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stage beginning at 4 p.m., followed by Destination at 6 p.m., leading up to headliner “FLASHBACK” at 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Admission is FREE; however, tables can be purchased for this concert. Tables are $50/City of Acworth residents and $60/NonResidents. With the table, you get six chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park subject to availability, so plan on arriving early. Otherwise, FREE shuttle service will be available to the park from City Hall and the Post Office’s parking lot, beginning at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase a table, call (770) 917-1234 or visit

Downtown Acworth Cruise Night On Thursday, June 9, the City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for Impact Dance in their new Acworth location. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated the owners, Kari and Dwight Carter, on their new 7,000 square foot location at 4246 South Main Street. Impact Dance of Atlanta was founded in 1994 by Kari Carter and was established to provide the community with a high quality training facility where excellence is the goal and standards are not compromised. Impact Dance offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, tumbling, contemporary and ballroom. For more information, visit their website at or call (770) 974-8653.

July 4th Concert and Fireworks

On Saturday, July 30, the City of Acworth will host a Classic Car Cruise. The event will be held from 4 — 10 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth. The Lake City Cruisers partner with the city and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises each month that has a 5th Saturday. The event is FREE to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the show. All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. For more information, please visit or call (770) 974-1234.

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*****Win 4 Chick-fil-A Sandwiches***** For this month’s contest find the phrase “This way 2 play” The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association are proud to present one of the largest fireworks extravaganzas in Metro Atlanta. On Monday, July 4, there will be live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. The Paul Hand Band will take the 6

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PT Solutions Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon The City of Acworth, along with Georgia Multisport Productions, will be hosting the PT Solutions Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, August 7. Ovarian Cycle, Inc. is the official charity for the event and it is sanctioned by USAT, the national governing body for the sport of Triathlon. The PT Solutions Acworth Women’s Triathlon will be held at Dallas Landing and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Come out and support over 600 women, young and old, as they swim 400 yards, bike for 13 miles and finish with a 5k run ending in downtown Acworth. Know someone in the race? Be sure to support them by visiting the shops in downtown Acworth for event gifts and specials! For more information and upcoming races, contact Jim Rainey at (770) 926-2367 or email

Summer Concert Series The City of Kennesaw’s FREE, popular, open-air concert series continues at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw on Sunday, July 3, at 8 p.m. with the opening act “Destination” at 6 p.m., followed by Hotel California and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Reserve a six-foot rectangular table located in front of the performance area for $75. Each table includes seating for six. With the exception of reserved tables, all seating is general admission lawn seating, so bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chair. Food and beverage vendors will be on site; however, concert goers are welcome to bring a cooler and pack a picnic basket. No barbecue grills are allowed. Possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverages is not permitted at concerts. The Depot is located at 2828 Cherokee Street, in Kennesaw. For more information or to reserve a table, call (770) 422-9714 or visit

Safety Concerns Prompt Prohibition of Pedestrian Crossing To address concerns over citizens’ safety, the Kennesaw Police Department will block pedestrian traffic at the Cherokee St. railroad crossing during special events at Depot Park. The outdoor concerts and fireworks on July 3 will be affected. People will be directed to use the pedestrian underpass, 8

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which connects Depot Park with Main Street. The tunnel and walkways are lighted and wide enough to accommodate large numbers of people at once. This action is prompted by recent incidents involving pedestrians, on foot and in wheelchairs, getting stuck in the railroad tracks. “The underpass was specifically designed to provide safe passage for pedestrians who must get from one side of the CSX tracks to the other,” according to City Manager Steve Kennedy. “We encourage people to use the tunnel at all times, not just during events.” To facilitate the tunnel’s use by the handicapped, a new parking lot designated for handicapped-only will be established at 2774 Main Street (at the corner of Main and Cemetery.) The current handicapped-designated lot at Main Street and Moon Station Road will be used for overflow. For more information, call (770) 424-8274.

FREE Meals to Cow-Dressed Customers on Cow Appreciation Day! Holy Cow! It’s time to break out your cow-spotted apparel and leave your wallet out to pasture. On Friday, July 8, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will celebrate their annual Cow Appreciation Day event by offering a FREE Meal to any customer who visits any Chickfil-A fully dressed as a cow. Customers dressed “head to hoof” in cow attire will receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) which includes an entrée of choice, a side item and beverage of choice. For those “too chicken” to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entrée to customers dressed in partial cow attire, such as a cowspotted hat or other accessory. Chick-fil-A at Acworth/HWY 41 and Chick-fil-A at Brookstone will be hosting some extra fun on Cow Appreciation Day. For costume ideas, visit


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Kennesaw Hosting Community Blood Drive The American Red Cross Southern Region and the City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department are hosting a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 12, from 2 — 7 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center, located at 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. Donations are important in helping to ensure the blood supply in the community remains at an adequate level. Schedule an appointment online by visiting and clicking on the American Red Cross Blood Drive entry or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcomed. Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. All donors will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of two pairs of round trip airline tickets on Delta Air Lines. For more information, contact the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Cobb EMC Wins Big at State Rodeo

including hurt-man rescue, changing out of a street light head, a 120v spool and a 12-kilovolt insulator and putting cross arms on a pole.

Win tickets to “The Wiggles Big Birthday Party” Children participating in the Summer Reading Program can enter the Cobb Public Library System contest to win FREE tickets to “The Wiggles Big Birthday Party” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, July 12. The contest has begun and all entries must be received by Wednesday, July 6. “The library is very pleased to partner with the Cobb Energy Centre to provide these tickets,” said Jonathan McKeown, associate director of the Cobb Public Library System. “Anytime we can help kids get excited about reading, it’s a good thing.” To enter, the child should read a book, then complete a book report form and turn it in at a library. The forms are downloadable at Parents should bring the completed form back to their local library by July 6 to be eligible for the drawing. The Wiggles are a globally recognized performing group for children that is celebrating its 20th birthday. For more information, please visit their website at

Appliance Recycling Day Keep Cobb Beautiful is proud to support Advanced Disposal as they offer a FREE Residential Appliance Recycling Day. It will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 7 a.m. — 4 p.m. at the Advanced Disposal Services Transfer Station, located at 1897 County Services Parkway, Marietta. Items accepted include washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, gas BBQ grills and lawn mowers. For more information, please call (770) 485-8940.

Atlanta Hawks Reading Challenge Cobb EMC electric linemen, Emory Benson and Wayne Nash, compete in the 4kv switch change at the 17th annual Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo.

Electric linemen from Cobb EMC recently competed in the 17th annual Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo held at Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Griffin, GA. More than 104 electric linemen throughout Georgia competed in the day-long competition. During the competition, linemen showcased the skills they use to restore electricity under inclement weather and poor conditions. These skills are essential to ensure safety in a profession where a mistake can mean critical injury or death. Linemen competed as journeymen teams, each consisting of three linemen and a coach or individually as apprentices in one of the event’s three divisions: electric membership cooperatives (EMCs), municipal power companies or Georgia Power. Thirty-six journeyman linemen and thirty-eight apprentices competed in several events 12

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Earn a FREE ticket to an Atlanta Hawks’ game. Children are invited to take part in the 7th annual Atlanta Hawks’ “Check It Out Reading Challenge,” running through August 19. The program is for students in kindergarten — 12th grade and is designed to encourage youth to read throughout the summer months. By reading at least five books, a participant can earn a FREE ticket to a regular season 2011 — 2012 Atlanta Hawks home game. After reading their selected books, participants can register for the program. An email will be sent after September 1, with reward details. Each student completing the program can choose among several Hawks-selected home games to use their FREE ticket. Additional tickets for families of the participants can be purchased at discounted prices. The deadline to register online for the Reading Challenge is August 19. For more information on the Reading Challenge and its rules, please visit their website at

Pigs & Peaches Call for Entries

and checking out the new arrivals fresh from the farm. The Acworth Farmer’s Market is proudly sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. For more information or to become a vendor, please call (770) 974-3112.

Volunteers Needed for Meals on Wheels

The City of Kennesaw is now accepting cooking team entries for a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Professional Contest to be held Friday and Saturday, August 26 & 27, during the City of Kennesaw’s 2011 Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival. A Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest will also take place. Over $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The professional contest is also recognized as a 2011 Georgia BBQ Championship. The festival will take place at Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. For contest rules and to download entry forms, please visit The deadline to submit entry forms is August 1. A limited number of entries will be accepted. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Free PRIDE Teen Driving Class The Acworth Police Department is offering a FREE, two-hour class on Saturday, August 20, from 9 — 11 a.m. The PRIDE class is for teens and their parents and is sponsored by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The course is designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14 — 16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This is a program that addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior, rather than a technical hands-on driver training course. For more class dates, information or to register (which is required,) visit or contact Officer Jeff Rose at (678) 801-4073 or

Meals on Wheels has a great need for volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the fowling areas: Austell, Smyrna, Mableton, Powder Springs, Kennesaw and Marietta. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver or if you belong to an organization that would like to “Adopt-A-Route,” call Shelia Perkins, Volunteer Coordinator at (770) 528-5381. Cobb County is fortunate to have Meals on Wheels, a unique program, bringing homebound, frail seniors a hot meal on a daily basis. Each day, Senior Services prepares over 220 meals to be delivered to senior adults in Cobb County. Our volunteers make sure that not only a hot, nutritious meal is served, but also that each client is made to feel special with personal visits. For more information about Cobb Senior Services, please visit their website at

Old Acworth Jail Memorabilia The Acworth Police Department (APD) is seeking items for display in the “Old Acworth Jail,” located on Senator Russell Ave. The department is asking local residents to look through their belongings and see if they would have any items that might assist them in documenting the history of the APD and the old jail facility. Items of interest include old photos, newspaper articles and Acworth Police items such as uniforms, badges, etc. Photos and other such items can be copied and returned to the owner. Other items will be placed on display in the old jail. The “Old Jail’ facility was built in 1935 and was in use as a jail facility until 1995. The APD is committed to preserving this facility as a piece of the history of not only the police department, but the Acworth community as well. The building, which still contains the original cells, is listed as a historical landmark. For more information or to donate any items, contact Officer Jeff Rose at (678) 801-4073 or email

Acworth Farmer’s Market

Acworth Opry

It’s that wonderful time of the year again when we look forward to the return of the Acworth Farmer’s Market! The Farmer’s Market will run each Friday morning from 7 — 11 a.m. through Friday, October 28. The market is located in Historic Downtown Acworth in the upper parking lot by the railroad tracks on Main Street. Market customers will have a wide variety of garden ripe Georgia grown vegetables, bedding plants, fresh baked pies, cakes, bread and jams to choose from each week. Part of the fun is visiting with the farmers and other participants each week

