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


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


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


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


....................... Scoop of Life


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


............. Community Partners


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


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


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


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


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Each one of us has a daily opportunity to be a hero. It may not be slaying a dragon, it could just be helping a turtle cross the street, opening a door for someone burdened or helping a child learn to swim or ride a bike. Perhaps something you feel is, “larger than” is upon you in your life and it’s your move. Say your prayer, listen and find your inner peace, gather your strength. Whatever Goliath you may find yourself or someone else up against, take a breath, grab your pebble and make a difference.

ART Candice Williams



There may be occasions where certain events find us, collectively or separately, heart wrenched over what we’re going to do next. It could be that you’ve found yourself at a crossroads, a cliff or other concern. You know it’s time for a change. You aren’t alone. All around us are those who have overcome great obstacles. They have changed their life or the course of history by standing up for what is right, creating a movement by simply being the pebble that birthed the ripple that grew into a wave and became a force.

EDITORIAL Cherryl Greenman

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— George S. Patton —



“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”


ometimes we find ourselves burdened with worry and feel like we are walking about with a dark cloud bearing down on us, feeling the pressure of an impending storm. We’ve all been there. We’re often challenged by an obligation, oppression or something else we perceive as ominous. We find ourselves drenched in worry, paralyzed with inaction, at the edge of fear, dizzied and confused.

Calendar JULY Ongoing

Canton Farmers Market — Each Saturday in downtown Canton at Cannon Park, you can find locally grown produce, baked goods, food specialty items, fresh flowers and bedding plants, along with some handmade crafts at the farmers market. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Waleska Farmers Market — Every Thursday, this farmers market is sponsored by Reinhardt University, located in the parking lot behind the North Cherokee Church of Christ at the corner of Highway 140 and 108 in downtown Waleska. Admission and parking are free, and the market will operate rain or shine. 3:00-7:00 p.m., 770-720-5988 Ball Ground Farmers Market — Every Friday in Ball Ground Downtown City Park. Rain or shine. Locally grown produce, plants, homemade foods, crafts and more. 2:00-6:00 p.m.


Big Foot: The Curse of Blood Mountain — The Canton Theatre will present this Indie Film winner of the SEFF Award. Cost: $5.00. 8:00 p.m., Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton.

July 3-August 12

Members’ Art Show 2015 — An exhibition of art work by members of the Cherokee Arts Center will be on display in the Gallery. It is free and open to the public, and artwork will be available for purchase. Opening Receptions will be held on Friday, July 3 and Friday, August 7 6:00-8:00 p.m. Gallery open TuesdayFriday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244.


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First “Saturday” — Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Canton as the City and Canton’s American Legion host the day’s events. The A1A band, the only official Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will be performing, plus the annual parade and fireworks. Parade and band in downtown Canton at 4:00-7:00 p.m. Fireworks at dusk sponsored by Canton Tourism at Riverstone Shopping Center and music by DJ Ray DeLuca.


Nehemiah Project — The Nehemiah Project is a 4 day event filled with daily worship, dynamic messages and community service. All youth in grades rising 7 through 12 are welcome to serve. There will be three days of community service that will consist of painting homes, and simple repair of properties for elderly people in our community. Liberty Hill Church, 141 Railroad Street, Suite 106b, Canton. 678-493-8920. Info@


Bend Your Knees — 4th Annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K with cash prizes for winners, and t-shirts available while supply lasts. The Bend Your Knees Foundation is a Georgia 501(c) 3 non-profit, started in loving memory of Collins Dixon to raise money to be able to give back to others. Our focus is to spread awareness of brain tumors in children, support families with a child that has a brain tumor and support other organizations that work with children with brain tumors, such as the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Pre-registration and pre-race activities. 7:00-7:30 a.m., race begins at 8:00 a.m., First Baptist Church of Canton, 1 Mission Point.


Movie in the Park — Sponsored by the City of Canton and Northside Hospital, held at Brown Park. Movie begins at 8:50 p.m.


Auditions for “Chestnut Bluff” — The Canton Theatre will be holding auditions for “Chestnut Bluff” Broadway Bound Players. Call 770-720-2698 for an appointment.


Free Skin Cancer Screening According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), more than 2,000 cases of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in Georgia this year. As with other cancers, early detection is important. The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute would like to help you get ready for the sun with a free skin cancer screening. Medical professionals will provide brief skin assessments in a private setting. Everyone is invited to attend. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus, 3400 Old Milton Pkwy, Bldg B. Alpharetta. 404-531-4444

July 31-August 1

8th Annual Canton Explorer’s Rodeo — The best cowboys and cowgirls in the southeast compete in saddle bronc, bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, cowgirl’s breakaway roping and barrel racing and bull riding. PLUS the BEST of the BEST put on a show like no other with Cowboy Kenny Bartram’s Steel Rodeo Tour Freestyle Moto X Show, loved by all ages. Adults $15, kids ages 5-10 $8, and under 5 free. July 31, 8:00 p.m., August 1, 11:00 p.m., Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Hwy., Canton. 706-8970956.



Canton First Friday — The biggest free block party around — featuring a car show, food, good times and live music Through the Decades featuring First Generation Band. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Historic Downtown Canton Loop, East Main Street. 770-704-1548.

Library Events BALL Ground 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, 770-735-2025 Hickory Flat 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 R.T. Jones 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090

Special Programs

Summer Reading Club Finale Hero Training Academy July 21, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones July 23, 10:30 a.m. Ball Ground July 23, 3:00 p.m. Hickory Flat Do you have what it takes to be a super hero? Come dressed as your favorite super hero and see how many of these fun activities you can do! Fun for heroes of all ages; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Want to Learn to Knit or Crochet? Through July 15, 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. R.T. Jones Want to learn to make your own fun accessories and gifts? The Knit and Crochet Club from Soleil Retirement Community will be here to teach children 10 and up how to knit or crochet. All materials will be provided. Space is limited; registration is required.

Special Summer Family Story Times Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ball Ground Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. Hickory Flat Story Time Themes: Week of July 6, Unsung Heroes; Week of July 13, Super dog and Friends.

Reading Dogs These 10-15 minute programs encourage children 6 years of age and older to read by providing a non-judgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if you make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled session. Call your local

Cherokee County library to reserve your spot for one of our Reading Dog programs. The Great Diving Experiment! July 1, 3:00 p.m. Hickory Flat What makes you float when you swim in a pool? Tellus Museum volunteer and retired science teacher – hero, Sharon Chistenson, will help us find out in this classic water experiment. We will make “divers” and a game of air pressure called Hook out of soda bottles. Space is limited; registration is required. This program is for ages 9-12. TaeKwonDo July 2, 14, 10:30 a.m. Hickory Flat Learn about South Korea and TaeKwonDo from our special continued on




Library Continued . . . guests from Master Kim’s TaeKwonDo Education in Hickory Flat. Kids will learn about respect and confidence and will even participate in a mini class! Space is limited; registration is required. Children may only register for one TaeKwonDo program at this branch. This program is for ages 4 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Sweet Crafts and Cool Games July 2, 3:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Beat the heat as we make fun summer-inspired crafts and play a giant version of Memory! Space is limited; registration is required. For ages 4 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Enviroscape July 8, 10:30 a.m. Ball Ground Kevin Smith of Upper Etowah River Alliance will teach all about storm water run-off using an enviroscape. Through hands-on participation, kids will learn about the effects of pollution and the importance of water quality. Space is limited; registration is required. For ages 8 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Luna the Tooth Fairy July 9, 10:30 a.m. Hickory Flat Luna the Tooth Fairy is bringing her magic to the library! She’ll show us her tricks and teach us the importance of eating right, taking care of ourselves and having a sparkling smile! She’ll bring a gift to share with her friends. All ages are invited to attend. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your spot. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Minecraft July 9, 3:30 p.m. Ball Ground Watch out for the creeper! Minecraft fans will have fun playing games and making a craft inspired by the popular game. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 9-12; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that we will not actually play Minecraft at this event, but rather we will do activities inspired by it. Birds of Prey July 15, 10:30 a.m. Ball Ground Share in the wonder of raptors as these beautiful birds of prey visit the library. Wildlife educator Beth Thomson will teach us all about the importance of these magnificent birds. We expect a crowd for this amazing program, so come early to reserve your spot. For all ages; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Gold Panning July 16, 3:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Rob Kelly of the Allatoona Gold Panners will be here to teach us about the history of the Georgia Gold Rush, the properties and origin of gold, how to locate gold in local creeks and the basics of gold panning. This program is suitable for children 8 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


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Community Feature New Aquaponics Lab at Canton ES Rotary Club of Canton toured the new aquaponics lab at Canton Elementary School STEM Academy during the last school year. The club funded and helped build the lab with a $5,000 grant. The lab, called the AGUA (Aquaponics Generates Understanding Rotarian and YMCA Director John Hicks, left, Deputy Superintendent and Achievement) Dr. Brian Hightower, and dentist Matt Phelps, right, discuss the Lab includes a aquaponics project with students Adonias Ambrocio-Vasquez, center, fish hatchery and and Mirelle Dogini. hydroponics tables where vegetables and herbs are grown using nutrients created by the fish and other aquatic creatures. “Agua” is also the Spanish word for “water.” Students learned about the symbiotic nature of the relationship between fish and plants. STEM teachers David Cornn and Dr. Judy Wright planned the lab, which benefits students in all grade levels at Canton ES STEM Academy. Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower joined the Rotary Club of Canton during the tour, which included a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Principal Beth Long was very excited about the learning opportunities the new lab presents for all of Canton’s students.

Tony the Tiger Visit Kellogg’s recently sent Tony the Tiger out to visit a few CCSD schools, including Hasty ES. Tony’s visits, coordinated through the School Nutrition Department, focused on the importance of Tony the Tiger is greeted by students at breakfast — which is Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy. available during the school year at all CCSD schools. During the summer months, the USDA Seamless Summer Option program is available for children. This program offers free meals during the summer for children 18 years of age or younger. The distribution sites include YMCA Canton, YMCA Woodstock, and East Gate Mobile Home Park. Some sites also serve breakfast, and children can participate in either or both meals at no cost. For more information, you may contact Susan Turner, Supervisor of School Nutrition, at or at 770-479-4268.


