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June 2012

Volume 18, Issue 2



Featured Articles

In Every Issue Around Towne. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4



Father’s Day Pictorial

Some of Towne Lake’s special Dads.

Downtown Woodstock A new special section.

Community News. . . . . 10 & 12 Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Event Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . 28 TLBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30


50 & 51 On the Cover Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock, Dr. Julius Park with son Nathaniel. A digital version of the magazine, along with information on how to contact us, submit a story or photo, or advertise is available at


P Sanders

Rising music star.

Class of 2012

Celebrating accomplishments!

You Can Make A Difference. . 75 Church Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Community Numbers . . . . . . 88 Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . 89

71 Trailblazers

Tyler Bryant and Hannah Rollins.

School Information . . . . . . . . 90 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . 94 Real Deals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Contributing Writers Don Akridge..............................................16

Robyn Hohensee......................................43

Mark Billson..............................................76

Sheila & Kurt Johnson...............................18

Ross Brakeville..........................................52

Kara Kiefer................................................34

Susan Cannizzaro......................................44 Rick Coughlin............................................56 Chicka Elloy...............................................76 Ashley Gillis..............................................66 Dr. Scott R. Harden...................................54 Patty Ponder is the Market Director for TowneLaker. She can be reached at (770) 615-3322 or 2

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Dr. Amy Hardin.........................................60

Dr. Jared Lasseigne...................................57 Dr. Mike Litrel...........................................26 Dee Locklin...............................................64 Northside Hospital...................................58 Bill Ratliff..................................................78

David Hecklemoser...................................42

Sen. Chip Rogers.......................................20

Mayor Donnie Henriques.........................41

Lynne Saunders........................................32

Shelley Herod...........................................46

Dr. Doug Thrasher.....................................79

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AROUND TOWNE by Kara Kiefer

Kara is the Editor of Townelaker magazine. She lives in Towne Lake with her husband Mike and their two sons Brandon and Garrett. Feel free to send your comments or questions to editor@townelaker. com.

People Places and Pleasures that make Towne Lake

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This month, we gladly welcome summer back! The kids are breathing a nine-week sigh of relief from school, and it’s time to unearth the suitcases and head out for vacation. But don’t forget to take us with you! We are holding our annual Vacation Photo Contest where we feature two readers, one who takes us farthest in the United States and one who takes us farthest abroad. Along with the flip flops and bathing suits, throw an issue of the TowneLaker in your suitcase and you could be the winner! See page 14 for complete details.

to Whole Nine Yarns. The shop specializes in high quality fabrics for dress making, heirloom sewing and more. The store also will be offering classes. For more information, please call (678) 4945242 or find it on Facebook. Stylist Michelle Burell, formerly of Styl’n Salon, is opening her own salon, Salon 3:16. Booth rental is available. Salon 3:16 is located at 97 Grove Park Lane, (770) 846-3530 or visit www. Collective, a designer co-op featuring locally crafted fine arts, home good, jewelry and more, recently opened at 105 E. Main Street, Suite 126. For more information, contact owner Nicole Flint at or visit www.facebook. com/CollectiveCoOp.

What’s Coming?

The Retreat, A Massage Experience will be opening in July and will offer full-service massage therapy by professionals licensed in Swedish, Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, Thai Bamboo and Cupping techniques. The Retreat will be located at 2453 Towne Lake Parkway, next to Ribley Family Chiropractic. For appointments, please call (770) 592-2505.

What’s Open?

Village Market of Woodstock is coming to downtown Woodstock. The specialty market will carry a variety of goods, including imported cheeses and meats, truffle oils, wines, imported pastas, fresh produce and more. The Market plans to open late summer and will offer outside and inside seating. For more information, please visit www.villagemarketofwoodstock. com. While it seems like a long way away, the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will be coming to Woodstock, scheduled to open in August 2013. The mall will be constructed on Ridgewalk Parkway. Tenants thus far include Brooks Brothers, Carters, Guess, Nike, Under Armour, White House/Black Market and more. We will include updates as they become available. For more information, please visit

What’s New?

Lynne Saunders, founder of Papa’s Pantry, recently published a book, 21st Century Keys to EMPLOYMENT. The e-book can be purchased online from or Barnes and Noble. com for $9.99, and a percentage of all proceeds will benefit Papa’s Pantry and The Master’s Training Center scholarships. To be notified when hard copies are printed and available for purchase, please email Sew Main Street recently opened at 8816 Main Street, adjacent 4

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Century House Tavern recently opened in downtown Woodstock at 125 E. Main Street, across from J. Christopher’s. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner with menu items that include sandwiches, salads, small plates and several specialities. Find Century House Tavern on Facebook or visit to view menus and hours. ALDI supermarket opened and is located at 2104 Eagle Drive, adjacent to NTB Tires. For more information on the store, please visit

What’s Closed?

We are sad to report the closing of Wink in downtown Woodstock.

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

Colin Morris — Colin is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to three children whom she describes as “two ninja sons and one dog-loving daughter.” She and her husband have lived in Woodstock for the past 12 years, and she grew up in Marietta.

Chip Rogers — Chip presently serves as our Senate Majority Leader. He has lived in metro Atlanta for 40 years, Cherokee County for 10 years, with his wife and four children. His mother, father and brother also live in Cherokee County.

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

Townelaker Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Market Director Patty Ponder, (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer, (770) 615-3309 Art Director Michelle McCulloch, (770) 615-3307 Digital Marketing Director James Ball, (770) 615-3310 TowneLaker, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Towne Lake area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free to approximately 14,300 homes by mail to all Towne Lakers. An additional 1,800+ are placed in racks around the community. We also have 2,000+ digital viewers of the magazine online each month. TowneLaker welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 10th of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. TowneLaker is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2012. TowneLaker 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189

Dr. Scott R. Harden — Scott is a family dentist at Fountain View Family & Cosmetic Dentistry serving Woodstock and Cherokee County for 24 years. During this time, he has lived in the Towne Lake area with his wife, Kathy, and two children. Congratulations to Scott & Kathy on their recent 25th “silver” wedding anniversary.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS The Premier Group Receives Partner of Year Award

Local Agency to Offer AARP Auto Insurance The Hartford Agency recently announced that it is making the award-winning AARP auto insurance program available through Mountain Lakes Insurance, located in Towne Lake. Mountain Lakes had to meet several social responsibility and business requirements in order to become an authorized carrier. The AARP program tailors products and services specifically for the needs and interests of Baby Boomers and older adults. For more information on AARP, please visit To contact a representative at Mountain Lakes, please call (770) 926-9444.

The Republican Headquarters currently is accepting volunteers to assist with campaign materials, phone banks, and office staff. The office is located at 9910 Highway 92 and is open Wednesday – Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, please call (404) 747-3353 or visit

Horse Therapy Volunteers Needed Horse Talk in Woodstock is seeking both adults and teens (14 & up) as volunteers to lead therapeutic horses walk along side special needs children and adults in hippotherapy & therapeutic riding. Horse experience preferred, but training is available. School approved community service hours available. Very rewarding and fun! Horse Talk offers flexible weekday shifts, runs 12 months per year, has a covered arena, and an A/C/ heated lounge. For more information, email greenacresonline@ or call (770) 517-5154.

Our Pals Place Offering Summer Camp Our Pals Place, a pet adoption and pet education center, will hold a summer camp in June, July, and the beginning of August. Camp activities are geared towards teaching children kindness and compassion. The camp’s location will be 4508 Canton Road in Marietta. For complete information including weekly themes and cost, please visit or call (678) 3617623.

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Etowah High School awarded The Premier Group, Keller Williams Realty Partners, the “Coca Cola Business Partner of the Year” award at its annual Honors Awards Ceremony. For the past eight years, The Premier Group has provided snacks, drinks, and prizes for teachers to enjoy during their monthly faculty meetings as well as contributing many volunteer hours. Kris McKeeth, Team Leader, said, “Schools continue to be a huge determining factor when people are choosing an area in which to relocate. Etowah’s accolades and excellent scholastic record continue to be a draw for new homeowners to the area, and we want to thank the great teachers and staff at Etowah High School for making that happen. A majority of our team members have had or currently have children at Etowah, so we have a strong personal and professional relationship with many aspects of the school.”

Contest Corner

Republican Headquarters Accepting Volunteers

Left to right: Lisa Morton, Nikki Lear, Amiee Kane, and Kristin McKeeth.

Congratulations to Marilyn Tucker for being the first to spot the phrase “A Breath of Fresh Hair” on page 39. Congratulations also to Trevor Jenkins (right) for being the first to find our hidden picture on page 74 of the May issue. Trevor won a gift certificate to Hot Dog Heaven and Jane won a gift certificate to Menchies.

June Finds: If you know the answer to the contest question or find the hidden picture, be the first to call (770) 615-3325 or e-mail editor@ Please provide your name, contact phone number or email address.

Be the first to find the phrase: “Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots” Find the hidden picture:

In an emergency, experience matters Emergencies happen. And when they do, rest assured that you’ll get the best care close to home. Northside’s board-certified emergency medicine physicians and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified nurses are just right up the road. We hope we don’t have to see you, but if we do, you’ll be in the best possible hands. Visit us online at

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Saddle Club Holds First Trail Challenge hiking trails located in Waleska. First Place in the adult division went to Homer Pittman on Sprockett, and the Youth Division winner was Olivia Hickman on Champ. The Cherokee County Saddle Club is an organization which promotes trail riding through member trail rides, training, education, fellowship, and the development of horse Left to right: Olivia Hickman and Homer Pittman Participants await their turn at mounting block trail systems. The Club, in partnership with Cherokee The Cherokee County Saddle Club recently held its first annual County Recreation and Parks, developed Garland Mountain’s Trail Challenge. The event took place at Garland Mountain 500 acres of wooded land into a quiet trail system for horseback Horse and Hike Trails. riding and hiking that is in harmony with Mother Nature. For more information on the Cherokee County Saddle Club and There were seven obstacles in a six- mile part of the horse and Garland Mountain, please visit

Give a Kid a Chance Gearing Up for July More than 3,000 low-income children are expected to show up Saturday, July 21, for the 7th annual Give a Kid a Chance back-to-school blast, which will be held this year at First Baptist Church of Canton, and Hillside United Methodist in Woodstock. Organizers are asking for donations of filled backpacks, new packages of socks and underwear, gently used schoolappropriate clothing and financial contributions. Volunteers also are needed during various shifts between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A school supply list outlining items needed in each backpack is available at Registration forms also are available on the website. Each child will receive a filled backpack, new socks and underwear, clothing, a haircut, lunch and vision, dental, hearing and spinal screenings. Hair stylists, dentists or dental hygienists, and optometrists also are needed to help that day. It takes a volunteer staff of more than 400 people to serve the children and their families. “We want to make sure each student has everything he or she needs to have a successful school year,” said Cheryl Ruffer, co-founder of Give a Kid a Chance. “A good education and selfesteem will go a long way to help these kids break the cycle of poverty and build a successful future for themselves and their families.” Registration opened in March, and is required for children to receive backpacks and services at the event. The last hour – 2-3 p.m. – is reserved for students who didn’t pre-register. In 12

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addition to school supplies and screenings, families will be served lunch. There is no cost to attend. Give a Kid a Chance was founded in 2006. That year, the one-day event was supported by three churches and served 100 children. Give a Kid a Chance, now a partner in education with the Cherokee County School District, is supported by 30 churches of all denominations, as well as other nonprofits, service and civic groups and businesses. Soles4Souls has contributed more than 300 pairs of shoes for this year’s event. The Nashville-based nonprofit has given away 14 million pairs of new and gently used shoes since its inception in 2004. First Baptist Church of Canton is at 1 Mission Point, and Hillside United Methodist is in Woodstock at 4474 Towne Lake Parkway

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Happy Birthday! Olivia Marie Kirkland Age 6 on June 28 Daughter of Tina and Tres Kirkland We love you Olivia!

Tanner Townsend Turning 11 on June 26 Son of Dana and Scott Townsend

William Thornton Age 5 on June 18 Happy Birthday Will the Thrill!

Mark Ponder Celebrating on June 1 Husband of Patty Father of Ansley and Daniel

Kolton Thornton Age 7 on June 23 Happy Birthday Big K!

Madeleine Lily O’Neal Age 2 pn April 29 Daughter of Courtney and Kelly O’Neal Sister of Brock

When you go on a vacation this summer, take TowneLaker with you. Submit a photo of yourself holding the magazine. Two contest winners will be determined by the contestant who travelled the farthest in the U.S. and in the world.


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Joan Carter (right) and twin sister, June Butler Celebrating on June 20

Amonis MarilynMarie Godfrey Age 1 on June 15, Happy Birthday Princess! We Love You! Mommy, Daddy and all of your brothers!

Brock Rowland O’Neal Age 7 on May 21 Son of Courtney and Kelly O’Neal Brother of Madeleine

Rhianna Kelly Costa Huller Age 2 on June 16 Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! Love, Momma and Daddy

Lillie Russell Age 14 on June 16 We love you! Mom, Dad, Carter and Dixie

Email to Mail in or drop off at 2449 Towne Lake Parkway,Woodstock, GA 30189 Please identify where you are, city, state or country and people in photo from left to right.

Deadline is August 10.

Kimberly and John Sepe Married on May 21, 1994 Celebrating 18 Years of beautiful marriage with children John, Paul, Anthony and Sami and grandkids Blake, Jake, Tristan, Kylie, Landon and Addison

Patti and Shawn McCourtney will celebrate 25 years of marriage on June 6 I love you, Babe. Looking forward to our next 25 years together!

Birth Graduation

Caitlyn Anne Merkling and Seargent David Miller Monsees will be married in the fall 2012 in Northern Georgia.


Birth Engagement Anniversary Anniversary

Avery Layne Dean Born March 16, 2012 Parents Melissa and Brad Dean

Joshua Eric LaHaye Born April 26 at 9:42 p.m. 7 lbs and 7 oz., 19 inches Parents Brooke and Gregg LaHaye and big brother Zachary were very happy and surprised at his quick arrival.

Gregory Dallas King Jr. graduated from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. Son of Jackie Pala and Gregory D. King

Joan and James Carter will celebrate 42 years of marriage on June 20.

Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free! E-mail to: July deadline is June 10.

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The Solo 401(k) A retirement savings vehicle designed for the smallest businesses. by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus The solo 401(k), or solo (k) as it is sometimes called, allows a self-employed individual to set up a 401(k) plan combined with a profit-sharing plan. You can set up one of these if you work for yourself or own a small business with just 1-2 full-time employees, including yourself (the second FTE must be your spouse). Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone 770-952-6707.

You and your business can save for the future at the same time. Imagine nearly tripling your retirement savings potential. With a solo 401(k), that is a possibility. Here is how it works:

• As an employee, you can defer up to $17,000 of your compensation into a solo 401(k) in 2012. • As an employer, you can have your business make a tax-deductible contribution of up to 25 percent of your compensation to the plan in 2012. • Total employer and employee contributions to a solo 401(k) are capped at $50,000 this year; if you are 50 or older, you can also make a $5,500 employee catch-up contribution. The dollar-figure contribution limits stated above are subject to annual COLAs, of course. If you aren’t incorporated or are simply a sole proprietor, the 25 percent annual employer contribution limit is slightly reduced. If you are 50 or older and self-employed, you could potentially put as much as $55,500 into a solo 401(k) in 2012. Now add your spouse to the mix. Is he or she age 50 or older and a fulltime employee of your business? Then the two of you could contribute up to $110,000 to the plan this year. You can skip contributions in a lean year. Employer and employee contributions to a solo 401(k) are wholly discretionary. You determine how much goes in (or doesn’t) each year. You can create a Roth solo (k). The Roth version of a solo 401(k) is just like any other Roth account: you contribute aftertax dollars in exchange for tax-free growth and eventual tax-free withdrawal. If you don’t want to go Roth, you can simply have a traditional solo 401(k) with pre-tax dollars going in, tax-deferred growth and eventual taxed withdrawals. 16

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If you are 50 or older and selfemployed, you could potentially put as much as $55,500 into a solo 401(k) in 2012. Loans from the plan and rollovers into the plan are allowed. You can borrow up to $50,000 from a solo 401(k) or up to 50 percent of the total account balance (whichever is smaller). In certain cases, hardship withdrawals are permitted prior to age 59.5. If you have money in a SEP, an IRA or an old 401(k) somewhere, those assets may be rolled over into a solo 401(k). There are some demerits to the solo 401(k). As you are setting up and administering a 401(k) plan for your business, you have to see that it stays current with ERISA and IRC regulations. Obviously, it is much easier to oversee a solo 401(k) plan than a 401(k) program for a company with 15 or 20 FTEs, but you still have some plan administration on your plate. You may not want that, and if so, a solo 401(k) may have less merit than a SEP or traditional profit-sharing plan. The plan administration duties are relatively light, however. If the assets in your solo (k) exceed $250,000, you will need to file Form 5500-EZ annually with the IRS. If they don’t, no such annual filing is necessary.

