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At WellStar, our work in the community begins with our vision to deliver world-class healthcare. The more than 1.4 million residents who live in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties depend on WellStar physicians, nurses and healthcare providers each and every day for routine care all the way to the most advanced lifesaving procedures. As we celebrate our 20th year of operating as Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health system, we reflect on the many lives we have touched, the medical advancements we have introduced and the escalating regional and national recognitions that continually come our way. We look forward to celebrating more years with you and thank you for believing in what we are accomplishing on your behalf.


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

We believe in life well-lived.



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August 2013

Volume 1, Issue 6

15 15 God’s Garden

Sixes Road garden offers food for the hungry.

20 Consignment Sales

34 & 35 On the Cover

Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine — Dr. Stephanie Hsu tends to patient Maddi O’Neil. Photo by Kim Bates A digital version of the magazine - along with information on how to contact us, submit a story or photo, or advertise - is available at

Shopping guide for ultimate bargain hunters.

26 Magic of Music

Studies show noteworthy benefits for children.

43 In Every Issue Around Sixes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Community News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Celebrations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Everyday Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Community Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . 21 Blankets Creek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 School News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Faith Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

37 Back to School Memories

Downtown Canton. . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Three county leaders relive back-toschool memories.

43 Art of Living

Canton artist promotes healing with mobile ministry.

Home Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Community Numbers . . . . . . . . . . 55 Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Churches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Elected Officials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Advertisers Directory . . . . . . . . . . 64

Contributing Writers

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Don Akridge .............................................16 Allie Amato ..............................................38 Amy Cobb ............................................... 28 Dale Coker .............................................. 31 Cindy Crews..............................................38 Micky Eubanks . ...................................... 24 Joni Gommo ............................................25 G Lora Grooms . .......................................49 Candi Hannigan .......................................43 Dr. Scott Harden ..................................... 32 Kurt Johnson . ..........................................17 Kara Kiefer................................................18 Mark Kissel ............................................. 40 Dr. Mike Litrel ..........................................29

Linda Lokey ..............................................26 Dawn Mason .......................................... 46 Debbie McAdory . ....................................23 Rev. Joe McKechnie................................. 42 Laura Mikszan...........................................30 Lisa Randall . ............................................27 Beth Ray ................................................. 24 Julian Reid . ..............................................22 Susan Schulz.............................................15 Lauren Sellers ..........................................48 Jodi Tiberio ..............................................50 Scot Turner ..............................................14 Lynne Watts .............................................27 Stacy Ward...............................................30

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

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

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

Sixes Living Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Market Director Patty Ponder (770) 615-3322 Executive Editor Kara Kiefer (770) 615-3309 Title Editor Candi Hannigan (770) 615-3318 Art Director Michelle McCulloch (770) 615-3307 Digital Marketing Director James Ball (770) 615-3310 Sixes Living, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Sixes, Holly Springs and surrounding areas by providing residents with positive stories and timely information. It distributes a total of 16,000 free copies. Approximately 14,800 are mailed to homes and businesses and an additional 1,200 are placed in racks around the community. Many readers catch the latest edition online each month. Sixes Living welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The deadline is the 15th of each month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Sixes Living is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2013. Sixes Living 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: (770) 615-3322 Website: www.sixeslivingmagazinecom Powered by Trustworkz Inc. Volume 1, Issue 6


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AROUND sixes by candi hannigan

People Places and Pleasures that make Sixes/Holly Springs

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Students Given Free Backpacks

The numbers have been tallied, and it looks like Give a Kid a Chance has once again helped more than 3,000 Cherokee students with new backpacks filled with supplies for this school year. On July 20, 2,906 backpacks were given out in two locations: Canton First Baptist and Hillside United Methodist Candi Hannigan is the editor churches. An additional 152 of Sixes Living. She has lived were sent to MUST Ministries in Cherokee County for 25 for families who weren’t able years. Send your comments to attend the one-day event. or questions to candi@ More than 30 churches donated aroundaboutlocalmedia. com. backpacks and sent volunteers to help distribute clothing, socks and underwear, give haircuts and assist medical screenings, along with representatives of civic organizations and local businesses. The reward for the volunteers is evident in scenes like the one in this photo. It’s not uncommon for children to plop down on the floor and search through their backpacks to see what’s been given to them. While the dust has barely settled, plans have begun for the July 19, 2014 event. To volunteer or learn more about the nine-year-old nonprofit, visit

What’s New Old FiveKee Transmission has opened with a retro renovation to a building that many people of Cherokee County have passed for years on Old Hwy 5, south of Sixes Road. New owners Scott Eicher and Rachel Mindiola spent a month painting and creating a 50s style look and feel to the shop. Beyond the décor, they wanted to bring back that era of the small-town feel “Where Quality Still Counts” as their theme. Hours include limited time on Saturday. The shop is located at 5150 Old Hwy. 5, Woodstock 30188. For details, call (770) 683-5190 or visit www. The Painted Pig in downtown Canton has started a new venture, The Laughing Pig Comedy Club. The weekly shows take place upstairs at The Painted Pig Tavern, 190 East Main St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8. Cost is $15, 6

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but seating is limited. Reservations required by calling (678) 880-1714. For the weekly lineup, follow TheLaughingPigComedyClub. Scott Aaronsen, (right) former general manager of Best Buy Canton Marketplace, has joined Cherokee FOCUS as chief operating officer of the 501c3 nonprofit. “Scott was with us as a member of our board of directors and saw all of the great work that our staff does here with FOCUS and the Cherokee Youth Works program. We are thrilled that it motivated someone with his talents to make the leap from the corporate to non-profit world,” said CEO Sonia Carruthers. The Mike Perry Allstate Agency has opened in Woodstock. The full-service agency offers a complete line of products and services, including auto, property, commercial and life insurance. The office, at 236 Creekstone Ridge, is open 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (404) 255-7330 or email

Did you Know? Cherokee County is part of a community alert system that can send text notifications to your cell phone about bad weather, traffic and road conditions, and cancellations and postponements of city and county-sponsored events. Sign up for alerts: Canton; Woodstock; Holly Springs; Cherokee County Sheriff’s office

What’s Coming? The Georgia tax-free holiday will be Aug. 9-10. Items that qualify for exemption include clothing and footwear, less than $100 per item, computers and computer accessories less than $1,000 per item and school supplies, less than $20 per item. For a complete list of what’s exempt, visit WellStar Health System has purchased more than 60 acres at Sixes Road and I-575 in Holly Springs to build a 150,000-squarefoot health park. Plans include comprehensive medical diagnosis testing services such as medical imaging, urgent care, lab and pre-admission testing, cardiac and sleep diagnostics, physical therapy and sports medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, pharmacy and community education, health screening and wellness services. A mix of physicians address primary care and specialty needs will include cardiologists, pulmonologist, ENT, gastroenterologists, surgeons, allergy/ asthma, endocrinology and others. Construction is expected to begin in 2014.

Towne Lake Primary Care provides compassionate, comprehensive medical care for the entire family. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Loe offers exceptional knowledge while serving with the empathetic touch and attention to detail you and your family deserve. Towne Lake Primary Care offers same-day appointments for sick visits and comprehensive women’s health services. as a board-certified physician, Dr. Loe offers: • Chronic disease management • Acute illness care • Comprehensive physical exams for sports participation & college students

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Progress Continues at Etowah River Park Construction on the new amphitheater at the Etowah River Park should be complete in time to plan spring concerts and special outdoor events at the riverside recreation area. Canton City Councilman John Beresford said wet weather has delayed construction, which he anticipates will be complete by midlate February 2014. The park will include the amphitheater, as well as three soccer fields, lighted walking trails, a playground, a canoe launch and a pedestrian bridge over the Etowah River connecting to Heritage Park. The amphitheater will attract musical acts for Chastain Parkstyle concerts, where guests bring picnic meals to enjoy on festively decorated tables or blankets spread on the ground. The stage also will be available for community groups to use to host fundraisers, said Beresford. Families can enjoy a game of Frisbee in the big grassy area or stroll along the river. “The Etowah River Park is something we can be proud of and will be a center stone for the community,” said Beresford.

Celebrations at Cherokee FOCUS Cherokee FOCUS in Holly Springs was proud to have 21 participants of the Cherokee Youth Works program walk in the recent GED ceremony at Chattahoochee Technical College. The Cherokee Youth Works program had a total of 42 youth who received their GED this program year. Along with life skills classes, work readiness training and job placement for the 16 to 21-year-olds, the Cherokee Youth Works program has maintained a GED obtainment success rate of 96 percent for the past two years.

police department’s commitment to a safe city. The academy is a six-session series that gives citizens an up-close look at various aspects of law enforcement, including presentations by the K9 unit and the bike patrol team. For more info, contact Det. Bettis at, (770) 721-7526 or visit www.

Cherokee Firefighter Toughest in State Sgt. Rick Ehlke won the Toughest Firefighter Competition at the Georgia Police and Fire Games recently held in Dalton. The 45-year-old Cherokee firefighter won first place in his age category (45-49), defeating the second place winner by more than 30 minutes. He also won the overall competition with a time of 2:31.44, finishing 10 minutes ahead of the second place 36-year-old firefighter. The competition included events like a high rise pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, Sgt. Rick Ehlke hose advance, and victim rescue. Participation in the event has grown from less than 300 in 1985 to more than 1,000.

Chamber of Commerce Ground Breaking and Ribbon Cuttings Zaxby’s has broken ground on a new location in Holly Springs at Ga. 5 and Sixes Road. For more info about the restaurant chain, visit Les Bon Temps Louisiana Kitchen is a family owned restaurant at 248 Gilmer Ferry Rd. in Ball Ground. Menu items include gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, crawfish etouffee and po’ boys.

Applications Due for Holly Springs Police Academy The Holly Springs Police Department has set Aug. 23 as the deadline to receive applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy, an important tool in uniting and strengthening the 8

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iCare Bucks, LLC, a coalition marketing program with like-minded business owners, has opened in the Sixes area. For more information, visit Advanced Dental Restorations has opened at 1505 Stone Bridge Pkwy., Suite 220 in Woodstock. www.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Rotary Leadership Changes with New Year The Rotary Club of Canton closed out its 2012-13 year with a celebration of successes that included winning the Club of the Year award for Rotary District 6910. At the annual Changing of the Guard dinner, outgoing President Jeff Mitchell of United Community Bank passed the gavel to 2013-14 President Kim Loesing of MUST Ministries. New officers and board members also were installed: PresidentElect Hugh Beavers of Community Bank & Trust; Secretary Jerry Cooper, Cherokee County Manager; Treasurer Steve Garrison of Canton Tire & Wheel; Sgt.-At-Arms Rand Bagwell of Northside Pharmacy; and new Board members Becky Babcock of ERA Sunrise Realty and Kelly Geiken of Edward Jones Investments. Mitchell will serve as Vice President, the title given to the immediate past president. Rotarian Alison Higgins of Northside Hospital-Cherokee was presented with both the Rotarian of the Year and Avenues of Service awards. Regular club meetings are held at noon Tuesdays at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Pkwy. Guests are welcome; lunch is $15 for guests. A schedule of upcoming programs is posted on the club’s website at

Archangel Pastries for his Turtle Pie; 2nd place - Lisa Harris of Blissful Bites for her Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Pie, and 3rd place Anne Hoffman with Lemon Curd Pie.

Kohl’s Recognizes Students Who Care Canton residents Chloe Heidt, 17, and Hannah Pasterz, 11, were among students recognized by the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Woodstock’s Mary Paris, 10 and Andrew Vassil, 17, also were awarded a certificate and a $50 gift card. The four Cherokee youth were among 69 students honored by the department store.

Hickory Flat Library to Hold Book Sale The Cherokee County Friends of the Library are hosting a used book sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Hickory Flat Public Library, 2740 East Cherokee Dr., Canton. A preview sale for Friends’ members is set for 4-6 p.m. Aug. 15. Annual Friends memberships are available at the door starting at $15. Fiction and non-fiction paperback and hardback books will be $.50 and $1, respectively, with specialty books from $2 and up. Children’s books are $.10 up to $1. Videos, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, and cassettes start at $.50. All proceeds from the sale go to the library to purchase books and library materials.

Canton Youth Serves Sons of American Legion Brandon Roberts, son of Jason and Jenny Roberts of Sutallee, was recently re-appointed as the Detachment Chaplain/ Historian at the 2013 Detachment of Georgia Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Convention in Atlanta. For more info about SAL, go to Rotary Club of Canton 2013-14 officers include, from left: Secretary Jerry Cooper, President Kim Loesing, Treasurer Steve Garrison and Sgt.-AtArms Rand Bagwell. Not pictured: President-Elect Hugh Beavers and Vice President Jeff Mitchell.

Tasty Competition Comes to an End Winners from salsa competitions at River Church, Waleska and Jasper Farmers Markets will compete in the final salsa contest on Aug. 13 at the Jasper market. Visitors will be able to taste the entries for a $1 donation that will benefit the Jasper food pantry. The winners of June’s pie-baking contest River Church Farmers Market were: 1st place - Michael Conn of 10

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Orientation Shows Way to Help Kids The Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host an orientation at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Department of Family and Children Services, 105 Lamar Haley Pkwy., Canton. Guests will hear an overview of the roles of foster parents and court appointed special advocates, both roles that will help rebuild the lives of children after they have experienced abuse or neglect. Representatives from both DFCS and CASA will be present to answer questions and explain how to get started. For more information, call Amy Blanton at (770) 345-3274.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND A NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL -CHEROKEE DOCTOR? AT A PTA MEETING. The physicians and staff of Northside Hospital-Cherokee are some of the most talented and professional individuals the world of medicine has to offer. They are also your neighbors. Most of our team lives right here in Cherokee County. Northside HospitalCherokee is devoted to supporting local community organizations, venues and schools. It’s because we live here, too.

