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We’re for childhood. Childhood can be tough, especially on parents. That’s why you need WellStar. Our pediatricians are experts in keeping your kids healthy and your mind at ease. WellStar’s Pediatric Network can be found close to home in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding counties. When it’s more than aches and scrapes, count on WellStar’s three pediatric emergency departments, at WellStar Kennestone, Cobb and Paulding hospitals. Our pediatric specialists and equipment specifically designed for children and teens will get your child back to childhood as soon as possible. Coming July 7, 2014, our new WellStar Pediatric Center at 1180 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw will offer comprehensive imaging, pediatric office and afterhours care, physical therapy and more – all provided by pediatric experts. To learn more, call 770-956-STAR or visit

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

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June 2014

Volume 2, Issue 3

13 More Than Water

Allatoona Lake also offers hiking and biking trails.

17 Hope for Kids

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Golf tournament to benefit boy with rare bone cancer.

18 Tribute to Dads

Wives and children share thoughts about the fathers in their lives.

20 Here’s to failure, kids!

Canton resident Bill Ramsey writes honest letter to his children and others.

21 Beach Reads

Before you pack your bags, checkout these newest releases.

24 Water Toys

Old favorites, a few with a new twist, to create summer memories.

26 VBS Options

Themes range from weird animals to wilderness escapes!


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In Every Issue

Contributing Writers Chantel Adams Don Akridge Sam Beausoleil Sylina Buehne Amy Cobb Rick Coughlin Tammy Dorsten Meghan Griffin G Lora Grooms Dr. Scott Harden Dr. Cherie Hodges Dr. Joseph Hormes Dan Jape Kurt Johnson

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Kendall Jones Dr. Mike Litrel Joe McKechnie Alisha O’Brian Bill Ramsey Lisa Randall Julian Reid Susan Schulz Karen Schwettman Jodi Tiberio Tim Timmons Scot Turner Lynne Watts Jamie Williams

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People Places and Pleasures that make Sixes/Holly Springs

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The new Holly Springs Walmart, east of I-575 at exit 14, was expected to open early this month; the exact date wasn’t available at press time. This is the first ground-up (opening a new store) for store manager Robert Davis, who is excited to get started. “As I’ve met community leaders, I’ve been thrilled that there’s so much support for it. I like to hear people refer to it Candi Hannigan is the editor of Sixes Living. She has lived as ‘my Walmart’,” said Davis. in Cherokee County for 25 “We’re happy to claim Holly years. Send your comments Springs as our home.” or questions to candi@ The 200,000 square-foot supercenter will offer groceries, a vision center, hair salon, Subway, pharmacy and electronics departments. “The most fun in this process has been the opportunity to build the team, and bring more than 300 jobs to this area,” said Davis, who said he used a different approach in hiring new employees. “Rather than hiring for specific jobs, we interviewed each person to determine what they wanted and what position best fit their skills. The process of molding our team was fun and fulfilling.” Although most of the jobs are filled, Davis said the hiring process will continue as needs arise. He is eager to help local residents “save money and live better,” adhering to the mission statement created by the company’s founder, Sam Walton, when he opened the first Walmart in 1962.

What’s Open? Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened at the Canton Marketplace, 2026 Cumming Highway, Suite 110. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday. (678) 880-4203. www.chipotle. com.

What’s Coming? The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will welcome additional tenants soon. Panda Express is under construction on Ridgewalk Parkway near McDonald’s. Applebee’s and another multi-tenant building, including a sit-down restaurant, are going through the zoning process. The Village Market Café will be opening later this year, although a firm date has yet to be released. The owners are in the process of purchasing items for the store and recently received a liquor license from the city. The café will be located at 490 Chambers St. in downtown Woodstock. To follow its progress, become a fan on Facebook at VillageMarketCafe or visit 4

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Who’s Hiring? The city of Holly Springs Police Department is recruiting certified police officers, and will accept applications through June 18. Certified officers are expected to demonstrate competency in law enforcement procedures and community oriented policing philosophies. For more information, visit

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings Fincher-Adkins Park is open at 101 E. Main St. in Canton. For more details, visit Azure Salon and Spa at 1359 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 110, Canton. Cashin’s Chukkar Farm Polo Club event and wedding venue, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. (770) 664-1533. Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake, assisted living facilities at 1962 Eagle Drive, Woodstock. (770) 928-2440.

July 4 Celebrations Canton

City officials have moved the monthly First Friday event to 3-6 p.m., to coincide with the city’s parade that will take place downtown. After 6 p.m., activities switch to the Riverstone Plaza area, where DJ Ray DeLuca will play music for folks gathered for fireworks. An area will be roped off for dancing. Parking will be designated in the plaza and surrounded areas.


The July 4 celebration starts early with the 7:30 a.m. Woodstock Freedom Run 5K. Register at or www. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. at the old Walmart/Furniture for Less store on Highway 92, and will move north on Main Street through the Olde Towne merchant district to end at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. A festival will fill The Park at City Center (101 Arnold Mill Road) until 3 p.m. with food, live music with the Kona Music band in the gazebo, children’s games, cake walk, arts and crafts and vendors. The day’s events conclude with fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center on Highway 92 at I-575. Parking directions are spelled out at www.

Ball Ground

The third annual Faith and Freedom Festival, presented by Ball Ground United Methodist Church, will begin at 3 p.m. June 28 in downtown Ball Ground. Starting with the national anthem and opening ceremonies by local scouts, the day will feature live music by Julie Gribble, Owl Creek and Scarlet Wool. State Sen. Brandon Beach will speak at 4:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. service with worship leader Drake Kennedy and Pastor Kaylen Short. Children’s activities, food and displays from local businesses, and arts and crafts will be available. Fireworks will end the festival.

OUTDOOR FUN! Come fishing on beautiful Lake Allatoona and enjoy the great outdoors. Just north of Atlanta, Lake Allatoona offers 12 months of excellent fishing for bass, striper, and panfish. No experience necessary.

Call today to book a trip! 1-2 Guests: $300 3 Guests: $350

4 Guests: $400 5 Guests: $450 Rick Shoup, Lake Allatoona Guide

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Community Board The Sixes Living Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders who assist us as contributors to the magazine, judges for the annual Trailblazer award, and advisors who offer valuable feedback. Pat Gold moved to Canton 33 years ago when she married Dr. Homer (Nugget) Gold. After 18 years with Delta Airlines and another 12 working for the Cherokee County School District, Pat began volunteering. She serves on the boards of the Cherokee County Arts Center, the Canton Main Street Program, Canton Tourism, Inc., and chairs the Canton Planning Commission. Pat and her husband have four children and four grandchildren. Pharmacist Dale Coker owns Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy in Holly Springs and lives in Woodstock with wife Susan. The University of Georgia graduate is vice president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. His community involvement has included Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity, youth league coaching and church leadership. Dale’s latest achievement is co-inventing the patented TopiCLICK, a topical metered dosing device. Cindy Crews is a longtime Cherokee County educator. She joined the Sixes community as assistant principal of Sixes Elementary School in 2011. Cindy and her husband, Andy, have lived in Woodstock for 20 years, and they have two young adult daughters. Her motto: Children are the future of the human race; teach them well. Dr. Joe McKechnie senior pastor of Sixes United Methodist Church, grew up in Cobb County. After earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia, Joe spent six years as a television sportscaster. He has a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from Southern Methodist University. Joe and wife Catherine have two children, David, 6, and Grace Ann, 3. Sonia Carruthers is the executive director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS and the Cherokee Youth Works program, based in Holly Springs. The Cherokee County native grew up in Canton and has lived in Woodstock with her son and daughter for the past 17 years. She is very active in the community and currently serves with local and regional organizations to strengthen families and children. Chantel Adams is founder of The Princess Generation, an organization raising a generation of young women focused on serving others. Chantel, who has a biology degree from the University of Evansville, serves on Highland Rivers Health community service board and volunteers with the Cherokee County Juvenile Court. She and husband Gavin have lived in Canton for five years and have four children, ages 14, 12, 9, and 5. 6

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Sixes Living Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. AALM President Marketing & Advertising Sales Patty Ponder (770) 615-3322 Title Editor Candi Hannigan (770) 615-3318 Art Director Michelle McCulloch (770) 615-3307 Sixes Living, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly magazine created to build a sense of community and pride in the Sixes, Holly Springs and Hickory Flat areas by sharing positive stories and timely information. A total of 16,250 free copies are distributed monthly; 15,300 are mailed to homes and businesses, with an additional 950 placed in racks around the community. Many readers catch the latest edition online each month. Sixes Living welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The deadline is the 15th of each month. Yearly subscriptions are available for $24. Send a check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher and the publisher makes no claims about the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Sixes Living is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2014. Sixes Living 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: (770) 615-3322 Website: Powered by Trustworkz Inc. Volume 2, Issue 3

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Hats Off to Derby Day Winners

Volunteers Needed to Donate Lunches

About 160 people attended the Cherokee County Historical Society’s Kentucky Derby Day event, which raised more than $19,000 for the organization’s educational programs. The creative and stylish winners in the hat contest, were Jennifer Dunn, who won first place in the hat contest category, Most Beautiful. Second place went to Mandy Macho. First and second in the Most Creative Category were Angela Reece and Barbara Nye.

MUST Ministries officials are asking for the community to rally around the new summer lunch coordinator, Ranettia Beasley, and donate supplies for lunches, or completed lunches. Each year the Cherokee nonprofit coordinates preparation and delivery of lunches for the thousands of children who, during the school year, are able to eat free or reduced cost lunches. Each weekday for 10 weeks during the summer, sack lunches are packed and hand-delivered to targeted locations suggested by school counselors. This year, MUST’s program will reach children in seven counties. The summer lunch program is a great opportunity for individuals, families and small groups such as Girl Scouts and Sunday school classes, to help. For more information, call Ranettia at (770) 576-0359 or email

Jennifer Dunn and Sandy McGrew

Back-to-School Bash Seeks Volunteers Give a Kid a Chance–Cherokee organizers are preparing for this year’s event, set for July 19 at First Baptist Church in Canton and Hillside United Methodist in Woodstock. Last year, more than 3,000 children were given free backpacks filled with school supplies. Children also received socks and underwear, gently used clothing, haircuts and medical screenings. To learn about the many volunteer opportunities, visit www.

Financial Adviser Earns Recognition Jamie Williams, president of Five Talents Wealth Management, Inc., has received elite recognition from the home office, Commonwealth Financial Network, which has awarded her Commonwealth Business Experience status for 2014. Jamie, who has been invited to join her peers at a Washington, D.C., conference, was given the distinction based on a ranking of annual production among Commonwealth’s Jamie Williams network of 1,487 financial advisers. “Jamie Williams epitomizes the drive, dedication and commitment essential to attaining this level of success in the industry,” said Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth.

Teeing Off for Charity More than 70 golfers turned out for the seventh annual Give a Child a Mulligan fundraiser, sponsored by the Junior Service League of Woodstock. The $6,000 raised by the event was given to a local family through Everyday Angels, a nonprofit that helps individuals and families in need. Everyday Angels has a monthly column in the Around Woodstock, TowneLaker and Sixes Living community magazines, and the April issue featured the trials of the Holt family since daughter Erin was injured in an accident. The Holts were special guests at the tournament. Golfers and guests were treated to a meal provided by Center Cut Catering, and participated in a raffle that include prizes such as a one-night stay at the W Hotel in Atlanta, a Hall of Fame baseball autographed by Tom Glavine, and a bat signed by Pete Rose. Raffle proceeds also were given to Everyday Angels. 8

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Junior Service League volunteers surround Erin Holt and her parents, Lynn and Ben Holt.

Next year’s tournament is planned for April 24. For more information, email

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS And the winners are ….. The results are in, and winners of the Best Of contests at the Taste and Sound of Woodstock have been announced. The tasty chore was given to local celebrity judges: Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss, Cherokee Board of Education Chairwoman Janet Read, Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques, Main Street Woodstock Board Chair Julie Kingsley and Woodstock High School Principal Paul Weir. The fundraiser netted more than $5,500 for the Woodstock High School band program and scholarships. The winners are: Best Appetizer: Firestone Wood Fired Pizza, Thai chili wings Best Entrée: Taqueria Tsunami, Chicken tacos with lettuce and carrots Best Dessert: Leaning Ladder, chocolate brownie with blood orange oil Best Decorated Booth: Bee’s Knees People’s Choice award, voted by the community: Bee’s Knees

Leaning Ladder: Owner Sue Hasslinger (left) with Bridget Griffin.

Firestone’s Kevin Taylor.

Canton Rotary Membership Grows

Celebrating the induction of new members are, from left, Public Image Chair Barbara Jacoby, new members Jennifer Stanley and Dee Dee Doeckel, President Kim Loesing and District Membership Chair Jerry Cooper.

The Rotary Club of Canton has added six members to its roster: Zach Blend of Goshen Valley Boys Ranch; Dee Dee Doeckel of Chattahoochee Technical College; Deidre Hollands of CASA for Children; Jennifer Stanley of Northside Hospital-Cherokee; Anita Summers of the Sequoyah Regional Library System; and Matthew Thomas of Canton city government. The club meets for lunch at noon on Tuesdays at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center at The Bluffs in Canton. Guests are welcome. Lunch is $15. For more information, visit Home.aspx?accountid=3123 or find the club on Facebook.

Schools, Businesses Rally to Help Student Local resident Zack Hodgson is known by many as rallied to raise money for Zack to purchase a new bike. JUMP Kitchen Saloon also held a fundraiser the Cherokee County School District’s No. 1 fan. He to benefit the cause. Principals Paul Weir of rides his bicycle to dozens of high school sporting events throughout the county. He works the events, Woodstock and Debra Murdock of Cherokee, along with students and making concession coaches, met Zack at stand runs or Out Spokin’ Bicycles disposing of trash for in downtown spectators for tips. In Woodstock to late March, Zack was present him with struck by a motorist more than $1,300 while en route to a game and while he is raised by the schools and another $1,800 recovering from his raised by JUMP. Out injuries, his bicycle Spokin’ Bicycles was destroyed. Front row (from left): Jesey Murdock of Cherokee High School, and owner Kevin Poske Students from Blake Jacobs and Joseph Arcuri of Woodstock High School. Back sold Zack a new area high schools, row: Kevin Poske, Cherokee coach Roger Kvam, Debra Murdock, bicycle and safety including Woodstock Paul Weir, Suzanne Hodgson (Zack’s mother), Zack Hodgson and Woodstock football coach Brent Budde. gear at cost. and Cherokee, 10

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Blood Drive for Young Cancer Patient A bloodmobile will be at Hopewell Baptist Church 2-7 p.m. June 27 for donors to give blood to benefit Cailyn, a 3-year-old who has cancer and needs blood regularly. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood. org and enter sponsor code Hopewell, or contact Christy Pope at Christy. pope@hopewellbaptist. com. The church is at 78 Ridge Road.

WE VOLUNTEER AND DONATE TO CHEROKEE SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT NEIGHBORS DO. Northside Hospital-Cherokee has given more than 10,000 volunteer hours and donated millions to Cherokee schools and charitable organizations. Because Cherokee County is not only the location of our hospital, it is our home. Most of our physicians and staff live right here. Our children go to school with yours and we shop at the local grocery stores with you. Since becoming part of the community in 1997, Northside Hospital-Cherokee is committed to keeping this county great. Because, after all, it’s our home, too.

