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On the Cover ServiceWise

The partnership between Mike and Maggie Grayeski, the husband-andwife team that owns ServiceWise Electric, blends their skills and interests perfectly as they work together, with their professional technicians, to meet the electrical needs of the community.

Pages 28 & 29

Cover photo by LaRuche Photo.

In This Issue In Every Issue 4 Around Woodstock 10 Downtown Events 22 Photo Spread - Reeves House 24 Community Calendar 32 Q&A - Har vee White 38 Celebrations 46 Rob’s Rescues 47 Library Events 48 Everyday Angels 50 The Wanderer 52 Lake Allatoona Map 54 Directory of Advertisers 56 Master Gardeners Contributors 45 Chr istopher Brazelton 11 Michael Caldwell 49 Cherokee Women’s Health S pecialists 34 Jessic a Forrester 40 Tricia Grindel 36 Bar bara Jacoby 37 Br yce Jones 41 S usannah MacKay 44 Margaret Miller 42 S usan Schulz 30 Elisabeth S tubbs Features 8 Faith, Community, Strength Woodstock mom and daughter spread hope to others through journey with osteogenesis imperfecta. 18 Through Their Eyes 2023 Woodstock Teen Public Safety Academy participants share their experiences. 20 Join the Club! Thousands of Cherokee County residents connect over shared interests on Facebook groups, from boating and Jeeping to disc golf and chickens! 18
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What’s New

The Towne Lake Rotary Club recently installed benches and a peace pole at Woofstock Dog Park, creating a place to meet friends or just sit and relax, and sharing the Rotary message to let peace prevail. The project began in the 2019-20 Rotary year, but was delayed by COVID-19 shutdowns and supply chain issues. The message on the peace pole, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” is written in four languages — English, Spanish, Korean and Cherokee.

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What’s Coming

The Circle of Friends is opening a second coffee shop, Flourish Café , at 2864 E. Cherokee Drive. The nonprofit, which operates Circuit Café in downtown Woodstock, creates opportunities in Cherokee County for adults living with disabilities through social engagement, supportive employment and attainable housing. Follow progress on Facebook. www.circleoffriendsinc.org.

Woodstock City Council recently approved a partial annexation and rezoning request by a Northside Hospital representative for a new medical office building to be built at 1000 Ragsdale Road at Highway 92. According to city documents, the building will be about 37,500 square feet. Entrance to the building will be off Ragsdale Road.

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Letter From the Editor

Is there anyone out there like me, an empty nester who misses her chicks being in the roost?? It hits home this time of year, when school starts and buses are rolling throughout the county. Several of my friends and I would console ourselves with a luxurious breakfast the first day of school, to keep us from wringing our hands and staring at the clock, waiting for the kids to get home. I don’t think I’ve ever said — correct me if I’m wrong, friends — that I can’t wait for August to come so the kids will be back at school. While I missed them terribly, I didn’t take the next step and homeschool. I had enough sense to know that would not be the best thing for my kids — or me!

I joined the staff of Aroundabout Local Media in 2012 when my youngest, Becca, went to college. I wanted a distraction from the echoes in the house. But I also was eager to bring my professional skills together in one job that made a difference in our community.

Eleven years later, I’m confident in saying that our magazines are well established as the leading community publications for Cherokee and Cobb counties. As a journalist, I wouldn’t print a statement like that without verification. While there’s been no formal study, I can tell you by calls I receive that each issue is highly

anticipated, held onto throughout the month and used as a guide for new and long-time residents of our community. I hope you’ll agree with our readers who say:

“I want to let you know how impressed I am by your local magazine. Being new to the area, it is packed with so much information and variety …” - Peggy L.

“Full of positivity and visual interest, the magazines are first-rate.” - Patti B.

“I read your magazine cover to cover every month.” - Marjorie B.

This month, we’re introducing you to your neighbors who’ve also found their niche and serve their community well. You’ll find the Readers’ Choice 2023 winners listed on Pages 12-15. These business owners and entrepreneurs have worked hard to earn this recognition.

Learn how to connect with others who share your interests, from boating and Jeeping to disc golf and, yes, chickens, on Pages 20-21. Read how Harvee White’s background uniquely qualifies her to serve as education manager for History Cherokee. Meet her on Page 32.

As executive editor, I want to hear from you. Tell me what you love and what you’d like to see more of. After all, we are Your Community. Your Magazine. And you can quote me on that!

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Around Woodstock welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. Editorial deadline is the first and advertising deadline is the fifth of the previous month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to: Around Woodstock, 1025 Rose Creek Drive, PMB 380, Suite 620, Woodstock, GA 30189. The viewpoints of the advertisers, writers and other submissions do not necessarily reflect those of the editor/publisher. And the publisher makes no claims to the

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Candi Hannigan is the executive editor of Aroundabout Local Media. She has lived in Cherokee County since 1987. Send your comments or questions to candi@aroundaboutmagazines.com
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Robertsons Give Hope to Families Facing OI Diagnosis

Woodstock resident LaTosha Robertson and her daughter, Crystal, 11, have demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination in their journey with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). The bone disorder can result in fractures and affects approximately 1 out of 20,000 births.

Crystal was diagnosed with OI before she was born and, despite the prognosis that she may never walk, she has defied the odds. Through five surgeries, fractures and countless medical visits, Crystal’s unwavering spirit has propelled her to ride a bike without training wheels and thrive academically.

“Even as a baby, every time Crystal would have a fracture, she would break and recover, and then would meet milestones and continue to progress,” LaTosha said. “I am in awe of her resilience.”

LaTosha attributes Crystal’s progress to their faith, emphasizing the importance of trust in God, prayer and supportive communities during challenging moments. “We believe that Jesus is our healer, so that has helped us tremendously. Our family reads the Bible, and we refer to scriptures to encourage and sustain us. Trust God and continue to pray!” she said.

“Although OI is characterized as weak bones, I have repeatedly declared over Crystal that she has ‘strong bones.’ I’ve been saying it all her life by faith,” LaTosha said. “The sky is the limit, and I know she will do amazing things.”

Throughout their journey, LaTosha and Crystal have found support from various sources. Family played a crucial role, with LaTosha’s grandmother and younger sister offering invaluable assistance during the early stages. In-home daycare and faith-based environments have provided a nurturing environment for Crystal’s growth and development.

Medical resources, particularly the multidisciplinary teams at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,

and the public and private school systems have played a significant role in their journey. Crystal first attended public school, where an individualized education plan was created to cater to her unique needs. Before she started at a private school in east Cobb, a customized plan also was implemented to ensure her success, inclusion and safety, LaTosha said.

Crystal hopes to encourage other families who are dealing with an OI diagnosis. “A lot of times, when you smile it encourages people and makes them happy. Having joy all the time encourages other people when you’re going through tough times, and that makes you happy, too,” she said.

Crystal is excited to attend Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Camp Wishbone Family Weekend in September, where she will have the opportunity to participate in canoeing, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, ceramics, biking, arts and crafts, archery and climbing. Her experience with OI proves there always is room for triumph, growth and joy in the face of challenges.

Crystal loves to dance and play with her friends in gym class.
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LaTosha and Crystal want to encourage other families who are learning about their child’s osteogenesis imperfecta diagnosis for the first time.
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IN town



Rez Arts Night

Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m., Resurrection Anglican Church

Enjoy art presented by more than 20 local artists, centered around the theme, “For the Beauty of the Church.” Cody Curtis will teach on faith and the arts at the free event. https://rezwoodstock.org/artsnight

Bryce Leatherwood Concert

Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater

The Whiskey Rose Band will open the free concert. www.woodstockparksandrec.com

Woodstock Farm Fresh Market

Through Dec. 30, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Market Street


Woodstock Arts


The Woodstock Arts Improv Troupe

Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Woodstock Arts Theatre

Get ready to roll down the aisles with laughter. Recommended for ages 10-plus (content).

The Lasting Laugh

Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Woodstock Arts Theatre

The monthly comedy series brings in Atlanta-based comedians, with Jessica It’s All Good as the host. Recommended for ages 12-plus (content).

“LatinX Voices”

Aug. 10-Oct. 8, the Reeves House

This exhibit will help promote diversity and inclusion within the community, showcasing the talents and perspectives of LatinX artists.

Jazz Night

Aug. 23, 6 p.m., the Reeves House

Unwind with live music and wine. Tables and chairs are provided.

MadLife Stage & Studios

Events listed are held monthly at 8722 Main St. http://madlifestageandstudios.com

The 2023 Atlanta Blues Challenge, presented by The Atlanta Blues Society, Aug. 20, 1 p.m.

Electric Avenue: The ’80s MTV Experience, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. and 9:55 p.m.

Hollywood Nights: The Bob Seger Experience, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Downtown Woodstock Walking Tour Series

Tours offered every 30 minutes from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Sales begin two weeks before the tour date at the Woodstock Visitors Center or on the Downtown Woodstock Facebook and Instagram pages. For more information, call 770-924-0406.

The Art of Woodstock - Aug. 31

How Downtown Woodstock Revitalized - Sept. 28

Weird Woodstock - Oct. 26

Woodstock Summer Concert Series

The free concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater.


Completely Unchained:

Van Halen Tribute - Aug. 12

Drivin N Cryin - Sept. 9

Lantern Series

At the Woodstock Arts Event Green; shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Check for updates at www.woodstockarts.org.

Penny & Sparrow - Aug. 5

Nefesh Mountain - Aug. 26

Parson James - Sept. 30

Fox Royale - Oct. 21

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Completely Unchained will perform at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater on Aug. 12.

Among our City Council’s many important duties, the most critical is the passage of a fiscally responsible, balanced budget every year. On June 12, council passed — and I signed — the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget ordinance. Its execution takes effect July 1 and will end June 30, 2024.

I am very proud of our council and staff for crafting a budget that accounts for a full millage rate rollback, meaning the city will lower its tax rate to ensure that property value increases over the past year won’t result in an increase in your city property taxes. We’re assessing some of the lowest tax rates in metro Atlanta in Woodstock, while still delivering an exceptionally high quality of life and city services for our residents.

The most telling way to discover a person’s priorities is to take a look at their checkbook. The same principle applies to governments. This column will cover a high-level breakdown of Woodstock’s FY 2024 budget, and we’ll examine where our city focuses its attention. The total budget this year allocates $93,232,841 spread over five funds, with a total general fund expenditure of $29,298,284.

The first two departments, police and fire, comprise 50% of our city’s budget. Our city’s No. 1 priority is public safety, and the numbers prove that. I also want to highlight that this represents a 15% increase in spending on public safety over last year’s fiscal year, due to a historic 26% starting pay increase for our police officers. We’re investing in those who keep us safe in Woodstock.

The next 26% of our budget is allocated across Public Works (infrastructure), Parks and Recreation, Information Technology and our city’s judicial branch.

These six departments together comprise roughly 75% of our total budget, leaving all remaining portions of our government spread across the final 25%.

Now, you’ve seen the receipts. What do these figures tell us about our city’s priorities? First and foremost, we’re prioritizing a safe city. We’re doing so by investing historically in public safety compensation and attracting the best and brightest in the field to ensure our city maintains its impressively low crime rates and remains among the safest cities in Georgia.

Water-Sewer - 15.3%

Storm Water - 1.7% ..................................................$1.54 million


Special/Internal Service - 26.9% ..............................$25.10 million

Most of these funds are dedicated toward specific purposes, ie., Water-Sewer is a separate fund intended to sustain our clean water and sewer treatment services. The General Fund comprises the majority of our direct budget activity and serves as the best place to identify priorities. It divides as follows:

Police - 28.63%

We’re also making massive investments in our infrastructure. From roadways to water and sewer, we’re ensuring our city’s physical foundations are built to last and will operate effectively for residents and visitors. We’re investing in generational assets in the form of parks and green space, and we’ll be exploring ways that we can do even more on this front as the year progresses. The remainder of our budget is invested in critical priorities, like economic development, community development, information technology and more.

We’re investing heavily in the areas that will build a sustainable, vibrant Woodstock for the next generation while maintaining some of the lowest tax rates in our region. Together, we have built an incredible city and community, and I am proud to report that you have a council and staff who are intent on being good stewards with the resources you lend them to maintain that best-in-class sense of place and quality of life. We are hard at work to leave a city to our children that they will be proud to inherit, and we’re grateful for your trust.

