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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Michelle Martin ART Candice Williams Tiffany Atwood


ike it or not, the spring season begins this month. The weather will become warmer and the days longer. We will be blessed with more comforting sunshine, cobalt blue skies decorated with big puffy clouds, and songbirds singing on tree branches adorned with fresh green leaves. I would like to recognize these past few months and our reactions as a whole to the events within them. We saw strangers in the streets helping others in need and people going out of their way to help others. Unsolicited acts of kindness and generosity were everywhere. It was refreshing, renewing and reviving to see our neighbors show their character in such meaningful ways.

fresh, clean spring air flow in. We’ll spend more time outdoors with our families and friends, at the lake, the mountains and the beach. We will lie back, take it all in, delight and relax. Let’s keep thinking about this past season as we move through the coming months, continuing to unite as individuals and a community, looking out for good things to do to help others. Let’s lift people up with acts of goodwill and service. Personally, I can’t recall a winter that warmed my heart like this past one did. I would like to thank you for a wonderful winter. Keep up the good work and, together, “spring forward.”

And now, here we go into spring! The lawns will green up, the flowers will bloom and windows will open to let the Jack Tuszynski, publisher

SALES Janet Ponichtera George Colmant CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Kellie Baxter, Gemma Beylouny, Crystal Bryant, Mary Kay Buquoi, Jyl Craven, Arlene Dickerson, Dr. Kyle Edwards, Louise Estabrook, Meghan Griffin, Catherine Groves, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Mayor Gene Hobgood, James Kilgore, Michelle Knapp, Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. Chris Meiners, Irene Moore, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Nick Roper, Suzanne Taylor

Canton Family Life magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Family Life Publications. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community-based advertising. Each month, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the Canton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. Canton Family Life welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Canton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher. © 2014 All rights reserved.


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Calendar of


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

Hickory Flat Public Library 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565

March Through Unearthing the Past: April Archaeology in Cherokee County — Sponsored by Canton Tourism Inc., this exhibit explores the last 80 years of archaeological investigations in Cherokee County, highlighting some of the more than 1,000 archaeological sites in the area and featuring rarely seen artifacts found in Cherokee County. They represent more than 8,000 years of Native American occupation and include ceremonial objects, game pieces, weapons, and tools. The featured items are part of private collections and are on public display for the first time. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturdays, Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North St., Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288,


R.T. Jones Memorial Library 116 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, 770-479-3090


‘Romantic Masterworks’ — The Cherokee Chorale will present its spring concert, “Romantic Masterworks,” featuring the music of Schubert, Faure and Medelsshon, conducted by J. Andrew Bowers. Tickets will be available at the door and from select area merchants. 3:00 p.m., Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton. 678-439-8625,


Story Times Family Story Times March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., R.T. Jones March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:30 a.m., Ball Ground, Hickory Flat Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs often feature stories, music, rhymes and a free craft activity. Lapsit Story Times March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Lapsit story times will be limited to the first 15 children (plus their caregiver) to arrive and the doors to the program will be closed when the program begins.


DSB — “America’s favorite Journey tribute band” will perform the band’s biggest hits! Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. 7:30 p.m., Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska. 770-720-9167, Master Gardeners Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will present a “Layering Shrubs” seminar. 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803, CherokeeMasterGardeners




Special Programs

First Friday — Come out for an evening of food, music, shopping, and fun! The event is free and great for the whole family! This month’s theme is “St. Patty’s Party,” with special guests from the Atlanta Irish School of Music; classic cars; food and drinks; and lots of fun! 6:00-9:00 p.m., Cannon Park, 130 E. Main St., Downtown Canton. ‘Dare to Dream’ Gala — enAble of Georgia Inc. will host its annual “Dare to Dream” fundraising gala to help support programs and services provided to people with special needs. The event will feature silent and live auctions, dinner, and entertainment by Party Nation. Tickets can be purchased online. 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, 2540 Galleria Drive, Atlanta.770-664-4347 x121,


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Master Gardeners Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will present “Hooray for Herbs,” a seminar about planting and caring for herbs. 10:00 a.m., Hickory Flat Library, 2740 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770-721-7803,


White Ghost Shivers — This sixpiece band will bring its “insane continued on page 8

Super Saturday Story Times March 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Super Saturday story times are family story times designed with the working parent and/or schoolaged child in mind. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are a repeat performance of that week’s story times, but may not include a craft activity.

A Gathering of Warriors! March 12, 4:00 p.m., Hickory Flat This program is based on the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Come out and enjoy games and activities based on the series (including Pass the Prey and being sorted into clans). Ages 9-12. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required Please call 770-345-7565 to reserve a spot! continued on page 8

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continued from page 6 collision of ragtime, jazz, swing, bluegrass, cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque, Hostess Twinkie, caffeine and Tilt-a-Whirl” sounds and styles in a unique performance combining music, comedy and more. Vocalist Cella Blue carries a bag of tricks, including kazoos and whistles, to throw to the audience. Banjo player Shorty Borgasm makes the most of his stick-on handlebar mustache and plays a mean nose flute. Learn more about the act at Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. 3:00 p.m., Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska. 770-720-9167,


Cherokee County Georgia Grown Agriculture Expo — Sponsored by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Cherokee County Extension Office, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Woodstock, the Agriculture Expo is part of the National and Georgia Agriculture Month. Visit more than 20 agriculture booths to learn about agriculture in Cherokee County and how agriculture plays an important part in your everyday life. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo! Refreshments will be available. 4:007:00 p.m., Woodstock Recreation Center, 7545 Main St., Woodstock. 770-479-1481 ext. 0.

Young Adult Film Festival March 24, 6:00 p.m., R.T. Jones Submissions will be shown daily in March in the Teen Room at the R.T. Jones Memorial Library. Top submissions will be shown and winners will be announced at Awards Night! For questions or more information, please contact Lindsay Sheppard at 770479-3090, ext.4, or email: SheppardL@SeqLib@org. Reading Dogs March 4, 11, 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. AARP Income Tax Preparation Assistance March 10, 17, 24 & 31 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Hickory Flat AARP will provide assistance with income tax return preparation. Income Tax Preparation Assistance March 8, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Hickory Flat George Russell, formerly with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer income tax return preparation assistance.

April 5

Blood Drive — Your blood donation could help save 3-year-old Cailyn Thompson, who has been diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or any number of people in critical need of your matching blood type. Cailyn and her parents, Adam and Shelley Thompson, are members of Hopewell Baptist Church. Come out and show your support. Blood donations from the blood drive in January helped 171 people locally. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Hopewell Baptist Church, 78 Ridge Road, Canton. 770-345-5723,


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Business What's New Bridgemill Pets, “Your Neighborhood Place for Pets,” has relocated to the Publix Shopping Center at BridgeMill. Stop in for everything you need to keep your pet healthy and happy. Multiple groomers also are now on staff, with expanded grooming hours. Current hours are 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday & Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday; and 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday. 3760 Sixes Road, Suite 106, Canton. 678-880-0003.

Jan Rooney State Farm Agency will open April 1 in the Macedonia area of Canton. Jan, who has 15 years’ experience with State Farm, is excited to bring her “Good Neighbors” team to the Cherokee County area. She is a member of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and hopes to play a role in various initiatives to help Cherokee County continue to be a premier place to work and live. Jan enjoys helping people “get to a better state” with State Farm’s 139 products. Drops-ins are welcome. 7768 Cumming Hwy., Canton. (863) 289-3849,

Jan Rooney

Reinhardt University Hosts Panel Discussion on Ethics in Business Canton business leaders participated recently in a panel discussion on business ethics, hosted by The Knox Endowment for Ethics and Reinhardt University McCamish School of Business. The discussion was held at the Glasshouse of the Hasty Student Life Center on the university campus in Waleska. Featured guest panelists included Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood; Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Pam Carnes; Edward Jones Financial Advisor Ned Castleberry; and Alan King, president/owner of Alan H. King Consulting. The Knox Endowment for Ethics was established at Reinhardt by the late Pete Knox, a loyal trustee and friend of Reinhardt University. He began the endowment in support of ethics education in business and other areas at Reinhardt. After his death, Knox’s children and grandchildren have continued to support business ethics at Reinhardt through the endowment.

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Minute By Mayor Gene Hobgood

March Means Spring is Coming! I t’s been a cold, cold winter, but March is here with the promise of springtime! Canton is ready for the deeply deserved warmer weather of spring. We’re getting ready for a new year of activities, which will provide something for everyone: a walk or jog in the park along the Etowah River; a First Friday with lots of food, music and fellowship on the downtown streets; shopping for fresh local vegetables at the Farmers Market in Cannon Park; kids playing and swinging in Brown Park; or taking in a Dizzy Dean baseball game at Harmon Field. Everyone anticipates the Festival of the Arts coming up in May, with artists and craftsmen displaying and selling their talents. Some may even want to take in an old classic movie on a Saturday morning at the Canton Theater, or visit the Cherokee County Historic Museum and Visitors Center, located in the historic courthouse downtown. For those who want to get down and dirty, the Canton Community Garden has lots of spaces available to rent. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small garden plot, and you know it’s good! Digging and planting is great exercise, with the bonus of good, nutritious food for your family. The Canton City Council, and I as mayor, strive to be stewards of the city and to cultivate community. This season reminds me of the real function of our City government.

Spring is on its way, so pick your activities and get involved. Be a real participant in the community in which you live. We should thank all our various agencies and organizations that have made so many different activities possible. Thanks go to our City of Canton employees, especially our Police and Fire personnel; the Downtown Development Authority; Cherokee County Arts Council; Cherokee County Historical Society; the Main Street board of directors, including

Main Street Director Meghan Griffin; Canton Tourism; Canton Community Garden; Cherokee Office of Economic Development; and the many community volunteers who make all this possible. We’re all working together to make Canton the best community ever!

