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Quality Pediatric Care, Close to Home Northside Cherokee Pediatrics provides compassionate, comprehensive medical care for patients from birth to 18 years of age. Dr. Jamie Rollins and Dr. Shalini Shah offer the quality one-on-one care you demand to keep your child happy and healthy including, short wait times, same-day appointments and personalized care at a location convenient for your busy lifestyle. Northside Pediatrics offers: • Board-certified in Pediatrics. Northside Cherokee Pediatrics provides attentive, complete care to children in every stage of development from infancy to adolescence. • Timely Access. For sick patients who require immediate attention, we offer same-day appointments whenever possible. • Continuous Care. Patients are able to see the same provider at each visit to ensure continuous and seamless care for your child.

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August 2015 Volume 3, Issue 5

14 Summer’s Over

It’s not all sadness as students look forward to school.

16 The Faces of Canton

Highlights of summer concert, and July Fourth downtown.

24 Christmas in August

Cherokee County resident looks ahead to help Goshen Valley for the holidays.


25 Consignment Sales

A chance to sell clothes and build a new wardrobe for your growing students.

38 Day Trips or Overnights

Senior citizens lace up their traveling shoes for road trips with friends.

41 Georgia’s Grand Canyons

Tallulah Falls and Providence Canyon are within a short drive from home.

42 Acting 101

A suitable headshot can make a big difference in your success.

50 Summer School for Teachers

Dedicated educators spent a fair share of time in the classroom.

59 Reeves House Redo

See the plans to blend modern and history for Woodstock home.



Contributing Writers Chantel Adams Don Akridge Jo Ann Blair Boatright Christopher Brazelton Amy Cobb Rick Coughlin Dr. Latif Dharami Micah Fowler Mitchell Grexa Delia Halverson Dr. Scott Harden Jenna Hill Toni Ann Isles Dr. Leisa Jennings

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In Every Issue Kurt & Sheila Johnson Sean Kaufman Venéssa Lanier Dr. Mike Litrel Scott McIntruff Rev. Joe McKechnie Rob Macmillan Dr. Frank Petruzielo Lynne Saunders Susan Schulz Jessica Leigh Smith Jodi Tiberio Scot Turner Lynne Watts

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AROUND SIXES The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Sixes/Canton/ Holly Springs What’s New

Great American Cookie has opened in the food court at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Marlow’s Tavern has opened at 881 Ridgewalk Parkway, next to The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. The restaurant serves American tavern fare. Phase two of the Chief Eddie Robinson Fire and EMS Training Center at 3985 Holly Springs Parkway is now open, including large and small classrooms, offices, library and meeting room. The first phase opened in December 2013 and includes a burn building, training tower and apparatus building. The facility was recently named in honor of Cherokee County Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, for his dedication in training new fire recruits in Cherokee County. Chief Robinson came to work for the county fire department in 1999.

What’s Coming

Mike Levi of MadLife Stage and Studios LLC expects to break ground this month and hold a grand opening on the first day of Spring 2016 at 8722 Main St. in Woodstock. MadLife’s 9,000-square-foot facility will have three components - a bar and grill that will include an outdoor patio area; a 3,500-squarefoot live music performance venue that seats 235 people, and recording studios that will be equipped to capture live performances in studio-quality audio and video. When not in use for live performances, the studios will be available for booking by musicians, producers and writers for studiolevel tracking, mixing and mastering. The E.T. Booth house that currently sits on the Main Street end of the property will be moved to the back of the parcel, on Market Street,

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and renovated by Booth’s grandson, Smith Johnston III, for a possible bed and breakfast, or commercial rental space. Construction should begin soon on a restaurant new to metro Atlanta: Load-A-Spud. Company officials have chosen 3333 Trickum Road, Woodstock for the first location. No completion date was available at press time. According to the website, the restaurant offers an alternative to sub sandwiches. The basic potato comes in 20 signature ways with a variety of meats, veggies and sauces to add. The Pie Bar is planning to open at 8720 Main Street, Suite 130, in Woodstock later this summer. The location was the former home of Dive Georgia, which moved to 168 Towne Lake Parkway in June. The Woodstock store will be the company’s first retail location. To keep up to date on the move, visit www.

What’s Moved

Northside Hospital has expanded Northside/Riverstone Imaging in Canton and relocated to 720 Transit Ave., Building 200, Suite 201. Northside/Riverstone Imaging offers digital screening mammography, ultrasound, bone density testing, multi-slice CT and digital X-ray services. Relocating allowed the imaging center to install the latest bone density and digital X-ray technology. In addition, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) services were added for brain, spine and orthopedic exams. 404-851-6577.

Ribbon Cuttings Cherokee County Fire Training Facility – Phase II, 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs. The Snug Gastro Pub, 190 E Main Street, Canton. 770-2134814. Metro Atlanta Signs, 12926 Highway 92, Suite 200. Woodstock. Huntington Learning Center, 6244 Old Highway 5, Suite C, Woodstock (Holly Springs). Sequoyah Regional Library System – Hickory Flat, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770-345-7565. Stars and Strikes, 10010 Highway 92, Suite 180, Woodstock. 678-965-5707. Sam’s Club, 12186 Highway 92, Unit 107, Woodstock. 678-4453198.

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

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Sixes Living Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. ALM President Patty Ponder 770-615-3322 Controller Denise Griffin 770-615-3315 Market Manager Christie Deese 770-615-3324 Executive Editor Candi Hannigan 770-615-3309 Assistant Editor Jackie Loudin 770-615-3318 Art Director Michelle McCulloch 770-615-3307 Page Designer Laura Latchford Sixes Living, a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., is a monthly magazine created to build a sense of community and pride in the Sixes, Holly Springs and Canton areas by sharing positive stories and timely information. A total of 16,500 free copies are distributed monthly; approximately 15,200 are mailed to homes and businesses, with an additional 1,300 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 10th of each month. Yearly subscriptions are available for $24. Send a check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher and the publisher makes no claims about the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Sixes Living is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2015. Sixes Living PMB 380 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 620 Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising: Christie Deese, 770-615-3324 Website: Powered by Volume 3, Issue 5




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YOUR LOCAL NEWS The School Board Appoints New Board Chair

Rotary Club Participates in Summer Lunch Program The Rotary Club of Canton, along with county employees and the YMCA youth, worked together to support the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch program. They made sack lunches that were delivered to children in need in Cherokee County.

The Cherokee County Board of Education recently appointed a new board chairwoman and approved its 2015-16 budget, which funds improvements including lowering class sizes and increasing school safety and student wellness. School Board District 1 member Kyla Cromer was selected by the board from a pool of two applicants to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of former board Chairwoman Janet Read, who resigned last month as a requirement of her new employer. The term expires Dec. 31, 2016. “I am here to serve with you for the betterment of the children of Cherokee County,” Cromer told board members after thanking them for their support. “I thank [Ms. Read] for setting an excellent example of how to lead with humility, grace and humor, and I’ll do my best to do that.” As a result of Cromer’s appointment, the board will advertise for applications for her now-vacant seat; those applications will be considered at the Sept. 3 meeting. Kyla Cromer being sworn in as the new board chairwoman for the Cherokee County Board of Education.

Coffee With a Cop The Canton Police Department, in partnership with the Dunkin Donuts located at 121 Marietta Highway, recently hosted a Coffee With a Cop event. The goal of the program is to enhance community trust, increase the agency’s legitimacy and build partnerships with members of the community. Community Outreach Officer Pacer Cordry and Police Chief Mark Mitchell were introduced to the concept while attending a 21st Century Community Policing Seminar, held at the Cobb Galleria and hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. One of the topics during the training event was interaction with the community through a developed social situation between law enforcement agencies and citizens called Coffee With a Cop. The concept was developed in 2011 by a progressive police department in Hawthorne, Calif. Since then, Coffee With a Cop meetings have been held in over 36 states and 175 communities across the country. Photos by Canton Police Department volunteer Stan Oliver.

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Jethel Hillhouse of Canton is served coffee by K-9 Officer Ryan Campbell.

K-9 Officers “Nate Dawg” and Ryan Campbell say hello to members of the community.

Goofing Off on the Golf Course Earlier this summer, BridgeMill Junior Golf hosted a parent/junior goofy golf tournament, a scramble format that consisted of various fun and trick holes. Some of the challenges included teeing off with a tennis racket and ball on one hole, putting blindfolded, putting with a “hill-billy” putter; driving off the tee on one leg, rolling a dice to decide whether to play the hole scramble or alternate shot, etc.

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Noah and Jonathan York, David and Walker Booth.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Birthday Wish Benefits Others

From left: Chief Mark Mitchell, Capt. Jeff Tucker, Cpl. Michael Sweat, Honorary Capt. German Rivas and Assistant Chief Steve Merrifield.

Canton Police Officers Promoted At a recent promotion ceremony, three Canton Police officers were recognized for their dedication and service by being promoted to higher ranks within the police department. Chief Mark Mitchell presented badges and issued framed copies of “Attention to Orders” to Lt. Jeff Tucker, Lt. German Rivas and Officer Michael Sweat. The promotions included: • Lt. Jeff Tucker was promoted to the rank of captain and assumes command of the Operations Bureau. He has served with the Canton Police Department for 12 years and has 30 years of law enforcement experience. • Lt. German Rivas, who is scheduled to retire in August, was promoted to the rank of honorary captain. He has been with the department for 16 years. • Officer Michael Sweat was promoted to the rank of corporal (B-Team). He has been with the Canton Police Department for more than a year and has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience.

Jailyn Rollins, a second-grader at Joseph Knox Elementary School, had a unique birthday wish this summer. She surprised her parents, Jay and Jabari Rollins, and grandmother, Willa Hill, by requesting that family and friends help her raise money for her birthday to donate clean water to children in Africa. Her parents, proud that their daughter has social consciousness and concern for others at such a young age, helped her research agencies that provide water to sub-Saharan Africa. They selected The Water Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has helped communities gain access to clean, safe water through training and financial support for water project construction for more than seven years. Jailyn’s initial goal was to raise $700; which coincided with her turning 7. Within 24 hours, family and friends had raised $750 in donations to honor Jailyn’s birthday wish. The goal was increased to $1,250 and three days later that goal was exceeded. The total amount of donations received through Jailyn’s birthday request was $2,240. Her parents said, “We are so proud of Jailyn’s unselfish act of kindness and we pray that her efforts benefit many children. For her eighth birthday, Jailyn says she wants to donate food to children in Africa who don’t get enough to eat.” For more information about The Water Project visit www. Jailyn Rollins

Golfers and Reinhardt University are Winners in Golf Tournament The 27th annual Reinhardt University Dave Henritze Scholarship Golf Classic, played at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, raised more than $120,000 to go toward scholarships for students at Reinhardt University. Featured this year at the Golf Classic were the tournament’s founding members Bill Riley and Bill Pritchard. Major sponsors of the tournament included The Padgett Group and Sodexo. Ross Grisham (from left), Jason Kempker, Jon Pope and Tom Pope were the winners of the First Low Gross award. 10

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1 in 5 Lung Cancer Patients Never Smoked “More women die from lung cancer than from breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer combined,” says Dr. John Moore of the northside Hospital cancer institute. “it’s not just a smoker’s disease. family history and environmental surroundings are also large contributing factors.”


he statistics are sobering. The fiveyear survival rate of lung cancer patients is just 15 percent. It’s the leading cause of cancer death among American men and women, and it will claim an estimated 150,000 lives in 2015 alone. But despite the grim realities, the pulmonary physicians of Northside Hospital are more optimistic than ever that lung cancer can be beaten. “If lung cancer is caught early enough, the survival rate is greater than 90 percent,” says Dr. John E. Moore, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Lung Cancer Program. “With early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, we have a chance to flip these mortality rates.”

The Power of Early Detection Because early symptoms of lung cancer can be misidentified as bronchitis or asthma, many patients are diagnosed during later, less curable stages. Proactive screening and early detection of lung cancer dramatically improves disease survival.

“Low-dose CT scans are the best way to detect the disease before it spreads,” says Dr. Howard Silverboard, Medical Director of the Lung Screening Program and Chairman of Lung Oncology Steering Committee at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. “It’s important that men and women view lung cancer screenings as part of their regular annual healthcare maintenance regimen, just like mammograms and colonoscopies.”

Advancements in Treatment At Northside Hospital, great strides are taken to ensure patients experience a smooth and seamless treatment plan following the detection of cancer.

“It can be overwhelming to receive a cancer diagnosis and then need to schedule all the necessary followup appointments,” acknowledges Dr. Silverboard. “This is why we’ve added a nurse navigator to help patients overcome logistical obstacles to care. Additionally, all our nurses are specifically trained in lung cancer care to help patients recover as quickly as possible.” Dr. Moore notes that over half the lung cancer surgeries at Northside Hospital are performed with minimally invasive thoracoscopic (VATS) and robotic techniques that yield some of the most successful results in the country, even when compared to other prestigious lung cancer programs. Northside Hospital also embraces the power of molecular-based treatment, which targets individual genetic mutations in order to spare healthy cells and reduce side effects. “Our commitment to lung cancer care and treatment is unwavering because all of our patients deserve our best,” says Dr. Silverboard.

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Celebrating August birthdays at The Lodge at BridgeMill Front, from left: Maida Molten and Margaret Hunt. Back: Bill Wetmore, Bob Webster, Myra Hogsed, Bess Rogers, Jim Slaughter and Jane Raming.

Front, from left: Dolores Rebele, Barbara Howard and Kitty Entwisle. Back: Norma Hockensmith, Bob Chester and Annette Lee. Not Pictured: Priscilla Bocca, Beatrice Cleary, Marie Goldberg, Delbert Bain and Sammie Preissner.

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Saying Goodbye to

Chloe F.

Age 8, goes to Westside Best part of summer: Playing with friends. Best part of going back to school: Excited about making new friends.

Finley G.

Age 6, first grade Best part of summer: Going to the pool. Best part of going back to school: She is excited to see what first grade will be like.

Mitch D.

Age 15, sophomore Best part of summer: Playing in the pool and playing video games with friends. Best part of going back to school: I like to learn stuff and eat food and see friends!

Reagan S.

Age 5, kindergarten Best part of summer: Going to the water park and to the beach. Best part of going back to school: Looking forward to recess.

Ethan S.

Age 7, second grade Best part of summer: Hanging out with friends. Best part of going back to school: Getting to see friends that I didn’t get to during summer.


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While it’s sad to see summer come to an end, there is a lot of excitement among local students as they head back to the classroom.


Isaiah P.

Elijah P.

Age 9, fourth grade

Age 7, second grade

Best part of summer: Going to Jekyll Island with my entire family. I liked the beach and the Turtle Hospital. Best part of going back to school: Now that I’m in the fourth grade, I get to wear a jacket and tie to school.

Best part of summer: Taking Daddy to the Atlanta Museum for Father’s Day. Best part of going back to school: Now that I’m in the second grade, I can get on the headmaster’s list, join the Lego team and compete in Chinese YCT.

Avery P.

Age 9 (blue goggles) Best part of summer: Playing with friends. Best part of going back to school: Can’t wait to make new friends.

Jake B.

Age 5, Kindergarten Best part of summer: Going to the pool. Best part of going back to school: The big basketball gym.

Ashley M. Age 10 (blue shirt)

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Downtown Canton

Fun and Festive July 4th PHOTOS BY GARY MULLET

Larry Pujol of Canton, co-owner of Stout’s Growlers.

Chloe Sexton of Canton.

