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October/ November 2010 Volume 2, Issue 5

Featured Articles 10

Pathfinder of the Month

Allison Havill Todd


The Fair Trade Movement

Do you know where your coffee comes from?

19 Kristyn Iodice explains the benefits of eco-friendly farming.


Fall Festivals

Time to enjoy all the season has to offer.


Local Authors

Three Forsyth County authors release new books.


What We Teach They Become

A candid look at children and divorce.


24 & 25 On the Cover Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio Photos by Kim Bates

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In Every Issue Birthdays.............................................. 12

Clubs & Organizations........................... 42

Community Calendar............................ 14

Community Numbers........................... 44

Humane Society................................... 17

Coupons............................................... 45

School Information............................... 38

Elected Officials.................................... 46

Houses of Worship....................... 40 & 41

Classifieds............................................ 47

Contributing Writers Christy Chappelear Andrews......................15

Shelly Kent................................................22

James Ball....................................................9

Julie Kimball..............................................16

Vanessa Butler...........................................19

Kathy Martin..............................................36

Michael Consoli.........................................32

Maria Morgan............................................28

Matt Coutu................................................31

Sen. Jack Murphy.......................................16

Ruth Goode...............................................13

Chuck Pugh................................................39

David Hill...................................................41

Christine Roberts.......................................28

Monique Honaman....................................32

Mira Kalman Sivan.....................................26

Kristyn Iodice.............................................19

John Thomas, DC.......................................21

Nancy Johnson...........................................23

Valerie Donta Young...................................34

Dr. Sherry Jordan.......................................27

Mark Young...............................................34

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“If it bleeds, it leads” is the operative watchword for today’s news. Such an approach may sell papers or hold viewers, but it appeals to the worst instincts in mankind. It encourages malice, inflames jealousy, and incites delight in or indifference to the troubles of others.

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Why is it that most news is bad news? I’ll bet that on any given day there are far more newsworthy good things done than bad. Yet daily, every newscast and every front page catalogues the tragedies on the local, national, and international scene.

Executive Editor Kara Kiefer Advertising Director Leslie Proctor

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News Around Cumming Stars & Strikes Hosts Corporate Event

A Quilt for Family Haven Members of Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Cumming presented a handcrafted quilt to Family Haven, a nonprofit organization providing safe temporary shelter and crisis support for domestic violence victims. The quilt, created by Jane Real, is relevant to the mission of Family Haven, whose roots grow deep into the community. Guild members also design and hand craft children’s quilts so that each child who comes into the shelter is given a handmade quilt and a stuffed animal to comfort them.

Now and then, we all need to get away and play. Stars & Strikes in Cumming recently hosted a party for business owners and corporate clients to experience the family entertainment center. Guests were treated to delicacies skillfully prepared by Stars & Strikes’ chefs. Guests also had an opportunity to look at rooms with various themes as part of the party offerings available. Event planners, staff members and other Stars and Strikes team members led tours of the facility. Mark Mandel of Big Head Cartoons drew caricatures of the guests, who enjoyed bowling, driving bumper cars, competing in laser tag and playing their best tunes on Guitar Hero. For more information on the center, visit

Sawnee EMC Lowers Cost on Members Bills The board of directors of Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation recently announced a reduction in the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA) billing factor effective October 4, 2010. For the remainder of 2010, this action will lower the electricity bills of approximately 130,000 members whose bill includes this charge. It is estimated that this reduction should save Sawnee members more than $6 million over the next three months. “This is great news for our members, especially after such a brutally hot summer that contributed to above normal energy bills, coupled with the fact that so many people in our area are struggling financially,” stated Blake House, Vice President of Member Services. “We know that many of our members are seeing challenges, and we want to do all we can to assist them.” To learn more about how Sawnee EMC members can reduce their energy bills, visit 8

Bienvenidos! Smarta School of Foreign Languages celebrated its eighth year in Cumming. Smarta specializes in foreign language education for anyone age six months to adult. A blend of culture, education, interactive activities, and other techniques are incorporated into the curriculum. The school’s address is 2177 Sharon Road. For more information, visit

Left to right: Martha Salmeron, School Director; Martha Sanchez, Lead Teacher PreK-3; and Alicia Aguila, Lead Teacher 4-5.

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It’s Time . . . To Join our New Online Community

Keeping you plugged into the latest online happenings by James Ball Welcome to the new “online” column of your AroundAbout —Cumming magazine! We’d like to thank all of you for taking the time to check out our new site. We’ve experienced what we can only call the warmest of receptions from the online community here in East Cobb.

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Pathfinder of the Month Allison Havill Todd “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson A talent for decorating and a desire to help others are the building blocks that Allison Havill Todd used to create Designing Dreams, a scaled-down version of ABC-TV’s Extreme Home Makeover. The interior designer was nominated by Michelle Vangilder and chosen to be this month’s Pathfinder. The nonprofit arm of her firm Allison Havill Todd (AHT) Interiors focuses on helping people who are experiencing a physical or emotional crisis, in hopes that creating a beautiful room will help in the healing process. Organizations that help those in need also qualify for renovations. “I first met Allison about eight years ago when we hired her to do design work in our home,” said Vangilder. “She did an amazing job transforming our house and, through that experience, we became personal friends. Allison has always impressed me as a local business owner who emphasizes her quality relationships with other local businesses. She continually looks for ways to bring her network of fellow contractors together in collaborative projects.”

visited the shelter to discuss the priorities and needs, it immediately became clear that the community room would be the focus for the AHT Interiors design team and the generous sponsors who contribute to Designing Dreams. “The room is where all the home’s residents gather for community building, relaxing, chatting and entertainment. While it was useable, it was in sore need of a facelift,” Allison said. “I’m so happy that we expanded the requirements for Designing Dreams applicants to include nonprofits like Jesse’s House. With this award, we’ll be able to positively impact the lives of many young women, now and in the years to come.” Allison’s servant heart extends well

In 1998, Allison started her design firm. As she worked to build a steady clientele while doing a job she loved, she noticed that much of the news she heard or read was negative. She began to wonder, “What can I do to stay positive?” Her answer: “If Extreme Home Makeover can do it, maybe I can too.” “Allison came to our team meeting and simply told us we would do a $20,000 room makeover for a family that needed help,” according to Tamara, an AHT Interiors team member. “Allison’s commitment and dedication to her business just transferred naturally to her goal of creating Designing Dreams and helping her community.” Allison also is described by those who know her well as a focused and knowledgeable business woman who understands management and cash flow. Undoubtedly these talents helped her establish Designing Dreams as a registered nonprofit organization, and choose the first recipients, in less than a year. “This dream could only happen because of the great people that liked the idea of helping out,” Allison said, crediting the likeminded individuals who helped her. “I’m just blessed to count on the support of a great circle of family and friends, and be part of a business community that wants to help.” The 2009 recipients, the Wampler Patrick family, still enjoy their room makeover and are visited by Allison regularly. The 2010 winner is Jesse’s House, a non-profit organization that provides emergency and long-term care to female youth. When Allison 10

beyond her design work. When she isn’t working, she can be found visiting the residents at White Oaks at Lanier with her therapy dog Jesse as part of Forsyth County’s Humane Hearts program. Allison supports the Forsyth County Humane Society and Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, where she has adopted her dogs. By creating Designing Dreams, the designer has provided many people — including local and national manufacturers, vendors and artists — with an opportunity to focus their talents on giving back to the community. “Allison gave us something positive to focus on,” is a common comment from others who are part of Designing Dreams. To nominate a candidate: Submit a 200 – 500 word essay about the person or organization in need. For details visit http://www.

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Happy Birthday!

Ella Rainwater

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Age 24 on November 24

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Ryan Bartling

Camila Martinez Born on May 25, 2010 Daughter of Martha & Arturo Martinez

Age 2 on October 18 Daughter of Renee & Chris Rainwater

Lily Ilene Leitner Born on June 21, 2010 Daughter of Christina & Jonathan Leitner

Mary Claire Palmer

Brittany Crow

Age 4 on October 5 Daughter of Bridget and Tony Palmer

Age 27 on November 6

Anel Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Celebrating on November 30

Celebrating on October 5

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Forsyth County is Best! by Ruth Goode

On September 21, 2010, Cumming/Forsyth County was honored as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children. The competition is presented by ING, a global financial institution that contributes an average of $3.5 million each year toward education initiatives. The Business and Community Relations Facilitator for Forsyth County Schools, Judi Jenkins, and I sent the application, hoping desperately that the words we put to paper would be enough to convince the 20 very distinguished members of the national selection committee that we are a winning community. We attended a ceremony in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., along with representatives from the other 99 winning communities spanning 37 states. It was exciting to be able to represent our great county there! The competition is one element of the Alliance’s Grad Nation campaign, a 10-year initiative to mobilize Americans to take action in the communities to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. More than 7,000 students in the U.S. drop out each school day, resulting in 1.3 million young people a year. To help decrease these numbers, the Alliance is more committed than ever to recognizing communities – regardless of size, location or history – that are taking real action to help more young people stay in school and graduate on time. Here at United Way of Forsyth County, we create opportunities for a better life by focusing on three areas; education, income and health. We believe that there are basic things we need for a good life, beginning with a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. Helping children and youth achieve their potential is one of those building blocks. Building on the legacy of founding chairman General Colin Powell, the Alliance as outlined resources,

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“We won because of how our community works together to address the challenges facing our young people.” called Five Promises, that young people need to succeed: Caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others. Judi and I both believe this was an honor Cumming and Forsyth County deserved. We believed we could demonstrate that this community excels in all five areas of the Promises. We won because of how our community works together to address the challenges facing our young people. We have great community involvement in the schools, both public and private, businesses, community leaders, the city and county governments, Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Juvenile Court, Youth Leadership Forsyth, and others. Forsyth’s nonprofit programs that focus on children and youth services are models for other communities. One of the opportunities we’ll have as a winner is to share best practices with the other winners. We’ll have a lot to share about how our community makes children and youth a priority, at all ages and across all sectors. We hope our local efforts can help inspire other communities across America to make a commitment to children and youth.

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Community Calendar: October/November Fall Sale

Date: Saturday, October 9 Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Calvary Chapel Alpharetta 200 James Road South of McFarland off Hwy. 9. Turn onto Martin Rd. and follow the signs. Information: A great variety of items for sale with proceeds benefits various church ministries.

