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From the social network view, I’ve noticed that some of those close to me and others within their network can be wildly outspoken. Friends I’ve known for years are popping out with ideologies on topics that I honestly had no idea were ever a concern to them. Has all this “stuff” just been lingering around within people’s heads all this time? Have we allowed our feelings and emotions to curdle to the point that we are all so sour and bitter inside? If that’s the case, then let it out people. Shout it from the pulpits, the corners of the street, and let your voices be heard. Let honesty flow, let everyone else know how you feel, and let freedom ring. Be prepared, too. For certainly there will be some who feel the way you do and undoubtedly, some who will not. Be prepared to be empathetic to their feelings, as well. Listen to them, understand that they too have a story, and realize that your individual past and your particular knowledge do not have anything to do with how they formed their particular opinion. They have a right to that opinion, just as you have a right to yours.


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Let’s not provoke any more shouting, yelling and disrespect, but try to rinse such acridity away with forgiveness, faith and fellowship. It’s time to unite with caring and compassion as a country of many voices, opinions, ideals and concerns, with the understanding that we are all different, yet created equal. It’s never too late to be one nation, under God…again.

SALES Janet Ponichtera




f you’re reading this right now, you are probably aware that there is a quite a bit going on within our country today. Since I’m not one to go on about bad stuff, hop on the rhetoric wagon or throw folks under the bus, there really isn’t any need to list specifics. On occasion, I admit that I might slip up, take a side or voice an opinion based on how the past has formed my view of a particular, random event or happening in the world around me. It happens. It’s life.

Laurie Litke



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ART Candice Williams


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EDITORIAL Julie Senger

Calendar AUGUST Ongoing Canton Farmers Market — Each Saturday, in downtown Canton at Cannon Park, you can find locally grown produce, baked goods, food specialty items, fresh flowers and bedding plants, along with handmade crafts. 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Cannon Park, 130 East Main Street, Canton.

be mini-clinics, giveaways, games, and much more! League providers will also be providing information on our upcoming youth leagues and other programs. 9:00 am-12:00 pm. 600 Brown Industrial Parkway.


“Skillet Lickers” Country Music Down Yonder — A theatre show telling their true story. All seats $15. Canton Theatre, 171 East Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755,

Waleska Farmers Market — Sponsored by Reinhardt University, the Waleska Farmers Market is in the parking lot, behind the North Cherokee Church of Christ, at the corner of Highway 140 and 108 in downtown Waleska. Admission and parking are free, and the market operates rain or shine. Every Thursday through August, from 3:00-7:00 pm.


Ball Ground Farmer’s Market — Every Friday in Ball Ground Downtown City Park. Rain or Shine. Locally grown produce, plants, homemade foods, crafts, and more. 2:00-6:00 pm


Digging for Treasure! — A History of Mining in Cherokee County. The exhibit explores the many types of mining that have occurred in the county, beginning with the Gold Rush of 1829. Maps showing the various mines and geology of the area are on display, as well as historic photographs of the mines. Artifacts from the Pascoe, Creighton, Franklin and Cherokee gold mines are highlighted, and specimens of several locally mined minerals are included. May 20–September 26; WedFri 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am3:00 pm. Free! Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288,


Etowah River Park Opening Celebration — Celebrate the Official Opening of this Great Park! There will


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National Night Out — Come join us for free food, fun and entertainment. • Meet Officers and Firefighters • Police and Fire vehicles • K-9 ‘Nate Dawg’ • Jump Houses • Police and Fire demonstrations 6:00-7:00 pm. 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. Canton First Friday — The biggest free block party around, featuring a car show, food, good times, and live music, Through the Decades, featuring First Generation Band. 6:00-9:00 pm. Historic Downtown Canton Loop, East Main Street. 770-704-1548.


Tire Recycling Event — This event will be for City of Canton residents. Please bring a copy of your water bill. We will NOT accept tires with rims or over-sized tractor tires. NO commercial trucks or trailers will be accepted. So let’s gather up those old tires lying around! FREE! 9:00 am-12:00 pm 151 Elizabeth Street.


City of Nelson Second Annual Public Safety Day — Hosted by the Nelson Police Department and E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 F&AM. There will be a pancake breakfast for a $5 donation from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and a BBQ sandwich plate lunch for a $5 donation from 11:00 am until

2:00 pm, both of which support Masonic Charities and are hosted at the Lodge. The following orgazations will be showcased: Nelson Police Dept., Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & K-9 Unit, Pickens Fire Dept., Pickens Sheriff’s Office, American Red Cross Disaster Prep., A.C.E.S., North GA Pregnancy Center, and GAChIP — FREE child identification program. This is a fun, family event for all! 9:00 am-3:00 pm. School Street & Dogwood Pass, Nelson, GA.


“Vanities” — Cherokee Theatre Company. $15. Canton Theatre, 171 East Main Street, Canton. 770-704-0755,



The Nelson Reserve Unit Annual 5K — Help support our volunteer Reserve and Auxiliary Unit. This year, the raised funds will go towards the education and training of our volunteer officers. We are registered on for $20 per participant, or it is $25 the day of the race. You may also contact the department to register prior to the event via email: stacey.koury@nelsongeorgia. com. We look forward to having you come support our department! Registration starts at 7:30 am. Race at 9:00 am, Nelson City Hall.

Cherokee County

School Calendar — 2015 — AUG. 3

First Day of School

SEP. 7

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NOV. 23-27

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DEC. 21-31

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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 BOOK CLUB August 1, 11:30 am, R.T. Jones We will be discussing Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Please call 770-479-3090 ext. 228 to register for the book club or to discover future book club events. READING DOGS Children 6 years of age and older can read to a non-judgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if mistakes are made or the reader stumbles. Parents can register their child for a 10-15 minute program, two weeks ahead for one session, by calling their library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled session. Call your library to reserve your spot for one of the Reading Dog programs. MOBILE CAREER LAB August 12, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, R.T. Jones August 26, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, R.T. Jones The Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Mobile Career Lab is coming to your library. Get free assistance with your job search, information

about training opportunities and access to computer workstations. Services are available for ages 16 years and older. BALL GROUND BOOK CLUB August 17, 11:00 am, Ball Ground Join the Ball Ground Book Club for fellowship and discussion. For more information call 770-735-2025. CERAMICS August 18, 6:00 pm, Ball Ground Learn about the ceramic process as Helene Maloy, from A Piece of Time, discusses the process from start to finish. For more information and to register for this event call 770-735-2025. Optional: Bring $5 and paint a take-home flower.



Seniors’ Life LIFESTYLE My name is Tim Morris, the new Director of Senior Services in Cherokee County. I have dedicated my life to working with seniors for over 25 years. I recently spent 22 years as the Operations Coordinator for Gwinnett County Senior Services. I was fortunate to retire from Gwinnett and had the opportunity here, in Cherokee County. This all came about from my friend, Nathan Brandon, and his desire to see the program grow and improve. In his words, he thought I had the “right personality to be his replacement.” I respected the job he did here from afar, and the dedication he put toward it. I don’t think everyone is meant to do this kind of work, and I believe people are born with the personality to provide services like we provide. I have the full understanding that I am a provider for the community and the seniors of Cherokee County. I tell people all the time that “they are the reason why we are so fortunate to do this kind of work.” If I can make a person’s life more enjoyable, then I have fulfilled my obligations not only to them, but myself. I try to put myself in the shoes of others and treat people the way I would like to be treated. Someone asked me while I served in Gwinnett how I was able to grow our centers into fully functional centers for all day programs. My response was, “It was simple. You love them and let them know this is their place.” I wasn’t perfect, but what I did well was listen. A center participant came to me during my retirement party at one of my centers and told me I was “the one that made her feel welcomed, and she knew I cared about her.” After she lost her husband of 50 years, she struggled with his death and the decision to come back to the center. She told me it was something I told her that gave her a “sense of being needed,” and that she “needed the center to help her during this time of healing.” I told her she needed us and we needed her, and “we will get through this together.” I am a very fortunate man that can say he truly loves what he does each and every day. L

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


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What are Dermal Fillers? By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins & Leake

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and aging. Exposure to sun and years of muscle movements, (squinting, chewing, smiling) contribute to tissue breakdown of the skin. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin’s surface; so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. Facial fillers will volumize creases and folds in the face in areas that have lost fat and collagen.

