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Featured in This Issue 2011

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Readers’ Choice Ballot

On the Cover

All of your dental care needs are met at Fountain View Family Dentistry.

Vote for your favorite Acworth/Kennesaw businesses.

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FEATURED

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36 THE 2% OPPORTUNITY 36 COMMON SCENTS 40 A NEW GENERATION OF THERMOSTATS 40 SLEEP HEALTH 42 THE COOKING GEEK 42 COMPUTER EYESTRAIN 47 BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

20 — 21 COVER STORY 26 CAPTAIN PLANET KID ZONE 28 — 29 READERS’ CHOICE BEST OF THE BEST 32 — 33 ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 34 DeRICHE AGENCY

Celebrations 24 — 25 BIRTHDAYS

Faith 44 “COMMON SENSE” MARRIAGE 44 YOU HAVE SO MUCH POTENTIAL!

Crystal Carr and her husband, Rick Caffey, are the owners of AroundAbout Acworth. Crystal has owned several small businesses over the years and is a licensed Real Estate Agent. Rick has also owned several small businesses and is an active member of the Air Force Reserves. He is also a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm. 2

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See highlights from the January State of the City Luncheon & the February Alive After Five pages 32-33

In Every Issue community news

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birthdays

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captain planet

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acworth business association

better business bureau church listings

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community numbers

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school information

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elected & appointed officials

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classifieds

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advertiser index

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Readers’ Choice Contest Don’t forget to vote for all your favorite businesses in Acworth & Kennesaw. Deadline is Wednesday, March 9, at 5 p.m. You may also vote online this year at www.AroundAboutAcworth. com or see pages 28 & 29 for ballot.

Is Your Mom Special? With Mother’s Day coming up soon and Father’s Day right after, we want to help recognize all the moms and dads. Send us a picture of your mom and/or dad, preferably with you in it, and a few sentences telling us why your mom or dad is so special to you. (Maximum of 100 words.) Deadline is April 13 for the moms and May 13 for the dads.

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Cobb Keep Cobb Beautiful staff are sponsoring a countywide cleanup effort, called “Clean Sweep Cobb,” and volunteers are needed. The event will be on Saturday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. — 12 noon, and all supplies will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, contact Annette at (770) 528-1135 or email keepcobbbeautiful@cobbcounty.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 8, from 2 — 7 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, in Kennesaw. Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (770) 422-9714 or visit www.kennesaw-ga. gov/pkrec and click on the “American Red Cross Blood Drive” calendar entry to schedule an appointment online, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Football and Cheerleading Online Registration for the 2011 Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association (AFCA) is now underway! The AFCA provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children between the ages 5 — 12. Practice begins the first week in August and ends in early to mid November with games on Saturdays. In recognition of the challenging economy, register on or before May 31 for a substantial discount. Equipment deposits and concession

deposits will apply. Register online at www.acworthwarriors. com or there will be three onsite registration dates to take advantage of this discount: Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Roberts School; Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Halbrooks Field and Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Halbrooks Field. For more information, call (770) 974-1688 or visit www.acworthwarriors.com.

AARP Tax-Aide Helps Area Taxpayers File Their Returns Area taxpayers can get free help filing their personal income tax returns from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers. Tax return help is available at 125 sites around Georgia through April 18, and that tax filers do not need to be members of AARP nor retired to use the service. For more information, visit www.aarp. org/taxaide or call toll free at 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-2277669).

CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to Corey Tutor who won the drawing for 2 tickets to the Monster Jam. Corey and his son, Caleb, had a great time at the event. Congratulations to Zulai Johnson for being the first to spot the phrase “Connect To Others” located on page 43. Zulai won a $20 gift certificate to Zeigler’s BBQ.

**WIN $25 to Adriana’s Kitchen Store** For this month’s contest find which advertisement includes the phrase “your satisfaction our concern.” If you’re the first to call (770) 529-1516 or email editor@aroundaboutacworth.com with the correct answer, you will win a $25 gift certificate to Adriana’s Kitchen Store. (Leaving a message DOES qualify you to be a winner.) Contest rules: A player is eligible to win once every 12 months.

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Adult Flag Football League The Acworth Adult Flag Football League is back for its second year. Game play is 7 on 7, though teams may have a roster of up to 17 players. All games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Team registration fee is only $350 which covers all your league expenses except jerseys. If you do not have a team, come out and participate in our Free Agent Sign-Up Day, on Monday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. Free Agent registration is $35 and additional teams will be formed using free agent signees. For more information, call Frank White at (770) 917-1234 or jwhite@acworth.org.

on December 31, 2015. This would be a continuation of the current 1% SPLOST. Each City and the County have developed a list of projects that would be funded under the SPLOST. It is projected that if approved, over the 4 years, the SPLOST would generate $13,323,141 that would come to the City of Acworth. Early voting runs through March 11. For more information, please visit www.acworth.org/splost.

Students Rally at the Capitol

Senior Cardio Combo Elevate your metabolism by moving rhythmically to music, by using free weights and resistance bands. Classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at Roberts School, March 7 — April 28, from 10 — 10:45 a.m. This program is FREE to all seniors but space is limited. Register online at www.acworth.org/aprd or call (770) 917-1234.

Arbor Day Poster Contest

Recently, students from Brookwood Christian School in Acworth rallied at the GA Capitol in support of School Choice. Students along with their teacher, Deb Cain and Principal, Kim Wigington, told law makers why School Choice is so important to them. Eighty percent of Brookwood Christian students receive the GA special needs sb10 scholarship. Students met Lt. Governor Casey Cagle on the Senate floor and met with Cobb Senator Lindsey Tippens, Cobb Representative Ed Setzler and Paulding Representative Howard Maxwell in their offices.

Adult Horizon League Baseball Recently, the Mayor and Board of Alderman recognized the 2011 Arbor Day Poster Contest winners from McCall Primary, Acworth Elementary, Frey Elementary and Brookwood Christian Schools. Representatives from the Parks and Recreation Department and the Acworth Tree Commission judged the posters. Approximately 70 posters were entered in the contest. The posters were divided by grades and were awarded 1st through 3rd place in each grade. To view these award winning Arbor Day posters visit www.acworth.org/aprd.

SPLOST 2011 Preserving Our Future Cobb County — A Special Election will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, to consider a referendum on a four-year Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). If approved by the voters, the SPLOST would take effect January 1, 2012 and would expire 8

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Let’s play ball! Calling all adults, 21 years and older, with special needs. Baseball season runs April 14 — May 19. The cost is $15 which covers league expenses. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1. Volunteer your time as a coach or as a buddy. If needed, opportunities for financial aid are available by contacting Lauren at (770) 917-1234 or email lham@acworth. org. For information or to register, visit www.acwoth.org/aprd, or stop by Parks & Rec at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth, or call (770) 917-1234.

Horizon Baseball League The Horizon Baseball League’s season runs April 16 — May 21. It is divided into two age groups; 5 — 12 years old and 13 — 21 years old. The cost for the league is $15 which covers league expenses. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1. If needed, opportunities for financial aid are available by contacting Lauren at (770) 917-1234 or email lham@acworth.org. For information or to register, visit www.acwoth.org/aprd, or stop by Parks & Rec at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth, or call (770) 917-1234.


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Consignment Sales Lil’ Blessings Consignment Sale — Kennesaw First Baptist Church will hold their Lil’ Blessings Consignment Sale on Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m. — 7 p.m., and on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. There will be children’s clothing, accessories, toys, strollers, furniture, baby items and more! The church is located at 2958 North Main Street, Kennesaw. For more information, visit www.kfbc.org. Mars Hill Church Preschool Children’s Consignment Sale — The Children’s Consignment Sale will take place in the

Children’s Education Building at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, on Friday, March 11, from 9 a.m. — 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. Gently used children’s clothing girls size 0-16 and boy’s 0-20. There will also be toys, baby/child furniture, play equipment, strollers, high chairs, books, DVDs/ CDs and maternity clothing. Some items will be 1/2 price on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the preschool program. The church is located at 3385 Mars Hill Road in Acworth.

Due West Consignment Sale — Due West Treasure Chest

Children’s/Teen Consignment Sale will take place on Thursday, March 10, from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. — 6 p.m.; and Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. — 12 noon at the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

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The church is located at 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. Many items will be 1/2 price on Saturday ONLY. High-quality items at greatly reduced prices. Gently used children’s, juniors and teens clothing, accessories and shoes. Formal wear, maternity, accessories, school uniforms, baby items/furniture, electronics, books, CDs, videos/DVDs, toys and more! For more information, please call (678) 318-1908 or email treasurechest. duewest@yahoo.com.

PASSitON Consignment Sale — AUMC Spring PASSitON Consignment Sale is Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. Many items ½ price on Saturday ONLY. Purchase gently used quality clothing in infant, children’s and junior sizes, including school uniforms, formals, shoes, accessories and maternity clothing. Also, infant items such as strollers, furniture and accessories, children’s toys, outdoor toys, bikes, books, DVD’s and so much more! PASSitON Consignment Sale is a ministry of Acworth United Methodist Church located off of Hwy. 92 at Lake Acworth, 4340 Collins Circle. For information, call (770) 974-3312 or visit www.acworthumc.org/passiton. Church-Wide Garage Sale — There will be a church-wide

garage sale to raise funds for the Missions and Youth Camp Scholarships at Summit Baptist Church. It will be held on Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE. The church is located at 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth. For more information or questions, contact Catherine Buchanan at (770) 425-6026 or buckpaw1@bellsouth.net.


Bullard’s Community Outreach

“Little things can make a big difference...”

This was the phrase that served as the driving force behind the beautiful life and caring actions of 16-year-old Rebecca Kirtman. Becca, a cheerleader, honor student and caring young woman, passed away in a tragic automobile accident on August 20, 2003. Today, her family and friends not only remember Becca for her great love and friendship, but also for her contributions to the community.

