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July 2012

Volume 2, Issue 1



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United Way

Volunteers improve the local YMCA.


Dog Days Run

An East Cobb Rotary Club fundraiser.


Meet Our Military

Marine Captain Select Alexander Meyers.

36 & 37 On the Cover


Class of 2012

Special Section

Marsha Lake: Candidate for State


Swim Coach Beverly Miller Retires

River Forest Rapids 16 year coach retires whistle.

Court Judge.

In Every Issue Around Walton.......................... 6 Celebrations............................ 12 Community Calendar............... 29 Everyday Angels...................... 34 Houses of Worship.................. 60 Clubs & Organizations.............. 62 School Information.................. 65 Community Numbers.............. 66 Humane Society...................... 67 Elected Officials....................... 70 Classifieds............................... 71 Advertiser Directory................ 72

Contributing Writers

As our Market Manager, Chris handles all advertising in Around Walton. He has lived and worked in Cobb County for over 20 years, and is active in the Atlanta music scene so you might catch him playing bass and singing at a local club. You can reach him at (770) 615-3311 or Chris@


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Judson Adamson.............................19

Lisa Malice......................................31

Peter Allen......................................21

Stephanie Niu..................................35

Mary-Kathryn Boler.........................42

Northside Hospital..........................41

Dr. Cristi Cheek................................40

Zett Quinn.......................................22

Ben Clark.........................................18

Doug Rohan.....................................16

Chicka Elloy.....................................45

Lynne Saunders...............................44

Sen. Judson Hill...............................20

Porter Scogin...................................32

Jennifer Jarosick..............................30

Margot Swann.................................28

Linda & Kevin Keeton......................24

Scott Sweeny...................................54

Kara Kiefer.......................................33

Steve Worrall...................................46

Dr. Eva Montgomery-McGuire.........38

Bryant Wright..................................59

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Our Community Board Doug Rohan is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC. Doug can be reached at Dr. Cristi Cheek is a dentist and owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C. Dr. Cheek can be reached at Caroline Whaley is the past President of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and serves on the boards of five nonprofit organizations. Caroline can be reached at caroline.whaley@ Judy McNeill — Judy is the Principal at Walton High School. Judy can be reached at (770) 5783225, x229.

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James Ball, (770) 615-3310 Around Walton is a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Walton area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free by mail to approximately 14,300 homes and businesses and 2,200 in racks throughout the Walton community.

Judson Adamson — Judson is a 24-year veteran of the Atlanta Real Estate Industry. Judson can be reached at (770) 240-2001.

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AROUND WALTON by Lynne Lysaght

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Walton

My, how time flies! We published our first magazine dedicated to the Walton community last July, and it’s now our first anniversary. It has been a pleasure to discover, learn and share the positive, uplifting stories taking place all around us. Over the past year, we have received the compliment over and over that “We love your magazine and read it cover to cover.” I hope over the next year, each of you Lynne is the Editor of Around Walton will take the time to submit somethingmagazine. She whether it’s a story idea, bragging on a lives in the Walton community member’s accomplishment, community with her an idea for a new column, a calendar husband Martin and event or a picture for the Celebrations their three sons Kyle, page or other pictorial. You contribute Logan and Camden. greatly to making the magazine so much fun to read from “cover to cover.” We also ask that you let our advertisers know that you saw their ad in Around Walton, because they make the magazine possible. This month, we celebrate our nation’s independence and the freedoms and rights that we enjoy but sometimes take for granted. On July 31, we have the chance to make our voice heard when we exercise our right to vote in the General Primary and Nonpartisan General Election. Civic groups and other organizations have held and continue to hold candidate forums to give the voters a chance to learn about the candidates and their positions on the issues affecting their communities. If you are a registered voter, you can visit the Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp’s website at www.sos. and input some personal data to learn your voter registration status, your poll location and view a sample ballot to prepare for the upcoming election. You can view the qualified candidates running for the various positions up for election. There are two special election questions in the nonpartisan general election to be decided as well as electing certain officials. The first is a question concerning the addition of a one percent sales tax over a ten-year period to be used for transportation projects and programs (or a TSPLOST). The second question concerns whether or not Cobb County will allow Sunday alcohol sales. If you are not a registered voter, it is too late for the July 31 election, but you can register to vote at the same website listed above and be eligible for the next election. Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote if you are eligible and remember to bring photo identification, as Georgia law requires. 6

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What’s Closed? Empress China II restaurant located at 1225 Johnson Ferry Road in the Market Plaza Shopping Center recently closed.

What’s New? Baked recently opened at 1111 Johnson Ferry Road. The owners of Red Sky Tapas & Bar, Scott Bianculli and Brian Kennington have joined with partner Ricky Parker to bring Baked to the East Cobb community. Baked provides a family meal without keeping Mom and/or Dad tied up all day preparing it so that busy families can spend more quality time together. Baked specializes in freshly prepared comfort food to go. Customers visit their website, place an order, drive up, and the Baked staff brings it to your car ready for table or picnic. The menu includes daily offerings, kids menu, sandwiches, salads, desserts and a selection of bottled wine. For more information, visit or call (770) 61-BAKED. Haven the Dog Spot, located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite A-1 in the Fountains of Olde Towne, recently celebrated its Grand Opening along with the third birthday of Mutt Maddness, a local nonprofit no-kill dog rescue organization. Barbara McRee, the owner of Haven, also is the President and CEO of Mutt Maddness. More than 200 people came by during the grand opening, and two puppies were adopted, making it a very successful day. For more information on Haven the Dog Spot, visit or call (770) 6727343. For more information on Mutt Maddness, visit www.


“Nice moves, Nana!”

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute provides hereditary counseling to determine cancer risks and options for you and your children. They help thousands of women survive cancer by diagnosing and treating more breast and gynecologic cancers than anyone else in Georgia.

It’s one reason Northside was chosen by the National Cancer Institute to be a Community Cancer Center. So you have access to the latest cancer research and treatments close to home.

Where the Extraordinary Happens Every Day




What’s Happening in Walton... Cobb EMC Raises Funds for March of Dimes Cobb EMC recently participated in the West Metro March for Babies and raised more than $8,400 for the March of Dimes. The money raised from this event will fund programs and research that fight premature births and help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Cobb EMC has organized a corporate team for the past 30 years. The company’s fundraising efforts this year included a Hot Dog Lunch & Bake Sale for employees to benefit the March for Babies. Additionally, Cobb EMC’s Charitable Contributions committee added a $5,000 corporate sponsorship and with additional donations from employees, surpassed the company’s $8,000 fundraising goal.

Members of the Cobb EMC March of Dimes team that participated in West Metro March for Babies.

JLCM Announces 2012-2013 Board of Directors The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM) announced its 2012 – 2013 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors include Allison Carter, President; Renae Meyer, President-Elect; Lindsey Carrigan, Vice President of Administration; Samantha Johnson, Vice President of Community; Elizabeth Smith Williams, Vice President of Finance; Lee Freeman, Vice President of Membership; Martha Lee Sanders, Sustainer Director; Courtney Cofield, Nominating Chair and Amber Harris, Treasurer. This group will lead the JLCM for its 80th year with a continued focus on family, children, safety and education.

Left to right: Lee Freeman, Amber Harris, Martha Lee Sanders, Lindsey Carrigan, Renae Meyer, Allison Carter, Elizabeth Smith Williams, Courtney Cofield and Samantha Johnson. Photo by Holly Lauer Photography

Velociteach Named Small Business of the Year by Cobb Chamber At a recent First Monday Breakfast of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Velociteach was named the 2012 Small Business of the Year, selected from the top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. The Cobb Chamber began the Small Business of the Year awards in 1982 to emphasize the importance of small businesses in the Cobb community and its economy. In 2004, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce began honoring a Top 25 to showcase more of the companies that make Cobb County a great place to live, work and play. Each year, the community is given the opportunity to nominate their favorite small business. Each nominated business

must complete a thorough application which is then reviewed by an independent panel of judges who name the Top 25 and then the Small Business of the Year. Velociteach was established in 2002 by Andy Crowe; the business provides project management education to companies and individuals and publishes management books and resources. For more information on the company, visit www. For a list of the top 25 Small Businesses of the Year, visit Winners.aspx. continued on page 10

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What’s Happening in Walton... Voter Information Available on Internet

National Preparedness Campaign

Citizens can obtain sample ballots for the upcoming election on July 31 and information on where to vote or how to vote early by going to the Secretary of State’s Web site at The following information is available by entering your name, birth date and county: • Voter registration status • Polling place location for Election Day voting • Sample ballot customized for your voting district • Early voting locations and times • Elected officials for state-wide and state district offices • Mail-In absentee ballot application and ballot status

The Marietta-based nonprofit organization Safe America Foundation recently announced at a Congressional briefing its plans for a national drill season this fall. Under the name “BE Safe America,” the Foundation will emphasize heightened training, local practice drills and ongoing citizen education of how to deal with a major disaster. The drill season will be from September 1 through October 30, and Safe America will work with public, private and civil sectors to conduct their own practice drills during this time. “We’re living in a time when hurricane Katrinas and tornadoes Joplins and Tuscaloosas are annual events,” said Foundation President and CEO Len Pagano. “We’re 100 percent sure that there will be more significant disasters. The question is, can we minimize their impact by practicing how we’d respond afterwards? It’s obvious that, just like in other endeavors that require premeditated forethought and role-playing, a disaster drill can help make our response better, sharper and less spontaneous – which means we can lessen the chance that people will be left behind…or not react and remain in the path of destruction.”

Changes in Car Taxes Recent changes in the rules regarding car taxes are something everyone who owns a car or plans to buy a new or used car in the community should be aware of. If you purchase a vehicle after January 1, 2012, but before March 1, 2013, you have the option of paying annual ad valorem tax or a one-time title ad valorem tax fee. Starting March 1, 2013, the new one-time title ad valorem tax fee applies to all title transactions (new and used vehicle purchases, transfers, all transfers among family members, or vehicles new to the state) and eliminates payment of sales tax and annual ad valorem tax. Whether you choose to pay the one-time title ad valorem tax fee or the annual ad valorem tax, requirements for insurance, emission, driver’s license and the renewal of your tag by your expiration date remain the same. If you purchased a vehicle before 2012, you will remain on the current annual ad valorem tax system. For more information visit or call (770) 528-TAGS.

Mass employee evacuations or shelter-in-place exercises will be encouraged, along with a simple 60-second ‘text drill’ that the Foundation has developed for families’ use. It includes a ‘safety shorthand’ to help families recognize that they can simply send out a 4-digit ‘R U OK’ message and get a quick ‘I M OK’ reply – which takes less bandwidth than a one-minute phone call. Safe America’s work with the University of Missouri has proven that you can put 800 such text messages in the ‘air space’ of a single voice call. The Foundation hopes to have two million people participate in the texting drill. For more information about the preparedness campaign or to pledge to participate in the drill, visit safeamerica. org.

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Happy Birthday!

Dipen Mehta Olivia Cuthrell Age 10 on July 1 Age 9 on June 19 Happy 10th Birthday Happy 9th Birthday From Mom, Dad, brother We love you! and Grandma Mom, Dad, Alexander and Karli

Elizabeth Frickey Age 15 on July 10 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad and Colette

Logan Lysaght Age 15 on July 24 Happy 15th Birthday, Logan! Love, Mom, Dad, Kyle and Cam Photo by Miyeon Bae


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Alexander Cuthrell Age 13 on July 11 Happy 13th Birthday We love you! Mom, Dad, Karli and Olivia

Rosie B Huse Age 11 on July 25 Happy Birthday Rosie B! You are loved! Mom, Dad, Will, Grandpa and Nikki!

Catalina Rodriguez Age 7 on July 7 Lucky 7s! Catalina is turning 7 on 7/7! Happy Birthday! Love always, Mommy, Papi and Sofia

Jake Lager Age 9 on July 14 Happy Birthday Jake! We love you! Dad, Mom, Emma and Katherine

Richard Suydam Age 16 on July 25 Happy 16th Birthday, Richard! Love, Mom

Caty Mae Loomis Age 16 on July 9 Happy Sweet 16!

Louisa Chu Age 15 on July 17 Happy Birthday, Lulu! From your friend Logan

Grace Haggerty Age 7 on August 15 Happy 7th Birthday Gracie! We love you! Love, Mom, Dad, Daisy and Sushi/Cupcake


Jeanne and Brian Cuthrell Married 15 years on June 28 It seems like yesterday We love you Mom and Dad! Alexander, Karli and Olivia


Carrie and Mike Cristancho Married May 25, 2012 La Bella at Lambert Place, Atlanta Photography by MHarris Photography

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United Way

Day of Action at Local YMCA

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of United Way Worldwide, all local United Way groups were asked to hold a day of action. The United Way in Cobb County teamed up with the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA as part of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Day of Action who had 125 ways to volunteer across the 13 county area. Ashley Hungerford of United Way led the Day of Action service project at the YMCA with 30 volunteers from the Home Depot finance, real estate and aviation department who cleaned up the campus and led a field day for the summer camp program. According to the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the goal behind Day of Action is to reinforce the idea that making metro Atlanta a place where all individuals and families thrive begins with each of us doing something in some small way.

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Below: David Oshinski and Jim McCarthy from The Home Depot help pick up trash and weeds along the campus of the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA.

Mike LaFerle, vice president of real estate for The Home Depot, helps spread mulch at the playground at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA.

Karen Denney, administrative assistant in the real estate and construction department at The Home Depot, challenges campers to a hula-hoop contest as part of the field day. Chris Schell, Joe Cortes, Harry Nuttall and Terry Ickes from The Home Depot spread mulch at the playground at the McClesky-East Cobb YMCA.

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When to Call an Attorney by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

Doug Rohan lives in the Walton community with his wife, Julia, and three daughters. He is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC where he specializes in Criminal Defense and Workers’ Compensation claims. He also is a member of the Around Walton Community Board. You can email Doug at doug@

If you ever wonder whether or not you need a lawyer, the answer is - you might need a lawyer. My real concern is for those who never even ask the question. As a general rule, I am happy to pick up the phone every time it rings. Often the individual at the other end of the line has a few general questions about the legal process and whether or not they need a lawyer to be present with them when they go to court. After getting some of the basic facts, I can frequently give them a few pointers and send them on their way without charging them a dime. I would rather have them trust me as a knowledgeable and honest lawyer who didn’t try to stick it to them than just try to con them into hiring me for a few hundred bucks. Many thanks for this approach can be given to our organized criminal justice system that will typically allow you at least one 30 day reset to hire a lawyer if things don’t go the way you expect.

