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February 2018



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


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


................... Sheriff Reynolds


.................... Community Life


............... Ball Ground Minute


................... Senator Speaks


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


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


............................ Quotables


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


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


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


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



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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Julie Senger ART Candice Williams

Family Life Publishing Group, Inc. 630 East Main Street Canton, GA 30114

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 over 27,000, direct mailing over 25,000 copies to Canton, Sixes/ BridgeMill, Holly Springs, Hickory Flat and Waleska. 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. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. © 2018 All rights reserved.





When it comes to considering what we, having the benefit of not being in the panic of the moment, might have done differently in a situation, and if we choose to judge, remember that intent often should outweigh actions. By grand design, the problem arises when we are not privy to the intent of others, and that, my friend, is something worth considering. I know a couple of fishermen of big bass and good deeds who have learned better than to cast anything but lures from within a canoe, especially a glass one.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Mary Kay Buquoi, Rajayne Cordery, Jyl Craven, James B. Depew, Matthew A. Dimassi, Jessi Fearon, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Pat Gold, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Karen Jordan, Vicki Knight-Mathis, James E. Leake, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Sen. Bruce Thompson, WellStar



A favorite example of mine (not that those cited above were complete fiction) is a time my friend Roy asked for a tool while we were fishing from a canoe one warm, late winter afternoon. Since everyone knows, or soon will, it’s not wise to stand up in a canoe. “Sure. Here, catch!” I said, lofting the item. As my weight shifted the craft away from the now airborne object, Roy countered with kinetic energy of his own toward the tool, further pushing the canoe completely out from under us. There was no cartoon moment of eye contact before the Roadrunner and Coyote fell of the cliff. The two of us, and everything in that canoe, were suddenly, inextricably, over our heads

Some may judge me for my decision to not consider every possible action/ reaction for how I chose to help in that moment. One may consider I could’ve crawled over, dangled it from a line, or slid it across the bottom. I could have placed the item on the paddle and delivered it like a pizza coming out of the oven; which is the new standard of shuttling tackle, tools, and beverages across a canoe’s middle. My good friend Roy wasn’t angry in the least, as the drama that ensued was not ever intended to occur. As we warmed ourselves by a hastily built fire, there was no fault finding, and lessons were learned.

SALES Janet Ponichtera


in very cold water. This was certainly not my intention, but it was now our situation.


At some point in our life, someone got their feelings bent over something you accidentally did. Let that sink in — it wasn’t in your design. Sometimes, we find opportunities to help others and accidentally make things worse. For instance, rushing to open a door for someone who has their arms full and unknowingly sliding a wrinkle in the doormat, causing them to stumble. Other examples may include pushing in a chair for someone as they sit down and having one of the chair legs break; tossing them their keys and seeing those keys fall straight into the sewer drain; or sliding them their beverage and watching it all go into slow motion when the cup bumps against their plate as a wave of sweet tea washes their dinner into their lap.

Laurie Litke


We have all been there.

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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Ongoing Project Valentine — CRPA collects donations of the following items: lip balm, lotion, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, any art or music activities as well as candy (sugar free and regular) and any holiday related items. These items will be made into goody bags and delivered to the Cherokee Training Center, Eagle Point, and Next Step Ministries. Woodstock Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768.


Ethan Senger “In Your Atmosphere,” a John Mayer Tribute Concert Benefiting the Ferst Foundation — Performing in venues all over Atlanta since he was seven years old, this now Woodstock High School senior is coming to Reformation Brewery to bring you the Grammy Award winning music of John Mayer, covering such songs as “Why Georgia,” “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Love on the Weekend,” “Gravity,” and many, many more. All proceeds from this performance will benefit the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success. Visit EthanSenger.Bandzoogle. com for tickets or to make a donation. 3:00-4:30pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock. 678-3410828.

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


National Kite Flying Day — Observed annually on February 8, this day is marked by kite flying enthusiasts across the country. Kites date back to China in 470 B.C. China is full of lore and histories of the origins of the kite. Many are related to the way wind affects the leaves on the trees, the shelters they lived in, blowing away the sails on their ships, and the hats they wore upon their heads. The stories also tell of kites being invented to spy on enemies or to send messages.


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Free Monthly City Cleanup Day — On the first Saturday of each month, City of Canton residents may dispose of trash, unwanted items, up to ten tires per resident, and recycle many electronics free of charge. Visit the website for a full list of acceptable items. 8:00am-12:00pm, City Hall, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton. 770-704-1554.

and Chamber President and CEO Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you’ll have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:0011:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Black Market Trust — This American pop/vocal jazz band’s current release, “Just One of Those Things,” combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. 7:30pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.



Reinhardt’s Faculty Recital — Each semester, the School of Performing Arts showcases its talented faculty during these Sunday afternoon concerts. A variety of styles, from Baroque through Broadway, are performed by the outstanding music faculty on various instruments and through song. FREE! 3:00pm, Flint Hall at Falany



Power Hour — This is a fastpaced networking event with fellow business leaders as well as Chamber Chairman of the Board Julianne Rivera,

Introductions — Calling all poets! This is an evening to connect with other poets in the area. Bring a poem (written by you) that you think best represents you. There are NO bad poems! Read your poem; listen to others; and connect to help build a poetry group at the Cherokee Arts Center! RSVP, or get more information at This is a FREE event. 6:30-8:00pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244.

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! Kids will play in the pool, enjoy a pizza dinner, do crafts, play games, and end the night with a movie! 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


Southern Tonic All Men A-Capella Group — This group will amaze you with their voices — one night only! Tickets are $12 for seniors and $15 for adults. 7:30pm, Canton Theatre, 171 East Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


It’s a Wibit — Enjoy inflatables in the pool for no extra fee! Children must be able to pass a 25yd. swim test to use the Wibit. 1:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00pm, Bank of North Georgia, 200 Parkway 575, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Reinhardt University Theatre — Students in the theatre program focus their studies on all aspects of theatre production – acting, directing, technical

design, and literary analysis. Rigorous rehearsals and intensive training not only prepare these students for careers in the field, but also improve their ability to communicate effectively, to think creatively, and to collaborate well with others. The anticipated spring show is The Seagull. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


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


A Novel Idea —Love and romance will be the theme at this month’s event. Acclaimed authors will gather to read excerpts from their novels about love. The public is invited to meet and listen to M.J. Pullen, City of Yes; Vonna Joseph, Good Enough; G.L. Moore, Refusing to Fall; Ricki Schultz, Mr. Right-Swipe; and Walt Mussell, Samurai’s Heart. Door prizes will be awarded. BYOB. 7:00-9:00pm, East Main Cafe (inside Audio Intersection), 210 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-670-9333.


Così fan Tutte, Presented By the Reinhardt University Opera — Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


Canton Tree Commission Arbor Day Tree Give Away — A large selection of seedlings will be given away along with guidelines for planting. In addition, the commission will have an extensive selection of plants and shrubs for sale. Master gardeners will be on site to answer questions from the public. 9:00am5:00pm, Cannon Park, 130 E. Main Street, Canton.


10th Annual Guns and Hoses 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run — Together with the Cherokee County Fire Department (CCFD - Hoses) and Sheriff’s Department (CCSD - Guns), Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency will be hosting this event to raise money for charitable causes selected by each group. This year, the charity for CCFD will be The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, which is a nonprofit home serving young men in the state foster care system. The charity for CCSD will be the Cherokee Sheriff’s Foundation, which provides funding for charities and people in need locally in Cherokee County. When registering, you will choose the team that you want to represent, and a portion of your fee will go towards their chosen charity. 7:30am fun run & 8:00am 5k, Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 770-924-7768.


Reinhardt University Winds — With a repertoire varying from classic Sousa marches to Broadway hits, these ensembles offer something for everyone to love. 7:30pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167. [continued on page 8]

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

THE ART OF FEMININE PRESENCE AND WOMEN ENERGY HEALING February 7, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Presented by Adele Wang, this seminar covers how to instantly increase your magnetic presence, how to attract better relationships, and how to avoid being drained by other peoples’ energy. Registration is required. INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP February 10, 3:00pm, Ball Ground Love to write, but need some feedback? All writers interested in joining a group to share writings, ideas, and feedback are invited to attend! FAMILY BINGO NIGHT February 12, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Join the fun, and win prizes! Refreshments are provided. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. SPECIAL VALENTINE STORYTIME February 13, 3:30pm, R.T. Jones Read books, make a special craft, play games, and have yummy treats and frothy punch. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY February 14, 6:00pm, R.T. Jones Have you always had a deep-rooted dislike for Valentine’s Day? Visit the library to celebrate everything antiValentine’s Day! Single or taken, all are welcome! LEGO CLUB February 17, 3:00pm, Ball Ground Children may work alone or in teams to build LEGO masterpieces, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. LEGO and DUPLO are provided. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. HOW SLIMY! February 19, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones Make your own slime! In this STEAM program, you’ll be mixing, measuring, and stirring to whip up slime to take home. This is for ages 9+; children aged 9 must be accompanied by an adult.


