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Publisher’s Perspective

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

ooking back over the past few years, we have seen incredible growth, prosperity and success in our local communities. Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver once sang, “I’m just an ol’ lump of coal, but I’m a gonna be a diamond someday.” This is indicative of how each day, we have the opportunity to polish and refine ourselves to become the best we can be. Through sometimes unbelievable daily stresses, it is our inert tolerance that defeats the heat and pressure, making us shine.

We form and create communities not just with brick and mortar, but also in our relationships. So, let’s lift and build each other up, connect and strengthen our bond, always striving to be good examples for our children and each other. As we celebrate the anniversary of Family Life Publications this month and enter our fifth year of creating these magazines for you, we realize how truly blessed we are to be your neighbors and friends. Thank you for your accomplishments and every smile you’ve shared. Thank you for being here with us.

Family Life Publishing Group, Inc. 150 North Street, Suite A Canton, GA 30114

770-213-7095 Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. Canton Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of over 26,000, direct mailing over 24,000 copies to Canton, Sixes/ BridgeMill, Holly Springs and Hickory Flat. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Canton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options.


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Each day, we can build upon the previous day, goal or experience. We were born to create; we work and thrive, not only as individuals, but as families, schools, churches and businesses. Each of us, regardless of stature, has a supporting role in this process. Not all of us were born to be cornerstones, but we each have our place. Like stones in a wall, there is

much hammering and chipping away to shape us for our intended use. We become bound by our connections, working sideby-side to create a solid foundation and steady structure, as we build together.





— Billy Joe Shaver

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Atlanta Hand Specialist, Cyndi Braun, Michael Buckner, Mary Kay Buquoi, Lynnda Campbell, Rep. Wesley Cantrell, Rick Cheney, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Shelia Garrison, Will Goodwin, Corey Harkins, Jessica Helms, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Karen Jordan, Maria Klouda, James E. Leake, Jonathan Lee, Sandy McGrew, Scott Merritt, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Billy Peppers, Michael Petrosky, Allison Reid, Frank Reynolds, JoEllen Wilson, Farris Yawn


“I’m just an ol’ lump of coal, but I’m a gonna be a diamond someday.”

SALES Janet Ponichtera

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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Farmers Market at River Church — Each Tuesday through November, enjoy fresh baked goods, homemade health and beauty products and farm-fresh fruits and veggies. 2:00-6:00pm, River Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-485-1975.

Through Sunny Side Up - The Poultry September Industry in Cherokee County The exhibit focuses on the history of an industry that continues to shape Cherokee County today, from its humble beginnings as a backyard industry, to its heyday when Cherokee County was the “Broiler Producing Capital of the World. Wednesday-Friday 10:00am5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am3:00pm, Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street, Canton. 770-3453288.




Summer Kids Movie Series - Tangled — Come see classic children’s movies, in a classic theatre, on the big screen for only $1! 10:30am & 2:00pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley Writers Institute Features Nationally Renowned Authors — Richard Blanco, the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, opens the event on 7/6. Leon Stokesbury and John Holman will read on 7/7. Earl Braggs and George Singleton will read on 7/8. John Lane and Michael Morris are the featured authors on 7/9. Dr. Pearl McHaney and Dr. Tom McHaney will focus on southern literature classics

Through Waleska Farmers Market — Each Thursday, come enjoy July homegrown produce and handmade arts and crafts. 3:00-6:30pm, Reinhardt parking lot, at the corner of Highways 140 & 108, Waleska. 770-720-5988.


Canton Farmers Market — Every Saturday through the end of October, visit downtown Canton’s Farmers Market for great locally grown produce and handcrafted goods. 9:00am-1:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1549.

on 7/10. Anne Corbitt and Stephane Dunn will round out the week on 7/11. Christopher Dickey will kick off the James Dickey Colloquium on 7/12. Christopher Dickey, David Bottoms, Ellen Malphrus, Bruce McEver, Mark Roberts and Donna Coffee Little will read James Dickey’s work on 7/13. The summer event will culminate 7/14 with a one-act play at 8:00pm, location TBA. All other summer readings are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30pm, Dobbs Science Building, Reinhardt University campus, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5600.


Downtown Canton First Friday, “Heroes Night” — Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. This month, we honor our local heroes including law enforcement, fire fighters and first responders who keep us safe.

There will be food trucks, live music by Rumors ATL (Fleetwood Mac tribute band) and local shopping and all that downtown Canton has to offer! Vendor spaces will be reserved for local nonprofit agencies at no charge. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1548.

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Family Fun Night — Enjoy some family fun at the outdoor Oasis Pool with music, games and contests for everyone. The fee is included with daily admissions. 5:007:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760.


Gardeners Seminar, “Insect & Plant Disease” — Frustrated by ugly spots on your roses or the cucumber vine that shrivels up overnight and


Artist Members Show & Sale — Celebrate our local artists and their beautiful creations. Every summer, artist members come out and share their passion for art with the rest of the community. All types of art mediums will be for sale. In addition, there will be an opening reception on 7/7 from 6:008:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244.


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dies? This class will help you to identify, prevent and treat insects and disease. 10:00am, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770-721-7803.


Ball Ground Movie in the Park — This month’s movie is The Good Dinosaur. Start time - dark, Ball Ground City Park, 177 Old Dawsonville Road, Ball Ground. 770-735-2123.


Summer Concerts in the Park — Two local bands will be chosen to perform during each concert. Free admission to the public. Bring your chairs or picnic blanket, and listen to some great local entertainment! 5:30-10:00pm, Brown Park, Brown Park, 251 E Marietta Street, Canton. 770-704-1548.

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A Novel Idea — Local authors read excerpts from their novels while guests enjoy an evening out. July’s theme is Beach Reads, with anything from romance to murder. 7:00-9:00pm, The Snug Gastropub, 190 E Main Street, Canton. 770-213-4814. CantonLiteraryEvent


Power Hour — This is a fastpaced networking event with fellow business leaders as well as the Cherokee Chamber Chairman of the Board, Bryan Reynolds, and Chamber President and CEO Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you’ll have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605

Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


TGIF Concert - Classic Recall — Classic Recall is a fourpiece classic rock band specializing in the hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 8:00pm, outside under the pavilion at Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533. continued on




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 CROCHET FOR YOUR COMMUNITY Wednesdays, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Learn how to crochet, or help someone else pick up a new skill. This program will culminate into a community service project. This event will not be held on July 26th. INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP July 8 & 22, 3:00pm, Ball Ground July 9 & 23, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones This group is for individuals who are interested in being part of a community to support their creative writing. TEDDY BEAR PICNIC July 10, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Bring your favorite teddy bear and blanket for a special outdoor story time. Refreshments will be served. KIDS KNIT AND CROCHET July 10, 10:15am, R.T. Jones Kids ages 9+ learn to knit and crochet with Soleil Knit and Crochet Club! All materials are provided; registration is required. FINANCIAL LITERACY 101“BRING BALANCE TO YOUR BUDGET” July 11, 6:30pm, Ball Ground Learn about the basics of budgeting and the importance of managing credit and debt. THE G.B.I. AND LOCAL CASES July 12, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat G.B.I. Special Agent Dustin Hamby will be presenting an overview of the G.B.I. and local cases. This program is for adults and may contain graphic details. BUTTERFLY GARDEN July 13, 10:30am, R.T. Jones Award-winning Laurel Garden Club helps kids make their own butterfly garden! This is suggested for ages 6-9; registration is required. All materials are provided. ENVISION A BETTER WORLD July 13, 6:30pm, Ball Ground Create a vision board with your small mementos and the library’s art supplies. I SPY July 14, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Complete a special “I Spy” scavenger hunt, and win a prize.


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Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. SUPERHEROES STORY TIME! July 15, 10:30am, R.T. Jones Wear your favorite cape, and meet some superheroes! All ages are welcome. CUPCAKE WARS July 18, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Chance tells you what to make, but you provide the creativity to make it come to life! Space is limited, and registration is required. Contestants must be 8-12 years old. DIY MINI SUMMER SCRAPBOOKS July 18, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones All materials will be supplied; please bring any photos or memorabilia you might like to add to your scrapbook during the program. This is for 6th-12th graders.

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Northside Hospital Presents Movies in the Park — The Lego Batman Movie at 8:45pm, Brown Park, 251 E Marietta Street, Canton.


Coffee & Connections — This event provides the Cherokee Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:00-10:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.

KNOW THE 10 SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE July 19, 10:30am, Ball Ground Learn the ten early warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease from this presentation. LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES! July 19, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Bring your apron, and join Christine from The Queen’s Bakery. Christine will be demonstrating how to decorate cupcakes. Registration is required. CANTON HISTORIC SOCIETY - A GLIMPSE AT CANTON’S PAST July 25, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones Take a glimpse at Canton’s rich history with the Canton Historical Society. Registration is required. GO GREEN - BEAUTY PRODUCTS July 28, 11:00am, R.T. Jones Learn about the benefits of making natural beauty products, and make one to take home with you. All materials are provided. Registration is required. MOM, DAD & ME YOGA July 28, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Explore and enjoy a few fun yoga stretches for parent and child with Certified Personal Trainer Lisa Dudash. Registration is required.


10th Annual Canton Explorer’s Rodeo — A fun event for cowboys and cowgirls everywhere! 8:00-10:00pm, Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway, Canton.

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Home by Dark Concert Series Nathan Angelo & Marcia Ramirez — A concert experience like no other, Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 8:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-6641533.

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Rhythm and Groove, local shopping and all that downtown Canton has to offer! 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1548.



Summer Sunset Cinema 5k — Fun for the whole family! Run a fast 5k through scenic Etowah River Park then break out your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7:00pm, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 678-4009050. SunsetCinema5kseries.

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Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast Both current and future Chamber members have the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00am, Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-3450400.