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Tom Townsend Age 50 on May 15 We love you more than you will ever know! Love, Beth, Bennett, Grace and Jane

Braelyn Bailey Age 5 on June 20 Happy Birthday to our kind, beautiful and creative girl! We love you! Love, Mommy, Daddy and Raleigh

Christopher Jaxson Lewis Age 1 on June 3 You are such a blessing! We love you to the moon and back! Love, Momma and Daddy

Trinity A. Royal Age 10 on June 30 Daughter of Chip and Angela Granddaughter of Linzy and Maggie, Shirley, Chuck and Jan

Holland Grissom Age 1 on April 24 Happy 1st Birthday Princess! We love you so much baby girl! Mom, Dad, Jaxon and Jace

Jaxon Martin-Grissom Age 11 on June 14 Jace Grissom Age 2 on June 1 Happy Birthday boys! We love you so much! Mom, Dad and Holland


Jessica and Jarvis Slate Married June 29, 2007

Alexandria Slate Age 5 on June 30 Happy Birthday!

Wedding, birthday and anniversary announcements are free! E-mail: July deadline is June 15.


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Options for Land Lovers at Allatoona Lake BY AMY COBB

Aside from fun on the water, Allatoona Lake offers hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The Cooper’s Furnace Trail is an easy 2-mile trek that follows the route of a 19th century mining railroad bed through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. Start your hike at either the Cooper’s Furnace Day Use area or across from the Cooper Branch No. 2 Day Use Area. For something a bit shorter, the Laurel Ridge Trail is an easy hike, just under a mile, that Park Ranger Amy Cobb is offers breathtaking Blue Ridge vistas. a Georgia native and has Start this trail at the Allatoona Lake been a Corps Ranger at several locations around Operations Project Management the South. She holds a Office in Cartersville. For more B.A. in Outdoor Recreation advanced hikers, the Vineyard from UGA and an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Mountain Eagle Scout Trail has trailheads at Riverside Day Use Park Brenau University. and at the Bethany Bridge pull-off at Red Top Mountain Road. This trail has three loops that range from a .25-mile to a 2.8-mile hike. The views from the lofty vantage points are worth the effort. Not all trails at Allatoona Lake are maintained by the Corps. In fact, many of the trails are managed by various state and local governments including Red Top Mountain State Park, Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency, city of Canton, city of Woodstock, city of Acworth and several other lease areas. These trails can be hiked free of charge, although a parking fee may apply in certain areas. While most trails at Allatoona are hiking only, Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails on Sixes Road are some of the most

popular bike trails in the Southeast. This 13.6-mile system is a result of a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southern Off Road Bike Association and Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency. Descriptions for trails on Corps property can be seen at the Allatoona Lake website Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/AllatoonaLake.aspx. Click on the Trails link. Don’t forget to observe trail etiquette and these safety tips: • Do not leave children unsupervised. • When walking a trail, watch your step and stay away from cliffs. • Be aware that you may run across poisonous snakes and stinging insects. • Enjoy wildlife and plant life only by looking at it. Take only memories or photographs and leave only footprints. • Please carry out all trash and litter. • Do not enter the area near Allatoona Dam, which is restricted due to security concerns. Remember that it is illegal to operate a motorized vehicle (ATVs, trail bikes, trucks, cars, etc.) off authorized roadways on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property. Scouts and others volunteers are needed to monitor and maintain Corps trails year round. We also need help with trail building, cleaning and maintenance. If you enjoy the great outdoors and would like to give back to your community, call the Allatoona Lake volunteer coordinator at (678) 721-6700.

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Farmers Markets

Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta

Dates: Tuesdays through October Time: 4:30-8 p.m. Location: 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, exit 9 of I-575.

River Church

Dates: Tuesdays through Oct. 23 Time: 2-6 p.m. Location: On the lawn of River Church, 2335 Sixes Rd. Info: Adding monthly pet clinics. www. or www.

Downtown Canton

Dates: Saturdays through October Time: 8 a.m. – noon Location: Cannon Park

Downtown Woodstock

Dates: Saturdays through Oct. 28 Time: 8 a.m. – noon Location: Market Street, between Mill and Maple streets Info: MainStreetWoodstock

Cherokee Fresh Market

Dates: Begins June 7, opened Saturdays through Labor Day Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Cagle Family Farm, 362 Stringer Rd., Canton


Dates: Begins May 15 and meets Thursdays through October Time: 3 – 7 p.m. Location: Behind the North Cherokee Church of Christ in the Reinhardt University parking lot, corner of Highway 108 and Highway 140 Info: Search Waleska Farmers Market at Reinhardt on Facebook.


Dates: Open Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 25 Time: 7:30 a.m.-noon Location: In the Park-n-Ride lot next to Lee Newton Park on Church Street Info: JasperFarmersMarket

Marietta Square

Dates: Open year round Time: 9 a.m. – noon Saturdays, noon – 3 p.m. Sundays Location: 65 Church Street, Marietta Info: mariettasquarefarmersmarket 14

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Cherokee Market Will Move to New Location Next Month BY SUSAN SCHULZ

While many of us were sad to hear the news of the impending demolition of the historic Bell’s Store on Cumming Highway and Union Hill Road, there is still some good news to share. The present tenant, Lisa Meyer, owner of Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Produce, is planning to make the best of this transitional time. The market will stay open as long as physically possible, even if it’s only a vegetable stand on the front porch, until the July 1 demolition. Lisa will also begin setting up at her new Bell’s Store, built in 1935, has been the location location, a 113-year-old building for Lisa Meyer’s farmers market since 2010. she purchased just seven miles east at 11611 Cumming Highway, Lathemtown (formerly the Cherokee Furniture Outlet). Lisa plans to bring the front doors from Bell’s Store to her new location, so her customers can experience the familiar sounds of the door opening and closing as they enter and leave. Lisa is increasing the organic section in the new, larger market. Tom’s Awesome Seafood will take fresh seafood orders on Mondays and Tuesdays and deliver Thursdays. Carlton Farms’ mobile market will also set up 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, offering 100 percent grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised pork and poultry, fresh dairy products and more. The chickens also have access to feed produced on the farm using non-GMO grain. What’s missing will be Taste of Canton winners Scott Boys BBQ food truck, which has been prohibited from parking at the new location except for once a month. As progress marches on, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners is exploring options for a possible historic preservation ordinance that could provide demolition delays or incentives for preservation of our county’s historic landmarks. Demolition of the historic landmark caused an outcry from residents against tearing down Bell’s Store to make way for a gas station. There is concern about preserving historic legacies such as Bell’s Store, which is situated close to the former site of Fort Buffington, the Trail of Tears removal fort. For market updates, visit the Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Produce Facebook page, or call (770) 755-0736. If you would like to get involved in historic preservation, contact Stefanie Joyner of the Cherokee County Historical Society at (770) 345-3288 or Supporting the society’s fundraiser of selling the bricks from Bell’s Store is a great way to begin preserving our past.

A Plan to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse BY SCOT TURNER

Canton resident Amanda Beckman is a survivor of domestic violence. At one point, the violence reached such a critical level that Beckman, 24, was referred to a cardiologist after she suffered a TIA (transient ischemic attack), or ministroke, resulting from her abuse. Her situation was so horrible that at one point, while pregnant, her abuser ran her over in the family car. Beckman finally overcame her Scot Turner, an IT fear of what might happen at home professional, lives in the Sixes community and admitted to her doctor what with his wife and two had caused her health condition. children and is the State Beckman’s story, if it had House Representative for ended there, would be similar to District 21. You can reach others who suffer from domestic him on his cell phone at (678) 576-2644 or abuse. Yet she decided to use follow him on Facebook her circumstances to help others at escape abuse. In January, Beckman turnerforhouse. founded a nonprofit organization called Providers Educating and Advocating for Change and Healing, or The PEACH Project. The PEACH Project’s mission is to provide educational

materials to doctors to share with their patients about how to seek help locally to escape abusive environments. Beckman believes that doctors’ offices are logical places to start, because victims of domestic abuse have a high probability of finding themselves there. “We offer free safety cards in English and Spanish, small awareness posters for their patient restrooms, and most importantly, county-by-county immediate need resources,” said Beckman. “All free of charge to the medical practices and hospitals.” The safety cards also include information on getting transportation, food, clothes, childcare, legal assistance and financial help. “We call this resource guide ‘the prescription for hope,’” said Beckman. “It empowers victims and it allows physicians to help their patients where they otherwise are forced to send them home with nothing.” Domestic violence is a nationwide problem, and even though The PEACH Project started in Cherokee County, it now serves 18 Georgia counties. Volunteers work to identify local resources within a community, coordinate those resources, and customize the safety cards for that area. While up to 1 in 3 women will experience some level of abuse, it also impacts 1 in 7 men. “Domestic violence crosses all cultures, races, social class, genders, and age. Domestic violence is a social crisis that affects communities, not just continued on page 62

Baby Boomers Flocking to New Construction BY SHEILA & KURT JOHNSON

Before the market showed signs of improvement, it wasn’t feasible or practical for a buyer of the baby boomer generation to buy a newly constructed home that would meet their needs well into their twilight years. The inventory was too limited, and many potential buyers for these homes had too little equity to sell their current homes or were just unwilling to Kurt and Sheila Johnson are Licensed Realtors with Keller sell their homes at such a deep Williams Realty Partners and discount. Now that the market have served Cherokee County has been recovering for more for more than 10 years. than two years, the new home Visit them online at www. builders are in full production or call (404) 954-2486. of homes that appeal to this generation, and potential buyers are finally in a position to sell their existing homes at a reasonable price. One of the hottest selling Cherokee communities, Soleil Laurel Canyon, best illustrates this trend in our market. Named the Best Neighborhood in the U.S. by Where to Retire magazine,

this (very active) adult community for ages 55 and older has positioned itself to appeal to the baby boomer buyer by offering truly stepless ranch homes in a resort-like community. Astonishingly, this community has already sold 25 homes this year with approximately 60 lots still available to build on and 160 coming in the next phase. The most frequently asked question we get from any seller who wants to rebuy is, “How do we convince the new home’s seller to accept our offer that is contingent upon our home selling?” This is another reason why it is important to use the same agent to represent you on the purchase of your new home and the sale of your existing home. We have found that if the seller’s agent for the new home can be convinced that your property is listed with a top producing agent/team, your offer is more likely to be recommended to the seller. The seller’s agent needs to be convinced that your home is priced to market, is marketed professionally and will close in a timeframe consistent with or faster than the market average. We are still in a seller’s market but there is a growing selection of new and existing homes. This may be the right time to get your home on the market, while the inventory of homes is still under six months of supply. Call your Realtor to discuss a price and strategy for selling your home so you can take advantage of this opportunity. SIXES LIVING | June 2014



A Never-Ending Stream of Devoted Donors BY KENDALL JONES

Whenever I speak to groups about MUST, I share with them statistics that show how many clients we serve with our varied services and the number of food, clothing and other items that are distributed. Frequently someone will ask, “Where does all this stuff come from?” As I reflect on that question, I give praise to God for all the different donors that He sends our way to enable us to help so many people. Kendall Jones, program The list goes on and on. Just director of the MUST in the past month or so, we Cherokee Program Services Center, has been with MUST received 250 shoeboxes filled Ministries for four years with toiletries from United Way. and has lived in Cherokee Provino’s Italian Restaurant County 27 years. He and and Bojangles Famous Chicken his wife Carol are members ‘n Biscuits donated the food of Canton First UMC. The MUST Cherokee office is for our volunteer appreciation at 111 Brown Industrial picnic. Bascomb Elementary Parkway in Canton, off exit School recently held a food 19 on I-575. (770) 479-5397. drive for MUST and Boston Elementary asked about doing a peanut butter and jelly drive for summer lunches. A family who recently had a loved one pass away used the money from the estate sale to purchase food items for MUST “because that’s what Grandma would have wanted.” A group from Walgreen’s helped collect food items at

the Dixie Speedway MUST Ministries Night. Sawnee EMC and the Bradshaw Farms Women’s Club gave us grants we can use to assist people with their rent. Faithful MUST Shepherds and churches give financially to MUST on a monthly basis. People will randomly walk in the front door or the donation door and drop off checks for anywhere from $25 to $1,000. We just added three new host sites for the summer lunch program in Cherokee County. Northside Hospital did a diaper and wipes drive as part of its Easter Eggstravaganza. Like I said, the list could go on and on! Pardon me if I did not name all the donors, but this gives just a small sampling of the incredible variety of sources from which we receive assistance. We are so blessed to have so much support from churches, organizations, schools, groups, businesses and individuals in our community and beyond. To quote from the book of Hebrews, “so great a cloud of witnesses.” Another quote comes to mind: “I said, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then I realized, I am somebody.” — Lily Tomlin Thank you to everyone who decided to be that “somebody” to help our neighbors in need. If you would like information on how you, your family, business or church group can help, contact Kendall Jones at or at 770-721-2923. Blessings, Kendall Volunteers from North Metro Church work on landscaping outside the MUST Cherokee office.


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If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.everydayangels. info 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@gmail. com for consideration and qualification.

Identifying people in need in our community

Matthew’s first indication that something was wrong was knee pain after finishing his first triathlon (right). Matthew’s cousin Jack (left) pays a hospital visit.

Since age four, Matthew McMahon, has been busy doing all the things that little boys do. He has played soccer, basketball, karate, been part of a swim team and enjoyed golf with his dad. In August, he even completed his first triathlon. A few months after his triathlon, Matthew began experiencing pain in his knee - not an unusual complaint for an active growing boy in the middle of his basketball season. An X-ray was recommended when treatment didn’t relieve his pain. His X-ray led to an MRI and biopsy. Matthew’s parents, Chris and Kerri, quickly learned that Matthew had a tumor behind his kneecap. The biopsy revealed their greatest fear, the tumor was malignant. “Our hearts were broken. There were so many questions and so few answers,” said Kerri. Since that day, their lives have been a blur. Eleven-year-old Matthew has osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, diagnosed in 400 children in the U.S. each year. Fortunately for Matthew, his tumor appears localized and has not spread. Matthew began aggressive chemo treatments and was scheduled to have the tumor removed at the end of May. He is now dealing with the ugly effects of four months of aggressive chemo. “Every day is different. Good days are rare, but we embrace them and make the most of them,” said Kerri. He has been on crutches since February and is not very mobile. He cannot put any weight on his right leg for fear of breaking the bone that the tumor has invaded. Since chemo began, Matthew has dealt with so much: emergency room visits, pain, high fevers, infection, sores and allergic reactions. His parents have not left Matthew’s side and juggle their time

caring for Matthew’s little sister and work. “There aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, but we manage with the help from many family members and friends. We are also grateful to St. Peter Chanel, Arnold Mill Elementary, Cherokee Impact Soccer, LifeTime Fitness, and ATA Karate for their love, support and fundraising efforts in honor of Matthew,” said Kerri. Matthew’s teacher keeps him on task with his studies so he doesn’t fall behind in school. He has big plans for his future. He wants to go to Georgia Tech and major in either architecture or nanotechnology. A dear family friend has organized a golf tournament, Hope for Kids, set for July 14, in support of Matthew and his family. Everyday Angels is excited to partner with them in hopes of relieving some of the financial burdens ahead for the McMahon family. Knowing what our compassionate community is capable of, Everyday Angels would like to rally the masses in support of this Monday, July 14 precious child. If you 8 a.m. Registration For more information contact: are interested in helping Jay Cox 404.395.3417 or Dolores Matthew, please see the Delgado 770.294.4342 box above left on how to donate.

Charity Golf Tournament

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Celebrating Sixes Dads

Above: “He’s our favorite person in the world to smother with hugs and kisses,” said Gavin Adams’ wife Chantel, with children Christiana, Gavin, Aaron and Cari Jill.

