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Publisher’s Perspective

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Julie Senger ART Candice Williams

~ Robert Burns

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Of course, I am certainly not suggesting that any of us just stop planning things. Personally, as someone who basically needs to plan to make plans, those who don’t can be frustrating to deal with to say the least. As a photographer, I’ve dealt with brides that plan things to happen literally minute-by-minute, and I’ve watched at the same pace as the day transpired into happiness, joy and laughter. Take comfort in knowing that YOUR plan may indeed not be THE plan. Stay fleet of foot; accept the opportunity to adapt with a smile on your face; and enjoy this crazy adventure we call life.

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The origin of what became presently known as Murphy’s Law was long before calendars, Palm Pilots and iPhones, or for that matter, wristwatches and the human language. Edward Murphy, a brash, outspoken and often arrogant engineer who worked with the Air Force while testing the effects of g-forces on the body in the 1950s, seems to be the namesake for the term which was coined. The initial tests using his measurement device showed “zero.” It was then discovered the sensors were installed backwards by his assistant, to which Murphy stated, “If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will,” which was then revised through other team members and made it to the project manager. The project manager stated it during a press conference to convey that the success of the project without loss of life was due to their planning, redundancy and knowledge of Murphy’s Law, iterating that, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Paul Bodrogi, Michael Buckner, Mary Kay Buquoi, Lynnda Campbell, Jyl Craven, Debi Dalton, James B. Depew, Joshua Fuder, Pat Gold, Will Goodwin, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Karen Jordan, James E. Leake, Robbie Matiak, Scott Merritt, Tim Morris, Tina Morris, Vishant Nath, Jennifer Parker, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Sen. Bruce Thompson



his saying, the modern adaptation of a line from Robert Burns poetic work, “To a Mouse,” has been a source of comfort to me over the past couple dozen years. To some, that all too prophetic verse may strike fear and rattle nerves, stating that no matter how much preparation, thought and genius is poured into a plan, something just might come along and smash the script. Now, to think about that, Burns was a Scotsman in the late eighteenth century, and even in that day without all the structure, networks and technology — plenty could go wrong.

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Calendar ONGOING

Farmers Market at River Church — Each Tuesday through November, enjoy fresh baked goods, homemade health and beauty products and farm-fresh fruits and veggies. 2:00-6:00pm, River Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-485-1975.



Canton First Friday - Jeep Night — Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. There will be food trucks, live music by Motel Cowboy, local shopping and all that downtown Canton has to offer! 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-7041548.

learn the secrets of hypertufa containers, and go home with your own masterpiece. There is a $10 material fee; registration is required. 10:00am, Cherokee Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803.


The Smile Run 5k, Fun Run and Tot Trot — It’s time for the 2nd Annual Smile Run 5k honoring Christian Egner. Proceeds from the race will go directly to organizations that benefit children, particularly those with special needs. 5:00pm, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 678-982-5927.


Home by Dark Concert Series, featuring JP Williams, Joe West and Sabrina — A concert experience like no other. Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 8:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 678-6650040.


Stuck in Suburbia — Celebrate the world premiere of this comedic play about subdivision living in a HOA community, written by Cherokee County’s Duane Willoughby. Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-720-2698.


Concrete Planters — UGA Master Gardener Extension volunteers of Cherokee County will be presenting a seminar on concrete planters. Planters can be pricey, but with a little knowledge and a few ingredients, you can create your own beautiful works of art to contain your garden plants. Step-by-step, you will


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Autumn Fest — Barrett Park will be filled with over eighty arts and crafts vendors, an entertainment stage featuring local dance and vocal groups, kids’ zone with games and activities, and food trucks. 10:00am-5:00pm, Barrett Park, 120 Park Lane, Holly Springs. 770-3455536.


Fields of Faith — This one-night event brings the community together to worship, read scripture and hear testimonies. 7:00-9:00pm, Cherokee High School, 930 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-721-5300.


Light Up the Night Community Fall Festival — Enjoy fun booths/ inflatables, food and live entertainment. 6:00-9:00pm, Cherokee Charter Academy, 2126 Sixes Road, Canton.

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


Little River Clean-Up — There will be breakfast items and coffee provided in the morning. Snacks and water will be available during the clean-up. Bring your own water bottle. After the clean-up, lunch will be provided for all volunteers. We will have a limited supply of Rivers Alive 2017 T-shirts available. Participate in Georgia Adopt-AStream and World Water Monitoring Challenge monitoring. Suggested items to have or bring are old shoes, clothes (things you don’t mind getting wet or dirty) and heavy work gloves (optional) — gloves will be provided — but heavier gloves are useful for pulling and carrying larger items (such as tires). 9:00am-1:00pm, Olde Rope Mill Park, 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road, Woodstock. 770-479-1813 x246.


Touch-a-Truck — Put your imagination in gear and go! Kids will have the opportunity to climb aboard and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles, learn from their operators, and meet some of their hometown heroes. 10:00am-2:00pm, Cherokee Fire Training Center, 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs. 770-9247768.


Texas Hold ’Em — This is for the first 75 registered players; the public is invited. This is a fundraiser for Moosehaven and Mooseheart. 2:00pm, Canton Moose Lodge, 278 Moose Loop Road, Canton. 404-295-0512.

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Tee Off Fore VAC — This golf tournament gives players and sponsors the opportunity to get involved and help benefit the Volunteer Aging Council. 8:00am-4:00pm, Eagle Watch Golf Club, 3055 Eagle Watch Drive, Woodstock. 770-591-1000.


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


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00pm, LGE Credit Union, 2018 Cumming Highway, Canton. 770-3450400.


TGIF Concert Series, featuring Atlanta Dance Party — Atlanta Dance Party is a ten-piece popular music band specializing in the dance hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s plus selected brand-new hits. Concerts are “Chastainstyle,” meaning bring your own picnic, tablecloths, candles, etc. 8:00-10:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 678665-0040.


Food Truck Friday — Calling all foodies and families! Enjoy delicious food and treats, visit with friends, play games, listen to music and more! 5:00-8:00pm, Recreation Center, Smith L. Johnston Government Complex, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768.


Regional Issues Awareness — This is a collection of forums, which focus on topics that affect not only Cherokee County and its residents, but the

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region as well. 8:009:30am, The Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400.

Fall sunset

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The Cherokee County Historical Society Historic Homes Tour Featuring Canton & Waleska — The 2017 tour will showcase six private homes: the Gordy Hospitality House at Reinhardt University, the President’s Home at Reinhardt University, the Hasty Home in Canton, the McManus Home in Canton, the Perkins Home in Canton, and the Wilbanks Home in Canton. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse to visit the Canton sites. Guests must provide their own transportation to the Reinhardt University homes. All proceeds benefit the Cherokee County Historical Society and will be used for education and outreach programs. Friday 5:00-9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm. 770-345-3288.


Under the Surface - A Solo Show by Chase King — Hosted, framed and curated by Mary Zenor, owner of Masterpiece Framer, this show will exhibit fourteen mixed-media paintings by Chase King. The reception on October 20 includes food, drink and wine. This is Chase’s first solo show in seven years. All works are new and representative of the series he has been working on this year. Come by; share this event; add to your collection, and get to know the artist. 7:00-9:00pm, Masterpiece Framer, 149 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton. 770-213-8645. events/1984026551875868/


Twilight Run F.O.R. Cherokee Proceeds benefit Cherokee County’s DUI/Drug Treatment Court and the Cherokee Friends of Recovery Foundation. 7:00pm, Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 770-8418530.

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Fall Sunset Cinema 5k — This night of family-friendly fun for the whole community begins with a 5k run, then grab your lawn chairs, blankets and movie snacks for an outdoor movie with your friends. The race begins at 8:00pm; the movie begins at dusk. Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 770-256-3844. canton-ga/running/distance-runningraces/fall-sunset-cinema-5k-2017


2nd Annual Monster Dash Glow Run 5k and Little Monster 1 Miler — Come dressed in your most outrageous costume. After the race, enjoy an outdoor movie on the lawn starting at 9:00pm. There will be inflatables, music, food trucks, games and much more. 7:30pm, Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 770-924-7768.


Trunk-or-Treat & Fall Festival — Attend an evening of family fun, food, games, candy and hayrides. 5:007:00pm, Fields Chapel UMC, 1131 Fields Chapel Road, Canton. 770-479-6030.


Halloween Festival — In conjunction with the last farmers market of the season, this fun family event will include a DJ, trick-or-treating with farmers market vendors and downtown businesses, a costume parade and costume contest. 9:00am-1:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1548.


Once Upon a Dive-In Movie — Visit the indoor pool for a night filled with floating and movie fun. Floats will be available for use, or you can bring your own noodle or clear inner tube. 6:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.




Calendar continued from page 7 BALL GROUND 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, 770-735-2025 HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 R.T. JONES 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090 INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP


October 8 & 22, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones Love to write, but need some feedback? All writers interested in joining a group to share writings, ideas, and feedback are invited to attend.

October 18, 10:00am, R.T. Jones This is a neighborhood sewing group with a focus on garments. You’re invited to visit, and join the fun! HALLOWEEN KEYCHAINS CRAFT NIGHT


October 10, 6:30pm, Ball Ground Learn how to budget for retirement expenses, and identify potential sources of income as well as how to identify and address risks to your retirement income. UGA EXTENSION OFFICE — SEED BOMBS

October 11, 4:30pm, R.T. Jones Plan to get a little messy making seed bombs with Josh Fuder from the Cherokee County UGA Extension Office. Just throw, and watch your plants grow! This is for ages 9 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. DIY FRIDAY — FLEA MARKET CHALKBOARD

October 13, 4:00pm, R.T. Jones Make your own chalkboard out of a flea market find! Bring your own thrifted item, or pick from the ones provided. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

October 23, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Drop in to make Halloween and fall-themed keychains for family craft night! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. STRANGER THINGS NIGHT

October 23, 6:00pm, R.T. Jones Grades 6-12 are invited play games and trivia, eat strange snacks, and share your Stranger Things season two predictions! FINANCIAL LITERACY 101 — EXPENSIVE & PREDATORY FINANCIAL PRODUCTS

October 24, 6:30pm, Ball Ground Learn all about recognizing the warning signs of predatory lending and how to identify more cost-friendly alternatives. HISTORIC HAUNTED GEORGIA

October 26, 7:30pm, Ball Ground Guests from Paranormal Georgia Investigations share their insights on the history of our state’s supernatural phenomena.


