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Ping Segars Salon


Holiday Cookie Swap Sweet Recipes


Artist Profile Sue Burkhart Chisholm

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That spirit, that desire to lift someone up and create joy, to forgive them of the marks on their naughty list (face it, we aren’t perfect), and give someone peace in knowing that they are loved — that’s why we should give. To give freely from our hearts, with only the desire that our gift be appreciated, is where the holiday spirit flows. When God gave his Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for us — a gift we would never be able to match — He asked that we accept Him as our Savior, a symbol of forgiveness and peace. The true reason for the season is the love of God. Give hope; forgive; and bless others with love this holiday season! Merry Christmas!


Around the time I was ten or so was when I began to understand that Santa Claus was more than just a curvy philanthropist with a small and diligent workforce of cheerful employees, more than just a man who was happily married to a sweet lady who embraced his quirks such as his unusual style, seasonal sleeping

habits, odd hours and a well-known affinity for cookies. He is a symbol of giving for the love of giving.



ave you ever stopped to wonder how much you might have in common with Santa — not regarding the jolly physique that may mean extra padding around your waist after Thanksgiving and Christmas, making you want to join a gym the next week — but regarding the fact that he is a symbol of giving without expectation? Of course, there is a correlation there that simply cannot go unnoticed. However, sometimes, we may discover a little more of that giving spirit within us. The holidays are some of those special times.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS The Arbor at BridgeMill, Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Cherokee Chorale, Paul Bodrogi, Cyndi Braun, Michael Buckner, Mary Kay Buquoi, Samantha Canuel, Jyl Craven, James B. Depew, Joshua Fuder, Pat Gold, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Jessica Helms, Norman Hunt, Karen Jordan, Vicki Knight-Mathis, James E. Leake, Scott Merritt, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Asher Niazi, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Sen. Bruce Thompson

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Santa’s Letters — Do you want your child to receive a special letter from Santa? If so, drop your child’s letter to Santa off at the Recreation Center along with $2 per letter. Letters will be accepted at the Recreation Center front desk. Once received, Santa will personally reply to each letter and mail it back to your child from the North Pole! MondayThursday 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday 9:00am5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm, Cherokee Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. JLFischer@cherokeega. com,


Santa’s Calling — Mom and Dad, if you want Santa and his elves to call your child or children this year, complete the form for Santa’s Calling on the Cherokee Parks and Recreation Center website and mail, drop off, or fax it to 770-924-7890. The wish list should include only those items you know your child or children want or will be receiving. Monday-Thursday 9:00am8:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm, Cherokee Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. JLFischer@,


Members Holiday Show & Sale — The holidays are upon us, and there is no better time to pick out some gifts for your loved ones. There is a wide variety of artwork and crafts for sale from the Arts Center Members, and all pieces will be $100 or less. Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Arts

Artist Kendrick Shackleford Exhibit & Lecture — This talented Reinhardt alumnus returns to display and discuss his work. Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.

Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244.

Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400.





Annual Holiday Party at the Rock Barn — This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Historical Society and its members. 7:00pm, The Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3453288. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — Participating in Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is your opportunity to show your support for those veterans who are still alive from the Pearl Harbor bombing, and pay your respect to those who give themselves in service to our country and its security every day.


Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — This meeting offers both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. Please bring an unwrapped toy to share with a needy child in Cherokee County! 7:00am, Cherokee County Conference

Waleska Christmas Tree Lighting — This is the official kickoff to the holiday season in Waleska. Santa will be in attendance! 6:00pm, Northside Pharmacy, 6824 Reinhardt College Parkway, 770-479-2912.

Historic Downtown Canton Art and Wine Walk — Sponsored by Main Street Canton and everyone decorated for the holidays! Buy a wine glass for $25, and enjoy a tasting at twenty favorite shops and stores on Main Street. Friday 4:00-8:00pm, Saturday 12:00-4:30pm, downtown Canton, for tickets and information, call Pat Gold at 770-704-1548.


Find Your Hand Lettering Style Workshop — Instructed by Madison Beaulieu, in this fun and interactive workshop, students will explore several styles and techniques for hand lettering


Holiday Lights of Hope at Veterans Park — From the creators of the Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park in Woodstock, comes a new drive-thru experience. This sister event will boast two miles of dazzling lights. Over one hundred displays and seven towering trees will fill the park. Admission is $20 per car. Proceeds from this event will support these local charities: Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Papa’s Pantry, Veterans of Cherokee County, CRPA Play It Forward, and Skills USA. 6:00-10:00pm, Veterans Park, 7645 Cumming Highway, Canton. 678-504-6388.


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before creating a personal lettering White Christmas — View this guide for future work. The basic 1954 Christmas classic on the structure of type, tools, type psychology, big screen. It stars Bing Crosby, layout, composition, and how to Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye effectively use type in your work and Vera Ellen. All seats are $5. will be discussed. The workshop 3:00pm and 7:00pm, Canton fee is $45. 1:00-3:00pm, Theatre, 171 E. Main Cherokee Arts Center, 94 Street, Canton. North Street, Canton. 770-704-0755. 770-704-6244. CantonTheatre. com Christmas Ornament Workshop Christmas — Instructed by Jeannie Everett and Sunset Susan Jones, during this workshop, each child Cinema 5k — will create two ornaments, one ornament to First This will be take home that day and one to place on the Arts Baptist an evening Center Christmas tree. The secondary ornament Canton race followed can be picked up after the holidays. The workshop Worship by an outdoor fee is $25 (supplies included) for ages 5-12. Choir, family-friendly 1:00-3:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 Band and movie, which North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244. Orchestra will begin at Presents, And dusk. 4:30pm, It Came to Pass Etowah River Park, Emmanuel — Enjoy 600 Brown Industrial this lovely musical Parkway, Canton. 678-400presentation during two 9050. SunsetCinema5kSeries. Sunday services. 9:30am and 11:00am, First Baptist Canton, 1 Mission Point, Canton. 770-479-5538. Cherokee Chorale



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Christmas Concert, From the Beginning — Celebrating their thirtieth year, this Cherokee Chorale show is not to be missed. The Chorale will be performing the Christmas portions of the Messiah as well as other Christmas pieces. This concert is being conducted by Co-founder and Artistic Director Dr. Donald Stafford. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 3:00pm, Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott, Road, Canton. 248-342-1268.

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Parent’s Afternoon Off — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! 1:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.



Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol — This show is guaranteed to put you in a holiday spirit that will stay with you forever. Enjoy the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Crachit, Miss Piggy as Emily Crachit, and Michael Caine as Scrooge in the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol. 2:00pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Hopewell Baptist Church Christmas Choir Presentation — Come enjoy songs of the season during this service. 10:30am, Hopewell Baptist Church, 78 Ridge Road, Canton. 770-2131690.

Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway — Through January 2018, this exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. Mr. Ridgway’s family donated the contents of his home office, along with his extensive map and aerial photograph collection, which allows visitors to compare Cherokee County during the 1930s and 50s to see how much we have grown today. Family Life Publications is a proud sponsor of this event. Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, historic marble courthouse, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288.

Hugs in a Blanket — Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency accepts donations in support of the Canton Nursing Center. Participants are asked to donate a new warm blanket and a new pair of slipper socks. Donations may be dropped off at the Cherokee Recreation Center. MondayThursday 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am2:00pm, Cherokee Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. LCollett@,


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00pm, Hasty Pope LLP, 211 East Main Street, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Coffee & Connections — This event provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:0010:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. [continued on page 8]

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Calendar continued from page 7 BALL GROUND 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, 770-735-2025 HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 R.T. JONES 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090 TECH TUESDAY Tuesdays, R.T. Jones Have a question about how to use something technical like checking your e-mail from your phone? Sign up for a help session to answer your questions. If you have a question about your device, please bring it with you. Please know your password before attending. Registration is required; call 770-479-3090 (Ext. 228) to sign up. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 6, 6:00pm, R.T. Jones Welcome the holiday season at this annual Festival of Trees! Enjoy crafts, refreshments, and a performance by the Hasty Elementary School Chorus. There will be a special visitor coming: Santa Claus! Celebrate the holidays with library staff and friends. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP December 9, 3:00pm, Ball Ground December 10, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones Love to write, but need some feedback? All writers interested in joining a group to share writings, ideas, and feedback are invited to attend. BRIDGE CLUB December 11, 10:30am, Ball Ground Beginners and experienced players are welcome to gather to play this globally popular card game. This is for ages 18+. DIY HAND WARMERS December 11, 6:00pm, R.T. Jones Use library sewing machines to make hand warmers for the winter season. They are perfect to keep for yourself or gift to a friend! Registration is required. FINANCIAL LITERACY 101BRING BALANCE TO YOUR BUDGET December 12, 6:30pm, Ball Ground Sharpen your spending and saving strategy by learning about the basics of budgeting and the importance of managing credit and debt.


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HOLIDAY SPHERO December 13, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Hands-on learning with Sphero SPRK+! Discover the fun and challenging world of coding in this winter wonderland. Navigate your Sphero through the North Pole; join in on some reindeer games; and race other Sphero to see who can deliver toys the fastest! This is for ages 8 and older; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. CODING FOR ADULTS — NEWBIES ONLY December 16, 2:00pm, R.T. Jones Whether you’re a parent wanting to keep up with your child’s technology education or a professional wanting to develop a new skillset, this class is for you. Registration is required. THE POLAR EXPRESS December 18, 6:30pm, Hickory Flat Bring your blanket, and wear your best pajamas to experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic holiday tale come to life through this annual read-aloud. A conductor will be on hand to give you your ticket to an evening of music, crafts, photo opportunities and refreshments. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. CROCHETING CLUB December 19, 6:00pm, Ball Ground Mrs. Joyce Jacobs will be teaching beginners how to crochet. Bring your needles and yarn for a fun-filled learning experience! HOLIDAY CUPCAKE WARS December 20, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Get your creative juices flowing, as you compete in two rounds: cupcakes and gingerbread houses. The best part? You take everything you make; winning is just the icing on the cake! All materials are provided. This is for ages 6 and older; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.


