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February 2017

Volume 4 | Issue 7



On the Cover:

Howard's Auto Body


Financial Wellness Staying Retired


Senior Socialization Explore Your Options


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


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


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


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


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


............... Community Partner


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


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


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


.............. Main Street Canton


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



Publisher’s Perspective

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

In the past few years, I have embraced the fact that due to the changing of times in my personal life, I need to concentrate more on daily preparation to accomplish what I set out to achieve. There is a reason a boy scout smiles and whistles under most all circumstances; it feels good to be prepared. In the words of Vince Lombardi, “Preparedness is the ultimate confidence builder.” Being ready for what may be around the corner is one less thing to concern ourselves with when the unexpected jumps from the shadows.

As I am certainly no fan of drama, it has become a welcome discovery that being prepared prevents panic. We should take the time to plan for other options that fate may have in store for us. Of course, we never know what will happen, but we usually have a pretty good idea of potential possibilities. Being prepared allows us to bond our timeline together more effectively and allows us to adapt when untimely changes fall like heavy rocks onto our path. If distracted by change to an original plan, one may instinctively react in opposition, while the prepared mind steps up, and those boulders become stepping stones from which to propel forward rather than obstacles blocking progress. Planning and having the mindset to be proactive rather than reactive is one of the best ways to fill each day with more positive energy, which we can then use to empower others we encounter along the way.

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

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ach morning as I am getting ready for the day ahead, I’ll check the forecast, review my “to-do” list (a mindful catalogue of items that will help me along my way) and set the day in motion with a tall glass of water, a light breakfast and a few moments of good ol’ fashioned reflection, soul searching and gearing up. I would imagine most of us do something similar as part of our morning routine.

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“Preparedness is the ultimate confidence builder.” ~ Vince Lombardi

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, Paul Bodrogi, Nathan Brandon, J. Daran Burns, Mary Kay Buquoi, Michael Buckner, Lynnda Campbell, The Canton Tree Commission, Rick Cheney, Rajayne Cordery, Jyl Craven, Jessica Fowler, Joshua Fuder, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Morgan Hill, Edward Kang, James E. Leake, Robbie Matiak, Jim McRae, Scott Merritt, Tim Morris, Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Brandi Price, Matthew Thomas




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Business After Hours — Come meet new people at this wonderful, networking opportunity! 4:30pm, Bank of North Georgia, 300 East Main Street, Canton. To R.S.V.P., call 770-345-0400, or email


2017 B.L.A.S.T.T. Build Your 12-Month Marketing Plan & Social Media Calendar — Business and Marketing Coach Stephanie Hines has created a marketing momentum roadmap that can transform your marketing misery into mastery! In an effort to simplify marketing plans and calendars, the roadmap evolves into a simple template business owners use to get results. 11:30am, Chamber of Commerce Terrace Level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


15th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring Floyd and Fay Falany — Celebrating the Falany Performing Arts Center’s 15th anniversary, the service of one of Reinhardt’s past presidents, Dr. Floyd Falany, will be honored during this ceremony. The concert will include performances by The ‘Hardt Breakers, Men of ‘Hardt and some of the outstanding faculty and students from the School of Performing Arts. 7:30-9:30pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce’s Power Hour — Fastpaced networking with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber Chairman of the Board, Bryan Reynolds, and Chamber President/CEO, Pam Carnes! Before the hour ends, you will have a chance to share about your business or


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Fruit Plant Fund Raiser — This is a pre-order plant sale that goes through March, with proceeds benefiting the Cherokee County extension’s community projects as well as 4H student scholarships and educational programs. All orders are pre-paid. Please call for details and order forms. Order pickup will be March 15th, 9:00am-6:00pm, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Suite G49, Canton. 770-721-7803. county-offices/ cherokee.html

organization for all to hear! 10:00am, Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.

off in a fun, safe environment. Admission includes pool games, crafts, dinner and a movie! 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760.


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Become a CASA Advocate Volunteer Orientation — Be a powerful voice for a child in foster care in your community. Help reach the goal of ensuring every child has a CASA Advocate! Tuesday 9:0010:30am, Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm, The Children’s Haven, 1083 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-3274.


Parents Night Out — This event is so parents can enjoy a few hours of adult time after dropping their children

Agatha Christie’s Dearly Departed — A comedy presented by the Cherokee Theatre Company, in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the south are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Friday/Saturday 8:00pm, Sunday 2:30pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-591-0282.


Gardener’s Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will be presenting a seminar on “Garden Planning and Seed Starting.” This program will cover the topics of soil health, soil testing, timing and planning your gardening


Shakespeare’s Hamlet — Produced by Reinhardt University’s theatre program, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother’s widow. Friday/ Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


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. 6:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760.



activities, and how to get a jump start on the gardening season by starting your own seedlings. 10:00am, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770721-7803.

Mark Randisi — Mark has appeared on stage with diverse performers and celebrities such as Ray Charles, James Darrin, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Debbie Reynolds, Fabian, Connie Stevens, Rich Little and more. Mark’s entertaining personality, sense of humor and rich voice keep the classic sound and style of Sinatra alive.

7:30pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-7209167.


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

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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 Parkway, Canton, 770-479-3090

Tech Tuesday February 7 & 21, 10:00-6:00pm, R.T. Jones Make a date to get answers to many basic technology questions. Get help downloading eBooks and audiobooks to your computer or mobile device (phone or tablet.), assistance with setting up and using email, flash drives and posting photos to Facebook. Call to reserve your spot. Fancy Nancy Party February 8, 4:00pm-5:00pm, R.T. Jones There will be games, crafts and reading fun at this Fancy Nancy party! Boys and girls can dress up to their heart’s delight, as we tea party the afternoon away. Light refreshments will be served. This is for ages 4-8; adults are encouraged to join the dress-up fun! DIG: Drop-in Genealogy February 12, 2:00pm-4:00pm, R.T. Jones Meet monthly to learn and work on genealogical research. Valentine’s Day Trivia February 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm Ball Ground Everyone wins a door prize in this game of questions based on the most romantic day of the year. Special prize for first place. Ages 12+. Family Game Night February 15, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Hickory Flat Bring the entire family for a fun night of Bingo with light refreshments and prizes.

80 Years in Middle Earth: Tolkien Thursday February 16, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Ball Ground Discuss Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1. Themes include power, corruption and responsibility. Book Club February 20, 11:00am, Ball Ground Discuss impressions of A Man Called Ove, by Fredrick Backmon, and Small Things, by Jodi Piccoult.

rated “G,” and all ages are welcome. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Winter Break’s Creation Station February 23, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Ball Ground Paper, fabric, duct tape, mod podge, glitter glue, pom-poms, stamps, shells and so much more will be provided to get those creative juices flowing! Make a masterpiece, and have fun with your friends. All ages invited.

Storytime Around the World: France February 20, 4:00pm, Ball Ground Enjoy stories, activities and crafts about the people, food and music of France. All ages invited.

Fairy Tale STEAM: Goldilocks February 27, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Ball Ground Celebrate National Tell a Fairy Tale Day with a challenging STEAM experiment based on the fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Children will problem solve and design ideas using the familiar tale. This is for ages 6-12.

Pilates and Prevention February 20, 6:30pm, Hickory Flat Learn how to prevent illness and disease through proper nutrition and mind/body exercise. Bring your yoga mat or towel.

Teen Writers Workshop February 28, 6:00pm-7:15pm, Ball Ground Teen writers are invited to discuss their writing projects, play some fun creative writing games, and to share some of their own writing if they wish! This program is for 6th-12th graders.

Movie Matinee February 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm, R.T. Jones Watch a classic, animated princess movie. All ages are invited. Ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Family Winter Movie Break February 21, 2:00pm, R.T. Jones Watch a movie based on a beloved book by Roald Dahl. Stay after the show to discuss which was better, the book or the movie! While all ages are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Mardi Gras Party February 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Hickory Flat Watch an animated film set in New Orleans. A special guest will be on hand to read a Cajun story, and we will be making a Mardi Gras-inspired craft. Refreshments will be served. The movie is

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The Cherokee County Farm Bureau encourages students in 9th through 12th grade to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest. The artwork should be drawn in black ink or dark, soft-lead pencil, on an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of white paper. The artwork should be camera ready. The 1st Place County winner of the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Art Contest will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card; the 2nd Place County winner will receive a $75 Wal-Mart gift card.


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“Agriculture generates an annual total economic impact of $71.1 billion on Georgia’s $763.6 billion economy,” said William Grizzle, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president. “The purpose of the Farm Bureau Art Contest is to encourage students to increase their knowledge of Georgia agriculture and the contributions it makes to our lives every day.” Drawings will be judged on artistic merit and how well the artwork represents modern agriculture found in Cherokee County or Georgia’s agriculture industry. To enter the contest, students should contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau for an official entry form and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office by Friday, February 24, 2017. For more information, contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office at 770-479-1481 ext. 0, or visit programs/aic.

