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April 2016




On the Cover:

Canton Termite & Pest Control


10 Things About Your Pet


David Waters A Sheriff for All Citizens


2 Wheel Terrain Biking Trails in North GA


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Business Life


Canton Minute


Capitol Ideas


Taste of Life


Book Review


Community Partner


Artist Profile


Faces of Canton


Ribbon Cuttings



Publisher’s Perspective PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Julie Senger

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later!”

ART Candice Williams Laurie Litke SALES Janet Ponichtera

- Richard Branson


here have been times in our lives when we’ve found ourselves in situations where we may not have been very sure of which way to turn, yet we just trusted “the flow” and went for it. Our life is often like a wild river and tends to carve its way through the sands of time, frequently without regard to our desires or plans, and push us along in its wake. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, we all end up downstream a little wiser, a little more well-rounded and often eager with anticipation as to what may lie around the next bend. We will plan the work, and work the plan. Other follies may enter our route and find us making quick, last minute adjustments to stay on course. We might find that we make some moves instinctively. Often, our faith is what ultimately moves us to react. “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later!” - Richard Branson

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS George Anderson, Jessica Asbell, Jose Baez, Mandi Ballinger, Kathleen Boehmig, Chris Bryant, Mary Kay Buquoi, Lynnda Campbell, Angela Chambers, David Covall, Jyl Craven, Micah Fowler, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, James E. Leake, Pamela S. Marquess, Rob Matiak, Scott Merritt, E. Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Juan Reyes, Nick Roper, Matthew Thomas

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Those who know me know that no one will ever hear me complain about the weather. We cannot change it; we can only react to it. One of the most exciting things for us to get grasp on is that new and exciting options in life are much like the unpredictable weather in the south. Now, possibilities will continually become available along our given journey. Having a positive reaction to the ebb and flow is simply part of the nature of enjoying life!

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 24,000, direct mailing over 22,000 copies to Canton, Sixes/BridgeMill, Holly Springs and Hickory Flat.


A couple of months ago, I was asked by the Service League of Cherokee County to dance in their annual Dancing for the Children event. Apparently, someone thought it was a good idea to ask random people, with zero knowledge of dancing and little rhythm, to learn to dance and perform in front of a crowd of hundreds. It is a fun and exciting way for me to learn something new, and it will certainly be entertaining ... in one way or another. So, I’ve until April 23rd to learn how. If you would like to donate to the Dancing for the Children campaign or learn more about how the Service League assists underserved children in Cherokee County, please visit

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The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Recycling Event — This event will be held in conjunction with Earth Day. The community will have the opportunity to recycle aluminum drink cans, smart phones, cell phones, used gardening pots/containers, car seats and electronics. Document and file destruction will also be available (shredding will be limited to six archive sized boxes). This event is free, however a nominal fee will be charged for television recycling. 9:30 am-2:00 pm, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


Cherokee Music Teachers Association Meeting — All those interested in CMTA are invited to attend. 11:00 am, Cherokee Arts Center, Downtown Canton. 770-720-1701.


Dancing for the Children — The Service League of Cherokee County will present its 50th Annual Ball and very popular “Dancing for the Children” celebrity dance challenge. Dancers competing in the competition are local celebrities and dignitaries who have committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars, while also training and partnering with professional dance instructors in preparation for the competition. Money raised from ticket purchases, sponsorships and donations to this event are used to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County, providing necessities such as medical care, dental and vision care, clothing, scholarships, camps and much more. 6:00 pm, Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-704-5991.


Middle School Art Show — Local Cherokee County middle school students’ work will be on display. Tuesday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday Noon-5:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244.


Little Shop of Horrors Presented by Page One Studios of Roswell. Tickets are $15. Canton Theatre, 171 Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.

Organic Practices — A systems approach to preventing, identifying and treating common plant diseases and insects. 10:00 am, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. To register, call 770-721-7803 or email


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High School Art Show — Local Cherokee County high school students’ work will be on display. Tuesday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday Noon-5:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244.



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Arsenic & Old Lace — A classic comedy presented by the Cherokee Theatre Company. Tickets are $18. 8:00 pm. Canton Theatre, 171 Main Street, Canton. 770-591-0282. MAY

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, presented by the University Music Theatre — This dark comedy theatrical experience, done in the style of Steam Punk, tells the story of Jasper, a Jekyll and Hyde-like choirmaster who is secretly in love with one of his music students, the innocent Miss Rosa Bud. Rosa is engaged to Jasper’s nephew, Drood. On a dark stormy night, Drood disappears. The ending of the play draws the audience to vote on a solution to this mystery. Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 3:00 pm, Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.

Coffee or Breakfast with the Mayor — Join us, and let’s chat! 8:00-10:00 am, Chick-fil-A, 2048 Cumming Highway, Canton.








2nd Annual Classics for Charity Car Show, hosted by BSSL — All vehicles are welcome, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and golf carts. $25 to register your vehicle, and FREE to the public to attend. Proceeds from this event will benefit 16 different charities that help children and families in Cherokee County. The BridgeMill Athletic Club will provide a DJ, food, drinks, photo booth, bounce house and games. BSSL will have a 50/50 raffle, car awards and much more. Registration is from Noon-2:00 pm. 2:00-5:00 pm, BridgeMill parking lot by the pool and pavilion, 1190 BridgeMill Avenue, Canton. 770-345-7941.


Recycling Day — Please visit the Canton website to see items that are accepted and not accepted for recycling. 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton.


City of Holly Springs Job Fair Each year, the City is pleased to host an annual job fair right in the heart of Holly Springs. Come meet with local business owners and recruiters to find a job, and network with fellow job seekers. 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Historic Train Depot, 164 Hickory Road, Holly Springs.

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Calendar 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

JUNIOR WRITING STUDIO Tuesdays & Thursdays, Ball Ground The Junior Writing Studio welcomes children grades 3-8 to practice writing skills with a retired teacher in a small group or a one-on-one environment. Parents can register their child for an appointment by calling 770-735-2025. MONSTER AND ANIMAL BOOKMARKS! April 4, 2:00-4:00 pm, Ball Ground Kids of all ages who enjoy gluing and coloring will have fun learning how to make their very own monster and animal bookmarks. All materials will be provided. This drop-in program requires a participating adult. LEGO ROBOTICS STEAM TEAM April 6, 2:00 pm and April 10, 3:00 pm, R.T. Jones Create, build, control and play with LEGO Robotics. This program is for ages 9-14. Registration is required. SPRINGY, CRAFTY AND FUN April 6, 4:00-6:00 pm, Ball Ground Use the ample, artistic supplies in the Creation Station to craft expressions of your spring impressions. We welcome all ages to this event! OVERDRIVE WORKSHOP April 13, 11:00 am & 4:00 pm, R.T. Jones Transform your reading experience with downloadable eBooks and audiobooks on OverDrive. All you need is your library card and a tablet, smartphone, or eReader. Call to reserve your space, and tell us what type of device you have. NEVER GIRLS! April 14, 4:00-5:00 pm, Hickory Flat Fans ages 6-10 of the Never Girls! series won’t want to miss our fun pixie program! We will have fun fairy activities and a craft related to the books. Space is limited; registration is required. PEEPSHI April 25, 6:00-7:15 pm, R.T. Jones Create your own Peeps sushi (aka Peepshi) using marshmallow Peeps, Rice Krispie treats and other candy! This is for 6th grade and up.


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MONEY SMART WEEK: WHAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MONEY April 26, 10:00 am, R.T. Jones Learn how to be confident about your finances and saving needs as they change over time. Also, learn about short, medium and long-term goals. Reservation is required. A GIFT LIKE NO OTHER FOR YOUR MOTHER April 26, 6:00 pm, Ball Ground Helene Maloy, owner of A Piece of Time ceramics studio, demonstrates how to create a ceramic gift for Mother’s Day. Optional: Bring $5.00 to buy a ceramic piece to decorate. Registration is required. MAKE BEAUTIFUL EARRINGS April 27, 6:00 pm, Hickory Flat Learn to create beautiful earrings from simple beaded designs to single piece shapes. Use our beads, metal spacers and natural stones, or bring your own crystals, pearls or rhinestones and create a modern style earring that is easy to wear and fun to show. Reservations required. SAVING FOR RETIREMENT April 28, 2:00 pm, R.T. Jones Topics will include why & when should I start saving for retirement, and how do I develop my retirement savings plan? Please call to reserve your space. MONEY SMART WEEK: TIPS AND TOOLS FOR HELPING SENIORS AVOID FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION April 28, 3:30 pm, R.T. Jones Topics will include recognizing and reducing the risk of senior financial exploitation, how to guard against identity theft and how to plan for unexpected financial needs. Please call to reserve your space.

MAY The Thrillhammers


First Friday — Canton Night, featuring live music by The Thrillhammers. FREE! 6:00-9:00 pm, Cannon Park, 130 East Main Street, Canton. 770-704-1548.


Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn In conjunction with the running of the Derby at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn is the Historical Society’s largest fundraiser and a tribute to the Rock Barn’s racing history. This entertaining event features gourmet food, open bar, silent auction, pony pull betting, bourbon tasting and a competitive hat parade and contest. 3:30 pm, the Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Hwy, Canton. 770-345-3288.


Trailfest — Live music, featuring the Delta Saints, food vendors and outdoor activities — including a 5k & fun run, 1/8 mile test track mountain bike trail, a rock climbing wall and many other activities. 8:00 am, Resurgens Orthopedics Community Stage, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and the Park at City Center, Downtown Woodstock. 770-5176788.

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Business LGE Community Credit Union recently opened its ninth, full-service branch at Canton Marketplace. Longtime Cherokee resident, Shelia Garrison, the Canton Branch Manager, is enthusiastic about the new location. She stated, “This branch features new technology and a concierge approach to banking. We have a wonderful, helpful staff assisting members.” To highlight awareness of the new location, LGE held a two week treasure hunt for a car. All contestants were present at the grand opening to try their key. By luck of the draw, the final key winner and final person to try her key was Canton resident, Patricia Southerland. LGE Community Credit Union has given more than $418,000 back to the community, and its employees have volunteered more than 2,500 hours annually. LGE hopes to continue to foster community relations in Cherokee County through ongoing involvement with local nonprofits and LGE’s commitment to local schools. LGE is located at 2018 Cumming Hwy, Canton, and their phone number is 770-424-0060.


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The grand opening of Canton Arts Academy, formerly PLaY! Music & Art, which has been around for 6 years now, is a celebration of expansion, which will feature 6 private music studios, a multitude of local, professional music instructors and will offer lessons for over 9 different instruments, as well as group classes. Canton Arts Academy also offers a wide variety of art classes, including comics, manga and canvas painting parties for children and adults. There’s also an early music education program, as well as a rock band program. Canton Arts Academy will also feature several art and music themed summer camps. Directors and founders of the new academy, Jonathan & Lara Cazenave, stated, “We’re very excited about the changes. We now have full time office staff and more teachers than ever before. We wanted the name of our academy to reflect the community we serve and more clearly state who we are and what we offer.” For more information, please call 770-345-7529, or visit



Depending on the time of year, maintaining a consistent temperature and optimal comfort in your home can be a challenge, even for the best heating and air conditioning systems. Some rooms of your home are in the shade; others receive full sun all day. Some are closer to the HVAC system, and some rooms are not used, yet are heated and cooled along with the rest of the home. Residential zoning systems maximize the comfort of your home and its energy performance. Zoning systems work by directing more heated or cooled air to where it’s

By Robbie Matiak

needed, reducing the flow from where it isn’t. Zoning systems have multiple thermostats connected to a single control panel that operates dampers installed in the HVAC system’s ductwork. The connected thermostats monitor each respective area, relaying information to the control panel. Depending on the temperature set points in each area, the dampers will open and close to provide the necessary air flow. Having separate temperature controls in different areas of your home gives you ultimate control over how your HVAC system works. The number of zones set up in your home affects the zoning system’s set-up and gives you the definitive control over the comfort of your home’s environment. Utilizing a zoning system would allow you to close a damper serving the guest room or a room over the garage that is not used unless you have guests in your home. 12

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Not all homes will benefit from installing a zoning system. Factors, such as ductwork, system capacity and system efficiency, can affect the number of zones that will work in your home. Smaller homes with large, open spaces most likely already have the optimal HVAC system set up. Zoning systems are sometimes not necessary if your home already has multiple HVAC systems serving separate areas of the home. However, if your home has high or vaulted ceilings, several large windows, living spaces in the basement, attic or over the garage, installing a zoning system may optimize your HVAC system’s efficiency and decrease the energy costs associated with heating and cooling your home. There are alternatives for achieving temperature equilibrium for homes in which the installation of a zoning system is not the answer. Products, such as the

Honeywell Wireless Indoor Sensor, can be installed throughout the home to work with the thermostat to create an averaging environment. Sensors can be placed in problematic areas throughout the home; they will record the temperature of the respective areas and relay that information to the thermostat, which will, in turn, adjust the running cycle to accommodate the specified set point. Your home should be a comfortable, welcoming environment for you and your family. A trusted HVAC contractor should provide personalized assistance to determine the best energy-efficient products for your family’s needs.

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

Canton Minute


ftentimes, whenever we think of a company or organization’s brand, we recall its logo. However, the two are not one in the same. The logo is a central element to a brand, but a logo is not a brand in its entirety. When we think of popular brands, most often companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s or Wal-Mart come to mind, and rightfully so. These are some of the most popular companies with the most recognizable brands in the world. However, beyond the logo is the customer’s actual experience. Experience is the brand; the logo is the face of that brand. The brand is what people think of when they hear your company’s or organization’s name. Those thoughts are derived from people’s experiences, as varied as they may be.

“How do people experience Canton?” “Outside of Canton’s borders, what do people know about our city? What impressions do we give to those who know absolutely nothing about us?” In addition to gateway and wayfinding signs that welcome people to town and help them navigate their way to various local destinations, these are some of the questions that will be asked as the City undertakes plans to establish a new logo. However, before we get there, we will need to assess our current messaging. “How do we communicate who we are as a community?” We love our history. We love our arts. We love our food. We have a river. The people here are some of the friendliest.

In that same regard, every city, county, district and state has a brand, too.

A new City of Canton logo, among many other purposes, will help us better depict our strengths, market our competitive advantages and convey our community character in a manner that promotes the living, economic and tourism opportunities that help make us special.

Considering the incredible things happening in Canton, we have come to ask ourselves the same questions that any business hoping to improve its products or services must ask to grow, expand and share its message:

It has been a few years since we’ve re-thought the City of Canton’s brand. This presents a great way for us to look inward and work together to communicate who we are in an artistic, exciting and compelling way.

“What do people think of when they think of Canton, Georgia?”

We are a happening place with a charming and unique character, welcoming new people and new ideas: same city, new brand.

Whether it is intentional or not, every organization has a brand. It is the feeling of satisfaction or happiness that people associate with it.

“What do people associate with Canton?”


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By Matthew A. Thomas

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

Community Feature Hickory Flat Fire Chief Larry Berry Retires Lyndon Academy

Ground Breaking Lyndon Academy recently broke ground on the third phase of their Toonigh Road campus. The new addition will enable the school to fully educate current and future students, from kindergarten through high school graduation. The Murdock family owns and operates the school and made a promise to add a grade level per year to build a complete k-12 academy. The beginning of phase III brings that promise to fruition. Lyndon Academy is excited to enter this next phase of development and growth for the students and families it serves. The Academy is now enrolling kindergarten through 10th grade for the 2016-2017 school year.

By Cyndi Braun

Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Chief, Larry Berry, recently retired after 40 years as a volunteer firefighter and 37 years as fire chief. Nearly 100 friends, relatives and firefighters attended a retirement celebration at station 23 in Hickory Flat. Fellow officers discussed Berry’s impact on the community and the county as a whole. “Chief Berry was instrumental in building the Volunteer Firefighters’ Organization,” said Tim Crossland, the new Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Chief. He then added that, “beginning in the 1970s, Chief Berry set high training standards, which enabled many volunteers to pursue firefighting careers.” Crossland estimated that as many as 35% of Hickory Flat volunteers have become career firefighters. Even after retirement, Berry’s legacy will continue, as the firefighters he recruited

and trained help citizens in fire stations throughout the county. Berry’s final radio call came through at 8:30 pm on March 14, 2016. After a series of tones representing fire stations throughout the county, the dispatcher thanked Chief Larry Berry for 40 years of service. Following the dispatch, firefighters sent messages of appreciation to a chief who has made a difference in Hickory Flat and beyond. Berry will continue to serve on the HFFD, Inc. Board of Trustees.

Congratulations Congratulations to our to our October March“7“7Differences” Differences”winner, winner,Melanie Susan Buice! Tugman!



Political Forum

Community Feature

Meet and Greet

Moving On Up: Chattahoochee Tech Police Chief Rounds Out Command Staff Two Chattahoochee Tech Campus Police Officers are moving up in rank, bringing an additional wealth of law enforcement knowledge and experience to the department’s already skilled command staff. Wayne Bennett, CTC’s executive director of Facilities Management and Public Safety, recently announced the promotions of Jeffery Youngkin and Robert McDowell to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Youngkin will supervise the Marietta, Paulding, Mountain View and Austell campuses and Sgt. McDowell will oversee the Appalachian, Canton, Woodstock and North Metro campuses.


