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Publisher’s Perspective

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Julie Senger ART Candice Williams Laurie Litke SALES Janet Ponichtera

We all have been blessed with the tools we need to get through this journey: Faith, Hope, and Love. No one ever said life was going to be easy, and honestly, we would probably just get bored with it. Let’s look forward to the challenges and lessons in the year ahead, commit to do our best, and regardless of the outcome, let’s embrace the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with giving it all we’ve got. This past year was full of challenges, changes, and excitement for the Family Life Publications staff, and our three magazines have continued to grow within the communities we serve. It’s 2018, folks — and we got this.

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770-213-7095 Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. Canton Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of over 26,000, direct mailing over 24,000 copies to Canton, Sixes/ BridgeMill, Holly Springs and Hickory Flat. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Canton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.


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Sometimes, when it seems like we have so many things on our plate, we may find ourselves wondering if we can possibly handle anything else. We will make mistakes. We will fail and falter. That is when we must reach into our bag of tricks, pull out our faith card, and make things happen. It is exercise that makes our bodies healthier and more fit. In that same

fashion, our faith also gets stronger when we exercise it and lift our problems up.



ell, I hope everyone is finished with their to-do lists from 2017 because like it or not, the new year is upon us. With challenges and changes of her own, the upcoming year promises to keep us on our toes and ready for action. Best to not be too concerned or anxious about it, the only thing we can do is be prepared. So, get ready now; get pumped up — here it comes.



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Atlanta Hand Specialist, Cyndi Braun, Mary Kay Buquoi, Michael Consoli, Jyl Craven, James B. Depew, Steve Fuchs, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Pat Gold, Will Goodwin, Corey Harkins, Maria Harrison, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Erin Honea, Vicki Knight-Mathis, James E. Leake, Sandy McGrew, Scott Merritt, Laura Mikszan, Tim Morris, Tina Morris, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Sen. Bruce Thompson, WellStar, Amy Williams, Farris Yawn

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Calendar ONGOING

Project Valentine — CRPA collects donations of the following items: lip balm, lotion, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, any art or music activities as well as candy (sugar free and regular) and any holiday related items. These items will be made into goody bags and delivered to the Cherokee Training Center, Eagle Point, and Next Step Ministries. Woodstock Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. Free Monthly City Cleanup Day — On the first Saturday of each month, City of Canton residents may dispose of trash, unwanted items, up to ten tires per resident, and recycle many electronics free of charge. Visit the website for a full list of acceptable items. 8:00am-12:00pm, City Hall, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton. 770704-1554.

Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway — Through January 2018, this exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. Mr. Ridgway’s family donated the contents of his home office, along with his extensive map and aerial photograph collection, which allows visitors to compare Cherokee County during the 1930s and 50s to how much we have grown today. Family Life Publications is a proud sponsor of this event. Wednesday-Friday 10:00am5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, historic marble courthouse, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288.


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“Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas Tree Recycling — The City of Canton will help you recycle your Christmas trees for FREE after the holidays. Drop-off your live tree (without lights/ decorations) through the end of January. Monday-Saturday 7:00am4:00pm, Canton City Collection Site, 2525 Ridge Road, Canton. 770-7041552.


Sing! — Enjoy this modern children’s movie on the big screen; all seats are only $1! 10:30am and 2:00pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


Steven Lester The Heart of a Champion Art Show — Featuring more than seventy dynamic paintings, Steven said, “I paint with a loose, interpretive method that allows me to express the emotion and movement of the moment. My hope is to create art that resonates on an emotional, visceral level, engages the human heart and challenges the spirit.” Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 12:005:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244.

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! Kids will play in the pool, enjoy a pizza dinner, do crafts, play games, and end the night with a movie! 5:3010:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


It’s a Wibit — Enjoy inflatables in the pool for no extra fee! Children must be able to pass a 25yd. swim

test to use the Wibit. 1:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-8804760.


Power Hour — This is a fastpaced networking event with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber Chairman of the Board, Bryan Reynolds, and Chamber President and CEO, Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you’ll have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:0011:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Doc Severinsen’s Trumpet Kings — Doc is a Grammy Award winning trumpeter known both for his time leading the famous Tonight Show with Johnny Carson band (and his notoriously flashy outfits) as well as his own prolific recording and touring. Joined by trumpeter virtuoso Byron Stripling and his quartet, Severinsen performs a tribute concert entitled Trumpet Kings, celebrating the greatest jazz trumpeters of the 20th century. Guests will enjoy hearing the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Doc. 7:30pm, Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 47th Annual Meeting — This is an annual celebration of the year’s accomplishments. 11:00am-1:30pm, Northside Hospital - Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770345-0400.


Athens Guitar Duo — The Athens Guitar Duo (AG²) is becoming known for leaving a deep impression

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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day — Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the recent negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time to show their support. Here are some suggested ways: Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement; send a card of support to your local police department or state agency; share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media; ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.

23, 30, 2/6 & 2/13 Holly Springs 101 — This program is for citizens of Holly Springs who want to become better educated about how the City government operates. Each session covers a different City department. 6:30pm, Public Safety Building, 3235 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. HollySpringsGa. us/hollysprings101 newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs, and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:0010:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3450400.


Meet & Eat — This networking opportunity will get you out in the community to visit a Chamber Member restaurant while enjoying the company of fellow Chamber Members! 11:30am-12:30pm, Restaurant TBD. 770-345-0400.

on the audience with their passionate, meticulous, and masterful artistry. They have performed and taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and the People’s Republic of China. 7:30pm, Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00pm, The Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. 770-3450400.


Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz — Hotlanta sets your feet firmly on Bourbon Street in old New Orleans. Songs from Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Louie Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, plus many old favorites like “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Royal Garden Blues,” “South,” “Hard Hearted Hannah,” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” are all part of Hotlanta’s musical treat. 7:30pm, Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Coffee & Connections — This event provides the Chamber’s

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Gospel Fest — Gospel Fest is an annual music extravaganza celebrating Black History Month with a variety of talent including a mass choir, praise and dance teams, and soloist performances. Come join the celebration! FREE and open to the public. 6:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244.


Reinhardt’s Faculty Recital — Each semester, the School of Performing Arts showcases its talented faculty during these Sunday afternoon concerts. A variety of styles from Baroque through Broadway are performed by the outstanding music faculty on various instruments and through song. FREE! 3:00pm, Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska.770-720-9167.

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Ethan Senger “In Your Atmosphere,” a John Mayer Tribute Concert Benefiting the Ferst Foundation — Performing in venues all over Atlanta since he was seven years old, this now Woodstock High School senior is coming to Reformation Brewery to bring you the Grammy Award winning music of John Mayer, covering such songs as “Why Georgia,” “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Love on the Weekend,” “Gravity,” and many, many more. All proceeds from this performance will benefit the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success. Visit for tickets or to make a donation. 3:00-4:30pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock. 678341-0828.



LIBRARY EVENTS BALL GROUND 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, 770-735-2025 HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 R.T. JONES 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090

FAMILY STORYTIME Thursdays, 10:30am, Ball Ground This is designed for families with children of all ages. Storytime is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. 3-D PRINTER WORKSHOP January 8, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat See what 3-D printing is all about in a basic overview of this new, innovative technology and all the possibilities it presents. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. PATRON ART GALLERY January 8, 5:00pm, R.T. Jones Talented patron artists are celebrated by having their art displayed in the library. Refreshments are provided.This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. WORLD TRAVELERS, UNITE! January 10, 5:00pm, R.T. Jones Drop in, and learn how library resources can help you plan your next trip, teach you a new language, and enlighten you about international cultures. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

NO-SEW THROW January 10, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Lynne Mock teaches how to make a no-sew braid throw. Bring your own blizzard, polar, or anti-pill fleece material (1.5 yards) for each side and a pair of 8” heavy-duty scissors. Registration is required. ALL THINGS DISNEY! January 11, 3:30pm, R.T. Jones Children ages 3-8 may come dressed as their favorite Disney character for a fun time of celebrating Disney! A favorite story will be read followed by games, activities, music, prizes, and a special craft. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Registration is suggested.

CRAFTERNOON! January 25, 2:00pm, Ball Ground See just how creative you can be while making cool crafts! Make all you want; they’re yours to take home! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. HAND, KNEE, AND FOOT CARD GAME January 29, 10:30am, Ball Ground Join the Hand, Knee, and Foot card game! The rules for this game are similar to Canasta and Samba. This is for ages 18+.

INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP January 13, 3:00pm, Ball Ground Love to write, but need some feedback? All writers interested in joining a group to share writings, ideas, and feedback are invited to attend! THE GUERRILLA WAR IN GEORGIA January 13, 11:00am, Hickory Flat Gerald Flinchum presents an overview of the operations of state troops and home guard militia. Don’t miss this rare look at the irregular war that began with local opposition to secession, and the southern states’ passage of conscription in 1863, which eventually led to open rebellion. The various guerrilla bands, partisan rangers, and home guards that existed during this period are all covered in detail. BALL GROUND BOOK CLUB January 17, 10:30am, Ball Ground Join book club members to discuss your impressions of The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene: A Novel by Terry Kay. MUSIC AND MOVES January 17, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Get moving and grooving with friends from Go Noodle! It’ll be a dance party to remember! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

CLAY SNOWMEN January 31, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Let Out-of-the-Box Art Studio inspire you! Create textured, hand-built clay snowmen to celebrate the winter season. Registration is required and opens January 17. TECHNOLOGY FAIR January 31, 5:00pm, R.T. Jones Discover resources that can make you more tech savvy, from learning computer basics and maneuvering Facebook, to downloading your own e-books through the library and picking up the skill of coding.

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Lead By Example

Raising a



By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.


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[AcademicLife] The ability to give unselfishly to others is not a quality with which people are born. Experiences we have, and the values we are taught, form the basis for the choices we tend to make in our lives regarding generosity. Similar to other behavioral and physical growth stages, researchers have found that children’s moral behaviors also evolve in developmental phases. Usually, young children, up to about five years of age, are a bit self-absorbed and fairly unaware of other people’s feelings. They tend to believe that they should have whatever it is that they want. At around four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half years of age, children like to please adults and are more willing to be coached. As a child’s moral reasoning develops, parents can model generous behaviors and discuss the importance of generosity. Children will more easily grasp a value, such as generosity, if they have early and

frequent real-life exposure to it. Setting examples and reinforcing good manners at this stage will go a long way. Don’t despair if your little one seems quite selfish. It’s almost as if nature intends for us to learn to love ourselves before we can love others. Remember, a child’s behavior and train of thought will go through various transitions, and eventually, even a self-centered preschooler can become a warm and generous individual. By giving your children many opportunities to experience the wonderful feeling of giving to others, they will likely grow up to be generous adults.

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

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Canton’s Developers Day Shows New Possibilities By Sandy McGrew l Photos courtesy of Angela Thompson


ecently, the first Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Developers Day was held in Canton. Thirty-five realtors, developers in the commercial and residential markets, and mixed-use development firms from across metro Atlanta attended the event. Several of the property owners themselves were there, too. The event began with breakfast in the historic Canton Theatre followed by time to get acquainted with one another. Mayor Hobgood welcomed guests, and then Matthew Thomas provided a detailed presentation, which highlighted several properties. Matthew also showed an astonishing video that displayed, “What Could Be If…….” Many of the properties in the video had never been presented to developers in a way that showcased the possibilities in town and along the Etowah River. After the presentation, the visitors broke into two groups for walking tours of the Cherokee County Arts Center, the Cherokee County History Museum, the historic Canton Elementary School, and the Canton Mill office building. Canton Mill and historic Canton Elementary School were purchased by The Harris Group and are currently


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undergoing renovations to lease space for restaurants, retail, and office space. The morning of tours concluded at one of Canton’s newest restaurants, Queenie’s, for a traditional southern lunch. Special thanks to Georgia Power and Rod Drake for putting together the video using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and infrastructure mapping capabilities. This allowed for the properties to be shown reflecting utility information and proper zoning. Thanks to East Main Café for breakfast, and thanks to Rebecca Johnston, Billy Peppers, and their team for putting together a unique opportunity to see Canton and its possible future. And a big thanks to Matthew Thomas, Canton’s economic development manager, for supplying these details. After this event, potential new deals were being discussed, which will hopefully culminate in sold property and new destinations for Canton’s residents.

Sandy McGrew is a ten-year Canton resident who represents ward 1 in the Canton City Council.

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Serving Those Who Serve

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in a time of crisis in their immediate family.

• Providing educational scholarships to children of active duty Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies through a bi-annual competitive application process.

• Assisting the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in securing funding for the latest resources available to enhance the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens of Cherokee County.

• Promoting the high standards

By Sheriff Frank Reynolds


s you may imagine, working in public safety is a tough business. However, it’s not always the work that’s tough; it’s often the sacrifices you might not expect. Missing ballet recitals, little league baseball games, and anniversaries are common practice in our profession. You see, I believe most people who put on the uniform and badge do so because they feel the need to serve their communities. They certainly don’t do it to get rich, well, not in the monetary form. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest employers in Cherokee County with over 430 deputies and civilians. Although the Sheriff’s Office offers competitive salaries and benefit packages to its employees, life can throw some curveballs our direction. What happens when a deputy is injured in the line of duty and sick time and long-term disability run out? What happens when a sick child needs to travel to another state for medical care? Who is there to help when they need help? Fortunately, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is available to lend a supporting hand in times of need. Unlike some other programs that solicit donations for


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law enforcement, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation donations STAY in Cherokee County. That’s right; the donations you have been giving to other organizations do not necessarily help our local law enforcement. Although they may do good in other places, they don’t help our hometown heroes like you may have been led to believe. The Foundation gathers resources to support programs in a partnership with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. This nonprofit organization is a public/ private partnership with the citizens of Cherokee County that provides support not available from government funding to supplement the needs of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. This program includes, but is not limited to, the monetary support of public safety nonprofit organizations. All donations are based on funding available through the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation. All donations must be met with the unanimous approval of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation’s goals include… • Assisting the deputies of the

and quality of service through specialized and unique programs in collaboration with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation for the citizens of Cherokee County. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation needs your support. Please invest in your community by making a donation today. All donations are tax deductible. Please consult your tax accountant for more details. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation WILL NOT call you to solicit funding over the phone. If someone does, it is a scam.

For more information about the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation, please visit

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation P. O. Box 122 Ball Ground, GA 30107

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

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Community Creekview High School’s FFA Chapter Members Head to State Competition The team of students, which includes Lane Collier, Kimberly Klinger, Elliott Prather and Mackenzie Sewell placed second at Future Farmers of America’s (FFA) regional Agriculture Sales contest, and earned the right to compete in the State Agriculture Sales Career Development event against eleven other top teams from across Georgia. The State competition will be next month at Fort Valley State University. Teacher Pauline Benton serves as the team’s advisor. The career education competition includes an actual sales presentation focusing on customer relations, customer service, or prospecting for customers. The four-member team presents individual sales pitches; each member makes a presentation to a different customer profile.

From left to right, Mackenzie Sewell, Kimberly Klinger, Elliott Prather, Lane Collier.

“It was clear to the judges that the students were prepared for this contest, and they did an excellent job exemplifying good sales techniques and leadership,” said Brandon Ray, north region forestry teacher for the University of Georgia.

Congratulations to to our our December October “7“7 Differences” winner, Melanie Congratulations Differences” winner, StevenTugman! Jafano!

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Safe Kids Cherokee County Receives New Van Safe Kids Cherokee County recently received a new van to assist the organization with their many safe-related events. According to Captain Chad Arp, lead advisor for Safe Kids Cherokee County, “Funding for the new van was provided by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, Lead Agency for Safe Kids Cherokee, and Northside Cherokee Hospital, a proud program community sponsor.” Safe Kids Cherokee County is a local coalition through Safe Kids Worldwide, which is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every thirty seconds, and millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Safe Kids Cherokee County is dedicated to thwarting those types of preventable injuries to its young citizens.

Canton Historic Walking Tour App is Now Available Learn something new about downtown Canton! The Canton Historic Walking Tour app is available in your smartphone’s app store and on Google Play. Download the app, and take a walk through beautiful downtown Canton! Paper copies are also available; stop by the Cherokee County History Museum, and get yours today! This app was made possible by the Cherokee County Historical Society, City of Canton, and Canton Tourism.


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Community Strong Foundation Creates Success for Reinhardt University Football Team

Championship in his first year as head coach. Miller gives the credit of success to the student athletes, the assistant coaches and his predecessors, Danny and Drew Cronic.

When Reinhardt University embarked on the creation of a football program, success was not guaranteed. Yet no one expected the grand success – both on the field and in the classroom – that Reinhardt Eagles football has enjoyed during its brief five-year history.

While the team has been successful on the field, academics and character are of the utmost importance to Reinhardt leadership past and present. Coaches, faculty, and staff are ensuring that the team doesn’t lose sight of that goal.

In December, the team competed for the first time in the NAIA Football National Championship Game in Daytona Beach, Florida vs. the University of Saint Francis (IN).

The football team’s overall grade point average (GPA) last fall was 3.11, with 97 of the 147 student athletes earning a 3.0 or better. Of those, 54 had a 3.5 GPA or better, and 18 had a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“When we approved adding football as an intercollegiate sport at Reinhardt University, we were steadfast in implementing a program where character as a person and grades in the classroom were just as important as performance on the field. We wanted well-rounded athletes representing Reinhardt University,” said Billy Hasty, chair of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees.

In the true nature of upholding Reinhardt University’s mission, this team gives back to its community by volunteering in various Cherokee County schools, at the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch as well as other nonprofit organizations. The team has been recognized for its outstanding service on multiple occasions.