White Rabbit Electrology, permanent “hare” removal, is now open at 120 Hickory Road in Canton. Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method to remove unwanted hair for over 140 years. White Rabbit Electrology uses the fastest medical-grade electrolysis equipment on the market for combined efficiency and comfort and is recognized by the American Electrology Association and Georgia Electrology Association. White Rabbit Electrology believes that only natural and organic ingredients should be used on your skin. The refreshing properties of camphor combined with the sedative and antibacterial benefits of lavender and rosemary are used to prepare the skin for hair removal. Post-treatment combinations of aloe vera and arnica with licorice root extract are used for their anti-inflammatory qualities to calm the skin and help alleviate redness. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 770-312-9387, or visit




n today’s technology-driven world, where do we turn to quickly access information about a certain product, service or place? The internet. Today’s world-wide web is the storehouse for information on almost any given subject matter. It is no secret that the present-day marketplace values accessibility to data and information as a top value for doing business. Everything is a Google, Yahoo or Bing search away. The same holds true for economic development. Citizens, visitors, businesses and non-profits increasingly depend on the web to gather and share information about a community or a program.


Visit By Matthew A. Thomas

Economic Development — the retention and recruitment of businesses, the cultivation of the environment to help businesses succeed and the vibrancy of tourism — works very much the same way. Canton offers numerous competitive advantages conducive to business operations. There is lots of data available to support this claim. But, as the city grows, how will those outside of Canton’s borders find out about those advantages? How will prospective business owners, decision-makers, families and visitors learn about Canton’s numerous assets? How do investors research available buildings in Canton for a future location? For a long time, answers to these questions existed, but never in a centralized, web-based location. The solution arrived in December 2015, when was launched. is Canton’s very own economic development website. It exists to answer those aforementioned questions in a quickly accessible, user-friendly way. allows access to a wide


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variety of Canton-centric information. After all, data drives decisions. As a municipal government, the City of Canton supplies the bulk of information available for citizens on the City’s website, To avoid confusion, does not replace the City’s preeminent website; it is still the top location for City information. solely stands to provide in-depth facts and figures for existing and prospective businesses wanting to learn more about the Canton market before making investment decisions. is strictly for economic development. It is often shared that somewhere between 80%-90% of all corporate siteselection decisions are made based on online research. places Canton’s commerce-related information at the forefront. Upon arrival, you will see that SelectCanton. com is characterized by four main tabs: Why Canton, Data, Business Assistance

and Contact. Within those four tabs, you can further dig into quantitative and qualitative data about demographics, maps, land and building availabilities, financing programs and much more. •

If you are looking to start, open or relocate your business to Canton and you seek data to aid your decisionmaking process, visit If you operate an existing business and you need access to resources to upsize your operations or grow your customer outreach, visit If you are a citizen who desires to learn more about the Canton economy and growth activity bases, visit SelectCanton. com.

Give the site a look, and share with others you know who want to learn more about our great city.

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




Romance By Jyl Craven


For decades, Valentine’s Day has been a time focused on lovers and loved ones, candy and flowers, romance and love. This year, surprise your cupid with a romantic hairstyle and a complimentary hair accessory that he’ll remember for years to come. Here are four easy-to-create looks that are sure to bring love your way this Valentine’s day.


Long Hair Styles For long hair, try a sexy, messy chignon (bun), which is easy, versatile and works on all hair types, although it does best on hair that hasn’t been washed for 24 hours. You can also choose to wear this bun high on your head or low on the back of your neck. To get this style, follow these few steps: *



Brush your hair, and pull it backward, gathering it into a loose ponytail. To create a lower messy chignon, start the ponytail at the nape of your neck; for a higher bun, make a high ponytail. Tie your ponytail with an elastic band; smooth out the bumps with a paddle brush, and pull up the ponytail to create fullness on the top of your head. Canton Family Life | FEBRUARY 2017


Split your ponytail in half then make a single loose tie. Take the two loose ends, and tuck them into the chignon. Follow with bobby pins that match your hair color, and place them accordingly inside the chignon. Add dangling earrings to this up-do for an even more dazzling effect!

For a more relaxed look, leave your hair down, and go over it with a flat iron for shiny locks. Then, wrap the ends around a curling iron for a polished, easy look men will go wild for. Pull one or both sides up with a rhinestone pin or pretty brooch for added allure.

out the ends. Rub in a small amount of pomade for a textured look, and you’re ready for a night out. Use a flower to sweep up one side for a Bohemian look.

Short Styles For short hair, get a pixie cut with bangs that show off your eyes. Use a lightweight smoothing styler, and blow dry your hair forward with a natural bristle brush. Spread a wax-based pomade from roots to ends, and tuck the extra-long pieces of hair behind your ear with a bobby pin. Wear sparkly earrings to showcase this look. Make your own magic this February with the confidence that comes from knowing you look romantic! And remember, since your hair is your best accessory, why not make it say “be mine” this Valentine’s Day? L

Medium Length Styles For medium length, layered hair, use a vent brush for extra volume, switching to a round brush to flip

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

Meet Steve Miller, New Mayor of Holly Springs After twelve years, Holly Springs has a fresh voice in the mayor’s office. 42-year-old, former U.S. Marine Steve Miller has many goals he’d like to achieve in his new role, but his most important goals are to: •

Community Feature James Miller Named Head Coach of Reinhardt University Football A former football player at Virginia Tech, Miller has been with Reinhardt since 2014. Prior to being named head coach, Miller served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, in addition to being the assistant coach in charge of the offensive line.

Repair the relationship between Holly Springs and the county by opening the lines of communication between council members and county commissioners. Handle Cherokee County’s rapidly growing number of residents that are moving into Holly Springs, as many current residents are opposed to adding additional residential developments. Develop infrastructure that will support growth. Holly Springs has several projects underway aimed at helping to alleviate traffic in the area. Work on a long-term project to revamp Holly Springs’ downtown district to include more shops and businesses that will bring new jobs.

Congratulations to our October “7 Differences” winner, Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to our January “7 Differences” winner, Ray Bobo!



Community Feature Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Selects 2017 Teen & Adult Leadership Cherokee Classes The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County, so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow.

Teen Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017

According to Bryan Reynolds, 2017 Chamber Chairman and Director of the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, “The knowledge gained from the programs offered through Leadership Cherokee will prepare the class members for a more active role in the community.”

Front row (L-R): Katelyn Provost, Woodstock; Caroline Booth, Etowah; Taylor Glass, Etowah; Erin Franchini, Creekview; Amelia Westmoreland, Sequoyah; Katie Gilliam, Woodstock. Middle row (L-R): Rolo Lopez, Cherokee; Abigail Smithwick, Creekview; Jamila Otieno, Etowah; Hannah Galloway, Cherokee; Sophia Clark, Sequoyah; Taylor Bramblett, Woodstock; Angelica Millen, River Ridge. Back row (L-R): Jerod Bayly, Sequoyah; Casey Bates, Sequoyah; Thomas Brumbeloe, Sequoyah; Kieran Black, Etowah; Eli Weatherby, Cherokee; Natasha Ambriz-Villela, Sequoyah. Not pictured: Brendan Jones, Sequoyah.

Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017

Front Row (L-R): Matt Pierce, CrossFit Canton; Carl Welch, Georgia Army National Guard; Matt Richter, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Shelly Weaver, United Community Bank; Pat Tanner; Melissa Madigan, BB&T Bank; Kyla Cromer, Cherokee County School Board; Kathy Alden, Chattahoochee Technical College; Melissa Lindh, Universal Alloy Corporation; Star Garguilo, Chart, Inc.; Lori Thompson, Cherokee County Board of Commissioners; Dana Callan, Bank of North Georgia; Lori Flink, Allegro Business Products; Cheri Collett, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Michelle Stapleton, Great Expressions Dental. Second Row (L-R): Lori Campbell, Northside Hospital Cherokee Auxiliary; George Williams, City of Woodstock Fire Department; Brandy DeBord, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce; Amy Leatherman, Chattahoochee Technical College; Katherine Hyatt, Reinhardt University. Third Row (L-R): Joel Dobbs, William Blair & Company; Evan Ingram, Goshen Valley Foundation; Michael Carswell, City of Holly Springs; Rory Hekking, Etowah Veterinary Hospital; Buster Cushing, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Tim Lanier, Killian Automotive; Lewis Cline, Bank of North Georgia; Greg Elder, MUST Ministries; Jessica Helms, R & D Mechanical Services, Inc.; Todd Hayes, Cherokee County Office of the Solicitor General.