The Acworth Opry at Logan Farm Park will take place the second Saturday of each month through October. Bring your family, friends and chairs or blankets and enjoy great Bluegrass music, good food, friendly folks and lots of fun. The next show is on Saturday, July 9. The opening act will take the stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by another performance at 6:45 p.m. The event is FREE and will last until 8:30 p.m. Logan Farm Park is located at 4762 Logan Rd., Acworth. For more information, please call (770) 917-1234 or visit


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Junior Warrior Football Registration The North Cobb Junior Warriors will be holding registration for the fall football season on Saturday, July 16 and Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. — 12 noon at North Cobb High School. Registration is for all 5 — 8 grades. Practice will begin Monday, July 25, in preparation for the season. The North Cobb Junior Warriors are a member of the 38 team GMSAA League and is a feeder program for the North Cobb varsity football program. Come be a part of the exciting North Cobb Junior Warriors! For more information, visit

Youth Sports Spectacular The Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring the Kennesaw Youth Sports Spectacular at Adams Park from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. This event provides a great opportunity for young athletes to learn about youth sports organizations in Kennesaw. Kids can sample and test their skills at a variety of team sports. Representatives from the Kennesaw Baseball Association, Kennesaw Girls’ Softball Association, Kennesaw Futbol Club (soccer) and the Kennesaw Youth Football and Cheerleading Association will be conducting on-field demonstrations and registration for fall leagues. Each association will also be raffling off gift packages as well as FREE registrations; proceeds will benefit the Jerry Worthan Christmas Fund. Additional attractions will also be onsite to provide a fun, entertaining environment for the whole family. FREE hot dogs and refreshments will be available while supplies last. Please bring your used sporting equipment for baseball, softball, football, cheerleading and soccer to the event, as they will be donating these items to the Ringgold Youth Athletic Association for the tornado victims from the recent storms.

Acworth Football and Cheerleading Registration Registration for the 2011 Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association is now underway! The AFCA provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children between the ages of five and twelve. Teams are grouped according to age and weight. Football players are placed on teams with other children of similar skill and experience. Practice begins the last week in July and the season ends in early November. Practice will be held three nights a week with a game on Saturday. You can register online or there will be two onsite registration dates held on Saturday, July 9 & 16, from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m., at Halbrooks Field, Acworth Sports Complex. Registration fee is $200 for city residents, $220 for non-residents. For more information or to register online, call (770) 974-2818 or visit 16

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Georganne Young Recognized at City Hall Mayor Tommy Allegood presented a proclamation to Georganne Young in recognition of her retirement as principal of Durham Middle School. Mayor Allegood commended Ms. Young for her participation with the Dancing with Georgia’s Stars fundraiser event, which raised approximately $8,000 for a band trip. Ms. Young advised that it was the best fundraising event that she had ever been involved with. Ms. Young thanked Mayor Allegood his support, as he also was a participant of the event.

Allatoona Cadets Earn Silver Cords

Allatoona’s 2011 Navy JROTC Leadership Academy Graduates. L — R: Cadet’s Sasscer, Maldonado, Sofet and Krohn.

Congratulations to Cadets Ryan Krohn, Crystal Maldonado, Stephen Sasscer and Nicole Sofet of Allatoona High School who recently graduated from the prestigious Naval Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC) Leadership Academy conducted at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. A typical day during the week-long academy keeps cadets busy from 0500 to 2200 and has cadets participating and competing in academics, leadership seminars, close order drill and physical fitness. Beyond the everyday training, each met and befriended cadets from across Georgia and northeast Florida’s more than 60 NJROTC units. Leadership Academy is conducted each year for select cadets with participation limited to 200 of the area’s finest; being selected to attend is in itself a mark of success. Upon completion, graduates are awarded the coveted silver cord marking them as true standouts among the more than 65,000 NJROTC cadets nationwide. Graduates serve as their unit’s key leaders for the upcoming school year. Cadet Stephen Sasscer will serve as Allatoona’s Company Commander, Cadet Maldonado as Executive Officer, Cadet Krohn is this year’s Command Master Chief and Cadet Sofet is set to take on task of Training Officer. Bravo Zulu to each of these outstanding cadets.

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Sports & School News

North Cobb-Harrison NJROTC Team One of the Best in the Nation

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The consisted of team captain, Chris Tiller (NCHS Senior), Derrick Kerns (NCHS Junior), Nicholas Arehart (NCHS Sophomore), Calvin Deussel (NCHS Freshman), and alternates Haley Camp (NCHS Junior) and John Nicholson (HHS Senior). The team is coached by CDR Joel C. Reaves, USN (RET), the Senior Naval Science Instructor at North Cobb High School.

The North Cobb-Harrison High School NJROTC Academic Team is one of the best Naval ROTC academic teams in the Nation. They recently competed at the Brain Brawl against 19 teams from across the country. The local team finished second behind Bishop Kinney from Florida by a loss of only 5 points. The final score was decided on the last question which was answered by Fleming Island, also of Florida. The North CobbHarrison team missed the ability to answer the final question by a fraction of a one second delay on the buzzer. The students that compete in these meets have a vast knowledge of Naval Science, History and Naval Law, Engineering, Math, Science, Technology and Physics. They also need to know an extensive amount of trivia and current events, which can include anything from sports to entertainment to geography.

Kevin Nutley & Beatrice Alaras L — R: Katie Chambers & Nathan Bohannon, Allison Whitworth & Stephen Sasscer and Janelle Morris & Tyler Bohn

To qualify for the National Meet, the team had to win a local meet to qualify for the Area 12 division meet, and then place in the top four at the Area 12 meet. They won two local meets this season to qualify for the Area 12 meet. Plus, they also won their second Area 12 championship against 61 other NJROTC teams from Georgia and Florida. Congratulations!!!

Vacation Bible Schools Summit Baptist Church, located at 4310 Moon Station Ln., will host VBS 2011 Big Apple Adventure July 11 — 15, from 9 a.m. — 12:15 p.m., for ages 4 — completed 5th grade. Grab a cab and get ready for fun! Preview night is July 10, at 5:30 p.m. (770) 975-4595. Register online at Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Children ages 3 — 12 are invited to SonRock Kids Camp! Come have a great time along with learning how your life can be transformed by God’s great love. The camp runs July 18 — 22, at 3891 Nance Road, Acworth, from 6:30 — 9 p.m. For more info, call (770) 975-1124 or visit 18

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Girls L — R: Kristy Wise, Nicole McMinamin, Beatrice Alaras, Kaleigh Gensel, Layla Mell, Emily Bryans, Meg Lee, Malorie Pivato, Alyssa Hojnowski and Morgan Taylor. Guys L — R: Blake Zacharko, Hunter Auld, Kevin Nutley, Micah Hannigan, Brandon Crenshaw, Alex Jalandra, Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Rodgers, Wes Hughes and Lake Campbell.

Fourth of July Parades, Concerts, Activities, History

& Fireworks

Acworth — The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association are proud to present one of the largest fireworks extravaganzas in Metro Atlanta. On Monday, July 4, there will be live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. The Paul Hand Band will take the stage beginning at 4 p.m., followed by Destination at 6 p.m., leading up to headliner “FLASHBACK” at 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Admission is FREE; however, tables can be purchased for this concert. Tables are $50/City of Acworth residents and $60/Non-Residents. With the table, you get six chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park, subject to availability, so plan on arriving early. Otherwise, FREE shuttle service will be available to the park from City Hall’s and the Post Office’s parking lot, beginning at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase a table, call (770) 917-1234 or visit Kennesaw — The City of Kennesaw’s FREE, popular,

open-air concert series continues at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw on Sunday, July 3, at 8 p.m. with the opening act “Destination” at 6 p.m., followed by Hotel California and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Reserve a six-foot rectangular table, located in front of the performance area, for $75. Each table includes seating for six. With the exception of reserved tables, all seating is general admission lawn seating, so bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chair. Food and beverage vendors will be on site; however, concertgoers are welcome to bring a cooler and pack a picnic basket. No barbecue grills are allowed. Possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverages is not permitted at concerts. The Depot is located at 2828 Cherokee Street, in Kennesaw. For more information or to reserve a table, call (770) 422-9714 or visit

Stone Mountain — Don’t miss Stone Mountain’s

44th Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration held July 2 — 4. Come and experience the all-new YOGI BEAR 4-D Adventure. Climb high up in the trees on Sky Hike, one of the nation’s largest adventure ropes courses — fun for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and much more. The all-new Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision can be seen nightly July 2 — 4, immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks display. For more information, visit

Powder Springs — Independence Day Celebration from 4 — 10 p.m. at the downtown Powder Springs Town Square on July 4. Fireworks will begin at dark. Event is FREE. For more information, visit or call (770) 423-1330. Marietta — Come out and celebrate America’s

independence as the City of Marietta hosts the 2011 Fourth in the Park celebration beginning on Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m. The Independence Day celebration begins with the Marietta Freedom Parade that starts at Roswell Street Baptist Church and ends at North Marietta Parkway. After the parade, there will be FREE live concerts and entertainment, museum tours, food, arts and crafts, carnival games and of course, fireworks around 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Lenox Square — This year, the 4th of July Fireworks

at Lenox Square on July 4 will feature over 4000 shots, making it one of the largest fireworks displays in the country! The Lenox Square Independence Day Celebration starts at noon and offers fun for everyone. There will also be a Kids Zone, live musical entertainment from Party on the Moon and City Heat and food concessions. Fireworks will begin around 9:40 p.m.

Centennial Olympic Park — Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration offers a full day of fun and entertainment for the entire family, including the highlight of the night, the AirTran Airways Fireworks Spectacular. Park gates open at 2 p.m., with activities including face painting, stilt walkers and more! Leading up to the firework show, there will be several artists and bands performing in the park beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Dahlonega — Come celebrate the Fourth family-style

in Dahlonega on the historic town square. The day will be filled with fun activities including a pet show, a Patriotic Ceremony on the lawn of the Gold Museum, the annual reading of the US Constitution on the courthouse steps, a watermelon cutting by the Boy Scouts, an antique auto show and musicians filling the square with diverse sounds of bluegrass, folk and country music. The Independence Day Parade through the historic square begins around 5 p.m. and ends just in time to find a spot on the nearby drill field of North Georgia College & State University to await the fireworks. For more information, visit

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6th Annual Summer Vacation Photo Contest

Summer Vacation Essay Contest

Now that school is out, take a copy of AroundAbout Acworth on vacation with you and take a picture. There will be two winners this year, one that takes the magazine the farthest away from Acworth in the United States and one that takes it the farthest worldwide — each will win a prize! The deadline to enter is Wednesday, August 10.

