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Publisher’s Perspective

Community, Content, and Character

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

From all of us at Family Life Publications, we thank you for your support of our dream and vision for these magazines. These are your community magazines, and you, your family, and neighbors are why we are here.

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


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One thing I did get right out of the gate was putting together a thoughtful staff, rich with care for our customers and community as well as knowledge of the industry, and each share my concerns locally and globally. We are proud of who and what we have become in the past five years, and we aren’t finished getting better, bigger, and stronger. Coming in August, we have one last item to check off our five-year plan, and we’re going to knock it out of the park.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Donna Anello, Paul Bodrogi, Mary Kay Buquoi, James B. Depew, Joshua Fuder, Will Goodwin, Corey Harkins, Lyle Harp, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Ella Huysamen, Stefanie Joyner, Vicki Knight-Mathis, Tim Lanier, Sandy McGrew, John Midkiff, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Ingrid Schmitz, Sen. Bruce Thompson, Amy Williams, Farris Yawn


Honestly, when our August 2013 issues were delivered, I knew immediately that changes in our paper supply needed to be made. My first “a-ha” moment was discovering how much all those magazines weighed! Since we direct mail our magazines, the weight was clearly marked on our postage receipt, and one word stood out: tons. I was floored and a bit upset at myself for not considering the environmental toll. Soon after, we made the pledge to only use sustainably sourced paper for our pages. That basically means that the trees used to make the paper on which this magazine is printed were specifically grown to make paper. That certification may cost a bit more, but protecting our environment should be top of the list when the goal of our magazines is to help create healthier and happier places to live.

There was some hype about gloss paper, too, but after researching how it is produced, the chemistry and processes around it — which include strip-mining and wastewater toxicity — we decided against it. No need to explain that decision further. Our character and content works hand-in-hand with our beliefs. Water conservation is dear to all of us here at Family Life. Small decisions add up to big results.



ooking back five years ago to the excitement and joy of establishing a community magazine, I am still a bit overwhelmed by how well our readers have embraced us on this adventure. We have learned so very much about how to make our magazines stand out, not only as the leader in our local markets, but we’ve also increasingly articulated the “how” and “why” we do what we do in the first place.



SALES Janet Ponichtera

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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City of Canton 4th of July Celebration and Parade — The parade will be organized by the American Legion Post 45, and it takes place at 5:00pm in downtown Canton. The 80ators band will perform before the fireworks show, which will begin around 9:00pm. Riverstone Plaza, 1451 Riverstone Parkway, Canton. 770-7041548.

July is Picnic & Ice Cream Month — Get your family and friends together at a favorite outdoor location, and bring your favorite picnic foods. Don’t forget to stop by your favorite ice cream shop on the way home to get a cone to celebrate ice cream month, too! Dumpster Day — On the first Saturday of each month, City of Canton residents may dispose of trash, unwanted items, up to ten tires per resident, and recycle many electronics FREE of charge. Please bring proof of residency when dropping items off. Visit the website for a full list of acceptable items. 8:00am-2:00pm, City Hall, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton. 770-704-1554. Downtown Canton Farmers Market — Each Saturday through October 27, shop for great locally grown produce and handcrafted goods. 9:00am-1:00pm, Cannon Park, 130 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-704-1549. Waleska Farmers Market — Each Thursday through November 2, enjoy homegrown produce and handmade arts and crafts. 9:00am-1:00pm, Heritage Fellowship Baptist Church, 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska. 404-805-7468. waleskafarmersmarket/ Farmers Market at River Church — Every Tuesday through November, check out locally grown, fresh produce and other delicious options. 2:00-6:00pm, River Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-485-1975. Tuesday Night Trivia — Every Tuesday evening, enjoy trivia for a chance to win gift cards, plus nightly giveaways and food sampling. 6:30pm, The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta (food court), 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock. 678-540-7040. Holly Springs Young Professional Experience (HYPE) — On the first Tuesday of each month, young in age, young in your profession, or young at heart — doesn’t matter. Meet at Holly Springs’ newest coffee shop for a cup of coffee and some laidback networking with local professionals. 7:00-8:00am, The Coffee Vineyard, 2800 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 100, Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. events/556923864658166/


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7th Annual Stand Up for Stand Down Toiletry Drive for Georgia’s Homeless Veterans — This drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia. “Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Travel/samplesize toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/ brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, and feminine products. Donations can be dropped off at 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For more information call 770-864-5347. For a list of locations, visit


Canton First Friday “Island Dreams” — Bring the whole family to enjoy this fun themed event. Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. There will be food trucks, live music by Sons of Sailors, local shopping, and all that downtown Canton has to offer! 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1548.

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Southern Traditions Car & Truck Show — This event will benefit Shriners Hospital. 9:00am-4:00pm, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 954-554-0794.

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$1 Kids Summer Movie Series — This fun event is presented by Canton Main Street. The movies shown will be Coco (July 11) and The Jungle Book (1967 version, July 18). 10:30am and 2:00pm, Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755.


Safe Sitter Class — This class is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. 9:00am-4:00pm, Northside Hospital Cherokee, 2001 Professional Way, Woodstock. 678-388-6401. Lana.

for each new school year. To register your child for this event or to volunteer, please visit the website. 9:00am-2:00pm, First Baptist Canton, One Mission Point, Canton. 256-548-4537 (English) or 423-939-9031 (Español).

Aquatic Center Teen Night — This is a great way for teens to get together for some healthy, electronics-free fun! This is for ages 1319. Registration is required. 7:00-9:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760.

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


Give a Kid a Chance — The mission of this event is to help low-income families equip their children

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Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) Fundraising Luncheon — Support VAC programs, and get a wonderful lunch for only $5.00! Bring a friend, coworker, family member, or yourself, and enjoy a tasty lunch while supporting the seniors and veterans of Cherokee County. Stay and eat, or pick up and go. RSVP the location, so the amazing chefs can be prepared for all who come to support. 11:30am-1:00pm, Benton House, 3385 Trickum Road, Woodstock. 678-230-4067.


A Novel Idea — This month’s theme is “Mystery/Thriller.” A stellar lineup of talented authors will discuss and read from their novels. The café has sandwiches, salads, and desserts. BYOB. Door Prizes will be given away! This event is FREE and open to the public. 7:00-9:00pm, East Main Cafe (inside Audio Intersection), 210 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-670-9333. Marsha.


Power Hour — This is an hour of fast-paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as Chamber Board Chair Julianne Rivera, and Chamber President and CEO Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you will 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.

C.O.P. Shop - CPR/ AED & First Aid Training — In the event of an emergency, this training can help stabilize someone who is injured or ailing until help arrives. A representative from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will teach the class. You must be 14 years of age to receive certification. Wednesday 9:00am12:30pm & Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400.


7th Annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5k — Collins lived fully while battling a rare and aggressive cancerous brain tumor. His faith, strength, and courage inspired those who loved him and even those who didn’t know him. This run honors his life by bringing awareness to a disease that is the second largest cause of death in precious children. 8:00am, First Baptist Canton, One Mission Point, Canton. 678-922-1560. [continued on page 8]




Calendar continued from page 7 BALL GROUND 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, 770-735-2025 HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 R.T. JONES 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton, 770-479-3090 SUMMER READING PROGRAM — Through July 31, adults, teens, and children may complete activities at the library to win prizes. All through summer, attend shows, events, animal visits, and more, FREE! Visit for the full summer schedule.

JEFFINI’S READING ROCK STARS FINALE July 19, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Enjoy musical magic and a puppet show with Jeffini the Great, as the Summer Reading Program winds down. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

MAKE A BUTTERFLY GARDEN July 10, 2:00pm, R.T. Jones The local, award-winning Laurel Garden Club is visiting to help kids make their own butterfly gardens! Materials will be provided. This is for ages 5-9; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

TEEN PJ, BOOK TALK, & CHIT-CHAT NIGHT July 19, 6:00pm, Ball Ground Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board for a night of book talks & chitchatting. Discuss many popular (and not-so-popular) young adult titles. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas!