What if you hire more employees? If that occurs, your solo 401(k) will be redefined under the IRC as two plans: a standard 401(k) plan and a profit-sharing plan. This makes retirement plan administration more complicated. One other detail worth mentioning: the passage of EGTRRA made solo (k)s much more attractive for small business owners. Prior to EGTRRA, the contributions had to count toward the maximum profit-sharing contribution for the business, which was typically 15 percent. If the Bush-era cuts really do sunset in 2013, their expiration could theoretically affect solo 401(k)s. On the whole, solo 401(k)s give Small Business Owners increased retirement savings potential. If that is what you need, then take a good look at this option. These plans are very easy to create, their annual contribution limits far surpass those of IRAs and stand-alone 401(k)s, and some custodians for solo 401(k)s even give you “checkbook control” – they let you serve as trustee for your plan and permit you to invest the funds across a variety of different asset classes. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors. TowneLaker | June 2012



If You Were Thinking of Buying, You May Be Missing the Bottom of the Market in Towne Lake by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

Kurt and Sheila are a top producing Keller Williams team in Towne Lake (30+ deals UC or Sold Jan - April).

A seller’s market is when buyer demand exceeds seller’s supply. In the housing industry, it is widely accepted that this occurs when there is less than seven months of available inventory (homes for sale). According to FMLS sales data; at the end of April 2012, Towne Lake* had 3.8 months of inventory of detached single family homes with an average number of days on the market of 79.62. This by definition is a strong seller’s market.

We have calculated that the average sales price for homes sold in April 2012 was 2.7 percent higher than the average in April 2011. Additionally, homes are selling an average of four days faster than they did a year ago. This could be indicating the bottom of the market, and there is only one way for prices to go from the bottom. Homes in Towne Lake and elsewhere are unlikely to ever be priced as low as they are now, after the market equalizes. Interest rates are near our lifetime lows and getting a loan now may be easier than you think. What about money for a down payment and closing costs? Most homes for sale in Towne Lake under $300,000 qualify for down payment assistance. A buyer with a household income of under $60,000 can still buy a home, with no down payment money of their own, using the available $5,000 down payment assistance from the Department of Community


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A buyer with a household income of under $60,000 can still buy a home, with no down payment money of their own.... Affairs. Additionally, in rural parts of Cherokee and rural areas elsewhere, the USDA is making 100 percent loans on properties. For homebuyers with money to put down, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will insure loans of up to $346,250 that require only a 3.5 percent down payment. An FHA loan works on almost any home that will pass an FHA inspection. When using an FHA loan to buy a HUD home (a home that had a foreclosed FHA loan), the down payment is only $100. With regards to the closing costs, the Buyer’s agent can likely negotiate that the seller pays the closing costs on behalf of the buyer. There are first time home buyers seminars offered by HUD and local real estate brokers so there is no time like the present to learn more about the home buying process and get started. If you were considering selling, don’t delay. Many buyers want to get moved in during the summer before their kids go back to school. Call your realtor today for a comparative market analysis of your home’s value! *Data from Area 112, Zipcode 30189

HOPE ON THE HORIZON Thank you to all the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who supported Camp Horizon’s 1st Annual golf tournament. The $14,162 raised will send local foster children to camp this summer. Camp Horizon, a 501(c)3 charitable organization has been a lifeline in the Atlanta community for 30 years. Our mission is to restore dignity and hope to children who have been abused and neglected - empowering them to make good choices and lead healthy productive lives. For more information, visit

Porsche was a main sponsor

Richard “Pete” Peterson, the founder of Camp Horizon at the Awards Reception

The fundraising check being presented to Camp Horizon board members

The 1st Place golf team

Special Thanks to:


A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors: Porsche – Silver Level Siemens – Bronze Level Slalom Consulting – Bronze Level TowneLaker Magazine* – Bronze Level Community of Christ Gwinnett – Refreshments Ace Laser Engraving Adam Berman Alix Nadi – ReMax Around Atlanta American Flag Superstore Atlanta Falcons Football Club Bridgestone Golf Cannongate Golf Cherokee Computer Guys* Childs Company, LLC Dan Brown David Hermann Drew Friedman Discount Sign Eagle Watch Golf Club* Golf Smith Healthcare Educators, LLC John Ramsur McConaghie Family Counseling Mizuno Golf Next Level Mobile Detailing Norman & Hilda Clark Piedmont Home Inspections* Riverbend OB-GYN & Counseling Seth Tuttle The Tomlinson Team – Prudential Realty* Tibbetts Communications Wolverton & Associates, Inc. *Towne Lake Area based businesses

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Promises Made and Promises Kept by State Senator Chip Rogers

Chip Rogers is the State Senator for our district. You can call him at (404) 463-1378 or fax him at (404) 657-9887. You also can e-mail Chip at Chip@ SenatorChipRogers. com. Chip also serves on the TowneLaker Community Board.


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This January, I was honored to lead a group of lawmakers in announcing our 2012 legislative agenda. It was an aggressive, conservative agenda focused on economic growth, responsible spending, and the importance of providing a quality education for Georgia students. Armed with five key principles— limited government, fiscal responsibility, pro-job tax reform, 21st century education reform, and increased protection for Georgia’s children— we set out to achieve one of the most successful, streamlined sessions in recent years. Limited, Constitutional Govt. • SB 223/HB 456 — Sunset Bill Also known as “sunset legislation,” this bill calls for the creation of a joint committee, which will be tasked with assessing state agencies for efficiency

and will determine whether such agencies should continue to exist. A similar law in Texas has saved the “Lone Star” state billions in tax dollars. Fiscal Responsibility – Georgia is one of only nine states with an AAA Bond Rating, and we balance our budget every year. • SB 33 — Zero Based Budgeting This legislation would make departments more accountable with their budgets, would stop out-of-control growth of departments and agencies, and bring their budgets back into public view, requiring every department to justify every dollar they spend. • SR 20 — Taxpayer Protection Act This Constitutional Amendment would place limitations on state government taxation and expenditures. Additional revenue beyond the spending limit would fund school districts with unexpected increases in population and then would be required to go into a Rainy Day Fund until it reaches a point of 15 percent of previous year’s spending. Once the Rainy Day Fund is full, the state income tax would gradually be eliminated through excess revenues.

• SR 673 — Federal Constitutional Amendment The Georgia State Senate passed Senate Resolution 673 to petition the United States Congress to call an amendment convention for the sole purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. The resolution recommends that the total of all federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenue for that fiscal year. 21st Century Education Reform • HB 1162 — State Charter School Constitutional Amendment This legislation seeks to amend the Georgia Constitution to allow for state or local approval of charter schools. It also defines “state charter school” as a public school that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and a charter petitioner and allows state funds to be used to support and maintain special schools created by the General Assembly, including state charter schools. However, a local school system’s state funding cannot be reduced because students living in the system boundaries enroll in a state charter school. • SB 289 — Digital Learning This legislation will make Georgia a national leader in digital learning. The Georgia Department of Education will implement a policy to maximize the number of students who graduate with at least one online class completed. The measure is expected to

increase the number of Georgia students taking digital learning classes by ten-fold. Pro – Jobs Tax Reform • HB 386 — Pro Jobs, Pro Family Tax Reform The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed major tax reform legislation. Features of the measure include a three-year sales tax holiday for school supplies and energy efficient products, significant reduction of the marriage penalty, elimination of the “birthday” tax and sales tax on motor vehicles, a tax exemption on energy used in manufacturing and construction materials, as well as an E-Fairness measure. Protecting Our Children • HB 1176 — Criminal Justice Reform and Mandatory Reporting for Child Abuse This legislation is a comprehensive sentencing and corrections reform bill that promises to save Georgia taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, move low-level offenders permanently out of the system, and improve overall public safety. Specific initiatives include creating a tougher process for probation and parole supervision; expanding proven community-based sentencing options to reduce recidivism, such as accountability courts and substance abuse and mental health programs; and holding agencies accountable for better results by implementing systematic data collection and performance measurement systems.

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Happy Father’s Day! Right: Younger versions of Mark Ponder, daughter Ansley and son Daniel

Below: Mark and Avery Madigan. Happy Father’s Day to one of the best!

Center: Our dad is the BEST because he makes every day special! We love you Daddy! Love, Cooper, Samantha and Emme Surgala Below: My Daddy Brent Busby is an amazing role model for myself and others. He’s a hard working dedicated Daddy. He’s a Cobb County Fire Fighter and works also for UMR on his off days. Happy Daddy’s Day everyday to My Daddy Brent Busby, our HERO!

Above: Brian and Gabriel Evaristo Happy Father’s Day Daddy! Love, Gabriel Right: Chris Moore with daughter Jaclyn


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Above: Ralph Morvillo with sons Danny, age 7 and Nic, age 11

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June 2 Cherokee Chorale Pops Concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska Information: Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and available from from any Chorale member, the Arts Center and Chamberhouse in Canton, Three Sisters Gifts in Hickory Flat, Jasper Drug in Jasper and FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. Call (678) 439-8625 or visit www.

June 2 Atlanta’s Largest Birthday Party Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Atlanta Zoo Information: Sponsored by Northside Hospital and open to all children who were born at any Northside Hospital and their families. The event is free to attend but registration is required by emailing

June 2 – 3 Dock Diving Competition for Dogs Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Canine Ranch, 165 Doug Smith Lane, Canton Information: For dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and levels of experience. Visit to register.

vacation bible Schools Towne Lake Community Church Dates: June 17 – 21 Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Ages: 4–9 Location: 132 North Medical Parkway Information: Email for registration Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Dates: June 25 – 29 Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages: 3 – rising 4th grade Location: 1208 Rose Creek Drive Information: Cost $22. Call Michelle Angalet to register at (770) 924-7286. Woodstock Christian Church Dates: June 24 – 29 Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Ages 3 – 11 Location: 7700 Highway 92 Information: Register at woodstockchristian

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Sixes United Methodist Church Dates: June 10 – 14 Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m. Ages: 3 – rising 5th grade Location: 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton Information: Register at

Concert of American Music Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska Information: Performed by the Atlanta Concert Band. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and children 12 and under. Call (770) 720-9167 or visit

Hillcrest Baptist Church Dates: June 10 - 15 Time: 6:45 – 9 p.m. Ages: Pre-school through 12th grade Location: 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth Information: Register at

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Cherokee Presbyterian Church Dates: June 11-15 Time: 1-4:30 p.m. Ages: Rising 1st - 6th graders Location: 1498 Johnson Brady Road, Canton Information: Registration: and follow VBS link


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Food Fights by Mike Litrel, M.D.

During our first month of marriage, my wife Ann uncovered a stash of chocolate chip cookies in my dresser drawer. Innocent confusion on her face, she asked why we had cookies in the bedroom rather than the pantry. Dr. Mike Litrel practices with his fellow OB/GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock with his wife, Ann, and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at www.

A dozen memories flashed before my eyes. In college, my roommates, Stephen and Jason, my great buddies, were not overly troubled with issues of ownership. A jar of peanut butter, stowed in the pantry instead of under my bed, would show finger impressions where someone had scooped a handful. Once, I inadvertently left a box of Captain Crunch on the kitchen counter instead of in the back of my closet. Two hours later, I


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came upon the box in the garbage can, crushed and empty. But even before my college roommates, there was my twin brother Chris. The Easter we were ten years old, we each received a chocolate bunny. I thought I had never seen anything as marvelous as my chocolate Easter bunny. With yellow and pink eyes made of candy, little whiskers carved in his chocolate face, and green cotton candy at his feet, my bunny looked alive, sitting up in the spun-sugar grass. He even had a marshmallow bunny tail. He was much too nice to eat right away. I thought I might prop him up on my bedroom bookshelf to enjoy for a little while. Chris took one look at his, ripped off the box top, and chomped off the ears. For the remainder of the week, I enjoyed looking at my bunny in his nest of edible grass. Finally, I decided it was time. Slowly, ceremoniously, I opened the box. I peered inside, and with a growing sense of horror saw that much of my bunny had disappeared! His back and the solid milk chocolate base

had been excavated in crescent shaped, bite-sized pieces. And there was no marshmallow tail. I had been robbed!! In rage and despair, I screamed for my mom. Tearfully, I showed her the bunny’s tattered remains. Mom’s brows came together in a familiar expression of anger, and she yelled for Chris. Of course! He came running into the room. A look of confused shock instantly came over his face. He vehemently denied any wrong doing, and even offered up a few alternative theories: A manufacturing glitch at the chocolate factory? An ant problem? A hungry neighbor broke into Michael’s bedroom? Chris held up a few minutes under Mom’s furious crossexamination but was finally sufficiently frightened into a confession. Yes, he had been biting off pieces of my bunny. Yes, he had left the face of the bunny intact so I wouldn’t notice. Yes, he had taped the chocolate ears to the top of the box so my bunny wouldn’t fall over once the base was gone. And yes, he had even eaten the marshmallow tail. “But,” he said, stressing the positive, “please notice both candy eyeballs are still in place.” Mom was infuriated. She leaped up to wag her finger in front of Chris’s face. How dare you take something that is not yours! Stealing is wrong! Gluttony is disgusting! No punishment is enough for you! Chris stared at his feet. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to fight back the tears. His shoulders heaved as he sobbed silently to himself. “Do you understand what you did wrong, Chris?” Mom asked, her voice softening a bit. Chris nodded, head down, unable to speak. Tears streamed down his cheeks. Mom suggested he might want to apologize to me. Chris couldn’t even get the words out. Chris shuffled to his bedroom and collapsed

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Everyday Perspective: A mental view or outlook-

“It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” (Fabian Linden).

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


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Everyday Angels often receives reader contributions based upon specific identified needs. However, we are also fortunate to have several devoted readers and monthly contributors. We have never personally met these kind souls, but we quickly recognize their handwriting when their envelopes arrive in the mail each month, accompanied with beautiful card and donation. It always warms our hearts – not just because it helps us financially to assist others but because they give of themselves and trust us. Their support is our encouragement! We take great responsibility with what they entrust us with to insure that recipients are qualified and that donors’ funds are carefully allocated. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting one of our loyal monthly contributor’s sons. He fondly spoke of his aging parents and their anticipation of receiving the TowneLaker magazine each month and reading it cover to cover. He also shared their lifelong dedication in supporting people in need, even if they themselves were struggling. His parents are currently in their 80s and were born during the years of the Great Depression. Their perspective of life isn’t based on history books or movies that seem exaggerated or fictional but from their own life

experiences and vivid memories of one of our country’s most difficult times. They grew up with no phones, televisions, or shoes and often with no food when their fathers lost their jobs. Nothing was wasted. They didn’t complain because that was the norm for everyone around them. There was no one to envy – they were all in it together. Their perspective was limited and their experiences created a different mentality about what was essential for a fulfilling life. It’s hard to imagine how anyone raised during that era has any tolerance for today’s entitled generations, much less how find it in their hearts to give so effortlessly. Their son explained that while they live on a conservative fixed income well within their means, they always sacrifice enough to give to others. They never get rid of anything and find pleasure and comfort in the simplest things. While they will always remain anonymous, I hope they understand what a blessing they are to others and an inspiration to our Everyday Angels ministry. We need to learn, embrace and always respect and appreciate the wisdom of our elders. It is the beginning of summer and, as always, Everyday Angels will be collecting grocery gift cards to assist identified families referred by school counselors. Please see box to the left to see how you can help.

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TOWNE LAKE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Congratulations to the winners of the Towne Lake Business Association’s (TLBA) 10th Annual TLBA Entrepreneurial Scholarships, Katie Nelson from Etowah High and Ana Bravo from Woodstock High. Each received a $1,000 scholarship. TLBA’s election of officers will be held this month. Please submit your nominations to or in person at our June 19 meeting — Election Day! Our 12th Annual TLBA Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. To sign up to play, sponsor or volunteer, please contact Jon LaMonte (Tournament Chairperson) at The topic of our May Workshop was “Blind Spots: How to Find Yours...” We want to thank Gary W. Patterson of The Fiscal Doctor for the presentation. Lunch ‘N’ Learn Workshop Tuesday, June 19, 12:15 — 2 p.m. Five Simple Steps to Reduce Stress, Be More Positive and Focus presented by Tricia Molloy of Working with Wisdom. All Workshops are held at Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills. Please RSVP to all events at (770) 615-3350. We welcome our newest members, Stunning Ladies and TimeWise Financial. Thank you all for supporting our community by “Keeping Towne Lake Dollars in Cherokee.” Visit us at


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TLBA Spotlight Real Tech Solutions Real Tech Solutions was founded for one reason – to help people and businesses relate to technology in new ways by breaking through all of the techno-babble and presenting it in a way that everyone can understand. We’ve been operating this way for years and consistently find that once people have a better handle on technology, they are able to leverage it to their benefit as opposed to feeling managed by it. We take a consultative approach with every client, constantly looking for opportunities to streamline their systems and improve productivity, all while keeping their technological needs and business requirements in mind. We can help business or individuals with all of their technology issues, whether it be buying, repairing, supporting, or upgrading their computers. We also work on Mac computers as well! What makes us different than our competitors? We eliminate the “it’s still messing up“ phrase that we hear so often when a new client comes to us from a competitor. By providing the right solutions the first time, we rarely have to go back and address the same problem. The end result: more money for you. In addition, we offer free remote and/or onsite evaluation, free pick up and delivery, quote before work begins on your project and follow up through project and afterward to make sure our clients are completely satisfied. Furthermore, we are licensed, bonded, and insured to give our clients peace of mind with our work. We look forward to having the opportunity to earn your business.