Power Hour — This is a fastpaced networking event with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber Chairman of the Board, Bryan Reynolds, and Chamber President and CEO, Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you’ll have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! Kids will play in the pool, enjoy a pizza dinner, do crafts, play games and end the night with a movie! 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


Canton Music Shoppe Holiday Recital — See local young artists on stage showing off their talents! All seats are $8. 6:00pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-7040755.


Swim with the Grinch — The Grinch will be visiting the Cherokee County Aquatic Center on this Saturday in December! The cost is $10 per child and includes pictures with the Grinch, a goodie-bag, open swim, and pool games! Registration will be available online or at the aquatic center. Advanced registration is recommended. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paid/supervising adult. Any children who are non-swimmers or are in a lifejacket must have a parent in the water within arm’s reach of them. 1:00-3:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-8804760.

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Christmas Vacation — View this 1989 PG13 Christmas classic on the big screen. It stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. It would make a super fun movie for a date night! All seats are $5. 7:30pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


It’s a Wonderful Life — See this 1946 Christmas classic on the big screen! It’s an ageless movie in black and white that only improves with time. It stars James Stewart and Donna Reed. All seats are $5. 3:00pm and 7:00pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


Hopewell Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service — Celebrate the reason for the season during this service. 4:00pm, Hopewell Baptist Church, 78 Ridge Road, Canton. 770-213-1690.


First Baptist Canton Christmas Eve Service — Celebrate the reason for the season during one of these two special services. 10:30am and 5:00pm, First Baptist Canton, 1 Mission Point, Canton. 770-479-5538.


Community Cleanup Day — A dumpster will be provided for members of the Waleska community. For more information, email Robyn Smith at 8:00am6:00pm, City Hall, 8891 Fincher Road, Waleska. 770-479-2912.

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Orthodontic Emergencies What to Expect and How to Manage By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

If a Band Comes Off

[HealthyLife] The ligature is the tiny rubber band that’s stretched around the bracket. Its job is to hold the wire to the bracket, so the wire can deliver force to the teeth and move them. If your rubber ligature comes off, try to put it back in place with a sterile tweezers. A wire that is sticking out into your lip but is not loose can be bent back with a cotton swab or pencil eraser. Be aware that if one ligature pops off or breaks, others may do so as well. If ligatures continue to break, call your orthodontist for a follow-up visit.

If a Bracket Loosens

action to fix the bracket. If you can’t get to your orthodontist right away, be as careful as possible not to cause any further damage by being especially cautious when eating and brushing.

If Wires Come Out

The arch wire of braces fits in the horizontal slots in each bracket. The wire is secured to all the brackets, and occasionally, the end of a wire will work itself out and cause irritation. The best way to alleviate discomfort is to push the wire back down. Gently use a cotton swab or pencil eraser to push the wire back, so it’s flat against your tooth. If you can’t get the wire back to a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax to create a buffer between your braces and the area of your mouth that’s irritated. In an extremely bothersome situation, and as a last resort, clip the wire. Reduce the possibility of swallowing the snipped piece by putting a folded tissue or piece of gauze around the area. Next, use sharp clippers, and snip off the wire. You can also use wax if the area is still irritated. Finally, make a follow-up appointment with your orthodontist to make sure the braces are still secure and to get a different wire if necessary.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Alpharetta/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. 678-352-1090.

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March on Over to

Ball Ground This Holiday Season By Karen Jordan


t’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time to get the family out of the house to enjoy a beautiful day in Ball Ground. Being out in the cool, crisp air feels so refreshing. There’s just something so relaxing about seeing a beautiful blue sky while being surrounded by colder temperatures. Since the days are shorter and holiday decorations have begun to show up in neighborhoods and retail establishments, it can only mean one thing: Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner. Ball Ground goes into full Santa mode during this time of year, preparing for his arrival by creating a hometown Christmas vibe! Store fronts are decorated, sleigh bells will be ringing, and snow will be falling, as families line the streets to anxiously await Santa’s arrival for the March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots. This event has become an annual tradition for many families. Folks come from all over the north Georgia and greater Atlanta area to see this special event in Ball Ground. If you have never attended the annual March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots, you do not know what you are missing. This year is the fifth year for this parade, which consistently gets bigger and better. Santa Tim Cavender and his elves work tirelessly almost year-round planning for this event. Alex Quarles, who played Tom Cruise’s son in American Made, has the distinct honor of being this year’s grand marshal. Making his first appearance this year will be Davy


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Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean along with R2-D2, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and the wonderful characters from The Wizard of Oz, who will be stepping off the Yellow Brick Road along with other Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion to once again participate in this year’s parade. There will also be decorated trucks and floats as well as marching bands. It’s everything a parade should be and more! Mom and Dad, don’t forget to bring your camera! Following the parade, Santa and other toy characters can be found in City Park. What a great time to capture a special photo of your child with Santa and his or her favorite toy character! When coming to the parade, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Collection boxes can be found along the parade route and in City Park. When visiting Ball Ground, be sure to visit its merchants. You’ll find the latest in women’s fashions and home décor. Skip the mall madness, and shop close to home. And after a day of shopping, you will not want to leave without eating at one of Ball Ground’s many restaurants.

In Ball Ground, friends and neighbors are greeted with a hug and a smile. On behalf of the City of Ball Ground, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Karen Jordan is the city clerk for Ball Ground. 215 Valley Street, Ball Ground. 770-735-2123. CityOf

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[HomeLife] Thinking about installing a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit? If so, statistically speaking, you are thinking like millions of others. Here’s some insight into this world: Voice companies are creating a platform for manufacturers to work with. In other words, Amazon/Google/Apple tells Phillips what they need to do for you, the consumer, to control your lights by speaking to Alexa/Google/Siri,

respectively. If the manufacturer is smart, they will have their engineering team make their devices cross-compatible. Some companies are doing a great job of this, and some aren’t. Just because your smart device has its own app doesn’t mean it is operable with your voice. To top this off, there are tiers of compatibility where you may have a hard time saying just the right thing to Alexa/Google/Siri to get exactly you want. The reality is that if you own an Echo, it

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may talk to your lights, but not your thermostat. Or, if you have Google Home, it may talk to your thermostat but not your lights. This is when you must hire a home automation expert to make all your devices “talk” to each other. For example, they may need to install a third-party device that talks to all voice devices and nearly every light/

thermostat/TV made. For now, this seems best because anytime there is a situation where Amazon/Google does not talk to, for example, your TV, a custom script can be installed. Then, you can say whatever you need, like, “Alexa, turn on CNBC,” and the financial news is instantly brought to your TV. Most likely, we will eventually stop using a third-party device to achieve crosscompatibility, but there are so many advantages to doing it this way that it may not go away in the next decade. In addition to tying voice commands together, it combines the entire home into one iPhone app instead of a dozen, and offers it up in an iPad app that you can keep in your kitchen.

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000.

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Community In Harmony Pediatric Therapy is a multidisciplinary, pediatric, outpatient clinic that has proudly served In Harmony Pediatric Therapy children with to Open a New Facility special needs and assisted families throughout Cherokee, Cobb, Pickens, and north Fulton counties since opening its doors in 2008. Their experienced pediatric therapy team offers occupational, physical, speechlanguage, and music therapies. In January 2018, In Harmony Pediatric Therapy is moving from their current location in Hickory Flat to a larger, completely remodeled, 11,000-square-foot facility on Highway 140 on the Woodstock/Milton/Canton border. Their new address will be 9880 Hickory Flat Highway in Woodstock. Visit for more information about their new facility, their services, or their hours of operation.

Healing Hands Youth Ranch Golf Tourney Recently, Healing Hands Youth Ranch (HHYR) held their 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. There were 56 players who participated, which was held at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. The Tournament was presented by EDCO, Inc. and the Allen Family in loving memory of Justin David Allen. The tournament successfully raised nearly $45,000! Over a dozen volunteers worked to make the event a success. The funds raised will benefit the programs of HHYR, founded by Jennifer Simonis. HHYR partners young people with horses in a healing environment, providing opportunities to learn the benefits of healthy relationships, effective communication, and leadership skills. The tournament raises a large portion of the annual funding for the program.

Congratulations to to our our November October “7“7Differences” Tugman! Congratulations Differences”winner, winner,Melanie Lisa Nepogoda!

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Community First Ever “Cherokee Celebrity Feud” Raises Significant Funds for the Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club This year’s Boys & Girls Club annual fundraiser featured fabulous entertainment, fantastic food, an auction and great fun! In his best “Harvey” mode, Punchline Comedy Club’s owner and professional comedian Jamie Bendall served as game show host and moderator, and it was an evening of surprises, slip ups and zany answers provided by local “celebrities” from the Cherokee County community. According to their website, the local Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club serves as a “home away from home” for hundreds of local kids and teens each year. Dedicated staff members work with them to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Programs focus on helping kids succeed in school, improving health and fostering future leaders. This year’s event raised nearly $90,000 to help the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club! The fundraiser was chaired by board member, Laura Mikszan. Other members of the committee included Doug Foley, Steve Divine, Mike Byrd, Marla Prince, Jeff Mitchell and Joshua Lewis.