Holistic Moms Network Forsyth Chapter

Date: Tuesday, October 12 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House, 5095 Post Road, Cumming Information: The Holistic Moms Network is a rapidly growing national nonprofit organization connecting moms who are passionate about holistic health and green living. Through a dynamic e-mail discussion loop, members of the group share lifechanging information and advice on a variety of topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, positive discipline, alternative medicine, and all aspects of green living. For more information, please contact chapter leader Ann Linke at (908) 295-5555, or e-mail her at For general information, please visit www. or call (877) HOL-MOMS.

Annual SAFFT Charity Benefit

Date: Saturday, October 16 Time: 7 – 11 p.m. Location: The Diner at North Point 2355 Mansell Road, Alpharetta Information: Enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, music, and spirits, with raffles and a silent auction. This event benefits Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together ( SAFFT), a nonprofit organization that supports the foster and adoptive children of our community. Funds raised will support the community and visitation center where tutoring, mentoring, and visits with biological parents can take place in a safe and monitored environment. For more information, visit

Margaritas With A Mission Date: Time: Location: 14

Saturday, October 23 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Windermere Golf Club 5000 Davis Love Drive, Cumming

Information: Chaired by Linda Conyers and the Forsyth Fights Cancer committee, this Jimmy Buffet-inspired event features live and silent auctions, a “wine tree” raffle, tropical dinner buffet, dancing and, of course, margaritas and other refreshments. For more information or to register to attend, log onto, call Linda at (770) 781-4706, e-mail conyerscpa@bellsouth. net, or call Suzanne Hendricks at the American Cancer Society at (770) 297-1176 or e-mail her at

North Georgia Quarter Midget Association “Racing For Kids”

Date: Saturday, October 30 & Saturday, November 6 Time: 9 a.m. / 11 a.m. Location: Cumming Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Rd Information: Goblin’s Cup, Club Points Race and Region 3 Race. Open/Close Families: Swank/Tadrzak. Trailer Trick or Treating after the race. Admission is free. For registration details and important information about the races, guidelines, etc. visit

“A Holiday Home-Cumming” NoteWorthy Show Band featuring Bob Russell Singers Date: November 13 -14 Location: The Cumming Playhouse 101 School Street Information: An evening of music, melody and show tunes. Visit www. for tickets. (770) 781-9178

National BBQ Cup

Date: November 18-19 Location: Cumming Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Rd Information: A great BBQ festival with live music, kids zone, crafts and food vendors and more.

“Holidays Americana” by the creators of Christmas Classics

Date: Thursday, November 18 - 19 Time: 8 p.m. Location: The Cumming Playhouse 101 School Street Information: This year’s eighth holiday presentation by LCS Productions, Inc. will combine a tribute to Thanksgiving and a celebration of Christmas. There is even a children’s choir to appeal to the little ones. Our talented cast is composed of area church AroundAbout — cumming

musicians, music teachers, well known local performers and members of the Cumming Playhouse Singers. The first half closes with a truly stunning patriotic number performed by the entire cast. The show closer is a glorious arrangement of a memorable Christmas song guaranteed to lift the spirits of everyone and to usher in the wonderful anticipation of the holiday season. Visit www. for tickets. (770) 781-9178.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” a musical Based on “Miracle on 34th Street”

Date: Friday, November 26 – December 18 Location: The Cumming Playhouse 101 School Street Information: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson – Based on the beloved “Miracle on 34th Street”, Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. In his inimitable style, Meredith Willson, the author of “The Music Man” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” tells us the classic story of the year. Visit www. for tickets. (770) 781-9178.

Sawnee Ballet Theater’s The Nutcraker

Dates: December 16 – 19 Location: South Forsyth High School 585 Peachtree Parkway Information: A community leader in the arts, Sawnee Ballet Theatre is best known for its exciting production of The Nutcracker and recognized for excellence and exceptional cultural contributions to the Cumming/ Forsyth community. Since 1992 Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition in Cumming. Tickets are on sale now – call (770) 887-0756.

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Support for Cancer Patients Minimizing the emotional and mental strain after diagnosis By Christy Chappelear Andrews, executive director, Cancer Support Community-Atlanta

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you face a tough battle. Aside from the obvious physical challenges, cancer patients often fight against overwhelming feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and a loss of control – even when they are surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends. When and if you are ready, talking about your cancer with others who understand can help you cope with the uncertainties ahead and provide tremendous benefit during your treatment and recovery. Some days, it’s about the cancer. Worries about burdening loved ones with your disease or how to help them fully understand your struggle can cause plenty of emotional and mental strain. Some days, it’s life itself that challenges you. Finding the right kind of support at the right time can be critical to your emotional, social and spiritual recovery from cancer. It also can teach you more about the cancer itself and help you make more educated decisions throughout the course of your illness.

The value of support groups

Over the last 25 years, there has been extensive research on the positive effects of support groups as a method of coping with cancer, improving quality of life and, in some studies, even increasing survival. They help reduce the stressors commonly associated with cancer – unwanted aloneness, loss of control and loss of hope. In fact, research conducted at the Cancer Support Community (CSC) has shown that people who participate in quality psychosocial care, including support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs and stress-reduction classes either face-to-face or online, report significant decreases in depression and stress, increased selfconfidence and zest for life, stronger knowledge of their

disease and a new attitude toward their illness. Support groups are not for everyone; nor are they all the same. Many types of groups are available and, at the Cancer Support Community, all are professionally led by licensed therapists or leaders certified in their field. Some groups are disease specific (breast cancer, colorectal cancer, etc), age or gender specific (young adults, men, women) or for patients at a certain stage of cancer. Groups also are available for loved ones and caregivers.

Partners in your recovery The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide have joined together to become the Cancer Support Community – the nation’s largest professionally led network of social and emotional support for cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers. In Atlanta, the organization has had a unique partnership with Northside Hospital for 10 years, extending an already powerful network of cancer care. More newly diagnosed cases of cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside than at any other community hospital in Georgia. CSC-Atlanta hosts many educational, social and therapeutic programs – all of which serve as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment: educational seminars support groups l special support programs for children l gentle exercise classes l art therapy programs l stress reduction programs l other social and educational events l cooking demonstrations – expanding in 2011 l l

Programs are led by licensed therapists and trained professionals who have years of experience in offering encouragement and hope. Everyone whose lives have been touched by a cancer diagnosis, regardless of where they were treated, is welcome to participate at no charge.

Programs are available in Atlanta, Forsyth and Cherokee. For more information, visit October/November 2010

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Notes From Senator Murphy by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Ga 27th District

Get the Most Out of Your Accountant! by Julie Kimball

The primary elections are over, the runoffs are over, and we know who the players will be for the November elections. The results seem almost certain for several commissioners, state representatives, congressmen and senators such as myself in this overwhelmingly Republican district. But, don’t be so certain. Having no opposition makes for a good summer. Many of us only need one vote in November. I am sure I can get that. A race that may not be so easily won is the race for governor, between Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal. Roy Barnes, a tried and true Democrat, has supported the Obama administration from Nancy Pelosi to Harry Reid to President Obama. So I assume he supports the current administration’s policies. The Republican candidate is Nathan Deal, who has represented this area for years in congress and has been a tireless fighter for Lake Lanier. He has fought for immigration reforms, including a constitutional amendment to require that at least one parent be an American citizen for a child born in this country to be declared a citizen. Nathan Deal disclosed 29 years of tax returns and Roy Barnes disclosed 25 years of tax returns. That doesn’t seem to satisfy Mr. Barnes. He wants Congressman Deal to disclose all of his deductions. Mr. Barnes disclosed that he made over $5,000,000 in 2009, while Congressman Deal made considerably less. Who cares what Deal’s deductions were? The IRS is satisfied with Congressman Deal’s return. Why isn’t Mr. Barnes? Surely Mr. Barnes has something better to hang his hat on. Congressman Deal has served our state and our nation with integrity. Surely, if he had something to hide, after all these years he would have a greater net worth.

“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work with us, not over us, stand by our side, nor ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it, foster productivity, not stifle it.” — President Ronald Reagan God bless our great state. Sen. Jack Murphy (R-GA 27th District) may be reached at or (404) 656-7127.


Your accountant can be a very valuable resource for your business. Owners of most small or start-up businesses think they can save money by either keeping their own records or having a family member who is “good with computers” help out. It seems many people think that all the accountant does is input income and expenses into a computer program and then use that information to prepare the tax return. If that is all the information you need, then of course you or a trusted family member should be able to handle that. But, unfortunately, that probably isn’t all you need. Your accountant should have the knowledge to provide you with far more valuable information than just crunching your numbers. As an example, you should be given financial statements, a Balance Sheet and Income Statement, that provide great insights into how your business is doing. Checking your bank balance on your cell phone does not constitute proper cash flow management of your company! The Balance Sheet is a snapshot of how your business is doing at one particular point in time. It indicates your assets, your liabilities and the net worth of your business. The Income Statement is different. Typically, an income statement is produced covering a period of time such as the past month, the past quarter, year to date, or the full year. These statements can be compared with statements from a previous point in time, like the year before, to quickly determine how you are doing this year relative to the previous year. Not only is this valuable information, but your accountant will point out specific areas that are improving, or areas that need a little more focus from you as the business owner. Also, it would be very valuable to know how your business is doing relative to other businesses in the same industry. Is your business growing at a greater rate than others, or slower? Are you carrying a higher amount of inventory as a percentage of sales compared with other businesses? There are several ways an accountant can guide your business in the right direction, or keep you on the right path, if given the chance. Typically, small business consulting and advisory practices are included in the fee you pay the accountant for usual bookkeeping services. With expertise in a more complex tax code, overall financial knowledge, and awareness of changing laws and regulations that affect us all, an accountant can become one of your most trusted and reliable resources. Julie Kimball is a Certified Financial Planner and an Enrolled Agent. She may be reached at (770) 928-8100.

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Community Input Sought for Comprehensive Plan

Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.


Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.


Forsyth County’s Comprehensive Plan serves as a policy guide as decisions are made in relation to growth and land use change. The plan addresses critical issues and opportunities through the incorporation of a shared vision for the community’s future. The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 requires a local government’s comprehensive plan is updated at least once every 10 years. County officials are working on the update in order to meet the state-required adoption deadline of June 30, 2012. A comprehensive plan is a result of public planning processes that involve members of the community who work together to visualize the desired shape and distribution of growth. This part of the plan update is referred to as the Community Agenda, which incorporates the community’s vision for the county and how it will be achieved. Since this component of the comprehensive plan provides guidance for future decisions, it is essential that members of the public participate. County officials are hosting community workshops through 2011 that are designed to let individuals, groups and institutions offer input. Stakeholders are indispensible to the public planning process since they will be affected by the plan’s recommendations. For information on how to participate, visit

Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Never leave cooking equipment unattended. If you must leave the room, even for a short amount of time, turn off the stove.