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An Updated Look for Busy Young Professional BY JODI TIBERIO

Meghan Castaldo came into our lives as a business associate assigned to help us make payroll changes. After an afternoon of work, Meghan left and Branches manager Mari turned to me and said, “She needs us!” I knew exactly what she meant. Meghan was the perfect makeover candidate. She had a great personality and had mentioned that she wanted to come back and shop because she struggles with style. Mari called Meghan the next day and asked if she was interested. She was over-the-moon excited to do it. Meghan has a serious boyfriend and the two enjoy going out and spending time with friends. We wanted to give

her an outfit that was versatile and fun. We gave her a beautiful pair of new Cello jeans from Brooklynns. This denim brand is known for its reasonable price (around $30) and clean style. These skinnies with a mid-rise fit are perfect for any occasion. We added a lace-detailed top from Monoreno that is delicate and beautiful. This brand has always been a favorite at Branches for its unique details. We completed the look with some accessories and a great pair of wedges. Mari and I could not wait to see what Venessa and her team did with Meghan. Meghan is an outgoing, energetic professional who is on the go and doesn’t spend much time on her hair or makeup. She admits to being in a rut with her hair and makeup, and wants an easy-to-maintain yet trendy cut and color to fit her active lifestyle. Meghan’s hair is thick and wavy and has a rich, warm brown color. She had four inches trimmed before stylist Melissa Kirk gave her light golden Balayage highlights that reflect a sun-kissed brightness through the back and sides, and bright babylights around her face. Stylist Ashley Henson cut the final shape into Meghan’s hair, adding long, soft layers throughout and creating face-framing layers. Removing the weight allows Meghan the ability to still pull her hair up and eases her styling time. Finally, Meghan’s hair was styled using a weightless smoothing cream in order to smooth the cuticle and reduce frizziness during these humid summer months. Esthetician Amy Chandler created a natural day look with Meghan’s makeup. Meghan’s skin tone is naturally creamy and even, so Amy simply enhanced Meghan’s eyes using shimmery golden tones and applied a light gray eyeliner smudged at the lash line. She completed Meghan’s look by lining her lips with a Lip Liner Minus Color to allow for longer wearing gloss and to plump her lips before applying a Mango Juice Lip Glaze. Meghan’s new look is natural and fresh, yet lighter and brighter just like her personality. Afterward, Meghan looked so confident and happy, and knew she looked great. She texted me later to say she had never felt this way before and was thrilled with her transformation. Her boyfriend was really blown away, too. We were grateful that Meghan was so open to trying something new. If you are looking to change your style, let us know. Maybe you could be next!

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Helping Hands

Teaching Many to Fish BY SUSAN SCHULZ

The coolest thing about Papa’s Pantry is that it represents both sides of the proverbial saying: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.” Since 1998, Papa’s Pantry has always been much more than a food pantry. Its mission is to partner with hard working men and women to help them get on their feet. The Masters Training Center, the educational division of Papa’s Pantry, is a holistic program where staff members work with families at their immediate point of need until they reach stabilization. Almost two decades ago, Papa’s founder, Lynne Saunders, came home from a mission trip to India with a new perspective on hunger. She vowed to do something to help those in our community who are in a food crisis; she understood that hunger and lack of nutritious foods are only symptoms of much deeper problems. Lack of funds, along with the inability to successfully manage household income, contributes to one of five households in Cherokee and Cobb counties that do not have enough food to eat, according to recent statistics. Lynne began collecting food and giving instructional classes to those in trouble, and those initial investments in helping disadvantaged families grew into the ministry that remains a vital part of our county today. Papa’s Pantry celebrates its 17th anniversary this year! The classes offered at The Master’s Training Center are open to everyone in the community, not just those in the food assistance program. Included in the stability training classes are Resume Writing, Interview Coaching, Creating a Professional Image, and Budgeting. Lynne Saunders started Papa’s Pantry in 1998. Papa’s Pantry also offers additional 20

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classes on Computer Basics, Mentoring and Organic Gardening, as well as camps for kids on healthy choices and childhood literacy. There is much to celebrate at Papa’s Pantry. Fifty-six percent of their clients experience success at attaining household stability, with a much higher rate (75 percent) for those who stay involved in Papa’s programs. One graduate said to the ministry, “I remember feeling so embarrassed when I called that first time for help. Your staff made me feel welcome and actually seemed excited to meet and talk to me. Your employment training is the best. In the interview, I felt as if my instructor was with me. I even sat the way she taught. I totally aced it and I am so excited to say, ‘I got the job!’” Another woman who left her abusive husband in Florida and brought her three children with her, ended up homeless and staying in various shelters. Despite living through all of that, she faithfully attended the employment strategies classes and landed a good-paying job. In her first budgeting meeting she said, “I don’t even have pots and pans to cook a meal.” Her instructor then realized she had left everything behind in Florida. This single mom’s confession launched an all out campaign to get this family’s apartment furnished. With help from Papa’s supporters — mission accomplished! There are many ways to get involved with this valuable ministry. Stocking the food pantry and tending to its organic garden are a couple of ways to volunteer for this multi-faceted ministry. Papa’s Pantry is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that operates on tax deductible gifts. No government funding is sought. Visit for more information, or call 770-5914730 to find out how you can help.

Susan Schulz is a Bible teacher, author, wife, and mom of three grown children. She lives and plays along the Etowah River and loves serving at Watermarke Church.

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An Educational Opportunity at the Georgia House BY SCOT TURNER

Students are returning to school, and summer for all intents and purposes is coming to a close. Along with football practices, Friday night lights, band performances and dance recitals, the student activities in our community are already in full swing and students also are taking advantage of various educational opportunities. One such opportunity is the Georgia House of Representatives Page Program. Each year I am given 10 slots for students 12 and older to come to the Capitol and learn how the House of Representatives operates. Pages are a vital part of our success while we are in session, and help with all kinds of important duties such as delivering messages, assisting legislators with various tasks, passing out floor amendments and performing other key responsibilities. All pages are given access to the floor of the House and stand shoulder to shoulder with their elected officials. At the end of the day, each page gets to have his or her picture taken with the page’s representative and the speaker of the House. Whenever I get the chance to have a page serve with me for the day, I always take an opportunity to sit with him or her for a few minutes and point out some important facts. I ask pages to look around the room and tell me what they see. They mention the chandelier, the furniture or other decorative features of

the room. We keep going until they mention the people. At that point I stop them and ask if there is anything noticeably different about these people standing in the House Chamber. Invariably they say they do not see anything different about them, at which time I say that is exactly the point. These are people, just like you, and there is nothing particularly special about them. They were in school once, they were kids, and they grew up just like the page is doing. In fact, the page could be one of us one day. If you are a student 12 years or older and would like to apply to be a page, the application can be found online at Once the application has been completed, you can email it to me at You should hurry; slots tend to fill up quickly.

Scott V. Merritt, DMD Member: GDA, ADA, AGD, AACD

Each year I am given 10 slots for students to come to the Capitol.

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• Chronic disease management • Acute illness care • Comprehensive physical exams for sports participation & college students • Comprehensive women’s health services • Pediatric care for school-aged children • Immunizations for children and adults


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Helping Hands

Getting a Head Start on Special Christmas Wishlists BY JO ANN BLAIR BOATRIGHT

For most families, Christmas is about decorating, buying and wrapping presents, baking goodies and finding that one blown bulb that is keeping the tree dark. The holidays should be a time for celebration and joy, but they can be difficult for some. Last year I felt an urge to celebrate my blessings by helping others. That search led me to the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, tucked away in the Waleska countryside. The ranch is home to approximately 40 young men ages 8 to 18, who are in the something many experienced for Department of Family and the first time in their lives. The boys Children Services (DFCS) learned that there are still people with custody due to parental neglect good hearts, and I learned that I can’t or abuse. The boys live in wait until October to get started for homes with house parents on a this year. beautiful 300-acre ranch filled As the newly appointed volunteer with love and compassion. But donation coordinator for the Secret as the song says, there’s no Santa 2015 Christmas Drive, I’m place like home for the holidays. excited for the boys and can’t wait to Christmas, in particular, is see how our community will outdo last emotionally hard for the youth year’s success. who now call Goshen Valley There are several ways to help Jo Ann with her son Michael. their home. with the Christmas 2015 initiative. I knew about Goshen Valley Contact Goshen Valley’s director of development, Carley Stephens, at because a small group at our or 770-345-9535, or contact church had been involved with the ranch by organizing me at joannblpc@gmail or 770-820-4751 for a list of small projects and outings and sharing their faith. My specific items you wish to donate or to arrange pick-up of mission became clear. your gifts. Goshen Valley will supply you with an in-kind Last October I visited the ranch to ask for a Christmas donation receipt for tax purposes. I would like to thank list from each boy. With more than 40 lists in hand, I everyone in our community for their generosity last year, began seeking contributions from family and friends. and I look forward to another amazing outpouring of love When I realized the enormity of the task, I decided to and generosity this year! go door to door for donations and approach Cherokee County merchants. The overwhelming generosity and support shown by our community last Christmas is why I call Cherokee County my home. Christmas 2014 was a Jo Ann Blair Boatright, a licensed professional counselor huge success, and the young men at Goshen Valley felt and a distinguished National Board Certified Counselor, lives in Towne Lake with husband Chad and son Michael. the love and warmth from their Cherokee County family, 24

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Consignment Sale Guide Outfitting your children with new back to school clothes is a little easier with bargains found in consignment sales. If you check ahead of time, you may be able to consign outfits your children have outgrown and get a new wardrobe at the same time!

Aug. 6-8

• All 4 Kids Cobb County Fairgrounds - Times: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Cobb County fairgrounds, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta

Aug. 14-15

• Canton First Baptist Kids Sale - Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Location: Canton First Baptist Church, 1 Mission Point • Lil’ Blessings - Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main St.

Aug. 20-22

• Lil Lambs Closet - Times: 6-8 p.m. Thursday ($5 admission fee per adult), 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Marietta First United Methodist Church, Whitlock Avenue

Aug. 21-22

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

• Wildwood Kidz-Sense - Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Wildwood Baptist Church, 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth • All 4 Kids East Cobb/Marietta - Times: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta

Aug. 22

• Tots to Tweens - Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

Aug. 27-29

• Due West Treasure Chest - Times: 9:30 a.m.-7.p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: 3965 Due West Road, Marietta • Green With Envy - Times: Private preview event Thursday, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Friday, 9 am.-5 p.m. Saturday Location: Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, Cumming

Aug. 27-30

• Restoration Kids - Times: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday ($5 per family), 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 am.-2:30 p.m., 1-4 p.m. Sunday Location: Restoration Church of God, 410 Rucker Road, Alpharetta/Milton/Roswell

Aug. 28-29

• Pass It On - Times: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: Acworth United Methodist Church, 4340 Collins Circle

Sept. 10-12

• Angel’s Attic - Times: 4-8 pm. Thursday (volunteers and sellers only), 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Location: John’s Creek UMC, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road

Sept. 11-12

• Roswell UMC - Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Location: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd.

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EVERYDAY Identifying people in need in our community. Jacob Hobby

(Featured March 2015) received his handicapped accessible van.

John Lemoine

(Featured December 2014) has made amazing progress with therapy. “Our family would like to thank you for sharing his story and thank those who donated toward his therapy. John’s therapy and strong determination is paying off. He is now able to stand with a walker without assistance, perform lunges with help, push-ups, and can leg press 75 pounds. This has helped him gain independence and live a fun life. He continues therapy three days a week at Project Walk Atlanta and Shepherd. He is now driving and is able to spend time with all of his good friends.” ~ Lori

Faith McDonnell

(Featured May 2015) received her daddy’s kidney on June 30, 2015 “In November, we learned that our daughter Faith would require a kidney transplant within the year. Thankfully her daddy, Scott, was a match, and the fast and scary process began. On June 30, Scott donated his kidney to Faith. Today, Faith’s kidney function is better than it has been in four years and improving every day; Scott is back to normal. We want to thank all of our friends, neighbors and church family for their love, prayers, support and food! We want to thank everyone whose donations to COTA allowed this to happen quickly for us! We especially glorify God!” ~ Kelly McDonnell

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“Jacob and I have so many people to thank for making this possible. First, we must thank Jacob’s school therapists, April and Brianne, who cared and shared Jacob’s story with Everyday Angels. Thank you to the Junior Service League for bravely selecting Jacob as their recipient for this year’s golf and tennis tournaments; raising $8,000 toward the purchase of the van. We must also thank the students, families, administration, and PTA of our great school, Clark Creek Elementary and Chuy’s restaurant, that rallied, donated, and fundraised. Collectively, a total of $28,000 was raised in five months! Finally, we must thank Mobility Works in Marietta for helping us find a van and working within our budget. Jacob is now able to get around and enjoy life thanks to your generous donations. It gives us such a warm feeling to live among people with such good hearts. Thank you for making life much easier for my sweet boy and our family.” ~ Gina

Chase Doss

(Featured April 2015) received his service dog, Brooklyn. “For the past three months Brooklyn has been in our home with Chase and the family. In that time she has detected a seizure episode, allowed our family to be more active in the community, and has traveled with us. Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts in providing a service dog for our son!” ~ Michele Doss

Everyday Angels is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Cherokee County since 2000. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit to donate via Paypal or send your donations to: Everyday Angels, PMB 380, 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 620, 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 for consideration and qualification.

Greetings From the New Canton Main Street Director BY MICAH FOWLER

The Main Street Director role is a busy, but fulfilling, one. The main objective of this position is to work toward facilitating the revitalization of our cozy little hometown, through the use of the National Trust’s Main Street Four Point Approach - Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotions. At the end of the day, this job requires me to be a jack-of-all-trades. Some of the hats I wear include event planner, marketer, newsletter writer, distributor, public/city liaison, advisor, fundraiser, administrator, public relations practitioner, and so much more. There are one or two slight differences in the positions held by myself and the former director. One example would be in the area of special event requests. If you have ever planned an event in one of the city’s parks, you know about the special events request form, which seeks the city’s permission to reserve the desired location for your event. The former director fielded all inquiries and applications for event requests city-wide. However, two weeks prior to my hiring, Canton officials created the position of parks and recreation director. Tom Gilliam was hired to fill this position and now shares the special events request responsibility. In my role as Canton’s Main Street Director, I now only handle requests for public space reservations that are in the historic downtown area (Cannon Park, Brown Park, Fincher-Adkins Park), while Parks and Recreation handles requests for areas outside

historic downtown (Heritage Park, Etowah River Park, etc.). The division of this workload allows me to focus solely on the events and progress within our lovely downtown. So what might be in the future for downtown Canton? The Main Street Board of Directors and I are hoping to bring back some old favorites this year, like the Chili Cook-off. Many of you have asked for it, and we want to bring it back full-force. Plans are underway, and I can’t wait to give you more information as it becomes available. We also hope to add new events that may become favorites, as well. One such event idea for 2015 is an Art and Wine Walk. I see big things for Canton and I can’t wait!

Plans are underway, and I can’t wait to give you more information as it becomes available.

Micah is Canton’s Main Street Director and attended Kennesaw State University. She also holds an MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath in England.

Why Should I Be Represented When Buying a Home? BY KURT & SHEILA JOHNSON

offer a variety of financing options that match their buyers’ down payment and monthly budget.

Perhaps the best reason to enlist the help of a buyer’s agent is that their commission is paid for by the seller. In a traditional real estate transaction, the seller pays the total commission to the listing agent, who is representing them and their best interests; the listing agent shares their commission with the buyer’s agent after closing. When the property sells, the buyer’s agent receives a portion of the listing agent’s commission to bring their buyer to the property and represent the buyer’s best interests.