IT’S CRYSTAL CLEAR! July 11, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones In this rocks and minerals program, science gurus Sharon Christensen and Kim Fowler are helping participants make crystals to take home! This is for ages 9+; children must be accompanied by an adult. BOOK BIRDHOUSES July 11, 11:30am, Hickory Flat Build your very own DIY book birdhouse! Materials are provided by Home Depot and Little Golden Books. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. DIY CACTUS PILLOWS July 13, 2:00pm, R.T. Jones Finally, a cactus you can snuggle with! Make your very own cactus pillow. Materials will be provided. This is for ages 13+. STEAM ROCKS! July 14, 2:00pm, Ball Ground Create musical instruments using the Makey-Makey and Chime Bars while exploring lots of fun ways to use the STEAM kits offered at the library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. SINGING BEE July 16, 11:00am, Hickory Flat Compete for prizes by finishing the lyrics to classic songs in this competitive sing-along! Refreshments are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Rising Hills Church CRASE Seminar — This FREE training course will help raise awareness and prepare individuals for how to react in case they are ever in an active shooter situation. Members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department will be instructing the event. 6:30pm, Indian Knoll Elementary School, 3635 Univeter Road, Canton.


Family Fun Night — Enjoy the outdoor Oasis Pool with music, games, and contests for everyone. 5:007:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-8804760.

ADAM BOEHMER, RENOWNED JUGGLER EXTRAORDINAIRE! July 19, 10:30am, R.T. Jones Witness firsthand the amazing talent of Adam Boehmer, as he wows you with his juggling expertise! Highly entertaining and engaging, you’ll be more than impressed with this show! Arrive early for the best seats! Children must be accompanied by an adult. OUT OF THE BOX July 25, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Enjoy a fun night creating something unique! Materials will be provided courtesy of Out of the Box. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS WITH RANGER SERELLA July 28, 10:30am, Ball Ground Don’t miss this live animal encounter with Ranger Serella! Meet snakes and turtles who love meeting children and teaching them all about their characteristics, lifestyle, and habitats! Children must be accompanied by an adult. TEEN MOVIE/BOOK TALK & CHIT-CHAT NIGHT July 31, 3:00pm, R.T. Jones Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board for a night of book/movie talks and chit-chatting. Discuss the popular young adult author Becky Albertalli and her works. Come prepared to talk about themes, favorite characters, and more!

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11th Annual Canton Explorers Rodeo — Enjoy bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirl barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and team roping events. Gates open at 6:00pm, & Rodeo begins at 8:00pm, Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Highway, Canton. 706-897-0956.


Movies in the Park — Enjoy a FREE viewing of Ferdinand! Sit back in your lawn chair, and enjoy a movie on a big screen with the backdrop of historic City Hall. While you are enjoying your surroundings, the kids will have fun swinging on the swing set, or climbing on the jungle

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2018 Summer Wine & Art Auction — This event benefiting InCommunity, an organization serving adults with developmental disabilities, will feature six wine tasting tables, hors d’oeuvres from two chefs, live music, and original, one-of-akind art from local and nationally acclaimed artists. 6:00pm, Mason Fine Art, 415 Plasters Avenue, Atlanta. EnableGa.EJoinMe. org/2018summerwineauction

gym. The movie begins around 8:45pm, Brown Park, 251 E. Marietta Street, Canton. 770-704-1500.



Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — Held the first Thursday of each month, the Chamber’s monthly breakfast meetings offer both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. Please register online by 3:00pm on the Tuesday before the event. 7:00am, Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-3450400.

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Canton First Friday “Alumni Night” — Bring the whole family to enjoy this fun themed event. Canton First Friday is a monthly block party, sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program. There will be food trucks, live music by Anita and Party Life Band, local shopping, and all that downtown Canton has to offer! 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Canton. 770-704-1548.



Accepting Change By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Lisa-Marie Haygood is the executive director for the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. 770-704-4213. CherokeeCountyEducationalFoundation. org


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[AcademicLife] My youngest child is leaving in a couple of weeks to study abroad in Florianópolis, Brazil. She only began to study Portuguese last August at the University of Georgia and has decided to do a language immersion program there. Portuguese is her third language, as she is fluent in Spanish. She will be enrolled in University classes that will be taught in....(wait for it) all Portuguese, live with a non-English-speaking host family, and travel to a country that has never been explored by anyone in our family. She has set up a dry-erase board in our family keeping room with a countdown of the days until she leaves along with all the things she must accomplish before she goes. She has endured required vaccinations, researched cell phone calling plans, ordered currency, and is handling all her visas and travel documents on her own. I find myself vacillating between pride and raw fear. It’s an incredible learning

opportunity. But I worry about her being by herself so far away, and so far out of my helpful (overbearing) reach. I am a planner by nature and need to have emergencies and contingencies plotted and planned for my own sanity. I must remind myself that this is a new season in my life and hers — but we will be without her for upcoming birthdays, fireworks, and traditional summer family fun. All the while, she will be studying, learning, and exploring. I am curious where her love of languages and desire to learn about viruses and diseases will ultimately take her. When I watch her preparing, I feel like I am trying to hold on to the bright, incredibly hot tail of a shiny star. Stars are not meant to be held; they are meant to be gazed upon in wonder and awe. Change can be good, but it is often hard to accept. For the sake of our children’s growth, we must be open to the changes that should result in their positive progress.

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Canton’s Mysterious

Mulberry Tree By Sandy McGrew • Photos courtesy of Gary Mullet


ulberry trees are fast growing with aggressive roots that can lift sidewalks and clog drains, making them a less-than-desirable choice for an ornamental specimen. However, those that bear fruit are worth the effort to incorporate into your landscape; just be sure to install it in the proper place. Mulberry trees are heavy bearers, which means you’ll have more fruit than you can use and will be able to share with neighbors and friends. If you’re a backyard birder, you’ll attract a host of fruit-loving birds like bluebirds, orioles, tanagers, and warblers. Some are steadfast; the red mulberry can survive up to 75 years, while the black mulberry can live and bear fruit for hundreds of years. Some mulberry species are easy to grow and even do well in drought conditions, which makes them great for the hot,


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dry South. They grow best in zones 5-9. Canton is in zone 7B. The white mulberry was originally imported from China for the failed silkworm industry. Fruiting varieties produce creamy white, pink, red, or dark purple berries. It prefers full sun for heavy fruit bearing. The tree isn’t fussy about the type of soil, thriving in everything from rich to poor soils as well as sandy, clay, or even rocky soils. Soil acidity can range from acidic to alkaline. It is somewhat drought tolerant but prefers moist, well-drained soil. In the early days of Canton’s history, the city took a chance on silk, but eventually turned its attention to denim instead. Through that silk endeavor, and with the importing of mulberry trees, there’s one remaining tree by the mill. It’s gnarly, and it appears to be one of the weeping varieties. At the time of this writing, it

was heavily laden with fruit. Birds were flitting in the nearby trees and could be heard chattering, seemingly waiting for “intruders” to leave, so they could get back to their feast. It’s a miracle that this lone mulberry tree has survived through the ages, and the exact history of this specimen is a mystery to many, including me. I’m searching for more answers…to be continued…

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

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[HomeLife] Every day, you are content in your home, as you go about your daily life. Then, one day, it happens — you suddenly feel a sense of unease, as you begin to realize something is off with your decor. Here are some easy fixes to get you back to serenity with your surroundings. Take an assessment of your textiles. It might be time for a refresh. Have the accent pillows seen better days? Have sun-exposed fabrics faded? Are sofa or chairs starting to sag?

