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Becoming Beach-Body Ready



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

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770-213-7095 Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. Canton Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of over 27,000, direct mailing over 25,000 copies to Canton, Sixes/ BridgeMill, Holly Springs, Hickory Flat and Waleska. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Canton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.

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Forgiveness is one of those intangibles in life that means so much, yet there are many variables and dynamics that surround it. It can be consuming beyond the simple aspects of giving and receiving. We often judge ourselves so critically when we have hurt another that it’s tough to accept an apology even after we’ve asked for one. In the future, when someone finds it in their heart to forgive us and give us the grace we have so longed for, we should try harder to accept it. It makes the forgetting, on everyone’s part, so much easier. After all, forgiveness is one of the sincerest forms of love — and we can all use more of that.

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Ah forgiveness, there’s a good one. Each of us has been in a situation where we needed to seek, ask, or hope for forgiveness. There have been other situations where we may have struggled with granting forgiveness to another. It can be a difficult situation when we are on the wronged side of the equation.

You may be expecting me to toss a cliché quote in here, and I’m trying really hard not to do that. There are so many to consider, so I’ll leave it up to you to delve into those to supplement this piece.



fter years of writing these perspectives, I must admit that I sometimes find myself struggling to find topics that motivate me enough to begin tapping the keys. Of course, working in an office where your coworkers are often anxiously waiting on you, so they can edit and design around your ponderings to meet an already extended deadline, adds to the stress and freedom of thoughts that the “squirrels at a party” inside my head have already scattered. On a few occasions, I’ve resorted to jumping on the web and typing in a random character trait out of curiosity to see what inspires me. I do hope you’ll forgive me.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS George Anderson, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Cyndi Braun, Mary Kay Buquoi, Lynnda Campbell, Jyl Craven, James B. Depew, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Tim Lanier, James E. Leake, Sandy McGrew, Scott Merritt, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Hannah Olson, Carrie Patterson, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Jill Rowlands, Mark Russell, Sen. Bruce Thompson, Amy Williams, Farris Yawn

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Calendar ONGOING Downtown Canton Farmers Market — Each Saturday, beginning May 26-October 27, shop for great locally grown produce and handcrafted goods. 9:00am-1:00pm, Cannon Park, 130 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-704-1549. Waleska Farmers Market — Each Thursday beginning May 31November 2, enjoy homegrown produce and handmade arts and crafts. 9:00am-1:00pm, Heritage Fellowship Baptist Church, 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska. 404-805-7468. Farmers Market at River Church — Every Tuesday, AprilNovember, check out locally grown, fresh produce and other delicious options. 2:00-6:00pm, River Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-598-0048.

Downtown Canton Cornhole — Tuesdays through May 15, come watch your friends and neighbors compete! 6:45-9:00pm, Cannon Park, 130 E. Main Street, Canton. Tuesday Night Trivia — Every Tuesday evening, enjoy trivia for a chance to win gift cards, plus nightly giveaways and food sampling. 6:30pm, The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta (food court), 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock. 678-540-7040. Holly Springs Young Professional Experience (HYPE) — On the first Tuesday of each month, young in age, young in your profession, or young at heart — doesn’t matter. Meet at Holly Springs’ newest coffee shop for a cup of coffee and some laid-back networking with local professionals. 7:008:00am, The Coffee Vineyard, 2800 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 100, Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. events/556923864658166/ FREE Monthly City Cleanup Day — On the first Saturday of each month, City of Canton residents may dispose of trash, unwanted items, up to ten tires per resident, and recycle many electronics. Please bring proof of residency when dropping off items. Visit the website for a full list of acceptable items. 8:00am-2:00pm, City Hall, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton. 770-704-1500.



Canton First Friday - May the 4th Be With You! — Bring the whole family to enjoy this Star Wars-themed event. Feel free to dress up as your favorite character from the movie series! Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. There will be food trucks, live music by Loose Shoes, local shopping, and all that downtown Canton has to offer! 7:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-7041548. first_fridays


Home By Dark Concert — Michael Logen and JP Williams tell the stories behind their songs in this songwriters-in-the-round concert event that often proves how just one song


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can change your life. 6:00pm, Chukkar Farm Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road. 770-314-3735.

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! Kids will play in the pool, enjoy a pizza dinner, do

crafts, play games, and end the night with a movie! 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760.


15th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn — The Cherokee County Historical Society hosts this


Jamiee Paul in Concert — Imagine a 1940s jazz club with the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, and others. Jaimee Paul and her jazz combo, led by husband Leif Shires on trumpet, delivers just that. 7:30-9:00pm, Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167.

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entertaining fundraiser event, which features gourmet food, open bar, silent auction, pony-pull betting, bourbon tasting, and a competitive hat parade and contest. The event concludes with the crowd watching the Run for the Roses on big screen televisions. 3:30pm, The Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770345-3288.

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29th Annual Cherokee County Mother’s Day Powwow and Indian Festival — This north Georgia tradition features a Native American dance competition, warriors on horseback, hoop dancers, Aztec dancers, tipis, wigwam, and a living Indian village and displays, Northern Plains encampment, primitive skills, environmental and wildlife displays, Native American artisans, Save the Horses rescue group, train rides, children’s activities, Mother’s Day Honor Dance, and much more. 10:00am-6:00pm, Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Highway, Canton.


Gardener’s Seminar, “Safe Landscaping for Children & Pets” — This class will help you learn which plants to avoid to keep your landscape safe for all members of the family. 10:00am, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770-721-7803.


Great American Cleanup — The City of Holly Springs staff and local volunteers team up to participate in the country’s largest community beautification program — Keep America Beautiful — which kicks off each spring and engages more than four million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. This is a great opportunity for Scouts and civic groups looking to engage with and serve their community. 9:00am-12:00pm, Station 8 Fire Station, 100 Hickory Road, Canton. 770-345-5536. HollySpringsGa. us/events


Galloping Against Violence — This fundraising event benefits victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $50, and they include the polo match, unlimited food buffet and beverages, and there also will be a silent auction. 1:00-5:00pm, Chukkar Farm Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road. 770-7047464. fundraisers/galloping-againstviolence/


The Colorful Journey of Emotions Art Exhibit — Experience the soul of people and their deep feelings narrated through brush

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strokes that avoid the boundaries created by skin color. This FREE show includes works by Catalina Gomez-Beuth and Graciela Núñez Bedoya. There will be a reception on June 1 from 6:00-8:00pm. Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 12:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244.


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Picnic in the Park Membership Appreciation — Enjoy fun, food, and networking. Free for Chamber members. Please RSVP. 11:00am-1:00pm, JJ Biello Park, 250 Brooke Boulevard, Woodstock. 770-345-0400.


Military Spouse Appreciation Day — Celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day, many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of members of the Armed Forces. Each year, the U.S. President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


A Novel Idea — Six award-winning authors will gather to read excerpts from their historical fiction novels about Elizabethan England, the Vietnam War, the Cherokee Nation, Indian cuisine through the centuries, escaping slavery, and enduring a troubled marriage in 1897. Door prizes will be given away. This event is FREE and open to the public. 7:009:00pm, East Main Cafe (inside Audio Intersection), 210 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-670-9333. Marsha.Cornelius@


B.L.A.S.T.T. “Time Management” — Presented by Stephanie Hines, business and marketing coach, this workshop will discuss secrets to boost productivity, reduce stress, and improve results. Lunch will be provided. 11:30am1:30pm. Chamber of Commerce Terrace Level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. [continued on page 8]




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

ELM STREET THEATER — STORIES ON STAGE May 5, 12:30pm, R.T. Jones Elm Street Arts will present scenes from their upcoming shows, Jack and the Beanstalk and Fancy Nancy. Their educational touring troupe, RepTouR, will also perform. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. HAND, KNEE, AND FOOT CARD GAME May 8, 10:30am, Ball Ground The rules for this game are similar to Canasta and Samba. This is for ages 18+. CROCHETING CLUB May 8 & 22, 6:00pm, Ball Ground Mrs. Joyce Jacobs will teach beginners how to crochet. Bring your needles and yarn for a fun-filled learning experience! MUSIC AND MOVES May 9, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Get moving and grooving with friends from Go Noodle! It’ll be a dance party to remember! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. BRIDGE CLUB May 9 & 23, 10:30am, Ball Ground Beginners and experienced players alike are welcome to gather to play this globally popular card game. This is for ages 18+. INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP May 13 & 27, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones Love to write, but need some feedback? All writers interested in joining a group to share writings, ideas, and feedback are invited to attend! VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE — DISCOVERY TRAVEL May 14, 4:00pm, R.T. Jones Catch a sunset in the Andes Mountains, visit a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, and witness a tribal tattoo ceremony all in one day with this virtual reality system experience (Rated E for Everyone). Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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TECHNOLOGY FAIR May 16, 5:00pm, R.T. Jones Stop by, and discover resources that can make you more tech savvy from learning computer basics and maneuvering Facebook to downloading your own e-books through the library and picking up the skill of coding! THE CANTON ECLECTIC READERS May 21, 6:00pm, R.T. Jones This month, this book club for unconventional readers will be reading 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann. This groundbreaking study alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. Prepare for a lively discussion! FANTASTIC BEAST VIRTUAL REALITY May 23, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Enter the magical world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with this immersive virtual reality program! Don’t forget to stop by MACUSA to obtain your wand permit, and join the hunt to find Newt’s escaped magical beasts hidden all around the library. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. LEGO® CLUB May 26, 3:00pm, Ball Ground Children may work alone or in teams to build themed masterpieces, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. LEGO® and DUPLO® are provided. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


C.O.P. Shop - CPR/AED & First Aid Training — In the event of an emergency, this training can help stabilize someone who is injured or ailing until help arrives. A representative from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will teach the class. You must be 14 years of age to receive certification. Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm and Friday 9:00am-12:30pm, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


TGIF Concert Series - Divas — Enjoy an evening full of familiar songs by powerful female vocalists. 8:00-10:00pm, Chukkar Farm Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road. 770-314-3735.


Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) Fundraising Luncheon — Support VAC programs, and get a wonderful lunch for only $5! Bring a friend, coworker, family member, or yourself, and enjoy a tasty lunch while supporting the seniors and veterans of Cherokee County. Stay and eat, or pick up and go. RSVP the location, so all the amazing chefs can be prepared for all who come to support. 11:30am1:00pm, Provident Village, 1100 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton. 678-230-4067.

BOOK CLUB May 30, 10:30am, Ball Ground Book club members will discuss their impressions of A Column of Fire by Ken Follett. LIBRARIES ROCK! May 30, 12:00pm, Hickory Flat Kick off a great summer, family style! Get signed up for the Summer Reading Program while playing traditional outdoor family games and talking to a ranger from the National Park Service. Free Kona Ice® is provided while supplies last. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Sunrise Kayak — Meet for an early morning kayak trip! $35 includes paddle and light refreshments. The cost is $15 if you provide your own equipment. 6:30-9:00am, Rope Mill Park, 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road, Woodstock. 770-924-7768.

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Regional Issues Awareness — This meeting focuses on topics that effect Cherokee County and its residents as well as the region. Breakfast will be provided. Please register online. 8:00-9:30am, The Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400.


Memorial Day 5k and Fun Run — Net proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to the L.R. Tippens Education Center. Pre-registration is $25, and day-of-race registration is $30. Enjoy refreshments, awards, and a 1k Fun Run

for kids! Register by May 6 to guarantee yourself a T-shirt. 7:00am registration, 8:00am race start time, Holly Springs Elementary School, 1965 Hickory Road, Canton. 770-345-5536.


Gardener’s Seminar, “Floral Design from the Garden” — Bring your own container, and learn fundamentals of flower arranging from your own garden. 10:00am, Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-721-7803.

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15th Annual Canton Festival of the Arts — This festival is produced by the Cherokee County Arts Center as its primary fundraiser. It features an Artist Market, Serenity Garden, Jack Fincher Rising Artist Area, Kids Zone, the Dream Weaver Dancers, and a Food Court. 10:00am-5:00pm, Brown Park, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton. 770-704-6244.


GA National Cemetery Memorial Day Program — The Knights of Columbus will begin this ceremony at the Ceremonial Wall (7:00am), followed by the Boy Scouts putting flags on grave sites (9:00 am). The remainder of the program will include keynote speaker, Commissioner Bob Kovacs (10:00am). Attendees are asked to carpool and arrive early due to parking constraints. Folding chairs, blankets, and weather-related items are recommended. 7:00am, Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton. 770-479-9300.



Movie in the Park — Sponsored by Northside Hospital, Southern Outdoor Cinema, Covenant Christian Academy, and the City of Canton, enjoy a FREE viewing of Disney’s Coco. 8:30pm, Brown Park, Canton.


Sutallee Trace Trail Run — This beautiful and rugged trail run takes you along scenic ridgelines, in lush creek valleys, and along the banks of the Etowah River. 8:00am, Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Highway, Canton.

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Canton First Friday “Summer Games” — Bring the whole family to enjoy this fun themed event. Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. There will be food trucks, live music by Local Legends, local shopping, and all that downtown Canton has to offer! 7:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1548.


Home By Dark Concert — Billy Montana and Jill Paquette DeZwaan tell the stories behind their songs in this songwritersin-the-round concert event that often proves how just one song can change your life. 6:00pm, Chukkar Farm Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road. 770-314-3735. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Conventional vs.

Synthetic Oil By Tim Lanier [Lifestyle] When you go in for an oil change, you are usually asked, “Do you prefer conventional or synthetic oil?” What’s the difference? Which is better? Although conventional oil may look like synthetic, the similarities end there. Conventional oil is refined from crude oil, a natural liquid fossil fuel. However, synthetic oil is created from manufactured chemical compounds tailored for the specific demands of modern vehicle engines. Synthetic oils far surpass conventional oils when it comes to longevity and lubrication. Synthetics are better at withstanding high engine temperatures and resisting oil breakdown over time, which is why you can wait


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longer between oil changes. Vehicle manufacturers recognize the superiority of synthetics. As much as 70% of new cars come from the factory with synthetic oil. Conventional oil change intervals range from 3,000-5,000 miles. Synthetic intervals are between 7,500-10,000 miles. A conventional oil change will normally cost between $30 and $45, whereas a synthetic oil change averages between $70 and $100. If you calculate cost based on an average of 15,000 miles driven a year and five conventional oil changes, the annual total would be between $150 and $225. Yet, synthetic changes based on the same specifications require only two visits, ranging from $140 to $200 annually. Thus, synthetics are not only superior for your engine, they may also be easier on your wallet. Is it okay to change back and forth between conventional and synthetic? Yes, but it’s not in the best interest of your vehicle or your wallet. No problems will arise from changing, but you won’t gain

the full benefits from using synthetic if you plan to switch back to conventional. Synthetic blend oils (a combination of conventional and synthetic oils) are another option. Blends perform better than conventional oils and are less expensive than full synthetics. However, they aren’t as long lasting as full synthetics, but a blend is more beneficial than conventional. Ultimately, if your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends synthetic — stick with synthetic. If the manufacturer doesn’t specify, consider upgrading to a synthetic or a blend. It’s healthier for your engine, can save you a little money, and requires fewer shop visits. L

Tim Lanier is the owner of Killian Automotive in Canton on 1255 Univeter Road. 770-345-5873.

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Preserving Our History to Ensure Our Future By Sandy McGrew


anton City Council voted in 2016 to initiate a Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) for the purpose of maintaining the historic integrity of the commercial buildings in the downtown area. This does not pertain to residential property. That commission consists of seven community members who have undergone eight classes, three hours each, facilitated by the Georgia Trust. The members are Joe Sellers, Jane Shelnutt, Harry Johnston, Addie Price, Jeff Brown, Stacy Yawn, and Bob Rugg. The description of their purpose is to determine if the restoration plans for a historical commercial building are in keeping with the overall aesthetic of downtown Canton. Other cities that you may have thought charming are Roswell, Madison, and Savannah. That beauty and charm are greatly due to the vigilance of the HPCs in those cities doing their job to keep historic buildings true to character and originality. Submitting plans to the HPC doesn’t add another layer to the process of approvals, but it takes the place of the design review committee. If an applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the HPC, they can appeal to the Canton City Council for a final decision. The Commission works closely with each applicant and guides them through the process, helping them choose the appropriate features such as windows, doors, paint color, columns, and possibly roofing style and color. The HPC is not only important for historical restorations, it is also important for new buildings. Plans for the new Panera Bread Company that is being constructed on the corner of West Main Street and Academy Street had to be approved by the HPC to ensure the new building blends well with the historic structures that are being restored and repurposed. In a few months, the HPC will be receiving plans for the River Mill. The new owner and developer is eager to begin work but has not determined exactly what will be inside. It is currently a blank canvas with so many fantastic options. However, the HPC will be reviewing and guiding the new construction to make sure the refurbished exterior retains its historic character and charm. The citizens of Canton are enjoying the new businesses, restaurants, and activities downtown, and thanks to the Historic Preservation Commission, we are also appreciating a fresh look at our history.


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Sandy McGrew is a tenyear Canton resident who represents ward 1 in the Canton City Council.

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Do You Have Thumb and Wrist Movement Pain? By Atlanta Hand Staff

[HealthyLife] If you have pain or swelling when moving your thumb and/or wrist, it may be de Quervain’s tendonitis (first dorsal compartment tendonitis), which is brought on by irritation or inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb. This inflammation causes the compartment (a tunnel or a sheath) around the tendon to swell and enlarge, which is what makes thumb and wrist movement painful. Thus, making a fist, grasping, or holding objects is often very uncomfortable.

What causes de Quervain’s Tendonitis?

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

Signs and Symptoms of Wrist Tendonitis

The main symptom is pain over the thumb side of the wrist. It may appear gradually


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

Diagnosis of Wrist Tendonitis

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

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Taking an oral anti-inflammatory Cortisone-type steroid injections into the tendon compartment

Each of these non-operative treatments helps reduce the swelling, which typically relieves pain over time. In some cases, simply stopping the aggravating activities may allow the symptoms to go away on their own. If symptoms are severe or do not improve, a hand specialist may recommend surgery. This surgery opens the compartment to make more room for the inflamed tendons, which breaks the vicious cycle of the tight space that causes more inflammation. You can resume normal use of your hand once comfort and strength have returned. Atlanta Hand Specialist is located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna and Douglasville. 770-333-7888.

Wrist Tendonitis Treatment

The goal is to relieve the pain caused by the irritation and swelling. A hand specialist may recommend the following: • Resting the thumb and wrist by wearing a splint.