• Networks with other agents and knows the available inventory and can find out about listings sometimes even before they hit the Multiple Listing Service.

A good buyer’s agent… • Will point out obvious issues with a property during the initial showing, so that the buyer can decide if going forward with an inspection and appraisal makes sense.

• Can help the buyer through the closing process by coordinating the lender, the seller and the closing attorney, to ensure that there are no last-minute surprises which might prevent a successful closing, or jeopardize the buyer’s earnest money.

• Is available at the buyer’s convenience. Many buyers can only preview homes in the evenings or during weekends.

If you are in the market to buy a home, select your buyer’s agent, your lender and then your home. An experienced buyer’s agent can save you valuable time and money.

• Has their client’s best interests in mind, and seeks to find the right property at the best price while protecting the buyer’s earnest money. • Should have no financial incentive to sell their own broker’s listings. Select an agent that will show you any property on the market. • Will direct their clients to knowledgeable lenders who can

• Knows the property values in the area, and can prepare a comparative market analysis of recent sales, and advise their buyer on how to make the right offer and negotiate on terms.

Kurt and Sheila Johnson are Keller Williams Top Producing Agents and have served Cherokee County for more than 10 years.

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Rob’s Rescues This dog is Greg. He is about 3 years old. He likes squishy toys and is very sweet. He likes toys and treats and kids. He is very fast. Greg has been at the shelter since April. This cat’s name is Nessa. She is very snuggly. She lay down on my book so I couldn’t write and she wouldn’t get off. She is 2 years old and is very fluffy.

I really liked judging the dog show at Woodstock Dog Days of Summer. There is a pet food collection bin at the Visitors’ Center in downtown Woodstock. I am going to be collecting pet food for the River Church food pantry. People who go to the food pantry might need dog and cat food too.

Rob’s Rescues

now has a Facebook page!

I’m Rob Macmillan and I’m on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. These animals are at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter at 1015 Univeter Road, Canton. Contact me at


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Out & About Through Sept. 26

Digging for Treasure: A History of Mining in Cherokee County exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North St., Suite 140 in Canton. The exhibit explores many types of mining, beginning with the Gold Rush of 1829. 770-345-3288.

Aug. 8

Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, benefitting the Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Cherokee County Special Olympics, begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Canton. www.

Aug. 14-15

Alice in Wonderland performed by Star Troupe (children’s theatre) at the Historic Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St. Tickets $10.

Aug. 16

The Hunt for Old Rex McBride’s Treasure is a treasure hunt held at Hobgood Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Boys in grades one through five and their families are invited. This free event is an introduction to the Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout Pack 2010 in Woodstock, Throughout the year, Pack 2010 participates in special activities that include meetings in a Boeing 747, a sleep over at Zoo Atlanta, archery, B.B. gun shooting, four weekend campouts, an Atlanta Braves pitching competition and more.


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Aug. 18

The Cherokee County Historical Society is hosting a meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the National Register of Historic Places, and how homes qualify for associated tax credits. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway, Canton. For more info, call 770-345-3288 or visit

Beginning Aug. 20

Congregational care classes at Hillside United Methodist Church include Beyond the Broken Heart for those grieving a loss, DivorceCare for those in hurtful relationships, Safe People for those looking for relationships with people who are good for you, and Healing is a Choice, for those seeking physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. For more details, or to register for a class, call Rev. Doug Mills, director of congregational care, at 770-924-4777 ext. 105, or email him at

Aug. 20

Fundraiser for Atlanta Boxer Rescue at GameDay Fresh Grill, 2990 Eagle Drive, Woodstock, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. GameDay will donate 10 percent of customer checks to the rescue organization, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. The organization has rescued more than 1,000 Boxers since its inception in 2008. For more info, email Angela at or visit www.

Aug. 21-23, 28-30

Vanities by the Cherokee Theatre Company at the Historic Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St. Shows start at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets $15. 770-591-0282.

Aug. 22

Outdoor movie in Brown Park begins at 8:30 p.m., featuring the movie “Paddington.” Back to School Fair at Kohl’s. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Kohl’s are partnering for a back to school event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kohl’s in Woodstock, 120 Woodstock Square Avenue. The free outdoor event encourages kids of all ages to be healthy, stay active and have fun with a crawl-through Fun Bus, a craft making station and a chance to tour the inside of an ambulance. EWGA Golf Tournament has a 1 p.m. shotgun start at the BridgeMill Golf Club. EWGA is the largest amateur women’s golf organization in the world, with more than 17,000 members. The Atlanta chapter is hosting this event. Cost is $69 and includes golf and awards dinner.

Aug. 31

Deadline to reserve a space at the Saint Elizabeth Orthodox Church’s community-wide yard sale on Oct. 3. E-mail for registration forms and information, or call 770-485-0504. The church is located at 2263 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock.

Sept. 11-12

The Georgia Master Gardener Association State Conference will be held at the University of North Georgia’s Hoag Auditorium in Dahlonega. Guest speakers will be Sharon Collins of Georgia Outdoors and Kip McConnell of Southern Living, as well as Atlanta’s botanical expert Walter Reeves.

Sept. 12

The Cherokee Music Teachers Association will hold its first meeting for the 2015-16 season at 11 a.m. at the Cherokee Arts Center. Events for the year will be discussed over brunch. All visitors, and those interested in the association, are invited. For more details, email Linda Lokey at Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, in the educational center. The topic will be the role of the Cherokee Indians in the Civil War. Speaker will be Robert Jones, president of the Kennesaw Historical Society. Meetings are free and open to the public. For meeting details, email Tony Harris at

Sept. 21

MUST Charity Golf Tournament at Pinetree Country Club is open to golfers, sponsors and raffle donations. For info, call Cara Reeve at 678218-4513, or email

Sept. 26-27

Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday at Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway, Canton. The juried show will feature more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s activities and concessions. Admission for ages 11 and older is a $5 donation. Presented by the Service League of Cherokee County. SIXES LIVING | August 2015




I have never been called thrifty, but with the school year upon us, I have found myself a bit cash-strapped, what with all the school fees and school supplies and school clothes and what-not. This shopping guide is my attempt to work the system… in a good way!


You’ve probably heard tales of people finding things like genuine fur coats and valuable depression glass at places like Goodwill. I’ve never been that lucky, but on a recent trip to the Canton store I did score these books. At just $0.77 a piece, you can donate them to your local library or build your own. Dick and Jane, plus these three highly acclaimed books written by award-winning authors. All the books I found here were in excellent condition and at 90 percent off, you can’t beat the value.

2. My daughter had a third grade teacher who gave the kids


a peppermint before every test. The teacher swore that the peppermints helped the kids remember and regurgitate important information. It may or may not be true. I later found out my daughter hoarded her mints in her desk all year. Of course, I’m willing to try anything that will help my kids do better in school. You can shoot me an email and let me know if this one is just an old teacher’s tale or if it really works. Purchase a giant tub of mints for $9.49 at the Staples next to Ingles supermarket in Canton.


3. The big kids are going back to school, but that’s no reason for the little ones to

feel left out. You can make your little guys feel included by gathering supplies at the Dollar Tree in Canton on Marietta Highway or in Woodstock at the corner of Bells Ferry Road and Eagle Drive. These buckets and bins can be customized with a dryerase marker and filled with crayons, pencils, notebooks and glue sticks. Available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, you can coordinate the color scheme to match your house. Everything you see here was just $1 each.


Now that everyone is back from vacation, my pantry and fridge are quickly shrinking. Recently, I popped in to the local Aldi. Aldi is definitely not your fully stocked, full service grocery store, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to the enormous boxes of fruit chewies and cookies, the store also sells organic produce. Yes, organic! And you won’t believe these prices. Lunch boxes and snack time, rejoice!



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Rangers Gear Up for Hunting Season BY AMY COBB

It may still be summer, but park rangers at Allatoona Lake are gearing up for another season that some of our visitors enjoy— hunting season! Archery season for deer opens statewide on Sept. 12 and on Sept. 13 in Corps areas. The Great Allatoona Lake Cleanup is on Sept. 12 and the Corps does not allow hunting on that day. All other open season times can be found at www. Many people may not be aware, but hunting is actually critically important to our wildlife population. While that may sound illogical, hunting helps to maintain populations at levels compatible with the available habitat. Without this type of population control, certain wildlife could overpopulate and starve when their food becomes scarce. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tries to manage the hunting program to provide benefits both to the wildlife population and the sportsmen. This year, as in previous years, only 400 hunting permits will be available to allow for authorized hunting activities on almost 3,000 acres of public land around Allatoona Lake. Permits are issued on a first-come-first-served basis, a $20 special activity fee is charged for each permit, and of course all Georgia state hunting regulations still apply. This permit is not valid for the Allatoona Wildlife Management Area or the Durham’s Pasture Cobb County Hunting Area.

We are also eagerly anticipating an archery-only deer hunt for sportsmen who use wheelchairs and youth sportsmen again this year, with hunters selected by lottery. Adults will need a Georgia A sportsman in a wheelchair enjoyed a successful hunt last year using one of the state hunting hunting blinds around Lake Allatoona. license, and youth younger than 16 will need a licensed adult hunting with them. We had an impressive turnout last year and made some great memories for many of our participants. continued on page 60

Park Ranger Amy Cobb is a Georgia native and has been a Corps Ranger at several locations around the South.

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The New Gradual Retirement Working a little (or a lot) after 60 may become the norm. DON AKRIDGE, MBA, CFP®, CPA/PFS U.S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN – EMORY UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS

Do we really want to retire at 65? Not according to the latest annual retirement survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, which gauges the outlook of American workers. It found that 51 percent of us plan to work part time once retired. Moreover, 64 percent of workers 60 and older wanted to work at least a little after age 65 and 18 percent had no intention of retiring.1 Are financial needs shaping these responses? Not entirely. While 61 percent of all those polled in the Transamerica survey cited income and employer-sponsored health benefits as major reasons to stay employed in the “third act” of life, 34 percent of respondents said they wanted to keep working because they enjoy their occupation or like the social and mental engagement of the workplace.1 It seems “retirement” and “work” are no longer mutually exclusive. Not all of us have sufficiently large retirement nest eggs, so we strive to stay employed—to let our savings compound a little more, and to leave us with fewer years of retirement to fund. We want to keep working into our mid-60s because of two other realities as well. If you are a baby boomer and you retire before age 66 (or 67, in the case of those born 1960 and later), your monthly Social Security benefits will be smaller than if you had worked until full retirement age. Additionally, we can qualify for Medicare at age 65.2,3 We are sometimes cautioned that working too much in retirement may result in our Social Security benefits being taxed, but is there really such a thing as “too much” retirement income? Income aside, there is another question we all face as retirement approaches. How much control will we have over our retirement transition? In the Transamerica survey, 41 percent of respondents saw themselves making a gradual entry into retirement, shifting from full-time employment to part-time employment or another kind of work in their 60s.1 Is that thinking realistic? It may or may not be. A recent Gallup survey of retirees found that 67 percent had left the workforce before age 65; just 18 percent had worked longer. Recent research from the Employee Benefit Retirement Institute fielded roughly the same results: 14 percent of retirees kept working after 65 and about half had been forced to stop working earlier than they planned due to layoffs, health issues or elder care responsibilities.3

Not all of us have sufficiently large retirement nest eggs, so we strive to stay employed.


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If you do want to make a gradual retirement transition, what might help you do it? First of all, work on maintaining your health. The second priority: maintain and enhance your skill set, so that your prospects for employment in your 60s are not reduced by separation from the latest technologies. Keep networking. Think about Plan B: if you are unable to continue working in your chosen career even part time, what prospects might you have for creating income through financial decisions, self-employment or in other lines of work? How can you reduce your monthly expenses? Easing out of work and into retirement may be the new normal. Pessimistic analysts contend that many baby boomers will not be able to keep working past 65, no matter their aspirations. They may be wrong. Just as this active, ambitious generation has changed America, it may also change the definition of retirement. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse the opinions or services of Peter Montoya, Inc. or MarketingPro, Inc. This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment. Citations. 1 - [5/5/15] 2 - [6/11/15] 3 - [5/22/15]

Don Akridge is president of Citadel Professional Services, LLC, an independent firm, founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. 770-952-6707.

WellStar and Mayo Clinic. Working together. Working for you. Achieving our vision of world-class healthcare is even closer now that we are a proud new member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an innovative collaboration which brings the expertise of Mayo to our patients. As the first and only member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in metro Atlanta, our depth of specialty care will be enhanced with new resources and tools while keeping patient care right here at home. Innovation. World-class care. WellStar. For more information, please visit For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

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) and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Health Parks; Pediatric Center; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and the WellStar Foundation.

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Surrounded by Excellence

Lyndon Academy Students Thrive in Academics, Athletics and Arts Many families are drawn to private school education because of small class sizes. While that is a benefit, Lyndon Academy offers an environment where students excel in academics, flourish in the arts and receive an education that prepares them in a unique way for a successful college career. In the words of Stephen Page, a Lyndon Academy elementary parent: “If you are concerned about what kind of social group your child might fall into…at Lyndon your only options are good ones. There are no bad options.” It all starts with the enrollment and selection process. Lyndon administrators do not accept every applicant. They look for students with a high aptitude for learning and families that support the school’s endeavors.

Academic Excellence

The student body, as a whole, typically scores at the 90th percentile on nationally standardized exams. Concurrently, more than 70 percent of students between fourth and eighth grades are eligible for the Duke TIP program. Students excel in linguistics, sciences and the arts. In the 2014-15 school year, Lyndon represented Northwest Georgia Middle Schools at the State Science Fair, and multiple students received honors in band and foreign languages at the national level. The 2015 Terrier Award recipient - the highest honor a Lyndon student can receive - also scored first place in the state on the National Spanish Exam while taking to the stage in vocal and instrumental roles. While students learn in a STEMenriched program with an advanced college preparatory curriculum, Lyndon Academy goes beyond the norm. All students begin learning foreign languages daily in kindergarten. Spanish is taught to all grades, and students also begin learning Mandarin Chinese when they enter first grade. At Lyndon, foreign language acquisition is valued for multiple reasons; according to the Multilingual Children’s Association, multilingualism has been proven to help children develop superior reading and writing skills. Multilingual children also tend to have more advanced analytical, social, and academic skills than their monolingual peers. Keeping students stimulated and actively engaged is part of the daily routine at


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2014-2015 Snapshot of Lyndon Academy 71 percent of fourth through eighth graders were eligible to participate in Duke TIP, a program that identifies gifted students and offers opportunities to nurture their academic abilities. In the last nine years, school wide students have averaged scores within the 90th percentile on Stanford 10 Achievement Test. First and third place at Northwest Regional Science Fair (sixth through 12th grades). First place in the state on the National Spanish Exam First team of fast-pitch girls’ softball advanced to playoffs.

Lyndon Academy 485 Toonigh Road, Woodstock 30188 770-926-0166 • Lyndon. Beginning in kindergarten, students move from classroom to classroom, visiting a dedicated teacher for each subject. From kindergarten through high school, each subject including Spanish and Mandarin - is taught every day for a full class period. A uniform policy is in place to make things a little easier for parents and students. In fact, honor roll student Cody Clark, a recent middle school transfer and rising Lyndon high school student, credits the school’s environment – especially the uniform policy - to his success. “There are no distractions,” he said. The uniform policy allows for some choice, but it is conservative in that there are no labels generated. “Being smart and striving for excellence in academics can be cool,” said Headmaster Linda Murdock.

A Growing Arts Palette

Lyndon Academy fosters the continued growth and development of its art programs, and the students are responding. Nearly 50 percent of the middle school children perform in the band, 20 percent school-wide perform in Drama Club, and many others participate

in a variety of performing arts programs.


