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website: Acworth Community Magazine, a publication of Around Acworth, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. Acworth Community Magazine’s mission is to build a sense of community and pride in the Acworth area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free by mail. For readers outside our mailing area, subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Please send a check or money order to the address above. Acworth Community Magazine welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The deadline for each issue is the 10th of the preceding month. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Acworth Community Magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Š Copyright 2012.



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We’re for childhood. Childhood can be tough, especially on parents. That’s why you need WellStar. Our pediatricians are experts in keeping your kids healthy and your mind at ease. WellStar’s Pediatric Network can be found close to home in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding counties. And because aches and pains don’t take a day off, many of our pediatricians offer same-day appointments, six days a week. When it’s more than aches and scrapes, count on WellStar’s two pediatric emergency departments, at WellStar Kennestone and WellStar Cobb Hospitals. Our pediatric specialists and equipment specifically designed for children and teens will get your child back to childhood as soon as possible. To learn more, call 770-956-STAR or visit the new

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Message from the Mayor When the board of the Cobb Community Foundation (CCF) approached me to become the nonprofit’s new executive director, I thought, WOW! This will be a really good fit! As the third term mayor for the City of Acworth, with the civic mission to build “Quality of Life” by creating resources that make a difference in our citizens lives, the Community Foundation is the perfect opportunity for me to connect community resources. At the CCF, we are all about developing charitable giving resources to improve the quality of life for all residents, in every part of our community. We are the most giving community foundation in Cobb. In fact, during the last five years, we have granted and gifted more than $4 million from the different funds and foundations that we manage. The Mission of the CCF is to expand our charitable giving resources so that our community foundation becomes the number one resource for meeting our community needs. The CCF manages 45 special charitable funds and foundations that are focused on many different needs in the community. We have local board of community business leaders who oversee the foundation and connect donors to their charitable interests. Whether you’re the mayor of the city of Acworth or the executive director of the Cobb Community Foundation, providing effective leadership to develop a mission and a vision that inspires people to implement and become part of the vision is a priority. The mission becomes where we want to go, the vision is why we want to do it and the journey allows people in the community to make a difference. Expanding resources for the City and the Foundation requires that we build strategic resource partnerships that receive mutual benefits. As mayor and director and speaking for the community leaders on our boards, our hearts’ desire is to provide the leadership that develops partnerships that will build resources and quality of life. The CCF is the easiest and most affordable way for everyone to be able give back and invest in their community. We provide 6


the charitable giving services that allow donors to quickly create funds and foundations for their special interest, or they can simply direct their tax deductable gifts through an existing fund to meet different needs in our community. As Mayor and Director, it has been my experience to witness the most extraordinary gifts of love that I have seen change the course of peoples’ lives. When we give our time and money, we create that gift of love that can make a difference and transform someone else’s life. Ladies and gentlemen…we live in the most giving community in America! — Mayor Tommy Allegood

Mother's Day Contest Winner Congratulations to Stacey Luebke, who was the lucky winner of a Classic Relaxation Facial, Stress Ease Massage & Spa Gift, valued at $150, courtsey Jodi Sherman, owner of LaBella Spa & Salon! Happy Mother’s Day...enjoy your pampered experience!

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CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to Carol Wood, who was the first to find the phrase “Now you can do both!” It was located on page 41. She won a $10 gift cerificate to Capo’s Italian Restaurant.

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If you’re over the age of 30 and suffer from neck pain, tingling in the arms, or headaches, this could be the most eye-opening article you’ll ever read.

Why Haven’t People With Neck Pain Been Told These Facts? It can affect your sleep, your marriage and your job. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your neck hurts and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. In the years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people with neck pain, arm problems and headaches leave the office pain free. Because patients tell me too often…“I only wished I had found you sooner”, I’m running a special two week Neck Pain Evaluation for those suffering with neck problems. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Neck Pain Evaluation” we’ll be able find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase.

and Medication did not. The entire staff is very friendly.” Sincerely, Renee M. “I came into the office suffering with neck pain and headaches. I was amazed at how soon my symptoms were relieved. I no longer have pain and getting adjusted has gotten rid of my headaches. I am less irritable and now able to continue my exercising and maintain an active lifestyle.” Thank you, Jennifer R. “What originally brought me into the office was my neck and low back pain. I could not turn my head to the left. My symptoms have now improved and I can turn my head without pain. Having less pain has really affected my life in a positive way. Chiropractic works!” Thanks, Janet K. The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neck Pain For 15 days only, $20 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients $250 for!

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Glitzy Chiks Ribbon Cutting

The City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for Glitzy Chiks on Friday, March 23. Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Weatherford, congratulated Trisha Murphy on her new Acworth business, located at 3344 Cobb Parkway (next to Staples.) Glitzy Chiks has the perfect accessory for every occasion and it’s easy to shop, as the store is organized by colors. There are thousands of earrings for only $2 each, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, handbags, luggage, sunglasses, watches and much more. They have a growing selection of tops, pants, flip flops and tote bags! They also offer monogramming. Glitzy Chiks is color coordinated for easy shopping and is sure to be every girl’s new favorite store! Trisha says come visit our fun shop, where it’s all about the customers. For more information, please call (770) 529-6620.

Pawn Mart Ribbon Cutting

The City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for Pawn Mart, located at 5160 Cowan Road. Mayor Pro-Tem, Bob Weatherford congratulated Tom Haas-CEO, Cathy Haas-Marketing Director, Mary Bryant-Store Manager, Rob Bryant-Vice President and Brian Brock-Vice President on their new Acworth location. Pawn Mart is a Georgia based chain of 20 pawnshops. The store is a beautiful pawnshop/retail store in which you can purchase previously-owned fine jewelry, tools, musical instruments, computers, home appliances, electronics and much more! For more information, visit their website at or call (678) 388-8847. 8


The Oak Barrel Ribbon Cutting

The City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for The Oak Barrel on Tuesday, April 17. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated Jo Ann Tuttle and Linda Theos, owners of The Oak Barrel. It’s located in downtown Acworth at 4843 North Main Street, the company was established in 2004 and then purchased by J & L Concessions Management, LLC in August, 2011. The Oak Barrel greets you with the feel of a rustic wine cellar and features a Napa Technology’s WineStation for the perfect wine tasting experience. They feature a variety of wines, ranging in price, region, varietal, along with gourmet food items and great gift items. They also host a number of Wine Tasting Events, so be sure to check their Facebook page for event updates! For more information, visit or please call (770) 974-7720.

Acworth Football & Cheerleading The Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association, Inc. (AFCA) provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children between the ages of 4 1/2 — 12. Children are divided into single age groups, and within those age groups are assigned to teams with kids of similar abilities and experience levels. Register prior to May 31, and take advantage of discounts. Registration fees are $150/City of Acworth resident or $170/non-city resident. These are the lowest rates around! You may register online at, or onsite on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Halbrooks Field. Come get the best overall youth sports experience for your child! For more information, please call (770) 974-7093 or you may visit their website at

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Pro Wakeboard Tour in Acworth!

The 2012 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour makes its return to Dallas Landing Park on Friday and Saturday, May 18 — 19. The Main Event will take place on Saturday from 12 — 8 p.m. The event brings riders to our city from all over the world, and has a significant economic impact on our community. On Friday, the event runs from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., but not all of the action takes place on the water. On land, fans will experience tons of great food and music, athlete autograph signings, chances to win free stuff and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. This family oriented event and will provide a fun filled day of sun, surf and excitement for all who attend. To purchase discounted tickets in advance (save $6 online), visit Tickets will also be available for purchase on event dates, $13/age 13 & up, $5/age 6 — 12, FREE/under age 5. Parking will be available, but limited — shuttles will be provided from Downtown Acworth. For more information or to become a sponsor of the event, please call (770) 917-1234 or visit

Block Party The fun just keeps going on Saturday, May 19! Immediately following the end of the Pro Wakeboard Event, the Historic Downtown Acworth Block Party will kick off! The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight. The event will feature the Pro Wakeboard Tour awards presentation, the live music of the “Paul Hand Band,” radio personalities from 790 the Zone, outdoor dining, and much more! This event is made possible by the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority and the City of Acworth. For more information visit or call (770) 917-1234.

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Citywide Computer, Electronics and Metal Recycling Day The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to participate in their next Computer, Electronics and Metal Recycling Day at the Acworth Sports Complex off of South Main Street on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. If it’s made of metal or you can plug it in, they can recycle it. Don’t let those items you have collected while spring cleaning end up in the landfill. Old barbeque grills, lawn mowers, metal patio furniture, car parts, old bicycles, gutters, metal siding, metal fencing and exercise equipment can all be recycled. The city, along with Federal Recyclers, want you to Think Green! All recycling is FREE, except for a $15 fee for computer monitors and a $20 fee for televisions. New this year: Federal Recyclers will now be accepting paint for recycling and offering document shredding. They have a recycling fee of $2 for pints or gallon cans and a $7 charge for 5 gallon cans. Please leave labels on paint cans because some paints are hazardous waste and need to be separated for controlled recycling. Document shredding will be a $5 per box charge. For more information and a list of items accepted, visit

Memorial Day Ceremony Join the City of Acworth on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Patriots Point at Cauble Park, home of the Veterans Memorial, to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty while defending our nation and its values. The City of Acworth would like to pay homage to those who faithfully served and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes and is the perfect opportunity to set aside time to reflect on the cost of our freedom. If you have not seen the Veterans Memorial at Patriot’s Point at Cauble Park, this will be a perfect time to do so. The service flags of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard surround the American Flag. The concrete dome structure is surrounded by a paver walkway with engraved pavers. You can still honor a veteran by purchasing pavers. The pavers are available in 4x4 or 8x8 sizes. With the 4x4, you get 3 lines, each with up to 18 characters engraved on the pavers. The 8x8 comes with 4 lines, each with up to 18 characters engraved on it. For more information about the ceremony or to purchase a paver, visit or call Parks and Recreation at (770) 917-1234.