Help Keep Home Appliances Safe By Nick Roper Most families look forward to the fun in the sun that comes along with the summer season. However, an unfortunate sidekick of the warm weather is lightning. Homeowners have smoke detectors in their home to protect them if lightning were to be the cause of a fire; however, far less homeowners take the added precaution to protect their appliances and electronics. Most people have power strips that

double as surge protectors and having a high quality one is a definite must for expensive electronics, but you can do more! Electrical service companies have the ability to install a surge protector in your electrical panel which not only protects your electronics that are plugged into a surge suppressing power strip, but also protect everything in your house that is connected to an outlet. A whole house surge protector installed at the panel catches the power surge before it enters the wiring in the home. Did you know that 40% of all computer crashes and data loss is a direct result of a power surge and the average North American home faces five or more surges a day or 2,000 a year? In addition, half of surges come from inside your own home when large appliances turn on and off.

all homeowners should do is to install a power strip surge protector that is rated to handle higher surges than the basic extension cord with 5 or 6 outlets on the end of it. To do so go to your local hardware store and purchase a surge protector strip with a UL rating of at least 1449. Although there is no surge protector on the market that will protect your house 100% from a direct lightning strike, installing a surge protector in your panel will protect you from the day to day surges that could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement of electrical items that are essential in your everyday activities.

Nick Roper is manager of business development for H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,

One quick inexpensive project that




2015 Partners in Education Award Winners

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee presented the 2015 Excellence in Partners In Education (PIE) Awards. The awards were given in four categories, including elementary school partnering with a small business, elementary school partnering with a medium or large business, middle/high school partnering with a small business and middle/high school partnering with a medium/large

The four winners were (left to right): FactoryMation, LLC (Steve Smithwick) for their partnership with Cherokee High School (Debra Murdock), Just Driver Training (Melody Gullett) for their partnership with Mill Creek Middle School (not pictured), Free Home Elementary (Karen Carl) for their partnership with Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Inc. (Vicky Grizzle), and Carmel Elementary School (Dr. Pam Green) for their partnership with Walmart, Inc. #5275 (Don Rowland).


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business. All nominees and nominating schools received a certificate honoring their partnership. The four winning businesses received a congratulatory plaque to recognize them for being an outstanding Partner in Education.

Donations to SRLS The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, in partnership with Cobb EMC, recognized retiring educators from the Cherokee County School District by donating funds to the Sequoyah Regional Library System. The funds will be used to purchase books for all five library branches located around the county. The books will include a label recognizing all faculty, staff and administrators who retired during the 2014-2015 school year. Each retiree will receive notification that a book is being donated in their honor.

Left to right: Pam Carnes, President/CEO, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce with Anita Summers, Director, Sequoyah Regional Library System as she receives the donation for books from Mark Goddard and Meredith Zonsius, Cobb EMC.



Fingertip injuries include any injury to the skin, bone, nail, nail bed, tendon, or the pulp of the padded area of the fingertip. The skin of the palm side of the fingertip has many more nerve ending than most other parts of the body. These nerve endings enable fine sensation, but can be damaged. When this specialized skin is injured, exact replacement is difficult.

Evaluating an Injury

How the injury occurred as well as any medical problems are important factors in determining treatment. A hand specialist will examine the extent of the tissue injury and its size. He/she will also assess sensation and circulation of the finger tip.

Hand and Fingertip Injuries

By Jose Baez, M.D.

A hand specialist may check the mobility of the tip, as injuries can occur to the tendons that bend or straighten the fingertip. An X-ray may be necessary to see if the bone has been injured.

Fingertip Injury Treatment

Severe crush or avulsion injuries may completely remove some or all of the tissue at the fingertip. If just skin is removed and the defect is less than a centimeter in diameter, you may simply treat these injuries with dressing changes. If there is a little bit of bone exposed at the tip, the specialist may trim it back slightly and treat it with a dressing, too. For larger skin defects, a hand specialist may recommend skin grafting. He/she can obtain smaller grafts from the little finger side of the hand. Larger grafts may be harvested from the forearm or groin. If the nail bed is injured, a hand specialist can repair that as well.

Dr. Jose Baez is a physician with Atlanta Hand Specialist, located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888,


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what to do

Lawnmower Injury Basics ......................................................

If an operator of a lawnmower is not careful, it can cause serious injury to the hands. Lawnmowers are made to cut, and if a hand gets in the way trying to dislodge something that is “stuck� the blades of the lawnmower can quickly cut through the skin and bones of the hand.

Treatments for Lawnmower Injuries.....................................

Even if you are extremely careful, accidents can happen. Injuries from lawnmowers often times result in multiple finger amputations and infections are common. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, while multiple surgeries could be needed to patients with severe injuries. Most patients with severe injuries will not recover full, normal use of the hand.

If you obtain a serious injury from a lawnmower to the fingers or hands, it is highly important to head to the emergency department right away. If you need reconstructive surgery, contact highly experienced hand surgeon. A hand specialist can work with you to help you regain as much function in your hand as possible.


Parental Emotions

of Childcare

By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S. Don’t believe you are a bad parent for choosing childcare. If you have chosen a good center or caregiver, you can be confident that your child is in good hands, so there is no logical reason to feel guilty. But if you continue to feel guilty, it’s important to come to grips with these feelings. Be especially alert if you are tempted to change your parenting style. For example, some parents start easing up on setting limits to compensate for their guilt. Such behavior leads nowhere you or your child want to go. Don’t become critical of your child’s caregiver. It’s important

to have a good relationship with caregivers. Their observations and advice can be extremely helpful to your parenting. If you find you feel critical even though the caregiver’s work doesn’t merit such an attitude, recognize that your feelings are a part of the separation process. Then begin to focus on the caregiver’s talents and good qualities. Rest assured that no caregiver will take your place in your child’s life or heart. The new attachments to other warm and loving caregivers are beneficial. They also are good signs of your child’s emotional

maturity and your achievement in nurturing that maturity. Don’t underestimate the importance of the transition to childcare. If you pretend the new routine doesn’t matter, you may underestimate the good things that can come from this new experience for your child and you — new friends, new learning, new sources of information and new ideas on parenting. Don’t pretend you’re fine when you’re not. It’s much better to acknowledge your feelings. It’s normal to feel heartache at this change. You will come through sooner and better if you face your feelings head on.

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



Canton Minute

Downtown Master Plan and Market Analysis By Matthew A. Thomas


he City of Canton has been selected by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to receive $104,000 for a Downtown Master Plan and Market Analysis. The purpose of the Master Plan and Market Analysis is to help identify and fund programs, initiatives, and further planning to create a more commercially, residentially and culturally robust downtown district.

Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program that awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations to prepare and implement plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies, and also provides transportation infrastructure funding for projects identified in the LCI plans!”

Updated comprehensive planning for downtown Canton is a necessity for us to collectively identify solutions for a more desirable, livable, and prosperous downtown. These solutions include everything from pinpointing the types of businesses we need and want in the Central Business District (CBD), to addressing cultural needs, appropriate restaurant and retail additions, housing priorities, and strategies to encourage a healthier lifestyle for citizens. The funding comes from ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Program. The City of Canton has agreed to a 30% match ($26,000). Funded by federal transportation dollars, the LCI program has helped revitalize numerous metro Atlanta communities.

In Canton, we should be pretty familiar with the LCI program. We received our very first LCI grant in 2000 which resulted in the River Mill LCI Study. The results of this study were several transportation improvement projects such as the Hickory Flat Road Streetscape, Waleska Street Streetscape, Railroad Street Streetscape, Marietta Road Streetscape, the Main Street Pedestrian Connector, and additionally the River Mill LCI Enterprise Zone.

According to ARC’s website, “The Livable


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We are now fortunate to have the opportunity to trigger another round of recommendations and projects that will spur economic activity and build on our ever-improving quality of life. Local planning of this magnitude requires public input. That means we will need citizen involvement for creating the Downtown

Master Plan. If you live or do business in Canton, we will need your input. There will be much more to come about this exciting project and I, again, encourage you and everyone who lives in Canton to take part and ownership of this comprehensive planning effort. As for the timeline, the Mayor and City Council will select a consulting firm to lead the project in July. The selected firm will begin working in earnest in August and the planning effort will commence. The final result of the River Mill LCI Master Plan Update will be a Downtown Canton Master Plan and Market Analysis. A layout of community goals in implementable steps for us to create the downtown we want and shape its future. Together we can plan for the Downtown Canton we enjoy, cherish, and would like to see continue to flourish.

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

Community Feature CMTA Winners Receive Awards The Cherokee Music Teachers Association recently held its annual Awards Ceremony at Reinhardt University. Twenty-six students received trophies for points accumulated by participating in CMTA’s yearly Auditions and Solo Festival. CMTA Summer Scholarship winner, Joshua Anderson, and guest artist Alexander Wasserman performed for attendees.

CMTA students and teachers: Brianna Nerestil, Franklin Nerestil, Kendall Reichman, Leia Lankford, Zoe Cesar, Joseph Babish, Sophia Babish, Caroline Honea, Evan Rea, Carly Dornellas, Matthias Lamps, Nico Lamps, Jayden Wen, Ike Wachter, Alexandra Hultstrom, Josh Watkins, Grace Watkins, Reilly Dornellas, Rosie Meinzen, Nico Brett, Stephanie Lozier, Caleb Parker, Jamila Hughes, Sarah Burgess, Clara Nash and Laurelyn Ostrowidzki. Seated on the piano bench is the CMTA Scholarship winner Joshua Anderson. Attending teachers were Mike Hale, Lily Bowman, Wanda Hughes, Laura Lozier, Joe Seidel, Suzanne Hooper and Linda Lokey.

Congratulations to our June “7 Differences” winner, Debra Day!