Downtown Canton First Friday, “Be True to Your School” — Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. There will be food trucks, live music by Atlanta


Home by Dark Concert Series - Michael Logen & Beth Wood — A concert experience like no other, Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 8:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533.


Ball Ground Concert in the Park — This month’s band is the Dixie Tornados. 7:00-9:00pm, Ball Ground City Park, 177 Old Dawsonville Road, Ball Ground. 770-735-2123.




The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless veterans is ongoing through August 11th. Sponsored by the Georgia District Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside

Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects muchneeded toiletry and personal-care items to fill “comfort bags” for veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout north and central Georgia. The owner of Woodstock’s Fashion Cupcake is opening a new boutique called Perched in historic Ball Ground this month. The store will feature trendy clothing, gifts and small home décor items. They will also carry birthday, wedding and baby shower gifts. The store got its name from a petite wild bird that visited the owner after her beloved twenty-year-old cat passed away. The bird sat “perched” on the railing of the front porch without any fear, as he didn’t move when approached. The bird has become a repeat visitor. She took this as a sign that her beloved cat was in a good place. Perched is located at 275 Gilmer Ferry Road, Ball Ground. For more information, visit, or call 423-456-6654.


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“Stand down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless veterans get back on their feet. The 2016 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected more than 10,000 pounds of toiletry items to fill more than 2,000 comfort bags for homeless vets in Georgia. Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal-care items are needed. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For a list of locations, visit For more information or to volunteer, call 770-864-5347, or visit

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Because of a focus on saving lives through pediatric immunizations, a WellStar physician is being recognized by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Sam Gold, M.D. has been named Georgia’s 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for his work to create immunization policies. Team members and physicians with pediatric training have focused on saving kids’ lives through immunizations at WellStar Health System. Thanks in large part to WellStar pediatrician Sam Gold, M.D., the health system created immunization policies to screen children for vaccinations at every well visit. As a result of the program’s success, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) named Dr. Gold Georgia’s 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.

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f all the things to do in Canton GA, the Canton Festival of the Arts ranks in the top five. The Cherokee County Arts Council stages one of the best fine arts and fine crafts festivals in the southeast during the third weekend of May in Brown Park, located in downtown Canton. It’s their major fundraiser for the year, and it usually draws 5000 – 7000 people throughout the weekend. But arts and crafts aren’t the whole story behind this production. Canton Festival of the Arts has festival food vendors (it’s not a festival without funnel cakes, hotdogs and BBQ, right?), organized by Will Carlan. Live music — all day, both days, perfectly orchestrated by Sean Furilla. An activity and crafts area for children was organized by


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Marcelle Strong, along with a youth artist market of rising artists. Saturday, there was a literary celebration with well-known authors from all over the southeast participating in discussion panels, thanks to Board President Carmen Slaughter. A well shaded wine and beer garden, staffed and donated by local restaurants, was the perfect spot to eat, sip, and enjoy the music while taking a break between bursts of shopping. Rebekah Shelnutt planned and organized Serenity Gardens, which promotes the art of living well through natural skin products, local honey, artisanal and organic foods and ornamental plants. And, of course, the artists market itself — coordinated by Jessica Sexton and Dana Vaccaro-Lee — showcased the unique talents of sixty artists. Behind-the-scenes work began in early winter with all of the

previously mentioned people coordinating their divisions while Mary Ursits sought sponsors, and Kim Bates handled the advertising for the event. All of this and the help of fifty volunteers to set up, tear down, carry products for the artists, booth sit for vendors if they needed a break, attend the gates, take out the trash, take water to everyone, point the way and give directions made for a successful event. This year, as it is every year, the artful jewelry was stunning; some was kitschy, and all of it was handmade. There was purposeful pottery as well as whimsical pieces. Beautiful, carved wood bowls; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; metal and textile works are just a few of the many mediums represented. All of it was gorgeous! Mark your calendars for May 19th and 20th, 2018, 10:00am-5:00pm. That is when the Canton Festival of the Arts will return. Other great events in Canton include Gospel Fest, Riverfest, First Friday celebrations and A Novel Idea.

Sandy McGrew is a ten-year Canton resident who represents ward 1 in the Canton City Council.

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Your Future Starts Here! By Jessica Helms Opportunities in the HVAC industry are endless! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages Report, the average annual salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers as of May 2014 is $46,420. According to the same report, there are also 90,000 projected job opportunities in the industry between now and the year 2020. Here are a few things you need to be successful in the HVAC industry:

« Problem Solving Skills — The equipment that HVAC technicians work on can be extremely complicated and advanced. There are countless moving parts and pieces that must all work together


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just right for the system to operate efficiently. Your ability to work through a technical issue, identify the source, and perform the repair are crucial to a successful career.

« A Teachable Personality — Because technology is constantly evolving and improving, there is always something new to learn in the HVAC industry. You must be willing to learn from your peers, and always ask questions.

« Customer Service Mentality — You should strive to best serve customers by cultivating a relationship with them. There are several options when it comes to HVAC service, and you want your customers to know that they can count on you to do the right thing. Regular and honest communication is key to establishing a relationship of integrity with customers in the HVAC industry.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities in the HVAC industry, please email Careers@

Jessica Helms is an executive assistant/ communications director for R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-9171795.

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Cherokee County Names 2017 Top 10 in 10 The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized this group of young professionals as ones to watch. “The ‘Top 10 in 10’ initiative is designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals,” said Pam Carnes, Cherokee County Chamber President and CEO. This recognition program focuses on residents under age 40 who are considered to be Cherokee County’s up-and-coming leaders over the next ten years. Judging criteria included past professional achievements and awards, five-to-ten year professional goals as well as the nominees’ volunteer and community activities. The honorees who will be under the age of forty on October 1st have been nominated for the prestigious GeorgiaTrend magazine’s “40 Under 40” recognition.

The rising stars recognized as Cherokee County’s next generation of community leaders include (front row, L-R) Kayla Cleveland, director victim witness, Office of the Cherokee County Solicitor-General; Jennifer Davo, owner/operator, Studio 5 Salon; Kristi Estes, owner, occupational therapist, In Harmony Pediatric Therapy; Dixie Williams, controller, Southeast Restoration Group of GA, Inc. (back row, L-R): Jennifer Reynolds, special education teacher and department chair, professional learning teacher leader, Cherokee County School District; Courtney Putnam, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, director, Center for Relational Care-Atlanta; Evan Ingram, community engagement coordinator, Goshen Valley Foundation; Jessica Helms, communications director, R&D Mechanical Services, Inc.; Amy Hall, senior staff accountant, North GA CPA Services, PC. Not pictured - Abby Roach, attorney/ partner, Roach, Caudill & Gunn.

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

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Community Feature Exercise Class Opportunities for Seniors SAFE (Strength and Flexibility Exercise) is a Parkinson’s exercise class that will be held at the Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, starting July 10th – August 11th, Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 11:00am. There will be a class limit of ten for ages 50+. Pickleball is a sport created for all ages. The rules are simple, and the game is easy to learn. Classes are on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 8:30am at the Boys and Girls Club Tennis Courts, 1082 Univeter Road in Canton. Starting July 10th, Body Recall is an exercise class for all ages that is held at the Boys and Girls Club in the gym, 1082 Univeter Road in Canton on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. For details, please call Nathan Brandon at 404-384-8533.


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DAR Outstanding Regent Organizes New Chapter in North Cobb/South Cherokee County Members of the Kennesaw Mountain Chapter, DAR and guests. National Society Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) members and residents of Cobb and Cherokee County recently attended the Kennesaw Mountain Chapter first chapter meeting. To meet the demand for growth and membership, Cherokee County resident Loriann White was appointed regent and tasked to organize the formation of the new chapter. The chapter organized with thirteen members. The DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. White was awarded Outstanding Chapter Regent for her leadership as regent of the Hightower Trail Chapter in Cherokee County during the 119th Georgia State Conference. She joined DAR in October 2010, became regent in May 2012 and served the chapter for four years. White serves the state society as the DAR Project Patriot State Chair. She also received a citation from the DAR Service for Veterans State Committee for her work with local veterans and county cemeteries.

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Community Feature Sequoyah Junior Chiefs Cheerleaders Give Back to the Community The Sequoyah Jr. Chiefs Cheerleaders recently spent the day making sandwiches and packing over 1000 sack lunches for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. During the summer months, children who receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year are also given the opportunity to have a free lunch delivered to them in the summer. The lunches are delivered by MUST Ministry volunteers Monday through Friday. Each child receives a sack lunch that contains (at least) a sandwich, a salty snack, a sweet snack and a juice box. A special thanks to all the Jr. Chiefs Cheer parents who donated

Cherokee HS Student Wins Georgia’s Most Positive Male Athlete Award Jacob Klebar, a member of the school’s football team who recently graduated and is headed to Reinhardt University on an academic scholarship, will be honored this month at the 2016-17 Georgia Positive Athlete Awards at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The award is presented by Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive, LLC, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. Hines Ward, a former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers football star, formed Positive Athlete with local businessman Scott Pederson.

items and to Hickory Flat Fellowship Church for opening up their facilities to assemble the lunches. The Jr. Chiefs Cheer Program teaches girls to not only be leaders on the field but also in the community. The program enforces the importance of taking an active role in making a real difference.

Sequoyah HS Class of 2017 Graduate Wins National Merit Scholarship Katie Bates has won a National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship! She plans to study biochemistry at UGA in the fall. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors are named finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and only about half win scholarships. Selection of finalists is based on outstanding SAT scores and academic achievements, participation in school and community activities and demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors. Scholarships awarded include National Merit $2500 Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and Special Scholarships.

Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honors Outstanding CCSD Seniors

More than 3,400 students are nominated annually by coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents. Awards are presented for specific sports and regions, with the top award – Positive Athlete of the Year -- presented to one male and one female student for the entire state. In addition to excellence on the field, Positive Athletes must show characteristics such as an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.


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(L-R) front row - Emily Snyder, Creekview; Mallory Gilmer, Etowah; Brianna Collender, River Ridge; Breanna Roper, Woodstock; Caroline Crum, Sequoyah; Emily Pope, Cherokee; back row - Bryce Davis, Creekview; Jack Carroll, Cherokee; Liam Byrne, Woodstock; McGwire Wells, Sequoyah; Noah Fitzgerald, River Ridge. Not pictured - Stuart Head, Etowah.

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Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Summer! By Scott V. Merritt, D.M.D. Relaxed summer schedules with long days of sleeping in, hanging at the pool, and grilling in the yard are something most Cherokee County families look forward to all year long. While you’re making the most of your time together and enjoying the beautiful weather, it’s important to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.

getting good nutrition. Limit candy, cookies, and other sugary treats to occasional indulgences at festivals or fairs. If you’ll be away from the house all day, pack your own snacks to resist stopping at a convenience store or hitting the vending machine.

Keep the Water Flowing It’s easy for kids to get dehydrated during the summer, especially when playing and exercising outdoors for long periods of time. Avoid lemonade, juice, soda and sports drinks, all of which typically contain large quantities of sugar. These beverages also tend to be acidic, which increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Stock the Fridge with Healthy Snacks

Emphasize Pool Safety

When your kids are home all day and playing outside for long stretches of time, it’s inevitable that they’ll be snacking more. Provide fresh fruits and vegetables, crackers and cheese, and hummus and whole wheat pita chips to ensure they’re

The majority of oral injuries that dentists treat during the summer are the result of an accident at the pool. Prohibit running on pool decks, bumping against the pool ledge with mouths, and diving into shallow waters.

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Purchase Extra Toothbrushes for Sleepovers Summer sleepovers are usually spurof-the-moment events. Stock up on toothbrushes and toothpaste for the whole family as well as for visitors who will be spending the night at your house. When your children leave for the day, have them pack a small bag with a toothbrush and paste in case they end up staying at a friend’s house for the night.

Schedule Check-ups and Follow-up Appointments The summer is a great time to take care of the things that are more challenging to find time for during the hectic school schedule.

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




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Red Carpet, Not the Red Tape By Karen Jordan


f you haven’t ever been to Ball Ground, or if it’s been a while, then you are in for a real treat! Ball Ground is small-town living at its finest! Presently, Ball Ground boasts a population of approximately 1,750, and it continues to grow. People are wowed when they visit downtown Ball Ground! As a place that is full of rocks and marble, Ball Ground is emerging as a diamond in the rough. The city is experiencing tremendous economic growth. Historic buildings that had long been empty have been given new life. They are being transformed into restaurants, boutiques, art shops, an ice cream shop and many other types of businesses that people love to visit. For instance, the Ingram Ford Dealership is now home to the V Market, which specializes in gently used items and antiques. Take a step back in time as you browse through the store. If retro items are not your thing, visit Southern Oaks Provisions, and you will find the latest in home décor. Another historic treasure located in downtown is the restored Atlanta Transit Authority trolley car #1386, which is now home to the Ball Ground Burger Bus.


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Additionally, what was once Roberts General Store and Warehouse is now the Corner District. The Corner District is an eclectic wedding and event venue. Ball Ground is also home to another wedding and event facility — the Wheeler House, which was featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. City Park, located in downtown, is home to the Ball Ground Rocks the Park Summer Concert Series, featuring the finest local talent and movie events. Family outings can be quite expensive, but in Ball Ground, families can eat inexpensively at one of the local restaurants or bring their own meal to the park for a relaxing evening of free entertainment. In addition to these new businesses and fun events, you will soon see Ball Ground

on the big screen! Ball Ground was the primary setting for the filming of the movie Mena, which is now known as Made in America, starring Tom Cruise. It is scheduled to be released on September 29th. Ball Ground was in the early stages of its new transformation, as movie crews rolled into town to transform the city into Mena, Arkansas. Once the movie crews left, Ball Ground picked up where it left off — becoming the place that “Rolls out the Red Carpet, Not the Red Tape,” which is why “Ball Ground Rocks!”

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

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Capitol Ideas

How Does a

Bill Become Law

in the Georgia Legislature? By Representative Wesley Cantrell


he process of how a bill becomes a law is both simple and complex, and it can be very political. It begins with an idea. The idea can come from a variety of sources (the legislator, a constituent, an industry representative, a lobbyist or even a relative). In my three sessions, I’ve passed four bills, all with different sources. As long as the idea is one that I believe in, I’m not concerned about its source.


If the bill passes out of committee, it is then sent to the Rules Committee, who decides if the bill will get a vote on the floor of the Chamber. Many bills make it to the Rules Committee but never get a floor vote. Should the bill make it out of the Rules Committee, it will then be presented on the floor of the Chamber by its author. Other members may also speak for or against the bill before the vote. A bill must receive a majority of the total membership of that Chamber in order to be sent over to the other Chamber (91 votes in the House, 29 votes in the Senate).

The idea is then taken to the Office of Legislative Counsel where the legislator receives legal advice, and the bill is drafted. As a state representative, I then file the bill with the clerk of the House. It’s formally introduced in the House Chamber on the following legislative day and assigned to a committee by the speaker.


Now, the process must be repeated in the other Chamber. If the other Chamber changes the bill in any way (even just punctuation), the bill must return to the Chamber of origin to be approved again. If the changes cannot be agreed upon, a conference committee is appointed to iron out a compromise. Then, both Chambers must approve the compromise.

Governor’s Decision The bill is now considered by the committee to which it has been assigned. Depending on what the bill seeks to accomplish, the committee process can be simple and straightforward, or it can be complex and drawn out. A committee can decide to pass a bill, not pass a bill, pass it with changes or simply hold the bill with no action taken on it at all.


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If a bill successfully makes it through this entire process, it is sent to the governor. He has three options: He can sign it. He can ignore it (it becomes a law). Or, he can veto it. It takes a two-thirds vote in both Chambers to override the governor’s veto. Making laws in our state can be quite a daunting task. It is not a quick process, and it is not taken lightly.

Committee Consideration

Wesley Cantrell is the young adult pastor at Woodstock Baptist and the State Representative for House District 22, which encompasses parts of Canton, Holly Springs, Woodstock, Ball Ground and Macedonia.

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By Dr. Jonathan Lee

As children, summertime meant endless outdoor fun. As teens, it meant sunbathing with baby oil to ensure the darkest tan. Fast-forward to adulthood where a thinning ozone layer and a higher incidence of skin cancer have made us wary of enjoying sunlight. But while cancer is a serious concern, you don’t have to become a summer shut-in. Use these tips to help you safely enjoy your season in the sun.

Avoid 10 to 4

For years, health experts and Atlanta meteorologists alike have warned us to stay indoors during the heat of the day. Avoid the peak hours of the sun. Its rays are the strongest between 10:00am and 4:00pm, so try to schedule outdoor activities around those times.

Slather on the Sunscreen

Liberally apply sunscreen about twenty

or thirty minutes before going outside. Because the sun emits two types of harmful rays — UVA and UVB — your sunscreen should provide “broadspectrum” protection against both, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or higher.

Reapply, Reapply, Reapply

Reapplying sunscreen may be the most neglected step in the sun-safety regimen. Don’t just put it on, and forget it. Sunscreen should be reapplied about every two hours while you’re outdoors, and every 45 minutes if you’re swimming.

Hat’s It!

Head out with a hat that protects your face, neck and ears. Choose one with a wide brim, at least three or four inches around, for suitable coverage. The bucket and wide-brimmed farmer’s hats, in a lightweight straw or cotton twill, are two classic, stylish choices.

Seek Shade

Seek shade, but do so with caution. While trees and umbrellas provide some protection, you still need to protect yourself under them. The sun’s rays can


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scatter, penetrate and reflect to reach you.

Dress for the Occasion

Covering up in dark, tight-knit fabric is the best way to protect your skin, but it’s no fun in the summer heat. Fortunately, some companies now make lightweight clothing with effective sun protection. These items bear an ultraviolet protection factor or UPF (think of it as an SPF for fabric) of 15 to 50 on their labels. Check out online retailers and, which offer attractive options with a UPF.

Play Movie Star

You’ve got a better reason to shield your eyes. The eye area is incredibly vulnerable. Prolonged sun exposure can damage your eyes and increase your risk of developing eye disease. Sunglasses that block 99100% of UVA and UVB radiation are recommended.

Dr. Jonathan Lee is medical director of the melanoma and sarcoma program at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.

