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July 2013

Volume 1, Issue 5

36 Graduation Pictorial

15 Femininity + Firearms

Jyl Craven Hair Design Photo by Kim Bates

In Every Issue Around Sixes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

22 Engaging Kids in Missions

Birthdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Ideas for serving others that will suit each member of the family.

24 Unlikely Business Partners?

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

Prom Pictorial

For many women, the shooting range is the ultimate Girls Night Out destination.

34 & 35 On the Cover


Grads and their parents seek employment options - together.

27 Beaches in our Backyard

Suitcases won’t be needed to visit these sandy destinations.

43 Camp meetings

Enthusiasm remains for a tradition that spans hundreds of years.

Community News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Everyday Angels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Community Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . 21 Blankets Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 School News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Faith Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Downtown Canton Calendar. . . . . . . 45 Downtown Woodstock Calendar. . . 47 Home Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Community Numbers . . . . . . . . . . 55 Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Churches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Elected Officials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Advertisers Directory. . . . . . . . . . . 64

Contributing Writers

Patty Ponder is the Market Director for Sixes Living Contact her for advertising at (770) 615-3322 or 2

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Chantal Adams.........................................22 Don Akridge..............................................16 Stephen Cain............................................26 Dale Coker................................................31 Cindy Crews..............................................40 Tammy Dorsten........................................40 Micky Eubanks..........................................24 Joni Gommo.............................................15 G Lora Grooms..........................................49 Candi Hannigan....................................... 43 Scott Harden.............................................32

Kurt Johnson.............................................17 Debbie McAdory......................................23 Joe McKechnie..........................................42 Laura Mikszan...........................................30 Lisa Randall...............................................27 Julian Reid................................................24 Susan Schulz.............................................18 Lauren Sellers...........................................48 Jodi Tiberio.............................................. 50 Scot Turner...............................................14 Lynne Watts..............................................27

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Community Board The Sixes Living Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders from different walks of life. Our board assists us in many ways: as contributors to the magazine, judges for the annual Trailblazer award, and advisors who offer valuable feedback. Dale Coker: Dale is a pharmacist who owns Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy in Holly Springs and lives in Woodstock with wife Susan. The University of Georgia graduate is vice president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. His community involvement has included Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity, youth league coaching and serving as a lay leader in his church. Dale’s latest achievement is co-inventing the patented Topi-CLICK, a topical metered dosing device that has been featured by Oprah, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Oz, and The Doctors Show. Contact Dale at Cindy Crews: Cindy is a longtime Cherokee County educator. She joined the Sixes community as the assistant principal of Sixes Elementary School in 2011. Cindy and her husband, Andy, have lived in Woodstock for 20 years, and they have two beautiful “young adult” daughters. Her motto: Children are the future of the human race; teach them well.

Dr. Joe McKechnie: Joe is the senior pastor of Sixes United Methodist Church. Joe grew up in Cobb County, where he graduated from McEachern High School. After earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia, Joe spent six years as a television sportscaster. He has a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from Southern Methodist University (SMU). Joe is married to Catherine, and they have two children, David, 5, and Grace Ann, 2.

Sonia Carruthers: Sonia is the executive director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS and the Cherokee Youth Works program, based in Holly Springs. A native of Cherokee County, she grew up in Canton and for the past 17 years has lived with her son and daughter in Woodstock. She is very active in the community and currently serves on both local and regional boards and committees that focus on strengthening families and children.

Sixes Living Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Market Director Patty Ponder (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer (770) 615-3309 Title Editor Candi Hannigan (770) 615-3318 Art Director Michelle McCulloch (770) 615-3307 Digital Marketing Director James Ball (770) 615-3310 Sixes Living, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Sixes, Holly Springs and surrounding areas by providing residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,000 free copies. Approximately 14,800 are mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,200 are placed in racks around the community. Many readers catch the latest edition online each month. Sixes Living welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The deadline is the 15th of each month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Sixes Living is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2013. Sixes Living 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: (770) 615-3322 Website: www.sixeslivingmagazinecom Powered by Trustworkz Inc. Volume 1, Issue 5


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AROUND sixes by candi hannigan

People Places and Pleasures that make Sixes/Holly Springs

The , The The

Summer has been anything but slow so far – with ribbon cuttings and grand openings dotting the calendar. One of the latest celebrations took place at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails, where a ribbon cutting commemorated improvements to the park that included new pavilions for picnics, a bikewashing station, a new restroom facility, triple the number of parking spaces and lawn space Candi Hannigan is the editor for community events. of Sixes Living. She has lived The 360-acre bike trail system, in Cherokee County for 25 years. Send your comments leased from the Corps of or questions to candi@ Engineers, hosts close to 90,000 aroundaboutlocalmedia. visitors each year. Singletracks. com. com has the Sixes Road facility ranked number five in its list of the best bike parks in the world. The park’s seven trails offer 14 miles of terrain suited for beginner to advanced riders. Measures have been taken to increase the safety of the cyclists. A specially equipped four-wheeler with a rescue basket is on call at the BridgeMill fire station, and a rescue boat that can travel in water as shallow as four inches is docked at the Little River Marina – just minutes away. County officials loaded with GPS equipment have walked the trails, thoroughly marking them so both riders and rescuers can easily identify their location if an emergency arises. Just one exit down I-575, recreation of a different sort will be available soon. The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening on July 18 at 10 a.m. The 90-store center, just off exit 9 (Ridgewalk Parkway), covers 370,000 square feet, with 30,000 square feet reserved for expansion. Shoppers can purchase coupon books for $5 (free for AAA members) and download coupons on-site for their favorite stores. The mall is designed with many unique features. Covered breezeways offer shoppers temperatures that are cooler by 20 degrees. The food court will house a three-story play area, and a jukebox system will be used for shoppers to choose music to hear while in the food court. Shoppers have a chance for sneak preview at the Red Carpet VIP Event set for 6-10 p.m. July 17. For a $10 ticket (proceeds benefit Elm Street Cultural Arts Center), the special guests can shop before anyone else with a coupon book worth $250 in savings. And they can purchase raffle tickets to win a prize valued at $5,000. Tickets for the July 17 event are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the AroundAbout Local Media office at 2449 Towne Lake Pkwy. in Woodstock. Don’t miss 6

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out on the chance to win fabulous prizes, get a jump on the shopping and enjoy tempting bargains.

What’s New? Donna Litty has joined the staff of Five Talents Wealth Management as a licensed client service coordinator. Five Talents is a Canton firm that provides individuals and organizations with financial guidance. “Donna brings 18 years of investment knowledge and client service experience to our firm. We think she is a wonderful fit and that our clients will quickly come to appreciate her gentle spirit and caring personality,” said Jamie Williams, president of Five Talents. Children’s art studio Paper.Scissors.Cake opened at 6687 Bells Ferry Rd., Suite D, Woodstock. After-school art enrichment classes, morning classes for homeschoolers and birthday parties are offered using mixed media, painting, collage, non-firing clay, elements of art, and art history. Email paperscissorscake@, call (404) 867-1630 or find the studio on Facebook. The online Facilities and Reservation system at the city of Holly Springs’s website has been upgraded to allow visitors to search and view details of the community’s facilities, create reservations, rate facilities and much more. Start planning your next family reunion, birthday party or event online www.

What’s Moved? Superior Motorsports has moved to 6479 Bells Ferry Rd., a quarter mile north of Walmart. The former location was off Toonigh Road in Canton. (770) 591-8899.

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings Health & Life Strategies focuses on the health and life insurance and disability needs of Cherokee, Bartow, Pickens, Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb and Paulding counties. The office is located at 2205 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 257, Canton 30114. (678) 493-2115. MOJO Productions, at 185 West Main St., Suite J, in downtown Canton, offers advertising and marketing services, creative design and branding that includes logos, ads, direct mail and brochures to websites, posters, banners, billboards and signage. Email, call (770) 479-3461 or visit Canton Counseling is a team of therapists available to address issues concerning adults and children. The office is in Canton at 310 Paper Trail Way, Suite 106. (678) 880-4645.

Northside Cardiology Cherokee is a full-service cardiology practice offering complete heart and blood vessel care. Dr. Sanjay Lall and Dr. Gregory Petro are board certified in cardiovascular disease and cardiology and have more than 20 years of experience. Sanjay Lall, M.D.

Northside Cherokee Cardiology offers:

• Expertise. In partnership with Northside Hospital, patients have access to comprehensive cardiology services. • Timely access. We’ll schedule same-day appointments whenever possible. • Efficient Followup. We are committed to clear and timely communication about your progress. Two convenient locations. Call us today for an appointment (770) 924-5095. 100 Stone Forest Drive, Suite 130 Woodstock, GA 30189

210 Oakside Lane, Suite 210-B Canton, GA 30114

(Near I-575, off Townelake Parkway)

(Exit 20, off Riverstone Parkway)

Gregory Petro, M.D.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Fun and Fundraising for Local Service League BridgeMill Sixes Service League raised more than $3,000 for the American Cancer Society in this year’s Cherokee County Relay for Life at Sequoyah High. League members got in the spirit of the Surf’s Up theme along with hundreds of others who participated in the event, which unites communities around the country, remembering loved ones lost and honoring cancer survivors.

Recycling Help Needed at MUST Officials at MUST Ministries want to start recycling paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum at their new location, but they need help to make it happen. Volunteers are needed weekly to take the assembled recycling from the offices on Brown Industrial Parkway to the closest recycling center. If you’re interested in helping, contact Kendall Jones at kjones@

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Honored The Rotary Club of Canton presented the inaugural Community Partnership Service Award to Northside HospitalCherokee in recognition of support of the club’s endeavors and the work of other community organizations throughout the county. The award was accepted by Northside HospitalCherokee CEO Billy Hayes, who spoke to club members about the hospital’s expansion in the community. Any corporate entity that has contributed to volunteerism, service-learning or civic engagement, and has made significant contributions in the areas of corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and general support to the nonprofit sector is eligible for the award. For more information, visit the club’s webpage http://

Participants were (back row, from left) Melanie Smith, Marlyn Patouillet, Suzanne Taulli and Kim Subacz. Middle row: Rosemary Curving, Mary Cuomo, Wendy Wemmer, Susan Gaines and Nicole Shippy. Front row: Kaitlin Gavin, Kaitlyn Shippy and Heather Lairsen.

Which City Will Win? Competition between Cherokee cities (Holly Springs, Canton, Woodstock, Waleska, Ball Ground and Nelson) is heating up in the Mayor’s Recycling Challenge, which ends July 31. The contest, sponsored by the county’s Chamber of Commerce, is designed to bring awareness of the importance of being ecologically and environmentally friendly. Residents living within city limits can leave recyclables curbside on trash pick-up days or bring them to collection bins. Waste Management, which serves Canton and Woodstock, and North Metro Waste, serving the other four cities, are participating. County residents outside city limits can supporting the city of their choice. In Holly Springs, a bin is located at 100 Hickory Circle, behind the fire department on Hickory Road. Canton and Woodstock have bins at their respective city halls. For more information, call (770) 345-0400 or visit www.cherokeechamber. com. 8

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Northside Hospital-Cherokee CEO Billy Hayes (left) receives the award from Rotary Club of Canton board member Larry Woolard and club president Jeff Mitchell.

Volunteers Needed for Give a Kid a Chance Organizers are gearing up for the 8th annual Give a Kid a Chance-Cherokee back-to-school bash on July 20, when 3,000-4,000 school children will received filled backpacks, free haircuts, medical screenings and other necessities for starting the school year. Volunteers are needed at both locations: First Baptist Church of Canton and Hillside United Methodist in Woodstock. To sign up to help, visit and fill out the online form on the volunteer link.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Local Modern Woodmen members help North Georgia Angel House Canton Modern Woodmen of America members donated food items to the North Georgia Angel House, a contribution made through the organization’s Care and Share Program. Modern Woodman is a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society that offers life insurance, annuity and investment products designed not to benefit stockholders but to improve the quality of life of the members, families and their communities. Annually, Modern Woodman and its members provide more than $26 million and one million volunteer hours for community projects nationwide. Care and Share is a nationwide program that allows local chapters to provide up to $250 of basic life necessities to individuals and families in need in their communities. “When a family needs household items after a natural disaster or other crisis, or a shelter or food pantry needs more supplies to help families, Modern Woodmen members can help through this annual project,” says Chad Atkinson, local Modern Woodmen chapter activities coordinator. For more information or to get involved, contact Atkinson at 404-797-8108 or

Woodstock Native Named to 30 Under 30 Canton resident Brittany Jorge (left) was named to the University of West Georgia (UWG) Alumni Associations 30 Under 30 list for 2013. The Woodstock native, a 2010 UWG graduate, sits on boards for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Pink Ribbons Breast Cancer fundraiser and the Tri Delta Atlanta Alumnae Chapter. Jorge is a liaison for CURE Childhood Cancer and St. Jude to members of the Tri Delta alums and volunteers as a financial specialist for Tri Delta on a national level. Candidates for this honor must show documentable impact in business, education, leadership, government, research, service or other area while demonstrating dedication to UWG.

Vendor Applications Accepted for Autumn Fest Holly Springs city officials are accepting arts and crafts, local business and concession vendors for the 10th annual Autumn Fest, set for 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 5. The celebration features children’s games, excellent food, community organization booths, arts and crafts, music and more. Visit www. for an application or contact Jennifer Stanley at (770) 345-5536 or

Cherokee Businesses Get Nominations Two local businesses, Holly Spring’s Hydro-Chem, and Woodstock’s American Book Company, were nominated for the Georgia Manufacturer of the Year award. While they didn’t come away with the grand prize, they were the two businesses nominated from this region, which includes Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Pickens, Gilmer and Bartow counties. For more details, visit Chad Atkinson with Larniece Williams, activities coordinator for the Angel House.

New Holly Springs Park Needs a Name Don’t forget to send in your suggestions for the city’s newest recreational facility. The deadline is July 31 to email Jennifer Stanley at with your ideas. You can also visit and click on the Community Voice tab on the left. The name will be chosen by city council members at the August meeting. The Hickory Road park will have walking trails, pavilions, picnic tables and a small open space. The majority of the site will be undisturbed and remain in its natural state. 10

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Ensemble Brings Message of Hope A special vocal ensemble is scheduled to perform at New Victoria Baptist Church on July 21. The Voices of Hope is a group of men and women who have been through programs at Cherokee County’s HopeQuest Ministry Group, and want to share their stories of how the nonprofit changed their lives. HopeQuest is a comprehensive set of programs and services targeted toward alcohol and substance abuse and sexual brokenness. Call (678) 391-5950 or visit to find the concert time and get more information about HopeQuest.

Send Us Your Community News! Deadline is July 15

WE’RE CHEROKEE’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WITH AN EMPHASIS ON “COMMUNITY. ” Northside Hospital-Cherokee offers more than the latest medical treatments. Since becoming part of Cherokee County in 1997, we’ve been a devoted member of the community. We contribute to Partners in Education in Cherokee County schools and our physicians and staff have donated more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work to local organizations. In all, we’ve invested millions in local community centers, academic institutions and charity organizations in Cherokee County. We will continue to invest in and support Cherokee. Because it’s our home, too.