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BALL GROUND BOOK CLUB February 19, 10:30am, Ball Ground Join book club members as they discuss their impressions of Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio. SHERLOCK HOLMES MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT February 22, 6:30pm, Hickory Flat Sherlock Holmes has been found dead. Think you have what it takes to solve the mystery? This is an after-hours game of whodunit, with a twist! Prizes will be awarded to the top sleuths. Refreshments are provided. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. THE GAME IS AFOOT! February 23-March 21, Hickory Flat Ready to put your detective skills to the ultimate test? Attend this first ever interactive, multiplayer logic game! Grab your game board during week one, and visit the library once a week to get a new clue. Using library and online resources, be the first person to solve the crime of the century! The game will end on March 21 with a party for the players! DIY BOOK BAG CRAFT February 27, 5:00pm, Ball Ground Teens can decorate small book bags with fabric paints and pencil erasers, which encourages creativity and art appreciation. VR EXPERIENCE — NOTES ON BLINDNESS February 28, 5:30pm, R.T. Jones Experience an immersive virtual reality feature! Notes On Blindness (Rated “E” for Everyone) is a journey into a world beyond sight. In 1983, after steady deterioration, John Hull became blind. To help him make sense of this change, he documented his experiences on audio cassette. These original diary recordings form the basis of this project, which is interactive, using new forms of storytelling to explore the cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Resume Assistance — Professionals will be on hand to provide assistance in creating resumes or revising existing resumes. They’ll also share information about enhancing job search skills as well as provide interview tips, and work on soft skills. 11:00am4:00pm, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.



Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — This meeting offers both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00am, Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770345-0400.


The Celtic Tenors — The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. Whether playing a neighborhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam, or Shanghai, you are assured of a professional, sparkling, and goodhumored performance. 3:00pm & 7:30pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.


CR Music Festival This is the hottest new country and rock music festival to hit the Canton/north Georgia area, bringing two days of non-stop great music by multiple bands. There will also be a variety of arts and crafts, vendors, and food trucks to choose from. Nightfall will bring a thrilling laser and light show. 12:00pm-10:00pm, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 470-2817438.

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Education Without Limits By Lisa-Marie Haygood

[AcademicLife] What would classroom learning and innovation look like if money were no object? What if teachers were properly compensated for their hard work and dedication, and school buildings were outfitted with all the latest technology as well as state-of-the-art curriculums and resources? Would it change the outcome for student learning? The Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF) will hold its annual Gala at the Northside Cherokee Event Center at the Bluffs on Saturday, March 10. This extraordinary evening will bring supporters from our community together with our school district employees, Foundation board members, officers, and administrators to celebrate the great work happening in all Cherokee County schools. Monies raised during this event will be used to fulfill Impact Grant requests from teachers and employees around the District who share ideas that fit within the strategic plan and vision of the Foundation, and will greatly impact students and their education. A silent auction will be held featuring vacations, experiences, baskets, apparel, and gifts. Each high school in the CCSD will also have an entry in the “CCSD’s Got Talent” showcase, and the winners will take cash awards back to their school to support their arts programming. All too often, we see classroom cuts and less resources for our students to succeed. The CCEF is committed to ensuring that the best innovative classroom ideas can get the funding they so richly deserve.


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Lisa-Marie is the executive director for the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.

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Summer Bodies are Made in Winter By Drs. Leake, Petrosky, Harkins & Depew

[HealthyLife] Baby it is cold outside. Why not take advantage of the down time, and get yourself ready for summer? For abdominal improvement, a tummy tuck truly stands alone in terms of what it can accomplish. Abdominoplasty improves both the shape and contour of the abdomen. Patients love the versatility of the procedure as well as its long-term results. Most tummy tuck patients have experienced one or both of these life events, which contributed to the excess skin that the procedure removes:

Extreme Weight Loss

Your skin is quite resilient, but it’s not invincible. Significant weight loss can leave loose, hanging skin behind. Improving your diet and exercise habits will shed pounds and shrink excess fat, but it won’t do a thing for unwanted loose skin. Only surgical excision can truly smooth your skin for good, which is why many people turn to tummy tuck surgery.

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stretches both the skin and the muscles around the abdomen, and it seldom retracts to the exact same shape as it was prior to getting pregnant. A tummy tuck is exceedingly popular with women who have had children because of its ability to deeply improve the abdomen far beyond simple cosmetic improvements. Women who have had multiple pregnancies are especially susceptible to a condition called diastasis recti, or a separating of the fascia between the abdominal muscles. This can cause a ridge or lump on the abdomen that crunches simply can’t undo. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can suture the abdominal wall back into place and repair the muscles and fascia, leaving behind a smoother contour and improved core strength. Whatever the cause of your unhappiness with your midsection, a full consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help answer your questions.

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

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Traffic Stop Protocol By Sheriff Frank Reynolds


e have all had that dreaded feeling when you see the police cruiser sitting on the side of the road, and you look down at the speedometer and realize, “Oops.” Although many of us have been pulled over at some point, many have not. So, what should you do if the police stop you?

1. Don’t panic. Some drivers abruptly stop in the middle of the road, creating a traffic hazard. Others may focus on their rearview mirror and forget to pay attention to the traffic in front of them.

2. Move to the right. Georgia law requires drivers to yield to the right when being approached from the rear by an emergency vehicle. This may require you to change a few lanes prior to moving to the shoulder of the roadway. Officers understand this may take a little time due to traffic congestion. Be mindful to use your turn signal to alert other motorists and the officer of your intent to change lanes. In some cases, it may be coincidental that an officer has pulled onto the road with emergency equipment activated. They may just need to go around you while responding to a call for service.

3. Look for a safe place to stop. Take a moment to think of your


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safety, as well as the officer’s, when being stopped. Officers are trained to recognize when someone is being elusive. Interstates or roadways that are particularly dangerous may require you to move to a safer location. Rural and poorly lit areas may also be of concern. If you’re unsure what to do, or have concerns about the legitimacy of the traffic stop, turn on your hazard lights, and signal to the officer while obeying all traffic laws.

4. Contact with the officer … Once you’ve come to a complete stop, place your vehicle in park, and roll your driver’s side window down. Keep your hands on your steering wheel, and wait for the officer to approach. During the course of the stop, the officer will notify dispatch of their location and the description of the vehicle and occupants. The officer will then approach your vehicle from either side based on road and safety conditions. The officer should identify themselves and inform you of the reason for the stop. He/she will then ask for your driver’s license and/or insurance information. You should let the officer know where the documents are located prior to reaching for them. If the documents are in an area where a firearm is

located, inform the officer that you have a firearm, and wait for instructions.

5. Issuance of a citation or warning … The officer may return to their patrol car to check the status of the license and to issue a written citation or warning. If the officer issues a traffic citation, the driver is required, by state law, to sign the citation. Signing the citation is not an admission of guilt or innocence, only that the driver understands the nature of the offense and the court date should the driver wish to contest the citation. If the driver refuses to sign the citation, Georgia law allows the officer to make a custodial arrest. It is our goal that every traffic stop be conducted in a safe, professional, and informative manner. Should you have a concern about a traffic stop, or the conduct of the officer, you may request a supervisor to come to the scene. Each incident is documented with a recording device for the safety and integrity of all parties involved. We ask for your help in keeping our roadways safe by not driving while distracted or impaired.

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

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Hickory Flat Volunteers Donate Fire Station to County

The former Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department transferred ownership of Fire Station 32 and its assets to Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services in January. Included with the donation was a 1994 Grummen fire truck. Attending the ceremony were Chief Tim Prather, Retired Chief Larry Barry, Retired Chief Tim Crossland, Board Members Mark Cornelius and Jack Tuszynski. Located on Sugar Pike Road in Canton, Station 32 has served the Hickory Flat area for decades. Transferring ownership to the County will ensure that the property continues to provide emergency services in years to come. “We believe that passing ownership on to the County is the right thing to do,” said Tim Crossland, retired HFVFD chief. “The move is necessary to become compliant with new state rules and regulations regarding volunteer fire departments. We are pleased that the property will continue to benefit the residents of Hickory Flat.”