Michael Caldwell is the 31st mayor of Woodstock, a retired state legislator, member of the Georgia Technology Authority, partner at Black Airplane, husband to Katie, and father to Oliver, Elizabeth and Charlotte.
General Fund - 31.4% ..............................................$29.29 million
Here’s how the total budget breaks down:
$14.31 million
SPLOST V - 24.7%
6.27% $1.84 million Municipal Court - 4.57%
million All Remaining City Government - 31.38% $9.42 million
$8.39 million Fire - 20.10% ..............................................................$5.89 million Public Works - 8.65%
million Parks and Recreation - 6.67% ....................................$1.95 million
Technology -
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We are excited to celebrate you and the contributions you make to our community. We know you’re proud and ready to announce your success!

If you won your category, we have prepared a few items to help you celebrate:

• Window cling

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• Digital award graphic to post on your website, Facebook page or other social media outlets

To receive these items, email readerschoice@aroundaboutmagazines. com with the following information:

• Business name and mailing address

• Contact person’s email address and phone number

It’s essential for us to have your contact information so we can make sure you have all you need to celebrate properly.

Another way to share your good news — and thank the community for voting for you — is through a ank You ad. For more information on ads, email michelle.smith@ aroundaboutmagazines.com.

IT’S TIME TO Celebrate!



Winner: Holbrook of Woodstock

Second Place: Longleaf Woodstock

Runner Up: Glenhaven at Ridgewalk


Winner: Next Step Ministries Inc.

Second Place: Limitless Disability Services


Winner: Camellia Place

Second Place: Holbrook of Woodstock

Runner Up: Legacy Ridge at Neese Road


Winner: E’s Barber Shop, Woodstock

Second Place: E’s Barber Shop, Holly Springs


Winner: Timothy Lutheran Church

Second Place: Primrose School of Woodstock

Runner Up: Sunshine House of Woodstock at Wiley Bridge Road


Winner: Jéa Salon + Spa

Second Place: Salon and Spa Venéssa

Runner Up: A New You Skin & Body Clinic


Winner: The Intentionals

Second Place: The King’s Academy

Runner Up: Parent Prep 101


Winner: Jéa Salon + Spa

Second Place: Salon and Spa Venéssa

Runner Up: Salon Next Door


Winner: Salon and Spa Venéssa

Second Place: Revive Health Center & Spa

Runner Up: Pampered Beauty Bar + Spa


Winner: Amy Nails & Spa

Second Place (tied): Main Street Nail Studio

Second Place (tied): Queens & Gents Nails Spa


Winner: Cherokee Christian Schools

Second Place: Lyndon Academy

Runner Up: CORE Community School


Winner: Matthew May - Mill Creek Middle

Second Place: Ann Jordan - Woodstock Elementary

Runner Up: Darrell Herring - River Ridge


Winner: Angie Graves - Mill Creek Middle

Second Place: Neha Shah - Woodstock Elementary


Winner: Circle Of Friends Coffee Shop:

Coffee With Purpose at Circuit Cafe

Second Place: Onyx Turner - The Empowered Parent


Winner: Limitless Disability Services

Second Place: Next Step Ministries Inc.

Runner Up: Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding Inc.


Winner: HUE Bronzing Studio

Second Place: Revive Health Center & Spa

Runner Up: Pampered Beauty Bar + Spa



Winner: TEN Sushi Lounge

Second Place: Saigon Cafe

Runner Up: Ninja Sushi and Steak


Winner: Pie Bar (Woodstock)

Second Place: Alpine Bakery

Runner Up: Nothing Bundt Cakes


Winner: Queenies BBQ

Second Place: Bub-Ba-Q

Runner Up: Choate BBQ Food Truck


Winner: J. Christopher’s Woodstock

Second Place: A&M Kitchen

Runner Up: Burger Inn

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Winner: Reformation Brewery (Woodstock)

Second Place: Truck & Tap Woodstock

Runner Up: Jekyll Brewing


Winner: J. Christopher’s Woodstock

Second Place: Prime 120

Runner Up: A&M Kitchen


Winner: Canyons Fresh Grill - Woodstock

Second Place: Semper Fi Bar & Grille

Runner Up (tied): Crave Burgers and Wings Woodstock

Runner Up (tied): Whataburger


Winner: The Board and Box

Second Place: Catering Courier


Winner: Black Rifle Coffee Co.

Second Place: Circle Of Friends Coffee Shop:

Coffee With Purpose at Circuit Cafe

Runner Up: The Woodstock Coffee Co.


Winner: Krispy Kreme

Second Place: Dunkin’ - 9755 Highway 92


Winner: Century House

Second Place: Prime 120

Runner Up: Vingenzo’s


Winner: Bruster’s Real Ice Cream - Woodstock

Second Place: Pelican’s SnoBalls - Woodstock

Runner Up: Kilwins - Woodstock


Winner: Ipp’s Pastaria & Bar

Second Place: Dina’s Family Italian Restaurant

Runner Up: Vingenzo’s


Winner: Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

Second Place: Susto’s Taco Bar

Runner Up: 7 Tequilas Mexican Restaurant


Winner: Semper Fi Bar & Grille

Second Place: Canyons Fresh Grill - Woodstock

Runner Up: Century House


Winner: Partner’s II Pizza

Second Place: Peace Love and Pizza - Woodstock

Runner Up: Your Pie Pizza


Winner: Ipp’s Pastaria & Bar

Second Place: Prime 120

Runner Up: Century House


Winner: Jersey Mike’s

Second Place: Firehouse Subs Woodstock

Runner Up: Schlotzsky’s


Winner: TEN Sushi Lounge

Second Place: Reel Seafood


Winner: Semper Fi Bar & Grille

Second Place: Dina’s Family Italian Restaurant

Runner Up: Canyons Fresh Grill - Woodstock


Winner: Buffalo’s

Second Place: Semper Fi Bar & Grille

Runner Up: Wingstop



Winner: Big Dan’s Car Wash

Second Place: Woodstock Car Wash

Runner Up: Bubble Brush Car Wash


Winner: C & T Auto Services

Second Place: Diesel David Inc.

Runner Up: Christian Brothers Automotive Woodstock


Winner: Krause Family Ford of Woodstock

Second Place: Southern Auto Brokers Inc.


Winner: Discount Tire

Second Place: Tires Plus

Runner Up: Sam’s Club



Winner: Neese Towing


Winner: The Meticulous Maid

Second Place: Rejoice Maids Service

Runner Up: Two Maids Woodstock


Winner: Long View Lighting

Second Place: Poss Electric

Runner Up: Beard Man Electric


Winner: Cherokee Floor Covering

Second Place: A&P Painting and Flooring


Winner: HVAC Bee

Second Place: Dr. Fahrenheit HVAC

Runner Up (tied): Fox Heating and Air

Runner Up (tied): Telmo Air Inc.


Winner: Red Helmet Inspection Services

Second Place: All Atlanta AmeriSpec


Winner: Beidler Interiors

Second Place: Stitch Above The Rest

Runner Up: Pineapple Park


Winner: Terminus Construction Group

Second Place: KDO Contracting

Runner Up: KO Construction


Winner: North Georgia Junk Removal

Second Place: Joseph’s Junk Removal

Runner Up: Hidalgo Services LLC


Winner: Overstreet & Boyd Grading

Second Place: Twin Branch Nursery and Landscape

Runner Up: Miller Landscape


Winner: Fillo Painting

Second Place: A&P Painting and Flooring

Runner Up: Three Brothers Painting Inc.

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Winner: Wild Trappers

Second Place: Pied Piper Pest Control

Runner Up: Pestban Inc.


Winner: Southern Phoenix Services

Second Place: Coleman Plumbing

Runner Up: Locklear Plumbing


Winner: Terminus Construction Group

Second Place: Premiere Roofing

Runner Up: Preserve Roofing



Winner: Paragon Accounting & Tax

Solutions LLC

Second Place: Pantana Accounting & Tax Inc.

Runner Up: Simpson & Simpson Accounting LLC


Winner: Hartmanlaw, LLC

Second Place: Lingerfelt and Associates

Runner Up: Campbell & Brannon - Woodstock


Winner: LGE Community Credit Union

Second Place: Synovus Bank

Runner Up: Bank OZK


Winner: GoGetter Personal Assistant Services

Second Place: Division 08 Consulting of GA

Runner Up: FedEx Office Print & Ship Center


Winner: WC Marketing

Second Place: Stephanie Hines Coaching

Runner Up: Audacity


Winner: Woodstock Business Club

Second Place: Woodstock Christian Business Network

Runner Up: YPOW


Winner: Rejoice Maids Service


Winner: MesmerEyes Media

Second Place: Bronson Kurtz

Runner Up: Wow Real Estate Media - Carl Mulder


Winner: Grace Cleaners

Second Place: World Cleaners

Runner Up (tied): Ace Cleaners at Toonigh Village

Runner Up (tied): ProCleaners


Winner: Cellairis Phone Repair Store Inside

Walmart - Highway 92


Winner: Woodstock Funeral Home

Second Place: Lakeside Funeral Home


Winner: The Garza Insurance Group

Second Place: Mountain Lakes Insurance Agency

Runner Up: Rick Bailey & Co.


Winner: TimeWise Financial

Second Place: Goodwin Investment Advisory

Runner Up: Horizon Planning Group


Winner: MortgageRight - Darin Hunter Team

Second Place: Robin Wright - Movement Mortgage

Runner Up: George Beylouny - Silverton Mortgage


Winner: Armetrice Photography

Second Place (tied): Bloodfire Studios

Second Place (tied): Bronson Kurtz


Winner: Adrienne Louise Photography

Second Place: Nichole Hartley Photography

Runner Up: Moments by Monica


Winner: J King Images Photography

Second Place: Armetrice Photography

Runner Up: Adrienne Louise Photography


Winner: Dianna Hornes - Hornes Real Estate Group

Second Place: Harry Norman Realtors

Runner Up: Carla Smith - Atlanta Communities


Winner: Bridge The Gap Therapy

Second Place: In Harmony Pediatric Therapy

Runner Up: Hearts and Hands Therapy Services Inc.


Winner: Black Airplane

Second Place: Polar Nite

Runner Up: Orcannus Technologies


Winner: MesmerEyes Media

Second Place: Beckshot

Runner Up: Story by Cori


Winner: Nine88 Events

Second Place: Skyline Events and Socials



Winner: The Reeves House Visual Arts Center

Second Place: Tranquility Fine Arts Studio


Winner: Rotary Club of Woodstock


Winner: Woodstock Farmers Market

Second Place: Northside Hospital-Cherokee


Runner Up: Woodstock Arts Event Green


Winner: Steppin Out Performing Arts Center

Second Place: Dance and Music Academy of Woodstock

Runner Up: Dancentre South Woodstock


Winner: Falcon Ridge Stables

Second Place: Alpha Equestrian Center


Winner: Stars and Strikes Family

Entertainment Center

Second Place: The Blue Ghost Arcade

Runner Up: Woodstock Arts Theatre


Winner: STRONGSIDE Woodstock

Second Place: Onelife Fitness Woodstock

Runner Up: Life Time


Winner: Showtime Elite Cheer

Second Place: Georgia All-Star Gymnastics


Winner: The Blue Ghost Arcade


Winner: Atlanta Krav Maga & Fitness

Second Place: The ONE Taekwondo Center

Runner Up: Taekwondo of Woodstock Inc.


Winner: ChrisAlly Events and Party Rental

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Winner: Gin Miller Fitness


Winner: Next Step Ministries Inc.

Second Place: Never Alone Food Pantry


Winner: South Cherokee Baseball

Second Place: South Cherokee Softball


Winner: Garza’s Great Getaways

Second Place: 3H Travel

Runner Up: The Travel Store Inc.