Prior to the May 2011 Board of Trustees approval, the University established a committee of students, faculty, staff, and community members to explore the option of adding football. Hasty said that the one thing stakeholders expressed was the desire that the University maintain its strong Christian values. All of this foresight and planning is something that Reinhardt Athletic Director Bill Popp believes has led to the program’s success. “Doing our football study one year prior to starting really let us hit on important points that we wanted to succeed with early,” Popp said. “Hiring an experienced coach who would be able to handle a large class of freshmen and then to make sure we emphasized character and academic success as two very important program goals.”

From the vision of a group of the Reinhardt University family just a few short years ago to the opportunity to compete in the National Championship title game, the Eagles’ tremendous success did not come without hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Reinhardt University alumnus Gordon Thigpen spent his senior year at Reinhardt researching and interviewing people about the University’s football program. Thigpen walked on to the team his freshman year and continued to play throughout his time at Reinhardt. The wide receiver had an inside look at the team’s development, and he tells the story of a young football team destined for greatness. Thigpen’s book, Raising the Bar: The Story of Reinhardt University Football, is available in Kindle format and in paperback on

The experienced coach the University hired was Dr. Danny Cronic who has more than thirty years of experience as a head football coach and had already been named to the Coweta County and Cherokee County Sports Halls of Fame, and Cronic was used to working with young student athletes. Cronic is not surprised by the team’s fast-paced success and said he told University officials when he was hired that if they gave him the ability to hire good coaches and assistants that the team would be successful. That support from the administration was granted, and the Eagles football team took flight. Cronic coached for two seasons before handing the reins over to his son, Drew Cronic. Drew Cronic coached for two more years, and then current head football coach James Miller took the helm in January 2017, who took the team to the National

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Community Chamber Names Volunteer of the Quarter The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Joan McFather, a longtime Chamber member and community volunteer, has been named the Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2017. Members of the Chairman’s Council are accepted by invitation only from the Chamber’s board chair. The Chairman’s Council members are invited to attend ribbon cuttings and ground breakings, Coffee & Connections for new members and special invitation Chamber meetings that aren’t open to the general membership.

(L-R) Chamber Volunteer of the Quarter Joan McFather receiving her award from Chamber Board Chair Bryan Reynolds, director of Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency.

Avery ES Recognizes Outstanding Student Artists

(L-R) Avery Whittington, Jameson Brooks, Aliya Bobo, Caroline Barkwell, and Amilya Taft. Avery Elementary School is recognizing five students whose artwork was selected for an international exchange program. Artwork by Caroline Barkwell, Aliya Bobo, Jameson Brooks, Amilya Taft, and Averie Whittington will be traveling to the schools of Meguro City in Japan for display there as part of the 2017-18 Japanese Art Exchange.

In determining the Volunteer of the Quarter, attendance at Chamber events is evaluated for all members of the Chairman’s Council. “Joan is a committed volunteer who gives 100% to the Chamber and its programs,” said Bryan Reynolds, Chamber Board Chair and director of Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency.

New Executive Director of Cherokee County Educational Foundation Congratulations to Lisa-Marie Haygood! She has accepted a new role as executive director of Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF). The CCEF is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the students and staff of the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements. CCEF seeks funding and resources to enrich CCSD schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program. This includes, but is not limited to, grants for schools; grants for teachers and other staff; grants for students for academic and after-school/extra-curricular programs; and support for specific CCSD initiatives. The Foundation is a partner with the Cherokee County School District, and it is supported by the Cherokee County School Board.

Select student artists from throughout the Cherokee County School District are chosen for the program each year; the selected artwork, following its display in Japan, will be exhibited at the Cherokee Arts Center in Canton in March.


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Community Knox ES Earns National Certification for Digital Citizenship Knox Elementary School was recently named a Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to “helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.” ELEMENTARY Arnold Mill ES

The school earned the recognition by preparing students to use digital media safely by avoiding dangers such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. “The school and its staff deserve high praise for giving students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large,” said Liz Kline, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. Media Specialist Leslie Hicks, K-2 Counselor Jenilee Curtis, and Principal Tammy Sandell coordinated the school’s certification process. The Cherokee County School Board recently recognized these faculty members. Principal Sandell said, “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we’re providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate According to new data from the Georgia Department of Education, the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) earned high marks from students, parents, and 93.1 4 employees for school climate.

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CCSD earned an average of four stars on a five-star scale in the annual rating, which measures how a school community views the quality of its school’s culture and character. The highest possible rating is five stars. The rating is calculated based on a survey of students, parents, and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance. Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earned a perfect score of five; all CCSD middle schools earned four stars each; and no CCSD school scored less than three stars. Reports on individual schools’ climate ratings are posted online by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). According to the GaDOE, research has found that schools with positive school climates usually report better test scores and graduation rates, and they create a culture of feeling socially, emotionally, and physically safe.

HIGH SCHOOLS Cherokee HS Creekview HS Etowah HS River Ridge HS

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lected officials and staff at the City of Holly Springs are taking the opportunity that the new year brings to look back at all the good things the past year has brought, and to look forward to what’s coming in 2018. 2017 saw many projects come to fruition that had been in the works for years. The City of Holly Springs and the Holly Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA) entered into a development and management agreement with Stonecrest Homes GA, LLC in November for the Holly Springs Town Center Project (TCP). The agreement provides a ninety-day, due-diligence period for Stonecrest that expires on January 31, 2018. During the due-diligence period, Stonecrest will work with Southeastern Engineering, Inc. to complete site engineering, and then a project budget will be presented to the City Council and the DDA for the development of the Town Center. The City knew that redevelopment of the downtown area meant that some traffic mitigation efforts


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in Holly Springs By Erin Honea

would need to be made. So, a northbound travel lane along Holly Springs Parkway on the north side of the city was added, Rickman Industrial Drive was realigned, and turn lanes were added at its entrance and onto Hickory Road from Holly Springs Parkway. Sidewalks and lampposts have been installed throughout Holly Springs to improve pedestrian connectivity. The City also has plans to construct a downtown bypass, which, at completion, will divert traffic from Hickory Road to Exit 14 off I-575. 2018 will see lots of new projects as well! WellStar Health System plans to break ground on their new health park in the spring with completion set for summer of 2019. The new health park will provide over 100,000 square feet of medical offices including physician offices, medical imaging, urgent care, cardiac diagnostics and other related services.

There are currently several projects underway near the intersection of Holly Springs Parkway and Sixes Road. Construction recently started on the Sixes Ridge apartment complex, which is situated between Holly Springs Parkway, Rabbit Hill Road and I-575. The project will include 340 luxury rental units north of Home Depot. There is also a new Dairy Queen Grill and Chill near the entrance of Home Depot. Construction is also ongoing for One Life Fitness Center between Home Depot and the Northside - Holly Springs Medical Office Building. The Holly Springs Parkway Widening Project is due to begin this spring, which will include the extension of culverts over Toonigh Creek, four travel lanes from Home Depot to Rabbit Hill Road, the addition of sidewalks and lampposts along the roadway, and the addition of a traffic light at the intersection of Holly Springs Parkway at Rabbit Hill Road. Please be advised that Holly Springs Parkway will be closed from Rabbit Hill Road to Home Depot during construction.

Erin Honea is a native of Cherokee County and has been the Main Street Director for the City of Holly Springs since 2014.

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Fun Dental

Tidbits By Scott Merritt, D.M.D.

[HealthyLife] As we kick off the new year, it’s a perfect time to use some fun dental tidbits* to get us thinking about establishing a plan for good oral health in 2018. 1. Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Adults laugh about 15 times. It’s good to be a kid! 2. Just like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to individuals.

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3. There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in an average can of soda. 4. The first toothbrushes were tree twigs, the tips of which spread out into fibers used to brush teeth. 5. If you floss every day, you will use over five miles of floss in your lifetime (See #8 below!). 6. The most popular toothbrush color is blue. 7. 38.5 days = how much time the average American spends brushing his or her teeth over a lifetime. 8. In 1994, a prison inmate escaped using a rope made of dental floss. 9. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. 10. The blue whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth. 11. In 1986, the winner of the national spelling bee won by spelling “odontalgia,” which means “toothache.” 12. The average woman smiles about 62 times a day, but the average man

smiles only eight times. C’mon guys, we can do better! 13. 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of seventeen. One of the best things you can do for your family’s oral health is to implement a plan at the beginning of the year. This should include scheduling routine checkup appointments for all family members. It’s also very helpful to plan in advance for larger procedures and treatments, especially when it comes to choosing insurance coverage options, or planning for vacations, sporting events, weddings, etc. *Information within this article was obtained from various internet sources.

Dr. Merritt has been helping families in and around Canton since opening BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road in 2002. 770-704-1812.