Cherokee Breast Care Opens Practice in Holly Springs A highly-trained oncology breast surgeon has opened her practice in Cherokee County. Dr. Karen Buhariwalla, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast cancer and all breast-related disorders, opened her practice at 684 Sixes Road, Suite 230 in Holly Springs. She has medical privileges at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee. For more information, visit


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Community Creekland MS Academic Bowl Team Qualifies for Nationals

(L-R) Coach Mark Nazemzadeh, Gabby Etienne, Team Captain Cal Pace, Justin Bolsen, Sean Yates, Jordan Moyal, Er’el Moyal and Coach Elijah Rollman.

Creekland MS entered two teams in the Georgia Academic Team Association Fall North Tournament at Brookwood High School. In the competition against 24 teams from metro Atlanta school systems, Creekland’s rookie team finished with the record of 5-2, while its veteran team finished 9-0, earning the team first place at the tournament and qualifying them for the National Academic Quiz Tournament Nationals in Chicago next May.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Graduates Inaugural Citizens Academy Class The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated its first Citizens Academy class after ten weeks of instruction about its uniform patrol division, administration and adult detention center, K-9 unit, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, court services, special operations, Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and warrants, and gun safety and training. Deputy Josh Watkins conducted the overall course in which several personnel members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office enlightened citizens about their specific area of expertise. The purpose of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is to provide citizens with a deeper understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be a deputy in modern day law enforcement. This course is only open to residents of Cherokee County. Additionally, Sheriff Frank Reynolds stated, “This class is also for the Sheriff’s Office to connect with Cherokee County citizens in an effort to partner with them in helping to keep our community safe. None of us is as smart or as strong as all of us.”

Clerk Patty Baker presents senior citizen gifts (L-R): Ashley Quagliaroli, Alice Micham, Patty Baker, Lindsey Ridley

Cherokee County Clerk of Courts and Staff Sponsor Senior Citizens for Christmas “Jeans for Genes” Cherokee County Clerk of Courts Patty Baker and her staff are sponsoring over fifteen senior citizens for Christmas this year. The Clerk of Courts staff’s charitable project, “Jeans for Genes,” has already raised approximately $1,000 to directly benefit Cherokee County Senior Services. The donated funds are raised by the Clerk of Courts staff, who may contribute $3.00 each week to be allowed to wear jeans at work on Fridays. This is a project that many of the staff members hold dear to their hearts. The Clerk’s office has already made arrangements to give their sponsored senior citizens warm, new, heartfelt presents for Christmas and to continue to raise more money and create more gifts each week.

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Community Toys for Tots — Drop Off Your Donation at Family Life Publications! This year, Family Life Publications is an official drop-off location for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Family Life Publications is the only location in downtown Canton where you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, through December 18 at their NEW office location: 630 E. Main Street, Canton, GA 30114 The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.


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Marine Corps League Detachment 1311 Awards Marine of the Year Award to Cherokee Resident At the Birthday Ball celebrating the 242nd birthday of the founding of the Marine Corp, John Newport was presented the Marine of the Year Award by Craig (Doc) McNabb, detachment commandant of Detachment 1311 in Woodstock. The event was the most successful event in the young Detachment’s history. There were 115 people in attendance to enjoy the evening’s festivities. The Marine Corps League voluntarily renders assistance to all current and former Marines as well as to their widows and orphans. The League also works to perpetuate the history of the Marine Corps by observing the anniversaries of historical occasions that are of interest to Marines.

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Raising a


Child or Teenager By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. [HealthyLife] One need only watch the daily news for five minutes to realize that the world can be a frightening and uncertain place. As much as we would like, it is not possible nor is it healthy to protect our children from all stress and adversity. However, throughout childhood, we can help our children develop the skills to tolerate, respond effectively to, and even thrive in the presence of adversity. Rather than attempting to be solely responsible for a child’s happiness, it’s

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important for parents to equip their child with the tools they need to be content and centered, allowing them to handle the ups and downs of childhood on their own. Emotional quotient (EQ) is a person’s ability to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others. EQ is more important than your child’s IQ with regard to predicting success in careers and relationships. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the American Academy of Pediatrics are working together to address the growing epidemic of poor and declining psychological health in children and teens. Dr. Ginsburg has identified the “seven Cs” that contribute to raising a healthy, content and productive child, teen and adult.

The “seven Cs” include competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control. Competence is the feeling of being able to handle a situation effectively. Confidence is a child’s belief in his own abilities. Connection is developing close ties to family, friends and community that foster the development of strong values and prevent use of negative paths to love and attention. Character is the development of the ability to distinguish right and wrong while developing a caring attitude toward others. Contribution is realizing the world is a better place because of you. Coping is the ability to handle stress effectively without it becoming overwhelming. Finally, control is the ability to determine your outcome in situations and in life.

Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis is a pediatric physician at DV Pediatrics. 770-704-0057.



CID Cherokee Sheriff’s Office By Sheriff Frank Reynolds


he Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) investigates all types of crimes throughout the county, ranging from misdemeanor theft to felony murder. These highly trained and dedicated professionals investigate nearly 2,300 cases each year.

Deputies selected to work in CID are usually veteran officers who have shown a high aptitude for problem solving and analytical thinking. Detectives are then assigned to specialized units within CID to maximize investigative effectiveness.

Here are some of the CID specialized units: Crimes Against Children The investigators assigned to this unit work closely with the Department of Family and Children Services, the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, and the District Attorney’s Office. This unit also includes the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC), which operates under a regional task force administered by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). The ICAC works closely with the GBI to detect and investigate online predators and predators who 20

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use computer technology to sexually exploit children.

Crimes Against Persons These detectives investigate crimes against persons ranging from harassing phone calls to murder. Detectives assigned to this unit have specialized training in domestic violence, crime scene processing, homicide investigations, and adult sexual crimes.

Financial Crimes These detectives are specially trained to investigate cases of fraud from individual to corporate accounts. The investigations include, but are not limited to, identity fraud, elderly abuse and financial exploitation.

Intelligence Unit The Intelligence Unit provides analytical support to the many divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. This support includes geographical mapping of crimes, analysis of crime trends, data recovery and analysis of electronic devices, video, audio enhancements, crime scene processing, and automated fingerprint identification. In addition, this unit coordinates with the Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project, a program funded through the

Department of Homeland Security. They are responsible for providing a gateway for information and intelligence sharing within the agency and a liaison with other agencies for threats specific to critical infrastructure.

Property Crimes These detectives are responsible for the follow up investigation of crimes ranging from criminal trespass to burglary and auto theft as well as pawnshop management. Members of this unit are trained in the recovery of stolen property, evidence collection and preservation, crime scene processing, interviews and interrogations, and criminal procedure.

Sex Offender Registry The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining the Sex Offender Registry within Cherokee County and must meet all state and federal laws concerning registration for convicted sex offenders. Investigators use the Offender Watch Database to update the Sheriff’s Office sex offender web page as well as schedule field visits and registration dates. The Offender Watch program allows citizens to sign up for automated notifications should a registered offender move within one mile of their address. As Cherokee County continues to grow, unfortunately, so does the crime rate. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office continues to stay on the forefront of crime prevention and criminal investigations. Fortunately, we still live in a relatively safe community; please help by reporting suspicious activity as soon as you see it. You can also make your home and vehicle less prone to theft by simply locking your doors and windows.

Frank Reynolds is the sheriff for Cherokee County. 678-493-4100.

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Senator Speaks

CYBERSECURITY By Senator Bruce Thompson


ybersecurity is defined as the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data or the measures taken to achieve such action. Just a few years ago, this word was foreign to most people and would have been reserved for those who work primarily in the IT or military field. That all changed when thieves began targeting retail establishments, stealing third-party vendor credentials to grab payment card data. Many big-box retailers have been hit, but the mother of all retail breaches occurred at Target. Hackers infiltrated a third-party payment vendor and stole millions of credit card and personal information records, resulting in a loss of millions to the retailer. A similar situation at Home Depot surpassed the Target exposure, resulting in nearly 56 million credit card numbers being stolen at a cost of approximately $175 million dollars to the retailer. Although stolen credit card numbers were an early favorite of cyber-criminals, the focus has shifted to personal information and extortion. When the Yahoo breach occurred, hackers gained access to over three million records including birthdates and security passwords. When Homeland Security acknowledged their background files with the agency were compromised through a software program, entire applicant profiles were exposed. Then, criminals increased their percentage with the more recent Equifax breach, which impacted nearly 75% of the country. This rich data contained credit card numbers, birthdates, and Social Security numbers. Another focus of cyber-criminals involves extortion or blackmail utilizing Ransomware or other Malware. One of the most publicized examples of this involved Sony Productions. They received a threat from North Korea to stop production on The Interview, a comedy about an assassination attempt on


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Kim Jong-un. They ignored the warning, so the North Koreans infiltrated Sony’s computers, targeting intellectual property files and company emails. The culprits posted unreleased movies on the internet and threatened to expose the personal information of Sony’s high-profile clients. This instance prompted over 90% of companies to review their security. Two of the most famous Ransomware attacks involved the dating sites of Ashley Madison and Friend Finder. Both companies received threats that their nine-million-member databases were exposed, and a financial demand was delivered. Once the demand was not met, the criminals posted the clients profiles online, resulting in embarrassment to those on the sites. A $578-million class-action lawsuit was filed due in part to the unique sensitivity of the information, resulting in mass chaos ranging from damaged marriages to suicide. As you can see from these examples, no one is immune to a cyber attack, but you can minimize the impact once it happens. First, it’s important to understand that social media sites are attractive to cyber-criminals, and nothing is ever truly deleted from the web. Anonymity doesn’t exist in the modern technology era, so be mindful what you access or post on the web. Second, it’s very important to monitor your credit, and freeze it with the three credit bureaus. If you suspect your credit card was compromised, report it stolen immediately.