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Community Cherokee and Sequoyah High School Speech and Debate Team Members Qualify for Nationals Three Cherokee High School (CHS) team members and five Sequoyah High School (SHS) team members are headed to the 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, FL from June 17-22. CHS Junior John Peterson won third place in Congressional Debate at the regional Georgia North Mountain District meet and will compete in this category at Nationals. He also won third place overall at the State competition for Lincoln Douglas Debate. CHS Juniors Anne Greer and Sean Howell were selected at the regional event to compete in the World Schools Debate at Nationals, and both won top speaker awards at the State event. Anne also was recognized as one of the top eight Lincoln Douglas Debaters in Georgia. The

CHS team is coached by teacher Jamie Wills who was named the 2018 Georgia North Mountain District Coach of the Year after leading the team to be recognized as a Leslie Watkins School of Excellence for its success in qualifying students for State competition. SHS’s Noah Campbell won first place in Big Questions Debate and will be competing in this category at Nationals. SHS’s

Noah Campbell (SHS Sophomore)

Rebekah Carnes and Maddie Doerr won first place for Duo Interpretation and will be competing in this event at Nationals. Rebekah Carnes also won first place for Humorous Interpretation. In addition, SHS’s Jack Forbes and Andrew Doerr were chosen as delegates for the World Schools Debate team and will compete in this event at Nationals. Coaches Matt Bartula and Katie Maher lead the Sequoyah Speech and Debate Team.

Maddie Doerr (SHS Senior) & Rebekah Carnes (SHS Senior)

Jack Forbes (SHS Junior) & Andrew Doerr (SHS Sophomore)

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

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Community Sequoyah HS Wins GA 6A State Literary Championship The team won out over the 31 6A high schools that participated in the 2018 competition, which featured events in Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Boys Quartet, Solo, and Girls Trio. Members from the Sequoyah HS team, which is coached by teacher and choral director Josh Markham, placed in all categories in which they competed. Jace Nichols, Patrick Fagan, Daniel Tye, and Aaron Whittle won first place for Boys Quartet; and Max Frye won first place for International Extemporaneous Speaking. Corinne Wallick, Maddie Bends, and Kelsey Bryant won second place for Girls Trio; and Corinne Wallick won second place for Girls Solo. Patrick Fagan won third place for Boys Solo; Tori Turk won third place for Dramatic Interpretation; and Ashley Adams won fourth place for Argumentative Essay.

Creekview HS Reading Bowl Team Wins State Championship The team recently took home the big trophy from the statewide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition held at the University of Georgia. This follows a secondplace win at State last school year.

The Creekview High School Reading Bowl Team celebrates their State Championship win!

Team members are Caitlyn Bergey, Gillian Brown, Caitlin Canfield, Jack Eno, Abigail Gallagher, Grace Godwin, Megan Halverson, Kelsey Henson, Alex Kaye, Emily McGhee, and Victoria Padgett. Anne Thiers and Liana Howard coach the team.


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Here We Grow! New Developments in the City of Canton The mayor and council of the City of Canton recently signed an agreement to purchase the historic Canton High School/Building C property from the Cherokee County Board of Education. This purchase includes the building, restored over a decade ago by the Cherokee School District, as well as the parking surrounding the building and an additional parking lot at the corner of Archer Street and West Marietta/Church Street with 62 parking spaces that would be preserved for public parking. The newly acquired building will be repurposed as the new Canton City Hall. The facility has been well maintained by the Cherokee School District and includes room for future departmental growth. The building contains one of the best public meeting rooms in the County in the former Canton High School Auditorium, most recently used as the District’s Board Auditorium. The City of Canton listed several downtown projects as part of the SPLOST VII funding cycle. Of these, three specific projects are addressed through the purchase of the former Canton High School/Building C property:

Community • Create a police department facility that will allow the agency to grow, provide additional security features for City personnel and resources, and keep the police department in the heart of the city • Look for property to preserve and expand parking options for the historic downtown commercial district. • Preserve historic resources in the downtown area to maintain the integrity of Canton’s heritage. The current City Hall, located at 151 Elizabeth Street, was beautifully preserved by the City when it was purchased from First Baptist Church of Canton over a decade ago. This facility will receive slight remodels and serve as a new City of Canton Public Safety and Municipal Court Building. Canton Police operations will move from approximately 10,000 square feet located in the old post office on East Marietta Street to a building with nearly 30,000 feet. These projects will be paid for by utilizing funds from the SPLOST VII approved by voters last November, which included nearly $7 million for general government buildings. The former police department building on East Marietta Street will be repurposed in the coming months, though no

announcement is currently ready. The parking around this facility, nearly forty spaces, will be opened to the public for additional parking that is more accessible to downtown restaurants and shops. Along with the development agreement for the project at the former Grammar School and Mill Office on Academy Street, these moves will grow and preserve an additional 250 publicly available parking spaces on the southern side of downtown. Additionally, the Canton Textile Mills have been purchased for redevelopment. Alpharetta-based Penn Hodge Properties plans to redevelop the thirty-plus acre area into a mixed-use development to include retail, restaurants, offices, and a residential component. More details are soon to come about the site plans.

Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Teen Leadership Class of 2018 Congratulations to the 17th Annual Teen Leadership Cherokee (TLC) Class. Of the eighty Cherokee County high school sophomores who applied, nineteen students were recognized for completing the program. The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County, so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow. For more information on the Teen Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019, please visit Front Row, L-R - Laney Broussard, Woodstock; Katherine Williams, Sequoyah; Gwendolyn Peppers, Etowah; Emily LeBlanc, Cherokee; Alyssa Kirby, Sequoyah; Emma Gelatt, Sequoyah; Anna Huller, Cherokee. Middle Row L-R - TLC Vice-Chair Brittany Page, City of Woodstock; Faith Holley, Creekview; Natalie Allen, Creekview; Preslie Cushing, Creekview; Jackie Johnson, Cherokee; Belle Cool, Cherokee; Ashley Barnett, Etowah; Max Marchetti, Etowah; TLC Chairman Matthew Thomas, City of Canton. Back Row L-R - Logan Griffin, Creekview; Benjamin Prien, Cherokee; Jackson Taylor, Sequoyah; Dilan Mehta, Etowah; Fish Riddick, Etowah.

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Community Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) Announces Contest Winners Johnston Elementary second grader Carly Timbol was the winner of the kindergarten - fourth grade photography contest category with her photograph entitled, Sassy Snowman. Carly Timbol and her winning photo, Sassy Snowman

Freedom MS sixth grader Elysium Virnich Guillen was the winner of the fifth - eighth grade photography contest category with her photograph entitled, Under the Bridge. The theme for the photography contest was “Water in Its Various Forms.” The students received a framed copy of their winning photograph and a check for fifty dollars. The photographs are displayed at the CCWSA main office, Environmental Affairs office, Rose Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), Fitzgerald Creek WRF, Etowah River Water Treatment Facility, and H.Q. Lathem Reservoir.

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Woodstock HS Senior Isabelle Wright won the company slogan contest. Her winning slogan was

Elysium Virnich Guillen and her winning photo, Under the Bridge

“Cherokee’s Safe and Sustainable Water Begins Here!” She also received a check for fifty dollars.

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County Jail — What It Is and What It Isn’t By Sheriff Frank Reynolds


ne of the duties and responsibilities of the sheriff is to be the keeper of the county jail. So, what is a jail, and why is it important to our community? The Georgia Constitution requires the sheriff to perform certain duties including civil process, issuing warrants, providing security at the county courthouse, maintaining and operating a jail, and providing general law enforcement services throughout the county. Although there are many other duties, this article will focus on jail operations. First, jail is not a prison. A prison is used to house state-sentenced inmates who have been charged with felony offenses that require incarceration greater than twelve months. However, a jail does house individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial, inmates who are serving a sentence of less than twelve months for misdemeanor offenses, inmates who have had their probation revoked, or inmates who are waiting to be transferred to a state or federal facility. When a person is arrested, if they are seventeen years of age or older, they are brought to the county jail for processing. Once the person is brought into the facility, they are booked in and


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processed. Depending on the nature of the crime, the person may be given a bond amount, or they may be required to appear before a magistrate judge for a bond hearing. If a bond amount is given, the person may provide a surety in the form of cash, property, bonding company, or they may be released on their own recognizance. If the person cannot post a bond, or is denied a bond, then the person will be held by the sheriff throughout the criminal proceeding. The sheriff is responsible for ensuring each inmate appears at each court proceeding until the case is settled. By law, the sheriff is also responsible for feeding, clothing, providing health care, shelter, and security for each inmate as well as the facility. The current Cherokee County Adult Detention Center (ADC) was built in 2003 for 512 inmate beds and facilities. The older jail, which was built in the late 1980s, is still unitized to house approximately 100 additional inmates. The Cherokee County ADC inmate population has been growing steadily at 8% over the last several years. The daily population trends have ranged from 650 inmates to 750 during the summer

months. Despite proactive attempts to lower the population growth through the use of judicial accountability courts, releasing offenders on citations, and working with probation management — the population continues to grow. Last November, Cherokee County citizens approved a continuation of a special-purpose local sales tax (SPLOST), which will partly be used to build an expansion of the existing jail. This was vitally important because the United States Supreme Court’s case, Brown Vs. Plata, sets standards of inmate health care and population capacity. The architectural and construction plans are underway, with an anticipated project completion in the next thirty-six months. As your sheriff, I’m very grateful for your support in helping the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office provide a service to you while making our community safe. Our team of professional men and women are committed to serving you with the finest law enforcement services you deserve.