The frustrating calls are from those individuals who have already entered a plea in their case and have “buyer’s remorse” over the deal they cut with the prosecutor. Approximately once a month, I get the call “I plead guilty last week and got 12 months’ probation (or have to turn myself in to the jail). Can I change my mind? I don’t want to go to jail (or pay the probation fees).” Pleading guilty to a charge just because you want to get the ordeal over with will just compound your mistake. Some people will throw away a very winnable case without ever consulting a lawyer. The reality is that if you call me after you have entered your plea, there are two major problems. First, I will charge you twice what I would have charged to appear on your behalf in the first place. This is because I have a lot more work to do and ultimately, you are paying for my time. Second, there is no guarantee once I do all that work that the judge will allow you to reopen your case. The judge has the discretion to grant or deny a request to withdraw a plea, and when they already have 150 cases on their calendar, they are not anxious to add one more (or ten more) just because you changed your mind. 16

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I would rather have them trust me as a knowledgeable and honest lawyer who didn’t try to stick it to them than just try to con them into hiring me for a few hundred bucks.

The better plan is to call a qualified and experienced lawyer before your first court date. There are a few occasions where you don’t need a lawyer, and most lawyers will tell you that. After understanding the basic process and learning a few key phrases, there are some circumstances where you won’t need to hire a lawyer. But you have to call a lawyer to help you make the determination of whether or not you need one. We know that if you trust us when we say you don’t need a lawyer, if you ever get into some real trouble, or have friends or family in trouble, you will remember us and urge them to call us BEFORE they go to court. Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Take the opportunity to talk with one before you give up your rights.

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Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary! Around Walton is grateful to be a part of this vibrant community! We look forward to the future, and we are excited to share all the good news, achievements and milestones of the families that call the Walton area of East Cobb home. Please continue to send in your stories and photos, the content of this magazine is 100 percent reader-driven, we welcome your feedback and suggestions! We are the only magazine in the area to be directly mailed to everyone in the Walton school district (14,250 homes and businesses). Additionally 2,200 are placed in racks at strategic locations around East Cobb.

We are offering a Special Anniversary advertising package available during the month of July. Contact Chris Kennedy (770) 615-3311, for details. Around WALTON | July 2012



Consider These Financial Moves When You Relocate Provided by Ben L. Clark, CFP®, AAMS®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Almost everyone would agree: Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to consider the financial aspects of your move — specifically, your investments, insurance, taxes and even your estate plans. Ben Clark, CFP® and his wife June live in the Walton community. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Ben is a seasoned financial advisor and his Edward Jones office is located at 1050 East Piedmont Road, Ste 122. You may contact him at (770) 977-4229.

How can you help make sure that your move doesn’t slow your progress toward your financial goals? Consider the following relocation checklist: Open new bank accounts, and set up automatic transfers. If your move requires you to change banks, open your new accounts as soon as possible. And if you had your previous bank automatically move money each month from a checking or savings account into an investment, set up a similar arrangement at your new bank.

Decide what to do with your employer-sponsored retirement plan. If you are leaving your job, you’ll need to make some decisions about your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. For example, you might have the option of leaving your money in your former employer’s plan, or you may be able to roll the money over to a new employer’s plan. Alternatively, you could decide to transfer the assets into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Your financial advisor can help you make the choice that’s right for your situation. Discuss your situation with a tax professional. You may want to meet with your tax professional to consider the benefits or liabilities of any differences in tax laws between your new location and your old one. You may also need to address any implications resulting from moving and changing jobs. Review your financial goals. Some of your 18

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If you are leaving your job, you’ll need to make some decisions about your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. goals, such as those related to housing and where you want to retire, may have changed as a result of your move. So it’s a good idea to meet with your financial advisor to review your objectives. Evaluate your monthly budget. If you followed a budget detailing your expenses and cash flow before your move, you may need to update it after you’ve settled in to your new home. If you haven’t set up a budget in the past, you’ve now got a good reason to establish one because a well-planned budget can help you avoid dipping into your long-term investments to pay for short-term needs. Update your insurance coverage. Make sure your vehicles, stored possessions and new residence are covered during your move. And if your health insurance is changing, be aware of what’s covered under your new policy. Review your estate plans. If your move coincides with other important life events, such as marriage, divorce or remarriage, you may need to make some moves related to your estate plans, such as ensuring you have the correct beneficiary designations on any life insurance policies and your 401(k), IRA and other investment accounts. Check with your legal advisor to determine which steps make sense for your situation. Moving may require you to adjust many aspects of your life. Reviewing the items on this checklist can help you get your financial house in order when you move into your new home.

Real Estate’s Unbalanced Recovery by Judson Adamson

Judson Adamson is the President/CEO of Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage serving the Walton community. He also is a member of the Around Walton Community Board. He can be reached at (770) 240-2001.

According to the real estate research firm, Realty Trac, Georgia posted the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in May with 1 in 300 housing units subject to a notice or repossession. Georgia foreclosure activity led the nation in the rate of foreclosure for the first time since early 2006. Metro Atlanta had the second highest foreclosure rate among the 20 largest metro areas in May with 1 in 224 housing units subject to a filing or repossession.

When we hear numbers like these, it is very normal to be concerned. However, in most cases, East Cobb homeowner’s values are barely affected by all this bad news. An analysis of home values in different zip codes— taking into consideration home sales, appraisals, and other factors— shows that we are experiencing a very unbalanced housing recovery. Home values have held up or are beginning to rise in neighborhoods with good school systems, low crime rates, and nearby transportation corridors. However, other neighborhoods that are missing these factors are not yet in recovery mode. According to one Fannie May report, the desire to own a home remains strong, but the recession has changed the reasons why. During the run-up to the housing bubble, people polled by Fannie Mae listed financial benefits, such as price appreciation and tax benefits as chief reasons to buy. Today’s owners list the most important aspects of homeownership as living in a safe neighborhood or in a good school zone. Currently, there is nothing financial in their top five reasons to own a home. First time home buyers, which normally account for about 40 to 45 percent of the market, made up just 34 percent of sales in May. Many first time home buyers are starting to feel as though they are getting shut out of the market. They are losing out in most cases, East Cobb homeowner’s values are barely affected by all this bad news. continued on page 68 Around WALTON | July 2012



Securing Georgia’s Water Supply – Good News by State Senator Judson Hill

Sen. Judson Hill serves as Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. He represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. He may be reached by phone at (404) 6560150 or by e-mail at judson.hill@senate.

Several politically-charged initiatives— local and national—have been dominating recent Atlanta headlines creating both arguments of support and disagreement. A proposed one cent sales and use tax to fund locally-approved transportation projects, or TSPLOST, will appear on July’s primary ballot. An amendment to allow state oversight and creation of charter schools will be voted on in November. And on the national level, by the time you read this article, the Supreme Court will have handed down its decision about the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Although all of these topics are certainly newsworthy and important, one issue has been lost among the flashier headlines— the ongoing fight for water sources among Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. After many years of being tied up in the courts, the U.S. Supreme Court just decided not to hear the appeal of the dispute over who controls Lake Lanier’s water supply, and whether or not the city of Atlanta can continue to rely on this source to meet the water needs of its citizens.

Atlanta with drinking water. The U.S. Court of Appeals also gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers one year to decide the appropriate amount of water for Atlanta’s needs. However, the fight was not over. Claiming that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not have jurisdiction over Buford Dam’s water control, the State of Florida filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. Florida asked to have the case considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia received good news this week when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take up Florida’s appeal. The 2011 appellate court ruling stands finding that Lake Lanier was created as a water consumption source for Metro Atlanta. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to now determine that it is authorized to grant Georgia’s previous water supply request. That favorable opinion will likely be issued before this article goes to print.

The tri-state water feud stems all the way back to 1990 when Alabama sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and initially asked the courts to prevent the corps from giving more water to Georgia. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls Buford Dam, the structure that ultimately controls the flow of water from Lake Lanier down to the Florida gulf coast.

Now for some more background known by many people: Georgia serves as an economic hub for the Southeast United States. A lot is at stake. A severely limited water supply could cripple dependent businesses, divert economic development opportunities, and influence the move of business enterprises to other states. Thankfully, with several years of water wars between the states and pending federal lawsuits, Georgia did develop a comprehensive drought response plan and a Statewide Water Management Plan to properly manage water resources. The purpose of the Water Plan, as stated in its enabling legislation, the ‘2004 Comprehensive Statewide Water Management Planning Act,’ is to guide Georgia in managing water resources in a sustainable manner in order to support the state’s economy, protect public health and natural systems, and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

In 2009, a federal district judge ruled against Georgia and determined that Lake Lanier was intended for navigation purposes, flood control, and to provide electrical power via Buford Dam. The judge also ruled that Lake Lanier was never meant to be a water source for Metro Atlanta and that the city would need to seek alternative sources of drinking water. This was a crushing decision for a city of 5.8 million and growing, and the district court decision was appealed.

Additionally, our state allocated $300 million over a four-year span in order to aggressively seek new surface water storage locations around the state. This effort will continue regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision. It is important to keep in mind that the Lake Lanier water issue is not just a Metro Atlanta problem—this is a statewide matter impacting millions of people as Georgia’s population is projected to grow another 40 percent by 2030.

The State of Georgia’s appeal was heard in the federal U.S. Court of Appeals in 2011. The federal appellate court overturned the lower court’s 2009 decision. A three-judge appellate panel determined that when Buford Dam was constructed, Congress knew the dam could stop water supply to the Chattahoochee River (Atlanta’s main source of water) for extended periods of time, and therefore, was meant to supply

Georgians should be thankful the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the appellate decision to stand confirming that Lake Lanier waters can be protected as a water source for metro Atlanta. In spite of this favorable ruling, Georgians must continue to search for alternative water sources and continue to conserve this crucial resource for the many families and businesses that call Georgia home.


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The Coach’s Corner by Peter Allen

East Cobb resident Peter Allen has a degree in Business Management and holds several certificates from coaching institutes for life, business relationships and retirement. He can be reached at (770) 9772232.

Are you in your own business? If you receive and spend money, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

When the time comes for you to quit, get laid off or downsized, you will be more prepared to market your skills and talents to get rehired or start to build your own company.

Why? Because in today’s world, your life is a business. You have exclusive ownership to your skills and talents. It’s like your fingerprint. Adopting this philosophy can improve the quality of your life.

The main difference between you owning your own company and being hired by a company is that the company hiring you takes the control and the risk. Should you decide to become semi-retired or fully retired, the same will hold true. You will want to continue learning and discover ways of being so that you are able to create a joyful, fulfilling transition into semi or full retirement.

For example: If you are employed by a company and feel like you’re just working for that company (which is the way most people feel), try to see it as that you have sold them your skills and talents to perform a variety of tasks for the enhancement of that company.

The benefits of this perception will strengthen your resolve and selfesteem. It will also bring more awareness to maintaining and improving your skills so they are always marketable.

As a business, life and retirement coach for over 13 years, I’ve had the privilege of being part of and assisting many people in their journey of creating the business, life and retirement that they wanted. This has been done with passion, prosperity, fun and balance. I have one son and three wonderful grandchildren. I continue to enjoy life to the fullest. The best to you in your journey! Around WALTON | July 2012



Enjoy the Great Outdoors with a New Deck or Patio by Zett Quinn July is “National Grilling Month,” so it’s the ideal time to entertain friends and family. If your home lacks a deck or patio that allows you to relax with friends and enjoy the outdoors, it could be time for a backyard makeover. Zett Quinn is the founder of Quality Craftsmen, offering more than 20 years of experience in the construction and renovation business. To learn more, visit or contact him at (404) 483-7446.

It’s easy to transform your backyard into an open-air living room or kitchen. You can create a beautiful outdoor retreat by adding or expanding a deck, porch or patio.

If you opt for a patio instead of or in addition to a deck, stone pavers create an attractive space. They offer flexibility in design and shape, and you can create beautiful color combinations. Be sure your paving stones are installed properly, or else they won’t be level, and settling will occur.

In the Walton community, many homes have decks made of pressure treated wood. When a deck shows wear and tear, it’s time for refinishing or replacing.

Extend the stone pavers from the patio to a walkway, retaining wall or fire pits and fireplaces. These create a special focal point to an “outside room,” add warmth during winter months, and offer a fun family activity – like making S’Mores!

Many Walton homeowners replace their wood decks with composite boards, which require less maintenance. They don’t need to be painted or stained, and they don’t warp, rot or splinter. There are several brands; we often install Trex®, the industry’s leading national brand, which offers a variety of colors and wood grain patterns. You can add to the style of your deck by creating a pattern with different colors, or by choosing contrasting colors for the handrail and balusters.


To enjoy your backyard view through the seasons, transform your deck into a screened porch. Make it large enough to include a living area as well as a dining set. Home stores offer lighting, rugs, and accessories that are ideal for indoor-outdoor rooms.

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If you enjoy cooking outside, consider building an outdoor kitchen. Growing in popularity, these can include stainless steel grills and refrigerators, custom stonework, solid surface counters, trellises, and arbors. As with any home improvement project, installation is key. Look for an experienced contractor who stands behind his work with a warranty. The sky is the limit when designing your outdoor sanctuary.

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This Summer, Get In the Water and Get Out, Safely Provided by Linda and Kevin Keeton A cool swim on a hot day is an American tradition. As temperatures rise, most people want to get into the water— whether at the ocean, lake or pool.

Linda and Kevin Keeton live in the Walton community with their two sons, Christian and Matthew. With a combined experience of over 36 years within the insurance industry, Keeton Insurance Services, Inc. is a Trusted Choice® Independent Agency specializing in property and casualty insurance. They may be reached by calling (770) 971-8900 or visiting www.

The combination of high fuel prices and an economic slowdown may keep Americans at or near home more than usual this summer. But water safety is a concern wherever you, and especially your children, venture this summer.

