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August 2012

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36 & 37 On the Cover East Cobb Huntington Learning Center: Owners Yvonne and Tom Single.

Photo by Liz Blount/Studio 7.

In Every Issue


Holy Smoke BBQ

Around Walton.......................... 6

The public is welcome to Labor Day BBQ and Music Festival at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.

Celebrations............................ 12


Brendan Meyers

WHS grad serving our country in the Navy.


Tea Party Bridal Shower

School Information.................. 64

The Borgia family enjoys a Southern tradition.

Community Numbers.............. 66


Raiders Football

Varsity schedule to clip and save.


Wylene Tritt

Local history shared by a long-time resident.

Community Calendar............... 29 Everyday Angels...................... 34 Houses of Worship.................. 60 Clubs & Organizations.............. 62

Humane Society...................... 69 Elected Officials....................... 70 Classifieds............................... 71 Advertiser Directory................ 72

Contributing Writers

Joan Steigerwald is the Market Manager for Around Walton. She can be reached at (770) 615-3311 or joan@


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

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

Claudia Aguirre................................48

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

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

Lynne Lysaght............................ 26, 56

Mary-Kathryn Boler.........................38

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

Mary Anna Gaydula Borgia..............44

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

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

Dawn Reed......................................32

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

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

Alyx Falis.........................................35

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

Sen. Judson Hill...............................14

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

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

Bryant Wright..................................58

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Around Walton

Our Community Board

Your Community, Your Magazine in East Cobb


Doug Rohan is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC. Doug can be reached at

AroundAbout Local Media, Inc.

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Kara Kiefer, (770) 615-3309

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Dr. Cristi Cheek is a dentist and owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C. Dr. Cheek can be reached at

Lynne Lysaght, (770) 615-3306

Market Manager

Joan Steigerwald, (770) 615-3311

Caroline Whaley is the past President of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and serves on the boards of five nonprofit organizations. Caroline can be reached at caroline.whaley@ Judy McNeill — Judy is the Principal at Walton High School. Judy can be reached at (770) 5783225, x229.

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

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

Around Walton welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 20th of the preceding month.

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The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Walton 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.

Mary Stephens — Mary currently serves as Media Director for Right From The Heart Ministries. Mary can be reached at (678) 388-1862. Zett Quinn — Zett is the owner and founder of Quality Craftsmen. Zett can be reached at (404) 4837446.


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AROUND WALTON by Lynne Lysaght

Lynne is the Editor of Around Walton magazine. She lives in the Walton community with her husband Martin and their three sons Kyle, Logan and Camden.

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Walton

Recently, we asked if the Walton community would send us some pictures of the fun things that they had been up to over summer. Thank you to Jennifer Burns for sending a picture of her family enjoying a Braves game (see below), Tammy Myers for sending a picture enjoying her vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and Jenny Jarosick for sending a picture of her children and friends enjoying East Cobb Park. I hope you all had fun as we head in to the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.

breads, pastries, and desserts. The bakery hopes to be open in August. For more information, see page 25. Yankee Candle is coming to the Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road and will be located between Southern Soles and lucy. Yankee Candle provides a wide range of seasonal and specialty scented candles with more than 150 fragrances, home fragrance products, car fresheners and candle accessories. Road Runner Sports is coming to Merchant’s Walk, 1311 Roswell Road, Suite 412 and will be located between Stein Mart and Betsy’s Hallmark store. Road Runner Sports hopes to be open in August. The store will carry men’s and women’s shoes, men’s and women’s apparel, gear related to running/ walking and nutrition products.

What’s Moved?

From left to right: Sophie, Jennifer, Harrison, Dylan and Warren Burns

Kevin and Tammy Myers Local Girl Scouts and siblings working on the East Cobb Park explorer packet.

What’s Coming? Petco is opening a store in the Woodlawn Shopping Center at 1100 Johnson Ferry Road in the building where The Pet Supermarket and Sweet Spirit Christian Store were formerly located. The building is being renovated in preparation for the Petco store. Sugar Benders Bakery is opening in the Paper Mill Village at 255 Village Parkway, Suite 240A. The bakery is owned by local residents Tony and Veronica Estrada. Veronica is the sugar artist and cake designer that creates the “Cakes with a Twist.” In addition to the custom cakes, the bakery will offer a breakfast and light lunch menu along with freshly made 6

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Sweet Spirit, A Parable Christian Store recently moved to Woodlawn Square at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 120. Frank and Marilyn Hood have been the owners for 28 years. They recently closed their store in West Cobb and incorporated the stock into their location in East Cobb. The store carries Bibles, books, e-books, DVDs, music, gifts and church supplies. For more information, please visit www. or call (770) 565-7722.

What’s New? The Rhinoceros Boutique, a woman’s clothing store, opened in Merchant’s Walk at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 528, close to Whole Foods. The store is owned by Natalie Welch and is currently having a 30 – 50 percent off summer clothing sale. For more information, call (404) 641-9616 or visit www. The T-Mobile Store located in the East Cobb Crossing Shopping Center at 4363 Roswell Road recently finished a complete renovation. The store has been open in that location for 15 years. For more information, call (770) 3210060 or visit Nuvo Salon recently opened in Merchant’s Walk at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 132 beside the Hub Boutique. The salon offers haircuts, perms, color, specialty hair services and hair removal, free consultations, free WiFi, and a refreshment bar. If you visit the salon’s facebook page, you can print a coupon for 25 percent off any services offered at the salon. For more information, visit or call (770) 509-2500.

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by the National Cancer Institute to be a Community Cancer Center, giving you access to the latest cancer research and treatments. And helping make life after 50 extraordinary.

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What’s Happening in Walton... Aloha to Aging’s Silent and Live Art Auction

Mt. Bethel UMC Organized Distribution Point for Nationwide Food Drive

On Saturday, September 29, Aloha to Aging, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, will hold its first Silent and Live Art Auction fundraiser at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, located at 4905 Roswell Road, at 6:30 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served. Dress is casual attire. Proceeds from the auction will provide support for Aloha to Aging, Inc.’s unique programs, including educational opportunities for families with aging loved ones, support groups for families dealing with Parkinson’s disease and Dementia/Age related illnesses, and the Aloha Day Club Program. The Aloha Day Club is a therapeutically structured adult day respite program for ages 55 and up. Tickets for the auction will be $25 in advance or $35 at the door. For more information on the Aloha programs, or if you are interested in tickets or being a sponsor for the auction, please visit or call (678) 439-1177.

Recently Mt. Bethel UMC organized and managed the Atlanta distribution point for a nationwide food drive with the organization Mercury One. Atlanta is one of 12 cities across the nation to receive food in the inaugural distribution. An 18-wheeler truck delivering the food was off-loaded individually by volunteers from Mt. Bethel UMC as well as volunteers from the six receiving organizations. The organizations receiving the food were 7 Bridges/The Garden, MUST Ministries, Atlanta Mission, Gateway Center, Buckhead Community Mission, and Midtown Assistance Center. The food included 3 pallets of 15 ounce canned vegetable containers, 4 pallets of 2 pound bags of rice, 4 pallets of 2 pound bags of beans, 5 pallets of 16 ounce boxed pasta, 8 pallets of 12 ounce bagged cereal, and 4 pallets of 10 ounce apple juice. The Restoring Love Through Service Food Drive held by Mercury One was part of the organization’s day of service in Dallas, Texas. To learn more, visit

Mt. Bethel UMC Seeks Volunteers for 32nd Habitat House Build Mt. Bethel UMC will begin construction on its 32nd Habitat for Humanity Home on September 8 and is seeking volunteers to help with construction. No construction experience is needed, as there will be site project managers and crew chiefs to provide instruction and answer questions. Habitat provides all necessary tools, equipment, and building materials, and friends of Mt. Bethel UMC and Habitat will provide lunch and water for workers. All the volunteers need is a willing spirit. For more information and to volunteer for the build, please visit or contact Mary Henkel at (770) 953-3354 or henkelm@bellsouth. net. If you would like to provide lunch for the build volunteers, contact Sue Stone at (770) 977-3272 or Don’t forget to save the date of October 6 to participate in the Mt. Bethel UMC’s Habitat for Humanity Road Race, which will feature timing chips, USATF certification (making it a Peachtree Road Race qualifier), as well as a new silent auction and catered breakfast for phantom runners the morning of the race. Walton happenings continued on page 13

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Happy Birthday!

Alexandra Johnson Age 7 on August 3 Happy 7th Birthday Alexandra! We love you! Dad, Mom, Madelyn and Lilly

Katherine Segell Age 17 on August 3 Happy Birthday! Love, Trace, Taylor, Mom and Dad

Pam Tanous Celebrating August 4 Happy Birthday! We love you, John and Ben

Hannah Nodar Age 13 on August 5 Happy 13th Birthday! Love, Joe, Emma, Mom and Dad

Ty Cosse Age 9 on August 5 Happy Birthday Ty! Love ya past forever, Mom, Coach and Gaga!

Mary Pruitt Age 6 on August 8 Happy Birthday, Sister! Love, Elizabeth and Sarah Grace

Paulette Farley Celebrating August 9 Happy Birthday! Love, James, Patrick and Michael

Emma Nodar Age 12 on August 17 Happy 12th Birthday! Love, Hannah, Joe, Mom and Dad

Laurie Bridges Celebrating August 21 Happy Birthday! Love, Your Family

Megan Ellingwood Age 14 on August 26 Happy Birthday! Love, Lexy, Mom and Dad

Ron Melcher Celebrating August 31 Happy Birthday! Love, Ellen, Peyton and Spencer

Joe Nodar Age 10 on September 9 Happy 10th Birthday! Love, Emma, Hannah, Mom and Dad

Tom Nodar Celebrating September 19 Happy Birthday! Love, Tricia, Emma, Hannah, and Joseph

Cassidy Weston Age 11 on August 28 Happy Birthday Cass‌ We love you, Papy, Alexa, Paul, Daniella, and Mom


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Jordan Taylor Age 5 on August 30 Happy 5th Birthday to our little angel! Love, Mom and Dad


Janna and Bill Atkins Celebrating 27 years on August 11 Happy Anniversary!

East Cobb Resident Wins Author of the Year for Children’s Book Robin Lynne Gordon, a Marietta resident, recently received the Georgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA) for Children’s Book given by the Georgia Writer’s Association. She received the award for her children’s picture book, Lift: A Gosling’s First Flight. Robin answers the question of why geese fly in the V formation. Based on the teamwork of real geese, the book reassures the reader that others are there to help when things get difficult when trying something new. Then as the gosling matures, he learns to help others in the flock. Robin won the award as a selfpublished author and was especially honored to receive the award among those nominated as independently published and those published by traditional publishing houses. For more information on the book and author, visit

Looking for Artists for Art Show at the Etz Artisans at the Etz is a juried art show that will be held at Congregation Etz Chaim, located at 1190 Indian Hills Parkway on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will be indoors and is free and open to the public. Organizers are looking for artists of all types, including potters, wood turners, mixed media, fabric arts, unique Judaic art, and jewelry to participate. The booth space is $75 with an early bird fee by August 17 of $60. Ten percent of the proceeds are going to Operation Homefront. For more information, please contact or Pam at (770) 377-2599. Debra and Greg Tant Celebrating 19 years on August 28 Happy Anniversary!

Cobb EMC Honors Local Law Enforcement Cobb EMC recently hosted its sixth annual SteakOut, a char-grilled steak lunch to honor local law enforcement and government officials in communities within the EMC’s five-county service area. Nearly 230 guests attended the event and enjoyed live music from The Old Mill Road Band and door prizes, which were donated by Cobb EMC, Smyrna Police Distributors, Ed’s Public Safety Inc., and Glock, Inc. Cobb EMC board chairman Ed Crowell addressed the crowd and thanked them for their service. “We at Cobb EMC appreciate the risks you take for us,” said Crowell. “If there is ever anything that we can do for you, let us know.”

John and Carrie Pruitt Celebrating 9 years on August 16 Happy Anniversary!

