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October 2012

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In Every Issue

26 Proper Care of Children The hard work of raising kids.

Around Walton.......................... 6 Celebrations............................ 12

30 HS Diplomats Program Sungjoon Park shares his experience.

Community Calendar............... 29 Everyday Angels...................... 34

36 & 37 On the Cover

35 Fall Festivals The air is cool — it’s festival season!

Clockwise from bottom left: Grace Albizzatti, Aline O’Neill, Preston Sayyah and Haley Herold. Photo by Dan Carmody, Studio 7.

42 Tyren’s Family WHS Raider Tyren Jones and his family.

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

48 WHS Raider Football The Raiders in action!

Humane Society...................... 69

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy:

A digital version of the magazine, along with information on how to contact us, submit a story or photo, or advertise is available at

Houses of Worship.................. 60 Clubs & Organizations.............. 62

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

Elected Officials....................... 70

56 Dr. Richard Kaht Cobb County School District 2012 Teacher

Classifieds............................... 71 Advertiser Directory................ 72

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Contributing Writers

Joan Steigerwald is the Market Manager for Around Walton. She can be reached at (770) 615-3311 or joan@ 2

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Judson Adamson.............................19 Claudia Aguirre................................46 Peter Allen......................................20 Mary-Kathryn Boler.........................38 Dr. Cristi Cheek................................40 Ben Clark.........................................18 Deidre Dixon...................................41 Dr. Justin Fierro ...............................39 David Heckelmoser..........................28 Sen. Judson Hill...............................14 Linda & Kevin Keeton......................24 Kara Kiefer.......................................33

Barabara Donnelly Lane...................26 Lynne Lysaght.............................42,56 Lisa Malice......................................50 Sungjoon Park.................................30 Nicolas Perry...................................52 Zett Quinn.......................................22 Dr. Chris Rechter .............................39 Dawn Reed......................................32 Doug Rohan.....................................16 Margot Swann.................................32 Bryant Wright..................................58

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Joan Steigerwald, (770) 615-3311

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

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

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

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


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AROUND WALTON by Lynne Lysaght

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

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Walton

It is that time of year when we start putting the blankets back on the bed, raking the colorful leaves into piles to jump in, and start getting the decorations ready for the upcoming holidays. One of the kids’ favorite, Halloween, is right around the corner. A number of community residents go all out when decorating their yards for the festivities, and some neighborhoods have haunted houses or a visit from the Wicked Witch. Send in pictures of your festively decorated yard and we will share it with the community.

In this month’s issue, there is a list of fall festivals, Halloween happenings and craft shows to keep everyone busy, with a couple of options for safe trick-ortreating. At our house, I always buy our favorite candy bars to give out, just in case there are any leftovers. Don’t forget that the Friday before Halloween, the Walton Raiders will be nationally broadcast playing the Milton Eagles on October 26 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. I also want to remind you to take Senator Judson Hill’s advice and vote on Election Day, November 6, to let your voice be heard; as his column states, “Every vote counts.”

What’s New? Pro Martial Arts East Cobb has opened at 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 610 in the Parkaire Shopping Center next to the East Cobb Library. The Pro Martial Arts System encompasses techniques from the Korean arts of Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. The studio offers classes for adults and children, kickboxing, Armor Bullying and Predator Prevention training, Life Skills program and Karate birthday parties. The owner of the studio is Alok Kataria. For more information, call (404) 4742350 or visit The Dress Barn recently opened in the Providence Square Shopping Center at 4101 Roswell Road, Suite 500. The store sells women’s clothing from sizes 4 to 24, shoes, accessories, purses, and jewelry. For more information, call (770) 565-3964 or visit Premier Podiatry opened in East Cobb at 1121 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 125. The doctors with the practice are Dr. Steven Richman and Dr. Scott Cohen. Because the doctors believe an informed patient makes better decisions, they have included a section on a full array of topics associated with podiatry on their website. For more information, call (770) 971-9820 or visit 6

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Dr. Mark Light, DPM, of East Cobb Foot and Ankle Care located at 4439 Roswell Road, in front of the Avenue East Cobb, recently added Sterile Pedicures for Men and Women to services provided at the office. For more information, call (770) 977-8221 or visit

What’s Coming? The Bar Method Studio is coming to Merchant’s Walk, 1289 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 440. Come discover what the Bar Method, the most targeted body-sculpting workout™, is all about with a free community class held at the temporary preopening location at The British Academy of Performing Arts, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 265. Space is limited. To make a reservation, visit

What’s Moved? Calico Corners/Calico Home has moved from Providence Square to its new location in Merchant’s Walk at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 124, across from Whole Foods. The store specializes in fabrics, trimmings, window treatments and furniture. For more information, visit

What’s Closing? The Wolf Camera and Image store located at the Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, Suite 1415 is going out of business and will be closed by the end of October.

Around Walton Depends on You!

Please continue to send in your stories and photos, the content of this magazine is 100 percent reader-driven and advertiser supported. We welcome your feedback and suggestions! We are the only magazine in the area to be directly mailed to everyone in the Walton school district (14,900 homes and businesses, a distribution map is provided on page 67). Additionally 1,600 magazines are placed in racks at strategic locations around East Cobb, see page 71 for rack locations. Editorial: Advertising:

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What’s Happening in Walton... Fourth Annual Cobb Diaper Day The Cobb Diaper Day Committee is holding its fourth annual Diaper Day on October 29 at 5 p.m. in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The Committee’s goal is to collect more than 100,000 diapers to distribute to low-income families with infants and young children. Food stamps cannot be used to purchase diapers, and the average cost per month to purchase diapers is $100 or more. Due to limited supply, local nonprofit agencies can only dispense diapers four to six times per year per client. The Committee is asking that businesses collect from employees or that neighborhoods hold a diaper drive. Donations can be dropped off on October 29 at Glover Park, or you can call (404) 276-0808 or email to arrange a pickup. The East Cobb Business Association will be collecting diapers at the October luncheon. All proceeds benefit the following organizations: Christian Aid Mission Partnership (C.A.M.P.), the Center for Family Resources, MUST Ministries, Reconnecting Families and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.

21st Annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting The East Cobb Civitan Club will partner with the Friends for the East Cobb Park, Inc. to hold its 21st annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on October 24 at the Indian Hills Country Club and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres. The proceeds from the auction will benefit East Cobb Park, Camp Big Heart and many other community projects for the aged, homeless, handicapped and needy. Last year’s auction raised $23,000. The premier sponsors of the event include Indian Hills Country Club and the Wine Shop at Parkaire. Tickets will be $25 and can be purchased at the door or from any Civitan member. For more information or to donate an auction item, call Jenna Spangler at (678) 805-7475.


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Cobb EMC Warns of Utility Scams Utility companies throughout the southeast have been pestered with scams by impostors dressed as utility employees. To help protect the community, Cobb EMC reveals some common scams. SCAM: Individual at your door needs a small service fee to repair your meter. TRUTH: Cobb EMC does not charge service fees for routine maintenance and repairs. The utility will also never ask for payment on-site at your home. SCAM: Phone caller insists they need your credit card number or your power will be shut off. TRUTH: Cobb EMC does not solicit credit card numbers over the phone. SCAM: Individual says they need access into your home to repair your meter or power lines. TRUTH: While Cobb EMC workers do need access to property for maintenance or meter repair, they do not need to enter a home to perform these tasks. If you have any doubts, call Cobb EMC at (770) 429-2100. SCAM: Individual stops by unexpectedly and asks to inspect your house for an in-home energy audit to help you save money on energy costs. TRUTH: Cobb EMC offers in-home energy audits to help members reduce energy loss, but they are only conducted when members contact the EMC and make an appointment. These representatives will have photo identification. SCAM: Individual claiming to be with the utility visits your home with no visible identification on their clothing. TRUTH: All Cobb EMC employees carry ID badges and will provide proof of their employment. SCAM: A caller or visitor insists he or she is an employee of Cobb EMC. TRUTH: There are times that a contractor may be working on behalf of Cobb EMC, and their truck identification should indicate that they are a contractor for Cobb EMC. If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be a utility employee and are unsure whether a visit is legitimate, call Cobb EMC at (770) 429-2100. If you receive a call and are not certain of the caller’s identity, particularly if they ask for payment or billing information, simply tell them you’d prefer to hang up and call the company directly. If you feel you are in danger, call the police.

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What’s Happening in Walton... ECBA Members Walk in Local Parade

Members of the East Cobb Business Association prepare to walk in local parade through the Walton community.

Cobb Elections Looking for Poll Workers Cobb Board of Elections is looking for people to work at voting precincts during the general election. A poll worker must be a U.S. citizen, Cobb County resident, at least 16 years old, be able to read, write and speak English and not have a felony conviction in the last ten years. Poll workers attend one or more mandatory training class before working at the poll. Workers are paid $110 for Election Day, $20-$30 for each training class and $15 for helping set up the poll. Workers must arrive by six a.m. on Election Day and stay until at least eight or nine p.m. to close the poll. Workers must provide their own transportation. For more information, download the Poll Worker brochure and application at

Workshop For Women in Transition The Transition Network (TTN) will present an all-day workshop titled “Transition Paths …Charting Your Dreams for Tomorrow” for women in transition or for women approaching a new chapter in life in the near future. This interactive workshop will stimulate your thinking, tap into your creativity, and provide the personal space to thoughtfully consider the next steps in your journey. Through a combination of information, personal exercises and group discussions customized for women in transition, the workshop instructors will help you explore your vision of the future, your transition fears and cycle of change and will help you identify what is meaningful and provides a sense of purpose. The workshop will be presented by Ellen McCarty and Lynn Anderson. Participants will begin creating a Personal Vision Statement and leave with resources and concrete action steps to support their progress. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 10 at the Holiday Inn Express located at 2485 George Busbee Parkway, NW, Kennesaw. The cost will be $99 for TTN members, $139 for non-members or $178 for two attendees. To register, visit http://

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Happy Birthday!

Sadaf Sigari Colin Outz Celebrating September 19 Age 7 on September 21 Happy Birthday Dear Sadaf! Love, Mom, Dad, We love you so much, Mommy, Katie and Noelle Daddy and Rahdeen

Drew Krolick Celebrating 9 years on October 8 Happy Birthday Drew! We love you so much, Mom, Dad and Danny

Grace Beddingfield Age 7 on October 21 Happy Birthday Gracie! We love you! Mommy and Charlotte


Jennifer Marlar Celebrating on October 12 Happy Birthday to our AWESOME office manager who keeps us all in line! Love, the gang at Dr. Cheek’s office

Mackenzie Fischrupp Age 9 on October 21 Happy Birthday! We love you so much! Your family

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Josette Stevens Age 15 on September 22 Happy Birthday Josette! Love, Mom, Dad, Tracy and Meredith

Meredith Stevens Hannah Williams Age 15 on September 22 Age 3 on October 2 Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Meredith! our sweet girl! Love, Mom, Dad, Tracy Lots of Love, Mommy, Daddy, and Josette Ansley and Chandler

Jacqueline Webb Age 11 on October 16 Happy Birthday, Jacqueline! Love, Mom, Dad and Bailey

Cammy Harris Audrey Lynn Chu Age 7 on October 17 Age 3 on October 20 Happy Birthday, You are truly our sweet sweet Cammy! granddaughter! We love you so much! We love you, Happy Birthday! Mom, Dad, Wrigley, Cleo, Ye Ye and Nai Nai “Pretty Fish” and Blueberry

Robbie Wanek Age 2 on October 31 Happy Birthday Robbie! We love you so much, Mama, Daddy and Sutton

Ireland Donaghy Holman Age 8 on November 8 Daughter of Patrick and Grania Sister of Seth-Patrick, Trinity, Andrew, John-Hall and Patricia

Olivia Searcy (left) Age 11 on October 4 Lauren Kadow (right) Age 11 on October 19 Happy Birthday Lauren and Olivia! Love, the Kadow and Searcy Families


Tom and Emily Ellingwood Celebrating 18 years October 1 Happy Anniversary!


Jerry and Julie Uffner Celebrating 18 years October 22 Happy Anniversary!




Donald and Pollin Chu Celebrating 39 years on October 6 Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

William and Margo Outz Celebrating 26 years on October 18 Happy Anniversary!


Brian and Michelle Smith Celebrating 23 years on October 26 Happy Anniversary!


John and Pam Tanous Celebrating 22 years on October 27 Happy Anniversary!

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Nora and Darrell Borne Celebrating 22 years on October 27 Happy Anniversary!

Jenny Michelle Mazurek and Craig William King Married June 27, 2012

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Every Vote Counts by State Senator Judson Hill

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

On November sixth, the polls will be open to cast our votes in several political races, including who will lead our country as president during the next four years. Georgia citizens will be reminded throughout the day to “do their civic duty” and will be encouraged to exchange a yellow computer card for a sticker with the words “I’m a Georgia voter” imprinted over a brightly colored peach. Some Georgians will not participate in the elections, and while apathy is a contributor, it is not the only reason why. Our hectic lives and families keep us suspended in a whirlwind of activities, and for some, it is simply hard to take the time out of an already busy day. Stopping at the polls even for 15 – 20 minutes is hard to justify for those of us who are on our way to work, to pick up the kids from school, or on the way to a community meeting. “My one vote won’t count anyway” is a common misconception among those who find it hard to make the trip to the polls.

