1879, the wooden church structure at Enon was literally moved to rest on the ground a few yards off Broad Street (now Main Street), and afterwards the name was changed to Woodstock Baptist Church. By 1891, that little church house had served its purpose, and a new edifice was constructed facing Main Street. From the church minutes, we read the next chapter of the church’s history: “On Sunday night, May 4, 1913, the dwelling house of Mr. JH Johnston caught on fire at 9 p.m., and the Baptist church house then caught on fire from that building and was burned down. The only things that were saved were the seats and a Bible.” This year marks the centennial of that event. As far as can be determined, re-building of both structures began immediately and matching brick was used so that 74

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“On Sunday night, May 4, 1913, the dwelling house of Mr. JH Johnston caught on fire at 9 p.m., and the Baptist church house then caught on fire from that building and was burned down.” the two complement each other even today. Church records show that the new church house was insured in April of 1914. Today the renovated sanctuary remains intact as The Chambers at City Center, serving as the meeting location of Woodstock’s City Council in addition to other meetings and events. It stands as a monument to the combined efforts of city officials and other entities who recognize the importance and value of historic preservation. The Johnston House was occupied by family members until 1978. Later, different businesses were there, and for a few years the house was home to the Baptist Church offices. Today, Salon and Spa Venessa occupies the lovely home, called Woodstock’s White Columns on Main by many people. ‘Tis beauty from 1913 ashes. For more information on Preservation Woodstock and to learn to how you can get involved, please visit the Woodstock Visitors Center or call (770) 924-0406.

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Experience Elm Street – May is Full of Variety by G. Lora Grooms

When we say we have something here for everyone at Elm Street, we are not kidding. There is so much variety this month, we even have a variety show on our stage. Woodstock’s Friday Nite Live on May 3 includes Elm Street with Teen Arts Night from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 cash at the door. Arts-minded teens have the opportunity to share their creativity and then have a G. Lora Grooms is the slice of pizza and a soda. director for the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. On Saturday, May 4 from She has been teaching, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. there is a writing, directing and Children’s Storybook Festival performing in the Atlanta on the new Elm Street Event area since 1990. You can Green, at the corner of Market reach her at director@ and Elm next to the Walton West Community. There will be games, crafts, food, costumed characters and much more for families to enjoy. Sponsored by our Teen Actors Guild (TAG), Cici’s Pizza, Fox Tale Book Shoppe and Hot Dog Heaven, it is an annual fundraiser for Elm Street educational programs. Also on May 4, we have The Coconut Grove Players in a family-friendly variety show at 2 p.m. on our main stage. Superb Woodstock juggler Adam Boehmer will be there, along with magician Dennis Aloia and ventriloquist Peter Hefty. This group performs all over the state and donates a portion of tickets to children’s charities through business sponsorships. The third annual May Day Belly Dance Concert is happening on Sunday May 5 at 4 p.m., led by Victoria Logan. Her troupe of seasoned dancers will perform to all different styles of music with colorful costumes and sets. A portion of ticket sales is donated to local charities. The Lyndon Academy performs an original play, “The Magic Story Book,” at 2 p.m. Saturday May 11. The cast features students in grades three through six in a story that combines a new plot along with familiar stories such as Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. And May brings Whose Line Is It, Woodstock? to the main stage with its particular brand of audience-inspired wacky humor. Always hilarious and always family-friendly, the troupe is led by Siobhan Brumbelow and features local improv artists Joe Lemmo, Jason Wilson, Jessica Williams, Amy McGraw, Chris Lafferty and Ryan Brumbelow as host. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on May 17, 18, 24 & 25. continued on page 82 76

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MAY 17, 18, 24, 25 Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Call or visit us on the web to learn about our


WRECK THIS JOURNAL Wacky and popular with all ages! Ages 6+, 2 day camp, $75 CREATE A BOOK FOR KIDS Includes your own booksigning. Ages 6-12, 3 day camp, $125 FANCY NANCY BRINGYOUR-DOLL PARTY Don’t forget to dress up! Ages 3+, 1 day party, $25 FLIGHT SCHOOL Learn how pilots fly! Ages 6-12, 1 day camp, $35 I CAN DRAW ANIMALS Where budding artists blossom. Ages 8-12, 2 day camp, $75

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS WITH A SURPRISE Invisible ink, rock candy and more! Ages 8+, 2 day camp, $75 JUGGLING CAMP Learn from a professional juggler! Ages 6+, 1 day camp, $30 But wait,there’s more! Most camps will be held 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a related book. Camp sizes are limited, and paid reservations are required. For details, Paypal options, and MORE camps and activities for all ages, go to: www.foxtalebookshoppe. com or come by the store.