Never burn paper in a fireplace. The heat generated is far too intense for a residential fireplace.


Keep space heaters at least three feet from people and from items that can burn, such as curtains.


In case of emergency, dial 911.


Explore, Learn and Start an Adventure The Outdoor Division of the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of fall programs that include a treetop canopy walk, canoeing, family hikes and classes for home schoolers. The programs, held at Sawnee Mountain Preserve, require pre-registration. Full program details and an activity registration form can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department page at Online registration is also available. For more information, call (770) 7812217.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and the Forsyth County Fire Department is pleased to provide the following safety tips to help keep you and your family safe. l Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and near each bedroom. Place fire extinguishers in the areas of the kitchen, laundry room, fireplace and garage.


Replace cracked, broken or frayed electrical cords.


Never run extension cords under rugs or carpet.



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Back to the Basics of Fitness

Jump on the Fair Trade Wagon

by Vanessa Butler

by Kristyn Iodice

It’s time to get back into the fitness grove. As a single mom of two and a certified personal trainer, I am very aware of the restraints on time. Finding time each week for exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle.

fitness goals.

The fair trade movement is rapidly growing as people are becoming more familiar with its mission and how it improves living conditions around the world. Fair trade changes the lives of marginalized workers in third world countries, protects children from child labor, and protects our environment by using eco-friendly farming techniques and by creating products from recycled and natural materials.

The three key factors to a healthy lifestyle are nutrition, cardio and weight resistance. Focus on these areas will help you reach your personal

Nutrition plays a huge role in the way we feel about ourselves. Food is often thought of as an indulgence instead of fuel for our bodies. What we put in is what we get out. High blood pressure and obesity are on the rise, and that’s mostly a result of poor eating habits than also can affect our children Little changes in our diet can lead to weight loss, an increase in energy and strength, and increased long term health benefits. The number one tip for healthy eating is to think brown instead of white: brown rice, 100 percent whole wheat grains, and sweet potatoes are excellent choices. Also, fresh fruits and green vegetables give our bodies the right nutrients to function properly. Stay away from processed and fast food as much as possible. Second, watching

portion sizes is also extremely important. Don’t go back for seconds and don’t “supersize” your food. Portions should be the equivalent of the size of your fist. Third, drink plenty of water. It is true that our bodies need the water to flush toxins, replenish our muscles and help us feel full. Drink a glass of water before every meal. Last but not least, make sure to eat every three to four hours, which allows your body to maintain metabolism and blood sugar levels. Never skip breakfast and try not to eat after 7 p.m. Exercise is another key factor in living a healthy lifestyle. Just three hours a week of exercise can reduce your risk of

So, what exactly is fair trade and why should you care about it? The fair trade movement was created to offer artisans and workers living in third world countries a fair wage so that they have the opportunity to rise above poverty. According to Think Fair Trade First! by Ingrid Hess, farmers receive 2 cents for every $3 cup of non fair-trade coffee sold. To become Fair Trade certified, an importer must meet stringent international criteria; paying a minimum price per pound of $1.26, providing much needed credit to farmers, and providing technical assistance such as help transitioning to organic farming. Fair Trade for coffee “Fair Trade for farmers means community coffee farmers development, health, means community education, and environmental stewardship. Through fair development, health, trade, those who would not education, and normally be given employment stewardship.” opportunities, such as women and the handicapped, are given the chance to master a skill and to use that trade to make money and support themselves and their families. Using the profit from their products, many artisan groups provide healthcare and education for their members. How is a fair wage determined? Fair wage is determined by considering the amount of work and skill that go into making a specific product while taking into consideration the price of the raw materials used in its creation. With most fair trade companies, a relationship is fostered between an artisan group and the company. This relationship is extremely important to the success of fair trade, because artisans gain peace of mind knowing that there will be a constant demand for their products and that they will be paid up front at the time of the exchange. Through the fair trade movement, we are given the opportunity to help fight world poverty and change the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves by purchasing their products Kristyn Iodice is a senior at North Georgia College and State University majoring in English with a concentration in Literature. When not in school, you can find her at Ten Thousand Villages at The Avenue Forsyth, a fair trade store.

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Fall Festivals & Events Cumming Country Fair and Festival

Participants will be teamed up with their school mates to compete against other country schools to determine the “2010 Forsyth County Elementary School Track Champion.” Medals are presented to kids placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in an event, plaques to schools placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in overall points, and a plaque to the school with the most participants. T-shirts will be given to the first 500 registrants. Registration will be held on the day of the event from noon to 1 p.m. Fee: $5/child.

Concerts, entertainment, great food, exhibits and games-a great time for the whole family! Visit www. for daily activities and concert schedule. It’s a Georgia tradition!

Trunk or Treat

Dates: Days/Times: Location:

October 7 – 17 Monday – Thursday 4 – 10 p.m. Friday 4 – Midnight Saturday 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday 12:30 – 9 p.m. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival Dates/Times: Location:

October 8 – 9 and 11 – 16, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. October 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hiawassee, GA

This nine-day event features exciting musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Daily music will be performed. Demonstrations will take you back to the Old Ways’ as local folks show how Moonshine was made, along with quilting, soap and hominy making, blacksmith shop and more. The Pioneer Village is a replica of an era gone by. The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival was chosen as a “Top 20 Event “ by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information, call (706) 896-4191 or visit www.

Future Olympian Track Competition Date: Time: Location:

Sunday, October 10 1 – 5 p.m. Forsyth Central High School Track, 520 Tribble Gap Road

This annual event is open to girls and boys K-5.

Date: Time: Location:

Saturday, October 23 6 – 9 p.m. Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road

Bring the whole family and have fun learning how to stay safe during the Halloween season. There will be youth self defense demos, stranger danger and traffic safety information. In addition, there’ll be candy, face painting, tattoos, and a contest for the best carved pumpkin! Carve your pumpkins at home and bring them ready to be judged. All ages are welcome. No admission fee but canned goods, clothing, and toys for Aerial’s House are welcomed. Bring your own candy sack and load it up on candy.

Christmas in Central Park Art and Holiday Event Dates: Times: Location:

November 19 – 20 Friday 2 – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road

Stroll through the park and take a look at the unique crafts and items featured by more than 120 vendors. Santa will be on hand if you’d like to take a picture with him. Visit the Sugar Plum and enjoy fun, family entertainment. This event is presented by the Sawnee Artists Association. For more information visit www.

Santa’s Calling

Date: December 13 – 14 Time: TBA Santa has set aside two special evenings to call children ages 3-10 and listed to their personal Christmas wishes. Registration forms are available at Central Park and Sharon Springs Park on online at For more information call (770) 781-2215. Complete forms must be received by December 10. Spots fill up quickly; best to call early. This is a telephone call only not a Social Service gift request.


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Doctor, Why Do My Feet Feel Like This? by John C. Thomas, DC As a chiropractor, most people come to me for the usual neck or back pain, or headaches. However, more and more of my patients are complaining of symptoms in their feet that include tingling, numbness, burning, sharp electric pain in their hands and/or feet; pain with walking, and restless legs with sleep. These symptoms describe Peripheral Neuropathy, which affects more than 10 million Americans. Most people are unaware of what causes these symptoms and, more importantly, what treatment to seek. Some people have ignored the symptoms for too long, which make treatment success more difficult. There are many causes of Peripheral Neuropathy, but the most common fall into one of three categories or combination of the categories. 1. Metabolic — The main cause of metabolic neuropathy symptoms is diabetes. The disease affects the nervous system when too much glucose clogs the capillaries in the legs and feet, preventing the nerves from receiving the adequate oxygen and nutrients they need to function. Over time, the result is tingling, numbness, or burning. 2. Mechanical — A mechanical cause of neuropathic pain is due to nerve compression from a degenerative or herniated disc. These patients have back or sciatic pain, or have had back surgery, and develop the symptoms of neuropathy in their legs and feet. If diagnosed early enough, relief can be obtained by finding the area of compression and releasing it. 3. Chemical — Chemical induced neuropathies are caused by prescription drugs such as statins used to lower cholesterol, environmental toxins, or chemotherapy medicines. To prevent peripheral neuropathies from developing it is vital to support the nerves with the proper supplementation during or shortly after the transition out of chemotherapy. This will lessen the likelihood of developing peripheral neuropathy symptoms. If for any reason you have symptoms of numbness, tingling, or burning in the hands or feet, see your doctor. You should not ignore these warning signs. l Get chiropractic care for a bad back. l Have your blood sugar checked to rule out diabetes. l If you take cholesterol medication look, for alternatives such as proper diet and supplementation to lower cholesterol naturally. If you find the cause early and receive the proper treatment, your feet will function for a lifetime. If you already have these symptoms, there is hope for relief. Dr. John C. Thomas is the clinical director of Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Cumming. He is a proud member of the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America. He can be reached at (678) 456-9122. October/November 2010

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Livin’ La Vida LocaL What Will Be Your Pièce de Résistance? by Shelly Kent For this month’s Livin’ La Vida Local, I was looking for a personal sanctuary as well as a place to knock out my holiday list (because as you’ve probably surmised by now, I’m no fan of shopping). I stumbled across a delectable local spot that gets a thumbsup in the gift-purchasing department: The Chocolaterie in The Avenues – Forsyth. Shop owners and chocolatiers Mike and Elizabeth Ashworth drew me in with their infectious enthusiasm. If you’ve ever observed parents beaming at their son after he scores the winning touchdown, you’ll have a glimpse into the delight Mike and Elizabeth show over their truffles. More than 120 varieties are on display, and they are b-ea-u-t-i-f-u-l.

The Chocolaterie Behind Chico’s at The Avenues-Forsyth (678) 513-2700

It only makes sense that he was an engineer and artist, and she a chef and designer. It’s obvious they’ve melded their technical, artistic, and culinary backgrounds into a talent like none other.