“My husband is the best dad because he is always in the front row of every activity our kids participate in, cheering them on and supporting them. He will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that they are happy and healthy.” — Taylor “He is the best daddy because he always plays baseball with me.” — Barret “My daddy is the best at playing tea party.” — Kennedy

Tharrow Pegues with Elijah, 6, and Isaiah, 8. “He’s my knight in shining armour and Lord of our home, who loves me more in my disability than the day we met almost 12 years ago. God knew I didn’t just need a ‘Christian,’ but a man who lives Him at his very core, for a time like now when …. his wife can’t walk and with two small babies to raise.”

“My wonderful husband Jeremy Rhodes with our two children Olivia, 6, and Austin, 3. We love him so much!” — Tammy 18

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Meghan Griffin said her dad Robert inspired in her a love of travel and learning. He is a former Coast Guard C-130 pilot and now a captain with FedEx.

Erin Preiser with husband Philip Preiser and father Harlan Jones, along with children Christian, Michael, Ethan and Trinity.

“Being a good father to my three children means everything to me. I had an awesome dad and I hope that I can be half the father he was to me.” Jay Baker, with children Max, Grayson and Sophie.

“Bruce Baker is very proud of his family and makes it a priority to be there for us,” said wife Cheryl, with Bruce and their children Jackson and Rachel.

“My dad, David Ruff, is an amazing role model for me when it comes to pursuing my passion; he has always known that I needed art in my life before I even realized it. I am more and more thankful for him every day,” said Megan. “My dad isn’t perfect, but he’s pretty close. He has taught me how to live my life the right way and to strive for what I have a passion for and I couldn’t imagine a better dad,” said Miles.

“I can’t imagine a better father or grandfather than the man I married 49 years ago,” Elly Hobgood said about her husband Gene, shown here enjoying popcorn with grandson Blake Hobgood.

“Even though our kids (Kimberly, bottom left, Jenna and D.J.) are all grown up, they still love to stay close and hang out with their dad,” Susan Schulz said about husband Greg.

“Happy Father’s Day to Tom Townsend, the ultimate family man! We love you more than you will ever know!” Love, Beth, Bennett, Grace and Jane

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Kids: How to Wade the River of Failure BY BILL RAMSEY

Bill has written and continues writing a collection of letters and stories to his three children. The following is one of his letters regarding failure. I love you, kids! That’s why I hope that you’ll fail big, and fail often. When I look back on my own failures, including some recent ones, I regret that I don’t have more of them. I waited too long to add some losses. Failing stinks, and it can really sting. But let me tell you the truth about failure: “Being a failure” and “failing” are totally different. I hate to even use those two terms in the same sentence. Everyone thinks they are afraid of failure. They’re not. Everyone is afraid of BEING A FAILURE. Failing is something you do. Being a failure is who you are. You can “do” failures and be insanely, wildly successful at the same time. “Being a failure,” remember, has nothing to do with your winning and losing. You’re NOT a “winner just for trying,” and you’re NOT a “failure just for losing.” When you fail at something, you’ll feel that stinging feeling I mentioned. That’s normal, and it’s okay. When you feel it, you must be careful. That sting has a really, really loud voice that screams in your head. It tells you that you’ll never win, that you’re dumb for trying, that everyone is laughing at you, that you’re not good enough. That’s the voice that says, “You ARE a failure.” It’s a lie, and you must tell that voice that it’s lying to you. How crazy is that voice? Remember, Big H, your last soccer game? You’re a determined, powerful, fast, left-footed(!) player. Yet you tripped. That voice would scream, “See! You tripped! Don’t ever walk again!” Crazy. Let me tell you three reasons why failing, while painful, is good. Bill Ramsey moved from Little Rock to Canton three years ago with his wife/first girlfriend and their three kids. A full-time photographer, Bill is also a writer, speaker, and radio show host. See some of Bill’s work, and more letters to his kids, at


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Then you’ll see how (God forbid) you can BE a failure. Most importantly, I want you to remember the river story. Three quick reasons why it’s good to fail:

The proud dad with daughter Bella Grace and sons Harrison and Carson.

1. Failures only come when you’re trying. Newborns don’t fail at walking, or talking, or writing code, or building

houses. 2. Failures tell you if you’re trying something worthwhile. The only thing that stands between you and amazing is something difficult. It’s only difficult because you haven’t done it yet, or enough, to be good at it. So if you’re not failing, you’re not trying something big enough. 3. Failures are the school teachers of successful people. When you lose, you have a stunningly clear education. Embrace the loss, and choose to learn. Does that help you understand why I want you to fail big, and fail often? It should also help you understand how you can BE a failure. In order to be a failure, try nothing. When you think about failures, I want you to remember a few years ago when we walked in the Buffalo River. The water was low, so we could step from stone to stone. Sometimes we slipped into the water. Think of the river as the days, weeks, years of your life. “Success” is a place across the river [like a goal or dream]. Each of those stones, leading across the river, is a place of failure. Imagine walking from rock to rock [failure to failure]. Others, sitting on the side, afraid to step out, might laugh and point. continued on page 62

Look, Honey, I Cut the Cord! BY MIKE LITREL M.D.

I usually ask the father to cut the umbilical cord at his baby’s delivery. Cutting the cord is a symbolic event: An expectant woman becomes a mother, and a family is born, hope wonderfully fulfilled. But there’s another reason to involve the father. Fathers can be pretty useless at times like this. Women understand this sad fact, but for the most part keep it to Dr. Mike Litrel has authored themselves. A man’s ego is a fragile hundreds of articles and thing. We’ve convinced ourselves two books on the faithwe’re strong and in command. But health connection. He is a board certified OB/ as we bear witness to the awesome GYN and specialist in pelvic struggle of a woman’s labor and the reconstructive surgery miracle of new life, even the most at Cherokee Women’s dim-witted of us begin to suspect Health Specialists in Roswell something is up. and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel can be reached at www. We are humbled. Men don’t take well to being humbled. So keeping this in mind, I’ve found it useful to give the husband an accomplishment of his own. He gets to cut the cord. Cutting the cord is technically less difficult than cutting coupons out of the Sunday paper. Most men realize this and keep their self-congratulations to a minimum: “Sweetheart, with you carrying the baby for nine months, and all those painful contractions and pushing, and me cutting the cord so well, I think we both did a pretty good job.” Yet the occasional father takes it to the extreme. “Look what I did, honey!” He looks to his wife, exhausted from labor and blood loss, for approval. “Did you see me? I just cut the cord! By myself!” Chest swelled with pride and beer belly drooping over his belt, this is the kind of guy who walks around for the next couple of decades self-satisfied with the thought, “That thing would still be attached to you if it wasn’t for me.” Some husbands, on the other hand, are appropriately appreciative. One of these appreciative husbands came to my office with his wife. They had tried for years to conceive, suffering through a battery of tests, failures, and finally, the loss of hope. Then out of the blue my patient got pregnant. Over the next nine months, her husband was an unfailing source of support. At the delivery, he stood holding her hand from the moment of the first contraction. “You are so beautiful!” he told his wife. “You are doing so well!” He rubbed her back, got her sips of water, and over and over repeated his mantra – “you are so beautiful, you are doing so well.” Finally, the baby emerged. The father’s hand trembled as he cut the cord, and when I placed the baby on the mother’s abdomen, continued on page 62


Those lazy, crazy days of summer call for books as colorful and refreshing as popsicles. My summer favorites are from Southern authors we call our own, their characters and settings as familiar as our own backyards. Mary Kay Andrews’ “Save the Date” is the story of Cara, a Savannah florist on the verge of scoring the wedding of a lifetime who finds her dog stolen, the bride missing and a rival florist ready to put her out of business. Witty and charming, told as only Mary Kay Andrews can. “A Long Time Gone” is Karen White’s latest offering. Vivien Walker swore she’d never go back to the Mississippi Delta but return she does, nine years to the day she’d left. What she finds on arrival is not what she’d hoped for, but a challenge to rediscover herself as she uncovers family secrets that have haunted her family for generations. White’s lush storytelling and signature ghostly encounters make this one another page turner. Eve and Cooper Morrison, Savannah’s power couple—beautiful on the outside, but falling apart on the inside— are in “The Stories We Tell,” the latest from beloved author Patti Callahan Henry. Circumstances pile like a house of cards and fall just as quickly, leaving Eve with a lapful of stories as her only source of truth, if she can find which story she can believe. It’s another winner from Callahan, whose stories are straight from the heart. Releases June 24, 2014. Let’s wander to the Florida Keys with Wendy Wax in “The House at Mermaid Point.” William the Wild Hightower, an aging, creatively blocked rock star, hides from fans on his own island, Mermaid Point. But funds are low and he finds himself and his house turned over to the spunky trio of women—Maddie, Avery and Nikki—who we knew and loved in “Ten Beach Road” and “Ocean Beach.” Their plan is to transform his house into a bed and breakfast reality show. His house isn’t all that’s transformed in this perfect beach read that releases July 1, 2014. What’s better than a book by your favorite author? An anthology of stories written by your favorite authors, which is what you’ll find in “Grand Central,” original stories of postwar love and reunion. Ten women’s fiction authors share their stories set on the same day after the end of World War II as they pass through Grand Central Terminal. Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, Erika Robuck and Karen White are a few of the authors who contributed to this project. So grab your beach bag stuffed with stories and settle your toes in the sand. It’s a summer filled with great reads. And for me, it doesn’t get any better than that. SIXES LIVING | June 2014



CALENDAR Through July 26 Dixie Speedway History Exhibit: “At the Races: Dixie Speedway” is presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society at the historic marble courthouse, 100 North St. in Canton. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. No charge. (770) 345-3288. June 7 Art on the Green: A new free event sponsored by Elm Street Cultural Arts Village on the Green, 2-8 p.m., will feature musicians and visual and culinary artists from metro Atlanta. Elm Street will offer tours of the Reeves House, a historic home built in 1891 that will be restored to a visual arts gallery and studio space for artists in the region. June 8 Woodstock Public Library’s 50th birthday: Festivities 3-5 p.m. include rededication of the Elizabeth D. Johnston room and ribbon cutting. Children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments provided. Historical pictures and documents will be on display. (770) 926-5859. June 9 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament: 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. shotgun start at the BridgeMill Athletic Club, 1190 BridgeMill Ave. June 13 Relay for Life: The rescheduled countywide event will take place at Woodstock High School, with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by the survivor/caregiver ceremony at 6:45, a luminaria ceremony at 10 and closing ceremony at midnight. June 13 Community Movie Night: “Despicable Me 2” is the feature presentation for Sunnyside Church of God’s family movie night. The free evening begins at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at dark. Bring a chair or blanket. Food will 22

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be provided. The church is at 2510 E. Cherokee Drive. June 14 American Girl Tea Party: The Cherokee County Historical Society is sponsoring a tea party for girls, their parents and grandparents at the Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway. Door prizes, doll history trivia and tea with pink linen and china. Raffle tickets for Marie-Grace and Cecile dolls. Seating is limited. To order tickets, visit http://shop.rockbarn. org/collections/special-event-tickets/ products/american-girl-tea. June 14 Cornhole Tournament: The 3 p.m. fundraiser benefits The Children’s Heart Foundation, in memory of Lillian Victoria Dice, who died five days after her birth from congenital heart defect. The event, which includes raffles for prizes, children’s activities, music and food, will be held at Locals Bar and Grill, 6380 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Cornhole is $10 per person, $5 for a kid’s activities pass, and $1 for raffle tickets. For details call (770) 627-5121 or visit Lillian Victoria Dice #TEAMLILY on Facebook. June 17 History Program: The free session is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway. (770) 345-3288. June 18 Safety Day Camp: The Cherokee County Farm Bureau’s 9 a.m.-4 p.m. day camp, for youth ages 8-12, includes safety with ATVs, animals, electricity, tractors, fire, gun, water, bikes, severe weather and the Internet. The camp, which includes lunch, T-shirt and goodie bag, is at the Lazy D Farm, 848 Bishop Road, Ball Ground. To register, call (770) 479-1481, ext. 0. June 21-22 “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is based on the L. Frank Baum novel. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Dorothy. Children will receive coloring pictures of the popular characters, autographed programs and a chance for pictures with the cast. Shows 2:30 and

7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $10 children 12 and younger, $12 adults. July 12 Third annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K: Plans are underway for the 5K and 1-mile “Brave” Fun Run at First Baptist Church in Canton. To read more about Collins Dixon and to register, visit July 14 Hope for Kids Golf Tourney: The scramble-format event begins with 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start followed by 1:30 p.m. awards ceremony. Raffle and silent auction included. Foursome is $450, or $125 individual. Contact Jay Cox at (404) 395-3417 or Dolores Delgado at (770) 294-4342 for more information. July 14-Aug. 1 Summer Camps at Canton Historic Theatre will include acting games, warm-up techniques and creating unique characters. A full performance will be presented to family and friends at the end of each camp. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., cost $150 per week. The themes are: July 14-18—A Night at the Museum; July 21-25—Sherlock Holmes; and July 28-Aug. 1—All Things Seuss. July 19 Back-to-School Bash: Give a Kid a Chance–Cherokee will host the ninth annual event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Canton and Hillside United Methodist Church in Woodstock. Last year more than 3,000 filled backpacks were given to students in need. To sign up to receive a backpack and medical screenings, or to volunteer to help, visit Aug. 14-16 Catch the Wave Writing Conference: Registration is open for this event, sponsored by the Christian Author’s Guild, to be held at Mount Paran North Church, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta. Featuring speakers, editors, authors, publishers, agents and more.


Bocce ball competitors Pat Shirey (left) and Linda Berg.

Kathleen Garner tries her hand at Frisbee golf.

SALUTING SENIOR OLYMPIANS Cherokee County residents ages 50-90 took part in the Senior Olympics 2014, an event that included 150 participants (50 new this year) in 14 events, with the largest being bowling (more than 60 athletes) and pickleball (48 with a waiting list). Planning for 2015 begins in August, and registration should open in January. Keep up to date on Facebook or at

Eight swimmers competed at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center.

Martha Lobach tosses a horseshoe.

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Summer Fun A few new toys to celebrate the season. BY CHANTEL ADAMS

Storybook-Toy Duo

Summer can often be a time when new fears emerge. Maybe your child fears the dark or thunderstorms. Maybe he or she is facing minor surgery during time off school. Cumming author Vicki Sewell has just the antidote. “The Magnificent Sprinkles” storybook and plush toy can help calm fears and give your child the courage to be absolutely magnificent in every way. $29.99 at FoxTale Books, downtown Woodstock.

A Chilled Lunch

What would summer be without a picnic? Try one of many varieties of this beautiful freezable lunch bag. Take it with you while hiking up Kennesaw Mountain, biking at Blankets Creek or relaxing on a quilt by Little River. $22.95 at Willow, Canton Marketplace.

Water Bazooka

Just because you don’t have a pool in your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with water. This water gun makes it easy to win the neighborhood water war. Just fill an empty two-liter bottle with H2O, screw onto the back, and off you go! $7.99 at Learning Express, in the Towne Lake Kroger plaza.

Engage Your Brain Ditch the DVDs and keep your kids’ minds active on your next road trip with this new biography series, “Who was Albert Einstein?” “Who was Walt Disney?” “Who was Abraham Lincoln?” and many more. With stories told in fun and engaging ways, even the adults on your gift list have a chance at becoming history buffs. $4.99 each at FoxTale Books, downtown Woodstock.


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Banzar Speed Blast

And what would summer be without an oldschool Slip ‘N Slide? This updated version allows participants to race to the finish in a competition that leaves everyone refreshed. $12.99 at Target.

Tiki Toss

I first played Tiki Toss outside our favorite ice cream shop on Hilton Head Island, so I was thrilled to find this home version of the same game. It’s truly addictive! My family plans to make some homemade ice cream and pretend we’re at the beach. $29.99 at Learning Express.