October 14, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Lynne Mock demonstrates how to make a no-sew throw! Participants are requested to bring their own fleece material. Registration is required. STUFFED ANIMAL SLUMBER PARTY

October 16, 4:30pm, Hickory Flat Bring a cuddly friend for this special evening story time, share some yummy snacks, and tuck your favorite stuffed animal in for the night. The stuffed animals will spend the night in the library, and you can pick them up the next day. Jammies are encouraged, but not required. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


October 26, 4:00pm, R.T. Jones Come dressed in your Halloween costume; bring a bag for collecting goodies, and join the fun carnival-style games and activities! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. AFTER-HOURS PROGRAM — “A LIBRARY MURDER MYSTERY”

October 26, 6:30pm, R.T. Jones After the library closes, come help solve a murder mystery! Use your super-sleuthing skills to catch the killer, and bring peace to the library. Refreshments are provided. This is for ages 13 and older. Registration is required.


October 16, 10:30am, Ball Ground Join book club members as they discuss their impressions of The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.


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October 30, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Attend the annual Hallow-Teen party! There will be games, candy and a costume contest for grades 6-12.

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Sleepy Hollow Hourly Ultra — This is the final event in the 2017 Tortoise and the Hare Race Series! Run your best 3, 6, 12 or 24 hours on a flat, 1.2 mile loop course. 9:00pm-9:00pm, Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway, Canton. 678-4009050.


CCEF Golf Classic 2017 — Proceeds will help provide grants to support Cherokee County schools, teachers, and more. 9:30am, Hawks Ridge Golf Club, 1100 Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground. 678-524-0686.



Turkey Swim Competition — Turkey swim is a fun, friendly competition between lap swimmers to see who can swim the farthest during the month of November. A log is maintained at the lifeguard station. There is no cost for participating, but if you swim the most, you will win an adult annual pass to the Aquatic Center! Aquatic Center hours, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-8804760.


Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — This meeting offers both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00am, Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


It’s a Wibit — Visit the Aquatic Center for Sunday Wibit days (inflatable water playground), no extra fee, just your normal daily admissions. Children must be able to pass a 25-yard swim test to use the Wibit. 1:00pm-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.

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Event-Based Interaction By Michael Buckner

[HomeLife] Have you ever heard of IFTTT programming? Whether you know it or not, it’s already a part of your life. It stands for “If this, then this.” Known as event-based programming, it is simply when one event triggers one or more automatic events. Think of how when you open your car door, the interior light comes on without you having to do anything. If you get this, you get IFTTT. The fact is, engineers have been using this way of thinking for the consumer for decades whenever they added some

If the garage door opens ...

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sort of automatic feature to a new kitchen appliance, car, TV, etc. Now, smart homes are giving people the ability to program IFTTT events to their home. This is a huge upgrade, as it makes the home’s electronics perform around you without having to get out your phone, remote control or anything else. You just live, and your home reacts. One of the first things most of us do when we approach our home is open the garage door. We can now use this event to program an IFTTT string like “If garage door opens….” and add whatever we want. Most commonly, we would want to disarm the security system, change the temperature, turn on the lights, start Pandora in the kitchen, and turn the news on in the living room. You can even take this a step further by making the first

Turn on Lights

event as your phone joining your Wi-Fi. This can trigger the garage door opening, and everything else subsequent. Other IFTTT programming can include the last few “to-dos” before bed. Instead of walking around the home doing ten things, what if the first thing you do is arm the alarm to “stay?” You can now program that one event to turn off all the lights, lock all deadbolts, ensure the garage door is closed, turn off all the TVs and music, and drop the thermostat a couple of degrees. No more pajama walks, Michael Buckner and this is just the is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider beginning.

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Check Out Ball Ground This Fall! By Karen Jordan


fter the hot and humid days of summer, fall is finally here! Time to load up the family, and head north to enjoy all that Ball Ground and north Georgia has to offer. Fall is time to take those family pictures and squeeze in the last bit of outdoor fun before winter arrives. So, what better time to visit Ball Ground? Whether you pack a picnic lunch or pick up something at one of our local restaurants, you will find that our parks make a beautiful background for those family pictures you want to take. Ball Ground boasts approximately 36 acres of park land. City Park is home to our Ball Ground Rocks the Park concerts and

City Park

beautiful setting is certainly a reflection of the dedicated members of the Ball Ground Anetsa-Ga-Da Garden Club. The beautifully shaped Butterfly Garden is one of many listed on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. Over the course of the summer, our downtown has continued to grow. So, you will want to spend time browsing through the many specialty shops that have opened. Each offers unique gifts and home décor. Ball Ground is once again in the spotlight, as Tom Cruise’s latest movie, American Made, hits movie theaters. Did you know that many of the scenes were shot in and around our downtown area, using our residents as actors? Several buildings and homes in the area served as backdrops for scenes in the movie. One of the buildings used was Dot’s Restaurant. For over 48 years, owner Dot Byrd served meals to the locals and those visiting Ball Ground. The restaurant closed shortly after the movie crews packed up and left Ball Ground, but


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Ball Ground Is definitely THE place to be on Friday, October 27! We invite you to join us for our 3rd Annual Ball Ground

Rocks — A Spooktacular Evening in the Park! Bring your little ghosts and goblins to City Park from 4:00-9:00pm for an evening of trick-or-treating activities,

Annual Ball Ground Rocks games, food and a costume contest. The fun-filled evening concludes with a movie beginning at 7:00pm. Contact Karla Weaver at 770-735-2123 or KWeaver@ for more information. We hope you enjoy your day in beautiful Ball Ground! Be sure to send pictures of your visit to Ball Ground to KJordan@cityofballground. com, or tag our Facebook page.

movie events. Calvin Farmer Park has a playground and duck pond for all to enjoy. Lions Field has been the home for local baseball teams since the early 1950s. Also on your trip to Ball Ground, don’t forget to visit the Ball Ground Botanical Garden, which is located on the grounds of City Hall at 215 Valley Street. This

the “Dot’s Restaurant” sign is still proudly displayed. Look for Dot’s Restaurant along with many of our other historic buildings in the movie.

Calvin Farmer Park

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

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What Should You Believe? By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] It seems you can find reviews for every experience online these days. We can very quickly and easily share information regarding what has happened to us on any given day. With so many reviews out there, it can be difficult to know what to believe. This is true for dental office reviews as well. Consider the following tips if you are using reviews to narrow your search for a new dentist. Before considering any online reviews, do some research yourself. This can include


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visiting the office’s website, or visiting the office itself. Reviews can be helpful, but there is something to say for seeing things firsthand. You can get a feel for the energy of the office, as well as observe the interactions between patients and staff. You can also take a tour of the office, which can be especially helpful if your child is preparing for their first dental visit.

If you decide to use online reviews to further narrow your search, here are some things to think about: - Most of the happy and content patients do not take the time to place online reviews. Think of your own experiences. How likely are you to go online and make a review when you have a satisfying experience with a business? - Reviews are always a one-sided account of an experience. There are certain

review sites that will allow a business to respond to a review, but for dental and medical offices, oftentimes, HIPAA (patient privacy) constraints do not allow for a thorough response to a patient’s comments and complaints. - If a patient has a poor experience (due to any number of reasons), it will usually taint their overall impression of the office. In general, experiences in life can be very personal and specific. Even if a dental office has a few poor reviews, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t hundreds (or more) patients who are satisfied with the office. Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t fully judge any business solely based on online reviews.

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

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American Legion Post Honors Local Firefighters Thomas M. Brady Post #45 of the American Legion recently honored several firefighters and staff members with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services during their annual Community Service Awards Banquet. Commander Raymond Rollins presented the following awards to several employees with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services:

Battalion 1 Firefighter Award – Sgt. Michael Sims

EMS Employee of the Year Award – Lt. Brad Gravitt

Battalion 2 Firefighter Award – Chris George

Fire Administration Award – Danny Daniels

Battalion 3 Firefighter Award – Daniel Thatcher

Special Operations Award – Patti Pratt

Volunteer Firefighter Award – Joe Jackson

Explorer of the Year Award – Chris Shorts

October “7 Differences” winner, Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to our September “7 Differences” winner, Meggan Dyer!

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2017 Colors of the Wind Gala

Paint yourself beautiful, and support the Arts Center at the 2017 Colors of the Wind Gala on October 28, 2017. All proceeds go to support the Cherokee Arts Center. Follow Cherokee Arts Center on Facebook for more information and updates.

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Cherokee County’s Ronnie Young is 2017’s

“Fittest Police Officer on Earth” Cherokee County resident Ronnie Young, an officer with the Johns Creek Police Department, recently showed off his muscles and athleticism by winning first place in his age bracket in the 2017 World Police and Fire Games. Sergeant Ronnie Young travelled to the Los Angeles Convention Center to compete in the Crossfit® division with police and firefighters who hailed from 65 countries worldwide! Only the top ten in each discipline were invited to compete. Sgt. Young stated that the experience was, “absolutely amazing! To be able to compete at this level with people who put their lives on the line for others every day was an honor I cannot put into words.”


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Five CCSD High School Seniors Named


National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors were recently named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists: Etowah HS’s Joseph Young, River Ridge HS’s Simon Yang and twin sisters Claire and Irene Chen, and Woodstock HS’s Preston Alsup. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower exclaimed, “Congratulations to these extraordinary students, their families and their teachers! We are proud of your continued academic achievement on the path to college and career success. Our Merit Scholar semi-finalists are known for their accomplishments in the classroom and through extra-curricular and community activities, and we look forward to seeing them progress through this process… and, we hope, to earning scholarships!” The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which oversees the prestigious competition, has named 16,000 semi-finalists, who were selected from a pool of 1.6 million students, based on outstanding 2016 PSAT scores. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors are named semi-finalists. To be considered as a finalist, the students will now have to submit a detailed application, noting their academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors; an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official; and an essay. Students also must earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance. The anticipated 15,000 finalists will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth about $32 million, which will be awarded in the spring.