Acworth Resident Takes Command of Battalion

above. Fresenius Medical Care Acworth, the fifth Fresenius Medical Care clinic in Cobb County, plans to open and start treating patients this month. The clinic will offer the latest in dialysis services, including a home dialysis program. To view all of Chef McCargo’s renal-friendly recipes and a video of him cooking, visit For more information on kidney disease and dialysis treatment options in Cobb County, call 1-888-325-5175.

Local Doctor Crowned Mrs. Georgia International 2012 Recently, Acworth resident Eddie Williams took command of the 911th Support Battalion in the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF), also called the State Guard. Eddie serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the GSDF. Upon taking command, LTC Williams told the troops, “It is my honor and privilege to command the 911th SPT BN and all of our mission-oriented, dedicated and wonderful soldiers. I want to build on the many past successes of the Battalion, as a force multiplier to the GSDF, the GA Army and Air National Guard and US Public Health Service.” LTC Williams is a US Army Veteran and former Airborne, Ranger and Green Beret. When not serving in the GSDF, he is the owner of E&M Williams Consulting Group LLC — a training, teaching and speaking company whose clients are governmental agencies, corporations, school systems and industry specific associations nationwide. He, his wife, Maria, and their two teenage children, Evan and Madison, have been Acworth residence for several years.

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Dr. Emily Yake, 30, was crowned Mrs. Georgia International and will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2012 during the final competition in Chicago, July 17 — 21. Dr. Emily Yake is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is a marathon runner, triathlete, vocalist and truly enjoys making a difference in people’s lives. She is married to Dale Yake, owner and CEO of PT Solutions and PTS Sports. Together they have three children; Abigail, Aidan and Finley. Emily is a full time mother and step-mother, along with juggling her professional career and philanthropic pursuits. Emily founded Race Because last year, which raised over $8,000 for a deserving family in its inaugural year. Each year, the Race Because series will hold at least one race with money benefitting sick or children who are needing healthcare coverage. She founded Fit Momz and Fit Girls, two programs focused on the health, self esteem and wellness of females from all generations. Congratulations and good luck in Chicago!

Brookstone Community Garage Sale

Recently, Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., from the Food Network show “Big Daddy’s House,” visited the new dialysis clinic, Fresenius Medical Care in Acworth, to help raise awareness of the links between diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Chef McCargo spoke about how to cook the flavorful meals he created for the renal-diet and participated in a tasting panel, along with local dialysis patients Marie Rezac and Wallace Callier, pictured 12

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Bargain hunters paradise! Brookstone Golf Community’s 23rd annual garage sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 4 — 5, from 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. (rain or shine.) There will be 250+ families participating in the fundraiser, sponsored by the Brookstone Women’s Club. Proceeds for the resident participation fees support local charities. Address, map listings and more information will be available at www. beginning May 1, and at multiple entrances on May 5.

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Acworth Opry Is Back The Acworth Opry has relocated to the Roberts School and will now be an indoor event! The opry will be held the third Saturday of each month, beginning May 19, through October. There will be two live shows from 5:30 — 6:45 p.m. and from 6:45 — 8 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Roberts School is located at 4681 School Street, Acworth. For more information, call (770) 917- 1234.

Smoke on the Lake Backyard BBQ Festival The Rotary Club of North Cobb, Superior Plumbing and the City of Acworth will host the 3rd Annual Smoke on the Lake Backyard BBQ Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 11 — 12. Smoke on the Lake is a BBQ festival that raises funds for local charities. The event will be held at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth on Friday, from 6 — 10 p.m. and Saturday, from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. A FREE concert by Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffett band, will be held on Friday night at 8 p.m. Reserved tables for six can be purchased for $100 and will include two pizzas and six soft drinks from Johnny’s Pizza. The BBQ cooking will continue all night along the banks of the beautiful Lake Acworth and the event will open back up to the public on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. You can walk around and taste all the BBQ you desire, as the Taster’s Choice award will be decided by patrons of the event. Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. You can vote with your stomach as patrons vote for their favorite BBQ to crown the winner of a Primo Grill and the title of the People’s Choice Champion. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone. Also, the music that we all know and love will be played acoustically, as Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station will perform from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the awards given out immediately after. For more information, to reserve a table, enter the BBQ competition or to sponsor the event, please visit their website at or call (770) 423-1330.

Horizon Kickball League COME OUT AND PLAY!! Teams are now forming for the summer Horizon kickball league, which runs from June 26 — August 2. This league is open for all individuals who have special needs, ages 5 — 21 years old. Games will be held on Tuesday nights for ages 5 — 12 and on Thursday nights for ages 13 and up. Registration deadline is June 8. The cost for the league is $15, which covers jerseys and league expenses. Opportunities for financial aid are available by contacting Lauren Ham (770) 917-1234. Register online for the Horizon Kickball League by visiting or at the Acworth Parks and 14

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Recreation Department office located at 4762 Logan Road. For more information, please visit the above website or please call (770) 917-1234.

Memorial Day Freedom 5K This Memorial Day Freedom 5K is a fun event for the whole family! It will be held on May 28, beginning at 8 a.m., at Hobgood Park, 6680 Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock. Bring your family out to run together, or let the kids stay back and play sports on the ball fields at the park. Join as we celebrate together on this great day of fun, fellowship, and fast running... or maybe just fast paced walking! This annual Memorial Day 5K is a run to raise funds for the Mission Work for Hillcrest Baptist Church of Acworth. In 2012, a team from Hillcrest will be going to Brazil to work with Missionary Jay Ross and family. The missionary group will be doing community service, work at the church, and volunteer at the Brazil’s Child children’s home. To participate or for more information about sponsorship or to donate, please visit or call Hillcrest Baptist Church at (770) 917-9100.

Senior Luncheon Join in for lunch, bingo and other special activities on Tuesday, May 15, at the Senior Luncheon. The luncheon is held at the Beach House at Cauble Park - Lake Acworth. Lunch is served at noon. After lunch, there will be several rounds of bingo with prizes. This program is FREE to all seniors! For more information or questions, please call Acworth Parks and Recreation at (770) 917-1234.

Swift-Cantrell 5K Walk-Run The third annual Swift-Cantrell Classic 5K Walk-Run will be held in downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 a.m. Men and women, boys and girls are invited to participate in the 5K (3.1 miles) race or one mile family fun walk. Proceeds will benefit the Swift-Cantrell Foundation for capital improvements to Swift-Cantrell Park. The Swift-Cantrell Classic is the first in the six race Kennesaw Grand Prix series. All six events are run on a mostly flat course through downtown Kennesaw. The races are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative which encourages residents to become more active and engage in wellness-related activities. The race will be electronically timed for fast and accurate results, and awards will be presented to the top finishers in 14 categories. Event details and registration information are available online at www.

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Love The Lake Concert Series — Concert at the Beach Come and enjoy a night of music at the beach. On Friday, June 15, artists Steel Dreamin’ take the stage at 8 p.m. Steel Dreamin' has been entertaining audiences since 2004 with their unique brand of “Caribbean Rock.” They perform traditional island music, pop cover tunes from the past 50 years, world music favorites and more while creating a tropical atmosphere with LED lighting, effects, market umbrellas, palm plants, beach balls, and pink flamingos! Concert at the Beach featuring Steel Dreamin’ is a part of the Love the Lake Concert Series presented by the City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association.

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Tables can be purchased for this concert. Tables are $50/City of Acworth residents and $60/non-residents. With the table you get 6 chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park. The evening of the concert parking at Cauble Park is by pass only, but you are not guaranteed a parking spot with the pass; so please plan on arriving early. If you do not have a parking pass or if the parking if full, you will need to park downtown and either walk or take a shuttle down to the park. The shuttle service is FREE. If you choose to park downtown, shuttles will pick you up at the city hall parking lot and the post office parking lot. Shuttles will begin running at 5 p.m. For more information, please call the Acworth Parks and Recreation Office at (770) 917-1234 or visit their website at for more information and to reserve your table.

Kids Skate Free Did you know that Kids skate FREE at Sparkles? Sparkles Family Fun Centers has jumped on board to help fight Childhood Obesity! They have partnered with a program called KIDS SKATE FREE that sends you two free passes per child per week to skate for FREE. Visit, click on Georgia and then select Sparkles of Kennesaw. Not only is skating heart healthy, it’s family healthy! As most experts will tell you, a family that plays together stays together and a family that plays together will also be much more happy and healthy. For many families, play is the missing ingredient that glues the family together.

