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If we use the power we now possess to communicate the basic human needs of the imperiled or impoverished, and as a society use that knowledge and our networks to come together for the good of all — then it’s entirely possible that the message of “love thy neighbor” may spread farther than ever. If you can, give a little or give a lot. Be creative, make it fun, and tell your friends how good it made you feel. We’re all in this together; accept the challenge! Jack Tuszynski, publisher

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We are raising awareness for the needs of our friends, neighbors, those with “something in common,” and even complete strangers in new and inventive ways. Is it just me, or are there more fun runs, road races of every length, obstacle courses and other challenges? Are we becoming a culture that has the will to push ourselves to make life better for others?

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t’s been difficult recently not to notice the many different ways that people in and around our communities are helping others in need. There’s an entirely new generation that seems to have set their sights on creating a network of support using the Internet and social media. We hear stories about children raising awareness for other children with needs through crusades in their schools. New organizations of victims are becoming warriors to empower and give direction to the abused, providing and educating in new ways not thought of in the past to end domestic violence. Our elderly citizens are finding solace and comfort through groups that visit regularly, bring meals or simply provide friendship and company. Several groups have been born of the need to feed the hungry in our cities — sometimes even entire families that may have been displaced by tragedy, a job loss or result of the economy are finding hope and renewed strength as they start over.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rep. Mandi Ballinger, Dr. Jose Baez, Mary Kay Buquoi, Crystal Bryant, Dr. Charles Cooley, Dr. L. Michael Cox, Jyl Craven, Arlene Dickerson, Amy Economopoulos, Louise Estabrook, Meghan Griffin, Catherine Groves, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Norman Hunt, James Kilgore, Michelle Knapp, Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis, Dr. Vishal Patel, Jennifer Puckett, Janet Read, Nick Roper, Suzanne Taylor


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Through Canton Farmers Market — In October addition to fresh produce, plants, baked goods and local crafts, Canton Farmers Market features live music and other activities each Saturday through October 25. Special topics will include art demonstrations, eating farm to table, gardening tips from Cherokee Master Gardeners, and more. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cannon Park, Downtown Canton. 770-704-1529,

Diabetes Prevention Class — Northside Hospital-Cherokee hosts a special class on diabetes prevention/management on the second Tuesday of each month. The class will help participants learn how to count carbohydrates; learn the difference between insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes; learn about blood glucose levels; and obtain nutrition and healthy meal tips. The class is $35; preregistration is required. 5:00-7:00 p.m., Northside Hospital-Cherokee Education Building, 130-B Oakside Court, Canton. 404-845-5555, option “0.”







First Friday — Graduates of Cherokee High School are encouraged to come out to this special “Cherokee High Alumni Night” First Friday for a chance to reconnect with old friends and classmates. The event will include live music and family fun. Free and open to the public. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Cannon Park, Canton.


Gospel Concert — Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace will perform in concert. A love offering will be collected. 7:00 p.m., New Covenant Bible Church, 1095 Scott Road, Canton. 770-479-6412,

CrossFit Cherokee Homecoming CrossFit aficionados in Canton are invited to this community event to promote the Crossfit philospy, designed for people of all shapes and sizes for improving physical health in a safe, encouraging community environment. Participants will include beginners, scaled, RX, and masters of CrossFit. 2:00-8:00 p.m., Cherokee CrossFit, 2050 Cumming Hwy., Canton. 678-620-8241, Salamancahp@ ‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ — Presented by Cherokee Theatre Company. Contact the

theatre for times and ticket information. Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St., Canton. 770-704-0755,


Pork ‘n’ Torque BBQ & Car Show River Church’s second annual Pork ‘n’ Torque BBQ & Car Show festival fundraiser will feature approximately 100 show cars, trucks and bikes; a bounce house; arts and crafts vendors; and barbecue pork plates and baked goods for sale. The event is free to the public. Rain date is September 27. 9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m., River Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-485-1975, Gardening Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will present a seminar on “Composting and Vermiculture.” Come out and learn simple ways to recycle kitchen scraps by composting. Registration is required. 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803, CherokeeMasterGardeners Gardening Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will present “Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden,” a

Through Civil War Exhibit — Cherokee County History Museum hosts December “Cherokee Voices from the Civil War,” a temporary exhibit focusing on life at home, on the battleground, and from the African-American perspective. The story of Cherokee County during the Civil War is told using quotes and firsthand accounts gleaned from original letters, court documents and publications, including a series of original letters sent from Pvt. John T. Beavers of the McAfee and Donaldson Guards to his family back in Macedonia. Other items on display will be a collection of military artifacts, some of which were found near Pickett’s Mill and Allatoona Pass, and the original speech from 1861 as presented to the Cherokee Brown Riflemen from the Ladies of Canton as they marched off to war. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturdays, Cherokee County History Museum, Historic Marble Courthouse, 100 North St., Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288,



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

Hickory Flat Public Library

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

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

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

working seminar. Attendees can help plant, ask questions, or just observe. Food that is planted in this garden will be donated to Papa’s Pantry. Registration is required. 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803, Facebook. com/CherokeeMasterGardeners


Golf FORE Charity — Proceeds from BridgeMill Sixes Service League’s 5th annual charity golf tournament will support local nonprofit

groups. The event also will include a luncheon, silent auctions and raffle prizes, and an awards ceremony. Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital-Cherokee, will be honored as part of the event. Registration and information are available online. 9:00 a.m. shotgun start, BridgeMill Athletic Club, 1190 Bridge Mill Ave., Canton.


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Story Times Family Story Times September 2, 9, 16 23 & 30 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., R.T. Jones September 4, 11, 18 & 25 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. continued on




Library Continued . . . Lapsit Story Times September 3, 10, 17 & 24 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. Super Saturday Story Times September 6, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Super Saturday story times are family story times designed with the working parent and/or school-aged 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.

Special Programs Minecraft September 10, 4:00 p.m., R.T. Jones Minecraft fans are invited to a fun program that will include trivia, action-packed games, and an awesome craft inspired by Minecraft! Participants will not be playing Minecraft during this activity. Ages 9-12. Space is limited; registration is required: 770-479-3090, ext. 4. Drop-In Crafternoon Cherokee September 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Hickory Flat Children of all ages are invited to craft the afternoon away! This program requires a participating adult. All materials will be provided.

Ongoing Programs Reading Dogs September 2, 9, 16 & 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hickory Flat September 15, R.T. Jones 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. R.T. Jones Book Club September 6, 11:30 a.m., R.T. Jones The R. T. Jones Book Club meets once a month to discuss their current book. Call the library’s Adult Services Dept. for the featured book and other details: 770-479-3090. Knit-a-Long September 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Hickory Flat Cindy Williams will lead this monthly knitting group. For information, call: 770-345-7565.


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Calendar within Reinhardt University’s School of Performing Arts will present this production directed by David Nisbet, assistant professor of Theatre/Theatre Program coordinator. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. 7:30 p.m., September 26 & 27; 3:00 p.m., September 28, Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-7209167,


Fall Plant Sale — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County’s annual fall plant sale will feature natives and drought-tolerant plants; sun and shade perennials; plants for butterfly gardens; and yard art. Master Gardeners also will be available to answer questions. Proceeds from the event will help fund educational programs provided by the UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803, CherokeeMasterGardeners


Riverfest — The Service League of Cherokee County will present its 30th annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival, a juried show featuring more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s activities and concessions. Proceeds from the event will help serve Cherokee County children in need. Admission for adults and children 11 and older is a $5.00 donation. The event will take place rain or shine. All areas are handicap accessible. Free parking and shuttle services will be available. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., September 27; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., September 28, Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Hwy., Canton. 770-704-5991,


CCEF Golf Classic — The Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF) will host its second annual Golf Classic, a fundraising tournament to support the students and educators of the Cherokee County School District. Proceeds from the Classic will enable CCEF to fund programs, including IMPACT Grants that support innovation in the classroom and scholarships for students. The event also will include a silent auction and raffle prizes. 10:00 a.m. shotgun scramble, Woodmont Golf & Country Club, 3105 Gaddis Road, Canton. 678-628-7918,



Zombie Fest & Food Truck Fair — Cherokee Focus will host this special event, with proceeds benefiting Cherokee Focus programs. Food trucks will be on site, offering a variety of foods and beverages. Activities will include a 5K run and motorcycle race, along with live music, inflatables, zombie face painting, a costume contest and “brain-eating” contest, a “Left 4 Dead 2” Tournament, a “Zombie Response Unit” Creep ‘n’ Cruise, and the movies “Scooby Doo and the Zombies” (5:00 p.m.) and “Night of the Living Dead” (9:30 p.m.). A $5.00 donation is requested at the gate. 5:009:00 p.m., Main Street, Downtown Canton.

