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December 2016

Volume 4 | Issue 5

28-29 On the Cover:

Live Clean, Inc.

34-35 Lucky 13

An Adoption Adventure


Loco for Cocoa Hot Chocolate Recipes


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.......................... Perspective


.............................. Calendar


....................... Business Life


..................... Canton Minute


........................ Capitol Ideas


......................... Taste of Life


......................... Artist Profile


........................ Book Review


................... Faces of Canton


.................... Ribbon Cuttings

Publisher’s Perspective


s they learn to walk, toddlers are known to “toddle,” clumsily propelling themselves forward, often on the verge of taking a spill. No one is born with all the necessary abilities and skills needed to take one step at time when learning to walk. Many of us still struggle with this concept in other areas of our lives. As we grow, we learn that balance is key, not only for walking, but for many of life’s obstacles. Over time, we come to understand that there will be challenges placed before us, and in the long run, it is our responsibility to muster the drive to overcome them.

“God’s trials are meant to customize us and help us become the person we are intended to be,” said Dr. George Anderson. Faith is what we need more of each day. Faith in the realization that if we try our best, if we believe, if we focus, that whatever the sum of our struggles may be, we will be better in the end. Find resolve; develop a backbone. The understanding that success comes from within us is vital to accepting what is placed before us.

Laurie Litke SALES Janet Ponichtera CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, Paul Bodrogi, Mary Kay Buquoi, Michael Buckner, Lynnda Campbell, Rick Cheney, Rajayne Cordery, Jyl Craven, Natalie del Valle, Jessica Fowler, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Norman Hunt, Cameron Johnson, Nathan Kaller, James E. Leake, Pamela Marquess, Robbie Matiak, Scott Merritt, Tim Morris, Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Matthew Thomas

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Recently, I was fortunate to hear a message from a pastor about two boys and their attempt to set a scarecrow upright. They would prop the scarecrow up, and it would fall. They would straighten it up, and it would slouch forward; this happened again and again. One of the youngsters soon realized

Often, it is our technique that handicaps us, so let us concentrate on the game instead of the other players. Set a goal for your next step, not your final step, and push ahead. We may grow weary and need to temporarily push aside whatever we are struggling with to lean on a friend, our family, and most importantly, our faith to regain the strength and the diligence to persevere.

ART Candice Williams


that the scarecrow needed something “inside of him” to hold him upright. We need that, too. We each need “something inside” that keeps us on task and moving forward.

EDITORIAL Julie Senger

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~ Lucille Ball



“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”



Calendar 8-23

Anna Crawford Holiday Lights of Hope — The Holiday Lights of Hope is a large-scale, walk-through event, with almost two million holiday lights. The event includes a mixture of traditional holiday lights with animated displays including a 30-foot Christmas tree, 17-foot-tall reindeer, 15-foot-tall snowman family and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Parents and children can get lost in the mile-long maze of bright Christmas lights. Enjoy their Main Street, as it comes to life with holiday décor. Visit the Home Depot field, as they compete for the best holiday village. Families can have their pictures taken with Santa every night in the Santa Village. Shop with unique vendors in the Vendor Village. Opens at 6:00 pm, Hobgood Park, 6888 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 678-504-6388.



Members Holiday Art Show The Holidays are quickly approaching, and there is no better time to pick out some gifts for your loved ones. There will be a wide variety of artwork and crafts for sale, and all pieces will be under $100. Tuesday-Friday 11:00-5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244.


Coffee & Connections Coffee & Connections provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:00 am, Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Parent’s Night Out — Drop off your children in a fun, safe environment for a few hours, so you can have some adult time! Register in advance! Space is limited. Ratio of staff to children is 1:10. 5:30-10:00 pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760.


Canton’s 2nd Annual Art & Wine Walk — Come to downtown Canton to sample wine, view art from local artists, and shop the downtown stores. 6:00-10:00 pm. Cannon


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Park, 130 East Main Street, Canton. 770704-1548.


Swim with the Grinch — The Grinch will be visiting the Cherokee County Aquatic Center! The cost is $10.00 per child and includes pictures with the Grinch, a goodie-bag, open swim and pool games! Registration is available online or at the aquatic center. Advanced registration is recommended. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paid/supervising adult. Any children who are non-swimmers or are in a lifejacket must have a parent in the water within arm’s reach of them. 1:003:00 pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-8804760.


Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty VS Nice — ABC and Walt Disney Studios team up to deliver this jovial holiday special detailing the Christmas adventures of Prep & Landing, an elite, high-tech unit of elves whose job is to prepare homes for a visit from Santa. In Prep & Landing: Naughty VS Nice, Wayne and Lanny race to recover classified North Pole technology after a mischievous kid hacks into Santa’s database. 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Falany

Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Native American Day — This is a free public event honoring Georgia’s first people. the museum will be open all day with a southeastern Indian film, exhibits and special programs. Pioneer interpreters will be in the Appalachian Settlement (weather permitting). 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-7205970.


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


Mother’s Morning Out — Drop off your children in a fun, safe environment for a few hours, so you can have some adult time! Register in

advance! Space is limited. Ratio of staff to children is 1:10. 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760.


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


Canton Music Shoppe Christmas Recital — See Canton’s talented youth perform! 6:30 pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


White Christmas — Get in the Christmas spirit with this classic movie, featuring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. 3:00 pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


Semi-Formal New Year’s Eve Gala — This is sure to be a classy night in downtown Canton! Drink tickets, big screen ball drop, catered food, bar, live music by the Cinnamon Groove band, dancing and much more! 9:00 pm-1:00 am, Canton Theatre, 171 E Main Street, Canton. 770-704-1548.



Library Events BALL Ground 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, 770-735-2025 Hickory Flat 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 R.T. Jones 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090 Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Library December 6, 6:00-7:00 pm, Ball Ground Don’t forget to bring your cameras. Children are invited to participate in the fun of making a special Christmas craft to take home. Light refreshments will be served. Family Holiday Movie December 6, 4:00-6:00 pm, R.T. Jones Enjoy an afternoon of laughs, fun and popcorn. The film, Elf, is rated PG. Holiday Open House December 7, 6:00-7:30 pm, R.T. Jones Celebrate the season, and enjoy the Festival of Trees during this Holiday Open House. There will be crafts, refreshments, a tree lighting and songs performed by the Hasty Elementary Chorus. Santa Claus will be our special guest! All ages are welcome. Polar Express Read Aloud December 8, 6:30 pm, Ball Ground December 12, 6:30 pm, R.T. Jones December 14, 6:00 pm, Hickory Flat Bring your blanket, and wear your best pajamas! Our favorite conductor will be on hand to give you a ticket to an evening of music, crafts, photo ops and refreshments. This program is for all ages. DIG. Drop-in Genealogy December 11, 2:00-4:00 pm, R.T. Jones Join this monthly group to learn and work on your genealogical research. Bridge Club December 12, 10:30 am-1:00 pm, Ball Ground Beginners and experienced players are welcome, adults only. Jewelry Making for Beginners December 12, 6:00 pm, Hickory Flat Discover the jewelry artist in you while learning basic jewelry making and design. Make a great bracelet! A limited selection of beads will be available, or you may bring your own. Large beads do not work for this project. Space is limited, and registration is required.


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Tech Tuesday December 13 & 27, R.T. Jones Make a date to get answers to many basic technology questions. Bring your device and/or laptop and power cords. Call to reserve your spot. Crocheting Club December 13, 6:00-7:30 pm, Ball Ground December 19, 2:00-3:00 pm, Ball Ground Mrs. Joyce Jacobs will teach beginners how to crochet. Bring your needles and yarn for a fun-filled learning experience. Beginners through advanced are welcome. LEGO Club December 17, 3:00-4:00 pm, Ball Ground Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creations, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s program. All ages are invited. Ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reindeer Games December 19, 2:00-3:00 pm, Ball Ground Drop in for an afternoon of games, crafts and music. Can you get the ring on the reindeer’s antlers and put Frosty together again? Fun for the whole family.

Action Church

261 Marietta Road, Canton 770-345-3030 December 24, 6:00 pm Christmas Eve service

Canton First United Methodist 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton 770-479-2502 December 23, 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Eve service December 24, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve service

Pilates and Prevention December 19, 6:30 pm, Hickory Flat Come and participate in a fun Pilates class, and learn how to prevent illness and disease through proper nutrition and mind / body exercise. Bring your yoga mat or towel. Consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen. Holiday Movie December 20, 1:00-3:00 pm, Hickory Flat Get in the Christmas spirit by coming to watch this G-rated, Muppet holiday classic. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Crafter-Noon December 30, 2:00-3:00pm, R.T. Jones Get in touch with your creative side! Make and take as many crafts as you want! This is for all ages; parent participation is required.

Happy Holidays!

Church Listings First Baptist Canton 1 Mission Point, Canton 770-479-5538

December 24, 3:30 pm Christmas Eve service, followed by the Lord’s Supper at 5:00 pm December 25, 10:30 am Christmas Day service

Heritage Fellowship

3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton 770-479-9415 December 24, 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Service — This candlelight communion in an intimate service is for the whole family.