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

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Senator Speaks

The Twisted Path of Legislation By Senator Bruce Thompson


here are many variables that can influence a piece of legislation and successfully having it become law. Previously, I wrote about the importance of changing our voting machines because hackers can gain access to our current DRE (Direct Reporting Electronic) voting machines in less than ten minutes. Since the current operating system on these machines is obsolete, and updates are no longer available, legislation to modernize these voting machines should be a snap to pass. However, the road for Senate Bill 403 (voting machine bill) was arduous because of the complexity of making such an important change during a major election year. I introduced SB403 early in the 2018 legislative session. Three similar bills were also introduced around the same time, but they did not survive. SB403 was assigned to an Ethics Subcommittee that held two separate meetings before successfully voting it to the Full Committee. In Full Committee, SB403 was presented two more times before it was sent to the Rules Committee. By this time, SB403 had changed eleven times to address legal challenges, vendor concerns, and activist requests.


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Why or how does this happen? First, you have what some refer to as “pride of authorship.” Many times, legislators who have watched their own bill die will begin to weigh in on another legislator’s bill. Usually, it is because they are passionate about the issue, but sometimes, it is their pride manifesting, and they subliminally work to kill your bill as well. Before SB403 was selected from the Senate Rules Calendar to hit the floor for a vote, it was changed again. SB403 was voted out of the Senate with an incredible 50-1 bipartisan vote just before the Crossover deadline. The 28th day in the legislative session is called “Crossover Day” because it is the final day any bill that originated in a chamber can be transmitted to the other chamber to continue. This deadline exists to ensure the House and Senate have sufficient time to consider, debate, and change the proposed legislation. After being assigned to the House Governmental Affairs Committee, SB403 was sent to another subcommittee, and the process started all over again. After a couple of hearings and a House substitute of the bill, it was sent to the Full Committee to be deliberated. Once it

made it to Full Committee, testimony was taken in a “hearing only” meeting. After that meeting, it was again changed and called up for a vote the following day. SB403 was successfully voted out and onto the Rules Calendar in the House Rules Committee, which is normally the home stretch. However, Republicans and Democrats were at odds, and SB403 was changed two more times. If the House is successful in passing SB403, it is then sent back to the Senate for the body to agree with their changes or disagree and insist on the original SB403. If SB403 reaches this point, it will enter a Conference Committee comprised of three Senators and three House members. This meeting is an attempt to negotiate a compromise or the legislation dies. Clearly, the path for legislation is very challenging, and it is affected by many people, personalities, and, of course — politics.

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

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What Can Stem Cell Therapy do for Me? By Amy Williams

[HealthyLife] We all live busy and fastpaced lives. Young or old, none of us are exempt from the numerous elements in our environment, whether we suffer from a health condition or disease. We all strive to live a “healthier lifestyle.” Diet and exercise play a major role in stress reduction and weight control, but we sometimes need additional help with injuries or pain issues. Did you know that our body has the natural ability to heal itself? However, as we grow older, the number of stems cells in our body is greatly reduced. Stem cells can change into other types of cells by releasing growth factors. They actually renew themselves by replication. By doing this, they can repair damaged tissue such as muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Take a look at the areas stem cell therapy can treat:

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• Neck (cervical pain/injury, cervical joint degeneration, cervical arthritis) • Shoulder (shoulder pain/injury, rotator cuff tears, shoulder degeneration, shoulder bursitis) • Back (back pain/injury, facet syndrome, degeneration disc disease, lumbar arthritis, osteoarthritis) • Wrist/Hand (carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist/arthritis) • Elbow (variety of elbow conditions, lateral epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow, distal biceps, tendon tear) • Hip (variety of hip pain conditions, labrum tear, hip osteoarthritis, hip degeneration, hip bursitis) • Knee (meniscus tear, knee degeneration, ACL or PCL Injury, runner’s knee) • Foot/Ankle (foot and ankle pain, plantar fasciitis)

If you have been suffering, please contact a qualified medical professional to inquire about stem cell therapy. You deserve to live a pain free life.

Amy is the marketing and community relations coordinator for Georgia Medical Treatment Centers & Medical Weight Loss Clinics, 557 Riverstone Parkway, Ste. 140, Canton. 770-3452000.



Do You Want Your Kids To Stay In Church? Try This. [InGoodFaith] What is the best way

By Pastor George Anderson

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!


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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!

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 church-goers. But when the father is a regular church attender,

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.

Dr. George Anderson is pastor of Rising Hills Church, 3635 Univeter Road, Canton.

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Community Partners

ngels Among Us Pet Rescue (AAUPR) began in February 2009 in Cumming, GA. Two friends and neighbors, LuAnn Farrell and Val Addington, realized there was a crisis in the southeast, and so many animals were finding themselves in high-kill animal control shelters with little chance of making it out. They decided it would be AAUPR’s mission to “Rescue One Until There are None.” After receiving 501c3 status, the growth of AAUPR began.


While AAUPR was formed to help save the lives of homeless animals and find them loving families, the rescue efforts have profoundly influenced human volunteers and adopters as well. AAUPR has become known as the Angel Family, and it truly is. AAUPR is a community of nearly 1,000 caring, loving, wonderful humans who foster animals, volunteer, or often — both. They reach out and help one another, attend family events, share joy along with the heartbreak of losing some of our very best friends, both animal and human, far too early. Rescue organizational structures are as varied as the types of dogs, cats, and assorted other animals they save.


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AAUPR is foster based, which means once the dog or cat is picked up from the shelter, it is vetted and goes to live in a loving foster home. Here, the animal receives love, training, and often learns what it’s like to be a family member for the first time. AAUPR doesn’t currently have a physical facility, and with only four employees, it is primarily run by volunteers. Most of the funds that are raised go directly toward vetting costs. The majority of funding has been made possible by using social media. AAUPR was one of the first rescues to use Facebook and write in the voice of the dogs and cats. AAUPR is an all-breed rescue — no breed discrimination. They take in all ages from puppies and kittens to seniors. From the beginning, AAUPR has tried to focus on the shelter animals that others overlook, or the medical cases that other rescues can’t afford to treat. AAUPR’s greatest reward is seeing these happy dogs and cats in their new homes and the joy they bring to their new family. The organization often receives holiday cards from adopters proudly showing their new family member sleeping by the fireplace without a care in the world. The difference between these photos and what the rescued animal looked like in the shelter is usually worlds apart. AAUPR is the bridge between what was and what can be. Every dog and cat have a family out there somewhere. It is AAUPR’s goal to help them find each other. Fosters are needed in the greater Atlanta area, but if you own a computer/smart phone, many other volunteer opportunities can be done from virtually anywhere in the U.S. For information about fostering, adopting, volunteering, and/or donating, please visit AngelsRescue. org, email, or write to P.O. Box 821, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

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Things to Know Before Hiring a

Tree Service By Mark Russell

[HomeLife] To get the service you deserve, here are some things you need to inquire about when hiring a tree service company:

1. Credentials The tree care industry has the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and the TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) that offer education programs, such as ISA-Certified Arborists and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. These credentials are important because it shows that the company is up to date on the latest standards in proper tree care.

2. Customer Reviews Reviews are the great equalizer. There are many options to look up such as Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp. First, pay attention to how many reviews they have and whether the feedback is positive or negative. Secondly, if there are negative reviews, how does the company respond? Do they welcome negative feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement? Or, do they argue with their customer? This may be a good indicator as to how you may be treated if the job doesn’t go as planned.

3. Pricing For pruning, make sure that you’re comparing “apples to apples.” The type of pruning the company plans to perform should be documented in the quote. You should know the size of the cuts, how far out on the limbs are they going, and the diameter of the dead branches they guarantee to prune. For removal, it’s less complicated. Just make sure to verify what your yard will look like after the tree removal is done. Are they going to keep your yard in pristine condition, or are they going to drive heavy equipment that will disrupt your lawn and landscaping? A super low price on removal often leads to a lot of damage because the company is trying to get the work done quickly.

4. Insurance In tree work, there are two types of insurance: general liability and workers compensation. General liability covers your house or property if the tree goes in the wrong direction. Workers compensation covers medical expenses and lost wages if a worker gets injured on your job site. It’s important to not just take the company’s word for it. Call the insurance agent that is listed

on their paperwork to verify that the policy is in effect prior to starting the job.

5. Equipment There is specialized equipment that can not only make the job more efficient and safe but can also save your landscaping in the process. For example, Bobcats® are good unless they have wheels, and it has been raining. Wheeled Bobcats® tend to sink in wet ground. Tracked Bobcats® are much more expensive, but they do much less damage in certain cases. Also, grapples on the Bobcats® that swivel can cost over $15k, but when the machine approaches a pile of brush, their swiveling action means that the 8000-pound Bobcat® does not need to spin and tear up your grass to pick up the pile. Having a well-equipped tree service oftentimes indicates a company that has invested in the right tools for the job. To see a video about these tips, visit Bit. Ly/5treetips or XFLeyd9qA&

Mark Russell is an ISA T.R.A.Q/Certified Arborist SO#6098-A and the owner of 770-Arborist Tree Health Care in Canton. 770-272-6747.


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Swimming Pool Safety — for Your Mouth By Scott V. Merritt, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] If there is one summer activity that Cherokee County residents enjoy, it’s swimming. Our communities boast some of the nicest community and residential pools, which provide for incredible fun during our long Georgia summers. Unfortunately, swimming pools also create two potential dangers to the mouth. The first involves improper levels of chemicals that can cause enamel erosion, as water repeatedly enters the mouth during swimming. The second involves injuries caused by collisions with other objects or swimmers.

pools with improper chemical levels. • Take notice of the pool’s lining, railings, and ladders. Pool water that is too acidic will eat away at these surfaces. If you see these signs, politely ask those in charge to confirm that the proper levels are being maintained. • If you own a swimming pool, have the water tested regularly by a professional company, even if you monitor and adjust the chlorine and pH levels. • Brush your teeth as soon after swimming as possible.