L — R: Sam Cleveland, Lily Cleveland, Cory McNeir, Connor Haigh, Reagan Noyes and Reese Noyes. The Bullard Elementary's Community Outreach mission is to actively involve the students, parents and staff in meaningful projects that benefit local families or individuals in need. They work to create awareness and develop partnerships between their school and businesses/organizations. Through the generosity of the community, they have been able to actively participate in helping fill the food pantries at MUST ministries and the Center for Family Resources through can drives. They collected over 1200 books for lunch bags for the MUST summer lunch program that feeds needy children during the summer months. Also, through Operation Stars and Strips, the students donated large portions of their Halloween candy, over 300 lbs., to send to the troops abroad. The students also donated Halloween costumes for the children at Children's Health Care of Atlanta. Finally, they successfully collected over 75 pairs of shoes for a local school through our “Soles for your Soul” shoe drive. A big THANK YOU to the Bullard community for helping them fulfill their mission.

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We are Becca’s Closet, an all volunteer run group, that collects and distributes formal wear to girls in need, free of charge, so that they can attend special events such as prom, homecoming, cadet balls and other school sponsored events. We want every girl to feel beautiful and have the memories of these special events, no matter what their financial situation. Donation and Volunteer Information Becca’s Closet is always looking for more ways to reach the girls who need gowns. If you’re a student or organizing teacher/ sponsor, or know someone who needs a gown, please email us at Beccasclosetatlanta@gmail.com to set an appointment. If you are interested in donating, we are always in need of formal dresses (especially plus sizes) and accessories, as well as rolling dress racks. We are constantly looking for operating and storage space as well. All donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in volunteering, we are always in need of those who can mend seams, clasps and zippers. For more information… Visit the national website at www.beccascloset.org or contact us at the email address above. Our shop is located in downtown Kennesaw at 2986 Cherokee Street. We have over 2000 dresses to choose from! Our volunteer personal shoppers help the client find the perfect dress that is theirs to keep!


College Signings Congratulations to all Signing Seniors! Send in your College Signings! editor@aroundaboutacworth.com

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Morgan Jackson Cross Country and Track Georgia Tech

Kaitlyn Gregory Soccer Jacksonville State University

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Alec Cohen Swimming University of Georgia

Brett Madden Baseball East Georgia College

Christian Harris Football University of Tennessee

D’Andre Jackson Football Tusculum College

Jason Holdway Football Harvard University

Christopher McIsaac Cross Country & Track The Citadel

Nicholas Merino Football Fordham University

Braden Nolan Football Carson-Newman College

Christopher Vermilya Baseball Calhoun Community College

Connor Gilbert Baseball Chattanooga State Community College

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Sydney Dorsey Soccer LaGrange College

Nate Steele Soccer Georgia Southern

Lindsey Jackson Soccer Jacksonville State

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Go Hoyas! Justin Evans Lacrosse Mercer University

Cicely Taliaferro Soccer North Ga. College and State University

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or most of us, finding the right dentist can be a daunting experience that can create some key questions. Does the dentist have the experience and credentials and a well coordinated team who can provide me with a great dental experience every visit? Will the dentist and staff be personable, sincere and friendly and make me feel special? Does the dental office provide great value for my entire family compared with other dental offices? Does the dental office accept most insurance and have affordable options for my dental care? All of your dental care needs are met at Fountain View Family Dentistry. Patients are treated with state of the art equipment and only the most skilled team is assembled to perform all types of dental procedures. The team is led by Dr. Scott R. Harden. Dr. Harden is all you envision in the ideal dentist. His extensive training and more than 20 years experience provides benefits to all members of your family whether pediatric care for your children, cosmetic and restorative care for all ages or what can often be complicated care for the elderly. According to his patients, Dr. Harden’s ability to connect with them is what sets him apart from other dentists. “It is time to stop performing procedures and start delivering care,” stated Dr. Harden.

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Relaxing Environment & Experienced Staff Walking into Fountain View Family Dentistry you feel like you are walking into a friend’s living room. Relaxing, comfortable furniture including massage chairs for your enjoyment. A fireplace, flat panel televisions and a tucked away arcade game complete the package! No sooner are you in the door and one of the attentive staff is welcoming you…if you are an existing patient, don’t be surprised if they greet you by name. The staff is always professional and smiling – an impressive combination. But there is more…they are also incredibly experienced and knowledgeable. They offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation for patients with anxiety but find open communication helps the most. They make the best use of your time, explain every step efficiently and 20

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ONLY $20 TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP BUT HAS NEVER BEEN TO A CHIROPRACTOR BEFORE (Or Hasn’t Been In A Long Time) Dear Friend, If you’ve ever thought about going to a chiropractor but you’ve hesitated because you weren’t sure it was right for you please read on… My name is Dr. Erin Arnold. I would like to show my heartfelt thanks to the community with the announcement of Community Health Week. It’s my way of saying THANK YOU to the people who have been so helpful and mean so much. I hope this will benefit you and yours. I have agreed to “give away” (to anyone who asks for it) $200 worth of my services for only $20. That’s right-$20. In the years that I have been practicing I have helped many people in the North Georgia area feel better and live healthier, more productive lives through chiropractic care. I would now like to introduce you to the many benefits my profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if you are suffering from any of the following conditions. • Low back pain • Neck Pain • Migraines • Sciatica • Herniated discs • Degenerated discs • Shoulder/arm pain • And a whole host of other problems, ranging from TMJ to carpal tunnel. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, because this “misalignment” directly affects your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from such problems or similar conditions right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called “adjustments”). So if you’ve always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what is in it for you, now is the best time because….. Right now $20 will get you all the services I normally charge my new patients $200 for! What does this include? Everything. Take a look at what you’ll get…. • An in-depth private consultation about your health and well being. • A chiropractic spinal examination…. • A set of specialized X-rays to determine if a misalignment in your spine

is causing your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)… • An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help. • Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain… • Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you…. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you…. MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree in Biology. I am nationally and state board certified in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. I am one of the few doctors in this area that is certified and performs specific Activator analysis technique for the treatment of degenerative discs, scoliosis, herniated discs just to name a few. I have happily donated my time to organizations such as MUST Ministries, YWCA (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women), and Ross Memorial, just name a few. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of 2 beautiful daughters and a member of Liberty Church in Marietta, GA. DOES CHIROPRACTIC REALLY WORK Absolutely! When you come in I’ll provide you with studies that show why chiropractic is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well chiropractic works is what our patients say about it.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS What brought me to New Life Chiropractic Center was my GREAT, GREAT PAIN. Chiropractic has helped me because my pain has subsided, I can get out of bed and off of the sofa. I move better with less pain and I am more of a “happy camper” these days. Better yet, my husband isn’t as stressed knowing that I am getting better. Everyone that works here is very supportive, caring and friendly. In one word…FANTASTIC!. Thanks, Lois Diehl ALLERGIES & FATIGUE I started seeking chiropractic help for allergies, fatigue and backaches. Chiropractic has helped my problems diminish. I can exercise more, sleep better and just enjoy life. I know that chiropractic is essential for overall well-being and that is why my entire family is under care here. Now that I am happier, my family is also, happier. The doctors and staff here are really gentle and caring. Thanks for your help, Bridgett Dunk LOW BACK PAIN & HEADACHES When I first came to the office I had a lot of pain in my back, headaches and allergies. I did not have any idea how chiropractic help. Now that I have been getting adjusted, I no longer have headaches, low back pain and my allergies have improved greatly! Getting care here has improved my quality of life! I have more to offer my family and I have more energy to play with my son. The atmosphere is warm, caring and helpful. Thanks, Pastor John Schubert SCIATICA I came to NLCC with pain in my low back due to two “crushed” discs. Now that I have been under chiropractic care I can take walks, get in and out of bed and get out of my chair. I have less pain and I do not have Charlie horses anymore. My family is happy because I do not complain as much and I can do things without hobbling around. I love coming here! Sincerely, James Wood

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SCOLIOSIS I was having pain in my hip, knee and leg all the way down to my ankle. The pain kept me up at night! The pain is now almost entirely gone and a good night sleep has returned! I never realized how wonderful it was to sleep! I was amazed at how quickly I responded. I have had chiropractic care before but never such a gentle progressive healing. Thank you for your help! Phyillis Waddle GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help. LIMITED TIME OFFER Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of March 1st – 15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during March 1st- 15th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C.

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Happy B Aiden Camacho

Age 6 on March 11 We love you so much! Mommy, Daddy & Kailani

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Fleur Camacho

Celebrating on March 7 Always together for eternity!!! Your Hubby, Aidan, Kailani & Panda Panda

Katie Breier

Age 13 on March 20 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad & Grace

Age 7 on March 11 Happy Birthday Smiley! Daughter of Jenny & Scott, Sister of Tate, Tyler & Tag

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Age 17 on March 24 Happy Birthday!!!! Love, Mom, Dad & Jhett

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Celebrating on March 24 Happy Birthday! Love, Tina, Zack, Zoe & Gavin

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Age 4 on March 10 Daughter of Priscilla & Matt McClure Sister to Emma Leigh & Ava Presley!! We love you!!!!

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irthday! Paul Serota

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Hunter Hartline

Don Kyle

Age 7 on March 3 Happy Birthday! Mommy & Daddy Love You!

Celebrating on March 5 Happy Birthday! Thanks for all you do!

