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

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he opportunities we get in our busy lives that allow us to spend time with our families, friends, and neighbors are truly something to be thankful for. When the first settlers gathered in what would become these United States, they gathered within their homes and villages with their families and new friends. After lives filled with trial and persecution, a long journey to an unknown land provided hope and a chance to start over. They let each other know they were appreciated by giving pause, thanks and praise. During these holidays, many of us have or will make a special trip (or a few) to visit family members and special friends. Some trips may be nearby, while others may travel overnight. We may bring food or gifts and enjoy each other’s company. There will be gifts, music, and delightful smells of the spices from the kitchen. There may be someone present only in cherished memories, or the room may fill with the joy of a newborn child and the promise of a new beginning for a future generation. It all sounds so familiar. Being thankful may be so “November,” but when I think that the greatest gift, Jesus, was born for us one silent and holy night that we celebrate in December, I am so very thankful. Whatever your beliefs, I wish you comfort this holiday season. May your smile be wide and your heart filled with love. May peace find you and keep you. Wherever your journey leads you, be safe and God bless!

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Calendar DECEMBER Through Member Holiday Art Show & December Sale — In conjunction with North Georgia Art Ramble, the Cherokee Arts Center will present its annual Member Holiday Art Show & Sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts from talented area artists. Contact the Cherokee Arts Center for times. 94 North St., Canton. 770-704-6244,



Gardening Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will lead a free “WreathMaking” hands-on workshop. Limited to 20 participants; registration is required. 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-720-7803


First Friday: Night of Holiday Lights Live music, classic cars and more fun for the whole family! Donations of new toys will be accepted for MUST Ministries. The Classic Cars entry fee will be waived for those who donate a new toy for MUST Ministries as well. First Friday is free and open to the public. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Cannon Park, Downtown Canton.


March of the Toys Parade — The City of Ball Ground’s second annual March of the Toys Parade will support local Toys for Tots programs (donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected at City Park). The parade will feature Diana Goodman, who appeared on “Hee Haw” for a number of years. Other parade entries will include the Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth Marching Band; Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders; the Twilight Twirlers of Marietta; a replica of the 1966 Batmobile; floats, tractors and antique cars. Bring your camera for free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gazebo in City Park! 6:00 p.m., Downtown Ball Ground. 770-924-2176


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Northside Hospital’s Celebration of Lights — For the 26th year, Northside Hospital Foundation Inc. will honor those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop Northside’s campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming. All three trees will be lit on


Run for the Children ‘Reindeer Run’ The Service League of Cherokee County will present the 12th annual Run for the Children “Reindeer Run” 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The holiday-themed race will begin and end at the gazebo in Cannon Park located at the square in Downtown Canton and follow a route through the historic business district and surrounding neighborhoods. All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt. The event will take place rain or shine. Cash prizes will be awarded in the 5K race to the top three overall male and female runners. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. All 1-Mile Fun Run participants will receive a commemorative ribbon. A $1,000 cash prize provided by CLB Contracting will be awarded to the school in Cherokee County with the most race participants. Anyone may register as a school affiliate to help a school win the award. Proceeds from the event will support children in need in Cherokee County. 8:00 a.m., Cannon Park, Downtown Canton. 770-704-5991,

December 5 with a free community celebration at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. Entertainment will include the Sawnee Ballet, Forsyth Central High School Chorus, Fusion Dance, Coal Mountain Elementary School and Dance Now. WSB-TV anchor Fred Blankenship will serve as the emcee. Participants are encouraged to purchase a light on one of the Christmas trees in honor of someone whose life has been touched by cancer. All proceeds will go to the Northside Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Institute Fund to support cancer patients at Northside and to expand the programs and services available to help them beat their diagnosis. All gifts are tax-deductible. Northside also will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for Feed the Hungry Forsyth, as well as new and gently used blankets for A Touch of Warmth, an organization devoted to providing care, comfort, blankets and other goods to cancer patients and others in need. Collection bins will be available at the entrance to the Celebration of Lights tent on December 5. 6:00-8:00 p.m., 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming.


Christmas Tree Lighting — Come out and celebrate the holiday season as the City of Holly Springs lights the community Christmas tree. The event will also include carols and light refreshments. You can also place an ornament on the tree in honor or memory of a loved one. Donations will be accepted and ornaments placed on the tree throughout the month of December. All proceeds will support the Volunteer Aging Council to assist seniors in need. 6:30 p.m., Historic Train Depot, Holly Springs. TreeLighting


Cherokee Chorale Christmas Concert Cherokee Chorale will perform Christmas favorites conducted by Jenny Piacente. This year’s production is “Sing Choirs of Angels.” Tickets are available in advance from Cherokee Chorale members

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

and at area locations (see website for locations). Tickets also can be purchased at the door 45 minutes before the performance. 7:00 p.m., Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton. 678-494-8625,

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‘The Unexpected Guest’ — Cherokee Theatre Company presents a live production of another tale of mystery and intrigue by Agatha Christie. Contact the theatre for ticket information. December 5, 6, 12 & 13, 8:00 p.m.; December 7 & 14, 2:30 p.m. Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St., Canton. 770-704-0755


Holly Springs Christmas Parade Come out and watch the 10th annual Holly Springs Christmas Parade as it marches down Holly Springs Parkway and finishes at the Historic Train Depot. After the parade, stick around for free entertainment, kids’ crafts, hot cocoa, and treats! Come inside the Depot to receive a complimentary picture with Santa! The City is collecting donations for Harvesting Hope Ministries, whose mission is to provide families spending the holidays at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with gift baskets. Visit the website for requested items for donation. Items can be dropped off at Holly Springs City Hall through December 5. 1:30 p.m., Holly Springs Parkway, Canton. ChristmasParade continued on


Hickory Flat Public Library

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

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

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

Holiday Hours (all branches) December 12: Close at 12:00 p.m. December 23-26: Closed December 31: Close at 5:00 p.m. January 1: Closed continued on




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Special Programs Fundraising Raffle Through December 16, all branches Help Sequoyah Regional Libraries raise money for children’s books by buying raffle tickets for a chance to win the American Girl Doll of the Year (Isabelle and her kitten, Tutu) or two Lego Minecraft MicroWorld Sets (Village and Forest). Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The raffle will be held on December 16. This raffle is sponsored and made possible by the Cherokee County Friends of the Library. Pajama Rama December 3, 6:00 p.m., Hickory Flat December 9, 6:00 p.m., Ball Ground Come wearing your pajamas for a special holiday story time! Families with children of all ages will enjoy holidaythemed stories, rhymes, music, and craft. ‘The Polar Express’ December 8 & 15, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m., R.T. Jones Bring your blanket and wear your best pajamas to experience the magic of Van Allsburg’s classic holiday tale come to life. Your favorite conductor will be on hand to give you your ticket to an evening of craft, music, and refreshments. All ages. Registration is required: 770-4793090, ext. 233. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus December 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hickory Flat Bring your camera to get photos of your special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enjoy entertainment by Avery Elementary School choir, directed by David Boggs. This special event will include face stamping, a children’s craft area, and light refreshments.

Ongoing Programs R.T. Jones Book Club December 6, 11:30 a.m., R.T. Jones The R.T. Jones Book Club will meet to discuss their current book. For more information, contact RTJBookClub@, or call the R.T. Jones Adult Services Dept. at 770-479-3090. Reading Dogs December 2, 9 & 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hickory Flat Kids and dogs go together like books and reading. Letting a child read to a dog builds confidence by providing a friendly, furry and non-judgmental listener. Sessions of 10-15 minutes for ages 6 and up are available, but space is limited. Register by calling the appropriate branch up to two weeks before the scheduled event.


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Canton Optimist Club Christmas Parade — The Canton Optimist Club will present its 27th annual Christmas Parade, along with live music all afternoon and vendor booths in the square prior to the parade. Proceeds will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. 6:00 p.m., Downtown Canton. Site/CantonOptimistClub/


‘A Christmas Carol’ — This retelling of Charles Dickens’ popular holiday story, suited for young audiences, will feature an impressive score by Jule Styne, composer of Broadway’s immortal “Peter Pan,” “Gypsy,” and “Funny Girl.” Adapted to suit all ages, this classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the meaning of generosity and joy. Free festive activities, including cookies and milk with Santa, will follow after each performance! Bring your camera for photos with Santa as well. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. 3:00 & 6:00 p.m., Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167, FPAC

December 14, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. “What a Glorious Night” The Adult Worship Ministry at First Baptist Church Canton will present its annual Christmas musical during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

December 24, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services Join First Baptist Church Canton for its annual Christmas Eve Services, celebrating the arrival of our Messiah, Jesus Christ!

Hopewell Baptist Church 78 Ridge Road, Canton. 770-345-5723,

December 14, 6:00 p.m. Christmas Program & Worship Celebrate the Savior’s birth as Hopewell Baptist Adult Choir presents its special Christmas musical, “Hallelujah.”

December 21, 10:30 a.m. Christmas Service Pastor Norman Hunt will share the true meaning of Christmas in this Sunday morning Christmas service.

First Baptist Church Canton

December 24, 4:00 p.m.

1 Mission Point, Canton. 770-479-5538,

Christmas Eve Service Join Pastor Norman Hunt for a special Christmas Eve family service.

December 7, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Bethlehem Village Families are invited to walk through the village of Bethlehem and experience the sights and sounds of the time of Jesus’ birth. Bethlehem Village is staged in the church Fellowship Hall.

December 7, 6:00 p.m. Beat Street Children’s Christmas Musical First Baptist Church Canton’s Preschool and Children’s Choir will share the story of Christmas.

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Business Studio 121 has relocated from Downtown Canton to a new facility in Ball Ground. Patricia Reeves, proprietor of Studio 121, has been “serving soul food through the Arts” with an army of artists in the “Art of the Living Coalition,” a 501(c)(3) mobile ministry since 1994. Volunteers take art and music programs to special needs’ groups, including nursing homes, hospitals, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities. The studio serves as both an art gallery and workshop for resident and visiting artists, and offers art and music lessons, as well as art camps during school breaks. Patricia and the artists donate 30 percent and 100 percent, respectively, of art sales to the “Art of Living Coalition” to continue to minister to special needs’ groups, nursing homes, and drug/alcohol treatment centers in the area. The art gallery is open 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturdays, and by appointment. 1600 Howell Bridge Road, Ball Ground. 770-479-6961,


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Inalfa Roof Systems has opened its new assembly facility in Cherokee County. The new assembly facility, located at Cherokee 75 Corporate Park in Acworth, is part of the company’s strategic expansion plan to double its efforts in technical innovation. According to a company press release, “In 2010 and 2011, as the North American market Photo courtesy of rebounded, it became clear that we needed to address the growing demand in the Southeast to satisfy our customers and growth of the business.” Planning started for a new facility in 2012. Inalfa Cherokee currently produces roof systems for BMW, Ford and Nissan programs, with plans to add GM business and glass encapsulation capabilities in 2015. Currently, more than 250 employees work at the Inalfa Cherokee facility. With the continued growth of the business, Inalfa Cherokee expects to grow beyond 400 employees by 2016.

