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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Michelle Martin ART Candice Williams Tiffany Corn SALES Janet Ponichtera George Colmant


ooking back over the years, I’ve really begun to appreciate the fact that I grew up in a small town. There was a time in my life that growing up in a small town may have seemed to keep me and those with whom I interacted daily far from the big old world beyond. In our more adventurous years, those of our youth and early adulthood, we often had the urge to break free of our bonds, parents and roots and burst forth into the unknown to discover what was out there — to explore and attempt something new, to become who we imagined we wanted to be, to find out who we were, or simply to discover where the road out of town might have lead us. For some of us, our journey may have begun like a rocket ship ride into the future we now know as the present; for others, it may have been simply a leisurely walk down back roads and trails on a spiritual journey with our miles logged within our thoughts rather than with our feet. Eventually, we come to another crossroad along the way — or often these days, a round-about — and it’s time to decide in which direction we are going to lead ourselves at this particular junction of our journeys. All of us are more closely knit together in this day and age of technology. The six degrees of separation seem to have crumbled under the weight of the infinite amount of tags, texts, pins and tweets. It’s up to each of us to keep our world comfortable and human, to embrace others, look into someone’s eyes when we communicate, or listen to a child talk about their day. Handwrite a letter, visit a friend or relative you may not have seen or talked to in a while. Learn about their voyages, dreams, desires and challenges. Even though we live in a world full of people with different ideologies, goals and dreams, we are blessed with the fact that we are meant to be here for each other. Any city anywhere can have that special small-town feel, and it starts with each of us. All it takes is to look up from our devices, wave at our friends, smile more and welcome our visitors. Start a friendly conversation with someone new. You’ll learn more about yourself in doing so and you’ll both feel closer to home.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Jose Baez, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, Leigh Bonacci, Michael Buckner, Mary Kay Buquoi, Crystal Bryant, Dr. Anjum Cheema, Dr. Charles Cooley, Andrea Cottos, Dr. Michael Cox, Jyl Craven, Arlene Dickerson, Meghan Griffin, Catherine Groves, Dr. Corey Harkins, Fred Hawkins, Heike Hellmann-Brown, James Kilgore, Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis, Robbie Matiak, Diane Murphy, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. Scott Merritt, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Gail Roos, Matthew A. Thomas

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Gardening Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers’ seminar series will continue with this workshop, “Preparing and Planting a Garden Bed.” 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803,


Veterans’ Lung Cancer Screenings Donors to the WellStar Foundation are sponsoring responsible screening and care for veterans at risk for lung cancer. Veterans who meet criteria for being at risk for lung cancer, due to smoking or exposure to certain chemicals, will be offered a low-dose lung CT scan at a reduced rate of $11 (regularly $199*). In addition, veterans will receive a free Pulmonary Risk Assessment to test for COPD and possible sleep disorders, compliments of WellStar Medical Group, Pulmonary Medicine. Screening spaces are limited; registration is required. 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at Towne Lake, South Cherokee Medical Center, 120 Stone Bridge Parkway, Suite 300, Woodstock. 770-956-STAR (7827), KellFund


“Denim Days” First Friday — Revisit the days of the Canton Cotton Mill in this special throwback “Denim Days” First Friday. Entertainment will include live music from The Geeks Band, classic cars and more family fun! The event is free to the public and will include a collection of new, unwrapped toys for MUST Ministries. Classic Cars entry fee will be waived for participants who bring a toy donation. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Cannon Park, Downtown Canton.


American Flag Collection — Any flag that is torn, ripped, faded or otherwise damaged must be retired honorably and


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properly. Girl Scouts are one of three organizations that can conduct a flagretiring ceremony. In an effort to serve their community, Girl Scout Troop 2819 will collect American flags that need to be retired. All flags will be retired properly with the help of the local VFW chapter. 12:00-3:00 p.m., Bridge Mill Fire Station #22, 9550 Bells Ferry Road, Canton.


Heart Screenings — Northside Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute will offer a free screening to determine risk for heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, or CVD. CVD remains the number one killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. The comprehensive screening will be administered by healthcare professionals and will include a risk assessment, blood pressure reading, total cholesterol (HDL, ratio of TC/HDL) and glucose testing, body mass index (BMI) analysis, and a oneon-one consultation with a healthcare professional. The screening is free, but registration is required. Call 404845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Northside/Holly Springs Imaging, 684 Sixes Road, Suite 100, Holly Springs.


“The Drowsy Chaperone” Reinhardt University’s School of Performing Arts Theatre Program will present this production about a die-hard theatre fan that plays his favorite cast album, leading to the characters coming to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of 5 TONY Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. Contact the box office for times and tickets. 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167,

Library Events Ball Ground Public Library 435 Old Canton Rd., Ball Ground, 770-735-2025

Hickory Flat Public Library

2740 East Cherokee Dr., Canton, 770-345-7565

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090

Story Times Family Story Times November 4, 11 & 18 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., R.T. Jones November 6, 13 & 20 10:30 a.m., Ball Ground, Hickory Flat November 8, 15 & 22 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones *November 15 Story Time will be bilingual.

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Lap-Sit Story Times November 5, 12 & 19, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Lap-Sit story times are designed for 1- to 3-yearsolds. These fun programs are a time for children to learn about the story time experience and encourage early literacy by including books, songs, rhymes, and physical activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Lap-Sit story times are limited to the first 15 children (plus their caregiver) to arrive, and the door to the program will be closed when the program begins.

Special Events Percy Jackson Adventure November 5, 4:00 p.m., R.T. Jones Fans of the Percy Jackson book series won’t want to miss this adventurous program! Test your knowledge of Greek mythology, find out which Camp Half-Blood cabin you belong to, play games, and go on a daring scavenger hunt! Ages 9-12. Space is limited and registration is required: 770-479-3090, ext. 4.

Community Feature Reinhardt Students Selected for Dr. Bob Driscoll Awards for Regional Studies and Service Reinhardt University has announced the recipients of the Dr. Bob Driscoll Award scholarship, named for the late Dr. Bob Driscoll, former vice president for academic affairs, who emphasized the value of the unique local region as an opportunity for Reinhardt students to expand their intellectual horizons and their sense of community responsibility. The award is given to students in the Etowah River Valley region consisting of Cherokee, Pickens, Bartow and Gordon counties based on their regional studies or regional service. Students eligible for the award must be nominated and supported by a Reinhardt faculty member. The spring semester 2014 recipients included: Brandi Allen, a junior English major from Talking Rock; Alex Bryant, a senior marketing major from Canton; Wyatt Dean, a sophomore history major from Ball Ground; Marlea Martin, a junior healthcare administration major from Acworth; and Jasmine Simmons, a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Dallas. “The Dr. Bob Driscoll Awards for Regional Studies and Service, supported by faculty and presented to deserving students each semester, is a testament to the value Reinhardt University places on the study of and service to north Georgia,” said Mark Roberts, vice president and dean for academic affairs. “We believe that the strength of our community lies within our collective service to its history and to its progress. This award is one tangible and scholastic way the University enriches the region in which we live.” Allen was honored for her paper, “North Georgia Baptist Churches”; Bryant, for his paper, “Post-Rush Gold in Cherokee County”; Dean, for his paper, “The Franklin Gold Mine”; and Simmons, for her paper, “Farm and Food at Reinhardt University.” The students wrote their papers as part of History Professor Ken Wheeler’s course, “Town and Gown: Local History and Culture.” Martin was recognized for her regional service as a volunteer at the Bethesda Community Clinic in Holly Springs.

Reading Dogs November 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Ball Ground November 3 & 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., R.T. Jones November 4, 18 & 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hickory Flat Kids and dogs go together like books and reading. Letting a child read to a dog builds confidence by providing a friendly, furry and non-judgmental listener. Sessions of 10-15 minutes for ages 6 and up are available, but space is limited. Register by calling the appropriate branch up to two weeks before the scheduled event. Knit-Along November 6 & 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Hickory Flat Share your knitting ideas and skills. Cindy Williams will lead this knitting group. For information, call 770-345-7565. Spring 2014 recipients of Reinhardt University’s Dr. Bob Driscoll Awards are (left to right): Wyatt Dean, Brandi Allen, Alex Bryant, Jasmine Simmons and Marlea Martin.


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Business Chad Atkinson, FIC, has joined Henssler Financial as an Insurance Specialist. Atkinson has nearly three years’ experience in helping families with security needs through insurance products. A U.S. Navy veteran, Atkinson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from Kennesaw State University. As a Cherokee County resident, he is active with the Cherokee Chamber, serving on the chairman’s council and education committee, and also on the board of directors for Cherokee FOCUS and Give A Kid A Chance organizations. In addition, Atkinson assists numerous other organizations with fundraising and special projects, such as Healing Hands Youth Ranch, Next Step Ministries, North Georgia Angel House, and the Junior Service League of Woodstock. Henssler Financial has provided comprehensive financial solutions to clients for more than 25 years. The company’s services include financial planning, tax preparation and consulting, risk Chad Atkinson

management and estate planning, as well as CFO services for businesses. 3735 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-429-9166,

Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center has relocated to a new office in Marietta. Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center provides services related to the prevention and management of skin cancer, including skin cancer screening examinations; removal of skin growths for biopsy and the removal of skin cancers; Mohs micrographic surgery; and advanced reconstructive surgery for skin cancer. Office hours are 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. 835 Cogburn Ave., N.W.., Marietta. 770-422-5557,


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Common Low-Voltage Options By Fred Hawkins Cat 5 is an older type of network cabling commonly used by builders for years. Now, electricians use Cat 5 e as standard wiring in homes. Cat 5 e is an improvement over standard Cat 5 cabling. It is faster than Cat 5 and cuts down on cross talk, or interference you sometimes get between wires inside the cable. These improvements mean you are getting a faster, more reliable speed with Cat 5 e cabling compared to standard Cat 5. Cat 6 is the next step up from Cat 5 e cabling. Its improvements include stricter specifications when it comes to interference and 10-gigabit speeds in some cases. If you are buying a new home that isn’t already wired, you might as well get Cat 6 since it is an improvement over Cat 5 e. Cat 6 (or


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Cat 6 e) is a good choice for ethernet jacks, especially if you want to route all of your audio and video components throughout the home. Security pre-wire consists of one foyer motion, two keypads, a siren and all accessible door and windows. In houses with vinyl windows, however, the windows are not pre-wired because doing so would void the warranty on the windows. As the homeowner, you would have to request the security company to supply the wireless contacts for the vinyl windows, and many times they are not reliable and often result in pre-wire problems. You could also opt for pre-wire upgrades, such as motion detectors, glass breaks, smoke detectors, key fobs and cell backups. A permanently installed Generac backup generator can offer your family immediate protection in the

event of a power outage. It runs on natural gas and is installed outside just like a central air and heating unit. A home backup generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system, backing up your entire home or just the most essential items. A Generac home backup generator senses a power outage, turns on automatically, and delivers power to your home until power is restored — whether it is two hours, two days or two weeks.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,

Canton Minute

Cash it in Canton By Matthew A. Thomas


ovember is here and the holiday season is quickly approaching. During this season we not only reflect on how grateful we are but also begin thinking about shopping for holiday gifts for our loved ones. As holiday shopping moves upward on our priority lists, we should all keep local businesses in mind. End-of-the-year shopping, especially during the holiday season, is crucial for many businesses. The National Retail Federation reports that holiday sales account for approximately 40 percent of most stores’ annual sales. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Small Business Saturday” by American Express. Buying local products at locally owned businesses keeps money circulating in our community. This creates a ripple effect as those businesses and employees, in turn, spend their money locally.