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Look at your window treatments. Are the styles, patterns, or colors now outdated? How about length and how they’re hung? Many times, a room will look “off” due to improperly hung panels that are the wrong size for the window. Custom drapery will dramatically improve the look and feel of a room, and they can be budget friendly if you use the right resource. If treatments are custom to your window, they will be made to hang at the optimal height and scale.

Check out the furniture that has made its way into your life. You know those pieces that are there for sentimental reasons but don’t quite fit in? Consider giving them a makeover with a new color and hardware. If you don’t know how to refinish a piece, a Milk Paint workshop with a certified instructor is a great place to start. You’ll learn different finishing options and techniques to turn a piece from a sentimental misfit into a beloved showpiece. If you’re too busy to do it all yourself, or if you feel overwhelmed by all the details, a consultation with a decorator will provide you with personalized insight to help you make the best decisions for your home.

Ella Huysamen is an interior designer and owner of Southernite Interiors, 196 North Street, Canton. 678-8806357.



Be a Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

JOIN OUR TEAM! By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

I love my job! I mean it; I really love going to work every day. I hear other people talk about how they don’t enjoy their job because it is the same old thing, day after day. Not this guy — I love it. I love the people, the excitement, and the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Don’t get me wrong — this is a tough business. There are many days that are long and difficult, but I could not imagine doing anything else. I suppose it’s in my blood. When I was a young deputy, I used to drive to work with a big grin on my face thinking, “I can’t believe they pay me money to do this job.” When I was a kid, I never really thought about being in law enforcement. When I was in high school, my older brother was a police officer in Kennesaw, but it never really occurred to me to follow in his footsteps. One night, while living in Athens, an Athens-Clark County police officer showed up at my front door. He had been sent to investigate someone playing loud music. Turns out, there was a band that practiced in a garage behind our house. After telling the band to keep the music down, he returned to our house and thanked us for our time. We spoke for a few minutes, and I told him about my brother. He said his department had a ride-along program and invited me to join him one evening to see what it was like to be a police officer. Deal! I went riding with him the


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following evening, and we rode around going from 911 calls to making traffic stops for possible drunk drivers. I was hooked. About a year later, I was back at home working a regular job. I soon met a guy at Reinhardt College who was working at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. He would share his stories from the previous weekend with me, and I would listen with great enthusiasm. One day, he said they were hiring deputy sheriffs in the jail, and he thought I might be interested. Interested was an understatement. I couldn’t get my application in fast enough. Since that day, I have as much fun now as I did on my first ride-along. Only now, I also appreciate the fact that I will have a retirement check from Cherokee County and a 457-retirement plan. I never thought about those things 24 years ago when I was in my early twenties. It goes by fast. Every day I come home from work I still think, “I love my job.” If you are looking for a new challenge, want to make a difference in your community, and want a career and not just a job — then come see us. Ask for Deputy Foster with law enforcement and civilian career opportunities. We offer a full benefits package and retirement plan.

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

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Community Cherokee County Top 10 in 10 Honorees Named The Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Cherokee County’s 2018 Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch. “The Top 10 in 10 initiative is designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals,” said Pam Carnes, Chamber president and CEO. This recognition program focuses on residents under age forty who are considered to be Cherokee County’s up and coming leaders over the next ten years. Cherokee County’s 2018 Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch (front row, L-R) Jessica Akers, director of Falany Performing Arts Center and adjunct instructor of business, Reinhardt University; Tori O’Bryant, practice coordinator, Northside Hospital Towne Lake Primary Care; Leah Bleisath, assistant principal at Creekland Middle School; Julie Peppers, assistant principal at Carmel Elementary School; Jennifer Puckett, co-owner of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy and owner of Therabeat, Inc. (second row, L-R) Ollie Evans, chiropractor and clinic director of Holly Springs Chiropractic and Massage; Heath Matiak, general manager and co-owner of R & D Mechanical Services; Nick Estes, vice president of finance at Chart, Inc.; Brandon Roberts, founder of Branches of Faith; Michael Manzella, principal at E.T. Booth Middle School.

Ensuring the Future of Our Past This former store, gas station, and Masonic Hall was built in 1950 at the intersection of Highway 140 and East Cherokee Drive. The store was originally owned by the Quarles family, and it was run by Jim and Myrtie Pinyan and Laurence Turner, among others.

Hickory Flat is one of the oldest communities in Cherokee County. In recent years, it has experienced tremendous growth. As a result, most of the historic buildings in the community have been lost. The Hickory Flat Store and Masonic Hall was one of the last remaining historic buildings that once supported a thriving farm community.

The second floor of the store was used as a Masonic Hall, and the Hickory Flat Masons installed the cornerstone when it was built. This brick building replaced an earlier wood structure that stood on one of the four corners that was the epicenter of historic Hickory Flat. In recent years, the building had become vacant and neglected. When nearby development threatened, the Cherokee

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County Historical Society placed the store on its “Sites Worth Saving” list (RockBarn. org/historic-sites-worth-saving/). When it became known that there were plans to demolish it, the community rallied around efforts by the Historical Society to save the structure. Over 1,200 people signed an online petition and shared remembrances about the store. Despite overwhelming support to save the building, it was demolished in June by the owner. At present time, there are no laws protecting historic buildings in Cherokee County. The Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation and education, and we will continue to campaign for stronger measures to safeguard the historic landmarks that define Cherokee County. To support the Historical Society’s efforts, please join/donate at, or call 770-345-3288.

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

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Community CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Wins Georgia Title CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Jennifer Lewis was recently named the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year! “Congratulations to Jennifer on a much-deserved recognition from her peers,” said Dr. Brian V. Hightower, superintendent of CCSD. “We are so proud for her, for our District, and for Indian Knoll Elementary School to know her talents and skills as a media specialist are recognized as the best in the state.”

Blood Cancer Patients Have New Treatment Options Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is among select centers in the country to offer chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, a type of immunotherapy for adult patients with certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Yescarta is the first-ever, FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy to treat adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment. The treatment is one of several therapies available from Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s newly launched Immunotherapy Program. Immunotherapy works by taking immune cells, genetically modifying them to be better tumor-fighting immune cells, multiplying them to great numbers (tens of thousands), and then infusing them into the patient where they can find and attack cancer. Such transplants represented the first definitive proof of the human immune system’s capacity to cure cancer. Now, through studying CAR T-cells, cancer researchers are developing new ways to strengthen and empower a patient’s own immune system. To date, approximately 45 cancer centers nationwide are certified to offer this new treatment. Northside is one of just two facilities in Georgia that has the capacity and facilities to manage the toxicity of immunotherapy agents and that is certified to offer Yescarta. For more information about the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Immunotherapy Program, visit immunotherapy or


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Community Holly Springs Presents Net Race Proceeds to Tippens Education Center On behalf of the City of Holly Springs, Mayor Steven Miller recently presented L.R. Tippens Education Center Principal Kelly Strickland with a check for $7,435 following the City’s annual Memorial Day 5k and Fun Run on May 26. Strickland is excited to get to work with the net proceeds of the 5k, which had over 120 participants. “I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be able to open up school in the fall knowing that we can greatly improve our program,” she said. “We have been trying to raise money for a walking path to be used by our students as a coping strategy, but we keep coming up short. This generous donation will help us to reach that goal and will also allow us to add to our sensory room and our Training Academy, which features mock businesses where students can practice career skills and prepare for success after graduation. I feel honored to be a part of the Holly Springs community and to be Partners in Education with the City of Holly Springs.”

