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November 2016

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On the Cover:

R&D Mechanical Services, Inc. Cover photo courtesy of Clay Goswick,


Pay It Forward


Holiday Gift Guide


Art Jewelers





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.......................... Perspective .............................. Calendar ....................... Business Life ..................... Canton Minute ........................ Capitol Ideas ............... Community Partner ......................... Taste of Life ......................... Artist Profile ........................ Book Review ............................ Quotables ................... Faces of Canton .................... Ribbon Cuttings

Publisher’s Perspective


There are wars where we can help provide victory if given the motivational wages needed to be a catalyst for our actions to

Particularly during the holidays, a season of thanks, of forgiveness, companionship and love, we should embrace beyond the physical arms of those we care about. Hold the person, and cherish their spirit. Join them beyond the tradition of the holiday. Caring is good on the eyes; however, really loving is nourishing of the heart and of the soul.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Atlanta Hand Specialist, Heather Blevins, Paul Bodrogi, Cyndi Braun, Mary Kay Buquoi, Michael Buckner, Rep. Wesley Cantrell, Rick Cheney, Rajayne Cordery, Jyl Craven, Natalie del Valle, Arlene Dickerson, Micah Fowler, Joshua Fuder, Will Goodwin, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Cameron Johnson, Vicki Knight-Mathis, James E. Leake, Scott Merritt, John Moore, Chris Meiners, Tim Morris, Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Matthew Thomas, Farris Yawn

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770-213-7095 Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. Canton Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of 25,000, direct mailing over 23,000 copies to Canton, Sixes/ BridgeMill, Holly Springs and Hickory Flat. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Canton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.

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We may see people struggle, falling short of personal expectations, or we can choose to see those same individuals as fighters who are making a difference on their quest and their individual pursuits of happiness. Just as there is little appreciation for light without darkness, there are not many winners where there are no battles waged.

get us in gear and up to the front lines. For instance, we could help a loved one battling Parkinson’s disease, cancer, old age, recovery or something else we could only imagine, without any knowledge of how it must feel to deal with something so life changing. We are all challenged, and sometimes, it seems we are challenged on a daily basis, but then something really heavy hits, which puts things in perspective. Remembering, encouraging and understanding the plight of others, while trying to imagine what it may be like to walk in their shoes, may make us more thankful for our own blessings.

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here are many people who I’m proud of that I have never even met. It’s good to feel that way, and it works. To find the best in people who you admire from afar is a wonderful quality in our society, especially as it stands today. All too often, we may become overwhelmed with the negativity that is so pervasive that we fail to realize that our focus has wavered from the greater good that exists in so much of our surroundings, in people, our community and our lives.

Laurie Litke


Someone to be Thankful for

ART Candice Williams





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! Monday-Friday 6:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturday 7:30 am-6:00 pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


Portraits of Hope Celebrates National Adoption Month Adopting a child from foster care is a great way to help a child while growing your family. Come view portraits, and learn more information about the Cherokee County children awaiting adoption into a loving family. 4:00-7:00 pm, The Children’s Haven, 1083 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3453274. Dec Members Holiday Art Show — The holidays are quickly approaching, and there is no better time to pick out some gifts for your loved ones. There will be a wide variety of artwork and crafts for sale, and all pieces will be under $100. Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244.


Matt Palmer, Classical Guitarist A soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America and the Caribbean, Palmer is a recent recipient of the Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year Award by Guitar International Magazine. An active performer, winner of numerous guitar competitions and author of The Virtuoso Guitarist Method, he has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist. Free! 2:30 pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Parent’s Night Out — Drop off your kids at the Aquatic Center for a night of fun, for all of you! This is for ages 5+. Registration is required; space is limited. 5:30-10:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.




#RockYourHolidays: Marketing Campaigns for the Holiday Season Simple strategies will be provided to help grow your business. Whether you have a retail shop, provide a specialized service, work business-to-business, or have a nonprofit in need of outreach, this workshop will provide simple, practical tips for closing out 2016 on a high note. 8:30-10:30 am, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce terrace level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


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perform and receive coaching by a guest clinician, Dr. Joe Chapman of North Georgia College. All those interested in CMTA are invited to attend. All CMTA programs and events are free and open to the public. 9:00 am, Falany Performing Arts Center, 770-720-1701.


Veterans Day Parade — Come watch the parade, and honor our veterans! The Tyler Frush Band will begin performing in the gazebo at 12:30 pm, and the winners of this year’s chili cookoff will be announced at 1:30 pm! This event is sponsored by American Legion Post 45. The parade begins at 2:00 pm, Canton’s Historic Downtown Loop, 130 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-479-4405.


Power Hour — Come for an hour of fast-paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber Chairman of the Board Steve Garrison, Jr., and Chamber President/CEO Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you will have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.

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Canton Inferno Chili Cook-Off — Homemade chili and great tunes! Free to attend. Chili tasting tickets are available for purchase. 11:00 am3:00 pm, Cannon Park, 130 East Main Street, Canton. 770-7041500.


The Cherokee Music Teachers Association Meeting and Annual Masterclass — The masterclass will allow five students, chosen by audition, to

Business After Hours — There’s no charge to attend this networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00 pm, Chattahoochee Technical College, 8371 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400.


Black Friday Sale — This occurs once a year and offers 25% off swim lessons for the December-February swim lesson sessions. Use discount code: BLACKFRIDAY. 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678880-4760.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — A Tony Award-winning, infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking

vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. 7:30 pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Once Upon a Dive-In Movie — Come to the Aquatic Center 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. 6:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.



The University Christmas Concerts This annual performance includes the School of Performing Arts’ finest large


March of the Toys for Tots Parade —This event brings in excess of 4,000 people each year to downtown to enjoy the parade, shop and visit with Santa. 7:00-9:00 pm, downtown Ball Ground. 770-735-2123.

ensembles — the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Symphonic Winds and the Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — The Chamber’s monthly breakfast meetings offer both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. Please RSVP by 3:00 pm, November 29th. 7:00 am, Northside Hospital-

Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Members Holiday Art Show Reception — Come out to welcome the next exhibit in the Arts Center Gallery! There will be a variety of artwork for sale, just in time for everyone to grab a few holiday presents. Light refreshments will be served. 6:00-8:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244. continued on




Library Events

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 The Canton Eclectic Readers November 7, 6:00 pm, R.T. Jones Join the new book club at R.T. Jones Memorial Library: The Canton Eclectic Readers! This is a group for unconventional readers. The November book will be Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank. Tech Tuesday November 8 & 29, R.T. Jones Get answers to many basic technology questions. Get help downloading eBooks and audiobooks to your computer, phone or tablet. Assistance with setting up and using email, flash drives and posting photos to Facebook will also be provided. Bring your device and/ or laptop and power cords. Call to reserve your spot. Dinovember November 8, 4:00-5:00 pm, Hickory Flat Make your choice of a dinosaur-inspired craft; play dinosaur-themed games, and bring home your very own dinosaur fossil. There will be activities for all ages. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. DIG. Drop-in Genealogy November 13, 2:00-4:00 pm, R.T. Jones Join this monthly group to learn and work on your genealogical research. Topics will vary each month but will include how to use, using your smartphone to scan documents and how to use local newspapers on microfilm. Ceramics November 14, 5:00 pm, R.T. Jones Helene Maloy (from A Piece of Time Ceramics in Ball Ground) will give a presentation about ceramics, and after her talk, patrons will have a small ceramics piece to decorate for Christmas. Additional pieces to decorate are available for cash purchase. Helene will take the pieces back to her business to finish them, and they will be available for pickup in early December. Call to reserve your spot. Teens Art Attack November 14, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hickory Flat Add a personal touch to existing artwork to make your own wild creation. No artistic skills are required! This is for 6th-12th graders.


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Bridge Club November 14 & 28, 10:30 am-1:00 pm, Ball Ground Beginners and experienced players are welcome, adults only. No registration is needed.


Community Christmas Tree LightingHistoric Train Depot — Bundle up; and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with this annual tree lighting. Songs of the season will be heard from local talent. Join the City of Holly Springs for light refreshments following the tree lighting. 6:30-7:30 pm, Historic Train Depot, downtown Holly Springs. 770345-5536.

Teen Movie Thursday: The Avengers: Age of Ultron November 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, Ball Ground Enjoy a free movie and snacks with friends! This is for teens in 6th-12th grades only. International Game Day November 19, 2:00-4:00 pm, Hickory Flat Play life-sized versions of family-favorite board games including Clue, Connect Four and Jenga. All ages are welcome. Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Commanding the Future: Lego Robotics November 23, 3:00 pm, Ball Ground Prepare now to command the future’s robotic creations! Practice these high-tech skills with pre-built, Lego robots. Direct a robotic ally through an obstacle course. Complete mini-missions with a remote-controlled, mechanical friend. Ages 6 and up may participate. Registration is required. Nerd Trivia November 28, 6:00-7:15 pm, R.T. Jones Team up and test your knowledge of popular fandoms! This is for 6th-12th graders. Candy Cane Wreath November 30, 6:00 pm, Hickory Flat Candy canes will be provided for your wreath. You may bring a hot glue gun and anything to embellish your wreath. Space is limited. Call to register. STEAM Make and Take Gift November 30, 4:00 pm, R.T. Jones Get ready for the holiday season as tweens, ages 8-12, make an ornament using binary alphabet coding skills and create a gift bag in which to put their creations. All supplies are provided.


City of Holly Springs Christmas Parade — The parade marches through downtown Holly Springs on Holly Springs Parkway and ends at the Train Depot. After the parade, visit with Santa, and receive a complimentary photo. Outside the Depot, enjoy entertainment, hot cocoa, treats, and participate in a children’s craft. 1:30 pm, downtown Holly Springs. 770-345-5536.