Winner: Antiques By Samson & Delilah


Winner: Southern Sky Home

Second Place: Pineapple Park


Winner: Dress Up Woodstock

Second Place: Spirited Boutiques

Runner Up: Branches Boutique


Winner: Revive Consignment

Second Place: Park Avenue Thrift


Winner: Bradshaw Flowers

Second Place: Brenda’s House Of Flowers Florist & Flower Delivery

Runner Up: Woodstock Flowers & Gifts


Winner: Twin Branch Nursery And Landscape

Second Place: Lady Slipper Rare Plant Nursery

Runner Up: Buck Jones Nursery


Winner: Candles by Jadyn

Second Place: Stitch Above The Rest

Runner Up: The Rustic Market


Winner: Morgan’s Ace Hardware

Second Place: Soni Ace Hardware


Winner: Holly Springs Jewelers

Second Place: Cultured Brilliance

Runner Up: Jared


Winner: Lucky’s Beverage World

Second Place: Trickum Wine & Spirits


Winner: Camp Bow Wow

Second Place: Furry Friends Daycare and Boarding

Runner Up: Our Pal’s Place Daycare Boarding & Training


Winner: Wags and Wiggles Pet Boutique

Second Place: Furry Friends Gentle Pet Grooming

Runner Up: Pet Paradise Woodstock


Winner: Wags and Wiggles Pet Boutique

Second Place: Pet Supermarket


Winner: Crossroads Veterinary Hospital

Second Place: East Cherokee Veterinary Clinic | Dr. Robert S. Sobolewski, DVM, MS

Runner Up: Trickum Ridge Animal Hospital


Winner: Eden

Second Place: All About Health

Runner Up: Good Nutrition



Winner: North Georgia Audiology & Hearing

Aid Center

Second Place: Optimal Hearing


Winner: The Georgia Hemp Co. & CBD

Second Place: CBD American Shaman of Woodstock

Runner Up: Good CBD Shop


Winner: Pain and Accident ChiropracticWoodstock

Second Place: Even Flow Family Chiropractic - Dr. Amanda Burns

Runner Up: Strack Chiropractic Wellness Center


Winner: Playtime Therapy of Georgia

Second Place: Tranquility Counseling Services

Runner Up: Center for Relational Care


Winner: Dentistry of Olde Towne

Second Place: Dan Patterson, DDS

Runner Up: Woodstock Dental Care


Winner: Goodman Dermatology


Winner: Northwest ENT and Allergy Center


Winner: GI Specialists of Georgia


Winner: Piedmont Physicians of Towne Lake


Winner: Beyond Health and Wellness


Winner: Medi-Weightloss Woodstock

Second Place: GRACE Restorative Medicine


Winner: MyEyeDr.

Second Place: Woodstock Optometry


Winner: Smile Doctors OrthodonticsWoodstock

Second Place: Spillane Orthodontics


Winner: Total Joint Specialists

Second Place: Perimeter Orthopaedics


Winner: ToothTown Pediatric Dentistry


Winner: Woodstock Pediatric Medicinee


Winner: Woodstock Pharmacy

Second Place: Publix Super Market at The Centre at Woodstock

Runner Up: Publix Pharmacy at Village Shoppes of East Cherokee


Winner: PT Solutions of Trickum

Second Place: Myo-Fit Mobility & Therapy

Runner Up: FYZICAL Therapy & Balance CentersWoodstock


Winner: Marietta Plastic Surgery


Winner: Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia - Dr. Bret Hintze DPM, Dr. Andrea Cass DPM

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HEROES Empowering the of Tomorrow HEROES

From June 19-23, the 2023 Teen Public Safety Academy, hosted by the Woodstock police and fire departments, immersed teens ages 13-18 in a comprehensive series of educational classes. Designed to provide teens with insights into the world of public safety, this opportunity enhanced participants’ understanding of various aspects of police and fire professions and empowered them to become tomorrow’s heroes.

Throughout the week-long course, participants delved into a range of engaging topics, including CRASE (civilian response to active shooter) seminars, criminal investigation procedures, patrol operations, K-9 demonstrations, traffic unit protocols, use of force guidelines, Cherokee County E-911 operations, mental health awareness, as well as fire safety and prevention measures and more. From learning tactical medical skills to understanding the complexities of drunken driving incidents, the teens absorbed knowledge

through a hands-on approach taken by the instructors. Participants were challenged to assess crime scenes, analyze accident reconstructions and even participate in a judgmental shooting simulator, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the intricate decision-making processes and the responsibilities faced by law enforcement and emergency service professionals.

For many participants, the experience at the Woodstock Public Safety Academy was transformative. Eli, 13, mentioned the thrill of learning tactical and medical skills, while Grant, also 13, emphasized the value of making new friends, discovering new interests and the importance of learning. Sophia, 12, enjoyed learning about traffic and crashes, and Kira, 15, highlighted how the academy changed her perception of law enforcement and the impact it had on broadening her knowledge base. The program allowed the teens to see firsthand the dedication and professionalism of the men and women who serve their community. With the help of Community Outreach Officer JoAn Willingham and Public Information Officer Brittany Page, they shared key takeaways with ALM.

What did the experience mean to you?

“The experience was really important to me, and it meant a lot. I chose to apply to the Woodstock Teen Academy because of my interest in criminal law. Not only did this program give us a view of the field, but it also gave a more in-depth idea of the world of emergency services.” — Joshua, 14

“(It) was nice to talk to many different people in the criminal justice field. I would like to work in this field after college, and this gave me a good idea of possible career options.” — Kayden, 18

“This experience was very interesting. This meant so much because I got to learn so much about what I wanna do in the future.” — Tristan, 13

“I got to learn so many cool things. I’ve never been interested in law enforcement, but now I’m very. I hope we can do this again because it was fun!” — Sarah, 14

“It means a lot to me that I got the experience and training on how to protect myself and others. It also means that I know how to act in certain situations.” — Vivienne, 14

“The experience meant that I could learn stuff about each unit and what they do. It also changed my mind to be on a K-9 or SWAT unit in the future instead of a criminal investigator.” — Zsolt, 15

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Grant, right, and Zsolt use a fire hose with the Woodstock Fire Department.

What did you learn that was most memorable?

“Assessing a crime scene. We were told to run a car crash with little to no information. We had to figure out why and what happened. I ended up ‘arresting’ the driver for a ‘DUI’ and ‘vehicular homicide.’ This was one of the best hands-on learning experiences.” — Kira, 15

“One of the most memorable things I learned was the process that police officers must go through in split-second decisions to determine their use of force while also running the risk of losing their own lives.” — Joshua, 14

“You can talk about Woodstock with a PowerPoint all day. But when you take us to the places we’re talking about — having the district attorney talk to us herself, going to the fire station and 911 dispatch office, showing us reallife body cams of people in our community — is what matters the most.” — Julissa, 17

“Everything was very helpful and informative, but the most memorable thing I learned was the information about crime scene investigation. That is something I am most interested in.” — Kayden, 18

“I liked all of it, but I think the judgmental shooting simulator was my favorite.” — Lukas, 15

“I really enjoyed the accident reconstruction. It was really fun to see what it’s like to be in that situation.” — Sarah, 14

“I learned how to use a tourniquet, which I can still feel on my leg. One of the most memorable things I did was use a water hose off of a fire truck. I will also remember how all the officers were kind and helpful toward us all.” — Vivienne, 14

“It was very fun and educational; I enjoyed it a lot. (I also learned) there are a lot of drugs trafficked and sold around here.” — Jackson, 14

“I would have to say JPS, which stands for judgmental pistol simulator, and the K-9 unit. SWAT was extremely informational and enjoyable to learn about. I think I would like to be a Blue Team in the SWAT organization.” — Colton, 13

Woodstock’s 2023 Teen Public Safety Academy graduates, front row, from left: Kayden, Sarah, Eli and Kira. Middle row: Sophia, Julissa, Grant, Colton, Tristan and Vivienne. Back row: Joshua, Jackson, Eli, Lukas and Zsolt.

Eli tries out the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Seat Belt Convincer.
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Kira practices extinguishing a fire.


Groups Foster Connections

In an increasingly digital age, connecting with likeminded individuals can be a daunting task. However, local Facebook groups — from boating and Jeeping to disc golf and … chickens! — can help bridge the gap and serve as a meeting point for people with common interests.

Joining Facebook groups dedicated to things you’re passionate about can lead to meaningful interactions, learning new things and forming friendships. The social media platform’s search function makes finding these groups easy. A quick keyword search of nearly any hobby or topic you can think of will lead you to a plethora of virtual communities.

We’ve even done a deep dive to make it easier for you. Here are some of Cherokee County’s Facebook groups that have around 1,000 — or more! — members.

Parents Unite

• Canton GA Moms (and Dads) Club allows its 4,000 members to connect with other families looking for things to do around town.

• Moms of Woodstock, GA boasts more than 7,000 members, who share ideas about raising children, ways to help others and even how to settle arguments between couples.

• Moms of Canton, GA was created to give moms a space to ask for advice, recommendations or to just vent.

Rock Drop!

• The more than 8,000 members of “Woodstock Rocks” — Cherokee County paint rocks that are “hidden” around Woodstock, and all over the county, to spread joy and brighten people’s day.

• The Canton Rocks — Georgia group posts photos of rocks found around Canton and paints rocks to leave around town.

Cherokee History

• The 17,000 members of Old Pictures of Cherokee County Ga make connections by posting old family photos, maps, landmarks and more.

• The You’re Probably From Canton, GA (Cherokee County) If You Remember group reminisces about the things, people and places in our community’s past.

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Cherokee Girl Gang members meet for brunch. From left: Tonya Maloy, Priscilla Vega, Viju John, Stephanie Delgadillo, Gina Newsome and Heather Cabbell.

Female Forums

• Cherokee Girl Gang, with more than 3,000 members, was created to help meet other women, so everyone can find their people.

• Cherokee 40+ Girl Gang is a place for women to meet new friends, encouraging members to hang out for food, coffee, music, laughter and more.

Woodstock Connects

• What’s Happening in Downtown Woodstock, GA has more than 13,000 members and offers space to highlight nightlife, music, restaurants and events in the downtown area.

• Family Fun Activities in and Around Woodstock provides a platform for posting activities for kids and families, as well as setting up playdates or events around town.

Recreational Vehicles

• Cherokee County Jeepers is a local Jeep family who loves riding, meeting and discussing all things Jeep.

• With more than 3,000 members, Lake Allatoona Boaters is a space where people can share happenings, meet-ups, fun stuff, safety concerns, general matters relating to the lake and ask questions about their boats.

Sports Squad

• Woodstock/Cherokee Pickleball has more than 900 members and was created to share news and information about pickleball in our area.

• Cherokee County Disc Golf is a group that discusses growth and improvement of disc golf in our county.

Outdoor Enthusiasts

• The Hickory Log Creek Reservoir Fishing group is dedicated to sharing information about reservoir fishing, techniques, rules, etc.

• With nearly 40,000 members, Allatoona Lake Life is a platform to post details about events, cove gatherings, parties and lake conditions.

• Cherokee County Chicken Club offers its 4,000 members a space to post about their chickens, coops and more.

• Lake Allatoona Fishing Forum boasts more than 15,000 members, who post photos off their catches, ask for suggestions and more.

• Allatoona Striper Fishing is a group where you can show off your Allatoona or Etowah River striper catches.

• Cherokee County Equestrians allows its 2,000 members to connect with other equestrians close to home.

Educational Resources

• Homeschoolers of Cherokee County, Georgia consists of families dedicated to encouraging one another, building friendships and allowing their children to create and foster long-term friendships.

• With 8,000 members, the Cherokee County School District Unofficial Community Group is a forum created for learning more about the school district and receiving advice and knowledge on subjects related to CCSD.

There also are a variety of local groups dedicated to reuniting owners and lost pets, as well as helping wildlife. Furry Friends Lost and Found in Cherokee County, GA boasts more than 23,000 members, and Cherokee Connect Wildlife has more than 3,000. And, if you’re interested in helping support Canton’s two food pantries or community gardens, consider joining Canton Pantry Angels.

While Facebook groups offer numerous benefits, it’s essential to approach them with respect and understanding. Adhere to each group’s rules and guidelines and maintain a courteous and positive attitude. Engaging responsibly helps promote a healthy digital community and guarantees a productive and pleasant experience for all members.

For other hobbies or topics you’re passionate about, dive into the world of Facebook groups or consider creating your own! It could lead you down a path of discovery, camaraderie and personal growth.

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On June 24, Lake Allatoona Fishing Forum member Caleb McClure, left, with Trent Hall, caught the largest recorded longnose gar in Allatoona’s history. It was just shy of 5 feet, weighing in at 27.25 pounds, which beat the previous record by 15 pounds.

When Art Escapes the Frame

“Off the Wall,” an exhibit that transcends the boundaries of a wall, was on display at the Reeves House Visual Arts Center through June 25. Viewers were invited into a liminal space where two- and three-dimensional art converges, escaping the confines of a frame. Ranging from minimalist to maximalist in style, the artists from Woodstock, Atlanta and beyond incorporated unconventional materials into their works, such as puzzle pieces, piano wire, painted screens and repurposed furniture.

Through Aug. 6, visit the Reeves House for “All the Fixins: Artists From the South.” Then check out “LatinX Voices” Aug. 10-Oct. 8. Admission is free. For more details, visit https://woodstockarts.org.

“Life is Sweet” (puzzle pieces) by Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan
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“A Ribbon at a Time” (mixed media) by Kenn Kotara “Elastic Collision” (mixed media) by Kenn Kotara “Into the Blue” (puzzle pieces) by Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan “Candler” (wood) by David Carlton
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“Till Five O’clock” (acrylic) by Kenn Kotara

Unwind Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Cherokee Recreation and Parks.