Since school is out, we have a fun idea to keep you busy. AroundAbout Acworth wants to know what you did this summer; the winner of our contest will receive a great prize and will be featured in our September issue.

Send your pictures to: AroundAbout Acworth Vacation Photo Contest, 1007 Regency Drive, Acworth, GA 30102 or email to 2010 International Winner! Madison Swab in China

Write an essay about what you did on your Summer break and what you learned from it. We will not only publish the winner’s entry, but the winner will receive a great prize. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: • Essay is a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words. • Essay includes what you did this summer and what you learned from it. • Please include a picture of what you did. You can mail in your entry (in your best handwriting) to AroundAbout Acworth, Summer Essay Contest, 1007 Regency Drive, Acworth, GA 30102 or email it to The deadline is Wednesday, August 10. Include your name, age and phone number. And remember the winner will receive an awesome prize!

2010 Domestic Winners! (TIE) (Above) Chandler Hearing in Panama City Beach, Florida. (Left) Katie & Madison Cernut in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Include the following information: 1. Where you were — the city and state or country 2. What special things you did on vacation 3. Who is in the picture 4. Your name and phone number 22

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2010 Summer Vacation Essay Contest Winner: Marciano Ho

Contest Rules: The contest is open to children ages 6 — 12.

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Share your Special Memories of your Grandparents The month of September honors all grandparents with Grandparent’s Day, which falls on Monday, September 12. We know there are a lot of wonderful grandparents out there, some who live close, some who live far away and some who are no longer with us. Readers, we are looking to showcase your grandparents in a special section in our September issue. Send us a picture of your grandparents, preferably with you in it, and a few sentences recalling one of your favorite memories of your grandparent(s), and we’ll publish it! Please send your photo and memory to: or mail it to: AroundAbout Acworth, 1007 Regency Drive, Acworth, GA 30102. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for photo return. Deadline is Wednesday, August 10.


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Age 1 on July 21 Son of Kate & Scott Herman Happy 1st Birthday, Little Man! Love, Mom and Dad

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Age 5 on July 28 Happy Birthday Dooble, We love you! Mommy, Daddy, Garda & Lulu

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Age 18 on July 31 Happy 18th Birthday!!! We love you! Mom, Dad, Matthew & Joshua

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Age 5 on July 28 Happy Birthday Goobie, We love you! Mommy, Daddy, Darby & Lulu

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Elizabeth & Carl Kemp Celebrating 54 years of marriage on July 13

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2011 Medical Guide Local Doctors to Know

Family Medicine • Dermatologist• Chiropractor • Orthopaedics • Pediatrician Optometrist • Veterinarian • Dentist • Cosmetic Anti-Aging Medicine • Physical Therapist Sports and Pain Physicians

Choosing a physician can be a

daunting task. Even if our insurance limits our choices, there is still a choice. Expertise, convenience in location and hours and friendliness of staff all play an important role in this decision, whether it’s for a primary physician or specialist. We are fortunate, as residents of Acworth and Kennesaw, because our choices for medical care are abundant, which is why AroundAbout Acworth is featuring several physicians and specialists in this special section, Local Doctors to Know.

If you’re in pain, choose the doctors office that many of your neighbors and maybe even some of your friends and family members have used, Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Dr. Craig Gruber and Dr. Angelo Ferrari, the owners of 3 Discover Chiropractic & Dr. Sherri Ziomek, Dr. Angelo Rehabilitation centers in Ferrari & Dr. Craig Gruber Kennesaw, Woodstock and Cumming, have seen how the use of chiropractic has given people back their lives — lives that are free from pain. There’s an 80% chance you’ll suffer back pain sometime during your lifetime, and more often than not, it’s caused by something that doesn’t require extreme intervention, like a tumor, fracture, infection, etc. When back pain strikes, chiropractic is a great first choice, but too many people end up taking medication – or even worse, they end up in a vicious cycle of medical care that eventually can lead to the operating room – for back pain that could have been managed conservatively in the overwhelming majority of cases. Chiropractic care not only has catapulted to the top of the list for back pain care, but chiropractic patients are also extremely positive about their treatments. Dr. Douglas Metz, chief health services officer at American Specialty Health, states that company studies show that 95% of chiropractic care patients are satisfied with the care they receive. “We have seven doctors within our three clinics, all of whom 30

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The following pages will introduce you not only to the practices, but the physicians who make up the practice. The physicians range in specialties from family practice, dentist, dermatology, chiropractor, cosmetic surgery, pediatrics, eye specialist, orthopaedics, physical therapy and veterinarian. We hope you find this special section helpful and informative, and that it assists you in finding the right physician for your needs. Let’s get to know the doctors in and around Acworth!

are licensed chiropractors with extensive continuing education to better serve our patients,” noted Dr. Gruber. The doctors provide a variety of services for the young to the elderly, from headaches, sports injuries, arthritis, automobile accidents and more. The clinics also offer the activator technique, which is a high speed, low force form of chiropractic adjusting. Each of their offices has a rehabilitation department to help patients regain their strength and stability. “We not only want to get our patients out of pain, but keep them that way by preventing future problems or injuries,” said Dr. Gruber. Each office also employs a licensed massage therapist to further serve their patients. Discover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation has one mission: to improve the health of our surrounding communities by providing excellent quality service and care utilizing education, the latest technology, compassion and chiropractic. Dr. Gruber went on to say, “We want to make a difference in people’s lives and help them get back to doing the things they enjoy.” The practice also wants to make a difference in the communities it serves by donating a portion, or at times all, of new patient charges to several charitable organizations including MUST Ministries, American Cancer Society, Foster Care Support Foundation and others. If you suffer from headaches, neck or back pain, shoulder and arm pain, or hip and leg pain and you’re ready to make a positive step towards eliminating it, discover the difference at Discover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation.

3940 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 423-9010

T.J. went on to earn a Masters degree in the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Florida, graduating at the top of his class in 2000.

At Atlanta North Dermatology and Skin Care, we seek to provide the highest quality general and cosmetic dermatologic care in the north Atlanta and Georgia areas. Based in Woodstock, the practice offers complete skin care solutions for the entire family, from the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers and other dermatologic conditions, to the latest in cosmetic procedures. Dr. J. Ellen Koo specializes in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of both medical and cosmetic skin care conditions. Dr. Koo graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her medical degree from Brown University in 1996. Dr. Koo is a board-certified dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Prior to coming to Atlanta North Dermatology, Dr. Koo practiced for several years in Buckhead, Atlanta, where she specialized in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Atlanta North Dermatology is pleased to announce that T.J. Chao, MPAS, PA-C has joined the practice as its Dermatology Physician Assistant. T.J. graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 1997, following which he worked three years in emergency medicine as a registered nurse.

T.J. Chao has practiced as a Dermatology Physician Assistant in the metro-Atlanta area for over 10 years. During this time, he has developed expertise in both general and cosmetic dermatology. T.J. has also developed an expertise in the treatment of psoriasis and has published several articles in various scientific journals, as well as given numerous lectures at medical conferences. T.J. has served as a Trustee and President of and is the immediate-Past President of the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants. “Healthy and beautiful skin is important to your health, as well as your sense of well-being,” said Dr. Koo. “With the addition of T.J., we look forward to Atlanta North Dermatology continuing its mission to provide the best care that we can for our patients’ various medical, cosmetic and surgical skin care needs.”

Atlanta North Dermatology and Skin Care offer comprehensive dermatology care to all aspects of skin disorders including: • Complete skin examination and skin cancer screening • Acne/Rosacea • Hair loss and nail disorders • Pediatric dermatology • Psoriasis • Rashes • Skin cancer and other mole surgery • Warts and other skin growths They also offer a variety of out patient cosmetic procedures using the latest in techniques and products: • Botox® • Fillers (Restylane®, Juvederm®, Scrulptra®, Collagen, Radiesse®, Perlane® • Sclerotherapy • Chemical Peels • Microdermabrasions • Skin care, including anti aging skin consultations

Atlanta North Dermatology and Skin Care 2230 Towne Lake Parkway, Building 1000, Suite 120 Woodstock, GA 30189

J. Ellen Koo, MD & T.J. Chao, MPAS, PA-C

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When you’re in pain and need the services of a Physical Therapist, first and foremost, you want relief — the sooner the better. Secondly, you want the facility to be close to home or work, and most importantly you want a genuinely caring staff that has proven results in getting to the bottom of the problem and fixing it. OrthoSport encompasses it all. OrthoSport has three locations, one being on the town line of Kennesaw/Acworth off Hwy 41 Cobb Parkway. OrthoSport is owned by Dr. Kim Chastain, BS, PT, DPT, OCS, a PT with 25 years of specialized experience and is one of very few PT’s in GA with a twice earned Board Certification in Orthopedics. Kim first discovered Physical Therapy when she was in high school at a career fair. “In my senior year of high school, I was offered an internship in a Physical Therapy department, and this solidified my decision to pursue Physical Therapy.” she said. Since then, “I have primarily focused on treating out-patient Orthopedic & Sports medicine patients.” OrthoSport sees patients who are experiencing a large variety of problems including pain or trouble functioning as a result of an injury or disease to any joint or spine. They also help patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia, headaches, TMJ, dizziness/vertigo and hand/wrist pain. Having been in the Acworth and Kennesaw area for 15 years now, Kim and her staff have been working with the local area high school students and coaches to treat their athletic injuries. In fact, “from both the community feedback and the growth in numbers of families and students in this area, that is what prompted me to double the size of our Acworth-Kennesaw clinic in 2006.” She also added a full line of weight & training equipment, an agility track, the same pool that many NFL teams have and a Sports Medicine Director.


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“Our patients love our location off 41, as it is very easy access for Kennesaw and Acworth residents with plenty of parking and plenty of space. We make it our daily goal to create a relaxed family atmosphere for our patients and have met so many wonderful patients that many of us now consider friends,” said Kim. OrthoSport is the only company that has invested resources to be able to offer Aquatic Therapy On-Site at all of its locations because of the effectiveness it has on a many patient’s recovery. Kim also noted OrthoSport has the largest and most equipped facility in Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding counties, allowing the practice to offer advanced Spinal and Sports medicine programs. “We focus everyday to make sure our patients have their therapy in a fun, friendly and relaxing environment while keeping our focus on achieving results. We all take our job seriously when it comes to getting our patients better for the long haul,” said Kim. OrthoSport is located on Acworth Due West Rd, near the corner of 41. OrthoSport has been providing free injury testing and evaluations to the local community since inception. For an appointment or for more information, please call (770) 974-7494 or visit their NEW Website at You can email Kim directly at

3450 Acworth Due West Road Suite 310 Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 974-7494

not small adults and we approach them with an understanding of their stage of physical and mental development.