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Birthdays & Celebrations

Ken Roberts

Age 69 on Aug. 23 Husband of Pat Roberts, father of Silas, Jason & Tammy Grandfather to Brandon, Jake, Jonathan & Megan

Glenn Cantrell

Celebrated 71 years on July 19 Husband of Janice, father of Jenny, grandfather to Brandon & Jake

Jonathan Sweeney

Age 11 on Aug. 5 Son of Sean & Tammy, brother to Megan, grandson of Ken & Pat Roberts & Linda Sweeney

Natalie Browning

Age 13 on Aug. 25 Happy Birthday to our sweet teenager! We love you so much!! Love, Mom, Dad, Camden & Stick

Amaris Smith

Turned 11 on July 16 You are so loved by your family! Love, Mom, Dad, and Nick

Anniversary Sean & Tammy Sweeney

Celebrated 16 years of marriage on July 16

Tyler Spears

Age 8 on Aug. 10 Happy birthday Ty Ty! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Dylan

Savvy Hedrick

Age 14 on Aug. 17 Happy Birthday, Savvy! We love you! Mom & Taryn

Eisley Lucian (left) turns 3 on Aug. 15 Ashlynn Porter (right) turned 10 on Aug. 4

We love you girls SO MUCH!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Kim, Dan, Keith, Ashley, Nana, Papa, & Dusty

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Celebrating August birthdays at The Lodge at BridgeMill are, back row from left: Bob Phillips, Mary Baker, Bob Webster, Bill White, Margaret Hunt, Norma Hockensmith, Bob Chester and Jim Harper. Second row, from left: Sonny Daniels, Bess Rogers, Ms. Sammie Presser, Sandy Beck and Kitty Entwisle. Front row, from left: Marie Livingston, Jane Raming, Dolores Rebele and Annette Lee. Not pictured are Johnny Scales, Eugene Ranwez, Myra Hogsed, Jim Slaughter, Jeannie Scales, Marie Goldberg and Jean Maffett.

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Baseball League Delivers Miracles On and Off the Field By Scot Turner

On a warm Saturday morning in the spring, a young man stands in the batter’s box at Hobgood Park, ready to take his at-bat to the cheers of parents in the stands. Standing all of three feet high, he grips the bat with determination and focus. The pitcher delivers a strike and the young man makes contact and then takes off as fast as he can toward first base. The scenario is like any of the other of games that play out in the same Scot Turner, an IT manner at the same place. Only professional, lives in this young man usually needs the the Sixes community with his wife and two help of a walker or a wheelchair children and is the State to get around. House Representative for Every spring and fall since 2002, District 21. You can reach the ball players of the North him on his cell phone Metro Miracle League descend at (678) 576-2644 or follow him on Facebook on Hobgood Park to enjoy playing at the game of baseball. I have had turnerforhouse. the honor of serving as a Buddy, a designated adult that aids the players as they hit, field, throw and run the bases. The players may have various conditions that challenge them off the field, but when they are on the field, they are all considered ball players. On this field, the game has been adapted to take the abilities of the players into account. League Commissioner Robert Strozier can’t hide his pride in the effort and joy shown by his players. “One of our participants is completely blind,” he said. The player has perfected his timing, tossing a ball in the air and then smacking it on the way down, usually for a line drive. The joy that player feels as he hears the ball and bat connect is reflected on his face in a priceless expression. In the case of a player named Mark, the league has had a huge impact on Mark rounds the bases with the help of Robert his quality of life. Strozier.


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“These individuals maintain a positive attitude despite facing daily challenges which few of us can truly comprehend. Their perseverance is an inspiration to live life to the fullest in a positive, uplifting manner.” “For years, Mark was nearly catatonic, rarely moving in his wheelchair, showing very little change in his facial expression,” said Strozier. “We hoped Mark was enjoying the experience, but we really didn’t know. One day, Rick, one of our volunteers, decided to run’ Mark’s wheelchair around the bases instead of walking Mark’s wheelchair around the bases. To our shock and delight, Mark started clapping and smiling. At that moment, there were a lot of smiles and moist eyes amongst us. Fast forward to 2013, Mark can hold the bat on his own, attempts to swing, throws the ball, and is always ‘running’ around the base paths with a smile on his face. Now, we know he’s having a good time.” The players aren’t the only ones who get something from the league. The volunteers have just as much fun as the players

Miracle League players and their buddies.

while learning some life lessons along the way. “The most rewarding aspect of the Miracle League experience is learning from the players,” said Strozier. “These individuals maintain a positive attitude despite facing daily challenges which few of us can truly comprehend. Their perseverance is an inspiration to live life to the fullest in a positive, uplifting manner.” Individuals interested in playing or volunteering can find more information on the league website at, by emailing, or by calling (770) 367-3762. First pitch for the fall season is set for Sept. 14.

Bounty from Community Efforts Feeds the Hungry, Nourishes the Soul By Susan Schulz

Henry Ward Beecher said, “Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.” After talking with Steve, one of the volunteers at God’s Garden next to Sixes Mill, I learned about many who are taking steps toward heaven by sharing God’s love with people in need. Rows and rows of delicious and healthy produce – from asparagus to zucchini – are planted, harvested and given to ministries like MUST and Forever Fed to be turned into meals for families in need in Cherokee County. There are many unseen blessings as well; working in and experiencing this garden changes you. The front gate sign reads, God’s Garden: Blessed by Norman, referencing Norman Burns, its founder. Norman once said, “I know what it’s like to be hungry, and no one should ever be hungry.” In 2005, a volunteer at the Cherokee Senior Center met Norman and discovered that he needed help maintaining fruit trees on his three-acre property. This project grew over the next couple years, and a community garden was planted - a big step toward solving the hunger problem in our county. Norman took his final step Olivia Kirkland (left) and to heaven February 2011, but Natalie Cardin help in the his family and the growing garden several times a number of volunteers refused month. to allow God’s Garden to disappear. After Norman’s property sold, an offer came from the Gresham family to continue God’s Garden at the mill on Sixes Road near I-575. The abundant bounty and daily miracles now carry on each growing season. About 5,000-6,000 pounds of food are distributed to the hungry each year. Another miraculous aspect of the garden is that the bounty comes from plants that often are donated because they’re unsuitable for retail sale. Seeds are harvested from rotten fruit. Nothing goes to waste. For more information on God’s Garden, visit the “About” section on the Facebook page, God’s Garden – Canton, Georgia. “Like” the page while you are there, and if you are interested in taking steps toward heaven by volunteering, leave a message. Photos by Rebecca Hannigan sixes living | August 2013



Coping With an Inheritance A windfall from a loved one can be both rewarding and complicated. by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

Inheriting wealth can be a burden and a blessing. Even if you have an inclination that a family member may remember you in his or her last will and testament, there are many facets to the process of inheritance that you may not have considered. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind if it comes to pass. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone 770-952-6707.

Take your time. If someone cared about you enough to leave you a sizable inheritance, then likely you will need time to grieve and cope with the loss. This is important, and many of the more major decisions about your inheritance can likely wait. And consider, too, when you’re dealing with so much already, you may be too overwhelmed to give your options the careful consideration they need and deserve. You may be able to make more rational decisions once some time has passed. Don’t go it alone. There are so many laws, options and potential pitfalls – the knowledge an experienced professional can provide on this subject may prove to be vitally important. Unless you happen to have uncommon knowledge on the subject, seek help. Do you have to accept it? While it may sound ridiculous at first, in some cases refusing an inheritance may be a wise move. Depending on your situation and the amount of your bequest, it may be that estate taxes will drain a large amount. Depending on the amount that remains, disclaiming some (or all) of the gift is worth contemplation. Think of your own family. When an inheritance is received, it may alter the course of your own estate plan. Be sure to take that into consideration. You may want to think about setting up trusts for your children to help ensure their wealth is received at an age where the likelihood that they’ll misuse or waste it is decreased. Trust creation may also help you (and your spouse) maximize exemptions on personal estate tax.


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“You may want to think about setting up trusts for your children to help ensure their wealth is received at an age where the likelihood that they’ll misuse or waste it is decreased. Trust creation may also help you (and your spouse) maximize exemptions on personal estate tax.” The tax man will be visiting. If you’ve inherited an IRA, it is extremely important that you weigh the tax cost of cashing out against the need for instant funds. A cash out can mean you will have to pay (on every dollar you withdraw) full income tax rates. This can greatly reduce the worth of your bequest, whereas allowing the gains of the investment to continue to compound within the account, and continuing to defer taxes, may have the opposite effect and help to increase the value of what you’ve inherited. Stay informed. The estate laws have seen many changes over the years, so what you thought you knew about them may no longer be correct. This is especially true with regard to the taxation on capital gains. The assistance of a seasoned financial professional may be more important than ever before. Remember to do what’s right for YOU. All too often, an inheritance is left in its original form, which may be a large holding of a single company – perhaps even one started by the relative who bestowed the gift. While it’s natural for emotion to play a part, and you may wish to leave your inheritance as it is, out of respect for your relative, what happens if the value of that stock takes a nose dive? The old adage “never put all your eggs in one basket” may be words to live by. Remember that this money is now yours, and the way in which you allocate assets needs to be in line with YOUR needs and goals. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

Four Reasons to Move Right Now by Sheila & Kurt Johnson

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

The current housing market is in perfect balance, allowing sellers to get more money for their homes and in a shorter time frame than they have in years. At the same time, buyers can afford more home than any other time in history because of record low interest rates and relatively low home prices. This balance can’t last forever. The factors listed below highlight the fragility of this balance and the possible need for urgency by both buyers and sellers to seize this unique opportunity Supply is replenishing — Nationally, the supply of homes for sale was up slightly in May, and we have seen the quantity of available Cherokee County

homes rise since spring. New construction is coming back — Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the corner. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are ramping up. These new homes will again become competition, as they are an attractive alternative to many purchasers. Interest rates are on the rise — The Mortgage Broker Association has projected mortgage interest rates will inch up approximately one full point in 2013. Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, your interest rate will likely be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home. Seasonal demand fluctuations — If the past is any indication, the rapid pace of home sales we have been experiencing all summer will start to slow in late August and not start to rise again until next spring. The opportunity for sellers to have the largest available audience of buyers fluctuates with the seasons and the prime selling season is winding down. Now is an ideal time for buyers and sellers to take advantage of these unique market conditions.

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No Place Like Home for Emily Bowman BY KARA KIEFER

On Feb. 16, 2013, everything changed for Emily Bowman and her family. While walking home along an Athens roadway one evening, Emily was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident by a suspected drunk driver. She has been hospitalized since that time, and finally returned home on June Emily’s new bedroom 27 with her mom Debbie and legion of friends and supporters by her side. In order for Emily to return home and receive treatment, her Towne Lake home needed to be renovated. In stepped Sunshine on a Ranney Day, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that provides room and home makeovers for children with long-term illnesses. Holly and Pete Remodeled bathroom Ranney began Sunshine on a Ranney Day in 2012. Recently, the organization completed an entire home renovation for Tripp Halstead, a toddler who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a tree branch fell on his head during Hurricane Sandy. Seventy to eighty percent of the materials, as well as most Mom Debbie’s room of the labor, are donated for the projects. Designer Jennifer Crosby donated her time and talents to


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create a soothing and functional space for Emily and her mom. The former dining room next to the kitchen became Emily’s new bedroom. The den that was adjacent to the dining room became a bedroom for Debbie that is adjoining to Emily’s. Emily’s room is filled with the things she loves, including a wall shelf of nail polish and her bed has a quilt made up of all her favorite colors. The renovation also included new flooring, new carpet up the stairs, new lighting and the expansion of the downstairs powder room into a spacious American Disabilities Act-approved bathroom. The home also received a full cleaning courtesy of Molly Maid, which will provide ongoing services. The homecoming was naturally a very emotional time for those close to Emily, especially mom Debbie. Fighting back tears, she told TV cameras: “I never dreamed this could happen — to get set up in order to bring Emily home. I am just so grateful.” We continue to wish Emily strength in her recovery — glad to finally have you home! For more information on Sunshine on a Ranney Day, visit To make a tax deductible donation to the Emily Bowman Recovery Fund visit


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

Many of us have been touched by the tragic accident involving our community’s own Emily Bowman. She is a Woodstock High School graduate who was struck from behind by an alleged drunk driver while walking in Athens. It has been inspiring to witness the outpouring of love and support of friends, local businesses and nonprofits. Emily’s return to Cherokee County was a big milestone, but her life and her family’s will be very different than in the past. Everyday Angels would like to join in the efforts to provide her family with relief by donating grocery and gas cards for her routine trips for therapy. For those of us who watched her homecoming in person or on the news, it was bittersweet. We will continue to pray for the strength and courage of Emily and her family as they begin this journey. Dear Everyday Angels, My sister and I were born and raised in rural Cherokee county back in the 80s. After college, both of us moved out west for jobs and started our families. We had offered to move our parents closer to their grandchildren and us numerous times, but they were adamant about remaining in Georgia. We could never understand their desire to stay in their older home amongst the large subdivisions and commercial growth. However, recently I was reminded of why they wanted to stay. My father passed away three years ago, and we were frustrated with our mom’s continued desire to remain. At the time, my mom was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. We begged her to move in with us so we could care for her, but she loved her doctors and would not leave her home. My sister and I did all that we could to travel to Georgia for weeks at a time to care for her. She insisted that she was fine and was being cared for by her good friends and neighbors in the community. I began to understand how much help she had after cancer won the battle and I was going through her things and found a notebook my mother kept. She recorded everything that each person had done for her. I was amazed at the long list of familiar names as well as those of complete strangers. Everyday Angels was a name she had mentioned several times. She spoke of prayers, gift cards, meals, and groceries that were brought to her as well as daily trips to radiation and chemo. Often times, complete strangers would take her to and from her treatments. My sister and I want to thank you and the community for showing my mother love and comfort during a most difficult time and reminding us of why they refused to leave such an awesome community. Andy

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All 4 Kids - Cobb County Times: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Location: Cobb County Fairgrounds, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta Info:

Aug. 9-10

Canton First UMC Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd. Info:

Aug. 9-10

Kidz-Sense Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Wildwood Baptist, 4801 Wade Green Rd., Acworth Info:


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Step into your most comfortable shoes, fill up your gas tank and head out into Cherokee and neighboring counties with this guide to help you find bargains in gently-used children’s clothes and toys.

Aug. 16-17

First Baptist Canton Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Location: One Mission Point, Canton Info:

Aug. 21-22

The Divine Children’s Show (smocked, trunk show and boutique overstock, consignment) Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday Location: The Mansour Center, 995 Roswell St., Marietta Info:

Aug. 22-24

Messiah Christian Academy Location: 415 Charles Cox Dr., Canton Info: www.messiahchristianacademy. com.