Cross Country Racers Dodge Rain, Storms BY LISA RANDALL

On May 10, 175 top local and regional mountain bike racers dodged rain and storms as they pushed the limits of their fitness and their machines in the second annual Blankets Creek Cross Country Mountain Bike Race. The fundraising event, co-hosted by SORBA Woodstock and Mountain Goat Adventures, brought in $3,500 for the Southern Off Road Lisa Randall is a mom, Bicycle Association chapter to small business owner and continue trail maintenance and athlete from Canton. She trail-building efforts at Blankets is owner of Mountain Goat Creek and Rope Mill Park. The Adventures, LLC, which event featured divisions for all organizes local trail running and mountain bike events. skill levels, from a first-time In her spare time, Lisa is racer division to a stacked pro/ a competitive cyclist and expert class that drew many competes in mountain talented riders from the region. bike, cyclocross and trail Depending on their skill level, running races. participants raced anywhere from nine to 22 miles on a timed course consisting of hilly single-track trails along the shores of Lake Allatoona. The next event planned at Blankets Creek is a six-hour endurance mountain bike race Aug. 9, Blankets Creek’s largest event of the year that should draw more than 350 riders. Divisions for solo, two-person and three-person teams are available. Many riders compete as part of a team for the camaraderie and summer party atmosphere. Details are available at blankets6hour/details.

Local resident and business owner Max McAllister of Traxxion Dynamics in Woodstock, an event sponsor, raced in the men’s intermediate category.

Woodstock resident David Holcomb, a SORBA volunteer, raced in the intermediate category. Pro and expert riders at the start line. Photos courtesy Steve Hampton H & H Multimedia

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS Weird Animals 9 a.m.-noon June 16-20 at St. Clements Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Road, Canton. Agency D3 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 9-13 at Hopewell Baptist, 78 Ridge Road, Canton. (770) 345-5723. Workshop of Wonders 9 a.m.-noon June 9-13 at for children ages 4 through rising fifth-graders at Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. Wilderness Escape! 6-8 p.m. June 8-12 for preschoolers through rising fifth-graders at Sixes United Methodist Church, 8385 Bells Ferry Road. No cost. Agency D3 9 a.m.-noon June 23-27 ages 4 by Sept. 1 through completed eighth grade at First Baptist Church of Canton, 1 Mission Point. No charge. International Spy Academy 9 a.m.-noon July 7-11 for children entering grades 1-8 at Cherokee Presbyterian Church, 1498 Johnson Brady Road, Canton. No cost. Register at Agency D3 6:30-9 p.m. June 9-13 at Sutallee Baptist Church, 895 Knox Bridge Highway. Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind! 9 a.m.-noon June 9-13 at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. (770) 928-2812.

Weird Animals 9 a.m.-noon June 9-13 for preschool through fifth grade at Timothy Lutheran Church, 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. (770) 262-437. Jungle Safari 9 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 23-27 for kindergartners through fifth grade at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92. No charge. (770) 926-4428. Weird Animals 9 a.m.-noon July 7-11 for age 4 through rising fifth-graders at Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock. Weird Animals 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-26 for preschoolers to sixth-graders at City On A Hill United Methodist Church, 7745 Main St., Woodstock. (678) 445-3480. Son Treasure Island 6-8 p.m. June 22-26 for ages 4-9 at Towne Lake Community Church, 132 N. Medical Parkway. (678) 445-8766 ext. 203. Weird Animals 6-8 p.m. June 9-13 for ages 5-11, a joint effort by Canton Adventist and Celebration of Grace Lutheran churches at 441 Scott Mill Road, Canton. Hometown Nazareth 6:30-8:45 p.m. June 26-29 for rising fourth- through sixth-graders at Hillside United Methodist Church, 4494 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock.


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Vacationing on the Cheap BY JAMIE WILLIAMS

I think we can all agree family time together is wonderful, but paying for the vacation creates its own set of stressors. Use these tips to make the most of your vacation dollars. Consider renting a condo if you’re staying the week. It’s even better if you can share the condo with family or friends because that will cut your rental expenses in half. Websites like www.vrbo. Jamie Williams is a wife, com and mom of two teenage girls offer great details with pictures and founder of Five Talents and location info for comparison Wealth Management, Inc. Her goal is always to help shopping. Always read the her family and her clients reviews and don’t hesitate to wisely use what God has try to negotiate the price or entrusted to them. cleaning fees. You may also inquire on social media about recommendations from friends. Some may even offer up their own vacation place at a bargain just because they know you.

If you’re staying for just a few days, it may make better sense to grab a deal at a hotel and avoid cleaning fees. I love to name my own price on Priceline. There is somewhat of an art to this, so be very careful and do your homework first or you could end up disappointed. The web is loaded with tips on how to bid well, including http://biddingfortravel.yuku. com/topic/2560/t/Hotel-FAQ.html. Tag along on your spouse’s business trip. If the hotel is already going to be paid for (hopefully a suite with a fridge, microwave and sofa) then turn the business trip into a vacation for the rest of the family. Or, consider vacationing in the off-season. Our beach trips are always during September break—a bonus of Cherokee County’s modified school calendar. It’s so much cheaper and less crowded. Always have an eating plan. You can stock the refrigerator and cupboards with quick meal and snack fixes. We eat out more during lunch than at dinner because the meals are much cheaper. I encourage mom or dad to say “please bring us a round of waters” before the server sells the children on high-sugar sodas and virgin daiquiris. We always enjoy one really nice dinner out, but we pair it with an early bird dinner usually offered before 6 p.m. Happy vacationing!

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What if Unemployed Baby Boomers Hired Themselves? BY JULIAN REID

Unemployed professional baby boomers are caught in a dilemma of not being able to afford to retire, but not finding suitable career options. On one side, they can’t afford to retire because they have a lifestyle that depends on the income they’re accustomed to, and they’re too young not to want meaningful involvement in their career. On the other side, there are too few career options for them to simply plug in elsewhere. Commerce Julian Reid has a chemical Department findings reveal that engineering degree from only 18 percent of over-50 seasoned Georgia Tech, a U.S. Chamber certification in professionals can expect to find Organization Management comparable work at their previous and several professional salary. Their experience actually coaching and sales works against them in terms of certifications. Contact him affordability, as companies hire at (770) 521-0698 or www. younger workers to perform their former roles – for less money. Their response is to take control of their lives, and confidently embark on their own ventures. I have coached many boomer


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clients who seek business models that are semi-absentee, executive management, income generating, and equity building opportunities. For example, a younger entrepreneur may want to open a pizza shop, toss the dough and make pizzas for his living. In contrast, an executive boomer probably wants to own four pizza shops and never touch pizza dough. Interestingly, many clients want to involve their grown children, and they explore a variety of franchise models because they want to run their own business – on their terms, without having to invent it. So, is there risk? Sure. Four out of five independent start-up businesses fail in their first five years. However, contrast that risk with franchise businesses, and you can turn that statistic upside down. Many boomers don’t have the financial cushion to come back from a financial setback like a failed business. Starting a business after age 50 can be quite lucrative, but it’s important to mitigate risks; including the risk of depending on others for your career destiny. If you are an unemployed professional boomer, I’d encourage you to explore franchising. It addresses both sides of the dilemma: post-retirement income and risk mitigation. With a proven business system, professional boomers can reduce risk and shorten the learning curve/time frame to break even. Also, a franchise business provides income, and the ability to control your career. What if YOU could hire yourself? Would you?

Destinations: Theaters Offer Drama, Music and History BY LYNNE WATTS

Nurture your dramatic, artistic side and spend some time attending a production in one of the metro area’s historical theaters. Step back in time to a simpler, more romantic era when attending the theater was a special occasion worth dressing up in your white gloves and Sunday best. The best known of all Atlanta’s theaters is the Fabulous Fox Theater. Just a visit here is an experience in itself. Originally built Lynne Watts is an author, as part of a large Shrine temple, speaker, coach, mom and it sports a lavish Moorish design counselor for Cherokee County schools. Follow her at featuring Islamic and Egyptian, architecture. The 4,678-seat and auditorium replicates an Arabian courtyard complete with a night sky of 96 embedded stars flickering behind a projection of clouds. Prior to most performances, you can enjoy listening to Mighty Mo, a four-keyboard pipe organ that was custom built in 1929. The Fox Theater entertains its patrons

with everything from lavish Broadway plays to a summer film festival sure to engage young and old alike. The summer schedule includes “The Little Mermaid,” “Sesame Street Live!,” and a performance by comedian George Lopez. Downtown Marietta is known for the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, an Art Deco cinema that opened in 1935. In its heyday, the theater hosted premieres of film stars such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Like most of the historical theaters, it fell on financial hard times and sat in disrepair for three decades until it was renovated and reopened in 2009. Currently, the Strand Theatre showcases high energy song and dance musical revues, guaranteed to get your toes tapping and body moving to the beat. June events include “Men of Motown,” “Jukebox Giants,” “The Civil War: A Musical Experience,” and “Diva!” Closest to home, the historic Canton Theater originally opened in 1911 when it hosted slides and silent movies. It has undergone several renovations and most recently reopened in 1997. The elegant Art Deco style theater will present The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a play set for June 21-22, and a range of summer drama camps with themes that include “A Night at the Museum,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “All Things Seuss.” “Steel Magnolias” is planned for Aug. 22-23, along with the world premiere of “Ordinary People” by Thomas Reiser Aug. 29-31 and Sept. 4, 6-7.

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Regular Tune-Ups Save Time, Money BY DAN JAPE

Have you heard HVAC contractor ads for an air conditioner tune-up and wondered what all the fuss was about? Air conditioning tune-ups help homeowners prepare their units for the summer heat, and give peace of mind that your system will work as efficiently as possible — even under the extreme demands of scorching summer temperatures. The good news is that a tune-up is a cost-effective way to keep your Dan Jape is the owner or system in good operating condition, Reliable Heating & Air. He and results in lower operating costs can be reached at (770) and a longer service life for the unit. 594-9969. Many manufacturers void warranties if a system hasn’t been serviced. Tune-ups help the individual components inside the system last longer so the system’s total life span is longer. If you purchased a warranty for your air conditioner, make sure you schedule annual service appointments and keep records of the service. Manufacturers assign a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) to all systems based on tests performed under


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”Tune-ups help the individual components inside the system last longer so the system’s total life span is longer.” ideal running conditions. If conditions are not ideal, the air conditioner won’t achieve its highest possible efficiency. Lessthan-ideal conditions can run from a leaky home or too little insulation to external factors that include dirt buildup on the coils and too little refrigerant. A technician will check for these conditions during a tune-up to ensure the system operates as efficiently as possible. Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. When your system is running well, it uses less energy to cool your home. Lower energy use means bigger savings for you on your monthly utility bills. An air conditioner tune-up will save you lots of money in both the long- and short-term and provide peace of mind.

Coping With College Loans Paying them down, managing their financial impact. DON AKRIDGE, MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP® U.S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN – EMORY UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS

Are student loans holding our economy back? Certainly America has recovered from the last recession, but this is an interesting question nonetheless. In a November 2013 address before the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau assistant director Rohit Chopra expressed that college loan debt “may prove to be one of the more painful aftershocks of the Great Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Recession.” In fact, outstanding Planning & Investment education debt in America doubled Services founded in from 2007 to 2013, topping $1 1994 and conveniently trillion. located off Chastain More than 60 percent of this Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. debt is held by people over the Phone 770-952-6707. age of 30 and about 15 percent is carried by people older than 50. The housing sector feels the strain: in a November National Association of Realtors survey, 54 percent of the first-time homebuyers who had difficulty saving up a down payment cited their college loan expenses as the main obstacle. The ProgressNow think tank believes that education debt siphons $6 billion of new car purchasing power out of the economy per year. As the Detroit Free Press notes, the average 2012 college graduate is burdened with $29,400 in education loans. If you carry five-figure (or greater) education debt, what do you do to pay it down faster? How can you overcome student loans to move forward financially? If you are young (or not so young), budgeting is key. Even if you get a second job, a promotion, or an inheritance, you won’t be able to erase any debt if your expenses consistently exceed your income. Smartphone apps and other online budget tools can help you live within your budget day to day, or even at the point of purchase for goods and services. After that first step, you can use a few different strategies to whittle away at college loans. • The local economy permitting, a couple can live on one salary and use the wages of the other earner to pay off the loan balance(s). • You could use your tax refund to attack the debt. • You can hold off on a major purchase or two. (Yes, this is a sad effect of college debt, but backhandedly it could also help you reduce it by freeing up more cash to apply to the loan.) • You can sell something of significant value – a car or truck, a motorbike, jewelry, collectibles and turn the cash on the debt.

“In a November National Association of Realtors survey, 54 percent of the first-time homebuyers who had difficulty saving up a down payment cited their college loan expenses as the main obstacle.” Now in the big picture of your budget, you could try the “snowball method” where you focus on paying off your smallest debt first, then the next smallest, etc. on to the largest. Or, you could try the “debt ladder” tactic, where you attack the debt(s) with the highest interest rate(s) to start. That will permit you to gradually devote more and more money toward the goal of wiping out that existing student loan balance. Even just paying more than the minimum each month on your loan will help. Making payments every two weeks rather than every month can also have a big impact. If the lender presents you with a choice of repayment plans, weigh the one you currently use against the others; the others might be better. Signing up for automatic payments can help, too. You avoid the risk of penalty for late payment, and student loan issuers commonly reward the move: many will lower the interest rate on a loan by a quarter-point or so in thanks. What if you have multiple outstanding college loans? Should one of those loans have a variable interest rate (about 15 percent of education loans do), try addressing that debt first. Why? Think about what could happen with interest rates as this decade progresses. They are already rising. Also, how about combining multiple federal student loan balances into one? If you graduated college before July 1, 2006, the interest rate you’ll lock in on the single balance will be lower than that paid on each separate federal education loan. Maybe your boss could pay down the loan. Don’t laugh: there are college grads who manage to negotiate just such agreements. In fact, there are small and mid-sized businesses that offer them simply to be competitive today. They can’t offer a young hire what the Fortune 500 can when it comes to salary, so they pitch another perk: a lump sum that the new employee can use to reduce a college loan. To reduce your student debt, live within your means and use your financial creativity. It may disappear faster than you think. 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. SIXES LIVING | June 2014



Governor Nathan Deal:

Accomplishing Conservative Reform for Georgia

After nearly four years in office, Gov. Nathan Deal, with the support of Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly, has proved that conservative leaders have the strength to lead our state into the next decade. Democrats often complain that Republicans spend all their time saying, “no” and not enough time accomplishing objectives. Here in Georgia, Gov. Deal is proving them wrong. Deal recently announced that Site Selection magazine named Georgia the number one place to do business and the most competitive state in the nation. With low taxes and business-friendly government, Georgia is the epicenter of job growth in a multitude of industries from manufacturing to film. Even through difficult economic times, Georgia balanced its budget every year and now boasts a “rainy day” fund of $700 million – more than 500 percent higher than it was a few years ago. Because of Georgia’s fiscal restraint and conservative budget practices, the Peach State is one of the few to still hold a AAA bond rating from all three major rating organizations. It’s safe to say, Washington could learn a thing or two Paid for by Lindsey for Congress 32

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from Georgia’s lead. In a recent press release, Gov. Deal attributed Georgia’s successes not just to government officials but to everyone in Georgia banding together to make the state the best it can be. “These rankings are not only a testament to our strong business climate, but they also speak to the commitment and support from our industry partners, communities and the people of Georgia,” Deal said. A few years ago, when the great recession hit, Georgia was forced to tighten its belt. Unlike the federal government, a provision in Georgia’s

Constitution prohibits the state from borrowing to make do when revenues fall short. As the economy plummeted, lawmakers cut 15 percent of the state’s budget in three years. At first, Republicans cut the programs they thought were excessive. As the economy continued to dwindle, they were forced to cut from programs they liked. Lesser leaders would have raised taxes. Instead, Georgia’s Republican leadership made those difficult cuts, saving cash-strapped taxpayers from more financial intrusion. That’s called responsible governing. Through the governor’s work with business, civic and government leaders throughout the state, new

companies have been recruited to Georgia. Other companies have expanded their existing operations. For example, the tractor company Caterpillar Inc. is in the process of opening a new plant outside of Athens; State Farm Insurance brought jobs to DeKalb County; Tyson Foods in Terrell and Hostess Brands in Muscogee also added personnel. In 2013 alone, Georgia saw a 10percent increase in private business investment; that’s $6.07 billion, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Business growth and job creation bring increased revenues for the state. As the state coffers rejuvenate, Deal and members of the Republican leadership have been able to restore $547 million to our education system and restore HOPE grants for students of tech colleges, a repeal of a 2011 cut. Unfortunately, state lawmakers are often at the mercy of the federal government. Conservative elected leaders in Georgia have listened to their constituents, who have said repeatedly that they worry about the impending costs of President Obama’s health care plan. After this year’s session of the General Assembly, Deal signed a bill that shows the federal government it cannot force the states to pay for initiatives that they do not want. Several conservatives in the Georgia House of Representatives introduced a bill that would prevent state and local taxpayer money from being used to promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation stalled when members of the Senate tabled the bill. State Rep. Ed Lindsey used his considerable experience to come up with a new line of attack.