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Business Burnette Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc. opened recently in Downtown Canton. The firm, led by Dennis Burnette, provides alternative dispute resolution as an effective way of handling conflicts without resorting to litigation. Burnette has the training to assist parties in resolving disputes through mediation, facilitation, and arbitration. Specialty areas include: business and commercial disputes, debt mediation, land-use mediation, and divorce mediation. Dennis Burnette

In addition, Burnette’s vast experience in banking — including 35 years as bank president, most recently as president/CEO of Cherokee Bank — provides a unique perspective on the financial aspects of a dispute. He completed training at Henning Institute in Atlanta and is registered through the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution with the Supreme Court of Georgia in General Mediation, Arbitration and Divorce Mediation. 150 North St., Suite F, Canton. 770-893-7085,

Dr. Jamie Rollins, with Northside Cherokee Pediatrics in Holly Springs, has been named to the board

Dr. Jamie Rollins


of directors of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In her role, Dr. Rollins will assist the board in advocacy for children and AAP members and the advancement of pediatrics in Georgia. Before establishing Northside Cherokee Pediatrics, Dr. Rollins gained valuable experience at various pediatric practices, providing critical after-hours care for infants, children and teens. In addition to being board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Rollins is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. Her clinical interests include childhood development, behavioral problems, and neonatal care. Northside Cherokee Pediatrics is located at 684 Sixes Road, Suite 220, in Holly Springs. 678-388-5485,

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Capitol Ideas

Transportation Solutions to Move Georgia into the Future By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


ne of the most pressing issues we face in Cherokee County is traffic. Widening projects and road improvements are certainly part of the solution, but how would we pay for such projects? To assist in answering this question, the State Legislature passed legislation creating the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding. The Committee is comprised of members of the State Legislature, the director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, and the Georgia Municipal Association. In the first meeting, Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Keith Golden outlined some of the challenges and opportunities before us as we work to improve Georgia’s transportation system. One of the challenges discussed was the scope of our state’s transportation infrastructure. Georgia has the 10th-largest road system in the nation, with more

than 120,000 miles of roadways. We also house more than 14,000 bridges, the fourth-busiest container port in the nation (on pace to become even busier), and the world’s busiest airport. Keeping our infrastructure in good working order is an extremely expensive endeavor. GDOT spends roughly $200 million, or 20 percent of its budgeted state funds, on maintenance projects. Another issue we looked at was our reliance on federal funding for transportation projects. Currently, more than half of the State transportation budget comes from federal funding, which relies on the insolvent Highway Trust Fund. GDOT has been successful in pursuing federal dollars, bringing in $1.19 for every $1 we send to Washington for transportation. Nevertheless, due to the volatility at the federal level, we need to look for ways to better use our existing funds and reduce our reliance on federal funding to sustain and improve our transportation system.

One of the places that we excel over other states is fiscal responsibility. We are doing more with less; our 4 percent State Gas Tax is among the lowest in the nation. In addition to having a comparatively small transportation related debt ($2.2 billion), we manage to service our debt at a much higher rate than neighboring states. Commissioner Golden discussed projects that are in the pipeline to help improve our transportation system. Chief among those are projects to reduce congestion in and around metro Atlanta. Among these is the Northwest Corridor that will improve traffic flow along I-75 and I-575 in Cherokee and Cobb counties. We also discussed an interchange between I-285 and SR-400, redesigns of the interchanges for I-285 at I-20, widening I-85 outside of the city, improvements to I-285, and completion of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program. The Committee will hold meetings across the state over the next couple of months and release its recommendations by November 30. One of the primary issues the Committee is addressing is reducing congestion here in metro Atlanta. The Committee recognizes that maintaining and improving our transportation infrastructure cannot be achieved without looking at our state as a whole. As the Committee meets and develops its recommendations, we are working to foster growth in our state while at the same time being good stewards of public funds.

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



Tips for Finishing a Basement By Nick Roper As we prepare for the end of summer and the beginning of fall, it’s time to turn that unfinished area in your basement into finished usable space. A properly designed and finished basement can turn your basement into a variety of usable rooms, as well as add value to your home. Many homeowners choose to finish their basement on their own to save on the cost. While this method can be effective, it is important to make sure that

electrical wiring in the area to be finished is completed by a licensed electrician. According the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2007 to 2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries, and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. While finishing a basement on a budget is preferable, the added cost for a licensed electrician is minimal in comparison to the possible loss of property due to faulty wiring. It is also important to make sure that the

electrical contractor that you select has a proven track record. If something does not function properly or you want to add something else later, you want to feel confident that the company will still be in business and can come back to your house if needed. Once the HVAC ducts and plumbing pipes have been installed, the electrical wiring needs to be installed. Don’t forget to have the electrician pre-wire for surround sound speakers (if your design calls for them) to keep unsightly wires out of sight. After the electrical wiring has been installed, you can move to installing drywall, flooring, and your trim work. Before you know it, you’ll have that movie room, bar, office, or home gym that you’ve always wanted!

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


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Community Feature Former Cherokee Firefighter Honored on Public Safety Memorial Wall Former Cherokee County firefighter Douglas Clark Waters Jr., who passed away in 2003, has been approved for inclusion on the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Wall, located at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. At the time of his death, Waters was a firefighter, EMT, and member of the Cherokee County Rescue Dive Team. He was also a member of the Cherokee County Firefighters Association and a sergeant with Cherokee County since January 1999. Waters also served on the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department and served as a senior structural fire instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy. In addition, Waters was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “Waters was a dedicated member of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and was an inspiration and great example to others in the fire profession,” said Cherokee County Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson. The 2014 Georgia Firefighter Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., September 6, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Auditorium, located at 1000 Indian Springs Drive in Forsyth.

Congratulations to our August “7 Differences” winner, Brittney Levenglick!



Community Feature Local Cub Scouts Raise Flag at Ft. Sumter During a recent trip, members of Holly Springs Cub Scout Pack 125 had the privilege of raising the U.S. flag at Ft. Sumter. The trip to Ft. Sumter was part of a two-night “campout” aboard the World War II Aircraft Carrier Yorktown in Charleston Harbor.

Members of Holly Springs Cub Scout Pack 125 raise the U.S. flag at Ft. Sumter during a recent overnight trip to South Carolina.

CCSD to Host New Senior Bowl During her visit to Hasty Elementary School, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal participated in an interview for the school’s morning TV show and also read to kindergarten classes.

Georgia First Lady Visits Hasty Elementary Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visited Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy during the first week of school, appearing on a morning interview program and then reading a story to kindergarten students. Laney Cline, a fourth-grade student who hosts the “Mysteries of Life with Laney” morning TV show at the school, had written to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, requesting that he appear on her program. While Governor Deal was not able to attend, Mrs. Deal was happy to visit the school in his stead. Laney, the daughter of John and Millie Cline of Canton, and the granddaughter of former CCSD School Superintendent Marguerite Cline, was delighted to land the interview and asked Mrs. Deal about her childhood and life in the Governor’s Mansion during the 15-minute program.

Cherokee County School District (CCSD) will host its inaugural Northside Hospital-Cherokee CCSD Senior Bowl to honor senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band members and Junior ROTC cadets at the end of the season. Sponsored by Northside Hospital-Cherokee, the event will be held at 7:00 p.m., December 5, in the Etowah High School stadium. All CCSD senior football players will participate in a “draft” event the morning of November 15, with Coach Josh Shaw of Cherokee High School and Coach Dave Svehla of Etowah High School making picks for the teams that they will lead as head coaches for the Bowl. Senior marching band members from all schools will learn the same music — a selection of patriotic and holiday pieces — to perform during the game and for a special half-time show. Senior cheerleaders will raise the crowds’ spirits, and senior JROTC cadets will participate in the Presentation of Colors and a special salute to veterans.

After the interview, which was televised to the school on a closed-circuit system, Mrs. Deal read to several kindergarten classes in the media center. She shared a poem entitled, “Learning to Read,” and then read the book, “Who I’d Like to Be.”

The players will receive commemorative jerseys, while the cheerleaders, musicians and cadets will receive commemorative medals… in what for some will be their last experience on the field before pursuing other goals in higher education and careers. These special gifts also are funded by Northside HospitalCherokee, with production sponsorship assistance from Herff Jones and Titan Sports.

Mrs. Deal is a former teacher and has made literacy one of her top priorities in her service as First Lady. She told the kindergarten students at Hasty ES that learning to read takes practice, and that they shouldn’t get discouraged or give up.

Tickets for the game will be $5.00; however, admission will be free to all Bowl participants and the admission fee waived for those who bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated by CCSD to a local toy drive.


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CCA Teacher Wins ‘New American Hero’ Award Kara Reeder, a sixth-grade science teacher at Cherokee Charter Academy, has received the “New American Hero” award from the Clarion Council for Educational Greatness. The award recognizes an individual teacher who goes above and beyond for students; provides excellent and innovative educational experiences for students; demonstrates exceptional support to help students be successful; goes out of his/her way to provide help to an individual student or group of students; and is a great role model for putting students first. “Kara Reeder is an incredible teacher who not only wants her students to learn but also wants them to encompass the Strive characteristics in their everyday life, just like she does,” said a CCA parent. STRIVE is CCA’s character education curriculum; it stands for Students Taking Responsibility for Important Values of Excellence. Reeder has been teaching for 11 years. She says becoming a teacher was a natural decision for her and that “each time a student shows the same enthusiasm I have for science, or acts with a conscience and makes good choices, I am rewarded and reminded that the time, effort and love I put into teaching is worth it 100 times over.”

Creekland Middle Features New Outdoor Classroom Four members of Creekland Middle School (CMS) faculty and staff spent many hours over the summer break creating an outdoor classroom, which now is being put to good use by students. Although Ray Catlett, Kathy Murphy, Mark Nazemzadeh and Curtis Partridge work in different fields (physical education, special education, social studies and science), they shared a common goal to create a place where all CMS students could learn in the great outdoors. The classroom includes a demonstration table and bench seating, as well as a ramp to provide full accessibility.



Community Feature CCSD Special Education Director Elected to National Fellowship CCSD Special Education Director Charlette Green has been elected as a Fellow of the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association (ASHA). Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA. Only 39 Fellows from across the country were selected; Green is only the ninth Fellow ever elected from Georgia. According to the ASHA, the key word for the award is “outstanding.” The nominee must truly stand out among one’s peers. The term implies contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. While there are thousands of members who fulfill their professional responsibilities competently, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition. Green will be recognized formally with the award at the National ASHA Convention in November.


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Retired Educators Association Donates to Reinhardt University Cherokee County Retired Educators Association (CCREA) donated $1,500 in scholarship funds recently to Reinhardt University. Outgoing CCREA President Janice Prather presented the scholarship check to Reinhardt University President J. Thomas Isherwood during a special presentation. The scholarship funds are to be awarded to two local Reinhardt students who are pursuing a career in teaching, with each receiving a $750 scholarship. “Many of our CCREA members either previously attended Reinhardt or have a close association with the University,” said Janice Prather, outgoing CCREA president. “In recognition of how fortunate we are that Reinhardt offers a quality teacher education program, we want to support their efforts to attract and train the best future teachers for our local area schools.”