Cherokee County Art Center Members’ Art Show and Sale On July 6-27, celebrate local artists and their beautiful creations. Every summer, artist members come out and share their passion with the rest of the community. All types of art mediums will be for sale. Visit the Cherokee Arts Center (94 North Street, Canton) Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday 12:00-5:00pm. There will also be a reception on July 6 from 6:00-8:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 770-704-6244, or visit

Donations Needed for Haiti Shoebox Drive In 2016, R & D Mechanical sponsored its first annual shoebox packing party, putting together over 100 shoeboxes. In 2017, they met their goal of 1000 shoeboxes packed with the help of the community, local businesses, and partners such as you. This year they would like to double that number. R & D needs local business partners and individuals to help purchase/collect items for these shoeboxes. Right now, they just need a commitment that your business would be willing to collect or purchase one particular item (ex. water bottles) or a group of items (ex. school supplies). They have specific items that need to be purchased. Each individual business can determine when to purchase/collect the specific item(s), but all items need to be collected prior to Oct. 1, 2018, as R & D plans to have their shoebox packing party in early November. R & D will provide your business with the marketing materials needed. For more information, please call 770-917-1795.

Free Home Elementary Kindness Walk

State Farm Agent Jan Rooney and Free Home Elementary recently partnered up to champion kindness in Canton. The students pledged to be kind and then reinforced their pledge by wearing kindness bracelets and walking for kindness during their school’s field day event. Anyone wishing to encourage kindness can do so by hosting a kindness walk or by wearing a kindness bracelet. Free bracelets and information about the walk are available at Jan Rooney State Farm (7768 Cumming Highway, #400, Canton; 678-880-8377).

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Community Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Promotes Three Three Cherokee County firefighters were recently promoted during ceremonies held at the Cherokee County Fire Training Complex. Shannon Gibbs was promoted to the rank of battalion chief. Clay Cloud was promoted to captain, and Justin Williams was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Congratulations!

Carroll Wins District Award in Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest

Need to Report a Non-Emergency Issue in Canton? Non-emergency issues such as graffiti, potholes or traffic safety issues, or requests for brush pickup can now be reported by sending a quick and easy email to But, if you know of a hazardous situation that needs immediate attention (open manhole cover, etc.) or want to report in-progress problems, please call 770-7207674. However, email should not be used to report emergencies of any kind. Please dial 911 for emergencies. To help resolve your matter, the City of Canton may have additional questions. They will be in touch within one business day. Also, to report water service issues, call 770-704-1502 (M-F, 8:00am5:00pm) or 770-479-2392 (after hours).

(L-R) Sequoyah Art Teacher Kim Brown with winning student, Franky Carroll.

Franky Carroll was recently named a District winner in the 24th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) High School Art Contest. A junior at Sequoyah High School, Carroll received $100 for being the top winner from the GFB 1st District, which consists of fifteen counties in Northwest Georgia. Drawings were judged on artistic merit and how well the artwork represented Georgia agriculture. The contest, sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau, was open to any Georgia high school student in grades 9-12.

Beloved Sequoyah AFJROTC Instructor Chief Futral Retires After 23 years at Sequoyah High School, Chief Master Sgt. (Ret) John Futral retired as an Air Force JROTC instructor. Hundreds of past students, friends, and colleagues honored Futral earlier this summer at a retirement party that celebrated his lifetime of service. Futral became an AFJROTC instructor in 1993 and came to Sequoyah when the


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unit opened in 1995. Over the years, he inspired students to lead by example, live a life of service, and become better citizens. “I am so proud of each of you,” Futral said to his former students. “It never mattered to me what you chose as a career, only that you did it well. You became everything that I knew you could be.”

Sequoyah AFJROTC instructors Lt. Col. (Ret) Ronald Whittle (left) and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret) John Futral, who retired in June.

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Ingredients 8 oz. sugar 2 oz. water 1 oz. corn syrup 4 oz. butter 4 oz. chocolate chips, melted 1 oz. slivered almonds ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt

Procedure 1. Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup, and cook on low until the sugar dissolves.

2. Raise the heat to medium-high, and cook without stirring until the mixtures reaches 280 degrees.

3. Add the butter and salt, and cook to 315 degrees. 4. Stir in the almonds and vanilla, and cook to 320 degrees. 5. Pour the mixture onto a lightly oiled pan. 6. When hardened, spread the melted chocolate on the flat side of the toffee.

7. Break into pieces, and enjoy.

Paul Bodrogi is a pastry chef, Pastry Live event producer, and instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College.


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Senator Speaks

By Senator Bruce Thompson


was recently flying back from a conference in Las Vegas and found myself sandwiched between an elderly woman and a young attorney. The older lady noticed the legislative pin on my lapel, and looking rather surprised, she asked if I was a senator. I answered “yes,” and the next few hours were spent discussing everything from President Trump’s hair to Brian Kemp’s gun commercials. As the conversation progressed, the elderly lady became increasingly bold and began strongly voicing her opinion on a variety of political topics. It was clear from her tone that she was very unhappy about much of what she perceived was happening in government. The young attorney sparingly contributed to the conversation, but seemed to be embarrassed and frustrated as the dialogue continued. At one point, I hesitantly asked permission to gather some information from both. The first question I asked was if they voted in the past four election cycles. To my surprise, the young attorney stated that she did vote at every chance,


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but acknowledged she only voted for the candidate her daddy told her to. The other lady shared she only voted in the presidential elections because she felt her vote would not matter in any of the others. I followed up that question by asking if either knew who the lieutenant governor or the speaker of the house was. Uncertainty was obvious, but the senior lady sputtered out that she thought his name was “Newt something” and the lieutenant governor was “Karen Handel somebody.” The final question I asked was if they had ever met their state senator or house member? I was stunned. How could two knowledgeable professionals be so disconnected with reality? The answer seems to be rooted in a complex web of circumstances. A huge void was created when civics was no longer a priority and was eliminated from the school curriculum. Both ladies admitted to being influenced by media, and what they had heard vs. what they researched and verified.

They both seemed surprised when I explained that their real power was in their vote during local elections. They could shape the curriculum at schools by voting for school board members, and they could influence state policy by being engaged in their state senate and house races. I shared that turnout in the recent Georgia election was a disappointing fourteen percent, so those fourteen percent made the decision for the other 86 percent who failed to participate.

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

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Quotables “I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not our circumstances.” -Martha Washington

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.” -Abraham Lincoln “If

liberty means anything at all, it

means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” -George Orwell

“I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery “Don’t look for someone to solve all your problems. Look for someone who won’t let you face them alone.” -Jonathan Wells

“Humility never loses. You can’t beat me if I’m not competing and comparing with you.” -anonymous “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” -John F. Kennedy

“The secret of life is pretty simple: we come to this world with a good heart, and our job is to leave with a better one.” -anonymous

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“Your children will become who you are. So be who you want them to be.” -David Bly




EXCLUSIVELY OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER density. Once the perfect hair color is chosen, the salon uses a technology provided by SureTint ® to help determine the exact color formulation based on the guest’s individual hair features. This app also guarantees that color services can easily be duplicated with each returning visit.


pon entering Jyl Craven Hair Design, you will notice a clean, modern atmosphere; a vast line of professional products; and fashionable, refined stylists who are diligently going about making their guests look amazing. Since 1999, the salon has provided an experience that most would expect to only receive inside the perimeter. As a member of Intercoiffure North America Canada, guests who visit Jyl Craven Hair Design can be confident they will receive the best in quality and professional expertise.


Jyl Craven Hair Design serves guests of all ages. Designing hairstyles that accentuate your personality, benefit your lifestyle, and compliment your natural features is something the professionals at the salon do every day. 24

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“There are many places for people to get haircuts and hair color services. We want to be the salon that creates an experience that transcends the idea of receiving something that seems so predictable,” said Owner Jason Craven.