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce has announced the seven members who were elected recently to the organization’s board of directors. These volunteers will serve three-year terms beginning in January 2015 and continuing through December 2017. The newly elected board members include Neil Blackman, Corblu Ecology Group; Dr. Brian Hightower, individual member; Karen Mathews, WellStar Health System; Jeff Mitchell, South State Bank; Michael Searcy, WLJA 101.1 FM/Enjoy! Cherokee magazine; Jennifer Stanley, Northside Hospital-Cherokee; and Alan Thompson, MOJO Productions. “I look forward to working with these new board members, as well as those who will be continuing to serve the Chamber as we work collaboratively to meet the Chamber’s mission,” said Jeff Rusbridge, of Dyer & Rusbridge, PC, who serves as the 2015 chairman of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.



The Rash that Hurts By Christopher Anderson, M.D.

Did you know that anyone who has already had chickenpox may get shingles later in life? It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus “sleeps” (or becomes dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus “wakes up” when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system. After the

virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox. Shingles symptoms happen in stages. At first, you may have a headache or be sensitive to light. You may also feel like you have the flu, but not a fever. Later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area — that’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters, which fill with fluid and crust over. It takes two to four weeks for the blisters to heal, and they may leave scars. Some people only get a mild rash, while some do not get a rash at all. Even though you can’t catch shingles from someone who has shingles, it is contagious. The fluid from the blisters can spread the chickenpox virus to another person who has not had chickenpox or who has not


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gotten the chickenpox vaccine. There is a vaccine that may help prevent shingles or make it less painful. The shingles vaccine is known as Zostavax. One dose is recommended for adults age 60 and older, whether or not you’ve had shingles. If you’ve never had chickenpox, you may avoid getting the virus that causes both chickenpox and later shingles by receiving the varicella vaccine. If you develop shingles, avoid close contact with people until after the rash blisters heal. There is no cure for shingles, but treatment may help you get well sooner and prevent other problems. See a doctor as soon as you think you may have shingles. Sources:,

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

Canton Minute


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By Matthew A. Thomas


anton is home to more than 1,196 businesses and 11,847 jobs — and both areas are growing. Retention, keeping a business in the community, says just as much about the business as it does the community. Much like how customer retention is important to a private operation, business retention to a community reflects stability and trust, and invites the potential for more growth. It has been noted that 80 percent of net new job growth is attributable to existing businesses. Much of a community’s growth is a result of established enterprises. Taking nothing from the importance of business recruitment, but retaining existing businesses is important to our local economy. Canton is fortunate in that we have a number of businesses whose operations

have been here for 20 years or more. If I began naming them, I would be certain to forget some. But, their longevity and commitment to staying here shows just how great a place Canton is for operating a business.

We appreciate our existing enterprises here in Canton, no matter their years in operation. It is up to all of us to continue to patronize them and support their growth. They are the economic foundation of our community.

Our ability to retain businesses is due to a number of factors: highway accessibility, great schools, housing options, quality of life, and the list goes on. Owners and employees of existing businesses can be a community’s best ambassadors.

Solid business retention is a proven asset for any community.

Businesses build on each other, whether that is by way of locating near a supplier or complementary service produced. In that sense, businesses also help attract more businesses. On top of their many pluses, existing businesses provide jobs for local residents and tax revenue for the community.

For everything they are and what they do in our community, we appreciate our existing businesses.

Matthew A. Thomas is coordinator of Economic Development for the City of Canton. 770-704-1516, Matthew.



Refuse To Doubt Jesus! By George Anderson

Do you ever feel that your life is going nowhere and God has forgotten about you? Consider the life of Joseph. His story begins in Genesis 37. At the age of 17, his own brothers beat him up and threw him into a pit. They sold him to some merchants headed to Egypt. They sold him into slavery. In Egypt, he was falsely accused and thrown into prison. Joseph’s life was in a flat spin — hurling down — and picking up speed. Then, amazingly, at the age of 30, he was promoted to the second-highest position in the greatest nation of that era! How do you explain such a life? The answer is found in Genesis 39:23: “… the Lord was with him.”


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Does that mean Joseph’s faith never wavered? Some try to paint him as some kind of super-saint, always positive and always believing. But, I believe Joseph struggled with his doubts. I believe there were times when he looked through that dungeon window and thought his life was wasting away. He woke up some mornings feeling lower than lizard guts. But, God had a plan for Joseph, and He was orchestrating the circumstances of his life to achieve that plan. God knew right where His servant was, and God never forgot about him. In those dark days, God was preparing Joseph for his greatest assignment.

Do you feel sometimes that your life is wasting away, that God has put you in a closet and forgotten where you are? He hasn’t! He knows right where you are. This is part of His plan. You are where you are because this is the best place to prepare you for His assignment. In His time, God will lift you up! Hang in there — like a hair in a biscuit — and refuse to doubt Jesus!

George Anderson is pastor of First Baptist Church Canton.

Mitchell Selected as New Police Chief Canton City Manager Glen Cummins announced that Assistant Chief of Police Mark Mitchell (pictured) has been selected as the new Canton Chief of Police. Mitchell will take over January 1, 2015, following the retirement of current Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant at the end of this year. Mitchell was selected for the position by an advisory committee, which included Merchant, Cummins, Mayor Gene Hobgood and city council member John Rust. Mitchell graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., after earning a master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University. He began his career in law enforcement with the Newton County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office, where he earned the rank of captain in 2012. He has served as Canton Police’s assistant chief since July 2013.

Community Feature Cherokee County Farm Bureau Receives District Awards Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) received several awards for outstanding member programs during the recent Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District Annual Meeting. The GFB 1st District includes 15 county Farm Bureaus in Northwest Georgia. William Grizzle is the CCFB president. The CCFB Young Farmer Committee, chaired by Molly Childs, received the 2014 GFB 1st District Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award. The committee’s activities included a Farm Safety Camp for children at Lazy D Farm this past June. The camp featured safety classes for children ages 8-12; 69 children attended and learned about safe practices involving animals, tractors, ATVs, water, guns, electricity, weather and the Internet. The CCFB Legislative Committee, chaired by Len Cagle, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Legislative Program Award. The committee sponsored a political forum this past April for CCFB members and the general public. The event continued on page 16

Congratulations to our November “7 Differences” winner, Brad Wilder!



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was attended by 35 candidates for various government offices and more than 400 people. CCFB members Ben and Vicki Cagle received Len Cagle, Shirley Pahl and Molly Childs accept the 1st District CCFB’s awards from the GFB 1st District Annual Young Farmer Meeting. Achievement Award. Ben and Vicki raise beef cattle, operate a you-pick garden and host educational farm tours. Their agri-tourism activities include a corn maze and hay rides in the fall, which have attracted more than 65,000 visitors. CCFB Office Manager Shirley Pahl received the 1st District Outstanding Office Manager Award. Pahl has worked with CCFB since 1992. She coordinates all of the organization’s agriculture advocacy activities in the county while serving as the CCFB point of contact for the general public. GFB and CCFB also are accepting applications for college scholarships. The GFB scholarships will be awarded to the top 10 students who confirm they are majoring in agriculture or an agriculture related field. The top three students will receive a scholarship of $3,000 each, with the remaining seven students each receiving a $750 scholarship. In addition, CCFB will award a $50 scholarship to an individual winner at each local high school, along with a $1,000 scholarship to two county winners. The winners will be announced in May 2015. Contact the CCFB for an application: 770-479-1481, ext. 0.

Girl Scouts Collecting Prom Dresses for House of Hope Maddie Avillar, 13, of Canton, and Girl Scout Troop 2819 are collecting prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for House of Hope’s Hope Closet as part of the troop’s Silver Award project. The House of Hope serves Cherokee County by assisting primarily with food and clothing; the Hope Closet is a division of the House of Hope and provides clothes for infants to adults in need. Donations of prom dresses, shoes, and accessories will be distributed to teen girls in need throughout Cherokee County to help fulfill their dream to attend their high school prom. Girl Scout Troop 2819 will be collecting items through February 28, 2015. For more information or to arrange pick-up of items, email:


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Community Feature Ball Ground ES Teacher Joy Silk Named CCSD Teacher of the Year Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy teacher Joy Silk has been selected Teacher of the Year for Cherokee County School District (CCSD). Teacher of the Year is selected by a panel of community leaders, who evaluate applications from each school’s Teacher of the Year (school winners are selected by their peers). Silk says she found her dream job with the CCSD’s creation of STEM Academies and her role as a STEM lab and AIM gifted program teacher. “It doesn’t get any better than this. I love technology…I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t in CCSD.” Silk’s mother, Judy Brandon, also won the CCSD Teacher of the Year honor more than a decade ago at R.M. Moore ES. Silk’s father, Nathan, was dean of students at thenReinhardt College during most of her childhood.

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy’s Joy Silk is CCSD’s Teacher of the Year.

“As a student, I was a classic nerd. I loved everything about school and wanted to emulate every teacher I ever had,” Silk said. “But, I swore to my parents that I would never be a teacher when I grew up. I can remember them both smirking at me each time I declared it. I’m so glad I followed my gut and went into education. I’ve never regretted that decision.” Silk began her teaching career in 2000 at Boston ES, where she worked as an Early Intervention Program teacher and technology teacher, and then taught at Hasty ES and R.M. Moore ES before joining Ball Ground ES STEM Academy in 2012 in her current role. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Reinhardt University, followed by a master’s degree in early childhood education and an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction, both from Piedmont College.


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Sequoyah Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score Mackenzie Joy, a junior at Sequoyah High School, has earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance and placement test. She is the daughter of Stephanie and William Joy. On average, less than oneMackenzie Joy tenth of 1 percent of students nationally who take the ACT earns the top score. In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said: “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.� Mackenzie was recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and superintendent of schools at a recent school board meeting.

Cherokee HS Raising Funds for Leadership Conferences Cherokee High School CTI (Career & Technical Instruction) is raising money online ( to support students with disabilities to attend two conferences: State Leadership Conference and Fall Leadership Conference. The focus of the CTI Leadership Conferences is to provide students with disabilities enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses with high-quality interactive leadership activities. The purpose of the conferences is to reward students showing the greatest improvement in career, technical, and agricultural education courses and work adjustment skills, and to recognize the achievement of these students. The leadership conferences also serve as an incentive for other students with disabilities to improve their skills. For more information, contact school CTI Coordinator Jennifer Jean:; 770-479-4112, ext. 257.