We need to make the time to vote. Many countless patriots before us sacrificed their time or their lives and fortunes to ensure each and every one of us has that right to vote. The right to vote is an honor and a privilege given to every citizen of Georgia and the United States. It was a right not easily won. Our nation was founded on the idea that every individual voice should have a say in how government operates. It took many years before every citizen was afforded that right. The history of voting rights in our nation has been filled with prejudices and injustices. When the Constitution was ratified in 1788, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 percent of the nation’s population) were able to participate in elections. Barriers such as literacy tests and poll taxes initially kept minorities and women from voting until Congress drafted Constitutional Amendments to ban these requirements. The U.S. Supreme Court heard many cases related to voting practices, striking down the most damaging and exclusive prerequisites. Each push to expand voting privileges to every U.S. citizen was by someone who tirelessly fought not only for their own rights, but the rights of future generations. The voting process in the United States must be protected against anything that would compromise the true voice of citizens. In Georgia, we have enacted a law that requires a 14

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In Georgia, we have enacted a law that requires a photo ID in order to cast a ballot, and our state even offers free photo identification cards to anyone who needs one.

photo ID in order to cast a ballot, and our state even offers free photo identification cards to anyone who needs one. Over 26,500 Georgians have taken advantage of this service in the past five years. As I stated in a previous column, Voter ID laws are designed to protect—and not suppress—the voice of Georgia citizens. Georgia’s voter ID law was able to stand resilient against legal challenges before ultimately taking effect in 2007. When election volunteers ask to see a photo ID, it is not their intention to exclude anyone from casting a ballot. They are simply trying to uphold the integrity of the electoral process by following proper voter verification procedures. It is imperative to the health and well-being of our nation that our elections are not compromised by questionable vote handling, double voting or false identities. Although November sixth may be just another busy Tuesday for your family, please don’t pass up this important opportunity to shape the future of your community, state, and nation. When planning your schedule for November sixth, pencil in 30 minutes to visit your local voting precinct. Stop by on your way to work, or during your lunch hour. Don’t be afraid to bring your children with you to the polls. Explain to them how important it is to be an involved citizen and to vote in every election—it will be one of the most effective hands-on civics lessons they will ever have. I’d like to leave you with a quote from one of our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams: Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. As an American citizen, you have been entrusted with a great responsibility that will determine the future prosperity of our nation. Please don’t ignore this call to action. So many before you gave their lives for this right. Your voice is needed now more than ever.

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That’s a Felony? (Part One in a Series) by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

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

I was visiting a doctor’s office the other day when I saw a sign that instantly struck me as a great idea for an article. I have toyed around for a while with the idea of writing a piece or a series that would outline actions or activities that you might engage in without realizing the seriousness of the situation—something you might do without realizing you were treading in some deep water, thereby exposing yourself to significant criminal penalties. After about 18 months of thinking about it, a situation finally presented itself to prompt me to write about it. The sign in the doctor’s office read: WARNING - The Georgia Criminal Code 16-13-43(a)(6) makes it a felony not to inform any physician prescribing medications to you of other prescription drugs you are now receiving from another physician.

Now, doctors are not lawyers, and I will grant them some latitude in their efforts to simplify the language of the criminal code so they can reduce it to a notecard posted on the cabinet door; however, I would note that we are not talking about Amoxicillin. The code section cited above references “controlled substances” in the title, so we are talking about an individual who might be trying to obtain prescription pain medication from two separate physicians at the same time for the same injury. If this never would have occurred to you, then congratulations: you are a good Boy Scout or Girl Scout! But the reality is that this is a serious problem and has really put our healthcare system in a bind. And now, there is the issue of the need to have a shared database for prescription drugs and the need for an individual patient’s privacy. The legislature sought a solution that would criminalize the “seeking” behavior, with the strength of a felony punishment (up to 8 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the act above). But, as is often the case with drug addiction, the criminal penalties try to provide a rational approach to stopping irrational behavior, with only limited success. Other actions that the code section prohibits include obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deceit, subterfuge, or theft (a)(3); furnishing false or fraudulent material information or omitting material information from any application or report or other document 16

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Many do not realize that OCGA 1613-75 prohibits you from removing prescription medication from its original container. or record required to be kept by law (a)(4); and to make, distribute, or possess any materials or equipment that can be used to counterfeit the controlled substance (a)(5). Beyond the obvious crimes of seeking excess prescription drugs from a physician listed above, there are other laws which you may not be aware of. In fact, I would bet more than one reader has broken this law before without even realizing they were committing a criminal act. Many do not realize that OCGA 16-13-75 prohibits you from removing prescription medication from its original container. I know many ladies who keep that little plastic baggie of Ibuprofen in the bottom of their purse, but if you put any prescription medication in that same baggie, you could be sentenced to a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. To be sure, it is rare if someone has to face that ultimate consequence, but just the trouble of getting arrested, bonding out of jail, and having your first day in court during arraignment so you can show the State your prescription seems like it would be time consuming and embarrassing, when all you wanted to do was save some space in your purse. Now, keep in mind that this is not an example of “The Man” out to get you or put you down. The police have little choice in the matter but to arrest someone when they have a prescribed narcotic out of the original container because 90 percent of all prescription medication found on the street for sale is not in its original containers. Put yourself in the shoes of the officer. He doesn’t know which individuals have a secret addiction to pain pills and which individuals are telling the truth about the bad car accident they were in last month. By keeping your medication in the original container, the officer can know who the drug was prescribed to, what the drug is, which doctor prescribed it, how long ago it was prescribed, and the appropriate dosage—all things which can be verified with a phone call if they are really suspicious. So keep your prescription medication in their original bottles and be up front with your doctor about who is giving you what. It’s really not so much to ask when you understand what the State is up against in controlling controlled substances.

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Invest Early and Wisely for College Provided by Ben L. Clark, CFP®, AAMS®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor School is back in session. If you have school-age children, you’re probably busy getting them acclimated to another year of hitting the books. But the school years go by quickly, so it won’t be long before your kids are ready to head off to college. Will you be financially prepared to help them?

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

It’s certainly a challenge, especially given the rising costs of higher education. Consider these figures from the College Board: for the 2011-2012 school year, the average cost (including tuition, fees, room and board) was $17,131 per year for an in-state student attending a public, four-year college or university. For a student attending a private four-year school, the comparable average cost was $38,589 annually. And these numbers are likely to increase in the years ahead.

So what can you do to help meet the high costs of higher education? For starters, you need to save and invest — early and often. And you’ll also want to choose investments that are particularly well suited for college. Here are a few suggestions: • 529 plan — When you invest in a 529 plan, all withdrawals will be free from federal income taxes, as long as the money is used for a qualified college expense for your child, or even your grandchild. (However, non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal, state and penalty taxes.) Contribution limits are quite high, so in all likelihood, you’ll be able to put as much as you want into a 529 plan, although you generally can’t exceed the annual gift tax exclusion, which is $13,000 per beneficiary in 2012. Furthermore, if you participate in your own state’s 529 plan, your contributions may be tax deductible on your state taxes. • Coverdell Education Savings Account — Depending on your income level, you can contribute up to $2,000 annually to 18

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So what can you do to help meet the high costs of higher education? For starters, you need to save and invest — early and often. And you’ll also want to choose investments that are particularly well suited for college.

a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) in 2012. Your Coverdell earnings and withdrawals will be tax-free, provided you use the money for qualified education expenses. (Any non-education withdrawals from a Coverdell ESA may be subject to a ten percent penalty.) Unlike a 529 Plan, in addition to college expenses, Coverdell funds can be used for kindergarten through 12th grade expenses, and you can place Coverdell ESA contributions into virtually any investment you choose - stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, etc. • Zero coupon bonds — A zero coupon bond is priced at a discount to its principal or face value. You receive the principal value when the bond matures. So you could purchase a zero coupon bond that matures in the year your child is ready to go to college. Although you won’t receive regular interest payments throughout the life of the zero coupon bond, you’ll still be liable for the taxes on this interest. So before purchasing a zero coupon bond, consult with your tax advisor. These investments have proven popular among many parents and grandparents. However, you’ll need to consult with your financial advisor to determine which collegesavings vehicles are appropriate for your needs. But don’t wait too long — because before you know it, today’s grade-schoolers will be packing for their college dorms.

Housing Continues To Improve by Judson Adamson

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

Last month, the Federal Reserve announced that, in an effort to reignite the economic recovery, it will purchase 40 billion dollars of mortgage-backed securities each month until conditions improve. According to the Fed, this much-anticipated quantitative easing, or QE3, should put downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative. The Fed also left its fund rate unchanged at near zero, but announced the rate, which has a bearing on mortgages, would remain at “exceptionally low levels” until at least mid 2015.

When looking back at the cycles that brought the U.S. out of previous economic downturns, it seems clear that a recovery of the battered housing market is a major key to reinvigorating the U.S. economy. While this downward pressure on interest rates is certainly welcome news, many industry experts believe that a return to sensible underwriting standards by leaders is what the sluggish housing recovery really needs. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, stated that there would be enormous benefits to the U.S. economy if mortgage lending conditions were closer to the safe but reasonable standards that characterized lender practices prior to the housing boom. “Sensible lending standards would permit 500,000 to 700,000 additional home sales in the coming year,” he said. “The economic activity created through these additional home sales would add 250,000 to 350,000 jobs in related trades and services almost immediately and without a cost impact.” Housing has been recovering, but lower mortgage rates by themselves will only do so much.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, stated that there would be enormous benefits to the U.S. economy if mortgage lending conditions were closer to the safe but reasonable standards that characterized lender practices prior to the housing boom. According to real estate data aggregator CoreLogic, rising home values helped 1.3 million homeowners get out from “underwater” in the first half of this year, and another two million would have positive equity if national home prices increase by another five percent. At 36 percent, Georgia had the fourth highest percentage of mortgaged properties that were underwater. Surprisingly, according to Zillow Negative Equity Report, Cobb County has 46 percent of their mortgages underwater. Many experts had been predicting a foreclosure wave would occur this past summer, with foreclosures reaching elevated levels, but the wave is yet to materialize. In the Atlanta market, foreclosures and short sales are approximately 40 percent of the market. The percentage of foreclosure sales is decreasing and the percentage of short sales is increasing as banks try to avoid the expense of maintaining and reselling foreclosed homes. While a short sale can negatively affect the property values in a neighborhood, the impact of a foreclosure is far greater.

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The Coach’s Corner: Are you Thinking Retirement? by Peter Allen Have you thought about your retirement lately? Are you beginning to notice things on TV or in newspaper articles that make you think about retirement or the inability to retire? Or maybe you’ve received that dreaded envelope in the mail- your invitation to join AARP. Peter Allen lives in East Cobb and has a degree in Business Management and holds several certificates from coaching institutes for life, business relationships and retirement. He can be reached at (770) 9772232.

With 77 million Baby Boomers slated to retire in the years to come - 10,000 per day - the topic of retirement is in the forefront of our news and our minds. Did you know you could potentially be living 30 to 40 years in your retirement lifestyle, which could mean you will be spending more time in retirement than you did working!

As the 77 million-strong baby boomers (currently ages 43 to 61) approaches retirement age, many are finding that, from a financial standpoint, they can’t fully retire. While some are perusing other type of work, some are trying their hand at entrepreneurship for additional income and are expressing their creativeness.


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In the U.S., people 55 to 64 years old are more likely than anyone else to start a company, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a center for research and education in entrepreneurship. According to the U.S. bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2002 and 2012 the number of people in the labor force ages 55 and older will increase by 51 percent, and those age 65 and older by 43 percent. So in light of these statistics, planning for you retirement takes on even more importance. Start planning now for the life you always wanted to lead. So where do you begin the process of planning for you retirement? Simply start thinking about it. What do you want it to look like and how do you want to be in your retirement? If you have a business, do you have an exit strategy? Do you want to start a business? What is your passion? What do you want to do? There are many options to explore. It’s not just about money; there are many other success factors that will help you plan and determine your readiness for retirement. There is the old retirement that no longer serves most of us today. Are you ready for the new way, so your retirement can be the most fulfilling and best time of your life?

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Custom Fireplaces and Bookcases Enhance Every Room by Zett Quinn

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

Like a work of art, each room in a home should have a focal point or anchor. A fireplace or custom bookcase can serve as a stunning centerpoint for nearly any room in the home — the living room, family room, basement and even master suite.

them together while adding warmth.

A popular trend in the Walton Community is revamping old brick or marble fireplaces with custom stone work and adding twin bookcases on either side. Combine this with a custom mantle, and you’ll give the entire room a whole new look.

I recommend gas logs rather than natural burning fireplaces. They don’t emit smoke or embers, so they are safer, and you won’t have to dispose of ashes.