Pictured (left to right): Janice Prather, outgoing CCREA president; J. Thomas Isherwood, president of Reinhardt University; Marlene Harrington, 2014 CCREA president; and Karen Hawley, 2015 CCREA president-elect

3 Ways

You Could Be Damaging Your Hair (And Not Even Know It) By Jyl Craven LIFESTYLE Worried about dull, brittle or broken hair? Things that you do every day could be damaging your locks without you even realizing it.

Hair is composed of primarily proteins and made up of three different layers: the medulla (the innermost part of the hair), surrounded by the cortex, and then the cuticle, which is the outermost layer of the hair. When hair is damaged, the protein bonds become broken and the hair can feel dry and brittle. Here are the three primary ways you may be damaging your hair, and what to do about them:


Mechanical Damage

Excessive heat styling is a leading cause of damaged hair. Extreme heat causes temporary changes to the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together. Over time, these temporary changes can lead to more permanent damage, especially if you tend to blow dry or iron on a daily basis. To avoid mechanical damage: • Use a thermal protector that’s heat activated and protects the hair fiber inside and out. Also, try to stay under 400 degrees when using any styling iron. • Wait until the hair is at least 50 percent dry before beginning to blow dry.


Chemical Damage

Chemical damage can occur if you’re attempting to make extreme changes to your hair. A chemical perm is an example by which extreme heat is used to change the natural shape of one’s hair. Just like with heated styling tools, if care isn’t taken, damage can occur during the perming process. Over-processing is another form of chemical damage where the outer portion of the hair is opened so that the product can reach the inner section. Overuse or improper use of color and bleaching agents can weaken hair strands and permanently damage your hair. Damage can occur if the concentration of the chemicals is too high or if the products are left on for too long. To prevent chemical hair damage: • Always consult with a professional who knows how to properly perform any chemical service. • Color your hair on average only every six to eight weeks.


diet Damage

You are what you eat, and what you eat often shows through in the strength and luster of your locks. Proteinrich foods provide your body with amino acids, which produce the keratin that makes your hair strong. In fact, a deficiency in keratin may cause hair to grow more slowly and cause alreadyexisting hair to be weak. Other diet considerations for damaged hair: • Vitamin C helps absorb vegetable-based proteins in the body, which are the building blocks for keratin. Eat citrus fruits, fresh peppers and Brussels sprouts, as these foods can help promote keratin development. • Ensure you get enough Omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients, found in foods like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds, are known to benefit not only the hair but the skin as well. Embrace Omega 3’s for a generally healthy look.

If you’re dealing with damaged hair, take some of these precautions so your locks can look as good as you feel! L

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



Kick off football season


with these fun, festive

by Michelle Knapp & suzanne taylor

football-themed party

For many people, there are two seasons of the year: football season and the countdown to football season! The excitement of football season isn’t limited to just the players and fans, though; this is an exciting time of year for marching bands, cheerleaders, drill teams and everyone else who is involved in the game. We all are armchair referees, screaming and cheering for our team to win!

and tailgating ideas!

Watching football, whether college or professional, has really taken on a life of its own. While it is a lot of fun to head out to some of the local sports bars to watch the game, sometimes watching at home with some of your fellow fans is a better way to see the game (plus, you control the remote). Of course, for us girls who love to cheer for our team, much of the fun is in the extras that we do! Thanks to websites like Pinterest, you can find fun ideas for decorations, food and drinks for your football gathering. Some fun ideas include: •

Cover your table in green or traditional brown craft paper. Add your own yard markers with white first-aid tape to resemble a football field. No tape? Chalk will work, too!

Anything in mason jars. If you haven’t noticed, mason jars are all the rage, and using them to hold anything and everything will make you look like a seasoned decorator.

Make footballs out of your food. Brownies, ice cream sandwiches, even deviled eggs can be “footballed” by adding some squeezable, white frosting to look like the laces of a pigskin.

Give everything a name! The easiest way to make your party table fun and festive is to make or print out some place cards and “name” the foods on your table. “Bulldog Burgers,” “Gator Grub,” “Touchdown Taco Dip” are just a couple of ideas, but you can

Last but not least, you will want to dress the part. Here are some Scoop Approved OTP online shops for you. For the ladies, Dress U ( Shop) specializes in game-day wear. For the guys, we just discovered Bulldogs and Bowties (, which specializes in fraternity-type clothes that have team colors and, of course, a Bulldog as its logo. So, whether you are cheering on your child from the bleachers or watching NFL action from a comfortable recliner, if you love football season nothing compares to the feeling you get from this time of year. Sit back, enjoy, and may the best team win!

get creative.

Scoop of Life is compiled by Scoop OTP owners Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp. For more Outside The Perimeter “Scoop,” visit


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What Can

training program (from the American Music Therapy Association, 2005). In addition, music therapists must hold a license in music therapy to practice in the state of Georgia. By Jennifer Puckett, MT-BC Music therapy should not be confused with music education. Rather, it is a well-planned How did you learn your treatment discipline that includes definite ABC’s? Most would say they learned their goals and objectives, encompassing the ABC’s through singing the “ABC song.” cognitive, physical, psychological, social, It is common knowledge that music communicative, and behavioral needs of can be an invaluable asset for teaching the individual. mental and/or physical skills to anyone

Music Therapy

Do For Patients?

of any age or ability. Simply stated, most individuals are motivated to learn through the use of music. This principle serves as the springboard for music therapy.

By definition, music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy

Music therapists serve many exceptional children and adults. Sessions are never the same, as the music and activities change from week to week. However, music therapists always strive to design treatment plans that integrate many of the principles of physical, occupational, and speech therapy in a format that is fun and productive for the client. Often, caregivers say that music therapy is the piece of the

puzzle that made “things fit.” While most clients begin music therapy with a primary focus to increase developmental goals, in the end many of them find that their functional gains are also supplemented with the growth of new and unexpected outlets for creative expression. Many music therapists serve the following populations: early intervention, individuals, assisted living centers, groups, and adaptive lessons. Adaptive music lessons are tailored to meet the needs of specialized populations. These lessons use a therapeutic approach in teaching the skills needed to play instruments while increasing self-discipline, self-awareness, and all motor domains, and improving self-esteem through accomplishment.

Jennifer Puckett is a board-certified and licensed music therapist. Jennifer Puckett and Kristi Estes are the co-owners of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804,



Community Partners by Amy Economopoulos, executive director

In 1989, a group of dedicated individuals established the Cherokee Child Advocacy Council Inc., and soon opened the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, an accredited Child Advocacy Center. The Anna Crawford Children’s Center, located in Woodstock, has transformed the community’s response to child abuse — giving families hope in their darkest moments. Before opening the doors of the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, abused children in Cherokee County often had to talk about their traumatic, embarrassing experiences of sexual abuse an average of 10-15 times to various professionals. This process often took months and some children never received therapy after the investigation ended. Furthermore, there were few programs in the county that helped to promote the prevention of child abuse.

Now, at the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, children are interviewed a limited number of times (usually just once) by a trained professional in a neutral, child-friendly environment, instead of repeatedly being interviewed in school classrooms and offices, police interrogation rooms, or hospital emergency rooms. Care, support and therapy for the child and family begin within days or even hours, instead of weeks or months, and continue for as long as necessary. Parent Mentors and Educators now go out into the homes, schools, churches and businesses to educate parents and caregivers on how they can do their part to prevent, react and respond responsibly to child abuse. We are pleased to be able to offer all services in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Since opening the doors of the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, our staff of therapists, forensic interviewers, family advocates, and parent mentors has worked together to serve more than 5,000 children and family members impacted by child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and exposure to violence — allowing them to live healthier, fuller and happier lives. The Anna Crawford Children’s Center is a private, nonprofit organization. All services are offered at no charge to children and families, and are supported through grants, donations, fundraising events and other sources. Our largest fundraising endeavor is our annual Holiday Lights of Hope, an 11-night, family-friendly event attended by more than 10,000 people each year. Held at Hobgood Park in Woodstock, the event boasts more than 500,000 LED lights; provides an opportunity


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for photos with Santa; and allows children and families to participate in a variety of fun activities. Holiday Lights of Hope 2014 will take place December 11-21, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. We count on individuals and local businesses to volunteer their time and resources to make this a successful event so that ultimately we are able to keep our lights on for children and families who are in their darkest hour. For more information about sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and our free Darkness to Light classes designed to educate adults on how to recognize, react and respond to child sexual abuse, contact the Anna Crawford Children’s Center.