Pools present many dangers, particularly for young kids. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that drowning is the second-leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14. Annually, 283 children under age five die in America’s pools and spas. Most deaths and injuries related to pools occur on residential properties and most often involve children ages one to two, according to the commission. The following can lead to children drowning in pools: Unprotected pools. Pools must be treated as attractive nuisances, meaning children will want to get to them to play. “Little children are fiendishly clever and they can get away,” pointed out Dr. Jonathan Midgett of the CPSC. “For those brief moments when children elude us, we need layers of protection around our pools. The more obstacles between your child and the pool, the better! Fences need to isolate the pool from the house, have wellmaintained self-closing, self-latching gates and [have] back-up layers of protection, like sensors and alarms.” Faulty equipment. Suction outlets in pools and whirlpools are a hazard to catch hair and fingers. Anti-entrapment drain covers must be secured in place. No rules for the pool. Make safety rules for the pool clear before 24

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that drowning is the second-leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14. anyone sets foot inside the pool area and make sure children understand that they must follow directions of the person in charge. Poor supervision. Doctors put it bluntly. “Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment,” advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. The doctors’ group adds a rule of “touch supervision” with children younger than five years. This means that the supervising adult is within an arm’s length of the child at all times. Children can drown in a pool full of people. This happens when no one adult is designated to supervise the pool or if the supervisor isn’t paying proper attention. The CPSC recommends at least one adult taking responsible for watching children around the water. Anyone who owns or uses a pool should consider learning basic first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “CPR can make a big difference by reducing the likelihood of brain damage in the few minutes it takes for 911 emergency responders to arrive,” said Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learning to swim is not just recreational, but a way to teach children how to save themselves, noted the CDC. Yet even strong swimmers must be supervised, no matter what age. Any homeowner who has a pool—whether in-ground, above ground, or inflatable/temporary— should have liability insurance coverage, including umbrella liability coverage.


East Cobb Rotarians 2012 Dog Days Run

On August 11, the Rotary Club of East Cobb will hold its seventh annual Dog Days 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Everyone is welcome to participate and help raise funds to support local Cobb county charities as well as national and international Rotary projects. Last year’s race drew a record number of runners, and the club hopes to beat that number in 2012 by having at least 750 runners (walkers and joggers). This is the primary fundraiser for the East Cobb Rotarians, and they have set a goal of raising $50,000 this year. Last year, the club successfully raised $41,000 to benefit many charities, locally, nationally and abroad. The Dog Days 5K Run is an official, certified Peachtree Road Race qualifier. It has a USTAF (USA Track and Field) certified course. The 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. Both races start and finish at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, located at 955 Johnson Ferry Road, where parking will be available. It is $20 to register before the race and $25 the day of the race. You can register online at, in person at Big Peach Running Company, or download a mail-in entry form by visiting www. (mail-in entries must be received by August 9). If you are unable to race but would like to support the cause, register as a Phantom Runner for $25 and a t-shirt will be mailed to you after the race. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The 1 Mile Fun Run will start at 8:15 a.m. Awards will be given out starting at 9 a.m. with $125 cash prizes to the top overall male and female finisher in Open, Masters (40-49), Grand Masters (50-59), and Seniors (60+) categories. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in fourteen different age groups. All Fun Run finishers will receive ribbons. For the past 25 years, the East Cobb Rotarians have supported charitable causes and service projects both close to home and far around the globe. The money raised from last year’s Dog Days Run allowed the club to support local charities like Cobb

Family Resources, Camp Kudzu for Juvenile Diabetes, Camp Hope, Camp Sunshine for children with cancer, and Canine Assistance, and to provide Aids Awareness programs at local high schools and Rotary School Mates (mentors) for Brumby Elementary. Worldwide charities that the club supports include SmileTrain, Wheelchair Foundation, ShelterBox and participating in the Polio Plus program to end polio worldwide. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about Rotary, visit or contact Joe Murphey at or (770) 354-3365. Register early or come on out on August 11, whether you are a serious runner or want to encourage your family to exercise together. Even family pets have been seen running in the East Cobb Rotarians Dog Days Run. Your participation will help the Rotary Club to continue its tradition of community service and good works at home and around the world.

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military meet our

Alexander Meyers

Alexander Meyers is a Captain Select in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) serving as S-2 Department Head Intelligence Officer for Air Control Group -18 on the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. Alex comes from a long line of military servers in his family, but when he graduated from Walton High School (WHS) in 2004 and headed off to college at the University of Georgia (UGA), joining the military was not in his plans. His younger brother, Brendan, graduated from WHS in 2006 and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy. After visiting the school several times and talking about the service with his brother, Alex decided to check into it. When asked why he chose the Marine Corps, Alex said, “My father was an active duty Marine Corps Officer; he told me to look into it and answered all my questions. I talked to the Officer Recruiter in Atlanta and signed up.” This led Alex to Officer Candidate School and then on to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. There are approximately 25 different Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) that are available to choose from, and because Alex is bi-lingual, the school staff recommended that he rank Intelligence near the top of his list. Alex is fluent in Japanese because his father’s job took them overseas, so he lived in Tokyo as a young boy and was enrolled in Japanese kindergarten. He minored in Japanese at UGA, which he admits was extremely easy since he was already fluent in the language. When MOS were assigned, Alex was chosen as an Air Intelligence Officer. He has also attended Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Training. The job of Intelligence Officer is to attempt to reduce the Commanding Officer’s uncertainty in his region due to any event involving the enemy or possible terrorist threat. Most of Alex’s briefings during his deployment concerned North Korea because of the uncertainty of Kim Jong-il, his son Kim Jong Eun, and pending rocket launches. At his most recent job, he had four Intelligence analysts working for him that did the research on enemy activity and terrorist threats in the region. Alex shared that on one annual training exercise being conducted in the Pacific, he actually went to the border of North and South Korea and found it a very eye-opening experience to look across and see a North Korean soldier peering back at him. 26

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Captain Select Alexander Meyers with his wife Ayano at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Upon returning to base from another trip to Korea, Alex heard about the tsunami and earthquake that had hit Japan on March 11, 2011 as he was getting off the plane. He said he didn’t even unpack his military gear as he was sure that most of the base would be deploying to help. A few days later, he was sent to Yokota Air Base in Tokyo where he was the Intelligence Integration Officer assisting the Japanese Army with the integration of the USMC’s Chemical/Biological Incident Response Force. He was also used as a translator to help in the wake of the disaster. When asked what he has enjoyed the most about serving in the USMC, Alex said, “Travelling and the opportunities to work with foreign militaries. I was able to observe many different cultures and obtained a greater global understanding. I have been to the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Macau, and Hong Kong as well as all over Japan during my tour.” He also met his future wife through one of his friends in the Air Force in Okinawa. Alex and Ayano were married in Japan in December, but plan to have a ceremony here in America in August. Alex has served his four years of active duty and is transitioning to the Reserves in the next month. He plans to attend Emory University’s Goizueta Business School full time to earn his MBA on full scholarship in the next two years with a concentration on Finance. After that, he plans to seek a job on Wall Street in investment banking.

The Meyers Family Left to right: Anthony, Pamela, Brendan, Chandler, and Alexander Meyers.

Alex’s parents, Pamela and Anthony, moved with their family to the Walton community 15 years ago. In addition to his brother Brendan, Alex has a sister, Chandler. While at WHS, Alex was a four-year varsity lacrosse starter, a cross-country runner for four years, and track team member for two, as well as a wrestler for three years. Not only both brothers and father have been or are in military service, but both of Alex’s grandfathers served our country— one as an Air Force Officer and the other as a Navy Officer— and he has many cousins and uncles that are in the military. As we recently celebrated our nation’s birthday and the freedoms that we enjoy, we must remember the families like the Meyers who have served our country to keep us free and safe through the years. Around WALTON | July 2012



Ask Margot by Margot Swann

Margot Swann is the Founder and CEO of Visions Anew Institute. She established this nonprofit to provide resources, education, and support for people going through divorce. Send your divorce questions to margot@, call (770) 953-2882 or visit

Dear Margot, I’m really worried: my husband has moved out and I have a nine-yearold special needs child. Not only are Tommy’s current expenses - including private school and specialists enormous but I am concerned about his future. We have the resources, I think, but how can I plan for these enormous challenges? - Anxious Anne Dear Anne, Of course you’re apprehensive. Actually, you are wise to realize that you need some help. I suggest that you go to a professional who is not only a Financial Planner, but who also understands taxes. Tricia Mulcare with Homrich Berg can address your concerns:

Divorce involving a special needs child is unique. While child support is usually only applicable until the child turns eighteen, special


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With respect to custody arrangements, the parties should take into account where the child will best thrive and if/when it is appropriate for them to live on their own or in assisted living. needs children often require financial assistance throughout their lives. One of my clients established a “Special Needs and Education Fund” for the benefit of her son. The fund receives most of the child support, which is used for specific costs relating to her son’s disability. Further, the couple agreed that the husband would continue to contribute to the fund far past the son’s eighteenth birthday to ensure that he would receive continued on page 68


Water Skills Evaluations Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road Information: Free water skills evaluations will be held at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA to encourage all to be sure that they have the skills to stay safe in water. For more information, call (770) 977-5991.

Mondays, July 16 through August 20

Grief Recovery Program Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Inc., Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Information: The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program, based on The Grief Recovery Handbook, will guide those who wish to resolve their loss issues and move beyond their grief to a richer quality of life. Facilitated by Sandra Karem, LCSW of Crossroads Hospice. Please call (678) 439-1177 to sign up.

July 18

Business Associations’ Summer J.A.M. Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Location: Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway Information: The Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations and the Cobb Chamber are partnering to host the annual Summer J.A.M. (Joint Association Meeting). There will be complimentary food and drinks for attendees. The cost will be free with online registration or $20 at the door for members of one of the 10 Cobb County business associations or the Cobb Chamber. General admission tickets will be $20 with online registration or $30 at the door. For more information, visit summerjam.

July 23 – 27

Hyde and Seek Nature Camp Time: 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Location: Hyde Farm Visitor’s Center, 721 Hyde Road Information: Natural Resource Management Unit staff is hosting a Hyde and Seek Nature Week at Hyde Farm. The day camp is for children entering third, fourth and fifth grades, and the camp will focus on nature and the great outdoors, so most

July/August camp hours will be spent outside. Campers will learn about nature through hiking or walking nature trails, heritage and history walks, playing nature and conservation games, identifying wildlife, a live snake demonstration and a one-mile hike of the Chattahoochee River. The cost is $65. Dropoff and pickup will be at the Visitor’s Center. For more information, or to register, contact Kaye Wilson at (770) 528-8824 or email kaye.

July 24

Rain Barrel Make and Take Workshop Time: 10 – 11 a.m. Location: Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive Information: The Watershed Stewardship Program will be facilitating a free make-andtake Rain Barrel Workshop. Participants will create their own Rain Barrel from a 55 gallon drum donated by Coca-Cola. Please come dressed to be outdoors and working with power tools. Barrels can be transported home in a 4-door sedan or larger vehicle. This program is for Cobb County residents only and one barrel per household. To register, please go to http://watershed.

July 26

Fire Safety Class for Seniors Time: 1 – 3 p.m. Location: 1220 Al Bishop Drive Information: The Cobb Safety Village will be offering classes on fire and police safety topics for seniors over the age of 55. Residents need only attend one session. The last session will be July 26. Participants must be county residents. Participation will be limited to 25 persons per class and reservations are required by calling (770) 852-3270.

July 27 & August 10

Active Older Adults Lunch-n-Learn Series Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Location: McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road Information: The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA will be hosting a lunch-n-learn series for adults over 50. The workshops and lunch are free. July 27 – Psychology of Money and August 10 – Durable Living Wills are the scheduled topics. Topics subject to change. For more information and to RSVP, call (770) 977-5991 or sign up at the front desk.

July 30 – August 3

Art and Nature Camp Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Location: Hyde Farm Visitor’s Center, 721 Hyde Road Information: Hyde and Seek: ARTventure camp is a camp for 7 to 12 year olds that will help campers find their hidden, creative side while seeking their wild side. This is an outdoor art camp where attendees will explore historic Hyde Farm, hike to the Chattahoochee, take nature walks and use the outdoor time to create works of art. Camp fee will be $70 for residents and $95 for non-residents. There is an additional $20 supply charge. For more information and to register, visit

August 1

Patti Lyons Foundation Fundraiser Time: 6 p.m. – close Location: Red Sky Tapas and Bar, 1255 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Red Sky Tapas and Bar will be donating proceeds from the evening to the Patti Lyons Foundation. Patti is a single parent of two boys who has been an active member of the East Cobb community for ten years. Since her diagnosis of stage 4 malignant melanoma, she has been unable to work and her employer did not offer health insurance. The Foundation was created to help with the mounting medical expenses. There will be a silent auction with a variety of items to bid on. Please call to make a reservation at (770) 973-0100.

August 2 & 15

Divorce Support Group for Women Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road Information: Visions Anew, a non-profit organization, facilitates this support group that helps individuals going through the divorce process. The support group meets every first Thursday and third Wednesday of the month. The organization hosts a number of free support groups around the Atlanta area every week. For more information, visit or call (770) 953-2882.

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Don’t Forget the Vacation Bookends! by Jennifer Jarosick

Before staying home with her children, Jennifer was a kindergarten teacher and a kindergarten/ first grade reading teacher. She also served as co-president and board member of a local MOMS Club chapter for several years. Jennifer has three children ages 7, 2 and 1 and is expecting another child later this year. If you have any comments, feel free to contact Jennifer at jenniferjarosick@

With the last month of summer vacation ahead of us, many families are getting ready for one last road trip. As you start packing, don’t forget to prepare for the vacation bookends: the car ride. After a vomit-filled road trip with my little ones that was supposed to take seven hours but took ten, I realized how important it is to be prepared for anything. I asked around for some tips from a few people who are seasoned travelers and found some great ideas that might help as you pack for your vacation.

Pack a lot of snacks, healthy ones. Candy, sweets and treats filled with sugar will just make your car seat/ buckle bound children even more restless and hyper with no way of releasing their energy. Bring their favorite movies and maybe surprise them with one or two new ones. It might capture their attention for some of the drive. Make sure any electronics your child might use are charged or have fresh batteries, and keep a stash of extra batteries just in case. Before you leave, head to the dollar store and pick out a few items for each child. Wrap them like presents


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Bring their favorite movies and maybe surprise them with one or two new ones. and on the long drive, every hour or so let your child/children pick out a present and open it. The anticipation of getting a present will be exciting and then they will get to spend time playing with their new toy, craft or book. This tip saved me on more than one car ride, and it’s also fun. Let each child pack a small bag full of self-picked activities; this will not only keep them busy on the car ride, but it will also be something for them to do during any down time on your vacation. Make sure there is a first aid kit, cleansing wipes and garbage bags in a handy place. You never know when you might have a “hazmat” situation in the backseat! And if you have kids in diapers, make sure there is a diaper bag that is handy and not packed underneath the heaviest suit case. A fun road trip is a great way to finish off your summer vacation and these are just a few tips to help make it a positive experience. If you have any more tips on taking long road trips with children, feel free to email me at jenniferjarosick@gmail. com. I wish each of you a fun vacation and a vomit-free road trip!