Another trend we’re seeing is granite hearths, especially in a room that has granite countertops, like a kitchen or basement bar. Matching the granite ties the two rooms together. You can use the granite for the entire fireplace or combine it with stacked stone. For homeowners with an open floor plan looking for a cozier space, I recommend adding a pass-through fireplace in the middle of a large room. Since you can see through it, this unique fireplace serves as a centerpoint for two rooms, tying


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You can add a fireplace to nearly any room of the home, since “ventless” fireplaces don’t require a chimney to vent the smoke. On the other hand, if you have a fireplace in an inconvenient spot, you can remove it.

A fireplace mantle also can serve as an entertainment center, with space above for a flat screen TV. In most cases, you need to reduce the height of the mantle; there should be proper clearance to prevent warping or a fire. Hire an experienced contractor who is familiar with the building codes. Custom bookcases often flank a fireplace. With recessed lighting and glass doors, a bookcase will enhance a room’s visual appeal while offering additional storage space. Whether painted, stained or glazed, the cabinets and intricate trim work can match the mantle or kitchen, creating a breathtaking focal point. Every room in the home can benefit from the extra storage provided by a custom bookcase, from family rooms and basements to playrooms, master suites and kitchens.

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A Growing Threat—Roots and Sewer Lines Provided by Linda and Kevin Keeton

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

Have you ever driven down the street and see a front yard with a trench that looks like someone is dredging a channel from the front door to the street? While a select few may be installing an expensive irrigation system, most people are having the sewer line replaced. This line consists of a pipe that runs from the home to the mainline under the street. The lucky among them have undertaken this project on the advice of a proactive plumber who warned of the consequences of backup or leakage due to cracked or clogged pipes. The unfortunate majority have already experienced those consequences.

There are many substances that can clog a pipe. While most can be controlled, others cannot. Consider tree roots growing into the pipe: a common reason for clogged and cracked pipes, which can cause unpleasant damage to the inside of your house. Remedying this unfortunate situation can be costly, and depending on the nature of the project, is not covered by standard home insurance. Consider the costs: (1) cleaning up damage to/in the house caused by the roots, and (2) fixing pipes damaged by the roots. In the first situation, some home insurance policies will cover damage to your home if a clog causes your plumbing to overflow; others will not. If the root clog causes a toilet to send water the wrong way (which falls on people’s “biggest fear” list, somewhere between death and clowns), the resulting damage such as warped tiles, soaked carpet and furniture may not be paid by insurance. Luckily, most standard home insurance 24

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While unmodified home insurance does not cover resulting damage, it may cover the cost to tear out and replace the damaged pipes. policies can be modified to cover this significant exposure for an additional premium. Cost of the modification varies, but it can be inexpensive; some providers will add the coverage for only a few dollars. Consider the second cost option. In addition to paying for damages caused by the clogged or cracked pipe, homeowners will need to protect their property by having roots removed and installing piping that is not damaged. This could mean digging up several square feet of your yard, conducting repairs, and closing the hole as if nothing ever happened- not an easy or inexpensive task. If this happens to you, don’t panic! While unmodified home insurance does not cover resulting damage, it may cover the cost to tear out and replace the damaged pipes. The kicker is “damage”—the home insurance policy will often cover the cost to fix the pipes if they are physically damaged by the roots, such as when the root penetrates a joint causing it to crack. It is possible for a root to clog a line without damaging the pipe- if this happens, there would be no coverage to fix the pipe because it is not physically damaged. There are many unexplainable phenomena in nature and the unpredictable root structure of trees and plants certainly qualifies. Talk to your insurance agent about how to amend your home insurance to control the impact of this “growing” threat.

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The Proper Care of Children: The Hard Work of Raising Kids by Barbara Donnelly Lane

When I was a young child visiting my grandparents for summers in Charleston, I would often help my grandmother hang laundry on a line strung between metal poles in her backyard. It was my job to hand her the wooden pins she used to secure the sheets that billowed like ship sails in the wind. I would rarely notice the chafed skin on my grandmother’s hands or the knuckles twisted with arthritis. I only knew the linens at her house were scented with sunshine, and while I was with her, Mother Mac took care of me with love.

Now that I am all grown up, I have a home of my own, and amidst a myriad of other duties, I am also in charge of laundry. Even when I find this work tedious, I often look at the labels in clothes—wash on gentle cycle, shape flat to dry—and I think about how much easier this chore must be for me than it was for my grandmother, since I have the luxury of top-of-the-line appliances.

Above right: Mamie Elize and Charles McClenaghan, Barbara’s Grandmother and Grandfather. Right: Barbara Donnelly Lane, age 8 with her grandmother, Mother Mac

Of course, when trying to raise whole and happy families, how one handles dirty clothes is the least of one’s concerns. In this matter—the proper care of children—Mother Mac had also been an expert. Unlike me, she never seemed to be at a loss for how to handle child-rearing obligations. She seemed to intuitively understand how to apply special care with those careworn hands to the special needs of four daughters and countless grandchildren. So I started thinking —wouldn’t it be nice if parenting had evolved with appliances, and our kids now came with convenient tags sewn onto the backs of their necks, like the tags I find inside their outfits? After all, I know I’ve accumulated a laundry list of parenting mistakes over the years, and there have been moments when I just had no idea what I was doing. In such situations, it would have been so nice to remove the guesswork with a short set of easy-to-reference instructions. 26

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Left to right: Barbara, age 3, Mother Mac and Barbara’s brother Jim, age 6.

For example, I recall teaching a creative writing workshop for primary school students in Kennesaw some years ago. My young son was in attendance. For my closing activity, I handed out brightly colored beads for students to put on strings to illustrate how writing a sentence can be like making a necklace: each word is as carefully considered as the gems one might thread onto a chain. Apparently unimpressed by my brilliant metaphor, my freckle-nosed offspring twirled a haphazardly-created bracelet around one finger and shot it like a rubber band across the room. Barbara with her son, Drew.

Gritting my teeth, I picked the bracelet up and stuffed it into my pocket, only to be met a minute later by my red-faced child demanding I give it back to him. With a word of icy admonishment, I banished him to an isolated seat in the corner. Moments later, adults arrived to pick up their children. A mother paused to ask me a question about her daughter’s writing. Just then, a seed pearl bounced off my forehead and fell with a rat-tat-tat across the tiled floor. With heat in my cheeks, I glared over at my own flesh-and-blood miscreant, who was defiantly pelting me with unused craft beads. I think if you could find a label on my neck in that moment, it would have read 100% Failed Parent. I knew there wasn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach for every disciplinary situation, but right then—my ego shrinking — I had no idea how to react to my son without embarrassing the both of us. Perhaps if my grandmother had been around to advise me with her homespun wisdom, she would have told me in her sweet, calm way that it would have been okay to hang my kid out to dry in front of others when his behavior so clearly needed straightening. She might have reminded me to swallow my anger, but she would have said to apply firm discipline immediately, regardless of what others thought of me. It’s remiss to let the stain of disrespect set simply because it’s not convenient to remove it. Truthfully, I can’t remember exactly what I did back on that workshop day when my son behaved so badly. But over the tangle of years, even if my response was wrong then, it all came out in the wash, because a lot of what I would do turned out right. Most important, I learned to give myself a break, because whether talking about mothers or sons, there’s no human blend called “perfect.” Yet my child proved to be made of durable enough stuff to not be ruined by my occasional mishandling, and he’s grown up now to become a fine young man. On this, I like to think Mother Mac would also not have been surprised. She knew years before I did that no matter what their specific needs in a fleeting moment, kids of all stripes, cut from all kinds of cloth, turn out okay if parents aren’t afraid to put in the hard work, if they are willing to apply love in abundance.

Mamie Elize McClenaghan (Mother Mac) expecting one of her four girls.

So she would have smiled at my fancy washer and dryer designed to make doing laundry easier, but she would have known in her bones that no matter what the generation, no matter what the situation, there will never really be any shortcuts in the proper care of children. Of course, the things we do that actually matter were never meant to be as easy as something so perfunctory like washing clothes.

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Merlot by David Heckelmoser Let’s talk Merlot! On occasion, you will hear Merlot pronounced as Mare-LOW or Mer-Low. The latter is the most common pronunciation. Merlot is the most widely planted red grape in France’s Bordeaux region. It makes beautiful wines all by itself, and it is probably most successful when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, David Heckelmoser which tends to be higher in tannins. is a professional member of the Society Merlot has a reputation for softness of Wine Educators, and relatively low acidity. When Certified Specialist of blended with Cabernet, it softens the Wine CSW, Atlanta Cabernet or mellows it a bit. It also Chapter Sommelier Les adds structure, depth of flavor, and Marmition. age ability Merlot lacks. Merlot by itself typically produces a soft, medium-bodied red wine with juicy fruit flavors. Merlot’s popularity is due to the fact that it is softer and fruitier, yet displays many of the same aromas — cherry, currant, cedar, and green olive along with mint, tobacco, and tea-leaf tones—found in Cabernet Sauvignon. There are three main styles of Merlot: a soft, fruity, smooth wine with very little tannins; a fruity wine with more tannic structure; and, finally, a brawny, highly tannic style made in the style of Cabernet Sauvignon. In recent years, Merlot has enjoyed an explosion in popularity, especially in the United States, South America, Italy, and Australia. In Tuscany, Italy, Merlot is often blended with Sangiovese to give the wine a similar softening effect as the French Bordeaux blends. Merlot’s low acidity serves as a balance for the higher


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acidity in many Italian wine grapes with the grape often being used in blends. In the 1980s, Merlot kick-started the Washington State wine industry. Today, it is the most widely grown red wine grape in the state. While Merlot is grown throughout the United States, it is particularly prominent in Napa, Monterey, and Sonoma County. For food and wine pairings, Merlot has the diversity to lend itself to a wide array of matching options. Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with many of the same things that Cabernet Sauvignon would pair well with, such as grilled and charred meats. Softer, fruitier Merlots (particularly those from cooler climate regions like Washington State and Northeastern Italy) share many of the same food-pairing affinities with Pinot Noir and go well with dishes like salmon and mushroom-based dishes. Avoid spicy foods with Merlot as it can make the wine taste more tannic and bitter. Here are a few producers that you might want to try: Swanson Merlot (Oakville, Napa Valley), Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot (Washington State), Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot (Chile), Chateau Les Gravieres St. Emilion (Bordeaux, France), Oyster Bay Merlot (New Zealand), Ravenswood Merlot (Sonoma, California), L’Ecole 41 Merlot (Washington State), Shafer Merlot (Napa Valley), and Frog’s Leap Merlot (Napa Valley). Trying Merlot from the various regions will help you define the taste and style you are looking for in a Merlot. Until next time, cheers!

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Cobb-merce at the Terrace Time: 6 -8 p.m. Location: Arbor Terrace, 886 Johnson Ferry Road Information: East Cobb Jewish Network will hold a business-to-business networking event. Attendees should bring plenty of business cards. Cost will be $10 which includes refreshments. Door prizes will be a bottle of champagne and “The Book of Lists.” Event will be open to the public to encourage networking among East Cobb business owners.

October 19

Y Business Network Open House Time: 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Location: Northeast Cobb YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Information: The Y Business Network (YBN) will be holding an open house with a light buffet breakfast. Registration will be free, but space is limited. The YBN is a referral networking group of small business owners or business representatives who meet regularly to forge relationships and learn about other businesses. To register or for more information, contact Michelle Hutchinson at or (770) 518-0010 or Ann Pastorello at or (770) 971-4776. For more information on YBN, visit

October 19 & 20

Mt. Zion Preschool Market Place Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road Information: There will be more than 25 vendors including Silpada, Scentsy, Thirty-One Gifts, Tupperware, and Pampered Chef as well as handmade children’s clothing, accessories, and housewares. There will be pies and cakes at the Bake Sale. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $1, and prizes include a two-night stay in Hilton Head, a Wii gaming system and more. All proceeds will benefit the preschool program. For more information, contact Carri Gaudion at


October 20

Local Authors Book Signing Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Kudzu Embroidery, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 204 Information: Local authors Kathleen Howard and Rosalind Bunn will be signing copies of their new children’s book, “The Butter Bean Lady” based on a childhood story of a friend that grew up in the 1950s. It is a story about friendship and acceptance for all ages.

October 25 & 26

East Hampton Gift Show Time: October 25 5 – 9 p.m.; October 26 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: East Hampton Clubhouse, 2055 Kinsmon Drive Information: The East Hampton Women’s Club will be hosting a gift show that will feature local artists and vendors with the Preview Party “Sip and Shop” with wine and appetizers on Thursday evening and additional shopping hours on Friday. This will be a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.

October 27

CCRWC Veteran’s Celebration Brunch Time: 9 a.m. Location: Marietta Hilton Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street Information: The Cobb County Republican Women’s Club will hold its 10th Annual Veteran’s Celebration Brunch with the Social starting at 9 a.m. and the Brunch at 10 a.m. The Master of Ceremonies will be “Moby,” “Person of the Year 2008” and Texas Governor Rick Perry will be the Keynote Speaker. Reserve your seat early as space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at or for more information, call (770) 265-4949 or (770) 578-0509.