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BEATS’ Haunted Horse Hill Needs Sponsors & Volunteers Bethany’s Equine & Aquatic Therapy Services’ (BEATS) Haunted Horse Hill fundraiser will be at Mariposa Farms (75 Red Gate Trail in Canton) on October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31 from 6:30-11pm. Besides the Spooktacular haunted barn on the hill, there will also be food trucks and a kid zone! How can you help? * They are requesting sponsorships from local businesses to offset the costs of putting on this event. Sponsorships start at only $100. * They need volunteers for the nights of the events, LOTS of volunteers! This is a great opportunity for groups (church, service, school, etc.). Opportunities include parking, tickets, face painting, supervising games, manning stalls with candy for trunk-or-treaters! * The creator of the haunted house, Ross Spencer, will be needing volunteers to be zombies and other scary creatures. Please join the fun! Tickets for the Haunted Horse Hill are $10 and kid zone tickets are $5. All proceeds from this event will support BEATS programs, horses and scholarship. To sponsor or volunteer for this event, please email Bethany at bethany@ To learn more about BEATS, visit

Welcome Dr. Depew! Please join Plastic Surgery Center of the South in welcoming Dr. James Depew to its team of plastic surgeons. Dr. Depew is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. His training includes a wide range of cosmetic, traumatic, and cancer reconstruction surgery, and research in facial reanimation and surgical quality care improvements. Dr. Depew was inducted as a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for dedication and commitment to compassionate and humanistic care.



The Children’s Haven


Becomes an Affiliate Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia The Children’s Haven, a Canton-based agency that provides services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect, has teamed up with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia to help prevent child abuse in Cherokee County. The not-for-profit evolved from the organization originally known as CASA for Children, Inc. but changed their name in 2015 to The Children’s Haven to better encompass the many services they provide to children. Their programs work to give foster kids the opportunity to succeed by bringing a variety of support programs under one roof.

Chamber Recognizes

Mayors’ Recycling Challenge Winners The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green Committee has concluded their Sixth Annual Mayors’ Recycling Challenge event, which challenged cities in Cherokee County to encourage their residents to recycle during the months of June and July. The winning city for total pounds recycled, winning city for most pounds collected per capita, and the winning city for highest percentage increase over last year were recently announced. North Metro Waste and Hauling, Santek Waste Services of Georgia, and Waste Management partnered with the Chamber on this event. The City of Woodstock collected the most recycling, which totaled 537,320 pounds, followed by the City of Canton - 312,080 pounds; Ball Ground - 98,920 pounds; Waleska - 175,360 pounds; and Holly Springs - 44,580 pounds. The combined total collected by all cities was 1,168,260 pounds. For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Waleska collected the most recycling per capita with 199.50 pounds per resident, as determined based on 2016 U.S. Census population estimates. Additional per capita totals included Ball Ground - 51.82 pounds/resident; Woodstock - 17.37 pounds/resident; Canton - 11.85 pounds/ resident; and Holly Springs - 3.95 pounds/resident. The City of Waleska was also recognized for having the highest percentage increase of collected recyclables over the previous year. This year, Waleska collected 175,360 pounds, which is a 54% increase over last year’s 113,840 pounds.


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“Of course, the most important work in these efforts is to ensure that children who have already experienced abuse are safe from secondary abuse. This partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia will allow our agency to provide innovative prevention programs using research-based models that prevent primary abuse. We are thrilled to be positioned to get in front of the problem and emphasize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur,” stated The Children’s Haven Executive Director, Deidre Hollands. Hollands states that their first Prevent Child Abuse initiative will be the promotion of 1-800-CHILDREN, a helpline for anyone who is concerned about a child. The helpline provides support for parents, caregivers and professionals alike. It is professionally staffed by operators from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and operates Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-6:00pm. Callers can get the following information and referrals from the helpline: • • • • • •

Parenting support Counseling and support groups Referrals for legal needs Grandparent issues Child abuse and prevention information Concern about the well-being of a child or family member • Family violence concerns • Community resources for emergency assistance • Resources for special needs children

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even resort to stealing them from friends or family. Physicians commonly prescribe opioids or narcotics for short-term pain due to injury or illness as well as for patients with long-term painful conditions such as cancer. Physicians are now curbing the recommendations for these pain relievers, and when prescribing, they are limiting use to three to seven days. The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation launched communications touting simple steps to curb new addiction and access to these drugs. This is aimed at anyone with prescription pain medication:

By Debi Dalton, M.D. [HealthyLife] The medicine cabinets in our homes are largely responsible for one of the fastest growing causes of death in the U.S. Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions. Almost everyone knows someone who has an addiction: a brother, a neighbor’s high school student, a colleague. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 144 people in the U.S. die of overdose deaths every day. The incidence of traumas, such as car accidents, have also increased due to opioid use. Opioids include illegal heroin as well as opioid medications prescribed by physicians such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, methadone and fentanyl. Once addicted to prescription narcotics, people are more likely to use heroin. Patients who were prescribed the medications for pain can become addicted even after a few doses. Once addicted, these people will often times get more from their family and friends if they can’t get a new prescription. They may


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1. Take your medications only as prescribed. 2. Never share medications. 3. Store your medication safely (children should not be able to access it). 4. Properly dispose of unused medicine (mix pills with food waste; never flush down a toilet; use drop boxes). Georgia’s 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law encourages people who are with someone experiencing a drug overdose to call 9-1-1. The caller and the victim cannot be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia if the evidence was obtained as a result of seeking medical assistance. The law allows the general public to obtain Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdose. Georgia Overdose Prevention, a grassroots organization focused on saving the lives of people experiencing opioid overdoses, distributes the medication to those who request it. The spike in opioid addiction and deaths is killing people we know and love. The retiree next door and the ‘A’ student down the street are at risk. The good news is we can all do something about it. For more information, visit

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Senator Speaks

TECHNOLOGY Is it Good for Society? By Senator Bruce Thompson


echnology has dramatically changed all aspects of our lives. It has automated everything from manufacturing to health care, and the pace continues to increase at record speeds. While the Baby Boomers and Gen X population struggle to engage this growing trend, the Millennials and Gen Y population expect and even demand this technology. Let’s examine the Hill brothers; all three brothers are spaced ten years apart. Brian, the oldest brother, recalls the stacks of encyclopedias he used before beginning to type his research paper on his typewriter. Casey remembers grabbing his flip phone and calling the local Blockbuster to see if a movie was now available for rental, and then he’d have to drive to the store, and rent the DVD movie with a credit card before heading home to watch it. Hunter, the youngest, chuckles at his older brothers, as he pulls out his tablet and begins to use the internet to research Wikipedia for his school project while ordering an ondemand movie for later through Netflix. Consider the recovery time from an eight-hour heart surgery years ago to the current robotic procedure that no


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longer requires a major incision. Since the surgery is quicker and less invasive, the trauma to the patient is dramatically reduced, and recovery is much faster. Technology allowed thirteen-year-old Olivia to take the 10% odds given to her, and kick cancer in the teeth twice over the past two years! Without these medical discoveries, Olivia would have succumbed to this awful disease, but today, she’s an inspiration to other children fighting cancer. Then there’s five-year-old Cooper who received a cochlear device allowing him to hear his daddy’s voice for the first time. The smile on his face as he listens to a bird’s chirp or the family puppy bark will bring anyone to tears. The benefits of these developments are undeniable, but they do come at a cost. Manufacturing has experienced a rapid transformation with the utilization of technological advances as well. Plants that modernized their assembly lines with computerized technology have seen production increase as much as 500%. Management contends that labor costs are fixed, human error is eliminated, and quality becomes more measurable when factories convert their assembly lines to automation.

As technology continues to be developed at a staggering pace, society becomes more dependent on it. Cars, planes, homes, hospitals, schools, and entire cities rely on technology. The deeper technology integrates and penetrates our daily lives, the more vulnerable we become. Consider the time you were navigating traffic utilizing Google Maps on your phone, and suddenly, the phone shut off for an update. Or how about the time you frantically searched your computer for the app storing your secure passwords only to discover it was no longer accessible because the app disappeared when your computer updated. These scenarios create extreme levels of frustration, anxiety and confusion, and indicate just how helpless we have become when we rely so heavily on technology. L

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

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What is Operation Not Forgotten? Operation Not Forgotten was created to help veterans and their families achieve a better quality of life. Operation Not Forgotten works through Vet Life Community to connect veterans with other veterans, buddies they can trust and relate with to coach them through any difficulties. Their mission is to measurably enhance and improve a veteran’s quality of life and functioning in four areas: mental, emotional, social and spiritual.

What is Vet Life Community? Vet Life Community is a network of local, weekly, peer-based support meetings that offer tools to help veterans as they transition back into life outside the military. Meetings

are free for all participating veterans and their loved ones. Each veteran will be offered the opportunity to take a Life Renewed Quality of Life Assessment (QOLA). The results will help determine the appropriate coaching they may need as they transition back into civilian life. The meetings will also introduce veterans and their families to trained life coaches (all of whom are also veterans) who will help them understand and use the information provided in their QOLA profile. The life coach will help the veteran construct a life plan, so that he/ she and his/her family can make necessary lifestyle changes and experience an improved quality of life. In addition to a weekly community meeting, the life coach and the veteran/family member(s) also meet weekly at a time and

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location that is mutually convenient. Meetings with life coaches are personal and done oneon-one; men coach men, and women coach women, creating a true community. Another important aspect of a Vet Life Community is the renewed sense of brotherhood/sisterhood that veterans felt when they were in the military. Vet Life Community is a place where veterans can meet other veterans and form new friendships with people who really understand; people who have “been there.” Community members can get together for Sunday afternoon ball games, picnics, televised sports, or even just a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop. The important thing is to have someone there for veterans to reach out to — a place to find support — a Vet Life Community. Vet Life Community meetings are held every Thursday at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Building A, Room 240; 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock.


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Time Waits for No One By Will Goodwin

[InGoodFaith] Have you ever arrived at a point in time and looked back to wonder why you didn’t do what you could’ve done before you got there? Benjamin Franklin knew what he was talking about when he said, “You may delay, but time will not.” One of the most humbling times I’ve faced this truth was this past summer when my 6’1,” fourteen-year-old son asked me to help him learn how to dunk a basketball. If you ever met me, you might immediately assume, by my appearance alone, that I cannot dunk a basketball, and you’d be absolutely correct. I have no businesses trying to teach someone to dunk a basketball. But he’s my son, and we have the internet.