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Woodstock HS 8-15 Sequoyah Home 7:30 p.m. (S) 8-22 River Ridge Away 7:30 p.m. 8-29 Johns Creek Home 7:30 p.m. 9-05 Wheeler Home 7:30 p.m. 9-12 Lassiter Away 7:30 p.m. 9-26 Etowah Home 7:30 p.m. 10-03 Cherokee Away 7:30 p.m. 10-10 Walton Home 7:30 p.m. 10-17 Roswell Away 7:30 p.m. 10-24 Milton Home 7:30 p.m. 11-07 Pope Away 7:30 p.m.

sequoyah HS 8-15 Woodstock Away 7:30 p.m. (S) 8-29 Etowah Away 7:30 p.m. 9-05 Blessed Trinity Home 7:30 p.m. 9-12 Kell Home 7:30 p.m. 9-19 River Ridge Away 7:30 p.m. 9-26 Dalton Home 7:30 p.m. 10-10 Cass Home 7:30 p.m. (H) 10-17 Creekview Away 7:30 p.m. 10-24 Rome Away 7:30 p.m. 10-31 Woodland Home 7:30 p.m. (SN)

The Family and Worship By Norman R. Hunt Most things in life tend to tarnish with age. Silver must be polished. Chrome will crack and peel. New clothing fades and frays. A job that at first enthralled us soon becomes dull and monotonous. Marriage is no exception. Many people enter into marriage with great expectations. They believe marriage will produce love, comfort, understanding, companionship, tenderness, and affection. But, after a few months, many become disillusioned and disappointed. It is like the young couple who sought out a divorce attorney after being married only eight months: “We no longer have anything in common.” There are more divorces granted in the United States than the rest of the world combined. The tragic fact is most marriages that fail never reach the divorce courts. These are the emotional divorces. In many marriages, the people walk on the same carpets, sleep in the same bed, eat at the same table; but, emotionally, they are miles apart. They stay together only because of religious, economic and other pressures. One psychologist estimated that 75 percent of all marriages are failures. If you have a happy marriage, thank God. You have one of life’s greatest blessings. If your marriage is not all you want it to be, then listen closely. One way to strengthen your marriage is to build on the spiritual side of your marriage. Why is it important to have family worship? We need family worship because God should be given priority in the home. Marriage is sanctioned by God, and God should be the heart of every marriage and family. Marriage must be based upon God and His Holy Word. Family worship helps us to recognize God as sovereign and to build upon His will for our lives.

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




or the first time in its 28-year history, M.A. Teasley Middle School welcomed sixth-graders when the new school opened for the 2014-15 academic year on August 4. The addition of sixth-grade classes comes with the construction of a new, 239,750-square-foot facility for Teasley Middle School.

Principal Susan Zinkil, along with Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Frank Petruzielo, CCSD Board Chair Janet Read and other CCSD professionals, welcomed local government, community and business leaders and members of the media on a special tour of the new school just weeks before the official school opening and kickoff of the new school year. Guests had the opportunity to tour inside classrooms, instructional science and computer labs, the media room, band room, gymnasium and cafetorium for a sneak peek of the state-of-the-art features and amenities the new school will offer students. In addition, students and parents were invited to a special “Teasley Trek” Open House on August 1. The Open House event allowed students and parents to tour the new school, as well as help students become familiar with their lockers, classrooms and other school logistics. The new Teasley Middle School — located at 151 Hickory Log Drive in Canton, just off of Reinhardt College Parkway — features 94

instructional units, including classrooms with smart boards, computers and additional technology; 14 science labs; computer labs; art and music rooms; an air-conditioned gymnasium; a cafetorium; and media center, which has a coffeehouse-type atmosphere with comfortable lounge seating and high-top tables, large-screen TVs and smart boards, and designated instructional areas. Every student will have a designated laptop computer for enhanced electronic learning opportunities; in addition, students may bring their own Internet-connected devices (iPad, tablet or smartphone). Estimated at $37 million, the new Teasley Middle School was constructed “on time and on budget,” according to CCSD Superintendent Petruzielo, with SPLOST and state funding. Manley, Spangler and Smith Architects of Griffin designed the school based on the CCSD prototypical design used for the new/replacement E.T. Booth Middle School, which opened

last year. Construction was completed by Choate Construction, which has constructed schools and other educational facilities statewide. Maintenance, utility and cost efficiency were considered in every aspect of construction, including: metal roofing, brick/block masonry and a structural steel frame; a four-pipe chilled water and hot water system, which also increases equipment life expectancy; a variable speed pumping system; a mechanical mezzanine above the second floor for servicing of equipment without disrupting classroom activities or hallway traffic; an energy management/ control system; complete card access system; low-maintenance polished concrete floors; and separate car and bus entrances. The polished concrete floors, for example, will pay for themselves in a year’s time through costsavings on maintenance and cleaning. A new on-site CCSD Data Recovery Center, which provides a backup network system location in the case of a major disaster or power outage, is expected to save approximately $200,000 over a typical outsourced, off-site system server vendor. “Children who will enter the doors of this school will experience the future of education…a campus that is equipped with digital-learning technology, staffed with teachers who know how to effectively use it, and a facility with an even greater focus on the safety and health of students, environmental impact, and energy and economic efficiency,” said CCSD Superintendent Petruzielo. “The new Teasley Middle School joins the long list of schools that we’ve built with the community’s support of our


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Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (Ed SPLOST). Our community’s children — today and for generations — will reap the benefits of a quality education as a result.” With a capacity of 1,525 students, Teasley Middle School opened classes on August 4 with a projected enrollment of 1,356 students (459 sixth-graders; 461 seventh-graders; and 486 eighth-graders). The former Teasley Middle School on Knox Bridge Highway will be used as the new home of ACE Academy, CCSD’s daytime alternative middle and high school program. This relocation allows ACE Academy to increase its enrollment and eliminate a waiting list; the relocation of ACE Academy is the first phase of a multiyear plan to transform the campus into the Cherokee College and Career Academy (CCCA), which also will host Polaris Evening Program night high school classes and C3 Academy online classes and career electives, with a focus on courses that offer students certification opportunities. The former ACE Academy campus on Holly Springs Parkway will be renovated over the next year to become the new home for Tippens Education Center, which serves students in Grades K-12 with emotional and behavioral challenges. The new M.A. Teasley Middle School will be dedicated with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., September 23. The event is open to the public and will include CCSD officials, school leaders and members of the Marie Archer Teasley family, for whom the school is named.

— Michelle Martin

What are Carpal


Ganglion Cysts? By Jose Baez, M.D. Ganglion cysts are common lumps within the hand and wrist that develop adjacent to joints or tendons. The most common locations are: • • • •

Top of the wrist Palm side of the wrist Base of the finger on the palm side Top of the end joint of the finger.

The cysts often resemble a water balloon on a stalk, and are filled with clear fluid or gel. The cause is unknown, although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They can occur in patients of all ages. Ganglion cysts may change in size or even disappear

completely. They may, or may not, be painful. These cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other areas.

Diagnosis of Ganglion Cysts Physicians usually can diagnose ganglion cysts based on their appearance and location of the bumps. Ganglion cysts are usually oval or round, and may be soft or very firm. Physicians may also request x-rays in order to investigate problems in the adjacent joints. Cysts at the end joint of the finger frequently have an arthritic bone spur associated with them.

Ganglion Cysts Treatment Options Treatment is often non-surgical. In many cases, cysts are simply observed, as they frequently disappear on their own. If the cysts become painful, limit activity or are otherwise unacceptable, there are several treatment options, including: • • •

Splints and anti-inflammatory medication to decrease pain Aspiration to remove the fluid and decompress the cysts Surgery to remove the cysts (if the above fail to provide relief or if the cysts recur).

Surgery involves removing the cysts along with the portion of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. With wrist ganglion cysts, traditional and arthroscopic techniques may yield good results. Your physician will discuss which treatment options are right for you during your appointment.

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




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ince starting R & D Mechanical Services in 2002, owners Robbie and Dana Matiak have followed a single principle that serves as the foundation of the entire company: to meet your HVAC needs with integrity. “We know there are a lot of HVAC companies out there, so we have set our own high standards to make R & D Mechanical different,” says Robbie. “We want the R & D Mechanical name to mean something. We want R & D Mechanical to be the best of the best.”

In fact, R & D Mechanical operates by 16 core values, which include being fair and honest; treating customers with respect; giving customers more than they expect; and meeting customers’ needs without “selling,” just to name a few. Robbie and the R & D Mechanical team stand by their core values day in and day out — including them on the company website and on advertising campaigns. “I have always believed that if you concentrate on doing what is right, then everything else will work out,” he says. Robbie, who has more than 25 years’ field and operations experience in the HVAC industry, says he always knew he would have his own company. “I feel like I was ‘called’ to the HVAC industry. I love fixing problems and serving people,” he says. “This company isn’t just about making money; it’s about trust and relationships. We are willing to sacrifice revenue in order to maintain our own high standards for quality and integrity.”


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R & D Mechanical offers residential and commercial HVAC installation, repair and preventative maintenance throughout Cherokee County and metro Atlanta. The company uses reputable, namebrand products that are known for quality, durability and affordability — including Trane, Carrier and Liebert. R & D Mechanical is a NATE-certified company and all R & D Mechanical service technicians participate in ongoing education of new industry requirements and new product controls. “We place a big emphasis on training because we feel investing in our technicians will pay off for us in satisfied customers and referrals,” Robbie says. “We want to create a work environment at R & D that promotes pride among employees. The more we show that we value our employees, the more value they will bring to the company in quality workmanship.” In addition, R & D technicians also are expected to maintain a neat appearance, be courteous and perform their jobs with integrity. “Our employees are a reflection of

R & D Mechanical offers residential and commercial HVAC installation, repair and preventative maintenance throughout Cherokee County and metro Atlanta.

the company,” he adds. “We expect them to represent R & D as the quality company that people in the community — business owners, school and church leaders, and our neighbors — know.” That level of commitment to quality, in both service and employees, has established R & D Mechanical as a dependable, trustworthy company with consistent results. Customers return and refer other customers because R & D values them as customers first. “We don’t try to ‘up-sell’ our customers and don’t offer cookie-cutter systems and solutions. We believe in informing and educating customers on all available options based on their individual needs,” Robbie says, noting that in some instances it is a better investment to replace the entire HVAC unit rather than

continue to put money into costly repairs of an older system. “We help customers make the best decision that is right for them — because, ultimately, that is best for the company.” Many customers have come to trust R & D so much that they will leave a key or garage access code for technicians. “There is real value in that level of trust and you cannot get this level of trust and service from randomly choosing a Yellow Pages or Google ad.” As R & D Mechanical has grown over the years, Robbie and Dana have welcomed their children into the family business. Their son, Heath Matiak, is operations manager, and their daughter, Ashleigh Rich, is the dispatcher. “It’s great to be able to work together as a family,” Robbie says. “We respect each other and work together to make the right decisions for the company.” Customers who have worked with Robbie over the years and have come to expect the quality, personal service he has provided appreciate that Heath and Ashleigh are there to offer the same level of service. “I used to go out on service or sales calls every day, but I can’t always do that now. There is a certain level of reassurance for customers

Pictured (left to right):

Heath Matiak Operations Manager

Robbie Matiak Owner

Sheena Johnson Office Manager

Tim Courtney Customer Service Manager

Mike Trusler Installation Manager



to know that if I can’t be there, then Heath can,” he adds. “With Heath and Ashleigh working now, customers have confidence in knowing R & D will continue to offer the same quality, dependable service for many years to come.” R & D Mechanical backs all work according to manufacturer’s warranty and with its own 1-year labor warranty. The company services all brands of HVAC equipment and has been a Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer since 2010. Technicians are on call until 8 p.m., Friday-Monday, to assist customers in emergency service situations. “The industry trend is to operate like a retail business, adding regular, scheduled service calls on the weekends,” Robbie explains. “But, for us, family is more important than business. We realize that everyone works to provide for their family, so we allow employees to schedule around family obligations when necessary while they are on call. At the end of the day, this business is not just for my family,” he adds. “It’s for our employees, customers and vendors — and their families. To be a successful company, we have to care for and value them first. It’s just the right thing to do.”