Choosing a physician to care for your child can be a daunting task. After all, this is a relationship that will span many years. Factors many parents consider include convenience of location and office hours, acceptance of insurance plans and availability of all the latest technology and advancements pertinent to pediatric Dr. Sarah Yount care. Kennesaw Pediatrics fills the requirement list for many parents with its five pediatricians, convenient office hours and the latest advancements and services available to patients. Pediatricians are uniquely qualified to care for children because their education is specific to the health and wellbeing of children. We focus on the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Our services are comprehensive, ranging from preventive health care to diagnosis of acute and chronic diseases. Children are

Two dentists. Two practices. One goal: to provide top quality dental care to you and your family. Drs. Denny and Kimberly Lim are a husband and wife team, practicing dentistry at two locations. Dr. Denny practices out of Cedarcrest Dental and Dr. Kimberly is with Acworth Family Dentistry. Both dentists Drs. Denny & Kimberly Lim and locations provide complete dental care for the entire family in a warm, family-friendly, patient centered environment. Dr. Denny attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for his undergraduate education and received his dentistry degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2002. Prior to Cedarcrest Dental, Dr. Denny was in private practice in Cartersville and moved to Acworth to serve his neighbors along Cedarcrest Road and the surrounding areas of Acworth, Dallas, Emerson, Cartersville and New Hope. Dr. Denny has a passion to practice family dentistry because he wants to be able to treat all types of dental concerns.

Dr. Yount completed her undergraduate degree at Winthrop University in South Carolina and received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include pediatric health and wellness, as well as childhood obesity. “I chose pediatric medicine because it’s a personally rewarding career. Kids are fun and their innocence and honesty are refreshing. I enjoy getting to know the child and the family and it’s a joy to watch a child grow and develop over the years,” she said. Kennesaw Pediatrics keeps all records electronically, which provides better efficiency and more accurate patient data for practitioners. Other patient benefits include a Lactation Consultant on staff, an on-site lab and a newborn-only waiting room for infants up to six weeks. The practice is open seven days a week, and sick patients are always seen the same day. New patients are being accepted, so call today for your free new parent interview and office tour.

3745 Cherokee Street, Suite 401 Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 429-1005

Dr. Kimberly attended the Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, receiving a degree in Biology. She then attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry receiving her degree in dentistry. Dr. Kimberly opened Acworth Family Dentistry in 2005 serving Acworth, Kennesaw, Woodstock and Dallas. She always knew she would go into a field of healthcare and loves her choice of dentistry. Acworth Family Dentistry and Cedarcrest Dental offer digital offices with televisions in each treatment room. Services include dentistry for children and adults, teeth whitening/bleaching, crowns and bridges, full and partial dentures, extractions and oral surgery, veneers and more. Both offices offer patients the ability to make their appointments online and welcome emergencies along with offering convenient financing. If you are looking for a dentist or looking to make a change, both practices currently are accepting new patients. Be sure to check them out at and

3104 Creekside Village Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 974-8211

2483 Cedarcrest Road Acworth, GA 30101 (770) 627-5358



for the pet and the owner. The hospital offers the latest diagnostic tools including ultrasound, digital radiology and dental radiology. And if your pet requires lab work or surgery, Cedarcrest offers an in-house laboratory and advanced surgical care. With three convenient locations, Acworth, Kennesaw and Ellijay, expert and loving care for you pet is only minutes away.

Pets are beloved members of a family, which is why at Cedarcrest Animal Hospital, your pets are their passion. Dr. Kelly Qualls and her staff are passionate about the health and care of your pet and provide that care in a state-of-the-art and caring environment. Cedarcrest Animal Hospital is a full-service hospital that sees animals for well and sick care. Well care includes annual exams and lab work, vaccinations, preventative medicine, grooming and boarding. Dr. Kelly Qualls

But it’s not well care visits that are tough for pet parents; it’s the sick visits. When your four-legged family member falls ill or has been injured, Cedarcrest provides care and compassion

Looking for a friendly, attractive and very professional “pediatric medical home” for your children? East Cobb Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, P.C. has been committed to restoring and preserving children’s health and wellbeing in Cobb County for the past 30 years. What amazing things have happened at East Cobb Pediatrics in the last ten years. The offices have undergone expansion and refurbishment and are in the process of implementing an electronic medical record system. The medical staff strives to maintain an environment that is friendly, professional and responsive to patients’ needs. Dr. Shefali Chheda

East Cobb Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine is proud of the fact that their diverse medical staff reflects their multi-cultural communities. Dr. Marisa Gadea, Dr.

Dr. Qualls graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2003. “I developed a love of animals from an early age,” she recalled. “I chose this profession out of a desire to help people in the community and strengthen the human/animal bond.” Cedarcrest is open 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mondays – Fridays and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays. “We are a hospital that is here to serve the community and its animals. We will provide compassionate care and will strive to provide every aspect of care needed in our full service facility,” said Dr. Qualls.

2355 Cedarcrest Road Acworth, GA 30101

(770) 544-0580

Elizabeth Kemp, Dr. Salathiel Kendrick and Dr. Eric Karlen all speak Spanish. Dr. Salathiel Kendrick’s focus is on research and working with adolescents. Dr. Shefali Chheda’s nutritional advice has helped guide her patients to healthier lifestyles and improved self-esteem. Dr. Tracy Barr, a sports medicine enthusiast, joined the staff after working as a hospitalist for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Their physicians are affiliated with WellStar Kennestone and Northside hospitals. They, along with four Nurse Practitioners, complete sick visits, physicals and consultations with families and children from birth to age twenty-one. Two of the Nurse Practitioners are also lactation consultants. They have over 50 years of experience between them in all aspects of breastfeeding and newborn care. One of the many highlights of East Cobb Pediatrics is that all the providers are parents themselves. They offer morning and afternoon walk-in hours daily and during the weekend over the winter months. For additional information, visit

3895 Cherokee Street, Suite 160 Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 795-4553

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slated to be the State of Georgia’s first LEED certified Medical Spa and Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Dr. Dodds has been tapped in the aesthetics industry as “the one to watch,” as her skill in advanced body contouring, using all of the available technologies, has garnered her not one but two international awards. Dr. Dodds was the 2010 Winner of the Best Overall Body Makeover, which involved a combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques, at THE Dr. Nedra Dodds Aesthetics Show in Las Vegas, NV and recently had the honor of being chosen a 2011 winner as well. Deemed as the Grammys of the Aesthetics Industry, this year’s THE Aesthetics Show was televised and hosted by Dr. Andrew Ordon, Plastic Surgeon of CBS’s The Doctors and included judges ranging from producers from EXTRA and PBS’s American Health Journal, the Editor of American Health and Beauty magazine and the past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, among others. Dr. Dodds’ submission of her work was chosen as the 2011 Best Surgical Body Enhancement Award and was presented by Dr. David Matlock of Dr. 90201 fame. All submissions are voted on by the attendees of the conference, prior to the award event. “Having your peers review your work positively is always a great feeling since this is all a labor of love” per Dr. Dodds.

If your vision is to look and feel your best, then a visit to Dr. Nedra Dodds at Opulence Aesthetic Medicine may be in order. Dr. Dodds often states that we sometimes have to get people healthier from the outside in by assisting with what the patient sees first while teaching better lifestyle choices to maintain their results and optimize the quality of living a longer life.

Services provided by Opulence Aesthetic Medicine Injectables:

• Dysport • Juvederm® • Radiesse® • Restylane® and Perlane™ • Botox® Cosmetic • Botox® for Excessive Sweating • Botox® Therapeutic for Migraine • Artefill® (as a Dermal Filler) • Perlane® (as a Dermal Filler)

Laser Medicine:

• Zerona • Tatoo Removal • Laser Hair Removal/Reduction • Laser Vein Removal • Laser Lipolysis (laser lipo) • Skin Rejuvenation/Acne Scar Treatment • Acne Treatments

Skin Therapies:

• Pellevé • Permanent Makeup • Crystal-Free Microdermabrasion with Vibraderm • Chemical Peels • Portrait® Skin Regeneration

Facial Contouring: • Lip Augmentation • Fat Transfer • Neck and Jowl Liposuction • Blepharoplasty Body Contouring:

Dr. Dodds has grown her local practice in West Cobb County into one of the premier practices with international presence. To date, the concierge medical practice has serviced patients from over 35 states and 6 countries and counting. In addition to perfecting one of the most highly sought after body contouring procedures, Dr. Dodds is being sought after as a speaker on the national podium for the application of the newest technologies for the skin and body on multi-ethnic patients. Opulence Aesthetic Medicine continues to further the goals of Dr. Dodds of making procedures within the aesthetic market affordable to all.

• Zerona • Laser Scar Correction • Laser Lipolysis (laser lipo) • Liposuction • Breast Reduction with Liposuction • Fat Transfer • Mesotherapy for Cellulite • Tummy Tucks • Vaginal Rejuvenation • Buttock Augmentation

As Metro Atlanta becomes one of the hubs in the Entertainment Industry, word of mouth has lead many new patients outside of the perimeter in seeking improved results. The techniques learned from across the globe in treating stretch marks, cellulite, scars and minimally to non-invasive facial rejuvenation have also set Opulence Aesthetic Medicine apart. Whether servicing stars from the small and large screen, music moguls or a local college student, the providers at Opulence Aesthetic Medicine cherish the ability to deliver a comprehensive approach to each patient. “It is important for people to know that they are entering a doctor’s office at the end of the day and that giving people that individual attention often takes time.” That fact, can sometimes be forgotten when entering the newly sustainable designed facility with chandeliers, soft music and beautiful artwork that is

Spa Services: • Facials — Therapeutic • Waxing

Age-Related Disease Prevention:

• Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement • Resting Metabolic Rate Testing • Weight Management Program

• Massage • Eye Lash Extensions

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• Latisse • Procyte • Opulence Privat Label • Mario Badescu • Seraphim Skin Care

600 Chastain Road, Suite 224 Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 591-3429

Governors Family Medical Group is putting the “Family” in Family Practice since 2009. Dr. Heath and Ashley Trowell are Board Certified and trained physicians by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Heath Trowell graduated from the University of Florida with honors and Drs. Ashley & Heath Trowell Dr. Ashley Trowell graduated from the University of Georgia with honors. Both physicians attended the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, School of Medicine and both graduated with a Masters of Science of Doctor of Medicine, both with honors. After graduation the doctors both completed their residency in Family Practice at the University of Tennessee. Governors Family Medical Group provides medical care for all members of the family in Acworth and the surrounding area. The physicians are committed to providing care and treatment for patients of all ages, newborn to geriatric, for chronic disease and preventative medicine, in addition to, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Sports Physicals, Allergy Testing, Vaccinations, Immunotherapy, Mole Removal, Ultroid: Hemorrhoid Removal and No Scalpel Vasectomies. Patients can also receive weight loss management assistance with medical therapy and vitamin B12 injections.