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Sgt. McDowell joined CTC’s Department of Public Safety as a part-time police officer in August of 2010 after retiring from the Cobb County Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer and as an investigator in felony crimes against persons, as well as internal affairs. McDowell, from 1998 to 2005, also worked as a departmental polygrapher, conducting more than 700 polygraph tests. He additionally served as a member of the Cobb County Police Crisis Negotiation Team from 1994 to 2010. Sgt. McDowell rose up the ranks at Cobb County Police, serving as a sergeant and supervisor over uniform patrol.

The Cherokee County Farm Bureau, along with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, will sponsor a Political Forum/ Meet and Greet on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 6:30 pm. The forum will be held under the wooden pavilion at Cagle’s Family Farm, 362 Stringer Road, Canton. All local, state and national candidates running for office in 2016 will be invited to attend. If they have opposition, they will have two minutes to speak followed by written questions from the audience. Attending elected officials will be introduced. Everyone will have time to meet and greet the candidates and elected officials before and after the forum. There will be homemade ice cream served by Boy Scout Troop #465. Sodas, water and peanuts will be provided by the Farm Bureau. The forum is open to the public. To RSVP to attend, please call Cherokee County Farm Bureau at 770-479-1481, ext. 0.

Protecting Your Child Against

Meningitis By Lynnda Campbell, CRNP

Trying to protect your adolescent against harm can seem pretty scary. You may feel helpless in protecting them against many things. One thing potentially lurking out there that you can help protect them against is the meningococcal bacteria. Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be in response to many factors, but is primarily caused by bacteria or viruses. Meningococcal bacteria cause most meningitis cases over the age of 11. While its occurrence is relatively rare, its effects can be devastating. These include brain damage, loss of limbs, hearing loss and even death. Meningococcal bacteria is spread through close contact, primarily by secretions of the nose and throat (coughing, sneezing and yes, kissing). Because of the close contact that’s typical among adolescents and college students, this age group is at a greater risk. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis typically progress rapidly and include severe headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and confusion. The good news is that there are vaccines that will significantly reduce your child’s risk of contracting this illness. Current recommendations are for your child to receive a meningitis vaccine at age 11 and a booster at age 16. These vaccines are a very effective tool in providing protection. However, they only provide coverage against 2/3 of the strains of the bacteria. The FDA recently approved the use of two new vaccines that protect against meningococcal B bacteria, which causes approximately 1/3 of the cases of meningococcal disease. One of the vaccines is called Bexsero, which is given in two doses, one month apart. The other vaccine is Trumenba, which is given in 3 doses over six months. The preferred age for the vaccines is between 16-18 years of age, although it may be given up to age 23. Sometimes, the greatest threats can come in the smallest packages. This is true with this bacteria. So as your “baby” prepares to leave the nest, please consider and discuss vaccine options with your child’s health care provider.

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



Community Feature Sixes ES Raises Funds for Humane Society Sixes Elementary School recently held a Care for Animals Hat Day fundraiser! For a donation of $1 or more benefitting the Humane Society, a student could wear a hat of his or her choice. More than $500 was raised to help animals in need! Care for Animals Chairperson and kindergarten teacher, Laura Uszenski, and kindergarteners, from left to right, Giana Easterly, Abraham Gonzalez, Asher Matthews and Kyra Cheek.

Two CCSD Principals Named Finalists for 2017-18 U.S. Department of Education’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program Teasley MS Principal, Dr. Susan Zinkil, and Etowah HS Principal, Keith Ball, have advanced to the interview level in this highly competitive program.

Knox ES Receives Donation from Northside Hospital-Cherokee Knox Elementary School recently received a $1,000 donation from Northside Hospital-Cherokee. The donation will help defray costs for the school nurse’s clinic’s medical supplies and equipment. “We value our relationship with Northside HospitalCherokee and look forward to a long partnership,” said Principal Tammy Sandell. Pictured above (from left to right): Principal Tammy Sandell, School Nurse Allison Rhodes and Jennifer Stanley, Community Relations Specialist for Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

Creekland MS Recognizes March Students of the Month Principal Dr. Deborah Wiseman recognizes March Students of the Month, from left to right: Blake Turner, Evan McCarron, Jack Cody, Georgia Avery, Lilly Carroll, Sophie Baker, Payton Nelson, Ben Allen, Josh Stover and Bailly Wheeler. Not pictured: Sarah Fouts and Cameron Trujillo-Shumick.


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The program is designed to improve students’ education by involving current principals in the development and implementation of education policy, according to the U.S. D.O.E. Principal Ambassador Fellows are selected to work for the U.S. D.O.E. full-time at its headquarters, as Washington fellows, and part-time on an hourly basis from their home communities, as campus fellows. Principals Ball and Zinkil both are finalists for the campus fellows opportunity. Applications are reviewed by a panel of U.S. D.O.E. staff members with experience and expertise in instruction, as well as current and previous Principal Ambassador Fellows, and finalists are then selected for the interview level.

Early childhood is the most magical time of life. Every experience is brand new, fresh and resplendent with possibilities. Dance Imagination understands the innocent wonder of childhood and channels it into your child’s first delightful journey into the joy of dance. The dancing experience is unique. Their emphasis is on the spirit of creativity rather than perfecting technique and endless hours of practice...there will be plenty of time for that one day. Instead, they strive to engage the boundless energy of childhood with the infinite possibilities of imagination, forging a space and time within each busy week where a child can create, make friends, learn, play and dance. Dance Imagination’s most popular program is Fairytale Ballet and Tap. Designed for ages 2-5, they explore a new and exciting fairytale each week, including Cinderella

and Frozen. The fundamentals of ballet and tap are taught using the elements of each fairytale, including costumes and props. Dance Imagination’s program for older students who may have outgrown dressing up each week, but who wish to continue dancing in a stress-free and non-competitive environment, is also well-liked. Targeted at dancers ages 6-11, these classes offer more emphasis on technique and performance in the disciplines of ballet and tap, as well as introductory hip-hop lessons. For the younger dancers, Dance Imagination offers Mommy and Me classes, designed for ages 18 months-3 years. Their goal is to introduce children to dance, music and creative movement while playfully interacting with other children their age. Having a parent within arm’s reach enables toddlers to gain the confidence needed to graduate into independent classes when the time is right.

Dance Imagination is also proud to offer Summer Camp. Camp is a fun-filled 4 hours of games, craft activities, snack, play time, tumble, lunch and, of course, dance! It’s a terrific way to avoid the boredom and monotony of the long, hot days of summer break. All of the teachers at Dance Imagination are lifelong dancers and are passionate about sharing their love of dance with each of their students. There are so many unforgettable memories to be made. Get started today!

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Joint Pain By Jose Baez, M.D.

Joints are links between bones that allow flexibility, movement and support. Your body has a number of joints, and pain can be experienced from your shoulders down to your toes. Certain diseases or injuries can increase the likelihood of joint pain. Pain in the joints can range from an annoying twinge to absolutely debilitating. The good news is that joint pain can usually be managed at home.

What Causes Joint Pain? A disease or an injury affecting parts of the joint, like the bone, bursae or tendons, can lead to uncomfortable symptoms. Because joint pain is a fairly general term, there can be many causes that can produce pain. Joint pain can be caused by autoimmune diseases — like lupus, gout, arthritis-


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like rheumatoid arthritis, strains and sprains, tendonitis, avascular necrosis, fibromyalgia, bone cancer, leukemia, viral infections, Lyme disease or fractures and broken bones.

Symptoms of Joint Pain Depending on the severity of joint pain, symptoms can be serious or treated with over-the-counter medications. Common symptoms of joint pain include redness, swelling, tenderness, warmth or locking of the joint. See a doctor if symptoms like fever develop or if pain lasts more than three days.

Diagnosis & Treatments To find out what’s causing your pain, a doctor will assess your medical history and ask you a number of questions about your symptoms and if you have participated in any activities that may have caused the onset of your discomfort.

Doctors may perform blood tests, x-rays and other imaging tests to diagnose more serious cases. Depending test results, treatments can range from home remedies to surgical operations. At-home care will require you to rest, ice the area multiple times, and take over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications. Surgical procedures vary depending on the severity of your condition. Joint pain can sometimes be unbearable and can cause distress in your daily life. If you’re experiencing joint pain or have any concerns, contact a hand specialist to schedule an appointment. Dr. Jose Baez is a physician with Atlanta Hand Specialist, located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888.

Should I Paint My House? By Juan Reyes

Painting the exterior of your residence is a chore. The time, effort and money involved means that you’ll want it to last for quite some time. Therefore, you’ll need the right tools and equipment to reach those awkward places, as well as proper guidance to make it look its best and last as long as possible. Hiring a professional will take the stress off of you, as they’ll help to sustain your home by examining and repairing any potential issues, which could include peeling paint, cracked window panes, loose caulking and more. Here are some things to consider when making your decision:

• Check the exterior for damage. If you’re deciding whether or not to paint, take a walk around your home. Check your siding for peeling paint, caulk that needs fixing and wood rot. You’ll need to paint if your house is showing major signs of weather damage. • How long does paint last? A good paint job will last around 5-7 years, weather permitting. Don’t put off the project because it’s time consuming or expensive; that could lead to even further damage to your home and cause major problems. • Hire some help. Hiring a professional will cost more

money upfront, but it will save you stress and upkeep costs later. It’s worth the investment! An experienced painter will know the proper procedures, which will make your home’s exterior paint job last longer and protect it from weather and other hazards. • Color trends… Choose your color carefully. Remember, this is a long-term investment. A trendy color this year may be out of style next year or even next season. Color trends come and go, but classics will always be in style. Go with light colors that will not seem outdated before their time. Colors such as green, blue and brown always seem to stay in style.