Around & About

Etowah Golf Scramble

Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m., Towne Lake Hills Golf Club

The third annual event, benefiting the Etowah Football Scholarship Fund, begins with registration and breakfast. Shotgun start is 9:30 a.m. www.etowaheaglesfootball.com/ golftournament

2023 Poker Run

Aug. 5, Allatoona Lake

Proceeds benefit Folds of Honor Georgia. www.allatoonapokerrun.com

Rock and Roll Revival

Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Canton Theatre

Hope’s Anchor and Neena Elliott will perform. www.hopesanchorband.com, https://neenaelliottmusic.com

Schmooza Palooza

Aug. 10, 4-7 p.m., Woodstock City Church

Attendees will enjoy door prizes and food while previewing the latest products and services featured at the networking event. https://cherokeechamber.com

CARES Golf Tournament

Aug. 11, 9 a.m., Fairways of Canton

Proceeds benefit Cherokee Family Violence Center. There will be breakfast, lunch, contests and raffles. https://cfvc.harnessgiving.org/ events/428

Chick-fil-A 5K

Aug. 12, 7:30 a.m., Etowah River Park

The 10th annual race will benefit the Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Cherokee County Special Olympics.


Chamber Classic

Aug. 14, 8 a.m., BridgeMill Athletic Club

The 20th annual golf tournament begins with registration. Shotgun start is at 9:30 a.m.


Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Aug. 18-19, 10 a.m.-noon

This project allows all ages to participate in counting insects. The Cherokee County Master Gardeners will have two census locations. On Friday and Saturday, stop by the Cherokee County Senior Center to participate. On Saturday, you also can visit Cherokee Veterans Park’s Backyard Agriculture Education Station.


Terrific Tuesday

Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m., downtown Canton

Bumpin’ The Mango will be performing at the First Friday-style event. www.cantonga.gov

Teasley Golf Tournament

Aug. 25, 7:30 a.m., Fairways of Canton

The PTSA fundraiser kicks off with check-in, followed by the shotgun start at 9 a.m. A buffet lunch will be served at the clubhouse. https:// golf2grow.com/teasley-middle-ptsa-1

Business is Boomin’ Exhibit

Through Aug. 27, Cherokee County History Center, Canton

The temporary exhibit explores the various businesses and business communities that defined Cherokee County’s history in the mid- to late 20th century.


Unwind Wednesdays

Aug. 30, 5:30-8 p.m., Cherokee Veterans Park, Canton

The last Wednesday of each month, through October, bring your lawn chairs and blankets for dinner and special activities. www.playcherokee.org

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“The Curious Savage”

Sept. 1-3 and 8-10, Canton Theatre

Directed by Jeannie and Wally Hinds, the play tells the story of a wealthy woman who is committed to a mental institution by her greedy stepchildren. www.cherokeetheatre.org

Community Sale

Sept. 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Little River Methodist Church, Woodstock

A missions fundraiser, individuals and businesses will have items for sale. The event is free to the public. For more details, visit www.littleriverumc.info or call 770-926-2495.

Kid Biz Expo Golf Tournament

Sept. 11, Bridgemill Athletic Club

There will be breakfast, lunch, a practice session, door prizes, swag bags and a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cherokee County first responders. https://golf2grow. com/kid-biz-expo

North Georgia State Fair

Sept. 21 - Oct. 1, Jim. R. Miller Park, Marietta

The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, local entertainment, rides, food and more.



Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m., Etowah River Park

The 39th annual arts and crafts festival will feature more than 150 vendors, local entertainers and more. Admission is $7. https://serviceleague.net/ fundraisers/riverfest

3- and 6-Hour Mountain Bike Race

Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m., Blankets Creek Trails, Canton www.mountaingoatadventures.com/ blankets6hour

Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup

Sept. 30, Allatoona Lake

Registration is open through Sept. 25.



Woodstock Parks and Recreation Programs


770-592-6000, ext. 1955. Registration is required for all programs. Fees are $5, unless otherwise noted.

Discovering Paddleboarding

Aug. 12, 10 a.m., 6993 Bells Ferry Road

Learn water safety and paddleboarding basics on Allatoona Lake. Cost is $49.95.

AMPED in the Park

Aug. 19, 9 a.m., Northside HospitalCherokee Amphitheater

The free workout is fitness-friendly, meaning you don’t have to be super fit to participate.

Storytime With Barbie

Aug. 19, 11 a.m., the Park at City Center Gazebo

Stop by for a story, photos and more.

Happiness ROCKS!

Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m., Northside HospitalCherokee Amphitheater

Paint rocks and spread happiness by distributing them throughout the city.

Discovering Pickleball

Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Dupree Park

Get ready to play pickleball — you will, by the end of the session. Equipment is provided.

William G. Long Senior Center



Minimum age for all programs is 50. Registration is required.

Gospel Music Hour.

Aug. 14, 2 p.m.

Day Trip: Kayaking Allatoona Lake

Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $10.

Live Bluegrass Jam.

Aug. 21, 2-4 p.m.

Day Trip: Braves Game.

Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $45.

More than 1,500 people registered for the 2022 Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up. Photo courtesy of John and Cyndee Perry.
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Sunday Supper Dishes to Serve 7


At church dinners, congregation members get to socialize and share a meal, feeding souls twofold. The menu almost always includes vegetables like potatoes and macaroni and cheese — if you don’t count macaroni and cheese as a vegetable, you might not be from the South! ALM reached out to local churches to request delicious recipes from members, and the ladies who responded did not disappoint! If you’re not sure what to make for your next potluck, check out these seven soul-satisfying dishes.

Swedish Apple Pie

Submitted by Cindy Kirk

St. Michael the Archangel, Woodstock

• 5 firm apples (Granny Smith, Fuji, etc.)

• 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar, divided

• ¾ cup melted butter

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 cup flour

• 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease/oil a pie pan. Peel and slice enough apples to fill the pan approximately ⅔ full with firm apples. (If apples are not tart enough, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.) Sprinkle the apples with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar. Combine the melted butter, sugar, flour and egg. Pour the mixture over the apples. Sprinkle the top with remaining cinnamon sugar. (While baking, the batter will spread down into the apples and create a pie crust simultaneously.) Bake until deep golden brown, around 40-45 minutes. Chill and serve cold with whipped cream.

Note: Substitute ground/powdered oatmeal for the flour to make the recipe gluten-free.

Mom’s Potato Casserole

Submitted by Dottie Preuhs

The Way Woodstock Church

• 32 ounces frozen hash browns

• ¾ cup melted butter, divided (½ cup and ¼ cup)

• 1 teaspoon salt

• ¼ teaspoon pepper

• ½ cup chopped onion

• 1 can cream of chicken soup

• 8 ounces sour cream

• 10 ounces Velveeta, cut into chunks

• 2 cups crushed cornflakes

Thaw potatoes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix potatoes with ½ cup butter, salt, pepper, onion, soup, sour cream and Velveeta. Spread in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.

Place crushed cornflakes in a bowl and mix with ¼ cup melted butter. Spread evenly on top of the potato mixture. Bake for 1 hour.

Four Cheese Macaroni

Submitted by Tammy Winter

Heritage Presbyterian Church, Acworth

• 16 ounces elbow macaroni

• ½ cup feta or blue cheese

• ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

• 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

• 1½ cups shredded jack cheese

• ¼ cup butter

• ¼ cup flour

• ½ teaspoon salt

• ⅛ teaspoon pepper

• 3 cups milk

• 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

Cook macaroni. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass pan. Pour macaroni in the pan. Add feta and parmesan to hot pasta. Add half of the shredded cheeses to the pasta. Mix.

In a pot on the stove, make a roux by melting butter over high heat. Add flour, salt and pepper. Using a whisk, bring to a boil. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Reduce to low, and stir to thicken. Add remaining cheese. Mix roux into the pasta. Top with remaining shredded cheese, and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.

Bake to heat through and melt cheeses, until brown on top, 30-45 minutes.

This recipe can be multiplied for larger crowds.

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Summer Fruit Cake

Submitted by Jean Lovmo

Little River Methodist Church


• 2 large eggs

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 cup sour cream

• ½ cup vegetable oil

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• Fresh or canned fruit of choice

You’ll need a 9-inch springform pan, the bottom lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for a shiny pan or 350 for a nonstick, dark pan. Beat eggs and sugar on high for 5 minutes. Add sour cream, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium until just blended. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients until blended. Add to egg mixture and beat on low until blended. Don’t overbeat. Pour half of the mixture into the pan; top with fruit. Pour the rest of the mixture in the pan, covering fruit. Top with fruit, and bake 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan, remove ring, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Note: This recipe can be made with different summer fruits, such as chopped strawberries, pineapple, blueberries and canned pears.

Arleen’s Rhubarb Torte

Submitted by Cindy Kirk

St. Michael the Archangel, Woodstock

• ¼ cup butter or margarine

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 egg

• 2 tablespoons hot water

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• ¼ teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1 cup flour

• 2½ cups chopped rhubarb (½ inch pieces)

• ½ cup chopped nuts (I like walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg. Beat. Add water and vanilla. Mix. Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Fold in rhubarb and nuts. Bake 45 minutes in an 8-by-8-inch or 9-by-9-inch pan. Top with sauce (recipe below) when serving.

Caramel Sauce Topping

• ½ cup butter

• ½ cup brown sugar

• ½ cup sugar

• ½ cup whipping cream

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

Place butter, sugars and whipping cream in a quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla. Serve sauce hot.

Easy Chicken Pie

Submitted by Lisa McBurnette

McHelen Baptist Church, Canton

• ½ stick melted butter

• 1 cup broth

• 1 can cream of chicken soup

• Salt and pepper

• 3 cups shredded chicken

• 1 cup milk

• 1 cup baking mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter, broth and soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. In a 13-by-9-inch pan, layer chicken with the mixture. Combine baking mix with milk and pour over the chicken mixture. Do not stir. Bake for 45 minutes.

Cheddar Cheese Meatloaf

Submitted by Janis Forrester

McHelen Baptist Church, Canton

• 1½ pounds ground beef

• 4 ounces mushrooms, chopped

• 1 medium onion, chopped

• ¾ cup oatmeal

• 1 egg

• 1¼ teaspoon salt

• ¼ teaspoon pepper

• ¾ cup milk

• 8-ounce block sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend meat with mushrooms, onion, oatmeal, egg, salt, pepper and milk. Dice cheese into ½-inch cubes. Mix into meat mixture, distributing cheese evenly. Bake in a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan for 60 to 75 minutes. Pour off liquid. Cool before cutting.

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Service at the Heart of Growing Electrical Company

The partnership between Mike and Maggie Grayeski, the husband-and-wife team that owns ServiceWise Electric, is evident in a conversation with them. Mike is quick to answer questions concerning the technical aspects of the company, while Maggie is passionate as she discusses the service component.

Their skills and interests blend perfectly, explaining the success of their company. The Grayeskis have hired their 14th employee and moved their office to a larger space next door. The new location has plenty of room for growth, a bonus that the owners are looking forward to, as they’ve connected with Nexstar, a member-owned organization that empowers the skilled trades to drive business growth and development.

These changes will allow ServiceWise to reach the next level, according to Maggie, while continuing to offer service like it used to be: dependable, courteous and compassionate. “We’re family-owned and it may be a cliche, but it perfectly describes us: We’re small enough to care but big enough to take care of anything you need,” Maggie said. “We strive to break the mold of no-show technicians and unprofessional encounters, providing our customers with a five-star experience each and every visit.”

It Started One Summer

A summer job in 1994 led Mike down this career path. He always has been handy, and once he started doing electrical work, that’s all he ever wanted to do. It’s gratifying to Mike to be in a business where he can help people with such an essential service.

Mike has 29 years of experience and holds an unrestricted master electrical license for ServiceWise, which allows the company to service commercial and residential customers. He can’t stress enough how important it is to have a licensed electrician — and not a handyman — perform electrical work in homes or offices.

ServiceWise has a wide range of services, running the gamut from ceiling fan and recessed lighting installations to panel installations, whole-house rewiring and electric car charger installations.

Technician Mike Davis loads material into a van. From left, Maggie Grayeski, Mike Grayeski, Kyle Babcock, Arnie Lopez, Mike Davis, Andrew Vaughan, Zach Dollar, Anthony Wilson, Daniel Basile, Dino Dellafortuna, Malachi Hooper, Riley Tweedell, Tasha Weir, Erin Jackson and Jadyn Ballard.
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Unforgettable Calls

After almost three decades in the business, it’s safe to say that Mike has seen it all, but he addresses each call as an opportunity to educate and inform.