Joyce Noles

Shannon Albright

Celebrating on March 15 Mother of Ann & Tommy Grandmother of Lance & Michael

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Livia Stetson

Age 5 on March 16 “You brighten each day, Happy Birthday Livibug, We love you!� Love, Daddy, Mommy & Ezra

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Age 12 on March 7 Son of Carol & Kevin

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Age 6 on February 15 Happy 6th Birthday! We love you so much! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Chloe

Birthday, Wedding & Anniversary Announcements are FREE! Send all announcements to: AroundAbout Acworth 1007 Regency Drive Acworth, GA 30102 editor@aroundaboutacworth.com John Bradburn & Betty Bradburn Celebrated on February 12

Celebrating on March 16

Parents of Karen, Diane & Dennis

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1) What are some new treatments or research out there in the field of cardiology? The field of cardiology is constantly changing and moving forward. Surgeons are just starting to replace valves (particularly the aortic valve) percutaneously (meaning through the leg, like in a cath), instead of requiring open heart surgery. There are new genetic tests that can identify certain genes that put one at risk of early myocardial infarction and others that test for response to certain drugs. Patients can also participate in a heart screening that does not require physician A heart screening, also known as a CT Cardiac Calcium Score, is a fast and non-invasive CT Scan used to determine the risk of Coronary Artery Disease. Using a multi-slice scan, the heart screening can help cardiologists determine the participant’s level of risk for heart disease or future cardiac issues. The screening is recommended for those who have diabetes, family history of heart disease, history of smoking or tobacco use, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Candidates for the heart screenings are patients ages 35 or older and • Smoke or use tobacco. • Have a family history of heart disease. • Have high blood pressure and/or high. cholesterol • Have a weight problem/are obese. • Are not physically active. 2) What are common questions that people ask about heart health? The most important thing is that you need to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Everyone should know his/her blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, and body mass index (and Hgb A1C if they are diabetic). People should talk to their doctors about these numbers and about other things that put them at risk for heart disease including a history of smoking and a family history of coronary artery disease. 3) Why is it so important to pay attention to your heart’s health? It is so important to pay attention to the health of one’s heart because cardiovascular disease is one of only a few disease processes that we know can be prevented. Many other 30

diseases concentrate on early detection but not necessarily prevention. Heart disease can be prevented in many cases, so it is key to know how to do it. 4) What are the most common heart problems? The most common problems are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease (that leads to heart attack). 5) What is the difference between LDL and HDL? HDL = good cholesterol. In brief, it takes fat out of the walls of your blood vessels and gets rid of it. LDL = bad cholesterol. Deposits in the walls of blood vessels to cause atherosclerosis. 6) Are there benefits of dark chocolate and red wine in regards to heart health? There is good evidence that both have beneficial cardiac effects. Alcohol (not just red wine) increases your HDL (good cholesterol). Dark chocolate and red wine both have a high number of antioxidants which appear to be beneficial from a cardiac perspective. Of course, the key is everything in moderation. Most of the studies that have shown benefit with chocolate include only a very small amount (about the equivalent of 1 square of a chocolate bar per day). Recommendations are for no more than one glass of wine per day for women (two for men). 7) Are vegetarian diets more heart healthy? Vegetarian diets tend to be lower on overall fat and especially animal fats which are more typically saturated fats (the ones that tend to be less “heart healthy”). However, many fish are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats (especially salmon). 8) From a financial standpoint, what is the cost difference between prevention and treatment? It is clearly much less expensive to prevent heart disease than treat it after it has already occurred. Many of the things that can be done to prevent heart disease are actually free or relatively inexpensive (eating fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, not smoking, etc.). Treating an already diseased heart can

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be very costly and some treatments include medication, cardiac catheterizations, stents, angioplasties and echocardiograms. 9) Does your sex/race/age play a factor in developing heart disease? Despite a common misconception, deaths from cardiovascular disease are more common in women than men. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women, but it claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women per year. The frequency of cardiovascular disease definitely increases along with age. African-Americans are at higher risk than are Caucasian patients, and African-American women die much more frequently after heart attacks than AfricanAmerican men and Caucasian men and women. 10) What impact does smoking have on one’s heart health? Smoking is horrible for heart health. Following the first puff of a cigarette, the lining of the blood vessels in the body become irritated and inflamed and this inflammation can last 45 minutes to an hour. Chronic inflammation of the blood vessels leads to much more rapid atherosclerosis. Smoking also makes it much more likely that if someone has atherosclerotic plaque it will rupture, form a blood clot and cause a heart attack. WellStar CVM provides comprehensive cardiac service offerings, proven expertise in preventative care, cutting-edge treatment of acute and chronic cardiac conditions and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its patients. They have offices located in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. For more information or a physician referral, call (770) 956-STAR(7827) or visit www.wellstar.org.


March Events

Alive After Five – Thursday, March 10,

Call an ABA Member First! February Alive

After Five held at The Mill Pub

from 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Waterstone Grill. Join us for some FREE food and networking.

Monthly Luncheon – Thursday, March 24

NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw Speaker will be Drew Tonsmeire, Director of KSU Small Business Development. Networking begins at 11:15 a.m. Lagniappe (ABA 101) begins at 10:30 a.m.

Cherish Carr, Jim & Andria Melham

Jarred Neef, Bill Swanson, Jim Becker & Jeff Nathan

Steve Sweat, Cindi Dybdal, Robert Spence & Joe Wright

Susan Shayka, Tricilla Lorens, Brenda Martin & George Raines

Terry Tanner, Penny Shelton, Rick Young, Anita Sharps & Susan Andrade

Tim Houston & Brian Bulthuis

Tony Butler, Devin Phillips, Amanda, Jim Vogel & Angie Angell

Vince Bubolo, Tommy Allegood, Chef Larry Epps, Randall Bentley & Daniel Diemer

The February Alive After Five was held at The Mill Pub.

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State of the City The ABA presented a check to the School of the Month, McCall Primary School. Principal Thomas Farrell, Teacher of the Year Mary Perkerson and students attended the luncheon.

Vince Bubolo, ABA President; Leigh Ann Geter and Krys West, both of NCCS which sponsored the luncheon; and Mayor Tommy Allegood.

The Old Mill Restaurant catered the January luncheon. L — R: Thomas Royal, Tamara Scott and Chef Larry Epps.

North Cobb Christian School sponsored the January luncheon. Pictured is Todd Clingman, Head of School, NCCS.

Rico’s

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I don’t have a Medicaid Waiver. How do I apply for a Medicaid Waiver?

What is DeRiche Agency? The DeRiche Agency is a Day Center that provides services for Adults that have been afflicted with a Developmental Disability, age 18 and over. The DeRiche Agency offers a variety of educational classes and training in activities of daily living. Classes offered include computer classes where the participant may learn to send an e-mail, surf the web or learn to play a computer game. Owner-Debbie King Arts and Crafts, writing skills, reading, money management, DeRiche Idol, as well a variety of activities that may promote physical activity and social skills, are available. We also offer a home living skills class, where we learn to make a small meal and wash a load of clothes, that may encourage our participants to be the most independent person possible. The DeRiche Agency provides opportunities to help a person afflicted with a Developmental Disability learn new skills in the least restrictive environment possible, as well as provide an adult social atmosphere.

What qualifications does the staff have? All staff members (Direct Care Professionals) are CPR/First Aid Certified. All Direct Care Professionals receive at least 16 hours of training before having contact with our participants.

What will they do there? We encourage all participants to enjoy their day, but we still provide a daily and weekly routine that is related to each individual’s needs, interests and preferences. These routines can include learning to make or pour a beverage, prepare food for a BBQ, clean up after themselves, good sportsmanship, as well as good citizenship.

Do you stay at the Center all day? The DeRiche Agency promotes inclusion into the community. We have weekly Community Connecting trips that may include recreational activities such as fishing, bowling, swimming, social events, volunteering or having lunch out with a friend or companion.

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Th e D e R i ch e Agenc y is a licensed Medicaid Provider. We accept the Now and Comp Waivers for Community Access Group. We also understand the list is long to receive a waiver and we offer a private pay option. You may choose to attend just one day a week or every day.

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Please visit http://dbhdd. georgia.gov/portal/site/ DBHDD and follow the Consumer Information link which contains how to apply for a waiver, as well as other information such as how to find out what region you are in and a list of providers in your area.

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What if I am on the waiting list for a Medicaid Waiver?

You may still attend while you are waiting to receive your waiver using the private pay option. We will set up an Individual Service Plan for the participant to make sure we are working on what is important to the participant.

How will they get there?

You are welcome to provide transportation to the Center. If you currently have Medicaid, we will give you the names and numbers of Transportation companies that will provide this service for you. The DeRiche Agency will provide transportation into the community for our Community Connecting Trips.

How will I know if my family member will be attending a Community Connecting trip?

Each month, you will receive a calendar of events. This calendar will have all the details of where we are going, what we are doing and if there is any cost involved.

Lynn

I have an adult Developmentally Disabled loved one in my family. They graduated from school a few years ago. Can they come to DeRiche Agency?

Yes, absolutely. Anyone afflicted with a Developmental Disability that is over age 18 may attend. We offer an alternative to being home alone and provide adult activities. The option is still available to attend one – five days a week, whatever is more convenient to the participant and family. The DeRiche Agency is committed to providing all services in a manner that is respectful to the participant, yields a life well lived and respects the vision of the individual participant. This commitment, in turn, provides the participant with self-determination and responsibility, which is considered key to achieving the vision of a meaningful life in the community.

The DeRiche Agency Day Center 3175 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA 30144 Monday — Friday, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

678-490-3761


The 2% Opportunity

Common Scents by Dr. Nedra Dodds

Most people often don’t realize how strongly they are affected by scents. It is quite easy for the majority of people to relate a scenario where they encountered a very noxious smell, but many will not admit the pleasure experienced by a very good smell. The fragrant smell of home made bread or baked goods can bring back earlier memories; of happy times or of bad times too. This is because the olfactory sense, the sense of smell, is interpreted by the part of the brain that is concerned with our emotions and also affects our moods. As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates wrote, “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.” There are numerous references throughout history to the use of aromatic oils. The term aromatherapy was coined by a French chemist, in the 1920s, after he had noticed the therapeutic effects of essential oils after badly burning his hand while working in his laboratory and accidentally dunking his hand into lavender oil. Aromatherapy and its uses have a long history in ancient China, Egypt and India. Research conducted as late as the 1990s at Yale University, found that certain odors can lower blood pressure. The scent of spiced apples was shown to be particularly effective in lowering the blood pressure of healthy volunteers by an average of three to five points. Other scientific research has shown that pleasant smells such as peach and plum can reduce pain, and that essential oils can change people’s moods: jasmine, ylang-ylang and peppermint can lift depression, geranium and bergamot relieve anxiety and rose and carnation have been found to restore energy. Essential oils (also known as essences) are a complex mixture of chemicals obtained from the distillation of plants, herbs and flowers with many different properties. As well as affecting mood, some are antibacterial, antiseptic or anti-inflammatory. They have been used throughout centuries and in various cultures to treat problems ranging from depression and fatigue, to insomnia, acne, menstrual cramps and stress. Using the power of scent to either create a mood, or elevate one, can help to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The release of endorphins in the brain, that makes us feel good, help us to perform better and keeps us younger at heart. To stay healthy and maintain longevity, literally stop and smell the roses. Dr. Nedra Dodds is the founder and Medical Director of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine located on 600 Chastain Rd., Ste. 224, Kennesaw, GA. (770) 591-3429. www.aestheticartsbyopulence.com. 36