October 28

Live, Late Breaking and Home for Shabbat Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Chabad of Cobb, 4450 Lower Roswell Road Information: The Cobb Jewish Academy will host this inspirational, humorous and insightful lecture with award winning journalist Rosh Lowe. Rosh will share personal experiences reflecting on the powerful, practical benefits of Jewish traditional observance and values, specifically in achieving business and personal success in the “real world.” Tickets will be $12 with RSVP by October 22, and $15 after. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to office@

November 8 – 10

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Time: November 8 & 9 – 7 p.m.; November 10 – 2 & 7 p.m. Location: Walton High School Theatre, 1590 Bill Murdock Road Information: Walton High School Drama students will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door and online at www. For more information, contact or call (770) 557-1245.

November 11

The Forgotten Carols Musical Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Information: The Forgotten Carols will be presented by cast members of Theos Theatricals. It is the contemporary story of an empty life changed by a personal encounter at Christmastime. The event is a benefit presentation to support kidz2leaders Camp Hope for children of incarcerated parents, and Mt. Bethel’s Homeless Ministry. There will be local choirs participating in the musical. Tickets will be available online through http:// or at the Mt. Bethel UMC Book Store. The ticket cost will be $20 for adults and $10 for students up through college.

November 16 -18

27th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show Time: November 16 & 17 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; November 18 - 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, SE Information: Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society’s will present its 27th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry show. There will be numerous displays, demonstrations and mineral identification classes. Fascinating rocks, gemstones, fossils, beads, jewelry and jewelry supplies will be available for viewing and purchase. There will be hourly door prizes and admission and parking will be free. For more information on the club and the event, visit

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High School Diplomats 2012: A Summer to Remember by Sungjoon (Joon) Park

Sungjoon Park (r) participates with other High School Diplomats in Bunka-No-Hi known as Japanese Culture Day with traditional Japanese clothes provided by the Japanese HSDs.

There were 40 American students, 40 Japanese students, and ten days at Princeton University. We were so different, but by the end of two weeks, we had grown to become a big family. What I’m talking about is a summer program called High School Diplomats (HSD). This program is a hidden gem; not many people from the Southeast know of its existence. This year, students from all over the country — including Hawaii, Nevada, and New Hampshire — made up the American delegation, and I was the only delegate from Georgia. With this article, I hope to see many more students from Georgia apply and be selected to participate in this life-changing experience. If I were to pick one aspect of HSD that separates it from any other program, it would be that American students are paired with Japanese students, and they room together throughout the course of the program. Spending so much time together, these pairs naturally become close — so close that they could even be called siblings. I know that in my case, even my parents told me that I gained a brother through this experience! The staff at HSD work hard to match roommates based on similar interests to make the stay more comfortable for the students, and my roommate Teru and I were similar in that we both loved sports 30

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Olympics Day at HSD 2012

and were interested in economics. Because we got along so well and wanted to share parts of our lives with each other, we sometimes found ourselves talking just over curfew! Teru even taught me tips on girls! As one of the goals of HSD is to allow for much cultural engagement to take place during the program, each day was assigned a different theme. The American students supplied costumes for Japanese students for days such as Country Day, Olympics Day and Halloween, and Japanese students gave the American students traditional Japanese clothing on Bunka-NoHi, also known as Japanese Culture Day. In addition to these theme days, there were many opportunities to perform in front of the staff and students at the Talent Show or Music Showcase, and we even had a Date Night similar to Prom! Learning also took place when students gave specific presentations. Prior to arrival at Princeton University, both Japanese and American students were assigned to prepare a presentation with their respective group members on a specific topic. My group’s topic was Regional Characteristics, and of course, I was in charge of telling Japanese students about

High School Diplomats participate in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.

High School Diplomats show enthusiasm for summer program.

mottos perfectly captures the summer experience: “From the outside looking in, people don’t understand. And from the inside looking out, we can’t explain.”

what great things the Southeastern United States had to offer! These presentations fostered intellectual discussions that really helped students gain better knowledge about different cultures. Additionally, the American students were allowed to take Japanese culture classes at Princeton while the Japanese students took American culture classes. I was able to practice tea-ceremony, learn to write in Kanji, and learn the basics of judo. I still wake up every day to do my Japanese morning stretches known as rajio-taiso!

Here’s some information on the 2013 High School Diplomats program. The dates for the program are July 30 through August 10, and it is open to current high school sophomores and juniors. The application is now available on www. under the “HSD in America” tab. Students do not have to be fluent in Japanese to apply! The application includes essays (which must be typed), teacher recommendations and a transcript. The deadline is in early January, and the interviews take place in early to mid-March. Depending on the number of applicants, interviews may be done face-to-face or over Skype or phone. Finally, the applicants will be notified of their status in mid-April through a written letter. If accepted, all logistics during the program are taken care of through scholarships, so students can attend the program free-of-cost. I made lifelong friends and gained a better understanding of Japan through this program, and I whole-heartedly encourage any sophomores and juniors to apply! It will definitely be a summer to remember!

The best part about HSD is that students are encouraged to grow not only as students, but also as more culturally-aware beings. Due to the diversity of students represented, the atmosphere was very encouraging for all students to try new things. I even found myself highly motivated after meeting all the talented students. HSD is a bubble, and one of the HSD

I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can contact me at joonpark96@gmail. com. Good luck applying! For further information, please go to or contact Mrs. Zapolski, the American Director of HSD, at celinezapolski@

Sungjoon presenting his project on the Southeastern United States.

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Magnificent Minds by Dawn Reed

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

There is a book called Magnificent Minds at Any Age by Dr. Daniel Amen that I bought several years ago and refer to often. Initially, it was the title that caught my attention. After all, my passion for healthy aging is not only centered on my physical health, but on my mental health too. This book has been a great resource into understanding human behavior and how we react or choose to act in certain situations. Better yet, this book explores how we can choose to retrain our brains and react differently to situations that may have gotten us flustered in the past.

There are two philosophies Dr. Amen suggests that I regularly share with clients and friends. One is that saying “no” is okay. We are such a peoplepleasing, guilt-ridden society that we feel the need to say, “yes” much too often. Unfortunately, this brings about additional stress in our lives. Dr. Amen goes on to say we need

to think in terms of short-term pain versus long-term pain. One of the examples he gives is firing an employee. Yes, firing an employee will hurt for the short term, but the long-term pain of continuing to deal with the hassles of an employee not doing their job can be much worse. The other philosophy that I have incorporated regularly into my life is the phrase, “I need to think about it. If I want to do it, I will get back to you.” Again, we live in a society that is filled with immediate gratification. People ask you a question and they want an answer right away. Pressure sales are all around us, even amongst friends. Often we find ourselves rushing on the phone or have little time in person to really understand what the person might be asking of us. Taking the time to turn inward and see if this task or event fits into the goals you have for yourself is critical to your overall wellbeing. I have learned to ask people to please send me an email about the event, etc. This way I can mindfully sit down when my brain is quiet and review my calendar, actually see what is expected of me and then reply with careful intention. If you’re looking to engage with a magnificent mind, I think trying these two suggestions from Dr. Amen is a great way to start!

Ask Margot by Margot Swann Dear Margot, My husband of many years and I have made the painfully mutual decision to divorce. Our biggest concern is our children (aged 13 and older). How do we tell them, and how do we do the right thing for them after the announcement? Margot Swann is the Founder and CEO of Visions Anew Institute. She established this nonprofit to provide resources, education, and support for people going through divorce. Send your divorce questions to margot@, call (770) 953-2882 or visit

Worried Mom Dear Mom, You are prudent to realize that this situation could have some tough repercussions. A wise therapist can help you decide what to say and how to follow up over the next months and years. Dr. Joan Miller has been practicing for over 30 years. Let’s see what she has to say:

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consideration. Both of you should meet together with them, modeling your commitment to cooperating together as parents. Tell them that, after a lot of thought, both of you decided to end the marriage. Nevertheless, you will both continue to love and care for them. Assure them that they had no part in the ending of the marriage, and they don’t have the power to change your decision. You’ll try to keep life as similar as it has been, and to keep as many of the future plans as are possible. They can continue their relationships with their extended family members. You’re both open to hearing about their concerns and feelings at any time. As you proceed, be the best parent you can be, including being as supportive and available as possible. Be sure to validate their feelings, especially the sad, scared, and angry ones. Coparent in a calm, civil, reliable and respectful way. Prepare a comfortable place for each child in each home (including keeping sufficient clothes and other items in both locations). As they get older, respect that it’s normal for them to spend less time with either of you. Relish the time when you are with them, including periodically making individual time with each child. Never demean the other parent to (or in front of) the continued on page 68

Death by Spanx by Kara Kiefer I recently read a really funny blog post about a mom who tried on her first Spanx at the department store and had so much trouble getting out of it that she almost called 9-1-1. I, too, had a similar experience.

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

In case you don’t know, Spanx is worldrenowned shapewear. The premise is to neatly squish your squishy parts into a nice tight package so you can wear your clingiest outfits. Spanx comes in a lot of varieties, depending on what you’re looking to squish—thighs, midriff, chestto-thigh, and I’m pretty sure a neck-toankle version is on the horizon.

I had an LBD (Little Black Dress) that I wanted to wear, and I wanted my midriff to be as flat as possible, so I spent $45 on a tummy squisher. It looked harmless enough until I tried to get it on. Holy cow! Remember, this garment is designed to provide support, and getting into it felt like stretching a rubber bicycle inner tube over my midriff! Once I finally got it on, I was horrified. Here’s the thing about squishing your body parts: the excess flesh has to go somewhere, either above or below the garment. Without getting too graphic, the Spanx was not exactly doing what it was advertised to do. In fact, it was making things worse! Bulges showed up where there were none before. And I was having a hard time breathing. This simply was not going to work. Getting the bugger off proved to be as difficult as getting it on! Once I got it past my waist, I had my hips to contend with. I pulled. I wriggled. I broke a sweat, and finally, I was released from my spandex prison. As I looked at the crumpled heap of Spanx on my floor, I chastised myself for not being as diligent about my gym routine or my diet as I should have been. And I came to a conclusion: to wear shapewear, you need to be in pretty good shape. It’s not designed for the “normal” woman with a little extra jiggle here and there. It’s designed for the 20-something “my body bounces back from everything” woman. Not fair, I know. So I put my Spanx to the back of my drawer and vowed, again, to hit the gym more, eat better and hide the wine. Wish me luck!! Around WALTON | October 2012




Be the heroine of your life, not the victim. —Nora Ephron Dear Everyday Angels:

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

I am writing to you on behalf of my mother-in-law who lives in your community. Several months ago, she finally went in for her mammogram – 8 months after her due date. She wasn’t as timely as she had been in previous years since there was no family history or previous concerns. After subsequent evaluations and biopsies, they discovered she did indeed have breast cancer, and it had spread to several of her lymph nodes. After an immediate surgery to remove the tissue and nodes, she is currently undergoing an aggressive chemotherapy treatment followed by radiation therapy. My mother-in-law lives alone and has gotten comfortable taking care of herself. We are her only family, and we live in Paulding County with four children of our own to care for. I usually work parttime myself but am taking time off without pay to care for her. I make the drive to care for her every day after getting the kids off to school, and while it is difficult, I would not want to be anywhere else. She has an amazing neighbor who has been there to care for her when I go home. Needless to say, she is unable to work until the treatment is behind her, and we still have another four months ahead of us. She is able to draw disability from her county job, but it is barely enough to make ends meet. My husband and I have been paying for most of her medication and gasoline to and from her treatments but it has been difficult. While we are encouraged by her prognosis, she constantly curses herself for allowing so much time to pass between mammograms. I felt like this would be a good time to remind others of the importance of self-checks and annual mammograms. I would also like to humbly ask for assistance for grocery and gas cards for our mother to help get her through these next few months. We would be grateful for anything. Everyday Angels will provide them with some gas and grocery cards to assist them during this difficult time. If you would like to assist, please see the box to the left.


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fall festivals, halloween happenings and Craft Shows Walton and Surrounding Area

available, as well as live musical performances throughout the day. For more information, call (770) 973-6471.

October 5 – 31 – St. Andrew UMC Pumpkin Patch, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Monday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Noon- 8 p.m. on Sundays. St. Andrew UMC will host its 27th annual Pumpkin Patch featuring pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, and more. Special events will take place on weekends including Fall Into Crafts Marketplace on October 12 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and 13 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Trunk or Treat and annual Chili Cook-off on October 20 from 4 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (770) 9263488.

November 9 & 10 – 27th Annual Mt. Zion Craft Show, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The show will feature 52 arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, door prizes, bake sale, frozen casserole sale, (Saturday only), quilt drawing, pictures with Santa and fresh baked apple pies and cookies (prepared throughout the show). Admission will be free. For further information, call (770) 971-1465 or visit www.

October 20 – 36th Annual Harvest Square Arts & Crafts Festival, Historic Marietta Square, North Park Square, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Harvest Square Arts & Crafts Festival will feature local artists and crafters including painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs. This year’s festival will combine Halloween Happenings and Scarecrows on the Square into a day of family fun. Halloween Happenings will feature carnival games, costume contests for children ten and younger and pets, prizes and activities from 1 – 5 p.m. Winners of the Scarecrows on the Square Contest will be announced at 1:45 p.m. Scarecrows decorated by schools, groups, and organizations will be up for the month of October. Admission to these events is free and free parking will be available in the Cobb County Parking Garage on Cherokee Street. For more information, call (770) 794-5601.