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After watching countless YouTube videos and reading articles, we came up with a plan we thought would work. It had three phases that would last sixty days. Every day for a week, I pointed out that those sixty days were coming whether we trained or not. Why did I only say that for a week? Because that’s how long it took me to realize that no matter how many videos I’d watched or articles I’d read, I was not cut out to teach someone to dunk a basketball. When I lost interest, so did he. The sixty days came and went. No baskets were stuffed. As I reflected on where it all went wrong, I thought about the book of Jonah. The author of that book makes Jonah out to be an absolute fool. Jonah rebels against God, half-heartedly obeys, and then pouts about not getting his way. The author doesn’t want the reader to look at Jonah in a positive light. That begs that question, “Who was the author?” Traditionally speaking, it was Jonah. Why would Jonah make himself look so bad? Because he wanted whoever would listen to avoid the mistakes he realized he made. It’s as if Jonah was saying, “Pray for strength to do today what one day you’ll wish you’d done.” That has become my prayer. I hope it becomes yours, too.

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



911, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. The first responders will then use the client’s personalized frequency to locate the position of the individual. The website also states that, “Recovery times for Project Lifesaver agencies average thirty minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations without Project Lifesaver.” Every family has their own set of challenges when caring for those needing continuous monitoring. If you or a friend would like more information about Project Lifesaver, please call or send us an email.

By Sheriff Frank Reynolds The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our community by offering a variety of free services to our citizens. One of the programs we offer is called Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a service offered to citizens who need continuous monitoring and have a tendency to wander due to cognitive conditions.

The Project Lifesaver website says the following: The method relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies

EMA Director Renee Cornelision 679-493-4033 Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver

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

Cherokee County first responders often respond to incidents where a family member has wandered off and cannot be located. Although most cases end with a positive reunification to the family, time is of the essence. Project Lifesaver allows deputies to locate an individual in a timely manner, thereby reducing the risk of physical and emotional harm. When a participant in the program goes missing, we will dispatch a team of deputies to your location with special equipment to locate the missing person. When requested, we will also come out to your home to change the battery. Countywide, there are currently over twenty participants enrolled in the program.


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Go Long This

By Jyl Craven

[Lifestyle] Long hair is something that most women have wanted at some point in their lives. If you want to grow your hair long, fall is the time to go for it. But before you grow out those gorgeous locks, there are a few things to know that will help you gain the most benefit from your newly grown-out look. Sure, anyone can grow their hair long, but why not do it with style? So, whether you already have long hair or are going to experiment this season with a longer hairstyle, here are a few beauty tips to consider that will help you achieve a more graceful grow out. Your face shape tells a lot about whether a particular hairstyle is right for you. Round or oval face shapes are best for anyone wanting to grow their hair longer. Women with more prominent or elongated chins should consider holding back the length, as longer hair will only give the illusion of an extended face shape. However, if you still feel the need for longer hair (and have a lengthier face


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shape), then cutting a blunt fringe (i.e. bangs) will help to widen your face. Hair texture is another important feature to consider when growing out your hair: For fine hair, consider adding long layers for body and movement. Face framing with carefully placed layers can add more interest to one’s appearance. Also, keeping your hair just below your collarbone will help ensure your ends don’t appear too stringy. For medium-textured hair, try something fun like an undercut. Recently, undercuts have been all the rage for someone wanting to punk up their lengthening locks. If your hair is curly, then it will look best naturally long. Allow the weight of the longer hair to pull down those curls, giving you some natural looking wave and body.

length and body height is also important when deciding how long to grow your hair. Long hair is best on anyone who is of average or taller than average height. Long hairstyles on shorter women can make someone appear shorter, whereas super short hairstyles on taller women can leave an unchic impression. While we can’t change our face shape, hair texture or height, we can certainly change our hair style. So, if your goal is to go longer this season (with your hair that is) why not allow your natural characteristics to work for you? Remember that growing your hair long will not happen overnight. But by following these few beauty tips, your finished look will surely turn some heads. L

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

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The 2017 Woodstock Summer Concert Series wrapped up its inaugural season at the new Northside Hospital – Cherokee Amphitheater with contemporary country bands, The Whiskey Gentry and Runaway June. Woodstock Family Life magazine was proud to be a Gold Sponsor, and we look forward to sponsoring this wonderful community series again next year!

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Éclair Ingredients


4 oz. water • 2 oz. butter • Pinch of salt • Pinch of sugar 3 oz. bread flour • 3oz. whole eggs, whisked slightly Powdered sugar for garnishing


Éclair Procedure

Serves 4 Caramelized Pear Ingredients

2 Bosc pears • 1 tablespoon sugar • ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon apricot jam • 2 cups cold water Juice of ½ a lemon

Caramelized Pear Procedure

- Add the lemon juice to the cold water to make acidulated water, and set aside. - Peel, core, and dice the 2 pears, and then add them to the acidulated water. - Combine the sugar and cinnamon. - Drain the pears, and toss with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and vanilla. - Heat a sauté pan until it is very hot. - Add the pear mixture, and cook until the sugar starts to caramelize. - Add the apricot jam; remove the mixture from the heat, and stir gently until it is dissolved. - Cool to room temperature.

- Bring the water, butter, salt and sugar to a rolling boil. - Remove the mixture from the heat, and add all the flour. - Return to the heat, and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, and the bottom of the pot forms a skin, and then remove from the heat. - In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the mixture on low speed until there is no more steam (the mixture should be below 120°F). - Slowly add the eggs in 4 additions, waiting until the first egg is absorbed before adding more. Scrape down the bowl between additions. - Place the mixture in a piping bag with a large star tip. - Pipe out 4-inch éclairs. - Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, and then lower the oven to 325°F for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients 2 oz. semisweet chocolate • 1 oz. butter 1 teaspoon corn syrup

Chocolate Sauce Procedure

- Combine the ingredients in microwave-safe bowl. - Heat in the microwave at 75% power for 15 second intervals. Stir well between each interval. Heat until the mixture is just melted. *Note - Do not overheat, or the mixture can burn or seize.

Whipped Cream Ingredients

4 oz. heavy cream • 1 oz. sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Procedure

- Combine all ingredients, and whip until very thick.

Assembly - - - - -

Cut the éclair in half long ways. Fill each éclair with the pear mixture. Pipe the cream onto the pears. Cover with the top of the éclair, and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with the chocolate sauce.

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


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The Key to Closing Georgia’s Talent Gap [AcademicLife] At a recent Critical Issues Forum on “Closing Georgia’s Talent Gap,” the Georgia Chamber of Commerce presented statistics for Georgia counties that were considered “prosperous, borderline distressed, or distressed” based on education, available jobs, quality of living, healthcare, etc. Most of Georgia is considered “distressed,” and the prospects for improving that greatly depend on the quality of the education our students receive going forward. Many companies choose not to operate here because they can’t get qualified employees to fill their needs. The talent pool is already limited, and more than a million senior Georgians will be retiring from the work force in the next six years alone. They took a hard look at the state

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statistics from the high school graduates from the year 2010 and tracked where those kids are now. Seven years later, 22% hold a four-year degree, 7% have an associate’s degree or credential of higher learning, 53% did not attain any formal education after high school, and surprisingly — 18% are still enrolled in a degree-seeking program — a full seven years later. That means less than one in every four Georgia students is completing college. Even fewer are taking advantage of technical schools and crucial training to improve their job prospects and pay scale. This is unsettling. There were nearly 6,000 freshman students who walked to the center of Sanford Stadium to form the big “G” for the freshman welcome photo at UGA this fall. They are full of hope and ready

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to tackle college and their bright futures with zest! Hopefully, they along with other freshmen students at colleges all over Georgia will help turn these statistics around. Every student deserves a chance to do better for themselves. It’s important to understand that you can change your trajectory, and improve your career opportunities. If traditional four-year college isn’t for you, many resources are available to you through the TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia). You can enter one of twelve highdemand fields of study, and pay next to nothing for advancing your education and opportunities ( The economy and future of our state depend on these students and our commitment to a measurable plan. Their pursuit and completion of higher education programs is key to closing Georgia’s talent gap.



COVER STORY By Jennifer Parker

Happy Fall Y’all! Autumn is the time of year we think of enjoying afternoons with family and friends in the crisp air, bundling up for the evening by the fireplace with hot apple cider and of course, haunted houses for Halloween. Whether you are hosting at home for friends and neighbors or at your business for clients and patrons, now is the best time to let APEC Electric design your lighting to give your home or business that “wow” factor for all to enjoy.

Whole-Home Lighting For me and my family, we love to open our home for entertaining starting in the fall, which means lighting the stage for throwing the perfect parties throughout the holiday season. APEC Electric specializes in whole-home lighting that encompasses indoor as well as outdoor living and entertaining spaces to create those memorable, photo-worthy events.


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Business Lighting At Halloween, if you’ve ever been to “America’s Scariest Haunted House,” Netherworld in Norcross, you’ve also seen APEC’s work! In addition to creating your elegant home spaces, APEC specializes in industrial, warehouse and commercial lighting for retailers, restaurants, and multiuse buildings.

LED APEC Electric has been a trailblazer in upgrading existing lighting with the latest in LED technology as well as new, custom-designed lighting installations. The APEC team has robust knowledge of LED products and works as a partner with a local distributor to bring you cutting

edge UL, DLC and American-made products. They install new or retrofit LED lighting throughout homes and commercial businesses that are ready to update their lighting.

What Makes APEC Different? Unfortunately, most of us have heard the horror stories of “contractors gone wild” who have underperformed or left their customers in the lurch. This is not the case with APEC Electric. In response to stories like these, APEC Electric created a culture that ensures the integrity of the company and its team members, and a process that demonstrates this in all that we do. The team refers to this as “The APEC Way.”

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It is a detailed job process and checklist that each of the electricians follow while on the job, and their willingness to always go the extra mile for their customers and the community.

Supporting the Local Community APEC’s clients frequently comment on how refreshingly different APEC is, and they go out of their way to post online reviews to prove it:

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch “APEC Electric has been a great partner to Goshen Valley. They have done excellent work on several projects for us since 2010 and have also supported our mission financially. We appreciate any company with integrity, quality, and a desire to give back to the community. APEC Electric fits all of these with excellence,” said Evan Ingram, community engagement coordinator.