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Facesan F ri d ay N ight L i v e 8 0 s

Downtown Woodstock recently was the scene of big hair, neon clothing, leg warmers and Madonna look alikes! The occasion? The monthly Friday Night Live event, which for April was 80’s night! A costume contest was held, and the winners received a $100 Downtown Dollars gift certificate. Photos provided by Kyle Bennett.

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The weather was less than inviting for an outdoor festival, but that didn’t stop many who participated in Trailfest. The event was sponsored by the Greenprints Alliance and was held to raise funds and awareness for the trail systems in Woodstock.

The event also coincided with SORBA’s Southern Mountain Bike Summit. The day included plenty of live music, food and recreational vendors. Photos provided by Kyle Bennett.

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Next meeting: Friday, May 31 The sponsor will be The Premier Group and the program will be Cherokee County Department of Economic Development.

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An Elegant Life

Summer Weddings

that combine to create a tableau worthy of Southern Living. They remind me of a young woman’s dreams and hopes, most of which came true, but others that did not. They remind me that holiday dinners served on Chinet taste just fine when shared with loved ones. They remind me that our family began with a spirit of hope and that the foundations of my youth sustained me through the best and worst of times. Next month, we celebrate our wedding anniversary. As part of our celebration, I think I’ll pull out the pretty china and crystal and serve Big Macs for dinner. What better metaphor for our elegant life together?

floral centerpieces will always make a dramatic statement. If rustic is your preference, burlap overlays can work well with that style. Overlays can be added to all the tables, or if a tight budget were in play, the estate table and cake table would be a wonderful place to add this touch. The actual centerpieces are always an important element. The summer season has the best flower selection than any other time of the year. Many summer blooms come in a variety of vibrant colors such as roses, zinnias, poppies, calla lilies, ranunculus, gerbera daisies and dahlias. For a summer airy feel, using mostly white flowers will create that appearance; white roses, stephanotis, white phlox, hydrangeas, white calla lilies, snowball mums and Shasta daisies are all excellent choices. These flowers can all be used in the bouquets and repeated in the centerpieces for a unified look. Again, the centerpieces can be displayed in many different containers. For instance, lanterns, birdcages, glass cylinders, tall vases, ball jars and other options are determined by the “style” you are achieving. The cake and food table should not be forgotten when decorating for a wedding. The cake table will be in many of the couple’s photographs. A table overlay will bring the drama and many times simple floral accents are all it takes to make this table look like a million bucks. As far as the food or buffet table, typically just a small touch of something to include it with rest of the décor will work. Many summer weddings like to use fruit in their décor. Tall cylinders with lemons and limes topped with loose flowers can work in easily. This has a light, airy and fresh appearance. The food for these warmer months should also go along with this theme. Heavy food in the summer is not always the best choice. Fresh fruits, sorbets, seafood, chicken and other light fanfare are typically a lighter preference. Summer bridal attire is also important. It should be light and elegant, but accented in colors that reflect the season. Seventy five percent of most summer wedding gowns are strapless or sleeveless. Lighter fabrics such as linen, crepe, georgette, organdy and light silk are excellent choices. Simple jewelry accents work best for the warmer months like filigreed silver, pearls or a simple flower bloom. For a more causal affair, many groomsmen prefer a linen suit or even a sport jacket. For a more formal look, a morning suit, a dinner jacket or a lighter weight tuxedo would fit the bill. Make your summer wedding an extraordinary celebration wherever the sun might shine for you and your spouse-to-be on your very special day.

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would consider buying may be “distressed,” vacant and/or unfurnished. Additionally, the more expensive homes have suffered a larger percentage reduction because there are fewer buyers in the higher price points. In other words, the more expensive the home, the more they have been discounted off 2007 prices to attract buyers. The conditions are ideal for trading up if you have the equity to do it. Call your Realtor for a comparative market analysis to see if you can afford to sell your home and take advantage of this trade up opportunity.