Most Interesting Fix-It Calls

One call Mike never will forget was a basement that was completely wired with extension cords. Another was an electrical panel that had a piece of an extension cord connecting two wires. “We are constantly doing kitchen remodels and finding something interesting buried in the walls,” he said.

Learning Moments

There’s an educational element to Mike’s job, and he enjoys the opportunity to educate his customers. One customer called to say their electricity was leaking because the power bill was so high; Mike assured her that wasn’t the case and shared money-saving tips. Often, when someone says their outlet isn’t working, it could be as simple as resetting a ground-fault circuit interrupter, resetting a breaker or turning on the switch, if it is a switched outlet.

Commitment to Community

Mike, a native of Pennsylvania, and Decatur-born Maggie have found a home in Cherokee County, where they’ve raised their children and embraced being a part of the community.

The list of local nonprofits they support is almost as long as their menu of services. Among them are: Goshen Valley Foundation, MUST Ministries, the Cherokee County veterans community, Cherokee Family Violence Center, numerous high school football and baseball teams and Little League sports.

“Whatever the need is — time, food items, toys, monetary, service — we want to make sure we are helping any way we can,” Maggie said. Having a business in Holly Springs, the owners are all about supporting their neighbors and friends, whether it’s giving back, dining out or shopping.

“The city of Holly Springs has opened their hearts to our business, and we couldn’t be more thankful. We love the small-town feel and truly enjoy the local businesses that we partner with,” Maggie said. “We believe in giving back to our community and being involved in any way we can. It takes a village.”

Why Call ServiceWise?


Mike has an unrestricted Class II master electrician license, and each technician is certified under him.


Technicians wear shoe covers, use floor protectors, tool mats and take other measures to make sure they leave the home better than they found it. “Providing a five-star experience to each customer is our No. 1 priority,” Maggie said.


Services are 100% backed with a lifetime warranty on all labor and any material provided by ServiceWise (certain restrictions apply).


All technicians are employees, not subcontractors.

“We pride ourselves on taking care of our employees, by offering a full benefit package (competitive salary, company-matched 401K, company-paid half of medical, voluntary benefits, paid vacations, paid major holidays off, no on-call, etc.),” Maggie said.

“We strongly believe that if a company takes care of their employees, they will, in turn, take care of the customers, which is essentially taking care of the company. A win-win!”


Cherokee County residents are offered free estimates and free second opinions. The $29.95 service-call fee is waived with any repair done.


Members of the military, first responders and senior citizens get a 10% discount. The Grayeskis’ son Coby is in the Navy, so this perk means a lot to them.

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Are You Considering Getting New Floors?

The floors of our homes serve as the foundations for our lives. They withstand footsteps, support furniture and create the backdrop for our cherished memories. Over time, floors can lose their luster, succumb to wear and tear, or simply fail to align with our evolving tastes and lifestyle needs. If you’re considering replacing flooring in your home, here are three things to keep in mind.

1. Don’t ignore a damaged or uneven subfloor. A subfloor is a structure upon which all the floors in your home are anchored. Depending on the construction of your home, the subfloor may be cement/concrete or plywood. Over time, wooden subfloors, like any wooden structure, are subject to damage. Water damage, termites, mold and dry rot can weaken a wooden structure, making it uneven and more likely to break.

For many floor coverings, the subfloor must be level to within 3/16ths of an inch over a 10-foot span. Cement slabs usually are uneven, and this is something that should be corrected prior to the installation of a new hard surface floor. Installing a new floor atop a damaged or compromised subfloor doesn’t make sense. You wouldn’t put an expensive paint job on a car that doesn’t run, and the same principle applies to flooring. Unfortunately, if your subfloor is covered with carpet and padding, the condition cannot be accurately assessed until the existing flooring has been removed.

2. Check moisture content. Moisture in the floor is important to consider when putting down hard surface floors. Moisture can cause swelling and warping, which is why the moisture content needs to be checked before installation commences. If the moisture content is too high, steps can be taken to correct the issue before flooring is put down.

3. Read all contracts. A home improvement contract should spell out the precise work to be performed. “Paint the bedroom” is vague and could be interpreted differently by each party. “Apply two coats of Sherwin Williams paint to bedroom walls, ceilings and trim” is better, but still not detailed enough. Who is responsible for patching holes? Will primer be used? Who moves the antique wooden furniture? As a rule of thumb, if a task is not specified in the contract, it is not included in the price.

Be sure you have a fully itemized and detailed contract before you make your decision. A price scribbled on the back of a business card offers you limited information and no protection if a dispute arises. The proposal you are accepting is a legally binding contract. Here are some of the items that should be included in the contract:

• Rooms the work is being performed in.

• Brand, color and quantity of the product purchased.

• What is included in the installation/labor.

• Price, including sales tax.

• Payment schedule.

• Warranty.

• Any other details/verbal commitments made in the sales presentation.

Before you sign a contract, read it thoroughly and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. Once you sign a contract, you are obligated to follow through with the signed agreement. Be careful before you make a commitment.

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Get to Know

What is your main responsibility?

As education manager, I’m the liaison between schools and the museum. I work to get field trips to come here, showing students how history is relevant to their community and why it matters. My current pre-K program is called What’s Up Wednesday — we focus on one object or story in the museum and make a craft. I also bring in lecturers and develop programming for adult audiences. We have traditional lectures, as well as hands-on workshops, walking tours, etc. I really get to lean on my own curiosity. I’m lucky to have a job where I can say “I wonder …” and then develop a whole program to help me find out more.

What is your background?

I graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in art history. In 2015, I enrolled at the University of West Georgia to get my master’s in public history and a certificate in museum studies. Public history is a fancy way of saying I get to be less academic! I take history and make it more meaningful and comprehensible for broader audiences. I’ve worked in a wide range of museums — from the High Museum of Art, where I worked in guest relations, to the Center for Puppetry Arts, where I was the gift shop associate. Before moving to Cherokee County, I was the education manager at the Augusta Museum of History — home of the Masters Tournament and birthplace of James Brown. I was there four years and, because it’s also a local history museum, it really prepared me to join History Cherokee in October 2021.

What do you like most about your job?

I love community engagement and outreach. Talking to people is one of my favorite things to do. Local history museums are unique because people are really invested in their own stories. History becomes much less abstract when you can relate it back to things in your own backyard. And, I love that people here really care about their history.

You learn about the Civil Rights Movement in school, but when you get to hear from someone from your community who helped to integrate a local business or school — that’s a different type of special. And it’s so cool to overhear people walking through our galleries share stories of their personal connections to our exhibits. I want everyone to be able to see themselves represented in that way.

My other favorite thing is hearing that kids like history because of their trip to the museum. They’ll often come in thinking that history is boring, but they’ll leave and tell me that they actually had fun! Witnessing that light switch turn on when they look at something and say “I’ve heard about this before!” or “This is just like …” — there is no greater feeling!

What projects are you excited about?

There are so many communities and audiences that I haven’t tapped into yet. I want to get homeschool days started, work with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, etc. People have also expressed an interest in summer camps. That’s a big undertaking, but it’s definitely in the works. I love partnerships. If you’d like to work with me on a program or collaboration, let me know!

Harvee White
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History Cherokee’s Education Manager

Describe a memorable work experience.

We have a race car at the museum in our Dixie Speedway exhibit — it’s just the metalwork, but it’s still the full size and scale of a real race car. Before we opened, I wanted to take it out for a “test drive” and see what it was like to get in. It was easy to get in, but very hard to get out! Long story short, I got stuck — and I was the only one in the office at the time. Thankfully, I was able to muster up enough upper body strength to get out of it, but I’m very glad our cameras weren’t set up yet. I know my co-workers would have had a nice laugh seeing me crawl out of that car.

In past jobs, I’ve gotten a lot of wild phone calls. Once, a woman called me because she thought she’d found a real dinosaur egg!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana. We moved to Newnan when I was in eighth grade. I’ve been in Georgia longer than I was in Louisiana now, but my taste buds will always belong to the Pelican State.

What are your goals?

While I’m at History Cherokee, I want to expand our programming and reach. It’s my hope that all of the schools in the county think of the Cherokee County History Center as a must-see destination for their students. And I want to continue to diversify the stories that we tell here. I know there is so much that we’ve only scratched the surface of.

What’s something about you that not many people know?

Many people don’t know that I was (and still am) a theater geek. I did musical theater in high school and college, and a little bit of community theater through the years. It’s something I may get back into when I learn how to have a better work-life balance! For now, give me a show tune to sing in the car or the shower, and I’m a star!

How do you like to spend free time?

In my free time, you can probably find me buying plants. I have so many house plants! In recent years, I’ve started to venture into vegetables. I’m a renter, so I do container gardens. But you can still grow a lot in containers.

I also love art. I can draw fairly well, but I’m trying my hand at watercolor. Hopefully, I’ll stick with it!

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From Cherokee to Germany

Caleb Guy Represents the United States in 2023 Special Olympics World Games

In August 2022, after kayaking for only about a year, Cherokee County native Caleb Guy found out he was going to the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Germany, where he earned three silver medals in kayaking in June.

Among 7,000 athletes, from around 170 countries, he competed against kayakers from Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Lithuania.

The honor means so much to Caleb and his parents, Mollie and Chris Guy, who are educators at Holly Springs STEM Academy. Caleb was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth and has been competing in Special Olympics since he was 8 years old. The world medalist recently celebrated his four-year work anniversary with Chick-fil-A, at the Canton Marketplace location, and he and his family are heavily involved with Cherokee County Special Olympics (CCSO).

It was through CCSO that Caleb was nominated to go to the World Games. When Special

Olympics Georgia reached out for nominations, CCSO program co-coordinators Dave Martinez and Amy Aenchbacher wrote recommendations for Caleb. And CCSO Coach Ben Farist, along with Mollie and Chris, were able to show support for him in Berlin, thanks largely to fundraising efforts in our community.

At the World Games, June 17-25, the 20-year-old was one of five kayakers from the United States and the only male Team USA athlete in the kayaking event. Raven Allen of Augusta also represented Georgia, and she was Caleb’s partner in tandem kayaking, in which they secured a silver medal. In addition, Caleb won silver medals in the 200-meter and 500-meter men’s singles kayaking events.

Mollie and Chris always have said Caleb can do anything he sets his mind to, and his accomplishments are even more impressive, considering he has been kayaking for only about two years.

CCSO first launched its kayaking team, Crazy Cayakers, a couple of years ago, and that’s when Caleb’s passion for the sport began. He has competed and earned medals at the state level in basketball, soccer and kayaking, and he’s also been involved with tennis, bowling and track.

Caleb lives in Ball Ground with his parents, and he attends Transition Academy, where he receives vocational training and develops life skills. As for what’s next, Caleb plans to continue kayaking, and he has his sights set on bringing home the gold at the 2027 Special Olympics World Games in Australia.

Caleb’s Perspective

“I had a great time in Germany with my team and my coaches. I liked making new friends, but my favorite part was the races. I’m really proud of how I did. I’m glad my friends and family got to watch me on Facebook (facebook.com/JCalebGuy). I hope I can do it again!”

Caleb poses in his kayak after finding out he is going to Germany.
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Caleb Guy, left, and Raven Allen are elated by their silver medal win in the 200-meter tandem kayaking event in June.

Parent Perspectives

“Our experience in Germany gave Caleb the opportunity to demonstrate a level of independence beyond anything he had ever done before. He spent two weeks traveling at the international level. That is quite an accomplishment! It also gave him the chance to really push himself to see what he could accomplish. He was competing against athletes who had earned gold medals at their national games, so he had to work really hard for those silver medals!

“There is nothing like seeing the U.S. delegation in the opening ceremony and thinking, that’s my kid down there! But the moment that really got me the most was when he was on the medal stand for his first silver, and I was telling him how proud I was, and he gave me the little heart symbol with his hands. I just lost it at that point.

“I hope that Caleb’s experience has really brought our local Special Olympics organization to the center of the community’s attention. It is completely a volunteer organization and doesn’t charge athletes to participate. As Chris said, we could not have gone without community support, and Special Olympics can’t provide these opportunities without the community, either.”

“The Special Olympics experience is one of incredible generosity by people all over the world. Our very opportunity in going was only possible due to the generosity of those who provided us with the means to attend. It was such a joy to see Caleb participate and do well in his events. I was so proud of the results of his hard work and perseverance.