Raising Money-Wise Kids by Lisa Malice, Ph.D. An allowance is the most important tool you have as a parent for raising money-wise kids. Even preschoolers can develop healthy money values, with your guidance and a couple dollars per week to spend. The biggest philosophical debate around allowances is not how much to give but whether to tie allowances to chores. Lisa Malice earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Georgia Tech. She served as a PTA leader at the local and state levels for ten years. She lives in the Indian Hills subdivision with her husband and two children. Contact her at lisa@

A “pay-for-performance” allowance system is based on a very simple rule every child can understand: If you DO your chores, you DO get your allowance; if you DON’T do your chores, you DON’T get your allowance. This system is said to reflect the real world of jobs and wages and the belief that people shouldn’t expect to get something for doing nothing. This approach is most successful with children who already value money as something worth spending time and effort to get, but chores must be age-appropriate. This system isn’t without its drawbacks. As one parent once told me, “I don’t pay allowances because my kids won’t do chores.” Therein lies the difficulty with chore-based allowances. When a child states, “I don’t want to do that chore tonight, so just dock my allowance,” frustrated parents often get left holding the broom or dishrag. Such refusals are more common among children who have no appreciation for what they can do with money, or, as likely with older kids, have relatives that frequently slip them money. Additionally, tracking of how much children earn based on chores completed can become a nightmare.

... try paying a base no-strings-attached salary based on age or grade and extra for completing special age-appropriate jobs around the house. The other option—no-strings-attached allowance—gives kids money to learn how to manage it to meet their wants and needs. Payment is usually based on 50¢ or $1 for every gradelevel or year of age. Chores aren’t part of an allowance system, but simply required of kids as contributing family members; continued on page 68 Around WALTON | July 2012



Is This the Right Time? by Porter Scogin

Porter Scogin is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Parc at Piedmont – East Cobb, an independent and assisted living senior community (parcatpiedmont. com). She is also a long-time resident of East Cobb. Porter can be reached at (770) 5658828 or pscogin@ parccommunities. com.

This can be a difficult question for seniors and their families to answer as they start to consider a move into a senior community. Oftentimes, it is hard for the “adult children” to deal with the transitional issues associated with aging parents; thus the answer is not always easy. The process varies dramatically from one situation to another. Senior Living Community residents have ultimately made the decision to join that community because of one or more of the following lifestyle challenges:

1. Maintenance – “Taking care of the home is simply too much.” Whether or not there is someone available for maid service, lawn maintenance, food preparation, etc., the burden of managing these matters becomes overwhelming, and they can pose an overwhelming anxiety for your loved one.

My advice to “adult children” is to listen carefully to the subtle things that your parent(s) is telling you. 2. Dining – “It’s too much of a hassle to cook a decent meal just for myself, and I don’t feel like going out.” If this attitude is an occasional one, there is nothing to fear. However, the problem of poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of physical and psychological problems in aging adults. 3. Exercise – “I never get any exercise. I am always tired.” Regardless of the situation, if your mom or dad is becoming sedentary, they are potentially knocking years off of their lives. Studies show that seniors benefit dramatically from regular physical activity. 4. Socialization – (and perhaps the most important aspect) “I don’t have anything to do. Most of my friends have either moved or have passed away. All I do is watch television.” All of these are strong indications that your parent(s) needs to get socially involved. The interaction with others is essential for his/her well-being. A shut-in or reclusive mindset is a surefire prescription for disaster. Many seniors have had challenges with a number of the issues above. My advice to “adult children” is to listen carefully to the subtle things that your parent(s) is telling you. Each time you hear mention of one or more of these items, remind your parent(s) that there is another option. Start educating yourself on the options that are most suitable for your parent’s needs, arrange to visit appropriate communities, and determine what you believe to be the best choice. It is never too early to begin reminding him/her how comfortable it will be to shed the responsibilities of home ownership. Whether it is the fact there will be new friends to meet, someone else preparing meals, no maintenance to deal with, or the opportunity to join a regular exercise program, the family should continually reinforce those issues that are most relevant in their family. When all is said and done, it is ultimately your parent’s decision. The more informed you are about Senior Living options – the better the resource you can be in evaluating the next step.


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The Nut Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree by Kara Kiefer Everyone forgets something at one time or another. Life is busy, after all. But in my house, there are two people who forget things more than the average person - my husband and my son.

Kara Kiefer is the Executive Editor for Around About Local Media. She lives in southwest Cherokee with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett.

My husband is the king of multitasking, which can be a great quality, but sometimes he needs to slow down and focus on one thing at a time. I can’t tell you how many times I have found food or containers on top of the refrigerator hours after he’d put them there; apparently, he was looking for something and forgot to put those items back. After he leaves for work, I have found such things as his packed lunch

Forgotten wallet- Sponge Bob treatment

or snack items, his cell phone and wallet, even a piece of toast cooling in the toaster. And if he’s going bike riding, he has yet to make it out of the house in one attempt. He will return once, sometimes twice, for something he forgot. And just recently, he was traveling and had to stop by Wal-mart because he forgot his deodorant.

Forgotten food on top of fridge

Even the best of mothers get tired of bailing their forgetful sons out, so rather than simply delivering the item or items he forgot, I decided to add a little somethingsomething to the delivery.

My son comes by the art of forgetting honestly, but true to the nature of his personality, he has taken it to an entirely new level. Sure, when he was in elementary school, he would occasionally forget his lunch or his gym shoes- what child doesn’t? But his forgetting really escalated when he entered high school. Frequently, I would get texts, “I forgot my wallet, my shoes, my deodorant, my clothes for after work out, my Under Armour for under my football pads, my money for the Spanish fiesta…..” and like a good mother, I would run these items up to the school. Even the best of mothers get tired of bailing their forgetful sons out, so rather than simply delivering the item or items he forgot, I decided to add a little something-something to the delivery. And each time I have to run something up, the packages would get a little more “special.” We are at the point now where it’s been weeks since I had to run to the school with a forgotten item. I think the fact that I told him I would be progressing from Sponge Bob wrapping paper to heart stickers and glitter made an impression. Now, I’m not saying I’ve never forgotten anything (suitcase full of toiletries, twice; cell phone left at work five-plus times), but this is not about me. Around WALTON | July 2012



Everyday Dear Everyday Angels: I would like to share a need with you in hopes that our community and your organization may be able to assist my friend.

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


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A dear childhood friend of mine re-emerged into my life several years ago. We both grew up in this community and were best friends. She went away to college, married and moved out west. We kept up throughout the years, and she always visited when she was in town. Several years ago, she returned home after an ugly divorce, without her kids, and moved in with her parents. It was then that I learned she was an alcoholic. This was completely out of character for her especially knowing how she was raised. I kept her at a guarded distance since she was no longer the girl I knew and loved. She had lost her husband, children, house, job, self- respect and confidence. She had even lost her will to live and drank even more to kill her pain. She continued to drink despite arrests and rehab efforts. She was hopelessly addicted to alcohol, both mentally and physically, and had clearly lost her power of choice. Her behavior was tearing her family apart until they finally had to kick her out. She came to me but I refused to help someone who would not help themselves. I wanted to protect my family from her destructive behavior as well as myself. I prayed for her and worried about her every day. This past January, she came to my home to visit. We had a wonderful visit, and she shared her story with me – how she got where she was and what it has taken for her to turn her life around. It wasn’t her family or friends who got through to her but a stranger she had met on the streets. She calls them her “angel.” She has been on the road to recovery for six months now. She is becoming healthy again and now has a part- time job. I can once again see the girl I know and love. I have done what I can to assist her and we talk every day. She has moved into a relative’s basement and is working part-time. Her evenings are consumed with AA and church groups. Her goal is to first recover fully before attempting to reconnect with her children. Her newfound strength is her faith and I have been so proud of her. She is repairing her relationship with her family, and they also are convinced that she is on the right path. Please keep her in your prayers as she continues her journey. This is something much bigger than I can personally comprehend without judging. I have learned so much from her these past few months, and while I will never be able to fully wrap my mind around this addictive disease, I have witnessed first-hand the lives and hearts that it can destroy. She often complains about the gas costs, and I don’t want her to have excuses. It is my hope that you can provide her with gas cards to allow her to attend her scheduled meetings. She could also use a few Wal-mart gift cards to help with clothing and toiletries. Of course, anything you can do would be most helpful. A concerned friend.

Everyday Angels will assist with gas expenses; however, we need to replenish our supply. We are always being approached with many community needs and gift cards are priceless. If you would like to help, please see how in the box to the left.

The Power of a Single Click: Click-to-Donate Websites by Stephanie Niu

Stephanie Niu is a rising sophomore at Walton High School, a member of the robotics team, Team WALT and the team’s Community Outreach Director. Go to for more information or to contact Team WALT.

stopping violence against women. Have you ever wanted to donate to charity but thought you did not have the time or effort to do it? Think again. 2. Freerice is a website owned by the UN World Food Programme with two goals: provide free education to everyone and end world hunger. Users With technology fast advancing and answer questions and can choose from a variety of topics the “Inter” in Internet growing in from basic multiplication to SAT practice. For each correct significance, charitable organizations answer, Freerice donates ten grains of rice. Students can have cleverly utilized the power of study while they earn! Anyone can create or join a group, digital media to create an effortless which range from religious organizations to school clubs way for well-meaning people to donate (check out Walton Robotics group at causes they care about. Nonprofits group/first-feeds-hungry). have developed programs that allow users to donate from the comfort of 3. A branch of the Greater Good their own office chair. Now, saving Network run by CharityUSA, the Hunger Site offers a variety 1,000 square feet of ocean wildlife or of causes to whom you can donate. Causes like child donating one cup of food to a starving healthcare and breast cancer appear at the top of the page; child could not be easier; all you have simply choose one and click! to do is click.

The logic behind click-to-donate sites is simple. Non-profits receive funding from companies that advertise on their sites. Don’t let ads discourage you; they are essential to the success of click-todonate sites.

4. The beauty of Ripple lies in its simplicity. Choose what you want to donate towards— water, food, money, or education— and simply click. The ads do not appear until after your click, which is nice if your eyes need a break!

Does it sound too good to be true? Find out for yourself! Visit these tried-and-true sites and click away.

5. If you are craving more click-to-donates, go to www. This site is an index containing over fifty links to other charity sites.

1. As the number one petition Visit one of these sites today; it won’t take more than a site in the world and the bearer of a cheerful butterfly minute, and you will love the feeling of making a difference logo, Care2 is a site dedicated to doing good. Choose from for a cause that matters. a variety of causes to donate to from saving baby seals to

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mong the elections that are taking place on July 31, there is one that Marsha Lake hopes you pay attention to the most. She is a candidate for Cobb County State Court Judge, Division II, Post 2. Since 2011 when she decided to run for the seat being vacated by Judge Roland Castellanos, she has been visiting thousands of voters and organizations across Cobb sharing her qualifications and commitment to the position. The positive responses that she has received have encouraged her to work even harder now that the election is just a few short weeks away.

This campaign began long before she announced, though. Truly, Marsha’s campaign can trace its roots back to when she received a speeding ticket as a young woman. “I was 17 when I got that ticket,” Lake said, “and I wanted to argue my case in front of a judge. I stood before the judge and told him that I did not think I was driving over the speed limit since I was driving a Volkswagen Bug, and I believed the car would not go that fast. The judge ruled against me, but it was one of the most positive experiences I have ever had. He showed respect to me and gave me all the time I needed to present my case. It taught me the value of fairness and justice in the courtroom, but more than that, it planted the seed that eventually blossomed into my legal career.” It is this passion for the legal profession that pushed Marsha to never vary from her path and eventually brought her to this campaign. She graduated from high school at an early age, reflective of the drive she still has today. She obtained an Associate Degree from East Tennessee State University and her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University. Before acquiring her Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1994, she owned her own personnel firm. She eventually sold that business to pay for her legal education. After she passed the Bar, Marsha served Cobb County as an Assistant Solicitor General, prosecuting misdemeanors, and then as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting felonies in the Crimes Against Children unit. In 2000, she opened her own private law firm. “Every lesson I learned along the way helped me get to where I am today and will help guide my decisions as a State Court Judge. If you look at what a judge has a responsibility to do, my background shows that I meet those responsibilities on a daily basis.” Lake details what she sees a judge’s role should be in the Cobb County justice system. For good government and strong community, she says that judges need to make sure that the Constitution is defended with every decision they make. She also draws distinction that she has been admitted to practice

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law before the United States Supreme Court, something only a small number of attorneys in the United States can claim. Lake said, “I believe the people of Cobb County can rely on me to understand and apply Constitutional principles in the courtroom.” Secondly, judges must ensure that each person who comes before the bench is treated fairly; however, their cases must be handled effectively. Lake co-founded an organization called S.M.A.R.T. (Substance Misuse and Responsibility Training) to help young offenders learn responsible behaviors that will help them make smarter choices and stay out of the criminal justice system. S.M.A.R.T. has been accepted by Cobb County State Court as one of the alternative choices of their Diversion Program, something Lake credits with helping to fight recidivism in the county.

Marsha with her son Raymond and daughter Mary Frances.

“Frankly, individuals need to be held accountable for their actions but also be given an opportunity to apply lessons in a productive

responsibilities have to be considered. Who can best defend our Constitutional rights? Who can create the most fair and effective courtroom? Who can keep Cobb County the safest? Much like she has done throughout her entire career, Lake minces no words in expressing her unique qualifications for the office. “I can stand before the United States Supreme Court as an attorney. I claim extensive indepth experience as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office and as a private attorney. Being a trial attorney, I am in court on a daily basis. Furthermore, I am the only candidate that has been proactive in working with young offenders helping them make responsible choices which is vital in avoiding recidivist crimes.”

“I believe the people of Cobb County can rely on me to understand and apply Constitutional principles in the courtroom.” way. Managing a fair and effective courtroom means making sure you do not see the same faces twice.” Finally, State Court judges must make a commitment to provide safe communities for Cobb residents. Lake continued, “Given that I have been a successful attorney on both sides of the law, first as a prosecutor and then as a private attorney, I know what the law demands to keep our communities safe. Sentencing nonviolent alcohol and drug offenders to jail along with murderers and drug dealers only creates more violent criminals. Worse, it takes bed space away from the most dangerous criminals in the system, and it only results in more crime.” State Court deals only in misdemeanor crimes; however, there are many opportunities, Lake said, that can be used to reform non-violent offenders and guide them to become productive and successful members of society. When comparing the candidates for State Court Judge, three

“Quite honestly, I’m the only candidate Cobb County residents can trust to do the job as it demands. Recently, my background, skill level and judicial philosophy were recognized by Cobb County law enforcement by their endorsement of me for this position. They know that I can partner with them to keep our neighborhoods safe, defend the constitution and fairly and effectively apply the law. Additionally, I have been encouraged by hundreds of residents in Cobb and look forward to earning the support of all voters on July 31.” Marsha has practiced law for 18 years. She has lived in and raised her family in Cobb County since 1997. More information about Marsha can be found on her campaign website at www.votelake. com and she can be emailed at or called at (770) 425-6061.