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Cobb EMC board chairman Ed Crowell (far left) stands with law enforcement leaders from across Cobb EMC’s five-county service area and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office K-9, AMP, a Belgian Malinois who is sponsored by Cobb EMC. Around WALTON | August 2012



ObamaCare’s Impact on November Election by State Senator Judson Hill

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

The Supreme Court of the United States delivered a shocking decision last month regarding the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or as it is more commonly known, ObamaCare. In a 5 – 4 majority opinion, the Supreme Court declared nearly the entire law constitutional and completely within its legal boundaries. Many speculated the mandate requiring the individual purchase of insurance would be struck down easily—ultimately eliminating the law’s funding mechanism. The deciding vote was cast by Chief Justice John G. Roberts—a George W. Bush appointee— and it was a move that angered conservatives and surprised liberals. This begs the question: Did Chief Justice Roberts blatantly ignore the core principles of our constitution, or did he make a strategic decision that would set the framework for the Presidential race of a lifetime?

In his formal opinion, Chief Justice Roberts wrote the following statement: Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices. What does this mean? Chief Justice Roberts simply explained that the Supreme Court was 14

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True health care reform means looking for solutions that will create a competitive marketplace and insurance plans that are not only personal but portable. only responsible for finding if ObamaCare could legally exist. The Supreme Court was not charged with determining if the law was financially viable. And in two very honest sentences, he seems to imply that voting should not be taken lightly and that November 2012 is the appropriate time for people to express their feelings about ObamaCare. The November 2012 election is certain to be an ObamaCare battleground both on the state and federal levels. However, we cannot champion candidates with the hopes of simply repealing a law that comes at the expense of our core liberties and our finances. We must be prepared with solutions that will truly relieve the long-standing problems with health care in the United States. The Obama administration has maintained that the consequence of not purchasing individual health insurance is a “penalty” and not a “tax.” However, the Supreme Court determined the individual mandate falls under Congress’ power to collect and impose taxes; further adding to the argument that ObamaCare is the largest middle-class tax increase in history. In order to adequately meet the health care needs of an expanded pool of individuals, it is clear that

more money is needed to pay for these services. We knew this in Georgia from the beginning, and it’s now confirmed. For ObamaCare, a huge tax increase is needed—but the numbers don’t match up, and it’s a tax we cannot afford. The Congressional Budget Office released a report earlier this year stating that ObamaCare will leave approximately 27 million Americans uninsured by 2027, a stark contradiction to the law’s intent of providing health care to a larger number of people. This same CBO report also revealed that only 6 million Americans will be able to gain health care coverage through easier purchasing access, and that nearly 17 million Americans will simply become part of an already strained Medicaid system. However, within the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare came a decision to strike down a mandate that would require states to expand existing Medicaid programs at the risk of losing federal funding. If several individual states refuse to expand Medicaid programs, as many are expected to do, this will only further prove that ObamaCare was passed with complete disregard of its financial burden not only on taxpayers but on state infrastructure. The most successful companies in our nation did not get that way by offering sub-par services to some at no cost and to others at exorbitant costs. Instead, these companies became

successful through providing the best possible services or products at a cost that still allows the company to re-invest in its products. A broke company cannot pursue the innovative and new technologies that will drive interest and competition within its industry. True health care reform means looking for solutions that will create a competitive marketplace and insurance plans that are not only personal but portable. Families should be able to purchase the health care plan that will best meet their needs at an affordable cost – even if it is from out of state. The proven method to drive down costs and spur innovation is market competition. According to non-partisan public pollster Rasmussen Reports, 54 percent of Americans believe ObamaCare will drive up health care costs and increase our already record federal deficit, and 52 percent believe ObamaCare should be repealed. It is safe to say that the nation has firmly disagreed with the actions of our nation’s leaders in regards to ObamaCare. It is now imperative that we make our voices heard at the polls in November by voting for leaders who will not simply repeal the law but also have a record of offering free market patient-centered solutions to replace ObamaCare with effective affordable health care reforms which make healthcare for more affordable.

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Fallen Trees. When Are You Liable for the Damage? by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

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

In light of the recent storms and rain, this topic came to mind. I would say this is one of the more common “cocktail party” questions that lawyers are called upon to know from the moment they graduate law school until they retire. Fortunately, the law in this area is pretty well settled and since it’s a pretty common sense rule, I don’t anticipate the law will evolve much in the future.

Since at least 1977, the Court of Appeals in the State of Georgia has determined that a landowner can be held liable for damage caused by a tree in his or her yard falling into a neighboring yard. Whether the tree comes down on a vehicle, house or a person, the landowner where that tree is growing might be on the hook for damages. In order to be found liable, the evidence must show that the landowner knows that a tree is decayed and may fall and damage the property of an adjoining landowner. If the owner has such knowledge, he or she is under a duty to eliminate that danger. The court specifically limited the scope of liability to visible decay, where a tree looks sick. The landowner is not obligated to perform a microscopic analysis of the health of every tree on his property every time that he changes the batteries in the smoke alarms. The holding of the court really does make sense. You want to make sure that a responsible landowner maintains the yard. If a neighbor sees a tree with no leaves in August hanging over her back porch, she should have a right to say something to her neighbor about it. Now, the neighbor may not be able to get to it right away, but the clock is ticking and something should be done sooner rather than later. By putting


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In order to be found liable, the evidence must show that the landowner knows that a tree is decayed and may fall and damage the property of an adjoining landowner. that pressure on the homeowner, we can avoid the need for neighbors to venture across property lines and start cutting down the trees on their own. The neighbor is at the mercy of the landowner because she cannot cut down the tree on her own. Therefore, whatever damage occurs falls squarely on the landowner. Now, there is some room for litigation in this area. If a tornado rips through the neighborhood and takes out 30 trees, you will be hard pressed to establish that the rotting tree caused the damage to your house because it’s likely that the tree would have come down even if it was healthy. But, if it is a typical rain shower and all the other trees around it remain upright, then we can go back and see if there were any warning signs about the tree being rotten or rotting. Finally, it is not necessary to prove actual knowledge by the homeowner, just that he knew or should have known. Again, if it looks sickly from the outside and hasn’t had a green leaf in three years, the homeowner should know there is a problem, and he should take steps to eliminate that danger. You may also want to talk to your insurance agent to see if your policy covers such dangers and if your policy limits are sufficient. If you are a business owner or high income earner, you may want to consider an umbrella policy to go with that homeowner’s coverage.

East Cobb Veterinary Clinic 1314 East Cobb Drive (770) 973-2286 • Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (No appointments on Wed.) Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dr. Steven Lang, DVM and Dr. Henry Bohn, DVM

Steven R. Lang, DVM moved to the Willow Point subdivision in the Walton community when he was two years old. He attended Mt. Bethel Elementary, Dickerson Middle School and Walton High School (WHS). When he was in sixth grade at Dickerson, he already knew that he wanted to be a veterinarian when he grew up. While a student at Walton, he worked at the East Cobb Veterinary Clinic as a kennel assistant and loved his job. After graduating from WHS in 1991, he headed off to the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Steven returned to the Walton community and began practicing alongside Dr. Henry Bohn at the East Cobb Veterinary Clinic. Steven married Leah Cannon, also a WHS graduate, and they are the proud parents of a son Cannon and a daughter Cassandra. Dr. Lang purchased the Clinic from Dr. Bohn in 2006 and they continue working together caring for the beloved pets of our community. Dr. Bohn originally established his practice in 1974 and moved it to its current location in 1978. When he was ready to sell his practice, it was extremely important to him to sell to someone he knew would continue the personal care that he has been providing for more than three decades to the family pets of East Cobb.

“Your Other Family Physician”

Dr. Lang wants to be your other family physician, the general practitioner for animals. At the East Cobb Veterinary Clinic, when you call with a health related issue, you will speak to one of the doctors. When you visit the clinic, Dr. Lang or Dr. Bohn will personally examine your pet and discuss recommendations and options with you. If your pet requires the care of a specialist, Dr. Lang will refer you to the right one. Many conditions and illnesses, if caught early can be treated quickly and less expensively. This is why preventative care is of utmost importance to the doctors at the Clinic. In addition to preventative care, the Clinic offers, canine and feline vaccines, new puppy and kitten wellness visits, diagnostics, surgery, dentistry, and boarding and grooming. Dr. Lang continues to update equipment and products, while maintaining the feel of a small town veterinarian office. In fact, the clinic looks like you are entering a home, and when Dr. Bohn had it built, he included the entire lower floor for boarding facilities. The Clinic has been providing boarding services for more than 35 years with the special advantage of your pet being under veterinary supervision while you are away so that any needed medical treatments can be provided as well as having the caring staff treat your pet as if it was their own.

Left to right: Cassandra, Leah, Steven and Cannon Lang

Call today or come by and meet the staff and see why the East Cobb Veterinary Clinic was selected as “Best Veterinarian 2012” by the readers of Around Walton. Advertisement

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Are You a “Hands-on” Investor? Provided by Ben L. Clark, CFP®, AAMS®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor The investment world can be complex so you may not want to navigate it alone. But when it comes to getting professional advice, you certainly have an abundance of choices. How can you know which approach is right for you?

Ben Clark, CFP® and his wife June live in the Walton community. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Ben is a seasoned financial advisor and his Edward Jones office is located at 1050 East Piedmont Road, Ste 122. You may contact him at (770) 977-4229.

The answer depends, to a large extent, on how you choose to work with a qualified financial advisor — someone with the training and experience to help you work toward your financial goals. When you work with a financial advisor, he or she will analyze your financial situation — your income, current assets, family status and short- and long-term investment goals, such as helping pay for your children’s (or grandchildren’s) college education and attaining a comfortable retirement.

You can choose different ways of working with a financial advisor, and a deciding factor may be how “hands on” you want to be with your investment strategy. To illustrate this concept, let’s look at two common ways investors interact with financial advisors: • Taking recommendations and making choices — After evaluating your financial situation, goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, your financial advisor can recommend appropriate investments. Over time, your financial advisor will communicate with you regularly to keep track of changes in your life and to suggest any changes you may need to make in your portfolio. Of course, you have the final say in accepting or rejecting these recommendations, which is why this method is considered a handson way to invest. • Investing through a managed account — In this situation, your financial advisor will help you create, implement and refine your long-term financial strategy, but the money managers will make the daily investment decisions, relying on a variety of criteria pertaining to your situation.


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Whether you’re interested in a hands-on relationship or a handsoff approach, you still need to interview several financial advisors to find one who has worked with people in your situation and who seems genuinely interested in helping you. For example, if your portfolio has become over weighted in a specific asset class, such as stocks or bonds, and is no longer aligned with your goals, it may automatically be brought back into balance. So, which method of investing is better for you? There’s really no one right answer for everyone. If you’re the sort of person who likes to make all your own decisions, then you might be better off following the hands-on approach with your financial advisor. On the other hand, if you are particularly busy and just don’t feel you have the time to be actively involved with day-to-day investment decisions, you might want to consider a managed account. In any case, you’ll want to be comfortable with the method of investing that you’ve chosen. Do your homework beforehand. Whether you’re interested in a hands-on relationship or a hands-off approach, you still need to interview several financial advisors to find one who has worked with people in your situation and who seems genuinely interested in helping you. During these interviews, make sure you understand everything related to working with a financial advisor — the fees involved, the way decisions will be communicated to you if you choose a managed account, and so on. Deciding how you want to invest is your first step in working toward your financial goals. Make the choice that’s right for you.

The Real Estate Closing - Sometimes Challenging! by Judson Adamson

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

The real estate downturn and all the factors that come with it have affected just about every part of the home buying and selling process. Buyers, sellers, real estate agents, lenders, attorneys, appraisers, home inspectors and everyone else involved in the process have found that it is a different experience now than it was in previous years when the market was booming. The number of transactions has increased dramatically in 2012, but a large portion of them definitely have their challenges.

Before the downturn, the actual real estate closing was a joyous event (most of the time). Everyone was excited, as it was normally viewed as a win-win situation. The sellers were moving on to a new chapter in their lives and the buyers were starting a new chapter in their lives. The Realtors® brought closing gifts and champagne and there were hugs and kisses and best wishes from everyone. The mortgage loan originators would be there to receive their accolades for making the financing piece of the transaction such a smooth and easy experience, and passed out their business cards in anticipation of future business. The attorneys would fly through all the paperwork and tell the same jokes that seemed to make all the parties smile at all of their closings. “Oh, what a Joyous Event!”