Juan Reyes is owner of Pro Roofing & Siding. 770-777-1733, MyProRoofing. com



Capitol Ideas

Babies Should Sleep SAFELY and Soundly By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


serve as the Representative for the Georgia Child Fatality Review Board. The Board reviews child deaths and develops policy initiatives to prevent those deaths. Three infants die every week in Georgia as a result of unsafe sleep practices, but we can change that statistic. Sleep‐related causes of infant death are those linked to how or where a baby sleeps. They are due to accidental causes like: • Suffocation • Entrapment — which is when a baby gets trapped between two objects, such as a mattress and wall, and can’t breathe. • Strangulation — which is when something presses on or wraps around the baby’s neck, blocking the airway. Babies sleep safest on their backs, as they’re much less likely to die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) than are babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides. Babies who are used to sleeping on their backs but are

then placed on their stomachs to sleep are at much higher risk of SIDS. Infants who sleep on a soft surface, such as an adult bed or under a soft covering (like a fluffy blanket or quilt) are also more likely to die of SIDS or suffocation. Additional suggestions from the March of Dimes to promote safe sleeping practices include: • Ensure that your baby sleeps on a flat, firm surface, like a crib mattress covered with a tightly fitted sheet. • Use only the mattress made for your baby’s crib. • The mattress should fit snugly in the crib so there are no spaces between the mattress and the crib frame. • The mattress shape should stay firm, even when covered with a tightly fitted sheet or mattress cover. It’s also important to put a baby to bed in his own crib or bassinet. Don’t let your baby sleep in his carrier, sling, car seat or stroller. Babies who sleep in

these items can suffocate. If your baby falls asleep in one of these items, take her out, and put her in her crib as soon as you can. Also, don’t co-sleep; this is when babies and parents sleep together in the same bed. Co-sleeping is the most common cause of death in babies younger than 3 months old. Keep your baby’s crib close to your bed so they are nearby during the night. The American Academy of Pediatrics says to share your bedroom with your baby, but not your bed. Use a bassinet, crib or play yard that meets current safety standards. Don’t use cribs with drop‐side rails, and don’t try to fix a crib that has broken or missing parts. These are simple things that can be done to prevent tragedies from occurring. I’m offering a resolution to promote safe sleep practices, but nothing we do in the General Assembly can take the place of individual responsibility. Please join me in helping spread the word about safe sleep practices.

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


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College Admission: Things to Consider By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Making a college selection with your children is an exciting time for families. There’s so much hope and promise in the air as they discuss what they want to be when they grow up, but there’s also much preparation and planning involved. In a perfect world, parents have planned and saved for college. A great idea is to open a 529 plan for your child as soon as they are born, and commit a monthly amount to go directly into this account before you can even miss the money. These accounts are invested pretty aggressively and grow quickly into a resource that can be leveraged for your child’s education. Our freshman is a student at Kennesaw and a Zell Miller Scholarship recipient. Though she receives full tuition, there’s still a price to pay. Between her dorm,

food, activity fees, books, gas, parking and extras, we still contribute about $1,000 per month. Certainly students can live less expensively, but for round numbers, that’s a very realistic goal for planning purposes. My youngest child plans to take her college career out-of-state. We’ve visited Harvard and Yale, and that number crunching creates a whole new level of stress on the wallet. Thankfully, these schools have large endowment funds and assure us that should she be admitted, then the cost should not exceed that of state-school tuition … we shall see. Admission is a gamble these days, as well. Well-qualified students are not always accepted into their dream schools, so it’s important that they don’t “put all their eggs in one basket.” When budgeting, be realistic about how much schooling it’ll take for them

to get their desired jobs. Teaching kindergarten for my oldest daughter will likely take at least a master’s degree, so our budget needs to allow for six years of college. Our youngest wants to be an immunologist, which will require a doctorate. Be honest and up front about dreams and resources Lisa-Marie Haygood to avoid stress and is the President tension later. It’s never of Georgia PTA. too early to talk about 404-659-0214. college plans and LMHaygood@ dreams.





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QUICHE Serves 6-8

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. 770-509.6350



4 oz. smoked salmon, diced 6 oz. heavy cream 6 oz. milk 4 eggs 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 4 oz. cream cheese 2 tbsp. dill, chopped 1 tbsp. chives, minced 1 pinch ground nutmeg 1 deep dish pie crust, pre-baked

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Whisk together the cream, milk and eggs, then whisk in the salt, pepper and nutmeg.

• Scatter the smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and chives evenly over the pre-baked crust.

• Gradually add the egg mixture, stirring it gently with the back of a fork to distribute the filling ingredients evenly.

• Set the quiche on a sheet pan, and bake in a 350 degree oven until a knife blade inserted in the center comes out clean (40-45 minutes).

• Serve hot or at room temperature.


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Helping Your Kids

Stay In Church By Pastor George Anderson What is the best way to ensure that your children don’t quit church entirely when they grow up? Is it to make the church more hip? Change the music? Install high-tech lighting? Make the sermon more practical? Do all of the above? Would you be surprised if it is none of those things? So what is the single most critical factor for helping your kids stay in church? It’s easy…and it’s not. So, what is it? Dads, are you paying attention? You take your kids to church. According to one recent study (conducted in Switzerland), the most critical factor in determining the religious practice of the next generation is the religious practice of their fathers. So why should a study conducted in Switzerland be of any interest to us? I mean, only about 1 in 10 ever attend church in that country. Exactly! Some in Switzerland are very concerned that Christianity is lost, and wonder what — if anything — can be done about it. Have you not noticed that the U.S. is becoming more secular? Here’s what their research discovered: When neither parent attends church, chances are 80% that their children will never attend. When just the mother attends, only 30% of their children will become regular churchgoers. But when the father is a regular church attender, up to 75% of his children will grow up to attend church! It just goes to prove the old adage that values are more caught than taught. Our values, by and large, become our children’s values. So stop trying to get your kids to be the person you want them to be, and start being the person you want them to be! Mothers, if you’re the only hope for your kids, please don’t quit! Hang in there. You may be their only salvation. But dads — you are the key. If you’re still in the game, you’ve got to be a starter, not a bench warmer.

George Anderson is pastor of First Baptist Church Canton. GeorgeAnderson@



Reclaim, Restore, Revive

For Women Only

By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake • The secret is out! Introducing ThermiVa — a unique, temperature controlled, radio frequency system, used for non-surgical dermatological application in aesthetics and other medical specialties. It’s not great to have that out of control feeling about your own body, especially when it affects the most intimate part of your life.

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Do you occasionally dribble or leak when you sneeze, cough or exercise? Have you ever “not quite made it” to the bathroom on time? Do you feel “loose” vaginally since childbirth and/or menopause? Do you feel dry during intercourse? Do you have trouble reaching orgasm?

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Have your intimate relationships suffered due to these changes? Are you experiencing loss of selfconfidence? Loss of interest in sex? Do you just not like what it looks like down there?

YES … and understand that you don’t have to trade motherhood for sexuality. You can be a mom and be sexy at the same time. You can be 50 and sexy at the same time. Vaginal delivery and menopause should not cost you your sexual health and wellbeing. You’re not the only woman thinking about it. We’re just not talking about it. So start talking to someone who can do something about it. ThermiVa may be the answer.

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Urinary incontinence Vaginal tightening/laxity

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Sexual function Vaginal moisture Anorgasmia Cosmetic look of labia

ThermiVa treatments use radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue to reclaim, restore and revive feminine wellness without discomfort or downtime. ThermiVa uses a special wand applicator, which may be applied externally to labia and vulvar tissues to restore normal tissue tone and function. The specially designed hand-piece may also deliver energy inside the vagina to revive atrophic tissue and other structures. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained, board certified plastic surgeon.