Now, let’s enjoy the spring!

Gene Hobgood is the mayor of Canton. 770-704-1500,


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Are You Taking Them? By Chris Meiners, D.C. What are we taught to do when we have symptoms like a headache, fever, depression, pain, anxiety, high blood pressure or any other of the hundreds of symptoms that we may experience on a daily basis? For most of us, we’re encouraged to take a pill to alleviate certain symptoms. But, does it really help? No! The symptom is merely covered up so that you no longer feel it. In essence, that’s light putting a piece of black tape over the engine light when you have a problem with your engine. Does that make sense? Of course not!

Still, we Americans continue to take more drugs than any other country in the world. In fact, 70 percent of all Americans, including children, take prescription medications on a daily basis. What kind of message are we sending to our children? Taking prescription medicine sends the message that it’s OK to medicate the problem rather than look for a solution. The United States also consumes 80 percent of all prescription pain medications produced worldwide, yet we only make up 5 percent of the world’s population. No wonder our overall health

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ranks 36th among industrialized nations and our infant mortality rate is 26th in the world. We have to stop and ask ourselves, “Why?” Could it be that big pharmaceutical companies, which make up more than 50 percent of all lobbyists in Washington D.C., make more profits than most other industries combined — approximately $711 billion? On top of that, “Obamacare” will give them an additional $35 billion in profits. There is a better way! All we have to do is keep our minds open to different ideas that have healthy benefits but are not harmful.

Dr. Chris Meiners is a licensed chiropractor with Canton Wellness Center. 770-720-4090,

A Purple Wave of Tiny Critters By Louise Estabrook Tiny insects by the thousands are being reported covering driveways and sidewalks. At first glance, many people assume the colored mass is mold or fungal growth. Then, when they look more closely, they see that there are actually thousands upon thousands of tiny moving insects! Although the appearance of so many tiny insects can be unnerving, they are harmless. The culprits are tiny critters called springtails, or collembola. The word “springtails” sounds like the title of some new Olympic gymnastics event. These insects are pretty good gymnasts in their own right. They have a specialized organ called a furcula on their abdomen. Like a tiny spring, this hinged appendage is folded under the insect. When the furcula is released, the insect springs into the air, traveling a distance of up to 100 times their body length! Springtails have a thin “skin” covering their bodies. Both air and water are able to pass though this layer directly into the body. This unique feature makes it possible for water to escape easily from their bodies as well. That’s why usually you will find springtails in moist environments. When specific moisture conditions are met, springtail numbers may skyrocket. Up to 50,000 springtails can inhabit one cubic foot of topsoil. They also can be found in thin layers covering the lower portions of garage doors or house foundations. Springtails feed on decaying vegetation. The action of springtails helps to decompose organic material and release nutrients into the soil. For that reason, they are generally considered beneficial and indicators of good soil health. Of course, if you have a wave of springtails inhabiting your garage they might not seem very beneficial. When they are found on sidewalks, garage doors and similar areas, simply wash them off with a water hose. If springtails move indoors, you can control them with over-the-counter indoor pest control products that contain pyrethrins or pyrethroids. Eliminating moisture in the home will help with long-term control.

Louise Estabrook is the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 770-721-7803,



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“Cannonball!” Dive back into swimming at Cherokee Aquatic Center. Every Saturday in March, save $1 off admission with a canned food donation, or $2 off with the donation of a new toy. 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Canton. 678-880-4760,


Taqueria Tykes Every Tuesday at Taqueria Tsunami at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta is “Taqueria Tkyes and Story Time.” Story time starts at 10:30 a.m., with snacks provided by Auntie Annie’s. Also on Tuesdays, get a free kids’ meal (for children 12 and under) with each adult entrée purchase (taco trio, bowl, salad or quesadilla; dine-in only). It’s the perfect “Mommy & Me” morning out! 915 Ridgewalk Pkwy., Suite 470, Woodstock. 678-909-3740,

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Mallory Lewis & Lamb Chop If you grew up watching Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop on TV, you’ll enjoy watching her daughter, Mallory, too. Mallory and Lamb Chop delight children and audiences with their highenergy show, featuring contemporary music, topical comedy, hilarious audience participation, and vintage footage of Shari and Lamb Chop. Call or go online to purchase tickets to the March 16 show at Falany Performing Arts Center! 3:00 p.m., March 16, Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska. 770-720-9167,

Transform Old Furniture Always wanted to try painting that old piece of furniture you’ve been saving? Rethunk Junk by Laura offers classes on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (at Woodstock Market, 5500 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth) that will teach you how to transform furniture into something completely new. 770-366-1852,

How Daily Habits

Impact Your Sleep A good night’s sleep is important to your health for many reasons. Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to such health problems as obesity, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. It decreases attentiveness and reaction time, and may cause you to lose focus at work. It also has been linked to a rise in motor vehicle accidents, involving drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Here are some simple solutions to help you catch more Zzzzz’s this year.

Limit technology. How often do you bring your laptop to bed? Do you watch television before turning out the lights and going to sleep? Studies show that chronic light from TVs, cell phones and other electronic devices decreases your brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep onset. Avoid any source of bright light in the evenings and make your bedroom a technology-free zone and your sleep quality will improve.

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Community Local Fire Explorers Win at Winterfest Competition Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services’ Explorer Post #469 won in five different categories of the 40th annual Winterfest Competition, held recently in Gatlinburg, Tenn. With 16 Explorers competing against more than 70 teams, Cherokee County’s Explorer Post #469 finished in 3rd place in four events: “Table-Top Display,” “Vehicle Extrication,” “EMS Team Challenge,” and “The Last Resort Drill,” which simulated a downed firefighter and various obstacles (finishing in 1.5 minutes). They also placed 2nd in “Advanced Emergency Medical Drill.” In addition, Cherokee County Explorers were honored by their advisors with an award recognizing their brotherhood, cheerfulness and dedication. “I am very proud of our Explorer post,” said Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather. “The accomplishments of this [competition] were outstanding and demonstrate their dedication to the fire service.”

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services’ Explorers #469 placed in the top three in five different categories of the Winterfest 2014 emergency services’ competition.

Canton Rotary Honors Members for Vocational Service The Rotary Club of Canton’s annual Vocational Service Awards, presented recently, recognized two members’ outstanding performance in their profession while also serving the community. The W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award was presented to Rod Drake, area manager for Georgia Power. Drake has worked for the utility company since 1974, while also being an active community volunteer with organizations and programs, including the Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club, Cherokee County Friends of Recovery Foundation, Reinhardt University A-Day, and Canton Rotary. “Georgia Power’s motto is ‘A citizen wherever we serve,’ and Rod is exactly that,” said Rotarian Marguerite Cline. Added Drake, “It’s my 40th year with Georgia Power, and you don’t hear that much anymore.Family But,Room when you have a AFTER great job, a great staff, and a great community, it‘s a joy.” The Robert S. Stubbs II Guardian of Ethics Award was presented to Jeff Mitchell, senior vice president for United Community Bank and Canton Rotary‘s immediate past president. The award honors Rotarians who have made significant contributions in their vocation and to foster the development of ethics and ethical practices. Mitchell has worked in banking for 28 years and has served with various organizations, including the Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club, Cherokee County YMCA, United Way in Cherokee County, and Bethesda Community Clinic. “Jeff Mitchell exemplifies the same principles and core values as Bob Stubbs, for whom this award is named,” said Rotarian Patty Baker. “He has lived his life doing the right thing.” In his acceptance speech, Mitchell recalled joining the club and asking his sponsor, Bill Webster, for advice. “I asked Bill: ‘How do you do it?’ And he said, ‘I just say yes.’ Seeing firsthand how giving like that gets things done inspires me. I greatly appreciate this honor.”

BSSL Accepting Scholarship Applications BridgeMill-Sixes Service League (BSSL) is accepting applications from Cherokee County high school seniors for college scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Two scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded in memory of Lexine Harper, a founding member of BSSL. The scholarships are open to all graduating seniors from Cherokee County public and private high schools. The scholarships are not based on grades or athletics, but rather service to the community through school, church/temple, or other service organizations. Applications are available online at Applications are due the first week of April (do not submit a photo with your application). For more information, contact Judy West at 404-368-7472. 18

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The Rotary Club of Canton presented Jeff Mitchell (left) with the 2014 Robert S. Stubbs II Guardian of Ethics Award, and Rod Drake (right) with the 2014 W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award.



Academic Athlete Inspires Macedonia Elementary Students Motivational speaker, author and ESPY award-winning athlete Kyle Maynard inspired students and faculty at Macedonia Elementary School recently with his story of personal triumph, reinforcing the school’s “Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It” theme. Maynard was born with a condition known as quadruple congenital Students at Macedonia Elementary amputation; his arms School find inspiration through end just above the Kyle Maynard’s (left) triumphs over elbows, and his legs end his physical disability. above the knee. Despite his physical disability, Maynard played youth and high school sports, including wrestling and football, and went on to set two world records in weightlifting. Maynard won the 2004 ESPY Award in 2004 for Best Athlete with a Disability and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. Maynard enthralled students with his stories that illustrated the power of never giving up. He said he challenged himself daily and progressed from taking 45 minutes to put on one sock the first time he tried to dress himself to becoming the first man to crawl on all fours up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. He said he drives himself to speaking engagements and, perhaps most intriguing to students, can send text messages on a regular smartphone. Also in attendance for Maynard’s presentation was Memphis Lafferty, a quadruple amputee who is a student at Johnston Elementary School. Memphis contracted bacterial meningitis at six months old and lost his limbs as a result of the disease. He and his father, Chris, met with Maynard before his speech.