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Holds Grand Opening for New Station 3 The official grand opening and Hose Uncoupling Ceremony for Cherokee Fire’s station #3, located at 270 Crown Avenue in Canton, was held last month. Field Operations Chief Greg Erdely welcomed those in attendance including District 2 Commissioner and former Cherokee County Fire Chief Raymond Gunnin, Holly Springs Mayor Steve Miller and Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners “Buzz” Ahrens and many other local officials and community leaders.


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Cherokee County Fire Chaplain Johnny Weaver came forward to give the invocation. Weaver was also the first fire chief for the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department when the original Station 3 was constructed in 1976. Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather made a special presentation to Larry Berry, who recently retired, thanking him for his forty years of service to the community as fire chief of Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department. A plaque recognizing him for his loyalty and service was unveiled at the entrance of the new station.

The Battle Over Flossing By Scott Merritt, D.M.D.

Last August, the Associated Press (AP) published an article entitled “Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven,” which questioned the benefits of flossing. It included information from various studies as well as quotes from experts and private dentists. At best, the story seemed to indicate that the recommendation to floss was based on unreliable science, and at worst, it was based on a public-misleading conspiracy that existed between floss manufacturers and well-respected dental organizations. Almost immediately, the AP’s article was met with opposition. Dental organizations such as the American Dental Association and American Academy of Periodontology released statements supporting the

effectiveness of flossing. Companies in the dental industry followed suit and provided strong endorsements regarding the benefits associated with cleaning in between teeth, whether with floss or other interdental devices. Now that the smoke has cleared, it’s worthwhile to look at what the article and responses have done. First, they have brought attention to the importance of oral health. Second, the debate reminds us that it’s prudent to continually evaluate both recommendations related to health care as well as procedures and treatment options that may evolve over time. If you’ve ever watched Antiques Roadshow, you’ve probably seen some pretty crazy contraptions that were once believed to provide healing powers. However, most importantly, the debate regarding the benefits of flossing has

reminded us to use common sense when it comes to healthy living. For oral health, it’s incredibly important to clean the surface of teeth to prevent harmful bacteria from turning into plaque, which then results in tooth decay and loss. Those who use floss are able to clean areas of the tooth surface that a regular tooth brush cannot reach. When done properly, flossing is an excellent method for maintaining the strength of teeth and health of gums. Removing food particles also helps to keep breath fresh, which is not only appreciated by all those who interact with others, but is also a way to build confidence in your dealings with others.

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



Community Feature CCSD Students Volunteer to Help Homeless Cherokee County School District students recently volunteered with Give Homeless Hope to help those in need. The students weathered very cold temperatures to help provide 70-80 homeless children and adults with a meal, toiletries, warm hats, gloves and other items to help them through their difficult circumstances. Mountain Road Elementary School classmates Sasha Sins and Gracie Whittenbarger brave the cold to help others.

CCSD Parent Leader Earns Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, left, congratulate LisaMarie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who won GSPRA’s 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.

The Cherokee County School District recently won fifteen awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA), a record total, which included a “Best in State” top honor!

A special award also was presented to one of CCSD’s parent leaders, Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, president of Georgia PTA, who received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award. The award, which is not necessarily presented annually, is the highest honor the Association awards to a non-public relations professional.

Alumnus Visits Free Home Elementary for Weather Presentation

Justin Whitaker speaks to the students about his studies.


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Free Home Elementary alumnus Justin Whitaker, who now is a graduate student at Colorado State University, recently visited his alma mater to speak to students about his atmospheric science career path. He spoke with fourth-graders about the science, instruments and tools that atmospheric scientists use to do their work.

CCSD Makes AP Honor Roll for 4th Consecutive Year Cherokee County School District high school students not only continue to beat state and national averages on college-level Advance Placement (AP) exams, but CCSD also has earned national recognition for its AP achievement for the fourth consecutive year! CCSD is one of only ten school districts in Georgia named to the College Board’s elite AP Honor Roll for 2016, and this was CCSD’s fourth consecutive year to earn the prestigious distinction. With a passage rate of 70% among the 4,784 tests administered in the spring of 2016, CCSD exceeds the state average of 58% and the national average of 57%. The AP program has grown significantly in CCSD, with AP courses and exams currently offered in 30 subjects, up from 26 last year. The number of exams taken by CCSD students increased by 16% from 2015 and has risen by more than 80% in the last five years. High school students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam earn college credit, and subsequently, they get to exempt those courses in college. Passage of AP exams places students at an academic and financial advantage, studies show, as they can both begin classes in their major sooner and avoid tuition costs for exempted courses.

Executive Skills in Preschool • executive skills are more likely to do well in school. By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

We all know that early learning includes the development of the pre-reading and math skills that children will need for school. However, preschoolers need to learn more than how to recite the alphabet and count; children also need to develop executive function skills. Executive functions help us control our thoughts, behavior and emotions, including our abilities to concentrate, focus, transition between activities, reason and plan. Other executive functions include working memory, organizational skills and cognitive flexibility. Children who develop these

• Teachers should focus on helping children develop executive function skills throughout each day, in purposeful and fun learning activities. It can be done by encouraging play through dramatizations, stories and games that help young children to develop self-regulation, cognitive and social-emotional skills. Here are some activities that you can do at home to help your children develop these core skills: •

Play simple games like Candy Land® or Chutes and Ladders®. These help children practice selfregulation by learning rules and following directions. Solve puzzles with them, and

introduce harder ones with more pieces as your children improve their skills. Learn a simple dance, and create new steps together. Take turns following each other’s movements. Sing your favorite songs together to practice the words and music. Assign your children simple daily chores, and praise them when they complete the tasks. Turn off your tablet or smartphone, and bring out toys that encourage imaginative play such as blocks and clay.

These activities will help your child develop important life skills, while also giving parents valuable time to interact and play with them.

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



Know the Importance of

Heart Health By Dr. Edward Kang There are a range of factors that can raise your risk of developing heart disease and having a heart attack or stroke. The more factors you have, the greater your risk. Although you can’t do anything about age, gender, race or family history, here are some things you can control with lifestyle choices or medication: ¤ Quit smoking. A smoker’s risk of developing heart disease is 2-4 times that of nonsmoker’s. ¤ Lower your blood cholesterol. As blood cholesterol rises, so does risk of heart disease. When other factors (such as high blood pressure and tobacco smoke) are present, the risk is even higher. ¤ Lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder than normal and makes your arteries more prone to injury. ¤ Get active. Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity helps prevent heart and blood vessel disease. The more vigorous the activity, the greater your benefits. ¤ Lose excess weight. Excess weight increases the heart’s workload. People with excess body fat, especially around the waist, are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke, even if they have no other factors. ¤ Manage your diabetes. Diabetes seriously increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even when glucose (blood sugar) levels are under control. ¤ Reduce stress. Too much stress over time, and unhealthy responses to it, may create health problems in some people. Find healthy ways to manage stress, exercise and eat right. ¤ Limit alcohol. Alcohol raises blood pressure, can cause heart failure and lead to stroke. It also adds calories, contributing to obesity, making it harder to lose weight. If you don’t drink, don’t start. If you do, limit yourself to one drink a day. How do I know if I have a strong family history of heart disease? You are at a higher risk if your father or brother developed heart disease or had a stroke before they were 55, or if your mother or sister developed heart disease or a stroke before they were 65.


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Get Your Cardiovascular Screening on April 22

is offering a free screening to determine risk for heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, or CVD. It is essential that you measure your risk for CVD, and make a plan for how you can prevent it.

The free screening will take place: Wednesday, April 22, 2017, 9:00am-noon Northside Hospital-Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive Cumming, GA 30041 Education Center, Third Floor

Free parking is available. The screening is free, but registration is required. Call 404-851-6550 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Edward Kang is a board certified surgeon who practices at Northside Vascular Surgery. Northside Vascular Surgery has three convenient locations including Atlanta, Canton and Cumming. Visit for more information or call 770-292-3490.



Capitol Ideas

House Committees By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


ommittee work is some of the most important work that gets done in the House, yet many are unfamiliar with the process and how it impacts the legislation that gets passed to become law in Georgia. Most work on legislation occurs in committee hearings, not during the debate on the House floor. When a bill is filed, it gets assigned to a committee. If called for a hearing by the chair, the bill is presented by the author or the person who signed the bill first. This Representative must explain the bill (i.e. explain what’s wrong with the current law and/or what specifically needs to be changed). It’s also imperative that the author explain the importance of changing the law and what negative things will happen if it’s not changed. While there are many things that should be changed in the law, one should tread carefully. Many times, there are unintended consequences to making the

change. The code section may be referenced by another code section, which could trigger a domino effect. Changing the law is a dangerous issue that must be cautiously approached. While only a Representative can take the well and speak to a bill on the House floor, the chair of a committee can recognize anyone to speak about a piece of legislation being considered. Often, citizens impacted by the legislation will testify as to the benefits of changing something or the negative consequences they’ve suffered because of the current law. Legislators are first appointed to three committees. As time goes on, they are appointed to more; usually, the maximum is six committees. Committee assignments are usually based on work experience, interest and need. An insurance agent might get placed on the insurance committee due to the real-world experience they bring to the issue.