Canton is home to more than 100 locally owned and operated businesses offering a wide variety of products and services. Money spent at local establishments immediately contributes to our economy. Taking nothing away from our big-box chain operations, because we appreciate them as well, but it is proven that dollars spent at local businesses circulate more wealth throughout the community. Multiple studies show locally owned independent restaurants return twice as much per dollar of revenue to the local economy than chain restaurants. Independent retailers return more than three times per dollar of sales than chain competitors. Think about this: A 2003 study done by a research group in Maine explored how much a dollar spent at a local independent store is re-spent in the local area in the form of payroll, goods and services

purchased from other area businesses, profits spent locally by owners, and donations to area charities. The study found that every $100 spent at a local independent establishment generated $45 of secondary local spending, compared to $14 for a big-box chain. As a way to show appreciation, gratitude, and support for our locally owned and operated businesses, buy local — this holiday season and throughout the year. We all benefit by keeping the dollars circulating in our community. Simply put: Cash it in Canton!

Matthew A. Thomas is coordinator of Economic Development for the City of Canton. 770-704-1516, Matthew.




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Community Feature MUST Ministries Receives $100,000 Grant to Fight Hunger MUST Ministries is among the Georgia charitable organizations that combined will receive more than $54 million in cash and in-kind contributions from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. MUST Ministries will receive a $100,000 grant as part of the larger grant award to Georgia charities. The financial support will provide critical dollars for helping the thousands of clients who rely on MUST for food. “MUST distributes just under a ton of food every weekday through our food pantries,” said Ike Reighard, president/CEO of MUST. Pantries in Marietta, Smyrna and Canton provide groceries to those in need. In addition, free breads and sweets are distributed daily at each location and at the homeless campus. The MUST feeding program also includes holiday meals and Thanksgiving boxes. Plus, 77,000 meals are served annually at the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. Shelter clients eat breakfast and lunch there each weekday, and all three meals on weekends. Weekday lunches are open to anyone who is hungry. The feeding program is a vital part of the charity’s $8.2 million programming. Reighard said MUST is also grateful to some individual Walmart stores that have made cash donations in the past. “Walmart is focused on addressing hunger relief and so are we,” he said. “The partnership is ideal because they help supply the funds and we implement the programs. We are deeply grateful to Walmart for their generosity to the 31,000 people we serve throughout the year.”

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Community Feature Service League of Cherokee County to Award $30,000 in Community Impact Grants The Service League of Cherokee County is accepting applications for Community Impact Grants. The success of the League’s annual fundraisers, such as the Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival, the annual Run for the Children “Reindeer Run” 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, and the Annual Ball and Dancing for the Children Celebrity Dance Challenge, allows the League the opportunity to channel funds directly back into the community to other charities and organizations serving children in need throughout Cherokee County. The League is currently seeking to assist with new ideas and new projects throughout the community that will make a positive impact on children. A total of $30,000 will be awarded through this program, and anyone whose project aims to serve families with children in Cherokee County may apply. Copies of the Community Impact Grant application and rubric are available at Applications must be postmarked by November 7, 2014, and winners will be notified by November 17, 2014. Grant winners must be prepared to complete a grant evaluation report at the completion of their project.

Canton Moose Lodge Honors Local Firefighters The Canton Moose Lodge, located at 208 Moose Loop Road in Canton, honored several firefighters and staff members with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services during the organization’s annual Community Service Awards Banquet, held recently at the local Moose Lodge. The event included dinner and the awards presentation. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services employees recognized at this year’s banquet were: Cheri Collett, Battalion 1 Firefighter Award; Sgt. Phillip Carlisle, Battalion 2 Firefighter Award; Lt. Mike Jones, Battalion 3 Firefighter Award; Mark Cornelius, Volunteer Firefighter Award; Nate Sullivan, EMS Employee of the Year Award; Tamarin Gullett-Tyrrell, Fire Administration Award; Sgt. Babette Davis, Fire Prevention Award; and Capt. Frankie Martinez, Special Operations Award.

Accepting their Community Service Awards from the Canton Moose Lodge are (left to right): Cheri Collett, Sgt. Phillip Carlisle, Mark Cornelius, Tamarin Gullett-Tyrrell, Lt. Mike Jones and Sgt. Babette Davis; not pictured: Nate Sullivan and Capt. Frankie Martinez.


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Capitol Ideas

Georgia Commission on Family Violence

Aims to End Abuse By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


ith all the recent attention that the NFL Abuse Scandal has brought to domestic abuse and family violence, I wanted to examine how our state handles the issue. Last year, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence tracked 235 calls to police from the first response to the conclusion of the case. Of those 235 calls, 90 resulted in an arrest; of those 90 arrests, 72 people were charged with a crime; only 28 of those 72 people charged were prosecuted as charged; 44 people were pled down or dismissed, and 17 cases were dismissed because the victim died. In nearly 10 percent of the cases examined, the victim died. In Georgia, there were at least 1,300 deaths related to domestic violence in 2003-2013 — that is an average of 130 per year. Statistics like this are simply unacceptable.

Violence. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence works with communities and systems across the state to provide leadership in strengthening Georgia’s families to ending family violence. In 1992, the Georgia General Assembly created the Georgia Commission on Family Violence to develop a comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia. Working with the Commission, I will help develop policies to give law enforcement and the courts the tools they need to more successfully address the issue of domestic violence. The Commission currently has a list of recommendations that include: •

Earlier this year, I was appointed to serve on the Georgia Commission on Family •

rosecutors developing specialized P units to handle domestic violence cases in jurisdictions where there is a substantial caseload; Judges developing and using a variety of sentencing options for abusers, including Family Violence Intervention Plans, timely court review, jail time, work release, electronic home monitoring, and intensive probation; Work with a local domestic violence program to connect victims with the economic support they need in order to keep them from returning to their abuser for financial support;

eview policies and practices R for monitoring the accuracy and completeness of family violence incident reports; Institute offense report reviews on an ongoing basis to monitor adherence to policy, and to reduce liability and danger to officers and victims.

In addition to making these and other policy changes, we need to make communities and ourselves more responsive to signs of domestic violence and family abuse, such as: •

• • •

Turning down social invitations or missing work or social engagements often; Seeming more withdrawn or isolated, or seeming to have lost confidence; Becoming anxious or unusually quiet when their partner is around; Unexplained injuries or injuries that do not fit the explanation for how they happened.

People experiencing domestic violence often turn to their friends and family before they ever contact law enforcement. This informal network of support is vital to victims, but it can be difficult to know how to best support them. One of the most important things that you can do is to offer to help connect victims with resources, such as Georgia’s 24-Hour Statewide Hotline (1-800-33-HAVEN/2836). This hotline will connect victims to local resources, such as the Cherokee Family Violence Center.

Mandi Ballinger serves District 23 in the Georgia House of Representatives. 770-479-1011, Mandi.Ballinger@



Community Feature CMS Student Selected for Young Scholars Program

Donation to Develop Splash Lab at Canton Elementary STEM Academy

Hugh Beavers (right), president of Rotary Club of Canton, presents the club’s $5,000 donation to Canton ES STEM Academy to Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Frank R. Petruzielo, Canton ES STEM Academy Assistant Principal Tammie Anderson and Principal Beth Long.

Canton Elementary School STEM Academy has received a $5,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Canton to improve teaching and learning. The donation, which was presented by Canton Rotary at a recent meeting held at Morrison Products in Canton, will be used to develop an aquaponics “splash lab” at the school.

Creekland Middle School student Daniela Trejo has been selected for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program. The private, independent foundation “supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.” Gianina Lockley will serve as Daniela’s educational advisor and work closely with her throughout high school to develop her academic and extracurricular interests.

The lab, which will be established in an unused classroom, will allow students to learn about sustainable agriculture by growing plants in water (hydroponics) that also serves as a habitat to farm tilapia (aquaculture). The hands-on lessons in this lab not only will connect to the school’s mission to develop greater interest and knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects but also will expose students to potential career opportunities in this field. The gift is the latest contribution by Canton Rotary to the school, which together have forged a successful Partner in Education agreement that has included Club members donating their time and talents as volunteers at school events and the presentation of a $2,000 grant to provide enrichment field trip opportunities for students who otherwise could not afford them. Pictured (left to right): Creekland Middle School Principal Deborah Wiseman, Daniela Trejo, and Gianina Lockley

CHS Principal Honored at Principal of the Year Program Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock represented the State of Georgia at the National Association of Secondary Schools’ Principal of the Year program in Washington, D.C. Principal Murdock was invited to the “Principal’s Institute” as Georgia’s High School Principal of the Year, an honor that she received this past spring. She made history by being the first principal in the Cherokee County School District to earn the prestigious title. Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock (center) is recognized at the National Principal of the Year program in Washington, D.C.


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During her visit to Washington, D.C., Principal Murdock met with fellow top educators from across the country and policymakers, including Georgia’s U.S. delegation members. She also was recognized at the association’s formal National Principal of the Year ceremony.

Prevent Colds and Flu

with Toothbrush Care By L. Michael Cox, D.M.D.