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


A FALL of MARIGOLDS A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner, is about lost love, survivor’s guilt and the people who help us move past tragedy. It chronicles two of the biggest tragedies in New York City: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 and the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The book opens with Taryn, a widowed survivor of 9/11, whose husband was killed in the attacks. She’s now a single mom to her daughter, Kendal. She has survivor’s guilt, not only because she survived while her husband didn’t, but also because she believes her husband died as a direct result of her actions. Most people don’t know that she’s a survivor until a picture of her and a florist in the midst of the debris is published in a magazine ten years later. In the picture, she’s clutching an old marigold scarf, a scarf that ended up saving her and her daughter’s life. Meissner also tells the story of Clara, a nurse who survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 only to leave the city to work at the hospital on Ellis Island. Clara feels the guilt of surviving this fire, particularly since the man she loved did not. As her story unfolds, we begin to see that she believes he would have survived had it not been for her, which makes it hard to move on from the tragedy. She meets an immigrant on Ellis Island whose wife died of Scarlet Fever on the ship ride over to America. He is wearing a marigold scarf, a scarf that was precious to his wife. As she cares for him during his own bout with Scarlet Fever, she finds herself with information about his wife that forces her to confront her own past. As both Taryn and Clara have to confront the past so that they can face the future, they receive help along the way from surprising sources.

Jessica Asbell is an avid reader and youth 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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we are blessed with a mild climate, amazing natural beauty … and termites. Termites have been around for millennia. They are social: they groom each other, tap out warnings to the colony when they detect danger, and termite fathers help raise their young. They are ecologically beneficial insects, natural recyclers that break down tough fibers in dead and decaying trees, and transform them into new soil. That’s great when they stay in the woods, but when they attack our homes with those voracious appetites, it’s bad news. The most widely seen termite in the United States is the Eastern Subterranean termite. They are most active in warm weather, swarming in spring or whenever rain warms the soil and moistens it dramatically. Tim McWhirter, President and Owner of Canton Termite and Pest Control, says, “Termites devour anything containing cellulose, from wood to art canvasses. A termite queen, one of the longestliving insects, can live up to fifty years.” The southeast is the most active termite area in the nation. Fortunately, Canton Termite and Pest Control is here with 28

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effective pest control solutions. Serving Cherokee County and the surrounding area, they offer pre-listing and standard termite inspection and report letters, termite treatments and bait systems, as well as nuisance wildlife removal.

five in 100 homeowners have termite protection. Even in Georgia, in the middle of the ‘termite belt,’ only fifteen to twenty percent of homeowners in our area have an active termite control guarantee.” Tim continues, “It’s ironic; people spend a lot of money on expensive burglar alarms and other devices to protect their homes, but if they don’t have termite protection, they are asking for trouble. The chance of having termite infestation is usually much higher than the chance of being burgled.”

Annually, termites do five billion dollars in damage — statistically similar to the damage done by Hurricane Katrina, and more than the damage done by fire. “You can’t be too careful,” Tim says. “Termites are everywhere here. Nationally, only

“And although termites are a major concern,” Tim says, “there will always be another bug bringing some new problem to the forefront. Some of these issues, like the Zika virus, are serious.” The Zika virus has been declared a major threat by the World Health Organization, which forecasts approximately four million cases over the next year. What can you do to protect yourself? You can avoid infected areas as much as possible, use bug repellent, and have your yard treated for mosquitoes. Read more about this concern on Tim’s blog at

Meet your hometown team: Back row (l-r): Brent Pickens, William Botts and Scott Everil. Front row (l-r): Joel Alvarez and Tim McWhirter.

150 North Street, Suite C Canton, Georgia 30114 770-479-1598 Check out our channel on YouTube!

Service has been Tim’s passion since 1989, when he first started in the pest control business, working part-time during college, and discovered an interest in entomology. In 1999, Tim started his own company, based on integrity, reliability and high ethical standards, as well as pride in staying at the technological forefront of the industry.

Tim says, “Your home is your most valuable possession; you certainly want to protect it. If you have a problem with termites, roaches, ants, fleas, bedbugs, possums, snakes, rats, mice or any other

unwanted pests, you want someone you know will do the job right, and get rid of the problem fast — for a reasonable price. There are plenty of pest control companies,” Tim continues, “but Canton Termite and Pest Control is the company you know you can trust.”

“We want to be the kind of people you feel comfortable inviting into your home, as well as the pest control professionals you trust,” Tim states. “I give my personal attention to each customer. I want to be their best resource for hometown pest control. We are natives to the area: local people serving their neighbors. When you call Canton Termite and Pest Control, you can be confident that you are getting the very best pest control service, with the best guarantee. We stand behind our warranties. And usually, we can get to you immediately.” Tim’s customer base has doubled in the last year, and new employees have been hired to balance the workload, including an entomologist, who is available for consultation anytime.



Running and other highimpact exercises were once thought to be the major cause of arthritis. We now know that’s not completely true. In fact, it may be the lack of physical exercise that can lead to worsening arthritic symptoms. When pain strikes in a hip, knee, ankle or other joint, human nature is to want to avoid doing things that could aggravate the pain. Although that seems logical, this inactivity could actually exacerbate the condition by leading to muscle atrophy and joint stiffness. For those experiencing arthritic pain, frequent walks or occasional runs prescribed by a trusted doctor, and possibly with a trainer’s help, can be a good first step to help ease the pain and improve symptoms, including inflammation.

What’s the magic number of daily steps?

Many people have been told they need 10,000 steps a day, but recent evidence shows that just 6,000 steps per day, or roughly three miles, is the perfect number. If you’re starting off, aim for 3,000 steps, and gradually increase your steps. The more you walk or run, the better off you may be.

How can runners and walkers ward off arthritis? While its specific cause is only now being understood, obesity, aging, anatomy, genetics and prior injuries are all culprits in the onset of arthritis. Runners and walkers who keep the pounds off, and instead pound the sidewalk, are doing themselves a lot of good, if done wisely. A study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy found that some runners in their 60s, 70s and older, who ran an average of 26 miles a week, experienced 25 percent less pain than those who were inactive. However, it may differ among individual runners with arthritis; a more moderate 6-10 miles per week, in addition to cycling or other cross training, may be more beneficial.

Running From Arthritis By Dr. David Covall

Am I going to cause wear and tear on my joints?

Running and walking is good for the health of your joints, because it keeps the muscles strong and well balanced. But, make sure you’ve got the proper shoes and that you understand proper running form.

How does exercise help the arthritis sufferer?

Running and other proper exercise helps build muscles that dynamically protect against joint damage associated with common types of arthritis and its resultant pain and stiffness. Arthritis sufferers who maintain a good range of motion in their joints will allow them to move less stiffly, with less pain, and fight back against the progression of arthritis. And always aim for intelligent, regular and moderate, pain-free exercise.

Dr. David Covall is a board-certified physician with over 30 years of experience providing orthopedic care. He leads the Northside Arthritis Center, which provides conservative, patient-centered personalized care. For more information, call 770-667-4337 or visit


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Community Partners

Reaching the Community for Christ… One Camper at a Time In 2009, Chad and Cathy Geist of Canton, GA had the vision of creating a new camp in the community they loved. That year, Hide and Seek Day Camp held its first summer program, which lasted 3 weeks. This summer will be the 8th season of camp, and the staff is looking forward to 8 weeks of serving the children and families of Cherokee County. Hide and Seek Day Camp is a Christian, outdoor adventure camp that’s located in the Hickory Flat community, for ages finished kindergarten-11 years old. With low camper-to-counselor ratios, the staff works to build intentional relationships with campers and their families. A week of camp includes adventure and team building games, art, a ropes course with a climbing wall and zip line, special guests and much more. It is important to Hide and Seek Day Camp that each camper has the opportunity to experience a week of summer camp. Options, such as an early drop off and late pickup, are provided, which allows children of working parents to


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participate. Camp also offers a scholarship program for families in need. Cathy Geist, the director of the program, states, “We love our campers and the families they represent. We consider it a privilege when parents allow us the opportunity to invest in their children’s lives. That is no small thing, and we work hard to honor the trust they have given us.” Along with summer camp, Hide and Seek Day Camp provides several other community activities throughout the year, which include family adventure days, winter camp (held over Christmas holidays) and is looking forward to rolling out a new program for corporate team building within the upcoming year. The ministry is also supported by individual donors and business partners in the community, which allows camp to continue with the low camper-to-counselor ratios, as well as with quality programming. The Hickory FlatOut 5K, held each Labor Day, is a key fundraiser for the ministry, reaching over 600 runners annually. The Hickory FlatOut 5K is a great way for

businesses to be involved in a huge community event, gaining exposure for their company, while supporting the campers of Hide and Seek Day Camp. Individuals can volunteer at the race, as well as support camp in other ways. Each summer, volunteers within the community give of their time as special guests to the campers. As a result of the wonderful volunteers, the campers get to experience a taste of new activities. Exposure to archery, disc golf, wilderness activities, painting, cake decorating, martial arts and more have all been shared through special guests and make up an exciting addition to the program. For more information on registering for camp or for questions about financially supporting camp or volunteering time to enhance the program, contact Cathy@HideAndSeekDayCamp. net, or call 770-720-0005. Registration is already open at

Prevent Mosquitoes Around the Home By Josh Fuder

Whether its West Nile Virus, heartworms in pets or Zika Virus, mosquitoes and the diseases they carry seem to always be in the news. Doing a few things outside your home as temperatures begin to warm can help you prevent mosquito populations from building up throughout the summer.