In my non-political work life, I’ve worked at the district attorney’s office as a victim advocate. It was based on this experience, and my own request, that I was placed on a committee called judicial (non-civil). This committee hears all potential changes to the criminal code in the state of Georgia. Any additions or changes are heard in this committee. I also serve on five other committees: appropriations (public safety subcommittee), juvenile justice, rules, budget and fiscal affairs oversight and information and audits. There are three committees that deviate from the usual committee description. Those three committees are rules, appropriations and information and audits. Appropriations will hear about the budget, specifically which agencies are assigned to the specific subcommittee. Rules

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


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determines which bills get to the House floor to be voted on by the whole House. Information and audits reviews the House journal every day. Hopefully, you have learned a little about the committee process. I am honored to represent the folks of the 23rd District. Please contact me if I can ever be of service.

CES 2017: What’s New In

Electronics By Michael Buckner CES is a consumer electronics tradeshow where there are literally thousands of gadgets in one place that no one has ever seen. Here’s a summary of the highlights of CES 2017: The smart-home device industry has hit a point of saturation. There were no less than 100 companies displaying indistinguishable dimmers, lamp modules, smoke detectors, etc., all interconnected and operable from an app. In 2017 and beyond, companies will need to try harder to differentiate themselves and show why we should care about their version. However, it’s worth mentioning that interoperability

between each other’s devices still leaves much to be desired. Many items were designed in Europe and/or Asia, so there’s little focus in making sure that one particular brand “talks” to another. This will need to improve. From GPS for dogs, to shirts that monitor heart rate, wearable technology has officially exploded. Under Armor® displayed shoes that connect to a training app, measuring jump distance, running speed and more. Athletes can now better measure themselves in their effort of constant self-improvement. Another great item was a smart bicycle helmet that allows the cyclists ability to listen to music, communicate with other cyclists and notify EMS of a crash. It is foreseeable that we will all be buying our self-driving car of choice no later than 2020. Every known manufacturer (and some unknown, like LeEco) had fully autonomous cars on display.

A crowd favorite was an obvious re-focus on record players. Everything was on display, from $200-$12,000, ranging from simple, wall-mountable players to amazing new ones that digitize the music and play through wholehouse systems. For example, there was a beautiful one by Pro-Ject that was made from solid walnut with a frosted acrylic base. In a world of downloads, these prove that tangible music can still be both relevant and absolutely gorgeous.

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



Community Partners


omen in Technology (WIT) has had a mission dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in Georgia’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) community since 1992. Its focus is to offer programs that serve girls from middle school to high school, young women on campus and professional women in STEM. Through the WIT Foundation, its charitable arm, WIT reaches more than 1,500 women and girls with programs designed to educate, motivate and inspire them as they pursue careers in STEM.


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WIT offers programs for girls that expose them to the world of STEM through its partnerships with local companies. They offer programs that help young women on campus get ready for the workforce and also expose them to women already in STEM fields. WIT offers professional development for women entering the workforce and introduces them to seasoned professionals through its leadership development programs such as WIT Forums and WIT Careers. The National Center for Women and Information Technology, a non-profit that promotes gender equality in technology, reported research that shows in 2015 just 25% of computing jobs in the U.S. were held by women, down from 35% in 1990. During the same time period, the number of women earning engineering degrees also declined. For this reason, WIT has launched a grassroots campaign to get business and education communities to join them in engaging and preparing

women for these jobs. Additional goals are aimed at retaining women in STEM careers and helping companies enrich their pipelines by positioning more women for leadership roles. This year, WIT celebrates 25 years of advocating for women in STEM, with over 2,500 professionals attending its programs and events, over 500 students and over 225 volunteers. WIT has become the largest, most active organization of its kind in the region. WIT’s vision is to make Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM workforce by providing opportunities that champion women throughout their education and career. WIT is excited about its mission and vision and intends to continue its passionate support of women and girls in STEM for as long as it takes to achieve its goal of making Georgia the state with the highest number of women in STEM. They are always looking for volunteers, donors and women who are interested in helping other women and girls. To support WIT’s mission and goals, please visit to join the organization for free, or call 470-8233228 if you have questions or need additional information.

A Flatter Tummy for

Valentine’s Day? By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake People spend hours at the gym, not only for health reasons, but also to improve their appearance. They want to make specific changes that can boost their self-esteem and help them look as good as they feel. Plastic surgery should be about giving people natural-looking results rather than chasing an unrealistic ideal. Your physical appearance is one measure of your health and vitality, and a flatter tummy is one of those desired attributes. Events such as pregnancy or significant weight changes can cause the skin, and sometimes the underlying muscles, to stretch, preventing them from returning to their original shape. If you’ve had trouble flattening your tummy bulge and tightening excess sagging skin that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, then

a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may be a great option for you. Performed while you’re under general anesthesia, abdominoplasty typically treats three specific areas of concern: Loose skin: In a process called redraping, your surgeon removes some of the loose, stretched skin from your abdomen and pulls the remaining skin taut for a smooth, proportionate contour. Excess fat: Your surgeon carefully reduces fat deposits, using selective liposuction where it's needed. Weakened muscles: Occasionally, pregnancy or significant weight loss can leave the abdominal muscles weakened, loose or displaced. During your tummy tuck, your surgeon can repair these muscles,

strengthening them with internal sutures. The result of these three components working together is a deep, comprehensive, long-lasting change that improves both the strength of the abdomen as well as its appearance. If the loose skin and fat deposits are limited to the lower abdomen, a partial abdominoplasty, or "mini tummy tuck" may be recommended. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialtytrained, board-certified plastic surgeon. Together, you can make an informed decision about Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake are board-certified a treatment plastic surgeons at Plastic plan designed Surgery Center of the South. especially for 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgery CenterOf you.



Taste of by chef Paul Bodrogi

1 loaf of challah bread, cut into ½” squares 1 qt. half and half 4 eggs 8 yolks

1 oz. sugar 4 oz. chocolate, melted 1 oz. chocolate chips ¼ oz. cocoa powder 2 oz. butter, softened

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

Coat a 9x16” baking dish with the softened butter. Add the cut bread to the baking dish. Combine the eggs, yolks, sugar and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. In a medium pot, bring the half and half to a boil. Stir 4 ounces of the boiling half and half into the egg mixture. Then, stream in the remaining half and half. Whisk ¼ of the mixture into the melted chocolate. Add the chocolate mixture back into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture over the bread. Sprinkle it with the chocolate chips. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until firm in the center.

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


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By Rajayne Cordery

Accidents happen. Time, weather and natural wear-and-tear take their toll as well. Accident requiring cosmetic fix? Aging vehicle in need? Howard’s Auto Body is a long-standing, experienced and dedicated body shop that provides services in Cherokee County to answer and solve your restoring and refurbishing needs with testified “proof” in the proverbial “pudding.”

partner, Melissa. Together, they ran the small operation out of a shop at their home before expanding and moving to 2650 Marietta Highway, Canton in 1996. This is their 21st anniversary in the 6,000-square-foot shop, which includes eleven garage bays, a paint booth and offices.

Since 1986 when Howard Vallimont relocated to Canton, Howard’s Auto Body has given new life to many damaged vehicles through careful, detailed resurrections and rejuvenations during their thirty-plus years of business.

Their service includes collision repair, full service paint and body work on all makes and models. Additionally, head liners, mouldings, pin-striping and more are all within their particular and proven expertise. PPG paint is used exclusively to match the manufacturer’s original factory paint.