Fall is a great time of year for football, bonfires and participating in Halloween fun. Unfortunately, it also marks the start of cold and flu season, which has hit Georgia particularly hard in recent years. One way we can fight back against illness is to control the spread of germs via our oral cleaning tools. To emphasize how important this is, consider that studies have shown the average toothbrush has more than one billion microorganisms living on it. Below are some tips for taking good care of oral hygiene tools and keeping bathroom areas clean:

• Replace your toothbrush after sickness. While the best time to

replace a toothbrush will vary based on the date of symptom onset and type of illness (e.g. viral or bacterial), it’s best to replace your toothbrush after coming down with a cold or flu. (Absent sickness, toothbrushes should generally be replaced every three months, or when bristles start to show wear and break down.)

• Store your toothbrush properly.

The best way to store a toothbrush is upright in an open area where it can dry adequately. (Consider alternating toothbrushes to give them time to completely dry.) Also, be sure to rinse thoroughly with tap water to remove remaining toothpaste and debris. • Don’t share. While most people are reluctant to share their toothbrushes, they are not as concerned about sharing toothpaste or the holder, even though both present ways for microorganisms to be transferred. It’s best for each family member to have his/her own toothpaste, holder, etc.

• Disinfect the cleaning area.

the only places germs can hide. Be sure to clean the countertop, sink and surrounding area regularly with antibacterial bathroom cleaner. Also, wash hand towels at least once per week. • Wash hands. The benefit of thoroughly washing hands before and after brushing cannot be overstated, as this is the single best method for preventing the spread of germs. Various studies have been done concerning the effectiveness of additional toothbrush cleaning methods, and there is no harm in taking extra precautions. Two popular ways to thoroughly clean a toothbrush are by inserting it into boiling water or soaking it in an antibacterial mouthwash.

Dr. Michael Cox is a dentist with BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road. 770-704-1812, BridgeMillDentistry. com

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What is Trigger Finger? By Jose Baez, M.D.

Stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger/trigger thumb, occurs when a finger or thumb gets stuck in the bent position. When it becomes unstuck, it will pop out, much like releasing a trigger. It involves the tendons in the hand that bend the finger. You can think of these tendons as a pulley system, with “ropes” connecting the muscles of the forearm to the bones of the fingers and thumb. Sometimes, the pulley at the base of the finger can become too thick and constricting. This inhibits a free-moving pulley system, causing the finger to get stuck, then snap back out when unstuck. The cycle can cause inflammation and pain, and the finger can be very difficult to straighten or bend.

What Causes Trigger Finger? Several factors can influence the onset of trigger finger, although the exact cause is not completely known. It is sometimes associated with rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes. On occasion, local trauma to the area can also bring on trigger finger.

Symptoms and Treatment of Trigger Finger Symptoms of trigger finger may include: • • • • •

Discomfort at the base of finger or thumb Tender, localized pressure Inflammation Stiff fingers with difficult movement A nodule may appear on the middle finger or the tip knuckle of the thumb

When treating trigger finger, a hand specialist will try to eliminate the catching of the finger and attempt to allow full movement of the finger or thumb without discomfort. This may mean wearing a splint or taking an anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation in the area. The hand specialist may also advise changing activities in order to reduce any further swelling. Surgery is only recommended if other, non-invasive treatments do not work. If you believe that you are suffering from trigger finger, it is important to seek treatment with a hand specialist as soon as possible to alleviate any further pain or injury.

Dr. Jose Baez is a physician with Atlanta Hand Specialist, located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888,

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Drilling for

Daffodils By Gail Roos

Here’s a fun concept. Rather than tilling up a large area to plant daffodil bulbs when what you want is for them to grow in a scattered, woodland effect, try this. Drill a hole, drop in some planting mix and a bulb or two (depending on the size of the bulbs), and fill in the hole with native soil. Don’t forget that the bulbs go in the ground pointy end up. Repeat until you have planted all your bulbs, then water. When the daffodils come up, they will be in a random, naturallooking pattern in your garden.


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This drill method allows you to plant more easily in less-than-perfect soil conditions and in some areas that may otherwise be hard to plant. Also, if you have lots of bulbs to plant, the drill might be your friend. Here’s what you will need: a drill (portable or electric); a drill attachment with a bulb planter or auger; some planting mix; and daffodil bulbs. If you use a portable drill, you will need an 18- or 20-volt battery type for it to be powerful enough to dig. We used both electric and portable drills for testing. The drill attachment we used is a 2x24-inch bulb planter. They come in several different lengths and diameters, and can be found at most garden stores. More expensive bulb drill attachments are available, but the simple one we used worked very well.

At our demonstration gardens, we used this technique several times with good results. Fall of 2012, we planted dozens of daffodil bulbs on a steep bank where it would be difficult to use the tiller. The next spring, the bank was covered with blooming daffodils! We also used this method in our more accessible garden areas because it worked so well. We know that getting your bulbs in the ground is not always about speed; it’s also about the joy of digging in the dirt. Sometimes, a little help from power tools will get the job done — and get you on to other enjoyable gardening tasks.

Gail Roos is a certified Master Gardener Extension Volunteer with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension. Contact the Cherokee County UGA Extension office for gardening assistance. 770-720-7803,

Giving Thanks for CCSD Staff By Janet Read

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. In my mind, it is associated with cooler weather, harvesting the crops, and family time around the dinner table. I remember visiting both of my

grandparents’ homes and eating meals with my aunts, uncles and cousins crowded around the table. The past few years have included celebrating this holiday with friends and family and starting some new family traditions. This month, I would like to share how thankful I am for some of the employees in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD). I am especially thankful for our bus drivers, transportation employees and maintenance employees. We have the largest fleet of vehicles in the county. Our drivers travel more than 25,000 miles on a daily basis and more than 4.5 million miles throughout the school year! Our maintenance employees are responsible for the upkeep of more than 6 million square feet of school. These employees do an outstanding job of providing for safe/ secure space and transport of our most precious cargo.

These folks are the ones who assist the entire class of kindergarten students with shoe-tying, reaching the water fountain, learning the lunch numbers, and comforting those who miss Mommy or Daddy. They are the extra arms, eyes and ears of the classroom. They navigate wheelchairs and physical therapy, and help those who can’t read, see clearly or need help holding a pencil. I am grateful for all of our paraprofessionals who work behind the scenes, whether it is in a kindergarten or special needs classroom. As our family gathers around the Thanksgiving table later this month, I will be sure to say a prayer of thanks for our awesome CCSD employees!

Janet Read is chair of the CCSD board. 770-516-1444,

I am also thankful for our paraprofessionals, many of whom are certified teachers.



I have been both inspired and annoyed by the recent onslaught of “challenges” on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. What a wonderful idea to challenge others to support a cause and publicly show By support for something Cr yst in which we believe. But, al B how many who participated rya nt in a particular challenge did so only because of peer pressure, or because their participation could be “seen” by others? Shouldn’t we support those causes we believe in already? Shouldn’t we be grateful every day, and not just when someone challenges us? I confess, my entire family did the “ice bucket challenge” for ALS. We donated and encouraged others to do so. We researched the illness, its symptoms, and the lack of support for the search for a


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cure, or even treatment. We also support a number of other causes regularly with our time, prayers and resources. No one person can support every cause. As I told my oldest son recently, we cannot help every person that needs help, but we can help those closest to us. That doesn’t necessarily mean those closest geographically. Some of our support goes halfway around the world. I also confess that I did not participate in the gratitude challenge. Not because I am not grateful, but more so because I cannot reduce my gratefulness to a few statements. I am grateful for so very, very many things. And, what I am most grateful for changes from moment to moment. I choose to be thankful each day and try to inspire my children to live with a grateful attitude, especially in the midst of a culture that teaches “more” is always better. So, while I recognize that so much good has come from these challenges, I have allowed myself to be free to choose: to participate in some, and not participate in others. And now, I choose not only acts of Crystal Bryant is the wife of support and gratitude but also Pastor Chris Bryant at City On an attitude of love, support and A Hill United Methodist Church thankfulness, from which I will in Woodstock. She is involved in continue to be inspired to do women’s, prayer and children’s ministries. 678-445-3480, more acts of good. I “challenge” you to join me!

Diabetes: Are You at Risk? By Leigh Bonacci, RN, BSN, CDE

November is “American Diabetes Month.” You don’t have to be overweight, have a genetic predisposition or be a certain age to get diabetes. In fact, more than 29 million people nationwide, including 1 million in Georgia, have diabetes and don’t even realize it because many of the symptoms seem non-threatening: unusual thirst, extreme hunger, increased fatigue and irritability. Left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of problems, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, circulatory problems and even death. Fortunately, by knowing your risk and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can help prevent or delay the onset of the diabetes.

Factors You Can Control •

Excess Weight: Being obese or carrying excess body fat makes your heart work harder and raises your blood pressure and total cholesterol. Belly

fat is especially harmful because it releases hormones that decrease your body’s ability to utilize insulin and regulate blood glucose levels. Inactivity: Exercising on a regular basis helps your body use the insulin it makes, which helps your body better control your blood sugar. Healthy Diet: Eating a well-balanced diet and controlling your portion sizes can help prevent diabetes. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains have been proven to help control weight and decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Factors You Can’t Control •

Age: People over 45 are more likely to have diabetes and should have their blood glucose levels checked every three years. Heredity: People with a close family history of diabetes (a sibling or parent) are more likely to develop the condition.

Race: People of African-American, Mexican-American, Pacific Islander and American-Indian decent are at a greater risk. Gestational Diabetes: Having had gestational diabetes or a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth also increases your risk. If you were never screened for gestational diabetes but gave birth to a large infant, you may have had this temporary form of insulin intolerance without ever knowing it.

Protect Your Health Focus on prevention. If you have any of the risk factors associated with diabetes or if your blood sugar levels are creeping up, talk to your doctor about enrolling in a diabetes education program.

Northside Hospital offers diabetes education and support services in Canton, Alpharetta, Cumming and Sandy Springs. For more information, visit

Leigh Bonacci is coordinator of Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Diabetes Education Program.