Staying active is important. However, if you get sidelined by pain or injury, recovery becomes the priority. Georgia Sports and Pain Physicians is a non surgical clinic designed to handle acute and chronic pain, treating the patient as a whole, not a body part. Patients can expect to be listened to and have their pain be treated at the source, non-surgically if possible. “We Dr. Timothy Shelton take the time to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment,” said Dr. Timothy Shelton. “We then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team.” That team could include neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. Patients are provided continuity in care, seeing one physician who will communicate with all other physicians involved in the treatment. Dr. Shelton received two undergraduate degrees, Biology from Western State College of Colorado and Chemistry from the University of South Florida. He completed his residency at 36 37

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Additionally, Dr. Heath and Ashley Trowell are trained and certified in a variety of advanced skin care services and procedures such as Botox®, Dysport™, Juvederm®, Perlane™, Restylane™, chemical peels, Latisse® – eyelash treatment and anti-aging regimens featuring Cosmedix® Skin Care and Pur Minerals® make-up products. The physicians treat some of the most common medical conditions such as Acne, Moles, Warts, Itching, Rashes, Insect Bites and Skin Aging by utilizing the greatest advances for the health and beauty of the skin. At Governors Family Medical Group, the physicians understand how frustrating medical needs can be. That’s why they go the extra mile to spend time with you, answer your questions and educate you about your condition. They provide you with a personalized treatment that will significantly reduce the need for urgent care and hospital visits and minimize your medical expenses. Furthermore, the clinic runs on time. They do not overbook their patients, which means, shorter wait times and same-day appointments are always available, if necessary. “We love family practice because it enables us to see a broad spectrum of patients and diseases. This is the only field where we can treat the newborn child, the parent and grandparent all in one day at one office! We believe this helps continuity of care for the patients to offer multiple services for all ages under one roof. We have adopted an office motto, ‘prevention,’ and are committed to educating the community on how to prevent disease, what to do when disease strikes you or a loved one and how to stay healthy”, says Dr. Ashley.

4900 Ivey Road, Suite 1826 Acworth, GA 30101

(770) 975-9077 Emory University and is a board certified Physiatrist. And what’s a Physiatrist? It’s a physician who has completed training in the medical specialty Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “I chose this specialty because I’ve been an athlete my entire life and I wanted to promote health and wellness and prevent disease. Some people get hurt in the process of trying to better themselves and I want to help them get back to enjoying life again.” Georgia Sports and Pain Physicians see patients who suffer from a wide variety of common conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome, herniated discs, tennis elbow, meniscus tears, plantar fasciitis, headaches, sciatica and much more. “By providing a customized treatment plan, we help patients stay as active as possible at any age. And, our broad medical expertise allows us to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.” said Dr. Shelton. In most cases we are pleased to offer same day appointments and most insurance plans are accepted. The practice offers state-of-theart advancements including onsite digital xrays, EMG nerve testing to assess numbness and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. To learn more about Georgia Sports and Pain Physicians, be sure to visit

4900 Ivey Road, Suite 815 Acworth, GA 30101

(678) 402-6070

Resurgens Orthopaedics Resurgens Orthopaedics is Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice, comprised of the nation’s finest orthopaedic physicians. These physicians bring the most advanced surgical techniques and superior othopaedic experience to 21 clinics, 6 surgery and 8 MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) centers conveniently located throughout Metro Atlanta. The Resurgens network provides patients with more than just convenience; it provides patient peace of mind and consistency of care across the board.

OrthoNow 61 Whitcher Street, Suite 1100 (770) 423-2172 Marietta 61 Whitcher Street, Suite 1100 (770) 422-3290 Chastain 270 Chastain Road, Kennesaw (770) 421-8005 West Cobb

3698 Largent Way, Suite 103 Resurgens provides patients with a full range of (678) 354-2883 orthopaedic, diagnostic and rehabilitation services with physicians who possess specialized expertise Austell and broad experience in the treatment and prevention 2041 Mesa Valley Way, Suite 100 of orthopaedic injuries. The practice has invested in (770) 944-1100 the latest state-of-the art technology while providing a hands-on, personal and caring approach to patients. OrthoNow will have access to the most up-to-date technology, Individualized patient care is the practice’s business, equipment, treatments and practices in orthopaedics. With with solutions as unique as the patient being treated. The same day appointments, OrthoNow can provide immediate care doctors not only treat injuries, they help people get back to for the following musculoskeletal injuries: hand, shoulder and living their lives to the fullest. upper extremity, neck, back, knee, foot and ankle. Resurgens created OrthoNow in order to provide a service to the In addition to its clinics and surgery centers, Resurgens offers community that will reduce cost, provide better treatment and five specialty centers including Hand, Joint Replacement, give faster care to patients. Spine, Sports Medicine and Foot and Ankle. Resurgens also offers rehabilitation services by some of the most highly To schedule a same-day appointment, please call respected physical therapists, occupational therapists, certified (770) 423-2172. athletic trainers, physical therapy assistants and exercise specialists. Resurgens treats injuries with individualized solutions and treatment plans. The doctors are committed to ensuring each patient receives exceptional care, questions are answered In response to the need for immediate patient care, Resurgens promptly and completely and each patient receives the required recently added OrthoNow, an orthopaedic urgent care clinic assistance. Resurgens defines itself by the results it achieves developed to treat acute orthopaedic injuries. Patients who visit for its patients. Let Resurgens show you how.


Giving Back Resurgens is committed to giving back to the communities it serves. Resurgens physicians are team physicians, caring for elite athletes as well as local football players. From medical mission trips to underprivileged countries to City of Acworth’s Horizon Field All complex Ability Playground built by Resurgens Charitable Foundation in 2008.

orthopaedic needs within the local communities, Resurgens is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care. In 2001, the Resurgens Charitable Foundation was established to give back to the communities where the physicians live and work. The Foundation’s primary focus is building allability playgrounds in support of the Foundation’s mission to promote active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities. To date, the Foundation is responsible for the building of two Cobb County all-ability playgrounds, the Horizon Field in Acworth and East Cobb Park in Marietta. The Foundation has expanded its mission to address childhood obesity, youth sports injury prevention and support of local organizations that help people of all ages lead happier, healthier and more active lives.


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Acworth Family Eyecare offers state of the art diagnostic tools including the Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), which provides a detailed scan of the retina and optic nerve. This is the latest technology in detecting and monitoring Glaucoma, as well as retinal disease from diabetes, hypertension, and macular degeneration. “Damage from Glaucoma always is preceded by loss and thinning of the nerve fiber layer. By utilizing the OCT, we can quickly diagnose patients who may be at risk, and if Glaucoma is diagnosed early, the chance of serious visual damage may be reduced,” Dr. Reach noted. Another tool is digital retinal photography, which allows accurate documentation of changes in eye health.

Dr. Dylan Reach

Dr. Julie Poteet

For those who suffer with dry eye and allergy eye, Acworth Family Eyecare can prescribe the latest medical treatments, which significantly reduce the symptoms. Dr. Reach proudly stated, “Our practice is one of the few that specializes in vision therapy for children and adults for conditions such as lazy eye, poor eye-hand coordination and tracking problems. Vision therapy also can be used to enhance sports performance.” And, of course, Acworth Family Eyecare offers the latest spectacle lens designs for patients of all prescriptions including progressives.

Dr. Dylan Reach and his practice, Acworth Family Eyecare, provides comprehensive eye care for every member of your family, from the very young to the elderly. “We pride ourselves in providing top quality eye care in a relaxed and welcoming environment,” stated Dr. Reach. Acworth Family Eyecare offers comprehensive eye exams, vision therapy, treatment of eye disease and injury, glasses and the latest technology in contact lenses. “Many eye diseases including Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, dry eye, cataracts and Glaucoma can be treated more effectively if discovered and treated early,” noted Dr. Reach. The practice also performs refractive surgery consultations and pre/post operative care. Dr. Reach completed his undergraduate degree at Valdosta State University and received his doctorate at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. “I went into Optometry because as an Optometrist, you are able to interact with a variety of patients every day, improving their vision and therefore, quality of life. Helping children see clearly for the first time is a wonderful feeling and for many, life changing,” remarked Dr. Reach. Dr. Julie Poteet received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia and her doctorate from the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Poteet joined the practice in 2009 and her special interests include nutrition and eye health and pediatric eyecare. She also has a special interest in autism research.


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Services provided by Acworth Family Eyecare Adult & Pediatric Eye Exams l Treatment of Eye Emergencies l Laser Vision Correction Consultations l Bifocal & Overnight Contact Lenses l CRT – Non-surgical vision correction l Vision Therapy l Diabetic Eye Evaluations l Glaucoma Treatment l

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Georgia Sports & Pain Physicians

3104 Creekside Village Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 974-8211 Hours: Mon. — Thurs., 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Cedarcrest Dental Drs. Kimberly & Denny Lim

2483 Cedarcrest Road Acworth, GA 30101 (770) 627-5358 Hours: Mon. — Thurs., 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Dr. Timothy Shelton

Governors Family Medical Group

Acworth Family Eyecare

Dr. Dylan Reach

3459 Acworth Due West Road Acworth, GA 30101 (770) 974-3153 Hours: Mon. & Fri., 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Tues, 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.; Wed, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Thurs., 9:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Sat. by appt.

Drs. Ashley & Heath Trowell

2230 Towne Lake Parkway Bldg. #1000, Suite 120 Woodstock GA 30189 (770) 516-5199 Hours: Tues. & Fri., 7:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Sarah Yount

2355 Cedarcrest Road Acworth, GA 30101 (770) 544-0580 Hours: Mon. — Fri., 8:30 a.m. — 6 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m — 2 p.m.