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

December 11, 10:30 am Hopewell Baptist Church Invites you and your family to join its church family, as they celebrate our Lord with a Christmas musical. December 24, 4:00 pm Candlelight service December 25, 10:30 am Christmas service

Liberty Hill

141 Railroad Street, Canton 678-493-8920 December 24, 5:00 pm Christmas Eve family service December 24, 11:00 pm Candlelight Communion




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Key’s Jewelry is celebrating 65

and Ruby Key. It opened on the third floor

years in Canton! Key’s Jewelry is a third

of what is known in Canton as the Galt

generation, family-owned-and-operated

building. The business started with one

jewelry store that has been in business

showcase and Vernie’s workbench, which

since 1951. Key’s specializes in jewelry

is where he did watch and clock repair.

repairs, engraving, minor watch repairs,

Vernie moved into a shop on the ground

batteries, stems and crowns, crystals

floor of the Galt building in the mid-50s.

and appraisal updates.

In 1956, a local bank building became available, and Vernie and Ruby bought the

Key’s was originally opened by Vernie L.


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building and remodeled it for their jewelry

Key’s Jewelry continued ...

The One Taekwondo has opened its new

store. They opened in their

location in Canton

current location in mid-1957.

at 110 Riverstone Parkway! The

Vernie’s grandson and current

One TKD teaches

owner, Doug, came into

martial arts classes

the store after high school

for the entire family.

graduation in 1974, and he

They also have

has worked at Key’s Jewelry

an after-school

ever since. In 1979, Doug’s

program. Parents

dad, Marion, bought the

all over the Canton

store. Doug worked with his

and Holly Springs

dad until he bought the store

areas are singing

in July of 1998, at which

the praises of their

time his wife, Judy, joined

amazing, transported, after-school martial arts program for kids!

him in running the store. Doug and Judy completely

Master Seung Hun Kim, 5th degree black belt, leads an extremely talented group of instructors

remodeled the store just after

and black belts to bring you the pinnacle of modern martial arts curriculum and training. Their

purchasing it.

focus is on creating a positive, safe, injury-free training environment, which has earned them the reputation in Canton of being the top martial arts and character-development institute in the area. For more information, visit, or call 770-913-6123.





Business Wins By Matthew A. Thomas


anton is a business-friendly city. This is no clichĂŠ. It is the truth. What exactly does being a business-friendly city mean in the first place? It means that all aspects of governance, codes and permitting are oriented in a manner that assists private businesses to open and conduct their operations. When the decision is made to locate in Canton, from start to finish, we stand ready to help. The City of Canton provides everything from site selection assistance to permits, to inspections, to zoning information, to development code information, to incentive information and everything else in between. In fact, we have our permitting flow chart available for builders, developers and businesses on wide display online and in our Community Development Department at City Hall. This shows what can be expected and what needs to happen for projects and sites to be permitted. We share our very own A Guide to Starting a Business in Canton with anyone who wants information about how the City operates to get approvals, in a simple


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A-B-C format. In fact, this guide has even been used as a statewide best practice for other cities and communities to adopt and implement. By no means are we perfect, but our commitment to customer friendliness lies at the heart of our daily work to ensure that businesses here grow and remain vibrant. The products of our commitment to business friendliness can be observed in the number of new businesses that have opened, are in the process of opening or are expanding in Canton. Their investment speaks where are our words may fail. How can these projects happen without the necessary permits and approvals to open? Outside of locational factors, what assures these entities that their plans can be reviewed and approved so their dreams can become realities? How do processes and inspections get done unless the City makes sure they are completed in a timely manner? They must come from interfacing with those who review and approve the

numerous site plans and permits available to businesses in the City, which, again, shows the importance of our business friendly approach. We want to make processes easy and stress-free for all those choosing to do business here. If you are considering opening a business in Canton, you should pick up or download a copy of A Guide to Starting a Business in Canton. It was first launched in 2013, and it will be revised once the ongoing Branding & Marketing Strategy is completed. Additionally, rest assured, we will continue to keep a business first and business friendly approach to growth and economic development. After all, customer friendliness can be an incredible differentiator for patrons and those using your services.

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

Raising a



The ability to give unselfishly to others is not a quality with which people are born. Experiences we have, and the values we are taught, form the basis for the choices we tend to make in our lives regarding generosity. Similar to other behavioral and physical growth stages, researchers have found that children’s moral behaviors also evolve in developmental phases. Usually, young children, up to about five years of age, are a bit self-absorbed and fairly unaware of other people’s feelings. They tend to believe that they should have whatever it is that they want. At around four-and-a-half to fiveand-a-half years of age, children like to please adults and are more willing to be coached.

By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.


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As a child’s moral reasoning develops, parents can model generous behaviors and discuss the importance of generosity. Children will more easily grasp a value, such as generosity, if

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

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

GA Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Offers $60,500 in Scholarships The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is offering up to $60,500 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree related to agriculture, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences or a related field. GFB has awarded scholarships to students entering college with plans to pursue a career in agriculture or family and consumer sciences since 1959. On a local level, Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) will award $75 to each high school senior who fills out an application for a college scholarship. CCFB will award two $1000 scholarships to two Cherokee County HS seniors who are pursuing an agriculture-related degree. They will also be awarding additional scholarships for agriculture, technical scholarships for agriculture and UGA College of Veterinary Medicine scholarships. The deadline to apply for scholarships is Feb. 3, 2017. Applications and scholarship eligibility requirements may be obtained from the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office or downloaded at the GFB Foundation for Agriculture website at

Community Feature Energy Assistance Program Now Open for Homebound and Elderly The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program administered by the GA Division of Family and Children services is now open to homebound and elderly households. All households participating in the program must meet the income criteria; be responsible for paying the cost of energy for home heating directly to the supplier, and be U.S. citizens or aliens admitted to the U.S. for lawful, permanent residence. To apply, applicants must bring their most recent heating bill, proof of household income, proof of valid Social Security number, proof of citizenship with a valid picture I.D. and/or alien status. In addition, elderly households must provide proof of age for all household members. Assistance will be in the form of a one-time payment on behalf of the eligible household to help offset the cost of heating their homes. The checks will be issued directly to the home’s energy supplier. Assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis, while funds last. For more information, call 770-345-6351.

Congratulations “7 Differences” winner, Melanie Tugman! Congratulationstotoour ourOctober November “7 Differences” winner, Tara Caylor!



Community Feature

Georgia National Cemetery Carillon Project The Georgia National Cemetery Advisory Council announces the Carillon Project, a program benefiting the Georgia National Cemetery by installing a bell tower to be located near the entrance of the cemetery. The bell tower will be erected at the front entrance, in the center of the turnaround, adjacent to the Public Information Center of the cemetery. The goal is to install the bell tower by September in 2017. Chime concerts will be scheduled daily, under the direction of the volunteer staff, to accommodate scheduled burials, while keeping the serenity of the cemetery and its surroundings in mind.

Canton Named One of GA’s Most Charming Towns According to online travel publication TravelMag, the city of Canton is one of the most charming towns in the state. The organization reached out to 50 travel writers, photographers and other professionals and asked them to name the places in Georgia they consider most appealing. Only towns and cities between 3,000 and 50,000 residents were considered. Reasons Canton made the list include its high standard of living and its bustling social and cultural scene. “But much more than that, it is also a place of great beauty, with various hiking trails, attracting nature lovers all year-round,� TravelMag also stated.


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About Breast Implants By Drs. Musarra, Leake, Petrosky & Harkins Through the ages, women have turned to brassieres, corsets and now, surgery, to obtain what they deem a more aesthetically pleasing bust line. The size, shape and appearance of the breast can influence how women feel about their bodies. 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, or the woman in her late twenties through forties who has lost volume due to pregnancy, and with breast-shape changes, especially sagging, a lift may not be warranted. Breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of breasts through the placement of breast implants.

Breast surgery is a highly emotional and fulfilling experience. It’s also a very personal decision. Most women consult a plastic surgeon after a lot of careful consideration and research. Homework does not, however, replace the guidance of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who will assist a woman in confidently making the decision to have breast surgery. No other medical specialty includes formal training and testing to maintain credentials in all breast procedures. Breast surgery is your choice and decision. Of course, those who love and support you may have concerns about it. But remember, the effects of the surgery on your breast and your body are yours and yours alone. The goal of your plastic surgeon and the entire staff should be to help you achieve the most beautiful, natural results and to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible. As with any

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procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialtytrained, board-certified plastic surgeon.

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



Community Feature

Canton ES STEM Academy Wins 2016 Georgia STEM Education Award

Sequoyah HS Science Teacher Named CCSD 2017 Teacher of the Year Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulates Canton Elementary School STEM Academy Principal Beth Long, left, and Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Principal Joey Moss. Canton ES STEM Academy won the 2016 Georgia STEM Education Award for Elementary Schools, and Clark Creek ES STEM Academy was recognized as a finalist for the STEM Certified School Outreach Award.

