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Expert Surgical Care for the Cherokee Community

Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates is a full-service practice specializing in general surgery. Our board-certified physician, Dr. Grant Wolfe, uses the latest minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic techniques to treat the full spectrum of abdominal, thyroid, and soft tissue disorders. Grant Wolfe, M.D.

Treatments offered for: • Hernias

• Skin and soft tissue lesions

• Gallstones and gallbladder problems

• Thyroid and parathyroid disease

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• Gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernias

• Stomach, adrenal gland, pancreas and spleen disorders

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32 & 33 On the Cover Omega Private Academy

May 2018

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In Every Issue


4 Around Acworth

16 Boating Season is Here!

Tips for a safe day on the water.

8 Birthdays & Celebrations

22 Kindergartner Helps Children With Cancer Named Squire of Hope by St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

30 ABA Charity Golf Tournament

Cobblestone Golf Course hosted the annual event, which benefits ABA's Education Outreach and Horizon Field.

36 Acworth Art Festival


Thousands of visitors attend each year, enjoying the offerings of more than 100 vendors.

13 Community News 19 School News 46 Rob’s Rescues 48 Cobb Photographic Society

Contributors 10 Tommy Allegood 28 Ryan Blythe 19, 20 Jennifer Bonn 13, 36 Carla Caldwell 12 Wayne Dennard

52 Calendar

16 Gregory Fonzeno

54 Senior Activities

15 Malinda Howe

57 Parks

44 Tiffany Hughes

59 Clubs and Organizations 60 Church Listings 62 Directory of Advertisers

46 Rob Macmillan 22, 24 Jeanine Marlow 18 Dave McClanahan 40 Christa Nelms 40 Cindy Nelson


42 Andrew Payne

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58 C.A. Phillips 24 Leslie Thompson around_acworth

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At Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists, we deliver state-of-the-art treatment for those suffering from arthritis and chronic joint pain of the hip and knee. Dr. Brian Seng is a board-certified physician and expert in total joint replacement, and offers the latest in minimally-invasive surgery, including anterior hip replacement and partial knee replacement to return you to activity as soon as possible. The industry leaders in rapid recovery, we strive to get you home within hours of your surgery, and with less pain.

Woodstock Office 900 Towne Lake Parkway Suite 202 Woodstock, GA 30189




People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Acworth

From the Editor Every season in Acworth is a lot of fun, and there is a special excitement when spring and summertime activities begin. The Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival will be held May 11-12 at Cauble Park at Acworth Beach, 2293 Beach St., Acworth. North Cobb Rotary and city of Acworth partner each year on the event. The festival offers some of the best barbecue around, a concert and activities for kids. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. May 11. This year’s performer is Georgia Players Guild, featuring the music of “Alabama” and “The Eagles.” Net proceeds go back to the community in the form of grants to a long list of organizations. To read more about the event, go to page 15. On May 19, Acworth welcomes the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour back to Dallas Landing Park, 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth. The event is a lot of fun and families come from throughout North Georgia to relax on the beach and watch the the world’s best wakeboard athletes compete. After the event, stop by Historic Downtown Acworth for a Wakeboard Block Party from 5-9 p.m. There will be live music, great food and pro wakeboarders will sign autographs. The event is sponsored by The Acworth Tourism Bureau Authority,

the Acworth Downtown Development Authority and the city of Acworth. For more information about the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour, go to www.prowakeboardtour.com. Opening Day for the Acworth Slide is May 25 at Dallas Landing Park. The slide is billed as “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide.” The slide is 36 feet tall and 175 feet long. For slide rates, hours and reservations go to www.acworthslide.com. Acworth is again partnering with a company to offer kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for rent at Acworth Beach, 4425 Beach St. NW, Acworth. Rentals are held beside Acworth Beach and are open to people age 13 and older. For more information, go to www.acworthbeachrentals.com. Be sure to enjoy all that Acworth has to offer this spring and summer. I hope I see you around town.

Carla Caldwell Carla Caldwell is editor of Around Acworth. Send your comments or questions to Carla@AroundaboutMagazines.com

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What’s New Acworth resident Shannon Gallimore is a founding partner of brick&batten, a new exterior virutual design company. www.brickandbatten.com

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COMMUNITY BOARD The Around Acworth community board consists of well-respected community leaders from different walks of life. Our board members assist us in many ways that range from serving as contributing writers to providing valuable feedback.

Tia Amlett, the principal of Barber Middle School, has

been an educator for the past 19 years. Prior to becoming a principal, Tia served as an assistant principal at Garrett Middle School and North Cobb High School. She is a native of South Carolina who earned her bachelor’s degree at Clemson University and master’s and education specialist’s degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Tia is married to Jonah, and they have two children, Nia and Jordan, who attend Cobb County schools.

Ellen Kennerly has lived in Acworth since 1992. She

has worked as a journalist for more than three decades, most of it with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution holding positions as Olympics News Editor, Design Director, A1 Editor and Director of Content Development and Operations for ajc.com, among others. More recently, she worked as Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University and as Director of Asset Intelligence for WebMD. Her business, Kennerly Digital Directions, provides consulting and hands-on deliverables in communications, design and web development, largely for Acworth business people.

Bob Weatherford has been a Cobb County resident for

two decades. Bob was a reserve police officer for more than 20 years, eight of those with Acworth PD including time as Captain. He is active in local charities, numerous civic organizations, and co-founded Shop with a Hero. He was elected Cobb County District 1 Commissioner in 2014. In addition to his duties as commissioner, he teaches motorcycle safety courses for the Department of Driver’s Services.

Danielle Hilderbrand is a Cobb County native. She has

been a business owner on Main Street in Acworth for more than six years. Danielle is the proprietor of Pearl’s Spa and Boutique, a partner in Rustic Ruby gift shop and an active volunteer in Acworth. She has been a member of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority for several years and is the 2017 president of the Acworth Business Association. She is a graduate from McEachern High School and Acworth’s North Metro Technical College (now Chattahoochee Tech).

Malinda Howe has lived in Acworth since 1996. She is owner and broker of Anchor Realty Partners and vice chairman of Acworth Tourism Board. She has been a member of the board for nine years. Malinda is originally from Alexandria, Va., and attended George Mason University. She always loved real estate and began her career in commercial real estate working with Savage/ Fogarty, which acquired and managed Class A office buildings on behalf of Dutch pension funds. She moved to Georgia with TMW Management, assisting in acquisitions and leases from 1997-2003, and then pursued her career in residential real estate. Malinda and her husband, Rick, have one daughter, Kara. Malinda lives, plays and works in Historic Downtown Acworth. 6


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Around Acworth, 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 Acworth and surrounding area by providing residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,500 free copies. Approximately 15,400 are direct mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,100 are placed in racks around the community. See page 64 for a distribution map. Around Acworth also has many digital viewers of the magazine online each month. Around Acworth welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Acworth is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2018 Around Acworth

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Volume 2, Issue 10

America’s Community Magazine




Ranen Turner

Turns 18 on May 15 Graduates May 25 from North Cobb High School We are so proud of your accomplishments. Know that you always will have our support. You are loved more than you ever can imagine. You truly are a precious gift to us. Love, Mom, Dad and your big bro

Erskine "Kobe" Asiedu Jr.

Turns 4 on May 6 Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy, Daddy and Zamira

Duncan McFarland

May 9 Happy Birthday DB! It's been an amazing 21 years watching you grow, learn and laugh as you chase your dreams with the power to achieve everything. Much Love, Mom, Dad and Logan

Braylon Darke

May 2 Happy 1st Birthday Braylon! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Stanley, Lincoln, Grandma and Grandpa

Gary and Connie Bond

Celebrate 50 years of marriage May 18.

Chris and Mary Beth Condon

Celebrate 22 years of wedded bliss May 4.

Tucker Beemon

May 10 Happy 1st Birthday, Tucker! Love always, Mommy and Daddy



Ella Bleu Lindsey

Turns 4 on May 11 Happy Birthday! We love you so much! Mommy, Daddy and Luca


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A Message from the


ummer is right around the corner and so are the exciting activities that come with it! Summer activities at the lake already have begun with kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals at Cauble Park through Acworth Beach Rentals and Appalachian Outfitters. Acworth and South Shore beaches, both located on beautiful Lake Acworth, opened April 28. Admittance is free Monday through Friday. On weekends, non-Acworth residents pay $5 per car at South Shore Park and $10 per car at Cauble Park. The World’s Largest Inflatable Waterslide returns May 26 to Dallas Landing Park. We look forward to officially sliding into summer after the last day of school! There is a parking fee of $5 per car Monday through Friday for non-Acworth residents and $10 per car weekends. For more information about the slide, please visit www.acworthslide.com. May continues our event season. Our city team makes it our mission to positively impact our local business community through these large events taking place in the heart of our historic downtown. To kick off things, we will partner with North Cobb Rotary Club and the Georgia Barbecue Association to host the Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival at Cauble Park on May 11-12. Gates open at 5 p.m. May 11. Festivities begin with the “Lord of the Wings” competition, followed by a concert under the stars beginning at 8 p.m. The festival kicks off at 9 a.m.

Saturday and continues until 3 p.m. The event is free. Food is available for purchase. We are excited to announce the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour will return May 19 to Dallas Landing Park. The main event takes place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans will experience water-sports action, tons of great food and music, athlete autograph signings, and chances to shop and win free giveaways. Following the event, we invite you to head to downtown Acworth for the Wakeboard Block Party from 5-9 p.m. We will have live music, food and fun with the Pro Wakeboard athletes. We love this event and are thrilled to have the Pro Tour back in Acworth! We love our veterans and, as always, we invite everyone to attend our annual Memorial Day ceremony. On May 26, our community will pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Cauble Park. We will present engraved pavers that were purchased at the ceremony. For more information about these projects, events and programs, visit www.cityofacworth.org, sign up for our e-news blasts on our home page, “like” Visit Acworth on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @VisitAcworth. God bless, Tommy

Atlanta native Tommy Allegood is a University of Georgia graduate. He was elected to Acworth’s city council in 2000 and has served as mayor since 2002. He is a Community Builder who is purposed to Make it Count!




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Acworth Approves Golf Cart Road Rules BY WAYNE DENNARD

The city of Acworth has approved rules for golf cart use on authorized streets and trails. The ordinance officially is known as the Personal Transportation Vehicle (PTV) ordinance. All PTVs must be registered. The registration fee is $15. Registration is active for five years. PTV operation is legal only on authorized streets and trails. Operators must have a valid driver’s license and proof of liability insurance coverage. PTVs must be inspected, registered and permitted by Acworth Police Department. If a PTV is compliant with local and state law, a decal will be issued to signify registration.

Rules of the road as they pertain to PTV use: • Drivers must stay on authorized streets or trail systems. All will have a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less. • Drivers must be at least 16 years old.

Golf carts are allowed on authorized roads. Left, an example of decal.

• PTV drivers must follow traffic regulations applicable to vehicular traffic.

• A PTV shall not be operated on sidewalks.

• A PTV shall not be operated to transport more than eight people.

• All laws and ordinances relative to alcohol and its use, including open container laws, apply to PTV drivers and occupants of PTVs.

• PTV drivers have the same rights as drivers of other vehicles. • All PTVs are entitled to the full use of a lane on authorized streets and parking areas. No motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any PTV of the full use of a lane.

• A registration permit can be revoked if the owner/driver fails to abide by ordinances regarding PTVs or abide by traffic laws in using a PTV.

• All drivers and passengers must remain seated during the operation of the PTV. No person may sit on the driver’s lap during the operation of a PTV. For more information, go to www.acworthpolice.org.

• PTV drivers shall not overtake or pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. • PTV drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians at plainly marked crosswalks, at intersections where stop signs or flashing red signals are in place, and while traveling along approved trail systems. 12


Chief Dennard has served as chief since 2012 and has lived in this community for more than 40 years.