He attached the anti-ACA language to another bill, which fellow lawmakers dubbed the “The Lindsey Amendment.” With the new legislation in place, House conservatives redoubled their efforts to build coalitions and drum up support. The effort was successful. Deal signed the bill in April. Likewise, members of Republican leadership and the governor worked together to pass a bill letting Washington know that the states are fed up with the increasing federal debt. In 1984, Congress first considered a balanced budget amendment. It failed. National debt at the time was $1 trillion. Again in 1996, Congress failed at an attempt to pass a balanced budget amendment. By then, the debt had reached $5 trillion. Now, the debt is approaching $18 trillion and there is no plan in sight to do anything about it. Georgia conservatives, therefore, devised a new approach. There are two ways to change the U.S. Constitution. One is for Congress to pass a bill. The second is for the states to get together and ask for a change. In this year’s

legislative session, Republicans passed a bill calling for a Convention of the States, specifically to request a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Deal signed the bill into law. If enough other states sign on, we will experience an unprecedented move by the states to force the federal government to take action on an essential issue. Georgians have been frugal with their money, and it has paid off. Now, we are showing Washington how it’s done. With almost 235,000 jobs created under Gov. Deal’s leadership, one thing is clear: when Republicans govern like conservatives, growth and opportunity flourish. By empowering job creators, enhancing educational opportunities for our students and governing with the best interest of the people at all times, our state will remain a place where our children and grandchildren will want to live and raise a family. Through continued conservative leadership, generation after generation will be proud to call Georgia home.

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Health & Wellness

The Buzz About Mosquitoes BY RICK COUGHLIN

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on earth. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Mosquitoes may carry many deadly diseases including west Nile virus, yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever and encephalitis. And don’t forget heartworm, which can be fatal to your pet.

Rick Coughlin is the owner of The Mosquito Authority. Email him at

Only female mosquitoes bite humans. While female mosquitoes need a blood meal to reproduce, males are happy to feed on flower nectar.

Mosquitoes fly about 1.5 miles per hour. That makes them one of the slowest-flying insects in the world. A mosquito’s wings beat about 500 times per second. This explains the buzz you hear as they approach for the bite. All mosquitoes require water to breed. And it doesn’t take much. A female can deposit her eggs in as little as a bottle cap


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amount of water. Dump or drain any standing water you can from your property, and treat any remaining water with larvacide. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from up to 75 feet away. Everyone produces carbon dioxide, the key signal to the mosquito that a potential blood meal is close by. Some people produce more carbon dioxide then others. This is at least part of the reason why some people are bothered more than others by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes synchronize their wing beats to mate. It was once believed that only male mosquitoes could hear the beats of potential mates. Recent research proved females listen to lovers, too. The male and female synchronize their buzzing to the same speed when they meet. If you are being bothered by mosquitoes, consider hiring a professional to break the mosquito lifecycle, which eliminates mosquitoes immediately and keeps them away. Make sure you hire a professional who utilizes integrated pest management and follows through with the four key steps to eliminating mosquitoes: mosquito identification, habitat removal, larval control and adult control. Missing even one of these steps could prevent complete control.

Heartworm Prevention Easier than Treatment BY DR. CHERIE HODGES

Just as mosquitoes can be harmful to humans, an infected mosquito can transmit heartworm to your dog or cat. In fact, the only way heartworms are transmitted is through a mosquito bite. It takes about seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms, which can live six to eight years inside your pet. Heartworm disease is easily Dr. Cherie Hodges of detected using blood tests BridgeMill Animal designed for the specific Hospital has a bachelor’s in biology from species of animal. In dogs, we Georgia State University are looking for the heartworm and a doctorate antigen, which indicates the in veterinary medicine presence of adult heartworms. from the University of In cats, we are actually looking Georgia. She lives in Alpharetta with children for the heartworm antibody, Daniel and Caleigh, five which indicates that your cat at dogs and four cats. some point has been exposed to heartworms but doesn’t necessarily indicate an active infection.

Signs of heartworm disease in a dog include fatigue, coughing, lack of appetite and weight loss. Unfortunately these signs form in later stages of disease. Early signs are generally non-existent. Signs of heartworm disease in a cat are different from those in dogs. Cats are not the natural host for heartworms, so their signs can mimic other feline diseases. We usually see vomiting, gagging, weight loss, rapid breathing and lethargy. Treatment of heartworms is available for only dogs at this time; the only thing we can do for infected cats is control the symptoms. The treatment for dogs can be costly and it is not without risk for the patient. It is a disease that is much easier to prevent than to treat. Prevention is relatively simple in both cats and dogs. There are numerous products on the market, ranging from only heartworm and internal parasite prevention to medication that also helps control fleas. Forms of the medicine range from chewable tablets to topical liquids that are applied to the skin on the back of the neck. All of the various forms must be given once a month to be effective. There is an injection for dogs only that can be given every six months. Your dog needs to be at least six months old to receive its first dosage of this injection. Dogs also must be tested annually to make sure the medication is effective.

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Health & Wellness

Know the Signs of a Stroke BY DR. JOSEPH HORMES

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. It is the number one cause of disability in our country. Yet, a quick diagnosis and treatment by an expert care team greatly increases the chance of a positive outcome.

Dr. Hormes received his medical degree from St. John’s Medical School in Bangalore, India. He completed neurology residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and a Fellowship in Neurophysiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


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Think F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you need to call 9-1-1 fast. • Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven? • Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? • Speech Difficulty - Is the person

“Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.” unable to speak? Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? Time to Call 9-1-1 - If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Be sure to check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. Medicine has come a long way in treating strokes. New processes, such as teleneurology, allow physicians to consult with other physicians and stroke specialists to achieve the highest level of care possible, despite large geographical distances. The southeast United States is home to some of the highest rates of stroke mortality in the nation. With new processes and a greater emphasis on early detection

Kona Ice Delivers More than Just Flavorful Treats When Rich and Terri 10 FlavorWave flavors as they want or Miramonti are driving one of choose from thousands of different their Kona Ice trucks, chances combinations from custom flavors are they are bringing more than on board the truck. Most popular a shaved ice treat for children among the kids are Tiger’s Blood, and adults. Blue Raspberry and Cotton Candy, The company’s commitment while flavors like pina colada, Bahama to giving back to the community Mama and daiquiri appeal to the is what attracted the Woodstock adults. couple to become franchise The Miramontis bring their truck to owners. That and the fact that sporting events, monthly school visits Terri, a former school teacher, and field days, charity affairs, and Rich and Terri Miramonti can prepare the shaved ice treats for can still be a part of the lives of typically donate 20 percent of gross customers, or let them create their own at the FlavorWave station. young people. sales to the organization that invites Rich and Terri were looking for them. They have the capacity to serve spring. The colorful a business opportunity when they more than 300 cones per hour. vehicles are hard to discovered Kona Ice, a national corporation All shaved ice products are free of miss – Terri describes with franchises in 48 states. The company dairy, gluten and peanuts, with many them as tiki huts on has given back $15 million to communities flavors also available in sugar and dye wheels. At each stop, since it was founded in 2008. That was a free. calypso music plays major selling point for the couple. With help from their sons Jordan through front and “It feels good to be able to give back and Austin and their daughter rear-facing speakers and make people happy, help them Madison, along with Rich’s dad Dick, it while children (and achieve their goals,” said Terri. “And it’s a has become a family business. adults) create their own shaved ice treats fun business because you’re bringing fun “We want to be ingrained in the at Kona’s patented FlavorWave station on wherever you go.” communities where we live. If there’s an the truck. Customers can make their own They brought home their first truck in event, we want people to know we’ll be unique treat using as much or little of the February 2013 and added a second this there.”

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Health & Wellness

The Wise Choice for your Wisdom Teeth BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

Impacted wisdom teeth create dental problems that are best to avoid. Too often patients ignore their wisdom teeth since they are considered unnecessary and expendable. But ignoring impacted teeth can cause complications: your front teeth can become crowded, and partially erupted wisdom teeth can collect food particles and become infected and decay, which can spread to the root and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause Dr. Scott Harden is a swelling, pain and infection. dentist at Fountain Wisdom teeth are considered View Family Dentistry and has served the your third set of molars that come Woodstock area for in between ages 17 and 25, bringing more than 21 years. the number of teeth you have to He is a dental advisor 32. They grow into the very back for two national of the jaw area, and only a small dental research companies. You can percentage of people have large reach Dr. Harden at enough jaws to accommodate (770) 926-0000 or visit ideally positioned wisdom teeth. When there isn’t enough room, the teeth become impacted or only partially erupt. It’s best to have them removed at the age of 17, or before the roots have fully developed. The tops of the teeth form first and the roots last, opposite of how a tree grows. Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth served a purpose long ago when our diets consisted of rough foods (roots, nuts, meats) causing teeth to break down and become narrower. These teeth showed up at the appropriate time to substitute for missing tooth structure. Since today’s diets consist of softer foods and our jaws have actually become smaller, wisdom teeth no longer have a purpose or room in the jaw. Approximately 85 percent of people need their wisdom teeth removed. Experts believe that infected wisdom teeth should be removed to prevent further problems. Extraction can be done either by your general dentist or an oral surgeon. Some complications can occur and should be discussed with you by your dental professional. Either local or general anesthesia is administered for a comfortable procedure. To remove the impacted tooth, an incision is made in your gums so the wisdom tooth and jawbone can be reached. Once the teeth are extracted, stitches may be needed to close the incision. The socket where your teeth were located will be packed with gauze to control bleeding and promote healing. Seek tooth pain relief as soon as possible. Many people suffer unnecessarily for far too long enduring wisdom tooth pain and endanger their health.


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Health & Wellness

Organic Labeling BY ALISHA O’BRIAN

Are you confused by all the different labels on food these days? Organic, natural, glutenfree, non-GMO, soy-free, nut-free - the list goes on. Let’s sort through the confusion and review facts that will help you make your food choices. I am most often asked what USDA Organic means, and if the description “contains natural ingredients” makes a product fall under organic Alisha O’Brian has been guidelines. Food labeled with an integral member of the the USDA Organic seal must natural health industry for more than 25 years. She be grown without the use of has earned a Masters of synthetic pesticides and chemical Holistic Nutrition degree fertilizers. In general, organic and is currently pursuing foods also are not processed her Ph.D. in divinity. She has using irradiation (exposure to many years of experience in lifestyle counseling and radiation), industrial solvents, offers extensive counseling chemical food additives, artificial with people who are battling flavors, colors or sweeteners. terminal illnesses. One exception is organic foods found at conventional grocery stores, where most produce is irradiated to kill bacteria or bugs before it arrives at the store. Irradiated fruits and vegetables benefit the packer and grocer, not the farmer or consumer. The consumer receives an inferior product that appears fresh, but has depleted vitamins and enzymes. You can test this theory by trying to sprout an organic sweet potato from a conventional grocery store and one from a natural market or local farmer. Take one sweet potato, place toothpicks in two sides, fill a glass halfway with water and then rest the sweet potato in the glass with the toothpicks resting on the rim to support it. The organic sweet potato from the natural market or local farmer will sprout very quickly and the one from the grocery will yield one or two small sprouts if any at all. Foods labeled “Made with Organic Ingredients” aren’t USDA organic. A food product that is made with organic ingredients but contains less than 95 percent certified organic ingredients will not have the USDA Organic Seal on the package. Foods that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients will not display the USDA seal but may list specific organic ingredients on the front of the package. Foods that contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients will not display the USDA seal but may list specific organic ingredients on the package’s information panel. Becoming a certified organic grower is quite costly and the greater than three-year process includes soil sampling and crop testing for any chemical residue. Not everyone goes through the rigorous process of becoming certified, especially smaller farming operations. When shopping at a farmers market, for example, don’t hesitate to ask the vendors how their food was grown. 40

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A Facial is Beginning of Healthier Skin BY SAM BEAUSOLEIL

“Why do I need facials?” is the one question I have heard more than others during my 15Sam Beausoleil has been an year career as an esthetician. esthetician for 15 years and has a diverse knowledge Facials are the building block in skin care that includes for good skin care. Some microdermabrasion, cellulite people prefer more advanced treatments, fillers, laser hair procedures to correct skin removal, fractional CO2 issues, but when the problem lasers and facials. is solved, they come back to facials to maintain proper skin health. At the beginning of your facial, your esthetician will analyze your skin and determine your skin type. You could be dry, combination or oily. It could also be sensitive, normal or resilient. Your esthetician will enquire about your home care for your skin and what products you use. Many people use improper skin care products for their skin type. They are easily influenced by celebrities making claims about products on television, or they may be purchasing a product based on what they think are their skin care needs. What ends up happening is that they use overly aggressive products, products with not enough active ingredients, or products

that are simply wrong for their skin type. Estheticians are trained to provide clients with knowledge of their skin and its behavior and give clients insight into what products will work best for them. A facial can last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. After the skin is analyzed, we exfoliate to leave the skin dewy soft and fresh. Then we perform extractions if needed, followed by a facial massage, which is everyone’s favorite part. A last cleaning is performed to make way for a facial mask. All of these things are done with your individual skin type in mind. The mask is removed with steam and a warm towel. Treatment creams, serums, eye cream, moisturizers, and sunscreens are applied to the skin. These are the basic steps of a facial. Not all skin is the same. Each client can have multiple concerns or need advanced treatments, which would need to be performed at a medical spa instead of a day spa. Employees at a medical spa can perform chemical peels (light to medium depth), an assortment of laser treatments, and injections ranging from Botox to fillers. These services are provided to you safely under the supervision of doctors and nurses, and by a medically-trained esthetician. A facial is a good starting point, depending on your needs and goals.