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and TAG Education Collaborative present annual awards to recognize “outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Georgia,” including one award to the most outstanding elementary school for STEM education. This win, which was announced and presented during the STEM Education Awards ceremony at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, follows Canton ES STEM Academy’s recognition last year as a finalist for a 2015 Georgia STEM Education Award. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, “This award recognizes significant work on the part of our teachers and leaders as well as by students, families, volunteers and partners. We’re especially proud to see a Title I school, with many students whose parents speak English as a second language and/or who struggle financially, receive such acclaim for the opportunities provided to every student.”

“Chicken farmer” has been a nickname for the poultry industry leader-turned-science teacher at Sequoyah High School since he made the career change twelve years ago. Recently, Brian Carnes earned a new nickname: Cherokee County School District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. “I was very surprised and excited just to be named Sequoyah High School’s Teacher of the Year; it’s such an excellent school. I know all of the great teachers we have in Cherokee County, so this is just kind of overwhelming to me,” said Carnes. The CCSD Teacher of the Year is selected by a panel of community leaders who evaluate applications from each school’s Teacher of the Year. The school winners are selected by their peers. Mr. Carnes will serve as CCSD’s nominee for Georgia Teacher of the Year; the winner will be named in the spring.

CCSD Earns High Approval Rating Marks in Regional Report More than 76% of residents polled rank Cherokee County’s public schools as “excellent” or “good” in a new regional report — the second-highest school approval rating in metro Atlanta. The poll, which was recently published by the Atlanta Regional Commission, found 35.6% of respondents describe Cherokee’s schools as “excellent,” and 40.6% describe them as “good,” for a total that trails only Fayette County. The remainder was split between “fair” (10.8%), “poor” (4.3%) and “don’t know” (8.7%). Residents were polled in thirteen metro counties and in the city of Atlanta. “These results affirm what we already know to be true: our students, parents, employees, volunteers, partners and School Board are working together to continuously improve teaching and learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We appreciate the support of our community and recognize the confidence placed in our School District. We’re committed to further strengthening our schools and seeing our approval ratings rise to even higher levels.”


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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower surprises Sequoyah HS chemistry teacher Brian Carnes with the news he is CCSD’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

The Carnes family celebrates his award; from left, Sarah, Brian, Rebekah and Pam.

Voice Control For years, I’ve been trying to control electronics with my voice. It started in 1999 with my first Samsung cell phone. At that time, I had to go through each contact and record myself saying the names, and it would call them. To be honest, not much has improved since that time. I have Siri at my fingertips, and my friends have Google Assistant, but truthfully, both services leave much to be desired. From my iPhone, I still cannot say, “Play Pandora, Sevendust Radio.” Until recently, voice recognition has stunk. Enter the Amazon Echo. Now, everything has changed in a huge way.

“Alexa, play Pandora, Sevendust Radio.” To start, the first thing I did after setting Amazon Echo up was say, “Alexa, play Pandora, Sevendust Radio,” and it immediately started playing my favorite rock band. I then asked it for things like, “Give me the local weather;” “set my alarm for 6:00 am tomorrow,” and everything worked flawlessly. But as a home automation guy, I wasn’t ready for what happened next. It appears that with the Alexa, Amazon has been sending out their info to thirdparty manufacturers like Samsung, Control4 and many other automation companies. The result is that minutes after setup, I can now say things like, “Close the garage door;” “lock the front door;” “turn up the lights;” “change the temperature to seventy degrees,”

and so much more. In fact, the number of phrases I can tell Alexa is almost limitless. I can also write my own custom phrases like, “Turn on family room Netflix,” and the living room will come alive and do everything needed to get me all the way into the Netflix menu inside my TV. Normally, with new products, I say things like, “With time, this will be an incredible technology.” Now, with the Amazon Echo, I can truly say that this technology has blown me away right out of the gate, and it’ll only get better with time.

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



What is the Symfony Lens? By Cameron Johnson, M.D.

“...a new lens has just been FDA-approved, which will help eye surgeons overcome many of these limitations and help more cataract patients see well, with less dependence on glasses.”

A cataract forms when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, causing decreased vision. During surgery, the cataract is removed through a small incision and replaced with a clear, artificial lens. Standard monofocal lenses have been used for many years and allow a patient’s vision to be set for distance or up-close, but not both. If vision is optimized for distance, the patient will require reading glasses. If the vision is adjusted for reading, the patient will require distance glasses. Over the last decade, multifocal intraocular lenses have become widely available, allowing many patients to decrease their dependence on glasses for both up-close and distance. These lenses have concentric rings on their surface. Some of the rings focus the light up-close, and some focus light for distance. Multifocal lenses have increased quality of life for many patients. However, they also have limitations such as increased halos and glare at night. Most patients can adjust to this, though rarely, a patient may


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be bothered enough to request removal of the lens. For this reason, multifocal lenses may not be recommended for patients who do a lot of night driving. Patients also lose some contrast sensitivity, or crispness, of distance vision when they opt for multifocal lenses. For this reason, patients who desire the clearest distance vision may choose a monofocal lens, understanding that they’ll need reading glasses after surgery. Finally, patients with significant amounts of astigmatism are not candidates for multifocal lenses, as these lenses are unable to correct astigmatism. A better option for these patients is a toric lens, which corrects astigmatism so patients can see clearly in the distance without glasses, although they will still need reading glasses. It’s exciting to hear that a new lens has just been FDA-approved, which will help eye surgeons overcome many of these limitations and help more cataract patients see well, with less dependence on glasses. This new lens, called the Symfony lens, improves vision from the distance all the

way up to about eighteen inches from the patient. Patients treated with this lens have been shown to have excellent vision for distance activities, such as driving and sports, as well as intermediate activities, such as using a computer or tablet. Many patients can also perform some activities at a distance closer than eighteen inches, although low-power readers are needed for activities such as reading fine print and knitting. There are some impressive features that make the Symfony a big advancement compared to previous lenses. One unique feature is that it’s the first lens to correct near and intermediate vision that can be used in patients with significant astigmatism, as it also corrects mild-tomoderate astigmatism. The Symfony also has a much lower incidence of glare and halos compared to previous multifocal lenses. Finally, the contrast sensitivity, or crispness of vision, is excellent.

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



Capitol Ideas


s a Georgia State Representative, one is presented with the opportunity to do many things. The bill I carried that added strangulation to the aggravated assault statute has saved many lives in Georgia. By carrying meaningful legislation, one can have a tremendous impact on the lives of fellow Georgians. Georgia has a part-time citizen legislature, which means that all representatives and senators, if not retired, have “day jobs.” There are many different occupations within the Legislature: farmers, dentists, insurance agents, lawyers, business owners, physician assistants and teachers, just to name a few. This variety of perspectives, expertise and skill sets makes for a diverse group that brings a wealth of information to the issues coming before the Legislature. The Legislature meets

in the capitol, under the “gold dome” in Atlanta. There are meeting rooms and offices on the ground floor. The governor’s office, and other executive offices, are on the second floor. Both the Senate and the House are located on the third floor. The fourth floor has fascinating museum displays as well as the galleries for both House and Senate.

email. When the Legislature is in session, erratic hours are commonplace. This may mean that legislators are having to answer emails at odd hours, often before or after most folks are awake. Legislators are happy to call, if requested, so long as a number is provided and an understanding that it may happen outside of usual business hours.

The Legislature begins the second Monday in January and meets for forty, non-consecutive days. The day begins with an inspirational message and prayer, led by the pastor of the day. The doors of the House Chamber are locked during this time, and no one may enter or leave the Chamber during this time. When the House is not meeting, there are hearings on bills in committee. It is through the work of the committee that the bulk of examining bills gets done.

An interesting opportunity for students to learn how their government works is by gaining a position in the Page Program in the House. This program gives Georgia students a first-hand look at their government at work. Pages work in the House, delivering messages to various members. They are paid for their work that day, and if the House breaks for lunch, they are provided with lunch from Chick-fil-A. Anyone with an interest in understanding how the government works is encouraged to apply to become a page. For more information about becoming a page, or to apply, visit HousePageProgram.aspx.

How do you contact your representative during the session? If it’s during session, the best means of contact is usually through

What Does a State Representative Do? By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger

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


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Become A Bespoke Brunette By Jyl Craven LIFESTYLE When you hear the words cool almond, sweet molasses and hazelnut honey, what do you think of? The newest coffee drink your local barista is serving up? Maybe. Actually, these are varying shades of hair color that can transform a normal, everyday, brown-haired woman into an eye-catching, multi-dimensional, bombshell brunette. Yes, this is the time of year primed for new colors, both in nature and wardrobe, so let’s not forget our most important feature — our hair! If you’re a natural brunette and feel your color options are limited, think again. Here are a few fun ways to turn your earthy-brown hue into a seasonally bespoke brunette.


Balayage is a French hair coloring technique that means “to sweep or paint.” Balayage, a lowmaintenance way of coloring your hair, looks beautiful on brunettes, especially in the cooler seasons. A coppery balayage that displays a full transition of colors, from rich brown to shimmery copper tones, mimicking the changes in nature, is very flattering. For those medium brunettes, a bright honey-blonde balayage is a gorgeous look for those wanting to keep a summery feel all year long.