Dragon boats will race in friendly competition May 5 at the second annual Acworth Dragon Boat Race and Festival at Dallas Landing. The event supports breast cancer survivors and promotes an active lifestyle during and after treatment. Dragon boat festivals are held across the United States and in several countries to support breast cancer survivors and awareness. The Acworth event is organized by Linda Evans, a two-time cancer survivor and president of nonprofit Dragon Boat Atlanta. The group is made up of cancer survivors and supporters who want to increase awareness of breast cancer. Proceeds from the event benefit the organization and Marietta-based Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, a nonprofit founded by two oncology nurses that provides support groups, education and financial assistance for cancer patients. Loving Arms was founded in 2011 and has helped hundreds of cancer patients. For information, go to http://lovingarms. support/dragonboats. For more information about Dragon Boat Atlanta, go to www.dragonboatatlanta.org. For more information about Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, go to https://lovingarms. support.

A competitor at the 2017 Wakeboard competition at Dallas Landing. Photo: Beth Fornuto

Pro Wakeboard Tour Returns to Acworth The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour returns May 19 to Dallas Landing Park. Events take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. After the event, there will be a Wakeboard Block Party from 5 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Acworth. The event will include food, music and autograph signings by athletes. This event is sponsored by Acworth Tourism Bureau Authority, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority and the city of Acworth. For more information on this event, please call 770-917-1234 or visit www.prowakeboardtour.com.

Cobb Accepting Grant Applications The Cobb Community Development Block Grant Office is accepting applications for the Phase 35 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The federal program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. Eligible activities for EFSP include: • Emergency rent/mortgage/utility assistance, mass shelter, supplies/equipment, served meals, support services, rehabilitation/repairs.

A dragon boat used for competition.

The EFSP application is available online at cobbcounty.org/cdbg. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. May 11.

Gun Safety Classes Offered Cobb County Sheriff's Office will offer free gun safety classes at the following locations: • June 31, Windy Hill Community Center, 1885 Roswell St., Smyrna. • Sept 13, Ron Anderson Community Center, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. • Oct. 11, Boots Ward Recreation Center, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs. Classes begin at 6 p.m. and last about two hours. Learn about safety and storage, gun types, choosing the right gun for you, gun ownership/transfer laws, use of force, firearm alternatives, Georgia weapons licenses and requirements, and active shooter situations. The class offers information only. There is no live fire training. Registration is not required to attend. Participants receive a free safety gun lock. Email any questions Each gun safety class lasts about two hours. to Glenn.Daniel@cobbcounty.org. AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018


YOUR LOCAL NEWS Cobb Chamber Names 25 Small Businesses of Year Cobb Chamber has selected its Top 25 small businesses for 2018 and will announce June 4 the organization’s overall winner. The top pick will participate in the state small business of the year competition. The small business of the year program was established in Cobb in 1982 to recognize the role small businesses play in the community and economy. The chamber has added a new award — Businesses to Watch — to recognize Cobb’s newest business stars and upand-coming businesses. To qualify, a business must have launched within the past three years.

Top 25 Small Businesses for 2018

• Assured Comfort Heating Air & Plumbing • Atlanta Air Charter Inc. • Corporate Environmental Risk Management • Deluxe Athletics • Dry County Brewing Co. • DynamiX • Fulfillment Strategies International • Georgia Trade School • Henry’s Louisiana Grill • IAG Forensics and Valuation • InPrime Legal • Long Engineering Inc. • The Marietta Local • Marietta Wrecker Service • Mills Specialty Metals LLC • North Georgia Staffing • One Ring Networks • Otter's Chicken • Re/Max Pure • The Service Fort LLC • Southeastern Engineering Inc. • Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique • Vibe Kayaks LLC • Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q • Win-Tech Inc.

The 2018 Businesses to Watch • Four Hats Inc. • Peachtree Hearing • Relocal Move



Memorial service at Patriots Point in Cauble Park.

Memorial Day Ceremony Acworth’s ceremony honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country will be held at 10 a.m. May 26 at Patriots Point in Cauble Park. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces that were purchased since Veterans Day will be presented at the event. For more information on the event, contact Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth.org or call 770-917- 1234.

Acworth Farmers Market The Historic Downtown Acworth Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Fridays through Oct. 26 in the Acworth First Baptist Church parking lot on the north end of Main Street. Customers can select from Georgia-grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, freshbaked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams. This year’s market is expected to be larger than in previous years. The market is sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. For information about being a vendor, or for more information about the market, please call 770-917-1234.

Festival Offers Food, Concert and Kid's Zone The Rotary Club of North Cobb will hold its ninth annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival Charity Fundraiser May 11-12 at Cauble Park at Acworth Beach, 2293 Beach St., Acworth. The festival offers great food, music and performances by area performers. The event is held in partnership with the city of Acworth. Georgia BBQ Association rules apply to the contest. Net proceeds will go back into the community. For a list of groups that receive grants from North Cobb Rotary, go to https:// smokeonthelake.org/rotarycharities. For information about cook teams, sponsorships, tables and to view a schedule of events, go to www.smokeonthelake. org.

May 11

4 p.m. Festival opens. 4:30 p.m. Shuttles begin and kid's zone opens. Kid's zone features jump houses and other activities.

5 p.m. Food vendors begin serving food for purchase. 5:30 p.m. Tables are available for reservation holders. Lord

of the Wings contest begins. Teams serve wings to the public for judging. Contest ends at approximately 8:30 p.m.

8 p.m. Concert by Georgia Players Guild, featuring the music of Alabama and The Eagles. 10:30 p.m. Shuttles stop running.

May 12

9 a.m. Festival opens. Shuttles begin running. Food vendors begin serving food for purchase. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dance clubs perform onstage 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Some teams serve pork to the public for judging.

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. People’s choice pork judging. 3:30 p.m. Award ceremony for cook teams. 4 p.m. Shuttles stop running.

Infill Homes Blend Into Historic Community BY MALINDA HOWE

It was an exciting day for those of us who live in Historic Downtown Acworth – at last the boarded-up townhomes on Academy Street were being demolished. Cars stopped to watch heavy equipment bulldoze 12 townhomes that for years were an eyesore. Milholland Enterprises LLC acquired the property after a long process of securing and cleaning up the title. Homes being built at the site are a perfect example of how infill building can blend into a community and enhance it. Lombardy Village will feature 12 craftsman-style inspired homes. Seven homes will have basements and five will be constructed on slabs. There are two design plans. The Great Gatsby has the largest floor plan with 2,253 square feet spread over three stories of living space. Homes are $329,900. The Barnsley offers 1,923 square feet and two stories of living space. Homes are $319,900. Some homes should be ready in mid-September.

Malinda Howe lives, works and plays in Historic Downtown Acworth and is a broker and owner of Anchor Realty Partners. Howe is also vice chairwoman of the Acworth Tourism Board. AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018


Three Tips for a Safe Day on the Water BY GREGORY FONZENO

The summer boating season is upon us. And while boating is a time for fun, it’s also a time for care and safety. To help ensure a fun and safe day on the water, there are three things everyone should do. Take a boating education class. Knowing the “rules of the road” on the water keeps everyone safe, and provides for a much more enjoyable experience. U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that in accidents where the level of operator education is known, 77 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator never received boating education instruction. Many options are available to take a safe boating class, including courses offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, or online offerings by the Department of Natural Resources. In Georgia, anyone born after Jan. 1, 1998, must complete a boating education course approved by the DNR before operating a motorized vessel on Georgia state waters. Always wear a life jacket. Today’s recreational boater life jackets are lightweight, good looking, colorful, and comfortable to wear. In the past five years, 21 people drowned in Lake Allatoona. None of the victims had on a life jacket. Nationwide, approximately 700 boating deaths occur each year. Statistics show that approximately 80 percent die by drowning, and approximately 83 percent of the victims do NOT wear life jackets. Georgia law requires boaters to have one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. Life jackets must be in good condition and of the proper fit for each passenger: small ones for small kids and standard ones for adults. However, if you find yourself overboard and in the water, it is impossible to grab your life jacket and put it on while struggling to stay afloat. A life jacket works when it is worn at all times. There is a wide variety of life jackets on the market, ranging in price from $10 to $200. Whatever type you choose, the bottom line is that a life jacket doesn’t work unless you wear it. When a life jacket is worn -- nobody mourns. File a float plan. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. If something should happen, you can’t be rescued if no one knows where to search. A float plan doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but it should cover the following points: description of the boat, type, length, color, registration number and name, number of people on board, where you are going, a description of your car that includes its license plate number, and the name of the marina or launch ramp where it is parked. If that seems like too much, just let someone know when you are leaving, where you are going and when you will return. Leave the float plan with a good friend, a family member, or someone else you can trust to take action if you are overdue. Everyone wants to have an enjoyable time on the water. A safe boating experience is a fun experience.

Greg Fonzeno is the Public Education Officer for Flotilla 22 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of its mission areas. For more information go to www.cgaux.org.



BOATING SAFETY COURSES U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 will offer a one-day boating safety class. The class, called About Boating Safety, covers topics that include:

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Know Your Boat Before Getting Underway Navigating the Waterways Operating Your Vessel Safely Legal Requirements Boating Emergencies

Individuals who successfully complete the program and exam meet the Georgia boating certification requirements and are awarded certificates and wallet cards. Boaters born after Jan. 1, 1998, must complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety class to legally operate a boat or personal watercraft in the Georgia. Class dates: (Only one day needed to complete the course).

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May 5 June 2 July 7 Aug. 4 Sept. 8

Classes are located at Roberts School Community and Education Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. Fee for program materials is $20 each. Family discounts are available. To register for a class, or to request a gift certificate for someone else, email Greg Fonzeno at flotilla22pe@gmailcom.

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Let Us Contribute To Your Success BY DAVE MCCLANAHAN


Monthly Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw Guest speaker: State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth)

State Rep. Ed Setzler

May 8, 22

Morning Jolt

7:30-9 a.m. American Legion-North Cobb Post 304, 4220 S. Main St., Acworth Networking event that focuses on passing referrals with one another. Coffee and breakfast provided.

May 17

Women’s Business Network Lunch

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Logan Farm House, 4756 Logan Road, Acworth

Ladies networking specially formulated to connect and empower women in business. RSVP must be completed in advance at www.acworthbusiness.org.

June 7

April was a busy month for the Acworth business community and more great things are planned for May. April included one of our biggest and most fun annual events - the Acworth Business Association Golf Tournament. We had 92 golfers, dozens of hole sponsors, tee tasters and other volunteers. Cobblestone Golf Course was buzzing with music, golfers, hackers, good food and drink, and business connections. Thank you to all who participated, sponsored and volunteered to make this our best golf tournament yet. [See photos on pages 30-31.] Other events included two Morning ABA Golf Tournament. Photo: Beth Fornuto Jolt referral meetings, Alive After Five with our host Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Women’s Business Network with guest speaker Karen Wolf, and our monthly luncheon featuring Cobb Chamber CEO Sharon Mason as speaker. At our May luncheon we will highlight our amazing students and schools. Six local high school students will join us on stage to receive well-earned scholarships. Our annual scholarships are just one part of the more than $30,000 ABA gives back to our community every year. State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) is guest speaker. Join us at 11:30 a.m. May 3 to help us celebrate these incredible young men and women, and to connect with our business community.

Mutual Success through Community

ABA and the number of businesses in our community continue to grow. There has never been a better time to live and do business in Acworth. I mentioned at our last luncheon the phrase “Mutual Success through Community.” I believe this is what makes Acworth great. Acworth’s leadership, schools, business people and law enforcement know each other, encourage each other, and contribute to one another’s success. As I write this article, I recall separate conversations with four of our business owners in the past 24 hours. Each of them said 2018 is their best and most profitable year doing business in Acworth. These are our neighbors. They are investing their success back into this community, and all are members of the ABA. Three of them are ABA Presidential Sponsors. I love to hear success stories. Better yet, I love to hear success stories that involve a community coming together. If this is not your Acworth story, there is no reason it can’t be. ABA is rooting for your success, and we want you to be connected. Head over to Acworthbusiness.org to find out what’s going on, join us and help us help you.

Monthly Luncheon

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Dave McClanahan is 2018 president of the Acworth Business Association and a Certified Financial Planner™ . Dave, his wife Heather, and their four children happily have called Acworth home for 15 years.