Congratulations Tugman! Congratulationstotoour ourOctober January“7“7Differences” Differences”winner, winner,Melanie Rick Nelligan!

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Community LGE Community Credit Union Gives Back LGE Community Credit Union recently presented a total of $170,000 to fourteen local, nonprofit organizations through the LGE Community Outreach Foundation. The fourteen organizations that received donations were Warehouse of Hope, Safepath Children’s Advocacy Center, City of Refuge, Next Step Ministries, McKenna Farms, Racheal’s Rest, CASA of Paulding County, Calvary Children’s Home, The Drake House, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta - Cobb County, Shepherd Center, MUST Ministries, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, and Mostly Mutts. Each year, LGE employees nominate and select the organizations that will be supported. The LGE Foundation then organizes and conducts fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to contribute to those nonprofit organizations. Every dollar raised by the LGE Foundation is matched by LGE Community Credit Union. Not only is there a monetary contribution, but LGE staff members volunteer over 2600 hours in the community each year.

Instructional Lead Strategists Provide Support in CCSD Classrooms Cherokee County School District (CCSD) launched multiple new initiatives this year to increase student achievement, and District leaders knew that teachers would need additional support, as they integrated these new programs into their daily classroom activities. To help teachers meet the challenge, CCSD created a new position called an instructional lead strategist (ILS) at each elementary school as well as targeted middle and high schools. These elite teachers underwent extensive training to prepare for their new roles, and they continue to train throughout the school year. The ILS acts as a coach for teachers, helping guide them in implementing new programs as well as classroom basics such as creating lesson plans and meeting curriculum standards. The ILS also makes sure that new initiatives, such as the Balanced Literacy approach to reading in the primary grades, are being implemented seamlessly in each classroom. The ILS is a resource that teachers can go to for insight and advice as well as hands-on help if they feel they are struggling. Since the ILS is not tasked with conducting teacher evaluations, which are handled by the principal and assistant principals, teachers don’t have to be concerned that their requests for assistance will be reflected in a job evaluation. A brief video about the initiative can be found here: CCSD-ILS.


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Community Cherokee County Educational Foundation Raises Significant Funds for CCSD Schools

Georgia Has Talent is Around the Corner Mark your calendar for March 3, and plan to come out to this exciting community event! Each year, the Cherokee High School Beat Out Cancer Club organizes and sponsors this event, which showcases some of the best talent from around Georgia. This year’s show will feature singers, dancers, bands, martial artists, percussionists, and a beat boxer. Prior to and during the show, there will be an expansive silent auction with baskets full of items from local and national retailers. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Last year, the program raised almost $10,000 for cancer research. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $15 for reserved VIP (limited availability). See GeorgiaHasTalent. com to purchase your tickets today! If you can’t make it to the show, please consider making a donation anyway. If you are a local retailer that is interested in some great publicity for your business, check out, and click on “Donate.” The silent auction begins at 5:00pm. The show begins at 6:00pm. Come out, and help Beat Out Cancer through Georgia Has Talent!

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At a recent meeting, the Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board (CCEF) presented the Cherokee County School District with a check for $45,0018 for special grants and to help the county target areas of need that align with the Foundation’s strategic plan: Graduation coaching assistance for the special needs high school seniors throughout the District, and targeted course credit recovery for high school seniors. CCEF President Billy Hayes is pictured with Superintendent Brian Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, and other Foundation Board members. The Foundation raises money through their annual Gala as well as a golf tournament, a 5k road race, and annual t-shirt sales.

R & D Mechanical Reaches Goal for Haiti Shoebox Drive 2016 was R & D Mechanical’s first year doing the Haiti Shoebox Drive as a company and involving the community. They packed over 100 shoeboxes, and their goal for 2017 was 1000 shoeboxes, which seemed impossible. However, with help from community partners, they were able to reach that goal. They reached out to their partners early in the year to start collecting items for the shoeboxes, and they were completely overwhelmed by the response they received. For their shoebox packing party, they had 72 volunteers to help get the 1000 shoeboxes packed. Interested in contributing to the next Shoebox Drive event? Call R & D Mechanical at 770-917-1795 to learn more. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Community Sequoyah HS Hot Rodders Compete at Nationals Sequoyah High School’s Hot Rodders team recently competed at Nationals, and they are now ranked 25th in the U.S. and third in the state. The eight-member team vied for honors and scholarships in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Dual National Championship held in Las Vegas. For the competition, students deconstructed a V-8 engine and reassembled it to manufacturer’s specifications. Groups are timed on how quickly they disassemble and reassemble the engine in its entirety. The teams are scored on speed and accuracy. L-R Front Row - Auto Tech Instructor and Team Coach Chuck Wilson, Spenser Mann, Gaven Reamy, and Kacey Hearn. L-R Second Row - Thomas Warren and Chaz Johnston. L-R Back Row - Volunteer Coach Ron Shultheis, Jason Kissoon, Adam Edwards and Jacob Allred.

Reinhardt University School of Nursing & Health Sciences Named for Retired Canton Physician Reinhardt University nurses will now and forever be known as students, later graduates, of the Dr. John A. Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Cauble, a longtime, highly regarded Canton physician who practiced family medicine for more than forty years, and his daughter, Sally Forest, have made a lead gift that will support operations, scholarships, and the growth and development of the nursing school. “Reinhardt’s decision to establish a School of Nursing is certainly a timely one, for the medical community at this time does not have enough qualified nurses to meet demand,” Dr. Cauble said.


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Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, Lead Agency for Safe Kids Cherokee County was awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Safe Kids Cherokee County work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Cherokee County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats, and booster seats provided through the Mini-Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71% among infants and by 54% among children ages 1-4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk. For more information about the Cherokee County Car Seat Program, contact Chad Arp at 678-493-4343, or visit

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Local CCSD School Spelling Bee Winners Several Cherokee County School District (CCSD) schools recently held their school spelling bee. The school level winners advanced to the CCSD Spelling Bee, which was held at Cherokee High School on January 25. AJ Zebley, fifth grade student, won Knox Elementary’s Spelling Bee; Braden Flouroy, seventh grade student, won Freedom Middle School’s Spelling Bee; and Callum Gannon, fourth grade student, won Hickory Flat Elementary School’s Spelling Bee.


Freedom Middle School Spelling Bee runner-up Milan Yadav, left, and winner, Braden Flouroy.


Knox Elementary School Spelling Bee runner-up Jalyn Stacy, left, and winner, AJ Zebley.


Hickory Flat Elementary School Media Specialist Mia Temples, left, and Principal Whitney Nolan congratulate school Spelling Bee winner Callum Gannon, left, and runner-up Chase Smith.

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WellStar Charity Care WellStar Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia, provided more than $648 million in charity and unreimbursed care as well as community programs during the 2017 fiscal year. As a community-based health system, WellStar’s physicians, nurses, advanced practice professionals, and team members are committed to helping patients and communities live healthier lives. Currently, ten percent of WellStar’s patients do not have insurance. As part of its mission, WellStar cares for these patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Through eleven hospitals and 250 medical office locations, WellStar provided more than $250 million in charity care and more than $117 million in care for those who were unable to pay for services but did not apply for charity care. Additionally, community and outreach programs are important tools to help patients and families meet their health goals and understand their options, and WellStar funded $10 million in community programs during fiscal year 2017. The amount of charity and unreimbursed care dramatically increased in 2017 due to WellStar’s recent expansion. In 2016, WellStar grew to an 11-hopsital system when WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital and WellStar West Georgia Medical Center joined the health system.