Aug. 22-24

Creekside UMC MOPS Times: 8-9 p.m. presale with $5 donation Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Creekside UMC, 673 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming Info:

Aug. 23-24

The Blessing Line Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: Woodstock First Baptist, 11905 Ga. 92 Info:

Aug. 23-24

Pass It On Times: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.noon Saturday Location: Acworth UMC, 4340 Collins Cir., Acworth Info:


Cherokee Business Showcase Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Aquatics Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs Info: (770) 345-0400.

Aug. 15

Papa’s Pantry 15th Birthday Celebration Time: 6-7 p.m. Location: 6551 Commerce Pkwy., Suite 200, Woodstock 30189 Info: Free hamburgers, hot dogs and birthday cake.

Aug. 16

BINGO Night Time: 6 p.m. doors open, 6:30-10 p.m. food and games Location: Woodstock High cafeteria, 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Dr. Info: Proceeds benefit the Woodstock High School Marching Band. Contact Lori Salvino at (678) 315-9069 or lgoldsal@

Aug. 24

Thanks for the Memory: Volunteer Aging Council Gala Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton Cost: $75 per person, $135 per couple Info: Master of ceremonies will be Greg Talmadge, 106.7’s morning traffic anchor. The evening will feature a big band orchestra, free dance lessons, dinner, silent and live auction and raffles. Proceeds benefit Cherokee County seniors in need. www.vac-cherokeega. org.

Aug. 24

Adopt a Duck Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: TBA Information: Rubber duck race benefitting the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Prizes donated by several area businesses. To purchase a racer, visit or visit the

shelter at 1015 Univeter Rd., Canton.

Aug. 31

Celebrate Freedom Atlanta Location: Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta. Info: The largest free one-day concert in Atlanta. Concerts by Third Day, Switchfoot, Francesca Battistelli, Laura Story, Montell Jordan & Victory World Music, Family Force 5, Royal Tailor, Capital Kings, MIKESCHAIR, Lindsay McCaul and Kingsdown.

Aug. 31

Animal Rescues 5K Time: 8 a.m. Location: Hopewell Baptist Church, 75 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 Cost: $25 before Aug. 23, $30 after. $25 for phantom runners. Info: Proceeds benefit Green Pets America, an organization that finds homes for homeless pets in North Georgia. Contact Bill Monahan at (404) 226-2883 or

Sept. 6

Job Readiness Event Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Cherokee Recreation Center, 7545 Main St., Woodstock Info: The free event, sponsored by Cherokee FOCUS and MUST Ministries, is limited to the first 50 registrants. The day-long training program includes classes led by area employers. Food will be provided. To register, call Taylor Griffis with Cherokee FOCUS at (770) 345-5483 or Beth Ray with MUST Ministries at (770) 790-3883.

Sept. 8

Race for One Million Meals, 5K Music Fest Time: 2 p.m. Location: Race starts and finishes at the International Plaza, Georgia World Congress Center. Cost: $30 until Sept. 4. $45 race day

Info: The event, featuring a 1K, 5K and Tot Trot, is hosted by Canton’s SERV Ministries Inc., and is a fundraiser to provide meals for undernourished around the world. Participants can run from any MARTA station. The last 3.1 miles will feature a stage at each mile and a fun zone and concert at the finish line.

Tuesdays starting Sept. 10

Cherokee Squares Square Dance Club Classes Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church, 237 Rope Mill Road Information: (770) 704-0875 or (770) 926-1749.

Week of Sept. 17-22

Cherokee County Fair Times: Opens at 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Location: Canton Fairgrounds, 160 McClure St. Info: Family fun featuring livestock, shows, carnival rides, games and more. For more information, call (770) 4794613.

Oct. 14

Goshen Valley Golf Classic Time: Registration 9 a.m., lunch 10:30 a.m., tee-off 11 a.m. Location: Cherokee Towne & Country Club, 665 Hightower Trail, Atlanta. Info: Proceeds benefit the Waleska foster home for 40 boys. Register at

Have a community event planned? Let us know by Aug. 15 for the September issue, and we will publish it for free! Email your information to candi@ sixes living | August 2013



The Importance of ‘Why’ in Business By Julian Reid

I can hit a five-iron from the Starbucks coffee shop at Canton Marketplace to the Starbucks inside the Canton Target. Neither Starbucks appears to be in jeopardy of going out of business. No selfrespecting Dave Ramsey fan would pay more than four bucks for a cup of coffee, and yet masses of people (including me) do it on a regular basis. Why? Here’s a hint: It’s not about the Julian Reid has a chemical coffee. engineering degree from McDonald’s crushes its Georgia Tech, a U.S. competition in market share, Chamber certification in Organization even though there are countless Management, and several restaurants that sell what many professional coaching consider to be much better burgers. and sales certifications. McDonald’s stores sell more toys Contact him at (770) than anyone in the world. A lot of 521-0698 or jreid@ people don’t know that. However, even a common Londoner knows that kids beg for a Happy Meal to brighten their day.


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“People have no problem paying the extra money for the magical experience.” Six Flags sells rides. You can have a good time there for about $39. However, for the “privilege” of paying about $48 more, you can have a magical day at one of the competitor’s parks. People have no problem paying the extra money for the magical experience. Why? Here’s a hint: Disney doesn’t sell rides. I just spent a day with Amit Kleinberger, CEO of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. If you’ve never heard of Amit or Menchie’s, look them up on Google or just wait awhile. Menchie’s is at the entry ramp from infancy to dramatic expansion, and its speed of growth has nothing to do with the product or how the business is run. Like today’s really great companies, Menchie’s starts with the question of why. Using concepts from Start with Why by Simon Sinek and Good to Great by Jim Collins, Menchie’s is starting a revolution with a simple vision statement that every guest, team member and franchise owner can understand. Its mission statement is even simpler: “We make you smile.” You may have noticed that I still haven’t mentioned what Menchie’s sells. The truth is that the “what” is just a vehicle for the “why” of its business. When you learn the details behind defined company values including community, family, and fun/happiness, then you can easily see why the company is in business. The concept: “Every Menchie’s is a place for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories.” My point? Your small business should run the same way: Start with the “why.” If your small business starts with “why,” then perhaps you can STOP competing on price, STOP comparing yourself to competitors and STOP making your business a commodity. Instead, begin to focus on your “why.” Your customers will buy “why” you do what you do before they buy the “what.”

Choices Available in Retirement Living by Debbie McAdory

Debbie McAdory is the marketing outreach coordinator for The Lodge at BridgeMill, a residence for seniors, and a volunteer with Triad S.A.L.T. Contact her at debbie.mcadory@ugoc. com.

Retirement is a time in life that I aspire to reach. I look forward to the time when I can admit that I am retired. With so many retirement choices available, making the best decisions for ourselves and our loved ones is paramount, yet often confusing. There are more choices in independent living, assisted living and continuing care retirement communities now more than ever before, with affordability being a prime concern. I often hear people ask about the differences between independent living and assisted living. My explanation is that independent living is peak retirement living with more choices versus assisted living that offers a higher level of care. Independent living is more

affordable. Many independent living apartment communities are designed for seniors age 55 and up, while a segment of

properties appeals to the 62-plus crowd. Both offer larger apartment floor plans and full kitchens along with an amenity-rich lifestyle that includes swimming pools, golf, fitness centers, business centers, onsite restaurants, theater, beauty/barber salons transportation and a full time activity director. Independent living apartment communities are often described as resort living for seniors. If care support is needed, residents choose their own care provider through an a la carte pricing structure. Assisted living communities offer levels of assistance with daily living for seniors who need help but are not sufficiently incapacitated to require a nursing home. These communities encourage residents to lead more active, independent lives than would be available in a nursing home. Assisted living is limited care that is designed to include smaller private quarters without full kitchens, meals, personal assistance, housekeeping aid, monitoring of medications and nurses visits. Some senior housing choices are smaller, one-story singlefamily dwellings often in gated communities. The minimum age for residents is 55, and the residents tend to be more active. A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), otherwise known as a life care community, offers residents continued on page 60

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Late Summer is Time to Protect Winter Lawns

How to Create Your Personal Commercial

By Micky Eubanks

By Beth Ray

As we go into the dog days of summer, return to school, football and seasonal changes, we need to look ahead to plan for these changes in our landscape as well. It may seem too early, but by mid-August you should have a plan in place to control pesky winter weeds. Your first step should be to identify the problem weeds from previous seasons to help you choose a pre-emergent Micky Eubanks, a sixherbicide. The chemical should year veteran of the US Navy, is chief operating be applied before weeds begin officer of Lawnsmith, to germinate. While weeds are Inc. He’s a graduate always germinating, you want of Abraham Baldwin to be ahead of the majority. Agricultural College One of the more problematic with a major in golf turf management and weeds, and difficult to control has been landscaping once established, is Poa Annua, in metro Atlanta for 15 or annual bluegrass. This weed years. (678) 445-4283. makes itself known in early spring and is easily identified by the lush green color of the leaf blades and trademark white seed heads. Once you have Poa Annua in your turf, you will more than likely have it again unless proper steps to control it are taken. I’m sure fescue lawns have looked the best they have ever looked for this time of year. If you have fescue grass, I strongly recommend that you aerate and over seed in early to mid-September. Since we don’t know what next summer will be like, the benefits of this year’s preparation will be enjoyed next year. If you will be over seeding fescue or rye grass, don’t apply the pre-emergent herbicides to these areas because it will affect the seed. Late summer and early fall is the time to be on the lookout for armyworms and cutworms. Armyworms are small striped creatures that show up in great numbers and march across your turf, eating every leaf blade. The damage is more aesthetic and not detrimental to more established turfs, but armyworms can kill new sod. Armyworms are easily controlled once identified and typically are more of a nuisance during hot dry summers, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Cutworms are the worms that show up in your oak trees and eat every single leaf on your tree. This damage has more potential to be harmful to the tree if not controlled. These pests are easily controlled as well, once identified.


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How do you respond when an interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself!”? Many people do not understand the request. What the person is really asking is, what skills do you have? This request is the prime opportunity to promote what you can do for an employer – your 30-second commercial. What is a 30-second commercial? Some call it an Beth Ray serves as Program Director for elevator speech, something Employment Services you could tell someone in at MUST Ministries. the short amount of time you She holds a BS in spend in an elevator. Marketing from Mercer The key steps are to University and an MBA from Kennesaw State provide your name, your University. skills/training/education, an example of how you have used those skills in the past, what you are looking for, ask for his or her help and thank him or her for listening. Be very specific. So, tell me about yourself. It’s nice to meet you. My name is John Jones. Prior to the recession, I worked in residential construction, primarily reading blueprints, measuring and framing houses. In fact, the subcontractor I worked for was complimented by the builder for having the most accurate framing in the subdivision. This accuracy saved him money when the sheetrock crew came in. Since the recession, I have been doing small reconstruction projects, home additions and repairs. I am looking for an opportunity to provide my services to a builder or subcontractor. Thank you for listening. I would really appreciate any help you can provide. Do you know of someone who could use my skills? Here are a few more pointers. Memorize your speech so it sounds natural. Put it on the bathroom mirror, refrigerator door or somewhere you will see it often. Once it is memorized, adapt it to the situation – networking or speaking to an employer. If you are leaving a phone message in response to an ad or emailing your resume, use it as the voice message or text of the email. If you are meeting a new acquaintance, be ready to network. You never know when you might have the opportunity to use your commercial. When you speak to people, always get their business cards or have pen and paper to write down their contact information. Then be sure to follow up and tell them it was a pleasure to talk, and you hope they will keep you in mind for job opportunities. Remember, 80 percent of all jobs come through networking, so be prepared!

Girls’ Night Out at the Range? By Joni Gommo

Joni Gommo, a mother of four and chapter leader for The Well Armed Woman, has gone from fearful to being NRA certified as a basic pistol and first steps instructor. www.

Joni Gommo started a Holly Springs chapter of The Well Armed Woman which filled up immediately. This month she tells how her fear of firearms has developed into a passion to educate other women. In the July issue, she described her fear at being face-to-face with a firearm. This month she tells how that fear has developed into a passion to educate other women.

After many visits to the range, I decided to take an official firearms safety class and learn everything I could about how to be safe with the gun. In fact, most women I know are very safe with guns. I think it is because we are wired for safety in all things, and handling guns is no different. As I gained more experience as a shooter, I replaced my initial fear with a healthy respect. I began to enjoy going to the range as much as a day of shopping at the mall and talked my girlfriends into going to the range with me. Before long, I purchased my first firearm, and THEN something happened: I became excited about shooting. A switch had flipped, and I now had “the bug.” When my husband suggested dinner out, I countered with, “How about dinner at home and then out to the range?” When gal pals would ask me to go to the nail salon, I suggested going to the range instead. It wasn’t long before I was spending a lot of time at the range and helped a few girlfriends get over their fear, much to the delight of their

husbands. Eventually, my non-gun friends were asking me to take them to the range to show them how to shoot. The more I did this, the more I loved it. I loved the camaraderie among a group of women shooting together. When I was given the chance to lead a woman’s gun club in Cherokee County, I jumped at the chance. We opened a Holly Springs chapter of The Well Armed Woman, which was filled very quickly. The Well Armed Women has 81 chapters across the U.S. with more than 2,000 members. There are seven chapters in Georgia, with three recently opened in Marietta, Roswell and Powder Springs. We are a group of women, ranging in age from 21 to 68, who want to become educated and empowered. Our members are all smiles – from the experienced shooters to the women just beginning. The less experienced learn from the more experienced. Safety is stressed, and firearms professionals are invited to be guest speakers. While on the range, Range Safety Officers are never out of sight. Several women have begun research into buying their first gun. I advise women to rely on the firearm that feels most comfortable to them. While well-meaning husbands, boyfriends, fathers or friends will try to recommend their favorites, it’s best to make your own decision. It may help to rent several guns during the process. There has been much controversy in the media lately about firearms. But I want to make it very clear that this is not a political issue. I belong to several firearms organizations that include people from all walks of life and political affiliations. You know what’s so nice about that? We are not a divided group of people in these organizations. We all enjoy a common interest and the freedom to exercise our constitutional rights. For more information on joining a local chapter, visit www.