Animal Adoptions Residents are invited to find a new best friend to take home at Cobb County Animal Control’s Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. The event will be held at the shelter, located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. There will be vendors, food, police K-9 demonstrations, special adoption rates and a raffle. People will also have the chance to meet the county’s on-staff veterinarian. For more information, please call (770) 590-5614. 16

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Helpful Tips Around the House

We invite you to send in your tips (and a photo of yourself if you wish) to share with our readers here at Acworth Community Magazine. Dree Henninger helps in getting this new addition to the magazine started. Here’s a few of her tips: • Always add SUGAR to the boiling water when cooking corn on the cob. Salt makes it tough. • Keep an ice tray filled with chopped fresh parsley and water ice cubes in your freezer. Place one, as soon as possible, after any skin trauma that might cause a bruise. (A bump or an injection site). The Vitamin K coagulates the blood tremendously reducing the chance of any bruising. The ice further soothes the area. Submitted by Alice Glover: • To remove ring around the collar, wet the collar with warm water, sprinkle with cream of tartar and rub in. Launder as usual. • When broiling, add one cup of water to the bottom part of the broiling pan before putting it in the oven. This will make the food more tender. Submitted by Janice Schwartz: • To test to see if an egg is fresh, place it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it’s fresh. If it floats, it is not. Submitted by James Green: • Sprinkle salt on a tea stain while it is still wet. Wash as usual.

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On Friday, March 30, the Friday Night Flashlight “Egg”stravaganza was a huge success. Children got to watch as the Easter Bunny made a special entrance by “dropping” out of the sky and landing his parachute onto the field. Participants were given a flashlight to help them in their search for the 20,000 eggs that were filled with candy. The Easter Bunny also made an appearance at the Horizon Field where a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt took place.


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good education is the foundation of any future success. But sometimes it’s hard to ensure your child is reaching his/her full potential. The public school system struggles each year with budget cuts resulting in limitations. Classroom sizes are becoming increasingly larger, making one-on-one attention more difficult. Children who struggle and children who are above the standard can get lost in the shuffle. Many parents are turning to the private school option and for many, that option is Omega Private Academy.

The Omega Difference Small class size — Students at Omega can say goodbye to classroom size of 25 plus students. At Omega, the student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1, providing SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accredited education to students Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students receive individualized instruction in a caring, Christian learning environment. The small group setting is perfect for the struggling student who needs more attention; It’s also ideal for the student who is not challenged at school. At Omega, students learn at their own pace in the small classroom, accentuating the individual qualities of each child. Omega provides a nurturing environment, ideal for accelerated growth. “We put our son in Omega Private Academy for one year to get caught up and be on grade level with all academics. He loved the school and teachers so much, he wants to stay at Omega for the next year. He has done so well and with the small classes and open communication with all of the faculty staff we were excited for him to stay on. We have had a great experience with Omega.” -- Omega parents Individualized instruction — Omega customizes each student’s instructional plan based on that student’s learning style. “We understand that not everyone learns in the same way,” said Director Kathy Keeton. “Our teachers are able to pinpoint each student’s style and create a plan that fits that style.” Omega accepts the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship for students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in the public school. 20

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“Our son attended the public school and struggled every year with his studies. He even got to the point he didn’t want to go to school. We found out about the student/ teacher ratio at Omega and that he was eligible for a scholarship through the IEP program that he was in at the public school. This year has been the first year that we have seen an improvement in our son’s studies and grades. He has a one on one relationship with his teachers that has been awesome. This is the result of giving him a positive chance to succeed. We love what Omega Academy has done for our son!” — Omega parents Because of its family and home atmosphere, Omega is extremely selective when accepting new students. The instructors also are carefully chosen. “All our teachers are certified, relate well to the students and provide a lot of positive reinforcement,” said Kathy. Parents can expect daily communication from their child’s teacher to keep PAID ADVERTISEMENT PAID ADVERTISEMENT

parents apprised of progress and alleviate any academic “surprises.” Convenient school hours — Classes are held Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, with the option to stay after for electives from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Friday is their “Independent Study” day at home. Student athletes particularly benefit from the flexible scheduling offered at Omega. Community Service — Omega’s student government is very involved in the local community. Each month, the student body participates in a community service project. Whether it be beautifying our “adopted mile,” or making sandwiches to donate to MUST Ministries, our students really learn the importance of giving back to their community. In fact, Omega won first runner-up at the Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Community Service and Customer Satisfaction.

Standardized achievement tests are administered and Academic progress is reviewed throughout the school year. Omega students’ average academic growth is 2 years and 9 months…in a 10 month school year!

Complete Reading Series and Orton-Gillingham Technique Omega Private Academy is proud to announce it is adopting the Orton-Gillingham technique at our school for reading, writing and spelling! This multi-sensory instruction program is designed to help students who have difficulty acquiring basic written language skills through traditional methods. Omega teachers provide multi-sensory activities for oral language development, print and phonological awareness. They are also trained to be familiar with learning disabilities that interfere with the reading, writing and math process such as visual and auditory processing disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia and more. We also include Greek and Latin Root Word Enrichment for the advanced learner!

Take the first step in helping your child achieve the foundation for future success by calling an education expert at Omega Private Academy today.

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Farewell to the C hief Changing of the Guard at the Acworth Police Department After 9½ years, Chief Mike Wilkie of the Acworth Police Department has tendered his notice and will be moving on to become a Professor of Criminal Justice at his alma mater, Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Chief Wilkie was appointed as the Acworth police chief in December, 2002. He came from Springdale, South Carolina, where he had served as chief of police. He is a native of Atlanta. “This was not on our radar 90-100 days ago, but God has opened a door of ministry in a Christian university classroom and we are humbled that He has chosen us for this next step in our lives,” says his wife, Sharon, who is currently on faculty at Barber Middle School. In 2004 and 2005, the Wilkie family grew when they adopted four orphan children from Russia. The children currently attend Harvest Baptist School, which is part of the church where the Wilkies attend. “It is a bittersweet day for us to be leaving this wonderful community. Our plans had been to remain right here. Sometimes, the Lord works in mysterious ways and He has clearly opened this door. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 119:105, which says, ‘Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.’ That speaks of a small, oil lamp that a person would carry in the palm of their hand. It only provides enough light for the next step. That is exactly what God has done; He has given us light to see not miles ahead, but for the next step,” says Chief Wilkie. Soon, Chief Wilkie’s new title will become Professor Wilkie. He earned his doctoral degree last December from Valdosta State University. “This is an opportunity to take what I have learned over a 25 year law enforcement career and use it in the classroom to help equip maybe 10 or 15 years worth of students for their careers,” he states. Best wishes Chief Wilkie — you and your family will be missed!


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Frequently Asked Questions about Varicose Veins Statistically, 50% of middle-aged adults experience varicose veins, and women experience them twice as often as men. Varicose veins are large and ropey and can cause pain, itch and burning sensations. Left untreated, there is a potential for varicose veins to worsen, leading to deep vein thrombosis, among other conditions. Questions about varicose veins are as numerous as the patients who have them – but here are some very commonly asked: How can I tell if my varicose veins are cosmetic or more problematic? Having a complete evaluation, including an examination and vein mapping (painless ultrasound exam) will help to determine if there is reflux present. Reflux describes abnormal function of the one-way valves in the legs; usually these valves prevent blood from flowing in the opposite direction. In the case of varicose veins, these valves allow blood to pool, enlarging the vein. Are varicose veins and spider veins different names for the same thing? No, varicose veins are enlarged, thick, ropey veins which cause discomfort and potentially lead to more serious conditions. Varicose veins are indicators that the one-way valves in the legs are not working properly. Spider veins are thin twisty areas of veins which look like the blue lines on a road map. Spider veins are considered more cosmetic than medically significant. What is an EVLT procedure? With EVLT, a thin energy-producing laser is threaded through the varicose vein. The energy damages the vein, causing the vein walls to stick together. Eventually the vein is reabsorbed. The patient receives a local anesthetic, and the procedure is practically painless. Will there be downtime after the procedure? Patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately, and there is virtually no interruption to their scheduled activities. Are there any reasons I can’t have an EVLT procedure? Patients planning to travel by air for an extended period or those who have vacation plans involving lots of sun exposure – like heading to the beach – are advised to schedule their procedure well before, or after those travel plans. Pregnant patients are advised to schedule an EVLT after delivery. Will there be scars from the EVLT? It is normal to experience some bruising at the site of the procedure, but this should resolve quickly. Extensive sun exposure is not recommended immediately after the procedure, as this could cause permanent brown staining to the skin. Will I see results immediately? Many patients are amazed at how good their legs feel, even immediately after the procedure. There is a period of healing, during which the patient is advised to wear compression hose to keep pressure on the veins. Patients will be scheduled for a postprocedure appointment to monitor their progress and recommend further follow-up if needed. See your primary care provider or a vein specialist to learn more about varicose veins.