“The wonderful thing about the Special Olympics, though, goes beyond just Caleb and his success. Sharing in the joy of people from all around the world as they celebrated the achievements of their special-needs participants was amazing. Seeing the love and enthusiasm demonstrated by so many was heartwarming. In talking to one of the German volunteers after an event, he made the comment, ‘We in Germany often think you in the USA overdo too much, but not this. This you got right. This is worth going all out for because this truly makes a difference. This brings people together in caring about others besides ourselves. The world needs more of this.’”

Get Involved With CCSO!

1. Be a coach. There are new sports and new teams starting every season. You don’t have to be an expert; you just have to love working with the athletes.

2. Be a unified partner. This term means you compete alongside the athletes. There are opportunities for youth and adults in multiple sports.

3. Be a volunteer. Even if you aren’t ready to step into coaching, there always is a need for extra people to help with paperwork, uniforms and crowd control.

4. Donate to CCSO. Every dollar goes to supporting the athletes and the program.

5. Participate in fundraisers as a sponsor or participant. CCSO hosts an annual golf tournament, and funds raised benefit the more than 200 special-needs athletes in Cherokee County. The fourth annual event was held in Canton in July. Raffle item donations as well as golfers are always needed.

Other organizations hold fundraisers to benefit CCSO, as well. The most wellknown is the Chick-fil-A 5K, which is set for Aug. 12 at Etowah River Park in Canton. Sign up to run, walk or be a ghost runner at cherokeecounty5k.com.

Caleb, front right, with Team USA, was able to sightsee as well as kayak with his teammates in Germany.
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The Guys celebrate Caleb’s accomplishments in Germany.

for School Success


“Parents can show their children the value of the word ‘yet.’ Help them see that even though they don’t know how to do something ‘yet,’ they can persist. This will help them build their confidence and help them see that success comes through effort and continual development.”



“‘Prepare your kid for the path – not the path for your kid.’ Learning, like life, isn’t easy. Failure is inevitable. I would challenge parents to help their kids learn how to take ownership of their shortcomings, be humble and appreciative, and respond with dignity when adversity hits.”


“Parents are essential for fostering a love for learning. Allowing children the opportunity to explore, to read, to talk and to share is critical. Talking to your children about what they are learning and offering support encourages children to be their best. Parents are a child’s first teacher.”

— Makay Morgan, Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy


“Reading is such an important life skill, and parents can help by making reading a fun and positive experience for their child. This can be a fun bedtime story, a parent reading a book aloud or a parent and child sharing the reading. A trip to the public library also can be a fun time to choose books for this special reading time.”

“Parents have to let their children take risks and learn from failures. Each day of learning brings new challenges, and students must learn how to dig deep and persevere through these challenges. Students who are able to overcome obstacles will be better prepared for future careers and life in general.”

Every Monday during the school year on Cherokee County School District social media, we share advice for school success from one of our top teachers. Here are a few of their suggestions to help you and your children get the new school year off to a great start. 7


“Encouragement and involvement are two extremely important things children need from their parents. Students need someone who will encourage them to continue trying to overcome difficult situations. Giving up is too easy, especially without positive encouragement.”

— Tiffany Bearden, Ball Ground Elementary STEM Academy

“Parents can help their children by teaching them how to respect one another, themselves and the adults with whom they interact. I would encourage every parent to set time aside to talk with their students about how their school day went, what they are learning or find interesting about their studies, and to encourage them to dream and explore.”

— Christine Van de Cayzeele, Woodstock Middle

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Barbara P. Jacoby serves as chief communications officer for the Cherokee County School District, and is a CCSD parent with four children.
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3 Essential Books for Personal Growth

Books are a wealth of knowledge right at your fingertips. You can learn about anything from quantum physics to how fossils are formed. Over the years, books on personal growth piqued my interest. I’ve read books such as “Atomic Habits” and “The Traveler’s Gift,” which are insightful and fun to read, but there are a few books that stand above the rest.

Here are the top three personal growth books I’d recommend to any teenager or young adult. The lessons from these books have helped shape who I am, and I still use some of these concepts every day.

1. “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”

Author Sean Covey knows that the life of a teenager is anything but easy. Between school, friends and parents, life can get pretty overwhelming. Sometimes teens might feel no one understands the challenges they face. This book addresses those challenges by sharing the stories of teens and how they were able to overcome certain obstacles. Along with these stories, Covey shares seven simple habits that have helped teens improve their lives and prepare them for the future.

2. “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Even though it was written almost a century ago, the concepts taught by Dale Carnegie in this book are timeless. He describes different methods and techniques for handling people and relationships, as well as how to become a good conversationalist and leader. For example, Carnegie explains that publicly calling someone out for a mistake might lead to more conflict, and a better solution would be to let them know in private. Through the use of analogies and stories, he helps readers better understand his points and makes it an interesting book to read.

3. “The Success Principles for Teens”

This book by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy is filled with interactions and cartoons. It demonstrates how people aren’t born successful, but are made successful through diligent efforts to develop positive skills and habits. One of my favorite chapters explains how you are the sum of your five closest friends, and that you become more like the people you hang out with. The authors explain how it’s important to surround yourself with people that will lift you up, not drag you down.

Bryce Jones is a Woodstock High honors student who plays soccer and is involved in student government. He was a reporter for Scholastic Kids Press and a 2020 TEDx Speaker.
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Dylan Age 9 on Aug. 21

Happy birthday, Dylan!

We love you and are so proud of you each and every day!


September deadline is Aug. 5.

Happy eighth birthday, love!

You light up our world with your excitement, joy and kindness!

We love you so much! Mommy, Daddy and Sophia

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Sydney Johnson and Joey

were married on June 23.

Elijah Lovingood

Age 9 on Aug. 31

Happy birthday, Elijah!

Have an amazing day! I love you, and I am so proud of you!

Alyzza Wing Merwin
Sydney is the daughter of Daryl and Tina Johnson, and Joey is the son of John and Lynn Merwin, all of Woodstock. Email: edit@aroundaboutmagazines.com
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Love, Mom and Brian


Happy fifth birthday!

Wishing you the best Dinosaur Beach Birthday Party ever!

We couldn’t be more proud of you. Love, Daddy, Mom and Ellaphina


Happy sixth birthday, Jacob! We love you! Mom and Dad

Jay Johns

Age 6 on Aug. 17

Happy birthday, bug!

We are so proud of you!

Love, Mama, Daddy, Helen and Liam

Alanis “Laney” Broussard

Age 21 on July 1

We are all so proud of you, Laney.

Attending Boston University and interning at NBC Universal Studios. We can’t wait to see what wonderful things you accomplish! Happy birthday!

Oliver and RaeLynn Hollier

Big second graders!

Hope you both have an amazing year! We love you so much!

Mom and Dad

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Homeless Coalition Offers Relief to 200-Plus

There are about 200 people in Cherokee County experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and struggling to get back on their feet, according to Marianne Butler, executive director of the Homeless Coalition of Cherokee County (HCCC). The nonprofit is a partnership of six local churches — Canton First, Fields Chapel, Hickory Flat, Liberty Hill and Waleska United Methodist churches and The Way Woodstock — working to provide relief and restoration for these individuals.

Although 200 is the documented number, according to a 2022 county study, Butler said this number likely is underestimated. The U.S. Census Bureau reported there were more than 280,000 people living in our county in 2022. Finding and counting people experiencing homelessness is difficult, and their stories are as varied as they are sad.

Susan, a single mother of two, was evicted from her apartment within a week after getting behind in her rent. Rolly was just released from prison with a bus ticket and a list of resources; he has no family willing to take him in, no phone and no transportation. Rayna, who is pregnant, lost her job and her housing. She found a place for her two children, but she has been sleeping in her van, which is where she felt her baby’s first kick.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Butler said, “especially when children are involved. This is an often-forgotten segment of our society. Most people can’t imagine — and don’t think about — people who are experiencing homelessness.

“Many think people lose their housing because of addiction or mental illness or some personal flaw, like laziness. While that is occasionally true, people become unhoused for all kinds of reasons.”

Some have jobs that don’t pay enough to cover the high cost of rent, Butler said. Others want to work but have difficulty finding jobs without a permanent address, clean clothes or child care. Some women lose their housing because they’re escaping abusive relationships. High inflation, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has compounded the challenges for people who already were living paycheck to paycheck. When their car breaks down or a family emergency

arises, they often have few or no options.

Founded in January 2020, HCCC has developed a three-phase program to address housing insecurity in the county.

• Phase I. Operation Roof is a collaborative referral program that provides up to a seven-night stay at a local motel. In addition to a roof over their heads, clients receive a hotel-friendly meal kit, which includes a week’s worth of meals and snacks, as well as a resource list of organizations that offer food pantries, job assistance and addiction recovery services. Though still in its infancy, the coalition has assisted 407 individuals, 40% of whom are children.

Butler conceded that Operation Roof is a short-term relief effort that doesn’t address the root causes of homelessness. HCCC’s goal is to help the unhoused by securing permanent housing.

• Phase II. To that end, the coalition soon will implement the second phase of its program, Path to Home, which will provide up to three months of housing for residents identified through Operation Roof. In addition to longer-term housing,

the program will provide one-on-one case management to help individuals overcome the causes of housing insecurity.

• Phase III. Ultimately, HCCC plans to launch Restoration Village, a long-term, in-depth initiative that will provide up to two years of housing. Program participants also will receive extensive services and case management to help them develop sustainable financial practices, thereby increasing their chances of achieving long-term housing stability.

Butler, who is the organization’s only paid staff member, said long-term, affordable housing is a great need in Cherokee County — the county doesn’t even have an emergency shelter — and few resources exist to meet this need. HCCC is privately funded through donations from the founding churches, individuals, fundraising events, other churches and nonprofit civic and community organizations.

For more information about HCCC and how you can support the organization’s mission, visit www.homelesscoalitioncherokee.org.

Tricia Grindel is a writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience. She retired from Kennesaw State University in December 2022 after teaching in the communication field for 21 years. Homeless Coalition of Cherokee County volunteers man an information booth in the parking lot of The Way Woodstock church.
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4 Ways to Help Students, Their Families

It’s back-to-school season! It may be hard to give up the freedom of summer, but there’s something exciting about a new box of crayons or a set of clean notebooks. Such simple things can make a big difference. For some, school supplies are luxuries, and heading back to school can be overwhelming and stressful. Too many children in our community don’t have stable homes or access to food, much less the clothes and pencils they need to succeed. But you can help! There are several projects on justserve.org that can enable students to start the school year strong.

1. Donate school supplies. Support SimpleNeeds GA’s school-focused programs: Uniforms for Excellence, Shoe Them Love and a general school supply drive. Each of these programs are high-impact and easy to support. (bit.ly/46E1QwY)

2. Help dress those in need. Sort and hang donated clothing at House of Hope North Georgia in Canton. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages, even children, to help make an impact in the lives of students who want to make their best first impression at school. (bit.ly/3ObcqEN)

3. Donate books. Cobb Collaborative has an ongoing initiative to promote literacy and unite families, educators and the community. You can donate new or gently used books locally, or ship them to Cobb Collaborative using its Amazon Wish List. (bit.ly/3IJ8gzZ)

4. Gather items for Together for Families. Check out this listing for general instructions on how to get started hosting a drive. Then, choose the theme of your drive. One person can make a greater difference by involving friends. (bit.ly/44yckMq)

Be sure to check out these great projects — and more! — on the JustServe website. Or, for additional ideas, join the JustServe Georgia Volunteers public Facebook group. It never has been easier to make a difference in someone’s life.

Justserve.org is a free, international website and app that works to match volunteers with nonprofit organizations and service opportunities. There are local representatives in our community. If you run a nonprofit, or are looking for ways to make service a regular part of your life, check out justserve.org. You can sign up for regular updates and learn more about organizations nearby, too. JustServe makes it easy just to go out and serve!

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Creating a Better World for Parrots in Captivity

Imagine if you lived every day in a place that did not have enough room for you to stretch your arms and legs. Too often this is the experience for exotic pet birds. Being sold in cages that are too small, and without buyers having proper knowledge of their behavior — or what they require to live a healthy and balanced life — creates a crisis for these fabulous creatures.

Papayago Rescue House, co-founded by Executive Director Brianna Stoddard and her mother, CEO Maria Sullivan, became a nonprofit in January 2015. The mother-daughter team, along with volunteers, work relentlessly to improve the care of parrots and to decrease the homelessness, abuse and neglect that sadly often goes along with keeping wild, exotic animals in our homes.

“Papayago Rescue House exists not only to rescue these birds from these dire situations, but also to educate the public on proper care, to help them thrive,” Stoddard said. “Lack of education, small cages, poor diet and (no veterinary care) leads to abuse. Problems like emotional stress, illness, self-mutilation and injuries happen as a result. Our mission includes rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming parrots. And, if they’ve got wings, other species aren’t excluded.”