In some closings it feels like the old custom of bringing closing gifts and champagne has been replaced with boxing gloves, cutting remarks and threats of legal action. The good news is that a ton of these great closings still happen every day. The bad news is that, unfortunately, there are many more bad or challenging closings now taking place. In some closings it feels like the old custom of bringing closing gifts and champagne has been replaced with boxing gloves, cutting remarks and threats of legal action. Sometimes the parties request to sign their documents at different times so they don’t have to be in the same room. A few closing attorneys have even made changes to their office layout to provide separation between them and an upset buyer or seller. In most situations, these problems are eventually worked out and all parties are able to go forward. The stress factor that can come into play in a difficult closing is certainly understandable. The sellers and buyers are involved in what might normally be the biggest financial transaction in their lives. In many cases, the sellers are receiving zero cash continued on page 68

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Holy Smoke BBQ and Music Festival ...a Day of Fun for the Whole Family!

Labor Day, September 3 11 am - 7 pm Public Welcome

Music Schedule 11 am

Jay Memory (Contemp., Christian, Kids’ Music)

12 pm

The Peach State Quartet (Traditional Gospel)

1 pm

The Old Paths (Traditional/Contemporary Gospel)

2 pm

Jay Parrack (Traditional/Contemporary Gospel)

2:40 pm Car Show Awards 3 pm

Men’s Ensemble (Traditional/Contemporary Gospel)

3:45 pm BBQ Competition Awards


4 pm

The Old Paths

5 pm

Peach State Quartet

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The Holy Smoke BBQ and Music Festival takes place on Labor Day each year on the grounds of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road. The 2012 Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Labor Day, September 3. The public is invited to attend this event which includes food and entertainment for the entire family. Admission and parking are free. The festival offers a catered BBQ meal with all the trimmings (advance purchase required) or other food and snack options which will be offered by on site vendors. Each adult advance purchase meal includes a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Each advance purchase kid’s meal includes an unlimited ride ticket. Entertainment includes live music all day, a street fair with craft, merchandise, and snack vendors, kids’ games including blow-up carnival rides, face painting and other activities, a cooking show, classic car show, BBQ cooking competition, and other special events to be announced later. The festival will also include a 5K Fun Run/Walk which begins at 8 a.m. (register at Openings are still available in the classic car show, BBQ competition, Fun Run/Walk, and street fair. Visit the web site shown below for applications and other information. To receive updates on Facebook, visit pages/Holy-Smoke-BBQ-Music-Festival/206876289347085 and press the “Like” button. For information on meal tickets or any of the other items mentioned in this article, check out the web site at www. All profits from this event are donated to local charities. This year’s event will benefit the Fellowship of Christian Athletes - East Cobb and the Storehouse Ministries Food Pantry. Diamond level sponsors are currently Williamson Bros. BBQ and ChickFil-A at Woodlawn Square. Holy Smoke is a ministry of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.

The Coach’s Corner by Peter Allen A lot of people are doing it — some out of want and some out of necessity. You may already have your own business; if so, some of this information will be helpful. Question: How do I find the right business for me? A good starting point is to make a list of the types of business that interest you. Next, analyze the industry to determine how you could use your creativity to operate a similar business, how you could better determine your market, and how you will reach your market. Then make a list of your strengths and weaknesses, noting how your strengths will serve your business and what you need to compensate for your weakness. Remember, regardless of how good you are at creating the product or service, it needs to be sold. East Cobb resident Peter Allen has a degree in Business Management and holds several certificates from coaching institutes for life, business relationships and retirement. He can be reached at (770) 9772232.

Make a list of the pros and cons of having your own business; this will help you discover a business that you will not only enjoy, but at which you will excel. Once you pull the trigger on starting your business, there are several things that you will need to do yourself. Put together a one- to three-year business plan, secure the financing, hire and or contract other needed skills and create alliance/partnerships to thrust your business forward. The three main reasons to start a business in order of importance are: 1. Provide a product and/or service. 2. Provide jobs; yours is the first. 3. Make a profit. Following is a list of your main concerns. • Products and or Services: What are the cutting edge benefits to your customer and the quality you strive for in your industry? • Sales and Marketing: These are two very different things. Marketing defines and gets your name and what you offer to your target audience. Sales are how you get the cash register to ring. • Finances: Monies and an accounting system are needed for continued on page 68 Around WALTON | August 2012



10 Tips to Upgrade Your Master Bath by Zett Quinn

Zett Quinn is the founder of Quality Craftsmen, offering more than 20 years of experience in the construction and renovation business. To learn more, visit or contact him at (404) 483-7446.

With crazy schedules and busy households, few places in your home offer an escape like the master bathroom. Here are 10 trends that will transform your bathroom into an indulgent spa to help melt away stress.

4. Air jet tubs are a hot trend. The jets blow air into the bath for a relaxing bubbling experience, which is different from the massaging motion created by a traditional water jet tub. You also can add a heater unit, which keeps the water warm.

1. Showers enclosed in frameless, streakfree glass are in vogue. This provides a clear view into the shower; decorative tile patterns and borders enhance the design, while recessed wall niches store shampoo and soap.

5. Radiant flooring – or heated floors – is easy to install and adds warmth and comfort year-round. Imagine walking in your bare feet, without the shock of ice cold floors in the middle of the night.

2. Custom cabinetry personalizes a bathroom. You can add electricity inside cabinets and drawers, so you can store personal care tools out of sight. From hair dryers to razors and cell phones, this reduces clutter and simplifies your morning routine. We also build a lot of towers to accommodate linens and toiletries.

3. Toilets are an important part of the bathroom. Most people prefer a seat that’s elongated and at a comfort height, which is two inches higher than a traditional toilet. Homeowners looking to conserve water should look for a toilet with a dual-flush mechanism and one that is “lowflow,” which flushes 1.6 gallons of water or less.


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6. Multiple showerheads, spray nozzles and control valves provide homeowners with a luxurious spa experience. 7. Vessel sinks are gaining popularity in master baths, paired with wall-mounted faucets that don’t occupy counter space. 8. Countertops should be as attractive and unique as the bathroom, and 99 percent of those we install in the Walton community are either granite or solid surface. 9. Vent fans will not only vent a shower or water closet, but also they can reduce mildew growth and prevent paint from peeling. 10. To finish the room with elegance, install sconces instead of can lights, add a frame around the mirror, and consider separate his-and-hers mirrors.

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Household Help May Pose Expensive Risk to Homeowners Provided by Linda and Kevin Keeton For many homeowners, using household help is a necessity. Yet, those who assume their homeowners insurance will cover any accident involving household help could be taken by surprise.

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

Unfortunately, the question of whether a consumer is liable for a domestic employee is not always easily answered. Who pays the medical bills if household help is injured in an employer’s home or while driving the family car? The answer depends upon several factors, the most important of which is who legally employs the worker.

Workers who are legally employed by a contractor or agency or are independent contractors like landscapers or part-time maids are likely covered through their employer. And for infrequent employees like the kid down the street who mows the lawn a homeowners policy may be sufficient to cover medical and litigation costs should an accident occur. What constitutes an employee varies greatly according to state law. In many states, if an employee exceeds certain hour and pay thresholds, his/her employer likely will be required to follow state regulations regarding workers’ compensation, disability and Social Security. Keep in mind, though, this is by no means a standard rule. While some states exempt domestic workers from the workers’ compensation system, others require the employer, by law, to purchase the insurance no matter how many hours the employee works. Another area where homeowners may unintentionally leave themselves vulnerable to losses is with allowing hired-help to use the family car. Depending on state law, full-time employees may be required to be listed on the employer’s auto insurance policy. And for part-time 24

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Consumers should make no assumptions about their liability when it comes to employing someone in their home. You must think and act like an employer, just as you would if you were running a business. help like baby-sitters or home health care workers who use the family car, employers should make sure that their auto insurance policy extends coverage to additional drivers. Consumers should make no assumptions about their liability when it comes to employing someone in their home. You must think and act like an employer, just as you would if you were running a business. That includes providing both reasonable protection for the employee and protecting yourself from liability. To shield yourself from domestic employee liability, consider the following advice: In Georgia, homeowners are not required to purchase workers’ compensation for domestic employees, such as nannies, housekeepers and landscapers. Nevertheless, we often recommend purchasing one anyway, which can cost as little as $200 and $400 a year for one domestic worker. Other options include adding specific endorsements, beefing up the liability limits on your homeowner’s policy or buying an umbrella liability policy. It is also recommended to ask independent contractors for a certificate of insurance before allowing them to do work in your home or on your property. And, if possible, hire domestic workers from reputable agencies.

Pastries • Breads • Muffins • Pies • Scones • Cupcakes • Sandwiches • Quiche • Omelets • Biscuits • Coffee

Around Walton is happy to announce the opening of Sugar Benders Bakery for the East Cobb area and Walton community in Paper Mill Village this month. Sugar Benders is locally owned by Veronica and Tony Estrada. Veronica started making cakes for her children and fell in love with the art. She studied cake decorating at the Sugar Art Institute under the world renowned cake decorator Chef Nicholas Lodge. She has been creating and selling specialty and wedding cakes for the past five years. Her clients have told her that not only are her cakes beautiful to look at but delicious to eat. With her growing success, she and her husband felt that East Cobb needed a full bakery that offered amazing cakes and decided to open Sugar Benders. In addition to the incredible cake selection, Sugar Benders will feature a breakfast menu and light lunch menu. Delicious breakfast breads, cinnamon rolls, muffins, omelets, breakfast sandwiches on homemade bread and biscuits will be available for breakfast. The lunch menu will have deli sandwiches served on fresh homemade breads. And of course, there will be a bakery case full of sweet treats to tempt all. The bakery is located at Paper Mill Village, 255 Village Parkway, Suite 240A. Let Veronica and Sugar Benders create something unique for your next special occasion or come by for breakfast or lunch Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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military meet our

Brendan Meyers by Lynne Lysaght

Brendan Meyers is a Lieutenant, Junior Grade and currently is stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida with Patrol Squadron 10. He is a P-3 Naval Flight Officer and serves as the Navigation/ Communication officer, which means he does all the navigating and communication over the radio with ships and other ground contacts. This is his first operational squadron after earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in March and finishing flight school in May. He is working his way up to become the Tactical Coordinator who runs the crew and is the mission commander. The P-3C Orion that Brendan’s patrol flies is a maritime patrol aircraft that flies low over the water looking for submarines and has been used by the Navy since 1962. It is being replaced by the brand new P-8A Poseidon which resembles a 737. Brendan said, “It will be exciting to make the transition to the newer, more capable P-8 within the next couple of years.” Brendan and his patrol will be deployed this winter for close to six months, and during that time, they will support counter drug operations in Central America and Anti-Submarine Warfare operations in the Pacific Ocean out of Japan. Brendan is from a long line of men and women who have served our country in the military including his brother Alex who was featured in Meet Our Military last month. Brendan, who is the younger brother, actually influenced Alex’s decision to go into the Marine Corps. The summer before Brendan was a senior at Walton High School (WHS), he had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks with a helicopter squadron in Norfolk, Virginia and also had an internship with a shipping company’s North American office to see what working in a civilian sector would be like to help him decide which route to take after high school. Brendan was interested in attending college in the Northeast and continuing to play lacrosse in college when he discovered that the United States Merchant Marine Academy was located in Kings Point, New York. Brendan stated, “I went up for a visit to Kings Point (the slang term for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy), liked the lacrosse coach and the location and was intrigued by everything. Being one of the five federal service academies, the tuition is paid for by the taxpayers, which is nice. Upon graduation, I had an obligation to serve five years in the maritime industry or as a commissioned officer in any of 26

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Brendan with his mother, Pamela Meyers, after receiving his wings.

the U.S. Armed Forces or with the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Corps. I knew I would have a lot of opportunities if I graduated from Kings Point.” He had to report to the Academy in the summer before his plebe (freshman) year for Indoctrination where they teach the new students how to march, wear a uniform, and respect military courtesies. Brendan said, “You have to wake up early every day, march everywhere, get yelled at a little, and do lots of PT (Physical Training). It’s stressful, but it definitely teaches you how to manage your time and be responsible.” In his first year, he studied celestial navigation and maritime law and other academically challenging courses.