Student with Cystic Fibrosis Inspires Others misses school frequently for doctor visits, but still maintains high academic standards. Abby Knapp radiates joy. When When Abby was asked about she talks about her upcoming trip the challenges of living with cystic to France, or the colleges she has fibrosis, she first said it was not visited, or her passion for horses, her that bad because she has had the enthusiasm is contagious. Abby has disease since birth as it is all she a warrior’s spirit. She finds only the has ever known. After thinking for positive in life despite having cystic a moment, she added “Well, I had fibrosis. to have a feeding tube from when Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects I was 4-12, and I needed surgery the lungs and digestive system. Mucus to shut it.” She adds time in the becomes thicker and stickier than it’s hospital is always difficult because supposed to be and blocks passageways she would rather be doing all the that carry air into and out of the things that she loves. lungs. The abnormal mucus can plug The reality of Abby’s disease channels that carry enzymes produced hit home recently when she met by the pancreas to the small intestine. another cystic fibrosis patient in Without these digestive enzymes, the Abby Knapp enjoys competing in equestrian activities. the hospital. Cystic fibrosis patients intestine can’t absorb the necessary are not supposed to be within six nutrients from food. feet of each other because they have bacteria in their Abby, who is a student at North Cobb Christian School, lungs that could be passed between them and be harmful. goes to the doctor every three months. If her lungs are Abby knew this, but was drawn to the boy because she not performing well, she is admitted to the hospital to had a chance to speak with someone her age who really receive antibiotics, vitamins and breathing treatments. understands what it is like to have the disease. She also has two breathing treatments on a daily basis. As Abby looks toward college, she has a lot to consider. She can increase those to every four hours if she needs She will need to take a lot of equipment, so she probably them. She takes pancreatic enzymes when she eats to will need a private room. She will need a college that help her digestion, and she takes allergy medicine. Abby has transportation between buildings because of the weakness of her lungs. And she might need to be absent more than most students, but she has proven she can stay current with her school material. Abby is not worried about being away from home. She thinks she will be fine if she sticks to a routine and does everything she has learned to take care of herself. After college, she would like to earn her nursing degree so that she can work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, or work as a travel nursing. She would like to spend time working at Door of Hope Children’s Mission in South Africa. While many people could see cystic fibrosis as a challenge or a negative, Abby sees it as something she needs to manage to continue to lead a joy-filled life. She has played paintball, gone whitewater rafting, hiked, and has competed in equestrian activities for years. And she will continue to inspire everyone who knows her. BY JENNIFER BONN

Abby Knapp and Carly Fletcher. The North Cobb Christian School students have been friends since kindergarten.

Jennifer Bonn is a teacher at Mount Paran Christian School and lives in Kennesaw. AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018


Why I’m Not Worried About Our Future BY JENNIFER BONN

Millennials receive a lot of bad press. I know better, because I am surrounded at Mount Paran Christian School by young people who are standouts. I am not worried about our future, because I know these children will change our world someday. Let me introduce you to a few of them.

Innovators in technology and science: Jordan Moss and Jasmine Chrisp It is pure joy to hear Jordan Moss

talk about his future. He recently was accepted to attend his dream school, Georgia Tech. He will study electrical and computer engineering. Jordan puts in countless hours as captain of the Eagle robotics team. He was a First Dean’s List finalist and a First League robotics mentor. Jordan has been a leader in STEAM education opportunities at Mount Paran Christian School, pulling in younger students and mentoring them. Jordan also has been a member of the Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, the crosscountry and track teams, and plays the viola. He sees everything as a joy-filled opportunity. Jasmine Chrisp has been a leader in robotics since middle school, and her involvement has shown young women that robotics is not just for boys. Jasmine recently was awarded her Gold award in Girl Scouts. Her final project was to help girls see the value and accessibility of a STEAM education. Jasmine also is going to Georgia Tech. When our A.P. French class theme study was science and technology inventions, Jasmine came alive. For years, she has been coming up with inventions that she would like to make. All of her inventions have been geared toward making the lives of less fortunate people better. I know Jasmine is headed out to save the world.

General leadership and humanitarianism: Blake Chaput Blake Chaput is an unsung hero. He

does so much for the school, with no need for accolades. He is a huge part of MPCS, and is involved in all aspects of school life. He has boundless energy, seems to be everywhere, and has a kind word for everyone he meets. 20


Left to right, Nathaniel Raeder, Blake Chaput, David Gray, Emma Perry, Ansley Brague, Jasmine Chrisp and Jordan Moss.

He is an encourager, a joker and a man of action. He wants to improve things for the better, and he likes to make plans and solve problems. He plays in the chapel band, has had several important roles in school musicals, and has been a member of the student government every year. Blake is a role model and a mentor for younger students. He has a charisma that draws people to him, and he has the ability to influence people for the better.

Leadership in the Arts: Emma Perry and Ansley Brague Emma Perry is a presence. She can’t

walk down the hall without being noticed. There is something about her that makes her stand out. She has had major roles in the school’s award-winning drama productions. I recently told a friend that Emma could play a garbage can and steal the show. She is classically trained in opera, and the strength in her voice is undeniable. You can feel the love in Emma, and you can tell that she cares deeply about people. She is positive, uplifting, and always ready to make someone laugh. Ansley Brague Emma is capable of doing it all. She sings like an angel, dances like a professional, and can fit seamlessly into any role in MPCS arts productions. Ansley is a part of student government and the 11:1 Effect. Although Ansley has more than her share of talent, she remains humble.

Our military future: Nathaniel Raeder and David Gray Nathaniel Raeder was accepted

into the U.S. Naval Academy and has a scholarship to play on the lacrosse team. He is a servant-leader. He participates in an organization called the 11:1 Effect, where high school students mentor younger children, and he is part of the school’s peer mentoring program. He also is a Beta Club member, and plays the guitar in the high school chapel band. David Gray’s passion is swimming. If he isn’t working hard at school, where he is a leader in student government, he can be found in the pool. David’s hard work paid off when he won his second individual swimming state championship. David has been accepted into the Air Force Academy, where he will continue his swimming career. This is just a short list of the outstanding young seniors who surround me every day. I could add many more to this list. They all have the characteristics of leaders who can change our world for the better. With these graduating seniors heading out into the world, I am not worried.

Jennifer Bonn is a teacher at Mount Paran Christian School and lives in Kennesaw.


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YOUR SCHOOL NEWS Kindergartner Works to Help Children With Cancer BY JEANINE MARLOW

Sean-Patrick Erisman, a kindergarten student at Cornerstone Prep, has expressed his Christian discipleship since he was 3. Erisman, of Acworth, recently was named a Squire of Hope for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for raising money the past three years. He shaved his head to raise money to benefit children with cancer. This year he raised $1,400. “People who are sick, I like to give them hair because their hair fell all out,” SeanPatrick said. The entire Erisman family is involved with St. Baldricks. “Three years ago, my husband Kevin was invited to participate in the St. Baldrick's fundraiser, located at the Guston's in Woodstock,” Miriam Erisman said . “At this time Sean-Patrick was only 3 years old, and after hearing testimonies from other kids about their battle with cancer, he was inspired to shave his head with Kevin. In a very short period of time, he raised several hundred dollars. The next year, we asked Sean if he wanted to participate and he did. Again he raised several hundred dollars at the event to shave his head.” “At that event, I decided that we were going to establish an official team and fundraise as much as we could leading up to the event. That's what we did, we posted on social media and sent emails to our family and friends.” This year, for the first time, Miriam

Sean-Patrick Erisman with his classmates at Cornerstone Prep.

Erisman shaved her head along with her husband and son. “On March 24, we went into the event having raised around $1,100. While at the event Sean-Patrick raised another $300-plus, and we shaved our heads together as a team and a family.” Miriam Erisman noted that the family is still raising money for the event. As of press time they had raised more than $1,500. When asked how the family developed such a selfless spirit in their young son, Miriam Erisman said, “I think God gave Sean-Patrick a big heart, and we just nurtured it by being an example. Our family philosophy has always been to help and put others before yourself. We try to live this every day.”

Kevin and Sean-Patrick Erisman before shaving their heads at a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. 22 AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018

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Jeanine Marlow is director of communications and marketing at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Acworth.

Kevin, Sean-Patrick and Miriam Erisman pose for a family photo with their newly shaved heads.

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YOUR SCHOOL NEWS Student to Compete in National Spelling Bee Cornerstone Prep sixth-grader Kaitlyn Burger recently participated in the ACSI Southeast Regional Spelling Bee and placed fourth. She will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the ACSI National Spelling Bee. "It was hard work, that's for sure, but it was all worth it!,” Kaitlyn said. - Jeanine Marlow

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Students win scholarships, week-long leadership trip BY LESLIE THOMPSON

Cobb EMC recently selected four local high school juniors to represent the company at the 2018 Washington Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid, week-long leadership trip to Washington, D.C., in June. “These talented students will join 1,800 student representatives from across the nation,” said Mark Justice, director of education and community relations at Cobb EMC. “They’ll meet with their elected representatives and discuss local and national issues with policy makers. This experience will stay with them for the rest of their lives.” Cobb EMC’s 2018 winners were chosen through a rigorous application process that included character references, a test on the electric cooperative business model and in-person interviews. In addition to the trip to Washington, all four will be eligible to interview for a summer internship with Cobb EMC. • First place: Kevin Goshay of Lassiter High School also won a $1,500 scholarship and intends to major in economics and mathematics. • Second place: Thomas Tucker of North Cobb Christian School also won a $1,000 scholarship and intends to major in political science and law. • Third place: Anna Nichols of Harrison High School also won a $500 scholarship and intends to major in chemical and biomolecular engineering. • Fourth place: Raeah Woodson of Cornerstone Preparatory Academy intends to major in criminal defense. The Washington Youth Tour, which is Georgia’s oldest leadership program for teens, is designed Leslie Thompson is director of member to challenge students to become engaged citizens. and public relations for Cobb EMC. Since 1965, more than 50,000 students nationwide have participated in the program.

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pring Term at North Cobb Christian School provides students with unique opportunities to learn and serve, often changing the trajectory of their lives in the process. The program gives students a chance to learn more about how God has gifted them, and what they may want to pursue in college and beyond. At the forefront of each experience is NCCS’ desire to equip students to impact their world for Christ. NCCS teacher Each spring, students in Erin McAnnally & senior Mallory grades 9-12 select a Spring Dennard share Term trip or short course special moments from a long list of options. with Haitian Choices this year included children. international and local missions, science excursions, serving those in need in the community, college tours and more. Trips and courses working with disabled children, and take place the week before spring break. helping to feed the hungry. NCCS’ Lower The school’s middle school students School students played an important role similarly participate in Fall Term, which in the Spring Term program by helping offers programs structured to their to raise funds to support a variety of interests and age levels. Fifth graders projects, including clean water filters visit local attractions such as the Georgia in Haiti and food for the hungry in Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta, sixth graders Guatemala and Cuba. participate in team-building activities In Appalachia, students repaired at Sojourn Adventures, seventh graders homes, including repairing roofs and travel to Savannah, and eighth graders floors. Locally, students donated to, visit Washington, D.C. and helped organize, the food pantry at In March, some of the upper school Acworth Elementary School. The pantry students traveled on mission trips to is part of a partnership with MUST Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti and Kentucky’s Ministries. poverty-plagued Appalachian mountain Upon their return, students give a region, while others traveled to such presentation about their project or places as New York, London and France. program. The school’s website displays Most trips included an educational and student blogs about the experiences. To mission component. read them, go to www.ncchristian.org The teams serving in Cuba, Guatemala and click “Spring Term 2018 Perspectives and Haiti were there for the purpose of Students Chloe Collins, Lily King and Mary Claire Norman work on roof repairs in Appalachia.

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NCCS students Reece Pascoe and Gabby Merced help students in Cuba.

and Blogs” under “Headlines” on the home page. “Whether it is in Guatemala, Cuba, France, Appalachia, Atlanta, Acworth, or another location, Spring Term gives our students the opportunity to see the world around us in a different light, and a chance to serve others,” said Todd Clingman, Head of School. “We are a blessed nation and a blessed people, and it is our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor as ourselves, which is one of the main goals of our Spring Term trips.” Spring Term has a tremendous impact on students, even after they graduate, Clingman said. “We consistently hear from our graduates that Spring Term was one of the most influential aspects of their education at North Cobb Christian School,” he said. “The goal is that students develop a perspective of why it is important to serve the needs of others and that the Gospel would be furthered. It is our hope that God would be glorified through every Spring Term experience!” North Cobb Christian School is a private Christian school located in the Acworth/ Kennesaw area, serving students in pre-K through 12th grade.