Hyaluronic acid is the natural filler substance in your body. The face starts to lack volume and appears aged with deeper nasolabial folds, which are the creases that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of mouth, (marionette lines), a deeper mentalis fold, (chin), under-eye hollows, thinning lips, and turning down at the corners of the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma and Perlane, can be injected to temporarily rejuvenate the appearance of the face. Radiesse is another injectable that helps boost collagen. It contains microspheres of a naturally occurring mineral, known as calcium hydroxylapatite, in a waterbased gel. In addition to adding volume to the skin when initially injected, it also

Dermal fillers can be used to: • • •

Plump thin lips • Enhance shallow contours Soften facial creases and wrinkles Improve the appearance of a recessed scar

stimulates the body to produce more collagen, creating longer-lasting results. Dermal filler injections require very minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to work and their normal activities directly following the treatments. The average time it takes to do an injection is about 20 minutes, depending on the individual and how many areas are being treated. In general, the results from most injectable fillers last from several months to over a year, depending on the type of product used. Your surgeon will help you to determine which one is best for you. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty-trained, board certified plastic surgeon. Drs. Petrosky, Musarra and Leake are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242, PlasticSurgery CenterOf




Southern Charm Boutique has relocated to 182 North Street, in downtown Canton. The shop is owned by Shenie and Kennedy Postell, who love fashion and helping their customers be individuals. The Postell’s are long-time residents of Cherokee county. You will find the latest fashion, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Their hours are TuesdayThursday, 10:30 am-6:00 pm; Friday, 10:30 am-7:00 pm; and Saturday, 10:30 am-5:00 pm.

For more information, please call 678-880-8609 or visit Facebook. com/Pages/Southern-CharmBoutique/312707002212188


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Crooked Creek Furniture and Gifts is located at 12746 Cumming Highway in Canton, in the Free Home community. The family-owned furniture and home décor store carries many different lines of furniture and accessory items, including rugs, lamps, pictures, gift items, etc. Design services are also available, whether you need one room freshened up or a new construction from the ground up. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook at Crooked Creek Furniture and Gifts. They specialize in quality, affordable décor! For more information, you can reach the family by calling Becky Cochran, 770-265-9872; Ben Cochran, 678-313-5573; and Jessica Cochran, 770-654-6703.

Indigo and Oak is a brand new, family-owned and operated boutique and home décor store located at 186 North Street in downtown Canton. Cheyenne and Denise Case are a mother-daughter duo, who turned their dreams into a reality. They personally designed and decorated everything inside the store, as well as stocked the shelves with a variety of eclectic, boutique-style clothing and home décor that encompasses their rustic and bohemian style. Indigo and Oak will also take orders for custom-made furniture, barn doors, etc., crafted from reclaimed barn wood from all across the U.S., a small collection of which can be seen throughout the store. Indigo and Oak will be having a grand opening on August 7th, on Canton’s First Friday. The store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 am-6:00 pm. For more information, call 678-605-6515.



to Maintain Your HVAC System By Robbie Matiak

When you take your car to get an oil change, one part of their service is usually to disclose current and potential problems discovered when inspecting the engine. Making affordable and necessary adjustments now, which could save you from expensive, unexpected expenses in the future, will actually save you money. Before each cooling season, it is recommended that central air conditioners get a professional tune-up. This is the biggest step to preventing major malfunctions in an A/C unit. A professional, preventative maintenance visit should include a complete visual system inspection, checking system operation to ensure that it is operating within manufacturer’s specifications, and provide documented system recommendations to aid in minimizing future complications with the performance and operation of your HVAC system. You can think of HVAC efficiency in terms of miles per gallon, (mpg). By maintaining your car with the recommended tire pressure, oil changes, and other engine tune-up procedures, its mpg is optimized. Your home’s HVAC system is the same. Having seasonal, preventative maintenances performed on your HVAC systems optimizes your home’s “fuel” efficiency and reduces your electrical consumption. One of the most important steps that


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can be done by a homeowner is to clean or replace the HVAC system’s air filter every three months. Do not run the unit with the filter removed. Check the owner’s manual for the filter cleaning procedure. Let a washed filter dry completely before reinstalling it. Every month, especially during the summer

or leaking air, minimizing the use of doors leading to garages and making sure that the stove exhaust is on when cooking. During the spring, summer, and fall, leaves and yard debris should be removed from around the outdoor unit on a weekly basis. Lawn mower clippings should not be discharged directly onto the unit. All shrubbery should be pruned back at least two feet from the unit, so as to allow proper air circulation while the unit is running. Inspect the area surrounding the outdoor unit for any signs of insect activity. Insects are often drawn into the unit due to the low frequency hum of the electrical components, which can result in an unexpected repair cost. Our goal as a professional heating and cooling provider is to provide top-notch, professional system recommendations, not as a way to sell you something, but as a necessary customer service to ensure the utmost safety and continued comfort for you and your family. By properly maintaining your HVAC systems, we can help to ensure that your family experiences a safe and comfortable home environment year-round.

months, remove any leaves or debris from around outdoor condenser units. Some additional energy saving tips for the summer months include setting your thermostat higher for periods when you are away from home, checking around windows and doors for any gaps

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

CCSD Welcomes

New Students, New Teachers for 2015-16

By Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo The 2015-16 school year gets underway this month with more than 41,000 students expected to fill our classrooms and eager to begin learning! An additional 1,100 students will join us this year, along with more than 250 new teachers hired to accommodate student enrollment growth, replace retiring educators and further reduce class size. One of the school board’s major system priorities is attracting and retaining the best teachers, principals and support staff; we are proud that our teacher turnover rate averages less than 6 percent, which is almost half the state’s attrition rate! Our award-winning school district

benefits greatly from the stability and professional expertise, provided by a highly competent staff of great teachers, who dedicate their careers to serving students, parents and the Cherokee County community. Student health and safety is also a 2015-16 priority, as full-time hours for school nurses and the addition of school nurses at high schools have been restored. More than 1,000 students attend school daily while managing a potentially life-threatening, chronic condition, ranging from asthma to epilepsy. Therefore, the support from professional healthcare staff is essential in today’s school environment. Parents will also notice expansion of a front door security access system at all elementary and middle schools, after a successful pilot in several schools last year. As the economy strengthens and growth returns, CCSD is committed to providing support services to

more students while keeping costs contained. For example, while additional students this year will require increased bus service, our Transportation Department is piloting a three-tiered transportation model in the Etowah Innovation Zone that will adjust start and end times by 15 minutes for Booth Middle School, but will do away with the need for second bus loads at that location. This will increase capacity on buses and save $260,000 annually. Our teachers, administrators and support staff will again strive to exceed the expectations of students, parents and the community in the coming school year. Let’s work together to ensure our tradition of excellence in education continues!

Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo is Superintendent of Cherokee County schools. 770-479-1871,



Canton Minute

Keeping Businesses

Healthy, Thriving, and Local By Matthew A. Thomas


eeping existing businesses healthy, thriving, and local is critical for every community’s growth. Fortunately for us, we have that here.

So before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge two local businesses for incredible achievements:

R&M Sandwich Shop was listed among the best sandwich shops in Georgia by

These types of recognition represent the outstanding quality of businesses that call Canton home. Existing businesses are important to Canton, and we understand the importance of encouraging local businesses to stay and grow.

stopping by a business to say “hello.” Universal Alloy received a Supplier of the Year award from the Boeing aircraft manufacturing company.

Research has shown that existing businesses represent 70-80% of new investment and job creation. Here are a few of the many positive economic impacts that existing businesses have on their communities: • • • • •

Creates jobs Provides tax revenues Compliments other businesses Invests in existing facilities Serve as advocates for business recruitment

Understanding the value of existing businesses demonstrates the reality that we cannot take local businesses for granted. Much of my job consists of interacting with existing businesses on a daily basis to discover their needs and concerns. This comes in many forms, whether it is lunch, coffee, emails, tabletop meetings, phone conversations, or just


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These interactions are important for a number of reasons, among them are: •

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T o establish and maintain a rapport and solid working relationship with our existing businesses To foster a better understanding of businesses and their products To give insight and information during company visits that can be used to identify supplier linkages, and to create businessto-business partnerships To increase understanding of the Canton business community To (most importantly) — provide the company with the opportunity to learn more about Canton and our commitment to retaining and expanding our existing businesses.