The academy is currently competitive in cross country, fast-pitch softball, basketball, track & field, and tennis. The school’s first fast-pitch girls’ softball team advanced to the playoffs, and the girls’ basketball team finished third in the North Atlanta Metro League tournament. This year, Lyndon is rolling out soccer and baseball programs. Additionally, developmental programs that complement these competitive sports are available at the elementary level.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Even the lunch program is designed to increase students’ success during the school day. One year ago, Lyndon Academy became the first school in the state to serve Boar’s Head meat and cheese products, and daily entrée choices are complemented with organic salads and organic milk, among other choices. Lyndon children need to eat well and they need to exercise well to keep oxygen pumping through the brain. Students get daily recess through fifth grade, and all students get physical

education twice a week. A healthy body facilitates a healthy mind.

After Graduation

Private school students have the same access as public school students to financial aid options, including the Hope Scholarship and in-state benefits. However, the doors open much wider to other opportunities, due in part to the specialized education Lyndon Academy students receive, and the additional financial aid available solely to privately educated individuals. “I was excited to learn that elite private collegiate institutions are not out of reach for my daughters. In fact, they could cost less than state-run institutions…attending an Ivy League school could cost less than UGA,” said Lyndon parent Amy Johnston. To learn more about what the future can hold for your child by attending a private college preparatory school, Lyndon Academy invites you to call and schedule a tour, or learn more information online at www.

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A Busy Fall in Store for Silver Roamers The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Department offers an active group for senior citizens called the Silver Roamers. For a $24 yearly fee, members can attend monthly gatherings for fellowship and to discuss upcoming events. Members get discounts on trips and events, and win prizes through the Roamers Mileage Club. Non-members can take part in day and overnight excursions, but the cost is a little more. For more details, call Frankie Sanders at 770-924-7768.

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Appalachian Outfitters Chestatee River/Shenanigans Irish Pub

Country Living Fair

A two-hour beginner kayak class down the Chestatee River, with far and few gentle rapids, remote, and beautiful scenery. Lunch at the Irish pub after the river trip. Bring a towel, snacks, water and a change of clothes. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Recreation Center or 8:30 a.m. Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $55 for members, $65 for non‐members.

Travel to Stone Mountain to see what this Country Living magazine event has to offer. Shop for antiques, vintage, specialty food, handcrafted jewelry, home décor’, clothing, art, pottery, pocketbooks, seeds, plants and attend seminars, cooking demos and more. Lunch is on your own with on-site vendors. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Boys and Girls Club or 9 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Cost is $25 members, $35 non-members.

Aug. 27 Center for Civil and Human Rights/Mary Mac’s Tea Room

The museum is dedicated to the achievements of the civil rights movement in the U. S. and the broader worldwide human rights movement, and is designed to be a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities. Lunch after the museum tour. Meet at 8:30 a.m. the Boys and Girls Club or 9 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Cost is $50 for members, $60 for non‐members.

Sept. 11 Mansell House and Gardens/Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

A trip to the Mansell House and Gardens in Alpharetta, a beautiful and unique 1912 Queen Anne style house with collections of Alpharetta and old Milton County historical and genealogical information. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center or 9 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.

Sept. 17 Jaemor Farms/Sweet House BBQ

Visit to Jaemor Farms in Alto, nestled in the North Georgia mountains, for apple picking, behind the scenes tour of the farm, honeybee hive, gift shop and more. Restaurant is on site. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Recreation Center or 8:30 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.

Oct. 5-8 Lexington, KY (overnight trip)

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Senior citizens visit the Tate House.

Nov. 12 Earl Smith Strand Theatre/Marietta Local

Guided tour covers three unseen floors at the theatre. Lunch at Marietta Local after the tour. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club or 9 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Cost is $45 members, $55 non-members.

Never Roam Alone Water Club Stay active, healthy, socialize, and have fun at the Cherokee Aquatic Center and walk in the Recreation Pool. Please check in at the front desk before entering the pool. 2-3 p.m. daily through Sept. 30. Free to Silver Roamers members.

Gentle Joints Low impact aerobics and strength training class designed specifically for mature adults and individuals with joint challenges. Class format will vary among instructors. The class may include the use of hand weights, stability balls, and various resistance equipment such as bands, Pilate’s circles, and mini‐balls. The class is geared toward issues relevant to this age group such as balance, flexibility, strength, posture, cardio‐pulmonary fitness, and exercises to target bone density, mobility and joint issues. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays in the aerobics room of the Recreation Center. Cost is $30 per month.

Senior Sense Remembering School Days BY DELIA HALVERSON

This time of year brings back many memories for those of us watching our grandchildren prepare to go back to school. In addition to my own memories, I have some that my mother shared with me about her experiences as a student. She went to school with her father as her teacher in New Mexico. Her mother stayed on the land where they homesteaded, and my grandfather took my mother with him to the one-room school where he taught. They lived in the back of the school during the week. One of the eight schools I attended had two rooms. My son also went to a two-room school in a town of 92 people and had only one other child in his first grade. Then we moved to two different towns of about 2,000 people. When we moved to East Cobb, our children’s high school had more than 2,000 students—quite a difference. Schools have changed greatly since then, but I imagine that any of you reading this column can remember a special school you attended. School reunions are interesting if you enjoy people watching. I never attended my early school reunions because all the people seemed to do was talk about how far they had gone in their careers or how wonderful their children were. Then

I decided to go to Key West for my 45th reunion. What a surprise! We talked about the “remember when’s” and it was really a joy! Since then I’ve attended a couple of 50th reunions, one for a high school where I spent only two years. It was a reunion for the entire school because the classes were so small. One graduating class had only 13 members. The school also consolidated with another small-town school a couple of years after my class graduated. As we grow older, we begin to realize the importance of our friendships of previous years. I have no real close friends from high school since we moved a lot, but I do appreciate those with whom I can say, “Remember when...?” I also realize the importance of passing those memories down to my grandchildren. That’s a part of their heritage!

Delia writes books and leads workshops internationally. She and her husband settled in Woodstock after living in eight states. Their children and grandchildren live nearby.

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Entitlement State BY MIKE LITREL, MD

I walked outside to pick up the Saturday morning paper, and I suppressed an expletive as my bare foot met with a prickly Georgia pine cone. A storm the night before had strewn the yard with them. Stepping gingerly on my injured extremity, I thought of my two boys inside, comfortably glued to the television on this beautiful summer morning. Inspiration struck. Limping into the family room, I declared an employment opportunity: a fee to pick up the pine cones on the front lawn. Ensconced before the boob tube, the boys were at first reluctant. But in the end I was persuasive, and they emerged, interested in lining their pockets to the tune of a nickel per cone. Two boys and a yard full of pine cones—there was the inevitable laughter, screaming and a bit of crying. The boys competed, throwing for distance, accuracy, and of course, trying to nail each other from time to time. But they were flushed from the exercise and appeared happy when they dragged their bags of pine cones to me for final inspection. As I surveyed my cone-less lawn and counted what they had collected, I silently congratulated myself for my fatherhood leadership. I was unaware of the impending conflict. Tyler, 12 years old at the time, had collected twice as many pine cones as his 9-year-old brother Joseph. At final count, Tyler

had earned close to $10, and Joseph $5. I considered this darn good pay for unskilled and undisciplined labor. But Joseph looked at the five dollar bill in his hand with deep unhappiness. It wasn’t fair that Tyler had gotten more! Tyler, exuberant in his brother’s misery, gloatingly shoved his Alexander Hamilton in Joseph’s face. I chased Tyler away and sat down with Joseph to explain, to make sure he understood. Yet, no matter what I said to him, Joseph couldn’t—or wouldn’t—see the fairness. He persisted with his question: He‘d worked just as long as Tyler; why did Tyler get twice as much? Frustrated, I finally resorted to sarcasm. “Well, Joseph, I guess you figured it out,” I said with great sincerity. “The real reason is because I love Tyler... twice... as much... as I love you.” I held up two fingers for emphasis. Any concern I‘d harbored in the back of my mind about causing Joseph emotional trauma was alleviated by his

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Dr. Mike Litrel, author of two books on faith-health connection, is a board certified OB/GYN and specialist in pelvic reconstructive surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists.

Teaching Our Children to Respect Law Enforcement BY SEAN KAUFMAN

Not all officers are nice. Few of them abuse their power, take advantage of situations, and use their job to push personal agendas. However, the media using YouTube videos showing an officer misbehaving – and then using it to label a profession – is wrong, and socially irresponsible. My brother was a police officer for 10 years. He loved his job, but quit law enforcement, saying, “I am not going to work for a city which does not work to protect me when I put my life on the line day in and day out.” I can only imagine how many officers are feeling this way right now. The United States of America is a country of laws. We follow the law or we face the consequences. You take those consequences away, and we become a nation where corruption, violence, and survival of the fittest – and richest – rule the nest. Parents have a huge impact on how their children choose to act with police officers. Several weeks ago at the Kroger in Towne Lake, my kids noticed someone arguing with a Woodstock police officer. Later, we overheard the person describing the incident to others, saying the officer was harassing. The story this person told was received with understanding and affirmation. Do I live in the “Twilight Zone?” The person telling the story was breaking the law, and was being held accountable for it; still, that person had the nerve to call it harassment. 40

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I used this experience to teach my children about respecting the laws of this country and those who spend their lives enforcing them. I went home and pulled up the viral YouTube videos. After asking my children several questions, it was very clear to everyone that even when officers misbehaved, they did so as a result of individuals being disrespectful and non-compliant with police commands. So much could have been avoided if those people in the videos that were being detained by officers demonstrated restraint and respect toward law enforcement. There is a time and place to fight injustice, but it’s a recipe for unintentional disasters when doing so while adrenaline is flowing, and officers feel threatened, forcing them to make decisions in an instant. Teach your children this and teach them now! Fact is, I go to work in a suit. They go to work in a bulletproof vests. I am armed with a pen. They are armed with a gun. I say, “See you tonight.” They pray to return home at night. My family thanks all law enforcement officers in Cherokee County. We believe your service is heroic, and appreciate all you do. Sean Kaufman, an expert in behaviour change, specializes in life coaching and workforce motivation and owns The Texting Coach and Behavior-Based Improvement Solutions.

Georgia Canyons are Natural Wonders BY LYNNE WATTS

If you weren’t able to visit the Grand Canyon this summer, you may want to see two of Georgia’s own canyons, which offer spectacular views, fascinating history and challenging hiking trails. Providence Canyon is 150 miles south of Atlanta and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. Known as the Little Grand Canyon, it was created by poor farming techniques in the late 1800s that resulted in soil erosion and massive gullies, some as deep as 150 feet. While you are there, check out the gift shop where you can watch a video detailing the history of the canyon. Visit during the month of August when the rare plumleaf azalea is blooming against the backdrop of the natural soil colors of pink, orange, red and green to create a photographer’s paradise. Enjoy views of the canyons from the rim or follow the trails to explore the deepest canyons below. The more adventurous can pitch a tent and camp out along a back country trail that winds through mixed forest. Camping, cottages and efficiency units are also available nearby at Florence Marina State Park on the 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George. Another of the state’s natural wonders is Tallulah Gorge in the northeastern part of the state. A canyon formation that is three miles long and 1,200 feet deep, the gorge was created by a series of waterfalls that were dammed by the Georgia Power Co. in 1912. The name Tallulah comes from a Native American word for “terrible,” since tradition had it that the gorge was a home for evil spirits. Today the evil spirits are replaced with day visitors and outdoor adventurers. Tightrope walkers have twice been challenged to cross the gorge and the towers used by Karl Wallenda on his 1970 walk are still visible. Visit the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center, where you can learn about the rich history of this Victorian resort town.

Visitors can hike along the rim and venture across a suspension bridge that sways 80 feet above the rock bottom for outstanding views of the river and waterfalls. There is also a paved path that is perfect for strollers or bicycles. A permit is necessary to hike to the bottom of the gorge. Mountain bikers can enjoy a challenging 10-mile trail. The park offers monthly guided experiences including a quarter-mile hike to the site of Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the gorge. Are you a night owl? Sign up for a full moon hike that will take you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and along the rim under the full moon. TallulahGorge.

Lynne Watts is an author, speaker, coach, mom and a retired Cherokee County School District counselor. She can be reached at

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Job Tip: Reconnect with Old Friends

First Step to Becoming an Actor: Headshots



This week, I unexpectedly found myself out of town, in a place where I summered as a teen. It is a small town in upstate New York on Lake Ontario, where I learned to sail and realized that I have the spirit to succeed in competition. I had opportunities to crew on sailboats that were owned and skippered by my aunt’s and uncle’s friends. It was during this time I found endurance, confidence and the benefits of taking risks … characteristics I have pulled from many times in my life. Recently I was in a gathering of friends and family celebrating the life of my aunt as we said goodbye. People came - some from long distances - to join us as we told stories and heard multitudes more. I re-met many salty old sailors who remembered me from 40 years ago. I could sense their sincere interest to catch up and their pride that I turned out “all right.” They seemed honored to give financial donations in lieu of flowers to my organization, Papa’s Pantry. It was clear; they remembered me well, they were proud of my accomplishments, and wanted to help “my cause.” These concepts are at the core of successful networking, and can be emulated in the job search market. Many times, gems of all colors and depth can be found in treasure boxes of abandoned relationships. You can polish each one to reveal its true beauty. Networking is not just showing up to a weekly meeting. It is reaching out to past friends, colleagues, and bosses…the people you had relationships with during a time when you had the world by the tail. Those are the people who will remember you in your successes. Job-seeking can be scary and depressing. Don’t get overwhelmed; instead, make a list of people who can share powerful stories of your accomplishments and grit. Pick up the phone or send an email to those people and let them know that you are beginning a new chapter in your life. If you are calling old friends, don’t ask for help on the first phone call, but simply enjoy reconnecting. There will be time during your reacquaintance to solicit a reference, or ask for leads on decisionmakers for jobs. What do you have to lose? Even if the people you choose to reconnect with can’t help, you will regain lost confidence as you walk down memory lane together. Keep making progress!

A good headshot does two things: It gets you an audition and it looks like you. Let’s suppose your headshot looks like a 21-year-old hippie college student, but you walk in the room looking like a 27-yearold lawyer. You have ensured you will not get the part of the college student, annoyed the casting director for wasting his time, and possibly prevented yourself from getting the role for which you are actually perfect. First, you must decide who you are; what types of roles can you play? What is your age range? What makes you unique? No one can play every role. No one is going to ask me to play a drugged-up prostitute. And even if I could work really hard on portraying that character, someone else is going to walk into that audition looking exactly right for the part, so it is useless for me to expend energy trying to be someone I am not. Are you a great mom? What kind of mom are you? Stern? Loving? Would you make a great bodyguard or police officer? Then don’t try out for the white collar CEO roles. You also need a good handle on how old you look. Your age range is the five to seven year span that others think you fall into. Don’t rely on your own judgment. Ask at least 20 people who don’t know you very well how old they think you are and what adjectives they feel describe you. Tally the answers and that will give you an idea of your age range and type. Then, look at current TV shows and films. Watch for the smaller roles and use those adjectives to discover which types of roles you would play. You can search online for local photographers, but check out their websites before committing to one - they should have a gallery of work. Your acting headshots will not look like corporate headshots. Interview a few photographers. Talk with each of your favorites over the phone to make sure you have a connection, in order to have a relaxing and fun shoot. You can expect to spend between $250 and $400 for two to three looks. You need at least one film shot and one commercial shot. Take a lot of outfits to your session, and with the help of the photographer, pick two or three sets of clothes. These are your “looks.” While wearing each outfit, take both film and commercial shots. Professional headshots are typically very close shots, usually from the top of your head to no lower than your collarbone. Some might be ¾ shots to your waist, but stay in the tight frame, because a lot of casting is done online, and tight shots make better thumbnail images. Another reason for the tight shot is that the people making

Networking is not just showing up to a weekly meeting. It is reaching out to past friends, colleagues, and bosses.