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Building Hollywood Blockbusters BY RYAN BLYTHE

Cassandra Wilson is an accomplished welder and blacksmith working on the season three set of Netflix hit “Stranger Things.” I recently had the chance to catch up with the Acworth resident to talk about her impressive career.

Explain the work you do and how you chose your career path.

What is your favorite part of the path you’ve chosen? I love creating and seeing the result. Whether it’s repairing roll cans and wood chippers, or building a movie set. I also like the great people I meet and learn from. Many amazing people keep me under their wing. My favorite foreman is Dale Jeanette, hands down. He’s taught me so much, and I love the crew I work with under him. I meet amazingly talented and humble men. Your work crew makes or breaks you. Every time I work with Dale and his crew, it makes me. I learn so much from them.

I am in the Local 479 movie union. We go from movie to show and build sets and props. We fabricate and construct something different all the time. From a computer desk made Cassandra Wilson. Photo by Candy Cuilla of metal to building a metal staircase awning on the side of a submarine to fabricating a huge prison What’s your future career goal? set. I continuously learn and improve. To apply myself to my business, Castaway Creations Welding was introduced to me as a hobby. The first thing and Fabrication, leaning more toward the artistry of this I made was a fire pit. It was cool and satisfying to make profession. I also plan to obtain my inspection certification something from nothing and it was fun to use the tools to this year to enhance my knowledge and to provide create it. I wanted to make a career of it. I applied to Savannah more financial opportunities. I want to make myself as College of Art and Design (SCAD) for furniture design and was irreplaceable as possible. accepted, but realized tuition would be challenging financially. So I signed up at Georgia Trade School. I realized there are Advice for those who aspire to make it in the numerous career paths with welding skills.

entertainment industry?

You went to a magnet high school where most graduates matriculate to college. Did you feel pressure to follow the pack? I felt pressure from everyone to go to college. My parents worried that I would struggle without a college education. School itself pushed college and made it seem that without a college education you would be in trouble. I briefly went to college to calm my family and carried a 4.0 GPA in my business classes, but it wasn’t for me.

Go for it! Bury yourself in it! Learn all the ins and outs and be the best. I had so many people telling me I wouldn’t make it. Ignore it. You will be the one who has to do it every day, not them. Most of our lives are spent working. Why choose something that makes you miserable?

Film and television is becoming a huge part of Georgia’s economy? Tell us about projects you have worked on and where you see the industry going? Georgia is booming with film right now. We are killing it all year long and it has been great for employees here. I’ve worked on “Powers,” “Fast and Furious 8,” “Daytime Divas” and, of course, “Stranger Things.” I like to think we will stay busy for a while. Georgia has so much to offer with tax breaks, fewer permits and all the beautiful scenery. Georgia is hard to beat for film right now. Hopefully, it will be a permanent home for productions.

Cassandra Wilson on the set of “Fast and Furious 8.” 28


Ryan Blythe is founder of Georgia Trade School, and a two-time recipient of the Cobb Chamber Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. A leading voice on “skilled trades,” Ryan has appeared in dozens of media forms.

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College Planning Institute: Andrew Windham, Elliot Coplin, Jay Kiger and Scott Bursmith.

The Acworth Business Association held its annual charity golf tournament in April at Cobblestone Golf Course. Proceeds benefit ABA Education Outreach and Horizon Field. The ShawHankins team won with a score of 50.

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Christian Brothers: Chuck Hart and Scott Head.

NorthStar Church: Scott Mahr, Mike Lindeman, Jamie Maddox and Lee Wilson.

Acworth Business Association: Jim Hilber, ABA-president elect; Shannon Stahl, Chris Coltran and Joe Faires.

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Omega Private Academy® • 8:1 Student-teacher ratio • Caring, certified teachers • AdvancED-accredited educational services • Multi-sensory instruction • Yearly standardized testing • Customized lesson plans • Proven academic growth • A college prep curriculum • Georgia Special Needs Scholarship provider Parents stay informed through regular communication from teachers and administration. Parents are provided with weekly newsletters and web portal log-in access to view teacher communications, grades and attendance reports. Omega Private Academy® provides elective courses, National Honor Society, student council, field trips and rewarding and resume-building community service opportunities. Omega students have volunteered at a senior living center to help residents with technical devices, volunteered at animal shelters, helped build the education garden at Red Top Mountain State Park, and collected food, clothing and money for many great causes in our community. Teachers, parents and students are involved in choosing electives for the next school year. Electives have included business, drama, graphic design, computer science, music appreciation, photography, presentation skills and psychology. Many Omega students also are involved in activities independent of the school, so families appreciate Omega’s flexible schedule. Classes typically meet 9 a.m.2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, with Fridays designated for “independent study.” Sponsored Content

Omega Private Academy® graduates say the school helped them achieve academic and personal goals. “I can’t imagine what my life would be like if Omega wasn’t brought into my life. Saying goodbye to Omega is like saying goodbye to my second family.” — Delanie “At Omega, these past few years, I’ve enjoyed coming to school and seeing all the great people who attend and work here.” — Marshall “I can tell you that moving to this school is one of the best things I have ever done. I would like to thank each and every one of my teachers for motivating me to do my best, and for being there for bad days when I needed someone older to talk to for advice.” — Bailey “I am thankful for the opportunity my parents have given me to be able to come to Omega.” — Andrew

reading and writing. Omega offers test prep programs, homework assistance and convenient access to accredited online courses in most subjects. For every 12 hours of tutoring, students see an average of a 105-point improvement on their SAT score, or a 2- or 3-point improvement on their ACT score. Such improvement could lead to a full scholarship at a student’s preferred university.



“I fell in love with the amazing teachers, who I felt loved me like they were my parents.” — Shaylee

to learn to work hard, believe in myself, and communicate with difficult people.” — Andrea

“Coming to Omega was such a privilege, because the teachers genuinely really care about our education.” — Ivey

“My years at Omega have been a blast overall, and I will not forget the school that helped me get where I am today.” — Josh

“Omega Private Academy® has helped me grow and learn and push myself past my limits. I didn’t know what I was capable of before I came to Omega.” — Sariah

Omega Private Academy® is one of many services offered by Omega Learning® in Acworth.

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Omega offers a wide selection of K-12 tutoring programs. The programs are targeted to strengthen skills in math,

Omega offers prep for most tests, including the SSAT, GED, SSEE, ASVAB and ITBS, as well as school/program-specific tests and entrance exams. Omega Learning® Center — Acworth provides tutoring for the Georgia Milestones test, and other states’ tests.


Omega offers a wide variety of Internet-based K-12 school courses. Students are not confined to a traditional school schedule and have the option to enroll in multiple or individual courses, benefit from dual-enrollment, or achieve credit recovery. The program is customized to each student’s needs.


Omega’s customized summer tutoring programs include academic and enrichment boot camps for math, reading and test prep. Due to Omega’s AdvancED accreditation, summer school tutoring programs are available for class credit and/or credit recovery for high school courses. To schedule an appointment at Omega Learning® Center — Acworth, call 770-792-7431.

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When caught early, cancer is often easier to treat and beat. That’s why cancer screenings are so pivotal to the early detection and treatment of this deadly disease. However, new clinical studies may lead to new screening recommendations for (and increased confusion about) screenings and healthy living.

Who do you listen to?

The most important thing you can do is to know your body, recognize changes and report them to your doctor when they occur. Keep a detailed personal and family health history. Then, talk with your doctor about what screenings and lifestyle changes are right for you.

When do I need to be screened?

Regardless of your age, have annual checkups with your doctor. It’s here that you’ll discuss your overall well-being, including any life changes. Considering your medical and family histories, your doctor will know best what screenings you should have and when. Be proactive about your health and do your own research. Learn about your cancer risks and what screenings are recommended for your age and gender. Take any concerns you have to your doctor.

Prostate cancer

Beginning at age 55, men at average risk for developing prostate cancer should begin to discuss screening with their doctor. Men at high risk for developing prostate cancer, including those who are African-American or have a family history of the disease, should begin discussing screening even sooner, at around 40.

Lung cancer

Screening is recommended for high-risk individuals who are 5077 and smoke, and who have one or more additional risk factors. Risk factors may include having a family history of lung cancer; exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos, arsenic or uranium; or living in a city with high levels of air pollution.



Skin cancer (melanoma)

Regardless of your age, have yearly body checks by a dermatologist and perform self-checks once a month. Use a hand mirror to check hard-to-see places. Individuals with reduced immunity or who have had skin cancer before, and those with a strong family history of skin cancer are at higher risk for developing skin cancer. Call your doctor if you notice anything unusual.

Colorectal cancer

Beginning at age 50, men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, meaning you have a family history of the disease or have a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, you should discuss earlier screenings with your doctor.

Breast cancer

Women should begin annual mammograms beginning at age 40 and continue for as long as they are in good health. Some women, because of their family history, genetic tendency or certain other factors, need to have an MRI in addition to mammography. Your doctor can tell you whether you should have additional tests or should start screening at an earlier age.

Cervical cancer

Routine pap tests are crucial for the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Women 21 to 65 years should have a routine pap test at least once every three years. HPV vaccines help protect against most, but not all, cases of HPV cervical infections. Regular pelvic exams are highly recommended. The HPV vaccine is given over 6 months to males and females ages 9-26.




The 8th annual Acworth Art Fest was held in April and featured more than 100 artisans from across the country. Thousands of people attend each year to walk among tents filled with paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and more. A popular feature is Kidz Zone at Historic Frana Brown Park. Kidz Zone includes arts and crafts, face painting and inflatable rides. The area is assembled by The Art Station-Big Shanty, a facility of Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. — Carla Caldwell

Roxanne Langford, Clinton and Angela Bishop.

Melissa Shafer, Garrett Shafer and Josiah. Michelle and Nate Berryman with Sam.

Indy Carroll and Asheley Kitchen with Pottery Mobile Artist Joann Hodgson

Myles Githinji 36


Chris and Roxane Fuchs, and artist Jenn Callah

Alex Westbrook and her sons, Susan Hendrix, Rachel Hendrix and birdhouse artist Mike Merritt.

Gaye and Terry Scoggins

Lyric Duncan, Beth and Edward Hudson.


Nicolle Portales

Peterson family of Acworth.

Kathy Ware and Madisyn Ware with artist Ann North.

Nicole and Alex Andrea with stained glass artist Leann Christian.

Stephen List, Cody Fehrman, Patrice Gatell, Melody Zurawski and Sarah Hilburn. AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018



Brian Osterhout and Taryn Owens with Kristine, Bryson and Karalyn.

Brandon and Hannah Cordill, with Noah, Riley and Reagan

April and Gary Rygg with their dog, Laylan, and artist John Lundy.

Stephanie Henderson and artist Gail Mann.

Below: Keith and Janet Newton and artist Manami.

Steve and Christi Whiddon. 38





Tips for Summertime Hearing Aid Care BY DR. CHRISTA NELMS

When we think of summer, we think of wonderful things like going on vacation to the beach, pools, barbecues with family and friends, and many other fun times spent outdoors. During these activities, the heat and humidity can affect the performance of your hearing aids. Here are a few tips that will help you take care of your hearing aids in the summer heat so that you will be hearing optimally at all your summer festivities.


The moisture that comes from sweat and humidity is one of your hearing aid’s worst enemies. It’s important to protect them from moisture, even water-resistant devices. A hearing aid dehumidifier such as a Perfect Dry Lux or Dry and Store can dry out the moisture and prolong the life and performance of your device.


The humidity of summer can provide ideal environments for microbial growth which can cause bacteria to grow on your hearing aids. It is extra important during these hot months to clean your hearing aids daily to remove germs and bacteria.

Disinfectant towelettes that are safe for hearing aids are recommended, such as Audio Wipes. The Dry and Store hearing aid dehumidifier is also a good option because it not only removes moisture but has a UV germicidal lamp to sanitize your hearing aids. This dehumidifier is recommended for individuals who spend a lot of time outside.


The high temperatures of summer can damage hearing aids if they are left in the direct sunlight or hot temperatures. You never want to leave your hearing aids in a hot car. Keep them stored in a dry, cool area when you are not wearing them. If you are spending time on the beach, you may want to leave your hearing aids inside to prevent exposure to the high heat, moisture and sand.

Christa Nelms, Au.D. is a Doctor of Audiology and provider at North Georgia Audiology in Woodstock. She has been practicing since 2000.