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the kind of guy she attracts, right guys? Kids are being made to grow up faster than ever before and it is obviously important to tell our child how beautiful they are before culture does. I like to think of modesty as a pattern that I’m starting to help my daughters weave into their lives—a pattern that will become so much a part of their internal compass that it will enable them to freely and fully enjoy becoming the women they were designed to be. I wish for my girls to dress in a way that respects their physical body, the emotional and mental mind, honors their family beliefs... and eventually attracts and honors their future spouse—and she is only six. When a dad is in, everyone wins.

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Looking ahead to June - mark your calendars for the Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band on Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. Jazz with a Southern Accent led by Don Erdman! So please come visit and see what all the excitement is about. We look forward to seeing you. 82

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TOWNE LAKE AREA Community of Faith Baptist


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Presbyterian Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA) Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s South Annex, 7545 Main Street; Bldg. 200, Woodstock Pastor: Ted Lester Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church Meets in Kings Academy Church Building 471 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 833-3797 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.,

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

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

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

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Traditional Services: 8:25 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:25 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m Pastor: Dr. Doug Thrasher 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 Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Joe McKechnie Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 516-0371 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Clalude T. Herbert

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Prayer Time: Friday, 7:14 p.m. Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Carl A. Moore, Sr. Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 592-2956 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Ted Wooldridge Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steve Pettit BridgePointe Church 233 Arnold Mill Road Suite 400, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Service: 10:30 am Wednesdays Student Ministry 6-12th grade: 6:30pm Pastor: Mat Garcia Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson

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

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

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

Northern Hills Church of Christ 4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ronny West

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. Auxiliary Meeting: 10:20 a.m. Bishop Phil Karski Woodstock Ward Sacrament Meeting: 11 a.m. Bishop Jonathan Ensign Church of the Messiah (Non-denominational) 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton (770) 479-5280 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Fred L. Goodwin Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford Empowerment Tabernacle Church 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock (770) 928-7478 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Pastor: A.D. Hinton Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White His Hands Church 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m. Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry H. Baker Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0040 Holy Communion: Sunday 10 a.m. Christian Education (all ages): Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Gene Prince Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Family Style Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Messianic Jewish Fellowship (Tikvah l’Chaim): Saturday 10 a.m. The Walk — Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery: Friday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor: William S. Ratliff Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Small Groups: 6 p.m. Wednesday Meal: 6 p.m.; Worship: 6:40 p.m.; Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lynn Eynon Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Aprenda Ingles Gratis (Free ESL): Lunes 7 — 9 p.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategui, (770) 926-8271 Pastor: Matt Amos 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 Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Greg Michael

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TOWNE LAKE AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations American Business Women’s Association, Cherokee Eagles Charter Chapter Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jacqueline Miller Van Hook, (678) 493-3618 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Financial Women International Contact: Mitzi Saxon, (770) 479-3400 Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday from 12 noon Location: 7745 Main Street, Woodstock Contact: Laury Beesley, (678) 642-3110 Empowered Women Through Synergy Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 8.30 a.m. Location: J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: Shahida Baig 678-445-3900 Facebook: Empowered Women Through Synergy No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meeting: Every Monday morning at 7:30 am Location: IHOP 8979 Hwy 92 North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Location: J. Christophers, 315 Chambers Street Contact: (770) 592-5990

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

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House help for victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 24-hr, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 Chance Afrika Contact: Eric Mwangi, Exec. Dir.,, (770) 256 2280, Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP Location: 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Contact: Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) Contact: (770) 928-5115

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AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50+ Meeting: Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Rich, (770) 926-1944 American Legion Post 316 Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Contact: Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366

Pilot Club of Cherokee County Contact: Lynda Goodwin, (770) 393-1766, Lynda

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


Civic Organizations

Companion Animal Connection Contact: (678) 493-9847

Together We Rise Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280

Women of Woodstock Meeting: First & Third Wednesday. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact:

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

Junior Service League of Woodstock Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. Location: Collective Co-Cop, 105 E. Main Street, Ste. 126 in Downtown Woodstock Contact: 24 hour info line: (770) 592-3535

Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact:

Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meeting: Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377

Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices.