Homeowner on “Billy (at APEC) has done several different jobs for us, and we will certainly continue to use him.

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We wish all contractors were as dependable and pleasurable to work with. He is a great communicator and comes on time, which is of paramount importance to me. Fair pricing and expert work put him tops in our book.”

Homeowner on “Let me start off by saying it was an excellent experience.The remodel of our kitchen included extensive rework of the electrical including new can lights, pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, and the moving or removal of several outlets and switches. From our very first meeting, I felt as if Billy Adams (owner) understood our needs. Throughout the process, he was always accessible when we had questions and helpful to provide ideas.One of the first things that impressed me was the thoroughness of his quote, unlike his competitors. It outlined in great detail exactly the work that would be done and was later used as a checklist to make sure everything included was addressed. Matt, the electrician who lead the crew, was extremely professional, kept me informed of the work that was being done, and showed up every day, on-time ready to work. He was very conscientious, respectful, and you could tell that

he took great pride in his work, something that is almost unheard of in the construction trade these days…”

Paying it Forward “The APEC Way” includes giving back to our community. APEC Electric donates portions of the proceeds of EVERY job to local charity groups like Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Red Cross and Must Ministries, just to name a few. APEC Electric also spearheaded a community relief effort for south Georgia’s Hurricane Matthew victims last year, which was an overwhelming success. The APEC Electric team personally delivered all the donations and went to some of the hardest hit homes to begin cleanup efforts for residents. Check out the company’s most recent projects at, Houzz. com and Facebook, and call APEC Electric today for local, professional products and services done “The APEC Way.”

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Kids Get Headaches, Too! By Lynnda Campbell, N.P.

[HealthyLife] When your child complains of a headache and sometimes cries due to the pain, it can pretty scary! However, most children’s headaches are benign and do not indicate any underlying serious condition. Children get the same type of headaches that adults do, but their symptoms may be different. In general, symptoms will help identify the type of headache and when you should seek medical help. Migraine headaches have a large genetic component and can occur as early as infancy. They are usually accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, throbbing pain, nausea and vomiting. They may even cause stomach pain called abdominal migraines. Other causes of headaches can include illness and infections such as strep throat, sinus or ear infections. Serious


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infections such as meningitis are usually accompanied by neck stiffness and fever. Headaches caused by head trauma should be evaluated by a medical professional if vision changes occur, pain steadily worsens, or the child becomes increasingly sleepy. Stress and anxiety are other common headache causes. Although rare, serious problems such as a brain tumor can present with a headache. However, there are usually other symptoms such as vision problems, dizziness and lack of coordination. Treatment options for headaches include cool compresses to the forehead, Tylenol® or ibuprofen. Often, the best non-medical treatment is to lie down in a dark, quiet room. Caffeinated drinks may also help with migraines. It is also important to not give Tylenol® or ibuprofen on a

regular basis, as this can cause rebound headaches. For some children with more severe, benign headaches, prescription medication(s) may be needed, and your pediatrician may refer you to a neurologist for management. It’s also a good idea to keep a journal of when your child’s headaches occur and what possible triggers were involved. Again, most headaches are not serious, but you should seek prompt medical care if your child’s headache wakes him from his sleep, worsens in intensity or frequency, or is associated with vision changes or persistent vomiting, particularly in the morning. These symptoms may indicate a more series condition, which would require a more extensive medical evaluation.

Lynnda Campbell is a nurse practitioner with DV Pediatrics. 770-704-0057.

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What’s up?

Distracted Driving


Georgia has recently been in the news regarding their steadfast crackdown on distracted driving. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office posted the following to their Facebook page: “Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the work we are doing to keep the driving public safe. Please don’t drive while distracted by your cell phone, reading while driving or putting on makeup. Put your phone somewhere that it can’t be easily reached except for an emergency.”

What’s the law? “While Georgia doesn’t have a hand-held ban for all drivers, it does have restrictions


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on the use of cell phones for novice drivers and school bus drivers,” ( “The state of Georgia has prohibited all drivers from texting and driving. It’s a primary law that is strictly enforced. You may get a ticket for texting even if your vehicle is stopped while you’re doing it,” ( “Novice drivers (drivers under 18) are completely prohibited from using handheld or hands-free cell phones while behind the wheel or any other sort of electronic device while behind the wheel. School bus drivers are also banned from using both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving,” (

What are the statistics? “Several other activities have been found

to be just as distracting or even more capable of increasing crash occurrences. Here’s how they rank: reaching for a moving object increases crash risk by 9 times; looking at an object outside the vehicle increases crash risk by 3.7 times; reading increases crash risk by 3 times; grooming or applying makeup increases crash risk by 3 times; using a hand-held device like a GPS increases crash risk by 3 times; talking or listening to a hand-held cell phone increases crash risk by 1.3 times; and drowsiness, a tired driver behind the wheel, increases crash risk by 4 times,” ( So, please refrain from doing activities that will distract you from your primary responsibility while you’re behind the wheel: driving. Nothing is more important than your life or the lives of your fellow motorists. Sources “Georgia Distracted Driving Laws.” georgia/distracted-driving-laws “Georgia’s Texting Laws, The Latest Information on Texting While Driving.” highway-safety/texting-laws/

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in the


The Steep Tea House, is a “step up� from the ordinary tea room. Steep is a high-end tea house with a delicious menu of lite fare. The Moye Tea Company, LLC, owner/operators, Lyn & Ruffin Moye, have spent several years studying tea and how to serve and pair it with gourmet foods as well as creating their own specialty blends.

fresh food, but a modern yet casual atmosphere for all ages to enjoy, with over fifty specialty teas that can be served hot or iced. Visit them to enjoy fresh pastries, breakfast, brunch and lunch. All soups and salad dressings are made fresh in-house by Chef Laurie Grizzle.

Lyn served a 35-year career in dentistry and has always had a passion for pursuing her dream in the art of tea and food. Ruffin has a horticultural background and enjoys blending teas with natural herbs. Between the two of them, they have created an interesting tea line; a tea and food menu for all. Steep is the place for local tea connoisseurs who are looking for a nearby place to enjoy their favorites.

Steep has a full tea bar, offering tea-infused alcoholic cocktails, beer and wine. The company also participates in special downtown events and offers a private event meeting space, available by reservation. They are open some evenings with live entertainment, cocktails and appetizers.

Steep aims to not only offer luxury teas and

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The Moye Tea Co. has a full line of teas and tea accessories available in-house and online at

Located in the historic downtown Canton square at 198 North Street, this premium tea house emphasizes an atmosphere that is cozy, relaxing and luxurious. This new, happening location makes a significant statement with its quaint charm and high sophistication. Join them, and shop the specialty stores that surround the historical square. Steep is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm. They extend their hours during special downtown events. For more information, please visit, or call 770-2138890. Reservations are not required but are recommended.



At Family Life Publications (FLP), 98% of each of our magazines is printed on non-toxic, sustainable, uncoated paper because we are very strong believers in doing what we can to protect our environment. This month, we decided to take this a step further by challenging ourselves to create a fun fall craft that utilized at least one major item that we could recycle/repurpose from our homes. Here is what we came up with:

Illuminated Autumn Tree By Julie Senger, FLP Editor

Recycled Materials • Tomato Plant Cage • Tangled White Christmas Lights (100-bulb strand) • 3-5 Twisty Ties (from loaf bread) Other Materials • 6’ Fall Leaf Garland x2 (12’ total) • Burlap Bow • 4 Yards of Sparkly Green Tulle (ballerina tutu fabric) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


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Instructions - Turn the tomato cage upside down, and bind its legs together near the top with a twisty tie. - Place your tangled Christmas lights inside the cage and hang what appears to be the middle of the wad by hooking that part of the wire between the point of your newly connected tomato cage legs, so that the tangled lights hang in a mass as they dangle to the bottom of the cage. - Lay out your green tulle, and carefully place your tomato cage in the middle of the fabric. - Take each side of the tulle and stretch it to the top of your “tree,” and tie the ends together at the top. Near the top of the tulle, punch one of the legs at the point through the netting to make sure it stays connected to the top. The fabric is thin, so this is easy to do. You may also use a dot of hot glue to ensure it stays in place. - Cut off any excess tulle at the top. - Stretch the tulle around the cage, so it’s completely covered, and pull the plug for the lights through one of the fabric separation locations at the bottom of the cage (make sure this side faces the wall/outlet). - The leaf garlands have plastic circles at the end of each strand, so use a twisty tie to connect them together to make a 12’ strand. - Take one of the circles on the end of the newly connected leaf garland, and put it over the top of the point of your tree, then wrap the garland around the tulle-covered tomato cage. Use a twisty tie to connect the other end of the garland to the bottom of the cage (in the back). - Adhere the burlap bow to the top of your tree. - Plug in your new autumn tree, and enjoy!

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By Janet Ponichtera, FLP Sales and Marketing Director

Aluminum Leaves Initial

By Candice Williams, FLP Art Director Recycled Materials • 17 Aluminum Soda Cans

Recycled Materials • 2 Small Tree Branches (about 2’ each, try to find ones that look like miniature leafless trees) • Packing Styrofoam • Plant Container (cleaned and dried) • Black or Brown Paper or Cardboard • Pine Straw or Mulch (or other items from your yard to lay under the “trees”) • Newspaper Pages Other Materials • Small Pictures of Bats (can be printed off the internet or drawn) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or tape) *Optional Materials • Tissues or Recycled Gift Bag Tissue Paper (for ghosts) Instructions - Cover your work surface with newspaper to make clean up easier. - Cut Styrofoam to fit into the plant container to make a base; use leftover Styrofoam pieces to fill up the container. - Place branches side by side into the Styrofoam to make two “trees.” - Cut out bats, and hot glue or tape them onto the branches. Small children should have adult supervision if using hot glue. - Use the brown/black paper or cardboard to cover the Styrofoam. - Sprinkle the pine needles or mulch over the paper to cover it. *Ghost Instructions (Optional) - Make a small ball out of scrap paper. - Place the ball in the center of a piece of tissue paper. - Twist the paper right under the ball. - Place the ghosts under the tree.