OrthoSport Physical Therapy

Dr. Kelly Qualls

Drs. Sherri Ziomek, Angelo Ferrari & Craig Gruber

3450 Acworth Due West Rd., Suite 310 Kennesaw. GA 30144 (770) 974-7494 Hours: Mon. — Fri., 7 a.m. — 7 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Opulence Aesthetic Medicine Cosmetic Anti-Aging


3940 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 423-9010 Hours: Mon., Weds., Thurs., Fri., 9 a.m. — 1 p.m., 3 p.m. — 6 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Dr. Nedra Dodds

600 Chastain Road, Suite 224 Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 591-3429 Hours: Mon. — Fri., 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Resurgens Orthopaedics 270 Chastain Road Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 421-8005 Hours: Mon. — Fri., 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Kennesaw Office of East Cobb Pediatrics

3895 Cherokee Street, Suite 160 Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 795-4553 Hours: Mon. — Fri., 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Dr. Shefari Chheda

3745 Cherokee Street, Suite 401 Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 429-1005 Hours: Mon.— Fri., 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Sick appointments available on Saturdays & Sundays

OrthoSport Physical Therapy

Cedarcrest Animal Hospital

Discover Chiropractic Rehabilitation

4900 Ivey Road, Suite 1826 Acworth, GA 30101 (770) 975-9077 Located at The Walk at Mars Hill Hours: Mon. — Thurs. 8 a.m. — 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Kennesaw Pediatrics

Atlanta North Dermatology & Skin Care

J. Ellen Koo, MD & T.J. Chao, MPAS, PA-C

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Force of Nature by Dr. Nedra Dodds We have the ability to change our clothes, hair color and minds at the snap of a finger, but many tend to resist the natural transition when it is forced upon us. Surely, by now, we have learned we can’t mess with Mother Nature. Spring is a time of rebirth, new beginnings, planting new seeds and rejuvenation. This happens every time we decide (or are forced) to begin anew — make new friends, pursue a new interest, start new work, create a new home for ourselves, or engage in new health habits that promote longetivity. Summer is the growth phase when the seeds we planted begin to flourish and start enhancing our lives. This is the fruition phase and a time to enjoy — even if there is still work to be done or more to be experienced. Fall has a number of aspects associated with it. This phase is about harvesting and celebrating the fruits of our labor and efforts. It’s also the time when we start to realize that this cycle is nearing its completion. While coming to terms with the reality of another ending, some part of us is also searching for seeds from this harvest that we might use to start anew again. The final season of this cycle — winter, is a time for dormancy, rest and reflection. This season often feels empty, but it’s a time when we can most easily find clarity because so many of the outer distractions have been wiped away. Studies have found a seasonal fluctuation in the production of key hormones, such as DHEA, and both men and women see a decline in testosterone and estrogen production more in the spring. The prospective that is gained by growing older is often a guiding force from nature that allows the body cycle to coincide with nature’s cycles. Change is a natural way of life. It serves us and all of nature by continuing to move us forward. And even in its harshest form, change can be a gift if we allow it to be. Change is a course corrector when we veer off our rightful paths. Change is a mirror that reflects back to us what we still need to learn or develop. Change can show us how our lives need to be shifted or adjusted. Change opens the door to new beginnings and to new opportunities. And most importantly, change is meant to be a key part of any life to be lived with health and longevity. Dr. Nedra Dodds is the founder and Medical Director of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine located on 600 Chastain Rd., Ste. 224, Kennesaw, GA. (770) 591-3429. 40

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When Will The Debt Ceiling Affect Stocks?

Will the markets feel stress as the deadline to raise the debt limit approaches? Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran - Emory University Alumnus August 2 looms. That is the absolute deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling, according to Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner. The U.S. actually “hit” the $14.3 trillion ceiling on May 16, but took “extraordinary measures,” in Geithner’s words, to avoid default. (Those measures included suspension of Treasury payments to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Thrift Savings Plan.) While Congress will surely vote to raise the debt cap by August 2, our politicians are mostly transmitting contention. Will other nations start to lose confidence in us? Our markets are pretty confident that Congress will resolve the issue. Still, the mere prospect of a default could end up doing some damage on Wall Street (and Main Street.) The longer Congress dallies, the more the world questions how serious our politicians are about reaching an accord. Remember the headlines about the debt crises in Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal? Remember how that instability weighed on Wall Street? Well, we could give global investors a sense of déjà vu. Bond yields could rise. We last hit the federal debt limit in 1995. Before Congress hiked it, Treasury yields rose in the preceding months. Some analysts think that if they head north just a quarter-percent as a result of this current impasse, taxpayers could collectively be on the hook for up to $500 million per month. If Treasury yields rise, businesses big and small will feel the pain. They want and need loans; they need to repay existing debts. They don’t need pressure on interest rates. The world isn’t walking away from us yet. Our debt remains very attractive to foreign investors. Foreign ownership of U.S. Treasuries climbed from 37% in 1997 to 57% in 2010, and foreign governments were responsible for most of the increase. The dollar is still the world’s reserve currency. That fact alone will insulate us a bit in the short term. (What other currency

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July is freedom from pain month. As the chosen local representative of the national nonprofit organization, Foundation for Wellness Professionals, we are able to give a rare opportunity to members of our community. These heartwarming testimonials are 100% real from your neighbors. Fibromyalgia — Jean (Dahlonega, GA) An orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist both agreed that spinal fusion was my only hope for any recovery. I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia at Emory spine clinic. Until I met Dr. Lukas I was pretty discouraged that I would never be free of pain again; and in just a few weeks 90% of my pain is gone. I don’t know where I would be today without rare type of care. Migraines/Sinus Issues — Christine (Kennesaw, GA) After ending up in the ER too frequently, I came to see Dr. Lukas with severe migraines. In just two months they have COMPLETELY disappeared. I didn’t realize that this would help sleeping and allergies but I am sleeping much better without the use of any sleeping aide and I no longer suffer with allergies. Sciatica — Judy (Dallas, GA) I suffered with low back, hip and leg pain and at least 4–5 migraine’s a week. I have seen specialists, pain management doctors and pursued multiple therapies without any relief. When I first came in I could barely move; now, in less than six weeks, the pain is almost completely gone and my mobility and range of motion are almost normal. I am so thankful to the Lord and Dr. Lukas that I am getting my life back! T.M.J — Jaclyn (Kennesaw, GA) After my first treatment, I noticed instant RELIEF from my jaw pain, I was totally AMAZED by this since I have been struggling to find an answer for years! Upper Back/Shoulder Pain — Ryan (Kennesaw, GA) I suffered with upper back and right shoulder pain. It was so excruciating that the pain would affect my whole body, down to the right hip causing my leg to be numb. After just a few visits I was already noticing how much better I felt physically, but I was much more energetic. It just makes so much sense. I would recommend this to anyone!!! Vertigo — Linda (Murrayville, GA) I was dizzy with headaches daily, pain from my arms down into my feet. ALL the doctor’s I had previously seen, including going to the Mayo clinic, had the same answer “all test’s are normal.” It wasn’t until I was sitting at my mother-in-laws house when I read a local publication. and figured although it may take me two hours to get to the office—I would give it a shot. By my second visit I had NO MORE HEADACHES OR DIZZINESS! The distance is well worth it. This is done to allow you or a loved one the opportunity to come in with absolutely NO obligation through the national non-profit organization for a free consultation. Please call today for more information or to schedule an appointment 770-975-0585.

Stress and Your Health Let’s Get to Grillin’ & Chillin’ by Jeffery Glover This is always such a fun time of year, so let’s take a look at what’s under our feet and make sure that it is stable and sturdy. Our wooden decks take so much abuse that we often overlook some basic maintenance issues that can put our fun time in jeopardy. Let’s start with the deck boards. Make sure the decking boards are nailed down securely. If they have pulled loose, remove the nails and replace them with a 2 ½” decking screw. If any boards are splintered, cracked or just plain broken, remove them and replace with new decking boards. Make sure the surface is clean of any mold or mildew. Once mildew begins, it spreads rapidly making the surface slippery and unsafe to walk on. Have a licensed contractor come out and pressure wash your deck, and if you haven’t sealed it in awhile, this is a great time to do it. Next, let’s get underneath the deck and check the joists that support the decking. These joists should be fastened to the banding using metal connectors and on some decks, joists may be supported on a wooden ledge and notched out so that they can rest on top. Although this is an acceptable form of construction, I recommend adding a metal connection to prevent the joist from pulling away from the banding. The most important check is your deck post supports. Check to see if they are resting on a concrete footing and that the posts are sound. Look for splitting down the sides of each post and although some splitting will occur naturally through these posts drying out, make sure they do not exceed 1” to 1 ½ “ deep. If you are concerned or unsure, call a licensed contractor to check them for you. If your deck is supported by metal columns, check the bottoms to make sure they have not rusted through. Unfortunately, metal columns rust from the inside out, so check these annually and add this job to your maintenance checklist. If your deck is more than 6 feet off the ground, you should have 6” x 6” pressure treated posts. Anything under 6’ in height can be supported by 4” x 4” pressure treated post. Lastly, if your deck is on its last legs and you are kicking around the idea of building a new one, you will recoup 72% of your investment within the first year, according to Remodeling magazine. So, let’s get out there, check the deck and start doing some “GRILLIN’ AND CHILLIN’” with family and friends. 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. 42

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by Dr. Sherri Ziomek Stress is inevitable. However, there are ways to minimize its grip on your life, starting with your diet. As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat,” continues to ring true throughout the ages. In this article, we discuss the effects of different foods and the stress they put on the body. Most of us recognize that certain foods have brutal effects on the brain-for productivity, mood and mental energy. Too much chocolate can leave you dragging after the sugar and caffeine jolts fade away. An overdose of salty chips dehydrates the body and the brain, bringing on fatigue. High fat meals raise stress hormone levels and keep them high. The problem is that these are precisely the foods we reach for at exactly the wrong times, as they exacerbate tension from work and daily life just when we seek relief. We already know that stress hormones, like cortisol, actually rob the body of vitamins, hijacking them to support such classic stress responses as the tensing of muscles and the rise of blood pressure — reactions fundamental to the “fight-orflight” response. Thus at times when we’re experiencing the nervous-system workout of anxiety, we are in special need of B vitamins, which help maintain our nerves and brain cells. B vitamins are also used in converting food into energy for the body. It’s a double whammy for the body if calories consumed during stressful times do not come from nutritious foods, as they’ll then be depleted even more quickly. Even a slight vitamin B deficiency from a few days of overloading on chips and soda upsets the nervous system and compounds stress, according to a nutritionist in Salem, Oregon. A better bet at trying times: bananas, baked potatoes, avocados and dark green leafy veggies. All are loaded with B vitamins. Extreme stress can create even more nutritional havoc. The “fight or flight” effect on our bodies is drastic. Some 1400 chemical changes occur as stress hormones sap the body of important nutrients, such as those B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A and the mineral magnesium. The hormones released in response to stress can cause carbohydrate cravings by lowering levels of serotonin, the calming hormone. Increasing carbohydrate intake can strengthen tolerance to stress by boosting levels of serotonin and it can also cause weight gain and overeating, particularly of sugary foods. When the pressure is on, it’s difficult not to turn to junk food for solace. But sticking to highly nutritious whole foods and continued on page 54