When an Aging Parent Needs a Care Manager BY CINDY NELSON

Elder care, also known as long-term care, results when a loved one needs assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) that many of us take for granted. Generally, ADLs consist of the ability to move about, dress, bathe, eat, use a toilet or take medication. Some programs, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, also consider preparing meals, paying bills and the ability to see as ADLs. The National Care Planning Council estimates that, at any given time, at least 22 percent of all seniors, age 65 and older, are receiving some form of elder-care support in the home, or in a facility. It is estimated that 70 percent of us will need elder care sometime during our lives. Most elder care is provided at home by family members, but sometimes care needs can be more than loved ones can handle. When this happens, a care manager, also known as a geriatric care manager or life care specialist, can use his or her experience to help relieve stress on caregivers by implementing a care plan that maximizes resources. For patients who still live at home, care managers often can help a family plan to avoid premature admittance into a care facility by finding the right services, and helping caregivers cope with the situation. Sometimes, a family attempts to keep a loved one at home, when it is not the best situation. For example, consider the family 40


where all family members are employed full time, and both mom and dad need intensive care at home. In an attempt to cover the situation, the family trades off taking care of mom and dad in the mornings, evenings and weekends. But, they can't properly attend to these needs. A geriatric care specialist may have a better perspective about the situation. In this case, an assisted living facility might be a better choice. If there is not enough money, then a Medicaid facility may be the only choice. Geriatric managers are almost always social workers, counselors, nurses or other individuals who provide services that include support and encouragement. A geriatric service specialist rarely is involved directly in solving the financial or legal needs of his or her client, but instead focuses on personal, emotional, health or family support issues. The Aging Life Care Association (aginglifecare.org) is an organization that provides listings of local certified care managers to help you get in contact with someone to help implement a care plan for you or your loved one.

Cindy Nelson is an elder care law attorney with Nelson Elder Care Law, LLC, 2230 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 900-200, Woodstock, GA 30189, www.NelsonElderCareLaw.com.

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specializing in listing and selling residential homes. We also are Homes for Heroes affiliate partners who work with local heroes, offering special savings when buying, selling or refinancing. Our team strives to provide the most professional, informative and dedicated service. We are committed to long-term client relationships, with most of our business coming from repeat clients and referrals who have trusted us with their family and friends.

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“Nicole and Erin were very professional, knowledgeable and patient, walking me through every step of the way as a first-time homebuyer using the Homes for Heroes program. They were great communicators, always keeping me informed. They make a great team, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell!” - T. Cline

heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and its communities every day. We provide easy ways for heroes to save when buying or selling a home. Heroes who qualify include firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves, veterans), healthcare workers, EMS and teachers. The Hero Rewards program is our way of saying “Thank you” for all they do. We have a special place in our hearts for community heroes. We both married men in law enforcement.

A Lesson in Chiropractic 101 BY DR. ANDREW PAYNE

Just like an optometrist is a doctor who specializes in the care of your eyes, a chiropractor is adoctor who specializes in the care of your spine. The spinal cord transmits information from your brain to the rest of your body. When there are interruptions in the messages, you could experience an array of sensations, including numbness, tingling and pain. Imagine that your spine is like an electrical cord going to a lamp. When the cord is plugged into a working electrical outlet, the bulb lights up. When unplugged, it goes off. Have you ever had an electrical cord that was frayed? Ever have the light go on and off without an apparent reason? Usually, there is an issue with the electrical cord and it has been neglected or damaged. This is much like your spinal cord. If the bones around it are not properly aligned, the spinal cord, or nerves coming from it, can be damaged. Through gentle adjustments, a chiropractor can realign the spine to allow optimum function of the spine and 42


nervous system. Having your spine examined and adjusted will help maintain the integrity of your spine and help prevent costly medical expenses down the road. So, what should you expect at your first chiropractic visit? Expect to fill out general health information and information about why you are there. Expect to sit down with the doctor to discuss your complaint. Expect a detailed exam and follow-up imaging, such as X-rays, if the doctor deems that necessary. And, finally, expect to get adjusted on your first visit. The goal when you walk into the doctor’s office is to get better. It is important for you and the doctor to be on the same page as to what to expect and how he or she can help.

Dr. Andrew Payne is the owner/chiropractor at Lake City Chiropractic in downtown Acworth and is an active member of the Acworth Business Association.



Pad Thai salad. Photos by Tiffany Hughes.

Take Basic Salads to the Next Level BY TIFFANY HUGHES

Most folks think of salad as greens (spinach, lettuce, etc.) topped with a variety of vegetables, cheese and protein. Salads can be taken to the next level by getting creative with your base ingredients and taking advantage of the fresh veggies available now at farmers’ markets. It helps to keep items on hand to add variety to your dish. Bagged slaw, which is nothing more than shredded cabbage, will cut down on prep time and give you something other than the

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typical lettuce version. Mix in a can of garbanzo beans (be sure to rinse first!) or a bag of edamame (soybeans – be sure to thaw!). If you have fresh veggies such as carrots or bell peppers, dice those and throw them in. Canned mandarin oranges also are good but be sure to drain them first. Nuts, such as walnuts, almonds or roasted peanuts, provide good crunch with a bonus of protein and healthy unsaturated fats. Cabbage-based salads are usually better with oil-based salad dressing rather than creamy. Mix together ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) with ¼ cup vinegar – apple cider, balsamic or even rice wine - and a little white sugar for taste. An easy Asian version can be made using equal amounts of sweet Thai chili sauce and EVOO. Dried cranberries make a tasty addition to any salad. They add color, texture and sweetness. They also pair well with nuts. Try adding them to a bag of broccoli slaw, along with slivered almonds. Top with storebought poppy seed dressing and enjoy. You can turn it into a meal by adding roasted chicken. You also can jazz up store-bought chicken salad with dried cranberries.

Rice noodles, such as Mei Fun, are outstanding in a salad. Cover one bag of noodles with hot water for 4 minutes to soften. In a skillet, combine ½ pound diced chicken breasts, one bag julienned carrots, one to two diced bell peppers, one bag thawed edamame, and cook in 2 tablespoons EVOO until the chicken is golden. Add ½ pound shrimp, along with 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or more to taste), ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper. When the shrimp turns pink, stir in the drained rice noodles, then drizzle liberally with additional EVOO, rice wine vinegar, and either dark sesame oil or balsamic vinegar. Mix well, then serve topped with lime juice, green onions and roasted peanuts. This salad is great served hot or cold. Salads don’t have to be boring by any stretch. Be adventurous and who knows, you might just create a new family favorite. Happy cooking everyone! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident, who is an educator at Tellus Science Museum. She enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. Contact her at creativecook11@yahoo.com.



Rob’s Rescues This cat’s name is Loverboy. His tag number is 602975. He is 10 years old. I can’t believe he has not been adopted. He is affectionate and has a really loud purr. He loves to rest on your lap. This dog does not have a name. He is called 313 because that is his cage number. His tag number is 603500. He is in really good shape for a 10-year-old dog. He is a Jack Russell mix that has a lot of agility and a high vertical jump. He also has a lot of personality.

Above, Rob and Loverboy.

I interviewed Christy Reeves who is a Wildlife Rehabilitator and works with Dr. Laura Molony, who I interviewed last month at the Georgia Equine Veterinary Hospital (4813 Arbor Hill Road, Canton. 678-341-9998). You are a wildlife rehabilitator. What does that mean? I am licensed in the State of Georgia to take in injured small animals. I raise them and when they are ready, I release them back into the wild. How many animals do you rescue in a year? 150 to 225. What types of animals do you rescue? Small mammals. Groundhogs, opossums, gray squirrels and flying squirrels. For rabies vector species like skunks, foxes and raccoons, you need another special license. With regard to birds, I pass them on to people licensed to rehabilitate birds. When people see a helpless animal, what should they do with it? Call a rehabilitator. Take it to Bells Ferry Animal Hospital (6410 Highway 92, Acworth. 770-926-5311.) and they will call someone. People should not try to feed them or give them water. If fluid goes into their lungs they will aspirate and die. The biggest thing you can do for the animal is keep it warm. What do you want people to think about when baby birds and squirrels are around? Leave animals alone unless they are patently injured. Appreciate the nature around you.



What are the biggest challenges you have to deal with? Educating the public. Not all animals have to be rescued, like fawns. Their mothers usually appear for morning and evening feedings, but people kidnap them. Baby birds that have fallen out of nests. People think they need help but their parents have an eye on them, and are trying to teach them to fly. But people kidnap them. What is a story that you love to tell? Eleanor the Groundhog was found by some people under a portapotty. She was just 6 inches long and about 5 days old. I raised and took care of her for three months. She was my first groundhog, and taught me a lot about how highly intelligent and wonderful these creatures are.

What do you like most about your job? I love returning animals to where Orphaned baby chipmunk (6.5 weeks) and baby squirrel they are supposed to be. Seeing (4 weeks) being syringe fed by Christy Reeves. them back in the wild.

Follow Rob on Facebook! @robsrescues

When a new born squirrel comes to you, what chances does it have to become an adult and what do you do to help it? With me it has a 90 percent chance of survival. With the general public is has a 10 percent chance. I keep it warm and feed it the correct diet. At 16 weeks I take it out into a large release cage and it needs to show me that it can perform all the functions that it needs to survive in the wild, like crack wild nuts before it is released back into the wild.

I’m Rob Macmillan, and I am on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. Contact me at robsrescues@gmail.com.

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Cobb Photographic Society Winners Black & White:

1st Jeff Westland “Catching Good Air”

HM Mark Chandler “Watch The Ball”


2nd Mark Chandler “Frozen Fast Ball”

3rd Steven Powell “Reach”

HM Yolanda Santiago White “Touchdown!!!”

1st Blake Morgan

HM Blake Morgan


1st Heather Finley “Ballet in The Woods” 48


2nd Elaine Bullard “I've got The Ball, No I Do, No I Do”

3rd Mark Chandler “In The Lead”


Congratulations to each of you who entered the Cobb Photographic Society competition. The topic for the March contest was "Sports and Games.” The judge was Kim Bates. The Cobb Photographic Society is a photography club open to photographers of all skill levels. The club meets the first and third Monday of each month. For information about the club, please go to www.cobbphotosociety.com.

“Hanging Around”

n “Laying It In”

2nd DeeDee Bonesteel “On The Way Home”

3rd Adele Grubbs “How High Can He Go!”

HM Ellen Hayes “Bubble Man”

HM Jeff Westland “Determination”

HM Umit Yuksel “Check Mate” AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018






Around MAY Art House will feature the artwork of North 5-26 Cobb High School art students. An artists

reception and open house will be held 6-9 p.m. May 5. 4425 Cherokee St., Acworth. For information, call 678- 543-5777.


Boating Safety Classes. Acworth Parks and Recreation

Department will partner with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 to offer a boating safety class. The one-day NASBLA certified class will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Roberts School Community Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. This is an entry-level class aimed at the inland boater. Old salts will benefit as well, since the latest information on Georgia law and Coast Guard policy will be covered. This is a classroomonly course. The fee is $20. For more information, or to register, email flotilla22pe@gmail.com. More one-day classes will be held June 2, July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 8

Second annual Acworth Dragon Boat Race and Festival at Dallas Landing. 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth. Proceeds

benefit Loving Arms Cancer Outreach and Dragon Boat Atlanta. Loving Arms, founded by two oncology nurses, provides support groups, education and financial assistance for cancer patients in seven northwestern metro Atlanta counties. Dragon Boat Atlanta is a breast cancer awareness team. For information and to register, go to http://lovingarms.support/ dragonboats/.

Through Oct. 26 (Fridays only) Acworth Farmers Market.

Georgia-grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh-baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams. Sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. Acworth First Baptist Church parking lot on the north end of Main Street. For more information, call 770-917-1234. 52


A worship celebration for women 5 “EMBRACE.” featuring Babbie Mason.

1-3 p.m., Northwest Christian Church, 3737 Dallas Acworth Hwy., NW, Acworth. God-honoring testimonies and encouragement. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, go to nwcc.net/embrace.