Howard has been repairing vehicles since the age of fourteen, learning from a mentor in Pennsylvania before opening his own auto body repair shop at 21. After a tragic fire in his hometown shop, he moved to Canton, which is where he met his wife and business

Their technicians are ASI(Automotoclub Storico Italiano) and ICAR- (Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) certified industry craftsmen. Howard’s Auto Body’s commitment to service is reflected in their dedication to their


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employees and their employees’ allegiance to the company. Almost all their employees have been with them for most of the years that the business has been in existence. In fact, one of their original employees now has a son who works for Howard’s, so they are now second generation! “We don’t have a high turnover,” Melissa quips. While doing late-night bookkeeping for the company until she became full-time at the family shop, Melissa Vallimont worked in the Cherokee County School system until 2000. When asked what sets them apart from other autobody shops, she answers, “We care for our customers, and we warranty our work. Customers needn’t worry about insurance company referrals or insurance guarantees. Many don’t realize that they can choose their own repair service. We go the extra mile for our customers.” Howard’s Auto Body’s warranty covers paint for as long as you

own the vehicle, and it warranties the labor for one year. Additionally, Howard’s Auto Body takes care of the insurance relationship. Melissa explains, “Once the claim comes in here, we don’t expect you to have to deal with the insurance company. You shouldn’t have to be a middleman. Once it’s here, it’s our responsibility.” Servicing 8-10 cars in an average week, the turnaround time, in most cases, is within that time. Vehicle repair updates are communicated consistently to ease the process for their customers. After the repairs are complete, “If you do have a problem, we don’t ever turn you away. We ask you to come back and let us know. We will do whatever it takes to make you happy,” Melissa adds. As a courtesy, Howard’s will help to arrange a rental car, if necessary.

to talk to the owners, not just employees. We really want to help our customers.” She adds, “When you walk through the door, it’s a personal experience. We want to know your name, and we want you to know ours.”

Does your car need reconstructive surgery? A facelift? Spit and polish? With their decades of testimonial service and dedication to excellence, Howard’s Auto Body offers the solution. In a friendly, family atmosphere, you can count on an exceptional job.

In addition to conventional auto-body repair, Howard is currently planning to do restoration of classic cars at a separate location. Renovation and preservation are Howard’s passion. The collision business has been so busy that there are not many body shops that offer full-restoration services. As Howard likes to say, “It was an old rusty car. Look at it now. It’s a labor of love.” When asked why Howard’s is different and why she is proud of her role, daughter, Megan, who grew up in the business, answers, “We are a family business. I am proud of our ability to communicate with our customers. They will come in

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We all tend to thoroughly enjoy the chocolate and other sweet treats that are seemingly synonymous with Valentine’s Day. The truffles, the brownies, the heart-shaped cakes and a variety of boxed-chocolate treats are just a few of the ways we like to indulge ourselves and treat our loved ones. Now, we want the extra weight we may have gained to magically fall off. Last month, many of us also made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. Have you found yourself struggling to make the commitment and stick with your plan?

By Jessica Fowler

Good news! There are medically supervised weight loss programs that can be specially tailored to meet your individual needs and help maximize your weight loss. HCG, vitamin B complex, vitamin

supplements, prescription medication and protein powders coupled with a consistent exercise regimen are some of the tools that can be combined to help you reach your goals. Your weight should be closely monitored while you are using these products and exercising regularly because you will be losing a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. Average weight loss can be up to one pound per day. Check with your local medical weight loss clinic to see if they have a program to fit your needs.

Jessica Fowler is the practice coordinator for Georgia Medical Treatment Centers & Medical Weight Loss Clinics, 557 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-2000.



Getting Our Seniors the Help They Need and Deserve By Tim Morris LIFESTYLE Recently, a student asked me, “What is it like being a director of Senior Services?” This inspired me to reflect upon my past 26 years of working in aging. The job that most prepared me was the three years I spent working in a nursing home in Gainesville. I learned a lot about being patient and showing compassion for others. These lessons are a big influence on who I am today. The life of a senior service director has its challenges. The hardest thing is making decisions that affect so many lives. I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to people needing help. I receive many tearfilled phone calls from people who are overwhelmed by their situation. I’m often able to send them in the direction they need to go for help, but


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in some cases, it’s not that simple. I recall the recent case of a lady in her upper 60s who receives no Social Security benefits or Medicare. She lives day-by-day in chronic pain, but because she has no insurance, she can’t properly treat her pain. How does that happen? She explained why she gets no benefits, and it is very complicated. It is wrong that she can’t afford the care she so desperately needs. Though resources have been provided to her, she doesn’t follow through with reaching out to them. Each week, we

encounter many situations like this. A new, part-time resource coordinator, Deanna Gale, was recently hired to seek out resources for seniors and senior service staff. Deanna splits her time with the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council. She will be a valuable asset to Senior Services and the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council by helping to develop partnerships with other local organizations that would like to help seniors. There are so many needs, too many to list. Please contact Cherokee County Senior Services if you would like to become a partner, or share this information if you know someone else who may be interested in helping seniors. L

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

Family-owned-and-operated business since 1936, servicing all your insurance needs. Automobile Homeowners Renters General Liability Worker’s Compensation Professional Liability Flood Motorcycle and Recreational Vehicle

121 E. Main Street Canton, Ga. 30114 770-479-4336



By Morgan Hill


his is a question on the minds of many people as they get closer to retirement. Income planning is one of the key components to a peaceful and fulfilling retirement. Here are some basics about income planning for future retirees:

• To be able to retire, we need income. • To stay retired, we need reliable and sustainable income. • To preserve our standard of living, we need increasing •

income. During income planning sessions, two key areas must be addressed: - Maximizing Social Security - Maximizing other assets to create income

source of income that will help during retirement, but it does not meet all of one’s income needs. Unfortunately, few people understand how to actually get the most out of their Social Security benefits. There are many rules that govern Social Security and hundreds of ways to take it. Some people make quick decisions because they fear Social Security will run out of money. Others are just not aware of their options, and as a result, they leave lots of money on the table.

Today, fewer and fewer companies offer a pension. As a result, it is critical to get the most out of Social Security and other assets.

The expertise and planning software of Boston University’s Professor Laurence Kotlikoff is a wonderful tool. Dr. Kotlikoff is regarded by many as one of the leading experts on Social Security in the United States. Utilizing the proper tools along with investors asking themselves a series of key questions can help them get the most from their particular set of circumstances.

As most investors know, Social Security was developed and implemented under the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. It was created as a safety net for many Americans. Today, most people regard Social Security as a

The second portion to income planning is getting the most out of other assets. People are often told that there are really only two places to “invest” their money; they either place it with a broker or advisor and assume some level of market risk with those


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investments, or they place the money in the bank and suffer the interest rate risk associated with this low-rate environment we have been in for some time. In one environment, investors may lose when the market drops, and in the other, they may never gain because rates are so low. Since people are living longer, these two scenarios pose their own set of problems when it comes to income planning. As a result, a unique approach centered on Three Worlds of Money© was developed to address this problem. Over the years, it has been shown that people really want three things from their money. When times are good, they want to make a reasonable return. When times are bad, they truthfully don’t want to lose a penny. And finally, when they need money

for emergency or pleasure, they want to be able to access it. The problem is that no one can get all three things from any one place. Therefore, they need at least three places to put their money versus just using two. The third area that is necessary to create income that is guaranteed is where investors can link their gains to the market without the underlying risk of the market. There are a number of tools that fall into this category. Tools such as market-linked CD’s, structured notes and fixed indexed annuities are all able to participate in market gains without risk to principal, and with some tools, cumulative gains. Fixed indexed annuities are very popular tools to create guaranteed streams of money for retirement income. These varying strategies are vital in order to have peace of mind during retirement years. Morgan Hill is a financial advisor and planner at Hill & Hill Financial. 770-672-0402.



Radial Tunnel Syndrome By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

Radial tunnel syndrome is a nerve compression syndrome caused by undue pressure on the radial nerve. It’s a condition in the same family as carpal tunnel syndrome, but it’s not as wellknown.

What is the radial nerve?

The radial nerve runs the length of the arm, from shoulder to hand, and along the radius (thumb-side of the forearm) for which it is named. The radial tunnel extends just below the elbow, where the nerve begins to cross over the bones of the forearm. If there is extra pressure on this nerve, you may experience sharp pain at the top of the forearm or the back of the hand when you try to straighten your wrist and fingers.

What causes radial tunnel syndrome?

It can be caused by a physical pressing on the nerve or a repetitive strain on a relating body part. This can be the result of: • Injury • Tumors (bone, fatty, benign, etc.) • Ganglion cysts • Swelling or fluid • Poor flexibility

Signs and Symptoms: • • • •

Sharp pain in the back of the hand Stabbing pain at the top of the forearm Muscle weakness Unusual muscle fatigue

Most of these symptoms will be felt, or will be most noticeable, when you are trying to straighten your wrist and/or fingers. Unlike other nerve compression syndromes, numbness and tingling are not typical symptoms; this is because the


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radial nerve affects muscles, not other nerves.

Radial Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis

A doctor may be able to diagnose radial tunnel syndrome through a physical examination. The doctor will be able to tell you if there is a mass pressing on your radial nerve such as a lipoma, tumor or cyst. Injuries will also be noticeable during a physical examination. If your radial tunnel syndrome is caused by a repetitive motion, it will be harder to diagnose the cause of the pain. The location and type of pain you are experiencing will be the main factor in determining your diagnosis.