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The Very First Teacher July signals the close of summer break, and students will soon be transitioning back to the classroom. For many families, this will be the very first school year for their children. Preschool and kindergarten are exciting milestones full of pictures and memories.You will no doubt prepare school outfits and backpack supplies, but have you prepared your children to be ready for school? Teachers can work miracles, and will work well with your children, but to ensure their success, there are basic things that should be learned in your home before your child ever enters the classroom: 1. Basic Manners —Your child should know how to greet people, say “hello,” give a firm handshake while looking someone in the eye as well as use “magic” words like “please,”“thank you,” and

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By Lisa-Marie Haygood

“I’m sorry.” Your child should be sympathetic to others and respectful of their elders and teachers. Also, knowing it is not okay to touch others, and understanding the difference between “good touch” versus “bad touch is important.” 2. Good Hygiene — Teach your child how to keep themselves and their personal space clean. This means learning to bathe and brush their teeth. Children should also pick up their belongings and properly care for them and stow them away. They should learn to do this without being asked. 3. Work Hard — Students should be on time and prepared to focus and work hard. Work ethic is initially taught in the home and should be continually reinforced. If your child learns these things before they go to school, and you send them

off well-rested and well-fed, you will have held up your end of a beautiful partnership. In exchange, they will be taught history, geography, math, science, physical education, music, language arts, computer literacy and so much more. The foundation upon which a teacher builds begins at home. Before rushing to blame educators for the shortcomings of your children, ask yourself if you’ve held up your end of the deal. If we, as parents, do our jobs well, our children are so much more likely to succeed.




eople often ask questions about owning a firearm for self-defense. I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and I believe in responsible gun ownership by law-abiding citizens. My dad bought me my first rifle when I was twelve, and I still have it today. My wife also grew up in a home that advocated responsible gun ownership. We’ve taught our children to have respect for all firearms; after all, their dad must carry one at work. The discussion on having a firearm for personal protection can get complicated. Walk into any gun store, and you will quickly realize that everyone is an “expert” on the subject (*sighs*). You can quickly become overwhelmed with varied opinions. There are many variables to consider when deciding what’s best for you and your family. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume the reason you want, or currently possess, a firearm is for personal and family protection. Here are a few things to consider should you decide to have a firearm for personal defense. First, make sure you’re mentally and spiritually prepared to use a firearm to defend yourself or someone else. This is an important point that is often brushed aside.


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By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

I’ve seen incidents where people have put themselves in greater jeopardy because they were unwilling or reluctant to use deadly force to defend themselves when they had the means. You don’t want to have that conversation with yourself for the first time during a critical incident. Another equally important aspect of responsible firearm ownership is having a working knowledge of the law. You need to know what is myth and what is legal fact, and ignorance

“There are many


to consider when deciding what’s best for you and your family.”

of the law is not a viable defense. You should be very knowledgeable about when you can defend yourself

and another person, where you’re prohibited from carrying a gun, where you can discharge a firearm, and many other very important points. There are several very good websites; just type “firearm ownership in Georgia,” and you should find a lot of information. I also recommend getting a Georgia weapons license from the Cherokee County Probate Court. Please visit their website, and look under the link “Weapons Carry License FAQ.” Okay ladies, please listen: I don’t recommend taking lessons from your husband or boyfriend. I don’t care what ninja school they said they went to; it can be a recipe for marriage counseling. I have been a firearms instructor for twenty years, and I think I’m fairly good; however, I’m still not going to teach my wife how to shoot a gun. Not that I’m scared (well kind of), but I want her to be in a positive learning environment and free of IHS, (impatient husband syndrome). A good instructor will teach you the fundamentals of shooting while building your shooting confidence and respect for the firearm. Once you learn to shoot well, I recommend you take your training to the next level. Learning to shoot paper targets in a controlled environment is necessary to develop

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Here are a few points to consider when handling a firearm: •

the fundamentals. However, it doesn’t train you to deal with a deadly force situation. There are many qualified instructors with real-world experience in both the military and law enforcement. I’ve sent my mother, sister, and wife to an eight-hour advanced handgun course dealing with such incidents. This may seem like a lot of training, but we’re talking about life-and-death situations. What type of firearm should you purchase? Well, that changes from person to person depending on the person’s skill and familiarity. A good instructor will allow you an opportunity to use a variety of pistols, so that you can make an informed decision. You’ll hear things like automatic vs. revolver, stopping power vs. shot placement, target shooting or combat shooting, and the list goes on. My recommendation — keep it simple.

Once you’ve attained the legal requirements to carry a firearm, you should consider two factors: how to carry your firearm and when to defend yourself. In my professional opinion, concealed carry in public is more tactically sound and brings less attention to you. Regarding having to defend yourself, the situations vary dramatically. You certainly don’t want to be mistaken for the suspect when trying to defend others. This is why practical training from a reputable instructor is very important. Learning from the successes and failures of others can not only save your life, but also prevent some serious legal problems.

• •

Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, and never assume a firearm unloaded. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you’re aiming at the target and ready to shoot. Never handle a firearm when consuming alcohol or certain medications. Never leave a loaded firearm unattended. Always keep your firearm out of sight and out of children’s reach (consider gun locks and safes).

These may seem like obvious safety principles, but each year, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responds to accidental shootings when these rules are violated. As your sheriff, I swore an oath to support and defend your Constitutional rights. Please help me by doing your part through responsible gun ownership in the form of training, education and handling. Frank Reynolds is the sheriff for Cherokee County. 678-493-4100.

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Community Partners

Making a Difference

in the Lives of Children

The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) has a mission to “provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success.” FFCL was founded in 1999 to address the growing problem of children from low-income communities entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness. The recipe for early school success is simple: start school with strong literacy skills. FFCL’s recipe for encouraging early literacy development is even simpler: ensure that children have age-appropriate books at home, and that their parents have the support that reinforces the importance of early learning and encourages them to read frequently with their children.

Literacy in the United States, 1996) • The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. (National Commission on Reading) • Children who have not already developed some basic literacy practices when they enter school are three-to-four times more likely to drop out in later years. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 1993) • The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. • Children in welfare homes hear 32 million fewer words from birth to age four than children who live in professional homes. (Annie E. Casey Foundation) Donors to the FFCL have a lasting, positive effect on children’s lives. Reading as a child in those first few years of life is directly tied to performance in school and in life. For example, children not reading on grade level by third grade are four

times more likely to drop out of school. High school drop outs are more likely to become teen parents, have poor health, be unemployed or end up in jail. 85% of all juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate. However, there is hope in the form of the FFCL and its supporters. In Cherokee County, a total of 16,524 books have been mailed since the program began in 2010. Over 600 children have graduated and subsequently entered school better prepared to learn. Currently, 264 children receive books every month, but an estimated 4500 low-income children in Cherokee County remain at-risk for entering school unprepared. Ferst Foundation mails quality books from its Read to Me Library. The program costs $36 per child/year. To learn more about how you can support childhood literacy in Cherokee County, enroll a child for free books or adopt a reader, visit

Children registered for the Ferst Foundation literacy program receive a developmentallyappropriate book mailed to them at home every month until their fifth birthday. FFCL’s vision is to afford the best chance to every child to succeed in school and in life, and to help create an educated, productive and competitive work force.

Why is the program important? • 61% of low-income families do not have a single book suitable for a child. (Reading


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Gardening with Children By Joshua Fuder

Gardens have been cropping up at schools across the country over the last decade. They are a great way to introduce fundamental science, mathematics, and health skills to children of all ages. Gardens also help cultivate life skills such as responsibility, empathy, problem solving, and appreciation for the natural world. Gardening with children at home is a great way to spend quality time as a family. It’s also a wonderful way to expand a child’s diet, as homegrown vegetables that they helped produce may not be rejected as easily. Here are a few ideas to help get started: • Start small, and build on success. Give a child his/her own plot, and

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allow them to choose what they will grow. • Start with reliable growers: sunflowers, beans, peas, squash or marigolds. • Choose a new plant to grow each season. Themed gardens are a great way to get children interested and can be achieved by pairing plants together for an intended look or purpose. Here are some ideas for a themed garden: Ingredient Gardens • Salsa garden — tomatoes or tomatillos, cilantro, green onions, and peppers • Pizza garden — tomatoes, basil, parsley, green onion, peppers, and the “cheese” of orange marigolds Herb Gardens Herbs flavor everything from our toothpaste to our food, so having herbs like mint, rosemary, thyme, and basil

will help show where these flavors come from. Stevia is an easy-to-grow herb that is intensely sweet. Size Gardens • Giant — mammoth sunflowers, squash for leaves and fruit, and Chinese yard long beans • Miniature — small-leaved thyme, button-box zinnias, and Mexican sour gherkin (cucamelon) Adding structures like tepees or arches with climbing vines can help provide adventure and excitement to time spent in the garden. Garden art like mosaic stepping stones and insects from recycled materials can also help make the garden a place of enjoyment and creativity. Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee






• 1 lb. shrimp, medium sized • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes • 1 box penne pasta • 2 cups pesto* • ¼ cup parmesan cheese • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • Salt and pepper to taste • ½ cup dry white wine


- Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid, rinse the pasta quickly, and set aside. - In a sauté pan over moderate heat, add the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic until its translucent, but do not allow it to brown. - Add the tomatoes, and cook until the skin blisters, and tomatoes begin to break down (about 5 to 7 minutes). - Turn up the heat, and add the shrimp; season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. - Add the wine, and stir vigorously. Once the wine is reduced, adjust the heat to low, and add the pasta and pesto. - Stir to incorporate all the ingredients; check for seasoning and consistency. If the pasta sauce is thick, add some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid. - Garnish with parmesan cheese and torn basil leaves.

*Pesto Ingredients (no nuts)

• 4 oz. basil leaves, (reserve a few basil leaves for garnish) • 3 cloves garlic, mashed into a paste • 1 tablespoon salt • 2/ 3 cup extra virgin olive oil • ½ cup parmesan cheese • Salt to taste

*Pesto Procedure

(serves 4)

- - -

Rinse the basil leaves, pat dry, and coarsely chop. Transfer them to a food processor or blender. Add the garlic and salt to the food processor/blender, and grind, gradually adding the olive oil to form a thick paste. Stir in the cheese, and add salt as needed.