Jail & Bail is an Acworth Police Department fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia which will be held on May 18-20. Donations are still being accepted by contacting Jeff Rose at (678) 801-4073 or you may email him at Law Enforcement Torch Run hats and t-shirts are available for a donation of $20. Thank you to all of the “arrestees” and to everyone else who participated or donated to this great cause.

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Chief Wilke arresting Chris Hillman and Cindy Lamme from Fast Eddie’s Sports Cafe.

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Captain Tony Bailey escorted Cherish Carr into the jail.

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Dennis Kennedy pays his bail to Officer Jeff Rose and Angela LaMotte.

Chief Wilke accepts “bribes” from Ted Hillman, Manager of Sidelines Grill (far left) and Clay Gallup, Owner of Fast Eddie’s Sports Cafe (far right) in order for Cindy & Chris to remain at work.

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Summer is almost here! Have you thought about your plans for your children this summer? Take a look at the Summer Camps listed here and learn about the day camps that are sure to bring fun and excitement to your children’s summer.

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Each Camp Group will write, produce and perform an original play with music in only 5 days! Along with their experienced instructors, campers will create characters, plot lines, song lyrics, costume designs, art projects and much more. Each script is tailored for that group of campers, resulting in an individualized approach to a team activity. You can sign up for more than one camp week. Each camp show is unique! We do NOT have a ‘star system,’ so all campers will have equal amounts of stage time and speaking lines. Family and friends are welcome to see the final performances on Friday afternoon at no additional charge. All campers will receive a t-shirt, script and a DVD of their final performance. Costuming is provided by Elm Street. Campers will see a Main Stage performance of either The Little Mermaid in June or Aladdin and the Magic Lamp in July.

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(770) 509-9280 Around 30 years ago, a young boy of seven or eight was given a Brownie box camera of his very own to explore with. One day, a friend said if he kept the shutter open during the night for about four hours and the lens angled up toward the sky, he would see something amazing on his film when he developed it. He set up his camera, and when he developed his film, he looked with complete awe as what had been captured on film were incredible images of the stars — shooting and twinkling — unlike he had ever seen before. That moment was when Bill Kettering had an epiphany — he wanted to be able to show others the beauty that the naked eye wouldn’t necessarily be able to see otherwise. Along with that epiphany came his passion for photography as a whole. Fast forwarding through the years, Bill has established and developed his local photography business offering a variety of services, from capturing the most personal of moments (engagements, weddings, newborns, family reunions and portraits) to bringing life into objects, structures and environments that deserve to be noticed. By offering a variety to his clients, it enables him to keep his craft fresh and interesting; prevents him from getting pigeon-holed into one area. As an artist and professional photographer, when he “clicks” to take a picture of clients, there is always something particular he is trying to capture — a person’s personality. Bill spends his time making people feel comfortable, which naturally inspires enthusiasm. Because the springtime is the season for engagements to pop up, wedding bells to ring and families to come together in celebration (graduations, reunions or just because,) this is definitely when Bill finds himself immersed knee-deep in film and full of bookings. Thus, he makes it a point to stay well-prepared for all his clients; from being 34

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Ways To Put A Refund To Work What could that money do for you?

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Is a tax refund coming your way? If you have already received your refund for 2012 or are about to receive it, you might want to think about the destiny of that money. Here are some possibilities.

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• Start (or add to) an emergency fund. Many people don’t have a dedicated rainy day fund, only the presumption that they might have enough cash in case of a financial tight spot.

• Invest in yourself. You could put the money toward education, career training, personal improvement, or some sort of personal experience with the potential to enhance your life. • Use it for a down payment on a car or truck or real property. Real property represents the better financial choice, but updating your vehicle may have merit — cars do wear out, and while a truck also ages, it can help you make money. • Put it into an IRA or workplace retirement account. If you haven’t maxed out your IRA this year or have a chance to get an employer match, why not? • Help your child open up a Roth IRA. Has your under-18 son or daughter worked and earned money this year? He or she can open a Roth IRA. Your child’s contribution limit is $5,000 or the amount of his or her earned income for 2012 (whichever is lower.) You can actually make this Roth IRA contribution with your own money if your child has spent his or her earnings. • Buy some warehouse memberships. If you have a large family or own a small service business, why not sign up to save regularly? • Pay down debt. Always a smart choice. • Establish a financial strategy. Some financial advisors work on a fee-only basis. They can perform a review of your current financial situation and give you pointers for the future for roughly $1,000 with no further obligation. • Pay for that trip in advance. Instead of racking up a bigger credit card bill, consider pre-paying some costs or taking an allinclusive trip (some are not as pricey as you might think.) • Get your home ready for the market. A four-figure refund may give you the cash to spruce up the yard and/or exterior of your residence. Or, it could help you pay a professional who can assist you with staging it. continued on page 54 36

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Don Kyle

Over recent years, we have been bombarded by a barrage of hype about Social Media and how a business owner MUST get involved to succeed. Today, Facebook and Twitter dominate Social Media, along with several businessspecific platforms, such as LinkedIn. The first question you must ask yourself is, “Do I have to play, and if so, how will it benefit my business?”

The marketing gurus first told us that we MUST have a website and that we MUST expand our horizon to reach the global market. Over the years, it has become crystal clear that these gurus were a slight bit off, and that as a small business owner, you must first focus your strategy on your local market. Social Media has followed this trend and was viewed as a way to create fans and connections around the world. Recently, this trend has changed for small business owners and Social Media is now being used in an attempt to gain fans within their local marketplace. The second question you must ask yourself is, “Can Social Media work for me, and how can I make a profit through this strategy?” Here are some key questions you should address before you decide to focus your marketing strategy through Social Media. √ Who is my target audience and will Social Media help me reach them effectively? √ Why do I want to create a large fan base through Social Media — increase sales to current customers, attract new customers, specials, information, entertainment, etc? √ How can I monetize my Social Media strategy, i.e., how can I make money using Social Media? √ How can I avoid simply offering discounts (hence, lower profits) to a finite fan base? √ How can I publicize and grow my Social Media platform? Be very careful with Social Media “experts” and check them out before you decide to hire outside help. Anyone can claim to be an expert, but only a few truly are. In the end, you may decide that Social Media can be a great way of attracting new customers or perhaps that it’s just another way you can get more exposure for your business. Whatever you decide, you must be sure to create a strategy and budget, and assess your preliminary results before you decide to go “all in” with Social Media. Please feel free to submit questions about your business and I will address them in future columns. Don Kyle is the CEO and Founder of Small Bizz MBA, a company which assists businesses with their marketing, branding and advertising needs. (404) 580-6331,

Acworth Police Department On April 19, I was pleased to be sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the City of Acworth. What an awesome responsibility and I assure you that I do not take it lightly. The good news is that our police department is on the right course and there will be very few changes. We will continue to be the most community oriented agency in the state — Chief’s prerogative to say that — and we will continue to serve you in the most professional and caring way possible while combating and deterring crime in Acworth. Our community outreach efforts are very important to us. You may know that our flagship event at the police department is Covering the Bases. During this 24 hour event scheduled for September 14 and 15, we will be partnering with you to raise funds and awareness for the Horizon Field. This field is designed to allow children with special needs, who may never have had the opportunity to play an organized sport, to be an athlete. The funds we raise this year will be used for upkeep and maintenance of the field and to help provide scholarships for families who may need some assistance with fees. Please stay tuned for more information on how you can partner with us and be a part of Covering the Bases 2012.

Our Criminal Investigations Division is staffed with some of the county’s leading detectives. They are equipped and trained to handle whatever comes their way. If you are a bad guy, you have my word, these investigators will find you. In closing, I am so proud to serve as your new Chief of Police here at the Acworth Police Department. I believe that we have the bases covered through community and policing activities. We are going to continue to partner with the community to make the quality of life in Acworth the best that it can be. We are going to do this by continuing to reach out and build relationships. At the same time, we will take a nononsense stand against crime! Saying Acworth is — and will continue to be — the greatest city in the state to live, work and play — and that is not the Chief’s prerogative — you can take that to the bank! — Chief Wayne Dennard

While Covering the Bases is one of my favorite events each year, another great opportunity for our officers and the community to interact is through the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). CPA Session XII will be graduating this month with over 40 leaders from our community participating. This is a once a year program that fills up extremely fast. So if you think you would like to be an alum of the number one Citizens Police Academy in the southeast — I did it again — be ready to respond as soon as you see sign up dates posted right here in Acworth Community Magazine. If you have any questions about any of our many community programs, please contact Officer Jeff Rose at (770) 974-1232. Now, while the Acworth Police Department loves playing in the community, I would be remiss if I did not mention how serious we are about crime. Our department is a full service agency. Our personnel receive the best training available and we possess the latest technology and equipment to deter, detect and solve crimes. Our uniform patrol division is charged with answering calls for service and keeping motorists and pedestrians on our city streets safe. Our Aggressive Criminal Enforcement unit works hard and does a fantastic job of keeping our streets clean by ridding them of drugs and other criminal activities. We have a renowned Canine Unit consisting of three teams who are called upon regularly by other jurisdictions to provide assistance with tracking and searches. I am extremely proud of these guys and their dogs. They are the best of the best. 38

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Top Left: Chiefs Wayne Dennard and Michael Wilkie sharing a congratulatory handshake. Top Right: Chief Dennard speaking to a packed house — standing room only — full of supporters. Bottom: The Mayor officially swearing in Acworth’s new Chief of Police, Wayne Dennard, accompanied by his proud family.