Radial nerve

Radial Tunnel Syndrome Surgical and NonSurgical Treatments

To combat your condition non-invasively, your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections and splinting to reduce swelling and decrease pressure on the radial nerve. If these options don’t work, your doctor may suggest different forms of exercise or physical therapy such as stretching, strengthening, icing, heat therapy or nerve-gliding exercises. If you have tried all of the previously

listed treatments and nothing is working to relieve symptoms, then your doctor may consider a surgical approach. This course of treatment would entail a radial tunnel release, where the surgeon will split the compressive sites in the radial tunnel, making it larger and giving the nerve more room. If you are experiencing symptoms of radial tunnel syndrome, contact your doctor to review your condition and recommend the right course of treatment for your specific needs.

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

Butts & Barley Smokehouse is a

humorous way of letting customers know that this restaurant serves up some delicious BBQ pork alongside a variety of ice-cold beers. This small, family-ownedand-operated restaurant officially opened in April of 2016. Owner Eva Eliasen realized at a very early age that she loved cooking, growing food and giving back to the community. Growing up in Europe, living three years in North Africa and moving to the U.S. twenty years ago allowed Eva to learn to cook on three different continents. Butts & Barley is more than just BBQ, it’s “BBQ with a twist” because they offer more than just your typical BBQ sandwiches and platters. They offer specialty tacos, mac and ‘cue bowls, grouper plates and amazing burgers, just to name a few. They also offer whole-smoked wings that are then deep fried and tossed in your choice of buffalo

or BBQ sauce. They have daily and weekly specials using their signaturesmoked meats such as brisket melts, chicken gouda melts, smoked chicken salad sandwiches and quesadillas. All their meats are smoked daily, so they offer only the freshest products. All their sides are also prepared daily, using only the freshest ingredients available.

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They are centrally located between Canton, Cumming, Milton and Ball Ground, offering a very family-friendly dining experience, at an affordable price, to the diverse community they serve. They value their customers and want them to leave happy and satisfied with the service they provide. Visit them at 11474 Cumming Highway, Canton. For more information, visit, or call 678-341-9226.



Winter Pruning By Joshua Fuder

• Protection of people and property — Dead branches or branches, with weak or narrow angles that overhang homes or areas where people are at risk, should be eliminated.

Pruning is a horticultural practice that alters the form and growth of a plant. Pruning can be considered preventative maintenance, and many problems may be prevented by pruning correctly, especially during the early years of a tree or shrub.

Late winter is the best time of year for most pruning. The only exception is early, spring-blooming plants like azaleas, crabapples, dogwoods, etc. Pruning for these types of plants is usually done after bloom, as flower buds develop on second-year wood.

Reasons for pruning include: • Promotion of plant health — Removal of dead or injured branches will allow plants to heal and divert energy to healthy parts of the plant. This includes branches that cross or rub. • Improvement of plant appearance — Pruning at proper times can encourage flower and fruit development as well as maintain the plant at a desired form or size.

Pruning Tips • When pruning smaller branches or stems, it is best to cut it back to a side branch or ¼ inch above a bud. • Always prune above a bud or branch that faces outside the plant to encourage outward growth of the plant. • When removing large branches, it is recommended to use the threecut method. The first cut is on the underside of the branch, 12-18 inches

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3 2 1 Branch Collar from the trunk. This undercut should be made 1/3 to ½ way through the branch. The second cut is then made an inch further out on the branch. The second cut is made from the top side of the branch all the way through. The third cut is then made just outside of the branch collar.

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

Artist Profile by Brandi Price

Lorra Kurtz was originally planted in Texas, but lucky for us, she’s bloomed in Georgia. After a career in business, Lorra transitioned into the artistic world by interior design. At ADAC, a design center, Lorra channeled her creativity into high-end furniture showrooms. After having twin sons, Lorra plunged deeper into art out of necessity. She made handmade cards and scrapbooked, but she found her passion in painting classes. She soon found success submitting her work to juried art shows. Lorra is thankful for the combination of luck and hard work that has enabled her to do what makes her soul happy. Her tranquil and whimsical mixed-media pieces have found homes with collectors in the southeast.

Once Lorra began taking painting classes, she never stopped. She found that she preferred acrylic painting because of its flexibility. At a local weekend workshop, Lorra fell in love with the ancient encaustic tradition of painting in wax. Encaustic was immediately intriguing with its layering ability and surprises. Lorra gathered her supplies, began reading and experimenting and continued engaging in workshops to build her knowledge. Lorra’s paintings now have a wonderful textural quality. In both acrylic and wax mediums, she incorporates many materials including papers, fabric, charcoal, India inks, oil pastels and pencils. Lorra’s inspiration is expansive, but a recurrent theme in her work is the spirit of her father, continued on page 40




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which is revealed in the form of hummingbirds. At her parents’ retirement home on the lake, the porch housed several hummingbird feeders, which her father always kept full. Her first hummingbird painting was quickly sold at the juried show at Trinity Spotlight on Art. After this, one of Lorra’s greatest artistic accomplishments was when Donna Krueger invited her to show her work at dk Gallery in Marietta. Lorra’s work also appears in High Country Arts and Antiques in Blue Ridge and in the dk2 Gallery in Homewood, Alabama. Currently, Lorra is preparing for a solo show in Richmond, Virginia, where she was invited for a two-month engagement. Lorra advises artists to put themselves out there, experiment, and be open to the world around them for inspiration. She says, “We’re all responding to the environment we’re in. Art is a response to where we live, how we live, for today.” Lorra believes in painting every day, taking inspirational workshops, having a social media platform and being part of a creative artist community in which to learn and grow. In addition to her home studio, she is an artist in residence at Fountainhead Art Space in Roswell, Georgia.

inspiration is expansive, but a recurrent “ Lorra’s theme in her work is the spirit of her father, which is revealed in the form of


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


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A “sweet” new shop is coming to Canton! Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery will be located at 8014 Cumming Highway, Suite 405 in the Woodmont Village Shopping Center. Smallcakes was founded by Jeff Martin in 2008 and has 180 locations across the country.The operation has been featured three times on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, was the official cupcake caterer to the MTV Video Music Awards, and USA Today named Smallcakes one of its “10 Great Places to Bite into a Gourmet Cupcake.” Smallcakes Canton will feature sixteen varieties of gourmet cupcakes each day, including fourteen signature flavors such as Birthday Cake, Caramel Crunch, Cookies n’ Cream

and “Famous” Red Velvet, as well as a rotation of two specialty flavors, glutenfree options and pupcakes. Cupcakes are made by hand and baked fresh each morning. The shop will also offer a variety of homemade, cupcake-infused ice cream flavors. Smallcakes Canton fills special orders for catering, birthday parties, weddings and special events. For more information, call 678-880-7561, email SmallcakesCanton@ or find us on Facebook. Smallcakes Canton is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Smallcakes Canton is owned and operated by locals, Wes and Vickie Gramling.

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• 1 ½ celery roots • 1 pint heavy cream • Salt and white pepper to taste

1. Place celery into a pot, and cover it with water. 2. Bring the water to a boil, and simmer on medium heat until almost all the water has evaporated. 3. Remove the cooked celery root, leaving the excess water in the pot, and place it into blender. 4. Add just enough cream to the blender to allow the cooked celery root to blend, and season with salt and white pepper. --------------------

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1 red onion ½ celery root 1 tablespoon parsley, roughly chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, shaved Juice of 1 lemon 1 head celery heart leaves, chopped Olive oil Salt and white pepper to taste

1. Shave the red onion, and cut the ½ celery root into matchstick-sized batons. 2. Add parsley, celery heart leaves and apple to the celery root and onion mixture, and coat with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and white pepper, and toss together.


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3 shallots, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup white wine 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 2 oz. sherry vinegar 2 cups chicken stock 1 lb. butter, cut into cubes Salt and white pepper to taste

1. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped shallot to a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sweat over medium heat until translucent. 2. Add white wine, thyme leaves, sherry vinegar and chicken stock to the pan, and cook over low heat until reduced by half. 3. While the mixture reduces, place a ½ pound of the butter in a blender, and set other half aside. 4. Once the mixture reduces by half, turn on the blender, and slowly pour in the reduction. Add extra butter as needed to desired consistency. 5. Season with salt.

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4 trout filets, cleaned and butterflied 6-10 strips of bacon Olive oil Salt and white pepper to taste

1. Season the trout filets inside and out with salt and white pepper. 2. Lay bacon strips side by side to equal the length of the trout. Fold the butterflied filet together, and place on top of the bacon, rolling gently and placing cut ends down to hold together. 3. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a 10” cast-iron pan, and place on high heat. 4. Once hot, set the trout in the pan with the cut ends of bacon down first. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook until bacon begins to brown (approx. 2-5 minutes). 5. Flip the trout, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 6. Place the pan in a 400-degree oven, and cook until bacon is golden brown and trout is opaque (approx. 6-8 minutes). --------------------

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Place a large spoonful of puree on the plate. Set a trout filet gently on top of the puree. Spoon beurre blanc over the trout, and top with the salad mixture.