Regain Your Shape after Childbirth with a Mommy Makeover By Drs. Musarra, Leake, Petrosky & Harkins Motherhood brings many wonderful changes, including new depths of love, patience and joy. While everyone thinks children are wonderful, not much is said about the physical cost of bringing those bundles of joy into the world and the toll it has on a woman’s body: stretched and distorted breasts, bulging stomachs, weight gain on the hips and thighs, and those dreaded saddlebags. As you strive to be the perfect mom, giving virtually all of your time and attention to your children, your wants and needs fall at the bottom of the priority list. Your outward appearance may not reflect the vibrant, youthful, attractive person you feel on the inside. A “Mommy Makeover” could give you the refreshed look you want. Or, you may be like many women who are establishing their career tracks before tackling the mommy track. Many women are having children later in life, after they have completed their education and gotten a good start in business or their profession. After having children, some women choose to return to the workforce, where appearance and confidence are valued. The Mommy Makeover is becoming increasingly popular among working women who want to return to their pre-baby body — and restore their self-confidence at the same time. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to restore a woman’s body after childbearing. The most common components are breast augmentation, breast lift and abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck.” Liposuction can also be incorporated into a Mommy Makeover to remove fatty deposits that have accumulated. Today’s moms want to preserve the body they always had and be proud of it. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained boardcertified plastic surgeon.

Drs. Musarra, Leake and Petrosky are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242, PlasticSurgeryCenterOf


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Historic Downtown Canton’s premier dining destinations celebrate 10 years and new event space serving Cherokee diners. By Michelle Martin Photos courtesy of

The ongoing popularity of reality TV shows searching for the next best chef and cooking magazines targeting self-professed “foodies” can give the impression that dining has become a form of entertainment, changing with current trends. But for Zach Kell and Corey Shupert, co-owners of Downtown Kitchen in historic Downtown Canton, dining has always been about the experience. “Our focus has always been on quality — quality ingredients, quality service, and quality atmosphere, with the approach to deliver the best dining experience available anywhere,” says Kell, who also owns Goin’ Coastal seafood restaurant, located in Downtown Canton. Both Downtown Kitchen and Goin’ Coastal in Canton are celebrating milestones this year. In December, Downtown Kitchen will mark its 10th anniversary in historic Downtown Canton. Goin’ Coastal, which opened in 2006, recently completed an interior update to now include a remodeled event space and wine bar. Previously occupied by Jill’s Cakes & Bakes and used primarily as a storage area for Goin’ Coastal, the space’s pink walls and worn linoleum floors desperately needed a “facelift,” as Kell explains, to transform it from an outdated bakery setup into the sophisticated dining area and wine bar he envisioned for Goin’ Coastal. “When we pulled up the linoleum, we found the original hardwood floors — approximately 100 years old, from when the building was originally completed — underneath,” he says. “We were able to resurface and stain them, essentially restoring them to their original beauty. They look great against the new exposed brick walls, which are in keeping with the restaurant’s overall style.” The remodeled, climate-controlled space also features floorto-ceiling wine racks and a custom cherry wood wine case that combined can hold 350 bottles of wine. The bar also is custom made from cherry wood. “We’re very excited to add a new dimension to the dining experience at Goin’ Coastal,” Kell says. “The new event space can accommodate up to 40 guests, with full restaurant and bar service for private functions.” Kell describes Goin’ Coastal as a fresh approach to the finest seafood, sourced locally from American waters. “Our daily fresh fish selections are our top menu choices every day,” he says, noting that two of the most popular items — Twin Crab Cakes, jumbo lump blue crab cakes served with red pepper butter and corn tomato relish; and Shrimp & Grits, Wild American shrimp prepared either sautéed and flashed, or fried and served over creamy cheese grits with andouilee gravy — have been on the menu since Goin’ Coastal opened in 2006. “We believe a great dining experience starts with quality ingredients. We just let the natural flavors shine,” Kell adds.

125 W. Main St., Canton 770-479-3737 • 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 5:00-10:30 p.m., Saturday

*New private dining event space and wine bar for groups!


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Goin’ Coastal is known as much for its wine selection as for its sensational seafood. Kells says many patrons come to Goin’ Coastal especially for its wine offerings, which include varieties ranging from $25 up to $400 per bottle. More than 150 wines are featured on the Goin’ Coastal wine app, which allows customers to select wines based on price, taste and region. “There is no restaurant outside the perimeter that has a wine selection as extensive as ours at Goin’ Coastal,” he says. “And our wines are priced approximately 20 percent less than wines available in Atlanta restaurants.” Kell, who lives in Canton with his family, selected historic Downtown Canton for Goin’ Coastal and Downtown Kitchen because he wanted to offer Cherokee residents a quality dining experience locally. “Canton is a great community with excellent schools and a growing downtown center. We love it here,” he says. “But, whenever we wanted to enjoy a nice dinner beyond regular chain restaurants, we were driving to other communities — Roswell, Marietta, and Atlanta. I knew there was great potential here in Downtown Canton. Now, people come from Atlanta, outside the perimeter, and even other states to enjoy Goin’ Coastal and Downtown Kitchen’s unique dining experience. When the food, service and atmosphere are great, at the right price, people will come — wherever you are.” Corey Shupert joined Downtown Kitchen as general manager in 2009, and has served as co-owner with Kell since 2011. He describes Downtown Kitchen as “American cuisine with a world influence based on quality ingredients. It’s simplicity at its finest,” Shupert says. “Every day, with every guest, we strive to deliver a quality dining experience based on classic menu items in a comfortable atmosphere. Our goal is the same today as we approach 10 years serving the Canton community as it was when we first opened. We take pride in Downtown Kitchen’s reputation and work hard to not only live up to our reputation but also to exceed diners’ expectations.” Downtown Kitchen offers a variety of classic dinner offerings, including beef, poultry, seafood, and signature cocktails, in a sophisticated, relaxed setting. “We describe Downtown Kitchen as friendly for everyone — from professionals to families, book clubs and bridal parties, and everyone in between,” Shupert says. “People choose Downtown Kitchen for proposals, special celebrations, or just a nice dinner out with family and friends. Whatever the occasion, we work hard to anticipate our customers’ needs and deliver the perfect dining experience.” Popular dishes include the 8-ounce Hanger Steak, featuring Downtown Kitchen’s signature marinade; Downtown Kitchen’s Kitchen Fried Chicken, a boneless chicken breast featuring a buttermilk breading and deep fried with bacon thyme gravy; and the Downtown Kitchen Caprese, an appetizer of Kumato tomatoes with burrata cheese, fresh basil and sundried tomato

140 E. Marietta St., Canton 770-479-1616 • 5:00-10:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday 5:00-11:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday Live music upstairs, 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Friday-Saturday

10-Year Anniversary Celebration: December 20, 2014 Champagne toast • Special menu • Giveaways Live music by Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends at 9:00 p.m.

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vinaigrette. Downtown Kitchen also offers live music upstairs on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 9:00 p.m. Shupert and Kell are planning a grand celebration for Downtown Kitchen’s 10-year anniversary on December 20. Special activities open to the public will include a champagne toast, giveaways, and live music performed by one of Downtown Kitchen’s most popular acts, Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends. “We’re planning a big party, including a retro menu that will include dishes and drink specials from our original menu 10 years ago,” Shupert says. “We will always stay true to our roots and original mission, perfecting techniques along the way so that we continue to evolve and offer Cherokee diners something fresh and exciting.” Kell says that approach will continue for both Downtown Kitchen and Goin’ Coastal, as each restaurant celebrates a new dimension of dining. “Our restaurants are built on the basic principle of quality. We don’t follow trends — we try to set the standard. And when you’re successful, others will follow. So, we’ll continue to do things how we always have…pushing the envelope to get better every day.”

Now booking holiday parties for both restaurants! WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


WiFi: The New Water By Michael Buckner In the early 1900s, the United States was introduced to indoor residential plumbing. Shortly thereafter, it was absolutely necessary for the average American to have bathrooms and kitchens with running water. Today, WiFi is considered just as an important and standard feature in homes as sinks and toilets. If you don’t believe me, consider how your family would “survive” without having access to Google, Netflix, Pandora and other Internet and/or streaming services. But, many people do not know what is needed for rock-solid WiFi performance. Is your WiFi as highquality and reliable as your plumbing? Like plumbing, the most important part of your WiFi service is your


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incoming “pipe.” The hierarchy of Internet speed is cable as the best, then DSL and satellite. Once you have the best available in your area, it’s all about the wireless equipment you buy. Do not use the free router given from the Internet provider unless your house is 2,000 square feet or smaller. If your house is 2,000-3,000 square feet, I recommend purchasing a router separately. The Apple Airport Extreme ($199) or ASUS RTAC68U are good router choices. For those of you with a house larger than 3,000 square feet, there’s much to know. First of all, you should use multiple access points. Secondly, never use wireless access points; wire them. Thirdly, do not use high-powered access points. Your phones and tablets can “see” these access points, but cannot

transmit back to them. In other words, you’ll constantly get the spinning wheel on your WiFi devices, even though you have five bars of WiFi signal. For this, Ruckus brand access points are best. Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000,

Feeding Your Baby:

Formula Basics By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization agree that breast feeding is ideal for babies. However, for many reasons this may not be ideal for your baby and your family. If you have decided to not breast feed, do you know what you should about formula? Infant formula comes in three basic forms: ready-to-feed, concentrated, and powder formula. The cost and convenience vary with each kind, but the nutritional value is the same. Formulas contain protein, carbohydrates (sugar) and fat. The most common formulas contain proteins from cow’s milk, which are casein and whey; soybean protein; and elemental or hypoallergenic where the proteins are broken down into building blocks called amino acids. The sugars of milk are usually lactose, sucrose and corn syrup. All formulas contain fat, which could be coconut oil, soy oil, MCT oil, or DHA and ARA. The vast majority of infants should be on a cow’s milk proteinbased formula. For most infants, one brand does not offer any advantage over another. Just like with name-brand formulas, store-brand formulas are regulated by the FDA. Store-brand formulas are less expensive than name-brand formulas because they are not marketed to consumers and free sampling is rare. Changing formula in infants is almost as common and frequent as changing diapers! Many parents think their infant may be lactose-intolerant. In reality, lactose intolerance in infants is rare, except after a stomach virus. The most common problem infants have with formula is protein allergy, which may present as vomiting, diarrhea, irritability and skin rashes. Cow’s milk protein is the most common protein allergy. Fifty percent of infants allergic to cow’s milk may also be allergic to soy. Unless the infant’s symptoms are very severe, soy is a reasonable first option. Elemental formulas are appropriate for infants with severe allergic symptoms to milk and soy. It may take up to three weeks for your infant’s symptoms to improve after a change in formula. Remember that your child’s doctor is an excellent resource if you are concerned that your infant is having symptoms that could be related to formula.