Bruce Thompson is a State Senator for District 14, which includes Canton. 404-656-0065.

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Can Your 3-Year-Old Child’s Vocabulary Predict Their Future Success? By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Long before a child [AcademicLife] steps foot in a classroom or begins to make friends and learn lessons, they are part of a family. We all know children learn a lot from their families, but did you know research indicates that time spent with children in those early years shapes and molds them in such a way that their chances of succeeding in life can often be predicted by their third birthday? The single largest predictor is the number of words they are exposed to in that time. Back in the early 1990s, a research team followed 42 children for a threeyear period. They would commit to observing and tape recording one hour each month for all these children. They had a wide range of demographics: boys and girls, Hispanic/Latino, AfricanAmerican and Caucasian, from a variety of

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socioeconomic statuses or varying ranges of family yearly income. After each observation, researchers would take their recordings back to the lab and tally the total number of spoken words that the children were exposed to during the observation. The results were shocking. The children who were from professional families that had adequate financial resources were exposed to thirty-million more words than their peers who were under the poverty line or were recipients of social welfare services, thirty MILLION more words before the age of three! Not surprisingly, those students proved the be more successful in the classroom than their peers. These findings had nothing to do with the innate intelligence of any of the children,

and certainly, every child has the potential to rise above their circumstances, but without early exposure to those additional words, children are at a disadvantage for growing and stretching their brain, which is a use-it-or-lose-it organ. If you have young babies or children around you, the greatest gift you can give them is to talk or read to them every chance you get. They learn and absorb like sponges. We have the chance to help ensure every child can reach their full potential, poverty should not define us.




for a Purpose’s mission is to raise awareness of blood cancer, so they, along with the enlightened community, can ensure fundamental support is provided and sustained for families who are impacted by this disease. They strive to provide,“intentional, purposeful, community support.”All for a Purpose exists so that no individual or family must face blood cancer alone. When the unthinkable happens, the trauma of fighting cancer, the stress of caring for a sick family member, compounded with the unforeseen medical expenses associated with the long-term recovery and survival of a blood cancer can be more than one family can handle on their own. Whether it’s to help pay household bills, provide household repairs, assist with medication co-pays, uninsured medical expenses or travel expenses, All for a Purpose is there to lend a hand. All for a Purpose is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity that exists to provide practical support to families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis.They bring hope directly to families.

Community Partners Here are things All for Purpose does to help those with blood cancer and their families:

Hope Fund

A family that is undergoing treatment for ALL/ BMT can qualify to receive a onetime grant within a calendar year to help with their greatest financial need.

Snack Sacks

Sacks filled with a variety of snacks are provided directly to patients while they receive treatment within hospitals and clinics located in and around the Atlanta area.

Chemo-Comfort Travel Packs

Essential comfort items are included in

each pack to aid in the wellbeing of the patient while they receive treatment. All projects are available for youth to engage in the opportunity of giving. Whether it’s to help prepare and fill Snack Sacks & Back Packs, hold a toy drive, or fundraise for the cause, their support is a contribution of hope to families facing blood cancer. By collaborating with various businesses and organizations within a community, this partnership can help to ensure the day-to-day needs of a family are sufficiently supported. All donations are tax deductible. For more information about how you can help All for a Purpose, visit

All for a Purpose focuses on serving individuals (adults or children) and their family unit who are directly impacted by acute lymphoblastic leukemia/ bone marrow transplant (ALL/BMT). The effects of this diagnosis are not limited to the patient.The challenges a family faces can be multifaceted, as they navigate their fears, uncertainty, financial challenges, time constraints, and isolation from friends, family and even one another: •


Whether newly diagnosed, during and after treatment, through longterm survivorship or advanced disease, All for a Purpose knows firsthand what it’s like to experience the complexity of this disease and the effects it can have on the family. When they say they know what a family goes through, they mean it. They’ve been there and want to help ease the burden. They understand that despite having medical insurance, treatment is extremely costly regardless of an individual’s socioeconomic status at the time of diagnosis and beyond. Canton Family Life | DECEMBER 2017

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Women of all ages, [HealthyLife] shapes and sizes can benefit from breast enhancement surgery. This procedure is especially beneficial to moms. Pregnancy and breastfeeding often cause substantial changes in glandular tissue, fat distribution and skin elasticity in the breasts. As a result, many women experience considerable volume loss, which can lead to other issues such as shape irregularity, sagging and asymmetry. Breast augmentation surgery makes significant improvements for women who wish to respond to these issues after having children. Breast implants don’t just increase breast size – they also create firmer, shapelier breasts that are more in proportion with the patient’s body dimensions. Innovations in implant design are continuously providing women with access to an ever-growing variety of materials, shapes and textures. This means that women who wish to restore volume

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after pregnancy could achieve a close match to their original breasts — or create the breasts they’ve always wanted. Women who want to respond to skin laxity and/or irregularities in the nipple/areola complex can also choose to combine their augmentation procedure with a breast lift. If you are considering any type of breast enhancement after pregnancy, experts recommend that you postpone your procedure until after you have your last child, so you can enjoy your breast enhancement results indefinitely.

What Mom Really Wants for Christmas By Drs. Leake, Petrosky, Harkins and Depew

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery; whether you are a mom or not, make sure your consultation is with a board-certified, specialtytrained surgeon who specializes in breast surgery.

Drs. Petrosky, Harkins and Leake are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgeryCenterOf Dr. Depew is board-eligible, not board-certified as previously stated.





CHESS FILLING INGREDIENTS n 2 oz. butter n 2 oz. semisweet chocolate n 5 oz. sugar n ½ oz. cocoa powder n Pinch of salt n 4 oz. whole milk n 3 eggs n 1 oz. bourbon

n 7 oz. all-purpose flour n 1 oz. cocoa powder n 1 tablespoon sugar n 10 oz. unsalted butter n 3 oz. cold milk.

CHOCOLATE PIE CRUST PROCEDURE 1. Put the first 4 ingredients into a mixer, and blend until the mixture is like course sand. 2. Add the cold milk, and mix until just combined. 3. Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 4. When chilled, roll the dough out into a 9-inch pie pan. The dough should be about 1/8 of an inch thick. 5. Prebake (blind bake) the crust until set.

CHESS FILLING PROCEDURE 1. Gently melt the chocolate and butter. 2. Whisk the remaining ingredients together until well combined. 3. Stir in the melted chocolate and butter. 4. Pour the mixture into the prebaked pie shell, and bake at 320 degrees until set (about 30 minutes). 5. Remove from the oven; refrigerate; and let it set.

PECAN BOURBON SAUCE INGREDIENTS n 2 oz. bourbon n 4 oz. brown sugar n 2 oz. heavy whipping cream n 1 teaspoon salt n 1 cup of finely chopped pecans, toasted n 2 oz. butter

PECAN BOURBON SAUCE PROCEDURE 1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a pot, and bring to a boil. 2. Remove from the heat, and stir in the butter. 3. Stir in the chopped pecans. 4. Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature before drizzling over the pie.

Paul Bodrogi is a pastry chef, Pastry Live event producer and instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College.


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COVER STORY By Cyndi Braun


istoric downtown Canton is home to an elegant new hair salon. Known as “an upscale salon with a beauty shop feel,” the Ping Segars Salon moved from the Hickory Flat area to historic downtown Canton last month. “We are so excited to be part of this community and to have the salon in such a quaint downtown area,” said Ping Segars, who has owned and operated the salon for ten years. “I think this location will be perfect for us.”

Creating an Upscale Salon… After months of planning, Segars transformed a two-story, 5,000-square-foot freestanding building on North Street. She painted the red-brick exterior grey and replaced the old bank portal with a more welcoming entryway.

She placed a green velvet sofa and navy wingback chair in the waiting area, creating the perfect place for a comfy chat before getting your hair done. Inside the salon, she decorated the muted gray walls with colorful canvas art and black-and-white inspirational prints. Segars asked her cabinetmaker to create built-in work stations along the walls, freeing up floor space and creating a more open feel. She added gold-trimmed mirrors and sconces that stretch to the ceiling. Segars was especially excited about the old bank vault, which she decided to use as a brow and makeup bar. She lined the vault walls with blackand-white striped wallpaper and asked her cabinetmaker to create a built-in tall cabinet with eighteen drawers. The effect is vault-like, while offering a bit of privacy for clients.

…In a Beauty Shop Atmosphere In rural America, many women still go to beauty shops, where the experience is as much about getting hair done as it is about catching up on the latest news in town. Segars grew up in a small, rural town in Kentucky, so she is familiar with that beauty shop atmosphere.