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The Benefits of Music Are Noteworthy By linda lokey

The beginning of school marks the time when band, orchestra and chorus classes gear up, providing opportunities for children to play an instrument or sing with their classmates. Have you wondered how music can benefit your child? Besides the fun and sense of personal accomplishment, a growing number of neuroscientists Linda holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, and psychologists have is a three-time president of shared research showing a the Cherokee Music Teachers connection between the magic Association and is a Nationally of music and the way the Certified Teacher of Music. brain develops. Music study She has been teaching/ accompanying in the Atlanta strengthens children’s muscular area since 1991. Email her at development, coordination, timing, concentration and memory. Mastering the correct way to go about learning a new piece of music promotes ordered thinking, and uses the same skills a child needs for academic success. Let’s use the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” as an example. Students must remember the notes that form the melody. If they are playing a piano, they must distinguish between sets of three black keys and sets of two. They must understand the rhythmic concept that two quarter-notes and a half-note equals four beats to one measure. They must relate what they see on the page and hear with their ears and translate that to what they play or sing. And they will learn to do all that at the same time! These efforts strengthen neural pathways in the brain’s cortex, where higher reasoning takes place. A study publicized by Academic Press found that secondgrade students who were given four months of keyboard training scored 27 percent higher on proportional math and fractions tests. After learning eighth, quarter, half and whole notes, second and third graders scored 100 percent higher than their peers who were taught fractions using traditional methods (Neurological Research, March 15, 1998). The College Board reported that college-bound seniors who’ve had music experience scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion of their SATs and 37 points higher than those without arts instruction (1998). The benefits can start early. Music therapy is even being used with premature babies to lower heart rates, improve their sleeping patterns and increase their feeding behavior. So sing to your little ones – even if you don’t have a wonderful voice (they don’t care). Play music for them. Dance with them. The earlier the better! 26

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Sharing the Trails with Bicycles By Lisa Randall

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

With the completion of the expanded parking lot and new amenities at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails, there has been an increase in the number of hikers and runners using the park. Many users are unaware that Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Park are both trail systems where mountain bike users have the right-of-way. Hiking and running is permitted on the trails; however, those on foot are required to yield to those on bikes. If you plan to run or hike at Blankets Creek or Rope Mill, try following these suggestions for the most pleasant outdoor experience. • Always hike or run opposite the bike direction. The trail direction changes daily and is clearly posted at the trail heads. This way you can see oncoming

“Hiking and running is permitted on the trails; however, those on foot are required to yield to those on bikes. ” bikes and move to the side of the trail as they approach. • Both trails (especially Blankets Creek) are crowded on weeknights and weekends. Avoid the busy bike times for a more relaxing hike or run. Early mornings or early afternoon are the best times to hike at either trail, with Rope Mill Park being less busy than Blankets Creek. • Don’t wear headphones while hiking or running. Bikes may be fast approaching around a corner, and in some situations you can hear them coming before you can see them. • If you hike with a dog, you must have your dog on a leash. Not only is it the law, but it’s important for the safety of both the dog and oncoming riders. Do not hike with your dog during peak bike times. Keep the leash short and ensure that both you and your four-legged friend can safely move to the side of the trail to allow bikes to pass. • Be aware of your surroundings (look and listen) and continued on page 60

Magical Museums Create Memories By Lynne Watts

Museums abound in the greater Atlanta area with exhibits and activities that appeal to most everyone. You can learn about history, art or science. You can watch IMAX movies that transport you underwater or experience the beauty of the Georgia night sky in a planetarium. Families can spend a day or couples can spend an evening. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History Lynne Watts is an author, in Kennesaw is a must-see for speaker, coach, mom and any train aficionado. It houses counselor for Cherokee County schools. Follow her The General, a locomotive with at http://acalledwoman. a rich civil war history that com/, http://lynnewatts. includes a theft, a high-speed com and http:// chase and even a court battle in modern times. In addition to historical artifacts and a movie, the museum provides an interactive education center where children and adults can learn about the Civil War, railroad and

locomotive history. Follow up your visit with lunch at the nearby Trackside Grill where you can hear trains pass by as you dine. Visit the museum website at visit. Looking for a science museum that will entertain adults and kids alike? Tellus, located in Cartersville, houses four galleries: the Weinman Mineral Gallery; a Fossil Gallery; a Science in Motion Gallery, and My Big Backyard, an indoor interactive playground for children of all ages. Don’t miss the planetarium show, where the digital technology of the sky theater will take you through the solar system and beyond. The experience is breathtaking! Eat in the Tellus cafe or bring a picnic and eat in the large pavilion outside. You can check out the many different activities at Looking for something different for date night? Try Thirsty Thursdays at the High Museum, where you can experience art while sipping a glass of wine. The Girl with the Pearl Earring is on display through September 23, along with 35 other Dutch paintings. Visit the website for bios of the painters before you go: Another Atlanta museum that pairs spirits, a DJ, and movies is Fernbank with Martini and IMAX Fridays. Dive into exotic underwater locations in Under continued on page 60 sixes living | August 2013



Programs for Children Continue at Allatoona Lake By Amy Cobb

Even though summer is over and the kids are back in school, activities at Allatoona Lake aren’t coming to an end. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Park Rangers at Allatoona Lake are gearing up for two off-season programs: The Fall Leaf Program. This program will be offered at the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Park Ranger Amy Cobb is a Georgia native and has Thursday between Oct. 22 and been a Corps Ranger at Nov. 14, when the leaves are several locations around revealing their most colorful the South. She holds a B.A. changes. The program is geared in Outdoor Recreation from toward the fifth grade level, lasts the University of Georgia and an M.A.T. in Elementary 45 minutes and covers basic Education from Brenau tree identification, physiology University. and photosynthesis. After a short classroom presentation, we take a 30-minute hike on the Laurel Ridge Trail for a hands-on experience of our natural resources and environment. What Is In Our Water? The Lake Ecology and Water Quality program will be offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between Jan. 13 and Feb. 14,, 2014. This program is geared toward the 4th and 5th grade levels and lasts 30 – 45 minutes. It is conducted as a classroom-size group, and will have hands-on activities that include explanation of a water cycle, water quality and a watershed. All of our programs are offered by appointment only and are for schools, youth groups or visitors who are interested in the natural resources available to them around Allatoona Lake. While these programs are typically geared toward 4th and 5th graders, other age groups are welcome. We also offer water safety programs in the spring. If you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a program, please contact the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at (678) 721-6700. If you aren’t able to participate in any of our programs this fall, you can always drive around the lake and observe the remarkable changes that nature has to offer. Stop by our visitor center, take a hike down one of the trails or just get outside and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall!

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Health & Wellness

A Holy Place by Mike Litrel, MD

Eight years ago, my wife Ann was hospitalized for a lifethreatening bleed in her brain. I sat vigil at her bedside for many hours through the days and nights as she lay there in pain, unable to move, barely able to whisper. I was afraid that I would lose my wife and my young boys their mother. But early one morning, Ann spoke one sentence to me, and the heavy feeling of worry that had filled my chest suddenly Dr. Mike Litrel is a national evaporated. In its place was speaker and author on the faith-health connection a wonderful certainty my wife and a board certified OB/ would be okay. GYN and specialist in pelvic A shunt had been placed by reconstructive surgery at the neurosurgeon to alleviate Cherokee Women’s Health the pressure on Ann’s brain. The Specialists. Dr. Litrel can be reached via his website shunt slowly dripped out tinged cerebral spinal fluid the entire week. I watched from my chair next to Ann’s bed as, drop by drop, the fluid fell into the collecting system. The fluid had a reddish color at first. As the days passed, the fluid gradually clarified to a pinkish tinge. Finally, one morning, the fluid had the healthy hue of fine champagne. Ann was still in such pain she could hardly open her eyes. She squeezed my hand as she woke up and whispered good morning. I tried to cheer her up. “Your cerebral spinal fluid looks so good this morning, I’m tempted to take a sip,” I said wryly. A few moments later Ann responded, “If you swallow … a mouthful,” she croaked, “it will raise your IQ … fifty points.” I was stunned. Immobilized in intensive care for more than a week, my wife had just made a joke. A funny one to boot! I knew then that Ann was going to be all right. Our son Tyler inherited his mother’s courage and sense of humor. Several years ago, he was injured in a skiing accident. It was a two-hour ambulance ride to the nearest city hospital. With a fractured bone almost sticking through the skin, Tyler suffered the bumpy ride along the mountain road in agony. Just before Tyler’s surgery, his doctor told him he would need a strong narcotic for the pain. He recommended Vicodin. “Oh, that’s my favorite one,” my 12-year-old offspring quipped. The surgeon looked shocked. “That’s the one that Dr. House takes.” Tyler grinned as he referenced a family TV favorite about an E.R. doc, “House.” Last week, Tyler required another major reconstructive operation, casting a shadow of fear and worry over our

“The hospital is a holy place. Here in this holy place, we seek help when our loved ones or we are injured or ill. Here in this holy place, gathered together, are people who have dedicated their lives to helping strangers in need. Here in this holy place, love manifests itself through us in the most concrete of ways...” household. As a surgeon, I find it far easier to be the one providing care than the one worrying about my loved one. Both roles come with moments of fear. But no matter on which side of the medical relationship I find myself, I know this to be true: The hospital is a holy place. Here in this holy place, we seek help when our loved ones or we are injured or ill. Here in this holy place, gathered together, are people who have dedicated their lives to helping strangers in need. Here in this holy place, love manifests itself through us in the most concrete of ways – all of us helping one another when we are in desperate need. And here in this holy place, God grants healing and relief. Nevertheless, as a Dad sitting next to my son’s bed before major surgery, I was a bit anxious. Tyler grabbed my hand moments before he was to be wheeled back to the operating room. “Dad, I need you to remember something for me,” Tyler said in a low, intense voice. Unsettled, I leaned forward to listen. “971-32-2745-1994. Write it down.” I fumbled for a pen and wrote the number down, repeating it back to Tyler at his request. Confused, I waited. “If I die, you will be contacted. Give them that code number,” Tyler said. “Within a week, you will receive ten million dollars cash - in untraceable bills.” His face still wore the trace of a smirk as the nurses wheeled him back to surgery. Later, as I sat for hours in the waiting room during the operation, I found myself again worrying. Life can be frightening and painful. We suffer so much, and over the course of a long life, lose what matters to us most, our bodies, and our loved ones. It’s so easy to forget the truth: despite our being biologically mortal, we are spiritually eternal. I remembered Tyler’s last-minute joke. It was going to be okay. And so it was.

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Health & Wellness

Parents, Take the Lead By Stacy Ward and Laura Mikszan

Getting back into a routine while balancing healthy lifestyles is often challenging with busy family obligations. Summer vacation is over and parents are attempting to set boundaries and discipline habits for kids with school work, sports activities and daily responsibilities. Ask yourself Stacy Ward (left), author, if you a good role model and certified PT and fitness practice what you preach. instructor, and Laura Mikszan, While having a healthy lifestyle journalist, entrepreneur and certified group fitness doesn’t require a lot of time, instructor, are co-owners of it does mean prioritizing what Envision Health Studio. Contact is important in life and making them at (770) 926-4180. www. sure habits are congruent with those priorities. If you want to get your kids a head start and perform better at school, be sure they are getting good nutrition and physical activity. The same applies for us parents. If we are running on processed foods that lack vitamins and nutrients


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with no physical activity, we will lack the energy and vitality to do everything on our to-do list. Establishing healthy eating and exercise habits early in life can lead to long-term healthy behavior in adulthood. You are role models! Children will imitate their parents and caregivers. They emulate the messages you send about eating and exercise. Here are some quick tips to get your family off to the right start this school year. 1. Choose healthy beverages and foods. Swap soda for water, low-fat milk, or unsweetened juice. Buy more fruits and vegetables. 2. Limit screen time. Turn off the TV or video game console after a max of two hours a day. This frees up time for physical activity that contributes to family weight loss. Exercise with your kids or find structured fitness programs for the family. 3. Eat breakfast every day. This helps your child avoid snacking on empty calories because they’re “sooooo hungry.” Provide breakfast that includes whole grains, fruit, and protein. Skipping meals doesn’t promote weight loss for kids or adults! 4. Eat at home. You can make healthy choices at restaurants continued on page 60

Menopause: Not Just for Women By Dale Coker

I guess by now, everyone in the country who watches television is familiar with advertisements for products for ED (erectile dysfunction) and Low T (low testosterone). As a practicing pharmacist for more years than I would like to admit, I had never heard of the terminology Low T until it was coined in a commercial for a testosterone replacement product. There is some debate as to Pharmacist Dale Coker whether testosterone decline in is the owner of Cherokee men is age related. One study, Custom Script, an independent pharmacy presented at the Endocrine specializing in compounding. Society’s meeting in Houston on He also is a member of the June 25, 2012, suggested that Sixes Living community testosterone decline is more likely board. Email him at to result from a man’s behavioral and health changes than by aging. Another study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism supports this theory. This study found that men’s testosterone levels dropped about 1.2 percent per year, or 17 percent overall, from 1987 to 2004. Sixty-

five year old men had lower levels in 2004 than in 1987. Whatever the reason for the declining testosterone levels at advanced ages, (Ouch! I just turned 60), most men experience this phenomenon. Men are more keenly aware of this than they were 20 years ago, partly because of the nightly barrage of television advertising. They are also more open to discussing this issue than ever before. Twenty years ago, I can’t even imagine a man asking me a question relating to low testosterone. To do so would have been an affront to his manhood. Compounding pharmacists have been compounding testosterone for many years now. Synthetic capsules and injectables were the only dosage forms available from manufacturers until topical forms of bio-identical testosterone appeared on the market about 10 years ago. The most common commercially available form of testosterone replacement is a topical gel, but other forms have become available, such as an underarm roll-on application. Compounding pharmacists can provide testosterone in any dosage form that is appropriate for the patient, as determined by the physician. Men, we are indeed fortunate that we don’t have the same complex symptoms that women experience during this stage of life, but it is good that we are realizing that a loss in energy and vitality can be a sign of Low T. Aren’t television commercials great?