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



Glaucoma Treatment & Therapy Can Prevent Further Vision Loss By Anjum Cheema, M.D.

Glaucoma is a chronic, often lifelong disease characterized by damage to the optic nerve, which is the cable that communicates images from the eye to the brain. Early damage creates small blind spots, which expand with continued damage. Usually, these blind spots are not noticed until the most severe stages of glaucoma are reached, so early diagnosis is critical to prevent vision loss. The two most common forms of glaucoma are open-angle and closedangle. In both types, fluid does not drain normally from the eye, resulting in increased eye pressure and optic nerve damage. In open-angle glaucoma, the most common form in the United States, the drain of the eye itself is compromised. In closed-angle glaucoma, the iris, or colored part of the eye, is irregular and

impedes access to the eye’s drain. Closedangle glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause very high eye pressure, pain, blurry vision, headache, and even nausea and vomiting. Emergency treatment with a laser procedure is necessary to prevent permanent vision loss. There are several risk factors for glaucoma, including advanced age, elevated eye pressure, family history of glaucoma, African or Hispanic ancestry, thin corneas, near-sightedness (for openangle glaucoma) and far-sightedness (for closed-angle glaucoma). Also, prior eye surgery or other eye diseases can increase glaucoma risk. Lastly, certain medications, such as steroids, can be a risk factor. Unfortunately, damage caused by glaucoma is not reversible, but treatment can help prevent further damage. The

only proven way to treat glaucoma is by lowering eye pressure, initially with medication and, in some cases, with laser or other surgery. Medication typically involves eye drops, although pills may be used in some circumstances. If medication is insufficient, laser or other surgery may be recommended. The two most common types of laser are trabeculoplasty and iridotomy. Trabeculoplasty stimulates cells within the eye’s drain, causing a decrease in eye pressure that can last from months to a few years. Over time the effect wears off, and the laser may need to be repeated. Iridotomy, used in eyes with or at risk for closed-angle glaucoma, improves access to the eye’s drain by making a small hole in the iris. In other cases of glaucoma, incisional surgery may be required. There are various surgical approaches, including trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implants, which are outpatient procedures that provide alternate pathways for fluid to drain from the eye. Patients play an active role in their treatment. Glaucoma is a lifelong disease that may require adjustments to patients’ individual treatment plans. Due to its chronic nature, it is important to regularly take medication and continue receiving close care. Thankfully, with proper therapy, most glaucoma patients can retain useful vision for their whole life.

“Damage caused by glaucoma is not reversible, but treatment can help prevent further damage.”


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Dr. Anjum Cheema is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 678-381-2020,

Holiday Hospitality Donate or Volunteer


Holiday Happenings Special Events


Holiday Highlights Gift Guide




Holiday Hospitality Anna Crawford Children’s Center

and other items to support charitable organizations assisting families in need during the holidays and throughout the year. You can help even if you do not have a child currently enrolled in Cherokee County schools. Contact individual schools for more information.

Musical group and other volunteers are needed from 5:30-10:30 p.m., December 11-21, to assist with “Holiday Lights of Hope,” a community Christmas celebration benefiting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization that provides intervention and treatment services to children and families impacted by abuse. The event will be held at Hobgood Park in Woodstock and will feature a large-scale walk-through light display, light maze, Santa’s Village, children’s activity area, music, and much more.,

Creekland MS:

Debby.Amoss@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, Brandy.Phillips@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us; 770-479-3200

Creekview HS:

Cherokee County Dept. of Family & Children Services

Sherry.Wallace@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-479-4112

Free Home ES: 770-887-5738

This project is designed to benefit Cherokee County children in foster care. The children in foster care submit a “wish list” to the Cherokee County Dept. of Family & Children Services (DFCS) volunteers, and each list is matched with a “Secret Santa” sponsor. Foster parents and DFCS placement resources pick up the gifts from local offices in time for Santa to deliver them on Christmas morning! Gift sponsors and cash donations are needed to help support more than 350 children in foster care this year. 678-427-9393, CherokeeSanta@yahoo. com,

Cherokee County Schools Many Cherokee County schools are collecting donations of clothing, food


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Canton ES STEM: Connie Hatcher, 770-720-6100

Indian Knoll ES: 770-721-6600 Macedonia ES:

Shannon.Cazier@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-479-3429

Etowah HS:

Kristy.Szpindor@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-926-1662

Woodstock ES:

Erica.Morrie@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-926-6969

Cherokee County Senior Services Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency has partnered with the Volunteer Aging Council for the “Adopt-A-Senior Program

2014.” Volunteers are asked to “adopt” a senior who is currently receiving services through Cherokee County Senior Services and provide them with a robe, gown or pajamas, grocery store gift card, and a book of stamps (sizes and gender information will be assigned). Gifts should be unwrapped in a holiday-themed gift bag, labeled with the gender and size, and dropped off November 21-December 12 to Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, 7545 Main St., Building 200, Woodstock. Individuals interested in adopting a senior may register November 10-December 12. 770-9247768,,

Cherokee Family Violence Center Cherokee Family Violence Center has serviced hundreds of clients within Cherokee and neighboring counties for more than 25 years, providing direct assistance in setting clients on their new life path through legal advice, child care, group therapy, case management and housing assistance. Volunteers and donations in the form of goods and services are always needed. For this holiday season, CFVC’s most-needed items include: new or used women’s clothing; women’s/bath toiletries; household cleaning supplies; food; furniture, mattresses and linens; bath linens; robes and slippers; toys for girls/boys ages 3-12; gift cards and gas cards. In addition, individuals can donate to CFVC through “Georgia Gives Day” on November 13. “Georgia Gives Day” highlights the impact that even the smallest donation can make on local organizations. Just $10 provides a hot meal to a victim in shelter at CFVC; $50 funds a facilitator for one of their support groups; and $100 gives a survivor of abuse a safe place to stay for a night.,

Cherokee FOCUS Cherokee FOCUS continues its Cherokee Gift Connection program this holiday season. This online resource will help you connect with the teens in the Cherokee Youth Works program and provide much needed assistance to enable them to accomplish their educational and life goals,

and become strong, stable, successful adults. Through the Cherokee Gift Connection, individuals can make a donation to help with GED costs, college application costs and other fees not covered by scholarships or grants, as well as gas to help them get to their jobs so that they can save and someday have their own car and funds for clothing, food and shelter. 770-345-5483,

Cherokee Sheriff Reserve Unit One of the most visible functions of the Reserve Unit is the operation of the “Christmas Joy” program, which uses donations by individuals, businesses and organizations to provide food, basic necessities, and Christmas gifts to Cherokee County families in need. In recent years, the Reserve Unit has served more than 100 families, 223 children, and 111 elderly. If your family needs assistance and your children are in the Cherokee County School System, please contact their school counselors. For donations and other information, contact the Cherokee Sheriff Reserve Unit. 770-479-0451,

Cherokee Thanksgiving Canton First United Methodist Church will host Cherokee Thanksgiving, providing and delivering free Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings to families in need throughout Cherokee County. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals. Monetary donations also are accepted. For meals: 770-8772132,; to volunteer: 770-656-9209, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton

Children’s Restoration Network During the holiday season, Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) will begin its “12 Days of Caring” program to provide new clothes, new toys and other gifts to more than 2,700 homeless children this holiday season. Donations of new clothes and new toys are requested. In addition, churches, businesses and community organizations also may “adopt” an entire shelter or group home (CRN will match an organization to a shelter/ group home depending on the organization’s ability to help). CRN also will sponsor a gift-wrapping party December 19-22; wrapping supplies will be provided by CRN. 770-649-7117,

MUST Ministries MUST Ministries serves 31,000 people a year and is collecting food for 1,000 Thanksgiving boxes that will be provided to local families in need. The following items are needed to fill the Thanksgiving baskets: cans of corn, green beans, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes; boxes of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread mix and stuffing; cans or packets of gravy mix; and frozen pies and turkeys. Non-perishable items can be



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dropped off 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., November 3-19, at MUST Ministries’ Canton location; frozen turkeys and pies can be dropped off 8:00-9:00 a.m., November 24-26, also at the Canton location. New, unwrapped toys for children and new gifts for teens and parents are needed. Gift ideas include family games; sports equipment; cologne/perfume; jewelry; boots; jackets; belts; pajamas, socks, underwear, hats and gloves; books; and school supplies. Toy and gift donations can be dropped off 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., MondayFriday, at MUST Ministries in Canton. 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 770721-2925,

Northside Hospital Foundation Celebrate the holidays by purchasing lights on Northside Hospital’s Christmas trees in honor or memory of loved ones. All proceeds from Northside Hospital’s “Celebration of Lights” will benefit Northside Cancer Institute. All donations to Northside Hospital Foundation directly impact the quality of services that Northside Hospital provides to families and the community at large in metro Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth counties. Gifts are tax-deductible and can be directed to specific programs. Individuals may also volunteer through the Northside Hospital Community Connection. 770-667-4483,

Operation Homefront Southeast is accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food, and new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to local and Georgia military and veteran families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted through November 22, and toy donations through December 10, at the Kennesaw office, 3375 Chastain Gardens Drive, Unit 160, Kennesaw. 888-433-7713, 770-575-2086,

Papa’s Pantry Papa’s Pantry is accepting newly store-bought perishables, such as frozen turkeys, potatoes, and seasonal items to assist local families in need during the holiday season. For Christmas, individuals can “adopt” a family (families will be matched through mid-December). Needed holiday items include gifts for children and teens. Throughout the winter months, Papa’s Pantry is also accepting new electric space heaters. In addition to regular weekday hours, the Woodstock location is now open 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The Woodstock location accepts food donations throughout the year to help families in need: canned meat; cereal and cereal bars; peanut butter and jelly; spaghetti sauce; canned fruit; canned pasta; and boxed and packaged side items. Tax-deductible financial contributions are always accepted and go toward purchasing meat, milk and produce. 770-591-4730,