The hand-crafted, hand-painted artisan truffles glisten with the depth, sheen, and colorful swirls of highly polished marbles. It’s a bit of an internal conflict to bite into a piece so beautiful, but one taste erases any concern for preserving its beauty. The truffles cover a spectrum of flavors, including Caramel Apple, Gingerbread, Cranberry Apple Pecan, Figgy Pudding (I know, you don’t hear that very often, but you’re singing it in your head right now, aren’t you?), Hot Chocolate Habanero, Spiced Pear, Tahitian Cara-Mellow™ and — doesn’t this sound interesting — Sunday Brunch truffle with dark chocolate, pancakes, maple syrup, and bacon. But the pièce de résistance for me is the Caramel de Mer, or sea salt caramel. Its hand-painted shell is crafted to look like ocean waves along the sand and the taste strikes a perfect balance of sweet and salty. I’ve tried to re-create a similar flavor in my own dessert-making attempts, but nothing compares to this delicacy. And certainly my heaps of chocolate more closely resemble a pile rather than a treasure that should be on exhibition in the Louvre. After one glimpse, you’ll wonder, “How’d they do that?” And after one taste, you’ll ask yourself the same question again! The Chocolaterie truffles truly are little treasures. Shelly Kent is a North Atlanta-based writer and can be reached at 22

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It’s About Time for a Holiday! by Nancy Johnson This month begins the holiday season. Yes, I happily include Halloween. This may be a bit of a stretch for some of us – “holiday” literally means “holy day” – but a closer look at history will give some insight as to why this label works. The celebration that has come to be known as Halloween began before the Common Era by the ancient Celtic people of north Europe and the British Islands. A feast was held at the onset of winter when the harvest had been brought in. This festival was called Samhain. It was believed that on this night, spirits of other realms would roam the earth. Ancestors long past would visit the living and the living would welcome them with favorite foods and wine – fare for ghosts weary from their travels in the world beyond. Masks and costumes were also worn to frighten away the evil spirits that came along with the good, leading to our costume tradition today. When the Christian Church sought to convert the Celts, they established new traditions with the intention of replacing the practices of Samhain. All Saints Day was celebrated on November 1, then All Souls Day on November 2. These were also remembrances of important people who had left this life. All Hallows Eve (“Hallow” meaning “Saint”) on October 31 eventually was shortened to Halloween. The Mexican Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, came from an Aztec celebration which similarly sought to honor and connect with departed loved ones. Of course, little of this comes to mind when I am putting my daughter in a Tinkerbell costume to wander the neighborhood for Skittles. Much of our fun is far removed from its origins (and frankly, all this talk of death can be a bit off-putting.) But while Halloween seems completely unlike its later cousins, Thanksgiving and Christmas, even the otherworldly traditions of this holiday are just eccentric ways of doing what holidays do in general. They remind us of the bonds that connect us and encourage us to make those ties stronger. Whether we celebrate over a cooked turkey, around an evergreen, or by sharing M&M’s savored through vampire teeth, our holidays are more than just parties. They teach us the sacredness of relationships we share. By means of fancy food and decorations, party games and personal traditions, we remember those we love most, those who have had the greatest impact on our lives. Whether those dear ones are with us now or living on in our memory, they are an important part of who we are. Our special days remind us to embrace them in all seasons. If you honor your dearest kin — and friendships — regardless of whether you are singing carols or trolling for candy, you have truly captured the meaning of the holiday. Nancy is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. She can be reached at

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The Allure of Style –

The Creativity of Design

Jyl and Jason Craven

the ultramodern design as you are greeted by one of the welcoming front desk coordinators.


eauty is in the eye of the beholder. People find different things beautiful and the differences of opinion don’t matter greatly; but one thing that many agree on is finding the right hairstyle that makes a person look and feel their best. Since 1999, Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio has been helping women, and men, find that perfect hairstyle to suit their needs, complement their personality and enhance their beauty. From the contemporary setting to the upscale comfort, Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio combines cutting edge fashion with unrivaled color technology to bring you a hair salon like no other. As soon as you walk into the studio, you are captivated by 24

Owners Jyl and Jason Craven have put together a team of hair care professionals that are second to none. Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio is one of a few salons across the United States to have been hand selected as a L’Oreal Professional elite color center. The stunning color center enables the design team to give an extensive hair color consultation while utilizing a variety of hair color swatches to identify a hair color ideal for you.

No stranger to the industry

One could say Jyl’s passion for hair styling is in her genes. Her great- grandmother owned a salon during the Great Depression called Bertha’s Beauty Salon. When Bertha’s clients were unable to afford hair services, she graciously did them at no cost. Jyl’s grandfather, Stanley AroundAbout — cumming

Elkins, also worked as a hairdresser for many years. Another uncle, Joseph Sanzio currently owns a hair salon in New Jersey. “Hair is something I was definitely born to do. I am excited to continue the family tradition here at the salon. We not only treat our clients like family, but our design team is extremely close. We all enjoy being together in a work environment and even doing things together outside of work,” Jyl commented.

The best services by experts in the field

This unique salon works on a level system that ranges from a designer to an artistic master designer. Each status is based upon how many years of experience and education that an individual stylist may have. Every design team member receives the same training, and the salon offers a stylist for every budget. “We feel incredibly grateful that our staff has remained dependable and consistent over the years. Our turnover rate is very low which benefits the clients tremendously,” Jyl expressed. “We are very passionate October/November 2010

about what we do. We just love it! We can focus 100 percent of our attention on making our client’s look and feel beautiful.” Education is a top priority for this salon and their design team. Jyl attributes the ongoing education to the salon’s continued success. “Education is of the utmost importance at our salon,” Jyl added. “We have L’Oreal Professional educators on our team who educate not only our staff, but other salons in Atlanta and surrounding states. We have weekly education classes for our assistants as well as monthly and quarterly training sessions for our entire staff. Twice a year, we bring in an international platform artist to instruct our staff on the most current fashions involving the latest cutting and coloring techniques.” The Jyl Craven design team’s educational experiences involve classes taught across the nation.

What makes the studio a cut above the rest?

Dianne Purvis of Cumming has been a regular client of Jyl Craven Hair Colour

I care about the professionalism that I receive every time I come to the salon.” The salon offers luxurious services truly beyond compare, including the comfortable and relaxing Kerastase Ritual, a 15 minute scalp and neck massage along with getting a customized treatment suited for your hair type. “All clients who receive a shampoo before any service will be treated to a complementary scalp massage, along with a beverage of choice,” explained Jyl.

Discover the hair color of the future — today

Gone are the days of odor and ammonia filled hair color. Welcome INOA, L`Oreal Professional’s Innovation No Ammonia hair color. INOA is an odorless, ammoniafree permanent hair color that delivers the performance of traditional hair color applications but with less scalp discomfort and better protection of the natural protective layer of the hair. INOA preserves and restores the integrity of the hairs natural protective layer after 1 to 5 applications. “INOA is ideal for someone who is currently coloring their hair but prefers a method that offers optimal scalp comfort, a smoother finish to the hair fiber and an exceptionally even color application from the scalp to the end,” explained Jyl. INOA is available in only five hair studios in the State of Georgia. “We are proud to be among the five.”

The end of bad hair days

Studio since 2006. “The salon is easy to find. I wouldn’t consider traveling to any other salon,” she stated when asked her thoughts on the salon. “The distance is irrelevant when considering the services; October/November 2010

In addition to precision cutting and hair color, Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio offers the exclusive Brazilian Keratin treatments, Human hair extensions, texture waves, and special occasion up-dos. The salon also offers make up applications and detailed lessons which show how to apply and select colors to better enhance your complexion. Bridal packages are available as well.

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Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio 7970 Knox Bridge Highway (Highway 20) Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-9411 Keratin Treatment,” Jyl explained. Clients can choose from: • One Day Brazilian Daily Treatment, great for one time use, night out and parties. • Brazilian Express Blowout, which lasts up to 30 days. • Brazilian Keratin Treatment, lasting up to three months. “The length of time the treatment lasts in the hair is estimated. Keratin products must be used with the treatments in order to receive the maximum benefit,” Jyl added. “I was skeptical at first but decided to try the Brazilian Express Blowout,” commented Kate Parker, a client since 1999. “My curly hair was getting unruly but I was afraid I’d lose all the body in my hair if I did the Brazilian Treatment. I was wrong.” Kate’s hair is healthier and more manageable now than before the treatment. “It’s the best thing I could have done for my hair.” Ready for a change of pace or a new look? Perhaps it’s time you make an appointment at Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio for a complementary consultation! To learn more about the salon, staff, and services visit their website at 25


Eyewear and Eye Care for Teens by Mira Kalman Sivan, OD COVD Many kids start needing prescription eyewear in their teens, mainly because this is a prime time for the development of nearsightedness. Take a look at the diet and nutrition tips to promote healthy vision now and later, as well as eyewear and care for teens. It’s never too early.

Contact Lenses Did you know that certain contacts may slow nearsightedness in teens? Really. You can find out which type of contact lenses would suit you best, whether you have astigmatism, participate in sports, or have a busy schedule.

Eyeglasses If they’re ugly, you conveniently forget to wear them. You know it would be better to get some great-looking frames, but maybe you don’t know where to start. Your eye care specialist can help you find frames that will make you look and feel your best.


Until you reach your 20s, your eyes let in way more


damaging light than older eyes. Ultraviolet light is the main culprit; the primary sources are the sun, reflected sunlight (especially from water, sand and snow) and tanning lamps. Some eye specialists are also concerned about blue light, another part of sunlight.

Sports Eyewear Protective sports eyewear is available to help you excel in your sport and avoid sports-related eye injuries.

Good Nutrition for Your Eyes What’s the scoop on carrots? Is it just an old wives’ tale that they’re good for your eyes? Unfortunately, no, but lots of other foods are great for your eyes as well. Tea, citrus fruits, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, legumes, soy products, eggs, butter, milk, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and a wide range of other items can provide your eyes with the nutrition they need. The best way to obtain the most nutrients is through a healthy diet, including at least two servings of fish per week and plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. Dr. Mira Kalman Sivan is an optometrist located at Vickery Village in Cumming, She may be reached at 678-648-5185.

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Are Some People More Cavity-Prone? by Sherry Jordan, D.M.D. Some people are more prone to getting cavities, and there are many factors involved, including poor oral hygiene, medications that cause dry mouth, decreased saliva flow, diet and frequent snacking. If you are prone to getting cavities, visit your dentist to try to figure out the root of the problem and make a plan to change the acidity of your mouth. Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. Brush twice a day. Invest in a Sonicare electric rechargeable toothbrush with a two-minute timer. This technologically advanced toothbrush, available for adults and children, does a much better job at removing plaque than you can with your manual toothbrush.