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Being a

Happy Person

Laugh each day. Don’t take yourself too seriously! Make light of your circumstances; infuse some fun into each day.

By James Kilgore, Ph. D.

Are there habits we can develop to make and keep us happy? We all want to discover what they are and practice them for positive living. Happy people aren’t always grateful, but grateful people are always happy. When you begin to feel “down,” focus on the things for which you are thankful. The longer your list grows, the happier you’ll become. Happy people continue to grow — to keep learning, investing time and energy into new skills and stimulation for your brain. Memory is a wonderful thing. One of the lessons God taught the Israelites as they wandered in the desert was the joy of remembering past victories. Building a scrapbook to share

with your children or grandchildren creates a series of special memories in the storehouse of your brain. Happy people discover what they enjoy and find a way to make a living doing it. Another has said, “Happiness is enjoying what you do and having someone to share it.” Too many people labor in an area they do not enjoy. If your job is not satisfying, then schedule time for hobbies and interests. People who remain in a career they really despise because they are afraid of the risk of finding another job are rarely happy. Evaluate what you enjoy about your job; pursue the opportunity to do more of that activity. Or, if another job would provide the opportunity to do what you enjoy, apply in that field until the door opens.

Finally, learn to forgive. Holding anger, grudges or bitterness robs your life of joy. Through his tears one man said, “I didn’t speak to my father for 10 years; yesterday he died of a heart attack. Now I’ll never find peace with him.” So, here’s the challenge: Start doing what happy people do. Be thankful. Keep growing. Enjoy your work. Laugh a little. Cultivate an attitude of forgiveness. Those habits breed happiness.

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




his year marks the 30th anniversary of Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival and the 80th anniversary of the Service League of Cherokee County (SLCC), which produces the annual event. SLCC, the oldest service league in the area, started Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival in 1985 in an effort to raise funds to continue to serve the community. “The goal 30 years ago was to find additional avenues for fundraising for SLCC. The needs in our community were growing and we were searching to find additional ways to meet the needs of the children and their families,” says Pat Gold, who was instrumental in planning and launching the first Riverfest with the help of several other SLCC members. “I had been attending craft fairs with a friend for a few years and saw an opportunity to start something new in Cherokee County that could entertain and assist as well.” Gold says she and the other Riverfest committee members — Judy Bishop, Debra Goodwin and Rebecca Johnston — worked hard for two years


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to lay the groundwork for the future of Riverfest. “I couldn’t possibly have envisioned Riverfest having the financial impact it has had in our community over the years…It is an amazing success, and I am very proud to have been there at the beginning of it all.” According to Stephanie Bagwell, who serves as the chairperson for Riverfest 2014, all of the proceeds from Riverfest will continue to help provide medical care, dental care, eyeglasses, food, clothing, scholarships and other necessities for children in need throughout Cherokee County. “It is a testament to our community’s faith in and support of SLCC that we are able to celebrate 80 years of service and 30 years of Riverfest,” she says. “So often, charitable organizations are unable to

September 27 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 28 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Boling Park, Canton $5 Admission

(adults and children 11+)

Dogs are not allowed per city ordinance

continue their missions due to lack of community support. SLCC has not only been able to continue its mission but also grow it as well. Celebrating these two milestones together is an honor for those of us in active membership and a tribute to all who served before us.” This year’s Riverfest is scheduled for September 27-28 at Boling Park in Canton. The festival will showcase handcrafted, unique items and gourmet culinary treats from more than 150 local artisans, along with family-friendly entertainment, activities for children of all ages, a football tailgating area, food vendors, and much more. As always, copies of the SLCC cookbook and SLCC tote bags also will be for sale. “There is a delicate balance between staying innovative while not losing

the ‘feel’ of Riverfest,” Bagwell says. “Each year, we strive to make the event better for everyone, from league members to patrons, to vendors. Patrons know that they will find their favorites year after year and be introduced to new and different vendors as well.” Some of the features new to Riverfest this year will include a dunk tank with local “celebrities,” a zipline, and live goldfish in the children’s area. The concessions area will include picnic tables sponsored and hand-decorated by local businesses; patrons can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win their favorite table. In addition, this year’s festival will include a special pictorial display highlighting 30 years of Riverfest and the SLCC’s 80 years as a service organization; a T-shirt display of the specially designed Riverfest T-shirts throughout the years; and 30th anniversary commemorative cups for sale. The commemorative cups feature the Riverfest 2014 logo that incorporates artwork from the first Riverfest logo in 1985. Becky Thrash, of Acworth, and her daughter, Tiffany Quisenberry, of Canton, have attended Riverfest every year — rain or shine — since it debuted in 1985. They walk the same path and visit every vendor booth every year. “We always have a lot of fun, even if we don’t buy anything,” Thrash says, adding that Tiffany was only a year old at the first Riverfest. This year, the faithful mother-daughter Riverfest patrons will introduce a third generation to the festival. “We are excited to continue the Riverfest tradition with Tiffany’s first child, Rylee, who will be only a month old,” Thrash says. “Tiffany remembers buying a ruffled umbrella with her name on it at Riverfest one year, so we hope to find one for Rylee there this year to continue that tradition as well.” Bagwell loves to see such Riverfest tradition in local families. “It is a rare thing to see a community come together year after year to support an organization,” she says. “The impact of Riverfest and SLCC’s work is multigenerational, and I love that my kids are growing up seeing the work of the SLCC. I am certain the SLCC’s work, including Riverfest, still will be seen in this community when they are adults!”



Welcomes New Surgeon Plastic Surgery Center of the South in Marietta has expanded with the addition of Dr. Corey Harkins to its team of board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Harkins joins Drs. Anthony Musarra II, James Leake and Michael Petrosky, who have built Plastic Surgery Center of the South into a leading cosmetic surgery center in the southern United States. Dr. Harkins completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of South Florida after earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2008. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, Dr. Harkins grew up in nearby East Cobb and played football for Walton High School, less than 10 miles from the offices. “We’re thrilled that Dr. Harkins is joining


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Plastic Surgery Center of the South and are looking forward to having him become an integral part of our team,” says Dr. Musarra, who also earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. “I’m excited to join a practice that’s so respected for its active role in the community of Marietta and for its cosmetic surgery results,” Dr. Harkins says. “The surgeons who established this practice demonstrate a commitment to patient care and a passion for aesthetics that explain why they enjoy such stellar reputations among both patients and peers.” In addition to the three board-certified plastic surgeons at the practice, the facilities at Plastic Surgery Center of the South include two state-certified operating suites, medical exam rooms, and recovery areas. Dr. Harkins’ training includes work at Duke University Medical Center’s division

Dr. Corey Harkins

of plastic and reconstructive surgery and the Center for Microsurgical Training at Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. Leake, a partner in the Plastic Surgery Center of the South, with more than 29 years of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experience, says Dr. Harkins’ elite education and training will immediately benefit patients at the practice. “Dr. Harkins’ background and achievements are impressive,” says Dr. Petrosky. “He’s a well-rounded person whose training and education will help him hit the ground running at our practice.”

Plastic Surgery Center of the South 120 Vann Street, Suite 150, Marietta 770-421-1242



Baby Fat By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D.

We have all seen little tubby toddlers running around. In some instances, it’s just “baby fat” that toddlers grow out of naturally. But, that isn’t the case for all young children. Body Mass Index (BMI) is an estimation of body fat based on height. BMI has some limitations. For example, BMI may be falsely elevated in very muscular athletes. However, BMI is a reasonable assessment of fat in the majority of children and adults. For adults, the BMI norm is a set number, whereas children’s BMI changes throughout childhood. In children, a BMI of 5 to 85 percent is normal, with less than 5 percent considered underweight; more than 85 percent, overweight; and greater than 95 percent, obese. In the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study that followed 9,000 children from kindergarten to fifth grade, at the onset of kindergarten 70 percent of children were classified at a healthy weight or having a BMI of 5-85 percent. Twenty-six percent were overweight or obese. Fewer than one in five of the overweight/obese children returned to a normal body weight. The majority of children who “outgrew” baby fat and returned to a healthy weight did so between kindergarten and first grade. Other children (fewer than 5 percent) achieved normal body weight after third grade. Parents want the very best for our children. Let’s tackle our country’s biggest medical problem of overweight/obesity together. Prevention is easier than cure. During your child’s annual well visit, ask about the BMI and what the trend is. A child whose BMI is increasing substantially is equally concerning as those whose BMI is greater than 85 percent. Unless your child’s doctor tells you that your child is underweight, offer your child healthy food selections and allow him/her to decide how much to eat. Get active as a family. Decrease all screen time to less than two hours per day and find some fun physical activities to play with your children, like playing Frisbee, throwing the football, and dancing. Don’t go to extremes and put your infant on a diet. Instead, make healthier decisions for your family beginning today.