Community Feature Free Home ES Teacher Wins State Agriculture Award Free Home Elementary School teacher Carmen Power is the winner of the 2014 Georgia Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Educator Award, presented by Georgia Farm Bureau. Power, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade science, will receive a $500 grant for use in her classroom and will be presented the award at the Georgia Farm Bureau annual meeting on December 7 in Jekyll Island. The annual award recognizes one teacher in Georgia who makes an outstanding effort to introduce agricultural information into their classroom curriculum in an effort to assist students in learning the importance of agriculture. Nominees, who are nominated by a county farm bureau, must complete an application that includes a narrative about how they make agriculture education a part of their classroom; an agriculture education lesson


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plan; and letters of recommendation from the county farm bureau, the school’s principal and a fellow teacher. Power’s sample lesson was, “How Do We Grow Food in Small Spaces?” which used the school’s new greenhouse for agriculture activities that integrated inquiry into science, plant biology, critical thinking and mathematics. “My goal this year is to bring agricultural awareness to my students and use these topics to teach my science content, as well as bringing in language arts skills, geography/social studies, and most certainly math,” she stated on her application. “The most important skills I hope to instill in my students are being able to think critically and problem-solve. If I can spark the interest of even one child in an area of agriculture, I am hopeful that the farming lifestyle will continue to impact our community.”

Carmen Power, Free Home ES science teacher and winner of the 2014 Georgia Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Educator Award, uses the school’s new greenhouse for agriculture activities.

Power will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the school board meeting on December 4. In addition, Power will present a workshop at the organization’s Educational Leadership Conference in March in Stone Mountain. She also will represent Georgia at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference this summer in Kentucky (the value of this trip is $1,500) and will be entered into the 2016 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Educator Award competition.

Have you ever scheduled work to be performed based on a price quote, but were billed a much higher rate than the initial quote? Most people have experienced a similar situation and are understandably unhappy at having to pay a higher price than they were quoted originally. Fortunately for consumers, some companies are implementing straight-forward pricing options in an effort to ensure customers are not surprised by a higher bill once the work is completed. Straight-forward pricing provides customers an accurate investment total up-front, before work is even started. Typically, the service company will send a highly trained and certified technician, who has successfully passed drug and background screening, to your home. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the technician or work to be performed. A quality technician will be happy to sit down with you and explain every detail of the work to be completed and the


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cost for that work. Even if the job takes a little longer than expected or, in rare cases, a problem was discovered once the work began, you can have peace of mind that the job will be completed properly without any extra charges to the initial straight-forward pricing quote. A lot of companies will gladly give you a low-ball price over the phone to get your business. However, once they are

in your home and see what the work will actually consist of they like to raise the price. A reputable, qualified company knows that is not the proper way to do business. How would you like it if your favorite fast-food restaurant gave you your total price when you placed your order, but then told you the price was 20 percent higher once you got to the window to pay? That definitely would not be accepted in the fast-food industry — why should you accept it in your service work? The next time you need service work completed, make sure to get your price up-front and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials to show the qualifications of the person to perform the work.

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



Capitol Ideas

Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


’ve been asked about the implications of the November elections — resounding victories for Republicans across the nation, especially for us here in Georgia. Voters in Georgia re-elected Governor Deal along with every other Republican constitutional officer. Additionally, the GOP retained its majority in both chambers of the General Assembly. These results can be viewed as a mandate from the people of our state to continue with the same types of reforms that we’ve seen in the last four years. We can expect Georgia to continue the conservative leadership that has led us to be the number one place for business in the country. This achievement is due in large part to the Republican Party’s progrowth agenda. By making changes in the tax code we have attracted new industry, bringing jobs and investment to our state. A great example of what these policies can do is the positive economic impact of $5.1 billion from the Georgia Film Tax Credit last year. Also, manufacturing has made a comeback in our state, bringing jobs to skilled workers across Georgia. The Port of Savannah is being deepened, and we are poised to see even more growth in shipping and transportation as a result. Additionally, we can expect to see further


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fiscally responsible spending policies. We will continue to rebuild our Rainy Day Fund in case of future market fluctuations. We will also seek to make even greater investments in education in the state. We will also provide the funds necessary to maintain our infrastructure and provide for future growth. In addition, we will keep looking for ways to streamline government while ensuring state agencies operate efficiently and effectively. A crucial piece of the Republican platform is the defense of our constitutional rights and traditional values. Part of that is the continued defense of our second amendment rights, something that I have spent a great deal of time on during my tenure in the General Assembly. The Legislature will continue to promote and defend these most basic civil liberties. It is my hope that during the next two to four years we will see not only a continuation of current policies but also an expansion. Governor Deal has vowed to change educational policy for the state, starting with a sorely outdated funding policy for our local

schools. Criminal Justice reform will progress and our alternative sentencing courts will continue to adapt and change. Voters went to the polls and their message was heard loud and clear: We are to stay the course and keep building a better Georgia. So long as Georgians stay involved in the political process they will help direct the governance of our state. I look forward to partnering with you on this journey. It is of utmost importance that the government will hold true to the conservative principals and the motto of our great state, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.”

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

When Should My Child

Start Talking? By Sharilyn Gugliotta, MS, CCC-SLP

Parents frequently ask, “When should my child start talking?” Much like gross motor milestones, speech sound development progresses in a hierarchy. Speech starts at the prelinguistic level. This is the stage before true words are exhibited. Oller’s study (1990) breaks down prelinguistic development into five different stages: Stage 1: Phonation from Birth to 1 Month — Produce vocalizations consisting of crying, vegetative sounds (burping, coughing), and cooing (“ooo,” “aaa”). Stage 2: Cooing and Gooing from 2-3 Months — Produce consonant vowel (CV), such as “gaw,” “kah,” and vowel consonant (VC), like “uk” and “ag,” combinations, consisting primarily of velar (k, g, ng) sounds. Stage 3: Expansion/Exploration from 4-6 Months — Consists of playing with sounds, such as laughing, squealing, gurgling. During this stage, the infant starts imitating

and participating in vocal play with others. Bilabial sounds (p, b, m) start emerging along with new skills, such as making raspberries and lip smacking. Stage 4: Canonical Babbling from 7-9 Months — Reduplicated babbling (“mama,” “dada”) emerges along with exclamatory words, such as “ooh.” Additional consonants begin emerging, such as t, d, n, and w.

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Stage 5: Variegated Babbling Source: AAAAAAAAAcw/BzCCD43dbkM/s1600/Speech+Sound+Chart.png from 10-12 Months — Increase use of pitch, volume, are used to communicate wants and needs. and tone along with a variety of CV From 18-24 months your toddler should combinations with varying sounds (“bada,” be putting two to three words together and “moka,” “naboo”). These vocalizations have a vocabulary of at least 50 words. The often have intent and are meaningful to chart above indicates specific speech sound the speaker. The CV combinations are mastery by age. approximating true words. Between 12-18 months, true words begin emerging with increased use of CV combinations and jargon-like phrases that sound like sentences with appropriate intonation. In addition, a combination of verbalizations, vocalizations, and gestures

Sharilyn Gugliotta is a Speech Therapist at In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. Kristi Estes and Jennifer Puckett are co-owners of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804,



Tasteof by Barbara Jacoby

Ingredients 4 cups apple cider 1 lemon, sliced 5 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole cloves

4 cups red wine 4 cups orange juice ½ cup sugar

Preparation Mix cider, lemon, cinnamon and cloves in a large pot and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add wine, orange juice and sugar, and cook until heated through. Remove lemon, cinnamon and cloves before serving.

Recipe is from the “Gatherings & Traditions Cookbook,” produced by the Service League of Cherokee County. The Service League of Cherokee County has been working to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County since 1935. In addition to the cookbook, the organization’s fundraising efforts include the annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival; “Run for the Children” 5K Walk/1-mile Fun Run; and Annual Ball, featuring the “Dancing for the Children” competition.”


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Security Concerns By Michael Buckner

Do you have a home security system? If so, there are many questions that you should ask yourself about it. First of all, does it protect all points of entry? Are there any holes in the system? Is it monitored? What do you know about the monitoring company? And lastly, if you need something, how easy is it to get help, and how much is a service call? First, let’s discuss the system. There’s a popular nationwide security company that sells a $99 system, installed. This system is usually full of holes, and lacks the layers recommended in case one part of the system fails. The easiest way to test this is to have one person stand at the keypad and watch the “ready” light (typically green). If your doors are protected, the ready light will go off when you open the door. If the light doesn’t go off, call a professional to come fix it. While you’re at it, also see if you have cellular or Internet backup in the event that a thief cuts your phone line. Now, let’s discuss monitoring. All central stations are not equal. Technically, anyone can legally run a monitoring station out of his basement. Make sure they are UL-certified, which means the monitoring station has been inspected and is compliant with all national safety standards. They should be able to

provide you with a certificate that you can give your home insurance company to get a 5-10% discount! Pricing for monitoring should be right around $20/ month. Cellular backup is around $10 extra. Some companies give discounts for auto-pay. Lastly is service after the sale. You should be able to get someone during business hours in two to three rings, with no annoying menu system. This is protection for you and your family — it’s important! Also, a service visit should never exceed $125 for the first hour and $75 thereafter, although some companies charge $150 for the service call and $50 for every 15 minutes. Don’t ask me how they sleep!

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



Routine is Key to

Holiday Health By Angelina Cain, M.D. Turkey, stuffing, eggnog. These are a few dishes I love sampling around the holidays. While many people look forward to holiday treats this time of year, they also dread expanding waist lines. But, sugar cookies don’t need to cause this internal battle! I’d like to share some ideas on maintaining your health while making the most of the holiday season. Most importantly this holiday season, stick to your routine. The way we eat, sleep and exercise is a result of our routines, which, if followed, can save us from unhealthy habits.

thinking of calorie-packed recipes as snacks rather than meals. Fill up on a healthy plate before heading to your company’s holiday party. You’ll have stronger willpower and will approach rich food as a snack rather than a meal. I practice this advice all year when I plan a girls’ night out with my friends. Also, you can’t control the food selection, but you can contribute your own healthy dish that you can enjoy guilt-free.

For example, this is the time of year when people think they should skip lunch to “save calories” for a holiday party. But, our bodies don’t work that way. We process calories differently when eating is paced throughout the day as opposed to processing thousands of calories at once. Instead, follow your routine and eat healthy meals throughout the day.

Exercise can take a back seat to the festivities, but exercise is important! It allows us to maintain our weight without starving ourselves. It helps us achieve important goals, like caring for our hearts and preventing disease. I often recommend pedometers to my patients. Counting steps is a way of staying accountable, especially with a full calendar. If you’re counting, you’ll take that neighborhood walk when you get home or do an extra lap around the shopping mall when you’re purchasing holiday gifts.

Holiday foods are significantly higher in calories than everyday meals. I don’t recommend forgoing your grandma’s pumpkin pie, but I do recommend

Another way to ensure you’re moving this holiday season is to plan quality time with your family and friends — that’s what the holidays are really about! When


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you get together, plan a hike, a pickup game of basketball, or take the kids to the playground. Even playing dominos works. Plan fun activities and get away from making eating an all-day event. Finally, if you’re burning the midnight oil more often this season, you’re producing ghrelin — the hunger hormone — at higher levels. It’s your body’s way of getting more energy from food since it didn’t get energy from sleep. Stick to your sleep routine to help avoid cravings that lead to binge eating. As a tiramisu-loving Italian who comes from a family of volume pasta eaters, I know the temptation of delicious food. If I can do it, you can do it! Maintain a healthy routine with well-balanced nutrition and exercise, enjoy rich foods in small packages and, most importantly, enjoy your family and friends this holiday season!