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

The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Edeline Dryden (678) 789-6158

Towne Lake Business Association Meeting: Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 615-3350

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

Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia Contact: (770) 345-1024 Website: Hope Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. Contact: (770) 924-0864,

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

Rotary Club of Towne Lake Meeting: Every Thursday at 12 noon (lunch) Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Ivan Garcia (770) 926-0105 Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: IHOP on Highway 92 Contact: Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, Canton Contact: Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Eagle Watch Golf Club Contact: Matt Halloran, (404) 307-8001,

Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: 216 Rope Mill Road Contact: (404) 690-4452 Woodstock Lions Club Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: New Victoria Baptist Church Contact: (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meeting: Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd. Contact: Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Folks Contact: Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Woodstock Senior Center Contact: Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democrat Party Meeting: Second Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Holly Springs Train Depot

Cherokee County Arts Center Location: 94 North Street, Canton Contact: (770) 704-6244 Cherokee County Saddle Club Cherokee Co. Social Adventures Group Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) roller hockey Website: Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Contact:

Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Website:

Georgia Canines for Independence Contact: (404) 824-4637

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

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

Support Organizations

Recreation & Hobbies Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Blue Skies Laughter Club Meeting: Every Wednesday 7 — 8 p.m. Location: Northside-Cherokee Medical Offices 100 Stoneforest Dr., 1st floor conf. room Contact: Craig Whitley (404) 520-0221 Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. Contact: Marie Blackwell, (770) 378-0759,

Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: First Saturday at 9 a.m. Breakfast served Location: Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Road Contact: (678) 809-1411

Republican Women of Cherokee County Meeting: Call for times & location Location: 9910 Hwy 92 (Headquarters) Contact: (404) 747-3353, (678) 520-2236

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

Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Atria, 1000 Professional Way Contact: Atria Woodstock, (770) 926-0119 Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Community Service Center, BridgeMill Fire Station, Canton Contact: Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551 Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: First Thursday of each month Time: 10 a.m. — 12 noon Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center Contact: (404) 843-1880 Canadian Women’s Club Contact: Lesley Frappier,

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

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

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

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

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

Rep. Tom Price (R) District 6

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

Rep. Rob Woodall (R) District 7

75 Langley Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30046

District Attorney Shannon Wallace Clerk of Courts Patty Baker Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

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

(404) 652-7003 203 State Capitol, 206 Washington St. Atlanta, GA 30334

Harry Johnston (R) District 1 Ray Gunnin (R) District 2

Brian Poole (R) District 3

Jason Nelms (R) District 4

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

(404) 656-0034

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21

(404) 463-1378

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

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

Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20

(678) 523-8570

Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21

(678) 576-2644

Rep. Calvin Hill (R) District 22

(404) 463-7778

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

Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

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

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

Probate Court: (678) 493-6160


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(678) 493-6400 fax: (678) 493-6420

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

Cherokee County School Board Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 924-4099

221 West Main St., Canton, GA 30114

Kelly Marlow (R) District 1

(770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236 (770) 721-6298 x4369 (770) 893-2970 (404) 462-4950

Janet Read (R) Chair

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R) District 4

(770) 721-4398, x4370

Rob Usher (R) District 5

(770) 928-0341

Robert Wofford (R) District 6 (Vice-Chair) City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques


(770) 345-6256

(770) 592-6017

Towne Lake Residential and Commercial Owners’ Association

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker

(678) 493-4100 fax: (678) 493-4228

Michael Geist (R) District 3 (678) 493-6270 (678) 493-6260 (678) 493-6240

Judge Keith Wood (R)

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

(770) 735-8055

Patsy Jordan (R) District 2

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

Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) District 14

Sen. Jack Murphy (R) District 27

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

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

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115


1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30114

State Government Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County School District 2012-2013 Calendar at a Glance

May 22 Last day of School Graduation at First Baptist Church of Woodstock Etowah High School Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m. Woodstock High School Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m. Cafeteria account information: Aspen: School District Website:

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Towne Lake Area Homes Sold in march


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Hilton Head Condo June 29 - July 6. 2 bedrom/2.5 bath, great for families. Walk to beach. Fourth floor. Call Missy at 770-928-7057, leave message.

Woodstock Appliance Repair Company. We repair all major brands and models. Kitchen and laundry! FREE estimates, service call, travel charges -WITH REPAIR. $10 off any repair! Visit us at: Call us: 770-875-9934.