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


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By Michelle Martin

Movie and TV filming in Georgia is

bigger than ever. If it seems you’re seeing familiar scenes practically every time you turn on the TV or go to the movie theatre, you probably are. Metro Atlanta and other communities in Georgia have become a hotspot for television and film producers. During Fiscal Year 2014 alone, 158 feature film and television productions were shot on location or on set in Georgia — generating an estimated economic impact of $5.1 billion, according to a recent press announcement by Governor Nathan Deal. TV productions like “The Walking Dead,” filmed in Senoia and other Georgia communities, and “The Vampire Diaries,” filmed in Covington, and blockbuster movies like “The Hunger Games” series, “Anchorman 2” and “Ride Along,” all shot in Atlanta, showcase Georgia landmarks and landscapes before a worldwide audience. In addition, you may recognize local businesses, buildings and backgrounds featured in upcoming releases like “Dumb and Dumber To,” “The Fast and the Furious 7,” and the new TV series “Constantine.” A number of reality TV shows and HGTV series also film in metro Atlanta and throughout the state.

To assist producers in scouting locations, the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Office of Economic Development, has partnered with local communities to create Camera Ready programs. Craig Dominey, Camera Ready program manager, says the Camera Ready Communities program was established in 2010 to train and certify skilled county liaisons who will provide one-on-one assistance in every aspect of production — from location scouting and film permits to traffic control, catering and lodging. “This program gives Georgia counties the tools to promote their shooting locations and other local production assets, and effectively work with production companies to create a positive local experience for the film or TV project.” To date, 140 counties in Georgia are Camera Ready-certified. Katie Bishop, communications/project manager for the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, which oversees Cherokee County’s Camera Ready program, says a short film was shot in downtown Canton last year, along with a movie, commercial, and reality TV show filmed this year in Cherokee.

“Our office is constantly working to promote Cherokee and to build lasting relationships with film scouts. When a site in Cherokee is chosen for ‘the big screen’ or TV, it gives us an opportunity to showcase our wonderful community on a national stage and to reach a much larger audience,” Katie says. “When crews come to our community for filming, they hire local contractors, eat at our restaurants, stay within our hotels, make purchases locally, etc. The more that is filmed in Cherokee, the more recognition we get among the ‘Y’allywood’ community, thus exponentially growing the economic impact.”

Pictured above: (Left) The Walking Dead: Scott Garfield/Courtesy of AMC; (Top Right) Courtesy of GDEcD; (Bottom Right) Catching Fire: Courtesy of Murray Close. Director Francis Lawrence (center) with Liam Hemsworth (left) and Jennifer Lawrence (right), on the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”



The increase in movie and TV filming in Georgia, especially in recent years, is increasing interest in Georgia among fans as well. The instant and enormous popularity of “The Walking Dead,” for example, brought curious and devoted fans to the state for the chance at an up-close, behind-the-scenes experience. Film-based tourism isn’t new, though. Savannah noticed a similar influx of tourists nearly 20 years ago during the filming of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Other movies filmed in Georgia, including “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and “The Blind Side,” along with numerous TV shows have attracted fans for an insider’s look. Tourism and local officials have developed a series of planned tours and points of interest that take fans to the set — or, at least to the setting — of their favorite Georgia-based movies and TV shows. features behind-the-scenes trivia and a complete list of film tour itineraries that will give movie and TV fans a glimpse of Hollywood in Georgia’s own backyard, including:

“Anchorman 2”

Good Ol’ Boys Tour A self-guided tour through Athens, Clayton, Jackson, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Oxford and Woodstock, where such hits as “Deliverance,” “Road Trip,” and Smokey and the Bandit” were filmed.

‘Anchorman 2’ Tour Georgia stands in for Manhattan in this sequel starring Will Ferrell, with scenes in and around Peachtree Center, Atlanta Motor Speedway, St. Simons Island, and more.

Undead Tour The zombies and vampires invasion has come to Georgia! This self-guided tour follows “The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Crazies,” “Zombieland,” and “The Signal” through parts of Atlanta, Covington, Perry, Senoia and Valdosta.

Casting in Georgia With so many different movies and TV shows being filmed in Georgia, local and national casting agencies are always looking for local talent for certain roles and extras. includes information on productions currently casting in metro Atlanta and around Georgia. Sign up for the Georgia Newsreel Blog to get the inside scoop on what’s filming where and when.

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tly n e r Cur ming Fil gia eor in G

“Archer,” on FX

“Ride Along 2”

“Dish Nation,” on Fox

“Satisfaction,” on USA

“Finding Carter,” on MTV

“The Walking Dead” S5, on AMC


“Sorority Sisters,” on VH1

“999” (Triple Nine)

“Family Feud”

“Big Foot”


“Chrisley Knows Best” S2, on USA

“Constantine,” on NBC “Red Band Society,” on Fox “Resurrection,” on ABC

Sports Tour

“Vacation” “Complications,” on USA

Some of the most popular sports movies, including

“The 5th Wave”

“Breaking Away,” “The Blind Side,” and “42” were

“The Vampire Diaries” S6, on CW

filmed in Athens, Atlanta, Dawsonville, Decatur,

“The Originals” S2, on CW

Griffin, Jekyll Island, Johns Creek and Macon.

“Powers,” on Sony Playstation

Catching Fire: Courtesy of Murray Close. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, on the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

‘The Hunger Games’ Tour Scenes from “Catching Fire” and “Mockinjay” were filmed at the Swan House, Beach at International Park, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and other

“The Hunger Games”

landmarks in Atlanta and Jonesboro.

Classic South Tour Sights and sounds that feature Southern culture and attractions, filmed in Atlanta, Covington, Crawfordville, Decatur, Juliette, Madison, Monticello,

Film tourists also can find props and memorabilia from their favorite movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia at museums and attractions open year-round.

Rome, Savannah and Stone Mountain. Productions include “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Forrest Gump,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Revolution,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

New Releases Filmed in Georgia

“Let’s Be Cops,” August 13

“Kill the Messenger,” October 10

“Last of Robin Hood,” August 29

“The Homesman,” November 7

“Addicted,” September 5

“Dumb and Dumber To,” November 14

“The Good Lie,” October 3

“The Hunger Games: Mockinjay,” November 21 WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM



Apple Crisp Ingredients 4 cups apples (combination of Granny Smith & Honeycrisps, or all Granny Smith apples), thinly sliced 2 eggs

Topping ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup butter

½ cup white sugar 2 tablespoons flour ¼ teaspoon salt

P ie


4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Arrange apples in 9-inch pie crust. Mix eggs, sugar, flour, salt, lemon

1 cup sour cream

juice and sour cream, and pour over apples. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. While baking, mix topping ingredients (will be a crumbly topping). After 15 minutes, remove pie from oven and add topping mixture. Return to oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


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Your Prostate Playbook — Understanding Prostate Cancer Courtesy of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For American men, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and affects one in every seven men. Fortunately, new research and improved treatment plans are yielding better outcomes and enabling patients to continue enjoying active, productive lives.

Know Your Risk No one knows exactly what causes prostate cancer, but research indicates several common factors that may increase a man’s risk of developing the disease: • •

• •

Age: Odds of developing prostate cancer significantly increase if you are over 50. Family History: Having a father or brother with the disease more than doubles your risk. Race: You’re more likely to develop cancer if you’re African-American. Diet: A diet high in red meat and highfat dairy may increase your risk.

Start the Discussion Early detection is key in successfully treating many cancers. Beginning at age 50, men at average risk for developing prostate cancer should begin to discuss screening with their doctor. Men at high risk for developing prostate cancer should begin discussing screening even sooner, around 45.

Typical prostate screenings include a rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. If a suspicious lump or area is found during the rectal exam, or if a PSA test reveals higherthan-normal results, a biopsy of the prostate may be performed to confirm if cancer is present.

Spot the Signs In its earliest stages, prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. Any symptoms that do appear should be reported to your doctor right away. Symptoms that may occur include: • •

Blood in urine or semen Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, ribs or upper thighs

• • •

Trouble having or keeping an erection Pain or burning during urination Weakness or numbness in the legs.

Explore Your Options Every case of prostate cancer is different and treatment options can vary. Several factors play a role in determining the most appropriate treatment: age and health, stage of the disease, and benefits and side effects of each treatment. In most cases, prostate cancer grows slowly. So, men diagnosed with the disease usually have time to consider all available treatment options, gather additional opinions and, with the help of their doctor, decide on which option is best for them.

For more information about prostate cancer and available screening and treatment options, visit



ArtistProfile by Heike Hellmann-Brown


facets of nature form the subject matter of artist Linda Teachey’s work. Growing up in heavily wooded North Carolina, Teachey always enjoyed spending time outdoors. At age 10 it was discovered that she was near-sighted, and the prescription of eyeglasses changed her entire world. “Up until then life was blurry for me,” Teachey recalls. “All of a sudden, everything looked crisp. Whether tree barks, leaves, moss, or frogs, birds, snakes and turtles — I began noticing all their little details and patterns, and I was mesmerized.” Teachey carried this interest over into adulthood, studying forestry and landscape horticulture and working in that field for several years until moving to Canton with her husband and two kids. “We picked Orange Shoals, because of its abundant green space. I wanted to make sure that my kids have access to what I had when growing up,” she says.