Dr. Angelina Cain is the medical director of Bariatric Medicine for WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies.

Get Creative for Indoor Play on Cold Days By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed. S.

After a recent trip to Disney World, I saw numerous kids racing around the park, looking for clues that would lead them to treasure on the Pirate’s Treasure Hunt.They were having so much fun! Back at home, we are always looking for things to do on the cold days of December; why not create your own treasure hunt for a magical afternoon filled with mystery and enchantment for your children? First, you must engage your children in the scene.Tell your children that an ancient treasure map has turned up miraculously on your doorstep, and it leads to a treasure chest hiding in your home! Send your children roaming around your house or backyard for some fun-filled treasure-hunting adventures. It’s great for parties or just a fun afternoon activity.

Much like you would with a scavenger hunt, create clues that will send your treasure hunters from one hint to the next, eventually ending at the “buried” treasure! Have fun and be creative when writing your clues. Use riddles or rhymes, but don’t make them too difficult for young children to figure out quickly. Once you’ve created the clues, set up your landmarks for the treasure hunt. You could use stuffed animals and pretend they’re “wild horses,” build a totem pole out of empty boxes, or fill a small kiddie pool with sand (outside, of course) and encourage the children to dig for the next clue.The possibilities are endless! Be sure to set boundaries, and keep all landmarks and the treasure chest within your home or backyard, where you can easily supervise.

Cardboard treasure chests can be found at most party stores. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could make a treasure chest using a few supplies from your local craft store. Ahoy, mates!

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




New massage and aesthetic services combined with hair styling offer a full-service salon and spa experience in one convenient location.


eenan Clark and his team of professional stylists at Clark Salon in Canton have built a strong reputation for providing expert full-service hair care throughout 13 years in Cherokee County. Women, men and children trust Clark Salon with their haircare needs — from classic styles to the latest cutting and coloring techniques in the industry, conditioning treatments, blowouts, special occasion styling, and everything in between. Last year, they expanded their offerings to include spa manicures and pedicures. Their professional nail technicians were voted “Best Of ” in their first year. Now, with the recent move to a larger location at The Centre at BridgeMill on Bells Ferry Road, Clark Salon has expanded to offer a variety of massage therapy, skin care, and makeup artistry services as the new Clark Salon & Spa. “At Clark Salon, we’ve always been focused on the whole customer,” says Keenan. “We’ve created a positive environment using healthy products to promote positive image and well-being for our clients. Incorporating spa services just seemed like the next step in serving our guests.” Keenan has developed Clark Salon & Spa with the best people, products, and


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services available, including Aveda, Moroccanoil, Schwarzkolpf hair color, and Jane Iredale makeup. Keenan’s high standards and commitment to mentoring young stylists ensure Clark Salon & Spa

features talented professionals. He offers a 24-week associate program that allows new stylists to train under him and his educators. “Our experienced professionals offer the best in expertise and customer service,” Keenan says, noting that most stylists have been with Clark Salon & Spa for 5-10 years. “We care about our customers and are committed to providing individual attention. We take time to listen to our customers and to make them feel special and appreciated. Our customers can trust that they will receive the same quality professional cut and customer service from any of our stylists. When you provide consistent quality and customer service, it’s easy to build a loyal clientele.”

As a longtime beneficiary of massage therapy himself, Keenan recognized the opportunity to incorporate massage therapy and other spa features into Clark Salon & Spa’s menu of services — providing customers a full-service hair salon and spa experience in one convenient location. “Our philosophy has always been on helping customers feel completely well through healthy products and services,” Keenan says. “Massage therapy, as well as skin care and cosmetic services, certainly have a healing, rejuvenating effect.” Whereas many local salons only offer massage therapy during certain hours on certain days, Clark Salon & Spa has two professional massage therapists dedicated exclusively to massage services during regular business hours. Licensed massage therapists Mary O’Connor and Rubecca Egleton provide deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology, lymphatic, hot stone, sports, pre-natal, and TMJ massage. Other services include aromatherapy, kinesiology taping, and cupping therapy. Their makeup artists proudly use Jane Iredale cosmetics to provide services for individuals, special occasions, and private parties. Aesthetician Jennifer Mangino offers skin care, including cleansing, acne, and antiaging facials; masks; microdermabrasion; lip and eye treatments; and face and body

waxing. Clark Salon & Spa has already established a positive reputation for gel, natural nail manicures, and pedicures. Nail customers are pleased with the disposable liners used for the spa pedicures, ensuring a sanitary environment. “We already offer the best quality hair care, nail care and customer service,” Keenan says, “Now, customers can expect the same expert level of quality and service with our massage therapy and aesthetic services as our hair services.” Clark Salon & Spa recently relocated to a larger space, Suite 500 in The Centre at BridgeMill on Bells Ferry Road in Canton, to accommodate both hair and spa services. The newly redesigned Clark Salon & Spa features a warm, inviting atmosphere with rich wood accents, a calming teal blue color scheme, and beautiful chandelier lighting. “We wanted to create a positive, fun atmosphere for customers, while at the same time providing an intimate, peaceful spa setting for our massage and skin care clients,” Keenan says. “Our new space and design provide a welcoming, relaxing environment to enhance the salon experience for all of our guests.” To celebrate its new expanded services and space, Clark Salon & Spa is planning a special grand opening event free to the public. Like them on Facebook for updates on the grand opening celebration and special offers, including gift certificates for your holiday gift-giving!

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By Arlene Dickerson

More Than

Usually when people look for training classes it is to gain specific skills. But, training can do more than expand your expertise. Next time you enroll in a new course, consider the fringe benefits it can provide. • Network with new people. It’s been said that once we complete school it is more difficult to meet people. Networking events can be a great way to make connections, but class still has an edge — there is more time to talk with people and build relationships. • Keep your mind sharp. Studies show that continued education, through middle age and beyond, can keep the mind sharp and stave off dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. • Get a change from your normal routine. Making a change in your daily life can actually make it easier for you to learn a new skill. That means going to a training class outside of the office can help you learn a skill faster than if you do the work online.


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New Skills

• Find a new specialty or niche for your skills. Most adults take training classes to enhance their resume or prepare for a new role at work. An added benefit of training classes is that they offer a fresh perspective. Rather than reserving your new knowledge solely for your current position, you may also get ideas for other ways to leverage it. Whether you are expanding your skill set, making a career change, or enjoying a new hobby, training courses offer enrichment that stretches far beyond the curriculum. As you set your goals for the new year, consider how a few courses may help you achieve them. What would you like to learn in the coming months?

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

Thomas Eye Group Celebrating 40 Years


homas Eye Group is proud to celebrate its 40-year anniversary! Founded in 1974, Thomas Eye Group provides eye care services for patients of all ages, as early as infants and continuing into their senior years. Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider, is a full-service eye care provider with eight offices in Georgia, including 13 years in Woodstock on Towne Lake Parkway.

Jerry Berland, M.D. Pediatric ophthalmologist, specializing in strabismus; named “Top Doctor” by Atlanta magazine and U.S. News and World Report (2012, 2013, 2014); serves as Chief of Ophthalmology for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“Reaching this milestone is a credit to the compassionate care and commitment of our doctors and staff,” said CEO Rod Roeser.

Our pediatric ophthalmologist, Jerry Berland, M.D., describes cataracts as not only age-related, but can also affect newborns. When the cloudy lens blocks light from getting to the retina, it cannot send the visual information to the brain at a crucial time when the eye and brain are working together to learn to see. If the cataract isn’t removed in time the brain may never learn to see, even if the cataract is removed later in life. “I met one such infant when he was five days old,” says Dr. Berland. “By the time he was a month old, both eyes had the necessary surgery. Eight years later, he is excelling in school and playing football. It was quite an honor when he named me as his “hero” for a school assignment.” The board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists at Thomas Eye Group have decades of combined experience in eye care.


Paul Kaufman, M.D. Specializes in vitreo-retinal disease, treating diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration with visionsaving treatments, including surgical repair, laser and medical injections; serves as Chief of Ophthalmology for Northside Hospital.

Thomas Eye Group is equipped with excellence in technology, which offers patients same-day test results and treatment following the initial examination. Many of the doctors at Thomas Eye Group are from Georgia and returned to practice in their hometown. “I first met Dr. Stephen Levine, co-founder of Thomas Eye Group, as a child and patient,” says Mark Berman, M.D., specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor in my hometown.”

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Mark Berman, M.D. Subspecialty trained in glaucoma (one of the leading causes of blindness), and also treats patients for general ophthalmic care, with an emphasis on cataract surgery. Lakhvir Singh, O.D. (not shown) Specializes in comprehensive eye exams with an emphasis in contact lens fittings. In addition to caring for patients, Thomas Eye Group is actively involved in community events, and has also been chosen as the recipient of the Consumer’s Choice Award for eight consecutive years.

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Book Review by catherine groves

‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ Diana Gabaldon’s new book continues the saga of Claire Randall. In what we now know as a classic novel, Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” tells the story of Claire Randall. Claire, an English ex-combat nurse, one day walks through a stone circle while in the Scottish Highlands in 1946 and disappears...into 1743. The story is detailed in seven bestselling novels, and continues now with the eighth release in the series, “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” — ending a four-year wait for loyal fans. The continuation of this saga begins in the summer of 1778. The city of Philadelphia is watching the retreat of the British army, and George Washington’s troops are in pursuit. Thinking that her husband, Jamie, had drowned on an ocean crossing, Claire has remarried her husband’s best friend. Jamie returns from the watery grave to learn of his best friend’s actions and is determined to extract vengeance on a man he truly loved as a heartfelt friend. During this time, we learn that Jamie’s illegitimate son has just discovered the identity of his real father. Adding to the drama is Jamie’s nephew, Ian, who is facing his own complex issues. Although their century is turned upside down, Claire and Jamie are quietly thankful that their daughter, Brianna, along with her precious family, has been safely returned to 20th Century Scotland. Unknown to them, their grandson, Jem, has been kidnapped. Brianna’s husband, Roger, volunteers to go through the stones again to try to find their son. With Roger out of the picture, we learn that the true target of the kidnappers is Brianna, and what they truly covet are her family secrets. The kidnappers never left Scotland. A continuing story that most likely will have readers inquiring when book nine will be in print, “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” will not disappoint loyal readers. “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” can be purchased at most major bookstores and in e-Reader versions for Kindle and Nook.

Catherine Groves is an avid reader and book collector (owning more than 5,000 books). She also is publisher of two neighborhood magazines and is writing her first novel.