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


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Facial Rejuvenation —

is There an App for That? By Drs. Petrosky, Harkins and Leake Though there isn’t exactly an app for facial rejuvenation, some patients are using Instagram filters to remove blemishes and wrinkles, hide under-eye circles, and brighten their complexions, and then bringing those altered photos to cosmetic surgeons to serve as a roadmap for what they want to look like in real life. Surgeons frequently encourage facial surgery patients to illustrate their aesthetic goals by showing “goal pictures,” usually of others, so these Instagram selfies are a great new twist on the concept. Using photo apps to improve your appearance is now very common. Taking those photos to a plastic surgeon and saying, “This is how I want to look all the time,” seems to be the logical next step. Some of the most common facial concerns that people tend to

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polish away with apps are also some of the things surgeons can treat with the following minimally invasive procedures: • Eyelid surgery takes care of under-eye bags and dark circles that seem to be even more noticeable in flash photography. Most patients are surprised to find out how simple it is, with recovery lasting just a few days. • Injectables, including dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic, are popular ways to treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and diminished facial volume. A few quick injections can reduce forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and worry lines between the eyes. • Skin rejuvenation treatments, like laser skin resurfacing, can be used for several aesthetic concerns such as evening out skin tone and eliminating blemishes. Small spider veins, moles, and wrinkles can all be minimized with laser skin treatments. It would be great if the trend of using photo apps to help reveal your natural beauty continues to catch on. A patient’s photo that’s been tweaked is much more likely to represent realistic objectives. And that, in turn, will lead to increased patient satisfaction.

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





By Cyndi Braun

magine your child walking into the waiting room of a dentist’s office only to discover an environment that looks more like an indoor playground, complete with a treehouse and wall murals depicting a mountain wilderness. Imagine dental hygienists quickly putting your child at ease, and a dentist who talks to your child one-on-one and never makes you feel rushed. Imagine the calm you feel knowing your child is in good hands.

Since 2007, Cherokee Children’s Dentistry has provided this kind of service to families in the Canton area. A team of dentists and dental hygienists treat toddlers to teens, specializing in anxious kids and children with special needs. The family-owned practice is committed to providing quality care in an environment that feels more like home than a dental office.

Families Treating Families Dentists Dr. Miles Mazzawi (Dr. Miles), Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi (Dr. Drew)


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and Dr. Nirali Procter treat young patients like they are family. “We are families taking care of families. We are all moms and a dad, just like the parents of our patients,” said Dr. Drew, a board-certified pediatric dentist. “We know what parents are going through, and we understand.” Owners Dr. Drew and Dr. Miles are married with twin daughters, and Dr. Procter has three young sons.

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As experienced dentists and parents, they know how to use childlike enthusiasm to put patients at ease.

mind, parents should bring their children to the dentist by the time they are one year old. “As a pediatric dentist, I have the opportunity to impact the oral health of the lifetime of each of my patients,” said Dr. Miles, adding that establishing a dental home early enables dentists to educate parents about oral hygiene.

“All three of us bring the same type of energy into the practice. We really care about our patients and their families,” said Dr. Procter. “I treat my patients like I would treat my sons, nieces and nephews. I make a point to let them know I’m proud of them.”

Easing Fears while Fighting Sugar Bugs When new patients are anxious about going to the dentist, Cherokee Children’s Dentistry knows how to put them at ease. The dental staff first focuses on engaging the child, not conducting an exam. The dentist might even conduct the exam on a stuffed animal or doll before looking at the child’s teeth. “For a young child, we might talk about Elsa or Spiderman or whatever the child is into. I find an opportunity to connect with the child on their level before we even start to engage in dentistry,” said Dr. Miles. “We also tell the kids that it’s us against the sugar bugs. We are all on the same team. We are all part of the process.” The team approach helps children understand that dentists are not to be feared; instead, dentists are part of a team, with the child, fighting sugar bugs.

“We are families taking care of families. We are all moms and a dad, just like the parents of our patients.” — Dr. Drew “We’ve been doing this for a long time. We know how to talk to the kids and bring it down to their level. The kids will have a great experience, which puts the parents at ease. So often, when these anxious kids and their parents leave, the kids are hifiving us and the parents are happy,” said Dr. Drew.

Establishing a Dental Home Early One of the most important jobs for a pediatric dental practice is to teach children and their parents the importance of good oral health. With this in

Some toddlers are predisposed to issues that put them at a higher risk for cavities. In those cases, a dentist can educate the parents to make dietary changes and improve oral hygiene in addition to encouraging checkups every six months.

What Makes a Pediatric Practice Special? “I’m a kid at heart. I like to sing Disney songs, watch cartoons and just be silly. I think working with children fits my personality best,” said Dr. Procter. “I love kids! As a pediatric dentist, I have the opportunity to shape their impression of dentistry for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Drew. “I enjoy getting to know the kids and talking to them about what’s going on in their lives. When a child comes in, whether it’s for a routine check-up or dental work, and they’re fired up and excited and having a great experience, and they say they loved it, that’s the best part of my job,” said Dr. Miles.

205 Waleska Road, Suite 2-B, Canton • 770-479-1717 •

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Asthma Part 1 — What is it? By Lynnda Campbell, N.P.

As a parent, you may be concerned about your child’s frequent cough. Could it be asthma? What exactly is asthma? Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs and airways. There’s also an unresponsiveness in the airways. This means that something that wouldn’t ordinarily cause a cough can cause significant coughing and/or wheezing in a child with asthma. Asthma is the most common serious childhood disease, affecting over 6.5 million children in the U.S. It is also the third most frequent cause of hospitalization in children under the age of fifteen. For these reasons, it’s important to recognize if your child’s cough is something more than a frequent cold.


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Asthma can be hard to diagnose in younger children. A cough is often the only symptom. However, coughing and wheezing can often be caused by other factors such as a viral respiratory illness. Gastronomic reflux is also a common cause of coughing. Children with asthma will typically have a frequent cough that is worsened by triggers such as upper respiratory infections, exercise activity, significant changes in temperature and allergies. Additionally, there is usually a family history of asthma and allergies or eczema. In children above age five, pulmonary function tests can be used to aide in the diagnosis. Fundamental causes are not completely understood. However, genetic predisposition, as well as exposure to environmental particles, may provoke an allergic response or airway irritation, causing asthma and its symptoms to develop. Environmental factors include

second-hand smoke (even if the smoker is outside!), indoor allergens (dust mites and pet dander) and outdoor allergens (pollen and air pollution). Premature birth at less than 36 weeks has also been associated with increased risk for developing asthma. Children with milder asthmatic symptoms and those who only cough and/or wheeze when they have upper respiratory illnesses (colds) will typically outgrow this tendency. However, generally, asthma is considered to be a life-long condition, although the severity and frequency of symptoms may improve. Proper treatment of asthma is critically important in helping limit its impact on your child’s life. Next month, current asthma treatment options will be discussed.

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

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“Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you may imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease

“Success is not to be measured by the position

or major-motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be

someone has reached in life, but the obstacles

someone who does not use the word ‘collectible’ as a noun, you

he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

can consider yourself an unqualified success.” -Fran Lebowitz

-Booker T. Washington

“Be like a turtle. Always take home with you.” -Unknown “The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the

Truth — that which is negated by the small print.” -Gerald Barzan

poor. What happens instead is that when

“There will be those who fall in love with

the glass is full, it magically gets bigger,

your skin and others who drown themselves

but nothing ever comes out for the poor.”

in everything that lies beneath. This is how

-Pope Francis

you know.” -Cindy Cherie


is the enemy of creativity.” -David Lynch

“I still believe that a human being does not die at once, but in a

“Let us pursue the things

way, we die in pieces; whenever a friend departs, a piece dies, and

which make for peace and

whenever a lover leaves, a piece dies, and whenever a dream of ours

the things by which one

is killed, a piece dies; then finally, the greater death arrives, only

may edify another.”

to see all our pieces long dead, so he picks them up and departs.”

-Romans 14:19

-Khalil Gibran


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By JoEllen Wilson


or many, a life plan often takes the route

of finishing high school, attending college, getting a job, marrying and having children. However, this traditional path is rarer

JoEllen Wilson

than you think. Many take a more non-traditional path — like I did. Let me start at the beginning . . . I was a traditional-age college student. I entered Reinhardt after high school and graduated in two years from this excellent junior college. Then, John Wilson and I married. I continued studying for my B.A. degree in elementary education at night school while working during the day. In 1967, our children were born. So begins “starting over.”

Starting over #



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Our twin sons were born 2 ½ months prematurely when I was a junior at Oglethorpe University. My ambition was to finish college and begin my teaching career, as my children grew with me. However, these two tiny babies (weighing about 3 pounds each) required almost two months of hospitalization and constant care. So I left college, quit my job and devoted myself to bringing these two precious children home from the hospital and helping them grow into healthy, productive men. I always knew I would finish my degree one day, but I had to be patient. The adjustments I made to be a fulltime mother took perseverance and hard work (of a different kind). However, I made the adjustment willingly and happily, with full support from my husband, knowing my family came first. It is a decision I have never regretted.

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I waited until my children were ten years old to go back to work. By that time, my career objectives had taken a different turn. No longer did I aspire to be an elementary school teacher; I wanted a career in higher education. I began my profession with Reinhardt College as a part-time employee. Soon, I became full-time and worked ten years as alumni director. During this time, I knew if I was going to build a career in higher education, I should have some myself — (higher education, that is)! So I went back to college after being away from school for twenty years, this time to study business administration. At the time, my sons had already graduated from the University of Georgia. I guess the hardest part of being in college when they had finished was knowing my children would be looking at my grades, as I had done with theirs for so many years. Talk about pressure to make all A’s!


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Starting over #

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If you’ve worked in one job for a number of years, you understand the meaning of “burnout.” Although I loved my job as alumni director, enjoyed my constituents and colleagues, and really wanted to remain at the college, I knew I could not continue to go to work with the enthusiasm required to be successful. I made an appointment with the president to let him know I needed to find something else. I figured there was no other place for me at Reinhardt, since a master’s degree is required for faculty and upper administration, and I had only recently achieved a bachelor’s degree. President Floyd Falany encouraged me to go back to college and promised I could work as a special assistant until I finished. It took another long five years, but I completed a Master of Education degree from Brenau University at the young age of 55.