Senator Speaks

Gratitude By Senator Bruce Thompson


s we begin a new year, I can’t help but think about how blessed we are to live in this wonderful country. We enjoy a robust economy with an unemployment rate of nearly 4.5 percent. The stock market continues to set new records, and fuel prices are hovering around $2.39 a gallon. The average family in America owns at least two cars, eats three meals a day, and has a household income of $67,000. I realize that there are exceptions, but many safety nets in our culture exist to help those who truly need assistance. We live in a country that affords virtually any citizen to pursue an opportunity, to serve in public office, regardless of religion, race, gender, or social status.

it difficult to breathe. It’s hard to imagine living in a country where the air quality is so bad that your throat burns much of the time.

Now, let’s contrast that with the rest of the world. Nearly 70% of the world’s population survives on less than $10 a day, and roughly 12% live on less than $2.50 a day. According to Pew Research, as many as thirty countries require their leaders to be of a specific religion.

After arriving at the hotel, we noticed an incredible number of young children living on the streets. The concierge informed me that over thirty million children under the age of five live on their streets, begging for their next meal. On one occasion, a young girl approached our cab and banged on the window, pleading for change to purchase a meal. After we gave her the money, she disappeared quicker than a mouse that located a piece of cheese. When we asked the driver what happens next for this child,

In 2016, my family had the privilege of traveling to India to participate in a friend’s wedding. The experience was life changing. When we landed, we immediately noticed the polluted air made


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Once we boarded the shuttle bus for the four-hour trip to Chandigarh, we quickly realized that traffic in Georgia was not that bad. At least Georgia traffic usually goes the speed limit at 2:00am, but India’s automobiles were packed onto the narrow road with barely six inches separating each vehicle. Nearly every automobile in sight had dents and scrapes from bumping into each other. When I inquired about traffic accidents, I was informed that no one stops for fear they may be mugged.

he responded that one of three things would occur. She would be brutally robbed on her way to her handler, or her handler would be displeased with the amount she collected and would harm her himself, or hopefully, her handler would be pleased and feed her. My daughter was so moved by this child that she commented that she wished we could take her home with us. Our driver calmly responded to my daughter that we could do whatever we wanted with the little girl, and literally no one would miss her. With so many children roaming the streets begging for survival, there is little hope of ever moving up in India’s castestructured society. As challenging as life may seem in America for some, admittedly, life here is nowhere near as difficult as it is in some other countries. We are a blessed nation, and sometimes it takes looking beyond our circumstances to realize it.

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

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Beat the Winter Blues with Seed Catalogs By Joshua Fuder [HomeLife] The short, cold days of winter leave much to be desired for gardeners, but a successful summer garden begins with the arrival of winter seed catalogs. From stories and recipes to exquisite photos, seed catalogs offer growing advice, new and old plant introductions, and delightful inspiration for the housebound gardener. Seed catalogs also offer an opportunity to grow new or different plants that you may not be able to find as seedlings at your local garden center. The information in catalogs can be a bit overwhelming to the novice gardener, so it’s important to know how to interpret some of the technical information and abbreviations. Hybrid seed, often abbreviated as F1, is a

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result of pollination of one genetically uniform variety with pollen from another specific genetically uniform variety. Hybrid seeds are produced by hand in a very controlled manner, which results in more expensive seed. The result is to produce more desirable characteristics like disease or drought resistance, uniformity, and outstanding fruit or flower production. The only downside to hybrid seed is that plants grown from them will not produce reliably similar seeds to the parent plant. Open pollinated (OP) seed, sometimes referred as heirloom (H) or standard (S) seed, has more stable characteristics from

one generation to the next. Because OP plants were often chosen for one or two characteristics and adapted to different regions of the country, individual plants may vary greatly in size, shape, and other traits. If you plan to grow more than one variety of OP plant, you may have to separate plants by a certain distance or utilize varying planting times, so flowers are not present at the same time. This will ensure that you collect seed that is true to type. Shopping for seeds is a great way to get you through the dreary winter months, but it can be a bit like going grocery shopping when you’re hungry, so don’t bite off more than you can chew.

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



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to live lives that honor God and help them love themselves enough to keep sex, sexuality, and relationships in their proper place and time.

… & Family Resource Center The other critical idea is the Center’s desire to answer the question of how to help families choose life. These ministries were developed to provide practical tools for raising these precious gifts from God:

North Georgia Pregnancy... Relationships, sexuality, and the value of life are increasingly confusing topics. Teaching relationship integrity and Biblical truth is considered antiquated and bigoted. Is it any wonder that so many suffer from relationship related problems like high STD and teen pregnancy rates, high abortion rates, high divorce rates, and high child poverty rates? Into this confusion, the North Georgia Pregnancy Center carried a new vision to holistically address this crisis through the power of God’s word and plan for His creation. The answer to the disintegration of the family, child poverty, and yes, even abortion and STDs is found by applying the timeless truth of God’s word to families’ lives. North Georgia Pregnancy Center started with simple testing, abortion alternatives, and counseling in 1991 with the aim to speak into the lives of the confused and broken, and share the hope that no matter their circumstance, Christ’s grace and love

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• would transform their situation. And, importantly, that their volunteers and staff would be His hands, feet, and heart to help them on their way. The Center expanded to several other ministries, which are centered on the mission: restore, equip, and grow families in North Georgia. God blesses the Center with speaking opportunities. One of their most important early intervention programs is called Loving Well. Every February, this unique workshop invites middle and high school students, along with their parents, to learn what God’s word says about human sexuality, relationships, and marriage. The aim is to equip parents and youth

Ministry — This is the first stop for expectant moms. They pick a beautiful diaper bag and fill it with a few items every time they come in. Earn While You Learn & Angel Baby Store — For every lesson completed, moms and dads earn baby bucks. They provide over 400 lessons on everything from pregnancy to life skills. The baby bucks can be spent in the Angel Baby Store. Counseling — Sometimes, parenting and relationships can feel overwhelming. God blessed the Center with wonderful volunteers to be an ear to listen and a voice to speak grace, love, and hope into the lives of those who need it.

If you are pregnant, or think you might be, and you aren’t sure what to do, visit the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center. If you are a young parent, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop by their facility. If you’re a family experiencing trials, the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center is ready to help. Their office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5:00pm, and Saturdays by appointment. The Angel Baby Store is open to the public during the same times during the week, and from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays. Visit for directions, news, and more information. 24

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Genuine Love is Generous with Time By Pastor Will Goodwin [InGoodFaith] Not too many things are made of real copper these days. Pennies, famous for being copper, have been mostly made of zinc with only a copper coating since 1982. Local hardware stores have lots of items that look like they are made of copper, but so few are the real thing. There is actually a very simple test to determine what is and is not genuine copper. Use a magnet. If the magnet sticks, it is not copper. Copper is not magnetic.

Wouldn’t it be great if other things in life had a simple test like that to determine if

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they are genuine, things like promises, or the guy on the street with all the watches, or even organic food? Fortunately, there is one very important thing that has a simple test: Love. What is the test? Time. If we are honest, the use of time always boils down to that which is loved most. It is more than just the hours spent. It is also about thoughts and feelings, which take time to process. Love hiking? Everything is a trail. Love college football? Saturdays are sacred. Love being healthy? Disciplines are second nature — or not. And what feels like love is more like wishful thinking. If it doesn’t get time, it is probably not loved. Throwing the word “love” around can lead to trouble if “I love pizza” and “I love

my wife” are the same kind of love. In the Bible, the apostle Paul said love should be genuine (Romans 12:9). It then goes on to list several ways we can be sure that it is genuine. Genuine means unmasked or without hypocrisy. When his list is boiled down, it is really about what we do with our time. Genuine love is generous with time. As a new year begins and the opportunity to start fresh presents itself, may everyone choose to test their love for what really matters, and make sure it is genuine. It is a simple test. How will you use your time?

Will Goodwin is the lead pastor at Oakleaf Church, 151 E. Marietta Street, Canton. 678-653-4652.






(Serves 4)

Ingredients 4, 7 oz. skinless snapper fillets 1 cup milk 1 cup cornmeal 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼” canola oil for sautéing

- Combine the cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper. - Dip the fish in milk, and dredge it in the cornmeal mixture; gently shake off any extra breading. - Heat a large skillet over high heat. When the skillet is hot, carefully add ¼ inch of canola oil. - When the oil gets hot, add the fish to the pan. Do not shake the skillet or try to move the fish for at least one minute. - Reduce the heat, and cook until the first side sets, and the fillets reach a golden-brown color. - Flip the fish over, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (about 3-5 more minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets). - Move the fillets to a paper-towellined plate or cookie sheet to allow excess oil to drain. - Serve with mixed sautéed vegetables, green beans, grits, or other sides of your choice.

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. Hillary.Gallagher@ 770-509-6350.