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Birthdays & Celebrations Mariam Janad Age 9 on July 6 Daughter of Latefa & Aseef (David) Happy Birthday sweetheart! We are proud of you! Love, Mom & Dad Celebrating July birthdays at The Lodge at BridgeMill are (back row, from left); Susan Podsedley, George Tice, Joseph Castillo, Bud Olson, Beverly Edwards. Front row, from left: Doris Hill, Shirley Kirsch, Rose Turanin, Donna Varn, Betty Chester. Not pictured are Lois Frank, Rose Ann Swanson

Cameron (left) & Connor Dupree Age 7 on July 27 Happy 7th birthday! We love you so much - Mommy & Daddy

Chris McCulloch Age 14 on July 6 Happy Birthday! Love Mom, Dad, Bryan Schatzie & Cleo

Trey Jeans Age 13 on July 30 Happy Birthday Trey! Love you lots! Chele

Garrett Kiefer Age 18 on July 24 Son of Kara and Mike Kiefer Brother of Brandon Happy Birthday!

Graduation Todd Conrad has received a Master of Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this month. Congratulations from your proud wife, children and grandchildren Mama Marica... Turning Grown :-) on July 5 Alexus Age 19 on July 18 Zahria (in the front) Age 8 on July 25

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Georgia Offers Options for Education of Special Needs Children By Scot Turner

You might imagine the pride I felt when my son was able to tell me the names of shapes, including that of an octagon, when he was about 18 months old. By the time he was two and a half he was reading, and my pride swelled. As new parents, my wife Kelly and I thought we had a genius on our hands. It wasn’t until he had experienced the daily grind of an all-day preschool that we realized there Scot Turner, an IT was something else going on. professional, lives in It was then that his preschool the Sixes community with his wife and two advised us to have him tested children and is the State to see if he fell on the autism House Representative for spectrum. The diagnosis came District 21. You can reach back as Asperger’s Syndrome, a him on his cell phone form of autism that allows a child at (678) 576-2644 or follow him on Facebook to excel at academics but struggle at in social aspects. turnerforhouse. Before he entered kindergarten, we assessed our options to see which learning environment would suit him best. Ultimately, we chose to place him in a traditional public school, and I do not regret that choice for a moment because the professional faculty and staff of the Cherokee County School District have changed my son in ways that are laying a positive foundation for his future. However, while on the campaign trail last summer, I ran into several families with stories just like ours, but with different results. These families were struggling within the public school system and asked me if there was anything that could be done for their child. I mentioned the Special Needs Scholarship to someone, but they had never heard of it before. The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship was created by Senate Bill 10 in 2007 with the intent of giving students with special needs a voucher to attend a private school under certain conditions or to transfer to a different public school. The following is a list of requirements for new students to qualify for the program: • The parent or guardian of the child must be a current Georgia resident and have lived here for at least one year. • The child must have attended the entire previous school year in a Georgia public school. • The student must have been included in mandatory student counts (enrolled) in both October and March of the previous school year. • At some point during the previous school year, the student must have received some special needs education services under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) during one of the mandatory counts listed above. 14

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One thing to be aware of: a proper diagnosis is critical to receiving the voucher under the Special Needs Scholarship Program. If your child is autistic, for example, but your child’s IEP lists him or her as having a developmental delay, your child will not qualify for the program. In this regard, it is vital that you advocate for your child to have an accurate diagnosis during your regular IEP meetings. Do not be afraid of a label; it will only help to have an accurate description of why your child requires an IEP. Taking this path may be slightly more time-consuming because there will be additional hoops to jump through, but a few weeks of getting it right will benefit in the long run. Do not feel rushed during the IEP process; your child will still be able to receive services while the appropriate diagnosis is in the works. At this point, I think it is important to share the Cherokee

Traditional public school has been a good fit for Scot’s son.

County School District’s point of view regarding the program. In preparing to write this column, I reached out to Barbara Jacoby, Director of Public Information, Communications and Partnerships for the Cherokee County School District. She had this to say: “The Cherokee County School District has repeatedly earned state and national recognition for its special education staff and services, and our Response to Intervention program is considered a best practices model in Georgia. However, for parents who choose a different environment that they believe may better fit their child’s needs, the state scholarship program provides an avenue for assistance. Information about the program is provided by the School District to parents at the beginning of every school year as part of the CCSD Student/ Parent Handbook.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. To find out more information about the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship, you can go to this website: If you find the process of navigating the program difficult and need assistance, please reach out to me and I will try to help any way I can.

On the Range: Where Feminine Meets Firearms By Joni Gommo

Joni Gommo recently started a Holly Springs chapter of The Well Armed Woman which filled up immediately. The demand led to the opening of new chapters in Marietta, Roswell and Powder Springs. This month, she shares her initial reactions when coming face-to-face with a gun. The subject of guns is a hot topic, but not for the reasons you might think. The shooting range Joni Gommo, a mother of has become the new place to four and chapter leader for visit to have fun with friends and The Well Armed Woman, has gone from fearful to socialize. And it’s not just for the being NRA-certified as guys anymore! a basic pistol and first Women constitute the fastest steps instructor. For more growing group of gun owners and information, visit www. competitive shooters nationwide. I know this because I’m one of those women, and I’m proud to be counted among those who enjoy a Girl’s Night Out at the range. But I didn’t start out that way… “I’m buying a gun,” my New York-native husband said one day. I stopped in my tracks and looked at him as if he had a third eyeball in his forehead. “Oh no, you are not!” I said. (I’ll spare you the details, but he won this one.) My reaction started a serious internal dialogue about why I was so against it. I wasn’t raised to be afraid of guns. I grew up in a small Texas town surrounded by gun owners, including my dad and older

“Women constitute the fastest growing group of gun owners and competitive shooters nationwide.” brothers. I no longer had young children at home, so I couldn’t make that argument. Why was I so fearful? I decided that maybe I would just accompany him to the range one day and watch. I didn’t care for it at all; it was loud and guns were scary. My law-abiding husband didn’t have a license to carry at first, so he left his firearm at home when he went to work each day. There I was, alone with this object that I feared. And every time I saw it, I got a little bit angrier at myself for allowing a mere object to scare me. In fact, I got so angry at myself that I decided to conquer that fear. Every day for about a week, when he would leave for work, I would very carefully pick it up (in much the same way you would pick up a teenager’s dirty underwear from the floor), put it in the car and drive to the range. I got someone to show me what to do and how to be safe with it. And I never told my husband. Occasionally, he asked if I wanted to go with him to the range, but I declined until after that week. Then one day, I agreed to go. When I saw his face, it was clear that now I was the one with the third eyeball in the middle of my forehead! You can see where this is going now, can’t you? Of course, I shot much better than him that day. After all, I had been practicing all week! I finally caved in and told him my secret. Next month Joni describes how she leads other women through the same fears that she faced.

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SEP IRAs Useful savings plans for the smallest businesses by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone 770-952-6707.

Do you own a small business with a few employees? Are you self-employed? In either case, the SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRA may be the ideal low-cost, easily administered retirement savings plan for you. This is a simple pension plan using a traditional IRA. It lets you put aside money into individual IRAs for you and your employees with lower administrative fees and less paperwork than other types of retirement plans.

Tax-deferred compounding of pre-tax dollars. You contribute pre-tax dollars to a SEP IRA, and that has the effect of lowering your tax bill. The money in the IRA grows tax-deferred, and your business doesn’t pay any taxes on the IRA earnings. The assets can be invested in a myriad of ways. The traditional IRA rules apply. When you take the money out of a SEP IRA for retirement, you pay ordinary income taxes on it. (Should you withdraw SEP IRA assets before age 59½, you’ll likely be assessed a penalty with some exceptions.) Contributions are discretionary. Each year, you can contribute or not contribute to the IRA(s) involved. The amount you put into the IRA(s) can also vary. In 2013, you can contribute up to 25 percent of an eligible employee’s compensation up to a limit of $51,000. No catch-up contributions are permitted for older employees. A three-point employee eligibility test. Generally, employees of a small business are eligible for a SEP IRA if they 1) are older than 21, 2) have worked for the business in at least three of the five years preceding the year in which the IRA contribution is made, and 3) have received $550 or more in compensation from the business in 2013 (this can rise with cost of living adjustments in future years). However, the IRS states that an employer “may use less restrictive requirements to determine an eligible employee.” Employees covered by a union contract may be excluded from a SEP, as well as non-resident aliens who have not earned income from your business. All eligible employees must participate in the SEP, including part-time and seasonal workers and employees who die, quit, get laid off or fired during the year prior to their separation. 16

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“Sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations can all create SEPs. In fact, they may qualify for annual tax credits of up to $500 during the plan’s first three years, which can be applied toward the plan’s start-up costs.”

Starting up a SEP IRA is easy. You can open up one of these plans with the help of almost any financial advisor or financial institution. In fact, you can even have other retirement plans at your business in addition to SEP IRAs, and you can set up a SEP IRA for your small business even if you are already participating in another retirement plan at another company. Sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations can all create SEPs. In fact, they may qualify for annual tax credits of up to $500 during the plan’s first three years, which can be applied toward the plan’s startup costs. So if you have a small business or work on your own and you want a retirement plan that works for your future without a lot of hassles, a SEP IRA may be right for you.

How Much Better is the Housing Market in Cherokee County? by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

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

You might have noticed that the media is finally reporting what Sheila and I have been writing about since February of last year. The housing market is in full recovery and, as a result, we are in a seller’s market. The reason is simple. Home affordability, mostly driven by low interest rates, is near the lowest level it has been in recorded history. According to the National Association of Realtors and based on national averages, the payments on a home today represent less than 15 percent of the median household income. This is both a good sign for those looking to purchase a home and for the economy overall, as consumers

“Home affordability, mostly driven by low interest rates, is near the lowest level it has been in recorded history.” are keeping more money in their pockets. If you are a seller, there hasn’t been a better time to sell in more than six years. The data below shows that the average Cherokee County single family home that sold January through May sold for 16.87 percent more money per square foot than a year ago in the same timeframe ($77.86/sq. ft. this year compared to $66.62/sq. ft. last year). The biggest improvement in Cherokee’s housing market is the upward shift in prices overall. The number of homes selling for less than $100,000 is down 49.85 percent compared to last year, while the number of homes selling for over $350,000 is up 48.24 percent. As a result, the average sale price of homes in Cherokee County is up $17,722.90 over last year, at an average of $194,723.80.

If the possibility of getting 16.87 percent more for your home isn’t enough encouragement, homes are also selling 22 days faster compared to a year ago. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home in Cherokee County so far this year has been 65.87. With continuing job creation, the improving housing sector, and signs that the banks are lending more, the near-term future looks good for both those looking to buy or sell a home.

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The Origin of the Name Sixes By Susan Schulz

Have you ever wondered why our community is named after the number six? There are a couple of theories that stem from our original settlers, the Cherokee Indians. Prior to 1830, when Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, the Cherokee Nation covered a large portion of North Georgia. At this time, even though white settlers were considered illegal immigrants, a bitter clash for control of the land Susan Browning Schulz began. is a wife, mom, author, The first theory comes from the and speaker with name of an old Cherokee village works published in located in our area, near the eastern Guideposts, Light from shore of the Etowah River, named the Word devotionals, and other publications. Sutali—the Cherokee word for the Visit her blog at www. number six. Sutallee, a community thelisteningheart. on the opposite side of the river (now Lake Allatoona) in western Cherokee County, also derives its name from this Native American village. The second theory is a bit dark and sinister. Our county’s origins are steeped in a tragic conflict where power overruled justice and civility. The Sixes name could be attributed to a camp set up in September 1830 to enforce the removal of the Cherokee Indians. As settlers moved into the area, forts were built for the express purpose of housing the Cherokee before they were sent west. There were two such camps in the present political area of Cherokee County: Fort Sixes (Camp Hinar Sixes) and Fort Buffington (East of Canton). While history focuses on the Indians’ journey westward, for eight years prior to the event the Cherokee were confronted with their future on a daily basis. Before the march on the Trail of Tears, the Indians were forcefully held in illegal stockades by the Georgia Guard. Members of the Guard were reported to have brutalized the Cherokee. One Guard member would later write: “During the Civil War I watched as hundreds of men died, including my own brother, but none of that compares to what we did to the Cherokee Indians.” Even though looking back at our history can sometimes be painful, it’s important to know the true story of our community’s origins. The Cherokee Indians may have left long ago, but their presence has left an indelible mark on us that remains to this day. Sources: “Cherokee County, GA: A History” by Rebecca Johnston, and Wikipedia’s reference to “Georgia Gold Rush” by William Johnson 18

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A month of summer has quickly passed and, for our children, the long awaited summer vacation is halfway behind us! Many readers fill their summer days with pools, camps, water parks, vacations, sports, and avoiding the dreaded words “I’m bored” from their children’s mouths. However, for others, summer presents a different list of demands and added anxiety. The elevated expenses of groceries, daycare, camps, and electric bills can quickly turn to desperation. For those who already find themselves financially compromised, summer months can quickly dig a deeper financial hole. For more than 10 years, Everyday Angels has provided relief to qualified families during these difficult summer months, and this summer is no different. In June, with the help of our readers’ support, we were able to assist a single mom and her two young children with rent in their extended stay hotel home. We also helped qualified foster

children attend a camp and kept power from being disconnected for several families within the community. Additionally, we were busy accepting your generous donations in support of last month’s feature, Alex Singleton, as he continues his battle with cancer. Thank you for allowing us to make a positive difference and for providing relief to Alex and other local families. For the month of July and in preparation for school, Everyday Angels will assist a wonderful sister charity, Give a Kid a Chance (GAKAC). Last year, GAKAC provided haircuts, clothing, medical screenings and backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 3,000 local families. This year’s event will be held on July 20 at Hillside United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Canton. To learn more about this event or to volunteer your time, visit We are grateful for our community’s many local non-profit organizations that work together to make a difference in the lives of others.

Photos from past Give a Kid a Chance events:


Ride for Motorcycle Awareness and Education Time: 9 a.m. register, 10 a.m. ride begins Location: Begins and ends at Hooters, 100 Riverpoint Pkwy., Canton Cost: $25 per bike Info: The event features a live band, raffle and giveaways. Proceeds help with motorcycle safety education and motorcycle awareness campaigns, and the state license tag initiative. (770) 704-0518. www.

July 13

2nd annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees Run Time: 5K Raider Run starts at 8 a.m., 1-mile Brave Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Canton, 1 Mission Point, Canton 30114 Cost: $25 for 5K, $15 for 1-Mile Brave Run/Walk Info: Proceeds go to the Bend Your Knees Foundation and the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Register at com or through

July 16

Teen Iron Chef Time: 6 p.m. Location: Woodstock Public Library, 7735 Main St. Info: For ages 12-18. Call (770) 926-5859 to register. www.

July 17

Holly Springs Downtown Development Authority Meeting Time: 6 p.m. Location: Courtroom and council chambers at 3235 Holly Springs Pkwy., Holly Springs 30115. (770) 345-5536. www.

July 20, Aug. 24

Dive-In Movies at the Aquatic Center Time: 6-8 p.m. Info: Movies will be shown at the indoor pool. Bring your own noodles or clear inner tubes or use a float provided by the Aquatic Center. (678) 880-4760.