Joshua Fuder is Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA. Edu/extension/cherokee


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Eliminate breeding sites for larvae. Mosquitoes have four distinct stages in their life cycles: egg, larva, pupa and adult. All stages, except the adult stage, are dependent on still water. Eliminate things like old tires, buckets, wheelbarrows or anything else that can collect and hold water. Drain water from things like bird baths, pet dishes and flower pots on a weekly basis. Also, scout those old trees in the landscape that may have holes or depressions that hold water. You can fill these with sand without harming the tree.

Reduce adult mosquito populations. Keep grass mowed to reduce resting sites for adult mosquitoes. Clearing out brush or over-grown areas near the home will also help eliminate or reduce these adult resting areas. Treat larval breeding sites. Use mosquito fish, or other species of fish, in small ponds and water gardens in the landscape to keep larvalstage mosquitos from entering into adulthood. Since mosquitoes can complete their life cycle, egg to adult, in as little as 10 days, it is imperative to start preventative measures early in the season. Some adult mosquitoes seldom travel more than 200 yards, so a few control measures by you and your neighbors could make your summer a lot more enjoyable.



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Regular physical exams are the most important thing you can do for your pet’s health. This allows you to tell your vet about symptoms or behaviors that might alert the doctor to problems. Animals naturally hide symptoms. By the time the illness is apparent to owners, it is often late stage, and our treatment options may be limited. Clients frequently describe things they think are no big deal, but are signs of a possible underlying disease. Physical exams and blood tests can help identify many of these diseases.

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Animals feel pain, just like we do. They can’t tell us what hurts and rarely cry or whimper. Animals tend to curl up and sleep to try to avoid pain. Human medications, such as aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, other over-the-counter antiinflammatories and decongestants, are dangerous and potentially fatal. Always call your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet. Many veterinarians will answer these types of questions over the phone.

Dental disease is real, and it really hurts. Most animals won’t show signs of pain and will keep eating. However, owners describe how much more alert and spunky their pets act after those painful teeth are treated or removed. There are no shortcuts in dental care. There are many people out there in the business of selling shortcuts, but safe and thorough dentistry requires anesthesia and dental x-rays.

Heartworm disease is caused by mosquitoes, which are around all year long in Georgia. There are no winter breaks for them. Heartworms lead to heart failure, and it’s nearly 100% preventable with a simple preventative each month, all year round. 80% of unprotected dogs in Georgia will get heartworms at some point in their lives. Cats get heartworms, too. Most people know chocolate is toxic to pets, but did you know grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure? Onions and macadamia nuts can cause problems, as well. Xylitol is a common, artificial sweetener in chewing gum, medications and other foods, like yogurt. This can cause rapid and severe liver disease in pets, and it doesn’t take much. A half of a stick of gum can make a small dog sick.

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Food does not equal love in your pet’s eyes. They may surely enjoy snacks. But they will still know how much you adore them, even if you minimize snacks to keep them at a healthy weight.


Speaking of food… quality matters. Many of the less expensive, popular foods are high in fat. This is why your pet likes them so much. Better foods do cost more, but tend to have lower fat contents and less non-digestible materials. This often means less poo! Labeling on foods is notoriously untrustworthy. There are all kinds of gimmicks and loopholes in the claims they make. Just because it’s on the label, doesn’t mean it’s true.

Cat foods are a bit easier… the best food for most healthy cats: Canned Fancy Feast. Avoid dry foods when possible. Bottom line — ask your veterinarian for two or three good food options that are available in stores. The vast majority of our patients eat regular food found in most stores, and we are happy to make recommendations.

If your pet is drinking more than usual, urinating more than normal, vomiting, not eating, sleeping more than usual, is less active or having soft stools…don’t wait. At least call and ask for advice. Most veterinarians, or one of their veterinary nurses, will be able to talk to you and get you some basic information. Unfortunately, waiting to see if things get better on their own or using old fashioned home remedies can often make things much worse.

Dr. Chris Bryant is the owner and a veterinarian at Cherokee Animal Hospital, 2424 Marietta Hwy, Canton. 770-479-6505.



Summer Travel is Just Around the Corner By Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D.

Time to prepare for summer travel — the family vacation, youth summer camps, adolescent academic camps, church mission trips and/or seniors traveling in the “best years of their life.” There are different immunization recommendations based on the age of the traveler and the destination. As active members of the healthcare team, pharmacists in Georgia are educated and trained about vaccines for these occasions.

How can we know which immunization a person needs for any type of travel?

can administer it immediately. If the vaccine requires a prescription, they can communicate with your doctor and have everything ready in 1-2 days. 3. The CDC has a list of recommended “travel vaccines.” This list provides information on the vaccine, the disease and the statistics that support the recommendation. You can access this information with the website addresses provided at the end of this article. 4. Call your insurance to see which vaccines are covered by your policy. Many plans offer coverage that can range from no out-of-pocket costs to a co-pay.

1. Start with your pharmacist. They’ll ask about your record for vaccines and then make recommendations. 2. If this is a routine vaccine, the pharmacy will have a supply and

The CDC recommends that you begin the process for vaccines no later than 6 weeks in advance of your travel. This protects you in 2 ways: It allows your immune system to build up from the vaccine before you arrive


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at your destination, and it provides time for you to receive the complete series, if needed, to build up full immunity. Your neighborhood pharmacist is an active part of your healthcare team! Vaccinations can help ensure an enjoyable travel experience — whether it’s just down the road or part of your summer adventure. Enjoy! To access recommended immunization schedules for every age group, visit To access specific recommendations for travel to other countries, visit travel/destinations/list

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



Former Forsyth County Commander, David Waters, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, is asking for your vote to become your new Cherokee County Sheriff.


nown for building bridges between others in the community, David looks forward to forming a partnership between the employees of the Sheriff ’s Office and the citizens they serve. He will pledge to defend and stand up for your constitutional rights and strive to preserve life, liberty and freedom while enforcing our state and local laws. Under


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his leadership, every asset of the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office will be utilized to assure citizens that their Sheriff ’s Office will operate effectively and efficiently and by good stewardship of the taxpayers’ dollars. Waters also looks forward to continuing to serve as Vice Chairman on the board of the Keely Foundation, serving in the community in order to become a resource for heroin addiction and education. David was recently quoted, at a gathering of many who were not familiar with Cherokee’s new community menace, as saying, “95 lives were lost to heroin in 2015, and as your sheriff, we will deal with the problem, as it has to stop.”

David Waters (top left) in 1994, in joint investigation with DEA and Narcotics unit.

David began his career in May of 1978. During that time, he was assigned and commanded the Cherokee and Forsyth County Sheriff ’s Offices’ Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Office of Professional Standards (IA), Narcotics Division and Special Services. Waters has received law enforcement training in 7 states. He holds two national certifications — he’s a graduate of the 122nd Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the

National Animal Control Association (N.A.C.A.) in Nashville, Tennessee. Less than 1% of all law enforcement personnel are accepted into the Southern Police Institute, and even fewer continue on to graduate from this prestigious academy. David accomplished both. He also has certifications from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards Training Counsel (P.O.S.T.), including levels 1, 2 and 3 in Law Enforcement Supervision, levels 1, 2 and 3 in Law Enforcement Management and levels 1, 2 and 3 in Executive Law Enforcement Management. Additional certifications include Homicide Investigations, Major Case Investigations levels 2, 3, 4 and 5; Criminal Psychological Profiling, Robbery Investigation, Interviews and Interrogations, Family Violence, C.O.P.S. Training for Command Staff, Georgia Criminal Law, Police Crisis Intervention, Managing Interpersonal Relationships and Police Liability. While this list of educational achievements, training and accomplishments is important with regard to the job Waters seeks, one event stands out as most important to the candidate himself. In 1997, while serving with the Forsyth County Sheriff ’s Office, David was in his patrol car, travelling down Interstate 400, and was flagged down by a frantic mother whose 3-month-old baby was choking. David ended up saving that baby’s life. Without his quick response, including CPR, the child most likely would

Cassidy Sullens and David Waters reunite almost 20 years later.

have died. He received the Medal of Valor for his efforts. 10 years later, David was reunited with young Cassidy Sullens, at which time he gave her his award, which she still treasures. He added recently, “It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever encountered as a law enforcement officer.” Waters is the only candidate endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, and he most recently won the endorsement of former Georgia Senate Majority Leader, Chip Rogers, who stated, “I stand with David as another true conservative, as he plans to hold the line on spending while providing excellent public service to protect Cherokee County.”