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From the Employment Expert: How to Successfully READ a Job Posting by Lynne Saunders

Lynne is the author of the newest job seeker’s book 21st Century Keys to Employment and Founder/Executive Director of Papa’s Pantry and The MastersTrainingCenter. com. Employment Strategies Core Concepts classes and Advanced Coaching sessions offered bi-weekly. Call 770-5914730 for the schedule. For more information, visit

It’s as easy as doing a quick online search for a job title and printing any job that appears to be close to what you may be able to do, right? Unfortunately, this is the way most job seekers approach online job searches. What is “close enough” to the candidate’s experiences or probable abilities may be enough for a start, but is not enough for a strong finish. My workshop participants are asked to research open job postings that match their “SEE” — Specific skills, Experiences and Education. It seems like a simple request, but I am astonished at the misunderstandings students have.

Most job seekers actively searching for a new position generally reach for anything they can do rather than those jobs in which they have specific experience. While this may have been a successful strategy a few years ago, it is seldom the highly effective approach of choice today. The biggest secret in effectively discerning whether a job posting is one to peruse lies in the power of a highlighter.

The biggest secret in effectively discerning whether a job posting is one to peruse lies in the power of a highlighter. That’s right: the ability to streak yellow paths across relevant, pertinent skills is what delineates appropriate postings for which to apply. Nothing magical about it, but it IS strategic. If you are in job-seeking mode, I challenge you to literally highlight all your exact matched skills, experiences, and educational requirements discussed within the job posting. Resist the urge to highlight anything that seems “close,” as that would be untruthful if claiming a match. At the end of this exercise, evaluate whether you have the qualifications the company is seeking. continued on page 82 32

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Pig Nation by Kara Kiefer

Kara Kiefer is the Editor of TowneLaker. She lives in Towne Lake with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett.

When our children were much younger and we were getting into the swing of being parents, we would often be told or would read in advice books to “pick your battles.” When they were young, the choice of which battles to really pursue seemed obvious: “No, you can’t go outside by yourself. No, you can’t stay up all night. No, you can’t take the hot glue gun to your room” were peppered with “Yes, you can wear your rubber boots to the store. Yes, you can pick out your own outfit on Saturdays and Sundays…” that kind of thing.

As our children got older, the stakes got higher as far as what we chose to be on them about constantly: grades, behavior, responsibility, respect, etc. Keeping a neat bedroom was important to us, and we did our best to instill this value in both of our children. But in the spirit of picking our battles, we slowly let this standard slide, first with our oldest, and then with our youngest. And now, we are paying the price. What we have in the area that my son occupies is not a bedroom, per say, but Pig Nation. One of the predominant features of Pig Nation is the amount of clothing that never finds its way to the closet or dresser. Pig Nation bedrooms are covered in clothing from the bed to the floor. And the President of Pig Nation knows exactly what is clean and what is dirty. Another feature of Pig Nation is an unexplained odor. The President of Pig Nation can never locate his hamper, so instead of putting the smelly and damp clothing from that morning’s weight training session into an appropriate and 34

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One of the predominant features of Pig Nation is the amount of clothing that never finds its way to the closet or dresser. vented receptacle, the President will leave it in a heap in the closet and close the door. Day after day. Yes, this is unacceptable behavior. And as the Commander in Chief, I have voiced my disgust and issued forth the order to clean up Pig Nation. One night, after needing to sleep in a different bed and not wanting to sleep in my other son’s twin bed, I ventured into Pig Nation. The President was sleeping in the basement. I could not believe my eyes. The bed was completely covered with mounds of stuff. There was a letter jacket under one of the pillows, a large and heavy book bag, several electronic devices and earphones, t-shirts, hats, and I think a few pairs of shoes. In two sweeps, I threw everything on the floor, crawled into bed, and slept. The next day, the President of Pig Nation was mad at ME! “I knew where everything was!” he exclaimed. “Why did you have to throw everything on the floor? And why are you even sleeping in my room?” After carefully choosing just the right response, and walking away, Pig Nation was cleaned up an hour later. There’s only so much “choosing your battles” one parent can handle.

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Special Section

Downtown Woodstock Welcome to the new Downtown Woodstock section! Our readers have expressed an interest in finding out more about what’s happening in our thriving downtown area, and this section is in response to those requests. Here you will find event listings for the month, local business features, editorial from Mayor Henriques and more. Our featured business of the month is The Bridal Exchange Boutique. We hope you enjoy this new addition! We welcome your input and suggestions!

Downtown Advertisers BonVivant Salon...................................... 3 Elm Street Cultural Arts......................... 49 FoxTale Book Shoppe.......................... 36 Hot Dog Heaven................................... 35 Rejoice Maids....................................... 23 Salon and Spa Venessa ...................... 26 Salon Gloss............................................ 42 The Bridal Exchange Boutique............ 38 The Painted Lady.................................. 59 Williams Orthodontics.......................... 53 TowneLaker | June 2012


Downtown Woodstock

The Bridal Exchange The Complete One Stop Shop Tracy Caron knows a thing or two about what it takes to plan and execute a wedding — she’s had a traditional wedding plus two vow renewals with her husband. “For my vow renewal ceremonies, the shopping and planning experience was frustrating.” She tried shopping bridal stores for her wedding dress but found they either were limited on sizes or carried only high-priced gowns. When she asked for referrals for the other aspects of her wedding, none were available. No one worked together.

Tracy Caron (standing) and Renee Perrelli

But, out of this experience, genius was born. Tracy and her friend Renee Perrelli wanted to start a business and came up with an idea neither had ever seen before — a one-stop shop for brides-to-be. In October 2011, the idea came to fruition and The Bridal Exchange opened in downtown Woodstock. When you walk by their storefront, you will be captivated by the beautiful gowns on display. And as you walk in, you will be blown away not only by the selection of gowns but by everything else this shop offers its brides including tuxedo/suit rentals. Renee and Tracy refer to their beautiful space as “girl heaven.” True to its name, The Bridal Exchange is a wedding gown and accessory consignment store. “Women consign their wedding dresses for a variety of reasons,” stated Tracy. “Brides change their mind on the type of gown or she loved it so much she wants someone else to love it just as much.” Renee noted that “consignment” doesn’t necessarily mean “used.” A lot of the dresses are samples consigned from bridal shops. In fact, 95 percent of the store’s inventory is new, and each gown is unique, ranging in sizes from 0 – 28. New inventory arrives daily, and while it’s primarily wedding dresses, they do have Mother of the Bride dresses as well.

Not only can the bride find her perfect dress, veil and jewelry, she also can find help in the form of The Bridal Exchange partners to help her with everything else, all in one stop! Tracy and Renee are extremely selective about who they partner with, and the partners all have to have the same goal in mind: making the bride’s dreams come true! 38

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“Our goal is simple: provide the best possible customer service and experience for the bride,” said Tracy. From the minute the bride walks in, she is made to feel special, and her needs are carefully listened to. “We are very mindful and respectful of the bride’s budget and theme and are excited to help her find the dress of her dreams.”

Meet the Partners

The partners certainly provide everything a bride may need to plan her wedding, but their services also are available to anyone needing assistance in planning and executing an event of any size.

Occasions by Charlotte-Wedding Planner, 770.365.2746 — Charlee

Renfro believes that attention to detail is the key to a perfect wedding and no detail is too small. Whether you need someone to help with the planning from engagement through the reception, or just on the big day, Charlee will be there to make your dreams come true.

O’Brien Productions — Party Rentals, 770.422.7200 — Towne Lake residents Janet and Dan O’Brien can create magic with any event. The company covers the entire Southeast and can provide anything from special props, gaming tables to linen, table and chair rentals for any event of any size.

Center Cut Catering, 770.757.7353 — Owned by Doug Foley and Christi Martinez.

day whether it’s a wedding, prom or girls night out. She is a visionary with her creative up-dos and makeup artistry and the best part is that she will come to you!

Ranes Music Publishing, 678.861. SONG — David Ranes will interview, create,

record and register with the Library of Congress a unique song written just for you for ANY occasion.

Kim Bates Photography, 770-6177595 & 678-357-7492 - Both photographers

have years of photographic experience including wedding, portrait and still life. Each photographer brings his own creativity and expertise, allowing them to capture the essence of each subject and each occasion perfectly.

Center Cut is a familiar face in the events circle. Doug and Christi will work within any budget to create a sumptuous and memorable dining experience for any event from an hors d’oeuvre station to a five course sit down dinner.

DJ’s will get your guests on their feet, making everyone part of the experience and event.

Taylor Paige Paperie, 678.445.0154 — Jeannette Carter can

All About Honeymoons, 770.928.7103 — Whether it’s a

handle the invitations, stationery, favors and gifts for weddings and other occasions. The invitation is the first impression of your event… let us help you make the best impression.

Indulgence Lingerie, 718.915.3115 — Jodi Giordano offers a huge selection of

the finest quality lingerie/other novelties at extremely affordable prices. Woman in every size (up to 6X) can find something that she will look amazing in and feel good wearing.

Style by Julie and Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, 330.432.4240 — Julie Zorzi will create

D Street Entertainment, 404.578.2655 — Derek B and his team of

destination wedding or the perfect honeymoon, Kristina Kintner is so knowledgeable and can help you plan the honeymoon of a lifetime!

Fetch! Pet Care, 678.932.8651 —

Mike McMackin will not only take care of your four-legged family members while you are out of town or on your honeymoon, he will also walk Fido down the aisle while wearing a tuxedo!

Randa Tyler Real Estate, 678.491.4068 — Randa Tyler can help

you on where to live after the wedding, whether it be a rental or new home or help you to sell his or hers.

the perfect hairstyle and makeup for that special

The Bridal Exchange Boutique

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Downtown Woodstock

CALENDAR of events Now through October 27 Woodstock Farmer’s Market

June 9 Summer Concert Series — Blackberry Smoke

Day/Time: Every Saturday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Public parking lot at corner of Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street Information: Email or call (770) 924-0406.

Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: City Park Information: Bring a chair, a blanket and a picnic. Plenty of food also will be available from vendors or have dinner downtown before the show. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. For more information on the band, visit www.

June 1 Friday Night Live — Main Street Luau Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Participating merchants will have specials and activities related to the theme.

June 2 Jonathan Peyton Concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main Street Information: Free CD release concert. Call (678) 494-4251 or visit

June 13 - 27 The Little Mermaid Times: Wednesdays 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays 2 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main Street Information: All seats $9 if purchased online in advance or $11 at the door. Call (678) 494-4251 or visit 40

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Main Street Morning Buzz June 29 at 8 a.m. The Chambers at City Center 8534 Main Street Sponsored by Main Street Woodstock New Members: Servpro Of Cherokee County Elephant Errands, LLC Polly D. Kullman Tangela King Absolute Pilates The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Patricia Reichmann Briggs & Associates The Evins Law Firm Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill

Don’t Try This at Home...I’m a Professional, So it Looks Easy. by Mayor Donnie Henriques I’m in my seventh year of writing these monthly articles. You’d think something like this would get easier the more you do it. Not the case — especially with writing.

Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Woodstock. You may contact him by calling (770) 592-6001 or e-mail dhenriques@

Throughout the month, I’m constantly thinking of good topics that I can write about, only to get down to crunch time, and the memory is the first thing to go, or so “they” say. Mine is especially bad. I sometimes start writing then suddenly stop and remember I’m writing about the same topic I covered a few months ago. Multiple-part stories are OK, but only when they are intentional.

Which brings me to this month’s point: Home Rule as it relates to traffic. We all recognize that we live in a very desirous area of the country. Because of that, we have been inundated by the cars that hit the roads with the drivers who move here. Witness the development of Towne Lake Parkway. We moved to Woodstock in 1993 after a two-year stint in Roswell. Towne Lake Parkway was a two lane blacktop road with no stop lights. There was one blinking yellow light at the front of Etowah High School. Up until then, when traveling from the interstate, the only thing you saw was the Amoco/BP station at the corner of Eagle Drive and Towne Lake Parkway. I know many people pre-date that building, but I’m telling the story. It didn’t take long for Towne Lake to be a microcosm of the rest of the Atlanta area— people moving in faster than the roads can catch up to them.

We, as residents and taxpayers, are now faced with a dilemma that should have been addressed over 20 years ago— a comprehensive road and transportation plan to relieve the congestion we already have. the time or energy to make an informed decision about these issues. They will tell you that when it comes to your tax dollars, it’s up to you to decide how they are spent. What about the annual budget? Isn’t that the legislature making annual decisions concerning our tax dollars? Representative Charlice Byrd, 20th District, finally got a “Sunset Bill” passed both houses only to have the Governor veto the bill, saying it would, “expand government and spend unnecessary tax dollars.” Horse hockey! I’ll spend a few dollars now to save a bunch later on every turn. Am I speaking against the legislature or for them? Neither. I’m pointing out some flaws in our system. Let’s face it— the only reason they approved sending it to you in a referendum was because it was politically expedient. In other words, taxes are too much of a “hot potato” right now.

That’s a long way to get to my point. We, as residents and taxpayers, are now faced with a dilemma that should have been addressed over 20 years ago— a comprehensive road and transportation plan to relieve the congestion we already have.

Here’s the other side of the coin: after approving it to come before you, just about every legislator has come out against the TSPLOST. I’m sorry, but this just doesn’t make sense to me. Then again, when talking about government, not much makes sense!

I’m not going to debate or even “inform” you in this space. I’m just bringing it to your attention so you can search for the information you deem necessary to form an educated opinion. I am going to also point out one of the great falsehoods in government: Home Rule. Why? Because the State Legislature has voted and approved bringing this issue to YOU, the voter. At first glance, this seems like the right thing to do, but is it? We’ve elected our representatives to make decisions for us because, quite frankly, most of us don’t have

One thing that does make sense is the Greenprints Program. I was amazed at a Towne Lake ROA (Residential Owners Association) meeting last month when someone actually got up and suggested that a government, not pointing fingers at anyone, should design, develop, and maintain a trail system throughout our area, including Towne Lake. I did point out that we have done that and gave the website to visit and get the facts. But it brought to my attention the need for continual education in this area, so next month: Greenprints….revisited! TowneLaker | June 2012



Sangria by David Heckelmoser I thought I would go in a little different direction this month. It’s a great time of year to enjoy refreshing Sangria, but, of course, we will need wine for this.

David Heckelmoser is a Towne Lake resident and professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Atlanta Chapter Sommelier Les Marmition.

Sangria is a delicious, fruit-based wine “punch” with its traditional heritage well rooted in Spain. Sangria is served throughout Spain and Portugal during summer months and in the southern and eastern parts of the countries yearround. While Spain is heralded as the creator of Sangria, countries all over the world have adapted the recipe to make a fruit-filled wine punch that is refreshing and easy to drink with a wide variety of foods. Typically, Sangria is made with red wine. White wine can also be used instead of red, in which case the result is called Sangria Blanca.

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pineapple, grape or mango. In some parts of Northern Spain, Sangria is called Zurra and is made with peaches or nectarines. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, simple syrup, orange or pomegranate juice is added. In some regions of Portugal, cinnamon is also added with the sweetener. Other liquids such as Seltzer, Club Soda, Sprite or 7UP may be added. continued on page 83

Musings from Towne: Frame This One Dad by Robyn Hohensee Father’s Day will be upon us in a few weeks, and I am trying to figure out what to send my dad as a gift. What gift can I buy him that could remotely come close to all that he has given me? A new tie? Another baseball cap? A bottle of Brute aftershave? He has enough of this type of stuff. This year I need to be more creative than that. Robyn Hohensee has resided in Towne Lake with her husband Todd for 17 years. She is currently working on a children’s book and an adult fiction novel. Feel free to contact her at Robyn561@yahoo. com.

What makes my dad so special that inspires me to want to go the extra mile with a gift? First of all, my dad has a zest for life and a willingness to be open to the world beyond our corner of it. This view has allowed me to see that life has many possibilities and that I can find my place in it anywhere I want to be. He taught me to think for myself and form my own opinions. He introduced me to great writers and believed in my ability to be one. When I first married and moved to another state, he wrote me a letter every week — yes, every week. I still have all of the letters tied lovingly in bows and placed neatly in three large shoeboxes. Moreover, dad loved me the dad has a zest for life and a willingness to be open to the world beyond our corner of it. first moment he laid eyes on me and proudly lets me know that. My dad tells me that he is glad I am his daughter and that he respects me as a person. So, the question is, what gift can I buy him that can express the gratitude I feel to him? Perhaps I will frame this article and present it to him. He will proudly put it on his office wall and boast about it to all who will listen. I know he would really like that. Yes, that is what I will do. My thanks and respect goes out to all dads this month. Sometimes I think you are overlooked in favor of mothers, yet you all play a very important role in the lives of your children, the family structure and society. Your daughters (and sons) love and need you far more than you may sometimes know. Happy Father’s Day and God bless.