Ensuring Safe Swimming Pool Water

Preventing Collisions in Swimming Pool Areas

It can be difficult to determine whether swimming pool water is safe, especially when that pool is not in your own backyard. However, there are things you can do to help protect your teeth against

Any collision can cause an injury to the mouth, but knowing the most common causes and dangers associated with an injury due to blunt force can help with both prevention and treatment.

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• Closely monitor waterslides. Studies show that this is the most common area of swimming pool mouth injuries. • Enforce a strict “No Running” policy. Nearly 40% of swimming pool mouth injuries are the result of slipping on a wet surface. • Be prepared to treat a mouth injury. All swimming areas should have basic first aid supplies that include bandages, gauze, and a tooth rescue box. Parents and supervisors should also know where the closest dentist and medical Dr. Merritt has been facilities are helping families in and located. around Canton since Have a great summer!

opening BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road in 2002. 770-704-1812.




(serves 4-6)

Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Ingredients

*Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients

• 1½ avocados, sliced • 2 whole grapefruits, cut into supremes • 2 crisp apples, peeled and cut into strips (or grated) • 1 lb. baby spinach • ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette* • Salt and pepper to taste

• 2 oz. red wine vinegar • 2 oz. balsamic vinegar • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • ½ teaspoon honey • 6 oz. extra virgin olive oil • 6 oz. vegetable oil (or any neutral oil) • 2 tablespoons minced herbs of your choice (chives, parsley, basil, or thyme) • Salt and pepper to taste

Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Procedure - Put the baby spinach in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss with enough balsamic vinaigrette to lightly coat the spinach leaves. - Arrange the spinach in individual bowls or a large salad bowl. - Arrange the avocado slices on top of the spinach. - Arrange the apple and grapefruit segments neatly. - Serve as is or with a piece of grilled salmon, chicken breast, or shrimp.


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*Balsamic Vinaigrette Procedure - In a medium bowl, combine the vinegars, mustard, and honey. - In a separate bowl, combine the oils, and then slowly whisk them into the mustard mixture. - Season with salt and pepper. - Whisk in the herbs, and serve immediately (or refrigerate for later use).

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

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ive Clean is excited to announce its new location, now open at 120 Rachel Drive in Canton. Overlooking a gorgeous view and Holly Springs Parkway, the 5,500-square-foot facility offers a high level of efficiency for this flourishing Cherokee-County-based cleaning service. The building’s features were a dream come true for Tracey Satterfield, owner of Live Clean, Inc. The features, such as drive-through bays where crews can load


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and unload company cars for the day and evening shifts, are perfect for a sizable cleaning company. Other noteworthy features include a large meeting and training space for more than 35 Live Clean Ladies, plenty of restrooms for staff, and enough parking for everyone. One of the most exciting areas is the time-saving laundry center. With the addition of large-capacity, commercial washer and dryers, Live Clean is now even more efficient. With their previous

washer and dryer set-up at their former location, many hours were spent turning 10-12 loads of microfiber cloths and mop heads every day. Now, that has been reduced to four loads per day. Tracey, chuckles as she says, “I am the chief ‘rag washer,’ so no one is more excited than me with the new laundry set-up.” “This is a great location! I couldn’t be more proud. I looked for the right property for two years, and we finally landed here. I always said the good

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Lord will help me know the right thing when it comes along, and here we are,” said Tracey. “I’ve had great guidance in making this happen including my realtor, personal business mentors, bank, and the contractor who did the renovation. Everyone has been so good to me.”

The Live Clean Story Tracey started her cleaning business 29 years ago as a young mother, working around her family’s schedule to clean houses on her own, or as she explains, “with a bucket in the back of the car.” As a one-person business, she set her sights high, resolving to care for her customers and serve them, not just clean their homes. This caring attitude was evident from the

very beginning. As she demonstrated her commitment to quality, dependable, and trustworthy service, the business grew, and Tracey hired staff to help her. “My whole business was never a grand intention. In the beginning, it was based on my kids and my family. I wanted to do something that kept me local and at home as much as possible, and we just kept growing. Here we are, 29 years later, and I feel like the good Lord graced me with good health and a good, kindred spirit to be able to serve families and businesses. And that’s really what it’s all about — going out every day and taking care of people.” Today, eleven cleaning crews take care

of hundreds and hundreds of homes and businesses all over Cherokee County. Each crew consists of three ladies. Fulltime “floaters” fill in when the unexpected happens such as a family emergency or a sick child. If a member of the crew must leave unexpectedly, a “floater” joins the crew, so employees can leave to take care of their family. Meanwhile, the crew’s work and the customer’s care continues without interruption. “I want my employees to be able to put their families first, so I staff accordingly,” said Tracey. “But I also know the customers must come first as well. It’s a challenge, but we always manage to make sure both customers and employees are taken care of.” continued on page 34 . . .

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. . . continued from page 33

Services Offered

Office Staff

Live Clean offers regular cleaning services for residences and businesses. Customers can choose from four frequency options such as weekly, every other week, monthly, and quarterly. Typically, an “Initial Clean” kicks off the regimen with a deep, top-to-bottom cleaning. Then, the desired frequency is started. Tracey or another member of her staff meets all new customers to review what services they need and determine the frequency that suits their lifestyle. A quote is provided for all frequency options, so the customer can make the best decision for their family or business. There are many types of services Live Clean provides for the residences of Cherokee County: Regular homes and offices with ongoing frequencies, one-time “spring” cleanings, move-in and move-out cleans for realtors or home owners, churches, and final cleans behind restoration companies and contractors, just to name a few.

Delivering What Customers Want With many cleaning companies to choose from, why choose Live Clean? The reason is simple. They understand what customers want. According to Tracey, there are four basic principles every customer is desiring:

1. On-time arrival 2. Same day/time/crew, every time 3. Good, consistent service/quality 4. Trustworthy service providers “Trustworthiness is our backbone. I do not employ anybody that I don’t trust. I tell my ladies, I can teach you to perform quality work, but I can’t teach you honesty and integrity,” says Tracey. “Anybody can learn to mop a floor. What’s more important is how you treat people and how you leave customers feeling, each and every day.”

Crew Leaders

In Closing Daily, Tracey encourages and trains the ladies to be the “Chick-fil-A®” of cleaning services. Anybody can clean a home (or fix a chicken sandwich). It takes great discipline and standards to love, respect, care, and serve families and businesses the way Live Clean does. That’s why Tracey says, “It is easier than ever to Live Clean. When you find you need help, Live Clean is just a phone call away.”


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Ornamental Grasses for Year-Round Interest By Joshua Fuder [HomeLife] Karl Foerster, the famed horticulturalist, once said, “Grasses are the hair of Mother Earth.” Just as a well-coiffed hairstyle can make all the difference in your personal appearance, ornamental grasses can transform a landscape. Ornamental grasses provide great variety in growth from low-growing ground covers up to fifteen feet tall. Their forms can range from low mounds and spilling fountains to tall, upright verticals. Grasses are also easy to grow, as they have relatively few insect or disease issues and are drought tolerant once established.


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Additionally, grasses provide needed shelter and food for native wildlife. The seeds of many grasses provide fall and winter food for birds, and clumpforming grasses provide a habitat and nesting site for ground-nesting bees.

Ways to Use Ornamental Grasses in Your Landscape • Containers — Either as the center of a planting, mixed annual planting, or by themselves. • Erosion control — Cherokee County is full of slopes, and grasses are one of the best tools for holding the ground and filtering sediment. • Screening unsightly views and landscape features — Things like propane tanks can be quickly hidden by some of the taller grasses like big bluestem or feather reed grass.

• Ground covers — Blue fescue grass is silvery-blue with a small size that fits anywhere. Liriope is versatile and grows in either sun or shade and comes in variegated colors as well as deep purple. • Specimen plant/focal point • Background for landscape beds — Medium to taller grasses at the back of a bed will add dimension and help focus the eye on seasonal color in front. Be aware that some ornamental grasses are listed as invasive or undesirable due to their ability to spread via seed and escape into the natural environment. Try to avoid using maidengrass (miscanthus sinense), pampas grass (cortaderia selloana), Japanese bloodgrass (imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’), giant reed (arundo donax), and weeping lovegrass (erogrostis curvula). Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee

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By Carrie Patterson Photos by Robin Cooper


hen Fortis came into our lives in February of 2016, she was broken — literally broken. She had been used as a breeding dog for several years. She was malnourished and afraid. It was surmised that she had been thrown from the window of a moving car and left for dead on the side of the road. The local road crew came by


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with a shovel to pick her up, and when they realized she was alive, they took her to the local shelter. My husband and I met Fortis through Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (AAUPR). We had been interested in fostering for several years, but we

hadn’t taken the leap because we were afraid of the unknown. On Superbowl Sunday, I was on my computer when I came across a beautiful dog that needed a foster

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on the AAUPR Facebook page. The next morning, I received an urgent Facebook message plea from a woman I’d never met who would later become a dear friend and mentor. Her message was a video of Fortis trying to walk in the shelter, but she was dragging her back legs. With a simple plea — “Please help me save her.” That was all it took for me. However, my husband Chris took a bit more convincing. He agreed to meet the AAUPR volunteer at the emergency hospital where Fortis would be treated for her broken back. He planned to walk in, take one look at her, and say, “No way. We aren’t fostering.” Instead, Fortis took her first look at him, and it was love — complete, immediate, and total love. She dragged herself over to him, scooted behind his legs, licked his hand, and looked at him as if to say, “Finally — my person is here. I’ve been waiting for you.” Everyone who saw Chris and Fortis together knew it was love at first sight. They knew we would “foster fail” this dog (an amusing, loving term for adopting your foster). But there was no way. We weren’t going to be one of those first-time fosters who foster failed. We had a responsibility! Our responsibility was to heal Fortis’ body and spirit, so she could trust again and be a perfect companion for someone.