Community Feature Fire & Emergency Services Awards Presented Thomas M. Brady, Post #45 of the American Legion, located in Canton, Georgia, honored several firefighters and staff members with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services during their annual Community Service Awards Banquet, held at the local legion hall. Those recognized included: Battalion 1 Firefighter Award, James Laughlin; Battalion 2 Firefighter Award, Capt. Kevin Lanier; Battalion 3 Firefighter Award, Chris Ginn; Volunteer Firefighter Award, Michelle Ice; EMS Employee of the Year Award, Scott Coppola; Fire Administration Award, Michael Priest; Special Operations Award, Todd Weidman, and Explorer of the Year Award, Josiah Gnanamuttu. Front row (left to right): Michael Priest, Stephanie Barton, Michelle Ice, Scott Coppola, Capt. Kevin Lanier and Raymond Rollins, Commander of the American Legion Post. Back row: Josiah Gnanamuttu, James Laughlin and Chris Ginn.

Clayton Career Week Clayton ES held career week at the school on May 4-8. Students heard from speakers on a variety of career topics, including government and technology. 1st grade students listened to Officer Elizabeth Endicott speak about police and safety.


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and Requirements for Practicing Dentistry By Scott Merritt, D.M.D. If you have ever searched for a family dentist or considered dentistry as a career, you may have noticed that some practitioners have the initials DDS after their name while others have DMD. The initials DDS stand for “Doctor of Dental Surgery” while DMD means “Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry” or “Doctor of Dental Medicine.” What is the difference? As a practical matter, there is no difference between the two. Both a dentist with a DDS and one with a DMD have completed the same educational requirements, as well as the steps required to treat patients and do the other work common to the practice of dentistry. The difference exists because of the name of the degree that is granted

to the dentist at the time they graduate from dental school. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “The DDS and DMD are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. It’s up to the universities to determine what degree is awarded, but both degrees use the same curriculum requirements.” In order to understand why two titles exist, we must go back to the creation of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1967. Harvard only grants degrees in Latin, and the translation for DDS was Chirurgae Dentium Doctoris or CDD. After careful consideration and the fear that CDD would be confusing, it was suggested and approved that the ancient “Medicinae Doctor” be preceded by “Dentarieae,” which translates to Dentariae Medicinae Doctor degree, or more concisely, the DMD. As time passed, more and more educational institutions followed Harvard’s

lead and the rest is history!”

Requirements for Becoming a Dentist

In order to become a dentist, an individual must meet many requirements, but there are 3 major ones. First, he/she must earn a DMD or DDS from a program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA). Next, the applicant must pass a rigorous written examination given by the National Board of Dental Examiners. Finally, with a few individual state exceptions, an individual must pass a clinical examination administered by the state in which they wish to be licensed. Of course, once licensed, dentists must complete continuing education in order to keep their skills sharp and remain in good standing with the appropriate licensing authority.

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



Community Feature

Boys’ Quartet Champions

Students Become “Teachers for a Day” Clark Creek STEM Academy Student Council students had the opportunity to become Teachers for a Day. They traveled to Little River Pre-School to teach a lesson on 2D and 3D shapes. Clark Creek students created their plans following the Engineering Design Loop to work with the very special 4-5 year old students of Little River. The lesson included learning about and building 2D and 3D shapes. Students at Little River Preschool worked extremely hard and listened very attentively.

Claire Williams works with a student to build a five-sided pentagon.

American Legion Recognizes Students Knox ES students Noah Matos and Julia Williams were honored by the American Noah Matos and Julia Williams Legion for showing courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service in their school and community. The ceremony recognized these outstanding young people in front of their families, teachers, veterans, and community members.


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Jessica Burroughs and Elizabeth Duncan

Rewriting Fable Using Equations & Graphs

Sequoyah High School students won the 2015 Georgia High School Association’s State Literary Championship for Boys’ Quartet. The state championship boys’ quartet was composed of Levi Miller, John Haas, Stefan Dayes, and John Austin Emerson. They are coached by Mr. John Markham, Sequoyah’s choral director.

Creekland Middle School students were challenged by their teacher, Ron Schwarzman, to rewrite and solve the fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare” using systems to come to a new conclusion. Students solved the problem using equations and graphs and then used their creative abilities to entertain their classmates with their stories, which combined their writing skills with their math skills.

SHS Art Students Brighten Walls The once bare and windowless walls of Sequoyah High School’s police SHS’s Boys’ Quartet 2015 Champions officer’s office now have what appears to be a large stained glass window gracing the interior. CCA Officer Katrina Teachers of Year Adams approached Chris Marcusky, an 8th the art grade teacher, and 3rd grade department during teacher Hannah King, were the previous school Cherokee Charter Academy’s year requesting, “A “Most Inspiring Educators” little color on the for the 2014-2015 school wall,” to brighten up year. Mr. Marcusky and Ms. the room to make King were nominated by the environment CCA parents and recognized more inviting. Fourth for their efforts inside and year art students, SHS art students Sarah Warner outside the classroom. Ansley Petherick and Ansley Petherick. Curriculum Resource and Sarah teacher, Kara Reeder, was Warner, decided lauded by CCA’s PTC for her outstanding to put in a window instead. Using a efforts in overseeing the school’s STEM “triumphe l’oeil” or “fool the eye” style (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) of painting, they created the illusion of initiatives. a large, arched stained glass window, complete with Chief Sequoyah.

Growing Bearded Irises in Your Garden The bearded iris, Iris x germanica, is a favorite perennial and is the most widely grown of all irises. They come in a huge array of colors, from white to deep dark purple. Size range is from 6 inches to 3 feet tall. Irises are deer resistant, attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and they make lovely cut flowers. They are particularly stunning in mass plantings. There are dwarf (5 to 15 inches), intermediate (16 to 23 inches), and tall bearded irises (24 to 48 inches). The dwarf bearded irises bloom around midMarch, the intermediates bloom early to mid-April, and the tall irises bloom from early May to June. Bearded irises need six hours of sun a day to bloom well, and they need good drainage. Plant the rhizomes in September or October

By Gail Roos

in moist but well-drained soil, amended with lots of organic matter, and space them 1 to 2 feet apart. When you plant, leave the top third of each rhizome above the ground. Place them horizontally at ground level with the roots spread out. Add some time-release fertilizer at this time. Water after you plant, and regularly until the plants are settled. In late winter or early spring, when you see new growth, start watering regularly until about six weeks after the blooms fade. The buds for next year are formed during that time. Irises have some pests and diseases — bacterial soft rot, iris leaf spot, and iris borers. Good drainage and keeping the area free of plant debris will prevent most of those. The iris clumps will become overcrowded in three or four years, and

you can divide and transplant them anytime between the last blooms and the first frost. Dig the rhizomes carefully with a spading fork and shake off the dirt. Divide them using a sharp knife. Discard any easily loosened leaves, and for tidiness, trim the remaining leaves. Bearded irises have so much to offer in your garden. Admire them from a distance, or be amazed by the intricate beauty of the blossoms. Give bearded irises a try! Gail Roos is a certified Master Gardener Extension Volunteer with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension. Contact the Cherokee County UGA Extension office for gardening assistance. 770-721-7803,



Scoopof by Michelle Knapp & suzanne taylor

Now that the temperature is rising, it’s

popsicles, will have a food truck at Avalon

in North Canton is Sweet Escapes,

time to enjoy some cool, sweet treats.

all summer long on Thursday-Sunday from

which name stands for more than just

Fortunately for everyone living OTP, there is

12:00-6:00 p.m. Flavors will change daily.

their ice cream. The owners also have

no shortage of delicious summer treats.

The Queen of Cream ice cream food truck

Some of them are even mobile this year!

does make it rounds OTP, and we have

a Hot Air Balloon business called Fly Wendy Fly. Get your ice cream and a

Check out our list of our favorite ice

been told it’s worth waiting in line for a

trip of a lifetime! If you like sno-balls,

creams and cool treats that are sure to


check out Woodstock’s Big Easy Snow

There are several unique ice cream

Orleans style dessert around town. We

Summer screams watermelon, and Atlanta

parlors around town. In Cherokee Country,

were surprised to learn that some of their

Balls; they claim to be the best New

make everyone happy this summer.

based King of Pops will be making

we love Hickory Flat’s Frosty Frog

flavors add ice cream to the mix, changing

summer watermelon flavors, and you

Creamery & Cafe’s award winning

up the traditional sno-ball taste.

won’t have to go in town to get them! The

handmade ice cream that comes in more

fresh, all natural King of Pops handmade

than 250 flavors! Just down the road

In North Fulton, Four Fat Cows Ice

Cream Parlor on Main Street in Alpharetta also carries gluten and diary free options. For an adult treat, check out Roswell’s The Counter’s special beer float (vanilla ice cream and stout) and Peach and the Porkchop also has a full list of yummy, “Adult” milkshakes. Finally, desserts just for the grown ups. So, if you have to be hot all summer, why not enjoy some of these treats that for some reason, just taste so much better in the summer? Please join us, we hate to have to feel guilty all by ourselves! And if you do pop into any of these spots, tell them Scoop sent you!

Scoop of Life is compiled by Scoop OTP owners Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp. For more Outside The Perimeter “Scoop,” visit


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See a Slimmer You By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins & Leake Summer is here, shorts and short sleeves are your attire, and your bathing suit is on underneath. But are you avoiding each mirror you walk past? Liposuction or CoolSculpting could be the solution for you. What is the difference? Liposuction is a surgical procedure that slims and reshapes specific area of the body by removing excess fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise. We can treat the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, back, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. The best candidates are in good health, with firm, elastic skin. You will wear a surgical compression garment after your surgery. In most cases, patients return to work

after a few days and then are cleared for all normal activities after about 3 weeks. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment, using controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. No needles, no surgery, and no downtime, anesthesia, or incisions. The procedure is effective on many of the same body parts as liposuction – particularly around the mid-section, back, flanks and thighs – and patients love the easy treatment process. The procedure takes only 1 hour and you can return to your normal activities immediately. Although results aren’t as extensive as with liposuction, CoolSculpting is perfect for certain candidates.