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Health & Wellness

Summer Safety Tips by Dr. Eva Montgomery-McGuire, M.D. Summer is here, and it seems like everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. But before you and your family hit the pool or the park, there are a few simple precautions you should take to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Dr. Eva MontgomeryMcGuire received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her doctorate in medicine from Wayne State University. Dr. Montgomery-McGuire is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She lives in East Cobb with her husband and has two daughters in college.

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe this summer.

Fun in the Sun • The AAP recommends dressing infants six months old and younger in lightweight long pants, longsleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. • For children six months and older, the first and best line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation exposure is covering up. • Wear sunglasses with 97 -100 percent protection against both UVA and UVB rays. • Cotton clothing with a tight weave is also recommended to stave off harmful rays. • Limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and stay in the shade whenever possible.


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• Even on cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays. • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. • Remember water, sand and even snow reflects UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly. Heat Stress In Children • When high heat and humidity reach critical levels, the intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced. • For the first hour of exercise, water alone can be used. Kids should have water or a sports drink always available and drink every 20 minutes while exercising in the heat. • Excessively hot and humid environments, more prolonged and strenuous exercise, and copious sweating should be reasons for children to substantially increase their fluid intake. • After an hour of exercise, children need to drink a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage to replace electrolytes lost in sweat and provide carbohydrates for energy. • Clothing should be light-colored, lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat. Sweatsaturated shirts should be replaced by dry clothing.

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Health & Wellness

The Dangers of Thumb Sucking by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D., is the owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C., Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Walton community. Dr. Cheek is also a member of the Around Walton Community Board. You may contact her at (770) 993-3775 or visit

Sucking is a natural instinct we are born with. Babies and small children use fingers, pacifiers, and other objects to soothe and comfort themselves. Even in the womb, babies have been seen in ultrasound images sucking their thumbs. Sucking is a normal, healthy part of our early development, but prolonged sucking – past the age of four – can cause a host of dental problems.

between the ages of two and four, children should replace this type of self-comforting with other means. After the age of four, sucking can become a habit children continue to use to soothe themselves when they are afraid, hungry, restless, sleepy or bored. Persistent aggressive sucking can interfere with the proper growth and development of the mouth and can cause an open bite where the front teeth do not come

Part of a baby’s physical development involves growth and formation of the palate (roof of the mouth) and dental arches where the teeth will be positioned. Though children under the age of two should be freely allowed to comfort themselves by sucking on fingers or pacifiers,

together and may protrude. Speech problems, improper tongue positioning and complicated orthodontics can occur as a result of an open bite. If a child is using a pacifier, it is usually easier to break the child’s habit, as the pacifier can be taken away. A parent should not use a pacifier as a first line of defense for a fussy baby or toddler but should try other ways to soothe the child instead. If thumb sucking is the issue, there are appliances that can be helpful in stopping this habit. Some appliances are plastic sheaths that wrap around the thumb or finger and are held in place by straps on the wrist. Palatal arch appliances, or “cribs,” placed by an orthodontist interfere with the pleasure a child gets from finger sucking. Bitter nail coatings can be placed to make the finger taste objectionable to the child. Generally, positive reinforcement is the best approach to helping a child break his or her sucking habit. Since sucking is used by a child for security, negative reinforcement does not work. Making a chart where a sticker is given for not sucking and an award for a certain number of stickers can be helpful. Also, the child’s finger can be covered with a bandage to remind the child not to place it in his mouth. Items associated with the sucking habit should be removed – blankets, stuffed animals, etc. If sucking habits are an issue for your child, have him evaluated by a dentist by the age of three to determine if these habits are affecting his oral development. 40

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Create a Heart-Healthy Diet by Northside Hospital Heart disease can start with few signs or noticeable symptoms. The choices you make today, including what you eat, can help you prevent or manage heart disease. Committing to a hearthealthy diet decreases your risk for cardiovascular disease and strengthens your heart. Why does food play a role in preventing heart disease? Your arteries are like semi-flexible pipes that supply oxygen to the heart and allow blood to flow throughout your body. When you are born, these pipes are clean and clear, but over time, cholesterol and fat can harden and cause plaque buildup, preventing oxygen from reaching the heart. You can keep these pipes clean and prevent high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease with these heart-healthy diet tips. Think more plants, less animals. Fill your plate with veggies, fruits and whole grains. Plant-based foods protect your heart without the negative effects of fat. Look for alternative sources of protein such as beans instead of meat. Tip: Use frozen fruits and vegetables, but avoid canned and processed products, which tend to be higher in sodium. Reduce sodium. Beware of hidden sodium found in packaged foods and restaurant meals. Sodium can increase blood pressure. You can add flavor with hearthealthy ingredients such as cinnamon, garlic, peppermint, berries and sage. Tip: Talk to a

dietician about lowering your sodium intake and chances for high blood pressure with the DASH eating plan. Cook-in instead of dining out. Buy a cookbook with low-fat recipes and learn how to make tasty meals without the added salt, fat or cholesterol. Look for recipes that include hearthealthy ingredients such as salmon, soy, spinach, berries, nuts, lentils, whole grains and avocados. Tip: Cook once, eat twice – double the recipe and refrigerate or freeze the extra ingredients for future meals. Don’t skip meals. Starting your day off with breakfast helps prevent you from feeling famished at lunchtime, giving you more energy and helping you make better food choices. Tip: Incorporate healthy snacks such as granola bars, hummus, peanut butter and low-fat cheese to keep you from raiding the vending machine in the afternoon. Load up on Omega-3’s. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death, according to the American Heart Association. In addition, these fatty acids found in fish, nuts and leafy veggies, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease plaque buildup and can lower blood pressure. Tip: To increase omega-3 consumption, consider taking a fish oil supplement or add ground flax seeds to yogurt, oatmeal and baked goods.

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Questions to Ask Before Saying “Yes” to a Non-Profit Board by Mary-Kathryn Boler A colleague just asked you to join the board of a local non-profit organization. You are flattered and think the position will look great on your LinkedIn profile, so you open your mouth to accept the offer. Wait! Mary-Kathryn Boler is the owner of Catapult Strategic Consulting, LLC (www. CatapultStrategies. com), located in the Walton area. Her proven approach to creating business strategies and action plans has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses faster and more profitabilty than they thought possible.

While sitting on a non-profit board — be it a charity, sports association, or professional group — can be rewarding, it can be time consuming and financially demanding. I’ve even had board experiences I’d describe as torturous. Before committing your time, talent and money, make sure you know what you are getting into. Here are some questions to ask before saying yes:

1. Are you passionate about the organization’s mission? It is difficult to guide an organization, raise funds, and recruit additional board members unless you care deeply about the group’s focus.

2. What is expected of you? In some organizations, board members focus exclusively on strategic issues while in others, board members are the primary volunteers for the group. Ask for a board member job description, and make sure the “fit” is right. 3. What is the time commitment? Find out if the board meets quarterly or monthly, and remember to explore how active board committees are. 4. Why you? Rarely do boards recruit members for their charm and good looks, and strategically-focused boards recruit members to meet identified needs. Have you been asked for your technical expertise, industry connections, or deep pockets? 5. What will it cost you? Board members are expected to demonstrate financial leadership. Many boards ask members to fundraise while others expect you to write a sizable check. What is the norm for this organization? 6. Is the organization financially 42

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It is difficult to guide an organization, raise funds, and recruit additional board members unless you care deeply about the group’s focus. healthy? Unless you enjoy solving financial crises, you may want to avoid struggling organizations. Few non-profits are flush with cash, but most are financially secure and have a plan for continued operations. If not, run. 7. Does the organization meet its legal and financial obligations? I once joined the board of a non-profit that never filed its Form 990 (Annual Information Return) with the IRS. After months of pleading in vain, I resigned from the board. I was not willing to risk my reputation by sitting on a board that ignored its legal obligations. 8. Does the board have directors and officers insurance? It may be difficult to imagine a scenario in which you would be considered at fault for board actions, but don’t wait to find out how messy liability issues can be. Protect yourself, your company, and the board with D & O insurance. 9. Do you want to do business with the organization in the future? If so, respectfully decline the position. Board members have to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, and having a financial relationship with the organization whose board you sit on is a huge red flag. 10. Can you focus on setting priorities and strategies? The board of directors of any organization is responsible for setting priorities, maximizing the use of limited resources, and planning for the future. You are not, as one client put it, responsible for selecting napkin colors. A board seat is a good place for you if you like to think strategically; it is not a good role if you are a control freak.

Conducting a little research before joining a non-profit board will make you a strong and satisfied board member, and the organization will get the enthusiastic and committed leadership it deserves. Now you can say “yes.”

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Peoples Choice Award for Best Dance Studio in Cobb County 2010 , 2011 & 2012!

First in Dance... First in Fitness.

From the Employment Expert: “Summer Time Job Search” by Lynne Saunders

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

“… And we’ll have fun, fun, fun, until…” For anyone my age or slightly older, you know the lyrics of this tune (Fun, Fun, Fun by the Beach Boys). It signifies freedom and fun until the authority figure lowers the boom. Many adult job seekers share this perception. Summer break for kids often becomes vacation time for parents too, taking focus from a muchneeded job search. The commitment of accepting a job now can seem like an unwelcome interruption with a new schedule, boss and responsibilities. One hesitation may be childcare cost until school begins. Think about the bigger, most urgent picture. A job that pays a “living wage” will be beneficial to the entire family. Perhaps a friend or neighbor can help out with the kids and their schedules.

Employers know that incoming resumes during this time are from motivated and serious candidates, much like during winter holiday breaks. With that said, let’s stop and analyze this thought with a competitive spirit. Winning is an accomplishment! It takes effort, strategy,

The commitment of accepting a job now can seem like an unwelcome interruption with a new schedule, boss and responsibilities. practice and polish. Running a race with fewer contestants will definitely improve the odds! If you are in full-time job search but find the kids’ schedules are interfering with your focus, it may be time to take serious action. Prioritize yourself as a project. Too often, we allow the needs of others to outweigh our own. One change I had to make is to begin each day earlier. Before I lose your attention, think about the possibilities! Our Classes and workshops are beginning earlier, which holds me quite continued on page 68 44

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Professor Dad by Chicka Elloy Growing up, we were all schooled by the man of the house. It is only comical now as a dad of two, I hear the same things coming out of my mouth as I did growing up under my dad’s instruction. Here are some of the common phrases I learned (and now impose) from taking different classes at the: Chicka Elloy lives in southwest Cherokee with his wife and two sweet caramel daughters. He writes for USA Today Education and was voted #1 Daddy Blogger by - Contact him through www. thefrequentflyerfather. com.

University of Fatherhood All of us have been blessed with involuntarily full scholarships to gain our education from dad or grandpa. I know this because no child could afford to pay for some of these invaluable lessons (and kids don’t have money). Enter below for your degree in fatherly wisdom and classic ‘dadisms.’

Freshman Year: Ancient History – When I was your age… Law – As long as you live under my roof you will…

Counseling – Walk it off, you’ll be fine. Evolutionary biology – Were you born in a tent? Close the door. Sophomore Year: Civil Engineering - Don’t make me stop this car… Biology – Do you think money grows on trees? Sociology – I am not interested in what her dad lets her do. Philosophy – Don’t look at me in that tone of voice. Junior Year: Anthropology – It will put hair on your chest. Theatre Arts - Stop crying before I give you something to cry about. Psychology – Because I said so! Computer science – (looking up from phone) Sorry, what did you say? Summer Class: Ethics - Don’t make me come over there. Senior Year: Business – This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you… Theology – I’m not sleeping, I am just resting my eyes. continued on page 68 Around WALTON | July 2012


July Is National Sandwich Generation Month: Five Ways To Help Aging Parents Plan For The Future by Steve Worrall

As our parents get older and begin to lose their independence, many will turn to their adult children to help them navigate the complicated and costly world of long-term care.

Steve is an Atlanta native. He graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. He is married and a dad to three children and is involved in his community in local business groups and local theater and arts organizations. Contact Steve at (770) 425-6060 or email him at steve@

Yet for adult children already caring for young kids of their own, this new role of “caregiver” can be a difficult one to assume. It’s no wonder this group of people is known as the “Sandwich Generation,” as they are literally sandwiched between the pressures of raising a family, holding down a job and managing mom or dad’s growing medical and financial needs.

As tempting as it is for Sandwich Generation Kids to bury their heads in the sand and deal with long-term care issues as they arise, failing to plan far enough ahead can cause your family to miss out on important benefits, long-term care opportunities and the ability to stay in control during mom or dad’s final years. Here are five planning steps to help ensure your parents are afforded the most protection, flexibility and financial security during their golden years: 1. Find out if your parents have an estate plan and whether it’s been updated in the past five years. The will, trust, powers of attorney and health care directives your parents created years ago may not reflect their current wishes and long-term care needs now. Find out what they have in place and have it reviewed to ensure their documents have stayed up to date as their life and the law has changed through the years. 2. Determine How You’ll Pay For Long-Term Care. Nursing home and assisted living facilities can cost up to $8,000 a month and Medicare will not pick up the tab. In-home care can be equally burdensome for the average family. Medicaid may pay, provided you are hovering around poverty level. The only other option is pay out of pocket—unless, of course, you plan ahead. By acting in advance and not waiting until your hands are tied in a crisis, tools such as long-term care insurance, trusts and annuities may be available to help your parents pay for their care without losing everything they’ve worked so hard for. 46

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Get the legal authority now to manage their affairs and maintain control

3. Get The Legal Authority Now To Manage Their Affairs and Maintain Control. If your parents do not have powers of attorney or health care directives that allow you to communicate with doctors, access medical records and manage their financial affairs, it’s a good idea to create them now while mom or dad is still in good health. Otherwise, if a sudden medical crisis strikes or your parents no longer have mental capacity to sign legal documents down the road, you’ll be forced to petition a court for control (read: major time and money lost). 4. Document Their End-of-Life Wishes. Thousands of families each year are torn apart trying to decide what their loved one “would have wanted” in serious medical situations. Avoid the stress and conflict by asking your parents their wishes about things such as life support, feeding tubes, organ donation, etc. and legally document their choices to ensure everyone is on the same page. 5. Get Organized To Avoid Last Minute Scrambling. Gather your parent’s important information now to avoid any confusion and delays in the event of a medical emergency. Some important documents to collect would include their insurance information, front and back of all ID cards including drivers license, prescription cards and military ID card, prior medical history, names and numbers of doctors, copies of their living will, health care directives and a list of current medication and doses. By being proactive and planning for these issues in advance, you can help make sure your parents always receive the care they need without worry or financial struggle. You’ll further avoid many costly legal headaches that adult children face when they are not prepared for their parent’s incapacity or ongoing care needs. It’s never too early to get started, so talk to an estate and elder attorney to determine the best ways to protect your parents, their assets, and your own sanity during the golden years.