November 11 – 6th Annual Artisans at the Etz, Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The 6th annual art show and cultural events program will feature more than 45 artisans including fabric arts, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, wood, metal, mixed media, glass and photography. Special events will include presentations by authors Doreen Rappaport at 1 p.m. and Children’s Author of the Year, Robin Gordon at 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to participate in projects benefitting Operation Home Front and the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. For more information, visit www.artisansattheetz. com or contact Linda Diamond or Pam Ziskend at artisans@

October 26 & 27 – Family Fall Festival, Chattahoochee Baptist Church, 375 Johnson Ferry Road, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fun for the entire family with music (live Praise band), apple bobbing, fire engine slide, moonwalk, cake walks, food, raffle giveaways, crafters and vendors. For more information or to rent a table for crafters or vendors, visit or call (770) 977-2058.

Through October 28 – Friday – Sunday, 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain, Stone Mountain Park, Crossroads, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. Family-friendly Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain will include a Pumpkin Palooza game show, pumpkin pie eating contests, a family scavenger hunt, costume contests, and trick or treating at the shops. Saturday nights will feature the famous Stone Mountain Park laser show. Hours are Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. Laser Show, Fridays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information and ticket prices, visit

October 27 – Fall Festival, East Cobb Church of Christ, 5240 Roswell Road, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The East Cobb Church of Christ will hold a Fall Festival and will welcome Pardners to Western Day featuring food, games, inflatables, caricature artist, teen area and lots of fun. The festival is free and for more information, call (770) 587- 5999. October 27 – A Not So Scary Trunk or Treat, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Families of all ages are invited to this evening full of fun! Plan to decorate your trunk, and your family can decorate it together when you arrive before 5 p.m. to get a prime parking space in the Fairfield parking lot. The event will include hot dogs, chips, and lemonade along with a DJ, games, and inflatables. For the safety of the children, no cars will be allowed to leave before 7 p.m. For more information, visit November 3 – 21st Annual Ribbons & Holly Handcrafted Market, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4385 Roswell Road, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artisans of finely crafted wares, including clothing and accessories, children’s clothing, jewelry, totes and purses, unique gifts, soaps, candles, bath lotions and salts, stationery, decorative tableware, lighting, animal gifts, Christmas decorations and floral arrangements, bird feeders, woodworking, paintings, textiles, and more. Bake sale items and lunch will be

Less than an Hour Away

Through October 30 – Weekends, Pumpkin Season, Berry Patch Farms, 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. During pumpkin season at Berry Patch Farms, hayrides out to the Pumpkin Patch will be available to pick out pumpkins and take the hayride back to get some apple cider, a homemade fried pie and some boiled peanuts and popcorn. There will be a playground and baby farm animals for the kids to enjoy. Only cash and checks will be accepted, and parking will be $2 on weekends. Visit for more information. Through November 11 – Friday – Sunday, Cagle’s Family Farm Corn MAiZE, Cagle’s Family Farm, 355 Stringer Road, Canton. Come for the day and enjoy a farm tour, the MAiZE, play on the jumpee pillow, enjoy some finger-licking good farm food and enjoy a bonfire with friends. The Farm will be open Friday from 5 – 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets will be $10, children age 2 and under will be free. For more information and a coupon, visit caglesfamilyfarm. com or call (770) 345-5591.

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Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Educates Leaders of Tomorrow


t is election season and our nation’s collective attention will soon be focused, more or less, on who will have the weighty privilege of leading us for the next four years. Putting aside the petty arguments, the divisive rhetoric, and the outright silliness that sometimes separates us, we can surely agree on one thing — we are all looking for a leader. What each of us hopes for in that leader is surely different, but make no mistake — our nation cries out for an individual with the credibility, the charisma, and the compassion to size up our challenges and meet them head on. Where does one find such a person? Where does such an individual learn to embody the traits of skillful leadership? For the five hundred students attending Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, that answer is simple. Leadership is learned at school. Since its founding in 1998, Mt. Bethel’s approach to teaching leadership to young people has proven to be uniquely effective. Informed by their Christian heritage, Mt. Bethel pursues a distinctly Biblical worldview as it focuses students’ attention on the many opportunities we all have to serve others. Put simply, Mt. Bethel believes (and teaches) that true leadership is less about talk and more about walk - specifically, leadership is found in selfless acts of service. Students’ spiritual growth moves beyond the classroom through school subjects, gradelevel and individual mission work and community service projects. Following the leadership example of Christ, Mt. Bethel students are challenged to learn by experience that it is “better to give than to receive.” While service-learning projects are not uncommon even at non faith-based schools, Mt. Bethel’s approach and results have been exceptionally effective. So much so that the Association of Christian Schools International has selected the Academy’s mission work as an exemplary school program. Through Bible classes, chapel, community service, and Biblical integration throughout the curriculum, Mt. Bethel students are encouraged to develop into mature, responsible citizens who honor Christ with their care for those in need. Leading this effort to educate hearts as well as minds is a group of seasoned and expert faculty who teach not only their subject but also serve as Christian role models. As students reach middle school, additional leadership opportunities await. The 175 students in grades six through eight are organized into one of four houses. Each house elects four leaders: a president, vice-president, treasurer, and chaplain. With faculty as house sponsors, this model quadruples the typical leadership opportunities that most


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schools are able to provide through student government. And with each house representing students from both genders and all three grades, students are able to know one another and benefit from relationships that would simply not be possible in a larger school setting. In addition to the 10-20 volunteer hours required individually, each middle school student also participates in a multitude of mission-based projects through the house system. These challenges change from year to year, depending on the needs in the local community. During the 2011-12 school year, the fall challenge supported the Lighthouse Family Retreat, a nonprofit that provides full-service beach vacations to families who have members suffering with cancer. Each house worked Mt. Bethel Christian Academy student volunteering his time at a Burmese refugee camp in Georgia.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy students helping the homeless in Atlanta.

“Through hands-on experience, they are learning to be faithful stewards of what they have been given and are learning to earn the respect and self-respect that comes with making positive contributions to society and mankind.” together to collect and earn funds to donate to this ministry. Many students donated from their own funds while others held bake sales and cookie sales within their neighborhoods and at school. Overall, the students donated over $3,000, money that was used to purchase a camera and several other items on the organization’s wish list. In the spring of 2012, middle school students supported The Garden, a ministry that houses homeless women and children. In cooperation with Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, each house donated items from a pre-established list needed by The Garden. Students collected and donated a wide range of items, including cereals, cleaning supplies, socks, and trash bags. In Mt. Bethel’s lower school, kindergarten through fifth grade students also learn what it means to serve others. Each lower school classroom sponsors a foreign student through a unique partnership with the Community Hope School of Namibia. Founders John and Suzanne Hunter created this school for children that come from vulnerable homes in the community of Katutura, just outside the capital city of Windhoek. This community has been greatly affected by the spread of AIDs, high unemployment rates, alcoholism, and violence. Many of the children are orphans living with extended family members, and many cannot afford to go to school. The sponsorship of Mt. Bethel students and others makes it possible for these children to receive a high-quality, Christ-centered education as well as

basic necessities such as food, uniforms, school supplies, and health care. Mr. Hunter, who is a master potter, also helps to support the Community Hope School through the sale of his beautiful pottery, which he features at a chapel service for the Lower School students each year. Here in East Cobb, we are blessed to be in a community of affluence. With great care and specific intention, Mt. Bethel Christian students are learning that with great resources comes great responsibility. Through hands-on experience, they are learning to be faithful stewards of what they have been given and are learning to earn the respect and self-respect that comes with making positive contributions to society and mankind. For more information on Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and their academic and community service programs, contact Rhea Adkins, Director of Admission at (770) 971-0245 or rhea.


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Taking a Business Timeout by Mary-Kathryn Boler

Have you ever thought about taking a sabbatical from your business? If you are like most business owners, the idea terrifies you. However, a little planning and a willingness to let go of less critical responsibilities can make a break less traumatic and even fun.

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

Personal illnesses and caring for sick loved ones are the most obvious reasons for taking a break from your company. Other, more exciting opportunities include traveling and teaching, starting a new venture or moving. For example, I have been working with a business owner whose husband is in politics, and she looks forward to relocating to the state capital after the November election. In the meantime, she is putting systems in place to keep her business running successfully in her absence.

Here are a few things to think about if you’re considering a sabbatical. What are the Keys to Success in Your Business? Specify the most important tasks that require senior leadership involvement and identify those which can be delegated or outsourced easily. For example, you or your surrogate should be actively involved in the financial management of your company, but you can hire a bookkeeper. Who Will Replace You? Start grooming your second in command to take over some of your most critical responsibilities, thereby eliminating potential for panic if you have to leave suddenly. We back up our important computer data in case of an emergency, so why not back up critical roles? Is Your Business Mobile? Today’s technology makes it possible to virtually work from anywhere. Tools such 38

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Tools such as laptops and tablets, email and text messaging, Google Docs and DropBox may enable you to get most of your work done away from the office with minimal disruption. as laptops and tablets, email and text messaging, Google Docs and DropBox may enable you to get most of your work done away from the office with minimal disruption. Should You Shut Down the Business Temporarily? Will it hurt your business significantly if you close it for a few months or a year? This strategy will be most relevant to independent contractors, such as graphic artists and consultants, that work on a project basis. What Will You Want When You Return? Consider if you want to return to your former position, or if you want to change your level of involvement in the company. Of course, your financial needs and expectations will have a significant impact on the answer to this question. Also think about how your staff will respond to your return. Are Your Systems, Policies and Expectations Documented? Get in the habit of documenting important goals and procedures now. Written sales and marketing targets, opening and closing responsibilities, collection procedures and vacation policies are examples of the kind of infrastructure you can put in place before seriously considering a sabbatical. Can you imagine being away from your business for months or years? Laying the groundwork now will allow you to reply affirmatively when opportunity knocks at your door.

Health & Wellness

All Natural Cold Prevention by Dr. Chris Rechter and Dr. Justin Fierro

Dr. Christopher Rechter and Dr. Justin Fierro are owners of HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 122. They may be reached at (770) 509-3400 or at info@ Visit their site at www.

Did you know it’s a myth that cold weather causes colds? Viruses and/ or bacteria coupled with a lowered immune system are always the cause. However, cold weather isn’t completely off the hook. Most cold causing viruses survive better with low humidity, which occurs most often during the fall and winter months. Also, cold weather dries nasal membranes making them more vulnerable to infection. There is good news though! Just because the temperature has dropped, doesn’t mean you’re going to get sick. Here are some all-natural ways to help ward off colds and shorten their duration.

Get Some Sleep Sleep is essential to rejuvenate the body and mind. Inadequate sleep inhibits the body’s natural ability to ward off colds. If you feel rundown, make a point to

get seven to eight hours of sleep, and when you have a cold, you may require even more. Try Exercise When you are dealing with the symptoms of the common cold, staying active is probably the last thing on your mind. However, a small amount of gentle exercise may do wonders to make you feel better and help to loosen built up congestion. Be careful not to overdo, as intense exercise can actually have the opposite effect by weakening the body’s defenses. A short, brisk walk is usually a safe bet. Take Those Vitamins It’s always important to take your vitamins, but especially important when you are fighting a cold. A well balanced approach should include a high quality multivitamin/antioxidant and a pure omega-3 supplement. This combination has been shown to boost immune function. According to researchers at Tufts University in Boston, if you feel a cold coming, adding extra antioxidants can give your body the boost it needs to fight the cold off. continued on page 68 Around WALTON | October 2012


Health & Wellness

Is it OK to Eat Halloween Candy? by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

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

Since I am a dentist (and you know how dentists typically feel about sugar), I am often asked by other parents if I hand out toothbrushes to all who ring my doorbell on October 31. I have to admit, I myself love those little boxes of Milk Duds and the fun-size Snickers (although shouldn’t fun size be a BIG one?). At our house, we do fill kids’ buckets with sugary treats and allow our own children to overdose on SweetTarts on Halloween night. We also are diligent about brushing and flossing, so I don’t feel so bad about the sugar consumption.