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Traditions By Crystal Bryant

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it is easy to feel like we are simply running from one thing to another. We are! Slow down! Take a moment every morning to decide what you must do, what you’d like to do, and what can be scrapped. I know it can seem like an impossible task. First, as we are literally running from one task or event to the next, it is hard to give ourselves permission to stop, even for a moment. But, as I have learned from my husband, just a few moments spent planning can change the outcome of an entire day. This can work for a season as well. Especially at Christmastime, we can lose ourselves in traditions,

celebrations, parties, even meal planning. Before you jump head-first into it, make a list of all the events and tasks you want to do (or all the potential events and tasks). Then, make sure you really want to do them, that they are important to you and your family. Are you still trying to take your children to a play or concert, or perform some sort of family tradition that you did as a child that has lost (or perhaps never had) its meaning to your family? A tradition is “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This does not necessarily mean your tradition is of value. It is OK to stop a tradition, start a new one, or perhaps put the tradition on hiatus. You are not obligated to carry out a tradition simply based on the fact that the tradition exists. Decide what is meaningful for you and your family at Christmas, and then plan

activities accordingly, whether new or old. Invite your family into this process so everyone understands the plan and can participate in the decision-making. Make the decision today that no matter what you do, what you give or get, or where you go, you will, indeed, have a very, Merry Christmas!

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



Holiday Hospitality Anna Crawford Children’s Center Musical group and other volunteers are needed from 5:30-10:30 p.m., December 11-21, to assist with “Holiday Lights of Hope,” a community Christmas celebration benefiting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization that provides intervention and treatment services to children and families impacted by abuse. The event will be held at Hobgood Park in Woodstock and will feature a large-scale walk-through light display, light maze, Santa’s Village, children’s activity area, music, and much more.,

Cherokee County Dept. of Family & Children Services This project is designed to benefit Cherokee County children in foster care. The children in foster care submit a “wish list” to the Cherokee County Dept. of Family & Children Services (DFCS) volunteers, and each list is matched with a “Secret Santa” sponsor. Foster parents and DFCS placement resources pick up the gifts from local offices in time for Santa to deliver them on Christmas morning! Gift sponsors and cash donations are needed to help support more than 350 children in foster care this year. 678-427-9393, CherokeeSanta@yahoo. com,

Cherokee County Schools Many Cherokee County schools are collecting donations of clothing, food and other items to support charitable organizations assisting families in need during the holidays and throughout the year. You can help even if you do not have a child currently enrolled in Cherokee County schools. Contact individual schools for more information.


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Canton ES STEM: Connie Hatcher, 770-720-6100 Creekland MS:

Creekview HS:

Debby.Amoss@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, Brandy.Phillips@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-479-3200 Sherry.Wallace@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-479-4112

Free Home ES: 770-887-5738 Indian Knoll ES: 770-721-6600 Macedonia ES:

Shannon.Cazier@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-479-3429

Etowah HS:

Kristy.Szpindor@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-926-1662

Woodstock ES:

Erica.Morrie@ Cherokee.K12.Ga.Us, 770-926-6969

Cherokee County Senior Services Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency has partnered with the Volunteer Aging Council for the “Adopt-A-Senior Program 2014.” Volunteers are asked to “adopt” a senior who is currently receiving services through Cherokee County Senior Services and provide them with a robe, gown or pajamas, grocery store gift card, and a book of stamps (sizes and gender information will be assigned). Gifts should be unwrapped in a holiday-themed gift bag, labeled with the gender and size, and dropped off by December 12 to Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, 7545 Main St., Building

200, Woodstock. Individuals interested in adopting a senior may register by December 12. 770-924-7768, FSanders@CherokeeGa. com,

Cherokee Family Violence Center Cherokee Family Violence Center has serviced hundreds of clients within Cherokee and neighboring counties for more than 25 years, providing direct assistance in setting clients on their new life path through legal advice, child care, group therapy, case management and housing assistance. Volunteers and donations in the form of goods and services are always needed. For this holiday season, CFVC’s most-needed items include: new or used women’s clothing; women’s bath toiletries; household cleaning supplies; food; furniture, mattresses and linens; bath linens; robes and slippers; toys for girls/boys ages 3-12; gift cards and gas cards.

Cherokee FOCUS Cherokee FOCUS continues its Cherokee Gift Connection program this holiday season. This online resource will help you connect with the teens in the Cherokee Youth Works program and provide much needed assistance to enable them to accomplish their educational and life goals, and become strong, stable, successful adults. Through the Cherokee Gift Connection, individuals can make a donation to help with GED costs, college application costs and other fees not covered by scholarships or grants, as well as gas to help them get to their jobs so that they can save and someday have their own car and funds for clothing, food and shelter. 770-345-5483,

Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays By Diane Castle, D.V.M. The holidays are a festive time, but ongoing activities can distract us and cause us to overlook potential dangers to our four-legged family members. Take preventive measures to protect your pets this holiday season. Being aware of these top dangers could save your pet a trip to the veterinary emergency room.

also lead to vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Ornaments, Ribbons and Tinsel: While none of these are directly toxic, ribbon and tinsel can cause gastrointestinal blockage that can be life-threatening and require surgery. Holiday Plants: Eating holly or mistletoe can produce nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. All parts of lilies (both Lilium and Hemerocallis species) are highly toxic to cats.

Chocolate: All chocolate can be dangerous, but dark chocolate is the most toxic. Vomiting, rapid heart rate and signs of anxiety can result from a 10-pound dog ingesting as little as a quarter-ounce of baking chocolate.

Yeast Dough: If swallowed, uncooked yeast dough can rise in the stomach and cause extreme discomfort, abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, disorientation and depression. Since a breakdown product of rising dough is alcohol, it can also cause alcohol poisoning.

Christmas Trees: Christmas tree preservatives in the water may contain fertilizers, which can upset the stomach if ingested. Stagnant tree water can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can

Table Food: Cooked poultry bones can splinter and cause damage or blockage in the gastrointestinal tract. Spicy or fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts can produce vomiting, weakness

(particularly in the hind legs), depression, lack of coordination and tremors. Pets as Gifts: A cute, cuddly puppy or kitten may seem to be the perfect gift; unfortunately, after the holiday season the population of animal shelters explodes with these “surprise gifts.� Owning a pet is a long-term commitment that not everyone can make. Even if all family members want the new pet, introducing a puppy or kitten into your household during this busy time of year can be very stressful to an animal. A great alternative is a picture of the pet under the tree and then bringing the new pet home after life is calmer.

Dr. Diane Castle is a veterinarian with Union Hill Animal Hospital. 770- 664-8380,



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Papa’s Pantry

Cherokee Sheriff Reserve Unit One of the most visible functions of the Reserve Unit is the operation of the “Christmas Joy” program, which uses donations by individuals, businesses and organizations to provide food, basic necessities, and Christmas gifts to Cherokee County families in need. In recent years, the Reserve Unit has served more than 100 families, 223 children, and 111 elderly. If your family needs assistance and your children are in the Cherokee County School System, please contact their school counselors. For donations and other information, contact the Cherokee Sheriff Reserve Unit. 770-479-0451,

MUST Ministries MUST Ministries serves 31,000 people a year and is collecting food for toys and gift donations for local families in need. New, unwrapped toys for children and new gifts for teens and parents are needed. Gift ideas include family games; sports equipment; cologne/perfume; jewelry; boots; jackets; belts; pajamas, socks, underwear, hats and gloves; books; and school supplies. Toy and gift donations can be dropped off 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, at MUST


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Ministries in Canton. 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 770-721-2925,

Northside Hospital Foundation Celebrate the holidays by purchasing lights on Northside Hospital’s Christmas trees in honor or memory of loved ones. All proceeds from Northside Hospital’s “Celebration of Lights” will benefit Northside Cancer Institute. All donations to Northside Hospital Foundation directly impact the quality of services that Northside Hospital provides to families and the community at large in metro Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth counties. Gifts are tax-deductible and can be directed to specific programs. Individuals may also volunteer through the Northside Hospital Community Connection. 770-667-4483,

Operation Homefront Southeast Operation Homefront Southeast is collecting toys that will be distributed to local and Georgia military families for Christmas. Toy donations will be accepted through December 18, at the Kennesaw office, 3375 Chastain Gardens Drive, Unit 160, Kennesaw. Cash donations can

Papa’s Pantry is accepting newly storebought perishables, such as frozen turkeys, potatoes, and seasonal items to assist local families in need during the holiday season. For Christmas, individuals can “adopt” a family (families will be matched through mid-December). Needed holiday items include gifts for children and teens. Throughout the winter months, Papa’s Pantry is also accepting new electric space heaters. In addition to regular weekday hours, the Woodstock location is now open 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The Woodstock location accepts food donations throughout the year to help families in need: canned meat; cereal and cereal bars; peanut butter and jelly; spaghetti sauce; canned fruit; canned pasta; and boxed and packaged side items. Tax-deductible financial contributions are always accepted and go toward purchasing meat, milk and produce. 770-591-4730,

Toys for Tots New, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various drop-off locations throughout Cherokee County, including Cherokee County Fire Dept. and area Publix, Walgreens, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores. Toys also will be collected at the “March of the Toys Parade” for Toys for Tots on December 5 in Ball Ground. Financial donations also are accepted. 678-887-5179,

WellStar Health System Give hope during the holidays to people in need and at risk for cancer. Many people are at risk to develop cancer, but do not have the money to pay for potentially life-saving screenings. Screenings can detect cancer at earlier, more curable stages. WellStar Health System offers screenings for many types of cancer, including breast, cervical, colon, ovarian, lung, prostate, skin, and uterine. No donation is too small. 770-956-GIVE,

Toys, Toys, Toys: Safety Just in Time for Christmas By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. Toys should be fun and encourage learning and development. In 2013 Statista reports, Americans spent an average of $371 per year on toys for each child. In 2012, the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission reported 265,000 injuries and 11 deaths in children under 15 years of age. Manufacturers follow guidelines and label toys for a particular age, so make sure the toy you choose is age appropriate. Children younger than age 3 or with developmental disabilities are at particular risk for choking, so always supervise their play closely. Here are some general guidelines: •

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Cloth toys should be sturdy, flame resistant or retardant, and be washable. Do not have toys with parts that can be easily removed or chewed off. Think large. If a toy can fit through a paper toilet tissue holder, it is too small for children younger than 3 years. Painted toys should have lead-free paints. Toys made prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint. More recently, some toys and jewelry from China contained lead-based paint. Check wooden toys to make sure they have smooth edges and monitor for splintering periodically. Art supplies should be non-toxic or labeled ASTM – D, meaning they have been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Avoid toys that make loud noises, as they may harm children’s hearing. Battery-operated toys should have battery cases secured with screws. All batteries, especially button batteries, are a major threat if ingested and require emergency treatment. Never give young children balloons, as they may deflate and be sucked in the lung, causing suffocation and death. Riding toys should not be used by children who cannot sit well alone and should have safety harnesses or straps. Avoid chemistry and hobby kits until the child is over 12 years, as the toys may contain dangerous chemicals and cause fire or explosions.

Kids learn through play; you are among your children’s best toys, so take time to play with them. Stay up to date on the latest toy safety information at Have a safe and fun holiday season!