Brendan Meyers at flight school in Pensacola, Florida.

One of the unique features of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is that every midshipman must spend one entire year out at sea during his/her four years. This is particularly challenging for those who play for one of the NCAA sports teams like Brendan, who played all four years for the lacrosse team. The athletes still must go to sea and train in the offseason without teammates. Cadets are sent out in pairs on board oil tankers, containerships, cruise ships, car carriers, and other cargo ships all around the world for four months after plebe year and eight months after sophomore year. Brendan had the opportunity to sail around the world and visit ports in Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Belgium, and England. While at sea, Brendan was a crew member and earned pay, which allowed him spending money while ashore. He also spent several months on a containership making the “pineapple run” from Hawaii to California. Brendan shared that the Academy’s location is amazing due to the fact that campus is on the former estate of Walter P. Chrysler and that it is only a 30-minute train ride from Times Square in New York City. Brendan pointed out that during his plebe year, there weren’t many opportunities to leave campus, but after that, he went in to the city every weekend he could.

The P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft

Brendan Meyer’s ship the MV President Polk

Before graduation, Brendan had to take the Coast Guard license exam, which takes four days. Academy graduates receive a Bachelor of Science diploma, a U.S. Coast Guard license as a Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer, and a commission as an officer in any of the Armed Forces, on either reserve or active duty. Brendan applied for Navy aviation during his senior year and was given a spot in flight school in Pensacola, Florida.

Brendan, like his brother Alex, is fluent in Japanese because of the time his family spent in Tokyo. When they moved to Georgia after living in Japan, his parents, Pamela and Anthony, enrolled his brother, sister, and him in Seigakuin Atlanta International School, a Japanese private school, so the children would not lose their second language. He graduated from WHS in 2006 and enjoyed playing lacrosse and wrestling in high school. This past year, he was hired as the head Junior Varsity lacrosse coach at the Bolles School in Jacksonville and was happy to be involved with lacrosse again. Brendan has six more years to serve in the Navy and is not sure what he will be doing or where he will be after that time. The Walton community is grateful for your service to our country and wishes you continued success wherever it leads you. Around WALTON | August 2012



Ask Margot by Margot Swann Dear Margot, My wife and I will be divorcing. Several of my friends are suggesting that we consider mediation before hiring divorce attorneys. That sounds less expensive but would I be foolish to do it this way? Confused Margot Swann is the Founder and CEO of Visions Anew Institute. She established this nonprofit to provide resources, education, and support for people going through divorce. Send your divorce questions to margot@, call (770) 953-2882 or visit

Confused, I understand your concern about skipping to mediation prior to retaining an attorney. Though it might be much less costly than hiring a lawyer first, there are many factors to consider. Let’s see what Jim Holmes, an attorney mediator, advises.

Mediation is an out-of-court attempt to settle the issues in a divorce; it is “orchestrated” by a trained neutral, with all discussions and settlement proposals confidential. If a mediation does, in fact, produce a settlement of all the divorce issues, you


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...there are many legal, financial and tax issues in a divorce settlement that should be considered; the mediator cannot provide advice in any of these areas. will significantly expedite the necessary legal process and will avoid the financial and emotional expense of litigation. Taking the above in account, I would answer your question with a very cautious “maybe.” Mediation requires the parties to be “equally” informed about family finances and relatively equal in ability to state desired terms of settlement; the absence of continued on page 68


Virtual Dementia Tour Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Inc., Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Information: The simulation will help you understand the world of dementia and better appreciate and care for a loved one with the disease. RSVP for your 30 minute timeslot to (678) 439-1177. Provided by Aloha To Aging, Inc. and Sunrise of East Cobb Assisted Living.

August 18

East Cobb 5K Road Race Time: 8 a.m. Location: Merchant’s Walk, Kohl’s, 1289 Johnson Ferry Road Information: East Cobb Road Race (formerly Walton Raider Chase) Preregistration fees through August 16 are $20, after August 16, $25. The race benefits the Walton High School cross country and track and field programs. Runners can sign up on-line at www. (look for East Cobb Road Race), print the application from www. or pick up an application at Whole Foods at Merchant’s Walk and mail it in.

August 23 – 25

Mt. Bethel Children’s Consignment and Baked Goods Sale Times: Friday, August 24, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 25 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Mt. Bethel UMC, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Information: More than 400 sellers consign fall and winter children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture and more. All proceeds will go to support local and global missions. There will be a special Boutique Section for upscale brands, custom-made and smocked clothing. New moms and volunteers shop first on Thursday. All items will be 30 percent off on Saturday. For more information, visit

August 24 & September 7

Active Older Adults Lunch-n-Learn Series Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Location: McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road Information: The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA will be hosting a lunch-n-learn series for adults over 50. The workshops and lunch will be free. Scheduled topics are: August 24 – Lung Cancer Awareness, Education and Screening and September 7 – Strokes: Recognition and Prevention. Topics subject to change. For more information and to RSVP, call (770) 9775991 or sign up at the front desk.

August 24, 25, 31, & September 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

Polk Street Players Present “Dream Lover” Times: August 24, 25, 31, September 1, 6, 7, 8 - 8 p.m.; September 2 – 2:30 p.m. Location: The Stellar Cellar at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street Information: Tickets will be $12.50 ($20 for Saturday dinner shows August 25 and September 1, dinner will begin at 7 p.m.). For reservations, call the Box Office at (770) 218-9669.

August 25

Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road Information: This consignment sale sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club) will have everything you need for your family and strollers will be welcome. The sale will be open to the public. Bring this in for special admittance before the public sale either 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, August 24 or 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 25.

August 26

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Location: Historic Roswell Square, 600 block of Atlanta Street, Roswell Information: There will be more than 40 teams of Crankers’ with their homemade ice cream for the 8th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ to benefit the Drake House. There will be ice cream eating contests, live music, and children’s

activities in the Kid’s Korner. All the ice cream you can eat for $5 for individuals or $20 for a family of up to 6. For more information, visit

August 29

Health and Wellness Presentation Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Providence Place Office Park, 2840 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 300 Information: Are you struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other life style related diseases? Find out why you are gaining weight and what you can do about it. Free CD: It’s Not Your Fault. Presentation will be given by Dr. Mitch Ergas and Catherine Baer, Health Coaches. For more information, contact Dr. Ergas at (770) 558-6330 or Catherine at (770) 8436311.

September 2 & 3

Nibble and Noshfest Times: September 2, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; September 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road Information: Nibble and Noshfest is a two-day family festival that provides visitors with a taste of Jewish and other ethnic foods sold in “sample-size” portions for $1 -$4. There will be craft vendors, entertainment and a large children’s activity area. Admission will be two canned goods for MUST Ministries. For more information, please visit www.

September 3

Y to Y Labor Day 10K Run/Walk Time: 7:30 a.m. Location: Northeast Cobb YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Information: The Y to Y inaugural 10K Run/Walk will start at the Northeast Cobb YMCA and end at the McCleskey East Cobb YMCA. The course will be relatively flat. There will be a free kids’ 1K run and family festival at end of the 10K. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Partner With Youth campaign. For more information or to register, visit www. and search for event. Around WALTON | August 2012



Children and the Right to Vote by Jennifer Jarosick

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

On January 7, 1789, the United States held its first Presidential election. Now, 223 years later, it’s amazing to think that we have had 44 peaceful transfers of power among elected officials, one of the longest stretches of any modern democracy. As we approach the next election, we have an opportunity and, some might say, a responsibility to teach our children about the right to vote and the long struggle to make sure that all citizens have that right. Depending on the age of your child, there are multiple websites for kids about the election process, the candidates, and their campaign platforms. Some sites even have voting set up for kids; they can participate in the process and feel a part of the real deal. This could be a fun way for both kids and parents to learn about the candidates and discuss who they think will be best for our country. If your child has a candidate that they like for the 2012 election, encourage them to make

posters for their favorite. Try turning the table and ask your child what he or she might do if he or she became president. Let them create their own campaign discussing what is important to them; is it a school lunch issue or the environment? Another idea is to practice voting. Kids learn a lot from play and doing, so show how important their opinion is and vote on simple things like what’s for snack or what the next family field trip will be. When the time comes for you to vote, take your child


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If your child has a candidate that they like for the 2012 election, encourage them to make posters for their favorite. to the voting poll station. Check out the Cobb County Board of Elections website and download a sample ballot and let your child vote too. Your child might be invested and interested in the campaign by doing this, and it’s a great way to teach them that every vote does count. Engaging them in the voting process is an excellent way to teach them that it matters, that it’s important, and that when they grow up, they too should participate in the election. There are so many ways to get them involved; if you’d like to share some of your own ideas, feel free to email them to me at

Raising Money-Wise Kids: Kid-sized Budgets by Lisa Malice, Ph.D.

Lisa Malice earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Georgia Tech. She served as a PTA leader at the local and state levels for ten years. She lives in the Indian Hills subdivision with her husband and two children. Contact her at lisa@ and visit her website at

My son Frank and I spent 18 hours last month driving home from a Minnesota vacation, giving us lots of time to talk. One of the topics he brought up was money. Frank wanted to know all the expenses he would have once he was on his own and how to manage them. We talked about housing, utilities, insurance, cars, food, saving for the future—all the necessities and wants—the basics that go into personal budgeting for a young person starting out in life. Budgeting is nothing new for Frank and his older sister, Olivia. Once they demonstrated an appreciation for money and the understanding of how to spend and save their own money wisely, it was time to introduce them to the budget process, using the kidfriendly “four bank” system of dividing income among four expense categories:

1) Spending - disposable income for entertainment, toys, treats, etc. 2) Giving - gifts for family/friends, charitable donations 3) Savings – expensive purchases, school trips, emergency expenses 4) Investment - growing money for college

Kids do it for the same reason—to have enough money saved to pay for things they need and want when they need or want them. Explaining the rationale for budgeting wasn’t hard. “Adults do it to make sure there is always enough money to pay for a family’s expenses, like a house, food, clothes, vacations,” I said. “Kids do it for the same reason—to have enough money saved to pay for things they need and want when they need or want them.” There was grumbling in the beginning. Participation in the new system was non-negotiable—no budget, no allowance— and required the assumption of new financial responsibilities, including big ticket items (cars and college) that hadn’t been on the kids’ radar. Their lives as free-spenders were coming to an end. An allowance bump and a say in their budget allocations helped the kids get with the program. Spending goals for gifts and cars figured into the calculations. Olivia allocated 40 percent to Spending as her largest budget item; Frank set the same amount for his top priority—saving for his first car. In the end, the kids took ownership of their budgets with 100 percent of their income thoughtfully divided up in varying percentages continued on page 68

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Continuation of Care Costs by Dawn Reed

Dawn Reed is the founder of Aloha to Aging, a 501c3 nonprofit, which includes the Aloha Day Club (adult day respite center), caregiver education and support groups. She is also the owner of Aloha to Senior Solutions. She can be reached at (678) 7777241 or at dawn@

In my article in June, I mentioned there are several things to factor in when considering care costs for an aging loved one. I promised I would explain these services in greater detail this month to include the following: in home care, adult day respite, home health care, personal care home/assisted living, skilled care, and hospice. These services all vary in how they will be funded. Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, and county/federal funding are options to pay for these services. In home care companies offer everything from companion sitters to 24 hour nonmedical care assistance. These services typically are paid out of pocket. Home health companies provide skilled nursing care, infusion, physical, occupational, and speech therapy to name just a few services.

Adult day respite programs provide the opportunity for various activities and socialization to ensure your loved one is not isolated, while also ensuring oversight. Adult day programs vary from a half day to full day and some offer medication and bathing assistance. Payment for adult day can range from private pay, to county or federal funded assistance and possibly long term care insurance. For the medical model, Medicare can also be an option. Communities that provide personal services in Georgia, such as residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and board


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Communities that provide personal services in Georgia, such as residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and board and care homes, are called “personal care homes.” and care homes, are called “personal care homes.” Funding for these community dwellings are mainly paid out of pocket, through Veteran’s Benefits or long term care insurance. Skilled care refers to a level of care that includes service that can only be performed safely and correctly by a licensed nurse (either a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse). Examples of skilled nursing needs include complex wound dressings, rehabilitation, tube feedings, or rapidly changing health status. Skilled nursing facilities, often times referred to as nursing homes, are residential facilities where patients can receive skilled nursing services 24 hours a day. Medicare will pay for skilled nursing facility services if a physician has deemed that a patient requires skilled nursing care. Hospice is palliative care provided for the last six months of life. continued on page 68

Porch Babies by Kara Kiefer I get a lot of pleasure from the birds that visit our backyard and belly up to the “bird buffet” we provide in the form of seed, suet, and other bird delights. It’s not uncommon to see bird activity daily in and around the bird feeder.