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Lynne Saunders is director of Papa’s Pantry ( and the Master’s Training Center. She can be reached at 770-591-4730.


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Jessica Leigh Smith lives in Cherokee County with her family. Jessica is also an actress and producer. and

Gardening for a Gluten-free Lifestyle BY TONI ANN ISLES

Gluten-free (GF) products are, on average, 242 percent more expensive than their gluten counterparts, according to a study conducted by the National Center of Biotechnology Information. If you’re gluten intolerant, you’re all too familiar with this statistic. GF products often require specialty ingredients, such as expensive flour substitutes. Combine costly ingredients with a bit of price gouging, and you’ve got yourself a pricey product. What’s a costconscious GF-er to do? Get to gardening, that’s what! Maintaining a small home garden is an easy way to enjoy healthy foods without spending a fortune. Ripe, juicy fruits, freshly-picked vegetables, and tasty legumes are all naturally gluten-free and packed with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants. Not to mention, a home garden yields far more per dollar than what you’d spend on supermarket produce. And saving money on fruits and vegetables leaves you with extra cash for other GF goodies, such as bread or cereal. Getting started is simple. First, determine your plant hardiness zone, which indicates what plants are capable of growing in your region. Because Cherokee County is in Zone 7b, the best plants to sow in August include beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber and kale. If you sow in September, you’ll want to plant carrots, lettuce, radishes, spinach and/or turnips. Before digging in, make a mental note of where and how much sun shines in your yard. As a quick tip, broccoli and cucumbers

prefer full sun (about six to eight hours per day) while beans, lettuce, spinach and carrots enjoy partial sun. Select seeds or pre-sown plants from a farmer’s market or nursery. Sow them in a row pattern, be sure to leave sufficient space between the seeds or plants. Remember to read the seed package instructions or chat with a local nursery owner, if purchasing pre-sown plants. Enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor with this refreshing GF recipe: Cucumber Watermelon Salad 3 sm. cucumbers 1 sm. red onion, thinly sliced (seeded, cut into cubes) 3 tbsp. lime juice 1 c. crumbled feta cheese 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 c. mint leaves, thinly sliced 1 seedless watermelon (cut into cubes) Salt and pepper, to taste Mix red onion with lime juice in a bowl; set aside to marinate at least 10 minutes. Stir olive oil into mixture. Toss watermelon, cucumbers and feta cheese together in a large bowl. Pour the red onion mixture over the watermelon mixture; toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle mint over the salad and toss.

Toni Ann Isles is a freelance writer, executive assistant, dog- and nature-lover, and amateur photographer.

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Health & Wellness

The Fluoride in Our Water: Good or Bad? BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

A patient named John from South Africa told me he had very bad teeth because he grew up on well water without fluoride. He knew he would need extensive dental and cosmetic work because he had avoided fixing his smile until now. John is 38 and an active businessman who is in front of clients every day. He told me he was embarrassed by his smile and wanted to improve it. An examination revealed substantial decay and unsightly spots caused by bacteria, more extensive damage than the typical patients I see who have benefitted from fluoridated water. Fluoride was first added to drinking water as a large-scale public health measure in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Research shows that the benefits of fluoridation outweigh the risks, and remain a cost-effective way of reaching an entire community, according to Howard Pollick, a professor at the school of dentistry at the University of California in San Francisco. Children from poorer families with less access to dental health care have fewer cavities, thanks to fluoride. The American Dental Association believes that fluoride also can reverse early decay by enhancing remineralization, the rebuilding of tooth enamel. The levels of water fluoridation have been reduced in recent years based upon the population’s access to fluoride in toothpastes, mouthwashes and rinses, as well as professional fluoride applications of gel, foam or varnish.

There are activists who believe any level of fluoride increases the risk of fractures, brain damage and cancer, among other health concerns. But according to the National Cancer Institute, many studies provide evidence that exposure of humans and animals to fluoridated water demonstrates no association with risk of cancer. Further, the risk of fractures is extremely rare at the fluoride levels found in the United States. The most common adverse reaction of fluoride ingestion is dental fluorosis, an interruption in normal enamel formation that leads to tooth discoloration ranging from white to brown spots. The majority of cases, known to affect one in four Americans, are mild and only about 2 percent are considered moderate. Less than 1 percent is severe. Fluorosis is not a disease but often requires correction by cosmetic treatment. Fluorosis has prompted recent actions to reduce water fluoridation levels to help avoid this side effect.

Dr. Scott Harden, a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry, has served Woodstock for more than 21 years. 770-926-0000.

A Natural Approach to Healing Neuropathy BY DR. MITCHELL GREXA D.C.

Diabetic neuropathy is a very painful and potentially debilitating chronic syndrome. The burning pain and constant tingling are caused by damage to the nerve endings in the extremities. This condition is brought on by the changes that occur in those afflicted with diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. The National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke estimates 20 million people in the United States have some form of neuropathy. While medication can bring symptomatic relief, chiropractic care may offer help to those who are interested in a natural approach. An anatomical review shows that the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) communicates with the body through the peripheral nervous system, which begins in the spine. Misalignments

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of the spine can lead to nerve dysfunction, which can cause sensory disturbances or motor/organ weakness or deficiency. Addressing the spinal misalignment through vertebral subluxation, a chiropractor’s adjustment, can open the pathway of communication between the central and peripheral nervous systems. Clearing the communication pathway is just part of the problem. There are other therapies that, combined with dietary changes and adding vitamins and minerals, have helped restore normal feelings in the extremities. It’s not a quick process. It may take time for the nerve endings to heal. After all, the neuropathy did not happen overnight. Encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal by balancing the nervous system, changing nutrition and adding supplements may bring relief to those suffering with neuropathy.

Dr. Grexa graduated from Life College in 1994 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and practices in Canton. He also is a wellness consultant.

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Health & Wellness

Cough, Hack, Achoo! Does My Pooch Have the Flu? BY LEISA JENNINGS

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The recent outbreak of dog flu has received plenty of media attention. Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory disease in dogs. At this time, there is no evidence of dog-to-human transmission. The current outbreak is caused by the H3N2 strain. Common symptoms include fever, lethargy, anorexia, cough, and ocular and/or nasal discharge. However, these are the same symptoms commonly observed with many other respiratory illnesses, including Bordetella bronchiseptica or kennel cough. A definitive diagnosis of influenza can only be achieved by lab analysis. Most respiratory illnesses are treated with supportive care and antibiotics for secondary bacterial pneumonia if warranted. Most dogs will fully recover but a small percentage (1 to 5 percent) will die from the disease or related complications. To determine if your dog is at risk, it’s important to understand how the disease is transmitted. Flu is spread by contact with infected dogs that are coughing or sneezing the virus into the air and onto surfaces. Clothing, skin and toys can carry viable viral particles for up to two days. Surfaces can be disinfected with common household cleaners that contain bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds. Dogs typically do not display symptoms until two to four days past exposure, but they are transmitting the virus during that asymptomatic time. Eighty percent of dogs exposed to flu will develop some degree of illness. High risk areas include any place with a large density of dogs: parks, boarding facilities, grooming and bathing facilities, doggy daycare, pet stores, etc. Most veterinary clinics are attempting to decrease exposure risk by examining all coughing and sneezing dogs either outside or in a contained area. There is a canine vaccine that is protective against a different stain of canine influenza, H3N8. However, there is no evidence that the traditional H3N8 influenza vaccine will protect against the current H3N2 strain. The only way to prevent infection is to eliminate or minimize contact with other dogs. If isolation is not possible, you may want to consider the existing flu vaccine, but understand that there is no guarantee that the vaccine is effective against the current strain. Please contact your veterinarian with any questions or concerns.

Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory disease in dogs.

Dr. Leisa Jennings received her doctor of veterinary medicine in 2006 at the University of Georgia. She currently works as a small companion animal practitioner at BridgeMill Animal Hospital.

Preventive Care Can Ward Off Sports Injuries BY SCOTT C. MCINTURFF

Kids have a better chance at preventing non-contact injuries if they follow safety rules, build in periods of rest and use proper technique. But even straightforward prevention techniques will take a student athlete only so far. Overuse is the most common injury I see in young athletes. It happens from doing too much of one type of activity, leading to increased stress on the body. Parents are often surprised when I recommend preventing overuse by enrolling children in multiple sports. What we’re doing is avoiding specialization: playing one sport year-round. Injury can also be caused by not being active in the off-season. How else can student athletes prevent sports injuries? Unfortunately, there is no simple, one-size-fits-all answer to prevent all injuries. That’s because most sports injuries are not as simple as just a twisted ankle. Many injuries have a deeper origin that caused the problem. For example, if you run with a rock in your shoe, you compensate how you run to make it less painful. Athletes are like that. If they have a problem with mobility or stability, they develop alternative strategies and cheat on how they move. Some of these movement cheats can be recognized during a routine sports physical. I recommend they get a good, quality physical with a trained pediatric specialist. I don’t see patients until they’re already injured, but at that

point, I evaluate them using movement as the foundation. I look at each athlete as an individual. I include a functional movement screen to analyze seven fundamental movement patterns. For example, one of my patients broke his arm when he fell off his bike. During consultation, he indicated he wanted to return to football. Screening the body head to toe, I found he had limited ankle mobility, which affected his deep squats so much that he was compensating and using the tips of his toes to complete the movement pattern. I gave him corrective strategies to work on. He came in for a broken arm, but now he has the knowledge to become a better athlete and move smarter, not harder. Preventing injuries is not as easy as 1-2-3. But quality preventative health care including a thorough sports physical with a trained pediatric specialist, proper movement technique and staying active year-long in varied sports are a few ways to help your student athlete decrease his or her chances of sports injuries.

Scott McInturff, PT, is the clinical supervisor at OrthoSport, a pediatric and young adult rehabilitation center at WellStar Pediatric Center off Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.

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Health & Wellness

Time to Prepare for the Fall Allergy Season BY DR. LATIF DHARAMSI

Itching, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion – all can be warning signs of seasonal allergies. Allergies come in many types, with seasonal and perennial allergies being the most common. One common misconception is that allergies only occur during the spring. Unfortunately, this annoying condition commonly affects individuals during the fall as well, and can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. So why do allergies occur? In order for human beings to survive, we have evolved an immunological response to help defend against pathogens (e.g. viruses and bacteria). Unfortunately, sometimes our immune system can erroneously identify a benign substance as a threat, causing a toned-down or rarely a life-threatening allergic response. Fall allergies are just as prevalent as those in the spring, and recognizing this is important. Common fall allergens in Georgia are weed pollens, primarily ragweed. Other times, people experience a response to a perennial allergen. These include dust mites, indoor molds, cockroaches and animal dander. If you have fall-time allergies, the best remedy is to avoid the allergen, but often this is easier said than done. To minimize ragweed exposure, you can:

Keep the doors and windows in the car and house closed. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Change your clothes and shower after working outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Rinse your nose with over-the-counter nasal saline to reduce your allergen load. In the event that none of the above conservative measures work for you, there are common treatments that your primary care physician and ENT surgeon can provide, including allergy testing, nasal/oral antihistamines and steroids, immunotherapy or surgery. Many times, the key to treating your allergies involves a multifaceted approach and persistence from you and your doctor.

Dr. Dharamsi enjoys treating patients with a variety of otolaryngological ailments, including allergies, sinus disease, chronic ear disease/hearing loss, and head and neck cancer. He can be reached at 770-427-0368.

Can Bats and Birds Control Mosquitoes? BY RICK COUGHLIN

Whenever the subject of mosquito control comes up, someone gives an argument for installing purple martin houses and bat houses. Stores that cater to bird enthusiasts often tout the purple martin houses as the best solution for keeping a yard mosquito free. Bats are suggested because they consume hundreds of mosquitoes per hour. But the truth is, neither purple martins nor bats provide any significant measure of mosquito control; that’s not to say that they don’t eat mosquitoes - they do, but mosquitoes make up a very small percentage of their diet. Multiple studies of wild bats have consistently concluded that mosquitoes are less than 1 percent of bats’ diet. In purple martins, the percentage of mosquitoes in their diet is slightly higher, at an estimated 3 percent. A bird or a bat that feeds on insects must invest considerable energy in flying around and catching bugs in mid-air; they are seeking the biggest caloric bang for the buck. Given the choice between a mosquito morsel, a beefy beetle, or a mouthful of 48

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moth, they will look right past the mosquito. With that said, there are many effective ways to control mosquitoes in your yard. Make sure you eliminate any and all standing water, especially since we have been getting a lot of rain lately. It is important to go outside after each rain shower, and dump rain that has accumulated in any containers. The most effective way to eliminate the pesky mosquitoes is to hire a professional company that practices integrated pest management. They will dump excess water, apply larvicide and spray a mild chemical that will keep the mosquitoes away for about three weeks per treatment.

But the truth is, neither purple martins nor bats provide any significant measure of mosquito control.

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

“Finally Free from Arthritis Pain without Drugs and Harmful Side Effects” Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life.

hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain free.

It keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard.

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It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain…like standing or walking for a long period of time…you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain. Do you have any of the these Arthritic problems?      

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Do you remember the Vioxx scandal? It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects. After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There’s a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself … after taking all these pain medications…maybe for years…are you any better off?

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• A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis)… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $200).

A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem.

I’ll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain. The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before August 15th. Call today…Phone 678-574-5678 Feel the Improvement and Say “Yes” to Life Again Listen to what our patients are saying about it…

I sought out care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve for the pain and stiffness in my Knees. The pain had been bothering me Have you had one doctor after another telling you for about 4 months. Making day to day this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis. life hard. Before seeking treatment I had Sure, if you don’t take care of your damaged joints tried pain medicines and antinow, as you get older they will be worse (which is inflammatory medications. Since starting why you shouldn’t wait any longer to see if I can my care I have improved 100%. The pain help you.) in my knees is gone and I am now able to However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. walk with no pain. The staff here has I’ll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are treated me great and always show the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration genuine concern about my well -being. has not affected every one of them – only your Thank you, previously injured joints that never healed Martha Wann- Teacher properly. Pain Is Not Just ‘Old Age’

My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. Over the past seven years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen

I came to North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute with terrible knee pain. Since being treated here, I no longer have pain in my knee. I can now climb up and down the stairs without feeling pain. I can get on with my busy life with far less pain and stiffness! Thanks, Donna Adams With my “Arthritis Evaluation”, we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become suppler. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re playing Golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores…without pain.

Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-5745678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come

in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before August 15th. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (On the corner of Mars Hill Rd. and Cobb Pkwy) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. P.S. The only real question to ask you is this… Life’s too short to live in pain like this. Call us today and soon I’ll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

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School & Sports

Many Teachers Reported to Class During Summer Break While school was out for students, many Cherokee County teachers were back in class to get up to speed on the latest tools and techniques in classroom instruction. The Cherokee County School District offers more than three dozen classes during post-planning and summer break, covering topics from teaching strategies to classroom technology. While in the past Georgia teachers were required to attend courses to keep their teaching certificates current, state legislation suspended the requirement during the recent recession as a budget accommodation for school districts. However, hundreds of Cherokee teachers attended classes without the pressure of a state requirement, continuing to learn out of professional interest and the desire to become better teachers. Among the sessions attended: • EdCamp Cherokee: About 130 K-12 teachers shared, in small groups, how they were using technology in the

classroom. The more than two dozen topics generated by the participants included starting a school technology club, iPads in the classroom, favorite apps, and copyright and digital citizenship. • Building and Sustaining the School Garden: Two-day class at Woodstock Elementary and Buckeye Creek Farm was coordinated by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau and Cherokee County Extension Service, and involved Master Gardeners and Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority. Teachers learned about Farm to School, STEM gardens, water quality and other agricultural science topics. • Summer Mathematics Academy:Two-day program for K-8 teachers with a focus on hands-on activities, revisions to standards, technology as a learning tool, and more, conducted by the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Latonya McGruder, left, and Nicole Bayler, fourth grade teachers from Sixes Elementary, arrange shapes in a hands-on activity during a class on math instruction strategies. Karina Bailey from Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy leads an EdCamp class about using technology with early learners.

Jodie Hulsey, left, a third grade teacher from Ball Ground Elementary and Kim Brown, a third grade teacher at Indian Knoll Elementary STEM Academy, work together on a problem in a summer math academy class. 50

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Liz Porter, right, with Buckeye Creek Farm, talks to teachers about growing vegetables and some of the challenges of a school garden.

Trish Rice, right, from Murray County Schools, draws out her group’s presentation with Beky Frost of Johnson County schools and Bonita Pettersen of Lumpkin County schools during a class at Freedom Middle School that drew teachers from across north Georgia.

Leslie Elliott of ET Booth Middle, and Amanda Shafer of Mill Creek Middle, check a water sample at Buckeye Creek Farm.

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School & Sports

Cherokee Leads in Special Needs Graduation Rates

Cherokee HS, Business Partner for Statewide Teachers in Industry Project


Cherokee High School teacher and Career Pathway facilitator Susanne McCardle and local business D & D Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Canton have partnered for a statewide initiative called Teachers in Industry. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, the goal of the project is to give teachers on-site experience with employers where their students might be placed for work-based learning experiences. During her 20-hour onsite work experience, McCardle assisted in the office, met with company officers, explored the welding shop and learned about the company’s history. D & D Manufacturing Co., Inc. is a locally owned and operated metal fabrication shop established in 1963 that provides experienced service in fabrication, laser cutting, welding and machining. McCardle said this inside look into the industry will be helpful to her when advising students about Career Pathway and work-based learning opportunities. All Cherokee County School District high schools offer work-based learning opportunities for students, who earn elective credit for employment in jobs relevant to their plans for post-secondary study and future careers; students also Cherokee High School teacher and Career Pathway facilitator Susanne are given schedule flexibility McCardle, left, and Matthew to exit school early in order Davis, sales manager for D & D to do this work. Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Canton.

This summer, a story appeared on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding Georgia’s low graduation rate for special needs students. It indicated that only 36.5 percent of this population statewide earned a high school diploma within four years. While the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is not mentioned in the article (“Is Georgia Failing Its Disabled Students?” June 15, 2015), I want to let our community know that CCSD special needs students are performing well in this regard. Cherokee County has the highest graduation rate for special needs students in the 10-county metropolitan Atlanta area at 56.8 percent, an increase from 50 percent over the prior year. Please keep in mind that the graduation rate is determined the same for this subgroup as it is for regular education students— students must earn a regular education diploma within four years to count toward the graduation rate, no matter the type of learning disabilities or other challenges they may face. While leading the metro area is noteworthy, it does not mean we are content with our special needs graduation rate. We continue to explore ways to help special needs students be successful. One of our most promising programs is the expansion of the pilot Competitive High School Options In Careers and Education (CHOICE) program at Cherokee High School, which provides tutoring, mentoring and other additional services to aid special needs students in earning regular education diplomas. In the first year (2013-14), Cherokee High targeted 12 rising seniors for the program, nine of whom graduated—a rate of 75 percent. In 201415, 16 of 19 students selected for the CHOICE program graduated, a rate of 84 percent. Grants from the Cherokee County Educational Foundation and the Cherokee County Service League helped to fund CHOICE. In grades 9-11, special needs students most at risk for not graduating are targeted for additional assistance through the state’s GraduateFIRST program. The Cherokee school district supports all our high school students by providing them with choices to assist them in reaching the goal of graduation through multiple options, such as ACE Academy, our alternative day middle school/high school program; Polaris Evening Program, our evening high school program; C3 Academy, our expanded online middle school/high school program; and summer school initial credit and credit recovery courses. Graduation is the culmination of many years of hard work by not only students, but also the parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors, administrators, support staff, business partners and volunteers who together prepare every one of our community’s children for future success no matter the path they choose or the challenges they face.

2014 Graduation Rates for Special Needs Students

Cherokee County.....56.8 % Cobb County............ 51.7 % Fayette County........ 49.2 % Henry County.......... 44.3 % Fulton County.......... 42.4 % Gwinnett County..... 38.3 % 52

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Georgia average..... 36.5 % Rockdale County...... 36.4 % Douglas County....... 35.3 % DeKalb County........ 24.6 % Clayton County........ 23.8 %

Woodstock volleyball players are pictured with the Schunzel family when the players presented their gift on the last day of their Kennesaw Stateinstructed volleyball camp.

Volleyball Team Shows Support The Woodstock High School Volleyball Team, in conjunction with Towne Lake Car Wash, raised $500 to assist with medical care for Griffin Schunzel, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Griffin is the 2-year-old son of Keith and Briana Schunzel. Keith is the head coach for the women’s volleyball team at Kennesaw State University.

Rotary Club Visits Canton ES Aquaponics Lab

Cherokee High School students who graduated this summer include, from left, front row: Mateo Domingo Nicholas, Andrew Keith, Cheyenne Byess, Semaya Forman, Jorge Mateo and Daniel Hibbard; back row: Nick Wolff, Zack Smyth and Jean Guy Charles.

Summer Graduation

The Cherokee County School District recently presented its annual commencement ceremony for students who completed high school graduation requirements during the summer. Cherokee County Board of Education member Patsy Jordan delivered the commencement address, and graduates were congratulated by her and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower. Teacher Susan Greene, who taught many of the students through the Polaris Evening Program and High School Summer School program, also spoke at the event. Graduates are: Cherokee High School, Cheyenne Byess, Jean Guy Charles, Mateo Domingo Nicolas, Semaya Foreman, Ryan Goldschmidt, Daniel Hibbard, Andrew Keith, Jorge Mateo, Matthew McKinney, Zach Smyth and Nic Wolf; Creekview High School, Jeffrey Mroczko and Sarah Oswald; Polaris Evening Program/Sequoyah High School, Sierra Walsh; Polaris Evening Program/Woodstock High School, Jenna Briley, Meredith Hardie and Jaime Martinez; Sequoyah High School, Emily Delgado Soto, Michael Hancock, Brandon Moody and Thuy Tran; Woodstock High School, John Engelhardt, Angie Mariduena, Dajourion Mitchum and Matthew Platko. Cherokee County School District Director of School Operations Debra Murdock congratulates Cherokee High School summer graduate Andrew Keith.

Rotary Club of Canton recently toured the new aquaponics lab at Canton Elementary School STEM Academy, which the club funded and helped build with a $5,000 grant. The lab, called the AGUA (Aquaponics Generates Understanding and Achievement) Lab (agua is the Spanish word for water), includes a fish hatchery and hydroponics tables where vegetables and herbs are grown using nutrients created by the fish and other aquatic creatures. STEM teachers David Cornn and Dr. Judy Wright planned the lab, which will benefit students in all grade levels at the school.

Students Litzy Yepez, foreground, and Kourtland Echols raise the top of the tables to show the nutrient-rich water the plants use instead of soil.

Creekview Students Become County’s Certified Patient Care Technicians Eleven Creekview High School Class of 2015 graduates are the Cherokee County School District’s first students to earn national certification as patient care technicians. The National Healthcareer Association’s Certification for Patient Care Technicians is recognized throughout the U.S. and will assist them with entry-level healthcare careers at emergency rooms, physician offices and urgent cares. From left, front row: Nicole Crawley, Brianna Moon, Chandler Clenney, Sarah Greer and Abigail McMahan; back row: Peyton Holbrook and The graduates, who earned the certification as part of the Career Pathways program in Healthcare Science at Creekview High, are: Kaylee German Jimenez. Not pictured: Kaylee Barclay, Camille Fahrnbauer, Madison Hamby and Chloe Shepard. Barclay, Chandler Clenney, Nicole Crawley, Camille Fahrnbauer, Sarah Greer, Madison Hamby, Peyton Holbrook, German Jimenez, Abigail McMahan, Brianna Moon and Chloe Shepard. As part of the healthcare science program led by teacher Larry D. Peacock, who also is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing, these graduates spent their senior year studying and performing EKGs, phlebotomy techniques and various lab procedures along with continuing to learn more in-depth human anatomy and physiology. “I am so excited about having this certification as I leave for the University of Georgia to study pre-nursing,” graduate Camille Fahrnbauer said. “This certification will help me get a part-time job at Athens Regional or a physician’s office while I am in school. I am hoping it will help me get ahead of other potential nursing majors trying to get into one of the most competitive degrees at UGA.” SIXES LIVING | August 2015



Underdogs, Take Heart! BY DR. JOE MCKECHNIE

For many Americans, it was the worst of times. Starting with the stock market crash of October 1929 and lasting nearly a decade, the Great Depression ravaged the nation. Unemployment reached nearly 30 percent and many families lost their life’s savings and their homes. Despair seemed to grip the nation, and people were desperate for good news. But the nation would rally behind an unlikely ragtag group of underdogs. During the Great Depression, many families had to place their children in orphanages; the parents literally could not afford to keep their children. The Masonic Home in Fort Worth, Texas, was one such orphanage. It was a bare-bone sort of place, with the feel of hopelessness sweeping over the lives of many children and teenagers who now faced life without a family. Rusty Russell was a young football coach, and he was hired to teach math at this orphanage. He had the idea to start a

football team at the home. This was seen as the idea of a “dreamer.” The school had no money, very few students, no equipment, and didn’t even own a football! But he was allowed to start a football team. The team had 12 players and would become known as the 12 Mighty Orphans. Because they did not yet have a football, the players used an old soup can at their first practice. This little orphanage started to attract publicity because the team was beating some of the big boys. The team traveled to away games in the back of an old beat-up truck driven by the coach. The players for the Masonic Home were not big— most of the linemen were outweighed by 30 pounds. They didn’t have the size or sheer force to run the ball, which was the way football was played back then. Instead, Coach Russell chose to move the ball by throwing it. He had his small, yet quick, players line up in unique formations, confusing the opponents. Russell is considered the father of the spread offense, which is now the most popular offense scheme in high school football. The Masonic Home attracted more than 10,000 fans to many of its games because people wanted to see the Mighty Mites, as the team was known. In 1932, Russell guided his team of misfits to the state championship game, where it tied mighty Corsicana High School. The 12 Mighty Orphans did not have nice equipment, fancy uniforms or the respect of rivals. They were seen as uncouth orphan boys who had no future. Their story is chronicled in a book entitled “Twelve Mighty Orphans” by sportswriter Jim Dent, and is a tribute to the proverbial “underdog.”

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Dr. Joe McKechnie is the senior pastor of Sixes United Methodist Church, and a member of the Sixes Living community board. Email him at


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Downtown Woodstock

Elm Street: A Culture for Visionaries BY CHRISTOPHER BRAZELTON

In Manchester, England, there is quite a buzz around a new arts venue called “Home: five cinemas, two theatres, a gallery space.” The venue is magnificent, but the talk centers around two elderly women who responded, “Well, what is there for us?” Over the past few years, many arts administrators have asked this questions of their guests. One thing is clear: having a theatre or gallery does not make people want to go there, especially those who have never been before. This isn’t exactly radical, I know; but to be fair, it wasn’t always the case. In fact, Greek society came up with two important structures that shape the western world: Democracy and Theatre. The Greeks viewed it as their civic duty to attend a play. I love the Greeks. At Elm Street, our mission is to engage community with relevant art experiences every day. We strive to be rooted in the community, but realize that while it’s important to offer a gallery or a theater, it’s irrelevant unless we can engage the community. Existence does not equal engagement. We believe that a gallery is important, but not so that we can hang art for our guests to observe. We believe a new theatre venue is essential, but not to have guests simply sit and watch in silence and then leave. We truly believe it’s vital for a community to have a cultural home, where professional artists and community members are working on the same projects, and where a professional director can help a first-time actor discover something new. We have strived to engage the community by making programs to connect Cherokee residents with opening receptions, making programs relevant like with Curtains (opening this month),where the community will be able to partake in a mystery dinner theatre prior to the show. We are also creating a group of visionaries – volunteers particularly engaged to create culture and want to share that. We are rooted in the community, but our effort is to have the community create the culture. Really, the art is about engaging the community. If we’ve missed that, we’ve created a culture for observing. We want a culture for visionaries.

At Elm Street, our mission is to engage community with relevant art experiences every day.

Christopher Brazelton, a Florida State University graduate, works as the operations director for Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.


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Woodstock Summer Concert Series

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The crowd, one of the top 10 largest of the series, according to a city official, was estimated to be between 10 and 12,000. Photo by Darleen Prem.

Woodstock police reserve unit officers, from left, Brittany Duncan, Heather McElroy, Scott O’Meara and Matt Murano. Photo courtesy of Woodstock Police.

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Departure, a Journey tribute band, and Electric Avenue, an 80s pop hits band, performed for the crowd. Photo by Darleen Prem. SIXES LIVING | August 2015


Downtown Woodstock

Scavenger Hunt a Unique Way to Explore City BY JENNA HILL

The third annual Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt is just around the corner. Soon, locals and tourists alike will have an exciting opportunity to experience Woodstock through a scavenger hunt, which is a free activity that takes participants on a journey through various areas in Woodstock; you will learn things and explore new and familiar places. Participants must complete as many of the 100 photo challenges included in the hunt as they can between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5. The winner will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars to spend at their favorite place in downtown Woodstock, along with various other prizes. Contestants can expect a variety of challenges during the scavenger hunt. You will learn about the history of Woodstock, perform an amusing task or make a funny face in your pictures, all while having a great time. The scavenger hunt is a great excuse to take family and friends to restaurants, shopping destinations, parks and places in the Woodstock area you may have never been. Past team members say that they have discovered new favorite restaurants they never tried or a trail to hike on they didn’t know existed.

You may find a new favorite shopping spot, eatery or Woodstock recreational facility that you love. Since the scavenger hunt takes place over a week, you will have plenty of time to fully explore this wonderful town. The photo challenges are scored on a scale depending on their degree of difficulty. Although you probably will not be able to finish all 100, choose wisely so you can get the most points out of each challenge. This is a great way to be creative and have fun with friends and family. Participants take photos with a camera or cell phone to have visual proof of completing the challenges in the scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt activity list will be available at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 on and the Downtown Woodstock Facebook page. Printed copies will be available at the Woodstock Visitors Center at 10 a.m. For more information contact the Woodstock Visitors Center 770-924-0406.

Jenna Hill is a Tourism Information Coordinator at the Woodstock Visitors Center.

Out & About

Aug. 8

The Downtown Buzz is held at the Chambers at City Center (8534 Main Street) on the last Friday of the month and begins at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Downtown Woodstock

The Rupert’s Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Woodstock Concert Series, held at The Park at City Center.

Aug. 20

New member mixer for the Junior Service League of Woodstock will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill.