Cool Brunettes

Yes, cooler weather means it’s time for “cooler browns.” Shades ranging from dark espresso to toffee cream are awe-inspiring colors of brown 24

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that will look fashionable this season. But which hue is for you? If your complexion is cooler, meaning you have a bluish undertone, make sure you opt for darker shades like chestnut or mocha espresso. For those with warmer complexions, having golden or olive undertones, lighter browns like mocha caramel and sweet molasses will look more chic.


If you have blonde hair and want something that’s both fresh and fashionable this season, consider adding some warm brown to deepen your golden tone. One way to achieve this look is to add some caramel low lights. This color effect is perfect for the cooler seasons and will add some nice dimension,

while contrasting colors show off the beautiful caramel tones. For those darker blondes, consider deepening the root with a soft brown tone for a softer color appearance. So while you’re spicing up your latte this season, why not consider spicing up your look, too? Now is the time to stand out from that holiday crowd. Don’t wait until winter passes. Soon, those cool shades of brown will be replaced with thoughts of warmer colors, signifying a new season. L

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

E-Cigarettes By Lynnda Campbell, FNP-C Many people are now considering e-cigarettes to be a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Between 2014 and 2015, CDC studies found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 19%, with more teens using e-cigarettes than cigarettes. The data becoming available does not support its safety. It’s actually downright scary.

What are e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes are devices that use a heating element from a refillable cartridge that releases a chemical-filled aerosol. The liquid from which the aerosol is derived contains nicotine from tobacco and usually includes different flavorings, colorings and other chemicals.

What is contained in e-cigarettes? What is particularly concerning is that the contents of e-cigarettes are not clearly

known. The level of toxins varies from brand to brand. The FDA recently found detectable levels of toxic, cancer-causing ingredients used in antifreeze in two of the leading brands. A 2014 study found formaldehyde, a significant carcinogen, in several higher voltage e-cigarettes. The flavors found in e-cigarettes are also concerning. The manufacturers state that their safety has been proven, but what they neglect to point out is that their safety has been determined for food ingestion, not lung inhalation. Though the amount varies among brands, all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Another study conducted in 2014 found that the amount of nicotine was often substantially higher than what was listed on the package, thus making e-cigarettes highly addictive. It’s also important to realize that nicotine has been proven to have a negative impact on adolescent brain

development. Its use by adolescents and young adults can cause lasting cognitive and behavioral impairments.

Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? The FDA has not approved any e-cigarette as a safe or effective tool for smoking cessation. It’s often used in conjunction with traditional cigarettes, and as previously noted, e-cigarettes are often just as addictive due to their nicotine content. Even with all of these negative discoveries about e-cigarettes, there is still much we don’t know about what is contained in their vapors. Educating our youth about the dangers of this is key to protecting this generation from its hazards.

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



Taste of by chef Paul Bodrogi

Ingredients 3 oz. cream 7 oz. milk 2 oz. sugar

3 ea. egg yolks 5 oz. chocolate

Preparation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Bring the cream to a boil. Combine the milk, yolks and sugar in a separate saucepan. Whisk the boiling cream into the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Cook it on low-medium heat until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon but not until its boiling. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the chocolate immediately. Pour the mixture into the bowl of your choice, and let it set. Serve with fresh raspberries and your favorite cookie.

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


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Keeping Kids Busy

During the Holiday Break By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Happiness abounds when school lets out for the holidays. But without fail, after a week at home with siblings and family, we often begin to feel restless and crowded. Parents everywhere will be looking for ideas for the best places to go and the best things to do to keep kids entertained. Going to the movies, the zoo, Stone Mountain, museums, ice skating, etc. are great ideas. However, if your kids have to do some work to earn the outings, you’ll create better citizens and make memories at the same time.

Parents can use this time to get some chores done and foster responsibility for children, no matter what their age. Toddlers: • Help feed pets and clean water and food bowls • Put away toys and clean any play areas • Help package extra art work and projects to mail to grandparents for a nice treat Elementary Students: • Clean their room, including drawers and spaces under the bed • Sort movie CDs and ensure they are in their proper cases • Wipe down baseboards and staircases around the house • Disinfect door handles • Unload the dishwasher • Set the table and clear away dishes after a meal Middle School: • Remove outgrown clothing from

drawers and closets (bag them up for donations to make room for new gifts) • Evaluate bedroom decor for potential changes or updates • Remove unnecessary items from school backpacks, binders and notebooks • Sort, wash, dry, fold and put away laundry High School: • Clean out the garage • Sort and clean out the pantry • Help wrap presents for younger siblings and/or run shopping errands for parents • Plan and execute the preparation of at least one meal a week while out of school

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



COVER STORY By Rajayne Cordery


ive Clean. A beautifully simple concept, surprisingly understated. Spit and polished on the outside, their philosophy is that the splendor truly comes from within. The local Canton cleaning company has a unique ideology, with a dedication above the usual scrubbing. It is all about the “shine” reflected in their purpose and their hearts. Their outstanding care, and fine attention to detail, mirrors the company’s reflective philosophy to “Live Clean.” It is truly a calling. It is a sincere belief that you just can’t contain “shine” when it comes from within. Just over 27 years now, Live Clean, Inc. has been tending to the art of keeping homes and businesses looking their 28

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best. Helping Hands, renamed in 2009, has grown significantly, yet it still affords the hands-on, friendly, reliable service on which it was built when Tracey Satterfield began. A local Canton mother who wanted to stay home with her first-born son, Harvey, started modestly, with ONE single customer, and magically, over time, the single customer flourished into a business. Her testament to good will and her excellence in customer service have grown Live Clean into one of the largest cleaning companies in Cherokee County, with over 350 regular customers, they proficiently complete over 700 jobs per month. Live Clean currently has ten crews working their magic across Cherokee County.

The local Canton cleaning company has a unique ideology, with a dedication above the usual scrubbing.

And speaking of magic, Tracey Satterfield earnestly wants this message to reflect what the Christmas spirit is all about…. the magic of the “shine.” A simple, real-life story comes to her mind, and she shares: Back in January of 2010, one of my ladies, Ileana, came to me in tears — sobbing tears. I remember so distinctly, exactly where we were standing — just outside our barn where our business was located before it moved to downtown Canton. You see, Ileana was pregnant, and she and her husband had just returned from her doctor’s visit. She had worked with me for years, but she began to have problems early in her pregnancy. On top of things, the economy was horribly slow. Her husband was out of work, so Ileana was working day and night with me, trying to financially provide for her family. Then, her doctor gave strict orders to put her in bed. Sobbing

tears were flowing, knowing her family would be devastated with no income. She had one daughter at home already. Ileana and I stood in the gravel driveway, both crying, trying to come up with answers or solutions to her needs. The bottom line was…. she had to do what was best for what was inside her— a gift, a blessing. Faithfully, all I could share with Ileana was the only promise I knew to share. The promise that really had no immediate answers or solutions for her. It was just a promise that if she BELIEVED, somehow, someway, things would work out for her and her husband. I encouraged her to imagine the very next January; she would be holding her baby; her family would still be eating, still be sheltered somehow, someway. The only thing I could say, “Just believe!!!” And six years later, Ileana’s second daughter is

beautiful; her family is thriving! When there are no explanations, it is simply the magic of the “shine!!!” Tracey Satterfield shakes her head with the same perplexed, unanswerable questions from people who want to know how did Live Clean grow? Why did Live Clean grow? Where do you find your staff? How do you keep it all going? She says: The only way I know how to answer that is the same way I tearfully answered Ileana. All I know for sure is there is a promise. The promise has no immediate answers but just to believe. We all have to recognize what is within us — a gift, a blessing. Then, faithfully trusting, moving ahead, knowing you just can’t contain “shine!!!” MERRY CHRISTMAS to all from Tracey’s family and the Live Clean family. Go out and spread your “shine”!!!!!!

“We all have to recognize what is within us — a gift, a blessing. Then, faithfully trusting, moving ahead, knowing you just can’t contain “shine!!!”

24 Waleska Street, Suite 100, Canton, GA 30114

Lilia, operations manager • Brandy, scheduling coordinator • Tracey, owner • Jennifer, office manager



Eat like

an Italian By Nathan Kaller, D.O.

our health goals. Getting back to that inspirational region of the world, the Mediterranean diet is a very healthy option. It consists of heavy vegetables, fruits, nuts, moderate protein — like seafood — and “good” fats. Eating this way lowers our chances of heart attack, diabetes and more. Then, we exercise. It’s easier said than done; life gets in the way. But not everyone needs to run a marathon. Just 30-60 minutes of activity — a walk around the neighborhood a few times a week — can change your future. A recent patient is a great example. He came in for a routine physical and discovered he had high cholesterol. He took the “Italian Challenge” and was able to bring his cholesterol down to healthy levels, without medication. Small changes in diet rendered huge results.