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Is Your Family

Overscheduled? By Lisa-Marie Haygood

[AcademicLife] Family schedules can become very hectic. Life, as most of us know, is a difficult balancing act, but there are a few tricks to managing school and family calendars that every parent can use to lighten stress in the new year: 1. Run your family like a small company or board of directors, with parents serving as the “executive committee.” For a company to operate successfully, it’s important that everyone understands the goals of the organization as well as its purpose and values. What are your family’s goals and priorities? It could be homework, religious activities, exercise, a performance, or spending time with

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pets. You should come to terms with the fact that you can’t do EVERYTHING. Whatever your priorities are, write them down. Simply writing things down will help you prioritize decisions about your precious time and energy. 2. Ask your children how they feel about their activities. Many children are playing multiple sports while pursuing dance, music, clubs, etc. It is beneficial to expose children to many different activities, but it is important not to overschedule them. Doing tons of activities just for the sake of being busy doesn’t help anyone. As their passions and interests develop and change, don’t force kids to continue with

activities they don’t readily enjoy doing. 3. Carve out opportunities for special family time, but don’t put unrealistic expectations on that time. Your stress can often be felt by other family members. So, parents must be mindful of their behavior, as it sets the tone for your time with your children. Commit to a time that is off limits to all activities. It could be a weekly breakfast or dinner, but it should be something on which everyone can agree and commit to honor. This can give you a chance to catch up in this fast-paced world, while also allowing you to spend quality time decompressing as a family.



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We Know Kids,

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re you looking for a pediatric dentist? Before searching online, ask your family and friends. Chances are, they’ll recommend Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Pediatric dentist Dr. Vishant Nath established the practice twelve years ago in Roswell. Pediatric Dentistry now has ten metro Atlanta locations.


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When families walk into Canton Pediatric Dentistry, they realize right away that this is not the typical dental experience. The waiting room is filled with colorful art, toys, video games and TVs on the ceiling. “We treat our patients as we would treat our own children,” 28

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said Dr. Nath, who has three daughters who are also patients. “We like to say, ‘we know kids, but kids know us better.’”

get to know their patients and their families. Building relationships builds trust and helps young patients have a better experience.

Staff greet patients and their parents with a smile, and often wear fun clothing and accessories to celebrate a holiday or season. During the year, Santa, the Easter Bunny and other special guests make scheduled appearances.

“I try to connect with children on their level. I ask about friends, extracurricular activities, and reach out on a personal level. That’s how I start to gain a rapport. I also show them everything I’m going to do before I do it, and I let them ask questions before we get started,” said Dr. Tyler Kisling.

“Parents and patients feel the energy as soon as they walk in and see the environment,” said Dr. Nath, adding that the staff is down-to-earth and well-loved. “It’s our approach that really makes kids comfortable. No toy in the world is going to make them feel completely at ease. You’ve got to have quality interaction with them and with their parents, too.” Staff and dentists take the time to

The staff and dentists ease young children into the dental experience by letting them have some control. The dental hygienist might ask a child’s mother to sit in the chair, so the child can count her teeth first. If the child wants to try on the dentist’s gloves or jacket, they let them do that as well. Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

“Before you know it, they have us sitting in the chair asking to count our teeth,” said Dr. Nath. “We get them to look in our mouths and their mom’s mouth to show them what we are going to do today and show them that they have nothing to be afraid of. Once the kids feel comfortable, we can get started.” Some kids are more anxious than others. Some children with special needs require extra attention. Very young children and their parents need to be eased into the experience. The dentists at the practice are trained to help all children feel comfortable. “I had a lot of dental trauma growing up, to the point where I was scared to go to the dentist, so when kids are nervous, I really understand how they are feeling,” said Dr. Dhruti Patel. “I show the kids everything we are going to do, and we practice on each other, so that makes it fun for them. I feel like I’m able to communicate with kids well because I’m a big kid inside.” Once the dentists start providing care, they stay focused on the patient, which helps them anticipate any need the child may have. Ensuring

a positive dental experience today can lead to a lifetime of good oral health. “I feel like I can make a difference in a child’s lifetime. When you start kids on a path of good oral hygiene, you can help them prevent disease,” said Dr. Craig Blatt. “I really enjoy the children. They get excited about brushing and flossing, and they love visiting the dentist.”

Kid-Centered Care Owner Dr. Nath is a practicing dentist and is not affiliated with any non-dentist corporate investment partners. “My protocol has always been to treat kids like they are my own kids,” said Dr. Nath. “We employ local people, and we rely on local families to support our practice.” The practice has offices in Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, Canton, Perimeter, Duluth, Fayetteville, Kennesaw, McDonough and Norcross. Milton also offers adult dentistry. Each office has Saturday hours and extended hours one

Introducing Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics’ newest orthodontist, Dr. Lewis. Dr. Lewis completed her orthodontic residency training at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she earned both her Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry. Dr. Lewis practices at all Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics locations.

weekday each week. The practice accepts most major insurance plans, Medicaid and PeachCare For Kids. Check their website for a complete list. The dentists on staff are all members of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The practice is accepting new patients.


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The Amazing Benefits of Exercise

At Any Age By Steve Fuchs, RPT [Lifestyle] “It’s too late for me to start exercising.” “I can’t gain strength at my age “ Aging adults often utter statements like these. Many people worry that losing strength may hurt their quality of life. Loss of strength attributed to aging is partly caused by reduced physical activity. In fact, older adults can obtain significant health benefits with a moderate amount of physical activity. The CDC reports that by age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity. Regular exercise can benefit almost every area of our lives. Most importantly, for older adults, stronger muscles reduce the risk of falling and make routine tasks easier. Exercise reduces blood pressure in patients with hypertension, and it reduces the risk of chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease, colon cancer, and diabetes. Physical activity also benefits mental health, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and improving mood and feelings of well-being. Additionally, exercise helps maintain healthy bones and joints, and it controls pain associated with arthritis. “How do I get started?” Always consult with a physician before beginning a new physical activity program. Exercises do not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits. Older adults who begin physical activity programs should start with short intervals of moderate physical activity (5-10 minutes) and gradually build up to the desired amount. Five exercises at five repetitions each may be a good place to start. Some communities even provide free exercise classes. For help getting started, consult an exercise specialist such as a physical therapist or certified personal trainer. Get involved in some type of daily physical activity. Your body will thank you. L

Steve Fuchs is a therapist at The Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. 770-479-4639.


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Quotables “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” -William Shakespeare “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” -Christine Caine

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” -Mark Twain “Never let someone with the significance of a speed bump become a roadblock in your life.” –Mandy Hale “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” -Oprah Winfrey

“It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” -Robert T. Kiyosaki “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” -Unknown

Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” -Anne Wilson Schaef

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” -Leymah Gbowee

“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” -Walter Payton


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Healthy Start? Can it Be Done? By Amy Williams

[HealthyLife] Have you ever fallen short in the accountability department regarding your resolution to become healthier? Most of us have. It seems the best way to hold yourself accountable for making a lifestyle change is to start slow. It’s important to think through your goals, setting short-term goals that lead to longterm goals.

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Here are some ideas that may help you accomplish your overall goals: •

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Studies have shown people who sleep less tend to have problems with obesity, putting them at a greater risk for diabetes and other health issues.

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Don’t skip breakfast. Feed your body what it needs. It could be as simple as oatmeal topped with skim milk, yogurt or berries. Eat mindfully. The difference between people who are successful and those who are not is this simple little rule. Turn off the TV or computer; sit down at the table; and focus on eating. Make sure to take in the aromas, and put your fork down in between bites. Chances are, you’ll eat less and be more satisfied. Add variety to your diet. Make sure to include fish because we all need healthy fats. Try to aim for at

least two times a week. Also, eat lean meats. Try to eat 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, and minimize starchy carbohydrates such as pasta and bread. Add exercise to your daily routine, even if you’re just walking 10-15 minutes a day. Get up and get moving. Drink plenty of water. Did you know that water helps to flush out toxins while preventing dehydration?

Remember, it’s not a race to be healthy. Write out a plan of action; implement it slowly into your daily routine; and don’t take yourself too seriously. If you end up cheating on your diet, be sure to get back on track. This is a lifestyle change, which takes time to master.

Amy is the marketing and community relations coordinator for Georgia Medical Treatment Centers & Medical Weight Loss Clinics, 557 Riverstone Parkway, Ste. 140, Canton. 770-3452000.



By Laura Mikszan

It’s a new year, and many individuals are searching for the “Emerald City” of health and wellness. People wake up after the tumultuous twister of the holidays, and they realize they are “not in Kansas anymore.” The pounds have packed on, and they need a path to follow — much like the

“yellow brick road.”


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Like Dorothy, many begin the path alone, staring across a strange land of fitness and nutrition, unsure of how long the road will stretch out before them. For many people, starting on a journey toward health and wellness can be an intimidating process, as there is a plethora of information on the internet and social media. Let’s take a closer look at Dorothy’s journey and the guidance she received from friends and mentors along the way. Glenda the Good Witch appeared during adversity and provided positive support. When working toward goals, an experienced coach can guide you and get you to your goal faster, and a group of like-minded individuals will keep you motivated and committed along the way. Just like the Scarecrow realized, your brain is important to achieving your goals, or more specifically, having the proper mindset and level of confidence is pertinent.