Ball Ground It’s the Place to Be! By Karen Jordan


hat an exciting year 2017 was for the City of Ball Ground. Twenty-four businesses opened. Some are homebased businesses while some chose to locate in the downtown and other areas of the city, which continues to make Ball Ground an “anytime” destination. You don’t need to wait until the weekend to visit Ball Ground; anytime is a good time! As Mayor Roberts and other City staff continue to “Roll Out the Red Carpet Instead of the Red Tape,” Ball Ground continues to attract businesses, industries, and new residents. Developers are building new homes in Ball Ground within walking distance of downtown, Ball Ground School STEM Academy, and parks. People are discovering that Ball Ground is the place to be, and they are buying these homes as fast as they can be built. Walking remains the cheapest form of transportation for all people, and the construction of a walkable community provides the most affordable transportation system any community can plan, design, construct, and maintain. You know you’re doing something right when you see parents walking their kids


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to school, or families walk downtown for a bite to eat or to take an evening stroll. In every corner of Ball Ground, you will come across a new treasure. All the shops and boutiques are locally owned and operated and offer a variety of goods and services. Whether you’re looking for the perfect piece of furniture or a small trinket to fill that special spot, you can find it in Ball Ground. And for the perfect bottle of wine, you won’t want to miss a visit to Feather’s Edge Vineyards. There, you will find a wide selection of locally sourced wines in conjunction with Wildcat’s nationally sourced selection of fine crafts. For many, springtime ushers in thoughts of weddings. If you are looking for the perfect wedding venue, the beautiful Ball Ground Botanical Garden or one of the city’s other parks would make the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. Call City Hall at 770735-2123 for additional information. If you don’t want to chance a pop-up spring shower, the Corner District or Wheeler House may be just what you need. Both venues boast a beautiful setting for indoor

and outdoor wedding ceremonies, family reunions, company gatherings, and so much more. Another popular springtime destination is the gorgeous Gibbs Garden. The Daffodil Festival begins in early March and runs through mid April, and the Cherry Blossom Colorfest begins in mid March and lasts for two weeks. After a day of shopping, visiting Gibbs Garden, or planning a beautiful wedding, you will definitely want to grab a bite to eat in one of Ball Ground’s many restaurants. From a quick snack to a full meal to the most delicious sweet treats and handdipped ice cream anywhere around, Ball Ground has it all. Come to Ball Ground! It’s the place to be!

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

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f you’re from my generation, you grew up watching shows like The Jetsons, Inspector Gadget, and even a love story featuring the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. Although these shows were fictitious, they provided a possible glimpse of the future. While we may not be able to hop into our personal spacecraft and zip off to the supermarket, autonomous trucks are already being utilized for transporting goods in Europe. You may have wondered if you would ever really talk to your watch like Gadget, or if someone could really have a damaged leg replaced with a robotic one. Several years later, nearly thirty million Apple® watches have been sold. This device allows you to communicate, pay bills, and even monitor your exercise — but these features are likely only scratching the surface. Time will tell, but rumors are that the watch will eventually cannibalize the phone within 2-3 years. The medical field has made significant technological strides. What was once a dream has become a reality, as surgeons

routinely use robotics to replace knees, hips, and ankles. Burn victims used to have little hope they would ever regain their previous appearance, but an incredible procedure utilizing adult stem cells has yielded phenomenal results in testing conducted on injured firefighters. In several trials, stem cells were administered to severely burned areas, and within weeks, the areas were completely healed. In countries such as Austria and Europe, rotary cuff surgery has been dramatically reduced by injecting stem cells directly into the damaged tissue. Another major initiative is showing great promise, as some highly regarded research institutions focus on eradicating diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes with stem-cell therapy. Sure, movies such as Robocop and Drone provide great entertainment for

audiences, but the technology is not as farfetched as one might think. Consider that Mesa, Arizona and many other police agencies have added robots to their force. Some are only used in hostage situations to provide logistical information, while others are equipped to engage in battle. In most cases, the military lists their development and utilization of drones, robots, and artificial intelligence as classified, but it is widely known that drones as small as bees have been utilized in combat scenarios, and armed, unmanned aircraft are commonly deployed in hostile environments. What does the near future look like? Imagine you decide to build a new home, and it is completed in thirty days using a 3-D printer. This same home is completely automated, so you no longer need keys because it recognizes your face and voice when you approach. When you enter the kitchen, the automated room assistance asks you what you would like for dinner, and then proceeds to order the necessary ingredients from the store to be delivered within fifteen minutes. Once the automated assistant has prepared your dinner, you relax in the living room where the audio/video screen automatically recognizes you and awaits your instruction. You may think this automated home seems years away, but it’s already a reality at Google in California.

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


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Community Partners


n 1979, Holly S. Hill was a teen living in northern New Hampshire with her parents and five siblings. Holly’s father, Fred, owned a local business with his brother, Bob, that provided heating fuels, furnace installations, plumbing, and other services. As a child, Holly admired her father’s ability to fix just about anything, and she often accompanied him when he was “out on a call.” Today, she reflects gratefully on how her father made sure she knew how to hammer a nail, tighten a screw, and change a tire.

Fred, his sister, and younger brother worked alongside their father on their dairy farm after their mother died from tuberculosis. Though they were all under the age of seven, they all performed their chores every day before school. Despite facing many hardships, each child grew up to be self-supporting and financially successful with an unwavering work ethic.


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Supporting and Celebrating the Trades

One night during her senior year of high school, Holly’s father said to her, “You have to have a trade, something to fall back on.” This was his complete lecture on education. Holly asked if she could go to cosmetology school. Always a man of few words, he replied, “That’s a trade. I’ll pay for that.” At eighteen, Holly graduated from cosmetology school and began working at a busy, local salon. It was not long before she had a regular clientele and a steady income. Years later, Holly moved to Georgia and eventually went on to earn an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. Today, Holly owns and manages a local business with her husband. Over the decades following that conversation with her father, Holly noticed a significant decline in workers practicing the trades the way her father and uncle had done. It seemed fewer and fewer skilled workers were seeking training in the fields of plumbing, welding, electrical, machinery operation and the like. She also noticed some students struggling to complete degrees in majors they didn’t necessarily enjoy. Others seemed to graduate with degrees that didn’t lead to a lot of job opportunities. How could the skills that provided so much security and pride for her family (and helped so many in their small community) have fallen off the radar of viable career options?

Mike Rowe, a television personality who is working to help bring attention to the trades, often shares that there are “5.6 million jobs in the United States today that are unfilled despite there being six million unemployed people.” This is because people are not acquiring the necessary training to do them. The phrase “skills gap” is getting a lot of buzz these days, and its true. In 2014, Holly founded the 2:10 Foundation to support and celebrate the trades. The 2:10 Foundation strives to provide scholarship opportunities to those students who have a desire to work in the trades. To find out if your education is eligible for a scholarship, visit You may be able to finish and get to work sooner than you think! The 2:10 Foundation is a recognized 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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Aging AND Love By Tim Morris I have worked in the aging field since 1990, and I [Lifestyle] never get tired of hearing the stories of couples or individuals who were married for a very long time. They seem to light up as they reminisce about the past. I remember asking a couple in the nursing home where I worked how long they had been married. The husband couldn’t recall how long they had been married, but his wife could. She looked up at me and said, “We will have been married 77 years come June.” I immediately tried to do the math in my head. She stopped me, and said he was the love of her life at fifteen, and he was sixteen at the time. They got married after two months of dating and had been by each other’s side the entire time except the three years he was serving in WWI. I asked her for her best advice for a long happy marriage. She quickly said, “Marry your best friend.” Then, with a chuckle, she added, “It wasn’t because he was good looking.” I remember the dating scene back when I was at Georgia Southern University. My friends teased me because I refused to date girls from Atlanta since I thought they were too metropolitan for me. I grew up in a small town in central Georgia, so I preferred country girls. When I graduated, I took a

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job in Dahlonega. Within a month, I met Carol, and fell in love. We got engaged in a matter of a few months, and set a date. When I called one of my college buddies to be in my wedding, he asked, “Where is this wedding?” I told him it was in Decatur, inside the Atlanta perimeter. My friend laughed, and said, “You don’t date girls from Atlanta; you just marry them.” Carol and I have been married for thirty years, and like the couple in the nursing home, I also married my best friend. L

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




(Serves 4-6)

To Begin

Prepare 4-6 servings of your favorite rice or farro according to package directions.

Scallops Ingredients

w 2 lbs. dry-pack sea scallops w 2 oz. olive oil or clarified butter w Kosher salt to taste w Black pepper to taste

Scallops Procedure

- Remove and discard the muscle tab from the scallop, or ask your local fishmonger to do it while you are at the seafood counter. - Heat the oil or butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. - Season the scallops with salt and pepper, and sear on both sides until golden brown. This may need to be done in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan.

Beurre Blanc Ingredients

w 1 small shallot, minced w 6-8 black peppercorns w 4 oz. dry white wine w 1 oz. lemon juice w 1.5 oz. cider vinegar w 4 oz. heavy cream w 8 oz. butter, cubed small and kept very cold w 2-3 oz. spinach w 2 oz. basil

Beurre Blanc Procedure

- Blanch the spinach and the basil; wring out; and puree with a few ice cubes; reserve. - In a medium saucepot, combine the shallot, peppercorn, wine, lemon juice, and vinegar. Reduce over medium heat until almost dry. - Add the heavy cream, and reduce by half. - Reduce the heat to low, and adding a few pieces of butter at a time, whisk to emulsify. Continue to add the butter until the full amount is incorporated. - Season with salt and pepper. - Pour the sauce through a mesh strainer; fold in the spinach/basil puree; and serve warm.