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

But I noticed one bird in particular kept going into one of the planters I have attached to the railing of the deck. I thought it was odd because it wasn’t near the bird feeder, and then I looked inside the proliferation of fern and begonia, and there it was — the reason for the bird activity —a nest with two tiny eggs.

I thought it was odd that a bird would nest in such a vulnerable place. After all, we have a large Lab that occupies the porch as well as curious squirrels everywhere, but I was thrilled with what this rare opportunity was about to afford me. For the next few weeks, the mom spent most of her time in the nest, only leaving occasionally to feed herself. Whenever the mom was away, I would take the advantage to peek at the nest because if I happened to peek when mom was there, I got a face full of angry bird! Finally, one afternoon while Mom was away, I peeked and noticed it was Birth Day! Two tiny pink, featherless birds had emerged from their shells, no bigger than my thumb. The

Beaks open- waiting for Mom

I knew the day would come when they would fly the nest, but I wasn’t prepared for it to be so quickly after they hatched. mother quickly returned, and I quickly retreated covering my face. Everyday, there was something new to see. The pink, featherless babies soon developed feathers and an appetite. Whenever I got anywhere close, their tiny beaks opened up, waiting for whatever treat mom had in store. As they grew, they would sit in the nest, peering out, watching and waiting. I knew the day would come when they would fly the nest, but I wasn’t prepared for it to be so quickly after they hatched. I did my daily check on the chicks only to discover they were gone. Only a few stray feathers remained in the nest. It wasn’t quite as traumatic as when my own “chick” flew the coop, but I was sad to see the Porch Babies gone, leaving an empty nest. August will see a lot of our babies flying the coop — many for the first time. It’s an exciting time for them and bittersweet for us parents who are left behind. But experience has taught me that while Porch Babies don’t return, college children do. And just like Porch Babies, they will want what only Mom can give to them.

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More than a year ago, my family moved to the area for a fresh start and to be closer to my parents. We have three children, ages 19, 17 and 14. My husband works sporadically as a day laborer and makes just enough to keep us in our home – a suite hotel off Hwy. 92 – a weekly suite that was supposed to be just temporary. Throughout this year, our fresh start was hindered by many challenges. My oldest child complained of chest pains and during an exam at the emergency room, we learned that she had stage 3 Lymphoma in addition to her already existing mental challenges. The softball sized tumor was inoperable and after chemo and radiation, they have concluded that currently there are no active cancer cells present. Praise! She is 19 years old and is finally able to begin her senior year of high school with her 17 year old sibling. We have one car amongst us all and get by well enough and survive week to week. Our goals are simple – to stay in our suite hotel for another week. As of late, we have had to pay out more than we make. We have fallen behind in our weekly rent and while my family has helped us a lot, they have little left to offer. We simply need a break. We continue to have hope and still dream of our fresh start. We would be grateful for anything your organization could offer at this difficult time. Michelle

After careful qualification, Everyday Angels is happy to pay for a week’s rent to help this family get ahead. We will also provide a Wal-Mart card for groceries and a gas card. We have learned that the smallest contribution makes a big difference to those in desperate stages of life. We are grateful for reader’s donations received this past month which has allowed us to help others. In addition to assisting the family featured above, Everyday Angels assists many more families in need, in confidence. We are grateful for the opportunity to care for others and share our blessings. Isn’t that what life is all about?

Engaging Students in Robotics by Alyx Falis

I would be lying if I claimed robotics does not change lives. The integration of robotics into our nation’s learning environments over the past two decades has had a tremendous impact on students beyond the traditional sense in which large factory machines assemble parts or robotic prosthetics improve Alyx Falis is a senior at mobility. The unique skill set Walton High School, gathered while on a robotics team a member of the can be applied in any field of study a robotics team, Team student wishes to pursue. Along with WALT and the team’s real world engineering experience Executive Director. Go to and an appreciation for math and for science gained only from hands-on more information or to contact Team WALT. activities, robotics teaches students teamwork, time management, organizational strategies, leadership, and technological literacy. The confidence and friendships built during a robotics build season are like none I have ever witnessed before. If your student is interested in creativity, science, design, technology, engineering, or math, robotics is a great way to encourage learning beyond the classroom. Members of the Walton Robotics team often are asked how children of varied ages can get involved in robotics. A few of the major robotics programs are highlighted below. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) – Walton Robotics competes in FIRST, an allencompassing, international program renowned for getting students involved in robotics at an early age and continuing in the same spirit for the duration of their education. Rather than solely focusing on building a robot, FIRST places a large emphasis on teamwork, sustainability, and the importance of

Students from 4th – 8th grade participate in FIRST Lego League competition.

sharing the excitement within the community. - Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL) – kindergarden-3rd grade - FIRST Lego League (FLL) – 4th-8th grade - FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – 9th-12th grade - FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – 9th-12th grade Find out more at: Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) – BEST is focused on the excitement of middle and high school students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The game is comparable to FIRST FTC, and the program also holds an emphasis beyond robot building. An enticing benefit to BEST is the lack of a participation fee. Find out more at: VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) – This international program is more robot-centered than the other two. With smaller robots, VEX is generally less expensive and involvement does not require a large team. -VEX Middle/High School Competition – 6th-12th grade -VEX College Competition Find out more at: Where can you find these programs? Both Dickerson and Dodgen Middle Schools have FIRST Robotics teams, and many local elementary schools offer after-school robotics activities. The Girl Scouts sponsor robotics teams, and the Boy Scouts offer a robotics merit badge. 4 H now offers a variety of robotics activities. Information about robotics programs can be found at: If you have trouble finding a program that is right for your child, contact the Walton Robotics team at

Robots built by FIRST Robotic Competition Teams compete in tournament.

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East Cobb

Helping Students Succeed Daily!

One of the most difficult things for a parent is to see his or her child struggling with school, whether it is overall or with one particular subject. It’s also difficult as a parent to see your child miss college opportunities due to poor performance on the SAT or ACT entrance exams. Parents and students have been turning to the East Cobb Huntington Learning Center for more than 20 years for tutoring services to meet all their educational needs including improving basic academic skills, preparing for standardized testing, tutoring for specific subjects as well as academic enrichment. The East Cobb Center has been in its current location at 4381 Roswell Road in the East Cobb Crossing shopping center in the Walton community for the past ten years. Yvonne and Tom Single bought the Center more than four years ago because as parents of three children, education always has been a high priority for them. In fact, when they moved their family to the Walton community 11 years ago, the strong schools were the main draw to the area. The idea that their business could help students achieve their academic goals, succeed where they had struggled

Huntington Learning Center Teacher and Owner Yvonne Single with Exam Prep Student Maddie Seiloff.

before, and improve their self-confidence was extremely attractive. Yvonne and Tom have found owning the Center truly rewarding. Much of their business comes from referrals of satisfied parents and students. At their Center, students are constantly evaluated to see that expectations are being met, and the staff makes adjustments as needed to the students’ individualized tutoring programs in order to continue progress toward the students’ goals. Since 1977, when Dr. Raymond and Eileen Huntington opened their first learning center in Oradell, New Jersey, Huntington Learning Centers have helped students of all ages succeed. In the Academic Skills program, the goal is to build a foundation for successful learning now and in the future. This program offers instruction in reading, writing, study skills, math, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Difficulty in school can have many causes, but it often stems from gaps in a child’s basic skills. The staff at Huntington begins with an in-depth academic evaluation of the student. This evaluation shows the student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as where any gaps in basic skills may be. After the evaluation, the staff discusses the results with the parents and recommends an individualized program to achieve the desired results focusing on the exact areas where the child needs help. The East Cobb Center works with students from pre-kindergarten through high school and beyond. Tutoring schedules are built around the student. In the Exam Prep program, the Center offers individualized one-to-one instruction customized to each student. Seven years ago, Huntington switched from a classroom format to the one-to-one instruction which led


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East Cobb Huntington Learning Center 4381 Roswell Road, Suite 240 Marietta, GA 30062 Phone: (770) 977-2800

and Schools) and CITA (Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation).

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to greater success in improving test scores. At the East Cobb Center, results show that 4 out of 5 students increased their SAT scores by an average of 265 points. The Center can tutor students wanting to improve scores on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement exams and standardized state tests as well as others. There are three options for Exam Prep: Premier (duration varies), 28-hour, and 10-hour programs. All options are taught one-to-one. The staff understands that finding time for exam prep can be challenging and offers programs after school, nights, and weekends. Maddie Seiloff, a 2012 graduate of Walton High School who will attend Presbyterian College this fall, came to the East Cobb Center specifically to improve her SAT score. She was being recruited to play lacrosse at the college level and hoped to qualify for a scholarship. After the Center evaluated Maddie’s strengths and weaknesses, the staff recommended that she focus on exam prep for the ACT instead of the SAT. The colleges that Maddie was considering accepted either the SAT or ACT score, but the staff felt Maddie showed more potential on the ACT. Her parents, Marsha and Jay, were ecstatic when Maddie took the ACT after the exam prep program at Huntington, increasing her score by six points, and qualifying her for the highest level of academic scholarship available. Maddie’s ACT instruction at Huntington also had implications for her high school classes. Marsha stated, “While Maddie had done well at Walton High School, after the ACT tutoring program at Huntington Learning Center, we saw that she wasn’t struggling with her classes and that things were going more smoothly. Even Maddie, who grumbled about attending the program in the summer, now admits that it was all worth it.”

The Singles and their Center give back to the community through the Partners in Education Program and by providing study skills seminars at local schools like Eastside Elementary, Dodgen Middle School, and Walton High School. In 2009, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce named the East Cobb Huntington Learning Center its Outstanding Partner in Education. Whether a bad report card, a desire to increase test scores, or help with a specific subject brings you and your child to the East Cobb Center, don’t let your student struggle one more day. Begin building skills and confidence at East Cobb Huntington Learning Center. Call today to schedule your student’s evaluation or to inquire about Exam Prep or subject tutoring which can begin right away.

The East Cobb Center also offers tutoring for specific subjects for middle school through college students. The Center’s teachers can help with almost any subject that your student needs help with from Algebra to Calculus, Chemistry to Physics, and others. The East Cobb Huntington Learning Center hires certified teachers. All of its tutors have, at a minimum, an undergraduate college degree, and many have advanced degrees. The staff consists of people who genuinely love teaching and working with kids and seeing the difference they make in a student’s life. The Center is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges Around WALTON | August 2012


Health & Wellness

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? by Mary-Kathryn Boler

Last month, Yahoo! announced Marissa Mayer was hired as the new CEO. As a business owner, mother of two, and corporate strategist, I was thrilled!

Mary-Kathryn Boler is the owner of Catapult Strategic Consulting, LLC (www. CatapultStrategies. com), located in the Walton area. Her proven approach to creating business strategies and action plans has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses faster and more profitability than they thought possible.

Marissa championed search products at Google and most recently ran its maps and locations efforts. She is regarded as brilliant and decisive. At the time of her hiring by Yahoo!, Marissa was six months pregnant.