Toys for Tots New, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various drop-off locations throughout Cherokee County, including Cherokee County Fire Dept. and area Publix, Walgreens, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores. Toys also will be collected at the “March of the Toys Parade” for Toys for Tots on December 5 in Ball Ground. Financial donations also are accepted. 678-887-5179,

WellStar Health System Give hope during the holidays to people in need and at risk for cancer. Many people are at risk to develop cancer, but do not have the money to pay for potentially life-saving screenings. Screenings can detect cancer at earlier, more curable stages. WellStar Health System offers screenings for many types of cancer, including breast, cervical, colon, ovarian, lung, prostate, skin, and uterine. No donation is too small. 770-956-GIVE,

Holiday Happenings

Operation Christmas Child Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to bring hope to children living in desperate situations all around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has sent more than 100 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 120 different countries. Suggested items include school supplies, hygiene items, and toys. National Collection Week is November 17-24; local drop-off locations include Canton First United Methodist Church. 770-777-9342,


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November 8-9

Holiday Tour of Homes The Junior Service League of Woodstock’s 18th annual Holiday Tour of Homes will showcase seven homes in the Woodstock area, all beautifully decorated for the holidays. Featured homes are located in The Overlook at Woodstock Knoll, Serenade, Woodstock Downtown Condos, Christine’s Creations pied-a-terre, Garden Street, and in Downtown Woodstock. This year’s tour will include transportation via the Woodstock Trolley, which will make stops near each home. Tickets can be purchased online. All ticket proceeds and sponsorship donations from the self-guided tour will benefit individuals in need in Cherokee County. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. candlelight, November 8; 12:00-5:00 p.m., November 9.

November 14

Jingle Bell Shop The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce’s annual Jingle Bell Shop will offer the Cherokee community a one-stop shopping extravaganza to help keep Cherokee dollars in Cherokee County this holiday season. The free holiday shopping expo also will feature holiday musical performances, children’s crafts, Santa’s workshop, a sweet shop, giveaways, and much more. Bring your camera for photos with Santa! 11:00 a.m.8:00 p.m., Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton.

November 15

Holiday Mart Cherokee Charter Academy’s fourth annual Holiday Mart will offer fun for the whole family! Activities will include shopping from local arts and crafts vendors; a student fine arts’ display and musical performance; a kids’ craft area; photos with Santa; a hot

cocoa bar; Atlanta food trucks; and a gift wrapping station sponsored by the BETA Club. Admission is free. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Cherokee Charter Academy, 2126 Sixes Road, Canton. CCAHolidayMart

November 27

Gobble Jog

MUST Ministries’ 12th annual Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day will feature a 10K walk/ run, 5K, 1K walk/run and a Tot Trot for kids 5 and under. All proceeds will benefit MUST Ministries. 7:30 a.m., Marietta Square, Marietta.

November 28-December 31

Santa’s Secret Woodstock Workshop

Santa has selected The Gifted Ferret as one of his secret workshops! The Gifted Ferret has lots of special treats in store for children to enjoy as they count down the days to Christmas, including a magical show of dancing Christmas Lights each

night, November 28-December 31 (6:00 p.m. until midnight — tune in to 92.5 FM). Lucky visitors to Santa’s Secret Woodstock Workshop may even get a glimpse of Santa’s Elves or even Santa himself during a surprise visit! Santa’s Secret Woodstock Workshop at The Gifted Ferret also will have a special Santa’s Mailbox beginning November 28. Address your letter to Santa at the North Pole, along with your return address, and you’ll receive a personal message from Santa! 1910 Eagle Drive, Suite 400, Woodstock. 770-693-5889,

December 1-18

Letter to Santa

Kids, it’s time to write your letter to Santa! Bring your letters for Santa to the special “Letters to Santa at the North Pole” mailbox, located at the gazebo at The Park at City Center. All letters placed in the mailbox by December 18 will receive a personalized letter from Santa just before Christmas! 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-5176788,



December 5

March of the Toys Parade The City of Ball Ground’s second annual March of the Toys Parade will support local Toys for Tots programs (donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected at City Park). The parade will feature Diana Goodman, who appeared on “Hee Haw” for a number of years. Other parade entries will include the Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth Marching Band; Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders; the Twilight Twirlers of Marietta; a replica of the 1966 Batmobile; floats, tractors and antique cars. Bring your camera for free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gazebo in City Park! 6:00 p.m., Downtown Ball Ground. 770-924-2176

December 5

Cherokee Chorale Christmas Concert Cherokee Chorale will perform Christmas favorites conducted by Jenny Piacente. This year’s production is “Sing Choirs of Angels.” Tickets are available in advance from Cherokee Chorale members and at area locations (see website for locations). Tickets also can be purchased at the door 45 minutes before the performance. 7:00 p.m., Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton. 678-494-8625,

December 6

Run for the Children ‘Reindeer Run’ The Service League of Cherokee County will present the 12th annual Run for the Children “Reindeer Run” 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The holiday-themed race will begin and end at the gazebo in Cannon Park located at the square in Downtown Canton and follow a route through the historic business district and surrounding neighborhoods. All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Those wishing to contribute to the cause without participating in the run


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may register as one of “Santa’s Helpers” and receive a T-shirt for a $15 donation (by November 29). The event will take place rain or shine. Cash prizes will be awarded in the 5K race to the top three overall male and female runners. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. All 1-Mile Fun Run participants will receive a commemorative ribbon. A $1,000 cash prize provided by CLB Contracting will be awarded to the school in Cherokee County with the most race participants. Anyone may register as a school affiliate to help a school win the award. Proceeds from the event will support children in need in Cherokee County. 8:00 a.m., Cannon Park, Downtown Canton. 770-704-5991,

Downtown Canton. CantonOptimistClub/

December 6 & 24, 2:00 p.m. December 12-13 & 19-20, 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol

Elm Street Theater performers will present a special musical adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens story about Ebeneezer Scrooge. The production is adapted for the stage by playwright G. Lora Grooms. Admission to the December 6 performance is free with a non-perishable food donation to assist local food pantries. City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251,

December 6

Woodstock Christmas Jubilee Kick off the holiday season with the City of Woodstock’s annual Christmas Jubilee, featuring the “Parade of Lights” parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the old Walmart/ Furniture for Less store on Highway 92. After the parade, bring the children to The Park at City Center for holiday festivities, including the lighting of The Park and the Woodstock Christmas tree; music by Ronnie the DJ; children’s activities; a marshmallow roast; visits with Santa; and a special holiday Movie in the Park! Winners of the parade float contests will be announced as well. The Woodstock Jaycees will be collecting new, unwrapped toy donations (and monetary donations) for its annual Christmas Toy Drive. 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-517-6788, MStockdale@

December 6

Canton Optimist Club Christmas Parade The Canton Optimist Club will present its 27th annual Christmas Parade. All types of groups are needed and welcome. There is no entry fee to participate in the parade, but donations are appreciated. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Spend the day in Downtown Canton with live music all afternoon and vendor booths in the square prior to the parade. Proceeds will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. 6:00 p.m.,

City On A Hill UMC 7745 Main St., Woodstock. 678-4453480,

December 24, 4:00 & 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship

Contemporary worship and candlelight service

December 24, 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Children’s Program

Candlelight service and special Christmas program presented by the Children’s Ministry

First Baptist Church Canton 1 Mission Point, Canton. 770-479-5538,

December 7, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Bethlehem Village

Families are invited to walk through the village of Bethlehem and experience the sights and sounds of the time of Jesus’ birth. Bethlehem Village is staged in the church Fellowship Hall.

December 7, 6:00 p.m.

Beat Street Children’s Christmas Musical

First Baptist Church Canton’s Preschool and Children’s Choir will share the story of Christmas.

December 14, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. “What a Glorious Night”

The Adult Worship Ministry at First Baptist Church Canton will present its annual Christmas musical during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

December 24, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services

Join First Baptist Church Canton for its annual Christmas Eve Services, celebrating the arrival of our Messiah, Jesus Christ!

Woodstock First Baptist Church 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock. 770-926-4428,

December 5, 7:00 p.m.; December 6-7, 2:00 & 6:00 p.m. “The Promise”

A dramatic musical journey through the story of God’s promise to all people.

December 17, 6:45 p.m.

Children’s Choir Christmas Carols

FBC Woodstock’s Children’s Choirs (grades K-6) will present a night of Christmas Carols for all to enjoy! It is not too late for children to join — Children’s Choir meets every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. 678-494-2872,

December 24, 3:00 & 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship Service

Join Pastor Johnny Hunt for a special Christmas Eve worship service.

Hopewell Baptist Church 78 Ridge Road, Canton. 770-345-5723,

November 19, 5:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner & Service

Hopewell Baptist Church’s regular Wednesday Night Dinner will feature a church-wide Thanksgiving dinner and service.

December 14, 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Program & Worship

Celebrate the Savior’s birth as Hopewell Baptist Adult Choir presents its special Christmas musical, “Hallelujah.”

December 21, 10:30 a.m. Christmas Service

Pastor Norman Hunt will share the true meaning of Christmas in this Sunday morning Christmas service.

December 24, 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service

Join Pastor Norman Hunt for a special Christmas Eve family service.