Building A Healthy Spine With spring in the air and motivation once again alive and well, we remember those promises of healthy living we made in January. It is time to revisit those goals. Specifically, the role of exercise in everyday life. As we all know, there are many wonderful benefits of exercise, such as weight control, stress or mood control, Dr. Sherri Ziomek better sleep and a natural boost in energy. These are all things that we have known about exercise. One of the least discussed benefits of exercise is its role in health conditions and diseases. One of the most important benefits of exercise is building a healthy spine. I mention this because as a chiropractor, I see many types of injuries that could have been prevented or lessened if exercise was part of the regular regime. Some of the most common injuries can result in neck pain, back pain, chronic headaches, sciatica, etc. Causes of these injuries range from auto accidents and work related injuries to injuries caused by domestic chores, house work and sometimes things as simple as sleeping in an awkward position. Of these injured patients, I would say that at least 50% of them,

for the moment, while they are in pain, they ask “what can I do for myself to make sure that this doesn’t happen again?” This question served as the inspiration for this article and I will address in this post. To begin with, pain is a great motivator. When people are in pain, they take a proactive approach to their health. People often inquire about what kind of stretching or exercise that they can start right away. Unfortunately, the best thing that you can do while your injury is new, is to apply ice packs to the injured area and rest. With a few years experience under my belt and formal training with trauma victims, I have seen a large percentage of enthusiastic patients ignore this advice and end up giving their conditions a major setback. The time to start exercising and stretching your back for most of us is when it is out of its acute stage of pain. My biggest struggles in practice have been dealing with my patients exercise and diet habits. Exercise is one of the few things that a patient can do at home, outside of chiropractic care, to help prevent or diminish the chances of developing back pain. After an injury, you should approach exercise cautiously — continued on page 54

Vacation Bible School Cedarcrest Church presents Adrenaline: Beyond the Gold!

Kick off this year with Adrenaline Rush, a family fun night, on Sunday, June 3. VBS will follow, June 4 — 7. The dinner and VBS will be held at North Cobb Christian School, located at 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw. For more information, please call (678) 460-3500 or visit

First Baptist Church Acworth presents Amazing Wonders Aviation

VBS will be held June 4 — 8, from 8:45 a.m.— 12 p.m. Everyone get ready to soar during “Amazing Wonders Aviation “ at FBC of Acworth! All children ages 4 (as of September 2011) — 5th Grade are welcome. The church is located at 4583 Church Street. For more information or to register, visit their website at or call (770) 974- 3021.

Kennesaw First Baptist Church presents Amazing Wonders Aviation

VBS 2012 is cleared for takeoff! Starting June 4, at 6 p.m., watch amazing things happen as kids encounter God like never before — all against the backdrop of some of the world's most marvelous natural wonders. The church is located at 2958 North Main Street, Kennesaw. For more information, call (770) 427-3109, or visit

Kennesaw United Methodist Church presents Operation Overboard!

Join the fun June 4 — 8, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m., for Operation Overboard! This is a FREE event for rising Kindergarteners through rising 6th graders. The church is located at 1801 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. For more information or to register, visit or call (770) 428-1543.

Northwest Christian Church presents Kaleidoscope: A Preschool VBS

“Kaleidoscope” VBS will be held June 4 — 6, from 6 — 8 p.m. A special event just for your 3, 4 & 5 year olds! During these fun evenings of games, crafts, Bible stories and more, your preschoolers will be learning all about the colorful life of Moses and how God watches over everyone. The program is FREE. The church is located at 3737 DallasAcworth Hwy. For more information, visit or call (770) 425-2525.

Due West Methodist Church presents SKY: Where Everything is Possible with God!

VBS will be held on June 11 — 15, from 8:45 a.m. — 12 p.m. During this amazing experience, children will explore God’s boundless love for his children. Everyone (kids, teenages and adults) will participate in a high-flying, unforgetable time! All children age 4 years (must turn age 4 on or before September 1, 2012) — 5th grade are welcome. The church is located at 3956 Due West Road. For more information, call (770) 427-3835, or visit their website at 40

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Vacation Bible School Harvest Baptist Church

Join the fun June 4 — 6, from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. All children Kindergarten — 8th grade are welcome to attend. There is NO COST, just come ready for a time of Bible teaching, preaching, fun and outdoor games. The church is located at 3460 Kellogg Creek Road. For more information, please call (770) 974-9091 or visit their website at

Hillcrest Baptist Church presents Sonlight Express: Jesus and Me

VBS will be held on June 10 — 15, nightly beginning at 6:45 p.m. All children are welcome; Pre-school — 12th grade. The church is located at 6069 Woodstock Road. For more information, call (770) 917-9100 or visit their website at

St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church

Vacation Bible School!!! Starting June 11 — 14, join the fun and fellowship from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. All 4 year olds through rising fifth graders can experience the power of God through music, skits, snacks, games and more. Not to be left out, all rising sixth graders to adults can volunteer to guide these children on their wilderness journey with John the Baptist. Cost is $35 per child. Fee includes a t-shirt, CD, all crafts, as well as take home goodies! The church is located at 1618 Ben King Road, NW. For more information, call (770) 428-7139, or visit

Wildwood Baptist Church

VBS will be held on June 18 — 22, from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. Children who will have completed kindergarten through 5th grade (as of the end of this school year) are welcomed. We will also host a preschool VBS program for children ages three (as of September 1, 2011) and up. Our VBS is FREE to the community. The church is located at 4801 Wade Green Road, NW. For more information, call (770) 428-2100 or visit

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church

VBS will be held on June 18 — 22, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. For more information, please call (770) 427-3545 or visit their website at

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church

VBS will be held on June 18 — 22. For more information, please call (770) 974-4395 or visit

First United Lutheran Church presents Pandamania—Where God is Wild About You! Join the fun June 20 — 24, from 6 — 9:15 p.m. for “Pandamania — Where God Is Wild About You!” Kids, come and join in praising God, learning about Bible stories and having fun with your friends. It will be a wild celebration of God’s unconditional love! At Pandamania VBS, you will discover that God has a purpose and plan for everyone and crafted each person with hands of grace. VBS is for youth ages 3 years — fifth grade.

Dinner will be served nightly at 6 p.m. for $5/person or $10/family. (During dinner, all children are to be supervised by their parents/guardians. Children will not be in the care of VBS staff until 6:30 p.m.) The church is located at 3481 Campus Loop Road, Kennesaw. For more information, call (770) 427-0325 or visit

Splash Festivals & the City of Acworth hosted the 1st annual Acworth Art Fest Historical downtown Acworth was the backdrop for 120 whimsical and talented artisans from around the country. Main Street was lined with paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and much more! It was a spectacular event — if you missed it this year be sure to attend next year!


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Fast Eddie’s Sports Cafe 3330 Cobb Parkway, Suite 1 (by Kroger @ Butler Creek Shopping Center) 770-529-5191

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Thursday, May 17 @ 11:30 a.m. Sponsor Luncheon Henry’s Uptown 4835 North Main Street, Acworth

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Pictured above are Daniel Diemer, ABA Chairman (left); Cherish Carr, Asst. Editor; Crystal Carr and Rick Caffey, owners of Acworth Community Magazine which hosted the April Alive After Five; and Marvon Williams, ABA President.

Officer Jeff Rose, Cindy Lamme & Clay Gallup

Major Wayne Dennard, with his daughters Madelyn & Mallory, along with Brandon Bulthuis

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Held at JD’s Bar-B-Que, 4424 South Main Street, Acworth

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Crystal Carr & Steve Higgins

Brandon Douglas, Tracilla Lorens & Jeff Glover

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Cobblestone Golf Course $75 per person Frances Mathys, Carolyn Clement, Vince DiCecco, Christine DelVecchio & Jeff Drennan

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Fire and Home Safety 101 I know that this article may be off the beaten path of what I normally write about, but it does apply to a lot of what I do. A couple of weeks ago, I was completing my final walk-through on a commercial job in Acworth that my company did with Mr. Joe Davidson, one of Cobb County’s Fire Marshalls. It was for a brand-new sign company opening up in town called, and I love their company name, “Go Jump in the Lake.” (Isn’t that a cool name?) Anyway, he had mentioned that he reads my articles in the Acworth Community Magazine publication and was curious on how I came up with my topics. I told him that most are a result of things I experience every day and others are suggestions from friends. He thought that I should do an article on fire and home safety. So, guess what, this one’s for you Joe. Jeff Glover