Local Students Earn Microsoft Certification Cherokee High School (CHS) students are earning national Microsoft certification and accreditation through career classes. In addition to being a top school for Microsoft Office Specialist certifications, CHS has helped three students — Alexander Borders, Luke Bundrum, and Corey Parker (pictured, left to right) — from Anna Collins’ Web Design class achieve Microsoft Excel Expert status.

Rachel Whitman Cherokee High School students earn Microsoft Excel Expert status as part of a Web Design class.

Creekview High’s Chorus Performs at State Conference

Creekview High School’s (CHS) Advanced Women’s Chorus was selected by audition to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association’s (GMEA) Conference, held recently in Savannah. CHS’ elite choral ensemble was the only high school women’s choir in the state selected to perform at this year’s in-service conference. The CHS Advanced Women’s Chorus is made up of students in grades 10-12 who consistently earn superior ratings at GMEA Performance Evaluations in both onstage performance and sight-reading. Additionally, many of the members have participated in the GMEA All-State Chorus, All-State Reading Chorus, and various Honor Choirs around the region and state. CHS Advanced Women’s Chorus is directed by Scott L. Martin.


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Canton Student-Athletes Honored on


Fifty-six Cherokee County School District (CCSD) studentathletes were recognized in a special “National Signing Day” ceremony, held at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, for signing commitment letters to compete at the college level. The event was sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia and coordinated by the CCSD’s Office of School Operations. National Signing Day is the earliest day on which high school seniors can make a commitment to play sports for a college, university or military academy. Local student-athletes making a playing commitment were, from Cherokee High School: Savanna Dover, Southern Illinois University, softball; and Victoria Cassidy, Reinhardt University, soccer; from Creekview High School: Hudson Graham, Bryant University, baseball; twins Austin and Avery Smith, Georgia Highlands College, baseball; Nick Williams, University of North Georgia, baseball; Jack Mayo, University of Montevallo, baseball; Case Carmichael, Toccoa Falls College, baseball; Max Holton, Piedmont College, baseball;

Katelyn Creger, University of North Carolina-Asheville, volleyball; Tiffany Jordan, Georgia Highlands College, softball; Michael Shaw, U.S. Air Force Academy, football; Ashley Chumbler, Northwest Florida State College, softball; from Sequoyah HS: Katie Collis, Auburn University at Montgomery, softball; Devin McCleskey, LaGrange College, baseball; Brantley Flanagan, Shorter University, baseball; Evan Ezell, Maryville College, baseball; Jacob Cagle, Reinhardt University, baseball; Tristan Roberts, Georgia Highlands College, baseball; Emily Ryan, Wofford College, basketball; Zachary Moore, Lincoln Memorial, cross country; C.J. Collins, Kennesaw State University, football; Peter Rohan, Kennesaw State University, football; and A.J. Brown, Kennesaw State University, football.

Area high school student-athletes were among 55 CCSD students honored on National Signing Day.



Are Your

Outlets Safe?

By Nick Roper Some of you may be familiar with “Blue Collar” comedian Jeff Foxworthy. In one of his performances, he talks about the lack of safety around his childhood home — including the time when his father encouraged him to go ahead and stick a penny into an electrical outlet to find out what would happen. While he makes this situation sound funny, it is, in fact, a dangerous situation that occurs far too often and can result in serious injury or death. Many retail stores sell plastic inserts that you can plug into outlets that are intended to prevent children from inserting small metal objects into outlets.


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They are a relatively inexpensive way to provide a certain amount of safety for your children. However, recent studies have shown they can become a choking hazard, which is counterproductive to their purpose as a safety measure. Georgia is one of at least 33 states to have adopted the National Electric Code that requires tamper-resistant outlets (five other states have adopted it across various local jurisdictions). Tamper-resistant outlets have a builtin shutter system that prevents objects from entering the outlets unless both sides of the outlet are pressed. Unlike the plastic inserts that can be removed, these outlets offer automatic, continuous and permanent protection against electrical shocks or burns. These outlets are also a selling feature to potential buyers with children. If your home was built before the code change, your existing wiring should support an upgrade to the new tamper-

resistant outlets. This update should be completed by a licensed electrician; normally, it is a relatively affordable installation that can be completed in a few hours (depending on the size of your home) without damage to sheetrock or paint. Some tamperresistant outlets have built-in USB ports for charging mobile devices. Please keep in mind that while these tamper-resistant outlets come in a variety of color options to match your home décor, they are a safety upgrade and not a cosmetic upgrade. Tamper-resistant outlets are highly recommended by electricians and in compliance with current National Electric Code requirements.

Nick Roper is manager of business development for H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,




ightVision Outdoor Lighting is Atlanta’s premier outdoor lighting company, specializing in both residential and commercial lighting. We are committed to providing our customers with the greatest possible value, and take pride in providing customer service and satisfaction. NightVision is based locally in Cherokee County, where owners Joe and Linda Dover have lived their entire lives. Joe founded NightVision in 1999 after retiring from Lockheed-Georgia. Having been in business for 15 years and having installed landscape lighting in more than 5,000 homes, we believe this level of experience and expertise defines NightVision Outdoor Lighting as the standard in Atlanta landscape and outdoor lighting. We personally meet with our customers to create customized lighting to enhance their yards and homes. Pathway lights, for example, make walkways and steps


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safer at night; up-lighting gives a distinguished accent to homes, as well as provides security at night. Moon lights provide a tranquil feel and lovely look to yards as they shine down like a full moon on a beautiful night. Landscape lighting and pathway lights give a beautiful appeal to swimming pools and patios. Our company also specializes in commercial outdoor lighting, including pools, tennis courts, clubhouses and community entrances. Whatever your needs or desires, whether for home or business, NightVision is committed to providing prompt service, quality workmanship and great value in creating the perfect light design for you.

NightVision 263 Mountainview Circle, 770-361-8063

Saving Time By Crystal Bryant As spring approaches each year, we see and experience a lot of changes. We even change the time of day itself. I find it interesting that we call it “Daylight Savings Time,” as if we can somehow “save” time. The older we get, the more time seems to be our enemy, as we feel we have less and less of it.

Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I could somehow save time, have more time, or stop time. I have always struggled with managing a schedule and fitting in everything I feel I need to in a day. But, at the end of each day I still find myself looking back to see who or which task got “cheated.” Most of us feel that our busy schedules and demands leave someone or something “cheated” every day. When we are young, we sacrifice rest for our bodies in an effort to pack more activities into the day. A youthful body can usually compensate, but as we get older our bodies speak up more loudly when we don’t get the proper rest that we need. Then, it seems both work and family scream for our attention. Unfortunately, many times we cannot satisfy them both. I am lucky to have a job that allows me to work from home and, for the most part, set my own hours. I have a very understanding boss and a very patient

family. But, as I have struggled with some health issues the past couple of years, I have come to realize that there will never be enough time. So, I must make the hard decision every day of what my priorities are — and not every day is the same. I have also come to realize that spending a few minutes here or there with my children, my husband, reading the Bible, or doing something for my health can make a huge difference. I don’t have to carve out an hour or more to make it meaningful. A lot can happen in a moment, as my 4-year-old has taught me. We can’t get more time, but we can make every moment count.

Crystal Bryant is the wife of Pastor Chris Bryant at City On A Hill United Methodist Church in Woodstock. She is involved in women’s, prayer and children’s ministries. 678-445-3480,



By Irene Moore, CCHS president The Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS) is among the oldest humane societies in Georgia, having worked to save, alter, adopt and vaccinate dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1975. CCHS also educates children and pet owners about the importance of animal care, including spaying, neutering and vaccinating their pets. Our mission is to SAVE — Save, Adopt, Alter, Vaccinate and Educate. CCHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Programs are supported primarily through donations to its retail thrift store, located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road in Acworth. The 5,200-square-foot store also houses approximately 50 cats and has a small fenced “Bark Park” in the back, where dogs can play. As Ottis Moore, general manager of CCHS, explains, “The store was not originally intended to house cats, but people kept dropping them off. Taking them to the shelter was contrary to our cause. Thank goodness for volunteers, whom we always need, and those who donate to our store. This little store is like ‘the little engine that could.’” Last year alone CCHS rescued and adopted more than 800 animals that otherwise would have been euthanized. CCHS rescues many animals from local shelters and places them in foster homes until they can be placed with a permanent family. The organization


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partners with area PetSmart stores to host adoption drives on Saturdays and Sundays in the hopes of finding them a new home. CCHS also ran the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in the 1990s. Moore, who served as director of CCHS then, quickly implemented a new policy that ensured all dogs and cats be vaccinated and spayed/neutered. “The first month we took over the shelter, I spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day euthanizing every animal because there were too many reported cases of Parvo; I had no choice,” he says. “That forever changed my mind about the importance of vaccinations. From that point forward, nothing — regardless of age — left the shelter without receiving the proper vaccinations.” Moore recognized the need to spay/ neuter animals coming into the shelter after watching the same people bring in puppies and kittens month after month. “Spaying or neutering your pet is the most positive and kindest act you can do for your pet,” he says. Moore also knew it was important to provide people with access to low-cost spay and neuter services. As a result, CCHS partners with different programs, including CatSnip, that offer pet owners an affordable spay and neuter option.