As a female business owner, I am pleased to see a woman achieve a position of significant authority. Did you know only 20 of the Fortune 500 and another 21 of the Fortune 1,000 companies are run by women? In its 2011 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors and Senior Management, Catalyst, a non-profit organization committed to expanding opportunities for women in business, reports women hold only 14 percent of senior executive positions in U.S. businesses. Like most businesswomen, I earned deep scars fighting to succeed in a male dominated field. I hope the next generation of women will not face the same unnecessary challenges simply because of gender. As a mother, I am thrilled to see a high profile board acknowledge the world does not end when a capable woman becomes pregnant. This is not news to most women. Based on personal experience, I can tell you mothers become 38

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I hope the next generation of women will not face the same unnecessary challenges simply because of gender. more focused, not less motivated, when they have a family. Selfishly, I hope Marissa is wildly successful turning around Yahoo!, and the topic of women in business becomes a nonissue. With any luck, my daughter will not be discounted because others think she loses her competitive edge when she has a child. My clients struggle to find truly capable employees, and the hiring process is expensive. Owners cannot afford to overlook half the available workforce (the more intelligent half, according to IQ researcher James Flynn), because they are afraid a woman will leave for a short period of time. Maternity leave accounts for far less leave than other health issues. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2000, care for a newborn or newly adopted child accounted for only 18.5 percent of leave. Personal health problems accounted for 52.4 percent, and care for a sick child, spouse or parent was the reason for the rest. So what’s the big deal? Perhaps the most notable aspect of a pregnant woman taking over as the CEO of a high profile company is in the future it will cease to be notable.

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Health & Wellness

Back-to-School Dental Emergencies by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

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

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To us moms, the start of school means relief from trying to entertain our bored children. My two rambunctious boys will tell you that their favorite part of the school day, besides lunchtime, is recess where they roughhouse with their fellow classmates on the playground. Unfortunately, those rough and tumble personalities can be hard on the teeth. In my dental practice, I have seen many of my younger patients with front teeth painfully reshaped by monkey bars, the school’s tile floor or even another child’s head. So what is a mom to do when she gets that call from school?

Tooth Knocked Out If your child’s entire permanent tooth, root and all, has been knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown portion and rinse the root off if it is dirty. Do NOT scrub the tooth or remove any tissue fragments. If possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket. Otherwise, place the tooth into a cup of milk or hold it in your child’s mouth (or even your own mouth) next to the cheek to try to maintain a normal pH and keep the root from drying out. If the tooth is a primary (baby) tooth, do not try to replace it without your dentist’s recommendation as it may damage the underlying permanent tooth that is developing. In any case, see your dentist as soon as possible! The tooth may need to be stabilized with a splint, and root canal therapy (removal of the tooth nerve) may be necessary. Broken Tooth If a portion of your child’s tooth has broken, call your dentist immediately to see what his or her recommendations are. A tooth that has been chipped from a hard blow to the mouth can possibly suffer unseen nerve damage. Larger fractures of the teeth may expose the 40

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Larger fractures of the teeth may expose the underlying dentin, which can be sensitive to cold, heat, or air, or may even expose the nerve of the tooth requiring root canal treatment. underlying dentin, which can be sensitive to cold, heat, or air, or may even expose the nerve of the tooth requiring root canal treatment. Sometimes during the injury, the tooth will penetrate the lip. Your dentist will take x-rays to check for root fractures and make sure no pieces of the tooth have broken off inside your child’s lips, cheeks or tongue. Loose Tooth If an injury only loosens a tooth, the tooth should still be evaluated by a dentist, even if it is just a baby tooth. Sometimes a tooth can be struck in such a way that the root or even the bone fractures beneath the gums which will make the tooth seem loose. Also, loosening the tooth can damage the nerve of a tooth. Even if no evidence of nerve damage is seen immediately, a loosened tooth will need continued monitoring over several months for the development of an abscess. Any abscess that forms over the injured root of a nerve-damaged baby tooth can potentially cause defects in the underlying permanent tooth. For most active children, it is almost impossible to prevent accidental injuries at school, so having a dentist available you can call on a moment’s notice is critically important. Be sure your entire family has a relationship with a dentist who examines your teeth and mouth every six months and call him or her immediately after any type of tooth trauma.

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As people look back on their lives, there are certain moments that bring back more memories than others. The birth of a child, graduations, first steps, and most assuredly, weddings are just such events that flood the mind with images of what people

wore, how they felt, the time of day, the weather outside, the surrounding cast. Main Street Woodstock and The Bridal Exchange want to make sure that one lucky couple has the memory of a lifetime before the end of this year. Merchants in downtown Woodstock are partnering together with sponsors to give away a free wedding to a deserving couple the first Sunday in December, complete with a venue for the wedding and reception, food, flowers, clothing, photos and all those little details that make a wedding one of the supreme memories for a loving couple. The idea behind the give away was to showcase the breadth of businesses in the community and how locals can pool them together for a lavish event. Reality shows flood television 42

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the Gift of a Lifetime! of brides choosing the right dress, leaving the decorating to professionals, being surprised with makeovers, etc. Why not have that same experience a little closer to home? Couples wishing to win a free wedding will need to fill out an application (available online at www. or pick one up at Dean’s Store or The Bridal Exchange in downtown Woodstock) and submit the application to The Bridal Exchange. The application includes background information about the couple as well as a short essay on why they are deserving of a free wedding. A committee will narrow the applications to a group of finalists. The finalists will have their stories shared through local media and online with an online vote to pick the winners. The only rules are that the bride and groom agree to marry on Sunday, December 2, 2012 and that they agree to allow a group of professionals to handle every detail. The public will be able to keep up with the wedding and all of the planning via the website, including pictures, video, and behind the scenes of the special day. As for the winning couple, they’ll be able to look forward to the wedding of a lifetime as a Christmas gift from downtown Woodstock that includes both the wedding and reception, bridal tea, rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties, flowers, food, photos, invitations, a destination honeymoon, styling and fitness, and a host of other gifts. For more information, please call Billy Peppers at (770) 592-6056 or The Bridal Exchange at (770) 675-7354.

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A Special

Tea Party Bridal Shower for a Southern Belle by Mary Anna Gaydula Borgia

“What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And everything nice, That’s what little girls are made of.” Author: Unknown

Little girls grow into big girls, but the little girl in us hides just below the surface ready to peek out and have some fun at any time! Raising a girl requires abundant motherly love, understanding, guidance, and of course, lots of girl time and play. Kristin hosted many playtime tea parties growing up, but real tea rooms allowed us to continue playing while dressing up in fancy hats and wraps (even mink ones) while titillating our taste buds on exotic tea flavors. I took great pleasure in introducing Kristin Noelle to such exhibitions of self indulgence. We always enjoyed our tea room play. It came as no surprise that she wanted her bridal shower to be “a southern tea party.” Why not? She is a born southerner, raised in Georgia, and that southern indulgence comes naturally to her. Her bridal party gals clapped in delight and we set a plan in motion to make this happen. Invitations were handmade, compliments of her maid of honor, Leigh Ann Pernotto of Huntersville, North Carolina. Other bridesmaids, (all prior Georgia residents) are Tiffany Maddox of Morrison, Colorado and Jessica Burns of Bentonville, Arkansas. We made Kristin’s dream of a specialty shower that incorporated lots of little girl fun for all come true!

Front row (left to right): Juanita Alvarez. Back row: Berta Venegas and Nancy Webster

Bride to be Kristin with her bridesmaids. Left to right: Jessica Burns, Kristin Borgia, Tiffany Maddox and Leigh Ann Pernotto 44

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Leigh Ann carefully worded invites so the women understood that this was a dress up party with hats, gloves, and frilly dresses. We weren’t sure how it would be received, but stories began circulating about their shopping sprees for the perfect outfit. This celebration held more anticipation than we could ever have imagined and rekindled our faith in femininity. Invitees hunted through shops for hats, gloves, chunky jewelry, and the perfect feminine dress and raided their grandmother’s closets. The outfits were important and everyone was enthusiastic. This was the perfect party plan, not only for Kristin, but for everyone invited.

Left to right: Kristin Noelle Borgia and Nancy Webster

Philip Albert Borgia, Jr. and Kristin Noelle Borgia

Kristin insisted guests be served on fine bone china, crystal, silverware, and real cloth napkins with lace. The menu was planned: a wide variety of finger sandwiches; a spinach/spring mix salad with pecans, cranberries, and feta with a raspberry vinaigrette; artichoke spinach dip with pecan cheese crackers; fresh fruit salsa with cinnamon pita chips; cranberry, orange, and blueberry white chocolate scones; madeline cookies; lemon squares; brownies; white blondies; strawberry lemonade punch; and, of course, assorted teas with lemonade flavored ice cubes shaped like lemon slices. Even the groom made a lemonade cake. Delicious! This was a true dress-up party with all excited to be participating. We flaunted girly dresses, our grandmother’s gloves, beautiful hats, and we giggled like little girls. What fun, eating dainty sandwiches while wiping our mouths on pretty napkins and being served on Kristin’s and the groom’s grandmothers’ vintage china sets! It was perfectly blissful! People made comments on social media that “it was the best bridal shower they had ever been to!” Yes, the Southern tea party bridal shower to commemorate Kristin’s upcoming wedding was an Left to right: Angel Kauffmann, Kristin Borgia and Laura event, an amazing and wonderful occasion; the time of our lives! Peterson Tea spurred our war for independence from Great Britain in the 1700s when a small group of disgruntled colonial men dressed as natives brewed a moonlit tea in Boston Harbor to rebel against the British tax on tea. But this is really only half of the story in our early American heritage. We seldom hear the rest, but the truth is that tea rooms were opened across the country in the early 1900s by American women in their effort to resist men’s political authority. This was the beginning of the fight to allow women to vote. Women rebelled against religious and social conventions that required female dress codes and male escorts when eating in public facilities. The term ‘Tea room’ implied a place, be it a restaurant, café, or a converted home parlor, where a female could eat what she chose, as men did, with no regard for their gender. Tea rooms offered hospitality and employment for women, freedom from gender, Attendees of Kristin’s Southern Tea Party Bridal Shower age, and class discrimination, and were a symbol of early feminism. At Kristin’s shower, we raised our glasses of tea to toast not only the bride to be but ladies that came before us and the ladies in attendance to celebrate deep friendships and real Southern hospitality! The Borgia family has lived in East Cobb County for almost thirty years. Kristin will marry Richard Samuel Mincey in October at Kimball Hall in Roswell, Georgia. The couple will reside in Woodstock. Kristin is a 1997 graduate of Walton High School and works as an Obstetrical certified registered nurse in Atlanta.

Left to right: Gloria Lopez, Janet Warren and Berta Venegas

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Schools & Sports

Walton Foundation Focuses on Class Size Reduction Walton High School teachers, administrators, parents, and even students, know that the very best educational environment is one with the lowest student to teacher ratio. Unfortunately, in the current economic climate, class sizes have grown from year-to-year with the reduction of education dollars at the local, state, and federal levels. We cannot ignore alarming facts: • In 2007, a large class at Walton supported 28 students. Today, a large class may have as many as 36 students. • Over the past four years, 19.5 teaching positions have been cut from the Walton staff resulting in the loss of 98 class sections. • Academic electives are at risk for being cut from the curriculum. Working toward the best educational environment for our children and our teachers, the Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. is committing the bulk of its fundraising efforts for the 2012-2013 school year to class size reduction. In order to return Walton to the staffing levels the school was at before the economic downturn, the Foundation will need to raise an


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additional $500 per student. $500 per child is a startling figure; however there is no contribution too small to help move Walton students and teachers back toward smaller classes! It’s not too late to give toward a better educational environment for our students. The Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. accepts donations of stock shares. Corporate matching gifts from your employer are another way to grow your contribution. Please e-mail Debra Tant for more information on these options ( Checks should be made to Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. and can be dropped in the front office or mailed directly to: The Walton Facilities Foundation, Inc. Walton High School 1590 Bill Murdock Road Marietta, GA 30062 Or, go to and click on the Foundation link to donate online.

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To AP or not to AP? Provided by Claudia Aguirre with C2 Education

Many high school students agonize over decisions such as which course level to sign up for and which electives to take when planning their schedules. One of the most difficult decisions to make is whether or not to take advantage of a school’s Advanced Placement (AP) program by taking AP classes. Claudia Aguirre has been Not only do AP classes help to an education specialist prepare students for the heavier and director at C2 workloads and lengthy reading Education in East Cobb for the past four years. assignments of a college class, they You may contact her also offer students the opportunity regarding ideas for future to earn college credit while still in articles at eastcobb@ high school. Moreover, many of the nation’s more selective colleges and universities value a rigorous course load as much as a high GPA. AP classes also offer numerous advantages over their college counterparts. AP classes essentially serve as an introductory college course. In other words, a student who passes the AP U.S. Government exam likely will be exempted from taking U.S. Politics 101 in college. By taking AP classes in high school, students can better prepare themselves for the rigors of college level classes while also avoiding the negative aspects of many introductory college courses:

based on a small handful of tests and papers. As a result, college students in introductory courses often have no idea how well they are doing in the course until it’s too late to correct any problems. • High school AP teachers tend to be the cream of the crop. These teachers often have more experience and have undergone additional training in order to teach AP classes. But in college introductory classes, professor quality is often lower. Many colleges assign the introductory classes to low quality professors or even to teaching assistants, reserving the best professors for the upper level classes.