We like to constantly remind businesses that we are here for them. In fact, earlier this year, the Canton Downtown Development Authority issued a ‘Downtown Business Operators Survey’ to more than

70 local businesses. The survey asked participating businesses about their thoughts and opinions on a number of issues immediately impacting their operations. The survey’s main goal was to obtain data that will help identify the issues and opportunities for growth among downtown businesses. The data will also shape community focus on long-term solutions that can be addressed strategically and collaboratively. The surveys have been completed, and results will be made available later this month. It is initiatives like these that create a better understanding of what can be done to improve Canton’s current business climate, accommodate the needs of existing businesses, and provide an opportunity to show businesses how much we appreciate them, in addition to patronizing them, of course. Business retention is one of the most effective ways to keep our community vibrant, strong, and competitive. As dialogue and assistance for our existing businesses continues, citywide and for any type of business, please feel free to contact me with any questions or recommendations you believe would be helpful, for us as a city, to keep our existing businesses healthy, thriving, and local.

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

Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Cherokee Students Cherokee High School and a local businesses have partnered for a statewide initiative to increase work-based learning opportunities for students. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, the Teachers in Industry project’s goal is to give teachers on-site experience with employers where their students might be placed for workbased learning experiences. All Cherokee County School District high schools offer work-based learning opportunities for students, who earn elective credit for employment in jobs relevant to their plans for post-secondary study and future careers. Students are also given schedule flexibility to exit school early in order to do this work. Teacher, Susanne McCardle, the Career Pathway Facilitator at Cherokee High

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School, recently partnered with D & D Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Canton as part of the program. During her 20-hour, onsite work experience, Ms. McCardle assisted in the office, met with company officers, explored the welding shop and learned about the company’s history. D & D Manufacturing Co., Inc. is a locally owned and operated metal fabrication shop, established in 1963, that provides experienced service in fabrication, laser cutting, welding and machining. Ms. McCardle said this inside look into the industry will be helpful to her when advising students about Career Pathway and work-based learning opportunities. While there, she also observed a workbased learning student from Cherokee High School, senior Rolando Raymundo, who recently was hired to work part-time, processing purchase requests. Rolando, she said, “is learning to estimate costs

Cherokee High School teacher and Career Pathway Facilitator Susanne McCardle, left, and Matthew Davis, sales manager for D & D Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Canton.

and provide formal quotes to customers.” She also saw two, recent Cherokee High School graduates at work for the company as welders. The company’s support of Cherokee High School, Ms. McCardle noted, also includes participating in its new, annual job fair and offering students work-based learning and post-graduation employment opportunities.

Congratulations to our July “7 Differences” winner, Pat Chandler!



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Wendy Cope is CCSD’s 2015 Media Specialist of the Year Cherokee County School District’s 2015 Media Specialist of the Year has been named the regional winner! Woodstock Middle School Media Specialist, Wendy Cope, in March was surprised with the CCSD award — the first time the honor was presented by the District. She was notified this week by the Georgia Library Media Association that she is the regional winner for North Central Georgia and now will be considered for the statewide Georgia Media Specialist of the Year award to be announced in October. Ms. Cope and other regional winners will be recognized at an award luncheon this fall at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Ms. Cope earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Education degree, both from the University of Georgia, and a specialist degree in Library Media and Information Technology from University of West Georgia. She previously served as a classroom teacher at Woodstock Middle School and River Ridge High School.

Jailyn’s 7th Birthday Wish! When you ask most six-year-old girls what they want for their birthday, many would ask for a new doll, a tablet, clothing or even a new pet. However, Jailyn asked her family to raise money to donate clean water to children in Africa. She and her family researched several agencies that provide water to sub-Saharan Africa and selected The Water Project, Inc. They set their initial goal at $700. However, within 24 hours, they had raised $750 in donations. In two weeks, they received donations of $2,666.33! They are thankful to all who donated and those who sent encouraging messages. They hope that Jailyn’s unselfish act of kindness and efforts benefit many children. For her 8th birthday, Jailyn says she “wants to donate food to children in Africa who don’t get enough to eat.”


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Pack Your Snack! Smart Back to School Snacks By Dr. Nirali Procter As summer comes to an end and the new school year approaches, remember that it’s important to keep your children on a healthy regimen. It’s easy to supervise snacking over the summer, but to ensure they stay healthy throughout the school year, we recommend packing snacks for them. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when picking out foods for lunch and snack time: •

Avoid foods that are high in sugar content, particularly those sticky, gooey foods that can get stuck in the teeth. Be careful when purchasing juice boxes and sports drinks, which may contain as much sugar as a Coke! It’s always good to check labels and buy foods and drinks with no added sugars.

Watch out for carbonated beverages, which can actually erode teeth more than sweetened drinks. Cooked starches can lead to cavities, just as sugars can. In fact, foods such as bread, crackers, pasta, pretzels and potato chips often take longer to clear the mouth than simple sugars. Cheeses, such as aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack are great as a snack or to eat after a meal, because they clear the mouth of food and neutralize the acids that attack the teeth. Fruits and vegetables make the ideal snack. Biting into an apple can aid in cleansing the teeth due to their mildly acidic nature, and carrots are packed full of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron and the antioxidant,

beta-carotene. • Ideally, children should have no more than 3 snack times a day. The frequency of sugar exposure is actually what increases your risk of developing tooth decay. In addition to a healthy diet, follow up with your children to make sure they are brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Even though your little ones are in “big kid school,” it’s still a good idea to supervise their oral hygiene routine until they are about 7 or 8 years old. Remember, nothing helps make new friends like a beautiful smile!

Dr. Nirali Procter is a pediatric dentist with Cherokee Children’s Dentistry in Canton. 770-479-1717,



Community Feature Ten CCSD Students Receive Cindy Richards Woody Awards Ten Cherokee County School District students have been recognized with Cindy Richards Woody Awards. The annual awards are presented by the Canton Kroger supermarket and the family of the late Ms. Woody, who lived with Cystic Fibrosis until her death at age 24 in 1995, after fulfilling her lifelong dream of Cindy Richards becoming a teacher. She was known Woody for her strong will and love of life and graduated sixth in her class at Cherokee HS. She also earned an academic and softball scholarship to college, graduated from Shorter College with top honors and began working as a teacher at Sixes ES in 1993. One student is selected from each participating school to receive the honor, and of all the honorees, one overall winner is selected. Students in Grades 3 to 6 are eligible for the award; nominations are made by teachers. This year’s overall winner is Greer Unterreiner of Sixes ES. The school winners are: Avery ES: Ella Walker Canton ES STEM Academy: Madison Bonitatibus Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Riley Crawford Hickory Flat ES: Hannah Rivers Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: Katherine Vansword Indian Knoll ES: Megan Kirby Knox ES: Stella Belfield Liberty ES: Emily Beasley Macedonia ES: Addison Spell Sixes ES: Greer Unterreiner “We select students who we feel best fit the life that Cindy portrayed. These nominees are expected to excel in academics, sports, morals and citizenship,” said Kathryn Laird of the Canton Kroger. All of the honorees receive an engraved plaque; the county winner also receives a gift basket, and a trophy is displayed at his or her school for a year.


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Better Safe Than Sorry By Nick Roper

Summer vacations are in full swing, and fall break along with holiday trips are on the horizon, which makes now the perfect time to have a security system installed and monitored in your home. This addition will keep your valuables safe from theft, while allowing you to enjoy your trip without the worry of coming home to an empty house. There are several options for installing and monitoring a security system. If you have a newer home, it is likely that it had a security prewire completed during the construction process. Therefore, protecting your home could be as simple

as installing the hardware for the system. If your house wasn’t prewired, you can also install a wireless unit. If you already have a system installed, you may just need to choose a monitoring company. Make sure to do your research when selecting a security company. Some companies offer free system installation with a monitoring agreement, and some offer low monitoring rates with the purchase of a system. There are companies that will only lease you your system, so if you cancel your monitoring agreement, they’ll remove their equipment from inside your home. However, if you buy a system through the company that installs it, and then want to switch to a company with cheaper monitoring rates at a later date,

your system may not be compatible with the new monitoring company. It is important to not make a snap decision that could result in costing you more money for a comparable product. Finally, don’t be deterred from getting a security system because you don’t want to pay for a phone line. Any reputable company will have the ability to provide you with a price for a security system by using a cellular phone. Therefore, it is very possible for your security system to pay for itself. Most insurance companies will reduce your homeowner’s insurance if you have a monitored security system. However, even if there is an additional cost, a security system should be considered, because you can’t put a price on the safety of your family.