14th Annual Reindeer 5k and Fun Run — Run for the children! Funds raised during this event provide for necessities like clothing, eyeglasses and utilities, while also supporting camps, scholarships and much more. Packet pickup begins at 7:00 am, Fun Run is at 8:00 am, and the 5k begins at 8:30


Canes & Cocoa — Bundle up the family, and come out for the 6th annual event at the Valley at J.J. Biello Park. Children ages 1-9 are sent to hunt for candy canes on the field and small and large playgrounds. The children will be separated into different age groups. Following the hunt, families can enjoy hot cocoa and holiday snacks in the pavilion and “sleigh” rides on the tractor. You never know what special guests may appear! Don’t miss out on this fun event! Pre-registration required due to limited space. Cost is $5 per child. 10:00 am, J.J. Biello Park, 175 Brooke Boulevard, Woodstock. 770-924-7768.

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Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! — Come celebrate Key’s Jewelry’s 65th anniversary by bringing your kiddos and your own camera by for a fun photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! 1:30-3:30 pm, Key’s Jewelry, 230 E Main Street, Canton. 770-479-4834.


Celebration of Lights — Each year, Northside Hospital honors those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, and this year, Northside is excited to hold a community celebration at its new hospital in Cherokee as well. This annual holiday tradition brings together thousands of families and includes entertainment from local schools and groups, photos with Santa Claus and many other activities for the kids. The event is free, with lots of treats, crafts and fun to be had by all. 6:00-8:00 pm, Northside Hospital Cherokee, 201 Hospital Road, Canton. 770-667-4483.


Business After Hours — There’s no charge to attend this networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00 pm, Hasty Pope, LLP, 211 East Main Street, Canton. 770-345-0400.

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Heritage Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton 770-479-9415.

November 20, 11:00 am

Gratitude Sunday

A Thanksgiving week service designed to offer praise for all that God has blessed worshipers with this year.

December 4, 3:00 pm

Keyboards at Christmas

Spirited sounds of the season guaranteed to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit.

Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton 770-877-2601.

November 24, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Cherokee Thanksgiving

This annual event provides meals to over 2000 people in need each year in Cherokee and Pickens County. Rides to the church can be arranged by calling 678-296-7297, or please call 770-877-2601 about meal delivery.


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Church Listings




Leadership Cherokee, a program of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated its 28th Anniversary Class. With the completion of this year’s class, the Alumni count now totals over 570 graduates.


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Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2016 selected three of their peers to receive special annual recognitions. The Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honorees were Shannon Gibbs of Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services and Michael Zenchuk, Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Holly Springs. The Bob Frongillo Magic Spark Plug Award was presented to Jack Tuszynski of Family Life Publications. Outgoing 2016 Leadership Cherokee Chair Katie Wise, of LGE Community Credit Union, was recognized by Incoming Chair Heath Tippens with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.

Cristal Stancil Leadership Award Honorees

The Leadership Cherokee program kicked-off with a retreat where the group participated in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that enabled them to learn not only about each other, but themselves through a look at personality types and communication styles. Over the course of the ninemonth period, Leadership Cherokee exposed the group of existing and emerging leaders to a broad range of sessions that focused on topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, arts, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services.

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that seven members have been elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. These volunteers will serve three-year terms, beginning in January 2017 and continuing through December 2019. The newly elected members include: Zach Blend, Goshen Valley Foundation; Kelly Geiken, Edward Jones; Mark Goddard, Cobb EMC; Vic Knight, Waste Management; Kathy Lambert, Chart, Inc.; Janet Read, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Brian Stevens, FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers. The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing quality of life. To learn more about the Chamber, visit




Taking #CantonForward By Matthew A. Thomas


grant and was completely facilitated by TSW, an Atlanta-based architecture and planning firm.

n 2016, downtown Canton welcomed a number of new and exciting projects and developments that are bound to boost its vibrancy. These new projects included the sale of the Historic Board of Education properties to the Harris Group for mixed-use development, incoming restaurants at 151 West Main Street and 170 North Street as well as our very first downtown brewery. These announcements come in addition to the ongoing festivals and regularlyprogrammed events, such as First Friday and the Farmers Market, which already exist downtown. Other happenings, like Zombie Fest and BBQ & Brews, also contribute to the growth, vibrancy and visibility of our city. Factor in the presence of existing businesses and operations, and what you begin to realize is that downtown Canton is becoming the destination everyone desires! While we certainly celebrate our progress, we know there is still more work to be done. Investment, redevelopment and tourism remain key components of our downtown revitalization efforts. In fact, already being aware of areas where we fall short and how best to address those issues were part of the impetus behind #CantonForward, Canton’s


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We are fortunate to now have a solid plan in place for where we want to go, what we want to look like and how we plan to get there. You can download #CantonForward at recently-adopted Downtown Master Plan. Matters like residential development, parking, consistent foot traffic, riverfront usage and connectivity are all part of the obstacles that were addressed in the Downtown Master Plan. If you participated in any of the public input sessions for the creation of #CantonForward, thank you. Any comprehensive planning effort must have community input and buy-in. It is also well-known that area-specific planning of this nature does not happen all of the time. Prior to #CantonForward, the last Downtown Master Plan for Canton was completed in 2001. Citizens, businesses and anyone interested in downtown Canton are strongly encouraged to take a look at #CantonForward. The study was partially funded by an Atlanta Regional Commission Livable Centers Initiative

It’s exciting to approach 2017 with a new Master Plan in place. The #CantonForward plan has already been shared with real estate developers, prospective businesses and other private interest individuals/ groups who are considering investing in our community. It helps tell the Canton story, and it shows what we plan to look like in the future. Downtown Canton has grown considerably without an updated plan in place. Imagine what our downtown could look like now that we have a citizen-approved guide to help us go even further!

Matthew A. Thomas is the economic development manager for the City of Canton. 770-704-1516. Matthew.

Community Feature

Reinhardt Breaks Ground On New Theater Building Reinhardt University recently broke ground on its much-anticipated theater building, set to be completed in the spring of 2017. The theater building is part of the full “Arts Around the Lake” project that Reinhardt President Dr. Kina Mallard has envisioned. Currently, the Falany Performing Arts Center, which features a concert hall

and classrooms, sits on one end of Lake Mullenix, and the Fincher Art Building sits directly across on the other side. The theater building will sit on a third side, overlooking the fountain and the lake. The new building for the theater program will include a conservatory, black box theater, portico, grand lobby, box office, north and south loggias, green room,

From left, Senior Musical Theatre Major Sarah Williams, David Nisbet (Reinhardt Theatre Program Director), Ken White (Vice Chair of Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees), Reinhardt President Dr. Kina Mallard, Dr. Mark Roberts (Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs), Architect Garland Reynolds and Dr. Fred Tarrant (Dean of the School of Performing Arts). Photo by Jeff Reed.

dance room, performance studio, paint shop, scene shop, wardrobe shop, media classroom and faculty offices. The fundraising effort for the theater continues, and tax-deductible gifts are important to the success of the project. For information on how to give, visit, or call 770-7205545.

Congratulations to our October “7 Differences” winner, Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to our October “7 Differences” winner, Lori Hale!



Community Feature Meet Angela Thompson: Canton’s New Director of Communications and Outreach Angela is charged with revamping the City’s website, social media platforms, newsletters, reports and overseeing the branding strategy currently underway. She will be providing assistance to the City regarding communication between departments, functions and programs of the City and the citizens, customers and stakeholders of the City. She will also oversee the City’s marketing and tourism functions as well as its Hotel Excise Tax programs, connections with City commissions, boards and authorities. Angela brings experience in municipal communications from the City of Milton along with special events and project management experience in that community. Prior to that, Angela served as the Main Street Director in Gainesville, providing another layer of local government experience in communications, marketing, special events and community relations.

Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Quarter

Left to right: Chamber Volunteer of the Quarter, Melissa Madigan with BB&T, receiving her award from Chamber Chairman Steve Garrison, Owner of Canton Tire & Wheel.

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Melissa Madigan with BB&T has been named the Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Quarter for the third quarter in 2016. Members of the Chairman’s Council are accepted by invitation only from the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board.

In determining the Volunteer of the Quarter, attendance at Chamber events is evaluated for all members of the Chairman’s Council. “Melissa is a dedicated Chamber volunteer, and we appreciate the countless hours of service she has provided this year,” said Steve Garrison, Chamber Chairman and Owner of Canton Tire & Wheel. For information on the Cherokee County Chamber and its programs, visit


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Many homes and businesses today have been set up for a central vacuum system. The central vacuum system uses a two-inch thin wall PVC pipe that is run through the walls of your home with inlet valves placed in strategic areas. The piping is run back to a location in the basement or the garage, where the central vacuum machine will be installed. Typically, you will have a thirty-foot hose that plugs into the inlets, which connects to the central vacuum machine. Along with the thirty-foot hose, you’ll have several different types of attachments for cleaning various locations your home. When vacuuming with the central vacuum system, dirt will be sucked down to the machine located away from the living area of your home. The central vacuum system offers many benefits over most conventional vacuum cleaners. The machines are very powerful, providing superior suction, leading to a cleaner home. The

system is very helpful to people with severe allergies, and it’s quieter than a traditional vacuum, since the main machine is located outside the living area. Central vacuum systems offer a built-in dustpan, so you can just sweep the debris right in there.

By Rick Cheney

These systems can be installed during construction or in an existing structure. If your home has been piped for the central vacuum system, your next step is just choosing the right machine. Many machines are available, which are rated

by the number of square feet they can clean. Some machines are also built to be quieter than others. If you are living in a finished home that hasn’t been piped for a central vacuum, contact a company that specializes in installing this system because the job is difficult and labor intensive. Installation takes 1-2 days. Once completed, you’ll have a central vacuum system that will help to keep your home dust and allergen free for many years to come. Contact a qualified electrical company in your area for more information on getting a new central vacuum system installed.

Rick Cheney is in the purchasing department at H&H Electric and Security, LLC. 770-735-1136.