COLOR SERVICES If you want to cover your grays or desire something more unique, like balayage, ombre, or highlighting, Jyl Craven hairdressers have the training and tools to make your dream a reality. Before getting started, the hairdresser meets with each guest for a color consultation. While the guest reviews color books with hair samples that show all the nuances of color shades, the hairdresser will assess details like hair texture, strand length, and

Since 2012, the salon has offered the Evolve Volumizer™. The Evolve Volumizer™ is a nonsurgical, integrated hair replacement system for women experiencing up to 50% hair loss on the crown or top of their head. This hair system addresses all the needs and desires that a woman has for fuller, thicker, denser hair. It produces immediate results and requires no glue, no adhesives, and no chemicals. “Many women take pride in their hair, and it can be a strong source of self-confidence for them. As strands fall out, so does their sense of security about themselves,” said Jyl Craven. A lady’s hair plays a huge role in self-confidence, self-esteem, and selfimage. Her hair often defines who she is. The Evolve Volumizer™ doesn’t change who you are; it changes how you feel about you.

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individualized attention and custom styles. From soft parts to hard parts and fades to undercuts, Jyl Craven hairdressers are continually creating specialized styles for men. The full line of Baxter™ of California grooming products is available to help men support their styling and grooming needs.

HAIR CARE PRODUCTS Have you ever left a hair salon looking beautiful and then failed to recreate that style in your home? That should never happen. Jyl Craven hairdressers will take the time to show you how to maintain your new style and how to take care of your hair. Part of that care means using the same salon hair-care products and appliances in your home.

SUMMER SMOOTHING TREATMENTS For some people, summertime means summer frizz. No matter what hair-care product they put on their tresses, once the humidity hits, the frizz starts. If you’re one of these “lucky” people, keratin smoothing treatments may solve your problem. Jyl Craven offers three options: • Express Blow-Out – Reduces frizz and curl on a more temporary basis. This service may last up to six weeks. • Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment – Reduces frizz and curl while repairing damage and blocking the frizzing effects of humidity. This service may last up to five months. • Personalized Blowout – Great for frizz control, while improving manageability and giving more shine. This service can last up to three months.


We want to be the salon that creates an experience that transcends the idea of receiving something that seems so predictable.” -Jason Craven

Are you interested in a career in the beauty industry? If you love making people look and feel beautiful, the Jyl Craven Hair Design Apprentice Program may be the right place to start. Participating in an apprenticeship program enables future hairdressers to get real-world, on-the-job training. Experienced trainers work with apprentices to teach hair cutting, coloring, and styling. For more information, inquiries can be sent to

INSPIRATION Check the salon’s Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest haircuts and styles created by Jyl Craven’s talented hairdressers. Salon Hours SUNDAY Closed

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Community Partners omen come to Mary Hall Freedom House (MHFH) from all walks of life, often at their lowest point, in search of change. What they find at MHFH is love, hope, acceptance, and a vision for a restored future. The transformations that take place in the lives of these women are so dramatic and profound, it’s often deemed a miracle.

addictions. After the birth of her daughter, she feared she was destined to repeat the cycle of addiction that plagued her childhood. At the age of 27, Lucy overcame her addiction and felt called to help other women and families struggling to end these vicious cycles. She dedicated her life and organization to liberating other women in need of healing by instilling hope, giving love, and sharing miracles.

Founded in 1996 by Lucy Hall, MHFH serves women and women with children who suffer from the generational cycles of addiction, mental illness, poverty, and homelessness. As a living testimony to recovery, Lucy named the organization in memory of her mother who passed away from alcoholism when Lucy was six years old. Lucy then struggled with her own

MHFH began with one apartment housing two women and has since expanded to a nationally recognized, multiservice provider for comprehensive and innovative care. Through the attention of a dedicated staff of 65, women and children receive comprehensive behavioral health services, sustainable housing, intensive career development, and therapeutic childcare. Eight of MHFH’s current staff are graduates of the program, demonstrating the success of the organization’s programs and services. Motivated by its continued progress, MHFH expanded its services by adding programs specifically designed to address the needs of homeless veteran women and their children. Veterans’ assistance includes transitional housing, employment training and placement, and substance abuse and mental health services.



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MHFH is at a critical turning point in its organizational history. In 2017, MHFH launched The Pathway to Freedom campaign to fund the purchase of residential real estate for sustainable, long-term housing to establish Atlanta’s first 24/7/365 low-barrier housing and social detox facility to meet the emergent, critical needs of women, children, and veterans in the community as well as create a permanent home for the organization’s support services. The Pathway to Freedom campaign will launch the organization on the path to self-sufficiency and sustainability for many years to come, ensuring thousands of women, veterans, and families have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of a better life today and tomorrow. For the past 22 years, MHFH has blossomed into a vital community asset, serving as a safe haven for families, as they undertake the hard work of rebuilding their lives. Women find both comfort and accountability in this supportive environment, as they come to know their peers who are facing the same struggles and challenges. Many describe the connections they make at MHFH as lifelong sisterhood.

For more information about Mary Hall Freedom House, visit, or call 770-642-5500.

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[HealthyLife] For the longest time, most people relied on old-fashioned, manual toothbrushes. There were differences offered in the size and shape of the brush head as well as in the softness of the bristles, but manual was the only option. Eventually, electric toothbrushes came along, and due to the variety and affordability of some of the options on the market, they became more mainstream. Why did electric toothbrushes become so popular? They simply provide a more efficient and effective brushing experience. Regardless of your age or the state of your oral health, most dentists recommend electric toothbrushes. Many electric toothbrushes offer special features to further enhance their effectiveness. Some models offer built-in timers to ensure that you brush for the recommended two minutes. With a manual brush, we will often just quickly move it around our mouth, not paying attention to how much time is spent in each area.

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The timer in the electric toothbrush will indicate when each thirty-second period has passed, so you spend equal time in each quadrant of your mouth. Some electric toothbrushes contain indicators that will monitor the amount of pressure being applied to teeth while you brush. Many people use too much pressure when brushing their teeth. This can lead to

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a breakdown of the protective enamel on the tooth surface, or it can cause damage or irritation to the gums. Electric toothbrushes can even be a great option for kids. Ask your pediatric dentist if an electric toothbrush would benefit your child. Oftentimes, children can have issues with dexterity and coordination, both of which are required to effectively brush all tooth surfaces. The bottom line is this, in most situations, the decision on whether to switch to an electric toothbrush is an easy one. If cost is a deciding factor, do adequate research to identify a affordable option for you and your family. You will save money in the long run by keeping your teeth healthy.

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

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Telemedicine What Is It? Should Your Doctor Offer It?

By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D. [HealthyLife] Some doctor’s offices are now offering telemedicine services called eVisits. An eVisit is the use of video electronic communication to exchange medical information to improve a patient’s health. Telemedicine for patient care using interactive video can be traced back to the 1960s. Telepractice is the provision of medical care to improve patient outcomes using secured networks involving voice and/or visual means. eVisits should never completely replace the in-person office visit but rather enhance patient health care. Routine well visits should be performed in the office as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A child’s personal healthcare provider may


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perform eVisits to provide continuous ongoing care and improve health outcomes. School and work absenteeism, time and money spent on travel, and the use of urgent care and emergency rooms may be reduced by eVisits. Erosion of the patient-physician relationship and the disruption of continuity of care in the U.S. is a major health and financial concern. This issue has been promoted by the rapid rise of urgent care (UC) and the rise of standalone, on-line providers (OLP). These options provide quick care but may be more expensive. These centers may not communicate with your primary care physician and may even provide treatments that are not supported by medical literature. eVisit consultations with your primary care physician are a step up from UC or OLPs because your doctor has access to your medical records, prior treatments, and responses. eVisits are a good starting

place if you are traveling, and your child is sick. Additionally, your primary care provider is also capable of determining if an office visit is necessary. Chronic medical care can be partially provided using eVisits. Eligible conditions include behavioral health (ADHD, anxiety, and depression), asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, and obesity. Some acute conditions may be managed by eVisits including allergic rhinitis, sinusitis (over the age of five), contact dermatitis, insect bites, gastroenteritis, and swimmer’s ear. At this time, some ear infections, urinary tract infections, and sore throat management should not be done by eVisit to reduce the risk of diagnostic error and potential for unnecessary antibiotic use.