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Schools & Sports

Igniting a Fire for Learning BY TAMMY DORSTEN

Most of us have met people who grew up knowing the career they wanted to pursue. These insightful individuals seemed to move flawlessly from the right school to the right internship and then the right job, where they are incredibly happy and fulfilled. But this is the exception rather than the rule. Most adults whom I’ve met weren’t really sure what they wanted to do with their lives; they’ve often changed college majors and bounced from Tammy Dorsten owns job to job. However, it is possible for Holdheide Education parents to take steps in helping their and Holdheide Prep in Woodstock. She can kids determine their life’s passion be reached at (770) and avoid the indecision. 516-2292 or info@ It’s common for parents or relatives to ask their kids what they want to be when they grow up. Most of us smile at their answers, without a second thought. It’s important to listen carefully to their thoughts, and help


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them have an experience that will light a spark for the future. Would your child like to be a zoo keeper? Call the zoo and schedule a day for them to shadow an animal trainer. I know a student who said she’d like to be a doctor and fix babies’ hearts. That decision was affirmed after she spent a couple of hours following a pediatric cardiologist at a Scottish Rite Hospital. In the three years since that experience, she has never wavered in her conviction to become a pediatric cardiologist. At nearly nine years old, she has already looked into the best colleges for pediatrics. Now, this doesn’t mean that her convictions won’t change, but she is already on a path that will serve her well in whatever career she chooses. Another boy thought that he might want to become a marine biologist after visiting the Georgia Aquarium. He visits twice a month and observes a marine biologist clean the tanks and feed the animals. This 11-year-old may not become a marine biologist, but he sees the end result of his hard work in school, and this is a guiding force for him. I encourage you to give your children experience in their fields of interest and watch them become more inspired to succeed in school. It may even save you a little money on college tuition if they can find a major and stick to it.

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Schools & Sports

Saving Our Planet After learning about ways to help the planet, first-graders in Lori Pelkey’s class at Sixes Elementary School had a chance to design and make their own T-shirts to wear on Earth Day. The Pelkey Planet Protectors are, from left to right, front row: Lake Rogers and Natalia Sutton; second row: Connor Schmitt, Chuck Markosi, Madalyn Coffin, Ranzie Hatcher, Anderson Carter, Lily Conkell, Fuller Morrish, Owen Forbes and Bree Rogers; back row: William Methvin, Brock Bebow, Danielle Anderson, Jackson Rule, Justin Yearout, Nathaniel Garrison, Lily Meredith, Quintin Mitchell, Andrew Shewfelt, Mikalya Lehman and David McKechnie.

Junior Invited to National Conference

School District is Hiring Bus Drivers

Woodstock High School junior Parth Patel is one of 50 students selected to attend a national statesmanship Parth Patel conference this summer. The Henry Clay Statesmanship Student Congress in Kentucky invites 16 students from that state, 32 across the U.S. and two from other countries. Students are chosen for their academic performance, participation in relevant coursework and extracurricular activities, record of integrity, service and leadership, strong writing skills and an endorsement from the high school.

The Cherokee County School District is accepting applications for bus drivers for the 2014-15 school year to fill vacancies created by retirements and to improve route efficiency. Applications should be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. June 30 at cherokee/onlineapp/default.aspx?AppliTrackJobID=239. To be eligible, applicants must hold or be eligible for a valid Georgia Class B commercial driver’s license with S & P endorsements. Drivers work four hours per day for 181 days a year, following the same schedule as when classes are held plus one day for additional training. The salary range is $13,875 to $18,079, and bus drivers are eligible for full-time benefits. For more information, call (770) 479-1871 or email

K-9 Visit, Coloring Contest Winners at Knox Elementary Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Patterson and K-9 Dino visited Knox Elementary School kindergartners as part of their study of community helpers. In addition, the Cherokee County Farm Bureau recognized two Knox students for their success in the organization’s annual coloring contest. First-grader Ava Grace Baldwin won first place, and first-grader Elsa Siegrest placed second. Teacher Monique Bond with contest winners Elsa Siegrest, left, and Ava Grace Baldwin. Deputy Patterson and K-9 Dino meet kindergartner Reeves Dickerson, son of Kenyon and Ben Dickerson of Canton. 44

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Student Expo a Chance to Share

Shelby Belanger shows Mike Chapman how she practices her math skills using a Promethean ActivTable.

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy recently hosted its second annual Spring STEM Expo, where students had the opportunity to show off some of their hard work to parents, neighbors and friends. “From Augumented Reality to online presentations, there was something for everyone to enjoy,” said Principal Dianne Steinbeck.

Lilly Stow welcomes Susan McCarthy, director of school improvement, to the expo.

Gavin Payne demonstrates how his robot works.

Sequoyah Equestrians Ashley Bates, Caitlin Miles and Emma Pennell, Sequoyah High School students who are members of the Riders Interscholastic Federation North America (RIFNA), competed in national championships recently. The team had riders win at state finals in: Hunter Flat, Hunter Over Fences, Individual Dressage, Team Dressage, Three Person Dressage, Western Horsemanship and Western Trail. This is the second year that Sequoyah has offered an equestrian club; all students are welcome to participate. Teachers Merriam Freeman, Emily Helf Equestrian club members (from left) and Wendy Roberts Caitlin Miles, Emma Pennell and sponsor the club. Ashley Bates.

Etowah High Sports Camps

National Merit Scholar

Elite Basketball Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9-12, June 16-19 and June 23-26 is open to rising third through ninth grade boys and girls. Register at The Junior Eagles volleyball camp is set for 9 a.m.-noon June 9-12 for rising fourth through ninth grade girls. Cost is $115. The Peach State Lacrosse Camp will be held at Etowah June 23-27, with sessions for rising kindergarten through fifth-graders 9 a.m.-noon, and rising sixth through ninth graders 6-9 p.m. Cost is $150. Info is available on the Peach State Elite Lacrosse Camp Facebook page.

Woodstock High School senior Samuel J. Mixon has won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Sam, who plans to study computer science, is one of only 2,500 winners of this scholarship nationwide. Samuel Mixon Sam earned the highest SAT score not only at Woodstock High, but also among all seniors in the Cherokee County School District. This achievement earned him the title of Woodstock High STAR Student and Cherokee County STAR Student.

Church Awards Scholarship Cherokee High School senior Claire Jordan has been given the 2014 Oak Leaf Church scholarship. Claire will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and has served the community as a member of the Alpha service club during her four years at Cherokee. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Leadership 56 and is a co-leader of Girls’ Bible Study. She has volunteered at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and on a church mission trip to El Salvador. Oak Leaf Church Pastor Will Goodwin, left, with Claire Jordan, as school board members Rob Usher and the church’s family pastor, Kris Stancil, look on. SIXES LIVING | June 2014



The Greatest Commandment BY DR. JOE MCKECHNIE

I have a confession to make. Really, it’s not so much a confession as a proclamation. As a pastor, I can shake my head at a corrupt society or lament over the loss of morals in our culture. But yet I find myself the chief sinner. In Matthew 22:36, Jesus is asked his opinion as to the greatest commandment. He gives a very traditional and orthodox answer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your Dr. Joe McKechnie is the senior pastor of Sixes soul, and all of your mind.” Jesus United Methodist Church, was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5, and a member of the a well-loved Jewish Scripture that Sixes Living community summarized their religious life. board. Email him at joe@ But Jesus didn’t stop there. He added, “The second is like it,” (Okay. If the previous statement is the most important commandment, and this is like it, then it must be a biggie!) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Again, Jesus was quoting from Jewish Scripture, Leviticus 19:18. In verse 40, Jesus declares—and this was a bold statement—“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Aside from loving God with all that we are, Jesus is telling us that loving our neighbor (referring to anyone we encounter) is the most important thing. Yes, there are a lot of other things that come along with following Jesus, but He is stressing that we must keep the main thing the main thing. Let me offer some words of wisdom to those who are followers of Jesus, and then some words of hope for those who are not. Loving our neighbor doesn’t mean that we approve, or overlook or accept all that our neighbors may be doing. They may be doing something that’s totally contradictory to a holy life. But Jesus is telling us that if we allow our anger toward someone to interrupt our desire to love him or her, then our priorities are out of order. If we allow our disapproval for someone’s lifestyle to interrupt our desire to love him or her, then our priorities are out of order. After all, loving our neighbor is the second most important thing! If we are to take the words of Jesus literally, then the sin of someone else, no matter what it is, does not override our call to love them. I get saddened, frustrated and even angry when I see our culture becoming more and more secular—focusing on our own desires instead of God’s will. But guess what? If I fail to love my neighbors, I am the one ignoring the very words of Jesus. You see, what makes me so angry about what others are doing is the continued on pg 62


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What The ‘Bleep’ Is Going On? BY SYLINA BUEHNE

Do you feel out of balance or off kilter? Are you sleepless and stressed out? When you are in a crowd, do you wonder how you can change this planet and help your fellow humankind? Do you ponder how can you shift things in a loving, compassionate way? Or do you just look around and say, “What the ‘bleep’ is going on with Sylina Buehne is a Native people?” American shaman and How can we as a species walk medicine woman trained past one of our own who is hungry, in the Creek, Cherokee and hurting, homeless, sick, or in Maya traditions. She is an outreach coordinator for The need of care, and not reach out to Monroe Institute and former assist? Matthew 25:35-36 says, instructor at the Edgar Cayce “For I was hungry and you gave me Association of Research and something to eat, I was thirsty and Enlightenment. Sylina has a you gave me something to drink, Ph.D. in herbal medicine and is pursuing a doctorate in divinity. I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Sometimes showing compassion goes against our natural energy flow. As a species, no matter how peaceful and loving we are, we can evolve into a disconnected self-driven society. This is a moment in the time continuum that allows us the opportunity to fully evolve into completeness like there once was on this planet. Will you take the challenge to fully accept your oneness and share the messages and information with those around you? You can and do make a difference in our environment and in our communities. Each of us has to accept responsibility for what our words and actions create. Are we able to step outside of ourselves and see when our words or actions are less than loving and compassionate? This doesn’t mean you allow people to mistreat you, but you can respond in a respectful and loving way when you bring it to their attention. It isn’t your job to be responsible for the way someone receives the messages centered in love. Your responsibility ceases at the point of sharing. The rest is another soul’s journey. The message and examples the Creator gave us were centered in love and compassion. It is up to us as a whole, as a community, to root deeply in the love that flows from the Creator, and remember we are one. As Romans 12:5 says, “So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

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Mark Your Calendar for Canton’s First Fridays BY MEGHAN GRIFFIN

I love the beginning of summer, right as it starts to get warm and everyone ventures outside to get started in the yard or in the pool. I also love it because so many people come downtown to hang out, eat at one of the restaurants or visit one of our First Friday events. The promotions committee of the Main Street Program has been busy planning the themes for future First Fridays. In July, Meghan Griffin is Canton’s First Friday falls on the Fourth of Main Street Director. She July (say that five times fast). We was raised in a military family and grew up all over are going to be working with the the United States, mostly Veterans of Foreign Wars for an in Kodiak, Alaska. She has earlier start time. We are planning happily called Canton home a 3-6 p.m. event in conjunction for the last 10 years. with the Fourth of July parade. We will end early so everyone can see the fireworks on Riverstone Parkway, put on every year by Canton Tourism. We will, as usual, have lots of fun and games for the whole family, plus classic cars, shopping and great food.

Canton Historic Downtown Loop

What goes around comes around

Canton Happenings! Main Street Morning Tuesday, June 10 8:00 am Yawns Books and More 198 North Street, Canton Join downtown merchants, residents and guests for networking and an informative presentation. Refreshments provided. Free and Open to the Public.

Canton Under the Stars and Stripes Friday, July 4 3:00-6:00pm– EARLY HOURS Cannon Park

Join us in celebrating America with the VFW parade, bluegrass, great food and fun! Then head to Riverstone Pkwy to watch the fireworks! Historic Downtown Loop Canton Main Street Program, Meghan Griffin 770.704.1500


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May’s First Friday had a beach-y theme. Photo courtesy Gary Mullet

The next First Friday is Aug. 1, our End-of-Summer Bash. On Sept. 5, the First Friday celebration will be a Cherokee High Alumni Night. We are working with a group of Cherokee High graduates to host reunions of all classes, so plan now to check us out and wear your black and red school spirit wear. October’s First Friday theme will be Octoberfest, and we will celebrate all things Bavarian. In November we are planning Denim Days, fashioned after the festivals previously held by the Canton Cotton Mills in the 1950s and 1960s. December will be Holidays in Our Hometown with Santa and Christmas music. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. If you have questions or if you’d like to be involved, please call me at (770) 704-1548. CANTON MAIN STREET PROGRAM BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Chamberhouse The Chambers family has been in business in downtown Canton for five generations. Believe it or not, Chamberhouse actually started as a Western Auto, opened in 1974 by Bud and Sylvia Chambers, the fourth generation of Canton business owners. By 1983, the store had evolved into a home furnishings and gift store named Chamberhouse. Today, Bud and Sylvia are retired, and their children—Benson Chambers, Carla Roach and Cleveland Chambers—own and operate the business. “We are proud to be a part of the Canton community. Many of our customers remember coming to Chamberhouse when they were kids, and now they bring their own children. And as Canton continues to grow, we love welcoming new people into our shop and into our town,” said Cleveland. “We strive to create a warm, welcoming shopping experience for our wonderful customers by offering personalized service, beautiful displays and the best selection of gifts and accessories. Keep in mind that we welcome all members of your family, including your pets.” 145 West Main Street, Canton • (770) 479-9115 Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm Sat. 10 am - 5 pm

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Downtown Woodstock

Maxi-Dress: Perfect For Any Occasion BY JODI TIBERIO

Cassie Fainter is a young teacher who wanted to freshen up her look. She hasn’t had her hair done Jodi Tiberio owns Branches Boutique for or shopped for herself in quite women in Towne Lake some time. Being a working single and brooklynn’s boutique mom leaves little time for herself. for men and women in Watching her budget is important Downtown Woodstock. to her, as it is for many of us. The Contact Jodi at info@ summer is a great time to look for sales and bargains as many shops are getting ready to put remaining spring and summer merchandise on clearance. We wanted to give Cassie a look she could wear to work or on the weekend. Maxi-dresses continue to be the hottest fashion trend, so we had her try several styles. Maxi-dresses are easy to throw on, and help you look ready for anything you have going on that day. Add a cardigan if you need more coverage for work or airconditioned places. Jona, the assistant manager at Branches and Brooklynns, pulled a brand new maxi-dress out of a box of freshly delivered merchandise and handed it to Cassie. The color block strapless maxi was “the one.” Like most of our makeover participants, Cassie did not want to change back into the clothes she had been wearing. Jona also had Cassie try skinny jeans and some cute tops. She loved the way she looked in everything and it had been awhile since she felt that way. This is also a great time to find good deals on denim. Stock your closet now while the weather is hot and be ready with your new faves for fall. Skinny jeans will continue to be the trend this fall, but look for flared jeans to make a comeback. After her clothing selection, we sent Cassie to Salon Gloss to complete her look. Owner Tim Timmons found Cassie to be an open book during her consultation, and she agreed to lighten her brown hair to a warm summer blonde. Using a highlighting technique, Tim applied a heavy amount of foils to her hair, leaving a few of her natural brown pieces to serve as a lowlight to add depth to her new color. They also agreed that several inches of hair should be taken off to give Cassie a maintenance-free angled bob that would complement her facial shape and bone structure. Cassie had so much hair cut that she left with an amazing new look and was able to send a donation to Locks of Love, an organization that crafts wigs and hair pieces for children who have lost their own hair due to cancer and other ailments. Cassie left the salon looking and feeling like a million bucks! She does not look like the same person. The smile on her face will not be fading anytime soon. I can’t wait to hear if she has more fun as a blonde! I feel lucky that my staff and I get to go through this process with our makeover participants. It feels great to make people happy. At the end of the day, looking great really can help you feel great. 50

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Downtown Woodstock

Homemade Styling Products Can Save the Day BY TIM TIMMONS

Tim Timmons is the owner of Salon Gloss. Tim has been a hairstylist for 13 years and has extensive industry experience. Tim can be reached at (678) 483-8900.