Community Feature Hickory Flat Community Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New Dean Rusk MS

1 The 30-year-old former Dean Rusk MS building required replacement in order to meet the needs of the growing community. The new school accommodates the current 1,480 students with room for growth, with numerous classrooms, wide hallways, a spacious gymnasium, a cafetorium and additional technology, all designed to serve the new grades 6-8 configuration. The school is named for the late U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who was born in Cherokee County and served from 1961-69 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Constructed by Womack, Lewis & Smith, Inc. using a CCSD prototypical middleschool design, the 255,037-squarefoot, two-story school is on 25.6 acres on East Cherokee Drive, adjacent to the campuses of Hickory Flat ES and Sequoyah HS. Its classrooms all feature touchscreen, flat-panel smart boards — the first school in CCSD with this feature. Other technological innovations include the Global Learning Theatre videoconferencing classroom and Technology Lab classroom, with a 3-D printer, greenscreen video room and Lego robotics table

Second-grader Madeline Flournoy shows the “get well soon” message she wrote on the back of the doll after making a donation.


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among its special features. In addition to CCSD’s safety standards, such as an electronic front-door “buzz-in” security system, the new design requires all visitor traffic to flow into the front office for an additional “security foyer” level of check-in and verification before entering the main hallway. The former Dean Rusk MS is being renovated to provide additional capacity to Sequoyah HS beginning in January, much like how the former Chapman Intermediate School now is used as “Etowah East” by Etowah HS. The District and school are collaboratively developing a plan for which programs will be housed in this facility.


Liberty ES Students Raise Funds for CURE Childhood Cancer Liberty Elementary School students participate in character education and servicelearning projects throughout the year. In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, students recently raised $500 for CURE Childhood Cancer. Students who donated $1 received a paper doll to decorate to promote the awareness of childhood cancer.

1. School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, right, cuts the ribbon for the new/replacement Dean Rusk MS, looking on are, from left to right, CCSD Supervisor of Construction Steve Werner, Assistant Superintendent for Financial Management Ken Owen, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Management Rick Beaulieu, Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Information Services Bobby Blount, School Board Members Mike Chapman, Kelly Poole, John Harmon and Vice Chair Patsy Jordan, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Principal Cindy Cooper, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services and Facilities/ Construction Management Bill Sebring and Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson.

3 2. Eighth-grader Bradley Gordon shares his reflections on the new school. 3. The eighth-grade symphonic band, under the direction of Ricky Williams, performs “Celtic Air Dance.”

or a tendency to drop things. In severe cases, it’s possible to lose sensation permanently, while the muscles at the base of the thumb slowly shrink (thenaratrophy).

Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

What is carpal tunnel

syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Simply put, it’s a pinched nerve at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm to the hand. When pressure builds from the swelling in the tunnel, it puts pressure on the nerve. When the pressure becomes great enough, you may experience one or all of the following symptoms: • • •

Numbness Tingling Pain in the arm, hand and fingers

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome? The cause is often unknown, but pressure on the nerve can occur in several ways:


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• • • • •

Swelling of the lining of the flexor tendons (tenosynovitis) Joint dislocations, fractures or arthritis narrowing the tunnel Keeping the wrist bent for a long periods of time Fluid retention during pregnancy (this often goes away after delivery) Thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes A combination of any of the above

Signs and Symptoms Symptoms usually include pain, numbness, tingling or a combination of the three, with tingling and numbness most often in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Most likely, you will experience symptoms at night, but some notice them during daily activities. Some patients also notice a weaker grip, occasional clumsiness

In order to diagnose carpal tunnel, physicians will complete a detailed history, which will include any previous medical condition, how you’ve used your hands and any prior injuries. They will also take an x-ray to check for other causes of your symptoms such as arthritis or a fracture. In some cases, physicians may recommend a laboratory test if they suspect a medical condition that is associated with CTS. They may also perform a nerve conduction study (NCV) and/or electromyogram (EMG) to confirm your diagnosis as well as check for other possible nerve problems.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment It is possible to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery. By identifying and treating the underlying medical condition, changing the patterns of hand use or keeping the wrist splinted in a straight position, you may be able to reduce pressure on the nerve. Other treatment options include wearing wrist splints at night to relieve symptoms that interfere with sleep and adjusting your workstation to alleviate a possible cause.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery If your symptoms are severe or do not improve, physicians may recommend surgery to make more room for the nerve. By cutting the ligament that forms the top of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand, it is possible to decrease the pressure on the nerve. The incision allows physicians to enlarge the tunnel and decrease pressure on the nerve.

Atlanta Hand Specialist has locations in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888,

The Excitement of a Tooth! Lo os e

the individual patient’s situation. In certain cases, the use of space maintainers can lessen the need for extensive orthodontic treatment in the future.

There are questions that can arise when it comes to monitoring when and how your child’s permanent teeth emerge. There is a range of ages during which children most commonly lose their first baby teeth. The teeth will typically fall out in the same pattern that they come in as baby teeth.

When a permanent tooth begins to push through the gums, it will cause the root of the baby tooth to dissolve, thereby loosening the baby tooth. Losing a tooth may cause a bit of discomfort, but it will typically not cause as much pain as when teething occurs in infants. Sometimes, a row of permanent teeth will emerge from the gums behind the baby teeth. This is commonly referred to as “shark’s teeth.” It’s not a cause for alarm. The baby teeth will normally fall out, and the permanent teeth will move into place.


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By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely — due to injury or the need for dental extraction due to decay — a space maintainer may be required. A space maintainer is an appliance that is inserted into a child’s mouth to keep a space open and make room for permanent teeth that have not yet erupted. Space maintainers are custom-made to fit a patient’s mouth. They can be made of metal or acrylic and can be removable or permanent, depending on what is best for

Regardless of how and when your child’s permanent teeth come in, it’s important to take care of baby teeth while they have them! Baby teeth serve purposes beyond just chewing food. Baby teeth help your child with their speech. And never underestimate the importance of a healthy looking smile! Your child will be more confident if they feel good about their smile, so take the time to teach them the best way to care for all of their teeth!

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

Capitol Ideas

Would Casino & Horse Race Gambling Be Good for Georgia?

Don’t Bet On It! By Representative Wesley Cantrell


ast year, there was a bold move at the Capitol to bring casinos and pari-mutuel betting to Georgia. Here are 5 reasons you should be opposed to this: Economic Impact: An Emory Law School study shows that every year, each slot machine costs the state economy one job. Additionally, according to a University of New Orleans study of their own city, non-gambling businesses shun areas with gambling facilities. The socio-economic costs of legalized gambling are wellestablished at well-over $3 in costs for every $1 in new revenue. Casinos cannibalize the local economy. Georgia has worked hard to become the best state in the country in which to do business; why throw that away? Crony Capitalism: Proponents describe casinos and horse racing as free market, but in fact, they are the picture of crony capitalism. The location and number of casinos will be determined by elected officials. They will be highly regulated (larger government) and will eventually be subsidized by the state (special tax breaks


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for special interests). Gambling interests have hired over 20 lobbyists to wine and dine legislators into supporting this bill. If you support a smaller government, gambling will make our state government even bigger. Increased Crime: Research from Emory University shows that crime increases 10% every year in a community that surrounds a casino. Do we really want more crime in our state? Increased Bankruptcies: Rates of bankruptcies rise 28-42% within 30 miles of casinos. When bankruptcy occurs, we all pay — directly by not getting paid for goods or services already provided, or indirectly in higher prices. Intentional Addiction: MIT Professor Schull reported in her 2012 book, Addiction By Design, that people who follow responsible gambling guidelines made up 75% of the players but contribute a mere 4% of profits. That means 25% of gamblers provide 96% of the profits. Casinos feed addiction because they can’t survive without it.

Don’t fall for the two big deceptions you will hear about this issue! The first is that this is the only way to fix the ailing Hope Scholarship fund. Not so. Gambling will cannibalize the lottery, which will hurt Hope rather than help it. Secondly, many will say this is an issue the people should decide. However, we are not playing on a level field. The gambling industry will spend millions on marketing to convince us that casinos will usher in an economic utopia like our state has never seen. Let Governor Deal, your state senator and your state representative know how you feel. They are already hearing from the gambling lobbyists. Don’t wait until they’ve made up their minds. They need to hear from you now.

Representative Wesley Cantrell is the young adult pastor at Woodstock Baptist and the State Representative for House District 22, which encompasses parts of Canton, Holly Springs, Woodstock, Ball Ground and Macedonia.

Community Feature

Canton’s Historic Downtown Loop has many activities for residents and visitors of Cherokee county. In order to help navigate parking, the City of Canton has provided this informative map. Vehicle Parking City Park




Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

We see our family and friends, eat too much pie, enjoy a few extra days off from school and work, but beyond that, how can we demonstrate to our children the importance of both Thanksgiving and giving thanks? The First Thanksgiving First, let’s start by making sure our children know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Pick up a developmentally-appropriate book, or find information online. It is important to discuss this story of hardship, friendship and sharing in an ageappropriate way. A New Tradition Establish a new family tradition revolving around that for which your family is thankful. This Thanksgiving,


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have everyone write or draw that for which they are most thankful. Together, decorate a shoebox or journal for everyone’s answers. Make a point of adding to this box or journal throughout the year, and by next Thanksgiving, you will have an amazing record of being thankful. Add to this year after year. What a great treat it will be for the family to read through each Thanksgiving as the children grow! Share What are some of the things your children are most thankful for?