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




we celebrate this festive holiday season with family and friends, enjoying the traditions of presents, parties, and elaborate dinners, it is important to remember that the holidays may not hold the same joy and blessings of abundance for others. Many families must rely upon community services for assistance with basic necessities — not only during the holidays but also throughout the year. Community service organizations could not have nearly the positive impact they do without the generosity of volunteers, like Jim and Clem Baker of Woodstock. We hope the Bakers’ story will inspire you to experience firsthand the joy of blessing others through the donation of your time, service and riches.

Alex (left) and Connor Smith Jim and Clem Baker, who live in Woodstock, have been volunteering with MUST Ministries for several years. “We wanted to help others while we still can, and wanted to do something ongoing locally,” Jim says. He works in the food pantry, while Clem interviews families and individuals to assess their immediate needs. Though their volunteer positions are in different areas, they each enjoy interacting with MUST families. “Interviewing gives me a connection to MUST clients and helps me understand their situation,” Clem says. Throughout the years, Jim and Clem have influenced others around them to become involved in volunteer work. Their daughter volunteers with Raintree Children and Family Services, a group home for young girls in New Orleans, where she lives. The Bakers also recruited several of their teenage and adolescent neighbors, including Connor and Alex Smith, to volunteer in the summer lunch and other MUST programs. “Their parents were not sure how the experience would go, but they were already looking forward to going back after that first day,” Jim recalls. “Last year, Connor wrote his senior paper about his volunteer work at MUST, describing the benefits that he gained personally by working there.” Jim and Clem have seen MUST evolve in recent years to better meet the everincreasing needs in the community. For example, information about individual and family needs has gone from being filed


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on simple index cards to being entered into a central database. The new MUST office in Canton now includes cubicles, which Clem says offer more privacy when interviewing families. But, as Jim explains, food distribution has been scaled back — from 10 pounds to 8 pounds per family member. “Unfortunately, we’ve had to adjust the amount of food distributed because food donations have decreased, yet the number of families needing assistance has increased.” The Bakers encourage individuals to consider volunteering, whether for the holiday season or throughout the year. “There are many needs for families and especially children during the holiday season,” Clem says. “The holiday season reminds us to be thankful for our own blessings, because we see the gratitude of the families who are served through all of the volunteers and staff at MUST Ministries.” Jim adds, “Volunteering helps you become connected with your community. We have learned a lot about the needs of the community and realize that we are fortunate to have the resources that we have personally.”

You Must Be Rich By James Kilgore, Ph.D. An acquaintance picked up a recent book and asked, “How much money do you make on these things? You must be rich.” Although I thought the question/ comment was in bad taste, I said, “In fact, I am rich!” I’m really not rich in financial areas, but I am rich in attitude and with the kind of blessings that can’t be measured in money: faith, family and friends. Money really can’t buy happiness. Some of the wealthiest people I know are the saddest.

Paul wrote to Timothy, “Command those who are rich not to be haughty, not to trust in riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” Later, He urges people to be “rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.” The key ingredient is to learn that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. We go shopping and the credit card bills roll up. If all we do is spend, we can miss the joys of sharing and the security of saving. Our natural tendency is to grasp what we have or want, but the happiness factor is discovered in thankful hearts and open hands to those in need around us. When we do that, we learn that those who give are blessed more than those who receive. This season of the year reminds us of the greatest gift the world has ever known, in an obscure Israeli town called Bethlehem — God came to us as a baby named Jesus. I’m grateful to be rich in the things that matter. Those are the lessons I want my children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren to learn from me. How rich are you? Do your children know the kind of wealth you have? What better gift than to teach that lesson at Christmas?

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



Scoopof by Michelle Knapp & suzanne taylor

Holiday Party Ideas

December is here, and with that come holiday parties! Between work parties and school parties, just about everyone you know is either hosting or attending some sort of holiday gathering. Why not put a twist on this year’s traditional holiday gathering? Here are some Scoop OTP suggestions for adding a little variety to this year’s holiday get-together.

Everyone has been to the traditional Cookie Exchange Party and taken home dozens of yummy cookies. But, you could kick it up a notch with a Holiday Recipe-

Exchange Party. The hostess would collect each guest’s recipe prior to the party and make copies for everyone; then, each guest would make and bring their favorite holiday dish for everyone to sample. At the end

Remember waiting for Oprah Winfrey to reveal her “Favorite Things” list each year? Who says only Oprah can have favorites? Try hosting a Favorite Things Party, where each of your guests brings a gift that is one of their own favorite things. It makes for a really fun gift exchange to see what everyone brings. You can surprise your guests by reciting Oprah’s famous “Everybody gets one!” by purchasing something small to give everyone as a parting gift. Of course, serving food and drinks that reflect some of your favorites is a fun way to create the menu for the party. A table full of desserts sounds good to us!

of the evening, everyone would go home with a collection of new recipes that they have already sampled and could use for their own holiday gatherings!

A fun idea for a ladies’ holiday get-together is to do a gift exchange where everyone brings the same type of item. We have hosted a “Scarf Swap” the past couple of years, and women love it! Scarves are so popular right now and typically fit into the price limit for a holiday gift exchange, so it makes for a really fun and easy way to host a gift exchange. You could also do it with bracelets, earrings, or any other one-size-fits-all accessory. It also makes shopping much easier!

Anyone who hosts a holiday party gets kudos from us! We know it takes a lot of effort, and you really can’t go wrong no matter what type of party you host. It’s all about being with friends and family and celebrating the season. If you need some local suggestions for your family over the break, visit We wish you a joyous holiday season!

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


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At Falany & Hulse Women’s Center, we are committed to providing quality women’s healthcare in a warm and caring environment. Our staff consists of board-certified physicians and certified physician assistants whose passion is to contribute to the well-being of our patients.

Falany & Hulse Women’s Center Main Office 10515 Bells Ferry Road Canton 770-720-8551 Coming Soon! 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 404 Woodstock

Dr. Angela Falany is a board-certified OB/GYN with hometown roots. A native of Canton, she is the eldest daughter of former Reinhardt College President Dr. Floyd Falany. Dr. Falany and her husband, Dr. Michael Hulse, have been in private practice since 1998. Dr. Hulse is a former Chief of Medical Staff at Northside Hospital-Cherokee and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists and the American Medical Association. Together, they enjoy all aspects of women’s health and are currently serving Cherokee and surrounding counties with office locations in East Ellijay and Canton, and soon will relocate to Towne Lake in Woodstock. Dr. Najia Lawrence joined the practice in 2008, and we were able to expand our service area by opening an additional office in the Hickory Flat area of Canton. Complementing doctors Falany & Hulse with her dynamic personality, she delivers the highest quality of care set by the practice. Dr. Kristen Leezer joined us in 2011. Her interests and expertise include minimally invasive surgery, adolescent gynecology and reproductive medicine. She has presented to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine on the relationship between fertility and exercise and has participated in various research projects related to her specialty.

Dr. Annie Kim is our most recent addition to our practice. Dr. Kim is originally from the Woodstock and Alpharetta area. She spent the last 12 years completing her medical education and training in Philadelphia, Southern California and Ohio, and is excited to be back home and giving back to the community she loves. Her interests include minimally invasive surgery, including robotics, and alternatives to hysterectomy.



Fringe Benefits:

Should You Trim Your Bangs? By Jyl Craven LIFESTYLE One of the easiest ways to dramatically alter your look is to choose a fringe. Fringe, also known as bangs, can work wonders on hair of any length or texture. Fringe will not only add style, sophistication and drama to your look but also accentuate or mask certain face shapes or features. Before you take the plunge and trim your bangs, you should know which style of bangs will suit your facial features best:

Square Fringe A square fringe looks like a blunt cut straight across the forehead. This style of fringe can hide a large forehead and balance out a long or round face, and, depending on the style, it also can be used to widen or narrow a face shape. A square fringe can open up the eye sockets and enhance the cheekbones, depending on how wide the fringe is cut.

Bowed Fringe Women looking for a highly dramatic look may choose the bowed fringe. This look lifts the corner of the eyes and defines the brow bone while also enhancing the cheekbones. Combined with intense eye makeup, a bowed fringe can make for an extremely striking look.

Side-Swept Fringe Round Fringe Like a square fringe, a rounded fringe will also enhance cheekbones. The round fringe accentuates the curvature of the eyes more by opening the eye sockets. Many women choose a round fringe when they want to balance out a square face or create an oval face shape. A round fringe also softens harsher features for a rounder, more femenine appearance.

The side-swept fringe is popular with women who want to try bangs, but aren’t yet sure if committing to the full fringe look is right for them. Most women will find that side-swept fringe works with their hair length and texture, as well as their face shape. It even covers rounder facial qualities and balances out the face shape. A fringe novice may ask her stylist about the side-swept style first before committing to a square, round or bowed look.

Keep in mind that a fringe may require a little more maintenance when included with your haircut. Depending on which fringe you choose, your stylist may recommend frequent trims. Finally, growing your fringe out can take a little creativity. Fortunately, your stylist can recommend a style that will incorporate your fringe back into your natural haircut and alleviate some of your fringe growing pains. If you’re dreaming of a dramatic new look without altering the length of your hair, ask your stylist which fringe benefits you! L


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


inger/songwriter Thomas Fountain is setting out to leave an impact on today’s country music. While his band is playing venues all across the South and Midwest, Fountain strives for much more than being a great performer; as a wellrounded artist he wants to steer country music back to its origins.

music should be honest, meaningful. It should tell a story people can relate to.”

Ironically, music was not part of Fountain’s upbringing, although his family is very supportive of his career. “I began writing songs after I graduated from high school, and it took a lot of courage to actually perform for the first time,” “Country music has the Ball Ground native gotten away from what notes. At age 20, Fountain it is about. It’s not just the founded his first cover natural evolvement of a band, “53 West.” He later by Heike Hellmann-Brown music genre,” Fountain got out of music and explains. “The music I focused on sports. He has grew up with is different coached basketball and from the songs they played in the 1950s. Yet, today’s baseball at Woodstock Middle School, and currently is a country music is solely market-driven, full of effects, PE teacher at Mill Creek Middle School. and geared toward a younger crowd. It’s more about a singer’s image than the actual song. To me, country In 2012, Fountain began to miss music. “I jumped back

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“To me, country music should be honest, meaningful. It should tell a story people can relate to.”



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“This genuine connection that I can make with my audience is what drives me.” in, but this time I wanted to do it my way: write songs from the heart, share genuine experiences, and connect with my audience on a personal level,” he says. Drawing inspiration from the tunes of the 1980s and 1990s — “when country music artists were great vocalists, great writers, and great musicians,” Fountain looked for musicians who shared his vision. Today, the Thomas Fountain Band is comprised of acclaimed musicians who have played in the Grand Ole Opry, the Super Bowl, and the CMAs. Fountain has taken his songwriting skills to Nashville, where he contracts for independent publisher Out-Write Music. While he has quickly garnered attention in the industry, he follows the advice of veteran musicians to establish a local fan base first. “In Nashville, you are one-in-a-million. Record studios are more inclined to scout concerts and back a seasoned performer than to launch a newcomer’s career.”