July 24

Every Quilt Tells a Story Time: 6 p.m. Location: Hickory Flat Public Library, 2740 East Cherokee Dr., Canton 30115 Info: Guest speaker will be Jodie Davis, president of QNNtv. com, author of more than 30 quilting and crafts books, host of two monthly TV series and a presenter on HSN. Davis will discuss the importance of sharing the stories represented by quilts, and will bring quilt labels for participants and make a video recording of them talking about their quilts. Videos will

appear on the Quilt Alliance (www.allianceforamericanquilts. org) You Tube page. For more information, call (770) 345-7565.

July 25

Senior Life Enrichment League Time: 2 p.m. Location: The Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton. Info: Open to all Cherokee County seniors. Theme is Dance Instruction with Gabriel – a Latin Theme. (770) 479-4639.

July 30

Candidate Forum & Meet and Greet Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Cagle’s Family Farm, 362 Stringer Road, Canton. Info: All local, state and national candidates running for office in 2013 are invited to attend. Guests will have a chance to meet the candidates before and after, and participate in a question/ answer session. Homemade ice cream will be served by Boy Scout Troop #465. Sodas, water and peanuts will be provided by the Farm Bureau. The forum is open to the public. To RSVP, call Cherokee County Farm Bureau at (770) 479-1481, ext. 0.

Aug. 2- 3

Bar W Rodeo Time: 8-10:30 p.m. Location: Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Hwy., Canton 30114 Admission: $12 adults, $6 for kids ages 5-10, free for under age 5. A percentage goes to Canton Explorers. Info: The rodeo will feature eight events. For more details, call (828) 361-4695 or visit Facebook ( barwrodeoco) or

Aug. 4

Paddling Through Cherokee History Time: 1:30-8 p.m. Location: Etowah River and the Rock Barn in Canton Cost: $75 individual, $130 for couple Info: Join Coosa River Basin Initiative, Cherokee County Historical Society, Upper Etowah River Alliance and Georgia River Network for this event that features tours of historic Crescent Farm and the Rock Barn in Canton and a six-mile paddle down the Etowah to view Native American fish weirs and other historic sites. The tours and paddle trip will be followed by a catered dinner with beer and wine, a kayak raffle and live auction. Attendees will receive a copy of the Etowah River User’s Guide, a comprehensive guide to the Etowah River Water Trail. Required reservations can be made through the website events/paddling-through-cherokee-history. Reservations due by July 30.

Aug. 8

Cherokee Business Showcase Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs Info: (770) 345-0400. or see page 29. sixes living | July 2013



Mission Trips on Home Turf By Chantel Adams

It’s summer, and while some of you may have friends jet-setting across the planet to save the world, the rest of us are counting down the days until school starts. It’s not too late to take to the mission field, though - and you can do it without a passport or even leaving your neighborhood. MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. No program does more to serve the under-served than MUST Ministries, and their Chantel Adams popular summer lunch program established The Princess Generation (www. engages the entire family. You can, prepare lunches at home, at one leads a girls’ book club of their on-site locations, or simply in BridgeMill and works donate ingredients to one of their part-time as a freelance preparation sites. Check out www. researcher/writer for a national Christian talk and click on show. She and husband Summer Lunch. Gavin have four kids, ages Cherokee County Foundations. 13, 11, 9, and 5. Juvenile Court Judge John B. Sumner is the brain behind this new program that will provide handson experiences for older youth in foster care. With the community’s help, Foundations will help these kids grow and develop into well-prepared young adults. Although the full rollout will not take place until this fall, now is a good time to begin thinking about how your unique skills could help a youth in foster care realize his or her dreams for the future. Contact Amy Turcotte at aturcotte@cherokeega. com. The Lodge at BridgeMill. You may have parents who live far away, and want your kids to enjoy the companionship afforded by the next generation. A visit to this complex of independent senior apartment homes can bring joy to your children and the residents. Take along some individually wrapped muffins and a


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“Just open your eyes, look around, and pour out your heart. When we join together to strengthen the local community, we all play a part in changing the world.” couple of games and prepare yourself to be wowed. These folks love to have young visitors, and the children I’ve brought to visit have enjoyed the time they’ve spent there. You can’t put a price tag on life experience, and there’s no shortage of that at the Lodge at BridgeMill. Call (770) 479-4639 to arrange a visit. For those of you who are traveling, save all those free soaps and shampoos you get from the fancy hotels. You may not know this, but many local schoolteachers stock their closets for children without access to these necessities at home. Your surplus might be someone else’s sustenance. Just open your eyes, look around, and pour out your heart. When we join together to strengthen the local community, we all play a part in changing the world.

Services Help Seniors Stay Home by Debbie McAdory

I have a list of goods and service organizations that I utilize for their quality and expertise, depending on my need. As needs change, so does the list. The same holds true with aging. As aging progresses, goods and services required also will change. The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), a support network for seniors, hosted its first national conference in June to address ways to build on the nation’s aging in place Debbie McAdory is the movement. The NAIPC website says marketing outreach that the council was founded on the coordinator for The belief that an overwhelming majority Lodge at BridgeMill, a residence for seniors, and of older Americans want to remain a volunteer with Triad in their homes for as long as possible S.A.L.T. Contact her at but lack the awareness of home and debbie.mcadory@ugoc. community-based services that make com. independent living possible. The Atlanta chapter of the NAIPC has a website that can help you discover local goods and services and offers a list of books to read on aging and retirement

planning. Visit greater_atlanta_chapter.aspx. At the last White House Conference on Aging, which was held in 2005, state delegates ranked mobility and access to transportation third overall (out of 50 resolutions) on the list of issues they would like to see the federal government tackle as the country’s population ages. In Cherokee County, we are lucky to have the public transportation system CATS (Cherokee Area Transportation System). CATS operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and will transport you to and from the senior center at the routine scheduled times for no charge. For other destinations, such as to shopping plazas and medical appointments in Cherokee County, CATS will transport you for $1.50 each way within five miles and then .30 per mile thereafter. You may reach CATS to schedule your trip by calling (770) 345-6238. Call in advance because the schedule fills up quickly. You may also go to their website: I am in contact with many companies that assist seniors in daily living, but there are too many to mention in this article. I have found that The Senior Resource Directory is a comprehensive area-specific publication that offers many resources. Check it out at

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Preparing for the Hot Summer

Parents, Grads in Business Together? Really?

By Micky Eubanks

By Julian Reid

Welcome to summers in Georgia. If you don’t like the weather here, stick around for about thirty minutes - I’m sure it will change. With recent rainfalls, being able to get anything accomplished landscape-wise has been a challenge, to say the least. I have a couple of mid- to lateseason tips and ideas for dealing with the wet weather. I’m sure most of your plants, greenery and turf are doing quite Micky Eubanks, a sixwell with warmer temperatures year veteran of the US Navy, is chief operating and abundance of rain. You may officer of Lawnsmith, be challenged to keep up with Inc. He’s a graduate pruning. Pruning the tips with of Abraham Baldwin sharp trimmers or shears may be Agricultural College enough to get you through until with a major in golf turf management and the growing slows a little. Pruning has been landscaping really deep on the plants actually in metro Atlanta for 15 encourages more growth, which years. (678) 445-4283. is why I recommend tip pruning until the growing season is over. Then you can perform some corrective actions. Most of us have primarily Bermuda grass as our lawn turf. This type of turf thrives in hot, humid conditions and, if you’re not careful, it can overtake your bedding areas. Bermuda turf grows two different ways: by stolons (this is what grows on top of ground) and rhizomes (grows underneath). You actually will need to be trimming those bed lines and applying a non-selective herbicide (Roundup) at least bi-weekly during growing season. Also during the height of the growing season you should be aware of a very common fungus found in Bermuda turf known as Dollar Spot. This fungus is a nitrogen deficiency, which shows up after high periods of rain when nitrogen has leached through the soil. Dollar Spot will look like someone spilled something on the turf where it begins to brown out. In most cases a fertilizer application will take care of it, but in some cases a fungicide application will be required in addition to the fertilizer. Many people are concerned about large amounts of water standing or pooling along the sides of their homes. Downspouts from roofs are a major contributor to this problem. A simple fix is to pipe off these downspouts, bury the pipe, run the pipe to an area that would be more fitting to discharge the water, and attach a pop-up drain.


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The current jobless economy is hitting two sets of job seekers significantly harder than most: the recent college graduate and the experienced worker over age 50. However, this combination of job seekers, when it falls in one family, can present an opportunity. According to a recent New York Times article, there is a growing trend of parent/ child partnerships investing Julian Reid has a in businesses together. It chemical engineering degree from Georgia makes sense. Parents bring Tech, a U.S. Chamber experience, credit and maybe certification in even some investment dollars, Organization while the recent graduate Management, and offers energy, ideas and a several professional coaching and sales passion for independence. certifications. Contact It can be a great combination him at (770) 521-0698 when the talent, energy or jreid@esourcecoach. and responsibilities are com. channeled properly. While family dynamics can bring either respect for each other and respective roles or dysfunction to the business, good communication around expectations will help facilitate a successful partnership. What better way to generate an income and build wealth and equity for yourself, but not by yourself? You also have the added benefits of a proven, duplicable business model. Why a proven model versus starting from scratch? Short answer: you may not want to engage your family in the significant extra risk. Generally, 80 percent of start-up, independent, small businesses fail within the first five years. Contrast that with small businesses starting with a proven business model: only five percent of those fail each year. Think about that the next time you drive by a McDonald’s. They didn’t become so successful by losing money or by following a model with a high failure rate. If this idea intrigues you, there are several ways to explore your options. Dozens of industries offer a wide variety of franchise business models. Don’t fall into the trap of believing your answer lies in an afternoon of Google searches. You should know that there are professionals who can identify your best options – and at no cost to you. Certain business concepts work better in family partnership arrangements than others. Getting help to assess whether a parent/child partnership is a viable option will not only save a great deal of time, it could easily make the difference between a very good decision or a very poor one — a decision you literally have to live with.

Let’s face it – if you find yourself in need of an attorney, the reason typically means there is trouble in your life. Whether it’s for a divorce, bankruptcy, DUI, personal injury or other criminal or civil matter, hiring the right attorney is a difficult call to make. The attorneys at Burns and Speights want you to know that they have deep roots in Cherokee County, and they work hard to make sure every client is 100 percent satisfied with the experience. Daran Burns and Archie Speights have practiced on the square in downtown Canton for more than a decade. Burns and Speights has been involved in some of the county’s most high-profile cases. With more than 30 years of combined experience, the firm has represented clients charged with all types of crimes from murder to DUI. Clients in some of the most high asset and contentious divorce cases in Cherokee County have turned to Burns and Speights for legal representation. Burns and Speights does a majority of its work in Cherokee County. “We want to be the area’s go-to law firm. Because we are local, we have solid relationships with other members of Cherokee County’s legal community. We have instant credibility with the judges and mutual respect with other attorneys, which in turn benefit our clients. Our main goal is for our clients to feel confident with us and trust us,” said Archie. Although Burns and Speights is a small local law firm, it provides services normally found in much larger firms. “We are a full-service firm. We have a receptionist, four full-time paralegals and a full-time office manager,” said Daran. What does this mean to the client? Excellent customer service. “When a client calls and his or her attorney is not available, the client can still speak to a highly trained person who is working on his or her case. With our staff of paralegals and an office manager, clients always have a go-to person for questions and concerns. With every case, we strive for the client to be thrilled with our effort, our knowledge and experience with the law and the service he or she received,” Daran said. If you find yourself in need of an attorney, think carefully about the kind of representation you want for your situation. It’s important not only to find qualified and trusted representation but also to be treated as much more than a simple case number. Burns and Speights is the local firm with the experience and resources to assist you in your legal representation. Advertisement

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Water Safety Has its Rewards By Stephen Cain


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As the recreation season shifts to high gear, water safety continues to be a top priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Allatoona Lake. Each year, the Corps partners with community groups and businesses to promote water safety. These programs wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our community sponsors. This Park Ranger Stephen Cain summer, a pair of very popular is a Georgia native with seven summers under his water safety programs for belt as a Corps Ranger. He youngsters has returned. has been an Allatoona Lake The Ranger Card Program regular since he went on uses baseball-type trading family fishing trips in the cards that feature park rangers 1970s. He earned a B.A. in History from West Georgia sharing a safety message. The University. cards can be collected and exchanged for prizes. All a child has to do to earn a card is answer a water safety question from a park ranger on site at any of the campgrounds, beaches or boat ramps. This program is a partnership with Cherokee County Safe Kids and has been going on for several years. A grant from Northside Hospital provides the funds for Safe Kids to be able to help the Corps at Allatoona pay for the ranger cards and the life jackets that children are given as prizes. Six Flags White Water and Zoo Atlanta also contribute passes as prizes in support of the Ranger Card Program. These passes have been the grand prize the past several years and have been very popular with the children. The Ranger Card program is a great ice breaker that helps us start the conversation with families and get them thinking about playing it safe on the water. The Life Jacket Loaner Program offers life jackets that can be borrowed free of charge at every Corps-operated Day Use Area and Campground. This program is also a partnership with Cherokee County Safe Kids, which helps supply life jackets to the Corps. The public has also donated many other life jackets to further the program. Wearing a life jacket is one of the simplest and most effective ways to be safe on the lake. There is no reason to be caught without one, and we will continue to find ways to make sure everyone has access to these life-saving devices. Don’t let your eagerness to hit the water lead to carelessness. Take time to provide for safety in your summer trips to Allatoona Lake. If you can take the time to make sure you have the hotdog buns and sunscreen, then you can make sure to bring your life jacket as well. And if you forget, we’ll be here with one you can borrow.



Learning to Ride All Over Again By Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall is a mom, small business owner and athlete from Canton. She is owner of Mountain Goat Adventures, LLC, which organizes local trail running and mountain bike events. In her spare time, Lisa is a competitive cyclist and competes in mountain bike, cyclocross and trail running races.