David Waters wants your support and vote to become Cherokee County’s next sheriff. Honor, strength and experience are the three elements that will enable him to provide security to citizens, children, homes, schools and places of worship. David and his wife, Brenda, are proud members of Sutallee Baptist Church and reside in the Macedonia community. For more information about David, please visit his website at, or if you have questions, give him a call at 770655-4626. He knows hearing ideas for your Sheriff ’s Office will only help him as he implements the open door policy, which he intends to maintain while serving as your sheriff.

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Deal with the exploding heroin problem in Cherokee County — David is the only candidate who has managed a sheriff‘s office narcotic department. During 2015, over 95 Cherokee County citizens died of a heroin overdose. Effectively and efficiently manage a budget — David is the only candidate who has managed a sheriff’s office budget. Establish a School Resource Officer program (SRO) — David is the only candidate who has negotiated a hostage situation in a local school.





Finishes By Jyl Craven create an energy that breaks down water molecules into fine particles that penetrate the hair shaft then rehydrate, recondition and restore balance to the hair. A cool shot button is another nice feature that will help to set the style as you blow dry. The BIOIONIC 10X Pro Ultralight Speed Dryer provides all of these benefits, uses 75% less energy and dries hair in under 10 minutes.

Odds are, either you’re an incredibly busy super mom or an on-the-go professional. Either way, the task of blow drying your hair each morning can add a significant amount of time to your morning ritual. What price would you pay to create a few extra minutes in your morning schedule without having to get up any earlier? What if you were able to significantly reduce the amount of time spent blow drying your hair in the morning? Here are four blow drying tips to help you create faster finishes and help get you on the go sooner than expected. LIFESTYLE

Moisture Be Gone

Before you begin styling your hair, you must first get rid of as much moisture as possible. Rather than using a towel with a vigorous back and forth motion that creates tangles and knots, try using a microfiber towel, and squeeze your hair. A microfiber towel is softer and will soak up more moisture out of


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your hair. Then allow your hair to air dry for 10 minutes before adding any heat.

Power of Product

After towel drying, apply a blow drying booster to help speed up the process. Quality blow drying products contain heat conducting polymers that help wick away the moisture and can greatly reduce the amount of time spent drying your hair. STRAIGHTFORWARD Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil, by Shu Uemura, is perfect for faster finishes. It contains black cumin oil, which gives your strands a sleeker, smoother finish.

Quality to the Rescue

The number one thing you need in your blow dryer is power. More power equals more air flow. Look for a dryer with at least 1800 watts of power. Also, look for an IONIC dryer. Negative ion emitting dryers

Perfecting Your Technique

Begin rough drying by first focusing on the saturated roots and mid lengths. Make sure to keep the dryer moving in the direction of roots to ends. Once your hair is 80% dry, then you can begin styling it. Adopting one of these recommendations alone will do little to reduce your blow drying time. But like many things in life, it’s the cumulative effect that matters. Once you include all of these habits into your morning routine, you’ll quickly reward yourself with a few extra valuable minutes. Yes, faster finishes can be in your future and so can better hair. L

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



Cold Sores What a Pain!

By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

Cold sores are groups of small blisters containing a clear fluid that forms on the lips or around the mouth. They may take anywhere from several days to two weeks to heal on their own. They can be quite painful, especially if they break open and scab over. The herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) causes cold sores. Once a person has HSV-1, it remains in their system for the rest of their life. The virus can lie dormant for long


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periods of time and occasionally become active, causing a cold sore to form.

eyes, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious eye infection.

HSV-1 is extremely contagious. It’s spread by the transfer of the fluid inside the blister. This can occur by kissing someone who has a cold sore, or sharing cups or eating utensils with someone who has a cold sore.

There are quite a few over-the-counter medications targeting cold sore relief that are available. None will prevent the blisters from forming, but they can provide relief from the pain via numbing or reduce the length of time it takes for the blisters to heal.

If you have HSV-1, it’s very important to become sensitive to the warning signals of a cold sore flare up. The area where the blisters will form will start to tingle before the blisters occur. In order to minimize the chance of spreading the virus to others, once you notice this tingling, be very careful to avoid kissing others, or sharing any food, drink or eating utensils with them until after the blisters have fully and completely healed. Wash your hands frequently during the outbreak. Also, avoid touching your eyes, unless you wash your hands, as the virus can also be spread to your

Certain situations seem to trigger HSV-1 to become active. These include colds and the flu, lack of proper diet and exercise, lack of sleep and exposure to the sun without SPF protection. For additional information and advice, always consult your dentist or physician.

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



Choosing a


By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

According to research, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both shortterm and long-term consequences.

age-appropriate are ideal in preventing summer learning loss. Here are some tips for choosing a summer program for the 2016 summer time:

is following safe summer practices, such as not spending too much time outside or following the rules related to heat exposure for outside.

Choose a program that is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity. This allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning and ultimately allows for the children to be more actively engaged.

Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning loss during the summer time. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school in the fall. Research has shown that programs that have specific learning goals, use learning and developmental standards and are

Ask about credentials, experience and the training of the teachers/counselors. Understand the program’s ratios, and find out how many camp counselors will be present during the day.

Inquire about the daily schedule of the program. Does the program combine songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment? Ask how much freedom a child has to choose activities and whether there is an academic component to the program.


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Check the health and safety practices of the program. Make sure you are comfortable that the program will be able to handle your child’s unique needs. Make sure the program

Most importantly, ask for references.

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

Artist Profile BY JULIE SENGER

All Original Plays and Musicals, All the Time Husband and wife team, Cheryl Lambert and Ralph Zaffino, have had the pleasure of being involved in almost all facets of the theatre industry throughout the course of their life and careers. Cheryl is a retired television producer/director who’s also an accomplished stage director, actor and choreographer. Ralph’s background is in educational theater, and he has worked as an actor and director in community theatre for many years. When Cheryl and Ralph were offered the opportunity to produce and direct two original works, they decided to form their own production company, and in April of 2014, Broadway Bound Productions, Inc. (BBP) was born. The uniquely wonderful thing about BBP is that they’ve made it their mission to “give back” to the theatre community that they love so much by exclusively producing all original plays and musicals for playwrights who need their works performed in order to get them published. In turn, this gives local actors some great opportunities to be the first to bring a new character to life, while also offering north Georgia theatregoers the chance to be the inaugural audience for these exciting, original works. Cheryl states, “It was important to us to “give back” to the theater community, since

Ralph and I had both been doing theater for many years. We didn’t want to step on the toes of other local theater groups, so we believed sticking with original works would fit a niche that wasn’t being served.” Thus far, BBP has produced five original shows, with their very first show, Thomas Rieser’s Ordinary Time, winning the 2015 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award for “Best Original Work” and subsequently being accepted for publication by the Dramatic Publishing Company. “Choosing to create our small, creative business so late in life, we were uncertain as to whether or not we were doing the right thing. However, when Tom’s play was accepted for publication and received the MAT award — that was validation that we had chosen the right path,” Ralph says. BBP’s sixth and final production of the 2015-2016 season, MANopause, the midlife crisis, musical comedy, is set to hit the stage next month, May 12-22, with convenient performance times on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm at the Canton Theatre. If you’re a playwright who’s interested in submitting your work to BBP for consideration, please email a perusal script/query to BroadwayBoundProductionsInc@ They are currently seeking scripts for their 2017-2018 season. If you’re interested seeing one of their productions or being cast in a role, check out their website for upcoming shows and auditions.



By Angela Chambers


orth Georgia is very lucky to have many amazing biking trails. In fact, not utilizing our trails would be like living next to a world class ski resort and not skiing. We have world class, off-road trails and a progressive attitude about creating paved trails. There are two mountain bike trail systems in Cherokee County that offer almost 30 miles of trail and can be used by joggers, walkers and hikers, as well. But, if you think mountain biking is only for the young, brave or fit, you are wrong! Beginner trails were built for just that — beginners. Canton’s Blankets Creek has two beginner trails, an intermediate trail, and two advanced trails from which to choose. This is a great place for any level rider to enjoy the best of singletrack mountain biking. Blankets Creek is often listed as one of the best trail systems in the south and U.S.