Holiday Highlights Classic toys that held a special place in children’s hearts long ago are back and sure to become new favorites for children today. Experience the fun again with such classic toys as the Spirograph, Simon, and Lite Brite, all available at Learning Express Toys of Woodstock. Stop in for a great selection of fun and educational toys, both classic and new. 2295 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 136, Woodstock. 770-517-2766, LearningExpressWoodstock


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Girls of all ages will love the Bangle Bracelet from Alex and Ani Bangles, available at Three Sisters Gifts in Hickory Flat. Each bracelet comes with its own meaningful charm and is expandable to ensure the perfect fit for every wrist. Alex and Ani Bangles are made in America of recycled metal. Three Sisters Gifts always offers complimentary gift packaging with purchase. Stop in for a special Open House event, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., November 14; and 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., November 15. 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton. 770-345-3090

Home Humidification By Robbie Matiak

With the arrival of the home heating season, a variety of problems caused by low relative humidity can plague your home. Dry air resulting from the low relative humidity absorbs moisture from you and everything inside your home; dry noses, scratchy throats, itchy skin, and static shock are all familiar problems during the colder months as we heat our homes. The American Society of Otolaryngology reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infections. Many viruses have been found to thrive in low humidity and can increase the likelihood of getting colds, flu and upper-respiratory ailments. But, dry air damage doesn’t stop there. Walls and ceilings may crack, and wood floors and trim may separate. Dry air shrinks the framing around windows and doors, resulting in gaps that allow cold air in from the outside — making your home less energy efficient. Static electric charges could cause damage, pricey repairs, or replacement of expensive electronic equipment. Properly humidified air can help prevent problems aggravated by dry air. Experts agree that homes should have a humidity level of 30-50 percent, and when running your heating system that means running a humidifier. There are several options, ranging from portable units that can be moved from room to room to whole-house systems that work with your heating system. Professionally installed whole-house humidification systems help to deliver appropriately conditioned air to every room in your home, making it more effective

than portable units that humidify just one room at a time. They also require little to no maintenance once installed properly, and use your home’s plumbing and electrical systems to supply the required water and electricity for operation. Portable humidifiers are freestanding and range in size from a table-top model to a floor model. These units have their own water supplies and plug into standard electrical outlets, but tend to have higher maintenance requirements. Portable units must have water added daily, and using distilled or de-mineralized water is ideal. They must be cleaned frequently and the filter replaced according to manufacturer’s recommendations (or more frequently). Maintaining the ideal humidity level in your home will also help make it feel warmer. Low humidity makes the air feel colder because it holds less water; the warmer the air is, the more water it can hold — thus, the warmer it feels. Think about how the thermometer says the temperature is 95 degrees, but it feels like 110 due to how high the humidity level is. Preserving the most comfortable home environment is important to quality of life. If your family suffers from the effects of dry air, you may want to consider a professionally installed whole-house humidification system.


dry skin

static shock

Robbie Matiak is a project coordinator at R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-917-1795,




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Artist Profile

By Heike Hellmann-Brown

Ann Litrel’s body of work as an artist, writer and advocate for Woodstock’s Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is a testament to her love for Cherokee County and its people that welcomed her so many years ago. “As an artist I strive every day to paint a better vision of the world,” Litrel says. “Art gives us joy, it uplifts, feeds the spirit, and ultimately makes our lives better. Creation in any form is not a mythical event of the past, but a living event of the moment taking place all around us.” Subsequently, Litrel’s artwork is mainly nature-themed with a strong admiration for the beauty of God’s creations, be it the most minute wildflower or the most ordinary hayfield. Born in Kansas and raised in the Midwest, Litrel already knew as a 6-year-old that she wanted to be an artist. She later graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. After moving to Georgia, she opened a studio and adapted her artwork onto commercial products, such as customdesigned paperware and textiles for clients nationwide.

In 2002, Litrel combined her art and writing skills to create “The Eternal Garden,” a collection of nature images accompanied by written meditation on the subject’s spiritual symbolism, followed in 2004 by “American Visions,” a visual/narrative panorama depicting the march of history through the American community — from frontier to farmland, small town to suburbs.

with community projects, such as the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and local nonprofit organizations that she supports with a portion of her sales. Currently Litrel’s focus lies on “Community: History & Visions.” Through written and painted portraits, the series showcases the influence of local leaders, volunteers and visionaries in shaping Cherokee County — and thus leaving her own impact as well.

For the past decade Litrel has resided in Cherokee County, along with her two sons and husband, Dr. Mike Litrel, a physician and writer. Over the years Ann Litrel has written and illustrated columns for a variety of publications on such topics as history, community and ecology, and collaborated with her husband on several projects, their latest being the 2013 book, “Surviving True Love, Children, and Other Blessings in Disguise.”

“Art is my vehicle to instill change,” she explains. “Whether it is nature, our environment, or the education system, we all can use our individual talents to make a difference and help shape the community in which we live. Get involved! Make this a beautiful environment where people feel at peace and everyone is inspired to contribute. Let’s paint the world together!”

Initially a solitary fine artist, Litrel now showcases her collection of North Georgia scenes and local landmarks at her gallery and studio space in Downtown Woodstock, a move which ultimately led to her involvement

Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.



All Things Thankful By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed. S.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and reflect on what we have.Teaching kids the concept of being thankful can be difficult. I overheard a great idea that not only will create family time this holiday season but also will help kids to truly understand the concepts of being thankful and showing gratitude. Creating an “All Things Thankful� jar allows kids to sit down with their family and talk about what they are thankful for and show their gratitude for things throughout their day. I challenge you, during this month, to take some time each night to sit down as a family and talk about what you are thankful for at that moment in time. After you have had a few moments of discussion, write down


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your thoughts on a sticky note or piece of paper. Encourage your children to write their thoughts as well, or write them down for them if they are not old enough. Fold up your thankful thought and place it in the jar. During your Thanksgiving meal time or some other time during the day, read all the thankful thoughts in the jar.

I am looking forward to doing this with my family and seeing what kinds of things my 5-year-old daughter will come up with during the month. I have a feeling it will start with princesses and Barbies, but (I hope) move into a larger concept of gratitude as the month gets closer to the holiday. Try to make this season of Thanksgiving a time to reflect on what you have and create memorable moments for your family.

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

Thankful on Main Street By Meghan Griffin


hat a wonderful “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, year it has been and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to for the Canton Main your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Street Program! We are — Ralph Waldo Emerson blessed to have hardworking merchants, board members, City staff, friends and family. They have been a joy to work with “I am most thankful for the 14 that my daughter and grandson have and have helped to make the year incredible men I get to work with every moved from Arizona to Canton. My fly by! Here, some of Canton Main day at my company. Their work ethic is grandson is the seventh generation in Street’s board of directors share what incredible and I am inspired, amazed, my family to live in Cherokee County!” they are thankful for this time of year: and blown away by them every day! — Judy Bishop, board member They ooze with pride for their work and “I am truly thankful to have lived leave no stone unturned. I love them From our Main Street Canton family, with my husband and raised a family with all my heart, and wish them and we wish you and yours the very best in this wonderful town that accepted their families the best of health and this holiday season! this ‘transplant’ with open arms more good luck this holiday season.” than 34 years ago. It is an honor and — Putnam Galt, board member a privilege to live and work with a community of caring, dedicated friends “I am thankful that Canton is getting Meghan Griffin is Main Street director for the City of Canton. 770-704-1500, and neighbors. I’ve traveled to many the recognition it deserves, having places, but there is no place like home.” recently been named the No. 1 city in — Pat Gold, president, Canton Main Georgia to live in. I am also thankful Street Program

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December 5

First Friday: Denim Days

First Friday: Night of Holiday Lights

6:00-9:00 p.m. at Cannon Park Go back in time to the Canton Cotton Mill Days. Live music, classic cars and more fun for the whole family! The Geeks Band will perform hits from the ‘70s to today. First Friday is free and open to the public.


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6:00-9:00 p.m. at Cannon Park Live music, classic cars and more fun for the whole family! Donations of new toys will be accepted for MUST Ministries. The Classic Cars entry fee will be waived for those who donate a new toy for MUST Ministries as well. First Friday is free and open to the public.

December 6 27th Annual Christmas Parade 6:00 p.m. at Cannon Park Enjoy music and activities in the park prior to the parade, hosted by the Canton Optimist Club. The event is free and open to the public.

Get Vaccinated Early to

Avoid the Flu By Charles Cooley, M.D.

Every year in the United States, the flu causes 36,000 deaths, 200,000 hospitalizations, and countless sick days. The symptoms of influenza, or the flu, begin much like those of the common cold: headache, fatigue, runny nose, and body aches. In many cases, a fever develops associated with uncontrollable chills. Most flu sufferers have a dry throat and cough. Nausea and vomiting may occur as well. Often, a person with the flu is so weak and uncomfortable that he/she may not feel like eating or doing anything else. The best source of protection against the flu is a flu shot. Once vaccinated, it takes your body about two weeks to produce the protective antibodies needed to

safeguard against the flu. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early before the flu season gets under way. Influenza is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses, which change from year to year. It’s important to get the flu vaccine every year to help protect against these new strains. Those considered at high risk for the flu should get the flu vaccine without question. High-risk factors include: • • • • •

People age 65 or older Those who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities People 6 months and older with chronic illness All children 6-23 months Anyone with heart or respiratory illnesses

Another way to protect yourself against the flu and stay healthy is to build your immune system. Here are a few suggestions: •

Eliminate as much stress from your life as possible.

• • •

Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Wash your hands often.

Of course, you can’t completely isolate yourself against the flu virus. The flu is a contagious virus that is spread from one person to another through tiny droplets that are released into the air when a person infected with the flu coughs or sneezes. Sometimes, people can become infected by touching their nose or mouth after touching something infected by the flu virus. This is especially prevalent in schools, medical facilities, and gyms. The threat of flu is everywhere. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Sources:,

Charles Cooley is a physician with M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine in Canton. 770-720-7000,



Taste of by Diane Murphy, honorary member



Ingredients 2 cups granulated sugar 1 1 3 cups vegetable oil 3 extra large eggs (room temperature) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1½ teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 pound carrots, grated ½ cup drained pineapple tidbits Cream Cheese Frosting 3 pound cream cheese (room temperature) 4 ½ pound unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pound confectioners sugar, sifted Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mix until just combined. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two (8inch) round cake plans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans. Beat the sugar, oil and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer until light yellow. Add the vanilla. In another bowl, sift together 2½ cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold in the carrots and pineapple. Add to the batter and mix well.

Recipe is from the “Gatherings & Traditions Cookbook,” produced by the Service League of Cherokee County. The Service League of Cherokee County has been working to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County since 1935. In addition to the cookbook, the organization’s fundraising efforts include the annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival; “Run for the Children” 5K Walk/1-mile Fun Run; and Annual Ball, featuring the “Dancing for the Children” competition.”


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Divide the batter equally between the two pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans set over a wire rack. Top with cream cheese frosting.

Blown Away: Grab Your Hair Dryer for Three Unique Looks By Jyl Craven Is your long-haired look stuck in a rut? It can be so easy to style your hair on auto-pilot the same way every day, even though those long tresses on your head are ripe for experimentation! LIFESTYLE

If you’re looking to change up your look without a haircut, you’re in luck! These three styles for long-haired ladies don’t require a trip to the salon. Whether you’re a fun-loving natural woman, a sophisticate with your finger in every pie, or the lady who knows all the latest hot spots, one of these looks will surely be for you.