While this self-proclaimed “nature freak” had been exposed to art in school, Teachey never saw it as a career. When vacationing in Little St. Simons Island a few years ago, she happened to meet an art professor from Kennesaw State University. “I told him about my fascination with nature. He encouraged me to go back to school and take classes,” Teachey remembers. She enrolled in the KSU art program in 2013, studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. “Now that my kids are grown, I am able to focus on my own dreams, although it can be intimidating to keep up with fellow students that are half my age.” Teachey’s artwork is very detail-oriented. “Woods are not a big blob of green,” she jokes. “Look at an oak tree, or a dogwood — they are alive. Plants achieve all that humans do, but they stay in place. Nothing is arbitrary. I look 42

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at patterns, shapes, colors and wonder about the reason behind them. Why are leaves arranged or shaped a certain way? Most people don’t even see this detail or cherish the beauty in nature.”

Teachey used her artistic skills to design the alliance’s mascot, “Carter the Darter,” and to create coloring sheets for her education projects in schools and libraries. She also raises awareness for water quality through organized canoe trips, is involved with the “Adopt-aStream” program, and occasionally sells native plants at Canton’s Farmers Market. Teachey’s passion for our ecosystem led to her involvement with the Upper Etowah River Alliance. She is a board member and serves as an education volunteer, teaching students in the entire Etowah watershed how special and unique the Etowah River is. “The Etowah is a very old river that has more biodiversity and fish species than the Columbia River and Colorado River combined,” she explains. “With 76 native fish species, the Etowah watershed is biologically one of the richest river systems in the world – and it is right in our backyards!”

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.



CCSD Teachers Have Faithful ‘

Attitude By Janet Read In 2003, the Boston Red Sox were playing for the American League Division title against the Oakland A’s. Many fans were cynical and questioned whether the Red Sox had what it would take to win the title, let alone advance to the World Series. First baseman Kevin Millar, a native Texan, told reporters,“I want to see somebody ‘cowboy up’ and stand behind this team and quit worrying about the negative stuff.” The term “cowboy up” is a rodeo term meaning “suck it up in times of adversity.” This became the rallying cry for the Red Sox, who won the 2003 division title, but were defeated in game seven of the American League Championship Series. Just a year later,


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however, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series and ultimately won the 2004 World Series. I believe the term “cowboy up” also describes the behavior of many of the teachers and staff in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD). Over the last seven years, we have seen our revenues decline and our student population continue to rise. We have reduced the number of teachers and put more students in each class, yet still expected our teachers to teach just as effectively. We have doled out furlough days (as many as eight in one year) and eliminated pre-planning days, yet still expected every teacher to have their classroom ready for the Meet and

Greet. We have decreased professional development, frowned upon utilizing substitute teachers and increased the employee portion of health insurance. Yet, we expected our teachers to still maintain a positive attitude and continue to improve themselves professionally. Throughout all of this, our teachers have continued to “cowboy up.” They have worked on lesson plans at home, come in on furlough days, gotten their rooms ready, and paid the increased premiums. I would like to personally thank all of our teachers for the sacrifices they have made these last few years. It has been noticed and it is greatly appreciated.Thank you for keeping it all about the kids!

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

Plant Second Vegetable Crop Now By Louise Estabrook

It’s late summer in Georgia right now, but it could be spring all over again for your vegetable garden. We generally advise planting summer vegetable crops in March and April and wind them up about this time of year, but we can grow two crops in Georgia. The growing season doesn’t have to end until the first hard frost of fall. Usually, this happens around mid-October in the mountains and mid-to-late November in the southern part of the state. With a little planning, harvesting can go on through the winter months — if last year’s weather doesn’t repeat itself. Lettuce, spinach, collards and kale are great fall crops. It’s a great time for broccoli, cauliflower and mustard greens, too. Getting a crop established will be more of a challenge than it was in the spring.

Make sure you take the time to apply a mulch layer to the ground. I’m partial to untreated grass clippings. There seems to be a never-ending supply! A topdressing of 1-2 inches applied every two weeks will not only help keep moisture in the soil but also improve your soil, as it adds much-needed organic matter to our Georgia clay. Sometimes, we tend to get a little excited at planting time and find ourselves with too much of a good thing — this happens with squash and zucchini all the time! We start leaving baskets of vegetables on our neighbors’ doorsteps at night. Consider donating your extra produce to a local food pantry, church or senior center. They often get lots of canned and boxed donations, but rarely receive any fresh vegetables. You could even put a small basket of vegetables on a table outside of your garden, with a sign

welcoming people to help themselves. The worst thing is allowing your plants to go unharvested. Production stops and rotted vegetables contribute to the spread of insects and diseases. Take advantage of Georgia’s wonderful climate and long growing season. Fresh vegetables are part of the delights of summer. Don’t let the summer heat cheat you or your neighbors out of the rewards of your second harvest!

Louise Estabrook is the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent for UGA Extension in Cherokee County. 770-721-7803, Extension/Cherokee



Guard Your Heart in

Life & Work Main Street Inferno Chili Cook-Off October 25 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Fall Festival 12:00-6:00 p.m., Chili Cook-off & Tasting Cannon Park

Come out early for the Fall Festival, which will include a children’s costume contest and scarecrow contest, trickor-treating at local vendors. Beginning at 12:00 p.m., sample the delicious entries of the Chili Cook-Off. Entertainment will include a DJ during the day and live music in the evening, along with other vendors and activities often featured at Canton’s First Friday.

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By Meghan Griffin One time, a long time ago, in the midst of personal heartbreak, a friend of mine, Carla Barnes, advised me to protect my heart. That phrase has stuck with me over the last several years and I’ve tried to remember it when relationships, friends or otherwise go awry. It is from Proverbs 4:23, which states: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Lately, that proverb has been on my mind when it comes to what I do during the week — in not only protecting my heart but also protecting that of my board members, my volunteers, the people who work downtown and our visitors. It is a vital component of the Main Street Program to not only promote and revitalize downtown

but also to protect it. So, I take it personally when things go cattywampus or when hurt feelings over misunderstandings happen. I also shared that same proverb recently with a very special person, who has been much on my mind. This person deserves the very best that life and love have to offer, and if I need to put it in a magazine to remind them, I will do so! I hope it also resonates with you. Sending you lots of love from Downtown Canton!

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

First Friday: Cherokee High Alumni Night 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Cannon Park Free and fun for the whole family! Graduates of Cherokee High School are invited to come out and enjoy a free, fun alumni gathering in Downtown Canton!

First Friday: Oktoberfest 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Cannon Park Beer and brawts, live music by Radiolucent, and other fun activities!

Protect Your Smile from Sports Injuries By L. Michael Cox, D.M.D. The fall sports season is in full swing, and we are looking forward to seeing our local student-athletes achieve their goals both on and off the field. One thing that is very important for competitors is having the right equipment, including those designed to keep players safe. Choosing the right mouth guard is important because it protects so many delicate parts of the body. These include not only the teeth but also the lips, gums, tongue and jaw. Some coaches, parents and players may be surprised to learn the American Dental Association recommends that participants wear mouth guards for 29 sports. Once a decision is made to wear a mouth guard, a determination must be made as to what kind is best suited for

the activity. Generally, there are three types of protective mouth devices: stock, mouth-formed and custom-fitted. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, custom-fitted mouth guards provide excellent protection and typically are the most comfortable. However, it may take one to two weeks to have the device made. On the other hand, stock mouth guards are inexpensive and readily available, but are poorly fitted and short lived. Following are some questions to consider when deciding which mouth guard is the best for you or your child: • •

Do you have any allergies to materials, such as rubber or acrylic? How much speaking will you do during competition? (A quarterback may need a different device than a lineman.) How much and what types of dental work or appliances do you have in your mouth? (Delicate bonding, braces or bridgework will affect the decision.)

Will the mouth guard be hung from another piece of equipment when not in your mouth? Is one mouth guard enough, or do you want to have an extra one for practice or in the event the first is lost?

There is a lot of good information and options for mouth guards on the Internet. If you have additional questions, or want a good opinion as to what device may be best, talk with your dentist as soon as you know what sport you’ll be playing.

Best of luck in 2014-15!

Dr. Cox is a dentist with BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road. 770-7041812,



Book Review by catherine groves

‘The Invention of Wings:’ A Story of Wanting to be Heard “The Invention of Wings,” Sue Monk Kidd’s latest masterpiece, introduces Hetty “Handful,” the slave of Sarah Grimké, and Sarah Grimké herself. Set in early 19th century Charleston, S.C., the Grimké household is a prison to young Handful. Her dreams go far beyond the walls, and owner, which hold her captive, and her spirit drives those dreams to knowing she’s meant to be more than a slave. Young Sarah, possessing an intellect quite rare and a yearning that runs deep, feels she must feed this fire that burns. The limitations imposed on women in her era make her frustrations seem futile, knowing had she been born a boy her mind would have been praised, not scorned. On Sarah’s 11th birthday in 1803, Handful is “given” to her as a gift from her mother. Although Handful is given to be her housemaid, Sarah can’t help but feel that an injustice has occurred. Thus begins a 35-year relationship between two girls determined to change a fate imposed on them. Although their relationship grows in complexity in the years to come, their bond formed as children will remain. Sarah’s guilt and Handful’s rebellion cause estrangement, but they can never cast off the vein of love that runs between them, formed by a world of injustice. As Handful grows into womanhood, she faces devastating loss and heartache, but also finds herself as a result. Peace, which has eluded her throughout her life, begins to make its presence known in her heart. Sarah’s own searching, hoping to find a way to exert her mind in a world created for men, takes her out of Charleston and into the early years of the women’s rights movement. Inspired by the real historic figure Sarah Grimké, Kidd delivers a story combining truth and fiction. She weaves intricately despair and courage, heartache and peace. And, in her changing of characters from one chapter to the next, Kidd makes it possible for readers to envision and understand their worlds. The story is both poignant and endearing, a thoughtprovoking novel that leaves readers with a jolting understanding of one of the most horrific periods in American history. “The Invention of Wings” is a moving novel that may very well surpass any of Kidd’s previous masterpieces. “The Invention of Wings” 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.