Before embarking on this process, it is critical to find an experienced board certified plastic surgeon that has the skill and aesthetic eye to turn your goals into reality. Talk to your friends and family, do some research online and finally, schedule consultations to ensure you select a qualified specialist to get the best possible results. We invite you to explore these options to see a slimmer you in no time. Drs. Petrosky, Musarra and Leake are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242, PlasticSurgery CenterOf



Capitol Ideas

GCDV Goals and

Objectives By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


any ask what I do as a member of the Legislature when we are not in session. As a member of the Legislature, I have been appointed to two very important boards — one is the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence and the other is Georgia’s State Child Fatality Review Board. I would like to take a moment to introduce you to the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence and let you know a little of what they do. The Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence (GCDV) is tasked with the responding to family violence in the state of Georgia. The Commission believes that a coordinated community response is the best way to address the problem of family violence. Coordinated community response means that every segment of the community — including judges, advocates, law enforcement, medical professionals, educators, and concerned citizens — is responsible for helping to end family violence. In other words, everyone including you can be a part of the solution. GCDV works with communities and systems across the state to provide leadership in


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strengthening Georgia’s families by ending family violence. The Commission’s mission is set forth in Georgia’s law (O.C.G.A. 19-13-34). The code section spells out the Commission’s specific duties. The most important task the Commission has is to study and evaluate the needs and services relating to family violence in Georgia. This means taking a look at the ever-changing problem of family violence in the state and make sure that the needs of the victims (in the way of shelters and supportive services) are being met. It also means to make sure that services are provided for offenders, including regulating Family Violence Intervention Programs. A crucial aspect of the Commission’s work focuses on the laws and legislation around family violence. The Commission actively evaluates and monitors effectiveness of existing family violence laws. If there is a lack or change needed, then the Commission will initiate the development of family violence legislation. Once the change

is made, the Commission will monitor the implementation and enforcement of laws, regulations, and protocols concerning family violence. An important part of the ongoing work of the Commission has to do with training and education for the state on issues relating to family violence. The Commission will hold trainings for law enforcement, shelter workers, victim advocates, prosecutors and others throughout the year. By keeping people informed and educated about family violence, we as a state, are better able to save lives and help children affected. I am very proud of the work that the Commission does to help the state and honored that I am able to assist by serving on the Commission.

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

s p m a R g Buildin For Our Seniors By Nathan Brandon

for a wheelchair ramp in Canton. Not only did he scope the project, he brought men from his church and they constructed the ramp and deck in one day! Through his experience and expertise, we were able to provide a beautiful ramp and deck for a family whose senior was on hospice. This enables the children to safely take their parent to and from doctor visits and other necessary trips. LIFESTYLE Senior Services strives to help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible. During the aging process, there are numerous hurdles to navigate. When seniors require assistance in order to go in and out of their homes, ramps help facilitate that a great deal. Through the Volunteer Aging Council, Senior Services is able to recruit volunteers to help in the design and construction of ramps for the homes of our seniors. In March we had a very experienced volunteer, Mr. Charles Chase the Missions Director for Sixes United Methodist Church attend our Volunteer Aging Council meeting. He listened to the needs of various families and quickly volunteered to scope the need

Senior Services provides a variety of services and information to the citizens of Cherokee County. Through Meals On Wheels, Homemaker Services and Case Management, we are able to help families as they progress through the aging process. If you have questions or know of a need of a senior please give us a call. 770-345-2675. L

Nathan Brandon is director of Cherokee County Senior Services. 770-479-7438,



Community Partners

Cherokee Day Training Center (CDTC) is a progressive CARF accredited non-profit organization that has provided Cherokee County residents with training and support since 1969. We focus on safe and fun learning opportunities to assist individuals to be productive, successful, and actively involved in their community. CDTC provides services to persons age 18 to end of life. We currently support over 135 individuals who have a developmental or intellectual disabilities. The Mission of Cherokee Day Training Center is to enhance the quality of life available to each person we support by providing employment and training necessary for achieving increased independence, personal development, social connections, and optimal health and safety. CDTC provides an array of individualized services to the men and women we support including employment skills, community connection services, and enhancement of daily living skills. We operate two facility-based programs on Univeter Road about two miles apart: a full time community connections program; and a full time community employment program. All programs are run by a team of competent and energetic staff. Supports and services are provided with the individual receiving services at the helm of decision making for their program. Services are individualized and based on the expressed needs, hopes, and dreams of each person we serve, with the assistance of their team which may include family members, staff, professionals, and anyone else that individual wants to provide input.

Cherokee Day Training Center is guided through the support of a volunteer board of directors who have a variety of skills that they offer. Among the board members at least half are family members of people we support with a vested interest in how supports and services are delivered. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit which means that donations are tax deductible. We gladly accept the support from our community in a variety of ways. Monetary donations, donations of goods, volunteering, and participation in our community programs such as Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards are welcome. If you are interested in services or if you would like to make a contribution please contact us at our website, our Facebook page, or call at 770-345-5821 or 678-880-6434 and ask for Steve or Heather.


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Keep Your Head bove ater


School’s out and the heat of summer has certainly kicked in. It’s time for some rest and relaxation. It’s time to let our worries go and just chill by the water. But, we can’t be completely carefree. We must all be mindful of the dangers that can occur at poolside or at the lake. Every year, thousands drown or are injured in water-related accidents that could have been prevented. Follow these general water tips to help stay safe in, on, and around the water.

Water Safety Tips: • • •

Learn to swim. Enroll your child and/ or yourself in a swimming course. Never swim alone. Supervise children at all times.


Learn CPR and make sure that others who care for your child know CPR too.

Keep Your Pool Safe: • •

• •

Have a phone near the pool at all times. Enclose your pool completely with a fence that has a self-closing, latching gate. Have basic lifesaving equipment (pole, rope, and floatation devices) and know how to use them. Keep toys away from the pool when not in use. Toys attract young children into the water. Remove pool covers completely prior to pool use. Don’t run near the pool, push others, or dive or jump into unfamiliar or shallow water.

By Christopher Anderson

Drowning is not the only danger with swimming pools or lakes. If you see storm clouds or hear thunder, get out of the water immediately to avoid electrocution. Also, contaminated pool water can make you sick. So, for other’s sake, don’t swim if you are sick yourself and don’t swim with open wounds or sores. It is also a good practice to shower before you swim. To ensure a safe summer and fun filled days at the pool and lake, make yourself knowledgeable of these water safety guidelines. As they say, “Better safe than sorry.” *Information obtained from and National Safety Council.

Christopher Anderson is a physician with M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine in Canton. 770-720-7000,



Tasteof by jodi sears

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/ 4 cup sugar 1/ 3 cup melted butter 2 cans sweetened condensed milk

cup Egg Beaters cup bottled Key lime juice Whipped topping

1/ 2 1/ 2

Preparation Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in pie pan. Press mixture firmly onto the bottom and sides of the pan. Combine sweetened condensed milk, Egg Beaters and lime juice in bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Pour filling into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Chill at least 6 hours. Garnish with whipped topping after slicing.

Recipe is from the “Gatherings & Traditions Cookbook,” produced by the Service League of Cherokee County. The Service League of Cherokee County has been working to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County since 1935. In addition to the cookbook, the organization’s fundraising efforts include the annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival; “Run for the Children” 5K Walk/1-mile Fun Run; and Annual Ball, featuring the “Dancing for the Children” competition.”


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Liberty for All

By Norman R. Hunt

On July 4, 1776, a group of men gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Continental Congress. At great risk to their lives, those men signed a document that we call today, the Declaration of Independence. Among other things in that document, you will find these words, “That the Creator has endowed man with certain inalienable rights and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” When you look at our national life, you will discover on every hand references to this matter of liberty and freedom. In our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag you will notice it says, “One nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” Many of our patriotic hymns have the theme of liberty in them. “My County ‘tis of thee Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers’ died, Land of the pilgrim’s pride. From every mountainside, Let freedom ring.” Right at the very heart of our nation, at the very beginning of its founding, there is this concept for freedom and this desire for liberty. But did you know it is altogether possible to be living in a land of liberty and yet never experience a life of liberty? In the gospel of John (8:36) Jesus said, “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” As we celebrate our National Independence this 4th of July, let us not forget that true liberty and freedom are a great spiritual need in America today.

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



COVER STORY By Kathleen Boehmig

Drs. Katherine and Brian Lee Provide Quality Dental Care and Sparkling Smiles


r. Katherine and Dr. Brian Lee are skilled dentists and a happily married couple with a passion for providing a comprehensive range of family dental services, which include general care, restorative services, cosmetic and implant dentistry, and orthodontics. Their practice offers a variety of dental services to the Canton area and surrounding cities of Woodstock, Cartersville, Calhoun, Acworth, Jasper, Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Alpharetta via two offices in Cumming and Hickory Flat. Dr. Brian Lee graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, one of the nation’s top dental schools, in 2003. Before that, Dr. Lee


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grew up in Marietta, GA and graduated from Alan C. Pope High School in the East Cobb area. He then went on to UGA to receive a degree in Microbiology. While at UGA, he met his wife, Dr. Katherine Lee. Dr. Katherine Lee graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, also in 2003. While in dental school, she became so passionate about patient education and motivation concerning oral health that she also enrolled in the public health program and earned a Master of Public Health degree. Brian and Katherine married right after graduation from dental school and moved to New York to complete their

residency programs. They spent another three years there working as associate dentists for private dental offices. Dr. Brian Lee completed his general practice residency at Wyckoff Height Medical Center in Brooklyn, where his hard work and devotion was recognized with a Resident of the Year Award in 2004. Dr. Katherine Lee completed her general practice residency at the Veterans Affair Hospital in Brooklyn, which is renowned for its excellent residency program. The Lees moved back to their home state of Georgia in early 2007 to follow their dream of opening a state-of-the-art office. They have two sons, Brandon and Jayden. Brandon plays the violin and the piano with dreams of one day becoming a

musician, while Jayden, who also plays the piano and cello, loves sports and hopes to one day be a dentist like his parents.

crowns and bridgework, cosmetic bonding, partials and dentures.