CCHS is also one of the only humane societies to offer medical assistance for low-income pet owners. “Dogs and cats can develop all kinds of illnesses, and veterinary care can be expensive,” Moore says. “Fortunately, our community is blessed with a multitude of talented and understanding vets who are willing to help pets and owners in need.” While CCHS is grateful for the support from local veterinarians, volunteers and donors, Moore says CCHS is always short of funds and very limited in what it can do to help the thousands of animals that are left there and at other shelters every month. “For 35-plus years, CCHS has been working to make a small dent in a huge problem, and we thank all those who have supported us. We could not do it without the great residents of Cherokee County.”

5900 Bells Ferry Road Acworth


Extra Care in Extreme Circumstances Calls for Big Thanks By Janet Read My original intent for this month’s column was to write about the Cherokee County Spelling Bee and the Piedmont Technology Fair. Both were awesome events that I had the privilege to judge. However, after the late January snowstorm from the forces of Mother Nature, I decided to use this column to highlight the positive takeaways from the recent snowstorm. First, I would like to recognize the outstanding folks who live/work in Cherokee County. I would like to start with the parents of our 39,000-plus students. Many of you altered your plans to drive to school and pick up your children that Tuesday or Wednesday of the snowstorm. Hundreds of you braved slick roads and unbelievable traffic to transport your children safely home. Many of you walked to get your children off a school bus that couldn’t reach your street, watched a neighbor’s children, or waited in the cold and snow to meet a delayed bus. Cherokee County School District (CCSD) transports approximately 29,000 students each day by bus.The entire routing process takes about three hours from start to finish — on a good day, in normal traffic.“Snow Jam 2014” was neither of those. Our bus drivers drove in bumper-to-bumper traffic, up hills, around curves and on slick roads for one or more of their routes. I would like to commend our drivers who kept their children safe, warm and comforted at all times. When the decision was made to suspend routes, our drivers got their buses to safe locations and implemented the next plan, reuniting students with their parents. I am proud to say that we did not have any children stranded on buses at midnight Tuesday into Wednesday like other districts did. I would also like to thank the 70-plus teachers and staff throughout Cherokee County who stayed overnight at schools with their students.Their positive attitudes and cooperative spirit are what make them such role models for our students.Thank you for putting your students first, often above your own families! Thank you to the entire CCSD team for a job well done under ever-changing circumstances. It is an honor to work with each of you!

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




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or nearly 20 years, Howard’s Auto Body in Canton has provided quality paint and body repair services to satisfied customers throughout Cherokee County. Owner Howard Vallimont has more than 30 years’ experience, first working alongside a friend every day after high school and on weekends, then starting his own auto body repair business in Pennsylvania at the age of 21. In 1986, Howard moved to Canton, where he met his wife, Melissa, and raised their four daughters. Howard operated his own auto body repair business out of their home garage for 10 years, building a loyal and ever-growing customer base through relationships within the community and word-ofmouth referrals. Ultimately, the business outgrew the garage, Melissa says. “One of Howard’s friends actually dared him to open a ‘real’ auto body repair shop.” With his brother, Howard opened Howard’s Auto Body in 1996 in the lower part of the current building at 2650 Marietta Hwy., and eventually expanded with offices in the upper section. Today, Howard’s Auto Body features 11 garage bays, a paint booth and administrative offices in the 6,000-square-foot space. The shop offers full-service paint and body services on all vehicle makes and models, including collision repair; restoration; pin striping and molding; spray-in bed liners; head liners; and


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more. In addition, Howard’s Auto Body offers free estimates and works directly with insurance providers and local rental car agencies to ease the repair process. Howard’s Auto Body is committed to providing quality work and friendly service in a family-like atmosphere. As Melissa explains, Howard remains involved in most aspects of the repair work, while she handles bookkeeping and other day-to-day operations. Their daughter, Megan, who has “grown up in the family business,” is working alongside Melissa and taking management, marketing and customer service classes toward PPG certification — eventually taking over for Melissa, who plans to volunteer in the community. “We value family here and we try to run the business as a family,” Melissa says, noting that they are closed weekends so that employees can have quality time at home. Many employees have been with Howard’s Auto Body since its opening 18 years ago. Kelly, who is the shop’s main estimator, was born and raised in Canton. “Kelly knows practically everyone. He’s great with our customers.” All repair technicians are ASI- and ICAR-certified. In addition, they use only PPGcertified paint, which is matched to manufacturers’ original factory paint. Howard’s Auto Body backs all paint work with a lifetime warranty (for as long as customers own their cars, provided the work performed by Howard’s Auto Body has not been altered by an unauthorized service provider) and labor for one year. “Our goal is to

provide quality workmanship to our customers’ satisfaction. We go the extra mile to ensure vehicles are restored to their original condition and look,” says Melissa, noting that they inspect all vehicles to meet their own strict standards. “We’re not just in the repair business; we’re in the relationship business. We want all of our customers to leave here happy and satisfied.”

Frequently Asked Questions Do you do insurance work? Yes! We can handle the claim from the beginning. We will speak with the insurance company throughout the repair, so you don’t have to.

My insurance company only warrants the work from their vendors. Do you warranty your work? Absolutely! Our warranty is just as good, or better, than any insurance company warranty available.

What does your warranty cover? The warranty covers new paint for as long as you own the car; however, it becomes null and void if the repair is altered, adjusted or otherwise tampered.

When replacing parts and color matching, how long will I be without my vehicle? As longtime residents of Canton, Howard and Melissa Vallimont know that the community is the cornerstone of Howard’s Auto Body. “Many of our customers have been with us since we started 18 years ago — some even before, when we worked out of our garage — and now we’re repairing their children’s cars,” Melissa says. Howard’s Auto Body sponsors local youth sports as a way to give back to the community that has supported the business over the years. “It’s very rewarding to provide a service that helps out our friends and to support our local kids. It’s nice to know that we’re helping to foster ‘community.’”

Howard’s Auto Body 2650 Marietta Hwy., Canton


Each situation varies and is based upon the extent of the damage, but the general timeframe is within a week. If there is extensive damage or your vehicle requires hard-to-find parts, you may be without your car for a few days longer. One of our managers will keep you updated on the status of your car’s repair from beginning to end.

Are rental cars available if I need one? Yes! We offer discounted rental cars through local car rental companies for as low as $25 a day. We will make the appointment for you, and the rental company provides pickup and drop-off. Most often, rental costs are covered through your claim with the insurance company.

Is color matching available for partial repaints? Yes! Our skilled painters will match the new paint to your vehicle’s color by mixing it with the factory paint code.

Do you primer the car before painting? We apply a special base paint coat, which is a primer/sealer. It meets EPA standards and produces a uniform surface for optimal paint adhesion on all paint jobs.

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Paint & Restoration Auto Body Repair Collision Paint & Repair Pin Striping Head Liners Free Estimates ASI- and ICAR-Certified

What can I do to care for my new paint job? Sunlight is your paint’s worst enemy. Parking in a garage or under a car cover is the best; however, we realize that is not always available. For extra protection, keep your car clean and waxed to provide extra shine and luster to your new finish.



Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays By Kyle Edwards, O.D. Just as the sun’s rays can damage your skin with sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer, these rays can also have bad consequences on your eyes. Growing evidence shows that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss. As you prepare for your Spring Break vacation, be sure to take these basic precautions when in the sun in order to protect your eyes from damage associated with UV exposure.


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When possible, limit your time in the sun and take breaks often throughout the day. Also, make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses that filter 99 percent of UV rays. Polarized sunglass lens technology is often a great choice for your day at the beach, as they effectively filter out horizontally polarized light reflected from the surface of the water that is often the cause of harmful glare. Due to this fact, polarized lenses have long been the standard in sunglasses for fishermen, but now all those who love the outdoors are enjoying their tremendous benefits as well. Remembering to protect your children’s eyes is also important, as studies have shown that children may receive up to 80 percent of their exposure to damaging UV rays by age 18. Follow the same

precautions as you would for an adult, while making sure to choose sunglasses that properly fit children’s smaller faces, have impact-resistant lenses with quality frames, and have lenses large enough to shield their entire eye. Stop in to see your eye doctor before you head out on your trip to the beach. An eye care professional can recommend quality polarized sunglasses (in prescription and non-prescription) that meet the highest standards for sun and safety protection so that you can enjoy your day in the sun.

Dr. Kyle Edwards is an optometrist at Edwards Eye Care in Woodstock. 770-479-0222,

Rescuing your Resolutions! By James Kilgore, Ph.D. I listened as he said, “I got off track.” A professional man, he was acknowledging that his work and his life began to be sour and unrewarding. “I was very successful when I did what I enjoyed and I made a good living. I could put the last 10 years in the toilet and flush them down,” he continued. Maybe you understand where he has been. Life can be very rewarding and successful when we are clear about who we are and what we need to do. If we lose that focus, we may lose everything else along with it. Failed resolutions make us feel guilty. Albert Schweitzer is credited with saying, “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” We don’t have to look too far to see people who are not

happy in what they are doing and usually aren’t very successful. They endure the jobs they have to enjoy the weekends. They stay in a “career” long enough to retire so that they can enjoy “life.” That’s being “off track” in your life. No, I’m not suggesting that everything in life is pleasurable. I am suggesting that my attitude has a lot to do with whether I am bored to tears or delighted with the relationships I have. Each of us has a dream. When that dream is fired with passion, we are happy and successful. I lived in the Los Angeles area for a number of years. Former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda said, “The best day of my life is when I manage a winning game. The secondbest day is when I manage a losing game.” He was living his dream.