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The 2011 payroll tax holiday may give you a chance to boost your 401(k). Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus What would you do with an extra $1,000 or $2,000? The Tax Relief Act of 2010 will give many of us the equivalent of a 2% raise in 2011. Employee payroll taxes have been cut from 6.2% to 4.2% this year. So if you pay into Social Security, you are looking at a rise in your takehome pay. What are your plans for that extra money? How about directing it into your 401(k) or IRA? That 2% “raise” will show up in your paychecks throughout the course of the year – it will come to you incrementally rather than as a lump sum. Still, 2% is nothing to scoff at – if you make $50,000 in 2011, you’re looking at $1,000 of found money. What could $1,000 do for you over 20 or 30 years? Well, let’s see. If you invest $1,000 today and simply let it sit there for two decades with a 6% annual return, you end up with $3,207.14 in principal and interest. If the initial grand just sits there for 30 years at 6% interest, it turns into $5,743.49. (That’s using annual compounding – if you plug in 30 years of daily compounding, it becomes $6,048.75.) Let’s say you take this one step further and direct an extra $1,000 into your 401(k) for 30 straight years beginning in 2011. Let’s be reasonably optimistic and assume an 8% annual rate of return across that time. Under those conditions, your $30,000 aggregate contribution would turn into about $125,000 with compounding – and that’s not even considering the possibility of an employer match to your 401(k) during some or all of those years. The money is significant for a couple. If you and your spouse each make $70,000, that’s an extra $2,800 coming to the two of you in 2011 (assuming you and your spouse don’t work for the government, the railroads or in some capacity where you don’t pay into Social Security.) Everyone wants a little more retirement income, and directing 2% into your retirement plan for one year or multiple years could help. While we’re on the subject of retirement income, the White House says that the payroll tax cut will have no effect on a worker’s future Social Security benefits. Other options for the 2% tax break. Most Americans will simply spend the money resulting from this tax break. That’s not exactly a negative: the Obama administration visualized this as a way to pump up consumer spending. Yet, if you don’t devote the money to your 401(k), you have a number of alternatives besides spending it. • You could open a Roth IRA with the money. • You could create a rainy-day fund. Set up an auto-transfer of the money from your checking account to your savings account. Let that $800 or $1,000 or $1,600 or whatever accumulate during the course of the year. • If you have a rainy-day fund, you could put the money autotransferred to your savings account across 2011 into a CD at the start of 2012 (when interest rates just might be higher). • You could use the found money to pay off credit card debt or other consumer debts. • You could even make an extra home loan payment at the end of 2011 (should it make financial sense to do so). continued on page 46


Sweet rewardS

Culinary student reaps benefits of continuing her education By Ann Vancza, Assistant Director, College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University Rosi Ponce of Roswell knew continuing her education was important, but she never dreamed it would have her working with one of the most prestigious culinary teams in Atlanta: Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel. “The people at Four Seasons are absolutely fantastic,” she said. Ms. Ponce is getting a taste of what continuing education has to offer its students – career training from actively engaged professionals. She is a student in the Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program offered by the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. Launched in 2009, this unique, ninemonth certificate program offers real-world experience to those who enroll. Students work in some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and catering companies as part of the apprenticeship component. They also receive classroom training with instructor Chef Greg Brooks, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. In addition to Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel, students may also complete unpaid apprenticeships with

Villa Christina, InterContinental Hotel, Bold American Catering and Endive Catering. A member of the class of 2011, Ms. Ponce said that she chose the program so she could learn many of the skills that would be helpful to her current job in the industry. With the support of her employer, she is able to attend the weekly class and perform all of her apprenticeship hours with the school’s various culinary partners. Although Ms. Ponce had four years of experience, she believes she has benefited from the instruction from both Chef Brooks and the chefs at the apprenticeship locations. She said that her culinary and kitchen management skills have gone to the next level, which is sure to improve her employer’s bottom line. Ms. Ponce’s Hispanic background came in handy while working in one of the apprenticeship locations. She said a customer requested the chef prepare plantains, which were not on the menu. This request had the team scurrying to the Internet to find a recipe when she arrived at work that day.

Ms. Ponce said she was confident in having success in this particular food challenge. “I said, ‘Piece of cake!’ That’s something we eat all the time,” she said with a laugh. She said that the head chef was a bit worried, but only until he tasted her work. “He said, ‘Oh yes, it’s so good!’” She said that both the restaurants and catering companies treat students serving as apprentices as if they are a member of the team and expect excellence. “Everything is so hands-on and for real. It’s not like reading to the next chapter. It’s happening!” she said. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary industry, now is the time to look at culinary programs and get a clear picture of the time commitment and the financial investment involved. The next Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program will begin in the fall of 2011. For more information, call (770) 423-6765, email ceculinary@kennesaw.edu, or visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu/hospitality.

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A New Generation of Thermostats by Dan Jape A new generation of thermostats has come onto the market that not only controls the temperature and humidity in your home, but can act as a live weather station, an air quality management system and has a digital picture display. There are high definition touch screen thermostats that are far more advanced, over and above, normal thermostats in that they perform functions never thought of from a thermostat just a few months ago. There are also fully programmable seven day thermostats that can switch from heating to cooling automatically, depending on temperature swings. They also monitor and control the humidity with on board humidity sensors. If the thermostat is connected to a variable speed furnace, the two pieces of equipment can be programmed to help remove up to 10% more moisture in the summer and the dryer it is, the more comfortable it can be at a warmer temperature setting. The thermostat has a HD screen that is a 7” LCD that can display a number of different digital pictures of your choosing. This can be much more esthetically pleasing than just looking at numbers or a blank screen that is normally displayed. It also comes with a number of different colored bezels that can change the look of the thermostat to any wall color it is mounted on. Also, the background color is customizable to one of eight colors. This new thermostat can also give the user remote control of the heating and cooling system via a web enabled cell phone or a remote computer. This function can be very useful for someone who does not know when they will arrive home and needs to make sure their home is comfortable. Integrated control of a humidifier is also an added feature that keeps one from having to have separate controls for their furnace and accessory humidifier, along with even telling one when it is time to change your water pad. The thermostat is also a real time weather station that will give live weather displays, including forecasts, radar images and weather alerts. A change filter program is also part of the new thermostat and it can remind you when it is time to clean or replace the air filter in your system. A program that records your system history of run times and energy usage is a very nice feature to help one manage energy and comfort. You can program four different temperatures set points per day, as well as programming your indoor fan to cycle on and provide air circulation, and ventilation and air cleaning. An outdoor temperature sensor is also available as an option to let you know the outside temperature. A program that alerts you to continued on page 46 40

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Thomas Dekker is known for saying, “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” As much as we’d like to think we are in control of our bodies when it comes to going to sleep and awaking, research shows we’ve got it all wrong. Most of us conform to society’s expectations by shaping our sleep schedule to match school and workplace start and end times. But take that shaping away and many people’s internal clocks might run on different timing. However, thanks to external stimuli such as sunlight, we generally follow a 24-hour sleep schedule. All living creatures have a type of internal clock, called the circadian rhythm. It refers to the 24-hour cycle of activity and sleep affected by the change from light to dark. A part of the brain called the hypothalamus manages the circadian rhythm, or pattern, by processing information (like when your eyes detect light) and creating sleep patterns. This sleep-wake cycle gives you the cue to go to sleep. Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, says healthy sleep habits are critical to maintaining a healthy mind and body at any age. Healthy sleep habits generally allow you to wake up feeling refreshed, think quickly, successfully perform potentially dangerous tasks such as driving, which requires complete attention and do your very best at work or school. “The importance of sleep is so multi-faceted,” says Lisa Shives, MD, a sleep specialist at Northshore Sleep Medicine, in Evanston, IL and spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “It is essential to health of mind and body in so many ways.” Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night. But if you’re depressed, sick or just plain stressed, getting a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by. Not practicing healthy sleep habits can lead to all kinds of health problems, says Dr. Shives. “Poor sleep leads to cardiovascular dysfunction, lowered immune system response, glucose and insulin abnormalities, dysregulation of hormones that control appetite and impaired cognitive function.” So, if you have trouble with sleep and insomnia, slightly adjusting your routine and habits may help. Some helpful tips are: • Create a tranquil space. Keep the lights low a few hours before bedtime, stay away from bright computers and noisy televisions and make sure the temperature is cool. • Keep a routine. Try to stick to the same bedtime and wakeup time every day — this includes holidays, weekends and vacations if possible. continued on page 46


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Thr Cooking Geek — Variety is the Spice of Life by Tiffany Hughes So I came home with a new jar of sea salt the other day and when I opened the cabinet to put it away, it wouldn’t fit. It was time for the dreaded chore of cleaning out the spice cabinet. As I trimmed my collection down, there were several choices which remained in the cabinet. Sea salt is a definite must-have because it is more flavorful than regular salt, which means you don’t need as much to get the same taste. This is a good thing for those of us watching our salt intake. Steak seasoning (such as Montreal Steak) is a great combination of flavors (red and black pepper, salt, garlic and paprika) that has so many more uses than just spicing up your strip steak. Try adding it to hamburgers or baked beans. Or put it on Salisbury steak or barbeque for an extra zing of garlic and pepper. Take care though, because too much can make your dish too hot. Ground mustard is another great spice to have on hand. Not only is it wonderful in any kind of egg dish, it also adds great flavor to chicken and vegetables. My son, who is an avowed mustard-hater, even thinks that dishes are better when seasoned with ground mustard. I adore seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay). This type of spice usually consists of celery salt, black pepper, bay leaves, mustard, cloves and allspice, to name of few. While it’s great on any kind of fish or seafood, it also adds a great twist to potato salad, deviled eggs or even popcorn. The possible uses for it are endless, so be adventurous! Whole nutmeg is a definite must-have for me as the taste is more potent than the ground version. Nutmeg nuts will keep for a long time, if stored in an airtight container. In addition to various desserts, a little fresh nutmeg is great on sweet potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli cheese soup and even tomato sauce. When added to savory dishes, the nutmeg taste is not readily identifiable, but it adds a new complexity to the overall flavor of the dish. There are so many wonderful spices and spice combinations available at any grocery store. Be adventurous and give them a try. After all, where do you think the saying “variety is the spice of life” came from? Happy cooking! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. She has written two cookbooks and has a food blog — www.foodthoughts.kablog.com. 42