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Junior Service League Hosts

Charity Golf Tournament by Susan Cannizzaro

Left: Left to right: Volunteer Gladys Kelly, JSL members: Susan Cannizzaro, Darlene Hanzlik, Danielle Dron and Laura Speights. Below Left: Bryan and Jenn Paulo Below: Rick Oakes and sons

The Junior Service League (JSL) of Woodstock hosted its Fifth Annual Give a Child a Mulligan Golf Tournament at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Course. There were 12 enthusiastic golf foursomes that played 18 holes on a somewhat rainy morning. Drizzle dampened the course, but not spirits, as all the hard work raised money for The Cherokee Family Violence Center and Angel House. The JSL would like to thank all the golfers and the numerous sponsors and those who provided items for the silent auction that made this event a huge success. With the economy still in slow recovery mode, it is even more vital to have fund raising events in our area to help all the charities that are in need of extra assistance. The JSL of Woodstock is an organization of women committed to improving our community through volunteerism and fundraising. The organization’s purpose is to serve Cherokee County families by making a positive impact on their lives and futures. Working together, the JSL believes we can “Make a


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Difference.” The JSL is seeking more members to increase its current membership base and strengthen the Board, which runs all JSL activities. It is a great opportunity for women in Cherokee County to participate in a worthwhile organization while gaining leadership skills and simultaneously knowing that they are directly improving the lives of many children, women, and families in our area. The JSL is a diverse group made up of professional women of all ages and backgrounds, and the common thread that ties this ambitious group together is the desire to help others and make a difference in our community. It is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, and also a great way to make excellent contacts in the community. The other significant fundraising event the JSL hosts is the Holiday Home Tour, which has consistently raised $20,000 or more each year, all of which goes to a variety of charities. Other events supported by the JSL include the Must Ministries summer lunch program, the Spring Shoe Drive for Elementary children, St. Michael’s lunch and bingo events for seniors, Christmas program for Challenger’s baseball program, and more! Charities that have benefitted from the various events include Papa’s Pantry, Ferst Foundation, CASA, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, The Cherokee Family Violence Center, and Angel House. For more information about the JSL of Woodstock, call (770) 592-3535, or visit, or visit us on Facebook!

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Destination Celebration by Shelley Herod June is just the start of the wedding season; it is one of the most popular months to exchange vows. Traditional church weddings are still the most desired, but wedding consultants are seeing a trend increase in venue weddings. Venue weddings are ceremonies while on your honeymoon. Many couples are Shelley lives in Towne eager to forego the hustle and bustle of Lake and owns her traditional weddings, and in most cases own interior design the expense is less than an elaborate company. She can be traditional wedding. Venue weddings are reached at (770) 2355640. normally smaller ceremonies; typically only close friends and family attend these events. If a large wedding is what you want, this might not be ideal, especially if the location is not close to home. Decorating for today’s brides has a larger spectrum than in the past. Colors are more vibrant, such as tangerine, aqua, lavender and peridot. Today, many weddings have themes. Recently, country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were married in a countrystyle wedding. The dÊcor fit right in hand with their bridal party attire. The most popular venue/theme style wedding is a beach wedding. Living in Georgia, we are fortunate


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to be close to many beach locations. Tybee Island Wedding Chapel is ideal for a quaint beach backdrop, creating memories the happy couple and their guests will cherish for a lifetime. Others may prefer getting married at a mansion, country club, resort, public garden, museum or yacht. Couples want to enjoy a wedding that is exclusively theirs, and one that displays their sense of style and individual tastes. The most popular decorating elements include lanterns, garlands and balloons. Centerpieces follow the same color schemes and theme of the affair; the difference today is the centerpiece may vary from table to table instead of being uniform. Tables may differ from one to the next: round and square. Beach and water themed weddings typically incorporate palms, fresh flower bouquets with ribbon wrapped stems, or vases filled with sea shells, sand or sea glass. Woodland or rustic wedding dĂŠcor may include Ball jars in place of stemware, burlap wrapped candles, tin cans to hold centerpieces, and sunflower bouquets. Mansion and country club style weddings tend to be more conservative; glass vases filled with florals, formal set tables, and reception chairs wrapped in fabric overlays. Other wedding decorations include tulle fabric combined with white lights and floral garlands on banisters and draping the food tables. Candles are always a popular choice to create a romantic feeling. Some locations do not permit a continued on page 84


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P Sanders: Taking the World by Storm Peyton with his mother, Tammy

Peyton with his sisters (left to right): Amelia, Chloe and Emma.

Peyton Sanders is like a lot of 17 year olds. He attends school, he likes to hang out with his friends, he enjoys music and posting to You Tube. But here is where Peyton is different: he has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter; his songs have had more than 1,000,000 downloads on You Tube; his facebook profile had to be increased to two pages and a fan page had to be created to accommodate his followers. Why? Because Peyton also is known as P Sanders, an up and coming rapper and songwriter who is about to take the world by storm. Peyton lives in Towne Lake with his parents, Tammy and Chad, and three younger sisters. According to Tammy, Peyton has always been a performer. “From a very young age, he captivated audiences, and we always felt he had a gift,” she recalled. “The vehicle for his talent, however, was unexpected,” she said, smiling.

Peyton with his father, Chad.

“I posted it just for fun,” he recalled. “But it ended up getting thousands of views. People would tell their friends and post it to their sites, and the next thing I knew, it went viral.” In June 2011, Peyton attended Teen Hoot (an invitation only event for up and coming teen musicians) in Nashville to support a friend with whom he had done a musical collaboration. Fans who were watching live on Ustream knew he was there and kept blowing up the mentions asking Peyton and this friend, Dylan Holland to perform their song on stage, which they did. In March 2012, Peyton was invited to join Playlist Live, an event that showcases popular artists as well as You Tube content providers. This past March, he released his first EP on iTunes titled “Underrated.”

Peyton attends online school which allows him to keep quite a hectic travel schedule. Tammy travels with him and helps manage his website that houses a variety of P Sanders Peyton is making a name for himself in the world of rap with merchandise, including <21 bracelets. When asked what < his singing and songwriting, but not rap in the traditional sense. than 21 meant other than him being less than the age of 21, “When most people think about rap music, they think it’s he said, “The symbol really stands for much love for my fans. vulgar with less than positive messages. The number 21 is my lucky number (his However, I characterize my music as birthday is November 21) and when one with deep lyrics and no vulgarity or you add two and one, it’s three, and “See, I never gave up on my dreams negativity. I deliver a good message, and in texting, when you put <3, it forms a The hate I never wanna find out my songs are about going after a dream, heart.” But you got to accept some things and I think they are all very relatable to Like I accepted myself my audience.” Peyton has an impressive list of goals: Like this is who I am expand his merchandising and start And this is what I felt” The quality of Peyton’s rapping and a clothing line; have a number one videos would lead you to believe he’s album, worldwide; win a Grammy; Lyrics from Where I Belong, which can be been honing his craft since he was very travel the world; and get involved with a found on You Tube young. The truth is the first video he ever charitable organization and give back. posted to You Tube was in January 2011. Find P Sanders on You Tube, facebook, Twitter and 48

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Where Children Come First When Dr. Julius Park decided to open a pediatric dentistry practice, he knew exactly what he wanted the practice to look like. “First and foremost, my practice was going to be all about my patients. The environment would be enticing and comforting to children and adolescents of all ages. Treatment would be gentle and move at the patient’s pace, not mine, and my office would be a place children and adolescents actually enjoy visiting instead of dreading.”

Two years ago, his vision came to fruition when he opened Park Pediatric Dentistry. The interior is designed to look like a

park, with “cobblestone” tiles and carpet made to look like grass. Custom, handpainted murals of rolling hills, streams and animals adorn the reception room walls, and brightly-colored murals accent each treatment room, inviting children to look, touch and explore. A theater and video game room keeps children entertained while waiting for their appointment. Each treatment room is specially designed with child-sized chairs, a ceiling-mounted television with child-friendly programming and movies, plus child-approved flavored toothpastes and fluorides. Mom and Dad are always welcome to accompany their child, and there is plenty of room for them to sit in our reception area or in the treatment rooms with their child.

The community has embraced Park Pediatric Dentistry, as evidenced by its recent win as Best Pediatric Dentist in the annual TowneLaker Readers’ Choice Poll. “We were thrilled to win this award,” said Dr. Park. “It’s our goal to continue to gain the confidence and trust of the community by providing excellent pediatric dental care.” Because of this award, Stephanie, local mom of two, decided to make an appointment for her two boys. The appointment would be the first for her youngest son, one-year old Hayden. She had previously taken her older son, six50

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year old Michael, to her adult dentist for his check ups. Michael was apprehensive about going to the dentist, so Stephanie decided to try Dr. Park for Michael, as well. Stephanie and Hayden I recently learned that children as young as one-year old should see the dentist, so when Hayden turned one, I made an appointment for his first dental appointment. I had no idea what to expect because when I first took Michael to the dentist, he was four. I wanted to try a pediatric dentist because, honestly, Michael’s experience wasn’t the best. When we first walked in, Hayden was immediately drawn to the murals on the wall. After signing in, both boys explored. Michael immediately found the video game room, and Hayden was drawn to the interactive toys on the wall. Our wait time was less than five minutes, which disappointed the busy boys, but not this busy mom! We were led to the “Safari” treatment room, which had a child-sized dental chair — not that Hayden would have left my lap for that chair, but it was nice to see the size for future reference. Dr. Park came in, and what I noticed immediately was his connection with both boys. He has a calming sense to him and really had a way with the boys.

Hayden’s first visit was easy. Dr. Park brought out a stuffed animal model and large toothbrush. He then “brushed” the animal’s teeth and even gave Hayden a turn at brushing. I was educated on how to care for my young son’s teeth and was given things to do at home with him. With children as young as Hayden, Dr. Park explained that first visits are just a way for the child and dentist to get acquainted. “Everything we do is at the child’s pace. Some patients have a difficult time sitting in the chair by themselves while other patients need to have their parents close and more attention. It’s important, however, to start the tradition of going to the dentist as early as one year old in order to avoid later problems.” Stephanie and Michael Michael’s first dental experiences have been at my dentist, which, naturally, is geared towards adults, not children. I wasn’t permitted to be in the treatment room with him, and the first time the dentist attempted X-rays, Michael ended up in tears. I knew pediatric dentists existed, but I wanted a one-physician practice because I knew my son would get the attention he deserved. Because Hayden went first, Michael got a little more time to acclimate to the new environment and study Dr. Park, which he did, intently. He must have liked what he saw because when Dr. Park asked if he was ready, Michael said confidently, “Yes.” Dr. Park explained his philosophy to us: Tell, Show and Do. First, he told Michael what he was going to do. Secondly, he showed him what that would involve and thirdly, he did the procedure just as he explained it would be done. He showed

Michael all the instruments he would be using, including “Mr. Thirsty,” and demonstrated on Michael’s arm what certain sensations would feel like, such as the “tickle” from the instrument that blows air. Michael was fearful to sit for X-rays, but Dr. Park and his assistants explained and showed Michael what they were going to do in a child friendly way. They even had child-sized x-rays which did not seem to bother Michael since they were much smaller than the adult sized films. After this accomplishment, everything else seemed to go very smoothly. Michael received a gentle cleaning with his choice of toothpaste- of course, he chose bubblegum flavor. And the visit was over and deemed successful by me! Dr. Park’s approach is gentle and gradual. “Most kids want to do a good job, but it’s important for me to gain their trust. With trust builds confidence and pretty soon, I have transformed a scared child into a fully comfortable and cooperative one.” At Park Pediatric Dentistry, you won’t find treatment bays or throngs of patients waiting in a crowded waiting room. What you will find is a single-physician practice where patients and the doctor get to know each other, develop trust and therefore develop good, lifelong dental habits. Patients are seen on time, and emergencies are handled promptly. Your child will be treated with care and respect while receiving the kind of care only a pediatric dentist can provide. Visit www.pediatricwoodstockdentist. com to read what other patients have to say about their experiences. Or better yet, call today for an appointment!

Park Pediatric Dentistry

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(770) 926-9260 Hours: Monday — Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

“It’s our goal to continue to gain the confidence and trust of the community by providing excellent pediatric dental care.” Dr. Julius Park Education

University of California Berkeley, Undergraduate Degrees in Biophysics & Rhetoric Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, DMD The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Chief Resident, Pediatric Dental Residency Fulbright Scholar


American Dental Association American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Georgia Dental Association Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Hinman Dental Society

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Health & Wellness

Is Your Shoulder a Fifth Wheel Camper? by Dr. Ross Brakeville, PT, DPT, STC, TPI-L3

Dr. Ross Brakeville is a Physical Therapist specializing in Sports Medicine, to include injury prevention, with a focus on kids and adults who want to play like one. He is owner of Woodstock Physical Therapy & Performance Institute. For more information go to: www. or call: (770) 516-9191.


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Shoulder and elbow pain affects more people than bad haircuts. To make matters worse, treatment strategies may be as concerned on finding the reason for your pain as a state trooper is sympathetic to you going 85 in a 55 zone. When a cause is sought, focus can sometimes narrow to an item such as pitch count or rotator cuff strength when, in fact, the issues can be multifaceted, such as to include rotator cuff strength AND pitch count. An additional reason for pain is the relationship of the scapula (shoulder blade) to shoulder function. The scapula’s relationship to the shoulder is as important as a truck’s power is to hauling a fifth wheel camper. If the arm, similar to a fifth wheel camper, is top of the line but attached to a 200 horsepower Ford Ranger, a trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains

could be disastrous. Not only is the camper at risk, but so are the truck and hitch. Similarly, scapula dysfunction can be at the core of shoulder and elbow pain. Normal shoulder motion involves a coordinated rhythm between the scapula on the rib cage and the ball in the shoulder socket. This is called “scapulohumeral rhythm.” Abnormalities in this rhythm can lead to problems such as impingement, rotator cuff tears, little leaguer’s shoulder (and elbow), etc. The scapula also is a main transfer point of energy from the legs and trunk to the arm and hand. Once again, if scapular motion is dysfunctional, transfer of energy is compromised. As a result, performance levels in demanding activities such continued on page 84

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Be True to Your Teeth or They’ll Be False to You by Dr. Scott R. Harden

Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and has served the Towne Lake area for more than 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. You can reach him at (770) 926-0000 or visit FountainViewSmiles. com.

As the forceps gently tightened around Genevieve’s last remaining tooth, her preconceived fear of not possessing any teeth and wearing dentures was a heart-pounding reality. Her anxiety level soared at that very moment as she gripped the arms of the dental chair — not because she had to endure any pain, but because she had to endure the psychology of being toothless. This is a problem my grandmother had to contend with, and I cannot believe this is happening to me in this day and time, she thought to herself.

Genevieve reflected on the era that her grandmother lived in and how it was a much simpler time, even though it was only a few generations ago. Born just before World War I, her grandmother observed the first cars ever made; horses and railroads acted as common forms of transportation and most people passed away in their mid 40s. Dentistry was very primitive by today’s standards, utilizing extraction and dentures to resolve most tooth problems. Genevieve would constantly receive compliments by her grandmother for having such beautiful teeth. “Now make sure your brush your teeth and get to the dentist regularly to avoid having to wear these old false teeth like I do.” Genevieve knew she had not followed her grandmother’s advice. While in college, her dentist told Genevieve that she had developed early gum disease and needed to have the gum disease treated, improve her dental homecare and visit the dentist more frequently. Her last visit was more than three years earlier. College gave way to graduate school and the beginning of her career, then marriage, moving into a new home, and having children; the lapses between her dental visits went from three years to five years. Her children went to the dentist regularly, but not her. Where had all the time gone? The children were now grown, and her penalty for her sacrifices, hard work and dedication was losing all her teeth and getting dentures just like her grandmother did almost 75 years ago. 54

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...gum disease occurs due to six major reasons: poor oral hygiene; poor diet; infrequent professional cleanings; genetics; harmful types of oral bacteria and the immune system not responding well to harmful oral bacteria. Genevieve felt terrible about losing all her teeth and knew there was absolutely no excuse, especially considering how much the dental profession has advanced since her grandmother’s day. Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss are certainly simple tools to use every day in order to keep my teeth, combined with regular dental visits that grandma had reminded me about many times. The advice my grandmother gave me was so straightforward and so easy to follow. How did I get so distracted? How did this happen to me? The dentist removing Genevieve’s teeth had explained to her that gum disease occurs due to six major reasons: poor oral hygiene; poor diet; infrequent professional cleanings; genetics; harmful types of oral bacteria and the immune system not responding well to harmful oral bacteria. Genevieve quickly concluded her grandmother’s dental problems had passed down to her and that her infrequent flossing, infrequent dental visits, and soda drinking covered almost every item on this list and created the perfect storm in her mouth to develop her dental dilemma. A tear rolled down her face as she felt her last tooth coming out. Genevieve knew she could never allow this to happen to her children or grandchildren and vowed to make sure they do not make the same mistake that both she and her grandmother had made. Her experience was a valuable lesson and the words of her grandmother would still be heard: “Now, make sure your brush your teeth and get to the dentist regularly to avoid having to wear these old false teeth like I do.”