Green Beans with Walnuts Ingredients

w 1 lb. green beans w 2 oz. butter w 1 small shallot, minced w 2 garlic cloves, minced w 4 oz. chicken stock or broth w Salt and pepper to taste w 2 tablespoons walnut oil or good quality olive oil w 2 oz. chopped walnuts

Green Beans with Walnuts Procedure

- If needed, cut the green beans on the bias. - Heat the butter in a large sauté pan. Add the shallots and garlic, and sauté over medium heat until translucent (1-2 minutes). - Add the green beans in an even layer, and then add the stock. - Season with salt and pepper. - Bring to a simmer; cover the pan; and steam the beans until tender (about 8 minutes). - Remove the lid, and allow the cooking liquid to thicken and reduce, so it will coat the beans. - When the beans are cooked and the liquid is reduced, toss the beans in the walnut oil and walnuts. - Season with salt and pepper.


- Place a serving of prepared rice/farro on each plate. - Add the green beans, and top with 3-4 scallops. - Drizzle the plate with the sauce, and serve hot.

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. Hillary.Gallagher@ 770-509-6350.


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Child or Teenager, Part III

By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. [HealthyLife] Last month, the 7 Cs of raising resilient children were introduced: competence, confidence, connection, control, character, contribution, and coping. Character, contribution, coping, and control will be elaborated upon this month. Character is the ability to distinguish right from wrong and develop a caring attitude toward others. Recognize verbally when your child is displaying the behaviors you are trying to instill in them like kindness and caring. Role play age-appropriate moral dilemmas. For the elementary school student, what do you

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do if your friend is being bullied? What would you do if your friend was mean to someone because of race or weight? For the high school student, what do you do if your friend is using drugs?

and model ways to deal with life’s challenges? A picture is worth a thousand words; look at ways to improve your coping skills. Ask for help if you need it.

Contribution is realizing the world is a better place because they are in it. Teach your child how to contribute. Show them that many people in the world don’t even have the necessities of life. Consider volunteer work. Stress being generous, and lead by example.

Control is the ability to determine your outcome in life’s situations. Help your child understand that life events are not purely random, and that many things that happen are a result of choices and actions. Disciplining your child is not about punishing or controlling, but they need to understand that actions and choices result in consequences.

Coping is the ability to handle stress effectively without being overwhelmed by it. We are often comfortable sharing our strengths and successes but less comfortable sharing challenges and struggles. Doing both allows your child to express good and bad emotions and gives them more realistic life expectations. Teach your child simple coping mechanisms like counting backwards from ten or taking three deep breaths. Be a good role model. Can you be optimistic

Childhood resilience is a work in progress, and so are we. Continue to mindfully parent your child.

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



COVER STORY By Rajayne Cordery

“To err is human; to forgive divine.” — Alexander Pope Mistakes are made. It is the absolute nature of the human condition on many levels. Whether you are locked out or locked up, Cherokee Bail Bonds holds the key to open the door. Staffed by knowledgeable and dedicated professionals, Cherokee Bail Bonds has the expertise and reliability needed when securing a bond issue. A full-service bail bond company serving Canton, Woodstock, Ball Ground, Holly Springs, and Waleska, Cherokee Bail Bonds is here to help in all of Cherokee County. In addition to Cherokee County, Cindy and Scott Echols are also approved by the City of Atlanta, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rabun Counties and normally can facilitate bonds anywhere within the state of Georgia. Cherokee Bail Bonds is deeply committed to the service of its clients, ensuring respect and confidentiality. Trust is an essential element in bonding relationships, and Cherokee Bail Bonds assures that faith is never violated. Licensed bail bond agents are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, ready to serve in all capacities. A bail bond is determined by the court after a defendant is booked, and a judge sets the dollar amount required for release until an arraignment hearing is scheduled. The bonding company provides the financial assistance to guarantee full payment of the bond should the defendant not make a court appearance until final disposition is reached. A cosigner or indemnitor is required, signing a contract with the bail bonds company who agrees to honor payment of the bond amount should the defendant fail to attend a court appearance. The agents at 28

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Cherokee Bail Bonds supervise the process, preparing and issuing the necessary paperwork and negotiations from initial defendant release to the fulfillment of all court requirements. Cindy explains their business services: n Bail agents and law enforcement depend on one another for holding defendants accountable, and both play a critical role in the criminal justice system. n A bail agent’s goal is to help people help themselves. n If a client violates the terms of a bail bond contract, a bail agent does what is necessary to find the individual and return them to custody, which can be an easy or difficult task. n Bail agents do what they can to help their clients do the right thing, reminding them of court dates, weekly checkins, and stressing the importance of showing up for court. Owners Cindy and Scott Echols have collectively been in the bonds business for over 29 years, establishing a professional reputation worthy of much respect. Any negative perception of the bonding business is far removed from the real positive experience of working with Cherokee

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Bail Bonds. Forget the mind-set. Cindy feels a compassion for clients, remarking on the perception, “If anyone has had doings with the law, are they bad people? That’s not necessarily the case.” “They just may have made a poor choice,” Scott adds; “Crime doesn’t discriminate. A lot of good people find themselves in uncomfortable situations.” With a background in insurance and the fostering of children, Cindy is a resident of Cherokee County since being born at the old R.T. Jones Hospital in Canton, and she’s also a graduate of Cherokee High School. She founded North Georgia Angel House in Canton with her parents, where she was introduced to the juvenile justice system through interventions. She holds an A.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Human Services Management. Cindy currently holds the position of region 1 director for the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen, and she was recently elected vice president for the Cherokee County Republican Women. She explains, “It is a passion for helping others.” Scott Echols, her husband, is the immediate past president of the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen for a maximum of two consecutive terms. “We are at the Capitol, working on legislation,” Scott explains. They have worked to secure the approval of education dollar increases for bondsmen through a dedicated commitment to their professional cause. “There’s something to learn every day. It is our business to be aware,” says Scott. The bond agents at Cherokee Bail Bonds are highly qualified and approved by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, having undergone extensive background checks and having been accredited for moral turpitude. They undergo continuing education in their field on a yearly basis, following the dictates of state law. “We could not have asked for a better team,” Cindy smiles. “We

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call ourselves ‘Team Echols.’ Our agents are your friends. They are going to take the time, be patient, and explain the process.” Scott offers, “Our agents will explain what you need to know, so you’re not in the dark. You are only as good as your team.” Why do they do it? Cindy quickly quips, “You may be the only person when they get out that door who can say something to them that can make a change in their lives.” Cherokee Bail Bonds is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and frequently sponsors events for local charities. They are a supporter of Northstar Educational and Therapeutic Services, a supporter of Food for the Poor, a member of the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen, a member of the National Professional Bail Agents of the United States, and a supporter for the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation. “I am doing business in my hometown,” says Cindy, thankfully. Tyler Perry said, “The key to life when it gets tough is to keep moving. Just keep moving.” Cherokee Bail Bonds holds that key to unlock the door for you to walk through.

Cherokee County Location 2920 Marietta Highway, Unit 106, Canton Call: 770-224-9150 • Fax: 770-224-9149 WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


hair color is chosen, deciding the best shade of color comes next. Choosing a hair color can be fun since everyone’s skin tone allows for endless possibilities. If blonde hair is your desire and your skin tone is warm, shades of butterscotch or strawberry blonde look best. However, if your skin is cooler, then opt for more icy hues like platinum or ash. Just remember, when choosing the best hair color, oftentimes, there are many perfect possibilities.

Great Finishes

Picture Perfect Hair By Jyl Caven [Lifestyle] Your wardrobe has been decided; the background has been arranged; and your hair looks flawless — the stage has been set for that picture perfect special event photo. All that work to create one beautiful image. But once the special event is over, recreating that perfect, polished look is something only the most vainglorious will try. Who has the time? But with the right haircut, hair color, and styling products, at least your hair can remain fabulous. So, follow these three tips to ensure your hairstyle stays picture perfect every day:

The Right Haircut Determining the right haircut is the first step in guaranteeing your hair will be


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picture perfect. The right haircut considers face shape, body type, hair texture, hair density, growth patterns, and styling time. With so many factors to consider, getting the right haircut requires great communication with your hairdresser. It’s great to have dreams of flaunting a trendy new hairstyle, but it’s more important your hair and body type properly support the style.