I think the first items that comes to mind, are ones that my company has dealt with over the years, are dryer vents. Here is a fact for you. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that 15,500 house fires a year are the result of clogged and/or damaged dryer vents. Around our house once a month, I remove the dryer vent cover on the

exterior of the house and clean out the pipe and the screen. It’s also important to make sure your dryer vent is not kinked, as to allow proper airflow. Another safety point is to make sure you don’t place foambacked rugs, any plastic or vinyl coated materials and clothing items in your dryer, as they may emit solvent vapors that could ignite. Always check your clothing tags and dryer manufacturer’s website if you are unsure. Remember, a clean, clear dryer vent allows your dryer to work more efficiently and will ultimately save you money and maintenance costs too. Some other items that may seem more common sense, but are no less important: * Smoke detectors — Hopefully you have them in your home and on every floor. If not, GET THEM!!! If yours are hard wired, guess what, they still have batteries. Check them annually. * Extension cords and power packs — We all have them... along with several individual items plugged into them, right? Of course. Then we plug the end of the octopus into the top of one wall outlet — bad idea. Get a licensed electrician to come to your house and add some additional outlets. DON’T OVERLOAD!!! continued on page 54


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The Mothership And Beyond The most recent obsession of pregnant mothers goes beyond finding out the sex of the child or dreaming what color his eyes or hair will be, but most important is how smart this baby will be. Significant focus is placed on preparing the perfect environment for the developing baby. Current evidence reveals that what the mother experiences affects the growing infant’s Dr. Nedra Dodds developing brain from responding to certain types of music, emotional upset or drinking alcohol or smoking. From infancy through to adolescence, we depend on our mothers for nurturing, guidance and nutrition. According to research from a 10-year study by the MacArthur Foundation, only about one-third of physical aging and one-half of agerelated mental functions are built into our genes. Much of what is considered “usual” aging can, in fact, be prevented through a healthful diet, effective stress management and exercise that keeps the bones, muscles and brain cells strong. Memory loss is a generally accepted inevitable part of aging, with Alzheimer’s Disease being the most feared end of the spectrum. Previous notions that the brain only develops so

far and nothing more can be added are not true. Current researchers acknowledge the process of brain stimulation and growth continues throughout life. The focus has changed from why the brain deteriorates, to looking for ways to avoid or repair damage to the brain. With no limit to how long the brain can develop, it has been determined that education should never stop. In adulthood, more brain cells have been found to develop from the learning of a new skill. In these individuals without any significant medical problems, as age progresses only the number of brain cells diminish, but the function of the new cells continue indefinitely. Only in the last 20 years has there been a focus on prenatal vitamin intake as a prevention for neurological birth defects during pregnancy. As adults, and no longer under the continued watchful eyes of our mothers, we repudiate memories of unpopular green vegetables, the daily administration of oily concoctions to ward off illnesses and now only read books on tapes. The fast pace of our modern adult lives has created breakfast in a wafer, lunch in an aluminum can and dinner that only astronauts pine for. Within the same 20 years, there has emerged an engineered malnutrition in our society. The excessive intake of processed foods, antacids and the over exposure and absorption of chemicals and metals, have mainly contributed to chronic agecontinued on page 54

Prime Time for Eye Allergies Over 22 million Americans suffer from allergies and most of those also have ocular (eye) allergies. In the spring and fall of each year, we see many patients with red and itchy eyes. Chronic eye itching is the most common symptom associated with ocular allergies. Other symptoms of ocular allergies include eye redness, eye watering and the sensation that there is a foreign body in the eye. Dr. Dylan Reach People with ocular allergies may also have general allergies, and besides itchy eyes, often have symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing and sinus congestion. The cause of ocular allergies is usually difficult to pinpoint. Many allergens, including pollen, mold, dust and pet dander, are in the air where they come in contact with your eyes and nose. If the agent triggering the allergic reaction can be identified, removing it will usually relieve the symptoms. Keeping your home free of pet dander and dust and staying inside with the air conditioner on when there’s a lot of pollen in the air will usually help. If you’re not sure what’s causing your allergy or you’re not having any luck avoiding it, your next step will be medications to alleviate the symptoms.

Over-the-counter and prescription medications each have their advantages; for example, over-the-counter products are often less expensive, while prescription ones are often stronger and more effective. Eye drops are available as simple eye washes, or they may have one or more active ingredients such as antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers. Antihistamines relieve many symptoms caused by airborne allergens, such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Decongestants clear up redness and nasal congestion. Some products have ingredients that act as mast cell stabilizers, which alleviate redness and swelling. Mast cell stabilizers are similar to antihistamines, but while antihistamines are known for their immediate relief, mast cell stabilizers are known for their long-lasting relief. Antihistamines, decongestants and mast cell stabilizers are available in pill form, however, pills don’t work as quickly to bring eye relief. If you wear contact lenses, keep in mind that certain drops can discolor or damage certain lenses. Before using any new eye drops, ask your eye doctor if it will affect your contacts. The newer prescription allergy eye drops contain all of the above mentioned ingredients and are more convenient to use with contact lenses. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or visit their website at

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Griddle Me This Pancakes are a great meal option, because they can be served any time of the day. Everyone has their own favorite technique for making pancakes — from Grandma’s secret recipe, to using cake batter, or the instructions found on the back of a box of Bisquick. I’m not one to trifle with anyone’s tried and true cooking method. I would like, Tiffany Hughes instead, to offer some suggestions on preparation of the tasty plates of goodness. Consider using alternate liquids in your batter. Buttermilk is a good, healthy, choice because it creates a light and airy consistency. Almost any fruit juice or cider make great substitutions as well. Once your ingredients are blended, let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to allow it to rise. When you are ready to begin cooking your pancakes, start with a hot, flat pan (such as a griddle) with a little oil. Pour your batter onto the pan adding whatever extras you’d like, such as chocolate chips, nuts, blueberries, etc., into each pancake. My family is particularly fond of trail mix or even crushed granola bars in their pancakes. Add a small amount of batter to

cover the additions so they will be completely enclosed. When bubbles appear, it’s time to flip. I’ve always been a fan of fruit-flavored syrup, but I don’t always have it when I want it. I’ve found it simple to whip up my own syrup using whatever fruit I have on hand. For instance, banana caramel sauce can be made by melting ½ stick butter in a sauce pan with 1 cup of packed brown sugar. Once the sugar melts, add 2 tbs. cream and 4 sliced bananas. Cook until the bananas swell up a bit, then serve. Strawberry syrup can be made by cooking 1 pint of finely chopped strawberries with 2 cups sugar and ½ tsp. lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until the strawberries begin to break down. This syrup keeps well for quite a while in the fridge, so you will have some handy the next time you need a pancake fix. Don’t be hesitant to ramp up your pancake receipes and syrup selections. Who knows, you might create a new family favorite! Happy cooking everyone! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. Check out her Cooking Geek Facebook page where you can find additional tips & recipes or email her at

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Going Forward By Remembering Back I don’t have all the answers. I regularly let people know that if they expect their Pastor to have all the answers, then they have come to the wrong church. I am still learning, growing and becoming the person that God created me to be. At times, I am a fast learner. At other times, not so much. One of the most frustrating things in my relationship with God was trying to figure out how to improve. I tried to add the things to my life that were lacking. For example, one of the qualities of a follower of Christ is patience. Have you ever tried to become more patient? It doesn’t work very well, and it certainly doesn’t happen quickly enough. This was true in many areas of my life. It was frustrating and at times made me want to give up altogether.

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Then, as I started learning more and more (through the Bible and other great books,) I realized that giving up is exactly what God wanted me to do. I needed to stop focusing on my effort and start trusting in Jesus’ effort on my behalf. I needed to come to a greater understanding of what Christ had done for me. His substitution for me was more important than my effort at transformation for Him. Tullian Tchividjian wrote in his book, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, that “we desperately need an advocate, mediator and friend. But what we need most is a substitute — someone who has done

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The hard work of Christian growth, therefore, is to think less of ourselves and our performance and more of Jesus and his performance for us. Ironically, when we focus mostly on our need to get better, we actually get worse. We become neurotic and self-absorbed. Preoccupation with our effort instead of with God’s effort for us makes us increasingly self-centered and morbidly introspective.” As a result, if I want to grow in my relationship with Christ, I need to constantly go back and remember what Jesus has done for me. I used to think that it was all about what I could do for God. Instead, it was all about what God has done for me. I’ve been set free and I need to hit the refresh button on that reality a thousand times a day. Pastor Tullian also wrote in his book, “Christian growth, in other words, doesn’t happen by first behaving better, but by believing better — believing in bigger, deeper, brighter ways what Christ has already secured for us.” Do you want to move forward? Together, we can go forward but only by remembering back. J. R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church, located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit the church website at www. Also, check out his blog at


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Do You Know Yourself Like Others Do? You’ve heard the phrase “image is everything.” While I wouldn’t agree that it is everything, I would argue that it’s likely far more important than you realize. And, maybe “image” isn’t going quite far enough. It’s really your reputation — what others believe about you, how others feel around you, and the “brand” you have created for yourself. Recently, I had someone tell me that I have a “reputation for wearing umpires out” on the baseball field. I got a pretty good kick out of that. I feel like umpires wear ME out far more! But, all kidding aside, I have to admit that the assessment stung a little bit. There must be some truth in that, because the guy who told me that is one of the bestknown umpires in our area. And, he’s a good guy, too, which made me ponder his words more than I would have if it had been some random spectator.