What’s yours? You can get your life back on track when you know what you want and you give yourself to achieving it. Then you enjoy it! Let your year be defined by the dream of your life. If you have a clear goal and you pursue it with passion, the result will be success and enjoyment. Can you ask for anything more? James Kilgore is president of International Family Foundation Inc. 770-479-3669,,



‘Maddie on Things’ A 365-day journey of a man with his dog, in photos…


was an ordinary life, one in which emptiness had taken up lodging in Theron Humphrey’s heart, the author and photographer of “Maddie on Things.” Shortly before the death of his grandfather, Humphrey went to see him. On this North Carolina farm, Humphrey began to contemplate what was real. While sitting in the living room, watching the fire, and while taking pictures of his grandfather and asking him questions, the distinction between what felt real on the farm versus what felt false back at his home in Idaho became clear. Humphrey decided to embark on a year’s journey across the United States, contributing this to his grandfather’s death and a broken heart, stating that his decision felt very “black and white, yes or no.”

Humphrey felt drawn to share what he experienced while photographing and speaking with his grandfather before his passing, and he wanted to share this with one person, every day, for a year. It was while preparing for his journey that Humphrey decided he wanted the company of a good dog. He adopted Maddie from a shelter in Atlanta, and she became his inspiration for “Maddie on Things.” In the introduction to his book, Humphrey writes, “We all walk different paths and have our own history. My story has led me here, writing an introduction about this wonderful dog that flipped my world.” “Maddie on Things” is a book of photos taken by Theron Humphrey as he and Maddie were on the road,

traveling across the United States for 365 days, covering 65,000 miles. As the pages turn, the photos are worth a thousand words and even more emotions. Guaranteed to be cherished by anyone who has ever loved a pet and by the young and the old, “Maddie on Things” is a beautiful creation. “Maddie on Things” can be purchased at most major bookstores and in e-Reader versions for Kindle and Nook.

Catherine Groves has lived in Georgia for 15 years and has lived in the South for considerably longer. An avid book collector (owning more than 5,000 books) and just as avid of a reader, she (as her children have said) “lives and breathes her books.” Catherine studied psychology, is working on an English degree, and is writing her first novel.

‘Why We Rescue’ Theron Humphrey is currently working on “Why We Rescue,” a project to encourage more people to choose rescue animals as pets. As part of the project, Humphrey is photographing rescue success stories throughout all 50 states. Visit for more information. 32

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The Most Generous Cut: The Do’s and Don’ts of Donating Hair By Jyl Craven Many adults — even women — lose their hair, and we can all recognize that as a fact of nature. But it’s heart-wrenching to see a child who has lost his or her hair. We know this isn’t the cycle that nature intended, and hair loss is often just a visible trait signifying a battle with cancer or another disease that no child should ever have to worry about. Hair loss in a child — even when it’s due to a non-life-threatening condition — is scary for parents and traumatic for children. Fortunately, plenty of nonprofit groups have sprung up through the years to create wigs for children who have lost their hair. I’m often asked how to donate hair, so I thought I would put together these hairdonation guidelines for those generous donors.

What You Need to Know about Donating Hair

There are a number of nonprofit organizations that help create wigs and hairpieces for children suffering hair loss, and each has its own specific guidelines. If you are thinking of donating your or your child’s hair, here are a few rules of thumb: • Hair should be at least 8 inches long. • Most organizations prefer virgin hair. Some organizations will accept colored hair as long as it is in good condition and isn’t overly bleached. • Hair should be clean, dry and secured in a ponytail. • An elastic band should be placed at each end of the hair to keep the hair all pointing in one direction. • Layered hair can be used as long as the shortest layer is at least 8 inches long. • Most organizations will accept gray hair, but always check with the specific organization. Even if your hair doesn’t currently fit these criteria, you may be able to help in other ways or prepare your hair for donation in the future. Your stylist will often have good advice on hair donation.

How to Help

The following are a few of the better-known organizations that provide hairpieces for children suffering from cancer and other conditions that cause hair loss: • Locks of Love ( • Children with Hair Loss ( • Wigs for Kids (

Each organization has a “donate” page specifying its own donation guidelines and specific needs. Even if you are unable to donate your hair at this time, these great causes also accept monetary donations. We would like to thank all of the generous people in our local area who have asked us how to donate their hair. We’ll leave you with the words of inspirational author Steve Maraboli: “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

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



A beginner’s guide to picking the right pet for your family and providing loving care for a

long, healthy life. By Michelle Martin


etting a family pet is an exciting time for everyone, especially if it’s your children’s first pet. While a pet can bring a lot of love and joy to your lives, it also brings added responsibilities and special care. It is important to understand the commitment that comes with having a pet and to carefully consider the type of pet that would be best suited to your individual home and lifestyle, according to veterinary doctors with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) and the University of Georgia Community Practice Clinic (UGA CPC), part of the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Ira Roth, D.V.M., director of UGA CPC, recommends consulting with a veterinarian who can advise you on general care, responsibilities, and common behavioral and medical issues on the outset. “The best approach is a partnership approach between you and the veterinarian as your pet

develops over the years,” he says. “You can’t trade in a pet like a car or just put it away when you’re finished playing with it, so it’s imperative to do your due diligence instead of just jumping into it.”


If you have young children, you may be concerned that they are not big enough or old enough to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet. Duffy Jones, D.V.M., president-elect of GVMA, suggests children be at least 4 years old before getting a pet. “Usually by the age of 4, children can understand how to interact with the pet and can help with daily feeding,” he says. “Before the age of 4, children may be too small to play with a pet without getting bitten or scratched.”

Responsibilities: Having a pet goes beyond the

obvious day-to-day responsibilities of providing food, water and shelter. Caring for a pet is a commitment much like having a baby, as many dogs and cats often live 1418 years. “Many times, those first few weeks of having a pet are similar to having a newborn baby,” says Dr. Jones. “There will be lots of cleaning up poop and waking during the night; fortunately, it gets better quickly.” You may also have to change your schedule in order to let your pet out during the day or get home by a certain time every night so your pet isn’t left at home alone. With dogs, training may be required to help them assimilate to home life and correct biting, chewing, and aggressive behavior. You should also be prepared for the financial responsibility of having a pet. Dr. Roth estimates that basic preventative care, including vaccinations, parasite control and food, can cost $500-$1,000 annually. Then, there are the added expenses of grooming, boarding and unexpected medical costs. “Sadly, many pet owners are faced with making hard decisions about their pets because they cannot afford costly medical care,” he says. “Pet insurance now makes it possible for pet owners to get their pets the treatments they need but otherwise couldn’t afford.” Pet insurance works much like


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regular medical insurance, with a monthly premium and deductible, and covers car injuries, diabetes and other common pet problems.

Ask yourself the following questions to help determine if your family is ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet:

• Does your schedule make it possible to give the pet the care it needs?

• Are you willing to invest the time involved in properly training your pet to assimilate to its new home?

• Are you prepared for the financial investment of caring for a pet?

• Is your home an ideal, safe environment for a pet?

The biggest responsibility of having a pet, Dr. Roth feels, is spending time with it. “Keeping your dog penned up outside and never spending any real time with it isn’t really what having a pet is all about,” he says. “A pet requires lots of love and care throughout many different life stages — not just when it’s a cute little puppy or kitten.”

Type of pet: Your home and lifestyle may play a

large role in the type of pet that is ideal for your family. If you work long hours or travel a lot, a cat may be a better option than a dog, unless you have a dependable pet sitter or place for boarding. Also, a large dog would not be well suited in a small apartment with little room for the activity that they need daily. Fish, birds, reptiles and other animals also make good pets, but may require special care in terms of adequate space, temperature/humidity settings, and diet and nutritional needs. Dr. Jones also recommends hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs as a short-term pet. Since their life span is considerably shorter than that of a dog or cat, they may be a good choice to help young children learn how to care for a pet. If you or a member of your household has allergies, Dr. Roth advises consulting with a veterinarian before bringing a pet into your home. “A veterinarian can make recommendations about certain dog or cat breeds that may be less allergenic or can be tolerated with certain allergy medications.”

Pet background: Whether you find your pet

through a local shelter, pet store or private breeder, Drs. Roth and Jones agree that it’s important to know your pet’s background, including medical problems and anxiety with children or other pets. “Shelter dogs often have behavioral issues that may not be obvious until you take them out of the shelter environment,” says Dr. Jones. “Just do your homework to pick a pet that will adjust well to your family and home environment.” WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Is Your Home Pet-Ready? “Baby-proof” your home of these common household hazards to create a loving, safe environment for your new pet:

Behavioral and medical issues:

Pets, just like people, develop medical problems and changes in behavior as they get older. The most common problems with dogs and cats are slower and more limited movement as a result of arthritis; hearing and/or vision loss; and diabetes, heart disease and cancer. “Changes in appetite, water consumption and house-training habits are frequent signs in pets as they get older,” Dr. Roth says. “It is important to focus on disease prevention, parasite control, a well-balanced diet and good dental health, as much of what we see can be identified and treated early.”

Loss of a pet: Losing a pet is a very emotional

experience for adults and children, and how your family deals with it is a very personal decision. “In some instances, children can handle the loss better than adults, because children see things as black and white,” says Dr. Jones. “As children get older, it’s a good idea to explain to them that caring for a pet sometimes means making hard decisions to help ease the pet’s pain and suffering.” Dr. Roth says the emotional toll can be particularly hard on older adults who have had their pets for many years. “Many pet owners feel they have little to look forward to in life once their pet and the daily routine of caring for it are gone. We recommend they bring in another pet either while the first pet is still living or immediately after its passing to fill that emotional void. Our pets become our family, and losing them is just like losing a member of the family.”


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Do not feed table scraps (or chocolate, especially to dogs), which could lead to intestinal problems.

Remove or secure electrical cords that dogs and cats could chew through.

Keep harmful plants out of reach (lilies, not poinsettias, are especially bad for cats; azaleas for dogs).