“Sealants can 2. Floss daily. The toothbrush last for many cannot reach between your teeth. If you are only brushing, you are years if properly leaving 30% of your teeth covered maintained.” with bacteria. Flossing helps to prevent cavities between your teeth and keeps your gums healthy. Unhealthy gums contribute to heart disease, which makes you twice as likely to have a heart attack. Healthy gums do not bleed. A little bleeding is not okay and should be evaluated. 3. Prescription toothpaste. Ask your dentist about prescription toothpaste with more fluoride than what you can buy over the counter. Recaldent is another ingredient in prescription toothpaste that helps to re-mineralize areas starting to form cavities. 4. Ask for fluoride treatment at dentist. Most insurance companies do not cover a fluoride treatment after you turn 18. You will usually have to ask your dentist for it and pay out of pocket. 5. Sealants. Seal the deepest grooves of the back teeth, the most susceptible to decay, with a plastic coating. 6. Consider a night guard. Many people are unaware that they clench or grind their teeth at night while sleeping. This habit will cause your teeth to chip or wear down, making them more prone to cavities. Your dentist can make a night guard appliance to wear while sleeping. 7. Evaluate your diet. Many foods and drinks high in sugar include sodas and carbonated drinks, sports drinks, sweetened continued on page 43 October/November 2010

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Striving for a Great Mind By Christine Roberts

Cultivating the Gratitude Attitude by Maria I. Morgan

I was invited to a party where I didn’t know the people well. While introducing myself and meeting new people, I heard the beginning of an interesting discussion. The conversation went abruptly from ordinary small talk to personal where “friends” not present were being discussed. Nothing horrible was said but a lot of the comments weren’t very complimentary. Okay, let’s call it by its name; this was a gossip fest. Then to my own horror, even though I did not know the persons of interest, I was tempted to add my two cents so I could fit in. This prompted me to ask myself a few questions, you know that internal dialog that we all have? l First, is this right? Should this conversation be taking place?

If I weren’t here, what would be said about me? l


How can I change the subject?

“We have all been guilty of gossiping at some level and sometimes it’s like a drug. . .”

This experience left me with an uneasy feeling. Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Or are you the one initiating the comments? We all have been guilty of gossiping at some level and sometimes it’s like a drug and we just can’t stop ourselves! There’s a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that sticks in my mind whenever this temptation comes over me: “Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, small minds talk about people.” I don’t know about you, but striving for a great mind or at least an average mind is where I want to be. As enticing as it is to gossip and at the moment seems fulfilling, at the end of the day we never really feel good about it. So when that gossip drug starts sucking you in, just listen to that little voice inside your head saying… strive for a great mind, strive for a great mind… Just think how much better the world, or at least our communities, would be if we focused our energy on IDEAS. Christine Roberts is a volunteer at Jesse’s House, (www.jesseshouse. org), a nonprofit organization that works with state agencies to provide a safe haven and long-term care for girls age 7-17 who are confirmed victims of abuse. To volunteer, e-mail: Christine can be reached for speaking engagements at cmroberts10@


There’s a certain crispness in the air that can’t be mistaken. The absence of humidity giving way to clearer skies attests to the change of seasons. Foliage in various shades of yellow, orange, and crimson herald the arrival of fall. This season will be quite different from the ones my family and I have enjoyed in the past. Our only child is away at college, leaving our home unusually quiet. Memories of our annual trip to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, and the local corn mazes, bring a smile to my face. As my husband and I adjust to different routines and create new memories as a couple, I realize that while change is never easy, it can be rewarding. So much is determined by my attitude. Stop for a moment and analyze your thoughts. Are there more negative thoughts than positive ones? Fall may prove to be a great time for you to cultivate the soil of your “. . . I realize that while mind. By definition, cultivating the ground change is never easy, it includes improving and can be rewarding.” preparing the soil to nurture the seeds that are planted. Positive, God-honoring thoughts take the focus off self and place it on our Heavenly Father and others. Ready to test your thoughts? Look over the following list of things the Bible tells us to think on, and see how your thoughts measure up: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8; KVJ). I can’t speak for you, but I know the soil of my mind could use some cultivation! The first step is to be willing to identify and eliminate wrong thoughts. Realizing the power of God’s Word and using it to take thoughts captive is crucial. Choosing to praise God continually is transforming. Why celebrate Thanksgiving just once a year? With an attitude of gratitude, you can celebrate all year long! Maria Morgan is a freelance writer and a Cumming resident. Visit her on the web at

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Preparing to Donate Blood Blood donations are lifesavers. Be prepared before you give. Follow the tips below and help the American Red Cross. Every single donation brings hope. •

Get a good night’s sleep.

Have a good breakfast or lunch.

Drink extra water and fluids to replace the volume you will donate (avoid tea, coffee, or other beverages with caffeine).

Eat iron-rich foods - red meat, fish, poultry or liver, beans, iron-fortified cereals, raisins, and prunes.

Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries, or ice cream before donating. Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fatty materials - lipids - that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods. When this occurs and required testing cannot be performed, the blood may need to be discarded.

Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.

New Releases by Local Authors Portia Polar Bear’s Birthday Wish by Margie Carroll

Featuring photography from National Geographic award winning photographer Daniel J. Cox, Carroll’s new book introduces children of all ages to Portia Polar Bear. Portia enjoys a beautiful expansive homeland, friends, and freedom. But thanks to a regrettable bit of information from Fiona Fox, she begins a mission of discovery and ends up realizing that sometimes we worry for nothing. This photographic book encompasses a beautiful story by Carroll set to the exquisite photography of Cox. Available at bookstores and online ( and

Darling the Curly Tailed Reindoe by Cheryl Campbell

Children and adults alike will fall in love with this adorable little reindoe who lives at the North Pole. Darling wants to be just like all the other reindeer and reindoes in her village, but she is different because her tail has a curl. And Darling discovers that being different isn’t much fun. That is until her wise Uncle Don decides that Darling’s curly tail needs a pail and then Darling becomes a favorite among the reindeer, reindoes, elves and even Mrs.Claus. Available online at

The High Road Has Less Traffic By Monique Honaman

Enjoy a candid and sometimes funny look at the journey that is divorce. Monique shares her personal journey, prepares you for the unexpected hazards, and explains the realization that taking the “high road” can be the most self-fulfilling and productive “exit strategy” to follow for the good of all involved, especially children. Humorous, inspirational and always poignant, the book is written straight from the heart. Available online at 30

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The Cumming Fairgrounds by Matt Coutu Did you know that the fairgrounds are 15 years old? Neither did I until I talked to Mr. Dave Horton, the Fairgrounds director. The 40- acres served as a sewer water pond for the old Water Distribution Plant, before being turned into the fairgrounds. Construction began in April of 1995, and was completed in October. The first 10-day fair was held in 1997. If you didn’t know, it’s quite an accomplishment for fairgrounds to hold a 10-day event that early, according to Mr. Horton. Usually, they have three or four day fairs, until they are at least five years old. If you haven’t had the chance to see the fairgrounds when there isn’t an event going on, you really should. There are a lot of things to do there besides the typical fair carnival rides, eat funnel cakes, and play games. There’s the colonial village, which sits on top of the hill near the amphitheatre. The village features a cottage, a schoolhouse, and a small Baptist church. They were all occupied at one point! Near the road is the Quarter Midget race track. If you come at the right time, you might see go-kart drivers in action around on it. NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte got his start in racing when he was a kid, tearing up quarter midget tracks in and around his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1977, long before Jeff Gordon became a four-time NASCAR champion, Gordon stepped behind the wheel of his first quarter midget at the urging of his stepfather, John Bickford. Then, if you make your way toward the other end, you will see

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the vintage tractors donated by local families. There are some from the late 1800s in impeccable condition. If you walk past the tractors and down the slope across the covered bridge, you will find the Native American Village. To be honest, I didn’t even know it existed until I decided to go exploring after my interview with Mr. Horton. You will see a wigwam and a meeting hall. Also in the area are two cabins that you are able to go inside when the fair is in session. I even heard that during this year’s fair (October 7 – 17), there will be a live buffalo in the “If you haven’t had Indian Village.

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Do you remember seeing the fairgrounds elephants at the fair last year? when there isn’t This year, there will be a bear an event going on, show instead! Because Mr. you really should .” Horton tries to have fresh, new attractions, he never schedules acts more than three years in a row. This year’s fair also will feature a tropical bird show and a chainsaw artist. The Ferris wheel will be back. If you didn’t know, this wheel is much more than meets the eye! You’ve been riding it all these years, but did you know that Elvis also rode it 48 years ago at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair? It is also the world’s biggest portable Ferris wheel, standing at a height of 100 feet. When you’re at the fair this year, remember to explore! You never know what you will find. There’s much more to the fair than just cotton candy and bumper cars. Matt Coutu is a resident of Cumming. He is a student at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs and an aspiring journalist.

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An Alaska Adventure: Cruises & Cruise Tours

Being The ‘What’ We Want Our Children To Be

by Michael Consoli

by Monique Honaman

Visiting Alaska can make for a very exciting vacation. Cruising or taking a cruise tour (the combination a cruise and land tour) in Alaska can be even MORE exciting, because the stress of where to go and how to get there is taken out of the equation, leaving you to enjoy doing whatever you want to do when you get there.

Divorce seems to have reached epidemic proportions. Statistics tell us that the divorce rate is actually lower than it has been in recent years, but it seems to me that the rate is increasing. I look around my neighborhood, my circle of friends, my kid’s sports teams, and it’s hard to miss finding someone who is in the midst of a separation or divorce. What impact is this having on our children?

Alaska is a great vacation destination because it appeals to all types of people, regardless of age:

Couples: Alaska is perfect for couples looking to relax and enjoy scenery. There is nothing like viewing Alaska wildlife from a domed rail car and then experiencing its coastline from a luxury cruise ship.

Adventure Seekers: Alaska has a lot to offer adventure seekers

in its glaciers, fishing and wildlife. You can kayak, hike, travel by helicopter to a glacier and even learn to dogsled.