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





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Time Management:

Focus on Intent

By Crystal Bryant

Many times I have heard someone say, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Quite often, that person is me! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unable to complete everything on my list. And then two things occur to me. First, I make my own task list every day, and while some items affect other people, many do not. Secondly, when was it decided that we are to pack as much as humanly possible into a day, then add just a little bit more? So, I decided to take charge of my day. I decided to divide my task list into three categories, which are “necessary,” “profitable,” and “other.” The “necessary” things are things like

feeding children and pets, paying bills, doing laundry, and work I do as paid employment. If I decided not to do any of them, there would be undesired results. “Profitable” things are certain cleaning tasks that need to be done, perhaps reading a book, running errands, learning Spanish, exercise or playing with my children. I realize some of these are “necessary,” and some are in the “other” category, it will depend upon an individual’s priorities. The “other” category can hold a wide range of things. From day to day, the same task may float from

one category to another. But in my “other” category, I found things such as Facebook, games, and watching TV. None of those things are harmful in and of themselves. However, I easily give time to the things in the “other” category that take time away from my “profitable” category, and sometimes my “necessary” category. Most of the time, this is unintentional. I have the gift/flaw of adaptability. I easily move from one thing to another, often in the middle of a task. Therefore, intentionality is a must for me to complete my necessary tasks. I am working on a limited schedule for my “other” category. I already feel as if I have more time and less stress.

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



Capitol Ideas

Child Fatality Review Panel By Representative Mandi L. Ballinger


his past spring, I was appointed by Speaker Ralston to the Child Fatality Review Panel. I would like to take this opportunity to acquaint readers to this crucial team, and the important work they do to make Georgia safe. To begin, Georgia’s Child Fatality Review Program (CFR) was established in 1990, by a statute enacted by the Legislature. The CFR is an independent program, currently administered out of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI). The program is funded by state general funds. There are four, statelevel staff members, who are responsible for providing training and technical assistance to the local review committees. Local teams have no paid staff. The work of the CFR is conducted by two teams, the state team and the local team. The state team is called the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel (GCFRP). The Panel is comprised of 17 members, which meets quarterly to oversee the county child fatality review process, report to the governor annually on the incidence of child deaths and recommend prevention measures based on the data. Panel members are appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor,


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and the Speaker of the House. I am the Speaker’s appointee. Many are ex-officio members and state agency leaders. Much of the work of the CFR is done by our local officials. Georgia has 159 counties, and each county has its own CFR committee. There is a team in Cherokee County that is comprised of seven mandated agency members, who are directed to meet within 30 days of a child’s death, and to submit their findings, (i.e. the CFR report form), within 67 days of the death. Local committees are encouraged to invite additional agencies/ organizations to the review meeting, as necessary. CFR policy also requires that a prevention advocate be a member of the local committee. The county coroner/ medical examiner alerts the district attorney when a death has occurred, who initiates the review. Local committees are also encouraged to meet regularly, even if no deaths have occurred, to develop and review prevention efforts. Local CFR committees, like the one here in Cherokee County, review all injury, sleeprelated, and unexpected/suspicious deaths to children who are less than 18 years

old. Local committees submit their reviews using the National CDR Case Reporting System; the state Panel reviews selected case reports that have been completed by the local committees. The main purpose of Georgia’s CFR program is to prevent deaths. The mission of CFR is to serve Georgia’s children by promoting more accurate identification and reporting of child fatalities, evaluating the prevalence and circumstances of both child abuse cases and child fatality investigations, and monitoring the implementation and impact of the statewide, child injury prevention plan, in order to prevent and reduce incidents of child abuse and fatalities in the state. I am very proud to be appointed to the State Child Fatality Review Panel and look forward to helping make the state of Georgia safer for its children.

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

I have listened to all of the major streaming services out there, so that my clients can get the most from the systems I install. After all, why spend all that money on new speakers and amps if you’re going to feed it poor quality music? So what music service should you buy? To explain, let me give a short history:

FLAC files instead of MP3s. This is equivalent to a 1441 kbps MP3, having 4 times the quality of Spotify and Rhapsody! I started with Deezer three months ago and Tidal two weeks ago, and they are amazing. These services restore the warmth, clarity, and detail that has been missing for so many years.

Between the two, Tidal has more Around 1998, we were using CDs. content, but is $20/month. However, This technology was quickly surpassed students can get the service at half price. in popularity by the MP3. The MP3 Deezer has slightly less content, but compromises sound quality, because the it is only $10/month if paid annually. files have to be compressed to 128 kbps. Having used both, Tidal is better, but By Michael Buckner It is hard to explain the difference, but on I recommend Deezer, as long as you’re a nice stereo, when compared with CDs, MP3s sound cold and okay without a few artists who are Tidal exclusive. Tidal offers a sterile. However, this level of quality seemed to be acceptable for free, 30-day trial though, so I encourage you to give both a shot, most people, because your entire collection could fit on a PC. and decide for yourself.

Technical Breakdown of Streaming Music

Today, Pandora is streaming MP3s at 192 kbps. Spotify and Rhapsody offer 320 kbps, which is described as, “near CD quality.” I have been using Rhapsody for 8 years, and I can say that it’s better than Pandora, but it’s still not like a CD.

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

Recently, Deezer and Tidal introduced services that stream




Juan Reyes, Owner and President of Pro Roofing and Siding, is a man on a mission. He not only wants your home or commercial building to be beautiful, but he wants to make the world a better place, and his staff shares this vision. By Kathleen Boehmig

uan founded the company in 2008 to serve the metro Atlanta area with an emphasis on “PRS”: Professionalism, Reliability and Sincerity. The company’s success is evident via great reviews on Angie’s List as a Super Service Award winner, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and glowing customer testimonials. In addition, PRS has been a Consumer’s Choice Award winner for Exterior Contractor of the Year for the last four years. Office Manager, Tracey Arnold, says,

“We are always pushing ourselves to be the best.” To this end, PRS has garnered the GAF Master Elite Contractor status, granted to only 2% of Georgia roofing contractors. Tracey adds, “We earned this certification based on our proficiency in quality installation, education, insurance requirements and consumer protection. To maintain our Master Elite status, we participate in annual continuing education programs through GAF, (the largest shingle manufacturer in America), and of course we use this knowledge in every installation.”

The company is also a Certified Green Roofer, (there are only three of these in Georgia), which makes Pro Roofing an environmental leader in the community. The primary materials the company recycles are asphalt shingles and metals from removed gutters. “Green roofing practices give back to the environment,” Kelvin Stembridge, Production Manager, explains. “During the last two years, we recycled 310 tons of materials, which would have gone to landfills. Now they are being used for things like roadways, and lacrosse and football sports field surfaces.” Juan adds, “We are the number two shingle recycler in the state, and recognized by the US Green Council GA.” PRS not only tends to the roof of your home, according to Kelvin, “We want to be the leading exterior finishing company in metro Atlanta. We believe in combining our knowledge of fashion and function to provide quality roofing, gutters, insulation, skylights, windows, siding and exterior painting. We can make your home beautiful, with lasting quality from the roof to the ground.”