Backup Generators By Rick Cheney During the last snow and ice storm, many people lost power during a very cold time of the year. One option to keep your residence up and running would be a whole-home backup generator. A backup generator can power some or all of your home during an outage, depending on the size generator that you choose to purchase. Backup generators can be wired directly into your home’s existing electrical system. They can operate off natural gas or propane. Backup generators can provide peace of mind in an otherwise

uncomfortable situation, save expensive groceries from spoiling, ensure that any electrical medical devices that you may need remain available, keep livestock from freezing and so much more. Having a backup generator can also save your home from costly repairs due to your sump pump failing and flooding your home. Backup generators are typically installed with an automatic transfer switch, which monitors the status of the incoming electrical power into your home. If you should lose power, your automatic transfer switch will fire up the generator without you having to leave the safety of your home during an outage. If you’re interested in a backup generator being installed in your home or business, then contact a qualified

electrical company in your area. Upon arrival, the licensed electrician can begin to assess your home and your family’s needs. The electrician will work with you to find the correct size and type of generator for your home. You may only want the basics to remain on during an outage, such as your refrigerator and heater, or you may choose to price a unit that will allow for your home to run as normal. Your generator will be located outside of your home, and the electrician can help you determine the most aesthetically appealing, cost-effective location. Some backup generators are kept in stock, but if your generator needs to be ordered, it’s usually available within a couple of weeks. Your generator can normally be installed within one business day.

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



Brace Yourself!

By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

There’s More Than One Type of Orthodontic Braces If you have kids, the odds are that you will spend time in an orthodontist office at some point. Statistics show that 75% of all kids and teens have some sort of a need for orthodontic treatment. If you had braces at some point in your life, it’s important to know that advances have been made over the years, including in the types of braces prescribed. Traditional metal braces have changed over time; they are now made of stainless steel, much lighter in weight and less bulky. The brackets are applied to each tooth using a special cement and then linked using a thin wire. This special wire puts pressure on the teeth and allows for each tooth to be manipulated into place. The wire is attached to the brackets using elastic ligatures, which are periodically switched out by the orthodontist in order to progress treatment.


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Ceramic braces are made of a clear ceramic material and are often a good option for adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. This option offers the aesthetic of not having metal braces, while quickly working towards a perfect smile. Damon braces are self-ligating braces. This means that they use a slide mechanism to move teeth as opposed to elastics, which can lead to a gentler, less painful treatment, with fewer orthodontic visits. They are also easier to keep clean and maintain. Typically, movement of the teeth occurs faster with Damon braces vs. standard metal and ceramic. Usually, patients using Damon braces do not require a palate expander or tooth removal. This option is great for busy patients who are still trying to achieve a wonderful smile.

Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear liners that slide over the teeth and very gently move them. The liners are switched out every two weeks in order to continue the movements to achieve the final result. Not all of the listed treatment options will work for everyone.Your orthodontist will provide a thorough evaluation to determine which type of treatment is best for you or your child.

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

Book Review by jessica asbell

Talking as Fast as I Can It’s likely that you know Lauren Graham from her role in Gilmore Girls or Parenthood. Her book, Talking as Fast as I Can, boasts the tag line: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between. Throughout her book, you’ll find Lorelai Gilmore’s wisecracking sense of humor. But you’ll also find Lauren Graham, the actress who connected with her role so well that she felt like she brought the character to life. Talking as Fast as I Can is an ode to Gilmore Girls and the magical years she spent on that set, years of fast-paced talking (hence the title), long hours and falling in love with the town of Stars Hollow. Reading Talking as Fast as I Can feels like sitting down for coffee with Lauren and catching up while she tells you anecdotes from her time on set with Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She shares the wisdom she has learned over her years of working in Hollywood. She talks about the importance of being comfortable with yourself and remaining true to who you are. By far, one of the best things about Talking as Fast as I Can is the gratitude radiating from it. Lauren Graham is grateful to have been a part of Gilmore Girls, Parenthood and Gilmore Girls (Part 2). In a time when it seems as if people take a lot of things for granted, Lauren recognizes that she is lucky to have been part of these shows. The final chapters of her book reveal life behind the scenes in Stars Hollow as well as the magic that was still part of Gilmore Girls. If you have yet to watch it on Netflix, never fear; she doesn’t reveal the final four words, and she tells you exactly what to skip if you’re afraid of spoilers.

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.



The Importance of


Socialization Explore Your Options By Nathan Brandon


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“There are more options now than ever before…” So, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that people are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that people are living longer than ever before. If you’re over 65, you probably perceive this as good news. The Baby Boomer generation, now aging into the Social-Security-eligible population, has been referred to as the “pig in the python” by those who track population trends. Suddenly, the percentage of our population ages 65 and older has exploded. Medical advances and leading a healthier lifestyle make it possible to live a longer, more productive life.

community affairs are no longer accessible. It no longer matters what day of the week it might be or whether balanced meals are prepared and eaten. The isolation increases over time, and the health declines for the senior adult. Elder abuse is more likely because of the trusting nature of many seniors. Without watchful oversight, those who may be hired to be companions for seniors often end up violating that trust. What starts out as a simple expectation of companionship evolves into opportunities to take advantage of the senior. Trust is abused, and caregivers can become predators. Relationships may be developed that are harmful for the senior and make it difficult for families to protect their loved ones. Caregivers or family members can end up socially isolated themselves because of the care demands of the senior. The day-to-day care sometimes increases to a point where the caregiver has no time for their own personal pursuits. Relationships with friends and family are strained and sometimes neglected. Two people are now affected negatively when the intention was to provide the very best care for a loved one.



What’s the bad news? Many parents are asking their children to “never put them anywhere” and to promise that they will always keep them in their own homes. In fact, many parents declare, “The only way I’m leaving my home is feet first, after I’m dead.” Well, now we have a problem. The senior is making family members promise something that may not be possible, and sometimes, it creates the most detrimental situation. Consider several scenarios when a senior insists on staying in their own home:


Social isolation occurs when the older adult is no longer able to participate in activities that provide interaction and stimulation. Social isolation can lead to more rapid mental decline because of the cocooning environment where

There are more options now than ever before for the aging population. The misconception of many seniors is that the only alternative to their staying in their home is a nursing home environment, where skilled nursing care is the norm. Nothing could be further from the truth. Communities now exist that address every aspect of a senior’s life in a healthy and productive way. Seniors have the option of having their freedom with a balance of oversight that provides peace-of-mind for their families. Elder care can be provided for as few as five or six in personal care homes to hundreds in assisted living and continuing care communities. These communities provide the support and care that is needed to live a productive, enjoyable lifestyle. Good

nutrition, social programming, proper hydration and watchful oversight create an atmosphere where seniors can thrive. If for some reason families choose not to consider these types of communities, there are social service agencies in each municipality that provide opportunities for social interaction and nutrition. Typically, senior centers are within driving distance to help provide social opportunities for seniors at a reasonable cost. Funding through the Older Americans Act provides Area Agency on Aging offices around each state to distribute funds for the support of families needing assistance. Cherokee County Senior Services is located at 1001 Univeter Road in Canton (770-3452675), and Senior Services North Fulton is located at 3060 Royal Boulevard in Alpharetta (770-993-1906). These agencies provide a range of services that help to allow seniors to safely stay in their homes for as long as possible. Meals on Wheels, homemaker services, case managers, information services and activities in local centers provide invaluable services. So, what started out as a promise made in good faith to a loved one, became an edict that can have negative consequences for all involved. Before any assurances or promises are made, it would be wise to explore all possible alternatives. It’s difficult enough for a child to become the decision maker for their parents without the added guilt of a broken promise. Choices become necessary for the health and safety of the senior, which may often require that preferences for in-home aging take a backseat. Knowing all available options removes the doubt that a good decision has been made. Nathan Brandon is the director of marketing and communications for Camellia Place Assisted Living Community, 294 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-296-1513.



Happy February! How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Have you stayed on track? Is your resolution to get in shape? Spend more time with your family? Read more?

Another thing to consider is what impact will upgrading to a more energy-efficient system have on your monthly utility bills? A unit like Trane’s XV20i Variable Speed Air Conditioner is designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. The XV20i is one of the industry’s most efficient systems because it uses variable-

Maybe your resolution was to spend less and save more. While purchasing a new HVAC system may seem like a overwhelming expense, there are a couple of important things to consider when investing in a new HVAC system that could help you meet this New Year’s resolution. First, how long do you plan to live in your current house? Trusting a premium brand, like Trane, may mean investing more when purchasing a new HVAC unit, but you will reap the benefits in the years to come by expanding the lifespan of your system.