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However, Fountain is on track to rising to stardom, having been named as “2014 Male Georgia Country Music Artist of the Year” and “Overall Artist of the Year.” He has toured six states, performed live on TV, and released his first EP that showcases his versatility. His single, “Float,” is played on 94.9 The Bull, the sixth-largest station in the nation. How does Fountain handle his growing popularity? “I used to be known around the county as a basketball coach. Now, people stop me at a gas station to tell me how much the lyrics of ‘Daddy’s Old Billfold’ have touched them,” he says. “This genuine connection that I can make with my audience is what drives me.”

Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.

Risks Associated with Oral Piercings By L. Michael Cox, D.M.D. Tattoos and body piercings have become much more common over the past two decades. It also seems that individuals are making the decision to get body jewelry at earlier ages and in less traditional places. Oral piercings, including those to the lips, tongue, cheek, and frenum, present a number of unique challenges and risks. Most stem from the fact that the mouth is composed of delicate tissue and an abundance of bacteria. Not to mention that it is critical to so many of the body’s vital functions, including: breathing, eating, swallowing, and talking. There are many risks associated with both the piercing process and the choice of jewelry, including:

• Infection: The wound created by the piercing combined

with the mouth’s natural bacteria can create a dangerous situation. In addition, the composition (aluminum, steel, gold, silver) of the jewelry and its handling during the piercing process often create problems. Nerve Damage: Numbness and loss of sensitivity in teeth and gum tissue (including the tongue) can occur if piercings are not placed in exactly the right location. Damage to Teeth: Studies indicate that 47 percent of people wearing barbell tongue jewelry will have chipped teeth within 4 years. This can lead to tooth decay and be an esthetic problem as well. Gum Disease: Metal jewelry that repeatedly comes in contact with gum tissue usually will damage that area over time, which can result in severe periodontal disease and tooth loss. Choking: Foreign objects in the mouth can become loose, especially during sleep, and block an individual’s airway. Endocarditis: This is a life-threatening condition caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream and resulting in inflammation of the heart and/or valves.

If a relative or friend has told you they are planning to pierce the area in or around their mouth, encourage them to learn about the risks associated with such procedures, and about the sterilization process for piercing tools, training of staff members, and type of jewelry used by the studio. If you can persuade your loved one to consult with their dentist prior to the piercing, even better.

Dr. Michael Cox is a dentist with BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road. 770-704-1812,



Wrist Tendonitis By Jose Baez, M.D.

Typically, de Quervain’s tendonitis (first dorsal compartment tendonitis) is brought on by irritation or inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb. This inflammation causes the compartment (a tunnel or a sheath) around the tendon to swell and enlarge, making thumb and wrist movement painful. Making a fist, grasping, or holding objects often causes pain.

What Causes de Quervain’s Tendonitis? This condition is usually caused by taking up new, repetitive activity. New mothers are especially prone to this type of tendonitis because caring for an infant often creates awkward hand positioning. Hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy and nursing further contribute to its occurrence. A wrist fracture may also predispose you to de Quervain’s tendonitis because of increased stresses across the tendons.

Signs and Symptoms of Wrist Tendonitis The main symptom is pain over the thumb-side of the wrist. It may appear gradually or suddenly, and is located at the first dorsal compartment at the wrist. The pain may radiate down the thumb or up the forearm, with hand and thumb motion increasing pain (especially with forceful grasping or twisting). You may experience swelling over the base of the thumb, which can include a fluid-filled cyst in this region. There may be an occasional “catching” or “snapping” when you move your thumb. Because of the pain and swelling, motion such as pinching may be difficult. Irritation of the nerve lying on top of the tendon sheath may cause numbness on the back of the thumb and index finger.

Diagnosis of Wrist Tendonitis A hand specialist will generally ask you to make a fist with your fingers clasped over your thumb. This involves bending your wrist in the direction of your little finger, making the maneuver quite painful if you have de Quervain’s tendonitis.

Wrist Tendonitis Treatment The goal is to relieve the pain caused by the irritation and swelling. A hand specialist may recommend: • • •


Resting the thumb and wrist by wearing a splint; Taking an oral anti-inflammatory; Cortisone-type of steroid injections into the tendon compartment.

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Each of these non-operative treatments helps reduce the swelling, which typically relieves pain over time. In some cases, simply stopping the aggravating activities may allow the symptoms to go away on their own. If symptoms are severe or do not improve, a hand specialist may recommend surgery. This surgery opens the compartment to make more room for the inflamed tendons, which breaks the vicious cycle of the tight space causing more inflammation. You can resume normal use of your hand once comfort and strength have returned.

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

Hellebores By Gail Roos

landscape fertilizer when you see the first new green leaves. Fertilize again in February when you see flowers starting. At that time, snip off older leaves that look winter-worn, being careful not to nip the new growth. Once established, they’re good for years without any fuss.

Hellebores, or Helleborus, of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, are evergreen, shade-loving, deer- and rabbit-resistant, and they flower in winter when our gardens are mostly sleeping. They can be used as ground cover, or grouped in shady locations where the clumps will spread through self-seeding. They’re my favorite lowmaintenance perennial.

Most of my hellebores are Lenten Rose or H. orientalis. They bloom late winter to early spring, in shades of plum, rose, pink, and magenta, some with contrasting spots. The leaves are about 10 inches across with dark green leathery leaflets. I have several H. foetidus, or stinking hellebore — but they only smell bad if parts are crushed. They’re upright with small, lime green cup-shaped flowers and bright green leaves with narrow leaflets. Hellebore flowers stay put for many weeks, although their colors fade.

Hellebore maintenance is easy. Plant them in shade with lots of organic matter and good drainage. Fertilize with general

I don’t remove old blooms, as the seeds will drop and make seedlings. Leave them until the second year,

then dig up a bunch with lots of soil and move to another shady spot. The seedlings probably won’t come true to the parent, but it’s fun to see what you’ll get! If you don’t want seedlings, remove old blooms. My hellebores are the “nodding” variety, meaning the blossoms face the ground. I plan to check out new cultivars whose blossoms face upward! Ivory Prince blooms white, then later turns bright lime green. Red Lady is tall and bushy with deep maroon flowers. Pink Frost has burgundy stems, silver frosted leaves, and flowers of white, pink, and deep rose. Plant some hellebores; they add yearround beauty to your shady areas. Be sure to look for the new ones with blossoms that face the sky! Gail Roos is a certified Master Gardener Extension Volunteer with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension. Contact the Cherokee County UGA Extension office for gardening assistance. 770-720-7803,



Six White Boomers

By Meghan Griffin

and Other Holiday Traditions

We have a few traditions in my family that we honor every year on Christmas: Mom’s famous oyster casserole, watching “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours, and champagne and chocolate for breakfast (for those over 21). When we were kids, we had a pop-up book of “The Night Before Christmas” that we would read again and again. My sister and I would go to bed (willingly!) really early and then just lay there in anticipation of Santa coming to the house. We would wake our parents up at an unholy hour on Christmas morning to get the day started. Bless them. I’m getting excited just thinking about all the fun stuff ahead of us this month! We have a new addition arriving in February to the family, as my sister is having her first baby, a little boy that will be called Robert. I am so excited to be an auntie, and I can’t wait to show him how the holidays are done and maybe make some new traditions. I was doing a little research to see what other countries and communities do, and perhaps we could incorporate some of that into our holiday hoedowns. Did you know that in Australia, Christmas falls right in the middle of their summer holidays and that instead of Santa being pulled by reindeer, he gets six white boomers

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(or kangaroos) to bring him around? The chorus of the song goes: Six white boomers, snow white boomers, Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun. Six white boomers, snow white boomers, On his Australian run. In the Philippines, they have the distinction of having the world’s longest celebration of Christmas, with holiday music being played in September and lasting through midJanuary. As someone who loves Christmas music (especially Dean, Frank and Bing), this is a tradition that I can totally get behind. They also have the Noche Buena feast, which is a meal at midnight on Christmas Eve. We have a saying in our family that you shouldn’t get between a Griffin and its food, so a meal at midnight would fit right in with us. However you celebrate the season, the Canton Main Street folks wish you the happiest of holidays. See you next year!

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

First Friday: Night of Holiday Lights 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Cannon Park Live music, classic cars and more fun for the whole family! Donations of new toys will be accepted for MUST Ministries. The Classic Cars entry fee will be waived for those who donate a new toy for MUST Ministries as well. First Friday is free and open to the public.

27th Annual Christmas Parade 6:00 p.m. at Cannon Park

Enjoy music and activities in the park prior to the parade, hosted by the Canton Optimist Club. The event is free and open to the public.

What is a Cataract? By Anjum Cheema, M.D.

At birth, our eyes have a clear lens that allows light to be transmitted and focused onto the retina, which then transmits the light signal to the brain, resulting in vision. As we age, that clear lens begins to slowly get cloudy, and when the cloudiness begins to interfere with our vision as it blocks and scatters light, we refer to it as a cataract. This process of developing a cataract is usually an age-related process, but it can occur at different ages in different people, and some factors can accelerate this process. These include certain systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, medications, such as steroids (whether by mouth or inhaled or nasal spray), as well as injuries to the eye.

What Symptoms Does a Cataract Cause? A cataract can cause many symptoms. Some patients will notice a slow deterioration in their vision, usually more noticeable under low light conditions, or when trying to read small print. Others may notice an increased amount of glare in the sunlight or a halo around oncoming headlights during nighttime driving. Still others may notice a dramatic, rapid blurring of vision. Although a cataract can lead to rapid vision loss in some circumstances, other causes of vision loss must also be ruled out in these cases.

How is a Cataract Treated? Cataracts are treated by a quick, safe, and very effective outpatient surgery.

The surgery usually takes about 10-15 minutes, is painless, usually doesn’t require any stitches, and can improve vision within days. An ultrasound machine breaks up the cataract into small pieces, which are then removed, followed by the insertion of an artificial lens implant to focus light back onto the retina.

What Type of Lens Implants Are There? There are different types of artificial lens implants that can be used. The standard implant is called a monofocal lens, and it is usually used to correct distance vision. Reading glasses would still be needed. Other, newer types of lens implants include multifocal and toric implants. Multifocal lenses can correct both distance and near vision, resulting in good overall vision without the need for glasses in many, but not all, patients. There are some mild side effects, such as halos around lights and need for good

lighting when trying to read at nighttime. Toric lenses are used to correct corneal astigmatism, which is a variation in the shape of the cornea. In patients with significant astigmatism, a standard lens implant would not sufficiently correct distance vision, and glasses would be required for both distance and near. Toric lenses help to reduce the need for distance glasses, although reading glasses would still be needed. Your eye doctor can review your case to determine if you are a candidate for either a multifocal or toric lens implant. If you are suffering from a decline in your vision, make an appointment with an eye doctor to explore your options.