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Professionalism and attention to detail set PRS apart from other contractors. Tracey says, “Replacing a roof isn’t a task most homeowners look forward to. Sometimes they have had less than thrilling experiences with other contractors in the past. The difference with PRS begins with our impeccable reputation. Our website, (www., provides a wealth of information regarding all of the products and services we offer. We provide an expectation of excellence to every customer.” She continues, “We are firm believers that the customer’s experience after the sale is very important. After installation, our project managers conduct a final walk-through to be certain everything has been completed to the customer’s satisfaction. We stand behind our warranties and conduct a formal follow-up each quarter for one year to make sure the customer has the opportunity to express any feedback they would like to share.” Aside from residential business, Pro Roofing also services multifamily buildings, assisted living and

retirement homes, and medical facilities, beyond the metro area. On the walls of the PRS offices, several Core Values and Mission Statements are prominently displayed, emphasizing integrity, continuous improvement, excellence, safety and customer service. The office staff of fifteen all had input. “Giving back to the community is a big core value for the company,” Kelvin explains. “We recently took part in a charity event benefitting a local family. We donated their roof replacement, and ABC Supply in Smyrna donated shingles and materials. We helped in yard cleanup, oversaw the demolition of an unsafe deck, and refurbished drywall and cabinetry.” In their Roofs for Troops program, PRS is partnering with GAF to offer members of the military up to a $600 rebate off of Lifetime Roofing Systems, with an additional $500 off Lifetime Deluxe Warranties. PRS is also currently teaming up with five local charities to form a new,

online points-redemption referral program, where customers may redeem dollars earned for referrals to give back to the community. Juan Reyes is accomplishing his mission every day through integrity, skill and high quality at Pro Roofing and Siding. It’s nice to know that when your installation is finished, not only have you improved your property…you have given back to the environment and to your community.

2558 Canton Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066




Community Partners

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You are Never Alone When Things Aren’t Going Your Way Never Alone, founded in 2006, is dedicated to positively impacting and fulfilling individual, family, and community needs, both physical and emotional. Our outreach center, at 291 Rope Mill Road Woodstock, GA, (between Downtown Woodstock and The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta), collects, stores, and distributes food, milk, personal hygiene products, clothing and more to those in need in Cherokee County. We assist all of our guests in a respectful, sensitive, and private manner. Each household is permitted one visit per month, in an effort to promote self-sufficiency and independence, while still enabling us to fulfill needs of the greater community. We also collaborate with other food banks in the county to ensure that our

resources are put to the best use and help the most people possible. We are a Christ-centered organization, and we seek to show the love of Christ and spread His truth through our actions, as we serve all those in need, regardless of creed or other differences. A single parent trying to provide for their children, a family whose primary breadwinner has lost a job, a child trying to make their own way, or anyone else who has fallen on hard times is welcome at Never Alone. Never Alone has served nearly 5,000 people so far this year, but can only continue to serve those in need if we receive help from the community. Volunteers are vital for us, as we operate 6 days a week, from Monday

to Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm. We are happy to host church groups, school groups, or any individuals who are just looking to do some good in their community. However, we also depend on donations, both from businesses and private individuals, to cover our expenses and to supply clothing for the guests. Tangible donations, such as clothing, can be delivered to the outreach center at the previously listed address. Financial donations can be made securely online at As a non-profit 501(c)-3 organization, financial donations to Never Alone, Inc. are tax deductible. Any amount, no matter how small, will enable us to help the people of Cherokee County and would be very much appreciated.

“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.’” Matthew 25:34-35



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Could Rejuvenation Surgery Be Right for You? By Michael Hulse, MD Vaginal rejuvenation is a group of surgical procedures that are performed on women, in an attempt to tighten up the vaginal area. The most common procedures recommended are vaginoplasty and labioplasty. Surgeons often claim that these procedures can increase sensitivity, improve self-esteem and enhance women’s lives. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) challenges these claims and questions the safety and effectiveness of these procedures. Vaginoplasty refers to the procedures that are used to tighten the vagina. Potential

complications of these procedures include decreased vaginal sensation, pain, scarring, damage to surrounding organs, infection, and painful intercourse. Most women can sufficiently tighten or tone the vaginal area without undergoing unnecessary and potentially dangerous surgery. Kegel exercises, pelvic muscle training and functional electrical stimulation therapy are a few examples of successful, nonsurgical treatments that help increase the tone and function of the pelvic muscles. These therapies can also be used to treat leaking urine, leaking stool and painful intercourse. Labioplasty refers to procedures that include reshaping or reducing the size of the labia. Women need to be reassured that there is much variation to the appearance of the external genitals, which is normal. Typically, surgery is not needed. However, there are occasions when the labia are enlarged or uneven and cause pain, discomfort or embarrassment. In

these cases, it is appropriate to consider surgical correction. The procedures are fairly straightforward, and can usually be performed in the office with light anesthesia or in an operating room. Your OB/GYN should be an advocate for your health and well-being. As such, he or she should provide counseling, support and education to help guide you in making the best health decision for you.

Michael A. Hulse, MD is with Falany & Hulse Women’s Center located in Woodstock. 770-926-9229,



New School-Year Troubles? Music Can Help By Jennifer W. Puckett LPMT, MT-BC At the beginning of a new school year, many students experience symptoms of anxiety, such as feeling edgy, stomach issues, inability to rest, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, behavioral challenges, and fear. Meeting a new teacher, entering a new school or classroom, riding the bus, interacting with their peers, as well as many other unforeseen challenges can induce anxiety symptoms. Music Therapy is becoming recognized on a national and global level and may be the best option for your child in helping with these situations.


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For your child who may be experiencing these symptoms of anxiety, the Music Therapist will create personalized goals/ objectives after assessing and evaluating the child’s strengths and needs. Each session is uniquely designed, utilizing the patient’s preferred music and researchbased therapeutic methods, which include therapeutic singing, instrument play, movement to music, drumming, lyric analysis, social stories, song writing, group music classes, and music lessons to name a few. These evidence-based approaches build self-confidence, selfesteem, emotional awareness, social interaction skills, self-regulation, cognitive skills, and increase positive behaviors. For example, a child may experience anxiety integrating into a new classroom. The Music Therapist may create a song to help them understand and self-regulate in the new environment, thus allowing this child to feel more at ease and confident upon entering the classroom. If a patient has other members involved in their treatment team, the Music Therapist will

often coordinate with them to formulate the best treatment plan. In addition, Music Therapists will work with the family to create home programs that can assist in their needs throughout the week. Frequency of treatment is based on the unique needs of each patient. Music Therapists are board certified and licensed, and go through extensive education and clinical training to be able to work with children with these types of difficulties. Treatment sessions range from weekly to bi-weekly, and run from 30 minutes to 1 hour. There are an array of payment options available, including medical insurance benefits, grants/ waivers, and private pay. If your child experiences anxiety, try music therapy!

Jennifer Puckett is a board-certified and licensed Music Therapist. Jennifer Puckett and Kristi Estes are the co-owners of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804,

Promoting Healthy Eating Habits By Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S.

Obesity in children and adults is at an all-time high in our country. Obesity rates in children have doubled over the past 30 years. Children and adults are experiencing more physical and psychological conditions due to obesity. Poor academic performance, behavior issues and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression can be related to being overweight. You can do a variety of things to encourage your children to adopt a healthy lifestyle. First, set a good example. What a child sees you doing, they will do, too. Therefore, the choices you make about food and exercise help establish your children’s habits.

Preparing meals together is a good way to get children involved and to start the conversation about healthy food choices. Cooking helps develop math, fine motor, hygiene and listening skills. Eating healthy meals together can encourage positive conversations, strengthen family bonds and provide examples of positive eating habits and good table manners for your children. At the grocery store with your child, discuss different fruits and vegetables, their colors, scents and textures. Encourage your child to try something new! Don’t make children clean their plates, this could encourage overeating. Children will usually stop eating when they are full. Portion size is important. For children who are picky eaters, you can offer new foods in small

amounts. It may take multiple attempts to convince the child to taste the food. Try cutting foods into various shapes that appeal to the child, or add ketchup, yogurt or mustard for dipping. Offer children snacks, but make sure they are limited and healthy. Fruits, vegetables, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers are some good options. Offer children water, milk of any type your doctor recommends, and 100% fruit juice. Children should not have soda or beverages with caffeine. For information on the food groups, the food plate, serving sizes for children of different ages and many other helpful tips, visit

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



Mentally Prepare for

Back to School! By Angel Groves


oing back to school takes preparation. You want everything to run smoothly so you can get a good start to the new school year. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to get ready for back to school so you are prepared and more at ease. First, get in the right mindset. This