Garage sale Towne Lake Hills South Community Garage Sale. May 3 & 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home Services Does your lawn need mowing? I can help. Call or text Nick at 678-276-9469. Penny Clean “One Woman Show” moving and deep cleaning available on weekends. Over 25 years experience, reasonable rates. Licensed, bonded and insured. Free estimates. (678) 4943602. Under Pressure Power Washing, LLC. “Driveways, Decks, Sidewalks — Insured — Free estimates 678-672-9375 or 678-777-6570. uppwashing@

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



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Expert Gun Cleaning Service. I will professionally clean ANY firearm at our location. Call Chris @ 678-602-2236.

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

(770) 345-0400

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

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

License Plates/Tags, Property Tax Woodstock Office Voter Registration

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



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

Driver’s Licenses (Tues — Sat)

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

Fire Department (District 1, Station 20)

(770) 926-7155

Georgia State Patrol

(770) 205-5400

Health Department

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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


Rose Creek R.T. Jones Woodstock

Non-Emergency 911


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


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

Post Office (Woodstock)

(800) 275-8777

Recycling Center

(770) 516-4195

Sheriff’s Department

(678) 493-4100 Georgia Sex Offender Registry



Parks and Recreation:

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

(770) 479-3117

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

Urgent Care Facility

Wellstar Urgent Care

Woodstock, City of:

(678) 494-2500

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

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

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

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Hartman Imbriale Attorneys 80 (678) 445-7423, 145 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 200 Back Cover

Automotive 38

C&T Auto Service 46 (770) 926-476, 9336 Main Street (770) 928-5940, 2348-B Bascomb-Carmel Road Chevron at Hobgood Park 5195 Towne Lake Parkway


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


Towne Lake’s Carwash & Detail 35, 63 (770) 592-8102 1490 Towne Lake Parkway

Banking/Financial Services Back Cover

Citadel Professional Services, LLC Inside Front (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Suite 440, Kennesaw

Cleaning Services Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991 Noble Services (770) 363-0303 The Midas Touch Pressure Washing (404) 625-0117

Empowerment Tabernacle Church (770) 928-7478 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock


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


Computers Cherokee Computer Guys (678) 749-7200

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

Best Possible Mortgage (404) 456-2317

Towne Lake Family Chiropractic 68 (770) 592-1877,


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

Merino & Associates (770) 874-4600

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Dentists/Orthodontists Fountain View Dentistry 45 (770) 926-0000, 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (770) 926-9260 1816 Eagle Drive Suite 200-C S. Bruce O’Neal, DDS (770) 924-8848

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Spillane Orthodontics 36 (770) 928-4747 335 Parkway 575, Suite 200, Woodstock Thad Baird & Tyler Baird, DMD 19, 35 (770) 517-0444, Towne Lake Family Dentist Inside Back Cover (770) 591-7929, 120 N. Medical Pkwy, Building 200, Suite 100 Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 53 (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250, Woodstock Williams Orthodontics (770) 592-5554


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Education / Instruction / Coaching 37


Bascomb UMC Preeschool (770) 926-0397


Bits, Bytes & Bots (770) 826-0449


Hillside UMC Preschool Park View Montessori School (770) 926-0044


Health & Beauty Azure Salon & Spa (770) 345-8280


Gossip Salon (770) 924-4005,


Jyl Craven Hair Design (770) 345-9411,


Hair Quarters (770) 516-9094


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


Salon & Spa Venéssa (770) 591-2079,


Salon Gloss (678) 483-8900,


Skin Essentials by Marilyn (770) 928-1314


The Sanctuary on Main (770) 365-5106


The Sundance Massage Center (678) 591-5066


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


Bryan Plumbing Services (770) 826-5277


Coleman Home Services (770) 294-9667


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


Eastridge Plumbing 81 (770) 516-2977, Exact Comfort Air Cond. & Heating, Inc. (770) 912-0552,


Georgia Floors 34 (770) 516-3227 1105 Parkside Lane Suite 1338, Woodstock Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428



Handy Handyman, The (404) 316-1490


Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 516-9900


Dr. Kristie Pszczola (770) 517-5610,


The Goddard School (770) 516-0880


Mr. Junk 678-MR-Junk1


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


Music Together (678) 613-2048


Nelson Exteriors (678) 283-8171


Towne Lake Driving School (678) 494-2200


Pike’s Professional Painting (770) 516-0045



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Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