According to Dr. Nathan Kaller at WellStar Family Medicine, children have more obesity problems now than ever before. Eating habits have changed; exercise has been eliminated from school programs, and kids spend hours curled up on the couch with their electronics. Fit parents are the best hope for our kids. You don’t see the same rates of hypertension, diabetes and obesity in Italy — or overseas in general — as you do in America. More than a third of Americans are obese, and in twenty years, our population is projected to hit a startling obesity level of 50%. Obesity leads to more disease, more time in the hospital and a lower quality of life. It’s important for patients to try to improve their health through lifestyle changes, not just with prescriptions. When patients buy into a lifestyle-change mindset, they feel better physically and mentally, and their health reflects that. We could start by eating like Italians.


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Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean eat lots of pizza. It’s the portion sizes that set us apart from our friends overseas. A “large” serving size in Europe is equal to a “small” in the same fast-food franchise in the U.S. Another lesson from Italy: eat bigger lunches and smaller dinners. Heavier portions earlier in the day provide energy when we need it. We spend the day burning off the calories. Thus, a heavier dinner doesn’t always get burned off because we’re about to go to bed. When it comes to what we eat, if it’s a plant, eat it! If a box claims it comes from a plant, better to leave it on the shelf. Things in boxes are usually highly processed and don’t help us reach

Healthy lifestyle choices clearly mean better health. But it’s important to remember, it’s not just for ourselves. It’s for our children, who have more obesity problems now than ever. Exercise has been eliminated from school programs. Electronics are luring our kids to spend hours on the couch. Fit parents are the best hope for our kids. Just imagine — we can change the obesity epidemic. We can stop diabetes and lower cholesterol. We can reduce heart attack risk. We can make life better for ourselves and serve as incredible role models for our children. Doesn’t that make eating like an Italian worth it?

Dr. Nathan Kaller is a family medicine physician at WellStar Family Medicine – Bridgemill, 3755 Sixes Road, Suite 202, Canton. 770-720-1880.



Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Men By Pastor Norman R. Hunt In The City of God, Augustine says, “Peace is a good so great that even in this earthly and mortal life, there is no word we hear with such pleasure, nothing we desire with such zest or find to be more thoroughly gratifying!” With the almost universal desire for peace, it is ironic that we experience so little of it. The reason this passionately desired peace so often eludes our grasp is that we are confused about what peace is and how it can be obtained. What is peace? How do we experience it? The answers to those questions center around Jesus Christ. The Bible says about Him, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).


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The angels announced His birth by proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Jesus reminded His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (John 14:27). What better time than in the Christmas season to try to comprehend this “peace on earth, good will toward men,” which is available through Jesus? We must be reminded that peace is not just the absence of conflict. Peace is a positive quality of life that includes our relationship with God, our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with others.

God intended for Christians to bring peace. It is our rightful inheritance as children of God. I pray you find God’s peace this Christmas season.

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

ones and Cloud, Inc. Insurance was established in 1936 in historic downtown Canton, making it the oldest business on Main Street! The late 1970s brought about much change for the insurance agency, which was established by P.W. “Sunny” Jones. Sammy Cloud (Sunny’s son-in-law) joined the agency, and Sammy and Cissy began their family, which has continued to grow the company right into the heart of the 21st century.


Betsy Cloud Graham (Sammy and Cissy’s daughter) joined the agency in 2005. She maintains the familyowned-and-operated agency, still focusing on providing Cherokee and surrounding counties with outstanding customer service as well as a multitude of superior markets, including Nationwide, Travelers and Progressive. Whether your insurance need is to cover a new home or auto purchase, or you simply want to review your current home and/or auto policy, Jones and Cloud has a market for you, and they are honored to assist in any way they can. They also offer umbrellas as well as

coverage for all of your “toys,” including ATVs, boats, RVs, motorcycles and scooters. Jones and Cloud welcomes business owners, both new and established, to call their office to review their current coverage or discuss what they may need for their new business. They offer general liability and workers comp as well as professional liability and other specialty lines. As mentioned earlier, they have a multitude of superior markets, which allow them to tailor a business package that would meet the unique needs of any business. Jones and Cloud, Inc. takes pride in the stability that they have been able to offer both families and businesses over the last 80 years. They look forward to continuing this tradition while keeping up with the ever-changing insurance industry.

121 E. Main Street, Canton 770-479-4336



By Rajayne Cordery


arried for over thirty years, Bob and Julie Carter have chosen an exceptional path for their lives. In addition to raising five biological children, they have legally adopted eight

youngsters over the past sixteen years, now ranging in age from 3-16. Before moving to Georgia twelve years ago, their incredible journey began in Missouri. Their story is a testament to the abiding love and selfless generosity of the nurturing human spirit.

Their tremendous parenting adventure began 29 years ago with the birth of their first child. Seven years later, they decided to become foster parents while they still had five of their own children at home. Initially, the Carters did not intend to adopt. The foster program’s goal is reunification. Realizing that a little girl they were caring for was not 34

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going to be reunited, they decided to adopt her. Now 16 years old, she is the eldest of the eight adopted children in their wonderful family. The couple explains, “They have the same growing needs as our biological kids, honestly. All kids want the safety of a nice family atmosphere and someone they can rely and depend on.”

A typical day begins at 6:00 am. A hearty, traditional breakfast is served at the table, and usually, most everyone is in attendance. After dressing and getting ready for the school day, Bob takes the children to the school bus stop, where he waits with them every morning. The children know their responsibilities, whether it’s folding

laundry or setting the table. “This is not a TV show or a movie with Steve Martin. It’s real life. It’s sitting down for dinner every night, someone loading the dishwasher and someone cleaning up.” He adds, laughingly, “It’s a groupparticipation sport.” Asked if it doesn’t become overwhelming, the couple explains, “It’s what we’re used to, and we’ve been doing this for almost 30 years. It’s our routine.” They wouldn’t trade it for the world. Both Bob and Julie have full-time professions. How do they manage to juggle the schedules and be such responsible and caring parents of such a large group of children with varied activities and needs? “We split up and conquer a lot,” Bob grins, as he explains that Julie is very organized, and they do their very best to make as many events as they can on the children’s calendars. Julie keeps them all in view. They explain that there is an “A” and a “B” list, and they do everything in their power to participate in all items on the “A” list. Finding time for each other is all about how one defines that. They explain that a lot of their time together is spent on the children’s activities. “We’ve carved out a lot of our togetherness with that,” Bob says. And they spend one night a week out, just the two of them, exclusively in each other’s company. “It’s a very traditional, family-based

life. It’s not out of the ordinary for us. We have always made our family our priority. It just so happens that we have thirteen kids!” Bob exclaims. Christmas morning in the Carter household is an all-day celebration. It begins very early in the morning. The children each open a gift, one at a time, while the others watch. They take a break, clean up and keep going. They eat breakfast and continue unwrapping individually, taking time to play with their toys in between. Bob smiles, “It’s a very traditional, familyaround-the-Christmas-tree type of celebration.” Blending a family has been a highly rewarding experience for all of the Carters. Speaking of the benefits to the children, Bob says, “It’s helpful to give them a little different perspective on life. They see a whole different side of it, growing up with different entities unlike a traditional family would have. It has been a great experience for everyone.”

The Carters’ philosophy on life is grounded in the importance of teaching their children to become more well-rounded, empathetic people through their family experience. They attest, “The benefits reach out in ways, generationally, that you can’t really calculate. The incredible mark you are going to make on young people is almost immeasurable. You can’t fathom how far down stream it’s going to impact other people’s lives.” When asked to offer advice to couples considering adoption, Bob and Julie say, “Adoption should be entered into with eyes wide open, heart wide open; there is a lot to be shared.” With an open and adventurous spirit such as this, it would seem that thirteen is a very lucky number, indeed.

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, That is known as the Children’s Hour. I hear in the chamber above me The patter of little feet, The sound of a door that is opened, And voices soft and sweet. From my study, I see in the lamplight, Descending the broad hall stair, Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra, And Edith with golden hair. A whisper, and then a silence: Yet I know by their merry eyes They are plotting and planning together To take me by surprise. A sudden rush from the stairway, A sudden raid from the hall! By three doors left unguarded They enter my castle wall! They climb up into my turret O’er the arms and back of my chair; If I try to escape, they surround me; They seem to be everywhere. They almost devour me with kisses, Their arms about me entwine, Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine! Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti, Because you have scaled the wall, Such an old mustache as I am Is not a match for you all! I have you fast in my fortress, And will not let you depart, But put you down in the dungeon In the round-tower of my heart. And there I will keep you forever, Yes, forever and a day, Till the walls shall crumble to ruin, And molder in dust away! WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Potential Connection Between

caused by these bacteria. To prevent serious dental health problems, it’s essential to keep the teeth clean and free from dental plaque.

By Scott V. Merritt, D.M.D.

Future of Research into the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Dental Health

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dental Health Research increasingly suggests that dental health could have a wider impact on the rest of the body. One well-known study comes from the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K., and identified a possible link between oral bacteria and Alzheimer’s disease.