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Other Materials • Paper Maché Initial (Initial used in this project was 9 ¾” x 16”) • Spray Paint (white, brown, copper and sea green) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks • Scissors • 1 Nail • Black Permanent Marker • Spray Bottle with Water • Gloves • Leaf Pattern (for tracing, the design for this project was found at

Instructions - Spray paint the paper maché initial with white paint. Let it dry according to the directions on the can. - Print leaf patterns from the internet, and cut them out without the stems. **Use caution when working with the sharp edges of the aluminum cans for the following steps. - Using the gloves and scissors, cut the cans into sheets of aluminum by removing the top and bottom and cutting down the cylinder of the can. To uncurl, rub along the edge of a countertop. - Trace the leaf patterns onto the aluminum using a permanent marker, fitting three leaves per sheet, and cut out. - Use the nail to etch veins into the leaves. - Separate the leaves into three groups of 17. - Paint one group with the brown spray paint, and let dry. - Paint another group with copper spray paint, and let dry. - Paint the last group with copper spray paint, and while the paint is still wet, mist with water using the spray bottle. Then, immediately spray the sea green color on top of the water, and let dry. After the leaves have dried completely, spray each leaf with one more shot of the sea green color, and let dry. This will give the copper a weathered, patina appearance. - Use the hot glue gun to attach your leaves to the paper maché initial. Make sure to not let any leaves hang over the bottom, so it can stand properly.

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Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Coasters By Laurie Litke, FLP Graphic Artist Recycled Materials • Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Lids

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Cozy Fall Dog Bed

By Jack Tuszynski, FLP Publisher Recycled Materials • 2, Four-Way-Entry, Close-Boarded, Perimeter Base Pallets (used 36”x24” size for this project) • Old Sofa or Outdoor Furniture Cushion(s) Other Materials • #2 Wood Screws, sizes 1.25” and 2.25” • Measuring Tape • Saw • Sand Paper • Drill 3 • Paint or Stain of Your Choice (optional) • Seasonal Blankets, Fabric and/or Decorative Pillows



Instructions - First, order about 80,000 magazines, and have about 4000 delivered on pallets to your office. If that isn’t an option, simply find a free pallet somewhere. Try asking local manufacturing companies, or find them locally online. Fall is a great time to prepare a cozy and comfortable new bed for your dog or cats. This project may be painted, stained or customized to match your interior design, your pet’s personality, or current seasonal holiday. - Take your first pallet, and if necessary, trim any excess wood on the ends to make it flush with the 3 center blocks (see photo 1). Remove every other top slat board on the first pallet, and set these boards aside for use as trim later. - Take your second pallet, and remove the bottom chamfers and center blocks, leaving the stringer boards and top slat boards (see photo 2). - Cut the remaining portion of your pallet into 3 pieces, making your first cut along the top of the middle stringer board and your second cut halfway between the remaining 2 stringer boards. These pieces will be your back and sides of the pet bed. - Use your drill and wood screws to attach the back and sides to your first pallet (see photo 3).

Other Materials • Thin Sheet(s) of Cork • Acrylic Paints • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks • Spray Paint (1 can of the color of your choice, a fall color that compliments the leaves is best) • Polyurethane • Scissors Instructions - Trace the mason jar lid onto the cork, cut out the circle with scissors, and set aside. - Hot glue the mason jar lid to the metal ring. - Spray paint the mason jar lid and ring. - Paint leaves on cork circles, and allow to dry. - Once your leaves are completely dry, apply 2 coats of polyurethane on the cork circle. Be sure to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat. - When the second coat of polyurethane is thoroughly dry, hot glue the cork circle inside the mason jar lid and ring.

- As needed, trim out the open spaces on the sides and the front by measuring and cutting the slats you removed from first pallet to the appropriate size. - Sand down your edges and flat surfaces, so you and your pup don’t get splinters. - Paint or stain and allow to dry according to package instructions (optional). - Add a pillow top and the seasonal bedding of your choice. Here is a link to a pallet diagram with labeled parts:


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t fourteen, Kelli Jones, or Kelli J as she prefers to be called, began styling hair for her friends. Little did she know; this hobby would lead to a lucrative career as a hair and makeup artist. Kelli J was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She has always had a love and appreciation for the creative arts, especially dancing and singing. She is a self-described foodie who loves to travel the world trying new things. Staying up to date in pop culture trends is important for this artist who loves reality TV. Kelli J attended Empire Beauty School with the aspirations of becoming a top-notch stylist. She declined advice to branch into makeup at that time, so she could concentrate on honing her hair styling techniques. She began renting booths as an independent artist. For three years, she owned her own salon, but sold it to concentrate on freelance work. Years later, Kelli transitioned into makeup artistry, stating that it was a natural progression in her career. Today, Kelli J does it all. She is a stylist for Atlanta & Co on WXIA, fashioning hair and makeup for the hosts and guest. She is an independent stylist offering one-on-one luxury appointments. For a luxury appointment, Kelli J pulls out all of the stops through private, uninterrupted service while performing an image consultation.

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She is part of Ted Gibson’s artistic team. Ted is a celebrity hairdresser to actresses such as Debra Messing, Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger, Kate Gosselin, Zoe Saldana and Ashley Greene among many others. He is based in NYC and was the hair expert for the cable show What Not to Wear. To become part of this elite team, Kelli J participated in a competition where she was one of the top two stylists. Kelli J has also styled for NY Fashion Week, hair conventions, and many celebrities. As busy as Kelli J is, she also runs a bi-monthly “Day of Diva” where she works with various local organizations to give back to the community. In the past, she has worked with My Sister’s House, the Atlanta Shelter and Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Day of Diva is centered around giving confidence to women. For one woman who was preparing for a job interview, wardrobe, hair, makeup, and interview preparation was provided. When it comes to hair, Kelli J loves the cut the most, calling it “the foundation of any style.” She specializes in cuts, weaves

and natural hair. One of her influences is artist Nikki Nelms because of the iconic styles she creates. What is Kelli J’s advice to other hair and makeup artists? “Stay consistent, and never give up. It always pays off.” Based on her own personal success, it seems that she took her own advice.

Tina Morris is a student in the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770-720-5582.



Skin Tightening Revolution – Thermi is here! By Drs. Leake, Petrosky, Harkins & Depew

tissue to be heated with virtually no discomfort. If you’re concerned with loose skin, especially in trouble spots such as the neck, tummy or upper arms, ThermiTight® can tighten those areas without surgery and no downtime, and it is an excellent complement to other body treatments such as CoolSculpting®. Your surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a special probe that heats tissue, causing fat cells to shrink and the skin to contract and tighten.

[HealthyLife] Thermi® is a versatile, nonsurgical, skin tightening system that treats a wide range of concerns. Thermi® procedures include tightening lax facial and neck skin and even vaginal rejuvenation using specialized ThermiVa® treatments. Thermi® treatments don’t require any downtime and typically take less than an hour. The FDA-cleared device uses controlled, gentle heat to stimulate your natural healing process, firming and toning tissues in many areas. The Thermi® platform actually supports five unique treatments designed to improve your appearance in specific areas of the body by harnessing the power of safe and effective radiofrequency energy. That energy stimulates the production of collagen and tightens loose, sagging skin on the face, neck, body and vagina. Specialized probes and applicators designed for the specific treatment area allow the


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In most cases, only one treatment is needed, and the results appear gradually as the heated tissues begin tightening. The results have been shown to last for years. A local anesthetic is applied to the treatment area to limit discomfort during the procedure. Some patients report feeling pressure or warmth, but not pain. Whether you are looking for subtle improvements or a major change, be sure to research, plan and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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

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Occasionally, a book comes along that is completely different from most other books. A Million Junes is that book. June, otherwise known as Jack O’Donnell IV, lives in a magical place, a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thinner. Cherry trees grow overnight; coywolves steal shoes; cherries have magical healing properties, and Feather, a pink shimmering ghost, and Nameless, a dark and dangerous spirit, also reside there. When she was eight years old, June lost her father, Jack O’Donnell III, to Nameless. The Angerts, a family with whom the O’Donnells have been feuding for generations, live next door to June. It seems that whenever something bad happens to an O’Donnell, something terrible happens to the Angerts as well. When Jack died, so did Bekah, the Angerts’ daughter and Saul Angert’s twin sister. For generations, June has had to abide by two rules: don’t go near the Angerts, and don’t go near the Falls. But when she meets the boy next door, Saul, she is drawn to him. Suddenly, the Whites (dandelion-like particles) come alive and show June and Saul memories of the people who have gone before. Both painful and exhilarating, June and Saul step through threshold after threshold of memories to find out more. And as they do, they begin to discover the curse that has fallen on their families. As they’re pulled in different directions, they must decide what it means to live, to love, and to hold on to the memories of those we’ve lost without letting those memories drag us under. A Million Junes is a fascinating book about grief, memory and love. As June and Saul process their own grief, the reader is also called to decide for themselves whether to hold their memories tightly in their hands, refusing to let go, or open their hands wide, so that love can get in.

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

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Swan-Neck [HealthyLife] Swan-neck deformity is a condition explaining the deformed position of your finger. This condition is a complex ailment where the proximal IP (PIP) joint over straightens because of a lax ligament on the palmar side of the joint. The ligament on the palmar side of the joint is called the volar plate, which is designed to prevent over straightening. When a patient is experiencing a swanneck deformity, the finger will have a hyperextended PIP joint and a bent distal IP (DIP) joint, making the finger appear in a position that resembles a swan’s neck.

What causes swan-neck deformity? The most common cause of swan-neck deformity is rheumatoid arthritis. The chronic inflammation on the PIP joint stretches the volar plate. As the volar plate becomes stretched and weakened, the PIP joint begins to hyperextend. This causes the extensor tendon to get out of balance, which causes the DIP joint to get pulled down toward the flexion. Swan-neck deformity can also be the result of an overlooked injury in childhood, adolescence or young adulthood. The finger can begin bending downward


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Deformity and Treatment By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

on its own and stay in a fixed, overstraightened position. If this happens, this condition can be extremely debilitating. Other causes of swan-neck deformity include the following: m Untreated mallet finger m Looseness of the fibrous plate m Looseness of the finger ligaments m Chronic muscle spasms caused by nerve damage m Other types of arthritis m Ruptured finger tendon m Misalignment

How is swan-neck deformity diagnosed and treated? In most instances, swan-neck deformity can be diagnosed from a physical examination. However, an X-ray may be ordered to allow the physician to examine joint alignment, check the condition of joint surfaces and determine if a fracture is present. After diagnosis is

complete, physicians can use either nonsurgical or surgical treatment options.