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She began working as hairdresser 22 years ago after graduating from cosmetology school. Her first job in Georgia was in a large, trendy salon, very different from salons in her small town. However, she eventually realized that environment was not for her. “I decided I wanted to do something different,” said Segars. “I wanted to go back to my roots, to create something more personal. When you’re seeing 27 or 34 people a day, you don’t feel connected to your clients or your coworkers. I wanted that connection. That’s what I strive for in my salon.” Thus, Ping Segars Salon was born — an upscale salon with a beauty shop feel. Today, twelve people work at the salon, all hand-selected by Segars. Specializing in hair care for women, men and children, the salon prides itself on getting to know its clients in an informal, family-friendly environment. “I consider my clients my friends. I see people every three, six, or nine weeks. I share my experiences, and they share their experiences,” said Segars, adding that she sees some clients more often than she has lunch dates with friends.

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Segars realized she could offer convenient boutique shopping to her clients, which would give them a chance to shop from her closet. She calls her mini-boutique, “Ping Segars Closet.” All clothing is priced at $40 or less. Sizes range from small through plus sizes. As a TIGI® salon, the salon uses and sells only TIGI® hair care products, including shampoos, conditioners and styling treatments.

To book your appointment today, call or schedule online.

The salon encourages clients to see multiple hairdressers, especially if the requested hairdresser is unavailable. “We’re very big on not being that dog-eat-dog salon. If you’ve seen me for years and I’m not available, I want you to see someone else on my staff. Everyone is the same way. We want you to come here, and we want you to be comfortable,” said Segars.

200 North Street, Canton 770-479-3775

Latest Trends in Hair & Clothes The salon provides in-house training four times a year. The hairdressers also have the option to go to New York or Dallas every year for further training. “This is an amazing thing for our hairdressers and the salon. Clients know that they are coming to see people who know the latest trends, who know all the things going on in the hair world and are up to date on it,” said Segars. The salon also sells boutique clothes. In the past, clients would comment on the outfits that Segars and her staff wore. More than once, a client told Segars, “I wish I had your closet.”

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Specializing in hair care for women, men and children.



[HealthyLife] Two out of three Georgians are overweight or obese. There’s no time like the present to get healthy. In a time where most Americans are overweight, why lose weight? As our weight increases, the risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer skyrockets. Life expectancy drops. That means a shorter and lower quality of life. For example, a patient who was struggling with a decreased quality of life six months ago was depressed, heavily medicated and weighed 210 pounds. After making some changes, she was thirty pounds lighter at her most recent checkup. She no longer had diabetes and was able to come off one of her cholesterol medications.

By setting the following achievable goals and going after them, you and your loved ones can enjoy a healthier, longer, happier life:

Input vs. Output Challenge Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is about input vs. output. You’ll need to eat a set number of calories for your size, age and activity level. If you increase your input (calories), you’ll need to increase your output, too (exercise). But you don’t have to do any math.

1. Download a calorie-counting app. Apps such as MyFitnessPal allow you to enter the goal, and the app does the math for you. Enter your calories and exercise throughout the day to help yourself eat and live mindfully.

2. Cut portion size. We live in a country with king-sized portions. But healthy bodies need less. You can still enjoy the foods you love, just in moderation.

3. Trade empty calories for nutrition. Starchy foods like pasta and rice offer less nutrition, are not filling, but add up to a lot of calories. Eat fewer starches and more whole foods like fish and green vegetables.

4. Grill. Grilling gets your family outside, and it’s healthier than fried foods.

5. Have fun. Find a fun exercise/ sport or two. Backyard volleyball or soccer games with friends, frisbee with the family at the park, or tennis with a neighbor are all enjoyable ways to get moving and burn calories.

6. Do it together. You’ll have better chances of success if you make your personal challenge a competition. You will motivate each other. Live the healthy life that may seem out of reach. It is achievable. Losing weight will benefit you physically and emotionally. And you can even have fun in the process.

By Asher Niazi, M.D.


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Dr. Asher Niazi practices internal medicine at WellStar Medical Group at Towne Lake Medical Center, 145 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock. 770-592-3000.

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A Holiday Smile By Tim Morris

[Lifestyle] Growing up as a child, Christmas was always such a joy to my brothers and me. We could count on certain things that my parents were able to afford like small toys and stockings full of fruit and nuts. My parents always tried to make the visit from Santa very special to us. I only found out later in life that much of that was possible because of community organizations that helped


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parents and Santa to bring a smile to the faces of children.

All these years later, we try to bring a smile to the faces of the seniors in our program. The Adopt a Senior Program provides our clients with Christmas joy. Cherokee Parks and Recreation also has a wonderful Hugs in a Blanket program, which provides blankets to a nursing home. There are also other community organizations that help put a smile on the face of our seniors. The Moose Lodge in Canton hosts the Canton Senior Center Christmas Party every year. They provide the seniors with a delicious lunch with all the trimmings and desserts. In

addition, the Moose Lodge does many other charitable things in our community. For the past 35 years, they have done a Motorcycle Run to donate toys and food to families in need during Christmas time. They have a holiday basket drive for Thanksgiving and Christmas to feed needy families in the community. They collect enough to give each family a twenty-pound turkey plus dry food. They also collect toys for children, so they can have something from Santa, and they host a senior lunch and bingo every month that has been going on for over 25 years. The Moose Lodge deserves a Holiday Smile Award for bringing Christmas joy to seniors and needy families in our community. Thank you for all you do! L

Tim Morris is the director of Cherokee County Senior Services. 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-479-7438.

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Acid Reflux/Heartburn

Should You Be Worried About Frequent Heartburn?


t is common to experience a little heartburn after eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol, like chest pain or burning after eating, a sour taste in the back of the throat, or hoarseness. But suffering daily, long-lasting, or frequent heartburn symptoms should not be ignored and may indicate a more serious condition. Many Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This chronic, treatable condition refers to irritation and damage of the lining of the esophagus from prolonged exposure to stomach acid. This damage occurs because of a weakening of the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, which allows acid to leak up into the esophagus. Typical treatments may include medication to reduce the acid, and lifestyle changes to help reduce the reflux symptoms such as not eating before bedtime. For certain


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patients who have had chronic acid reflux, an upper endoscopy may be recommended to assess severity and to uncover any precancerous changes. If GERD is left untreated or unmonitored for a long period of time, it can result in a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which can progress to cancer. Barrett’s esophagus is a disorder in which the inflamed, acid-damaged cells in the lining of the lower esophagus change to resemble those found in the stomach. As a result of this transformation, Barrett’s patients have an increased risk for esophageal cancer. Many of the physicians at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates are specially trained in the treatment of GERD and Barrett’s esophagus. If you’ve noticed that your heartburn symptoms are frequent, severe, longstanding, or getting worse, schedule an appointment with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates today.

Foods That Commonly Cause Heartburn • Alcohol, particularly red wine • Chocolate • Citrus fruits and products (such as oranges and orange juice) • Coffee and caffeinated drinks (including tea and soda) • Fried or fatty foods • Garlic, raw onions, and other spicy foods • Peppermint • Tomatoes and tomato sauces

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates has offices across metro Atlanta including convenient locations in Canton and Woodstock. To make an appointment, call 1.866.GO.TO.AGA [468.6242] or visit

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Christ — The Reason for the Season By Rev. Norman R. Hunt

One Sunday, a young girl [InGoodFaith] said to her pastor, “I need a conference with you. I’m confused about the real meaning of Christmas.” I can see how that could happen to anyone. It is possible to become so intrigued with the tinsel and glitter that we miss the starlight in the straw. One little boy summed up the confusion of many, as he and a friend shopped at Christmastime. He picked up a greeting card, and seeing the infant Jesus depicted on it, he nudged his friend and exclaimed, “Imagine that; they’re even trying to drag religion into Christmas now!” Don’t misunderstand me. I like everything about Christmas. I like Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Christmas cards and Christmas gifts. I even like Santa Claus.

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And if that were all there was, it would be worth all we put into it because for at least a little while at Christmastime, the entire world is a better place. But, the real meaning of Christmas is not to be found in any of those things. To discover the real reason for the season, we need to look at the Christmas story in Matthew 1:18-25. In these verses, we find two names given to the child born. “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us” and the name “Jesus,” which means “Jehovah is salvation.” It is the same as the Old Testament name “Joshua.” As Joshua in the Old Testament led Israel from the wilderness to the promised land, so Jesus as the Captain of

our salvation would lead all mankind from the bondage of sin to the promised land of God. It is the celebration of the fact that God has come to live among us, to reveal Himself to us, to identify with us, and to give Himself for us. It commemorates a time when God became flesh and dwelt among us to be our Savior. It is clear then that the real meaning of Christmas centers in Jesus Christ. If there had been no Christ, there would be no Christmas. He is the Reason for the Season.

Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church.



Cookies made by Family Life Publications staff

Maammool Cookies (makes approx. 12-15 cookies) Cookie Ingredients 1 box of cream of wheat (2 Ibs.) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ lb. butter, melted 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 cup whole milk ½ cup powdered sugar Decorative cookie mold(s) Filling Ingredients 1 lb. walnuts, ground 1-1 ½ cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon rosewater (optional)

Procedure - Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. - Combine walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, and rosewater (optional), and set aside. - With an electric mixer, cream the butter and cream of wheat until it is a fine, smooth consistency. - Add vanilla to the butter and cream of wheat mixture. - Knead flour and milk into the butter and cream of wheat until a shortcake-like dough consistency is formed. - Form egg-shaped cookies; perforate one end enough to allow for 1 tablespoon of filling.