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Carrie Loomis surrounded by her father Brian and mother Stephanie after graduating Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University.

Emory University Graduate Sarah Hendrex with her parents, Susan and Ralph Hendrex from Catoosa Oklahoma. Sarah is the niece of Eloise and Earl Cunningham.

High School Graduation

Walton community residents Eloise and Earl Cunningham celebrate the graduation with honors of their twin granddaughters from Heritage High School in Rogers, AK. Left to right: Malorie Layne Maxey, Eloise (Maxey) Cunningham and Erin Brooke Maxey. 52

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WHS Graduation

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Left to right: Friends for life, Ali Komisar and Sarah Toner.

Left to right: Nicole Foo, Bill Lampe, Michael, Barrett Brooks and Clifton and Ivy Foo.

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Sam Cowan with his younger brother Will. Sam graduated with honors.

Left to right: Honors graduates Ali Komisar and Chloe Troutman.

Left to right: Michael Foo, Joseph Thrash, Kishan Patel, Matthew Sheahan and Christopher Rockwell.

Left to right: Rob, Alex, Cristen, Jason and Patti Cagle.

Jacob Mitchell Albert, 2012 Salutatorian, photo courtesy of Studio 7.

Lisa Wang, 2012 Valedictorian, photo courtesy of Studio 7.

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Schools & Sports

Future of Public School Funding by Scott Sweeney In the midst of summer, schools are already getting ready for the next academic year. The school district will finalize its new school year budget, and a big question remains about the future for public school funding. What will the school year budget look like for 20132014? Scott Sweeney is Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Education and represents Post 6. Scott may be contacted at ssweeney. boardmember@ or (678) 646-2470. For more information, visit

There is already discussion that the district will likely experience at least a $60 million shortfall from the upcoming budget. There is no expectation that excess SPLOST funds will be available to assist in closing the budget gap, nor is it expected that the uncommitted fund balance will grow during the upcoming school year. To assist in closing future budget gaps, some have raised the prospect of eliminating the senior tax exemption on school taxes. I oppose this notion. Although the board of education is

responsible for establishing the millage rate for school tax, it’s important to know that the board does not have the authority to modify the Cobb County senior tax relief provision within Georgia’s Constitution. The largest portion of school funding comes from our local tax digest, followed by state funding and then federal funding. Recovery of local property values is not expected to happen quickly. This means that our local tax digest will likely remain stagnant with funding levels remaining where they are, or possibly falling further. On the other hand, as the economy begins to recover, sales tax revenue will grow at the state level. The legislators and governor will likely have an opportunity to begin restoring the ongoing austerity cuts school districts throughout the state have experienced. To assist in reducing class sizes and preserve teaching positions, it will be increasingly important for the state of Georgia to begin delivering additional funding to public schools. This increase in state funding provided to local school districts is needed. The 2013-2014 school year is the make-it-or-break-it year for the majority of school districts within Georgia.

School and Sports News Dodgen Middle School Awarded Green School Status Dodgen Middle School recently was awarded Green School status from the Cobb County Water System’s Green School Program. To receive this designation, a minimum of five science teachers must submit at least five “Green” or environmentally related lesson plans they have taught during the school year. The Dodgen environmental lesson plans included the study of invertebrate and other animal species found within the pond adjacent to the school and the Clean-Air Campaign’s efforts to reduce idling vehicles in the carpool lines. The science teachers who made this possible by teaching their students environmental lessons were Mary Barkley, Donna Halverson, Debbie Amodeo, Betsy Sanford, Deborah Tubbs and Jill Stittleburg. Left to right: Rachel Small of Cobb County Water, Dodgen teachers Jill Stittleburg, Betsy Sanford, Deborah Tubbs, Debbie Amodeo, Mary Barkley and Jennifer McCoy of Cobb County Water. 54

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WHS Student Makes All-American Lacrosse Team The Georgia Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse recently released the names of the AllAmerican and All-Academic Team Squads as named by the Georgia High School Coaches’ Council. There are only eight girls from Georgia named to the All-American First Team and recent Walton High School graduate Maddie Sieloff made the team. Maddie also was named to the All Cobb County Team and All Georgia State Team. She was awarded female Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2012 by Walton High School. Maddie will continue her lacrosse career playing Division 1 at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Walton High School students and lacrosse players, Taylor Brennan, Rachel Joseph, Annie Poling, Hannah Single and Claire Williams were named to the AllAcademic Team. Congratulations!

Sunshine School Awarded Grants for Organic Learning The Sunshine School, one of the Joseph, Sunshine Marcus Jewish Community Center of School Curriculum Atlanta’s preschools located at Temple Coordinator explained, Kol Emeth recently was awarded “The best way to ensure that our two grants for its Organic Learning bodies get all of the nutrients that Gardens. The gardens were created we need to thrive is to eat a variety to teach the preschoolers about of fruits, vegetables and whole the life cycle of plants and animals. grains. With our wonderful gardens, The Whole Foods Foundation our children are learning, first-hand, Preschoolers at the Sunshine School held at Temple Kol (related to Whole Foods Markets) how to grow healthy foods that will Emeth show off the radishes that they grew in the Organic improve our nutrition and wellness.” gave a $2,000 grant and Keep Cobb Learning Garden at school. Beautiful awarded a $1,000 grant. The gardens will continue to teach These grants will help enhance the educational opportunities throughout the summer for children attending summer camp. for the children to learn to care for the environment and to If you are interested in more information, please visit www. learn that food comes from our natural resources. Stephanie

Local YMCA Participates in World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

Children prepare for swim lesson at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA as part of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™.

The nation’s leading water safety and training organizations recently worked together to host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™. The McCleskeyEast Cobb YMCA hosted a free swim lesson as simultaneously around the globe other YMCAs and aquatic groups gave free swim lessons in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. The purpose of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ is to build an awareness of the importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Thousands of children from age three and up around the world took part in the swim lesson. Research has shown that if a child has not learned to swim by third grade, it is unlikely that he/she ever will according to Becky Shipley, Branch Executive Director of the McCleskey and Northeast Cobb YMCAs. For more information on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ please visit

Public School Meet and Greets East Side Elementary School – Thursday, August 9 Kindergarten 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1st – 3rd grades 12:30 – 2 p.m. 4th – 5th grades 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Sope Creek Elementary School – Thursday, August 9 A–H 3 – 3:40 p.m. I–Q 3:40 – 4:20 p.m. R – Z 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Dodgen Middle School – Friday, August 10 6th Grade 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. 7th Grade 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 8th Grade 2 – 3 p.m.

Mt. Bethel Elementary School – Thursday, August 9 Using the first letter of child’s last name A – G 9 – 10 a.m. H – P 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Q – Z 2 – 3 p.m. Kindergarten parents only (no children) meeting at 7 p.m.

Timber Ridge Elementary School – Thursday, August 9 Families new to TR 9:30 – 10 a.m. A–K 10 – 11 a.m. L–Z 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Walton High School – Wednesday, August 8 11th Grade A – G H – O P – Z 12th Grade A – G H–O P – Z Thursday, August 9 9th Grade 10th Grade A–G H–O P – Z

Murdock Elementary School – Thursday, August 9 A – K 8:30 a.m. L–Z 10 a.m. Kindergarten Open House at 6 p.m.

Dickerson Middle School – Friday, August 10 6th grade 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 7th grade 10 – 11 a.m. 8th grade 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m.

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Dedicated Neighborhood

Swim Coach Retires River Forest Rapids 16 year Swim Coach Beverly Miller

Beverly Miller has been the River Forest Rapids head swim coach since the team first formed in 1997. This year, after 16 years in the water, teaching the strokes, creating meet lineups, working the sideline at the meets, giving out race ribbons, and, most of all, encouraging swimmers ages 5 to 18 to have fun and continue beating their own times, Beverly is hanging up her whistle. The River Forest Rapids job was her first formal coaching job and Beverly said, “It felt so much like a family right from the start, and so much fun. The support of the swim team parents to volunteer to work the meets so that everything runs smoothly and their enthusiasm towards the children is not something that you find on all swim teams.” Beverly swam in high school but said that it was not competitive like it is today. She started teaching swim lessons when a friend asked Beverly to teach lessons because she was overbooked. She loved teaching the children this important life lesson and said, “Seeing what a child can accomplish in one swim lesson was amazing.”

as they begin their journey into school. She said, “They come in as an open book and go so far in their growth in that school year, that you can’t help but feel extremely rewarded by the experience.” This is a job she has no plans on retiring from, even going so far as to joke that Timber Ridge is already ready for her with ramps when mobility becomes an issue.

The community may recognize her name and face because she has been a kindergarten teacher at Timber Ridge Elementary School since 1990. Previously, she taught for two years at Mt. Bethel Elementary School. Beverly loves teaching children

The River Forest Subdivision came to Beverly and asked if she would come to its new pool and teach swimming lessons, partially because the pool wasn’t being used much yet by the neighborhood. After teaching for a while, she heard that no one


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would take on the job of swim coach so that River Forest could have a swim team. She did not want all the kids’ hard work in the pool to be wasted, so she became the River Forest Rapids coach. Patti Cagle, longtime team coordinator (who also is retiring after her youngest children, twin boys Alex and Jason, are no longer eligible), gathered these amazing statistics about Coach Miller: she has coached 80 swim meets, created 80 lineups of 86 events (most by hand before computer programs became available), fielded at least 200 calls from parents questioning her wisdom on placing or not placing a certain swimmer in a certain race (about 3/lineup), watched 6880 events (races), not counting the numerous heats, attended 64 Donuts and Ribbons Parties where 5,000 ribbons were handed out, personally bringing and giving 1,500 special cookies to all swimmers who swam IMs (individual medley) and to younger swimmers who swam up an age group for the good of the team, and last but not least attended 15 swim team banquets where she and her assistant coaches gave out many awards.

Beverly continued to teach swim lessons for the entire month of June, each year for any age and any ability. After coaching from 8:30 a.m., she could be seen some days in the pool all afternoon, giving one lesson right after another. Some of her younger students would ask Beverly if they could spend the night at what they assumed was her house, but was actually the River Forest Club House, since they would be back tomorrow for another lesson. She often taught the elementary backstroke first, and lifeguards have been heard to complain that all day they hear kids saying, “flap your wings like a chicken, arms out like an airplane and arms down like a rocket.” She will miss this year’s banquet performing grandmother duty in Maine, taking care of her two grandsons, Brody and Logan, who belong to her daughter Missy. Beverly raised two daughters, in East Cobb and second daughter Angie, who still lives here, has added a granddaughter, Clare, to Beverly’s brood. The Rapids threw a wonderful retirement party for Coach Beverly, and many swimmers and parents from throughout the years attended. Beverly says that she hopes to travel now that she will have the month of June free. The Rapids will always remember their beloved Coach Beverly.

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The Heart of Worship by Bryant Wright

Bryant Wright is the Senior Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and the founder and chairman of Right from the Heart Ministries. He currently serves as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He can be reached at (770) 9736561 ext. 2962.

I hate, (says God- I hate) I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; and I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. - Amos 5:21 Wow. That’s pretty strong condemnation from the Lord! Obviously, this was a time when the children of Israel were engaging in all kinds of evil doings. They were worshiping idols, committing adultery, divorcing and only giving God their leftovers. They had basically turned their hearts against God and His will for their lives.

And now, they wanted God’s help. The economy had gone

south and their crops were not fruitful. They couldn’t understand why God wasn’t coming through for them. “God, we’re worshipping with passion. We’re weeping on the altar. We’re pleading for Your mercy and forgiveness. We’re bringing You our offerings. What in the world is going on?” Sound familiar? The economy has gone south. Jobs have been lost. Marriages ruined. Do you ever find yourself asking the same question? “Hey, God, I’m going to church on Sunday, I’m singing Your praises, so why haven’t things turned around for me?” Never mind that I’m cheating on my income taxes or that I’m feasting on pornography or that I’m mistreating my children. I’ve got news for you: we cannot buy God’s favor with our offerings. We do not impress Him with an emotional, weeping, passionate worship, if our lifestyle doesn’t show a heart for God. He is far more concerned with our obedience than with our emotional worship. In fact, He won’t even ACCEPT our offerings or our songs of worship unless our hearts are truly repentant and our lives are following Jesus. So, I ask you…where is your heart? Copyrighted material. Used by permission of Right From The Heart Ministries, Marietta, GA

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WALTON AREA Houses of Worship Anglican The Church of Our Redeemer 2625 Canton Road (770) 421-1928 Rector: Fr. James Danford

Apostolic Northside Apostolic Church 2115 Northfield Court, (770) 975-3001

Baha’i Faith Baha’i Faith of Marietta 2601 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-0070

Baptist Bible Baptist Church 2025 Eula Drive, NE, (770) 592-2660 Pastor: D.L. Cooper Chattahoochee Baptist Church 375 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-2058 Pastor: Rick Shoup Cornerstone Baptist Church 1506 Sawyer Road, (770) 422-3579 Pastor: Carl George Crossview Baptist Church 1100 Piedmont Road, (770) 973-0063 Pastor: John E. Johnson East Cobb Baptist Church 1940 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-2233 Pastor: David York Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2323 Pastor: Dr. David H. Chauncey Eastwood Baptist Church 1150 Allgood Road, (770) 973-9011 Pastor: Mike Hatton Elizabeth Baptist Church 315 Kurtz Road, (770) 427-3325 Pastor: Steve Echols Galilee Baptist Church 2050 Bentley Lake Road, (770) 422-6487 Holt Road Baptist Church 675 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-3052

New Life Baptist Church 4010 Canton Road, (770) 592-6880 Pastor: Roger Brink New Providence Baptist Church 3740 Providence Road, (770) 971-3519 Pastor: Charles Whittaker Northside Primitive Baptist Church 5265 Roswell Road, (678)481-2793 Pastor: Jason Solomon Piedmont Baptist Church 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, (770) 422-2566 Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-8525 Pastor: Dr. Alvin Southerland

Sewell Mill Baptist Church 2550 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 971-3746 Pastor: David Watson Shady Grove Baptist Church 1654 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 428-0216

Christian Science Christian Science Churches & Reading Rooms 2641 Old Sewell Road, (770) 565-7271