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

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By Lyle Harp


herokee County residents are protected by an excellent fire service. The hard-working men and women of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services respond to tens of thousands of fire, physical danger, and emergency medical situations every year. Within this department, there are several groups of people that respond to special situations and emergencies. Whether it is a hazardous material spill, a lost person, or a rescue from a tower, a cliff, or under water, the members of the Cherokee County Fire Special Operations teams are ready to respond. These teams, led by Special Operations Chief Darrell Mitchell, have the tools and skills to safely respond to the most hazardous and dangerous situations. One group within Special Operations is the Cherokee County Public Safety Dive Team.


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“Training is critical to the success and safety of the Dive Team.” The Dive Team responds to any emergency on the water or underwater. This includes incidents on Lake Allatoona as well as other lakes, ponds, and smaller bodies of water in Cherokee County. The Team is called out to recover evidence, vehicles, and victims of drowning. Some calls can be as simple as hooking a chain to a submerged vehicle, so a local towing service can pull it out of the water. Other calls can involve complex underwater search operations over multiple days.

Search operations may work from shore or dock, or they may work from one of the department’s three boats. Many members of the Fire Department are trained to provide support to divers, particularly during boat-based operations. Most search operations are conducted in dark water where there is no visibility. Searching is done by feel, and divers are connected to a tender or “guide” on the surface via a rope. The tender is in communication with the diver, and the tender is responsible for directing the search operation. In this way, after a search is completed, the Team will have successfully found the object, or they can confidently state that the object is not within the search area. The Team utilizes several pieces of specialized equipment beyond what is used in recreational Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) diving. Instead of wetsuits,

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divers wear drysuits to stay warm and dry and to protect themselves from contaminants in the water. Full face masks with built-in communication equipment enable divers to stay in contact with fellow divers as well as with Team members on shore. And finally, because water can immediately turn deadly in an emergency, divers carry two tanks of air — one to use and another completely redundant system for emergencies only. Other pieces of recreational SCUBA equipment such as underwater flashlights and compasses are rarely useful for the Team due to the dark and murky conditions of Cherokee’s lakes and ponds. Training is critical to the success and safety of the Dive Team. All active divers must obtain a Public Safety Diver certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI), or another nationally recognized SCUBA training organization. In Cherokee County, this specialized training is delivered in-house by a PADI-certified instructor. The

Team trains once every two weeks yearround. Only through regular training can Team members develop new skills, maintain an appropriate comfort level with the equipment and the dive environment, and ensure consistent competency when handling any routine situation or emergency that may arise. Failure to train is the leading cause of dive accidents across the industry, and for that reason, regular training is mandatory for Team members. Membership on the Dive Team is entirely voluntary. The Team consists of career firefighters as well as nonfirefighting members of the community. Anyone living in the area who holds an Advanced Open Water SCUBA certification and can pass a background check and medical exam is eligible to apply for membership on the Team. All required equipment and advanced training is provided by the department. For more information about the Team or becoming a member, contact Special Operations Chief Mitchell at The men and women of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services are dedicated to serving and protecting the citizens of Cherokee County. The Special Operations Dive Team is one of many examples of this commitment across the department.

Lyle Harp is the CCFES Dive Team Coordinator and a PADI PSD Instructor. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” [Lifestyle] While this quote is often

In fact, some transmission problems are corrected when the transmission fluid is changed. The same is true for power steering fluid. Many power steering systems that exhibit jerkiness or noise issues when turning can be solved by simply changing the power steering fluid.

used in the medical field, it also applies to vehicle maintenance. Just as our body needs nutrients for optimal performance, our vehicle needs healthy “nutrients” in the form of engine oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant, and other fluids. Other critical items that will prolong and optimize your vehicle’s health are the air filter, spark plugs, and other items referenced by the manufacturer. If properly maintained, some modern vehicles can last for over 300,000 miles.

When it comes to engine oil, many engine failures are the result of the oil not being changed as often as the manufacturer recommends. One of the more common examples would be an engine full of sludge that needs expensive repairs or even replacement. And also, a neglected cooling system can sometimes lead to rust and scale build-up that can result in a clogged heater core or stopped-up radiator.

Periodic fluid changes are vital for your vehicle’s well-being. Newly replaced transmission fluid can often result in smoother shifts and softer engagements.

Your vehicle’s engine needs three ingredients for optimal performance: unrestricted airflow into the engine, sufficient flow of fuel, and a clean spark. Your engine will breathe

-Benjamin Franklin


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By Tim Lanier

easier when the air filter isn’t clogged, or the throttle body and other air intake passages are not gummed up with carbon. If your vehicle has a fuel filter, it can become obstructed over time, so the manufacturer offers a recommended change interval to maintain proper fuel flow. When it comes to excessively worn spark plugs, the ignition system can’t provide the optimal spark needed to ignite the air/fuel mixture. Your recommended maintenance schedule can be found in your owner’s manual. It will list all the vital nutrients your vehicle needs to live a long, productive life. If you take care of your car, it will take care of you. L

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

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DO GREAT THINGS There’s Still Time By Pastor Will Goodwin According [InGoodFaith] to the New York Times, the average American spends twenty percent of their day watching TV. That’s over five hours a day, and that doesn’t include content watched via a streaming service. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says over 300,000 books are published in the U.S. every year, which makes sense, as over one billion total print and digital books were sold in 2017. During that same time, over 700 movies were produced in the U.S. from about 50,000 screenplays submitted to the Writer’s Guild of America. That is nothing compared to the eight billion videos or 100 million hours of videos that are watched on Facebook every day according to TechCrunch. A lot of time and money is spent creating and consuming other people’s stories. What about your story? Are you satisfied with the chapters that have been written? Do you know where the plot is headed? One thing is sure — as long as you are still alive, there is still more story to be told. In the Bible, there is a story of a man who at one point in his life hunted down people to have them imprisoned or killed. One day, he met Jesus, and his life was forever changed. His name was Paul, and he would go on to travel to dozens of countries, start hundreds of churches, and introduce thousands of people to Jesus. Towards the end of his life, some people close to him suggested he settle down and retire. Paul had done so much, no one would have thought less of him if he did, but he would have thought less of himself. Thus, Paul continued traveling into dangerous environments to start even more churches and introduce even more people to Jesus. His story is a reminder that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, you can still do great things, and if you are still breathing, there is time to do them. Your past is not the end of your story. What changes could be made to give your story the strong finish it deserves?

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

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Meet Andrew Berardi Actor and Dire cto r



rowing up in New York City, Andrew Berardi was always fascinated with museums. He loved to explore the collections and dreamed of one day going to work in one. When Andrew was eleven, his father, an airport customs official, accepted a new position at an airport in Georgia. Through high school, Andrew enjoyed school but was never interested in theatre. However, he did maintain his love for museums and the art and collections showcased within them.

It wasn’t until after high school that Andrew fell into the theatre. A few friends were acting in a show, and they invited him to come watch. When he noticed a flyer for upcoming auditions for A Christmas Carol, he initially laughed it off. But his friends convinced him to give it a try.

In college, Andrew decided to major in the sciences because despite his passion for museums, he felt it would be easier to find a career after graduation. While pursuing his degree, Andrew became unhappy with the way things were going. He was successful, but his heart just wasn’t in it. He decided to change his major to theatre and performance study and never looked back. Throughout his acting and directing career, Andrew has been a part of nearly 35 productions. When asked which was his favorite, he couldn’t choose. He did admit that he was particularly proud of Urinetown the Musical, which he

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both acted in and directed. Urinetown was Andrew’s first Broadway production as a director, and he was subsequently nominated for an award for the show. Andrew also spoke highly of Seussical the Musical, a production that he acted in twice, saying that the themes and the show’s important message make it one of his favorites. With his level of experience and success, Andrew could be working for some of the larger theatre groups. However, he says that he prefers working with nonprofit organizations. In fact, nearly all of Andrew’s work has been for nonprofits. Currently, Andrew works for Kennesaw State University’s theatre department. His advice for anyone interested in the arts is to “remember that the path is very seldom straightforward, you have to be willing to take whatever turn is offered to you, and stay focused on your goal to succeed.”