Bicycling is a great low-impact activity that riders of all ages can enjoy. Unlike running, which can become painful with age, bicycling is a lifelong sport that is relatively easy on the joints and keeps the respiratory system pumping. The first step is finding a borrowed or new bicycle and making sure it fits properly. If it is too big or too small, it will not be comfortable and may not handle well. You should have one to four inches of clearance over the top tube of the bicycle when standing over it. You should be able to comfortably reach the handlebars and the seat should be adjusted so that you have only a slight bend in your knee when the pedal is at six o’clock. Step two is finding a quality helmet. Helmets aren’t just for

kids, and just because you think you’ll be riding slowly doesn’t mean you don’t need one. Beginning riders are more likely to fall because they are not moving as fast. For those who haven’t ridden in years, paved bike paths or low-traffic paved roads are the best places to start. Flat terrain is also helpful since you’ll be using your muscles in new ways. Start with a few miles and gradually work up to longer distances. Consider beginning with your neighborhood, since it requires little planning and you’ll be in familiar territory in case problems arise. Once you’ve built stamina, check out the Silver Comet Rail Trail, which begins in Smyrna near the intersection of South Cobb Drive and the East-West Connector. The trail includes 37 miles of nearly flat paved surface that stretches to Rome and then continues on rolling terrain into Alabama. The trail is usually ridden as an out-and-back, depending on the rider’s ability. There are bathrooms and water fountains along the trail. If you are feeling more adventurous, the one-mile Mosquito Flats Trail at Blankets Creek offers a nearly flat, shaded creekside ride suitable for mountain or hybrid bikes. It has a dirt surface and occasional roots, but is well suited to beginners and children. For a longer ride and lakeside scenery, the 3.6-mile Iron Hill Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park is a must. The continued on page 60

Three Beaches in Your Backyard In this new monthly feature you will learn about quick destinations, from day trips to weekend getaways. By Lynne Watts

Who doesn’t dream of soaking in the sun, splashing in the waves, and feeling the gritty sand beneath your toes in the summer? While you can’t get to the beach in an hour or two from here, there are plenty of beach environments close by that can cure the summertime beach addiction. If you close your eyes and use your imagination, you can almost hear the waves crashing on the shore and the seagulls Lynne Watts is an author, calling. speaker, coach, mom and Lake Allatoona is a U.S. Army counselor for Cherokee County schools. Follow her Corps of Engineers 12,000-acre at http://acalledwoman. reservoir with more than 25 com/, http://lynnewatts. parks, eight marinas, and 10 com and http:// campgrounds. There is something for everyone on the lake. Red Top Mountain State Park located in Bartow County is one popular destination on Lake Allatoona.

“Summer is a great time to create family memories, and you don’t have to travel far to spend a day at a beach.” The name of the park was inspired by the high iron ore content of the soil on the mountain. Mining iron ore was once an important activity in the area. The park has 12½ miles of hiking trails, a privately owned full service marina, a swimming beach and areas for fishing. Cabins and camping facilities are available if you want to stay overnight. There is a $5 entrance fee or you can purchase an annual pass for $50, which is good for admission to any of the state parks. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket on Saturday evenings through July 27th and you can tap your foot to bluegrass music at the Vaughn Log Cabin. Closer to home is Galt’s Ferry Landing in Cherokee County, with one of the largest sandy beaches on Lake Allatoona. Amenities include 43 picnic tables and grills, a playground, a continued on page 60 sixes living | July 2013


recreation Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency American Red Cross Lifeguard Class ARC Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR for Professional Rescuer, a nationally recognized certification. Dates: July 8-11 Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Thursday, 9 a.m.4 p.m. , Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Ages: 15 years and up Cost: $200 Aqua Zumba Shallow water, high intensity cardio and strength, low impact workout that is fast paced and set to Latin-style music. Day/Time: Monday and Tuesday 7-7:50 p.m. Location: Aquatic Center Ages: 15 years or older Cost: $40 for 10 punches or $5 drop-in fee Aqua Boot Camp Shallow water, very high intensity cardio and strength, low impact workout. Day/Time: Wednesday and Thursday 7-7:50 p.m. Location: Aquatic Center Ages: 15 years or older Cost: $40 for 10 punches or $5 drop-in fee Zumba Fitness Dates: July 15 - August 19 Times/Days: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays Location: CRPA Annex Ages: 18 and up, under 18 allowed with a parent Cost: $45.00/person

For details about these classes and a complete schedule, call (770) 924-7768 or visit The rec center is at 745 Main St., Building 200, in Woodstock 30188. The Aquatic Center is at 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs 30142.

Deep Aqua Fit Deep water, non-impact, cardio and strength workout. Day/Time: Monday and Wednesday 9-9:50 a.m. Location: Aquatic Center Ages: 15 years or older Cost: $40 for 10 punches or $5 drop-in fee WaterWalk Shallow water class focusing on gentle movements through the water to increase endurance. Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday 7-7:50 a.m. Location: Aquatic Center Ages: 15 years or older Cost: $40 for 10 punches or $5 drop-in fee Family Fun Night 4-8 p.m. July 12 Location: Aquatic Center Music, games, and contests for everyone Gentle Joints Exercise Class (Low impact) Date: Monthly Time/Day: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Cost: $30 per month Location: Recreation Center Info: The low impact aerobics and strengthtraining class is for mature adults and individuals with joint challenges.

Ballet Tiny Twinklers Date: Monthly – four classes Time/Day: 3:15-4 p.m. Tuesdays Location: CRPA Annex Ages: 3-5 Cost: $36 Info: MyStyle Dance Ballet classes teach basic moves as well as timing, rhythm and poise. American Red Cross Babysitting Date: Aug. 17 Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: CRPA Annex Ages: 11-15 Cost: $55 per class Location: Recreation Center Info: Course for current and future babysitters that will teach first aid skills, feeding, interviews, food preparation, safe play, and more. Sportykes Camp Dates: Aug. 6-8, Aug. 13-15 Time/Day: 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Thursday Location: CRPA Annex Ages: 3-4 Cost: $80 Info: Children are introduced to basic fundamental skills for soccer, t-ball, football and basketball in a fun atmosphere. Parents may watch from viewing window. Children must be potty trained.

Cherokee YMCA

Volleyball Ages: 10 - 15 Season: Sept. 7-Nov. 3 Location: G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA Striker Soccer Ages: 3 - 16 Season: Sept. 7-Nov. 3 Locations Offered: U4 - U10 Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA, U4 - U8 JJ Biello Riverside Athletic Complex, U12 - U16 JJ Biello Riverside Athletic Complex Registration: Soccer and volleyball registration continues through Aug. 1. Register online at, in person at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA, or fax registration form to (770) 345-5290. Info: All families are invited to play regardless of their financial capacity. Scholarship applications are available to families needing assistance. For more details, call Jordan Wood, director of youth sports, at (678) 880-3516 or email


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Health & Wellness

Boomers, Seniors Keep Moving By Stacy Ward and Laura Mikszan

Since the 16th century and Ponce De Leon’s famous quest, our society has been on a continuous search for the Fountain of Youth. Baby Boomers, the largest generation in American history, are among the seekers, vowing to stay forever young. It is apparent that as members of this group Stacy Ward (left), author, age, they are discovering the certified PT and fitness importance of nutrition and instructor, and Laura Mikszan, exercise. They are now realizing journalist, entrepreneur and certified group fitness the importance of developing instructor, are co-owners of the Fountain of Health. Envision Health Studio. Contact The Baby Boomer generation them at (770) 926-4180. www. consists of an estimated 78 million people born between 1946 and 1964. They have spent many years transforming cultural ideas, expectations and movements in society (civil rights, women’s movement, environmental causes, etc.). Now they are realizing the


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importance of keeping their bodies in movement. Individuals who participate in physical activity are more likely to maintain range of motion, balance and strength, which allows them to live life more fully. Regular exercise and movement will help the aging population maintain muscle tone, strengthen bones, manage weight, and even help reduce risk for developing certain chronic diseases. Boomers need to challenge their musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and cognitive systems while focusing on balance and flexibility. While there are various programs specifically designed for this age group, it is possible to mainstream into a group exercise curriculum as long as there is personal guidance from a knowledgeable trainer. Baby Boomers’ parents are also gaining national attention in the fitness realm. Experts agree that ages 67 + need to engage in physical activity because it is vital to maintain health and independence as they age. Studies show that only 25 percent of people aged 67-79 say they engage in regular physical activity. A new campaign called Go4Life has been introduced by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA. continued on page 60

Age Affects Absorption of Medications By Dale Coker

Pharmacist Dale Coker is a University of Georgia grad with more than 30 years of experience that led to his opening Cherokee Custom Script, an independent pharmacy specializing in compounding. He also is a member of the Sixes Living community board. Email him at

Not so long ago when I thought of the word geriatric, I thought in terms of age 60 and over. Not so anymore, since I turned the ripe old age of 60 in June. I still don’t know what makes it so hard for me to accept a senior citizen discount, but my wife delights in it. I now think of geriatric as 70 and over, but I’m sure I’ll push the bar even higher in 10 years. As most of us get into our sixth decade, medications become more and more a part of our daily lives, whether we like it or not. Most people age 60 and over take three or more prescription medications. A fellow Georgia pharmacist, Armon Neel, has devoted the majority of his career to geriatric pharmacy. I remember

as a pharmacy student at the University of Georgia, a young, confident Armon Neel spoke to our graduating class. He had recently stopped working behind a prescription counter to open an office-based pharmacy consulting business. He was way ahead of his time, and now at the age of 73, he is the medication expert for AARP. His best-selling book “Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?” is a must-read if you are in the elderly category and taking multiple medications. The fact is that as we age, we don’t have the capacity to eliminate drugs from our bodies like we did in our earlier years. The kidneys don’t eliminate drugs as efficiently and the enzyme systems in the liver don’t do as good a job at metabolizing the drugs so they can be eliminated. Armon Neel, more than anything, has been an advocate for his patients by requesting and even insisting - that medications be changed or eliminated by medical doctors. He has had countless success stories, improving the quality of life of many of his patients. Armon Neel is a hero in the pharmacy world. He has taken the lead in a more multi-disciplinary approach to medication therapy. Prescription drugs are indeed life savers when used correctly. Always ask questions about the medications you are taking, especially regarding possible drug interactions if you are taking more than one prescription drug.

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Health & Wellness

The Cause and Effects of Canker Sores By Dr. Scott R. Harden and Spencer Harden

Canker sores are very common problems experienced by many people and can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Canker sores should not be mistaken for cold sores, which are caused by the herpes virus. Canker sores occur in 20 percent of the population, usually between ages of 10 and 40, more often in women than men, last 1-2 weeks and tend to reduce in frequency with age. Canker sores are not Dr. Scott Harden is a cancerous or pre-cancerous and dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry are not contagious. and has served the Canker sores are ulcers that Towne Lake area for form inside your mouth or on more than 21 years. your lips because of an immune He is a dental advisor system reaction initiated by some for two national dental research type of trauma. Forms of trauma companies. Spencer include physical trauma (sharp Harden is the son tortilla chips, biting your lip, or of Dr. Scott Harden braces), chemical trauma (spicy or and assisted with the acidic foods) and miscellaneous research of this article. He recently graduated trauma (stress, some medications from high school at The or sunburn). Walker School and is Canker sores might stem from interested in pursuing a allergic reactions to oral bacteria future career in dentistry. or from sensitivity to sulfate You can reach Dr. Harden at (770) 926-0000 or visit in some brands of toothpaste. Vitamin B12 deficiencies may contribute to triggering canker sores, as well as gastrointestinal issues like Crohn’s and Celiac disease. Stress can compromise your immune system and cause canker sores. An oral ulcer that persists more than two weeks should be seen by a doctor to rule out oral cancer. Be aware that certain foods or drinks could possibly trigger canker sores and should be avoided. Once a canker sore appears, avoid spicy, hot or acidic food that irritate it further and hurt. Rinse with warm salt water to help reduce tissue swelling and promote healing. Use overthe-counter topical numbing agents to ease the pain. Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are subdivided into minor aphthous ulcers, which occur 80 percent of the time, and major aphthous ulcers, which occur about 10 percent of the time. Minor aphthous ulcers are small and round, typically less than 10 mm across, and look pale yellow in the center with a flat red border around them. One to five ulcers may appear at the same time. Each ulcer lasts 7-10 days, and then heals without 32

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“Treatments for aphthous ulcers are designed to reduce pain, and help them heal as quickly as possible. There is no treatment that prevents aphthous mouth ulcers from recurring and no treatment may be required.” leaving a scar and produces little to no pain. Major aphthous ulcers tend to be 10 mm or larger and look pale yellow with a red swollen border around them. One or two ulcers appear at a time and last between two weeks to two months and typically leave a scar. They can be very painful and interfere with eating. Treatments for aphthous ulcers are designed to reduce pain, and help them heal as quickly as possible. There is no treatment that prevents aphthous mouth ulcers from recurring and no treatment may be required. The pain is often mild, particularly with the common minor type of aphthous ulcer. Here are several categories of over-the-counter medicines that offer pain relief from canker sores: A. Chlorhexidine mouthwash helps to prevent ulcers from becoming infected and is usually used twice a day. It may stain teeth brown; however, the stain is not usually permanent. Brush your teeth before use and avoid drinking tea, coffee or red wine. B. Steroid lozenges (brand name Corlan® pellets or Betnesol® tablets) may also reduce the pain and help ulcers heal more quickly. Use your tongue to keep a lozenge in contact with an ulcer until the lozenge dissolves. A steroid lozenge works better the sooner it is applied after noticing an ulcer, and if used early enough, it may prevent an ulcer from fully erupting. The usual dose is one lozenge four times a day until the ulcer disappears. Children should not use this treatment for more than five consecutive days. C. A barrier paste or powder such as carmellose sodium (brand name Orabase® and Orahesive®) can be applied to the ulcer to reduce pain. D. A pain-killing oral rinse, gel or mouth spray may help to ease pain. Examples include benzydamine spray (brand name Difflam®) or choline salicylate gel (brand name Bonjela®). Bonjela® should not be used in children under the age of 16 due to the potential risk of Reye’s syndrome if it is overused.

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Cover feature

Let Jyl Craven Hair Design Show You the Secrets to Beautiful Hair

Jyl Craven Hair Design has a long and extensive list of services, more like what you’d expect in a trendy metropolitan area rather than the outskirts of Canton. Jyl and Jason Craven have created a modern yet comfortable upscale salon that offers ideas and solutions for anyone facing hair challenges. “We offer creative haircuts, natural looking hair color, artistic color, bayalage and ombre coloring techniques as well as solutions for gray and thinning hair,” said Jyl. Since 1999, the salon has served thousands of guests who have wanted everything from a simple, fresh new style to a complete hair transformation. Both men and women count on the salon’s stylists for expert advice about their hair. And that’s a trust that’s not taken lightly at Jyl Craven Hair Design, where the highest priority is determining the best look for each guest. The stylists understand that the final result – whether it’s a new style or change in color – matters more than just the reflection in the mirror. In fact, a woman’s satisfaction with her hair color greatly affects her self-image. The topic has been explored by beauty companies and industry leaders who have conducted surveys that reveal

startling statistics. A study conducted by Dove reported that only seven percent of women love their hair. Of the women who seek solutions at Jyl Craven Hair Design, the most requested service is a change in hair color. “Close to 70 percent of our clients are women, and 80 percent of these women choose hair color services,” said Jason. When it comes to requesting hair coloring, the motivation is often to cover the gray and create a more youthful appearance. More revealing statistics show that 69 percent of women say they feel more attractive after having their hair colored. While 75 percent of women surveyed say they dye their hair in some form, 79 percent agree that professional products do the best job of keeping the color from fading. Jyl Craven clients are offered the latest L’Oreal technology – backed by decades of research by hundreds of chemists – to transform their graying strands into a healthy and youthful head of hair.