AP classes aren’t easy — they aren’t supposed to be. Preparing for the final exams — the tests which ultimately determine whether a student will be awarded college credit for the class — is a lengthy and arduous process. In fact, many AP students grow so overwhelmed that they must seek additional help from their teachers or from an outside source like a tutoring center. But at the college level, students must be able to prepare for exams similar to AP exams in less time and without the aid of after school help or a tutor. In order to do this, students must master strong study skills, excellent reading comprehension skills, and effective writing skills. These skills are necessary in order to perform well on the final AP exams. These exams are so rigorous that most students cannot adequately prepare on their own.

AP classes aren’t easy — they aren’t supposed to be.

• The material for a typical AP class is covered over the course of a full school year in high school. At the college level, the same amount of material is usually covered in just one semester. This faster pace poses great challenges for many students. • Students receive far more support from teachers in a high school AP class than they would in an introductory college class. In a high school AP class, the teacher has a vested interest in helping all students to pass both the class and the final exam; in a college class, the professor has no such interest. • Many, if not most, introductory college classes are taught in an auditorium setting with upwards of one to two hundred students in a single class. Compare this with high school AP classes, which are typically no larger than any other high school class. • In a high school AP class, students are given regular homework, quizzes, and tests in order to gauge progress. At the college level, the grade for the entire semester is often 48

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Students who don’t take AP classes will need to develop these skills in other ways. Here are some ideas to help students develop the skills they will need to succeed in college:

• Take advantage of summer vacation. Consider enrolling in summer programs, either through your high school, a local college, or at a tutoring center. • Encourage reading for pleasure. Students who read for pleasure become faster and more accurate readers while also gaining a better natural instinct for writing. • Join intellectually engaging extracurricular activities. Activities such as Debate Team, Model UN, or Quiz Bowl help students to develop vital skills, including oral and written communication skills, reading skills, research skills, and analytical thinking skills. • Take rigorous classes, even if they aren’t AP. Studies show that taking rigorous classes helps students to succeed in college. These higher level classes should start in middle school in order to ensure that AP classes are open for your child later in high school.

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Schools & Sports

School and Sports News Newsweek Ranks WHS Third in Georgia

WHS Graduate Earns Degree from Huntingdon College

The 2012 ranking by Newsweek of the top 1,000 public high schools placed Walton High School (WHS) as 3rd in the state of Georgia and 109th in the nation. Newsweek stated that these are the public high schools that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. The list was based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent). WHS has a graduation rate of 96 percent with 99 percent college bound. The average SAT score was 1725 and the average ACT score was 25.5 with an average score of 3.4 out of 5 on AP Exams. Many of the highest spots in the Newsweek rankings are selective schools, where students are admitted by academic achievement, admissions testing, or lottery. Seven out of the top ten schools on the list were either charter or magnet. WHS is a charter school.

Megan Petenbrink recently earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Huntingdon College in Alabama where she graduated magna cum laude. She received the Department of Religion’s Lessie Mae Hall Stone Religion and Philosophy Award, given to the student who has earned the highest academic grade point average in the department for 2012. She was accepted to attend seminary at Duke, Yale, and Emory University and has chosen to attend Emory University’s Candler School of Theology this fall. While at Huntingdon, she was a member of the Concert Choir and vocalist for the EMERGE worship team. Megan is a member of the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church and graduated from WHS in 2008. She is the daughter of Nancy and Barry Petenbrink.

WHS Student Wins Essay Contest Catherine Niu entered the Spring Creative Communication Essay contest, and her essay was chosen as one of the top ten from thousands of entries in her grade division of 10–12 grades. The contest is held to encourage young writers and is open to students from 3rd through 12th grade. Winning essays are chosen based on literary merit, creativity, and social significance. Catherine’s essay was titled, “Painted Beginnings,” and came in second in her division. Her essay will be featured in an anthology called “Celebrating What Is Important to Me” with the other top ten essays from the three age divisions. Catherine will receive a copy of the anthology and received a monetary award. Catherine is a rising senior at WHS and the daughter of Qingxiang Niu and Qingquan Nie. You can read her essay by visiting 50

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Local YMCA Trains Cobb Kids for Triathlon for Free Part of Kids Triathlon Inc., Atlanta Kids Triathlon and its YMCA partners are offering free, weekly training sessions to local residents ages 6 to 15, regardless of whether or not they are Y members, leading up to the Atlanta Kids Triathlon on August 26. The McCleskey-East Cobb and Northeast Cobb YMCAs will be 2 of 11 host sites around Atlanta offering the sessions. Training sessions will be held Tuesdays 7– 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 – 10 a.m., until the race, which will be held at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center in Norcross. There will be events for children ages 6 to 10 (100-yard swim, 3-mile bike, and 0.5mile run) and 11 to 15 (200-yard swim, 6-mile bike, and 1-mile run). “This event allows kids to be introduced to triathlons, meet people around Metro Atlanta, and work with YMCA staff and volunteers. It is sure to be a fun experience for all,” said Becky Shipley, Executive Director. The training sessions will focus on instructing kids on the swimming, biking, running, and transitioning involved in a triathlon. Participants also will receive a weekly workout plan to keep them active leading up to the race. For more information, please call (770) 977-5991.


Are You Ready?

Walton Raiders Varsity Football Schedule Date

Time Opponent


August Sat, 8/25/12

8:30 PM


Georgia Dome

Fri, 8/31/12

8:30 PM

@ McEachern

McEachern High School

September Fri, 9/14/12

7:30 PM

@ North Cobb

North Cobb High School

Fri, 9/21/12

7:30 PM


Raider Valley

Fri, 9/28/12

7:30 PM


Raider Valley October

Fri, 10/5/12

7:30 PM

@ Lassiter

Lassiter High School

Fri, 10/19/12

7:30 PM

@ Wheeler

Wheeler High School

Fri, 10/26/12

9:00 PM


Raider Valley November

Fri, 11/2/12

7:30 PM


Raider Valley

Fri, 11/9/12

7:30 PM

@ Roswell

Roswell High School

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Schools & Sports

Mets Win Junior League State Tournament The East Marietta National Little League Mets baseball team won the Georgia State Little League Tournament for 2012 recently held in Columbus, Georgia. The team will represent Georgia in the regional tournament next.

East Cobb Road Race to Benefit WHS Track and Cross Country Teams The East Cobb 5K Road Race, formerly called the Walton Raider Chase, will start at a new venue this year— Merchant’s Walk on August 18 at 8 a.m. The Race is a USA Track & Field Sanctioned Race and is expected to generate fast times as the new course has few hills as it heads down Johnson Ferry Road to Lower Roswell Road via Woodlawn Drive. The race will begin in front of Kohl’s, 1289 Johnson Ferry Road. “We’re really excited about the race this year. The course and field of runners are looking great,” said Travis Gower, Walton High School Track & Cross Country Coach. “We’re looking forward to seeing the East Cobb community come out to run the 5K race and hammer out a fast time,” said Jim Farmer, Race Director, East Cobb 5K Road Race. Awards will be presented to the top male and female runners overall as well as the top three male and female runners in age groups from 10 and under to 70 and older. The race is the principle fundraiser for the Walton High School cross country and track and field programs. Runners registered by August 16 will have the choice to receive a technical race shirt. To register, visit (look for East Cobb Road Race), or print the application from or pick up an application at Whole Foods at Merchant’s Walk.

Front row (left to right): Nolan Condle, Jarod Frodel, Trey Horton, Joey Brinsmaid, Taylor Buice, and Matt Lazzaro. Back row: Doug Spence, Harold Brannen, Gabe Magerkurth, Connor Hasley, John Cole, Michael Markwordt, Isaiah Moon, Noah Cole, Jason Avers, and Joe Horton.

Cobb Chamber/AT&T Business Open Golf Tournament Mountain View Aquatic Center Closed Mountain View Aquatic Center will be closed through October 15 for repairs. The center is located at 2650 Gordy Parkway. Please call (770) 509-4925 for details.


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The Cobb Chamber of Commerce/AT&T Business Golf Tournament will be held on September 24, 2012, and registration is open. Known as one of the largest and best golf tournaments in Cobb, the Business Open provides members the opportunity to enjoy a day on the links with business friends, clients, or prospects, and network with Cobb Chamber leadership, board members, and numerous elected officials. Money raised goes to the Cobb Chamber Foundation to fund leadership training, education programs, building maintenance, and equipment needs. Registration deadline is Friday, September 14 at noon or until sold out. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. For more information on the tournament, contact Katie Henderson at or (770) 859-2344. For more information on sponsoring the 2012 Golf Tournament, contact Jeremy Cronemeyer at or (770) 859-2337.

Send Us Your Back to School Photos!

When you take your kids to the school bus on August 13, we know you will have your camera, so please remember to share your first day memories with Around Walton! Email them to Please identify people in photo from left to right. Deadline is August 20.

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Public Education Funding and a Hot Potato by Scott Sweeney While some celebrate a slowing of the tax digest decline during the past year, others - including me - lament it has still fallen like it has for the past four years. Fewer financial resources will be provided through local revenues and significant budget challenges will remain for the Cobb County schools. Scott Sweeney is Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Education and represents Post 6. Scott may be contacted at ssweeney. boardmember@ or (678) 646-2470. For more information, visit

State legislators are supposedly contemplating a new Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula. The QBE formula determines funding levels provided to local school districts throughout Georgia. The formula rewrite has been contemplated for some time, yet it has been, and will continue to be, the equivalent of a political hot potato. Let’s play catch.

Cobb County legislators would serve their constituents well by advocating for greater funding to be delivered to their beloved Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools. However, there are significantly larger numbers of Georgia Senators and Representatives residing outside of Cobb County who are charged with looking out for their constituents. One hundred eighty Representatives and 56 Senators control the fate of the QBE formula rewrite. The majority will have to agree, which is a tall order by any stretch of the imagination. With our languishing economy and its slow recovery, property values will not rebound quickly. Local property taxes collected for school funding will likely remain static. Meanwhile, Cobb


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Cobb County legislators would serve their constituents well by advocating for greater funding to be delivered to their beloved Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools. County schools are now increasingly dependent upon Georgia for additional funding. Increased state funding should also not be in the form of a shell game. For example, the state is delivering more funding to local districts for the upcoming school year than last. However, the majority of the increase was absorbed by healthcare cost increases and by increases for the teachers’ retirement fund. Fewer dollars are actually being delivered to fund teaching positions. If significant increases in state funding above mandated expenditure increases are not realized within Cobb County for the 2013-2014 school year, some very difficult choices and challenging decisions must be made. In all likelihood, these choices will be centered on the same types of solutions used to balance recent budgets. We are so extremely fortunate to have an incredibly supportive community for our local schools and I know that the schools are especially grateful for the assistance received. Considering the expected future funding challenges, you are urged to contact your elected officials to let them know your opinions about the future for public education funding within Georgia.

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Wylene Tritt by Lynne Lysaght

Shares History of Her Family and the Community During Her Eighty Years Wylene Swofford grew up in West Cobb County and graduated from McEachern High School in 1949. She was a good student, and belonged to the Beta Club all four years. She wanted to go to college, but her family did not have the money to send her. Times were tough, so Wylene took a job as a bookkeeper at the First National Bank on the Marietta Square. Soon after, a friend introduced her to Norris Wilson Tritt, whose family lived on a large farm in East Cobb off of what is now called Post Oak Tritt Road. Interesting side note: the road on one side of Roswell Road was called Post Oak and the other side was called Tritt because the Tritt family had lived on it the longest. The Lost Forrest subdivision in the Walton community was built on the Tritt family farm property. 56

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Wylene’s gazebo and flower garden.