The Tin Man knew that having the heart, passion, and purpose to be healthy was essential. Last but not least, the Cowardly Lion understood that having courage is key to being successful. Your willingness to stay on the path and make any necessary lifestyle changes to reach your goal will definitely take courage. There will be flying monkeys aggravating you with temptations, and wicked witches will try to stop you in your tracks. People around you will stop searching for the Emerald City and try to drag you down with them. You must maintain the positive mindset, heart, and courage you started your journey with, and continue down the yellow brick road. Try not to start and stop; stay on the steady path. The real story here is about what each of us already possesses inside ourselves

— and that is the power to change our behavior and become who and what we want to be. Most of us just need a little nudge and accountability. As Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion set off down the yellow brick road, they were each in search of something — something, it turns out, that they already possessed. The Wizard of Oz knew they already had everything they needed; he just had to show them how to believe it. While maintaining healthy habits is not as easy as clicking your heels together, a few adjustments to nutrition and your exercise regimen coupled with confidence and a strong belief in yourself are all steps in the right direction on the yellow brick road to a healthier you! “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you’ve had it all along,” — Glenda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz.

The Power for Transformation — It’s All in a N.A.M.E. Just like Glenda the Good Witch stated, the power is within you to make a transformation. You don’t need a wizard. Click your heels, and refer to the acronym N.A.M.E to keep you on your path. N – Nutrition is most important. You cannot out train poor nutrition, or in other words, “you cannot outrun your fork.” Rather than omitting entire food groups, balance and moderation are key. Replace thorough restriction with thoughtful reduction. Aim to reduce portion sizes, and eat more frequently. Follow the 30/10 rule: no more than 30 grams of carbs and at least 10 grams of protein at each meal and snack. A - Attitude — A “can-do attitude” is a must! Alleviate negative self talk.

Surround yourself with positive people who will hold you accountable and support you along your path to a new you. Naysayers may try to derail your progress, especially if they have stepped off the yellow brick road. Stay focused and positive. M – Mindset goes hand in hand with a positive attitude. Have complete belief in yourself. Refer to Glenda, and remember, “You’ve always had the power,” and you CAN do this! E – Exercise — Starting a new fitness program or getting back into a routine can be overwhelming. Begin cautiously, and progress slowly. Create a balance by combining some form of aerobic exercise with strength training. Building lean muscle will fire up your metabolism and burn more calories at rest. Stay off

the scale when starting a new routine. Instead, monitor your weight loss in inches and body composition measurements. It is best to work with a fitness professional to assist in designing your program. Last but not least, allow time for recovery. Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — only to give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Build additional activity into your daily routine. Schedule exercise into your calendar as you would any appointment.

Good luck, and enjoy your yellow brick road to a new transformation!

Laura Mikszan is the owner of Fitfully Forward, LLC. She is a Certified Group and Personal Fitness Instructor with a Precision Sports/ Exercise Nutrition Certification as well as a Lifestyle Transformation Certification, SCW. 770-617-6895.

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Wrist Nerve Injuries By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

Your wrist [HealthyLife] contains nine major nerves: median nerve, ulnar nerve, radial nerve, superficial branch of the radial nerve, palmar branch of the median nerve, anterior interosseous nerve, dorsal brand of the ulnar nerve, lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm, and palmar branch of the ulnar nerve. Each of these nerves works to control movement from your shoulder to your fingertips, and quality of life can be greatly decreased following damage to one of these nerves. Sports and even daily activities can put anyone at risk for wrist nerve damage.

Causes of Wrist Nerve Damage

..................................................................................... Falls, improper use of tools, repetitive motion, and accidents can cause damage to the nerves in your wrist. Some of the more common causes of wrist nerve damage include the following: • Long-term constriction of the wrist • Falling and breaking the fall with your hands • Receiving a hit to your arm or wrist • Improper use of crutches and other tools • Sleeping on your arm • Bone fractures • Lacerations • Over stretching • Car accidents • Burns

In rare cases, sustained lead poisoning can damage the nerves in the wrist as well as the nervous system as a whole. If you think you may have wrist nerve damage, it’s important that you see a physician right away.

Symptoms of Wrist Nerve Damage

..................................................................................... Because the nerves in your wrist contribute so much to your movement and sensory functions, you’ll quickly notice if there is damage because your hand or wrist function will be impaired — sometimes completely. Some symptoms of nerve damage in the wrist include the following:

• Weakness • Twitching • Paralysis • Numbness • Pain • Tingling • Burning • Impeded movement • Increased sensitivity If you experience any of these symptoms of wrist nerve damage, you should contact a specialist for further evaluation. Physical therapy, pain medication, and — in some cases — surgery are explored following wrist nerve damage. Your treatment will depend on the severity of the damage and how much the injury affects your day-to-day life.

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


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I was sitting at home one night [Lifestyle] watching the news by a cozy fire. Lately, the news just seems to depress me. Then, I started noticing the beautifully framed mirror over the fireplace that my wife got several years ago as a present. I never paid much attention to what was engraved on its frame. I’d read it, but that was as far as I got. There in front of me was “Live Laugh

Love.” Those words suddenly mesmerized me for a few minutes. I couldn’t express this to my wife because she would remind me that the mirror had been there for over five years, and I’d be accused of not being very observant. So, I just contemplated how powerful those three words were to me, as I watched the news. I realized how sad things have been with everything that’s going on in the world. I reflected on my life and wondered where all the years had gone. Have I lived my life as I’ve desired? I think so, and I wouldn’t take anything for it.

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I have worked in aging for over 27 years, and out of all the seniors I’ve worked with, not one has feared death.

They wanted to live out their lives being happy by laughing and loving those close to them. Seniors come to the Canton Senior Center every day for socialization. As I’m in my office, I can hear them laughing in the dining area, and when I walk back there, they are just enjoying each other’s company. Those seniors Live Laugh Love every day they are here. That’s how I want to be for the remainder of my life — just like them. The new Ball Ground Senior Center will be open soon, and I’m sure that same group will be enjoying themselves there as well. I know my small Waleska group enjoy their time together. If you need information on any of the senior centers, please contact Cherokee Senior Services at 770-479-7438. L

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



ArtistProfile BY TINA MORRIS


s a little girl, Debbie Tidwell took boat rides on Little River past Woodstock, but never imagined that her future would take shape there. Today, she resides and works in Woodstock, GA, making her living as an artist and art teacher. From a young age, Debbie enjoyed drawing and doodling. She went to UGA for graphic design. After working in the graphic design industry for several years, in 1996, a friend convinced her to take an oil painting class. Though she wasn’t originally interested, Debbie walked away with a newfound love of oil painting. Debbie enjoys painting decorative arts and detailed portraits. Her paintings possess beautiful clarity and detail. Her portfolio includes works such as Boys of Summer, a life-size portrait of her son, abstract pieces, and her newest project, which she describes as funky pet portraits. In her pet portraits, the details are accurate, but the subtle blues and purples she includes bring a

uniqueness to the project. For many years, Debbie worked as an artist selling her pieces. However, raising three children on her own required additional income. Debbie began teaching art classes to just four students in the storage room of her friend Kathy Pescue’s frame shop. Now, Debbie teaches at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. She currently instructs over thirty students, but she has educated hundreds over the years. Adults comprise most of her classes, however, she has mentored several Etowah and Woodstock High School students who are working on their senior projects. Recently, Debbie participated in a local condo crawl, where community members displayed personal art collections for one another. Debbie displays over one-hundred pieces of art

by over fifty artists, mostly local, in her condo. Debbie’s advice to artists? Connect with your local area. Get involved, and get to know people. Take pride in your hometown. She states that a connection with one’s community is special and a must for an artist. It helps an artist to feel like she’s a part of something bigger. Debbie is proud to be a part of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. She feels that it is an asset to the community. Debbie is available for commissions and art classes.

For more information, visit or DTidwellArt on Facebook.

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Boys of Summer was featured in the American Art Collector, April 2016 issue in an article entitled “Women Painters of the Southeast.” It is 24”x36”

This is a 24”x24” pet portrait for Melissa and David Potts.

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WellStar’s Genetics Program Celebrates 10 Years of Cancer Risk Assessment

WellStar’s genetic risk program director Kim King-Spohn (left) worked with Sherry Reid (right) to help two generations of her family uncover their genetic risk and treatment options for breast and ovarian cancer.

Genetics and Individualized Medicine program recently celebrated ten years. The Center continues to be the highest volume cancer genetics program in Georgia, with a 48 percent increase in 2016. The program initially launched out of WellStar Kennestone Hospital. In the past two years, it has expanded to serve patients at seven locations in WellStar’s communities.

to increase the risk of various cancers, cardiac conditions, and other genetic disorders. Counselors then recommend a specific plan based on the results, which could include increased screenings, lifestyle modifications and prophylactic medication/procedures. Each patient’s individualized plan, presented on an innovative video display, provides the best chance for prevention and early detection.

The Center for Genetics and Individualized Medicine includes custom-designed consultation rooms and an in-house lab draw station. After determining whether genetic testing is appropriate, WellStar genetic counselors test for specific hereditary conditions known

Clinical trials are now available through WellStar partners for many patients with metastatic breast and prostate cancer who carry a BRCA gene mutation. Patients who may qualify for these trials are offered genetic testing to ensure access to these options when available.