R&D Mechanical 35 (770) 917-1795, Roswell Woodstock Plumbing (770) 663-0600


Whitty Siding & Exteriors (678) 414-1947,


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


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


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


Overstreet Lawn Care (770) 861-7272


RPM Landscape & Pavers (770) 597-5175


TruGreen Lawn Service (770) 974-6267



Innovative Health & Wellness (770) 926-4646


Canton Festival of the Arts


Papa’s Pantry


Towne Lake Business Association


Pest Control Inside Front

Mosquito Authority (678) 294-7597,


Pied Piper Pest Control


Marietta Plastic Surgery Cover, 50, 51 (678) 494-2380 149 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 104, Woodstock

Northside Hospital – Cherokee


Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (770) 928-0016

Animal Atlanta (770) 591-0007 Animal Hospital of Towne Lake (770) 591-9500

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


South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital (770) 924-6746


Physicians and Medical Services Cherokee Internal Medicine (678) 238-0301 Cobb Wellness & Aesthetics (770) 649-0094, 1905 Woodstock Road, Roswell

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

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Etowah Eagles Football



Etowah Eagles Tip-off Club


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


The Max (678) 324-6245

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


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


Butchers Block (770) 517-2225

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


Event Wise Catering 33 (678) 386-9593,

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Shefa Wellness & Urgent Care Centers 61 (678) 245-6244 2000 Village Professional Dr. Suite 200, Canton Towne Lake Family Pharmacy (770) 635-7697


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


Wellstar 1 (770) 956-STAR, Woodstock Physical Therapy 32 (770) 516-9191

Kim Bates Photography


Ruffhouse Photography (770) 639-3146


Studio 7 Photography (770) 685-7391,


Restaurants/Food & Drink


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


Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill 77 (770) 926-6778, 120 Chambers Street Frankfurt Doner & Fine Meats (678) 401-4991, 6845 Highway 92


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


Papa P’s (770) 592-3100


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


Tuscany 49 (678) 453-0888 250 Cinema Way


Real estate & related services

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


BeesKnees Co-op Shop 33 (770) 591-4000,


Rebound Physical Therapy (678) 445-9799

Keller Williams, Kurt & Sheila Johnson (404) 954-2486


Woodstock Wolverines


Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

Recreation and Fitness Bowen’s Tiger Rock Academy (770) 516-4883 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251

Rausch Family Practice (678) 384-7305


Any Pest (678) 888-0035

Georgia Urology, Dr. Shaya Taghechian (678) 494-9201,

Back Cover


Skyline Properties Group 57 (678) 978-1858,

Branch Boutique (770) 517-1505


Brenda’s House of Flowers 200 Chambers Street, Woodstock GA (770) 926-3306,


DISMERO 470 Chambers Street, Woodstock (678) 398-4008


Fox Tale Book Shoppe (770) 516-9989


Gifted Ferret, The


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Medical & Dental

Animals & Pets Animal Atlanta


Automotive Aspen Falls Auto Spa


C&T Auto Service


Christian Brothers Automotive


Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail


Cleaning & Home Services Carpet Dry Tech

Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation


Family Chiropractic & Wellness


Marietta Plastic Surgery


Optimum Health


Pearle Vision


Plastic Surgery Center of the South


Shefa Wellness & Urgent Care


Towne Lake Family Dentistry 59

Inside Back

Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock


Mr. Junk 48

Restaurants/Food & Retail Health & Beauty Azure Salon & Spa Bowen’s Tiger Rock Acdemy Hair Quarters

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Innovative Health & Wellness


Perfect Touch Nail and Spa


Sundance Massage Center


Bees Knees Co-op Shop


Butchers Block


Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill


Frankfurt Doner


Papa P’s


The Gifted Ferret


Tuscany Italian Restaurant


Schools/Education Home & Garden Eastridge Plumbing


Exact Comfort Air Cond. & Heating


Evergreen Grounds


Georgia Floors


Hammock’s Heating & Air


Landscape Matters


Nelson Exteriors


Overstreet Lawn Care


Roswell Woodstock Plumbing The Plumbing Doctor 96

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Bascomb UMC Preschool


Towne Lake Driving School


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