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Health & Wellness

Bacteria Can be a Nerve-Racking Issue By Dr. Scott R. Harden

Early in my career, a patient by the name of Roger walked into my office for help involving his sore tooth. When he opened his mouth, every one of his remaining teeth revealed advanced decay. His teeth were black, and only about half of each tooth remained resulting from years of bacterial destruction. Rather than complain of numerous severe toothaches as I would have Dr. Scott Harden is a expected, Roger only complained dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry of one tooth being sore. Clinical and has served the inspection revealed a large piece Towne Lake area for of meat stuck in the middle more than 21 years. of a large molar cavity. The He is a dental advisor piece of food was removed and for two national dental research provided him immediate relief. companies. You can This experience taught me the reach Dr. Harden at lesson that teeth are masters of (770) 926-0000 or visit adapting to their environment. How can someone have a large cavity that has spread into the main nerve of the tooth and never hurt? How can someone have advanced decay in many teeth, like Roger, and none of them cause discomfort? Several fundamental principles presented back in dental school have proven great value in communicating with patients and answering these questions. One principle involves bacteria in the mouth and the other principle involves nerve anatomy in teeth. The microscopic enemy of teeth is oral bacteria. Bacteria flourish from the carbohydrates and simple sugars in our diet and ultimately produce a byproduct of acid. The acid is very strong and capable of dissolving the enamel in our teeth, which is the hardest substance in the human body. Thus, a cavity is really an acid burn in the tooth, which demineralizes the tooth. It would seem logical that bacteria producing acid would certainly cause toothaches, but very few people can detect cavities in their teeth. Why? The acid spreads very slowly through the tooth and slowly destroys the nerve endings inside the tooth as it spreads. Bacteria must spread through enamel first, which has no nerves at all. Bacteria then spread further into the middle of the tooth, called dentin, which comprises the bulk of a tooth. The destructive acid byproduct from the bacteria dissolves the dentin and associated nerves in such a way that pain is seldom experienced. Bacteria will progress toward the tooth nerve in the center of the tooth, and its acid 32

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“Bacteria flourish from the carbohydrates and simple sugars in our diet and ultimately produce a byproduct of acid.” will again destroy the nerve slowly and gradually. The other principle mentioned above involves the nerve anatomy of the tooth. As tooth decay occurs, the tooth nerve has the ability to shrink and recede into the center of the tooth (but only so far), prolonging the potential of a toothache. Both of these principles are Mother Nature’s way of protecting us as humans from painful toothaches that would render us vulnerable in nature if not for modern dentistry. A new patient, Valerie, came in with a large tooth abscess that was causing her tremendous pain. She was suffering from bacteria acid that had spread all the way into the nerve of her tooth and down the root. This cavity had been doing damage for years. Valerie was well aware of the cavity, but since it did not hurt, she did not seek dental care. The real problem was her face had swollen significantly and turned deep red. Once the decay reached the tooth nerve, it caused an abscess to form. An abscess is pus collecting at the base of the root and builds up severe pressure as it expands inside the jawbone. This pressure and infection causes severe pain because of the serious complications it can produce. The body sends out a loud message because a severe dental infection can lead to sepsis and be life threatening in some instances. Valerie was emotional and told me her schedule was very busy for this week, and this problem could not have happened at a more inopportune time. She had to cancel numerous meetings at work for the week because of her appearance and was embarrassed this had happened. Antibiotic therapy for several days, extraction and restorative care was provided with excellent results. She had not been to the dentist in more than seven years and vowed to never let that happen again. “Work was important”, she stated, “but not more important than my health”. Cavities happen. They don’t hurt. They spread slowly bypassing the nerve signal inside the tooth until they form an abscess. Regular dental check ups can identify cavities early, permitting easy treatment. It’s never too late to go to the dentist, even if it’s been years. Don’t ignore your dental health because your teeth don’t hurt. After all, if you’re brushing your teeth with cavities present, you really are not achieving very much at all. Make a dental appointment today!

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Northside Orthopedic & Sports Medicine


n a continued effort to provide the Cherokee community with outstanding comprehensive medical care, Northside Hospital has expanded its physician practice services to include orthopedic care. Since opening in March, Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, located at the Northside/Holly Springs medical office complex just off the Sixes Road exit at I-575, has experienced such fast growth that the office has already expanded the location and services. The practice’s physicians, Stephanie Hsu and Travis Jones, are former competitive athletes and understand firsthand how sports injuries can affect daily life. In high school, a series of sports injuries fueled Dr. Hsu’s interest in orthopedics so much that she enrolled in an after-school program to shadow her orthopedic physician. After graduating early with honors in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Dr. Hsu received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics at the University of Southern California to expand her understanding of surgical implant design. Part of Dr. Hsu’s training involved working with the New York Yankees’ team physicians and studying with some of the most prestigious sports medicine institutions in the nation, including Tufts University- New England Medical Center and Columbia University in New York City.


From left: Kristy Weathers, Dr. Stephanie Hsu, Dr. Travis Jones, Tosha Johnson and Ryan Hart Photo by Kim Bates

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In addition, her research has been published in esteemed sports-medicine journals, and she has authored educational resources covering topics such as total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty and examination of the athlete’s elbow. Dr. Hsu said she affiliated with Northside Hospital because she wants to be a part of developing a strong sports medicine program and sees potential with highly competitive sports programs throughout the county. The practice is Northside’s first orthopedic office in Cherokee County, and offers on-site X-rays in a modern, spacious suite where patients also receive fracture care and minimally invasive treatment using the most current techniques. Dr. Hsu’s clinical interests include pediatric, teen and adult treatment for disorders of the upper and lower extremity including shoulder and elbow conditions, and minimally invasive and non-operative injury management. Having high-quality orthopedics care is important at any age, not just when you’ve been seriously hurt or injured, said Dr. Hsu. Real, persistent pain that extends beyond muscle aches and soreness should be taken seriously and assessed by a doctor as soon as possible. Prolonged muscle or joint pain and the inability to perform daily activities are the most common symptoms that should be checked by an orthopedist. Back, knee and shoulder pain are the most common parts of the body affected by chronic disorders. Symptoms of ongoing orthopedic pain are Dr. Hsu’s clinical like the warning lights interests includes on your dashboard; treatment of shoulder the longer you disorders. ignore them, the

more serious the problem can become. Left untreated and undiagnosed, chronic orthopedic problems that could have once been resolved with conservative therapy may end up requiring surgery. Not to mention, orthopedic injuries that were never properly treated in the first place can come back later in life. Treating them as early as possible can help prevent complications in the future. As a collegiate soccer player, Dr. Jones’ athletic experience enhances the sports emphasis of the practice but that doesn’t account for all of his patients. The importance of podiatry goes way beyond any injuries that occur on or off the field, said Dr. Jones. Taking care of the joints, ligaments, and muscles in the feet and ankles is actually very closely linked to overall well being. In fact, many common orthopedic problems such as lower back pain and knee problems can be traced back to the feet. Considering that the feet and lower legs bear the lion’s share of supporting our body weight all day long, this only makes sense, he said.

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Dr. Jones treats all foot and ankle-related injuries.

Receiving proper orthopedic care of the foot and ankle for seemingly mild conditions may have a dramatic effect on the overall quality of life. Dr. Jones treats all foot and ankle-related injuries, but he has a special interest in reconstructive foot surgery for post traumatic deformities, foot and ankle trauma and diabetic limb salvage. He completed his surgical training and residency from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and earned his graduate degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Additionally, he’s a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Georgia Podiatric Medical Association, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. While offering the full-spectrum of orthopedics services, Dr. Hsu said the practice’s small family feel sets it apart from the other sports medicine clinics in the area. “We strive to really know our patients and we’ll continue that focus even as we grow,” said Dr. Hsu. “It’s not enough that we treat our patients’ injuries; we want them to feel as if they are being taken care of and treated like family.”

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Back to School G u i d e

Hopefully the past few months have been filled with carefree fun, friend and family time, summer jobs and the chance to sleep in. Now that school is back in session, here are a few helpful resources to guide you through those first few weeks of school. And take heart – fall break is right around the corner!

Cherokee County School District

Family Portal — Through a link found on the Parent Information page, parents and/or guardians of Cherokee County School District (CCSD) students can access the following student information: contacts, attendance, schedules, student assignments, quiz and test grades. Family members can subscribe to email alerts regarding grades and attendance. Contact your child’s school for login and password information. Parent Information — By clicking on the Parent Information tab, parents can access school calendars, handbooks, student discipline policies, academic support, and more. Tutoring — Your child’s school can give you a list of CCSD-approved tutors if your child needs extra academic help. 36

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College Bound?— Everything you need to know about preparing for and applying to college, including FAFSA and other financial aid information. — Links to find, apply, and pay for college as well as practice SAT and ACT questions. — Georgia’s higher education savings plan that covers benefits, savings options and tax advantages.

Favorite Subject — Lunchtime! Elementary School: Breakfast $1.25, Lunch $2 Middle/High School: Breakfast $1.25, Lunch $2.25 Visitors: Breakfast $1.75, Lunch $3 Parents can pay online for their child’s meals; there’s a small transaction fee with each deposit. Parents can check balances, receive low balance alerts, and view meals and items purchased.

Back-to-School Flashbacks We’ve asked Cherokee County leaders to share their most memorable back-to-school moments.

Pam Carnes

Nathan Brandon

Dr. Brian V. Hightower

President & CEO, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Director of Cherokee County Senior Services

Deputy Superintendent, School Operations, Programs and Support

“I am turning green just thinking about the first day of eighth grade. I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it’s been 32 years ago. I was wearing a yellow Izod collared shirt and the coolest Jordache jeans with the same pale yellow stitching. I remember thinking that life couldn’t get any better than this. Boy was I wrong! Being an eighth grader was a big deal, and I was a nervous wreck. That’s where the turning green part comes into play. I remember making it through most of homeroom before the butterflies got the best of me. Yes, I got sick. No, not in the classroom. My family didn’t live far from R.L. Norris Middle School, so luckily my mother arrived only moments after I called for her to come and rescue me. Whew! So eighth grade came and went. Oh, and I wore my yellow Izod for that year’s class picture.”

“Late August 1959 in Northport, Alabama, I was preparing for first grade. I still remember the smell of my new book satchel. It was red and black and had a front pouch for a sandwich. I would open the large flap and look at the writing tablet, crayons and large pencil. I was finally old enough to attend school, and I had all the materials I needed. While preparing for Give a Kid a Chance, I remembered that smell of new school materials. They haven’t changed much. What a joy to remember!”

“One of my favorite memories was my first day of high school. Having attended a small elementary school, and without the benefit of a middle school where the student body consists of students from additional schools, this represented my first foray into a ‘bigger pond.’ To add to the nervousness associated with this and other potential freshmen experiences, it was also the much-anticipated opening of a newly-constructed high school for my community! Similar to what we have experienced in Cherokee County (where for the past 15 years, students in some quadrant of the county have enjoyed walking into a brand new school or replacement school), my classmates and I were filled with pride, enthusiasm and (a little) apprehension about what the new, improved facilities might have in store for us! In retrospect, I recognize how the opportunities of this first day positively impacted my high school days!

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UGA Student: What I Wish I Knew in High School By Allie Amato

While going through high school can be tough, it should be time to plan for the future. As a Woodstock High School graduate, I found my high school years to be enjoyable because I participated in school organizations. Now, I am a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia studying public relations, and I’ve discovered many things I wish I realized in high school. Allie Amato, a 2010 One of my main regrets graduate of Woodstock during high school was not High School, is a senior talking with my counselors at the University of more often. I wish I had taken Georgia studying public advantage of their guidance, relations. Allie works at the promotions director for which might have pushed me Ampersand Magazine in toward having a career path in Athens. mind when I enrolled in college. As a college freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I attended Kennesaw State University and completed my core classes before transferring to UGA. Uncertainty led me to change my major multiple times before I finally found the right one in the second semester of my sophomore year. In hindsight, I should have figured out my strong points in high school to better prepare me for college. Good grades are always, always, always a good thing. In high school, I did not realize how far your grades can excel you in life and save many tuition dollars. It is very important to put forth effort in high school classes because these grades generally determine which college will accept you and the number of scholarships you can get. Based on my experience, I encourage all high school students to consider participating in school organizations. Not only will this help socially, it will show potential colleges and scholarship committees that you are well-rounded. Grades are valuable, but school activities offer excellent learning experiences. Performing well in both areas will show overall potential for balancing work and play. I would suggest organizations such as student government, sports teams, or newspaper/yearbook classes. Finally, make sure that you enjoy high school. At times it seems treacherous and useless, but it really is a time to grow and prepare for life. It is helpful to branch out in every aspect, and I know that has helped me get to where I am now. It is not easy to find a pathway in high school, but I can assure every high school student that the hard work does pay off in college. 38

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Help in Defining Gifted vs. High Achieving By Cindy Crews

Last month, I began a series of articles about giftedness in children. My hope is that readers can take this information and encourage their children to be thinkers, to take risks and to develop self-confidence that will serve them well throughout their lives. Last month I discussed how we can nurture creativity in our children. This month we will look at the difference in gifted children and high-achieving children. We Cindy Crews joined the all like to believe our children are Sixes Elementary staff as gifted, and all children do possess assistant principal in 2011 gifts in a variety of areas. Some and has been an educator in Cherokee County for 20 children may be artistically gifted, years. She recently earned while others are gifted in music or her Education Specialist sports. Degree in Educational Other children are academically Leadership at Kennesaw gifted, and it’s this group of State University, where she will begin her doctoral students that causes confusion work this fall. Cindy.crews@ among parents. We are blessed in Cherokee County with an excellent school district, topnotch teachers and students who have incredible abilities. If you just take a look at our students’ scores on the SAT and AP exams, you can see what our children can accomplish. Many students in our schools are very high achievers, indeed! However, high-achievers and gifted students look very different. So exactly what do gifted children really look like? Let’s look at signs of giftedness vs. signs of a bright child. Cherokee County Schools have many children in each of these categories, and it is important to know the difference. Does your child know the answers or ask the questions? Work hard or play around, yet test well? Answer the questions or discuss in detail? Complete assignments or initiate projects? Enjoy peers or prefer adults? Listen with interest, or show strong feelings and opinions? Understand ideas or construct abstractions? Absorb information or manipulate information? Have good ideas or wild, fantastic ideas? The list could go on and on. If your child is more like the first part in each question, it is likely that he or she is gifted. The second part of these questions generally defines children who are high achievers. If you are interested in seeing more of these comparisons, contact the AIM teachers at your child’s school. Next month, we will look at how children qualify for the gifted (AIM) program in the Cherokee’s school district. The qualifications are quite strenuous, and it’s good to know just what it takes for students to be included in the AIM program.