- Close the perforated end by moistening. - Press each cookie into a mold, and then remove from the mold. - Lay the cookies ¼ inch apart on a cookie sheet. - Bake 25-30 minutes, or until cookies are light brown. Do not overbake. These cookies should be almost a toastedalmond shade. - Once removed from the oven, sprinkle powdered sugar on each cookie while still hot.

Oreo® Cookie Truffles (makes about 48 truffles) Ingredients 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 40 Oreo® cookies (choose your favorite flavor), finely crushed, divided 4 pkgs. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S semi-sweet chocolate (or other flavor of your choice), broken into pieces, melted Extra toppings of your choice to use as garnish (mint Oreos® sprinkled with crushed peppermint, chopped pistachios or chopped peanuts atop truffles made with the new peanut butter flavor, etc.)


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Procedure - Mix the cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until blended. - Shape into 48, 1” balls, and freeze for 10 minutes. - Dip the balls in the melted chocolate, and place them in a single layer in a shallow, waxed-paper-lined pan. - Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs or other toppings of your choice. - Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

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By Julie Senger

If you are getting together with a group of your friends, neighbors, fellow churchgoers, or co-workers to do a fun cookie swap this month, Canton Family Life magazine has put together a variety of cookie recipe options to suit everyone’s taste buds. Below, you’ll find a filled, shortbread-like cookie recipe, a no-bake truffle recipe, a spicy cookie bar recipe, a citrusy-frosted cookie recipe, a nutty/chocolaty cookie recipe, a fruity cookie recipe, and a healthy cookie recipe. So, choose your favorite; gather your ingredients; and before you know it, your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of something sweet and delicious!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars (makes 9-12 bars) Cookie Bar Ingredients ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled ½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup packed brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 1 large egg, room temperature 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cornstarch ½ teaspoon cream of tartar ¼ teaspoon salt Cinnamon Sugar Topping Ingredients ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Procedure - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. - Line a 9”x9” square baking pan with parchment paper. - In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugars until evenly combined and no sugar lumps remain. - Ensure that the butter isn’t still hot, then stir in the egg and vanilla until combined. - Carefully stir in the flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar and salt until no flour lumps remain.

- Spoon/spread the mixture into your prepared pan. - In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients. - Sprinkle the topping mixture over the cookie batter until it’s evenly distributed and completely covers the batter. - Bake for 22-25 minutes or until you can start to see the sides of the bars just starting to pull away from the edges. - Allow to cool before removing from the pan, and cut into 9 or 12 bars.

Lemon-Frosted Snowflake Cookies (makes 4 dozen) Ingredients 1 ¼ cups softened butter, divided 2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar, divided ¾ cup cornstarch 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Procedure - Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. - Grease a cookie sheet, and set aside. - Cream 1 cup butter and ½ cup sugar until pale yellow.

- Combine cornstarch and flour, and beat into butter and sugar mixture. - Shape the dough into 48 small balls, and flatten with the floured bottom of a glass. - Sprinkle nuts on the flattened cookies, and pat firmly. - Place cookies 2” apart on the cookie sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pan after 7 minutes. - Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on a plate. - Melt the remaining ¼ cup of butter, and combine with 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice. If frosting is too runny, allow it to sit; if it is too thick, add lemon juice. - Frost cookies, and enjoy! more recipes on page 38

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Skinny Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies (makes 12-15 cookies) Ingredients 1 cup quick oats ¾ cup whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon Scant ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg ½ cup honey About ½ to ¾ cup dried cranberries Procedure - Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. - Pull out 2 medium bowls, one for dry ingredients, one for wet. - In one bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. - Melt the butter in the other bowl. Let it cool slightly. - Whisk the vanilla, then the egg, then the honey into the melted butter. - Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and use a wooden spoon to stir until combined (don’t overmix). - Add the dried cranberries into the dough. - Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or freeze for about 15 minutes. - Use your hands to shape the dough into about 15 cookies. - Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet about 2” apart. - Bake for about 12-13 minutes or until the cookies have just started to brown around the edges. - Let the cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack or plate.


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes 2-3 dozen, depending on how large you make them) Ingredients 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 large egg 1 cup sugar ½ cup chocolate chips Procedure - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. - Mix peanut butter, egg, and sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl until well combined. The batter will be thick.

- Add the chocolate chips, and stir until evenly distributed. - Scoop out tablespoon-sized cookies, and drop them on a cookie sheet. Be sure to leave a few inches between the cookies, as they will expand while baking. - Bake until cookies are lightly browned. - Remove the cookies from the oven; transfer them to a cookie plate; allow them to cool; and then enjoy!

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies (makes about 4 dozen) Ingredients - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll 1 ½ cups butter, softened tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and 1 ½ cups sugar place them 2” apart on an ungreased 8 oz. cream cheese cookie sheet. 2 large eggs - Using your finger, make an indention in 2 tablespoons lemon juice the center of each ball, and fill with ½ 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest teaspoon of apricot preserves. 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour - Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder golden. 1 cup apricot preserves - Allow cookies to cool on the baking Confectioner’s sugar for garnish (optional) sheet for 2 minutes before removing to Procedure wire racks to cool completely. - In a large bowl, cream together the - Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar butter, sugar, and cream cheese until (optional). smooth. - Beat in the eggs one at a time. - Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. - Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl, and stir it into the cream cheese mixture until just combined. Cover, and chill until firm (about 1 hour).

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need help choosing which product(s) may be best for you? Vintage Jacks’ staff members are happy to steer you in the right direction for your hair type and style.


hen you walk into Vintage Jacks Men’s Grooming Salon, you’ll immediately realize that while it feels and looks up to date and modern, it still maintains that traditional, comforting barber shop environment. Their services range from haircuts to gray hair blending to beard shaping as well as old fashioned, straight-razor shaves. All services include a hot lather with a straight-razor back-of-neck clean up followed by a refreshing hot towel wrap. For the gentlemen who like to have unnecessary hair removed and perhaps a more overall groomed look, a shampoo or an eyebrow and nose waxing can be added. Vintage Jacks also offers hair and beard products exclusively formulated for men. These products have a masculine scent that women adore. Do you

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Additionally, Vintage Jacks also offers special pricing, which includes $13 haircuts for young gentlemen twelve and under every day; $14 haircuts for policemen, firemen, active military and other first responders Monday-Friday; and of course — Wednesday is Senior Day — haircuts are $13 for experienced gentlemen 65 and older. To see a complete menu of services they provide, visit Clients have the option to walk in or take advantage of their online booking feature to set aside a specific time. Vintage Jacks is a locally owned and operated business. Their experienced staff is ready to help you walk out of their establishment looking your best. Located at 3775 Sixes Road, #180, in Canton, they love having the opportunity to serve their local community! For additional information, visit, or call 770-224-6370.



Feel Fabulous



[Lifestyle] There’s never been a better time to feel fabulous at forty than right now. But for many of us, our hectic schedules often get in the way of experiencing things that help us feel our best. A stroll through the mall where you stumble upon a perfect fitting pair of jeans, or perhaps, that perfect accessory to go with your outfit, where is the time for these blissful moments? While these spontaneous events can bring a sense of jubilation to your day, there’s an easier way to feel fantastic, yes — a new hairstyle. While the idea may seem simple, a great haircut can instantly change how you feel. So, if you’re forty and not feeling fabulous, reward yourself with one of these fresh new looks:

Long-Swinging Locks If you’re wearing your hair long, then do so with charm. Long hair looks best when it’s thick, giving the hair a full and healthy look. However, if your hair lacks density, concave layers may be needed to create enhanced body and movement. With carefully placed layers, including some


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face framing, this hairstyle will appear fuller and naturally swing with movement. For a dramatic effect, add a straight-across fringe. For a softer appearance, opt for a side-swept fringe.

Medium-Tousled Bob The bob hairstyle is a timeless look that can vary in length from just below the ear to just above the shoulders. The beauty of the bob lies in the variety of styling options. For a classic style, use a smoothing cream or elixir to create a look that’s sleek and straight. If your preference is fun and edgy, then wear this look tousled and wavy by using a mousse or texture spray. If you have fine or medium density hair, don’t worry. By applying root-lifting spray before you style, you can still achieve any of these vogue looks.

and it can be worn by women of any age. The beauty of this style is that it works with most all hair textures and really defines the face shape. Sure, not everyone wants short hair. But if you’re looking for something that’s easy to style, there’s no better option. While most hairstyles demand multiple products to create the desired look, the wash-and-wear pixie only requires a pomade or styling wax. Our forties can bring about the worries of kids, parents, career and finances. With all these responsibilities, feeling our best is sometimes an emotion we ignore. But despite these circumstances, and our age, we deserve to always feel our best. So, next time you step into the salon with your forty-something self, make sure you step out with a hairstyle that makes you feel fabulous. L

Short Pixie Being trendy at forty has never been easier. If you want a style that makes you feel as ebullient as a new pair of shoes, try a short pixie cut. A pixie hairstyle is a fabulous look that demands attention,

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770-345-9411.