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Computer Eyestrain: 10 Steps for Relief by Dr. Dylan Reach With so many people using computers at work, eyestrain has become one of the leading office-related health complaints. Experts estimate 50% to 90% of computer users experience some degree of eyestrain or other symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) during their work day. So what can you do about it? Here are steps you can take to reduce computer eye strain and the other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS): 1. Get an eye exam. This is the most important thing you can do to prevent computer vision problems. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), computer users should have an eye exam before they start working on a computer and once yearly thereafter. 2. Use proper lighting. Computer eyestrain is often caused by excessively bright ambient lighting — either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting. For the most comfortable computer use, ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that found in most offices. If possible, reduce the brightness of interior lighting by using fewer fluorescent tubes in overhead light fixtures or use lower intensity bulbs. 3. Minimize glare. Glare on walls and finished surfaces as well as reflections on the computer screen can also cause computer eyestrain. You may want to install an anti-glare screen on your monitor. If you wear glasses, have an anti-reflective (AR) coating applied to your lenses. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses. 4. Upgrade your display. If you’ve not already done so, replace your old CRT monitor with a flat-panel LCD. LCD screens are easier on the eyes and usually have an anti-reflective surface. 5. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen. For more comfortable viewing, adjust the display settings on your computer so the brightness of the screen is about the same as your work environment. Usually, black text on a white background is the best color combination. 6. Blink more often. Blinking is very important — it rewets your eyes to keep them moist, comfortable and clear. Studies show that, during computer use, most people blink only about 20% as frequently as they normally do. Also, keep a bottle of artificial tears at your workplace and use them to moisten your eyes often during prolonged computer use. Continued on page 46


“Common Sense” Marriage by C. A. Phillips

You Have So Much Potential! by J.R. Lee “You have so much potential!” I have heard that phrase a thousand times throughout my 31 years of life. I hope that you have as well. If you haven’t been on the receiving end of that sentence, let’s change that right now. You (yes, you) have so much potential! You might be thinking, “You don’t even know me! How can you say that I am full of potential?” I don’t have to know you personally to know that… 1. You have the potential to stop settling for less than God’s best. 2. You have the potential to break free from your past circumstances and stop allowing the past to dictate your future. 3. You have the potential to rise above mediocrity and become the husband/wife/father/mother/son/daughter/employer/ employee/student/friend that God created you to be! You might not realize it yet but God created you on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose. You are not a mistake. There may be accidental parents but there are no accidental children. You are here for a reason and you have potential! • Potential is everything you can be but haven’t become yet. • Potential is everything you can do but haven’t done yet. • Potential is everywhere you can go but haven’t gone yet. • Potential is the book you can write that you haven’t written yet. • Potential is the life you’ve wanted to live but haven’t lived yet. • Potential is like a huge engine-running idle. It is energy still underutilized, power yet unleashed and strength yet unused. There is so much untapped potential lying dormant in the lives of those who make up our community. Calling out that potential in YOUR life is one of my greatest desires! We can change the world from Acworth, Georgia. Let’s start with you. Let’s start today. If we do, can you imagine the potential? (For more reading on this subject: Psalm 139:13-16) J. R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit the church website at www.freedomchurch.tv. Also, check out his blog at www.jrlee.tv. 44

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The statistics are daunting. We constantly hear that half of all marriages end in divorce. I don’t even think it’s alarming any more. It’s just a given. But, as Ted Lowe of MarriedPeople recently said, “I don’t believe that a marriage is supposed to be a statistic.” So, how do we prevent the “good marriages” from becoming a divorce statistic? The answers are probably simpler than you think. At the end of the day, it’s all about common sense, which is likely to yield some pretty uncommon results. 1. Treat your spouse the way you want to be treated. Talk to him or her with love and respect. If you hate to be talked to sarcastically, chances are your spouse doesn’t care for it either. This doesn’t mean you have to use dignified or formal vocabulary. It’s all about the attitude of the heart. 2. “Cheat work” with your spouse, not the other way around. Striking a balance between your home life and your career is a challenge. However, few people, if any, ever regret cheating their work by spending more time with their families. On the other hand, the world is full of spouses who regret cheating their families by working 70-80+ hours per week, and missing important family events, ball games, etc. 3. Put the cell phone or computer away – especially during “alone time.” It’s bad enough if you work an extra 20-30 hours at the office. But, bringing your work home, and constantly checking your emails and texts from business associates may be just as troublesome. How do YOU feel when you are with someone who is always checking their phone, and won’t give you the attention you desire? It’s disheartening, and you likely don’t want to spend much time with that person in the future. Why should your marriage be any different? 4. Have fun. When you got married, did you think you would lead a dull, disconnected, aggravating life with your spouse? If you did, you wouldn’t have married them! So, rekindle the flames by making it a point to have a good time with your spouse. Stale marriages lack laughter and excitement. Go places, laugh, be merry, and show your spouse exactly how much you truly enjoy being with them! 5. Make your spouse the only “man” or “woman” in your life. We have a rule here at my office – men and women cannot ride in the same car alone, and they cannot be in the same office alone with a door shut. Sound a tad extreme? To some it may seem silly, but why ever put yourself in a compromising situation? Affairs rarely, if ever, happen in an instant. They usually evolve over time, and after several instances of spending time alone together. If you avoid the first time being alone with a member of the opposite sex, you won’t ever get to that continued on page 46


CHURCH NEWS Church Tells Congregation to Take Money from the Offering The Acworth community has come to expect the unexpected from Freedom Church. However, no one thought Lead Pastor J.R. Lee would encourage everyone to take money out of the offering baskets when they were passed at church services on February 6th. That’s exactly what he did. The church gave each person in attendance an envelope containing $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 totally $10,000. Then, they were instructed to use the gift to bless someone in the community and it could not be used on the recipient or their family. “People in the audience were a little stunned. After the shock wore off, people began to get excited about the opportunity to bless their neighbor, co-worker, waiter, or even a random stranger. We believe in cultivating generosity and we felt it was time to take that to a different level,” said Lead Pastor J.R. Lee. One might question the timing of this type of initiative since they are launching a second campus in March (on the West side of Cobb Parkway near Stilesboro Rd. and/or Mars Hill Rd.) “In a time where we are trying to raise funds for another campus, it really doesn’t make sense. We’ve always said that you can’t out-give God. This was a good opportunity for us to back that up,” said Executive Pastor Todd Lollis. “It’s always a great time to unleash an army of people ready to spread a message of radical generosity. People need to know that God doesn’t need our money. We need His blessing. That’s really what this Bless Back Project is all about,” said Pastor Lee. Freedom Church currently meets on Sunday mornings at Barber Middle School in Acworth at 9:45 & 11:15 a.m. You can read more about the Bless Back Project at www.freedomchurch.tv/blessback.

Marriage Retreat at Callaway Gardens Recently, more than 75 married couples attended NorthStar Church’s annual marriage retreat, at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. Featured presenters for the retreat were Ted and Nancia Lowe, founders of MarriedPeople, an organization devoted to equipping churches and leaders with the tools to strengthen marriages. Over the past five years, NorthStar’s marriage retreat has also been to the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga.; Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Ga.; The Chattanoogan Resort in Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort & Spa in Hoover, Ala. NorthStar has not announced the location for the 2012 Marriage Retreat, which will once again take place in February.

NorthStar Church Launches New Campus in Dallas

After serving the greater Acworth and Kennesaw area for the past 14 years, NorthStar Church is branching out – into Paulding County! NorthStar will be launching its Dallas campus on Sunday, March 6. Services at NorthStar Dallas will be very much like Kennesaw, with a great live band, and Senior Pastor Mike Linch delivering a message on large screens. Mike’s teaching style is never formal, always relevant, and full of insight for daily living. Both locations will share the same mission, values, ministry structure and leadership teams. There will be safe, secure, and happy places for children, where they can have fun while growing in their faith. There will also be a fantastic ministry to middle and high school students and adult small groups meeting in homes throughout the community. Brad Parkhurst, NorthStar Dallas Campus Pastor, lives in Dallas, and has a deep passion to become more involved in the city where he lives. “As a Dallas resident, I’m looking forward to bringing the heart of NorthStar to Paulding County. It’s a heart to serve our community, love people and provide a place where all feel welcome.” NorthStar Dallas will offer two service times: 9:30 and 11 a.m. The church will initially meet at New Hope Education Center (the former Abney Elementary School) located at 4555 Dallas-Acworth Highway, Dallas. The plan is to move on August 7, into the new Abney Elementary School located at 1186 Colbert Road, Dallas. NorthStar encourages all Paulding County and West Cobb residents to bring their families and join them on March 6, 2011! For more information, visit www.northstarchurch.org or search “NorthStar Dallas” on Facebook!