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



Community Partners

Cherokee County Senior Services: Meals on Wheels


eals on Wheels is a program that has served seniors in need for many years. The Older Americans Act put everything in place back in the mid 60s to approve funding for Meals on Wheels, which used to be referred to as nutrition for home-bound seniors. Nationally, this is a very popular and important program. The mission is to help seniors remain as independent as possible to avoid having to move into long-term care facilities. Prior to being operated by Cherokee County Senior Services, it was operated by North Georgia Community Action. Cherokee County Senior Services took it over in the late 80s or early 90s. Sharon Smith, the Meals on Wheels volunteer coordinator, came on board in 1993. Sharon stated, “The program has grown so much over the years, and the need for service continues to grow.” With the support of her staff and 75 faithful and dedicated volunteers, the program has the capability to serve up to 200 seniors. Sharon said, “Once seniors get on our program, we take very good care of them.” Most of the seniors on the Meals on Wheels program receive seven meals a week, delivered by volunteers and staff. Sharon also said, “The assistance we provide isn’t limited to providing meals. We also provide other client needs like heaters, fans, Depends, toilet paper and many other necessary items.” Sometimes, a volunteer or staff person may notice a home repair that is needed, and they will contact the Volunteer Aging

Council (VAC) for help. The VAC raises funds to help seniors in need with small to large projects. It takes the entire community to take care of seniors’ needs. Sometimes when meals are delivered, no one answers the door. There is a system in

place in which case managers are notified, and they place calls to the senior’s home or family contacts to check to make sure the senior is okay. There have been times when the situation was an emergency. Each staff member must do their part for this to work properly. Meals on Wheels is the largest program in Cherokee Senior Services, and the number of people who need to utilize the service is expected to grow, as the senior population increases. If you or someone you know would like to

volunteer with or make a donation to Meals on Wheels, please call Cherokee County Senior Services at 770-3457440. Also, if you or someone you know is in need of Meals On Wheels services, please call 770-345-5320.

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Scars are Stories By Pastor Will Goodwin The Japanese have a unique art form called kintsugi, which means “joined with gold.” They take broken pottery and repair it using a lacquer that has been mixed with gold, silver or platinum dust. The end result is a pot, vase or jar with beautiful metallic veins holding the pieces together. What once seemed worthless, is now an incredibly valuable keepsake. Philosophically speaking, the Japanese regard the breakage and the repair as part of the object’s history and worth rather than something that should bring shame or be hidden. Apply those ideas to oneself or one’s marriage or any kind of once-thriving-now-

deteriorated relationship, and there are several applicable principles to bring hope back into the equation. The first principle is the recognition of brokenness. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to grow stronger and healthier without first realizing something is wrong. Honesty is the beginning of healing.

Recognizing that you’re broken helps to understand the power of Jesus’s life, sacrifice and resurrection. He is your helper. His example and Word will keep you on the only sustainable path. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly

Next comes relying on help. If a vase could make itself, it wouldn’t need a potter. If it could fix itself, it wouldn’t need glue. Allowing someone or something to offer guidance and assistance makes finding the right path easier and more sustainable. Finally, recognize the value in the completed kintsugi. Scars are stories. When those stories are heard, others who haven’t experienced similar wounds can know scars are proof of worth.

lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. — Titus 2:11-14

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



Tasteof by chef paul bodrogi

Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cake Ingredients: • • • • • • • • •

2 egg whites, whisked only until foamy 2 oz. sugar 1 oz. sliced almonds, finely chopped ¾ cup zap flour 1 teaspoon honey 1 oz. chocolate, melted 1 ½ oz. butter, melted 2 tablespoons of soaked dried cranberries* Whipped cream**


- Add all the dry ingredients to the egg whites, and mix until well combined. - Stir in the melted butter. - Stir in the melted chocolate and half of the soaked dried cranberries. - Refrigerate for 1 hour. - Place into buttered muffin pans, and bake at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes. - Allow to cool, and garnish with whipped cream and remaining cranberries.

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


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*Soaked Dried Cranberries Ingredients: • 4 Tablespoons cranberries • 2 Tablespoons water


- Put the cranberries in the water, and microwave for 30 seconds. - Cover, and let them soak for 10 minutes. - Reserve ½ the cranberries to serve with the cakes.

**Whipped Cream Ingredients:

• 5 oz. heavy cream • 1 oz. sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure: - Combine all ingredients, and whisk until thick. Use an electric mixer if you have one.

Latex Allergy Answers By Scott V. Merritt, D.M.D. What is latex? There are two types of latex: natural rubber latex and synthetic latex. Natural rubber latex comes from the sap of the rubber tree. Synthetic rubber products are made from chemicals. What is a latex allergy? A latex allergy exists when a person becomes allergic or sensitized to certain proteins contained in natural rubber latex.

What products contain natural rubber latex? It’s estimated that approximately 40,000 commonly used products contain natural rubber latex. In the medical field, it’s often found in disposable gloves, tubes, syringes, catheters, dressings and bandages. Other products that may contain latex include condoms, balloons, shoes, tires, tools, clothing bands, toys and baby bottles.

What triggers a latex allergic reaction? The most common trigger for an allergic reaction is direct contact with your skin. However, direct physical contact isn’t always necessary to produce a reaction. Inhaling latex glove powder can trigger an allergic reaction for those who are very sensitive.

What are the different types of latex allergic reactions? Generally, there are 3 types of allergic reactions: 1. Irritant contact dermatitis is the most minor, resulting in dry, itchy and irritated skin. 2. Allergic contact dermatitis is more severe and usually causes reactions similar to poison ivy. 3. Hypersensitivity is the most dangerous type of allergy and may result in swelling, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Who is susceptible to developing a latex allergy? Latex allergies are believed to develop over time due to repeated contact with products containing the proteins found in rubber tree sap. Health care workers, patients receiving frequent medical procedures, hair salon workers, carpet installers and food service professionals are at higher risk.

How is a latex allergy diagnosed? Latex allergies can be diagnosed by an allergy blood test.

What is the best way to prevent and treat latex allergic reactions? The best treatment is to avoid products containing natural latex proteins. Alternative, non-latex products are often readily available in the marketplace. Persons with severe allergies may consider having an epinephrine auto-injector available for emergency treatment.

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




Building a Business Based on

Integrity and Trust

Instead of building its business with sales, R&D Mechanical Services, Inc. is committed to building relationships based on integrity and trust. R&D is a family-owned, commercial HVAC contractor based in Canton. This skilled team installs, replaces and repairs equipment, offers preventative maintenance agreements and creates custom HVAC solutions for industries in metro Atlanta. R&D is committed to giving each customer the best service possible.

“We strive to live and work with the highest standard of honesty and integrity, and never leave a customer unhappy with our services,” said Robbie Matiak, the owner of R&D. “We enjoy getting to know our customers and their specific needs, and we strive to create the best solution for their situation.”


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By Cyndi Braun

Meeting Your HVAC Needs with Integrity Before establishing R&D Mechanical Services in 2002, Robbie Matiak worked with a large, successful mechanical contractor, but felt like he could do more to serve the community. He and his wife, Dana, formed R&D to provide HVAC services to the community, at fair market prices, with the highest levels of efficiency and integrity. Robbie now runs the business with his son, Heath. Robbie’s daughter, Ashleigh, works with the company as the accounts manager, and Dana oversees social media. “The goal of R&D has always been to serve others. As we continue to grow and reach new markets, we work diligently to ensure that all of our team members treat our partnerships in the community with the highest levels of respect, honesty and genuineness,” said Robbie. Cultivating Relationships How does R&D build these relationships in the community so well? They emphasize the importance of excellent communication with customers. This starts when a call comes in at the office. Team members assess the nature of the call and determine if service is needed or if the call is project-based. If the call is for service, the dispatcher sends a technician to the service location to evaluate the situation and make repairs or recommendations as needed. If the call is project-based, an R&D team member meets with the customer to determine the scope of the project and works with the customer to create a custom solution. R&D also works directly with general contractors, mechanical engineers and end users to plan and work through challenges for new projects or commercial build-outs. “We serve our customers best by building long-term relationships. When we take the time to get to know our customers, we have a better understanding of their unique needs and can create the right solution for their long-term benefit,” said Robbie. R&D has established business relationships with many industries throughout metro Atlanta, including: data/technology centers, property management, assisted living facilities, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, medical/dental offices, hospitality/hotel, multipurposed office spaces and condominiums/high-rises.

Two of the company’s long-term partnerships are with Meridian Development and Universal Alloy Corporation. Meridian Development: New Construction Based out of Canton, Meridian is a developer of commercial, healthcare, retail, office and tenant properties. R&D recently worked with Meridian to build a new outpatient surgical center, from the ground up, by installing a complete HVAC system for the building. “Maintaining the integrity of the indoor air quality in medical facilities is essential to a healthy work environment,” said Heath Matiak, co-owner of R&D. “Our company is experienced in making sure that all regulations for indoor air quality are satisfied.” For this specific surgical center, R&D facilitated a custom HVAC solution that provides precision temperature and humidity controls for individual surgical rooms. R&D also incorporated clinicalgrade filters that are required to protect the indoor air quality and provide a safe environment for patients and staff. “We enjoy working with Meridian because this company has many of the same core values as our own company. Besides building relationships with clients, Meridian is committed to treating its clients’ investments as carefully as if they were its own, and we strive to treat our customers with the same respect,” said Heath. Universal Alloy Corporation: Manufacturing Universal Alloy Corporation (UAC) operates a fully-integrated extrusion mill and warehouse in Canton. The continued on page 34 WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


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company is a global leader in the manufacture of aerospace products. HVAC systems in the manufacturing industry present another set of specific requirements for R&D. Many manufacturing facilities have large, open spaces with machines that emit tremendous heat loads. Cooling those spaces is important for the comfort of employees, as well as for the overall quality of the work environment. Businesses in the manufacturing industry also have to plan for HVAC repairs far in advance in order to ensure that production is not interrupted. R&D maintains the production and comfort-cooling equipment at UAC’s main plant (approximately 400,000 square feet). In addition, R&D maintains the HVAC systems for two outlying office spaces and two warehouses. R&D is committed to ensuring that UAC has a functional work environment, so they can fulfill their manufacturing obligations to their customers.

Through serving businesses with honesty and integrity, R&D is committed to building strong, long-term relationships. R&D team members are dedicated to working with businesses in any industry to identify their specific needs and create custom solutions to meet those needs.