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The Center also offers the following: • Hereditary Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment • Adult Genetic Clinic • Preventive Genetics Testing • Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Risk Assessment • Pediatric Genetic Risk Assessment Genetic counseling is offered at seven WellStar locations: Kennestone, Cobb, Douglas, West Georgia, Spalding, North Fulton and Paulding hospitals. A referral is not required to make an appointment. Contact 470-793-7472 or Genetics@ to learn more.

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Using Poetry to Honor and Remember Those We Have Lost


osing someone close to you is one of the hardest things you may ever endure. It can be hard to find comfort and peace when your grief is fresh, even if the death was expected. During his many years ministering to grieving families and friends, Pastor, DR. C.R. Hill, Jr. found a unique way to provide comfort. In addition to being an ordained Methodist minister, Dr. Hill is a talented and accomplished poet. Many years ago, he began writing poems to read at the funeral services he officiated. Each poem is a personal tribute to the person’s life that inspired it, as well as a glimpse of the life that now awaits them in glory. His latest book, To Walk in Heaven’s Light, is a collection of these poems, but that description does not do it justice. It is so much more than that. Dr. Hill’s verse is very comforting in the midst of a family’s sorrow. It gives them solace when they hear it or read it years later. However, you do not have to have a personal connection to these poems to appreciate the message of these verses or to find peace from his words. As you read, you will recognize yourself and your loved ones in many places within these pages, as well as the assurance of life everlasting. This book is appropriate for anyone, whether dealing with grief or simply looking for comfort and guidance on their spiritual journey.

Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawn’s Publishing, 2555 Marietta Highway, #103, Canton. 678-880-1922.

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3395 Sixes Road, #140

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3156 E. Cherokee Drive

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205 Waleska Road, Suite 2B

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4337 E. Cherokee Drive


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100 Old Ball Ground Highway, Suite A

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2920 Marietta Highway, Suite 142

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320 Hospital Road

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684 Sixes Road, Suite 235

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117 W. Main Street

15640 Fincher Road

Canton, GA 30114

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4333 Cumming Highway

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6199 Hickory Flat Highway, #142


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3448 Holly Springs Parkway

672 Avery Road


125 W. Main Street

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6205 Hickory Flat Highway, #112 Canton, GA 30114 770-704-9333

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157 Reinhardt College Parkway, Suite 100 Canton, GA 30114

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200 Crown Avenue

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447 Harmony School Road Jasper, GA 30143 404-550-0270

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Best Roofer Keith Pritchett Roofing, Inc.

Best Tutoring Tutor Doctor

1899 Marble Quarry Road

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2018 Cumming Highway


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Best Interior Design Magnolia Interior Designs


11870 Cumming Highway

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200 Eagle’s Nest Drive, Building 200, Suite A

Canton, GA 30115

770-889-8917 844-479-3919

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120 Rachel Drive

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2765 Marietta Highway

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What’s the Hottest Skincare Trend? [HealthyLife] Believe it or not,


mirconeedling has become hugely popular among skincare fanatics who are calling it the next big thing in anti-aging. Hundreds of tiny pin pricks going into your skin could be the best thing that ever happened to your face. What is microneedling? Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. The micro-injuries you create stimulate the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing the signs of aging. This allows for more youthful-looking skin, and it can be used on all skin types.

What are some of the benefits of microneedling? • • •

Reduces fine and deep wrinkles Repairs visible acne scarring Reverses sun damage and pigmentation

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By Drs. Petrosky, Harkins, Leake and Depew • • •

Helps tighten loose skin Shrinks pores Allows for your skincare products to work better

Most providers will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure, allowing for a relatively pain-free experience. Total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for 24-48 hours. Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately; however, the natural repair process continues over the course of several weeks. The number of treatments will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual procedure goals and Drs. Petrosky, Harkins and Leake overall health of your skin. Most are board-certified plastic surgeons, and Dr. Depew is a board-eligible patients receive a series of three plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery procedures, which are spaced Center of the South. 770-421-1242. about four weeks apart. PlasticSurgeryCenterOf




- Core and quarter fresh tomatoes, and smoke for 1 hour over pecan wood. - Cook bacon in a Dutch oven until crispy. - Drain the cooked bacon, and reserve ¼ cup of fat. - Add bacon fat to a pan with ¼ cup flour. - Cook roux over medium heat until almost peanut-butter colored, stirring constantly so as not to burn. - When the roux reaches the desired color, add white wine, and cook until thickened. - Add chicken stock, lemon juice, and all remaining spices and seasonings. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. - Using an immersion blender, blend until large tomato chunks have been thoroughly incorporated, and the sauce is smooth. - Add the cooked bacon, and simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes, stirring to allow flavors to meld. - When ready, poach shrimp in sauce for 2-4 minutes until cooked through. - Finish with chopped parsley, additional lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. - Serve over prepared grits.


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(serves 4)

• 32 oz. can whole tomatoes, crushed by hand • 1 lb. fresh tomatoes • 1 cup white wine • 2 cups chicken or shrimp stock • ½ lb. bacon, cut into small dices • ¼ cup reserved bacon fat • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons kosher salt • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder • ¼ teaspoon onion powder • 1/ 8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice • 4 servings grits, prepared according to package directions • 20 16/20 sized shrimp • Salt and pepper to taste • Parsley for garnish

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also decided to become a business owner. I operated a smaller shop in Woodstock called Lanier Auto Care. In early 2006, Robert payed an unannounced, observational visit to Lanier Auto Care. He was ready to sell his shop, and he asked if I was interested. We negotiated a deal, and the rest is history. When I asked Robert why he approached me to buy his shop, he said it was because he could tell that I felt the same way he did about taking good care of people, and he believed I’d do a good job carrying Killian Automotive into the future. Eventually, I combined my Woodstock location with the larger Killian Automotive.


ello Canton Family Life readers! My name is Tim Lanier, and I’m honored to be the owner of one of Cherokee’s largest automotive repair shops, Killian Automotive. Since it’s not my last name, I’m often asked where the “Killian” name comes from, so I thought I would share. Killian Automotive was the vision of my good friend, Robert Killian, a veteran Ford dealership technician since the 1970s. Robert and I met in the early 90s while

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working together at Jim Tidwell Ford in Kennesaw. As co-workers, I always respected Robert and looked up to him as a knowledgeable technician. In 1996, Robert decided to become a business owner, so he built Killian Automotive. Initially, Killian Automotive was a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury specialty shop. For the next ten years, Robert operated a thriving business and earned a reputation for high-quality repairs. During that time, I

Eleven years later, we’ve experienced significant growth, expanding from four to seventeen employees and from eight to sixteen bays. With the addition of many talented team members, our services also expanded to all vehicle makes including GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, and BMW, just to name a few. We always put people first. Our philosophy is that we would rather lose money than lose your trust. Owning an automotive repair shop involves more than just fixing cars, it’s about building priceless relationships.



By Maria Harrison, LMT


he use of essential oils is rising dramatically, as more people discover alternative health treatments and age-old remedies for feeling better. With all the buzz out there, you may have questions about using essential oils. What are they? Are they new? How do I use them? Is there a difference in quality? Are there any dangers? There are so many details and historical uses; let’s take a closer look. So, what exactly are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts taken from the leaves, seeds, roots, rind, or blossoms of plants. Each oil contains its own complex mix of beneficial compounds that make it useful for a specific purpose. Some oils are used to promote physical healing such as to treat swelling, fungal infections or pain. Others are used for their emotional value such as calming anxiety. 48

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Essential oils have been around forever, well, almost. Archaeological findings tell us that humans have been using essential oils for 5000 years or longer. Their use as healing remedies is well documented in Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, and many other places. Once called “aromatic oils,” the term “aromatherapy” was coined by French Chemist René Maurice Gattefosse in 1937. One of the more colorful stories from history is the origin of thieves oil. There are a few variations, but here is the common summary: During an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in 15th Century England, it’s been told that four thieves roamed the countryside looting and plundering the homes, and even the bodies, of the dying or dead. When they were finally caught, the magistrate offered them a reduced

sentence for their crimes if they would share the secret of how they protected themselves from contracting this fatal disease. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge gained from their travels and the powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways. The specific herbal blend they created was highly effective and is often referred to as “thieves oil.” Thieves blend is one of the most popular blends today. Many people insist this is the best way to fight off a cold, flu or any other type of infection. Clinical studies on one brand in particular have confirmed its effectiveness in some cases. You can find it in a premixed oil blend from various companies along with toothpaste, cleaning solutions, hand soap and more. You can also easily make your own oil blend (see the recipe at the end of this article).