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WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine

1) What are some new treatments or research in the field of cardiology? The field of cardiology is constantly changing and moving forward. We are just starting to replace valves (particularly the aortic valve) percutaneously (meaning through the leg, like in a catheter, instead of requiring open heart surgery. There are new genetic tests that can identify certain genes that put one at risk of early myocardial infarction and others that test for response to certain drugs. Patients can also participate in a heart screening that does not a require physician. A heart screening, also known as a CT Cardiac Calcium Score, is a fast and non-invasive CT Scan used to determine the risk of coronary artery disease. Using a multi-slice scan, the heart screening can help cardiologists determine the participant’s level of risk for heart disease or future cardiac issues. The screening is recommended for those who have diabetes, family history of heart disease, history of smoking or tobacco use, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Candidates for the heart screenings are patients ages 35 or older and • Smoke or use tobacco • Have a family history of heart disease • Have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol • Have a weight problem/are obese • Are not physically active 2) What are common questions that people ask about heart health? The most important thing is that you need to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Everyone should know his/her blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, and body mass index (and Hgb A1C if they are diabetic). People should talk to their doctors about these numbers and about other things that put them at risk for heart disease including a history of smoking and a family history of coronary artery disease. 3) Why is it so important to pay attention to your heart’s health? Cardiovascular disease is one of only a few disease processes that we know can be prevented. Many other diseases concentrate on early detection but not necessarily prevention. Heart disease can be prevented in many cases, so it is important to know how to do it. 4) What are the most common heart problems? The most common problems are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease (that leads to heart attack). 5) What is the difference between LDL and HDL? HDL is the good cholesterol. It takes fat out of the walls of your blood vessels and gets rid of it. LDL is the bad cholesterol. Deposits in the walls of blood vessels can cause atherosclerosis. 44

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6) Can dark chocolate and red wine help the heart? There is good evidence that both have beneficial cardiac effects. Alcohol (not just red wine) increases your HDL (good cholesterol). Dark chocolate and red wine have a high number of antioxidants that appear to be beneficial from a cardiac perspective. Of course, the key is everything in moderation. Most of the studies that have shown benefit with chocolate include only a very small amount (about the equivalent of one square of a chocolate bar per day). Recommendations are for no more than one glass of wine per day for women (two for men). 7) Are vegetarian diets more heart healthy? Vegetarian diets tend to be lower on overall fat and especially animal fats which are more typically saturated fats (the ones that tend to be less heart-healthy). However, many fish are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats (especially salmon). 8) From a financial standpoint, what is the cost difference between prevention and treatment? It is clearly less expensive to prevent heart disease than treat it after it has already occurred. Many prevention measures are free or relatively inexpensive (eating fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, not smoking, etc.). Treating an already diseased heart can be very costly and some treatments include medication, cardiac catheterizations, stents, angioplasties and echocardiograms. 9) Does your gender/race/age play a factor in developing heart disease? Despite a common misconception, deaths from cardiovascular disease are more common in women than men. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women, but it claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women per year. The frequency of cardiovascular disease definitely increases with age. African-Americans are at higher risk than Caucasian patients, and African-American women die much more frequently after heart attacks than African-American men and Caucasian men and women. 10) What impact does smoking have on one’s heart health? Smoking is horrible for heart health. Following the first puff of a cigarette, the lining of the blood vessels in the body become irritated and inflamed and this inflammation can last 45 minutes to an hour. Chronic inflammation of the blood vessels leads to more rapid atherosclerosis. Smoking also makes it more likely that atherosclerotic plaque will rupture, form a blood clot and cause a heart attack. WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine provides comprehensive cardiac service offerings. Offices are located in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. For more information or a physician referral, call (770) 956STAR(7827) or visit

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

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

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

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

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

What does it cost?


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

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


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

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

How will they get there?

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Joint Association Networking Event Thursday, July 7, from 5 — 8 p.m.

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Luncheon held at Henry’s Uptown

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Monthly Luncheon – Thursday, July 28

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Picnic Provisions by Tiffany Hughes So you’ve decided to brave the heat for the day and go on a picnic. The burning question (pun intended) is “what to take to eat that won’t sit like lead in everyone’s stomachs?” You want to satisfy everyone’s hunger pangs without running the risk of salmonella in the outdoor oven, i.e. summer in Georgia. Snack options, as well as the meal itself, must be considered. My family likes deli meat slices rolled up with various cheeses. You can also take flour tortillas, spread with softened cream cheese mixed with chopped olives or sundried tomatoes, top with your favorite deli meat, then roll up and chill. Once the cream cheese hardens back up, cut the tortilla into rounds and store until departure time. Pimiento cheese can be substituted for the deli meat for a different twist. Another snack idea is trail mix. Combine popped popcorn, pretzels, peanuts and M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces (these 2 candies will not melt.) Raisins or other dried fruit are good in this as well. Salsa and tortilla chips are also good options. Once the snacking choices are covered, give a little thought to the meal itself. Cold cuts and cheeses for sandwiches are always a good idea, particularly when paired with potato or pasta salad. While you want to avoid anything with a high mayo content, you can make potato salad with boiled red potatoes, quartered, mixed with feta cheese and Italian dressing. Pasta salad can be made with your favorite veggies, such as cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, marinated mushrooms, or even thinly sliced yellow squash or zucchini. Mix veggies with cooked pasta and add a sauce of 2 Tbs. plain Greek yogurt mixed with ¼ cup Italian dressing. A little shredded parmesan or feta is also a nice addition. Fresh fruit is always a good picnic idea. Grapes and blueberries can be frozen to chill your cooler contents, then enjoyed as either a frozen treat or as ice in your lemonade or iced tea. Cookies or Rice Krispy bars are a great for dessert because they transport easily and are good no matter the temperature. Whatever the contents of your cooler are when you set out for your big adventure, make sure your day is packed with good company and good times. Happy Cooking! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. She has written two cookbooks and will gladly provide additional recipes if you email her at 48

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Vision’s Role in Sports by Dylan Reach It’s that time of year for fans to get ready for the upcoming sports season. A common goal for virtually all athletes, at any level, is the desire to perform at the best of their abilities – even if they’re competing against themselves. In pursuit of that goal, most athletes spend a lot of time and energy practicing the skills of their chosen sport. While such common sense efforts can have positive effects on an athlete’s ability to enjoy and compete within their given sport, there is a crucial element of performance that is often overlooked – and that is visual skills. The vast majority of sports require varying degrees of visual skills, such as eye-hand coordination, depth perception, tracking and peripheral vision – just to name a few. Unfortunately, many athletes are so busy developing their understanding of their respective sport that they may fail to consider the importance of vision skills or sports vision. While there’s nothing mysterious about sports vision and its benefits, it does require a trained eye care professional who is familiar with aspects of sports vision to help interested athletes gain a competitive edge. For some parents, gaining that competitive edge for their children (or themselves) requires spending hundreds of dollars on individual pieces of equipment and clothing. However, much of that investment is wasted if the athlete has problems seeing the ball, opponents or any other element on the field of play. The bottom line is that one of the most important pieces of equipment for any athlete is the eye. Just as the equipment to participate in various sports is different, so are the visual requirements of most major sports. The visual demands of making a three-point jump shot, reading a putting green, serving a tennis ball, catching a football or throwing a baseball player out at home plate are different. Once a trained eye care professional identifies the specific visual skills required by a given sport, it’s then possible to administer sport-specific eye screenings for the athlete. Once an athlete has been appropriately screened and compared to athletic norms, visual skills that are weak or may be enhanced can be identified. There are a variety of visual enhancement programs that athletes of all ages can practice that are tailored to improve specific visual skills that the athlete needs. Continued on page 54

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Embrace the Challenge Your Marriage Can Be More Than Mediocre by J.R. Lee Many marriages in our community are mediocre. They aren’t terrible. They aren’t great. They are somewhere right in the middle. Normal. Average. Mediocre.

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It happens to the best of us. Bills are due. Economic pressure builds. Demands on your time increase. It can feel like you are just trying to keep your

Spending time together now consists of rushing home from work and collapsing on the couch to watch a few hours of TV before going to bed. Add kids to the mix and busyness goes to a completely different level. At this point, survival can become the name of the game. There is barely time to stop and think, much less spend quality time with your spouse. Welcome to the normal marriage. Not bad. Not great. Mediocrity at its finest. Sound depressing? It does to me. Don’t worry. There is hope. Your relationship can turn the corner. It can thrive. It is going to take some planning. The old saying goes “the failure to plan is the plan to fail.” If you want to have a great marriage, you are going to have to work a plan that will move you from where you are to where you want to be. The plan doesn’t have to be difficult. It isn’t rocket science. What is the earth-shattering advice that will transform your marriage? Wait for it… Plan to make time for just the two of you with a date night at least three times per month. Not the two of you and your kids. Not the two of you and your friends. Just the two of you. It sounds too easy, but you might be surprised at how few people actually make this a priority in their lives. Just because two people live in the same house and sleep in the same bed does not mean that they really know each other. Our tendency is to drift apart. Date night is a chance to recalibrate, ask questions, connect with one another and have fun together! Refuse to allow your mind to be flooded with excuses on why you can’t make this happen. You can do this! You want to do this! You must do this! Don’t settle for an average marriage. Average is overrated. You were created to be far more than mediocre.


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by C.A. Phillips Crossword Puzzles. Jigsaw Puzzles. Tying your shoes for the first time. Sports. TV Game Shows. Running a Marathon. Earning a certification for your vocation or career. Solving Rubik’s Cube. All of these have something in common. They present challenges. At least they should. That’s the reason we attempt them, right? If no challenge was involved, would we even try? OK, maybe “tying your shoes” can be eliminated here, but if you ever watch a four or five-year old tying their shoes, you can’t help but get tickled by the focus and concentration painted on their little faces. So, if things like game shows, puzzles, and sports keep us interested and enthusiastic about them because of the competition involved, and inner strength required to reach great heights, why do we not approach life the same way? \ Sometimes I get into this mode where I just want things to go smoothly. It’s called “being human.” It basically happens every day. Smooth days are nice. Bumpy – not so much. But, if life is always smooth, and I never encounter adversity in my path, am I truly reaching my God-given potential? If I am not pushed relationally, emotionally, spiritually, or intellectually, I am settling. And, perhaps worse than that, I could be regressing. Think about the most difficult path you’ve walked in your life. When you look in the rearview mirror of your years on earth, did that event or trial strengthen you, or did it weaken you? I’m not necessarily talking about death of a loved one, or sickness or some other devastating event. I am talking about those times you had to dig deep, work hard, and give it your all. In hindsight, were you glad you gave 100%, or was it a complete waste of time? Occasionally, it’s nice to receive a hand-out. As a baseball coach, it’s a relief sometimes to not toil over who to pitch in the last inning, or who to put behind the plate when it’s 95 degrees outside. But, the most rewarding “wins” are the ones where everyone is putting it all on the line, and you seek out that onerun victory on a bases-clearing double. Those are the ones you celebrate the most. But it’s not the hit itself that wins the game. It’s the attitude the hitter has in the box. In his book, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, John Ortberg talks quite a bit about those things that hold us back from achieving our best. It’s the “what if” moments that cause discouragement to creep in. Ultimately, it’s a lack of confidence that creates something that destroys the joy in our lives: fear.