I remember working at Reinhardt each day, driving to Oglethorpe University in Atlanta three nights per week, and finally receiving my undergraduate degree at age fifty. It took a long time — I was not able to take a full load of classes while working full-time, but I knew I could finish if I was resilient. Graduation was exhilarating! Imagine your husband, mom, dad, sister and SONS cheering for you as you walk across the commencement stage.

Finally, I had made it to upper management in higher education and had faculty status after years of dreaming and starting over — and over — and over. The secret? It’s really not a secret, it is simply resilience, tenacity, hard work and people who believe in you because of these traits. Even if you enter the job market after your children are older and finish college after the age of fifty, you CAN do it. I’m living proof!

Thomas Isherwood became president of Reinhardt in 2001 and promoted me to vice Starting over # president after a short nine months. In making this appointment, he had to approach a board of trustees who had never worked with a woman as a permanent vice president. He assured them I was capable at the administrative level, and they approved the appointment unanimously. I was also hired as an adjunct instructor in the Education Department.


P.S. I retired from higher education in June 2016 and was re- elected to Canton City Council in November 2016. The “starting over” continues . . .

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Jones Building to Be


and Receive a Historically

Accurate Façade

By Billy Peppers

Very few commercial buildings in Cherokee County can boast the age of the historic Jones Building in downtown Canton. The massive building that would stand as a city block in many communities anchors the eastern side of Cannon Park. The building has served as the focal point of the central business district since 1879 when it originally opened as the Jones Mercantile. Serving the residents of Cherokee County with everything from hardware to haberdasheries, food to furniture, and children’s toys to caskets, the store was a one-stop shop and the original Cherokee County department retailer. The Jones Mercantile accepted mill currency and store credit, being on the cutting edge of retailing. It originally stood as only half the building mass that is currently visible until a two-story addition was built adjacent to the first structure on the east side along Main Street. By 1921, the expansion had a third story added to that new space, and the building’s storefront along Main Street was seamlessly designed. The building would undergo a remodel in the 1950s. Finally, in 1973, as was the retail trend, an aluminum and stucco façade was installed, covering up the facility. Purchased by Cherokee County in the late 1980s for additional administrative office space, the building was subdivided from large open floor space to office suites for various County operations. In January 2017, the City of Canton took ownership of the facility from Cherokee County as part of an asset swap through the consolidation of fire services. City 40

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Council immediately hired Lord Aeck Sargent’s (LAS) Atlanta office and the duo of Jack Pyburn and Esther Davis to assist in putting together plans for the renovation of the exterior of the facility. Throughout the last several months, LAS has had the building scanned, has employed environmental engineers to scan and test building materials, and has examined contributing elements of the

historic building (woodwork, windows, masonry, structure and mechanicals), all in order to create architectural designs for bidding for construction. In May, City leaders approved the use of a construction manager (CM) at Risk platform for the work at the facility. The CM at Risk will oversee the project, subcontracting labor to varying groups through an open-book system while bidding out all work. This philosophy assists the City with

establishing a not-to-exceed budget for the project. The project will be redeveloped in two phases: a building envelope renovation and an operational renovation. The first phase includes replacement of the roof structure and renovation of the façade of the facility. This will include repair and replacement of masonry, windows, and the addition

of historically accurate commercial storefront designs. Additionally, during this first phase, the CM at Risk will be responsible for the selective demolition of the interior non-attributing elements. During this process, interior walls will be removed as well as some of the nonoriginal floor systems used to subdivide the building. A CM at Risk should be hired by the end of August, and selective interior demolition, the new roofing system and exterior renovation work will be in full swing later this fall. Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

Grace Without Boundaries

is an Empty Gift Many families have that one relative who is always making poor life choices; trouble follows them everywhere they go, and they’re constantly dependent on handouts to make it. One of life’s greatest challenges is finding the balance between showing grace and setting boundaries. Those who favor grace are often easily manipulated and abused. Those with strong boundaries can come across as judgmental and hard-hearted. Both extremes are unhealthy and unwise. At first, it may seem like grace, by definition, is the absence of boundaries. In reality, grace demands boundaries. There is a timeless story from the Bible that demonstrates this. Some men,

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By Pastor Will Goodwin

known for showing little to no grace, brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery before Jesus to see what He would do. Their law said they had every right to stone her to death, and they knew people would reject Jesus if He rejected their laws. Jesus showed an incredible act of grace. He famously said, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone” (John 8:7). One by one, the religious leaders dropped their stones and walked away. When he told the woman no one was condemning her, the grace was unmistakable. The woman didn’t deserve it. She had not earned it. Yet, she received lifesaving favor in a moment that would not be easily

forgotten. The story doesn’t end there. Jesus told her to “go and sin no more” (John 8:11). In that simple phrase, Jesus not only acknowledged she had made mistakes, but was telling her to put boundaries in place, so they wouldn’t happen again. The phrase in and of itself is a boundary Jesus was putting in place for her. Boundaries allow us to give grace, and grace received should always be accompanied by boundaries. Boundaries help us understand the full impact of the gift of grace, and grace without boundaries is an empty gift. Jesus’ example is the best one for us to learn to better love those who are hard to love.

Will Goodwin is the lead pastor at Oakleaf Church, 151 E. Marietta Street, Canton. 678-653-4652.



Common Examples of Fingertip Infections Felon A felon is a bacterial infection located in the finger pad. Staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria are responsible for these infections, and they usually enter through a puncture wound. The inside of the fingertip has several compartments, allowing this infection to stay localized and form a pocket of bacteria and pus. The fingertip will be swollen and painful.

Herpetic Whitlow


Recognizing the Symptoms of the Most Common Infections By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff Infections anywhere in the body are a common health risk, but fingertip infections are extremely common. We use our hands for everything, and we might not always take the best care of them. Fingertip infections can range anywhere from mere annoyance to serious health concern. If ignored or untreated, some infections can result in permanent damage or even complete loss of the finger. Any opening in the skin on or around the fingertip can allow bacteria, a virus, or a fungus to enter and cause an infection. Biting your nails, picking cuticles, working with rough or sharp objects, and playing with animals are just a few of the countless ways you can cut the skin on your fingers and incur an infection.


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Herpetic whitlow is a herpes simplex virus infection in the fingertips. These are common among professionals who come into contact with saliva or other body fluids (nurses, doctors, dentists, etc.), or among people who already have herpes. The fingertip will be red and tender, and it may burn or itch.

Cellulitis The most common form of fingertip infection, cellulitis is a staphylococcal or streptococcal infection caused by an open wound. This type of infection can spread to surrounding tissue and even into the blood. The infected area will be red, warm, swollen and tender.

Infectious Flexor Tenosynovitis Caused by a deep, penetrating trauma, infectious flexor tenosynovitis is an infection in the tendon sheaths in the fingertip. These infections can spread easily along the sheath and its tendon. Patients with these infections will experience swelling of the entire finger, tenderness of the underside of the finger, and pain when bending the finger.

Paronychia Paronychia is caused by a staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria, or even a fungus on rare occasions. These infections are commonly caused by biting hangnails, as these types of organisms are commonly found in the mouth. In these infections, the area next to the fingernail will be red and swollen, possibly with pus. If you suspect you may have a fingertip infection, contact your doctor to schedule an appointment.

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

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Is Your Thermostat Efficient? By Michael Buckner

Let’s talk about the often overlooked, power-sucking HVAC system, more specifically — your thermostat. If you’re reading this from home, go take a look at what you have. If there is a little plastic slider at the bottom that you use to adjust the temperature, cue the loud sirens! Get rid of it. It’s the culprit of at least ten percent of your power bill. Simply put, if your power/gas bills are $200 per month, you’re wasting around $250 per year. If your thermostat is digital but does not allow you to program a schedule, you’re in the same boat — wasting money. If your thermostat allows daily programming — congrats! But are you utilizing the schedule function to tell the thermostat when you’re not home? If not, you’re no better off, so stop

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reading this article, and go program your thermostat. For those who want premium energy savings, there is a smarter thermostat. Rather than simply programming a schedule, the Nest thermostat “knows” if you’re at home or not. It does this by using a built-in motion sensor to determine whether to be in comfort or efficiency mode. As you override this, it learns your behaviors, and it tries to anticipate the best setting. These are known to provide an additional fivepercent savings on your utility bill. Another option is a smart thermostat connected to other devices in your home (like your security system or garage door). If the system is armed to “away,” your thermostat knows to operate in efficiency mode. If your system is disarmed or in “stay” mode,

the thermostat assumes comfort mode. When you close your garage door in the morning — efficiency mode. When you open your garage in the evening — comfort mode. While still saving as much energy as the Nest, you are less likely to have the system switch to efficiency mode while you’re sitting motionless on the couch, and there’s no schedule to program.

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



Child’s Play in a Grown-up World By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

Find ways to involve your children in the richness of your “grown-up” life. Be creative and patient because the results are worth your effort! For young children, play is a lot more than entertainment. It is central to their development. A wonderful way to play with and teach children is to bring them into your world where “real life” happens. Children love to imitate you and do grown-up things. And when they contribute, they see themselves as players and get a well-earned selfesteem boost! Children also learn about important values and concepts from watching you. They see the result of practice and perseverance, and they come to know that learning is a lifelong process. They see that everyone, even a grown-up, can make mistakes and can learn from them. There are two easy and enjoyable ways for your children to play in the grown-


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up world: you can let them help with your chores, and you can include them in your favorite pastimes.

Work as Play Include your children in your household routine. There are countless safe ways for children to help with meals, laundry, shopping or cleaning. They can help mix recipe ingredients, pick fruit at the grocery store, water the garden or pack their lunch. These activities are fun learning experiences, especially if you are teaching informally along the way. The chores may take a little longer, as they learn the ropes, make mistakes, and work at a snail’s pace, but the value for their learning and their self-regard are more than worth the extra time.