Unfortunately, we Americans don’t limit our overindulgence of sugar to those special holidays. Instead, we are eating record numbers of sugary sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks, and over time, these foods can make cavities in teeth. The foods you choose and how often you


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eat affect your general health as well as the health of your teeth and gums. Some foods begin breaking down in our mouths before they even reach the digestive tract. Bacteria in the mouth use sugars to produce acids which can cause the minerals inside a tooth’s enamel to dissolve or demineralize. Even eating “good” foods can cause damage to the teeth, as almost all foods, including vegetables and milk, have some type of sugar. Because many of those foods contain important nutrients, we must eat them, but we should read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Also, tissues in your mouth have more difficulty resisting infection if your diet lacks certain nutrients. Periodontal disease can worsen and progress faster in people who do not consume enough valuable nutrients, and this may result in tooth loss. How many times a day we eat or drink affects our susceptibility to tooth decay. Sipping a soft drink, juice, or coffee with sugar for a couple of hours is more damaging than drinking the entire beverage with a meal. Small, healthy snacks between meals are recommended for good metabolism, but munching on carbohydrate-filled foods continued on page 68

An Inside Look at Medical Imaging by Deidre Dixon, Director of Radiology Services, Northside Hospital With new technological advancements, the number of procedure options and capabilities of medical imaging have expanded, providing a better view of the human body than ever before. You’re probably familiar with the names of the most common tests that radiologists use, such as X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound. But do you know how they work and differ from one another? Diagnostic X-ray The X-ray is the most common type of radiology imaging used. The test creates images of your bones and internal organs and is most often used to detect bone or joint problems or to check the heart and lungs. It also is used to check the healing progress of bone fractures. X-rays use minimal amounts of radiation. Fluoroscopy Fluoroscopy is an X-ray technique

that provides doctors with a moving image on a monitor. It helps diagnose problems with the bowel, kidneys, gallbladder, stomach, upper GI and joints. Fluoroscopy is performed in conjunction with a contrast (or dye), which you drink or receive intravenously. The dye highlights specific organs, blood vessels or tissue to make them stand out better and show the presence of disease or injury. MRI An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create safe and non-invasive images without radiation. The test is excellent at imaging soft tissue and can detect abnormalities that might be made obscure by bone during other imaging tests. Some cases require contrast. continued on page 68 Around WALTON | October 2012



The Jones Family when Tyrone was inducted into the Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame. From left to right: Tia, Tyrone, Kristine, Taylor and Tyren Jones

Humble, Healthy and Hungry The Jones Athletic Dynasty by Lynne Lysaght If you have been to any Walton High School (WHS) Varsity football games over this season or last, then you already are familiar with the Walton Raiders phenomenal running back, Tyren Jones, who wears #1 on his jersey. Tyren is a 5’9”, 200 pound senior at WHS who rushed for 2375 yards and made 33 touchdowns in the 2011 season. He was named the 2011 Offensive Player of the Year by both the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association.

gifted, Tyren is an incredibly hard worker, a great kid, and a great teammate. He takes the time to talk to and help younger players.”

In the first four games for Walton this year, Tyren has rushed for 936 yards on 138 carries and has made 11 touchdowns to help the Raiders win three of those four games. He is an exciting player to watch with his fleet-footed moves to avoid tacklers and his speed across the football field. Raiders Football Coach Rocky Hidalgo said that in addition to, “being physically

Tyrone is a personal trainer whose clients often come to him after seeing the results of his training, watching Tyren on the football field or the Jones kids at a track competition. Tyrone played football in college and left school to play in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts for three years. He said, “I took the money and ran. Now I regret not finishing college as that keeps


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Tyren’s parents, Kristine and Tyrone, moved the family to the Walton Community two years ago because they felt the schools offered the best opportunities for all three of their children, Tyren (17), Taylor (15), and Tia (12).

me from coaching at the level I want to.” Tyrone then went on to play arena football for ten years, finishing in Atlanta playing on the Georgia Force. Kristine is the owner of her own insurance firm, Jones Group Insurance Services. She worked for State Farm for years and decided that she wanted her own business that could be passed down to her children. To make this happen, Kristine had to take and pass seven different tests, which she accomplished in one month. She credits preparation and commitment for her success in this endeavor. She said, “Preparation is the key,” and has taught her children the importance of preparation to accomplish one’s goals. Kristine and Tyrone work together, with Mom in charge of the mental training and Dad in charge of the physical training for their family. The Jones’ stress the three H’s as their philosophy: Stay Humble, Stay Healthy and Stay Hungry for what you do! Tyrone and Kristine believe it is important to stay humble teaching their children that God can give it to you today and take it away tomorrow. They don’t read newspaper reports about football games or track meets because as Kristine and Tyrone said, “It’s a distraction, and you are going to hear about it enough from other people.” Stay healthy so that you can be at your best in whatever you are doing. Stay hungry for what you do means to always keep working toward improving and being the best that you can be. They also believe that practices should be harder than games or competing in an event. Tyren has been playing football since he was six and he has trained with his father from the beginning. One day, Kristine

handed Tyrone a whistle and announced that he was the girls’ new track coach knowing this would be a great way for Dad to be with the girls and share his physical training expertise. When Taylor began, she was a mid-distance runner, but in her first season, she injured her hamstring. When she returned, she switched to short distance, running 100 and 300 hurdles and competing in multis such as a pentathlon, which include a number of different track and field events. Taylor, a sophomore at WHS, and Tia, a sixth grader at Dickerson Middle School, have both competed in the Junior Olympics held in Texas. After coming in third in the country in a race, Tia was not smiling and told her Dad that she was tired of losing and had one question for him. “Will I get faster if I train with you and Tyren?” Tyrone said, “Yes, but it won’t happen overnight.” Tia said, “When can I start?” Since that time, she has trained with Dad and Tyren including running lots of stadiums. Since Tia began competing in 2008, she has won 22 national championships, 5 gold medals in the Junior Olympics, and set 9 world records for her age group. Tyren and Taylor both run track for the Walton Raiders. Last year, Tyren and his running mates in the 4 X 1 relay broke the school record. The whole family agrees that one great thing about track season is that it doesn’t interfere with football season. Currently, Tyren is focusing on school and being the best football player that he can be every time that he steps on the field. Tyren said, “Preparing and training for the games,” is his favorite thing about football. He has committed to the University of Alabama and plans to study business or video broadcasting. The Jones liked Alabama’s commitment to graduating student athletes. Alabama is number one in the SEC for graduation rate of football players and second in the nation behind Stanford University. The Jones have taught Tyren that the average life span of a football player in the NFL is ten years and finishing college to be prepared for all the other years of life is a must.

Tyren Jones in action for the Walton Raiders. Photo courtesy of BUSHENOSSPORTS.COM

Following their parents’ advice to stay humble, stay healthy, and stay hungry for what you do keeps the talented Jones children grounded and focused on preparing and training to accomplish whatever goals they set. Around WALTON | October 2012



WHS Marchi Color Gu The Walton High School (WHS) Marching Band of 2012, with close to 200 members, recently invited the prospective marching band members of the 8th grade Dickerson Middle and 8th grade Dodgen Middle School Bands to join in band activities at a WHS Varsity football game. The 110 middle school band students had the opportunity to march into Raider stadium with the WHS Marching Band, sit in the stands, play the Raider fight song and other stand tunes, and experience being a part of the Walton Marching Band. The prospective members also had the pleasure of watching the Band and Color Guard perform during halftime. It was a great night all around with the Varsity Raiders winning the football game versus Woodstock High School, 24 – 7.


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ing Band and uard 2012 Photos courtesy of Karen Hallacy

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Schools & Sports

Mental Math Games for Elementary School Children Provided by Claudia Aguirre with C2 Education, East Cobb

Claudia Aguirre has been an education specialist and director at C2 Education in East Cobb for the past four years. You may contact her regarding ideas for future articles at eastcobb@

When students first learn to do math, they resort to counting with their fingers, needing to draw out the problem, and using manipulatives (like paperclips), etc. While these are great strategies to understand why math works, it is still important to develop a strong foundation with mental math skills because they are essential for higher level math. Students who do not develop their mental math skills will not be able to “see” how algebraic equations can be solved, how a function can be factored, or even use the chain rule for derivatives.

Here are quick and easy card games to build up mental math ability in addition, subtraction and multiplication:

Students who do not develop their mental math skills will not be able to ‘see’ how algebraic equations can be solved, how a function can be factored, or even use the chain rule for derivatives.

• Grab a deck of cards. • Explain that face cards (Jack, Queen, & King) all count for 10. • Deal three cards to each player. • Players flip over one card at a time, and have to add the points mentally. For example, if a three was flipped over first, then a four, the player should say “three plus four equals seven.” If a nine follows as the third card, then the player should say “seven plus nine equals sixteen.” • Each player adds up their totals, and the person with the highest total wins the cards. • Deal again; the person who has the most cards at the end of the deck wins. • Once your student gets better at adding three cards at a time, start dealing four, then five, and so on. • For subtraction, deal out seven cards. Students have to add five cards first, then flip over two more cards and subtract those amounts from their first five-card total (this step is harder than it sounds). • For multiplication, grab a deck of cards and a timer. Flip over two cards and multiply the two numbers together until you work through the entire deck. If a player makes a mistake, take the cards back and start over with the complete deck. Time the process until a student works through all of the cards and keep a daily track of the time it takes.

You can also practice mental math with internet games. and both offer simple games that can be adjusted by math level and topic. Have your child practice mental math to solve the math problems on the website of their choice for fifteen minutes a day. Remember, building up mental math requires dedication. It’s not something that magically comes – it takes practice, practice, and more practice. Starting off with this mental math foundation will make life so much easier later on for your student.

Happy Halloween from Around Walton magazine!


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Schools & Sports

Raising Money-Wise Kids: Recession-Proof Adults by Lisa Malice, Ph.D.

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

Recessions are a cyclical fact of life in a free market economy (47 U.S. recessions since 1790!). The U.S. was ill-prepared for the current downturn. Despite a sluggish economy and early warnings of the housing bubble collapse, in 2007 the average American family saved less than two percent of their income, carried thousands of dollars in debt from credit cards and loans, and had no more than a few months living expenses in reserve. Is it any wonder that so many people lost everything they owned when they lost their jobs in the four years that followed?

As a parent, are you doing what it takes to raise your kids into recession-proof adults? Will your adult children be able to weather any financial crisis (e.g. job loss, disability, loss of spouse) that comes their way without losing their homes, filing bankruptcy, moving back in with you, and draining your retirement savings? What is critical for surviving any type of financial crisis is the need to be a saver—a consumer who buys with cash, not credit, and makes it a priority to put money away for the future when money gets tight. A soft cushion of savings will not only cover basic living expenses until the crisis passes, but also open up the possibility of starting a business if finding a job becomes a problem (small business start-ups increase during tight job markets). It’s never too late to teach your children to save. Start by opening a custodial savings account with them at your bank or credit union with at least one savings goal in mind: • What is it that they want to do or buy with their savings? • How much does it cost? When do they want to be able to buy it? • How much do they need to put in their savings accounts each week to meet their goal and still leave a comfortable reserve of money in the


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What is critical for surviving any type of financial crisis is the need to be a saver—a consumer who buys with cash, not credit, and makes it a priority to put money away for the future when money gets tight. bank (agree on a specific amount upfront)? Take your kids to the bank every week to make a deposit from their allowance and other earnings, praising them as they record the transaction in a savings register and see their account balance grow. When the savings goal is reached and your kids still want to spend the money on their original goal (don’t be surprised if they don’t), be supportive of their decision. Make it a special event to go to the bank, withdraw the money (record it in the savings register), and make the purchase. From my own experience, you can expect that your kids will take pride in being able to buy what they want with their own savings. Finally, praise their achievement and have them set new goals to keep the savings habit alive, even if it is simply to achieve a specific level of savings without a purchase in mind. Kids should also set long-term savings goals—money used only for investments for their future, such as college expenses. (A college education offers one of the best hedges against joblessness during any kind of economic downturn. Career exploration will be covered in January’s column.) Have your child make deposits to this brokerage or 529 account weekly, if possible. Consider matching your children’s long-term savings, perhaps dollar-for-dollar, to incentivize them to save (much like a company does for its employees’ 401(k) retirement plans). What strategies have worked for you in teaching your kids to save? Send me your best ideas and you’ll be automatically entered in a random drawing for a money-wise prize of your choice!

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Sarah Hine being crowned 2011 WHS Homecoming Queen.

The 2011 Walton High School Homecoming recently was held on a picture perfect fall day. The festivities began with a parade down Sewell Mill Road led by the WHS Marching Band. Walton alumni and current students witnessed a very strong showing by the Varsity Football team as they beat Wheeler High School 45 – 7, to make their eighth straight win of the season. At half time, Miss Sarah Hine, escorted by her father, Charlie Hine, was crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen by Principal Judy McNeill.

WHS French Club. Walton Muslim Student Association.

Mr. Raider Matt Morabito & Miss Raider Bailey Thompson. WHS Teacher of the Year Tina Link.

Varsity Head Coach Rocky Hidalgo and daughter.

WHS Freshman Football players.

WHS Mascot.

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National Art Honor Society.

WHS Girls Volleyball team members.

Walton Raider Marching Band.



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Music in the Modern World by Nicolas Perry Music always has been a part of humanity. Through history, music has taken many forms as people have defined it, challenged it, and explored it; however, music in the modern world has taken many new forms that greatly impact our lives.

Nicolas Perry is a junior at Walton High School (WHS) and a gifted pianist. He serves as the assistant executive director of the WHS robotics team, Team WALT. Visit waltonrobotics. org for more information or to contact Team WALT.

Since the creation of the Synthesizer in the late 1800s, electronic music steadily has become more popular and recently exploded into popular culture. Electronic music has spread world-wide creating global waves of correlated music through diverse cultures.