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“I was terrible. I don’t know why I did it, but it worked out. The director ended up giving me the part of the undertaker because I was so stiff,” Andrew said regarding his first audition. That would be Andrew’s first role of many.

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When doing landscape installations, the property owner and his/her needs are the top priority during the entire process. They attribute much of their success to the fact that the owner is present at every job. This leaves hardly any room for miscommunication and errors related to a long chain of command.


anco Property Care has been in business since 2008, enhancing front yards and backyard living spaces. Family owned and operated, they emphasize property care. Owner Jaco Swanepoel and his team work with landscape architects, homeowners, investors, realtors, and developers to add value to the exterior of homes. Danco offers a wide range of services to improve and care for your property including decks, pergolas, fences, retaining walls, concrete work, French and trench drains, grass seeding, as well as sod and plant installation.

Danco Property Care is diligent about remaining current on all industry standards through continual education and research. The use of quality tools and equipment is vital in ensuring customer satisfaction. They rely on brand names such as Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Cummins, Case, and more to help deliver excellent service. Personal touch, care, and pride in their work shows from beginning to end, on every job. Danco Property Care services Canton, Woodstock, Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta, Kennesaw, Sandy Springs, and more.

Call Jaco at 770-570-9700 for a free estimate or consultation. For more information, visit

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[HomeLife] Insecticidal soaps are a safe, effective alternative to more conventional insecticides. They are inexpensive and are among the safest pesticides gardeners can use. However, it is important to understand how insecticidal soaps work to know their benefits and limitations.


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Insecticidal soaps are most effective on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, mealybugs, thrips, scale crawlers, and mites. Sprays work only on direct contact with these pests. For sprays to be effective, it is important to spray both the top and under surfaces of leaves. Most soft-bodied pests tend to be on the undersides of leaves, so this is critical. Soaps are not effective on insects with hard exoskeletons like beetles, wasps, bees, and flies. This is part of the reason why they are considered more environmentally friendly. Most soap sprays are made from potassium salts and fatty acids. Insecticidal

soaps kill by suffocation, as they disrupt the cellular membranes of the insect, removing protective waxes, which results in dehydration. Commercial products are recommended, as homemade sprays can result in plant injury. Dish and other detergents have additives, making them far too harsh to use on plants. Some plants are sensitive to insecticidal soap sprays and can be seriously injured by them. The label should provide some information on which plants to avoid. Avoid spraying plants under full sun conditions or when temperatures are above ninety degrees. To test for plant sensitivity, spray a small area, and wait 24 hours to see if any damage occurs.

Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. 770-721-7830. CAES.UGA. edu/extension/cherokee

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When Atlanta Private Investigator Nick Price is hired by Julia Garrett to find her missing husband, he soon finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. It will take all his skills and experience to unravel the mystery before criminals put a permanent end to his investigation. “I saw no movement in the shadows. If someone were going to come after me, this would be the perfect time. Catch me going to my car in a dark alley, put a bullet in the back of my head, and then walk out to a waiting car on the adjacent street. I took my 9mm out of its holster and pumped a round into the chamber. Then, I turned into the alley and took a few steps. Then, I heard the shot and saw the muzzle flash simultaneously“ (excerpt from Absolute Justice).

Absolute Justice will keep you guessing until the end. The Atlanta settings put a fresh spin on the “hard-boiled” detective genre, giving us characters that are at once familiar and new. Nick Price is an old-school detective who follows the clues wherever they take him until he gets justice for his client. Larry Pitts, a retired journalist with the Atlanta JournalConstitution, has populated this story with interesting characters and created a plot that keeps you absorbed until the last page. Absolute Justice is not a new release, but it is deserving of a new audience. If you enjoy a good detective story, this book is for you.

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

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By Ingrid Schmitz

America’s gift to my generation is the gift of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is the right to speak your opinion and convey your ideas. In countries where people do not have freedom of speech, they feel oppressed. It is very important that, in America, we have freedom of speech. Freedom of speech has been very important to the American people. During the American Revolution, the Sons of Liberty got in trouble with King George III because of speaking out against British oppression. The British government threatened to put patriots like Samuel Adams in jail. Things like that happened because the American colonies did not have freedom of speech. Another way that people express their freedom of speech is through pieces of writing like newspapers, magazines, and books. An example of this is a woman named Amelia Bloomer. Even though she is most known for setting the shortlived fashion trend of wearing bloomers, or puffy pants, to show support for the women’s movement, she also wrote a newspaper called The Lily. Through this, Bloomer conveyed powerful messages about the women’s movement. The Lily continued even after the bloomer style fell out of favor. Freedom of speech can be a very powerful tool. This right is very important to the American people. It is used throughout everyday life, but it is also used in times of importance. In the civil rights and women’s movements, as well in every campaign and election, people convey their ideas to others through speeches. Freedom of speech is necessary to all of this, as simple, basic, and average as it may seem to us. Freedom is very important. Freedom of speech is one of the most important types of freedom. It has stirred change in our country throughout the ages. It is a gift to my generation that is very influential in our everyday lives and will continue to be beneficial for the generations to come. North Fulton middle school student, Ingrid Schmitz, earned a top award from VFW Post 12002 for this essay, which was submitted for the VFW’s national Patriot’s Pen essay contest. 38

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[HealthyLife] The start of a new fitness

Dieting Through the

Decades By Amy Williams

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craze called “reducing” hit America in the 1920s. As the name suggests, reducing had everything to do with losing weight but very little to do with diet and exercise. Reducing products came to market from creams, soaps, and tablets. As the 1930s rolled in, breakfast consisted of mainly fruit, a choice of egg or cereal, and a choice of coffee or milk. Due to the economy, it was rare to have meat for breakfast. Rationing was introduced in the 1940s and lasted fourteen years. For most of that time, meat, cheese, butter, cooking fats, and sugar were heavily restricted, but potatoes, other root vegetables, and bread were freely available. People ate a diet much higher in carbohydrates and lower in fats. Good eating guidelines became a staple item in the 1950s. Two or more servings of milk per day were suggested as well as two servings each of fruits and vegetables. Eggs and at least one serving of meat or cheese was required per day.

The 80s ushered in the “F Plan,” which was a low fat, high fiber diet. In the 90s, fat-free meals, diet pills, and low-carb meal plans were extremely popular along with various forms of exercise such as step aerobics, Jazzercise®, indoor cycling, and celebrity fitness videos. So much has changed, but have we? We all still want to be fit and in shape. We have learned so much over the years, but the most valuable lesson is simply understanding what works best for you and your body type. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Become a better you by consulting a fitness and nutrition expert to help you reach your personal weight loss goals.

Amy Williams is the marketing and community relations coordinator for Georgia Medical Treatment Centers & Medical Weight Loss Clinics, 557 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-2000.



By Donna Anello


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he new school year begins next month. Class schedules, first tests, and projects are on the horizon; new friendships will be forged; separation anxiety tears will be a hurdle for some; and long carpool lines will mean leaving the house earlier to ensure you make it to work on time. Many will make a smooth transition from the carefree days of summer. Many children and families will transition from summer break to the new school year with feelings of excitement and anticipation of new accomplishments. Lots of children will prepare to achieve long-term goals, as they keep and make friends to at least have someone to eat lunch with.