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Robbie, Heath and their skilled team meet with UAC managers regularly to plan for long-term repairs and maintenance to ensure that UAC’s systems are operating as efficiently as possible. “Between breakdowns and regular maintenance, this service requires a year-round commitment. We meet quarterly to review previous projects, talk about how we can improve, and we discuss any upcoming projects. This constant communication is making a positive impact on the environment at UAC and improving the working relationships for both companies,” said the team at UAC. “UAC values this continued relationship with R&D and appreciates the efforts to improve our facility and thereby the quality of work conditions for our employees.”

A Solution for

Shaded Slopes By Joshua Fuder Groundcover alternatives in shady areas are a challenge many homeowners face. Grass or turf is the best-known groundcover, but most turf varieties of grass will require a minimum of 4-6 hours of full sun per day. English ivy is what is most often found in this understory environment, as it thrives in full shade. English ivy has many positive attributes. It’s low-maintenance, evergreen, drought-tolerant and has little to no insect or disease problems. English ivy is a vine that has a tendency to climb things like walls, fences and trees, which often makes it undesirable.

Alternatives to Ivy Pachysandra is a dense evergreen that grows to 6-9 inches and spreads by

runners. Pachysandra prefers full to part shade, tolerates poor acidic soils as well as competition with trees. Pachysandra also produces tiny, white flowers in early Spring. Liriope or lily turf is a common groundcover that performs well in the shade. Liriope forms thick mats of turflike blades that grow between 1018 inches. Liriope is remarkably tough and tolerates drought, light traffic and an annual mowing in winter. A few dwarf and variegated cultivars exist. Cast iron plant, as the name would

imply, is as tough as nails. With long, broad leaves that reach two feet tall, the plant adds an almost tropical look to shady areas. Sweet box is a small evergreen shrub that reaches from 1-3 feet tall. Sweet box thrives in shade and produces wonderfully fragrant blooms in late winter. It’s very hardy and resistant to deer and most insects and diseases. Establishing groundcovers is the same as with all new plants. Lightly amend the soil to improve texture and drainage, and reduce early competition from weeds, and these plants will thrive for years to come.

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



Would You Trust Your Face to Just Anyone?

By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake Some celebrities give plastic surgery a bad reputation, especially when it comes to facelifts. People see overdone celebrities and assume that all facelift procedures create a drastic "windblown" look. But this doesn't have to be the case.


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Most people don't notice well-done plastic surgery. That's because it's subtle. Drastic changes look unnatural. Treatment should be strategic and performed in moderation. A good facelift doesn't change the face but enhances it by correcting signs of aging. Natural-looking results can be ensured by evaluating how a person's face has aged. Areas that are drooping or areas where corrections can be made to restore a firm and realistic-looking appearance should be identified. Some patients would benefit from broader improvements; others may benefit from smaller corrections to specific areas. Muscle laxity and how facial fat contributes to an aged look should also be evaluated. Thorough analysis and skillful implementation should allow you to look like a younger version of yourself. Men or women seeking to refresh their face with a new look and rid themselves of wrinkles and sagging skin can find a

wide range of treatment options. If you don’t want to undergo surgery and are looking for a non-invasive treatment, the “liquid facelift” using Botox and injectable facial fillers could be your answer. Resurfacing procedures with lasers, chemical peels and dermabrasion can also take years off your appearance. Whether you’re considering a full or mini facelift, eyelift or browlift, having a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is key. Facial plastic surgery is a unique way to impact a person’s life. Improving someone’s appearance so that they look younger Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and more and Leake are board-certified vibrant can plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. also positively 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgery affect their CenterOf self-esteem.



It starts with you… 770-Arborist

833 Roper Road, Canton 770-272-6747 Ready to get your trees pruned/removed and make a difference at the same time? Mention this offer at the time of payment, so you know you got the best price, and 10% will be donated to your church or favorite charity! The amount will be mailed to them in your name. 770-Arborist wants to help you take care of some trees AND some people, too.

Afterglow Spa

1431 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 100, Canton 770-720-1134 Afterglow Spa donates gift cards to local charities such as the Ray Benefit to help with medical expenses, Waleska First Baptist Church’s Tee Up for Teens charity golf event, Angel House as well as local schools and youth sports teams. By going to them for your spa needs, you enable them to continue to give back to the community.

Art Jewelers

136 Woodstock Square Avenue #400, Woodstock 770-924-3133 Art jewelers works through Fundation Contigo, ContigoEcuador. org, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on the orphan needs in Ecuador. They mainly work in

and around Quito, which is the capital of Ecuador. Art Jewelers carries jewelry made by Ecuadorian women from the Tagua seeds. Over 50% of the funds return to Ecuador to help the orphans and the community.

Clyde’s Camp

574 Lakes Drive, Canton 770-235-4294 Clyde’s Camp is a new, unique dog boarding, day-play and grooming facility, located on a 138-acre farm. They provide a safe, fun experience for dogs, where they spend the day outside playing on real grass. They take daily walks on trails that cover miles of the property. 100% of their profits are donated to Save the Horses and other dog rescues. They know how important it is for dog lovers to find a place to leave their dog while at work or on vacation. Please visit their website, or stop by with your dog for a visit to see what they have to offer!

Foster Gift Shop

100 Hospital Road, Canton 770-213-8738 fostergiftshop/

Foster Gift Shop is an establishment that was created by North Georgia Angel House, which provides a safe home and valuable life skills to teen girls between the ages of 12-21 in order to better prepare them for life. Foster Gift Shop gives the teens the opportunity to work and earn wages. The girls create

edible bouquets, jewelry, signs, custom art and other treasures that are then sold to help them earn an income.


3800 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton 678-880-8764 HiCaliber donates over 5% of its profits to supporting local organizations such as Boy Scout troops, Trail Life, the Creekview HS Touchdown Club, the Sequoyah HS Junior Chiefs Baseball Club and the Rotary and Optimist Clubs.

Key’s Jewelry

2320 East Main Street, Canton 770-479-4834 Key’s Jewelry donates 2% of its special orders to the Bend Your Knees Foundation. The Bend Your Knees Foundation, started in honor of Collins Dixon, is a Georgia 501(c) 3 nonprofit that raises money to help spread awareness of brain tumors in children, support families with a child who has a brain tumor and support other organizations that work with children with brain tumors (such as the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children).


2018 Cumming Highway, Canton 770-424-0060 LGE has raised over $418,000 for local charities since 2010. Its employees have invested over 2600 hours of their personal time to give back. Each year, the employees choose to give a large portion of the raised funds to four charities. 2016’s charities are Calvary Children’s Home, Next Step Ministries, Safe Path and Warehouse of Hope.

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-Albert Pine

As we approach the time of year where gift-giving and giving back to others in our community is at the forefront of our minds, why not combine these two actions and shop with local companies who give back to the community on your behalf? We hope you will consider these, as well as other businesses that do the same, when shopping during the holiday season and all year long.

After they evenly distribute funds to the previously listed charities, the rest of the funds are divided up and given to MUST Ministries, CASA- Paulding County, City of Refuge, Rachel’s Rest, McKenna Farms, The Drake House and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000. They are currently at $53,000. LGE’s board of directors will double the final amount that is raised. For more information, please feel free to visit html.

Urban Secrets

6175 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton 678-493-5437 Urban Secrets makes monthly donations to Pencils of Promise, which is a charitable organization that helps provide school supplies for children in need, and they donate items to MUST Ministries. They also sell Good Works jewelry and accessories, which donates 25% of all sales to help build solar panels and clean water systems for rural areas, to fund a playground for 107 orphans, and to

provide 50,000 meals to the homeless. Additionally, they sell Giving Keys, which is an organization that makes inspirational products to sell, which then uses proceeds to help successfully transition the homeless off the streets by creating jobs. *The organizations listed above were found in response to a social media email search and is not inclusive of all the businesses in our community.

Poole Funeral Home

1970 Eagle Drive, Woodstock 678-932-2097

Poole Funeral Home gives back 10% of their service charge to the deceased’s church, among other charities in the community such as MUST Minsitries and the Gentiva Foundation.

Pro Roofing & Siding

2558 Canton Road, Marietta 770-777-1733 Pro Roofing offers a generous referral reward that provides their customers a choice of charities, including MUST Ministries, Papa’s Pantry, Cherokee Family Violence Center and CHRIS Kids, for which to make a donation in their name. When customers refer a friend or family member to Pro Roofing & Siding, they enjoy giving them the opportunity to pay it forward!



Three Sisters Gifts Christo by Brighton A “goes-with-everything” cuff bracelet is a must-have for every woman! With the Christo Cuff and new Narrow Christo Cuff, you can mix and match widths. Interchangeable and reversible leathers instantly transform your look. Coordinate with your outfit, add a pop of color or go sleek metallic. Available at your Brighton Heart Store, Three Sisters Gifts! 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., Ste. 106, Canton • 770-345-3090

LaVida Massage of Canton

Afterglow Day Spa

The licensed massage therapists and estheticians at LaVida Massage of Canton customize each massage and facial session to your individual needs, so LaVida Massage gift cards make the best gift! Through the end of 2016, buy three $50 gift cards, and receive a FREE, 60-Minute, custom massage! Call 770-345-1200, or visit for additional information.