Hobbies and Pastimes Share your interests with your children. This is one of the most

intriguing, emotionally rich forms of learning that children can receive. Teach your children about your avocations, and keep up with your piano, chess, painting, hiking or gardening. Your enthusiasm for your hobbies will be infectious and offer many ways for your children to learn and develop skills.

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

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Recently, the City of Woodstock Police Department hosted its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which honored the 145 law enforcement officers who gave their lives while serving their communities in 2016. Representatives from local law enforcement agencies were in attendance, and Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds served as this year’s keynote speaker.



A Great Alternative to the Four-Year College Degree

You may also want to consider that while “21 percent of the class of 2016 accepted a job before graduation, 51 percent of graduates from the classes of 2014 and 2015 said they are working in jobs that do not require their college degree” (Dickler). And finally, “The Institute of Education Statistics estimates that 40% of attendees at a four-year college drop out before completing their degree” (Hamm). So, what is another great option for recent high school graduates and anyone else who might be looking to pursue a degree, certification or advanced training to help them secure a profitable career?

By Julie Senger



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State Residents

Out-of-State Residents

4 (years)



33,480 per year $

(4 years)



24,930 per year $



(4 years)

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR 9,650 per year

As for starting salaries, “In its most recent survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that for ten broad degree categories ranging from engineering to communications, 2016 graduates are projected to have an average salary of $50,556” (Poppick). However, as of 2015, “the average cost of living for a single person residing in Atlanta is $31,303” (Elkins & Gould). If you used every dollar of your remaining income after all your cost-of-living expenses to pay down your student loans, it would take 5.17 years for state residents at public colleges, 8.35 years for out-of-state residents at public universities, and 10.12 years for private college tuition students to pay off their student loans. These are numbers you will probably want to consider when making your decision about whether to attend a traditional four-year college or university.



ith traditional, four-year college and university tuitions continuing to increase each year, many recent high school graduates are looking for another alternative. According to *Collegedata, “The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, and $33,480 at private colleges.” When you multiply those figures by four, you get a total tuition cost of $38,600, $99,720 and $133,920 respectively.

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four-year college degree,” students deserve to know just as much about trade schools and associate degree programs. We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t shine equal light on these types of opportunities, allowing individuals to pursue advanced education and training in viable, reputable career fields that employ more than half of America’s workforce. *All numbers within this article are based upon the following sources that were utilized at press time: Collegedata, “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064 Dickler, Jessica, “College Grads Enjoy the Best Job Market in Years” college-grads-enjoy-the-best-job-market-in-years.html Elkins, Kathleen and Skye Gould, “How Much It Costs for a Single Person to Live in 24 Major US Cities” Hamm, Trent, “Trade School Might Be a Better Choice Than College. Here’s Why” trade-school-might-be-a-better-choice-than-college-her-1484086007

If you’re a fan of the show Dirty Jobs, then you know its star, Mike Rowe, is a big proponent of attending trade school. According to recent research, trade jobs account for “54% of the labor market,” and “over the next ten years, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. But two million of those will go unfilled due to the skills gap” (The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Study). Therefore, the chances of you finding a job upon the completion of your chosen program are likely very high, as there are currently not enough skilled workers to fill the necessary positions. Also, most skilled trade careers are safe from overseas outsourcing because hands-on work can only be carried out locally.

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Survey, “The Skills Gap in the U.S.” (2015). http://mikerowe. com/2017/03/attn-again-a-4-yr-degree-is-not-the-best-path-for-all/ Poppick, Susie, “Here’s What the Average Grad Makes Right Out of College” Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities, “7 Benefits That Prove the Value of Education” https://www.

Do you fancy the idea of a varied work environment, one where you don’t sit in the same cubical each day? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you enjoy fixing things? Building things? If so, trade school may be an ideal choice for you. Examples of trade school programs include automotive, marine craft or aviation technology and repair, plumbing, welding, carpentry, electrician school, landscape design, appliance repair, HVAC, truck driving, dental hygienist, sonographer, respiratory therapist, paralegal, web developing and so much more! Another benefit of trade school is that most programs take two years or less to complete, so you’re able to get started earning a salary in your career two years sooner than you would while earning a four-year degree. And, “over thirty percent of young people with an associate’s degree — and 27 percent with an industry-relevant license or certificate — earn higher incomes than those with a bachelor’s degree” (Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities). So, while society has always seemed to focus heavily on encouraging high school students to “pursue a traditional,

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Choosing the

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LIFESTYLE Many people find the mortgage process to be a daunting one. When you call on a mortgage lender, it’s good to have an idea of what kind of mortgage you’d like. To decide on a mortgage type, first —identify how much money you can afford to put down. The more you can afford to put down, the better your rate will be. A good credit score and a down payment of 20% will afford you the best interest rates. What if you can’t afford 20%, or you don’t have a perfect credit rating? Don’t worry. These days, there are plenty of options, especially for firsttime homebuyers. Next, determine how long you’re planning to stay in your home. If you plan to stay in your home a long time, most people will choose a fixed48

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rate mortgage. This means that the rate you receive at the time of the loan will remain fixed for the life of the loan. This can provide peace of mind, as your mortgage payment will always remain the same. Another option is an adjustable rate mortgage. This means you receive a lower interest rate initially over a fixed rate loan, but the rate will adjust after a certain period, depending on market conditions. For example, a 5/1 ARM will adjust after five years, and could potentially go up as much as 2.00%, depending on the market. If you’re buying a first home that you plan to sell in less than five years, an adjustable rate mortgage makes great sense. Finally, you’ll want to determine how much the mortgage will actually

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cost you. It’s not enough to simply compare rates at different financial institutions. Different lenders will offer different mortgages and terms, which affect the total cost of the loan. Your lender will provide you with a loan estimate explaining all the costs, and you can compare loan estimates from lender to lender. Your house is the biggest investment you will ever make. Understanding how a mortgage works, and choosing a recognized, reputable lender will help ensure you make the wisest choice. L

Shelia Garrison is the Canton financial center manager at LGE Community Credit Union. 2018 Cumming Hwy, Canton. 770-424-0060.

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Falling Often, when we find an author we like, we will try to find and read everything they have ever written. Since our favorite writers can’t write as fast as we read, we often discover a great book we might otherwise have never picked up. Falling, a young-adult, Christian romance by Kathi Harper Hill, is just such a book. As with many aspects of modern, popular culture, romance novels can often be quite explicit. Even young adult fiction sometimes pushes the envelope. That is why Falling is such a refreshing change of pace. Harper Hill tells a romantic story that feels real, yet it still has a strong, moral center. Lela Sawyer is eighteen years old and recovering from a serious injury. Her chance encounter with a very famous rock star changes both of their lives in ways neither expected. They struggle to overcome some serious obstacles on their journey together. From tabloid lies, to an elevenyear age difference, to a shocking medical crisis, they use their love and trust in God to try and overcome everthing the world puts in their path. They also have the love and support of their parents, friends and church families, as they work to understand God’s plan for their lives. Falling is a wonderful book for you or any young adult you may know. This book shows that there is a different form of romance than what is normally depicted in pop culture. If you are not familiar with Kathi Harper Hill’s work, you will likely seek out all her other novels after you read Falling. You can also visit her blog at

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

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Ingredients (serves 6-8) 2 pounds ground wild boar (or ground pork) 1 medium Vidalia onion, diced medium 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup red wine 2 large cans crushed, fireroasted tomatoes

3 cups chicken stock ¾ cup heavy cream 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 ounces fresh tagliatelle pasta per person (or fettuccini) Parmesan cheese for garnish

Procedure 1.

In a large sauce pot, heat your olive oil, and add your ground meat. 2. Cook the meat until there is no pink left. 3. Remove the meat, strain, and reserve half the fat. 4. Add the vegetables, except the canned tomatoes, and the spices to the reserved fat, and cook until they start to caramelize. 5. Deglaze the vegetables with red wine, and reduce by half. 6. Add chicken stock and crushed tomatoes to the vegetable mix, and bring to a simmer, then add the cream. 7. Add meat, and reduce on low-medium heat for about twenty minutes or until consistency has thickened. 8. Cook pasta in boiling water, then strain, and plate. 9. Ladle a generous amount of the meat sauce over the pasta, and garnish with parmesan cheese. 10. Serve with a bold Italian red wine.


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Artist Profile BY MARIA KLOUDA

Marilyn retired from the fashion industry after thirty years of producing shows all over the country. The impact of off-shore competition and the growth of the internet changed the industry significantly. Instead of seeing the changes as the end of her career, Marilyn reinvented herself and began a second career as a successful artist. Coincidentally, there’s a strong parallel between producing a fashion show and creating a piece of art. Both mediums create a picture. The first uses models, music and merchandise. The second is created with a canvas, paint and passion. Marilyn has never had a formal lesson, “I just paint,” she says. She admits she might have benefited from formal instruction, but she didn’t want to be overly influenced by the process. Since Marilyn never learned the “rules,” she finds freedom in the ability to create art as it comes to her. Her first piece was painted on a scrap of canvas that had been a prop in a previous fashion show, using leftover house paint she found in the garage and brushes that she already had on hand. She knew

Old barns, regional landscapes and fields of flowers are just some of the images of the simplicities of the south that are lovingly created by Georgia artist, Marilyn Sparks. 52

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she was on to something when she took one of her pieces to a frame shop, and the associate mentioned that they were “familiar with the artist.” Knowing that they couldn’t be familiar with her work, Marilyn continued to paint in earnest. Beginning with acrylics, Marilyn eventually made the switch to oils. She began experimenting and became drawn to the smell, feel and texture of the medium. Her works are inspired by her memories. Summers spent on the family farm have influenced her art. Many of these iconic structures are disappearing from the landscape.