You’ve landed that perfect haircut and hair color; now it’s time to style your picture perfect look. By using the right appliances, brushes, and products, you’ll ensure your fabulous new style is completed with a great finish. When blowing dry or ironing, always use the appropriate temperature settings on your appliances. Never turn your appliances to the highest setting just to save time. You could damage your hair this way. Identifying the most suitable brush for your hair type is also necessary. Vest brush, round brush, paddle brush, vented brush, brush size, and type of bristles are all considered when deciding which brush to use. Once your styling is complete, finish your style with an all-purpose shine spray. A light mist of shine spray is the perfect way to polish off your look. While it’s nice to make arrangements to capture that perfect, special event photo, the coordinated effort required can leave the most determined of us exhausted. So, why not just focus on the one attribute that screams style the most — your hair! By following this little bit of advice, you can make everyday a picture perfect hair day! L

The Best Hair Color The best hair color can be discovered by properly identifying just two important traits — your skin tone and shade of hair color. Skin tones are either warm or cool and generally the basis for which the best hair color can be determined. Once your

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

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Quotables “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” -Thomas J. Watson

“If you don’t give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don’t hurt you anymore, and you actually have power over those people.”

“There are four questions of value in life: What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” -Lord Byron

–Friedrich Nietzsche

“Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.” -Francois de La Rouchefoucauld


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-Emily Dickinson

“God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.” -John Donne

-Stephen Colbert

“To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”

“Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul / And sings the tune — without the words / And never stops at all.”

“People go, but how they left always stays.” -Rupi Kaur

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” -Voltaire

“You can’t learn to have grit if you never put yourself in a situation where you need it.” -Mary Wittenberg

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” -William Shakespeare

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By Julie Senger

So, your honey recently popped the question, and you’re excited to begin planning your future together! You want your wedding to be as unique and meaningful as your relationship is, so you decide to have your special day in a romantically beautiful place that has sentimental value to the both of you — but that place happens to be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where you, your family, and your friends live. Here are some things to consider as you start to plan one of the happiest days of your life: 34

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The World is Your Oyster If you are getting married outside the U.S., make sure you understand the legal marriage requirements for your chosen destination. Will you need a blood test? Do you have to spend a certain amount of time in the country before you can get married there? Are there special licenses or other documents you must obtain? Oftentimes, to avoid these concerns, couples will get legally married in the U.S. and then have a formal, “symbolic” ceremony in their chosen destination. Once you’ve done your legal research, explore the internet to select options for your wedding/reception venue(s). Try to schedule an advance trip to your destination specifically to tour the venues, and solidify your choice. If an advance visit isn’t in the cards, many places provide a virtual tour on their website. However, in addition to the venue’s professionally filmed virtual tour, it would be wise to view recent videos that may have been posted by actual visitors to the venue (on sites like TripAdvisor or YouTube), as these clips may be a more current, accurate representation of what you can expect. After you’ve chosen a venue, ask if they require you to use specific vendors for things like food, flowers, photography, music, etc. If so, you will need to find out which of these vendors’ services are included in any price quotes you

may receive. If the venue doesn’t require you to use certain vendors, ask if they have any recommendations. If your chosen wedding venue doesn’t provide a wedding planner, you may want to hire a local one. Since you live far away, your wedding planner will be your eyes and ears as well as your major point of contact. And if you’re not fluent in the language of your chosen destination, your wedding planner may end up doing much of your communicating and negotiating with local professionals who will have a hand in creating your special day.

The Price of Love Traditionally, the bride’s parents covered most wedding expenses. However, many couples are now footing the bill themselves. No one wants to start their new life together with a crazy debt load. To avoid this, set a realistic budget by making sure you consider all possible expenses. There are lots of little details that couples forget to think about, and these things can add up quickly. And, of course, there are additional expenses to consider when your wedding is far from home (travel, accommodations, etc.) Destination Wedding Details ( is a website that provides handy budget spreadsheets with almost any possible wedding expense you can think of.

Be Our Guest! How much notice should I give my guests? When should I send out invitations? Holly Lefevre, author of The Everything Wedding Etiquette

Book, recommends, “The distance and accessibility of the destination can affect save-the-date timing; traveling to a faroff locale takes more time to plan than a three-hour road trip to the mountains. To be safe either way, send out the ‘save-the-dates’ as soon as you confirm the details. The more time the better — nine to twelve months is ideal and provides guests ample time to schedule travel plans and time off work. Be sure to include info about the wedding destination, so guests can begin to plan.” Consider building a wedding website that you keep updated, so guests have as much detail as possible. Examples of information you may want to include on your website are links to travel brochures, accommodations, maps, things to do, restaurants, etc. However, “save-the-date” invitations are different from the formal invitations you’ll still need to send 8-12 weeks prior to your wedding. Anna Post, author of Do I Have to Wear White? explains, “With a formal invite, the emphasis should be on the invitation itself, so don’t turn it into a travel brochure.” And if you created a wedding website, Post suggests, “List your wedding URL in the invite.” continued on page 36

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How Accommodating! When recommending accommodations for your guests, try to offer at least two options at different price points, so guests can choose where to stay based on their personal budgets. Ask the hotel/resort if they offer a group-rate discount. If the accommodations that you recommend differ from the wedding/reception venue, they should be no more than fifteen minutes away. Also, make sure the accommodations will have enough space available for everyone on your chosen wedding date. For example, you probably would not want to schedule your wedding during a time when your destination is hosting a major celebration like an annual carnival/festival or popular sporting event.

Finally… If you and your guests will be flying to your destination, make sure no one in the wedding party “checks” their wedding day attire. Better to have the item re-steamed once you arrive at your destination than to risk it becoming “lost luggage.”


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Indoor Seed Starting By Joshua Fuder [HomeLife] Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump start on your spring and summer gardens. Growing plants from seeds can be an inexpensive way to produce many transplants. It is often the only way to grow rare, heirloom plants, or ones that require a long growing season. Many gardeners enjoy starting their own transplants because it extends the gardening year, and it can be very gratifying to harvest vegetables that were cultivated from a single seed. Starting seeds indoors can be a bit tricky, so follow these guidelines to ensure success:

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A wide range of growing media may be used as long as it is loose and well drained. Do not use or mix garden soil, as it is too heavy and will potentially introduce pathogens that can kill your young seedlings. A mixture containing equal parts perlite or vermiculite, peat moss, and sterile compost is best, and it can be purchased from most retail locations. This potting mix will have low fertility, so seedlings must be watered with a diluted ¼ to ½ recommended rate fertilizer solution as soon as the first leaves emerge.

Plastic cell packs can be purchased or reused, but there is really no limit to what you can use as long as it is sterile and provides adequate drainage.

Soil Moisture and Temperature The growing medium should be thoroughly moistened prior to planting. After seeding, the soil must be kept moist but not sopping; think of a wrung-out sponge. The temperature of the soil is also critical and must be kept near seventy degrees. A horticultural heat mat may be required under the seed trays and pots to keep roots actively growing.

Light Transplants grown indoors will likely require supplemental light soon after germination. A south-facing window is a great place to get seeds started but oftentimes will not provide enough light exposure, which will result in weak, “leggy” plants. Fluorescent fixtures placed 2-4 inches above the leaves with an exposure of sixteen hours per day is the best method.

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




Perry, the Chainsmokers, Maroon 5, Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend.


ith exceptional musicianship, powerhouse vocals, high-energy performances, and more than 100 years of combined professional music experience, the members of Fantabulous know how to get wedding, corporate event, festival, and club crowds on their feet and keep them there. Playing songs from the 60s to today — including pop, rock, country, R & B, rap, funk, and jazz music, their song catalogue has something for just about everyone. A sampling of the variety of artists covered by Fantabulous includes Johnny Cash, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, AC/ DC, Guns n Roses, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Katy


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Meet the Band: Drummer Steve Sargent studied music performance at Kennesaw State University and Columbus State University, completing his course of study at the United States Armed Forces School of Music. Steve was a member of the U.S. Army Band for four years, spent two years as a cruise ship musician aboard Holland America Cruise Lines, and has performed with dozens of bands around Atlanta and Austin, Texas for over twenty years. Bassist and Music Director Patrick Cognitore paid his dues in the New York club scene as a member of a Dave Matthews tribute band. He has a degree in musical performance and is proficient in electric as well as upright bass. He originally began

playing rock and pop music before branching out to play bigband jazz, funk, acoustic-roots, and everything in between. Guitarist Wagner Gracciano is a native of Brazil and is a master of all styles of guitar. From classical, to Brazilian jazz, to R & B, and straight up rock n’ roll, Wagner is a walking encyclopedia of popular music. Wagner is also a producer, composer, arranger, and music instructor. His most recent solo album is entitled Across the Universe. Lead Vocalist Terry Gresham is a soulful, award-winning singer and songwriter, and previous lead vocalist for former six-time “Best of Atlanta” party band winner The Neons. Terry has opened for famous artists such as Gladys Knight and Brian McKnight, performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he has worked with top producers including Stevie J and Ryan Leslie.