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We even had the perfect type of adopter in mind. We were just waiting for Fortis to get better, so we could begin searching for that perfect person for her. We saw Fortis through the treatment for her broken back. This treatment required us to help her walk, go to the bathroom, and take turns sleeping downstairs on an air mattress until we purchased an old sofa off Craigslist. The treatment also required us to help her through a spay surgery that almost killed her, followed by another surgery to remove masses from her spleen. Fortis had five tumors removed, and then she had a consultation with an oncology specialist, dermatologist, internal medicine specialist, and a neurologist — all with the support of AAUPR, which was made possible by donations to the organization. My husband realized that not only was it love at first sight for Fortis, it was also love at first sight for him. With more difficult treatment down the road, we realized that there was no way we could let Fortis go. She had unconditionally trusted us with her life and her care for almost a

year. We were more than happy to accept the responsibility for Fortis for the rest of her days — no matter how few or how many they might be. We officially adopted Fortis in November of 2016. After nine months of caring for her, we realized what she had known all along — that she was finally home. The story of Fortis IS the story of rescue. AAUPR is the largest fosterbased organization in the southeast. Without people willing to open their homes to shelter pets, there would be no way to save the lives of dogs like Fortis. Fortis would not be here today if it weren’t for AAUPR. Since Fortis came home to us, we have fostered over thirty more dogs including litters of puppies, severe medical cases, and cases where criminal charges have been filed against the former owners. We continue to support the organization and encourage others to foster whenever possible. The truth is simple — fostering saves lives. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Fringe Benefits Should You Trim Yo ur Bangs? By Jyl Craven [Lifestyle] One of the easiest ways to dramatically alter your look is to choose a fringe. Fringe, also known as bangs, can work wonders on hair of any length or texture. Not only will a fringe add style, sophistication, and drama to your look, it can also accentuate certain face shapes or conceal features you prefer not to be the focus of your visage. But before you take the plunge and trim your bangs, you should know which style of bangs will suit your facial features best. The following tips will guide you in the right direction:

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

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


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Side-Swept Fringe

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

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

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

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

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ary Booth Cabot was standing in her apartment in Tennessee forty-six years ago when she received her life’s calling to be an artist. She remembers hearing a voice ask her, “What are you doing?” For Cabot, that was all the prompting she needed to quit her job as a secretary and move home to Atlanta where she established Wren Hill Gallery and her now nationally recognized private garden. Cabot has harbored an affinity for art and nature since childhood. She enjoyed helping her mother and grandmother care for their gardens and drawing pictures for her mother of the birds that often visited. It was not until college, however, that she began seriously cultivating her skills through formal classes in painting. She took evening and weekend classes in oil painting when she could spare the time. Cabot recalls one German teacher in particular who would call her up if she ever missed a painting class and convince her, no matter how tired, to come to class. Despite this strong encouragement and her own passion for the art, Cabot gave up painting for a while to focus on the demands of work and school. The night her life changed forever, Cabot took a leap of faith to follow her passions for art and gardening. “I didn’t know how to be an artist,” said Cabot. “That was forty-six years ago.” Cabot began painting race cars on

commission and now works primarily with subjects from her garden — birds and flowers. She has worked with a variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paints, clay, inks, pastels, and watercolor. Watercolor is by far the most challenging medium for Cabot, and it’s also her favorite. Even the smallest choice you make in watercolor can dramatically affect the overall painting. “It is a mind game, like chess,” Cabot stated. “You have to make the moves further out.” Much of Cabot’s artistic inspiration comes from the luscious private garden she tends in her own backyard. From December blooming Camellia and variegated fatsia, to Hydrangeas that blossom June, Cabot enjoys an abundance of beauty year-round. Her garden received national recognition in 2011 when the American Hydrangea Society included it on their annual June tour. Today, Cabot offers private tours of her garden and encourages patrons to call for an appointment. She also teaches watercolor classes in her home and offers framing services at less than wholesale prices.

has a spiritual leg, an emotional leg, a physical leg, and a mental leg. If one of those legs is shorter than the other or gets suddenly broken, we will not be able to live a balanced life.” For Cabot, living a balanced life meant taking a risk to follow her passion for art and sharing that passion with the rest of the world.

For more information about Mary Booth Cabot and her art, visit MaryBoothCabot. com, read her blog at, or call 770-329-3380.

Living life as an artist has been anything but easy for Cabot. She has never regretted the choice she made to take up painting and gardening. “Life with all its aspects is like a table with four legs,” she said. “Each of us

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


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chocolate chip cookies to a friend who was away at college, the treat became a catalyst for her spending almost two years in England as a missionary, and to this day, a portion of the proceeds from Paula’s chocolate chip cookie sales go straight to the mission field.


aula’s Zzerts (pronounced zee-zerts) got its name from Paula’s grandmother, Mary Zagata, who called desserts “zzerts.” Since Paula uses family recipes, she couldn’t think of a better way to honor her family traditions. It has now been six years since Joe, Paula’s husband, encouraged her to open Paula’s Zzerts. As a child, Paula loved to bake and learned many things from her mother, both grandmothers, and by watching others. Chocolate chip cookies have made a big difference in her life. She often baked them for friends, particularly for one family friend who was house-bound. Since she sent

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Joseph (Joe) started out working in his dad’s restaurant, which inspired him to pursue a career in the food industry. After spending some time in the military, he went to culinary school and has since worked in a myriad of diverse food venues. Joe loves the independence of customizing catering menus for each client. Seeing their joy is his passion. Not only does Paula’s Zzerts offer decadent baked goods using all natural, quality ingredients, they also offer catering for weddings, corporate events, social occasions, private parties, and celebrations of life. They cater Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well. Paula’s Zzerts catering service options include drop-off, full service, and personal chef experience. Let Paula’s Zzerts cater your next event. They will help you impress your guests and clients

and make a lasting impression by using the freshest and finest ingredients and savory seasonings. They are dedicated to marrying artistic presentation with mouthwatering food. Paula’s Zzerts offers a 10% discount to active duty military personnel as well as first responders. Book your event with a 50% retainer, and receive a 10% discount. This offer expires May 31, 2018.



Positive Alternatives

to “No” By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

[AcademicLife] Children should begin to learn to respect limits from a young age. Most boundaries for children are set for health and safety reasons and are a very important and necessary developmental tool. Children are corrected every day, which can lead them to simply “tune out” any perceived negativity or become uncooperative.


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Regardless of their age, most people respond better to positively communicated direction. This is especially true for children. For example, “Grandma is worried about us getting stains on her couch. Let’s enjoy our snack in her kitchen instead,” will generate more cooperation than, “No food or drinks in Grandma’s living room.” Try telling your child what they can do instead of what they can’t. Practice the positive alternatives below to avoid overusing the word “no” while maintaining reasonable limits. • “Maybe later” can work to delay a request such as snacks or sweets before mealtime. • “Not today” communicates that the timing is wrong but leaves the possibility open. • “When we’ve done (this), then we can do (that).” This method is good for transition times and to help toddlers establish event routines. For example,

“When all your toys are put away, we can go play at the park.” • “I’ll think about it” replaces an automatic “no” by allowing yourself the time to think about your determination. Parents tend to make better decisions when they take the time to think about the request and their response. • “Sure, did you bring your allowance?” This technique allows you to communicate that they may have the requested item if they can pay for it themselves. • “Yes (with qualifier).” This strategy grants conditional permission. For example, “Yes, you may play the game after we eat dinner.” With these positive options to “no,” your children will be more likely to cooperate.

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

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Bensy and Me Growing up in the south, particularly the rural south, one often has a deep appreciation for the simple things in life such as time spent with friends and family, neighbors who look out for each other and help when needed, or dogs and cats underfoot when sitting down to dinner with loved ones. Songs like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” extoll the virtues of a smalltown way of life. The popularity of these songs also indicates that this feeling, or the desire for it, is actually quite universal. Bensy and Me, by Kathi Harper Hill, is the story of a simple man living a sometimes not-so-simple life with love, humor, and a sincere thankfulness for his blessings. Charles “I hate being called Charlie” and Bensy grew up playing in the creek that separated their grandmothers’ homes. They married right out of high school and soon had two children, a boy and girl. However, their lives were turned upside down when they found out they were having quadruplets! Charles and Bensy adapt to their suddenly large family with the help of some colorful family members (Uncle Wend requires his own dictionary!), neighbors, and friends as well as the kindness of several strangers. Written in Kathi Harper Hill’s signature southern Appalachian style, Charles’ character sounds authentically charming. While he is very much a “good ol’ southern boy” in the best sense, his story could easily take place anywhere on earth. Readers will enjoy spending a little time with these characters. For more information about Bensy and Me, or any of Kathi’s six other books, please visit her blog at Kathi-Harper-Hill.

Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawn’s Publishing, 2555 Marietta Highway, #103, Canton. 678-880-1922.

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By Cyndi Braun


ith more than 35 years of legal experience, Canton native Benson Chambers is ready to serve as Superior Court Judge for Cherokee County. His experience as both a prosecutor and a private attorney gives him unique insight on the legal process. His many years representing clients from a variety of backgrounds in all areas of the law will help him tackle any cases that end up in his court, and his lifelong history of living and working in Cherokee will make him the kind of judge who truly serves his constituents. “When I started practicing law in 1983, right out of law school, you were pretty well expected to take whatever came through the door in terms of a case. My experience covers almost everything you can imagine in terms of the legal practice,” said Benson. “I started working at my father’s store in downtown Canton in the eighth grade, and I have worked every day since. This kind of experience taught me to work hard, diligently and efficiently.”

The Right Choice for Judge A 1983 graduate of Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Benson has been a Canton municipal court prosecutor for eighteen years. In his private practice, he has represented clients from a variety of backgrounds as well as government, school systems, public authorities, businesses, and hundreds of people like you. Areas of legal practice have included felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, arrest and search warrant issuance while serving


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as associate magistrate judge, medical malpractice, personal injury, business litigation, wrongful death, contract preparation, government and school system representation, banking law, estate planning, zoning and land use, bankruptcy litigation, and many more. “I’m fortunate to have exposure and experience in so many areas of law. I believe that will be beneficial to the court itself,” said Chambers. “I also believe Cherokee County deserves a judge who shows respect for everyone, no matter their condition in life, inside and outside of the courtroom.”

Saving Taxpayer Money “I have a strong work ethic, and it will be my priority to be aware of the taxpayer dollars the court costs and to make sure that we are efficient with time management in the courtroom. I will strive to eliminate the ‘Hurry Up and Wait’ atmosphere of the court system,” said Chambers. By running a more efficient courtroom, Chambers believes he can save taxpayers money in the following ways: 1. Timeliness – When the judge arrives late for court or takes an early lunch, the day’s schedule is extended. Sometimes, this means court staff, security staff, and bailiffs end up working overtime, which costs additional taxpayer dollars. “For 35 years, I’ve practiced in courts from the Tennessee line all the way to south Georgia, and I can tell you

that judges can do a better job of managing their cases, which would save taxpayers money. I can make an immediate difference in Cherokee County simply by starting court on time,” said Chambers. 2. Managing Caseload – Chambers would like criminal attorneys to enter their pleas the Friday before jury cases, so they can either resolve their case or be ready to go to trial on Monday. “If you’ve ever served on jury duty, you know that the first day you usually sit around and wait. That’s because on Monday, the judge is taking pleas, settling cases, and looking for the next case that’s ready to go. Meanwhile, the jury sits and waits,” said Chambers. “It seems to me that if the defendant wants to plead guilty, he or she can do that when the jurors are not waiting.”

Meet Benson Chambers Chambers attended Canton Elementary and Cherokee High School. During his youth, he worked at the local Goodyear Tire® Store, Western Auto®, Sosebee Funeral Home, and Chamberhouse, which his sister still owns. He graduated from Reinhardt University and Brenau University before entering law school. He is married to Lisa, has three sons, all of whom graduated from Cherokee County schools, and six grandchildren who call him “Dooda.” Chambers has been a member of Rotary, Optimist, and Kiwanis, as well as the

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Chamber of Commerce, charter member of the Cherokee Chorale, and his church. He is proud to be an Eagle Scout and has been involved in the Boy Scouts® for many years. Most of his life, he was a member of First Baptist Canton where he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and played the trumpet. When his son became pastor of Sojourn Woodstock, he began attending that church.

Vote for Benson Chambers “I can make a difference for the taxpayers. I can create an environment in which attorneys and their clients can get quicker resolutions for their cases, and I can apply my 35 years of diverse legal experience to whatever may come before me in the courtroom with a temperament of tolerance and respect,” said Chambers.

“... Cherokee County

deserves a judge who shows respect for everyone ...”


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Pediatric Dental

Emergencies By Vishant Nath D.M.D.

[HealthyLife] The upcoming summer months are sure to include lots of fun playtime, which can often lead to accidental injuries. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the best way to react to certain injuries, so you can respond appropriately. If your child has an injury that causes a tooth to become knocked out, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. If the tooth is a baby tooth, the emphasis will probably not be toward saving the tooth. However, it’s still important for your child to be seen by a dentist, so he/she can check for damage to any adjacent teeth.


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If your child loses a permanent (adult tooth), it’s much more critical that every effort is made to save the tooth. Find the tooth, and rinse it gently in cool water. Do not scrub it with soap, use only water. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket, and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. If your child chips or fractures a tooth, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent

infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the tooth fragment, bring it to the dentist. If you do not already have a pediatric dentist for your child, make finding one a priority. Most pediatic dental offices have off-hour emergency call services, which can provide much needed care and advice should issues arrive outside of regular business hours. All of these emergency scenarios require the immediate attention of a dentist. Time is truly of the essence. Having a pediatric dentist who is familiar with you and your child can greatly assist you in nursing your child back to great dental health.

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

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By Jill Rowlands


here are many popular diets going around, and proponents of each diet will convincingly promote the one they are passionate about as a “onesize-fits-all” solution for everyone. However, the truth is that each person must figure out what works best for them through trial and error. While there is disagreement amongst nutrition professionals about dietary choices, especially extremes, most would likely agree that removing or greatly reducing your sugar intake will promote a healthier body and encourage weight loss.

Due to the addictive nature of sugar, removing it from your diet can be very difficult for many people. Initially, cutting out fruit and all starches is often recommended, but this may be too restrictive for people to maintain. However, focusing on whole, unrefined foods and specific items within a category will usually offer enough variety to help you get through the initial stages of withdrawal and keep you on track.

Eliminate the following from your diet: 1.

Sugar is a main culprit of unhealthy weight gain as well as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and other “dis-eases” within the body. Sugar is America’s number one addiction. When it’s consumed, there is an increase in the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is similar to what happens with drug addiction, and the more you eat — the more you want.

Sugar (in all forms) — Honey, maple syrup, artificial and naturally derived sugar substitutes, etc. Though many practitioners approve of naturally derived stevia extracts (some are chemically extracted and grown with pesticides) or the whole herb, the goal is to get your taste buds accustomed to the natural sweetness of whole food.

It has been noted that the average person consumes around 150 pounds of sugar per year! Three-fourths of the packaged foods on the market contain added sugar. A can of soda contains about forty grams of sugar, which is equivalent to ten teaspoons!


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Refined Flours — Bread products are one of the most heavily consumed food categories, and they can substantially affect blood sugar, insulin levels, and weight gain. In addition, these foods can also exacerbate inflammation.


Dairy — The sugar in milk is lactose. Lactose is broken down by lactase. Most humans stop producing significant amounts of lactase between the ages of two and five. Though dairy has a lower glycemic index (GI), many experts say it can stimulate insulin as though it has a high GI. Many dairy items also contain added hormones and are fed pesticide- and antibiotic-laden feed, neither of which are going to “do the body good.” For some, dairy consumption can cause digestive distress and more. Try removing it for ten days, and if you choose to add it back in, only consume organic, pasture-raised dairy products, and see if symptoms return.

4. Meat and Eggs Produced from Animals that are Fed Hormones, Antibiotics, or Beef-Fed Grains — These items produce unhealthy fats in the animal. There is a lot of play on words with “grass-fed,” and

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“free-range.” Animal products can be labeled with these terms but still be given grains, antibiotics, etc. Make sure to do your research. 4. Low Glycemic Fruits — Enjoy 2-3 servings per day. All berries, Granny Smith apples, grapefruit, lemons, limes, pears, and cherries are good choices. Avoid high glycemic choices like bananas, dates, and dried fruits.

5. Packaged Foods — These often contain added sweeteners, refined ingredients, and chemicals like artificial colors, flavors, or MSG. 6.

Soda/Beverages with Sweeteners (including alcoholic beverages)


Unhealthy Fats — This includes anything hydrogenated/vegetable oils.

What should I eat? (preferably organic versions of the following) 1.

Non-starchy vegetables — You may eat an unlimited amount of these, but strive for a minimum of five cups per day.

2. Proteins — Have some healthy protein at each meal such as 100% grass-fed beef, bison, pastureraised, antibiotic-free, non-GMO-fed eggs, and poultry or wild fish. 3.

Raw Nuts and Seeds or Nut and Seed Butters — Make sure they are not sweetened.

5. Starches — Avoiding these for at least ten days may be best for most people, but if it will help keep you on track, eat no more than two, half-cup servings, preferably not at dinner time. Be sure to select whole grains. No white potatoes. 6.

Healthy Fats — Enjoy nuts or seeds, avocados, cold-pressed olive oil, organic coconut oil, flax oil (do not cook with flax oil), and omega 3s from fish.


Beverages — Drink half your weight, in ounces, of filtered water per day. Try to drink one fresh vegetable juice each day. Do not drink fruit juice except freshsqueezed lemon or lime. Herbal teas, green, or matcha tea are also good choices. Limit coffee to one cup per day.

As mentioned, cutting out sugar isn’t always easy, but after a few days, cravings subside. You may notice better digestion, more energy, less pain, and clearer skin. The goal is to cultivate ongoing lifestyle and shopping habits filled with whole, unrefined foods. Limit natural sweeteners, focus on overall health, and the weight loss will follow.