Dubstep, first introduced at the end of the 20th century, is seen as a revolution in music history. Musicians use various programs and electronic devices to remix powerful bass lines, drum patterns, and samples from songs created by other artists. Dubstep has also branched into many other forms of dance music. Auto-Tune, also created in the 1990s, has heavily impacted the music industry as well. Auto-tune has the ability to electronically alter inaccurate notes, thus, allowing musicians to create cleaner and better music. Aside from the music industry, music has opened doors to new medical treatments. Music therapy, first introduced in the early 1700s, has become more effective in the past century. This type of therapy helps patients recover out of clinical depression and can help children adapt to society. Recent studies show that certain types of music help the heart and the respiratory system. More importantly, music therapy has proven to be effective in greatly helping patients who suffer from neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, speech disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome. 52

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Binaural tones can be created at certain frequencies to lower or raise our brainwaves. Depending on the frequencies, these binaural tones can induce sleep or stimulate active thinking. Recent changes in music technology have yielded more exciting treatments. With electronic devices, music can be altered to affect our brainwaves. Binaural tones can be created at certain frequencies to lower or raise our brainwaves. Depending on the frequencies, these binaural tones can induce sleep or stimulate active thinking. Some binaural tones can activate certain glands to produce desired hormones. Additional information on binaural tones is available at Uses for music and sound waves are boundless. As you read this, new types of music are being introduced throughout the world. At the same time, our military experiments with advanced sonic and acoustic weapons. The fate of music and the way it changes our lives lies in the hands of artists and citizens.

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School News Walton Bus Driver Wins State Roadeo Veteran bus driver Michael Graham, who drives a bus for students at Murdock Elementary, Dodgen Middle and Walton High schools, went on to capture first place at the state Roadeo bus driving competition after finishing first in the county. Michael has won the Cobb County bus safety competition for the past two years. His state win qualified him for the International Safety Competition held recently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Michael placed 10th out of 48 competitive bus drivers from across the country. Out of the seven years that Michael has competed, he has qualified three times for the state competition. Congratulations, again!

Girl Scout Junior Troop Earns Social Butterfly Badge Girl Scout Junior Troop 2113 from Timber Ridge Elementary School recently participated in a program with Brenda Laskey, Director of the Dogwood Cotillion. The young ladies earned their Social Butterfly Badge. “We are very grateful to Brenda for helping us teach our 4th grade girls how to become young ladies and respected members of our community,” said Diane Toole, Troop 2113 Leader.

Caption: Brenda Laskey, Director of the Dogwood Cotillion, in back, with 4th grade girls from Timber Ridge Elementary Girl Scout Junior Troop 2113.

Walton High School Night at Baked Every Tuesday Baked, located at 1111 Johnson Ferry Road, has partnered with Walton High School (WHS) and will be hosting a Walton Night every Tuesday. On Tuesdays, anyone that comes in from WHS will drop their receipt into a decorated Walton bucket. Baked will donate ten percent of the proceeds back to Walton. The eatery also is offering a five percent back on any other day that a Walton family visits Baked. 54

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Clean Air School Designations Twenty-six Cobb County Schools received the Clean Air School designation from the Clean Air Campaign. More than 300 schools across Georgia participate in action-based learning projects focused on reducing air pollution and educating students about sustainability and air quality. Schools are encouraged to implement a “No Idling” program and promote school bus ridership and carpools. Timber Ridge Elementary, Mt. Bethel Elementary, East Side Elementary, and Dodgen Middle School were among those to receive the Clean Air designation.

25 WHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Sixty-two students from nine Cobb high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors now have an opportunity to compete for the 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. Twenty-five of the students are from Walton High School (WHS). The semifinalists from WHS are Suporna Chaudhuri, Ralph L. Collins, Alisa A. Enochs, George Q. Fei, Gil S. Goldshlager, William C. Granros, Hannah D. Greenwald, Jay K. Kim, Brendan C. Larkin, Kristin N. Lax, Jessica T. Leung, Thomas Lynch, Michael D. McQueeney, Hali L. Mo, Shaunish Mookerji, Catherine T. Niu, Nisha B. Patel, Farha A. Pirani, Kiran B. Rao, Roger S. Song, Michael C. Wang, Alexander Wu, Farishtay Yamin, Jeffrey W. Zambory, and Joy Q. Zhang.

Two WHS Seniors Named National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalists Eight Cobb seniors were named among 1,600 semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program. The program is designed to recognize academically promising Black students throughout the U.S. and to provide approximately 800 scholarships to the most outstanding participants. The two seniors named from Walton High School are Kristen P. Green and Stephen C. Green. More than 160,000 high school juniors from across the U.S. were considered for the scholarship program.

Sports News Rally in the Valley Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

Walton Raiders on ESPNU The October 26 Walton Raiders football game against the Milton Eagles will be nationally broadcast on ESPNU. After the Raiders’ amazing season last year that led to a trip to the State Championship game for the first time in the school’s history, ESPN wanted to profile the team. Walton had a perfect season until losing to Grayson in the championship game. The Raiders faced the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs last year. The game will start at 9 p.m. in Raider Valley. Coach Rocky Hidalgo was quoted in the Marietta Daily Journal saying, “I think it will be a great experience for our kids. It kind of shows where our program is. ESPN wants to come show Walton on a national scale and that shows what caliber players we have.”


The first Rally in the Valley All Girls 7 on 7 lacrosse tournament was recently held at Raider Valley at Walton High School and Dodgen Middle School. The tournament included 28 teams with middle school and high school aged girls. Each team’s registration fee went directly to benefit the Rally Foundation to fund brain tumor research in honor of local resident Ryder Ewing. Ryder is a brain tumor survivor, and she and her family raise funds to help others in the battle against childhood cancer. The teams wore special pennies and socks designed by Ryder, her sisters and her lacrosse buddies. Winners in three divisions were named, and “Spirit Sticks” were given to teams that showed great spirit and were “rallying” behind the event. Many of the referees volunteered their pay for service hours so that additional money could go to cancer research. More than $10,000 was raised through the event. Jonna Ewing, Ryder’s mother, said, “The administration at both Walton and Dodgen were a phenomenal help in getting this event off the ground.” Teams that participated included Walton, Lassiter, Roswell, Grayson, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Cherokee, and the Hotlanta Lacrosse Club.

Walton Raiders celebrate a great play earlier this season.

Two Walton Raiders Invited to All-American Bowl

Right: Ryder Ewing presents a spirit stick to her coach Rachel Epstein with teammates. Left to right: Alana Epstein, Camyrn Jones, Ryder Ewing, Rachel Epstein, Emma Nodar and MacKenzie Ewing.


Above: Walton U15 girls in action versus Hotlanta Lacrosse. Riley Ewing of Walton grabs a pass.

Each year, the U.S. Army All-American Selection Committee evaluates thousands of the nation’s top high school football players. Following the evaluation period, the Selection Committee officially nominates the Nation’s top 400 seniors to be considered for selection to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Players are then selected and invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. At a recent pep rally, Tyren Jones and Brandon Kublanow of the Walton Raiders Varsity football team were invited to play in the game and were presented with their All-American Bowl jerseys. They are the first two football players from the Southeast to be selected. The All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, Tyren Jones (l) and Brandon Kublanow, January 5, 2013 and will Walton Raiders who will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. be televised on NBC. Around WALTON | October 2012



Dr. Richard Kaht

Cobb District Teacher of the Year by Lynne Lysaght

Dr. Richard Kaht (pronounced cot), a seventh grade science teacher at Dickerson Middle School (DMS), keeps getting surprised at school with incredible news. Before students arrived this year for school, Dr. Kaht was completely caught off guard at a preplanning faculty meeting as he looked up and he saw his wife, Lisa, and his children, Olivia and Hayden, at the front of the room. Then Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of Cobb County Schools, announced that Dr. Kaht had been selected as the Middle School Teacher of the Year for all middle schools in Cobb County. This selection put Dr. Kaht into the next round of competition to determine who would be the Teacher of the Year to represent all of Cobb County for this school year. During an assembly of the entire seventh grade that was to be the kickoff for the DMS Challenge (a program aimed at bullying prevention at school), Dr. Kaht was surprised again when the assembly turned out to be in honor of him; Dr. Hinojosa announced that he had been selected as the district-wide Teacher of the Year. The seventh grade band participated in the assembly, and the percussion section performed a special piece, using trash cans as instruments, called “Garbage.” Dr. Kaht’s mother and father were in attendance, along with his wife and kids, to mark this event. Dr. Kaht was truly honored and excited to have the opportunity to share with others about the “best school in the county.” Dr. Kaht has been teaching for 20 years, and 13 of those years


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Dr. Michael Hinojosa presents CCSD Teacher of the Year Dr. Kaht with special lab coat as his family watches.

have been at DMS. Because he had seen and worked at the full spectrum of schools, the support from the administration, other faculty, students and parents at DMS make him feel both blessed to work there and very humble to represent such a group. He knew from the time he was in seventh grade that he wanted to be a teacher. He loves being in the classroom and believes that will always be the case. The students at DMS inspire him with their avid interests and inquisitiveness. He enjoys being the sponsor of the Science Olympiad and the FTC Robotics Club. Dr. Kaht feels his job as a teacher is to get the kids to ask questions. He starts each school year by letting his students know they are going to have to think in his classroom. He thinks of the art of science and incorporates a lot of art in his lessons. He also includes lots of humor and hands-on experiences because students “don’t learn unless they do.” His only classroom rule, Be Appropriate, really covers it all. The classroom Motto is “Make it Happen,” which gives his students the responsibility for getting things done and overcoming

Lisa and Richard Kaht at Cobb County Teacher of the Year assembly.

problems without excuses. He engages students by tapping into their interests. For example, when teaching about genetics, he used the genetics of wizards and muggles from the world of Harry Potter to help students learn about recessive and dominant traits. Dr. Kaht and his wife Lisa have lived with their children in the Walton community for 15 years. Their daughter Olivia attended Mt. Bethel Elementary School, DMS, and graduated from Walton High School (WHS) in 2008. She will graduate from the University of Georgia this December. Their son, Hayden, is a senior at WHS. Dr. Kaht’s appreciation of the CCSD comes from a parent’s point of view as well as an employee’s. For Dr. Kaht, school has always been an extension of family. They have to add 30 minutes to a grocery shopping trip because of the number of people that they will run into that they know. Every year at this time, the Kahts are known for the Haunted House that they have for Halloween, with close to 400 people visiting. Dr. Kaht’s handprints in the cement at Marietta Square were unveiled during the recent Cobb Chamber of Commerce G.O.S.H. (Give Our Schools a Hand) ceremonies. Dr. Kaht also received a one year lease on a car, compliments of Ed Voyles Automotive. Congratulations to Dr. Kaht, his family and his extended Dickerson Middle School family on being chosen to represent CCSD as the Teacher of the Year. He is now in the state-wide competition. Maybe there is another surprise to come.

After announcement of Dr. Kaht as Cobb County Middle School Teacher of the Year. Left to right: Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Hayden Kaht, Olivia Kaht, Lisa Kaht, Dr. Richard Kaht, Dr. Carole Brink, DMS principal, and Scott Sweeney, Cobb County School Board President .