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Mosquitoes May Have Killed the Dinosaurs by Rick Coughlin Is it possible that mosquitoes killed the dinosaurs? George and Roberta Poinar believe they definitely contributed to their demise. They outline the theory in their book What Bugged the Dinosaurs? Insects, Disease and Death in the Cretaceous. One of the most accepted concepts is that the dinosaurs were killed by an Rick Coughlin is asteroid impact or a massive volcanic the owner of The eruption. According to George Poiner Mosquito Authority. Jr., a courtesy professor of zoology at Email him at rick@ Oregon State University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are themosquitoauthority. serious problems with the sudden impact com. theories of dinosaur extinction, not the least of which is that dinosaurs declined and disappeared over a period of hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years.â&#x20AC;? There is a lot of evidence that during the dinosaur years there were some catastrophic events, such as asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions, but these events could not be completely responsible for the slow extinction of the species. Mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects were most likely major contributors to the end of the era. In the late dinosaur years, the world was covered with warm temperatures that are conducive to biting insects. Mosquitoes, ticks, mites, lice and biting flies thrive in warm environments. They also carry many diseases, including malaria. George and Roberta Poinar have also spent much of their lives studying the plant and animal life forms preserved in amber. They were able use them to re-create the biological ecosystem that was in place millions of years ago. They have as written a book on this subject titled The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World. Amber is a semi-precious gem that begins to form as sap oozing from a tree. As a natural embalming continued on page 82


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Don’t Forget to Hydrate This Summer! by Dr. Jared J. Lasseigne Did you know that the human body is estimated to be made up of 70 percent water? Tissues and organs are mostly made up of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature, removes waste, and protect the joints. The functions of water in the body are vital. Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Consider for a moment that your brain For more information, consists 90 percent of water. If you do contact Dr. Jared at Discover Chiropractic not supply enough water to your body, in Towne Lake (770) your brain will not function as well, 516-9900. and as a result, you can have frequent headaches. So, if you feel fatigue or a headache coming on, it may be the sign of dehydration. • Every day you lose somewhere between 48 and 96 ounces (6 to 12 cups) of water through your skin, lungs, urinary tract, and bowels. All of this water loss must be replaced. • Water is an essential nutrient. It keeps you hydrated, which lets your body perspire and cool down. Without sweating, you will overheat. • Water helps carry away toxins and waste products within your body. • Water helps lubricate tissues, such as those around the brain, eyes, mouth, nose, spinal cord, and bone joints. So how much water should you drink in a day to avoid dehydration? A common daily recommendation is to drink eight glasses of water a day. Some experts believe you can estimate the number of ounces of water intake needed daily by using your weight in pounds and dividing that number in half. That would give you the number of ounces you may want to drink each day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, it is recommended that you drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you get bored with plain water, add a bit of lemon or lime for a touch of flavor. Dehydration can be caused by the use of diuretics, such as caffeine pills, some prescribed medications, and alcohol. A strong odor to your urine along with a yellow or amber color can also be a sign that you are not giving your body enough water. Remember, water consumption is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Make a conscious effort to carry water with you at all times. TowneLaker | June 2012


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Stay Healthy this Summer by Northside Hospital Summer is a season to be spent outdoors. Before you head out under the sun, take a moment to read this quick refresher to prevent potentially life-threatening conditions. What’s the difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and what should I do if I notice symptoms of either? Heat exhaustion and heatstroke share some symptoms: nausea, dizziness, headache, and high body temperature. A person with heat exhaustion is usually perspiring heavily while someone with the more severe condition of heatstroke has lost the ability to sweat. Heat exhaustion can even develop over several days if fluids aren’t replenished. If you are overheated, out of breath, or your heart is racing, stop what you’re doing, move indoors, and rest—especially if you feel lightheaded or faint. With heatstroke, the body has lost the ability to cool itself, so only cool water can bring down body temperature quickly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends placing a person afflicted with heatstroke in a cool tub or shower, or wrapping him or her in a cool, wet sheet and fanning the person to bolster evaporative cooling. Seek medical attention immediately. What are ways to stave off heat-related illnesses? • Keep cool and use common sense. • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. • Avoid the midday heat as much as possible.


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• Drink plenty of fluids such as water, fruit juices, or sports beverages. How can I minimize the risk of skin cancer? More than two million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year according to the American Cancer Society. Skin cancer doesn’t just affect sunbathers. Even everyday activities can leave your skin exposed and increase your risk for cancer. Shielding your skin from sun exposure can reduce your risk. These tips can help you protect your skin outdoors. • Accessorize. Wear tightly woven, bright-colored clothing that covers most of the body. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants. Choose wrap-around sunglasses that absorb at least 100 percent of UV rays to help protect your eyes and the surrounding skin. • Use and reapply sunscreen. Choose an SPF of at least 15, and apply at least 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming because sunscreen particles break apart after exposure to the sun. Wear it on overcast days, too, as UV rays can travel through clouds. • Be thorough when applying sunscreen. Skin cancer can occur in places you don’t expect — the backs of your hands and feet, eyelids, ears, in between your toes, and your lips. Try using a sunscreen stick for a non-messy, easy-to-carry option. • Schedule “sun time” for before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when exposure is less harmful. If outside during peak hours, seek shade or covered areas instead of direct sun. For more information and resources, visit

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What’s Bugging Me? by Dr. Amy Hardin This summer, we are starting to see another side effect of not having had a true winter - bug bites! Luckily, most of these bugs don’t cause problems, but prevention is the most important thing when dealing with insect bites and stings. Here are a few common problems here in Georgia. Mosquitoes are present everywhere these days. They love to stay low to the ground (where kids are!). Thankfully, we don’t see a lot of the mosquito illnesses here in Georgia that our friends further south see. Mosquito spray can be used safely (and sparingly) in kids older than six months. We recommend using the regular versions of the sprays and not the “deep woods” versions, as DEET greater than 20-30 percent can be toxic for kids. Mosquito bites can be treated with hydrocortisone cream, and, in older kids, antihistamines such as Benadryl or Claritin, if itching is a problem. Due to itching, we sometimes see secondary Amy Hardin is a pediatrician in Towne Lake at Northside Pediatrics. Her youngest daughter plays lacrosse and will have IMPACT testing before the season starts. Check out Northside Pediatrics’ new website at www. northsidepediatrics. com and follow them on Facebook at Northside Pediatrics!


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bacterial infections on these bites. If the bite seems more red several days later, is painful or draining pus, or your child is running fever with these symptoms, he or she should be seen by a pediatrician, as the bite may have become infected. Spider bites seem to be happening a lot this year, too. The only concerning bite is from the brown recluse, a tiny spider that we do see here in Georgia. Luckily, they aren’t that common (I’ve continued on page 83

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Taylor’s Hero by Dee Locklin

Dee Locklin is retired from Georgia State University. She lives in Towne Lake with husband Lewis and son Taylor in a cluttered home filled with love and lots of dust bunnies. Contact Dee at or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

From the time our son was about six months old, he would only go to sleep snuggled in his father’s arms. This was an evening ritual that my husband nurtured, of course. They would settle into a den recliner, Lewis watching a Braves game or similar sports broadcast. Little Taylor would nuzzle his face into Lewis’ neck and fall sound asleep. After about an hour, Lewis could gently place the baby in his crib undisturbed. But Lewis was never in a hurry, and he would often lay peacefully with his little son in the recliner for quite some time.

When our boy was a toddler, his father would attach a rope to a laundry basket and pull the lad throughout the house. Our young Taylor thought this was the most wonderful thing in the world. Hoping to similarly amuse him, I later bought the Little Prince a red Radio Flyer wagon and attempted many times to pull him and his favorite stuffed animals around the yard. But he spent most of his time trying to climb out, clutching a huge Winnie the Pooh in his arms in an attempt to save his stuffed pal from spending time with a structure-imposing mom. Taylor already had a hero with a cool ride. As our son grew, he managed to get into occasional trouble. Not quite felony offenses, but aggravating transgressions like making the unnecessary bad grade in an important class and driving in ways that put more than one dent in his car. And while I was certain at the time that military school was our


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only hope, Taylor’s dad calmly assured me that our family would make it through these trials, that Taylor’s behavior was consistent with his age, and that all would be good. I was not convinced that Lewis’ laissez-faire approach was right. After all, I was a highly successful career gal with formal training in Rational Emotive Therapy, Behaviorism and Positive Psychology. These theories empirically explained human behavior and Lewis’ Andy Griffith approach made little sense to me. But neither did parenthood — that unpredictable role thrust on naïve couples, designed to humble the fairest of us, best described as a roller coaster world without end. Taylor is 19 and still not out of the woods when it comes to producing questionable judgment and unconstructive behavior. But then, I’m 54, and I question my own behavior every day. Not to mention the judgment of my former-hippie-husband who still listens to Led Zeppelin albums while refusing to participate in online social networking. Who’s to say who is right and who is wrong? As I’ve written before, it all comes down to being confident that you’ve guided your children and instilled in them the values and good judgment to make their way through the world. And making their way means to cause no harm, earn the respect of others, keep a decent roof over their heads and be happy. Plus produce a couple of adorable grandchildren, of course. Can you think of a better legacy? We’ve thought a lot about legacy recently. In December 2011, Taylor’s hero was diagnosed with Stage IV inoperable cancer. Lewis courageously undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks and gracefully endures a range and severity of side effects that baffle even his physicians. Our family life these days is

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Hippie Travels by Ashley Gillis

Ahhh…Paris in the springtime - I would not know a thing about it. I have visited the city several times, but have never made it there in spring. Then again, I have the Woodstock, Georgia flowers in bloom, and they never cease to make me smile.

Ashley Gillis has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and recently left the corporate world to become a full time small business owner and part time consultant in the learning and development industry. She lives in Eagle Watch with her husband Ken, daughter Jordan, son Hayes and Breeze the rescue dog. Ashley@ woodstockhippieshop. com

There are so many things that I love about Paris — the food, the wine, the food, the wine…oh, and all the usual sites. I actually took a girls’ trip there once, and our goal was to find the best bottle of wine for less than five dollars, the best escargot and the best crème brûlée. We succeeded! We had all three twice a day and never gained an ounce of weight. Why? Like many Parisians, we walked everywhere. I often wonder why when I’m home, I can’t walk from Eagle Watch to Starbucks - is that stupid or what?

I once took a spur of the moment trip to the city with two friends who worked for Delta. We were playing Tuesday night trivia at Bogey’s and my friend Rob looked to John and me and said, “Hey! You two want to go to Paris on Thursday?” I think I said, “Yes!” before he ended the sentence. So we were off. We went to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, took a Seine River cruise, and, of course, we drank wine. I had been to all of the sights before, but it was fun sharing them with two great guy friends. They were patient with me when I wanted to spend hours in the Egyptian part of the Louvre. They watched over me in the pub we found near the hotel. Not once did they complain when I spent too much time getting ready to go out or held them up changing clothes for the third time. The day before we left, we headed to Notre Dame, and I was thinking that it was the perfect trip. We had all gotten along wonderfully, learned many things about each other and laughed often. How could it get better? Walking through the doors of Notre Dame Cathedral, I am always taken aback at its massive expanse. The cathedral was built 66

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in French Gothic Style, and the details can suck you in for hours. As we entered, there was a mass being held. We decided to sit down and take in the experience. From my travels, I have learned that you do not have to practice or completely understand a particular religion to enjoy or even have a visceral experience when taking part in the ceremony. After the mass, we all went our separate ways to explore. My exploration focused on the burial sites within the Cathedral that span centuries. Like a typical cemetery, some of the tombs were simple and unadorned. Others were very elaborate and included replicas of the deceased. Each tomb seemed to tell a story and spoke of how the living had honored the dead. I said prayers and felt a sense of peace, knowing that my prayers were heard, and the spirits smiled down on me. The peace continued throughout my exploration and gave me a sense of wonder over other aspects of the Cathedral, such as the stained glass. As I made my way back to our meeting place, I noticed my friend John standing before a sculpture, looking very deep in thought. I asked him what was on his mind, and he said, “Today is the anniversary of my father’s death. I really miss him.” It struck me profoundly. I had just spent an hour focused on death, and I instantly knew how to respond. “Why don’t you honor his life by lighting a candle?” We walked over to the candles together, and it took him a few minutes to light the wick. Slowly, a smile came to his face. “My dad would have liked that I did this to remember him, especially here at Notre Dame.” To me, another spirit was smiling down on the living. I believe that I am guided by a higher power. During this trip, that higher power focused my attention to honoring the dead. That focus allowed me to take a friend’s sad thoughts and turn them into a happy memory. One of my favorite quotes is by an unknown author, who said, “A society is judged on how it treats its very young, its very old, and its dead.” Remember the dead; remember their smiles and share those smiles with someone. You never know what can lift up a person or even a society.

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Class of 2012

Nicole Slifcak Graduates with Honors everything by herself, but still found significant challenges to overcome. “I was incredibly awkward and immature in my interactions,” she recalled. Nicole enlisted the help of the university’s Disability Services to help her adjust, and now, this spring, Nicole will be graduating, with honors, with a psychology degree. “Former Director of Disability Services Mike Chambers helped get me to this point. His and others’ faith is why I am graduating with honors, even though I have brain damage.”

Seven years ago, Nicole Slifcak was preparing to graduate with honors from Etowah High School. She was a bright student who took honors and advanced placement classes, played varsity sports and participated in several clubs. Her post graduation plans included attending Georgia College State University (GCSU) in the fall after earning a $16,000 Presidential Scholarship from the school. The world was at her feet. All of that changed in the blink of an eye when Nicole was involved in a serious car accident. A full-sized truck plowed into the side of Nicole’s car, sending her into a pole. Nicole’s injuries were severe, including significant brain damage. The accident resulted in Nicole having to relearn how to talk, walk, eat, dress and interact with people. She and others around her had to adapt to a “new” Nicole, as brain damage often leads to a change in personality. And as difficult and frustrating as it was to Nicole, she never gave up, and pursued her dream to continue her education.

Not only did Nicole have the courage to go to college on her own, she studied abroad in Belize in Central America, which fostered her existing interest in the Latin American culture. She also spent time tutoring kindergarten through eighth grade students at the Wray Homes in Milledgeville. Nicole is unsure at this point of her post graduation plans maybe graduate school, maybe working with disabled people. Whatever she chooses, chances are, she will be successful! Congratulations Nicole!

When Nicole arrived at GCSU, she was determined to do

Area Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Forty-one Cherokee County student-athletes recently were recognized for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level. Local students are listed below. Woodstock High School

Etowah High School Parker Acuff

Scott “Alex” Fabian


Andrew College


Andrew College

Cameron Sperry Baseball Chattahoochee Community College

Matt Hardwick


Oglethorpe University

Josh Schoeb


University of

Mount Union

Jake Ingram

Football Reinhardt University

Jebrai Regan


Gardner-Webb University

Jamie Thaggard


Gordon College

Derrico Peck


Northeastern University

Damola Awe-Olaleye


Reinhardt University

Nick Rowell


LaGrange College

Vashaun Washington


Reinhardt University

Andrew King


Shorter College

Alyssa Siebold


Reinhardt University

Carissa Bell Volleyball University of Montevallo

Brandon Goodman


U.S. Naval Academy

Nathan Campbell

Soccer Reinhardt University

Rebecca Hannigan



Jake Bowler

Soccer Southern

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Pryce Washington

Football Charleston Southern University

Nick Leeper

Football Faulkner University

Jonathan Wiener

Football Rhodes College

Carmen Montalvo

Swimming Florida Institute

of Technology

Polytechnic University

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Class of 2012

Each year, the Towne Lake Business Association (TLBA) awards two $1,000 scholarships to a graduating senior at Etowah and Woodstock high schools. The applicants are interviewed and the winners are chosen based on the following criteria: leadership, academic accomplishments, community service and entrepreneurial spirit. Proceeds from the TLBA annual golf tournament fund the scholarship. This year’s winners are Katie Nelson from Etowah and Ana Bravo from Woodstock. Congratulations!

Katie Nelson

Katie graduated from Etowah with a 3.9 GPA and accumulated several accolades throughout her high school years. As a freshman, she received the Outstanding Geography Student and Outstanding Drama Student. She has received a Community Service letter, and Academic Letter, Lamp of Knowledge and Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient. Leadership roles include being a member of the Student Advisory Board and the Etowah Leaders Council. She led worship on Honduras mission trip, youth retreats and an Ireland mission trip. Katie’s post graduation plans include getting her degree in nursing, but she also has entrepreneurial aspirations as well. She began a non-profit company, Dyed 4 Honduras, where she designed, dyed and sold t-shirts with profits benefiting missionaries in Honduras. This experience taught her a lot regarding the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur and someday, Katie would like to open her own coffee shop.

Ana Bravo

Ana graduated from Woodstock with a 4.0 and has been actively involved in the school’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) throughout most of her high school years. In addition to competing and placing in several DECA competitions, Ana was part of the Governor’s Honors Program, Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Foreign Language Student of the Year for French and Senior Class Who’s Who recipient. Her leadership roles include DECA Vice President of Community Service and Chapter President, Varsity Golf Team Captain, National Beta Club member and a member of the National Honors Society. While in DECA, Ana developed a business plan for BRAVO! Vending Machines, and she has plans to put this plan into action on several local college campuses. If everything goes as planned, she would break even in 36 months and the rest of the profits would go towards her education. 70

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Each year, the TowneLaker gives one graduating senior from Etowah and Woodstock high schools our Trailblazer award. The award is presented to the student who best exemplifies leadership, academic accomplishments and community service. The applications are judged by our Community Board; it’s never an easy task! This year, the winners are Tyler Bryant from Etowah and Hannah Rollins from Woodstock. Congratulations!

Tyler Bryant

Tyler has worked extremely hard during his high school years, resulting in numerous awards and accolades. He graduated with a 4.23 GPA, and some of his academic achievements include Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Academic Varsity letter, AFJ (Air Force Junior) ROTC Best in Academics plus too many more to list. Tyler was involved the AFJROTC throughout high school as well as Boy Scouts. In AFJROTC, he was Deputy Group Commander, Special Assistant to the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and Charlie Flight Commander. In Scouts, he rose the rank of Eagle. Tyler accumulated more than 400 hours of community service and earned a Community Service letter. Post graduation, Tyler plans on attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Upon college graduation, he will be commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. In what brings the most pride to Tyler thus far, he said, “My Eagle Scout award. I’ve done other things to be proud of, but this was a big one for me. My journey in scouting has helped make me the person I am today.”