Let’s face it. We are not always in the position to rush to our favorite spa or salon to replenish our supply of hair care products when we run out. When you find yourself in this position, you might be surprised to know that the answer to all of your hair problems could be in your own refrigerator. Your kitchen is full of ingredients that will make your tresses silky smooth, strong and beautiful. There are a plethora of online recipes to make hair concoctions at home. Here are a couple of my personal favorites that I recommend to my clients if they find their pro products have been depleted.

Leave-In Conditioner 1. Put 2–3 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner in a squirt bottle. 2. Finish filling the bottle with hot water. This helps the conditioner to melt into the water quickly, so it doesn’t just


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clump at the bottom. 3. Add 2–3 drops of essential oil for scent, if you like. I recommend tuberose essential oil so the hair smells like a delicious and delicate rose garden. 4. Shake! 5. Spray on dry hair to untangle even the worst cases of bedhead or convertible car-hair. You can also spray on damp hair to use as a leave-in conditioner. Both options will leave hair silky, soft, and shiny, tangle free. Sea Salt Texturizing Spray 1. To achieve a textured beachy look, pour 8 ounces of water into a large spray bottle. 2. Add 3 teaspoons of sea salt to the bottle. 3. Add 2 drops of Moroccan oil to the spray bottle. Screw the top on the bottle, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. To style with the sea spray: Put a dime-size amount of moisturizing shampoo in your hair, wash and rinse thoroughly. Smooth a quarter-size amount of conditioner on your hair. Let it sit for five minutes and rinse. Spray hair with the sea salt spray, and focus on the middle and ends. Gather sections of hair in your hands, and scrunch to create waves. Dry hair until it is almost completely dry, and finish with a curling iron on random pieces to achieve the ultimate beach-blown look.

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Experience Elm Street From Shy Teen to Arts Educator BY G. LORA GROOMS

There are many wonderful people here at Elm Street and it’s always a pleasure to feature them from time to time. As we approach summer camps, it’s only fitting that we shine a light on one of our terrific arts educators. Harmony Reid has become a virtually indispensable member of our part-time staff and also a willing volunteer. She first became involved as a 13-yearG. Lora Grooms is the old camper when we were the director for the Elm Street Towne Lake Arts Center (TLAC). Cultural Arts Village. “I had always wanted to try She has been teaching, acting even though I was so writing, directing and painfully shy I couldn’t order performing in the Atlanta area since 1990. You can my own food at restaurants. I reach her at director@ ended up loving the camp and doing a pretty good job playing a villain.” With the confidence she gained from the camp, she started auditioning for shows. She got the part of Mrs. Thatcher in “Tom Sawyer,” the first show she auditioned for and from then on, she was hooked. “I kept auditioning and some plays I made and some I didn’t, but I had a great time. Over the years, my painful shyness left, and I became fairly outgoing. I even took a few speech classes in high school.” During college, she became involved in the visual aspects of theater, including sets and costumes. After a year of college, she became a camp counselor for the same camps that first got her involved in TLAC. “I thought of it as a summer job at a place that I liked but was a little nervous about working with the students. Once again, I ended up loving it and decided education was what I wanted to do with my career. I transferred schools and changed my major from psychology to art education.” For a few years, we had to do without Harmony while she finished her degree. Once she graduated, she came right back. This year, she has been teaching art and drama classes and is offering three unique art camps in July for ages 5 and up. “I love working with Elm Street, and I stay because of the people and the support of the arts in Woodstock. I’m excited to be involved as Elm Street grows and meets its full potential.” And we’re thrilled to see Harmony reaching her full potential as an energetic and skilled arts educator. Harmony Reid 54

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SIXES AREA HOMES SOLD IN APRIL Sixes Living Sales for April 2014 List Price



$ 159,500.00 $ 164,900.00 $ 170,000.00 $ 172,000.00 $ 179,000.00 $ 209,500.00 $ 229,900.00 $ 245,000.00 $ 279,900.00 $ 300,000.00 $ 325,000.00 $ 312,500.00 $ 375,000.00 $ 399,500.00 $ 510,000.00 $ 549,900.00 $ 139,999.00 $ 139,900.00 $ 275,000.00 $ 260,000.00 $ 149,900.00 $ 229,900.00 $ 136,200.00 $ 111,307.00 $ 84,900.00

157 Carl Barrett DR 522 Charles DR 2070 Greenhill PASS 332 Downing Creek TRL 331 White Oak WAY 207 Elmbrook LN 601 Mallard RUN 1006 Bridge Mill AVE 848 Valley DR 514 Waterside CT 420 Lakepoint TRCE 311 Misty Valley WAY 634 Gold Valley PASS 325 Westbridge LN 507 Poplar Creek XING 1321 BRIDGEMILL AVE 421 Pierpont CIR 603 Summit PT 626 Pine TER 828 Little Creek CT 200 Winterbury DR 104 Eagle Ridge DR 248 Butterworth RD 104 NACOOCHEE WAY 119 Mountainview CIR

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$ 142,840.00 $ 159,900.00 $ 144,900.00 $ 239,900.00 $ 115,000.00 $ 115,000.00 $ 70,000.00 $ 80,000.00 $ 96,000.00 $ 209,490.00 $ 109,900.00 $ 192,000.00 $ 164,900.00 $ 165,000.00 $ 155,000.00 $ 218,050.00 $ 219,825.00 $ 232,815.00 $ 132,000.00 $ 159,700.00 $ 165,900.00 $ 167,545.00 $ 169,900.00 $ 178,000.00 $ 134,900.00 $ 218,900.00 $ 138,000.00 $ 165,500.00 $ 168,500.00 $ 271,140.00

381 Hidden Creek LN 334 Hidden Creek LN 145 Hidden Lake CIR 241 Royal Crescent TER 204 Holly Creek WAY 3134 Holly Springs PKWY 309 Quail Hollow DR 1058 Hickory RD 142 Wanda AVE 256 Manous WAY 296 Pine Acres DR 415 Little River RD 205 Quince RD 717 Mountain Laurel DR 808 Inkberry RD 332 Providence Walk WAY 328 Providence Walk WAY 157 Providence Walk DR 170 Swanee LN 702 Barberry DR 516 TALLAPOOSA TRL 605 Tanners XING 300 ALCOVY WAY 601 Tanners XING 367 Hiawassee DR 215 Amylou CIR 154 Spring Creek CT 417 Leyland DR 705 Barberry DR 237 PARC DR

$ 200,167.47


$ 222,371.10



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Yr Built 2000 2001 2000 2004 2002 2002 2005 2000 2000 2001 2002 1999 2000 2005 2002 2000 2005 2014 1992 2000 2005 1994 1960 2003 1965

Days on Market 14 36 10 1 6 4 38 40 12 67 96 26 58 103 8 25 107 17 30 73 19 117 6 77 89

Sales Price

$$/sq ft

$ 152,000.00 $ 154,000.00 $ 161,500.00 $ 171,000.00 $ 174,000.00 $ 209,500.00 $ 228,000.00 $ 242,500.00 $ 273,000.00 $ 298,000.00 $ 306,000.00 $ 306,500.00 $ 359,000.00 $ 375,000.00 $ 475,000.00 $ 549,900.00 $ 133,187.00 $ 147,930.00 $ 250,000.00 $ 247,000.00 $ 145,000.00 $ 228,700.00 $ 137,527.00 $ 105,000.00 $ 79,000.00

$ 85 $ 84 No data $ 115 $ 68 $ 96 $ 116 $ 117 $ 95 $ 98 $ 66 $ 88 $ 73 $ 106 No data $ 102 $ 75 No data No data $ 102 No data $ 110 $ 35 No data No data

See all the photos and details of these sold listings at Hidden Creek 3 2.5 2007 Hidden Creek 4 2.5 2007 Hidden Lake 3 3 2006 Holly Commons 4 3 2005 Holly Creek Estates 3 2 1984 Holly Place 3 2 1995 Hunters Ridge 3 3 1984 Indian Springs 3 2.5 1978 Lakeview Estates 3 2 1980 Manous Manor 4 2.5 2013 Pine Acres 3 2 1984 Preserve At Holly Springs 4 2.5 2004 Prominence Court 4 2.5 2005 Prominence Court 3 2.5 2007 Prominence Point 4 2.5 2005 Providence Walk 4 2.5 2013 Providence Walk 4 2.5 2013 Providence Walk 5 2.5 2013 River Park 2 3 2003 River Park 3 2.5 2013 River Park 3 2.5 2013 River Park 3 2.5 2014 River Park 4 2.5 2013 River Park 4 3.5 2014 Rivers Edge 3 2.5 2004 Riverside 4 2.5 2013 Spring Creek 4 3 1993 Station At Prominence 3 2 2014 The Glen at River Park 3 2.5 2014 The Park At Steels Bridge 5 3 2013 The seller's market continues‌..but you'll notice that sales in April of 2014 are slightly fewer (56), taking longer to sell and selling for almost 10% less money on average. The average dollars per square foot information is losing it's relevance since this data is missing from a large percentage of the sold listings on the FMLS in April 2014. 58 homes sold in April 2103

8 7 6 34 72 12 7 267 34 219 120 47 14 15 51 20 111 97 42 11 136 0 157 17 16 30 30 12 0 165

$ 139,900.00 $ 156,000.00 $ 149,900.00 $ 215,000.00 $ 104,950.00 $ 113,000.00 $ 70,000.00 $ 76,100.00 $ 96,000.00 $ 209,490.00 $ 109,900.00 $ 190,000.00 $ 159,000.00 $ 165,000.00 $ 150,000.00 $ 212,000.00 $ 220,144.00 $ 235,001.00 $ 128,000.00 $ 159,730.00 $ 165,900.00 $ 167,545.00 $ 169,900.00 $ 178,000.00 $ 126,000.00 $ 219,900.00 $ 138,000.00 $ 169,000.00 $ 173,500.00 $ 253,998.00

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Data compiled by the Kurt & Sheila Team / Keller Williams Realty Partners / Sales Data derived from the FMLS (Area covered by Sixes Living) SIXES LIVING | June 2014



SIXES AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club Meets: Noon on third Thursdays at Canton IHOP Contact: Glenda Hinton (770) 345-1751 Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Meets: Noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Canton YMCA. Contact: Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meets: 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee B2B Network Meets: 8 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays at Best Western, 705 Transit Ave., Canton 30114 Contact: (770) 781-3452 Cherokee Toastmasters Meets: Noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at City On A Hill UMC, 7745 Main St., Woodstock 30188 Empowered Women Through Synergy Meets: Third Thursday at 8.30 a.m. at J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: Shahida Baig (678) 445-3900 Facebook: Empowered Women Through Synergy Woodstock Business Networking Group Meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Atlanta Bread Company, 180 Woodstock Square Ave., Contact: Lee West (770) 591-7101

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House for victims of domestic violence who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 24-hour line (404) 452-6248, Info (404) 496-4038 American Heart Association - Cherokee Division Contact: (678) 385-2013 American Red Cross metro chapter Contact: (770) 428-2695 Angel House Girls Home is a residential facility for girls 12-18 to learn self-sufficiency. Contact: (770) 479-9555 Anna Crawford Children’s Center a child abuse and prevention program for children and adults. Contact: (770) 345-8100 CASA for Children, Inc. needs volunteers to help advocate for children in the court system. Contact: Deidre Hollands (770) 345-3274 Cherokee County Animal League is an association of pet owners, retailers, pet service providers, pet food pantries, veterinary offices, and rescue groups working together to care for and celebrate pets. Contact: Steve Monahan at (770) 712-4077.


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Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA supports foster parents. Contact: Marie Blackwell (770) 378-0759 Cherokee County Senior Services offers educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens. Contact: (770) 345-2675 Cherokee County Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Cherokee County Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. Contact: (770) 479-1703, in Spanish (770) 7207050, Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges professional, college, high school, junior high and youth level coaches and athletes to use athletics to impact the world for Christ. Contact: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508 Cherokee FOCUS works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiatives. Contact: Sonia Carruthers (770) 345-5483 Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care for pets whose owners have limited financial means. Contact: (678) 640-3512 Everyday Angels offers financial assistance for local families in need. Email aaeverydayangels@ Forever Fed is a mobile food ministry that addresses physical hunger and hopelessness in North Georgia by providing meals and sharing the gospel. Georgia Animal Project offers high quality, lowcost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. Contact: (770) 704-PAWS (7297) Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly back-to-school bash where thousands of children in need are given filled backpacks, haircuts, socks, underwear, gently used clothing and health screenings to prepare them to go back to school. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch offers care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. 34 young men ages 8-21 call the ranch their home. Contact: (770) 796-4618 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA Contact: (770) 345-1879 Harvesting Hope Ministries, Inc. raises money to send surgery care packs to children

facing liver and kidney transplants. www. Healing Hands Youth Ranch offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses to find hope and healing. Contact: Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 Hope Center offers pregnant teens, single women pregnancy testing and counseling, childbirth and parenting classes, budget counseling, provision of maternity and baby supplies. Contact: (770) 924-0864, Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store Contact: (770) 517-4450 HopeQuest Ministry Group helps people who struggle intensely with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse, substance abuse and/or sexual brokenness. Contact: (678) 391-5950, international City of Refuge (iCOR) exists to share God’s love, hope and healing with children in need by providing loving homes with emphasis on family unification when approproiate. Contact: Lily Colgate (404) 992-8155 Iron Hearts is a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with special needs. Contact: (678) 493-5775 MUST Ministries offers clothes closet, employment services, GED prep classes, food pantry for Cherokee residents. Contact: Kendall Jones (770) 479-5397 National Alliance for Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization in America working to build better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Never Alone offers food and clothing assistance to residents of Cherokee County. Apply online or by calling (770) 363.5272. Next Step Ministries provides day programs Monday through Saturday for special needs kids, teens, and young adults. Contact: 770-592-1227 North Georgia Pregnancy Center offers help and care to young girls and women with an unplanned pregnancy or who need counseling. Contact: (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry partners with individuals facing a critical shortage of food or finances due to an unexpected crisis or job loss. Offers life skills, job classes, food pantry. Contact: (770) 591-4730 Safe Kids of Georgia offers free child safety seat inspections. Contact: (770) 721-7808 SERV International operates the House of Hope orphanage in Africa, sponsors a clean water program in Dominican Republic and meal distributions worldwide. Also offers mission trips. Contact: (770) 516-1108

Civic Organizations BridgeMill-Sixes Service League Contact: Marlyn Patouillet (770) 345-7941 Canton Lions Club Contact: (678) 224-7878 Canton Optimist Club Meets: 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Canton IHOP Contact: home Canton Rotary Club Meets: Noon Tuesdays at the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs Cherokee County Historical Society Contact: (770) 345-3288 Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Triad S.A.L.T. (Senior and Law Enforcement Together) Council works to alleviate fear of victimization, build confidence, enhance delivery of law enforcement services and improve quality of life for senior population. Contact: Dale Walz at

Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Northside Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., first floor conference room, Woodstock 30189 Contact (770) 517-3363 ext. 3 Christian Authors Guild Meets: 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meets: 10 a.m. second Saturdays at the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North St., Canton 30115 Contact: (770) 704-6244 Cherokee Community Chorale, a community of singers from all walks of life including housewives, teachers, retired professionals, office managers and professional musicians who love the art of choral singing. Contact: (678) 439-8625 Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 mastergardeners/ Cherokee County Saddle Club Cherokee Music Teachers Association: Contact: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701

Rotary Club of Cherokee County Meets: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Sidelines Grille on Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton Contact: (770) 683-1327

Cherokee Photography Club

Political Organizations

The Funk Heritage Center Book Club Meets: 2 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Funk Heritage Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Waleska 30183 Contact: (770) 720-5970