How is dental health linked with Alzheimer’s disease? Porphyromonas gingivalis is a type of bacteria that lives in the mouth and is known to contribute to the development of gum disease. Recently, Porphyromonas gingivalis was discovered in the brains of people who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during the later years of their lives. In contrast, these bacteria appear to be absent from brain samples taken from people without Alzheimer’s.


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The Spread of Oral Bacteria Bacteria can move from the mouth into the bloodstream through small cuts or scrapes. Once in the bloodstream, bacteria can travel to all parts of the body, including the brain. Researchers believe that the introduction of oral bacteria into the brain might trigger an immune response, which causes inflammation and damages cells, reducing the brain’s ability to process and store memories. However, more research is needed to confirm this theory.

The next goal for researchers is to determine whether there’s a causal link between the presence of oral bacteria in the brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. If it can be proven that these bacteria lead to dementia, then patients who are at risk could be identified through a blood test to look for the presence of bacteria. These patients could then be monitored and given medications to slow down the progression of the disease.

Protecting Dental Health Good dental hygiene routines can help keep the levels of oral bacteria in check. Researchers are not sure whether oral bacteria cause Alzheimer’s, but there’s strong evidence that gum disease is

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



Artist Profile

Silhouette cutting has stood the test of time since it first by natalie del valle began in the mid-1700s. Its unique, vintage-style appearance makes it very popular today, although the art form has lost much of its authenticity since the invention of machines that cut precise images in a matter of seconds. There are only a few silhouette artists who still cut by hand, using nothing but a pair of scissors and a keen eye. Clay Rice is one of them, and he takes pride in his uncommon ability. “I can look at a child’s profile one time and have it in my head exactly what he or she looks like. I’ve been doing this for so long; it literally takes me a minute to cut the child’s profile out,” Clay says. As the third generation in his family to cut silhouettes, Clay’s talent is no surprise. The art has been in his family for 86 years. Clay’s grandfather first started cutting silhouettes in 1930. When Clay was a young boy, the art form was passed down to him. “I started cutting silhouettes at six years old. My grandfather taught me. I learned basic shapes, and I eventually advanced into making more detailed landscapes and profiles,” Clay says. Now, he’s been making silhouettes professionally for the past 35 years, and he uses some of his work to illustrate his children’s stories. Although it only takes Clay a minute to cut out a profile of a child, it takes much longer to create the beautiful scenes and landscapes like those seen in his children’s books. “Some of my more intricate work can take hundreds of hours to do, and they sell extremely well. My landscape artwork sells so fast that I hardly have time to create enough silhouettes to do a show,” Clay says. While Clay doesn’t sell the children’s silhouette illustrations, he does cut profiles of children while traveling to showcase his stories. “Not only can I do the children’s silhouettes that hang on the wall, each child can have their silhouette cut out and mounted inside their copy of one of my books to personalize it,” Clay says. This fall, Clay had 96 events, in 35 states. “I live out of a suitcase for about half of the year,” he proclaims. As a songwriter-turned-author and an artist, Clay has a lot of talent to offer to the world. “My children’s stories have won several awards. The Lonely Shadow won the Moonbeam Award in 2009, and a gold medal in the 2010 IPPY Awards. I also won the Benjamin Franklin Award for my story The Stick in 2015,” Clay says. Between the poetic and musical rhythm of Clay’s story lines, and his unique illustrations, his children’s books are well-loved and widely received. It’s obvious this is Clay’s passion. “This is all I have ever done for the past 35 years of my life. It is my life.”


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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff Cubital tunnel syndrome is brought on by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The ulnar nerve passes under a bump of bone on the inner portion of the elbow (medial epicondyle). At this site, the ulnar nerve lies directly next to the bone and is susceptible to pressure. When the pressure on the nerve becomes great enough to affect the way it works, then numbness, tingling and pain may be felt in the elbow, forearm, hand and/or fingers. If this pressure is long-lasting, then permanent damage to the nerve can occur. Causes of cubital tunnel syndrome can include frequently leaning your arm against a table on the inner part of your elbow, having the ulnar nerve at the elbow click back and forth over the bony bump, leading to significant irritation; holding the elbow in a bent position for a long time, and stretching the nerve across the medial epicondyle (this often occurs during sleep); gradual thickening of the connective tissue over the nerve, or there may be variations of the muscle structure over the nerve at the elbow, which causes pressure on the nerve. Symptoms usually include pain, numbness and/or tingling in the ring and little fingers. If this has been present for a long time, you may notice weakness while pinching, occasional clumsiness and/or the tendency to drop things. In severe cases, you may lose complete sensation, and the muscles in the hand may lose bulk and strength. Cubital tunnel syndrome is first assessed by physical examination. The pattern and distribution of your symptoms as well as muscle weakness, irritability of the nerve when tapping and/or bending the elbow and changes in sensation help with the diagnosis. Other conditions, such as


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thyroid disease or diabetes, must also be considered. An electromyography (EMG) and/or a nerve conduction study (NCS) may be performed to confirm diagnosis, and stage its severity.

Surgical options include: • Traditional open cubital tunnel release (bigger incision) • Minimally invasive endoscopic cubital tunnel release (smaller incision)

Sometimes, symptoms can be relieved without surgery, particularly if the EMG/ NCS testing shows that the pressure on the nerve is minimal.

The minimally invasive surgery achieves the same goal as the traditional open technique, but with a much smaller incision. This is because the surgery is aided by an endoscopic camera and endoscopic instruments. Studies have shown that this technique, with leaving the nerve in the native position, is equally as effective in treating cubital tunnel syndrome as the open technique. However, there are situations when it’s not possible to perform the minimally invasive technique because of the nerve clicking back and forth over the medial epicondyle.

Treatment options include: • Changing the patterns of elbow use • Avoiding putting your elbow on hard surfaces • Wearing an elbow pad over the ulnar nerve and “funny bone” • Keeping the elbow straight at night with a splint • Occupational hand therapy If symptoms are severe or do not improve, you may need surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve.

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

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

Book Review by jessica asbell

“If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up,” says Brené Brown about her book, Rising Strong. We’ve all fallen on our face at some point. A relationship goes south; we lose a job, or someone we thought was a friend betrays us. All eyes are on us; there are supporters, yes, but also many critics. So what do we do? We rise; we put ourselves out there; we make ourselves vulnerable. We know it’s the only way to live a wholehearted life. When we’re vulnerable, we open ourselves up to pain, but we also open ourselves up to love and to hope. In Rising Strong, Brown breaks it down into three things: the reckoning, the rumble and the revolution. The reckoning means facing things. We must be honest about our feelings. It’s hard to own our emotions, but it’s the only way to begin healing. And once we own our feelings, Brown says we must rumble with them. We rumble with our stories when we write them down, when we relive our stories, and make sense of what happened. We must rumble with our disappointments, expectations, resentment, heartbreak, grief or whatever it is that happened and how it made us feel. Finally, after we rumble with these things, the revolution begins because we own up to our mistakes and failures. Growth and vitality come, and we are stronger than we were before. So, we tentatively put ourselves out there again. There’s no guarantee that we won’t fall again. In fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed that we will. But we will be stronger and more capable of reckoning with our emotions, rumbling with our stories and our disappointments, and once again, revolution will come. In Rising Strong, Brené Brown gives us the tools we need to move on from our pain, and live wholeheartedly.

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



(Serves 4)



1 ½ cups uncooked Arborio rice 5 cups chicken stock, simmered 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated 1 cup butternut squash puree* ½ cup dry white wine 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 lb. jumbo lump crab

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Place the rice, 4 cups of the chicken stock and the white wine in a large stock pot. 3. Cover, and bake for 45 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed, and the rice 4.

5. 6.

is al dente. Remove from the oven, and add the remaining cup of chicken stock, parmesan cheese, butter, salt and pepper, and fold in the squash puree; stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes until the rice is thick and creamy. Add the jumbo lump crab, and stir until heated through. Serve hot.