One of the most innovative procedures offered by the Lees is FDA-approved The Lees are so devoted to providing LANAP — Laser gum therapy to treat the best possible dental care to advanced cases of gum disease. LANAP their patients that they spend many — Laser gum weekends attending therapy is a continuing no-scalpel, noeducation courses suture alternative all around the “Our dream to traditional country — methods, especially in dental is to provide a meaning patients implantology and number of dental can receive the cosmetic dentistry. and orthodontic treatment they “It’s a juggling act need in a more to balance it all,” services under one comfortable, less Katherine says roof, making it invasive manner. with a laugh. “Our more convenient And because parents have helped LANAP – Laser for patients who us out with the kids gum therapy along the way.” In don’t have to go to actually promotes addition to his busy several different regeneration, schedule, Brian practices to get patients can also travels to Haiti every look forward to year to provide varied types of a much shorter one week of free service.” recovery time. dental care to local Katherine states, residents. “It’s estimated that as many Brian adds, “Our as 75-80% of dream is to provide adults have some form of gum disease. a number of dental and orthodontic Patients who need advanced treatment, services under one roof, making it more though, may feel wary about seeking convenient for patients who don’t have the treatment they need. In many cases, to go to several different practices to get advanced gum disease therapy involves varied types of service.” treatment with a scalpel and sutures – but not at our dental offices.” The Lees’ practice stands out. “Everyone longs for a stunning smile,” Brian says, Dentistry at Hickory Flat offers a calm, “and we can give you flawless, enviable elegant atmosphere, friendly staff, and teeth in only a couple of appointments even sedation dentistry for patients who using customized cosmetic dentistry suffer due to dental anxiety and fear. solutions.” Restorative and cosmetic Brian says, “Feelings of apprehension services include Opalescence Boost Teeth regarding dentistry are quite common, Whitening, Porcelain Veneers, Toothand they are usually the result of an colored fillings and dental implants,

unpleasant experience during childhood or even young adulthood. Through sedation dentistry, you’ll find that you feel completely relaxed and calm, though you will still remain somewhat conscious during your appointment.” “Our staff is a big help. It was a real challenge to set up a good team, and we are confident that we’ve accomplished that. Chelli and Michelle are a big part of our success.” Pricing for services is competitive, with several online specials available on their website, As well, they are an in-network provider for most major PPO plans. “The most rewarding part of it all is getting people’s dental pain to end, and seeing how much they appreciate what we do,” Katherine says. Drs. Katherine and Brian Lee are happily fulfilling their dream of providing quality dental care to patients in need…and the area is lucky to have them.

Drs. Katherine and Brian Lee 6199 Hickory Flat Hwy., Suite 130 Canton, GA 30115

Phone: (770) 213-8166 Fax: (770) 213-8157



Why Dehumidify? Thanks to living in Georgia, we’re familiar with that muggy, sticky feeling of summer air in the south. Escaping into the sanctuary of our homes where it’s cool and dry after a long day on the ball field or the lake is a refreshing thought, until we walk in the door and are met with that same muggy, sticky air. Experts agree that homes should have a humidity level of 40-60%. Newer constructed homes are built tightly, which is great for insulation value and energy efficiency, but that same insulation prevents the exchange of stale air for fresh outdoor air, trapping moisture from showers & baths, cooking and more. Outside air can cause issues in older homes as well, when air seeps through cracks in electrical outlets, floors and around doors and windows. Excessive humidity can make you feel miserable in the one place that should offer the ultimate in comfort, your home. Summer energy consumption and costs can increase dramatically as the thermostat is adjusted to a lower and lower temperature to help off-set that muggy feeling, resulting in your home’s HVAC system running seemingly non-stop. There are also health concerns with

excessive humidity. When humidity exceeds the recommended level the air in your home becomes a breeding ground for insects, dust mites, mold & mildew. Over extended periods of time your wood floors and furniture may begin to warp; the air may smell musty. These contaminants can also trigger breathing issues for those in your home with compromised immune systems, allergies or asthma. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “As many as 10 percent of the general population and 90 percent of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites. Recent studies in the United States suggest that at least 45 percent of young people with asthma are allergic to dust mites.”

Dehumidification Systems are integrated directly into your home’s HVAC system(s) eliminating the need for manual emptying of the water collected and offering relief throughout the home with an increased capacity for dehumidification.

Modern HVAC systems offer a level of dehumidification, but for those experiencing an excessive moisture problem the Honeywell TrueDRY™ Dehumidification Systems is a wholehouse solution. While there are portable single-room dehumidifiers available on the market today, they require daily emptying of the collection receptacle to prevent overflow. They also use more energy to operate and only affect the room it is running in. The Honeywell TrueDRY™

Enabling Honeywell’s RedLINK™ Wireless Technology – and their full-suite of wireless-enabled comfort systems – will provide an even greater efficiency by putting control of the your home environment in the palm of your hand, even when you are away via the web portal or the mobile app. You will be able to remain connected to your home whether you are at a neighbor’s house, a soccer game or half way around the world. As your system operates every RedLINK™ enabled component is communicating allowing your system to learn as it operates, optimizing itself for comfort and efficiency based on your family’s needs.

Honeywell TrueDRY™ Dehumidification Systems also provide energy savings. ENERGY STAR® estimates that homeowners can save up to six percent on cooling costs for every degree the thermostat is turned up. Since air with less humidity feels cooler, TrueDRY™ helps reduce energy costs because you can turn your thermostat up and run the HVAC system less often. In addition, TrueDRY™ uses significantly less energy than your HVAC system.

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

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Community Feature Fishers of

Young Men

On Saturday, May 16, several men from First Baptist Church of Woodstock arranged a fishing rodeo for 39 young men of Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. The morning was spent enjoying each other’s company while fishing for prizes. While several fish were caught, including some bass weighing in at nearly 5 lbs., the focus was truly on the boys having the chance to spend quality time with the men of FBCW. The event was also made possible by Family Life Publications, who donated fishing poles and tackle for the boys to use. It was truly a Saturday that will not soon be forgotten for the young men who participated. Hope comes through the healing Goshen’s young men receive. Hope, combined with intentional services and education results in life direction for each young man. Goshen’s greatest achievement is how they equip the young men at Goshen Valley to see past the burden of their circumstances by helping them not only overcome their past, but to use their story as a blessing to themselves and others. With spiritual mentorship and training in life skills, Goshen Valley Boy’s Ranch provides every possible opportunity for a hopeful future. Goshen Valley Boy’s Ranch is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County’s

Top 10 in 10 Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch

Young Professionals The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, during their June Good Morning Cherokee breakfast, recognized the 2015 group of Cherokee County’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch. “The Top 10 in 10 initiative is designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals,” said Pam Carnes, Chamber President and CEO. Coordinated by the Chamber, in partnership with Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine, this recognition program focuses on Cherokee County residents under age 40, who are considered to be Cherokee County’s up and coming leaders over the next 10 years. Those rising stars recognized as Cherokee County’s next generation of community leaders include Meagan Biello, teacher, Creekview High School; Matt McClain, owner, the McClain Agency/Nationwide Insurance; Ben Thacker, retail sales specialist, LGE Community Credit Union; Matthew Thomas, Economic Development manager, City of Canton; Paul Ghanouni, owner and founder, Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm; David Pitts, operations support coordinator/customer satisfaction, Georgia Power Company; Kryss Roch, assistant Solicitor General, Cherokee County Solicitor General’s Office; J. Mark Smith, Principal, Woodstock High School; Adam Smith, commercial banker, Bank of North Georgia and Kyle Wallace, partner/attorney, Alston & Bird, LLP.




Celia Garth “Celia Garth” is a story about a girl that loved adventure, but nothing really exciting seemed to happen to her in the dressmaking shop where she lived and worked in Charleston, South Carolina during the year 1779. Well, things did start happening to Celia, but it wasn’t exactly what she had planned… The king’s army captured Charleston, and the Carolinas became a ruin of blood and fire. The author sweeps us quickly into the lives and characters intertwined with Celia; intriguing Vivian; Jimmy, who loves Celia desperately; Vivian’s irrepressible, daredevil son, Luke. Many Americans had joined the side of the king, and even more felt the Revolution was a lost cause. No one had counted on Francis Marion, who came out of the swamps with a heart of fire and men who believed in him and freedom. Celia’s “boring” life in the dressmaking shop became one of danger; she became one of Marion’s spies. Celia smiled and waited on those who were on the side of the king, and then risked her life each day making sure all she learned got back to Marion. As Celia grows into a woman, she begins to find what loyalty, grit, and true friendship is really about. Gwen Bristow, a southern author who also wrote the bestselling books, Calico Palace, Jubilee Trail, and the Plantation Trilogy, may no longer be with us, but her stories and characters will live forever. In Bristow’s Celia Garth, she takes us through the entire Revolutionary War though the eyes of a young southern girl. As with all of Bristow’s books, Celia Garth gives us a piece of history and characters that leave us wishing they were real. Celia Garth can be purchased through Amazon or found at most public libraries.

Catherine Groves is an avid reader and book collector (owning more than 5,000 books). She also is publisher of two neighborhood magazines and is writing her first novel.


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Community Feature

wing zone

the Butcher and Bottle

j. miller’s smokehouse 2nd Wingstop 3rd The Butcher and Bottle

2nd Keegan’s Public House rd 3 Jump Kitchen & Sports Saloon 2nd Bub-Ba-Q

3rd Stars and Strikes



Restore Your Vision

Refresh Your Appearance By Kiran Sajja, M.D.