Cherokee County Democrat Party Meets: 7 p.m. 2nd Thursdays at Holly Springs Depot, 164 Hickory Rd., Holly Springs. 8:30 a.m. 1st Saturdays at IHOP, 3010 Northside Pkwy., Canton 30014 Contact: (770) 345-3489 Cherokee County Republican Party Meets: Second Saturday at 9 a.m. at Winchesters Woodfire Grill Contact: (678) 809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Contact: Conrad Quaqliaroli (770) 592-6545 Republican Women of Cherokee County Contact: (678) 520-2236

Recreation & Hobbies Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meets: 10 a.m. second Saturdays at Studio 101, 101 Emma Ln., Woodstock 30188

Cherokee Senior Softball Association

Sons of the American Revolution - Cherokee Meets: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Rock Barn, 638 Marietta Hwy., Canton 30114

Support Organizations AA Meetings Meets 9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon Monday-Friday, 7 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Sunday (for women) at Canton First United Methodist, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30115 Contact: (770) 479-6961 Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen Meets: 8 p.m. Thursdays at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114; Al-Anon at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Al-A-Teen at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30189; Al-Anon at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Studio 121, 121 Brown St., Canton 30114. Contact: (770) 516-3502

AARP Woodstock Chapter Meets: 11:30 a.m. 2nd Tuesdays at Featherstones, 1003 Towne Lake Hills E, Woodstock 30189 Contact: Rich Sanford (770) 926-1944 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meets: 3rd Thursday at Emeritus Woodstock Estates, 1000 Professional Way, Woodstock 30188 Contact: (770) 926-0119 Breast Cancer Support Group: Cancer Support Community Atlanta Contact: (404) 843-1880 Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered program for all types of habits, hurts and hangups • 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Sixes United Methodist. (770) 345-7644. • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Ministry House, (678) 459-2347, • 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, GA 30114 (678) 764-8660 Cherokee Christian Ministerial Association for pastors and ministry leaders of all Christian denominations. Meets: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at Dayspring Church, 6835 Victory Dr., Woodstock 30189, Diabetes Support Group Meets 3rd Tuesday at 9:30 & 11 a.m. at Emeritus Assisted Living, 756 Neese Rd., Woodstock Linda Watson, (770) 793-7818 Grace Valley Ministries connects pastors by offering small group meetings, free counseling and a place to retreat. Contact: (727) 251-7690 Lupus Support Group Meets: 2nd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the New Light Church hall on New Light Road. Contact: Pam Bennett at (404) 975-7580 MOMS Club of Canton, West GA (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs) Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday Respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. Contact: (770) 592-1227 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples for parents of multiples Meets: 7 p.m. second Mondays at North Metro Church on Barrett Parkway Recovery Meetings in downtown Canton 9 a.m. Sunday 11th Step; 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays “Serenity Sisters” 6 p.m. Wednesdays “Wednesday Night Wisdom” at Studio 121, 121 Brown St., Canton 30114 Contact: (770) 479-696 Unlimited Possibilities, support group for stroke and brain injury survivors Meets: 7 p.m. first Tuesday of each month at Kennestone Outpatient Rehab Center Contact: Kelly (678) 677-2589 SIXES LIVING | June 2014




Grace Church 1160 Butterworth Rd., Canton 30114 (678) 493-9869,



Heritage 5323 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth 30102 (770) 926-3558,


Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-7286,

Canton Adventist 411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30114 (678) 880-0106, Allen Temple 232 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-6348, St. Paul AME 390 Crisler St., Canton 30114 (770) 479-9691,


First Baptist Canton One Mission Point, Canton 30114 (770) 479-5538, First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy., Holly Springs 30142 (770) 345-5349, First Baptist Woodstock 11905 Ga. 92, Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-4428, Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Pkwy. Canton 30114 (770) 479-9415, Hopewell Baptist 78 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-5723, Mt. Zion Baptist 4096 East Cherokee Dr., Canton 30115 (770) 479-3324, New Victoria Baptist 6659 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-8448, River Church 2335 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 485-1975 Sutallee Baptist 895 Knox Bridge Hwy., White 30184 (770) 479-0101, Toonigh Baptist 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon 30146


Saint Clement’s 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-6722,


Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw 30144, (678) 460-7702 Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation (678) 264-8575,

MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATIONS Tikvah l’Chaim 4206 N. Arnold Mill, Woodstock 30188 (678) 936-4125, Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Rd., Roswell 30075 (770) 641-3000,


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Celebration of Grace 411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 503-5050,

Woodstock 345 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-0074,

Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw (770) 425-6726 /


Timothy 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 928-2812,

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 516-0009,



Bascomb UMC 2299 Bascomb Carmel Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-9755,

AllPoints Church 6884 Hickory Flat Hwy, Woodstock, GA 30188

Canton First 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 479-2502,

Awakening Church 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140, Woodstock (770) 924-4150,

City On A Hill 7745 Main St., Woodstock 30188 (678) 445-3480,

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 924-7532,

Fields Chapel 1331 Fields Chapel Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 479-6030,

Church of the Messiah 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton, GA 30115 770.479.5280

Hillside 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-4777,

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Dr., Acworth 30102 (770) 516-5733,

Holly Springs 2464 Holly Springs Pkwy., Canton 30115 (770) 345-2883,

His Hands 550 Molly Ln., Woodstock 30189 (770) 405-2500,

Liberty Hill 141 Railroad St., Canton 30114 (678) 493-8920,

Ministry House. 347 Holly Street Canton 30114. (678) 459-2347,

Sixes 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-7644,

New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Rd, Canton 30115 (770) 479-6412,

Woodstock UMC 109 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30188

Oak Leaf 151 East Marietta St., Canton 30114 (678) 653-4652,


Revolution Church 125 Union Trail Hill, Canton 30115 (770) 345-2737,

(770) 926-6440 ,

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188


St. Elizabeth 2263 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 30188 (770) 485-0504,


Fivestones Church 155 P Rickman Industrial Dr., Canton, GA 30115 (770)720-2227,


Cherokee 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 704-9564, Geneva Orthodox Meets at Hope Presbyterian Church, 4101 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta (770) 833-3797,

Our Lady of LaSalette 2941 Sam Nelson Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 479-8923,

Sojourn Community Church Worship at 231 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 769-7495 Spirit Connection’s Soul Medicine Sundays Suite 106, 3725 Sixes Rd. Canton 30114 (770) 479-4193 Sunnyside Church of God 2510 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock, (770)693-1018, Toonigh Church of God 4775 Holly Springs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30115 (770)-926-3096, Watermarke Church worship location: 2126 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114, (678) 880-9092, Woodstock Community 237 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188

(770) 926-8990,

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

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


License Plates/Tags, Property Tax – Canton office Woodstock office Renewals online Tax Assessors/Evaluation

(678) 493-6400 (770) 924-4099 (678) 493-6120

Children and Family

Anna Crawford Children’s Center (770) 345-8100 Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club (770) 720-7712 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parents Assoc. (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Family Violence Center (770) 479-1804 Cherokee FOCUS (770) 345-5483 Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) (770) 345-3274 Division of Family & Children Services (770) 720-3610 Goshen Valley Boys Ranch (770) 796-4618 Hope Center (770) 924-0864 MUST Ministries - Cherokee (770) 479-5397 Never Alone (770) 363-5272 Next Step Ministries (770) 592-1227 North Georgia Angel House (770) 479-9555 North Georgia Pregnancy Center (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry (770) 591-4730 Timothy’s Cupboard Food Bank (770) 591-5515


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

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

Parks and Recreation

BridgeMill Athletic Club Callahan Golf Links Cherokee County YMCA Cherokee County Soccer Assoc.

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

Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (770) 924-7768 (Includes Aquatic Center, Barnett Park, Blankets Creek, Cherokee Mills, Field’s Landing Park, Kenny Askew Park) Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association North Atlanta Soccer Association: (770) 926-4175 SCRA Baseball Wildlife Action, Inc. (770) 924-7464


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

Post Office locations Canton Holly Springs Lebanon Woodstock

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

Police Departments

Canton Holly Springs Woodstock Sheriff’s Office

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


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

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

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care (770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (770) 427-3390

(770) 345-5500 (770) 720-1900 (770) 591-5820 (770) 704-0187

Bethesda Community Clinic Cherokee County Health Department

Urgent Care Facilities

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

M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, off Riverstone Pkwy, 720 Transit Ave., Suite 101 Canton Northside Cherokee Urgent Care, off exit 11 at I-575 SHEFA Urgent Care 2000 Village Professional Dr. #110 Canton 30114 Wellstar Urgent Care off exit 8, 120 Stonebridge Pkwy. Woodstock, 30189

(770) 720-7000

(678) 426-5450 (678) 661-3166

(678) 494-2500

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President Barack Obama (D)

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

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340, Atlanta, GA 30339

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)

1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R) District 11 100 North Street Suite 150, Canton, GA 30114

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


L.R. “Buzz” Ahrens (R) Chairman

Harry Johnston (R) District 1

Ray Gunnin (R) District 2

Brian Poole (R) District 3

(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 345-2931

Jason Nelms (R) District 4

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Sen. Bruce Thompson (R) District 14

(770) 546-7565

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21

(404) 463-1378

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

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

2780 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114

Sen. Jack Murphy (R) District 27

Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20

(678) 523-8570

Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21

(678) 576-2644

Rep. Sam Moore (R) District 22

(404) 656-0220

Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R) District 23

Cherokee County School Board Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

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

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

Magistrate Court

Michael Geist (R) District 3

(404) 462-4950

Janet Read (R) Chair

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R) District 4

(770) 721-4398, x4370

Rob Usher (R) District 5

(770) 928-0341

Robert Wofford (R) District 6 (Vice-Chair)

(678) 493-6160

City Government City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

Juvenile Court Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker

District Attorney Shannon Wallace

(678) 493-6250 (678) 493-6280 (770) 479-1488

Clerk of Courts Patty Baker

(678) 493-6511

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(770) 893-2970

Probate Court


(770) 721-6298 x4369

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

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

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

State Court

1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30114

Kelly Marlow (R) District 1

Judge Keith Wood (R)

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

Superior Court

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

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

221 West Main St., Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County Courts

Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr.

Sonya Little

Patsy Jordan (R) District 2

Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

(770) 735-8055

Sheriff Roger Garrison (R)

Chief Judge David Cannon Jr. Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea (678) 493-6001

(770) 345-6256 (770) 704-1500

City of Holly Springs Mayor Timothy Downing (770) 345-5536

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques (770) 592-6001

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he began to weep uncontrollably. I watched as he hugged his wife and newborn daughter, and at that moment, as the family began their new story, all the self-doubts and suffering of the past seemed to evaporate in an instant into an indescribable joy. It shone from their faces through their tears. And the room could hardly contain it. “You are both so beautiful,” he told his family, his voice cracking. Their past trials hadn’t darkened their happiness, but like a piercing light, had made their happiness more clear. Unlike the quick snip of a cord, with its illusion of accomplishment, the suffering they had borne for so long had opened their eyes, so they could see their child for the miracle she was. The burden of life’s pain can sometimes be life’s most mysterious gift as well. It strengthens our vision, so we can recognize the miracle of joy that often waits for us, just on the other side of despair.

same thing that I find myself guilty of doing. The resurrection of Jesus showed God’s victory over death and sin. It verified that Jesus is who He said He is. It fulfilled ancient prophecy. It displays God’s love and grace for me, a sinner unable to save himself. So the fact that I am now offered the gift of salvation and hope and joy and eternal life is good news (the word Gospel means “Good News.”) And if it’s good news to me, shouldn’t it be good news to those around me? If you are a follower of Jesus, can others see the Good News in you? Sadly, I have met some Christians who don’t seem like they’ve experienced any good news. If you are not a believer in Christ, know that God loves you so much that He instructs His church to keep you in mind in all that they do, that He calls His followers to go out of their way to show you that you matter!

Kids: How to Wade the River of Failure A Plan to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse continued from page 15

individuals,” Beckman said. If you, or someone you know, is suffering from domestic violence, please know there is help for you. Start by calling the Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 3342836. To learn more about The PEACH Project, visit www.

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“See!” they’ll say. “You got wet! You’re a failure!” [There’s always a group of those people. They feel safer together.] You’re not failures, kids! That stone isn’t the end—it’s a step. It didn’t send you miles down the river, or stop you. In fact, it took you closer to success. Keep going, keep failing, and learning, and going, and failing, and learning, and growing. Soon you’ll be across the river, and look back at the others too afraid to try. And then, kids, step out again. Keep walking, onward upstream. I’ll be walking with you. I love you, Dad

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HOME & GARDEN Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation (770) 720-1727, (770) 827-0346 Exact Comfort Air Cond. & Heating, Inc. (770) 912-0552 Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428, Mosquito Authority, The (678) 294-7597,

INSURANCE Clarke Agency, The (Farmers Insurance) 36 2360 Towne Lake Pkwy., Suite 105 (678) 400-6725, PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL SERVICES Georgia Cancer Specialists


Graham Pediatrics, Fitzroy Graham, MD, FAAP 35 (770) 485-9670, 105 Mirramont Lake Drive Laureate Medical Group (770) 720-2221, 684 Sixes Rd., Ste. 265



North Georgia Audiology & Hearing Aid Cntr. 1 Dr. Jan Henriques (770) 560-4775, 203 Woodpark Place, Ste. B-100, Woodstock


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


Plastic Surgery Center of the South 13 (770) 421-1242, 120 Vann St., Ste. 150, Marietta

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McLellan Excavation & Landscaping 29 (404) 520-0710, Mr. Junk (678) 675-8651,


Pinnacle Contracting Group (678) 995-7307,

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ShadowEFX Lighting


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BridgeMill Animal Hospital Inside Back (770) 479-2200, 9560 Bells Ferry Road, Canton

Keller Williams, Kurt & Sheila Johnson Back Cover (404) 954-2486, Sullivan Wickley Cori Powell, (404) 475-9000, ext. 15 Jimmy Davis, (404) 475-9000, ext.16


RECREATION/SPORTS Carters Lake Guide Service 15 (770) 883-5673 Yong-In Martial Arts (770) 345-4133


RESTAURANTS/ENTERTAINMENT Bistro C 3753 Marietta Hwy., Ste. 105, Canton


Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (678) 494-4251,


Kona Ice (770) 272-2380,


Papa P’s 7 (770) 592-3100, 2295 Towne Lake Pkwy., Ste. 160, Woodstock RETAILERS/SHOPPING Branches Boutique 5 2295 Towne Lake Pkwy., #140, (770) 517-1505 370 Chambers St., Woodstock, (678) 540-5483 Chamberhouse 48 (770) 479-9115, 145 West Main St., Canton Canton Historic Downtown Loop (770) 704-1500


Gifted Ferret, The 34 (770) 693-5889, 1910 Eagle Dr., Woodstock Harvest Moon Natural Market 27 (770) 479-4193, 3725 Sixes Rd., Suite 103-106, Canton

Stella & Dot, Shanetta Brown-Johnson 40 (617) 620-9674, SPIRITUAL


Kim Bates Photography

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Rudi Fine Jewelry 47 (678) 445-2626, 6790 Hwy. 92, Acworth


Reliable Heating & Air (770) 594-9969,


Shefa Urgent Care & Wellness Center 3 (678) 245-6244, 2000 Village Professional Dr. Suite 200, Canton Wellstar (770) 956-STAR

Governor Nathan Deal


Azure Salon & Spa (770) 345-8280, 1359 Riverstone Pkwy., Suite 110, Canton

Tilda Brown Salon 9 5947 Holly Springs Pkwy., Ste. 301, Woodstock (678) 445-4999,


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Spirit Connection 3725 Sixes Rd., Suite 106, Canton (770) 479-4193

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