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amount of energy to meet the conditions for the space. Once the conditions for the space are met, the compressor only runs fast enough to maintain the conditions in the room instead of completely shutting off. So, whether the money you save is for a dream vacation, to pay off student loans or to donate to a great cause, everyone could benefit from a little extra cash this year. Consider upgrading your HVAC system before the brutal months of the summer stop you from meeting your New Year’s resolution of spending less and saving more. Source:

By Robbie Matiak speed technology to adjust the speed of the compressor to match the needs of the space inside your home. Other systems will either completely run on full-speed or not at all. The XV20i allows the compressor to use only the required

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

The Canton Tree Commission By The Canton Tree Commission

The Canton Tree Commission consists of six members: Joan Anderson, Rajayne Cordery, Jerry Merritt, Don Stafford, Pat Stewart and Linda Schwamlein, who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. They work closely with City Manager Billy Peppers, the Street Department and the Parks and Recreation Department to regulate planting, maintenance and beautification throughout the city of Canton. Their most recent project is the privatization of caring for the landscape of downtown Canton. The Hemlocks Landscape Company was chosen for the current year. They have recently planted three annual beds and redesigned the streetscapes on Main Street. North Street will be included in this project during 2017. Another current project is the development of the new walking trail that connects Heritage Park to Etowah River Park. The focus at this site will be 50

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the planting of native shrubs and trees with colorful wildflowers in appropriate areas. These plants will be marked so that citizens may easily identify them. Each year, on the third Friday in February, the Canton Tree Commission sponsors Arbor Day. On this day, seedlings purchased from the Georgia Forestry Commission will be given away to anyone who is willing to plant them. This year, dogwood, crepe myrtle, red maple, northern red oak, persimmon and Virginia pine seedlings will be distributed. These seedlings will be available from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at Cannon Park in Downtown Canton. Also on this day, a variety of plants, shrubs and trees will be available for sale. Buck Jones Nursery will provide these plants, and the profits made from the sale of the plants provide funds for the beautification of the city. Throughout the year, a Yard of the Month is selected within the city limits of Canton. Citizens are encouraged

to plant, maintain and beautify their yards to become eligible to win this award. The focus is on landscapes that include trees, shrubbery and flowers that balance and improve the appearance of the yard. The homeowners will be featured in the Cherokee Tribune, along with a congratulatory letter from the Commission. When citizens take pride in the upkeep of their home and yard, it helps solve the problems of blight and litter. Special thanks for the labor provided by the Street Department and to Billy Peppers, who is always encouraging and supportive of the Tree Commission’s beautification projects.

The Canton Tree Commission is appointed by Mayor Gene Hobgood and the City Council, and is responsible for the regulation of planting, maintenance and beautification of the city of Canton

Super Readers are


Successful! By Lisa-Marie Haygood

The greatest time spent with a child is spent reading. Did you know that the success of your child can be predicted based on their third-grade reading scores? The accuracy of those results may surprise you. Knowing how vital their ability to read is at such a young age means we should seize the opportunity to shape their reading habits before they turn eight years old. Many children will attend preschool and kindergarten, and certainly the teachers who shape children in these years are important, but the bulk of years before third grade happens under the watch of a parent. Parents are a child’s first teacher. If you work to foster a respect and love of learning at an early age, you will greatly increase your child’s chance of success in life. The best way to start this love of reading is to create a positive reading environment. Commit to reading a book to your child each day or night. When you travel with toddlers, take along interactive books that show pictures,

shapes and colors for them to point out and identify. Let them help choose their favorite books to read, and repeating their favorites helps them to recognize words by sight, so they can develop the skills to read along with you. Make a trip to the local library, and allow them enough time to select some books to sit and read while there. Choose a few books to take home as well. Reward your child with books from the fairs that come to visit their schools. This is a great opportunity to support their school and your child’s love of reading. Try to limit screen time for your child, and encourage reading beyond what the school suggests they tackle. Lastly, have them select a great book before a family vacation. Books are a great way to pass time on an airplane or in the car.

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




of Children By J. Daran Burns, Esq.

A guardianship authorizes a relative or family friend to stand in the place of the child’s parents and make decisions about medical treatment, school enrollment and other issues inherent with the care of a child. Georgia courts have recognized that guardianships are intended to encourage parents who experience difficulties to temporarily relinquish the custody of


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their child while knowing that they will be able to regain custody in the future.

file an annual report regarding the child with the probate court.

The relative or friend who is seeking guardianship will file a petition in the probate court of the county where they live. The petition will request that the court appoint them as the child’s temporary guardian. The parent(s) of the child may or may not agree to the request for guardianship. Georgia law requires the petition to contain very specific information as to both the petitioner, the child and the parent(s). If the parent(s) don’t agree to the guardianship, the probate court will dismiss the petition prior to any hearing for the guardianship being created. However, if the parent(s) agree to the guardianship being created but only object to the person who will be appointed as guardian, the probate court will schedule a hearing to determine who the guardian of the child should be. The probate court makes its determination based on what’s in the best interest of the child. The guardian must complete and

The two most prevalent ways that guardianship is terminated are once the child reaches eighteen, the guardianship is terminated without filing anything with the court; a guardianship can also be terminated when a parent believes they can resume their role and petitions the court to terminate the guardianship. Upon the filing of the petition, the guardian will be notified that they have ten days to object. If no objection is filed, the guardianship will be terminated. If an objection is filed, the probate court will schedule a hearing to determine what’s in the best interest of the child.

J. Daran Burns is an attorney and heads the Burns Law Group. 181 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-956-1400.

Need vs.

By Pastor Jim McRae

God gives to us based on our needs. He gave His only Son to meet the one need we could not meet for ourselves. Jesus died for our sins and brought us into a relationship with God. Nothing separates us from our Lord anymore. A huge need has been met. We should be grateful.


God’s gifts are abundant. I have always heard the phrase, “He gives us what we need, not what we want.” It is not in the Bible, but it sure makes sense. If you really think about what you want, it is much different than what you need. I need a watch, but I want a Cartier®. I could easily go out and buy a ten-dollar Timex®, and it would do the same job. You see, our wants and needs are miles apart. God knows this. He gives according to our needs, not our wants, just like a parent. My parents gave according to my needs. My first car was a beater — my grandmother’s ‘76 Caprice Classic. I proceeded to cut holes in the muffler. It was a tank. I loved that car! All the other kids were getting brand new cars. I got this white, blue-topped bomb. But it met my needs.

How will 2017 be a year where you think only of your needs…not your wants? I bet you would give your money to more important things. I bet you would spend your time doing life-changing things. I bet you would love a whole lot more, and share that love with a whole lot more people. You see, when we put our wants away, we see how to really live. We find out what is really important. We truly see the “need” in the world. Let us all cast away those annoying wants, and let’s start focusing on our needs. God will meet your needs every time. He will then send you into the world to meet the needs of others. Now — that is living!

Jim McRae is the pastor at Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton. 770-479-2502.



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Teens and Energy Drinks:

A Bad Combination By Lynnda Campbell, FNP-C In today’s world, there are so many things to discuss with your teen. Most parents try to teach their teen about the dangers of, among other things, drugs and alcohol. However, many parents and teens are not aware that energy drinks can be dangerous, as they’re often promoted as safe and even “all natural.” Energy drinks are a five-billion-dollar industry that heavily markets to teens. However, teens and energy drinks are a bad combination. These drinks can often lead to health problems such as insomnia, anxiety, elevated blood pressure and digestive problems. When combined with alcohol, the problems are only compounded. Energy drinks contain an excessive amount of caffeine with fillers that serve

to enhance the effect of the caffeine. For comparison, an eightounce cup of coffee contains about a 100 mg of caffeine; most energy drinks of the same volume contain more than three times this amount. It’s not hard to imagine the effect this can have on their young hearts, particularly when engaged in strenuous sports or exercise. Studies have shown that when combined with alcohol, energy drinks can cause someone to underestimate their level of inebriation. This can cause disastrous results if they drive, and they may also engage in other risky behaviors. Additionally, teens are often overscheduled with sports and academics, causing them to use energy drinks to give them “fuel” to compete and complete academic work. It has been clearly demonstrated that relying on energy drinks

to study can hinder long-term academic performance. One expert also expressed concern that teens can experience “statedependent learning,” where they only learn when loaded with caffeine. This principle may also apply to sports, where the athlete feels like they can only perform well after a caffeine load. The bottom line is that energy drinks can pose significant risks to teens. Most experts agree that the best way for a teen to increase their energy level is with a steady exercise schedule and at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Healthy habits developed in teen years will serve them well throughout their lives!

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



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