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Last Christmas in Paris is a novel told through letters. It opens in December 1968. Thomas Harding, at the end of his life, is going to spend one last Christmas in Paris because of a promise he made to his now deceased spouse. As he travels, he rereads the letters that began a lifelong love story, a love story born out of pain, heartache, and the Great War. Thomas fought in WWI, alongside his best friend, Will. As Thomas and Will go off to war, Evie, Will’s sister, writes them letters. Thus, Evie and Thomas (Lieutenant Thomas Archibald Harding) strike up a friendship filled with letters sent back and forth about the changes at home and the trenches of war, and they slowly fall in love. Through all the letters written in this novel, we see a vivid picture of WWI, and a love forged through grief, pain, and tragedy. Each character will be changed by this war. But in the midst of it all, Thomas and Evie never lose sight of each other, so when the dust settles, and the war is over, their devotion is what will help them pick up the pieces of their lives and begin again. This book was tough to put down. Each of the character’s letters bring them to life, revealing their hopes, dreams, faults, and their burning desire to make it through the war to spend Christmas in Paris. As dreams are shattered and new ones are birthed, we learn what each character is made of. This is a very unique book. Since it is told in letter form, the characters seem more real. You will laugh with them, cry with them, and you will desperately want to know what happens. This Christmas season, spend some time with Last Christmas in Paris. Allow it to transport you to a different time, when hope was urgently needed, and when an encouraging word could mean the difference between survival and giving up.

Jessica Asbell is an avid reader and a children’s minister. She holds a BBA from Mercer and a Master of Divinity in Christian education from McAfee School of Theology. She’s also a frequent customer at Foxtale Book Shoppe. 770-516-9989.

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By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

Treatment Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

burns, cuts, bruises and fractures. It’s not clear as to why only some patients develop this condition after an injury while others have no trouble recovering.

Signs & Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

[HealthyLife] Following a surgery, stroke, heart attack or injury, a person may experience severe, chronic pain out of proportion with the initial incident. This pain is believed to be caused by damage to the peripheral and central nervous systems and is classified as a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) occurs when the nervous and immune systems malfunction in response to a past trauma. The nerves misfire, creating pain when there is no injury to cause pain.

Possible Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS may develop as the result of surgery or other trauma to the body such as


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Because CRPS involves the nervous system, pain is the first major symptom. This pain is chronic (lasting more than six months) and constant. The small sensory nerve fibers affected may transmit messages to the blood vessels in the area, causing them to dilate or leak. This can result in the starvation of surrounding tissues. In addition to chronic pain, symptoms to look out for include the following: • Changes in skin color or texture • Abnormal sweating pattern (in affected area) • Changes in nail and hair growth patterns • Stiffness in affected joints • Decreased movement in affected area • Swelling • Change in skin temperature

Physical therapy can help reduce the circulatory symptoms in the affected area by keeping it moving. This treatment will also aid with flexibility and function. Additionally, certain exercises can also work to help the brain process the pain and where it’s coming from. Medication can be taken to reduce swelling, improve blood flow, and block pain due to CRPS. The drugs chosen will vary from person to person and case to case depending on what a patient’s doctor deems necessary for treatment. A possibility for temporary pain relief, sympathetic nerve blocks are injected directly into the spine to block the activity of the sympathetic nerves affected and help improve blood flow. Chronic pain of any form can result in psychological symptoms, including depression, PTSD and anxiety. Treating the mental aspects of this condition with psychotherapy can help speed up recovery. If you think you may be suffering from CRPS, contact your doctor to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.

Atlanta Hand Specialist is located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna and Douglasville. 770-333-7888.

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Cherokee Chorale

he Cherokee Chorale performed their first concert on December 5, 1988, singing Handel’s “Messiah,” directed by Dr. Donald Stafford. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, they will kick off this season with a repeated performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Dr. Donald Stafford will once again direct. The Chorale performs three concerts each season. This year, their winter concert will be directed by Scott Martin, featuring “Requiem for the Living” as well as other pieces of Dan Forrest. Scott’s choir from Creekview High School will also be performing. Harris Wheeler, Sr. will be directing the pops concert held in the spring. Cherokee Chorale is also proud of their community involvement. They perform annually at the Memorial

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Day Ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery. The Chorale invites local school choirs and independent groups to perform at many of their concerts, and they are Partners in Education with the Cherokee County Board of Education, providing funding to assist in music education. Each year, the Chorale offers a scholarship to selected Cherokee County School District students who are seeking to further their education in vocal music. This year, a special donation is being made to Reinhardt University’s music department in memory of Dr. Judith MacMillian, a former faculty member and co-founder of the Chorale. To find out more about the Cherokee Chorale, to donate, or to become a member, visit their website:

Christmas Concert

Handel’s “Messiah”

December 9, 5:00pm December 10, 3:00pm Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton

Winter Concert

“Requiem for the Living”

March 18, 3:00pm Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton

Pops Concert

“In the Spill of the Spot”

June 2, 5:00pm June 3, 3:00pm Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University 7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska



Ingredients For Pizza Naan

Procedure Pizza Assembly Add

garlic cream sauce to naan, making sure to spread the sauce from edge to edge. Add spinach (a little goes along way). Add grilled onions, bacon and clams to taste. Top pizza with parmesan cheese. Bake the pizza at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until desired crispiness.

bread (found at your local grocery store) *Garlic Cream Sauce 1 cup spinach 2 Vidalia onions, grilled 10 slices bacon Canned clams (about 2 oz. per pizza) Finely grated parmesan cheese to taste

For Garlic Cream Sauce 20

garlic cloves medium shallots, minced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Fat rendered from 10 slices of bacon ½ cup dry white wine 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup clam juice (canned) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2

Garlic Cream Sauce Cook

the 10 slices of bacon, and remove the slices to use as a pizza topping. Leave the fat in the pan. Sweat the garlic cloves and shallots in the bacon fat. Add flour to the garlic and shallot mixture to make a roux. Add white wine to deglaze the garlic and shallots. Add the cream, clam juice, salt and pepper to the garlic and shallot mixture, and bring to a boil. Once the sauce reaches a boil, remove it from the stove, and allow it to cool.


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Aging in Place In the Garden

By Joshua Fuder

Gardens, like gardeners, age [HomeLife]

and change with time. Unfortunately, the trajectories of the ability of the gardener to perform maintenance juxtaposed with the garden’s demand for it often diverge greatly. Many people face gardening challenges as they age, and they often change residences in order to have less to maintain, leaving behind years of hard work and memories. A few adjustments to how you approach gardening can make it more manageable as you age. Keep the Body Willing • Stretching before and after gardening

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can help keep a gardener’s body in working order. After stretching, it is recommended to begin your day with the more physically demanding tasks. Proper posture while bending, lifting with legs and not the back, and carrying materials close to the body will decrease your risk of injury. Adding regular breaks, or breaking up more strenuous tasks with lighter duty ones, can prevent fatigue and cramps. Making lists for gardening tasks each weekend can help you stay on track, which helps avoid wasted effort.

Proper Tools Make Light Work • Keep tools sharp. This reduces the effort needed, and it decreases the chance of disease in your plants. • Make sure to match a tool’s size to the job, but most importantly, match it to your body. • Many companies sell ergonomic tools that are designed to work with our bodies and joints in mind. • Adaptations to existing tools can

also reduce strain on the body. After market, pistol-grip style handles can be added to hand tools, and D-shaped handles can be added to longer-handled tools. Adapt the Garden Design • Widen paths with a firm foundation to improve access and reduce potential tripping hazards. • Plantings of annual flowers and vegetables can be done in containers near the home. • Reduce annual plantings with lower maintenance plants like shrubs and ornamental grasses. • Reduce the number of plants; negative space is good and will highlight remaining plants.

Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee




Sue Burkhart Chisholm has been creating unique nativities in north Georgia for over twenty years. After a life of traveling, Chisholm and her husband currently reside in north Georgia. This exceptional artist had much to say about her journey through clayworks, tradition, and storytelling. The Clay Became My Path When asked about when she knew she was meant to be an artist, Chisholm began by remembering the beauty of sumi-e painting. As part of an Air Force family stationed in Taiwan, Chisholm still remembers the elegance of those gentle brushstrokes. She recalls this artistry as “purely magical.” In her college years, Chisholm explored her fascination of the arts by studying clay, silversmithing and weaving, eventually following the muddled, pliable path of a potter. Inspiration Became Simple While residing in Taos, New Mexico, a friend asked why Chisholm hadn’t created nativity sets before. Although she was still settling into the south, Chisholm knew that the market was perfect for the traditional décor. “That’s when the inspiration became simple; I began to make my family part of my art,” Chisholm said. Each of Chisholm’s recent projects connects with generations of her family in a very special way. “Each piece of the collection includes family heirlooms and other treasures that allow me to create the textures in the clay figurines for our nativities,” Chisholm explained. “It’s a way for me to carry on my family’s traditions.”

Community as a Conduit “The arts frame the persona of the community; history has long told us that,” Chisholm stated. She explained that community is the conduit for the art, artist, and patron to connect. Her electric passion was evident as she continued by saying, “It’s the spark of imagination between the artist and the individual sharing the art form to cross paths, usually taking place in that setting.” When asked about how she chooses to connect with the community, she said, “The hardest part of being in a community is being an artist.” She explained the balance that an artist must go through; it’s about more than just the art, but sometimes, it’s hard to get out of that mindset. Exciting the Next Generation When asked about her advice for budding artists, Chisholm’s answer was simple: Success is about the business of the arts. She said that all young artists and entrepreneurs should understand that it is hard work, which can include working seventy or eighty hours a week. It’s also a good idea to have two years of working capital along with a solid business model, and a strong sense of craftsmanship. “And don’t forget to pay yourself! Many artists forget that you earn a salary, too,” she said. To learn more about Sue and her clay works, visit Samantha Canuel is a student in the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770-720-5582. Graduate/MFA-CW/

Chisholm added that she took some creative license with some aspects of the nativities she designs. “I grew up on my grandparent’s farm, and the animals on the farm are the recent creatures added.” 46

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in the

limelight Live the Life You Deserve

According to Janice Kimber, The Arbor at BridgeMill’s engagement director, “Growing old doesn’t have to be boring.” The Arbor at BridgeMill provides activities to truly enhance each resident’s quality of life. Life at The Arbor at BridgeMill is all about the joys of living free from tedious chores coupled with the fun of a robust and active social calendar. At The Arbor, each new day is met with the thrill of endless possibilities. Enjoy a schedule based on personal preferences. Be inspired by the beautifully landscaped grounds, or catch up with friends and family in the comfortable, resort-style lounges. You can also look forward to delicious in-house dining. Spend your days relaxing, knowing that the highly trained staff is at your service, while a toptier wellness team is just a call away. Living at The Arbor at BridgeMill allows you to spend your time your way. Here’s how:

Luxury Lifestyle Living Options

Independent Living - Live life to its fullest! Enjoy services and amenities that pamper you and eliminate the worries of maintenance and chores.