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Warnings from the Better Business Bureau Don’t Fall Victim to High Pressure Magazine Sellers at Your Door The BBB receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions they don’t want or can’t afford. BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck this summer. Oftentimes, the door knocking presentations are so slick that consumers aren’t even aware that they have bought several subscriptions until they receive the bill. In 2011, BBB has already received 662 complaints about door-to-door magazine sellers and dealers - a number that’s well on its way to toping last year’s nearly 1,200 complaints. These high pressure sellers use tactics that can have anyone falling victim. “Most complaints against door knockers selling magazine subscriptions allege that sales representatives took their check and the magazines never arrived, while some complainants also allege being subjected to high-pressure and misleading sales tactics,” said Fred Elsberry, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia. BBB recommends the following on how to handle door-to-door magazine sellers: - Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you’re not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches. - Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police and follow through if they don’t leave immediately. - Verify the individual and the company. If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up yourself and check to verify this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s BBB Business Review at Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s ThreeDay Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel 52

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purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice. Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with their BBB at, local law enforcement, and state Attorney General offices.

Financial Fraud and Elder Abuse BBBs nationwide receive hundreds of phone calls each year from senior citizens who have been targeted or victimized by scammers. These can range from common scams such as bogus travel deals or lottery schemes to outright financial fraud. Financial elder abuse occurs when seniors’ banking or credit accounts are exploited by scammers who take advantage of the vulnerabilities sometimes associated with age. What makes the crime particularly frightening is that in most cases the abuse is carried out by someone the senior knows, such as a family member, caregiver or friend. Many victims do not realize they have been taken advantage of. Or if they do know, they may not want to tell anyone due to embarrassment or fear of losing what independence they may have. Unfortunately, financial elder abuse can be difficult to identify. It often takes a caring family member, friend or caregiver to recognize that fraud has occurred. These are some signs to look for: • Belongings or property is missing. • Unusual bank account activity. • Complaints from seniors that they can suddenly not afford normal purchases. • Suspicious stories about people that normally wouldn’t be involved in personal affairs now being involved. • Unnecessary purchases (often big-ticket items.) • Sudden changes to Power of Attorney or will. • Sudden interest in an investment or business opportunity. • Claims they have won a prize, lottery or vacation. • Numerous unpaid bills or bounced checks. If you or someone you know might be a victim of Elder Abuse, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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could serve as a benchmark? The euro? Look what’s going on with that.) When S&P downgraded the U.S. credit outlook this year, did global markets correct? No. Other economies hold a great deal of faith in ours. If our legislators get their act together, we can avoid anything reminiscent of what occurred recently in Europe. 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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staying away from certain foods will be its own reward. One of the biggest culprits is refined sugar, artificial sweeteners or their products such as jams, jellies, yogurts, ice cream, cereals, cake, candy, cookies, all chewing gun, colas, diet drinks, all sugared fruit juices and fruits canned in sugar syrup. Another big culprit are white flour products such as white bread, wheat-white bread, enriched flours, rye bread, dumplings, biscuits, buns, gravy, pasta, pancakes, waffles, soda crackers, ravioli, puddings and ready mix bakery products. Salted foods, such as corn chips, potato chips, pretzels, crackers and nuts, peanuts and peanut butter that contain hydrogenated, hardened oils and any peanut mold and all molds that cause allergies can all contribute to poor health. The full list of foods that that can cause your body distress is extensive. A lifetime of consuming these stressful, toxic foods can manifest into disease stressors such as depression, fibromyalgia, arthritis, anxiety, diabetes and so many others that are becoming more prevalent in today’s world. The best thing you can do to avoid this is to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and lean meats to give your body the best fuel possible. 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.

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Once those visual skills are improved, the athlete’s total vision or “Sports Vision” has been improved – and in most instances so has the likelihood that they can perform at the best of their ability. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or

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A few ideas to get you started: Go out to eat at a restaurant you’ve never been to before. Take your spouse shopping for something new. Attend a sporting event. Go to a concert. Stay at a nice hotel for a night. 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 Also, check out his blog at

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So, if fear destroys joy, then (as Ortberg writes) “challenge produces joy.” The payoff for the base hit isn’t just the “W” in the victory column; it’s the joy you get from meeting – and overcoming – the challenge. If our baseball team was undefeated, and had won each game by ten or more runs, we’d be over-confident. We wouldn’t know exactly what our best truly is. We wouldn’t aspire to become better. We’d go through the motions and settle for “good” when “best” is there for the taking. And so it is with our lives. We trudge through our days, going to work, paying the bills, getting the kids ready, talking about the weather, lamenting about this and that. Generally speaking, we have what we “want” – a nice house, two cars (or more), some gadgets and gizmos, a decent job, and a few friends. What we fail to realize is that if we will challenge ourselves – really push ourselves – we can reach new heights. We can accomplish great things and influence countless lives. But, all too often we are complacent about “the unknown.” And, if we’re not complacent, we’re just plain scared. But, as I tell my players, “You can’t play scared.” Ortberg writes that “fear and joy are fundamentally incompatible.” When I wonder “what if” and think about all the worst-case scenarios, I am snuffing out joy. And, who wants to be a joy-snuffer? C.A. Phillips serves as the Married Couples Pastor at NorthStar Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, GA, and has lived in Kennesaw for nearly 30 years. Email him at, or check out his blog at


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Counterfeit Smoke Alarms Distributed in Atlanta The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers in the Atlanta area to check their homes for counterfeit smoke alarms. About 18,500 counterfeit photoelectric smoke alarms were distributed for free in the Atlanta area between 2006 through May 2011 as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program. The smoke alarms can fail to alert consumers in the event of a fire. Zooper Strollers Lan Enterprises, LLC, of Hillsboro, OR, is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 strollers. The opening between the armrest bar/snack tray and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed. Yard Power Products STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, VA, is voluntarily recalling about 2.3 million Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap. The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard. GE Food Processors Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, AK, is voluntarily recalling about 255,000 General Electric® food processors. The safety interlock system on the recalled food processor can fail; allowing operation without the lid secured which poses a laceration hazard. In addition, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard.

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BAPTIST Antioch Baptist Bible Church 5871 Glade Road, (770) 529-1546 Pastor: Dr. Edward Kirsche, Sr.

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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, (770) 893-8834 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Willis Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, (404) 488-3667 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Phil Miller Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. &  6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Paul Vance 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


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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 D. 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. Pastor: David E. Owen Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road, (770) 529-0509 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Jerry Black Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw, (770) 428-4031 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 8 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/AWANA: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: James G. Wright Jr. Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Services:  9:45 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Johnson 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 Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road, Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Donald E. Lewis

West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy., (770) 222-2125 Sunday Services: 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Brian Bloye 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 & 10:30 a.m. Christian Ed: 9:15 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: Craig Storlie

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

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

SYNAGOGUES 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 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: Brian Butler County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW, (770) 428-0511 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Katie Strals Crossroads United Methodist Church Meets at Shelton Elementary, (404) 579-9753 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ken Hagler 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. 7 p.m. Service in Portuguese 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

Atlanta Church of Christ 4461 Bretton Ct NW, (770) 529-1250 Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit 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 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. 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 Hayes Elementary School (770) 421-1018 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

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. RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner The Rock of Atlanta 146 Kelli Clark Ct. (770) 975-ROCK Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 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 3732 Cedarcrest Road, (678) 383-2299 Saturday Service: 6 p.m. Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick

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

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

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

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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 AROU N D A B O U T A C WORT H | J UL Y 2 0 1 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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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

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

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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

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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: Kathleen Curran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Durham Middle School 2891 Mars Hill Road, Acworth  30101 (770) 975-6641 Principal: 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. Russell Claxton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Brookstone Montessori School (770) 426-5245 1680 Brookstone Walk, Acworth 30101 Principal: Linda Grier 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 Principal: Jamie Smithey 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

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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: Don Robertson




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

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294


No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter (770) 256-4864

Atlanta Yacht Club

Atlanta Water Ski Club

Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187

(770) 974-0670

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 — Camp Pine Acres (770) 974-6696

Foothills Running Club John McCusker,

Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, (404) 630-8805 Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) (770) 423-9622 West Cobb Lacrosse Club (770) 641-2222


Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club

Children Child Advocacy Council (770) 345-8100

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

Celebrate Life International

Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity (770) 345-1879

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

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115

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

Cherokee Focus (770) 345-5483

Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (770) 432-7954


(678) 776-6331

Here Am I Ministries, Inc. (770) 529-4644 Contact: Rev. DeAnna Fountain Homeward Bound Pet Rescue (706) 698-HOME Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-9882 Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt (770) 590-7898 Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption (770) 325-PETS

Paws for Disabilities AROU N D A B O U T A C WORT H | J UL Y 2 0 1 1

(770) 924-9504

Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, (770) 514-7819

Junior League of Cobb — Marietta (770) 422-5266

West Cobb Business Association

(770) 425-3679

Children’s PEACE Center (770) 917-8815

Girl Scout Council of North Georgia (770) 974-4278


Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(404) 819-8896

Papa's Pantry (770) 591-4730


Pet Buddies Food Pantry (678) 310-9858

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS Active Adults Living with Arthritis (AALA) Contact: Marcia (770) 605-7960

(770) 428-2100

Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400

County Democratic Party (770) 345-3489

MOMS Club of Acworth-West

Cherokee County Republican Party (770) 592-0575

MOMS Club of Acworth-East

Cobb County Democracy For America

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

Cobb County Democratic Party (770) 420-7133 Cobb County Libertarian Party (770) 425-2856 Cobb County Republican Party (770) 421-1833 Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (770) 785-2522

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


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. 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

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:

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


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

Commissioners: David Banett , Post 4

(770) 443-7550, x4009


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


Office Superintendent, Fred Sanderson

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

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

(770) 426-3300 (770) 426-3453


Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6

(770) 445-2600


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

(770) 537-5234

Senator Lindsey Tippins (R), District 37

(770) 426-4619

Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20 e-mail:

(404) 557-5069


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:

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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