Store medications where pets cannot get into and digest them.

Remove antifreeze and other automotive oils/products from lower shelves in the garage.

Pick up toys, clothes and strings from the floor.

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Setting Limits on Your Child’s Behavior By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

It is good to remind ourselves that our children are developing in very close proximity to us, and to take a brief look at our parenting styles and think about how they will affect our children in their early years. Children are very aware of their boundaries, and with every moment they can push their limits. Finding the right balance of child interaction and parental support can lead to successful control of setting limits with children. The temperamental “fit” between parent and child plays a big role in the limit-setting process. If this process is to work well, the challenge is to keep drawing your child toward greater self-control.The match between your style and that of your child will never be perfect, nor should it be. After all,


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we are always trying to find the perfect match for parenting — only come to find out last week’s strategies are this week’s old news. However, thinking about how you affect each other can greatly increase the ease with which you set limits for him/her and help him/her stay in control when he/she is threatening to “lose it.” When you are well tuned to your child, both of you are likely to feel more in control. As a result, your child won’t have to resort to evermore dramatic tactics, like shutting down completely, hitting or running away. By the same token, repeatedly misreading what a child needs in the limit-setting realm, coupled with too little or too much discipline, will leave him/her feeling confused and that he/she has failed as a communicator.These feelings, in

turn, will lead to a sense of uselessness and hopelessness. So, it’s a good idea to periodically reassess your style and that of your child to see where differences could be helpful or troublesome. Remember, the most important thing is to find the balance between you and your child.You can do this by remaining calm, opening your ears and your arms to help your child sort through the emotions that can cause them to feel like they are “out of control.”

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



house daily and every salad dressing is made from scratch. Dishes, like the Fried Catfish or Shrimp Basket, are seasoned and breaded to order. Every bite is evident to this commitment — it’s what keeps people coming back through those swinging doors!


Kitchen in Woodstock is racing into its second year and it’s not slowing down. The country-rockin’, scratch-cookin’ restaurant is quickly becoming one of the area’s favorite places for an amazingly delicious lunch or dinner that you just can’t get anywhere else! JUMP Kitchen is dedicated to providing fresh, quality ingredients in every dish. Every burger is ground in-


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JUMP Kitchen is committed to providing excellent food at a reasonable price. Lunch dishes, including the BBQ Meatloaf Sandwich and Chicken Salad Sandwich, start at just $6.95. Willy’s Chili, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Lobster Bisque are available daily as a meal, or as a part of the Lunch Combo Special with a salad or half Po-Boy. JUMP also features a variety of delicious salads, like the BBQ Salmon Salad, Shrimp & Lobster Salad, and Saloon Cobb Chicken Salad — all starting at $7.95. And the list goes on. So, whether it’s a ladies’ lunch with time to linger and chat, or a business lunch pressed for time, JUMP has what you’re looking for and so much more.

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Once you’re hooked after your lunch experience, you’ll want to bring your family and friends back for dinner! Every Monday, kids eat free (two kids’ meals per one adult entrée). On Tuesdays, enjoy local musicians during JUMP’s “SingerSongwriter Showcase.” And, you can’t beat our “Half-Priced Wings Wednesdays!” In addition to these weekly specials, JUMP also features daily specials, such as the Mushroom Truffle Burger. Check us out on Facebook or on our website for daily specials, deals, and the latest live music events. See y’all soon!

1085 Buckhead Crossing Woodstock 678-388-7717

Breast Lift Benefits By Drs. Musarra, Leake & Petrosky

Age, pregnancy, weight loss or gain, and genetics all contribute to changes in a woman’s breasts. Sagging, called ptosis, includes breasts that are flattened with an elongated shape and a nipple/areola complex that is pointed downward. To put it in simple terms, the breast is made up of an outer skin “envelope” and inner “stuffing” — breast tissue and fat. When the breast sags, it’s usually because the envelope is too big for the stuffing. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is the procedure of choice if you have lost breast volume, desire a more youthful shape, or simply want to improve your fullness and cleavage. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher natural position. A breast lift will elevate and reshape your breast tissue, remove excess skin from the lower portion of your

breast, and force breast tissue up. This will reduce your breast size, making your breast “perky.” It is also possible to reduce the size of an enlarged or stretched areola. Many women who have their breasts lifted also decide to also have them enlarged with either breast implants or fat grafting. Incisions follow your breast’s natural contour, defining the area of excision and the new location for the nipple. Incision patterns may include one or more of the following areas: around the areola; vertically down from the areola to the breast crease; and horizontally in the breast crease. The recommended technique for your breast lift will be based on your breast size and shape, as well as the size and position of your nipple/ areola complex. Equally important are the degree of sagging or elasticity of your

skin and the amount of excess skin to be removed. After surgery, you will be placed in a surgical bra or wrap and may be instructed to wear a supportive bra for several weeks. Swelling and discoloration will gradually subside. You may experience decreased breast or nipple sensation, which normally returns. You should be able to return to your normal routine within three to four weeks. As always, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon and ensure the facility is fully accredited or licensed. Drs. Musarra, Leake & Petrosky are board-certified surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242,



Taste of By Robyn McEntyre

Ingredients ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped green bell pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 Velveeta block 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked, drained and chopped 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (10-ounce) Ro-Tel tomatoes (mild or original) 2-3 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth, divided 1 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch dressing mix Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Sauté the first three ingredients until tender. Melt one block of Velveeta and ½ cup chicken broth in microwave, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Pour into crock pot along with all other ingredients. Simmer for two hours. Change the consistency of the soup by adding more of the third can of broth if desired. Serve hot with corn chips.


Chicken Tortilla Soup

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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Do You Learn Better

Outside of the Office? By Arlene Dickerson Over the last 10 years, technology has made it possible to learn many different things from the comfort of your own desk. Whether it’s having better access to training documents, streaming video from an archive, or joining a webinar or online class, we have the ability to pick up new skills left and right. This instant access to so much knowledge is great, but do you have the time to access it and gain the mastery you need? Most of us do; however, constant interruptions can make it difficult to get the total sum of time you may need to complete a webinar or online class. Sure, you can block out time on your calendar to participate in an online class; you won’t have other appointments or obligations scheduled in that window. But, will you get an unexpected call or email? That is very likely. When you’re trying to learn a new skill, especially one in an area that you don’t normally practice in every day, you may learn more effectively if you leave your desk or office and go to a classroom. Opting to gain knowledge away from your day-to-day life gives you room to focus without the normal interruptions that cross your desk. Make sure you get the most out of your time away from your desk by turning off your cell phone or putting it on silent. If your class is using computers with web access, resist the urge to log into your email. Wait until the class’s allotted break time to check your phone or email. These steps will allow you to focus on your class, as well as help clear your mind to come up with new ideas or find a solution to an issue that has been eluding you. With your new understanding, you will return to your desk refreshed and with a mastery of the skill that would have taken much longer to gain if you had been fielding phone calls and emails while trying to learn.

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



Staycations Staycations Spring

Local attractions and activities

provide adventure and fun close to home.

You don’t have to plan a costly out-of-town getaway to enjoy a change of pace and scenery this spring. Georgia has endless opportunities in your local community and within a short drive for a family day of fun — from outdoor adventures, museums and historical sites to popular attractions, creative arts and more!

State Parks & Gardens Few attractions offer the beauty and serenity that come with a leisurely stroll (or hike) through our state and local parks. The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources’ “2014 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a free, handy resource of the state’s best hiking and biking trails, fishing spots, rafting and canoeing waters. Don Carter State Park in Gainesville is Georgia’s newest state park and the first state park on 38,000-acre Lake Lanier. It has a large, sand swimming beach with a bath house and boat ramps, as well as a paved multi-use trail for hiking and biking (and even strollers). Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth offers scenic hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding through hardwood forests and blueberry thickets, crossing streams and circling a 17-acre lake. Visitors also can explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian

Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall that stands on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-footlong wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies. You can also enjoy the outdoors at local sites, such as the 292-acre Gibbs Gardens in Canton. Designed by Jim Gibbs, the property features a beautiful stream flowing through the middle of the valley, 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls; naturalized ferns, azaleas, Dogwood trees and plants that offer spectacular seasonal blooms and color; and a European-style Manor House that sits 150 feet above the water and gardens, and offers captivating views of the north Georgia mountains. Many of the gardens and nature centers in Cherokee County and nearby areas offer a variety of special activities and programs for Spring Break.

Fort Mountain State Park

Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources


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Durhamtown Plantation

Sports & Recreation You don’t have to play organized sports to have fun. Go for a family bike ride at Cherokee County’s various public parks and bicycle trails, including Blanket’s Creek Bicycle Trails in Canton and Randahl Memorial Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock. If you’re into horseback riding, there are a number of equestrian centers and farms throughout Cherokee County. Durhamtown Plantation, between Union Point and Crawfordville, is a family resort that offers off-road riding with one-way trails and track systems, along with a pro shop and rentals for dirt bikes, ATVs, Side-by-Sides and accessories. The property also features a shooting range, 3.5-acre catfish/bream pond, and hunting.

Photo courtesy of Mike Bouknight, FastBall Photography SC

By Michelle Martin


Atlanta Attractions There’s nothing wrong with acting like a tourist and taking in some of Atlanta’s top attractions. Get a grand view of downtown Atlanta atop the SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel at Centennial Olympic Park! Explore the wonders of the sea at Georgia Aquarium, or explore the land of the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Let your kids’ creativity take center stage at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta at Phipps Plaza. highlights 50 of Atlanta’s most popular attractions and activities, including World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta and other top spots.

SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel Photo courtesy of SkyView Atlanta/ Gene Ho Photography

Historical Sites Brush up on your Georgia history by visiting some of the state’s historical parks and sites. Whether your interest is in Native Americans, the Civil War, colonial homes or the Gold Rush, you can explore and learn all about Georgia’s role in important events that helped shape U.S. history. With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, history buffs may want to visit Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site in Dallas, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Travel roads used by Federal and Confederate troops, walk the same ravine where hundreds gave their lives, and tour an authentic 1800s pioneer cabin. Also, Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs offers museum exhibits and tours of the New Manchester Manufacturing Co. textile mill that was burned during the Civil War. Etowah Indian Mounds Historical Site in Cartersville and New Echota Historic Site in Calhoun chronicle significant events in Native American history, including the starting point of the Trail of Tears. Chief Vann House Historic Site in Chatsworth tells the story of the famous Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman, who established the largest (1,000 acres) and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation. Dahlonega, located on top of the largest gold deposits found east of the Mississippi River, offers tours of preserved gold mines and the Dahlonega Gold Museum; visitors can even “pan” for gold! In Atlanta, tour the state capitol, or learn about our nation’s 39th president at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. If you’re into science, the 120,000-square-foot Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville features four main galleries (Weinman Mineral Gallery, Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion, and The Collins Family My Big Backyard), along with a digital planetarium and observatory; interactive exhibits; and hands-on experiments. Cherokee County is rich with history. Stop by the Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store in Downtown Woodstock to learn about Woodstock’s early beginnings (gristmill, wood carving, gold mining and shipping industries) and historic homes. The Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center in Downtown Canton features permanent (and temporary) exhibits, interactive presentations and videos of local residents sharing their stories about life in Cherokee County. Funk Heritage Center in Waleska also details Native American history in north Georgia.

Creative & Performing Arts Tellus Science Museum

If you and your kids are looking for some hands-on or interactive fun, consider a class at one of the local arts centers. Cherokee Arts Center, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Play Music and Art!, just to name a few, offer a variety of arts and crafts, music and drama activities, as well as programs specially planned for Spring Break. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


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aureate Medical Group, one of Atlanta’s most well-respected internal medicine practices, has opened a new location in Holly Springs. The office is in the Northside/Holly Springs Medical Building, 684 Sixes Road, and provides internal medicine, endocrinology and neurology services to adult patients in Cherokee County and surrounding areas. A variety of non-invasive diagnostic services are provided on site, including lab tests. “I’m excited to be part of such a highly regarded group of physicians,” says internist Dr. Allen Mills, who has been practicing in the Canton area since 2005 and recently joined Laureate. “The


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philosophy of Laureate Medical Group is a perfect fit for me — excellent medical care delivered with sincere compassion for patients.” Dr. Mills is joined by neurologist Dr. Gavin Brown, who comes to Laureate after being in private practice and serving as assistant professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. The third physician in the Holly Springs location will be Dr. Jennie Law, an endocrinologist who joined the practice in 2013. Dr. Law will begin seeing patients there this spring.


Laureate has a 50-year history in metro Atlanta and, since 2012, has grown to meet the demands of its growing patient base. The practice now has five other locations in addition to Holly Springs: Midtown, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Jonesboro and East Cobb. The majority of the physicians in the practice specialize in internal medicine. Laureate also provides care in endocrinology, rheumatology and neurology, and has a sleep-medicine division at the Sandy Springs location. As an affiliate of Northside Hospital, Laureate’s physicians in Holly Springs have privileges at Northside HospitalCherokee in Canton. Appointments can be made by calling 770-720-2221.

Cleaning Tips for Homes with Pets By Gemma Beylouny

Most of us know that having pets in the house requires special care and maintenance. Households with pets can be a challenge to keep clean, but a little planning and regular attention once a day or even once a week can make it easier. First, make sure your dog is thoroughly

trained and that your cat has plenty of scratch posts for sharpening its claws instead of destroying your furniture. Keeping your pet well-groomed also makes cleanup more manageable. Bathe your dog regularly at home or at a professional groomer’s (most cats will need to be bathed by a professional groomer or at the vet’s office). It’s a good idea to trim your pet’s nails with each bath to prevent damage to your floors and furniture. Also, be sure to brush your dog or cat’s hair daily or weekly. Whenever possible, brush your pet outside to reduce shedding indoors.

the food and water dishes to minimize drippings and spills on the floor. Place a mat or rug in front of doors to reduce pets tracking in dirt and mud.

Once you’re ready to clean, take care to use only products that will not be harmful to your pet. Dogs are prone to lick the floor, so use cleaning products that are pet-friendly. I recommend vacuuming the carpet daily and mopping kitchen and bathroom floors once a week, mixing water with a small amount of vinegar. Put a litter mat and/ or a large absorbent rubber mat under

Pets are like family, and as owners we have a responsibility to ensure their home is a safe and clean environment.

A good idea when you are not expecting guests is to cover areas that pets use frequently, like sofas and chairs, with a sheet to protect them from collecting pet hair. Close the door to guest rooms and other areas that aren’t used regularly. Curtains and drapes are like magnets for attracting pet hair and odor. Clean them regularly by using your vacuum cleaner attachment tools.

Gemma Beylouny is the owner of Rejoice Maids Service. 678-905-3476,





2 tablespoons butter

Start by melting the butter in a saucepan. Add onions and garlic, cooking until softened.

Âź cup onions (minced) 1 large clove of garlic (minced) 1 cup mushrooms (quartered) Âź cup bourbon 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup beef stock

Lower the heat on sauce pan to medium-low and add mushrooms. Cook until the natural juices from the mushrooms start to render.

2 teaspoons strong Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon (each) salt and pepper

Add bourbon (if cooking on an open flame, turn the heat off completely when adding bourbon, or be prepared for possible flames). Reduce slightly. Add remaining ingredients and reduce until thickened. Grill veal chops to your desired preference, topping with bourbon mushroom cream sauce. Enjoy with your favorite wine or bourbon and sides.


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Jason Liford is the executive chef at Downtown Kitchen and has been an integral part of the staff for nearly six years. Jason fell in love with cooking at the age of 16 and is a lifelong Cherokee County resident and graduate of Cherokee High School. He brings his love and passion for food to Downtown Kitchen and enjoys providing these seasonal recipes to the community. He hopes you enjoy them, too!



By Heike Hellmann-Brown


or fiber artist Regina Hines, a love of music led to her becoming an advocate for the arts in Georgia. “I have always been surrounded by art,” the New Jersey native says. “I studied performing arts and music, and on Saturdays I would go to the opera in New York. The walk back to my ferry took me along 6th Avenue, where all the art galleries were, and I enjoyed talking to the gallery owners and admiring their exhibits.” After marrying a “southern boy,” Hines and her husband lived in various parts of the South until they settled in rural Cherokee County, where they raised five kids. Through her family’s European heritage, Hines had always been accustomed to working with fibers of some kind, be it weaving, knitting, crocheting, or sewing. It wasn’t until her kids had grown up that she turned her passion into a thriving business. “There was a point in my life when I decided to find out who I really was,” Hines explains. “I loved nature, hiking, swimming, and playing tennis. As a crafty outdoors person, gathering vines seemed like a natural choice to me. A weaver always asks herself, ‘What can I weave with it, and where can I get more?’ Weaving with kudzu started out as a joke with a relative in Alabama who was fed up with a kudzu-covered area around her house. So, I said: ‘Let’s see what we can do with it!” Besides kudzu, Hines weaves with wisteria, grape vines, Virginia creeper, honeysuckle and bittersweet. “My kudzu baskets look like instant antiques,” Hines says. “I began marketing them to antique stores, and before I knew it I was wholesaling and shipping all over Georgia.” In essence, vines are like fibers and can be manipulated into vessels and furniture. Hines also incorporates crocheting, knitting, tree bark, charms and self-made copperenameled beads into her creations. Her basketry, purses, jewelry, small woven wool hangings, and bird houses are collected by many. Her work is displayed in galleries, museums and art centers nationally, and she was featured in TV documentaries for PBS and National Geographic. “I enjoy doing things from scratch, ‘from the ground up,’ so to speak,” Hines says. “The more basic, the better. If I don’t have some vines to work with, I am very grouchy — and you can quote me on that!” For 13 years Regina Hines taught her craft at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. Additionally, she conducts classes at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, art centers, and at her studio within Burnt Mountain Trading Co. in Jasper. Hines strongly believes in the need for “planet rental.” As she explains, “Since we take up space on this planet, we should repay by engaging in our community. Before I got into the kudzu business, I served Cherokee County as chairperson of the local Red Cross chapter. I still enjoy volunteering and readily accept requests for donations from organizations for their fundraisers.”

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.


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Resistance By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the world’s leading health threats. Each year in the United States there are approximately 2 million infections and more than 20,000 deaths secondary to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. What is antibiotic resistance? A parent often will say, “I don’t want my child to take antibiotics because my child will become resistant to antibiotics.” Your child will not really become resistant, but the bacteria that are causing the infection develop resistance and mutate in ways that prevent the antibiotics from killing them. Illnesses caused by resistant bacteria are very costly, resulting in more than $20 billion in medical care alone. The single-most important factor leading to bacterial resistance is the overuse of antibiotics. Unfortunately, bacteria are getting smarter faster than drug companies are developing new antibiotics. In addition to antibiotic use in humans, antibiotic use in animal feed is also a problem. So, what can we do to reduce antibiotic resistance? 1. Prevent infections by frequent hand washing, safe food preparation and handling, and use of available immunizations. 2. Research. The CDC gathers information on the rates of resistant bacteria and develops interventions to prevent resistance. 3. Reduce the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are not indicated for (and do not help) viral infections. Specifically, older children may recover from mild ear infections without the use of antibiotics. Sinus infections should not be diagnosed purely based on the symptoms, as some sinus inflammation occurs with allergies and colds that do not require antibiotics. Also, most sore throats are not caused by streptococcal infections but by viral infections. 4. Continue to develop new antibiotics to overcome resistance. 5. Develop better and faster lab testing to determine if certain illnesses are bacterial or viral, and determine the most specific antibiotic if the illness is caused by a bacterial infection. So, the next time you visit your local pediatrician, don’t ask, “What antibiotic are you going to give my child?” Instead, ask, “Do you think my child really needs an antibiotic?”