Acworth History 9 Save Foundation Speaker

Series. Dr. Tom Scott. “The History of Kennesaw State University.” 7 p.m., Roberts Community and Education Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. Scott taught at KSU from 1968 until his retirement in 2011. His specialties were Georgia history and oral history. He taught seminars and graduate classes on local history, the history of suburban America and the history of American higher education. Scott is author of three books -- Cornerstones of Georgia History: Documents That Formed the State 1995; Cobb County, Georgia, and the Origins of the Suburban South: A Twentieth-Century History 2003; and Kennesaw State University: The First Fifty Years, 1963-2013 (written in 2013). Scott headed an oral history project at KSU for the last 38 years. The project has produced several hundred interviews, mainly with residents of Cobb County or faculty members at KSU and SPSU.



Club 11-12 Rotary of North

Cobb’s Ninth annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival Charity Fundraiser.

In partnership with city of Acworth. Cauble Park at Acworth Beach, 2293 Beach St., Acworth. 100 percent of net proceeds go to the community. For information about cook teams, sponsorships and to view a schedule of events, go to www.smokeonthelake.org.

Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. City’s ceremony 26 Memorial will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Veterans Memorial at Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St., Acworth. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces will be presented at the event. For more information, contact Jeff Chase at jchase@ acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

Blood 30 Acworth Drive. Acworth is

partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Acworth Police Department. The need for blood is constant. Your donation can help save as many as three lives! All presenting donors on May 30 will receive a gift card or T-shirt. For more information, please go to www.acworthparksandrec.org.

Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour. 8 a.m.-5 19 p.m., Dallas Landing Park. The family-oriented

event includes water sports, food and fun. A Wakeboard Block Party will be held afterward in Historic Downtown Acworth. Music, food, and the athletes will sign autographs. Sponsored by Acworth Tourism Bureau Authority, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority and the City of Acworth. For more information call 770-917-1234 or visit www.prowakeboardtour.com.

and Summer 20 Spring Fashion Show presented



VBS. Wildwood Baptist Church. Theme: Game On! 6:30-8:30 p.m. For preschoolers age 2 as of Sept. 1, 2017, through elementary students who have completed the fifth grade. Free. Register online at wildwoodbaptist.org. continued on page 56

by Zion Missionary Baptist Church. 4 p.m. Program will take place at Roberts Community School. Tickets $10. For information, call 205-447-9332.

Slide. The World’s 25 Acworth Largest Inflatable Water

Slide returns to Dallas Landing Park, 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth. The slide is 36 feet tall and 175 feet long. There is a $5 parking fee at Dallas Landing for nonresidents, Mondays-Fridays and $10 on the weekends. For slide rates, reservations, and to make reservations, go to www.acworthslide.com. AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018


Senior Activities

City of Acworth May 15

Senior Lunch. Noon. Bingo, prizes and other activities. This

month’s luncheon will be held at Acworth Beach House at Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St. Grill out hot dogs and hamburgers. Free.

June 8

Senior’s Got Groove day trip. Head to Delta Air Lines Inc.’s Atlanta headquarters for a private guided tour through interactive exhibits of Delta’s Flight Museum. Included are aircraft dating back to the 1920s, the only Boeing 737 flight simulator and more. Trip includes walking and stairs. Lunch at Airport View Cafe after the tour. Lunch is not included in the cost of the trip. Registration is open for residents. Opens May 9 for nonresidents. Trip is $30 for residents, $35 for nonresidents. Trip leaves at 10 a.m. from Logan Farm Park, 4762 Logan Road. Register at the Parks and Recreation office at 4762 Logan Road, or online. Go to www.acworth.org and click Parks and Recreation Department. Then click on the Special Populations tab at the left side of the page.

Cobb Senior Services The following programs are offered by Cobb Senior Services at North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth located inside Kennworth Park. 770-975-7740. Go to www.cobbseniors.org for more information, classes and events.

May 4

Bingo. Program No. 3168. Fundraiser to benefit North Cobb

Senior Center. 12:30-2:30 p.m. $3 Cobb residents/$4 nonresidents. Sponsored by Comforting Arms and Kennesaw Place.

May 8

Food for Thought: Medicaid. Program No. 3182. Fundraiser

to benefit North Cobb Senior Center. 12:30-2 p.m. $3 Cobb residents/$4 nonresidents. Do you have Medicare and make $1,500 per month of less? Do you know that you may get help paying for your Medicare premiums and out-of- pocket medical expenses from Medicaid? You also may qualify for extra help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. Attend this seminar presented by Dottie Denham with Cigna.

May 9

Pre-planning: Are you prepared? Program No. 3169. 10:30-

11:30 a.m. Free. Registration required. Pre-planning your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that pre-planning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. Get the facts and learn how to prepare your future by joining Gary Teate with Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory as he provides all the information you need to be prepared. 54


May 9

The Habits of Happy People. Program No. 3174. 1-2 p.m. Free. Registration required. Happiness is a choice and a way of living that anyone can learn. Discover how you can find more joy in every part of your life. You’ll also learn tips for staying positive during life’s challenges. Presented by Brendon Hall from Humana.

May 11

Crafting Corner: Epsom Salt Hand Scrub. Program No. 3563. Fundraiser to benefit North Cobb Senior Center. 1-2 p.m. $2 Cobb residents/ $3 nonresidents. Epsom salt has many wonderful health benefits, such as relieving pain and stress, and can help to eliminate toxins from the body. Join Joan Rickets with Austell Senior Center as she demonstrates how to make your own Epsom salt hand scrub.

May 16

Attracting and Identifying Backyard Birds. Program No. 3178. 1-2 p.m. Free. Registration required. Join Kathy McKay with Wild Birds Unlimited as she shares basic information on how to identify and draw more birds to your backyard by creating a better backyard habitat for wildlife. Culinary Creations: Mug Shots. Program No. 3557. Fundraiser to benefit North Cobb Senior Center. 10-11:30 a.m. $2 Cobb residents/$3 nonresidents. Are there days when you have a sweet craving, but don’t want to bake an entire dessert? Join us to whip up single-serve cake-in- a-mug desserts that take only minutes to make. The only thing you need to bring is your favorite microwave-safe mug and your sweet tooth! Presented by Sherry Collier from North Cobb Senior Center.

May 25

Memorial Day Cookout. Program No. 3562. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $7 Cobb residents/ $9 nonresidents. Remember the days of a neighborhood block party? Everyone would come together to eat, play games and have a fantastic time. We are bringing that to North Cobb. Celebrate the beginning of summer with a Memorial Day block party. Live it up with a flavorful grilled lunch and spend the afternoon playing games and savor the start of the warm weather.

Aloha to Aging The following programs are offered at Aloha to Aging, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, unless specified in the listing. The nonprofit serves Cobb, Cherokee, DeKalb, Fulton and Paulding counties. To register for classes, and for more information, call 770-722-7641, or email info@alohatoaging.org.

May 7

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one. Free respite care provided for your loved one while we meet, but you must call in advance for care, 770-722-7641. For additional evening support groups, go to www. alohatoseniors.com/events or call 678-777-7241.

May 9

East Cobb ASiST (Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training).

10-11:30 a.m., 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. A discussion of common age-related health challenges and how they affect the aging population. Hands-on simulations. RSVP by emailing info@ alohatoaging.org or call 770-722-7641.

May 10

East Cobb: Healthy Brain Game Day and Lunch. Noon-1:30 p.m., 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. A healthy mind is the essential key to staying independent, involved and enjoying our lives to the fullest at any age. Join Aloha to Aging for a healthy lunch and exciting series of games to keep your mind sharp and stimulated. Suggested donation of $10. RSVP by emailing info@ alohatoaging.org or call 770-722-7641.

May 15

West Cobb: Effective Communication Strategies. 11a.m.-

noon, Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, 5145 Due West Road, Room 177, Powder Springs. Communication is more than talking and listening — it's also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's. Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Presented by Aloha to Aging and Kayley Fleming, Alzheimer's Association. Free respite care is provided for your loved one while we meet, but you must call in advance. RSVP by emailing info@ alohatoaging.org or call 770-722-7641.

Cobb Wellness Center The following programs are offered by Cobb Senior Services at Cobb Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St. SW, Marietta. 770-528- 5355.

May 4

Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Fundraiser to benefit Senior

Wellness Center. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost to be determined. Join us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We will serve up nacho plates and nonalcoholic frozen margaritas in our cafe. Bring a friend and enjoy a tasty lunch.

May 9

In the Teaching Kitchen With Elizabeth. $8 Cobb residents; $10 nonresidents. Hidden Veggies 10 -11:30 a.m. Program No. 3574. 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Program No. 3575. Spaghetti and meatballs; apple cauliflower cupcakes; chicken bacon veggie balls; cauliflower pizza crust.

May 11

Name That Stress. Program No. 3577. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Registration required. Learn all about stress during this fun workshop presented in a game show format. Find out why we have stress, how our bodies react, and ways to manage. Earn prizes while having a few laughs. Presented by Kaiser Permanente.

May 23

May 15

11:30 a.m., 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs. We will discuss common age-related health challenges and how they affect the aging population while participating in hands on simulations. These include neuropathy, hearing loss, vision loss, language impairment, mobility and balance. RSVP by emailing info@alohatoaging.org or call 770-722-7641.

residents; $6 nonresidents. A terrarium is a miniature world you can create yourself. It could be a tiny rainforest with lush foliage, or a desert with succulents planted among colorful stones. Join Terri Carter with Cobb County/UGA Extension Services to make your very own terrarium garden. Please bring a glass container (look on Pinterest for ideas), four or five succulent plants, and decorations. Other supplies will be provided.

West Cobb ASiST (Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training). 10-

Every Tuesday

Gentle Yoga Class. 10-11 a.m., 4608 Lower Roswell Road,

Marietta. Join Carolyn Purvis, licensed yoga Instructor. Appropriate for every level of experience. We move at a slower pace, so this is a great option for beginners and seniors. You will stretch, strengthen and practice balance poses. Many modifications will be given; floor poses can be modified for the chair. Class size limited. $25 per month, no daily rate. Bring your own, block(s), blanket and water. Program held at Aloha to Aging Inc. RSVP by emailing info@alohatoaging.org or call 770-722-7641.

Volunteers needed at Aloha to Aging in East and West Cobb.

Are you a high school or college-age student who needs service or volunteer hours? We currently have openings for activity, food and program volunteers in our Aloha Day Club in both East and West Cobb. The only requirement is that you enjoy engaging in conversation, playing games and want to make a difference in the lives of others. Check out our website at www.alohatoaging.org for more information, email info@ alohatoaging.org or call 770-722-7641.

Terrarium Workshop. Program No. 3662. 10 a.m.-noon. $5 Cobb

May 18

Healthy Cooking With Chef Lynn Ware. $8 Cobb residents; $10 non-residents. Summer salads 10-11:30 a.m. Program No. 3578. 12:30-2 p.m. Program No. 3579. Avocado tuna salad. Fava bean and corn salad with fresh mint. Shrimp, sugar snap pea and barley salad.

May 24

Cooking With Krishna. $8 Cobb residents; $10 nonresidents. Aegean table 10-11:30 a.m. Program No. 3584. 12:30-2 p.m. Lemon chicken with peas and roasted potatoes. Program No. 3585.

May 30

Colorful Cookie Decorating. Program No. 3580. 10 a.m.-noon.

$5 Cobb residents; $6 nonresidents. Decorating sugar cookies always seems like a good idea, but they never quite turn out like the ones baked by the professionals. Tracy Shehab will show you how to make beautiful cookies. AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018


REGISTRATIONS Acworth Football and Cheerleading

Camp Acworth Summer Sports Camps

Competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children ages 5-12. Teams are grouped according to age and weight. Football players are placed on teams with children of similar skill and experience. Practice begins the last week in July and ends in November. Practice is held three nights a week with a game on Saturday. Registration rates, league information, and on-site registration dates can be found on the Acworth Warriors website: www.acworthwarriors.com.

The summer is full of opportunities for your child to brush up on the fundamentals of several sports. Acworth Parks and Recreation will host a speed and agility camp and a football camp. Both camps are extremely affordable. Every camper will also receive a camp T-shirt and water bottle! Speed and Agility Camp will be held July 9-13. Football Camp will be held July 17-19. For more information on each camp and to register, please visit www.acworthparksandrec.org.