1431 Riverstone Parkway Suite 100, Canton 770-720-1134

Look your best this holiday season from choices in permanent eyeliner and brows and semi-permanent eyelash extensions. Our lash and make-up artists are fully trained and certified. We have long-lasting lash extensions, customized designs, safety and hygiene. Call today, because you deserve the very best! *Restore, Rejuvenate & Renew*

Key’s Jewelry Michou calls its jewelry “Art to Wear.” Indeed, each piece is a diminutive sculpture created with exquisite, one-of-a-kind details. Michou’s Art to Wear jewelry is perfect for every occasion, with dramatic pieces born of inspired vision and lovingly brought to life, suitable for both night and day. 230 East Main Street, Canton 770-479-4834


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2016 By Heather Blevins This December, the Holiday Lights of Hope returns for its fifth year to transform Hobgood Park into a holiday wonderland! The Holiday Lights of Hope is a largescale, walk-through event, with more than a million holiday lights. The event includes a mixture of traditional holiday lights and animated displays, including a 30-foot Christmas tree, 17-foot-tall reindeer, 15-foot-tall snow family and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Parents and children can get lost in the 5,000 feet of bright lights in the Christmas maze. Every night, families can have their pictures taken with Santa in the Santa Village. The event is located at Hobgood Park, 6888 Bells Ferry

Road, Woodstock. It will be open each night at 6:00 pm, from December 8-23. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children ages 14 and under. All proceeds from the event benefit the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in Woodstock, a non-profit that provides intervention and treatment services to children and families impacted by sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The Anna Crawford Children’s Center assists over 500 families each year. The center also offers an ever-expanding array of preventative services aimed at the eradication of child abuse. The center provides statewide education for those who are responsible for the evaluation

and treatment of child abuse investigations. The center has been in operation since 1990. So come on out to this year’s Holiday Lights of Hope, and make wonderful memories with your family while helping to support an important cause! Heather Blevins is a board member for the Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, 9870 GA-92 #200, Woodstock. 678504-6388



ArtistProfile by Natalie del Valle


here are many beautiful paintings in the world, but there’s just something special about a painted portrait. Portraits can show an individual’s personality in ways that cameras may sometimes fail to express, and that is what Linda Maphet, local portrait artist, likes so much about them. “It’s not just an image or a photograph. A person’s character and what’s endearing about them is captured on canvas when made into a portrait,” Linda says. For 12 years, Maphet has been creating beautiful portraits for the local community. Just as with her mother, art has always been a passion for Maphet. “My mother was an artist, and she never took lessons, so I knew I had the ability to be artistic as well,” she says, “but I poured my creative energy into raising my children for a long while and was undecided on where I wanted to take my artistic talents.” It wasn’t until Maphet’s youngest child was in high school that she discovered an art teacher who focused on classical realism. It had been just what Maphet was looking for, and she loved it. For six years, Maphet went to class once a week to study

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and practice. “It was my teacher who encouraged me to paint professionally,” she says. Now, Maphet creates a new piece once or twice a month, depending on her schedule. “I don’t have nearly enough time to paint. Some days, I’ll paint for five or six hours; other days, I won’t paint at all.” With all the prep work, it can take a few weeks before Maphet even commits to canvas, and it can take anywhere from a week to a month to complete the final portrait. “I start with a detailed drawing to work out values, composition, lights and darks and how it’s weighted, and then I create a colored sketch to make sure the colors work together before I start working on canvas,” she says. Her acute attention to detail brings a new element of undeniable beauty to her work and has earned her first place in a couple of private art shows. She considers her biggest accomplishment simply being able to reveal an element

of the subject’s personality and likeness in her paintings. “The satisfaction of seeing a face come alive and knowing that I’ve captured the essence of a person on canvas is my favorite part of what I do,” she says. “My favorite piece is always the one I just finish,” Maphet says. Her most recent painting, which depicts a violinist, is on display at the Cherokee Arts Center, where she teaches oils and acrylics. She also had pieces in an art gallery in downtown Canton until it closed. “I haven’t been back into a gallery since. It requires more painting than what I am able to do with my busy schedule. I do what I can, when I can,” she says.

To learn more about Linda Maphet’s classes or portraits, visit her website, WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


What is Glaucoma

and How Can It Be Treated? By Cameron C. Johnson, MD

Glaucoma is a common disease, affecting about 2% of patients over age 40. It usually progresses slowly, gradually causing damage to the nerve that connects the eye to the brain. It’s called “the sneak thief of sight,” as patients usually don’t have symptoms until it has caused severe damage. As it progresses, patients lose peripheral vision, and in advanced cases, can even become blind. Risk factors include advancing age, a family history of glaucoma, having thin corneas, African American race, being near-sighted and elevated pressure inside

through the pupil and into the front of the eye. It then exits the eye through a meshwork, which lies at the base of the iris. This meshwork can be thought of as the eye’s drain. When the drain isn’t working efficiently, eye pressure goes up. The most common treatments used for glaucoma are eye drops. These lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye or by increasing the efficiency of its drainage. There are several classes of effective eye drops available, which usually don’t have significant side effects. However, they can sometimes be irritating to the surface

Cataract surgery, by itself, has also been shown to lower eye pressure. The cause of this decrease in pressure is not completely understood, but is well-documented. Additionally, several procedures have been approved that can be combined with cataract surgery in order to further decrease eye pressure. These MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries) have been approved for mild to moderate glaucoma and have less risk than more invasive, traditional glaucoma surgeries used for very advanced, severe disease. MIGS includes endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP), in which a laser is applied to the ciliary body, causing

“The most common treatments used for glaucoma are eye drops. These lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye or by increasing the efficiency of its drainage.”

the eye. Of these, the only one that can be modified is elevated intraocular pressure. Studies have shown that reducing intraocular pressure can slow, or even halt, the progression of glaucoma. Elevated pressure inside the eye can be thought of as a plumbing problem. The ciliary body, which lies hidden behind the iris, produces fluid. This fluid circulates


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of the eye, and it may be challenging for some patients to avoid occasionally missing a dose. If doses are missed, pressure may go up, and further damage to the optic nerve may occur. Another choice for treatment is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). In this treatment, a laser is applied to the drainage meshwork, which stimulates the body’s immune cells to clean it out, increasing its efficiency. SLT takes less than 5 minutes, produces minimal discomfort and is a very low-risk procedure.

it to produce less fluid as well as several types of very small stents that can be placed in the eye to increase the efficiency of its drainage system. For patients with glaucoma and cataracts, their eye surgeon can discuss if they might be a candidate for one of these procedures.

Dr. Cameron Johnson is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 470326-0320.

Fire Safety During the Holidays By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. In 2013, 334 children and over 3000 people died in home fires. Almost 90% of fire-related deaths are due to home fires. When celebrating the holidays, it’s important to consider fire safety. Each year, home fires increase during the holidays. The fire departments in the U.S. respond to an average of 240 house fires related to Christmas trees, and candles are responsible for about 15,600 house fires each year. Working fire alarms reduce the risk of death due to fires by about 50%. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level and in every sleeping area. Remember to change batteries yearly. An easy way to remember to do this is to do it during the time change in the spring or the fall.


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Store matches and lighters out of your child’s reach. Teach kids how to respond to fire alarms. Have at least two ways out of each room in the home. Practice fire drills. Identify a meeting area outside of the home. Time how fast your family can escape; shoot for two minutes or less. Fire extinguishers may be helpful for small fires, but make sure to review proper technique. Being safe should be your top priority.

Holiday Safety Tips:

Live Trees • Make sure live trees are well watered. • Avoid placing your tree within three feet of any heat source. Dry trees can be consumed by fire in less than a minute. See the video at Fire.Nist. gov/tree_fire.htm. Lights • Prior to placing lights on the tree, inspect for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. • Don’t overload extension cords or

outlets. Don’t place electrical cords under rugs.

Candles • Real candles shouldn’t be used as a part of decorations. • Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep them out of the reach of children and pets. • Always burn on a heat/fire resistant surface. • Keep candles at least twelve inches away from flammable material. • Make sure the candle is on a stable surface in an area that is free of drafts. • Flameless candles are a much safer alternative.

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

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largest selection of quality, brandname mattresses at extremely discounted prices. For example, they offer a queen mattress set for only $187! Ben’s employees will not only help you find the right mattress to fit your price range, they will also help you find the right mattress for your specific sleeping needs. With the option to take your purchase home the same day, Ben’s provides every level of gratification the consumer is looking for in a mattress retailer. Why wait to start sleeping better? With 12 locations total, including two new convenient locations in Riverstone Plaza in Canton and the Publix Shopping Center in Holly Springs, you can save bazillions at Ben’s Mattress. For more information, visit



The Family

We Choose By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, you even get to choose your family. Often, people assume positive things about my childhood just by virtue of my involvement with PTA and my commitment to family engagement. However, I actually grew up in a home where my parents worked a lot, and my mom was a heavy smoker who struggled with alcohol abuse. Violent arguments erupted between my parents on a regular basis. During these fights, my sister and I often sought refuge at our nextdoor neighbor’s house. Mrs. Jerri never seemed to mind feeding us,


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helping with homework or lending a sympathetic ear. She was there to comfort me when my mother died and has been present for all my significant life events. My high-school boyfriend’s mother, Freddi, was my life hero. She was a very successful business woman. Her ability to juggle her demanding career and community commitments, while managing to be at all her son’s activities, was commendable. She exposed me to things like home decor, travel and politics. Prior to knowing her, I assumed everyone lived simply, just like my family. And then there was Carol, my best friend’s mother. She recently passed away after a courageous battle with

cancer. Her passing has caused me to reflect on the influence each of these ladies has had on me. I have such respect and admiration for all of these women, and the thing they had in common was their sense of community. They jumped in to serve and love children like me, someone who wasn’t their own child, yet they always made me feel like I was part of something very special. We should be careful to not make assumptions about people. You don’t really ever know what their journey looks like. We can also be certain that it’s possible to rise above our circumstances as long as we have the desire and special people, the family we choose, to lift us up and support us on our journey.

Lisa-Marie Haygood is the president of Georgia PTA. 404-659-0214.

Book Review by farris yawn


r. C.R. Hill is a very skilled poet with admirable ability. Many of his poems were written as companions to his sermons, whether he read them aloud or had them printed in the bulletin. His latest collection, I Talked with Him this Morning, proves that he is as talented a poet as ever. Inspired by his regular morning prayers and devotional time, these poems offer a unique insight into the Bible and will help guide you on your spiritual journey.