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



I’ve Got a Case of

By Meghan Griffin

Spring Fever

Woohoo! It’s March! I have always loved this month, and not just because the birthday of yours truly falls in March. It also has the birthdays of some of my most favorite people: my sister, my grandmother, my littlest cousin, and my not-so-little cousin. March is a month of celebration! It even has NCAA Basketball, St. Patrick’s Day, spring training for Major League Baseball, and the first day of spring. I have had some awesome surprises on my birthday, but the best one was when I turned 13, when we were living in Clearwater, Fla. I went to school that day like any other and, right before lunch, Dad came and surprised me with tickets to see the Texas Rangers play at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg! We left right

then and headed to the stadium. We had awesome seats, ate hotdogs, and bought Tampa Bay Devil Rays souvenir hats. It really couldn’t have been a better day, and I loved spending time with Dad. Now, I hope you get out and celebrate in March! Come to First Friday on March 7 in Downtown Canton for some luck o’ the Irish. We will have an early St. Patty’s Day party, with special guests from the Atlanta Irish School of Music; classic cars; food and drinks; and lots of fun! The event will run 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Cannon Park For more information or to be a vendor, call 770-704-1548 or email: Meghan.Griffin@Canton-Georgia. com.

Meghan Griffin is Main Street director for the City of Canton. 770-704-1500,


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March 7

St. Patty’s Day First Friday 6:00-9:00 p.m. Cannon Park, Canton Music, food and fun!

March 11

Main Street Morning 8:00 a.m. Canton Theatre 171 E. Main St., Canton “Branding Your Business,” featuring the Bunker Design Collaborative team. All Main Street Morning events are free and open to the public.

Sun Safely!

It is true that your body needs sun exposure to make Vitamin D. What you might not know is that you only need to be in the sun for about 15 minutes to make a full day’s supply. If you wear sunblock or sunscreen daily you may also need to supplement. Vitamin D plays a vital role in helping to prevent colds, flu, and more than 20 chronic diseases. Did you know sunscreen and sunblock are different? Each has the same goal, but one may be a better choice than the other.

By Kellie Baxter, D.C. People have always liked a healthy glow, and people have baked in the sun to get it. Lucky for us that today we are well informed of the ills of excessive sun exposure that results in premature aging and skin cancers. The safest way to get that bronze glow is with a spray-on tan. There are many spray tan choices, but the best choice is an allnatural one like many celebrities use.

Sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb UV light in order to protect the skin. They must be applied 30 minutes before exposure. You need to apply more than you think for it to be effective, as this barrier is easily broken down by sweat and water. Sunscreens can also cause skin irritations and acne. Recent studies have shown that some sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into our bloodstreams, increasing free radical activity in our

bodies that can increase cancer risks. Sunblock works differently. It is not absorbed into the bloodstream. Sunblock contains metallic materials, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which reflect and deflect the UV light, therefore acting as a protective physical wall between you and the sun. It begins working as soon as it is applied. It’s less likely to cause skin irritation, and it seems to be the better, more natural choice. Protective clothing, hats and sunglasses are the best protection. Choose sunblock over sunscreen. Better yet, get a natural spray tan and get your skin checked yearly by a dermatologist. After all, prevention and early detection are key.

Dr. Kellie Baxter is president/ owner of Revive Day Spa and Baxter Chiropractic. 770-345-1111,,



Religious Services Baptist Arbor Hill Baptist Church 696 Arbor Hill Road, Canton Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Ball Ground First Baptist 445 Old Canton Road 770-735- 3374, Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7p.m.

Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Road 770-887-6982, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Cherokee Baptist 7770 Hickory Flat Highway 770-720-3399, Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Crossroads of Life Baptist 2861 Ball Ground Hwy 770-479-7638, Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

First Baptist Canton Mission Point Campus: 1 Mission Point 770-479-5538, Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy 770-345-5349, Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway 770-479-9415 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Hickory Road Baptist Church 2146 Hickory Road 770-345-2296, Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Hopewell Baptist Church 75 Ridge Road 770-345-5723, Sunday Services: 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Macedonia Baptist Church 7984 Cumming Highway, Canton Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Mount Zion Baptist Church 4096 East Cherokee Drive 770-479-3324, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m.

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-8448, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 10:50 a.m.

Oakdale Baptist 100 Oakdale Road 770-479-9060 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.


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Toonigh Baptist Church

Congregation Ner Tamid

4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon 770-928-2491 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Reform Jewish Congregation Contact us for High Holiday service times & dates 678-264-8575,

Victory Baptist Church

Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship

346 Lucky Street 770-345-1133 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Waleska First Baptist 10657 Fincher Road 770-479-1024, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Woodstock First Baptist Church 11905 Hwy 92, Woodstock 770-926-4428, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Church of God Hickory Flat Church of God 947 Bailey Road, Woodstock 770-475-4321 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

Hillside Community Church of God

4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd. 678-936-4125, Saturday Shabbat Service: 10 a.m.

Lutheran Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church Scott Mill Chapel, 411 Scott Mill Road 770-503-5050, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock 770-924-7286, Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-928-2812, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

12487 Fincher Road 678-880-1901 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.


Mt. Paran North Canton Campus

2066 Sugar Pike Road 770-475-1796 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Meets at Sequoyah HS, 4485 Hickory Road 678-285-3288, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

New Life Church 154 Lakeside Drive 770-345-2660, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Sunnyside Church of God 2510 East Cherokee Drive 770-639-1018, Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Toonigh Church of God

Big Springs United Methodist

Birmingham United Methodist Church 15770 Birmingham Rd. 678-942-1600, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Road 770-479-2502, Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30, & 11 a.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church

4776 Old Highway 5 770-926-3096 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

7745 Main Street, Woodstock 678-445-3480, Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.


Field’s Chapel United Methodist Church

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church 2135 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 404-395-5003, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road 770-345-6722, Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m.

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw 678-460-7702, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m.; Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m.

1331 Fields Chapel Road 770-479-6030, Sunday Service: 8:40 & 11 a.m.

Hickory Flat United Methodist Church 4056 East Cherokee Drive 770-345-5969, Sunday Services: 9:20 & 11 a.m.

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-924-4777, Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Holly Springs United Methodist Church 2464 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-2883, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Liberty Hill Church 141 Railroad Street 678-493-8920, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road 770-345-7644, Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Union Hill United Methodist Church 2000 A.J. Land Road 678-297-0550, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Non-denominational BridgePointe Church 230 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, Woodstock 770-517-2977, Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m.

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1498 Johnson Brady Road 770-704-9594, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Faith Presbyterian Church USA 3655 Reinhardt College Parkway 770-479-6193, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Grace Church, PCA 1160 Butterworth Road 770-265-5811, Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-3558, Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11:10 a.m.

Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-0074 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Roman Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church 2941 Sam Nelson Road 770-479-8923, Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 5:30 p.m.

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-516-0009, StMichaelTheArchAngelWoodstock. Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m., 12:45 & 5:30 p.m.

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-6348, Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m., Nursery available

AllPoints Community Church 6884 Hickory Flat Highway

770-704-0945, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Antioch Christian 3595 Sugar Pike Road 770-475-9628, Sunday Services: 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Canton Adventist Church 411 Scott Mill Road 678-880-0106, Saturday Worship: 10 a.m.

Canton Church of Christ 1168 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton 706-299-1347, Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Cherokee Christian Fellowship 207 Marvin Land Lane, Canton 678-793-7422, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road 770-591-7304, Saturday Worship: 11:00 a.m.

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road 770-924-7532, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3459 East Cherokee Drive 770-720-9574 Sunday Services: 1 p.m.

Covenant Christian Center 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Blvd., Canton 770-345-0307, Sundays: 10 a.m.

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth 770-516-5733, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-516-1996, Sunday Worship: 8 & 10:30 a.m.

Grace Bible Church Meets at Cherokee Christian School 770-355-8724, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Greater Bethel Community Church 211 Arnold Mill Road 770-592-9900 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Hickory Flat Fellowship 5301 Hickory Flat Highway 770-704-5050 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Jehovah’s Witnesses 667 Scott Road 770-479-7028 Call for local meeting times.

Morning Star Church 1006 Owens Store Road 678-794-7486, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Road 770-479-6412, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

New Life Church 154 Lakeside Drive 770-345-2660, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Oak Leaf Church Canton 151 E.Marietta Street 678-653-4652, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

The Pointe 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Pkwy., Suite 112 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-928-2795, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

The Quest Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton 678-687-8670, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road 770-591-0040, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Revolution Church 125 Union Hill Trail 770-345-2737, Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m.

The River 2335 Sixes Road, Canton Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

St. Paul AME 390 Crisler Street 770-479-9691, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Towne Lake Community Church 132 N. Medical Pkwy., Woodstock 678-445-8766, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Watermarke Church Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy (2126 Sixes Rd.) 678-880-9092, Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-8238, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8838, Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8990, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Word of Life Family 207 Marvin Land Lane 770-479-7693, Sunday Service: 9 a.m.





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