There is a beautiful large piece of property beside the East Cobb Park with enormous trees, acres of grass and a solitary house on the hill. The owner is Wylene Tritt, and she has lived there since 1950. She believes her 54 acres is the largest privately owned property left in the Walton community. Norris and Wylene began dating and enjoyed going to the movies together. They married on July 5, 1950, and moved to the property on Roswell Road. Norris’ aunt had left him the property and when they married they moved into the old farmhouse. After leaving the army, Norris went to work for the post office and worked there for 37 years. He was known as “Mr. Post Office” because he had an incredible memory for people’s addresses. He could tell you where a family lived, and if that family had moved, he could tell you their former address as well. Wylene said that when the FBI was looking for someone in East Cobb, the agents would come to see Norris for help in finding the person. Forty eight years ago, Henry Gazaway built the house that stands on the

property today. Wylene said that the wood used to frame the house was cut down and sawed right from the property. She helped carry it down from the saw mill to the build site. She saw the first nail go in and the last. At the time that the house was built, the people who framed the house were paid $2.50 per hour. Wylene’s mother bought the old farm house and had it moved to Dallas Highway where it still is being rented out today. When Norris and Wylene first lived in East Cobb, none of the roads were paved and people traveled by horse and buggy or horse and wagon. The Tritts had three children - Larry, Jimmy and Melissa. The boys went to Wheeler High School and Melissa attended Walton. Melissa’s daughter Grace will graduate 30 years after her mother from the same

high school. They grew most of their food in two large gardens. Wylene canned and froze a lot of the vegetables for the winter, and they shared the extra with others in the community. Wylene remembers working in her own family garden as a young girl and getting so hot that she literally lay down in the creek to cool off. In 1980, 358 community residents signed a petition to name the new school on Post Oak Tritt after Norris’ father Will. The Cobb County Board of Education passed the request unanimously. Will had served as the secretary/treasurer of Mountain View School from 1938 to 1945 (the school Norris attended) and had been a lifelong resident of the Some of the gorgeous trees on the Tritt property that escaped damage from the recent tornado. Wylene lost close to 50 trees and was evacuated from her home by the fire department because of downed power lines.

Wylene Tritt’s Home

area. Will was said to have given Mountain View the money to buy the coal to continue heating the school one year when the school’s supply ran out. He also paid $2,000 toward the note on the school building. A portrait of Will Tritt was given to the school by Norris and Wylene and still hangs in the school today. Their daughter Melissa attended the dedication of the school. Wylene shared the story about her in-laws, Nona Bishop and Will, going off in a horse and buggy to meet the preacher on Johnson Ferry Road near Oak Lane. The couple was married right in the street without telling their families. Nona’s family owned all the land where Indian Hills subdivision is and there are Bishop family members buried in the graveyard in the Indian Hills subdivision. After Norris passed away in 1987, Wylene decided to study real estate and took the course at Walton High School. She became a land agent and was the only woman at the time to sell land in the area. When her famous nephew, country music star Travis Tritt, was looking for a place, he told Wylene he wanted 75 – 100 acres, 25 minutes from the airport and to be in the Atlanta metro phone book. Although several others were also looking, Wylene found exactly what he asked for and within a couple of hours of seeing the place, Travis purchased it.

Wylene and family in front of barn that has stood on the property for more than 100 years. Left to right: Hal, Melissa and Grace Mathison, Wylene, Vivian Tritt, Shana Wood, Jarrett, Larry, Jimmy and Susan Tritt.

Wylene still is very active at 80 and said that she never intends to stop driving. She mowed the 11 acres of grass on the property herself for many years with her John Deere tractor. Wylene, who attends Marietta Church of God, donated a piece of land to the East Cobb Park in memory of her husband to allow the park to build a bridge connecting East Cobb Park and Fullers Park. Wylene has seen a lot of changes in the community over her lifetime and, of course, car traffic is one of the biggest with Roswell Road going from unpaved to paved to a four-lane highway. Another big change she said is that people don’t visit each other like they used to. All of Wylene’s children and their families are close by. Larry lives in Woodstock, Jimmy in Alpharetta and Melissa Tritt Mathison lives in the Walton community with her family. Around WALTON | August 2012



Need Wisdom? Just Ask! by Bryant Wright But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

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

Wisdom. What is it? Let me tell you what it is not. It is not knowledge and education. A lot of folks really do believe that education is the answer. And there’s no doubt education is good for everyone, but knowledge and education do not make wisdom. I know all of you have probably known some brilliant people in their field of expertise. They are brilliant in their educational background, but they haven’t got a lick of wisdom. You can just tell. So, knowledge and education can enhance wisdom, but they do not make wisdom.

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hair because they’ve had a lot of experience in life. But the fact is, there are a lot of fools out there with a lot of gray hair, but they’re still just as big a fool today as they were when they were in their 20s and 30s. And why is that? It’s because they didn’t learn from their mistakes. And in the process, they became old fools, rather than young fools. So, what is wisdom? It means “Application of knowledge to everyday life.” And here’s the secret. Application of knowledge to everyday life comes from knowing God and obeying. Sometimes we just have to ask, “God, help me have wisdom about what to do.” God commands us to ask for wisdom, but it’s one prayer He is very eager to answer. Why? Because in asking for wisdom, it means we have a willingness to do things His way. So, God is clear, He wants us all to ask for wisdom, but you need to be ready; because the way He gives it to you may not be the way that you have in mind. It may involve a lot of pain and disappointment. But I assure you, it is worth the price to let God have His way. So, don’t miss out on the one prayer God always wants to answer. Copyrighted material. Used by permission of Right From The Heart Ministries, Marietta, GA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Christian and Missionary Alliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Jehovah’s Witness

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303


Overcomers World Church

Unity North Atlanta Church

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

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

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

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

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

Charitable Organizations

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

School Websites: School District Website Pinnacle Picasso Meal Pay 64

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION Emergency — 911 • Around Walton (770) 615-3311 Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Driver’s License Health Department Post Office Recycling Center

Cobb County Government:

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

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

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


Aloha to Aging, Inc. Family Caregiver Support

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


AARP Kiwanis Club Lions Club Rotary Club

Public Service:

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



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

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

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Schools: Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

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

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

AT&T Broadband/Comcast

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

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

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either of these two criteria will defeat the mediation process. Also, there are many legal, financial and tax issues in a divorce settlement that should be considered; the mediator cannot provide advice in any of these areas. Only in a relatively few cases – i.e., when both parties are equally informed and equally able to state desired terms of settlement, and each is aware and can individually consider all legal, financial, and tax aspects of the settlement – would I comfortably recommend mediation without attorneys present. Regardless, each party should consult with an individual attorney before any mediated settlement is final. Confused, consider attending Visions Anew Institute’s November 10, seminar: Divorce 101 for Men. Visions Anew Institute also offers free Divorce Support Groups, and a Divorce Survival Weekend on October 26-28, for women.

The Real Estate Closing - Sometimes Challenging! continued from page 19

or very little cash at closing and may be unable to purchase another home for a while due to credit issues. The buyers may have been (in their opinion), treated unfairly in the mortgage approval process even though they had a good down payment and high credit score. Also, there may have been inspection issues, appraisal issues or title issues to deal with. This is where the realtors involved in the transaction should be able to showcase their professionalism in combining their expertise and experience with caring and empathy. Hopefully as the market and mortgage loan process improves, these challenging closings will be fewer and farther between.

Continuation of Care Costs continued from page 32

No one ever expects to divorce. If it is unavoidable, do it with good information, with integrity and with a team of experts. You don’t have to face divorce alone.

It is federally funded and is a legally defined benefit available to all Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries with an incurable disease and whose physician certifies their life expectancy is less than six months if the disease runs its usual course. Private insurers also usually cover hospice service.

Raising Money-Wise Kids: Kid-sized Budgets

If you live in Cobb County, there is the Share the Care Voucher, which is available to those with a certain medical diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s or a Neurological disease. The voucher allows for assistance with paying for in home care, adult day respite, and retrofitting your home with such things as grab bars, ramps, or maintenance on the home. For more information, you can call Cobb County Senior Services at (770) 528-5364.

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across all four budget categories. Instead of four piggy banks, the kids managed their budgeted incomes using three-ring binders with four labeled, three-hole, zippered pencil pouches (one per budget category) and paper to keep track of deposits and withdrawals. Keeping tabs on the money available in each budget pouch reinforced their math skills, helped them see the impact of their spending and saving habits, and kept them accountable for using funds only as budgeted. The system has proven successful over the years. Both kids have contributed substantial amounts to their car and college (brokerage) accounts. They take care of their own typical teenage wants and pay for gifts they can afford to give. Olivia and I worked out a clothing/personal items budget last year and are learning together how to make that work, but that’s a whole new story. Until next month, please join me at my website to share the discussion on raising money-wise kids.


All of this is a lot to digest, especially when you are in the throes of needing these services. My hope is that this column will help educate families about these services before they need them.

Coaches Corner continued from page 21

startup and through the first year. • Performance: At least a 12 month projection of gross sales by month and cost associated with the sales and overhead cost to get your net profit or loss before taxes. • Staffing: People to hire, contract with and form alliances/ partnerships. • Space: To operate your business. It could be your home or rental space. Starting a business is very rewarding but it can be overwhelming. However, like eating an elephant, you just take one bite at a time, so do the groundwork. There are several books that I recommend that could be of help: “The Art of the Start” by Guy Kawasoki and “Rework” by Garson Fried David Hanison.

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fax: (770) 661-0768

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

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

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21

(404) 463-1378

Senator Judson Hill (R), District 32

(770) 565-0024

Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), District 41

(770) 956-8357

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

(770) 977-4426

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

(404) 656-0254

County Government:

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield

(770) 528-2220

Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

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

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

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

District Attorney, Patrick H. Head

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

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

(770) 528-2200

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

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman Helen Goreham, District 1

(770) 528-3313

(770) 528-3316

Bob Ott, District 2

JoAnn Birrell, District 3 (770)528-3317 Woody Thompson, District 4 Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Neil Warren 185 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

(770) 499-4600

Board of Education Kathleen Angelucci, Post 4

Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

(770) 528-1800

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900

Scott Sweeney, Post 6

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

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(770) 528-3312

Cobb County School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 426-3453 fax: (678) 594-8559

David Banks, Post 5


(770) 528-3300

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin

(770) 794-5501

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My Computer Works 877-371-6442


Trustworkz 55. (770) 615-3275

Dentists/Orthodontists Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C. (770) 993-3775


Education / Recreation

DanceStop Studios (770) 578-0048


Huntington Learning Center Cover, 36, 37 (770) 977-2800 4381 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta


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Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates (678) 938-7274


Resurgens OrthoNow (770) 423-2172,

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


WellStar Health Systems (770) 956-STAR,

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Hardwood Services, Inc. (770) 871-0322


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


Quality Craftsmen (404) 483-7446


Real estate

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Insurance Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900


Atlanta Communities Real Estate (770) 240-2000


Reflection at Lake Nantahala

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Sunset Point Vacation Rental (828) 321-3101


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

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Hong Kong Star Chinese Cuisine II 9 (770) 509-2129 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste 110, Marietta Sugar Benders Bakery (678) 665-2211 255 Village Parkway, Ste. 240A, Marietta


Retail /Miscellaneous services

East Cobb Veterinary Clinic (770) 973-2286


Edward Johns Jewelers (770) 977-2026

Hot Dogs and Cool Cats (770) 858-1000


H.M. Patterson & Son— Canton Hill Funeral Home (770) 977-9485


Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-5678


IFN Modern


Shoedazzle 53 39.

Physicians & Medical Services Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center (770) 425-7575 Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Northside Spine Center (404) 459-1809


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Photographers Studio 7 Photography (770) 685-7391

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


Best Choice Changes Weight Loss (678) 687-1239

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


Computer/ Web Services

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Findlay Roofing (770) 516-5806

Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark 46 (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta


Ageless You (770) 714-2214

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Banking/Financial Services

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

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Senior Services Aloha to Senior Solutions (678) 777-7241


Life Alert 1-888-671-0143


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


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


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