This is the natural expectation for most children as they settle in to the new school year. Goals of academic, athletic, and social success are embraced and even welcomed, as parents watch their children grow and thrive. However, a smaller percentage of children ages 3-17 who have learning disabilities or developmental delays will experience the beginning of a new school year quite differently. Imagine the various aspects of what goes into a child starting a new school year — the many purchases, the conversations, the documentation that needs to be filled out, doctor visits for physicals or vaccinations, school tours, parent’s night, curriculum night, and so much more. Now, imagine having a child with autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, or sensory processing concerns with academically or socially challenging behaviors that make it difficult for him/ her to learn, socialize, make friends, and/or participate in sports with his/ her peers. If that describes your child, how do you embrace the first months of a new school year with the same verve as parents of children who do not experience these issues? Here are a few suggestions to successfully get past the

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rough patches during the upcoming school year: n School-age children are never too old to be hugged. Tell them that you are proud of them and that you love them. n When possible, schedule appointments (doctor, therapy, dentist, etc.) over the summer or over a school break. This alleviates the stress of trying to go to a doctor appointment during the school day, and it gives parents an opportunity to discuss any concerns for the upcoming year with their child’s practitioner. Consistency in the daily school schedule is important to children with a learning disability. n If your child is experiencing academic or social challenges, discuss these concerns with his/ her teacher(s). The “wait and see” approach will not yield good results. Semester grades tally quickly, and it is difficult to raise grades when a student falls behind. n When communicating with teachers, cite specific examples regarding any concerns. Be open about your child’s learning challenges, his/her IEP (Individualized Education Program) details, and successful strategies used to teach your child in the past, (e.g. sitting in the front of the classroom). Be sure to provide contact information as well as the best time to reach you. n Provide a verbal rundown or visual aid of how the school day will unfold during your morning routine, especially if there will be a deviation from the norm. Always conclude with a positive and reassuring statement such as, “You’re going to have a great day today! I want to hear all about it later. You’ve got this.” n Remind your child to practice strategies and techniques their tutors or therapist(s) have taught them when faced with stressful situations or anxiety-inducing

“ You are your child’s

best advocate and

biggest fan.” scenarios. Deep breathing and counting works well in the absence of specific techniques. n Talk to your child, your child’s teacher(s), your child’s doctor(s), and his or her therapist(s) on a regular basis. Don’t avoid addressing your concerns. These professionals have been trained to help you help your child, and they welcome your interest in creating the most favorable school experience for him/ her. Make a list of your concerns, and stick to the list when talking to these professionals. Working together as a team is beneficial for your child. n Seek help through parent groups, support groups, or resource websites when you need advice, support, or guidance. Not only might you receive help, but you may also be able to offer support for another parent. Addressing difficult situations with your child can be daunting. You are your child’s best advocate and biggest fan. Try incorporating these suggestions into your existing routine, and expect the best possible outcome.

Donna Anello, CEO and founder of The Ollena Center, LLC, is an education consultant, public speaker, and author. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Make a Smooth Transition to Childcare By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

[AcademicLife] Transitioning your child from home care to childcare is tough for many parents. In fact, most babies and young children adapt to their new environment more easily than parents do. If your child is moving into alternative childcare for the first time, make the transition gradual by providing lots of support. Here are some suggestions: u Make sure your child meets the caregivers or teachers before moving into this new environment. Try to make sure your child knows at least one other child in the class. If your child doesn’t already know someone, ask the caregiver to suggest a child who might be a good match for your child, and set up a few play dates. uTalk to your child about the new arrangement, describing the friends to be made and the wonderful things to be done and learned. Talk about being apart and getting back together. Play games such as hide-and-seek that demonstrate being apart and together. u When moving to a new childcare arrangement, start gradually, if possible.


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For example, allow your child to be alone at the childcare center for short periods at first, slowly increasing the time away from you. u Once the new arrangements are underway, wake up a bit earlier, so you have time together before you leave. u Let your child take his/her favorite toy to school. u Tell the caregiver or teacher about any factors that might influence your child’s behavior such as a restless night, family illness, or visits from relatives. u Be aware that separation anxiety may come and go in cycles. Ease your child’s concerns by making your departure warm and smooth, staying long enough to let your child settle in, but without lingering.

Never sneak out or lie, telling your little one you “will be right back” just before you dash to the parking lot. Your child needs to be able to trust you, as he/she navigates this new world. u When you pick your child up, ask the caregiver about what happened during the day. Discuss these events with your child.

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

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Considering Liposuction? Speed Up Your Recovery! By Drs. Petrosky, Harkins, and Depew [HealthyLife] If you’re considering liposuction to remove specific areas of fat, you can look forward to a new contour after your body heals and reveals its new shape. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, and most people go home the same day. With advanced surgical techniques and specific post-op instructions, most patients feel minimal discomfort after their procedures. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a quick and smooth recovery: 1. Stay ahead of the pain. After surgery, you will want to go straight home to rest. Pick up your prescriptions before your procedure. It’s very important to take your pain prescriptions at the allotted times. 2. Wear your compression garments. These snug-fitting materials can help control swelling and bruising, and they can also help scars appear less visible. Proper use of compression garments can help further enhance the contour of your treatment area. 3. Start moving. Getting plenty of rest is important for the first few days after surgery. However, moving helps the body heal. Try to begin walking within the first 24 hours after your procedure, as it supports good blood flow and speeds up recovery.

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4. Hydrate, and eat clean. Drinking plenty of water and eating wholesome meals is essential to feeling your best during recovery. Sometimes, lack of activity and pain medication can cause constipation. Staying hydrated will help maintain regularity. 5. Don’t smoke. For best results, avoid smoking and other nicotine products for eight weeks before and after surgery. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues, making it harder for your body to heal. Smoking can also cause serious complications such as blood clots. 6. Listen to your body. After liposuction, you may be eager to get back to the gym. Staying active is important, but overexertion can cause adverse effects. Avoid rigorous exercise for several weeks. Once you begin exercising, start slowly, listen to your body, and gradually incorporate more intense workouts. With any surgery you’re considering, make sure you consult a specialtytrained, board-certified plastic surgeon.

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



INGREDIENTS 2-3 golden beets 4 cups milk 1 cup butter 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons canola oil Salt & pepper to taste 2, 10 oz. grouper filets


PROCEDURE -Peel the beets, and chop off the ends. -Chop the beets into about 1-inch chunks. -Boil the beets in milk, butter, and salt for about 20-30 minutes or until they are tender. -When beets are done, strain them out, making sure to save some milk for blending. -In a blender or food processor, blend beets on high, adding milk (about 1 cup) until you achieve your preferred consistency. -Set aside, and keep warm while you cook the grouper. -On high heat, heat a medium sautĂŠ pan with the canola oil. -Salt and pepper the grouper filet. -Place the grouper in the sautĂŠ pan, and reduce the heat to medium. Let the grouper sit on each side for about 90 seconds. -Finish the grouper in a 400-degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.

-On two plates, divide the golden beet puree, and place the grouper filet on top of the puree. -Serve with a tossed salad and your favorite vinaigrette dressing.


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[Lifestyle] Back in July of 1993, I was on a trip with a group of seniors from the Lawrenceville, Norcross, and Buford Senior Center. I remember a few of them starting to discuss how much landscapers charged them to cut their yards. I continued to listen to this for a few more minutes, and then I opened my big mouth and said, “I will do it for half of what they charge.” The next thing I knew, I had six ladies jump on that deal without taking a breath.

Volunteers Needed

to Mow Seniors’ Lawns By Tim Morris

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Most senior citizens are living on a limited, fixed income, and yardwork is often outside the confines of their budget. I would like to challenge individuals and organizations to volunteer to help senior citizens with their landscaping needs. Cherokee County Senior Services receives lots of requests for help during the summer. Also, if you have an elderly neighbor, you may want to check with them to see if they have someone to Tim Morris is the take care of their lawn service director of Cherokee County Senior Services. needs. If you are interested in 1001 Univeter Road, volunteering to help, please call Canton. 770-479-7438. Senior Services at 770-479-7438. L Senior-Services



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