The Marietta-based rescue organization has saved more than 600 birds since its inception and receives requests for pet surrenders on a weekly basis. As one of only two parrot rescues in the state, it serves all of Georgia. Feeding the 160 birds presently housed at Papayago requires 320 pounds of pellets every two months at a cost of $646.

One of the nonprofit’s top expenses is providing medical care. Parrots require the use of exotic specialists. “Our biggest call to action is to learn, adopt, volunteer, donate and support parrots in captivity,” Sullivan said. “A wonderful partner in the care of our incredible birds is one of my volunteers, Mike Bautsch. He founded a nonprofit called The Georgia Aviary in February of this year, which is in the beginning stages. This

Papayago Rescue House resident Marley, a blue and gold macaw, with his favorite treat, a walnut.
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Georgia Aviary’s Mike Bautsch with an umbrella cockatoo.

Wings and Change

aviary will be a wonderful solution to the parrot crisis in Georgia and surrounding areas.”

“I have a big dream,” Bautsch said. “Our mission is to become the world’s largest aviary dedicated to the rescue and care of parrots right here in north Georgia. (Think Georgia Aquarium, except for parrots instead of marine life.) We strive to offer an exciting and unique attraction for visitors, while also promoting avian care and conservation.

“By providing a safe haven for rescued parrots, we hope to inspire visitors to become more aware of avian welfare and the challenges they face.”

Some of the bird species that will call The Georgia Aviary home include macaws, cockatoos, African greys, Amazons, conures, eclectus and lovebirds.

“Like Maria and Brianna, I have rescued parrots for years,” Bautsch said. “The Georgia Aviary will not only be a solution for the overabundance of surrendered birds, but also have a significant and positive impact on the local community. The aviary is projected to generate millions of dollars annually. In addition,

the construction and ongoing operation of the aviary will create jobs and support our local economy in numerous ways.”

For more information, and to follow Georgia Aviary’s progress, visit thegeorgiaaviary.org. The aviary is moving forward in its search for land and corporate sponsorship. Contact mike@ thegeorgiaaviary.org with any leads.

If you are interested in volunteering, need to surrender a bird or want to adopt, visit papayagorescuehouse.org. Papayago is not open to the public. Appointments are required to visit. You can schedule services, such as boarding or nail and beak trimming. To send the birds toys or support the rescue with supplies, visit https://bit.ly/3NC4JWD and birdieboxbirdtoys. com. For more details, email maria.sullivan@ papayagorescuehouse.org.

Susan Schulz is a Bible teacher and mentor who lives and plays on the Etowah River in Canton. Connect with her on social media or at susanbrowningschulz.com.
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Papayago House Executive Director Brianna Stoddard cuddles Sugarbird, a citron cockatoo.

Riddick Inspires Change, One Smile at a Time

Woodstock native Tonya Riddick is a staunch advocate for our young people. In spite of headlines and news reports that seem to indicate the contrariness of some children, Tonya said, “Every child I meet inspires me to continue pushing for a better world for them.”

Out of her personal belief grew SmileUp!, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2018 that provides young people with opportunities to serve in Cherokee County. “We have to make sure their voices are heard and appreciated. What we fail to realize is that when we ignore their voices, we are ignoring our own future, because what and how young people think will be the ideal we are forced to live with when they grow up,” she said.

Tonya explained that statistics show volunteerism has positive effects on mental health, bringing smiles to all involved. Thus the name, SmileUp! “A smile causes the brain to release tiny molecules called neuroleptics to help fight off stress. Other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins come into play, too. The endorphins act as a mild pain reliever, whereas serotonin is an antidepressant,” she said. (https://bit.ly/44q6AEE)

This volunteer organization has a membership of about 480, ages 18 and younger. Typically, each child has an

opportunity to donate their service at least once a month. Opportunities to contribute vary from month to month. “We even had a 2-year-old volunteer, placing sticky notes of encouragement during our annual Stickie Smiles campaign,” Tonya said.

Annually, members prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless in downtown Atlanta. This year, they provided more than 2,000 sandwiches. Volunteers also collect books, which they donate to Books for Africa. During the past three years, they have collected and donated about 3,200 books. Monthly events from which members may choose are posted on the SmileUp! website, where parents also can enroll children who are interested in getting involved.

Once enrolled, local youth and their guardians are kept informed of volunteer opportunities via email. Tonya explained that SmileUp! is in the process of developing an app via Safe Avenue that would allow young volunteers to be more engaged in selecting events they want to participate in.

How is SmileUp! supported financially? Funding comes from individuals in the community. “The more

money we have to provide materials/ items needed to help children, the more children we can help,” Tonya said.

Tonya knows about the needs of children in Cherokee County. Her parents, Kenneth and Ann Johnson, were in business here for many decades, and she grew up and was educated here. She has been married to Steve Riddick for 23 years, and they have two sons. Their oldest, Steven Kenneth, 21, attends DePaul University in Chicago on a full presidential scholarship. Jared, 15, attends Etowah High School. He plans to be an environmental engineer to create ways to impact our planet positively.

The Riddicks are avid travelers, nationally and globally. “I want my sons to be world citizens, so we travel, gaining exposure to how others live and what their needs are,” she said.

For more information about SmileUp!, visit https:// smileupfoundation.org.

Margaret Miller has been a resident of Cherokee County for the past decade. Her writing hobby led her to become a columnist for community and daily newspapers. SmileUp! ambassador Aahana and her mom help kids make happy bracelets at the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day in May.
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SmileUp! volunteers Rowan and Arianna with founder/executive director Tonya Riddick.

Welcome, Season of Community

Over the years, Woodstock has become known for its vibrant arts scene, and at the heart of it is Woodstock Arts. With its diverse array of exhibits, theater shows, concerts and educational programs, the nonprofit has become a catalyst for fostering a strong sense of community and celebrating the unique spirit of its people, history and places.

This year, beginning in August, our new season has been named The Season of Community. As the season unfolds, it is a time for honoring our collective journey and embracing the joy of creating together.

Community, at its core, thrives on commitment. Within Woodstock’s creative realm, this commitment manifests itself in the shared experiences that unfold during concerts, shows and gallery visits. Whether it’s the electric energy that surges through a crowd during a concert or the shared moments of discovery while admiring an artist’s work, the sense of togetherness is palpable. Woodstock Arts has become a hub where community bonds are forged, among residents, volunteers and those visiting this vibrant town.

The Season of Community showcases a mix of familiar favorites and exciting new additions. Well-known productions like “Into the Woods” and captivating concerts by The Lone Bellow will once again grace the stage, while exhibits such as “Small Town, Small Works” will celebrate the immense talent of local artists. Moreover, the season offers an opportunity to welcome fresh shows, concerts and artists, providing the community with ever-increasing access to diverse artistic expressions.

Beyond the array of performances and exhibits, the Season of Community is a celebration of Woodstock’s past, present and future. It encapsulates the profound appreciation for heritage, the current endeavors that shape the town and the shared anticipation of what lies ahead. Woodstock Arts serves as the conduit for this exuberant celebration, where people all over can come together to shape their own narrative.

The essence of a Season of Community is found in the collective experience of creating, witnessing and celebrating art. Woodstock Arts invites everyone to participate in this creative tapestry, fostering connections and nurturing a vibrant artistic ecosystem. Art is not only meant to be observed but also to be experienced and shared.

This season, let us celebrate the journey we have embarked upon, the present we inhabit and the future we are shaping, all within the warm embrace of our beloved community.

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Christopher Brazelton, a Florida State University graduate, is the executive director of Woodstock Arts.

These animals are at Cobb County Animal Services, waiting for homes.

Rob’s Rescues

If you missed the first part of my interview with Suzie DeGrasse of Primarily Possums Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation last month, you can read it at aroundwoodstockmagazine.com.The rehabilitation center helps possums, bats, cottontail rabbits, armadillos and more. Learn more at www.primarilypossums.org.

Why does Primarily Possums also help bats?

Bats are heading for endangered status. Populations are suffering, due to less food as a result of pesticide use and loss of habitat. There are only two bat rehabbers in Georgia, and we need more.

This dog’s tag is 645457. She is a small terrier who was a stray. She is a very calm and gentle 8-year-old and is affectionate. She would be a very nice pet for a person. She looks like she just needs a bath and some love and care.

Why do bats usually need to be rehabilitated?

The majority are babies that have fallen out of a colony. Sometimes, there is not enough room, as they are all born around the same time at the end of May. Injured adults often are caught by cats or suffer collisions.

Are there any myths about bats that aren’t true?

1. Not all bats carry rabies. Only around 1% of bats do.

2. They are not generally rabid creatures. However, don’t touch a grounded bat without a rehabber’s instructions. They are not blood-suckers.

3. They are insectivorous. None of the bats in our area eat fruit.

4. Bats have very small eyes and can see fine, but rely on echolocations more than vision. Brown bats are very talkative amongst themselves.

What is something people should know about bats?

Pesticide use affects bats by reducing the amount of food available to them. When we spray for mosquitos, we are effectively eradicating bats. Bats are much more effective at reducing mosquitos and should be encouraged.

What should someone do if they find an injured bat?

This cat’s name is Aristelle. Her tag number is 645372. She also is an 8-year-old stray. She is very loving and needs a family to hang around with. She is very calm and would not cause problems in a household. She looks like she is blind in one eye.

What is your favorite part of the bat rehab process?

I have a new flight tent. Watching the little bat I am currently rehabbing going from drinking milk to learning how to fly has been a real treat and an honor.

Contain it. Just put a box over it, and don’t handle it, if possible. Try to get it to crawl into a box. Then, call a rehabber.

Rob Macmillan is on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. On Facebook @robsrescues. www.robsrescues.com.
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Rob with Suzie DeGrasse of Primarily Possums, holding a bat she is rehabilitating.

Hit the Road With Your Local Library

Summer might be coming to an end, but your public libraries still are enjoying some time in the sun. This month, join the Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) as we hit the road and make the most of the last days of summer.

Feeling artsy? Kick off the month with us at the Reeves House Visual Arts Center Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. for storytime and a craft. Next, stop by R. T. Jones Memorial Library Aug. 7 at 4:30 p.m. for our End-of-Summer Celebration. Then, soak up the sun with us Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. for Storytime at the Park at the Woodstock Arts Event Green.

Need a library card? Join us for a Pop-Up Library and Storytime at 10 a.m. Aug. 1, 11 and 15 at J.B. Owens Park, Aug. 17 at J.J. Biello Park and Aug. 23 at Heritage Park. Sign up for a library card, and browse books for all ages out in the sunshine.

In addition to our outdoor events, we have plenty of all-ages programming you can enjoy away from the summer sun. Visit Ball Ground Public Library Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. for Zodiac Art Prints for Tweens and Teens. Then, relax and play games at Woodstock Public Library Aug. 2 at 2:30 p.m. during Senior Social Hour. Next, learn more about blacksmithing Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. as we welcome the Funk Heritage Center to R.T. Jones Memorial Library. Finally, visit our Rose Creek Public Library Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. to discover how to make your backyard garden a calming, inviting space. For more programs, view our full calendar at www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org.

Next month, join SRLS as we celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month. SRLS library cards are free to all residents of Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer counties. Stop by your local SRLS library to see what you might discover with a library card.

No matter the adventure you choose, SRLS is here to help you on your journey. Whether you’re a longtime cardholder, a new cardholder or you haven’t thought about the library until now, it is our privilege to serve you. We’re proud to be your dynamic destination for discovery!

Adam Boehmer, juggler extraordinaire, puts on a Summer Discovery show at Woodstock Public Library in June. Sarah Childers is the marketing manager of the Sequoyah Regional Library System.
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Young community members dress up and sing along at R.T. Jones Memorial Library’s June Music and Moves: Disney Sing-A-Long.


Identifying people in need in our community.

On June 14, at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, Woodstock resident Andrew Troxell, 24, was enjoying the festival with his sister, Emily, and her boyfriend.

“The first few days were amazing, listening to our favorite musicians until Andrew began feeling bad,” Emily said. “On June 16, Andrew woke up complaining of tightness in his chest and indigestion. He never complains about anything. Later that day, Andrew’s complaints were louder and walking became difficult. We immediately found the event’s medical tent.

“Once inside the tent, Andrew’s heart rate was 180 beats per minute. After the staff’s several failed attempts to bring his heart rate down, they called an ambulance to transport him to a local hospital. As I rode with him in the ambulance, he started coughing and became nauseous. I called our mom, and she was quickly on her way.”