Hannah Rollins

Hannah has pushed herself throughout her entire high school career. As a result, she is an AP Scholar, a Superintendent’s Key Scholar and a recipient of the Lamp of Knowledge pin at WHS. She noted her greatest academic accomplishment was her acceptance into the Governor’s Honors Program in 2011. Hannah is a member of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and has served in several leadership roles including worship leader, secretary and scheduling speakers and providing weekly programming. Other leadership roles include being a member of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council and membership on the StudentServe leadership team for her high school youth group. Hannah’s community service includes volunteering for the past three years as her church’s lead Sunday School teacher for sixth grade girls. She also is involved in several ministry programs including one that took her to Cork, Ireland. After graduation, Hannah plans on attending the University of Georgia to pursue a degree in English Education with the goal of becoming a middle-grade English teacher. Hannah is most proud of her friendship with a special needs student, Savannah. “I would draw pictures for Savannah and put labels on the drawings, helping her to pronounce the words. One day, a lady came up to me and said, ‘I’m Savannah’s teacher. But you taught her how to read.’”

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Schools & Sports

school news Bascomb Students Perform Musical Original

Second grade students at Bascomb Elementary School recently performed the original play “Georgia On My Mind.” The play, a musical journey through the second grade social studies standards, was written by Ms. Swarts, a music teacher at Sixes Elementary School.

Senior Project Assists Siblings

Payton Donley, a recent graduate of Etowah High School, has grown up going to the Cherokee County Special Olympics to cheer on her sister Savannah and brother Jacob. In honor of them, she chose to do a fundraiser for The Cherokee County Special Olympics for her senior project. She centered the event around one of her varsity soccer games. She collected donations from local businesses and created raffle baskets, advertised throughout Cherokee County and arranged for some of the Special Olympic athletes to sing The National Anthem and escort the starting lineup onto the field. It was an amazing night, and Payton raised $3,503.33, which she presented at the Cherokee County Special Olympics, held at Sequoyah High School on April 12.

Chapman Celebrates Students of the Month

Chapman Intermediate School recently recognized its Students of the Month for April. The students were honored during a breakfast. The students are Emily Buchheit, Tanner Schonberger, Logan Becker, Jackson Pawlan, Ansley Coyle, Noe Fonseca-Hernandez, Eve Bussey, Gabriel Daniel, Jessica Gonzalez, Blake Hall, Diane White, Evan Buckner, Lauren Gower, Colby Horton, Claire Weathers, Nicholas Campagna, Pilar Lewis, Jesus Bello Lopez, Lauren Talele, Johnathan Hoggs, Nataysha Gilbert and Francisco Calderon.

Woodstock High Students Place at Leadership

Woodstock High School’s CTI (Career and Technical Instruction) students competed at the Rock Eagle 4H club. This state leadership conference allows students to compete against other students from throughout Left to right: Courtney Cheney, the state of Georgia. The Anthony Bryant, Tony Sinoyiannis following students competed and Maxine Metcalf. and placed in their respective competitive events: Anthony Bryant, Drafting and Design, first place; Tony Sinoyiannis, Video Production, first place; Courtney Cheney and Maxine Metcalf, Team Career Skills, second place

American Legion Presents Awards

American Legion Award recipients: Left to right: Daniel Barker, Alexis Buhler, Carter Sangrey, Zoe Yurchuck and the parents of Tyler Bryant accepting his award on his behalf. Not pictured: Casey Anthony. 72

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American Legion South Cherokee County Post 316 presented JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) awards for Military Excellence and Scholastic Excellence to Cherokee County High Schools. Locally, the following awards were presented: American Legion JROTC Military Excellence Award to Cadet Alexander King and the American Legion JROTC Scholastic Excellence Award to Cadet Tyler Bryant. Alexander and Tyler both recently graduated from Etowah High School (EHS). At Woodstock High School (WHS), American Legion JROTC Scholastic Excellence Award was presented to recent graduate Cadet Austen Parson and the American Legion JROTC Scholastic Excellence Award was presented to recent graduate Cadet Craig Yeager. The organization also presented American Legion Awards to a graduating senior boy and girl at EHS, WHS and King’s Academy. For EHS, the recipients were Casey Anthony and Tyler Bryant. For WHS, the winners were Zoe Yurchuck and Carter Sangrey. For King’s Academy, the winners were Alexis Buhler and Daniel Barker. Congratulations!

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Schools & Sports

sports news Local Gymnasts Place in State Competition

Gymnasts from World of Gymnastics and Cheer in Woodstock competed in the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Georgia State Championships. The following gymnasts were State Champions for their respective age categories: Haley Courtwright, age 5, Level 3 on Vault, Beam and Floor. She also was named All Around age 5, level 3, State Champion; Jordyn Curtis, age 8, Level 4 on Beam, and she also was the All Around State Champion; Olivia Wimbish, age 11, Level Front row: Haley Courtwright. Middle row 5 on Vault; and Brooke Stephan, age 11, Level (left to right): Olivia Wimbish and Brooke Stephan. Back row: Jordyn Curtis 5 on Bars.

Towne Lake Hills Girls Win City The Towne Lake Hills 18U girls’ tennis team recently won its division followed by competing in and winning the City Finals. The team defeated Legacy Park 26 – 24. Congratulations!

Local Students Advance to Bowling Finals Front row (left to right): Jordan Day, Ailsa Cruickshank, Madison Williams, and Nikki Gilner. Back row: Sarah Denhard, Keegan Castee,l and Sydney Dimilia. Not pictured: Holly Harkins and Madeline Gilmer.

Elite Basketball Camp Coming in June Left to right: Harley Grimes, Jeffrey Bell, and Nathan Parrot

Out of 284 bowlers in their division, three Cherokee County bowlers recently qualified for the 2012 Georgia Pepsi Tournament Bowling Finals — Nathan Parrott from Etowah High School, Harley Grimes from Sequoyah High School, and Jeffrey Bell from Kell High School. The finals were held in April, and Harley placed third overall winning $750 in scholarship funds. 74

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The Etowah Elite Camp for all players grades 4 – 9 (rising) will be held weekly in June starting June 4. Camps will be held Monday – Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Etowah High School gym. The cost will be $150. For more information, please contact Robert.Westbrook@cherokee.k12,

Recipe for a Great Summer! Written by Joe Lemmo’s 7th Grade Language Arts Class at E.T. Booth Middle School My recipe for a great summer! 5 gallons of basketball 3 pints of sleep 1 pint of football 1 teaspoon of texting 1 gallon of hanging out with friends

Kameron Hickey

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Samantha Swing

2 quarts of pool time 2 quarts of family time 1 quart of doing chores 1 pint of getting new stuff

First, you must add 5 gallons of basketball, since that is my passion and my ultimate interest. Second, you need to add 1 gallon of NBA 2k12 because it’s one of my favorite basketball games. Next add 3 pints of sleep and 1 quart of eating. Those two really go together! Next, we have 2 quarts of pool time, 2 quarts of family time, and 1 pint of football because it’s a great sport! Continuing on, you need to add 1 gallon of hanging out with friends, 1 pint of getting new stuff, and 3 cups of reading, which never hurt anyone! You need 1 quart of chores, which is a little painful. Due to that, you have to add 1 ounce of getting yelled at! Finally, you must add 1 teaspoon of texting and 2 gallons of working out. That is the perfect summer recipe to me!

What is a good recipe for summer break? Well, for me it’s mixed in with a lot of different ingredients. I like to start off with a little hint of fun. I mean, that’s what summer’s all about, right? Without the fun, where’s the summer? Next, I like to add a big heaping of friends. This ingredient is one of the best. Friends are those people who have your back. They are the people we hang out with to have fun. Ah, friends, we all have them, and we all need them. Finally, to finish it off, I put studying on top. Although summer is supposed to be a fun time, we need to remember that school is going to start again one day, so I say have your fun, but add that sour taste of having to study. In the end, you’ll be more than satisfied!

Recipe for a good summer. Ingredients – 1 cup of friends 1 cup of awesome

Nick Janakes

1 gallon of 2k12 1 quart of eating 3 cups of reading 2 gallons of working out 1 ounce of getting yelled at

1 gallon of water 5 teaspoons of relaxation

2 cups of fun 1 barrel of sun

First, get a bowl and add 1 cup of fun and half a gallon of water- stir quickly. Next, mix a cup of friends with 2 ½ teaspoons of relaxation. Then pour the mix into the bowl- stir again. Add half a barrel of sun to the mix. Remember to add the cup of awesome. Next, add the rest of the water, friends, sun, and fun. Add a pinch of relaxation. Finally, bake your mix under the sun for a few hours. Be careful not to burn it! Now take it out, and enjoy your summer!

What is your “recipe” for a good summer break? My ideal summer break would be kickin’ back, relaxing on a beach somewhere, surrounded by all my friends and family. My ideal summer break would be two pure months of fun and memories — something I can look back on a couple of years down the road and still hear the waves or picture the fun my friends and I had. Before your summer fun can begin, you need to prepare, and gather some ingredients. In this case, your ingredients are a beach, some close friends, a hot summer day, and a whole lot of memories to be made. A sunny beach in Florida would make this “recipe” even better. After you gather your “ingredients” you mix them all together, or in this case, make it all happen. You gather a “cup” or two of your closest friends, and drive to your vacation destination to have the perfect summer. Approximate cook time is two months. I hope you have an amazing summer! TowneLaker | June 2012


Schools & Sports

Wow! I Am 5-0 Up

Are We Facebook Friends?

by Mark Billson

by Chicka Elloy

Mark Billson is Director of Tennis at Towne Lake Hills Tennis Club. He is USPTR certified with more than 20 years teaching experience. He works with players of all ages and levels. Mark can be contacted at tlhtennis@comcast. net.

I love walking around the courts and watching matches go from one team winning to the other team winning. Well, actually, I prefer watching my teams win. I love the 5-0 score. It is such a dominant position that nobody would put any money on the team that is losing. Yet, often times that score turns around and ends up with the team that was leading losing the set. They sit down and cannot believe what just happened.

After such a match I get asked the, “Why did that happen?” question. I normally have a few things to say. Here is my understanding of the situation. In all sports, it is known as the momentum shift. I recently played a match where we had won the first set and were heading for defeat in the second when a dispute arose regarding the correct score. I thought it was deuce, and they thought it was game. We spent about five minutes trying to figure out the score. Eventually, nobody could remember, and we went back to the score that we all could agree on. The long and the short of it was that the game suddenly changed around, and we won the set from a position of certain defeat just because of the break. I was watching another match where one of our ladies team was 5 – 0 up, smiling and looking like winners. This was the third set, and everybody was expecting them to win. When they lost the match, they were mortified. “What happened? How did we lose that match?” they asked. I asked them why they thought they lost the match. They said that it all happened because one of them took an allergy tablet, and the other one had too much beer. I told them that sounded like a good excuse. The fact was that at 5 – 0, they relaxed, and the momentum shifted, and they could not turn it around.

As one of the 845 million active monthly users of Facebook and one of the crazy 200 on my neighborhood facebook page, I thought it fitting to share a cast of characters we see posting on our news feeds everyday. God bless our fellow Facebook crazies:

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

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Rodney the Rooster - Feels that it is his job to tell Facebook “Good Morning” every day with a photo of breakfast. Popular Peter - He has 4,367 friends, and we all wonder how he knows so many people. Diana the DQ – She always posts stuff like, ”You will not believe this!” in the hopes that you will ask what happened or what’s wrong…but then she never

Ernie the Eagle - Never comments on your post, but reads everything and always refers to your status when he sees you in public. Glen the Gamer - Plays Words With Friends, Mafia Wars, Farmville, bakes virtual cakes and stuff... all day. Ariel the Anchor - Always updates us on what she is doing, when she is doing it, and with whom she is doing it, no matter how arbitrary her news is. Helen the Hyena - Doesn’t ever really say anything, she just LOLs and Mwhahas at everything.

Here are some ideas about what to do when you are 5-0 up. First, it is very important to understand that it is a very dangerous score, and you need to close out the set. You do this by getting more aggressive and making good positive moves at the net. I also like to count the points down and make sure that we don’t let the opposition back in the match. Speed the game up and don’t allow the situation to slow down. Always remember that when the momentum shifts, it is very hard to change it. Good luck and always remember you can win and lose a tennis match from anywhere.

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Marriage Moments by Bill Ratliff Recently, I went clothing shopping with my wife. For the past 10 - 15 years, I have tried to avoid this activity at all costs. I have to admit, the last several times we have been shopping together haven’t been so bad. In fact, they were almost enjoyable. I came to the conclusion that submitting to some of my wife’s ideas can be a blessing. The reverse is true as well. Not long ago, I invited her to go to visit a small historical park called the Allatoona Pass Battlefield. After asking her twice if she wanted to go with me, she finally submitted to my idea and went with me to this Civil War site even though it is not something she initially wanted to do. We checked out the historical markers. We walked the original railroad pass together. We climbed the steep hill the Confederate soldiers climbed trying to overtake the Union position in Star Fort. We explored the earthwork forts and sensed the pain that occurred there. Then we strolled up an old wagon train trail which used to be the road to Chattanooga. We looked at the memorials of those who laid down their lives, many were from other states. Bill Ratliff is the Senior Pastor at Towne Lake Community Church. He can be reached at (678) 445-8766.


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We left the park with a new sense of wonder, and my wife shared that she truly enjoyed the park. The point is that it can be a valuable experience to submit to one another’s ideas. In Ephesians 5:21, the Bible tells us to “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Date your Mate Treat your mate for breakfast on a Saturday morning. I think earlier is better, but I realize some of you enjoying sleeping in. In that case treat him or her to brunch. We tend to think of a date happening in the evening. It is common vernacular to say, “Let’s go on a dinner date. “ However, God has given us brains that thirst for variety and creativity. So, next time you are considering a special time with your partner, consider asking, “Hey, why don’t we go out for a breakfast date?” Make sure you actually talk to each other for a change and not just text or email from your phone. You might just enjoy the opportunity to scarf down some blueberry pancakes.

Where Does Your Shadow Fall? by Dr. Doug Thrasher

Dr. Doug Thrasher is the Senior Pastor at Hillside United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the TowneLaker’s Community Board. You may contact him at dthrasher@hillsideumc. org.

There is a story in the Book of Acts that says, “The Apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed” (Acts 5: 12, 15-16). Think for a moment about a shadow —specifically, your shadow. As you live your life, your shadow will fall on many. It will fall on those close to you – spouses, children, grandchildren, friends. It may fall on them at the beach on vacation while playing in the sand. Maybe it will fall on them when you walk

...a shadow is not just a physical manifestation. Shadows are also the influence you cast as you live your life.

together. Then again, it could fall on them while you are working outside together. Shadows can even fall on others inside houses while preparing meals or reading side by side or any of a number of ways. Shadows can also fall on people you do not know. Someone you walk past in a grocery store, someone at a ball field, or even someone who works beside you. A shadow falls in all sorts of places, and you don’t really have control over where your shadow falls. But what you can control is how you are living your life at the time you cast a shadow. Are you living life loving others, treating others with kindness and gentleness? Does your life reflect faith in God and Jesus Christ? Are you living in a moral way seeking always to do good? The reason I ask these questions is because a shadow is not just a physical manifestation. Shadows are also the influence you cast as you live your life. And, if someone is close enough to you that your shadow touches that person, then your influence touches them as well. Some you will influence more than others. But, in the act of living life, you are always influencing others. So, what kind of shadow will you cast? Will you cast a shadow that reveals a man or woman who loves God and Jesus and also loves others? Or, will your shadow reveal a person self-centered and less than loving? And where does your shadow fall? Is there someone that you want to influence that is too far away to be touched by your shadow? How can you get close enough to let your shadow touch them? My prayer is that your shadow will be loving and faith-filled and that others will be blessed by being touched by it, just like they were by Peter’s.