Our eyelids play a vital role in the normal function of our eyes and maintenance of clear vision. First, the eyelids are a physical barrier that shields the eye’s surface from the damaging environment. Second, the motion of the eyelids allow for the even spread of the tear film over the surface of the eye providing a smooth surface necessary for optimal visual clarity. And finally, the eyelids define the overall aesthetic of the face and convey your emotion and mood. Excess skin of the upper eyelids, referred to as dermatochalasis or “baggy eyelids”, can significantly affect an individual’s peripheral and, at times, central vision. Also, the redundant skin may become increasingly irritated associated with redness, swelling, itchiness, and discomfort. The prominence of the excess skin often gives an unintended tired, angry, or aged appearance to the face.

Patient Concerns You may often complain of heaviness or puffiness of the eyelids which makes it difficult to see — this is referred to as dermatochalasis or “baggy eyelids”. Patients often remark having to lift their forehead, tilt their chin up, or manually hold the skin in order to see. This is most common when driving or reading with worsening complaints over the course of the day.


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while cold compresses are applied over your eyelids. After 30 minutes, you will be given postoperative care instructions, at which point you can go home.

Patient Experience During your consultation, a comprehensive facial and eyelid evaluation with visual field testing and digital photographs. Various medical and surgical options and potential for insurance coverage based on your examination and testing. If you do not have significant subjective complaints, do not meet the requirement for functional visual field impairment, or digital photographs do not demonstrate significant dermatochalasis you would be considered for cosmetic upper blepharoplasty. On the day of surgery, the surgical plan is discussed with you and the surgeon will make skin markings on your eyelids in preparation for surgery. You will meet with the nurse anesthetist and nursing staff and be escorted to the operating room. You will be sedated and your eyelids will be anesthetized. During the procedure, you will be mildly sedated and experience no eyelid pain or discomfort. The procedure lasts approximately 45 minutes. After the procedure, you will be escorted to the recovery area and given a light snack

After the surgery, patients are informed that swelling and bruising may worsen over the first 2-3 days. Patients are instructed to continue cold compresses for the first 24-48 hours and apply antibiotic ointment to the eyelid wounds. You should return in 1 week for suture removal.

Conclusion The treatment of dermatochalasis or “baggy eyelids” with functional or cosmetic upper blepharoplasty is an effective and relatively pain-free procedure. Upper blepharoplasty serves to improve peripheral vision, eye comfort, and provide a more youthful and natural appearance. Referral to an eyelid and ophthalmic specialist will ensure the highest level of care with the attention to detail to give you the optimal result functionally and aesthetically.

Kiran Sajja, M.D. is an Oculoplastic Surgeon with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 678-381-2020,

What Does Your Website Say About You? By Arlene Dickerson

When someone meets you for the first time, it’s likely that they are making a lot of assumptions about you based on your appearance: the clothes you wear, how you style your hair, the car you drive. Whether they choose to do business with you often is based on their first impression, even before you say a word. With so much business being conducted online these days, business interactions are often based on a first impression that has nothing to do with meeting you face-to-face, but rather with your online appearance, especially your website.

You know you need an online presence to do business in today’s market, but what kind of impression is your website making about you and your business? Is your site designed using a template or does it reflect the unique services your business can offer? Keep in mind that popular do-ityourself sites offer templates that can be used by anyone, in any industry. It’s embarrassing to find that you and a competitor both use the same design! You wouldn’t buy a hammer and nails to build your own storefront; it

wouldn’t be secure or up to building codes — and it certainly wouldn’t express the professional image you want for your business. So why would you consider a do-it-yourself website? Online shopping carts add another dimension to website design. In light of recent news about hackers and cybertheft, customers want to know that they are making their purchase from a business whose site is secure. It’s easier to do things right the first time than to try and make up for mistakes down the road. A website that is attractive, industry-appropriate, easy to find, functional, and secure makes for a great first impression!

Arlene Dickerson is the co-owner/ director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491,




n 1974, I lived in Brookhaven, Georgia and was a senior at Cross Keys High School. My best friend Debra talked me into sneaking out late one night to go to a concert. I had never been to a concert before nor would my parents have let me. But what is a girl to do? I was barely 18 at the time and real excited and scared but grabbed hold of the opportunity. We put on our best summer short shorts and homemade tie-dyed halter tops we created. Yes, we really spent the day making them! Debra had this adorable Volkswagen beetle that she drove. And let me tell you, boy did we ever have fun in her little ride. Ok back to the story. We had an 8 track tape in the deck playing some Nitty

Gritty Dirt Band tunes that we turned up loud. The drive to the venue took about twenty minutes and our ears were primed for the concert. We were filled with happiness and bubbly with anticipation. We had laughed and sang the whole way there. We went to Piedmont Road in Atlanta, Georgia to a venue at Broadview Plaza. It was Alex Cooley’s Great Southeast Music Hall. Walking into the lobby, we were amazed to see the walls were all written on with different little quippy quotes and graffiti, truly a sight to see. I remember the hall being really small and really dark and very psychedelic. I think the stage was elevated just a little off the floor. We were really getting excited and couldn’t wait for the show. Soon thereafter we found our place in the crowd of fans and fun seekers. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took the stage and their sounds of their guitars began


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to fill the air. You may remember some of their songs: House on Pooh Corner (my personal favorite), Will The Circle Be Unbroken, and One Step Over The Line. Amazed in so many ways. The best part was there were no chairs and we sat on the floor! I am now a Grandmother and I have been to too many concerts in my lifetime, but none compare to the excitement and total electric feeling you got from that very first concert!! Wish you had been there!

Becky Wentzel


’ve been to many concerts in my life, and I love watching musicians do their thing. Stories told through song may elicit emotions, foster camaraderie and conjure memories. Just hearing a few notes of your favorite ditty from high school can immediately take you right back to that time, reminding you of people and places you haven’t thought of in years! So when you discover a band that has stood the test of time, having churned out hits for over three plus decades, you know you’ve found something special. For me, this band is U2. The first time I saw them perform live was their Joshua Tree tour in December 1987 at The Omni in Atlanta. I’ve since attended at least one show on every tour. My favorite show was definitely their 360 tour. You see, I had the good fortune of marrying a fellow ardent U2 fan. And what happens when both you and your spouse are dedicated followers of the lads from Dublin? You book a trip to see them perform in their hometown, of course! July 23, 2009, we boarded a red eye flight from NY to Dublin. We landed early Friday morning, jet lagged and bleary eyed. After spending most of the day recovering, we decided to venture out in the late afternoon. The area around Croke Park is mostly residential with an abundance of Irish pubs. On this particular afternoon, the pubs were filled with pint consuming locals preparing for an evening with Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam. There was no more authentic way to acquaint ourselves with this local culture than to share an ale (or two) with other concert goers. As always, U2 did not disappoint. Their playlist included many of their chart topping hits, but seeing them perform to their hometown audience brought out a side I’ve never observed stateside. The pride and camaraderie among Dublin’s finest was palpable. And though we were thousands of miles from home, they made us feel more welcome than I ever expected. Our collective camaraderie facilitated a kinship that I will never forget.

Shelley McDonald


ne of my best concert memories was going to see Def Leppard back in the late 1980’s with a group of my high school friends. It was during the height of Def Leppard’s career, and back in the days where you couldn’t buy tickets online. My friends and I had to set alarm clocks to wake up bright and early to go get in line at Turtle’s Record Store on Canton Hwy to purchase our tickets for one of three, sold-out shows that Def Leppard would be performing at the now non-existent Omni in downtown Atlanta. By the time we arrived at Turtle’s, the line was wrapped around the parking lot! Those first in line had brought sleeping bags and camped out on the sidewalk the night before in an effort to get front row seats. We successfully obtained our tickets, and anxiously waited for the date of the show. When the concert date finally arrived, we all donned our acid-washed miniskirts, crop tops, and Aqua Net hairspray, teased-to-the-moon, in big 80’s hairstyle fashion. We entered the Omni amidst a sea of other guys and girls who were similarly dressed, and excitedly made our way to our seats!! The lights went out and everyone screamed as Def Leppard took the stage surrounded by blasting pyrotechnics and colorful stage lights! Rick Allen’s drums pounded through our chests as we sang every word, to every song, right along with Joe Elliot. Much to our delight, they announced that they were filming footage for their upcoming video for their hit song, “Armageddon It.” Months later, when the video was finally released, my mother recorded it on VHS so that we could watch it over and over, carefully scanning each frame, looking for ourselves in the crowd scenes. Sure enough, in a quick pan of the crowd during the song’s bridge, I spotted my blond hair and red crop top! There it two seconds of fame, and my 80’s persona immortalized.




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Why Does My Child Need an Annual

Check Up?

By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. Most parents would not think of not taking their child to the dentist, so why would you skip your child’s annual check-up? •

Vaccinations are given at well visits. It is estimated that vaccines prevent more than six million deaths worldwide every year. There has been a 99% reduction in nine different diseases we vaccinate against. Yet to stop vaccinations is shortsighted and will result in outbreaks like the measles did in California earlier this year. Growth is a very important sign of overall health. It is very difficult to determine if your child is growing at a normal rate in adolescence without checking your child’s sexual development stage which is checked

at well visits. Obesity problems start early and persist into adulthood. The trend of the body mass index (BMI) is more important than the absolute BMI. The growth rate and BMI also vary depending on the age of the child. Every year physicals detect children not growing normally. Working on weight issues when they start adolescence works much better than waiting until it is a big problem. Most parents of normal weight children think their child is too skinny. While most overweight children’s parents think they are of normal weight. Child development and academic progress are monitored. Check-ups give time to evaluate if your child is doing what they should be doing. It is also time to assess school success. If your child is having difficulty with development or school, your doctor can formulate a plan for evaluation so your child can become the best they can be. To check for diseases, the provider performs a back exam looking for

scoliosis, listens for heart murmur and checks for abdominal masses. Specifically, sports physicals done in urgent care settings, although convenient, are not as thorough as those exams provided by private practice clinics and children often miss recommended vaccines by using this source of care. Monitoring family history is necessary to determine your child’s risk for certain diseases like heart disease, cholesterol problems and thyroid disease. Reinforcing age appropriate safety guidelines for parents including car seats, stranger safety, sports safety and internet safety.

So don’t let summer slip away, get your child’s exam scheduled today.