Church of Christ Church of Christ at East Cobb 5240 Roswell Road, (770) 587-5888 Pastor: Ray Hawkins Church of Christ-Piedmont Road 1630 Piedmont Road, (770) 971-9933 Minister: Neil Richey Emmanuel Tabernacle Christ Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A32, (770) 422-3268 Pastor: Dwight Graves North River Church of Christ 320 Austin Avenue, (770) 792-8133

Church of God Church of God of Prophecy 3393 Canton Road, (770) 427-5923


Mount Paran North 1700 Allgood Road, (770) 578-9081

Holy Family Catholic Church 3401 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-0038 Pastor: Darragh Griffith St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road, (770) 552-6400 Pastor: Tom Rielly Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, (770) 977-1442 Pastor: Monsignor Patrick Bishop


Atlanta Chinese Christian Church Northwest 1837 Bill Murdock Road, (770) 971-1837 Pastor: Rev. Christopher Pu Chestnut Ridge Christian Church 2663 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-8888 Pastor: Byron Wells

Liberty Hill Baptist Church 1053 Liberty Hill Road, NE, (770) 422-1406 Pastor: Amos Williams

Northside Christian Church 3535 Shallowford Road, (770) 565-6613 Pastor: Jason Burchfield

Mt. Arbor Baptist Church 2235 Morgan Road, NE, (770) 971-9339

Walking By Faith Christian 1821 Kinridge Road, (678) 560-1144

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Marietta Alliance Church 1787 E. Piedmont Road, (770) 973-2189 Pastor: David Hayes

Shallowford Free Will Baptist 1686 Shallowford Road, (770) 926-1163 Pastor: Len Blanchard

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 973-6561 Pastor: Bryant Wright


Christian and Missionary Alliance

First Church of God 592 Shannon Drive, (770) 461-1925

Town Center Church of God 1040 Blackwell Road, (770) 424-4004

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3195 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 509-9074 Pastor: Bishop Ho Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — Paper Mill Ward 95 Holt Road, (770) 578-8734

Community Churches Cobb Community Church at Highlands 4649 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 992-3330 Pastor: Alan Daniels Shallowford Falls Community Church 3662 Shallowford Road, (770) 565-7468 Pastor: David White Vineyard Community Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A25, (770) 565-1505 Pastor: Tommy Papevies

Episcopal Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-7473 Rector: The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 Rev. Paul McCabe St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 571 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-2839 Rev. Jim Nixon

Greek Orthodox Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 3431 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 924-8080 Rev. Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2922 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4600 Pastor: Ronald Grunke

Restoration Life Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-1481 Pastor: Ken Kessler

Lutheran Church of Incarnation 1200 Indian Hills Parkway, (770) 971-2738 Pastor: Rev. Jerry Reynolds


Lutheran Church of Resurrection 4814 Paper Mill Road, (770) 953-3193

Methodist East Cobb United Methodist 2325 Roswell Road, (770) 971-3643 Pastor: Brian Germano

St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 485-0504 Priest Frederick Watson

Presbyterian Christ Presbyterian Church 495 Terrell Mill Road, (770) 956-7572 Pastor: Legree Finch

Jehovah’s Witness

Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2880

East Cobb Presbyterian 4616 Roswell Road, (770) 973-4114 Pastor: Richard Holmes

Jehovah’s Witness 2065 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 427-1881 Pastor: Hope Torkornoo

Mountain View United Methodist 2300 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-0050 Pastor: Bill Burch

Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3125 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 977-2976 Pastor: Dr. Tim McConnell


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-1465 Pastor: Dr. Joe Peabody

Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian 3605 Sandy Plains Road #240-161, (404) 786-9815 Pastor: John Fesko

Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, (770) 973-0137 Rabbis Shalom Lewis and Paul Kerbel

Powers Ferry United Methodist Church 245 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5271 Pastor: Jane Nugent

Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4673 Pastor: Martin Hawley

Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, (770) 973-9205 Rabbi: Stephen Lebow

Sacred Tapestry UMC 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 605-5083

John Knox Presbyterian Church 505 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5050 Pastor: Fritz Bogar


St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road, (770) 926-4961

Bethany Korean Presbyterian Multi-cultural (Korean, Brazilian and American) 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 643-1459 Pastor: Byeongho Choi

St. Paul United Methodist Church 244 Kurtz Road, (770) 422-1089 Pastor: Dana Overton-Garrett

Chabad of East Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 565-4412

Korean Covenant Presbyterian 2100 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 565-4777 Pastor: Paul Sim Korean United Methodist Church 945 Old Canton Road, (770) 321-0020

Lutheran Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 2240 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-7919 Pastor: John Guse Faith Lutheran Church 2111 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-8877 Pastor: Carl Schneidert

Wesley Chapel United Methodist 4495 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 993-4919 Pastor: Jimmy Hood

Non-Denominational Marietta Vineyard Church 1492 Roswell Road, (770) 977-9496 Pastor: Jeremy Graves North Atlanta Church

Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 998-9321 Pastor: Carrie Scott

Unitarian Universalist Emerson Unitarian Universalist 2799 Holly Springs Road, NE, (770) 578-1533 Pastor: Rev. Jeff Jones

United Church of Christ Pilgrimage Church UCC 3755 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-0007 Pastor: Kimberleigh Buchanan

2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303


Overcomers World Church

Unity North Atlanta Church

2300 Shallowford Road, (770) 924-0607 Pastors: Allison and Isaac Crawford

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WALTON AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations APICS, The Association for Operations Management Meeting: 3rd Tuesday for 5:30 p.m. networking; 6:15 - 8 p.m. dinner & speaker Location: Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd, Atlanta Contact: or programs@ East Cobb Business Association Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216 East Cobb Open Networking A referral network for professionals Meeting: Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Location: Capozzi’s NY Deli, 4285 Roswell Road Contact: Tim Langley, (770) 289-9711 East Cobb PowerCore Team Meeting: Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: IHOP, 3130 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (404) 816-3377 Northeast Cobb Business Association Meeting: Third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road Contact: or (678) 229-2893

Cobb County WWII Veterans Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 1 p.m. Location: Windy Hill Senior Center East Cobb AARP Meeting: 1st Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Road East Cobb Civic Association Meeting: Last Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: See website for location. Contact: Jill Flamm, President East Cobb Civitans Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12 noon Location: Old Towne Athletic Club, Marietta Contact: Mary Karras, (770) 422-6485 East Cobb Community Friends for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Suzanne Strickland, (770) 992-2882 East Cobb Lions Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216

Y Business Network Y membership not required. Meeting: Every other Friday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. Location: Northeast Cobb Y, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Rosemary Macmillan, (678) 569-9622

East Cobb Optimist Clubs Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Shillings on the Square 19 N. Park Square NE, Marietta Contact: Jim David, (404) 683-0196

Charitable Organizations

Kiwanis Club of East Cobb Meetings: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Paradise South of the Border 3605 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Johnny Johnson, (770) 977-2026

Aloha To Aging, Inc. Support Programs for Seniors and their families. Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 439-1177 Animals Deserve Better, Inc. Animal rescue and adoptions Contact: Kimberly Brenowitz, (770) 402-0297 Boys and Girls Clubs Contact: (770) 427-0418 Foundation for Hospital Art Contact: Scott Feight (678) 324-1695 Meals on Wheels Contact: Shelia Perkins, (770) 528-5381 MUST Ministries Contact: (770) 426-7667 SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. Contact: Elizabeth Underwood (770) 801-3465

Civic Organizations American Legion Post 29 Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wednesday and Saturday at 11 a.m.. Location: 921 Gresham Ave. NE. Contact: (770) 427-5900 Cobb American Association of University Women Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact:


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Kiwanis Club of Marietta — Golden K Meetings: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Joe Van Horn, Sr., (770) 428-3419 League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb Meeting : 2nd Monday Location: Various Contact: or Elizabeth at (770) 592-0625 President’s Club Toastmasters Meeting: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Services Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road Contact: Judi Rogers, Rotary Club of East Cobb Meeting: Wednesdays at 7 — 8 a.m. Location: Indian Hills Country Club Contact: (770) 971-2605 VFW Post 2681 Location: 140 Powers Ferry Road Contact: (770) 977-2088

Political Organizations Cobb County Democratic Party Committee Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 9 a.m. Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway Contact: (770) 420-7133 Cobb Democratic Women Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: Beverly McMurry, (770) 426-6916 Cobb Young Democrats Meeting: Wednesdays at 12 noon Contact: Cobb County Libertarian Party Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber Marietta City Hall Contact: Ted Skirvin, (770) 795-1331 Cobb County Republican Party Meeting: 1st Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Location: Williamson Bros. BBQ, Marietta Contact: Billy Dendy, (770) 272-0458, Cobb County Republican Women Meeting: 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta Conference Center 500 Powder Springs Street Contact: (770) 785-2522, East Cobb Democratic Alliance Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Delkwood Grill, 2769 Delk Rd. Contact: Tom Barksdale (770) 592-9424

Recreation and Hobbies American Needlepoint Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mountainview Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road Contact: Penny Boswinkle, (770) 394-0065 Bridge Club Meeting: Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m., Mon. – Sat. 7:30 p.m. Location: 1089 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 973-7717 Cobb Alley Cats People who help stray cats Contact: Sue Verner, (770) 436-6758 Cobb County Special Olympics Contact: (770) 819-3223 Cobb County Stamp Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Sundays at 1:30 p.m. If new to club, call contact below. Location: Atlanta Ballet Studio, 2000 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: C. Rejent, (770) 330-0790 Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dan Batchelor, (770) 992-2362

Sope Creek Garden Club Meeting: 1st Wednesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Karin Guzy, (770) 955-1303

Support Groups Al-Anon Meeting: Location: Contact:

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road (770) 794-2978

Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177 Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 6 p.m. Facilitated by Dawn Reed of Aloha to Aging Location: Arbor Terrace at East Cobb, 886 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Shelly Ealey, (770) 977-4420 Autism Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Room F002 Contact: (770) 971-2880 Blended Families Support Group Meeting: 3rd Sunday at 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-2880 Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 Cancer Support Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Career Quest Ministry Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 552-6400 x 6104 Codependents Anonymous Meeting: Monday and Thursdays at 7:30pm Location: Unity North Church, 4225 Sandy Plains Road (Administration Bldg upstairs) Contact: Janet D. 770-578-6368 Website: Compassionate Friends Support group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Contact: Chapter Phone Line (404) 539-4287 or email Website: Dad 2 Dad For stay-at-home dads Contact: Richard Collins, (770) 579-5445 Diabetes Support Group Contact: Wellstar, (770) 793-7828 East Cobb CHADD For parents with children who have ADHD. Contact:

Website: Families Anonymous (FA) Support group for families who have loved ones struggling with addiction. Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Youth Center, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd. Contact: Family Caregiver Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Facilitator: Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241 Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, (678) 395-5825 or (678) 620-3685 Website: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church Blackwell Road Contact: Jeannie DeCarlo, (770) 919-9275 Grief Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: Aloha To Aging, Inc. , Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: (678) 439-1177. Job Seekers Meeting: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road Contact: (770) 977-2976 Moms In Touch — East Side Elementary Meeting: Mondays at 10 a.m. Contact: Movita Stallworth, (770) 321-1783 Moms In Touch — Walton High School Meeting: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, room 332 Contact: Cynthia Eller (770) 578-6301 Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact: Newcomers of Cobb County Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: (770) 234-5068 Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278 Website: Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Pkwy. Contact: (678) 404-0034, Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905

Roswell Rd Contact: Betsy, (404) 226-4931, Parents of Prodigals Children with self-destructive lifestyle. Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Bldg. A Contact: Robin Cleveland, (678) 819-3915 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177 PASA (Parents of All Stages and Ages) Meeting: Fridays at 10 a.m.Free child care available Location: East Cobb UMC Lower Level Activities Building, 2325 Roswell Road Contact: Lisa Hunt (770) 984-0699 Road to Recovery Divorce Support Group Meeting: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House Contact: (770) 971-2880 Sexual Assault Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: YMCA of NW GA, 48 Henderson St, Contact: Marie Mertilus, (770) 423-3589 Single Adult Ministry Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-3447, Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561, Treasures in Heaven (miscarriage/infant death) Meeting: 4th Monday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 VOICE Today Survivors of child sexual abuse Meeting: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Room 334 Contact: Tom Scales, (678) 578-4888 Website: Widowed Helping Others Meeting: Twice each month Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Contact: Marguerite Williamson, (770) 977-8438 Women’s Divorce Support Group Meeting: 1st Thursday & 3rd Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: Facilitated by Visions Anew, (770) 953-2882 Website: Around WALTON | July 2012


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SCHOOL INFORMATION Elementary Schools East Side Elementary School 3850 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-7200 Principal: Elizabeth Mavity Mount Bethel Elementary School 1210 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-7248 Principal: Joan Johnson Murdock Elementary School 2320 Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 509-5071 Principal: Cynthia Hanauer Sope Creek Elementary School 3320 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 916-7085 Principal: Martha Whalen Timber Ridge Elementary School 5000 Timber Ridge Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 642-5621 Principal: Dr. Tracie Doe

Middle Schools Dickerson Middle School 855 Woodlawn Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-2710 Principal: Dr. Carole Brink Dodgen Middle School 1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-2726 Principal: Robin Lattizori

High School Walton High School 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-3225 Principal: Judy McNeill

Private Schools East Cobb Christian School At East Cobb Presbyterian Church 4616 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 565-0881, Grades: K — 8 Principal: Teresa Staley Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-2332, Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Judy Cripps Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 973-8921, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Principal: Jack Hibbs Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-0245, Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Jim Callis Lower School Principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School Principal: Jack Grimm Omega Private Academy 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 529-1717, Grades K – 12, Certified Teachers, SACS Accredited/GSNS Approved Director: Kathy Keeton Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 953-1340, Grades: Toddler – 8 Director: Sarah Walker Woodacres School 1772 Johnson Ferry Road , Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 971-1880, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Head of School: Judy T. Thigpen

2012-2013 School Calendar at-a-Glance August 13 First Day of School September 3 Labor Day Holiday October 22 – 26 Elementary and Middle School Conference Week, Early Release for those students November 6 Election Day - Student Holiday November 19 – 23 Thanksgiving Holiday December 21 Student Holiday/Furlough Day December 24 – January 4 Winter Holiday January 7 Student Holiday January 21 Martin Luther King Holiday February 15 Student Holiday/Furlough Day February 18 Presidents’ Day Holiday April 8 – 12 Spring Holiday May 23 Last Day of School

School Websites: School District Website Pinnacle Picasso Meal Pay Around WALTON | July 2012



COMMUNITY INFORMATION Emergency — 911 • Around Walton (770) 615-3311

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Driver’s License Health Department Post Office Recycling Center