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The 2% Opportunity Continued from page 36

Don’t underestimate the potential of this tax cut. If you and your spouse each make $80,000, that’s an extra $3,200 between you in 2011 (assuming you and your spouse don’t work for the government, the railroads or in some capacity in which you don’t pay into Social Security). This tax holiday could even be prolonged. In recent decades, we have seen some “temporary” tax cuts stick around. If the jobless rate stays above 8% through 2011 (and it might), voices in Congress might push to extend the payroll tax cut for another year. It could happen, provided the federal government finds a way to direct more money into Social Security. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone (770) 952-6707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

A New Generation of Thermostats Continued from page 40

any potential problems with your system is a nice feature, as it will give you the name and number of your service company to contact for assistance. Soon, a full featured zoning system will be available that allows the new thermostat to give you control of different rooms and create different temperature zones with one furnace and air conditioner. Call your HVAC specialists today for more information about this new comfort control and you will be pleased with all the full features available at your fingertips. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096

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• Slow it down. Establish a few hours of quiet time before bed. • Make sleep a priority. Allow eight hours in bed as often as possible — even getting an extra 30 minutes per night can help. • Work out early. Exercise regularly, but not within three to six hours of bedtime. Staying active during the day can lower stress and provide feelings of relaxation. • Sleep (don’t work) in your bedroom. Do not turn your bedroom into your office — this room should be reserved for sleep. Don’t lose sleep over losing sleep! Take the extra time to follow healthy sleeping habits and you’ll be more productive, healthier, alert and functioning at your best. Dr. Sherri Ziomek graduated as Valedictorian from Life University. She has been involved with chiropractics since the age of ten. Even then, she realized the importance of regular chiropractic care; to feel and perform at her personal best. You may reach her at Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at (770) 423-9010. 46

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Computer Eyestrain: 10 Steps for Relief Continued from page 42

7. Exercise your eyes. Another cause of computer eyestrain is focusing fatigue. Research shows that it’s harder for our eyes to maintain focus on computer-generated images than on printed images in a book or magazine. To reduce your risk of focusing fatigue during computer use, look away from your screen or monitor every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object across the room, relaxing your focusing muscles. 8. Take frequent breaks. Take frequent, short breaks from your computer work throughout the day. Stand up, walk away from your work station and stretch your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders. 9. Modify your workstation. Looking back and forth between a printed page and your computer screen can also cause eyestrain. To improve comfort during these tasks, place the print material on a copy stand adjacent to your screen or monitor. Adjust your chair and computer so your screen is approximately 20 — 24 inches from your eyes and slightly below eye level so you can view it comfortably with your head and neck in a natural position. 10. Consider computer eyewear. For the greatest comfort at your computer, you may benefit from having a customized eyeglasses prescription for your computer work. This is especially true if you normally wear contact lenses that can become dry and uncomfortable during sustained computer work. Computer glasses are also a good choice if you normally wear eyeglasses with bifocal or progressive lenses. Though these lenses provide excellent vision for most tasks, they don’t provide an adequate viewing zone for prolonged computer work. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or www.acwortheyes.com.

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dangerous fourth or fifth time. Put strict – and safe – guidelines in place now to avoid having a devastating crash later. 6. Do it because you love him/her. Does the house need to be vacuumed? Trash need to be taken out? Crumbs on the floor need to be swept up? Often, we’ll see things that need to be done, and grumble against our spouse. We do it so we can hold it over their heads, or so we won’t get yelled at. But, one man recently told me about a similar issue at his house. “I walked into the kitchen and saw all the dirty dishes in the sink. So, I went over and I washed them. And, I didn’t do it so I wouldn’t have to hear her complain about it. I did it so she wouldn’t have to clean them herself.” C.A. Phillips serves as the Married Couples Pastor at NorthStar Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, Ga., and has lived in Kennesaw for nearly 30 years. Email him at ca.phillips@northstarchruch.org, or check out his blog at www.caphillips.com.


Warnings from the Better Business Bureau Tax Refund Anticipation Loans Are Costly, Whether You Get A Check Or A Debit Card

• Phishing e-mails may say that there’s an issue with taxpayers’ refunds, that they are being audited or that a problem is delaying processing of their taxes. Many include a link to a website set up by scammers, where victims are asked for Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card information. Some sites are designed to automatically install viruses or other malicious software on the victims’ computers.

In a hurry to get your refund? Some tax preparers offer tax refund anticipation loans, often marketed as “rapid refunds” in the form of checks or “gift” debit cards. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to be wary of these costly loans. They deliver refunds only slightly faster than the IRS.

BBB advice: The IRS doesn’t e-mail people about their taxes. The agency typically contacts taxpayers by mail. Tipoffs that an e-mail is fraudulent may include spelling or grammatical mistakes. The BBB advises consumers not to open any attachments or click on links in the e-mails.

Refund anticipation loans are similar to payday loans: They’re short-term loans with high interest rates that can range from 50 to 500 percent. In some cases, they have hidden administrative fees. If the tax preparer makes a mistake in calculating your refund, borrowers could be required to pay fines and fees, too. Consumers may assume that the loans will be paid off quickly when their refund arrives, but if the refund is less than the loan, consumers will have to repay the difference, plus fees and fines. The IRS usually delivers refunds in as few as 10 days after a consumer files a tax return, if the consumer files the return electronically and takes the refund by direct deposit to a bank account. The speed makes most refund loans unnecessary. This year the IRS has another option for refunds if a consumer doesn’t have a bank account: a prepaid debit card. The cards, available only by invitation, can be used to get money from ATM machines or to buy goods and services from retailers. The cards arrive faster than checks, the IRS says, and may allow consumers to avoid check-cashing fees. BBB advises consumers to be wary of two common taxtime schemes: • Tax reduction schemes are promoted by companies that claim they can help consumers reduce what they owe the IRS by working on their behalf with the IRS. However, BBB has taken complaints from consumers who paid thousands of dollars to such companies only to find out that the companies didn’t reduce the amount they owed and, in some cases, had never contacted the IRS. BBB advice: If you have a debt with the IRS, consult an IRS enrolled agent, a certified public accountant or a tax attorney to determine whether you qualify to file for anything other than paying your taxes, fines and penalties in full.

If you decide to hire a tax preparer BBB advises that you: • Ask for referrals from friends, but check the preparer out with BBB before you hire anyone at www.bbb.org or by calling (404) 766-0875. • Check credentials. Is the preparer a certified public accountant (CPA), a tax lawyer or an enrolled agent? Will the preparer sign your return and provide you with a copy? Does the preparer belong to a professional organization that requires members to adhere to a code of ethics? • Be wary of promises. Until the preparer knows your situation, there is no way to know whether you’ll get a refund or how big it will be. • Check accessibility. You may need to contact your preparer after tax season is over. Will he or she be available? • Read the contract. Know what the service will cost, what it covers and whether the cost changes if you have a complicated return. Will the preparer represent you in case of an audit? • Check your return. Before you sign the return, read it over to check for mistakes. Ask the preparer to explain anything you don’t understand.

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Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW, (770) 974-0023 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Loy Frix Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive, (770) 974-4965 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. www.calvarybaptistacworth.org Cedarcrest Church Meets at Allatoona High School, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Children’s Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright cedarcrestchurch.com First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street, (770) 974-3021 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. David M Joyner www.fbcacworth.com Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-9091 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dan Reed www.harvestbaptistacworth.org Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road, (770) 893-8834 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Willis Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, (404) 488-3667 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Phil Miller www.hickoryheights.org Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. &  6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Paul Vance www.hbcacworth.org Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road, (770) 974-2951 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Child.) 10 a.m. (Adult) Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Guider www.ironhillbaptist.org Johnson Ferry Baptist Church @ Cedarcrest 3950 Cobb Parkway, Suite 604, (678) 460-3510

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Keystone Baptist Church (meets at Harrison High School) 4500 Due West Road, (678) 230-5317 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Terry Nelson www.keystoneonline.org Morning View Baptist Meets at Lewis Elementary (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Sammy Burgess Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 974-8335 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road, (770) 974-7612 Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Pastor: Richard D. Goodwin, www.newhopeacworth.com Northwest Baptist Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 608-1400 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: David E. Owen www.pineygrove.net Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road, (770) 529-0509 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Jerry Black Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw, (770) 428-4031 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 8 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/AWANA: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: James G. Wright Jr. www.sardismbckennesaw.org Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Services:  9:45 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Johnson www.summitchurch.org Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kennesaw, (678) 797-0611 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris www.thankfulbaptistkennesaw.org The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 North Cobb Parkway (770) 926-1464 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Bill Avery Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road, Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Donald E. Lewis

West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy., (770) 222-2125 Sunday Services: 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Brian Bloye www.westridge.com Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw, (770) 425-7118 Sunday Service 11 a.m. Pastor Steve Baskin www.westernhillsbaptist.org Wildwood Baptist Church 4801 Wade Green Road NW, (770) 428-2100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Ric Cadle www.wildwoodbaptist.org Zion Hill Baptist Church 4255 Taylor St., (770) 974-8221

EPISCOPAL Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Christian Ed: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. www. christchurch.episcopalatlanta.org St. Teresa's Episcopal Church 5725 Fords Road, (770) 590-9040 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 5:30 p.m. www. saintteresa.episcopalatlanta.org

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witness 3795 Lakeview Way, NW (770) 975-1266

LUTHERAN Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road, (770) 425-6726 Sunday Services: 8:45, 9:30 & 11 a.m. www.livinghopevision.com First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw (770) 427-0325 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Craig Storlie www.fulc.org

PRESBYTERIAN Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street, (770) 974-6552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Fred Boozer (Interim) www.acworthpresbyterianchurch.org Christ Community Church Meets at Kennesaw Comm. Ctr., (770) 529-2600 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Mike Glass www.christcommunitycobb.org Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Sid Gunter www.heritagepres.com Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 427-3545 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Int. Pastor: Rev. Cyndi Parr www.kirkwoodpc.org


Mars Hill Presbyterian Church USA 3385 Mars Hill Road NW, (770) 974-4395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bryant C. Harris www.mhchurch.com

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW, (770) 428-7139 Saturday Vigil: 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7 & 9 a.m., 12 & 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. (Life Teen) Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek www.stcatherinercc.org

SYNOGAGUES Chabad Jewish Center of Acworth www.Jewishwestcobb.com (678) 460-7702 Shabbat services: 1st Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., Last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan Congregation Ner Tamid www.nertamidonline.com (678) 264-8575 Friday night Shabbat Services on the Second and Fourth Friday of every month.