Dr. Anjum Cheema is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 678-381-2020,



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Edible Arrangements 810 Cumming Hwy., Suite 1300 Canton 770-213-3279 Gifts

Stout’s Growlers 188 North Street Canton 678-899-6684 Liquor Store

Elite Nail Spa 1105 Parkside Lane, Suite 1326 Woodstock 770-926-6222 Nail Salon

Nutin’ but Fun 9533 Main Street Woodstock 770-249-3125 Children’s Activities

Blue Sky Barbecue 295 Molly Lane, Suite 100 Woodstock 770-485-0503 Restaurants

9Round Woodstock 1426 Towne Lake Pkwy., Suite 106 Woodstock 678-483-6044 Health/Fitness

Inalfa Roof Systems Inc. 1000 Cherokee Pkwy. Acworth 770-701-2800 Automotive Sun Roof Systems

Starbucks Coffee Company #23263 9529 Hwy. 92, Suite 100 Woodstock 770-928-8564 Coffee Shop with Drive Thru

MaThCliX MaTh Learning CenTer 1105 Parkside Lane, Suite 1324 Woodstock 770-852-0314 Math Tutoring, Education/Tutorial

Amedisys Northwest Home Health 111 Mountain Vista Blvd., Suite 145 Canton 770-345-3630 Health Care

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Give Yourself a Gift This Holiday Season:

Breast Augmentation

By Drs. Musarra, Leake, Petrosky & Harkins Fashion, femininity and your figure have one element in common: the curve of the breast. There’s no doubt that the most feminine of a woman’s attributes are her breasts. Through the ages, women have turned to brassieres, corsets and now surgery to obtain a more aesthetically pleasing bust line. The size, shape and appearance of the breast can influence how women feel about their bodies and, in turn, themselves. Most women who seek breast enhancement fall into two groups: the younger woman who has always been dissatisfied with the size and proportion

of her breasts; and the woman in her late 20s through 40s who has lost volume due to pregnancy, but, with breast shape changes, especially sagging, may not warrant a lift. Breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of breasts through the placement of breast implants.

True or False about Implants: • • • •

All breast implants may be detected by the touch: False All breast implants become hard over time: False Breast implants can move or fall out of position: True Silicone breast implants can cause cancer and other diseases: False

Breast surgery is a highly emotional and fulfilling experience. It is also a very personal decision. Most women consult a plastic surgeon after carefully considering

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Ingredients Preparation Trim the top and bottom of the beets and rinse in the sink. Place in a mixing bowl and toss with ¼ cup of oil and salt and pepper. Place in oven at 400 degrees for one hour, until beets are tender. Let them cool in the refrigerator. Once chilled, peel outer skin of beets, slice thin and reserve for plating. (Wearing gloves is highly recommended.)

around so that they don’t stick but get a seared look. This should take about one minute. Remove from heat for plating.

Clean scallops and pat with a dry cloth to ensure a better pan sear.

For plating, place the sliced beets in a circle, alternating colors. Put a nest of Arugula salad in the middle of the circle. Arrange scallops on top of the salad and garnish.

Heat oil in a large skillet on high heat. Add scallops to pan, moving them

Dressing 1 tablespoon cracked mustard 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar ½ cup olive oil Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a bowl. Wisk in oil until emulsified and thickened. If available, add 1 teaspoon of truffle oil for added burst of flavor.


3 red beets 3 golden beets 1 cup Baby Arugula 1 cup cleaned Nantucket scallops ¼ cup shaved fennel ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons salt and pepper

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Take one fennel bulb and slice on a mandolin if available, or slice by hand as thin as possible for the salad. Mix with Arugula and dress with vinagrette.

Saying a Fond Farewell to CCSD Retirees By Janet Read I first started attending school board meetings in January 2004. Back then, the board met in the cafeteria of the original Canton Elementary School. The superintendent, board members and board attorney were seated on the stage, with the assistant superintendents in the first couple of rows. I spent the first few meetings trying to match names to faces of the staff members. In October 2004, the board meetings were moved to the newly renovated auditorium. By the time I was sworn in on January 20, 2005, I had learned all of the names. Over the years, many of those faces have changed. However, one has remained the same until now: Assistant Superintendent of Financial Management Candler Howell, who is retiring as of the end of December. Candler has worked for the district for 27 years, having Candler Howell previously been a senior auditor for the State of Georgia Dept. of Audits. He has worked for three superintendents, through 15 bond issues and during some very tough economic times. His positive attitude, willingness to help fledging board members to understand a complex budget, and his love of college football are just a few of the reasons I have enjoyed working with him. As a staunch Auburn alumnus, he tolerates my affection for the Crimson Tide and Georgia, and endures the numerous Auburn jabs that I throw his way throughout the year. Good luck in retirement, Candler! You have earned it, but you will be missed! Letitia Cline, assistant superintendent, Educational Programs, also retired this year. Letitia spent all 30 of her years in education in Cherokee County. She was an outstanding teacher, assistant principal and principal prior to becoming an assistant superintendent a few years ago. Throughout her career, her passion Letitia Cline for all students, especially those who were most at risk, was evident in everything she did. Under her leadership, Boston Elementary School was named a Title I Distinguished School. Good luck to you, Letitia! You, too, have earned your retirement and are leaving some big shoes to fill! It was a joy to work alongside you! Janet Read is chair of the CCSD board. 770-516-1444,




Services Baptist Arbor Hill Baptist Church 696 Arbor Hill Rd., Canton Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Ball Ground First Baptist 445 Old Canton Rd., Ball Ground 770-735- 3374, Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Rd., Ball Ground 770-887-6982, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Cherokee Baptist 7770 Hickory Flat Hwy., Woodstock 770-720-3399, Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Crossroads of Life Baptist 2861 Ball Ground Hwy., Canton 770-479-7638, Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

First Baptist Canton Mission Point Campus, 1 Mission Point, Canton 770-479-5538, Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Sutallee Baptist Church 895 Knox Bridge Hwy., White Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Toonigh Baptist Church 4999 Old Hwy. 5, Lebanon 770-928-2491 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Victory Baptist Church 346 Lucky Street, Canton 770-345-1133 Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Waleska First Baptist 10657 Fincher Rd., Waleska 770-479-1024, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Woodstock First Baptist Church 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock 770-926-4428, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Church of God Hickory Flat Church of God 947 Bailey Rd., Woodstock 678-691-9165 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Hillside Community Church of God 12487 Fincher Rd., Canton 678-880-1901 Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Mt. Paran North Canton Campus Meets at Sequoyah High School, 4485 Hickory Rd., Canton

678-285-3288, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Holly Springs

New Life Church

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

154 Lakeside Dr., Canton 770-345-2660, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Heritage Baptist Fellowship

Sunnyside Church of God

3615 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Canton 770-479-9415 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Hickory Road Baptist Church 2146 Hickory Rd., Canton 770-345-2296, Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Hopewell Baptist Church 78 Ridge Rd., Canton 770-345-5723, Sunday Services: 9:30, 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Macedonia Baptist Church 7984 Cumming Hwy., Canton Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Mount Zion Baptist Church

2510 E. Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 770-639-1018, Sunday Services: 10:00 & 11:30 a.m.

Toonigh Church of God 4775 Holly Springs Pkwy., Canton 770-926-3096, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m

Episcopal Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church 2135 E. Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 404-395-5003, Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton 770-345-6722, Sunday Services: 8:00, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

4096 E. Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 770-479-3324, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.


New Victoria Baptist Church

4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Ste. 120, Kennesaw 678-460-7702, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11:00 a.m.; Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m.

6659 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 770-926-8448, Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

Chabad Jewish Center

Oakdale Baptist

Congregation Ner Tamid

100 Oakdale Rd., Canton 770-479-9060 Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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


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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock 770-924-7286, Sunday Services: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-928-2812, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Methodist Big Springs United Methodist 2066 Sugar Pike Rd., Woodstock 770-475-1796 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Birmingham United Methodist Church 15770 Birmingham Rd., Alpharetta 678-942-1600, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton 770-479-2502, Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church 7745 Main St., Woodstock 678-445-3480, Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Field’s Chapel United Methodist Church 1331 Fields Chapel Rd., Canton 770-479-6030, Sunday Service: 8:40 & 11:00 a.m.

Hickory Flat United Methodist Church 4056 E. Cherokee Dr., Canton 770-345-5969, Sunday Services: 9:20 & 11:00 a.m.

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 770-924-4777, Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Holly Springs United Methodist Church 2464 Holly Springs Pkwy., Canton 770-345-2883, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Liberty Hill Church 141 Railroad St., Canton 678-493-8920, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton 770-345-7644, Sunday Services: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Union Hill United Methodist Church

Canton Adventist Church

Oak Leaf Church Canton

2000 A.J. Land Rd., Canton 678-297-0550, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 678-880-0106, Saturday Worship: 10:00 a.m.

151 E. Marietta St., Canton 678-653-4652, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.


Canton Church of Christ

The Pointe

BridgePointe Church 230 Arnold Mill Rd., Ste. 400, Woodstock 770-517-2977, Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton 770-704-9594, Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

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

1168 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton 706-299-1347, Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Pkwy., Ste. 112, Canton Sunday Services: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Cherokee Christian Fellowship

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church

207 Marvin Land Ln., Canton 678-793-7422, Saturday Service: 11:00 a.m.

6409 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock 770-928-2795, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist

The Quest Church

101 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-591-7304, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

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

Grace Church, PCA

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

1160 Butterworth Rd., Canton 770-265-5811, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

3459 E. Cherokee Dr., Canton 770-720-9574 Sunday Service: 1:00 p.m.

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Covenant Christian Center

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

330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Dr., Canton 770-345-0307, Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Dayspring Church

1136 Trinity Church Rd., Canton Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

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

Woodstock Presbyterian Church

Faith Community Church

345 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-926-0074 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

659 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-516-1996, Sunday Worship: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Roman Catholic

Grace Bible Church

Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church 2941 Sam Nelson Rd., Canton 770-479-8923, Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 5:30 p.m.

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-516-0009, StMichaelTheArchAngelWoodstock. Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m., 12:45 & 5:30 p.m.

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-926-6348, Sunday Services: 8:00 & 11:00 a.m., Nursery available

AllPoints Community Church 6884 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton 770-704-0945, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Meets at Cherokee Christian School 770-355-8724, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Greater Bethel Community Church

411 Scott Mill Rd., Canton 678-687-8670, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-591-0040, Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.

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

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

St. Paul AME 390 Crisler St., Canton 770-479-9691, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Toonigh Church of God 4775 Holly Springs Pkwy., Canton 770-926-3096, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

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

Watermarke Church Meets at Cherokee Charter Academy (2126 Sixes Rd., Canton)

211 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-592-9900 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

678-880-9092, Sunday Services: 9:00, 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Hickory Flat Fellowship

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

5301 Hickory Flat Hwy, Canton 770-704-5050 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

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

Morning Star Church 1006 Owens Store Rd., Canton 678-794-7486, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Rd., Canton 770-479-6412, Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.

Woodstock Christian Church

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-926-8838, Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Woodstock Community Church 219 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock 770-926-8838, Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Word of Life Family 207 Marvin Land Ln., Canton 770-479-7693, Sunday Service: 9:00 a.m.

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



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