Covering the Gray

As we age, graying occurs as pigments in the hair’s follicles slowly die. While it’s

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often dictated by genetics, lifestyle and health issues can factor into this process, turning us gray long before we’d expect it. Autoimmune diseases, untreated thyroid problems, anemia or insufficient B vitamin exposure all are culprits. Smoking also speeds up the graying. A recent UK study found that 50 percent of professional women colored their hair because they thought it helped their career prospects to look younger. Further studies show that of 93 women in the U.S. Congress, only five had allowed their hair to go gray. Coloring gray hair presents a different challenge, and Jyl Craven Hair Design has chosen to use the latest technology, INOA Suprême from L’Oreal, for the most successful results. The revolutionary ODS² technology uses the power of oil to maximize the effectiveness of the gray hair coloring process. Harnessing this no-ammonia and no-odor technology allows INOA Suprême to provide six weeks of intense hydration and nutrition, more shine and luminous coverage of gray hair with optimal scalp comfort. INOA Suprême also offers color that’s brighter, shinier and has double color tones, which are more flattering to aging skin. The process adds body and fullness, both characteristics that are compromised in aging hair. The INOA system also allows the gray hair

Ever think of coloring your hair? Do you have specific concerns? You aren’t alone. Three local women share their experience and their delight in the services they received at Jyl Craven Hair Design. Photos by Kim Bates

Diana – “Previously, I had

allergic reactions when coloring my hair. Since I’ve been using INOA hair color from L`Oreal Professional I’ve had no such reactions. I now enjoy the longevity and luminous shine of my hair color.” to absorb multi-dimensional coverage, including soft beiges, subtle browns and sunny blondes, creating rich tones.

More than Hair Color

While hair color is a big focus, the salon offers many other services. Hair extensions are a popular way to add layers for movement and life, volume for fullness or to simply make a bold statement. Natural Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments are an option for anyone looking to reduce frizz and curl. A professional keratin treatment penetrates the cuticle to help block the effects of humidity, making the hair smoother and healthier. Another benefit the client receives from this treatment is the reduced daily styling time and improved manageability. While this treatment can last up to five months, the

Lynn – “I experience no scalp irritation and no odor. I love the rich and shiny texture of my hair and feel years younger as a result.”

Tanya – “I was concerned hair color would damage my hair and dry it out over time. My experience has been the opposite. My hair feels stronger and healthier than ever before, which makes it easier to style.”

salon also offers the Keratin Express Blow Out service with similar benefits that can last up to six weeks.

“It’s a privilege to be associated with such an elite group of professionals. We want our clients to have a greater level of confidence and expectation when visiting the salon,” said Jason. Jyl Craven Hair Design was given the 2012 Salon of Distinction award among salons across the nation by the industry publication Salon Today. A comment from one of the judges affirms the goals that Jason and Jyl have for their salon. “The environment from the color bar to the technology throughout communicates ‘I’m in the hands of hair color experts and ready for a very special hair color experience.’” Staying on top of trends and offering the latest technologies while improving the self image of all guests through the art of hair dressing are goals that motivate the professionals at Jyl Craven Hair Design.

Standing Out from the Rest

It’s important to note the honors, awards and distinctions that separate Jyl Craven Hair Design from a typical shop. The full-service salon offers more than just haircuts and color services at affordable prices. Jyl Craven Hair Design belongs to Intercoiffure North America/ Canada, an industry organization that attracts the best salons in the world. Intercoiffure is the most powerful and influential organization in the hair dressing industry. Only the highest prized, industry-leading salons hold membership to this organization. To join, a salon must go through a rigorous interview process as well as a panel interview with leading industry experts.

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School & Sports

Class of 2013!

From left: Shelby O’Sullivan, Anna Timm, Savannah Barlitt, Clara Young and Sierra Jameson from Woodstock High School.

From left: Jack Finley, Aaron McDonald, Rachel Monahan, Sarah Monahan and Grace Townsend from Woodstock High School. Best friends (from left) Sarah Barth, Hannah Lee, Jake White and Dakota Hughes from Sequoyah High School.

Woodstock High School graduate Charlie and mom Kelly Campbell.

Elizabeth (left), James (KSU graduate) and Wende Greeson

Maggie Dixon graduated with a Bachelors degree for Music Performance at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Left to right: Grandma Anne Jones, Kiahna Jones and Grandma Maryann 36

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Colleen (left), Melissa (Baylor School in Chattanooga graduate), Tyler and Steve Manuel.

School News Open House Schedule Posted Cherokee County’s 2013-14 school year begins Monday, Aug. 5. Each school’s front office will be open daily beginning Tuesday, July 23. Parents of students new to the county can register them at their respective schools 8 a.m.-noon beginning July 23. Class schedules/teacher assignments will be available at each school’s scheduled open house/walk-through event. The district has published “Frequently Asked Questions: Common Core,” to provide more information about the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for English, Language Arts and Mathematics. At the school board’s June 13 meeting, Superintendent Frank Petruzielo presented the board with a tentative budget that calls for restoring four school days for the upcoming year. “The school board and I are committed to returning students to a 180-day calendar, as our primary mission is teaching and learning, and I appreciate the efforts by the Ad Hoc Budget Committee to make this proposal possible,” Dr. Petruzielo said, noting the restoration of four school days means that all fulltime employees – school-year and year-round – would see their total number of furlough days reduced from eight to four. For a complete report of the board meeting, the open house schedule and frequently asked questions document, visit www.

Avery Students Raise Money for Cancer Society Avery Elementary School’s Jr. Beta Club raised $6,474.87 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Fifth-grader Annabelle Caraballo raised more than $520. Participants were (front row, from left) Alexis Boatright, Lilly Steiner, Faith Holley, Annabelle Caraballo, Jeena Lybbert, and Kyle Johnson. Back row: Assistant Principal Michelle Whitmire; club sponsor Tori Sinco; Principal Dr. Pam Spencer; club sponsor Mimi Murray and Assistant Principal Kim Hagood.

Teacher is Leading Book Drive to Benefit Tornado Victims

Cherokee High School teacher Joseph Stewart, whose family owns the Book Browser bookstore in Woodstock, has organized a book drive to send books to public schools in Moore, Oklahoma, as a tornado relief project. The books will be used to stock school classrooms and media centers and will be given to students whose homes were destroyed. Donations of books for children of all ages – picture books, beginning readers, nonfiction, reference, classic novels, young adult novels, etc. – are needed to be shipped prior to the start of school. The store is at 295 Molly Lane, Ste. 130, Woodstock 30189. For information, call (770) 384-8644 or email

Sequoyah Equestrian Wins National Titles

Sequoyah High School rising junior Ashley Bates (left), president of the school’s equestrian club, won two national championship titles at the Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America National Horse Show. The two events she won were Hunter over Fences and Hunter on the Flat at the competition held at In Your Dream Farms in Alpharetta.

District Expands AP Class Offerings in Stem Subjects Each Cherokee county high school will add advanced placement courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects for the 2013-14 school year. Sequoyah, Woodstock, Creekview, Etowah, and River Ridge are adding more rigorous classes as part of the AP STEM Access Program. Cherokee High School, separate from the grant program, also is increasing AP STEM offerings. Cherokee High is adding AP Physics C, Sequoyah an AP Computer Science class, and Woodstock is adding AP Calculus BC. To learn more about the county’s commitment to STEM, visit www.cherokee.k12.

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School & Sports Cherokee High Recognized for Computer Program Cherokee High School has been named a top school in the state for its Microsoft Office Specialist certification program. The school ranked second among Georgia high schools for the percentage of students earning the certification. Certification is offered through Computer Applications I and Business Communication and Presentation classes. Students in Computer Applications I were eligible for certification in Word 2010 and Word Expert 2010; 30 students passed the certification test for Word and five passed the test for Word Expert. Students in Business Communication and Presentation were eligible for certification in PowerPoint 2010 and Outlook 2010; seven students passed the certification test for PowerPoint and four passed the test for Outlook. The classes are taught by Carla Thornton and Anna Collins.

Teacher Retires After 39-Year Career Johnston Elementary School teacher Carol Rittenhouse (left) was honored at the end of the school year, when she retired from working as a teacher for 39 years, 32 spent at Johnston. She taught kindergarten for 36 years and said she will miss the children more than anything else. During her retirement, Ms. Rittenhouse plans to babysit her grandson, travel to the beach and be a substitute teacher if her schedule allows.

News From REINHARDT UNIVERSITY Michael Thurmond Named to Reinhardt’s Trustees Board

Reinhardt Tourney Raises Money for Scholarships

Michael Thurmond (right), interim superintendent for DeKalb County School District, was approved as a full member of Reinhardt University’s Board of Trustees, and will be confirmed as a member by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in mid-June 2013. Thurmond is an attorney, author, lecturer and public servant. He is currently practicing law with Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer LLP, one of America’s most successful civil trial practice law firms. Thurmond graduated with honors from Paine College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion and later earned a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. For more information about Thurmond and the university, visit

The 25th annual Reinhardt University Dave Henritze Scholarship Golf Classic, played at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, raised more than $133,000 for scholarships. The golf classic included 92 players, 27 major sponsors—who contributed from $20,000 to $1,500 each—and 14 hole sponsors. “This was a very successful golf tournament,” The team representing Northside Hospitalsaid Barbara Manous, Cherokee took top honors, with members (from Reinhardt’s director left) Billy Hayes, Carl Capelouto, Avery Poe and Michael Kuczmanski. of annual giving.

Reinhardt Launches First Football Season Reinhardt University has added a football team to the athletic program and has announced the 2013 schedule, which includes the first home game on Sept. 7 against Lindsey Wilson College. The third weekend in October will be homecoming, and festivities will include a talent show, alumni reunions, fall festival, tailgating, concert and the football game against Belhaven University. For a complete schedule and details of homecoming activities, visit www.reinhardteagles. com. 38

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Prom 2013

Woodstock Members of the WHS Marching Band. Photo by Nina Maxwell of The Photo Factory and Studio of Woodstock.


Above, from left: Alana Ashley, Hunter Hayes, Madison Deese, Aaron McDonald, Rachel Monahan, Matthew Johnson, Grace Townsend, Michael Burnette, Sarah Monahan and Jack Finley.


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School & Sports

How Do I Help my Child Learn? By Tammy Dorsten

In 18 years of teaching in private and public schools, I have heard this question hundreds if not thousands of times. My response has been the same – help your child to understand the big picture no matter what the subject, and help them realize why learning specific skills matter in daily living and how they fit into the bigger picture. David Perkins, a key researcher in Harvard University’s education Tammy Dorsten owns department, explains this as Holdheide Education teaching a child to bat before and Holdheide Prep in explaining the basics of baseball. Woodstock. She can be reached at (770) It’s more effective to start with a 516-2292 or info@ top-down approach and expose the students to the meaning behind the elements they are learning. When we do that, the subjects make more sense, and more importantly, gel into learning that is remembered and utilized. A perfect example of this is in teaching money. Many students are asked to remember monetary values without using those coins and paper money. In this example, visiting a store and asking your child to pick out items and pay for them does far more than a drill and practice sheets in a workbook. Too often children are taught elements before learning the bigger picture. Teachers see this most clearly in math, when students are able to compute problems all day long, yet struggle when asked which operation to use in a math word problem. In this example, the students have been batting without understanding the game’s purpose. What we see with reading is a bit different. As kids learn to read the words, they come together to create a story, giving them the vision of the “whole game.” David Perkins says, “In the elements approach, we break down the topic or skill into elements and teach them separately, putting off the whole game until later — often much later. So students end up practicing meaningless pieces to score well on quizzes without developing a sense of the whole game.” If your child struggles with concepts, apply that concept to his or her daily life. If you have a little one just starting their educational journey, remember that 90 percent of brain growth occurs between birth and age 5. The more connections that you make with the big picture, the more that it will benefit your little learner! Start with the game and then practice batting – a grand slam is much more exciting when there are other players on base.


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Offer Creative Outlets to Promote Giftedness By Cindy Crews

Let’s admit it - many of us (myself included) have wondered if our children might be gifted or if they might qualify for the gifted programs (such as AIM) or advanced courses at school. As parents begin to think about the coming school year, I wanted to offer a series of articles concerning giftedness in students. My hope is to give parents knowledge about how to nurture giftedness within children so Cindy Crews joined the that parents of students who do Sixes Elementary staff as assistant principal in 2011 not qualify for AIM or advanced and has been an educator classes have the opportunity to in Cherokee County for 20 encourage their children to be years. She recently earned thinkers, take risks and develop her Education Specialist self-confidence that will serve Degree in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw them well throughout their lives. State University, where I am a firm believer that she will begin her doctoral parents are their children’s first work this fall. Cindy.crews@ teachers and the only ones they will have for a lifetime. Parents must promote giftedness by providing children with expressive and creative outlets. Much of a child’s creative ability is determined by experiences and home environment. A book called Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity by Teresa Amabile gives ways for parents to stimulate creative behaviors in their children. Some of her ideas include: provide freedom for your children to explore many different things, to have privacy, to take risks. Respect your children as individuals and have confidence in their abilities. By doing these things, children will naturally develop their own self-confidence and original personalities. Emphasize the importance of achievement rather than grades. Be sure to value imagination and honesty more than grades or IQ scores. See your children as independent, responsible, and moral individuals who are capable of greatness. Have fun with your children! Fool around, laugh a lot, play tricks on each other, communicate with your children: discuss, question, investigate, explore! Invite healthy discussion of controversial topics, value and listen to your children’s opinions, allow your children to engage in fantasy, appreciate noise, lack of structure, and messiness as being conducive to the development of creativity. Fill your home with unusual, stimulating objects and lots of books. In the coming months, I will help you make sense of what it means to be gifted, how children qualify for the AIM program in the Cherokee County School District, and more on what you can do to nurture the giftedness in your child. Stay tuned!

faith Celebrating with Colorful Makeover

Cindy Scheile (left), director of Sutallee Baptist Church’s student ministries and vacation Bible school, received a Color Splash Makeover recently at VBS because of high attendance that exceeded 225 children.

Registration Open for Fine Arts Classes

Middle and high school students are invited to explore fine arts at Compass Prep Academy, a unique Christian homeschool program. Experienced professionals offer classes in theatre and film acting, visual arts, voice, photography, and guitar to academy and non-academy students. New offerings this season include a Shakespeare class. The Academy Theatre

at Compass is a new resident company for teen and young adult artists wanting more focused acting training. Production apprenticeships also are available. Classes meet 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Resurrection Anglican Church, 231 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock. For class and registration fees, visit

River Church Has a New Youth Pastor Brian Tavormina has joined the staff of River Church as youth pastor. Brian is a UGA graduate currently studying at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Atlanta campus. Wife Alyssa is a graduate of the University of Florida and has graduated from UGA with her Ph.D. The church is at 2335 Sixes Rd.

upcoming events July 7-26

Summer Camp Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday Cost: $85 per week Location: Towne Lake Community (TLC) Church, 132 North Medical Pkwy., Woodstock 30189. Info: Surfing Safari, Inventors and Water Weeks. Contact or call (678) 445-8766 ext. 203.

July 19

Community Youth Night Time: 7-9 p.m. Ages: Middle and high school students Location: 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock, 30189 Info: Featuring games, food and fun. Call 678445-8766 ext. 203 or email

July 14-18

Free Singing Camp Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton Info: Children in Pre-K through fifth grade are welcome to attend. To learn more and register, visit

July 15-19

VBS: Kingdom Chronicles Ages: For children entering first through eighth grades. Time: 6-9 p.m. Dinner served for VBS participants at 5:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee Presbyterian Church, 1498 Johnson Brady Rd, Canton 30115

Info: Kickoff will be held 2-5 p.m. July 13, with games, food and fun. Free. Register at www.