UNITED METHODIST Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle, (770) 974-3312 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Brian Butler www.acworthumc.org County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW, (770) 428-0511 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Katie Strals www.countylineumc.org Crossroads United Methodist Church Meets at Shelton Elementary, (404) 579-9753 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ken Hagler www.crossroadsum.org Due West Methodist 3956 Due West Road, (770) 427-3835 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:39 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:39 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tom Davis www.duewest.org Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1808 Ben King Road, (770) 428-1543 Sunday Service: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 & 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Service in Portuguese Pastor: Wallace Wheeles www.kennesawumc.org New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road, (770) 421-9980 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Scott Brown www.nbumc.org

OTHER CHURCHES Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive, (770) 974-1358

Atlanta Church of Christ 4461 Bretton Ct NW, (770) 529-1250 Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit www.branchesofchrist.com Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Josh Blevins www.ccnorthwest.org Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.; Prayer Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jason Tomczak www.ctkatlanta.com Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788 Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Senior Pastor: Tony Crawford www.dayspring-online.com Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka www.eaglepointe.org

New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road, Acworth (770) 974-0685 NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road, (770) 420-9808 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mike Linch www.northstarchurch.org Northwest Christian Church 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy, (770) 425-2525 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Ron Mobley www.nwcc.net Oakwood Community Church 2714 Valleyhill Drive (404) 931-9590 Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dave Meadows Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Baker www.prayerandpraise.org River Church Of Acworth 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (770) 974-8180 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dave McClanahan www. riverchurchofacworth.org RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner www.riverstonewf.org

Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: J. Tommy White, Jr. www.faithagchurch.com

The Rock of Atlanta 146 Kelli Clark Ct. (770) 975-ROCK Sunday Service: 10 a.m. www.therockofatlanta.com

Freedom Church Meets at Barber Middle School (770) 529-6006 Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee www.freedomchurch.tv

Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Terrence Padgett www.unitycc.com

Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Tim Houston www.joshuagospeltabernacle.com

Victory North Church Meets at Pitner Elementary, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 9:45 & 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden www.victorynorth.org

Journey Church of Acworth Meets at Russom Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Douglas Crumbly www.jcacworth.org Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Service: 7:30p.m. www.kelloggcreekchurchofchrist.org LifeBridge Church Meets at Hayes Elementary School (770) 421-1018 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. www.mylifebridgechurch.com

Vintage 242 Church 3732 Cedarcrest Road, (678) 383-2299 Saturday Service: 6 p.m. Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick www.vintage242.com

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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 680 West Memorial Drive, (770) 443-0566 Saturday Vigil: 4 & 6 p.m. (6 p.m. En Espanol) Sunday: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Reverend: Adrian Pleus www.saintvincentdepaulchurch.org/

Acworth Church a Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:50 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: C. Neal Wright www.acworthchurch.com

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. &  6 p.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sr. Minister: Mr. Lynn T. Eynon www.woodstockchristian.org

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Emergency — 911

C ommunity I nformation N umbers

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Cherokee (770) 345-0400 Cobb (770) 980-2000 Paulding (770) 445-6016 COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Board of Education: Cherokee (770) 479-1871 Cobb (770) 426-3300 Paulding (770) 443-8000 Burn Permits: Cherokee (770) 720-3525 Paulding (770) 505-2876 Business Licenses: Cherokee (678) 493-6108 Cobb (770) 528-8410 Paulding (770) 443-7571 Commissioners: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-3300 Paulding (770) 443-7550 Courthouse: Cherokee (770) 479-1953 Cobb (770) 528-1300 Paulding (770) 443-7527 Driver's Licenses: Cherokee (770) 720-3693 Cobb (770) 528-3251 Paulding (404) 657-9300 Extension Office: Cherokee (770) 470-0418 Cobb (770) 528-4070 Paulding (770) 443-7616 Fire Department: Cherokee (678) 493-4000 Cobb (770) 528-8000 Paulding (770) 222-1160 Health Department: Cherokee (770) 928-0133 Cobb (770) 974-3330 Paulding (770) 443-7881 Jury Phone: Cherokee (770) 479-9011 Cobb (770) 528-1800 License Plates/Auto Tags: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-4020 Paulding (770) 443-7585 Senior Services: Cherokee (770) 345-5312 Cobb (770) 528-5364 Paulding (770) 345-5312 Tax Assessor: Cherokee (678) 493-6120 Cobb (770) 528-3100 Paulding (770) 443-7606 Taxes — Property: Cherokee (678) 493-6414 Cobb (770) 528-8600 Paulding (770) 443-7581 Traffic Signals: Cherokee (678) 493-6077 Cobb (770) 528-8162 Voter Registration: Cherokee (770) 479-0407

Cobb Paulding Zoning: Cherokee Cobb Paulding CHILDREN & FAMILY: Boys & Girls Clubs: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Child Support Enforcement: Department of Family & Children Services: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 528-2300 (770) 443-7503 (770) 493-6101 (770) 528-2004 (770) 443-7601

(770) 720-7712 (770) 427-0418 (678) 363-8570 (404) 921-1490

(770) 720-3610 (770) 528-5000 (770) 443-7810

GEORGIA STATE PATROL (404 624-7000 HERO (Highway Emergency) (404) 635-8000 HOSPITALS: Wellstar Cobb Wellstar Kennestone Wellstar Paulding

(770) 732-4000 (770) 793-5000 (770) 445-4411

HOTLINES: AIDS Information Alcohol Treatment Referrals Battered Women's Shelter Child Abuse & Neglect Crime Victim Helpline Domestic Violence Hotline Drug Abuse Helpline GA Mental Health Crisis Poison Control Rape Crisis Hotline Rite Call (Child Health Care) Suicide Hotline

(800) 342-2437 (800) 662-4357 (770) 427-3390 (770) 528-5015 (800) 338-6745 (800) 334-2836 (800) 338-6745 (770) 422-0202 (800) 222-1222 (770) 428-2666 (404) 250-KIDS (800) 784-2433

Animal Shelter: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 590-5610 Paulding (770) 443-3565 Emergency Veterinary Clinic: Cherokee (770) 924-3720 Cobb (770) 424-9157 Humane Society: Cherokee (770) 928-5115 Cobb (770) 428-5616 Paulding (770) 445-1511 Lost Pet Hotline: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 428-LOST Paulding www.paulding.gov/animal Meals "Fur" Pets: “Feeding the Pets of the Needy” (770) 712-4077 www.mealsfurpets.com POST OFFICE: Acworth Kennesaw Oak Grove

(770) 966-8133 (770) 422-4103 (770) 592-2800

RECYCLING: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 516-4195 (770) 528-1135 (770) 443-0119

SCHOOLS

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Cherokee Cobb Paulding UTILITIES: Cable (Comcast)

(770) 345-3300 (770) 499-4600 (770) 443-3010

404-COMCAST (266-2278)

Electric: Acworth Power Cobb EMC Georgia Power

(770) 917-8903 (770) 429-2100 (888) 660-5890

Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co.

(770) 994-1946

(770) 470-1813 (770) 423-1000 (770) 222-6868

LIBRARIES: Cherokee Co. Libraries Cobb Co. Libraries Acworth Libraries

(770) 479-3090 (770) 528-2320 (770) 917-5165

NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 479-3117 (770) 499-3911 (770) 443-7629

PARKS & RECREATION: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

Water: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 924-7768 (770) 528-8800 (770) 445-8065

PETS & ANIMALS Animal Control: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(678) 493-6200 (770) 499-4136 (770) 445-1511

CITY OF ACWORTH: www.acworth.org City Hall (770) 974-3112 Acworth Housing Authority (770) 974-3012 Parks & Recreation (770) 917-1234 Police Information (770) 974-1232 Acworth City Jail (770) 974-0295 Downtown Development (770) 974-8813 Municipal Court (770) 974-0965

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COUNTY SCHOOL WEBSITES Bartow: www.bartow.k12.ga.us Cherokee: www.cherokee.k12.ga.us Cobb: www.cobb.k12.ga.us Paulding: www.paulding.k12.ga.us

Harrison High School 4500 Due West Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8104 Principal: Donnie Griggers

Acworth Intermediate School 4220 Cantrell Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6600 Principal: Kathleen Curran

Kennesaw Elementary School 3155 Jiles Road, Kennesaw 30144 (678) 594-8172 Principal: Wanda Floyd

Allatoona Elementary School 4150 New Hope Church Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 606-5843 Principal: Jim Bishop

Kennesaw Mountain High School 1898 Kenn. Due West Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8190 Principal: Dr. Kevin Daniel

Allatoona High School 3300 Dallas Acworth Highway, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6503 Principal: Scott Bursmith

Kleven Boston Elementary School 105 Othello Drive, Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: Les Conley

Awtrey Middle School 3601 Nowlin Road, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 975-6615 Principal: Jeff Crawford

Lewis Elementary School 4179 Jim Owens Road, Kennesaw 30152 (770) 975-6673 Principal: Kristi Kee

Baker Elementary School 2361 Baker Road NW, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6629 Principal: Dr. Phyllis Jones

Lost Mountain Middle School 700 Old Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8224 Principal: Dr. Terry Poor

Barber Middle School 4222 Cantrell Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6764 Principal: Lisa Williams

McCall Primary School 4496 Dixie Avenue, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6775 Principal: Thomas Farrell

Bullard Elementary School 3656 Old Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8720 Principal: Sharon Hardin

McClure Middle School (Cobb County) 3660 Old Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 331-8131 Principal: Susan Wing

Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Dr. Pam Colvin

McClure Middle School (Paulding County) 315 Bob Grogan Drive, Dallas 30132 (770) 505-3700 Principal: Dr. Dick Hutnik

Durham Middle School 2891 Mars Hill Road, Acworth  30101 (770) 975-6641 Principal: Georganne Young

North Cobb High School 3400 Highway 293, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 975-6685 Principal: Dr. Phillip Page

East Paulding High School 3320 E. Paulding Drive, Dallas 30157 (770) 445-5100 Principal: Scott Viness

North Paulding High School 300 N. Paulding Drive, Dallas 30132 (770) 443-9400 Principal: Dr. Russell Claxton

E.T. Booth Middle School 6550 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-5707 Principal: Dawn Weinbaum

Oak Grove Elementary School 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth 30102 (770) 974-6682 Principal: Jennifer Scrivner

Etowah High School 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-4411 Principal: Keith Ball

Palmer Middle School 690 N. Booth Road, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 591-5020 Principal: Cathy Wentworth

Ford Elementary School 1345 Mars Hill Road, Acworth 30101 (678) 594-8092 Principal: Dr. Jami Frost