Camp Acworth Summer Day Camp

ComputerWise Seminars

Camp for children ages 6-14 (first-eighth grade in the upcoming school year). Eight one-week sessions begin the last week in May and conclude at the end of July (there is no camp the week of July 4). Camp hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Extended hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Campers swim, canoe, hike, learn archery, do arts and crafts, and participate in team sports. Each week, campers go on a field trip to exciting places, such as Stars and Strikes, Medieval Times and the World of Coke. Guests visit Camp Acworth each week to teach kids a variety of subjects, ranging from public safety to performing arts. For more information, or to register, go to www.acworthparksandrec.org.

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Learn simple steps to connect with family and friends using social media, make face-to-face video phone calls, create and send free greeting cards online, download and; read your favorite books, and play fun mind exercise games to stay sharp. Participants will need to provide their own laptop and/or smartphone. Seminars will be offered on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. May 15 through June 5. Classes are held at the Roberts School Community Center in Acworth. The cost for each class is $25 for city residents and $30 for nonresidents. The cost for a four-session combo class is $75 for city residents and $80 for nonresidents. Residents. Register today at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org!

Horizon Kickball League

A non-competitive kickball league for athletes with physical and or cognitive disabilities played on the Horizon Field. Registration is through May 23. The cost of the league is $15 per athlete. Every effort is made to return players to their prior team. However, teams will have a player limit and team placement is based on first come, first placed. Special requests can only be considered based on available space on a team prior to May 23, as well as requested jersey sizes. There will be a late registration fee of $10 after May 23. Games for the youth league will be played Tuesdays beginning June 12. Games for teen and adult leagues will be played Thursdays beginning June 14. Registration and all other league information can be found on the Horizon League website at www.acworthspecialneeds.com.

Jedi Engineering with LEGO

Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is excited to offer this new class for 5-7 year olds. The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGOÂŽ materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire. Classes are 9 a.m.-noon July 23-27 at Roberts School Community Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. The cost is $157 for a city residents, and $162 for nonresidents. Register today at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org.

Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO

The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is excited to offer this new class for 7-12 year olds. The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics and eccentric motion. Build projects from LEGOÂŽ Materials such as X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away. Classes are 1-4 p.m. July 23-27 at the Roberts School Community Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. The cost is $157 for a city residents and $162 for a nonresidents. Register today at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org!

Tai Chi

Advanced Tai Chi classes are offered Mondays at 7:30 p.m. All classes are taught by Phil Robinson and his certified instructors. Classes are held at Roberts School Community Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. Classes begin June 4. The cost for the two-month session is $100 for residents and $105 for nonresidents. Register at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org.

Acworth Parks

Acworth has an abundance of wonderful parks. It’s a great time to get out and about. Acworth Sports Complex. 4000 S. Main St. 7 a.m.-11

p.m. A 42-acre complex with six baseball fields, two football fields, multiple practice areas, batting cages, restrooms, two concession stands and parking. The complex is home to the Acworth Baseball Association and the Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association. The complex accommodates players ages 5 through 14 for baseball and 5 through 12 for football. The complex includes Horizon League, which provides team sport opportunities to children with cognitive and physical disabilities for ages 5 and older.

Baker Plantation Park. 4790 Baker Plantation Drive. Sunrise to sunset. A half-acre neighborhood park in the Baker Plantation subdivision. Playground, two grills and a picnic pavilion. Cauble Park. Home of Acworth Beach, Lake Acworth and Veterans Memorial Patriots Point. 4425 Beach St. A 25-acre park with fishing points, public restrooms, a boat ramp (for electric motor-driven boats only), a boardwalk, beach, rental facilities, two playgrounds and an open play area. Rental facilities include four pavilions, a lakeside gazebo and a beach house. Acworth Beach opens on Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. No lifeguard on duty. Parking is free Monday-Friday. On weekends, non-residents pay a $10 (cash only) per-vehicle fee from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. No pets are allowed on beach areas and must be on a leash at all times while in the park. Dallas Landing Park. 5120 Allatoona Drive. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

An 82-acre park located on Allatoona Drive off Main Street. Dallas Landing overlooks Lake Allatoona. The park contains a beach, group pavilion, picnic tables, grills, volleyball court, horseshoe pit and public restrooms. The group pavilion is available for rental. The park is open to Acworth Slide, the world’s largest inflatable water slide, according to the city. The park is open from mid-April through mid-September and there is a $5 parking fee every day.

East Lakeshore Park. 4449 East Lakeshore Drive. 7 a.m.-11

p.m. The 1.5-acre park includes a playground, picnic benches and an open play area.

Frana Brown Park. 4901 N. Main St. 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. The

quarter-acre park contains a fountain and benches for relaxation. The park also contains the original bell from the Acworth Methodist Episcopal Church South. The church congregation was established in 1905. The park can be rented for weddings or other small gatherings.

Logan Farm Park expansion. Photo courtesy City of Acworth.

Logan Farm Park. Central Entrance is at 4762 Logan Road. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

A 120-acre park that encompasses the parks formally known as Terrace Drive Park and Tanyard Creek Park. Logan Farm Park includes a nature trail that connects to Cowan Road, Terrace Drive, Cherokee Street, School Street, and McClain Circle. Park contains a lighted walking track around a multipurpose recreational field, a half-acre fishing pond, a playground and public restrooms. This park is also home to the Parks and Recreation Offices. A 15-acre expansion was completed in late 2016 that winds along Cherokee and Taylor streets. The addition includes a large playground, a group shelter, restrooms, more walking trails and greenspace.

Newberry Park. 4321 Toccoa Drive. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. The 12-acre park

contains a baseball field, concession stand and batting cages. Home to the Acworth Baseball Association's Senior League. The baseball field is known as the historic Coats and Clark Field and is for kids ages 13 through 16. The park also includes a passive recreation atmosphere great for picnicking and relaxation.

Overlook Park. 4636 Lake Acworth Drive. 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. The 1.5-acre park overlooks beautiful Lake Acworth. The park offers great fishing and picnicking opportunities. Proctor Landing Park. 5260 Proctor Landing Road. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Proctor Landing is an 82-acre park along the banks of Lake Allatoona. A beach, two group pavilions, picnic tables, grills, two volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits and public restrooms. Group pavilions are available for rental, except Sundays in May, June and July. The park is open from mid-April through mid-September. $5 parking fee everyday. South Shore Park. 4555 Ragsdale Road. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. A 30-acre park

with a beach and fishing areas. Information compiled by Acworth Parks and Recreation. For more information on the Acworth Sports Complex, tournament listings, registration dates or directions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 770-917-1234.




Don’t Miss the Cut Due to One Bad Hole BY C.A. PHILLIPS

I don’t watch golf regularly on TV throughout the PGA Tour season, but I set aside a ridiculous number of hours to indulge in the Masters tournament. After all, it’s a tradition like no other. If you happened to watch this year’s opening round, you may have witnessed Sergio Garcia’s monumental collapse at the par-5 15th hole. Garcia – who happened to be the defending champion – hit four balls that found their way into the water. Each shot landed within about 10 feet of the flagstick. But, at Augusta National, a well-struck ball that lands on the green, and even close to the hole, still can spell disaster if the ball doesn’t land in the precise area needed to give the player a birdie or eagle opportunity, much less to just hold the green. Garcia would wind up with a score of 13 on the hole, which essentially ended his tournament. One bad hole out of 36 cost him an opportunity When you to play on the weekend. establish I’ve played golf enough to know how one awful hole boundaries, you can ruin an otherwise decent define what is round. I could be making pars and bogeys (for me, that is solid in fair play, as play), and one errant tee shot well as what is or thinly struck short iron would derail my round. foul territory. A snowman is never good on the golf course (that is an 8 on one hole, for those of you who may not play). Likewise, if I start out with a triple bogey on the first hole, I’ve dug myself a huge hole that will take several birdies to overcome. You know, life can play out in a very similar fashion. We can be cruising along, doing great things – building relationships, investing in others, loving our families, making huge strides professionally – and one poor decision can wipe it out. Generally speaking, one bad break or a single misstep doesn’t cause tremendous devastation in our lives. But, it can happen, especially if we don’t have guardrails in place. 58


I am a huge proponent of establishing boundaries. When you establish boundaries, you define what is in fair play, as well as what is foul territory. You can see when you get too close to the line, and, if you hit the guardrail or cross the line, you may get a bump or dent that will help you course-correct. Financially, this can be setting a strict spending limit and writing down each expense on paper to hold yourself accountable. When it comes to your health, it can be using an app or a chart to record all your physical activity, as well as what you eat. If you have lust issues, it could mean getting an accountability partner or using software or apps to help protect you. If you are a workaholic, you literally may need to add deadlines to complete your work daily, as well as allocating family time to your weekly schedule. There are numerous verses in the Bible that implore us to put this into practice. The Book of Proverbs alone includes copious amounts of wisdom about protecting our hearts to avoid the road to disaster. Paul, author of most of the New Testament, also encourages us to take precautions to safeguard ourselves from attack: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. — Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV) In the end, it’s so easy for us to find ourselves in a bind when we haven’t planned ahead. Remember, when you accept Jesus as your savior, the enemy immediately puts a target on you. He wants to steal, kill and destroy. We can ward off these attacks many times when we put up walls in advance to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Now, if you’ll hand me my 9-iron, I’d like to see if I can knock my Titleist Pro-V up on the green and walk away with a score lower than Garcia’s.

C.A. Phillips has lived in Kennesaw for more than 37 years and serves as communications pastor at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw.

ACWORTH AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Acworth Business Association 770-423-1330 www.acworthbusiness.org

Southern Hope Humane Society 770-445-7294 www.hopehumane.org

Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 770-345-0400 www.cherokeechamber.com

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward          770-974-0670

Cobb Chamber of Commerce 770-980-2000 www.cobbchamber.org

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle 770-974-3577

KSU Small Business Development Center 470-578-6450

Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation 770-529-9003 Ext. 40 www.afahf.org

LeadsNet Business Referral Group 404-819-8896 No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter 770-256-4864 West Cobb Business Association www.westcobbbusiness.com CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee Child Advocacy Council 770-345-8100 www.cherokeechildadvocates.org Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity 770-345-1879 www.cherokeehabitat.net Cherokee County Humane Society 770-928-5115 www.cchumanesociety.org Cobb County Habitat for Humanity 770-432-7954 www.cobbhabitat.org Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue 404-993-7958 www.forgottenpaws.com Here Am I Ministries, Inc. 770-529-4644 Contact: Rev. DeAnna Fountain Homeward Bound Pet Rescue 706-698-HOME www.homeward.petfinder.com Humane Society of Cobb County 770-428-9882 www.humanecobb.org Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt 770-590-7898 MUST Ministries 770-427-9862 www.mustministries.org Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption 770-325-PETS www.mostlymutts.org Papa’s Pantry 770-591-4730 www.papaspantry.org

RECREATION & HOBBIES Atlanta Yacht Club www.atlantayachtclub.org Atlanta Water Ski Club 770-425-3679 Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187 www.csaimpact.com Children’s PEACE Center 770-917-8815 www.childrenspeacecenter.org Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club www.ccrc.info

American Legion North Cobb Post 304 www.post304.org

Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, 770-514-7819

Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America 770-989-8820

Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, 404-630-8805 www.kennesawfc.org

Girl Scout Council of North Georgia 770-974-4278 Girl Scout — Camp Pine Acres 770-974-6696 Junior League of Cobb — Marietta 770-422-5266 www.jlcm.org

Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) 770-423-9622 West Cobb Lacrosse Club 770-641-2222 http://eteamz.active.com/westcobblacrosse

Kiwanis Club of Kennworth Golden K Contact: Ken Leone 470-422-0382

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS Active Adults Living with Arthritis (AALA) Contact: Marcia 770-605-7960

Liberty Hill Chapter DAR Contact: libertyhilldar@gmail.com

Celebrate Life International www.CelebrateLife.org

North Cobb Lions Club www.facebook.com/NorthCobbLions

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister 770-428-2100

Rotary Club of North Cobb www.northcobbrotary.org Sigma Gamma RHO Sorority Contact: Jackie Ajudua 770-529-5654 VFW Post 5408 (Acworth & Kennesaw Post) 770-974-0958 www.vfwpost5408.org POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS Acworth Business and Professional Chapter of the John Birch Society Contact: Boyd Parks 770-975-3303 Cherokee County Democratic Party 770-345-3489 Cherokee County Republican Party 770-592-0575 Cobb County Democracy For America www.dfalink.com/cobbcounty Cobb County Democratic Party 770-420-7133 Cobb County Libertarian Party 770-425-2856 Cobb County Republican Party 770-421-1833