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A Persistent By Crystal Bryant


As I am recovering from back surgery, I am learning a lot about patience and persistence. I’ve also learned I apparently need a lot more of both! But, when your choices are taken from you, or narrowed, let’s say, it gives you a different perspective. I have learned that there is something of great value in waiting for something, in working hard every day for even the smallest reward. I have learned that the Lord is even more loving in my struggles, as in my blessings. I have learned that I can find enjoyment and contentment in each day, even if I have fallen desperately short of reaching my goals for that day. So, I find myself nine weeks post-surgery. I am just now beginning to be active again, but I am not sure when, if ever, I will reach the level of activity I had pre-surgery. I enable my faith each and every day to give me just what I need to get through that 24-hour period. I am thankful for what I am able to do today, as I realize it could be much less, and try not to get ahead of myself. God’s grace is

“I have learned that there is something of great value in waiting for something, in working hard every day for even the smallest reward.”

sufficient for today — and it may take all of my faith just to get through it! But, that’s okay.

Instead of filling my agenda with all those things I want to do, or sometimes the things I think I need to do, I look at what I did today. Did I do too much? Is there something I could have cut out? Is there something I could have added? Then, what do I realistically think I can accomplish tomorrow? I have to acknowledge that some days will actually be worse than others. And that’s okay, too. I may not get everything done today that I wanted. But, I find I am much more content if I only try to tackle today, with the hope that tomorrow is a new day — for my faith, for my body, for everything.

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,



6 strips of bacon (chopped) 2 cloves of garlic 1 ear of corn 1½ cups of mayonnaise A few sprigs of parsley

Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper to taste Purple potatoes Olive oil Pork tenderloin

(de-stemmed and chopped)

Bacon Corn Aioli Preparation:

Final Preparation:

Roast corn until kernels are nice and tender.

Quarter, then toss purple potatoes in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cook chopped bacon until crisp and save rendered grease. Remove kernels from cob and put half of them in a food processor with half of the bacon, and add garlic, lemon juice and process into a flavorful mush.


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Transfer to baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 40 minutes, or until tender.

Add mayonnaise and parsley, and then drizzle in the reserved bacon grease while processing.

Grill pork tenderloin to preference, then slice and plate with purple potatoes. Serve with the aioli.

Add the remaining bacon and corn, and process slightly to leave nice chunks of corn and bacon, then season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy with your favorite beverage.

What to Look for in a Trainer By Arlene Dickerson Today there is a wealth of information on the Internet that shows people how to do all kinds of things; but, sometimes it takes one person talking to another person to make that information click. How do you find the person who can help you get to that “aha!” moment you need? You may think you have to go away to a high-dollar education program, but sometimes asking a few questions up-front can help you find that person in your own neighborhood. A great place to start is at local training centers. Find out what they offer for your area of interest and then review the trainer bios. Check out their credentials, but then look for “soft” skills — that is, their people skills. You’ll find this information in reviews and testimonials. Here are some of the traits you should look for: • A trainer who is collaborative: Trainers very often enjoy working with other people and are inspired by trying to solve problems together, even if they already have the answer. Look for someone who is open to having back-and-forth conversations. • Someone who is detail-oriented: Sometimes, skipping a little detail can frustrate someone learning something new. Trainers are familiar with all of those details and steer students back on track. • A good listener: We all picture the teacher in front of the classroom or the person behind the podium talking. Trainers do a lot of that, too. But, they also listen — a lot. Answering questions is a key component — and it benefits both the trainer and the students. Trainers learn from the types of questions their students ask. Finding a trainer who is skilled in both the subject you want to learn and working with students can make the difference in truly understanding something, or just gaining enough skills to get by. Asking a few key questions before enrolling in a class can make the difference for you.

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



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Family Dental of Canton 3237 Sixes Road Canton 678-880-9775

City of Holly Springs — JB Owens Park 2699 Hickory Road Holly Springs 770-345-5536


Government - City

Sears Hometown Store 110 Bluffs Parkway, Suite 100 Canton 770-720-9020

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint 2026 Cumming Highway, Suite 104 Canton 678-880-9262

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:00 a.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration: $15 On-Site Registration: $20 Future Members: $25 RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on September 2. Sponsored by:

United Way


Ground Breakings

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2014 Series Presented by: AT&T

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:30-6:00 p.m. Sponsored by:

WellStar Located at:

Goshen Community Care 200 West Main Street Canton, GA 30114 RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on September 19. There is no charge to attend.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:00 a.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration: $15 On-Site Registration: $20 Future Members: $25 RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on September 30. Sponsored by:

Chattahoochee Technical College

Will All These Vaccines

In 1991, the vaccine was required for all U.S. infants by 2 months of age. By 1996, the rate of children under 5 years old who got sick with HIB infections dropped 99 percent — from 100/100,000 to 0.03/100,000. And, instead of 7/100,000 kids dying from HIB each year, only .0021/100,000 kids died that year from HIB infections.

Kill My Kid? By Charles Cooley, M.D.

Many controversies surround the ever-growing number of vaccines that are given to children throughout the first few years of life. Each vaccine has its own possible side effects, but risks and side effects of medications, treatments or vaccines should be weighed against the dangers associated with not using them at all. Many of the most controversial vaccines — polio, measles, mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough) — have been around for many years. They get a bad rap because few adults remember what it was like when friends and family had these terrible diseases, when babies were dying from whooping cough, and teenagers were being crippled by polio. Selfproclaimed “experts” say that medicine

was different back then and that kids don’t need the protection of vaccines anymore. The truth is that the majority of people in the United States have been vaccinated against many of these diseases. Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB) is a bacteria, not the influenza virus. Before 1991, this bacteria was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis and other major illness in children 5 years old or younger. It would cause illness in approximately 100 kids out of every 100,000 every year — even resulting in death in 7-8 percent of those infected.

The HIB is only one of the many vaccines helping prevent diseases in our great country. Vaccines have their risks, but most of the serious risks associated with vaccines occur in 1/1,000,000 doses or less. Be informed, talk to your doctor, and study the statistics of the illnesses that are prevented through vaccinations. Your children’s lives could depend on it.

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



assume its natural shape before surgery, so as to avoid negative consequences. It is essential that individuals considering LASIK have realistic expectations. LASIK allows individuals to perform most of their everyday tasks independent of corrective lenses. However, people looking for perfect vision without glasses or contacts, or have been previously diagnosed with cataracts, run the risk of being disappointed. Most patients can only achieve vision similar to what they had with glasses and contacts before LASIK.

OMG — No More Glasses! By Vishal Patel, O.D.

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an outpatient refractive surgery procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. An excimer laser is used to permanently reshape the clear covering of the eye, called the cornea. This reshaping of the cornea will improve the way the eye focuses light, thus correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. First approved by the FDA in 1998, LASIK has satisfied millions of people worldwide. Each year, approximately 700,000 Americans have the procedure, and the vast majority of patients are happy with their results. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with


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LASIK, but the overall complication rate is low. Infection and inflammation are rare possibilities, usually treatable with topical medications. LASIK is not suited for everyone. It is important that patients have a clear understanding of the procedure, the risks and benefits, and whether or not they are a good candidate. What to expect before, during, and after surgery will vary from doctor to doctor and patient to patient. Patients interested in having LASIK will need an initial or baseline evaluation by an eye care physician to determine candidacy. For patients who wear contact lenses, it is a good idea to switch to glasses temporarily before the baseline evaluation. This will allow the cornea to

Individuals over the age of 40 who now have presbyopia (diminishing near-focus requiring the dependency on reading glasses or bifocals) may want to consider a corrective strategy called monovision. This technique corrects vision to allow for near or intermediate vision in one eye and distance vision in the other eye. Each eye will work independently from one another, allowing the brain to perceive images focused at different distances. Not everyone is comfortable with this difference in focus, especially those who play certain sports or do a lot of night driving. Glasses may still be necessary on an as-needed basis. LASIK is performed in an outpatient surgical center, with the patient reclining under a surgical device called an excimer laser. The length of the procedure can vary between 10-15 minutes, depending on the patient’s prescription. After surgery, eye rubbing should be avoided, which may cause the flap to shift out of place. To help protect the cornea as it heals, the surgeon may place a transparent protective shield over the eye. The shield may only be needed at night to prevent you from rubbing the eye during sleep. Ask your eye care physician if LASIK is right for you.

Dr. Vishal Patel is a board-certified optometrist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 678-381-2020,

Household Routines Keep Kids, Parents on Track By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed. S.

Three weeks into school and you are probably saying to yourself,“Where did summer go? What happened to the days at the pools, the enjoyment of friends and the laid-back atmosphere of June and July?”We have all shifted gears into the new school year and, I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted! Juggling bus stops, car pool lines, drop-offs at preschools, work and trying to find quality time with the family (and significant other) is a challenge. I have found a few small tips will help to keep me sane if I stick to them; but, if I fall off in just one area, I will feel like a train wreck the next day.

Organization in the Household: Keeping the family organized and knowing what you are doing on a daily/weekly basis helps. Users of the iPhone can sync their calendars using

a shared iCloud account, which helps parents keep track of appointments. Meal-planning apps make organizing meals for the week easier so that you don’t have to resort to picking up something on the way home. Also, create a homework area for your children, complete with their own pencils, pens, markers, glue, etc.

Bedtime Routines: It is a no-brainer that if your children get enough sleep, they wake up feeling refreshed. According to, children ages 3-6 should get 10-12 hours of sleep during a 24-hour period. Giving your children more responsibility in the bedtime routine will help them learn independence while also freeing you up to do other things. If your children have trouble falling asleep because it is still light outside, roomdarkening shades or curtains can help.

Offer Positive Rewards: Kids love rewards, even if it is something small. Quarters and free apps on the iPad work wonders in our house. Occasionally, “unlocking” one of my daughter’s favorite apps makes her feel extremely special. Chores and incentive charts are great because they help your children visualize what they are working on and what they are working toward.

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



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