Pickets Mill Elementary School 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, Acworth 30101 (770-975-7172 Principal: Sheila Chesser

Frey Elementary School 2865 Mars Hill Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6655 Principal: Joyce Piket

Pitner Elementary School 4575 Wade Green Road, Acworth 30102 (678) 594-8320 Principal: Sherri Hill

Shelton Elementary School 1531 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas 30132 (770) 443-4244 Principal: Penny Noel Vaughan Elementary School 5950 Nichols Road, Powder Springs 30127 (678) 594-8298 Principal: Dr. Barbara Swinney

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Brookstone Montessori School (770) 426-5245 1680 Brookstone Walk, Acworth 30101 Principal: Linda Grier www.montessori.com Brookwood Christian School (678) 401-5855 4728 Wood Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Principal: Kim Wigington www.brookwoodchristian.com Cornerstone Prep (770) 529-7077 1720 Mars Hill Road, Suite #8, Acworth 30101 Administrator: Jeanne Borders www.cornerstoneprep.org First Baptist Christian School (770) 422-3254 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Kim Dahnke www.fbcskennesaw.com Furtah Preparatory & Montessori School (678) 574-6488 5496 Highway 92, Acworth 30102 Headmaster: Fred Furtah Montessori Director: Denise Glass www.furtahprep.org Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Principal: Jamie Smithey www.harvestbaptistacworth.org Hopewell Montessori School (770) 917-0507 450 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth 30101 Director of Ed: Laura Morris www.hopewellmontessori.com Lyndon Academy (770) 926-0166 9914 Highway 92, Woodstock 30188 Headmaster: Linda Murdock www.lyndonacademy.org Mount Paran Christian School (770) 578-0182 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw 30152 Headmaster: Dr. David Tilley www.mtparanschool.com North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw 30144 Head of School: Todd Clingman www.ncchristian.org Omega Private Academy (770) 792-7431 5330 Brookstone Drive, Acworth 30101 Principal: Kathy Keeton www.omegaprivateacademy.com

School Contact Information

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Kennesaw Charter School 1370 Lockhart Drive, Kennesaw 30144 (678)-290-9628 Principal: Kay Frey

Roland Russom Elementary School 44 Russom Elem. School Lane, Dallas 30132 (678) 574-3480 Principal: Gina King

Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw 30144 Administrator: John D. Ward www.shilohhills.com St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (770) 419-8601 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sr. Mary Jacinta, O.P. www.scsiena.org The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Don Robertson www.thewalkerschool.org St. Joseph Catholic School (770) 428-3328 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA 30060 Principal: Pat Allen www.stjosephschool.org

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A cworth A rea C lubs & O rganizations

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

Acworth Business Association (770) 423-1330 www.acworthbusiness.org

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294 www.hopehumane.org

Cherokee Chamber of Commerce (770) 345-0400 www.cherokee-chamber.com Cobb Chamber of Commerce (770) 980-2000T www.cobbchamber.org KSU Small Business Development Center (770) 423-6450

www.sbdc.kennesaw.edu LeadsNet Business Referral Group (404) 819-8896

www.leadsnetgroup.com

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS West Cobb Business Association (678) 776-6331

www.atlantayachtclub.org

Atlanta Water Ski Club

Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(770) 974-0670

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

(770) 974-3577

(770) 425-3679

Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation (770) 529-9003 Ext. 40 www.afahf.org Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (770) 989-8820 Girl Scout Council of North Georgia 4941 George Washington Avenue (770) 974-4278 Girl Scout — Camp Pine Acres 3963 Bartow Carver Road NW (770) 974-6696

Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187 www.csaimpact.com Children's PEACE Center (770) 917-8815 www.childrenspeacecenter.homestead.com Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club www.ccrc.info Foothills Running Club John McCusker, (770) 924-9504 Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, (770) 514-7819 Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, (404) 630-8805 www.kennesawfc.org

Junior League of Cobb — Marietta (770) 422-5266 www.jlcm.org

MOMS Club of Acworth-West www.momsclub.org

Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club P.O. Box 748 Acworth, GA 30101 www.kennesawacworthlions.org

MOMS Club of Acworth-East www.momsclubacwortheast.clubspaces.com

Kiwanis Club of Kennworth Golden K Contact: Marjory Everett (770) 966-0100

Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw (770) 423-9622

Sigma Gamma RHO Sorority 3122 Aviary Court Contact: Jackie Ajudua, (770) 529-5654

West Cobb Lacrosse Club (770) 641-2222 http://eteamz.active.com/westcobblacrosse

Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (770) 432-7954 www.cobbhabitat.org

VFW Post 5408 (Acworth & Kennesaw Post) 4764 N. Cobb Parkway (770) 974-0958 www.vfwpost5408.orgCherokee

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Here Am I Ministries, Inc. (770) 529-4644 Contact: Rev. DeAnna Fountain

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS

Celebrate Life International www.CelebrateLife.org

www.westcobbbusiness.comAARC (All About Reaching Children) (678) 574-6023 www.allaboutreachingchildren.org Children Child Advocacy Council (770) 345-8100 Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity (770) 345-1879 www.cherokeehabitat.net Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 www.cchumanesociety.org

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue (706) 698-HOME www.homeward.petfinder.com Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-9882 www.humanecobb.org Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt (770) 590-7898 Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption (770) 325-PETS www.mostlymutts.org Papa's Pantry (770) 591-4730 6151 Commerce Parkway, Woodstock www.papaspantry.org Paws for Disabilities Web site: www.pawsfordisabilities.org

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Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (770) 785-2522Atlanta Yacht Club

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County Democratic Party (770) 345-3489 Cherokee County Republican Party (770) 592-0575 Cobb County Democracy For America www.dfalink.com/cobbcounty Cobb County Democratic Party (770) 420-7133

RECREATION & HOBBIES Cobb County Libertarian Party (770) 425-2856 Cobb County Republican Party (770) 421-1833

West Cobb Mothers and More www.geocities.com/wcobbmothersandmore (770) 314-1211

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister (770) 428-2100 Cherokee Focus

(770) 345-5483

Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400 Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, (770) 345-8687 Newcomers of Cobb County (678) 402-6152 www.newcomersofcobbcounty.com Sisters of Support (Breast Cancer Support) Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery (770) 590-0334 www.burnthickory.com


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT:

PAULDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

President Barack Obama (D) (202) 456-1414 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue fax: (202) 456-2461 Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: www.whitehouse.gov e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

240 Constitution Blvd. (770) 443-7550 Dallas, GA 30132 fax: (770) 443-7537 Website: www.paulding.gov

Commissioners: David Banett , Post 4

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) (202) 224-3521 416 Russell Senate Office Building fax: (202) 224-0103 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: http://chambliss.senate.gov e-mail: use contact form on website

CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (770) 661-0768 Website: http://isakson.senate.gov

Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R), District 11 (202) 225-2931 219 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060 GA: (770) 429-1776 Website: http://gingrey.house.gov fax: (770) 795-9551

Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 (202) 225-4272 90 North Street, Suite 360, Canton, GA 30114 GA: (770) 479-1888 Website: http://linder.house.gov fax: (770) 479-2999

Governor Nathan Deal (R) (404) 652-7003 State Capitol, Room 111 fax: (404) 652-7123 Atlanta, GA 30334

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21 (770) 516-0543 e-mail: ChipRogers2@comcast.net fax: (404) 463-1385

(770) 479-1871

Board of Education: Janet Read (R), Post 4 e-mail: janet.read@cherokee.k12.ga.us

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 e-mail: rick.steiner@cherokee.k12.ga.us

(770) 704-4398, x4370

COBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

Office Superintendent, Fred Sanderson

Board of Education: Lynnda Crowder-Eagle (R), Post 1 e-mail: lcrowder-eagle.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Kathleen Angelucci (R), Post 4 e-mail: kangelucci.boardmember@cobbk12.org

(770) 426-3300 (770) 426-3453

PAULDING COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6

(770) 445-2600

CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Senator Bill Heath (R), District 31 e-mail: billheath@billheath.net

(770) 537-5234

Senator Lindsey Tippins (R), District 37

(770) 426-4619

Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20 e-mail: cbyrd@legis.state.ga.us

(404) 557-5069

COBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Rep. Ed Setzler (R), District 35 e-mail: esetzler@legis.state.ga.us

(404) 656-0126

CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

PAULDING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

1130 Bluffs Parkway (678) 493-6000 Canton, GA 30114 www.cherokeega.com

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail: lbahrens@cherokeega.com

Jason Nelms, (R) Post 4 e-mail: jnelms@cherokeega.com

(678) 493-6001 (678) 493-6000

COBB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Sheriff Roger Garrison (R) (770) 720-6393 90 North Street, Suite 330 Canton, GA 30114 www.cherokeega-sheriff.org

Sheriff Neill Warren (R) (770) 499-4609 185 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 www.cobbsheriff.org

Sheriff Gary Gulledge (R) (770) 443-3010 247 Industrial Way North Dallas, GA 30132 www.paulding.gov/gov/sheriff.asp

CITY OF ACWORTH

Mayor Tommy Allegood

(770) 974-3112

CITY OF ACWORTH BOARD OF ALDERMEN (770) 974-3112

Butch Price, Post 1 e-mail: bprice@acworth.org

(770) 974-4321

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail: gpugliese@acworth.org

(678) 575-0596

(770) 528-3300

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail: bweatherford@acworth.org

(770) 974-3533

Helen Goreham (R), District 1 e-mail: hgoreham@cobbcounty.org

(770) 528-3313

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail: trichardson@acworth.org

(770) 974-5259

JoAnn Birrell, District 3 e-mail: joann.birrell@cobbcounty.org

(770) 528-3317

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail: thouston@acworth.org

(770) 917-1883

100 Cherokee Street (770) 528-3300 Marietta, GA 30090 fax: (770) 720-6361 Website: www.cobbcounty.org

Commissioners: Tim Lee (R), Chairman e-mail: tlee@cobbcounty.org

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Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

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Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 (202) 225-4501 P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 GA: (770) 565-4990 Website: www.tomprice.com fax: (770) 565-7570 e-mail: tom@tomprice.com

(770) 443-7550, x4009

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