C.R. Hill was the pastor at Canton First Methodist for many years, until his retirement in 2011. His use of poetry to emphasize or illuminate his message has been greatly missed. Having this book available to use as a devotional aid is a blessing to those he ministered to during his tenure at the churches he served during his long career. Reading some of these poems will bring to mind many of the themes and points of his sermons. Whether you were fortunate enough to have him as your pastor or not, this book is a must for anyone seeking to better understand their place in God’s plan. Each poem is accompanied by the Bible verses that inspired it, giving you an even deeper appreciation for each verse, along with a unique way to learn more about the Word. Here is an excerpt from his previous book, Finding Life’s Way:

I see the cluttered ways of the world, Looking like spaghetti in a bowl Then wonder how one is ever to find, The way to life’s highest goal.

This book would make a great addition to your daily routine.

Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawns Publishing, 198 North Canton Street, Canton. 678-880-1922.



Hair Color

Psychology By Jyl Craven For most of us, a trip to the hair salon begins with a fabulous consultation, where you and your stylist determine what style will enhance your natural features. You discuss a variety of haircutting and color options in an effort to make that magical connection between the perfect haircut and that stunning new hair color. LIFESTYLE

While a fabulous haircut can truly make you look better, perfect hair color can make you feel better, and your hair color choices are endless. This infinite number of color choices makes deciding on that perfect color such an emotional decision. And depending on your season in life and the color you choose, your reasons are almost certainly shared by others. Explore the following three groups, and see if you share some common hair color psychology:

First Time Coloring your hair for the first time can make you feel a little anxious. Peer pressure, your favorite celebrity or a new direction in life are all reasons why one may consider changing hair color. If this sounds like you, go slow, and don’t opt for a complete makeover. Consider changing just the tone of your hair, or opt for a semi- or demipermanent color. Remember, if you like what you see, you can always exercise your bravado next time by going for something bolder.

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not always an option, we know and understand the benefits of changing our hair color. A different hair color is a great way to spice up life. In a study by experts at Nottingham Trent University, they found that women who colored their hair were significantly more confident, creative and attractive and gained more impetus with their romantic partners. If you consider yourself fashion-conscious and delight in selfexpression, you are likely coloring your hair and experiencing these emotional benefits.

Creative Time If rainbow shades and galaxy hair describe your style, then you may be a risk-taker. You might also be considered creative, free-spirited and artistic, finding the latest styles of Katy Perry and Kesha appealing. Now more than ever, it’s not uncommon to see someone ambling

through the mall rocking the latest trend in bright blue or pastel pink. Artistic independence is you, and what better way to express yourself than with an explosion of hair color? The desire to enhance your look is natural. Changing your hair color is one simple way to accomplish that. But while beauty doesn’t come in a bottle, it’s nice to enjoy the freedom of changing things up once in a while. Regardless of what stage you are in life, hair color is one of the easiest things to change without any major commitment. So next time you visit the salon and consider hair color, it’s possible you’ve first thought of hair color psychology. L

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


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Quotables “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” –Friedrich Nietzsche “Our most important thoughts are those which contradict our emotions.” -Paul Valery “You should never doubt what no one is sure about.” -Willy Wonka “Why do we only rest in peace? Why don’t we live in peace, too?” -Unknown “Through violence, you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder the hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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“Until you are broken, you don’t know what you’re made of.” –Ziad K. Abdelnour

“I find hope in the darkest of days and focus on the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” -The Dalai Lama

“Never argue with stupid people because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain “We falsely attribute to men a determined character, putting together all their yesterdays, and averaging them. We presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support; it is worse than a large family. He is the silent poor indeed.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” -Stephen Hawking “When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we,’ even illness becomes wellness.” -Malcom X



(serves 4)

Red Eye Gravy Procedure* 1. In a sauté pan, cook the bacon until crispy. 2. Whisk in the flour, and add the salt and pepper to make a roux. 3. Cook on low for two minutes then whisk in the coffee and

Ingredients 4 duck breasts 4 strips bacon, chopped 4 eggs 1 cup coffee 1 cup light chicken stock 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons heavy cream ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper Red eye gravy* 4 servings grits, prepared according to package directions, followed by adding your favorite cheese to taste


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chicken stock.

4. Heat to a light simmer; the gravy should thicken. 5. Finish by whisking in the heavy cream. 6. Keep it warm.

Duck Procedure 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper the duck to taste. Heat a sauté pan on medium heat. Sear the duck, skin side down, until the duck browns, and the skin is nice and crispy. Save the duck fat in the sauté pan. Transfer the duck to baking tray, and put it in the oven to finish cooking to your desired level of doneness. Cook the eggs in the duck fat, however you prefer them.

Plating 1. 2. 3. 4.

Place 1 serving of cheese grits on each plate. Top with a duck breast. Cover the duck breast with gravy. Finish by placing your egg on top.

Questioning the Flu Shot By Chris Meiners, D.C.

the mercury has been taken out of vaccines. However, several of the flu vaccines contain an ingredient called thimerosal, which is a mercury-based preservative.

Every year, the mainstream media beats for you to get vaccinated against the flu. They rarely discuss anything but the benefits of the vaccine. Why? Maybe it’s because many people are already skeptical about the flu vaccine. You rarely hear about the adverse reactions or about the toxic chemicals being injected into you and your family. The goal of this article is to get you to investigate vaccines more closely. Here are some things to consider: 1. A common misunderstanding is that

2. In the United States, if your child is harmed by a vaccine, there is little legal action you can take. The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was passed to protect pharmaceutical companies from anyone claiming a vaccine injured their child. Under this law, no parent can sue a vaccine manufacturer. 3. Do you know how the flu strain is selected to put into the vaccine every year? The “experts” guess. Each year, the influenza viruses in the seasonal flu vaccine are selected through calculations about which flu viruses

are most likely to cause illness in the coming season. The FDA, acting in concert with the CDC, decides which vaccine strains for influenza vaccines are to be sold in the U.S. 4. Some people believe that getting vaccinated can actually predispose you to getting the flu. For instance, Piers Morgan went on the Dr. Oz television show to get injected with the flu vaccine in front of a live audience. Days later, he came down with the flu. Did the flu vaccine cause him to get the flu? You can decide for yourself on this one.

Dr. Chris Meiners is a chiropractor and owner of Canton Wellness Center, 1558 Marietta Highway Canton. 770720-4090.



of Canton Faces Faces By Micah Fowler

Bob Seguin

The theatre has long been a symbol of both sophistication and entertainment. The man charged with its management and creative direction is Bob Seguin. Massachusetts-born, Bob has been involved with community theatres, acting, directing and play production his entire adult life. He has even traveled to the U.K. several times to take groups to perform in American classics. Before moving to Canton, Bob was fortunate enough to work with some of the best directors and voice coaches. Of this experience, he says, “Some teachers afforded me the opportunity to direct and produce, which broadened my love of the theatre. I had

the opportunity of being directed by Burt Reynolds and working as an extra with George Segal, Candice Bergen and Christopher Plummer in movies. All experiences round out a person involved in the theatre and working with some of the best doesn’t hurt either!” Bob came to downtown after answering an ad for its theatre manager. “I have always been hooked on the theatre, but managing such a beautiful venue is a dream come true.” He runs around tending to the theatre all day long, but when he goes home, Bob stays just as active. He enjoys yard work and home renovations including: woodworking, doing trims, flooring and basement refinishing.

Around town, Oak Leaf Church’s Will Goodwin is known as a spiritual guide for many local residents.

Pastor Will came to Canton in 2010 to open Oak Leaf after identifying a spiritual need Will Goodwin in Cherokee County. “If you consider the rapidly growing Cherokee County population (225,000+) and all the current churches (150+), there are still at least 150,000 people completely disconnected from all the amazing good of a church community,” he says; “at Oak Leaf, we are a small, family-focused church with the mission to prove God’s love. We believe the good news (gospel) of Jesus’ example, sacrifice and resurrection can make any community better than it already is.” Will became drawn to the ministry after college through a series of life events. After graduation, he took a job as an educator, but as a music lover, he worked performances on the side. Eventually, he decided that he wanted to pursue music full-time, and after six years as a teacher, he made the career switch. Pastor Will accepted a job as creative arts and worship pastor at a church in Cartersville, and his path into the ministry was paved from there. However, Will is more than a spiritual leader. He is a loving family man who finds happiness in being out with his wife and kids, whether they are camping or seeing new places together. He also harbors a creative side that he expresses through comedy, songwriting, graphic design, media productions and other creative ventures. Will is just regular guy who loves God, his family and home.

Canton Inferno Chili Cook-Off November 12, 11:00 am-3:00 pm Holiday aRt & Wine Walk December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm

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Internet Service Provider

Reality Check Internet service providers (ISPs) stink. Comcast took in $75 billion last year, and AT&T grossed $146 billion, all while customer service stayed in the gutter. They are so terrible that Audio Intersection employees have often hung out with clients all day, just to battle excuses that Comcast installers give for wanting to give up before completion. The bigger the house, the more excuses. Nearly all of the ISPs of the world are equal offenders. A client in Marietta with AT&T has been having issues for months because of crummy infrastructure. AT&T is finally running new lines, but only after neighbors banded together to get action. Windstream in Big Canoe is the same way. No one is exempt.

By Michael Buckner

It makes sense why so many Americans shop local, but for those areas of our life where shopping local isn’t an option, putting up with hold times and crummy service is awful. Clients often call extremely upset about losing TV service, and they want us to do anything we can to prevent them from having to call the ISPs 1-800 number. You are not alone in your frustration with ISPs. Remember to give any and all corporations with crummy service as little of your money as possible. Shop as much as you can from companies that care, and surely, one day, we’ll get internet from a company that gets this. For now, with ISPs, the only solution is to remain vigilant.

Until there’s an alternative with awesome customer service, figure out who has the fastest service at your house, put up with as much as you can stand, but stand up for what you are paying for.

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000.