July 15-19

Mega Sports Camp VBS Ages: K-6th grade Location: Sunnyside Church of God, 2510 E. Cherokee Dr. Info: Call (770) 693-1018 or email cathryn@

July 23-25

Cherokee County Choral Clinic Time: 9 a.m.-noon Location: Sixes United Methodist Church, 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton Info: For young women in grades 6 – 12. Guest clinician will be Jennifer Rawson, director of the Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir and guest conductor of the Cherokee Chorale. No charge. For details and to register, visit or call (770) 345-7644.

Aug. 25

Santa’s Caravan Bar-B-Que, Silent Auction Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church, 5323 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth Tickets: In advance $7 for adults, $5 for children age 10 and under. Price at the door is $10. Info: Proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in the community. www.

Registration Open

Preschool - St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church Classes for children ages 2-5 offer a theme-based curriculum that entails phonics, reading, math, science, social studies, Spanish, music, art and movement. Teachers are experienced and/or certified in teaching preschool-aged children. The preschool has been open in the Woodstock area for 10 years. For more information, call (678) 213-1517 or visit Hebrew School – Chabad of West Cobb Registration is open for the 2013-14 Hebrew School at Chabad Jewish Center. (678) 460-7702. Preschool – Hopewell Baptist Classes (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) are available for 12 months to Pre-K, featuring an A Beka curriculum. (770) 345-0989. Mother’s Morning Out – Sixes United Methodist 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursdays (Tuesday & Thursday only during summer) 8385 Bells Ferry Rd. (770) 345-7644. Preschool – Canton First United Methodist Church Openings for children ages 2-4. New curriculum elements include Handwriting Without Tears and Phonemic Awareness and other prereading skills. Call (770) 720-3225 or visit www. Preschool – Towne Lake Community Church Open house is set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 19. For ages 2 through Pre-K. (678) 445-8766 ext.


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God Uses the Ordinary by Dr. Joe McKechnie

The six-year-old girl in suburban Atlanta was in great pain. After all, she had fallen on a potted cactus and more than 600 of those prickly spines were stuck in her arm. Her parents rushed her to the hospital. Usually, when someone has something like that stuck in his or her arm, the doctors or nurses use tweezers to pull out each individual cactus needle. But with so many stuck in Dr. Joe McKechnie is the the little girl’s arm, doctors knew senior pastor of Sixes United that such a procedure would be Methodist Church, and a member of the Sixes Living painful and time consuming. community board. Email The doctor decided to try him at jmckechnie1@gmail. something that seemed a bit com. strange. He asked one of the nurses to bring him a bottle of Elmer’s glue. He then coated the girl’s arm with the sticky stuff. He had the girl sit under a heat lamp as the glue dried. Forty-five minutes later, the glue had dried into a gray-colored coating. “As we peeled it, we could see the spines in the glue,”

said Dr. Mark Stagelman. The doctor had access to the most advanced medical equipment, and yet he got the job done with an ordinary bottle of glue. Jesus, the Great Physician, used ordinary bread and wine to symbolize something sacred. He used seeds and plants and sheep and fishing to describe Christian living. With Jesus, ordinary things become extraordinary. You and I are no exception. With God, we can do amazing things! It has been said that “God is not looking for ability, but your availability.” Are you available to be an instrument of God? In what ways does God want to use you for His mighty purpose?

Summer Lunch Program Needs Your Help

MUST Ministries will continue to deliver lunches to school children until school begins, and donations of lunch supplies are needed. Sixes United Methodist Church is one of several host sites where volunteers will collect donated meals, organize and deliver them. Other sites are Heritage Baptist Fellowship, New Life Church and Mt. View United Methodist. Donations of lunch supplies and drives are needed. For more information, contact Toni McAlister at tmcalister@ or visit and click on the summer lunch tab.

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Cherokee’s rich camp-meeting tradition still thrives By Candi Hannigan

It is an oasis of green space in north Cherokee, east of Canton and one mile south of busy Ga. 20 toward Cumming. More accurately, it is a 40-acre, heavily shaded link to the past. Each summer since 1839, the faithful make the pilgrimage to the Holbrook Campground in Canton for a 10-day outdoor revival. On the wooded lot, just across the street from Macedonia United Methodist Church, is an open-air arbor where visiting pastors deliver nightly sermons. The arbor is surrounded by a circle of 75 cabins, known as “tents,” that range from small buildings with sawdust floors and no bathrooms to airconditioned cottages with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Children can be seen riding their bikes and scooters on the property while the adults, often several generations of families, relax in rockers and porch swings after a home-cooked meal. It’s a tradition that’s repeated at historic sites, some almost 200 years old, across north Georgia this time of year. Camp meetings have played an important role in the history of Methodism. In the early church, there was typically only one preacher, known as a circuit rider, to serve various congregations. During camp meeting, the preacher’s only compensation was board for himself and his horse. Collections were not taken. Camp meetings were traditionally a time of repentance, revival and reconnecting with God and neighbors. Generations later, worshippers no longer tie their cows to horse-drawn

Children play in the yard in front of the cabins at Holbrook Campground.

wagons to make the journey to camp meeting. In many cases, the campgrounds are surrounded by upscale neighborhoods and pricey retail centers. And most camp meetings have their own websites. Virtually everything surrounding these campgrounds has changed dramatically since their inception. But the message, and the purpose for gathering, remains the same.

Camp Meetings in North Georgia • Holbrook, 2415 Holbrook Campground Rd., has an Alpharetta address but is located in Cherokee County. Services for this 175th year will be July 12-21, with guest ministers Dr. Warren Lathem and Rev. Mike Orr. Rev. David Laycock is host pastor, and Robert Daniel is song leader. Daily worship is held at 11 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. • Marietta, 2301 Roswell Rd., Marietta, across from East Cobb United Methodist. July 19-28. In its 176th year, preachers for the daily services are Dr. Charles Sineath, Rev. Al Whittinghill, Rev. Larry Ragan, and Dr. Brian Germano. Ice cream social at 9 p.m. July 23. • Salem, 3940 Salem Rd., Covington, was founded in 1828, will convene July 12-19, featuring guest speakers North Georgia United Methodist Bishop Mike Watson, Rev. Bill Bouknight, and Rev. John Dees. www. • Antioch, established in 1837, July 22-27 on Antioch Campground Road in Gainesville. Guest pastors Rev. Greg Burgner and Rev. Rob Bruce. • Lumpkin, 105 Lumpkin Campground Rd, Dawsonville. Meeting July 22-28 for the 182st year with Methodist minister Rev. Glenn Ray and Baptist pastor Dr. Larry Draper. • Pine Log, part of Pine Log United Methodist Church at 3497 Pine Log Road, Rydal. July 21-28. Dr. Mike Cash will preach. VBS will take place 9-11 a.m. daily, and adult Bible study at 1 p.m. will offer childcare. Evening worship starts at 7 p.m. More info on the church’s Facebook page. sixes living | July 2013


Cherokee Photography Club Meets 7-9 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at Cherokee County Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton.

Stained Glass by Eillene Kirk

Winners from June’s club competition which was themed Religious Icons. For more information on the club, please email Kim Bates at kbphotoart@comcast. net or call him at (770) 617-7595,

Angel Baby by Jay Minor

Remember by Eddie Myers Resting in Peace by Cory Mitchell

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The Mournful by Peter Kilpo

R.T. Jones Library 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton 30114 (770) 479-3090


CANTON Calendar of Events Ongoing

Corkscrews and Canvas Time: Varying Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Cost: $28 Info: Painting parties where participants create the same painting. Register online at

July 15-19, 22-26

Camp Imagine Times: Vary according to ages Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Cost: $120 per week Info: Art, drama and photography camps available. Details at events. (770) 704-6244.

July 13, Aug. 3

Elly’s Watercolor Paint Group Time: 1-5 p.m. Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Cost: $30/session Info: To enroll, call (770) 704-6244.

Aug. 3

Frances Mooney and Fontanna Sunset in Concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Canton Theatre, 171 East Main St. Tickets: $15 Info: Nominated for the Best Americana/ Bluegrass Band with the 2013 Georgia Music Awards.

Aug. 10

Stone Cold Country in Concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Canton Theatre, 171 East Main St. Tickets: $12 Info: In May, the band was voted as Country Atlanta’s Top Local Luminary Artist of the Year in the country/bluegrass category.

Aug. 10

Nathan Ware in Concert Time: 8 p.m. Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton 30114 Info: (770) 704-6244

Most sessions require reservations by calling (770) 479-3090.

July 15

Reading Dogs Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Info: Kids and dogs go together like books and reading. Letting a child read to a dog builds confidence by providing a friendly, furry, nonjudgmental listener. Sessions of 10-15 minutes for ages 6 and up are available.

July 17

Puppets, Puppets Everywhere! Time: 10:30 a.m. Info: Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is bringing special puppet friends to show how puppets are made, how they work, and how we enjoy them. All ages are invited.

July 20

Groundbreaking Reads: Zombies! Time: 4-5:30 p.m. Info: Featuring books about zombies and a few other fearsome fiends. Moderated by Lisa Huskey, adult services manager.

July 23

Tomato Sandwich Festival Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Cannon Park Info: The celebration of the area’s community gardens will feature a contest for the best homegrown tomatoes and homemade bread.

Aug. 10

Movie in the Park Times: 7-10 p.m. Location: Brown Park Info: Bring a picnic, blankets and chairs for a free showing of “The Croods,” open to the community.

The Mixed Up Fairy Tale – Puppet Show Time: 10:30 a.m. Info: What happens when the librarian drops fairy tale books and all the stories get mixed up? Many laughs as the characters try to figure out what is going on. All ages invited; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

July 27

Through Sept. 14

July 24

July 20

The Jagged Stones in Concert Time: 7 p.m. Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Info: (770) 704-6244

July 28

“Swiss Family Robinson” Times: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Location: Canton Theatre, 171 East Main St. Info: Free movie for the family.

Life with the Mills: The Canton Cotton Mills Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Location: Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, 100 North Street, Ste. 140, Canton. Info: The temporary exhibit covers history of the mills, which were started in 1900 and operated until 1981, serving as a main industry and employer in Canton for generations. Exhibit features photos, documents and artifacts. Free.

Adult Story Time Time: 1-2 p.m. Info: Are you an adult who is jealous that children have all the story times? Bring your lunch, knitting, crocheting or just sit and listen as local actress Teresa Harris reads aloud short stories.

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Farmers Markets

Young Canton residents (from left) Victoria Givens, 14, Kevin Hundley, 9, and six-year-olds Michael Cooper and Ella Smith dove into a recent pie-eating contest at River Church Farmers Market. The next competition will be a contest to find the best salsa on July 30. Rules will be posted on the River church Farmers Market Facebook page. A similar contest will be held in the Waleska and Jasper markets, with the final round featuring each winner set for Aug. 13 at the Jasper market. Photo credit: Darleen Prem Photography

Sixes Road Dates: Tuesdays through Oct. 23 Time : 2-7 p.m. Location: On the lawn of River Church, 2335 Sixes Rd. Downtown Woodstock Dates: Saturdays through Oct. 26 Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Parking lot at corner of Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway Metro Christian Farmers Market Dates: Wednesdays through Oct. 23 Time: 2-7 p.m. Location: Parking lot of the Woodstock Market at the corner of Bells Ferry Road and Ga. 92 Marietta Square Dates: Open year round Times: 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday Location: 62 Church Street, Marietta Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church Dates: Saturdays through Oct. 26


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Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: 889 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock downtown Canton Dates: Saturdays through Oct. Time: 8 a.m. – noon Location: Cannon Park, downtown Canton Reinhardt University Dates: Thursdays through Oct. 24 Time: 4:15 – 7:30 p.m. Location: Reinhardt University parking lot, corner of Highway 108 and

Highway 140 in Waleska Cherokee Fresh Market Dates: Saturdays through Labor Day Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Cagle Family Farm, 362 Stringer Road, Canton Jasper Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 26 Time: 7:30 a.m. - noon Location: In the Park-n-Ride on Hwy. 53 next to the Chamber of Commerce or Lee Newton Park


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Creative Ways to Beat the Heat by Lauren Sellers

By this point in the summer, it is easy to want to run indoors to a climate below 75. But there is a way to survive the hours of noon to 4 p.m., and it doesn’t involve staying cooped up inside. Venture out to downtown Woodstock. There are a wide range of restaurants, retailers and attractions that can pry you away from Netflix or your airconditioning fixation. Lauren Sellers is an Here are a few suggestions intern with Woodstock’s Office of Economic for a cool exploration of the Development, and a downtown area. third-year public relations To start, why not enjoy a and Spanish major at the cup of iced coffee at Copper University of Georgia. Coin or in one of downtown’s many restaurants. The chilled refreshment offers a pick-me-up from long days of sun exposure. Sit indoors if you wish, or enjoy

the afternoon at an outdoor table on Chambers Street. Cold drinks can work wonders in the heat, but once that cup is empty and you are making embarrassing slurping noises, it’s time to retreat into one of downtown’s many retailers and treat yourself. Get your hair done at one of downtown’s salons. We all need an update once in a while, because nothing says summer like a fresh haircut and pedicure! Or shop for a breezy new outfit. Shopping can be refreshing in itself, and downtown has plenty of retailers that will keep you looking and feeling cool this summer. If your home needs a summer pick-me-up, grab a summerscented candle or fresh flowers from Pineapple Park, House and Garden Boutique or Brenda’s House of Flowers. If you have children at home this summer, the downtown area has just the thing for the younger crowd, too. See an afternoon performance at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and grab a sweet treat like frozen yogurt from Yoguri or a mini cupcake from Cupcakelicious. The kids will be re-energized for those long pool days and outdoor afternoons after a restorative trip downtown. For more information on downtown Woodstock, visit for event information or download our new free app, Visit Woodstock.

CALENDAR of events July 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21 & 24

Beauty and the Beast Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium, 8535 Main Street Tickets: All seats $10 if purchased online in advance; or $12 at the door

July 13

Summer Concert Series — Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Park at City Center Information: Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the many restaurants and vendors. Chairs and blankets welcome. Alcohol not permitted. Visit

July 15

Susan Crandall—Whistling Past The Graveyard Book Signing And Discussion Time: 7 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 East Main Street Information: Free. Book purchase optional. Special guest New York Times bestselling author Karen White. 48

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July 16

Mary Alice Monroe—The Summer Girls Book Signing And Discussion Time: 7 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 East Main Street Information: Free. Book purchase optional

July 19

Trumpeter Joe Gransden and his 17-piece orchestra Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St. Info: Joe Gransden and orchestra will perform with guest vocalist Taryn Chidebelu-Eze, featuring favorite standards from jazz to blues to swing. For ticket prices and more details, call 678-494-4251 or visit

August 6

Police Department National Night Out Time: 6-9 p.m. Location: Park at City Center Information: Neighborhoods throughout Woodstock are invited to join forces for the 30th annual National Night Out. The event is designed to heighten awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhoods and send a message to criminals. For details, call (770) 592-6000 ext. 1115.