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means getting yourself in the habit of thinking in terms of school. Start thinking about your time schedule and how much will be dedicated to schoolwork. You must also gear your brain up to do a lot more critical thinking during your downtime, some of which will now be utilized for studying and homework. Playing trivia games is

one way to get your brain back in the routine of critical thinking, while still having the freedom and fun of knowing you are playing a game. Unfortunately, if someone does not mentally prepare themselves for school, they can be overwhelmed when they realize there’s more involved than just going through the motions.

eating schedule. Get the family back on a regular mealtime and snack routine, so it mirrors the student’s schedule at school. This will also help you be more mentally focused in in the classroom. Next, get organized. When thinking about being organized for school, start thinking of what you can do now. Call the school and find out anything that is going to be required. Prepare any papers, doctor’s physicals, immunization records, and proof of residency if you are enrolling in a new school, as well as purchase parking stickers or learn bus routes and bus stop times. This way, you are not searching for important, mandatory documents or items at the last minute. Do not forget to schedule time to do all of the previously mentioned activities and requirements. Make a central location for school schedules and calendars. Family calendars are a great way to keep track of after-school activities and school programs. Choose a calendar format that works for your family, so you can add to your calendar as needed. As the year progresses, there will be school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, sports practice schedules, field trip permission slips and other information you need to find at a moment’s notice.

Secondly, be sure to get the right amount of sleep. Do not wait until the first day of school to drastically change your sleep schedule. Make it a priority to get back into a normal school sleep routine. Go to bed on time, and wake up around the time you need to get up for school. Easing into a normal routine will help make that first week much easier. The same goes for the family’s

Before you purchase school supplies and school clothes, check out your current wardrobe and supplies. What items do you need for school? What needs to be thrown out or donated? You might consider discussing the family budget before you shop, so you can avoid in-store tantrums. Check your school website for supply lists and other information. Doing it this way, rather than trying to think of things

at the last minute, will minimize your stress and prevent possible, unnecessary expenses. Being organized for school does not just involve having the right papers and school supplies; it also means creating a daily routine to make school pleasant. One great way is to have organized mornings. School mornings, whether involving a parent getting the children ready, or just the student trying to get himself ready, can affect the entire day. Little daily tasks can add up quickly, but if you are prepared for them, your morning will be less hectic. Lay out your clothes the night before, as well as the breakfast needs. Make lunches the night before, or make sure each student has money to buy lunch. Check backpacks for homework, projects or library books. Make sure musical instruments or sports bags are packed and ready. If multiple people leave around the same time, have a bathroom schedule in the morning to cut down on time and stress, as well. Another great way to be mentally prepared for school is to run through your morning routine before the first day. Have the students wake up on time, go through the morning routine, and get to the car or bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and can help the first day of school go much more smoothly. Getting back into the school schedule and practicing a routine will help ease you into the new school year. Doing these little things are easy and effective ways to be in the right mindset and become organized. These things can help make going back to school less stressful and more enjoyable!



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Dr. Carla Roberts and Reproductive Surgical Specialists: Compassionate Care for Women Dr. Carla Roberts wants to change the world through compassionate care…and she is succeeding through her association with Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Dr. Roberts is a reproductive specialist, gynecologist and endocrinologist. She trained and did her residency at Emory, holds a PhD in Physiology and Endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia, and has been in practice for 21 years in the Atlanta area. She specializes in reproductive reconstructive surgery for infertility, endometriosis, pelvic pain and congenital abnormalities. Earlier this year, Dr. Roberts left


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Emory to join Northside Hospital, whose reputation and commitment to women’s services matches her own. She opened Reproductive Surgical Specialists at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. Her full-service practice specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of female reproductive abnormalities in patients 8 years and up. Their broad array of services include pelvic reconstruction, fallopian tube recanalization, treatment of fibroids, gynecological, reproductive and laparoscopic surgery, tubal ligation reversal and pediatric gynecology. As a skilled surgeon, Dr. Roberts has access to the most advanced robotic surgical team and latest equipment at Northside Hospital, which has the distinction of ranking in the top 5% in the U.S. for GYN robotic procedures.

Dr. Roberts’s passion is nurturing and healing women in a calm, elegant and stress free environment, with mimimal discomfort. Some awards and honors she has garnered include:

• Atlanta Magazine Top Doc, •

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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2010-2014 U.S. News and World Report Top Doc, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2010-2014 Atlanta Super Docs, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2010-2014 Distinguished Alumni, School of Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia, 2014

“I was given a huge opportunity in the education I received in college, graduate school and medical

school,” she says. “I am proud of being able to take my training and truly help the lives of others. Although I am Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, within that field I specialize in not only treating patients with endometriosis and pelvic pain, but I’m also a reproductive reconstructive surgeon. This means I am one of a very few surgeons nationwide who surgically treat female patients born with an abnormal vagina, uterus, or cervix. For the patient with pelvic pain that interferes with every aspect of daily life, having that pain successfully treated changes their entire lifestyle.” She continues, “For the young girl born with abnormal reproductive organs, well, imagine a uterus that could not maintain a pregnancy until it was surgically corrected. After her surgery, your patient gets pregnant and delivers her first child. Or imagine further, the young girl born without a vagina and, as her surgeon, you create one for her. Being a part of the

process that changes someone’s life in that dramatic way...that is the reward.” What are some of the challenges she faces? “My patient population includes a large number of disorders that referring colleagues have felt uncomfortable treating. I am thankful for the unique exposure I had in my training with Dr. John Rock who is considered an international expert in both endometriosis as well as congenital anomalies of the female reproductive tract. His mentoring set the example of what medicine is all about for me and gave me the confidence to use the skill set I learned during my three years of specialty training with him.” Deeply concerned for the state of women’s healthcare in Georgia, Dr. Roberts briefly entered the political arena three years ago. “I ran for a seat in Georgia’s State House of Representatives in 2012. Although I didn’t win that first primary, I remain convinced that

my experience as a trained physician, a specialist in women’s health and an advocate for all patients to have appropriate access to quality medical care is a valuable voice for our state.” “It is not just about treating patients,” Dr. Roberts states. “It’s also about training those who will treat them long after you are gone. I want to be remembered not only for the impact that I have had on my patient’s lives, but also for the many medical students, residents and fellows that I trained during my decades-long career at an academic institution. Like our children who use us as their role models years after they have left the home, my students have the ability to do what I taught them to do, when they are ready.” Her personal credo is: “True leaders create new leaders, not followers.” Dr. Carla Roberts is impacting not only the health of thousands of satisfied patients, but also her field of medicine in an eminently positive way. She is creating leaders and is serving as an effective crusader for better living through kind, compassionate, skilled care.

Dr. Carla Roberts 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 380, Cumming, GA 30041




The Benefits of

Dental Sealants By L. Michael Cox, D.M.D.

standard toothbrush cannot always effectively remove food and other substances that may damage our teeth. Sealants fill in these grooves and provide a strong layer of protection.

There are many actions a person can take to help maintain a healthy and attractive smile. Brushing, flossing and avoiding things that can weaken the gums, lips and teeth are necessities. Other options for improving oral health are not required, but may still provide great benefits. One such example is the dental sealant.

How are sealants applied?

What are dental sealants?

How long do sealants last?

The application process for dental sealants is quick, requires no drilling or numbing, and is completely painless. After a tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the liquid sealant is painted onto the chewing surface. The liquid is designed to harden, a process which is often advanced by the use of a special light.

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings that are applied to the chewing surface of individual teeth. They are usually applied to molars near the back of the mouth. Molars do the most of the chewing, and cleaning them can be difficult.

Most sealants last 5-10 years, but the life and effectiveness will depend on an individual’s eating and brushing habits, genetics and other variables.

What are the benefits of sealants?

Sealants are often applied to children’s teeth, specifically the 6 and 12 year

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Are dental sealants effective for both children and adults?

molars. One reason for this is that as children start school and spend more time away from parents, they often eat foods that have a higher potential for causing problems. Additionally, as parents turn the brushing and flossing responsibilities over to the child, there is a more significant opportunity for deficiencies in both. However, sealants may also be a good option for adults who have large or a high number of grooves on their chewing surfaces, or who genetically have less healthy teeth. If you have questions about whether dental sealants are right for you or your child, talk to your dentist!