Families: Alaska can be an educational experience for families who learn about Alaska from state park naturalists and park rangers. Obviously, trips to Alaska are exciting adventures for many reasons. Planning, however, can be a daunting task. This is why a good travel agent can be an invaluable tool for helping you the plan the BEST Alaska vacation! Best of all, you won’t pay a penny for the services and expertise of a good travel agent. When planning an Alaska cruise or cruise tour, there are many options to consider. Should you travel northbound or southbound? How much time should you spend on land and how much should be traveled by ship? What parts of Alaska will you want to see? What parts should you travel by motor coach or rail? These are just some of important questions that will help shape your Alaska vacation and where expert guidance is important. Learn what Alaska has to offer and how to maximize your options and your vacation dollar at our On Stage Alaska Event! Join us for this FREE informative and entertaining seminar. Saturday, November 6 at 11 a.m. Embassy Suites North Point Mall 5955 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta GA RSVP: (770) 650-7667 Participants will receive complimentary planning materials and advice as well as an exclusive savings offer from cruise planners and Holland America Line. We hope to see you there! Michael Consoli, ECC, may be reached at (770) 650-7667. www. 32

Studies have shown it’s not the divorce itself that negatively affects children, but rather the parents fighting that takes place before, during and after the divorce. It’s the parents’ inability to successfully co-parent and “share” the children successfully. “What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become.” – Anonymous If you believe in this concept, then you know the importance of being a good role model for your children. If you are facing a divorce, trust me, telling the kids will be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. Ever. Hopefully this advice will help you to be the role model your children deserve. Talk with your spouse before you tell the kids about the divorce. For the sake of your children, put aside the hurt and anger you may be feeling, so that you can make decisions together about the details you will need to tell your children. Deliver the message jointly to the kids. This sends an important message to your kids that you are both capable of working together for their benefit and that you will both continue to be their parents in the future. Remain calm and avoid blaming, yelling or getting angry at the other. Kids hate to see their parents fight in normal situations, let alone when this kind of news is being shared. The manner in which you present this news to your kids will affect the degree of their anxiety. Provide general reasons for what is happening. It is often not important, nor even appropriate, to share the details of why the divorce is occurring. Instead, provide a high-level message that is age appropriate. Be prepared to provide specific details about the changes your kids can expect. You won’t necessarily have all the answers, but try to have as many answers as possible to give a sense of

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Saving Money on Your Holiday Décor

Personal Safety During the Holidays

by Valerie Donta Young

by Mark Young

Are you one of those people who like to decorate for every holiday? If so, you are in the minority. Most of us don’t even like to decorate for Christmas because we don’t think we could make it look as pretty as a picture. If money is no object, and you want the “look,” contract a designer to do the work for you! However, in keeping with the topic… Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. IF you are going to decorate your home for either or both of these occasions, your planning should start immediately. If you already own your decorations, you are one step ahead. If you have to purchase items to either supplement or replace what you own, the time is now. Selections will be getting very slim if you wait until the week or even the month before the big day. As an interior designer, I would advise you to decide what colors or theme you are trying to achieve. Then make lists of the items you will need to get to that look. If you see a photo in a magazine you like, take it with you when you go shopping. Some of the shops in Cumming are very upscale and have impressive decorations, and others are more budget friendly. Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to put together that look. You don’t have to buy hand-blown glass ornaments; you can substitute with plastic ones, and unless someone touches the ornament, no one will ever know! As a rule, I would implore you that IF you have small children or pets, to totally stay away from glass ornaments, even on table decorations. Something else to consider is using items you already own by changing the color with a simple can of spray paint. I can’t tell you how many different times my personal decorations have changed colors over the years. It saves you hundreds of dollars by reusing what you already own and making it into something that looks new and fresh. Happy Decorating! Valerie Young, aka “the Frugal Designer,” is a resident of Cumming. She may be reached at (770) 844-6337. 34

The malls soon will be decorated to the max with bright colorful dazzling lights. Shops will be filled with special gifts for that special person, as well as crowds of people bustling to and fro: it’s the holiday spirit. However, there also will be folks who find joy in helping you decrease the number of packages you have to wrap. Yup, these people linger in the shadows, parking lots, the aisles of stores, and restrooms, watching and waiting. You are the prey and they are the hunters. Their philosophy is, “What’s yours is mine.” Let’s turn the tables on these low-life predators with these two simple, yet effective practices this holiday season. 1. Be sure to lock your purchases in the trunk of your car, or underneath a cover in the cargo area. There is a reason you have a trunk in your car. You can lock it and the bad guys can’t see in. It’s so logical, yet most of us put our packages in the back seat, you know, next to the car windows. Oh, you say, I have an SUV or a van. Okay, 75 percent of us remove the sliding cover found in the cargo area and somehow forget it put it back in. Yes, yours truly is guilty of this also. SUVs and vans have BIG windows. The better to see your purchases, my dear. Take time this season to conceal your gifts from potential thieves. 2. If you’re making a purchase with a credit card, never let the salesperson out of your sight with your credit card. Here’s the danger. That very nice sales person who is assisting you with your purchase asks you for your card, and even asks to see your I.D. Wow, someone who cares about identity theft. They smile sweetly and tell you, “I have to go to the other register, mine is down right now. I’ll be right back.” Off they go, and once out of your sight, they will make an imprint of your card and the security code on the back. Time for them to go shopping online, with your money. Following these two tips will make your holiday season brighter. I wish for all of you, a blessed and very safe holiday. Mark Young is a security consultant specializing in all forms of physical security infrastructure issues. He may be reached at (210) 872-8512.

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Schools & Sports

Go Figure: Math and Science Pave the Way for Life Success by Kathy Martin If the sight of an algebraic equation or a chalkboard full of fractions makes your children want to run for their lives, they’re not alone. Regardless of how smart or hardworking they are, many students struggle mightily with mathematics. Yet they’re going to have to master a good bit of it once they reach middle school and even more if they want to graduate and go to college. You should also keep in mind that mathematic skills are vital for success in many of today’s most interesting – and lucrative – careers. One of the first steps on the path to improvement is to understand what’s expected of your child. Most states and school districts have a set standard for the level of mathematics that every public school student should know and be able to do by each grade. You can usually find this information by going to the website for your child’s school district or your state department of education. Because education policies are developed at the local level, there will be differences from state to state. Many states take their cue from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), which has developed national standards that can be adopted at the state and district level. Here are some highlights of what your child should be learning at each level of K-12 schooling, based on NCTM recommendations. In pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade, students are developing the foundation for future learning, so it’s important to focus on the basics right away. According to the NCTM, children should understand whole numbers and commonly used fractions such as 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2. They should also be able to recognize, name, build, draw, compare and sort two and three-dimensional shapes. By the second grade, they should also be able to sort and classify objects by size, recognize two and three-dimensional shapes and understand the attributes of length, weight, volume, area and time. From the 3rd to 5th grade, students should develop a solid understanding of fractions, decimals and percents. They should also be able to represent and compare whole numbers and decimals. They should be assembling the building blocks of algebra by analyzing patterns and functions, and be preparing for advanced geometry studies by being able to classify two and three-dimensional shapes according to their properties. They should also be exploring numbers less than 0 and be able to carry out conversions, such as from centimeters to meters. 36

Grades 6 through 8 are important for both psychological and mathematical reasons. During these middle school years, students are developing firm conclusions about their abilities and limitations. Children who adopt the attitude that “I’m just not good at math” will find this to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, while those who make steady progress develop the confidence that’s vital for higher-level work. This means being able to use fundamental algebraic and geometric concepts to solve problems, understanding ratios, proportions, prime numbers, and exponents and – according to the NCTM – being able to “create and critique inductive and deductive arguments concerning congruence, similarity and the Pythagorean relationship.” During the 9th through 12th grades, students will face their greatest mathematics challenges. By the 12th grade, a student must be able to solve problems using algebra, geometry, statistics, probability and discrete mathematics. This means being able to understand and use formulas to determine the area and volume of geometric figures, understanding the characteristics of well-designed studies such as those used in surveys and experiments, and understanding how to use Cartesian coordinates and other coordinate systems. In order to do all of this — and much more as recommended by the NCTM—a typical student will need to have done well in both basic and advanced courses in algebra and geometry. In many states, public school students also will be tested in these courses on exams that they must take to graduate. If your child is struggling to reach these basic levels, you need to get extra help right away. Begin by talking with your child’s teachers and ask for an honest assessment of any obstacles that may be getting in the way of success. Does your child pay close attention in class? Are homework assignments being completed satisfactorily? Or is the problem rooted in inadequate preparation in earlier grades? Keep in mind that doing well in mathematics – or most any subject – is a lot like building a house. Your child will need a solid foundation in basic computation skills and a basic understanding of numbers and shapes, followed by a framework of skills and knowledge to support the challenging and rigorous work that will cap his or her high school career. If the footings are shaky, they need to be shored up as soon as possible. Most schools offer special help to struggling students, and most teachers will be happy to help your child access this extra support once you make your concerns known. With a positive outlook and a concerted focus on addressing problem areas, every child can find the winning formula for success. Kathy Martin is the Executive Director of the Huntington Learning Center located on Bethelview Road in Cumming. For more information on how your child can do better in math, call the center directly at (770) 292-8994.

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School Information

Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 887-4584 Principal: Sherri Black

Elementary Schools

Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-6670 Principal: Todd Smith

Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive, (678) 965-5060 Principal: Kathie Braswell kbraswell@forsyth.k12,

Sawnee Elementary 1616 Canton Highway, (770) 887-6161 Principal: Dr. Eileen Nix

Chattahoochee Elementary 2800 Holtzclaw Road, (770) 781-2240 Principal: Dave Culpepper

Settles Bridge Elementary 600 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (770) 887-1883 Principal: Donna Morris

Chestatee Elementary 6945 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville (770) 887-2341 Principal: Rebecca G. Johnson Coal Mountain Elementary 3455 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 887-7705 Principal: Debbie Smith

Sharon Elementary 3595 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (770) 888-7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett Shiloh Point Elementary 8145 Majors Road, (678) 341-6481 Principal: Sharon Ericson

North Forsyth Middle 3645 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 889-0743 Principal: Jeff Hunt Otwell Middle 605 Tribble Gap Road, (770) 887-5248 Principal: Steve Miller Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road, (678) 965-5010 Principal: Terri North Riverwatch Middle 610 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (678) 455-7311 Principal: Kathy Carpenter South Forsyth Middle 2865 Old Atlanta Road, (770) 888-3170 Principal: Sandy Tinsley Vickery Creek Middle 6240 Post Road, (770) 667-2580 Principal: Kathy Rohacek

Cumming Elementary 540 Dahlonega Street, (770) 887-7749 Principal: Pam Pajerski

Sliver City Elementary 6200 Dahlonega Highway, (678) 965-5020 Principal: Kristan Morse

Daves Creek Elementary 3740 Melody Mizer Lane, (770) 888-1223 Principal: Eric Ashton

Vickery Creek Elementary 6280 Post Road, (770) 346-0040 Principal: Ron McAllister

Haw Creek Elementary 2555 Echols Road, (678) 965-5070 Principal: Dr. Amy Davis

Whitlow Elementary 3655 Castleberry Road, (678) 965-5090 Principal: Lynne Castleberry

Johns Creek Elementary 6205 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 965-5041 Principal: Alyssa Degliumberto