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

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

Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Johnny M. Hunt Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Alive Groups & Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service: 6 p.m. Wednesday Services: Youth 6:30 p.m., Adults 7 p.m. Associate Pastor Mike Maxwell New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Services: 10:50 a.m Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Monty Guice South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92, (770) 926-0422 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steven Lambert

Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, Kennesaw, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. praise music, 7 p.m. Eucharist Rector: Doris Graf Smith Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, (770) 479-1778 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Rector: Kurt Wheeler Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 395-5003 Saturday Service: 5:30 p.m. Priest: Stephen Hunter Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, (770) 928-7916 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Rector: Rev. Paul McCabe Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m. Christian Education: 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist Service: 6:30 p.m. Rector: James B. Stutler 80

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Congregation Ner Tamid A Reform Jewish Temple (770) 345-8687, Marci, call for information Serving the Northwest Suburbs Tikvah l’ Chaim “Hope for Life Ministries” Messianic Jewish Fellowship 4206 North Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (678) 936-4125 Saturday Hebrew Literacy & Bible Study: 10 a.m. Saturday Shabbat Service: 11 a.m. Rabbi Gary Maxted (partnering with TLC Church, Woodstock, GA)

Lutheran Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, (770) 503-5050 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery available Sunday School: 9 a.m., Faith Formation: 9 a.m. Pastor: Virginia Krekling Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive (770) 924-7286, Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Thursday Youth Activities: 6:30 p.m. Pastors: Paul Baumgartner & Justin Ask Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 928-2812 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Stephen Constien

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

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1160 Butterworth Road, Canton (770) 704-9594 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. Pastor: Alan Lutz

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 9263558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Sid Gunter Sixes Presbyterian Church Meeting at our Fellowship Hall at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, (770) 485-1975 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Lucas Pina Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-0074 Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Cynthia Parr

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

United Methodist Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Road, (770) 926-9755 Contemporary Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Millie Kim CITY ON A HILL United Methodist Church 7745 Main Street, (678) 445-3480 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Chris Bryant First United Methodist Church of Woodstock 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 926-6440 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Over 50s meet 1st Saturday each month at 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Claude Herbert Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Traditional Services: 8:25 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:25 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m Pastor: Dr. Doug Thrasher

Liberty Hill Church at the Mill 141 Railroad Street, (678) 493-8920 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Jamey Prickett Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Bill Coady Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jim Buckman

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Prayer Time: Friday, 7:14 p.m. Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Carl A. Moore, Sr. Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 592-2956 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Ted Wooldridge Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Steve Pettit BridgePointe Church Meeting at Woodstock Middle/High School (770) 517-2977 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mat Garcia Celebration Church 340 Towne Lake Parkway, (678) 461-9626 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jonathan Williamson Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Larry Tomczak Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532 Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, Suite 250 (behind NAPA) (678) 494-2193 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Program: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Marc Lawson Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Auxiliary Meeting: 10:20 a.m. Woodstock Ward Sacrament Meeting: 11 a.m. Bishop Phil Karski Canton Ward, 3459 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton Sunday School & Auxiliary Meetings: 10:20 a.m. Sacrament Meeting: 9 a.m. Bishop Scott Harman

Northern Hills Church of Christ 4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ronny West Pointe Church, The Hasty Elementary, 205 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, (404) 557-9640 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Brian Jones

Church of the Messiah (Non-denominational) 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton (770) 479-5280 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Fred L. Goodwin

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry H. Baker

Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 (678) 439-5108, Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor David Kight

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0040 Holy Communion: Sunday 10 a.m. Christian Education (all ages): Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Greg Goebel

Covenant Christian Center 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Blvd, Canton (770) 345-0307 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Apostle Kito J. Johnson

Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Contemporary Family Style Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Messianic Jewish Fellowship (Tikvah l’Chaim): Saturday 10 a.m. The Walk — Adult Singles Worship: Saturday 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery: Friday 6 p.m. Sr. Pastor: William S. Ratliff

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tommy White Freedom Church Meeting at Barber Middle School 4222 Cantrell Road, Acworth, (770) 529-6006 Sunday Services: 9:45 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee His Hands Church 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock, (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m. Jubilee Church (Newfrontiers) Meets at Kell High School 4770 Lee Waters Road, Marietta, (678) 471-1930 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth (Cherokee Corners) (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Donna T. Lucas Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, Woodstock, on Hwy 92 — ½ mile east of Hwy 5, (678) 384-4919 Sunday Service Times: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Ross Wiseman

Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Terrence Padgett Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Small Groups: 6 p.m. Wednesday Meal: 6 p.m.; Worship: 6:40 p.m.; Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lynn Eynon Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Aprenda Ingles Gratis (Free ESL): Lunes 7 — 9 p.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategui, (770) 926-8271 Pastor: Matt Amos Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Program: 7 p.m. Pastor: Lewis Stark Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Greg Michael TowneLaker | June 2012


Are We Facebook Friends? continued from page 76

DJ Pauly the Promoter - Always sends event invitations to things that you ultimately delete or ignore. Colorful Cassie - Every post has a swearword in it SHOUTING in CAPS! She is your sister, though, so you cannot delete her as a friend. Novel Nancy - She is courageous online and speaks in paragraphs on our walls but would never state her opinion like that at Bunko. Andrea the Anti-Proofreader - She would benefit greatly from spell check, and we feel bad because we don’t know if she was typing fast, was autocorrected or really can’t spell. and finally... Tina the Thief - She steals status updates. She will probably steal this one. Whatever label we give them, we all can relate with the crazies in our circle of Facebook friends. As I work with kids across the country, I have learned that the things we post online follow us for the rest of our lives, so we better make them count. If you don’t want your future or current employer seeing you talk to your mom, call her versus posting on her wall (unless you’re shouting Happy Mother’s Day).

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Be honest! If there is not enough highlighting on the page(s), take a deep breath and know that this is probably not a job to pursue. Certainly in these economic times, there are more qualified candidates. Contain your search to the true value you possess and can leverage as an asset. Once you do this exercise with several postings, you will realize that applying for jobs you “can do” versus those you “have experience in” will show “can do’s” are simply butterflies that will distract you and float by without positive results. You can be the expert who gets hired! For more information, you can contact Lynne Saunders at

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Did you know that 72 percent of parents access their children’s’ account, according to Lab42, a market research firm? The reasons are safety (40 percent), curiosity (15 percent), both (41 percent), and other (4 percent). Knowing that Facebook is dominating the online world and quickly replacing URLs as the address for marketing, I just obtained the Facebook account handle for my young daughters so that I owned their real estate. Call me crazy because I am — crazy about them and protecting their online identity.

We are advertiser supported, tell them:

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agent, it has the ability to preserve very small animals and display them perfectly millions of years later. The information gathered from prehistoric amber has been extremely valuable to scientists in their research and was the scientific premise for the movie Jurassic Park. According to Poinar in his book, “During the late Cretaceous period, the association between insects, microbes and disease transmission were just emerging. We found in the gut of one biting insect, preserved in amber from that era, the pathogen that causes leishmania – a serious disease still today, one that can infect both reptiles and humans. In another biting insect, we discovered organisms that cause malaria, a type that infects birds and lizards today.” After reading the books, you come away with a pretty clear idea that the dinosaurs were not destroyed in a single day. I have come to believe that mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects were a major contributor.

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seen 2 brown recluse bites in 19 years of being a pediatrician). Brown recluse bites have a dark black ulcer in the center and can be very painful. Common spider bites seem more big and red than mosquito bites and take longer to resolve, about a week. They also can be pretty itchy. Unfortunately, they look a lot like the secondary infections I talked about above, so if it’s big and red, it’s time to see your pediatrician.

Here is a Sangria recipe that I make: 1 (750ml bottle) of dry red wine ½ cup fresh orange juice ½ unpeeled lemon sliced ½ unpeeled large naval orange sliced ½ cup sugar (you can also substitute Agave Nectar) ½ cup of water ½ cup of brandy ½ cup of Cointreau or other orange liqueur 2 12 oz cans of any of the following: 7UP, club soda, ginger ale or Sprite (add this just before serving)

Tick bites get the best press. Thankfully, Lyme disease is very uncommon here in Georgia, but unfortunately, a few other tick diseases are seen here, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) and Erlichiosis. If ticks are taken off kids within 36 hours, it’s rare for them to get any infections, so if you have outdoor kids (which we hope you do!), do a “tick check” before bed. Do not burn the ticks or drown them in alcohol. Gentle firm removal straight out with tweezers should do the trick. Check your pets, too, as ticks love to catch a ride on dogs and cats. Signs of RMSF and Erlichiosis include high temperatures and severe headaches, and about one third of the kids get a tiny bruising dotted rash over the entire body, or a dotted rash on the hands and feet. This is another disease where prevention is the best treatment. Going hiking or camping? Spray down the kids and wear long sleeves and closed shoes when possible. Again, if you have any questions about these insects, give your pediatrician a call!

Put wine, juice and fruit slices in a heatproof pitcher. Bring sugar, water, brandy and Cointreau just to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then pour into the pitcher. There is no need to heat the mixture if you are using the Agave Nectar. Cover and chill the mixture for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours. Serve over ice. You can be creative by adding other fruits like raspberries, blackberries and blueberries or a hand full of seedless red grapes, quartered. You don’t need to us an expensive wine to make your Sangria. These red wines are in the $8-11 range and will work well: Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, Mark West Pinot Noir, Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon, Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto and Maipe Malbec.

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Food Fights

Is Your Shoulder a Fifth Wheel Camper?

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on the bed. Even from the hallway, I could hear him crying to himself. He was so obviously upset; Mom didn’t spank or ground him. I think she was satisfied that she had fulfilled her parental duties.

as pitching are restricted and there is additional stress to tissues with greater risk for injury.

I had been looking forward to eating my Easter bunny, but I was stunned by how ashamed Chris had become. I found I didn’t even care about the taste of chocolate anymore. A brother’s suffering was even sweeter. After Mom went downstairs, I felt quite chipper. I peeked into Chris’s room, perhaps to savor his official apology or maybe just to revel in his misery. He was still sobbing into his pillow, but sensing my presence he looked up. Seeing me alone, he rubbed his eyes, sat up and walked over. “About your bunny, Michael…” Chris’s voice cracked. “I just have to say…” A smug smile crept over his face. “It tasted SOOOOO GOOD!” He pantomimed chomping a bunny and, rubbing his stomach, began to laugh just as he pushed me out of the room and locked the door. Don’t get me wrong — I got my brother Chris back many times in many other ways. But it has taken me 20 years with my disciplined and gentle wife to recover from the experience of living with housemates of the less considerate gender. Then my sons became teenagers,

To improve scapular function, exercises should address motion, strength, endurance and coordination. Be forewarned- no exercise should cause pain! Instead, muscle “burn” is the objective. If you are experiencing pain, not only will muscle burn not occur, but there is a good chance tissues are being damaged. Endurance is achieved with exercises using a minimum of 15 reps and multiple sets. Be sure form is maintained throughout the exercise, as loss of form can lead to compensations and improper training outcomes. Endurance work leads to strength gains; however, to improve strength, the same exercises can be used with heavier weight and less repetitions. A few scapular exercises include push-ups with a plus (that round the shoulders to a high finish); armchair push-ups with a plus (lifting as high to ceiling as possible); rows- (being sure to pinch scapula together as hands reach chest); a reverse fly (lying face down on a bench, lifting the arms overhead first, then straight out, and finally back to the side again, being sure to squeeze the scapula as the hands raise up toward the ceiling). Like any mechanical device, the shoulder complex needs regular attention to ensure it will run smoothly and last a lifetime. In addition to regular maintenance checks by your doctor, exercise, eating right, and the right mix of high octane fluids are key ingredients to a happy and healthy shoulder.

and the food fights began all over again.

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characterized by uncertainty but also by a whole lot of love. And Taylor’s hero continues to bring to our home the calming influence that kept us going all these years. Taylor’s hero deserves a lot of accolades. Not just this month, in which we celebrate Father’s Day, but every day. And not just because he has cancer, but because he has always understood that parenting, like life, is best endured with patience and acceptance. I’ll sleep well tonight, snuggled in Lewis’ arms, praying that our legacy is safe.


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candle’s open flame. There are now LED candles available in all shapes and sizes. A new addition to the reception and rapidly increasing in popularity is a candy buffet or confection bar. These typically consist of a variety of candies and treats in various sizes of glass containers grouped on a table. Attractive silver scoops are placed in each container to allow guests to fill small packages to take home as a favor. Many confection companies are now capable of making personalized candies. M&M’s can have photo images printed on them. Destination weddings can lead to another blissful occasion: destination anniversaries. Couples who wed on their honeymoon can revisit the very location where they married and share the memories of that celebration.

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TOWNE LAKE AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations ABWA-Women Empowered Through Synergy Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Location: J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: American Business Women’s Association, Cherokee Eagles Charter Chapter Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jacqueline Miller Van Hook, (678) 493-3618 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Financial Women International Contact: Mitzi Saxon, (770) 479-3400 Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday from 12 noon Location: Keller Williams Realty, 220 Heritage Pkwy Contact: Steve Monahan, (770) 712-4077 Website: No Fee Referral Network Woodstock Meeting: Every Thursday morning at 7:30am Location: Corner Bistro off Towne Lake Pkwy Contact: Stephanie Natarus, (770) 928-2700 Website: Referral-Network-Woodstock North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Location: Zest and Zing, 6687 Bells Ferry Road Contact: Dr. Steve Green, (770) 427-2799 The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Edeline Dryden (678) 789-6158 Website: Together We Rise Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280 Towne Lake Business Association Meeting: Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 615-3350 Website: Towne Lake PowerCore Team Meeting: Every Friday at 7:15 — 8:45 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Marc Replogle, (770) 952-5000, X20 (404) 816-3377 Website: Women of Woodstock Meeting: First & Third Wednesday. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Barbara Bonatucci, Website: Woodstock Business Networking Group Meeting: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m. Location: Atlanta Bread Company on Highway 92 Contact: Lee West, (770) 591-7101 Woodstock Community Business Association Meeting: Second Monday at 12 noon Location: Latimer Hall Contact:

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House help for victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 24-hour, (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 Website: 86

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Chance Afrika Contact: Eric Mwangi, Exec. Dir., ericm@chanceafrika. org, (770) 256 2280, Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Parents HELP Location: 319 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton Contact: Amy Economopolous, (770) 592-9779 Cherokee County Animal Shelter Auxiliary Contact: (770) 704-PAWS or Website: Cherokee County Aspergers Syndrome Support Group Website: Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) Contact: (770) 928-5115, Website: CCHS Thrift Store located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 592-8072, accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for CCHS. Cherokee County Special Olympics Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Location: CrossRoads Middle/High School Contact: Colleen Konwick, (770) 517-7101 Companion Animal Connection Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website: Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact: Candice Knight, (770) 795-9349 Website: Genesis Adoptions Contact: Lindsay Kirk, (770) 517-0043, Website: Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia. Contact: (770) 345-1879 Website: Hope Center offers support for unplanned pregnancy. Contact: (770) 924-0864, Website: Hospice Advantage needs volunteers. Contact: Shari Koch, (770) 218-1997 Website: iCOR helping orphans, seeks volunteers. Contact: Lily Colgate, (404) 992-8155 Website: MUST Ministries Contact: Kim Loesing, (770) 479-5397 Papa’s Pantry is a year-round local food ministry. Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Website: Pet Buddies Food Pantry has pet food collection bin at TowneLaker offices. Website: Safe Kids Cherokee County — Call for an appointment for free child safety seat inspections. Contact: Chad Arp, (678) 493-4343 Website: The Wildlife Sanctuary — Ellijay, Ga., to advance the conservation of indigenous wildlife species and habitats. Contact: (706) 276-2980 Website:

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter is for anyone 50 and older. Meeting: Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills

Contact: Rich, (770) 926-1944 American Legion Post 316 Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road Contact: Irma Martin, (678) 662-2366 Beta Sigma, Kappa Chi Chapter Meeting: Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact: Maria Kuhn, or April Bolle, (678) 327-7233 Junior Service League of Woodstock 24 hour information line: (770) 592-3535 Kiwanis Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (678) 494-4841 Website: Pilot Club of Cherokee County Contact: Lynda Goodwin, (770) 393-1766, Lynda Rotary Club of Towne Lake Meeting: Every Thursday at 12 noon (lunch) Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Ivan Garcia (770) 926-0105 Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: IHOP on Highway 92 Contact: Gary Floyd, (404) 506-6878, glfloyd@ Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, Canton Contact: Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335 Sons of the American Legion Meeting: Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church Contact: Charles Tucker, (678) 643-0794 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: (770) 926-3522 Towne Lake Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Location: Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills Contact: Terry Morrison, (770) 715-3375 Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: First Tuesday & Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: 216 Rope Mill Road Contact: (770) 926-8336 Woodstock Lions Club Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: New Victoria Baptist Church Contact: (770) 906-2958 Woodstock Masons Lodge #246 F. & A.M., Inc. Meeting: Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Corner of Air Acres Way & Arnold Mill Rd. Contact: (770) 993-3145 or (770) 926-0627 Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at 12 noon Location: Folks Contact: Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158 Woodstock VFW Post 10683 Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Woodstock Senior Center Contact: Andrew Yrabedra, (404) 663-4663

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democrat Party Meeting: Second Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Holly Springs Train Depot Website: Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: First Saturday at 9 a.m. Breakfast served Location: Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Rd. Contact: (678) 809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Meeting: Second Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Pkwy. Contact: Conrad Quagliaroli (770)592-6545 Website:

Les Marmitons is for men interested in culinary arts. Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Tech Contact: Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197 Neighbors & Newcomers of Towne Lake Meeting: Third Tuesday Contact: Carolyn White, (770) 926-6756 Singles of Towne Lake 35+ holds monthly mixers. Contacts: Lisa, (770) 597-3430 Wildlife Action, Inc. is a conservation organization. Meeting: Third Sunday at 1 p.m. Location: Wildlife Action, 2075 Kellogg Creek Contact: WLA Office, (770) 924-7464

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

Support Organizations

Recreation & Hobbies

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

Airstream Caravan Club Website: Contact: Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044

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

Allatoona Gold Panners Location: Creeks around Lake Allatoona Contact: Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044

Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Community Service Center, BridgeMill Fire Station, Canton Contact: Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: Studio 101 101 Emma Lane, Woodstock Contacts: Madeline Hall, (678) 754-8482

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

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

Canadian Women’s Club Contact: Lesley Frappier,

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting First Saturday at 10 a.m. Location: BridgeMill Community Center Contact: Jim Millsap, PIO, (770) 928-8590 Website: Cherokee County Arts Center Meeting Fourth Friday at 10 a.m. Location: 94 North Street, Canton Contact: (770) 704-6244 Website: Cherokee County Saddle Club Meeting Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Family Tradition, Hickory Flat Contact: Tamma Trump, (770) 655-0819 Website: Cherokee Co. Social Adventures Group Website: Cherokee Fencing Club Meeting: Beginners, Wednesdays at 5 p.m.; Club, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Location: Recreation Center, Main Street Contact: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Website: Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Melanie Williams, (770) 345-2983 Website: Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Contact: Dan Baldwin, 770-846-4843 Website: Crossfit WOD Club Meeting: Daily for the “Work Out of the Day” Contact:

CASA for Children Inc. provides child advocacy to abused and neglected children through trained community volunteers. Contact: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Website: Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group A support group for families with children on the autism spectrum. Contact: Heidi at or Renee at Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. Contact: Marie Blackwell, (770) 378-0759, Website: C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Depression and Bipolar Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Contact: (770) 560-7112, Website: www.Myspace.Com/healthymoods Emotions Anonymous Meeting: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Contacts: Cindy, (770) 928-6554; Sherry, (770) 926-1889 Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: Woodstock Family Restaurant Contact: Randall Hill, (770) 516-5887 Funds 4 Furry Friends supplies food, medical care and spay/neuter for pets in need

Contact: Gina @ 770-842-8893 or gjeter1@ Georgia Canines for Independence Meeting: First Monday at 6:30 p.m. Location: 6683 Bells Ferry Road, Suite H Contact: Ramona Nichols, (404) 735-3647 Grandparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. (nursery available) Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta Contact: Jeannie, (770) 919-9275 Hearing Loss Resource Group Contacts: Cathy, (678) 483-9135 JDRF Cherokee Pickens Family Support Group for families of children with Juvenile (type 1) diabetes. Meeting: Second Saturday Location: River Green Subdivision Facilities Contact: Tom, (770) 345-4864, Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, (770) 345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: First Tues. at 10 a.m. & Third Wed. 7p.m. Location: Bascomb United Methodist Church Contacts: Marguerite, (678) 315-7686 Megan, (770) 517-0191 MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30189 Website: momscluboftownelakewoodstock/ Email: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meeting: Second & Fourth Tues. a.m. or Wed. p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Woodstock Contact: (770) 926-4428, Mothers & More Meeting: First & Third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Kroger at Towne Lake Contact: Michelle Wise, (770) 720-8834 Website: National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Jill, (404) 394-1229 or Patrick, (678) 654-2091 Website: Play dates, mom’s night out, and online support Meeting: Weekly Contact: Stephanie Peterson, (678) 653-1418 Website: Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: H.O.W. Place, behind fire station on Bells Ferry Road at Old Bascomb Court Contact: Lois, (770) 592-6421 S.N.A.P. offers resources for children with special needs. Meeting: Second Monday from 10 — 11:30 a.m. Location: 100 Hickory Circle, Holly Springs Contact: (770) 720-4068 Spirit of Success Career Clothing Connection Provides professional business attire at no cost. Contact: (770) 956-0711. Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899 Towne Lake Area Moms Group is a newly formed and active group for moms and their babies (newborns to toddlers) Contact: Melanie Website: TowneLaker | June 2012



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

(770) 345-0400

Parks and Recreation:

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

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

License Plates/Tags, Property Tax Woodstock Office Voter Registration

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

Cherokee County Government:



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

Driver’s Licenses (Tues — Sat)

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

Fire Department (District 1, Station 20)

(770) 926-7155

Georgia State Patrol

(770) 205-5400

Health Department

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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


Rose Creek R.T. Jones Woodstock

Non-Emergency 911


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Animal Control (678) 493-6200 CatSnip (low cost spay & neuter) Cherokee County Animal Shelter — Adoptions (770) 345-7270 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Emergency Veterinary Clinic (770) 924-3720 Lost Pet Hotline (770) 615-3333 Pet Buddies Food Pantry SPARE (Sterilizing Pets And Reducing Euthanasia) (770) 928-5120 Second Chance Dog Rescue

Post Office (Woodstock)

(800) 275-8777

Recycling Center

(770) 516-4195

Schools: see for complete listing Board of Education (770) 479-1871 Sheriff’s Department (678) 493-4200 Georgia Sex Offender Registry Utilities:


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

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

(770) 479-3117

Atlanta Gas Light Co. (770) 907-4231 A T & T (404) 780-2355 Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority (770) 479-1813 Comcast (770) 926-0334 Cobb EMC (770) 429-2100 Georgia Power (888) 660-5890

Urgent Care Facility

Wellstar Urgent Care

Woodstock, City of:

(678) 494-2500

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

ParkView, Paces and certain annexed commercial parcels) . City Hall (770) 592-6000 Fire Department (770) 926-2302 Police Information (770) 592-6025

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President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: e-mail:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

P.O. Box 425 Roswell, GA 30077 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

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

(202) 224-3521 fax: (202) 224-0103

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768 (202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

(404) 652-7003 fax: (404) 652-7123

Senator Jack Murphy (R), District 27

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

Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20

(404) 656-0126 fax: (404) 463-2793


Rep. Sean Jerguson (R), District 22


(404) 656-0287

State Court: Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan Allen Dee Morris Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James E. Drane III (R)

Judge Gregory Douds

(678) 493-6270 (678) 493-6260 (678) 493-6240 (678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480

(678) 493-6160

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

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

Clerk of Courts: Patty Baker

(678) 493-6511

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

(770) 735-8055

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Jason Nelms (R) Post 4


Cherokee County School System

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Roger Garrison (R)

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115 Website: e-mail:

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

100 North St., Canton, GA 30114 e-mail: Woodstock Annex 8681 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30189

(770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236

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

(678) 493-6400 fax: (678) 493-6420 (770) 924-4099 fax: (770) 924-9567

Board of Education: Robert Wofford (R), Post 1

(770) 479-1871 (770) 704-4398, x4374

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2

(770) 704-4398, x4372


Michael Geist (R), Post 3

(770) 928-3315

Janet Read (R), Post 4

(770) 516-1444


Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 (Chair)

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

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)


Karen Bosch (R), Post 3


90 North Street, Suite 310 Canton, GA 30114



Cherokee County Courts:

Superior Court: Chief Judge Frank C. Mills, III Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea

(678) 493-6001

Harry Johnston (R), Post 1

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(404) 463-1378 fax: (404) 657-9887



P.O. Box 769, 110 Academy St., Canton, GA 30114 Website: e-mail:

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21


Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson

(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6013

Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2


State Capitol, Room 111 Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

90 North Street, Suite 310 Canton, GA 30114 Website:


Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7

State Government:

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners


Rob Usher (R), Post 6


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

Kim Cochran (R), Post 7 (Vice-Chair) e-mail: City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques


(770) 592-6017

Towne Lake Residential and Commercial Owners’ Association (Covenant enforcement issues — all Towne Lake common areas)

Douglas Properties

117 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188

(770) 926-3086

SCHOOL INFORMATION Public Schools Bascomb Elementary School 1335 Wyngate Parkway Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-1091 Principal: Ruth Flowers bascomb-es Carmel Elementary School 2275 Bascomb-Carmel Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1237 Principal: Keith Bryant carmel-es Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Susan McCarthy chapman-es Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road Canton, GA 30114, (678) 385-7322 Principal: Vanessa Suarez E. T. Booth Middle School 6550 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-5707 Principal: Dawn Weinbaum etbooth-ms

Oak Grove Elementary School 6118 Woodstock Road Acworth, GA 30102, (770) 974-6682 Principal: Dr. Jennifer Scrivner Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA. 30189, (770) 926-1662 Administrator: Bob Hahn Woodstock High School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189, (770) 592-3500 Principal: William Sebring Woodstock Middle School 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189, (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mark Smith

Private Schools Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School 3075 Trickum Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (678) 494-5464, High School Principal: Rod Kirby Middle School Principal: Hal Scripka Elementary School: Robert Lester Furtah Preparatory School 5496 Highway 92, Acworth, GA 30102 (678) 574-6488, Headmaster: Fred Furtah

Etowah High School 6565 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-4411 Principal: Keith Ball etowah-hs Kleven Boston Elementary School 105 Othello Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: Les Conley

Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road Acworth, GA 30102 Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091 Holdheide Education K-2 5234 Old Highway 5, Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 516-2292 Lyndon Academy 485 Toonigh Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 926-0166 Headmaster: Linda Murdock North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 975-0252 Headmaster: Todd Clingman Omega Academy (770) 792-7431 Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 926-7729 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 428-3328 Principal: Patricia Allen

Cherokee County School District 2012-2013 Calendar at a Glance

Aug 1 September 3 September 17-21

First Day of School Labor Day, No School No School

Cafeteria account information: Aspen: School District Website: TowneLaker | June 2012



Towne Lake Homes Sold in April


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classifieds For Rent Apartment. $500 utilities included one occupant ONLY on lake 770-516-2563.

Hair Stylists Needed/Booths Available. Best rate in Towne Lake. Ayesha (404) 579-5823.


Home Services

Houseboat. 1996, 16x74 Sumerset on Lake Allatoona at Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville, $124,900. Call Harry at 678-977-0709 for pictures, — Pattern design, installation, grouting, sealing, tile and stone since 1995. 404304-7698.

HELP WANTED Mompreneurs Needed. Flexible,fun,homebased business with excellent opportunity to advance. Selling functional stylish products. Visit www. CityWide Maintenance (Marietta) is looking for a quality individual to join our team. Part Time; Account Manager to visit our customers; ideal for a mother while children are in school. www. or call Scott 770-990-3334 Volunteers urgently needed to help children succeed in therapeutic horseback riding. Adults and teens ages 14 and up; flexible week day hours. Contact Green Acres Equestrian Center 770-517-5154 or




 Aug

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Local high school student available for lawn care. Dependable and reasonable. Call Garrett Kiefer at (404) 862-1756.

FIX-IT-FAST: carpentry, drywall repair, kitchen/ baths, painting/caulking, tile/laminate installation. Call Dean 770-294-0138. Wyngate Resident.

Voiceover Services

Penny Clean “One Woman Show.” Residential, commercial, moving and deep cleans. Reasonable rates, 25 years experience. Licensed, bonded and insured. Free estimates. 678-494-3602. R&L Restoration Carpentry, painting, sheet rock repairs, pressure washing, any home repair, local contractor, licensed and insured. 404-784-6078.


YARD Services

Need your lawn mowed? Call Nick at 678-4451814. Affordable and dependable.


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Rays Small Engine Repair. Weedeaters, lawn mowers, tool sharpening, I will come to you, free pick up and delivery. 404-784-6078.

Conley Construction & Painting. Renovations, remodeling, basements, insurance claims/water remediation. Over 30 years experience. Thru August 10% discount on all jobs over $1000 (max discount=$500) Call Greg 678-549-9512.



Repair Services

Stump Grinding. “Scott the Stump Guy” 770-6247333. Free Estimates. Licensed and insured.

Does Your Business Sound Professional? Voiceover with G2 Voice is your source for professional voiceover services. Company greeting, In-Store Commercials, AudioBooks, narration, and more. or call 678-439-9490.

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Support Local Business Owners and this Magazine Tell Them You Saw Their Ad in the TowneLaker

Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock Cover, (770) 926-9260 50, 51, 73

Skin Essentials by Marilyn (770) 928-1314


S. Bruce O’Neal, DDS (770) 924-8848


The Sundance Massage Center (678) 591-5066



Towne Lake Nails (678) 445-3051


Aspen Falls Auto Spa 6390 Bells Ferry Road (404) 626-9926


Thad Baird & Tyler Baird, DMD (770) 517-0444

Christian Brothers Automotive (770) 926-4500


Towne Lake Family Dentist Inside Back Cover (770) 591-7929 120 N. Medical Pkwy, Building 200, Suite 100

Crown Transmission (770) 956-1344


Banking/Financial Services Best Possible Mortgage (404) 456-2317

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

Cleaning Services

Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250


Williams Orthodontics (770) 592-5554


Education/YOUTh Instruction Access Education Towne Lake Driving School (678) 494-2200


Bascomb United Methodist Preschool (770) 926-0397


Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991


Fox Tale Book Shoppe (770) 516-9989


Noble Services (770) 363-0303


Harmoni’s Keyz (678) 549-1966


Rejoice Maids Service (678) 905-3476


Music Together (678) 613-2048


Park View Montessori School (770) 926-0044


The Goddard School (770) 516-0880


Chiropractors Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 516-9900


Health & Beauty

Computers / Web Services Cherokee Computer Guys (678) 749-7200



G&J Painting & Home Improvements (678) 748-1974


Nelson Painting & Home Improvements (678) 283-8171


Pike’s Professional Painting (770) 516-0045


Precision Painting (678) 234-9668


The Painted Lady (678) 445-4969


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


Bryan Plumbing Services (770) 826-5277


Coleman Home Services (770) 294-9667


Cherokee Window and Door (770) 345-6999


Amber Klippel, LMT (770) 365-5106


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


Azure Salon & Spa (770) 345-8280


Efficienct Energy Solutions (678) 986-0140



FilmSouth, Inc. (770) 994-0025


Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428


Big Apple Nail & Spa TrustWorkz 85 (770) 516-9996 (770) 615-3275 Bon Vivant Salon (770) 576-9100


Home Improvement/Painting Fillo Painting (770) 402-1102

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Handy Handyman, The (404) 316-1490


Dr. Jerry Smith, Orthodontist (678) 905-0300


Hair 718 (678) 905-4081


Mr. Junk 1-877-675-8651


Fountain View Dentistry (770) 926-0000 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A


Salon & Spa Venessa (770) 591-2079 Salon Gloss (404) 558-8318


Peach State Handyman (404) 324-2372



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Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


Roswell Woodstock Plumbing (770) 663-0600


Signature Floors & Design (678) 641-6471


insurance Mountain Lakes Insurance (770) 926-9444


Calvary Landscaping (770) 720-1727, (770) 827-0346


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813 Lawn Squad (770) 591-4745


Mosquito Authority (678) 294-7597


Overstreet Lawn Care (770) 861-7272


Stewart’s Tree Service (770) 516-9494


TruGreen (770) 974-6267



Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies 36, 47

Animal Hospital at Towne Lake (770) 591-9500


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


Fetch! Pet Care (678) 932-8651


South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital (770) 924-6746


New Image Medical Weight Loss (770) 509-0089


Northside Hospital – Cherokee (770) 720-5100 201 Hospital Road, Canton



Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (770) 928-0016


Optimum Health (770) 516-7477


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


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


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


Towne Lake Family Pharmacy (770) 635-7697


Village Podiatry (770) 928-9263


Wellstar Medical Group (770) 956-STAR


Weiss ENT (779) 971-1533


Woodstock Medical Weight Loss Inside Front (678) 501-5008 18

Photographers Kim Bates Photography (770) 617-7595


Real estate & related services

Atlanta Gastroenterology Assoc. 1-866-GO-TO-AGA


Cherokee Internal Medicine (678) 238-0301


Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists,PC (770) 720-7733


Innovative Health & Wellness (770) 926-4646


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

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


Recreation and Fitness


Steps Dance Center (770) 516-1363


Totally Running (678) 275-2282


Woodstock Wolverines


Restaurants/Food & Drink

Woodstock Physical Therapy (770) 516-9191

Physicians and Medical Services

John Lutz, PhD (770) 592-906


Northside Hospital Pediatric Imaging (770) 667-4340

Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance

Animal Atlanta (770) 591-0007

Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery (770) 425-7575 111 Marble Mill Road NW, Marietta

Brunswick Party Zone (770) 427-7679


Camp Horizon


Etowah Eagles Football


Etowah Tip-Off Club


Bar-B-Cutie (770) 924-9491


Bullock’s Wine & Spirits Warehouse 1050 Buckhead Crossing, Woodstock (678) 445-5222


Butchers Block (770) 517-2225


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


Hot Dog Heaven


Izzzy’s TexMex Cantina & Taqueria (770) 926-2628


TwoSome Place (770) 924-4124


Retailers & Miscellaneous Services American On-Site Portable Storage (770) 517-1111 Bridal Exchange Boutique, The 370 Chamber Street, Woodstock (770) 675-7354

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Cash for Broken Cars (404) 392-7586


Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251


Georgia Patio (770) 751-5800


Gifted Ferret, The


Master’s Training Center (770) 591-9588


Rotary Club of Towne Lake


Towne Lake Business Assoc.


Towne Lake Storage (770) 516-8800


Woodstock Hippie Shop (770) 517-2620


Woodstock Recycling (678) 494-0325


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Lawn & Landscaping

Animals & Pets Animal Atlanta


Calvary Landscaping


Fetch Pet Care


Landscape Matters


Overstreet Lawn Care




The Lawn Squad


Automotive Aspen Falls Auto Spa


Christian Brothers Automotive


Medical & Dental

Crown Transmission 33

Cleaning & Home Services Carpet Dry Tech


Mr. Junk 45 Rejoice Maids 23

Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation


Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery


New Image Medical Weight Loss


Optimum Health


Pearle Vision


Towne Lake Family Dentistry

Inside Back

Towne Lake Family Pharmacy


Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock

Health & Beauty Amber Klippel, LMT Big Apple Nail & Spa Bon Vivant Salon Hair 718 Salon Skin Essentials by Marilyn The Sundance Massage Center Totally Running Towne Lake NAils

Woodstock Medical Weight Loss 78 35 3 29 21 73 78 13


Home Improvements / Repair Coleman Home Services

32 Inside Front




G & J Painting & Home Improvements


Brunswick Party Zone


Hammock’s Heating & Air


Bullock’s Wine & Spirit Warehouse


Nelson Painting and Home Improvement


Butchers Block


Featherstone’s Grille at Towne Lake Hills


Hot Dog Heaven


Izzy’s TexMex Cantina & Taqueria


TwoSome Place


Roswell Woodstock Plumbing The Plumbing Doctor


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