Operating in Woodstock since 1985, Art Jewelers is the largest, and likely the oldest, jewelry store in town. Owner of the family business, Dave Meadows, says:

By Rajayne Cordery

Woodstock is home to one of the most awarded jewelry stores in Georgia. While Art Jewelers is truly a unique jewelry store, offering custom, one-of-a-kind creations, they actually cater to every customer’s needs and desires. Offering a wide selection of jewelry styles and items, they have something for everyone.

I believe it is a great privilege to be in Woodstock. My customers are my friends and family. I get to be a part of their beginnings and each special event throughout their lifetime. It is truly an honor to share in their life story, whether it’s an engagement, an anniversary, a special birthday or some other life event. Dave works alongside five of his nine children. “It’s not just a store to me,” Dave explains; “It’s our lives. It’s our passion, and we love sharing that with our community.” Dave is a graduate gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America and certified by the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. As a third generation Master Bench Jeweler, certified by LaserStar, Dave boasts over forty years of experience. Dave has been awarded Best in Show by the Georgia Jewelers’ Association for two years in a row. Dave, Jonathan and Malachi are all award-winning designers. Dave is passionate about his occupation:

Necklace crafted by Ecuadorian women

“If it is jewelry, we do it.” Andrew McDeermond, store manager


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I have the privilege of dealing with some of the most fascinating creations of God. I think it is amazing that God formed gems and metals in the earth, hidden beauty for us to discover; these things bring glory to God. I believe God gives these building blocks to us and says, ‘Have fun; make something.’ God takes joy in allowing us to participate in a creative process. It’s a real joy, an honor and a pleasure to design with the gems and metals of God’s creation! Art Jewelers is located next to the Target on Highway 92, off highway 575. The store has recently expanded, doubling both the shop and the showroom. 2017 plans

include additional community involvement as well as increasing the customer’s ability to be more involved in the jewelry creation process. Dave states: Our expansion will create the ability to host educational events for kids. I have taught gemologicalrelated classes at various schools, and we have worked with art teachers on several student projects. Most recently, we have been developing a design contest for the local high school students that we hope to roll out next year. It will be something great for the kids and maybe even benefit the parents of the winner! Art Jewelers offers a wide range of services including repair, advanced laser repair, ring sizing, appraisals, engraving and restoration, among others. Store manager, son-in-law Andrew McDeermond quips, “If it is jewelry, we do it.” What makes Art Jewelers different from other jewelry stores is that they offer an on-site, one-of-a-kind, custom design process. They create a one-ofa-kind jewelry piece, side-by-side with you. Art Jewelers enables the creative expression of those wanting to design their own jewelry and also works with those needing design input. Many opt to re-design using their own stones, and even recasting their own gold, into fabulous new pieces; others desire to start anew. Andrew offers, “I enjoy the sentiment that comes along with jewelry; family stories and memories are often retold, as we work on a new design.” The design process begins as a customer shares ideas that are then transformed into a computer image. Once the design is solidified, a model is 3-D printed, allowing the customer to try on the piece. The model is what

is used to convert the design into metal. Once cast in metal, the jewelry is polished, and stones are set. The customer is intricately involved from start to finish. In some cases, they are even handson with the casting process, holding the torch during the melt. Andrew elaborates, “It is one thing to have something custom-designed, and have that special piece of your own; it’s even more exciting to say, ‘I cast my own ring.’ I’m in the industry, and I still think that’s really cool.” Dave adds: The industry is quite a combination of old-world trade skills and advanced technology. We may be cutting-edge on the latest technology, creating designs on the computer and printing on a 3-D printer, but there is still paper and pencil sketching, and much of the back room work is old-school crafting with a hammer and a torch, fabricating and forging the metal. Art Jewelers is actively involved in charitable efforts in an orphanage in Ecuador and donates a portion of company profits accordingly. The family has personally invested their time and money, traveling each year to Ecuador, meeting needs in the orphanage as well as hands-on home construction and food distribution. The store carries

a jewelry line crafted by a group of Ecuadorian women, and 50% of the proceeds go back to their country. Do you like a party and jewelry? Art Jewelers is hosting several events in November, inviting one and all to join in the celebration! Upcoming events include an Open House Expansion Celebration on November 12th, from 10:00 am-6:00 pm, with food, drinks and fabulous door-prize giveaways. Ladies’ Night Out is scheduled for November 17th, from 6:00-8:00 pm, with food and drinks and glitzy prizes, while providing the opportunity to try on the showcased jewelry. Angelica explains, “Everyone comes by for fun, food and giveaways! We help them create a wish list, so they are guaranteed to love Christmas morning. So many men say, ‘Let me know when Ladies’ Night Out is; my wife will be there!’” Don’t miss out; go “like” Art Jewelers on Facebook, and sign up for their emails to be reminded of these and other upcoming events!

136 Woodstock Square Ave., Ste. 400 Woodstock, GA 30189



Lung Cancer Remains Biggest Killer By John E. Moore, M.D.

Today, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. It kills more people than prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. More women die of lung cancer than die of breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer together. According to the American Cancer Society, about 224,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2016. The high death rate from cancer is mainly due to late-stage diagnosis. Lung cancer is hard to detect and doesn’t cause symptoms in its earliest stages. About 85% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer will see their doctor with either stage three or stage four of the disease. If you’re experiencing chest pain, unexplained weight loss and new onset of wheezing or coughing up blood, report these problems to a doctor immediately. These problems can often be caused by something other than cancer. But if lung cancer is found early, getting treatment


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is greater than 90% when it’s found at one centimeter or less in size and promptly removed. Screening in high-risk individuals with low dose radiation CT scans can often be a lifesaving procedure. Medicare and some insurance companies will pay for this as a screening maneuver. There are many factors that can contribute to lung cancer including exposure to radon gas, secondhand smoke, air pollution and gene mutations. Although lung cancer can occur in people who have never smoked tobacco, about 80% of people diagnosed with lung cancer are former or current smokers.

The average age of someone diagnosed with lung cancer is 70, so it’s important to never smoke, or if you’re a current smoker, stop smoking to reduce your risk. Even if you’ve been smoking for many years, stopping smoking will improve your overall health. Studies have shown that participating Reduc e your risk of in a group smoking lung c ancer: cessation program 3 Don ’t smo improves your chances k e . nev If you’v er smo e of quitting and remaining k ed, do 3 Sto n’t sta p smo r a non-smoker. t . king

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Some evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may help protect against lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers. But remember, any positive effect of fruits and vegetables on lung cancer risk would be much less than the increased risk from smoking. Remember, lung cancer can be a curable disease.

sooner may mean a better survival outcome. Discuss any symptoms or health changes with your doctor, and follow up on your doctor’s recommendations for screening, treatment and smoking cessation to ensure you stay cancer-free. Recent studies have shown that lung cancer is curable, and the survival rate

Dr. John E. Moore is a board-certified thoracic surgeon with Atlanta Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Associates and chief of thoracic surgery for the Northside Hospital. He is also medical director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Lung Cancer Program. 404-531-4444. Northside. com/lungcancer

Senior Services Donations Needed By Tim Morris

other helpers, try to reach everyone. Judy is the Volunteer Project Manager. She works on a very tight budget. LIFESTYLE The volume of seniors needing help with repairs, bills, rides, a place to stay, replacing appliances and many other things may be quite surprising to you. Senior Services’ Bobbi Henson has done a great job managing this part of the program and its evaluation process to ensure that the needs of our seniors are being met. There is no way we can help every single person that calls, but Senior Services and the Volunteer Aging Council works very hard to research the needs of each caller. The Volunteer Aging Council is more than an advisory group; they are very handson. Judy and Lori, along with Judy’s

The Volunteer Aging Council relies on donations to help support the program that does so many good things for seniors in Cherokee County. The group is made up of some outstanding and hardworking individuals. They have done lunch fundraisers, motorcycle rides, galas, grant writing and made cold calls for help. This past September, the group held their first golf tournament to raise funds through sponsors and players. Sponsors really stepped up to give. The tournament had 65 players and 16 teams out at Crystal Falls. Participants remarked that it was a great tournament, and that it was very well organized. That

is saying a lot, since most of the group members who organized the tournament knew nothing about golf. They all did a fabulous job in the preparations and the actual tournament. We are already seeking more sponsors and players for next year. If you are interested in sponsoring or playing in next year’s golf tournament for this worthy cause, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating your time or other needed items, please call 770-4797438 for more information. L

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



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Did You Know Security Can Affect Your Google Ranking? By Arlene Dickerson The ranking gurus at Google rarely disclose the secret formulas (known as “search ranking algorithms”) that help your website — thus, your business — appear at the top of organic searches. But late last year, Google announced they had been running tests to “take into account sites with secure, encrypted connections” for their algorithms. Currently, fewer than 1% of global queries carry the SECURE signal. As a result, Google “leaked” the information about this new facet to their algorithms in the hopes that more webmasters will switch from http to https web addresses. This latest addition to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) algorithm

criteria has a reason behind it: an opportunity to improve SEO for the greater good — and security — of website owners and end users. When you open a website, you’ll notice “http://” or “https://” in the address bar. “Http” stands for “hypertext transfer protocol,” which is how two computers “talk” to one another. When you connect to a website that has the http prefix, the information being shared is not private/secure. Any personal information you enter into these sites (phone number, address, credit card information), is not private. On the other hand, “https” is secure (that’s what the “s” stands for). You’ll often see a lock symbol when you’re on an https site, which lets you know that information you share is encrypted/

protected, so no one else can read it. When you visit an https site, the two computers scramble the conversation, so others can’t read it or retrieve information shared on the site, and it’s safe from hackers. Google’s latest SEO ranking criteria encourages all webmasters/website owners to convert their sites to https sites to keep everyone’s information safe on the web (known as TLS, or “Transport Layer Security”). When Google rolls out this new system, it means that the sites that rank highest in search results will also be the most secure.

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



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