Procedure Ingredients 2 large butternut squash, halved, seeds removed 4 tablespoons butter, softened ½ cup heavy cream 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste


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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rub the squash with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Roast the squash for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Set the squash aside to cool. Use a spoon to remove the squash from the skin, and place it in a food processor/ blender with all other remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Puree the squash mixture until smooth, and add salt and pepper to taste.




ain often has a negative effect on a person’s quality of life, which could hinder recovery from surgery, injury or illness. At Georgia Medical Treatment Center, we believe in providing quality patient care for the absolute best results possible, using state-of-the-art, modern technology and very little-to-no prescription narcotic medication. We strive to help our patients get back to a pain-free lifestyle, using alternative treatments and therapy rather than surgery and pharmaceuticals. Our Christian-based, integrated practice opened its doors to the community over ten years ago, and we pride ourselves on the relationships we’ve built with our patients as well as within our staff. Dr. Eric Cavaciuti graduated from Life University in 1997. Dr. Eric holds a board certification in chiropractic medicine as well as certifications in physiology and radiology. He is also a member of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic. Dr. Eric resides in Kennesaw with his wife, Beverly, and their two sons. Dr. Satish Cuddapah works alongside Dr. Eric. With a 1997 doctorate from Northeastern Ohio University, Dr. Cuddapah is boardcertified in family medicine and

Pain Management:

By Jessica Fowler, Practice Coordinator

A Holistic Approach holistic health and wellness. Dr. Timothy Shelton is the newest addition to our practice. With a medical degree from St. Mary’s School of Medicine, Cook Islands, Dr. Shelton holds many certifications and recognition awards such as the Patients Choice Award (2015), Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013, 2015) and Top 10 Doctors of Metro Atlanta (2014). Dr. Shelton specializes in sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Shelton resides in Canton with his wife and two children. Douglas Cox is Georgia Medical’s Nurse Practitioner. Doug is from Detroit, Michigan and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from Kennesaw State University and his Master’s in Advanced Practice Family Nursing and Primary Care from Georgia State University. With an extensive list of credentials, Doug also served in the U.S. Army’s 97th Military Police Battalion as well as with

the Cobb County Police Department. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters. Our practitioners work together to provide a specialized treatment plan, based upon the specific needs of each patient. Treatment at Georgia Medical involves an entire team of health care providers who work directly with each individual patient to offer a program for pain assessment, treatment, education, communication and follow up, all under one roof. No referral is needed. To help our patients who suffer from pain, we provide a variety of traditional and evidencebased therapies, chiropractic care, pain injections, physical therapy and massage therapy, all tailored to fit each person’s individual needs. Give us a call, or stop by the office anytime to make an appointment or just to simply say, “hello.” We are located at 557 Riverstone Parkway in Canton. For more information, call 770345-2000, or visit

“Our patients are like family to us, so we treat them the same way we would treat our own family members. We would like to welcome you to our family.”— Dr. Eric Cavaciuti 44

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Is Your Electrical System Ready for the Holidays? With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s an important time to make sure that your home electrical system is up for the challenge. You should begin by making sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. It’s recommended that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors once every six months. Coincidentally, many people don’t realize that the smoke detectors themselves may need replacing. The U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued the following guidelines: “Replace all smoke alarms, including those that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are ten years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.” It’s important to check your smoke detectors, and determine when they were installed or last replaced. Most smoke alarms will have a date on them, so you can verify

By Rick Cheney

when they were manufactured. If you’re unsure of your smoke detector’s age, call a qualified electrical company to come out and check. Smoke detectors are typically hard-wired straight into your home’s electrical system, using a nine-volt battery for backup in case of a power outage. It’s best to have a qualified electrician change out your smoke detectors, so you know they are safely connected to your electrical system. Many people will decorate their homes this holiday season. Using extension cords or pulling too much power from any electrical receptacle could cause unsafe conditions for your family. A qualified electrician can assist you in making your holiday lights safer and more convenient. By adding a weatherproof receptacle outside, you can eliminate the need to

run extension cords through doors or windows. You could also eliminate the need to lay an extension cord across the floor to plug in your tree by adding a receptacle right behind your favorite tree location. By calling a qualified electrician in your area for assistance, you can be sure your home is safe for the holidays.

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



By Julie Senger


s the unpredictable Georgia temperatures seemingly go from “Summer Nights” to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with little

warning, here are some hot, smooth, chocolaty (or not-so-chocolaty) cocoa recipes for you to try with your family and friends this winter season. So, stock up on firewood, and grab some blankets to cozy up with one or more of these comforting concoctions. You are bound

to be crazy about one or more of these recipes!


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Traditional Hot Cocoa ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ cup water 3 ½ cups whole milk ½ cup evaporated milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)

(serves 4)

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add cocoa, 2. 3. 4. 5.

sugar, salt and water, and bring to boil. Allow the mixture to boil for 3 minutes. Add the whole milk and the evaporated milk, and continue stirring. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer, careful not to let it come to a boil. Pour into your favorite mugs, and add whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.

Nutella Crock-Pot Cocoa for a Crowd (serves 10)

10 cups whole milk 1 cup Hershey’s cocoa 1 cup Nutella 1 cup sugar 2 cups hot water

1. In a large pot, combine cocoa, sugar, Nutella and hot water.

White Christmas Cocoa (serves 3-4)

4 cups whole milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped Whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)

1. In a saucepan over medium2. 3.

low heat, add the milk, white chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir occasionally until the mixture comes to a simmer, careful not to let it come to a boil. Pour the mixture into your favorite mugs, and add whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.

New Year’s Resolution Cocoa (serves 2; 35 calories per

serving, vegan, gluten and sugar-free) 2 cups unsweetened cashew or almond milk 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 12 drops Stevia, or to taste (you may

1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat,

2. 3.

add all the ingredients, and whisk until the cocoa powder is mostly incorporated. Continue whisking frequently for 3-5 minutes or until warmed through. Pour the mixture into your favorite mugs, and enjoy, guilt-free!

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cocoa (serves 1)

1 ½ cups whole milk 1 cup of your favorite red wine ₁⁄₃ cup dark chocolate chunks Marshmallows or whipped cream (optional)

1 cup whole milk ¼ cup half and half ¼ cup milk chocolate chips 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter Whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)

1. In a saucepan over medium heat,

2. 3.

combine the milk and chocolate, whisking until the chocolate is melted. Add the wine, and stir until it’s hot. Pour the mixture into your favorite mugs, and top with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.

gentle boil.

3. Transfer the mixture to a crockpot; add the milk, and stir well.

4. Cook on high for 2 hours, or low for 4 hours, until hot.

5. Pour the mixture into your favorite mugs, and top with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.

substitute your favorite zero-calorie sweetener)

New Year’s Eve Wine-O-Cocoa

(serves 2, over-21 cocoa lovers)

2. Stir the mixture, and bring it to

Mexican Hot Chocolate (serves 2)

2, 3.5 oz. bars high quality, bittersweet chocolate 2 cinnamon sticks ½ cup water 2 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream ½ tsp chili powder (optional) ½ tablespoon light brown sugar (optional) Pinch of nutmeg Whipped cream (optional)

1. In a saucepan over medium-high 2.

1. In a saucepan over medium-low

2. 3. 4.

heat, add the milk and half and half and bring to a simmer, careful not to let it come to a boil. Add chocolate, stirring until it melts. Add peanut butter, and stir until just melted. Pour into your favorite mug, and top with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.

3. 4.

heat, melt the chocolate with the water and cinnamon sticks. Once the chocolate is melted, add the milk, heavy cream, chili powder and sugar (if using) and the nutmeg. Stir until everything is blended, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let it simmer until it thickens a bit (about 5 minutes). Remove the cinnamon sticks and pour the mixture into your favorite mugs, and add whipped cream, if desired.



Adopt a Senior By Tim Morris

LIFESTYLE Christmas is my favorite time of the year because it brings back so many good memories. One of my favorite memories is of my Grandmother, who was a very thoughtful person, but didn’t have a lot of financial means. She became a widow at the age of 45, and after my grandfather passed away, she never remarried. Through the years, her friends started losing their husbands. She would always take things to them, and my brothers and I would


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always make those trips with her. Christmas was a very busy time for her because she loved to give. You could always count on her making over a dozen fruit cakes in the prior few months. Admittedly, her fruit cakes were delicious because of her special ingredients. A couple of days before Christmas, we loaded up the car with those cakes, and off we went to the homes of her friends. When my grandmother gave them their cake, you’d have thought she gave them a diamond necklace. Their expressions were priceless; they were so thankful someone was thinking about them. Today, that is the same feeling the staff of Cherokee County Senior Services feels during the Adopta-Senior Christmas drive for the seniors in our program. Last year was my first involved in this program, but the community involvement blew

me away with their generosity to our seniors. Cherokee County Parks and Recreation and Senior Services worked together these past few years in the drive to get donations and collect gifts. Senior Services owes a lot of gratitude to Parks and Rec for their efforts, and a special “thank you” to Frankie Sanders. Sharon Smith, the home delivered meals coordinator, has spent most of her career organizing this event and loves being a part of something so meaningful. The Senior Services staff has eagerly anticipated the upcoming Christmas season with our clients. If you’d like to adopt a senior for Christmas, please contact the Adopta-Senior hotline at 770-704-2320. L

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

of Canton Faces Faces

Meet Pat Gold. Longtime community volunteer and Canton resident, Pat has recently taken on the newly created position of public outreach manager for the City of Canton. As public outreach manager, Pat is responsible for coordinating all City of Canton Main Street programs and events, managing the City of Canton events permitting programs and all City-hosted special events, from conception through to completion, and she will also serve as the liaison for all City tourism partner organizations. Pat is uniquely qualified to serve the City of Canton in this capacity due to the combination of extensive experience and community knowledge she gained while serving on many civic boards in Canton, including the Cherokee Arts Center, Canton Tourism, the Canton Planning Commission and the Canton Main Street Program. The job of public outreach manager falls under the larger umbrella of Canton’s Communications and Outreach Department, directed by Angela Thompson, who came to that position in August of this year. Canton has many things to brag about, and Pat and Angela have the exciting job of telling the story of what makes Canton a great place to live, work and play. The opportunity to tell that story from a personal perspective is what interested Pat in the new public outreach manager position. Pat’s story with Canton began when she married Dr. Homer Gold

and moved to Canton. She began volunteering when she was invited to become a member of the Service League of Cherokee County. After their second child started school at Canton Elementary, Pat spent years as a substitute teacher with Cherokee County Schools while continuing her efforts with the Service League, the American Cancer Society and other organizations.