Dr. Michael Cox is a dentist with BridgeMill Dentistry on Sixes Road. 770-704-1812, BridgeMillDentistry. com

Which Translation of the

Bible is Best?

By George Anderson The letters of the New Testament were originally written in Greek. When a church received a letter from the apostle Paul (say the church in Corinth), they hand-copied it and passed it along to the next church. Today, there are 6000 Greek manuscripts in existence, plus 19,000 Coptic, Latin, Aramaic and Syriac versions. To put this into perspective, there are nearly half as many ancient versions of the New Testament in existence today as there are total volumes at the R.T. Jones Memorial Library in Canton! Some of these copies are very old and remarkably well-preserved, (dating back to the first century). Even though these copies were made hundreds of years apart, they’re almost identical to each other! What changes exist are infinitesimal.

version. The King’s English just sounds noble to me!”

Yet people today get really upset if one version uses one word different from another, even though the words mean virtually the same thing.

The second man said, “I like the New American Standard Version. It stays closest to the original manuscripts.” A third man walked up to them. “I like my father’s translation,” he said.

Before you invest in a Bible, I suggest you do some research. Most Bibles have an introduction in the front that gives information about how that particular version was translated.

The first two men were shocked! They said, “We did not know your father was a scholar! Which version did he translate?”

Then the important thing is to READ IT! Too many Bibles rarely get used. Please don’t let anything else, such as a published devotional, substitute for reading the Bible, itself. These devotionals are like supplements to your diet; they cannot take the place of real food!

That’s it! In this day when the darkness is no longer creeping but rolling in, we need people who live out the Truths of Scripture every day!

Two men were debating about which Bible translation was best. One man said, “I prefer the King James, 1611

The third man said, “My father translated the Bible into daily living.”

George Anderson is pastor of First Baptist Church Canton.



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Simply put, it is a pinched nerve at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm to the hand. When pressure builds from the swelling in the tunnel, it puts pressure on the nerve. When the pressure becomes great enough, you may experience one or all of the following symptoms: • • •


Numbness Tingling Pain in the arm, hand and fingers


What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The cause is often unknown, but pressure on the nerve can occur in several ways: • • • • • •

Swelling of the lining of the flexor tendons (tenosynovitis) Joint dislocations, fractures, or arthritis narrowing the tunnel Keeping the wrist bent for a long periods of time Fluid retention during pregnancy, (this often goes away after delivery) Thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes Carpal tunnel is sometimes due to a combination of causes.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms usually include pain, numbness, tingling, or a combination of the three, with tingling and numbness most often in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Most likely, you will experience symptoms at night, but some notice them during daily activities. Some patients also notice a weaker grip, occasional clumsiness, or a tendency to drop things. In severe cases,


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it’s possible to permanently lose sensation while the muscles at the base of the thumb slowly shrink (thenaratrophy).

Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis

In order to diagnose carpal tunnel, physicians will complete a detailed history, which will include any previous medical condition, how you’ve used your hands, and any prior injuries. They will also take an x-ray to check for other causes of your symptoms, such as arthritis or a fracture. In some cases, physicians may recommend a laboratory test if they suspect a medical condition that is associated with CTS. They may also perform a nerve conduction study (NCV) and/or electromyogram (EMG) to confirm your diagnosis, as well as check for other possible nerve problems.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment

It is possible to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery. By identifying and treating the underlying medical

condition, changing the patterns of hand use, or keeping the wrist splinted in a straight position, you may be able to reduce pressure on the nerve. Other treatment options include: wearing wrist splints at night to relieve symptoms that interfere with sleep and adjusting your workstation to alleviate a possible cause.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

If your symptoms are severe or do not improve, physicians may recommend surgery to make more room for the nerve. By cutting the ligament that forms the top of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand, it is possible to decrease the pressure on the nerve. The incision allows the physician to enlarge the tunnel and decrease pressure on the nerve. Dr. Jose Baez is a physician with Atlanta Hand Specialist, located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888,


espite her young age, 2014 Georgia Country’s Teen Artist of the Year, Madison Shea, has a long list of accomplishments. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the now 18-year old grew up in Woodstock and discovered her passion for music early in life. “In first grade, I entered my school’s talent show with a song my mom used to sing when she was doing my hair in the mornings,” the singer remembers. “I instantly fell in love with being on stage. Knowing that I can make people smile with my voice was the coolest thing!”

Artist Profile BY HEIKE HELLMANN-BROWN Photo courtesy of Lou Raimondi Photography

Shea went on to acting in plays and musicals, something she intended to pursue, until a poetry assignment in 6th grade came along. “I discovered this amazing new way to express myself — songwriting,” Shea says. “However, at that point, I played no instrument; so I only heard the music in my head.” With the help of her mom and her music teacher, who put music to her written songs, Shea got in contact with a producer in Nashville, where she recorded two original songs at age 12. “The exposure I had at such a young age is amazing,” Shea states. “Over the years, I worked with different producers, which helped me to evolve a feeling for the music industry, yet it was quite frustrating that I lacked experience. Something I kept hearing over and over for the next five years was: ‘You are extremely talented, but you are not ready, you are too young’.”



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Despite her disappointment, Shea worked hard on following her dream. As a teenager, she performed at local venues and festivals and learned to play the piano and the guitar, which enabled her to add music to her lyrics. Today, Shea has written 80 original songs, six of those have played on Atlanta’s 94.9 The Bull. In 2011, she released her first EP titled, “I’ve Got a Secret,” followed by the album, “Miss Me” in 2014. Its title track is currently playing

on The Bull’s Backyard Country. Shea opened for John Michael Montgomery at the 2013 Global Winter Wonderland at Turner Field and performed a pre-game and postgame show for the Atlanta Braves. When performing, she is either supporting herself on acoustic guitar and keyboard, or she is accompanied by her professional band. A recent graduate, Madison Shea is now heading to Tennessee again. She will study Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University. “The university also offers a songwriting program, so

it was a hard decision. In the end, gaining extensive knowledge about the music business won out.” She is still pursuing singing while in college. Her next appearance will be October 4th, at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN. No doubt this Georgia girl is set to leave her mark on the music world! “When I was 14, someone asked me, ‘What is your backup plan?’ I have none — because that would only set me up for failure!” Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.


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Human Papilloma Vaccine for My Child

That is the Question — Part I By Vicki Knight-Mathis, M.D.

The HPV vaccine remains the least commonly administered of the Center for Disease Control’s recommended vaccines. The HPV vaccine is licensed to prevent the virus that causes genital warts and various cancers. In 2013, the HPV series was completed by less than 40% of girls and in 14% of boys less than 17 years of age. Why is that true? My child is not and should not be having sex. As a mother, for many reasons, I hope my children will wait until they are married to have sex. But realistically, some children as young as 12 are having sex. The youngest mother I have had in

my practice was 12. Studies suggest that 7% of 12-13 year olds, 33% of 16 year olds and 70% of 19 year olds have had sex. The average age of first sex for US teens is age 17.

Although genital intercourse is the most common way HPV is transmitted, HPV has been transmitted by hand and oral contact. Even if your child stays abstinent until marriage, your child’s future spouse may already be infected with the HPV. It is estimated that at least 90% of people will acquire at least one strain of HPV in their lifetime. Almost 50% of the infections occur between the ages of 15 and 24. Some parents worry that giving the vaccine is like giving the child permission to have sex. However, studies do not support this concern, as rates of sexually treated infections, pregnancies and contraceptive

visits are not different between vaccinated and unvaccinated teens. Vaccination is recommended at age 11-12 years, prior to any sexual activity because it is preventative, and because the body’s response to the vaccine is better at this age than at any other age. However, it can be given as early as 9 years and as late as 26 years of age. Consider the following: If I could offer your child a vaccine to prevent them from developing breast or prostate cancer, but it was only effective and safe if given while they are a teenager, wouldn’t you want me to give it to them? Join us next month as this article continues to explore more concerns about the HPV vaccine.

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



Ingredients (Serves 2)


10 large, Wild American Shrimp, skewered

Ø Preheat grill. Ø Season shrimp with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon olive

2 ears local corn, shucked, blanched & removed from the cob 2 local tomatoes, quartered 2 cups arugula ½ Vidalia onion, sliced very thin 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 large basil leaves, hand torn into nickel-sized pieces ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Salt & pepper to taste

oil, set aside.