Assisted Living - When you need a bit of extra help, assisted living at The Abor is the perfect fit, complete with customized care. Memory Care - This specially designed neighborhood brings the best care available to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


The perfect selection of amenities, events, and Arbor’s exclusive engaged living program are all designed to bring a smile to your face. Relax by our indoor and outdoor pools. Maybe it’s a sightseeing trip, laughter in the comfort of friends, or an expertly prepared meal. Or perhaps what makes you happiest is the simple freedom to use your time exactly as you desire.


• Enjoy spacious cottage homes with open-concept two bedroom floor plans. • Independent living includes one and two bedroom apartments. • Assisted living and memory care offer luxury one bedroom and studio apartments. • Relish delicious dining served restaurant style and catered to your needs and preferences. • Read in the quiet library and computer lounge.


• Stroll in the professionally landscaped gardens and walking paths. • Visit the fitness center, which offers daily exercise classes.


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• Housekeeping, personal linen and laundry services and scheduled transportation is available. • Accommodations for overnight guests are available. • An emergency response system is included for safety.


• Enjoy the exciting clubs and social engagements with fun activities. • Delight in the on-site salon and spa with appointments just for you. • The authentic bistro has delicious snacks anytime.

What are residents saying about The Arbor at BridgeMill?

“I’m happy to call The Arbor my new home!”

- Eugene Ranwez, The Arbor’s first resident.

“We were so excited to move in! We’ve enjoyed spending time getting to know The Arbor staff and the other residents while we were preparing for our move over the last year.” - Charles Flanagan

So, make The Arbor at BridgeMill your new home, and experience the new signature of senior living. The Arbor at BridgeMill is located at 700 Freedom Boulevard in Canton. For more information, call 770-691-0022, or visit Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

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As the holiday season approaches, thoughts of to-do lists and crowded calendars can sometimes take over. Before you fill your own holiday calendar, consider adding some of the wonderful holiday events that will take place in your own back yard. The Service League of Cherokee County will once again sponsor their annual Reindeer Run, which is a run for the children of Cherokee County at Etowah River Park on December 2. Those who are familiar with the Service League know how dedicated these women are to improving the lives of children in need. Wear your finest reindeer antlers, and join hundreds of your friends and neighbors who will cross the finish line knowing they helped someone less fortunate. The Canton Optimist Club’s Christmas Parade will light up the night in downtown Canton on December 2. The festivities begin in Cannon Park at noon with a variety of performers scheduled throughout the afternoon. Santa will be in the gazebo from 3:00-5:00pm to hear Christmas wishes from children and adults! The day ends with the immensely popular parade of lights throughout downtown Canton.

The third annual Holiday Art and Wine Walk takes place in downtown Canton on Friday, December 8, from 5:00-8:00pm, and Saturday, December 9, from 2:00-6:00pm. This immensely popular event allows ticket holders to sip wine while strolling through participating businesses, each hosting one or more talented local artists. This is a great way to finish your Christmas shopping in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Tickets for the event are $25.00 and can be used both days. Ticket holders, who must be at least 21 years of age, will receive an “over 21” wrist band, a complimentary wine tasting glass, a map of participating stops on the walk, and a shopping bag. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Chamberhouse, B.Loved, Stout’s Growlers, the Cherokee County Historical Society Museum, Canton Theatre, Cherokee Arts Center or at Canton City Hall. If you’d like to burn off some of the extra holiday season calories you’ll likely be consuming, bring the family to Etowah River Park for the Sunset Cinema 5k on December 9. The race, which begins at 4:30pm, will be followed by a movie, which will begin at dusk (around 5:30pm). So, bundle up, bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy a movie under the sky in the great outdoors after getting some healthy exercise.

This is a season of celebration, a season of love, and a season of miracles. Please consider sharing this glorious time of the year with your friends and neighbors at one or all of these wonderful events.


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Pat Gold is the public outreach manager for the City of Canton. 770-704-1548.

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Cool Dental Equipment EXPLAINED By Scott V. Merritt, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] Have you ever wondered why your dentist sometimes turns off the lights while performing a procedure on your mouth? Or why (s)he wears those goggles with the cool lights on them? Maybe you have questions about how they control the amount of nitrous oxide used during treatment. Like all technology over the past twenty years, dentistry equipment has come a long way, resulting in stronger materials, shorter procedure times, and many more options for addressing issues related to oral health. Here are a few of the interesting pieces of equipment used:

Curing Light These blue LED lights are used to speed the curing (hardening) process of materials such as resins, sealants and adhesives. Almost all materials used in today’s dental offices are sensitive to light. When a dentist needs more time to work with a substance, (s) he will reduce its exposure to light. But in cases where your dentist wants to speed up the setting process, a curing light may be used.

Doctor’s Loupes These powerful goggles serve multiple purposes. They can magnify views by up to ten times their normal size, and can be adjusted for field of depth and width. The headlights attached to doctor’s loupes enhance the viewing field and eliminate shadows that can result in procedure errors. The lights are sometimes orange, which reduces the curing process time previously discussed. Doctor’s loupes can be customized to the exact specifications and preferences of their user, and they are an integral part of performing successful dental procedures.

Nitrous Oxide This colorless gas is used to manage patient anxiety and pain while still allowing for effective communication between a patient and dentist. The percentage of nitrous oxide used will vary from patient to patient, and it is controlled by a series of gauges and tanks, which ensure the right amount is being emitted during all phases of a procedure. The gas is removed by a built-in, high-speed suction when the patient exhales. Be sure to read next month’s article for even more interesting equipment information.

Dr. Merritt has been helping families in and around Canton since opening BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road in 2002. 770-7041812.

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For many people, attending a four-year college after [HomeLife] high school is what they’re expected to do. However, due to the high cost of a college education, many people are considering trade school instead. There are many reasons why trade school is an attractive alternative to a four-year college education. A vocational degree can lead to a well-paying career such as an electrician, HVAC technician, mechanic or dental hygienist.

New Career A

for the

New Year?

A trade school can take as little as two years to complete, which puts you in the workplace and earning money two years earlier. A four-year degree requires you take classes outside your major, which means you’ll spend time in classes that don’t relate to your degree. Another advantage of trade school is that a lot of the training material is lab based, and hands-on training can be ideal for many different types of learners. Additionally, most of the positions that require or prefer a trade school education are hard to export to another country. With more jobs being outsourced to other countries where labor is cheaper, it can be difficult to find employment in certain domestic sectors. For example, it is easier to export information economy work, such as computer programming, than physical work such as HVAC repair, electrical work or carpentry. Also, there’s a growing demand in the U.S. for high-precision skills, and with skilled trade workers being disproportionately older, there will always be opportunities for younger workers to fill their shoes.

By Jessica Helms Jessica Helms is an executive assistant/communications director for R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-917-1795.


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Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Celebrations

Vintage Jacks Men’s Grooming Salon

3775 Sixes Road, Suite 180 Canton 770-224-6370 Hair Salon & Spa


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Anchor Christian Academy 6613 Hickory Flat Highway Canton 678-880-8767 Private Schools

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Keeping Your Child on Track [AcademicLife] The holidays can be fun and joyful for families, but they can also be stressful and unsettling, especially for children. You can take steps to ensure your child has a positive experience and gets through this busy time with less stress. Here are some suggestions that may help: 1. Provide good nutrition. Eating healthy, nutritious foods can be a challenge with all the treats and special holiday foods. Stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein to provide a balanced diet for your family. 2. Help your child get enough sleep. A tired child is a cranky child. Being consistent with naptimes and bedtimes is especially important during the holiday season. This can be a challenge, but by planning and incorporating these times into your

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Through the Holiday Season By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S. holiday schedule, you can improve your child’s behavior, and increase everyone’s enjoyment of an event.

3. Set expectations and consequences. Letting your children know your expectations for their behavior and the consequences of misbehaving is essential, especially during the holidays. You must be willing to follow through with the consequences, or the rules will have no meaning. 4. Keep the rules developmentally appropriate. When setting rules and expectations, be aware of what is appropriate for your children’s ages and developmental stages. Often,

parents’ expectations do not align with their child’s developmental capabilities. 5. Stay calm, and be flexible. Don’t lose sight of the goal of the holidays, which is to celebrate your family and the traditions that are important to you. Take a break if you are feeling overwhelmed, even if it is only ten minutes to breathe and clear your mind. Staying calm will help you and your child enjoy this wonderful time of year.

Mary Kay Buquoi is owner of The Goddard School, 140 Foster Road, Woodstock. 770-720-1311.



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