What Shall We Do This Year? by G. Lora Grooms

One of the most challenging aspects of running a non-profit theatre group is deciding what programming to provide our community. It’s very important to us that we choose plays, musicals and other events that are of interest to our patrons. We are always thinking about our audiences and our students, too. Because of our good fortune to be housed in a wonderful facility in the heart of downtown G. Lora Grooms is the Woodstock (thank you Mayor director for the Elm Street Henriques and the City Council), Cultural Arts Village. She has been teaching, we have more options when writing, directing and it comes to event planning. performing in the Atlanta With great acoustics and a area since 1990. You can large number of seats, the City reach her at director@ Center Auditorium is an ideal location for concerts. We have hosted everything from gospel to alternative rock to jazz to local CD releases. (Remember, Joe Gransden’s Big Band is returning on July 19, featuring Woodstock’s Taryn Chidebelu-Eze.) Our stage is great for recitals, pageants and large meetings, too. But our favorite events to stage are plays and musicals that everyone can enjoy. And with art studios and classrooms downstairs, we can carry a full schedule of classes and workshops. So... What shall we do this year? After we close this July’s production of Beauty and the Beast, we will begin the season with an encore performance of Dan Goggin’s hilarious musical Nunsense. This has turned out to be a real crowd pleaser, so if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to attend in August. One of the best compliments we’ve received was, “I used to live in New York City and saw Broadway shows all the time. As I was watching Nunsense, I thought I was back in New York again!” September will see new programming featuring the iThink Improv Troupe in a play called All in the Timing by David Ives. There will be a new stage play based on a bit of fun Woodstock history that will be produced by some of our talented senior citizens. It’s called Mizz Edna Drives on Main and will tell the story of the first woman driver in Woodstock! This new work is part of an Arts Education in American Communities grant, awarded to Elm Street by the National Endowment for the Arts. And the season continues with Ghost Tales and Trails, our annual spooky storytelling event; Little Women, The Little Drummer Boy, A Christmas Carol, Tom Sawyer, Into the Woods,



10,13,14,17,20,21,24 Wednesday 10:00am Saturday/Sunday 2:00pm

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Shopping 101 by Jodi Tiberio

Monica Roberson does not like shopping! Her husband has given her the green light to go shopping many Jodi Tiberio owns times over, but not only does she not Branch Boutique for like to shop, she does not know how. women in Towne Lake For some of us, this may be hard to and THREADS boutique for men and women in understand. But for many women, downtown Woodstock. this is a common frustration. Monica Contact Jodi at info@ can get overwhelmed and did not feel it was important to buy a new pair of jeans when her 10-year-old jeans felt perfectly fine to her. I don’t know about you, but if my husband said, “Why don’t you go buy yourself some new things?” I would not think twice. I would go do it ASAP! Monica has never experienced boutique shopping, where she would have one-on-one attention from someone who knows the merchandise and the latest trends. The attention and knowledge proved to make shopping much easier for Monica. My manager Mari was able to select several great pieces for Monica that would work as complete outfits. Mari selected the newest style of jean from Miss Me. The fit was perfect, and Monica will enjoy wearing these jeans no matter where she is going or what she is doing. The jeans served as a foundation piece, which made it easy to choose several cute tops for multiple occasions. The red halter top she is wearing in the photo looks great on her, and the crochet embellishment is so pretty that little accessorizing is needed. Monica is a fitness instructor, so we also had a discussion about translating what she learned about clothing into her workout attire, as it is important for her to look and feel her best at work, too. I gave her some general tips about how to make shopping at large stores easy for her, such as to avoid the clearance rack and go for the newest merchandise. The clearance rack is great for people who like to shop and have no problem mixing and matching. For someone who hates shopping, it can look like a mish-mash where finding complete outfits is difficult. With her new clothes in hand, I sent Monica to Salon Gloss to complete her transformation with hair and makeup. After talking with Monica, Tim Timmons learned that Monica likes easy-to-wear hair that is low maintenance and that she can pull back to suit her lifestyle. Tim updated her flat, dull hair with a chocolate base color accented by a caramel ombre technique. Tim chose this technique because it would allow Monica to have highlighting throughout her hair with no monthly maintenance. He then cut her hair in multiple layers to pump up the volume. Monica’s hair now matched her lifestyle and her playful personality, and she couldn’t have felt more fabulous! Monica looked amazing in her new outfit, hair and make-up. After her transformation, she went out with some friends to celebrate. She deserved it!


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Sixes Area Homes Sold in may Sixes Living Sales for May 2013 List Price $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

150,000 164,900 169,900 175,000 182,900 194,900 219,900 235,000 269,900 278,900 279,000 299,900 319,900 365,000 375,000 379,900 385,000 439,000 146,000 209,900 235,000 118,000 155,000 164,900 190,000 215,000 219,900 221,900 229,999 232,000 204,900 250,000 108,000 124,900 98,000 199,999 131,900 104,040 135,000 269,900 166,860 229,000 225,000 167,500 30,000 51,500 89,900 149,900 159,500 187,500 194,000 140,000 128,900 175,095 94,000 243,130 200,000

$ 201,403.91





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In Cherokee overall, the number of homes selling for less than $100,000 is down 49.85 percent compared to last year while the number of homes selling for over $350,000 is up 48.24 percent. As a result, the average sales price of homes in Cherokee County is up $17,722.90 over last year at an average of $194,723.80.

Days on Market 4 36 28 48 82 35 35 61 41 26 44 16 32 7 25 14 30 165 89 12 27 10 163 4 82 3 45 10 30 102 7 27 1 45 15 32 87 11 4 36 65 14 6 79 15 20 17 68 232 2 18 4 13 113 6 76 7

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Data compiled by the Kurt & Sheila Team / Keller Williams Realty Partners / Sales Data derived from the FMLS (Area covered by Sixes Living - Some data may be truncated due to page size limitations)

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SCHOOL INFORMATION Public Schools Ace Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt 3921 Holly Springs Pkwy., Holly Springs 30142 (770) 345-2005 Cherokee High School Principal: Debra Murdock 930 Marietta Hwy., Canton 30114 (770) 479-4112 Teasley Middle Principal: Dr. Susan Zinkil 8871 Knox Bridge Hwy., Canton 30114 (770) 479-7077 Clayton Elementary Principal: Beth Long 221 Upper Burris Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 479-2550 Knox Elementary School Principal: Dr. Kelly Jo Page 151 River Bend Way, Canton 30114 (770) 345-4307 R.M. Moore Elementary Principal: Jan Adamson 1375 Puckett Rd., Waleska 30183 (770) 479-3978 Liberty Elementary Principal: Dr. Nicole Holmes 10500 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-6411 Canton Elementary — STEM Academy Principal: Gwen Lince 712 Marietta Hwy., Canton 30114 (770) 720-6100 Hasty Elementary — Fine Arts Academy Principal: Izell McGruder 205 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton 30114 (770) 479-1600 Sequoyah High School Principal: Elliott Berman 4485 Hickory Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 345-1474 Dean Rusk Middle Principal: Cindy Cooper 4695 Hickory Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 345-2832 Hickory Flat Elementary Principal: Dr. Keith Ingram 2755 East Cherokee Dr., Canton 30115 (770) 345-6841 54

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Johnston Elementary Principal: Kathleen Chandler 2031 East Cherokee Dr. Woodstock 30188 (770) 928-2910 Mountain Road Elementary Principal: Tammy Sandell 615 Mountain Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 664-9708 Indian Knoll Elementary Principal: Dr. Ann Gazell 3635 Univeter Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 721-6600 Holly Springs Elementary — STEM Academy Principal: Dr. Dianne Steinbeck 1965 Hickory Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 345-5035 Woodstock High School Principal: Dr. Paul Weir 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Dr. Woodstock 30189 (770) 592-3500 Woodstock Middle Principal: Mark Smith 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Dr. Woodstock 30189, (770) 592-3516 Freedom Middle Principal: Karen Hawley 10550 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-4100 Sixes Elementary Principal: John Hultquist 20 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-3070 Woodstock Elementary Principal: Dr. Christy Bowling 230 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-6969

Cherokee Charter Academy Principal: Dr. Scott O’Prey 2126 Sixes Rd. Canton 30114 (678) 385-7322

Private Schools Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School High School Principal: Rod Kirby Middle School Principal: Hal Scripka Elementary School: Robert Lester 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock 30188 (678) 494-5464 Furtah Preparatory School Headmaster: Fred Furtah 5496 Highway 92, Acworth 30102 (678) 574-6488 Harvest Baptist School 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Principal: Jamie Smithey (770) 974-9091 Holdheide Education K-3 5234 Old Highway 5 Woodstock 30188 Principal: Tammy Dorsten (770) 516-2292 Lyndon Academy Headmaster: Linda Murdock 485 Toonigh Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-0166

Home School Homeschool Community Classical Conversations Woodstock Director: Cari Lingerfelt

Cherokee County School District 2013-2014 Calendar at a Glance

August 5 First day of School September 2 School Holiday September 16-20 Fall Break November 5 School Holiday Cafeteria account information: Aspen: School District Website:

COMMUNITY INFORMATION Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce (770) 345-0400 Cherokee County Government

Building Permits, Business Licenses Commissioners Engineering Office (Traffic Signals) Environmental Health Extension Office Jury Phone Justice Center (Courts, Judges, etc.) Planning & Land Use Senior Services Voter Registration (770) 721-7810 (678) 493-6001 (678) 493-6077 (770) 479-0444 (770) 479-0418 (770) 479-9011 (770) 479-1953 (678) 493-6101 (770) 345-2675 (770) 479-0407


License Plates/Tags, Property Tax – Canton office (678) 493-6400 Woodstock office (770) 924-4099 Renewals online Tax Assessors/Evaluation (678) 493-6120

Children and Family

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


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

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

Parks and Recreation

(770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (770) 720-5100 (770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (404) 250-KIDS(5437) (770) 427-3390

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

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

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


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

Post Office locations Canton Holly Springs Lebanon Woodstock

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

Police Departments

Canton Holly Springs Woodstock Sheriff’s Office

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


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

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

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care

Bethesda Community Clinic Cherokee County Health Department

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

Urgent Care Facilities

M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, (770) 720-7000 off Riverstone Pkwy, 720 Transit Ave., Suite 101 Canton Northside Cherokee Urgent Care, off exit 11 at I-575 (678) 426-5450 SHEFA Urgent Care 2000 Village Professional Dr. #110 (678) 661-3166 Canton 30114 Wellstar Urgent Care off exit 8, 120 Stonebridge Pkwy. Woodstock, 30189

(678) 494-2500

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SIXES AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations American Business Women’s Association, Cherokee Eagles Charter Chapter Meets: 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays at the Dynastic Buffet, 2800 Canton Rd., Marietta. Contact: Jackie Van Hook (678) 493-3618 Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club Meets: Noon on third Thursdays at IHOP in Canton Contact: Glenda Hinton (770) 345-1751 Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Meets: Noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Canton YMCA. Contact: Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meets: 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays Contact: Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687 Cherokee B2B Network Meets: 8 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays at Best Western, 705 Transit Ave., Canton 30114 Contact: (770) 781-3452 Cherokee Toastmasters Meets: Noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at City On A Hill UMC, 7745 Main St., Woodstock 30188 Empowered Women Through Synergy Meets: Third Thursday at 8.30 a.m. at J Christopher’s in Downtown Woodstock Contact: Shahida Baig (678) 445-3900 Facebook: Empowered Women Through Synergy Woodstock Business Networking Group Meets: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Atlanta Bread Company, 180 Woodstock Square Ave., Woodstock 30189 Contact: Lee West (770) 591-7101

Charitable Organizations

Contact: Deidre Hollands (770) 345-3274 Bethany Place transitional home for single women, unwed mothers. (770) 479-9462 Hope Center offers pregnant teens, single women pregnancy testing and counseling, childbirth and parenting classes, budget counseling, provision of maternity and baby supplies. Contact: (770) 924-0864 Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store Contact: (770) 517-4450 Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA supports foster parents. Contact: Marie Blackwell (770) 378-0759 Cherokee County Senior Services offers educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens looking for socialization. Contact: (770) 345-2675 Cherokee County Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Cherokee County Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. Contact: (770) 479-1703 in Spanish (770) 720-7050 Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges professional, college, high school, junior high and youth level coaches and athletes to use athletics to impact the world for Christ. Contact: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508

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

Cherokee FOCUS works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiative. Contact: Sonia Carruthers (770) 345-5483

American Heart Association - Cherokee Division Contact: (678) 385-2013

Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care for pets whose owners have limited financial means. Contact: (678) 640-3512

American Red Cross metro chapter Contact: (770) 428-2695 Angel House Girls Home is a residential facility for girls 12-18 to learn self-sufficiency. Contact: (770) 479-9555 Anna Crawford Children’s Center a child abuse and prevention program for children and adults. Contact: (770) 345-8100 CASA for Children, Inc. needs volunteers to help advocate for children in the court system.


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Forever Fed is a mobile food ministry that addresses physical hunger and hopelessness in North Georgia by providing meals and sharing the gospel. Georgia Animal Project offers high quality, lowcost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. Contact: (770) 704-PAWS (7297)

Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly back-to-school bash where thousands of children in need are given filled backpacks, haircuts, socks, underwear, gently used clothing and health screenings to prepare them to go back to school. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch offers care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. 34 young men ages 8-21 call the ranch their home. Contact: (770) 796-4618 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA Contact: (770) 345-1879 Healing Hands Youth Ranch offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses to find hope and healing. Contact: Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 HopeQuest Ministry Group helps people who struggle intensely with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse, substance abuse and/or sexual brokenness. Contact: (678) 391-5950, international City of Refuge (iCOR) exists to share God’s love, hope and healing with children in need by providing loving homes with emphasis on family unification when approproiate. Contact: Lily Colgate (404) 992-8155 Iron Hearts is a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with special needs. Contact: (678) 493-5775 MUST Ministries offers clothes closet, employment services, GED prep classes, food pantry for Cherokee residents. Contact: Kendall Jones (770) 479-5397 National Alliance for Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization in America working to build better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Never Alone is an outreach to homeless by distributing food, clothing, and helping with home repair. Contact: (770) 363-5272 North Georgia Pregnancy Center offers help and care to young girls and women with an unplanned pregnancy or who are in need of counseling. Contact: (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry partners with individuals facing a critical shortage of food or finances due to an unexpected crisis or job loss. Offers life skills, job classes, food pantry. Contact: (770) 591-4730

Safe Kids of Georgia offers free child safety seat inspections. Contact: (770) 721-7808

Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., first floor conference room, Woodstock 30189 Contact (770) 517-3363 ext. 3

AARP Woodstock Chapter Meets: 11:30 a.m. 2nd Tuesdays at Featherstones, 1003 Towne Lake Hills E, Woodstock 30189 Contact: Rich Sanford (770) 926-1944.