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Should I Wear These Earrings? by Bryant Wright Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses. But let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3,4 It’s absolutely undeniable that women can be obsessed about beauty. Wanting to look beautiful is very important. So what does God’s Word say about this? Now, when you read verse 3, at first you might think, “Well, God’s Word is saying that a woman should not do anything in regard to beauty enhancement.” And you begin to think, “Is it wrong to want to enhance the beauty that God has given me? Is it wrong to be concerned about external or outward beauty?” How do we understand this? The key word in the first verse is the word ‘merely.’ The concern of God’s Word is being excessively focused on outer beauty to the

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

neglect of your relationship with God that brings about an inner beauty. When God put Adam in the Garden of Eden, he didn’t tell Adam, “Let it run wild. Don’t worry about doing anything.” No, He said, “Tend the garden.” The Garden was already beautiful, but man’s responsibility was to enhance that beauty. Well, God’s most beautiful creation is woman. There is no creation of God more beautiful. So, enhancing that beauty can be a good thing, but when it becomes an excessive focus to the neglect of a relationship with God, then it becomes a very negative thing. So, what is God calling on a woman to do in thinking about all this pressure on outward beauty? Look back up at today’s scripture. God’s Word is speaking about a type of beauty that is eternal. No outward beauty lasts forever, but inner beauty does. So, focus most on beauty that lasts forever. Here’s the key: There’s nothing wrong with trying to look beautiful. I’m sure the man in your life appreciates it. But it doesn’t come before seeking the inner beauty that is found only in a day-by-day relationship with God. He can take what common man might not see as beautiful and create beauty beyond compare that grows more beautiful over time. Now, that’s true beauty. Copyrighted material. Used by permission of Right From The Heart Ministries, Marietta, GA

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

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

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


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

Christian and Missionary Alliance

New Life Baptist Church 4010 Canton Road, (770) 592-6880 Pastor: Roger Brink

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

New Providence Baptist Church 3740 Providence Road, (770) 971-3519 Pastor: Charles Whittaker

Christian Science

Northside Primitive Baptist Church 5265 Roswell Road, (678)481-2793 Pastor: Jason Solomon

Church of Christ

Bible Baptist Church 2025 Eula Drive, NE, (770) 592-2660 Pastor: D.L. Cooper

Piedmont Baptist Church 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, (770) 422-2566

Chattahoochee Baptist Church 375 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-2058 Pastor: Rick Shoup

Sandy Plains Baptist Church

Cornerstone Baptist Church 1506 Sawyer Road, (770) 422-3579 Pastor: Carl George

Sewell Mill Baptist Church 2550 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 971-3746 Pastor: David Watson

Crossview Baptist Church 1100 Piedmont Road, (770) 973-0063 Pastor: John E. Johnson East Cobb Baptist Church 1940 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-2233 Pastor: David York Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2323 Pastor: Dr. David H. Chauncey Eastwood Baptist Church 1150 Allgood Road, (770) 973-9011 Pastor: Mike Hatton Elizabeth Baptist Church 315 Kurtz Road, (770) 427-3325 Pastor: Steve Echols Galilee Baptist Church 2050 Bentley Lake Road, (770) 422-6487 Holt Road Baptist Church 675 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-3052 Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 973-6561 Pastor: Bryant Wright Liberty Hill Baptist Church 1053 Liberty Hill Road, NE, (770) 422-1406 Pastor: Amos Williams


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2825 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-8525 Pastor: Dr. Alvin Southerland

Shady Grove Baptist Church 1654 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 428-0216 Shallowford Free Will Baptist 1686 Shallowford Road, (770) 926-1163 Pastor: Len Blanchard


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


Atlanta Chinese Christian Church Northwest 1837 Bill Murdock Road, (770) 971-1837 Pastor: Rev. Christopher Pu Chestnut Ridge Christian Church 2663 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-8888 Pastor: Byron Wells Walking By Faith Christian 1821 Kinridge Road, (678) 560-1144

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

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

Church of God Church of God of Prophecy 3393 Canton Road, (770) 427-5923 First Church of God 592 Shannon Drive, (770) 461-1925 Mount Paran North 1700 Allgood Road, (770) 578-9081 Town Center Church of God 1040 Blackwell Road, (770) 424-4004

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

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

Vineyard Community Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A25, (770) 565-1505 Pastor: Tommy Papevies

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

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

Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-7473 Rector: The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain

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


Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 Rev. Paul McCabe

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


St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 571 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-2839 Rev. Jim Nixon

Greek Orthodox

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jehovah’s Witness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jewish Chabad of East Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 565-4412 Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, (770) 973-0137 Rabbis Shalom Lewis and Paul Kerbel Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, (770) 973-9205 Rabbi: Stephen Lebow

Korean Bethany Korean Presbyterian Multi-cultural (Korean, Brazilian and American) 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 643-1459 Pastor: Byeongho Choi Korean Covenant Presbyterian 2100 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 565-4777 Pastor: Paul Sim Korean United Methodist Church 945 Old Canton Road, (770) 321-0020

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

St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road, (770) 926-4961 St. Paul United Methodist Church 244 Kurtz Road, (770) 422-1089 Pastor: Dana Overton-Garrett Wesley Chapel United Methodist 4495 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 993-4919 Pastor: Jimmy Hood

Non-Denominational Marietta Vineyard Church 1492 Roswell Road, (770) 977-9496 Pastor: Jeremy Graves North Atlanta Church 2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303

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

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

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

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

Unity Unity North Atlanta Church 4255 Sandy Plains Road, (678) 819-9100 Acting Spiritual Leader: Rev. Richard Burdick Around WALTON | October 2012



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

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

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

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

Charitable Organizations

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Families Anonymous (FA) Support group for families who have loved ones struggling with addiction. Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Youth Center, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd. Contact: Family Caregiver Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Facilitator: Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241 Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, (678) 395-5825 or (678) 620-3685 Website: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church Blackwell Road Contact: Jeannie DeCarlo, (770) 919-9275

Website: Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Pkwy. Contact: (678) 404-0034, Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905, Roswell Rd Contact: Betsy, (404) 226-4931, Parents of Prodigals Children with self-destructive lifestyle. Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Bldg. A Contact: Robin Cleveland, (678) 819-3915

Grief Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: Aloha To Aging, Inc. , Mt. Bethel Comm. Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: (678) 439-1177.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177

JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent, and Significant Others) Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesday Location: Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy., in the library Contact: (770) 928-2523,

PASA (Parents of All Stages and Ages) Meeting: Fridays at 10 a.m.Free child care available Location: East Cobb UMC Lower Level Activities Building, 2325 Roswell Road Contact: Lisa Hunt (770) 984-0699

Job Seekers Meeting: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road Contact: (770) 977-2976 Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) for parents of East Side Elementary students Meeting: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Contact: Rachel Bloom, (770) 973-4705, Moms In Touch — Walton High School Meeting: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, room 332 Contact: Cynthia Eller (770) 578-6301 Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact: National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin (770) 928-2762, Terri (678) 497-5657 Website: Newcomers of Cobb County Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: (770) 234-5068 Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278

Road to Recovery Divorce Support Group Meeting: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House Contact: (770) 971-2880 Sexual Assault Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: YMCA of NW GA, 48 Henderson St, Contact: Marie Mertilus, (770) 423-3589 Single Adult Ministry Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-3447, Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561, Treasures in Heaven (miscarriage/infant death) Meeting: 4th Monday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 VOICE Today Survivors of child sexual abuse Meeting: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Room 334 Contact: Tom Scales, (678) 578-4888 Website: Widowed Helping Others Meeting: Twice each month Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Contact: Marguerite Williamson, (770) 977-8438 Women’s Divorce Support Group Meeting: 1st Thursday & 3rd Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: Facilitated by Visions Anew, (770) 953-2882 Website: Around WALTON | October 2012



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

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

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

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

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

Woodacres School 1772 Johnson Ferry Road , Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 971-1880, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Head of School: Judy T. Thigpen

School Websites: School District Website Pinnacle Picasso Meal Pay 64

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RECENT CONSUMER PRODUCT RECALLS Around Walton wants to help keep you and your family safe. The following items have been recalled by their manufacturers in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

1. 1. Garden Swings

The seat on the Wilson & Fisher log-style, wood swings can break. The twoseat swings have a natural wood finish.

2. Specialized Bicycle Components

The front fork can break on both women’s and men’s 2008 and 2009 Globe model bicycles.


3. Club Car Recalls Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles The fuel tank filler neck can crack and allow fuel to leak.

4. Children’s Water Bottle

Sold Exclusively at H&M Stores, the water bottle’s spout can break off. Recalled products were sold from July 2012 through August 2012.

5. Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers


The brewing chamber on KG1 coffeemaker models can unexpectedly open and expel hot water and coffee grounds while user is making coffee. Burn injuries have been reported.

6. Gas Dryers

LG Electronics and Kenmore Elite dryers can overheat, burn clothing or start a fire. Companies have received reports of burns to hands or arms, burnt or scorched clothes and dryers heating after cycle is complete.




For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit or call 1-800-638-2772. Around WALTON | October 2012



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

Cobb County Government:

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

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

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


Aloha to Aging, Inc. Family Caregiver Support

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


AARP Kiwanis Club Lions Club Rotary Club

Public Service:

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



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

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

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Schools: Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

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

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

AT&T Broadband/Comcast

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

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

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Ask Margot

An Inside Look at Medical Imaging

children. Don’t send messages (nor money) to the other parent through any child; and never quiz any child about the other parent. Your children will benefit greatly from the compassion, respect, and concern you show them.

CT CT (computerized tomography) is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to take detailed pictures of the body, including the head, chest, abdomen and spine. It can be used to detect abnormalities across a wide range of specialties – bone, soft tissue and blood vessels – all at once. It is less sensitive to patient movement and can be performed even if you have a pacemaker or other implanted medical device (unlike MRI). CT also sometimes requires contrast.

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Worried Mom, consider attending some of Visions Anew Institute’s free Divorce Support Groups. The next Divorce Survival Weekend will be October 26–28. No one ever expects to divorce. If it is unavoidable, do it with good information, with integrity, and with a team of experts. You don’t have to face divorce alone.

Is it OK to Eat Halloween Candy? continued from page 40

during the day increases the amount of time damaging acids come in contact with teeth. Consuming large amounts of high-acid citrus fruits also can cause enamel to dissolve. To help maintain healthy teeth and gums, eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, and limit snacks, making sure that the snacks you do eat are nutritious and low in sugar. Drink sweetened beverages with a meal instead of throughout the day. Since saliva helps prevent decay by washing away loose particles and neutralizing damaging acids, chewing sugarfree gum can help fight tooth decay, as it increases saliva production. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, as well as seeing your dentist for regular check-ups, are also important for maintaining good oral health. So enjoy that candy, but pick out the few that are your favorites, throw the rest away, and brush and floss well afterwards. If your toothbrush isn’t available, drink plenty of water after eating those sweet treats to wash away the sugars and dilute the acids.

All Natural Cold Prevention continued from page 39

Check out Chiropractic Chiropractic care is vital to the immune system because the spine contains many nerves that emerge between the bones or vertebrae. When these vertebrae become misaligned they restrict spinal movement, affecting the adjacent nerves and leading to decreased function, a condition called subluxation. Through gentle and safe adjustments, chiropractic care can have a beneficial effect on immune system function by removing these subluxations.


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Ultrasound Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create images. The sound waves bounce off internal structures, creating echoes that are captured and translated into an image. The test provides real-time imaging which can help guide minimally invasive procedures. No radiation is used in ultrasound. PET/CT PET/CT imaging (Positron Emission Tomography, in combination with CT) is the gold-standard for diagnosing and treatment planning of cancer. It reveals a complete picture – providing both anatomic and metabolic information at one time, in stunning detail, to help physicians diagnose and localize – anywhere in the body. PET/CT detects sites of cancer not seen by other imaging modalities, differentiating scar tissue from tumor and benign from malignant lesions. It also produces images showing metabolism or biochemical changes.

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We need a home!

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fax: (770) 661-0768

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

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

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21

(404) 463-1378

Senator Judson Hill (R), District 32

(770) 565-0024

Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), District 41

(770) 956-8357

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

(770) 977-4426

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

(404) 656-0254

County Government:

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield

(770) 528-2220

Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

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

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

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

District Attorney, Patrick H. Head

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

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

(770) 528-2200

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

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman Helen Goreham, District 1

(770) 528-3313

(770) 528-3316

Bob Ott, District 2

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

(770) 499-4600

Board of Education Kathleen Angelucci, Post 4

Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

(770) 528-1800

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900

Scott Sweeney, Post 6

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

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(770) 528-3312

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

David Banks, Post 5


(770) 528-3300

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin

(770) 794-5501

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Findlay Roofing (770) 516-5806

Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark 25 (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta 39

chiropractic HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, PC 17 (770) 509-3400 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite 122, Marietta

Cleaning Services Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991


Image Maids (770) 627-4670


Dentists Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C. (770) 993-3775 Chattahoochee Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry (770) 977-8644



Education/ Instruction C2 Education Back Cover (770) 565-8184 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 400 Eye Level Inside Back Cover (770) 578-6317 1401 Johnson Ferry Road, Ste. 140, Marietta 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Ste. 141, Marietta Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Cover, 36, 37 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta (770) 971-0245,

Health & Beauty Fit for Life 33 (770) 321-4550, Get In Shape for Women (770) 605-8788 3822 Roswell Road, Ste. 114, Marietta


Around WALTON | October 2012


Home & gARDEN

Banking/Financial Services

LGE Credit Union

Hanan Day Spa (770) 565-3333,


Inside Front

Atlanta Communities Real Estate (770) 240-2000



Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


Quality Craftsmen (404) 483-7446

Real estate

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Studio AFN — Arthur Nerbas, Architect (404) 966-9977,


Insurance Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900


Pets East Cobb Veterinary Clinic (770) 973-2286,


Hot Dogs and Cool Cats (770) 858-1000


Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-5678


Photographers Studio 7 (770) 685-7391,


Bush Enos (678) 360-6033


Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center (770) 844-3293

Inside Front

Hong Kong Star Chinese Cuisine II 9 (770) 509-2129 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste 110, Marietta Marlow’s Tavern 23 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208, Marietta (770) 977-7747 Shari’s Berries 1-877-893-5423


Sugar Benders Bakery (678) 665-2211 255 Village Parkway, Ste. 240A, Marietta


Retail /Miscellaneous services Bookmiser 5 (770) 509-5611 H.M. Patterson & Son— Canton Hill Funeral Home (770) 977-9485


Musician’s Friend 1-888-447-2078


My ComputerWorks 1- 877-371-6442


IFN Modern 1-866-541-4866


ProFlowers 59 1-866-932-8214,

Physicians & Medical Services Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

Big Liquor Wines (404) 551-3074


Quick Lube (770) 973-1643



The Gifted Ferret (770) 693-5889


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


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

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


Resurgens OrthoNow (770) 423-2172,


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


WellStar Cancer Network (770) 956-STAR,

Senior Services


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