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



Should You Upgrade to 4K/UHDTV? By Michael Buckner

If you watch TV, chances are you have heard of the new Ultra HDTV. It’s true, TV technology improves yearly, and this year, there is a higher resolution. With TV’s, sometimes its worth upgrading, sometimes not (Can you say 3D?). Well I can tell you that UHD is worth it, but whether or not its right for your living room is another thing.

Actually, UltraHD, or 4K as it is also called, is just a different way of saying a 4 megapixel photo, but in video. In other words, we are just getting TV’s and video caught up to what phones are able to capture in photos. So it’s not a huge stretch in technology, but it’s a huge upgrade in clarity. If the parameters are correct in your home, you can take the TV out of the box, plug it in, and start watching 4K content immediately. But, there are a couple of really important requirements. If you do not have a truly high-speed connection (12mb/sec+), forget having Netflix, HBOGO, or any other internet video service in 4K. It simply will not work. They are releasing a 4K Blu-Ray player in a couple of months that you’ll be able to use if that is the case, but you’ll still have to buy discs. This seems like a step backwards for most of us. But

fear not, DirecTV and Dish Network have 4K boxes coming soon, so that will fix those homes with slow internet. Comcast just announced they will be upgrading as well. These boxes will require some new cabling, so if you have HDMI wires installed in the walls, this could be an issue for you. So basically, if you have great internet and easy cabling, it’s worth getting 4K/ UHDTV. Prices are affordable, and you can see the content today. But if you have slow internet, sit back and wait for DirecTV and Dish to get you upgraded. In the meantime, research the different brands and features out there. Fyi, my pick this year is the Sony XBR TV’s. From the 55” and up, they are all gorgeous.

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



Ingredients: 2-4 (½ lb) Lamb chops Goat cheese (tbsp/chopped)

Balsamic Roasted Grapes 1 pound black or red grapes Half cup balsamic vinegar Half teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation: Mix ingredients for roasted grapes in a small sauce pot and cook over medium high heat until grapes have softened and remaining liquid is nice and syrupy. Cook your lamb to your desired preference. Top with the goat cheese, grapes and grape enhanced balsamic. Enjoy this simplistic dish with your favorite side and a nice earthy red wine.


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Bringing Families and Businesses Together Entertaining, Enlightening & Educational

Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton are cities with much to do at the core of the North Fulton area. These active cities provide plenty for residents and visitors including shopping, dining and the arts. To tap the incredible marketing potential of the area, North Fulton Family Life magazine distributes to 25,000 in many of the most affluent neighborhoods to guarantee you will reach your clients.

Woodstock is a growing, vibrant city that is on the move. Several parks and an expansive trail and waterway system provide plenty to do in and around the city. Family Life Publications is proud to partner with Woodstock through our Woodstock Family Life magazine. Currently our magazine reaches over 23,000 homes including those in downtown Woodstock, Towne Lake, and surrounding areas.

Canton, seated in the center of Cherokee county has a perfect balance of small town feel and big time business. New restaurants and businesses are popping up one after the other. Canton and her surrounding areas including Holly Springs and the Hickory Flat and Sixes communities have a very desirable market rich with history and tradition. Canton Family Life is the only magazine in Canton that reaches east and west of I-575 with a distribution of 24,000.

Direct mailed to homes means your business reaches more potential customers for a better return on your investment.

Call 770-213-7095 for more information.

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3 Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Hair (And Not Even Know It)

By Jyl Craven

LIFESTYLE Worried about dull, brittle or broken hair? Things you do every day could be damaging your locks without you even realizing. Before we help you change your hair-damaging routines, it’s necessary to know a little about what’s going on beneath your tresses. Hair is composed of primarily proteins and made up of three different layers: the medulla (the inner most part of the hair), surrounded by the cortex, and then the cuticle, which is the outer most layer of the hair. When hair is damaged the protein bonds become broken and the hair can feel dry and brittle.

Here are the three ways you may be damaging your hair, and what to do about them:

Mechanical Damage

Excessive heat styling is a leading cause of damaged hair. Extreme heat causes temporary changes to the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together. Over time, these temporary changes can lead to more permanent damage, especially if you tend to blow dry or iron on a daily basis. To avoid mechanical damage: 1. Using a thermal protector that’s heat activated and protects the hair fiber inside and out is strongly recommended. Also, try to stay under 400 degrees when using any styling iron. 2. Wait until the hair is at least 50% dry before beginning to blow dry.

Chemical Damage

Chemical damage may occur if you’re attempting to make extreme changes to your hair. Over processing is just one form of chemical damage where the outer portion of the hair is opened so that the product can reach the inner section. Overuse or improper use of color and bleaching agents can weaken hair strands and permanently damage your hair. Damage may occur if the concentration of the chemicals are too high or if the products are left on for too long. To prevent chemical hair damage: 1. Always consult with a professional who knows how to properly perform any chemical service. 2. Color your hair on average only every 6 to 8 weeks.

Diet Damage

You are what you eat, and what you eat often shows through in the strength and luster of your locks. Protein-rich foods provide your body with amino acids, which produce the keratin that makes your hair strong. In fact, a deficiency in keratin may cause hair to grow more slowly and causes already-existing hair to be weak. Other diet considerations for damaged hair: 1. Vitamin C helps absorb vegetable-based proteins in the body, which are the building blocks for keratin. So eat citrus fruits, fresh peppers and Brussels sprouts as these foods can help promote keratin development. 2. Ensure you get enough Omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients, found in foods like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds, are known to benefit not only the hair but the skin as well. If you’re dealing with damaged hair, make sure to take some of these precautions so your locks can look as good as you feel! L

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


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Tooth Fairy By Anthea Drew Mazzawi, D.M.D.

(or two) which she generously left! As a pediatric dentist, I have open lines of communication with the Tooth Fairy … we even have a direct access phone in our office! With her permission, I wanted to pass along some of the latest and greatest traditions she sees here in Canton!

« Some families use a “Tooth Fairy

When I was a little girl, I would eagerly put my newly lost tooth under my pillow in hopes of a visit from the Tooth Fairy. When morning arrived, I was so excited to see a shiny new quarter

Dish” so your child’s sleep is not disturbed in the middle of the night. « Sometimes the Tooth Fairy will leave a sprinkling of fairy dust or glitter on the windowsill or leading up to the door where she flew in! « A fun new tradition is for you to leave a cup of water on your child’s dresser. When the Tooth Fairy flies by, she will dip the tip of her wing in the glass which will color the water the same color as her dress. « Children may leave a note for the Tooth Fairy. Sometimes they receive a typed note back from the Tooth Fairy which is rolled up and tied together with a piece of floss.

« These days, the Tooth Fairy likes

to leave silver dollar coins for the cleanest, shiniest teeth because they use those special teeth to build a castle in the sky! It pays for your kids to brush every morning and night to keep those teeth sparkly and bright! « Occasionally, instead of money, some children might find a fun toothbrush featuring their favorite cartoon character that will help remind them to keep the rest of those little teeth healthy. The average age for a child to lose their first baby tooth is around 5-½ years old, so be on the lookout for your special visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi is a pediatric dentist with Cherokee Children’s Dentistry in Canton. 770-479-1717,



ArtistProfile by Heike Hellmann-Brown

As long as he can remember Damon Carter has been interested in creating art — starting at the young age of 3 with drawing cowboys and comic book characters to the portrait of Ambassador Andrew Young that was commissioned by Georgia Public Broadcasting. “As a child I encountered artists at my grammar school and knew this was what I wanted to do,” Carter remembers. “Watching them paint ignited a burning desire in me to recreate life on canvas as realistically as possible.” The trend of the times however was Abstract Expressionism; therefore Carter chose a career in commercial art as a photo-realistic illustrator and graphic designer. “I got hired right after graduating from the University of Georgia and stayed with this company for 40 years,” the artist recalls. Dedicated to his corporate career, Carter painted only on the weekends and for his own enjoyment, but embraced the rare opportunity to study with preeminent figurative sculptor Richard MacDonald. After his retirement in 2001 Carter decided to follow his heart and focus on a second career as a professional artist. Loving the rolling hills of Cherokee County, he moved to Hickory Flat and began taking workshops with noted artists around the nation. Today the quality of his work is recognized both locally and nationally. Damon Carter was honored as a finalist in the Artist Magazine’s National Portrait Contest from a field of over 10,000 entries, he was a finalist twice in the prestigious International Cleo Awards, and in 2011 he was juried into the Oil Painters of America’s National Show in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Clients and collectors of Damon’s work include such notables as Ted Turner, The MeadWestvaco Corporation, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, GA, Georgia Tech University, and Standard Office Systems in Atlanta. Interestingly, Damon Carter’s quest for realism that made him turn his back to a career in fine art earlier in his life, is now transitioning into a more impressionistic style. “I love the process of painting and believe a true artist never stops learning,” Carter notes. “By studying the works of the old masters in museums, galleries and my growing studio library and experimenting with various techniques, I am now beginning to learn how to incorporate a piece of myself into a painting. A big part of creating a painting is knowing what to put in, what to leave out, how to emphasize the points of interest and what you can achieve with energetic brushstrokes with the goal to create an image that goes beyond recording the visual facts of a photograph.”


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A former President of the Portrait Society of Atlanta, Carter is known for his portrait work and also teaches his skills, but his passion is plein-air landscapes and the challenges they bring. A poem he wrote for his son Greg, a fellow artist, describes it best:

Mentors So much I’ve learned from masters past, And from living painters too. Amazed I stand at all they did, And tasks they’ve helped me through, But painting in God’s open air, Mid mountain, field and stream, By far the best classroom of all, Plein air painters know well what I mean, To master kinsmen of the brush, Indebted I’ll always be But you dear Nature, my great mentor, I’m most in awe of thee!

Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.



Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are often terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud noise. Tips for providing a safe and secure 4th of July for your pet:

By Diane Castle, D.V.M. Like many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbeques and a day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.