Cobb County Government:

Business License CCT Bus Service Commissioners Engineering Office Traffic Signals Extension Office Jury Phone — State Court Jury Phone — Superior Court Keep Cobb Beautiful Planning and Zoning Senior Services Tax Assessors/Evaluation Taxes: License Plates/Tags Property Tax Voter Registration

(770) 980-2000 (678) 413-8400 (678) 784-2180 (800) 275-8777 (770) 528-2500

(770) 528-8410 (770) 528-8465 (770) 528-1000 (770) 528-1616 (770) 528-1600 (770) 528-4070 (770) 528-2626 (770) 528-1804 (770) 528-1135 (770) 528-2004 (770) 528-5355 (770) 528-3100 (770) 528-8247 (770) 528-8600 (770) 528-2581


Aloha to Aging, Inc. Family Caregiver Support

(678) 439-1177 Child and Adolescent Services (770) 514-2300 Child Support Enforcement (770) 528-2410 Department of Family and Children’s Services (770) 528-5000 Meals on Wheels (770) 528-5381 Mothers Making a Change (770) 499-2422 Next Steps (Child/Adolescent) (770) 514-2300 MUST Ministries (770) 427-9862 YMCA of Northwest GA, Rape Crisis Center (770) 427-3390


AARP Kiwanis Club Lions Club Rotary Club

Public Service:

Fire Departments: 2905 Library Lane 4431 Trickum Road 3892 Oak Lane Georgia State Patrol Non-Emergency 911 Sheriff’s Department



North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital Atlanta WellStar Kennestone Hospital Around WALTON | July 2012

(678) 290-9895 (770) 912-9632 (404) 218-6216 (770) 422-7551

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

Cobb Judicial Victim Assistance Domestic Violence Unit Drug Tip Poison Control Center Public Outreach/Programs

(770) 528-3047 (770) 499-4665 (770) 590-5520 (404) 589-4400 (770) 499-4719


East Cobb Library East Marietta Library Gritter’s Library Mountain View Regional Library

(770) 509-2730 (770) 509-2711 (770) 528-2524 (770) 509-2725

Parks and Recreation:

Aquatic Centers: Mountain View Sewell Park East Cobb Park Fullers Park Harrison Park Harrison Tennis Center Main Office Mount Bethel Park Sweat Mountain Park YMCA

(770) 509-4927 (770) 509-2741 (770) 591-3160 (770) 509-2737 (770) 591-3150 (770) 591-3151 (770) 528-8800 (770) 509-2748 (770) 591-3160 (770) 977-5991


Animal Control Animal Shelter and Pet Adoptions Cobb County Animal Control Cobb County Humane Society Emergency Veterinary Clinic Good Mews Animal Foundation

(770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 428-5678 (770) 424-9157 (770) 499-CATS


Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

(770) 205-5400 (770) 499-3900 (770) 499-4600

(770) 751-2500 (404) 851-8000 (770) 793-5000

AT&T Broadband/Comcast

AT&T Residential Phone Service Atlanta Gas Light Co. Cobb County Water System Cobb EMC Georgia Power Water Emergency

(404) 266-2278 (888) 757-6500 (770) 907-4231 (770) 423-1000 (770) 429-2100 (888) 660-5890 (770) 419-6201


We need a home!

ADOPTION INFORMATION: Please call first to see if we have what you are looking for. We have many resources to help you find what you are looking for if we do not have it. (770) 428-9882 We screen potential adopters to make sure our pets will be a good match for your family and vice versa. New adoptive dog owners will also need a home check before they can take their new dog home.


DOGS: We only house small breed dogs. Our adoption fee is $200 for dogs. All of our dogs or puppies will be altered before they can be adopted. They will have as many vaccines as we can give them for the time they have spent here. If the dog is over six months old it will have been heart worm tested negative and be on preventative. All of our pets are micro chipped and will have flea preventative on them.




CATS: Our adoption fee for cats is $125. All of our cats and kittens (10 weeks and up) will be altered before they are adopted. If you would like a kitten younger than 10 weeks old, we can refer you to other resources. Our cats or kittens will have as many vaccines as we can give them for the time they have spent here. They are all tested negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and will have been micro chipped.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP: Please visit our wish list on Amazon at It is a fast and convenient way to support the pets at our shelter. Items chosen can be shipped directly to our shelter. Use the, “this is a gift� section to let us know your name and address so we may acknowledge your kind gift(s).

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Ask Margot

Real Estate’s Unbalanced Recovery

special care as an adult. Their divorce decree outlines all obligations related to the fund, including who would contribute in the case of insufficiencies. Another couple set up a specific “Supplemental Care Trust” specifically geared towards their daughter’s disability. After careful consideration of the type of support needed, the trust was named as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy to ensure that their daughter would be cared for. Your financial planner or CPA can help you determine whether potential tax credits or deductions for children with special needs are available, such as expenses incurred when attending a disability-related conference. With respect to custody arrangements, the parties should take into account where the child will best thrive and if/when it is appropriate for them to live on their own or in assisted living. Discussing and planning for these issues will make life easier in the long run for both the parents and the child.

bids on “for sale” homes to investors who are willing to pay all cash, or to home buyers who are willing to pay larger down payments. Over 53 percent of first time home buyers use FHA loans, which have a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent. FHA loans can sometimes require home sellers to do home repairs, and they can also take buyers longer to close than buyers coming with all cash or conventional loans. So sellers may be tempted to push FHA buyers to the bottom of the pile.

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Anne, consider attending some of Visions Anew Institute’s free Divorce Support Groups. The next Divorce Survival Weekend is October 26-28. No one ever expects to divorce. If it is unavoidable, do it with good information, with integrity and with a team of experts. You don’t have to face divorce alone.

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Many reports point to increasingly strong market fundamentals and say home sales really could see serious improvement this year. Home builder confidence reached its highest level in five years in May and mortgage rates are expected to remain around their current lows through this year to average 3.8 percent for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

Summer Job Search continued from page 44

accountable to others to successfully continue this “sacrifice.”

continued from page 31

There are only so many hours in each day. If you begin your job search activities by 6 a.m. and focus for three hours, you will be much further ahead than your competitors. Most kids don’t get up until after 9 a.m. Too early? You decide what block of uninterrupted time you should commit Monday through Friday, and stick with it.

children lose privileges for not completing chores. The danger with this system is that kids come to see allowance as an entitlement, and as they get older, they will invariably complain that they aren’t paid enough (essentially for doing nothing).

I am not suggesting you throw the rest of your summer away, just that you squeeze as much as you can from each hour. Pull out the calendar and plan what’s left of the summer. What can you purposefully schedule to be sure that everyone in the family benefits?

Raising Money-Wise Kids

The best system to start, especially for preteens and younger, may be a hybrid system., For example, try paying a base nostrings-attached salary based on age or grade and extra for completing special age-appropriate jobs around the house. This system achieves goals of both allowance systems—the salary serves as a basis for kids to develop an understanding of money and how to manage it, while extra jobs offer them opportunities to work for what they want. Ultimately, what we all dream of for our children is that they grow into self-sufficient adults who are happy and successful at managing money, jobs, and life’s responsibilities and challenges—both big and small. Raising kids to be moneywise by giving them an allowance to manage and helping them understand the importance of work in getting what they want will help make that dream a reality. August’s topic: kid-sized budgeting. Share your success stories and obstacles at 68

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Professor Dad

continued from page 45

Education – You will like it whether you like it or not. Marketing – Go ask your mother. Valedictorian Graduation speech: Don’t worry; I know what I am doing… Whatever the relationship, circumstance or education you experienced with dad, we have to applaud their method of teaching, clarity in expectation and of course, common sense.

RECENT CONSUMER PRODUCT RECALLS Around Walton wants to help keep you and your family safe. The following items have been recalled by their manufacturers in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).


1. Black & Decker Coffeemakers

The firm has received more than 1,200 reports of handles breaking; 68 reports of burns or cuts. Coffeemaker is 12-cup Spacemaker.

2 Evenflo Recalls Convertible High Chairs

The activity tray on the high chairs can unexpectedly detach and an unrestrained child can fall. Sold at Toys “R” Us and Walmart stores nationwide.

3. West Marine Recalls Folding Deck Chairs

The West Marine Deluxe Deck Chair can’t support the stated weight capacity and can collapse.


4. Nautilus Recalls Bowflex Dumbbells

The weight selector dials can fail, causing the weight plates to fall. Three injuries have been reported.

5. Bel Air Lighting Recalls Outdoor Wall Mount Lanterns

An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns’ internal wiring. This poses a risk of fire, burn and electric shock. Bel Air has received seven reports of incidents, including two reports of lanterns catching fire. Sold at Lowe’s Stores.


6. Frigidaire Gas Range

Recalled Due to Fire Hazard. When it is turned on, the oven’s bake/ broil ignition can delay starting. This poses a fire hazard. Sold Exclusively at Lowe’s Stores.




For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit or call 1-800-638-2772.

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ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS United States Government: President Barack Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: e-mail:

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) (202) 224-3521 Senate Russell Courtyard-2 fax: (202) 224-0103 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: e-mail: Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

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

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 3730 Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30062 Website: e-mail:

GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), District 11 219 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 Website: e-mail:

(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 429-1776 fax: (770) 795-9551

fax: (770) 661-0768

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) 203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21

(404) 463-1378

Senator Judson Hill (R), District 32

(770) 565-0024

Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), District 41

(770) 956-8357

Rep. Don L. Parsons (R), District 42

(770) 977-4426

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

(404) 656-0254

County Government:

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

(770) 528-2290 fax: (770) 528-2214

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

(770) 528-8500 fax: (770) 528-8578

District Attorney, Patrick H. Head

(770) 528-3080 fax: (770) 528-3030

Cobb County Coroner Brian Frist 150 North Marietta Pkwy Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County Board of Commissioners 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA 30090

(770) 528-3300 fax: (770) 528-2606

(770) 528-3300

Helen Goreham, District 1

(770) 528-3313

(770) 528-3316

Bob Ott, District 2

JoAnn Birrell, District 3

Woody Thompson, District 4

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Neil Warren 185 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

(770)528-3317 (770) 528-3312

(770) 499-4600

Cobb County School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 426-3453 fax: (678) 594-8559 Board of Education Kathleen Angelucci, Post 4

Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

(770) 528-1800

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

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(770) 528-2200

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman

David Banks, Post 5


(770) 528-2220

Scott Sweeney, Post 6

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin

(770) 794-5501

Coming Up in

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August issue will feature Summer Fun Pictorial Football Season Preview Yard of the Month September issue will feature Summer Photo Contest Winner Back to School Pictorial

and much more!

classifieds HELP WANTED Mompreneurs Needed. Flexible, fun, homebased business with excellent opportunity to advance. Selling functional stylish products. Visit www.

Education/Tutoring Math Immersion sessions. Tuesdays at Mountain View Community Center from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. Learn math and problem-solving through games, puzzles, and interaction. EAGAtlanta - 678-770-2761, info@

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

Call Michelle at 770-615-3307 to place a classified ad.

Where to Find the Magazine Around Walton is mailed free directly to homes and businesses in the Walton community. If you do not receive a copy and would like to pick one up, you can find us at any of these fine establishments: Johnson Ferry Road: Houlihan’s Restaurant J Christopher’s Restaurant Wells Fargo Bank Caribou Coffee Nail Eagle Chick-fil-A Publix Wellstar Physician’s Group North Atlanta Women’s Specialists Arbor Terrace EH Sellars Dr. Cristi Cheek, DMD Urgent Medical Care Jazzercise Kids R Kids

Need an Extra Copy?

Piedmont Road: YMCA

Roswell Road: Panera Bread at the Avenue Dance Stop LGE Community Credit Union Marietta Eye Clinic Rick’s Farmer’s Market Frankie’s Italian Restaurant HealthSource Chiropractic Atlanta Community Realty Parc at Piedmont Robinson Road: Fullers Recreation Park Lower Roswell Road: Johnny’s Pizza Legends Elite Aloha to Aging

Let us know if you would like some at your place of business. Around WALTON | July 2012


To Advertise Call Chris 770-615-3311 For Rates & Info Today!

Advertisers Directory Support Local Business Owners and this Magazine Tell Them You Saw Their Ad in Around Walton! attorneys/legal services

Health & Beauty

Brosnahan, Carpenter, Lyons & Smith, LLP 31 (678) 805-4458 Rohan Law, P.C. (404) 923-7570


automotive Sellars Goodyear (770) 973-5780, 648 Johnson Ferry Road (770) 992-7977, 2950 Johnson Ferry Road (770) 509-1422, 3621 Sandy Plains Road


Simoniz Professional Car Wash (770) 579-0000 1274 Johnson Ferry Road


Banking/Financial Services Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta


chiropractic HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, PC 23 (770) 509-3400 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite 122, Marietta

Cleaning Services Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991


Dentists/Orthodontists Chattahoochee Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry (770) 977-8644 Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C. (770) 993-3775



C2 Education Back Cover (770) 565-8184 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 400


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Get In Shape for Women (770) 605-8788 3822 Roswell Road, Ste. 114, Marietta


Nail Eagle (770) 565-5634


Home & gARDEN Findlay Roofing (770) 516-5806

Inside Front


Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center (770) 425-7575


North Atlanta Spine and Pain Care (770) 771-6300


Northside Hospital Cancer Institute


Pearle Vision 1401 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 509-8480


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

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Hardwood Services, Inc. (770) 871-0322


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


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Resurgens OrthoNow (770) 423-2172,


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


WellStar Health Systems (770) 956-STAR,

Quality Craftsmen (404) 483-7446

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Insurance Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900


Hot Dogs and Cool Cats (770) 858-1000


Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-5678


Marsha Lake (770) 425-6061 Judge Greg Poole


Reflection at Lake Nantahala

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REstaurants/Food/Beverages Big Liquor Wines (404) 551-3074

Inside Front

Marlow’s Tavern


Retail /Miscellaneous services 39.

Political Matt Dollar (770) 973-9316

Real estate

Sunset Point Vacation Rental (828) 321-3101


Studio 7 Photography (770) 685-7391

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Atlanta Communities Real Estate (770) 240-2000


Education / Recreation

DanceStop Studios (770) 578-0048

Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates (678) 938-7274


Computer/ Web Services Trustworkz (770) 615-3275

Physicians & Medical Services


Bookmiser 19 East Cobb: (770) 509-5611 Roswell: (770) 993-1555 H.M. Patterson & Son— Canton Hill Funeral Home (770) 977-9485


Senior Services Cover, 36, 37

Parc at Piedmont — East Cobb 999 Hood Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 565-8828



Sterling Estates 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, (678) 946-4454


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