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Am I losing sleep over it? No. First, I only “wear umpires out” when I genuinely feel that the umpire blew an obvious call. Second, by “wearing out,” I am not berating, mocking, or insulting anyone. I am questioning and presenting my case for why the call was incorrect (side note: my parents always said I should be a lawyer). Finally, I am not losing sleep because this comment came in response to an email I composed that criticized several umpires for

being aloof, indifferent, and not vocal enough in making calls on the field. So, on some level, he was being defensive and protective of these umpires. In all honesty, I don’t want my reputation in baseball circles to be that I wear umpires out. I would much prefer that people would say that I care about kids, that I teach the game the proper way, that I have character, and that I give my very best to the players, families, and coaches around me. And, I know many likely do feel this way. But, even though this was only one person’s opinion, I cannot dismiss it. This little episode has made me ask myself a deeper question: what are others’ impressions of me, in general? If 100 people that I know were suddenly given the opportunity to complete an anonymous survey about how they think of me, what would they say? The responses from 100 people would reveal a great deal about who I am. Enough about me — what about you? If you were to do a selfassessment by taking a close look at yourself, and by digging deep inside, what would you find? What labels or “brands” would you identify? Generally speaking, are you angry? Hyper-critical? Unforgiving? Insensitive? Impatient? Judgmental? Stand-offish? Exclusive? Think about the positive aspects as well. Are you caring? Giving? Selfless? Eager to lend a hand? Supportive? Encouraging? Generous? continued on page 55

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• Improve your home with energy-saving appliances. Or windows, or weatherstripping, or solar panels — just to name a few options.

* You may not think about this one, but those antiques from grandma or those fancy entertainment centers holding your plasma T.V. (that look like a jungle gym to small children)..... anchor those items to the wall.

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• Create your own food bank. What if a hurricane or an earthquake hits? Where would your food and water come from? Worth thinking about. • Write a proper will. Your refund could pay the attorney fee, and the will you create might end up more ironclad. • See a doctor, optometrist, dentist or physical therapist. If you haven’t been able to see these professionals due to your insurance situation or your personal cash flow, the refund might provide a way. • Give yourself a de facto raise. Adjust your withholding to boost your take-home pay. • Pick up some more insurance coverage for cheap. The typical flood insurance policy in a low-to-medium risk area costs less than $1,000 (and sometimes less than $500). A $1 million personal liability umbrella policy can usually be bought for $400 or less. • Pay it forward. Your refund could turn into a charitable contribution (deductible on your 2012 federal tax return if you itemize deductions). In the past two years, federal tax refunds have averaged about $3,000. That’s a nice chunk of change — and it could be used to bring some positive change to your financial life and the lives of others. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone (770) 952-6707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

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feels like it is doing nothing. If you can get through a few low intensity exercise sessions like this without aggravating your condition, you should slowly add resistance which allows you to build confidence and strength at the same time. Remember to follow a sensible approach to exercising after a back injury. Be sure to exercise and stretch under the advice of a health care professional. Strong and flexible muscles add strength and support to your spine and will provide much needed stability. Dr. Sherri Ziomek graduated as Valedictorian from Life University. She has been involved with chiropractics since the age of ten. Even then, she realized the importance of regular chiropractic care; to feel and perform at her personal best. You may reach her at Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at (770) 423-9010. 54

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* Fire Extinguishers should be kept handy. Keep one in the garage, basement, mechanical closet (if you have one) and especially one in the kitchen. Let me qualify the last one — especially for my female readers out there — this is more for those of us who’s cooking skills are not up to par. As an example, if you are cooking and the smoke detector sounds, call Papa John’s, ‘cause dinner is not ready. * Create an escape plan with your family just in case, God forbid, there is a fire. If you live in a two-story house, purchase an escape ladder and discuss where to meet when you get outside. Remember, “Semper Paratus,” meaning “always prepared.” A little shout out to my Coast Guard friends. Thanks, Vince D! I hope you found these tips helpful, and maybe learned something new. For more ideas, or if you have more specific questions, call the Cobb County Fire Marshall’s office. They are always willing to help and answer any questions you may have regarding fire safety. Also, if you have any ideas for articles you would like me to write about, drop me an email, I would love to hear from you (and maybe remodel your kitchen or bath). Jeff Glover can be reached at (404) 694-0550. He is the owner of Jeffrey C. Glover, LLC, specializing in construction, renovation & remodeling. He is also a licensed real estate agent with Prudential – Georgia Realty. Jeff was voted the 2008 Acworth Citizen of the Year.

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related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Significant deficiencies of lecithin, magnesium and zinc have been documented in both groups of patients. The addition of high doses of other antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E and Coenzyme Q 10 are not only being recommended for the prevention of such chronic disease states, but are also being used as part of the therapy along with amino acids and hormones such as melatonin and DHEA because of their cellular rejuvenation abilities. As we get older, we learn that everything old is new again. The same perfect environment that is stressed for the growing baby should be continued outside the womb for the adult growing brain. By making a daily commitment to preventing chronic illnesses by eating healthy, taking your vitamins, staying active both mentally and physically, would do your mother proud. Dr. Nedra Dodds is the Medical Director and Owner of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine located in Kennesaw at 600 Chastain Road, Suite 224, at Village Town Park. You may reach her at (770) 591-3429.

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After you write down the adjectives that come to mind, take it a step further. This is where it gets tough. Find five people you know whose opinion you respect. Ask them what your strengths and weaknesses appear to be. And, ask them to honestly tell you if you have a reputation — good or bad — among people in this particular sphere of influence. I have never been a fan of the term “perception is reality,” but the older I get the more I find this to be true. If people “feel” it, it’s real, whether or not there was intent to make them feel a particular way. First impressions are a big deal. But, even more important is the lasting impression. We each have the opportunity to change people’s minds and touch their hearts in a significant way. But, it takes work, and sometimes some painful and uncomfortable introspection. And, it all begins with asking a question: Does who I want to be mirror who others think I am?

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Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW, (770) 974-0023 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Loy Frix Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive, (770) 974-4965 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Cedarcrest Church Meets at Allatoona High School, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Children’s Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street, (770) 974-3021 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. David M Joyner Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-9091 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dan Reed Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Wendell King Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, (404) 488-3667 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Phil Miller Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. &  6 p.m. Sunday Alive Groups: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Wed. Services: Youth/6:30 p.m. & Adults/7 p.m. Pastor: Mike Maxwell Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road, (770) 974-2951 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Child.) 10 a.m. (Adult) Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Guider Johnson Ferry Baptist Church @ Cedarcrest 3950 Cobb Parkway, Suite 604, (678) 460-3510 56

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Keystone Baptist Church Meets at Harrison High School 4500 Due West Road, (678) 230-5317 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Terry Nelson Morning View Baptist Meets at Lewis Elementary (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Sammy Burgess Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 974-8335 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road, (770) 974-7612 Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Pastor: Richard Goodwin Northwest Baptist Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 608-1400 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road, (770) 529-0509 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Jerry Black Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw, (770) 428-4031 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 8 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/AWANA: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: James Wright Jr. Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Bible Study: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Services:  10:45 a.m. Int. Pastor: Dr. Allan Purdie Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kennesaw, (678) 797-0611 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 North Cobb Parkway (770) 926-1464 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Bill Avery

Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw, (770) 425-7118 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Baskin Wildwood Baptist Church 4801 Wade Green Road NW, (770) 428-2100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Ric Cadle Zion Hill Baptist Church 4255 Taylor St., (770) 974-8221

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

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

LUTHERAN Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road, (770) 425-6726 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: John Schubert First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw (770) 427-0325 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Tony Prinsen

PRESBYTERIAN Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street, (770) 974-6552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Fred Boozer (Interim) Christ Community Church Meets at Kennesaw Comm. Ctr., (770) 529-2600 Sunday Service: 0:30 a.m. Pastor: Mike Glass Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services:  9 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Sid Gunter

Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road, Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Donald E. Lewis

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 427-3545 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Catherine Cavazos

West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy., (770) 222-2125 Sunday Services: 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Brian Bloye

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW, (770) 428-7139 Saturday Vigil: 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7 & 9 a.m., 12 & 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. (Life Teen) Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 680 West Memorial Drive, (770) 443-0566 Saturday Vigil: 4 & 6 p.m. (6 p.m. En Espanol) Sunday: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Reverend: Adrian Pleus


Congregation Ner Tamid (678) 264-8575 Friday night Shabbat Services on the Second and Fourth Friday of every month.

UNITED METHODIST Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle, (770) 974-3312 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: James Gwin County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW, (770) 428-0511 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Scott Pickering Crossroads United Methodist Church Meets at Bentwater Village on Cedarcrest Rd, (706) 616-7900 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brian Funderburke Due West Methodist 3956 Due West Road, (770) 427-3835 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:39 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:39 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tom Davis Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1808 Ben King Road, (770) 428-1543 Sunday Service: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 & 11 a.m. Saturday: 6 p.m. REVIVE Pastor: Wallace Wheeles New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road, (770) 421-9980 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Scott Brown

OTHER CHURCHES Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive, (770) 974-1358 Acworth Church a Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:50 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: C. Neal Wright Atlanta Church of Christ 4461 Bretton Ct NW, (770) 529-1250

Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Josh Blevins Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.; Prayer Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jason Tomczak Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788 Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41, (678) 574-0005 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Thomas Cooley Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Senior Pastor: Tony Crawford Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: J. Tommy White, Jr.