Middle Schools

Lakeside Middle 2565 Echols Road, (678) 965-5080 Principal: Debbie Sarver

North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 781-6637 Principal: Beth Hebert

Mashburn Elementary 3777 Samples Road, (770) 889-1630 Principal: Tracey Smith

Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road, (770) 781-4889 Principal: Connie Stovall

South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 781-2264 Principal: Dr. Jason Branch

Matt Elementary 7455 Wallace Tatum Road, (678) 455-4500 Principal: Charlley Stalder

Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road, (678) 965-5000 Principal: Connie McCrary

West Forsyth High 4155 Drew Road, (770) 888-3470 Principal: Richard Gill


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High Schools

Forsyth Central High 520 Tribble Gap Road, (770) 887-8151 Principal: Rudy Hampton Lambert High School 805 Nichols Road, (678) 965-5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison

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Autism Talk: I Think My Child May Have Autism. What Do I Do? by Chuck Pugh You’ve read the magazine articles and seen the TV documentaries about autism. You’ve noticed that your child displays some of the behaviors associated with autism, but you’ve been in denial for several months now. He’s still non-verbal, avoids eye contact, fixates on repetitive behaviors, and has major melt-downs when his normal routine changes or when he’s surprised by noises or unexpected touches. You know you need to do something, but what do you do? Step One: Do your homework. Several organizations offer information and advice for parents. l Autism Speaks,, is a national organization that offers a web resource called the Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit, which has more than 80 pages of downloadable information and resources to guide and inform you during the first 100 days of your journey. l Autism Society of America, and, has a Georgia chapter and local training courses. l Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), www.talkaboutcuring, is another national organization with Georgia chapters and a website with useful information, including a guide called TACA’s Autism Journey Blueprints. Step Two: Get formal assessments and a diagnosis as soon as possible. Since autism is a spectrum disorder, each child’s needs are unique. The best way to chart the right course is to start

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with as clear a picture as possible of what is going on. Getting a diagnosis is also a requirement before identifying sources to provide the needed services and/or to help pay for them (schools, insurance, grants, etc.). It’s also important to have a good medical doctor perform the baseline medical tests and begin necessary medical treatments for the physical problems that often accompany autism. Step Three: Get a behavioral assessment and begin an intensive behavior intervention program as soon as possible. Step Four: Plug into a support network to help your whole family deal with the stresses and emotions of living with and caring for a child with autism. There are many support groups in the area, to include ASCEND in Forsyth County, Hall County Autism Parent Support Group, and Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), which provides summer camp experiences and respite care, partnering with churches in the area, including Cumming, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek, for Extra Special Saturdays to give parents of children with special needs a break ( Parent-to-Parent-of Georgia ( also can be very helpful in identifying resources to help you advocate for your child. Chuck Pugh is the President of the Board of Directors, North Georgia Children’s Center, Inc.

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Cumming Area Houses of Worship Assemblies of God

Northside Family Worship Center 2820 Brookwood Road, Cumming (770) 888-8852 Sunday School all ages: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastors: David & Robin Houtsma


Sunday Spanish Service: 6 p.m.

Refuge Baptist Church 3525 Pilgrim Mill Road (678) 807-7746 Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service: 7 p.m.


Family By Faith Worship Center Honoring the ministries of adoption and orphan care 4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (Midway Elementary School) (678) 230-4800 Small Groups: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Randy Grimes

First Christian Church

Antioch Baptist Church

St. Columba’s Church

2465 Antioch Road (770) 887-6900 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. AWANA: Sunday at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastor: Travis Bridgeman

939 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (770) 888-4464 Wednesday Services: 6 p.m. Saturdays Service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Service: 7:45, 9 & 11 a.m. Rector: Father Tripp Norris Curate: Father Joseph Greene

1270 Sawnee Dr., Cumming (770) 887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival

Cumming Baptist Church

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

LifePoint Christian Church

115 Church Street (770) 205-6699 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship service: 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Barry Crocker

First Redeemer Church

724 Pilgrim Mill Road, (770) 887-8190 Services: Thursdays 12 noon, Sundays 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Rector: Keith Oglesby

Greek Orthodox

2100 Peachtree Parkway (678) 513-9400 Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m. — New Contemporary Service (S&FC), Bible Fellowship & Worship 10:45 a.m. — Bible Fellowship & Worship 6:30 p.m. — Bible Fellowship Pastor: Dr. Richard Lee

Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church

Greater Heights Baptist Church

103 Buford Dam Road, (770) 887-0184 Sunday school: 9:30 a.m., all ages Sunday worship: 8 &10:45 a.m. Living Faith Lutheran Korean Church worship: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday evening fellowship meal (6 p.m.) Bible study for all ages (7 p.m.) Pastor Tim Droegemueller

3790 Post Road (770) 887-4802 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening: 5 p.m. Wednesday Evening & AWANA: 7 p.m. Pastor: Chris Grinstead

Longstreet Baptist Church 6868 Campground Road, (770) 889-1959 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday night adult and youth activities

North Lanier Baptist Church 829 Atlanta Highway (770) 781-5433 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. 40

3074 Bethelview Rd., (770) 781-5250 Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM Pastor: Fr. Barnabas Powell

Lutheran Living Faith Lutheran Church, LCMS

Other Churches Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 648-5248 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck AroundAbout — cumming

LDS Church 510 Brannon Road, (678) 577-4991 Sunday Service: 1 p.m.

5000 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta (678) 366-2797 Sunday Small Groups: 9 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: Chris Stovall

NewSong Community Church 433 Canton Road, Suite 306, Located across from Ingles, behind the National Guard in Building 300, (770) 888-5212 Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Case Koolhaas

Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B Sandy Springs, 30328 , (404) 255-1585

Presbyterian Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Drive, (770) 887-6801 Sunday School all ages: 9:45 am Sunday Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: John S. Martin email:

Korean New Vision Presbyterian Church Meets at Parkway Presbyterian Church 5830 Bethelview Road (678) 200-5048 Sunday Services: 1:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Young Jeon October/November 2010

The Country Preacher by David Hill The Old Manse that had once belonged to the Rev. William Emerson stood as a sentinel watching the North Bridge in the town of Concord, Mass. Its eyelike windows looked down the road that would bring home the husband of the newly married Sophia Hawthorne. With words and emotions meant only for Nathaniel, she captured loving thoughts and lonely moments by etching them on the upstairs window panes, using her diamond ring. God has written us messages upon the windows of Heaven. “The heavens declare the glory of God . . . There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.” Before science discovered the sun and moon’s effect on the seasons, Scripture revealed “He appointed the moon for seasons” and that the “lights” would “divide the day from the night: and . . . be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years”. “Seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter . . . shall not cease,” He promised (Psalm 19:1, 3; 104:19; Genesis 1:14; 8:22). Fall’s gold and crimson foliage, winter’s white, spring’s green, and summer’s sunny days stand as road signs for our divine

Parkway Church 5830 Bethelview Road, (770) 889-8694 (½ mile west of GA 400 exit 13) Sunday Traditional Service: 9 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Childcare available for both services Senior Pastor: Bill Ford email:

Roman Catholic Church of Good Shepherd 3740 Holtzclaw Road (770) 887-9861 Mass: Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30, 9 & 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon; 5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass, 1:30 p.m. Weekdays: 9 a.m Pastor: Father Frank

St. Brendan Catholic Church 4633 Shiloh Road (770) 205-7969 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. October/November 2010

instruction. Psalm 103:15-16 compares summer’s flowers and fall’s fading grass with the brevity of life, like a passing breeze. “The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world . . . understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” A glimpse of His image is seen in man’s body, soul and spirit and Paul’s mention of three heavens (God’s abode, the place of the stars and the atmosphere). The works of God are always in agreement with the Word of God. Last November, my wife and I enjoyed a meandering drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway leading to the Cherokee Reservation. Our stops at the beautiful mountaintop vistas were accented by the noisy squirrels, the buzz of bees and the competing melodies of songbirds. Who could doubt the hand of God upon creation? In a white frame Indian church, I delivered the Sunday message of repentance, forgiveness and salvation as I had done more than 40 years earlier. The Gospel does not need to be reinvented. The church was almost unchanged. In the ceiling were two flue covers, which confirmed my memory of the wood stoves that had been on either side of the sanctuary. During Sunday school, a children’s class met in the warm sunshine beneath the trees lining the dirt parking lot. Missing was the elderly Indian whose deep voice had, in the absence of the piano player, hummed a

Spanish Mass: 1 p.m. Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. Pastor: Father John Howren

United Methodist Bethelview United Methodist Church 4525 Bethelview Road (770) 887-4888 Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. (child care available) Pastor: Rev. Deborah Griffith

Cumming First United Methodist Church 770 Canton Highway (770) 887-2900 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11 a.m. (Child care available) Sunday Hispanic/Latino Worship: 12 noon Wednesday Communion Service: 12 noon Senior Pastor: Rev. John L. Cromartie, Jr.

Lanier United Methodist Church 1979 Buford Highway

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(770) 887-0615 Sunday Traditional Service: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Praise Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available for both services Pastor: Ted Miller

Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-5230 Sunday Traditional Worship: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Children’s Church: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Worship: 10:45 a.m.

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Cumming Area Clubs and Organizations Business Networking Business 400 Meeting: First Tuesday 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. Location: The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta Contact: (877) 581-1039 or Information: The goal is to provide the 400 Community the opportunity to effectively network and to view the 400 corridor as a single economic engine. $250 annual membership fee. Visit twice for free. Central Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: Second & fourth Tuesdays 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: The Columns at Pilgrim Mill Apartments Contact: Nancy Wright, (770) 886-0500 or Information: No fees. Open to all. Forsyth Area Networking Meeting: Every Wednesday morning from 7:15 — 8:30 a.m. Location: North Georgia Wellness, 104 Colony Park Drive, Suite 800, Contact: Dr. Forrest Watts, (770) 886-7070 or drforrest@ Juli Phillips, (770) 205-9221 or Information: Membership is $90 per quarter. You are required to attend two meetings before applying. Forsyth Network for Business Professionals Meeting: Thursdays 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Location: (New) Bello Italian Restaurant 101 Meadow Drive Contact: Fred Burak, (678) 677-0815 Information: $50 membership fee and $10 monthly. Visit twice for free. No occupation overlap. Call first. Georgia Leads Group of Cumming Meeting: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. Location: Stars & Strikes, 133 Merchants Square Contact: Cheryl Campbell, cheryl@ Information: There is a membership fee, may visit twice for free. The Inspiration Network of Cumming Meeting: Third Wednesdays from 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: The Nurturing Nook, 205 Pilgrim Mill Road Contact: Leanne Temple, (678) 965-5969 Lunch and Learn Meeting: Fourth Tuesday 11:45 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Cumming Chamber of Commerce Contact: (770) 887-6461 or cfccoc@ Information: Free for first timers. The cost is $5 for members. Pizza and drinks are provided. South Forsyth Leads Group


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2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. No fees. Holiday Inn Express – John’s Creek, 7146 Mcginnis Ferry Rd., Suwanee Robin Grier (770) 887-2772

Women In Business Networking Meeting: First Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Location: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Event’s Facility 513 W. Maple Street Contact: (770) 887-6461 Information: Free for members; $5 for non-members. Register online at www.