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Lead Vocalist Julie Senger is a studio vocalist, singer/songwriter for Sinking to Swim, and the previous front woman for the former Atlanta party-rock band, Secret Sauce. She has also lent her powerful voice and songwriting skills to a variety of musicals, including Metro Atlanta Theatre Award nominee, MANopause the Musical. Julie has performed at such notable venues as the Grand Ole Opry, Variety Playhouse, and Buckhead Theatre. Fantabulous rehearses once a week, learning an average of five new songs every other week to keep content fresh for their audiences. “While our song list is pretty extensive, if there’s a special tune you’d like us to learn that isn’t on there, just let us know. We are happy to

functions. If desired, they can also add a horn section, a keyboard player, or other musicians. “Whatever your musical needs, we can make it happen,” said Steve.

accommodate you,” said Patrick. “We want to make each event as special and memorable as possible.”

What’s unique about Fantabulous? In addition to their five-member full band, Fantabulous also performs as smaller ensembles to suit specific types of events such as an instrumental jazz trio; jazz quartet with vocalist for cocktail hours and dinner performances; solo guitarist; or guitarist with one or two vocalists for wedding ceremonies and background

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Benefits of Specialized Memory Care Programming


hile a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has yet to be found, research shows that keeping the mind engaged and active can slow down the progression of memory loss. One of the many advantages loved ones have when living in a memory care community is a team of specially trained staff dedicated to designing engaging, meaningful activities throughout the day to promote residents’ cognitive well-being. At Provident Village at Canton, residents of the Main Street Memory Care Neighborhood experience specialized programming that not only keeps them moving and socializing, but also increases cognitive stimulation. Failurefree activities are created with individuals’ strengths and abilities in mind. Residents play card games or complete puzzles together. They partake in musical therapy. They get creative in a group art class. Residents, caregivers, and families come together to engage in meaningful activities that enhance seniors’ physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual wellness. The goal of specialized memory care programming combines cognitive health with daily purpose. Engaging the mind in problem solving and executive thinking


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helps to slow the rate of progression in memory loss, allowing residents to prolong their daily functioning skills. At the same time, activities designed for greater cognitive functioning should also provide a sense of purpose, accomplishment, or value. By promoting function and purpose, residents experience dignity throughout each moment of every day. Because specialized memory care programming emphasizes each resident’s current strengths and abilities, activities can and must be highly personalized. While staff can adapt certain tasks to be appropriate for each resident’s abilities, personalized programming also incorporates a great deal of independence into a loved one’s lifestyle. Provident Village at Canton conducts a comprehensive life history of each resident, so activities and events can be designed to cater to residents’ unique interests and hobbies, making programs meaningful to families and residents alike. At Provident Village at Canton, the caregivers who work with memory care residents to create and facilitate specialized programming are highly trained in dementia care. Not only does their training allow them to design

activities most appropriate for seniors with memory loss, but their expertise offers great insight into the subtle changes that occur in residents as their disease progresses. Specially trained care staff can pick up on health cues and offer just the right kind of support residents need to stay healthy and involved in the community. According to Provident Village, specialized memory care programming is the best way to complement supportive personal care services for residents living with Alzheimer’s disease. Families have greater peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are not just well cared for, but they are given opportunities throughout the day to engage in vibrant moments. Through meaningful activities that stimulate the mind and create a sense of purpose, Provident Village residents experience days filled with wellness, fulfillment, and most importantly — joy.

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Making Time for

Smalltalk By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

[AcademicLife] Just Talk The most important thing you can do to encourage language and communication is talk to your child. From infant to toddler to preschooler and on up through the years, share what you are doing, seeing, and feeling. Smalltalk is a great way to maximize language growth. Always use tone and emphasis, and be sure to respond to your child’s attempts at sounds, words, sentences, and conversation.

In Your Daily Travels Whether at the market, bank, or park, talk about what you see and hear along your way. Be descriptive. Chat about characteristics in terms of color, shape, size, what things do or sound like, how they taste, how they feel, or how they smell. You’ll be surprised at what your children will absorb and will share with you some day!


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Keep It Simple Discuss your child’s environment, and focus on what is important to them. Every conversation counts. Your daily routine can be full of new words, experiences, and feelings for your child. While reading a book together, running errands, making dinner, or visiting a relative, ask your child many questions: What are you doing? How does that feel? Why/how does that happen? What happens next?

The Ultimate Reward As he/she develops, your child will gain valuable conversation, language, and social skills. As a result, the bonds and connections you will form with your child, through even the simplest of coos or the most complex of conversations, are absolutely priceless!

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

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ittle Fires Everywhere is about the seemingly perfect community of Shaker Heights. But this utopia isn’t quite as perfect as it seems. The Richardsons are the perfect family with Lexie heading to college in the fall; Trip, the jock who excels at sports; Moody, the shy, quiet one; and Izzy, the black sheep of the family who causes her mother much consternation. But, they live in a great house, on a great street, and go to great schools until Mia and Pearl come along. Mia and her daughter, Pearl, rent from the Richardsons. Mia, a photographer, moves her little family every time she finishes a project. But now, she claims they are staying put. Pearl meets the Richardsons and becomes enthralled by Lexie, Moody, and Trip. Mia works for the Richardsons to help pay the rent, and Izzy finds herself helping Mia with her photography. But, the dynamics have changed. Sparks have ignited. And when another couple on the street ends up in court, trying to keep their soon-to-be adopted child after the birth mother decides she wants her back, battle lines will be drawn.

Little Fires Everywhere raises many questions. Does the mother who gave birth and abandoned her child have more rights than the mother who took the child in and loved her like her own? Who has the right to share your story? How do our own stories form our views? How does our community help us, and how does it cage us? And in the center of it all, how do we hear the advice of others? This story is a slow burn that turns incendiary. And when the dust settles, each character will find out who they truly are, as each must make a choice that will change their world forever.

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

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Cherokee Man


in Jet Ski Accident

Kennestone Trauma Team Gives Him a Second Chance

[HealthyLife] Patti Yapp looked out a lake house window. The calm waters reflected the sun. Her husband, Scott, and his brother laughed while they played on their jet skis. It was a perfect day on Lake Allatoona. Something gave her pause, and she glanced out the window again. What she saw chilled her to the bone that hot summer day. Two jet skis collided. Bodies flew. A sunbeam formed a spotlight to reveal their empty jet skis rocking on the water. “I looked over my righthand shoulder,” Scott remembered the moment before the crash. “My brother wasn’t there. I took a quick turn. In a couple seconds, he had moved from my left side to my right side. I didn’t take that second glance. I went into a sharp turn, and he had nowhere to go. He T-boned right into me, and that’s pretty much when everything went dark.” On the dock, Patti called 9-1-1. “I yelled at the first boat I saw,” Patti remembered. “Please go help my husband!”


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A boater found the men; Scott’s brother was okay. However, the collision crushed Scott’s body. Paramedics rushed him to the highest level of care available, WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s Trauma Center. “All hospitals have some level of basic care; they get some trauma from time to time,” said trauma surgeon Jinu Kamdar,

shattered hips. But the team focused on the biggest threat to Scott’s life first: six pints of lost blood. “He came to us with a very low blood pressure, barely alive,” said Dr. Kamdar. “He was hanging on by a thread.” The trauma team stabilized Scott. Then, the trauma orthopedic surgeon performed

“I yelled at the first boat I saw,” Patti remembered. “Please go help my husband!”

M.D. “I think you can imagine that if you do it day in and day out and deal with the worst of the worst, they’re probably very skilled at it. And that’s our team. We are really good at what we do because we do it every day.” When Scott arrived, the trauma team noted his head injury, broken ribs, bruised lung, broken thigh bone, broken leg, and

a series of surgeries to fix his broken bones. An intensive care team nursed him through the critical days and weeks that followed the surgeries. Although things were dark for Scott on the lake, he lights up when he remembers his care team.

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Taking Steps Now

to Pay for College

By Jessi Fearon


he average college graduate’s student loan debt is $37,172. It will take the average person ten years to repay this debt — an entire decade! At this rate, many college graduates will barely have their student loans paid off before their own children start college. When money is tight, saving for college can be a challenge. However, completing college debt-free is possible. The following strategies will help families prepare their finances so that paying for college without going broke can become a reality.