Grand Bohemian Galleries throughout the southeast. Marilyn does not sell direct to the public, but she accepts commissions. You can find more information online at

Maria Klouda the online and adult records & retention administrator affiliated with the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770720-5582. Graduate/MFA-CW/

Marilyn is overwhelmed with gratitude about her success as an artist. She is grateful and honored that clients would choose one of her paintings to hang in their home or business. Each piece is bold, bright, charming and peaceful, much like the artist behind the easel. Locally, her work can be found at Taylor Kinzel Gallery in Roswell. She also participates in the annual Spotlight on Art Gala and Auction, which is hosted by the Trinity School in Atlanta. Her work can also be found at High Country in Blue Ridge; The Summer House in Highlands, NC; Red Bird Gallery in Seaside, FL, and in six

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If you enjoy watching TV, movies, playing video games and/or listening to music, then upgrading to a surround-sound system could really enhance your lifestyle. These days, there are options to fit almost any budget. For more elaborate surround-sound systems, you may choose to hire a company with experience that can design and install a system that will fit your needs. If you’re building a new home, it’s the perfect time to get your wires in place for your surround-sound system. Your licensed, low-voltage electrician can help you decide which room and what type of speakers would be the best fit for the space.

speakers are a nice option because they don’t take up living space and can’t be knocked over by a child or pet. A typical setup, known as a 5.1 surround-sound system, consists of six speakers a subwoofer and an audiovideo receiver. While it’s easier to install

audio-video receiver and other source components. An upgraded remote control is a great option to add to any surround-sound system because it allows you to eliminate the need for a remote control for each device. Remote controls can also be programmed to perform macros or multiple functions by pressing a single button. Once everything is set up, your installer should take the time to go over the system with you and show you how to operate everything. It would be a good idea to take some notes, so you can easily refer back if you forget how to operate your system.

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Speakers are made in all shapes and sizes: in-wall or in-ceiling speakers that are flush-mounted, bookshelf speakers, wall-mounted speakers and floorstanding speakers. In-wall or in-ceiling


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By Rick Cheney the wiring during the home building process, in most cases, it’s possible to wire an existing home. Once the speakers and wiring are in place, the installer can setup your

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

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By Cyndi Braun

Angela brought her husband, Brian Reece, into the business when they married in 2005; they then introduced Mauldin Body Shop’s fourth generation when their daughter, Sierra, was born in 2008.


“This is my life,” said Angela, laughing, as she showed pictures of herself at 4:30pm one evening, operating a 75-ton wrecker, and then later the same evening, she was dressed in a formal gown. “In three hours, I went from bright yellow and

“Back in the day, Granddaddy always put on our cards ‘no job too large or too small.’ In those days, the biggest truck we had was a 10-ton, and you didn’t need all these big trucks,” said Angela, pointing at the wreckers. “Dad really grew the wrecker business. We’ve had to get bigger trucks to meet the needs in society, and now we’re up to a 75-ton rotator.”

grease to all dressed up for an event. That’s my crazy life. You never know where you might be or when.”

Mauldin wreckers assist in emergencies that require moving automobiles, trucks, and heavy construction and farm equipment. They also assist with large animal rescues. All wrecker drivers are trained and certified through WreckMaster, where they learn the latest skills and techniques in the towing and recovery industry. Six drivers are also certified firefighters, including John and Angela. Angela’s husband, Brian, is a career firefighter in Cherokee County.

hen WWII ended, Navy veteran Herbert Mauldin was ready to pursue his chosen career. Armed with a set of body shop tools, he started fixing dents and dings, painting exteriors, and repairing wrecked cars. In 1961, he moved his business to Butterworth Road in Canton, and he later added towing and recovery. From those humble beginnings, the legacy of Mauldin Body Shop and Towing began.

All in the Family By the early 1970s, Herbert employed his daughter, Debbie, and her husband, John Weaver. Granddaughter Angela joined the family business after she graduated from Reinhardt in 2001. 56

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Kenworth®, a 60-ton Peterbilt® and a 75-ton Peterbilt® rotator that can handle all heavy-duty wrecker needs.

Towing and Recovery Mauldin Body Shop has been in the towing business longer than any other Cherokee County business. The shop has three heavy-duty wreckers: a 30-ton

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“We’re the only wrecker service in Cherokee County that has all of its drivers trained and certified.” vehicle, damage-free.” John and Angela are committed to training. As the highesttrained female WreckMaster worldwide, Angela was honored as WreckMaster Top 10 in 2010. John was named WreckMaster of the Year in 2005 and was inducted into the International Towing Museum Hall of Fame in 2016. John also travels throughout the southeast to teach a heavy-duty cross-training course for towers and fire rescue.

The Body Shop Managed by Debbie Weaver, the full-service body shop warranties all work for the lifetime that the customer owns the vehicle. The shop uses PPG paints to ensure optimum gloss and durability. Trained technicians mix colors by factory computer codes and then custom tint to match the vehicle’s specific color. The shop also offers paint-less dent removal (PDR), which is needed after hailstorms or door dings. “We meet with customers before preparing a detailed estimate to

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restore the car to pre-accident condition. We fix the vehicle as if it was our personal vehicle,” said Angela. “My parents used to say if they wouldn’t put their daughter in it, they’re not going to give it back to you.”

Serving the Community An Army veteran and volunteer fireman, John has served his community for more than fifty years. He was the first chief of the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department, and he helped train hundreds of volunteer firefighters. He is chaplain for the Cherokee County Fire Department, a Critical Incident Stress Management counselor, a wellness director for Georgia HERO unit, and an ordained deacon. He also serves as chairman of the operations committee for the Traffic Incident Enhancement Management (TIME) task force. He teaches rescue and recovery operations for various organizations throughout the county and beyond. Angela is a member of the Service League of Cherokee County, Safe Kids of Cherokee

County, Ghost Out, and TIME Task Force of Georgia. For the past 25 years, the company has participated in Ghost Out, a county-wide program that promotes safe driving among teenagers.

The Next Generation and Beyond “My Granddaddy worked here his entire life. Retiring was not an option for him,” said Angela. “My parents are the same way. They just won’t slow down.” With Angela at the helm, the next generation is ready to continue what Herbert Mauldin started 56 years ago.

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Without Wings LIFESTYLE Cherokee County is so fortunate to have so many caring volunteers that do endless work for our seniors. These volunteers are angels without wings.

their time to plant and grow some beautiful plants around the Senior Center. It’s like a miniature Callaway Gardens, and folks have driven by just to stop and walk the gardens.

Nathan Brandon does wonderful work with a large group of active and dedicated seniors in an exercise class called Body Recall, which takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Nathan is the perfect person to lead this group, and these seniors love him for his dedication. They meet at the Boys and Girls Club gym around 8:00am on each of these days. Come join them!

The Cherokee County Aging Council is another group that gives hours of its time to raise funds for seniors in need. The funds they’ve raised have helped many seniors with bills, home repair, wheelchair ramps, home placement and so much more. The volunteer project coordinator has a wonderful group that helps her with so many projects.

Another amazing group is the Garden Club. They’re truly a talented group that volunteers

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these volunteers have been with the program for years, and Senior Services couldn’t do what it does without them. Thanks to all the church groups and active adult communities for their work and donations to the Meals on Wheels program. We are blessed to have you as part of our team. Senior Services is very grateful for all of these members for the work they voluntarily do to support such a wonderful cause. L

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

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Bus Stop with a Cop By Allison Reid

In today’s age, there are many organizations that exist to serve others. Churches, schools, and nonprofits all play an important role in the Canton community. However, the people of Canton have an additional organization focused on community service: The Canton Police Department. By working independently or alongside with these other organizations, the Canton Police Department is demonstrating the depth of their commitment to build a community within the city. They want the experiences of the children of Canton to surpass their own. Community events, like “Bus Stop with a Cop,” embody this motivation.

“Bus Stop with a Cop” is a community event that is centered around forming relationships with the community through its children. Officers stop by a bus stop in Canton to visit with students when they get off the bus. They bring games to play with the children, and they provide snacks and drinks. “Bus Stop with a Cop” reaches kids all over Canton, as the chosen bus stop changes each time. Regardless of location, the smiles on the children’s faces when an officer blows bubbles or plays soccer with them never changes. The event, like all community events, is free for the students and parents. These hours spent with children is what is going to create better adults and a better future for Canton. The officers are teaching the kids that they are deserving of random acts of kindness, that they are important enough to spend time with, and that someone has their back. This sense of self-worth and security is the backbone of trust. This event, in combination with other events like the popular “Coffee with a Cop” and “Read with a Cop” hosted by the Canton Police Department, creates little ripples that will shift the tide of Canton’s future.

Allison Reid is an intern at the Canton Police Department, 221 E Marietta Street, Canton. 770-720-4883.


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so you can respond appropriately. Here is some valuable information for this time of year. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but just in case….

Summer Dental Safety Tips for Your Child By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

The summer months bring with them lots of fun playtime, which can often lead to accidental injuries. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the best way to react to certain injuries,

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If your child has an injury that causes a tooth to become knocked out, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. If the tooth is a primary (baby) tooth, the emphasis will probably not be on saving the tooth. However, it’s still important for your child to be seen by a dentist, so they can check for damage to any adjacent teeth. If your child loses a permanent (adult) tooth, it’s much more critical that every effort is put into saving the tooth. Find the tooth, and try not to touch the root. If it’s dirty, you may rinse it in water, but do not scrub the tooth. Do not use soap. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket, and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container or plastic, sealable bag with milk, saliva or cool

water if milk or saliva are not available. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. If your child chips or fractures a tooth, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist. All of these scenarios have something in common. All require the immediate attention of a dentist. Time is truly of the essence. Having a pediatric dentist who is familiar with you and your child can greatly assist you in nursing your child back to great dental health!

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



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