Aug. 29

Football/cheerleading fundraiser takes place from 9 a.m. -noon at Dress Up boutique in Woodstock. The store is giving the The King’s Academy Varsity Football/Competition Cheerleaders a percentage of sales during the fundraiser.

Aug. 31, Sept. 1

All That Glitters and More consignment sale for homecoming dresses, prom dresses, etc. will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at The King’s Academy, 471 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. The fundraiser is held for The King’s Academy Varsity Football/Competition Cheerleaders. To be a consignor, call Valerie Hoover at 770-317-8726 to receive a seller number and packet. Drop off your items to sell from 9 - 11 a.m. on Aug. 29.

Thursdays in Septemeber

The September Brown Bag Concert Series of free lunchtime concerts will take place noon-1 p.m. Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road. Bring your lunch and a chair, and enjoy free music.

Sept. 19

Cherokee Fest, a fundraiser for the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, is looking for sponsors and vendors for this year’s event, set to take place in downtown Woodstock. For details, call 678-372-4321 or email


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For more information on the Downtown Buzz program or to suggest a topic for consideration, please contact Mitzi at 770592-6056 • Presentation:

August 28

Topic: Cherokee Office of Economic Development Speaker: Misti Martin, President Business, individual and non-profit memberships are available

Plans Unveiled for Renovation of Historic Home Architectural designs recently released for the Revive the Reeves campaign show a juxtaposition between honoring the history of the old home that was built around 1898, and the new development the community has supported for the past few years. Reviving the Reeves is in the second phase of development within the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in downtown Woodstock. The historic Reeves House will be renovated to include a variety of art spaces, and is a complement to the Event Green and outdoor Resurgens Orthopaedics Community Stage that was completed in Phase I. Funding for Phase II is moving forward via broad-based community partnerships, including a grassroots brick campaign that facilitates the participation of individuals and small groups. “We are extremely excited about the Reeves House and its potential to bring vibrancy to the community,” said Shawn McLeod, president of the Elm Street board of directors. “We are also excited to make this a community effort.” “Elm Street has always been rooted in the community, and this is just another example of why that community is special,” said Elm Street Operations Director Christopher Brazelton.

Once completed, the Reeves House development will include: • Approximately 1,000-square-foot gallery space for local and international artists to display their work • Four studio work spaces for artists in any discipline to use • Approximately 600 square feet of community space for lectures, large shows, special events, etc. • 1,200 square feet of shared studio/class space for easels, kilns, pottery wheels, etc. • A 200-square-foot catering kitchen to help support events hosted at the Reeves House, and to provide space for the culinary arts • An open porch and deck for special events and connectivity to the culinary/community gardens • A 450-square-foot computer arts lab to include explorations in photography, graphic/web design and software engineering If funds continue to come in at their current rate, construction should begin in January 2016, with the opening of the Revived Reeves House anticipated in August 2016. For more information, go to

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Underdogs, Take Heart! continued from page 54

Farmers Markets Downtown Woodstock: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, on Market Street. River Church: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. Waleska: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, at Reinhardt University at the corner of Highway 108 and Highway 140. Canton: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, at Cannon Park. Acworth: 7-11 a.m. Fridays, at Acworth First Baptist, 4583 Church Street Jasper: 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, at the Park and Ride lot at Lee Newton Park on Highway 53. Marietta Square: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market at City Hall: 8 a.m.noon Saturdays, 38 Hill Street. Sweet Apple: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, at World Harvest Church, 320 Hardscrabble Road.

Rangers Gear Up for Hunting Season continued from page 33

Information and instructions on how to apply for a permit, or information on the managed hunts, can be found by calling our office at 678-721-6700 or going to mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/AllatoonaLake.aspx. Hunter Safety Tips • Never rely on your gun’s safety. Treat all weapons as if they’re loaded and ready to fire. • Never cross a fence, climb a tree or stand or jump in a ditch with a loaded gun. • Never load or carry a loaded weapon until you are ready to use it. • Watch your muzzle so that other individuals don’t have to. • Wear hunter orange so you can be seen. A blaze orange hat and at least 400 square inches of hunter orange above the waist-line should be worn during all gun deer seasons. • Never shoot unless you are absolutely sure of your target and what is beyond it. • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting firearms. 60

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The phrase “underdog” comes from dogfighting. One dog tries to get the advantage of being on top, and the one who does is the “top dog.” The other dog, the one underneath, is now in an unlikely situation to win and is referred to as the underdog. The country was hungry for good news, and the 12 Mighty Orphans were able to provide hope for those people who felt like underdogs. The Bible is full of underdogs. The enslaved Israelites against the mighty Egyptians. A young shepherd boy named David fighting the mighty warrior Goliath. An unwed teenage mother going against the grain of culture in giving birth to our Savior. Through the underdogs we learn of God’s very nature—how He loves each of us, and how His power gives us the strength and ability to face anything that may come our way. In what areas of your life do you feel like an underdog? For ours is the God of the underdog!

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the casting decisions want to see you, and what your eyes are saying. Your shots need to be your face looking directly into the camera, expressing who you are. To express yourself, you will need to create ideas about how to identify your characters. Find roles that you can play, and either create your own lines for that role, or use some from a movie. Go to the headshot session with those lines in your head, and mentally say them while the photographer is snapping away. This way, you can be certain that something is “going on” in your photos. You may decide to enlist a professional for hair and makeup. It has been said that your headshot should be “you on your best day.” Whatever you have done in your shot, you should be able to replicate that look on your own. You will want a makeup artist who will make you look like you, naturally. Headshots are not glamour shots, so be sure that the result is not too perfect. After your photographer has edited your agreed-upon shots, print your photos and send them to agents, representation and/ or casting directors for auditions.

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immediate response. “No, Dad, really,” Joseph said. “Tell me the truth!” Okay, Joseph. I’ve thought a lot about this. The truth is that life is not fair. Some people are luckier, some are stronger, some smarter, and some just work harder. I heard myself going into my “American lecture.” Joseph, you’ve been given the freedom to succeed. But an opportunity is not a promise of an outcome. You are not guaranteed the fruits of your brother’s labor. I realized the words were as much for myself as for him. Stop whining. Be grateful for your blessings. And next time, pick up more pine cones.

DOWNTOWN WOODSTOCK DINING GUIDE RESTAURANT CUISINE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER SUNDAY SPIRITS RESERV. Camasini’s Italian Sicilian Grill Italian no $ $-$$ no Beer/Wine yes 9425 Highway 92 #100 770-672-6996 Canyons American no $ $ open Beer/Wine no 335 Chambers St. 678-494-8868 Century House Tavern Modern no $$ $$$ open Full bar 8 persons + 125 E Main St. American 770-693-4552 Fire Stone Wood-fired no $$ $$$ open Full bar yes 120 Chambers St. Pizza & Grill 770-926-6778 Freight Kitchen & Tap Southern Sat./Sun. $$ $$$ open Full bar no 251 E Main St. Brunch 770-924-0144 Hot Dog Heaven American no $ no open no no 8588 Main St. 770-591-5605 Ice Martini & Sushi Bar Tapas/Sushi no Fri./Sat. $$ open Full bar yes 380 Chambers St. only 770-672-6334 Ipps Pastaria & Bar Italian no $$ $$ open Full bar no 8496 Main St. 770-517-7305 J Christopher’s Diner $-$$ $-$$ no open no Weekends 315 Chambers St. only 770-592-5990 J Miller’s Smokehouse BBQ & no $-$$ $-$$ open Beer no 156 Towne Lake Pkwy. Southern 770-592-8295 Sandwiches Magnolia Thomas Southern Sunday no $$$$ open Beer/Wine yes 108 Arnold Mill Rd. Brunch 678-445-5789 Pure Taqueria Mexican Sat./Sun. $$ $$ open Full bar 6 persons+ 405 Chambers St. Brunch 770-952-7873 Reel Seafood Seafood Sunday $$ $$-$$$ open Full bar limited 8670 Main St. Brunch 770-627-3006 Salt Factory Pub Gastropub no $$ $$-$$$ open Full bar no 8690 Main St. (678) 903-6225 Tea Leaves & Thyme English no $$ no closed no yes 8990 Main St. Tea room 770-516-2609 Vingenzo’s Italian no $$ $$$ closed Full bar yes 105 E Main St. 770-924-9133 What A Dog Chicago style no $ $ open no no 9595 Highway 92 Hotdogs 770-485-3411 SIXES LIVING | August 2015


$ = most entrees under $10 • $$ = most entrees $10 - $15 • $$$ = most entrees $15 - $20 • $$$$ = most entrees over $20

Casual and Upscale Dine-In Restaurants



Sources: City of Woodstock, Esri, HERE, DeLorme, TomTom, Intermap, increment P Corp., GEBCO, USGS, FAO, NPS, NRCAN, GeoBase, IGN, Kadaster NL, Ordnance Survey, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), swisstopo, MapmyIndia, Š OpenStreetMap contributors, and the GIS User Community

Noonday Creek Trail - This 1.43 mile paved trail begins at Market Street in Downtown Woodstock one block west of Main Street.

It continues downhill toward Noonday Creek where it intersects with Towne Lake Pass Trail and the bridge to Woofstock Park. The trail continues along Noonday Creek to its current end at Highway 92.

Trestle Rock Trail - This 0.40 mile paved trail is located in Olde Rope Mill Park and is an easy flat trail on the banks of Little River. Towne Lake Pass (2016) - This approximately 1.2 mile trail will connect the Towne Lake community to Downtown along the banks of Noonday Creek. It will begin at the intersection of Towne Lake Parkway and Towne Lake Hills South. Rubes Creek Trail (2016) - This 1 mile paved trail runs along Rubes Creek and will ultimately connect into a larger run of trails. 62

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

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


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

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

Children and Family

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


Kennestone North Fulton Northside Hospital — Cherokee

Hotlines — 24-hour help lines

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

Parks and Recreation

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

770-793-5000 770-751-2500 770-720-5100 770-479-1703 770-345-7920 404-616-9000 800-222-1222 770-704-2610 770-427-3390 770-345-5500 770-720-1900 770-591-5820 770-704-0187

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

Urgent Care Facilities

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

678-880-9654 770-345-7371

770-720-7000 678-426-5450 678-661-3166


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SIXES AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club Meets: Noon on third Thursdays at Canton IHOP Contact: Glenda Hinton 770-345-1751

Cherokee County Senior Services Offers educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens. Contact: 770-345-5312 or 770-345-5320

Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Meets: Noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Canton YMCA Contact: Steven Van Schooten 770-366-8224

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

The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meets: Various times and locations Contact: Edeline Dryden 678-789-6158 woodstock/

Companion Animal Connection Contact: 678-493-9847

The Joy of Connecting Networking for Women Meets: Various times and locations Contact: Edeline Dryden 678-789-6158 woodstock/

Charitable Organizations Ahimsa House Helps victims of domestic violence 24-hours a day who need help getting their pets to safety. Contact: 404-452-6248 Angel House Girls Home Is a residential facility to help girls ages 12-18 learn self-sufficiency. Contact: 770-479-9555 Anna Crawford Children’s Center Is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and protecting and serving children and families through prevention and intervention services. Contact: 678-504-6388 Bethany Place Is a transitional home for single women, unwed mothers. Contact: 770-479-9462 CASA for Children Promotes the health and happiness of children impacted by abuse through programs that increase their safety and improve their educational, social and emotional functioning. Contact: 770-345-3274 CCHS Thrift Store Accepts donations and sells used household items to raise money for Cherokee County Humane Society. 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth Contact: 770-592-8072 Cherokee Family Violence Center Offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention, affordable housing, education, support services. Contact: 770-479-1703, Spanish 770-720-7050 or 800-334-2836 option 2 Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes Challenges professional, college, high school, junior high and youth level coaches and athletes to use athletics to impact the world for Christ. Contact: Bill Queen 404-441-3508 Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) Contact: 770-928-5115 or admin@ Cherokee FOCUS Works to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative programs and initiatives. Contact: Sonia Carruthers 770-345-5483


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Everyday Angels Offers financial assistance for local families in need. Contact: Feed My Lambs, Inc. Provides free Christian preschools in the U.S. and around the world. Contact: 770-795-9348 Forever Fed Is a mobile food ministry that addresses physical hunger and hopelessness in North Georgia by providing meals and sharing the gospel. Funds 4 Furry Friends Helps those in need with food, spay/neuter and medical attention for their pets. Contact: Gina Jeter 770-842-8893 Georgia Animal Project Based in Ball Ground, offers high quality, low cost 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, giving children in need filled backpacks to free haircuts. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Offers a home, care and counsel to young men in the DFCS system. Contact: 770-796-4618 Green Shelters America Animal rescue group. Contact: 770-712-4077 or GreenSheltersAmerica@ Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia Contact: 770-587-9697 Harvesting Hope Ministries Gives surgery care packs to children facing liver and kidney failure. Contact: dawn@ Healing Hands Youth Ranch Offers safe, peaceful environment where abused and at-risk children are paired with rescue horses for 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

HOPE Center Offers support for unplanned pregnancy. Contact: 770-924-0864 or HOPE Center — Baby & More Thrift Store Offers adult and children’s clothing. Contact: 770-517-4450 MUST Ministries Offers groceries, hot meals, emergency shelter, supportive housing, clothing, employment services, summer lunch and more from five locations in eight counties, including the Canton office at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway. 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 Outreach Provides food and clothing assistance to Cherokee families in need. Next Step Ministries Offers a therapeutic day program, Saturday respite, camps and special events for people with special needs. Contact: 770-592-1227 North Georgia Pregnancy Center Offers help and care to young girls and women with an unplanned pregnancy or who need counseling. Contact: 706-253-6303 Papa’s Pantry Is a year-round local food ministry, which also includes the Masters Training Center to help individuals and families in crisis get back on their feet. Contact: Lynne Saunders 770-591-4730 Pet Buddies Food Pantry Helps families in need by providing pet food, supplies, spaying and neutering, and education through community outreach programs. Contact: 678-310-9858 Safe Kids Cherokee County Provides free child safety seat inspections by appointment. 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 Volunteer Aging Council Is a nonprofit that helps raise funds for the seniors of Cherokee County. A list of current needs is available. Contact: 770-310-3474

Civic, County Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter Is for anyone age 50 and older. Meets: 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays at Featherstone’s at Towne Lake Hills. Contact: Rich 770-926-1944 BridgeMill-Sixes Service League Contact: Marlyn Patouillet 770- 345-7941

Canton-Cherokee TRIAD/S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Meets: 8:30 a.m. first Tuesday at G.Cecil Pruitt YMCA in Canton (Hall of Fame Room) Canton Lions Club Contact: 678- 224-7878 Canton Optimist Club Meets: 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Canton IHOP Contact: home Canton Rotary Club Meets: Noon Tuesdays at the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs Cherokee County Historical Society Contact: 770-345-3288 Cherokee County Service League 770-704-5991 Pilot Club of Cherokee County Meet: 6: 30 p.m. second Mondays at IHOP on Hwy 20 Contact: Lynda Goodwin, 770-393-1766 or Rotary Club of Cherokee County Meets: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at IHOP on Highway 92 Contact: 770-480-4179 Service League of Cherokee County Contact: 770-704-5991