Pat Gold

Pat’s focus shifted to downtown Canton when the residential area in which her family lived was threatened by efforts to turn their neighborhood into a commercial corridor. She assisted with the effort to keep Main Street residential, and it remains thus today. Soon after, Mayor Gene Hobgood appointed Pat to the Canton Tourism Board, and from there, one thing led to another. She presently serves as president of Canton’s Main Street Board of Directors and is actively involved with numerous events in downtown Canton. While her new position with the City will require her to vacate her seat

Holiday aRt & Wine Walk

on all City boards and committees, her position as public outreach manager will keep her closely involved with each on the City’s behalf. She looks forward to her continued involvement as a selfconfessed “transplant” who knows how blessed she is. Pat and her husband, who is a family practice physician with Medical Associates of North Georgia, continue to live in downtown Canton. They are the proud parents of four grown children.

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Welcome to the 21st Century!


Control Your Home’s Temperature From Your Smartphone

More home devices and systems are designed to work together than ever before, largely due to an increasing homeowner demand for connectivity. Honeywell’s Lyric™ product line is perfect for families who have busy, unpredictable schedules. This product is designed to offer easy installation and set-up, and it allows homeowners to control their home’s comfort and remain aware of their home’s environment by providing alerts about any concerns related to possible water issues. The Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat is designed to function and operate based on real-time conditions. There are no programs, schedules or complex menus to navigate with the Lyric Round™. The Lyric Round™ thermostat’s function is to simply provide homeowners comfort when they are home and savings when they are away from home. Control on the go, when using the Lyric™ mobile app, gives homeowners location-based temperature control by utilizing their smartphone’s location to adjust temperature settings in their home. By establishing location parameters, they can arrive home to

By Robbie Matiak their customized temperature setting, and their home will be more energyefficient because their system will not be running when they are outside their home-location parameters. The Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat will also send maintenance notifications and alerts about extreme conditions in the home to help maintain efficiency and extend the life of HVAC equipment. In addition to the Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat, homeowners can also utilize the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector. Leaks and frozen pipes can cause serious damage to a home. According to the American Insurance Association, the average water leak causes approximately $7,000 in damages for homeowners. The Lyric™ Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector provides peace of mind with a water sensor and can also detect temperatures that could freeze pipes as well as humidity that could damage valuables. The detectors are placed near potential trouble spots such as water heaters, washing machines and underneath sinks. They are battery-operated, lasting up to three years before needing to install new batteries. Each detector links directly to your home’s wi-fi, with no need for hubs or gateways. Each detector comes with a four-foot sensor cable, and additional cables can be joined for up to 500 feet of coverage. The entire

“As we continue to lead fuller and more enriched lives, sacrificing our family’s comfort doesn’t have to be an option.” 52

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cable is water-sensing. Homeowners would receive alerts regardless of where they were, via the Lyric™ mobile app, allowing them time for action while the problem is still measured in drops instead of inches of water. As we continue to lead fuller and more enriched lives, sacrificing our family’s comfort doesn’t have to be an option. Honeywell’s Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat and Lyric™ Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector allow homeowners the ability to remain connected and manage their home’s comfort, without the hassle of programs, while providing peace of mind for those with active lifestyles. Robbie Matiak is a project coordinator at R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-917-1795.


Affordable Medications Part 1 —

Manufacturer’s Coupons By Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. The key to ensuring that a patient takes a medication as prescribed is to make sure the medication is affordable. Recently, one of our pharmacists had a conversation with a customer. The pharmacist learned that this customer had been prescribed three different medications during the past year to help manage his diabetes. Two of the three medications were available only as a brand name, and a third medication was available as a generic. In this instance, the customer had only taken the generic because that is the medicine that was affordable. The patient had insurance. The two drugs that were only available as a brand name were covered, but they had a very

high co-pay, an amount that was still not affordable. The patient went to the doctor every quarter for lab work to check his numbers. His numbers were not improving, so the doctor’s protocol was to incorporate another medication, followed by a third medication. The reality was that the patient never took either of the new medications, so his numbers never changed, and he never told the doctor the truth. When the pharmacist learned the real situation through their conversation, he knew how to access the manufacturer’s co-pay cards to bring the patient’s actual cost down to fifteen dollars each. These prices were now affordable! One of the medicines offered the co-pay of $15 for two full years!

The patient can now begin to feel better, have a better quality of life, and the doctor will see a change in his numbers.

Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. is Co-Owner of PharMoore Health Mart Pharmacy, 3422 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-213-3341.



Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Celebrations Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Hobgood Park 6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock Non-Profit Organization

7800 Highway 92 Woodstock 770-924-3720 Veterinary Emergency Clinic

Pleasant Union Farm

LuLaRoe, Elaine Federico

Cherokee Collision Center

1994 Pleasant Union Road Canton 404-277-7685 Event & Wedding Venue

104 Gold Springs Court Canton 407-435-3454 Retail Ladies’ Clothing

300 Old Ball Ground Highway Canton 678-388-7000 Automobile Body Repair Shop

Mathnasium of Holly Springs

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Southern Advisors, Inc.

6768 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 102 Canton 678-880-7592 Education/Tutorial


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720 Transit Avenue, Suite 102 Canton 770-720-5127 Health Care

265 Parkway 575 Woodstock 404-379-0268 Financial Advisors

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in ns Chi ldren and Tee By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. There are several options available for whitening teeth. These range from whitening toothpaste, to whitening strips, to at-home or in-office bleaching procedures. With each option, there are advantages and disadvantages of which to be aware.

remove the surface stains. However, this product should not be used long term, and parents should be on the lookout for signs of sensitivity to teeth and gums. Other options to remove surface stains are baking soda and charcoal. There are recipes online for creating your own “natural” toothpaste. These options should also only be used short term, as these abrasive substances can remove tooth enamel over time. If your child is thirteen or older, there are more intensive whitening options. •

• Whitening toothpaste can help to remove surface stains, but will not be as impactful on staining caused by injury, medication or certain foods. If your children are ages 6-12, whitening toothpaste can be used to

Tooth whitening strips are popular due to their ease of use, relative comfort and effectiveness. The strips are worn for multiple days in a row to get the desired effect. In-home bleaching kits are a bit more intensive because the whitening component is held in place by a plastic mold that is slipped over the teeth. In some cases, the mold is custom-made via an impression, so

it will exactly match the individual’s teeth. The effect of this option is seen after multiple uses. In-office bleaching is the most intense option of the three. It usually takes about an hour at your dentist office, and the effect is immediate.

It’s important to remember, with all three of these options, there are potential side effects. The most typical side effect is tooth or gum sensitivity. And with the whitening strips and in-home bleaching options, it’s very important to follow all directions exactly to avoid any discomfort or issues. Whiter teeth are within reach! Consult your pediatric dentist to determine what is best for your child!

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



Afterglow Day Spa 37 Atlanta Hand Specialist 3 Audio Intersection 19 Ben’s Mattress and Furniture 9 BridgeMill Dentistry 39 Budget Blinds 55 Burns Law Group 53 Canton First United Methodist Church 23 Canton Jewelry/Diamond Castle 51 Canton Wellness Center 32 The Carpenter’s Shop 10 Christian Preschool Chart Industries 31 Cherokee Chorale 43 Cherokee Children’s Dentistry 5 Clean Office Exec, LLC 48 Dentistry at Hickory Flat 14 Downtown Kitchen 7 Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. 21 DV Pediatrics 31 Fun Finds & Designs 41 Georgia Medical Treatment 44 The Goddard School 25 Goin’ Coastal 42 Good Hands Appliance Repair 16 H&H Electric & Security, LLC 45 Holiday Lights of Hope 9 Jones and Cloud Inc. Insurance 33 Jyl Craven Hair Design 13 Key’s Jewelry 43 LaVida Massage 43 LGE Community Credit Union 49 Live Clean, Inc. Cover, 28 & 29 Masterpiece Framer 36 Milan Eye Center Inside Front North Georgia Tax Solutions 41 Northside Cherokee Pediatrics 5 Northside Hospital-Cherokee 1 Northside Vascular Surgery 11 Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 21 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 51 and Dentistry at Canton Pharmoore & Woodstock 21 Health Mart Pharmacy Plastic Surgery Center of the South 27 Pleasant Union Farm 16 R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. Inside Back Rejoice Maids 31 River Green Academy 51 Technical Resource Solutions 37 Three Sisters Gifts 37 Uncle Jack’s Spirit’s 17 WellStar Health Systems Back Cover Woodall Family Realty 39 56

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