What are the non-surgical treatments for swan-neck deformity? Non-surgical treatments are based on restoring balance in the fingers and hand. The goal of non-surgical treatment is to realign the PIP joint and prevent hyperextension, which should restore DIP extension. Stints are commonly used to protect the joint from hyperextending and line up PIP joints. Physicians may also prescribe physical and occupational therapy in order to restore function and alignment.

What are the surgical treatments for swan-neck deformity? If non-surgical techniques are unable to treat the swan-neck case, surgery may be used to reconstruct the hand around the PIP joint. Your physician may use soft tissue repair, PIP joint arthroplasty and/or finger joint fusion to remedy your swan-neck deformity.

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

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unk Drunk Jones is a family business that specializes in authentic-vintage and vintage-inspired goods. Owner, Curator, and Creator Stefanie Jones used her business degree from Reinhardt University to quit her day job to focus on her true passion. She began collecting antiques at the age of seven with her family, and she hasn’t looked back since. Their motto and mantra is, “Every day should be a treasure hunt.” The company’s home base has always been in the north Georgia area, but their team

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scours the country looking, hunting, and picking in every possible spot they can find. The mission? To fuel their own passion and collection of antique goodies, and to share that with their customers. Though they are primarily a fatherdaughter duo, they have lots of support from the whole family. Looking for something specific? They either have it, have had it, or can find someone who does. They welcome you to come get “Junk Drunk” anytime at their storefront in historic downtown Canton. They also offer prop rentals for the film industry and special events.

In 2015, they opened their first store front. The building they now call home recently celebrated its 102nd year. From 1915-1955, the establishment was Yarbrough Bros. Grocery. A massive fire that burned a large portion of the beloved Main Street in 1955 threw a wrench in things for Mr. Yarbrough, and in 1965, the place became a dry cleaner and remained as such until Stefanie moved the business there in March 2015. After eight very strenuous weeks of meticulous renovations, they officially opened the doors of Junk Drunk Jones to customers and friends. You’re invited to visit them online, and follow them on social media: 175 West Main Street, Canton Tues-Sat 10:00-5:00 Closed Sun & Mon



to an end. If we can focus on serving others, and serving them well, everything else will fall into place.

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to reflect on the ways we have developed as an organization.

is a family owned and operated HVAC contractor located in Canton. We partner with businesses and homeowners to provide heating and cooling services with integrity. We have just recently celebrated our 15th anniversary in business, and recognize the importance of taking time

While we have learned many useful lessons over the years, if we had to narrow it down to the greatest lesson our organization has experienced, it is this: It’s all about serving people. At the end of the day, heating and cooling is just a means


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To do this, we infuse service and integrity into everything we do. We believe getting involved in the community is of utmost importance, and we strive to make that a priority. On October 27 and 28, at the Owl-OWeen Hot Air Balloon Festival at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, we will be giving away a FREE HVAC system to a family in need. This is just one of the many ways we try to go above and beyond to serve others and serve them well. If you are interested in learning more about how we serve others and ways that you can partner with us, come out and see us at the Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival.

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

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Proceed with caution. This feature may not be suitable for little eyes or the faint of heart.


ave you ever stopped to think about how important music and sound effects are to a film? Even if you can hear actors speaking to one another, how might our reaction to a film be different without the underlying music soundtrack or the sounds of the movements and actions being performed? Would the vision of a woman screaming be as scary without your ability to hear the scream? Would the potential threat of Jaws be as unnerving without the sounds of John Williams’ orchestra playing the “Jaws Theme Song,” which gets progressively faster in tempo as the shark is about to attack? According to an episode of It’s Okay to Be Smart (PBS), “There are two ways that sounds can be scary: by being sudden, or by generating a ‘frightful’ tone.” And humans may be hardwired to be more afraid of what they hear than what they see because, “Sound information actually travels faster than the information we receive from sight, which suggests that humans evolved to use sound (as opposed to sight) as a first defense against predators,” (V Renee). While we know how music soundtracks are created, how are the sound effects for other actions that take place in a horror film created? Enter, the Foley artist. MOOOWAHAHAHA! A Foley artist creates audio effects for a film by using physical


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props during post production. This artistic style was named after Jack Foley, who was the originator of many of the sound techniques that are still used today. Here are some examples of scenes from classic horror films and how some of the sounds were created:

The 180 Degree Head Turning in The Exorcist (1973) “William Friedkin’s notorious shocker features the famous scene in which Linda Blair’s head turns a full 180 degrees on her possessed neck. The sound that accompanies the movement? Foley man Gonzalo Gavira manipulating an old leather wallet full of credit cards,” (Williams).

Godzilla’s Roar in Godzilla (1954) “While the sound effects team on the original 1954 Japanese film unsuccessfully tried to use various animal noises and roars, the film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, had the idea to use musical instruments to create the monster’s iconic sound instead. ‘It was actually a double bass, using a leather glove coated in pine tar resin to create friction,’ sound designer Erik Aadahl

told NPR of the original Godzilla. ‘They’d rub it against the string of the double bass to create that sound,’” (Obias).

Freddy’s Glove in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) “Freddy Krueger’s weapon of choice is, of course, that knife-fingered glove. That means you need two sounds in your Freddy Foley kit: leather and blades. For the former, a belt was bent and creaked and generally manipulated. For the sharper end, the effect was emphasized by sliding a surgical steel blade along a machete,” (Williams).

Predator Movement in Predator (1987) “‘The Predator’s body required several tracks,’ explains Foley artist Vanessa Ament. ‘One track was a wet chamois. Another was hand lotion on my hands. A third was a wet leather purse. A fourth track was some mouth noises’ (the voice acting and clicking is credited to Transformers’ Peter Cullen),” (Williams).

The Shower Scene in Psycho (1960) “Although you don’t actually see Mrs. Bates slice into Marion Crane, you can hear every stab going into her body. Alfred Hitchcock achieved this by stabbing

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Sources through countless melons to find the perfect one for the scene. ‘In a recording studio, prop man [Bob] Bone auditioned the melons for Hitchcock, who sat listening with his eyes closed,’ writes Stephen Rebello in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. ‘When the table was littered with shredded fruit, Hitchcock opened his eyes, and intoned simply, ‘Casaba,’ ’” (Obias). Now that you’ve learned the origins of the sounds from some pretty famous movie scenes, no article about horror movie sound effects would be complete without talking about screaming.

King, Susan. “What Makes a Good ‘Scream Queen’?” Lee, Steve. “The Wilhelm Scream.” Obias, Rudie. “10 Iconic Movie Sounds (And How They Were Made).” Williams, Owen. “The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects.” V Renee. “The Sound of Horror: Why Hearing Stuff is Scarier Than Actually Seeing Stuff.”

Some actresses are so good at screaming in scary movies that the mere mention of their name causes people to immediately associate them with the horror film genre, earning them the “Scream Queen” moniker. So, what makes a good “Scream Queen?” Well, to put it plainly, she must have “a great decibel range,” (King). Who are some of the best “Scream Queens” and what are their decibel ranges?

Fay Wray (King Kong) = 10 decibels Drew Barrymore (E.T. The Extraterrestrial) = 9.5 decibels Doris Day (The Man Who Knew Too Much) = 9.5 decibels Janet Lee (Psycho) = 9.5 decibels Jamie Lee Curtis (Janet Lee’s daughter — must be genetic!) (Halloween) = 9 decibels Naomi Watts (The Ring) = 9 decibels Neve Campbell (Scream) = 9 decibels

The Wilhelm Scream The Wilhelm Scream has been heard in over 300 movies. Though many sound editors use it as sort of a joke in contemporary films like the Star Wars series and Raiders of the Lost Ark, it originated in the 1951 Warner Bros. film, Distant Drums. However, the scream didn’t get its name until it was used again in a film called The Charge at Feather River (1953), in which, “The scream is heard when a soldier named Pvt. Wilhelm (played by Ralph Brooke) gets shot in the leg by an arrow,” (Lee).

Barbara Stanwyk (Sorry, Wrong Number) = 9 decibels

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Charcoal Toothpaste Facts and Fiction By Scott V. Merritt, D.M.D.

[HealthyLife] What is charcoal toothpaste? More commonly known as “activated charcoal,” this type of toothpaste is a form of carbon that is heated to the point where it creates large pores in the mineral.

How is charcoal toothpaste supposed to work? Because activated charcoal is very porous, it is assumed to work like a magnet, pulling surface stains, plaque, tartar, bacteria and viruses to it. Teeth whitening is the most common reason for use.

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renewed attention recently, its use is not new. In fact, the use of charcoal powder for teeth cleaning dates to Roman times. Charcoal has also been used extensively for other medicinal purposes such as removing toxins or poisons from the body (like snake bites).

Does charcoal toothpaste work? Like many healthcare-related topics, opinions vary. Proponents and manufacturers of charcoal toothpastes say that using it effectively lifts surface stains from teeth, creating a whiter smile. Others believe that even if activated charcoal could remove toxins and stains from teeth, it is not on the surface long enough to do so.

Is charcoal toothpaste safe? Unfortunately, there have not been any extensive studies involving the oral use of charcoal to date. The American Dental Association, as well as many dentists,

believe that it’s too abrasive and will wear tooth enamel, which is a big problem for two reasons. First, once enamel is gone, it’s gone. And the material under it, called dentin, provides very little protection against substances that weaken teeth or cause sensitivity. Dentin is also more of a yellow color than enamel, the exposure of which will produce an even less appealing look. Other concerns involve activated charcoal’s interaction with medications and uncertainty with the dangers of ingesting it.

What’s the verdict? The jury is still out. More study is needed before recommending the use of charcoal toothpaste. In addition, there are many other ways to achieve a brighter smile that are proven to be both effective and safe.