Woodstock has the Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park, which offer several beginner to


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Biking Trails in North GA advanced level options, and Cherokee’s Dupree Family Mountain Bike Trail is the best place to start your mountain biking habit. Beginner level trails are laid out in three loops on wooded land. Just a mile in length, the system is designed for kids and those just getting off-road for the first time. SORBA Woodstock is the non-profit that builds and maintains these trails. In addition, they hold a monthly social ride that caters to every ability level — especially beginners and novices. They also have monthly work parties to maintain the trails. For more information about trails and activities, visit

Along with the off-road trails in Cherokee County, Greenprints Alliance has created an amazing system of

concrete, multi-use trails that are the beginning of a master planned system. Already completed and in use is the Noonday Creek Trail, which is 1.5 miles long and runs from Downtown Woodstock to Hwy 92, along the Noonday Creek corridor. It also connects to the Woofstock Dog Park via a beautiful, spanning bridge. Connections to Towne Lake, Olde Rope Mill Park and Cobb County trails are planned by 2021. In Northern Fulton County, there are also several biking trail options. Big Creek Greenway features 7.5 miles of 8-foot-wide concrete track, a 0.4 mile wood chip path and a combination mountain bike/hiking trail, all of which meanders through a flood plain formed by Big Creek. It is paved, with the exception of the hiking trail, the

BIKING TRAILS: Blankets Creek 2261 Sixes Rd., Canton

Big Creek Greenway Access points at Alpharetta YMCA, Haynes Bridge Road, North Point Mall, Kimball Bridge Road and Marconi Drive in Alpharetta

Charleston Park 5850 Charleston Park Rd., Cumming

Dupree Family Mountain Bike Trail 513 Neese Rd., Woodstock

Haw Creek Park 2205 Echols Rd., Cumming

mountain biking/hiking trail and the “boardwalk,” which is a section of Greenway between the original Northpoint entrance and the original end of the trail, about 600 feet north of Mansell Road. Bikes are not permitted on the boardwalk section.

Also in the North Georgia area is Charleston Park, which includes 5.5 miles of XC single-track trails along the edges of Lake Lanier. These trails are for intermediate bikers and consist of short and long climbs/descents, roots and rocks.

Another trail system in North Fulton is Haw Creek Park, which is roughly 85 acres and includes approximately 3.3 miles of multi-use trails for foot travel and mountain bikes. If you are interested in learning more about North Fulton’s trails and activities, visit the Roswell-Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) at The RAMBO Chapter of SORBA is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving off-road biking and recreational

opportunities through their advocacy for quality trail systems. All of these trail systems are used by those in the metro area and beyond. Be sure to take advantage of them!

Angela Chambers is a teacher in Cherokee County, an avid mountain biker and the vice president of SORBA Woodstock.

Noonday Creek Trail 9500 Alabama Rd., Woodstock

The Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Rd., Woodstock

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR BIKERS: May 7th 7th Annual Trailfest (Woodstock)

May 7th 3rd Annual Big Creek Quick Six Enduro (Roswell)

May 14th SORBA Woodstock’s Pedalpalooza (Woodstock)



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2 domestic, fresh swordfish filets ¼ cup canola oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

½ cup hemp seed 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard Salt & pepper to taste SALAD ¼ pound medium to thick asparagus, trimmed, blanched in boiling salted water, then shocked in ice water ¼ pound mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed 1 medium beet, roasted and sliced 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Salt & pepper to taste ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 bunch arugula ¼ cup hand-grated parmesan regiano


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Add the canola oil to a sauté pan and bring it to medium-high heat.


Season the fish with salt and pepper, and smear Dijon mustard onto one side of it.

Blend the mustard, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and set it aside.

Apply hemp seed to the Dijon side of the fish to crust.

Cook all the vegetables as listed in the ingredients list, and toss with vinaigrette.

Add the fish to the pan, hemp side down, and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the fish, and place it in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove fish from the pan, and set it aside.

Serve the salad alongside the hemp crusted fish.

Tips for Starting a

Flossing Habit

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

Many people do a great job brushing their teeth. They recognize the impact of regular brushing on good oral health. When it comes to flossing, however, some people can only manage to do so sporadically, while others almost never perform this important task. This is unfortunate, as flossing is equally critical to oral health. Here are 4 tips to help you start a flossing regime: Set a realistic goal. Rather than committing to daily flossing right off the bat, consider starting out with just one or two days a week. Then, over time, you can increase flossing to a few days a week, gradually increasing the frequency until you’re flossing every day. Do it right before or after one of your other daily tasks. Sometimes, it’s not that you don’t have the drive and motivation to floss your teeth; it’s that you simply forget. The best way to solve this is to commit to flossing right after something else that you do every day. Create a reminder or a visual cue. Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or even on your toothbrush holder. That way, as you reach for your toothbrush, you’ll be reminded to floss first. Leave the floss out and in an obvious place, as well. Use a flossing stick (aka picker). Most dentists agree that old fashioned string floss is best. This is because traditional floss can be wrapped around the tooth for effective cleaning. However, if you are more likely to floss with a floss stick, by all means, go that route. It’s better to remove the majority of plaque and debris between your teeth than none at all. It’s hard to overstate the positive effects of flossing. It can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it will significantly reduce the number of long-term problems.

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



of Canton Faces FACES By Micah Fowler

RC Landscaping, LLC, and Taqueria Food Truck.

Denise & Cheyenne Soft and feminine — that’s Indigo and Oak Boutique in downtown Canton. It’s also true of the co-owner mother/ daughter duo, Denise and Cheyenne. Daughter, Cheyenne, is 19 years old and as ambitious as she is selfdisciplined. She loves fashion, and while working in a boutique in downtown Woodstock during her high school years, always envisioned opening up a boutique of her own. Now she works at the boutique on weekends and is a full-time college student at Berry College. She’s pursuing degrees in Biology, Psychology and German and hopes to go to graduate school to become a Physician’s Assistant. Owning and working at this boutique is helping Cheyenne save for graduate school. Mother, Denise, was born in Germany and has been a Cherokee County resident for 25 years. Denise is a hard working woman, as she’s also been an International Flight Attendant for Delta Air Lines since 1991. When she’s home, she continues to stay busy by owning and operating 2 other businesses in addition to Indigo and Oak (which is also currently expanding in size): 52

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Denise and Cheyenne work hard together and separately. They have dreams that they live to chase, and they serve as a positive influence to those who know them. Another fun duo in town are the owners of Bunker Design, Kandace and Rob. Bunker is a Jack-ofall-trades company, which does everything from preservation design to magazine creation/production. The nature of this business is directly related to the creative and inspired nature of its owners. Kandace’s family moved to Marietta from Alabama when she was just a kid. Growing up, she was a very dedicated basketball player, achieving GA All-State status, and going on to play Division II at Clayton State. She decided to pursue a degree in Historic Preservation and went to SCAD on a full academic scholarship. She quickly realized she had a love for all building arts and followed that path to the university’s Architecture program, finishing school with a Master of Architecture degree. Rob is a NYC native who moved to Israel with his mother when he was just a boy. After the birth of his little brother, his family returned to NYC, where he eventually attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts to study music. He received a scholarship to North Eastern

University in Boston and graduated with his BA in Journalism. When the time came to get his MA in Illustration, Rob chose SCAD.

Rob and Kandace met while working in a wine bar near SCAD. They settled in Atlanta and started a family. When the market tanked and Kandace was left without work, they rose up together, and with the contacts and knowledge they had established, they opened Bunker Design Collaborative —

Kandace & Rob

eventually relocating to Canton. Like all working families, they are learning to balance life, family and work, but they love what they do and where they are now. Canton is their home. Micah Fowler is Canton’s Main Street Director, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton. 770-704-1548. Micah.Fowler@


High Stress and Low Production

By Nick Roper

Multitasking is a term we frequently hear. It’s defined as the handling of more than one task at the same time by one person. However, the growing consensus is that multitasking is actually unproductive to businesses as a whole. Having multiple tasks that need to be completed is not an issue; it’s a blessing for businesses and employees, alike. However, countless studies show that employees who multitask get overwhelmed, and performance decreases. Personally, if I’m trying to juggle too many tasks at once, my brain will shut down, and my productivity level decreases exponentially. After reading Navy Seals Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s Extreme Ownership, I realized that the shutdown I experienced was my fault, because I didn’t prioritize my tasks, create a plan to accomplish them and then execute the plan.

Think of it this way — you’re on the operating table receiving a major surgical procedure, and while the doctor is operating on you, he talks on the phone telling other patients how important it is to have a yearly checkup. Obviously, that’s an exaggerated situation, as no doctor would do that, but the principle applies to all jobs. If you’re 100% focused on one job, it’s impossible to be 100% focused on another job. When you’re able to focus on one task, you’re more likely to complete it quicker and more accurately. However, your most important task can change throughout your work day, and you

have to be mindful of the goals of the company, and adjust your priority level as needed. I’m not advising you to tell your employer to stop giving you multiple tasks to complete during the day, because if you do, chances are, you’ll be out of a job. Not multitasking is not an excuse to be lazy; you still want to be trusted to receive and complete multiple tasks, because it makes you valuable to your employer. However, studies show if you prioritize, plan, focus and complete Nick Roper is tasks one-at-a-time, manager of business development for H&H you’ll become a Electric and Security more valuable asset LLC. 770-735-1136. to your company.



Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Celebrations LGE Community Credit Union 2018 Cumming Highway Canton 770-424-0060 Credit Union, Financial Services, Mortgage/Financial


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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Center 1554 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 100 Canton 404-785-KIDS Health Care

Frady & Hall Heating and Cooling 404 Edward Creek Court Canton 678-446-4927 Heating & Air Sales & Service

Mancini’s Italian Tradition 190 East Main Street Canton 678-880-7770 Restaurants

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