Grandparents Support Group 678-699-3400 MOMS Club of Acworth-West www.acworthwestmomsclub.weebly.com MOMS Club of Acworth-East www.momsclubacwortheast.clubspaces.com Moms in Ministry @ Summit Baptist Church Every other Tuesday AM 770-794-0442 mnm@summitchurch.org Newcomers of Cobb County Meets 3rd Tuesday 770-234-5068 www.newcomersofcobbcounty.com Parents of Prodigals Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 770-424-4387 Sisters of Support (Breast Cancer Support) Contact: Sandy, 770-926-3488 Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery 770-590-0334 www.burnthickory.com

Paws for Disabilities www.pawsfordisabilities.org

Cobb County Republican Women’s Club 770-785-2522

West Cobb CHADD Meets 1st Thursday at Due West United Methodist Church 404-368-9394

Pet Buddies Food Pantry 678-310-9858 www.petbuddiesfoodpantry.org

Republican Women of Cherokee County 404-747-3353 www.rwccga.com

West Cobb Mothers and More www.westcobbmothersandmore.weebly.com 770-314-1211 AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018



Antioch Baptist Bible Church 5871 Glade Road SE, 770-529-1546 Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW 770-974-0023 Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive 770-974-4965 www.CalvaryBaptistAcworth.org Cedarcrest Church 4600 Cobb Pkwy NW 678- 460-3500 www.CedarcrestChurch.com First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street 770-974-3021 www.FBCAcworth.com Glade Road Baptist Church 6570 Glade Road SE 770-975-1143 www.GladeRoadBaptist.com Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road 770-974-9091 www.HBCGA.org Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, Dallas GA 30132 404-488-3667 www.HickoryHeights.org Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road 770-917-9100 www.HBCAcworth.org Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road SE 770-974-2951 www.IronhillBaptist.org Keystone Baptist Church 3303 Dallas Acworth Highway Acworth, Georgia 30101 www.KeystoneOnline.org Lost Mountain Baptist Church 5400 Old Dallas Road Powder Springs www.lmbc.us Morning View Baptist Church 3750 Dallas Acworth Hwy. www.MorningViewBaptistChurch.org 60


Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road 770-974-8335

Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church 4255 Taylor St. 770-974-8221 www.ZionHillAcworth.com


New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road 770-974-7612

Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road NW 770-422-9114 www.ChristChurchKennesaw.com

New Life Community Church 4160 New Hope Church Road SE 770-529-0509

St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church 5725 Fords Road 770-590-9040 www.StTeresasAcworth.com

Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church 7147 Hiram Acworth Hwy 770-423-0955 www.PMBChurch.net Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road 770-428-5122 www.PineyGrove.net Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw 770-428-4031 www.SardisMBCKennesawGA.org Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane NW 770-975-4595 www.SummitChurch.org


Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 2515 Old Highway 92 770-672-6838


Chabad Jewish Center of Acworth 1480 Shiloh Road NW #500 678-460-7702 www.JewishWestCobb.com Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Synagogue Old 41 Highway NW suite 220 678-264-8575 www.MyNerTamid.info


Thankful Baptist Church of Kennesaw 928 Kennesaw Due West Road NW 678-797-0611 www.ThankfulBaptistKennesaw.org

Christ Lutheran Church 176 West Sandtown Road SW Marietta 770-424-2850 www.clcwestcobb.org

The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 Cobb Parkway North NW 770-975-1100

Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road 770-425-6726 www.LivingHopeGA.com

Three Taverns Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road 678-856-8002 www.ThreeTavernsChurch.org

First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw 770-427-0325 www.FULC.org

Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road 770-337-0952 www.VictoryBaptist.net


Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street 770-974-6552

West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy 770-222-2125 www.Westridge.com

Christ Community Church 2753 Watts Drive 770-529-2600 www.ChristCommunityCobb.org

Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw 770-425-7118 www.WesternHillsBaptist.net

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road 770-926-3558 www.HeritagePres.com

Wildwood Baptist Church 4801 Wade Green Road NW 770-428-2100 www.WildwoodBaptist.org

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road NW 770-427-3545 www.KirkwoodPC.org

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 3385 Mars Hill Road NW 770-974-4395 www.MHChurch.com

Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road 770-917-4964 www.BranchesOfChrist.com


Bethel A.M.E. Church 4826 School Street 770-905-9539

St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW 770-428-7139 www.StCatherineRCC.org St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Meets at St. Teresa’s Episcopal, 5725 Fords Road 770-485-0825 www.StClareCC.org St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 680 West Memorial Drive 770-443-0566 www.SaintVincentDePaulChurch.org


Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle 770-974-3312 www.AcworthUMC.org County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW 770-428-0511 www.CountyLineUMC.org Due West United Methodist Church 3956 Due West Road 770-427-3835 www.DueWest.org Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1801 Ben King Road 770-428-1543 www.KennesawUMC.org New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2975 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw 770-421-9980 www.NBUMC.org Shiloh United Methodist Church 3860 Cherokee Street 770-971-9655 www.NGUMC.org


Abiding Church 1370 Lockhart Drive 678-888-1515 www.Abiding.church Activation Church 3415 Old Highway 41, Suite 720 www.ActivationOnline.org

Calvary Chapel River Oaks Meets at Brookwood Christian Academy, 4728 Wood Street 770-881-4862 or 678-977-0087 www.CalvaryChapelRiverOaks.org Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92 770-924-9161 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5055 Holt Road NW 770-974-9697 Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41 NW 678-574-0005 www.CobbVineyard.com Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive 770-516-5733 www.DayspringChurch-Online.com Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road NW 770-421-1643 www.EaglePointe.org Empowerment Worship Center 4192 Main Street 770-609-9062 www.EmpowermentWC.org Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road 770-926-4560 www.FFCAcworth.com Four Points Church Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary 6400 Old Stilesboro Road 678-402-6632 www.FourPointsChurch.tv Freedom Church 3611 Cobb Parkway 770-529-6006 www.FreedomChurch.tv Gateway Church 1455 Ben King Road 770-701-0003 www.GatewayKennesaw.org

Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive 770-974-1358

Household of Faith Bible Church Meets at North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive NW 770-365-6723 www.HOFBC.org

Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW 770-975-1124 www.AcworthChurch.com

Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road 770-974-2814 www.KelloggCreekChurchOfChrist.org

LifeBridge Church 3102 Loring Road 770-422-3010 www.MyLifeBridgeChurch.com Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road 404-663-1828 or 770-975-8042 www.LoveCommunityChurch.com Masjid Suffah 2750 Jiles Road, Kennesaw http://www.masjidsuffah.com/ Mission For Life Church 2655 Cobb Parkway, Suite 105 678-401-2675 www.MissionForLife.com Mount Olives Church of God 5065 Cherokee Street 678-651-9042 New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road 770-974-0685 NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road 770-420-9808 www.NorthStarChurch.org Northwest Christian Church 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy 770-425-2525 www.NWCC.net Open Doors Church 2011 Hickory Grove Road Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road 770-928-2795 www.PrayerAndPraise.org River’s Edge Church 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW 678-318-1918 RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road 678-384-5200 www.RiverStoneOnline.org Sanctuary Church 700 Mars Hill Road 770-884-1963 www.SanctuaryInHim.org Unity of Kennesaw Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, 1575 Ben King Road 404-644-0512 www.UnityOfKennesaw.org Victory Church 4625 Highway 92 770-794-7366 www.VictoryGA.com Vintage 242 Church 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway 678-383-2299 www.Vintage242.com Wholistic Life Ministry 1719 Nemours Dr. NW, Kennesaw 678-836-9586 www.WLMinistry.org AROUND ACWORTH | May 2018



For advertising rates and information Katherine Amick 678-279-5502 Katherine@AroundaboutMagazines.com

MAY 2018



Nelson Elder Care Law, LLC 678-250-9355 www.NelsonElderCareLaw.com BEAUTY / HAIR SALON élon Salon 770-427-8698 www.elonsalon.com Great Clips www.greatclips.com




CHIROPRACTIC Lake City Chiropractic 770-529-0566 www.LakeCityChiropractic.com


North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute 678-574-5678


The Joint 678-574-559 www.thejoint.com


CLEANING SERVICES Carpet Dry-Tech 678-368-5991 www.carpetdrytech.com


MiniMaid 770-656-2726 www.minimaid.com


COUNSELING Thrive Counseling 678-217-7529 www.thrivecounseling.com


COPYWRITING John Livingston report@acworthcopywriting.com


CREDIT UNION LGE Community Credit Union www.LGEccu.org 62



Acworth Family Dentistry 770-974-8211 www.AcworthFamilyDentistry.com Daniel Lee DMD, PC 770-974-4146 www.AcworthDental.com



Gentle Dental Care/Georgia Dental Implants Inside back 770-926-2784 www.georgiadic.com Williams Orthodontics Woodstock: 770-592-5554 Canton: 770-345-4155 www.DrWilliamsOrthodontics.com


Dream Land Pet Memorial Center 678-594-0041 www.DreamLandPetCremation.com Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation Services 678-574-3016 www.GeorgiaFuneralCare.com



Wikenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematory 41 770-422-7299 www.WikenhoferPineRidgeFuneralHome.com HOME & GARDEN

Brookwood Christian 678-401-5855 www.brookwoodchristian.com


Casey's Painting 678-445-9661 www.caseyspainting.com

Georgia Trade School 770-590-9353 www.georgiatradeschool.com


Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. 770-974-2390 www.DrFixitPHD.com


North Cobb Christian School 26 770-975-0252 www.ncchristian.org Omega Learning Center Cover, 32, 33 770-792-7431 www.Acworth-ga.OmegaLearning.com FINANCIAL SERVICES Bay Equity Home Loans Jay White, Area Sales Manager 770-870-0644 www.jayclosesloans.com


Caliber Home Loans Erin Richardson, 708-278-6000 www.CaliberHomeLoans.com

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Glacier Custom Pools 404-425-3714 www.glaciercustompools.com




Jeffery C. Glover, LLC 404-694-0550 www.bren-abby.com


Mr. Junk 678-Mr-Junk1 www.MrJunk1.com


Red Top Roofing & Exteriors 678-632-4077 www.RedTopRoofing.com

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Reliable Heating & Air 770-594-9969 www.ReliableAir.com TK & Sons Plumbing 770-529-0799 www.tkandsonsplumbing.com

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OPTOMETRIST Acworth Family EyeCare 770-974-3153 www.acwortheyes.com


PEST CONTROL One Dead Bug 404-704-4685 www.onedeadbug.com


PETS The Dog House 678-988-4171 www.DogHousePetResort.com


PHOTOGRAPHY Beth Fornuto Photography 770-846-3848 www.bethfornuto.com


Rebekah Gregg Photography 45 678-637-7518 www.rebekahgreggphotography.com PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL SERVICES Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists 770-292-6500 www.ArthritisandTotalJoint.com


Cherokee Internal Medicine 678-238-0301 www.cherokeeim.com Governor’s MedSpa & Concierge Medicine 678-888-5181 www.GovernorsMedicine.com


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North Georgia Audiology and Hearing Aid Center 770-726-8948 www.YourHearingLink.com


Northside Cherokee Surgical Assoc. 770-924-9656 www.ncsurgicalassociates.com


Northside Hospital Cherokee 11 www.northside.com/Cherokee-Heart WellStar Health System 770-956-7827 www.wellstar.org



Debi Smith Properties C: 404-660-6652/O: 770-240-2004 www.DebiSmithProperties.com


Nicole Ricker 770-815-9539 ww.NicoleRicker.com

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The Enclave at Hickory Grove Terry Clark 678-234-0568


RECREATION/ENTERTAINMENT Smoke on the Lake BBQ Fest Inside front www.smokeonthelake.org RETAILERS/SHOPPING PhotoMats4u 678-895-5500 www.photomats4u.com



REAL ESTATE & RELATED SERVICES Anchor Realty Partners Malinda Howe, Broker D: 404-444-0225 / O: 770-917-0322 www.anchorrealtypartners.net

Bercher Homes Thornton Township 770-851-8492 BercherHomes.com


The Holbook of Acworth 404-445-777 wwwHolbrookLife.com




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