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

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A few years ago, Ella Huysamen flew to Houston to attend an upholstery workshop. More valuable than the Ottoman she came home with was the impression the instructor made upon her. The instructor shared how she had battled depression

and discovered that her surroundings were contributing to her dour outlook, and how after redecorating her home, she was completely changed. Ella’s passion is to help others find joy and beauty in the everyday. The way she chooses to accomplish this is through home décor and design, helping individuals create an environment that meets both their functional and emotional needs.

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Having learned the hard way that life is not about what happens to you, but how you respond, the tagline, “Curating a Beautiful Life” was born. Ella stated, “It is not about ‘curating a beautiful home’ because you can have plenty of beautiful things and still be empty inside. It is about having an intentional outlook on life and then having your home become a representation of the beauty and joy within.” Southernite Interiors represents accessible and timeless décor. Each item has been carefully selected to coordinate with each other, effortlessly intertwining the past with the present. Whether starting out with your first home, adapting to a growing household or downsizing, there is a solution for you at Southernite Interiors. Their services include complimentary gift wrap, complimentary in-store décor solutions, gift- and wish-list registries as well as full service, inhome design and staging options. Southernite Interiors is also a proud retailer of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and offers certified workshops, which are a perfect opportunity to learn how to use this amazing furniture paint while gathering with friends. It is important that each person who walks through the door at Southernite Interiors feels welcome and at home. The building was completely remodeled to showcase the Southernite look and create an environment where visitors can shop with using all five of their senses. So, head on over to experience Southernite Interiors. Ella and her staff can’t wait to meet you and help you curate your story!



with Pumpkin Risotto (Serves 4-5) Pumpkin Puree Ingredients • 1 sweet pumpkin (or pie pumpkin) • ½ sweet (Vidalia) onion • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg • ½ teaspoon ground ginger • ½ teaspoon allspice • 1 cup brandy • ¼ cup honey • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme

Pumpkin Puree Procedure - Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. - Cut the pumpkin in half, from stem to base. Remove the seeds and pulp, and cover each half with foil. - Bake in the oven, foil side up, for about 1 hour or until tender. - Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves, and set aside. - In a 2-quart sauce pan, sweat the onion with seasonings. - Deglaze onions with 1 cup


brandy; reduce, and cook out alcohol. - Stir in honey and fresh thyme. - Place onion mix and pumpkin meat in blender, and puree until smooth.

Scallops Ingredients • 20 oz. New Bedford scallops • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 4 sprigs thyme • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Scallops Procedure - Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. - Season scallops with salt and pepper, and cook until deep golden brown on one side (about 3 minutes). - Turn the scallops, and add the butter and thyme to the pan.

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Continue cooking, spooning butter over scallops often, until scallops are cooked through, and butter is brown and smells nutty, (about 3 minutes longer).

Risotto Ingredients • 5 cups unsalted chicken stock • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1 ¼ cups diced onion • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice • 5/ 8 teaspoon kosher salt • ½ cup dry white wine • 2 tablespoons butter • 2-3 cups pumpkin puree • 1.5 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/ 3 cup) • Toasted pumpkin seeds and thyme for garnish

Risotto Procedure - Heat a 10” saute pan to medium heat. Add oil to the pan, and swirl to coat.

- Add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. - Add the rice, and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently, making sure not to burn the rice. - Add the wine, and cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. - Stir in 1 ½ cups stock, and cook for 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. - Add the remaining stock 3/ 4 cup at a time, stirring nearly constantly until each portion is absorbed before adding the next. - Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the pumpkin puree, butter and cheese. - Finish with seared scallops, and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh thyme.

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What is Positive Discipline? The Difference Between Discipline and Punishment By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S. [AcademicLife] Contrary to popular belief, discipline and punishment are not equal. Discipline is positive and should prevent the need for punishment. In fact, the word “discipline” is derived from the Latin word “disciplina,” which means teaching or education. Discipline helps to guide children toward positive behavior, promotes self-control, encourages children to think before acting and is not damaging to their self-esteem. Punishment, on the other hand, is negative — whether physical, verbal, withholding rewards or penalizing. Positive discipline teaches children rules and behaviors in a respectful, loving and considerate way. It requires thought, planning and patience from parents and caretakers.

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Here are examples of positive discipline: • “No, don’t run inside!” becomes, “What happened to our walking feet? Where do we use our running feet?” or “We will go outside soon, and you can show me how fast you can run.” • “No, don’t throw the blocks!” becomes, “When did our blocks grow wings?” or “Let’s try building a castle, and see what happens!” Redirecting endorses your child’s right to choose and begins to teach that others have

Create a positive environment: • Show love: smile, touch, hold, kiss, cuddle, rock and hug your child. This makes your child feel secure and happy and is essential for normal social development. • Listen and answer as an equal — not as an instructor. This builds self-esteem and fosters respect. • Make time every day to drop everything, and play with your child — even if it’s only for a couple of minutes. Your child will realize they don’t need to have a temper tantrum to gain your attention. • Catch your child doing something good, and praise and compliment him/her. • Provide simple rules, and state them in positive terms. • Demonstrate the behavior you want your child to adopt — actions speak louder than words.

rights, too.

Children also respond to reasoning when it’s put into their language: • ‘Inside feet’ versus ‘outside feet’ • ‘Soft hands’ versus ‘hard hands’

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

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ARK is available at any time to assist you with your disaster needs. Special Services Have a unique situation? Need help with vandalism? Pack-out/contents cleaning? Remodeling? Trauma clean-up? Give ARK a call, and let them assist you by providing bestin-class industry knowledge and service. ARK is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Serving the entire metro Atlanta area including the following counties: Bartow, Cobb, Cherokee, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding, Pickens and more!

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FALL FUN Canton Style! By Pat Gold

walks and runs, are scheduled nearly every weekend at Etowah River and Heritage Parks. Cross country competitions among Cherokee County schools take place as well as races that benefit nonprofit agencies. Some of them even include a movie under the stars after the race.


all brings a welcome breath of fresh air to our area. The leaves start to change; the evening air becomes crisp, and the sound of splashing in neighborhood pools is replaced by the sound of cheers from football and soccer games. As much as we love summer and the special kind of fun and freedom it brings, the arrival of fall is somehow energizing and refreshing. In Canton, fall fun includes our wonderful parks and trails. 5ks and half marathons, along with fun


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On October 6-8, Boling Park will serve as a weekend home for hundreds of members of the Appalachian Trail of the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts as they hold their Appalachian Trail Fall Camporee and compete in Scottish games. This is the first time that Cherokee County has hosted the Camporee. The last First Friday event of the season, the hugely popular Jeep Night, will occur on October 6! Old Jeeps, new Jeeps, dirty Jeeps, tricked-out Jeeps — they and their devoted owners arrive en masse, each greeting the other with a special wave of recognition that is unique to the “fraternity” of Jeep owners. The Motel Cowboys will hit the stage from 6:00-9:00pm. They are guaranteed to get the crowd dancing in the street to some great country music and southern rock.

Canton Main Street is proud to support our veterans and will celebrate them along with the American Legion on November 11 in downtown Canton. Veteran groups are invited to join the competition in Cannon Park at the annual Main Street Inferno Chili Cook-Off. Entertainment will be provided by the Owl Creek Band, and the Thomas M. Brady Post of the American Legion will honor their brothers and sisters with the annual Veterans Day Parade. Canton is truly a very special place in which to live, work and play. Choices abound for anyone searching for fall fun — Canton style!

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

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Autumn Tree Planting

By Joshua Fuder [HomeLife] The transition of leaf color is full of symbolism and seemingly marks the end of the growing season. However, it’s actually the best time of year to plant trees. This is because it will establish roots before the warm summer temperatures draw moisture from it and cause stress to the tree.


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Keys to Successful Tree Planting • Plant and Site Selection - Select trees that are well-adapted to the individual planting site. Soil drainage is critical, as most trees don’t like “wet feet.” If you’re unsure whether you have proper soil drainage, you can dig a test hole, and fill it with water. If the hole drains at a rate of less than one inch per hour, you may need to choose a different species, or raise the planting site. • Site Preparation - Dig your planting hole at least twice as wide as the root ball. Don’t dig holes deeper than root balls or put loose soil beneath the roots because the soil will compact over time, and the tree will be planted too deep. In GA’s heavy clay soils, it’s recommended to score the edges of the hole, so roots can penetrate out of the planting hole. Backfill the holes with native soil, as too much organic matter can cause differences in pore size and create water/drainage issues. Fertilization at

planting time is not recommended; a slow-release fertilizer can be added, if needed, the following spring. Tree Preparation - Remove all wrapping, and closely inspect the root ball for girdling roots. If roots are circling around the root ball exterior, cut through the roots in a few places. Remove all tags and labels to prevent girdling branches. Water and Mulch - Thoroughly water the tree after planting, and water when needed during the winter. Mulch should be put down in an area at least equivalent to the dripline of the tree. Two to three inches of mulch is best, and mulch should be kept from touching the trunk.

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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Don’t Be Too

Proud By Tim Morris

[Lifestyle] I have worked with our elderly population for over 27 years, and in so many cases, this generation is some of the most prideful group I’ve ever met. They seldom want help when they need it the most. And they’re often too proud to ask for it. Perhaps that’s why this group is known as the greatest generation. They would rather do things for themselves than be a bother to anyone. My grandmother was not one to ever want or ask for anything. She lived on a 400-acre farm all alone, providing for herself by selling pecans, timber, cakes and homemade aprons. She also had four grandsons for free labor around that huge farm. My grandmother was very self-sufficient. She always managed to serve us a big lunch while we spent

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summer breaks working on her farm. My grandmother didn’t have a lot of money to put toward those big meals, which was fine because everything was farm raised and farm grown. I remember she didn’t splurge on buying sugar for anything other than the cakes she sold. She would serve iced tea with saccharine tablets instead of sugar — and it was awful. My brothers and I still talk about that big dinner bell she used to ring to call us to the table. Senior Services receives many calls from seniors who need help. One call that stands out was from a nice lady who had let things pile up, and she was overwhelmed. Her husband had passed away, and he took care of a lot of things. She started by saying she let her pride get in the way of asking for help. What she needed was nothing that a good group of volunteers couldn’t help her with in one day. There are many seniors who could use help, but they must tell someone first.

If you’re a senior needing help with things, reach out to Cherokee Senior Services (770-479-7438). Perhaps our services may benefit you, or we may be able to find someone who can help with whatever it is you need. L

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



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