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Using essential oils aromatically is to simply smell them, the most common device for this is called a


Using essential oils topically is generally considered safe, although many need to be diluted — especially for children and animals. Some oils are considered “hot” and should never be used undiluted, as they may “burn” or irritate the skin; oregano is one such oil. Diluting with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil, is the best way to use most oils. The bottoms of feet are a great location to apply oils. Ingesting oils is complicated and should be addressed by a certified aromatherapist. Not all oils are created equally. The sourcing, distillation, or extraction process can vary greatly. Some manufacturers do not recommend ingesting their oils due to purity, while others promote it. Even for topical use, the quality can vary significantly. Many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” Unfortunately, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils and may actually cause serious problems. With oils, you often get what you pay for. You should always consult a certified aromatherapist on the best and safest use of oils, and seek the advice of a healthcare professional for specific health concerns.

They emit a fine mist into the air with just a few drops of essential oil and a little water being all that is needed for most devices. Researchers are not entirely clear how aromatherapy works. Some experts believe the “smell” receptors in your nose communicate

Basic Thieves Oil Recipe

with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that

40 drops Clove bud EO (Essential Oil)

serve as storehouses for emotions and memories, the parts of your brain that influence physical, emotional, and mental health. This is the mind/body connection that is activated when you smell something that causes you to suddenly remember a place, time, or experience. Scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity

35 drops Lemon or Orange EO 20 drops Cinnamon EO 15 drops Eucalyptus EO 10 drops Rosemary EO

of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work. Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes. Maria Harrison, LMT is the owner of Timeless Remedies, 150 Prominence Pointe Parkway, Suite 300, Canton. 770-224-6993.

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solution could be an easy fix at bedtime. Simply change your child’s pillowcase from cotton to silk or satin. Cotton’s coarse texture allows hair to break, tangle, mat and frizz. Silk (or satin) pillowcases, on the other hand, are made of perfectly smooth fibers, which reduces friction and the chance for tangles. This means that sleeping on a silk pillowcase will cause no mechanical irritation to your hair. This even helps reduce hair damage such as split ends.

constantly struggling with those troublesome tangles in your child’s hair? Dealing with knotted hair and a crying child is the last problem you need when you’re rushing to get out the door for school in the morning or to get to that all-important dance recital.

Also before bed, remove any hair braids, and comb your child’s hair out thoroughly. Re-braiding hair before bed can also work to eliminate friction between your child’s hair and the pillowcase, meaning no morning struggles

How ‘Knot’ to Damage Tangled Hair By Jyl Craven

Nobody wants to battle tangles day in and day out, so here are a few tips that may help you and/or your child when challenged with a knotty dilemma.

1. At Night If you constantly struggle with knots, one

with the hairbrush.

2. While Showering Shampoo commercials have been getting it all wrong. Those commercials where models happily stack or pile their hair on their heads during shampooing have probably actually contributed to a lot of

tangling throughout the decades. Never stack your hair during shampooing. Also, turn the water to cool while rinsing. This causes the cuticle hair to lay fat on your head, creating smoother hair with less chance of tangling. Condition every time you wash, and be sure to thoroughly rinse all shampoo and conditioner out of your hair.

3. After Showering Use a hair-detangling spray while combing out hair after the shower. In a nutshell, hair detanglers coat hair with oil that causes the hair’s surface to tighten and smooth out. Hair detanglers further give hair a positive electrical charge — which actually lessens the static that causes frizz and worsens tangles.

4. Combing & Brushing Unleashing a brush on wet, tangled hair is the worst thing you can do; in fact, it can damage and break your child’s smooth, delicate locks. Never brush wet hair. Instead of brushing, comb through wet hair section by section. Always start at the bottom of a section, working your way up before moving on to the next section. Use only a wide-toothed comb when dealing with knotted hair. If your child still has a problem with tangles, consider trying a product called the “Wet Brush.” These rounded, flat brushes have been especially created to solve the tangle problem in children’s and adults’ hair. While these tips are geared towards children, adults who experience knotting and tangling can also benefit from them. L

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


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Raising a


Child or Teenager,

confidence, connection, control, character, contribution, and coping. Over the next month or two, this article will discuss the 7 Cs in more detail.

Competence and Confidence

Part II

By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. [HealthyLife] Children and adolescents often deal with overwhelming depression and anxiety that makes them unable to cope with their minimal day-to-day responsibilities. The simple fact is that every child (and adult) faces challenges: striking out, failing a test, losing a big game, or forgetting to turn in an assignment. Some children face larger difficulties such as an absent parent, poverty, abuse, or neglect. Guiding your child to develop the skills to overcome these challenges is critical. Last month’s article briefly introduced Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s book, Building Resilience in Children and Teens, which identifies “The 7 Cs” — competence,

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Competence is the feeling of being able to handle a situation effectively. Allow your child to try new, age-appropriate things. Let your child make mistakes (when safe) and learn from them. Give specific praise for trying new things: “It was fun watching you finger paint.” Get down on your child’s level, and let her teach you something such as your colors, your alphabet, or how to build a Lego® castle. Let your child help you cook dinner or fold clothes. Ask them, “What do

you think you should do?” about a situation rather than telling them what to do. Confidence is a child’s belief in his own abilities. Recognize and build on your child’s strengths. If your child is very artistic, provide opportunities for them to be artistic. If your child is more athletic than academic, notice his athletic accomplishments. Make children aware that all people have strengths and weaknesses. If appropriate, share your strengths and weaknesses with your child: “Math was difficult for me, too. I also had to work a little harder on math than on my baseball swing.” When correcting or disciplining a child, focus more on his ability to do the desired or expected behavior than the bad behavior he displayed. Next month’s article will focus on connection, control, character, contribution, and coping.

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



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FIRST FRIDAY 2017 was a great year for Canton’s Main Street Program. Thousands of visitors attended numerous fun events. In fact, there were seven record-setting First Friday celebrations and two concerts in Brown Park. For the first time, Canton Tourism and the local American Legion Post joined together with Main Street to celebrate the 4th of July with record numbers of friends, neighbors and visitors who enjoyed the annual parade, fireworks and a premier concert at Riverstone Plaza. Throughout the summer and fall, Canton’s Farmers Market thrived, and this past November, another Chili Cook-Off champion was crowned.


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Themes By Pat Gold

Most recently, our downtown business community celebrated the holiday season with the third annual Art and Wine Walk, which paired downtown Canton retail shops and restaurants with talented local artists and wine tastings. These are just a few of the events brought to our community by Canton’s Main Street Board of Directors. The Board seeks to promote downtown Canton as a great place to live, work, and play. With that in mind, as we settle into the new year, we welcome your ideas and seek your involvement.

Please visit DowntownCantonGa. com, and pass on your ideas for future events. We especially welcome your theme suggestions for the 2018 season of First Fridays, which begins in April. This is your downtown and your Main Street. Please let us hear from you, and join us, as we begin the year ahead with enthusiasm. We are grateful for the successes of the past year, and we are looking forward to the new year with much optimism.

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

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The Celebrity Revolution Continues with a New Ship Designed for the Galapagos Islands By Michael Consoli unique place of global importance for the common heritage of humanity.

Celebrity Cruises unveils [Lifestyle] another stunning revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora is an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration, meticulously designed expressly for the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands. One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora will offer seamless sea-to-shore transportation, and it includes anchorless technology that maintains the ship’s position while protecting the sensitive sea floor. Innovative, outward-facing design gives guests 360-degree views of the islands, while personal suite attendants, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, and expert-led ecological seminars will round out the modern luxury vacation experience.

Designed with the Destination in Mind The natural beauty of the islands, the diversity and uniqueness of the species that it harbors earned this archipelago the reputation of being a living laboratory of evolutionary processes still in progress. The region made room for the development of many flora and fauna that do not exist anywhere else in the world, making the Galapagos a very

Featuring Celebrity’s signature outwardfacing design, Celebrity Flora virtually erases boundaries and brings this remote destination closer to guests. Educational, research-based programming gives travelers an opportunity to continue learning about the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. The marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three zodiacs at once, reducing transport time to and from land and allowing more time for guests to explore the practically untouched islands. While onboard, guests will unwind in the Sunset Lounge; find solace in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas; and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings in the floor-to-ceiling, glass-wrapped Observatory. Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide a bounty of information on the destination, wildlife, and environmental efforts, while the Discovery Lounge will be home to Naturalist presentations and excursion information. Guests can participate in a guided astronomy tour or enjoy starlit skies on their own from the stargazing platform.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views, and dinner under the stars, or guests can choose from an indulgent in-room dining experience.

Sophisticated Accommodations, Attentive Service Celebrity Flora transports travelers in allsuite accommodations, featuring oversized bathrooms perfect for post-adventure refreshing. These modern retreats bring the outside in through Celebrity’s signature outward-facing layouts and heralded infinite verandas, and come complete with sustainable, natural, regionally inspired materials. Personal suite attendants cater to guests’ every need. Celebrity Flora’s two penthouse suites are the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customizable lighting and shades, and a telescope for stargazing or sea lion peeping. Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra yearround, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019. L

Michael Consoli is a professional travel and cruise specialist and owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667.

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