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democrat Party Meets: 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Holly Springs Depot, 164 Hickory Road, Holly Springs. 8:30 a.m. first Saturdays at IHOP, 3010 Northside Parkway, Canton 30014. Contact: 770- 345-3489 Cherokee County Libertarians Meets: 7:30 p.m. third Tuesday at the Cherokee County Board of Realtors Training Center, 1600 River Park Blvd., Suite 104, Woodstock 30188. Contact: Cherokee County Republican Party Meets: 9 a.m. second Saturday at Winchesters Woodfire Grill Contact: 678-809-1411 Cherokee Tea Party Patriots Meets: 4 p.m. third Sunday at Latimer Hall in Woodstock. Contact Conrad Quagliaroli 770- 378-8232 Republican Women of Cherokee County Contact: 678- 520-2236

Recreation & Hobbies Allatoona Gold Panners Periodic events and outings to pan the creeks in the Dahlonega Gold Belt along the Lake. Contact: Rob Kelly Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meets: 10 a.m. on the second Saturday at William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road. 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 Arts Center 94 North St., Canton Contact: 770-704-6244 Cherokee County Master Gardeners Contact: 770-721-7803 mastergardeners

Cherokee Photography Club Cherokee County Saddle Club Hosts monthly meetings and group rides. Cherokee Hockey In Line League (CHILL) Roller hockey. Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Linda Lokey 770-720-1701 Cherokee Soccer Association Contact: 770-704-0187 Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association Christian Authors Guild Meets: 7-9 p.m. first and third Monday at Prayer and Praise Christian Fellowship, 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Kingdom Riders A forming chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association in Canton. Meets: 8 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Family Tradition restaurant in Hickory Flat. All makes of motorcycles welcome. Les Marmitons Is for men interested in culinary arts. Wildlife Action, Inc. Is a conservation organization on Allatoona Lake at 2075 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth. Contact: 770-924-7464 Cherokee Senior Softball Association Sons of the American Revolution - Cherokee Meets: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Rock Barn, 638 Marietta Hwy., Canton William G. Long Senior Center Offers activities for seniors at 223 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. Contact: 678-445-6518

Support Organizations AA Meetings Canton Meets: 9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday at Canton First United Methodist, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. Woodstock Meets: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Hillside United Methodist, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway. Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen Canton Meets: 8 pm Thursday at St Clements Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Road. Woodstock Meets: Tuesday Al-anon and Alateen 8 pm Thursday Al-anon at Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy. Contact: Reba. 770-516-3502 American Heart Association - Cherokee Division Contact: 678-385-2013 American Red Cross Metro Chapter Contact: 770-428-2695 Breast Cancer Support Group Meets: 10 a.m. - noon first Thursday of each month at Northside Hospital—Cherokee, Diabetes Classroom, Educational Center Contact: 404-843-1880 Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered recovery program for all types of habits, hurts and hangups. Meets: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Woodstock Church of the Nazarene. Contact: 770-366-7515 Meets: 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Sixes United

Methodist Contact: 770-345-7644 Meets: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Ministry House Contact: 678-459-2347 Meets: 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton Contact: 678-764-8660 Cherokee County Support Group Provides support for people with autoimmune conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, etc. Meets: 6:30 - 8 pm second Thursday at New Light Baptist Church, 1716 New Light Rd, Holly Springs Contacts: Stacie Collett 404-402-0571, jhmom88@ and Christy Stephenson 770-337-0294 Cherokee County Special Olympics Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Cherokee Christian Ministerial Association For pastors and ministry leaders of all Christian denominations. Meets: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. last Wednesday at Dayspring Church, 6835 Victory Drive, Woodstock Diabetes Support Group Meets: 9:30 and 11 a.m. third Tuesday at Emeritus Assisted Living, 756 Neese Road, Woodstock Contact: Linda Watson 770-793-7818 Georgia Canines for Independence Contact: 404-824-4637, Grace Valley Ministries Connects pastors by offering small group meetings, free counseling and a place to retreat. Contact: 727-251-7690 Grandparents Raising GRANDchildren Meets: 7:15 p.m. second Tuesdays Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (nursery available). Contact: Jeannie 770-919-9275 Hearing Loss Association of America NW Metro Atlanta Chapter For people with hearing loss looking for support and resources, holds free and informative quarterly meetings in the Woodstock area. Contact: La Leche League of South Cherokee Meets: 10 a.m. first Tuesday and 7 p.m. third Tuesday at Bascomb United Methodist Church Contact: Marguerite 678-315-7686 or Megan 770-517-0191 MOMS Club of Canton, West GA (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs) MOMS Club of Woodstock - Towne Lake Contact: momscluboftownelakewoodstock MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers (birth — K) Meets: 9:30 a.m. second and fourth Mondays at Hillside UMC, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy Contact: 770-924-4777 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 2015




Cherokee 101 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591-7304 Canton 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton 678-880-0106


Allen Temple AME 232 N. Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-6348 St. Paul 390 Crisler St., Canton 770-479-9691


Carmel 2001 Bascomb Carmel Road Cherokee 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock 770-720-3399

River Church 2335 Sixes Road, Canton 770-485-1975 Shallowford Free Will Baptist Church 1686 Shallowford Road, Marietta 770-926-1163 South Cherokee 7504 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-0422 Sutallee 895 Knox Bridge Highway, White 770-479-0101 Toonigh 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon


Crossroads Community Church 2317 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-592-7007

Bells Ferry 6718 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-592-2956

Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church 3100 Trickum Road, Woodstock 770-710-1068

New Life Church 154 Lakeside Drive, Canton 770-345-2660

Faith Community 659 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-516-1996 First Baptist of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-4428 First Baptist Canton One Mission Point 770-479-5538 First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-5349 Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton 770-479-9415 Hillcrest 6069 Woodstock Road, Acworth 770-917-9100 Hopewell 78 Ridge Road, Canton 770-345-5723 Mt. Zion 4096 East Cherokee Drive, Canton 770-479-3324


New Victoria 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-8448

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Sunnyside 2510 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock 770-693-1018 Toonigh 4775 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton 770-926-3096


Christ the Redeemer Charismatic 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton 404-395-5003 Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta 770-928-7916 Saint Clement’s 2795 Ridge Road, Canton 770-345-6722


Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw 678-460-7702 Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation 1349 Old 41 Highway NW, Suite 220, Marietta 678-264-8575

Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills, Marietta 770-973-0137 Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St., Roswell 770-641-8630 Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 770-973-3533

MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATIONS Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Road, Roswell 770-641-3000


Celebration of Grace 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton 770-503-5050 Good Shepherd 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock 770-924-7286 Timothy 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-928-2812


St. Elizabeth 2263 East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock 770-485-0504


Cherokee 1498 Johnson Brady Road, Canton 770-704-9564 Covenant South Annex Rec Center 7545 Main St., Bldg. 200, Woodstock Faith 3655 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton Grace Church 1160 Butterworth Road, Canton 678-493-9869 Heritage 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-3558 Woodstock 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-0074


St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-516-0009 Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road NE., Marietta 770-977-1442


Bascomb 2295 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-926-9755 Canton First 930 Lower Scott Mill Road 770-479-2502 CITY ON A HILL 7745 Main St., Woodstock 678-445-3480 Fields Chapel 1331 Fields Chapel Road, Canton 770-479-6030 Hickory Flat 4056 East Cherokee Drive, Canton 770-345.5969 Hillside 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-924-4777 Holly Springs 2464 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-2883 Liberty Hill 141 Railroad St., Canton 678-493-8920 Little River 12455 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-2495 Mt. Gilead 889 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591- 0837 Sixes 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton 770-345-7644 Woodstock 109 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-516-0371

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Emerson 4010 Canton Road, Marietta 770-578-1533


Action Church 271 Marietta Road, Canton 770-345-3030

BridgePointe 233 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, Woodstock 770-517-2977

New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Road, Canton 770-479-6412

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, Canton 770-924-7532

North Atlanta Church 6233 Old Alabama Road, Acworth 770-975-3001

Church at North Gate 9876 Main St., Suite 250, Woodstock 678-494-2193

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2205 Bascomb-Carmel Road, Woodstock 770-529-9572

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-928-2795

Church of the Messiah 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton 770-479-5280

Resurrection Anglican 231 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-591-0040

Cornerstone Community 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160, Woodstock 678-439-5108

Revolution 125 Union Trail Hill, Canton 770-345-2737

Dayspring 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth 770-516-5733 Empowerment Tabernacle 507 Industrial Drive, Woodstock 770-928-7478 The Factory 9872 Main St., Woodstock, 770-517-7265 Faith Family 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth 770-926-4560 Fivestones Church 155 P Rickman Industrial Drive, Canton 770-720-2227 God’s Rolling Thunder Latimer Hall, 103 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock His Hands 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock 770-405-2500 Life Church 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive, Suite 108, Canton 770-847-0170

Sojourn Community Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-769-7495 Soul Medicine 3725 Sixes Road Canton Sovereign Grace 471 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 678-494-2100 Thrive Chapel 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-835-5795 Towne Lake Community 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock 678-445-8766 Victory 4625 Highway 92, Acworth 770-794-7366 Watermarke 2126 Sixes Road, Canton 678-880-9092 Woodstock Christian 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-8238

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8838

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

Ministry House 347 Holly St., Canton 678-459-2347

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-366-7515

Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, Acworth 770-917-4964

Momentum 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, Woodstock 678-384-4919

Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8990 SIXES LIVING | August 2015



ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS United States Government President Barack Obama (D)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

202-456-1414 fax: 202-456-2461

Sen. David Perdue (R)

202-224-3521 B40D Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510 GA: 678-248-6444

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114


L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens (R) Chairman

131 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510 202-224-3643 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 970, Atlanta, GA 30339 GA: 770-661-0999 Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R) District 11 238 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515 202-225-2944 9898 Highway 92, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188 GA: 770-429-1776

State Government

Steve West (R) District 1 Ray Gunnin (R) District 2

Brian Poole (R) District 3

Scott Gordon (R) District 4

Cherokee County Coroner

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

Earl W. Darby

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

Sen. Brandon Beach (R) District 21


498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115

Rep. Michael Caldwell (R) District 20


Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

Rep. Scot Turner (R) District 21


2780 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114

Rep. Wes Cantrell (R) District 22


Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R) District 23

Cherokee County School Board Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo


Rep. John Carson (R) District 46


Sonya Little

Superior Court 678-493-6270 678-493-6260 678-493-6240

State Court Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

678-493-6490 678-493-6480

678-493-6431 678-493-6431

Probate Court Judge Keith Wood (R)

Kyla Cromer (R) (Chair) 678-493-4100 fax: 678-493-4228

678-493-6400 fax: 678-493-6420 770-479-1871 fax: 770-479-1236 678-493-8088

Patsy Jordan (R) District 2


John Harmon (R) District 3


Rick Steiner (R) District 4

770-721-4398, x4370

Clark Menard (R) District 5


Mike Chapman (R) District 6


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

221 West Main St., Canton, GA 30114


District 1 TBD

Cherokee County Courts Chief Judge David Cannon Jr. Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) 678-493-6001

City Government 678-493-6160

Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood


Juvenile Court

Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge Anthony Baker

Holly Springs Mayor Timothy Downing


District Attorney Shannon Wallace

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

Clerk of Courts Patty Baker

Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques




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ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY ANIMALS/PETS BridgeMill Animal Hospital 770-479-2200 9560 Bells Ferry Road, Canton


Cherokee County Animal Shelter Inside back AUTOMOTIVE BridgeMill Auto Care Canton location: 770-720-0765 East Cobb location: 770-641-9906




CLEANING SERVICES Rejoice Maids 678-905-3476




CHIROPRACTIC Grexa Chiropractic & Structural Wellness 39 770-213-7602 1750 Marietta Highway, Canton North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute 678-574-5678 3451 Cobb Parkway, Suite 4, Acworth


Ribley Chiropractic 19 2453 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-592-2505, DENTAL (Cosmetic, Family, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Pediatric) BridgeMill Dentistry 770-704-1812 3682 Sixes Road, Canton 30114


Dentistry at Hickory Flat 3 770-213-8166 6199 Hickory Flat Highway #130, Canton Fountain View Dentistry 770-926-0000 70

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45 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg. 200, Ste. A, Woodstock


Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 30 770-926-9260 1816 Eagle Drive Suite 200-C, Woodstock

South Canton Funeral Home 3147 Marietta Hwy., Canton 770-479-3377,




Azure Salon & Spa 25 770-345-8280, 1359 Riverstone Pkwy., Suite 110, Canton

Spillane Orthodontics 41 770-928-4747 335 Parkway 575, Suite 200, Woodstock

Bambu Salon 31 770-345-0027 150 Prominence Point Pkwy., Suite 700, Canton 30114

Riverstone Dental Care Dr. Ruximar Linkous, 770-479-3846

Werner Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 19 678-224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place Suite 250, Woodstock Williams Orthodontics 770-592-5554 145 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 201, Woodstock 770-345-4155 205 Waleska Road, Suite 1A, Canton


Alcaraz Drywall 29 678-949-8689, 17

Hammocks Heating & Air 43 770-794-0428,

Gracie Barra Canton 5 130 Prominence Point Parkway, Canton 770-630-0353, Lyndon Academy Cover, 36, 37 770-926-0166, 485 Toonigh Road, Woodstock 30188 21

The Goddard School 29 770-720-3003 310 Prominence Point Parkway, Canton The Grant Academy 770-926-7827 102 Springfield Drive, Woodstock


Blue Horizon Air Conditioning & Heating 678-279-2244,


Piano Instructor-Ralph Iossa 973-519-6863

Salon Spa VenĂŠssa 19 770-591-2079, 8516 Main St., Woodstock


FINANCIAL SERVICES Citadel Professional Services, LLC 13 770-952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Suite 440, Kennesaw

Mr. Junk 678-675-8651,


Precision Plumbing 21 678-758-3493, Professional Installed Wood Floors 404-975-7027


Reliable Heating & Air Inside front 770-594-9969, Sundance Pressure & Seal 770-720-2303 or 404-771-0071


The Grout Doctor 23 678-383-1311, Xteriors of Atlanta Concrete & Beauty Design 678-663-1408,


Zilliant Innovations, Inc. 3 770-926-1545,

684 Sixes Rd., Suite 220, Holly Springs

LANDSCAPING/LAWN CARE Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation 770-720-1727 or 770-827-0346


Northside Hospital – Cancer Institute 11 1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta 404-531-4444,


Northwest ENT and Allergy Center 9 770-427-0368, 134 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 202, Canton 960 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 101 Woodstock

Mclellan Excavation & Landscaping 404-520-0710,

Soil Sense Landscape Group 3 678-483-5185, The Mosquito Authority 678-294-7597,


PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL SERVICES Cherokee Internal Medicine 29 678-238-0301, 1192 Buckhead Crossing, Suite C Georgia Cancer Specialists


North Georgia Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, Dr. Jan Henriques 13 770-560-4775, 203 Woodpark Place, Suite B-100, Woodstock Northside Cherokee Pediatrics 678-388-5485



Pain Solutions Treatment Centers 46 770-590-1078, 2205 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 101, Canton Plastic Surgery Center of the South 12 770-421-1242 120 Vann Street, Suite 150, Marietta Towne Lake Primary Care Family Medicine 23 900 Towne Lake Pkwy., Ste. 410, Woodstock 678-445-0819 Wellstar and Mayo Clinic 770-956-7827


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City of Canton 770-704-1548


Elm St. Cultural Arts Village 678-494-4251


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Woodstock Wolverines Football

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RESTAURANT Harmony Burger Cafe 23 770-721-5749, 2210 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 120, Canton RETAILERS/SHOPPING

REAL ESTATE Keller Williams, Kurt & Sheila Johnson

Magnolia Cottages by the Sea Linda B. Lee, 850-319-8050

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Junk Drunk Jones 21 678-951-8500, 175 West Main Street, Canton

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