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Avoid Student Loans It is no secret that there is a major student loan debt crisis in the U.S., and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. To avoid having your potential college student rack up tens of thousands of dollars of debt before they even begin their adult lives, the time to start saving money for college is as soon as possible. But many families may still not be able to save enough to cover the full cost of college, and due to lack of funds, lots of students sign on the dotted line, agreeing to spend the next decade (or more) of their lives to pay for that nice, shiny, piece of paper framed on the wall. To avoid taking out student loans, have your student begin saving money for college as soon as possible, and have them apply for every scholarship that is offered.

Early Bird Gets the Worm As early as possible, have your student set up a 529 Savings Plan, and deposit a designated amount every month into the account. A 529 Savings Plan works similarly to a 401K or IRA by investing contributions in mutual funds or similar investments.

to build up enough cash (depending on the age of the child when the account was opened). It’s better than a regular savings account.

Going to college is not cheap, and if saving for college is important to the family, then start saving now, no matter how old the children are or how close they are to going to college. And don’t forget to ask Grandparents if they would like to contribute to the child’s college savings account.

The “Check” Rule Teach children the value of saving money early by having them deposit any checks they receive as gifts for birthdays or holidays into their college savings account. Since checks are typically written for higher amounts, this can quickly increase the savings power of the child’s account with very little effort on the parents’ behalf.

Allow your child to see how much college costs; explain to them that college is a privilege and not a birthright; and that if they want to attend, this is how much it will cost. Afterwards, explain how scholarships work; help them determine which scholarships they can apply for; and encourage them to do so. Finally, explain that they need to take a certain percentage (work this number out with the child) from either their paychecks or allowance (or even both) that will automatically be saved towards their college funds. This will not only teach them to appreciate the opportunity to attend college because they are helping to pay the way, but it will also teach them a valuable life skill – saving money towards their future.

When it comes to attending college, look into how much could potentially be saved by forgoing the traditional 4-year plan. By taking part in an internship or co-op, the student could potentially graduate in less time, saving them an entire year of tuition costs.

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If children are older, develop a plan with them. First, determine if college is something that they even want to pursue. Second, decide where they would like to go to college (i.e. their “dream school”). Third, show your child the actual cost of attending that school along with other schools for comparison. Don’t forget to factor in cost of living expenses like dorm rooms, food plans, or transportation costs. And if the school is out of the state, make sure to include the out of state tuition fees.


Since a 529 Savings Plan is an investment account, the amount will go up or down based on the performance of the particular option that is selected. However, it is usually the fastest way

Develop a Plan with Your Child

If paying for college is something that parents want to provide for their child, they should start saving now, and help their child (as young as middle school) start thinking and planning for college. The more prepared they are before they begin applying to schools, the easier it will be for them to understand the true cost of their education and avoid running up student loan debt.

Jessi Fearon is a personal finance coach. For more information, visit WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM



Canton Main Street is happy to announce their reinvestment in the Façade Grant Improvement Program effective immediately. This much-anticipated announcement is great news for business owners and tenants in historic downtown Canton. The Façade Improvement Program is a matching fund incentive program created to encourage property owners and businesses to restore, improve, or create historic

By Pat Gold architectural features to facades of commercial buildings within the Canton Main Street boundaries. Matching fund grants up to $2,500 per building are available for façade improvements including paint, awnings, and signs. In most instances, approval of grant awards will be determined by the Canton Historic Preservation Commission. When requested, design assistance may be available to prospective applicants. Although it may seem to be a minor aspect of an improvement program, design assistance enables and helps ensure that building modifications comply with any historic guidelines or other design guidelines developed specifically to enhance the historic downtown area.


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Façade grants have previously been awarded to many of Canton’s downtown merchants and business owners including Audio Intersection, Junk Drunk Jones, The Snug Gastro Pub, Practically Perfect Day Spa and Salon, and Jones and Cloud Insurance. The Façade Improvement Program produces many benefits including strengthening locally owned businesses, which helps keep dollars in the local community. For more information, please contact Pat Gold, City of Canton Public Outreach Manager at 770-704-1548.

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

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Ice and Popsicles

- Acidic foods and drinks such as orange

Even though

Not surprisingly, it is initially helpful to place

juice, coffee, and tomato-based sauces

we know that

something cold on the burn to alleviate the

- Spicy foods as well as those with natural

a hot piece

immediate pain.

or artificial mint or cinnamon flavoring (You may want to use a different

of pizza or fresh coffee

Coating Foods

toothpaste while your mouth heals if your

may burn

Food and drinks that place a coating layer

preferred one has these ingredients.)

our mouth,

on the mouth can be very effective in

- Alcohol and tobacco products


treating pain associated with burns. These

it’s simply too

include milk, yogurt, ice cream, honey, and

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sensation in your mouth, but there is no

wait to enjoy.

By Matthew A. Dimassi, D.M.D.

Burns to the tongue, palate, gums,

and other oral tissue range in severity from mild to very serious. In all instances, they are unpleasant, and they remind us of the importance of evaluating the temperature of anything we put into our mouths. But what are the best remedies for reducing the pain associated with common mouth

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers These include both pills and liquids that are ingested, such as ibuprofen (Advil®) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®), as well as topical gels or creams (Orajel™) that have the numbing effect of an anesthetic.

condition called Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS), which is rare, but it can be an indicator of other more serious conditions. These include diabetes, thyroid issues, and vitamin deficiency.

While the ingredients in gum don’t have any healing abilities, chewing it will help produce more saliva, which is helpful in the tissue recovery process. In addition to these proactive remedies, you

some recommended options:

will also want to avoid the following:

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appointment with your dentist. There is a

Sugarless Gum

burns from hot foods or liquids? Here are

obvious cause, consider scheduling an

Dr. Dimassi is a dentist with BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road. 770-7041812.



All About Ganglion Cysts By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff [HealthyLife]

Ganglion cysts are common lumps within the hand and wrist that develop adjacent to joints or tendons.

The most common locations are‌ - Top of the wrist - Palm side of the wrist - Base of the finger on the palm side - Top of the end joint of the finger The cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk and is filled with clear fluid or gel. The cause is unknown, although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They can occur in patients of all ages. Ganglion cysts may change in size or even disappear completely. They may or may not be painful. These cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other areas.

How are ganglion cysts diagnosed? Physicians can usually diagnose a ganglion cyst based on the appearance and location of the bump. Ganglion cysts are usually oval or round and may be soft or very firm. Physicians may also request x-rays to investigate problems in the adjacent joints. Cysts at the end joint of the finger frequently have an arthritic bone spur associated with them.


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What are the treatment options for ganglion cysts? Treatment is often non-surgical. In many cases, cysts are simply observed, as they frequently disappear on their own. If the cyst becomes painful, limits activity, or is otherwise unacceptable, there are several treatment options: - Splints and anti-inflammatory medication to decrease pain - Aspiration to remove the fluid and decompress it - Surgery to remove the cyst (if the above fail to provide relief or if the cyst recurs) Surgery involves removing the cyst as well as a portion of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. With wrist ganglion cysts, traditional and arthroscopic techniques may yield good results. During your appointment, your physician will discuss which treatment options are right for you.

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

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Tooth Fairy Talk [HealthyLife] One of the sweetest rites of passage in a child’s life is losing their first tooth. It’s so exciting to receive the first visit from the Tooth Fairy! What parent doesn’t look back fondly at photos of their youngster with a newfound gap in their smile? To reach this healthy milestone, it’s important to take great care of the primary (baby) teeth. The origins of the Tooth Fairy can be traced back to northern Europe, during the 1600s. The Tooth Fairy is celebrated around the world, in many different cultures. However, in some Spanish and Latino countries, the Tooth Mouse rather than the Tooth Fairy exchanges the lost tooth for a small gift for the child. Every child looks forward with wonder to the Tooth Fairy’s visit. They carefully place the lost tooth under their pillow, sometimes in a special pouch, with the

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By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

hopes that it will be replaced with money while they are sleeping. Healthy teeth fall out exactly when they are supposed to fall out, and this varies from child to child. The best way to preserve the natural progression of losing baby teeth is to exercise great oral hygiene and to be sure to have your child’s teeth cleaned and examined twice a year by a pediatric dentist. There are those who question the need for taking such disciplined action to preserve teeth that will fall out anyway, some within the first five years of life. Primary teeth serve several important purposes. They facilitate the ability to smile, speak, and to eat a wide variety of foods. They create and preserve space for permanent teeth. Losing them prematurely can cause a myriad of problems. They are as important as

primary teeth, and need to be cared for just as diligently. If your child loses a tooth prematurely, either due to decay or trauma, be sure to follow the guidance of your pediatric dentist. It’s never too late to establish great oral hygiene techniques for you and your child.

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



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