The scans performed at the hospital revealed that his lungs were filled with fluid, and he needed to be intubated immediately. His condition was rapidly deteriorating. “My mom arrived, and we knew he needed to be at a larger hospital,” Emily said.

“Andrew was air-lifted to Erlanger, Chattanooga. By the time he was loaded in the helicopter, his condition was extremely critical. We were terrified he would not make it there. When the helicopter arrived at Erlanger, Andrew went into cardiac arrest. Thankfully, they were able to resuscitate him. Andrew’s lungs and heart were failing, and he required life support. Additional tests revealed that his liver and kidneys were not receiving enough oxygen. Surgeons needed to help his heart with an Impella pump, to circulate blood throughout his body.

“On June 19, Andrew was transported closer to home to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where a team was waiting to resume his care. Sedated, intubated and on dialysis, his team concluded that he would require a larger Impella, as his heart needed time to rest and heal while his other organs were being supported. Life support, dialysis, infection and

blood transfusions have sustained Andrew, but each week there are days of progress and setbacks,” she said.

The infectious disease team said he tested positive for H influenza, which they believe began in his lungs and quickly moved to his heart, affecting his other vital organs.

Andrew is a 2017 graduate of Etowah High School and attended Kennesaw State University. He manages the Quik Trip off Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock. Until now, he has always been healthy and the family has not uncovered any underlying health issues that could explain these recent events.

Andrew’s mom, Stacy, is a widow and has not left his side since June 16. Emily set up a GoFundMe account so all who know and love Andrew and their family can help them.

“We’ve had to be strong before. Eight years ago, our dad tragically took his life, and my mom, Andrew and I vowed to stick together no matter what. Through our heartbreak, we drew closer and became stronger together,” Emily said. “Today, we find ourselves in another difficult season as Andrew fights to recover from a sudden illness.

“We never imagined another tragic event like this would happen to our family, but we are trying to stay as strong as possible for Andrew, and I keep telling my mom there is no other option than for him to recover, so I have faith that he will,” she said.

“Thank you everyone, once again, for your love, support, prayers and donations for our family. We are so thankful to have such amazing friends and a compassionate community who has always been here for us.”

If you would like to encourage this sweet family, you may donate to their GoFundMe or through Everyday Angels, if you would like a tax receipt.

Everyday Angels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Cherokee County since 2000. To make a tax deductible donation, visit www.everydayangels.info 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. If you know of a special need in our community, email aaeverydayangels@gmail.com.

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Andrew with his sister, Emily, and mom, Stacy.

7 Reasons for Teens to Visit OB-GYNs

Parents strive to provide children with the best possible care and guidance throughout their lives. When it comes to the health and well-being of teenage daughters, you can prioritize their reproductive health by taking them to see an obstetriciangynecologist (OB-GYN). While the thought of visiting a gynecologist may seem intimidating or unnecessary for a young girl, here are seven reasons why these visits are crucial.

1. Building trust. Regular visits to an OB-GYN can establish a trusting relationship between your daughter and the doctor. This familiarity and comfort make it easier for her to discuss sensitive topics and ask questions about reproductive health.

2. Understanding puberty. An OB-GYN can explain the physical and emotional changes that come with puberty, such as breast development, menstruation and hormonal fluctuations, which can help your daughter navigate this transformative phase with confidence.

3. Menstruation education. Menstruation can be confusing for a teenage girl. An OB-GYN can educate her about menstrual cycles, proper hygiene and answer questions.

4. Addressing concerns. Teenagers often have questions about their bodies, relationships, sexuality and contraception. By providing accurate information and addressing concerns, a gynecologist can help your daughter make informed decisions about her reproductive health.

5. Sexual health and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Discussing sexual health is crucial. Guidance and information about safe sex practices, STI prevention and contraception options promote responsible sexual behavior and protect reproductive health.

6. Identifying health issues. Regular visits allow early identification and prevention of potential health issues. An OB-GYN can perform screenings, such as Pap tests or HPV vaccinations, to detect abnormalities. Early detection improves treatment outcomes and overall well-being.

7. Lifelong health habits. Visiting an OB-GYN at an early age instills the importance of prioritizing reproductive health throughout life. These visits encourage proactive care.

From building trust and providing education to addressing concerns and identifying health issues, OB-GYNs play a vital role in guiding young girls through adolescence. Prioritizing these visits empowers your daughter to make informed decisions about her reproductive health and fosters a lifetime of good health habits.


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WANDERER Wonderings

A Community Torn Apart

1928 Tornado Devastated Countless Lives as It Roared Through North Cherokee

Family historians do some of the finest local-level historical research these days, and it is to a local family historian, Jennifer Dunn, that I am indebted for unearthing this sad tale from the 1920s. Her website is very well done, and it contains a trove of information on local history, family history searching tips and the like. Check it out at https:// genealogytechnology.com.

On March 26, 1928, one of the worst natural disasters to strike Cherokee County arrived unannounced and took lives as it passed through the area between Macedonia and Freehome. The March 28 issue of the local paper, The Cherokee Advance, included coverage of the disaster, and it read as follows:

“The tornado which struck Cherokee County last Monday night about ten o’clock near Lathemtown and Orange was probably the most appalling disaster that has visited our county. Five persons were hurled to their death and a score of

others injured, houses and barns blown away, cattle, hogs and chickens disappeared and vehicles demolished. … Coming on this little community while they slept and striking with viciousness and without warning, the windstorm carved a path a quarter of a mile wide and four miles long on the countryside, leaving uprooted trees, demolished homes, and death and destruction in its wake. The tornado struck first at the home of William J. Millwood in the Orange community. And after killing four members of this family and injuring five others, and scattering the Millwood home over a lot of land, traveled east to Lathemtown and destroyed four more houses.”

The carnage is hard to read, even today. Osie Heath (age 25) of Lathemtown was crushed beneath his fallen home. Visiting him in the home were Mr. and Mrs. Grady Fowler. At the time of the article, Grady had a broken arm, eight ribs fractured near his spine and was not expected to survive. His wife narrowly escaped injury and told them there was no time to escape the house before it was demolished around them. Howard McCuen of Lathemtown also was badly injured.

But the saddest fate was that of the Millwood family, where the mother and father (William and Ida), their son Allen, 17, and daughter Estelle, 13, all died. The surviving Millwood children were seriously injured: Alfred Millwood, 20, with a head wound, Leo Millwood, 11, with a broken left forearm, Edith Millwood, 9, with both arms broken and William Jr., 7, with a serious head laceration.

Alfred related what happened from his hospital bed, saying

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that everyone was in bed when they heard a terrible rushing noise coming toward them. He ran to the door to see what was going on, only to be struck on the head by a window frame. He traveled some 25 yards in the air before landing in the road, facedown in mud. Steadying himself for a time, he could hear some of his siblings crying. And, while dizzy, he managed to locate three of them.

An abandoned house nearby was still standing; he brought them there and started a fire to keep them warm. At dawn, he went to a neighbor’s house for help. The neighbors, the Edwards family, had lost their barn entirely and suffered serious damage to their home, but were uninjured. Upon learning of the tragedy to the Millwood family, they called for help, and the Millwood children were all brought to Canton for medical attention.

The two deceased children were found near the ruins of the home. Their mother’s body was found a quarter of a mile away, and their father was found a full half mile away, along with a section of the house’s floor.

Nine days later, on April 6, a follow-up article in the paper updated the condition of the Millwood survivors and the community’s outpouring of support. The three younger children were still under the care of Dr. Coker, who refused any compensation for their treatment. It mentions that they were surrounded by dolls, picture books and toys, and had tasted ice cream for the first time. The oldest boy, Alfred, was out of the hospital.

It was noted that the Millwoods had a “storm pit” (what in my day we called a root cellar or a storm cellar) only 100 feet away from the home. But there had been no warning, and no time to make for it. The Millwoods were of humble means, and generous contributions to the Red Cross came in from locals, but also from out of state and even out of the country. These funds went to burial expenses for the dead and food, clothing and medicine for the survivors.

It would be interesting to dig through the census and local records in hopes of learning what became of the four young Millwoods, whose lives were changed forever on that night in 1928. Perhaps another dauntless family historian like Dunn will pick up the challenge and do so.

We live in an age where forecasters routinely provide us with several days’ warning of an impending hurricane, and real-time information via internet and television on tornado formation and location, or on the possibility of flash flooding in a given area. It’s easy to take all this for granted when major advances in meteorological technology during the past 95 years have made this possible.

We all can find ourselves romanticizing the past, but events like this are poignant reminders of Billy Joel’s observation in his song, “Keeping the Faith”:

“’Cause the good ole days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems …”

The Wanderer has been a resident of Cherokee County for nearly 20 years, and constantly is learning about his community on daily walks, which totaled a little more than 2,000 miles in 2022. Send questions or comments to wanderingga@gmail.com.

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Understanding the Dangers of Pesky Grubs

Plots of green turf, small or large, can be useful assets in our landscapes. They serve to blend beautiful shades of green against other colors of nature and gardens, providing a pleasant visual effect.

However, subsurface pests — many species of beetles, mainly belonging to one family — enjoy turf even more than we do, because turf roots serve as their food source, as well as a nice place to rear their offspring. Soil insects live in a rich environment of carbon, microbes, water and nutrients. Their grubs damage turf below the ground, and the adult beetles emerge in early- to mid-summer to cause additional damage to plants above the ground. This often is when we take most notice of them — when we see them feeding on roses, blackberries, grapes and crape myrtles, to name a few.

During that time, beetles begin to live out their life cycle by mating and laying eggs for the next season’s offspring. Turf is an ideal home for their reproductive cycle, as rainfall, hot weather and dry conditions do not slow the process.

From late May through June, the soil-inhabiting insects begin their metamorphosis from grub (larvae, third instar) to adult beetles as they emerge from the thatch layer of turf.

Regardless of the specific beetle, the grub larvae stages are similar in appearance, ranging from ½-inch to ¾-inch long. They are white to grayish in

color, with brown heads and six distinct legs. And they are characterized by the C-shape position in which they feed on turf roots.

You might see them in landscape environments as you begin to get active gardening in the spring. Severe infestation of grubs feeding on turf roots can produce stressed turf, which causes sod to turn brown and die. However, don’t confuse dying turf from grub damage with winter diseases in the turf.

Generally, grub damage is not noticed until the late winter and early spring as we walk across our lawn and notice spongy surfaces caused by moles tunneling through the lawn searching for grubs.

Controlling these subsurface insects in the spring can be costly and have negative effects on the environment. The ideal time to treat the beetles (grubs) that harm turf is August and September, after egg laying

or the first instar (the developmental stage after hatching) of the insect.

There are various granular insecticides to use for control of white grubs, Japanese beetle larva, European chafer, Southern chafer and billbugs. The University of Georgia’s recommendation is to look for the following active ingredients and brands when choosing an insecticide:

• Carbaryl — Sevin and other brands.

• Dinotefuran — Safari 20SC by Green Light.

• Trichlorfon — Dylox and other brands.

• Imidacloprid — Merit and other brands.

• Halofenozide — Mach II, Grub B-Gon and other brands. Read the label for application instructions. Water the lawn before application of any controlled material, and water thoroughly following insecticide application.

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This stage of white grubs does damage to turf roots.
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Ron Fister, Cherokee County Master Gardener, holds degrees in botany and biology. He worked in the agriculture, turf, nursery and industrial rights-of-ways markets. Email questions to info@ cherokeemastergardeners.com.

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WANDERER Wonderings A Community Torn Apart 1928 Tornado Devastated Countless Lives as It Roared Through North Cherokee

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7 Reasons for Teens to Visit OB-GYNs

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Hit the Road With Your Local Library

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Rob’s Rescues

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Welcome, Season of Community

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Riddick Inspires Change, One Smile at a Time

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Wings and Change

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Spreading Creating a Better World for Parrots in Captivity

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4 Ways to Help Students, Their Families

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Homeless Coalition Offers Relief to 200-Plus

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3 Essential Books for Personal Growth

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From Cherokee to Germany

pages 36-37

Planning Your Next Home Improvement Project?

pages 33-35

Are You Considering Getting New Floors?

page 32

Why Call ServiceWise?

page 31

Service at the Heart of Growing Electrical Company

pages 30-31


pages 28-29

When Art Escapes the Frame

pages 24-26

Groups Foster Connections

pages 22-23

HEROES Empowering the of Tomorrow HEROES

pages 20-22


pages 12-14

Robertsons Give Hope to Families Facing OI Diagnosis

pages 10-12

Letter From the Editor

pages 8-9

Around Woodstock Bridal

pages 6-7
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