School News Sequoyah’s Principal Has Plans for Contest Winnings It turns out that Caden Kluge and friend Ashton Woolen aren’t the only ones who’ll benefit from winning the Stuck at Prom Duck Brand Duct Tape Scholarship competition. Sequoyah High, Caden’s alma mater, is getting a financial award as well. Caden learned last month that she won the national contest and earned a $5,000 scholarship for herself and $5,000 for Ashton. Her plans are to pay toward her first year’s tuition at Emory University, where she’ll study computer programming. Sequoyah principal Elliott Berman also has a plan for the school’s windfall. “I am putting the $5,000 that Sequoyah High School will receive toward the purchase of picnic tables that I have ordered for the cafeteria patio. I had placed an order for additional picnic tables before I learned that Caden had won. I have increased the order,” said Berman. “This will enable more students to eat outside on pleasant days.” The 2013 Sequoyah grad spent about 250 hours creating her prom dress and Ashton’s tux from 61 rolls of duct tape. Her fashions doubled as her senior project, for which she earned a solid A. “Caden was an outstanding as well as a talented and creative student. I could not believe that she made her prom gown and Ashton’s tux from duct tape when I saw them at the prom. They looked fantastic. The entire Sequoyah community is proud that Caden’s entry won the grand prize scholarship,” said Berman.

District Psychologist Takes State Position, Earns Honor from Peers Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Lead Psychologist Cathy McKenzie has been elected president-elect of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. McKenzie also has been given the 2012-13 Debbie Rondem Award for Outstanding Leadership by Student Support Team Association of Georgia. She was chosen from among her peers across the state as one

who best personifies extraordinary leadership and also serves as a positive role model and inspiration to others. The Cherokee district hired her in July 2007 as a school psychologist, and she has been lead psychologist since July 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an education specialist degree, both from UGA. Ms. McKenzie has been an integral part of the county’s development of its award-winning Response To Intervention (RTI) procedures, as well as its Student Support Team (SST) program.

Calendar, Reduces Furlough Days The Cherokee County School Board recently approved the 2013-14 budget, which will fully restore the calendar to 180 days of school for students and reduces the number of furlough days for all Cherokee County School District employees from eight to three. Plans also include establishing a district-wide graduation coach position, a position designed to increase graduation rates that will go hand-in-hand with the new Ad Hoc Graduation Rate Committee established by Dr. Frank Petruzielo, county superintendent. The next school board meeting is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 15.

Facts About Your School District The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) has released interesting facts about Cherokee schools heading into this new year. • The CCSD is expecting 104 additional students this school year, for a total enrollment of 39,324. • CCSD is the largest employer in Cherokee County, with 4,439 employees, including 2,669 certified staff. • Cherokee County’s population has grown from 214,346 residents (according to the 2010 U.S. Census) to an estimated 222,908 residents for 2013. Housing permit data indicates that 1,647 homes have been built in the same time period. • CCSD operates 41 school campuses across the county, consisting of 24 elementary schools, seven middle schools, six high schools, ACE Academy (grades 7-12), Ralph Bunche Head Start Center and the Little River Preschool Center and L.R. Tippens Educational Center. • 350 school buses will transport approximately 70 percent of the student population (23,000 students each morning and 26,000 each afternoon), and the buses will travel more than 4.5 million miles (approximately 1,450 bus routes daily) this school year. CCSD has cut 50 driver positions and consolidated more than 200 bus routes in the last four years due to budget constraints. • New schools under construction are: the Teasley Middle School replacement, opening 2014-15; Cherokee High athletic renovation opening 2014-15, and Dean Rusk Middle replacement opening 2016-17. sixes living | August 2013


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Meet the Officers Who Keep Your Students Safe By Mark Kissel

Chief of Police Mark Kissel has served the Cherokee County School District since 1999 and has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University and is recognized as a senior instructor by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

In 2006, the Cherokee County School District Police Department was recognized as a Certified Law Enforcement Agency through the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program. Cherokee is one of only three school districts in the state of Georgia to achieve this recognition, and only 98 other law enforcement agencies are certified! Every three years, the department must undergo a systemic review of policies and procedures related to operational, fiscal and programmatic areas.

The department’s ability to function at a high level is directly related to the capable and qualified officers and civilian staff working within it. As we begin the new school year, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to the officers assigned to the Etowah, Woodstock and River Ridge Innovation Zones.

Sgt. Daniel Peabody is assigned to Woodstock High School and also has responsibility for Woodstock and Freedom middle schools and Carmel, Liberty and Sixes elementary schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and began his law enforcement career in 1990. Sgt. Peabody is a certified police canine handler and works with Inka, the department’s certified narcotics dog. Officer Richie Rich is assigned to Etowah High School and also has responsibility for E.T. Booth Middle School and Bascomb, Boston, Clark Creek STEM and Oak Grove Fine Arts Academy elementary schools. He holds a master’s degree from Reinhardt University and began his law enforcement career in 1994. Officer Rich is a certified Senior (police) Instructor and is actively involved in Cherokee County Safety Town sponsored by Safe Kids Cherokee County.


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Officer Joseph Cordero is assigned to River Ridge High School and also has responsibility for Arnold Mill and Johnston Elementary Schools. He holds an associate’s degree from Chattahoochee Technical College and began his law enforcement career in 1995. Officer Cordero is the coordinator for the Parental Awareness for Safe Schools (PASS) Program for the south end of CCSD. Officer Todd Maloney is assigned to Mill Creek Middle School and also has responsibility for Little River and Woodstock elementary schools. He holds a master’s degree from Georgia State University and began his law enforcement career in 1982. Officer Maloney is the Department’s training officer and also works to ensure effective radio communication capability within CCSD and with other public safety agencies. Officer Paul Wood is assigned to Polaris Evening Program located on the Woodstock High School campus and has responsibility for district-wide coverage during the evening hours. He began his law enforcement career in 1973, is a certified marijuana (forensic) examiner and is the department’s armorer. Next month: Featuring Cherokee, Sequoyah and Woodstock Innovation Zone officers.

Update on Safety, Security Initiatives The Superintendent’s Ad Hoc Safety and Security Committee reviewed each school during the 2012-13 year. The following initiatives are a few of the many based on the committee’s recommendations. • Digital, closed-circuit camera systems were installed at each middle and middle school. Final steps are being taken to install digital, closed-circuit camera systems in all elementary schools. • Distress/mass notification systems will be installed in all schools for staff use in an emergency. • Cellular devices will be installed to ensure continued connectivity to monitoring systems in an emergency. • The Office of Homeland Security/Georgia Emergency Management Agency declared that all school safety plans meet or exceed state standards.

faith Working On Earthly, Eternal Homes

Former President Jimmy Carter once said, “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” Last month, students from Cherokee County gathered for the sole purpose of making their lives count. The theme for this year’s annual Nehemiah Project was “One Life. Do Something.” Nehemiah Project is a four-day mission event for youth of Cherokee County. The vision of the mission project is to foster a passion for godly service in the name of Jesus. One hundred and forty students from eight churches divided into 10 work teams that spread out through the area. The work consisted of painting, deck repair, roof repair and other minor household construction projects. Heather Shelton, youth minister from Liberty Hill Church, said: “The church hopes the program will form life-long habits of helping others.” One Sunday after the project

was over, a neighbor of a homeowner of one of the houses the students worked on attended worship at Liberty Hill Church. The faith of the students made such an impact on him that he wanted to commit his life to Jesus and live to make a difference. His testimony is a great example that the Nehemiah Project is more than just a fresh coat of paint or a new back deck. It truly is about changing lives. The community service project was followed by dynamic worship and inspirational preaching. The Nehemiah Project would not be possible without the generosity of the community and support of all the adult volunteers. For more information, please contact Shelton at youth@ Jamey Prickett Pastor of Liberty Hill UMC One of the Nehemiah Project teams, from left, bottom row: Mattalyn Sullivan, Emi Jones, Emma Cantrell, and Baily Costo. Middle row: Christina Rodriguez, Natalie Turner, Michayla Thomas, and Shaday Salsbury. Top row: Andrejs Worsham, Kendall Jones, DJ Emory, and Billy McCurry.

upcoming events Aug. 10

Go Tell It Interdenominational Church Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Best Western in Canton Info: The inaugural service in Canton. For details about the church, led by Pastor Jennifer Uboh, call (404) 543-3769 or visit

Aug. 16

Preschool Open House Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Towne Lake Community Church, 132 North Medical Pkwy., Woodstock Info: Email

Aug. 17

Acoustic Jeremiah Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 Location: Liberty Hill UMC, 141 Railroad St., Canton Info: Featuring singer/songwriters Wilder Adkins, Jonathan Peyton and Josh Williams in the round. Order tickets online at www.

Aug. 22-24

Catch the Wave Writers Conference Location: The Lodge at Simpsonwood in

Norcross ( Info: A Christian writers conference that features teaching from leaders in the industry. For details, visit www.

Aug. 23

Congregation Ner Tamid Shabbat Service & Dinner Time: 7 p.m. Location: Strattus Kitchen, 400 Laurel Canyon Pkwy., Canton. Info: Ner Tamid is a reform Jewish congregation that is moving to a new Kennesaw location in the fall. Dinner will be provided by Ernie and Marci Zied of Canton. Please RSVP to Marci at (770) 345-8687 or

Aug. 24

Shine Your Light Cherokee Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: The Park at City Center in Woodstock Info: The event, sponsored by Toonigh Church of God, will feature live music, bounce house, craft projects, puppet shows, and games for all to enjoy. www.toonighcog. org.

Aug. 24

Author Joel Richardson Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: AllPoints Church, 6884 Hickory Flat Hwy., Woodstock 30188 Info: The author will discuss Bible prophecy, his recent trip to the Middle East, and God’s work in the Muslim community. www.

Sept. 7

“Pork & Torque” BBQ, Car Show Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: River Church, 2335 Sixes Rd. Info: Rain date for the fundraiser is Sept. 28. Contact Dennis Massey at (770) 485-1975 or check the church’s Facebook page.

Sept. 14

Beth Moore Simulcast Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Tickets: $15 Location: Mt. Zion Baptist, 4096 East Cherokee Dr. Info: Hosted by Mt. Zion’s women’s ministry, the simulcast is for women of all ages and stages. A coffee bar will be offered, and a 90-minute break for participants to go out to get lunch. Register at county-chapter. sixes living | August 2013



Attitude of Gratitude by Dr. Joe McKechnie

Back in 1988, a Polish railway worker named Jan Grzebski was hit by a train. He was rushed to a local hospital, where the doctors discovered that in addition to the injuries sustained from the accident, he had a brain tumor. Grzebski went into a coma and remained in that state for 19 years. When he went into a coma, Poland was a communist country. Grzebski noted that back then, meat was Dr. Joe McKechnie is the rationed and there were huge lines senior pastor of Sixes United at nearly every gas station,and that Methodist Church, and a member of the Sixes Living “here was only tea and vinegar community board. Email in the shops.” But 19 years later him at jmckechnie1@gmail. he awoke to a free nation where, com. he said, there are “people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin.” But something puzzled him. “What amazes me is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and yet they never stop moaning,” he lamented. Even despite the gloom of Poland


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before the fall of the Communism, Grzebski was grateful. He had gratitude. And he couldn’t figure out why others didn’t. The Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles speaks of gratitude when it says, “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” Opposing nations could see the Israelites as a rag-tag band of former slaves who were given a highly sought-after area by God. How do you look for, recognize, and appreciate the fingerprints of God in your life? What are those things for which you are grateful? Benjamin Weir was a missionary in Lebanon. In May of 1984 he was kidnapped off the streets of Beirut and was held hostage under miserable conditions for 16 months. In his first interview after his release, he was asked how he spent his time and how he dealt with boredom and despair. His answer stunned the reporters. He simply said, “Counting my blessings.” “Blessings?” they responded. “Yes,” he explained. “Some days I got to take a shower. Sometimes there were some vegetables in my food. And I could always be thankful for the love of my family.” In all circumstances – in all situations – he was able to give thanks. In my own life I think of myself as a turtle on a fencepost. I don’t know how it got there, but it had to have some help. I am grateful for that.

A Personal Miracle Launches an Artistic Mission By Candi Hannigan

Patricia Reeves knows firsthand the healing power of art. Her miracle came in 1991, when she was near death with a shattered immune system. “I had Epstein-Barr, and I prayed to the Lord. He made a house call. God used painting from my heart to bring me to health. That’s when I decided to take the mobile ministry out and let the people know how God works through the arts.” The artist, who picked up her first paintbrush at age 7, began the nonprofit organization Art of Living in 1994. Patricia brings art and music to nursing homes, assisted living centers and hospitals in an effort to facilitate healing in people facing physical and mental illnesses. On a typical visit to a nursing home, Patricia plays a CD of praise music as she unloads her paint supplies. The residents, with their wheelchairs and walkers, gather around the tables where she has placed makeshift palettes made of paper plates dotted with color paints, as well as sponge brushes, paper towels and fresh sheets of paper. “We call it Serving Soul Food through the arts for the purpose that art is medicine. We bring all faiths together and connect with the Creator and creativity,” said Patricia, who owns Studio 121 in downtown Canton. The studio, just off Main Street in downtown Canton, houses an art gallery and workshops for resident and visiting artists. Children, teens and adults visit the studio for inspiration, art and music classes and to attend art camps.

A colorful palette for each resident.