Jill Rowlands is the owner of Nature’s Corner Market, 200 Parbrooke Drive, Woodstock. 678-310-2532.

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[Lifestyle] The senior citizens of Ball Ground have something to be very excited about! Almost a year ago, Ball Ground City Manager Eric Wilmarth contacted me regarding a new senior center he’d received a grant to construct. Eric knew that Cherokee Senior Services operated a collaborative site from the Ball Ground Methodist Church where a group of seniors met every Wednesday. He wanted to tie both programs together to provide the very best for that group, so we met to discuss the plans.

Senior Services receives funds from the Older Americans Act that allows us to provide programs, meals, and transportation. Our goal is to reach out to those in the community who would like to be a part of this wonderful Senior Center. I have plans to hire a part-time staff member who will be located in the new building. To qualify for the meal program and transportation, a senior must be sixty years of age or older. I know Eric plans to offer the building for use by other senior clubs

or groups in the community. We both feel confident that this will be an outstanding place for folks to come and spend their mornings socializing with others. I would like to thank Ball Ground Methodist Church, especially Kathy Day, for being so dedicated to the group that gathers there on Wednesdays. I know those seniors will miss coming there. So many people have been a part of these plans, and I’m very grateful, especially to Eric, and to Kristi and Laura for working with Eric and the City of Ball Ground on the grant application and work project. For more information about the new Ball Ground Senior Center, please reach out to the City of Ball Ground, visit, or call 770-479-7438. L

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

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Fried Fish Taco Ingredients

Fried Fish Taco Procedure

w 1 cup cornmeal w 2 eggs w ½ cup milk w 2 filets of fish (tilapia, cod, catfish) w Salt and pepper to taste w Tortillas w Hoisin glaze*

- Season your cornmeal with salt and pepper. - Beat two eggs and a half cup of milk together. - Dunk your fish in your egg wash, and then bread with the cornmeal breading. - Pan sear the fish.

Hoisin Glaze Ingredients*

Hoisin Glaze Procedure*

w 1 cup hoisin sauce w 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard w 2 tablespoons sriratcha w 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Salsa Ingredients w 1 pineapple w 2 red bell peppers w 2 jalapenos w 2 limes, zested and juiced 1/ cup agave w 3 w ½ cup chopped cilantro


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Salsa Procedure - Dice your salsa ingredients, and combine them in a bowl. - Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plating Wrap your fish and salsa up in a tortilla, top with the hoisin glaze, and enjoy!

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[HealthyLife] Fun in the sun comes with the risk of overexposure and its ensuing dangers, which range from sunburn to cancer. Children who have fair skin, moles, freckles, or a family history of skin cancer are more likely to develop skin cancer in later years. Over exposure to the sun before the age of eighteen is the most damaging, so it’s even more important for your child to be protected from the sun’s negative effects. Protection should start at birth. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends following the A, B, Cs of sun protection.

A= Away Stay away from the sun during the middle of the day. This is when the sun’s rays are the most damaging.

B= Block Block the sun’s rays by using a SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should not be used on infants less than six months old.

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C= Cover up When out in the sun, use protective clothing such as a long sleeve shirt and hat. Sunscreen should be applied thirty minutes before going outside and should be reapplied every two hours after being in the water or sweating. It’s important to apply it liberally to all areas including the tops of ears, feet, and the back of the neck. For infants less than six months, parents should try to avoid the sun, and dress the child in lightweight clothes that cover most of his body. If your child has sensitive skin, be sure to purchase sunscreen accordingly. You may also apply it on a small area such as a wrist to see if a reaction occurs before applying it all over. If a sunburn does occur, have your child take a cool bath or use cool compresses. Tylenol® or Motrin® may be used, and aloe cream and/ or moisturizers can also

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provide relief. If blisters occur, do not break them, as they provide protection against infection. Call your doctor if the sunburn is severe or symptoms of heat stroke are present such as fever, chills, nausea, or feeling faint. So, enjoy your fun in the sun, but remember — prevention is the best medicine.

Lynnda Campbell is nurse practitioner with DV Pediatrics. 770-7040057.



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“That was the hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep!” Adeline exclaimed, as she pointed to her mom’s ring finger. Three weeks prior, Nick had requested permission to ask her mom, Stefanie, to marry him (and received a resounding “YES!”). He popped the question in New York later that month (where he received another resounding “YES!”). Stefanie is a Canton native who owns the antique shop Junk Drunk Jones, LLC on Main Street. Nick is an airline captain who just celebrated his eighteenth year in the aviation industry. When the couple began to consider


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wedding plans, Stefanie suggested, “I want people to think of Canton as the place to host a unique wedding. Let’s think outside the box, and inside the square — the downtown Canton square that is.” So, Nick and Stefanie set out to plan the perfect wedding from start to finish by primarily using local businesses (including Stefanie’s!). The couple wanted something personal, so they kept the ceremony intimate and small. Junk Drunk Jones provided the props and inspired the décor. Stefanie’s neighboring businesses on and around

Main Street provided the rest! Nick and Stefanie chose the historic Canton Theatre as their wedding venue. The weekend’s festivities began with a bridal shower hosted by Steep Tea House. Terri Starnes Photography provided an amazing engagement photo session as well as the wedding day photography. The newlyweds chose a brunch-style reception, and East Main Café provided the catering and the coffee for the wedding guests. The wedding cake was nestled alongside a tower of delicious donuts freshly made by Tasty Donuts.

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Wedding Facts by the Numbers The number of years Nick and Stefanie were friends before becoming a couple.


1. 5

The number of years Nick and Stefanie were a couple before getting married.

The production year of Stefanie’s wedding ring.


The number of miles the groom’s family travelled to attend the wedding.

The number of concerts Nick and Stefanie attended together (They went to a concert on their first date!).

As a special surprise for the attendees, Nick and Stefanie hosted an evening of entertainment after the wedding ceremony and reception concluded. Personal friend and master illusionist Aiden Sinclair traveled from Estes Park, Colorado to perform a magic show the evening of the wedding. This special performance was also open to the public, and Canton citizens piled into the theatre! Being considerate hosts, the newlyweds arranged a private yoga class at the Horizon Training Center on the morning after the wedding, so their guests could relax after the big day.



The number of months it took to plan the wedding.


The number of local companies used in the wedding planning.


The production year of the Cadillac La Salle Nick and Stefanie used as their “get away” car.

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The number of states Nick and Stefanie have visited together.


The number of islands Nick and Stefanie have visited together.



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Just Say “No” to Digitally Distracted Family Dinners By Lisa-Marie Haygood

[AcademicLife] These days, it’s common to walk into a restaurant and see entire families sitting down to dinner together, yet each family member will be on their cell phone, often for the entire meal. Moms and dads are distracted, and this teaches their children that this is acceptable. Sometimes it’s even difficult for servers to obtain dinner orders if table members are focused on their phones while also listening to music through ear buds because no one notices that they are standing there.

People talk a lot about what is wrong with America, in the news and on social media, but this simple thing is completely in our control. Parents must exercise restraint and facilitate change. Additionally, children’s social skills are suffering because many of them don’t know how to carry on a real conversation. The family dinner table is the best practice ground for this skill. This is a chance for family members to emotionally connect by asking open-ended questions that require more than one-word answers. Instead of, “How was your day?” ask children to tell you what they learned in a particular class. Know the names of their teachers and friends, and engage in


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discussion about how they are handling interactions with their peers. Children should also learn how to take turns in conversation, how to greet and engage people, how to share, show empathy, and eat with proper table manners — and it’s a great idea to have children help clear the table and do dishes, so they can learn about chore sharing and family responsibility. Kids are learning from their parent’s actions, so if parents continue to model digitally distracted behavior, they can expect the children who grow up in their care to behave the same way.

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

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3 Steps to Beautiful Facial Rejuvenation for Mother’s Day

For patients concerned about signs of aging around the eyes, the article said the key “is a careful patient analysis and a slow technique … One deformity should not be singled out when rejuvenating the periorbital. The best results are obtained when the entire periorbital area is treated at the same time.”

By Drs. Petrosky, Harkins, Leake, and Depew [HealthyLife] Many of the patients who talk about facial rejuvenation have a very specific concern. They might be bothered by crow’s feet, deep lines near the mouth, or maybe a furrowed brow. However, treating a single issue isn’t as effective for refreshing your appearance as a more comprehensive approach. Patients who combine different kinds of facial plastic surgery with non-surgical treatments tend to be much more satisfied with their results. An article in a recent issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® suggested that getting the best facial rejuvenation results involves taking a “big picture” approach.

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That’s also true of the entire face. Rather than pinpointing a specific treatment area, it’s important to establish a treatment strategy for complete facial rejuvenation using a 3-step process: 1. Schedule a personal consultation. Only through a discussion and exam with a trained, experienced surgeon can you get a full summary of every treatment that might be appropriate for you. Use your doctor’s experience to ascertain which options are best in combination. 2. Combine products or treatments. One specific cause is rarely to blame for an aged look, so one solution probably won’t

totally fix it. Ask if multiple treatments will get you better results. 3. Take a comprehensive approach. Plastic surgeons often use the analogy of home improvement. Updating the kitchen highlights how outdated the living room looks. By devising a treatment plan for the entire face, patients feel they look truly refreshed. Before embarking on this process, it’s critical to find an experienced facial plastic surgeon who has the skill and an eye for aesthetics to turn your goals into a reality. Be sure to select a qualified and specially trained plastic surgeon.

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



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