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth (next to McDonald’s) Sunday Service at 10 am Pastor: Donna Lucas

(404) 663-1828

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

Firm Foundation Church 96 Blazing Ridge Way, (928) 606-6906 Sunday Service: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Canyon Shearer

River of Life Church Meets at Northwest Family YMCA, (770) 598-4090 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Randy McGovern www.

Four Points Church Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, (678) 402-6632 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brent Stephens

RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner

Freedom Church Meets at Barber Middle School , (770) 529-6006 Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Bible Study:  9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship:  11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Tim Houston Journey Church of Acworth Meets at Russom Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Douglas Crumbly Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Service: 7:30p.m. LifeBridge Church Meets at NCG Acworth Cinema (770) 421-1018 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.

The Rock of Atlanta 146 Kelli Clark Ct. Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

(770) 975-ROCK

Unity of Kennesaw Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, (770) 422-9552 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service & Youth Ministry: 11 a.m. Rev. Kelly Thomas Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden Vintage 242 Church 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway, (678) 383-2299 Saturday Service: 6 p.m. Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. &  6 p.m. Sr. Minister: Mr. Lynn T. Eynon

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Chabad Jewish Center of Acworth (678) 460-7702 Shabbat services: 1st Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., Last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan

Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit

Emergency — 911

C ommunity I nformation N umbers

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Cherokee (770) 345-0400 Cobb (770) 980-2000 Paulding (770) 445-6016


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

Cobb Paulding Zoning: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

CHILDREN & FAMILY: Boys & Girls Clubs: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 720-7712 (770) 427-0418 (678) 363-8570

Child Support Enforcement: Department of Family & Children Services: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(404) 921-1490

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

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

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

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

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

LIBRARIES: Cherokee Co. Libraries (770) 479-3090 Cobb Co. Libraries (770) 528-2320 Acworth Libraries (770) 917-5165 NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

PARKS & RECREATION: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

PETS & ANIMALS Animal Control: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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Animal Shelter: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 590-5610 Paulding (770) 443-3565 Emergency Veterinary Clinic: Cherokee (770) 924-3720 Cobb (770) 424-9157 Humane Society: Cherokee (770) 928-5115 Cobb (770) 428-5616 Paulding (770) 445-1511 Lost Pet Hotline: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 428-LOST Paulding Pet Buddies Food Pantry: “Donating pet food to keep pets in homes & out of shelters”

(678) 310-9858

POST OFFICE: Acworth Kennesaw Oak Grove

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

RECYCLING: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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


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

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

404-COMCAST (266-2278)

Electric: Acworth Power Cobb EMC Georgia Power

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

Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co.

(770) 994-1946

Water: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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

Acworth Community Magazine — (770) 529-1516

COUNTY SCHOOL WEBSITES Bartow: Cherokee: Cobb: Paulding:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baker Elementary School 2361 Baker Road NW, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6629 Principal: Shea Thomas

Lost Mountain Middle School 700 Old Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8224 Principal: Robert Downs

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

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

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

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

Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Susan McCarthy

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

Durham Middle School 2891 Mars Hill Road, Acworth  30101 (770) 975-6641 Principal: Dr. Susan Galante

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Brookstone Montessori School (770) 426-5245 1680 Brookstone Walk, Acworth 30101 Principal: Linda Grier Brookwood Christian School (678) 401-5855 4728 Wood Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Principal: Kim Wigington Cornerstone Prep (770) 529-7077 1720 Mars Hill Road, Suite #8, Acworth 30101 Administrator: Jeanne Borders First Baptist Christian School (770) 422-3254 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Kim Dahnke Furtah Preparatory & Montessori School (678) 574-6488 5496 Highway 92, Acworth 30102 Headmaster: Fred Furtah Montessori Director: Denise Glass Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Hopewell Montessori School (770) 917-0507 450 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth 30101 Director of Ed: Laura Morris Jacob’s Ladder Preschool & Kindergarten (770) 974-3021 4583 Church Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Director: Jamie Azar Lyndon Academy (770) 926-0166 9914 Highway 92, Woodstock 30188 Headmaster: Linda Murdock Mount Paran Christian School (770) 578-0182 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw 30152 Headmaster: Dr. David Tilley North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw 30144 Head of School: Todd Clingman

School Contact Information


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

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

Omega Private Academy (770) 792-7431 5330 Brookstone Drive, Acworth 30101 Principal: Kathy Keeton Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw 30144 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (770) 419-8601 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sr. Mary Jacinta, O.P. The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Jack Hall




A cworth A rea C lubs & O rganizations

Acworth Business Association (770) 423-1330 Cherokee Chamber of Commerce (770) 345-0400 Cobb Chamber of Commerce (770) 980-2000T KSU Small Business Development Center (770) 423-6450 LeadsNet Business Referral Group

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter (770) 256-4864 West Cobb Business Association (770) 850-3921

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Children Child Advocacy Council (770) 345-8100 Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity (770) 345-1879 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (770) 432-7954

Atlanta Water Ski Club

(770) 425-3679

Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187

Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(770) 974-0670

Children’s PEACE Center (770) 917-8815

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

(770) 974-3577

Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club

Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation (770) 529-9003 Ext. 40 Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (770) 989-8820 Girl Scout Council of North Georgia (770) 974-4278

(404) 819-8896

Girl Scout — Camp Pine Acres (770) 974-6696 Junior League of Cobb — Marietta (770) 422-5266 Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club Kiwanis Club of Kennworth Golden K Contact: Marjory Everett (770) 966-0100 Sigma Gamma RHO Sorority Contact: Jackie Ajudua, (770) 529-5654 VFW Post 5408 (Acworth & Kennesaw Post) (770) 974-0958 www.vfwpost5408.orgCherokee

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS County Democratic Party (770) 345-3489

Foothills Running Club John McCusker,

(770) 924-9504

Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, (770) 514-7819 Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, (404) 630-8805 Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) (770) 423-9622 West Cobb Lacrosse Club (770) 641-2222

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS Active Adults Living with Arthritis (AALA) Contact: Marcia (770) 605-7960 Celebrate Life International Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

(770) 428-2100

Cherokee Focus (770) 345-5483 Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400 MOMS Club of Acworth-West MOMS Club of Acworth-East

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

Cherokee County Republican Party (770) 592-0575

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue (706) 698-HOME

Cobb County Democracy For America

Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-9882

Cobb County Democratic Party (770) 420-7133

Newcomers of Cobb County (770) 234-5068 Meets 3rd Tuesday

Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt (770) 590-7898

Cobb County Libertarian Party (770) 425-2856

Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption (770) 325-PETS

Cobb County Republican Party (770) 421-1833

Parents of Prodigals Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (770) 424-4387 Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday

Papa's Pantry (770) 591-4730

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

Paws for Disabilities Pet Buddies Food Pantry (678) 310-9858 60

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294

Republican Women of Cherokee County (404) 747-3353


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Moms in Ministry @ Summit Baptist Church (770) 794-0442 Every other Tuesday AM email:

Sisters of Support (Breast Cancer Support) Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery (770) 590-0334 West Cobb Mothers and More (770) 314-1211


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

Commissioners: David Banett , Post 4

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

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (770) 661-0768 Website: Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R), District 11 (202) 225-2931 219 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060 GA: (770) 429-1776 Website: fax: (770) 795-9551

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

Office Superintendent, Fred Sanderson

Board of Education: Lynnda Crowder-Eagle (R), Post 1 e-mail:

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

Kathleen Angelucci (R), Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 443-7550, x4009

CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871

Board of Education: Janet Read (R), Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 704-4398, x4370

COBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM (770) 426-3300 (770) 426-3453

Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6

(770) 445-2600

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

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


Senator Bill Heath (R), District 31 e-mail:

(770) 537-5234

Senator Lindsey Tippins (R), District 37 Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20 e-mail:

(770) 426-4619

Rep. Ed Setzler (R), District 35 e-mail:

(404) 656-0126


1130 Bluffs Parkway (678) 493-6000 Canton, GA 30114

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

Jason Nelms, (R) Post 4 e-mail:

(404) 557-5069

(678) 493-6001



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


Sheriff Gary Gulledge (R) (770) 443-3010 247 Industrial Way North Dallas, GA 30132


(678) 493-6000

Sheriff Roger Garrison (R) (770) 720-6393 90 North Street, Suite 330 Canton, GA 30114

Mayor Tommy Allegood

(770) 974-3112


Butch Price, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 974-4321

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail:

(678) 575-0596

(770) 528-3300

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail:

(770) 974-3533

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

Commissioners: Tim Lee (R), Chairman e-mail:

Helen Goreham (R), District 1 e-mail:

(770) 528-3313

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 974-5259

JoAnn Birrell, District 3 e-mail:

(770) 528-3317

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 917-1883


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