SERV International operates the House of Hope orphanage in Africa, sponsors a clean water program in Dominican Republic and meal distributions worldwide. Also offers mission trips. Contact: (770) 516-1108

Christian Authors Guild Meets: 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meets: 3rd Thursday at Emeritus Woodstock Estates, 1000 Professional Way, Woodstock 30188 Contact: (770) 926-0119

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meets: 10 a.m. second Saturdays at the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188

Breast Cancer Support Group: Cancer Support Community Atlanta Contact: (404) 843-1880

Civic Organizations Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991 BridgeMill-Sixes Service League Contact: Marlyn Patouillet (770) 345-7941 Canton Lions Club Contact: (678) 224-7878

Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North St., Canton 30115 Contact: (770) 704-6244

Canton Optimist Club Meets: 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Canton IHOP Contact: home

Cherokee Community Chorale, a community of singers from all walks of life including housewives, teachers, retired professionals, office managers and professional musicians who love the art of choral singing. Contact: (678) 439-8625

Canton Rotary Club Meets: Noon Tuesdays at the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs

Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 mastergardeners/

Cherokee County Historical Society Contact: (770) 345-3288

Cherokee County Saddle Club

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

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democrat Party Meets: 7 p.m. 2nd Thursdays at Holly Springs Depot, 164 Hickory Rd., Holly Springs. 8:30 a.m. 1st Saturdays at IHOP, 3010 Northside Pkwy., Canton 30014 Contact: (770) 345-3489 Cherokee County Republican Party Meets: Second Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Winchesters Woodfire Grill Contact: (678) 905-1522 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Contact: Conrad Quaqliaroli (770) 592-6545 Republican Women of Cherokee County Contact: (678) 520-2236

Recreation & Hobbies Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meets: 10 a.m. second Saturdays at Studio 101, 101 Emma Ln., Woodstock 30188 Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Northside

Cherokee Music Teachers Association: Contact: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701 Cherokee Photography Club Cherokee Senior Softball Association The Funk Heritage Center Book Club Meets: 2 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Funk Heritage Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Waleska 30183 Contact: (770) 720-5970 Sons of the American Revolution - Cherokee Chapter Meets: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Rock Barn, 638 Marietta Hwy., Canton 30114

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

Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered program for all types of habits, hurts and hangups • 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Sixes United Methodist. (770) 345-7644. • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at FaithPointe Church. (770) 833-7143. • 6:15 p.m. Fridays at Towne Lake Community Church. Cherokee Christian Ministerial Association for pastors and ministry leaders of all Christian denominations. Meets: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at Dayspring Church, 6835 Victory Dr., Woodstock 30189 Grace Valley Ministries connects pastors by offering small group meetings, free counseling and a place to retreat. Contact: (727) 251-7690 Lupus Support Group Meets: 2nd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the New Light Church hall on New Light Road. Contact: Pam Bennett at (404) 975-7580 MOMS Club of Canton, West GA (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs) Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday Respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. Contact: (770) 592-1227 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples for parents of multiples Meets: 7 p.m. second Mondays at North Metro Church on Barrett Parkway Recovery Meetings in downtown Canton 9 a.m. Sunday 11th Step; 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays “Serenity Sisters” 6 p.m. Wednesdays “Wednesday Night Wisdom” at Studio 121, 121 Brown St., Canton 30114 Contact: (770) 479-696 Unlimited Possibilities, support group for stroke and brain injury survivors Meets: 7 p.m. first Tuesday of each month at Kennestone Outpatient Rehab Center Contact: Kelly (678) 677-2589

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Sixes AREA Community of Faith ADVENTIST Canton Adventist 411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30114 (678) 880-0106 Service: 10 a.m. Saturday Rev. Zane Yi

AME Services: 9:30, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor Norman Hunt

Traditional service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Zalman Charytan

Mt. Zion Baptist 4096 East Cherokee Dr., Canton 30115 (770) 479-3324 Services: 8:30, 9:45, 11 a.m. Rev. Doug Mulkey

Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation (678) 264-8575,

Allen Temple 232 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-6348 Services: 8, 11 a.m. Rev. Carl Moore

New Victoria Baptist 6659 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-8448 Services: 11 a.m. Pastor John Harris

St. Paul AME 390 Crisler St., Canton 30114 (770) 479-9691 Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Lemora Dobbs

Sutallee Baptist 895 Knox Bridge Hwy., White 30184 (770) 479-0101 Services: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Rev. Billy Edmundson

BAPTIST First Baptist Canton One Mission Point, Canton 30114 (770) 479-5538 Services: 8:15, 9:30, 11 a.m. Rev. George Anderson First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy., Holly Springs 30142 (770) 345-5349 Service: 10:45 a.m. Rev. Phil Young First Baptist Woodstock 11905 Ga. 92, Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-4428 Services: 9:30, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor Johnny Hunt Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Pkwy. Canton 30114 (770) 479-9415 Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Jake Hall Hopewell Baptist 78 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-5723 58

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Toonigh Baptist 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon 30146 Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Terry Sandidge Watermarke Church worship location: 2126 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114 (678) 880-9092 Services: 9 & 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Lead Pastor Gavin Adams

EPISCOPAL Saint Clement’s 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-6722 Services: 8, 9, 11 a.m. Rev. James Stutler

JEWISH Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw 30144 (678) 460-7702 Offers Canton and Woodstock study groups Introductory service : 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m.

Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 30068 (770) 973-0137 , Rabbi Shalom Lewis Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta 30062 (770) 973-3533, Rabbi Steven Lebow

MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATIONS Tikvah l’Chaim 4206 N. Arnold Mill, Woodstock 30188 (678) 936-4125 Service: 10 a.m. Saturdays Rabbi Gary Maxted Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Rd., Roswell 30075 (770) 641-3000 Friday Erev Shabbat 8 p.m. Saturday Shabbat 11 a.m. Rabbi Kevin Solomon

LUTHERAN Celebration of Grace 411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 503-5050 Service: 10:30 a.m. Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-7286 Services: 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Paul Baumgartner Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw (770) 425-6726 / Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: John Schubert

Timothy 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 928-2812 Service: 8:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Constien

METHODIST Bascomb UMC 2299 Bascomb Carmel Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-9755, Services: 9, 11 a.m. Rev. Millie Kim Canton First 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 479-2502, Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Rev. Jim McRae City On A Hill 7745 Main St., Woodstock 30188 (678) 445-3480, Services: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:35, 11:15 a.m. Sunday Rev. Chris Bryant Fields Chapel 1331 Fields Chapel Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 479-6030, Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Anne Rex Hillside 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-4777, Traditional: 8:25, 11 a.m. Contemporary: 9:25, 11 a.m. Rev. Doug Thrasher Holly Springs 2464 Holly Springs Pkwy., Canton 30115 (770) 345-2883, Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Ken Godfrey Liberty Hill 141 Railroad St., Canton 30114 (678) 493-8920, Services: 9:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Jamey Prickett Sixes 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-7644, Services: 9, 11 a.m. Dr. Joe McKechnie Woodstock UMC 109 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-6440 Service: 11 a.m. English, 5:30 p.m. Spanish Rev. Claude T. Herbert

ORTHODOX St. Elizabeth 2263 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 30188 (770) 485-0504, Service: 10 a.m. Fr. Frederick Watson

PRESBYTERIAN Cherokee 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 704-9564, Services: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Ross Ritter Geneva Orthodox Meets in Kings Academy Church Building, 471 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 833-3797, Sunday Services: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday School: 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Matthew Holst Grace Church 1160 Butterworth Rd., Canton 30114 (678) 493-9869, Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Robie Hembree Heritage 5323 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth 30102 (770) 926-3558, Services: 8:45, 11:10 a.m. Rev. Sid Gunter Woodstock 345 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-0074, Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Julie Ferguson

ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of LaSalette 2941 Sam Nelson Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 479-8923, Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8, 10:30 a.m. English, 5:30 p.m. Spanish Rev. Victor J. Reyes St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 516-0009, Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m., 12:45 & 5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass: 2:30 p.m. Rev. Larry Niese

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Emerson U U Congregation 2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta, 30062 (770) 578-1533,

Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. August – May 10 a.m. June & July Rev. Jeff Jones

NONDENOMINATIONAL Awakening Church 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140, Woodstock next to Folks Resturant, (770) 924-4150 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Lead Pastor: Jeff Whitmire Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 924-7532 Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastors Charles and Betty Holden Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Dr., Acworth 30102 (770) 516-5733, Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Tony Crawford FaithPointe 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Blvd., Canton 30115 (770) 485-0891, Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Seth Kinneer His Hands 550 Molly Ln., Woodstock 30189 (770) 405-2500, Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steve Craig New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Rd, Canton 30115 (770) 479-6412, Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Rob Murphy Oak Leaf 151 East Marietta St., Canton 30114 (678) 653-4652, Services: 9:30, 11 a.m. Pastor Will Goodwin Revolution Church 125 Union Trail Hill, Canton 30115 (770) 345-2737, Services: 9:30, 11:15 a.m. Pastor Jason Gerdes Woodstock Community 237 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-8990 Service: 10:30am

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Three Beaches in Your Backyard continued from page 27

fishing jetty, and a boat ramp. For a $4 entrance fee, you can pack a picnic and spend a day in the sun! Want the best of the city and the beach all in one? Consider Cauble Park, located on Lake Acworth just a few blocks from downtown Acworth. Non-Acworth residents pay a $10 parking fee to enjoy the sandy beach and designated swimming area, playground, hiking trails and a fishing pier. Downtown Acworth also provides some great restaurants and boutiques for shopping. Summer is a great time to create family memories, and you don’t have to travel far to spend a day at a beach. To read more about the beaches available at Lake Allatoona, visit these websites: or

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gravel-surface trail follows the contours with gentle, rolling grades. It’s a good trail where intermediate bicyclists can build hill-climbing stamina, and its length makes multiple laps more enjoyable. Both trails are free of vehicular traffic for parents riding with their children. Wherever you decide to ride, just remember to be patient with your developing skills and stamina. Everyone has different levels of fitness and balance, and your current fitness level, as well as your riding experience as a child, will determine where you start out at as a new bicyclist and also how quickly you will progress.

What Shall We Do this Year? continued from page 48

Treasure Island: Or Who’s Got the Map?, Godspell, Whose Line Is It, Woodstock, The Princess and the Pea and Seussical, Jr. Yes, it seems like a lot, especially when you know there are many other events going on around that season. But when you have a space this great and versatile, you want to keep it busy 24/7 if you can! And there really is something for everyone.

Boomers, Seniors Keep Moving continued from page 30

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President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)

100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340, Atlanta, GA 30339

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)

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

Rep. Tom Price (R) District 6

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

Rep. Rob Woodall (R) District 7

75 Langley Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R) District 11 100 North Street Suite 150, Canton, GA 30114

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461 (202) 224-3521 GA: (770) 763-9090 (202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999

District Attorney Shannon Wallace Clerk of Courts Patty Baker

1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30114


L.R. “Buzz” Ahrens (R) Chairman

Harry Johnston (R) District 1

Brian Poole (R) District 3

(202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005 (202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 345-2931

Jason Nelms (R) District 4

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

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

498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115

Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) District 14

(404) 656-0034

2780 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21

(404) 463-1378

Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20

(678) 523-8570

Cherokee County School Board Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21

(678) 576-2644

Kelly Marlow (R) District 1

Rep. Calvin Hill (R) District 22

(404) 463-7778

Patsy Jordan (R) District 2

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

State Court (678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480

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

Probate Court (678) 493-6160

Juvenile Court Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker


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221 West Main St., Canton, GA 30114

(770) 721-6298 x4369 (770) 893-2970 (404) 462-4950 (770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R) District 4

(770) 721-4398, x4370

Rob Usher (R) District 5

(770) 928-0341

Magistrate Court

Judge Keith Wood (R)

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

Superior Court

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

Janet Read (R) Chair

Cherokee County Courts

Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. (678) 493-4100 fax: (678) 493-4228

Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

(770) 735-8055

Michael Geist (R) District 3

Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R) District 23

Chief Judge David Cannon Jr. Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea

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

(678) 493-6511 (678) 493-6001

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

Ray Gunnin (R) District 2 (202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990

State Government

(770) 479-1488

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

Robert Wofford (R) District 6 (Vice-Chair) City Government City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

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

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

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


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Advertisers Directory ATTorneys/Legal Services Burns & Speights, PC (770) 956-1400, Merino & Associates (770) 874-4600

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Banking/Financial Services Citadel Professional Services, LLC (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Suite 440, Kennesaw



Azure Salon & Spa 18 (770) 345-8280 1359 Riverstone Pkwy., Suite 110, Canton Envision Health Studio 26 (770) 926-4180, 101 Victoria N. Court, Woodstock

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Dentists/Orthodontists BridgeMill Dentistry (770) 704-1812 3682 Sixes Road, Canton 30114


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


S. Bruce O’Neal, DDS (770) 924-8848


Hair Quarters 22 (770) 516-9094 1105 Parkside Lane, Suite 1000, Rm 26 Salon Gloss (678) 483-8900, 220 Chamber Street, Woodstock


Plastic Surgery Center of the South 15 (770) 421-1242 Shefa Urgent Care & Wellness Center 3 (678) 245-6244, 2000 Village Professional Dr. Suite 200, Canton Thomas Eye Group 52 149 Towne Lake Pkwy., Suite 102 (770) 928-4544, Wellstar (770) 956-STAR

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Exact Comfort Air Cond. & Heating, Inc. 13 (770) 912-0552, Flooring Zone (855) 344-ZONE


Hammocks Heating & Air (770) 794-0428


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813



Home & GArden A-1 Concrete Leveling (770) 591-6500,

Northside Cherokee Pediatrics 31 (678) 388-5485 684 Sixes Road, Suite 220, Holly Springs Northside Hospital – Cherokee (770) 720-5100, 201 Hospital Road, Canton

Jyl Craven Hair Design Cover, 1, 34,35 (770) 345-9411,

Hill & Hill Financial, LLC 13, 44 (770) 672-0402 406 Creekstone Ridge, Woodstock

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Woodstock Funeral Home (770) 926-3107 8855 South Main Street, Woodstock Health & Beauty

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

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Real estate & related services Keller Williams, Kurt & Sheila Johnson Back Cover (404) 954-2486 Dream Key of Palmer House Properties & Associates 5 121 E. Main St, Suite 202, Canton (770) 704-0404, (404) 876-4901 Peggy Davis, (770) 318-4369 Lindsay Tubbs, (678) 525-6455 Recreation

Lawn Smith 60 (678) 445-4283,

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Spillane Orthodontics 1 (770) 928-4747 335 Parkway 575, Suite 200, Woodstock

McLellan Excavation & Landscaping (404) 520-0710

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 49 (678) 494-4251,

Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 13 (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250, Woodstock

Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy 22 (770) 704-6161 2260 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 180

Williams Orthodontics 7 (770) 592-5554 145 Towne Lake Pkwy, Suite 201, Woodstock (770) 345-4155 205 Waleska Road, Suite 1A, Canton education Holdheide Academy & Prep 18 (770) 516-2292, 5234 Hwy. 5, Woodstock 30188 64

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


Georgia Neurobehavioral Associates (770) 213-3594, 140 E. Main St., Suite 301, Canton


Northside Cherokee Cardiology (770) 924-5095 100 Stone Forest Drive, Suite 130



Hillcrest Baptist Church (770) 917-9100


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Restaurants Papa P’s 7 (770) 592-3100 2295 Towne Lake Pkwy, Ste. 160, Woodstock Retailers/Shopping Gifted Ferret, The 60 (770) 693-5889, 1910 Eagle Drive, Woodstock Threads 9 (770) 485-0744


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Sixes Living Magazine - July 2013  

The July edition of Sixes Living Magazine covering Canton, GA

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