Party Girl

The fun-loving look is a carefree, windswept hairstyle with disheveled waves. It’s sometimes referred to as the “beach wave look.” Requiring minimal styling, this hairdo is great for when you’re on the go or keeping it casual with friends. Further define the shape of your hair with a product like FORM FATALE from Kerastase. This firm but flexible styling aid gives you the perfect balance between bedhead and bounce.

This sleek, polished style lets everyone who gets even a glimpse of you know you mean business. Consider this straight look for any occasion where you want to convey yourself as the proud, professional woman you are. Whether you’re heading to an interview or heading up a meeting in the boardroom, this smooth, clean hairstyle commands respect and defines you as the doyenne you are. As an added tip, consider adding a shine and frizz spray. A little polish to this look will have you leaving a lasting impression.

Smooth tresses but with amplified volume ensure that this coiffure will catch every eye in the room. Style your hair into this look for a special event, a date night, or just an outing with friends to enjoy your favorite craft cocktails. The trendy “party girl” style is in vogue for those events where you want to attract attention. For a better finishing effect, try some KAZE WAVE by SHU UEMURA. This little secret will provide shine and help add sensational, weightless curls.

Finishing styles are endless, but these looks can provide some insight into the many dazzling possibilities you can explore with your locks. Remember: A picture is worth a thousand words. So, if you want to achieve any specific look (and don’t want to do it yourself), flip out that photo and you and your stylist will be on your way! L

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



Ribbon Cuttings

Canton Rotary Park 100 North Street Canton 770-704-8541 Civic Clubs

Grexa Chiropractic & Structural Wellness 1750 Marietta Highway, Suite 140 Canton 770-213-7602 Chiropractors, Chiropractic Wellness Center

Wendy’s 102 Riverstone Parkway Canton 770-479-3441 Restaurants

2014 Series Presented by:

Georgia Medical Treatment Center 557 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 140 Canton 770-345-2000 Health Care

Mathnasium of Woodstock 2265 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 102 Woodstock 678-214-5544 Education/Tutorial, Math Tutoring Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:30-6:00 p.m. Sponsored by:

Thursday, November 6, 2014 7:00 a.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton

Registration: Advanced $15, On-Site $20, Future Members $25 RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on November 4. Sponsored by: WellStar


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Located at:

Edward Jones — Ned Castleberry ­­­­ 461 East Main Street Canton, GA 30114 RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on November 14. There is no charge to attend.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:00 a.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton

Registration: Advanced $15, On-Site $20, Future Members $25 RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on December 2. Sponsored by: Regions

Marriage Counselors Don’t Save Marriages! By James Kilgore, Ph.D. The key to helping couples renew and revitalize their relationships is simple, yet profound. Individual counseling focuses on the person and his/her needs. Marriage counseling shifts the focus to the couple’s relationship. The systematic approach to marriage involves reminding the couple of the things that attracted them to each other and the strengths that they most admire in each other. Then, they can be free to use those resources to improve their communication and emphasize what they like about each other, rather than what divides them. A relationship becomes tense when, without honoring the strengths one’s mate has, one attempts to change the other. When each spouse appreciates the positive differences the other brings to the marriage and shows respect for

those traits, each spouse feels valued and significant. The heart of marriage therapy examines the balance of the resources each partner adds to the system in the relationship. When a spouse wonders if he/she is respected or fears that he/she is no longer loved and valued, individual protective defenses rise. Both spouses often become critical and begin attacking each other. The relationship can deteriorate very quickly. Couples can examine three basic questions: Who are you? What can I give you? And what can you give me? In the exploration of those answers, many couples gain a new understanding of what has been missing or under-emphasized recently in their relationship. When couples rediscover their strengths and re-emphasize their respect for each

other, new and loving behavior almost always follows. That’s the secret to success — helping people learn to show their love for each other in rewarding ways. A good marriage revolves around this commitment: I don’t have to live with you, but I want to live with you!

James Kilgore is president of International Family Foundation Inc. 770-479-3669,,



Pork chops 1 large onion (or two medium)

Anaheim Sauce

½ pound Anaheim peppers 1 medium-sized onion (sliced) 2 cloves of garlic 1 bunch of green onions (roots removed, but leave the white part on) 1 cup of chicken stock Salt and pepper (a dash of each)

Toss all of your vegetables in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Either place on a baking pan and roast in a broiler, or char on the grill. Once all vegetables are nice and charred and tender, remove from heat. Remove the stems and seeds from Anaheim peppers, leaving the skins for a nice charred flavor. Blend all ingredients for the sauce in an electric blender until smooth.

Caramelized Onions:

Thinly slice second onion and sautĂŠ over medium heat in butter and olive oil, sprinkling with a little salt to help the caramelization process. Onions are done when light brown and tender. Season and grill pork chops to preference (a mixture of blackening seasoning with brown sugar can give the dish a little sweetness). Top with onions and serve with sauce. Add caramelized onions if sauce is too spicy. Serve with a fruity red wine or your favorite beer and enjoy!


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How to Get the Most Out of Your Training By Arlene Dickerson It can be difficult to reserve the time necessary to attend a training session, whether you train online, or leave your office and go to a classroom. Sometimes by the time that training session comes around it is for a skill that you truly want and need to master. Here are some tips to help make sure the new information sinks into your brain. • Take notes. This may seem counterintuitive in our hightechnology culture, but taking notes, either by hand or by typing them into a document, is a great way to help you remember key points. • Review your notes during a break. This technique is especially helpful if your training class is spread over several days. After you’ve had a few minutes away during a prolonged break or when

the class is done for the day, take five minutes to review your notes and jot down questions you may have. • Ask questions. Sometimes engaging your instructor provides more than clarity. It gives you that extra kernel of information that will help the information stay with you. • Relate the new information to something familiar. Our brains automatically look for patterns as we learn. Taking time to figure out how new information can be used in your day-to-day life gets you more excited about the knowledge — and helps it stick in your mind. The way we learn as adults is very different from the way we learned as children. As adults, we master new skills when we can apply them to knowledge we already have. When you’re trying to hook new information into your mind, consider

everything you know — don’t limit yourself to only work skills or personal skills. Figuring out how new information can be applied to everything you know will help you gain comprehension faster and may just make you more efficient in several areas. Benefitting in more than one part of your life will give you huge returns on the time you invested and may just motivate you to learn more.

Arlene Dickerson is the co-owner/ director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491,



The Way I See It By Andrea Cottos, MS, OTR/L

Visual perceptual and oculomotor deficits are prominent problems that are frequently mislabeled as behavior problems, disinterest, inattention, and/or learning disabilities in our children. Visual perception (VP) is more than just 20/20 vision. It is the skills used to gather visual information, integrate it with other senses, and derive meaning from what we see. It is vital to reading, understanding directions, copying, visual memory, handeye coordination, and much more. It has three components:

Visual Spatial Skills: Understanding

space through directions (left, right, below, etc.) as one’s body relates to the outside world/how objects relate to one another. Signs of dysfunction:

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Appears clumsy Difficulty learning left/right

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• •

Makes reversals Avoids reaching across the body

Visual Analysis Skills: Discriminating

visual information to identify, sort, organize, retain and recall. Signs of deficits:

• • • • •

Difficulty learning/remembering letters, numbers, words Mistakes words with similar beginnings Appears distractible or has ADD/ADHD Difficulty comprehending/following instructions Difficulty understanding quantity concepts (length, volume, mass, etc.)

Visual Integration Skills: Integration

of visual input with other senses. The most pertinent visual-motor integration (VMI) is the coordination with visual perception for gross or fine motor movements (hand-eye coordination). VMI is necessary for ball skills (hitting/catching), self-care tasks (tying shoes), and academia (writing, drawing, computing, typing). VMI deficits include: • •

Poor penmanship, often with an inappropriate grasp Frequent erasures, poor

identification of mistakes Disorganization

Without oculomotor skills, the mechanism of taking in and storing information is not possible. Deficits may lead to blurred vision, difficulty following/shifting lines while reading, seeing double, burning/ tearing eyes, eye fatigue, and headaches, to name a few. Three primary eye movements are: • • •

Saccades: Moving over a stationary target (“jumping” between specific points) Pursuits: Smooth movements separate from head and body to follow a target Vergence: Aiming both eyes together on a target as it moves closer/farther away

Do you suspect a visual perceptual or oculomotor dysfunction? Intervention, with an occupational therapist or other qualified professional, is key to lifelong success.

Andrea Cottos is an occupational therapist at In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. Kristi Estes and Jennifer Puckett are co-owners of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804,

Book Review by catherine groves

‘The Magic’ challenges readers to find a magical life through gratitude. “The Magic,” by Rhonda Byrne, provides a 28-day journey of finding the “magic” in life and living life more gratefully. For 28 days, readers will participate in a different practice each day. Each practice is designed to make readers more grateful and experience more magical moments in different aspects of life. Before even beginning with Day 1, Byrne provides 28 pages of thoughtprovoking writing on gratitude and living a magical life. The beginning paragraph, “Remember when you were a child and you looked at life in total wonder and awe? Life was magical and exciting, and the smallest things were utterly thrilling to you. You were fascinated by the frost on the grass, a butterfly flittering through the air, or any strange leaf or rock on the ground,” grabs a hold quickly, and the “magical” journey really does begin! There are 28 magical practices designed to change readers’ negative beliefs and let gratitude create a miracle power that is life changing. This 28-day practice helps remove all of the negative attitudes, some from a very long time ago, and cause a deep transformation. Byrne writes on 28 different topics, all designed to get rid of the negative, focus on the positive, and embrace a spirit of gratitude. Day 1 begins with giving blessings for all, and the simple tasks outlined for doing so at the end of this chapter are reason to look forward to Day 2. From our health, to relationships, and even our professional lives, nothing is left out. As powerful as discovering the “Law of Attraction in Action,” in Byrne’s first book, “The Secret,” the “Miracle Power of Gratitude” is just as powerful and life changing in “The Magic.” Whether it is to find the “magic” in life by learning the true art of gratitude or maybe just desire for personal growth, “The Magic” is sure to deliver. “The Magic” can be purchased at most major bookstores and in e-Reader versions for Kindle and Nook.

Catherine Groves is an avid reader and book collector (owning more than 5,000 books). She also is publisher of two neighborhood magazines and is writing her first novel.



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