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1. Do not take your pet to fireworks displays where the combination of too many people and loud fireworks will be extremely stressful for your pet. 2. Keep your pets in a comfortable, dark and quiet room during Fourth of July festivities. A radio or television may help to cover up the loud noises in the neighborhood. 3. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety. There are many natural anti-anxiety formulas available as well as prescription medications for more serious cases. 4. Never leave pets outside unattended,

even in a fenced yard. In their fear pets, who normally wouldn’t leave the yard, may escape and become lost or injured. July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters filled with pets who panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed. 5. Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags, and are microchipped so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.

Sound Therapy: “Through a Dog’s Ear” is specially designed classical music clinically demonstrated to calm canine anxiety issues. The “Calm your Canine” series has even replaced drugs for thousands of dogs on July 4th.

Dr. Diane Castle is a veterinarian with Union Hill Animal Hospital. 770- 664-8380,

Canton’s Got a New Face for Event News! Every month you turn to this page for the events and schedule of our historic downtown. As I will be your new columnist on the subject I would like to take a Micah Fowler moment and introduce myself. I am Micah Fowler and I am Canton’s new Main Street Director. I started my new position with the city in mid-May and I could not be more thrilled to be a part of your lovely downtown. Now, for First Friday fans … celebrations for First Friday will be on Saturday, July 4th in downtown


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Canton, and for the first time, Canton Main Street and The American Legion are partnering together for the Independence Day celebrations! All First Friday activities including vendors, First Friday food alley, and the children’s activities will begin at 3:00 p.m. As for your musical entertainment, A1A (the Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show) will take to our stage from 4:00-7:00 p.m., followed by the 4th of July parade (sponsored by the American Legion) at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks (presented by Canton Tourism) will be shot from Riverstone Shopping Center at dusk. The Canton Farmers Market continues each Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in downtown Canton, at Cannon Park. Come see us and browse through a wide selection of locally grown produce, baked goods, food specialty items, fresh flowers, and crafts. For more information, email

CantonGAFarmersMarket@yahoo. com. And remember, “The early bird gets the worm!” July’s Main Street Morning will be hosted by Yawn’s Publishing on July 14th, 8:00 a.m. This event is a monthly affair for merchants, residents and guests to come mingle and enjoy an informative presentation hosted by a different downtown business every month. All sessions are free and open to the public. One important last note, outdoor wifi is now accessible in the historic downtown district. We want to thank Audio Intersection of Canton again for their help in making this happen. So come on out on your lunch break and enjoy the weather while you answer emails, bid on those auctions, and update your social media. It’s OK, we all do it … Micah Fowler is the Main Street Director, City of Canton, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton, GA 30114. 770-704-1548.

Forecasted Higher Tax Digest Good News for CCSD By Janet Read The Cherokee County School District operates on a budget calendar year that is similar to the school year. The new fiscal year begins July 1 and runs through June 30. Beginning in January of each year, the budget committee works continuously on the entire budget for the upcoming school year. The School Board and staff wait patiently for the outcome of the tax digest for the county. This year, the tax assessor has forecasted that the overall tax digest will be slightly higher than it was last year. This is good news for our school district and especially our students.

The tentative budget was discussed with the School Board Members at our May work session. In his proposed budget, the Superintendent outlined the expenditure increases for the 2015-16 school year. Once again, I was thrilled to learn that no furloughs are planned for the year. The plan is to reduce class sizes in our middle and high schools with the hiring of additional teachers. We are adding six additional nurses to our staff — one at each high school. We will also increase our nurse hours at our other schools to ensure maximum coverage when students are present. We are also adding a onehalf teacher allotment at each of our high schools to focus on our Credit Recovery Program for our students. Students who take advantage of our Credit Recovery Program are able to stay on track for graduation.

that required all visitors at our elementary schools to be buzzed in from the front office. The success of this pilot has resulted in the implementation at all of our elementary and middle schools starting in August. Thank you to the elementary schools in the River Ridge Innovation Zone that were the ‘pioneers’ of this system. Thank you to the numerous members of the Superintendent’s Budget Committee who have worked diligently over these last six months on the budget process. Thank you for keeping the dollars in the classroom and for keeping it all about the children!

Janet Read is chair of the CCSD board. 770-516-1444,

This past year we piloted a program



Supporting Our Children By Crystal Bryant As They Learn From their Actions


So, we all are surviving the summer, and to the dismay of our children, it is time to start thinking of the school year all over again. This year I have an 8th grader, a 6th grader, and a Kindergartener. I think my oldest has decided there is little to no value in school. My 6th grader is an overachiever. And my 5 year old is excited about going to “big boy” school, which I am positive will change by the second week when he realizes there are actual consequences to his actions, and he actually has to do school “work” this year. I could easily stop breathing entirely just at the thought of what this year might bring!


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First, we informed our children that the entire summer is NOT in fact just “vacation.” We still have chores that need to be done, rules and routines to follow, and structure to our day. Secondly, we get involved with our boys concerning grades and behavior starting the very first day. We help them get focused on doing the best that they can from the very beginning. This is a hard balance, especially with our less than motivated 8th grader. We can easily become micro-managers, which will prevent him from taking responsibility for himself, learning how to manage his time and prioritize,

learn from his mistakes and grow closer to adulthood. Lastly, we carve out time for each child individually for when they need help or just need to talk. This may be the hardest part of all. Three boys take up a lot of time (I am in awe of you who have more than three children!!!). Even with the best plans, loving support and encouragement, motivation and/ or consequences, children will make mistakes, we all do. The hardest thing I have ever done is watch my child fail due to bad choices. But sometimes allowing our children to make mistakes, or even fail, is the most loving thing we can do.

Crystal Bryant is the wife of Pastor Chris Bryant at City On A Hill United Methodist Church in Woodstock. She is involved in women’s, prayer and children’s ministries. 678-445-3480,

Truth About

STDs By Dr. Annie Kim

Although sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may be an embarrassing topic to bring up with your gynecologist, he/she is the first person you should talk to about your concerns. Not only will it ease your mind, but it could save your life. STDs are infectious diseases that are spread from person to person through intimate contact. It is estimated that 20 million new cases occur annually in the United States. STDs are most common among teens and young adults, with about

two-thirds of all STDs occurring in people under the age of 25. Some common STDs include HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, hepatitis B, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Most are spread through contact with infected body fluids such as blood, vaginal fluids or semen. They can also be spread through contact with infected skin or mucous membranes, such as sores in the mouth. You may be exposed through vaginal, anal or oral sex, and by sharing needles or syringes for drug use. Many STDs may not cause any symptoms. Symptoms will vary, but may include sores around the genital area or in the mouth, pain or burning with urination, discharge from the vagina or penis, itching, pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding. Sexual activity at a young age, multiple sex partners and having unprotected sex all increase your risk of STDs. The best way to prevent contracting an STD is to abstain from any type of sexual activity. However, if you decide to become sexually active or are currently sexually active, there

are several ways to help reduce your risk, including: limiting the number of sexual partners, having a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner, consistently using condoms, avoiding anal intercourse, and having regular checkups for STDs. If you have any symptoms of an STD or think you may have been exposed, see your healthcare provider right away and get tested. Most STDs can be treated so the earlier you get treatment, the better. If STDs aren’t treated, they can cause serious health problems, including infertility, chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, cervical cancer, birth defects, brain damage, heart disease, and death. STDs are an ongoing and serious epidemic so it is absolutely essential to take charge of your health. Get tested and treated, and make visiting a healthcare provider a priority to protect your sexual health. Dr. Annie Kim M.D., is with Falany & Hulse Women’s Center, located in Woodstock. 770-926-9229,



Ribbon Cuttings 2015 B.L.A.S.T.T. Workshops Wednesday, August 5 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Financial Scorecard Burnette Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc.

150 North Street, Suite F Canton 770-893-7085 Mediation and Arbitration (Legal)

Evaluating a company’s financial health is an essential skill for all business owners. Learn the fundamentals of financial analysis, with instruction on reading financial statements, understanding financial ratios and return on investment.

Edward Jones — Kelly Geiken, Financial Advisor 4390 Earney Road, Suite 210 Woodstock 678-297-0154 Financial Advisors

Wednesday, August 26 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Building Your Beach In “Building Your Beach”, Jim Bulger, President of WorkThrive Consulting, will discuss how you can increase the momentum and productivity in the employess, contractors, and vendors

Staymobile Venture, LLC

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that make up your workforce.

2230 Towne Lake Pkwy, Bldg 900, Ste 200 Woodstock 678-250-9355 Attorneys, Estate Planner, Financial & Estate Planning

To register for workshops, please visit

Thursday, August 6, 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: LGE Community Credit Union

Location: Canton Theatre

RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on August 4.

RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on August 21.

For more information on this event, please visit

For more information on this event, please visit

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5 Tips for Your

Roof Repair


By Juan Reyes

Shingle roof repair is essential for preventing further damage to your roof. After all, your roof is the core part of the home that protects it from harsh weather elements. If you are in need of help here are 5 tips to keep in mind for your next shingle roof repair.

Locate All Areas that Need Shingle Repair If there are leaks entering your home, it is extremely important to have your roof inspected and any damaged shingles or rotted wood located. If you cannot determine where the leak is coming from inside, contact your local roofing expert to perform a roof assessment for you.

Discuss Budget for the Repair Shingle roof repair can be costly depending on a variety of factors. In many cases, your homeowner’s insurance policy should cover some of the cost. Regardless, it is wise to sit down with a roofing contractor to get an estimate and figure out an appropriate budget for your roofing repair.

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

Choose Proper Shingles Once you know what areas of the roof need shingle repair and your budget, it is time to choose the proper shingles to make the repair. In most cases, your contractor will be able to find the same manufacturer and style to match your current roof.

Plan for the Shingle Roof Repair Accordingly All materials should be in stock and ready to go on the date of the roof repair. Most contractors can repair or replace a roof in a day.

Look Over the Repair Once the repair is complete, have it inspected to make sure that the repairs were done according to the contract and written estimate. It’s important for you to be satisfied!



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