Simple activities like painting and singing create what Patricia calls “a fertile ground for healing.” Painting often triggers happy memories, like it did for a nursing home resident who once worked for a major department store. As he painted a colorful winter scene, he talked about the days when he used his creative gifts in marketing merchandise. Patricia has witnessed the therapeutic aspects of art among people with physical ailments. She has seen people who are legally blind add minute details to their paintings, and watched as an 18-year-old car accident victim who had lost his motor skills began to paint. As she branches out into the community, Patricia is looking for more volunteers age 14 and up to add to her “army of artists.” Training takes place at her Canton studio, which also houses a clothing bank for women and hosts prayer groups, recovery meetings and other ministry gatherings. Local artists exhibit their paintings at the studio and donate a portion of the sales

Patricia Reeves plays and sings praise songs for nursing home residents before the art session begins.

back to the ministry. And a percentage of class and camp fees are funneled back into Art of Living. Upcoming camp dates are Sept. 16-20, Jan. 1-3, 2014 and Feb. 17-21, 2014. Patricia said she is reminded daily of the work God has done in her life and is looking for more opportunities to share that gift with others. “I believe it has saved my life, changed my mental health and maintains my joy in the Lord. I see how He touches people in a very profound yet simple way. People might be intimidated by a big black bible, but they’re not intimidated by a paintbrush. Their spirits are open to receive. I get the instant gratification as I see people encounter the Lord through art. It’s really beautiful.” Studio 121 is at 121 Brown St., Canton 30114. (770) 479-6961. sixes living | August 2013


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

Weather Storm Watchers by Eddie Myers

A Passing Storm by Tony Larosa

Raindrops On My Window Make Me Happy by Vicki Sellers

Fog Fishing by Becky Sapp

Snow in the Valley of Fires by Eilleen Kirk

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CANTON Calendar of Events Aug. 10

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

Aug. 10

Stone Cold Country concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 Location: Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St. Info: In 2012, the band won the award for Traditional Country Band of the Year at the 38th annual Atlanta Society of Entertainers awards celebrations. In May 2013, the band was voted as Country Atlanta’s Top Local Luminary Artist of the Year in the Country/Bluegrass category, according to (770) 704-0755.

Aug. 10

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

Aug. 29

Lee Roy Parnell in Concert Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 8 Tickets: $35 Location: Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St. Info: Tickets available at or call (770) 757-3149

Sept. 6

Art Exhibit Reception Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: Free Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Info: An opening reception featuring Crosscut: A Visual Odyssey in Photography/ Art. The exhibit will feature art and photos of Bo Bice (American Idol), Lisa LaRue (Open Doors Photo Exhibition capturing eclectic views and details of historic sites related to the band The Doors), Mark Waterbury (PhotoArtStorm) and newcomer Mikel Estes (paintings, drawings, sculptures). The exhibit runs through Sept. 27.

Through Sept. 14

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

Sept. 20-22, 27-29

“The Mousetrap” Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 seniors/ students Location: Canton Theatre, 171 East Main St. Info:

Oct. 18

Doug Stone in concert Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 8 Tickets: $35 Location: Canton Theatre, 171 East Main St. Info: Tickets available at or call (770) 757-3149.

Nov. 8-10, 15-17

“The Lion in Winter” Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 seniors/ students Location: Canton Theatre, 171 East Main St. Info: Directed by Ed Palombo.

Ongoing Corkscrews and Canvas Time: Varying Location: Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Cost: $28 Info: Painting parties where participants create their own version of a model painting. Register online at www.corkscrewsandcanvas. com. The Laughing Pig Comedy Club Time/Day: 7:30 p.m. doors open, show at 8 p.m. Saturdays Cost: $15 Location: The Painted Pig, 190 East Main St. Info: Three comics are on stage every weekend in the club, upstairs at The Painted Pig Tavern. Call (678) 880-1714 for reservations. Seating is limited.

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Curbing Canine Aggression By Dr. Dawn Mason

Dr. Dawn Mason, an associate at BridgeMill Animal Hospital since 2006, has a special interest in small animal medicine, surgery and pocket pets. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Louisville, and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1999 from Auburn University.


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Justin was running late to work. As he raced through the kitchen and grabbed his keys, he was bitten by Titus, the family’s old black lab. Titus was quietly enjoying breakfast when Justin startled him. Titus can’t see or hear well and has been on edge since the adoption of a one-yearold dog. Justin scolded Titus, who crouched down and placed his paws around his face. Justin could tell Titus felt horrible and gave him a quick forgiving pat on the head. Unfortunately, this happens in many households. How can you avoid danger from a pet with a potential to bite? Animal aggression may start from the pet’s first day in the home. We may encourage roughness by playing a game of tug of war with a new puppy. It seems harmless, but some puppies

take this behavior to the next level as they grow. We should establish that we are the Alpha in the relationship. Throwing a ball is fine, but firm commands to drop and retrieve the ball should be followed. We should not have to twist and pull at the ball and hear playful growls because the puppy won’t let go. If this happens, sternly say No and discontinue play. Leaving children unattended with new pets is discouraged. Children are curious and love to poke and pull at ears, eyes and tails. Animals can stand only so much unpleasant attention before snapping. Children are also loud and like to run, encouraging a puppy to chase and playfully nip at their legs. Remind your children to stay calm and use pet toys as tools for positive play. Chaining pets in the backyard causes aggression because they feel isolated and can’t socialize. The human bond is important and isolating pets can make them fear people they are around. Train your pet to not be food aggressive. At six to eight weeks, hand feed from the bowl or get down and pretend to eat with your pet. Each member of the family can practice placing the puppy in a “sit” command and picking up the food bowl, rawhides or treats. This gives you the Alpha role in the relationship. Start from day one to help your dog understand its place in the home. Failure to be firm or making excuses for a pet’s behavior will lead to potential danger in the future.


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Back to School Doesn’t End the Fun

CALENDAR of events

by Lauren Sellers

You may have noticed a recent shortage of notebooks and highlighters. Demand for pens and pencils and parents’ stress levels peak during early August as kids head back to school. If you are the parent of a nervous Cherokee County student and are equally anxious about the return to the classroom, the merchants in downtown Woodstock want to help. While August can be busy and Lauren Sellers is an chaotic, it may be the perfect intern with Woodstock’s time to introduce your child Office of Economic to a new hobby or activity. A Development, and a third-year public relations distraction can help ease the and Spanish major at the back-to-school transition. University of Georgia. Try knitting or sewing classes at The Whole Nine Yarns or Sew Main Street this fall for your mini fashion gurus. Your children will love the skills they’ll pick up and feel empowered by having a craft they can hold in their hands when they’re done. Visit The Whole Nine Yarns and Sew Main Street’s online calendars for class times and descriptions. Of course, needles and thread are not for everyone. For your future Oscar winner, drama classes are great options for building confidence and enhancing creativity in a supportive environment. Elm Street Cultural Arts village offers classes, starting on August 19, in playmaking, improv, stage and makeup design, and voice. The classes last 6 – 13 weeks per session. Check out to enroll. Downtown Woodstock has just the thing for the little athletes in your household, too. Natural Strides’ Kids Running Club will be back this fall. Running can easily become a lifelong love for your child, and joining the club will help him or her gain endurance and stay fit through the year. Call Natural Strides for more information at (770) 627-5692. By enrolling your child in a downtown activity this year, you are afforded a little time to unwind, shop and eat until it’s time to go home. Look for Main Street Woodstock’s new Pinterest account,, for special tips and guides on how to get the most out of your downtown this year. And while you’re at it, check out to try out Woodstock’s first do-it-yourself “food tour,” a downtown restaurant flowchart that will bring you to a drinks, dinner and dessert destination. August does mean a return to homework, early mornings and afternoon activities, but it doesn’t mean you have to leave the fun and relaxation behind. The Main Street Farmers Market will continue on Saturdays through October 26. August has the potential to be a great month in Woodstock. 48

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Saturdays through October 26

Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location: Woodstock City Center parking lot, corner of Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway Information: For more about the market or to become a vendor, email Kyle Bennett at

August 10

Concert Series — The Dazz Band Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Park at City Center Information: 1980s funk band. Free. Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the many restaurants and vendors. Chairs and blankets welcome. Alcohol not permitted. Visit

August 10

Book Signing: Susan Rebecca White, A Place at the Table Time: 5 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street Information: Free. Book purchase optional

August 29

Book Signing: Don Farmer and Chris Curle, Deadly News Time: 6 p.m. Location: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street Information: Free. Book purchase optional

Next meeting: Friday, August 30 Sponsored by Greenprints Alliance New Members: Camp Bow Wow Avon by Dyan Barrel and Barley Bubble Brush Car Wash

The Real Magic Happens Backstage by G. Lora Grooms

“They make it look so easy and fun! I want to do that, too.” We may say this ourselves or hear someone else say it. Sometimes we’re watching a person playing soccer or riding a bike. Sometimes it’s singing or painting a landscape or watching a ballerina gracefully and lightly dance across a stage. But it is actually backstage where the real magic happens — the magic that makes all the performers G. Lora Grooms is the look good. There are hours of director for the Elm Street preparation the audience never Cultural Arts Village. sees, and the people who create She has been teaching, writing, directing and that magic are very rarely seen. performing in the Atlanta When patrons come to an Elm area since 1990. You can Street show, they are often greeted reach her at director@ by a gracious, lovely lady with beautiful silver hair taking tickets and handing out programs. She is generally wearing one of our many green volunteer aprons, which she actually had made for and donated to Elm Street. Or you may see her at the concessions counter, the box office desk, or delivering “Fan-o-Grams” to the actors. She often attempts to hide when I try to brag about her to the audience during the curtain speech. What you didn’t get to see is the many, many hours she works backstage, creating beautiful sets and props and costumes. Who is this incredible yet humble lady? She is Cindy Flanders, a Woodstock resident who happened upon us one day and decided to start volunteering. Her husband Jim and daughter Britt are also regular and hard-working volunteers at Elm Street, Cindy on a mission trip to Margate, South Africa. and we’re very fond of them, too. Cindy brings an unmatchable artistic vision to our sets and props, and she does it all on our nonprofit shoestring budget. Yet, Cindy doesn’t finish a set and walk away. Oh, no. She comes to virtually every performance to check that each piece is still in good condition and in the proper location. Her attention to detail and skill with color and texture is astounding. If you’ve been fortunate enough to see her work, you know what I’m talking about. And it is not easy work to accomplish when you already have a full-time job. I can’t even count how many times she has used her lunch hour to dash over and volunteer for Elm Street. Now that you know who she is, please be sure to thank her next time you attend a show. She most certainly deserves her own round of applause.



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Beautiful Inside and Out by Jodi Tiberio

This month’s makeover recipient, Tammy Dorsten, was the perfect candidate for us to try out our Jodi Tiberio owns new line of clothing. Tammy has Branch Boutique for a beautiful, infectious smile and a women in Towne Lake beautiful soul to match. Tammy’s and THREADS boutique for men and women in marriage recently ended and, despite Downtown Woodstock. the difficult time she was going Contact Jodi at info@ through, her smile and spirit never faded. She owns Holdheide Academy and Prep and is a hard-working entrepreneur and educator. She is also a mom devoted to her children. Tammy was concerned about finding clothes that flattered her and her young-at-heart persona! “I want to feel young and not look frumpy,” she said. Both of our stores carry boutique lines that come in sizes for our customers who need a figure-flattering fit with a reasonable price tag. We had Tammy try on several pieces that looked great on her. Many of the tops had a sophisticated style that we could layer for a really put together look. She also tried on some of the more colorful trendy pieces. We decided on a handkerchief cardigan that she could either wear down or tie in the center. This cardigan can also be pinned at the top with a pin or brooch. Paired with a slimming pair of black jeans, the overall look was gorgeous. I really loved how happy Tammy was as she admired herself in the mirror. We had so much fun working together, and the end result was perfect. I knew Tim Timmons and the staff at Salon Gloss had big plans for Tammy’s hair so I could not wait to see the end result! Tim noted that Tammy’s hair texture was very fine and feathery. After an extensive consultation with her, Tim learned that Tammy gives a lot to others and never really makes herself a priority, which was all about to change. Tim wanted something that would match Tammy’s vivacious personality, big smile and beautiful eyes. Her current shade of dark blonde did nothing for her skin tone, resulting in a washed-out look. Tim chose a warm chocolate shade for Tammy to bring warmth back to her complexion and added 18 inches of length to her hair with extensions for thickness, balance and drama. For added drama, Tim suggested lash extensions to make Tammy’s eyes pop. After her reveal, the tears in Tammy’s eyes said it all. This was a woman with a renewed view of herself and was ready to take on the world! Tammy’s makeover has been the most striking contrast since we began doing makeovers last year. Tammy’s transformation left us all speechless. She looks so beautiful on the outside, and it truly matches her beautiful, positive and glowing inside. Way to go, Tammy! It takes a lot of courage to do this, but it was worth it. 50

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We’re savin’ lives by racin’ ducks! Cash Prizes Racing Location TBA

Saturday Race starts August 24th at 3pm 11am-4pm

Adopt a Duck TODAY!

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The following sponsors have donated prizes for the race: Reinhardt College Viva Mexico

Lake Arrowhead Golf Course Callahan Golf Links

Taste of Italy

American Grill Muddy Mutt

The Painted Pig Office Max

Shear Designs Salon Savy Paws

Brooklyn Joe’s

Pied Piper Pest Control

Williamson Brothers BBQ

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Olive Garden

Fairways of Canton

Tiki Tan & Tique

Canton Pet Spa BJ’s

LDI Canton & Ashley South Graphics

Get your chance to win at Cherokee County Animal Shelter 1015 Univeter Rd or via Paypal at



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Sixes Area Homes Sold in JUNE Sixes Living Home Sales June 2013 List Price $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $




152,875.00 407 Linda CT Barrett Farms 170,000.00 346 Pinehurst WAY BridgeMill 199,900.00 216 Elmbrook LN BridgeMill 203,000.00 601 REDWOOD LN BridgeMill 209,900.00 852 Valley DR BridgeMill 219,900.00 116 Misty Valley DR BridgeMill 229,899.00 3075 Woodbridge LN BridgeMill 249,900.00 114 Gold Mill PL BridgeMill 249,900.00 4039 GOLD MILL RDG BridgeMill 279,900.00 4048 Gold Mill RDG BridgeMill 289,500.00 107 Chickory LN BridgeMill 298,500.00 212 GOLD VALLEY XING BridgeMill 364,400.00 709 GOLDEN FARM WAY BridgeMill 380,000.00 500 Highwater PASS BridgeMill 399,000.00 139 GOLD SPRINGS COURT BridgeMill 399,900.00 5160 Millwood DR BridgeMill 435,000.00 501 Highwater PASS BridgeMill 648,900.00 115 Cedar Woods TRL BridgeMill 255,000.00 126 NORTHLAKE TRL Copper Creek 137,500.00 803 Topaz VLY Diamond Ridge 170,000.00 200 Creekside PASS Eagle View At Prom Point 83,000.00 133 NACOOCHEE WAY Enclave at Holly Mill 200,000.00 505 White Oak PATH Harmony on the Lakes 225,000.00 334 Ridgewood TRL Harmony on the Lakes 230,000.00 930 Marabella LN Harmony on the Lakes 255,000.00 104 EDGEWATER TRL Harmony on the Lakes 235,240.00 626 LORIMORE PASS Harmony on the Lakes Glen 128,000.00 132 Hidden Lake CIR Hidden Lake 179,500.00 1040 Blankets Creek DR Highland Point 215,900.00 1108 Blankets Creek DR Highland Point 134,900.00 1508 Kimberly PL Holly Springs Place 139,900.00 1560 Kimberly PL Holly Springs Place 119,000.00 1390 Indian TRL Indian Springs 129,900.00 1440 Longbow CT Indian Springs 449,000.00 690 East Shore DR Lake Sovereign 239,900.00 1057 Boxwood LN Manor at BridgeMill 161,971.00 217 Manous WAY Manous Manor 215,000.00 121 Manous DR Manous Manor 79,900.00 205 Melinda LN Matthews Crossing 129,900.00 150 Lori LN Mills Ridge 114,900.00 1890 Morgan TRCE Morgan Falls 144,900.00 216 Mackenzie Court Morgan Park 149,900.00 585 Morgan Springs CT Morgan Springs 239,900.00 570 RIDGE RD NONE 122,000.00 128 Hydrangea BND Prominence Court 134,000.00 306 Alcovy WAY River Edge at River Park 127,000.00 430 Chatooga LN River Park 128,500.00 138 Swanee LN Rivers Edge 84,900.00 124 BROOKWOOD DR Shady Brook Acres 100,000.00 231 NW Shady Brook DR Shady Brook Acres 135,000.00 206 W Slope WAY Spring Creek 187,500.00 347 Nobleman WAY Station At Prominence 349,000.00 424 Morgan Falls Chase The Falls of Cherokee



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

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

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

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

HomeSchool Homeschool Community Classical Conversations Woodstock Director: Cari Lingerfelt

Cherokee County School District 2013-2014 Calendar at a Glance

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

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

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


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

Children and Family

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


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

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

Parks and Recreation

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

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

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

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


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

Post Office locations Canton Holly Springs Lebanon Woodstock

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

Police Departments

Canton Holly Springs Woodstock Sheriff’s Office

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


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

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

Free, Reduced-Price Health Care

Bethesda Community Clinic Cherokee County Health Department

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

Urgent Care Facilities

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

(678) 494-2500

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

Charitable Organizations

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee sponsors a yearly back-to-school bash where thousands of children in need are given filled backpacks, haircuts, socks, underwear, gently used clothing and health screenings to prepare them to go back to school. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch offers care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. 34 young men ages 8-21 call the ranch their home. Contact: (770) 796-4618 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA Contact: (770) 345-1879 Healing Hands Youth Ranch offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses to find hope and healing. Contact: Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 HopeQuest Ministry Group helps people who struggle intensely with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse, substance abuse and/or sexual brokenness. Contact: (678) 391-5950, international City of Refuge (iCOR) exists to share God’s love, hope and healing with children in need by providing loving homes with emphasis on family unification when approproiate. Contact: Lily Colgate (404) 992-8155 Iron Hearts is a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with special needs. Contact: (678) 493-5775 MUST Ministries offers clothes closet, employment services, GED prep classes, food pantry for Cherokee residents. Contact: Kendall Jones (770) 479-5397 National Alliance for Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization in America working to build better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Never Alone is an outreach to homeless by distributing food, clothing, and helping with home repair. Contact: (770) 363-5272 Next Step Ministries provides day programs Monday through Saturday for special needs kids, teens, and young adults. Contact: 770-592-1227 North Georgia Pregnancy Center offers help and care to young girls and women with an unplanned pregnancy or who are in need of counseling. Contact: (706) 253-6303 Papa’s Pantry partners with individuals facing

a critical shortage of food or finances due to an unexpected crisis or job loss. Offers life skills, job classes, food pantry. Contact: (770) 591-4730 Safe Kids of Georgia offers free child safety seat inspections. Contact: (770) 721-7808 SERV International operates the House of Hope orphanage in Africa, sponsors a clean water program in Dominican Republic and meal distributions worldwide. Also offers mission trips. Contact: (770) 516-1108

Civic Organizations Cherokee County Service League (770) 704-5991 BridgeMill-Sixes Service League Contact: Marlyn Patouillet (770) 345-7941 Canton Lions Club Contact: (678) 224-7878 Canton Optimist Club Meets: 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Canton IHOP Contact: home Canton Rotary Club Meets: Noon Tuesdays at the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs Cherokee County Historical Society Contact: (770) 345-3288 Rotary Club of Cherokee County Meets: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Sidelines Grille on Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton Contact: (770) 683-1327

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

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

101 Emma Ln., Woodstock 30188 Blue Skies Laughter Club Meets: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Northside Cherokee Medical Offices, 100 Stoneforest Dr., first floor conference room, Woodstock 30189 Contact (770) 517-3363 ext. 3 Christian Authors Guild Meets: 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meets: 10 a.m. second Saturdays at the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 Cherokee County Arts Center 94 North St., Canton 30115 Contact: (770) 704-6244 Cherokee Community Chorale, a community of singers from all walks of life including housewives, teachers, retired professionals, office managers and professional musicians who love the art of choral singing. Contact: (678) 439-8625 Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 mastergardeners/ Cherokee County Saddle Club Cherokee Music Teachers Association: Contact: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701 Cherokee Photography Club Cherokee Senior Softball Association The Funk Heritage Center Book Club Meets: 2 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Funk Heritage Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Waleska 30183 Contact: (770) 720-5970 Sons of the American Revolution - Cherokee Chapter Meets: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Rock Barn, 638 Marietta Hwy., Canton 30114

Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30189; Al-Anon at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Studio 121, 121 Brown St., Canton 30114. Contact: (770) 516-3502 AARP Woodstock Chapter Meets: 11:30 a.m. 2nd Tuesdays at Featherstones, 1003 Towne Lake Hills E, Woodstock 30189 Contact: Rich Sanford (770) 926-1944. Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meets: 3rd Thursday at Emeritus Woodstock Estates, 1000 Professional Way, Woodstock 30188 Contact: (770) 926-0119 Breast Cancer Support Group: Cancer Support Community Atlanta Contact: (404) 843-1880 Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered program for all types of habits, hurts and hangups • 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Sixes United Methodist. (770) 345-7644. • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at FaithPointe Church. (770) 833-7143. • 6:15 p.m. Fridays at Towne Lake Community Church. Cherokee Christian Ministerial Association for pastors and ministry leaders of all Christian denominations. Meets: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at Dayspring Church, 6835 Victory Dr., Woodstock 30189 Grace Valley Ministries connects pastors by offering small group meetings, free counseling and a place to retreat. Contact: (727) 251-7690 Lupus Support Group Meets: 2nd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the New Light Church hall on New Light Road. Contact: Pam Bennett at (404) 975-7580 MOMS Club of Canton, West GA (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs) Next Step Ministries offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday Respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. Contact: (770) 592-1227

Support Organizations

Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples for parents of multiples Meets: 7 p.m. second Mondays at North Metro Church on Barrett Parkway

AA Meetings Meets 9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon Monday-Friday, 7 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Sunday (for women) at Canton First United Methodist, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30115 Contact: (770) 479-6961

Recovery Meetings in downtown Canton 9 a.m. Sunday 11th Step; 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays “Serenity Sisters” 6 p.m. Wednesdays “Wednesday Night Wisdom” at Studio 121, 121 Brown St., Canton 30114 Contact: (770) 479-696

Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen Meets: 8 p.m. Thursdays at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114; Al-Anon at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Al-A-Teen at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne

Unlimited Possibilities, support group for stroke and brain injury survivors Meets: 7 p.m. first Tuesday of each month at Kennestone Outpatient Rehab Center Contact: Kelly (678) 677-2589 sixes living | August 2013



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

AME Allen Temple 232 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-6348, Services: 8, 11 a.m. Rev. Carl Moore St. Paul AME 390 Crisler St., Canton 30114 (770) 479-9691 Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Lemora Dobbs

BAPTIST First Baptist Canton One Mission Point, Canton 30114 (770) 479-5538, Services: 8:15, 9:30, 11 a.m. Rev. George Anderson First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy., Holly Springs 30142 (770) 345-5349, Service: 10:45 a.m. Rev. Phil Young First Baptist Woodstock 11905 Ga. 92, Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-4428, Services: 9:30, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor Johnny Hunt Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Pkwy. Canton 30114 (770) 479-9415 Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Jake Hall Hopewell Baptist 78 Ridge Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 345-5723, Services: 9:30, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor Norman Hunt Mt. Zion Baptist 4096 East Cherokee Dr., Canton 30115 (770) 479-3324, 58

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Services: 8:30, 9:45, 11 a.m. Rev. Doug Mulkey New Victoria Baptist 6659 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-8448, Services: 11 a.m. Pastor John Harris

Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation (678) 264-8575, Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 30068 (770) 973-0137 , Rabbi Shalom Lewis

River Church 2335 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 485-1975 Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Scott Beasley

Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta 30062 (770) 973-3533, Rabbi Steven Lebow

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


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

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

JEWISH Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw 30144 (678) 460-7702 Offers Canton and Woodstock study groups Introductory service : 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Zalman Charytan

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

LUTHERAN Celebration of Grace 411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 503-5050 Service: 10:30 a.m. Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-7286, Services: 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Paul Baumgartner Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw (770) 425-6726 / Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: John Schubert Timothy 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 928-2812 Service: 8:30, 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Constien




Bascomb UMC 2299 Bascomb Carmel Rd., Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-9755, Services: 9, 11 a.m. Rev. Millie Kim

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

AllPoints Church 6884 Hickory Flat Hwy, Woodstock, GA 30188 Service Time: 10:30 am Pastor: Banks Brazell

Canton First 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton 30115 (770) 479-2502, Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Rev. Jim McRae


Awakening Church 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140, Woodstock next to Folks Resturant, (770) 924-4150 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Lead Pastor: Jeff Whitmire

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

Nazarene Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Lewis Stark

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

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

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Emerson U U Congregation 2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta, 30062 (770) 578-1533, Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. August – May 10 a.m. June & July Rev. Jeff Jones

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Rd., Canton 30114 (770) 924-7532 Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastors Charles and Betty Holden Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Dr., Acworth 30102 (770) 516-5733, Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Tony Crawford FaithPointe 330 Adam Jenkins Mem. Blvd., Canton 30115 (770) 485-0891, Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Seth Kinneer His Hands 550 Molly Ln., Woodstock 30189 (770) 405-2500 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steve Craig New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Rd, Canton 30115 (770) 479-6412 Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Rob Murphy Oak Leaf 151 East Marietta St., Canton 30114 (678) 653-4652, Services: 9:30, 11 a.m. Pastor Will Goodwin Revolution Church 125 Union Trail Hill, Canton 30115 (770) 345-2737, Services: 9:30, 11:15 a.m. Pastor Jason Gerdes Woodstock Community 237 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 30188 (770) 926-8990 Service: 10:30 a.m. sixes living | August 2013


Parents, Take the Lead

Magical Museums Creates Memories

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and even your favorite fast-food spot, but it’s a lot easier to control your family’s fat and calorie intake if you prepare food at home. It also saves money. Encourage your children to help create healthy dishes. Being a parent requires responsibility to demonstrate good habits. The more you participate in this together, the more fun it is for the whole family and it will strengthen family bonds that will last a lifetime.

the Sea or take an exhilarating river-rafting ride in Grand Canyon Adventure, all through the magic of the IMAX movie. Fernbank’s website is No matter your age or your interests, museums truly are magical places for creating summertime memories.

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a variety of care that includes independent, assisted living and nursing facilities. Residents are able to stay within the same community, yet move to receive more advanced care as needed as they age, a good situation for a husband and wife who may face different challenges as they age. Being clear about the choices available should make your retirement decisions a bit easier and ultimately more enjoyable.


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remember you are likely not the only one out on the trail. • Avoid shortcutting switchbacks. Over time, short-cutting can create rogue trails which are not only unsightly, but can increase erosion. Remember, you are out hiking or running for exercise, so get the most of what nature has to offer and take the long way around. • When the trails are posted as closed, they are closed to all users, including hikers and runners. Check the status at or call the trail status hotline at (678) 568-1508. • If you enter the trails from a neighborhood access, ensure that the trails are open and that you are traveling the proper direction for the day of the week.

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President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)

100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340, Atlanta, GA 30339

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)

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

Rep. Tom Price (R) District 6

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

Rep. Rob Woodall (R) District 7

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

State Government

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

District Attorney Shannon Wallace Clerk of Courts Patty Baker

1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton, GA 30114


L.R. “Buzz” Ahrens (R) Chairman

Harry Johnston (R) District 1

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

Brian Poole (R) District 3

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

Jason Nelms (R) District 4

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby

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

Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) District 14

(404) 656-0034

2780 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21

(404) 463-1378

Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20

(678) 523-8570

Cherokee County School Board Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21

(678) 576-2644

Kelly Marlow (R) District 1

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Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little

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Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

(770) 735-8055

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498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115

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Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

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Governor Nathan Deal (R)

203 State Capitol, 206 Washington St. Atlanta, GA 30334

(770) 479-1488

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

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Charitable Organizations MUST Ministries GobbleJog (678) 218-4521


Dentists/Orthodontists BridgeMill Dentistry 19 (770) 704-1812, 3682 Sixes Road, Canton 30114 Fountain View Dentistry 33 (770) 926-0000, 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Suite A Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (770) 926-9260 1816 Eagle Drive Suite 200-C


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Spillane Orthodontics 1 (770) 928-4747, 335 Parkway 575, Suite 200, Woodstock Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250, Woodstock


Williams Orthodontics 7 (770) 592-5554 145 Towne Lake Pkwy, Suite 201, Woodstock (770) 345-4155 205 Waleska Road, Suite 1A, Canton

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Salon Gloss (678) 483-8900, 220 Chamber Street, Woodstock


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Holdheide Academy & Prep 22 (770) 516-2292, 5234 Hwy. 5, Woodstock 30188

Plastic Surgery Center of the South 25 (770) 421-1242


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

NMotion Hand and Physical Therapy 17 (770) 517-2288 970 Woodstock Pkwy., Ste. 300, Woodstock Northside Hospital – Cherokee (770) 720-5100, 201 Hospital Road, Canton


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Physicians and Medical Services Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy (770) 704-6161 2260 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 180

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Cherished Moments by Court Photography (404) 966-3468

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