Charitable Organizations Georgia Highlands Medical Services Contact: (770) 887-1668 Information: This is a non-profit Community Health Center (CHC) serving the medical needs of North Georgia since 1979. Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Contact: (770) 886-5419 Website: Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Location: 4440 Keith Bridge Road Contact: (770) 887-6480 Information: Non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Website:

Civic Organizations Ducktown Chapter #460 — Order of the Eastern Star Meeting: 2nd & 4th Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Location: 4655 Canton Hwy. Contact: (770) 887-8147 Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Location: 6300 Polo Club Drive Website:

Political Organizations Democratic Women of Forsyth County Meeting: Second Thursday Location: Different restaurants in Cumming Contact: Mary Chatfield, (770) 887-1106 Facebook page: DWFC GA Information: Democratic women meet monthly and the meetings alternate between lunch and dinner meetings with programs. Forsyth County Democratic Party Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: CooCoo’s Nest restaurant, corner of Freedom Parkway & Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming Contact: Ricia Maxie at or Mary Chatfield at (770) 887-1106

Recreation & Hobbies Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Club Contact: (404) 423-3524 Meeting: Every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: Central Park AroundAbout — cumming

Website: Cuong-Nhu-Martial-Arts-Club/ Information: No fees, open to 16 years + North Georgia Chess Center Location: 2450 Atlanta Hwy. Suite 1401 Contact: Joseph or Cathy Couvillion 770844-9204,, Information: Call for hours. Membership $15 per month or $150 annually. Lessons are also available please contact us for additional information. Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month; 4th Tuesday is “sewcialbee” (community quilts, classes or just getting together) Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming Website:

Support Organizations AA Cumming Meeting: Meets four times daily Location: Ingles Shopping Center at 432 Canton Highway (Hwy 20) Second suite on far left. 24-hour information line: (770) 886-0696 Information: Group of Alcoholics Anonymous located in Forsyth County Website: Forsyth County Newcomers Club Meeting: Third Thursday, September through May Location: Windermere Golf Club Contact: Carolyn Glaza, Information: A women’s social organization, meeting consists of a luncheon and a program. Luncheon reservations required. Website: Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact: Website: Moms Club of Cumming — North Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: Website: Moms Club of Cumming — Southwest Meeting: Last Tuesday of each month Contact: NAMI Forsyth Dawson Lumpkin Meeting: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Forsyth County Family Center 133 Samaritian Dr., Cumming, GA Information: Two support groups (family & peer) meet every Thurs. except the last when there is a speaker. Contact: Website: October/November 2010

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heart disease and increase your strength and energy. Cardio is a critical part of exercise and benefits your heart, the most important muscle in your body. Cardio can be any aerobic exercise (running, walking, hiking, biking) that increases your heart rate for an extended period of time. Interval training raising your heart rate and lowering it every 2-3 minutes) has proven to burn more calories and help to reduce overall body fat. There are ways to make cardio exercise more enjoyable. Create a playlist on your iPod that you only listen to when doing cardio. Choose songs according to length and the beat of your routine. Challenge yourself by asking a friend to join you. Set personal goals each week to increase the length of cardio. Shoot for 30 minutes of cardio at least three times a week, and increase that time according to the amount of weight and calories you want to burn. Exercises using weight resistance complete the fitness triangle. Often we mistake weight resistance training as body building, but there is a huge difference. Lifting weights does not necessarily mean we will bulk our muscles. In fact, muscles need to be worked to stay strong and healthy. Core and balance are the foundation of our strength and will become extremely important as you get older. I would recommend working with a personal trainer to make sure form and weight amounts are correct. Using a cable system and free weights maximizes the amount of muscle used and works your stabilization. Without weight training, inactive muscles can cause bone, joint and flexibility problems. Working our muscles to keep them healthy and strong benefits us in our daily activities and promotes a longer life.

note to start the singing. He was now “absent from the body . . . present with the Lord.” A noisy wood floor still announced those who arrived late and the uncomfortable homemade pews removed the temptation to nap during the message.

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Set some time apart for yourself today. Believe that you can improve yourself. This is an investment in your life!! Vanessa Butler is a certified personal trainer. She may be reached at (770) 345-4387.

Being the “What” . . . continued from page 32

competence and confidence. Unanswered questions simply cause more chaos and stress. Reassure the children of your unconditional love … over and over and over. Children need reassurance that the divorce is not their fault. They need to hear that nothing they did could have caused or prevented what was happening. Give your kids time to adjust to the news. Don’t expect your kids to “get over this” quickly. Give them time to deal with this. This is a huge change. Be patient with their needs and make the effort to be a steady presence in their lives.

Have you wondered what it was like when Jesus preached from a boat at the seashore? Another day, five thousand men plus women and children gathered in a pasture field to hear Him. Did the children squirm and whisper and mothers modestly nurse their babies as they had in the Indian church? It wasn’t the meeting house, it was the message. In Deuteronomy 9:10, we read how God’s finger etched guidance for us in tables of stone. His hand wrote a warning on Belshazzar’s Babylon wall. Jesus stooped and with His finger wrote on the ground a message of mercy to a woman who had violated her wedding vows, John 8:4-11. Creation is another finger pointing to Gods’ Christ. Salvation is more than recognizing God as the creator. To those seeking to know the way of salvation, the Lord sent a maid to the soldier Naaman, Philip to the Ethiopian and Peter to the morally good but unsaved man named Cornelius. “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found.” Rev. Hill is a Cumming resident and a frequent guest preacher at Antioch Baptist Church.

Are Some People More Prone to Cavities? continued from page 27

tea and coffee, potato chips, and starchy foods such as breads, pastas, rice and potatoes. Also chewing tobacco, mints, and candy are high in sugar. Try to drink sugar free drinks such as water, unsweetened tea or unsweetened coffee. Eat cheese, crunchy fruits, vegetables and nuts for a healthier snack. Chewing sugarless gum also can increase your saliva flow to neutralize acids that cause cavities. 8. Xylitol products. Xylitol is completely natural and produced by our bodies during normal metabolism. Chewing sugarless gum or candy sweetened with xylitol three to five times daily can begin to change the acidity of the mouth to fight the bacteria causing cavities. If you are prone to cavities, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss what can be done to change the acidity of your mouth. Sherry Jordan completed her undergraduate studies at West Georgia College, and earned her dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995. She may be reached at (770) 888-6262.

Monique A. Honaman has called Forsyth County home since 1996 and wrote the book “The High Road Has Less Traffic.” She can be reached at

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Community Information Numbers & Websites Emergency — 911 • AroundAbout — Cumming • (770) 615-3334 Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines: Battered Women Hotline Poison Control Center — Atlanta Outside Metro Atlanta Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center Medical Northside Hospital — Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive

(770) 479-1703 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (404) 250-KIDS (770) 428-2666

(770) 844-3200

Neighborhood Healthcare Center 2825 Keith Bridge Road

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Health Department 428 Canton Highway

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Fire and Law Enforcement City of Cumming Police Department 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Forsyth County Fire Department 3520 Settingdown Road Georgia State Patrol Libraries Forsyth County Public Library 585 Dahlonega Road Sharon Forks Branch 2810 Old Atlanta Road Parks and Recreation 410 Pilgrim Mill Road

(770) 781-2000 (770) 781-2180 (770) 205-5400

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Windermere Park 3355 Windermere Parkway

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Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road

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Country Land Golf Course 6560 Mayfield Drive

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Polo Golf & Country Club 6300 Polo Club Drive

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Windermere Golf Club 5000 Davis Love Drive

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Forsyth County Marinas Habersham Marina 2200 Habersham Marina Road

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Port Royale Marina 9200 LanMar Road, Gainesville

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YMCA 6050 Y Street

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POST OFFICE 525 Tribble Gap Road

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Schools See page 38 for complete listing Forsyth County Board of Education (770) 887-2461 UTILITIES City of Cumming (770) 781-2020 Water & Sewer Forsyth County Water & Sewer (770) 781-2160 110 East Main Street Solid Waste Advanced Disposal/Eagle Point Landfill (770) 887-6063 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground Olde Atlanta Recycling LLC (770) 205-6912 2535 Ivy Street East Waste Management, Inc. 774 McFarland Road, Alpharetta Recycling Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

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Georgia Power Sawnee Electric Membership

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Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Atlanta Office: 100 Galleria Parkway Suite 1340 Atlanta, GA 30339 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 Atlanta Office: One Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Boulevard , Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Nathan Deal (R), District 10 (202) 225-5211 Georgia Office: Wachovia Center GA: (770) 535-2592 340 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Suite 520, Gainesville, GA 30503 Website:

Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 Website: State Government: Governor Sonny Perdue (R) Website:

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Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew C. Ledbetter 1092 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Website: Board of Education: Ann Crow, District 1 (R) e-mail:

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(770) 490-6316

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Mike Dudgeon, District 2 (R) e-mail:

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Tom Cleveland, District 3 (R) e-mail:

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Darla Light, District 4 e-mail:

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Rep. Mark Hamilton (R), District 23 e-mail:

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Rep. Tom Knox (R), District 24 e-mail:

(770) 887-0400

Nancy Roche, Chairperson, District 5 (R) e-mail:

Rep. Amos Amerson (R), District 9 e-mail:

(404) 657-8534

LT. Governor Casey Cagle Website:

Forsyth County Government: Forsyth County Board of Commissioners 110 East Main Street, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 781-2101 fax: (770) 781-2199 County Manager Doug Derrer (770) 781.2101 fax : (770) 781.2199 Commissioners: Charlie Laughinghouse, Chairman, District 1 (R) (770) 886-2810 e-mail:


City of Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt Cumming City Hall 100 Main Street, Cumming, GA 30040

(770) 781-2010

Cumming City Council Members: Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry, John Pugh and Rupert Sexton City Administrator Gerald Blackburn

(770) 781-2101

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