Ø Add cooked corn, milk, lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to blender; purée until smooth, set aside.

Ø Mix tomatoes, arugula, remainder of olive oil, basil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper, set aside.

Ø Place skewered shrimp on the grill and cook for 40 seconds per side.

Ø Place corn purée on the plate. Ø Remove shrimp from skewer, serve over the corn and top with tomato salad.


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The Con troversial

Tom ato

By Joshua Fuder

With summer now upon us, we will finally start to enjoy those delicious, home-grown tomatoes. The ways to include tomatoes in a meal are only limited by one’s taste buds and imagination. Americans love their tomatoes, probably more than any other vegetable. But is it a vegetable? Technically, by botanical definition, the tomato is a fruit. It is defined as such because it is the fleshy product of a plant that contains seeds and can be eaten as food. This was the definition that the importers, John Nix, John W. Nix, George W. Nix, and Frank W. Nix argued for all the way to the Supreme Court in Nix v. Hedden in 1893. The Tariff Act of March 3, 1883 required a 10 percent tax on imported vegetables. However, this tax did not apply to fruit, thus the importance of defining the tomato as such. So the Nix’s took the case to court against Edward L. Hedden, the tax collector of Port of New York, to recover dues paid.

At the trial, definitions were submitted as evidence from Webster’s Dictionary, Worcester’s Dictionary, and the Imperial Dictionary. The witnesses were individuals who had been in the fruit and vegetable business. They were asked whether those words or definitions had any special meaning in their trade or commerce. The court unanimously decided in favor of Mr. Hedden and upheld the definition that the tomato is a vegetable and subject to import taxes. Justice Gray did acknowledge that botanically, tomatoes are classified as a “fruit of the vine.” However, ultimately, they are a vegetable, because they are eaten as a main course instead of as a dessert. This decision followed the precedent of the decision reached four years prior in the 1889 case, Robertson v. Salomon, which cleared the air of the controversy of beans and whether they are “seeds” or “vegetables.” To follow the UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County visit CherokeeMasterGardeners.

Joshua Fuder is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent of Cherokee County. UGA Cooperative Extension Office: 770-721-7830, CARS.UGA. Edu/Extension/Cherokee



Are you looking forward to First Friday? Me too! I know July was confusing for some, considering By Micah Fowler the First Friday event fell on a Saturday, (an unfortunate side effect of having a national holiday on the following day), but this month it goes back to normal — at least for a couple of months. August’s First Friday will be held on August 7th, with the hours returning to the normal 6:00-9:00 pm. You can expect to find a plethora of product/craft vendors, the yummy First Friday food alley, and super fun children’s activities. Feeling funky? We have arranged for First Generation to perform 70’s Motown jams at this First Friday! So ‘fro’ your hair, throw on some bellbottoms, and


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get ready to boogie the night away! Good Morning, Sunshine! We wouldn’t forget to remind you that the Canton Farmers Market continues each Saturday from 8:00 am-12:00 pm, downtown Canton, at Cannon Park! Come see us and browse through a wide selection of locally grown produce, baked goods, food specialty items, fresh flowers, and crafts. For more information, email CantonGAFarmersMarket@ Come pick up some early morning goodies, and visit us at the Farmer’s Market! As with every month, we also have a Main Street Morning meeting coming up! This one falls on August 11th and will be hosted by Bunker Design Collaborative, (right off of Cannon Park) at 8:00 am. Everyone is welcome to attend these great monthly networking events! Come enjoy a new presentation each month and share a cup of coffee and

a pastry with other Canton locals. All Main Street Mornings are free and refreshments are provided by Cup Up Coffee of Canton. Want something for the kiddies? On August 22, Movies In The Park* will be showing “Paddington” in Brown Park. Movie start time begins at sundown, not dark. Concessions and kids’ activities are available before the movie. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray. *Sponsored by Northside Hospital Healthcare System, Regal Nissan, LGE Community Credit Union and Southern Outdoor Cinema.*

Want to stay connected with Main Street? Just email Micah.Fowler@ to subscribe to our Newsletter! Micah Fowler is the Main Street Director, City of Canton, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton, GA 30114. 770-704-1548. Micah.Fowler@

One Less Teen Worry By Christopher Anderson, MD Having teenagers brings enough worry on its own. But, there’s something else that you should think about if you have a preadolescent or teenager — meningitis. Every year in the United States, nearly 3,000 people come down with bacterial meningitis. Teens make up nearly 30 percent of all U.S. cases. About 10 to 12 percent, or about 300 to 360 cases, are fatal. Meningitis is a dangerous inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Some types of meningitis are caused by a virus; others are caused by different types of bacteria. Not all types of meningitis can be prevented with vaccines. However, there is a vaccine available for one of the most aggressive forms of bacterial meningitis. Also, about 83 percent of the cases among teens are thought to be

preventable by vaccination, according to the National Meningitis Association. The CDC recommends a meningococcal vaccine for: • • • • •

All children age 11-18 (usually given at the 11-12 year old check-up) College freshmen living in dormitories Military recruits Anyone having an immune system disorder Anyone who has been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak, particularly in other countries

Meningitis can be contagious. The bacteria are spread through direct contact with infected people through kissing, sharing drinking glasses or bottles, or coughing. The disease often begins with symptoms that can be mistaken for common illnesses, such as the flu. However, meningococcal disease is particularly dangerous because it progresses rapidly and can kill within hours. The most common symptoms of meningitis are:

• • • •

High fever Headache Stiff Neck Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion and sleepiness.

Preventing the disease is much preferred to treating it. Early diagnosis and treatment are key. It is crucial to receive prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment of bacterial meningitis. There are many things that we can’t protect our teenagers against, meningitis is not one of them. * Information obtained from CDC. gov,,

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



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t n e m e t a t S n Fashio By Vishal Patel, OD A pterygium is a benign, wedge-shaped growth that develops on the conjunctiva or the mucous membrane that covers the white part of the eye. Pterygia usually occur in people aged 20 to 50, and are more common in men. The higher incidence in men is likely attributed to their association with outdoor work and dirty, dusty environments. Pterygia usually don’t cause problems or require treatment. However, in some cases they can extend on to the cornea, (the transparent front part of the eye). This may interfere with vision and may require surgical removal. There are variable symptoms associated with pterygium growth. Many people can feel as if there is something in their eye. Other symptoms also include dry eyes, irritation, inflammation and redness. They can also make it more difficult or uncomfortable to wear contact lenses. Most symptoms can easily be managed via topical lubricants or steroids. The exact cause of pterygia isn’t known. The most common link to their growth and progression is too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. They occur

more often in people who live in warm climates and spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environments. For example, sailors and skiers tend to have a high incidence of pterygia, because of the high levels of reflected UV light they encounter. People whose eyes are exposed to elements like pollen, dirt, smoke or wind on a regular basis also have a higher risk of developing this condition. There are certain steps one can take to prevent the development or progression of pterygia. If possible, avoid exposure to environmental factors that can cause pterygia. Wearing sunglasses or a hat to shield your eyes from sunlight, wind, and dust while spending excessive time outdoors is very beneficial. Your sunglasses should also provide protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. If surgery is considered necessary, the most often performed surgery is one that uses the patient’s own conjunctiva (conjunctival autograft) to fill the empty space created by the removal of the pterygium. In this procedure, the pterygium is removed and the conjunctiva

is glued or stitched onto the affected area. Just like any surgery, pterygium removal has a risk of complications, one of which is the recurrence of a more aggressive lesion. So surgery is usually recommended only if conservative treatments have failed and/or the patient’s vision is at risk due to overgrowth of the pterygium on to the cornea. Pterygium surgery is outpatient and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes. After surgery, patients usually need to wear an eye patch for a day or two. However, they may return to work or normal activities (avoiding swimming and eye rubbing) after a few days. In most cases, patients are told to use steroid eye drops for several weeks or months in order to reduce inflammation and the chance of pterygium recurrence.

Dr. Vishal Patel is a board-certified optometrist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 678-381-2020,



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